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Old 10-02-22, 12:00 AM
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
Lol I stand accused!

Hamstrung is right. I'm not an athletic rider, and I'm way too nervous on pretty bikes that feel a tad delicate to be able to enjoy them to their fullest.
No worries I get it, same here.

You have to have confidence in the bike, many things can get you there, tires, brakes, etc.

This is where the Kool Aid comes in, the Merz's excel here for me as they did for many others. I firmly believe I have gotten lucky with my wacky stem/bar/lever setups

that are raised up, tilted up and with the levers mounted way up on the bars. I almost never ride in the drops and this is very stable for me, I never embraced the flat back, aero, stretched out, low slung form, didn't race and my long skinny back couldn't hack it even if I had wanted to.

It dawns on me just now that my setups strongly resemble many gravel bike setups we see now that are likely for stability, the road pro's even have their levers up on the bars where they are pretty level with the top of the bars and far less drop than in the past.

I would encourage you to think "stout" frame, build, tires, wheels and all else. I really don't consider weight very much as most parts are what they are unless you're going all out weight weenie and a strong, inspiring bike for us mere mortals is not going to be that light, I believe it cannot or should not be a primary concern long term.

I also almost never ride out of the saddle so the up close and personal seated setup is key to trying to get after it, what little I can.
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Good to see you back, Matt! Maybe we can get you to come up to Portland sometime for a ride.
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Good to see you back, Matt! Maybe we can get you to come up to Portland sometime for a ride.
We gotta get him a bike first, he's @ N-0.
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
We gotta get him a bike first, he's @ N-0.
If you only Porltandiers knew anyone who might have an excess number of bikes.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
If you only Porltandiers knew anyone who might have an excess number of bikes.
Hahaha...
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
If you only Porltandiers knew anyone who might have an excess number of bikes.
He wants a MTB/gravel bike, lugged crown, maybe Trek, very tall order, especially in PDX now days.

I have a couple road bikes that won't fit the bill or I would have already arranged to hook him up.
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
Good to see you back, Matt! Maybe we can get you to come up to Portland sometime for a ride.
This a wonderful invitation, and would make a great personal goal!

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We gotta get him a bike
first, he's @ N-0.
Happy to report that as things tend to go, that status has pleasantly changed already!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
If you only Porltandiers knew anyone who might have an excess number of bikes.
Isn't Portland really just an excess of bikes?

Originally Posted by merziac View Post
He wants a MTB/gravel bike, lugged crown, maybe Trek, very tall order, especially in PDX now days.

I have a couple road bikes that won't fit the bill or I would have already arranged to hook him up.
So, a quick these...

Got a frame that fits that bill en route via UPS. Picked it up on the bay a couple nights ago.

Also happened upon a rider vis CL this afternoon. It's French. It's 531, and sporting some Italian bits.

n+1.5 in 48hrs

​​​​​​​The enabling here is strong!

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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
This a wonderful invitation, and would make a great personal goal!

​​​​​​​Happy to report that as things tend to go, that status has pleasantly changed already!
Great news, you get what you wanted?

Going to be able to get it going soon enough?

Needless to say, you've missed a lot of fun we've been having but imagine you will be making up for lost time soon enough.

I have ratcheted up my MTB game substantially in your absence, it was always part of the plan and some of it really fell into place recently.
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
Isn't Portland really just an excess of bikes?



So, a quick these...

Got a frame that fits that bill en route via UPS. Picked it up on the bay a couple nights ago.

Also happened upon a rider vis CL this afternoon. It's French. It's 531, and sporting some Italian bits.

n+1.5 in 48hrs

​​​​​​​The enabling here is strong!
It never hurts when one has already learned to snatch the pebble as well.
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
Isn't Portland really just an excess of bikes?



So, a quick these...

Got a frame that fits that bill en route via UPS. Picked it up on the bay a couple nights ago.

Also happened upon a rider vis CL this afternoon. It's French. It's 531, and sporting some Italian bits.

n+1.5 in 48hrs

The enabling here is strong!
You've been around long enough to know the rules.
Pix or it didn't happen!
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Matt,
You are right the enabling is strong here! Glad you are back and willing to help out from an enabler's point of view. For some strange reason C&V cannot be removed from a cyclist's blood, it must be something that we need to study in depth. I will start on a research grant on the morrow. Smiles, MH
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Originally Posted by merziac View Post
Great news, you get what you wanted?

Going to be able to get it going soon enough?

Needless to say, you've missed a lot of fun we've been having but imagine you will be making up for lost time soon enough.

I have ratcheted up my MTB game substantially in your absence, it was always part of the plan and some of it really fell into place recently.
The ebay frame seems promising & matched my basic criteria. '85 Trek 830 at 19". We'll know better after close inspection upon arrival. I've been wanting a MTB platform for a commuter/gravel build for quite some time, prior to my abandoning even.

I'm pleased to hear that you had similar aspirations and have been making good on them. I'd love to what you've been working with and enjoying.
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You've been around long enough to know the rules.
Pix or it didn't happen!
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Of course. Rules are rules. But being a newbie I've had to wait anxiously to get my post count up to 10. I think we're there now, so let's give it a try...

I checked CL last night just before bed & saw a Peugeot that had been listed earlier in the day. It looked good. The price was below market. It was in my size range & it came with extra goodies. Because of the asking price I was sure it must had sold already & that the seller hadn't deleted the ad yet. But in the off chance that it was still available I sent a text.

Woke up this morning & sent a follow up text. I heard back from the seller by mid morning. He mentioned that a buyer was coming by to look at it around 1PM but would let me know if the sale didn't pan out. By 1:30 he contacted me a second time to let me know the buyer was a no show. We made arrangements to meet & I bought it late this afternoon.

Now I'm definitely breaking a rule here with a non-drive side pic, but here's the new ride resting against a bust stop (I didn't want to ride from the far end of Springfield to Eugene with an extra set of wheels on board). Not shown is an extra super record seat post in it's original box, Stronglight 93 crankset with drillium chainrings & two NOS NR chainrings in a Record Strada box.

It was a very lucky day!




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Matt,
You are right the enabling is strong here! Glad you are back and willing to help out from an enabler's point of view. For some strange reason C&V cannot be removed from a cyclist's blood, it must be something that we need to study in depth. I will start on a research grant on the morrow. Smiles, MH
Mutual enabling. It's what makes the wheels go 'rounds and 'round! You're right my friend, this C&V must be a natural element to our very being. Smiles
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
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Of course. Rules are rules. But being a newbie I've had to wait anxiously to get my post count up to 10. I think we're there now, so let's give it a try...

I checked CL last night just before bed & saw a Peugeot that had been listed earlier in the day. It looked good. The price was below market. It was in my size range & it came with extra goodies. Because of the asking price I was sure it must had sold already & that the seller hadn't deleted the ad yet. But in the off chance that it was still available I sent a text.

Woke up this morning & sent a follow up text. I heard back from the seller by mid morning. He mentioned that a buyer was coming by to look at it around 1PM but would let me know if the sale didn't pan out. By 1:30 he contacted me a second time to let me know the buyer was a no show. We made arrangements to meet & I bought it late this afternoon.

Now I'm definitely breaking a rule here with a non-drive side pic, but here's the new ride resting against a bust stop (I didn't want to ride from the far end of Springfield to Eugene with an extra set of wheels on board). Not shown is an extra super record seat post in it's original box, Stronglight 93 crankset with drillium chainrings & two NOS NR chainrings in a Record Strada box.

It was a very lucky day!​​​​​
H**Y CRAP!

Nice score, Silca, Concor, good? rough duty tires, and all the rest, very strong work.

Like I said, snatch the pebble.
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Glad to see you back, but to bad about screen name. Now you need 150 posts so you can get back into the Bo'c game. We've missed you.
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H**Y CRAP!

Nice score, Silca, Concor, good? rough duty tires, and all the rest, very strong work.

Like I said, snatch the pebble.
Unopened box of Cinelli cork tape too. This is the third time I've been fortunate enough to run into such a deal. But its the first time that I wound up with a frame that fits me. I didn't bother to informt the seller that he was giving this stuff away. But I didnt bother him by trying to haggle a few bucks either. Just gave him what he was asking, which was still a couple days worth of wages.

Took it out for a short spin to get dinner this evening. My first time rolling on pavement since selling the 'Traut so many months ago. It felt like a the freedom I've been missing for so long. It felt amazing!
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Glad to see you back, but to bad about screen name. Now you need 150 posts so you can get back into the Bo'c game. We've missed you.
Same. Missed you all too. Bo'c is always worth waiting patiently for!
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Isn't Portland really just an excess of bikes?
oh, no.
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Originally Posted by Dirt Road Blues View Post
Same. Missed you all too. Bo'c is always worth waiting patiently for!
As a recidivist, I'm wondering if @Mad Honk could give special dispensation.
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Doesn't matter, we're all like brothers & sisters here, or at least cousins. 😁😉

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As a recidivist, I'm wondering if @Mad Honk could give special dispensation.
gugie,
It has already been done! See the BOC thread. Smiles, CrapMaster Honk
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It has already been done! See the BOC thread. Smiles, CrapMaster Honk
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