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Old 08-03-16, 07:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
Does anyone know what I'm doing wrong uploading pictures? Selecting "Insert Image" asks for a URL (not allowing me to select the file on my hard drive), and adding attachments doesn't seem to allow opening them full size. How do I embed larger pictures?
Upload your photos to flickr and then get a URL from there. They offer a variety of sizes.
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You need to put your photos on a web-based hosting site like Flickr or Photobucket etc. and grab the url from there, then insert it using the icon on the task bar that looks like a picture of a mountain.
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Originally Posted by due ruote
You need to put your photos on a web-based hosting site like Flickr or Photobucket etc. and grab the url from there, then insert it using the icon on the task bar that looks like a picture of a mountain.
That is definitely not working for me. I get URLs from OneDrive and Amazon Photo Storage that work in emails and browsers but when I enter them in a message using the "Insert Image" button (looks like a mountain) it does not pull it in. Others are obviously having success.
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Jeff Neese, Howdy;

Take some time and open a photobucket account (free), there are several tutorials available to help you
get your pix posted.

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Work-in-progress; girlfriend's bike. Bad non-DS photo.
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Wondering if I need to get the bars back and up a bit to get the balance and handling right?

I notice that very short stems and high placement seems to be typical of these conversions; I honestly haven't really 'done my research', just experimenting after she suggested that this bike would work for a little bike trip we've been planning...but that she'd prefer if it could be outfitted with drops to allow multiple/different hand positions relative to the flat bar that was on there.

Still need to do some work on this, neglected on my busy 'weekend' this Monday & Tuesday, despite my best intentions.
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Originally Posted by mikemowbz
Work-in-progress; girlfriend's bike. Bad non-DS photo.
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Wondering if I need to get the bars back and up a bit to get the balance and handling right?

I notice that very short stems and high placement seems to be typical of these conversions; I honestly haven't really 'done my research', just experimenting after she suggested that this bike would work for a little bike trip we've been planning...but that she'd prefer if it could be outfitted with drops to allow multiple/different hand positions relative to the flat bar that was on there.

Still need to do some work on this, neglected on my busy 'weekend' this Monday & Tuesday, despite my best intentions.
You might want to have a look at this post:

https://www.bikeforums.net/18391417-post4617.html

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Originally Posted by hankaye
Jeff Neese, Howdy;

Take some time and open a photobucket account (free), there are several tutorials available to help you
get your pix posted.

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I've tried Flickr, Amazon, and OneDrive, and with both Firefox and Edge. The link provided by the photo-sharing sites is viewable when sent via email, or as a direct link in a browser. Yet they do not embed a picture for me. I can't believe I'm the only one having this problem.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
I've tried Flickr, Amazon, and OneDrive, and with both Firefox and Edge. The link provided by the photo-sharing sites is viewable when sent via email, or as a direct link in a browser. Yet they do not embed a picture for me. I can't believe I'm the only one having this problem.
On Flickr, go to your photo's page.
Hit the arrow on the bottom right that has the "Share Photo" tooltip when you hover over it.
Then select the BBCode option and choose your size. Copy the code it spits out.
In your Bike Forums text box, hit the little yellow picture of the mountain (has an "Insert Image" tooltip when you hover). Paste the code into that box. You're good to go.
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread
On Flickr, go to your photo's page.
Hit the arrow on the bottom right that has the "Share Photo" tooltip when you hover over it.
Then select the BBCode option and choose your size. Copy the code it spits out.
In your Bike Forums text box, hit the little yellow picture of the mountain (has an "Insert Image" tooltip when you hover). Paste the code into that box. You're good to go.
Actually, if you copy the BBcode from Flickr, you just paste it directly into the textarea for the post. The Insert Image button is for when you just have the URL for the pic.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Actually, if you copy the BBcode from Flickr, you just paste it directly into the textarea for the post. The Insert Image button is for when you just have the URL for the pic.
Woops, yep! Only need to use the Insert Image button if you just have a URL.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
I succeeded in getting photos included in my post (the 1989 Trek 970) but is it now true that if I delete the photos from Flickr, they disappear from the message? I have to keep these photos out there forever on Flickr?
That's correct.
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Jeff Neese, Howdy;

Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
I succeeded in getting photos included in my post (the 1989 Trek 970) but is it now true that if I delete the photos from Flickr, they disappear from the message? I have to keep these photos out there forever on Flickr?
Good to see you got your pix posted
Yep, either forever or until you decide to move on ...

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Originally Posted by superstring
You might want to have a look at this post:

https://www.bikeforums.net/18391417-post4617.html

HTH
Thanks! That's super helpful in getting to the crux of what I have to think about here.

I'm gonna mock it up as is, do some testing, and sub a shorter stem/higher bar position/more setback into the mix as needed from there. We'll see how it goes, and I'll post some better pics when it all comes together.
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My Bridgestone MB-4

Road it to work today, first time with drop bar and brifters. Fun!
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Originally Posted by Insidious C.
Road it to work today, first time with drop bar and brifters. Fun!
Great conversion. By the way, which front derailleur did you go with? I wasn't getting reliable shifting on the front with RSX brifter and XT FD-M730 set up, so I ended up going with bar end shifter in the front.
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese
I've tried Flickr, Amazon, and OneDrive, and with both Firefox and Edge. The link provided by the photo-sharing sites is viewable when sent via email, or as a direct link in a browser. Yet they do not embed a picture for me. I can't believe I'm the only one having this problem.
You are not the only one. I used to be able to post photos before the "upgrade".

I pay the fee to use the site as well, so it's not like I'm a free-rider expecting lots of storage space.

I'm not a luddite, but pasting bb code fails as well.

Seems like the owners of Bike Forums should/could post a tutorial on how to utilize the product they are selling.
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I use Photobucket. Copy the IMG code and paste here. Works like a charm.
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Originally Posted by BigSung
By the way, which front derailleur did you go with? I wasn't getting reliable shifting on the front with RSX brifter and XT FD-M730 set up, so I ended up going with bar end shifter in the front.
I haven't crossed that bridge yet as there are other issues with brifters that have me stuck in the middle chain ring anyway. I also have RSX 3x7 brifters on my Randonee, which I think has a STX FD.
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Before and after. A friend picked this up for me one state away one year ago. Still need to add the racks, fenders, and lights.


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That Panasonic is hot!

This would be the easy way out but still look excellent imo.

Okay, you can't say I don't know how to take suggestions. Also found a matching bottle cage. I must say I really like how it looks. I'd commute everyday on this thing if it were mine. My friend took it home today, and plans to ride it in the Cowbelle Classic at the end of this month. It's a cool bike...I hope it works out for her!

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^ Beauty! Well done! Hope your lady friend appreciates your efforts!
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^^Wow, that turned out awesome. Love the color combo.
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'90 Specialized RockHopper Sport

Conversion finally done on the '90 Specialized RockHopper Sport. I ended up doing double the amount work as I decided to reroute the bar end shifter cables under the bars at the last minute after watching a write up on it. It was more work (more money too as I had to use new shifter cables and housings), but I think it turned out well...much cleaner look. Weight came in at 25.9 lbs. It's a bit heavier than I had hoped, but it rides well.
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BigSung, Howdy;

Great looking bike! Very clean lines, well done.
Please follow-up with a how well it fits and works for you
and what improvements you might consider making, if any.

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Originally Posted by hankaye
BigSung, Howdy;

Great looking bike! Very clean lines, well done.
Please follow-up with a how well it fits and works for you
and what improvements you might consider making, if any.

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It's my second conversion, so I kind knew what I wanted on this one. The RH has slightly longer effective top tube versus my Cimarron. In order to negate it, I got a shorter stem (70mm vs. 90mm - both are 35 degree rise); however, the shorter stem has the effect of lowering the bar slightly. To compensate for that I got a taller threadless stem converter. The end result is that my bar position is slightly higher providing a bit more upright riding position. Since my Cimarron is playing a CX (cyclocross) duties, I like the lower position of the bar for the climbing the hills. The RH will be more of road/commute type of riding, so I prefer the more upright riding position. As for improvements, I selectively chose the components. They are a bit heavier than the components on my Cimarron, but I am ok with it...and I like the old XT stuff anyways. The only change in the near future will be to put a koolstop MTB pads. I debated a long time about going with either Cantis or mini-V-brakes. Since I went with Cantis, I will just improve the grab by putting the koolstop pads. One another possible change might be to go with Schwalbe CX Pro tires, but this bike won't see much ride time as it will be a backup bike for when I visit my dad. I have been taking my bike down everytime I head down to see him. Now I won't have to
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