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05-14-22, 12:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 314
Posted By RandomlyWest

I just bought an SE Lager from them for $399 +...

I just bought an SE Lager from them for $399 + tax. A fantastic deal. And yes, they are an actual, factual, brick-and-mortar bike shop located in an out-of-the-way office park in La Puente, CA. I...
04-18-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By RandomlyWest

My mechanic referred to bearings, so yes, maybe...

My mechanic referred to bearings, so yes, maybe the BB taper.
04-17-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By RandomlyWest

Thanks so much!

Thanks so much!
04-16-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By RandomlyWest

Whole crankset.

Whole crankset.
04-16-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By RandomlyWest

Replacing Old Suntour XCM Crankset

Hi, I have a 1989 Schwinn Impact MTB, and a very experienced mechanic who's worked on bikes for 30+ years tells me it's time to replace the crankset. I want to keep the vintage "silver" look.

Can...
03-17-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 69,802
Views: 11,357,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

Nice-Looking Nishiki Modulus - Dirt Cheap

Not eBay or CL, but worth noting. Anybody want to grab this Nishiki Modulus for $20? Garden Grove, CA. Current high bid: $19.50.
https://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,ca/auction/view?auc=2995091
...
03-13-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 69,802
Views: 11,357,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

Bridgestone 400, looks to be about 60cm, owner...

Bridgestone 400, looks to be about 60cm, owner says buyer needs to "provide TLC" but it looks pretty decent - $45 - San Clemente, CA...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 1,643
Views: 329,580
Posted By RandomlyWest

San Juan Capistrano, CA - garage sale, Saturday,...

San Juan Capistrano, CA - garage sale, Saturday, 11/13. This person has 12 bikes for sale, including 2 Raleigh Twenties....
09-08-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By RandomlyWest

Writing in from California here ... I seem to...

Writing in from California here ... I seem to remember that in Southern CA back in the 1980s, Motiv was the "house brand" at SportMart, which was sort of the Dick's Sporting Goods of its day and...
07-23-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By RandomlyWest

I have a Micargi road bike (an Avant), and it's...

I have a Micargi road bike (an Avant), and it's decent. It's basically a Giant AnyRoad with components one level down (Claris vs. Sora).

Micargi is headquartered in Southern California, and that's...
07-12-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By RandomlyWest

Try the Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana, if you live in...

Try the Bicycle Tree in Santa Ana, if you live in or near OC.
The Bicycle Tree (http://www.thebicycletree.org/)
07-04-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,603
Posted By RandomlyWest

Live4Bikes in Bellflower, CA has apparently been...

Live4Bikes in Bellflower, CA has apparently been selling new Univega MTBs, gravel bikes, kids bikes and e-bikes this year.
https://live4bikes.com/search?q=univega
Forum: Touring
05-16-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 580
Posted By RandomlyWest

The Salinas Valley - which AMTRAK's Coast...

The Salinas Valley - which AMTRAK's Coast Starlight rolls through - may be another option. Very nice and mellow. If you're going northbound into the Salinas Valley through SLO/Paso Robles, leaving...
05-16-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,491
Posted By RandomlyWest

I'm wondering if the Ozone Westcliff is the same...

I'm wondering if the Ozone Westcliff is the same bike as the Mongoose Hotshot, which is a big-box bestseller of sorts. They look very similar. The Hotshot is a simple, decent bike for getting around...
Forum: Touring
05-12-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,790
Posted By RandomlyWest

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map...

Learn to read a map really well, and get a map that shows elevation changes/grades.

On an early tour, I had a simple map and I did not read it well. The first 50 miles of the first day were flat...
05-12-21, 07:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,764
Posted By RandomlyWest

Santa Ana River Trail (Orange County, CA). The...

Santa Ana River Trail (Orange County, CA). The SART was like 4 years old at that time, it was desolate compared to the nicely landscaped Class I path it is today. Only about 15 miles long at that...
04-23-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,943
Posted By RandomlyWest

One thing I've noticed in Southern California:...

One thing I've noticed in Southern California: pick a bike shop website, and chances are you will see e-bikes front and center on the home page. In fact, looking at some of these websites, you want...
04-09-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 806
Posted By RandomlyWest

Wow, you have a 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage....

Wow, you have a 1977 Motobecane Super Mirage. Very cool! Try asking this question in the Classic & Vintage forum (or perhaps the mods can move this thread there). The question of protecting vintage...
02-12-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,287
Posted By RandomlyWest

I would vote for brakes. At least front brakes,...

I would vote for brakes. At least front brakes, preferably front and rear brakes.

About a decade ago, when fixed-gear riding exploded among Gen Y/Z riders where I lived (Southern California), it...
01-26-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,012
Posted By RandomlyWest

I bought a new (lower-end) road bike in 2018 with...

I bought a new (lower-end) road bike in 2018 with a component group that Shimano had discontinued in 2014 (2300).
11-28-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 11,110
Posted By RandomlyWest

Hiro11, I complement you - you present a...

Hiro11, I complement you - you present a fascinating argument with this thread.
As someone who loves and rides vintage MTBs, allow me to reframe this argument just a bit.

In 1990, a good mountain...
Forum: Touring
11-14-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,509
Posted By RandomlyWest

Speaking of gravel, the author of the Road.cc...

Speaking of gravel, the author of the Road.cc article writes:

"...in the last few years the Galaxy must have come under considerable pressure from the new breed of gravel and adventure bikes and...
11-11-20, 11:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,183
Posted By RandomlyWest

According to IMDB, that 1967 comedy was filmed in...

According to IMDB, that 1967 comedy was filmed in Malibu. So we know at least that much. That looks like Paradise Cove in the background. Or maybe the El Matador Beach area?
Forum: Touring
11-11-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,882
Posted By RandomlyWest

Did those 1970s-1980s tire cleaners actually work?

Did those 1970s-1980s tire cleaners actually work?
10-26-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

Mm ... gonna say no.

Mm ... gonna say no.
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,338
Posted By RandomlyWest

Great post! Factoring in inflation, the...

Great post! Factoring in inflation, the top-of-the-line $100 Yellow Fellow = a $3,000 bike in 1890s terms, though you get more for your money for $3K today. :)

Here's the amazing thing to me, how...
10-20-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,815
Posted By RandomlyWest

Yes. At age 20, I was riding a 1-speed Schwinn...

Yes. At age 20, I was riding a 1-speed Schwinn Cruiser through Newport Beach, CA in blue jeans and a blue T-shirt (wasn't quite a roadie yet). I found myself misjudging traffic in a busy 5-way...
09-27-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,964
Posted By RandomlyWest

For me, it wasn't what, but who - it was my dad,...

For me, it wasn't what, but who - it was my dad, who I didn't particularly have a good relationship with (heavy drinker, dreamer, longtime denier of reality).

In his early 50s, my dad decided he...
09-25-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 13,519
Posted By RandomlyWest

Answer: a fast-paced club ride. Picture...

Answer: a fast-paced club ride.

Picture this: you're northbound on the MUP, on a 26er with knobbies doing about 12mph.
Going southbound toward you on the other side of the yellow stripe, 3-4...
Forum: Touring
08-17-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 813
Posted By RandomlyWest

You can do the same in Firefox: the very instant...

You can do the same in Firefox: the very instant the color photo loads, click on the icon in the right side of the address bar that looks like a piece of paper with lines of writing on it. That takes...
Forum: Touring
08-16-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 813
Posted By RandomlyWest

NYT Article: 3 Teens, Teacher Currently Biking Across U.S.

A good read. One of their names rings a bell, seems like one of them may have been on the Adventure Cycling forums asking for advice some weeks back...
...
Forum: Touring
08-12-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,163
Posted By RandomlyWest

Cycling the Pacific Coast is a great book, newer...

Cycling the Pacific Coast is a great book, newer (2017) than even the revised edition of the classic Bicycling the Pacific Coast.
...
07-17-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,469
Posted By RandomlyWest

Here's some news: HB Velo Cyclery is reopening...

Here's some news: HB Velo Cyclery is reopening just off the SART's Atlanta Avenue "offramp", right at the corner of Brookhurst and Atlanta. Just saw the sign announcing the new location for the shop,...
06-19-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,400
Posted By RandomlyWest

Poseidon is headquartered in La Habra, CA (I've...

Poseidon is headquartered in La Habra, CA (I've seen more than a few LA/OC cyclists riding Poseidons).

The Poseidon website says: "We are a consumer-direct business which means we don't go through...
05-01-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,469
Posted By RandomlyWest

So, of course, OC beaches are closed for the...

So, of course, OC beaches are closed for the moment. That said, the south end of the SART is not. You can still exit the south end of the SART at the Santa Ana River mouth and do that little short...
04-30-20, 10:51 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,228
Posted By RandomlyWest

On Facebook, a "friend" told me that cyclists who...

On Facebook, a "friend" told me that cyclists who rode without masks in the San Fernando Valley were "silent killers in Lycra."

I told him to read this. (Which is definitely worth the click.)...
Forum: Touring
04-29-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,709
Posted By RandomlyWest

Thank you for sharing this knowledge and these...

Thank you for sharing this knowledge and these images! As a SoCal cyclist who has done some regional solo tours in CA (and elsewhere in the West), I have noticed this road on maps and wondered what...
04-25-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,572
Posted By RandomlyWest

I am 6'2". I have the torso of a 6'6" guy and the...

I am 6'2". I have the torso of a 6'6" guy and the legs of a 5'11" guy. According to my height, a 60-61cm frame should be ideal for me. I've ridden, and felt best fitted to, 58cm frames all my life....
04-22-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,732
Posted By RandomlyWest

How about one of the visors from Bouclier, based...

How about one of the visors from Bouclier, based in the Bay Area? Full face, looks kinda cool, only works with visorless helmets though.

https://boucliervisors.com/
04-10-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 69,802
Views: 11,357,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

Santa Ana, CA. "Several bikes ready to ride and...

Santa Ana, CA. "Several bikes ready to ride and or fix up." $20. Oh yeah, one of them's a Miyata.

https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/d/santa-ana-bicycle/7096878294.html
04-05-20, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,528
Posted By RandomlyWest

Amvoss, just over that fence is The Ranch at...

Amvoss, just over that fence is The Ranch at Laguna Beach (or as it was formerly known, Aliso Creek Golf Course). The county has had high hopes to take the bike path through the course property and...
03-24-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,220
Posted By RandomlyWest

Are Big Box Stores Promoting a Throwaway Bike Culture?

Recently, there was a thread in this sub-forum where the owner of a new Breezer Downtown lamented that the bike was already "starting to deteriorate" after "a couple hundred miles."

The...
02-21-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,716
Posted By RandomlyWest

Kent is the "house brand" of Big 5 Sporting...

Kent is the "house brand" of Big 5 Sporting Goods. Walk into any Big 5, and you'll see their current fixed gear, mountain, city, and cruiser bikes. Their Thruster model is a very inexpensive fixed...
02-18-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 69,802
Views: 11,357,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

2 Nishiki Internationals - 1970s - $50 each

Both have been stored indoors for 20+ years, the seller says. Remarkable condition. Woodland Hills/West Hills area (San Fernando Valley), CA.
...
02-16-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 69,802
Views: 11,357,513
Posted By RandomlyWest

Vintage Lygie Road Bike - $450

Looks all original (but the handlebars could be 1970s aftermarket). 50-52cm, early 1970s by the owner's guess. Newport Beach, CA.
...
12-04-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 13,364
Posted By RandomlyWest

Should You Buy a New Helmet Every 3-4 Years?

I just read an article that states:

"Conventional wisdom and manufacturers’ guidelines state one should get a new helmet every three to four years, even if you have not had an accident or dropped...
10-28-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,494
Posted By RandomlyWest

I have not, but the Google reviews are mostly...

I have not, but the Google reviews are mostly very positive. As with Cyclart, and as with all 1-2 person shops doing paint jobs/restorations, the turnaround is hardly instant and the work may take...
10-28-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,494
Posted By RandomlyWest

They do powdercoating for a base price of $150...

They do powdercoating for a base price of $150 (see their Pricing page).
10-27-19, 07:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,494
Posted By RandomlyWest

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Element 6 in...

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Element 6 in Santa Ana. They do painting, they do decals, they do powdercoating, they work on vintage steel, they even do carbon frame repair. Highly regarded.
...
09-25-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 500
Views: 77,749
Posted By RandomlyWest

In other south-end-of-the-SART news, that Carl's...

In other south-end-of-the-SART news, that Carl's Jr. that was at Brookhurst and Hamilton for ages has closed ... and it's becoming a Starbucks.
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