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09-27-14, 03:50 AM
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Views: 9,112
Posted By robatsu

It worked pretty well, although I didn't ride it...

It worked pretty well, although I didn't ride it that much. As usual, mtb->road builds for me are fun, but I just prefer road geometry on the pavement, even kinda rough or gravel. So I sold it.
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03-12-13, 10:49 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,062
Posted By robatsu

All I got to say is thank heavens GP is involved...

All I got to say is thank heavens GP is involved with bicycles and not, say, secret police or Communist insurrections. He definitely strikes me as the sort of cat who could easily be putting...
03-12-13, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 639
Posted By robatsu

Strictly anecdotal, but I believe more people are...

Strictly anecdotal, but I believe more people are thinking that way. My last big ebay selling binge, last fall/early winter, I seemed to notice a lot less sniping activity.

The Sunday evening end...
03-10-13, 11:40 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,580
Posted By robatsu

I've done the sparing proofide thing on some...

I've done the sparing proofide thing on some saddles and not on others. Haven't noticed much difference myself.

Keeping it from getting wet when you are riding it in the rain (fenders, cover, etc)...
03-02-13, 07:43 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,124
Posted By robatsu

I'm wondering if the liability of the bike...

I'm wondering if the liability of the bike producer is reduced a bit by the use of out of the box calipers rather than a cantilever setup with which they are very involved.
03-02-13, 07:30 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,635
Posted By robatsu

Back in the day, they were on mid range and lower...

Back in the day, they were on mid range and lower bikes that were scorned by "serious" cyclists (like myselfs) and become hopelessly associated with hopeless Fred-dom. In this they are similar to...
03-01-13, 01:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,919
Posted By robatsu

That is cool, I've used those, but what I lust...

That is cool, I've used those, but what I lust after is the Nitto version (http://www16.ocn.ne.jp/~nitto210/accessories-E.html) (scroll down the linked page). I don't know if anyone imports these to...
03-01-13, 12:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,291
Posted By robatsu

The straw that broke the camel's back for me were...

The straw that broke the camel's back for me were a set (actually, in fine NOS hoarder style, I had several sets...) of Spidel Maillard 700 High Flange Hubs. These were the most gorgeously finished...
02-28-13, 08:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,249
Posted By robatsu

That picture so much brings out the actual color...

That picture so much brings out the actual color of this bike than the ebay picture I posted. I fell in love w/this model when I lived in Hawaii in the latter half of the 80's. You'd see the...
02-28-13, 06:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,249
Posted By robatsu

I'm over in Japan at the moment, been buying some...

I'm over in Japan at the moment, been buying some stuff on the auctions here. Yahoo Auctions is the big player in Japan.

Two things that they do differently that I think work well:

1) Until...
02-28-13, 05:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,249
Posted By robatsu

Sorry, I bought it. This has always been, if not...

Sorry, I bought it. This has always been, if not my grail bike, my grail frame. Seemed kinda spendy to me, I was thinking to just to try to snipe it, but then I started adding up the value of the...
02-27-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,648
Posted By robatsu

My opinion is that if you are equipping a bike...

My opinion is that if you are equipping a bike w/new wheels and are not attempting a restoration, period correct end result, one should generally go ahead and convert to 700c simply because of the...
02-27-13, 07:17 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,648
Posted By robatsu

My 1985 Trek 620 (blue) and my wife's 1985 Trek...

My 1985 Trek 620 (blue) and my wife's 1985 Trek 720 (red), both originally equipped with 27" but converted to 700c:
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02-27-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,606
Posted By robatsu

I've seen/acquired some nice bikes that have had...

I've seen/acquired some nice bikes that have had kickstands on them, but I still agree with those who contend that kickstand equipped bikes should be viewed skeptically.

Very frequently, in my...
02-27-13, 09:24 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,291
Posted By robatsu

Back in the good old days, for most things, NOS...

Back in the good old days, for most things, NOS parts were just old stuff, cheaper than buying a new production equivalent. That was fun. I hoarded lots of stuff, not for value/profit, but just...
02-26-13, 08:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,148
Posted By robatsu

There is always one of these...

There is always one of these (http://baltimore.craigslist.org/bik/3632883172.html):

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02-25-13, 05:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,148
Posted By robatsu

+1. Actually, I always did this using the frame...

+1. Actually, I always did this using the frame as truing stand, just flipping the wheel, seems to work well enough for me.
02-25-13, 07:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,193
Posted By robatsu

I've done the paint pen for lug lining, works...

I've done the paint pen for lug lining, works like a champ.

For the flutes and other engravings, filling in with model paint as others describe. Sometimes I do a wipe right away with paper...
02-25-13, 03:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By robatsu

You could have a point there....

You could have a point there....
02-25-13, 12:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,148
Posted By robatsu

That is the interesting part of...

That is the interesting part of wheelbuilding/truing and makes it a little zen-like. You have to decide when you are done, it isn't like a lot of other mechanical tasks where, say, after you torque...
02-24-13, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By robatsu

Turkey wings on aero levers

I thought turkey wings & aero levers lived in different, non-overlapping eras, like cavemen and dinosaurs, so I was a little surprised to see this on Craigslist...
02-24-13, 05:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,148
Posted By robatsu

I've been sifting through the talk about whether...

I've been sifting through the talk about whether or not one can true a wheel to +/- .001 with or without a pro truing stand and other tools.

I dunno the answer to that. But the more relevant...
02-23-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,148
Posted By robatsu

I agree with all this. I built my wheels for...

I agree with all this. I built my wheels for years w/just a bike frame for truing stand. Then I got the luxo Park. Things go a little quicker, not a lot, but a little noticeable. The stand...
02-21-13, 07:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,125
Posted By robatsu

I've done a little bit of this in Osaka, here are...

I've done a little bit of this in Osaka, here are the great bicycle catacombs underneath Esaka Park:
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02-21-13, 03:21 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 18,830
Posted By robatsu

Hey, good luck! I was a Pacific sailor back in...

Hey, good luck! I was a Pacific sailor back in the day, submarine out of Pearl Harbor. Saw a lot of various ports, islands, rocks, but never Diego Garcia.
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