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07-24-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 61
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Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I wanted to go for as clean a look as I could,...

I wanted to go for as clean a look as I could, even if I used a washer that wasn't more discreet (from the hardware bin I have, not going to a store). I did nail the fender line though.
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07-24-21, 01:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I should have clarified that it was no correct...

I should have clarified that it was no correct tool access. I needed an 8mm wrench to fit in there and be able to rotate to loosen/tighten. There wasn't enough room. I had to use needle nose pliers...
07-24-21, 12:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Get a longer threaded bolt, a nut or two, and a...

Get a longer threaded bolt, a nut or two, and a washer or two. My 620 has the same thing, though not threaded, which sucks as there's no tool access on the other side. My original Trek 620 build...
07-23-21, 01:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ahhhh, I suppose we never knew your height until...

Ahhhh, I suppose we never knew your height until now. Could have been worse! Could have been Rookie Riddle of Steel at 6'5" and thought not much at all of a 21" 1985 Schwinn World Sport given to him...
07-22-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks, man. Best part now, is that I FINALLY...

Thanks, man. Best part now, is that I FINALLY solved my howling brakes and shuddering fork issue. After trying all toeing in/out combos, I went back to toeing them in, just more aggressively than...
07-22-21, 01:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Since this zombie thread has been Lazarus'ed, I...

Since this zombie thread has been Lazarus'ed, I will say, as a 1985 Trek 620 owner, for future readers of this thread, whenever you may be, that the rear spacing is ~77mm and height (from the axle)...
07-21-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Not a problem. I/we are simply sharing the paths...

Not a problem. I/we are simply sharing the paths we've traveled before, not only on the Canti Road, but also the Canti And 700C Conversion Road. Even if I said "Nuts to that!" and paid someone to...
07-21-21, 11:15 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I wouldn't worry about the angle of the canti...

I wouldn't worry about the angle of the canti arms. They are at the mercy of the rim choice as well as how narrow or wide the posts are set (in addition to the height of the posts). The angle is...
07-19-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

It is likely just a way they wanted that to be...

It is likely just a way they wanted that to be for "ease" in certain shift cases, or perhaps just because they could--things weren't as standardized as they would be just a few years later. My '81...
07-18-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,434
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

There's a lot of good in it for sure. SRAM has...

There's a lot of good in it for sure. SRAM has gone all-in (or nearly so) on disc with these new eTap AXS groups. I'm not going to post solid research here, but if one hunts, it looks like Force,...
07-18-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,434
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! I ended up selling it (as a frameset)...

Thank you! I ended up selling it (as a frameset) again last year. It needed a new paint job as the old was crumbling and flaking off. There was also a good bit of under-the-pain corrosion, which, if...
07-18-21, 01:41 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,434
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Yeah, you guys need to seriously knock it off and...

Yeah, you guys need to seriously knock it off and get back to the plot. There are PMs for a reason. For everyone else, there's heretical Di2 to discuss: ;)
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07-17-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,434
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Have I told you guys about my former...

Have I told you guys about my former one-year-only 1983 Trek 970 in the rare 64cm size? Surely I must have... ;)
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07-16-21, 10:57 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

No spacers. They bulk up that "steerer" section...

No spacers. They bulk up that "steerer" section too much, as far as diameter goes. Like a super thick turtleneck sweater or poofy scarf wrapped around a skinny person--out of balance. The stem holds...
07-16-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Haha, you're welcome. It does rock. I was able to...

Haha, you're welcome. It does rock. I was able to pick up an acceptable-enough stem (and by that it's the overall color, bolt layout, and visual condition) in the needed 110mm length. Used. Still...
07-16-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! :) I enjoyed our conversation...

Thank you! :) I enjoyed our conversation yesterday (I am responding to this late), and am immensely pleased with the bike. And while I didn't ride it last night (too tired for some reason, but that...
07-16-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Soma Supple Vitesse EX (extra wear aka more...

Soma Supple Vitesse EX (extra wear aka more rubber in the tread area, but same casing as the lighter, less rubber'ed SL) in 42mm from Modern Bike (https://www.modernbike.com/product-2126252283) will...
07-15-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Cannodale originally spec'd the STs, starting...

Cannodale originally spec'd the STs, starting back in 1983, with 27" wheels (ST being the touring models as opposed to the SR racing models), and by the late '80s/1990, they had gone to 700C wheels....
07-15-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I'd go for a more conventional lowrider rack....

I'd go for a more conventional lowrider rack. They mount in normal, supplied locations, like on my former 1990 Cannondale ST400. It also won't weigh a million pounds. Unless you're going for a rack...
07-14-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I don't know what the specific frame geometry is...

I don't know what the specific frame geometry is for bikes smaller than mine (logically I care about what I need to fit, unless I'm looking up a smaller bike to sell), but at the 63.5 / 64 / 65cm...
07-14-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You're welcome! Looks like those changes should...

You're welcome! Looks like those changes should really help the reach situation, even if you're going to super wide 48cm Noodles.
07-14-21, 12:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,131
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Great to see some serious rubber put on these...

Great to see some serious rubber put on these impressively capable (and capacious) frames!

Two quick things before everybody jumps all over you: Drive side (right side, aka side with the gears...
07-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Oh, the convenience of 'tap tap' is not lost on...

Oh, the convenience of 'tap tap' is not lost on me! And I would be lying if, on the rides yesterday with it, I didn't say that I wouldn't have minded more convenient shifting locations. But...vanity!...
07-13-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Your instincts were not misguided in the...

Your instincts were not misguided in the simplified context of switching colors only, with no consideration given to component choice. That blue was really something else--beautiful hue with that...
07-13-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you. The choice for downtube shifters...

Thank you.

The choice for downtube shifters revolved around a few things for me, firstly that I had them and very much like them and what they represent as far as C&V history (but now with more...
07-13-21, 01:39 AM
Replies: 1,091
Views: 261,860
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You guys! I'm going to need to find one of these...

You guys! I'm going to need to find one of these now (again)! '83 25.5" SP Schwinns.....still want them! Such beautiful bikes, even if we are in the "late-'80s" Schwinn thread. :lol:
07-13-21, 01:34 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! I had it out today for a sunset ride to a...

Thanks! I had it out today for a sunset ride to a local park/overlook, and was completely flying on the way back.

A 620 dropping in on a 1/4 pipe or anything skate park related: that's a new one...
07-12-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Firstly, the bike looks EPIC (to me). Satin black...

Firstly, the bike looks EPIC (to me). Satin black is perfect for it, and I couldn't be any happier with how it turned out or with how all the components went with it. :love:

How does it ride,...
07-12-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

FINALLY, ladies and gentlemen, the Super 620 is...

FINALLY, ladies and gentlemen, the Super 620 is complete! Here it is, in all of its 50-shades-of-black, modern-and-vintage, 22.95 lb glory.
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07-12-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! The cage is fine, as I just got...

Thank you!

The cage is fine, as I just got back from a test ride. All is well! Thanks for the Wolf Tooth link. They make a lot of great 'problem solver'-type components.

I took the frame to...
07-12-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok, everyone, we have a fully operational battle...

Ok, everyone, we have a fully operational battle station!

First thing to get done was fishing the rear shift cable through the chain stay fully. With the rear derailleur hooked up, it was time to...
07-12-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

But the real question is, did they fit your bike?

But the real question is, did they fit your bike?
07-12-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,167
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Due to my height, USA gets the nod, especially...

Due to my height, USA gets the nod, especially for anything semi-desirable or better, that came in 65cm or larger. Yes, other countries' bikes sold here could come in Super Tall sizes, but as a...
07-12-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Quick update: Last night, after helping a friend...

Quick update: Last night, after helping a friend move, I got to building up the 620. Between that, dinner, and Tour de France highlights, I was unable to get it done in time for a sunset maiden...
07-12-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Many things go into how stiff a bike feels, and...

Many things go into how stiff a bike feels, and that's apart from the frame. I only say this as one who has had experienced a pretty good amount of the spectrum. Obviously the first part of how stiff...
07-11-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 233
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Shifters change their pull ratios for every...

Shifters change their pull ratios for every "speed" or cassette cog count (7, 8, 9, 10-speed etc), so do not even worry about them. Other than 7400 (for road), all Shimano road RDs employ the same...
07-11-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! Mid-'80s Treks, and certainly ones from...

Thanks! Mid-'80s Treks, and certainly ones from 1985-1987/8 or so, were quite feature-rich. DT shifter braze-ons, two or three bottle cage mounts, plenty of 700C wheel and tire accommodation, sorted...
07-11-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 721
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I forgot to add that the early Specialized carbon...

I forgot to add that the early Specialized carbon bikes, the Allez/Epic bikes, with aluminum forks, felt wonderful, even if they were too small for me (62cm). Very engaging yet comfortable. I also...
07-11-21, 12:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 721
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well if this isn't the most tee'd-up / set up /...

Well if this isn't the most tee'd-up / set up / 'clickbait'-type statement for a bunch of steel-philes I've ever seen, ya know? What carbon bike do you have? What's the wheelset, tires, and...
07-10-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

NAILED IT. ...

NAILED IT.

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The 'metallic silver' decal color really picks up the light....
07-10-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

FINALLY. THE DECALS HAVE ARRIVED. And...

FINALLY. THE DECALS HAVE ARRIVED.

And straight away I've put them on. Let's see some before and after, shall we???

Right off the top is a drive side, top tube application. Totally no pressure...
07-08-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well, I thought I'd be sailing into build...

Well, I thought I'd be sailing into build completion with silver brake lever blades, but upon perusing a now open Bike Works, I found some mint gloss black Tektro R200 levers. Shucks! More black?...
07-06-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Since watched pots never boil (aka waiting for my...

Since watched pots never boil (aka waiting for my decal order to arrive), it was off to buy a pipe cutter for my Innicycle 'steerer', because nothing says logic like buying a Park Tool steerer cutter...
07-06-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,523
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The sun never sets on my building / rebuilding...

The sun never sets on my building / rebuilding 'empire.' ;)
07-05-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 10,965
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The 42s are, as I mentioned in my thread,...

The 42s are, as I mentioned in my thread, fantastic. 48s were the first enlightenment, but 42s have done really well, especially in comparison to the 33s. 33s over Seattle roads may as well be 25s as...
07-05-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 10,965
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Either you or me for 42mm Soma tire evaluation at...

Either you or me for 42mm Soma tire evaluation at 1,000 miles. You'll likely beat me to it lest I do 100 mi / 160 km a week until the beginning of September...
07-04-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

In general updates, I just received an email from...

In general updates, I just received an email from Velocals that the decals are shipping!! This was yesterday. The label has been created, so I assume that sometime in this coming week they will...
07-04-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I'm confident I'll be very happy with a...

I'm confident I'll be very happy with a fully-functioning bike with mini-Vs (my glider 'build' just to test brakes only with no drivetrain was very promising). Plenty of bike journalist...
07-02-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks. I sweated the Innicycle + threadless stem...

Thanks. I sweated the Innicycle + threadless stem considerably, mostly in my Medici Pro-Strada build thread (via CAD work) and then a bit with this 620 (also in CAD). Thankfully, the visual bulk of...
07-02-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,050
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The next step, aside from waiting for Velocals to...

The next step, aside from waiting for Velocals to get my order completed and mailed to me [I am in the 15-20 business day window presently, but man would it really help a guy out if they hustled it...
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