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Old 08-13-21, 08:06 AM
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Originally Posted by onyerleft View Post
Great score! Although I personally would hesitate to buy bike by a custom builder because you never know what kind of geometry or other quirks the original customer ordered.
That is what questions are for........
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Old 08-13-21, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
Some good guessing, but no one hit the mark.

Jeff Lyon built this for a 6'7" cyclist.

Here it is 'as found'

I have been riding my recently acquired Jeff Lyon built bike and love it! I hope yours rides as nice as mine. Congrats!

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Old 08-13-21, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
I have been riding my recently acquired Jeff Lyon built bike and love it! I hope yours rides as nice as mine. Congrats!

That's a great looking bike, fender1! I sure wish this one had room for bigger tires like yours. I'm hoping 30mm will fit, but 28mm will go on if not.

BTW, how does that stack up against your Rivendell?
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Old 08-13-21, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Roger M View Post
That's a great looking bike, fender1! I sure wish this one had room for bigger tires like yours. I'm hoping 30mm will fit, but 28mm will go on if not.

BTW, how does that stack up against your Rivendell?
It is a much nicer ride than than anything else that I own. I have two rivs and a retso mod Ritchey road. Its only been a couple of hundred miles but the Lyon beats them all. Its basically like I took the best attrubutes of the other three and put them in one bike. I don't do lots of data harvesting of my rides but when I ride this bike on the routes that I ride regulalry, the Rides With GPS app keeps telling me I just did a personal best. My conditioning is pretty much the same

It weighs 22.5lbs with saddle, pedals and bottle cages which is a half a pound heavier than the Riv Legolas. The wheelset is has been on the Legolas and the Ritchey previously. I was a skeptic when it came to the BQ "planing" stuff but with the 7/4/7 top tube and light weight downtube this bike really feels easier to ride for the same amount of effort that I put out.

FWIW, this was another persoms "custom". I am glad I took the chance on it. Now seriously thinking about selling two of the other three.

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Old 08-13-21, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by RiddleOfSteel View Post
Any ride and handling characteristics that stand out to you? How long is the top tube? Inquiring tall riders need to know!

Glad you've updated the drivetrain. Once you mount a spare crankset in your size, that will make another good bit of difference in how it gets along. Nice to see a Lyon on the forums.
I don't have a full report on it yet, RoS. I will say it feels easier to go faster on than the green Michael Johnson. And it's a bit more nimble in the corners. I'll let you know more after I spend some time on it. The crankset makes it feel very different, in my opinion.

Top tube is 60cm.
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Old 08-13-21, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
It is a much nicer ride than than anything else that I own. I have two rivs and a retso mod Ritchey road. Its only been a couple of hundred miles but the Lyon beats them all. Its basically like I took the best attrubutes of the other three and put them in one bike. I don't do lots of data harvesting of my rides but when I ride this bike on the routes that I ride regulalry, the Rides With GPS app keeps telling me I just did a personal best. My conditioning is pretty much the same

It weighs 22.5lbs with saddle, pedals and bottle cages which is a half a pound heavier than the Riv Legolas. The wheelset is has been on the Legolas and the Ritchey previously. I was a skeptic when it came to the BQ "planing" stuff but with the 7/4/7 top tube and light weight downtube this bike really feels easier to ride for the same amount of effort that I put out.

FWIW, this was another persoms "custom". I am glad I took the chance on it. Now seriously thinking about selling two of the other three.
That's very impressive, both in terms of ride quality and total weight. Planing is real!
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Old 08-13-21, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by fender1 View Post
Now seriously thinking about selling two of the other three.
Do it!

We sold two of my wifes' nice bikes. She only rides her MAP and seems to survive with one bike.

I know that's hard to believe.

edit: Your Lyons are very nice bikes. I'm impressed.
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Old 12-31-21, 09:16 PM
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A bit of an update:

Over the holidays I acquired some brake cables with white housinghousingsome bar tape(also white). I recovered an old Flite several years ago, and it happens to be white.

I've been wanting to change out the 200mm crankset for awhile, so I pilfered a set from another bike.
Being that it hasn't broke twenty seven degrees(f) in almost a week, I have been putzing around the shop.

Anyhow, I replaced a few things:
tape
cables
saddle
crankset & bottom bracket

I'll get better pictures when there's some daylight.


Before

After. The saddle went up a little due to 25mm shorter crank arms.
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Nice! The white housings, tape and saddle really help the white frame highlights pop. And the replacement crankset is a HUGE esthetic improvement! Your knees probably like it, too.

I just retaped bars that had that white Fiz’ik “Classic Touch” tape. Three years and it still looked pretty good!

This is the old tape, replaced with more of the same because the shift housing needed replacement.

Not sure that the black tires are better than the previous tan sidewalls, but that’s just me.

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Old 01-01-22, 02:10 PM
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Here's a few outdoor photos. It turned out pretty good. I need to clean the saddle and polish out some marks on the seatpost.

One note on the tape. I bought Deda brand, mostly because it was cheap. It seems that the thin white perforated Fizik is priced high these days. The Deda unfortunately, has branding stamped every few inches. Covering it up was a pia. I will not make that mistake again.


I have some 105 brake levers with white hoods, but they don't fit my hands like these Cane Creek units.


The 7410 crankset is much easier on the eyes(&knees) than the 200 Zinn piece, but I will miss the 34t small ring...
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The 7410 crankset is much easier on the eyes(&knees) than the 200 Zinn piece, but I will miss the 34t small ring...
You could replace the small ring with a tripleizer. Found one recently at Recycled Cycles for my daughter’s 7410 crank set.
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Old 01-01-22, 03:39 PM
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For bikes over 62cm size, that's the Frenchiest fit I've ever seen!
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@mhespenheide us tall guys do French fit just fine!

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