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Does anyone have experience marrying a mostly shimano 10 sp road bike with a Sugino xd600, 46-36-26 crankset? I'm trying, using a 12-27 cassette, 105 FD-5603 (band type), 110mm BB. Kind of works, but shifting from the middle to the top is not so smooth. Any suggestions on what I can do to improve this? Any other options for crankset gearing in this range on a 10 sp?
I saw on the ACA article that Salsa Cycles has a bike marketed for the GDMBR. The fargo Complete.
Look good but I did not see front suspension on the bike. Everything I have read suggest front suspension.
My experience is if you are riding self contained, it is all about weight. Secondly, it is all about reducing risk of equipment failure.
Russ > you make a good point. Might I suggest a Waterford. Beautiful lugged frame. About $2200 frame/fork to start and they go way way up.
For a few years there was a web page showing the results of a frame-breakage test where they took about six frames of each material and put them on a jig that stressed them back and forth as if a strong rider were standing on the pedals and climbing a 10% grade rather fast for a mile a day for two years.
It takes special equipment and lots of skill to weld thin gauge steel bicycle tubing, whether steel or aluminum.
Yep, welding, sure, but brazing steel is low tech and ubiquitous.
QuoteIf you can find a farmer in the middle of the Himalayas to weld your thin gauge steel tubing without burning it up, you'll also be able to find someone to weld your aluminum frame.Don't count on being able to get any of the materials repaired on the road. One of our neighbors is a welder with decades of experience and all kinds of certifications and he works on aircraft stuff every day. When I asked him about this kind of thing and told him how thin the bike tubing was, he said he wouldn't touch it. We have another friend who is an experienced welder who also teaches welding, so I asked him. Same thing. He wouldn't touch it.