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09-28-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 714
Posted By jnbrown

I recently had similar but not as bad problems...

I recently had similar but not as bad problems with a custom frame I ordered from the UK.
Funny thing is the paint colors are very close to yours.
Problems I had were:
Front wheel has to be...
09-28-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 790
Posted By jnbrown

I have had numerous tail lights and have the same...

I have had numerous tail lights and have the same problem. I recently got a new bike with sloping top tube so there is more room for a light mounted to the seat post.
I decided to get a Bontrager...
09-23-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 551
Posted By jnbrown

I agree that custom would be a good option. You...

I agree that custom would be a good option.
You are riding a lot of miles and have certain fit requirements.
Also a flat bar is going to handle different than drop bar.
off the shelf bikes tend to...
09-01-22, 02:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 874
Posted By jnbrown

Raleigh Record (around 1973) Peugeot PX10E ...

Raleigh Record (around 1973)
Peugeot PX10E
Zeus Professional
Masi Gran Criterium
Mercian
Colnago (don't remember which one)
DeRosa
Andy Gilmour tandem
Trek 5200
Trek 5500
08-21-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,763
Posted By jnbrown

On that day we did not climb it, we went the...

On that day we did not climb it, we went the opposite (easier) way on that road which had roller coaster hills with some in the 20%+ range.
I have climbed it on several occasions and it is by far...
08-20-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,763
Posted By jnbrown

Los Gatos road near Fallbrook, CA. ...

Los Gatos road near Fallbrook, CA.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1493/los_gatos_road_806cb4e789b6d7dedfe8463fe95f91ccf073befb.jpg
08-13-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By jnbrown

Will this get the job done? Would rather avoid...

Will this get the job done? Would rather avoid LBS
...
08-13-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By jnbrown

Need compression plug for steel steerer

The compression plug that came with my headset is too small to fit the steerer tube of my steel fork.
Steerer is 1-1/8" with 26.25mm ID. Is there a compression plug that will fit? Would it be better...
07-26-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,171
Posted By jnbrown

If you have had it happen twice it seems like...

If you have had it happen twice it seems like something is putting excessive stress on the hub flange.
I have WI hubs on our tandem since 2011 and have had no problem.
07-02-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By jnbrown

Praxis Zayante Opinions

Looking for feedback on Praxis Zayante crankset.
Looking at using the Carbon model a new build due to the low weight, 48/32 rings and reasonable price.
It is a steel frame with BSA68 BB so I will...
06-30-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,912
Posted By jnbrown

Congrats on your retirement. I will be 65 next...

Congrats on your retirement. I will be 65 next week.
I used to hate my job but since I started working from home due to the pandemic, I don’t hate it anymore so
I might continue working a few more...
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By jnbrown

I am 5'8" and generally fit on a 52 cm frame. Yes...

I am 5'8" and generally fit on a 52 cm frame. Yes they are hard to find. I see mostly huge size frames and some extremely small like this.
06-13-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By jnbrown

I also ride tandem with my wife and this is...

I also ride tandem with my wife and this is always a concern. That day I was on my single bike thank god. Frankly I just didn't care if it turned ugly because I felt I was assaulted and almost...
06-13-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 791
Posted By jnbrown

Same here, but yesterday I was riding and a van...

Same here, but yesterday I was riding and a van towing a very large boat passed me at pretty high speed, the boat was very wide and came within inches of hitting me.
I could see a signal light ahead...
Replies: 3
Views: 281
Posted By jnbrown

Why do people let nice bikes this go to *****?

Why do people let nice bikes this go to *****?
06-07-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By jnbrown

Usually the highest end model will have frame...

Usually the highest end model will have frame that is “better” material being lighter,stiffer, more comfortable, etc.
examples are S-Works and HiMod. Hard to say whether the higher price really...
Replies: 20
Views: 828
Posted By jnbrown

For that price I have to wonder if the seller...

For that price I have to wonder if the seller stole the bike from someone.
04-27-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 59,001
Posted By jnbrown

I hope so, just spent $409 on these: ...

I hope so, just spent $409 on these:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_1186_9f1bcb89899107ac816b4717b60d0bb1f88bb097.jpg
04-24-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 427
Posted By jnbrown

The powder coat with clear is really nice, looks...

The powder coat with clear is really nice, looks like wet paint. I bought a 1985 Mercian frameset last year and have been enjoying it.
I just placed a n order with Mercian for a new frame which will...
03-20-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 248
Views: 44,468
Posted By jnbrown

Rock N Roll gold works best for me

Rock N Roll gold works best for me
03-20-22, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 769
Posted By jnbrown

First, I think it is wonderful that you have...

First, I think it is wonderful that you have discovered cycling and want to improve your experience.
Why do you think 50cm is too small?
I am 5'8" with a 30.5" inseam and I ride a 52cm.
Since you...
03-10-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,415
Posted By jnbrown

I have sold a lot of bicycle parts on Ebay. ...

I have sold a lot of bicycle parts on Ebay.
After paying Ebay seller fees and sales tax I am not getting rich.
It is putting a few dollars in my bank account instead of having idle parts lying...
03-09-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 465
Posted By jnbrown

Very nice. I have a 1985 King of Mercia. I am...

Very nice. I have a 1985 King of Mercia.
I am about to order a new Strada Speciale built to my geometry.
Forum: Framebuilders
02-16-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,239
Posted By jnbrown

There is also AR Cycles in Sacramento. AR...

There is also AR Cycles in Sacramento.

AR Cycles - Home (http://arcycles.weebly.com/)
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,808
Posted By jnbrown

I used to know the inventor of Velomax, Clark...

I used to know the inventor of Velomax, Clark Rasmussen.
He had a wheel building business here in San Diego back in the day when nobody built their own wheels and Clark is who many of us went to....
02-14-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 934
Posted By jnbrown

Very nice frame

Very nice frame
Forum: Framebuilders
02-13-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

I had no idea about this brazing stuff but very...

I had no idea about this brazing stuff but very interesting.
Found this great article on Mercian:

The Retrogrouch: A Popular Rerun...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-12-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

Mercian is definitely high on my list. Their...

Mercian is definitely high on my list. Their prices are still low compared to most other custom builders as are many other builders in the UK.
For some reason custom bike frames are just cheaper...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-12-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

I wondered the same thing. They charge it...

I wondered the same thing.
They charge it because they can? It is harder to work with and harder on their tools?
I don't think it is unique to this builder either. They are in the UK.
Forum: Framebuilders
02-12-22, 10:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

The chart that Nessism posted above is showing...

The chart that Nessism posted above is showing 725 available in 7/4/7 and 853 PT in 6/4/6
I don't know if those gauges are actually available and if the builder would choose to use them.
Touch and...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-11-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

I agree frame builder should select the actual...

I agree frame builder should select the actual tubes, but they do give you the choice of tube families I listed and at different price points.
Forum: Framebuilders
02-11-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,708
Posted By jnbrown

I am considering having a frame made by a custom...

I am considering having a frame made by a custom builder and agonized over tubing choices.
The choices are 631, 725, 853, 853 Pro Team.
853 Pro Team seems to be what most say is the "best" because...
02-11-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,017
Posted By jnbrown

I have the same crankset on our Calfee since 2011...

I have the same crankset on our Calfee since 2011 and have not had any problems or had to touch it.
I agree do not ride it without the crank bolt arm torqued down.
02-08-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By jnbrown

Really nice, I always liked Mondias and the paint...

Really nice, I always liked Mondias and the paint jobs.
02-04-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,223
Posted By jnbrown

I am intrigued, might need to order this.

I am intrigued, might need to order this.
02-03-22, 09:48 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,728
Posted By jnbrown

54cm sounds about right for 5'9". I am 5'8" and...

54cm sounds about right for 5'9". I am 5'8" and ride 52 cm but I also have short legs.
Do you have a short torso?
You can look into doing some of your own bike fitting for free online:
...
02-01-22, 05:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,222
Posted By jnbrown

It also adds pounds of weight to the frame.

It also adds pounds of weight to the frame.
01-31-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By jnbrown

Wow nice rare find. That would fit me perfectly.

Wow nice rare find.
That would fit me perfectly.
01-31-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Posted By jnbrown

Wow you stole that.

Wow you stole that.
01-31-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 971
Posted By jnbrown

Nice find, how much was it? From the head tube...

Nice find, how much was it?
From the head tube lugs it looks like a Professional model but not sure at all.
The wrap around seat stays are not very common on Mercians.
I did find this one that...
01-31-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 21,001
Posted By jnbrown

I just finished a tube of Phil grease and I have...

I just finished a tube of Phil grease and I have it had it way more than 10 years.
I hate the smell and so does my wife, so I got a tube of Super Lube and I am super happy with it so far.
All my...
01-29-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,665
Posted By jnbrown

No need to verify, that is a Mercian Super lIght...

No need to verify, that is a Mercian Super lIght and that is a great price assuming no damage under that ugly paint.
01-28-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,622
Posted By jnbrown

First time I ever saw a Della Santa I was in a...

First time I ever saw a Della Santa I was in a race and Greg Lemond was riding one.
I had no idea what it was at the time, I was riding a Masi.
Now I am mad at myself for not ordering a DS before...
01-28-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,665
Posted By jnbrown

Did you see this one? ...

Did you see this one?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/234291620741?hash=item368cde6b85:g:q0sAAOSwcCxhlSBc

No dents but a lot paint scraped off in places.
Be aware that geometry on Mercian's can be...
01-28-22, 05:46 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,665
Posted By jnbrown

That is a tough one because of the stuck seatpost...

That is a tough one because of the stuck seatpost and dented tube it is hard to put a value on.
If you can't live with the dent or it compromises the frame and had to replace the tube that could get...
01-26-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By jnbrown

I will be using it primarily during the day.

I will be using it primarily during the day.
01-26-22, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By jnbrown

Cygolite Hotrod 90?

Anybody using this? Is it bright enough for daytime visibility?
I need something that mounts to a seat stay.
I wish the USB port could be accessed without having to take it off the bike.

Thanks
01-10-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 21,603
Posted By jnbrown

5'8" with short legs (30.5) ad long torso. I ride...

5'8" with short legs (30.5) ad long torso. I ride a 52 cm with 100mm stem.
01-06-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 808
Posted By jnbrown

My very first road bike was a Raleigh Record. It...

My very first road bike was a Raleigh Record. It was red and black.
That would have been about 1975 and it was all my parents could afford, I think it was $75 brand new.
Must have weighed at least...
01-06-22, 05:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,710
Posted By jnbrown

I bought one of those and frankly it is just...

I bought one of those and frankly it is just garbage.
I went back to using a Lezyne floor pump with Topeak smarthead.
Works great and not much effort required to inflate to 100 PSI which is the...
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