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My new Van Dessel fixie/SS winter bike...(10 posts)

My new Van Dessel fixie/SS winter bike...Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2003 7:44 AM
I bought a Straight Up 7 frame from Van Dessel and added my own components. I've ridden it about 70 miles so far. A couple of observations.

1. 28c tires rock!- it rides like a Lincoln Town car
2. I'm going to add bar ends to help with climbing. Flat bars are fine for flats but bars ends will help on climbs.

I paid $125 for the frame and fork and I used parts laying around to finish the bike off. If you look closely, you'll see a Campy Record Carbon seatpost. Since most of my LOOK's use a 25.0 seatpost and I needed a 27.2 for the VD, the only post I had in my spare stuff was a Record post.

If anyone is interested in VD bikes, here's the link
Nice setupwspokes
Nov 19, 2003 7:59 AM
About 3 years ago I was selling some items at Trexlertown and the vending spot next door was the VD guys. They were selling off the excess inventory and bikes left over which wasn't many at that time. they were just getting started I believe. The single speed bike sold like hot cakes that day. In the fall, I saw some guys score VD road frames for $50.

Nice setup on the bike, it should make a reliable winter bike. I have an old Bianchi Project 5 with the 700c Ukai wheelset, very tough devils. I have it set up with a softride and drop bars, bar end shifters...I had the old 700 x 45c Smoke tires and that bike is a beast in the winter...awesome to ride.
ThanksDave Hickey
Nov 19, 2003 8:13 AM
The only hesitation I had was the frame didn't have rear brake cable guides. I tried zip ties but I didn't like the look so out came the old power drill. Now I have internal rear brake routing.
Power tools!! Scary thought...been there...nmwspokes
Nov 19, 2003 8:17 AM
Just a minor mod...biknben
Nov 19, 2003 8:24 AM
That's a nice touch with the internal routing.

Very sharpe looking rig.
WInter bike....?PEDDLEFOOT
Nov 19, 2003 8:32 AM
Does the winter there require a special bike or was this just a conveniant excuse to buy another SS/fixie. :-)
I'm bustedDave Hickey
Nov 19, 2003 8:35 AM
Just an excuse to buy a new bike. I live in Texas, so winter is a relative term.
Dunno, those tires still look kinda skinny to me ...Humma Hah
Nov 19, 2003 8:39 AM
... 32mm would be even cushier, you'd never even notice the drag, and I suspect the frame would handle them. I've got a 32mm on the rear of the Paramount, and may do the same on the front after I rebuild the wheel (which is presently 27").

Either way, fat tires are hardly a penalty, and for less-than-ideal roads, including bumping over ice in the winter or potholes in the spring, 28 or 32 mm is a lot more practical than 20 mm.
Dunno, those tires still look kinda skinny to me ...Dave Hickey
Nov 19, 2003 8:45 AM
The frame will fit up to 38c. I plan on some rail to trail(smooth gravel) riding so I might go with 32 or 35 tires
Great looking bikePsalm 147-10_11
Nov 20, 2003 8:55 AM
Wow, I love the looks of your bike. I've always eyed the Bianchi Milano and now the Van Dessel is right up there on the wish list.