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Old 03-28-18, 12:41 PM
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A little known secret: stem shifters are nice.
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Here's my latest acquisition. An '88 Centurion Carbon Ironman. Loving the ride.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
A little known secret: stem shifters are nice.
Yeah they are, but Thumbies are where it's at. (...see what I did there?)




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Old 03-28-18, 02:39 PM
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..... just wondering why you (@browngw) chose stem shifters over downtube. But no matter, it's all good - a beauty.
There are lots of reasons I chose stem shifters for this bike but the main reason is I simply like them.


I used 70s Suntour derailleurs and I had no Suntour DT shifters or bar ends available therefore it seemed logical to use Suntour stem shifters from the bin.


They were free.


They are more "aero" (no wind tunnel testing, yet)


I'm thankful people are enjoying seeing the old Dilecta but while out riding today I was shocked to see the front wheel on backwards. The first thought that came to mind was "did I post it on BF like that"! (yes)
My biggest gratification is the superb ride and feel. Todays riding buddy traded his carbon bike for a spell and commented how lively and fun the ride was. That's when you know a build is successful.
Cheers all. Now I have to go flip that front wheel around.
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
a little known secret: Stem shifters are nice.
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Old 03-29-18, 07:52 AM
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I'm 55, pretty new to the forum but not to cycling. I've owned quite a few bikes over the years, had nearly 20 at one time. But it got a little tiresome storing and maintaining all of them, and some really great bikes just weren't getting ridden enough so I did a lot of downsizing. Right now I have three mtbs and 3 roadish bikes. And one on the way, so to speak!

I am a little bi-polar in my preferences-I like my moutain bikes pretty cutting edge for the most part, and my road bikes pretty traditional. (I don't race on either, never have, never wanted to)

This is my oldest bike-it's beautiful and rides great, suits me very well for mainly-paved riding. It also has considerable sentimental value and I'll probably never part with it. 1999 Rivendell Rambouillet:




My current gravel bike will likely soon be replaced (it will be sold or repurposed) I have a Jamis Escapade coming that I hope will b a bit more modern (disc brakes!) and versatile. Me and my Rivendell-inspired, custom-made Quiring 650 all-road:



My commuter/townie is a Kogswell PR. It's a solid, front load biased, tour-ey sort of thing. It or the Quiring will likely be sold once I add the Jamis:



From oldest to newest, my mountain bikes. First, my first cusom-made bike, a 650b-wheeled Curtlo Softail. I had it made when 27.5" was still 650b and was so new there just weren't many options around besides custom. I got it in 2009



I've ridden mostly full suspension bikes since I first got into trail riding, starting with my 1996 Profles 756. This is my latest and best, a Santa Cruz 5010. Also, my first ever carbon bike:



And my most recent bike, an Otso Voytek Fatbike-this replaced my first fatty, a 1st generation Salsa Mukluk that I got in 2011.

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Welcome 5teve! A common story we have. I also have a Rivendell, albeit 650b Bleriot, a Kogswell, albeit a 26" Mixte, and have a designated winter Fat Bike. Lookin' good!
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
Welcome, @5teve!
Thankyou!

Originally Posted by fixedweasel View Post
Welcome 5teve! A common story we have. I also have a Rivendell, albeit 650b Bleriot, a Kogswell, albeit a 26" Mixte, and have a designated winter Fat Bike. Lookin' good!
Heh, well cool! My first 650b bike was a Saluki from the first batch they made. I liked the idea right away and jumped right in! Most of my bikes since have sported the same wheel diameter...
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Old 04-05-18, 02:51 PM
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Just finished getting this "barn find" road ready (new tubes and tires, brake pads, bartape and quite a bit of grease) for my twelve-year-old daughter. She just took it for a test ride and I'm very pleased to say that it passed muster.
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Old 04-05-18, 10:03 PM
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Purchased a new bike at 72, a 2018 Trek FX S4:


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Old 04-06-18, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by northtexas View Post
Purchased a new bike at 72, a 2018 Trek FX S4:



Congrats.


Have you just returned to riding after a number of years away?


Good to see that kickstand too, dunno how people live without them on a "utility" bike.
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Congrats.


Have you just returned to riding after a number of years away?


Good to see that kickstand too, dunno how people live without them on a "utility" bike.


No, I've been riding 15-20 miles three times a week since I retired in 2002. Bicycle Inc. here in Texas was running a spring sale so I traded in my Trek 7.5 FX for this model because I wanted the hydraulic disc brakes.

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No, I've been riding 15-20 miles three times a week since I retired in 2002. Bicycle Inc. here in Texas was running a spring sale so I traded in my Trek 7.5 FX for this model because I wanted the hydraulic disc brakes.
Ahhhh okay.

If you were just returning, I would have said that you had chosen a pretty good bike to get back into cycling with.

As it is, you obviously realise you have a great bike.
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An important but little recognized member of our bike family are the folding variety we travel with. Often found in the back of our travel van, this pair of Giants see lots of use.
Don't be fooled by their size, they are real bikes, capable of lots of miles. My 2012 Giant Halfway with its lefty fork and single chain stay is a real road bike (no longer in production). Shown in Florida last year.
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Here's the latest build, 98% finished so i will post it (lazy, rainy Sunday).

Early 70s Zeus (i value original paint & decals), built mostly with Zeus components.
Yeah, i know it needs a white or red leather saddle to really pop and a couple of more vintage Zeus bits.
Maybe next month.
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I like my 1980's Miele Columbus frameset with the Shimano Dura Ace AX groupset on it.

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I retrieved this from my LBS today. I trusted them to do the 10 spd to 9 spd cassette switch and the tune on the drivetrain. And a final check on the 'tightness' of my build portion.


This is the last frameset build, every bike is complete.

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Been offered Trek 1500 SL for £70.


Is it a good bike for this price?


It is in immaculate condition.
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Been offered Trek 1500 SL for £70.
Is it a good bike for this price? It is in immaculate condition.
If it fits you... buy it. I'd buy it just for some of the parts on it that I could use.
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Been offered Trek 1500 SL for £70.
Is it a good bike for this price?
It is in immaculate condition.

Nice bike at a good price. It will be aluminium stiff, though.
Can you get a tire bigger than 25mm on it? For a lighter rider that should be enough tire.
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I got this frame around December and built it up this winter, got it out on the road last week. Rides great!
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My Masi road bike w/Dura Ace. Now has a black saddle. My Colnago World Cup CX w/105 for the rail/trails. Pretty sure I've posted my Guru steel road bike earlier on.
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