I put a post up on Brisbane cyclist about a bike modification project I've been thinking about this week.

Thought I'd get lots of comments from the Sydney lot as well.

Any thoughts ? Feel free to add here :)

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Comment by DamianM on June 23, 2010 at 8:50pm
Did consider internal gears, then thought that single would just be easier.

I think the dropouts will be fine, they're pretty much horizontal, and I've seen this frame turned into a fixie around the web.

Risers... yeah maybe. Platforms yes. mudgard - probably won't bother, I have the Topeak rack on there though for the occasionally kid hauling.
Comment by baa baa on June 23, 2010 at 9:13pm
Yes, drop the gears but keep some of its CX heritage with some wide woodchipper or midge drop bars (see Mr Boxheads photos of his fargo in his WIWIMB post . I think midge bars are a good option) Just need to swap out the rubbish brifter things to plain levers.
I am mucking about with SS CX gearing and 42 16 seems about right for me in the gravel.
Comment by Adrian on June 23, 2010 at 11:23pm
Hi D, I have some 105 172.5 cranks that are doing nothing if you try with the SS route. However, I'd put some north road bars on with a stem riser, 9speed shifters and get your bike nice and relaxed as townie. Add a brooks for extra pimping
Comment by DamianM on June 23, 2010 at 11:29pm
Oooh, I like the idea of the Brooks.
North road bars are an option too, that's what Sammy has on the LHT.

Will let you know about the Cranks, we might be able to work something out :) Thanks!
Comment by Daniel S on June 24, 2010 at 8:57am
Great idea Damian. If the bike is a little large, then swept back bars like the nitto albatross bars would work well. You may want to consider a fixed/free rear hub so you can try out fixed gear as well, and swap and change between the two. I have my surly 1x1 setup as a singlespeed commuter with albatross bars, ergo grips, and a lovely brooks B67 saddle. A somewhat bad photo here: http://picasaweb.google.com.au/lh/photo/Y9DNqspZLCzfBdp-TNh1LA?feat...
Comment by DamianM on June 24, 2010 at 10:26am
That looks great Daniel
Looking at the 1x1s is what gave me the idea, I realised I actually had a frame that would do the job. I've already got a fixie, so would only run this as single speed.
Comment by Andrew Swan on June 25, 2010 at 1:53pm
The dropouts are fine as they are; remember that so-called "horizontal" dropouts are never truly horizontal, they are anything up to 30 degrees off. Also, you don't need a new rear wheel to go SS or even fixed; you can redish and respace your existing wheel. It's not that hard, I did it on my own fixie.
Comment by Jonathan on June 25, 2010 at 10:44pm
Something like this? http://www.flickr.com/photos/allisonlowry/3929512227/

I just got me a cross check, all geared etc for commuting, but they're so practical, and your bianchi looks really similar. Chuck some big 38 or 40c's on there and get rollin'!
Comment by Jonathan on June 25, 2010 at 10:45pm
ah bollocks, that didnt work... try this:Cross Check

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