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08-30-14, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 844
Posted By LordBass

I keep going back to French Revolutions by Tim...

I keep going back to French Revolutions by Tim Moore. Really good read on riding the Tour from a "normal" person's perspective.
07-21-11, 03:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,582
Posted By LordBass

I love my singlespeed. I built it two years ago...

I love my singlespeed. I built it two years ago and have ridden it a lot on my 10 mile commute. The gearing is a little low (40/16), but I still run the same average speed as my geared bikes (about...
06-19-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 455
Views: 100,167
Posted By LordBass

1986 Bridgestone 500, 59cm Shimano 600...

1986 Bridgestone 500, 59cm

Shimano 600 drivetrain (shifters/crank/derailleurs). Bought from original owner in 2008. Rebuilt in 2009 with upgraded 105 calipers & levers, threadless stem and wider...
06-18-11, 07:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,154
Posted By LordBass

Here's another Le Tour for the pile. Mine is a...

Here's another Le Tour for the pile. Mine is a US-made 1984, a $25 CL special bought three years ago from a vacating college student. It was original down to the "Schwinn Approved" tires, solid but...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-10, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

It's not blasphemy anymore - the Air Force left...

It's not blasphemy anymore - the Air Force left 20 years ago. Now it's just a Nat'l Guard station with a 2+ mile runway. :)
Forum: Commuting
08-26-10, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

Heard a rumble as I neared the Newington woods at...

Heard a rumble as I neared the Newington woods at the former Pease Air Force base, and a Blue Angel fighter was going into a full vertical take off to my right. Then it banked and flew overhead. I...
08-25-10, 07:26 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,622
Posted By LordBass

Fix the bars.. And the tape.. And the stem.. ...

Fix the bars..
And the tape..
And the stem..
And the wheels..
And the saddle..

Otherwise, perfect! ;)
Replies: 23
Views: 1,234
Posted By LordBass

Congrats on the great ride! Your Raleigh is the...

Congrats on the great ride! Your Raleigh is the hotness. Fine work taking it on such an adventure.
Forum: Touring
06-02-10, 07:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,872
Posted By LordBass

I flaming love those blue Fuji Americas. It's a...

I flaming love those blue Fuji Americas. It's a great color on those 25" traditional road frames. I've been looking for one for a few years, but haven't found one yet.

"Sport Touring" is my...
Forum: Touring
01-13-10, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By LordBass

Agreed that there isn't much difference between...

Agreed that there isn't much difference between the two years. Buy the best price/personal preference.

The Aurora is a great all-rounder. I bought a '09 Elite last summer and love it. Was still in...
11-15-09, 06:54 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,721
Posted By LordBass

Wow.. I need some of that Mother's polish stuff....

Wow.. I need some of that Mother's polish stuff. I spent a few hours on the crusty cranks on my old Motobecane this weekend, but the improvement isn't in the same universe as your cranks.

I'm...
11-15-09, 11:13 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,821
Posted By LordBass

I'm 6'2", a clyde, not exactly in "Lance"...

I'm 6'2", a clyde, not exactly in "Lance" physical shape. I like larger frames, as I prefer the bars to be at or just under the saddle height. The "fistful of seatpost" works for me. I've tried...
Forum: Commuting
11-14-09, 07:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,528
Posted By LordBass

It's no Varsity, but my '83 Moto Super Mirage...

It's no Varsity, but my '83 Moto Super Mirage pushes close to 30lbs loaded up with proud French 2040 hi-ten steel.

http://www.trancelab.com/bike/IMG_0596.jpg
10-22-09, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,746
Posted By LordBass

Highly recommended - just buy carefully. Bikes of...

Highly recommended - just buy carefully. Bikes of many types wore the Le Tour name in the '70s and '80s. You may want to avoid an older hi-tensile steel version as it'll be heavy with a bit more...
10-22-09, 04:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,746
Posted By LordBass

FWIW - I really enjoy my '84 Schwinn Le Tour SS....

FWIW - I really enjoy my '84 Schwinn Le Tour SS. It started completely original off CL for $25.

The rebuild & lube process wasn't too hard as I'd already worked on a few other bikes. To me, this...
10-14-09, 09:12 AM
Replies: 327
Views: 24,288
Posted By LordBass

My commuter: 1986 Bridgestone 500 ...

My commuter: 1986 Bridgestone 500

http://www.trancelab.com/bike/IMG_0974.jpg

My comfy weekend day tourer: 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite

http://www.trancelab.com/bike/IMG_1063.JPG
09-03-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By LordBass

Bit of a bump.. I bought a '09 Aurora Elite this...

Bit of a bump.. I bought a '09 Aurora Elite this summer. Suits my interest in an off the rack sport tourer quite nicely. I too like the LHT, Trek 520, Fuji Touring, but those lean a bit more heavily...
08-27-09, 08:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,884
Posted By LordBass

That is a nice, clean World Sport. Hard to image...

That is a nice, clean World Sport. Hard to image it at the junk pile.

I bought an '84 Le Tour off CL from an outgoing college student for $25. It had original everything, and was a great way to...
08-20-09, 07:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,523
Posted By LordBass

*drool* It sure does look nice, but only $600?...

*drool* It sure does look nice, but only $600? The wheels & drivetrain must be super cheap. Even the steel/downtube shifter Kona ***** Tonk was around $900, which included respectable parts.

I...
08-16-09, 07:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,895
Posted By LordBass

I'm 6'2", and ride 25" '84 Le Tour SS 62cm...

I'm 6'2", and ride

25" '84 Le Tour SS
62cm Jamis Aurora Elite
59cm Bridgestone 500 (commuter)

I've ridden many frames the last few years and decided I prefer the taller head tube of a larger...
Forum: Commuting
08-10-09, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,925,005
Posted By LordBass

I bought a 62cm '09 Aurora Elite in June for a...

I bought a 62cm '09 Aurora Elite in June for a comfy, longer-distance weekender. I'm a 15-16mph rider, not a lot of interest for hard Cannondales here. Plus I like its traditional lines. This would...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-09, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

Absolutely perfect weather today. Mid/upper 50s,...

Absolutely perfect weather today. Mid/upper 50s, sunny, dry, not humid, barely a wind to be found. I experimented and did a first singlespeed commute this morning. To my surprise, I made it up both...
07-22-09, 04:31 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 25,203
Posted By LordBass

My '84 Le Tour. SS with 40/16 gearing. Comfy...

My '84 Le Tour. SS with 40/16 gearing. Comfy ride. Rebuilt this spring. More detail here (http://www.bikeforums.net/showpost.php?p=9332713&postcount=2649).

http://trancelab.com/bike/IMG_1017.JPG...
07-22-09, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14,092
Views: 4,510,720
Posted By LordBass

My first SS build: 1984 Schwinn Le Tour SS ...

My first SS build: 1984 Schwinn Le Tour SS

Bought for $25 last year, completely rebuilt this spring, finally happy enough with the setup. Inspiration taken from the Raleigh One Way.

Some...
07-17-09, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,160
Posted By LordBass

If you're looking to make it really on the cheap,...

If you're looking to make it really on the cheap, and have a useable rear wheel, why not make a suicide rear hub? If you keep both brakes, a fixed cog, a lockring, and some loctite seems reasonable,...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-09, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

Like a wet blanket the morning, though warmer...

Like a wet blanket the morning, though warmer toward the mid 60s. Heavy fog all 10 miles in, worst crossing the bridge at Great Bay.

Figured out how to clip my Superflash high on my Carradice...
07-15-09, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,557
Posted By LordBass

I've got Tektro R200 levers with R538 (I think)...

I've got Tektro R200 levers with R538 (I think) dual pivot calipers on my SS and am extremely pleased with the performance. The pads won't have a long life, but are easy to replace with something...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-09, 06:52 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

Biked over my first chipmunk today. Crested a...

Biked over my first chipmunk today. Crested a small hill on a quiet street, was going about 10mph and glancing down.. Then thump, something ran under my front tire. I passed and it scurried into the...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,195
Posted By LordBass

I just bought a 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite. It's a...

I just bought a 2009 Jamis Aurora Elite. It's a sport tourer that ticks a lot of the boxes you are looking for. Comes with heavy 32mm Vittoria Randonneur tires, but a lighter wheelset and 28mm tires...
Forum: Commuting
07-02-09, 05:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,671
Posted By LordBass

Pannier or backpack is probably the easiest. I've...

Pannier or backpack is probably the easiest. I've long used a backpack, but never liked it.

Not a cheap solution, but I got a Carradice SQR Slim seatpost bag. Fits my 14" work laptop just fine.
...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-09, 02:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,378
Posted By LordBass

I have them, but only put about 30 miles on them...

I have them, but only put about 30 miles on them so far. The GP 4000 is supposed to be long wearing, thought it may slightly lean to better rolling resistance than flat protection. The 700x25 is also...
06-22-09, 03:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,670
Posted By LordBass

Thanks again all. It has seriously rained nearly...

Thanks again all. It has seriously rained nearly a week straight and I've barely been on the thing. :(

But someday, summer will come, and so will the miles. :)
Forum: Commuting
06-19-09, 07:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,562
Posted By LordBass

I'm 6'2", 32" pant inseam, and ride a 59cm & two...

I'm 6'2", 32" pant inseam, and ride a 59cm & two 25" 80s steel bikes and a new 62cm sport tourer.
06-18-09, 09:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,670
Posted By LordBass

Thanks all. I believe the head tube is 195mm, not...

Thanks all. I believe the head tube is 195mm, not particularly tall for a frame this size. The spacers are how the bike was shipped/delivered. I may go down one after being more comfortable, though I...
06-17-09, 07:59 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,923
Posted By LordBass

Just enjoyed a Geary's Summer Ale with dinner. ...

Just enjoyed a Geary's Summer Ale with dinner.

Other top favorites of the moment:
Brooklyn Lager
Bar Harbor Real Ale
Victory Golden Monkey (drink at your own risk)

We were in Lake Placid NY...
06-17-09, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,670
Posted By LordBass

Showing Off My New Ride: Jamis Aurora Elite

I'm not sure buying every new bike needs its own thread, but I like seeing pics, and know most of you do too. Plus I'm excited about this one, since I don't buy a bike of this caliber every day, and...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-09, 04:55 PM
Replies: 494
Views: 123,481
Posted By LordBass

Here's the latest revision of my commuter, a 1986...

Here's the latest revision of my commuter, a 1986 Bridgestone 500. Bought it from the original owner in spring 2008, used it over 1000 miles last year. Just bought myself a fancy new Jamis so this...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-09, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7,649
Views: 234,585
Posted By LordBass

Global Warming strikes back: A balmy 47* at 7am...

Global Warming strikes back: A balmy 47* at 7am this morning. A bit nippy for mid-June, but otherwise a beautiful morning.

First commute with a new Carradice SQR Slim seatpost bag. It's not...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-09, 07:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,304
Posted By LordBass

Used in this price range is a big YMMV. Around...

Used in this price range is a big YMMV. Around here, finding the 'right' used bike in this price range is very difficult. Not much shows up on CL, and when it does, it's a 1-2 hour drive away. More...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-25-09, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 514
Posted By LordBass

I have a 2007. I love its smooth ride, much less...

I have a 2007. I love its smooth ride, much less harsh than a Felt F90 I had for a short while. To me, it's very light (my others are 80s steel). Given the right fit, I see no reason for this not to...
04-12-09, 06:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,731
Posted By LordBass

I have an 83 Super Mirage, which is nearly...

I have an 83 Super Mirage, which is nearly identical - just one notch up the ladder. Your crank is probably a three-piece, so just take it apart & use smaller single-stack bolts for the inner 42t...
03-25-09, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 216,569
Posted By LordBass

Paging Pastor Bob, Paging Pastor Bob, there's a...

Paging Pastor Bob, Paging Pastor Bob, there's a 73 Schwinn Super Sport in Naples, ME for $200: http://maine.craigslist.org/bik/1090478087.html
...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-09, 07:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,107
Posted By LordBass

Kona ***** Tonk...

Kona ***** Tonk (http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/road/product/*****-tonk-09-33784). Might be a tad over $800, but has a nice bit of 80s steel styling, slightly wider tires, but is still...
02-15-09, 08:00 PM
Replies: 38,868
Views: 4,145,527
Posted By LordBass

Agreed on that KHS. Very nice ride. No excuses...

Agreed on that KHS. Very nice ride. No excuses needed.
02-14-09, 11:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By LordBass

That's nice looking. I have seen a few earlier...

That's nice looking. I have seen a few earlier Jubilee Sports in local classifieds, but not one like that. Based on the size/style of the 'Motobecane' on the downtube, and the internal cable routing,...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By LordBass

When I see an add that says crap like "asking...

When I see an add that says crap like "asking $400 firm, but if you are a reasonable and decent person.." and "keep 'er riding dialed..", I beg for my click back.

$400 is on the high side, though...
02-12-09, 10:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,172
Posted By LordBass

Looks like they are right next to each other in...

Looks like they are right next to each other in the lineup. Only derailleurs & water bottle bosses different between them. I've not seen either of these in the wild.

[I have an '83 Super Mirage,...
12-27-08, 11:04 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 6,531
Posted By LordBass

Maybe I'm not aiming too high, but: 1. 1986/87...

Maybe I'm not aiming too high, but:
1. 1986/87 Mongoose ATB, chrome. I had one new, would love to have another. [Yes, when Mongoose was a real bicycle company]
2. 25" Univega tourer with...
12-27-08, 10:42 AM
Replies: 2,621
Views: 565,931
Posted By LordBass

1983 Motobecane Super Mirage. This was my first...

1983 Motobecane Super Mirage. This was my first refurb. Trying to make it into a sport touring commuter. Spent a bit too much but it was mostly fun.

Before:
http://trancelab.com/bike/IMG_0127.jpg...
12-24-08, 10:49 AM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 216,569
Posted By LordBass

He still had it as of 8am today. If you buy it,...

He still had it as of 8am today. If you buy it, post pics for us to see. :)
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