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Jun. 24th, 2010

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From:totherme
Date:June 24th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
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That does look like a very cool bike indeed :)

What brakes, gears and pedals options did you go for in the end?
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From:johnckirk
Date:June 24th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
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The pedals will be some form of SPD, but I'm not sure of the exact model.

The gears will be two at the front and nine at the back - I think he called that a "twin set". Apparently there's a trade-off: having two cogs at the front means smoother gear changes, but having three cogs would give me a wider range of gears. So, I might need to work a bit harder with this combination, but that shouldn't be a problem; I only have three gears on the Brompton altogether!

I'm getting dropped handlebars, and we looked at two types of gears: Shimano and something else (Campag?). The Campag gears allowed a second set of brake levers on top of the handlebars, but Chas said that the Shimano gears would give smoother changes, so that's what I went for. At the wheel end, the brakes will be cantilevers.
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