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Old 02-18-2013, 09:49 AM   #2251
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maybe I need an education here, bcs I'm confused. If you liked that particular frame, and wanted to singulate it, what option do you have that avoids the tensioner? It's got dropouts, period. The frame is distinct, no doubt.
- Eccentric hub (though I'm not sure how well that'd play with the disc brakes, and it'd be a much more expensive and only marginally more elegant solution than the tensioner).

- Setting chain length very precisely, possibly using half-link.

(I'm not actually disagreeing with you, just listing options without regard to actual practicality.)

To the OP of the bike in question: One suggestion I've heard that makes a lot of sense is to position the tensioner so that its sprocket is on the outside of the chain, pushing up, rather than inside pushing down, as you currently have it. That way the tensioner causes the chain to engage with more rather than fewer teeth on the rear sprocket, extending sprocket life.

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:11 AM   #2252
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Eccentric hub...news to me! Sometimes it pays to assume I'm clueless.

I'd never get one though.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:50 AM   #2253
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- Eccentric hub (though I'm not sure how well that'd play with the disc brakes, and it'd be a much more expensive and only marginally more elegant solution than the tensioner).

- Setting chain length very precisely, possibly using half-link.

(I'm not actually disagreeing with you, just listing options without regard to actual practicality.)

To the OP of the bike in question: One suggestion I've heard that makes a lot of sense is to position the tensioner so that its sprocket is on the outside of the chain, pushing up, rather than inside pushing down, as you currently have it. That way the tensioner causes the chain to engage with more rather than fewer teeth on the rear sprocket, extending sprocket life.
In fact, the tensioner in the pic made too much noise and I changed it to one that pushes the chain up.

Here is a pic of a eccentric BB

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Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #2254
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ok all you road bike prficient guys out here tell me what i need to know for mounting up a carbon fork.... i can do headsets all day long but do i need to know anything special about a carbon fork, like TQ specs and such? also any specifics for stem types?
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #2255
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ok all you road bike prficient guys out here tell me what i need to know for mounting up a carbon fork.... i can do headsets all day long but do i need to know anything special about a carbon fork, like TQ specs and such? also any specifics for stem types?
This question is better asked in the bicycle thread in Sports

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Old 02-18-2013, 06:43 PM   #2256
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My 1980 Mongoose Kos Cruiser.



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Old 02-18-2013, 07:18 PM   #2257
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This question is better asked in the bicycle thread in Sports

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gotcha... still learning my way around this frickin mansion of info....LOL
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Old 02-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #2258
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Z-Man99, that is a sweet bike!

These are my bikes:

Excuse the bubble wrap, This is my 2007 Specialized Tarmac Pro. First bike I ever built up, second road bike ever. Commuter, road racer, general fun times bike.



And my Surly LHT: Back when I first finished building it up in May 2011, 2nd pic is at the far end of the jetty in Lubec, Maine, USA, looking across the straight to New Brunswick, Canada. True story: I was more than a little misty-eyed when I took the pic of the bike on that jetty. One of my favorite shots ever.



^Looking back at Lake Tahoe, from US-50, CA, USA

^Getting close to home, near the end of my Tour, a few months ago.

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Old 02-18-2013, 09:31 PM   #2259
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Righteous.

I'm eyeballing a cross-check myself.
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:08 PM   #2260
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Righteous.

I'm eyeballing a cross-check myself.
Nice! Surly makes some amazing frames. I bought the LHT as a frame and fork only, and built the rest with the components I wanted, so I can't testify firsthand about the pre-built bikes they sell, but the frame has been through a lot, and is still in excellent shape. The ride is smooth, and everything about the fit and finish is bang on.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:45 AM   #2261
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My 1980 Mongoose Kos Cruiser.
I remember those! My first BMX bike was a Mongoose, in that same color. Should probably get that rear innertube stem straightened out.

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Great looking bike.

Did you ride one-way? Or, cross-country and back?

Is your tour blogged somewhere?
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:04 AM   #2262
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My 1980 Mongoose Kos Cruiser.



Absolutely Bitch'n! Glad you still have it (as I still have my late 70's Race Inc).

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Old 02-19-2013, 07:38 AM   #2263
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My 1980 Mongoose Kos Cruiser.
Nice Kos man! I see some Bullseyes, is that an old Goose double clamp stem?

I just can't wrap my head around guys paying ridiculous amounts of cash for 80's BMX stuff and turning it into a "show" bike.

Whatever.

Taking one of these heavy duty Worksman frames I paid $45 for and mocking up a cruiser, maybe black frame and fork, or chrome, or raw and clear powder.





Still have my original 70's JMC from back in the day. Maybe I should make a "show" bike out of it.

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Old 02-19-2013, 08:01 AM   #2264
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All this discussion brings back memories of Torker,PK Rippers and such.
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:38 AM   #2265
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PK Rippers

One of my other ones, never too old for some BMX shenanigans

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