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06-01-24, 01:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,118
Posted By ShannonM

Has anyone done a 650B conversion on a 979? ...

Has anyone done a 650B conversion on a 979?

Like, I'm thinking that a 979 (blue, my favorite of the colors) frame, with 650B x as-wide-as-will-fit... 32s for sure, maybe 38s, wouldn't want...
05-05-24, 05:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 950
Posted By ShannonM

What gear spacing do you prefer?

What percentage change between gears do your legs like?

I'm wondering this, because I've got a bike that I set up with a half-step + granny, (45/42/30 x 14-16-18-20-23-26), which gives me a ~7%...
02-09-24, 11:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,393
Posted By ShannonM

We should totally have one of those. And,...

We should totally have one of those.

And, you know what? Anybody who complains about zombie threads should just sit and stare at the pictures of this staggeringly beautiful bicycle, and then...
02-07-24, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By ShannonM

Broken-off number plate hanger? --Shannon

Broken-off number plate hanger?

--Shannon
02-07-24, 03:10 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 11,837
Posted By ShannonM

If you're buying a bike with proprietary parts,...

If you're buying a bike with proprietary parts, buy a spare for each such part when you buy the bike.

Weird wheelsets? Buy spare spokes and bearings.
Suspension? Buy a complete rebuild kit....
01-27-24, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 577
Posted By ShannonM

The Simplexes would, indeed, be slick, as they...

The Simplexes would, indeed, be slick, as they are the slickest friction shifter ever made by anyone.

Only problem is, for this application, that they take Campy-head cables, so you'd have to buy...
01-26-24, 05:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By ShannonM

I think that the Bicycle Guide staff were just a...

I think that the Bicycle Guide staff were just a bunch of tall dudes. And, also, they may have just preferred bigger frames than is now popular. 1990 was before the "the smallest bike that you can...
12-23-23, 09:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,182
Posted By ShannonM

Cro-mo main tubes. 1020 stays and fork. My...

Cro-mo main tubes. 1020 stays and fork.

My '77 was a great riding bike. Got it as a frame + a few OG parts. First built as fixed gear, with 700C wheels (my 1st wheel build. Alex rims, Sansin...
12-23-23, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,282
Posted By ShannonM

The SR300 might be the greatest entry-level road...

The SR300 might be the greatest entry-level road bike ever made. At a minimum, it's on that list.

--Shannon
12-11-23, 02:41 PM
Replies: 83,260
Views: 14,605,186
Posted By ShannonM

If they can document the frame and its history,...

If they can document the frame and its history, $1250 for an early 70s Colnago with a Brian Baylis paint job is a screaming deal. This is probably a one-of-a-kind bike... how many OG Colnago Supers...
12-10-23, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,820
Posted By ShannonM

I loves me a smoke fade Centurion! One of the...

I loves me a smoke fade Centurion! One of the defining paint jobs of the late 80s.

And the thing about the Tange vs Suntour bottom brackets and headsets is classic... since Tange made the BBs and...
12-07-23, 10:21 AM
Replies: 83,260
Views: 14,605,186
Posted By ShannonM

I dunno... It's a bit too matchy-matchy for...

I dunno...

It's a bit too matchy-matchy for my taste.

--Shannon
12-05-23, 03:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,824
Posted By ShannonM

While there may be, and even probably is, nothing...

While there may be, and even probably is, nothing wrong with it, there is something wrong with me:

Fear.

I have crashed, exactly once, due to a stem failure. Checking out a buddy's newly built...
12-02-23, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,049
Posted By ShannonM

Seattle Craigslist... Large, well-used...

Seattle Craigslist...

Large, well-used Berthoud bag in great shape with older Compass decaleur...

Was the seller a tall man with a pronounced German accent and a very short Japanese wife?
...
12-02-23, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Posted By ShannonM

And now I know what those decals should be: ...

And now I know what those decals should be:

"Generalized" on the top tube.

"RockOnBro" on the down tube.

"G" on seat and head tubes.

Great dark chthonic Gods below, I'm a dork.
12-02-23, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,563
Posted By ShannonM

The RockCombo seems to be a very polarizing bike....

The RockCombo seems to be a very polarizing bike. A lot of people (well, not really a lot of people, as only 500 were ever made) really, really like them, for what seem to be the same reasons that...
12-02-23, 12:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,003
Posted By ShannonM

The "possibly" part is that part of the statement...

The "possibly" part is that part of the statement to which you were responding that I consider hyperbolic.

Of course it's possible.

What I was saying is that, given both a) the number of people...
11-30-23, 09:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,478
Posted By ShannonM

While that's not how BCD usually gets measured,...

While that's not how BCD usually gets measured, it looks like they got it pretty close. And didn't SR have a 118 BCD crankset for a while? I'm pretty sure I've seen "where can I get chainrings for...
11-30-23, 02:31 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,478
Posted By ShannonM

You don't enter cog sizes, you slide the little...

You don't enter cog sizes, you slide the little cog symbols back and forth with your mouse. There's no instructions, but if you play with it, you'll get it.

When evaluating gearing with this tool,...
11-30-23, 02:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,962
Posted By ShannonM

It is a great and profound truth that, if one is...

It is a great and profound truth that, if one is replacing a Campagnolo rear derailleur with a non-Campagnolo rear derailleur, the only two acceptable substitutions are a Huret Jubilee and a...
11-30-23, 02:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,293
Posted By ShannonM

Dude, that is the celeste-est Bianchi that ever...

Dude, that is the celeste-est Bianchi that ever celeste-ed.

If it were any less, it'd be too much. Never change anything about this bicycle.

--Shannon
11-30-23, 01:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 693
Posted By ShannonM

That "SuperSIX" headset makes me wonder if this...

That "SuperSIX" headset makes me wonder if this was a Cannondale frame, or did somebody else use their integrated headset design?

If I'm right about that, I'd bet that compatible,...
11-30-23, 01:33 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,824
Posted By ShannonM

It's a stem. To ask the question is to...

It's a stem.

To ask the question is to answer it. Otherwise, someday you're going to going to be leaning into a hard downhill corner, after a long straightaway, with your tears running into your...
11-29-23, 05:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
Posted By ShannonM

I'm running mine on a 118 Shimano cartridge BB. I...

I'm running mine on a 118 Shimano cartridge BB. I had the opposite problem... the road double front derailleur I had to use for a 45/42/30 half-step triple couldn't swing out far enough to get the...
11-12-23, 05:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 912
Posted By ShannonM

The only thing I'd worry about with a Victory /...

The only thing I'd worry about with a Victory / Triomphe crankset is chainrings... weird BCD that nobody but Campy ever made rings for. 116 mm, minimum ring was a 36T, I think. Too bad, really, I...
11-12-23, 05:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,731
Posted By ShannonM

This is almost certainly the answer. Because...

This is almost certainly the answer.

Because it looks cool.

And for no other reason.

--Shannon
11-11-23, 07:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,661
Posted By ShannonM

The bonded aluminum Treks are probably the most...

The bonded aluminum Treks are probably the most reliable bonded frames ever made. When I worked at a Trek shop in the early 2000s, I never saw a broken one. Neither had our lead wrench, who'd been...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-23, 05:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,434
Posted By ShannonM

Why are there so few titanium forks? Because...

Why are there so few titanium forks?

Because titanium, while it is a fantastic material to build a bicycle frame out of, is really, really difficult to make forks out of. Fork blades are tapered....
11-07-23, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By ShannonM

One of my favorite bikes of all time. That green...

One of my favorite bikes of all time. That green and red paint job, with the 3/4 chrome... the absolute business. And Andy is a class act all the way.

34 years later, I want one as badly as I did...
11-03-23, 09:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,646
Posted By ShannonM

This is not as dumb an idea as it might first...

This is not as dumb an idea as it might first appear.

Biggest problem might be galvanic corrosion where the clamp touches the BB shell. Fiberglass tape as an insulating layer might work... it did...
10-14-23, 07:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 690
Posted By ShannonM

Empirically and anecdotally: I got fewer...

Empirically and anecdotally:

I got fewer pinch flats, while commuting on supple 700x23c tires (Schwalbe Ultimo R.1s, FWIW,) when I used 700Cx28-32mm tubes, on Humboldt County's terrible, awful, no...
Forum: Touring
10-11-23, 12:08 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 7,416
Posted By ShannonM

If you have a Kindle, or really any e-reader, but...

If you have a Kindle, or really any e-reader, but especially if you have a Kindle, you need a software package called Calibre. Not only does it "jailbreak" your Kindle, allowing you to load e-books...
10-04-23, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 245
Posted By ShannonM

How to say that you hated the product, without...

How to say that you hated the product, without saying that you hated the product, but in such a way that everybody knows that you hated the product.

One of the greatest negative reviews of all...
Forum: Touring
10-04-23, 12:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,236
Posted By ShannonM

I've never had a 7 speed ARIS freewheel not index...

I've never had a 7 speed ARIS freewheel not index perfectly with a Shimano drivetrain. They were designed to do so, and they do. (The 8 speed ones are reputed to work just as well, but good luck...
10-04-23, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,291
Posted By ShannonM

This would make a stupendously rad drop bar...

This would make a stupendously rad drop bar conversion.

And it's the single best price / awesomeness ratio score I've ever seen in my whole life. You literally bought an almost-showroom-new bike...
10-03-23, 01:25 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 58,156
Posted By ShannonM

Sweet, sweet bike! Switch the 44T middle...

Sweet, sweet bike!

Switch the 44T middle ring for a 45, and you've got a really nice half-step. 7-8% steps from 43 to 100 gear inches, and then the 30T granny gets you down to 29.

The 44 gives...
10-02-23, 02:56 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 58,156
Posted By ShannonM

Half-step + granny is also good for sport-touring...

Half-step + granny is also good for sport-touring bikes.

For example, my 1985 League Fuji, with 45/42/30 x 14-16-18-20-23-26:

The bicycle:...
09-26-23, 11:35 PM
Replies: 343
Views: 164,896
Posted By ShannonM

Here's mine... 95 or 96 Karakoram. It came...

Here's mine...

95 or 96 Karakoram. It came into the co-op without a seatpost. I swapped out the original straight bars for some no-name aluminum North Roads that were in the bin-o'-bars. Slid some...
09-23-23, 01:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,043
Posted By ShannonM

Unlike cable bindings and wooden skis, there...

Unlike cable bindings and wooden skis, there actually do exist cycling situations in which toe clips and straps are the best choice.

Road racing and fast recreational riding aren't those...
09-17-23, 05:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,043
Posted By ShannonM

Yes. The twist helps prevent the strap from...

Yes.

The twist helps prevent the strap from sliding through the pedal when you pull it tight.

Nylon straps should be twisted twice... They're slippery.

--Shannon
06-30-23, 11:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,777
Posted By ShannonM

Sweet, obscure, mid-to-higher-end touring bike! ...

Sweet, obscure, mid-to-higher-end touring bike!

As to half-step + granny gearing, I'm a fan, so take this for what it's worth, but... most people who like it, like it a lot. Most people who don't...
06-17-23, 08:30 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,328
Posted By ShannonM

1" threaded steel fork... Available new, in...

1" threaded steel fork... Available new, in qualities ranging from garbage to as-good-as-has-ever-been-made.

1" threaded headset... Available new, in qualities ranging from garbage to...
06-15-23, 09:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,113
Posted By ShannonM

Assuming that you're looking at an early 90s...

Assuming that you're looking at an early 90s steel frame and fork 750, in rideable shape and with no damage, 200 bucks is quite fair. If it's aluminum, with a suspension fork, don't bother, the old...
06-15-23, 08:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,145
Posted By ShannonM

That brings up another thing about these pedals...

That brings up another thing about these pedals that doesn't suck:

The spindles have both 17 mm wrench flats and a 6 mm allen hole on the end. Many cheap pedals don't have the allen hole.

You...
06-14-23, 08:54 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,078
Posted By ShannonM

How about one of the late 80s Huffy...

How about one of the late 80s Huffy small-front-wheel parking-lot criterium bikes for their attempted BMX-to-road-racing transition series? I think they called them F1s?

Done up with high-end 80s...
06-14-23, 08:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,145
Posted By ShannonM

Flat Pedal Curious? Try These.

If you've wanted to try flat pedals on a road, commuting, or general-purpose bike, but you're not sure you'll like it and you don't want to spend much money but you still want it to be a fair test,...
06-13-23, 09:19 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 23,379
Posted By ShannonM

This person already exists. His name is Jan...

This person already exists. His name is Jan Heine.

He's also done PBP, Unbound XL, and currently holds the FKT on the Oregon Outback course, all using a rod-operated front derailleur. (And a...
06-07-23, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 984
Posted By ShannonM

You have clearly never seen a Holland titanium...

You have clearly never seen a Holland titanium frame painted by Joe Bell.

--Shannon
06-01-23, 10:45 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 23,379
Posted By ShannonM

Triples have ended up in the dustbin of marketing...

Triples have ended up in the dustbin of marketing and manufacturing, not the dustbin of history.

They still exist, you can still buy them, and they still make just as much sense as they ever did,...
06-01-23, 09:19 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 23,379
Posted By ShannonM

Can we at least all agree that indexed front...

Can we at least all agree that indexed front shifting, especially on doubles, is stupid?

Even when it works well, which it often does, it's pointless. GripShift and older Campy Ergopower show this...
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