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Old 03-23-20, 07:03 AM
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If you are swapping freehub bodies, go 9 speed and you have 7,8 or 9 speed capability.

Crank fixing bolt washers are no joke. I once broke a removal tool trying to pull a crank over the washer☹️

Please dont post any more pictures of that IM without adjusting those bars😉
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Originally Posted by Classtime View Post
If you are swapping freehub bodies, go 9 speed and you have 7,8 or 9 speed capability.

Crank fixing bolt washers are no joke. I once broke a removal tool trying to pull a crank over the washer☹️

Please dont post any more pictures of that IM without adjusting those bars😉
I'll go adjust them just for you.
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I'll go adjust them just for you.
It reminds me that someone said I should raise my Brifters...so I did.
The thing is, with regular brake levers I line up the bottom of the bars and the bottom tip of the brake levers. However the Brifters are longer and when you do that, the hoods are too high for my liking. But I went ahead and did it the regular way . It's ok so far.
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A little after the Shelter in place was issued for our county my biking buddy text me and asked if I was gonna get on the trainer. I told him I was still in Fight Fit mode and didn't plan on it. But that I was really getting the itch to ride. He responded with "we already practice social distance when I drop you".
The funny bastud.
Reality is, I've been a little sick the last couple of weeks but plan on riding my Miami Vice when my wife gets home today. A little 20 miler. What about y'all?
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I rode mine the other day...lots of time to ride all my bikes recently 🙃.
This is fantastic! This wouild seem to be a perfect psychological therapy for the situation right now. Expecially if you are alone and therefore safe as long as careful about surfaces you touch. What a soul reviving view! What a beautiful bike and close to original look. Thank you for this idea for therapy for the soul!
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Yesterday, I contemplated an "upgrade" or two on my Classic. This morning, I almost swapped the brakes for dual pivot Ultegra and the levers for new Gran Comp Aero with the spring return. And I was also planning to replace the BioPace with a pair of TAs in 39-53.

All I did was pump up the tubulars (Vittoria Rally on GL 330/7400) and then went for a ride. 32 miles and 2800 feet of climbing. Climbing at 9.6 mph instead of my best 10.0 mph. Further upgrades are postponed again.
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Well I only rode 17 miles today on my Miami Vice. Today's high was 86 however it was about 80 by the time I finally rode.
My ride was amazing and fantastic. It was like I had a motor. I was thinking that maybe this is how people with e-bikes feel. Yeah it was that good. My MV is Not my fastest Ironman but it is my heaviest. No matter, that was F-U-N.
Frankly I was a little surprised how good I felt especially cause I still have a cough. Fortunately it's not a dry cough.
My MV is the only bike that is basically original. The 105 group is solid performing although a bit heavy.


The turbo saddle, 600 aero seatpost, 7 speed 13-28 freewheel, Scott DH aerobars, and 7 speed gripshift are the only things not original. BTW, I have all the original components (sans the 6 speed shifters) if I ever need to return it to original specs. But for now it's 7 speed because it's a '87.
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I rode my Purple Haze 27 miles this afternoon. The first time on a road bike since Feb 15. I have been doing TrainerRoad and doing some gravel rides on my High Sierra along with some rides to the gym on my fake Salsa single speed, so I haven't got too out of shape. I also felt fast while I was going South since I had a 12-15 mph tail wind but my speed went downhill fast when I headed back North. Oh well I felt like a bad a$$ for a little while.

I was supposed to work this week but I didn't feel safe at work anymore so I bailed and took some vacation time. Next Monday is my last scheduled day to work and I will be officially retired. Its sort of a bummer, I was slated for a retirement dinner for our whole department and I was going to savor marking my last days in Air Force Plant #4 off the calendar. Now I get to worry about my friends and coworkers who are required to work in what I feel are unsafe conditions.
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Originally Posted by texaspandj View Post
Well I only rode 17 miles today on my Miami Vice. Today's high was 86 however it was about 80 by the time I finally rode.
My ride was amazing and fantastic. It was like I had a motor. I was thinking that maybe this is how people with e-bikes feel. Yeah it was that good. My MV is Not my fastest Ironman but it is my heaviest. No matter, that was F-U-N.
Frankly I was a little surprised how good I felt especially cause I still have a cough. Fortunately it's not a dry cough.
My MV is the only bike that is basically original. The 105 group is solid performing although a bit heavy.


The turbo saddle, 600 aero seatpost, 7 speed 13-28 freewheel, Scott DH aerobars, and 7 speed gripshift are the only things not original. BTW, I have all the original components (sans the 6 speed shifters) if I ever need to return it to original specs. But for now it's 7 speed because it's a '87.
What tires are those with the yellow stripe?
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Old 03-25-20, 08:46 AM
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What tires are those with the yellow stripe?
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Old 03-25-20, 08:53 AM
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I guess those came from Performance before their downfall? I want something with yellow for my Miami Vice. I usually run GP5000's but I want something that goes better with the bike colors for this one.
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Old 03-25-20, 05:17 PM
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I guess those came from Performance before their downfall? I want something with yellow for my Miami Vice. I usually run GP5000's but I want something that goes better with the bike colors for this one.
Seek and ye shall find, Ironhopper.
I have new Panaracer Catalyst Sport blackwalls with a yellow stripe on each side and a black face. It is not the orange-y yellow of the Vice.
I have used Vittoria Pro Team Action Kevlar skinwalls, then a yellow stripe, then a black face. It is the orange-y yellow of the Vice. Plenty good shape.
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To all, you should take a look at the "HELP identify an 80s bike" thread if you haven't already. It might be a Centurion/Diamondback missing link type bike.
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Old 03-25-20, 05:35 PM
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I got the BB overhauled. I'll get the headset done tomorrow morning then post a how to for the noobs.
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To all, you should take a look at the "HELP identify an 80s bike" thread if you haven't already. It might be a Centurion/Diamondback missing link type bike.
You mean this thread?
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You mean this thread?
That would be it. Interesting bike.
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How to mechanic continued.

There it is. Weigh the benefits/costs and do what works for you. One other optional component to mention. Toss the standard crank bolts/dust covers and use these instead. Around $10 for a pair. Most multi tools have the matching size wrench for emergency repair on the road. I need to fill in the letters on the crank arms with a sharpie. Better do that now.


For myself, I would go with a triple. This is the loaner bike however, so I overhauled the BB then put on a 110/74 crank with the same spindle. It is now a 52/36 semi compact double. I took pictures of the BB overhaul, but that will have to wait for another episode of Ironman Nation "How to."



Now it's time to turn it over to the hot riders, the outlaws and the rebel rousers that can show you how to trick out you IM with the latest/greatest modern components. I'm talking about experts like RT, rccardr, txsailor, texpandj and others. Take it away, people!
I like your thread and so keep going and I like triples too!
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To all, you should take a look at the "HELP identify an 80s bike" thread if you haven't already. It might be a Centurion/Diamondback missing link type bike.
Might be a Sport DLX or some D-Back equivalent. Anything above that level would have shift cables going under the BB.
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I like your thread and so keep going and I like triples too!
Thanks. I'll keep it up.
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Might be a Sport DLX or some D-Back equivalent. Anything above that level would have shift cables going under the BB.
It has more similarities to the other "contracted for US companies bikes" such as Lotus and SR than Centurion.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Seek and ye shall find, Ironhopper.
I have new Panaracer Catalyst Sport blackwalls with a yellow stripe on each side and a black face. It is not the orange-y yellow of the Vice.
I have used Vittoria Pro Team Action Kevlar skinwalls, then a yellow stripe, then a black face. It is the orange-y yellow of the Vice. Plenty good shape.

Someone is going to have to hold me by the hand and walk me through this yellow tire thing. I have found some 25's but nothing in 23 or narrower. I don't know if 25's would look right on those narrow rims. I'm not in a hurry for any just gathering stuff for when I get started on the MV. I did ride it around the neighborhood this evening. I haven't been home in the evenings in years. Its really quiet right now. Not many cars out, people sitting on their porches. I guess the shutdown isn't all bad.
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I have some blue tires that came on a bike.



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I have some blue tires that came on a bike.


Vreds are good tires. But unless you have a bike those match....
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I have some blue tires that came on a bike.


Well your no help at allBlue would clash with the magenta and really make a old man riding a purple & yellow bike look even sillier!
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My biking buddy ordered some tires online, I think Amazone . Anyway, he ordered continental with a yellow ring but when he got them they were lime green. He likes the tires though so he kept them. I think he said they came in yellow, red, blue and apparently lime green.
Btw, my MV has 25s and no problem with the original wheels.
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