What to do with a Beast?

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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:06 pm

Tomcat65 wrote:Nobody said you can't use a drop bar. I'm starting a conversion to flared drops on my Malus this weekend :)


Your bike is one of my inspirations. Decided to go with single gear, though.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:28 pm

Thanks Jimmie65!
The tinkering around and trying to get the most out of these bikes is more than half of the fun for most of the regular contributors here.
You're one of us. Keep us up with whatever you do!
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Gravelo » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:58 pm

FWIW, back to my blog for a moment, I put up my experience with"making" flared drop bars out of old 10 speed bars. I currently have 5 pairs on bikes that I ride regularly. Use the search box and put in "floor jack" if interested.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:06 pm

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Finally got around to working on the Beast. The coaster hub was loose and needed tightening, so I ended up taking it apart and greasing it. Also had to install a new band for the coaster brake, as well as lube and clean everything else.

Put on a Selle Royal Ellipse saddle (I have 3 of these; best saddle out for the price).

Stem was changed out to a Origin8 adjustable - I had bought this for the Ozone road bike I rebuilt, but it turned out to be 1 1/8" which I thought wouldn't fit anything. Turns out cheap fat bikes use 1 1/8" threadless.

The handlebars are Salsa Cow Laps, precursors to the Cowbell. SUnlite foam grips for the top part; the bottom grips are temporary (and off the original handlebars. Because I'm not too experienced with dropbars, I've got them set high right now and will probably lower them before tomorrow's ride is done.

I've got some Wellgo pedals or old beartraps to put on, but not sure which ones will look (and work) better.

The test ride was great; the Beast is a beauty to ride, though heavy as well.

Possible next steps -
1. New tires. This will happen eventually.
2. Larger chainring?
3. Better cranks. Picking up a used set tomorrow; we'll see if they work. The chainring on them is probably too big.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:10 pm

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Here's what prodded me to get to work.
We don't get snow in south central Texas. If I hadn't been so damn lazy this last week, I could have been out riding! :x
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:46 pm

That looks really good!
For a drop bar, it is really high, but as you get used to it, you will have plenty of room for adjustment.
Between that adjustable angle, and the high rise of the stem, you have it up in cruiser territory right now :)
It still looks good, I'm sure it changed the way it feels too. I had limited time on a Mongoose Brutus, and I didn't like the narrow BMX looking high rise handlebar at all. This one is going to just get better.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:41 am

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The Beast did not get to go for a ride yesterday as planned; discovered it does not fit on my Swagman bike rack even with lots of tiedowns and bungees. (It wasn't alone - I couldn't fit my Torker Tristar inside the Escape because the BMX stem I installed was 1/2 inch too tall even with the bars turned down. So yesterday's slow ride with my mom became a long ride with my brother instead.)

I did get it out for a couple of miles later and then again this morning. As long as I don't worry about speed, the Beast is a great ride. It rolls over curbs, potholes, brush, small children, and chihuahuas (just kidding about the chihuahua..) without slowing down. The coaster brake is taking some getting used to, but I plan to give Panther Springs Canyon a try later this week - it's nothing but rocks and tree roots.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby Tomcat65 » Sun Dec 10, 2017 1:46 pm

Looks like you've dropped the stem down a little bit.
It's sharp. Just about to post the drop bar conversion on my Malus. Just need good pics.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 7:48 pm

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Switched out to some cruiser bars and replaced the bearclaws with some less aggressive pedals and foot fenders. It handles great in the rain, though some fenders would be nice.
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Re: What to do with a Beast?

Postby jimmie65 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 4:22 pm

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Switched out to ape hangers. Obviously, I've given up on turning this into a gravel grinder.

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Basket or no basket? Can't decide. Definitely going to change seats.

I've ordered a disc-compatible fork and wheels; hopefully, that will lighten it up quite a bit.
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