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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:18 pm 
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...'cos mine's a red one.

Dear all,

redshift has a shiny new bicycle. Mr Hewitt said 'it's a bit of an odd one' but he built it anyway. Purists should look away now.

May I present the Hewitt Cheviot SE with Kona Project 2 fork, SON dynohub, and Avid BB7 disks:


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Today, I are mostly drooling.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 6:54 pm 
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That are kewl.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:09 pm 
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ooOOOOOOoooo.

That's gorgeous.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:50 pm 
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Very wuvly indeed - that's my kind of bike... =P~


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:56 pm 
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Just noticed the downtube shifters - price or preference?


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 9:14 pm 
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Preference. I could have had any shifters I wanted, but I have small hands, and the Cane Creek levers are more comfy for me than either Campag or Shimano. I'm used to downtube shifters, so that made it easy.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:00 pm 
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Ver' shiny.

Needs red jockey wheels. 8)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:17 pm 
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's very, very lovely. Definitely a fast colour :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:17 pm 
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AndyGates wrote:
Ver' shiny.

Needs red jockey wheels. 8)

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Like these? :grin: :c+tongue:


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:21 pm 
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...Oh dear...

I'm not that obsessive. I mean, it took someone else to point out to me that the brake rotors don't match. :roll:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:24 pm 
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Drool. :c+tongue:
I've been contemplating something similar, but maybe with the new 11 speed Alfine hub, for commuting 10 miles each way on the trail. The disc brakes would save a fortune in replacement rims. I use Campag D/T levers with Shimano mtb gearing on the tourer at the moment 'cos I can't be arsed to rebuild the Ergos AGAIN! The hub dyno is top notch, but I use the IQ Cyo rather than the IQ Fly, a wee bit more power! :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:47 pm 
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My main considerations when doing the thinking part were:

1. Rims - I'm sick of wheels being a consumable item. 10 miles each way on-road, and I still needed a new set of rims every 8 months or so. When I bought the Shimano dynohub, I got a deal on a wheel, but with the odd spoke pattern, it's a pain to replace the rim. I could simply have changed to a new dynohub setup, but
2. the rear brake clearance is poor on the Ventura, the brake shoes on the cantis hit the seatstays, so that was a point in favour of a new frame.
3. Fit. The tourer was an experiment, largely to see whether my back was now up to long term riding on an upright. The fit wasn't perfect: Good, but could have been better - but not with that frame.
4. I have the trike and an MTB, as well as the tourer. There's no room for n+1. Any new bike had to be a workhorse, and do lots of stuff - commute to work, or do a C2C, whatever I ended up doing.

After having a look round at the off-the-shelf stuff available, I was persuaded that buying one and chopping and changing the bits that weren't right was actually less sensible than just going to see Paul and saying "This is what I want, can you do it?"

The answer, of course, was "Yes.." :mrgreen:

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And it is a lovely bike at the end of all that. A workhorse, but a pretty pony, too.

Disc brakes are getting to be a mature technology now. I see lots of different conventions on pads, but the caliper & rotor fittings, spacings and pull all seem to be standardised.

My heart still wins out over my head (just), because I don't think I can live with straight forks. Oh, I know it makes sense and all that, but I just love an elegant tapered curve, and that's not conducive to disc braking really.

Well, we'll see. I think my next bike will be a Bob Jackson with a sliding rear mount and disc brakes. I'll want to run fixed, S3X and Rohloff or SRAM iMotion hub gears on it, according to weather & whim.

Hmmm....how to bodge a disc brake onto an S3X? Needs more thought...

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