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03-02-14, 11:35 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,782
Posted By spacemanz

Yep, that's about when they start traveling again...

Yep, that's about when they start traveling again around here (the whole West coast probably). There's a giant holly tree right outside, that literally feeds hundreds or maybe thousands of birds,...
03-02-14, 10:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,605
Posted By spacemanz

Sweet pics. :) I "might" get some time later to...

Sweet pics. :) I "might" get some time later to drop in down there, but it's a pretty good ride, by bike or bus, so I might not make it. :( Have fun, whoever goes. :)
02-26-14, 08:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,817
Posted By spacemanz

Cool. :) I've heard of those, but never seen one....

Cool. :) I've heard of those, but never seen one. It puts me in mind of bolt cutters, for heavy duty locks.
02-26-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,836
Posted By spacemanz

I just recently converted back to a 130 rear...

I just recently converted back to a 130 rear wheel instead of an older 126, so I went from a 14-28 to a 11-34 on the rear end, and I've been using a 50-34 in the front. I'm not really a gear-head,...
02-26-14, 05:18 AM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Snarf! :D I made some cake with blueberry muffin...

Snarf! :D I made some cake with blueberry muffin mix yesterday, & I just realized a bit ago, it's actually for my unscheduled 3 AM snack. :D
02-25-14, 08:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,439
Posted By spacemanz

That head tube & headset combo kicks ass. And...

That head tube & headset combo kicks ass. And don't try to say it doesn't. ;)
02-25-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,972
Posted By spacemanz

You don't want those, they look like the stock...

You don't want those, they look like the stock pulleys from their cheapest-made derailleurs. For most of us, the little aftermarket sealed cartridge bearing pulleys work best. Or do what I do, & buy...
02-24-14, 08:10 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Yep, it's normally in the 40sF here, breaking...

Yep, it's normally in the 40sF here, breaking into the low 50s at times, and dipping down into the 30s pretty often at night. It makes me think of that GnR song, about the cold November rain. Would...
02-23-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,243
Posted By spacemanz

Hang in there, folks, it's gotta get better...

Hang in there, folks, it's gotta get better again, eventually. Right? ;) I'm from PA, & been through a lot of winters there, & don't miss the snow & cold a bit.
Forum: Touring
02-23-14, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,900
Posted By spacemanz

Wow, this thread makes me appreciate the...

Wow, this thread makes me appreciate the "tropical" weather around Seattle, LOL. :) I'm just gearing up myself, and besides recently discovering a Marmot coat & gloves (I guess Marmot was like the...
02-23-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By spacemanz

Hi, I just saw this, & it was pretty good timing,...

Hi, I just saw this, & it was pretty good timing, I see. ;) Is this right down by the big Ferris wheel there, on the waterfront? I'm thinking it must be, but I've never paid much attention to the...
02-22-14, 11:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,972
Posted By spacemanz

Interesting. I'm using a medium-cage 6500-series...

Interesting. I'm using a medium-cage 6500-series RD, & never knew about that. I pulled the pulleys off a RD-7400, to put on it, & it seems way better. Probably those ceramic bearings help, which are...
02-21-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,213
Posted By spacemanz

Mopar rocks. :) My older sister had a Roadrunner...

Mopar rocks. :) My older sister had a Roadrunner for awhile, I think it was a '73 or '74, in bright blue with those fading stripes in red. I was 15, & couldn't "legally" drive it, LOL. ;) That one...
02-21-14, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By spacemanz

There were definitely some bikes/forks made with...

There were definitely some bikes/forks made with bolt-holes on both sides, for a shorty pannier, because I just saw one on my local CL recently. I'm guessing it's that high on the fork legs, to make...
02-21-14, 02:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,213
Posted By spacemanz

I was just thinking, it must have been around '72...

I was just thinking, it must have been around '72 or '73, & I was about 9 or 10, & my neighbor had a purple Schwinn Stingray, & only ever had grape sodas. He was mostly pretty cool, but he was...
02-20-14, 08:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,213
Posted By spacemanz

Awesome looking frame. :) I've noticed before,...

Awesome looking frame. :) I've noticed before, that several more vintage Mieles than mine were painted orange, & I've thought hard about orange, for if I ever re-paint mine.
02-20-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,122
Posted By spacemanz

I have some pretty old 3TTT Criteriums, in 42cm...

I have some pretty old 3TTT Criteriums, in 42cm wide, 26.0 clamping area, that I like quite a bit.
02-18-14, 06:51 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 52,848
Posted By spacemanz

@ rekmeyata, Cyclone was the TOTL for a...

@ rekmeyata, Cyclone was the TOTL for a generation or 2, before they developed Superbe as the higher than TOTL. So Superbe was better than the best. And Superbe Pro was even better. :D
02-18-14, 06:47 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 52,848
Posted By spacemanz

You nailed it. Anything West of the Rockies has a...

You nailed it. Anything West of the Rockies has a premium, which grows as you proceed further West and/or North. !?! ;)
02-17-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Aha, it may be a widespread issue then. We had a...

Aha, it may be a widespread issue then. We had a good storm here yesterday, a few times, with sun mixed in. It was mostly a good steady rain, but the wind was hitting 60 MPH at times, and I was...
02-17-14, 11:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,711
Posted By spacemanz

I'm using SunTour Edge 6-speed levers in friction...

I'm using SunTour Edge 6-speed levers in friction mode, with an 8-speed XTR cassette. :D I almost broke down & put on those old tri-color brifters, just to get a feel for them, but they're just so...
02-15-14, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,936
Posted By spacemanz

Man, that is sweet. Congrats! :thumb: I really...

Man, that is sweet. Congrats! :thumb: I really like that rich green, on Italian bikes. It makes me think of the green in Italy's flag, obviously. But I'm stuck on aqua-marine in my mind, for the...
02-15-14, 10:49 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 52,848
Posted By spacemanz

Miele (the best ones were made between 1982 &...

Miele (the best ones were made between 1982 & 1996) probably fits in here nicely. It says Made in Canada right on the headbadge, so nobody thinks it's anything special. Which suits me fine, it's a...
02-14-14, 06:09 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Roger M, your boy looks like a real trooper....

Roger M, your boy looks like a real trooper. :thumb: Gore-Tex is great, but the old stand-by wool socks is next best. Plus a wool sweater, if needed, but that gets TOO warm sometimes. ;)
02-14-14, 05:24 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Ha, I've been around, but haven't been posting....

Ha, I've been around, but haven't been posting. :) It's been in the 40s & 50s F here, which makes it hard to dress for the weather. Plus it rains when it's in the right mood, and yesterday & today...
02-07-14, 10:06 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

Sorry for the long delay. No pics from me, I did...

Sorry for the long delay. No pics from me, I did try a few, but it was just too durn-it cold out & the crowds were too feisty for me. Remember, I have a bum knee, so it's just not smart to get into...
02-05-14, 09:25 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

Well, we're fixin' to find out, today. The...

Well, we're fixin' to find out, today. The celebration parade is supposed to be around 10:00-ish, followed by a "moment of LOUDNESS" at 12:12. :D It was 26F when I got up, with the wind chill making...
02-05-14, 09:09 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,463
Posted By spacemanz

Yep, & I'm one of those 5. :D I'm a "natural"...

Yep, & I'm one of those 5. :D I'm a "natural" speller, but math kicks my butt, LOL. Which isn't really funny, but the best you can do with it is laugh it off. It helps to be somewhat lucky, you...
02-04-14, 10:26 AM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Agreed, she's on the list of cuties too. :D ;)

Agreed, she's on the list of cuties too. :D ;)
02-04-14, 10:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

Bring on the catnip, I'll test that too. :eek: :D

Bring on the catnip, I'll test that too. :eek: :D
02-03-14, 06:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

LOL. :D DD, I got some of that Purple Arrow...

LOL. :D DD, I got some of that Purple Arrow today, which is Hindu Kush crossed with Purple Afghani. I'm still early in the testing, but this is among the best I've tried, so far. A very potent pain...
02-03-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

But on the bright side of things, the cannabis...

But on the bright side of things, the cannabis grows taller, faster, & stronger too. :D OK, maybe B.C. "might" have better, but they're like North Seattle, in a way, on the map. ;)
02-02-14, 10:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 856
Posted By spacemanz

I'm not sure, on the stalking. She's right around...

I'm not sure, on the stalking. She's right around 8 years older than I am, so in my mind's eye, she'll be my sugar momma, & I'm the innocent young man. :lol: ;)
02-02-14, 09:45 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,778
Posted By spacemanz

Yessir, I went out on the back deck to burn one,...

Yessir, I went out on the back deck to burn one, & the college kids were lightin' up the sky, with fireworks. :D There'll be celebratin' of all sorts, for who knows how long. ;)
02-02-14, 03:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,523
Posted By spacemanz

That's the biggest part, make sure it's a longer...

That's the biggest part, make sure it's a longer cage. Sheldon says it's the shift levers & cassette/freewheel that matter, not the RD, & I kinda believe him. ;) I've just switched to a Ultegra...
02-02-14, 12:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 856
Posted By spacemanz

Ha, I can remember having a serious crush on her,...

Ha, I can remember having a serious crush on her, back in '79, before she really took off. ;) My hat's off to Mr. Marchand, he'd give me a good race, I think, & quite possibly kick my butt. :D ;)
02-02-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Awww, she's a cutie. I'm jealous (I never had...

Awww, she's a cutie. I'm jealous (I never had kids), LOL. ;) Where are her gloves/mittens? :mad: ;)
02-01-14, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Don't sit still, that's how you get cold. :D I'm...

Don't sit still, that's how you get cold. :D I'm finally getting a feel for keeping my toes warm. Air-wick type polyester socks, then wool socks, then Gore-Tex running shoes. It's way better than it...
02-01-14, 01:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,862
Posted By spacemanz

Hmm, I never really looked at these before, but...

Hmm, I never really looked at these before, but now I see the ALE cages won't work, with the 600 pedals. Pretty obvious now. ;) But still, by removing the cleat thingies & moving the cage under the...
02-01-14, 12:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By spacemanz

I'm poor until Monday, after a Super Bowl...

I'm poor until Monday, after a Super Bowl shopping trip the other day, LOL, but I'm planning a trip soon, to one of the many local places. I don't know enough about Asian foods yet, to recommend any...
02-01-14, 11:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,488
Posted By spacemanz

I love my AGC levers. :) Mine have that slot for...

I love my AGC levers. :) Mine have that slot for tools, but not the other slots, for weight-saving. ;) The OP means where the cable actually contacts the lever innards, there's an opening that's too...
02-01-14, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,682
Posted By spacemanz

Can I has steel wheelz too? :D I mostly agree...

Can I has steel wheelz too? :D I mostly agree about "good" steel being best, but I just don't have the right brakes for steel wheels yet. ;)
01-31-14, 10:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,862
Posted By spacemanz

I have a pair of those Tri-color 600s, but never...

I have a pair of those Tri-color 600s, but never tried them yet. I can see & feel the quality, but I'm stuck on platform pedals yet, trying to make myself accept the usage of clips & straps. On an...
01-31-14, 07:46 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,986
Posted By spacemanz

I have little knowledge, but plenty to say...

I have little knowledge, but plenty to say anyways. :D ;) My one great regret, is not buying those Miele stickers, when T-Mar offered. If I had, I could harass him by snail mail, to post again. ...
01-31-14, 07:23 PM
Replies: 19,837
Views: 2,485,266
Posted By spacemanz

Happy b'day, young man! :) Awesome pics, as...

Happy b'day, young man! :) Awesome pics, as usual. :thumb: I got in probably about 35 miles today, on the Miele. We have a lot of foothills here, so a very similar up & down-hill journey, with...
01-31-14, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 937
Posted By spacemanz

Happy New Year! :) I'm pretty uneducated in this...

Happy New Year! :) I'm pretty uneducated in this area, but somewhat interested, & I was reading up last night. I was born in '61, making me a ying steel ox. It's supposed to be a tough year for us...
01-29-14, 11:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,290
Posted By spacemanz

Drop dead gorgeous, everything about it. :thumb:...

Drop dead gorgeous, everything about it. :thumb: Yeah that seat tube headbadge is a work of art in itself, like a mobile sculpture. ;) Congrats, OP, definitely just hang this one.
01-28-14, 12:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,408
Posted By spacemanz

Hi, I have an old Atala like you describe, & the...

Hi, I have an old Atala like you describe, & the closest I could figure is, Tullio tubing was "probably" a special order from Columbus, as I saw a web page before in Italian that mentioned the...
01-26-14, 02:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By spacemanz

Yep, I think this proves that "some" stem...

Yep, I think this proves that "some" stem shifters could definitely be considered high-end. I noticed too, in the earlier pages of that catalog scan, that "New" 105, 600EX, and Dura-Ace ALL had...
01-26-14, 01:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 962
Posted By spacemanz

In praise of the SL-L422-S.

OK, I've mentioned these stemmies several times, possibly to the point of annoying some of you, LOL, but I just now found some validation. It seems these were part of the SLR group, but these & the...
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