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Old 08-03-15, 04:50 PM
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I "downgraded" one of my beloved '86 Schwinn Pelotons from Dura Ace 7800 to Dura Ace 7700 brifters and mountain-bike Deore XT 9-speed rear derailleur & cassette.
It's my credit-card tourer, and it's pretty relaxing not to have to shift 3-6 times per stoplight with that broad mtb gear spread in the back. I've ridden it from Santa Barbara to San Diego, and climbed it up the freshly-asphalted Pike Peak Road.
Just gave her fresh tires and bar-tape this weekend and fell in love with her all over again. Leaving for Colorado this weekend, and thinking about taking it along for another Pikes Peak assault.




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Old 08-03-15, 04:59 PM
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I went the other way last year, 'upgrading' my Raleigh Team Pro to non-aero. I was afraid I might be sacrificing comfort for style, but didn't find any loss of comfort or utility. In fact, I thought they were more comfortable on the hoods.
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Old 08-03-15, 05:58 PM
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Perfect road bike . I'd love to ride up Pikes Peak one day.

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Old 08-03-15, 06:01 PM
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I'm not sure how you define upgrade vs downgrade.

My old Colnago Super is certainly not "original" anymore. But, its career as a "racing bike" ended before I bought it 30+ years ago. Since then it has had a hard life as a commuter, errand bike, and town bike. Probably more years on the road than old Ernesto ever dreamed.

It will probably get a good restoration sometime in the near future, but not back to original.

Here are my aero levers + IRD Blackbirds.



Uhhh....
Even downgraded my light bar to carbon fiber as seen in the photo

Anyway, I think the Origin8 levers are a bit cheap... but I don't consider their addition as a downgrade. Oh, and my Universal callipers don't have adjusters.... so perhaps the "downgrade" was the loss of brake adjusters.
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Old 08-03-15, 06:37 PM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I'm not sure how you define upgrade vs downgrade.
Splash tape = downgrade.
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Old 08-03-15, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Splash tape = downgrade.
Yeah...
I suppose I should be using cloth tape on my bike.



Or do you prefer plastic tape?
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Old 08-03-15, 07:16 PM
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^I was just giving you a hard time. Personally, I'd go with yellow Benotto tape on that lovely Colnago, but I know it's not for everyone and would look a little out of place with modern carbon bars. So, yellow cloth tape would be option 2 for me. But again, those cloth tape with those carbon bars?...I'd stay away from blue cloth tape. Blue is a hard color to make and the blue tape looks much lighter than the frame color. For "plastic" tape, I think fizik microtex is pretty good (durable, cleans up well, and reusable).
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Old 08-03-15, 07:23 PM
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Classic builds get cloth, modern builds get Fizik. But that's just my opinion.
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Old 08-03-15, 07:47 PM
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When i got this, i already had a tricolor STI bike. Took forever to find 8s downtubes, but once i did, back in time i went. The solid snick snick of mature dt indexing is something special.

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fizik for the win!



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27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
But again, those cloth tape with those carbon bars?...I'd stay away from blue cloth tape. Blue is a hard color to make and the blue tape looks much lighter than the frame color.
No,
Aluminum Blackbird bars.
CF light bar (not much place to put the accessories with the wings).

And, apparently IRD has discontinued production of the 26mm winged aluminum bars
And, not a lot of choice of quills for 31.8 stems
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Old 08-03-15, 08:10 PM
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27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
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Old 08-03-15, 08:36 PM
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Originally Posted by bobbyl1966 View Post
27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
Hmmm....
27" wheels seem to be larger than 28" wheels**********

So you should get higher gearing with them.

Whether that would be faster would lead to a long debate. There certainly is better selection in 700c tires.
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Classic builds get cloth, modern builds get Fizik. But that's just my opinion.
I've never ridden cloth, but I'm loving the leather tape I put on my classic build.
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Originally Posted by bobbyl1966 View Post
27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
Personally... I think my "fastest" bike has 700C wheels.

I don't think it's got much of anything to do with the wheels alone. I think it's a combination of the geometry, equipment and materials.

I don't know why my bike feels better with wheels other than what it came with. I'd like to.
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Originally Posted by bobbyl1966 View Post
27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
Maybe but the most fastest is sub 24".
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Something similar... I didn't downgrade my bike for more enjoyment, but I downgraded my entire collection for more enjoyment. I used to ride bicycles with 9-speed clusters and triple cranks. Now I'm riding 3 and 4 speed IGH bikes. Talk about downgrading! It's the best thing I ever did.
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The next logical step is a 2 speed hub.
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Originally Posted by bobbyl1966 View Post
27" wheels is faster than 700c wheels?
According to some, they is.
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The closest I've come to owning a 700c bike is my wife's retro 3 speed step through so I don't have any seat of the pants experience, but in theory....all else being equal the larger diameter wheel should have the advantage. Now I suspect that "advantage" would only be quantifiable by lab equipment in an controlled environment.
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@The Golden Boy said his bike rode better after upgrading his hubs. He didn't mention that the original hubs were so badly damaged that they were hard to turn. If he had, I could believe that the upgrade made a noticeable difference.
There's something about being able to coast down hills faster than larger, heavier guys that appeals to me. I'm not sure whether it's the tires, or the hub, or something else, but I am pretty anal about getting good hubs and adjusting them.
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@USAZorro, I seem to be faster at coasting than everyone I ride with. I don't know why that is. I'm not heavy or light. I'm not fat, but I don't know if I can call myself skinny any more. I do keep my hubs adjusted well, but some of my riding partners have hubs that are fine, too.
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Hubs is make the difference? Not so much the rims and the spokes? Newer wheels is take grease or is sealed the bearings and never need grease
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All this talk about hubs reminds me of a "technique" in the 70's to improve lower grade hubs.

Take a hub.... Normandy Sport were popular choices.... clean out all the grease and replace with something like SimiChrome.

tighten down the cones and spin the hubs with an electric drill. The idea was to smooth out the cup and cone surfaces and make them run smoother.

Clean out and put in new bearings and grease. Never tried this, but some swore by it.... Of course they also believed drilling tiny holes in everything from
levers to chainrings to pedals and derailleurs would transform you into Fast Eddy!
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