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Old 09-21-19, 06:13 AM
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'New' bike; b'day present from Ms. Badger after I survived major health issues/surgeries summer of '18. Just now starting to get some time/distance on it.
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Bonus: bike shipped with a defective Future Shock cartridge. Specialized was kind enough to replace it, under warranty of course, with this -- FS 2.0 w/full hydraulic damping. Happy birthday to me (just turned 68). If anyone is wondering, yes ... it really is very effective.
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Old 09-21-19, 05:10 PM
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Hey Badger1,

Hope you're doing well and putting on the miles (or kms) on that fancy bike you've got. . . it looks really cool!

Just for the record - I had a AAA three years ago and was back on two wheels shortly after my staples were pulled. So here we are. . .

The big 75 is just around the corner (October 2019) and I feel great doing 10 miles (16kms) every morning at 0715 hours on my 1984 Motobecane Mirage Sport in period jersey and shorts.

Have a great recovery and ride hard, ride safe.

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Originally Posted by BigJonny
Hey Badger1,

Hope you're doing well and putting on the miles (or kms) on that fancy bike you've got. . . it looks really cool!

Just for the record - I had a AAA three years ago and was back on two wheels shortly after my staples were pulled. So here we are. . .

The big 75 is just around the corner (October 2019) and I feel great doing 10 miles (16kms) every morning at 0715 hours on my 1984 Motobecane Mirage Sport in period jersey and shorts.

Have a great recovery and ride hard, ride safe.

J.
Cheers, mate! Sounds like you are doing really well.

Summer of '18 was my first major health scare, @67. It was all pretty frightening, and kind of close-run for a while. Involved two sudden-onset conditions, treatments for which were contradictory: DVT and brain bleed. All good now, though I'm left with some minor, irritating but not debilitating neurological deficits.

Anyway, distance/time is slowly building back up to my pre-'18 levels, so all good. Two things. First, the period jersey/shorts is cool, as is the bike. I'm an incurable Fred: flat bars, clipless, bike shorts, loose jerseys ... you get the picture.

Second thing: envy. I love SW Florida; we used to spend at least two weeks every year in the Naples area, on the Gulf. Hoping within a year or two that exchange/economy/health insurance permitting we'll get back to that annual pilgrimage ... with luck, extended.
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'71 Mercier. Did 35 miles on it today. Great riding bike.
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Wabi Special, lugged 725 Reynolds steel. One of my 3 fixed gear bikes.

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Old 09-22-19, 03:16 PM
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Old is a state of mind

Iím riding a Trek FX 1. Love it. I am 75 and need a little more exercise. I do Aikido 3 days a week and the bike gives the legs a good workout. Canít post a photo as I am new to forum.
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Old 09-23-19, 08:31 AM
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Performance Access XCL9r Salsa Woodchipper bars, Sora 9 speed.


2006 CAAD8, SRAM Red, Force and Rival components.


1986 KHS Fiero. The only one I've kept. Bought 30 years ago... Upgraded a few years ago to 5600 105 for the most part.
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Originally Posted by zjrog

Performance Access XCL9r Salsa Woodchipper bars, Sora 9 speed.
Can you please show us more of this one in particular?
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Old 09-24-19, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Newspaper_Nick
Can you please show us more of this one in particular?

Best I can do right now. Are you looking for something specific?

It was put together by a guy that my wife and I fostered 25 years ago. He sent me this bike 5 years ago when he bought another bike. I had broken my back 3 years before in a cycling crash, and he was hoping to help me get back on a bike. Much as I had got him involved in cycling... He called it a Monster Cross bike.

I have a second set of wheels, looking for a narrower gravel type tire...
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Originally Posted by zjrog
Best I can do right now. Are you looking for something specific?

It was put together by a guy that my wife and I fostered 25 years ago. He sent me this bike 5 years ago when he bought another bike. I had broken my back 3 years before in a cycling crash, and he was hoping to help me get back on a bike. Much as I had got him involved in cycling... He called it a Monster Cross bike.

I have a second set of wheels, looking for a narrower gravel type tire...
Nothing particular, i just really liked the choices of components. This to me is what a real gravel bike should be like. I bet it is very comfortable even on the roughest of terrains. Maybe a tad slow on tarmac but who cares, we are not racists, right. Great bike.
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Old 09-24-19, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Newspaper_Nick
Nothing particular, i just really liked the choices of components. This to me is what a real gravel bike should be like. I bet it is very comfortable even on the roughest of terrains. Maybe a tad slow on tarmac but who cares, we are not racists, right. Great bike.
It's a mix of goodies. But yes, it is comfortable most of the time. The drop bars grew on me quickly. I'd built a mutt MTB in the early 90s with drop bars, so this wasn't a new position for me.

It is faster on pavement than I expected. Compared to my other MTBs...

1990 Trek 7000... A really good bike. In it's day and now...
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Old 09-25-19, 12:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Jimbosays


Trolling Central Florida on Intergalactic Surly Day!
Stunning pic.

I love my Surly Troll, it is a hell of a bike.

Did you have to order a special 3D printed part to install your kickstand?
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Old 09-25-19, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by zjrog

It is faster on pavement than I expected. Compared to my other MTBs...
1990 Trek 7000... A really good bike. In it's day and now...
I had one of those and it was the most brutally stiff mtb I ever rode. Any washboard or rocky surface would have me wince. I finally put a suspension fork on it but the rear was still ridiculous. It was my third fully rigid mtb and the other 2 were steel Nishikis and they were much more forgiving.

After that Trek I bought a full suspension mtb (1998) and I'm sold on suspension.
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Old 09-25-19, 08:36 AM
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Originally Posted by big john
I had one of those and it was the most brutally stiff mtb I ever rode. Any washboard or rocky surface would have me wince. I finally put a suspension fork on it but the rear was still ridiculous. It was my third fully rigid mtb and the other 2 were steel Nishikis and they were much more forgiving.

After that Trek I bought a full suspension mtb (1998) and I'm sold on suspension.
I agree the 7000 is stiffer than my other bikes as well. I had an Iron Horse years ago (stolen), and a Fisher HooKooEKoo with front suspension (my son has currently). And the 7000 is stiffer than the 89 Trek 950 I have as well. For the riding I do, though, it doesn't beat me up as much. But as I get stronger and lose more weight that might change. Still, the 7000 was a bike I seriously desired when new. So when this one popped up a few years ago, original including tires and mostly unmolested for $75, I had to have it.
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Surly Troll Kickstand

Thanks for the kudos for my 2019 Surly Troll!

This is my first modern-day steel bike . . . And, yes, there is a certain "plush" feel to the ride that I never experienced with aluminum or carbon frames.

The kickstand is mounted using the 3-D printed part(s) found online and works absolutely great!

I know there are those "Surly true-ists" who dissuade use of a kickstand, but I really do enjoy having one installed and available.

I'm already carrying quite a load (between my chubby self and the steel bike) . . . A few more ounces is not to impact my "performance!"

Here is the YouTube link with a description and order info the the parts (there are two separate parts to order) to easily mount the kickstand:


Hint: Even in the USA it seemed take an inordinate amount to time (3-4 weeks) for the parts to be delivered. The ordering website was easy to use and offers order tracking so you can "see" where you are in the production process.

Good Luck . . . Happy Trolling Down Under!


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Stunning pic.

I love my Surly Troll, it is a hell of a bike.

Did you have to order a special 3D printed part to install your kickstand?
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Originally Posted by zjrog
I agree the 7000 is stiffer than my other bikes as well. I had an Iron Horse years ago (stolen), and a Fisher HooKooEKoo with front suspension (my son has currently). And the 7000 is stiffer than the 89 Trek 950 I have as well. For the riding I do, though, it doesn't beat me up as much. But as I get stronger and lose more weight that might change. Still, the 7000 was a bike I seriously desired when new. So when this one popped up a few years ago, original including tires and mostly unmolested for $75, I had to have it.
You sure can't beat that price! I had fun on my 7000 especially smooth trails and I rode it in the snow a lot when I lived in the mountains. Where I ride now I wouldn't be able to handle it. Another thing, back then I used 1.9 tires or 2.1 tires pumped up to 35psi or higher. Probably some modern tires would help.
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Originally Posted by Jimbosays
Thanks for the kudos for my 2019 Surly Troll!

This is my first modern-day steel bike . . . And, yes, there is a certain "plush" feel to the ride that I never experienced with aluminum or carbon frames.
Same here, which came as a very pleasant surprise as I thought the Troll may have been too "overbuilt" to give a plush feel, but it is there.

The kickstand is mounted using the 3-D printed part(s) found online and works absolutely great!

I know there are those "Surly true-ists" who dissuade use of a kickstand, but I really do enjoy having one installed and available.

I'm already carrying quite a load (between my chubby self and the steel bike) . . . A few more ounces is not to impact my "performance!"

Here is the YouTube link with a description and order info the the parts (there are two separate parts to order) to easily mount the kickstand:

https://youtu.be/96a9lezOejQ
Okay, that looks like the exact same part I ordered too and I have used it to fit a heavy duty kickstand that claims it can handle 50kg load and it is very stable, when I deploy it.
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This is what this "old person" rides. My N bike. Bought new in '85. Jon
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