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When I last showed the Lugged Frame fixed gear / single speed bike I had not yet installed the SKS Commuter Fenders, brakes racks, lights etc.etc. I know it has been a while since I last posted. I think the flu took a lot more out of me than I first thought. My energy level has been very low as of late. But I do have a complete physical scheduled for early June and will be stoping in to give them a blood sample in mid May. I`m sure my Dr. will figure out what the problem is and get me back on track a.s.a.p. I do have lots to show you so I`ll get to it.
Above: Here you can see I did get the brakes hooked-up with new Jag Wire brake shoes. I also installed new Jag Wire Basics brake cables and housings. I have used road levers on Mountain Bike cantilever brakes in the past. I think you just have to get them set in close to get the brakes to work properly. But that should be the case anyway. At this point I was not totally sold on the reversed brake levers so I left the bars un taped and a little extra cable at the calipers. Also I have installed a set of Avenir Ultralight Pedals with old style toe clips (traps and straps). And I also installed two Ze Fal water bottle cages. If I`m going to be riding fixed or single speed free-wheel I want to be able to bring along plenty of fluids. At this point it only has a fixed cog but I have ordered a free wheel cog as well.
PAKE single crank. I like these pedals and traps because they are wide enough for my wide feet. And at 20.00 US they won`t break the bank either.
barrel adjuster into the rear cable guide / hanger. This is the sort of mistake or oversight I make when I stay in the shop too late. I corrected that latter on.
Michelin Avenir Cork Bicycle Handlebar Tape.
Sun Lite Front Rack was going to be a problem. But it was actually quite simple. Pretty good for such an inexpensive Sun-Lite rack. The nuts on the underside of the platform were tough to reach, but once started no problems whatsoever. I deliberately left the rack pitched towards the head-tube. I did this to keep what ever is strapped to the rack pushing on the back-stop part of the rack.
Axiom Journey Tubular Alloy Rack was also a fairly easy install. The mount rods or brackets are very adjustable both in and out and side to side. This rack is an excellent buy at about 32.00 . Most racks in this tubular style are much more expensive. You can find these on Amazon.com . Also this rack has the best (most) fender clearance of any rack I have ever installed. Five Stars for sure ***** When ordering any rack you will want to make sure that the mounting hardware is included. Sometimes it is not.
fixed gear bike. This is my practical side. What if I or the new owner should want to change the bike back to a multi-speed racer or Cyclocross bike. But if you want to remove the braze-ons it is fairly simple and there is at least one good video on You Tube that will show you how to do it. But the Old Ten Speed Lover that I am prevents me from permanently disfiguring my bike.
Ze Fal light set with the headlamp on my left. (as I am sitting on the bike) But on this handlebar the engraving on the right is slightly marred. So I covered it up with the headlight mount "out of sight, out of mind".
free wheel cog.
wedge tool bag to this bike as I plan to be riding it a lot in the coming weeks. I will need to bring along wrenches for the front and rear wheels as this bike does not have quick release skewers. Also I will need to mount the Ze'Fal mini pump on there as well.
Vuelta Zero Lite Track Wheels. I paid 79.99 for the set plus 20.00 shipping. And they were near perfect right out of the box, and required very little truing. And they roll fantastic! There is this hill that I accelerate down to see how high I can coast up the other side. I have been dong this for years. And these wheels have out performed all the others that I have tried in this unofficial test with so far. "So For The Price" I give these wheels 5 Stars ***** . I only decided to order these wheels after I realized that I had a new set of tires laying around that would fit them perfectly. And am I glad I did? You bet I am! Now some pics of the finished project.