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05-17-21, 10:46 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 6,700
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well, as fast as I was in, I am out. My left knee...

Well, as fast as I was in, I am out. My left knee let me know to keep with the SPD-SL pedals and not try any funny business, and that was the next day, after doing just 5.3 miles. So by the letter of...
05-16-21, 02:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 525
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: 230
Views: 6,700
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: 230
Views: 6,700
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, 02:50 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 41,743
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Schwinn made a ton of 27"/68.5cm framed bikes...

Schwinn made a ton of 27"/68.5cm framed bikes throughout the '80s. Numerous models as well. Voyageur, World, World Sport, Le Tour, Traveller, etc. All in their catalogs. These frames had ~62cm top...
05-14-21, 02:39 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,773
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: 7,773
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...
05-11-21, 12:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Lovely color on that frame! It looks like it was...

Lovely color on that frame! It looks like it was designed for 700C wheels as the canti (cantilever brake) posts are positioned at a typical distance below the brake track's centerline. Why so little...
05-10-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,773
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: 7,773
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...
04-29-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,505
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Don't know if you think ~$40 a tire is a too...

Don't know if you think ~$40 a tire is a too princely a sum or not, but to get good tires, you have to pay good money (most of the time). Works for components as well. $80-90 for tires is another...
04-29-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,505
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

My friend ctak loves his GP5000s and has many...

My friend ctak loves his GP5000s and has many miles on them. I would certainly consider them. I've had a lot of good experience with Soma Supple Vitesse EX (extra wear tread thickness, same carcass...
04-28-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 256
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Any drive side hub work (at the very least) on a...

Any drive side hub work (at the very least) on a cassette hub requires removal of the lock ring (and the resulting loose-cog cassette). There is no way around it. The lock ring does not retain the...
04-27-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That is a funny one for sure, as one who is...

That is a funny one for sure, as one who is familiar with Pelotons (owned an '85). That paint job and color are beautiful! Regardless of the mystery year stampings on both the headbadge and lower...
04-27-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 256
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Some cup and cone systems will have the dust cap...

Some cup and cone systems will have the dust cap as part of the cone. Do you have cone wrenches to loosen the lock nuts? If so, start by loosening the non-drive side ones, spin/slide everything off,...
04-27-21, 01:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
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: 1,852
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...
04-25-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Sheldon Brown has you covered....

Sheldon Brown has you covered. (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/k7.html) Uniglide has twisted cog teeth, whereas Hyperglide were shaped specifically for better shifting etc. Uniglide with no specific...
04-24-21, 01:38 AM
Replies: 2,384
Views: 491,009
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Haha, you're welcome! I had the thought, like,...

Haha, you're welcome! I had the thought, like, "Oh here we go again, somebody needs to give these poor Treks a good home until new owners can come by and appreciate them. Full disassembly, cleaning,...
04-24-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 2,384
Views: 491,009
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...
04-24-21, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2,384
Views: 491,009
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks!

Thanks!
04-22-21, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 237
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well we know it's a 24" frame, that helps us...

Well we know it's a 24" frame, that helps us narrow things down.

From the photo as best we can tell, it's a dead ringer for a 1983 620 in components and ST panel + HT painting/color matching.
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04-22-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Weird. I go on there and pick out a spoke and it...

Weird. I go on there and pick out a spoke and it adds it to the cart, no problem. I'm in the DT Competition section with a billion options. Anyway...
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04-22-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Completely out of what brand, gauge, and length...

Completely out of what brand, gauge, and length specifically? That's an incredibly broad statement, and after checking just now, they have plenty in many lengths of DT Swiss' 2.0 straight gauge...
04-22-21, 02:10 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 7,773
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, 02:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Universal Cycles in Portland...

Universal Cycles in Portland (https://www.universalcycles.com/) (with warehouses throughout the US). Great prices, and fast shipping. Thanks to Dfrost they are my source for DT Swiss spokes...
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: 1,706
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: 8,941
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 ...
04-17-21, 12:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

For the last four consecutive days (with today as...

For the last four consecutive days (with today as a knee resting day) I treated myself to Rule #5 as a gut/heat check against my recent realizations and thoughts, via the Medici. 10, 16, 25, and 36...
04-12-21, 07:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I was part of the 32/33 max crowd, but I am just...

I was part of the 32/33 max crowd, but I am just tired of getting bucked and kicked by garbage roads and expansion gaps. I've run plenty of truly great tires in the 23-28mm range and have enjoyed...
04-12-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,941
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Hudson308 don't worry about the posts cluttering...

Hudson308 don't worry about the posts cluttering things up. It's part of the process. Like I said, if you already have a photo hosting account, I can link to the catalog scans there. If not, then you...
04-12-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,941
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I think that it is certainly possible, but since...

I think that it is certainly possible, but since this is ground-floor type stuff, I'd like a minimum quality and QC process. Angled photos with iffy lighting help no one, as we can all attest to with...
04-12-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,941
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I like the idea of adding them to...

I like the idea of adding them to vintage-centurion to keep the source of Centurions as centralized as possible. :)
04-12-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 8,941
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Are you talking about image scans being posted to...

Are you talking about image scans being posted to this thread? Or uploading to a website or photo hosting site and then linking to them from here?
04-12-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
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...
04-11-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,393
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I hear ya, man, on the vintage only thing. It has...

I hear ya, man, on the vintage only thing. It has a lot to offer, and while an older road bike can still do alright (relatively) given its 'motor,' the advancements in the MTB world have been of...
04-10-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Exactly. Add the stipulation of "make it tall"...

Exactly. Add the stipulation of "make it tall" and it gets even worse as it takes out the early hybrids, ATBs, etc.

I rode the green Nashbar (a very short distance) to meet a potential buyer for...
04-09-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I suppose there's always math that can be done to...

I suppose there's always math that can be done to figure out volume of air per setup. There are probably some formulas. I don't know them. I only have a butt dyno for such analysis. :lol:
04-09-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

We are going for max circumferenceage and...

We are going for max circumferenceage and girthage. Maximum bossage. Anything less is failure of the partially-semi-highest magnitude AND order. Large 650x50s are still closer to 2" inches(!) less in...
04-09-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Nothing like super heavy, invincible tires to...

Nothing like super heavy, invincible tires to feel like walking around with 20 lb ankle weights. I can abide them, and I am spoiled with Racy McRaceFace 200-230g 23-25mm tires as far as rotational...
04-09-21, 03:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
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: 1,852
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, 03:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks for the thread link. Very cool. 42s will...

Thanks for the thread link. Very cool. 42s will fit the 620 without problem as the 48s barely fit/don't fit. The goal remains to employ the 48s in some fashion---pointy (squishy?) end of the spear...
04-09-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I agree that a proper 650B setup would help me...

I agree that a proper 650B setup would help me take advantage of the svelte 510's frame weight (remember, we're talking 25.5" / 65cm here) and flex. I'd have to put up with crummy braking, which I'm...
04-09-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Like automotive test mules, test rigs, or...

Like automotive test mules, test rigs, or anything not fully developed, this is where I'm at with the 620 and the big 48s. Obviously the rear tire is a no-go, so I'm stopped in my tracks. I made a...
04-09-21, 12:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,852
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Some Takeaways... 1) As mentioned above,...

Some Takeaways...

1) As mentioned above, this cheap, forgotten, big-tubed Nashbar frame with stiffer and heavier rims and regular tires, bought for $10, just showed up my very-much-not-$10 Trek...
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