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    3Rensho urban bike

    The last couple of years I've been doing more and more urban riding... I'll hop on the bike on a Saturday afternoon and ride around Dallas or Fort Worth taking pictures, people watching, and cruising new neighborhoods..

    I decided it was time for a dedicated urban ride...

    This frame was a neglected, beaten up 3Rensho that I restored myself. It's not perfect but I never intended it to be.

    This bike is a blast to ride.....it has the shortest wheelbase of any bike I own...

    I wasn't sure if I'd like the flat bars but they are perfect for upright urban riding...

    The bike is simple, quick and fun.....
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    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    She's a beauty. I don't know what you had to do to restore her or where she isn't "perfect" but you should be very proud. Compact might be an understatement for that frame. Wow. What's up with the Brooks saddle? I mean, the pock marks. I'm no Brooks guru but I've not seen that effect before.

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    hipster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldfixguy
    She's a beauty. I don't know what you had to do to restore her or where she isn't "perfect" but you should be very proud. Compact might be an understatement for that frame. Wow. What's up with the Brooks saddle? I mean, the pock marks. I'm no Brooks guru but I've not seen that effect before.

    Saddle: it's a Brooks B5N. It came that way....
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    Very Nice!
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    "Pain is a big fat creature riding on your back. The farther you pedal, the heavier he feels. The harder you push, the tighter he squeezes your chest. The steeper the climb, the deeper he digs his jagged, sharp claws into your muscles." - Scott Martin


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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    hipster!
    I'll say!!

    Sweet, sweet, sweet! You couldn't get a piece of toilet paper between that front tire and the downtube. Tight, you say.

    And where did you get that cable housing? In blue/black that would be very cool on the Fuso.
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    how about something cleaner than janky electrical tape?


    and of course, aerospok, double strap toe clips, and a few spoke cards...
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    And a 650 front wheel for the "bar spins." Of course, Dave, you'll have to lose the brake. Plus a couple of inches off those bars! Too wide for "hipsterdom"!!
    Anyone who believes there are no stupid questions never worked in a bike shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    how about something cleaner than janky electrical tape?


    and of course, aerospok, double strap toe clips, and a few spoke cards...

    Actually, I want to add those.....thanks
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    I'll say!!

    Sweet, sweet, sweet! You couldn't get a piece of toilet paper between that front tire and the downtube. Tight, you say.

    And where did you get that cable housing? In blue/black that would be very cool on the Fuso.

    The clearance is tight but not as bad as the picture shows..There is about 1cm clearance

    The housing was an eBay special....NOS BMX housing from the 80's..The guy had difference colors but I don't remember if he had blue
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    Wheee!
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    Some better pics taken this evening
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    Some better pics taken this evening


    in the pic of the stem/bars it looks kinda like there is a huge gap... weird
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    Quote Originally Posted by FatTireFred
    in the pic of the stem/bars it looks kinda like there is a huge gap... weird
    Unless I'm seriously mistaken, that's the Dura Ace stem with the internal clamp that "pushes" forward. Had one and you could use both 26.0 and Cinelli 26.4 bars with it. Slick setup unless you lose that little cap.

    Dave, which Dura Ace crank is that and what's the headset?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Unless I'm seriously mistaken, that's the Dura Ace stem with the internal clamp that "pushes" forward. Had one and you could use both 26.0 and Cinelli 26.4 bars with it. Slick setup unless you lose that little cap.

    Dave, which Dura Ace crank is that and what's the headset?
    Richard you are correct about the stem...It has an internal wedge and this early version was made for 25.4 bars( you can tell by the old logo)...It doesn't creak and the bar is rock solid...

    The headset is a steel Tange....
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    IThis latest rig should be dubbed the Dave Hickster

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman
    IThis latest rig should be dubbed the Dave Hickster

    LOL...I like it
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    looks like a painted/powder coated 7600 to me.

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    close...7400 paint.....I'm going to use 7600 polished cranks in the near future
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

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    Neat ! Great color combo, Lance would be proud.

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    oops, 7600 has dura ace at the other end of the arm. you think i would know that since i have a set of 7400 on my rig.

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    I like that alot.

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    do you like the straight handlebars?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine
    do you like the straight handlebars?

    Yeah, I really do....I built this bike for urban riding and the straight bars are perfect for that application.

    I even managed 65 miles yesterday without problem using this bike
    Dave Hickey/ Fort Worth

    My 3Rensho Blog: http://vintage3rensholove.blogspot.com/

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    Another nice one

    You even took time to find the right black and white background to shoot the pics. Those DA track hubs in black or original DA road hubs with a track axle in the back? Nicely done on the details.


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