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Old 07-02-19, 05:15 PM
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It was good. The old brakes suck though. Not sure if it’s the old calipers or the old levers - so I’ll probably have to replace those.
My money's on the calipers. Levers are pretty simple, I'd think hard to mess up. But I know the Weinmann Vanquer centerpulls on my dad's old bike were (are) TERRIBLE
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It's the calipers, not the levers, but I think you mentioned that your hands are having trouble reaching. You can mitigate that a bit by moving the levers up the bars a bit, but maybe they're also the wrong levers for you. Those calipers are pretty bad, though.

Weinmann Vainqueur brakes, if set up right, are not terrible!
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My money's on the calipers. Levers are pretty simple, I'd think hard to mess up. But I know the Weinmann Vanquer centerpulls on my dad's old bike were (are) TERRIBLE
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It's the calipers, not the levers, but I think you mentioned that your hands are having trouble reaching. You can mitigate that a bit by moving the levers up the bars a bit, but maybe they're also the wrong levers for you. Those calipers are pretty bad, though.

Weinmann Vainqueur brakes, if set up right, are not terrible!
I can't move the levers up the bars any further or they'll be parallel to the ground
But yes, I am having trouble getting my fingers around them - the reach seems to be a bit much from the hoods, and they're hard to pull in that position. If I am in the drops and can pull the levers like a regular grip - the brakes work pretty well. But riding in the drops constantly, and braking from there isn't really feasible.

The bike is a 54, and I should ride a 52, and with the rando bars already having a long top/reach on them, the setup just isn't working in general. So I think I'm going to switch to a Soma Late Riser bar, with these levers: https://velo-orange.com/collections/...-22-2-dia-bars
I'll see how the calipers work in this setup and if braking still sucks I'll get some new brakes.
I was also considering a Velo Orange Porteur bar, or a Soma Mustache II bar, or a Soma Sparrow, but I'm not confident enough to buy one having never used any of them.
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Old 07-09-19, 10:23 AM
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Beautiful bikes; love that zesty green frame.
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Looks like fun!
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Old 07-09-19, 06:42 PM
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Those levers look terrific. They're based on an old design I loved back in the day.
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My current commuter. Nothing particularly fancy. Depending on what I'm carrying, I use a variety of different panniers/baskets.

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Wasn't sure where else to put this just to share, but I see this guy a few times a week on my bike commute route through the park. He's got LEDs in the front for headlights, too. He hauls at a pretty good clip. I love it!
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Old 07-15-19, 08:07 AM
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Wasn't sure where else to put this just to share, but I see this guy a few times a week on my bike commute route through the park. He's got LEDs in the front for headlights, too. He hauls at a pretty good clip. I love it!
i have seen one of those boards as well. I thought it would be tempting to have the days i drive to ride from where i park to work. It would make the walk a touch quicker
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Old 07-18-19, 02:58 PM
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Bianchi Vigorelli- has better cubicle than I do


On overpass over 605 freeway
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Old 07-18-19, 03:30 PM
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Wow, the lighting makes that color look SO different in the two photos!
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Between Winwick and Hamerton. Lavender fields on my commute.
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Between Winwick and Hamerton. Lavender fields on my commute.
Beautiful bicycle! Is that a Decathlon Triban? If so, did you get it from a US dealer?
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Old 07-20-19, 06:15 PM
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Beautiful bicycle! Is that a Decathlon Triban? If so, did you get it from a US dealer?
I recently moved to the UK, bought it when I first arrived.

Its a tank, and I did a few small upgrades. Seems like an OK value for the money.
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Old 07-23-19, 04:03 PM
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Those side bags would be handy in route to work so I can out all my crap in. Does it affect balance much?
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Those side bags would be handy in route to work so I can out all my crap in. Does it affect balance much?
Not really. If you load one side only, you might notice at first that you're correcting for it, but your brain knows how to keep the bike upright. It doesn't care if the weight comes from you leaning or from stuff in a bag. The weight is also low enough to the ground that it doesn't really pull the bike over very much.
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Had to swap the randonneur bars and original levers because they were not working for me at all. Bike is now sporting a Soma Late Riser bar, with Brooks leather grips, and Tektro city brake levers

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Had to swap the randonneur bars and original levers because they were not working for me at all. Bike is now sporting a Soma Late Riser bar, with Brooks leather grips, and Tektro city brake levers
Very classy! One plus of downtube shifters is, they free up your handlebar choices

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Old 07-25-19, 09:45 AM
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Had to swap the randonneur bars and original levers because they were not working for me at all. Bike is now sporting a Soma Late Riser bar, with Brooks leather grips, and Tektro city brake levers
Gorgeous result!
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