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post #1 of 6 Old 05-14-2009, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up pennytech ergo mods

Here's my pennytech risers. Bought them for $5 at local bike shop. Did this with just one set high on the Wee I had and worked great. Put a coat of black satin on them and they'll look fine.

I'm also going to cut about 1" off the ends of the handlebars and fill with silicone to cut down some vibration and make stand-up riding more comfy.

With narrower bars and a little over 1 1/2" rise, the cables should be OK without rerouting. Now I can replace those sucky, stock handgrips while I'm at it.

Total for risers and new, longer bolts should be around $10, plus whatever the grips cost. Maybe another $15 or so.

I'll post some "after" pics when I get done. Should be able to get it done tonight

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-15-2009, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Here's my finished riser mod and "cheapskate" seat pad. Cost $4 at Big Lots. It's a bathroom rug that goes in front of toilet and is rubber backed to keep from slipping. Cut to size and used mini-bungees to secure under the seat.

Total cost about $28, including new gel grips.

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Took about a 15 miles test run, and was very pleased with the results. Standing is MUCH better!

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post #3 of 6 Old 05-15-2009, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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35 views and not one comment on my idea.

H-m-m-m-m. I promise, I DID take a shower this morning!

One's opinion of a good idea isn't always the same as someone else's opinion of what a good idea constitutes, I guess.

I guess I should have started a thread asking, "How do I adjust my chain?"
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Maybe everyone was too busy doing the same thing you did, and didn't have time to chime in...

Nice job indy!

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post #5 of 6 Old 05-18-2009, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, Mark!

Got a chance to take a nice ride this weekend and really like the change.

Just as an experiment, I took off the factory handgurds after noticing alot of dirty air coming from them on the highway. BIG difference! Nice smooth flowing air going down the road and bike seemed to be less effected by gusty winds, which we had plenty of this weekend.

Don't plan on doing alot of woods riding, and will probably leave them off for the summer. I'll probably get some barkbusters with some better, aerodynamic handguards at some point.

Take care!

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35 views and not one comment on my idea.

H-m-m-m-m. I promise, I DID take a shower this morning!

One's opinion of a good idea isn't always the same as someone else's opinion of what a good idea constitutes, I guess.

I guess I should have started a thread asking, "How do I adjust my chain?"
Read your article, wasn't going to make a comment, because article was well thought out. You only get comments when someone doesn't understand the purpose or the how to do part of it. The seat pad interested me and may try it, but more than that the silicone in the handle bars to cut the buzz, hadn't thought about that. The prices of some of the stuff they ask for is ridiculous. You buy the hard bags then have to buy the frame work to mount them, what, around $600.00. Had a large set of bicycle waterproof soft bags, went down to a local custom welder, trelleses and stuff, he made a frame for them for $50.00,used the bicycle bag frame for a pattern, bags $60.00, from Nashbar, enough capacity to cross the country and waterproof, lite, easy to remove which is the bad part, used the mini bunges off the mounting tangs and secured them, by drilling small hole in the mounting tangs. Seen bicyclist go coast to coast with these bags on their bicycles at 15 to 20 mph, figured I could do it at 50 to 70 mph easier. Take them off put them in the tent, motel room, whatever, they are just as safe there as your hard bags are, if someone wants to steal them, they will get either one just as easy, then go trailing. Anyway, just put your brain to it, sometimes you will find a better and cheaper way to do it, than the people gouging the day lights out of your wallet.
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