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Our ever changing bikes(4 posts)

Our ever changing bikesTig
Jun 13, 2003 6:10 AM
Working at an LBS has provided me with plenty of free used parts people discard when upgrading. I've collected several high end MTB and road tires in good shape, as well as cranks. This I guess some riders aren't parts junkies like many of us in here! I decided to use a pair of 170 mm 105 octalink cranks and a sealed bottom bracket to replace my former square tapered junk ones on the Romic fixed gear. The cow horn bars were from an old cycling buddy who had a few too many parts cluttering up his garage (according to his wife).

I went with some fun, bold bar tape to jazz the bike up a bit. I like the way it looks and rides even more now.
That looks great.............Dave Hickey
Jun 13, 2003 6:18 AM
How do you like the cowhorns vs regular bars?
cowhorns vs. drop barsTig
Jun 13, 2003 6:38 AM
Its hard to beat good ol' drop bars, but these cowhorns feel great. The width is excellent for me. The main thing is to use a stem that puts you in just the right position since you don't have as many positions to choose from. On drop bars I spend most of the time on the tops or the brake hoods, so there isn't all that much difference for me. I change from low to high body positions mostly with the bend in elbows, not hand position, so these work great.

The funky bar tape makes me enjoy the frame's paint color more.

Purple cow moo power!
Um, the picture didn't show? Here it is...Tig
Jun 17, 2003 5:22 AM
Also, going from square tapered to octalink spindled bottom bracket (same spindle lenght) created a better chain line and moved the left crank arm inward to where it should have been.