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05-31-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,363
Posted By grayEZrider

Well I was going to do a long post on this about...

Well I was going to do a long post on this about missing seeing a bear at the drive -thru of the local (rural) cafe by twenty minutes at dawn yesterday, but I'm going to grab a quick hour at sunset...
05-31-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By grayEZrider

got one like it...

Found one at Salvation Army in Knoxville 2 yrs ago. The rear derailleur was totally trashed and the chain twisted 90 degrees INSIDE it. Right brifter shot. How do you manage that kind of damage...
05-20-19, 09:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,766
Posted By grayEZrider

Retired and moved here from Indiana four years...

Retired and moved here from Indiana four years ago. Love it! In White county (halfway between Nashville and Knoxville) the country roads are great, the larger ones have five feet of pavement beyond...
04-26-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,228
Posted By grayEZrider

Check the online Specialized site. Our "usual...

Check the online Specialized site. Our "usual gang" of casual 10 to 15 mile ride regulars use them. Good for upright riding gravel and hills. And on line/no dealer has to be involved, but there are...
04-26-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,263
Posted By grayEZrider

try this first

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Here is a cheap fix for most of the tight fit and reach problems I run into...
04-25-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,225
Posted By grayEZrider

hang everything and no cars allowed

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04-25-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,339
Posted By grayEZrider

My loose definition of vintage (>20 yrs) ties in...

My loose definition of vintage (>20 yrs) ties in with what my grandmother answered when I asked her "what age is old?'

"Dear, old is always about twenty years more than you are."
And yes, Classic...
04-24-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

Is my newest stable member a disqualified clunker?

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04-24-19, 06:46 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

Matching yellow hoods? A clunker with class. I...

Matching yellow hoods? A clunker with class. I love it!:love:
04-23-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By grayEZrider

Upgrade to a sealed cartridge BB with a longer...

Upgrade to a sealed cartridge BB with a longer spindle?
04-23-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

100k!

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A last quick ride down the mountain (and very slow climb...
04-23-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,339
Posted By grayEZrider

Ahh yes, but...

Prurient interest is universal. :foo:
04-20-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,412
Posted By grayEZrider

I think the next and most effective version of AV...

I think the next and most effective version of AV will be PARTIAL evaluation and control in normally driven cars to "auto-correct" and buffer poor driving habits and driver errors. The first things...
04-20-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 9,373
Posted By grayEZrider

Doesn't look girly to me...

But then again the old ex-Army Sgt rides this perfect fitting WSD 57cm Dolce with pint...
04-20-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,251
Posted By grayEZrider

+1 on that solution. I did exactly that testing...

+1 on that solution. I did exactly that testing both 25s and 28s of Specialized Griptons (both foldable and wired) on an '86 Centurion LeMans. I started with Bontrager racelite 23s which were scary...
04-19-19, 12:26 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

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3 of 9 to get rid of yet. ...
04-19-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

You are correct fleslider! I checked the ...

You are correct fleslider! I checked the (original!) catalog and I missed the correct dating. I even got the original bill of sale with the Ironman. Anyway I've gotten in several 10K rides. This is...
04-15-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By grayEZrider

+1 on the throttle rods. I've used several on...

+1 on the throttle rods. I've used several on lawn mowers (also to bypass safety levers-LOL) and I once used one back in '81 to jury rig a broken throttle cable on a Ford Mavrick ten miles from town...
04-15-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,638
Posted By grayEZrider

pic of hillbilly freeway?

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I've been using a helmet mounted mirror for four years now and it really...
04-14-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 309
Views: 24,239
Posted By grayEZrider

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03-27-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,727
Posted By grayEZrider

I worked (ran) a combination...

I worked (ran) a combination motorcycle/snowmobile/bicycle shop out of a converted cigar store in Indiana back in the 70s. About the only thing we ever saw in central Indiana were (as in both most...
03-27-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,329
Posted By grayEZrider

OMG.. Not even cars had plastic when I was a...

OMG..
Not even cars had plastic when I was a tyke on a trike!:(
03-22-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,349
Posted By grayEZrider

Last summer I replaced a tube on a nearby kids...

Last summer I replaced a tube on a nearby kids MTB. (I don't charge anything for repairs to local bikes brought to my retired "Gone fishing" bike shop by neighbors). I put 60psi in it and set into...
03-22-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,007
Posted By grayEZrider

only slightly related question

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Lot of real work there! I think I will keep the original Suntour...
03-15-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,759
Posted By grayEZrider

Sheesh. I've been trapped into more math since...

Sheesh. I've been trapped into more math since following the C&V thread than I've done since high school. But since the "new math" we endured back in the '60s is now vintage maybe it will work out....
03-15-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,145
Posted By grayEZrider

Good work!

Wish I'd caught this thread earlier, but you did great. There are two excellent sources for this type of repair that most people aren't aware of: Expert (small level of this type) torch skills are...
03-12-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 6,022
Posted By grayEZrider

Grail bike, great age to start. Ride the bike....

Grail bike, great age to start.
Ride the bike. Build memories.
LIVE THE DREAM !

You'll enjoy it twice as much (much) later! :thumb:
03-03-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,664
Posted By grayEZrider

Let's try this.... Make the fancy electronic...

Let's try this....

Make the fancy electronic bike mounted gear available for "checkout and use" by any local cyclist who has located a consistent repeat offender or location specific problem. Let...
02-26-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,595
Posted By grayEZrider

Love it all... Retired and struggle against...

Love it all...

Retired and struggle against only two things. N+1 and the six weeks of winter here. OH, and I can't find a door sign that says "closed" on one side and "gone fishing" on the...
02-24-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,617
Posted By grayEZrider

your weight is fine dude...

220 lbs sounds good for a guy who must be about seven feet tall!
And I think the real answer as to why some people worry about a pound on a bike is because it's far easier to buy a lighter part than...
02-23-19, 11:41 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,451
Posted By grayEZrider

gotta go lower.... The long sweeping highway...

gotta go lower....
The long sweeping highway into town is posted 12 degree slope. Easy down, but no shoulder for return trip. I take the back road (the old "stagecoach road"- now paved) which has a...
02-20-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By grayEZrider

every now and then.. A few times over the years...

every now and then..
A few times over the years I ran into a "wheel balance" problem it was always the cheap tire/rim not seating correctly. Actually a big problem on motorcycle tires, rarely on...
02-16-19, 03:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,693
Posted By grayEZrider

serious case of n+1

Man, you've got it bad. At least I'm only hung up over the Clunker challenges!
Got the Centurion frame for...
02-16-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,627
Posted By grayEZrider

I hope I live long enough to see driverless cars...

I hope I live long enough to see driverless cars takeover!:rolleyes:
02-14-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 929
Posted By grayEZrider

I've got about every 600 version there is. While...

I've got about every 600 version there is. While the ferrules are a pain, Cane Creek has several hoods that work well and look decent.
02-12-19, 01:52 AM
Replies: 13,755
Views: 1,206,076
Posted By grayEZrider

Going to a 32 from a 28. (with 46/30 up front). ...

Going to a 32 from a 28. (with 46/30 up front). Building another serious climber (Centurion) triple 50/45/28 with a seven speed 12 to 34 freewheel. I'm determined to climb this mountain from the...
02-12-19, 12:27 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,356
Posted By grayEZrider

try a no $ fix first. Lower the bars a 1/2 inch...

try a no $ fix first. Lower the bars a 1/2 inch and ride the same route. That may tell you it's just an adjustment problem (and possibly seat instead)- but at least you'll have more info to work...
02-07-19, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13,755
Views: 1,206,076
Posted By grayEZrider

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Down the mountain and back yesterday. Ordered a larger cassette today.
02-07-19, 07:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,077
Posted By grayEZrider

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I get it. The last two buys (vintage) I made were in Indiana. I live in TN...
02-07-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,720
Posted By grayEZrider

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I keep most all of the usual gear you've seen listed in this...(Mounts in your...
02-01-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,393
Posted By grayEZrider

obsession? Not even close!

But you are getting close to catching N+1. Have an extra beer and don't let your eyes wander over other bikes while on tandem or group rides.:beer:
02-01-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 792
Posted By grayEZrider

I hung a FSA Gossamer 30/46 sub compact on my All...

I hung a FSA Gossamer 30/46 sub compact on my All Tiagra equipped Specialized Dolce Elite and it works great. ( Also pulled a link from the chain). And I like the "here I come!" yellow fender.:lol:
01-31-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,130
Posted By grayEZrider

I'm certain if your engine is vintage you remain...

I'm certain if your engine is vintage you remain a member in good standing until N+1 results in another C and/or V bike is obtained!:hug:
01-27-19, 09:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,200
Posted By grayEZrider

Measure and/or just try it first. I checked a...

Measure and/or just try it first. I checked a newly acquired '86 Centurion Ironman (thinking of upgrades of course) and found it to be 127.5 !
01-23-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 510
Posted By grayEZrider

Andy is right.

I ave a 2120 and gave up on the fenders. (for it- I put them on another bike). And that took four hours. 25c tires and no space for fenders at the rear brake bridge....
01-18-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,610
Posted By grayEZrider

last place?

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Drove 240 mi. to pick up this '86 Centurion Dave Scott Ironman on...
01-18-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,014
Posted By grayEZrider

THE three most important tools you will need: ...

THE three most important tools you will need:
Work stand.
Good cable cutters/
Shortcut Icon on your computer to the Park Tool DIY videos.
PS- don't forget the beer...:beer:
01-18-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,744
Posted By grayEZrider

Also the fact you mentioned the change when...

Also the fact you mentioned the change when coasting tends to indicate problem (alignment or bearing play) at the REAR of the bike. Pedal pressure of any kind will pull the wheel to misalignment with...
01-18-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,624
Posted By grayEZrider

While being rattled, you've already gotten "back...

While being rattled, you've already gotten "back on the horse". I would skip the bike mirror. If they didn't see you (phone/texting?) they won't notice or care about a small mirror sticking out. Use...
01-17-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 14,195
Posted By grayEZrider

Inspired

My Dan Quale signature series bike. (An old Clunker Challenge entry).https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/640x1138/colnagoe_4594783b21c402e230c50405d276e6db106a0b79.jpg
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