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10-16-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

cheat a little?

I think you should do like Natloz (see post #150 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=150) ) and hire a pro to do the riding!
09-08-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

oops- Puch pics

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09-08-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

finished!

Well my $50 Puch came in at $97 total.
Compact crankset (with a sealed BB!) -found on ebay last year for $19. New, but with no label on it anywhere. Possible from the Orient? Or maybe Cleveland....
09-08-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By grayEZrider

I try to remember to lube them at the same time I...

I try to remember to lube them at the same time I change the smoke detector batteries. Every leap year if they need it or not...
09-07-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,802
Posted By grayEZrider

silver lining

So there is a silver lining to having N+1 disease! But I'm also lucky, having jumped the gun early for my upcoming 70th birthday by months and got my new Canyon Endurace just before this mess.
08-27-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 964
Posted By grayEZrider

keep it dry in there

Going to be hard to untangle them if those shelves ever get wet.....
08-27-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 816
Posted By grayEZrider

2009 Forrester was total loss..but bike was OK!

Had a 2" Draw-tite with a Specialized Dolce Al Elite hanging on a $90 Harbor Freight 4-bike hanger. Drove onto a steep bank and down through a deep ditch (and back up and out) after clipping a car...
08-27-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

Puch keeper update

No one mentioned it but an earlier pic of the Puch displayed some great Mavic Pro gold deep rim wheels. They came from a parted out Felt I bought for $100 to rob it of Ultegra brifters and brakes for...
08-24-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

good eye!

You are 100% correct. Stickers beat up but all there and legible. After some upgrade work I took it out for 8 miles today. I can FEEL why you wanted yours back. Wonderful ride. I will detail...
08-23-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

pics to upgrade try

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08-23-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 12,541
Posted By grayEZrider

Hoping to build a keeper

I missed seeing the start of this challenge by ten days. And after fighting N+1 this last year (who cares about Covid-19? phhht) the only potential project hanging in the workshop (known far and wide...
08-20-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,328
Posted By grayEZrider

100% agreement

He can be blunt at times, but I agree completely with him.
08-20-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 885
Posted By grayEZrider

swap it!

I agree with Flip Flop Rider. Fit is nearly everything. Everything except the frame can easily be replaced or upgraded.
08-20-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,052
Posted By grayEZrider

gravel for real gravel..

A pic of my 35c shod KHS 223. A bit heavy with the gear but since the only southerly route starts two miles from home and runs eight miles with zero houses or anything (on the 8 mile dirt stretch)...
08-19-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,698
Posted By grayEZrider

early motorbike disc and spoke problems..

I recall making a lot of money truing the early spoke/disc wheels on motorcycles. The first ones sported a single disc in front of the fork leg. First improvement was stiffer forks to combat the...
08-16-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,694
Posted By grayEZrider

the worst of both...

23mm Vittorias on a deep V Mavic.
Any new (vintage) N+1 added to the stable gets Vittorias or Michelins cut off first.
07-26-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,441
Posted By grayEZrider

4 is OK if this is your rookie year....

Got to eventually get to:
vintage steel (2- sport and touring)
vintage Al
Vintage carbon
current steel (gravel)
current Al (2- sport and touring)
haven't got to a current Carbon yet
07-25-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 897
Posted By grayEZrider

clarification to this great simple rule:

This R to R and F to F works providing you always apply the wrench ABOVE the pedal and not below!
06-10-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,887
Posted By grayEZrider

it all evens out...

Recall that time or two you obtained something at a 20% bargain and factor that into the equation.
There you go.
The New Normal (N+1) math !:lol:
06-10-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By grayEZrider

worse than rocket surgery

It's road surgery if you get it wrong. Which I did only two days ago. Flatted twice in four miles. :cry:
06-10-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 561
Posted By grayEZrider

too late for now but...

when I get to that last stage I always use a cheap plastic tire lever. But the trick with it is to take the smallest "bite" as possible. And that is after lubing the rim and tire down with spray...
06-10-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 489
Posted By grayEZrider

near match

Four of my six bikes are vintage and I've gone to 28s on everything but my modern KHS 223 which wears 35c panaracers. I weigh 170 and run all the 28s at 70/75 and the 35c at 65/70. I experimented a...
06-08-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,379
Posted By grayEZrider

buy it on-line exception...

I do try and keep up with what my LBS stocks and avoid ordering through them anything costing less than $20 if they don't normally stock it. Not to save me anything, but I figure they can't be...
06-06-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,252
Posted By grayEZrider

it really is needed

California is desperate to eliminate what they can't figure out is driving them all nuts.:deadhorse2:
06-05-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,514
Posted By grayEZrider

a very useful question

Thanks. I seldom see walkers/joggers on my normal hilly riding area. Most are usually headed opposing traffic. I like the combination bell and yell idea. I will adopt it. It also gives me an excuse...
05-20-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By grayEZrider

good catch!

You're right. SNs show the Ironman to be an '86 and the Lemans to be an '87. I got both numbers wrong. Now if I can figure out how to change them on the listing at the left. I do remember it was on...
05-18-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 840
Posted By grayEZrider

It's worth a cheap shot... I've had really good...

It's worth a cheap shot... I've had really good luck with plain club soda on all kinds of stains on floors, carpets and fabrics. Let it soak an hour and wipe it up.
05-18-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By grayEZrider

I also have an '86 Lemans. But I agree the dual...

I also have an '86 Lemans. But I agree the dual grey/silver paint job seems to be '86. I always assumed it was an '84 frame left over and painted later. I will check both in the morning. Maybe I've...
05-17-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 684
Posted By grayEZrider

speed things up???

My favorite method (more so now with the lock down situation) is to add more patience. And a beer. Or 2. But two wrenches and practice are effective.
05-17-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 567
Posted By grayEZrider

test the wheel fit first

I upgraded my '84 Ironman to full Ultegra (except tor an FSA compact crank) and did no frame adjustments. Just removed a spacer on the cassette side of the axel and both fit and clearance were OK....
05-17-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By grayEZrider

specialty tools at 50%!

Stay in good graces with a LBS and you can probably buy used tools from them cheap. They usually have a lot of replaced nearly worn out tools around that serve them no purpose but would probably last...
Forum: Southeast
05-11-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 963
Posted By grayEZrider

almost no traffic

I ride mostly White County and the five counties surrounding its' back roads in mid-east TN. And have avoided any cities for the last five years.:giver:
05-07-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By grayEZrider

i had a couple of those two years ago and never...

i had a couple of those two years ago and never did figure a way of getting them out without (what would have been) damage. But the good news is I simply overstuffed then with grease and they worked...
04-22-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,690
Posted By grayEZrider

as many as 14, now down to 7

After retiring 5 years ago I bought a KHS Flite 223 to resume riding after stalling out in the early '80s. I started following Bike Forums and got hooked on the yearly "clunker challenges". It seemed...
04-22-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,719
Posted By grayEZrider

finished?

Rode 12 miles today and stopped at the cafe for a pic on the way home. Best news about this bike is entire thing consists of parts I have no use for or real money in, so it won't bother me me if it...
04-22-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,719
Posted By grayEZrider

donated ten miles short,,,,

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After overhearing a conversation when ridden to cafe breakfast I...
04-13-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 4,162
Posted By grayEZrider

Exclamation no way

IF a vaccine is possible it is 6 months to a year away from being available large scale.
IF they decided to simplify logistics (by duplicating last years race route and arrangements?) the real...
04-12-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By grayEZrider

try for both

If you are on good terms with your LBS ask them about NOS platform pedals. They usually have several pair laying around after being pulled or traded for better ones on new bikes and will sell them...
04-09-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,237
Posted By grayEZrider

Six months ago I bought a medium Canyon Endurance...

Six months ago I bought a medium Canyon Endurance AL. I'm 6'0" 33 inch inseam and 170 lbs. The thing is a perfect fit.
04-09-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 13,483
Posted By grayEZrider

follow the money

Magazine profits come from ad sales. How many (any?) ads were for steel bikes?
04-02-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,719
Posted By grayEZrider

tried a little trail and gravel ride today..

Mechanicmat- I am very envious of those tires after today's ride man...

A short trail ride (and back).
Followed by a gravel hill. Is it me or does every steep hill in Tennessee have a graveyard...
04-02-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,448
Posted By grayEZrider

cheap

..and worthy of an Ultegra upgrade!
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04-02-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,505
Posted By grayEZrider

jay leno explained it

Jay pointed out that a hundred years ago technology was expensive but skilled labor was cheap. Today it is the other way around. Tech is cheap and skilled labor expensive. While building most...
04-01-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,366
Posted By grayEZrider

stuck in old school

I bought the Canyon because I wanted hydro disks and full 105 components. And was happy to note it came set tubleless ready but tubed. And tubed it will stay. My two favorite ride are both 35 years...
04-01-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 699
Posted By grayEZrider

I gave these two to a couple of my younger...

I gave these two to a couple of my younger brothers but have donated several others to local kids and the charity thrift store. But I really enjoyed rebuilding (that word should be in caps!) a...
04-01-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 451
Views: 118,078
Posted By grayEZrider

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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04-01-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,536
Posted By grayEZrider

covid-19 bike challenge on hold

After a close tornado and no power for two days I'm reworking the battery mount system and generator setup for the house. No serious damage to my house but the rain barrel overflow drain system on my...
03-28-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,366
Posted By grayEZrider

not laughing here, I;m serious

I appreciate your work and thank you for posting the whole process. You have helped me to decide to stick with old school and not convert my "tubeless ready" Canyon. High tech is not the answer to...
03-26-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,436
Posted By grayEZrider

tested a bunch

After testing a half-dozen sizes on the same wheels and bike a couple years ago (on the same route consisting of several grades of gravel and pavement) I've switched all of my bike to 28c. Four...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-25-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 984
Posted By grayEZrider

experienced crasher..

OK, maybe I'm pushing my luck now while pushing 70 but I have over the years (and still- 2 last year at speed) managed to never break any bones when (solo) crashing, Basic gymnastics, martial arts...
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