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Forum: Road Cycling 10-20-08, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By alanbikehouston
"Dawes USA" makes ZERO bikes. There is NO "Dawes...

"Dawes USA" makes ZERO bikes. There is NO "Dawes USA" factory, no "Windsor" factory. BD sells Chino-cr@p bikes with decals with "famous" names. I've met people who have worked for BD/Cycle...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-20-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 10,088
Posted By alanbikehouston
Confusing a REAL Dawes bike from Dawes of the UK...

Confusing a REAL Dawes bike from Dawes of the UK with a Chino-cr@p bike with a "Dawes" decal glued on by BD is like confusing a Mercedes with a Yugo...only a moron could be fooled by BD's attempt to...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-20-08, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 442
Posted By alanbikehouston
What is "cloudy" about this? Dawes of the UK is...

What is "cloudy" about this? Dawes of the UK is one of the great cycling companies in the history of cycling. BD is a bottom-feeding importer of Chino-cr@p bikes sold to people who want a "good...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-20-08, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 733
Posted By alanbikehouston
The best way to fit a bike is with a test ride,...

The best way to fit a bike is with a test ride, not an internet forum. Select a bike. Stand over it flat footed with your belt buckle an inch behind the stem. Ideally, the top tube should lightly...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-20-08, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 316
Posted By alanbikehouston
Great...keep dragging them out of the house every...

Great...keep dragging them out of the house every weekend while the weather is nice. Then, next year, they convert of their friends...it is like a virus.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-20-08, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 547
Posted By alanbikehouston
Based on the specs, it is a close to "pro"...

Based on the specs, it is a close to "pro" quality bike from the 1980 to 1985 era. If it was in "like new" condition, it would be a bargain for $400 or $500 U.S. dollars. In in "fair" riding...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-15-08, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By alanbikehouston
For $200 or $300 you can buy a "pro level" bike...

For $200 or $300 you can buy a "pro level" bike from the 1986 to 1990 era that fits you like a glove, and rides as nicely as a $2,000 bike. And, ten years from now, you can sell that bike for $200...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-15-08, 11:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,201
Posted By alanbikehouston
Even a hairline crack or deep scratch in carbon...

Even a hairline crack or deep scratch in carbon fiber can result in sudden failure under stress. Your frame needs to be inspected by the factory very carefully and you should not ride it until they...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-15-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By alanbikehouston
You have a terrific bike. A good bike shop could...

You have a terrific bike. A good bike shop could get your wheels into "like new" shape for $100...or buy a pair of decent new wheels for $200....adjust the brakes and shifting and your bike is as...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 10-15-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,627
Posted By alanbikehouston
A friend of mine found a very similar Batavus at...

A friend of mine found a very similar Batavus at a yard sale for about $100. It had a mix of vintage Dura-Ace and Campy parts, plus came with a box of extra parts, racing wheels, and sew-up tires. ...
Forum: Singlespeed & Fixed Gear 10-15-08, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,394
Posted By alanbikehouston
Top tube length is a meaningless number in...

Top tube length is a meaningless number in fitting a bike. What is important is "cockpit length", the distance from the back edge of the saddle to the front of the stem. All of my bikes are set up...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-15-08, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By alanbikehouston
Go to two or three shops and get personal...

Go to two or three shops and get personal fittings. A skilled tech can look at you sitting on the bike and tell more about how a bike fits then is ever possible by looking at a chart of measurements.
Forum: Road Cycling 10-15-08, 11:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,934
Posted By alanbikehouston
Who believes government economic reports? Last...

Who believes government economic reports? Last week, the government released a report saying prices are stable, and there has been no increase in"average" prices in the past twelve months. But, the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-15-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 463
Posted By alanbikehouston
I replace quick releases with standard allen...

I replace quick releases with standard allen bolts, as most crooks are too lazy to carry tools, AND I have u-locks around both wheels in public places. The bolts that require special keys would not...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-15-08, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By alanbikehouston
Lockers are NOT safe. They can be opened easily....

Lockers are NOT safe. They can be opened easily. If I used a locker, I would still have u-locks around the front and rear wheels. But, lockers generally provide no "anchors" for a lock. After the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-15-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 741
Posted By alanbikehouston
Sadly, the only way to find the perfect fit is...

Sadly, the only way to find the perfect fit is trial and error. It took me ten years of fiddling with seat posts and stems, and experimenting to figure out why some of my bikes felt perfect and...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-15-08, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 414
Posted By alanbikehouston
Cable locks are not actually locks. They are a...

Cable locks are not actually locks. They are a sign that says "Get Your Free Bike Right Here". A bike left in public needs two u-locks. A five pound u-lock that connects the rear wheel to a beefy...
Forum: Classic & Vintage 10-14-08, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 762
Posted By alanbikehouston
The Chicago Super Sport frames were made...

The Chicago Super Sport frames were made individually, not on "a line". They were made by the same folks who hand-made the Paramount frames, used by many American pro riders in the 60's and 70's. ...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-14-08, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 322
Posted By alanbikehouston
There is NO reason to not get a perfect...

There is NO reason to not get a perfect fit...there are dozens of good frames on the market in every price range.

The "Competitive Cyclist" article comparing the "French Fit" and the "Eddie Fit"...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-14-08, 10:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 806
Posted By alanbikehouston
Surf, you mention you already own a mountain...

Surf, you mention you already own a mountain bike. A MTB is a great way to get in shape. Lance Armstrong has been riding (and racing) a mountain bike the past few months to get in shape to return...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-14-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 496
Posted By alanbikehouston
Call Rivendell and talk with them. Measure...

Call Rivendell and talk with them. Measure (carefully) the bars you plan to use. They can tell you which stem matches which bar if you give them precise measurements of the bar.
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-14-08, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,694
Posted By alanbikehouston
As has been mentioned, LED lights are easy on...

As has been mentioned, LED lights are easy on batteries. A couple of sets of rechargable batteries last years. I have a couple of "high power" lights that work on rechargable batteries that fit in...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 10-14-08, 09:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,887
Posted By alanbikehouston
Talk to your insurance agent. Many home owner's...

Talk to your insurance agent. Many home owner's policies and renter's policies required that certain items be listed on an itemized schedule to be covered, and scheduled items sometimes require...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-14-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,020
Posted By alanbikehouston
Want to go faster? Turn the cranks faster. ...

Want to go faster? Turn the cranks faster. Forks don't make bikes go faster. Their job is to hold the wheel in proper alignment while steering, and all good forks do that job well. The second job...
Forum: Road Cycling 10-14-08, 09:28 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,139
Posted By alanbikehouston
At the bike shop in my neighborhood, the staff...

At the bike shop in my neighborhood, the staff don't like anyone to touch the tools, including other people who work at the shop. Each tool has a place, and that "place" is not in someone else's...
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