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Old 08-16-13, 03:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Aemmer
That is a very nice bike. Good job.
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Old 08-16-13, 05:55 AM
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Thanks, it is absolutely one of my favorites to ride and admire. Everything is era correct outside of the pedals.
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Originally Posted by Aemmer


Most of the parts on the Ritchey were selected more for function and comfort with a heavy emphasis on what was in the parts bin already. Someday I will give it a proper build when the right donor bike comes along.
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(and one can never have too many Ritchey's in the quiver).
What a bust T., sorry to hear about the header, I hope all is improving! I flipped over the bars a few weeks back and I'm experiencing the same discomfort in my shoulder, mildly down my arm, and fairly intensely in my right hand. The therapist at sports medicine said it would fade and return to normal but I've come to accept that I have numbness in my hand and shifting the rear derailleur and grabbing a handful of brakes are big issues. The only bike I'm comfortable on has an On One Midge bar with DKG Shift-Ease mounts and XT pods. I'm thankful I recently finished the build as I'm not comfortable right now on Ritchey Bio-Max road bars (those have proven to be the most comfy road bar I've ever ridden) nor any form of flat/riser h'bar. I thought I was finished... thank goodness not!



I gotta say... I wish I had the luxury of what's in your parts bin!!!
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Old 08-16-13, 08:19 AM
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I've always known this as 'Green Laning'
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Old 08-16-13, 08:53 AM
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Old 08-16-13, 06:30 PM
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This Triplecross has been a work in progress since I built it up from a frame and fork to ride with my kids on farm roads. It's been posted here a dozen or so times over the years, but I think it's finished (well, maybe fenders in the spring.....)









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Originally Posted by top506
This Triplecross has been a work in progress since I built it up from a frame and fork to ride with my kids on farm roads. It's been posted here a dozen or so times over the years, but I think it's finished (well, maybe fenders in the spring.....)









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Good morning top506,

Your Miyata looks like it would be a blast to ride... super solid, great handling, and quick! Please let me know what shift mounts you're running on your Triplecross, I'm looking for a mount just like that to run some down tube shifters up near the brake levers but I'm not interested in bar end shifters.

Thanks!

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Old 08-19-13, 11:11 AM
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Give me some SPD pedals and I think I would enjoy wearing out that Triple-Cross!

Miyata being one of my favorite brands, their durability continues to impress.
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Old 08-19-13, 02:24 PM
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Originally Posted by neo_pop_71
Good morning top506,

Please let me know what shift mounts you're running on your Triplecross, I'm looking for a mount just like that to run some down tube shifters up near the brake levers but I'm not interested in bar end shifters.
Kelly take-Off shifter mounts:

https://kellybike.com/2nd_xtra_takeoff.html

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Give me some SPD pedals and I think I would enjoy wearing out that Triple-Cross!

Miyata being one of my favorite brands, their durability continues to impress.
That's one of three Miyatas in the fleet. If (God forbid!) I was restricted to one bike it would be the Triplecross. It's been on slickrock at Moab, the rim of the Grand Canyon, all up and down the east coast, and on every cowpath and dirt road within 50 miles of here. I'll ride the Dirt Road Rando in central MA on it next August.

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I'll play... Just built it up Tuesday this week. Kind of a temporary build just to get the feel for it..
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Originally Posted by simpleton.
I'll play... Just built it up Tuesday this week. Kind of a temporary build just to get the feel for it..
Dang - that's a really nice looking bike. Nice job!
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Old 08-30-13, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by scozim
Dang - that's a really nice looking bike. Nice job!
+1 first class! Just needs a bottle cage.

[edit] also, can I have that road when you're done with it?

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Old 08-30-13, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by due ruote
+1 first class! Just needs a bottle cage.
Agreed.

Looks great.

@Op What tires are you running?
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Originally Posted by simpleton.
I'll play... Just built it up Tuesday this week. Kind of a temporary build just to get the feel for it..
Very nice! I can see this being a very capable gravel grinder.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Agreed.

Looks great.

@Op What tires are you running?
I'm running a Specialized Captin 35c in the back and a Specialized Trigger 34c up front.. it's the only thing I have that'll fit.. Any suggestions? I think I can fit a 38c... I tried my Schwalbe Marathon XR's and Clement Xpolr MSO's both in 40c but thet were a tick to big....So close.
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[edit] also, can I have that road when you're done with it?[/QUOTE]

Come on out!
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Originally Posted by simpleton.
I'm running a Specialized Captin 35c in the back and a Specialized Trigger 34c up front.. it's the only thing I have that'll fit.. Any suggestions? I think I can fit a 38c... I tried my Schwalbe Marathon XR's and Clement Xpolr MSO's both in 40c but thet were a tick to big....So close.
Many to choose from and I have so many that I have tried.

If the gravel is more hard packed like it is here, I roll with Challenge Alamanzos or Eroicas.

They changed the Eroica name to Strada Bianca recently.

They are all top shelf, no doubt. They are getting kinda spendy, but if you are patient you can catch a sale.

If the gravel is a little loose or sandy in spots, try a Kenda Small Block 8.

Great tires for many conditions and they are much wider than the others mentioned.

I also recently ordered Kenda Slant 6s for my Merckx Alu Cross, so we'll have to wait and see how they work out.
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Originally Posted by simpleton.
[edit] also, can I have that road when you're done with it?
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Yeah, no kidding! That looks like a sweet dirt road. In general, I've noticed that a well-packed and graded dirt road is actually a lot smoother overall than broken/patched pavement. The dirt in that photo is so smooth it looks like even a road bike with 23mm tires would do just fine.
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Mine, a 1988 Peugeot Triathlon. The tube wrapping the top tube covers the model name... I hate that term for some reason Stronglight 49d cranks, 105 derailers, DC centerpulls, original CTA bars and stem, Brooks Team Prof saddle that I stole from my dad and an unfortunate Easter egg color. Fits like a glove, though, and has plenty of room for bigger tires & fenders. I want to do the Pittsburgh-DC trail on it eventually but have to de-fat and un-weak a bit first.

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simpleton, I love your RB-T.
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Originally Posted by simpleton.
I'll play... Just built it up Tuesday this week. Kind of a temporary build just to get the feel for it..
Beautiful bike! Well done! Here's mine. The paint was trashed, thus the powercoat.

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Beautiful bike! Well done! Here's mine. The paint was trashed, thus the powercoat.
Don't like the color but like the bike, well done!
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I like that, RFC. There's something simple about it. What is it, and what are the tires?
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I like that, RFC. There's something simple about it. What is it, and what are the tires?
Thanks! It's a 91 RB-T. The tires are 37mm Paselas.
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