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07-28-19, 10:12 AM
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Posted By RyanAK

Great build! Looks like lots of fun. What front...

Great build! Looks like lots of fun. What front rack is that?
07-09-19, 11:36 PM
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Posted By RyanAK

Oh... and this old Trek is just the best kind of...

Oh... and this old Trek is just the best kind of distraction until the NFE frame arrives. Boy is that exciting... and intimidating. Never started with JUST a frame before. Gotta spec EVERYTHING!
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07-09-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Oh thatís more rack than I need for sure! Maybe...

Oh thatís more rack than I need for sure! Maybe if the kids and I start doing S24Os when we get set up with a trailer...

I tried a Carradice Pendle on the bars but itís no-go with the brake cable....
07-08-19, 08:11 PM
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Posted By RyanAK

1997 MUSA Trek 820 Mountain Track. Spencer and I...

1997 MUSA Trek 820 Mountain Track. Spencer and I stripped it bare and rattle-canned it Krylon ďOxford BlueĒ. Itís a pretty good job. 8 or so coats with a couple coats of clear.

Ever see a 4yo...
07-08-19, 05:19 PM
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Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Also... this has been getting built to keep me...

Also... this has been getting built to keep me rolling until the NFE can be built. Spencer and I are having a ton of fun rebuilding my old college bike.
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07-08-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Thanks gang. Iím really looking forward to the...

Thanks gang. Iím really looking forward to the bike. Itíll be a while until I can build it out, but collecting components is always fun.

And if anyone does unPAved, the route goes over the...
07-03-19, 07:57 PM
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Posted By RyanAK

Going to stay with the original Shimano Altus 3x7...

Going to stay with the original Shimano Altus 3x7 for now. Well... Altus except for the Alivio RD. Everything is in good shape now that itís all been removed and cleaned/maintenance done. Shimano 8sp...
07-03-19, 07:30 PM
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Posted By RyanAK

Very cool, Rusty! Little man will have a blast! ...

Very cool, Rusty! Little man will have a blast!

Working on sorting out the cockpit on the 820. These are Soma Portolas, and theyíre a new shape for me. Fiddling with lever position... and the...
07-03-19, 08:13 AM
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Posted By RyanAK

Geez, this thread is fantastic! Love the...

Geez, this thread is fantastic! Love the creativity and practicality in these builds. Good on yas!

Iím in the beginnings of putting together my Ď97 MUSA Trek 820 from my college days as a drop bar...
07-02-19, 06:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

I chose... ...or a frame finally chose me. ...

I chose...

...or a frame finally chose me.

Found a medium Elephant National Forest Explorer and itís making its way to Pennsylvania.

This is was such a fun conversation and I thank you...
06-24-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Interesting. This isnít the Road or Monstercross...

Interesting. This isnít the Road or Monstercross frame, but something BMC did sometime in the past? Off to the google box to see what I can find about it.
06-22-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 86
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Posted By RyanAK

Family budget will allow for any single purchase...

Family budget will allow for any single purchase of about $800. I could stretch a bit if the right frame came along. A single $1250 hit though... disharmony in the kingdom. :)

NFE, Endpoint H/G,...
06-21-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Oh man... he has one in my size. Way out of...

Oh man... he has one in my size. Way out of budget. WAY. Time for soul searching...

1x specific drive. That's really the only thing I'm not so sure about...

First-World problems, eh?

R
06-20-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Huh... I seem to remember that as well, now that...

Huh... I seem to remember that as well, now that you mention it. That wasnít that long ago. Wonder what the chances are... I like quill stems and I was an Alaskan commercial salmon fisherman so the...
06-19-19, 05:55 AM
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Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Did Soma ever respond?

Did Soma ever respond?
06-18-19, 11:23 AM
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Posted By RyanAK

That's him. Pretty nifty build. R

That's him. Pretty nifty build.

R
06-18-19, 07:59 AM
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Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Hey, fellas. tangerineowl - I may have...

Hey, fellas.

tangerineowl - I may have typed my inseam incorrectly... 32.5"/825mm. It's just an inch, but it could be an angry inch as far as standover. :) Jimmy and another guy both offered up...
06-10-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Hey, all. Hope everyone had a great weekend. I...

Hey, all. Hope everyone had a great weekend. I somehow managed to find some time to just sit and think about what I want out of this bike, and the Elephant NFE really checks all of the boxes.

I...
06-06-19, 07:52 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

tangerineowl - looking at the geometry, I think...

tangerineowl - looking at the geometry, I think I'd go with a 57cm on the Poly to get the bars up even with the saddle without overly long stem. That is a tempting deal if a 54 could fit... maybe a...
06-03-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

No worries, idiotekniQues. (did I spell that...

No worries, idiotekniQues. (did I spell that right?...)

Ben (79pmooney) - the original Retroshift is now the Gevenalle AUDAX and is set up with friction Dia-Compe shifters....
06-01-19, 10:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Appreciate your thoughts. Iím blessed with the...

Appreciate your thoughts. Iím blessed with the two best kids. Spencer has some challenges, but mostly heís just a boy that wants to have fun. Iím learning so much from him. And thanks for your...
06-01-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Oh Iím with ya on geometry/fit + tires, jlaw....

Oh Iím with ya on geometry/fit + tires, jlaw. When I mention Ďlightí, Iím more talking about feel and handling than weight, and I have no illusions about a steel bike like Iím trying to build...
05-31-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Had to wait until 10 posts to post this. Last...

Had to wait until 10 posts to post this. Last Friday was an unexpected FIRST Bike Day for 4 year old Spencer. He went along with Daddy to the local Amish-owned bike shop to pick up a headset wrench....
05-31-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Thanks, mongol. Appreciate the feedback. ...

Thanks, mongol. Appreciate the feedback.

Terry - Iím doing something similar with my Ď97 MUSA steel Trek 820. My old college bike that I just got back from my brother. (Slowly) setting it up with...
05-30-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

mongol - thanks for coming along on the journey...

mongol - thanks for coming along on the journey as I try to choose. It's fun. And I appreciate all the feedback. Which do you find more 'lively' to ride, MCD or GM? Seems like the Black Mt. Cycles...
05-29-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

mtbikerjohn - great builds! Obviously a very...

mtbikerjohn - great builds! Obviously a very versatile frame. But, if I buy a BMC Monster Cross or MCD... it wonít be that particular pink. Signal Yellow or maybe that blue for MC. Olive Oil for MCD....
05-28-19, 10:04 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Hey, man. Good on ya for keeping things bright...

Hey, man. Good on ya for keeping things bright and happy out there. I find that for the causes I advocate for (mostly water and land conservation issues and Autism education) that a positive attitude...
05-28-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

No, mongol777.... you can't miss that Mr....

No, mongol777.... you can't miss that Mr. Peptobismol! Really nice build. It makes your Gorilla Monsoon look rather plain by comparison. That's a great build as well! (The GM was on my list for a...
05-25-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Thanks for throwing in for the BMC frame. I like...

Thanks for throwing in for the BMC frame. I like it a lot and think it would make a great bike for what I want to do. How did/do you have your bikes set up?

Not crazy about the current Monster...
05-24-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Yeah, what shoota said. 55.

Yeah, what shoota said. 55.
05-24-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Well... Hardtail Trek 820 is a 21Ē frame......

Well...

Hardtail Trek 820 is a 21Ē frame... which they based on seat tube length. Road-ish frames through the years have been second hand and I never really paid attention other than ďyep, fitsĒ...
05-24-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

There are probably a lot of guys approaching...

There are probably a lot of guys approaching things like this. It’s a reasonable way to get great quality without incurring debt or spending more than ya can afford in one shot.

The donor bike...
05-24-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross canti is...

Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross canti is definitely on the list now. That really is a well thought out frame. Thanks for the knowledge, mstateglfr. Did you have any wheel flop if you had a front...
05-23-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Thanks for the welcome and thoughtful responses. ...

Thanks for the welcome and thoughtful responses.

tangerineowl - I was a little late on seeing that NFE on Paceline. I'll certainly sign up and watch closer. If I had a little more "foolin'...
05-22-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 13,995
Posted By RyanAK

Choosing a steel frame...

Hey, gang. Nice thing you have going here and a fantastic resource. Amazing what you can pick up if you pay attention when reading through the posts. Such a great amount of experience... hopefully...
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