That bike is extremely cool...love the bars, design - everything.
That bike is extremely cool...love the bars, design - everything.
It is very inexpensive to make a longer straddle cable and see if there is any increase in pull. Empirical method always trumps.
BUT, after reading your info again the OP can try a longer cable and see what happens, they're cheap and if it works then great and if not so what? he's out $5? no big deal.
Just finished building my Cross Check PMR. I even have a nice set of VO aluminum fenders to add. I will install them if we ever get any rain out here in California.
I really like that, Brennan. And if I lived in Oakland, I wouldn't install fenders. Rain isn't that common there, is it?
It's been unusually dry here in Portland as well... dry and cold.
Well- cold for Portland anyway, which of course is still balmy by Rocky Mountain standards. :D
Here's a snapshot of my 'PMR' at the builders (TiCycles), my (now refurbished) 650b Panasonic:
I'm deeply honored that Dave Levy chose to do the brazing himself rather than delegate it to one of his apprentices.
Next: paint. Then I get to build a wheelset for it; if I can find a pair in nice shape, I'm thinking maybe Shimano 6400 hubs.
My Surly LHT Build.
Velo Orange pedals, fenders.
Brooks saddle, bar wrap, toe straps.
Carradice saddle bag.
All done myself.
Get the bike and then build as you can afford. This was all done over 2 years, little by little. Most of the fun is in wanting and dreaming. I could'nt imagine having the same emotional ties to my bike if I rolled out of a shop with it complete like it is.
My preferences in bicycles has changed considerably in the last few months. I started out preferring agile bikes but with more experience I've come to prefer bikes with more stability. The first step in that direction was a 1995 Trek 820 MTB that I picked up at a pawn shop. Now, the 80's Takara Highlander that I found on Craigslist, along with several test rides on Surly's Karate Monkey and Troll, have convinced me that stable MTB handling is what I actually prefer in a bike.
My Takara is at the LBS right now getting overhauled and a new chain. I've spent some time riding it as a single-speed (no derailleur cables) and it's an absolute blast to ride. It makes me feel like a kid again. I had moved somewhat away from my awe of RBW's bikes but knowing that stability and a smooth rides are the most consistent comments I hear about them, my interest is growing once more.
I've also discovered that I really like 26" wheels with 55mm smooth tires. This would steer me back to RBW's Atlantis model. I would like to find out more about the Specialized model that vaultbrad posted higher up on the page. That bike looks remarkably similar in geometry to the Atlantis it's something I might be able to pick up relatively inexpensively.
Here's the bike that is leading me on a path back toward a Riv'ish bike:
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That's a classy setup, Berlun. Can I ask what kind of saddle-bag holder you have supporting your Carradice? It seems like it is doing a good job of keeping the bag off your wheel, something I've had some issues with on my own ride (I have a Carradice nelson bag).
Maybe not such a "poor man's Rivendell" after totting up the cost of the powdercoating and wheels etc, but here's my 1983 Raleigh "Touring18" with lots of new braze-ons and the cantilever mounts moved to accommodate 650B wheels:
OOo- I loves me some first-gen Deore!
Does this count as a poverty Rivendell?
When I think Rivendell I think comfort in long distance
My first 2 nite camp-out ride along the pacific coast was done on a chrome Voyageur 11.8 Schwinn. The bike was marketed as "sport touring". This is a vague description in today's terms, but back then they nailed (1980).
After restoring my original 11.8, I picked up this red 11.8 in a nice transaction. It had been converted (easy conversion with down-tube shifters) to high comfort bars, big foam grips, homely large black brake levers - - and the thickest silicone saddle I have ever seen. I took it for a spin at sellers house and felt a bit sheepish for liking such a dorky looking conversion. No more looking down on comfort bikes for me. So I let it simmer at home for a few weeks and went with a mustache bar since it was going unused and a nice knock-off of a BG saddle. In mind was an option of over-nighter or tool around on the trails nearby. Nice features in vintage "sport touring" were the braze-ons, steel and strong, geometry, ______________ fill in the blank. The sport side offered a bit closer geometry to a crit geometry so popular in boomer frames. With the slightly more responsiveness of a sport bike I was able to take off my packs and whip around the local camp site neighborhood for a mini-speed tour. Got to love it for its multiple personalities. I wanted to experiment with handle bar comfort. First I mounted them the normal way with the sway going down. Decided for a more upright - inspired by the sellers conversion so re-mounted the mustache bars in what most would call "upside down". I then pulled some brake levers left from a Kabuki fixed conversion - suicide levers removed. Yea I left the center piece sticking out on the lever out but was able to have that post part facing down and covered w/the hoods. I laid some closed cell foam tube strips around 1/3 of the bar circumference and wrapped it from the dorky foam grips to the stem. Things look pretty thick but I was going for that as an experiment. So now I have my own dorky conversion ready for light touring. It may need some tweaking but Attachment 389498Attachment 389499Attachment 389500Attachment 389501Attachment 389502Attachment 389503Attachment 389504feel so "at home" on a Voyageur 11.8. By the way can someone tell me how to safely remove those posts if you know what I'm talking about? May show it with pack - but first have to figure out what to do about the rear wheel hop.
thanks I agree undervalued but if I'm buying I'm not complaining. When it comes time to sell my two Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 bikes which is hopefully many many years away I'll be expecting appreciation and $ to back it up...well maybe not the $ part.
As for the condition - I cant claim responsibility since I only purchased it last month.
Now this one below I can take full responsibility for its condition since I've owned her since new (1980) - Schwinn Voyageur 11.8 with full chrome frame option.
My first thought was a Surly LHT, and it looks like many have said the same well before me.
My 1985 Raleigh Kodiak, done on the cheap. I imagine it might ride like an Atlantis.Attachment 390237
@ItsTimeToBike, nice bike. I just tuned up someone's 11.8. I had a pleasant time. It's really built. Schwinn and Panasonic had an admirable partnership.