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mr_eddy
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Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 13:55 pm

So finally built up the new Single Speed commuter bike. First bike I have ever built so bit of a learning curve but got there in the end. I could have bought a full NS Analog bike but it would not be as unique and I am really glad I decided to go down the self build route.

I had to change a few things from the original plans and its still not quite done. I have to put a Chrome Stem on (current stem just there to keep handlebars on) and I have yet to sort the brake cable out but other than that its about done.

Thoughts ?

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Full spec is as follows:

NS Analog large Frame and forks in Lemon / Lime
No Logo 700c wheelset with Joytech hubs and flip/flop 18t free/fixed wheel
Wahlua tyres (will be upgraded when they wear out to Maxxis Detonator 25c Blue)
Octane 1 polished seatpost
Ritchey classic polished 580mm flat bars
White Grips
C4 Blue brake lever
Dia Compe Chrome side pull brake
Blank White / Blue slim seat
Shimano cartridge BB
Prolite Sardinia 46t polished chainset with blue anodised bolts
Blank Green headset

once finished it will have this stem in polished silver and some SPD's:

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Re: Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 14:08 pm

I know its bright but I like it, also should help people see me on the dark nights! Its's gonna be a change from gears but it should improve my fitness and by my calculations the above ratio should mean that a 90rpm cadence will give a more than acceptable 18ish MPH speed. Hills are another matter but not any big hills on my commute so no real issue.

let me know what you think good or bad.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby oxoman » Thu Oct 04, 2012 15:12 pm

I have got to say it's different. Can't see it being knicked to distinctive. Drivers cannot say they couldn't see you coming either. Just need's matching mudguards for the wet weather and bottle holder.
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Re: Here it is..

Postby bennett_346 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:52 pm

Where's the front brake and gears?

I assume this is a fashion statement rather than a serious commuting bike?

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Re: Here it is..

Postby rubertoe » Thu Oct 04, 2012 18:40 pm

bennett_346 wrote:Where's the front brake and gears?

I assume this is a fashion statement rather than a serious commuting bike?



What he said.

Its a tad bright - I hope you have suitably bright and tight trousers to ride that about.
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Re: Here it is..

Postby chorlton chimp » Thu Oct 04, 2012 18:43 pm

Not my cup of tea tbh, BUT chapeau monsieur! A distinctive machine, enjoy the ride!

nb - WHITE GRIPS wtf! They will mark up and ruin your carefully chosen aesthetic.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby AndyOgy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:34 pm

bennett_346 wrote:Where's the front brake and gears?

I assume this is a fashion statement rather than a serious commuting bike?


I'm more worried about where the pedals and brake cable are!

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Re: Here it is..

Postby JamesB5446 » Thu Oct 04, 2012 19:57 pm

If it's a fixie, you've put the brake on the wrong end.
If it's a SS you've forgot a brake.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 23:44 pm

rear brake only forks don't have brake mounts but this is all i need. yes i did go for something good looking but where is the harm in that? at least its unique! it only has one gear as my commute is flat and only 4 miles, i am a healthy guy and with its gearing its good for 18-20mph at a steady 90 rpm so 1 gear is all i need. i see too many boring black hybrids around i chose to be different, i want to inject a bit of fun and colour into my rides. make no mistake tho its not for show this bike will be ridden every day.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Thu Oct 04, 2012 23:46 pm

also as i mentioned not quite finished yet hence no pedal and cables

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Re: Here it is..

Postby bennett_346 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 06:41 am

mr_eddy wrote:rear brake only forks don't have brake mounts but this is all i need. yes i did go for something good looking but where is the harm in that? at least its unique! it only has one gear as my commute is flat and only 4 miles, i am a healthy guy and with its gearing its good for 18-20mph at a steady 90 rpm so 1 gear is all i need. i see too many boring black hybrids around i chose to be different, i want to inject a bit of fun and colour into my rides. make no mistake tho its not for show this bike will be ridden every day.

Nothing wrong with that, it's a great looking bike!

I'd just want a front brake because you WILL need it one day when someone pulls out on you/walks into the road/etc.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby Long Time Lurker » Fri Oct 05, 2012 07:30 am

Nice looking bike. I'm a sucker for flouro.
But I'm not 'hipster' enough to be able to pull that off (i.e. I'm too old). Plus, the locals around here would laugh me out of town.
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Re: Here it is..

Postby gosport_commuter » Fri Oct 05, 2012 10:49 am

Love it! very unique!

BUT absolutely dangerous and illegal without a front brake! having brakes front a rear is excellent! having only a front brake is almost as good when you get down to it! but having only a rear brake is suicidal and dangerous!

I encourage you to find a way to attach a front brake - for your safety and others - stopping from 20mph with only a skid is about as likely as stopping with your heals.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:43 pm

That is a fair point. I think really a front brake will be on the cards, I have done a bit of searching and there are places that sell bolt on brake bosses so this could be an option or for a more aesthetic option is to have some holes drilled so I can mount some BMX U brake mounts. There is a company that can do this, I have also checked with NS on this and they said that drilling holes would not cause any structural issues as long as there were no greater than 10mm (which they won't be).

I know I could change the forks and get some with bosses already on or even a disc brake mount but I really like the matching forks.

I will hold off riding I think until I can get this front brake sorted. I still have the road bike so can always use that.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby mr_eddy » Fri Oct 05, 2012 13:55 pm

Ok I think I may go for a set of these, they don't damage the fork and will allow me to mount a brake on the front, they don't look too bad.

http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?q=dmr+tr ... 0,s:0,i:73

£40 mind you so not cheap then another 20 odd quid for a V Brake but this combined with the back brake should be more than enough stopping power.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby gosport_commuter » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:14 pm

Never used them myself obviously, but they look as good a solution as any.

At first I was worried they might be inclined to twist under braking, but once you think about the fact and realise that whilst braking if they twisted it would in effect increase the braking pressure and twist towards the wheel which would be in the way of them twisting, so I dont think they would move much at all, as long as they are sufficiently secure.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby AndyOgy » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:21 pm

gosport_commuter wrote:Never used them myself obviously, but they look as good a solution as any.

At first I was worried they might be inclined to twist under braking, but once you think about the fact and realise that whilst braking if they twisted it would in effect increase the braking pressure and twist towards the wheel which would be in the way of them twisting, so I dont think they would move much at all, as long as they are sufficiently secure.


Their design has a lot of people worried. However, they are fixed to the fork in a much more secure manner than the pad is secured to the calliper. 9 times out of 10, you can twist a brake pad with your hands as it's not done up tight enough, yet braking is unimpaired. Try twisting a properly secured one of those clamps and you'll break a finger before the thing moves.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby Daddy0 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 14:59 pm

Looks cool dude, I want one!

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Re: Here it is..

Postby JayKay3000 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 23:15 pm

Looks great! Although I think a commute bike needs mudguards just to stop road spray, but that's purely a personal thing from riding said bike without. Less bike cleaning required too. Ofc, the mtb now that would be a nooooooo.

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Re: Here it is..

Postby Cleat Eastwood » Sat Oct 06, 2012 13:36 pm

Daddy0 wrote:Looks cool dude, I want one!


+1

be a shame to let it get muddy.

Like the way teh wheels set it off - chapeau.
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