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Originally Posted by seypat
I forgot to ask, does the Turbo that needs a home look similar to this one? This one measures 22" square(56cm), but feels smaller than the 2 56 IMs and the 56cm square Lotus Legend Compe. 22.62 lbs as it sets. Pretty good with the triple and 28T cassette on back.

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If you or a prospective buyer was wanting to keep the Turbo close to original but need more gearing, Suntour made a long cage version of that RD. It's rare and costly. The cage, though is the same as the one on some of their MTB RDs of the same time period. The only difference is where the stop bolt/screw is. You have to drill/tap a new hole then move the bolt/screw. Otherwise, it's an easy swap onto the standard RD. I have the drill/tap someone could borrow if they wanted to do that.

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Originally Posted by VOLS
Just finished part 1 of my ironman rebuild. Stripped everything down replaced the BB & headset with an innicycle conversion headset. Shimano 600 is still working smooth.



WOW is right. If you can only have one bike, IMO, the 86 IM is the one to have. Looking forward to its evolution. I had to sell mine which had excellent paint and shifters that still worked. I had to sell it because that 86 Classic IM was all I was riding and the custom that my wife got me as a gift and cost her 70 times what I paid for the IM, was just hanging around looking pretty.
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WOW is right. If you can only have one bike, IMO, the 86 IM is the one to have. Looking forward to its evolution. I had to sell mine which had excellent paint and shifters that still worked. I had to sell it because that 86 Classic IM was all I was riding and the custom that my wife got me as a gift and cost her 70 times what I paid for the IM, was just hanging around looking pretty.
I absolutely agree. If you could only pick one, the '86 is it.
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Question for the board. What is the TT length on a 54cm IM? I might have a project in the works. I'm thinking forward to next year and the possible meetup at the Hotter N Hell. My brother that lives in the WF area called me up last week and said he and his wife were getting into cycling. They bought some MTBish bikes to ride the trails and gravel in the area. I was thinking about what bike I would ride at the HNH. I was going to give the bike to the bro after so he would have a roadie to ride. He is 5'11", however. My possibilities are:

Find a 54 and fix it up for the ride. It would be too small for the brother, though. I couldn't give it to him and would have to ship it back.
Do the same for a 56. I have the 56cm 86 red/white beater. The bro is a professional FF. He doesn't have the long ape arms like I do. A 56 might work for him.

What does IM nation think? You think the 56 is a good size for a 5'11" rider?
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I’m around 5 10 and ride a 58.
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My wife’s 54 MV is 54ctc top tube.
56 seems small for your bro. I’m not 5’ 10” but with long legs and while I could make a 56 work, I thought my Size 58 Classic Was perfect.
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I’m around 5 10 and ride a 58.
56 seems small for your bro. I’m not 5’ 10” but with long legs and while I could make a 56 work, I thought my Size 58 Classic Was perfect.
That's what I figured. So much for that idea. I can ride a 58, but the saddle is nearly is nearly hitting the frame. Thanks for the input.
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Originally Posted by seypat
I was going to give the bike to the bro after so he would have a roadie to ride.
Good brother.
Makes up for using his toothbrush to clean your chain rings, and all the other stuff you did....


Originally Posted by seypat
He is 5'11", however. What is the TT length on a 54cm IM?
55cm for the 54cm model
56cm for the 56cm model

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Option 1: Find a 54 and fix it up for the ride.
It would be too small for the brother, though.
Probably would be, not many 5'11" people ride a 54cm.

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Option 2: Build a 56. A 56 might work for him.
Appears to be a plan.
Spaghetti Legs is that height and rides a 56cm.


Originally Posted by seypat
You think the 56 is a good size for a 5'11" rider?
Yes.

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I was thinking about what bike I would ride at the HNH.
Really?

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What does IM nation think?
Hmm.

Helping your brother is helping you. No problem.
Methinks two stems are in order here, and building with long enough cables to go with a stem change after you ride.
So, to make it simple, I have a 56cm Turbo. I can make it yours.
You build it for you, ride it, modify it for your brother and leave it.
Or take 2 bikes.
We'd forgive you not riding an Ironman because, well, it's a Turbo.

A short stem for you and a longer one for your brother?
You could go quill and re-do one side of the bars to swap, or a quill adapter and just swap modern stems.
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Of course, if we do this HNH thing next year, I've got to build another Ironman for my girl.
About 1 day after picking up a 48cm Merckx Corsa Extra.
Of course, I know where a 48cm MV is.

I'm thinking if... a commemorative jersey.
The design of the '89 Centurion jersey, with a bunch of the colors instead .
Sort of a technicolor vomit color scheme.
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2 IM popped up on the EBay thread today. A MV and an all red one.

https://comoxvalley.craigslist.org/b...218717643.html

https://easttexas.craigslist.org/bik...216972410.html
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Good brother.
Makes up for using his toothbrush to clean your chain rings, and all the other stuff you did....



55cm for the 54cm model
56cm for the 56cm model


Probably would be, not many 5'11" people ride a 54cm.


Appears to be a plan.
Spaghetti Legs is that height and rides a 56cm.


Yes.

Really?

Hmm.

Helping your brother is helping you. No problem.
Methinks two stems are in order here, and building with long enough cables to go with a stem change after you ride.
So, to make it simple, I have a 56cm Turbo. I can make it yours.
You build it for you, ride it, modify it for your brother and leave it.
Or take 2 bikes.
We'd forgive you not riding an Ironman because, well, it's a Turbo.

A short stem for you and a longer one for your brother?
You could go quill and re-do one side of the bars to swap, or a quill adapter and just swap modern stems.

It's not the TT length I am worried about. I think that can be worked out. I have a Zoom adjustable stem I could use. Or I could put one of those threadless headsets on like on the IM up thread. The issue would be if a 56 ST is to short. Anyway, we have time. Here's the good news if it happens. They have some acreage in the country. We can probably have a big a$$ shindig at their house instead of settling on a restaurant. They like to host.

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Originally Posted by seypat
It's not the TT length I am worried about. I think that can be worked out. I have a Zoom adjustable stem I could use. Or I could put one of those threadless headsets on like on the IM up thread. The issue would be if a 56 ST is to short. Anyway, we have time. Here's the good news if it happens. They have some acreage in the country. We can probably have a big a$$ shindig at their house instead of settling on a restaurant. They like to host.
Seats posts come from 160mm to 400mm. Something surely works.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Of course, if we do this HNH thing next year, I've got to build another Ironman for my girl.
About 1 day after picking up a 48cm Merckx Corsa Extra.
Of course, I know where a 48cm MV is.

I'm thinking if... a commemorative jersey.
The design of the '89 Centurion jersey, with a bunch of the colors instead .
Sort of a technicolor vomit color scheme.
BTW, you need to send some OOH-RAH mojo my way. I have the MCM virtual tomorrow. Then the Richmond Marathon on 11/7 instead of the 14th. I bought some cheapish SPD shoes/pedals to try out. I can't really start testing them until I get through the marathon stretch. I'll see how they work after that.
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Originally Posted by seypat
BTW, you need to send some OOH-RAH mojo my way. I have the MCM virtual tomorrow. Then the Richmond Marathon on 11/7 instead of the 14th. I bought some cheapish SPD shoes/pedals to try out. I can't really start testing them until I get through the marathon stretch. I'll see how they work after that.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
Attitude is Everything.
Know the Right Thing: Yourself.
Adapt. Overcome.
Pain is Weakness saying goodbye.
Do NOT let your mind fool you into quitting.
Quitting is a mark in the sand. Cross it.
Feed off others' lack of will.
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This is the "another day" you saved yourself for.
You are expendable. Your honor is not.
Forget yourself. Help the fallen. That's why you're here.
If not you, then who?

And last but not least: "Anyone can drive home with a broken leg."

Now get out there.
"Anyone can drive home on a broken leg."
That's motivation right there! That's what I was looking for. I think I'm ready now. I did have to go through West Point and Christchurch Va earlier this week. I could feel Chesty's presence. In Christchurch there seemed to be a faint, haunting "one more" coming from somewhere.
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Originally Posted by seypat
It's not the TT length I am worried about. I think that can be worked out. I have a Zoom adjustable stem I could use. Or I could put one of those threadless headsets on like on the IM up thread. The issue would be if a 56 ST is to short. Anyway, we have time. Here's the good news if it happens. They have some acreage in the country. We can probably have a big a$$ shindig at their house instead of settling on a restaurant. They like to host.
Hmm, maybe I can talk my boys into playing. Hey, hey, the blues is alright.
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SiL and I did a faster 26 mile run today, 20.6 average downwind and back.
Lotsa headwind.
Afterwards, he asked “what was that yellow bike you rode today?”
Yeah.
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Originally Posted by seypat
Question for the board. What is the TT length on a 54cm IM?

What does IM nation think? You think the 56 is a good size for a 5'11" rider?
I'm 5'11.5" and I might be on a 54cm '86 IM. Are they CTC or CTT? Top tube is 21", top joint to top joint.

The stock seatpost has the numbering on it, seems to be CM of insertion left. I'm at "1".

I think the adjustable stem is a great idea. Between that and the post you've got quite a bit of adjustment. And someone coming from a MTB might want the bars higher and closer.
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Originally Posted by rccardr
SiL and I did a faster 26 mile run today, 20.6 average downwind and back.
Lotsa headwind.
Afterwards, he asked “what was that yellow bike you rode today?”
Yeah.
IRONMAN.
OK, I feel dumb, but what does SiL mean? The pronoun doesn't match Sister-in-law.
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Mission accomplished. OOH-RAH!

My guess is Son In Law.
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OK, now you folks have me trolling CL for bikes. Found a nice Ironman with Shimano 600 for $500 in LA, if anyone is interested. (I was looking for a bike for tall co-worker, and this came up. Not the right size, unfortunately.)
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Originally Posted by seypat
Mission accomplished. OOH-RAH!

My guess is Son In Law.
Correct, sir.
His entire family has been bike-centric since he was a kid. Now he is 38 & we were evenly matched for a few years when he was out of shape.
He and my daughter started doing spin classes three and four times a week two years ago.
That was bad enough.
Then they acquired a Peloton bike a year ago and have been using it four and five times weekly.
Now I struggle to get ahead of him.
On the other hand, I’m 31 years older.
So...there’s that.
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