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Old 02-09-16, 01:43 PM
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the fork geometry wasnt designed to have a load on it. look up "low trail fork" and youll find ten thousand randonneur threads and articles about what its all about

with a bag on my trek the front end is squirrely as hell, but on my bridgestone its perfect and i can ride for miles no hands
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Originally Posted by YK_ View Post
Recently installed a cheap Origin8 front rack - it attaches to the front brake caliper hole and front axle. That being said, what could cause the bike to pull to the left when I'm riding with no hands? Never has happened before. My theory is that maybe one side of the axle has the rack tightened down more than the other and it's causing a weight shift? Any other theories?
You could try loosening both the axle nuts/rack, lift the wheel off the ground and give it a good spin to see if it wants to spin/wander left. If not, tighten each side down incrementally and keep trying it...then give it a ride.
Are you using a front brake?
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Old 02-09-16, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Regulatori View Post
You could try loosening both the axle nuts/rack, lift the wheel off the ground and give it a good spin to see if it wants to spin/wander left. If not, tighten each side down incrementally and keep trying it...then give it a ride.
Are you using a front brake?
I'll have to give that a shot when I'm back home. And yes, I do have a front brake installed.
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Old 02-09-16, 02:56 PM
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I would also check to see if there is any odd issues with the caliper. If you're running fixed or have a rear brake, maybe remove the front brake temporarily and attach the rack without it. Just to eliminate another variable while testing. But like Mumonkan said, it could just be extra weight on the fork that's making it torque left a little.
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Old 02-09-16, 02:56 PM
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make sure that sucker isnt clipping either, that can make your wheel pull too
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Old 02-10-16, 01:38 PM
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I have never seen such seemingly fakakta cable routing -- but a closer inspection suggests it was actually done correctly?


Vintage Alan Cyclocross Bike 54C Campagnolo Record Bicycle RARE | eBay
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Old 02-10-16, 01:52 PM
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yeah barend shifters are cabled like that in oldschool style, i like to run mine up the whole bars like regular though since any dangling housing drives me ****ing nuts
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Old 02-10-16, 02:42 PM
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God those old CX bikes are just so damn cool. I hate big loops of cable but I still dig this.
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Old 02-16-16, 01:40 AM
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When looking at Samson NJS frames, what exactly is "Samson Illusion."

I've just come across a few Samson's with the "Illusion" sticker or name and curious if it has to do with the paint or some other detail.
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Old 02-16-16, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Regulatori View Post
When looking at Samson NJS frames, what exactly is "Samson Illusion."

I've just come across a few Samson's with the "Illusion" sticker or name and curious if it has to do with the paint or some other detail.
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Illusions are their top of the line frame. Almost always features high end columbus tubing such as spirit keirin, genius, SLX for older models.
Fast back seatpost clamp on the seat stays, a vintage illusion will have traditional lugged seatpost clamp though. Newer illusions have a pantographed bottom bracket shell with the illusion decal design, older will have the traditional samson lug with the company name and name of the builder.
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Help me out here...

I'm doing my first bottom bracket and think I have almost everything I need. Its a Shimano BB-7700 and Dura Ace 7710 cranks. I have:

- High quality grease
- Good chain tool for the KMC riveted chain
- Park BBT-7 lockring wrench
- Park BBT-22 bottom bracket tool
- Crank puller to get the old cranks off

I figure I should get a chainring nut wrench. What do you guys recommend?

Anything else? What am I missing besides the obvious ordinary hand tools, work stand, etc.?

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I figure I should get a chainring nut wrench. What do you guys recommend?
Get the shimano TL-FC21. It doubles as the octalink dustcap spanner you'll need.

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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
I have never seen such seemingly fakakta cable routing -- but a closer inspection suggests it was actually done correctly?
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Those Alan's are cool but I think this one takes the cake especially with cable routing:
Charlie Cunnigham's 16.6 lb 1974 Alan:
1974 Charlie Cunningham Alan - Vintage Mountain Bike Workshop
It is amazing this was all done in the 70s. I wonder if he had done this project now what he could get the weight down to.
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Old 02-16-16, 07:55 PM
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Originally Posted by veganbikes View Post
Those Alan's are cool but I think this one takes the cake especially with cable routing:
Charlie Cunnigham's 16.6 lb 1974 Alan:
1974 Charlie Cunningham Alan - Vintage Mountain Bike Workshop
It is amazing this was all done in the 70s. I wonder if he had done this project now what he could get the weight down to.
Some of the bikes on that site... phew

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Old 02-17-16, 08:29 AM
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How you do pronounce Fi'zi:k? My mind defaults to 'physique' but that colon is hurting my brain.
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Old 02-17-16, 08:58 AM
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correct.

i thought it was fizz-ick for the longest
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What is that black thing that looks like an inner tube?

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Old 02-17-16, 10:49 AM
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What is that black thing that looks like an inner tube?
strap/pad for shouldering
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Old 02-17-16, 10:53 AM
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strap/pad for shouldering
Oh, like for cyclocross. Never actually saw one till now.

Thancx.
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Oh, like for cyclocross. Never actually saw one till now.

Thancx.
Yeah, same idea. Some 80s and 90s MTBs came with bosses for mounting them (e.g. that salsa with the awesome paint job).
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Old 02-17-16, 11:42 AM
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So, I'm looking at these and saying to myself: "How does this differ from track bike geometry?"

I know my MTB has a shorter wheelbase, higher BB, less rake and is generally tighter than my roadie. Obviously it handles quicker and is more twitchy than the roadie...are there major differences from it to track bike geometry?

Easy now, use little words...I'm not to educated in this stuff!
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Old 02-17-16, 05:04 PM
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Oh, like for cyclocross. Never actually saw one till now.

Thancx.
Some actually double as a frame bag.
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Old 02-18-16, 10:08 AM
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JA? I've never seen a wheel been given the "drillium" treatment before:



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Old 02-18-16, 10:28 AM
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JA for sure
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Old 02-18-16, 10:44 AM
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there was a gold monstrosity someone posted a bunch of pages ago

#drilliumrevival
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