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Old 07-21-17, 06:06 AM
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Looks great! I like your stem and handlebar setup. I see you reverse your brake levers (right for front). Interesting.

I took my rear rack off and laid some silver paint on it. I'll put on a few more coats and then re-fit it to the bike. I got my trekking bars wrapped with the brown tape and it looks beautiful.
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Old 07-25-17, 06:50 PM
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That's a sweet ride there!!
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Old 07-27-17, 01:24 PM
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I've got the handlebar done and I also painted the rear rack to match my color scheme. I'll replace the stem with a silver one when one comes along at a good price. I also need to replace the front brake cable stop with a spacer and the saddle with a brown one to match the tape, but this saddle is comfortable for me for now so I'm not in a huge hurry to replace it.







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Old 07-27-17, 01:34 PM
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Sharp-eyed viewers will note that this is a different crankset as what came on it. It came with a STX crankset with 22/32/42 rings and 175mm arms. I wanted to try some shorter arms on this, so I swapped this Alivio crankset with 24/34/42 rings and 170mm arms. I could probably be convinced to go even shorter -- the shorter arms seem to pedal smoother to me.
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Old 10-22-17, 02:07 PM
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I've had this bike for a number of months and have ridden it hundreds of miles in various configurations. I've done some things recently that have put it back pretty close to stock.

Handlebar

I have a conventional mountain bike bar back on it. It has a moderate rise to it, but I discovered, after playing with the butterfly bars, that I really prefer a wider hand position than those bars allowed, especially the position where the shifters and brakes are. The trekking bars were about 56 cm wide total, at the outside of the ends. The area where your hands would rest to brake or shift was a good deal narrower than that. My current bars on it now are 58 cm wide, and my grips are all the way out at the end (Ergon GP3s). That's a good deal more comfortable to me. I also have the very classy stock stem back on it.

Crankset

I have the stock STX 22-32-42 crankset back on. I've tried some others, including a 24-34-42 and a 28-38-48, and I really like the 22 small ring and the 42 large ring is fine. I can just barely spin out when in 42-15, and I have a 13 and an 11 in the back also, and I hardly ever use those taller combinations, so the 42 large ring is plenty large.

Brakes

I've gone back to the stock cantilevers, and I'm really enjoying them. The whole bike is Shimano STX (where base level Deore is today), but the stock brakes are Acera-level BR-MC16s, which were low-to-mid grade at the time. These are a bit unconventional in that the brake post mounts on the INSIDE of the brake arm rather than on the OUTSIDE. Shimano claim more efficient braking, less stress on the braze-ons, etc. With the right alignment of the brake shoes, these grip as well as the linear pull brakes that I had on it did. I can easily slide the rear tire when seated, and it hauls down from speed in about "right now". The shoes are basic Shimano CT-91s (5 bucks/pair at your local bike shop). I got a pair of Tektro alloy straddle wire triangles at my local bike shop as well, and used plain brake cable as the straddle wires. I polished up the brake arms with some jeweler's rouge and a Dremel pad. I think they turned out great, and look ace. Plus, I could ditch the extra clamp-on brake cable hanger that I needed for the linear pull brakes.

I did add a Tektro fork-mount hanger for the front cable. I did have some shudder with the stem-mounted hanger when I originally got it (prompting me to throw the linear pull brakes on it to fix). I like this solution quite a bit better.

I've removed the bolt-on rack, and will soon switch to a seat post rack with a medium-sized bag mounted to it. I'll have all of my kit in there and I'll just move the rack to whichever bike I ride that day (they're all 27.2mm seat posts). I also swiped a very nice HG50 7-speed cassette (nickel finished) off a parts Trek 820 I scored for $10 last week and am using it on this to replace its original IG50 cassette.

I'm done experimenting/playing with the setup on this, and it's brought me pretty much back to the way Trek made it back in 1997. It's a joy to ride and I look forward to many more miles on it.







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Old 10-24-17, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd View Post
Crankset

I have the stock STX 22-32-42 crankset back on. I've tried some others, including a 24-34-42 and a 28-38-48, and I really like the 22 small ring and the 42 large ring is fine. I can just barely spin out when in 42-15, and I have a 13 and an 11 in the back also, and I hardly ever use those taller combinations, so the 42 large ring is plenty large.
Agreed. My bike had a 28-38-48 crank paired with a 11-34 cassette. The cassette really an 11-28 with the 28 swapped for a 34 "bail out", 11-13-15-18-21-24-34. 28/34 pairing was too low and 10 tooth jump made the 34 useless. I replaced it with an 11-28 to get reasonable spacing. On the other end 48/11 was ridiculous for a hybrid. Maybe with drop bars but not with a flat bar. Most new hybrids are 28/38/48 or 26/36/48. I think manufacturers are trying to be all things with a hybrid hence the wide ranges. I'm now running a 22-30-40 crank paired with a 12-25 cassette. Much more useful. The 22T ring is for climbing, spend most of the time on the 30T ring, and the 40T ring is for pavement downhill.
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Old 10-25-17, 11:19 AM
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The 22T ring is for climbing, spend most of the time on the 30T ring, and the 40T ring is for pavement downhill.
That's about where I am. My low is a 22/28 which is 21.5 gear inches, and my high is a 42/11 which is 104.9 gear inches. Even that is too high, but I can live with it. A 40/11 like you have would be great for me.

I keep it in the middle up front most of the time, and shift through the middle 4 or 5 sprockets in the back. I'll move up to my 42T ring in front before I go down into my 13T or 11T sprockets in the back. 42/13 is about as fast as I ever push it, and that's with a down slope. I just don't ride for speed and don't wear skin suits or other such aerodynamic assists.

Just last night, I just switched out my Verve's 28-38-48 crankset with a 24-34-42 Altus crankset from a parts-bike Trek 820 I recently bought for 10 bucks. With its 32T large cassette sprocket (8 speed), I now have a low of 20.6 gear inches instead of the 24 gear inches I used to have (which is about 20% reduction -- very useful!). My high is now a more reasonable 104.9 instead of the utterly useless (for a Trek Verve!) 119.9 it used to be.
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Old 04-26-19, 11:51 PM
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Hokiefyd:

My bike is a 1997 Electra Rocket STX 21.

Looks like the same drivetrain as yours!
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