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09-16-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 694
Posted By denaffen

You mentioned 27x1 1/4 road tires. If that's what...

You mentioned 27x1 1/4 road tires. If that's what you have, Panaracer Paselas are available in that side and they're pretty nice all-purpose tires. They'll work well on compacted gravel, although...
09-15-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 9,622
Posted By denaffen

We could have a whole side thread of newer...

We could have a whole side thread of newer artists covering old fart songs. Here's one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTDYjFt95Z4
09-14-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 9,622
Posted By denaffen

Because I refuse to just listen to old-fart music...

Because I refuse to just listen to old-fart music despite my own encroaching old-fartiness, I've been actively listening to new artists and music lately. I've even considered making a "New Music for...
09-13-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,035
Posted By denaffen

Around here $200 Treks are common, as are some...

Around here $200 Treks are common, as are some other nice bikes. The trick is that unless you know what to look for and are prepared to do any needed repairs, you could just be buying a problem you...
09-12-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By denaffen

Unrelated, but thatís an amazing stack height,...

Unrelated, but thatís an amazing stack height, and is that stem facing back toward the saddle?
09-11-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 622
Posted By denaffen

Funny thing is that on a new bike I need to make...

Funny thing is that on a new bike I need to make a million tiny adjustments until it feels right, but once it does I could move anything by an inch and it would be ok.
Forum: Foo
09-09-21, 09:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 744
Posted By denaffen

I love tennis. Never picked up a racket until...

I love tennis. Never picked up
a racket until late in life, but itís a wonderful game I love for a lot of the same reasons I enjoy cycling.
Forum: Foo
09-07-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 302
Posted By denaffen

From my own experience running forums, it's less...

From my own experience running forums, it's less likely to be a bot and more likely to be a third-world link farm, probably employing child labor. They're more pervasive than bots these days, since...
09-07-21, 06:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 710
Posted By denaffen

When I'm doing an upright bar conversion, I like...

When I'm doing an upright bar conversion, I like the Tektro FL750 over any MTB-style lever I've seen.
08-31-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 1,102
Views: 267,460
Posted By denaffen

Mine as I recently got it. ...

Mine as I recently got it.


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and now
...
08-30-21, 04:12 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,400
Posted By denaffen

As a kid, I raced BMX and pretty much lived on a...

As a kid, I raced BMX and pretty much lived on a bike. I worked in a bike shop, rode for miles and miles and just knew bikes inside and out. I was 13 with a Bicycling magazine subscription, dreaming...
08-28-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 718
Posted By denaffen

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Sufi no cranks on mine. Sorry itís not a better pic
08-27-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 718
Posted By denaffen

My 85 has a suntour ar or arx front derailleur,...

My 85 has a suntour ar or arx front derailleur, so it would make sense that it would be suntour ar or arx in the rear too. Which is what that pic looks like to me.
08-27-21, 07:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 718
Posted By denaffen

I just picked up an 85, detailed elsewhere. I...

I just picked up an 85, detailed elsewhere. I think most of your components are original, but I donít think the triple crank is, and I wonder about the rear derailleur.

the malliard hubs...
08-26-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

Sure, but also true of other bars. I'm not really...

Sure, but also true of other bars. I'm not really interested in some binary split between drop bars and flat bars. I know the limitations of flat bars well.
08-26-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

My question -- what I hoped to get out of the...

My question -- what I hoped to get out of the conversation -- was really whether there was something I hadn't tried, or if I needed to tough it out more, or if I've put in the good effort and should...
08-26-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

Please, can we stop talking about frame size....

Please, can we stop talking about frame size. Again, this isn't one bike. Multiple bikes. A variety of sizes. A variety of stems. A variety of bars. This isn't a case of me getting on one ill-fitting...
08-26-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

Which one? I mean, again, this is multiple bikes,...

Which one? I mean, again, this is multiple bikes, multiple bars, multiple stems.
08-26-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

So, to maybe rephrase the initial question (given...

So, to maybe rephrase the initial question (given that I know I'm OK with at least some modern drops) -- if you have drop bars and you never use the drops, why have drop bars?
08-26-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

Yes, this is a big part of what I'm dealing...

Yes, this is a big part of what I'm dealing with... vintage-style drops. On my Nishiki, I gave up and put bullhorns. On the Bianchi, the swap to highway ones brought it more into line with the top...
08-26-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

I've tried everything from 60 to 100mm reach. On...

I've tried everything from 60 to 100mm reach. On the Trek, it's a 60. Very short. I could clock the them up a little bit and get a better (less sloping) grip up top, but then the drops would be even...
08-26-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,139
Posted By denaffen

At what point do you give up on drop bars?

OK, so I grew up with BMX bikes and later rode mountain bikes. It really wasn't until last year that I spent any time with drop bars, and I find myself just NOT getting along with them. I wonder if...
08-26-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

Meanwhile the 520 got a little more attention...

Meanwhile the 520 got a little more attention last night. I cleaned up the rear wheel, removed that tragic frisbee, cleaned and lubed the chain, replaced the grotty brake lines and finally got rid of...
08-26-21, 05:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

Thanks. Iím loving the color too. Itís exactly...

Thanks. Iím loving the color too. Itís exactly what I was going for.

I am gonna decal it. Iím using the 70s block letters, white with a black outline. Velocals even made the correct steel...
08-25-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By denaffen

Thanks, but I'm just going to leave it. There's...

Thanks, but I'm just going to leave it. There's nothing wrong with it, it just needed a good cleaning. And normally I like to remove the cassette to get the frisbee off, but it's not strictly...
08-25-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By denaffen

I was not so lucky. That thing is ON there....

I was not so lucky. That thing is ON there. Eventually I decided it didn't need to come off that bad :-D
08-25-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By denaffen

Ugh. That's what I was afraid of. Thank you!

Ugh. That's what I was afraid of. Thank you!
08-25-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By denaffen

What tool do I need for this cassette?

Or freewheel, as the case may be. Itís shimano but I havenít seen one like this before. ...
08-25-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

The Le Tour has its (hopefully) last coat of...

The Le Tour has its (hopefully) last coat of paint and is ready for polishing. ...
08-24-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

there is absolutely no way there is 35mm...

there is absolutely no way there is 35mm difference in these two frames wheelbase
08-24-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 20,532
Views: 3,579,633
Posted By denaffen

For 2500, they should give you a couple of each...

For 2500, they should give you a couple of each model.



That's some restoration.
08-24-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

Just ordered stickers, which cost me more than 2x...

Just ordered stickers, which cost me more than 2x what the Schwinn did. But on the plus side, Velocals did reproduce the "made in America" sticker that wasn't in their normal inventory. They do nice...
08-23-21, 07:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

thatís overall wheelbase, although I may need to...

thatís overall wheelbase, although I may need to re-measure. I had measured the stays before and theyíre about 5mm different, with the 520 being just a smidge longer.
08-23-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

As I measure it -- and I acknowledge my...

As I measure it -- and I acknowledge my measurements may be suspect -- I found a ~6cm drop on the LeTour and slightly more, about 6.5cm on the Trek.

I also measured the wheelbase and came up with...
08-22-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

While the Le Tour is in the “paint booth” I was...

While the Le Tour is in the “paint booth” I was pleasantly surprised to find that the 520's tires still held air. So I wiped off some grime and took it for a little test ride today....
08-22-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

> but I just don't think they're much of an...

> but I just don't think they're much of an "apples to apples" comparison- not even really an "oranges to tangerines"

You may think that, but liking at them side by side and measuring them,...
08-22-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

My intent was just what I said up front: I happen...

My intent was just what I said up front: I happen to find myself suddenly coming into both of these at once. Theyíre the same color ( or were) pretty much the same size, very similar geometry, both...
08-22-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
Posted By denaffen

Iím currently painting my third, a Schwinn...

Iím currently painting my third, a Schwinn LeTour, and put the first coat of paint on yesterday:...
08-22-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

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Sprayed first coat on the LeTour yesterday. I like...
08-21-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,673
Posted By denaffen

Iíve been toying with the idea of 3D printing one

Iíve been toying with the idea of 3D printing one
08-21-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

Is there any way to check without the LT being...

Is there any way to check without the LT being built up?
08-21-21, 04:26 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

ShannonM earlier and later LeTours were built in...

ShannonM earlier and later LeTours were built in Japan, but this one claims to be US built. ...
08-20-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

The Golden Boy good catch on the rear derailleur....

The Golden Boy good catch on the rear derailleur. Per the catalog the original was arx and I didnít catch it. The rd seems to fit to me. But I do have a spare arx in the parts bin.
08-20-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

Maybe-probably, but I don't have a Le Tour Luxe,...

Maybe-probably, but I don't have a Le Tour Luxe, I have these two. And they're even the same color, nearly the same size, and both made in the US.
08-20-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

> The Le Tour is more of an entry level road bike...

> The Le Tour is more of an entry level road bike with sport touring geometry as opposed to a full on touring bike like the 520.

For most years, absolutely true. But for the mid-80s...
08-20-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,443
Posted By denaffen

A tale of two tourers: Trek 520 vs Schwinn Le Tour

So I find myself in an unusual situation: I have had two very similar US-made late-80s touring bikes enter my life this week. Both are from the mid-to-late 80s, more-or-less the same color of blue,...
Forum: Touring
08-20-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 412
Views: 186,084
Posted By denaffen

I joined the club today ...

I joined the club today ...
Replies: 12
Views: 684
Posted By denaffen

Well friends, I now own a 520 ...

Well friends, I now own a 520
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08-20-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 887
Posted By denaffen

Iím thinking light blue with orange accents. So a...

Iím thinking light blue with orange accents. So a bit like this one https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5733/30539386104_89e7ae7595_z.jpg but leaning into the gulf racing blue/orange paint scheme. Planning...
Replies: 12
Views: 684
Posted By denaffen

Adjusted for "not in the big city" and "bike has...

Adjusted for "not in the big city" and "bike has been on the market for 15 weeks now" I think that sounds right-ish with where we're at. Albeit a lot more than I've ever paid for an old bike that...
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