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07-08-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 279
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I've dealt with one of these seat posts, and only...

I've dealt with one of these seat posts, and only had to turn it 90 from fully tight to fully loose/ready to move. The allen key would not turn further. Looking at the diagram, that adjuster nut at...
07-07-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

A combination of styling trends, increased need...

A combination of styling trends, increased need for better aero for fuel economy (and NVH/wind noise), and higher belt lines for better crash (rollover) and airbag/safety reasons. Cars look so big on...
07-07-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Even older (like 5-6 years at least) photo of my...

Even older (like 5-6 years at least) photo of my former Peloton built up in her first 10-speed arrangement. I'd change the bars today, obviously, but otherwise this bears remarkable similarity in...
07-07-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

It just means you ride bikes the size the pros...

It just means you ride bikes the size the pros do. You're basically Mario Cipollini. ;)
07-07-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well, what do you know? That's the saddle height...

Well, what do you know? That's the saddle height it pretty much needs to be/is now! I and even had drop with the bars. This is not helping the new frame size cause! :roflmao:

Now I'm wondering if...
07-07-20, 01:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As an industrial designer that studied automotive...

As an industrial designer that studied automotive design, proportion and gesture are incredibly important. Some designers don't have regard for it, and other sweat the details. One of the reasons I...
07-06-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You play the millimeter game as well. I like your...

You play the millimeter game as well. I like your style. :thumb: I'm going to have to work the Paramount a bit in its current downtube shifter form. It may do me well to install fenders and thus give...
07-06-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I have saved this photo before because the bike...

I have saved this photo before because the bike is just so beautiful. If I could get a 27"/66-67cm frame to not be too long in the top tube, this is the look I'd go for. Saddle and stem low over the...
07-06-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I will echo being spoiled here in Seattle for...

I will echo being spoiled here in Seattle for choice, and have had that mindset for quite some time. I credit it and several key people for nurturing and allowing this whole bike thing to grow and...
07-06-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. Both...

I'm sorry to hear that happened to you. Both bikes seem like solid models, not bottom of the barrel offerings. Do you live in an environment where rust could have played a factor? Were they road...
07-06-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

SJX426 I'm measuring CTT unless otherwise stated....

SJX426 I'm measuring CTT unless otherwise stated.
plonz now my frames are about 1-2cm too small, I am living that life! Well, aside from the 0 rise stems. I employ the standard 6-8 ones as they...
07-06-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Man, that is a regal looking bike, I must say! I...

Man, that is a regal looking bike, I must say! I find it interesting that some bikes really need fenders to 'complete' them, especially ones with large tires. My former 1982 Miyata 1000 was one such...
07-06-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 382
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You're welcome! I should have just posted this...

You're welcome! I should have just posted this link: (Schwinn Catalog Scans (https://waterfordbikes.com/w/culture/schwinn-catalogs/)) a lot earlier as it has been invaluable (and enjoyable) to go...
07-06-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Heh heh heh. I'll get an outdoor photo for the...

Heh heh heh. I'll get an outdoor photo for the rest of you tomorrow!
07-05-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The short stem I put on my brother's Fuji,...

The short stem I put on my brother's Fuji, combined with the shorter-than-60cm top tube length makes very-low-speed, tight turning awkward (bar into knee), requiring a flaring out of the knee or just...
07-05-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That's funny, but I like your honesty. I'd think...

That's funny, but I like your honesty. I'd think the same thing, too! :lol:

There is a 25" 1985 Schwinn Peloton built up for sale here in Seattle. I know the guy because I sold the frameset to...
07-05-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You and a couple other guys I have 3-5" in height...

You and a couple other guys I have 3-5" in height on, I've thought, "How do they get to ride frames in my size range?" That's reserved for tall, tall guys. Looks like I have not yet begun to French...
07-05-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

cudak888 yeah, I've been looking into putting...

cudak888 yeah, I've been looking into putting some Nitto B602AA or very similar bars onto the Paramount after doing so for my brother a few years ago. The upright position feels excellent, much as I...
07-05-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I joke that my height is in my neck as it's a...

I joke that my height is in my neck as it's a touch longer than the average bear, which is perfect for looking forward when riding super aero in the drops. ;)

PBH, as just measured by myself,...
07-05-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Yup! The fitter said I could get away with 180mm...

Yup! The fitter said I could get away with 180mm cranks, and I've tried them. They are quite long! I can't spin with the speed I can with 175s, nor am I super pumped about the angle range my knees go...
07-05-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I wondered if you were going to say something...

I wondered if you were going to say something like that. :) That or "go custom." It's one of the reasons I pinged the buyer of the Land Shark soon after the fitting. Frame decisions aren't going to...
07-05-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

For the longest time I had thought that perhaps...

For the longest time I had thought that perhaps my inseam was a little short for being (nearly) 6'5" and why other people several inches shorter than me rode a 25" frame. Guess I have my answer! And...
07-05-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,630
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Schwinn Prologue for that Tange Prestige...

Schwinn Prologue for that Tange Prestige goodness. A lot of other suggestions people have had. If you want an apex predator that's actually still comfortable, get a Davidson Impulse. I realize it's...
07-05-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Gotta give me more than that, man! :roflmao:

Gotta give me more than that, man! :roflmao:
07-05-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Paradigm Shifts and Bike Doesn't Fits -- 25" Frames Now Too Small!

No build thread here, no I'm-making-friends-today strong opinion(s) to throw down, just perhaps an open discussion on what you've all done when, upon some event, fitting, or mental realization, you...
07-05-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 382
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I would like to correct the record, or rather, my...

I would like to correct the record, or rather, my earliest statement of Schwinn publishing frame angles. I was incorrect: per the catalogs, they reported angles on their main models as early as 1981....
07-05-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 382
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

coolguymihai where (city or area) do you live?...

coolguymihai where (city or area) do you live? You may have a local bike shop or CL market that sells used parts near or near-enough by. Stem-mounted shifters are super cheap--like $5...
07-04-20, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
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Views: 357
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

414's are a low key favorite bike of mine. So...

414's are a low key favorite bike of mine. So lovely in their darker metallic colors (blue/grey). Great riders, too. And available in super huge sizes.
07-04-20, 08:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 382
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The Le Tour name in 1981 had other names with...

The Le Tour name in 1981 had other names with it--there was no standalone "Le Tour" model--only Super Le Tour or Le Tour Tourist etc. Was it any of those? Below the Le Tour Tourist was the Sports...
07-04-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,359
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Something with Di2? :D ...

Something with Di2? :D

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1800x1151/img_2462sm1987prologue_a75076b4330c9d31baff8ddf362f29a5b5bbd318.jpg
1987 Schwinn Prologue.
07-04-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I bit the bullet several years ago as well. Got...

I bit the bullet several years ago as well. Got it used from a guy (had to drive an hour to get it all) and it included a dish tool and tension tool. It's saved me a ton of money and time and help me...
07-04-20, 02:17 AM
Replies: 2,304
Views: 433,122
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

750, 950, 930, 970. The originals. The mountain...

750, 950, 930, 970. The originals. The mountain stuff came later, and they don't register to this C&V road bike lover. Your 750 is gorgeous. Dual Trek panels? No more legit than that! Still on the...
07-02-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 354
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Hooray! Glad you found something and it's working...

Hooray! Glad you found something and it's working well! :)
07-01-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,857
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I always adjust the brake or shift levers to be...

I always adjust the brake or shift levers to be optimal where I ride the most, i.e. on the hoods or in the drops. If I know I'll use both, then I work the difference, but always bias towards the...
06-29-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I think I may do just that. I'll combine it with...

I think I may do just that. I'll combine it with a trip to my parent's shed for a "scheduled oil change" on my car, where I get to do all of that work myself, lol. Looking forward to that as it is...
06-28-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,557
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Looking good! The Vero crankset is a modest...

Looking good! The Vero crankset is a modest design--no undue flash which is nice on a non-shouty bike (minus the red, naturally). The 34T should help considerably, putting you at essentially the same...
06-28-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I understand that data point driving your...

I understand that data point driving your decisions. I've PC'ed three frames and have been pleased with all of them, though ultimately selling them for other reasons. This paint, prior to the work,...
06-28-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Trust me when I say I balked at that price as...

Trust me when I say I balked at that price as well. They used to be around $25 or a little more for media blasting and then $175 for a stocked color. That was fine. But another $150 on top of that is...
06-28-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Somehow I never mentioned it aside literally...

Somehow I never mentioned it aside literally everything else (or at least I can't find it), but the measured front spacing was 55.4mm while the rear spacing was 69.7mm. So yeah, the front is really...
06-28-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok, everyone, this is what a redone fork looks...

Ok, everyone, this is what a redone fork looks like. Paint and decals on it are affected, obviously.
jonwvara , people have mentioned that, and I have spent no small amount of time going back and...
06-27-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 56,859
Views: 8,182,159
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

25" / 63.5cm (CTT) is what it looks like and most...

25" / 63.5cm (CTT) is what it looks like and most likely is given their sizing back then. Big bike! But looks good.
06-26-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 235,187
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

These anthracite colored ST1000s remain one of my...

These anthracite colored ST1000s remain one of my Grail touring bikes. I mean, I'll take a black T1000 or ST1000, because the top is still the top, but there is something iconic about the anthracite....
06-26-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you for your opinion! I solicited thoughts...

Thank you for your opinion! I solicited thoughts for paint vs powdercoat, but also left it open (in my mind) for other thoughts, especially after posting links and pictures to the various metallic...
06-26-20, 01:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As a tall guy and thus a rider of tall bikes, I...

As a tall guy and thus a rider of tall bikes, I work to avoid a bike looking gangly or gawky. Balancing proportion, a good rake/"set", my fitment requirements, comfort and riding style. 63-64cm...
06-25-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Surly has had bonkers geometry for quite some...

Surly has had bonkers geometry for quite some time. It's pretty irritating to a traditional geometry purist/logical thinker like me. Frames with top tube lengths far longer than they should be. It's...
06-25-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 604
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I honestly think the Trek set up as is looks...

I honestly think the Trek set up as is looks perfectly fine! nicely proportioned with regard to saddle and stem height above the top tube, as well as saddle position. The Miyata looks like you made a...
06-25-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

So, thanks to C-19, we all know there are parts...

So, thanks to C-19, we all know there are parts shortages. Apparently the world needs a ton of Tektro canti brake cable stops (fork mounted, not headset-mounted), and there are none left! The last...
06-25-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 952
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Subjecting an old low-end bike to the rigors of...

Subjecting an old low-end bike to the rigors of fixed gear pedaling and "braking" via a big, tall, strong guy is certainly a recipe for destruction. My vote is also go higher up the food chain. Or...
06-25-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok Andy_K I didn't spend days on the Prismatic...

Ok Andy_K I didn't spend days on the Prismatic website, but I did spend a few hours, haha. I've never looked at so many grey metallics before! :lol:

Aside from, say, Illusion Cherry...
06-25-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,202
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! Your Expedition looks very nice as...

Thanks! Your Expedition looks very nice as well--Flag triple and down tube shifter braze-ons: :thumb:
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