Fifty Plus (50+) - Changes to my bike as I age..
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06-10-11, 10:15 PM
Over the past few years I have been refurbishing this old bike I have owned my entire adult life. The last few things I have done have made it more comfortable to ride now as a 53 year old:
- Replaced the Super Record 52/42 crank set with a T/A 47/36. The nice thing about the T/A is I can put on inner chainrings of 34, 32 or even 30 if I ever thought I needed it..
- Installed a Campagnolo Ralley long cage on the Super Record Derailluer.
This combo works nicely and I see this being the bike I can still ride 20 years from now.
06-10-11, 10:38 PM
I recently aquired a 1977 Schwinn Superior. Beautiful bike, rides and handles very nicely. Stock gearing is a Nervar Star crank with 40/54 chainrings. Some tall gears in the big ring.
Nice bike by the way.
06-11-11, 07:36 AM
My steel bike got it's drive drain swapped out about 2 years ago. I went from a 52/42/32 to a compact double 50/34, from Veloce to Chorus.https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-sZTsTU3yUas/S94RUbsWnAI/AAAAAAAAAOc/5fxRUUNBsJM/s640/IMG_0977.jpg
06-11-11, 08:37 AM
Nice bikes, all three. As I've gotten older...I went to a 48/36 years ago, and then 48/34 crank last year. Truth be told, I had no use for the high stock gearing of the my bikes even when I was younger. Doing it when I did wasn't so much because I needed to but that I finally had the wisdom to recognize it! On the other hand, my '72 UO8 which I use as a commuter has its original cottered crank and steel handlebar. I had replaced the crank with alloy once before, and perhaps will lighten the bike this year or this winter by replacing both crank and bar.
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