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07-24-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,927
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: 1,927
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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...
07-18-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,419
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, 01:41 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,419
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: 3,419
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, 01:25 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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: 1,123
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, 02:58 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
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, 01:39 AM
Replies: 1,091
Views: 261,693
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: 6,048
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: 6,048
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: 6,048
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: 6,048
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: 6,048
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, 04:44 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,164
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: 6,048
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: 6,048
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, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 717
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...
07-10-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

NAILED IT. ...

NAILED IT.

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The 'metallic silver' decal color really picks up the light....
07-08-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
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: 6,048
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: 1,512
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: 10,954
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: 10,954
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: 6,048
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...
07-02-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
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...
07-02-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

After waiting three and a half weeks of an "about...

After waiting three and a half weeks of an "about four weeks" lead time, I got the call that the 620 frame and fork were complete! I was on my way to visiting a friend when I received the voice...
06-26-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 10,954
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Dude, Jacco, those Somas look GREAT!! Perfect...

Dude, Jacco, those Somas look GREAT!! Perfect color complementing with the tan walls. What PSI/bar did you set them at? I'm presently at about 40-42 PSI in front and 45 PSI in the rear, with these...
06-26-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,575
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

What about vintage bikes that have been modified...

What about vintage bikes that have been modified recently (to work with modern componentry) and then refinished and decaled? "Modern Retro" via the back door, eh?

More seriously, those Battaglins...
06-26-21, 01:24 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Just over two and a half weeks into The Waiting...

Just over two and a half weeks into The Waiting over here at Camp Super 620, and the last of the components has joined the party. A Shimano XT M771 11-32t 10-speed cassette arrived in the mail...
06-15-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,828
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Dang, I've definitely said, if not read as well,...

Dang, I've definitely said, if not read as well, a number of these things....
06-14-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,861
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Yeah, the used vehicle market has just gone crazy...

Yeah, the used vehicle market has just gone crazy the last year, on top of already heading in that direction the last several years. There are the usual suspects still sitting at the bottom of the...
06-12-21, 02:17 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As I wait the remaining three or so weeks for the...

As I wait the remaining three or so weeks for the 620's frame to be recoated, I turn my focus onto gearing and finishing kit. TRP's RRL levers in black (with black, smoked silver, or carbon blades)...
06-12-21, 12:43 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,419
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I will be reposting past heresy for the future....

I will be reposting past heresy for the future. No present bikes have STIs/Ergos--they're either 10-speed down tube shifter or 10-speed bar end shifter-equipped. Indexed, of course. ;)

1974...
06-10-21, 12:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,216
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The prices we tolerate and the money we spend are...

The prices we tolerate and the money we spend are somewhere between Fight Club and fuzzy/justifying math, IMO. As an apartment-dwelling Millennial (it's Gen Y, dang it!), I could have become a...
06-09-21, 11:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,282
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Was your mountain bike fully rigid or did it have...

Was your mountain bike fully rigid or did it have suspension? Tire tech has advanced considerably in the 15, 20, and 25 years since 1995. I bet that old rubber was heavy and stiff and stuck to the...
06-09-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,282
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

krakhaus I didn't buy it truly until very...

krakhaus I didn't buy it truly until very recently. 23/25mm guy all the way. Light, fast, beautifully proportional with standard diameter steel tubing, classic/heritage etc. Finally got tired of...
06-09-21, 12:59 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,861
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

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06-07-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,048
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! Color, after MUCH internal and external...

Thanks! Color, after MUCH internal and external debate, will be a continuation of my former 1974 Paramount: satin black. I loved how it contrasted with chrome lugs and polished components. The white...
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