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Old 05-16-17, 05:27 PM
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Got my first Apidura bag thanks to @c.miller64.

The plan is to get a matching saddle bag and maybe a bar bag for bikepacking and hammock camping.

Beautiful! If you can wait until July, I'll give you a good deal on my saddle pack. The Trans Am will be a one-and-done for me.
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Old 05-19-17, 12:07 PM
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Participating in this thread in honor of my 60th birthday next week. I guess old sneaks up on you, even though the increasing aches and pains, and the decreasing stamina is more than just a hint.

1994 Murray 10 speed.

Even though it is an old cheap discount store bicycle, I enjoy riding it. I plan to upgrade to a Trek DS3 or a Giant Roam 1 at the end of the season (or in the Spring) when they discount leftover the 2017 models.
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Old 05-20-17, 04:33 PM
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SRAM Rival Wifli 2x10, FSA Vero compact 50/34, IRD QB75 bottom bracket, FSA Gossamer brakes, Mavic CXP33 rims, Ultegra hubs, 11-32, Rubino Pro graphene 28s, Thomson post, Nitto bar.


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Old 05-20-17, 06:52 PM
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Originally Posted by skidder View Post
"Bucket list" project bike. I always wanted to try building a bicycle from a bare frame, so I finally bought a frame and did it. Its a Nashbar CX frame with a no-name steel fork. I put the headset in myself ('redneck' method found on the web based on using an all-thread and nuts). Have ridden it about 100 miles and adjusted a few things (seat and handlebars). Not the lightest bicycle, but comfy.



Nashbar frame - its supposed to be a 60cm, but really more like a 54-56 with the short headtube, so needed a lot of spacers and an adjustable stem. It rides nice, but Nashbar is a little disingenuous selling these things as 60CM.
Your saddle seems to be slanted forward quite a bit. Is this an optical illusion? Is this something you did intentionally? If so, please elaborate and/or explain. If it's just a perception on my part that is drastically incorrect, please forgive me.
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Old 05-20-17, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by c.miller64 View Post
Beautiful! If you can wait until July, I'll give you a good deal on my saddle pack. The Trans Am will be a one-and-done for me.
Send a PM. I'll be interested.
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Old 05-21-17, 09:44 AM
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For post 1554 from Greyhound*: The picture was taken just after I got it all together. The saddle tilt and handlebars have been adjusted, its got a bar-end shifter on it for the RD rather than the cheap 'thumbie' that's partially hidden (no FD, at least not yet), and a rear rack. I've been riding it regularly, longest ride so far is about 30 miles, and its working great.

* = BF software wouldn't let me use the 'quote' function - it does that in some sub-forums, not on others; weird. . .
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Old 05-21-17, 09:06 PM
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Old 05-22-17, 07:35 AM
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Here's my fixie



...and my '83 Raleigh Super Course


They've been getting most of the miles lately.
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Old 06-05-17, 09:04 AM
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2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 hybrid (I turned 50 in mid-May).



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Old 06-08-17, 06:42 AM
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Been a while since I updated, here is the latest addition, Its a 1986 Tommasini Prestige, Columbus SL tubing, complete Campagnolo Super Record group, Mavic GP4 36h rims, Vittoria Rally 700X25 sew ups, Selle San Marco Concor Superlegera saddle, Cinelli 1A 90mm stem, and 3ttt 42cm bars, Tour de France bend. Formerly the frame was owned by member Flash2070, acquired through eBay last January (seller "stantheman", highly recommended seller) and built up from components located from various sources.
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Old 06-08-17, 08:16 AM
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53 and everything in this album I ride except for the Huffy:

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Old 06-09-17, 07:18 PM
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Old 06-10-17, 05:54 AM
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how do you like those aero bars? are they bolt on? when / where do you use them?
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Old 06-10-17, 09:45 AM
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how do you like those aero bars? are they bolt on? when / where do you use them?
They're ok. I liked them better 30 years ago when I was a little more flexible and the body was more foregiving. Yes, they're bolt ons. I mainly use them if I've got a strong head wind or coasting down an incline, or I want to take the pressure off my wrists for a bit.
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Old 06-11-17, 06:40 PM
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Any thing that does not have dropped bars they are the worst thing ever just try climbing a big hill with drop bars it will not work I took the drop bars off my two Schwinn varsity s and threw them in the trash I damaged my left wrist from those pos bars
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Old 06-12-17, 10:25 AM
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Life is way too short to own anything crappy - so, I bought the Porsche of all MTBs:
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Old 06-12-17, 01:36 PM
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Any thing that does have dropped bars they are the best thing ever. Just try climbing a big hill with drop bars it works best.
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Not so much the drop bar, but the bar crawls always slow me down...
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Old 06-13-17, 01:43 AM
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This thing, as of last week. 1989 Centurion Ironman Expert. More like Ironneck Explode.

My neck still isn't sure we'll get along (old injuries and C2 damage). I'll give it a few weeks while I'm working on neck and back strength and flexibility. I raised the stem to the limit mark and tilted the bar back a bit to make the hoods easier to reach.





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Usually I prefer the Unibagel. It's comfy and I can sit up like a proper citizen.

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Old 06-13-17, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
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YMMV
If you are posting to this thread (over 50 y/o) and are still bendy enough to ride comfortably in drops, congratulations! It seems you have either avoided serious injury or been very, very lucky.



Then there are those of us who grew bored merely flirting with "the edge"; plunging into the unknown to find out exactly where that sucker is. Broken but unbowed, we sit tall and proud in the saddle; for now we know, without a doubt, what lies at the intersection of physics and physiology.


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Old 06-13-17, 07:39 AM
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This anti drop bar stuff puzzles me. I'm 63, been riding drops for 30+years and so does everyone I know, including riders into their 80s.

I never heard anyone rail against drops until the stuff on this forum, and I'm a member of a club with 500 members.

As I've become older and fatter I've raised the bars but still want the multiple positions afforded by drops, especially when chasing people or when it's windy.
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Old 06-13-17, 08:17 AM
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This anti drop bar stuff puzzles me. I'm 63, been riding drops for 30+years and so does everyone I know, including riders into their 80s.

I never heard anyone rail against drops until the stuff on this forum, and I'm a member of a club with 500 members.

As I've become older and fatter I've raised the bars but still want the multiple positions afforded by drops, especially when chasing people or when it's windy.
Alas, I fear I have cast my literary pearls before... er, um, people who don't get pearls.

What I was alluding to is the fact that some of us have suffered injuries that prevent us from riding comfortably in drops, that's all. I have nothing against them per se; in fact they usually look better than most other types of handlebar, and the aerodynamic advantage is well understood.

So now when I am riding slowly along, sitting up in the wind like a small parachute, I can take solace in the fact that I once knew what real speed is, and that discovery changed me forever.

Or something...
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If you are posting to this thread (over 50 y/o) and are still bendy enough to ride comfortably in drops, congratulations! It seems you have either avoided serious injury or been very, very lucky.
Or both.
I try not to take risks in any traffic, and when contemplating pushing beyond my limits (which is not good for one's body) I ride for tomorrow's hard ride.

Actually i prefer to post in the 65+ thread and Pub51, but it's a lonely place lately.

edit: anyone who can touch or almost touch their toes without pain can ride flat backed in the drops, it's not bending but proper saddle and rolling hips. Dump your Brooks B17. Actually, i was just poking a bit of fun at stingray66's post. Everyone should just ride with a smile on their face - best for all.

....who really knows what tomorrow brings, maybe new direction for my soul and things!

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Old 06-13-17, 08:42 AM
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...What I was alluding to is the fact that some of us have suffered injuries that prevent us from riding comfortably in drops, that's all. I have nothing against them per se; in fact they usually look better than most other types of handlebar, and the aerodynamic advantage is well understood.

So now when I am riding slowly along, sitting up in the wind like a small parachute, I can take solace in the fact that I once knew what real speed is, and that discovery changed me forever.

Or something...
This. I'd love to be able to comfortably ride drops again. And as of last week I'm trying, after two years back in the saddle.

But a busted up back and neck and splintered C2 vertebrae will have a sting or two to say about the issue.
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