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10-01-14, 02:28 PM
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Posted By 1987cp

I just received an Albatross bar in the mail .......

I just received an Albatross bar in the mail .... :-)

EDIT: Tried them upside down on an upswept stem, didn't care for it. Swapped to the original 90mm, 15-degree stem atop the Delta Stem Raiser...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

Thanks! I've never actually been on a bicycle...

Thanks! I've never actually been on a bicycle tour - but touring bikes are great for running errands in town, which is how we get our cycling in.

Come to think of it, I just might have chosen one...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-14, 09:47 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

Here's the poor boy's (or girl's) kiddie Riv - a...

Here's the poor boy's (or girl's) kiddie Riv - a cheapie from Sears' Free Spirit brand from the late '80s, complete with steel rims and cranks and the Falcon friction shifters you can still get new. ...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-24-14, 09:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,785
Posted By 1987cp

I see, so the worry about a seat tube would be...

I see, so the worry about a seat tube would be related to a tendency to use a small-diameter seat post. Cutting down a post of a common size, say 25.4mm, 26.4mm, 27.2mm, whatever, makes fine sense...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-24-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,785
Posted By 1987cp

Maybe I'm not envisioning something correctly...

Maybe I'm not envisioning something correctly from never having built a frame, but how is a 12" or 15" seat tube that different from a 21" or 25" seat tube? Unless of course it's made of butted...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-23-14, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,785
Posted By 1987cp

Good info there, thanks! I was thinking of mild...

Good info there, thanks! I was thinking of mild steel for the main tubes, but I notice the 4130 pages have a much larger selection of diameters and wall thicknesses in diameters such as 1.125". I...
Forum: Framebuilders
07-21-14, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,785
Posted By 1987cp

Cutting down adult lugged frames to kid size?

Is this something that people do or have done with, say, a damaged or unwanted adult frame with lugs and straight-gauge tubing? (Assuming a useful and comfortable kid frame could be produced with...
07-10-14, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,096
Posted By 1987cp

::bump:: Ancient thread resurrection!!! ...

::bump:: Ancient thread resurrection!!!


Does anyone know much about this bike, like when it was built and who sold it? So far the only connection I've found online was an adult city/MTB hybrid...
Forum: Commuting
07-07-14, 06:50 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

I would be very interested to know how its ride...

I would be very interested to know how its ride compares to an Atlantis - or more likely in my mind, a Sam Hillborne.

Nice build, looks a lot like my bike.


Reminds me, I'm not sure I have...
06-16-14, 08:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

That looks pretty nice! I've not bothered with...

That looks pretty nice! I've not bothered with nicer seatposts, but I do find the multi-piece clamps to be a nuisance. It'll be interesting to hear what you think of the Microshift trigger(?)...
05-23-14, 07:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Thumbshifters were actually my first idea. I...

Thumbshifters were actually my first idea. I think I'd like this sort of arrangement (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-v79cAkFs2Rs/UWWIqKjAgEI/AAAAAAAAB2s/1-aPrBzV7lw/s1600/IMG_7072.JPG) since recent...
05-23-14, 06:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,695
Posted By 1987cp

Yours actually do friction mode well? My...

Yours actually do friction mode well? My Accushift thumbshifters have nice indexing in "7" mode and kind of soft indexing in "F" mode. Mine are XC-LTD, so possibly one of their other models had a...
05-19-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Update: I may have found a respectable solution...

Update: I may have found a respectable solution to the added-quill funkiness. Suntour ratchet Powershifters on a modified Huret downtube mount that happens to fit the Stem Raiser pretty nicely. No...
05-15-14, 09:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,542
Posted By 1987cp

That one looks rather nice! I'd only previously...

That one looks rather nice! I'd only previously been aware of the ones that attach to the handlebar the bottom appears designed to drag back and forth across the head tube. Though, now I have to...
05-15-14, 09:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

It does look pretty daffy, doesn't it? A better...

It does look pretty daffy, doesn't it? A better solution along these lines might be to cut up a disused quill stem to make just a stubby little shifter adapter that sticks up no farther than the top...
05-14-14, 10:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmen...

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=380344&stc=1&d=1400082698

Now, what is going on here? Looks weird, right?

So yesterday I received the Delta Stem Raiser Pro (advertised to...
05-14-14, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,695
Posted By 1987cp

This is interesting. I tried mocking up the...

This is interesting. I tried mocking up the above setup with some old XC-LTD thumbshifters and the brake levers I have, and discovered that when the shifters are turned into the most convenient...
05-08-14, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,783
Posted By 1987cp

That'd be nifty if it works out. I have some...

That'd be nifty if it works out. I have some 1991 XC-LTD Accushift thumbshifters, and the rear shifter has two modes, "7" and "F". Its "friction" setting ... isn't, really. Maybe it was intended...
05-06-14, 11:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,695
Posted By 1987cp

With any sort of multiposition bar, I've found it...

With any sort of multiposition bar, I've found it hard to get a comfortable thumbshifter mounting position where the levers aren't poking my hands, which is why I've gravitated toward barcons, since...
05-06-14, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,695
Posted By 1987cp

I too had considered the advantages of having an...

I too had considered the advantages of having an extra set of extremely-nice shift levers .... :)



Good info there!

I'm planning to switch my (relatively new) tandem from the very nice Bosco...
05-06-14, 06:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,695
Posted By 1987cp

Vintage Power-ratchet thumbshifters vs. downtube shifters on thumb mounts?

Wondering if anyone has input on the ergonomic aspects of this comparison.

I have these Suntour ratching downtube shifters mounted on bar-end pods:
...
05-05-14, 06:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Neat info. It's a good bike, even if I haven't...

Neat info. It's a good bike, even if I haven't gotten quite the use out of it I'd hoped. I may have mentioned early on that this bike also came with grip shifts, but I hate grip shifts, so they...
05-02-14, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,712
Posted By 1987cp

True, true. The question is more just a...

True, true.

The question is more just a "what are the differences" question, since the Longboards are obviously an excellent (probably the best) option but the Commuter IIs are quite a bit...
05-02-14, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 7,712
Posted By 1987cp

SKS fenders: Longboard vs. Chromoplastic vs. "Commuter 2" (or Bluemel?)

Just a quick question someone might be able to help with.

The Longboards, if I understand correctly, are basically Chromoplastics that come with the fancy long mudflaps already installed for a few...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 11:58 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

The Crazy bar reminds me of the parts I enjoyed...

The Crazy bar reminds me of the parts I enjoyed about playing with a time-trialish bar in the past, with the benefit of a hand position I should be able to actually reach whilst going slow and...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 10:13 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

What do you think of that Crazy handlebar? It...

What do you think of that Crazy handlebar? It looks to me like it just might make sense - for a lot of riding, really. I literally just this minute discovered they're offering one for sale already...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-13, 09:25 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

Carbon fiber ... man, I don't know .... I...

Carbon fiber ... man, I don't know ....

I guess the Suntour shifters make up for it, though. :)
09-23-13, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,266
Posted By 1987cp

I mostly understood your response (thanks!), but...

I mostly understood your response (thanks!), but here I must be misunderstanding again ... this sounds like you mean a rock pick, which seems an unusual item to bring on a bike ride (for me, books...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-13, 12:55 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

My experiment with '90ish Schwinn Frontier wheels...

My experiment with '90ish Schwinn Frontier wheels (40-584, steel rims, nutted hubs) on an '84 Raleigh (USA) Record frame was a lot of fun. The biggest impression was that it was very confident and...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-13, 11:08 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

Just saw this customized Specialized Sequoia on...

Just saw this customized Specialized Sequoia on Fleabay. Not "poor" enough for a lot of folks, but seems like a good value, and very Riv-ish with the 650b conversion and R559 brakes!
...
07-16-13, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 897
Posted By 1987cp

Is the Crossroads the one that's similar to the...

Is the Crossroads the one that's similar to the 2011-ish Globe Carmel models now that their Globe brand is gone? My wife got a "Carmel 3" on clearance and loves it - especially since it's got...
07-16-13, 08:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,266
Posted By 1987cp

What is meant by the phrase, "Rail a turn"? ...

What is meant by the phrase, "Rail a turn"?




Not the same situation, but my dad is from the rear-brake-is-primary school, and I've adopted the front-brake-is-primary approach and have had...
06-30-13, 12:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,451
Posted By 1987cp

I think it's great. I originally bought it to...

I think it's great. I originally bought it to solve a cog-clearance problem on another bike, which it managed fine. It's made by Microshift of Taiwan ... pretty sure it's identical to this one...
06-28-13, 06:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,451
Posted By 1987cp

I happened to upload some current pictures since...

I happened to upload some current pictures since I removed the fenders and baby seat to put on my new-to-me tandem. The 38-622 wheels and tires, Albatross bar, and '90s Deore crank went on sometime...
06-22-13, 08:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

So far I'm adapting to the bar-mount mirror...

So far I'm adapting to the bar-mount mirror pretty well. I'd probably forget to bring a glasses-mount mirror, or more likely, lose it.

Today I drove the star nut down the steerer a bit and began...
06-15-13, 11:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

"Market Basket" proves awesome!

I've taken a couple of rides with a more-or-less full load, and the Civia basket works really well! For one short ride I bungeed our diaper bag underneath the side of it and my son's ATA bag across...
06-15-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By 1987cp

20 years? Wow! Didn't realize my head was that...

20 years? Wow! Didn't realize my head was that far under a rock! And I'm probably a punk kid compared to some of you. But, my newest previous bike was a 1991 model.

I guess old fangles might...
06-10-13, 08:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By 1987cp

The main point was to clarify what the starnut...

The main point was to clarify what the starnut actually does do and doesn't do, and what would be lost if I were to knock it down or out and install a quill stem. One doesn't learn about newfangled...
06-05-13, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By 1987cp

Hm, Headlock concept looks interesting, but I can...

Hm, Headlock concept looks interesting, but I can see where it'd interfere with attaching racks and fenders (and maybe brakes? LOL) to the fork crown! Still, that arrangement may be quite viable...
06-05-13, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By 1987cp

Threadless question(s)

I recently came into possession of a bike with a threadless headset for the first time, and pondering this and that I found at least two idle questions I don't know the answer to.

One, that...
06-02-13, 11:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,747
Posted By 1987cp

Surprised no one has mentioned this option .... ...

Surprised no one has mentioned this option ....

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/sh3.htm

I bought the same or similar shifters under the "Pyramid" or "Sunlite" name on Amazon for something...
Forum: Commuting
06-01-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 296,249
Posted By 1987cp

This. I have half a mind sometimes of trying to...

This. I have half a mind sometimes of trying to become a "country bike" dealer myself, but given what shops here stock (and successfully make a living selling), I suspect I'd go thoroughly broke in...
05-31-13, 07:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Bosco bars arrived yesterday and were installed. ...

Bosco bars arrived yesterday and were installed.


Random notes: I can kind of understand Riv's suggestion to trim the ends of this bar a bit if they just come too far back for comfort, but I'm...
05-29-13, 02:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Civia Market Basket rack received and installed! ...

Civia Market Basket rack received and installed! I discovered to my slight disappointment that the dimensions I found for it are slightly incorrect - I read that it was 14.5" x 15.5". Measurements...
05-29-13, 09:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

The captain's seatpost terminates immediately...

The captain's seatpost terminates immediately above the intersection of the diagonal crossbrace with the seat tube, and is inserted to 2" above the minimum insertion mark, if that's what you're...
05-28-13, 04:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

No kidding! I noticed that the design looked...

No kidding! I noticed that the design looked just like Yokota pictures I'd seen, but didn't know if it was a superficial similarity.


** EDIT **

I've found stickers on both seat tubes...
05-25-13, 07:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

Thanks! The boy and I rode it to a nearby diner...

Thanks! The boy and I rode it to a nearby diner yesterday, and I was pretty impressed with it (other than the low straight bars creating much vacuum). He thinks it's neat to be able to pedal on a...
05-24-13, 03:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,668
Posted By 1987cp

My Nashbar MTB tandem

(Continuation of http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/888119-Any-experience-with-Nashbar-bikes?p=15656483#post15656483 ... seemed time to make a "my bike" thread instead of dragging the "should I...
05-22-13, 08:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,067
Posted By 1987cp

Grip shifters are gone! Yay me! Found crank...

Grip shifters are gone! Yay me!

Found crank shorteners on Fleabay, may arrive as soon as tomorrow.

Spent some time today installing the rear fender and child seat, plus of course swapping...
05-22-13, 08:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 984
Posted By 1987cp

Thanks for reminding me, I pounced on a set that...

Thanks for reminding me, I pounced on a set that came up on Fleabay while I was pondering what else to buy from one retailer or other to make the shipping cost go further. Then I forgot to bid on a...
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