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Old 06-09-21, 06:24 PM
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You mean like this?
Yikes! That's scary.
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Old 06-10-21, 06:45 AM
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My Mercier. DinoRiders hood ornament!
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Old 06-10-21, 08:34 AM
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[QUOTE=big chainring;
My Mercier. DinoRiders hood ornament![/QUOTE]
Was it originally a 'cross bike? Are you in a Dino Riders group? I am in the Southern California Dino Riders Facebook group.
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Old 06-10-21, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Yikes! That's scary.
Just to clarify, that's not my work, lol...
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Old 06-10-21, 11:12 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
Was it originally a 'cross bike? Are you in a Dino Riders group? I am in the Southern California Dino Riders Facebook group.
Not a cross bike. Mid level sport bike from 1970's that I put some Kenda double8 tires on. The Midwest Dino Riders on facebook, yes indeed.
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Old 06-11-21, 04:06 PM
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Originally Posted by bikemig
I did a 30 mile loop ride north from my home. Around 8 miles of the ride are non-technical single track. The paved portion has a fair amount of climbing (at least by central Iowa standards) with 3 (short) climbs with 10 percent grades and sustained rollers. Plus there is good tree cover and shade and water views throughout the ride which helps on hot days. I did a drop bar conversion on a 1992 Stumpjumper for doing rides like this.


Very nice! Is that a homemade cable hanger on the front?
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Old 06-11-21, 04:36 PM
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Very nice! Is that a homemade cable hanger on the front?
thanks! It’s a fun bike. Nothing fancy, the cable hanger is not homemade.
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Old 06-12-21, 10:55 AM
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I got this six months ago; Have been on a fruitless multi year quest to replace much loved but long since stolen 2.8 Cannondale R800 and this bike has turned out to be a satisfying replacement. 2003 Specialed Allez Pro.

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Originally Posted by billmckay

Please pardon me for butting in, but this handlebar setup looks like a common attempt to fix a fit problem by rotating the bars upwards.

You might want to consider a professional bike fit. They probably can help get you get set up so you're comfortable without needing the bars so upturned.
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Old 06-12-21, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse



I have questions about that bar/brake lever orientation.

What's going on there? Are you able to reach those levers from the drops? It looks like quite a stretch.
I've got two road bikes that were set up like that above picture. I'm always on the top of the bar or the hoods, and have not had a problem with it, even on the hills around my area. I did change one to a flat bar (my light-touring bicycle) and the value in doing that was slightly wider handlebars giving better control with an up-front load on a porteur rack. Ride what works best for you.
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Old 06-12-21, 08:30 PM
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Finally upgraded from my 18 Y/O Trek MTB. Cannondale Quick CX3. I average 15-20 miles a day 3-4 times a week.
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Old 06-13-21, 06:45 PM
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In the spring of my 51st year, I completed my first, dedicated gravel bike. It’s a ‘19 T-Lab X3, a Montreal-made titanium frameset, and is also my first Ti frameset in my ~35 years of serious cycling. Gettin’ old ain’t all bad!


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Old 06-21-21, 11:03 AM
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I sort of did a vintage "make up for lost time" as I returned to cycling after a few decades of being away. I'm 62 now and got back about 10 years ago with a Gazelle Champion de Mondial, a very sweet riding bike, then moved forward in time with a Basso Ascot with index shifting Dura-Ace set up, but once I tried a truly modern bike, I couldn't resist how far technology has come. These KOM TCRs are great for having the extra low gearing for New England's steep hills.
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Old 06-22-21, 09:59 AM
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Don’t remember if I posted this already, halfhiemers, but here is my rebuilt 88 Trek 400t

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Old 06-22-21, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by sofaman
I sort of did a vintage "make up for lost time" as I returned to cycling after a few decades of being away. I'm 62 now and got back about 10 years ago with a Gazelle Champion de Mondial, a very sweet riding bike, then moved forward in time with a Basso Ascot with index shifting Dura-Ace set up, but once I tried a truly modern bike, I couldn't resist how far technology has come. These KOM TCRs are great for having the extra low gearing for New England's steep hills.
That is a long seat post...jeez-louise...
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Old 06-26-21, 10:49 AM
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My Specialized Allez Pro is up there 10 or so posts back; I complained that while I like riding it, I really missed by 1992 R 800 Cannondale which had been stolen a year or so ago and I had been unable to find a replacement. Not three days after I posted that I ran into this 1994 R800. Back to owning two bikes.


1994 Cannondale 2.8 R800 Compact Race Variant
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Old 06-26-21, 06:06 PM
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The oldest still around is the Nishiki "Comp" (2x6) dating back to 1981 — lots of kilometres on that. Used to be my triathlon bike.



Another Oldie is the Bianchi Nyala (3x7) which was a hand-me-down birthday gift for my 50th back in 1995.



And this

This baby is last year's DeVinci Stellar Acera (3x9).
They all get used one at a time.
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Old 06-26-21, 06:29 PM
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Old Guy … New(er) bike … 2001 Caad4 …
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2001 Caad4 R600
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That is a long seat post...jeez-louise...
Seriously! How tall are you, sofaman ? 6’8” maybe? That’s a pretty radical setup; I didn’t even know they made seatposts that long (except fat ones for folders)! Between that and the steerer tube extension, it creates a sense of a bike teetering on the edge of safety, but if it works for you, that’s great; I like the feel of a tight, compact frame tucked under me, too. My Breezer is like that, and it really steers from the hips, feeling natural and agile.
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Originally Posted by jim dandy
Old Guy … New(er) bike … 2001 Caad4 …
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2001 Caad4 R600
Unique look with the red bits!
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Old 06-29-21, 08:11 AM
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My main roadie is this ‘17 Dedacciai Gladiatore 2.

I was reluctant to move into carbon fiber because I had that “steel is real” mentality, a bit of retro-grouchiness, I suppose. I was carbon-curious, though, and got over myself by selecting a frameset which was more traditionally shaped (i.e. less curvy and swoopy) and made by a company renowned for making some of the best metal tubesets in the biz. Also, although I’d been riding Campagnolo for years and really liked it, I think that, subconsciously, putting it on this bike was another way to connect to traditional cycling elements.

Other than the Fizik Aliante R3 saddle, the cockpit is from Dedacciai’s component division, Deda. The stem and bar are the fat, 35mm Trentacinque line stuff, which I love the feel of, and wheels are my all-time faves from the sadly now defunct American Classic, the Argent. I think they’re utterly sublime when shod with tubeless rubber like Schwalbe Pro One or Hutchinson Galactiks.

In short, this bike was a reluctant embrace of carbon fiber, but I’ve come to really like it! It’s well-composed, calm, all-‘rounder demeanor also suits me well for where I am as a, uh, “more mature” rider. I don’t have the fitness and energy to just reel off full-power sprints anymore, and my grotty knees make snappy, big watt attacks kind of unpredictable anyway, so a bike that caters to a little more finesse suits me just dandy.


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Originally Posted by jim dandy
Old Guy … New(er) bike … 2001 Caad4 …
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Nice!
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My Specialized Roubaix in chameleon blurple

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1982 Peugeot PXN 10

I've been playing with the gearing a bit to get my 1982 Peugeot PXN 10 working so I can climb the local "hills." There aren't a lot of them and they're not too bad but some of the rides I do have a lot of rollers and a few 10 percent grades. One neat thing about many of the old (short cage) simplex rear derailleurs is that they can handle a pretty decent size freewheel. The one that came stock on the Peugeot can handle up to 30 teeth. I replaced the 144 bcd crank with 52/42 rings with a 86 bcd crank. So I'm running a 50/36 crank with a 14-28 6 speed freewheel and that's working well for me.



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