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03-04-24, 02:49 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 862
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well well well, if it isn't a fellow traveler on...

Well well well, if it isn't a fellow traveler on the same road, AdventureManCO ? I may technically have a spare hook or two in the garage, but let's say I am looking at a financial headwind far down...
02-27-24, 12:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,152
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Correct! I followed your initial setup. If the...

Correct! I followed your initial setup. If the cantis are those Dia-Compe 980s, then yeah, they won't get close, hence my describing the slot style type canti and the pivot style. You'll need pivot...
02-22-24, 02:00 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,152
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Oh, I was definitely aware of it, by happenstance...

Oh, I was definitely aware of it, by happenstance of course! :lol: They wanted real good money for it, which, I understand. Even offered it to me for well off the listed price. 66x59 was perfect....
02-22-24, 01:45 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 37,290
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I think I heard the term "two foot gear" on the...

I think I heard the term "two foot gear" on the Clydesdales & Athenas subforum. Either that or gugie said it. Whomever did, it was good! I know I can only go so low before the "speed" gets below my...
02-20-24, 11:01 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 37,290
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Those tires are gonna match the paint really...

Those tires are gonna match the paint really well! Looking forward to how it ends up!
02-19-24, 01:59 PM
Replies: 82,637
Views: 13,916,836
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I saw that just a few days ago and noticed the...

I saw that just a few days ago and noticed the Avocet headset. I am 99.9% positive that was the frameset I had and sold. $175 for all of that is a superb deal, and the paint, in the sunlight, is...
02-18-24, 11:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! I failed to mention these are Shimano...

Thanks! I failed to mention these are Shimano MT62 cantis, but the Dia-Compes are the exact same in architecture (triangular arm design, pivoting and articulating brake pad), so you should have zero...
02-18-24, 12:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You should be just fine with those old Dia Compe...

You should be just fine with those old Dia Compe levers, or either of the Shimano MT62 or MC70 near-twins as all allow the arms to be leaned out and pads angled down to make them hit square 4mm...
02-13-24, 02:42 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,655
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Beautiful lugged Tange Prestige with 9-speed...

Beautiful lugged Tange Prestige with 9-speed Dura-Ace for just $550 in LA (https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac/bik/d/los-angeles-wheeler-chiostra-sz-54-bit/7702492334.html)? Sign me up.

Of...
02-12-24, 12:53 PM
Replies: 1,404
Views: 456,482
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Looks fine to me. Those markings are from...

Looks fine to me. Those markings are from previous positions its been in and ridden (mild flexing gradually wears off the anodizing). I've had this with a number of (used) stems I've bought. Some...
02-07-24, 06:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 608
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I am glad it's a good bike, and has taken much...

I am glad it's a good bike, and has taken much time and much thought in development. It is tough to look at, IMO, and I believe the aesthetic could be streamlined or made much more cohesive without...
01-31-24, 02:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,890
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The switch to disc and the present market have me...

The switch to disc and the present market have me determined to outfit the vintage bikes I sell with brifters as the interest for down tube shifting is minimal at best. Only top end frames retain...
01-30-24, 02:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,890
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I am of the mindset to let the price "come to me"...

I am of the mindset to let the price "come to me" and not try to harangue the seller, though that's partly because I don't like being a difficult person, regardless if driving a hard bargain is...
01-30-24, 02:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,055
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! Twist factor is always fun. :) ...

Thank you! Twist factor is always fun. :)



Thanks! Too bad mine's an '89 and not an '88. I'd definitely ride it with a gold fork--it's a bike!
01-29-24, 03:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,055
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! As far as black or tan wall, I'd try...

Thanks!

As far as black or tan wall, I'd try both. I did have some GP4000 S II 28mm tires (measured 29mm on these Open Pros) on these wheels when I was building it up. It looked pretty good, but...
01-28-24, 08:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,055
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well, it's been a long rainy season that still...

Well, it's been a long rainy season that still has a ways to go, and much more life has happened. Very slow market as we all know, and for a while, in an effort to consolidate things (for any of the...
01-28-24, 07:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,063
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

What a great interview! Thank you for doing this!

What a great interview! Thank you for doing this!
01-23-24, 12:46 AM
Replies: 1,899
Views: 98,062
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ah, the old cracked high-end vintage crank. I've...

Ah, the old cracked high-end vintage crank. I've dealt with these in the past, and just had a late-'90s Specialized triple crankset succumb to this fate. If you have a set of fine/small/jeweler's...
01-14-24, 03:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 404
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Rode yesterday (officially Thursday for non-night...

Rode yesterday (officially Thursday for non-night owls) in 35 weather and got a flat at the end of the ride. Off to a good start. Garage is even colder because we're at 16 now and there's...
01-13-24, 05:24 PM
Replies: 2,579
Views: 662,096
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! These are 700C wheels (Pacenti Brevet...

Thanks! These are 700C wheels (Pacenti Brevet rims) with Compass 35mm tires and they measure true to claimed size. It's also all the tire I can put on it, with the limiting factor being the fork...
01-13-24, 02:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

My water bottle was at least 2/3s full. I cinched...

My water bottle was at least 2/3s full. I cinched the bracket down pretty good. Had more lb-ft to go if I wanted, but it was pretty tight and thus good enough for a baseline test. Outside of a trio...
01-13-24, 02:36 PM
Replies: 2,579
Views: 662,096
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Sitting inside today after taking my '84 620 out...

Sitting inside today after taking my '84 620 out for a chilly 35 ride yesterday. Ideally, I'd find a nice 39T middle ring to erase the last vestiges of the factory 50/45/28t half-step setup, but...
01-08-24, 05:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 668
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I also like to match stem and seat post. An...

I also like to match stem and seat post. An anodized black Cinelli stem would look nice with a matching seat post (especially against the white bar tape--super sharp), but you have a lovely silver...
01-07-24, 02:46 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you for the photos of your setup! The...

Thank you for the photos of your setup! The bottles look right at home!
01-06-24, 06:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Presently both clamps are real tight, with more...

Presently both clamps are real tight, with more cranking down available to me. If this was PLA plastic, there would be a lower friction coefficient. The filament I'm using right now grips the bars...
01-06-24, 03:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

We have updates: I printed out two more...

We have updates:

I printed out two more updated designs (one minor difference between them). Pushed the capability of the printer a bit (making small details) while simultaneously hurting the...
01-04-24, 08:59 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! As to the location, I do understand...

Thanks!

As to the location, I do understand for certain bikes and eras. Mid-century Tour racing bikes look pretty comfortable with them. On my '89 OS Paramount? Ehhhhh, no thanks. Plus, I already...
01-04-24, 05:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! Rubber is the ideal medium between...

Thanks! Rubber is the ideal medium between bracket and bar, so I'll eventually head that way. Working on a simplified design presently and will need to pick up some M5 nuts soon.

Looking at those...
01-04-24, 03:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I'd be in the same boat. I'm presently not using...

I'd be in the same boat. I'm presently not using any electrical tape between the bar and bracket on the Fuji--something that would be good for both position-holding and anti-marring--but maybe that...
01-04-24, 03:13 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! And thank you for the in-context...

Thank you! And thank you for the in-context photos! Part of me thinks the "fully curated" setup would be the bracket and cage a la T.A., just at a lower elevation for the modern bottle sizes that...
01-04-24, 02:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! Seeing how Schwinn was apparently...

Thank you! Seeing how Schwinn was apparently alright with people clamping bottle cages to the down tube over their branding has long baffled me. Heart breaks for the paint and decals! And I realize...
01-04-24, 02:57 AM
Replies: 8,293
Views: 3,067,248
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I changed out my 9-speed down tube shifters for a...

I changed out my 9-speed down tube shifters for a Shimergo setup and now my '84 Trek 620 gets to be in this club! The impetus for this was keeping (yet upgrading) a recently-acquired '83 Trek 560 in...
01-04-24, 02:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Turning the Lights On

...and brainstorming a hook/pivot type upper attachment (instead of the two M3 bolts) along with some captured nuts to make the whole print/pack/send/assemble process an actual reality.

Below...
01-04-24, 01:40 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As Seen On Fu-ji...

Sorry about the pun attempt there...

Late nights in cold garages. Gettin' it done. Tall water bottle in an oddly-long old Blackburn cage. Nice and low in profile over the top of the bar....
01-04-24, 01:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The 3D Printed Design

I think the metal bracket design came out well. I like the form, and there are a few ways to go to make it better or simply different. I've even had ideas for twin bottle setups and centered single...
01-04-24, 12:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,738
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

3D Printing a Handlebar-mounted Water Bottle Cage Bracket!!

Can I do it better than the other guys out there?

"Ok, Riddle, what is this? There are, like, a million other handlebar-mounted bracket designs out there, and they come in all sorts of great...
12-23-23, 03:11 PM
Replies: 181
Views: 8,456
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

AdventureManCO I would say that the Miyata 1000...

AdventureManCO I would say that the Miyata 1000 and Trek 720 you have pictured are (or seem to be) a little larger than 50cm due to them being touring bikes--longer fork legs for more tire and fender...
12-19-23, 01:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,594
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

A most excellent update and analysis! I love it...

A most excellent update and analysis! I love it when a low or lower-tier bike outperforms its station, whether original or with upgraded components.

I think the Guerciotti improves (per what you...
12-15-23, 12:37 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,594
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

AdventureManCO this is the kind of review I dig! ...

AdventureManCO this is the kind of review I dig!

I had a 1988 560 with True Temper (pre wheelbarrow) RC1 tubing and even in 25.5" form it was a bit stiff, at least to my less-educated self....
12-14-23, 08:04 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 22,114
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1984 Trek 620 - 25.5" - As fully renovated....

1984 Trek 620 - 25.5" - As fully renovated. Frame, fork, headset, and crankset are original. Everything else is from parts I had. 600-level 531/cromo frame mix that is nearly as light as the full 531...
12-14-23, 07:46 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,594
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Back to back is always helpful for me, plus I get...

Back to back is always helpful for me, plus I get to ride bikes that I like. This is likely similar for you. :)
12-12-23, 01:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,480
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Preach, brother. All of these elements, including...

Preach, brother. All of these elements, including stem type/brand and length, I have felt and thus known their contributions to overall ride experience. Sure, the frame+fork and the human rider's...
12-10-23, 03:10 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,518
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1) Ride more, for sure. This usually coincides...

1) Ride more, for sure. This usually coincides with not always building, Riddle... Alas, I am no parts rearranger for nothing. Perhaps, with increased age, comes increased contentment in certain...
12-08-23, 11:21 PM
Replies: 1,899
Views: 98,062
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I know I would have a lot more to say if Huffy...

I know I would have a lot more to say if Huffy ever made a production bike large enough to fit me (or close). Even just a 25" frame, that would be great. In my vast non-existent knowledge of Huffy, I...
12-05-23, 02:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,317
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Another vote for TB14s, though to be honest, they...

Another vote for TB14s, though to be honest, they are right at 500g in 32h form. 23mm wide externally. They'll look great on that bike, and with those tires. I have the same brown wall (different...
12-03-23, 12:15 AM
Replies: 289
Views: 17,124
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Hey, man, no need to be a Debbie Downer about the...

Hey, man, no need to be a Debbie Downer about the super high chances of neglected and haggard lithium-ion batteries providing alternative heat to apartment residents...
11-29-23, 03:07 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,528
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As others have said, triple is your friend. I use...

As others have said, triple is your friend. I use it with 9- and 10-speed cassettes, even ('80s Trek tourers for me). It lets the rear gear set be tighter for all the benefits that tighter ratios...
11-20-23, 02:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,200
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Eye of the beholder, agreed. I have found that a...

Eye of the beholder, agreed. I have found that a 23mm external rim deals with really wide tires just fine, and the A23 is more than strong enough to deal with things. I've had up to 48mm (measured...
11-20-23, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,200
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The Brevets in fact do come in 36H drilling...

The Brevets in fact do come in 36H drilling (https://pacenticycledesign.com/products/brevet-rim-700c?variant=910380531732), as I said.
...
11-20-23, 01:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,200
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Pacenti Brevet or H Plus Son TB14 for polished...

Pacenti Brevet or H Plus Son TB14 for polished rims that are strong, light/light enough, build beautifully, and look the classic part. Thanks to post-Covid and inflation, a lot of...
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