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Old 05-31-19, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Loose Chain View Post
I do not see how you guys do that upright thing without having to surgically remove the saddle from your certain nether regions...
I think most of us start by not trying to put our seats IN certain parts, but rather putting certain parts ON the seats.
(I think this is the most crucial place to start with most bike seats, because the amount of effort required for the former is hardly worth it.)

The second element is finding the right saddle. When riding upright you want a slightly wider seat compared to what you would go for when choosing to cruise HunchedBack Style™. 175mm is a good width to start with for most folks. That would be the width of a B17. Butt as long as your head is up there, measuring the distance between your sit bones will help you hone in on an optimal seat width.
Personally my favorite seat is the B67 and that comes in at 205mm.
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Just “finished” this after getting inspired here.
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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari View Post
I think most of us start by not trying to put our seats IN certain parts, but rather putting certain parts ON the seats.
(I think this is the most crucial place to start with most bike seats, because the amount of effort required for the former is hardly worth it.)

The second element is finding the right saddle. When riding upright you want a slightly wider seat compared to what you would go for when choosing to cruise HunchedBack Style™. 175mm is a good width to start with for most folks. That would be the width of a B17. Butt as long as your head is up there, measuring the distance between your sit bones will help you hone in on an optimal seat width.
Personally my favorite seat is the B67 and that comes in at 205mm.
I think my new build is very upright, at least for me, and yet allows me to distribute my weight between my posterior, my legs and my arms/hands, the three contact points. My legs and arms are slightly long compared to my torso so the fit works for me.
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Originally Posted by JKohler View Post
Just “finished” this after getting inspired here.
That turned out nice and clean! I like that the bronze of the decals feels like a midpoint between the cream of the gumwalls and grips, and the saddle color. It all ties together really well. How are you liking the RTP's?
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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari View Post
That turned out nice and clean! I like that the bronze of the decals feels like a midpoint between the cream of the gumwalls and grips, and the saddle color. It all ties together really well. How are you liking the RTP's?
Thank you! Haven’t put any decent mileage on them yet to make a real determination but should have a better idea soon. Quick spins around the block have been a pleasure though and a massive change against my road bike with 700x25s
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Those Fabulous French Peugeots...

The last time I posted here, it was with photos of my old Rockhopper cargo bike. Before that, however, I posted a few of my mid-`80s Peugeot Orient Express.



Well, since then, I found the top-of-the-line Canyon Express to replace it, and did a complete frame-up build. I left the full Deore drivetrain on there, because it was a nice, indexed upgrade from the original Sundour Mountech group. I also left the original Bullmoose handlebar on there, but only for the moment. This bike will get a Velo Orange Milan for a more upright position as soon as I get time to put it on there.





Time - always in such short supply during the Summer.
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HOT DAMN! That's a sharp looking build you got there. What tubing did they use for the Canyon Express? Also is that the Frost River Caribou Trail bag? I just picked one up and it has been a dream come true for me.

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Well, since then, I found the top-of-the-line Canyon Express to replace it, and did a complete frame-up build. I left the full Deore
Very ,very nice DQRider!
I really like that color blue.

It look like the paint is in excellent condition.

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Originally Posted by BicycleSafari View Post
HOT DAMN! That's a sharp looking build you got there. What tubing did they use for the Canyon Express? Also is that the Frost River Caribou Trail bag? I just picked one up and it has been a dream come true for me.
Well, thank you! The frame tubing is Tange Champion double-butted chrome-moly, and the fork is something called "Mangalloy".

And yes, that is the Frost River Caribou Trail saddle bag. That was spendy, but this bike deserves nothing less.
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Very ,very nice DQRider!
I really like that color blue.

It look like the paint is in excellent condition.
Thanks, cooperryder! The paint is good, for the most part, and I have treated the few little rust spots that I have found. This one won't need a repaint for a long time.

I'll post more photos once it is finished.
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Just “finished” this after getting inspired here.
What handlebar did you use on your 930?
I have the same bike (different color), and I'm looking at bars with more sweep, but still use the factory stem.
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Pretty Purple Princess Penelope in her current iteration. Still needs a kickstand, new shorter crank arms, and to get the paint off the seat post, but I've been commuting with her all week and loving every bit.

If anyone knows where I can find a LED headlight and kickstand in this style (i.e. silver, pink, purple, or brown; no black), pretty please let me know; I can't find anything.

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What handlebar did you use on your 930?
I have the same bike (different color), and I'm looking at bars with more sweep, but still use the factory stem.
Velo Orange Milan bars.
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Pretty Purple Princess Penelope in her current iteration. Still needs a kickstand, new shorter crank arms, and to get the paint off the seat post, but I've been commuting with her all week and loving every bit.

If anyone knows where I can find a LED headlight and kickstand in this style (i.e. silver, pink, purple, or brown; no black), pretty please let me know; I can't find anything.

Looking good,Korina!
Have you checked Wish.com maybe?
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Looking good,Korina!
Have you checked Wish.com maybe?
Never heard of it; I'll check it out, thanks!
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I'm reposting this here because the photo in my earlier post was lost.



Converted using -
8 speed Alfine internally geared hub
Brooks saddle
Brooks saddle bag now installed (the traditional black bag that hangs from rear of seat)
Schwalbe KOJAK tires
North Roads bars
Velo Orange fenders
Lights are on it for riding home in the dark after work
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I'm reposting this here because the photo in my earlier post was lost.



Converted using -
8 speed Alfine internally geared hub
Brooks saddle
Brooks saddle bag now installed (the traditional black bag that hangs from rear of seat)
Schwalbe KOJAK tires
North Roads bars
Velo Orange fenders
Lights are on it for riding home in the dark after work
Nice looking bike here! How do you like the Alfine internal hub?
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That hub is great! It is smooth and reliable and easy and simple to get the exact shift you want. The shifter even has an indicator so you know what gear you are in.

Someone said, 'They are expensive." I have forgotten the price, so that says about how unimportant that comment was.

Another said, "It's heavy." If you consider the entire swap from a derailleur equipped bike - rear hub, derailleur, chain length, spoke length,... the weight difference is irrelevant. I think the tire and rim weights and the fender weights are more important to the overall weight.

What is really cool about these bikes is the relaxed riding position and super comfortable seats they afford. It's completely different than a road racer.

I need an updated photo to post.
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Rack is a Wald I think. It works and it’s sturdy.



Today’s ride. Leather case is camera bag from a sale for 2 dollars.


As a drop bar. Had high hopes for this.
My drop bar mtb wasn’t getting it done in the fit dept so after finding this thread the other day I went to work. BicycleSafari’s bike was the inspiration. Finished up this morning. Took it out for a shakedown loop and it felt great! Great thread Cheers, Kevin
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Here’s a pic of what I started with. previous owner had brakes moved from chainstays to cantilever. So repaint was in order. Decals nos from the bay.
Mock up b4 paint.


As found. 3 bottle mounts. Spoke holders on chainstay.
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Wow!

Quite a transformation
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My utterly hideous Bianchi:

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Looks like they started out making a mixte, and then changed their mind ........
A most interesting bike though .
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My utterly hideous Bianchi:
That's quite litterally the ugliest thing I've seen in a long time. I want one too! :-)
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That's quite litterally the ugliest thing I've seen in a long time. I want one too! :-)
It weighs a tonne and a half while looks clumsy as hell. Needless to say I love it, and it's one of my most fun bikes since ages...
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