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What 'new' tech are you willing to use on your C&V bike?

Old 11-21-21, 12:53 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
For Cino, I outfitted my bike with a 2 x 6 drivetrain with downtube friction shifters. A few times I struggled to find the right gear (and had too short of a chain to achieve big-big) but overall it was fine. For pedals, I went with new V-O flat pedals with no clips or straps. I have several bikes, some old, some new, with flat pedals and don’t have a problem with slippage. I rode clips and straps for many years and never found them comfortable. I’m on SPDs for the non-vintage rides.
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]Flat pedals are great. I find that using bmx style shoes that have a little sticker sole helps when using flat pedals.
I see a double endorsement of flat pedals here. It is something to think about and I guess it would allow more options for foot movement that could prevent hot spots, cramps and allow for better fitting shoes - however, I guess I am a stubborn old roadie that wants to "clip-in" to something. Man, did I ever miss my chance at getting the Duegi's that I wanted back in the day. Instead I chose Puma (cleated) cycling shoes thinking they were more high tech. They ended up absolutely killing off my feet!
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Not on THE bike but ON me, on the bike.

I'm a fan of flannel, have read about MTB shirts made with polyester and spandex built in, turns out some are all poly. Most of them are very spendy so I was put off by that but many of them are very cool to be sure.

I finally stepped up when I found them at Eddie Bauer and go on sale all the time, often for 1/2 price, still a bit spendy and 100% poly.

These work fantastic for me, layered with merino and a cotton tshirt can be good well into the 40's, I was amazed how well they work and very easy to regulate by unbuttoning, rolling up the sleeves and managing the base layers, keeping hands warm, etc.

EB's are now comfort, stretchy and another level more comfortable with spandex added, LL Bean has wool blend versions and cotton one's as well, may be trying one of those out after Christmas.

Again, these work fantastic and are amazing, IMO.

Turns out they are on sale for 1/2 off right now.

https://www.eddiebauer.com/p/1292459...e%20Blue&size=

I now have a closet full of these and wear them all the time.
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Old 11-22-21, 12:17 AM
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I used to write off all sorts of modern parts were sort of indulgent- but more recently have found myself giving them a pass as long as they can keep an old bike on the road. Iíve especially found myself more ok with more gears (up to 10) especially as 6, 7, 8 speed parts start to get harder to find.
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Old 11-22-21, 04:09 AM
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I put the same Cane Creeks on my 1989. I opted for the compact.

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I think aero brake levers look swell on old bikes. Plus they brake good and give you a nifty 2d quick release so you can get a wheel with a fat 700 x 35c tire on and off without deflating it.




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Old 11-22-21, 04:27 AM
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If that Armstrong is a racer, then it would not look out-of-place for it to use a Benelux rod front mech. I use one on my '63 and it is efficient and a lot of fun.

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My first road bike was a 1991 model, so cassette hubs, aero brake levers, and indexed DT shifters are my "baseline."

Dyno lighting has improved so much since 1975, especially over the last 10 years or so, there are hardly any downsides to having it on your ride. And the hubs and lights are available with fairly "classic" looks, so they don't have to clash on a vintage bike. Only laziness keeps me from installing a full set of modern dyno lights on every bike...

The only other modern tech I install are the bike computers, but my needs there are so simple (speed and odometer) that I just get the most basic models in current production. I'm a nerd, so I've gotta have something to do that job.
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I must say, though, that my new BikeSmith cotter press has made cottered cranks much less intimidating. Every so often, I think it would be cool to have a road bike with all the older tech on it, like tubulars, cottered cranks, lever front derailleur, etc. Something "heroic."
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If that Armstrong is a racer, then it would not look out-of-place for it to use a Benelux rod front mech. I use one on my '63 and it is efficient and a lot of fun.
It's a 3-speed, so outfitting it with derailleurs of any kind would take some doing. (And decrease the diversity of my collection.)
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Lol.

Just stating the obvious here but 'modern' is used as 'current' in most general situations.

Indexed shifting is... ancient, not vintage in 2021.

30 year old Ultegra 9 speed STI is not modern tech, it's vintage, borderline ancient even.
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Old 11-22-21, 01:35 PM
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Originally Posted by masi61 View Post
I see a double endorsement of flat pedals here. It is something to think about and I guess it would allow more options for foot movement that could prevent hot spots, cramps and allow for better fitting shoes - however, I guess I am a stubborn old roadie that wants to "clip-in" to something. Man, did I ever miss my chance at getting the Duegi's that I wanted back in the day. Instead I chose Puma (cleated) cycling shoes thinking they were more high tech. They ended up absolutely killing off my feet!
Flat pedals are great for a bike that gets used to get around town, grab groceries etc. I have some on my 80s Shogun touring/commuter bike currently.

That said, they look fairly out of place on a bike that is otherwise period correct. If you've added modern lights, fenders, brake levers etc to your vintage frame then the flats look fine.
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Old 11-22-21, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Schlafen View Post
Lol.

Just stating the obvious here but 'modern' is used as 'current' in most general situations.

Indexed shifting is... ancient, not vintage in 2021.

30 year old Ultegra 9 speed STI is not modern tech, it's vintage, borderline ancient even.
Maybe so but in our realm, downtube = ancient vintage, index = vintage vintage, STI = modern vintage, C+V ain't current, modern or general but we do embrace all of it as needed to suit ourselves.
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Old 11-23-21, 02:40 PM
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I have Ergo on my newer bikes, but the old steel get the downtube shifters, save for my MiamiVice Ironman where I installed 8s Sachs Ergo, well, just because.
No disc brakes, tubeless tires or electronic shifting.
And any pre-'83 bike that would have would or should have come with tubulars, ride tubulars.

But I don't consider myself a retrogrouch, though I've never even test-ridden a full carbon bike.
I do ride my 2000-2010 10s Ergo clincher shod bikes as often as anything else.

I do want to build up an older frame for gravel/cross w/10s indexed Campy bar-ends running 38-40s.

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