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10-13-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6,569
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Posted By jlaw

Been riding the drops for 30 years and still no...

Been riding the drops for 30 years and still no problems reaching them - thinking about lowering my stem for a more aero position though....

https://i.stack.imgur.com/xqh25.jpg
10-13-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 314
Posted By jlaw

The DC 960s certainly have a vintage look and...

The DC 960s certainly have a vintage look and heritage. But they do not have a spring tension adjustment mechanism, a toe-in adjustment mechanism, or a sliding up/down pad adjustment capability...
10-12-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 342
Posted By jlaw

Perfect excuse for an experiment. 1) Take...

Perfect excuse for an experiment.

1) Take the bike to the top of a moderate hill, get on, and coast down to the stopping point - then mark the road.

2) Install second set of wheels and repeat...
10-12-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 309
Posted By jlaw

That looks like a wheel where some of the spokes...

That looks like a wheel where some of the spokes were significantly over-tensioned. (Unless there is a problem with the rim - but I thought the i19's are supposed to be good rims.)

Assuming that...
10-11-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2,158
Views: 370,174
Posted By jlaw

Is that a 25.5" frame? What's your inseam? ...

Is that a 25.5" frame? What's your inseam?

I have three vintage Treks that are 22.5" - been thinking of trying a 24" to get the 'classic' look of about 4" of seat post exposed. My 22.5" frames...
10-11-19, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2,158
Views: 370,174
Posted By jlaw

Well-used and well-loved. How does that seat...

Well-used and well-loved.

How does that seat not break off?
10-10-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,474
Posted By jlaw

Just ordered a B17 Narrow Imperial (cut out) from...

Just ordered a B17 Narrow Imperial (cut out) from Chain Reaction. I have a couple saddles that are fine for 25 - 30 and bearable for 50. But, I'm going to test the mythology of leather and try to...
10-10-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6,569
Views: 2,015,162
Posted By jlaw

Very sharp. IMO this is the kind of...

Very sharp.

IMO this is the kind of practical, affordable, around-town bike - set-up in this manner: big tires, fenders, basket, etc. - that should be one of the offerings of every bike shop. More...
10-09-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By jlaw

Another possibility is keeping your current stem...

Another possibility is keeping your current stem and using these bars, but they are pricey - $100

You gain about 2".

https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 7,057
Posted By jlaw

We have one older gent who rides an ebike on our...

We have one older gent who rides an ebike on our 'casual' Sunday morning ride. He's a very nice man and I think the social/physical aspect of the Sunday ride helps keep him going.

He seems to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 7,057
Posted By jlaw

Two friends of mine rode with me on a 50 miler...

Two friends of mine rode with me on a 50 miler (3000' climbing) last year. They both rode a 2018? Trek Verve with the Bosch Motor that has a regular-size chainring, not the motor with the 20T ring...
10-06-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 247
Posted By jlaw

I've been seeing some pretty nice vintage Deore...

I've been seeing some pretty nice vintage Deore LX cranks, 46/36/26 - 110/74 BCD, with "SG" rings on ebay for reasonable $. I may buy one of these and substitute one or more of the rings for what I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-06-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,302
Posted By jlaw

Some bike-specific tools are worth the money and...

Some bike-specific tools are worth the money and there are no non-specific substitutions possible. Park Tools are well made and time-tested.

But, you may already own many of the nec. tools or you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-05-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,302
Posted By jlaw

Definitely a shop to avoid - and I would take...

Definitely a shop to avoid - and I would take that wheel back to them and ask what it is they did for the $600!

You're on your way to being an amateur bike mechanic.

Congrats. and ride on!
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,492
Posted By jlaw

Thanks. I have re-learned to like riding the...

Thanks. I have re-learned to like riding the drops and am always looking for the right bar/stem combo. The Condor 2's are a good choice for threadless steerer tubes. With threaded steerers a quill...
10-03-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

Thanks for the first-hand information. I checked...

Thanks for the first-hand information. I checked the Tree Fort site and may give the 36T Sugino middle ring a try. I could re-purpose a 47T outer ring I have on another crank to give me a 47/36/28.
10-02-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

Thank you for the primer on crank sets. I can...

Thank you for the primer on crank sets. I can take them apart and put them back together, but my knowledge of design, compatibility, etc. is a work in progress.

I took the DS crank off today and...
10-01-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 247
Posted By jlaw

I researched the difference between casting and...

I researched the difference between casting and forging - so now I know.

If I keep the N600 crank and want to change the outer and middle chain rings I need to get replacements with the proper...
10-01-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 247
Posted By jlaw

Ok, don't want to do that. How about the Sugino...

Ok, don't want to do that. How about the Sugino Impel 500? Or what would you recommend?
10-01-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 247
Posted By jlaw

Vintage Takagi GS crank set - rear index shifting?

I was reading another thread about these and someone mentioned a possible issue with index shifting this crank. Indexing would only be a problem for the FD not the RD, correct?

I'm looking to pair...
10-01-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

I prefer to do most of my riding on a 38 to 42T...

I prefer to do most of my riding on a 38 to 42T ring - rolling terrain - and also have a 26 to 30T ring for steeps. You're right about ebay offerings - some good vintage MTB cranks available. The...
10-01-19, 07:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

Wow, another bike component that I didn't know I...

Wow, another bike component that I didn't know I wanted until you showed a picture of the 'grail yoke'!

I'm using the yokes that arrived with the brakes - yesterday - they look pretty good...
09-30-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,624
Posted By jlaw

Sharp! A lot to like on that bike. The yellow and...

Sharp! A lot to like on that bike. The yellow and black is attractive.

Is that the VO front rack with integrated decaleur? Have you tried it with a rando bag? I think P clamps are a good option...
09-29-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

Good idea - will give that a try. Thanks.

Good idea - will give that a try.

Thanks.
09-28-19, 08:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,657
Posted By jlaw

I haven't done anything with this project bike...

I haven't done anything with this project bike yet, but I did buy some vintage upgrade brakes for it. I found a set of Shimano BR-M732's.

The original brakes on this Trek 620 are Shimano XT-MC70's...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-19, 12:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,302
Posted By jlaw

I don't know exactly what you are looking for,...

I don't know exactly what you are looking for, but a quick search shows that you can get a new 20" rear wheel with a decent rim and Shimano 3 speed internal hub for $89. Coaster brake. Shipped from...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,302
Posted By jlaw

[QUOTE=mlau;21140024]I just picked up my 2007...

[QUOTE=mlau;21140024]I just picked up my 2007 Brompton from the local bike shop.
They'd quoted me about $600 in repairs...which I sucked up and paid for.
Then, they told me that I'd need an...
09-27-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,624
Posted By jlaw

I've been (primarily) riding a C&V bike with DT...

I've been (primarily) riding a C&V bike with DT shifters for only a couple seasons, but as you mention, have started climbing moderate hills in a taller gear with lower cadence. I started doing this...
09-26-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6,569
Views: 2,015,162
Posted By jlaw

You get the award for most unusual MTB conversion...

You get the award for most unusual MTB conversion - fun to see something truly different. Thanks!
09-26-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2,158
Views: 370,174
Posted By jlaw

It's vintage in my book. No need to apologize...

It's vintage in my book. No need to apologize for doing what is necessary to make it right for you.

A cool - and gigantic - bike!
09-25-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,624
Posted By jlaw

I like the term you use - "micro double". I agree...

I like the term you use - "micro double". I agree that it is nice to ride most of the time on the large ring (39T in my case). Your re-purposing of a vintage MTB triple into a 40-20 double is...
09-24-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,624
Posted By jlaw

I use a modern 2x10 on a vintage sport/tour...

I use a modern 2x10 on a vintage sport/tour frame. 39-26 up front with 11-32 in back - gets me where I want to go!

I also have two mid-80's touring rigs with half-step/granny cranks - not sold on...
09-23-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By jlaw

Yup - I notice this phenomena too when riding the...

Yup - I notice this phenomena too when riding the smaller rear cogs - especially when using the small chain ring. Feels a little bit like 'lugging' a diesel motor.
09-22-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 52,357
Views: 7,060,912
Posted By jlaw

Good point! Too good to be true.

Good point! Too good to be true.
09-22-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 52,357
Views: 7,060,912
Posted By jlaw

$600 for a 2018 Trek Madone - is this thing stolen?!

Carbon everything, Ultegra, and look at those brakes!https://providence.craigslist.org/bik/d/providence-excellent-condition2018-trek/6983688413.html...
Forum: Northeast
09-22-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,574
Posted By jlaw

The world's busiest motor vehicle bridge with the...

The world's busiest motor vehicle bridge with the world's largest free-flying American flag.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Washington_Bridge
...
09-22-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By jlaw

Craigslist is one step above garage sale, so...

Craigslist is one step above garage sale, so comparing prices to ebay can be a little deceiving because CL posters don't want the hassle of shipping, Paypal, etc. so CL prices are lower. There are...
09-22-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 350
Posted By jlaw

Do you know what year it is? Does it have a...

Do you know what year it is? Does it have a carbon fork? (A potential plus and minus)

According to the Reynolds website Reynolds 525 is butted and has 'similar properties' to the older 531, which...
09-21-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,058
Posted By jlaw

Velo Steampunk - love it!

Velo Steampunk - love it!
09-17-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,216
Posted By jlaw

'Are you a good witch or a bad witch?' ...

'Are you a good witch or a bad witch?'

http://www.dabrim.com/images/products/cycling/classic/Cycling_Classic_Girls.jpg

I have considered Da Brim but not quite there yet.

I use Bannana Boat...
09-17-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By jlaw

Great to hear that you had a fun experience on...

Great to hear that you had a fun experience on the e-bike. If you are serious about buying make sure you do your research - lots to know before you plunk down the cash. IMO -Most important is a...
09-17-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 476
Posted By jlaw

Very interesting and nicely done - love that...

Very interesting and nicely done - love that suicide shifter for the FD!
Forum: Touring
09-15-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,544
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: 2,604
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: 990
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: 990
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: 3,544
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: 64
Views: 3,846
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: 83
Views: 4,661
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: 544
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...
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