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06-19-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By FordTrax

Help with Bike Brake Upgrade

I found an old 1980s bike with single pull caliper brakes on it. It is a nice frame. I want to upgrade the bike and resto-mod it. I plan to go from 27" to 700c rims in the future.

I...
06-10-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 401
Posted By FordTrax

Grips for Bullhorn Bar - suggestions

I have a set of Velo-Orange Crazy Bars - with the bull horns built in. I was wondering what alternative there is to the black spongy foam slip on grip material. The bull-horns are 23.8mm. Not...
06-10-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 355
Posted By FordTrax

Shifters for Travel Bike using Easy Split Connectors?

I am looking to convert an old road frame to a travel bike with S&S connectors. I am giving some thought as to the type of shifting which would work best on a bike that will be uncoupled in the...
06-02-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By FordTrax

Contental Contact 32mm on 22mm internal width rim????

I have a spare set of rims that I measured to have about a 21.5-22mm internal rim width they are about 25mm wide on the outside. I would like to put a set of 32mm Continental Contact on for some...
06-01-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By FordTrax

Frame Choice for S&S Connectors - Advice

I have several nice road bikes but I want a travel bike. I considered folding bikes but decided against that option. So I am going to go with S&S Connectors. I have been looking for a decent...
04-04-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By FordTrax

Torque Wrench Should it Be Calibrated

I ordered a ProBike Torque Wrench from Amazon - it had a ton of good reviews and was less than 60 bucks. It is a 2-20 Newton Meter range. It is supposed to be calibrated to 4-6% variance from the...
03-31-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 393
Posted By FordTrax

Prescription Cycling Glasses - Tint Selection

I am waiting for my prescription from the eye doctor's office and I am going to order a set of prescription cycling glasses. I plan on going with no line bifocals with my reading correction set low...
03-24-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Posted By FordTrax

This is an interesting thread - lot of good info....

This is an interesting thread - lot of good info. I am glad I asked. I have also noticed the above is also often true on modern frames. But definitely worth me remembering since I ride saddle...
03-24-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Posted By FordTrax

Okay. So just focus on my inseam for vintage...

Okay. So just focus on my inseam for vintage bikes because that is the way they were sized back then. So if I have a 33" inseam no shoes I am probably goood with a bike around 32.5" max since my...
03-24-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Posted By FordTrax

I live near Harrisburg, PA. When you say...

I live near Harrisburg, PA.

When you say "center to center" I assume you mean center of the crank (spindle) to the point on the seat tube which intersects the center of the top tube. However, I...
03-24-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 544
Posted By FordTrax

Modern Bike Frame Size vs Vintage Bike Frame Size

I have a couple of modern road bikes but I would like to find a nice vintage steel frame and restore it or update it a bit depending on what I find. I want something like a sport tour or touring...
03-09-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By FordTrax

H Plus Hydra Rims - Any Experience??

I am about 215lbs and want to build up a new wheelset for my disc brake road bike. I run Panaracer Gravel King (file tread) 32x700 tires with measure out at about 33mm. I am leaning towards the H...
03-07-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks

I called the eye doctor and requested a price on brown photochromatics with anti-glare coating in my prescription. I am not going to take a chance on polarization - and the chance that I will not...
03-03-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By FordTrax

"I use photo-chromatic when I'm up against dawn...

"I use photo-chromatic when I'm up against dawn or dusk in my ride, but other times I use lenses that are contrast enhancing - like Oakley Prizm trail or road. I have tried polarized and don't like...
03-03-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 610
Posted By FordTrax

Cycling Glasses - Polarized or Photochromatic?? What to you ride in?

I would like some advice. I am in my mid-50s and need reading glasses in order to do any kind of close up work; e.g. read, repair bike, use cell phone. Pretty much anything close in. I have a...
02-19-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By FordTrax

Changing From a Triple to Double Crank - Spindle/Chainline??

My Salsa Casseroll has a triple crankset on the bike. I am upgrading it to 10 speed. If I replace the triple with a "adventure" double, like the Velo Orange 46/30 crankset with a stated chainline...
02-14-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By FordTrax

Microshift Thumb Shifters or Is There a Better Option?

I am upgrading my Salsa Casseroll and have received a lot of help with upgrade choices on this forum; so I thought I would run this idea past you folks. I am going to change the bke to flat bars...
01-25-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,036
Posted By FordTrax

H Plus Son Archetype Rims - Good Rims for a Larger Guy?

I would like to get a better wheelset for my endurance road bike. I am a larger guy at 215lbs and am looking for something that would take 32 spokes front and rear. Obviously I would like a...
01-24-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 355
Posted By FordTrax

Upgrade Cantilever Brakes on Salsa Casserole

I have a nice Salsa Casserole that I ride from time to time but is not my primary ride. I really like the bike and the kind of vintage look with the all silver components. I recently purchased a...
10-14-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks Palmer. I greatly appreciate the...

Thanks Palmer. I greatly appreciate the feedback.

Other than the kind of retro look to the brakes. One of the attractions is they use road pads which I should be able to just replace the...
10-13-18, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By FordTrax

Shimano Rotors with TRP Slate Calipers

I have a nice pair of Shimano 160mm centerlock rotors that a friend gave to me a couple months ago. He needed 6 bolt. I purchased a set of centerlock wheels from BWW and they should be here next...
10-12-18, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 317
Posted By FordTrax

VO Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakeset - Anyone Tried Them?

Has anyone had any experience with the Velo Orange Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakes? I have an older road bike that is fairly retro looking and I thought this cantilever brakeset would look...
10-04-18, 07:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 261
Posted By FordTrax

Selecting a Wheelset - Down to 3 Choices - Any Thoughts

Based on some recommendations I am looking for a 29er wheelset for an "all road" bike build I am working on. The bike frame is a commuter/medium touring frame but the geometry is pretty close to a...
10-01-18, 05:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By FordTrax

Michelin Protek Cross vs Protek Cross Max

As you are aware I am working on building an "all road" bike. However, in the interim I have an opportunity to do a short (30 miles) gravel ride and I want to try it out.

My first real road...
09-30-18, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By FordTrax

I am not $450 brave so there will be no epoxying...

I am not $450 brave so there will be no epoxying into the steer tube ;)

That Specialized Plug looks interesting - I watched a youtube vid of a guy showing how to remove one. I see you tighten...
09-30-18, 05:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 289
Posted By FordTrax

Expander/Compression Plug for Carbon Steer

I have a Rodeo Labs Spork Carbon Fork for my upcoming build. It looks very nice. I need a plug for the steer tube - not sure what the real term is - it seems like they are called differently on...
09-24-18, 05:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 999
Posted By FordTrax

Difference Between 700c & 29ER Wheelsets

I ordered a carbon fork with a 15mm TA - disc brake. As was mentioned here in an earlier post there are a lot of wheelsets that have a 15mm TA front wheel. I plan to run between a 38-42mm tire on...
09-20-18, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,597
Posted By FordTrax

What Size Front Thru Axle - 12mm vs 15mm - to future proof bike?

I am building an "all road" bike that will run 700c x say 40mm tires. The frame requires a 12mm x 142mm rear. The question is what thru axle is best for the fork - most can come 15mm x 100mm or...
09-17-18, 05:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 481
Posted By FordTrax

Fork Options - For a All Road Build - Niner/Rodeo/Fyxation/Enve

This would be for an all road build on a Lynskey Backroad frame. I want to be able to use disc brakes, 40 something mm 700c tires, thru axle. Some mounts would be nice for more flexibility. ...
09-17-18, 04:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 420
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks, TR I got a bit worried there. I am...

Thanks, TR I got a bit worried there. I am fairly familiar with road bike components but not with MTB. I believe the XT Crankset comes with a 68/73 BB and my frame requires a 68mm English. I...
09-16-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 420
Posted By FordTrax

My frame has 142mm Thru Axle which I believe is =...

My frame has 142mm Thru Axle which I believe is = 135mm QR. I think 135mm is the mountain standard and road is 130mm. So I thought I would be okay with a MTB Triple.
Am I incorrect on this? I...
09-15-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 420
Posted By FordTrax

I have HD/RDs on my Road Bike with 105 Brifters. ...

I have HD/RDs on my Road Bike with 105 Brifters. I have about 2000 miles on that bike or so and the HD/RDs have been nothing if not perfect. Thought I would try the TRP Slate Hydros on this...
09-15-18, 02:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 420
Posted By FordTrax

I run shimano 105 11 speed on my road bike. I...

I run shimano 105 11 speed on my road bike. I am 215lbs so a a few hundred grams is not something I worry about. It is about reliability, durability, and shift quality.

I am doing a triple on...
09-15-18, 11:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 420
Posted By FordTrax

Shimano XT Components - Any reason to upgrade?

I am building an "all road bike". It is a touring frame that I plan to use a trekking bar and mountain components. 700c 38-40mm tires. Pretty much narrowed it down to XT 10 speed dyna-shift cranks,...
09-15-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 130
Posted By FordTrax

Are Niner RDO Forks Good Reliable Forks?

I have Whiskey and Enve carbon forks and have had no issues - but I have only had them for about a year. However, for my next build I am looking hard at the Niner Gravel RDO Thru Axle Fork - this...
09-13-18, 07:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 213
Posted By FordTrax

Road Bike vs MTB Disc Brake - Specification Differences???

I have posted a couple of questions on the forum over the last couple of weeks about a bike build I am planning. It is a Lynskey Backroad (touring frame) that I plan to set up as an "All Road Bike"...
09-09-18, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By FordTrax

Panaracer Gravel Kings!!

They make the Panaracer Gravel Kings in several flavors including a small knob (sk version). But I run the slicks on my Ti Frame road bike all year round. The have excellent puncture resistance...
09-09-18, 06:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By FordTrax

Mountain Front and Rear Derailleurs. Still...

Mountain Front and Rear Derailleurs. Still working on the shifter plan.
09-08-18, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By FordTrax

Mountain Crankset on Road Bike - Chainline??

Okay, just want to confirm this. A road bike has a 68mm english bottom bracket shell. However, the Shimano XT Mountain Cranks come with a Hollow Tech 2 68-73mm bottom Bracket. So that bottom...
09-08-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By FordTrax

Sorry for some reason the build list did not work...

Sorry for some reason the build list did not work properly.

Here it is from a Word Document:
Frame: Lynskey Backroad
Handlebars: Nitto Noodles
Brake Levers: Trp RRL-SR Road Levers
Shifter...
09-08-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By FordTrax

Help - Proposed Drive Train - Will This Work?

I want to build up my Lynskey Ti Frame. It is Ti Backroad Touring Frame set for disc brakes. I have a very nice road bike so I plan to set this up as an "all road" bike that I could also use as a...
05-26-18, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By FordTrax

Cable disc is what I was planning.

Cable disc is what I was planning.
05-26-18, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By FordTrax

Canti vs Disc Brakes with S&S Connectors

If I want to build up a frame with S&S Connectors so I can split the bike in 1/2 and I smarter to put on Cantilever Brakes or Disc Brakes? Or does it not matter?

I was just wondering about the...
05-14-18, 05:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,244
Posted By FordTrax

I am keeping a hardcopy list of these...

I am keeping a hardcopy list of these makes/models and will do a bit of research on them - please continue to suggest some specific makes/models I should look into. Thanks
05-13-18, 09:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,244
Posted By FordTrax

Will cantilever brakes made for 27" rims adjust...

Will cantilever brakes made for 27" rims adjust enough to work with 700c rims? Would it also be possible to put more modern cantilever brakes like Pauls on the retro frame with 700c rims?
05-13-18, 07:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,244
Posted By FordTrax

Vintage Lugged Frame to Allroad/Gravel Grinder

I have a "few bikes" - my wife says I have a "few to many". I have a light tourer, two road bikes and a touring/adventure bike - all are modern steel frames with 10-11 speed shifting.

But I...
04-22-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By FordTrax

I am aware of the 5mm or 10mm extension

I plan to allow 1cm (10mm) of steer tube above the stem when I cut it off - I can see the logic in this. There will also be 20 cms of spacers under the stem. I will also use an expanding bung to...
04-22-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 388
Posted By FordTrax

Can I use any stem on a carbon steer tube?

I am getting ready to build up a nice frame with an Enve Fork - full carbon fork - including the steer tube. I am not very familiar with carbon fiber so I am having a guy help me assemble the bike -...
03-22-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,657
Posted By FordTrax

Gravel King Slicks

Great Tire!

I have 32s on my bike and they run a bit wide around 33mm.
03-20-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,112
Posted By FordTrax

HoHoHo - Those campy's even look golden in the...

HoHoHo - Those campy's even look golden in the ebay listing. I think the Shimanos will be "good-enough" for me.
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