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Vitus 979 fixie, "loneranger"

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Vitus 979 Mk II / 55cm / late 80's

generic randonneur, 42cm w/barend lights / Nashbar riser

Vitus 979 / Dura-Ace

budget Bikeisland wheelset / cup & cone axles swapped for hollow + allen skewer / gumwall Cheng Shins

same as above / axle swap + Shimano QR / GUMMOwall

AC "Mini LE" 165mm / English, RPM sealed 110

Velo (Felt takeoff) / Bontrager TT, 25.0mm

MKS GR-9 / 3/32" ACS with half-link

Nashbar dual pivot / Ditto

40x16 (67") cog & fw / ferrous CR for long life / many rpms

"Great climber, a joy to ride." - the onion.

Built this up on the cheap from an ebay frame. The seller pulled it out of an abandoned storage unit; grimy and without wheels... it was set up with tri-bars and Dura-Ace components. After my Viscount fixie showed its weakness, parts went here!

Having long legs and a short torso, smaller frames with jacked up posts (sometimes reversed), and stems are a good fit... if an ungainly look. For me, it's like the "fucked-up tooth" of sexiness that grows on you.

Frame has vertical dropouts, but a half-link on the chain and some filing of the axle "squared the circle". or something.

The headset is stock. Just that and the "grub screw", which will chew up a seatpost if not used carefully. (the American Classic post that came with the frame was in rough shape) A somewhat impractical design, but a very strong seat cluster. And, with the "fastback" stays, a clean & industrial look. [clean AND industrial? pfft.]

Compared with modern aluminum frames, this one is super-comfy. It soaks up road vibrations, even with tires >100psi. The springiness at the bottom bracket seems to return power input if you mash into an acceleration. That said, the cranks are probably too wide [q-factor], but at 15 bucks they'll work for now. Plans to upgrade, and by that time I'll be a better judge of the difference a lower tread makes.

wt: 19.2 lb (blame the BB/crankset :))

loner anger / lone ranger

People who friended this bike reticentremedy

Nice rework of a classic

I had one of my 979's setup as a single speed. Lucked out on a cog/chainring combination that was perfect (after 2 tries) without needing a halflink. However, had to get a new chain more often (after 2, I went to a 1x5spd setup).
Your right, smooth riding frames and silly light- the only aluminum I own. Enjoy!

on it, doggone it.

Hey, thanks for the kind words and info! These things are easy to love...



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