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Old 02-10-18, 02:52 PM
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Originally Posted by lost_in_endicot View Post
That's a real beauty! Are those Brooks panniers? They look great!
Thanks! The panniers were ordered from MEC last year and are MEC branded. They are a heavy cotton type material and seem to be very well made. At a sale price of $59 CDN they are much, much cheaper than Brooks and they look great on vintage bikes.
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Old 02-11-18, 08:52 AM
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Maybe the OP thinks the "old people" ride trikes ?
If I have to ride a trike then its going to be option #2
option #1

option #2
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Old 02-11-18, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by browngw View Post
Thanks! The panniers were ordered from MEC last year and are MEC branded. They are a heavy cotton type material and seem to be very well made. At a sale price of $59 CDN they are much, much cheaper than Brooks and they look great on vintage bikes.
Nice deal. They look very nice on your bike.
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Old 02-12-18, 06:32 AM
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This is kind of a test to see if I can display a picture ... but, it's my Surly Disc Trucker which I use for tours, gravel, and when my "regular" road bike (Trek Domane) is in for maintenance.

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Old 02-12-18, 06:36 AM
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Ok, simple pleasures get me excited ... my previous picture post worked ... in any event, between my Surly Disc Trucker and Trek Domane, I'm all about comfort - speed is just not in the mix for me. Swapped out the stock saddles for the Brooks B17 ... for me, this was a case where the positive hype worked out to be true.
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Old 02-12-18, 10:39 AM
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Old 02-12-18, 10:49 AM
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Nice bike, looks like you ride it a lot.
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Old 02-13-18, 05:53 PM
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Doesn't really qualify as a bike, but I have mentioned riding this in winter.
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Old 02-14-18, 11:10 AM
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I started a new job on Monday, and I'm riding the 6-1/2 miles each way to work and back. Here it is locked up on campus this morning.

It's a 1974 Raleigh International. I bought it as a frame and fork and painted it by hand and built it up with new and used components. It has a dynamo front hub which powers the headlight and one of the tail lights. I'm running 32mm tires.

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Old 02-14-18, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I started a new job on Monday, and I'm riding the 6-1/2 miles each way to work and back. Here it is locked up on campus this morning.

It's a 1974 Raleigh International. I bought it as a frame and fork and painted it by hand and built it up with new and used components. It has a dynamo front hub which powers the headlight and one of the tail lights. I'm running 32mm tires.
That is one sweet ride, Tom.

Two questions though: No fenders/mudguards? What do you do about splash/skunk-stripe?

On my bikes w/o fenders, I use a rear rack with a solid center section or deck and just leave the front alone.


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Old 02-14-18, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider View Post
That is one sweet ride, Tom.

Two questions though: No fenders/mudguards? What do you do about splash/skunk-stripe?

On my bikes w/o fenders, I use a rear rack with a solid center section or deck and just leave the front alone.


I've been meaning to add fenders for a while. I just raised the rack this week, so that should be possible now. Skunk stripe is pretty nasty.
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Old 02-14-18, 02:02 PM
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Just posted a pic in the Intro section ... might as well post it here too while its in my clipboard. Its not as cool as Tom's vintage Raleigh, but I get to lock mine up in an employee-only stairwell on campus.

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Old 02-15-18, 01:13 PM
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My new ride! It bridges the gap between my old Trek 700 Multitrack and my titanium Litespeed Vortex.

Meet Mr. Pink from All-City. Today was his inaugural ride. Despite posing him in the snow, we didn't ride in the snow, we stayed on the roads. But Mr. Pink has an affinity for snow because he ordered the day that our record-tying 9 days of measurable snow streak started and was picked up during our big snowstorm last Friday.
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Old 02-18-18, 07:36 PM
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Here's my latest build. and current ride. Rock Hopper Comp. Fenders, 1.5" road tires, spd/flat pedals, North Road bars, Ergo grips wrapped with cloth tape and a bell. Feeling very Grant Peterson-ish. Really liking the ride of it. Plus, I've got an old C6 neck fracture that's becoming a problem, and the upright position will let me ride without pain. Low bars are not an option if I want to continue. Same on my motorcycles. From Ducati to Gran Tourismo Vespa. Get up right....
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Old 02-19-18, 01:40 PM
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I've been putting the finishing touches on bringing this 1974 Motobecane Grand Touring back from the dead. My dad bought it new in 1974, and it's been hanging from the garage ceiling since 1981. Suntour V-GT Luxe derailleurs, DiaCompe SuperCompe brakes, and Weinmann 27"x1.25" wheels. Lot's of elbow grease, new tires, tubes, wheel strips, bar tape, hood covers, brake pads, bearing and cable lubrication, and a lot of mink oil on the old suede saddle-I think it can be saved if I don't keep the suede nap.

I'm still getting the bike dialed in, but here's a few shots of it as it neared completion. The seat angle and stem height were still being worked on, but it rides really nice. I normally ride a 2013 Fuji Absolute hybrid but this will be taking some of it's miles.

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Just what I needed, yet another bike.

This Bianchi came as a part payment for a 3 wheeled trailer I am building for him.

Since the frame is my size, and in good shape, I will set it up to fit, and keep it around for a while.

I won't be using the Bars, stem, levers or shifters. They will be added to the "Can't bear to toss them" bin.
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1974 Grand Touring

Love your Motobecane. I've got a 1976 hanging from my ceiling, too. Just wondering if you needed to restore the paint and decals and, if so, how you did that. Mine are not as pretty as yours, but I would like to do what you have done. Any advice?
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Old 02-26-18, 10:28 AM
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headlight-season commuter (This picture is Thursday morning's ride). I see it's facing the wrong way; it is geared 1x9 with a downtube shifter
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My 2017 Trek DS3 w/ some aftermarket ergo goodies:



and my wife's 2017 Trek Neko 2, also w/ some aftermarket stuff:

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I ride this new Giant Sedona now, and love it....and the Trek 920 for Blue Ridge Mountain forest roads is ordered.
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HAndlebar manufacturer and model please

Specifically the one on the Raleigh Wyoming please. IS it a Nitto Northroads?
Great builds by the way, you inspired me to do what I can to a 1985 Peugeot I have and a newer Arvon Stacey custom build I own (and have posted earlier in this thread)

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OK, I'll jump in here because I've been building bikes for the older rider for the past three years now.

My M.O. is to take a medium to high tier lugged steel frame and build it so I can ride it comfortably. I am 54 years old with many broken bones, including my back, from motorcycle road-racing crashes. So I like to sit a bit more upright than drop-bars allow.

Having spent many years on motorcycles, I don't mind a single hand position, as long as it is optimal and well-supported ergonomically. So here are some of the bikes I have built to this formula:















The point being that you can convert any bike you own into an easy-riding steed with just a few judicious mods. The only thing standing in your way is the opinions of other people on the value of your bike. Unless you plan to flip it, build it like you want it. Simple, huh?


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Specifically the one on the Raleigh Wyoming please. IS it a Nitto Northroads?
Great builds by the way, you inspired me to do what I can to a 1985 Peugeot I have and a newer Arvon Stacey custom build I own (and have posted earlier in this thread).
Well, I guess here is where I give up one of my secrets...

https://harriscyclery.net/product/ac...ilver-4988.htm

(For about half the price of a Nitto Northroads.)

I think they look better upside-down than right-side-up.


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My got-to place for info, but I didnt find it on this occasion
My grateful thanks!

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Well, I guess here is where I give up one of my secrets...

https://harriscyclery.net/product/ac...ilver-4988.htm

(For about half the price of a Nitto Northroads.)

I think they look better upside-down than right-side-up.


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1974 Motobecane Grand Touring or a 2013 Fuji Absolute 2.1 Hybrid
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