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07-08-17, 10:58 AM
07-08-17, 10:44 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I figure if I'm gonna do it, I better do it...

I figure if I'm gonna do it, I better do it right, so I figured a full paint job or powdercoat. Totally open to having the frame work done in one place and the powder coat done elsewhere.

Budget...
07-08-17, 10:31 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Are 6-speed Shimano and Suntour index shifters cross-compatible?

A friend just gave me a mid/late 80s Diamondback MTB. Pictures and a real ID/dating thread will come, but for now I'm just trying to get it fixed up. It seems like whoever owned it before my friend...
06-01-17, 04:57 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Can anyone recommend framebuilder, repair, modification, etc in New England?

So basically, I want to ditch the chainstay brakes on my Kuwahara for more traditional cantilevers. I need someone who can take off the old posts and braze on some new ones, and if they can refinish...
05-25-17, 06:50 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

The biggest problem is that they interfere with...

The biggest problem is that they interfere with the chain in fixed gear mode. It's not a huge deal—the front brakes stay on and I can brake the rear wheel with my legs—but mostly it would be nice to...
05-25-17, 03:39 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Mine too! I've had this basic concept in my...

Mine too! I've had this basic concept in my head—super versatile Cross-Check style bike—for the better part of a decade, but never found quite the right frame for it. It would always be one little...
05-25-17, 03:29 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Oops, thought I mentioned it. First two are my...

Oops, thought I mentioned it. First two are my bikes, last two belong to my wife.
05-25-17, 01:50 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Showing off the stable (80s steel)

https://imgur.com/gallery/ig81V

I think I've posted most of these at one point or another but I just got everyone tuned up for Spring and wanted to show off.

In order:
Miele Azsora
Kuwahara...
04-27-16, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I had a similar issue once. Turns out that M6 was...

I had a similar issue once. Turns out that M6 was right, just a very tight fit.
04-27-16, 07:20 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,319
Posted By jtgotsjets

For whatever reason, the weird story I was given...

For whatever reason, the weird story I was given about this bike, and the weird assortment of parts on it has been niggling at me.

One idea I had: did Miele ever sell framesets? I feel like a lot...
04-27-16, 07:03 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I've seen a lot too. But steadily fewer and fewer...

I've seen a lot too. But steadily fewer and fewer over the last decade, for the reasons I gave above.
04-24-16, 06:43 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I honestly don't find that very common. There was...

I honestly don't find that very common. There was a period of time about 7-10 years ago when it was a lot more common because track bikes were getting trendy, but weren't generally available and...
04-22-16, 08:25 AM
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Views: 8,319
Posted By jtgotsjets

I'm loving the lugged MTBs. I'm used to seeing so...

I'm loving the lugged MTBs. I'm used to seeing so few of those, but in Toronto, they pop up quite often. I almost bought for myself, but it sold before I could grab it (bought my Kuwahara a few weeks...
04-21-16, 06:05 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Yeah, kijiji is, for whatever reason, the...

Yeah, kijiji is, for whatever reason, the preferred classifieds site in Canada. I usually check both CL and Kijiji. If you're in the states I wouldn't bother with it.
04-21-16, 04:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,319
Posted By jtgotsjets

You could very well be correct! I stopped...

You could very well be correct! I stopped investigating once I saw the crank date code; it was February 88, so I assumed 1988, but maybe it was a leftover part, or I have a frankenbike as you...
04-21-16, 08:23 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Ah, nice, that's your bike! I've spent some time...

Ah, nice, that's your bike! I've spent some time at your site while googling Miele stuff. Quite a fine steed there, I love the look of it.
04-21-16, 08:10 AM
Replies: 75
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I'll get things started. This first one is a...

I'll get things started.

This first one is a 1988 Miele Azsora. I use it for getting to work en the weather is nice, and for just having fun and going fast around town. It's Ishiwata 022 tubing...
04-21-16, 07:18 AM
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Views: 8,319
Posted By jtgotsjets

Official "Miele show-off" thread, or: calling all Torontonians!

Miele bikes, anyone? There have been a few threads on these (mostly bike ID threads, as Miele was terrible about putting model names or serial numbers on their bikes), but no consolidated...
04-20-16, 06:19 PM
Replies: 18
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Also search for "az sora" (two words) as the...

Also search for "az sora" (two words) as the model name is styled "AzSora" on the bike.

It's nothing special, but I have really enjoyed riding mine over the last two years. For something middle-of...
Forum: Commuting
04-18-16, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,439
Posted By jtgotsjets

Kuwahara seems to have had a bit of a different...

Kuwahara seems to have had a bit of a different lineup in Canada than in the states, where they were known mostly just for BMX bikes. The result of this is a lot of bikes that are hard to find...
04-16-16, 06:03 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

When you say it's measured center to top, is that...

When you say it's measured center to top, is that to the top of the top tube or the top of the seat tube (ie, where the seatpost exits the seat tube, seems to be extended quite a bit). Basically, I...
07-18-14, 03:44 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Mine doesn't have the Handbuilt sticker and is...

Mine doesn't have the Handbuilt sticker and is built from triple butted Ishiwate EX. Not that I'm complaining, it rides great and I doubt I could tell the difference between triple and quad butting....
07-18-14, 11:49 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

SixtyFiver. I've been meaning to post a picture...

SixtyFiver. I've been meaning to post a picture of the Kuwahara Cascade I picked up about a month ago. I think I pegged the year as 1986. Quite a bit different than yours in a lot of ways, but seems...
07-14-14, 07:39 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Wrong forum?

Wrong forum?
07-13-14, 12:26 AM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I'm not canadian, fwiw. Only lived here a few...

I'm not canadian, fwiw. Only lived here a few months.
07-12-14, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
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Posted By jtgotsjets

$800 would be a fair *asking* price IMHO. And for...

$800 would be a fair *asking* price IMHO. And for that matter I would never bother offering $800 on an item priced at $1000; I don't have time to play stupid games and IME most sellers don't want to...
07-12-14, 10:40 AM
Replies: 36
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Not worth $1000; you'll turn off a lot of...

Not worth $1000; you'll turn off a lot of potential buyers with a price that high.

If it fits you and you have need of a touring bike (they also make great townie bikes, etc), then keep it and...
07-12-14, 10:20 AM
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Views: 3,293
Posted By jtgotsjets

My Miele has 25s on it right now, but I'm pretty...

My Miele has 25s on it right now, but I'm pretty sure it'll fit 28s. Any other favorites at 28c?
07-04-14, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,206
Posted By jtgotsjets

FWIW, Grant Petersen has good things to say about...

FWIW, Grant Petersen has good things to say about the Sunrace thumb shifters.
06-29-14, 07:43 AM
Replies: 29
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Posted By jtgotsjets

You'll notice that's pretty much exactly what I...

You'll notice that's pretty much exactly what I said. There's very little on this bike that is of practical value over other MTBs of this vintage; it just has a pretty finish and interesting parts....
06-27-14, 09:12 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I haven't noticed that. Like I said above, the...

I haven't noticed that. Like I said above, the last two vintage mtbs I bought were had for $120 or less and they were as nice or nicer than this bike. If some collector or chrome freak wants to pay...
06-27-14, 12:04 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

I would only consider buying that bike for half...

I would only consider buying that bike for half the price. I actually owned one that I tot for free; the last two vintage mountain bikes I bought were $120 and $100 (and the cheaper one was a...
06-24-14, 12:21 PM
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Posted By jtgotsjets

Unless you're prepared to put serious time and...

Unless you're prepared to put serious time and energy into painting it (multiple coats, actually letting it cure, talking like several weeks of time and a lot of paint), just PC it. Better results...
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Views: 2,155
Posted By jtgotsjets

Well, I actually meant Canadian market Peugeots...

Well, I actually meant Canadian market Peugeots (they had a totally different lineup in Canada than anywhere else), but the era I was thinking of was also manufactured in canada (they switched their...
Replies: 12
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Posted By jtgotsjets

For $160, I think you did great. Peugeots from...

For $160, I think you did great. Peugeots from Canada tend to have less issues with odd part sizes and mixtes are quite popular.

I would get enough tools to take apart grease all the bearings,...
06-22-14, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,248
Posted By jtgotsjets

Yes, let's blame some inscrutable deities and...

Yes, let's blame some inscrutable deities and their anti-vintage, anti-cycling agenda. Couldn't possibly be that nobody's bothered to write the article yet. :rolleyes::rolleyes:
Forum: Touring
06-22-14, 11:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,276
Posted By jtgotsjets

It should also be noted that if you're talking...

It should also be noted that if you're talking about listings for used bikes, some sellers are idiots and will call anything with a rack fitted to it a "touring" bike.
Forum: Touring
06-22-14, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,662
Posted By jtgotsjets

That Fuji is enormously overpriced, and that's...

That Fuji is enormously overpriced, and that's coming from someone who love vintage bikes.

Being that early of a vintage, it's going to be lacking most of the clever little bits and bobs that made...
Replies: 12
Views: 2,155
Posted By jtgotsjets

Where do you live?

Where do you live?
06-22-14, 09:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,216
Posted By jtgotsjets

This is the same as saying indexing is dangerous...

This is the same as saying indexing is dangerous because cable stretch can lead to missed shifts and chain misalignment. Yes, it's true that you can describe a dangerous situation that involves a...
06-21-14, 01:25 PM
Replies: 1,273
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Posted By jtgotsjets

The LeMans was Centurion's money-maker. Not their...

The LeMans was Centurion's money-maker. Not their nicest bike, but a few steps above their bottom-end. Yours looks like early 80s, which means it's not *that* nice, but it should still be a solid...
06-21-14, 12:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 924
Posted By jtgotsjets

If it's too small, don't get attached; just sell...

If it's too small, don't get attached; just sell it for $40 and get the next bike.
06-21-14, 12:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,716
Posted By jtgotsjets

How is a bike or a color scheme gay? Anyway,...

How is a bike or a color scheme gay?

Anyway, nice bike. Pretty sure the nishiki I used to own was an Olympic, but yours is much nicer (from later in the decade, to be sure). Got rid of that one...
06-21-14, 12:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,879
Posted By jtgotsjets

Get off of bike forums and start emailing these...

Get off of bike forums and start emailing these folks about arranging test rides.

Think about it, nothing you described as a fault with your last bike could have been determined from a couple...
06-21-14, 11:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,283
Posted By jtgotsjets

Nice looking bike, especially for being near the...

Nice looking bike, especially for being near the bottom of Miyata's lineup. Those Japanese were really making fine bikes across the board by the mid-80s.
06-21-14, 09:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,579
Posted By jtgotsjets

Selle is just Italian for "saddle." Selle Italia...

Selle is just Italian for "saddle." Selle Italia and Selle San Marco are different companies.
06-19-14, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6,462
Views: 1,877,481
Posted By jtgotsjets

I've seen a similar setup with normal drop bars....

I've seen a similar setup with normal drop bars. It gets you *really* upright. The fellow using it was an older rider, presumably with some flexibility issues. So basically, it works , but it's quite...
06-17-14, 10:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By jtgotsjets

Pretty sure those are road bikes with deep black...

Pretty sure those are road bikes with deep black rims. Not many people outside of C&V are crazy enough to put drop bars on mountain bikes.
06-17-14, 11:38 AM
Replies: 6,462
Views: 1,877,481
Posted By jtgotsjets

^The way it's set up, I'm tempted to say you...

^The way it's set up, I'm tempted to say you should just find a different frame for a drop bar conversion. Any more tweaks will be incremental at best, and could compromise the geometry/handling of...
06-15-14, 11:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,876
Posted By jtgotsjets

Someone tried to jump one stump too many...

Someone tried to jump one stump too many...
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