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    My New Vanilla roadie/fixie convertible

    Here are photos of my new Vanilla roadie/fixie lugged steel convertible. In addition to the frame, Sacha built the stem and the fork. The rear horizontal dropouts are stainless steel and include a derailleur hanger and a brass ridge around the dropout to give the quick-release or axle nuts better bite. The shifter cable guides are placed under the downtube to be inobtrusive when I run it as a fixie or single-speed.

    The in-line cable adjusters behind the handlebars allow a break in the shift cable housing just where it exits the bar tape. When I switch to fixie mode, I can remove the adjusters & cable housing outside the bar tape, and pull out the shifter cable. I don't need to change the brake levers or remove the shift cable housing underneath the tabe. In addition, I pull off the derailleurs, switch the rear wheel and left-side crank with one that already has a fixie chain ring, and quick-connect a fixie chain. Multi-speed to fixed gear in about 30-45 minutes.

    I'm trying a few new components. Honsho aluminum fenders are light, durable and rigid, and they paint-up very nicely. Rivendell's Ruffy-Tuffy tires are very nice riding so far, and the Kestrel carbon bar feels good too. The Brooks Swift saddle will not go on this Saturday's 300km brevet break-in ride. I want to make sure the saddle and I get along on shorter rides first.

    Now to see how well a multi-photo posting works...
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    Here are a few more shots

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    WOW. that is one amazing bike. his work is always something to admire. awesome bike, and great planning with the stealth fixie conversion provisions!

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    Thumbs up

    Awesome!

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    those dropouts are absolutely perfect.

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    Activate bike lust!

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    It's a beauty!

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    cool

    Very cool, but what's with the gears? ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdxMark
    Here are photos of my new Vanilla roadie/fixie lugged steel convertible. In addition to the frame, Sacha built the stem and the fork. The rear horizontal dropouts are stainless steel and include a derailleur hanger and a brass ridge around the dropout to give the quick-release or axle nuts better bite. The shifter cable guides are placed under the downtube to be inobtrusive when I run it as a fixie or single-speed.

    The in-line cable adjusters behind the handlebars allow a break in the shift cable housing just where it exits the bar tape. When I switch to fixie mode, I can remove the adjusters & cable housing outside the bar tape, and pull out the shifter cable. I don't need to change the brake levers or remove the shift cable housing underneath the tabe. In addition, I pull off the derailleurs, switch the rear wheel and left-side crank with one that already has a fixie chain ring, and quick-connect a fixie chain. Multi-speed to fixed gear in about 30-45 minutes.

    I'm trying a few new components. Honsho aluminum fenders are light, durable and rigid, and they paint-up very nicely. Rivendell's Ruffy-Tuffy tires are very nice riding so far, and the Kestrel carbon bar feels good too. The Brooks Swift saddle will not go on this Saturday's 300km brevet break-in ride. I want to make sure the saddle and I get along on shorter rides first.

    Now to see how well a multi-photo posting works...

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    Wow!

    Stunning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PdxMark
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    Absolutely beautiful!

    Vanilla bikes are one of the few that really inspire me with that great combo of form/ function aesthetic.

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    Pretty Bike!

    Very nice! Is it my imagination, or are we seeing a resurgence of fender-equipped bikes?

    Take the Swift along for that first ride--you'll like it. A lot!

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    Gorgeous, and you're a Frog man too, huh? (nm)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DougSloan
    Very cool, but what's with the gears? ;-)Doug
    Ahh, well, the gears are my little crutch for this ... gotta figure out how I'll do at the longer brevet distances. But NEXT YEAR I'll try to do them fixed gear. At least the shorter ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy M-S
    Very nice! Is it my imagination, or are we seeing a resurgence of fender-equipped bikes? Take the Swift along for that first ride--you'll like it. A lot!
    I am toying with riding the Swift on that 300k. What better way to break it in? It actually feels great on the short rides I've done. I'll have a saddle bag, so I could start with the Swift & switch to an older saddle if things go awry.

    Fenders are de rigour in brevets, and in off-season riding in Portland... which can be October to May. I kinda like the fenders being a nice & elegant part of the bike rather than a clunky plastic add-on, as they are on my other bikes. Afterall, plastic is plastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PdxMark
    I am toying with riding the Swift on that 300k. What better way to break it in? It actually feels great on the short rides I've done. I'll have a saddle bag, so I could start with the Swift & switch to an older saddle if things go awry.

    Fenders are de rigour in brevets, and in off-season riding in Portland... which can be October to May. I kinda like the fenders being a nice & elegant part of the bike rather than a clunky plastic add-on, as they are on my other bikes. Afterall, plastic is plastic.
    Indeed. My Swift also felt great out of the box. I think plastic fenders have their place--and my secondary bike (for truly foul conditions) has 'em. But for my "good" ride, I mounted Berthoud stainless steel fenders. If/when the bike needs a repaint, I may consider having them painted to match. But they look so nice and bright right now...you can see my bike on the front page of the Wallingford web site (www.wallbike.com)--and, not incidentally, they sell the fenders!

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    Very nice...

    A candidate for bike porn. He makes beautiful bikes.

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    vanilla

    great imagination, beautiful execution. this guy has to be one of the best-ever, a genius/artist. every one of sasha's works is simply fantastic.

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    Aaahhh, what sweet torture...

    ...well-planned, well-executed and that fabulous paint job--the matching stem and fenders are perfect. Beautiful to behold, but painful to contemplate.

    Jealous? Who, me?

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    Very, very nice. Your ideas and his artistry have resulted in another work of art.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry b
    Very, very nice. Your ideas and his artistry have resulted in another work of art.
    My thoughts exactly. Simply gorgeous!

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    Another pic please

    I'd love to see how he finished off the seat stays at the seat tube. Do you have another picture?

    Great looking bike.

    Thanks.

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    Wow

    I think the public has given their concensus. I am not sure how much of it is your input and how much of it is the builder. Whoever it is, needs to be congratulated on a job well done.

    I am an anal ass (shithole?). I can't stand looking at a frame and wonder why is this here and why is this there and wouldn't it be nicer if it was like this or like that? Your frame? Awesome, down to the last detail. I particularly like how the shifter bosses on the downtube are located below the tube running parallel to the cable router below the BB.... that's art, in simplicity. Why all frames are not built like this is beyond me. Also love the matching stem (my personal favourite, all stems must match the bike). Down to the components. Gsus, you/ builder got it on the dot. The matching fenders also deserve a mention....

    Once thing you missed out (I'm sure you saw this coming), is a copper coloured Chris King headset.

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    agree -- work of art -- suggestion, though...

    The details are fantastic. One thing it cries out for, though, to me is a matching frame pump, painted with the same color.

    Doug

    Quote Originally Posted by buffedupboy
    I think the public has given their concensus. I am not sure how much of it is your input and how much of it is the builder. Whoever it is, needs to be congratulated on a job well done.

    I am an anal ass (shithole?). I can't stand looking at a frame and wonder why is this here and why is this there and wouldn't it be nicer if it was like this or like that? Your frame? Awesome, down to the last detail. I particularly like how the shifter bosses on the downtube are located below the tube running parallel to the cable router below the BB.... that's art, in simplicity. Why all frames are not built like this is beyond me. Also love the matching stem (my personal favourite, all stems must match the bike). Down to the components. Gsus, you/ builder got it on the dot. The matching fenders also deserve a mention....

    Once thing you missed out (I'm sure you saw this coming), is a copper coloured Chris King headset.

    Kudos,
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    Hey! I know that bike!!

    There can't be another like it. Pretty sure I saw you tooling down Barbur Blvd near Terwilliger while I was out with my wifelast night. Of course I then had to explain how I recognized the bike from this website I visit, uh, occasionally, uh, when things get slow at work...
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    Quote Originally Posted by DougSloan
    The details are fantastic. One thing it cries out for, though, to me is a matching frame pump, painted with the same color.Doug
    You're right. And I foolishly opted for no pump peg, which would have made that sort of pump mount so nicely. Oh well... If it needs repainting in 10 or 15 years I can get Sacha to add one then. It is a bike to have around for awhile, afterall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mdehner
    There can't be another like it. Pretty sure I saw you tooling down Barbur Blvd near Terwilliger while I was out with my wifelast night. Of course I then had to explain how I recognized the bike from this website I visit, uh, occasionally, uh, when things get slow at work...
    I have been around town a bit so far, but not on Barbur. It would be interesting to see the bike you saw. Oh well, spousal confessions are a good thing to do now & then.... sometimes....

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