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07-26-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 175
Posted By ShannonM

Wanting a short-cage derailleur on the bike just...

Wanting a short-cage derailleur on the bike just because that's what you want is all good. They do look better and shift better, no doubt. And, yes, what you're planning will work, you're just...
07-26-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 175
Posted By ShannonM

Yep. For example, I'm putting a 45/42/30 x...

Yep.

For example, I'm putting a 45/42/30 x 14-16-18-20-23-26 half-step + granny on my '85 League Fuji. Why? Because of the NIB 1980 Superbe rear derailleur I put on the bike when I got it. (Was a...
07-26-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 70
Posted By ShannonM

That makes sense. We can't buy fractional spoke...

That makes sense. We can't buy fractional spoke lengths anyway, so maybe this is a distinction without a difference? MIght explain why Velocity's website doesn't list an offset dimension for this...
07-26-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 175
Posted By ShannonM

True... although if your chain goes slack enough...

True... although if your chain goes slack enough to drag on the front derailleur cage, I could see bad things happening if it was slack enough to wrap itself up in the derailleur or seat tube under...
07-26-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 70
Posted By ShannonM

Does off-center drilling affect spoke length?

The wheels I'm going to be building for the 650B conversion of my '85 League Fuji are shaping up as follows:

Velo Orange hubs. (Just bought the cloesout 126mm freewheel rear hub, smoking deal for...
07-26-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 175
Posted By ShannonM

Exceeding the chainwrap capacity of a rear...

Exceeding the chainwrap capacity of a rear derailleur can be done safely and effectively, with a couple of caveats:

A couple of teeth over is all you're really gonna get, and size your chain so...
07-26-21, 02:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 323
Posted By ShannonM

Wrenches, sockets, ratchets, allens, all basic...

Wrenches, sockets, ratchets, allens, all basic hand tools made out of a hunk o' metal? Harbor Freight tools are fine. I've rebuilt VW engines with them. (Unless you use hand tools to make your money,...
07-26-21, 01:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 258
Posted By ShannonM

The biggest difference, (other than range, of...

The biggest difference, (other than range, of course,) and why I'm going with 1/2-step + granny (45/42/30) as opposed to a 1.5-step double (46/34 or 45/33), is in the shift pattern.

Assuming you...
07-25-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 299
Posted By ShannonM

They very well might have been. The time frame...

They very well might have been. The time frame would be about right, the front derailleur is the first part to get down-specced, and Shimano makes plenty of oddball parts for OEMs if the big ones ask...
07-25-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,394
Posted By ShannonM

It's not that cables break all that often, they...

It's not that cables break all that often, they don't. It's that they stretch, and fray at the pinch bolt, and generally get janky and then they don't work right any more. I've never broken one. I've...
07-25-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

Thanks to all who helped. The decision is made. ...

Thanks to all who helped. The decision is made.

It's gonna be the MKS Urbans (https://www.mkspedal.com/sites/default/files/styles/product_image/public/media/2015/08/07/UrbanPlatBk1.jpg) in black,...
07-25-21, 04:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 136
Posted By ShannonM

Have you tried velocals? --Shannon

Have you tried velocals?

--Shannon
07-25-21, 01:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By ShannonM

Outboard bearing bottom brackets are not...

Outboard bearing bottom brackets are not something I know much about, so I can't really help you there. I usually just assume that different cranksets require different bottom brackets, and if they...
07-25-21, 01:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 499
Posted By ShannonM

If you're going to overhaul the hubs and bottom...

If you're going to overhaul the hubs and bottom bracket, the specialized tools (without which you cannot do the job at all so don't even try just buy the danged tools) will cost you way less than the...
07-24-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 369
Posted By ShannonM

So, it has occurred to me that probably the best...

So, it has occurred to me that probably the best way to get the gearing that I want on this bike, 45/42/granny half-step triple is to buy a nice, used 52/42/30 road triple, which are everywhere, and...
07-24-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By ShannonM

I'm confused... How is changing an entire...

I'm confused...

How is changing an entire groupset easier than changing just the cranks? Not even considering the factor-of-4 cost difference, I can do a crankset swap in less than an hour and a...
07-24-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 122
Posted By ShannonM

Solid deal on VO 126mm freewheel hubs

I just ordered one-a-dese (https://velo-orange.com/collections/specials/products/grand-cru-freewheel-hubs-36h).

The previous version of Velo Orange's 126 mm freewheel rear hub. Seems like the only...
07-24-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 136
Posted By ShannonM

The frame is missing the downtube shifter bosses...

The frame is missing the downtube shifter bosses and the front derailleur mount... did you remove them for painting? If not, then you're screwed, cuz you're never gonna find replacements.

Also,...
07-24-21, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 319
Posted By ShannonM

I'd probably do the chain, just because it's...

I'd probably do the chain, just because it's probably time, and it'll be too long on a compact double anyway.

As far as compatibility goes, you can pretty much pick whatever compact double you...
07-23-21, 10:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

I don't know about lucky...it's more like, when I...

I don't know about lucky...it's more like, when I crash, I crash hard. Even with slotted cleats and single leather straps I never got stuck to the bike. I knew people that did, but it was rare, and...
07-23-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

Sweet! I know we have a BTI account. QBP I'm not...

Sweet! I know we have a BTI account. QBP I'm not sure of, but if we don't we should for sure get one.

--Shannon
07-23-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 136,342
Posted By ShannonM

Wow, sweet collection! What's this rear...

Wow, sweet collection!

What's this rear derailleur all about?

--Shannon
07-23-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

I volunteer at the Eureka Bike Kitchen, so I can...

I volunteer at the Eureka Bike Kitchen, so I can order from distributors. MSRP seems pretty close between the MKS Urbans and the VO Touring, so presumably catalog pricing will be similar. Any clue...
07-23-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,218
Posted By ShannonM

That's really odd. I thought the ones on my...

That's really odd. I thought the ones on my tandem were just about the best brakes I've ever squeezed, while the low-profile LXs were the brake that made everyone hate cantilevers. (Although I mostly...
07-23-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

Indeed they do. I've had GR-9s in the past. Nice...

Indeed they do. I've had GR-9s in the past. Nice pedals, too narrow for my big floppy foots.The Urban Platforms are up near the top of my list for new pedals, along with the VO Touring. Does Velo...
07-23-21, 12:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 499
Posted By ShannonM

Sorry, I was unclear. All Raleigh Technium...

Sorry, I was unclear.

All Raleigh Technium frames had steel rear triangles and head tubes. Most of them had aluminum main tubes, but I'm pretty sure there was a titanium version with a 753 rear...
07-22-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 472
Posted By ShannonM

+1 on all that, plus I bet that at least the...

+1 on all that, plus I bet that at least the middle chainring is toast. An RSX triple should be 110/74 or 130/74, so rings are plentiful (well, not really right now, but that's true of everything)...
07-22-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

I really, really prefer retention. It's a feel...

I really, really prefer retention. It's a feel thing, but it's been a consistent feel thing since I put toe clips on my Huffy 10 speed in 1985. I bought my first pair of clipless pedals in late '88...
07-22-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 475
Posted By ShannonM

Specialized Armadillos. The best-named...

Specialized Armadillos. The best-named worst-riding road tire the Big S ever made. The best thing about them was that they probably wouldn't flat if you shot them with a nail gun and they lasted...
07-22-21, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 330
Posted By ShannonM

Wide pedals with retention

I'm going to be replacing the SR quill pedals on my '85 Fuji, so I figured I'd solicit some opinions.

Requirements:

Wide. I wear 13s.
Comfortable under work shoes and sneakers. So, the more...
07-21-21, 11:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,604
Posted By ShannonM

I mean, yeah... it's a mid 60s Cinelli. It...

I mean, yeah... it's a mid 60s Cinelli. It doesn't matter which Hall in the Building of Bicycle Fame, this bike belongs in it.

One of the most sanitary neo-retro builds I've seen... silver Campy...
07-21-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,218
Posted By ShannonM

Do not take a Dremel to those brakes!!! They're...

Do not take a Dremel to those brakes!!! They're hella rare, hella expensive, and hella rad.

I've got a set of Record OR wide cantilevers that I've been carting around for over 15 years now. I...
07-21-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 591
Posted By ShannonM

If it's been your bike since new, and you did...

If it's been your bike since new, and you did some upgrades back when, have you considered building it out with all of the parts you'd have bought for it then if you'd had the bread?

--Shannon
07-21-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 499
Posted By ShannonM

Other than the top-end 531 and 753 bikes, did...

Other than the top-end 531 and 753 bikes, did Raleigh Techniums use different tubing in the rear triangles as you went up the line? Pretty sure the alumnim tubes were all the same, within bike type...
07-21-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 403
Posted By ShannonM

Copper. By a lot. As to "green bikes are bad...

Copper. By a lot.

As to "green bikes are bad luck," my first motorcycle was a praying-mantis-green BMW R100 with a matching Wixom Bros fairing. That color was rad, and totally worth all of the...
07-21-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By ShannonM

Phil Wood Tenacious Oil is the most correct...

Phil Wood Tenacious Oil is the most correct answer to your question. Best to take the freewheel off the bike, so you can get it really clean, but also works with it still on the hub.

Slowly drip...
07-21-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 403
Posted By ShannonM

Actually, the fit isn't the real question. ...

Actually, the fit isn't the real question.

The real question is: Copper or Green?

--Shannon
07-21-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 403
Posted By ShannonM

If I've advocated anything that's actually...

If I've advocated anything that's actually unsafe, then I suck and should abjectly apologize. But I really, honestly don't think I did.

--Shannon
07-21-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,762
Posted By ShannonM

Not tryin' to poke you with a stick... this...

Not tryin' to poke you with a stick... this popped into my head when I read your post, and I had to use it. I don't actually disagree with you.

(But, also, Greg's totally right.)

--Shannon
07-21-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 136,342
Posted By ShannonM

No excuses needed. Not for a bike that looks this...

No excuses needed. Not for a bike that looks this good.

That stem is the business. One the best looking stems I've ever seen. What is it?

--Shannon
07-21-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 403
Posted By ShannonM

If memory serves, the International came factory...

If memory serves, the International came factory with 700C tubulars, with, I think, 27" clinchers as either an official option or just something that shops would do on request.

Question: Why would...
07-20-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 674
Posted By ShannonM

48/34 x 12-14-16-18-21-24-28 gives 32 - 106 inch...

48/34 x 12-14-16-18-21-24-28 gives 32 - 106 inch gears, with pretty even ~7% gaps in the midrange and two ~15.6% gaps on either end, and with no duplicate gears. And it meets most of the factory...
07-20-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 389
Posted By ShannonM

Also, Ned Overend had the best name for a...

Also, Ned Overend had the best name for a mountain bike racer ever.

And Great Gods Below could that man bring the hammer. Doubtless he still carries it in his jersey pocket, just in case some...
07-20-21, 10:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,394
Posted By ShannonM

This reminds me of an episode of Car Talk, when...

This reminds me of an episode of Car Talk, when some dude called in and told Tom & Ray that he and his wife had a Honda Accord, (early 1990s, IIRC,) with like 245,000 miles on it.

They'd never...
07-20-21, 10:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,604
Posted By ShannonM

By "rando bag", do you mean the big, boxy,...

By "rando bag", do you mean the big, boxy, beautiful French-style bags with small front rack and decaleur?

Comparing rack trunk + small handlebar bag to big handlebar bag + seat wedge, storage...
07-20-21, 08:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 299
Posted By ShannonM

Distinction without a difference, IMHO. I've...

Distinction without a difference, IMHO.

I've never seen any Shimano road triple front derailleur not work on any non-weird triple crankset, including MTB cranks on 9 speed STI touring bikes, where...
07-20-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,394
Posted By ShannonM

When looking at the bike. And at no other...

When looking at the bike.

And at no other time.

--Shannon

PS: I have always had a soft spot for the rear derailleur cable routing on the late 80s steel Treks. Love the look, even though...
07-20-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,604
Posted By ShannonM

Rack trunk & small panniers / fold-up combo unit...

Rack trunk & small panniers / fold-up combo unit or medium saddlebag out back, plus a reasonably-sized handlebar bag seems just right to me.

Probably because that's what I've got on my Fuji....
07-19-21, 11:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,604
Posted By ShannonM

True... How much of that could you get back by...

True... How much of that could you get back by using thinner-walled tubing?

Next year? Yeah, that's not gonna happen, unless I have some rich, eccentric Uncle that I don't know about! <grin>
...
07-19-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,604
Posted By ShannonM

Stunning. If I ever buy a custom frame, I'm...

Stunning.

If I ever buy a custom frame, I'm pretty much just gonna ask them to make me one of these. e-Ritchey Newvex lugs, centerpulls, half-chrome front and rear. The only real question is,...
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