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new cross bike images in the gallery

OK, so I got the gallery thing working and have posted some images of a recently finished 700c cross type thing. Built primarily for day rides, on and off road, quick handling but comfy in the saddle all day.

Fillet brazed with a mix of Columbus Zona/Life tubes. Disk only, no canti mounts.

I wanted to see how far I could push the tyre clearance and I think it worked out OK. This pic shows 700X32 Conti Twisters but I reckon there’s stacks more room. I had an old pair of 700X45 Panaracer Smokes that I was looking forward to fitting, but when I went to dig them out of the loft, they’d gone! Damn pigeons.

This was also the first time I’d fitted a pair of mechanical Avid disks. First impressions are good. These are really easy to fit and get alligned. These are 2006 models, but not sure how they differ from the 2005 ones. Oh, and they’re also the road version. A little squeally but they’re still new. I’m sure that’ll go.

Another new experience for me was the On-One Midge bars. Although I’ve ridden flared drops for years and whatever my main bike has been, it’s always had flares, I’m not sure what to make of the Midge bar. It’s way shallower than anything else I’m used to and pretty wide too. I had a bit of difficulty setting my lever position on them. When I did get them setup, they felt great but looked strange! Can’t wait to get a good run with them. I don’t think I’ve heard any negative comments about them.

This bike’s for me but I haven’t really had much of a chance to get out on it yet. Hopefully get out on Friday, if I can keep my emerging cold at bay! I’m heading off for a week up North next week and I’ll be taking this bike so I’ll post more ride specific details when I get back.

You can see this bike in the gallery section.

posted by steven - October 11th, 2005