I wanted to treat myself to a nice saddle, the stock one would flex a lot with me on it which put pressure in the front where the frame is since that doesn't flex. After a lot of calling around looking for a b67, I found a shop with a b68 aged that they somehow got a deal on and were selling for $60. I guess cause it's discontinued?
the proofide is almost dry now, I'll post a picture soon.
The bum-bars thing made me laugh, just yesterday a guy from the local labor-pool stopped by for me to true up his S/A hub wheel, and was telling me he wanted some old "racing bars" so he could flip them around the other way, I gave him an old set, and he was stoked. First thing he does when he gets off work is to grab a 4-pack and I see him come by most days, with only 2 left in his handle-bar basket by the time he gets by my place 2 miles from the store...
I had an '86 Traveler in pristine shape I sold in 2 hours on C/L a couple months ago. They're good bikes.
A few guys here have posted good results using those paint pens they sell at craft & hobby stores.
Originally Posted by dmott
I've had a few with the detailed lugs, and on yours I would continue with the yellow/white graphic scheme. Like on the headtube, I'd put white around the top lug and yellow around the bottom. Same with the seat tube and down tube, etc, you get the picture. It would be unique, since no one ever does it that way.
Originally Posted by dmott
Ok here is the Brooks saddle I picked up for $60
Hopefully it resizes itself. I will post a pic of my amateurish lug detail job too.
Ok here is my very amateurish lug detail job. I'm happy enough with it, but it's far from perfect. Its hard to tell from the pics but its two colors. I used Sharpie paint pens. I put down white in medium first, then went over it with a extra fine in yellow. It is irritating because the extra fine clogs up, and i ended up using it like a paint brush (which works terrible because once the tip was clogged it wouldnt hold paint. It felt like I was painting with a toothpick.)
I picked up some cheap gumwalls for the bike, but Im having a little problem. The problem might be that they are cheap tires, they are Duro and I got them for $11 each at a local store.
It seems that the tire is a little too small for the rim. It was pretty tight to get the tire on in the first place, but once it was on it wouldnt seat evenly. That little line on the tire that runs just above where the rim stops would actually go under/behind the rim in certain places. Ive experienced this before but just a little wiggling of the tire and it would fix itself, but this was always on MTBs or cruisers with 2.1 tires.
The tire that I put on the front rim dipped under in a few places, but with the wiggling every 10 or 20 psi I was able to get it perfect. Nice and even.
But with the back tire, there is one spot that will not budge, and it isnt even on both sides of the tire. Its only on one side and it spans maybe 4-6 inches, not home now to check. I think it might fix itself with time and riding, but it is being really tough. Even deflating and trying again with all sorts of wiggling it wouldnt work. Even with the tire empty I couldnt pull the tire and see that line, its real tight. Is this a common problem?
I deflated the tire and put some coconut oil between the rim and the tire (Im thinking soapy water wouldve been better so it will actually dry out? The coconut oil seemd to be dry by this morning anyway, and it dried really white, maybe because of the rubber somehow) then rode the bike to the store and back and it is still not seating evenly.
Any suggestions please?
Still following your thread, loving the progress. Keep it up.
Check your rim width with tire compatibility and see if it could even work would be step 1 IMO with the current problem.
The charts on this page down at "Width Considerations" http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
Thanks it looks much much better now with the gumwall tires, even though they arent as nice as my all black tires.
Originally Posted by RaleighSport
I knew the tires were cheap so I picked up some "earthguards" recycled tire liners. The guy at the shop said he uses them and theyve worked great for him.
Regarding that chart, Im not sure how my rim measures but I should be safely in the green. The bike has 27" Weinmann rims, and I replaced the few weeks old 27x1 1/4" Vittoria Zaffiro II's with these brand new 27x1 1/4" Duro gumwalls. Maybe I was wrong but I felt safe even dropping down to 1 1/8" if that is what was available. The original tire was a Schwinn 27x1 1/4 as well. Everything should fit, right?
edit: I dont even really want to call this a problem, I think most people wouldnt even notice. It rides great.
It's looking great. I'm glad you changed the bars. Those bars look like they belong. I never associated the flipped drop bars the same as everyone else, but I never thought it looked right. Everything you've done looks good. Nice bike.
I don't know....I think maybe I would have gone with this sort of handlebar setup, for that really unique/unusual look.....
(I am kidding, of course) :p
I think your bike in it's current configuration looks really nice......has that classy, utilitarian look....I really like it a lot. I had an '86 Schwinn Traveler a few years back, and they're really nice riding bikes. :thumb:
While the inverted drop bars didn't look horrible, and I certainly don't think DUI when I see them.....more like 'I either can't afford or don't want to take the time to put the right kind of handlebars on this thing, so there' kind of look. Also, I picked up a super course a couple months back that had the inverted drop bars, and man, did it ever seem twitchy in the handling with the bars like that(it seemed to handle a ton better when the drop bars were put back to normal)......so it might actually handle better with those nice bars you now have on it.
Again, it's your bike, so go with what pleases you.
But I like the Traveler's current look......just looks really sweet, imo.
Oh, regarding the tire problem and it not seating completely even, the rims are 27" x 1 1/4" (I only put the 27" last time) and the tires are also 27" x 1 1/4".
I am not even sure of Duro's max tire pressure. On the tire it says inflate to 90PSI, but is this the max? Im pretty sure I even went above that trying to get the tire even, but still no luck.
No special tricks for this problem?
I cant even find one single 27" tire on Duros website. Does anybody know what model a 27" Duro gumwall is?
Last night when I checked the back tire it still wasn't completely even, but I rode to the store and back again with no problems.
i think I'm pretty much done with the bike now. Maybe I can squeeze a cup holder on there.
For $11 it might be worth it to just buy another tire to solve that seating problem. I had a similar issue seating some 27x1-3/8" Club Roost Cross Terra tires on 27x1-1/4" (non-hook) rims, so I ran them at 50psi for awhile and they straightened out.
I have a plethora of old Raleighs with 27X1 1/4 tires and find that sometimes the tube is actually under the tire and trying to push it out. Let all the air out and try to work the tube to the center of the rim. It generally solves the problem.
Some of my gum wall 27's.
Thanks I will try this later tonight. I think that riding it may have also helped some things settle in so hopefully it works. I deflated it completely the first night but didnt focus on centering the tube in the tire, or didn't focus entirely on centering I should say.
Originally Posted by browngw