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New Badass Bike

March 1, 2008

I picked up my new set of wheels today (built by Ben’s Bikes in Athens), photos to follow. Here are some specs before I forget them.

  • 1985 blue Reighly sportif “sport touring” frame, 53 cm (see Retro Raleigh Catologues)
  • P cranks (170 cm) and narrow profile flat road pedals
  • SP track chain (silver)
  • Surly flip flop hub with a 17T freewheel
  • 47×17 gearing (that I need to workout a bit to handle)
  • compact TekTRO aero brake levers (which are actually comfortable to my diminutive hands)
  • original front and rear calipers
  • Mavic open sport rims
  • Kenda KWEST 700x28cm tires (much kinder than the 23c’s I’ve been riding for 10 years now)
  • Swobo saddle, synthetic (it was either this or a $120 Brooks saddle, but I decided to indulge my inner cheapskate vegan)

Now I need a decent lock, an 19T track cog and lockring, and some good weather. I put the first mile on it riding back from the shop. I’m planning on 50+ miles next week. The forecast is mid to high 60’s, lows around 35 all week.

update–

Here are some calculations based on the gearing:

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    Gear Inch & Shifting Pattern Calculator        www.jbarrm.com
     Copyright 1996-2003 Barry Masterson              jbarrm@panix.com
               Single-speed Track Bicycle Version 
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 SP	Shifting Pattern
 CRxFW	Chainring x FreeWheel
 GI	Gear Inches
 MPH	Miles Per Hour

 Wheel Diameter: 27.60 inches

   GI  76.3 
CRxFW 47x17 
RPM:-------------------------------------------------------------------------
 80:  18.16 MPH
 85:  19.30 MPH
 90:  20.43 MPH
 95:  21.57 MPH
100:  22.70 MPH
105:  23.84 MPH
110:  24.97 MPH
115:  26.11 MPH
120:  27.24 MPH
125:  28.38 MPH
130:  29.51 MPH

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This Form Created: March 01, 2008 : 17:26:38
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    Gear Inch & Shifting Pattern Calculator      www.jbarrm.com
     Copyright 1996-2003 Barry Masterson            jbarrm@panix.com 
               Single-speed Track Bicycle Version
---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 SP        Shifting Pattern
 CRxFW     ChainRing x FreeWheel
 GI        Gear Inches
 GIdf      Percentage of increase between present GI value and the
           next sequential GI value.
 DI        Distance traveled in INCHES in a single pedal rotation
 diff      Difference in INCHES between the present DI value and 
           the next sequential DI value. 
 DF        Distance traveled in FEET in a single pedal rotation
           displayed as FEET' INCHES.decimal_remainder"
 PRPM      Pedal Rotations Per Mile
 RT        Gear Ratios

 Wheel Diameter: 27.60 inches
 Gears: 47x17 
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 SP  CRxFW    GI      GIdf      DI      diff      DF        PRPM      RT
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 1>  47x17   76.31    0.00%   239.72    0.00   19'11.72"   264.31   1:2.76
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 SP  CRxFW    GI      GIdf      DI      diff      DF        PRPM      RT
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This Form Created: March 01, 2008 : 17:26:00
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One Comment
  1. ndcalcb permalink

    where are the photos?

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