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Old 07-17-14, 01:19 PM
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I overhauled the 30-year old pedals on my hybrid. The bike was built-up from a bare frameset and initially included the largest area BMX style pedals I could find. I have continuing problems with a neuroma in my right foot and I was hopeful that spreading my foot over a wider area would help. In the meantime, I was experimenting with a few older bikes, mixing and matching parts between them, including about 3 different sets of pedals. I started to realize that the only set that didn't aggravate my neuroma were a 1983-84 set of MTB pedals. These are the old-fashioned rat-trap type where the outer edges wrap around and meet, rather than having two distinct, non-touching edges. It seems that even though the pressure is highly concentrated by these pedals, it's not concentrated in the area of my neuroma. They were pretty rough so took the first off, tore it down and saw it was very easy to overhaul so I did so and then repeated with the other. Doesn't make a huge difference but it was satisfying.

These are the only vintage parts on my bike. Everything else is new. These are not mine but they are identical:

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Old 07-17-14, 08:40 PM
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Originally Posted by corwin1968 View Post
I overhauled the 30-year old pedals on my hybrid. The bike was built-up from a bare frameset and initially included the largest area BMX style pedals I could find. I have continuing problems with a neuroma in my right foot and I was hopeful that spreading my foot over a wider area would help. In the meantime, I was experimenting with a few older bikes, mixing and matching parts between them, including about 3 different sets of pedals. I started to realize that the only set that didn't aggravate my neuroma were a 1983-84 set of MTB pedals. These are the old-fashioned rat-trap type where the outer edges wrap around and meet, rather than having two distinct, non-touching edges. It seems that even though the pressure is highly concentrated by these pedals, it's not concentrated in the area of my neuroma. They were pretty rough so took the first off, tore it down and saw it was very easy to overhaul so I did so and then repeated with the other. Doesn't make a huge difference but it was satisfying.

These are the only vintage parts on my bike. Everything else is new. These are not mine but they are identical:

Do you have a bigger picture of these pedals?

That pic is so small it is hard to appreciate any details of the design.
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Old 07-17-14, 10:10 PM
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Put a new pair of Shimano Saint pedals on the bike. The stock Wellgo pedals went south really fast.
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Old 07-18-14, 05:36 AM
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We rode the whole Perkiomen trail, from Green Lane park to the Schuylkill river trail, and back. 40.6 miles.
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Old 07-18-14, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by decosse View Post
I've done a few related things over the last month. Due to an Unfortunate Incident involving an unsecured strap on the car's trunk rack ,
I had the same incident where my daughters trunk rack slipped down and my bike drug the pavement chewing up the front tire, tube and some of the rim. Luckily the rim wasn't too far gone and I could sand off the rough edges with emory cloth. I messed up by only getting a tube with a 42mm presta valve with the style of rim I have. I can get a pump to latch on to it, but just barely.

I've also had some hand numbness on long rides and did my own fat-grip conversion using pipe insulation and electrical tape - am I cheap or what ? works fine though

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Old 07-18-14, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
... I messed up by only getting a tube with a 42mm presta valve...
You could just buy a couple of valve extenders. They are cheaper than new grips
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Old 07-18-14, 07:16 AM
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Originally Posted by TakingMyTime View Post
Put a new pair of Shimano Saint pedals on the bike. The stock Wellgo pedals went south really fast.
I bought the same a few weeks ago. Oh so fan-friggin-tastic pedals. Nice and wide, great grip for Vans.
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Old 07-18-14, 09:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Do you have a bigger picture of these pedals?

That pic is so small it is hard to appreciate any details of the design.
Here's a few quick shots of the right pedal. They have pretty much the same dimensions as the MKS Touring pedals. I'm missing the dust-cap on that pedal and I also see I need to wipe the grease off my crankarm before I go ride. The outer cage is substantially higher than most of the structure and it's a little higher than the area with the grooves or texture on it.

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Old 07-19-14, 12:24 AM
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Originally Posted by corwin1968 View Post
Here's a few quick shots of the right pedal. They have pretty much the same dimensions as the MKS Touring pedals. I'm missing the dust-cap on that pedal and I also see I need to wipe the grease off my crankarm before I go ride. The outer cage is substantially higher than most of the structure and it's a little higher than the area with the grooves or texture on it.

Thanks.

I might be getting myself some MKS Touring pedals in the near future.
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Old 07-19-14, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
Thanks.

I might be getting myself some MKS Touring pedals in the near future.
I've always liked the look of the MKS touring pedals but couldn't imagine them being comfortable. These pedals really changed my perception! I think the reason these work for me is that the body of the pedal doesn't extend the full-length of the pedal and the cage wraps around the end, leaving me a place to leave that part of my foot suspended on just the cage without substantial weight on the body of the pedal where the spindle is bolted on.

Even after overhauling these pedals, I hadn't really looked at the cage in any detail until I studied this pictures. I assumed it was originally silver and was now tarnished but it appears that the cage was originally black with the body being silver, as are some of the MKS touring pedals. I think I'll take the cages back off and paint them black so they match the rest of the components on my bike.
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Old 07-19-14, 10:02 AM
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Well, last night actually...

I took a can of spray cleaner and degreaser and cleaned the cassette and chain, wiped everything down, and applied a dry paraffin chain lube. I let it cure overnight and took it on it's first ride using the dry lube this morning. Smooth and quiet. It was a great product that I've never tried before and was pleased with the results. I opted for a dry lube since wet weather is not the norm here in North Texas.

I also flipped the stem to the more aggressive forward mode. Not sure about that one yet. I did it early in my experience with the Fuji, wasn't pleased with the added pressure on my hands, and flipped it back. Most of my miles have been on the more upright position as my fitness and stamina improved, so I flipped it back again last night. I did 20 miles this morning and will probably flip it back. Whatever aero advantage gained is not worth the added pressure to my hands. I ride with Ergon GP2 grips and bar-ends that are very comfortable when the bars are where they were for me.

Oh well, the constant fiddling with the bike is the fun part, right???

Cheers!
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Old 07-19-14, 09:34 PM
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I've been laid up with a sore elbow, so I haven't ridden in 3 weeks. I was also researching modifications to make so that I don't get another sore elbow. So this week I had the bars cut shorter, added trigger grips instead of the grip shifters it came with, and added bar ends. So yesterday I took the bike out and put on just a couple of miles. My elbow felt fine, so today I put on 5.6 miles. Love the changes. I still need to adjust the handlebar position a little but it was great just to get back on the bike.
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Old 07-20-14, 07:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Deal4Fuji View Post
I had the same incident where my daughters trunk rack slipped down and my bike drug the pavement chewing up the front tire, tube and some of the rim. Luckily the rim wasn't too far gone and I could sand off the rough edges with emory cloth.....I've also had some hand numbness on long rides and did my own fat-grip conversion using pipe insulation and electrical tape - am I cheap or what ? works fine though
Ouch! I looked out the rearview mirror just in time to see the bike slip then hit the pavement. Thankfully it didn't go through anyone's windshield (still have nightmares about that) nor get run over. I was so rattled I barely thanked a good Samaritan who blocked the lane behind me with his truck and helped me get it back on the car...(If you are out there, thanks again!)

BTW, the grips look good! My "improvements" have worked well, the 100+ degree heat hasn't though, have had to curtail riding a lot
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Old 07-20-14, 08:42 AM
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I exercised my JBC for the first time in over 2 years.
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Old 07-20-14, 05:39 PM
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Brought it in for a tune up. Just bought it used last week and def needed some adjustments. Looking forward to riding it with it all tuned up.

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Old 07-20-14, 08:17 PM
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New rear tire and saddle. Did 50 miles with an average speed 14.3 mph, so not that many hours in the saddle, but my butt didn't appreciate the new seat. I wonder if my butt needs to adjust to it, or maybe it's a bad seat overall /Specialized Riva MTN/. Time will tell lol
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Old 07-22-14, 12:45 AM
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Bike shop called, said loose rear was a bent axle, 48 for a new wheel... said they didn't have proper size axle and making one or ordering would have been 60 bucks. Complete noob here, does that sound reasonable?

Get it back tomorrow.
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Old 07-23-14, 04:05 AM
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Forgive the non hybrid content. Made me some drops for the Sakae project.



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Forgive the non hybrid content. Made me some drops for the Sakae project.

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Beautiful
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Old 07-24-14, 03:16 AM
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More playing with bikes today I've had this Selle Italia Flite saddle for one of my road bikes but I'm going to test it for a while on the JBC and using the JBC post that came with the frame.



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Put in 8 miles in the early AM to compliment the 16 I did yesterday evening. Got a 40 miler planned for Saturday, so tomorrow is cleaning day. Wipe her down, detail the chain/cassette/cranks/pedals, pump up the tires, generally get her all bada$$ for Saturday.

I already have GP% bar ends, shimano single sided SPD/Platform pedals, two cages and bottles, and a cateye endure as add ons. I'm running out of stuff to buy for this bike. I like the stock saddle, so no need to upgrade there. I think the next purchase will be new tires/tubes, going from the OEM Kenda 35c tires to something a little more durable and slick at 28c instead.
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Old 07-28-14, 08:32 AM
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Did 25.5 km today before work, had a pit stop at a sport shop where I bought a bottle cage and a multi-tool. Just got my bike last week so I'm still missing some essentials

After 5 days with my bike I've only had positive experiences. Every ride I go farther and farther, faster and faster and I just want to be on my bicycle all the time. It seems that I have found a way of exercise that really motivates me!
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Did 25.5 km today before work, had a pit stop at a sport shop where I bought a bottle cage and a multi-tool. Just got my bike last week so I'm still missing some essentials

After 5 days with my bike I've only had positive experiences. Every ride I go farther and farther, faster and faster and I just want to be on my bicycle all the time. It seems that I have found a way of exercise that really motivates me!
Well done. Addicting, isn't it???
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Well done. Addicting, isn't it???
Yes, very! But I have to keep my goals realistic and keep in mind that I will experience bad days and periods and that must not stop me from continuing.
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Yes, very! But I have to keep my goals realistic and keep in mind that I will experience bad days and periods and that must not stop me from continuing.
That's important. If it's any help, I'm a 47 year old Type 2 Diabetic, about 40 pounds too heavy, started riding from scratch in May, and am up to 100 miles a week now in this brutal Texas heat where it's around 100 degrees F each afternoon when I do most of my riding. I'm down about 15 lbs and have controlled my blood sugar.

The lesson is if I can do it, anyone can do it. My advice is to set realistic goals as you increase your distances, vary the routes, get a cycling computer and use an app on your phone such as MapMyRide to track your miles, speed, routes, goals, and achievements. Seeing the tangible results makes a huge difference.

Keep at it!
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