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    WTB: 53-54cm Frame and Fork

    While working with the frame fitter to dial in the fit on my wife's 1997 Erickson and to spec a new custom bike for her, we discovered that there's a problem with her Erickson that makes it unsafe to...
  2. I have the Wheels Mfg conversion kit on three...

    I have the Wheels Mfg conversion kit on three (out of our four) bikes and they work very well. I was pretty frustrated with the limited cog sizes and short wear life of the nearly extinct Campy 8-spd...
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    Sorry, 8s Shimano spacing is narrower (4.8mm)...

    Sorry, 8s Shimano spacing is narrower (4.8mm) than 7s (5mm). However Campagnolo indexed 8s cassettes are spaced the same as as 7s. But note that Campy 8s cassettes are very limited in selection. And...
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    That doesn't sound right. The inner, upshift...

    That doesn't sound right. The inner, upshift lever should be easy to push (or merely tap) without the outer, brake/downshift lever moving. That's how it worked on the used RSX 7-speed brifters I just...
  5. I was successful using a PVC pipe that was a...

    I was successful using a PVC pipe that was a close fit over the steerer tube, but it required that I beat the pipe end against a concrete floor while holding the fork legs. Easier on the fork tips,...
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    Campagnolo Ergo shifters are quite rebuildable if...

    Campagnolo Ergo shifters are quite rebuildable if you're mechanically competent (or Branford Bikes will do it for you), and they last a very long time. My wife's 8-speed Ergos are about 19 years (and...
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    Here's what i ride every chance I can. It always...

    Here's what i ride every chance I can. It always makes me want to ride farther. And now that I've retired, no more commuting, but "weekend rides" can happen just about any day!
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    That is a very cool and helpful chart!

    That is a very cool and helpful chart!
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    Huh? Shimano UN-55 BB's in a wide variety of...

    Huh? Shimano UN-55 BB's in a wide variety of lengths are available for less than $25.
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    You've already got anti-seize, so use that for...

    You've already got anti-seize, so use that for the spoke threads. Use any old grease for the nipple seats in the rim. Don't use Locktite anywhere on a wheel.

    Listen to what FBinNY says. He's got...
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    When we vacationed in Bend (from Seattle) last...

    When we vacationed in Bend (from Seattle) last fall, I found the Deschutes County Bicycle Route Guide (Bend, OR) with 22 bike routes in the area ranging from 10 to 86 miles, all paved. The guide had...
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    Sorry, Bill. Forgot about the short chainstay...

    Sorry, Bill. Forgot about the short chainstay type of clearance problem. My early Counterpoint tandem had that problem (among many other interesting "features"), but the dropouts were pretty cheap...
  13. If it were just a few centimeters bigger, I'd ask...

    If it were just a few centimeters bigger, I'd ask you to bring it along on your next visit to Seattle and I would happily buy it. But 53cm is what I need for my wife's bike.
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    There's at least one model of Tektro dual pivot...

    There's at least one model of Tektro dual pivot brake (T539) that opens wider with the quick release. Grant Peterson says that it opens 9mm rather than the typical 4mm. Up to you whether a dual pivot...
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    I often use DS BB spacers to get the chainline...

    I often use DS BB spacers to get the chainline right if needed. PM me if you need a few. I have more than I'll ever need, and they fit in any old envelope.
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    Mostly on the hoods or more likely just behind...

    Mostly on the hoods or more likely just behind them in these older stiffer days. Tops when climbing steep hills, drops in a stiff headwind or during the fun of a long fast downhill.
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    Sold the 1972 Masi Gran Criterium that I'd bought...

    Sold the 1972 Masi Gran Criterium that I'd bought new, to pay for the engagement ring for the women I should never have married. So that one hurt twice, although the kids produced by that marriage...
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    I brifterized my 1979 Miyata 912, now on its 3rd,...

    I brifterized my 1979 Miyata 912, now on its 3rd, 8-spd Campagnolo/Sachs version as shown. Spread the rear dropouts to 130mm and drilled the fork for the 2nd, 7-spd version about 12 years ago. Not as...
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    The widely available Sugino XD-2/500/600 is the...

    The widely available Sugino XD-2/500/600 is the same crank, except without the crown emblem.

    https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=9824&category=2637

    also available...
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    I put fenders on bikes with minimal front...

    I put fenders on bikes with minimal front brake/tire clearance by cutting off the fender just in front of the mounting clip that attaches the fender at the brake bolt, then attaching the fender...
  21. When touring with a load and hills, 4-5 mph may...

    When touring with a load and hills, 4-5 mph may feel pretty good at times, and I wouldn't want to climb hills assuming that I was going to be standing up them.

    And gearing for pedaling fast...
  22. Gilles Berthoud Aravis

    Gilles Berthoud Aravis
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    I'm now an old guy (and will officially retire in...

    I'm now an old guy (and will officially retire in a month), and have always been a spinner, not a masher. Plenty of riding this past year, and lots more getting ready for my 5th STP in 20+ years (and...
  24. Here's my Berthoud Aravis new (less than 100...

    Here's my Berthoud Aravis new (less than 100 miles):

    http://dfrost.smugmug.com/Bicycles/Davids-Bicycles/i-ChfPVLk/0/M/IMG_2609-M.jpg

    And here it is one year and 3000 miles later:
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  25. Thread: Wheel hop

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    I built my latest pair of wheels with TB14's, and...

    I built my latest pair of wheels with TB14's, and they seem like the nicest rims I've used in 20 years of building my own and friends' wheels (clincher rims from Campagnolo, better Mavic, Velocity...
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