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Old 06-29-24, 09:33 AM
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I had barely finished rebuilding a Shogun 500 into a trail-worthy rider when I was alerted to a promotion at Rivendell, the largest size of their A Homer Hilsen frames as put on deep discount. The price is not much more than I paid for my last new frame, a Mercian Professional in 1988. I ordered one, moved the build over with some adjustments and revisions, and took a 10-mile rail trail shakedown yesterday. Rainy today, so tomorrow will have to be a longer run.

It has a futuristic look to it. I'll bet the ride is amazing just based on the chain stay length
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Old 06-29-24, 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SpedFast
It has a futuristic look to it. I'll bet the ride is amazing just based on the chain stay length
Funny, the curved tube kind of reminds me of balloon-tire kid's bikes from the late 40s - 1960s. I haven't put a lot of miles in yet so I won't speak to it's attributes yet but first impressions was smooth, but it felt nimble despite having chainstays for days.
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1983 Raleigh Competition
For some reason the 27" wheels and 25" Frame seem to fit me better than the Raleigh Prestige with the same frame size but 700c wheel set.


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Old 06-30-24, 06:19 AM
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Originally Posted by john m flores

Ozark Trail G.1 Explorer

The medium size just came back in stock and I had to get one. Both my adults sons expressed an interest in a bike just to noodle around on and I figured it would give me a chance to ride it for a while and check out what modern components like disc brakes are about etc. I've only ever pedaled 175mm cranks, this bike has 170s so I get to feel that difference too. Then I could pass it on.

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Old 06-30-24, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by almico8
The medium size just came back in stock and I had to get one. Both my adults sons expressed an interest in a bike just to noodle around on and I figured it would give me a change to ride it for a while and check out what modern components like disc brakes are about etc. Then I could pass it on.
Good luck - it's a decent bike
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After a decade, I have a new "old" bike. Lovin' it as an all rounder.

93-94(?) Yokota Grizzly Peak

My favorite handlebars and brakes.

Interesting head badge.

Love the black forks on red frame.

Can you believe it was covered in grime?! Wet rag and she cleans up nicely.

Cold set the drop outs to 135mm. Goat linked an old Deore to a Sun Race, 8 spd, 11-42 cassette (42 chain ring). Conquers the roads in my area (1.0 - 3.82 ratio)

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Old 07-01-24, 12:13 PM
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Old 07-01-24, 12:51 PM
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@ascherer - Country bike indeed!

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Old 07-02-24, 02:18 PM
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Wildwood Yeah, whatever that means. Now I get to re-re-make my Shogun. I think it's going to step in as my city commuter. Not sure what will become of the International.
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1981 Univega Specialissima.
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Old 07-02-24, 07:03 PM
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Mainly riding my drop bar bike, now that I bought new wheels with wider rims. Also happens to be much easier to get tires on and off when needed.

The frame is the bottom of the line Schwinn Sprint from the mid 80s, but itís built up mainly from low-end, modern parts.

I do like the new Cambium saddles. This narrow one is very nice for a drop bar bike.

I also like the TRP RRL levers. Those levers on these narrow GB rando bars are the most comfortable drop bar set up Iíve ever had. I have broad shoulders so I always had wider bars, but these are so much better for me.





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Old 07-03-24, 10:14 PM
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Old 07-04-24, 06:55 AM
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t2p I know you have many nice bikes but I don't know what it is about the single fork Cannondale, but I just can't get used to it. It's a weird prejudice that just screams to me, something is wrong!!! ha ha

Glad to see some folk posting older bikes again, so I'm going to share the bike I've been riding a lot lately. I'm starting to lose interest in donning the Lycra and clipping into my more modern road bike in favour for an old classic. Not the lightest bike or most aero bike. but real darn comfortable.

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When I want a change of pace: Schwinn Wayfarer converted to single speed/fixed gear.

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Old 07-04-24, 07:45 AM
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Originally Posted by gthomson
t2p I know you have many nice bikes but I don't know what it is about the single fork Cannondale, but I just can't get used to it. It's a weird prejudice that just screams to me, something is wrong!!! ha ha

Glad to see some folk posting older bikes again, so I'm going to share the bike I've been riding a lot lately. I'm starting to lose interest in donning the Lycra and clipping into my more modern road bike in favour for an old classic. Not the lightest bike or most aero bike. but real darn comfortable.
years ago watched some mtb racers go through nasty rough rocky sections on their cannondale bikes with lefty forks and I was cringing the entire time - ready to cover my eyes … lol … (but they survived - blew through those areas with relative ease)

hoped to get out my vintage lugged steel Schwinn Peloton this week / weekend - but too much ‘shuffling’ required so it might have to wait

but did get out a vintage Schwinn Paramount mtb recently and enjoyed the ride - - even with the odd position / narrow bars
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Old 07-05-24, 05:03 AM
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57 years old and took the 1976 Motobecane Grand Touring out yesterday morning.


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Old 07-05-24, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by gthomson
t2p I know you have many nice bikes but I don't know what it is about the single fork Cannondale,
Years ago I demo'ed a Cannondale Rize with a Lefty fork. Could have bought it cheap but it didn't feel much different than the bike I already had.

Once riding, you don't see the single leg and it feels like any normal fork of the era. Maybe a bit lighter than others,, though. It was a nice bike and I would consider a Lefty on a gravel bike or light mtb.

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Old 07-05-24, 07:40 PM
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also have a bike with a headshok

would not recommend a headshok … or lefty … or suspension (unless it’s MTB of course) - but I gotta admit the suspension is nice at times

I sorta / kinda like the looks of the new cane creek inverted fork
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Old 07-05-24, 08:17 PM
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Originally Posted by t2p
also have a bike with a headshok

would not recommend a headshok Ö or lefty Ö or suspension (unless itís MTB of course) - but I gotta admit the suspension is nice at times

I sorta / kinda like the looks of the new cane creek inverted fork
A friend had a Headshock and it seized up during a ride. He spent a lot fixing it and was never happy with it. They're pretty short travel, too.

I remember when upside down forks were a big deal on dirt bikes, like 35+ years ago? Then they mostly went back to stanchions on top.
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I like the Fox 36 on my KHS. It's 160mm travel. It takes a big hit very well but the first thing I noticed was how well it steers without flexing. I can just yank on the bar and it responds, like better than a couple motorcycles I had and far better than any mtb I ever had. The only thing lacking is small bump sensitivity which is fixable with $$.

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Old 07-06-24, 07:21 AM
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I just posted my new ride in the Fixed/Single Speed section.
If I waited until Feb/25 I could post it in the 65+ Section. Maybe I will......if I survive the journey

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Old 07-06-24, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
I like the Fox 36 on my KHS. It's 160mm travel. It takes a big hit very well but the first thing I noticed was how well it steers without flexing. I can just yank on the bar and it responds, like better than a couple motorcycles I had and far better than any mtb I ever had. The only thing lacking is small bump sensitivity which is fixable with $$.
sweet looking fork (and bike)

littlest t2p has a RS Lyrik on his stumpy … 140 mm travel / 35 stanchions (?) … has an aftermarket cartridge (Avalanche ?)

yepper agree they are light years ahead of old MTB forks and prob better than many of the motorcycle forks we rode back in the day
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Old 07-08-24, 01:20 PM
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Originally Posted by jim911
I have looked a many of the over 50 posts, and have not seen one photo. Lets see your bikes!

Trek Verve suited up for grocery shopping. I got it used for $270 and I believe that it is a 2020 model. Works for touring and just riding around Great Falls (VA). Our local corn is wonderful recently!
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Old 07-09-24, 07:36 PM
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I have a lot of bikes, but here are four Iíve ridden recently:

í72 Mercian thatís had some mods done to it:


Ď71 Raleigh International 650b conversion, shown in commuting mode:


Brother Cycles Mr. Wooden, shown on last monthís Washington State tour (that snow is at 4K feet/Thompson Pass):


Milwaukee Cycle Co. single speed, geared low for climbing and lots of fun:


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