Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 29 of 33 FirstFirst ... 192728293031 ... LastLast
Results 701 to 725 of 809
  1. #701
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Greenwood SC USA
    My Bikes
    Mercian Vincitore, Mercian Colorado, Gitane Tour de France, Trek 950
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My main riding partner in SC also has a Mercian fixed-gear, based on the King of Mercia but with cranked stays and cantilevers to accomodate fatter tires. He runs 39 and 44T rings up front and flips the rear wheel as it pleases him, and has been known to ride his on single-track, fixed.

    The oldest Mercian I have ever laid hands on was this one <http://classicrendezvous.com/British...mp_Mercian.htm>, a 1950 Vigorelli owned by an ancient Englishman who brought it to the 2006 Cirque du Cyclisme back when they held it in Greensboro, NC. It was in hardcore vintage display form, complete with steel 27-in rims, a single GB sidepull, Brooks Swallow saddle, etc. My memory is that he also had the sprint carriers for the bike, the setup where you strapped your sewup wheels to your bars and a fitting attached to your forks so that you could ride your everyday wheels to the race, switch out parts as needed, race, then put it back together for the ride home.
    Last edited by rustystrings61; 10-04-13 at 09:16 AM. Reason: make link active

  2. #702
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    41 here, been riding fixed for the last month and loving it, my first single speed since I was a kid! My band is playing a gig tomorrow so I brought my rig home from the practice space and had to take this picture. I swear I didn't consciously pick this color scheme for my new bike.....

    colors.jpg

  3. #703
    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    My Bikes
    Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
    Posts
    2,882
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice 'old' look on that bike. Glad you're enjoying it.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

  4. #704
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Glendale Arizona
    My Bikes
    2 Electra bikes, Trek Earl
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Almost 70

    By the statement that geared bikes are for people who are over 40, that's a crock.!
    I'm going to be 70 in December and yes I ride geared bikes and sometimes take an afternoon nap too. I am also 6'1" tall, weigh 260 with hardly any fat and own a single speed Trek Earl
    that I ride sometimes for 40, 50 miles. Just wanted to check in to let you young bucks know that a few of us oldies out there might still be able to kick your ass.

  5. #705
    Senior Member catonec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    burlington VT.
    Posts
    2,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    congratulations, keep on keeping on.

    Who ever said that geared bikes are for people over 40? Ive never heard that.

    on a side note, your bikes listed the on left of your post say 2 electric bikes. I assume the geared bike and the trek earl your talking about in your post are human powered?? if not then your post is pretty contradictory.
    2010 Kestrel RT900SL, 800k carbon, chorus/record, speedplay, zonda
    1997 Trek ZX6000, 6061w/manitou spyder, xt/xtr, time atac

  6. #706
    Senior Member Huffandstuff's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Kilo TT - Leader 735 - Trek 820
    Posts
    859
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    260 and no fat? Big ups granddad.

  7. #707
    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    My Bikes
    Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
    Posts
    2,882
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Cor, you young kids. No respect for the ... really really old blokes (me being in me late 50s so I guess I can't really talk)
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

  8. #708
    Newbie gal66stang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    My Bikes
    Single speed road/track bike
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Trying to stay as single speed as possible....

    Hi all - first and foremost - great forum!

    So, I've been riding a single speed for about 18-months. I got it specifically for commuting to and from work in Austin and would get out for weekend rides where the distance just kept growing. I LOVE my bike...it started out as a POS and I have modified/upgraded quite a bit. High flange Paul hubs, DT wheels, King headset, etc.

    This weekend in a 180 mile two day event in Galveston, I blew out my knee. I am 45 with apparently really-really old knees. I train in the hill country all the time, so usually hills aren't problematic but on the last couple bridges/causeways around mile 125, my knee just gave. The medical staff on site suggested my single speed days may be numbered. (I see an ortho locally tomorrow).

    My question - is there a way to maybe add a two speed freewheel and a chain ring to ease up the climbing effort? I just LOVE my bike and it has become a custom build love-fest that I just don't want to give up. I am not all that savvy with gear ratios and what would be most effective. Because of all of the hills I normally ride, I have a 20t freewheel with a 46 tooth EigthInch courier crank. I have not been happy with that most of the time because I spin out at around 17-18 mph. But most of my weekend rides are 800-1400ft elevation gain over 65-80 miles, it is good for climbing (it's fun to pass roadies on a climb when they realize I am on a single speed

    Any help, insight, guidance would be appreciated. I want to find some compromise modification to keep my bike and I really don't want a bunch of gears to maintain that I won't use.

    Thanks!

  9. #709
    Veteran Racer TejanoTrackie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
    My Bikes
    28 frames + 73 wheels
    Posts
    7,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gal66stang View Post
    My question - is there a way to maybe add a two speed freewheel and a chain ring to ease up the climbing effort? I just LOVE my bike and it has become a custom build love-fest that I just don't want to give up. I am not all that savvy with gear ratios and what would be most effective. Because of all of the hills I normally ride, I have a 20t freewheel with a 46 tooth EigthInch courier crank. I have not been happy with that most of the time because I spin out at around 17-18 mph. But most of my weekend rides are 800-1400ft elevation gain over 65-80 miles, it is good for climbing (it's fun to pass roadies on a climb when they realize I am on a single speed

    Any help, insight, guidance would be appreciated. I want to find some compromise modification to keep my bike and I really don't want a bunch of gears to maintain that I won't use.
    White Industries makes 2-speed freewheels. If your bike has track or horizontal dropouts then you can make it work without having to add a spring chain tensioner.
    Last edited by TejanoTrackie; 10-15-13 at 07:46 AM.
    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

  10. #710
    Newbie gal66stang's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    My Bikes
    Single speed road/track bike
    Posts
    2
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Thanks Tejano! I have been looking at the DOS...I do have horizontal drop outs, but I am wondering is it possible to add a shifter to prevent the need to stop and adjust. I am guessing I'd have to figure out a shifter, derailuer, and chain tensioner.

  11. #711
    Veteran Racer TejanoTrackie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
    My Bikes
    28 frames + 73 wheels
    Posts
    7,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by gal66stang View Post
    Thanks Tejano! I have been looking at the DOS...I do have horizontal drop outs, but I am wondering is it possible to add a shifter to prevent the need to stop and adjust. I am guessing I'd have to figure out a shifter, derailleur, and chain tensioner.
    Well, a chain tensioner is part of the derailleur assembly, so all you would need is a shift lever of some kind. Probably an old downtube friction shifter would work best. If your dropouts don't have a derailleur hanger, you will need to find a claw mount, or an old derailleur that already includes one. This is what it looks like on my homemade indoor trainer.

    IMGP1335.jpg
    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

  12. #712
    Grumpy Old Bugga europa's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    My Bikes
    Europa, Hillbrick, Road Chief, Repco Superlite (Ol' Rusty)
    Posts
    2,882
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    If your dropouts don't have a derailleur hanger, you will need to find a claw mount, or an old derailleur that already includes one.
    Not a problem. I got one from my lbs and believe me, if you can get something weird in Australia, your shop probably has boxes of the things.
    I had a good bike ... so I FIXED it

  13. #713
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Glendale Arizona
    My Bikes
    2 Electra bikes, Trek Earl
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You caught me there. I guess I had a senior moment because I totally forgot to list the Trek SS.

  14. #714
    Member NedClive's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Cromer, England
    My Bikes
    Bob Jackson Fixed Gear
    Posts
    45
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think I've got the origin of the geared bikes for over 40's: Henri Desgrange, the founder of the Tour de France, tried to keep the race "pure and simple" and so banned gears which could be easily changed. He did allow flip flop hubs though. He is quoted:
    " I still feel that variable gears are only for people over 45. Isn’t it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailleur? We are getting soft. Come on fellows. Let’s say that the test was a fine demonstration – for our grandparents! As for me, give me a fixed gear!”
    Hurrah! (He relented in 1937 and NO ONE EVER rode the Tour fixed or single speed again) Challenge????

  15. #715
    FWM
    FWM is offline
    Junior Member FWM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Norwich, UK
    My Bikes
    Wabi Lightning SE
    Posts
    18
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by dangorange View Post
    41 here, been riding fixed for the last month and loving it, my first single speed since I was a kid! My band is playing a gig tomorrow so I brought my rig home from the practice space and had to take this picture. I swear I didn't consciously pick this color scheme for my new bike.....

    colors.jpg
    That's wonderful! Did you paint your house to match? Is there always a pumpkin on your doorstep?

    Reminds me of the old Gulf colours...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Po...09-03-14_A.JPG


  16. #716
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    24
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Nice bike AND Fender! What year is that Jazz bass? BTW, Orange amps rock big time!
    How come no one ever claims it "Rides like Aluminium?"

  17. #717
    Packfodding 3 caloso's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    My Bikes
    Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
    Posts
    29,446
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Action photo:

    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

  18. #718
    Meta-Whiner gregjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    West Georgia
    My Bikes
    Hello Kitty Fixie, A Commuter
    Posts
    1,758
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
    If your dropouts don't have a derailleur hanger, you will need to find a claw mount, or an old derailleur that already includes one.
    This might work.

  19. #719
    Meta-Whiner gregjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    West Georgia
    My Bikes
    Hello Kitty Fixie, A Commuter
    Posts
    1,758
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by caloso View Post
    Action photo:
    Regardless of age, that pic could get you disqualified for this thread.

  20. #720
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Xterradork View Post
    Nice bike AND Fender! What year is that Jazz bass? BTW, Orange amps rock big time!
    Hey thanks! The Jazz is a '68 although I'm pretty sure they put '66 parts on it back in the day given the 'Lolly' tuners. I've been playing for over 20 years and this is the best combination of bass & amp I've ever personally had, I love it!

  21. #721
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Posts
    31
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by FWM View Post
    That's wonderful! Did you paint your house to match? Is there always a pumpkin on your doorstep?

    Reminds me of the old Gulf colours...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Po...09-03-14_A.JPG

    Ha, yeah, pumpkin for Halloween, I think I should keep one there year round. I think the color combo was definitely inspired by my bass set up, luckily my wife gives me free reign on color choices.

  22. #722
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    157
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just got back from my 50th H.S. reunion surrounded by a bunch of old geezers and geezerettes!

  23. #723
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    Glendale Arizona
    My Bikes
    2 Electra bikes, Trek Earl
    Posts
    7
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Try re-reading what I said I ride. I think if you take the time to read it correctly you'd see
    it says "Electra", not electric.

  24. #724
    Veteran Racer TejanoTrackie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ciudad de Vacas, Tejas
    My Bikes
    28 frames + 73 wheels
    Posts
    7,370
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Supercoop View Post
    Try re-reading what I said I ride. I think if you take the time to read it correctly you'd see
    it says "Electra", not electric.
    Next time you want to reply to someone who posted many days and posts ago, click on the "Reply With Quote tab like I did, so that person and the rest of us know to whom and which post you are replying.
    What, Me Worry? - Alfred E. Neuman

    Quote Originally Posted by Dcv View Post
    I'd like to think i have as much money as brains.

  25. #725
    Senior Member catonec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    burlington VT.
    Posts
    2,211
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Supercoop View Post
    Try re-reading what I said I ride. I think if you take the time to read it correctly you'd see
    it says "Electra", not electric.
    So I did start my post by congratulating you.

    I most definitely read your listed bikes! Im not a total illiterate fool. Electra does make a powered pedal assisted bike. Its the first one that comes up on the web page! honest mistake.
    http://www.electrabike.com/bikes/townie-go
    2010 Kestrel RT900SL, 800k carbon, chorus/record, speedplay, zonda
    1997 Trek ZX6000, 6061w/manitou spyder, xt/xtr, time atac

Page 29 of 33 FirstFirst ... 192728293031 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •