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coming soon...winter build ('project') to be done next week(30 posts)

coming soon...winter build ('project') to be done next weekJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 6:27 AM
NOS 1999 quanitana roo te quilo. J2 and i both bought a pair of QRs (1 tri, 1 mtb) from river city bikes (chattanooga) aka for a rediculously low price, via internet/telephone, of course. i ordered up the rest of the build earlier this week from nashbar,, ebay, and this build (59cm 650c, btw) will be 90% sourced from chuck. parts should trickle in this week and next. will provide full build pics and cost rundown when complete.
front endJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 6:29 AM
don't tell anybody, but the toro bullhorn bars are really syntace with internal cable routing. this is my second pair from chuck.
top tube / down tube detailJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 6:32 AM
that's an armadillo in a pool chair drinking a fruity frozen beverage complete with straw. yes, this will be a "colorful ugly" tri bike. expect the same treatment with cages and bar tape. i figure 650c tri bikes are legally required to be "over the top". multisport athletes have no taste or culture anyhow, so what does it matter (no flames please!). :)
seat tube detailJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 6:34 AM
note the seat tube extension above the top tube, and the red/maroon-to-yellow fade. pretty obnoxious, no?
bb detail & paint up-close (last pic)JS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 6:36 AM
nice bass-boat sparkly paint, and airbrush-fade color change on the chainstays. should be an interesting build.
nice - keep posting until it is done!andy02
Jan 29, 2004 6:53 AM
QR use to be a great company until they went big with litespeed...

I had a 95 Kilo custom painted from them.. 15 pound bike in 95 when some pros were on 19-21 pound bikes!

So you know, I agree with your style comment on multisport. Road racing is way more fun anyway!
will do. should be done mid-late next week. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 7:21 AM
Are u going after the unofficial RBR 3mTT record?bigrider
Jan 29, 2004 6:50 AM
Now what number of bikes are we up to now? Is this your first tri setup? It looks like it will turn out very nice. How much for those bars? I may need a pair for the fixed project.
re: aarontoy TT recordJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 7:16 AM
I'd never presume to ride 31 mph for 3 miles. unless it was all downhill, and i had a motorized ride back.

# bikes? that's a military secret.

first tri setup? yup.

bars = $10 from (yes, ten dollars). i have a pair of them on my fixie, also. with the tektro aero brake levers (of which i have 3 pairs from chuck), which were had for $12.


stating the # of bikes is the first step to recoverybigrider
Jan 29, 2004 7:27 AM
If you say it fast and not around the wife it is not so bad. Technically speaking you can never have too many bikes. If you say the number with confidence, not with your head down, it portrays the image of "Yes I have that many bikes but I am hoping to double that number in less than three years".'

With that said I have 5.

I went first, now your turn.
that's assuming i am trying to quitJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 7:53 AM

not all 10 are built. some are frames only, or frames with miscellaneous parts dangling. of course, "10" is dwarfed by the collections of many of our fair RBR community members.

ten is not including the balloon-tire cruisers or yard sale finds still in the storage shed. garage is full. i met an artist this summer who builds hanging sculputures with old guitar strings and bike parts. will probably give him a half dozen garage sale or curb find bikes to commission a piece or two.
Mrs. Haiku ...Spoke Wrench
Jan 29, 2004 8:32 AM
is going to jump out of an airplane again when she reads this.
theory of relativityJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 8:39 AM
she just spent more on a new front door than my first new road bike. "why?", you ask...just because, methinks. and now i have the old front door (2 years old) leaning against the garage wall. there is no room for bike discourse!

she's gotten beyond student jumps, btw. no longer does it cost her to have instructors present. now only the price of equipment rental and a ride to altitude. 1/4 the price of an instructed jump, which is not so bad.
re: coming soon...winter build ('project') to be done next weekredglobal
Jan 29, 2004 7:09 AM
I just bought the same bike from the farmer where did you get your 650 wheels at and how much.
wheelsJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 7:19 AM
wheels = $78 from

"Jetset 650c Wwheelset

Alloy rims stainless steel spokes Formula 8/9 speed hubs. The 650c and 700c wheelsets are made for the USA market. 650c wheels have 28 spokes and 700c have 32 spokes."

came with quick release skewers front & rear. hubs are "tank racing" design. seem entry level at best, but it's not like i'm going to be putting 5k/year on this bike. if i had a bigger budget, i'd have bought a second pair of these wheels as backups.


oh, and fork:JS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 7:24 AM
"Advanced FK-63 Carbon Fork 650c
Alloy steer tube and alloy crown. Steer tube is 300mm long.", $75

there are lots of 650c forks on ebay, too. just watch the ST length. i could have gotten a better deal if i cared to stalk ebay, but i prefer to give chuck my $.
Good Pricesredglobal
Jan 29, 2004 7:31 AM
Thanks for the info I will check out Chucks. Keep us posted when you finish the whole bike. Thanks Red
re: coming soon...winter build ('project') to be done next weekSaddle_Sore
Jan 29, 2004 7:43 AM
Excellent idea. I am building up a bike that I would like to be able to ride this Spring, but unlike most people on here, I am very inexperienced at bike building. However, I am documenting my folly with my digital camera and so will post some pictures as well (once I figure out how you do that).

Don't laugh when I post my pics because it's an old frame (about 1989 - Raleigh 531c) and a lot of the gear isn't what you'd call state-of-the-art, but I think it will be good when I'm finished.
old frame + non-state-of-the-art + first build up = cool (nm)innergel
Jan 29, 2004 7:50 AM
Rivercity and Chuck, we must have the same shopping cart...racerx
Jan 29, 2004 8:15 AM
I too picked up a QRoo, but I got the Mountain frame instead.

I bought it with the intention of building it up as an evil twin to my Mutant Litespeed Hiwassee mtn converted to Cross bike. Perhaps as a SS Cross.

Lack of time has not seen it happen as of now. Most of the parts came from Chucksbikes, including a yellow mutant stem, wheels, bars, seat, brakes and so on...
bought the panamint, tooJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 8:18 AM
and am building it up as ss mtb, with parts from chuck & ebay. strange.

have you recently changed your RBR handle?


What do you guys think of the Panamint?lampshade
Jan 29, 2004 8:32 AM
Weight, construction, etc?
no clue yetJS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 8:36 AM
mine's 1-2 months from being built with parts kit. not expecting anything special, though. will be fully rigid ss.
What do you guys think of the Panamint?racerx
Jan 29, 2004 9:06 AM
It is an Easton frame, so the tubes and welds are fine. Frame weighs in at >3 pounds.

From some old adds, I recall something about the geometry being a bit different from the usual mtn bike. I haven't put any measurements on it yet.

I called to order because I had concerns about the frame sizing. After talking with a rep, he said he would send what he thought I needed. Wrong, too big!!

No disc tabs
Non replaceable deraileur hanger

26.4 seatpost size, a bit odd size isn't it??

For 100 bucks, I think I could have done better. The finish is not perfect, had some dust in the paint.

Recommendation, go with the Tsunami SS or spider mtn bike.
What do you guys think of the Panamint?J2
Jan 29, 2004 8:36 PM
the Panamint that i got appears to be fairly nice for a plain alu frame. easton tubing, welds are good, frame is avg wgt, paint on mine is really nice, no flaws at all. don't know about angles yet, although mine should up and running within a few weeks, mine will be a front susp full geared mtb, J got the same frame but is going the rigid SS route. i'm very pleased with mine so far, hope it rides as good as it looks. last i looked he was selling them for 90 i think on ebay but you can talk to him direct and get them a little cheaper. 75 is what i got mine for. i just don't think you can beat that deal.
bought the panamint, tooracerx
Jan 29, 2004 9:09 AM
have you recently changed your RBR handle?

Not intentionally, I registered for the new board and it wouldn't accept Marketing Department. I was RacerX waaaay back, so I used it.
That Hiwassee is still one of the coolest bikes...The Walrus
Jan 29, 2004 12:08 PM
...I've ever seen on this board. Just wish I had the stones to take the plunge and do that with mine!
Come on Walrus, do it!! You will love it!! nmracerx
Jan 29, 2004 1:21 PM
pretty stupid question, what is the purpose of 650 wheels? (nm)witcomb
Jan 29, 2004 8:27 AM
check this recent thread:JS Haiku Shop
Jan 29, 2004 8:35 AM
Saddle_Sore "NEWBIE: 650c vs 700c" 12/17/03 1:57am