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Old 12-20-10, 08:08 AM   #1751
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[QUOTE=TreasureHunter;11957198...New to me.. with 1,000' on it.. lol

Can't wait to take her out tomorrow for my first ride...[/QUOTE]

Congratulations, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
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Old 12-22-10, 01:06 AM   #1752
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Almost looking like a 29'r here... 700:45 up front and a 300:38 out back.



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Old 12-22-10, 08:00 PM   #1753
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I just got my new 2010 Windsor Stratford bike from Bikesdirect.com, this is what it looks like:

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/.../stratford.htm

right now it is at the bike shop near my house, the bike shop should have it all complete and ready to go by thursday, i cant wait to ride it. also my LBS
charged me less than 50$ to have it built.

Happy Holidays, and ride safe.
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Old 12-23-10, 04:59 AM   #1754
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Sixtyfiver ... that looks way better than any so called twentyniner.
Have you a specific reason to put the wider tyre in front? To have better cornering in the snow?
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Sixtyfiver ... that looks way better than any so called twentyniner.
Have you a specific reason to put the wider tyre in front? To have better cornering in the snow?
The front tyre is wider, knobbier, and has a much larger diameter than the 35's I was running which all comes together to make a wheel that rides in and out and over ruts really well and the 38 in the back has no side lugs but a great centre tread so it digs down a little deeper and has good bite on the snow but also has some really decent roll out where the roads smooth out.

It is a fairly fast winter set up that can handle anything but really icy conditions and the handling is rather excellent.

The 38 also has an inverse tread that sheds snow and dirt better than than the front... these types of tyres are good for everything but black ice...t he Conti town and country uses this although my tyres are some NOS Avocet cross tyres.

Was going to fit a pair of 45's but thought I would try a set up that was like my mtb which runs a narrower rear tyre and just rocks on the trails and winter riding is just like that and sometimes even more challenging.

Was amazed at how well the bike blew through the churned up snow and half buried ruts in intersections which is about as hazardous as it gets (save for black ice) and I was flying on the hard pack and cleared roads.
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Those Avocet inverted tread tires were some of the best all purpose tires I'd ever come across and you are damned lucky to get some NOS. They, as I'm sure you know, made in both 700s (28-38?) and 26". I sure wish someone could make a good copy of those.
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Those Avocet inverted tread tires were some of the best all purpose tires I'd ever come across and you are damned lucky to get some NOS. They, as I'm sure you know, made in both 700s (28-38?) and 26". I sure wish someone could make a good copy of those.
I got a pair and will probably match them up in the spring after the snow is gone.

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here is a pic of me and my road hybrid bike: 2010 Windsor Stratford bike from Bikes-direct.com . i took it for a 22.8 mile bike ride yesterday, it was quick as a whip, i got up to 27.3mph in a matter of seconds. the seat isn't very comfortable, and i need to adjust the flat bars alittle, it turns very well, also the tires are 700x25c. i noticed a big difference in weight and rolling resistance compared with my raliegh misceo 1.0 hybrid bike. i hope you enjoy.

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Those Avocet inverted tread tires were some of the best all purpose tires I'd ever come across and you are damned lucky to get some NOS. They, as I'm sure you know, made in both 700s (28-38?) and 26". I sure wish someone could make a good copy of those.
My friend has some NOS 26 inch Avocets on his winter bike... I had a few sets kicking around and he loves them.

Pic with the Avocet Cross installed... there was nothing wrong with the CX Compes I was running (they are awesome) and I just wanted to try a wider front tyre and the bike was actually designed to handle some pretty wide rubber.


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Old 12-25-10, 04:24 AM   #1760
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Cross-posting because, hey, I can, and I'm proud of myself here. Photo below of my '11 Sirrus Elite, with minor add-ons.

But I'm proud because I noticed finishing a ride Friday that my back wheel had some "play" in it, as in if I held the bike and pushed on the edge of the rim I could feel it "wiggling" and "knocking". The shop was, of course, closed early Friday and all day Christmas, and I've planned a Christmas ride with my wife. So I get to reading and watching videos online, and after a couple of hours of slow tinkering and learning, I diagnose a loose hub and find the lock nut on the non-drive side of the hub wasn't as tight as it needed to be. Another bit of slow tinkering and adjusting, and the wheel is solid and true again, spinning freely and no lateral wiggle. I'm pretty handy mechanically, but this is the most I've done on a bike before, so I'm feeling pretty good. The adjustment is definitely finicky to figure out with how the quick release skewer affects it, but slow and steady won the race. I'm sure some of you experienced riders are laughing at my noobishness, but I'm feeling good about it right now personally.



So yeah, here's the picture.

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Old 12-25-10, 04:42 AM   #1761
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you really need a couple 'cone wrenches' to adjust hubs. these are thin metric wrenches that fit into the slot on the cones, so you can adjust them then hold them put while you tighten the lock nut with a regular wrench. if its properly tight, the quick release skewer will have no affect on bearing play.
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Old 12-25-10, 06:26 AM   #1762
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you really need a couple 'cone wrenches' to adjust hubs. these are thin metric wrenches that fit into the slot on the cones, so you can adjust them then hold them put while you tighten the lock nut with a regular wrench. if its properly tight, the quick release skewer will have no affect on bearing play.
Que? I was going mostly by Sheldon Brown's page, and several other videos that agreed...that there will be a slight/tiny bit of play on the wheel alone, but that once you tighten the QR on the frame the play will disappear and the wheel will still spin freely? This agreed with most of the things I was seeing/reading. And the finickiness I was referring to was probably just me being too careful to not over-do anything, doing a tiny bit at a time and trying it each time to get a feel for what I was doing.

Here's what I was reading, from: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/cone-adjustment.html

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Quick-release hubs are trickier to adjust, because the quick-release mechanism compresses the axle slightly when it is tightened. If you adjust the cones so that they feel just right off the bike, they will bind up when you tighten the quick release. You must set the cones so that there is a little bit of play when the hub is off the bike, or when the wheel is installed with the quick-release just barely tightened.
And as far as the actual wrenching, it turns out I did have a wrench that fit onto the cone. It was a fluke though, it came with the assembly kit for a couch, really weird. A better one is in order for comfort, but this one worked surprisingly well.

Either way, thanks for posting, and Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-25-10, 10:34 AM   #1763
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and I've planned a Christmas ride with my wife .
What part of the earth are you from, my bikes are in storage right now,thanks.
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Sometimes it's almost warmer to be riding a bike and working at it than to be just walking. Bundle up, Buttercup.
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Old 12-25-10, 11:44 AM   #1765
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hey, where i am at the temps were 83 when i last checked. love it!!!
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you really need a couple 'cone wrenches' to adjust hubs. these are thin metric wrenches that fit into the slot on the cones, so you can adjust them then hold them put while you tighten the lock nut with a regular wrench. if its properly tight, the quick release skewer will have no affect on bearing play.
Quick release hubs need to be set up with the smallest amount of play to account for the compression of the quick release, if you set them up without this play and clamp down the quick release properly the pre-load will be too high, the wheel will not spin as freely, and bearing life will be decreased.

There are a few ways to achieve this, some will out a wheel in an axle vise and set the cones to 0 play and back it off a few degrees, I use the frame so that I can set the bearings and check them while they under compression.

You can also make or buy a jig to do this.
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Snow pics, just washed it. After a day of riding off road. At one point the back
wheel was locked up with ice...I was not a big fan of Trek, but this bike is awesome ! With those tires
she rolls down the road fast, 34 Mega gear for climbing, mud, snow and road, all in one bike ! And it is
at the low end price range...I love it more with every ride, and it is running 26" wheels..Richard
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2011 Trek FX 7.3 in white. Loved the white on the 7.7 that I had so I got the 7.3 in the same color. It's bare as hell right now... scowering bforums right now to see what i can do to it

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2011 Trek FX 7.3 in white. Loved the white on the 7.7 that I had so I got the 7.3 in the same color. It's bare as hell right now... scowering bforums right now to see what i can do to it
Flat handlebar, flip the stem, and get rid of those god awful brakes. That's what I have done to my 7.3FX. It made a world of difference. I'm busy with my Nashbar Cyclocross frame right now. I love my 7.3 though.
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The Trek is going to be my back up bike now, the Schwinn was really my go to bike, but with all the mud and snow,
plus the only way I have found to keep my feet warm is. To wear water proof boots with wickering socks, then
depending on how cold it is, which size wool over them, have been out for half a day in sub 30 degrees and no
more cold feet, but with the boots, they do not fit my strap peddles on the Schwinn. And I really like the wider
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Snow pics, just washed it. After a day of riding off road. At one point the back
wheel was locked up with ice...I was not a big fan of Trek, but this bike is awesome ! With those tires
she rolls down the road fast, 34 Mega gear for climbing, mud, snow and road, all in one bike ! And it is
at the low end price range...I love it more with every ride, and it is running 26" wheels..Richard

When I posted this, did not realize I was getting the Giant, both MTB's really. I just ride them like Hybrids, the Giant fits
me a little better, and has much better components. ( But the Trek is still awesome ). I took the tires off the Trek,
Bontrager Connections, and the rack, still going to keep it for back up though. I put Kendra Kwicks on the Trek, and
will probably still ride the Schwinn on road rides only, I'm selling the F4, really no need for it, and it is to small for me.
I really am surprised by how well the TEKTRO disk work, compared to Avid Juicy 5's, and that Cygolite is so bright, 50
hours on low, 4.5 on high, but on high it lights up the road like the car. ( NO KIDDING ), would not make a good
touring light though, have to recharge battery pack, most of my riding has been at night for the last month. BUURRR,
it has been cold. And don't forget 1 mile of ever ride I do is on a rough gravel, sometimes muddy road, need MTB gearing
to go up it 1/2 mile, and then the down hill is pretty rough for a driveway. The 700 x 38c seemed small to me, and some
of you guys run 23c, I would be pushing for one mile every ride. And this year I want to get a little more aggressive at
Mountain Biking, so I thought the 100mm travel would be better. And with those Bontrager Connections, you would be surprised
at how fast it will roll down the road. I can not tell very much difference between the 38c, My son still loves his Flat Bar Road Bike,
( LOL ), and is faster than me now. He rides at over 20 MPH most of the time, and I am in between 8 and 20 MPH, EXCEPT on
hills, hitting close to 40 all the time, going down of course. ( Just a bike update )... Richard
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This is kind of a geeky picture, but it's my first with my Jamis Coda Sport.

It was 60 degrees today in SW Pennsylvania and I went for my first OUTSIDE RIDE today since my test ride! Man, riding outside is a bazillion times better than the trainer!

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This is kind of a geeky picture, but it's my first with my Jamis Coda Sport.

It was 60 degrees today in SW Pennsylvania and I went for my first OUTSIDE RIDE today since my test ride! Man, riding outside is a bazillion times better than the trainer!

Nice bike, took me about a week to realize a trainer was not for me ! ( Sold Mine ), and spent
the money on outdoor riding cloths... Richard : )
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Nice bike, took me about a week to realize a trainer was not for me ! ( Sold Mine ), and spent
the money on outdoor riding cloths... Richard : )
We are not hamsters... and crap... you live somewhere tropical.
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YEA ! LOL RICHARD

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