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11-01-16, 11:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By grinningfool

I'm running 26" tubes in 650B tires, and it's not...

I'm running 26" tubes in 650B tires, and it's not a problem at all. If you've ever pumped up a bike tube without a tire, you can see how much they can stretch without blowing. When I built up my 650B...
08-03-16, 06:56 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,384
Posted By grinningfool

You'll be fine with a 32 tooth cassette if you...

You'll be fine with a 32 tooth cassette if you put on a 10 speed mountain derailleur and a new chain.
I'm running an 11-32 on my touring bike with tiagra shifters and a deore LX derailleur. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-14, 05:23 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 6,389
Posted By grinningfool

The name of the town where I live ends with...

The name of the town where I live ends with "mont". The fun starts a half mile from my house.
There are no flat rides around here.
10-18-14, 06:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,046
Posted By grinningfool

I have Brooks saddles on 3 of my bikes, and...

I have Brooks saddles on 3 of my bikes, and various other saddles on my other (currently 6) other bikes.
some of those are more comfortable than others, and for short rides (less than 30 miles) any...
10-14-14, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,736
Posted By grinningfool

I'd buy it, if for nothing else, for parts....

I'd buy it, if for nothing else, for parts. Wheels, shifters, etc, if parted out could easily bring 250 or more on eBay.
10-10-14, 06:31 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,845
Posted By grinningfool

I have a 40" tool chest bought from my local Home...

I have a 40" tool chest bought from my local Home Depot, and it really holds a lot of tools and parts. Here's a link to it. Can't be beat for less than 3 bills.
Husky 40 in. W 10-Drawer Tool Chest...
10-07-14, 07:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,888
Posted By grinningfool

Selling a bike that I've built is a money losing...

Selling a bike that I've built is a money losing proposition. I build them to suit me. Then if I find I don't like it or get tired of it, I can much more easily recoup my investment by parting it out...
10-07-14, 04:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,938
Posted By grinningfool

I have a very large adjustable wrench bought from...

I have a very large adjustable wrench bought from Harbor Freight. I've had good success with it on that type of fixed cup a couple times.
10-06-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,943
Posted By grinningfool

Stuntex was just expecting one of the good folks...

Stuntex was just expecting one of the good folks on this forum to come to his house, diagnose the problem, go buy the parts, and then fix it. All at no cost. How disappointing.
11-10-13, 05:23 AM
Replies: 319
Views: 91,046
Posted By grinningfool

350016

350016
11-04-13, 04:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,942
Posted By grinningfool

If you're 5'8" , seems a 56cm might be a tad...

If you're 5'8" , seems a 56cm might be a tad large for you. I'm 5'9" with a 32 inseam, and I ride a 54cm. I can certainly ride a 56, but I feel a little stretched out on handlebar reach, especially...
10-20-13, 11:07 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 22,702
Posted By grinningfool

For gravel roads I favor a hardtail mountain bike...

For gravel roads I favor a hardtail mountain bike with a fairly non-agressive knobby tire. I have a full suspension bike with more agressive tires for the really rough stuff.
A rigid frame mountain...
10-14-13, 04:31 AM
10-14-13, 04:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 991
Posted By grinningfool

You could do it yourself. Go to the auto parts...

You could do it yourself. Go to the auto parts store and buy a brake cylinder hone. With an electric drill, you should be able to remove .1mm fairly easily.
10-12-13, 03:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,727
Posted By grinningfool

I have the PCS-10 and I love it. I have several...

I have the PCS-10 and I love it. I have several project bikes at any given time, and I use that stand constantly. No issues at all. I have no problem collapsing it, and it could easily be stored...
09-25-13, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,174
Posted By grinningfool

I prefer to ride the patched tube and keep a new...

I prefer to ride the patched tube and keep a new tube for a spare when I'm riding. I like the comfort of knowing my spare will hold air. Nothing worse than having a flat out on the road and finding...
09-18-13, 04:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By grinningfool

Check to make sure your rear wheel quick release...

Check to make sure your rear wheel quick release is tight enough. I recently went to take off quickly at a traffic light, and when I came down hard on the pedal, my rear wheel was just loose enough...
09-15-13, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2,249
Views: 656,545
Posted By grinningfool

Going along with the Acadia National park theme,...

Going along with the Acadia National park theme, this is me and my Trek at the summit of Sargent mountain, which is only accessable via carriage roads. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.
...
09-14-13, 05:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,225
Posted By grinningfool

The trouble with throwing parts at old road bikes...

The trouble with throwing parts at old road bikes to lower the gearing is you can easily spend more than the bike is worth, especially having a bike shop doing the work. Another option would be to...
09-14-13, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1,028
Views: 184,179
Posted By grinningfool

Ditto that. If the frame fits you well, and the...

Ditto that. If the frame fits you well, and the upgrades will improve your riding pleasure, by all means you should upgrade. Ignore the snobs and enjoy your bike.
08-29-13, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,266
Posted By grinningfool

This. Works amazingly well, and won't abrade the...

This. Works amazingly well, and won't abrade the paint.
08-25-13, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1,028
Views: 184,179
Posted By grinningfool

88 traveler, just got it friday (minus the...

88 traveler, just got it friday (minus the brooks) for $75.00


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/gggman/bike/DSC01185.jpg (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/gggman/media/bike/DSC01185.jpg.html)
Forum: Commuting
08-03-13, 03:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 942
Posted By grinningfool

You've got bar end shifters and brifters. What's...

You've got bar end shifters and brifters. What's up with that ? Nice bike, by the way.
01-02-12, 04:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By grinningfool

Mine's been slow for the last few weeks also, and...

Mine's been slow for the last few weeks also, and my browser has been freezing up quite a bit. Usually it will freeze for about a minute or two, and then will be fine. No problems on other sites.
Forum: Touring
01-01-12, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By grinningfool

You shouldn't have any worries about it being too...

You shouldn't have any worries about it being too cold, as in september if it drops into the 40's, that would be unusual. More likely 50's at night, and 60's to 70's during the day.
If you stick to...
Forum: Touring
12-31-11, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,578
Posted By grinningfool

Acadia has a lot of great riding. The scenery...

Acadia has a lot of great riding. The scenery along the loop road is spectacular, and be sure to stop at Thunder Hole. I usually prefer to ride there after Labor Day, as a majority of the tourists...
12-30-11, 06:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,264
Posted By grinningfool

You can find brand new merino wool sweaters at...

You can find brand new merino wool sweaters at goodwill for five bucks each. I have bought several of them, as well as heavy wool Eddie Bauer slacks for five bucks. I put on a polypropelene base...
12-25-11, 01:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,972
Posted By grinningfool

That's correct, it's a B-17 standard. Obvioulsy a...

That's correct, it's a B-17 standard. Obvioulsy a little heavier than the original saddle, but IMHO it's worth the extra weight to be comfortable.
12-24-11, 04:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,972
Posted By grinningfool

It came with a white saddle, but it was horribly...

It came with a white saddle, but it was horribly uncomfortable. Still a white bike, mostly.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/gggman/bike/DSC01087.jpg
11-19-11, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,423
Posted By grinningfool

Addressing your original post, you say you are...

Addressing your original post, you say you are using an XT 9 speed cassette with 105 hubs. The 105 hubs are 130mm, and you will need a 135mm mountain rear hub with the XT cassette. Otherwise, you'll...
10-17-11, 04:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,423
Posted By grinningfool

Are you sure that Miyata is an '85 ? My '85...

Are you sure that Miyata is an '85 ? My '85 Miyata 210 has cantilever brakes.
10-08-11, 05:02 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,484
Posted By grinningfool

I couldn't find a before photo, but here's my...

I couldn't find a before photo, but here's my Miyata, which was originally a rusty clunker I bought at a yard sale for ten bucks. I had it painted at a local auto body shop for sixty bucks.
...
10-06-11, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By grinningfool

If your bike has a 7 speed drive train, and if...

If your bike has a 7 speed drive train, and if your frame is aluminum, you might run into trouble fitting a 135mm hub in there without damaging your frame. Probably someone with more experience than...
10-01-11, 03:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 745
Posted By grinningfool

You could install a megarange freewheel with a 34...

You could install a megarange freewheel with a 34 tooth granny, which would most likely require a long cage rear derailleur. Putting a triple crankset on is possible, and if you get used components...
05-28-11, 06:41 AM
Replies: 629
Views: 202,895
Posted By grinningfool

'85 Miyata 210. ...

'85 Miyata 210.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v220/gggman/bike/DSC01001.jpg
04-24-11, 04:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,448
Posted By grinningfool

Thanks for the compliment. It is in the thread...

Thanks for the compliment. It is in the thread you mentioned, though you'd have to wade through several back pages to find it. Probably the same photo or a similar one.
04-23-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,448
Posted By grinningfool

I have an '85 Miyata 210 that I bought at a yard...

I have an '85 Miyata 210 that I bought at a yard sale for ten bucks. It was originally tan. I had it painted at a local body shop, and put on a used set of wheels. Upgraded the drivetrain a bit and...
03-19-11, 06:17 PM
Replies: 489
Views: 254,379
Posted By grinningfool

Sixty Fiver, do you always bring 3 gallons of...

Sixty Fiver, do you always bring 3 gallons of milk when you go on a picnic ? :lol:
03-19-11, 06:08 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 7,965
Posted By grinningfool

That is BAD advice. There's lots of information...

That is BAD advice. There's lots of information in this thread, some good and some not so good, but don't believe that you can get by without multifocal lenses by reducing the power of your distance...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-11, 06:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,059
Posted By grinningfool

Actually I am planning on doing just that. I just...

Actually I am planning on doing just that. I just need to find a suitable and safe place to leave my car for the day.
Forum: Commuting
02-13-11, 07:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,059
Posted By grinningfool

Are you suggesting I ride a century commute in...

Are you suggesting I ride a century commute in addition to working all day ?
:twitchy:
Forum: Commuting
02-13-11, 03:14 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,059
Posted By grinningfool

Well, I can sympathise with you. I can't bike to...

Well, I can sympathise with you. I can't bike to work either, not because they won't let me, but because I live 50 miles from work.
Either get a different job, leave your bike at home, or walk the...
01-15-11, 05:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,705
Posted By grinningfool

I have one of those on my Miyata. The bike can...

I have one of those on my Miyata. The bike can get pretty unstable with too much weight on there, but it's great for a tent, sleeping bag, or other lightweight items. Or you could easily carry a 6...
12-31-10, 08:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 633
Posted By grinningfool

Wow! Just Wow!

Wow! Just Wow!
11-25-10, 05:22 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 397,961
Posted By grinningfool

That bike needs a few more links in the chain.

That bike needs a few more links in the chain.
11-24-10, 08:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,106
Posted By grinningfool

Is that a bottom bracket, or a lunar landscape ? ...

Is that a bottom bracket, or a lunar landscape ? :eek:
11-21-10, 04:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,104
Posted By grinningfool

Georgous bike, and a nicely composed photo, too.

Georgous bike, and a nicely composed photo, too.
11-11-10, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,746
Posted By grinningfool

What year is your Viva Touring ? If it has the...

What year is your Viva Touring ?
If it has the dia comp cantilevers like my Miyata 210, all you will need to do is adjust the pads a little lower. Should be a piece of cake.
Forum: Touring
11-02-10, 07:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,918
Posted By grinningfool

What about the Raleigh Sojourn ? I don't own...

What about the Raleigh Sojourn ? I don't own one, but it should fit your specifications.
Forum: Touring
10-16-10, 07:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,303
Posted By grinningfool

Thank you, that is high praise, and I appreciate...

Thank you, that is high praise, and I appreciate it. I have a lot of work into that bike, and it's rewarding when it gets complimented.
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