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11-15-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 404
Posted By ShannonM

The front derailleur was probably a Suntour...

The front derailleur was probably a Suntour Spirt. (Yes, that's how they spelled it.) If so, I'd guess that it was replaced by someone who didn't like that they work backwards.

--Shannon
11-15-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,066
Posted By ShannonM

Almost entirely the latter. If you want a...

Almost entirely the latter.

If you want a sport touring bike, (slightly longer chainstays, slightly shorter top tube, a bit more fork rake, slightly lower bottom bracket, eyelets on the dropouts,...
11-12-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 251
Posted By ShannonM

I replaced Superbe Pro hoods with the...

I replaced Superbe Pro hoods with the then-current (mid-2000s) Dia-Compe aero hoods. They mostly fit, just a bit loose around the pointy bit at the top.

If the Sprint bodies are the same casting,...
11-11-22, 05:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 315
Posted By ShannonM

One trick I've used with good success is to...

One trick I've used with good success is to inflate the out-of-round tires to stupid-low pressures, and take them for a half hour ride on the smoothest MUP you've got. When you get home, pump them up...
11-07-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,313
Posted By ShannonM

Two pies and a quilt? --Shannon

Two pies and a quilt?

--Shannon
11-06-22, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By ShannonM

Should this become a thread? If so, I...

Should this become a thread?

If so, I propose 2 rules:

1) Stumpers should be posted as photos alone, with no explanation, or at most with minimal backstory describing how the part was...
11-06-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,013
Posted By ShannonM

My '85 League Fuji, when it was a 1x6. I...

My '85 League Fuji, when it was a 1x6.

I bought it as a single speed, then immediately put gears on it. NIB Superbe RD and 14-26 6-speed Pro-Compe from the parts box, Trek Matrix ISO-C / 600EX...
11-05-22, 12:44 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,247
Posted By ShannonM

Clamp-on shifters and the overall look of the...

Clamp-on shifters and the overall look of the frame say "mid 70s" to me. I'm guessing yours is a '75 with drivetrain upgrades done in the '80s. The 600 rear derailleur is post-arabesque but pre-SIS,...
10-31-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 332
Posted By ShannonM

I switched from 700Cx20-25mm tubes to 28-32mm...

I switched from 700Cx20-25mm tubes to 28-32mm ones and had a substantial reduction in pinch flats. Daily commute over the same terrible roads, on the same 700Cx23 tires.

--Shannon
10-28-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By ShannonM

A thought that I just had: Can I just steal...

A thought that I just had:

Can I just steal the axle from the 126mm Shimano 600ex hub in my current 700c rear wheel... which I won't be using post-conversion, as I only have one bike?

--Shannon...
10-26-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 199
Posted By ShannonM

Depending on the bolt circle diameter of the...

Depending on the bolt circle diameter of the crank, how hard you're willing to look, and how much you're willing to pay, I'd guess that somewhere in the mid-60s is about as big as you can get.
...
10-25-22, 09:46 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 17,609
Posted By ShannonM

The few times I rode them, 35 years ago now, I...

The few times I rode them, 35 years ago now, I felt like their effect was almost random. Sometimes, at some particular combination of grade, gear, wind, cadence, effort, fitness, weather, phase of...
10-21-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 354
Posted By ShannonM

You appear to have been Drewed. That sucks....

You appear to have been Drewed.

That sucks.

Because Drew sucks.

--Shannon
10-21-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By ShannonM

70% of your braking power comes from the front...

70% of your braking power comes from the front wheel. So, if you insist on having only one brake on a road-ridden bike, (and if you do, you are always and eternally wrong,) that brake must be on the...
10-21-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,288
Posted By ShannonM

Lotsa neat derailleurs here, for sure. But how...

Lotsa neat derailleurs here, for sure. But how many of them, even the Campys, would you really want to have as the only rear derailleur you could ride on all of your bikes for the rest of your life?...
10-19-22, 11:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 530
Posted By ShannonM

If the dropout itself is bent, which it looks...

If the dropout itself is bent, which it looks like it is, the frame is likely toast.

Aluminum doesn't like to be bent. It really, really doesn't like to be bent more than once. If you straighten...
10-17-22, 06:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 844
Posted By ShannonM

A lot of those Columbus "tre-tubi" frames were...

A lot of those Columbus "tre-tubi" frames were made with sticker-worthy main tubes, and taper-gauge 4130 stays and fork blades. Often True Temper, Ishiwata, or Tange.

In other words, equal...
10-15-22, 10:51 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 4,288
Posted By ShannonM

If by "pick one derailleur" you mean "pick the...

If by "pick one derailleur" you mean "pick the one rear derailleur you'd have on every bike you'll ever own for the rest of your life, no matter how many bikes that is, or what kind of riding you'll...
10-06-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,461
Posted By ShannonM

It looks like you're using a modern triple FD...

It looks like you're using a modern triple FD with a half-step + granny triple. This usually doesn't work, because the inner cage plate of the FD is stepped inward to help lift the chain up to the...
08-20-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,461
Posted By ShannonM

I'm running a Suntour AR double on a 45/42/30...

I'm running a Suntour AR double on a 45/42/30 half-step triple. I'm not sure I could run a 24T granny without chain drag. With the FD high enough to clear a 52? Not a chance.

If you drop your big...
08-20-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,379
Posted By ShannonM

That's a great looking bike. Sanitary. ...

That's a great looking bike.

Sanitary.

--Shannon
08-14-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,916
Posted By ShannonM

Another year, another birthday, another post

So, a year has gone under the wheels, and another birthday has arrived, and with birthdays come presents.

In this case, an Antique Brown B.17. (Thanks, mom!)

Off comes the 130mm WTB Rocket V....
08-06-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 515
Posted By ShannonM

Do you, by chance, work for Chaoyang, or for a...

Do you, by chance, work for Chaoyang, or for a "reputation management" firm that is contracted to them?

Because, if not, I cannot see any reason that anyone would continue pimping out a company...
08-03-22, 09:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 961
Posted By ShannonM

I'm really confused by the whole "crank wouldn't...

I'm really confused by the whole "crank wouldn't come off, so they had to hacksaw the spindle" thing.

I can't see any way that that operation happens that doesn't leave the cut-off crankarm end of...
07-25-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,012
Posted By ShannonM

Dude, if that were my size, (I'm 5'11",) I'd be...

Dude, if that were my size, (I'm 5'11",) I'd be grabbing it tomorrow!

I'm in Fields Landing, and I just got paid...

It's probability for the best that it's way, way too small.

--Shannon
07-25-22, 10:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 362
Posted By ShannonM

I wear 12.5 - 13s, depending on brand. I'm loving...

I wear 12.5 - 13s, depending on brand. I'm loving the combination of MKS Urban Platforms, Soma deep double-gate toe clips, Velo-Orange leather straps, and Five Ten Freerider shoes.

The Velo-Orange...
03-25-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 721
Posted By ShannonM

If you're gonna buy them, and for a top-line...

If you're gonna buy them, and for a top-line build in a neo-retro style, they're a fantastic choice, I have but one caveat:

Weird chainrings, for which Jan is the only source on earth.

Buy...
10-08-21, 03:26 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 9,979
Posted By ShannonM

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I think my 1/2" PVC & 2 zip ties handlebar bag support is hideously ugly....
10-08-21, 02:57 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,754
Posted By ShannonM

All-black drivetrain, on this bike... I totally...

All-black drivetrain, on this bike... I totally get it. Of course, you know you're gonna end up shelling out a hundred bucks for black chainrings, right?

With respect to the brakes, while the...
10-07-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,754
Posted By ShannonM

Lookin' awesome! But why swap an XT for an...

Lookin' awesome!

But why swap an XT for an LX?

--Shannon
10-06-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,456
Posted By ShannonM

So, it seems like you're asking two questions...

So, it seems like you're asking two questions here. I'll try to answer them in reverse order.

Can you convert a quick-release hub to nutted attachment? Sometimes yes, often no, never easily. Quick...
09-30-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 493
Posted By ShannonM

Designer's bent. --Shannon

Designer's bent.

--Shannon
09-30-21, 11:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 58,054
Posted By ShannonM

I wonder if the OP's plastic NDS cup lasted 10...

I wonder if the OP's plastic NDS cup lasted 10 years?

I bet it did.

--Shannon
09-30-21, 10:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,039
Posted By ShannonM

At what level does "love of early mountain bikes,...

At what level does "love of early mountain bikes, and American custom builders, and 531" become unhealthy?

I mean, unless one is forgoing life-saving medical care. Or beer.

--Shannon

PS: If...
09-24-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,092
Posted By ShannonM

I volunteer at my local co-op. (The Bike Kitchen...

I volunteer at my local co-op. (The Bike Kitchen in Eureka, CA.) I worked in a national chain bike shop (Performance) when I was in college in the Naughties.

I see no conflict whatsoever.

What...
09-24-21, 10:44 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,754
Posted By ShannonM

I'm a skinwall homer, but on this bike? All...

I'm a skinwall homer, but on this bike?

All black, all the time.

--Shannon
09-14-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,123
Posted By ShannonM

Legendary bikes. I've never seen a joint failure...

Legendary bikes. I've never seen a joint failure in a bonded Trek. Even the epically bad 9000 full suspension frames, AKA "the worst full suspension mountain bike ever made, or, as me and my buddies...
09-14-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 877
Posted By ShannonM

And let us shed a tear for what Bicycling...

And let us shed a tear for what Bicycling Magazine used to be...

Can you imagine them doing anything like this at any time in the last two decades... let alone having the result be, "They're all...
09-14-21, 07:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,749
Posted By ShannonM

​​​​​​The only necessary or sufficient...

​​​​​​The only necessary or sufficient justification for a fine custom bicycle from a great builder with whom one already has a long-standing relationship is "Because I want to and I can."
...
09-10-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 779
Posted By ShannonM

Unix jokes aside, cheap garbage nail polish from...

Unix jokes aside, cheap garbage nail polish from the drugstore is a great threadlocker. Cheap, comes with a built-in brush, holds tight enough for most bicycle uses, and it only requires a decent tug...
09-10-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,093
Posted By ShannonM

Having had both a 3.0 series crit bike and a 3.8...

Having had both a 3.0 series crit bike and a 3.8 series touring frame, my opinion is exactly the opposite. The 3.0 on 23s was a jackhammer, while the 3.8 on 35s was like a Benz 560SEL... smooth,...
09-05-21, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By ShannonM

Alos look at your local Craigslist. That's how I...

Alos look at your local Craigslist. That's how I found the Erueka, CA Bike Kitchen, we put our contact info in the ads for the bikes that we sell. Also, Bike Kitchen is a national organization for...
09-04-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 8,365
Posted By ShannonM

Ironically, I work at a nursing home. The...

Ironically, I work at a nursing home.

The whole "Murder Mountain" thing is mostly sensationalist BS. I spent 2 years "on the Hill," working on a farm. The only neighbors I was ever worried about...
09-04-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 8,365
Posted By ShannonM

Hell, I haven't owned a car since 2018, and I...

Hell, I haven't owned a car since 2018, and I don't even have a driver's license anymore...

--Shannon
09-04-21, 12:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By ShannonM

See if you have a co-op / community bike shop...

See if you have a co-op / community bike shop within a convenient distance. Most decent-sized cities should have one. Give them your old parts. They'll be grateful.

--Shannon

PS: I volunteer at...
09-03-21, 11:49 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,993
Posted By ShannonM

Yes, smaller cogs / chainrings are less efficient...

Yes, smaller cogs / chainrings are less efficient than larger ones for the same gear ratio. The smaller radius requires the chain to fit around a tighter curve, which drives up the friction at every...
09-03-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,260
Posted By ShannonM

Dude, I know nothing about your bike, other than...

Dude, I know nothing about your bike, other than that it's stupendously awesome and I want one.

--Shannon
09-01-21, 01:34 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,983
Posted By ShannonM

If UCSB is anything like what it was like in the...

If UCSB is anything like what it was like in the mid-Naughties when my brother was there, I'm pretty sure that dude would have crashed in exactly the same way and at exactly the same way if he'd been...
09-01-21, 01:27 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 7,754
Posted By ShannonM

I've been using SRAM chains for so long, I don't...

I've been using SRAM chains for so long, I don't even know what else to recommend.

Cosmetically, they all end up kinda lookin' the same after a few hundred miles anyway, no? (Except for maybe...
08-31-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,627
Posted By ShannonM

Minority report here: The difference between...

Minority report here:

The difference between cheap heavy tires and expensive light supple tires is not subtle. I swapped out the old, hard, dried-out 700x25s that were on my Fuji when I bought it...
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