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Old 06-12-19, 10:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
They're so similar, it looks like the factory must have just opened the next drum of paint, found it to be different, and used it anyhow.
They were getting their Miami Vice on. Here are some web pics including the white and smoke which I think is pretty killer.




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Old 06-12-19, 12:03 PM
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Try a set of Continental Ultra Sport II in 700x25. They're tough and really good for only about $15 each. That's what I've been using on my Ironman for a year. Good on chipsnail too.

I usually run that size 85-90 psi rear, 75 front. So far, so good. This set is more than a year old with plenty of life in them.

They've even been adequate on some crushed limestone gravel paths, when group rides take those. Normally I'd avoid gravel with slick tires.

I put Ultra Sport II 700x23 on the Trekenstein but it's a little more harsh riding on chipsnail pavement.

And they're good on the indoor trainer. The metal roller on the Cycleops doesn't chew them up.
Thanks for the tip. Looking at the descriptions and reviews, looks like my kind of buy. However, they don't come in tanwall, I need tanwall for my Classic ala Markwesti.
Bottom line, I'm gonna have to buy some new tires, something I haven't done since 2011.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Thanks for the tip. Looking at the descriptions and reviews, looks like my kind of buy. However, they don't come in tanwall, I need tanwall for my Classic ala Markwesti. Bottom line, I'm gonna have to buy some new tires, something I haven't done since 2011.
Then do yourself a favor and buy some GOOD ones. Tanwall Vittoria Corsa's are out there for $32 each, so are Panaracer GK's (altho they are more brownwall than tanwall). You will definitely notice the difference- in traction, in speed, in ride quality. Remarkably flat resistant as well.

Yeah, they'll wear out in a couple thousand miles, but you'll be smiling the whole time.
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Old 06-12-19, 12:46 PM
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I just scored these last night for the "track bike" . No tan walls , ahem . What was I thinking , darn you Jack Daniels .

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Old 06-12-19, 07:43 PM
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Tony , is the classic sew up or clincher sorry I forget . OK I went back a few clicks , you need clinchers .

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Old 06-12-19, 08:41 PM
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Tony , is the classic sew up or clincher sorry I forget . OK I went back a few clicks , you need clinchers .
It's a clincher. When I first got my Classic, I sold almost all the original parts on ebaay then bought replacement parts (dura ace). Including a set of clinchers and a set of sew ups, both with dura ace hubs. My goal was to train on the clinchers then use the sew ups for club rides. But then I decided to just go back to triathlons. So I dismantled the sew ups and sold the dura ace hubs. That left me with rims and spokes. It's a good thing because today heading out on my ride I broke a spoke (first one ever). So I'll use one of those spokes.
So to add it all up for the Classic; Monday gash in tire, then replace tire, then blowout in that tire.
Wednesday on Classic, replaced both tires with my '89 Ironmans tires, then broke spoke.
The disconcerting thing is that the Classic is my favorite and my most reliable....and it will be again.
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Old 06-12-19, 11:39 PM
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@sdn40 that pink Master TG is HOT. I would happily ride one of those. The white/smoke, too.
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Old 06-13-19, 05:59 AM
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I see the Diamondbacks are crawling out from the shadow of the Ironman to sit in the sun for a while.
Hell yeah. They are the funky meet function era.
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In late '89 at the U.S. Triathlon Series Championship, Mike Pigg can be seen riding a Blue and White Diamond Back. I have it on video. I was hoping the DB gad the summertime blues color scheme but as I recall it actually looked more like this (color scheme wise).
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Old 06-13-19, 07:10 PM
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I got your beater right here! It's an 83 though, not an 84.





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I saw that this morning on Craigslist. I like it but too much for my purposes. I'd like to have a turbo for a beater. Those forks, the chrome underplating, it's Hot.
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Old 06-13-19, 08:23 PM
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@sdn40 that pink Master TG is HOT. I would happily ride one of those. The white/smoke, too.
Me too. I'll ride the clown or the tuxedo. Anything in between is a bit boring
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Old 06-13-19, 08:24 PM
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Originally Posted by seypat View Post
I got your beater right here! It's an 83 though, not an 84.

Oh that's a sweet ride.
Are those forks original?
So there's a red, black, and also blue turbo. Interesting.
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Way cool , @saypat .
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Oh that's a sweet ride.
Are those forks original?
So there's a red, black, and also blue turbo. Interesting.
Not original fork or headset. Bike was not wrecked. PO bought it off the bay. Maybe the original headset was prone to failure and different size bearings/races than standard. Who knows?
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Great score. Original headset was difficult, in the least. Couldn't use wrenches, and ball bearings are free range, tons of itty bitty ones. Fork won't detract a bit; that's a Tange chromie, anyway. OEM was sloped crown, all chrome but painted legs. I see no dropoff there. Looks like the owner knew how to build a well-tuned bike, a la the Simplex shifters. Close ratios and Superbe FD/RD. He/She knew what they were doing.
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Originally Posted by sdn40 View Post
They were getting their Miami Vice on. Here are some web pics including the white and smoke which I think is pretty killer.



we can add this a Red 1990 Expert to the color show
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Tempting, and my size. I dig that color.
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Tempting, and my size. I dig that color.
Dude, you gotta start somewhere. Might as well be the best year of their Ironman lineup.
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I apologize, peeps. I've been off the grid today. After exams yesterday, the family headed south to the House of Mouse. They stopped at Savannah GA last night and finished the journey this morning. I flew out midday today and joined them. I return on Sunday. They stay through Wednesday then take off on a cruise. When I get back we will examine the Turbo fork in detail.

As for the specs on the Turbo, it is a Frankenbike built for serious racing. Seatpost, crank, derailleurs and brakes are original. Hubs/rims are Campy Record/ Mavic MA40 with a Regina freewheel. Stem/handlebars are Cinelli. The shifters are Simplex Retrofricton.
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Got the SL-6400 Tuesday, but only installed today after work. Works great and now have a silver fd shifter with a charcoal rd shifter
The brake lever hoods are much more whiter after cleaning up with WD-40.



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Old 06-15-19, 11:09 AM
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Calling spacing / gearing / derailleur guru's . Because I'm not riding any course that has hills these days and @texaspandj knows I love a good 6spd. 13-18 Freewheel Corn Cob , I'm thinking of doing something that might be a waste of time and $ . I would like to go 5spd. 13-17 on the 126mm spaced 86' IM frame with a SIS 6spd. derailleur . Would this work with just slapping on the 5spd. freewheel and adjusting the limit screws , maybe longer screws ? Would I need to re space the frame and wheel ?


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Go all the way. Remove the 42 and the front derailleur.
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If you use the same wheel, simply replace the freewheel and adjust the limit screws.
Have to ask, though...why? If it's because a 17 tooth is the largest you typically need, just stop shifting. The weight loss of a single cog and spacer is hardly a performance enhancer.
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