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Forum: Touring
04-17-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,522
Posted By fishboat

Admittedly a zombie thread..I stumbled across it...

Admittedly a zombie thread..I stumbled across it as I was looking for something else.

In the event someone else is looking for a fix:

I ran across the same issue with a pair of Nashbar...
Replies: 2
Views: 94
Posted By fishboat

It's a 1999 model. Bikes have different...

It's a 1999 model.

Bikes have different values in different regions..that said..if the frame/drive train is sound and it fits you, it'll be a fine riding bike. The paint..rough. If the paint were...
04-13-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,782
Posted By fishboat

And another poster gets added tot he ignore...

And another poster gets added tot he ignore list..coy..cute..not so much. If you're going to ask people for help, don't disrespect them with this nonsense.

Koyote ..the ignore list make BF a...
04-13-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By fishboat

You may want to have this thread transferred to...

You may want to have this thread transferred to the Touring forum.

Click on the red button below your username in your thread and ask the mods to move it.

Also..you may want to followup with...
04-12-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 954
Posted By fishboat

With Wisconsin mentioned.. You might...

With Wisconsin mentioned..

You might consider the 4 Trail Tour. It's only 100 miles, but very scenic, all rail-trails(I think the Sparta-Elroy was the first rail trail conversion..if memory...
04-11-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,457
Posted By fishboat

Good info..thanks. I've read that 2 cans of...

Good info..thanks.
I've read that 2 cans of color is needed. In my case they'll be custom mixed so I mix them, I buy them. With respect to the primer and clearcoat..I'll buy two cans each and if I...
04-11-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,457
Posted By fishboat

I'm waiting for the weather to get warm again. We...

I'm waiting for the weather to get warm again. We had a number of good painting days in the last couple weeks, but I hadn't yet identified where I was going to get paint and the frame wasn't ready.
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 364
Posted By fishboat

Was just looking at some of the rack options...

Was just looking at some of the rack options folks have suggested here..the pic by djb reminded me of an minor annoyance with my GF's pannier setup last year. She carries two panniers on the back and...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 583
Posted By fishboat

We watched it a few weeks ago. Good show. They...

We watched it a few weeks ago. Good show. They did it the hard way. With a little more planning, and no additional money, their lives/trip could have been much more pleasant. Information has...
04-11-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,457
Posted By fishboat

That's why I did the update..for anyone searching...

That's why I did the update..for anyone searching that lands here in the future. I did a ton of searching on BF on this topic and didn't find much with respect to higher-end rattle can painting. I...
Forum: Touring
04-11-21, 06:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 364
Posted By fishboat

Another option..Axiom Journey. The vertical...

Another option..Axiom Journey. The vertical rails that attach to the bike slide up and down. 50# capacity. My GF has it on her touring bike..it works fine. Bikesmiths(link below) usually has...
04-10-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,457
Posted By fishboat

Thought I'd update..after yet more research, I...

Thought I'd update..after yet more research, I think I'd avoid autmotivetouchup..based on reviews I've read. The KustomCanz is currently and has been out of primer and clearcoat..so I scratched them....
04-10-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 988
Posted By fishboat

Looks like the OP/friend dun good..nice bike for...

Looks like the OP/friend dun good..nice bike for $400.

One suggestion if/when you're looking in the future..don't hobble yourself by looking in "DC area only". If you're looking for the right...
04-09-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 498
Posted By fishboat

Very subjective cost/benefit, I agree. One thing...

Very subjective cost/benefit, I agree. One thing that can help put things into focus is the cost of a new frame/bike that's basically equivalent to, for example, the Lemond bike being discussed. I...
04-04-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 516
Posted By fishboat

OP..the way you're presenting this you seem to...

OP..the way you're presenting this you seem to assume that all frames and components over the last 30 years are readily interchangable...they're not...at all. With the info you've presented so far,...
Replies: 18
Views: 649
Posted By fishboat

$370 is reasonable. It's a nice ride by any...

$370 is reasonable. It's a nice ride by any measure. Good tires are always worthwhile investment. Mount the widest, fastest tire you can get on there. I can't see the what the wheels are. Even a...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By fishboat

The Hiawatha train is the (or one of) the...

The Hiawatha train is the (or one of) the Chicago-(Sturtevant)-Milwaukee commuter lines. It runs quite often, but no idea if it allows bikes. If it allows bikes..and you can get off at Sturtevant,...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By fishboat

+1..good point. If you can check your bike,...

+1..good point. If you can check your bike, Union Station is in a convenient location. If you're an art lover..the Art Institute is a few blocks east..wonderful place to spend a couple...
Forum: Touring
04-01-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 582
Posted By fishboat

I've not dealt with a bike in Chicago/Union...

I've not dealt with a bike in Chicago/Union Station, but I've taken the Hiawatha (Milw-Chicago commuter) many times. I think 30 minutes is cutting things perhaps optimistically tight. Amtrak...
04-01-21, 06:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 515
Posted By fishboat

I ride B17s, B17 Imperials(carved), C17 carved,...

I ride B17s, B17 Imperials(carved), C17 carved, and C17 std. The C17std is the least comfortable (for me). I can ride it 15-20 miles before I've had enough. I'm still trying to make adjustments and...
Replies: 18
Views: 649
Posted By fishboat

Has a steel fork..(nothing wrong with that)...

Has a steel fork..(nothing wrong with that) rather than the carbon fork that the higher end models had. The geometry should be the same as the higher end models. 853 "designer select" tubing seems...
Replies: 18
Views: 649
Posted By fishboat

If it's dark blue it's a 2001, if silver it's a...

If it's dark blue it's a 2001, if silver it's a 2002.

2003 was a black bike with 520 tubing. 2004 was blue with white decals and aluminum tubing.

If it's an '01 or '02, then the frame makes it...
03-31-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,843
Posted By fishboat

How unique..someone with an excuse that you can't...

How unique..someone with an excuse that you can't do it, but "they" should.

With due respect, practical reality then is that you're just another mouth..yawn..the world is full of them. If you...
03-31-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 641
Posted By fishboat

No need to buy a dishing tool..they are a...

No need to buy a dishing tool..they are a no-brainer to make. If you can fix bikes/true a wheel, you can make a dishing tool.

As for dish vs centering..potatoes, patahtoes. There was a movement...
03-31-21, 06:34 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,843
Posted By fishboat

I've occasionally "grazed" this thread..seems to...

I've occasionally "grazed" this thread..seems to be growing angst(how unusual..)..so forgive me if I've missed something..

I'm retired from a long career in RDE(research, development, &...
03-28-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,516
Posted By fishboat

If you're building a bike..then I'd suggest a...

If you're building a bike..then I'd suggest a (possibly drop bar converted) mountain bike or a hybrid (example Trek 750..it'll fit 38mm tires). You can get nice, fast road tires for either that will...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,669
Posted By fishboat

Omega 3 is so..last decade. Though it(in the...

Omega 3 is so..last decade. Though it(in the form of fish oil) has been a lubricant or lampoil for a few centuries..
03-27-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By fishboat

Nobody freakin cares ...

Nobody freakin cares

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Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,669
Posted By fishboat

If one needed to be trendy and hip, perhaps to...

If one needed to be trendy and hip, perhaps to match their cutting edge "kit", then the choice is clearly coconut oil. Semi-solid light machine oil-type that's tasty too.

I've always avoided...
03-26-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,457
Posted By fishboat

Ouch.. I feel for you. I just finished 14-15...

Ouch.. I feel for you. I just finished 14-15 hours of prepping a frame (stripping paint to bare metal, steel) and will be facing a rattle can paint job once it warms up outside. I'll be using
...
03-26-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 883
Posted By fishboat

Passing thought as I monitor your thread...As I...

Passing thought as I monitor your thread...As I mentioned above..I too road the SMP TRK for a couple years. I landed on the TRK by much the same process as you're using now(I'm a retired...
Forum: Touring
03-25-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By fishboat

Ahh...ok... I have 17 inch '90 750 in the...

Ahh...ok...
I have 17 inch '90 750 in the basement. With 32mm tires the bottom bracket looks to be ~11.5". I assume the OP will buy a frame that fits and isn't locked into buying 20" frames only. ...
03-24-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,301
Posted By fishboat

You need therapy..do us all a favor and seek it...

You need therapy..do us all a favor and seek it soon.

https://www.bikeforums.net/fitting-your-bike/1222465-moisture-s-unique-frame-fit.html
Forum: Touring
03-24-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,251
Posted By fishboat

In addition to the Trek 930, 950, 970...

In addition to the Trek 930, 950, 970 suggestions, the same era (1990-95ish) Spec Rockhopper or Stumpjumper...or a couple dozen other, similar, rigid mtn bikes.

Trek 750 Multitrack hybrid(early...
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,669
Posted By fishboat

Having had to feed a couple dogs prescription...

Having had to feed a couple dogs prescription food due to allergies..and others "just" the premium grain-free foods..I don't doubt for a second you're wrong.
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,895
Posted By fishboat

I/we switched to GK slicks in 28 & 38mm,...

I/we switched to GK slicks in 28 & 38mm, depending on the bike...it's our std tire at this point. They're very good for our purposes, but I think the Hypers felt faster...though they're gone so a...
Forum: Touring
03-23-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,669
Posted By fishboat

That's kinda what I thought. Regardless of what...

That's kinda what I thought. Regardless of what the label says, anything with that texture will only be made of the most vile scraps off the production line. The next step down in scrap-quality...
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,361
Posted By fishboat

That's true..I forgot about that. If you've felt...

That's true..I forgot about that. If you've felt them both..they feel a little different..but you need to have felt them both first... If this makes sense, a loose headset feels more "discreet"...
03-22-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,182
Posted By fishboat

"I put the Garlatti on Craigs List for $595. I...

"I put the Garlatti on Craigs List for $595. I know crazy, but I wasn't intending on selling it.Just seeing what sort or responses I would get."

Interesting form of entertainment. I'm guessing if...
Forum: Touring
03-22-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,361
Posted By fishboat

+1 Before you/OP makes any adjustments. ...

+1

Before you/OP makes any adjustments. Squeeze the front brake and try rocking the bike forward and backward. If the headset is loose, you'll feel the bike/fork rock back and forth.

Check...
03-22-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By fishboat

Two thoughts.. 1) Of the bikes you've...

Two thoughts..

1) Of the bikes you've suggested(similar)..I'd look for a used Trek 7.5fx or above (or similar upper levels in the other brands). They (7.5's at least) can be had for the $350-$450...
03-22-21, 05:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 883
Posted By fishboat

I rode the 160mm SMP TRK for a couple years and...

I rode the 160mm SMP TRK for a couple years and ended up in the same boat.."pretty darn good, better than other 160ish-mm saddles I tried, but could be better".

I tried the Romin Evo in the 155mm...
Forum: Touring
03-21-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,895
Posted By fishboat

Nope..not from Vittoria. I've looked at their...

Nope..not from Vittoria. I've looked at their lineup a couple times over the last few years(been quite a while since I've done it) and I don't see any place where the Hypers "went".

Unfortunate
Forum: Touring
03-18-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 8,669
Posted By fishboat

wow..another blast from the past..forgot all...

wow..another blast from the past..forgot all about that stuff in the tiny cans. Hard tellin what it is/was, but as a kid..it was something special.
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,895
Posted By fishboat

If memory serves, I think I contacted Vittoria...

If memory serves, I think I contacted Vittoria (couple 2-3 years ago) about "Hyper" replacements and they directed me to the current "Voyager" and sort of implied it was the same tire. It's not..not...
Forum: Touring
03-17-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,895
Posted By fishboat

I had a 2006 Volpe and ran Voyager Hypers on it...

I had a 2006 Volpe and ran Voyager Hypers on it in 35mm(no fenders). Nice, fast, (road) tire with a plush ride..I wish they still made them. The Hypers in 35mm ran 37mm wide on the bike..per my...
03-17-21, 06:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 765
Posted By fishboat

I stick with Shimano as it's a safe bet it'll be...

I stick with Shimano as it's a safe bet it'll be quiet. I have XT(touring bike), 105, Deore, Ultegra, Dura-ace....................on gravel, road, mtn bikes and never had issues with any of them. I...
03-17-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 765
Posted By fishboat

Hasn't been mentioned..if you're at all...

Hasn't been mentioned..if you're at all interested in noise, or lack of it..consider how much racket some (rear) hubs make. Many of the boutique hubs are obnoxious..imho. Though some folks like to...
03-13-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 496
Posted By fishboat

Recently ran across a Duzer video doing the...

Recently ran across a Duzer video doing the Divide last year. He does a nice job with filming and editing...you may want to take a look to see some of the terrain. He was sort of doing an RDE test...
03-11-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,113
Posted By fishboat

I won't debate you as I know you know your...

I won't debate you as I know you know your stuff..and then some..but the issue with broad brush generalities is that no one rides a generality..they ride a specific bike. I'm guessing the Spec...
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