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Old 03-03-10, 04:46 PM   #951
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Another picture of my Can o' ale in case you've forgotten what she looks like. Only recent upgrade, a padlock to secure handtruck to trailer.
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Old 03-06-10, 12:16 AM   #952
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Can we call this a hybrid now ?



The stuff you find in the parts bin... 1st generation XTR 8 speed







Have been playing with stems and once I get things dialled in will trim and re-wrap those bars.

The current set up puts me right between my flat bar mountain bike and the old position I had with the drop bars and the range of adjust ability is nearly limitless with these bars.

I'm liking it...

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Old 03-06-10, 03:39 PM   #953
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GIANT Cypress ....Thinking about changing the stock seat....

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Old 03-06-10, 05:22 PM   #954
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GIANT Cypress ....Thinking about changing the stock seat....
WAIT a minute !!! It's MY bicycle !!!

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Old 03-06-10, 05:59 PM   #955
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GIANT Cypress ....Thinking about changing the stock seat....
OK, OK, it's your bike

But please tell me more about the setup and customization. I see Mirrycle Mountain Mirror. What else is there on the handlebar? Lights?

What kind of bicycle handlebar bag are you using?

Are you considering to add fenders?

The handlebar of Giant Cypress is kind of unusual, so I'm always a bit worried what will fit and what not.

My problem with the bike --

1. the saddle's nose is too wide and that's causing me discomfort after longer rides;
2. hands hurt after longer rides and that's calling for handlebar ends;
3. no fenders; if riding on wet ground, only the saddle bag and my backpack protect me from all the water that the rear wheel throws at me.

Points 2 & 3 are not specific to Giant Cypress, but I'm mentioning it anyway.

Back to you ...
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Old 03-06-10, 11:11 PM   #956
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You have a keen eye my friend!.....yes that is a Mirrycle Mirror... and a Topeak Bar extender to mount the Cyclesound Speaker...on the right, I have a Delta AirZound horn, <br>a Cateye Strada Cadence computer....Lighting is just a Cannondale Light Set....for the rear I added a PlanetBike SuperFlash Stealth ( not mounted at photo), the bottle is the<br> reservoir for the airhorn. I replaced my seatpost with a Thomson Elite.....I have Nite ize spoke lights (blue)...Replaced my pedals when I purchased the bike.....added a kickstand from<br> another bike I had.....mounted a Topeak Mini G pump...also not seen is a Topeak BeamRack EX quick release and a MTX trunk bag....and yes, I am considering fenders... <br>any suggestions? as well as toe straps and a nice saddle. There you have it!

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Old 03-06-10, 11:40 PM   #957
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Nice bike and photos - So how does it ride? It's looks great - but I can see where the saddle is not the finest.
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Old 03-07-10, 10:28 PM   #958
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Panthers007, thanks & thank! ... it rides great ! I registered for the 5 boro bike tour so I guess I'll find out about the saddle!
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Old 03-14-10, 03:46 PM   #959
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Picked up this bike last week... a 1990 Trek 790. Not the prettiest (though I'm not sure I'm going to do anything about this as I live in a big city where bike theft is common) and it needs a little work but mechanically it runs well.

Here's my to do list (I'm a newbie so if you have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to chime in):
  • Clean, degrease, lube, tune.
  • Better gearing (currently has 46, 26, 24 crank and 14-28 cassette). I think the best way to accomplish this would be to replace the current cassette with 11-28 or 12-28 or 12-21 cassette (as opposed to messing with the cranks). I'm leaning towards the 12-21. What do you think?
  • Add fenders... it was wet and I got a little dirty on a ride this morning.
  • New tires. Thinking slicks, maybe 35c... what do you think? Is that a good size?
  • Install matching shifters/brake levers (if you have a right Deore LX ST-M560 laying around let me know!)
  • Paint???

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Old 03-14-10, 04:55 PM   #960
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Like your 790. I am finishing up my winter project, a 1990 Trek 750 frame build. Gotta love lugged steel!
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Old 03-15-10, 06:40 AM   #961
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Like your 790. I am finishing up my winter project, a 1990 Trek 750 frame build. Gotta love lugged steel!
Ha, bunch of classics (my '91 750 Trek is a ways back in this thread). Still detest the twist shifters, leading me to think about ditching it for better shifters, may change the cassette to a set of slightly higher gears.
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Old 03-15-10, 01:37 PM   #962
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Thinking that there isn't likely much difference from my '95 750, I went to sheldonbrown http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/. According to my estimations you might have a 7 speed freewheel and should be able to maintain 21mph with an 80 rpm cadence. With 700x35 tires 21 can be a trudgery, but they will roll over nearly anything.

I'd say that tire width would depend on how you intend on riding, 700x28's might be nice too in a flat barred road bike kinda way, and 35's are more like a 29'er.

As to your gears, freewheels are kinda rare, but 7 speed cassettes are easier to find and can be put on an 8 sp wheel. Unless your gears are worn out, ride what you've got, wear it out, blow out your wheel or something. Then replace your rear shifter with an 8 or 9 speed as well as your rear wheel.

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Old 03-15-10, 03:08 PM   #963
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Ha, bunch of classics (my '91 750 Trek is a ways back in this thread). Still detest the twist shifters, leading me to think about ditching it for better shifters, may change the cassette to a set of slightly higher gears.
I am building with a Sakae Randnner drop bar, DA 9 SP bar ends w/Pauls Thumbies.
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Old 03-16-10, 08:28 AM   #964
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Thinking that there isn't likely much difference from my '95 750, I went to sheldonbrown http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/. According to my estimations you might have a 7 speed freewheel and should be able to maintain 21mph with an 80 rpm cadence. With 700x35 tires 21 can be a trudgery, but they will roll over nearly anything.

I'd say that tire width would depend on how you intend on riding, 700x28's might be nice too in a flat barred road bike kinda way, and 35's are more like a 29'er.

As to your gears, freewheels are kinda rare, but 7 speed cassettes are easier to find and can be put on an 8 sp wheel. Unless your gears are worn out, ride what you've got, wear it out, blow out your wheel or something. Then replace your rear shifter with an 8 or 9 speed as well as your rear wheel.

sorry, just words of experience

Thanks for the advice!

First, a little more info on the current setup and riding habits which I think I need to consider when contemplating changes... the bikes at home right now (I'm at work and should be working) so I'm not 100% sure on the tires but if my memory serves me correctly I believe that the current ones are 32 in front and 35 in rear. It has a 7 speed cassette. When riding it around so far I've only used four of the speeds (always on largest crank and the 14, 16, 18 and occasionally 20 tooth sprockets). I live in Philly where the roads are more or less one giant pot hole so I'm thinking a skinny tire could be a little harsh. Also the terrain is relatively flat.

So, I was thinking 12-21 would be a good fit because it covers the current gearing I use (14, 15, 17, 19, 21 sprockets would replace 14, 16, 18, 20) and also gives me a little more top end speed. And if I encounter any hills or take it on trails I can always drop down to one of the smaller cranks. Could you elaborate on what you mean by sluggish?

Also, I'm not an expert on the tradeoffs of speed/comfort in choosing a tire. I've checked out some tire threads since my post above and 35 does seem to be wider than what most ride. And those other posters seem to be more knowledgeable than me so now I'm thinking a 28 or 32 might be better.

Lastly, you touched on a good point that I've come across in my search for a solution to my mis-matching shifters. It seems that 7 speed cassettes/shifters are becoming less common. As I'm in the market for a new shifter and cassette anyway, should I switch to an 8 speed or a 9 speed setup? I think an 8 speed cassette would fit... would a 9 speed fit? Would anything else besides the shifters/cassette need to change but I'm not certain... would I need a new rear deraileur, a new rear hub? EDIT: Disregard these questions regarding switching from a 7 speed to a 8 or 9. Found the answers here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/speeds.html What bike question hasn't Sheldon answered?!?! Would still love feedback on tire width and cassette gearing.

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Old 03-17-10, 09:21 PM   #965
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Here's my '92 Bridgestone XO-2 set up for the autumn commute.

Nice big Paniers. What kind are they?

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Old 03-17-10, 09:45 PM   #966
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Old 03-18-10, 09:12 PM   #967
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So, I was thinking 12-21 would be a good fit because it covers the current gearing I use (14, 15, 17, 19, 21 sprockets would replace 14, 16, 18, 20) and also gives me a little more top end speed. And if I encounter any hills or take it on trails I can always drop down to one of the smaller cranks. Could you elaborate on what you mean by sluggish?

Also, I'm not an expert on the tradeoffs of speed/comfort in choosing a tire. I've checked out some tire threads since my post above and 35 does seem to be wider than what most ride. And those other posters seem to be more knowledgeable than me so now I'm thinking a 28 or 32 might be better.

Lastly, you touched on a good point that I've come across in my search for a solution to my mis-matching shifters. It seems that 7 speed cassettes/shifters are becoming less common. As I'm in the market for a new shifter and cassette anyway, should I switch to an 8 speed or a 9 speed setup? I think an 8 speed cassette would fit... would a 9 speed fit? Would anything else besides the shifters/cassette need to change but I'm not certain... would I need a new rear deraileur, a new rear hub? EDIT: Disregard these questions regarding switching from a 7 speed to a 8 or 9. Found the answers here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/speeds.html What bike question hasn't Sheldon answered?!?! Would still love feedback on tire width and cassette gearing.
My fast bike ('08 Jamis Xenith Comp) currently has a 10sp 12-23 (soon to be 12-21), which is also what I'm running on my 7sp 750. That being said, I've also upgraded my 750's crankset to a road double with a 52, my xenith has a "new" compact 50-34 (now a 50-40). Other comparisons would be the 23's and carbon frame (120+psi and stiff) vs the 35's and steel frame (80+psi and compliant). So what am I getting at? Both of my bikes are set up very similar (and my fixies inbetween) with the differences being mostly frame material, tire size and number of gears availible. I can also maintain 20+mph on both bikes, however the 750 takes more effort to keep that speed up and feels much softer than my xenith.

The wheels that originally came with my 750 were double walled matrix rims that survived a few years in Cleveland, Ohio, but after about 10 or 12 years the rear wheel finally gave out. I have since replaced that set with some used RSX 8sp wheels. The only problems being squeezing my mtb width rear dropouts down to my road width hub and spacing the 7sp cassette on the 8sp freewheel. Since you found what you needed to know about shifters and derailuers on sheldonbrown I'll just say that the higher psi in the 28s will decrease rolling resistance yet won't be as harsh as my 23s. And if you are using double walled rims and fully inflate your tires, barring catastrophic failure or pinchflats, you should be fine. I actually have a pair of Zaffiro 28s waiting to be put on my 750 right now, which should make for a great recreational and commuting ride.

sorry to be so wordy while making a few simple points, good luck and have fun.
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This my baby my Cannondale quick5, I saw the end bars postioned in more in the middle on a pic in this thread and liked it, so I tried it, no as forward as tri bars but a nice change when heading into the wind, I am putting inexpensive accesories to down play the bike so it wont seem so appealing to those the don't like to pay for there bikes, even with a good lock I am still paranoid.





I am really enjoying this bike very comfortable well quick....I am not a small guy and it fits me perfect and I don't feel like I am going to break it either..

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My 7.2 FX. I've added bar ends that I haven't taken pictures of yet.






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[QUOTE=ancker;10562895]My 7.2 FX. I've added bar ends that I haven't taken pictures of yet.

Can't see any of them.
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Can't see any of them.
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Old 03-22-10, 07:52 PM   #972
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I went back to your post,still can't open any.
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I went back to your post,still can't open any.
Should be fixed now. The first time I 'attached' them and they were showing up for me but apparently not for anyone else.
I removed the attachments and just hyperlinked from my website. Enjoy.
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Very nice pics and a nice bike,someone else had posted a bike just like yours,i asked the person posted the pics about the cyclometer mounting on the stem,was that you....thanks for the pics,they look professional.

Oh,,it was you..hehe.

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My Cateye is also mounted on the stem - I really like it mounted front and center.

Thanks for the option, Cateye!
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