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Old 06-14-24, 11:17 PM
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Originally Posted by downtube42
Wait, you're in Beaverton? Dang.

IMO you need to ride a 100k on this bike. I have this super-flat triangle 100k that goes Milwaukie, Kelley Point, Troutdale, Gresham, Milwaukie. 75% MUP, most of the rest is bike lanes. Ride it CW or CCW depending on which way the wind is blowing up or down the gorge.

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/41585...ClokbVUS9M6vX3

There are parts of that route where you'll appreciate being on a budget bike.
[MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] and I rode a lot of that route a few weeks ago, except we really took our lives into our own hands and cut across the 205 bike path. I tend to look like I'm riding a Huffy even when I'm riding a nice bike -- just something about my personal appearance -- so I think that helped. The next day I was poking around at maps, thinking there's got to be a better way to get from the Springwater to Marine Drive. I came up with something a lot like what you've got but without going all the way to Troutdale.
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Old 06-14-24, 11:22 PM
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Originally Posted by AdventureManCO
I SO bad want to take the Huffente to Cino, but a plane ticket is nearly $500, + an $80 checked bag fee (the bike), plus any food and lodging costs, plus the Cino registration which now the early bird special is gone I think...all culminating in an almost $1000 trip when all is said and done, and its a tall ask, considering the family right now. I don't mind spending the $$$, but it's more of trying to justify it for myself when I've got other priorities.

I'm still watching plane tickets daily, and hoping it somehow drops and the stars align...

And if they do, and I ride mine, then you HAVE to ride yours.
I tell you what, if you are able to make it, I promise I'll ride this one, at least on day 1. I just got around to registering tonight. The early bird special goes until tomorrow for anyone else reading this who's still dragging their feet.
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Old 06-14-24, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
[MENTION=381793]gugie[/MENTION] and I rode a lot of that route a few weeks ago, except we really took our lives into our own hands and cut across the 205 bike path. I tend to look like I'm riding a Huffy even when I'm riding a nice bike -- just something about my personal appearance -- so I think that helped. The next day I was poking around at maps, thinking there's got to be a better way to get from the Springwater to Marine Drive. I came up with something a lot like what you've got but without going all the way to Troutdale.
I don't take the Marine Drive trail on the non-river side. Some sketchy bits over there so I stick on Marine Drive. River side is good.

I ride that loop fixed gear quite a bit. There's brand-new paved trail from the end of 223rd all the way to I-84, which you pass under for the back way into Troutdale. The new trail isn't on RWGPS yet.

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Old 06-15-24, 06:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Hondo6
But . . . but . . . "Career of Evil" is practically the theme song for a Huffy upgrade!
The Red and the Black!

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Originally Posted by etherhuffer
The Red and the Black!

Nice.

Good thing you didn't use a KISS logo instead. If you had, given the reputed but inaccurate story regarding their name you'd also need to get and apply those "Reynolds 666 - heat treated in the pits of hell" joke stickers to the frame tubes (and maybe the fork too)!

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Old 06-15-24, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by etherhuffer
The Red and the Black!
[MENTION=558924]Imaginos[/MENTION] will love that.
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Originally Posted by etherhuffer
The Red and the Black!

Nice!I’ve been a fanboy for 50 years.
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Same here! Maybe I should change my handle to ReImaginos!
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My other bike.
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My other bike.
There's a true fan! I used to do concert photography in the the 70's, have hundreds of photos of them from back in the day. Sat on top of their van at State Line Idaho for Nor'Wester 76 and watched the crowd burn the place down. Good times.
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Great "long read" so far, up to 135+ posts!

Andy's build was a test-the-frame effort, and I think that it's the geometry/fit alone that defines the ride "quality" of the completed build.

Every Huffy I've measured mimics Schwinn's electroforged geometry, so the top tube should be (metrically speaking) about 57cm or 22.5-inch, not 58cm.

And the expected ~70-degrees frame angles causes the modernly-defined "reach" dimension to be quite short, with the saddle well aft of the bottom bracket.
Adding all that up, the rider is in a semi-recumbent pose while riding it.
Making things "worse" in this regard, a too-low saddle height immediately forces the rider yet further rearward in any instinctive attempt to achieve good/normal leg extension.

Analogy to a (71/73-degree) Super Course was mentioned, which is seemingly the case with the HT angle and longish CS dimension, but little else.

A longer stem and forward/reversed saddle post clamp might distribute the rider's weight a lot more normally, but a stem longer than 9cm will require increased handlebar width (44cm being a good start.with say a 110mm stem).

And lastly, with respect to the geometry, getting the cockpit fit optimized AND getting in enough consecutive rides on such a geometric platform would seem to be key to feeling familiar and "able" on one of these "Schwinn-ish" sort of rides. I've been bombing around on a steel-rimmed, 33-lb and slack-angled Bridgestone Submariner fitted with thorn-resistant tubes since the 2nd of January, and the bike's responsiveness actually feels normal by now! I'm positioned correctly, so no limits on my actual effort are imposed.

Lesson learned (and which I already had a strong bias for) would be retaining an Ashtabula crankset with whatever pedal arrangement is needed to satisfy the particular rider's needs (lol, within the 1/2"-threaded world that is).

The very odd seatpost appears to have a steel rod core for the binder bolt to bear directly against. I would dream up some way of twisting it out. It looks like one could grab the exposed length of it using a large, well-anchored bench vise (since the post isn't hollow).

I've learned the hard way never to use rubber or tape as frame-shim material, nor any plastic. I suspect that your choice of crankset may simply have too much chainline offset for the Thunder Bird's range of motion (square taper cranks give great flexibility here). Perhaps the drive-side adapter could be counter-bored so as to recess the bearing cup and thus reduce chainline (assuming chainring-to-chainstay clearance allows, or can be shaped using a hammer/drift arrangement).

I'd be shocket if any part of this bike's headset was non-ferrous. The galvy plating does age and appear like aluminum though, and the (not high) grade of steel perhaps also being too close to the yield strength of aluminum(?).

The beauty of this bike's performance envelope should be the extended high-speed-range stability, given the seemingly copious trail dimension.
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The Tolkien of our suburban neighborhood always got the cool stuff first the arrowind was one of them.
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