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My Vanilla visitPdxMark
Jun 26, 2003 6:06 AM
I met with Sasha of Vanilla bicycles yesterday. His backlog is impressive. I might see the bike in 5-6 months. We talked about riding styles, what I'd use a Vanilla fixie for (commuting and some distance riding), and how I'd like it to handle. I want a ride that can take fenders for commuting our 8 month rainy season, has a tight geometry for crisp handling (no touring Buick), stiff enough to climb well, and durable (so no need for hyper thin tubes). It will be more of a performance road geometry than the track-like geometry of the Bianchi Pista.

We talked about building the frame with lugs, rather than filet brazed. He has very nice "V in a circle" stainless steel track drops that I opted for. My one wild notion, at his suggestion, a disk front brake. No grinding through rims in our winter-time slurry, and the fender fit is very easy. A wild break from tradition, but an interesting idea.
I like that disc brake idea!dzrider
Jun 26, 2003 7:37 AM
One of the problems I have with commuter bikes is keeping the brakes quiet. I know how to do it and do get it done, but I'd really like to trouble with it a lot less than I do. This Spring in CT was awful. The roads stayed wet on the days it didn't rain!
What fork would be used for the front disc? (nm)TFerguson
Jun 28, 2003 9:21 AM
A few 'cross bikes have disc forks. -nmTig
Jun 29, 2003 4:58 PM
Vanilla disc post w/picsSmogRider
Jul 9, 2003 2:29 PM
from MTBR Passion earlier this year. An amazing, albeit geared bike.