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Old 04-27-20, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk
Setup is key to cantis. For starters, your straddle rods are too high. Lower them for more power; BITD we ran them 1/4" off the tire, now I go to the crown height of the fork. For pads I've been using Kool Stops since 1990.


The bike is as it came from the factory, basically. I changed tires and chain when I bought it. I will get some Kool Stop pads and some new brake cables.

Edit... Pads ordered. I can't lower the rear straddle much, but now it stops so much better. I can only imagine that good pads will improve even more. Thanks!! No time to ride today,, but just maybe in the morning!

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Old 04-29-20, 02:36 PM
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My Fuji Sundance is setup as a hybrid at the moment. Although, it's really just the slick tires that make it so.

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Old 05-08-20, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by katsup
My Fuji Sundance is setup as a hybrid at the moment. Although, it's really just the slick tires that make it so.
That's nice. DX is such a looker
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87 Ascent Comp with road tires..
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These are all so cool.
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My '95 Cannondale M200, a Craigslist find from the original owner which I built up a bit. I love riding this bike, its a riot
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Wow -- that's a real smooth-looking blue color! Those Michelin Country Rock tires are excellent for general riding.
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Old 09-28-20, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
Wow -- that's a real smooth-looking blue color! Those Michelin Country Rock tires are excellent for general riding.
Thanks! The color is actually so close to my car that I can use my car's touch up paint on the bike
I do like the tires a lot!
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Old 03-21-22, 06:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Speedway2
Bought this Marin Muirwoods in 1995 BNIB (one year before my son was born). He now "owns" it and loves how smooth it is
absolutely heartwarming
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
absolutely heartwarming
When my son and I get together for a ride and I see him enjoying the bike, a lot of good memories come back to me of the days when said bike gave me similar joy.
He has a "modern day" aluminum hard-tail but prefers the steel ride smoothness of the Marin and the sentimental value/history of the bike.
Yes....very heartwarming
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My '94 GT Pantera converted to a "hybrid".
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Old 03-31-22, 06:45 AM
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Originally Posted by eatontkd
My '94 GT Pantera converted to a "hybrid".
Love those old GTs. A small observation, if I may; '92 was the last year of U-brakes on GT's. Your's is likely a '92
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Originally Posted by eatontkd
My '94 GT Pantera converted to a "hybrid".
nice job w/ the fenders. I dig all the clearance!
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Originally Posted by DorkDisk
Love those old GTs. A small observation, if I may; '92 was the last year of U-brakes on GT's. Your's is likely a '92
Not to derail the conversation, but what is likely GT's reason for using U-brakes up on the seat stays like that? I've seen them mostly down under the chain stays, and I gather they're optimal for that location because they're relatively compact. If they were putting brakes up on the seat stays, why wouldn't they have used cantilevers? Especailly since they had cantilevers on the front? Perhaps their small footprint benefits heel clearance, especially on a smaller or tucked frame?
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Old 03-31-22, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by hokiefyd
Not to derail the conversation, but what is likely GT's reason for using U-brakes up on the seat stays like that? I've seen them mostly down under the chain stays, and I gather they're optimal for that location because they're relatively compact. If they were putting brakes up on the seat stays, why wouldn't they have used cantilevers? Especailly since they had cantilevers on the front? Perhaps their small footprint benefits heel clearance, especially on a smaller or tucked frame?
U-brakes under the chainstays look sleeker, were bolted to beefier chainstays, and had the weight down lower; in reality, it made working on that brake a nightmare due to their location. One had the chainrings and frame members right where a wrench needed to be, on an upside down bike to make it worse. In muddy rides, the BB would pack up and sometimes stop the wheel from moving. The negatives outweighed the positives. Placing the U-brakes on the seatstay eliminated the problematic maintenance and clearance issues.

Those brakes needed constant adjustment to compensate for pad wear due to their post placement. BITD it was not uncommon to work on the brakes after each ride to keep the performance up. My BMX freestyle friends would carry wrenches and adjust em mid-ride. Anything that made them harder to work on was not welcome.
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