What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 9:35am

I appear to have accumulated a spare frame.

I'm wondering what to turn it into, I'm thinking gravel bike, they seem to be all the rage at the moment.

Dunno, open to ideas.
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Re: What To Do?

Postby dwgknz on Tue 22/Nov/16 10:36am

I always was in awe of the Oli's Cove Handjob cyclocross bike I stumbled across years ago and thought it would be a cool project.

http://oli-roadworks.blogspot.co.nz/2010/11/alone-but-not-pining.html

Do 700c wheels fit in the frame?
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 10:56am

dwgknz wrote:
Do 700c wheels fit in the frame?


Yup with enough room to fit 35mm tyres even. They'll need 135mm hubs at the back though, which works for me as I would like to go the disc brake route
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Bigfoot on Tue 22/Nov/16 12:24pm

Hth.

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Re: What To Do?

Postby dwgknz on Tue 22/Nov/16 12:57pm

no rear brake?? :crazy:
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 1:37pm

or front

or helmet

what could possibly go wrong
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Velocipedestrian on Tue 22/Nov/16 2:20pm

What comprises your current quiver?
So we can suggest in the gaps.


Gravel / CX would be high on my list.
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Kev on Tue 22/Nov/16 2:25pm

Sorry to derail this thread but can someone tell me, in simple terms, what the difference is between a CX and a gravel bike? Which would be preferable for long (100Km) rides that are >50% smooth tarmac?
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Re: What To Do?

Postby BrokenKonaRider on Tue 22/Nov/16 2:41pm

I imagine gravel bikes have places to screw in racks and fenders and those sort of things you need for an over-nighter. Probably also have greater tyre clearance.

I'd go with whatever you can find that fits you and does what you need, rather than worrying about on the label.
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Re: What To Do?

Postby dwgknz on Tue 22/Nov/16 2:52pm

I'd suggest:

- cyclocross is a race bike and gravel bike is an adventure bike (geometry, weight etc)
- cyclocross has road componentry and gravel bike has mtb componentry
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 3:58pm

Kev wrote:Which would be preferable for long (100Km) rides that are >50% smooth tarmac?


The answer to that question is obviously a CX bike. Pain is temporary, glory is forever
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 4:35pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:What comprises your current quiver?
So we can suggest in the gaps.


Gravel / CX would be high on my list.


Well this frame represent one gap in my quiver. I no longer have a hard tail, but I can live with that, don't do many XC races these days.
got a full sus, for trail riding.
got a roadie for raceying
got a retro roadie for posin'
got a trackie for goin' in circles
and a commuter that I've been using for gravel treks, but its not really "fit for purpose" and not very comfy.
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Re: What To Do?

Postby dwgknz on Tue 22/Nov/16 4:41pm

would a gravel bike be more comfortable than a hardtail?
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Tue 22/Nov/16 6:38pm

nah never, especially if the hardtail has got suspension forks
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Re: What To Do?

Postby Rik on Fri 25/Nov/16 1:43pm

Gravel(ish) bike it is.

Ordered some rigid forks, hubs, spokes and discs.

The only (I hope) parts gap I have now is a front deraileur solution. So options are:

1X
Convert bottom pull braze-on FD
New top pull clamp FD

Hmmm?
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