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05-16-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Tange #1 and Tange #2 are not Prestige, guys. OP...

Tange #1 and Tange #2 are not Prestige, guys. OP is looking for Prestige only.

Vintage Land Shark and Davidson road bikes (both custom builders) are made with Prestige tubing. I have had the...
05-16-21, 01:35 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 6,656
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! I'll just ride the tops for 99.9% of...

Thanks! I'll just ride the tops for 99.9% of things. Since the hoods do stick to me when riding on them, it can be considered a safety upgrade.

So here's the conundrum for me: I ride clipless for...
05-16-21, 01:18 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 6,656
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1981 Fuji S12-S LTD - 18-Speed - 25"

You could say I stumbled into this Challenge by complete accident. Bike Works had their (now) monthly As-Is sale and I went looking for a bike to buy and do a full refurbishing/restoration of....
05-14-21, 02:39 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Love the orange glow/background lighting. It's a...

Love the orange glow/background lighting. It's a lovely touch. ;)
05-11-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I just buy (well, I have it now) a 12-25 or...

I just buy (well, I have it now) a 12-25 or 12-27T 10-speed cassette for cheap (used) and change out the lower set of cogs. In the end, it's only a half-problem, not a full blown hindrance, so the...
05-10-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You are correct, that is the one. Present gear...

You are correct, that is the one. Present gear inch range is 25.9 - 134.3 with these tires and 3x10 setup. I've been mulling over a 2x10 compact setup with an 11-34 or 11-36 cassette. Gear inch range...
05-09-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Coming together, man! 51 PSI for tires of that...

Coming together, man! 51 PSI for tires of that size seems like a reasonable starting point. My 42cm Somas, which measure 38-38.5mm on old Mavic CXP21 rims (the normal "old" standard of 19-20mm...
05-07-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 845
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Your 7400 brake calipers are short reach...

Your 7400 brake calipers are short reach (39-49mm). You will need standard reach (47-57mm) brake calipers to reach 700C wheels. Many options in single pivot, but if you want better stopping on the...
04-27-21, 01:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well, folks, I turned my 620 into a Lexus.... My...

Well, folks, I turned my 620 into a Lexus.... My previously skeptical self (for good reason) with regard to big tires, their aesthetic, and their benefits, has been disproven. Crazy. Sure, big tires...
04-26-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Another vote for the Soma Sutro. At around $50...

Another vote for the Soma Sutro. At around $50 new, it may be pricey by used component LBS standards, but for a very specific type of quill stem (black, tall, 26.0 clamp), that extremely rarified air...
04-25-21, 09:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

In what seems like forever in mental years, I...

In what seems like forever in mental years, I finally broke down and bought some 700x42s. It gets me out into the off-road stuff quickly, as well as serves as a data point as to tire volume and how...
04-24-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 2,383
Views: 491,004
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Congrats on the find! I saw that ad a few days...

Congrats on the find! I saw that ad a few days ago and was flabbergasted at the price, certainly for such a rare bird. Glad a BF member snagged it and loves it! Looks like you may have a little more...
04-22-21, 02:10 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The rear wheel of my Deore DX / Matrix Titan Tour...

The rear wheel of my Deore DX / Matrix Titan Tour wheelset was a perplexing build. Taut spokes but the spokes still had large arcs like they weren't fully tensioned (but were). Spokes too short...
04-22-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 850
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Came here to say that the aluminum forks that...

Came here to say that the aluminum forks that I've had on bikes, from the OMG scary stiff bone-shaker Cannondales (1989, 1991, and 1992 respectively) were fine. One can make any material rubbish for...
04-20-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,705
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The Nishiki looks fine to me! White seems like a...

The Nishiki looks fine to me! White seems like a faded yellow, but otherwise a fairly handsome of-its-era MTB. MTBs from this time also have pretty depressed pricing in general--not that I spend a...
04-20-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,927
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you HeikoS69 for the Flickr link as well...

Thank you HeikoS69 for the Flickr link as well as the PDF file. I have updated the first post. Reposting the PDF link with translation ...
04-12-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Just for comedic relief, I built up my Medici,...

Just for comedic relief, I built up my Medici, this time with new (to me) stem and bars and a 12-25T cassette that I thought was a 12-27? I don't know...

Anyways, 25mm tires on the gauntlet of the...
04-09-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

"I try not to die" is still one of my favorite...

"I try not to die" is still one of my favorite quotes. So apt, at all times!

It seems like a lot of vintage bikes, even "touring" ones of the '70s and early '80s, didn't have a lot of tire width...
04-09-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Like I said, I had bought these 48s on a lark....

Like I said, I had bought these 48s on a lark. Hearing friends and reading plenty of linked-to JH articles, thoughts, and research, I thought, "Well why not?" Why not see if I like the look? Or the...
04-09-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

It continually amazes me at how large of a...

It continually amazes me at how large of a diameter a tire (width particularly) one can fit going from 700C to 650B. The chainstays are still as narrow as they are for a 700x32 tire, but then it's...
04-09-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,851
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Trek 620 on 700x48 Tires??? A $10 New School Frame Shows The Way

I had a few titles for this thread, but didn't want to go all click bait-y, so here is what we have.

I bought a $10 frameset from Bike Works' twice-monthly "As Is Sale" and through a lot of...
04-06-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,575
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That bike is GORGEOUS!!! :love: Definitely looks...

That bike is GORGEOUS!!! :love: Definitely looks every bit of 68cm to me. And all Superbe... Knock me over with a feather! Same with the ultra-thinned lugs. That's darn near illegal!
04-05-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2,383
Views: 491,004
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok, everyone, as promised, my 1979 Trek 510!...

Ok, everyone, as promised, my 1979 Trek 510! Triple rare in form, IMO: 1) a 510 from 1979 +/- 2) 25.5" size 3) Chestnut color, which is gorgeous. Fully double butted Ishiwata 022 tubing, with a...
03-31-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Sweet stuff. I'm putting that same Deore LX rear...

Sweet stuff. I'm putting that same Deore LX rear derailleur (and matching front) on a bike build (to be sold). It's the standard/initial Shimano SIS pull ratio of 1.7:1 vs. the new 11-speed ratio of...
03-29-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Wow, gold metallic flake in the black! Never...

Wow, gold metallic flake in the black! Never would have known that from the catalogs or any other pictures I've seen of old Kogas. Would have imagined just a straight jet black, which would have...
03-29-21, 12:23 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,491
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Back to reality. I visited Recycled Cycles...

Back to reality.

I visited Recycled Cycles and did some stem-to-stem comparisons as well as lined up a Cinelli 1A stem they had to my frame. Sigh. All angled down noticeably. I brought a...
03-28-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,525
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Fleet maintenance and bulk shakedown test...

Fleet maintenance and bulk shakedown test rides--I definitely know how that element of "bikes are fun" passion can turn into "must accumulate data and pass test" drudgery, especially if one is...
03-25-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,491
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

But what if a quill stem became an option again,...

But what if a quill stem became an option again, due to the need to run Open 4 wheels and having that composition change not work with the modern headset and stem combination? What if the only truly...
03-24-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,393
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

gugie I did some quick Photoshopping of both a...

gugie I did some quick Photoshopping of both a grey and orange fork.

The grey fork looks completely at home on this bike given the graphic theme of the frame. Good news!...
03-24-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,026
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! It's a really enjoyable bike to ride....

Thank you! It's a really enjoyable bike to ride. The other day was all dry and I had my paint-stripped-and-test-rig Medici available, and I took the 620. No discredit to the Medici at all--it's a...
03-24-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,026
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The PDW Road Plus'es have a 30mm max tire width...

The PDW Road Plus'es have a 30mm max tire width spec'd for them. The 33mm Somas on the bike are 30mm on the nose (at least with 19-20mm wide external rims). I looked at and 'tried on' a number of...
03-24-21, 01:52 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,026
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1985 Trek 620. PDW Road Plus fenders. Excellent...

1985 Trek 620. PDW Road Plus fenders. Excellent combination, IMO.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1800x1127/img_0003sm_0fae67a17ad6ffd84baa76d501c87cd973a85cf9.jpg...
03-23-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,491
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Rocket-Sauce I just had the thought come to me as...

Rocket-Sauce I just had the thought come to me as I was out for an evening ride. In threadless stem conversion, of which I have done many, the stem clamps onto the adapter and that is it. No spacers...
03-23-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,393
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I think anything is better than the fork that's...

I think anything is better than the fork that's on it now. Thank goodness the bike is in your hands now! You can both rectify it aesthetically and functionally. The fork's color could even match. The...
03-23-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,177
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you for the update. I picked up a used...

Thank you for the update. I picked up a used Brooks Swallow (cheaper than a B17 new, and anything else) that has much of the darkening or seasoning of your B17. I finally got it to a local bike shop...
03-23-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 291
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Just saw this thread. I have built both polished...

Just saw this thread. I have built both polished and grey/dark grey anodized rims from them. No black. Built dark grey ones on a former Specialized Allez SE. Looked great with tan wall tires (of...
03-20-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I would love to find a flamingo & black 64cm...

I would love to find a flamingo & black 64cm example. LOVE that color combo. :)
03-20-21, 01:17 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Wow! That is some considerable room in that...

Wow! That is some considerable room in that frame! Rims look hot, even if they are for disc brakes.
03-19-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,927
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Updated. Links take one directly to online-hosted...

Updated. Links take one directly to online-hosted PDFs. Great scans (aka hi-res), so don't worry if it loads more slowly than normal. It means you can zoom in!
03-18-21, 12:10 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,772
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Glad you were able to pick it up, Jacco! So...

Glad you were able to pick it up, Jacco! So cool! And you're welcome, of course. ;)

Crazy to think that the standard weight of various Travellers is well north of 13kg. My '85 Trek 620 is just...
03-17-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Sweet. Another Pro Tour build. Always nice to...

Sweet. Another Pro Tour build. Always nice to see. However, I fail to see the logic of a stiff chain being beneficial to this component set or any. Suntour Cyclone derailleurs get along with pretty...
03-16-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,111
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I am a fan of the FSA Duron X headset. Stack...

I am a fan of the FSA Duron X headset. Stack height is quite tall, and thankfully there are many headsets that get down to the lower 33mm-ish area. It shouldn't have had to happen, and my heart sinks...
03-16-21, 10:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,177
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I suppose the clothes we ride with determine if a...

I suppose the clothes we ride with determine if a saddle darkens or not (thank you jamesdak and steelbikeguy for the additional data points!). Or maybe it's the leather itself that is prone to...
03-12-21, 04:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,491
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

merziac that second photo with the black Ultegra...

merziac that second photo with the black Ultegra components (6700 generation for those playing at home) has me thinking that red translated pretty well! Also, what a great color composition for a...
03-12-21, 03:43 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,943
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Monster cross / beach racer / whatever you want...

Monster cross / beach racer / whatever you want to call this is my heretical (to C&V) dream bike. This bike with the saddle up a few more inches and a 110mm stem or so is that dream realized. Hard...
03-10-21, 12:11 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,162
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Aaaaaaaand this is why I like lugged steel...

Aaaaaaaand this is why I like lugged steel frames. Holy moly, guys, beautiful submissions!! I have never saved so many images in such a short amount of time. Good to know that some of my personal lug...
03-08-21, 01:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,002
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

This sort of...not obsession (not the right...

This sort of...not obsession (not the right word), but...concern will never end for us, will it? (and I mean this in the best of enthusiast ways)
03-08-21, 01:36 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,491
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! I've thought about that (bike builds on...

Thanks! I've thought about that (bike builds on the internet) as I've gone along. Certainly for basic compositioning it would provide quite useful. I think we'll all enjoy organically building as we...
03-08-21, 01:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,546
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

10/10 for a heretical build IMO, as I have put...

10/10 for a heretical build IMO, as I have put two different kinds of electronic shifting on a '74 Paramount (with great success!). I don't like the "OMG I need disc brakes to have the ultimate...
03-08-21, 01:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,002
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Paint looks really nice. Though you could paint...

Paint looks really nice. Though you could paint it Celeste........ ;)
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