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E's Bianchi CityCross

Bike tags: Single speed | Road bike | Mountain bike | Commuter | conversion singleator NYC
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Bianchi Timber Wolf steel MTB frame 30.5" standover, {content} leftover from a tag sale

replaced lousy stock steel cockpit with nashbar threadless adapter, stem, TT bars, brake levers


stock, armadillo 1.5" semi-slicks at ~70psi

replaced beaten freewheel and cogset with used freewheel and single 14t cog

nashbar alloy cranks replaced crappy rivited stock parts

Planet bike saddle (slowly softening) plus alloy seatpost

nashbar SPD pedals, stock chain, probably to be replaced soon

42:14 w/ surly singleator. a half-link won't quite fit with the old chain.

I got this bike 2nd or 3rd hand, and was never happy with it. The frame was decent from the factory, but the component build-out was pure economy. Over time I've replaced everything the rider touches, usually with on sale nashbar components and a few used bin items from my LBS. Last weekend I finally got rid of the grindy old freewheel and heavy cogset in favor of the near invisible freewheel and 14t cog in the pic. With that done, the chain tensioner doesn't bother me anymore, and this has become my favorite bike!

now it's fast and smooth. The high-pressure armadillo tires roll like a road bike, but soak up the NYC bumps well enough to get me to brooklyn and back in good weather. The 26" wheels accelerate well in traffic. I've grown quite fond of this frankenbike. Mountain frame, old school road bikeish geometry, rugged wheelset, city agile, 26lbs w/o kit bag. It has almost negated my lust for an IRO Rob Roy (but not quite).

People who friended this bike soundsgreen, CONDENADO, RobTALLpants, ryanmacleod, I.P. Freely, cannonhugodale

nice bike, same as me with

nice bike, same as me with the snashbar singulator...I have been using dillos for a long time, fwiw be careful going over wetspots, they slip something fierce....took several hard spil before learning :)

The bike is lookin good. You

The bike is lookin good. You have done some very similar things as I have. I'm glad to see you like the tires, Ijust put a set of armadillos on also.

Thanks. The Armadillos were

The Armadillos were the first change from the stock version, and I'm very pleased with them so far. They're a witch to get on the rim, though.

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