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09-04-04, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,107
Posted By condor

Bike Friday Tandem Two'sDay v. Traveler Q

Thinking of getting a Bike Friday Tandem Two'sDay (folding) or a Traveler Q model that converts to a single bike. Anyone have experience with either bike.

Questions: How easy is the Two'sDay to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-03, 09:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,337
Posted By condor

I took a Seven brochure home from a local bike...

I took a Seven brochure home from a local bike shop and studied it. The bikes did look mouthwatering, for sure. I thought the ad copy went over the top, though, especially the treatise on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-03, 08:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,786
Posted By condor

I second what Pat said (bars set so low that...

I second what Pat said (bars set so low that hoods are serving as drops).

But to answer Croak's question (aren't I defeating the purpose of drops by setting them so high): no, not really. On my...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-20-03, 10:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,786
Posted By condor

I have set the drop bars on my Rivendell Romulus...

I have set the drop bars on my Rivendell Romulus higher than the seat. This results in an incredibly comfortable, yet still "competitive" ride. I don't race; I just ride at a brisk pace with...
Forum: Touring
12-20-03, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By condor

Sorry to be so non-PC with the W-M shoes. What...

Sorry to be so non-PC with the W-M shoes. What can I say?

But today, at a non-W-M store, I bought the most comfortable pair of off-road shoes I've ever worn: Trail Meisters by Columbia...
Forum: Touring
12-15-03, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,252
Posted By condor

Nice touring shoes--at Wal-Mart!

Touring fans:

Here's a photo of some nice, cleatless touring shoes I found at Wal-Mart for $17. They fit my MKS platform pedals and Cristophe toe clips perfectly.

The shoes are roomy enough for...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-15-03, 11:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By condor

I like the MKS pedals. I had good luck with...

I like the MKS pedals. I had good luck with Power Grips in the past, but this latest set just went bad on me. The adjustment screws that hold the straps in place jammed and won't back out or...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-12-03, 06:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,703
Posted By condor

Sounds like you made a logical, informed...

Sounds like you made a logical, informed decision. Actually, Waterford used to build Rivendell's custom frames and still makes their Heron bikes, I think. I know Rivendell has a close, personal...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-11-03, 07:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,703
Posted By condor

mistercindy, I recently bought a Rivendell...

mistercindy,

I recently bought a Rivendell Romulus. Sounds like it might fit your bill. Cost $1,550 for complete bike minus saddle, pedals, bar tape and shipping.

This bike will last you 10...
Forum: Commuting
12-09-03, 11:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,759
Posted By condor

The Rivendell Romulus I just bought. Gorgeous...

The Rivendell Romulus I just bought. Gorgeous bike; lightweight, lugged steel frame; relaxed geometry; correct size (for a change). Large frame allows drop handlebars to be raised to a comfortable...
12-09-03, 11:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,793
Posted By condor

My Rivendell Romulus is brand new, but everyone...

My Rivendell Romulus is brand new, but everyone who sees it says it reminds them of their old Raleigh.

see www.rivbike.com for a photo
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-03, 11:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,116
Posted By condor

Oops! Sorry! Didn't read far enough on the...

Oops! Sorry! Didn't read far enough on the previous page to see you'd already bought a bike.

The Specialized looks sharp. Congratulations and happy riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-09-03, 11:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,116
Posted By condor

Roland, Being as tall as you are, you may...

Roland,

Being as tall as you are, you may end up with too small a frame. Most mfrs. stop at 62cm.

Check out Rivendell Bicycle Works and their Redwood bicycle (www.rivbike.com). Click on...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-03, 08:13 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,929
Posted By condor

--------------- I second Rivendell. I just...

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I second Rivendell. I just bought one of their Romulus bikes which didn't cost that much by today's standards (well under $2,000 for the complete hand-built, lugged-frame bike...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-03, 09:31 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,899
Posted By condor

Anyone old enough to remember the Skid Lid...

Anyone old enough to remember the Skid Lid helmet? This was back in the late '70s when everyday riders were starting to think about wearing head protection.

The Skid Lid tried to please people...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-03, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,017
Posted By condor

I suggest you read the Rivendell Bicycle Works...

I suggest you read the Rivendell Bicycle Works Web site. You might find out that your Bianchi is worth refurbishing. Or check out the Romulus/Redwood bikes they sell. I just bought a Romulus, a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-03, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By condor

Thought I'd add another photo that shows the...

Thought I'd add another photo that shows the Longleaf Trace--41 paved miles of gently hilly terrain through Mississippi woodlands, small towns and farm country. A great place to ride. The general...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-09-03, 08:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By condor

Fogrider: the components are Shimano 105,...

Fogrider: the components are Shimano 105, including hubs, headset and bottom bracket. The only exceptions that I know of are the Dura Ace bar-end shifters and the Sugino 48-36-26 crank. The rims...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-03, 11:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By condor

Just for comparison, check out the Rivendell...

Just for comparison, check out the Rivendell sizing method based on pubic-bone height.

You sound like you take a large frame, and they make a Redwood model for tall riders.

condor
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-03, 11:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By condor

Nice. Very nice. No wonder you're excited. ...

Nice. Very nice. No wonder you're excited.

condor
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-03, 11:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By condor

Rich, I ordered the bike over the phone directly...

Rich, I ordered the bike over the phone directly from Rivendell. They have about 20 dealers nationwide but none near me.

You can e-mail Rivendell Bicycle Works for a brochure (Mark@rivbike.com)...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-03, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,733
Posted By condor

My new Romulus (by Rivendell)

I just bought a Romulus road bike from Rivendell.

The Romulus is hand-made to Rivendell's specification in Japan and sold as a complete bike.

Rivendell's sizing system, based on pubic-bone...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-03, 07:44 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,056
Posted By condor

I tried to do road shoes when I bought my new...

I tried to do road shoes when I bought my new road bike, but they were just too uncomfortable.

To me, there's nothing worse on my bike than shoes that hurt.

I have a comfortable pair of Shimano...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-03, 07:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,266
Posted By condor

The green things are cool. And by the way, the...

The green things are cool. And by the way, the weirder you look on a bike, the better. That's what the whole bike gear business is about.

Personally, when I ride, I wear UVEX safety glasses that...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-03, 07:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,519
Posted By condor

I bought my Fuji Roubaix-Pro at Jack Johnston...

I bought my Fuji Roubaix-Pro at Jack Johnston Cycles on Garland Road near White Rock Lake. Go see what they have.

Somebody has the Roubaix-Pro on sale on the web for $898. I paid $1350, so go...
11-09-02, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,456
Posted By condor

Raleigh Tourist steel rod brakes--how to improve

I have a mid-70's Raleigh Tourist, the big, black, heavy, clunky classic with the steel rod brakes. The steel rods look way cool, but the brakes don't work worth a hoot. I have to start braking...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-29-02, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 663
Posted By condor

Thanks, y'all. :)

Thanks, y'all.

:)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-02, 09:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 663
Posted By condor

Seek advice about changing cassette, chainring

Hi, gang!

I have a Fuji Roubaix-Pro with Shimano 105 components.

The cassette is 12-23 and the chainrings are 39 and 53.

I almost never use the top two or three gears and I need a lower gear...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-02, 02:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,616
Posted By condor

I almost bought a Fuji Team in Dallas at Jack...

I almost bought a Fuji Team in Dallas at Jack Johnston's Bicycles but ended up buying a Fuji Roubaix-Pro instead.

Jack Johnston (experienced racer, elder statesman, humble, generous fellow) said,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-02, 01:52 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 14,309
Posted By condor

Actually, the coolest bike I ever had was a 1962...

Actually, the coolest bike I ever had was a 1962 (?) Atala Sport. This was an urban bike, not a racing bike. It had the tiny little clubman handlebars with the brake lever mounts welded to them and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-02, 10:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 819
Posted By condor

Resoman, You mentioned the Fuji Roubaix...

Resoman,

You mentioned the Fuji Roubaix models on e-bay. I ride Roubaix-Pro. It has a steel frame. The plain Roubaix model is aluminum. I like the steel.

I bought my bike in Dallas at...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-02, 09:48 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 14,309
Posted By condor

As a fitness road cyclist, I feel comfortable...

As a fitness road cyclist, I feel comfortable riding my steel Fuji Roubaix-Pro about ten miles a day at a fast clip. It is significantly better than the bottom-of-the-line, steel Trek 320 it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-02, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By condor

Re: Fuji Roubaix Have you bought one yet or...

Re: Fuji Roubaix

Have you bought one yet or are you just thinking of getting one?

I bought the steel-frame Roubaix-Pro which has two chainrings vs. the three on the Roubaix. I like the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-02, 11:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,400
Posted By condor

I'm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Pretty...

I'm on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Pretty miserable to ride anytime other than early in the morning or after sundown. Early morning is OK when the shadows are still long. Occasional cloudy days...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-02, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 407
Posted By condor

The top tube on my new Fuji Roubaix-Pro felt way...

The top tube on my new Fuji Roubaix-Pro felt way too long when I first bought it. I went through severe buyer's remorse for awhile, thinking I had bought too large a frame.

Now, having ridden...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-10-02, 09:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 21,666
Posted By condor

53- vs. 52-tooth chain ring

My 53-tooth chain ring feels like overkill. I hardly ever use the large chain ring because it's usually too hard to pedal. Even going downhill with a tailwind, I still never use the smallest rear...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-02, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 716
Posted By condor

I just bought a Fuji Roubaix-Pro (not on e-bay)...

I just bought a Fuji Roubaix-Pro (not on e-bay) and love it.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-07-02, 03:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 574
Posted By condor

I second the motion on Fuji bikes since I just...

I second the motion on Fuji bikes since I just bought one.

Another thing to watch for is frame material. You might prefer the ride quality of steel over aluminum, particularly in an entry or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-02, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,748
Posted By condor

Cadd, I bought a Roubaix-Pro not too long...

Cadd,

I bought a Roubaix-Pro not too long ago. At the time, I didn't even know Fuji made an aluminum Roubaix. It's a pound lighter than mine. Plus mine is a double and yours is a triple.

A...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-02, 10:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,286
Posted By condor

I've test-ridden the last three or four bikes I...

I've test-ridden the last three or four bikes I bought.

The latest one was a Fuji Roubaix-Pro I bought at Jack Johnston's Bicycles in Dallas. The shop has access to White Rock Lake right behind...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-02, 09:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,649
Posted By condor

I was using SPD cleats and mountain bike/touring...

I was using SPD cleats and mountain bike/touring shoes on my road bike.

The reason for the touring shoes is that road shoes are all too narrow, including the supposedly roomy Carnac whats-its.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-30-02, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 460
Posted By condor

I second the statement above: the frame may be OK...

I second the statement above: the frame may be OK but the components may not.

I just did an experiment with stem length. I felt like I was stretching out too far, even though the axel disappeared...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-25-02, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By condor

Yes, but... condor

Yes, but...

condor
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-02, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By condor

Go to Google and search on "Rivendell frame fit."...

Go to Google and search on "Rivendell frame fit." After you read their essay, you might feel better about having bought the 58cm frame.

On mine, I'm going to buy a mountain bike stem with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-02, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By condor

Someone mentioned the Rivendell web site. If you...

Someone mentioned the Rivendell web site. If you search under "Rivendell frame fit" you can read their philosophy about frame sizing.

They say to get the LARGEST frame you can based on safe...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-02, 12:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By condor

Hmm. I might consider a shorter stem. My hands...

Hmm. I might consider a shorter stem. My hands got numb on my ride today. Don't know if that indicates I'm reaching too far, putting too much weight on them.

condor
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-02, 04:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 533
Posted By condor

I'm pretty flexible--can touch fingers to floor...

I'm pretty flexible--can touch fingers to floor and maybe a little beyond that without bending my knees.

I rode a 58cm frame before this one and a really huge 24" Trek touring bike before that. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-02, 03:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By condor

It's a threadless stem, so I can't raise the...

It's a threadless stem, so I can't raise the height. The stem height is OK.

Actually I'm getting sort of reconciled to the setup. I'm going to ride it awhile and see if I don't get acclimated.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-02, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By condor

Disappearing axel stem length method

I have a new bike. It feels too long, but I haven't gotten completely used to it yet.

I'm trying the old tried and true "disappearing axel" technique to check stem length. Right now the front...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-02, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 946
Posted By condor

If it's any consolation, my old grease-stained...

If it's any consolation, my old grease-stained bicycle "bible," Richard's Bicycle Book from back in the '70s, says the seat post on a road bike is normally between 3 and 5 inches out of the frame. ...
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