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08-14-19, 01:02 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,760
Posted By Ironfish653

It was an “everything but the paint job” upgrade;...

It was an “everything but the paint job” upgrade; better wheels and tires, and a lower, wider, better fitted cockpit. The 2x9’s gear range is also a little ‘racier’ than the 3x7, with a top gear of...
08-11-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s not impossible, but it is, as they say: “A...

It’s not impossible, but it is, as they say: “A good way to spend $100 to make a $50 bike “

Unless this bike has a special value to you, or you already have the necessary parts on hand, you’re...
08-10-19, 11:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 841
Posted By Ironfish653

If you’re talking about ‘90s era rigid MTBs,...

If you’re talking about ‘90s era rigid MTBs, then, yeah, not much functional difference besides 26” wheels. They’re simple and rugged, which is nice for tooling around town and path riding. In fact,...
08-07-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,760
Posted By Ironfish653

I"m going to build on that, somewhat. Having...

I"m going to build on that, somewhat. Having more gears doesn't make you faster in terms of top speed, since you're only going to be able to make the same amount of power out of your legs,...
08-07-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By Ironfish653

You're not alone. My 'best' bell is the one on...

You're not alone. My 'best' bell is the one on my townie/path bike, it was a giveaway from the city Park Authority at a trail safety event. 2", plastic-bodied, but nice, loud and clear 'ring-ring'....
08-05-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,406
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't think it's so that the techs will work...

I don't think it's so that the techs will work faster, I think the fee is for 'jumping the line'

Any time they spend working on your bike means it'll take longer for them to get to the bikes that...
08-04-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By Ironfish653

One advantage to a tag-a-long is that they have...

One advantage to a tag-a-long is that they have their own set of pedals, so that they can help on the hills (in theory:))

We re going to be outgrowing the tag-a-long in a couple more summers, so...
08-04-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By Ironfish653

I don't see why not. Keep in mind, the seals on...

I don't see why not. Keep in mind, the seals on a hyd system are there to keep the oil in, not air out. Air pressure (at sea level) is only 14 PSI, so it doesn't take a whole lot to hold that out. ...
08-04-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 708
Posted By Ironfish653

Hydraulic fluid is non-compressible. If the...

Hydraulic fluid is non-compressible. If the system is sealed and *fully air-bled, then nothing that will happen to it during shipping will make it leak or introduce air into it.

(other than some...
08-02-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By Ironfish653

Alleytom Are you set on the SOMA? looking over...

Alleytom Are you set on the SOMA? looking over the spec's it's really a BMX bar (22.2mm) intended for 29'er BMX bikes

If you can do without the cross-bar, there are a lot of 25.4mm high-rise...
08-01-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By Ironfish653

I have a quil-to-threadless adaptor on one of my...

I have a quil-to-threadless adaptor on one of my older road bikes, and it works just fine.
I don't know that you will need one that's super-extra-long like that, especially if you're running a...
08-01-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 260
Posted By Ironfish653

Chains are 'sized' by the number of gears in the...

Chains are 'sized' by the number of gears in the rear cassette. So you would need a 7-speed compatible chain.

Fun Fact: All 5-, 6, 7-, and 8-speed chain is the same width. (9-sp is narrow than...
07-29-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 745
Posted By Ironfish653

That red bike isn't a 3.0, or possibly even a...

That red bike isn't a 3.0, or possibly even a Crit, from the look of things. 'normal' drop-outs, and the 'station' head badge say its a pretty early one though.

There is a 3.0 on the Richmond CL,...
07-29-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By Ironfish653

At the risk of further muddying the water, the...

At the risk of further muddying the water, the Cannondale Quick series is another entry in the 'Fitness Bike / Flat-bar Road Bike' category you're looking at.

You're shopping the bike equivalent...
07-29-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By Ironfish653

No. Light weight, high end 'short-travel' XC...

No.

Light weight, high end 'short-travel' XC style forks are pretty much going to be 100mm+ travel. Not what you want on your hybrid.

Short-travel forks (80mm or less,) are pretty much the...
07-28-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By Ironfish653

Going to an Air/Oil fork will get you the spring...

Going to an Air/Oil fork will get you the spring tuning you want. Going to a more expensive fork will get you the weight savings you're looking for.

Using compressed air instead of a coil spring...
07-28-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 545
Posted By Ironfish653

$400 is a little bit dear for that bike. Decent...

$400 is a little bit dear for that bike. Decent (period) spec, decent shape, but as Leisesturm said, it's an old warhorse road racer. Old USA Cannondales are nice bikes, but their race bikes weren't...
07-28-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By Ironfish653

Sounds like they sized you more in the classic...

Sounds like they sized you more in the classic 'French Fit' where you have a longer, higher top tube, and ride a little more stretched out. Some Italian marques, and pre-TREK LeMond road bikes are...
07-28-19, 12:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,697
Posted By Ironfish653

That’s not the CAAD-X. It’s a CX bike with a...

That’s not the CAAD-X. It’s a CX bike with a rigid carbon disk fork, not a Lefty.
What’s up with all the Cannondale hate?
...
07-27-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By Ironfish653

The only 'single spring' retro-fit forks I've...

The only 'single spring' retro-fit forks I've heard of are from RST (https://www.rstsuspension.com/en/forks/city-trekking-single-shock)

These are urban/treking forks with about 35-mm travel, and...
07-27-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 505
Posted By Ironfish653

It depends on whether you're looking for...

It depends on whether you're looking for something more like a spin bike, or a cycling trainer / simulator.

If all your training is based on HR / Cadence / Intervals, then the C2 would be perfect...
07-26-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,218
Posted By Ironfish653

MTB sizes (S, M, L) don't translate very well in...

MTB sizes (S, M, L) don't translate very well in to road bike 'mm' sizes. That, and the geometry is way different, especially 'modern' ('00s and later) MTBs.

The DB Century is a pretty relaxed...
07-26-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,218
Posted By Ironfish653

Inseam and overall height can get you pretty...

Inseam and overall height can get you pretty close. How tall are you?
Also, do you want to sit a little more upright, or more stretched out?

The stand-over measurement is good for getting close,...
07-25-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 769
Posted By Ironfish653

Yup. All about proportions. I'm 5-10, but I...

Yup. All about proportions. I'm 5-10, but I have a 30" inseam. My road bikes are 56's, and one vintage 57-58, that I have set up in the old-school 'French Fit'


As to the R400, it's a nice...
07-25-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 427
Posted By Ironfish653

The upper mount screws go in to inserts in the...

The upper mount screws go in to inserts in the frame (ie: holes)
You need to keep them closed (by putting screws in them) so that dirt/moisture/spiders don't have an easy way inside the frame tubes....
07-18-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By Ironfish653

I agree, you get better results if you’re...

I agree, you get better results if you’re covering a uniform surface, but these kinds of coatings are designed to cover things like damage and chips in the base surface.

If you’re using...
07-18-19, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By Ironfish653

I found that with the rubberized spray coatings...

I found that with the rubberized spray coatings like Plasti-dip, it’s best to build up at least three, if not four light coats, like 50% coverage, letting each one nearly dry, before going to...
07-14-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,160
Posted By Ironfish653

I usually always plan on replacing the “soft”...

I usually always plan on replacing the “soft” parts; tires and tubes and grips/tape. Fresh brake pads are cheap and easy to install and make a huge difference.

Definitely pack some fresh grease...
07-02-19, 12:15 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,733
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much this. My townie/path bike has a...

Pretty much this.

My townie/path bike has a kickstand and I usually don’t wear a helmet, except when I’m towing the tag-a-long.
The MTB, the commuter, and the “fast” road bike all get helmets.
06-25-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,113
Posted By Ironfish653

Full AC3 separation of my left shoulder. ...

Full AC3 separation of my left shoulder. Unreparable, without putting a handful of plates and screws into bones that weren't damaged. (Ortho's didn't want to do more damage drilingl on bones that...
06-25-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 573
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm with Retro Grouch on this one. I usually ...

I'm with Retro Grouch on this one. I usually buy components for the bike i have now, not for an as-yet unspecified bike I'll get some time in the future.

MTB's have gotten so specialized and...
06-24-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
Posted By Ironfish653

I must respectfully disagree. I've owned lots of...

I must respectfully disagree. I've owned lots of vintage bikes built for 27-in wheels, and usually if..................and I bet it will work just fine with the smaller wheels.

If you have any...
06-24-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
Posted By Ironfish653

You’re right. I found that 27x1” is still in...

You’re right. I found that 27x1” is still in production, too, just not easy to find.

My 27” bike has been retired from ‘serious ‘ road riding, and has become the townie/path bike, so 1-1/4’s fit...
06-24-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,265
Posted By Ironfish653

Hate to jump on the pile; I know it's the bike...

Hate to jump on the pile; I know it's the bike you've got but it's a poor choice for an upgrade.

If you want to play with fat tires and drop bars, that's cool, you could probably do it for about...
06-24-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,440
Posted By Ironfish653

They still make 'good' 27" wheels. Velomine...

They still make 'good' 27" wheels. Velomine (http://www.velomine.com/index.php?main_page=advanced_search_result&search_in_description=1&keyword=27%22) has Weinmann and SUN with 'classic' 90's-era box...
06-20-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,626
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm echoing everything that's been said before; ...

I'm echoing everything that's been said before; for $20, it's a pretty good tire.
They ride like a more expensive tire.
06-20-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd wait until I change the wheels before I...

I'd wait until I change the wheels before I upgrade the brakes. Rather than trying to find a brakeset that fits both the 27" wheels you have now, and an as-yet unspecified 700c wheel.

You can...
06-20-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By Ironfish653

It's a hitch for a trailer, likely one of the...

It's a hitch for a trailer, likely one of the lower-end from In-Step or Schwinn.
06-20-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,243
Posted By Ironfish653

Most likely some of both. Not everyone has the...

Most likely some of both. Not everyone has the same size / shape backside. Bike mfgrs know this, so they fit a saddle that should work for most of the typical riders (at that price point) Big...
06-19-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By Ironfish653

The bare crossbars will be quieter than bare...

The bare crossbars will be quieter than bare round bars. How much quieter depends a lot on what kind / number of attachments are on it, and where the towers sit on the roof in relation to the door...
06-19-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 944
Posted By Ironfish653

'90s MTBs are pretty tough. Unless you're doing...

'90s MTBs are pretty tough. Unless you're doing technical trail work, you're not going to overload anything.

Probably ok to start riding as-is, but wouldn't hurt to get it checked over. ...
06-17-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,013
Posted By Ironfish653

I ride a lot at night, both velo and moto, and...

I ride a lot at night, both velo and moto, and yellow / amber lenses are not bad, but I much prefer clear lenses after it gets dark. Everyone's eyes are a little different, so YMMV, but my vision...
06-17-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,454
Posted By Ironfish653

I like the plastic-bodied BMX pedals like the...

I like the plastic-bodied BMX pedals like the Animal 'Hamilton' or Odyssey 'Twisted'
Light-ish, decent grip, and serviceable bearings. You can find them all day long for $20, sometimes as low as...
06-17-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Ironfish653

Anytime lubes, especially WD-40 comes up, things...

Anytime lubes, especially WD-40 comes up, things get in to the weeds pretty quickly.
WD-40 works well for cleaning stuff because it's a very thin oil, that's why it breaks up grease-buildup. It...
06-17-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 525
Posted By Ironfish653

Shimano makes 4 different roller 'drum' brakes...

Shimano makes 4 different roller 'drum' brakes for their Nexus and Alfine hubs, plus coaster brake versions, so i'd say, yes, there is some development going on.

As far as what companies like...
06-15-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,020
Posted By Ironfish653

Here you go: USA made, red, white and blue...

Here you go: USA made, red, white and blue graphics.
Although it may go past fetish, and straight to hard kinky.:lol:
Some of us are weird that way.
...
06-15-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,256
Posted By Ironfish653

As far as 'improvement' goes, a lot more depends...

As far as 'improvement' goes, a lot more depends on things like the rim profile and spoke count than just what the rims are made of.

If we ignore super-light climbing wheels and 60mm deep-dish...
06-14-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 458
Posted By Ironfish653

Here ya go: ...

Here ya go:

oval-concepts-r300-road-mtb-stem-120mm-31-8mm-6d-black (https://www.bikewagon.com/part/stems/threadless-stems/oval-concepts-r300-road-mtb-stem-120mm-31-8mm-6d-black)

Always...
06-14-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,520
Posted By Ironfish653

For 'flat' bars, i like a wide (600mm+), low bar...

For 'flat' bars, i like a wide (600mm+), low bar with a little bit of sweep (10-15*) I also like thicker, firm grips like old-school OURY's and gloves with little to no padding.
I tend to set up...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,419
Posted By Ironfish653

Pretty much all of this. '70s bikes are fun...

Pretty much all of this. '70s bikes are fun because they're stylish, and European marques have a certain panache that's missing from modern bikes. Maintaining a 40-year old bike isn't all that...
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