wet rims require increased stopping distance
I have 39/52x11-32 on mine. Works well for lots of road riding on 1.5 or smaller tires.
I also used a 52/39 for STXC this year but stayed in the 39 the whole time for those races.
1980ish Free Spirit Sunbird fixed * 1996 Mongoose IBOC Zero-G * 1995ish Park Pre Pro 825 * 1997 KHS Comp * 1990-ish Scapin * Lemond Buenos Aires Triple
I rescued this one from the transfer station metal dumpster.
Except for the tires, everything has come from the parts collection.
I went with the old 7 speed, RSX bifters that I have been saving for a fun project.
All I need to finish it is the proper front derailleur. The IRD compact triple derailleur works great with bifters and MTB triple rings.
Now to search the inter web for a nice vintage Trek saddle, as this one appears to have been a chew toy.
Grinning ear to ear. Just pulled off a tubeless conversion on Araya RM-20's. Yep the lightening of the Stripped M500 continues. I also found the fork I may use. A Carver carbon tube fork, though it's a little pricey. There's not a whole lot of lightweight 26" forks with canti mounts out there, and the Carver is a 1 inch steerer. It has available clamp on canti mounts that can be mounted anywhere on the fork. Has anyone ever used one of these?,,,,BD
Bikeman Carver Bikes Rigid Carbon Mtn Fork 410mm, 1 Inch!
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i owned a fork branded by a different company that looked identical, but i never rode it. i found a Trek "System 3" steel fork to replace it that was lighter..
1986 Diamondback Apex ~ 1988 Diamondback Ascent EX ~ 1989 Jamis Dakar
1993 Diamondback Axis Team Titanium ~ 1995 Diamondback Apex ~ 1996 Diamondback WCF 6.0
I could swap forks with the red Cannondale, the frames are pretty close in size. At least the chrome would somewhat match the bike. Or, I could just paint the whole bike, and not have to deal with the constant polishing. Here on the Gulf Coast, it starts to get hazy in a week or two of sitting inside the garage.,,,,BD
My old GT. One more round of mods.
Just put some 700c wheels on it and a SOMA CX fork. Rides so much nicer now than before.
1993 GT Timberline
- Salsa Cowbell II drop bars
- Ritchie stem
- Cane Creek 40 headset
- SOMA XC Fork
- Race Face Respond Crankset
- CX wheelset pulled off of my Raleigh CX bike. I am going to tubulars on that bike
- Sora 8 Speed STI shifters
- SRAM 8 Speed Cassette
Now just waiting for my long reach caliper to come in. I am finally rid of that u-brake!
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Barbossa: I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request. Means "no".
It's had a drop bar since I bought the frameset NOS from Bridgestone mid-90s when they liquidated.
Did a 650b conversion for Compass 42mm Babyshoe Pass tires recently. Still works with the 26"x2.25" Schwalbe Furious Fred wheels if I adjust the pads 1/2" down in the slots.
I changed the gearing to 51/28 x 14-32 after the 650b conversion because I didn't have enough gear choices up high for the fast road riding these tires like to do. The previous 46/38/20 x 13-28 gearing was set up for Utah single track which I used to enjoy on this bike (with drop bars).
My preferred road gearing for mountains here is 50/30 x 13-28 with the crank set up with an inboard chainline so the big ring works with the whole cogset. So I stay in the big ring for all flat and rolling and moderate climbing, and switch to the 30 for steep or long canyon climbing.
This 51/28 is the gravel version of that and works fine so far. The 28x32 is fine for the steepest gravel roads around here. The 51 gives several fast cruising gears and even the 51x32 is 42" and ok for a lot of climbs.
^Very nice! Although, you could probably use a larger frame. You might consider trading the frame for larger here:
The frame doesn't fit pass-around game
Put me back on my bike! -- Tom Simpson
Early 90's Trek 800. This is my commuter, which had been hanging in a shed for years when I bought it. Actually got two at the same time, one silver one blue. Neither would roll or shift or anything before overhaul, but after I must say they have been very solid bikes for commuting and casual rides.
Ive been slowly doing this and that to it:
The C'dale conversion got a weigh in during the ride. It went from 25 pounds even, to 24 pounds and 5 ounces. Not too shabby!,,,,BD
Just got back from a 5 week tour in Norway and Scotland. This is my partners conversion.
1 Super Record bike, 1 Nuovo Record bike, 1 Pista, 1 Road, 1 Cyclocross/Allrounder, 1 MTB, 1 Touring, 1 Fixed gear
So I've been considering converting my 1992 Specialized Hardrock to drop bars. It's got Shimano Indexed 7 speed Rapid Fire below the bar shifters which work great. Trying to figure out my shifting options. Looks like I could either: 1. get 7 speed grifters from auction site, etc. OR 2. Use friction bar end shifters. I know that Shimano makes bar end shifters, but don't go to 7 speed.
Could I use Shimano Ultegra Bar end shifters (8 speed) like these? I upgraded to Shimano Deore XT rear derailleur (RD-M735) Does spacing with 7 speed freewheel (new Shimano 7 speed) play nicely with the pull actuation of an 8 speed indexed shifter? I do know where I can get shimano bar end friction shifters for cheap, but LOVE indexing with this setup.
Universal Cycles -- Shimano SL-BS64 Ultegra Bar End Shifters
Those 8 speed shifters will work for 7 speed. My wife's bike is set up that way.