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qmsdc15 08-16-09 08:32 PM

"...Both arms should be facing straight up and down when the pads are contacting the rim...". So I guess when they are not contacting the rim, they will be pointing out a bit, like 007's? Trust me, the brakes are fine as is. I would not bother playing with the spacers until the pads need replacing.

Sixty Fiver 08-16-09 08:32 PM


Originally Posted by terraskye (Post 9498850)
And he fixed my bike for me:) Rides like a dream and doesn't scare me to death now with its self shifting:D

We're still going to get to Bikeworks to get his wheel fixed too hopefully soon. He is out of town again tomorrow.

I have been known to make house calls.


Sirrus Rider 08-16-09 09:41 PM


Originally Posted by Panthers007 (Post 9498717)
I also design large-scale extraction and distillation devices for highly toxic and unstable chemicals.....Run! Run! Run for your lives!

Moonshine? :p:D:innocent::thumb:

Sixty Fiver 08-16-09 09:42 PM

Sirrus - You have some might comfy looking rides there.

WCoastPeddler 08-16-09 10:01 PM


Originally Posted by Panthers007 (Post 9494887)
I'm not touching them. They work as intended with 2mm distance. Thanks anywho.

It's been my experience not to mess with configurations that designers and engineers spec out when it comes to mechanical devices.

Designers and engineers spend a great deal of time, money, and research to ensure that their product is going to perform at it's optimum level of performance -- if, and it's a big "if", their product is installed and used as intended. You can do whatever you please, but I think the others are correct -- your brakes are indeed not installed correctly. I have no idea if your setup has an adverse effect from what the designers and engineers intended but it may not work properly under certain circumstances if the brakes perhaps are in a situation of extreme conditions such as power braking, etc. Installed incorrectly, it's likely there are stresses applied in manners that the brakes were not designed for -- and from your photo, it appears that your brake arms are too far apart (note the cable is arched instead of being straight across horizontally -- that's not good).

Here's a link to the installation document:

It clearly shows the correct alignment of the brake arms in illustration #2.

Sounds to me that you're a bit on the stubborn side and don't want anyone telling you that you possibly flubbed up your install. No big deal really. Personally, I'd just suck it up, reinstall the correct sized washer and move on with the knowledge that my brakes are installed as the designer intended.

65er means well and is only offering you some helpful advice based on his experience (forgive him if he's not as humble as he ought to be ;) ).

Just saying is all - I'm merely a guy typing on the internet -- you should by all means do whatever you like.

WCoastPeddler 08-16-09 10:06 PM


Originally Posted by msincredible (Post 9497896)
Here's my 2006 Cannondale Bad Boy, sadly it was stolen last year. :(

Ms Inc, that is (was) a very cool looking ride. What did you replace it with?

(my hybrid is in the shop getting a wheel rebuild -- I'll post pictures of it when I get it back)

kaliayev 08-16-09 10:41 PM

My 94 Specialized Crossroads.

msincredible 08-16-09 11:22 PM


Originally Posted by Bat22 (Post 9498096)
Geez, that was a good looking Bad Boy. I never really got the hang of using that Crank bros. pump.

Thanks! I liked that pump, enough that I got another one, but the second one eventually died and took a valve stem with it. Sticking with Topeak now.


Originally Posted by WCoastPeddler (Post 9499832)
Ms Inc, that is (was) a very cool looking ride. What did you replace it with?

Thanks, WCoast. I haven't fully replaced it yet, but I got a Birdy (folder) that serves some of the same purposes.
I also have plans for a touring/commuting bike, I've got the frame and am working on the other bits. :)

pastorbobnlnh 08-17-09 05:06 AM

My 2003 Cannondale Comfort 600, equipped with SRAM Dual Drive and Headshok. Recently I added an FD and double chainrings (32 & 42) to make it a 54 speed bike. Also, I believe I have finally found a pair of fenders I believe I can make work with the Headshok!

droobieinop 08-17-09 05:34 AM

Why stop at a double when you can run a triple. 54 gear combos, crazy.

Panthers007 08-17-09 08:09 AM

Stubborn? Moi? Try incorrigible.

And not 'moonshine.' That's way to easy. Try things like anhydrous diethyl-ether containing organic nitriles(cyanides).

droobieinop 08-17-09 08:19 AM

Its all the same if its burns...

yea, ok not really, is that like biomass fuel?

pastorbobnlnh 08-17-09 11:12 AM


Originally Posted by droobieinop (Post 9500674)
Why stop at a double when you can run a triple. 54 gear combos, crazy.

I didn't have to change the original crankset by going to the double. The guard came off and I mounted the big ring on the outside. If I ever replace the crankset I will do so with a triple, probably a 24-34-44, but my guess is this will be a few years down the road.

Panthers007 08-17-09 11:21 AM

Experimental extraction method for gold.

cuda2k 08-17-09 02:03 PM

1990 Schwinn Crosscut, built by Giant from what I can tell. Shimano 400LX group, including one of the very first "STI" shifters (yes, they came out with integrated shifters/brake levers for flat bar first, then for drop bars). So far I've replaced the original saddle with the WTB model seen here, added a cyclometer mount, adjusted the bar-ends and rack position. Currently putting new brakes on it.

KShep 08-17-09 06:45 PM


Originally Posted by flaxx (Post 9497467)
This is my hybrid, a severely pimped dr.dew, i just love the color of the 2007 frame.
Weighs 10.2 kg :) First long ride will be to work tomorrow, can't wait...

Congrats. Nice work....I like what you've done to her. Nice tomato plants too. :)

reueladhikari 08-18-09 03:21 AM

mowyang 08-18-09 04:48 PM

1997 Gary Fisher Nirvana
Back in 1997, marketing mavens at Fisher called this a Sport Utility Bike (s.u.b.). It's essentially a 26" mountain bike with slicks. Its frame is triple butted steel, with steeper geometry than most mtb's. It also has larger chainrings than most mtb's: 28/38/48. I changed the pedals and the seat, and added the front rack and basket.

I'm not sure how long Fisher went with the s.u.b hype. Probably not long, since I hear the bikes didn't sell very well. But I've been happy with it. :)

sh00k 08-18-09 05:15 PM

Pics of my stock Trek FX 7.2 earlier this summer along the West side bike trail in Manhattan.

Only thing I did to the bike was that Schwinn pouch which was awesome for my cellphone/wallet/keys and I also had installed the Schwinn $9.99 bike computer I got from Amazon. I am going to get another one of these $10 computers for the $1700 bike I'm ordering :-D

fatboy cycling 08-18-09 05:47 PM


Timber_8 08-18-09 05:53 PM

I like that, how do you like the Areo Bars

LesMcLuffAlot 08-18-09 05:55 PM


Originally Posted by flaxx (Post 9497434)
@lesmcluffalot: nice ride! My next project will be based on a cyclocross frame as well, but don't know which one yet ...

Thanks flaxx. I prefer a flat bar for riding among traffic. I just feel more secure having all controls at my finger tips. The bonus is this set up is a whole 2 pounds lighter than the road set up. The front end of this bike is uber light. I do have another cross bike that is my "road bike." It still has the road bar set up which is better for longer rides for sure.

fatboy cycling 08-18-09 05:58 PM

I love them! They really increase my speed if I stay down on them. However I need to build up my endurance because when I stay down on them for very long I lose my wind and legs.

cb400bill 08-18-09 08:29 PM

Great thread. Lots of wonderful bikes on here. There are some modifications people on here have done that I may copy.

This is my 1993 Raleigh C-50. I bought it new to ride with my kids and now use it for commuting, errand running, and riding with my wife.

imstumpedru 08-18-09 08:43 PM


Originally Posted by AlmostTrick (Post 9491147)
I'm glad to see the new Hybrid forum, and did vote yes for it. Here's my '93 Bianchi Avenue that I bought new. Bianchi's term for the hybrid series at the time was "Cross Terrain".

Modifications include Sun wheels with sealed bearings from Harris cyclery. Schwalbe Marathon 700x32 tires, and closer ratio (than original) 6 speed freewheel.

SKS fenders and Transit rear rack.

Ergon grips and Patrick Star navigation system.

Go patrick

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