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Posted By meaculpa

Nitto front rack

Recently, I purchased a Nitto M-12 for the purpose of setting up a front-loading commuter. As my shop has been prepping the new frame and we're working out brakes+tires+fenders, etc... the mechanic...
09-10-14, 09:38 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

carradice nelson long flap....

Is there a stain/water repellant that would revive my very weathered/faded saddlebag? It was green (ww2) like Army green. I'd like to see it apraised Any ideas?
Thanks - John
08-28-14, 08:21 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

NoGlider - Your rebuild looks great. I'm not...

NoGlider - Your rebuild looks great. I'm not surprised you're enjoying this bike so much. Back in late May I'd crashed into the back of a car (my fault). That hit crumpled the downtube & snapped the...
08-26-14, 09:05 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

elcruxio - you are speaking waaaaay above my...

elcruxio - you are speaking waaaaay above my head, I'm gonna need to reread your comments with a little help from wikipedia before I can respond.

Fietsbob - I am familiar with the VO frame/fork...
08-25-14, 09:39 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Campeur or Straggler...

This is a followup to my previous neurotic fit/posting of choosing the next frame to replace my crashed bike. I just sent this email to the lbs I'd be working with:

"So here's where my head is at....
08-25-14, 09:21 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

CL finds: Fuji Royal c1981, Trek 560, Astra

Might be looking at this Fuji Royale Road Bike Circa 1983 (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/4588902104.html) for project bike (650b conversion or 700c single speed/alternate commuter). ...
07-14-14, 07:33 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

Thanks for taking the time to describe your...

Thanks for taking the time to describe your experiences in such detail VintageRide.

If I am going to understand the differences, I simply need to ride 1) 650b & 2) low trail bikes and mull that...
07-13-14, 09:30 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

If it is bent...I could counter-offer 1/3...like...

If it is bent...I could counter-offer 1/3...like say $50-70? Honestly, for the seller (a somewhat brusque older fellow who said he finds and sells bikes) to describe it as "Condition: New", it seems...
07-13-14, 05:29 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

VintageRide: I was looking at a Stag recently...

VintageRide: I was looking at a Stag recently before I decided to try these slightly older frames. How do you think the Fuji compares, for example I know it will ride completely differently from my...
07-13-14, 05:18 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

I am hoping its 23", 21" will be a touch too...

I am hoping its 23", 21" will be a touch too small (I stand 5'10.) I plan to haggle the price if the components aren't in good shape. Tape isn't an issue, derailleurs, bb, hubs & headset on the other...
07-13-14, 05:13 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Very informative thread, thanks!

Very informative thread, thanks!
07-13-14, 09:38 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

Fuji S12 S

I'm in midst of planning a rebuild a Schwinn Super LeTour frame I got off CL last week, then saw this Fuji:

FUJI S12-S ROAD BIKE - $175 (MARS/CRANBERRY)...
07-12-14, 09:11 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

This popped up on CL recently: FUJI S12-S ROAD...

This popped up on CL recently: FUJI S12-S ROAD BIKE (http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/bik/4534932541.html)

I called the seller, asked about the frame, he said he only buys/finds and resells bikes,...
06-30-14, 09:49 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

1983-5? Super Le Tour...

I would appreciate any opinions on this frame:

The owner seems to have gotten it for a project and, after doing the BB and work on the headset, is giving it up. He estimates a 1985 production but...
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Posted By meaculpa

Chris - thanks for the suggestion re: Rodriguez...

Chris - thanks for the suggestion re: Rodriguez and the calculation of expense of the 650b platform. Actually, I spoke with a guy at R+E, Smiley, last Monday and he said the Adventure would be the...
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Posted By meaculpa

I bought the GB EL tires, pair of the 30mm...

I bought the GB EL tires, pair of the 30mm (measures 33 actually) and ripped the sidewall on the rear immediately riding through some rail ballast, replaced it months later with the 38 Barlow which...
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Posted By meaculpa

Today stopped by the shop to talk frame...

Today stopped by the shop to talk frame options/ideas. I pitched the Polyvalent 650b alternative. The mechanic I know there had ridden it once and was very positive, said it was super comfy and not...
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Posted By meaculpa

Choosing a new frame comes down to practical vs...

Choosing a new frame comes down to practical vs aspirational. I get more inspired by Bike Quarterly's reviews than maybe I should since my needs are best served by a 700c all-rounder like a Double...
06-25-14, 03:58 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Here's mine. With my young daughter and work on...

Here's mine. With my young daughter and work on my home and starting my own business saddle time has been far too little, but here's the Pass Hunter I finished up over the winter. Terrible lighting,...
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Posted By meaculpa

DwnTb: I agree wholeheartedly on perception of...

DwnTb: I agree wholeheartedly on perception of individual experience, it is folly to expect someone to have "the answer" to a personal preference. However, that isn't my expectation, I'm more...
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Posted By meaculpa

Trying to choose a new frame

My needs:
1. A year round commuter:1/2 road + 1/2 gravel; 2. capacity for lightish touring loads (including tent for example) with handlebar bag or wald basket ie low-trail, and good enough for...
08-14-13, 05:24 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Well, I have to eat some crow here. I went to the...

Well, I have to eat some crow here. I went to the shop where I'd bought the tire and told them what's been happening. The owner immediately asked if there was any dings/dents in the wheel rim. So...
08-12-13, 12:25 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

10 wheels: as I reread my post above, "I had to...

10 wheels: as I reread my post above, "I had to add more rear brake" looks ambiguous. I meant adding to the front braking I normally start with. But my firmer point is that even if I do not possess...
08-12-13, 12:15 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Thanks for the feedback guys, but I must not be...

Thanks for the feedback guys, but I must not be communicating clearly here.
So...
1. I've commuted daily for nearly ten years, often in wet conditions.
2. I've ridden on different tires with...
08-12-13, 08:35 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

bad tire for wet weather...

Okay, I just went down in traffic the second time. I bought a Vittoria Randonneur Cross to replace a worn rear tire. Really, it feels like a great tire. But if I need to use the rear brake on wet...
Forum: Touring
10-10-11, 10:17 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Agree wholeheartedly with the description of the...

Agree wholeheartedly with the description of the 'mental' game of getting rolling. Terry66, I actually have ridden from Cumberland to Pgh in Oct 2010. Matchka will recall I was asking the forum for...
Forum: Touring
10-06-11, 11:47 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Your adventures have been inspiring Machka. I...

Your adventures have been inspiring Machka. I want to do some randoneering...this year (seems I've obsessed on Bike Quarterly). Since I'm not a racer, those events hold the most appeal. That and...
Forum: Touring
10-06-11, 11:42 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

The whole undertaking will get a boost with an...

The whole undertaking will get a boost with an objective. This week may be the time to get going, get it out of my system. 3-4 days won't damage my knee if I stay in the saddle and keep up my...
Forum: Touring
10-04-11, 06:55 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Yes its all true. I keep finding reasons for not...

Yes its all true. I keep finding reasons for not heading out. But its an itch I must scratch (ironically that advice came from Cyclebum). On one hand, I want to go for weeks and seriously see some...
Forum: Touring
10-03-11, 10:26 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

1 million excuses!

First it was b/c I was laid off...have to get a job!
Then the frame cracked & I needed to replace it.
Then its because my knee flared badly, gotta wait y'know?
Now its getting too cold to do an...
09-10-11, 08:17 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

Thanks hybrid & Thor, glad I asked. The $600 was...

Thanks hybrid & Thor, glad I asked. The $600 was a craigslist price, expecting potential buyers to bid me down from there. But the Ebay strategy sounds better, never sold there before so this is very...
09-09-11, 02:22 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

How to sell a new frame?

Hi, I'm hoping for some advice here: I'd broken my 2006 Volpe at the chainstay recently and Bianchi just sent a replacement 2009 model frame+fork. Since sending in the broken frame, I've been...
08-16-11, 08:22 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

I don't know what happened, why the valve wrecked...

I don't know what happened, why the valve wrecked the head of the floor pump (just ordered a replacement from topeak) nor why the valve ripped out of a brand new innertube, that was a first. Maybe...
08-14-11, 11:01 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

schrader valves vs Topeak pumps: 2 - 0

I'm using a beater lately due to issues with my reg bike needing major overhaul.

The beater has 26" wheels with schrader holes (my other bikes are both presta). My pumps are Joe Blow & MiniMorph....
08-01-11, 07:24 AM
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Posted By meaculpa

RF & 2000- Thanks for educating me on the frame...

RF & 2000- Thanks for educating me on the frame question, I do feel more assured in that respect. The persisting dilemma then just boils down to curiosity over other similar frames/builds I've read...
Forum: Touring
07-31-11, 09:20 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

This is not so farfetched as it first appears. My...

This is not so farfetched as it first appears. My first, new tent is one of those geodome style setups that you can pickup with one hand. So next time I go on an overnight, I'm going to dent the...
07-31-11, 07:48 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

RF - I test rode 4-5 bikes (Jamis Aurora, Cross...

RF - I test rode 4-5 bikes (Jamis Aurora, Cross Check, Tricross, others) before I settled on the Volpe. It was the best feeling ride of the bunch, climbed hills the best & was, frankly, one of the...
07-31-11, 05:05 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

Yes, I told the shop doing the exchange that all...

Yes, I told the shop doing the exchange that all I want is to pick up the frame and do the rebuild myself...in truth I'm taking it to my regular LBS. I want to avoid insulting these guys by implying...
07-31-11, 04:24 PM
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Views: 423
Posted By meaculpa

replacing my broken frame...decisions decisions

This past Friday, I discovered my right chainstay broke at the point where it tapers into the dropout. I've been informed that the frame (a 2006 Bianchi Volpe: my year-round commuter & sometimes...
07-31-11, 03:14 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

FBinNY - it appears the frame is still under...

FBinNY - it appears the frame is still under warranty so I stripped it down and left it with the LBS. The mechanic said it'd take a few weeks but Bianchi will send me a new frame to replace it....
07-28-11, 10:27 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

I've had this happen 3-4 times in the last 5-6...

I've had this happen 3-4 times in the last 5-6 months, is this typical "chainsuck" or some severe form of the disease?
07-28-11, 10:11 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

broken chainstay....

No receipt from purchase in July 2006 either, Bianchi Volpe bought from lbs. Owner comes in tomorrow, sales guy said maybe he'll have it in the records, manufacturer needs something before they'll...
Forum: Commuting
07-28-11, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By meaculpa

Thanks. Got to say the Handspun website looks...

Thanks. Got to say the Handspun website looks enticing. Alternative: I am considering keeping the hub & buying a new rim and just attempting a complete rebuild. 1/2 the cost but 5x the work (assuming...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-11, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 393
Posted By meaculpa

new rear wheel on a budget...

new rear wheel on a budget...
Under-employed, $ tight, replacing much of drivetrain on a limited budget.

My rear rim is caved and the rear hub is acting up. The wheel is a Weinmann DP18 36 H...
Forum: Touring
07-26-11, 02:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 243
Posted By meaculpa

new rear wheel on a budget...

Under-employed, $ tight, replacing much of drivetrain on a limited budget.

My rear rim is caved and the rear hub is acting up. The wheel is a Weinmann DP18 36 H laced to a Shimano FH 2200. Tried...
07-13-11, 08:46 PM
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Posted By meaculpa

I started wiping mud on my shins and arms where...

I started wiping mud on my shins and arms where Poison Ivy will show up - and all too often. Also spread mud on my shoes. It doesn't need to be a lot, just so when I wash the mud off at the watering...
07-03-11, 10:59 PM
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Views: 64,218
Posted By meaculpa

I've got mixed feelings re this thread. Two yrs...

I've got mixed feelings re this thread. Two yrs ago I bought my XC 29r off my mechanic just for winter commuting but (subconciously) must've wanted to try the trails. Now I can't get enough of this....
11-18-10, 03:08 PM
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Views: 1,243
Posted By meaculpa

I've used just wool layers quite successfully...

I've used just wool layers quite successfully over the last few winters for the cold & (very) light drizzle but rain jackets have been a challenge.

Last winter I bought the Marmot Precip & it...
11-18-10, 02:46 PM
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Views: 2,180
Posted By meaculpa

I've ridden through 4 winters now so here's my...

I've ridden through 4 winters now so here's my 2c: you'll learn as you go, one day at a time. Just keep your fingers/toes warm & try to minimize sweating. Eventually you'll find your own formula.
11-18-10, 02:08 PM
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Views: 915
Posted By meaculpa

I'm still musing it. I may just call the shop....

I'm still musing it. I may just call the shop. They know I'm coming back as I'd bought a bunch of local ride maps at the end of my trip and I am planning on renting one or two of their bikes (for...
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