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Forum: Touring
09-15-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,204
Posted By jlaw

I'll admit that I am not a tourer (tourist?) -...

I'll admit that I am not a tourer (tourist?) - but I do have a tour-capable bike with new 26" wheels and Compass/Rene Rat Trap Pass tires.

The 2.3" tires are fun and I prefer this set-up to the...
09-14-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,438
Posted By jlaw

Always be prepared. ...

Always be prepared.

https://www.bosch-ebike.com/fileadmin/_processed_/c/3/csm_Bosch-eBike_ADAC-OEAMTC_1_dc562aea6f.jpg?_=1464164271

What's an extra 100#?
09-13-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By jlaw

Most of my rides are 2 to 3 hours so I can put up...

Most of my rides are 2 to 3 hours so I can put up with a marginal saddle. I did a 5 hour ride last Saturday on the Spec. Avatar 143 - no major issues because I kept shifting my contact point from the...
09-13-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 678
Posted By jlaw

I have a vintage Laser 'San Marco' from the...

I have a vintage Laser 'San Marco' from the mid-80's that is one of my two most comfortable saddles - kind of a weird, narrow shape with firm padding and a very solid base. The other is a Specialized...
Forum: Touring
09-13-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,204
Posted By jlaw

[QUOTE=gorideabicycle;21121445]Here's my Surly...

[QUOTE=gorideabicycle;21121445]Here's my Surly LHT with Compass (Rene Herse) Rat Trap Pass 2.3" tires. Still have a comfortable amount of clearance at the rear stays with these! They are like riding...
09-13-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,375
Posted By jlaw

What size tires will you be using? A larger tire...

What size tires will you be using? A larger tire at lower pressure would likely provide extra shock protection for the entire wheel, including the spokes.

Also, a well-built wheel with...
09-12-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,219
Posted By jlaw

On my two most-ridden bikes I'm at 39T large ring...

On my two most-ridden bikes I'm at 39T large ring (10 spd) on one and 42T (9 spd) on the other.

With a large cog of 32T in the back this allows me to stay on the big ring most of the time in...
09-08-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By jlaw

IMHO the market for C&V is comprised mostly of...

IMHO the market for C&V is comprised mostly of older white guys. The pool of buyers is shrinking and that's why prices/interest have been dropping for many years. Lots of good product and pricing for...
09-08-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,996
Posted By jlaw

I keep two bikes in the garage - easy access out...

I keep two bikes in the garage - easy access out the door - lots of lightly-traveled rural roads from the end of the driveway. One bike is a vintage frame with modern components and one is a modern...
Forum: Southwest
09-07-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,831
Posted By jlaw

I've never been - but if you look at Google...

I've never been - but if you look at Google Streetview the paved roads do look to have beautiful views and no shoulders - a potentially risky combination when riding a bike in a tourist area.
...
09-07-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 499
Posted By jlaw

If the IRD doesn't work out and you want to try...

If the IRD doesn't work out and you want to try 2x10 there is also the new Shimano GRX 2x10 46/30 crankset with 172.5mm cranks.

You'll need a new threaded BB to make it work. About $150 for the...
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By jlaw

Interesting. I have a 1985 Trek 410 that is...

Interesting.

I have a 1985 Trek 410 that is True Temper - nice ride - not sure I could really tell the difference between the various better-quality steels that were used to for bike tubing.
Forum: Northeast
09-02-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 707
Posted By jlaw

NYS at the behest of the governor is providing...

NYS at the behest of the governor is providing some real money to create/expand/improve significant bike trail mileage. The project was started a couple years ago (?) and should be done by the end of...
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By jlaw

Agreed that the fork on that 400 looks bent. ...

Agreed that the fork on that 400 looks bent.

https://images.craigslist.org/00909_2IoJmzeTjhn_600x450.jpg


What type of riding do you want to do and what's your budget? There's a couple of Trek...
08-27-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,406
Posted By jlaw

I looked for a NDS photo and found the one shown...

I looked for a NDS photo and found the one shown below. The clearance from the crank arm to the frame looks quite tight like yours, but I would still have a knowledgeable tech. check that your bike...
08-21-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Posted By jlaw

I see that the 'Original' Mirrcycle Mirror is...

I see that the 'Original' Mirrcycle Mirror is still manufactured and available - about $15 - will give it a try.

http://www.mirrycle.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/original_mirror-rev.jpg


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08-20-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Posted By jlaw

Thanks. Maybe I'll try to find the BL-Z306...

Thanks.

Maybe I'll try to find the BL-Z306 levers - or at least some sort of decent non-aero lever.

Those Command shifters on your 620 are very cool - and I would imagine pretty convenient to...
08-19-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 2,102
Views: 358,464
Posted By jlaw

Beautiful - and a Trek model that I've never seen...

Beautiful - and a Trek model that I've never seen before. 1977 or 78? The green is unusual.

I found one searchable BF thread for a TX304, but it appears to be one other than yours. Did you create...
08-19-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

Looking good! A few questions: Is the...

Looking good!

A few questions:

Is the middle chain ring the original half-step or did you change it?

What's the freewheel - 13-28? I tried a 34T Mega Range 7 speed, but that last jump to...
08-19-19, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Posted By jlaw

Very nice! Your daughter is lucky. I like the...

Very nice! Your daughter is lucky. I like the pink tape.

I had a chance to look at the MC70 brakes. They are a step up from the Dia Compe 960s on the 1984 620 that I found last fall. I actually...
08-19-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Posted By jlaw

Yep - I see that now - image from the Vintage...

Yep - I see that now - image from the Vintage Trek site (an awesome resource!)

The blue rack on mine is clearly a similar shade but a very different paint - not metallic - kind of flat.

I...
08-19-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 751
Posted By jlaw

New to Me - 1985 Trek 620 - As Found In The Wild

I saw this bike on CL from a drive-worthy location. The CL photos weren't great but I could see that it was a 620, the Jim Blackburn rack was attached, and that it was a 22.5" frame. So, after some...
08-15-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,602
Posted By jlaw

If you're liking 27s at 80 psi, you should try...

If you're liking 27s at 80 psi, you should try 38s at 30! If you can. Quality larger tires rule!
08-15-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

The canti brakes are the main challenge on the...

The canti brakes are the main challenge on the 1984 620 - limits your options re: wheel size and hence fender use and tire size. The 1983 and earlier had caliper brakes that allows for the...
08-14-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

Here's a previous thread re: fenders on a 620 -...

Here's a previous thread re: fenders on a 620 - not SKS-specific.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1158814-1984-trek-620-owners-fenders-possible.html

And, this guy did an excellent blog...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,346
Posted By jlaw

Your 8 speed Claris brifter will not work with a...

Your 8 speed Claris brifter will not work with a 10 or 11 speed system. You will need at least 1 new brifter to shift the new rear der,, new RD, new chain, new cassette, maybe a new RD cable and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,346
Posted By jlaw

I looked up the wheelset you mention and the...

I looked up the wheelset you mention and the 'base' Allez on the Specialized website. It looks like you are considering putting an $800 wheelset on an $800 bike.

If so, I'm not sure that you need...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 19,594
Posted By jlaw

Agreed! That Trek would just be my gateway...

Agreed!

That Trek would just be my gateway drug for THIS!

Just try and drop me on that next hill!!
...
08-06-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By jlaw

Read-up on how to set-up cantilever brakes - it...

Read-up on how to set-up cantilever brakes - it can be a bit counterintuitive. Here is a reference: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-geometry.html
08-06-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By jlaw

I like the 3 bikes that you mention and have...

I like the 3 bikes that you mention and have suggested them to others, although have no personal experience with any of them. The closest I've gotten is that two friends each recently purchased the...
08-06-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,568
Posted By jlaw

Guns AND e-bikes - this is an AWESOME thread!! ;)...

Guns AND e-bikes - this is an AWESOME thread!! ;)

I can't say that I've had any bad encounters - involving guns or otherwise - on the local dirt roads. But I am bracing for the inevitable yahoo...
08-03-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1,364
Views: 533,157
Posted By jlaw

Cool Super Course. I like the non-conventional...

Cool Super Course. I like the non-conventional bars and use of brifters. 650b?
08-03-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By jlaw

The seller tells me that its Reynolds 501 and the...

The seller tells me that its Reynolds 501 and the serial # is rusted away as shown in the photo. Probably an early 80's 560 or similar.

Thanks for the input. I'm passing on this one.
...
08-03-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By jlaw

The seller replied to my inquiry and he says that...

The seller replied to my inquiry and he says that there is no '....Series' decal on the top tube and no model number decal on the chain stay. I'm not sure what year Trek started applying these...
08-02-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 354
Posted By jlaw

Vintage Trek Frame - pre-1984 decal - which model?

Hello BF.

Can you help me ID the model# and year of this?

Pre-1984 decal on down tube. Geometry looks pretty steep. Reynolds 531 decal on downtube. Color looks like dark blue - maybe slate?...
08-02-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

I've read that the Duo Par derailleur was an...

I've read that the Duo Par derailleur was an expensive component with an evolutionary design in its day that allowed for wide-range touring freewheels - worked well but could be fragile. Yours will...
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By jlaw

If you find an on-line image of a bike similar to...

If you find an on-line image of a bike similar to yours you may be able to cut and paste the image into a post. ?

The Multi Tracks I've seen are 1990's hybrids. Decent bikes. $125 - $150 in my...
08-02-19, 03:18 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,568
Posted By jlaw

The Guardian is reporting that e-bikes are now...

The Guardian is reporting that e-bikes are now out-selling regular bikes in the Netherlands.
...
08-02-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

Looks like the doubled lock nuts are on the wrong...

Looks like the doubled lock nuts are on the wrong side. Axle backwards?
08-01-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,004
Posted By jlaw

Nice find - excellent condition. I have the same...

Nice find - excellent condition. I have the same bike, same year, one size up.

RJ the Bike Guy also has a video re: disassembly/rehab of the Duo Par rear der. Be careful - many moving parts that...
08-01-19, 02:20 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 9,568
Posted By jlaw

Agreed - this was the first thing that came to...

Agreed - this was the first thing that came to mind when I saw your question.

I think that e-bikes might help some LBSs stay in business so that they can continue to sell non-motorized bikes also....
07-30-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 1,364
Views: 533,157
Posted By jlaw

Not sure if I commented previously on your bike...

Not sure if I commented previously on your bike at the C&V forum, but - very cool re-imagination of a vintage frame using modern components - compares favorably to some of the modern 1x gravel bikes...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-19, 04:38 AM
Replies: 220
Views: 19,594
Posted By jlaw

I think I need to get one of these just to piss...

I think I need to get one of these just to piss off the MAMIL roadies at the next club ride....definitely worth the $7000.....;)
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 220
Views: 19,594
Posted By jlaw

Clearly, Fred Flintstone didn't approve of disc...

Clearly, Fred Flintstone didn't approve of disc brakes either.

That dude had some tough feet.
07-23-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17,709
Views: 2,762,951
Posted By jlaw

I'm a little concerned that that guy might punch...

I'm a little concerned that that guy might punch himself in the jaw!
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 911
Posted By jlaw

There's a nice Lemond on the local CL - 853...

There's a nice Lemond on the local CL - 853 steel, 56cm - $175 and it's been there for >30 days. Depends on your market and how much you want the bike.

$500 is way high either way.
07-20-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By jlaw

VO has a quill stem with a removable face plate....

VO has a quill stem with a removable face plate. You'll also need the 25.4 to 31.8 shims they sell. However, with shipping you'll be out about $100 - so you better be correct with your guess on stem...
07-20-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 568
Posted By jlaw

I actually have a 1984 Trek 620 - but it was the...

I actually have a 1984 Trek 620 - but it was the first year they used canti brakes - also had 27" wheels originally - so I'm trying 700c on that one because the brakes can't be adjusted enough to...
07-20-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By jlaw

It was news to me when I read this on BF. I...

It was news to me when I read this on BF.

I got back into bike mechanics a couple years ago when I built up a new/vintage bike from the frame up. I set it up 2 x 10 and used my trusty 1980's...
07-19-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,704
Posted By jlaw

Re: how hydraulic systems work I found the image...

Re: how hydraulic systems work I found the image shown below.

Let's say you pull N force on your brake lever causing the lever to move. This force is transmitted to the cross-sectional area of the...
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