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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 itís the old calipers or the old levers - so Iíll 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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Old 07-20-19, 01:13 PM
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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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Old 07-25-19, 09:38 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
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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Old 08-31-19, 05:39 AM
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My 2017 Genesis CDF 20.
Been using this for over 2 years now and love it.

Recently upgraded the rims/hubs, tyres, saddle and bar tape! Old hubs needed replacing so went for cassette style freehub to keep maintenance to a minimum going forwards!

Quite often have a rear rack with panniers or just a large saddle bag for my commute or rides out.
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Old 09-03-19, 09:37 AM
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My 2017 Genesis CDF 20.
Been using this for over 2 years now and love it.

Recently upgraded the rims/hubs, tyres, saddle and bar tape! Old hubs needed replacing so went for cassette style freehub to keep maintenance to a minimum going forwards!

Quite often have a rear rack with panniers or just a large saddle bag for my commute or rides out.
great looking bike. what kind of commute do you have? looks like you are running knobby tires
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great looking bike. what kind of commute do you have? looks like you are running knobby tires
Thanks Matthew 👍🏼
Commute is around 6 miles each way on a mixture of road, gravel track and woodland. Also go on longer 20+mile rides a few times a week incorporating the same. Yes running WTB Nano 40c Fast Rollers.
My office is also near coastal trails and the 2012 Olympic Mountain bike course so sometimes nip out at lunch and have some fun plus take longer way home 😊🚲
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This has been my commuter for the past many months. Itís an old Trek 820 I found in a junk pile mated to a Crust Clydesdale fork. Mostly 90s XT group. Front/rear dynamo lighting, full fenders, big olí basket. Itís a super-commuter.
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This has been my commuter for the past many months. Itís an old Trek 820 I found in a junk pile mated to a Crust Clydesdale fork. Mostly 90s XT group. Front/rear dynamo lighting, full fenders, big olí basket. Itís a super-commuter.
Love the bike. Not sure about your "office" though--not sure I could take the smell
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^^^^^ Whiskey Tango with that "stem"? Is that a cut piece from a top tube / downtube from a Miyata? Excuse the OCD, but how on Earth is that assembled/secured?

And +1; you need an office with a better view....
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