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01-23-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,848
Posted By samkl

Update: Ritchey got one of these back in stock,...

Update: Ritchey got one of these back in stock, and we snapped it up. First impressions are great. The paint is gorgeous! The Breakaway clamps took some fiddling with, but I bet that'll get easier...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-26-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,882
Posted By samkl

I have no love at all for Schwinn Varsities, but...

I have no love at all for Schwinn Varsities, but unlike the GMCs, they’re built to last. Cheap old Schwinns and cockroaches—they’ll be around long after we’re gone.
Replies: 36
Views: 2,491
Posted By samkl

I bet a lot of AAA-powered lights would fit the...

I bet a lot of AAA-powered lights would fit the bill. I have the Planet Bike Superflash and it lasted all of 2019 PBP:

Run times: 40 hrs. on high (30 lumens); 90 hours on low (7 lumens); 45 hrs....
09-22-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 796
Posted By samkl

My 1976 Vent Noir randonneur. At this point the...

My 1976 Vent Noir randonneur. At this point the only original parts are the brakes, cable guides, and frame/fork....
07-24-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 604
Posted By samkl

Beautiful. The Weinmann rims weren’t stock; it...

Beautiful. The Weinmann rims weren’t stock; it came with gold Fiamme tubulars laced to DA black hubs.

As long as we’re posting Vent Noirs, here’s mine, which I modernized and rode on PBP 2019....
03-12-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By samkl

Nice. I have a '76 Vent Noir which is a sweet...

Nice. I have a '76 Vent Noir which is a sweet ride. Pretty noodly in size 25", but smooth, speedy, and great for riding brevets.
03-04-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,871
Posted By samkl

Nothing to add... just would love to hear...

Nothing to add... just would love to hear people's thoughts on this. We're looking at getting an e-cargo or regular cargo bike for potentially carrying a kid, and it'd be interesting to see what...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-18-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 985
Posted By samkl

I'd go with the Masi. Campy Ergos match old bikes...

I'd go with the Masi. Campy Ergos match old bikes better than Sram stuff. Old Italian bikes especially.
02-07-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8,089
Views: 2,715,219
Posted By samkl

Yeah, seems to have more braking power. The...

Yeah, seems to have more braking power. The original DA brakes are actually pretty great for old calipers.
02-02-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8,089
Views: 2,715,219
Posted By samkl

Posted elsewhere, and not technically with STIs,...

Posted elsewhere, and not technically with STIs, but here's how my modernized Vent Noir turned out!
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01-24-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,987
Posted By samkl

OK: new tires installed, new fancy schmancy...

OK: new tires installed, new fancy schmancy crankarms put on. The bike has reached its final form! (For now.)


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01-01-21, 01:26 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,141
Posted By samkl

Huh. Projecting much? Scary for the driver,...

Huh. Projecting much?

Scary for the driver, but his life seems to have been saved just fine. He did the right thing. In what universe would it have been better if he ran over and killed these 15...
12-06-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,987
Posted By samkl

So, finally, I installed my Honjo fenders. 3...

So, finally, I installed my Honjo fenders. 3 drill bits, 9 hours, 6 rage blackouts--and only a little bit more to do!

Stays need to be trimmed and fender line needs work. But it's close enough to...
11-16-20, 12:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,987
Posted By samkl

This isn't some poor, neglected rain bike! It's a...

This isn't some poor, neglected rain bike! It's a beloved randonneuse. An earlier model than yours--it can fit 32s + fenders, though it came with 19mm[!] tubulars. I rode PBP on it last year, and...
11-14-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,987
Posted By samkl

Well, the people seem to have spoken. I thought...

Well, the people seem to have spoken. I thought this would be a little closer, but no, nearly everyone says silver.
11-14-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,987
Posted By samkl

The third picture shows the bike with PDW matte...

The third picture shows the bike with PDW matte black fenders - they really blend in so they’re kind of hard to see.

The rear derailleur works great. I’m running it indexed with a 9 speed 32t...
Replies: 24
Views: 6,459
Posted By samkl

A friend of mine just ordered a Masi Speciale...

A friend of mine just ordered a Masi Speciale Randonneur Elite. Steel frame, 105 drivetrain, 650b, and includes fenders and dynamo lighting for like $1700.

I don't think he's received it yet but...
11-08-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 470
Posted By samkl

Yes, but not from many big brands. Just POC,...

Yes, but not from many big brands. Just POC, Abus, and a bunch of smaller/niche brands.
11-03-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,828
Posted By samkl

Here's what the Archetypes look like on my old...

Here's what the Archetypes look like on my old Vent Noir for reference. They're good rims, well finished, and easy to build with....
11-02-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,027
Posted By samkl

And you're doubling down. Please, take a step...

And you're doubling down. Please, take a step back. What kind of person actually wishes death on others?
10-25-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,848
Posted By samkl

Planning the new Ritchey breakaway tandem build

After many weeks of planning, agonizing, daydreaming, and preparing, the SO and I have finally ordered the first set of parts for the new tandem. It our first new tandem and (we hope) a big upgrade...
10-21-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 28,902
Posted By samkl

Probably for the best... many of those European...

Probably for the best... many of those European countries are socialist. :eek:
10-06-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1,474
Views: 612,848
Posted By samkl

Here you go. I don't have any pictures of the...

Here you go. I don't have any pictures of the bike when we first got it, but it needed some TLC. It was fun to restore and spiff up, especially because I love old bikes. I replaced the cables,...
10-05-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 1,474
Views: 612,848
Posted By samkl

Aboard our 1988? Burley Duet on a beautiful day...

Aboard our 1988? Burley Duet on a beautiful day in June. This is our first year riding a tandem, which was given to us(!) by a very generous couple we met on Tandem@Hobbes, and which we love. So much...
Replies: 16
Views: 2,903
Posted By samkl

I'll take the opposing view and say start with a...

I'll take the opposing view and say start with a vintage bike and customize it into what you need. That's what I did with my 1976 Austro Daimler Vent Noir. It took a bit of effort, mainly cold...
09-22-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,481
Posted By samkl

It's a winning strategy if they're better brakes....

It's a winning strategy if they're better brakes. Weinmanns are pretty good brakes.

I used to work in a bike co-op, and I encountered sidepulls of all types. There are great sidepulls (i.e.1st gen...
09-22-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Posted By samkl

Thanks for digging up the info. I was...

Thanks for digging up the info.

I was thinking this would be more of a "plug n play" solution. But it being a new bike and a tandem (with long, fiddly cables), I think I'll revert to the other...
09-21-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,481
Posted By samkl

Agreed, it doesn’t make sense to put fancy new...

Agreed, it doesn’t make sense to put fancy new parts on it. But by all means upgrade it with old parts from the local co op (if it’s open). Weinmann center pulls will give you better braking power...
08-26-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 913
Posted By samkl

Of all the hundreds of tubes I’ve helped people...

Of all the hundreds of tubes I’ve helped people change at the bike co-op, I saw maybe one that was defective out of the box. These were cheap QBP “Q Tubes.”

More than a few instances of people...
Replies: 16
Views: 4,635
Posted By samkl

I put on the RH 28s for a 150-mile ride this past...

I put on the RH 28s for a 150-mile ride this past weekend, and they're nice and plush - definitely more than my 28mm GP4000s, which run wider. But no doubt, the 32mm RHs are plusher. You can tell...
Replies: 16
Views: 4,635
Posted By samkl

Thanks for all the insights, everyone. I ordered...

Thanks for all the insights, everyone. I ordered a pair of the RH 28s after all. Yeah, nuts from a financial perspective, but I figured it's good to have a little thing to look forward to to break up...
Forum: Touring
06-30-20, 08:27 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,645
Posted By samkl

I dunno, I think it's kind of insane. I guess...

I dunno, I think it's kind of insane. I guess Surly saw Trek charge $1700 for a Sora/Alivio 520 and thought they could do the same? But even the 520, while still way overpriced, includes front and...
06-22-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 66,320
Posted By samkl

Our 1987? Burley Duet. We made a post late last...

Our 1987? Burley Duet. We made a post late last year on Tandem@Hobbes asking if anyone had a cheap tandem fixer-upper, since we were just looking to get into the hobby and didn’t know how we’d like...
06-19-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By samkl

Shout out to a forum member

Whichever forum member is behind this YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuUP-ymGIPlSdPhEe_WCwkA) - bravo! Loving the overviews of cool old bikes.

Like this Jack Taylor:...
03-12-20, 12:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,518
Posted By samkl

Note: does not apply to black cyclists.

Note: does not apply to black cyclists.
Replies: 50
Views: 40,021
Posted By samkl

Give us updates! I ride a Brooks but am looking...

Give us updates! I ride a Brooks but am looking for something waterproof whose fit doesn’t change as it breaks in. I wonder if the R2 would fit the bill...
12-21-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 104,703
Posted By samkl

My new Wabi Classic, in front of picturesque...

My new Wabi Classic, in front of picturesque garbage cans. May do some steerer chopping later......
Replies: 36
Views: 4,489
Posted By samkl

I can only eat 3 or 4 Clif bars on a ride before...

I can only eat 3 or 4 Clif bars on a ride before I get completely sick of them. Once that happens, I switch to my high-tech nutrition system of Skittles and Chex Mix. Tropical Skittles and "Bold"...
Replies: 50
Views: 9,335
Posted By samkl

Before you buy a new bike or commission a custom...

Before you buy a new bike or commission a custom bike, ride more. You'll figure out what you want. Some people like carbon, some people like steel, some people like 650b, etc. There's no wrong answer...
12-09-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 15,462
Posted By samkl

I bought one because it has road geometry, not...

I bought one because it has road geometry, not track. Not too many new fixie frames fit that bill.
Replies: 9
Views: 2,648
Posted By samkl

PBP ride report (long)

It’s been a month, almost, which has given my brain enough time to process the insanity that was PBP. I don’t mean that in a derogatory way—yes, some of the insanity was bad, but some of it was good,...
07-05-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8,089
Views: 2,715,219
Posted By samkl

My own retro roadie, sans STI's but with a modern...

My own retro roadie, sans STI's but with a modern drivetrain and wheels. Building this up as a rando bike, so sadly all the gorgeous 1st-gen black Dura Ace - with its ultra-high gearing - had to come...
05-15-19, 11:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,590
Posted By samkl

I disagree. You should definitely try it. What’s...

I disagree. You should definitely try it. What’s the downside? Whether you succeed or fail you’ll have discovered something useful and shared it with others.

FWIW, a mechanic recently told me...
Replies: 25
Views: 4,455
Posted By samkl

How can you tell anything about the condition of...

How can you tell anything about the condition of the wheels? Those pictures don't show much detail.
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