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10-08-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Yes, a lot of salt, and I don't want to ruin my...

Yes, a lot of salt, and I don't want to ruin my steely. So I want to park it for the winter. The giant currently has a 2.5" knobby on the back and a 2.4" on the front. I expect to completely...
10-08-19, 03:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Well, a 30 year old steel bike is not really...

Well, a 30 year old steel bike is not really suitable for winter conditions. Even with studded tires. My giant with dual suspension should take the washboard ice better. And yes, I'm looking...
10-07-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

And honestly, none of you have ever run the...

And honestly, none of you have ever run the winter without studs on your bikes? Really? What fun is that? Guts or glory, dam, and I'm a Canadian. I ran all winter long last year on tiny tires...
10-07-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

I kind of know the conditions I'm riding on......

I kind of know the conditions I'm riding on... last winter I rode on 2.1s and basically summers. This year I ride on 2.4 and 2.5 knobbies with full suspension. I do appreciate the suggestion about...
10-01-19, 12:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Dam, so I should get the 2.1" nokias for 250...

Dam, so I should get the 2.1" nokias for 250 can? I was hoping on a fixed income the 600 I already spent on the darn thing would be enough. Would narrow studded tires make that much more...
09-30-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

We have weird winter conditions here... it's in...

We have weird winter conditions here... it's in a constant state of freezing and melting. This causes washboard ice to form on the roads. My old steel bike hits those and just starts bouncing and...
09-29-19, 11:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Not much for Canada in here eh?

Not much for Canada in here eh?
09-29-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Yes, that's how it's done. Thanks for all the...

Yes, that's how it's done. Thanks for all the info!
09-29-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Okay snowfall in a day or 2... I guess I'll just...

Okay snowfall in a day or 2... I guess I'll just find out! Thanks all.
09-29-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 517
Posted By johnspack

Tread direction for optimal traction in winter?

I have a giant trance x4 2012 model with 26" tires, last year they did that size. It's rather snowy and icey here in the winter so looking for optimal traction. I rode a 30 year old vintage
bike...
08-28-19, 11:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

I'm acutally turning 58 this month. But still...

I'm acutally turning 58 this month. But still would like to know what year Giant I got!
Edit: might help if I mention it's 26" but adult, so I know it's older.
08-28-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Hey guys, just got myself a winter bike, don't...

Hey guys, just got myself a winter bike, don't want to run my vintage bike over the winter. Found myself a used Giant Trance 4. Anyone know what year this is?...
08-06-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Thanks guys... took me a year to finish this...

Thanks guys... took me a year to finish this darn thing. The paint job is not great, but I didn't expect it to be for my first time spray painting a bike. I'm more happy I made sure the frame is...
08-04-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

And no, all side pull brakes, with wet compound...

And no, all side pull brakes, with wet compound brake pads.
And yeah, took me a while to finish... just stripped to metal, treated it for rust, primed and repainted last week.
08-04-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

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I updated it!
03-14-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14,275
Views: 1,307,671
Posted By johnspack

This is my 30 year old 12 speed. Ride it...

This is my 30 year old 12 speed. Ride it constantly, even in snowstorms. I built it to be my winter bike. It's steel, it's heavy, it has a lot of traction! Also my grocery getter. Repacked...
10-22-18, 03:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Here's some progress on ugly betty... modern...

Here's some progress on ugly betty... modern derailleurs, new brakes, bb rebuilt, modern 7 speed freewheel, new chainwheel, new shifters and levers ect, this shows the drivetrain along with a...
10-15-18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 6,415
Posted By johnspack

Stupidly addictive? For someone like me who...

Stupidly addictive? For someone like me who didn't ride for 30 years, restoring a 30 year old bike just makes sense. It's all steel and chrome, rides perfect on snow and ice, lots of heft. ...
10-11-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By johnspack

Thanks again! I went to a 2nd bike shop, and...

Thanks again! I went to a 2nd bike shop, and got a park tool ct-5 and another chain. And a missing link for 2 bucks! The ct-5 cost 30can but the chain and link only 12. My gawd what a...
10-10-18, 10:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By johnspack

It's not installing but removing the master link...

It's not installing but removing the master link that I had an issue with, but I'm going to order the tool so I don't have to go through that again. And thanks LeMechanic, that's what I was...
10-10-18, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By johnspack

Yeah dam, I should of had that park tool. ...

Yeah dam, I should of had that park tool. Problem is bike shops in my tiny town don't have things like that, so I'll have to order it on ebay and pay a small fortune for it. So hard to get things...
10-10-18, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By johnspack

Chain link removal question

I messed up my z72 chain because I couldn't remove the master link so I popped out a regular pin. Oops, you can't do that. They use the mushroomed pins, and it seems to only way to remove is all...
10-04-18, 12:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By johnspack

Thanks for the info guys. Currently running the...

Thanks for the info guys. Currently running the z-72, but have an x8.99 on order. Pricey little thing ordering from the States....
09-24-18, 05:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By johnspack

Interesting, well my local bike shop had the...

Interesting, well my local bike shop had the z72, which is narrow at 7.1mm pin length. It's perfect for my freewheel, tracks perfect now. I guess the newer freewheels/hubs work better with the...
09-21-18, 07:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Well just put a Z72 chain on it, and what a huge...

Well just put a Z72 chain on it, and what a huge difference! Apparently my old sis mf-z012 freewheel likes 7.1mm pin spacing. Drivetrain is smooth as silk now... well for a vintage bike. Old...
09-19-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By johnspack

Which I would assume means the x8 series from...

Which I would assume means the x8 series from KMC? So that'll do? The bike I took the shifters from had a 7.1mm pin length chain. So a 7.3 should be fine on my shimano mf-z012... not sure what...
09-19-18, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 720
Posted By johnspack

Best KMC chains for indexing?

I have a vintage 12 speed mtb that it turns out has an indexing capable freewheel. Got my hands on a set of falcon thumb indexing shifters, and added the compressionless sleeves ect. It shifts...
09-16-18, 04:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Heh, yeah, knew about the left pedal, still...

Heh, yeah, knew about the left pedal, still can't get the dam thing off. Right pedal was easy. Still want to replace my chainring and both derailleurs. Was going to replace my freewheel, but...
09-06-18, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1,813
Views: 331,180
Posted By johnspack

Please tell us your age. 56, turning 57 Sept 28...

Please tell us your age.
56, turning 57 Sept 28
1. What type of bikes do 50+ folks ride?
I love my ancient old 12speed mtb, late 80s, that I am currently restoring


2. Do you take any special...
09-04-18, 08:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

I'm going to strip it bare to the metal, prime...

I'm going to strip it bare to the metal, prime it, and paint it properly this time. Not sure what the former owner though when spraying orange all over it... I could kick his butt. Made it more...
09-02-18, 05:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Okay, here's Ugly Betty! Anyone have any idea...

Okay, here's Ugly Betty! Anyone have any idea who made this? It's all Shimano...
09-02-18, 05:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By johnspack

Yes, I'm prepared to add a spacer if that is...

Yes, I'm prepared to add a spacer if that is needed. Also think I want a new derailleur and chain to go with it. Whatever makes shifting from high to low on a hill easier.
09-01-18, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By johnspack

Was actually looking at 7 speeds with ramped...

Was actually looking at 7 speeds with ramped teeth. I believe I can get a brand new one. Not buying from ebay, only accredited online bike shops. My local bike shop may actually have one. And...
09-01-18, 04:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By johnspack

Well I looked at the 7 speed specs and there is...

Well I looked at the 7 speed specs and there is an extra gear in the middle some where. I assume that will give me smoother shifting from high to low. It uses friction shifting, and has a steel...
09-01-18, 12:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By johnspack

Can I drop in a 7 speed freewheel?

Have a late 80s mtb that's all shimano. Has 126mm dropout, I shouldn't have an issue replacing my 6 speed with a 7 right? I have to pull my freewheel apart anyways, so might as well.
08-31-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Heh, still getting my terminology right... not...

Heh, still getting my terminology right... not pedal bearings, bottom bracket. I'm assuming since it's a single piece crank there will be 2 bearing rings and 2 cups. He tightened it up for free,...
Forum: Introductions
08-29-18, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 318
Posted By johnspack

Heh, there is no bike tool kit. You just need a...

Heh, there is no bike tool kit. You just need a complete set of flatwrenches, a complete socket set, and then maybe cone wrenches, large box wrenches... It kind of goes on and on. Maybe a...
08-24-18, 09:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Well, my pedal bearings are shot... 80 bucks...

Well, my pedal bearings are shot... 80 bucks can to service. If I do it, I will increase the value of this classic bike. Also 20 can to service the drive side bearings on the rear wheel, and...
08-23-18, 11:41 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Thanks guys! Today I did the maiden voyage...

Thanks guys! Today I did the maiden voyage running it to town and back, about 5 miles each way. I was almost keeping up with the cars on the highway, so much faster than walking! Our rainy...
08-22-18, 09:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,672
Posted By johnspack

Guess I'm an old timer returning...

Haven't biked in 30 years. I'm 56, and someone gave me an old 12 speed mountain bike. Now, I did smoke for 40 years, and am now smoke free for 4 years, so I am much more active now than I have...
Forum: Introductions
08-20-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 318
Posted By johnspack

New returned biker after 30 years..

Up here in BC Canada. 56, and haven't ridden since early 20s. Was given an old 12 speed mountain bike. Proceeded to buy a ton of tools including things like cone wrenches ect. The bike sat for...
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