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Old 11-21-2009, 10:29 AM   #12631
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My new 2009 Salsa Fargo

Please tell us only about how much it sucks and why we should never buy one, OK?

Although, in a few more weeks I'll probably be back to pining for a Pugsley anyway.
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Old 11-21-2009, 04:47 PM   #12632
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Although, in a few more weeks I'll probably be back to pining for a Pugsley anyway.
I've got a set of 2.35 tires which almost fill up my frame ready for ice-screwing when it gets really cold. Whenever I start pining for that snow bike, I'll steal away to the basement with a beer and the drill.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:07 PM   #12633
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Please tell us only about how much it sucks and why we should never buy one, OK?

Although, in a few more weeks I'll probably be back to pining for a Pugsley anyway.

Yeah, they suck. They never go where you want to go. Mine keeps getting lost offroad.



More reasons not to get one here.
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Old 11-21-2009, 09:08 PM   #12634
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My new 2009 Salsa Fargo


What fenders are those? Mine could use some wheelbrows too.
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Old 11-22-2009, 01:06 AM   #12635
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I've got a set of 2.35 tires which almost fill up my frame ready for ice-screwing when it gets really cold. Whenever I start pining for that snow bike, I'll steal away to the basement with a beer and the drill.
Up here, we kind of need the flotation more than the traction...

Although, there's a dude looking to ride the Arrowhead 135 on a self proclaimed "plump" bike- 29x2.55 tires, a setup that would fit on one of my bikes. Might have to give that a try if it works for him.
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Old 11-22-2009, 04:20 AM   #12636
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Please tell us only about how much it sucks and why we should never buy one, OK?

Although, in a few more weeks I'll probably be back to pining for a Pugsley anyway.
I really like the Pugsley but the Fargo was more "practical" and I like it. It is a great bike.

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What fenders are those? Mine could use some wheelbrows too.
Those would be the Planet Bike Cascadia Fenders.
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Old 11-22-2009, 09:11 AM   #12637
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More reasons not to get one here.
I could have lived without digging through your bicycle galleries.

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Old 11-27-2009, 07:13 AM   #12638
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I pedaled down to the in-laws for Thanksgiving yesterday (25 miles, no biggie). The requisite two platefuls of turkey dinner and 3 slices of pie sure felt "better."

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Old 11-27-2009, 07:18 AM   #12639
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I pedaled down to the in-laws for Thanksgiving yesterday (25 miles, no biggie). The requisite two platefuls of turkey dinner and 3 slices of pie sure felt "better."

I didn't ride, but I DID run 8mi thru the desert with the dog. Yeah, I figger I earned my turkey, etc The first 6mi wasn't bad. The last 2 kicked my ass

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Old 11-27-2009, 09:23 AM   #12640
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I didn't ride, but I DID run 8mi thru the desert with the dog. Yeah, I figger I earned my turkey, etc The first 6mi wasn't bad. The last 2 kicked my ass

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I passed on the turkey, and rode up through 7 Springs and into Yavapi Co. on the Great Western Trail. On a side note, did you make to the bike swap 2 weeks ago in Old Town off of Speedway?
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:23 PM   #12641
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So here's the deal. I've got a Trek 4300 that hasn't been out to the trails since I got rid of my Jeep a year ago. Since I don't have a car anymore, trail riding is tough, so I've decided to convert the Trek in to a single-speed city bike. All my parts and tools have come in and I'm ready to start the transformation. Here is the plan:

1)Remove everything from frame and strip off the paint with a chemical stripper. The flashy yellow paint and Trek decals are only going to increase thief appeal.
2)Install Michelin MTB road tires and single speed kit.
3)Get rid of quick-release skewers and replace with allen nuts.

So, what process/chemicals do you recommend for getting the paint off an aluminum frame? And how should I treat the frame after I get the paint off?

Also, the SS kit came with a 16T and 18T sprocket. I haven't been riding in a while; should I start off with the 18T and then move to 16T? Baltimore is pretty flat but I don't want to be struggling for the first month or so riding it.

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Old 11-27-2009, 08:28 PM   #12642
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I passed on the turkey, and rode up through 7 Springs and into Yavapi Co. on the Great Western Trail. On a side note, did you make to the bike swap 2 weeks ago in Old Town off of Speedway?
We went to the beach and had turkey.

and pie. And wine.

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Old 11-27-2009, 08:29 PM   #12643
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Asthetically, you should take the bike to yer local powdercoater. Usually one color is less than $100 or so. Beats DIY-ing by a long shot!

Failing that, you have friends with media blasters?

You going to a locking skewer or longer axles and nuts? Locking skewers aren't *quite* as secure, but easier to work with.

SS-ers seem to go with 1/2 their front chainring for the cog. Seems to work. I haven't done it, so

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Old 11-27-2009, 08:30 PM   #12644
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We went to the beach and had turkey.

and pie. And wine.

Have I mentioned how much you suck?

Have I?!

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Old 11-28-2009, 06:08 AM   #12645
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...so I've decided to convert the Trek in to a single-speed city bike. All my parts and tools have come in and I'm ready to start the transformation. Here is the plan:

1)Remove everything from frame and strip off the paint with a chemical stripper. The flashy yellow paint and Trek decals are only going to increase thief appeal.
Cover it with stickers and spend $50 on a really good lock, including extra cable to lash around the front wheel as well. So it's yellow? It's a ubiquitous Trek and it's not a "true track fixie" high on the hipster theft list. Don't worry so much.

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2)Install Michelin MTB road tires and single speed kit.
It's got a perfectly good drivetrain... if you're actually gonna use it for commuting in the city, uh, why? Because derailleurs aren't cool or hip?

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3)Get rid of quick-release skewers and replace with allen nuts.
Now that's a good idea

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So, what process/chemicals do you recommend for getting the paint off an aluminum frame? And how should I treat the frame after I get the paint off?
It's a welded in China frame, I'd be careful... and see above, I just don't think it's worth it. Again, I'd take the money you'll waste on paint remover and then new paint and spend it on some fenders and a good rear rack.
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