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RFC 10-08-12 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by due ruote (Post 14816703)
Already posted this one on that other thread...
[IMG]http://i1182.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMG_3247.jpg[/IMG]

I've said it before -- great bike.

realestvin7 10-09-12 02:01 AM

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Originally Posted by Yo Spiff (Post 14820958)
Looks like it would do just fine. Pretty similar to most of the other bikes in this thread.

It was cool meeting you at the swap. Hopefully, my 970 will be able to join the thread soon. Did you have any pics from Sunday to share?

frantik 10-09-12 02:32 AM

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Originally Posted by RFC (Post 14821293)
I've said it before -- great bike.

yeah i dig it a lot too :D btw the bundle with (i presume) a spare tube looks a lot like a teddy bear at first glance LOL

due ruote 10-09-12 07:52 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14821529)
yeah i dig it a lot too :D btw the bundle with (i presume) a spare tube looks a lot like a teddy bear at first glance LOL

I hadn't noticed it looked like a teddy bear, but yeah, it's a little funky. It's a cheap old seat bag that's scrunched and toe-strapped to the frame. It was handy, the right color, and gave me a place for my blinky. I have a bunch of scrap leather and have been thinking about how I want to configure a small bag for this bike, so it's also temporary.

Thanks for the compliments on the bike. I can't say it's much of a climber, but then again I don't have much for hills, and in every other way I find it a fun and versatile all-purpose rider.

btw in case anyone is interested, those are 700c fenders I'm using. I had the 26" version but they were so wide they looked pretty funny with the 1.25" tires. I had to pull these in a bit with the stays but in fact the radius isn't all that different and the coverage is good.

Yo Spiff 10-09-12 08:06 AM

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 14821512)
It was cool meeting you at the swap. Hopefully, my 970 will be able to join the thread soon. Did you have any pics from Sunday to share?

Likewise. I shot a few pics, but haven't touched them yet. I'll see if I can get a few posted in the next day or so.

Picked up a lot of minor items but the biggie was some wheels and a matching crank for my 80's Benotto, which is going to become a fixie over the winter.

frantik 10-11-12 06:27 AM

anybody gotta 25.4 clamp diameter salsa woodchipper they wanna sell? :D

wrk101 10-11-12 06:49 AM

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Originally Posted by jdefran (Post 14820699)
How would this serve as a platform? It is listed for only $55 on my local CL..would probably offer $40. I already have dirt drops, bar end shifters, brake levers, and Techonomic stem if needed.

Myself, I would aim higher. The Woodlands is very low end, donated the last one I had to the local co-op. One thing on vintage MTBs, they tend to sell pretty cheap, so I always recommend aiming towards the high end, as for a small additional premium, you can get a bike with much better wheels, a lot lighter in weight, much better components, etc. $50 more might get you a bike that sold for $750 more originally.

realestvin7 10-11-12 09:06 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14829531)
anybody gotta 25.4 clamp diameter salsa woodchipper they wanna sell? :D

This is funny. They don't make them anymore. Good luck with your search. I'm sure there are a few out there.

frantik 10-11-12 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 14830070)
This is funny. They don't make them anymore. Good luck with your search. I'm sure there are a few out there.

I know, that's why i posted here asking for one. I found a guy who had been selling one since march but he finally sold it last month

it's possible to still find the 31.8 clamp size woodchippers but then i would need a new stem or a threaded to threadless adapter and a stem

realestvin7 10-11-12 04:11 PM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14831563)
I know, that's why i posted here asking for one. I found a guy who had been selling one since march but he finally sold it last month

it's possible to still find the 31.8 clamp size woodchippers but then i would need a new stem or a threaded to threadless adapter and a stem

If you find more than one, let me know. Lol.

frantik 10-12-12 11:39 PM

there's an actual dirt drop bar on ebay right now

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271077906842...84.m1423.l2649

wonder what the reserve is

realestvin7 10-13-12 12:07 AM

I suspect about $75-95. You'll be fighting quite a few of us though. Now it's advertised for all to see. Haha.

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14836576)
there's an actual dirt drop bar on ebay right now

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271077906842...84.m1423.l2649

wonder what the reserve is


frantik 10-13-12 12:11 AM

you think i would have posted it here if i was fighting for it? :-p

cooperryder 10-23-12 10:16 AM

Finally rode the train from Dallas to Ft Worth with a friend with our bikes and rode the Trinity Bike Trails.
I took my Schwinn Cimarron.

Here are a few pics. I offered Mark Twain a ride on it but he was feeling a bit stiff & it may have been a bit too tall for him as well.

He did borrow my eye glasses for a few pics. LOL.

We passed by that old Methodist church near downtown...what great architecture! Snapped a few there as well.

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...psb2ec5881.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps4fa6bc0f.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps39702986.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...ps23853778.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...psa944fe3f.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...pse0948d76.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/IMAG0357.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/IMAG0363.jpg

http://i793.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/IMAG0365.jpg

Yo Spiff 10-23-12 11:15 AM

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Originally Posted by yarper3 (Post 14871367)
Finally rode the train from Dallas to Ft Worth with a friend with our bikes and rode the Trinity Bike Trails.
I took my Schwinn Cimarron.

Here are a few pics. I offered Mark Twain a ride on it but he was feeling a bit stiff & it may have been a bit too tall for him as well.

He did borrow my eye glasses for a few pics. LOL

I tried to put my helmet on him a time or too, but he didn't like it. Nice looking conversion, I see you went with the same levers I did and the same handlebar style that I settled on after 3 bar swaps.

frantik 10-25-12 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by realestvin7 (Post 14836614)
I suspect about $75-95. You'll be fighting quite a few of us though. Now it's advertised for all to see. Haha.

didn't make the reserve..



so hey, what levers should I get guys? Listed in most expensive to least expensive. i've been leaning towards the cane creek levers. they're going on a salsa woodchipper bar

Shimano SL500
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...5L._SL500_.jpg

Cane Creek SCR-5
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31tn7K1quYL.jpg

Tektro RL340
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/3141bExF43L.jpg

Tektro R200A (this pic is origin8 branded but same thing)
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...BL._SL500_.jpg

cooperryder 10-26-12 06:30 AM

I am really liking the Tektro RL340's which I have on 2 of my bikes.

At first I was skeptical as the Tektro R200A's had been my 'go to' levers.

After trying the RL340's I now prefer them by a large margin.
They just fit my hands better and feel 'right' for me. YMMV.



frantik 10-26-12 06:38 AM

i was wondering which ones you had :) why were you skeptical? the main thing i don't like is it looks like they stick out pretty far

blilrat 10-26-12 06:51 AM

I've used both DA 7401 and the RL340 on the woodchipper. The DA has the better look for an older bike, but the Tektro brakes feel much better in your hand. And the fact the Tektro levers aren't straight help with the set up on dirt drops.

mtbikerjohn 10-26-12 02:29 PM

I ran Cane Creeks with the Woodchipper...had them on a few bikes now and I like them. Hows the Woodchipper working for you? John

frantik 10-26-12 02:39 PM

I need to get some brake levers so I can use the bar :lol: I've been hoping to get a good deal on some used cane creek ones levers on ebay, but i've watched two auctions now and they end at just a few dollars under a brand new pair. guess i need to bite the bullet

u got a picture of the cane creeks on the woodchipper?

mtbikerjohn 10-27-12 06:00 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14883643)
I need to get some brake levers so I can use the bar :lol: I've been hoping to get a good deal on some used cane creek ones levers on ebay, but i've watched two auctions now and they end at just a few dollars under a brand new pair. guess i need to bite the bullet

u got a picture of the cane creeks on the woodchipper?

I'll look....I think I have one of my old Yeti with Woodchippers on them..

cooperryder 10-28-12 10:24 AM

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Originally Posted by frantik (Post 14881781)
why were you skeptical?

For myself I was just used to using the Tektro R200A's
and pretty much content with them and wondering why Tektro started offering the Tektro RL340's
and that the R200's were harder to find so I just decided to try the Tektro RL340's
and I am glad I did.
Ergonomically they just fit my hands a lot better.

I plan on switching my other bikes over since they are such a bargain
and since I like to run fatter tires that built in quick release is a great help for me.
Of course the older R200A model has that as well.

I feel that the addition on the Tektro RL340's, the Tektro RL720 Top Mount Cross Levers
and a taller stem have helped me get my cockpit dialed in to the point I am satisfied
with the comfort level especially on rides of 2 to 4 hours or more.
For me as I have gotten older the taller stem made a huge difference on my back comfort.

The Ritchey Biomax bars also are part of that equation that works for me setting them up so I have plenty of flat area at the top of my bars and when in the drops the biomax curves just fit my hands.

If I switch frames for one one reason or another I am able to just pull the assembled cockpit
and switch it over the another frame.

I just built up another frame last week, a vintage Nishiki Pro, and used this formula and quickly got it dialed in. Did a 37 mile ride on it yesterday on a beautiful day in Dallas & liked it a lot.

I am at the point in my life I don't care if others think my bike looks aesthetically pleasing or not.
I like it and I now go for the comfort as a priority and as I am closing in on a 5000 mile year it is working for me.
YMMV.

frantik 10-28-12 05:27 PM

well I ended up going with the cane creeks.. the RL340s just looked too weird for me.. don't like how they stick out a lot. hopefully the cane creeks will be good

Do you guys run barrel adjusters for the brakes somewhere or just adjust the brakes as needed when the time comes? Any recommendations for cheap brake cable barrel adjusters?

blilrat 10-28-12 05:49 PM

I buy cable hangers with the built in adjusters. Tektro makes a cheap front one that looks pretty good and I like the Surley brake hanger for the rear. It's not real cheap for what it is, but it works well and just slides over your seat post bolt. I'm sure there are a million alternatives.


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