Introducing Rudy the RANS Fusion ST with a Rohloff Speedhub #cycling

Meet Rudy:
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Named after the dinosaur in Ice Age 3.
You will notice he is a crank forward style bicycle which makes you feel a bit gangster as you cruise along. Rudy is a RANS Fusion ST (step through), the RANS Cruz is very similar, but has curved tubing. Rather than the normal derailleur gears, he’s kitted out with a mint condition Rohloff Speedhub. I’ve written about my other Rohloff before, that one is old and well used, this one is barely used, newer (hence lower friction seals) and is a fancy red colour. I bought Rudy as a complete bike second hand (but barely used) and I made a couple of changes, but nothing massive.

Introductions over, let’s go through some of the issues he had.

Notice anything wrong here?
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Yes, the blocks are on the wrong sides 20130202-153615.jpg
But that is not all, notice anything here?
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Yes, the pads were for different blocks and didn’t fit properly on one side. Closer inspection and the left and right are different, might be a manufacturer trying to prevent generic inserts being used as replacements
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Anyway, I swapped them for a different set and all is well
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Notice the bit of gaffer tape on the rim, I use that to toe-in my pads if I’m not feeling dexterous or i’m not having much luck at the time.
The second one shows Rudy is covered in road filth already – from the first test ride – mudguards are on the shopping list.

Next one, notice anything wrong?
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Yes, apart from the colour of the pedal, it is on the wrong side, which leads to the pedals loosening as you ride and eventually falling off. Why’s that? Check this
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Yep, they are a LHS crankset! Doh!

The fitted chain tensioner (required because of length of chain and no eccentric bottom bracket) was rubbish, fortunately I had a decent one i picked up second hand from eBay a while back, so I fitted that
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It’s far better and meant I could fit a standard triple chainring and manually choose a chainring (should I want to)
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Those are 152mm cranks so my midget wife can comfortably spin without hurting her knees.
All this of course meant I needed to extend the chain slightly
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Can you spot the shiny new KMC X8 quick links joining it? I hope there will be enough chain remaining for the donor chain to fit Bluebell, hopefully nothing wasted. Worth mentioning, I like KMC chains, though the quick links are anything but unless you use a pair of pliers.

That’s it pretty much, a few other accessories fitted and I was cruising in style (or as close to it as I get).

I’ve since tweaked a few more things, snapped the mirror off, fitted a new one, etc. The wife took a quick test ride today and the summary of her thoughts:

  • seat is comfortable
  • both feet can touch the floor at once
  • knees aren’t too high, so no knee strain
  • gears change without fuss
  • great gear range and very low bottom gear
  • no pressure / strain on hands, wrists or shoulders
  • it’s cool and different
  • I didn’t feel as stupid as I thought I might
  • I try not to think about how much it cost
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2 responses to “Introducing Rudy the RANS Fusion ST with a Rohloff Speedhub #cycling

  1. Crank forwards are cool. All the cool kids have them.

  2. Pingback: you don’t bring me flowers | life in the cycle lane

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