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10-14-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 2,127
Views: 669,087
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Saw this flat bar rebuild of Univega Grand...

Saw this flat bar rebuild of Univega Grand Touring and just had to put it back in "real" touring bike...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4,389
Views: 2,063,242
Posted By Cycle Tourist

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Just finished turning this rescue back into a genuine touring...
10-10-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 387,626
Posted By Cycle Tourist

The after...

The after picture:https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20191010_155711207_058619c4fa8aaf8c3e84a60082fba4bc2d0f3c9f.jpg
10-07-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 8,136
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I didn't know very much about quality bikes but...

I didn't know very much about quality bikes but bought a Schwinn Traveler in the early 80's on sale for $99. It had cro moly tubes and was sized for me. Since then never.
10-01-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 387,626
Posted By Cycle Tourist

It did have a made in Taiwan sticker on the head...

It did have a made in Taiwan sticker on the head tube so '88 I'm guessing now. M for Merida, 8 for '88. Anyway I'm happy with the frame and it's looking more and more like a six freewheel with the...
10-01-19, 12:18 AM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 387,626
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Good question. The serial number is M8C25546. The...

Good question. The serial number is M8C25546. The M indicates 84 but I think the Grand Touring name came later so I really don't know. I'm getting parts together. Some days I think of putting...
09-27-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 387,626
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Return to Grand Touring

Found a Grand Touring on CL. It's outfitted with a flat bar. I waited a few weeks and offered $160. I'm so excited to get started. Adding: drop bars, a seven speed freewheel, moving the 32t to...
Replies: 17
Views: 821
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I found a cheap DX 4000 and put all new...

I found a cheap DX 4000 and put all new consumables and a ton of effort into it. The paint is excellent and finally got $220 so getting $600 seems way high. They are awfully nice bikes though so why...
09-25-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By Cycle Tourist

You make a good point but I loosened the laces a...

You make a good point but I loosened the laces a little to give it a little and more sag and it's indistinguishable from my Brooks. It also features a nylon cover on the bottom to keep any spray off...
09-24-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 875
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Much as I hate to say it, these tires are dried...

Much as I hate to say it, these tires are dried out on one side and are weak therefore they gotta go. The tread and one side may be brand new but the point is, one side is too weak to ride. It's...
09-19-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,372
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Mismatched wheels bother me although wider wheels...

Mismatched wheels bother me although wider wheels in back on a touring bike are ok as long as they're the same color. Mismatched tyres don't bother me as long as one isn't gumwall. Other than that,...
09-18-19, 10:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,432
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Restore is a broad word. If you mean tearing it...

Restore is a broad word. If you mean tearing it down, replacing or renewing any lube after cleaning the bearings and new cables, if needed, then it's the cost of minor parts or about $50 plus tires...
09-17-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,223
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I bought one on clearance $38 about 6 months ago....

I bought one on clearance $38 about 6 months ago. Now they're about $78. The Commuter looks exactly like the B17. The leather is a little thicker than the Brooks and it's taking longer to break in....
09-11-19, 02:54 AM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 387,626
Posted By Cycle Tourist

What's the difference, (if any), between the...

What's the difference, (if any), between the grand tourismo and the grand touring? I had an early grand tourismo that came with center pull brakes, no rack braze-ons, no cable braze-ons and stem...
09-05-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By Cycle Tourist

After doing a little more research I realized it...

After doing a little more research I realized it had 18 splines instead of 20. It's a Phil Wood bb bearing. I should have looked a little harder before crying for help. 😒
09-05-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Odd bottom bracket tool?

I bought a nice '78 Trek TX700 frame. I want to build a touring bike with it. I wanted to unscrew the sealed bottom bracket bearing but my good old BBT22 park tool is just a skosh too big. Here's a...
09-04-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,758
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I agree. My advice is don't do it. The time and...

I agree. My advice is don't do it. The time and trouble even if you get it right is not worth it. Buy a triple or get a smaller inner for your double.
09-04-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 597
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Very interesting. I've always had my cables come...

Very interesting. I've always had my cables come straight out with the least amount of bend but I really like the look of your setup. Thanks for letting me know there are no issues with shifting....
09-04-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 597
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I like them too. The old friction Suntour barcons...

I like them too. The old friction Suntour barcons are really smooth and have a great feel. I like the 7speed Suntour or Shimano units but they are pricey. Even the barcons are $35 these days. I was...
Forum: Touring
09-03-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,448
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Yup. Microshift. Since I've never used brifters...

Yup. Microshift. Since I've never used brifters before they will be different.😉
Forum: Touring
09-01-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,448
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I got plenty of great feedback. Thanks. I think...

I got plenty of great feedback. Thanks. I think I'll try the Chinese STI's on a nice rebuild that's my size and see what it feels like. Honestly I'm pretty happy with clicking bar ends so why change?...
08-26-19, 12:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,530
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Since there's a pretty good chance your riding...

Since there's a pretty good chance your riding this bike daily, why not get something you really enjoy. I get enjoyment on my $250 used Cannondale SR500 and I have a bike locker. I'd put it in a...
Forum: Touring
08-25-19, 11:18 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,448
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Funny.. but seriously most touring bikes haven't...

Funny.. but seriously most touring bikes haven't made the switch and service is a real concern. I'm obviously used to something else and don't feel the need to install them just because it's "new and...
Forum: Touring
08-25-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,428
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Using 5x3 gearing the spacing is sufficient that...

Using 5x3 gearing the spacing is sufficient that a 1" movement of the lever means a one gear shift. Well, maybe not an inch but some other movement that will result in one gear change and is so...
Forum: Touring
08-25-19, 09:32 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,448
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Brifters on a touring bike?

All my touring bikes have had barend shifters untill now. I came across a great deal on a 7X3 brifter set several months ago. I bought it to use on a future rebuild. Now my Suntour barends on a...
08-20-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 965
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Just...

Just...
08-20-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 986
Posted By Cycle Tourist

All...

All finished:https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20190819_164941218_7ac8fc943c402a4f41d09ec5f4a51bcde3f55cb2.jpg
08-16-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,712
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I'm a big fan of the Cannondale touring bikes....

I'm a big fan of the Cannondale touring bikes. All the "T" 'dales would be great. Are the roads paved or dirt. A Mt. bike may be a good thought.
08-16-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,712
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I'm partial to the Miyata. Be sure to load the...

I'm partial to the Miyata. Be sure to load the bike like you'll have it loaded and take a day in all conditions before setting out. I had a big frame 720 and was shocked to find it so flexible when...
08-16-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Man. You made out. I just bought this for $60 and...

Man. You made out. I just bought this for $60 and I thought I did...
08-16-19, 12:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 693
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Finally the paint cured so I could work on a '82...

Finally the paint cured so I could work on a '82 Panosonic DX4000. Bought it at a junk dealer. It was sprayed black and most of the group replaced with junk. (A steel rivited triple!) Ugh! I realized...
08-15-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,246
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Nice! I've always liked the look too but...

Nice! I've always liked the look too but replacing spokes with a big flange on my old touring bike certainly made my day when touring through no man's land. I always carried a freewheel tool but...
08-13-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,395
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I never found a spray that looked right. It ends...

I never found a spray that looked right. It ends up looking poorly painted. If it's really as bad as you say just sand, primer and paint. Fortunately the forks can be painted a contrasting color if a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,462
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Long climbs are much easier if you vary your...

Long climbs are much easier if you vary your climbing style. Spinning at 70 rpm with a low gear and standing with a 60 rpm. I usually go up a gear or two just before standing. The actual speed...
08-11-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,379
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Yes. I believe so. It had some nice Superb levers...

Yes. I believe so. It had some nice Superb levers too. Panasonic made some nice bikes for Schwinn.
08-08-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,035
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Simple. Just grab a hacksaw and........

Simple. Just grab a hacksaw and........
08-08-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 6,035
Posted By Cycle Tourist

No brake hoods and you could buy a Velcro band...

No brake hoods and you could buy a Velcro band that had gel in it. That was less than successful but better than nothing. I learned the figure eight with an extra loop around the brake levers. You...
08-08-19, 12:16 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,727
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Thanks. I suppose your right about the 520. I'm...

Thanks. I suppose your right about the 520. I'm not a modern bike guy. I'd more likely be looking for a Nishiki, Miyata, Univega, Panasonic type sport bike. I see them on CL sometimes for 1 or 1:50. ...
08-07-19, 10:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,727
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Oops. I just read the comments about not wanting...

Oops. I just read the comments about not wanting a touring bike. Oh well. I still see a "new"more laid back bike in your future.
08-07-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,727
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Jethin has a point. Whatever money you spend on a...

Jethin has a point. Whatever money you spend on a "racing" frame will never make much of a difference. Short chainstays and wheelbase and an upright geometry will do you in.
Turning a hybrid or...
08-07-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 357
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Bottom Bracket mounted derailleur

OK, just when you think you've seen it all... I haven't really dug into it yet but this Marin Larkspur '98 has a FD mounted to a bracket that appears attached to the BB. I'm not a fan of the crank...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,712
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Personally no, but touring is even tougher. When...

Personally no, but touring is even tougher. When a truck or rv is moving over to clear an oncoming car and the bike lane has turned into a crumbling line that you must ride inside is a situation that...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,712
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Some sort of mirror is an absolute must when...

Some sort of mirror is an absolute must when riding a touring bike. The most important consumable is water and that can be carried anywhere. One bottle needs to be in reach but your spares can be...
08-05-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 277
Views: 26,851
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Well said. Occupy your space in traffic and be...

Well said. Occupy your space in traffic and be seen. Riding with traffic is easy and relatively safe if your seen. Communicate with drivers with gestures, eye contact
and the like.
Riding with RVs...
07-28-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,720
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Sorry. Didn't mean to insult your 720. I rode one...

Sorry. Didn't mean to insult your 720. I rode one with about 50 lbs. of gear from Portland to San Diego. It was in the 63cm size. It was very very wobbly. On an overpass with a strong wind, I got off...
07-28-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 570
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I do. I'm selling a st400 with it on the...

I do. I'm selling a st400 with it on the...
07-27-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 570
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I don't know where to look. eBay or Amazon? After...

I don't know where to look. eBay or Amazon? After that I'd try some on line bike shops.
07-27-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 5,261
Posted By Cycle Tourist

Oh man. So glad you did that. The bicycle gods...

Oh man. So glad you did that. The bicycle gods thank you.
07-27-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 980
Posted By Cycle Tourist

And I would swap to a 24 from the 28. Regardless...

And I would swap to a 24 from the 28. Regardless that is one sweet touring bike. I've seen nothing that comes close for that kinda money!
07-27-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 570
Posted By Cycle Tourist

I'm with you. Sandpaper the shoes and adjust them...

I'm with you. Sandpaper the shoes and adjust them correctly and see what you get. I'd lube the cables and only replace if needed or you like another color. Cable adjusters would be nice if you can...
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