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Posted By abdon

Honestly it is better to accumulate the required...

Honestly it is better to accumulate the required 10 posts then to ask without a picture.
12-24-23, 11:45 AM
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Views: 374
Posted By abdon

Picking up a Sekai 2400 on Tuesday

Want to build a gravel bike with Panaracer Gravelking SS tires. On the pictures it seems to have reasonable clearance and should pick a smidgen more if I go from 27" to 700c.

For those that own...
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Views: 347
Posted By abdon

How much in a hurry is he and how good is he at...

How much in a hurry is he and how good is he at selling bikes?

Basically a touring bike could command a nice premium over a similarly decked road bike, but it would take time to find the buyer...
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Posted By abdon

This is my kind of bike! Early, 81~83 judging by...

This is my kind of bike! Early, 81~83 judging by the components and lugged fork. As early on manufacturers were putting their best foot forward there is a good chance it has a tange double butted...
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Posted By abdon

To ride? Probably $100 if everything works as it...

To ride? Probably $100 if everything works as it should and doesn't need consumables replaced. Paying $150 for a "right here right now I'm riding this evening" is not the worst thing you could do....
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Posted By abdon

If that was my dream bike, the one I grew...

If that was my dream bike, the one I grew coveting, and I wanted it not to collect but to put thousands of miles in it, it would be worth the $1,500. It is not so it would have to be $500 for me to...
Forum: Touring
12-08-23, 12:03 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,022
Posted By abdon

Any way that puts you on a bike to spend time in...

Any way that puts you on a bike to spend time in the wider world is the right way to do it. Spend the night out and you are touring. But heck that's just what I call it. If it makes you happy to call...
12-07-23, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,599
Posted By abdon

So cyclists should be a protected class because...

So cyclists should be a protected class because in the past they have been discriminated for employment, economically marginalized, and considered an inferior subset of society?

​​​​​ Your moral...
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Views: 1,072
Posted By abdon

If that's the bike your heart has been wanting to...

If that's the bike your heart has been wanting to build for a long time that's not a bad price. If it is just a neat frame you happened to spot, the "value" to you goes down somewhat. As with most...
Forum: Touring
12-04-23, 01:22 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,022
Posted By abdon

To me anybody who carries all their gear on a...

To me anybody who carries all their gear on a bike and go overnight somewhere is touring. The rest is style, not substance. Heck when I was credit card touring Japan I could have packed all my stuff...
12-04-23, 12:50 PM
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Views: 1,290
Posted By abdon

Best budget rims ever, Sun CR18. Maximum bang for...

Best budget rims ever, Sun CR18. Maximum bang for the buck and they come in at 460g.
Forum: Touring
12-04-23, 12:44 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 8,022
Posted By abdon

Meh. To me anytime you transport yourself and...

Meh. To me anytime you transport yourself and spend the night away it is all touring. Whether is months, or credit card touring, or going to a campground overnight, same same. What bike and how you...
12-04-23, 10:00 AM
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Views: 789
Posted By abdon

What? My vintage bikes are supposed to be in...

What? My vintage bikes are supposed to be in working order? I thought vintage was an euphemism for "not in riding condition". :D
12-02-23, 12:04 PM
Replies: 12
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Posted By abdon

Years back I sold my Merlin extra light frame for...

Years back I sold my Merlin extra light frame for $1k so I could use the Dura Ace 7800 group on a build for my daughter. It may just be the time to hunt one down. That bike rode like a dream.
11-30-23, 05:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,512
Posted By abdon

My friend still laughs remembering the day I...

My friend still laughs remembering the day I tried to pedal up a steeeep wet incline on my granny gear. I hit wet leaves and for a long moment I was pedaling like a crazed mouse on an exercise wheel...
11-30-23, 05:01 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By abdon

The thing about drops and touring, even if you...

The thing about drops and touring, even if you rarely use them, is when you are facing 20mph head wind for most of the day and you still have to make it somewhere. At that point you'll love that they...
11-30-23, 01:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,512
Posted By abdon

What?! This is where we Clydes excel at! No twig...

What?! This is where we Clydes excel at! No twig can compete when we get off the saddle and start pushing down 200+ pounds onto them pedals :)

Do confirm what is the BCD on that crank of yours. If...
11-30-23, 01:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By abdon

If we are still talking vintage I would say those...

If we are still talking vintage I would say those are ugly as fudge. But if you are doing a resto-custom I have no opinion.

For proper touring bars keep an eye out for a donor Gitane or Centurion...
11-30-23, 12:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By abdon

You do you and I'll high five you for it but to...

You do you and I'll high five you for it but to me the bike looks sad without the proper touring bar, specially if you are not into touring it hard. But if you plan on putting thousands of miles on...
11-30-23, 11:21 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,512
Posted By abdon

Yeah, but it would only drive you nuts for the...

Yeah, but it would only drive you nuts for the small portion of the two mile trips the OP intends to trek this bike on. If that's it I would just pedal off the saddle for those bumps and call it a...
11-29-23, 04:57 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,512
Posted By abdon

That's not an issue, it is to be expected....

That's not an issue, it is to be expected. Fortunately bottom brackets are cheap and you can upgrade to one with sealed bearings.
11-29-23, 02:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,512
Posted By abdon

The nice thing about a triple with a 28t Granny...

The nice thing about a triple with a 28t Granny is that you can have a closer ratio on the back and still achieve a 1:1. 13-34 requires big jumps, 13-28 not as big. That makes it easier to find the...
11-29-23, 11:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By abdon

130mm rear is ample for may good road hubs and...

130mm rear is ample for may good road hubs and stretching it to 135mm is trivially easy. The stem should be fine, that's not that much of a stretch even for aluminum an should get back to its normal...
11-29-23, 10:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By abdon

You did pretty fantastic. I spent $500 plus...

You did pretty fantastic. I spent $500 plus shipping on mine and I still have to buy a velocity dyad rim to replace a worn one. Mine did have a few nice upgrades that talked me into spending the coin.
11-28-23, 12:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 932
Posted By abdon

From a practical standpoint you have gotten your...

From a practical standpoint you have gotten your money's worth out of that bike and then some.

There are two different paths you can take; you can do a functional restoration so you can get your...
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Views: 815
Posted By abdon

It helps if you post where you are. It is a...

It helps if you post where you are. It is a extremely soft market with what seems like a few pockets where the prices are somewhat healthier. It is awesome to be buying, not so much to be selling.
11-24-23, 10:48 PM
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Views: 2,063
Posted By abdon

I'm not a fan of slapping a motor on a bike but

I must say I'm mesmerized by the total package they pulled here.
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Posted By abdon

Also the fact that is 40 years old has no bearing...

Also the fact that is 40 years old has no bearing on the price. There are some from that vintage that you can't give away, some that are worth more.
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Posted By abdon

I wish... I have a clean Pletscher rack for sale...

I wish... I have a clean Pletscher rack for sale here on the forum for $20 with no interest. It is still available if you want it.
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Posted By abdon

As soon as you can post pictures I'm sure people...

As soon as you can post pictures I'm sure people will be able to help. The tiny retirement that you have 10 posts kills spam which makes this place a lot more useful.

Make sure they are pictures...
11-22-23, 12:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,477
Posted By abdon

When somebody sees me on a bike with downtube...

When somebody sees me on a bike with downtube shifters and comment how they are inconvenient my standard response is "not as inconvenient as hitting the hill on a small cog".
Replies: 31
Views: 1,097
Posted By abdon

Oh, I flip a whole lot. Sometimes I even make...

Oh, I flip a whole lot. Sometimes I even make money but more often than not it just affords me to practice catch and release. That way I can experience more bikes than I have space for.

If I buy a...
11-20-23, 03:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,859
Posted By abdon

Yeah, I did that with my trek 720 including the...

Yeah, I did that with my trek 720 including the frame mods and could not be happier. It was still cheaper than buying a brand new (and to me inferior) Surly long haul trucker frame.

But on my...
11-20-23, 03:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,175
Posted By abdon

Another plug for Sun CR-18. I built a wheelset...

Another plug for Sun CR-18. I built a wheelset with them, they are an amazing bang for the buck with boxed construction and eyelets. The 22mm width puts it square in the middle of the tire size you...
11-19-23, 11:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By abdon

The bull moose handlebar are my favorite bar for...

The bull moose handlebar are my favorite bar for early mountain bikes. They had a short lifespan around 1982~84 but to this day they are one of the nicest vintage bars ever made.
11-19-23, 10:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,859
Posted By abdon

Hard to tell without a picture. I mean I have...

Hard to tell without a picture. I mean I have seen some frames with a ton of wear that have character, I have seen frames with a lot less wear that look like $h1t.
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Views: 445
Posted By abdon

"Worth" is a very squishy concept. For starters...

"Worth" is a very squishy concept. For starters you are asking in a classics bike forums to a bunch of snobs (myself proudly included). To us the word "worth" and "vintage" are like Siamese twins...
11-17-23, 01:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,139
Posted By abdon

I have seen (in pictures, not in person) more...

I have seen (in pictures, not in person) more elegant designs for a split seat tube. The Saxon Split Tube from the 1930's were sexy AF
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Posted By abdon

Well let's see... The Nitto bullmoose handlebars...

Well let's see... The Nitto bullmoose handlebars are worth $75+, the suntour thumbies about $40~$50, and the Dia Compe cantilever brakes about another $40, but when they are together on a Kawamura...
11-16-23, 03:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,890
Posted By abdon

Recently I did my part dropping $500 plus...

Recently I did my part dropping $500 plus shipping on a Specialized Expedition with a bad rim (braking surface worn almost all the way through). I jumped on the ad as soon as it dropped and...
11-15-23, 03:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,890
Posted By abdon

The cyclone derailleurs are nice. The Dia Compe...

The cyclone derailleurs are nice. The Dia Compe centerpulls are easy to source and inexpensive. The Sugino Mighty Tour was a double, 36-52; kinda against the norm, I would slap a triple. Handlebar...
11-11-23, 05:34 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,939
Posted By abdon

That's understandable. I have an extremely myopic...

That's understandable. I have an extremely myopic focus on just steel lugged touring bikes. I can't name any other bike that was on any of those catalogs :}

I I recall reading something about how...
11-11-23, 02:21 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,939
Posted By abdon

That's not correct. The Touring 14 is in the...

That's not correct. The Touring 14 is in the 1981 US catalog, the Touring 18 is in the 1983 US catalog. I don't know what was offered in 1982.
Replies: 36
Views: 1,554
Posted By abdon

The problem with Schwinn bikes it that outside of...

The problem with Schwinn bikes it that outside of Paramounts and some super early models, most are close to worthless to worthless and a half (can't even give them away). That means that bikes that...
11-07-23, 11:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,114
Posted By abdon

Honestly the Park tool shown (and clone, 100% as...

Honestly the Park tool shown (and clone, 100% as effective) is worth owning. Sometimes those things can be stuck worse than a curse and as long as you can lock it in place with a bolt and washers it...
11-06-23, 11:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,245
Posted By abdon

Nope. I like to ride different bikes. I have...

Nope.

I like to ride different bikes. I have bought rather expensive ones, enjoy them for a while, and then released them back to the wild. After many years I still miss a Merlin Extralight in...
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By abdon

The problem with these bikes is that in mint...

The problem with these bikes is that in mint condition they are extremely rare, but that doesn't translate into monetary value. The bulk of bikes that are "collected" are actually ridden, that...
11-06-23, 01:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,671
Posted By abdon

I don't know if just expensive qualifies as a...

I don't know if just expensive qualifies as a holy grail. King Arthur could not just sell half of the kingdom and go buy one from the Byzantine emperor. What made the holy grail well, a holy grail...
Forum: Touring
11-06-23, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 627
Posted By abdon

I would. 15mm means 7.5mm spread to each leg,...

I would. 15mm means 7.5mm spread to each leg, just a hair over 1/4".
11-05-23, 09:22 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 15,759
Posted By abdon

Come again? Every group has bad apples. My...

Come again?

Every group has bad apples. My mailman is great, he doesn't go postal. The people working at my local DMV (which is never full) are great. The local Walmart here is head and shoulders...
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