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Forum: Folding Bikes
02-02-23, 05:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 184
Posted By bargainguy

Got anything resembling a variable spanner? If...

Got anything resembling a variable spanner? If you could get the pegs of the spanner in opposing BB notches, might work.

Something like this:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/353660553380
01-27-23, 12:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,231
Posted By bargainguy

Never bought a stolen bike to my knowledge, but...

Never bought a stolen bike to my knowledge, but did have an interesting encounter where I was accused of selling one.

A fellow contacted me and made an appointment to see a Trek bike I'm selling...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-27-23, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 344
Posted By bargainguy

Folders are specialty bikes. The market is a...

Folders are specialty bikes. The market is a little different.

If you're selling in person, biggest limitation is weather for a test ride. SF Bay area, no problem, but for the rest of the...
Replies: 5
Views: 291
Posted By bargainguy

It's an '85 frame as far as dating goes. If...

It's an '85 frame as far as dating goes. If memory serves, that was the only year they put the model number on the downtube next to Trek. Serial number would confirm.

Can't tell too much from...
01-24-23, 10:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,079
Posted By bargainguy

So you haven't been on a bike for awhile with...

So you haven't been on a bike for awhile with lower back pathology - disc herniation + scoliosis.

That means the supporting musculature isn't used to the activity you gave it.

You say your pain...
01-20-23, 02:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,189
Posted By bargainguy

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2023...

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2023/01/20/pros-closet-has-another-round-layoffs

So TPC is scaling back the workforce again, but won't say how many employees are affected this time....
01-20-23, 02:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By bargainguy

Bringing a Park truing stand kit, a bunch of...

Bringing a Park truing stand kit, a bunch of Cannondale handlebar bags, and two road cranksets shortened to 148mm. Table 120, back row near the middle.
Replies: 6
Views: 375
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1333/cdalebag_c5a979dc4808d1dfc295f462e5db91846b8a545b.jpg
I have one with full leather sides. Does it bring any more than the nylon-sided...
01-15-23, 01:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 252
Posted By bargainguy

Screeching that isn't rim or brake pad related...

Screeching that isn't rim or brake pad related makes me think the front tire is hitting somewhere it isn't supposed to.

I'm assuming it doesn't contact the underside of the fork, the brake...
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By bargainguy

It really depends on your market. Lots of...

It really depends on your market.

Lots of upgrades here: 1x10 drivetrain with a forged crank and pedals. V-brakes instead of cantis (don't need the stem roller guide anymore!). Newer wheels &...
12-30-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 508
Posted By bargainguy

I have several of the old Colorado Cyclist...

I have several of the old Colorado Cyclist clamshell plastic bike boxes they included with each sale. Easily fits a disassembled frame with wheels unless the frame is so huge it won't fit in the box...
12-29-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,003
Posted By bargainguy

https://handsomecycles.com/products/she-devil-fram...

https://handsomecycles.com/products/she-devil-frameset

Would double-butted 4130 work for you?
12-27-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 299
Posted By bargainguy

Shimano 10-speed MTB is called Dyna-Sys and is...

Shimano 10-speed MTB is called Dyna-Sys and is incompatible with anything else speed-wise. I believe that's what your trigger shifter is.

As far as hub spacing, rear MTB hubs are 135mm, whereas...
12-19-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By bargainguy

I used CRC PowerLube in the red can to flush...

I used CRC PowerLube in the red can to flush shifters. Solvent with PTFE (Teflon), so leaves a lubricant after the solvent does its thing. Works much better than typical solvents alone, and obviates...
12-18-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,251
Posted By bargainguy

Assuming the frame is in good condition, go for...

Assuming the frame is in good condition, go for it. Trek steel MTBs - even the base models - are fine riders.

You'll probably want to consider doing a full rebuild, as rough shape + two decades...
12-14-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By bargainguy

Watch the rear dropouts on these. The heavily...

Watch the rear dropouts on these. The heavily cantilevered dropout design is prone to failure.
12-11-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,111
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1333/short_105_363f01f4bbdcd611e910c0b3d660f67d213bd746.jpg...
12-11-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,110
Posted By bargainguy

Back when I was selling, prospective buyers used...

Back when I was selling, prospective buyers used to rub BBB prices in my face constantly, with the not-so-subtle suggestion that I was way overcharging. My answer was always the same:

If you can...
12-10-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,740
Posted By bargainguy

Was that the CrissCross? I remember working on a...

Was that the CrissCross? I remember working on a few of those, with the stay-mounted RD, butterfly bars & twist shifters.

It was a decent enough bike (for a hi-ten 90's hybrid), but the stay mount...
Replies: 8
Views: 386
Posted By bargainguy

Something is going on with this one. I would stay...

Something is going on with this one. I would stay away.

Stem looks odd and not original. Sora shifters mounted in a bizarre position with too much housing. Saddle is an odd choice for this frame....
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By bargainguy

On second glance, I don't see a chain on the...

On second glance, I don't see a chain on the Trek. It might be a parts bike only. As long as you're OK with that, go for it. But it's my experience that a bike that's been poorly painted usually...
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By bargainguy

Looks like a repaint, and not a very good one....

Looks like a repaint, and not a very good one. Downtube decal is not original: "Trek" didn't appear in that font/style till years later.

Honestly, looks a bit of a mess, and I wouldn't be tempted...
11-21-22, 09:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 985
Posted By bargainguy

Sanwa and Manta were sister brands from the same...

Sanwa and Manta were sister brands from the same factory. Identical bikes except for different badges & decals. More info in this post:
...
11-20-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 228
Posted By bargainguy

Columbine Cycle Works: Contact Information...

Columbine Cycle Works: Contact Information (http://www.columbinecycle.com/contact.php)

Website appears functional. You can try contacting them directly via the link above.
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By bargainguy

When I saw Spinergy, my first thought was the...

When I saw Spinergy, my first thought was the Rev-X. Is this the model you have?

The Rev-X consisted of carbon rims with four carbon "spokes." These had a tendency to delaminate. Maybe why I don't...
11-16-22, 06:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By bargainguy

https://vintagecannondale.com/year/1995/1995.pdf ...

https://vintagecannondale.com/year/1995/1995.pdf

In the above link, the F700 for 1995 came in small, medium, large & xlarge sizes (p.51 PDF, p.52 paper catalog).

Then on the next page (p. 52...
11-07-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By bargainguy

The missus is also your wife's height, so when...

The missus is also your wife's height, so when she needed a commuter bike awhile back, I found a Terry Solstice and rebuilt it for her.

First, these are really nice riding steel frames - sleeper...
10-28-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 855
Posted By bargainguy

I already posted under Regional Events: ...

I already posted under Regional Events:

https://www.bikeforums.net/great-lakes-rides-events/1262028-madison-brazen-dropouts-swap-meet-jan-21st-2023-a.
10-27-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 279
Posted By bargainguy

Madison: Brazen Dropouts swap meet Jan. 21st 2023

https://www.brazendropouts.org/bike-swap

Vendor registration now open. Hope to see you there!
10-22-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 6,022
Posted By bargainguy

Right now, there's a strange dynamic playing out....

Right now, there's a strange dynamic playing out. An oversupply of bikes in the post-COVID era as manufacturers overshot their estimates, and an undersupply of parts, which has not shown much sign...
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By bargainguy

It's a beautiful rebuild. But as a folder, the...

It's a beautiful rebuild. But as a folder, the Raleigh Twenty has limited appeal.

The Twenty was Raleigh's answer to the Moulton. They wanted to get on the folding/separable bike bandwagon,...
10-17-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,189
Posted By bargainguy

The Pro's Closet cuts staff 15%

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/industry-news/2022/10/17/citing-economic-headwinds-pros-closet-reduces-workforce#

Ouch. Contraction in the used marketplace. Seems like everybody's cutting back.
10-03-22, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 492
Posted By bargainguy

For heavier riders, I recommend double wall rims....

For heavier riders, I recommend double wall rims. Better resistance to sag under load. Without double walls, sag leads to broken spokes, nipples, hubs and eventually the rims themselves.

You can...
10-01-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 720
Posted By bargainguy

I second noobinsf's suggestion of a different...

I second noobinsf's suggestion of a different stem, and take it one step further.

What about an adjustable stem - a decent one, like a Ritchey - that's considerably stiffer than the average...
10-01-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 573
Posted By bargainguy

First things I'd check: -- Wheel true? Spin...

First things I'd check:

-- Wheel true? Spin the wheel while on the bike and see if it hits the brake pads. If out of true, true the wheel and repeat.

-- New tires? Sometimes the flashing on...
09-25-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 4,409
Posted By bargainguy

I'm not talking about abandoned bikes, which is...

I'm not talking about abandoned bikes, which is what you're implying. If you leave a one-wheel bike locked up in public view forever, sure, it's going to get vandalized or otherwise defaced, as...
09-25-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 4,409
Posted By bargainguy

I remember back in the 90's, I brokered a deal...

I remember back in the 90's, I brokered a deal for a friend to buy a Cannondale new from a shop owner I frequented. She got her purple H300 and was all excited.

Next time I saw her, that same...
09-21-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 656
Posted By bargainguy

Hamstrings work in conjunction with the...

Hamstrings work in conjunction with the quadriceps muscles. That burn you feel at the top of the thigh is the quad counteracting the hamstring.

Are you saying the pain is in the quads rather than...
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. While it's a decent price for a hybrid,...

Welcome. While it's a decent price for a hybrid, the bigger question is condition. Completely tuned & ready to go? All parts in good shape without need for replacing? If it isn't, subtract from...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 485
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. It's common for manufacturers to split...

Welcome. It's common for manufacturers to split up complete groups, usually as a cost-saving measure. So your Trek with a complete Ultegra group except the Praxis crank is nothing new. They're...
09-13-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Posted By bargainguy

https://www.ebay.com/itm/394205186493 As far...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/394205186493

As far as your Madone - you can search ebay just as easily as I can. You need to have an account to do this, can't do it without one.

Click the Advanced...
09-13-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Posted By bargainguy

I don't go by BBB prices, I go by recent sales. ...

I don't go by BBB prices, I go by recent sales.

I see one recent completed sale on the giant auction site (dated 8/24/2022) for a 2007 Pilot 5.2 in 54cm size at $351.99.

That's your starting...
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By bargainguy

Not without front brake calipers. Are they...

Not without front brake calipers. Are they missing because of clearance problems with that huge front rack?
09-06-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,577
Posted By bargainguy

At some point, you might not be able to pedal the...

At some point, you might not be able to pedal the way you used to, if at all. An e-bike turns that paradigm upside down. You can still be on a bike with limited or no physical input compared to not...
09-02-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By bargainguy

Like this one? ...

Like this one?

https://www.rei.com/product/101920/yuba-boda-boda-step-through-bike

The first spec that catches my eye is 43 lb. weight. That's a pretty heavy bike even without cargo. If there...
08-22-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 341
Posted By bargainguy

Any C-dale hybrid or MTB with a Head Shok, I stay...

Any C-dale hybrid or MTB with a Head Shok, I stay away from.

Proprietary design with 4 sets of 22 needle bearings to help prevent stiction:

https://vintagecannondale.com/info/headshok/
...
08-15-22, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By bargainguy

Sure, sell it here in the Classified section in...

Sure, sell it here in the Classified section in the Folding Bikes subforum. You'll need a paid membership to do it, but you won't get socked with fees like the giant auction site.

You have to get...
08-13-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,666
Posted By bargainguy

Things get weirder when the spokes are...

Things get weirder when the spokes are proprietary.

A few years back, I was out for a ride one morning when I heard a snap and a zing, followed by a complete loss of power. My chain had snapped...
08-09-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,004
Posted By bargainguy

Um, the review you posted is for an '86 Circuit...

Um, the review you posted is for an '86 Circuit with SL and a Tange aero fork. The OP's bike is right around 2000, 853 frame with an alu fork. So not even close to the same design as they're 14...
08-09-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,004
Posted By bargainguy

Two very different rides. The Circuit is more of...

Two very different rides. The Circuit is more of a crit bike, tight rear triangle, short wheelbase. The Moto looks to be the opposite, relaxed head angle, longer wheelbase, etc.

No amount of 853...
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