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    The sound of fat tires rolling on packed gravel.

    The sound of fat tires rolling on packed gravel.
  2. The more I speak to builders, the more it seems...

    The more I speak to builders, the more it seems the general wisdom is that flex characteristics are really more about wall thickness (and tube diameter) and not at all about brand or model of tubing...
  3. Sorry for my absence from this thread after...

    Sorry for my absence from this thread after starting it. I've read everyone's replies and thanks for the offers so far. Yes, I looked up SP and it's not what I'm looking for. I really want to find...
  4. No, but Rudi did say he also experienced a...

    No, but Rudi did say he also experienced a similar failure on a Pasela 700c tire. And the Col de la Vie is made by Panaracer, as are the majority of bicycle tires coming out of Japan. Most of the...
  5. Looking for a nice, lightweight frame in the 60-62cm range

    I'm looking for a lightweight frame for fast club-type rides. Thin tubing, the flexier the better. No fender clearance needed, no extra braze-ons needed. Under-BB cable routing a must. Will be built...
  6. Hey Rudi, I've had several sets of Paselas,...

    Hey Rudi,

    I've had several sets of Paselas, but all in 700x28 size. Both Tour-guard and regular varieties. All used on a bike that's left outside a lot. None have experienced a sidewall blowout...
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    I have stopped applying proofide entirely since I...

    I have stopped applying proofide entirely since I was having endless problems with the leather softening too much/too fast. I like the leather to remain firm. If I anticipate any rain, I keep a...
  8. OK, so I removed the stem, locknut and cable stop...

    OK, so I removed the stem, locknut and cable stop and I think I discovered the cause of the problem. Apparently the front of the cable stop, which is cast with reinforcements that protrude downward...
  9. Thanks likebike23! I know I should use a 2nd...

    Thanks likebike23! I know I should use a 2nd dedicated headset wrench, but sometimes one has to improvise. It's on my list!





    Check and check on loctite! I'm going to give it a try and...
  10. I don't have two headset wrenches, but I used the...

    I don't have two headset wrenches, but I used the headset wrench on the top cup while tightening the locknut with channel-lock pliers. Here's a pic of the bike, and a pic of the headset:
    ...
  11. Jeesh. Somebody's cranky. If you go back and...

    Jeesh. Somebody's cranky. If you go back and read my original post, you should be able to pick up on the fact that I included more pertinent info than 99.999% of the people posting about problems...
  12. Pretty sure there is not too much steerer. I...

    Pretty sure there is not too much steerer. I tested this.



    The keyed cable stop is in between the top race and locknut.



    The bars hit the top tube before the cable stop does. I also...
  13. Why does threaded headset keep loosening?

    I replaced a pitted/brinneled headset with a new one recently. All new headset, including lower/upper races and crown race. Tange Levin alloy unit.


    Had the head tube faced by the LBS.
    Used a...
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    I scored an entire wool cycling wardrobe in my...

    I scored an entire wool cycling wardrobe in my size from someone on one of the cycling lists I frequent. Sorry, no pics, but it was one of the most beautiful and functional 'hauls' I've scored in a...
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    For my birthday, two days ago, I was in the...

    For my birthday, two days ago, I was in the Catskills again, and decided to explore some more secluded dirt roads. As part of a new birthday ritual, I ride a distance in miles that equals my outgoing...
  16. Crude, maybe, but I've yet to damage a race or a...

    Crude, maybe, but I've yet to damage a race or a crown using this race removal method. Whereas the one time I tried to use an actual purpose-built tool I ended up gouging the paint on the crown!
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    Bummer, I'm away that weekend!!!!! Last year I...

    Bummer, I'm away that weekend!!!!! Last year I brought my Mercian and Jack Taylor, and if I were around for it this year, I'd bring them again.
  18. Two real beauties, there, holiday. Interesting...

    Two real beauties, there, holiday. Interesting how the 1999 model has the modern mondrian-esque DT graphic and the older, gothic head badge. Not sure if I've seen them mixed like that on a JT. I'm...
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    As usual, fantastic photos! I really have to get...

    As usual, fantastic photos! I really have to get down to RI sometime...

    And if you see a fork in the road, take it!
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    Northbend, your photos make me want to move to...

    Northbend, your photos make me want to move to the PNW!!! Lovely shots, and impressive that you did roads like that on a skinny tire fixed gear!
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    Jim, here's the full route...

    Jim, here's the full route. Went through Somerville, Medford, Winchester, Stoneham, Reading, Boxford, Georgetown, and Byfield before arriving in Newburyport.
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    You're right, Jim, I was thinking that it could...

    You're right, Jim, I was thinking that it could become a regular "ride 80 miles to the pub and take the bus back" kind of ride, or at least as an abbreviated alternative to the full ride. The only...
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    Well, this past weekend I attempted my 2nd...

    Well, this past weekend I attempted my 2nd "Dirigo Dynamo" ride, an overnight right from Boston to Portland during the full moon (this year a perigree moon!), inspired by the Dunwich Dynamo ride in...
  24. Whatwolf, that is a very nice set of wheels you...

    Whatwolf, that is a very nice set of wheels you built up! I'd be on these in a heartbeat if I didn't already have three sets of 650B wheels.

    Just out of curiosity, what made you decide to lace...
  25. Kearsarge is on my calendar! Will be the third...

    Kearsarge is on my calendar! Will be the third year in a row riding it. We will have to ride together. Hopefully will have my new Jeff Lyon custom all built up by then!
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