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01-16-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 15,749
Posted By grayEZrider

so call me a cheap slave...

Comfort? So does turning 70 and mountain life. I'm keeping my 30/30 gearing (and yes celebrating when I manage to get there without a walking break!):50:
01-16-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 8,242
Posted By grayEZrider

that is plan A

And I'm sticking to it. But I plan to go e-bike only after it starts taking more time to ride back up the mountain than it does to walk it.
12-22-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 70,031
Posted By grayEZrider

new tires

Just replaced 25s with cheap 35s. Test rode it as my now casual nasty weather gravel ride today. Major improvement. Its the only 80s era road bike I've found which clears 38c tires. They must have...
12-09-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,907
Posted By grayEZrider

I agree

Having owned three models of Centurion (no Pro) and original catalogs I agree.
And like you still watching for a Pro in my size!
12-04-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,979
Posted By grayEZrider

if the OP bites on this....

I'm going to post the Golden Gate bridge on ebay as the worlds largest MUP. Send me $ 99.95 and local pickup only.:lol:
11-30-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 15,749
Posted By grayEZrider

1956 Saint James

British made lugged but low end three speed., Bought from the first owner, a woman whose father brought it over here for her 17th birthday. Original except for grips and tires it is still ridden now...
11-21-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,310
Posted By grayEZrider

I've used both for three years now..

I have an original steel KHS 223 drop bar 3x8 Claris road bike I use as a gravel bike .It works well for that after going to 35c tires and I only today ordered a new Claris RD2000 (cap 34tooth) to...
11-03-20, 05:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,886
Posted By grayEZrider

avoid DOT3

DOT3 is very hard on paint.
09-08-20, 03:41 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 32,844
Posted By grayEZrider

oops- Puch pics

08-24-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 32,844
Posted By grayEZrider

good eye!

You are 100% correct. Stickers beat up but all there and legible. After some upgrade work I took it out for 8 miles today. I can FEEL why you wanted yours back. Wonderful ride. I will detail...
08-23-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 290
Views: 32,844
Posted By grayEZrider

pics to upgrade try

08-20-20, 06:37 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,420
Posted By grayEZrider

100% agreement

He can be blunt at times, but I agree completely with him.
08-20-20, 05:40 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,845
Posted By grayEZrider

gravel for real gravel..

A pic of my 35c shod KHS 223. A bit heavy with the gear but since the only southerly route starts two miles from home and runs eight miles with zero houses or anything (on the 8 mile dirt stretch)...
07-26-20, 06:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 6,185
Posted By grayEZrider

4 is OK if this is your rookie year....

Got to eventually get to:
vintage steel (2- sport and touring)
vintage Al
Vintage carbon
current steel (gravel)
current Al (2- sport and touring)
haven't got to a current Carbon yet
06-10-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,314
Posted By grayEZrider

it all evens out...

Recall that time or two you obtained something at a 20% bargain and factor that into the equation.
There you go.
The New Normal (N+1) math !:lol:
06-08-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,432
Posted By grayEZrider

buy it on-line exception...

I do try and keep up with what my LBS stocks and avoid ordering through them anything costing less than $20 if they don't normally stock it. Not to save me anything, but I figure they can't be...
05-17-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,094
Posted By grayEZrider

test the wheel fit first

I upgraded my '84 Ironman to full Ultegra (except tor an FSA compact crank) and did no frame adjustments. Just removed a spacer on the cassette side of the axel and both fit and clearance were OK....
05-07-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,619
Posted By grayEZrider

i had a couple of those two years ago and never...

i had a couple of those two years ago and never did figure a way of getting them out without (what would have been) damage. But the good news is I simply overstuffed then with grease and they worked...
04-09-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 22,430
Posted By grayEZrider

follow the money

Magazine profits come from ad sales. How many (any?) ads were for steel bikes?
04-02-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,441
Posted By grayEZrider

tried a little trail and gravel ride today..

Mechanicmat- I am very envious of those tires after today's ride man...

A short trail ride (and back).
Followed by a gravel hill. Is it me or does every steep hill in Tennessee have a graveyard...
04-02-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,148
Posted By grayEZrider


..and worthy of an Ultegra upgrade!
04-01-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 498
Views: 141,279
Posted By grayEZrider


03-22-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,441
Posted By grayEZrider

day 4 with test on 5 (today)

Here is a late pic of the tire clearance and brakes. I had forgotten what a PITA those '70s quick release mechs were. I swapped out the seat, bars and (adjustable) stem for comfort. Which the 10 mile...
03-22-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,441
Posted By grayEZrider

day 3 update- the BB Bike

The carbon Trek was actually a wrecked/donated salvation army buy in Knoxville three years ago and was Campy Veloce equipped. So I was always a bit wary of unseen damage even though it was a great...
03-20-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,441
Posted By grayEZrider

day 2

Having done this and donated the bikes (twice last year) to clear out some parts and space I found out this is going to be tougher than I thought. I discovered the only tires I have on hand are 700c...
03-17-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 8,079
Posted By grayEZrider

New candidate for worst hunter green brush paint...

New candidate for worst hunter green brush paint job ever. My rarely used '82 Ross wet weather bike....
03-17-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,314
Posted By grayEZrider

I'm likely to be stuck, so count me in

I figure 90% of us will be exposed by tax day. So while retired and pushing 70 I think some loner time is inevitable and I will spend it in my (bike) workshop/man cave. Got the pictured '80s Trek 614...
02-25-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,967
Posted By grayEZrider

I currently use one with a shimano short cage dr...

I currently use one with a shimano short cage dr and a 14/34 5 speed freewheel. It works fine and I've also used it on a six speed 14/34 as well.
02-10-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 13,543
Posted By grayEZrider

Back in the '70s I worked in a motorcycle shop...

Back in the '70s I worked in a motorcycle shop where we sold bicycles as well. The crusty old dirt racer owner kept a bathroom scale for folks who expressed concerns about a bike's weight and offered...
02-10-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 8,636
Posted By grayEZrider

Any intact Ti frame (of correct size) is well...

Any intact Ti frame (of correct size) is well worth a rebuild. I would either reduce costs by going with 105 equipment or cheaper yet find another used bike and strip it for the needed parts. Just...
12-13-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,557
Posted By grayEZrider

new school selfie!

11-22-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,358
Posted By grayEZrider

Except for rare special fund raisers I only ride...

Except for rare special fund raisers I only ride the LBS twice a week beginner rides. They start in March at about 11 mph and end up in Nov running at 14+. I guess that would be called a C-level? I...
04-23-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 57,285
Posted By grayEZrider



A last quick ride down the mountain (and very slow climb...
04-29-18, 10:02 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 69,205
Posted By grayEZrider


05-31-17, 07:51 PM
Replies: 2,153
Views: 499,991
Posted By grayEZrider

fast but scary

My average speed is faster on my SC but the degree of flex (EVERYWHERE) approaching 30 mph keeps me nervous. I can confidently break 30 on my other 80s steel road bikes (Trek 614 and a Nishiki...
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