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10-07-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By sovende

Can't imagine that it would have been "harder...

Can't imagine that it would have been "harder than expected" ! Kinda wondering what he exact reason for the swap out was?
08-12-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
Posted By sovende

I have no idea where that “650b” came from? I do...

I have no idea where that “650b” came from? I do see that the other replies do refer to 650c. I’d say a typo but the “c” & “b” have a key in between them. Might have to blame it on “auto...
08-07-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
Posted By sovende

What specifically designates the frame as being...

What specifically designates the frame as being built for 650b wheels? There seems to be quite a bit of space (even with the axle stops in the dropouts) between the tire tread and the back side of...
08-07-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 992
Posted By sovende

It looks more than a little “frankenbike”-ish to...

It looks more than a little “frankenbike”-ish to me. Not an expert but wondering if Exage components would be paired with 105 components? Chrome (steel?) stem looks out step/time with rest of the...
08-01-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By sovende

:thumb: I guess appearances can be deceiving...

:thumb: I guess appearances can be deceiving :rolleyes:. Glad that you were able to get it off without taking it apart!
07-31-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 651
Posted By sovende

While I still believe that having the lever...

While I still believe that having the lever pointing to the rear is "best practice" (and I believe it's the way the designers intended), I can see some validity in your method IF the tip of the lever...
07-31-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By sovende

:foo: The second photo by the OP doesn’t seem to...

:foo: The second photo by the OP doesn’t seem to indicate that there’s any hexagonal flats for an Allen wrench of any size to engage. Removing the notched piece will (should ?) expose the outer...
07-31-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 622
Posted By sovende

Having some difficulty visualizing your issue...

Having some difficulty visualizing your issue :foo:. If your bike is standing with both wheels on a solid surface (driveway, road, street, etc.), pressing down on the forward pedal will make the bike...
07-30-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,160
Posted By sovende

I’m 68 1/2” (173.99cm) tall. My PBH is 34”...

I’m 68 1/2” (173.99cm) tall. My PBH is 34” (86.36cm) making my cycling inseam just under 1/2 of my overall height. I believe that makes my legs “long” for my height. I have bikes with frames that...
07-30-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,779
Posted By sovende

The first picture in my mind was Oshgosh bib...

The first picture in my mind was Oshgosh bib overalls LOL, in which case, a cotton t-shirt (generally white) wouldn’t be out of the ordinary for non-cyclists in my area. Further along in the post I...
07-30-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,827
Posted By sovende

Was wondering the exact same thing :foo:

Was wondering the exact same thing :foo:
07-30-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By sovende

Did you get it to break free? If not, might I...

Did you get it to break free? If not, might I suggest a different method? While gearbasher’s method may work in most cases, for those really stuck cogs, I place the chain whips so that they form a...
07-30-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By sovende

Ya, using pipe wrenches is likely to be...

Ya, using pipe wrenches is likely to be destructive! Chain wrenches are relatively inexpensive tools to buy and IMHO, diy bike mechanics should have 2 of them. For someone that doesn’t have them, a...
07-30-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 493
Posted By sovende

Yup, fully agree! While lots of issues are...

Yup, fully agree! While lots of issues are “fixable” on older bikes (even French ones ;)) this doesn’t look like one of them. I would however, totally disassemble the entire wheel, saving the rim,...
07-30-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 220
Posted By sovende

Having a hard time visualizing just how a wheel...

Having a hard time visualizing just how a wheel is “installed incorrectly” but I suppose that the derailer (I’m not French) could have been damaged in the process. Is it safe to assume that...
07-30-22, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By sovende

As mentioned above, 2 chain whips are required!...

As mentioned above, 2 chain whips are required! One chain whip is wrapped around the large cog the other is wrapped around the small cog (one that you’re removing). The threading on the freehub body...
07-30-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 651
Posted By sovende

I’d add that having the lever in the position...

I’d add that having the lever in the position shown in the photo increases the risk of it being inadvertently flipped open if caught on something while riding!
07-29-22, 12:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,372
Posted By sovende

Hard to tell for sure from the pics BUT would it...

Hard to tell for sure from the pics BUT would it be at all possible to remove the headset bearings and “shave off” a total of 6mm from the top and/or bottom of the headtube? With a “standard”...
07-24-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 742
Posted By sovende

Seems a bit “spendy” to me but the times, they...

Seems a bit “spendy” to me but the times, they are a changin’! The local Walmart would have suitable tires for ~$40/pair. Mounting tires isn’t a difficult task.
It wasn’t mentioned if new tubes were...
07-23-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By sovende

It’s more than a bit of a “curse” but I’m hard...

It’s more than a bit of a “curse” but I’m hard pressed to throw most anything away that has “any” potential for rehabilitation :o. The sentiment of “the satisfaction of not filling up the landfill”...
07-23-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,999
Posted By sovende

I generally acknowledge LEOs when out for a ride....

I generally acknowledge LEOs when out for a ride. Since I (also generally) follow the rules of the road, use hand signals and wear a helmet, I think it’s important to let them know that there ARE...
07-23-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By sovende

Nice work on the hub rebuild! I’ve considered...

Nice work on the hub rebuild! I’ve considered making a free hub removal tool but haven’t been pushed to the actual need for one yet. :rolleyes:
07-22-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,866
Posted By sovende

On a new, relatively expensive bike, I’d tend to...

On a new, relatively expensive bike, I’d tend to agree but for someone rehabbing a classic / vintage bike that has suffered some level of abuse, misuse or disuse and needs a replacement seat post to...
07-21-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,866
Posted By sovende

Using a shim to get a proper fit between a seat...

Using a shim to get a proper fit between a seat tube and seat post isn’t nearly as “cheap” or blasphemous as some might like to think. I’ve come across more than one bike with a shim that I’m pretty...
07-18-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 605
Posted By sovende

I agree that the accuracy and precision of the...

I agree that the accuracy and precision of the amount of torque applied to fixed cup isn’t critical. Wang it down and that should be good enough!
I have both beam and click type torque wrenchs for...
07-18-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By sovende

I have a 1980 Lotus Excelle with a Shimano...

I have a 1980 Lotus Excelle with a Shimano groupset that includes a 6 cog UniGlide cassette. It’s difficult to assess the degree of wear on the OP’s specimen but a good cleaning is always needed to...
07-11-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By sovende

i wasn’t sensing any “disagreeablity”. In fact, I...

i wasn’t sensing any “disagreeablity”. In fact, I was questioning my position thinking that there might actually be significant differences in frame geometry between a Two Ten & a Six Ten. I was of...
07-11-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By sovende

Ya, I’m pretty sure it’s a 19 1/2” frame too....

Ya, I’m pretty sure it’s a 19 1/2” frame too. Unless the frames of the Two Tens & Six Tens have different design specs, my 21” Two Ten (just measured it) has about a 1” space between the lugs on the...
07-10-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,564
Posted By sovende

Super nice find! Other than tires, tubes, brake...

Super nice find! Other than tires, tubes, brake pads and perhaps the chain, a “fluff & buff” would you be all that I’d consider :thumb:..
07-10-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 556
Posted By sovende

I have a Two Ten of the same vintage (1985) and...

I have a Two Ten of the same vintage (1985) and find it to be a very nice bike! Something about the camera angle and position of the handlebar makes the drop on the right side appear...
07-09-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,767
Posted By sovende

Regardless of the direction of “wrap” on my...

Regardless of the direction of “wrap” on my collection of bikes, I just don’t seem to have a problem with bar tape fraying. I don’t if “lazy” applies to my riding style but I rarely ride “in the...
07-05-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,767
Posted By sovende

I’m not exactly sure why wrapping bars from the...

I’m not exactly sure why wrapping bars from the center (top down) would make the tape wear out quicker :foo:. Perhaps it was meant that the wrap job wouldn’t last as long. I have wrapped bars in both...
07-04-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,022
Posted By sovende

I will give most any “abandoned” bike I see, at...

I will give most any “abandoned” bike I see, at the very least, a once over look. I have plenty of decent bikes in my “to be rehabilitated” cue and don’t feel the need to rescue everyone that I see....
07-04-22, 11:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 586
Posted By sovende

That 42/42 combo is pretty low. You need stronger...

That 42/42 combo is pretty low. You need stronger legs ;). Keep riding, your legs will get there!
07-04-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,144
Posted By sovende

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1536/80-754b5060_9731_41b5_8a6a_3023310dc371_fec7f492ab0e3a22d653b6f9fb4689e450404299.jpeg
Getting ready to get back on the 400 State Trail...
07-02-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 821
Posted By sovende

Had to Google “turbo encabulator” and found a...

Had to Google “turbo encabulator” and found a YouTube video. I was brought nearly to tears laughing as the video went on 🤣. Showed it to my wife and she thought it was hilarious too! Can’t imagine...
07-02-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 821
Posted By sovende

With turbo encabulators costing over $750...

With turbo encabulators costing over $750 million, it’s unlikely that I’ll ever have one to work on :rolleyes:. If anyone that did have one came to me and asked if I’d replace the marzelvanes for...
07-02-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 821
Posted By sovende

Looks like using the Milwaukee 1” socket (with...

Looks like using the Milwaukee 1” socket (with flats) secured in a vise is the way to go! (At least when making a claim to ParkTool :thumb:). I’ve been mostly successful with the freewheel tool in...
06-30-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 749
Posted By sovende

I’d definitely follow the tire/tube (& perhaps...

I’d definitely follow the tire/tube (& perhaps brake pad) recommendations already suggested!

RE: the trailer question, in my opinion (it’s worth what you pay for it), pulling a trailer with that...
06-30-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 749
Posted By sovende

An ‘80s bike for sure but yes late ‘80s!...

An ‘80s bike for sure but yes late ‘80s! Definitely going with the 1988 suggestion. Headbadge code and frame # will provide more info. Depending on date of final assembly (headbadge) it’s possible...
05-13-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By sovende

Another reason for not “upgrading” my Miyata 210...

Another reason for not “upgrading” my Miyata 210 is to maintain its nearly bone stock condition! I do have a late ‘80s Schwinn that has a Shimano Light Action RD and will be quick to admit that it...
05-12-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By sovende

I especially enjoy reading about C / V brands and...

I especially enjoy reading about C / V brands and models of bikes when I actually have one very near to the subject of the review. I have a 1985 Miyata 210 and find it to be a very nice bike. I have...
05-11-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By sovende

Another consideration, for those bringing their...

Another consideration, for those bringing their own bike with them on a trip to Europe, is being able to prove that you did so! This is especially true if you bring a European made bike. Perhaps best...
05-10-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,391
Posted By sovende

Back in the mid-90s, I was stationed at the U.S....

Back in the mid-90s, I was stationed at the U.S. Army facility in Vicenza, Italy. While there, my in-laws came for a visit and my F-I-L shipped his pretty nice Trek(can’t remember the model) road...
05-10-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,028
Posted By sovende

I have a couple of pairs of chromed steel UKAI...

I have a couple of pairs of chromed steel UKAI rims (27x 1 1/4 made in Japan) that I believe to be (all things considered) very adequate. One pair will be going back on the 1980 Schwinn LeTour that...
05-10-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,529
Posted By sovende

My thoughts exactly. OP’s follow up in post #8...

My thoughts exactly. OP’s follow up in post #8 sort of explains things but with that saddle position, large frame and lots of exposed seat post, I’m thinking long legs and (proportionally) short arms...
05-09-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By sovende

Thanks. Looking forward to what you find! ...

Thanks. Looking forward to what you find!
Looking at marks left by the unkeyed washer/spacer on the DS, I’m thinking that it must be positioned between the inside of the crank spider and outside of...
05-08-22, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By sovende

I appreciate that that the OEM components on this...

I appreciate that that the OEM components on this bike may be internationally sourced. The one piece crank is definitely marked “MONARK” on the spindle portion of the component. RE: the position of...
05-08-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By sovende

Proper assembly of ‘70s Monark one piece crankset.

My ‘70s Cresent came to me incomplete and in pieces. I’m working on cleaning things up and reassembling what I have before looking for the missing components. The frame is stripped bare and is in...
05-05-22, 06:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 897
Posted By sovende

“Blackburn” is the tire brand that WalMart...

“Blackburn” is the tire brand that WalMart currently sells. Prolly not for the elite cyclist but I suspect they will be fine on the OP’s ‘80s road bike. They are likely a bit heavy but again, prolly...
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