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Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 02:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Posted By alanbikehouston

"Dawes USA" makes ZERO bikes. There is NO "Dawes...

"Dawes USA" makes ZERO bikes. There is NO "Dawes USA" factory, no "Windsor" factory. BD sells Chino-cr@p bikes with decals with "famous" names. I've met people who have worked for BD/Cycle...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 18,257
Posted By alanbikehouston

Confusing a REAL Dawes bike from Dawes of the UK...

Confusing a REAL Dawes bike from Dawes of the UK with a Chino-cr@p bike with a "Dawes" decal glued on by BD is like confusing a Mercedes with a Yugo...only a moron could be fooled by BD's attempt to...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 628
Posted By alanbikehouston

What is "cloudy" about this? Dawes of the UK is...

What is "cloudy" about this? Dawes of the UK is one of the great cycling companies in the history of cycling. BD is a bottom-feeding importer of Chino-cr@p bikes sold to people who want a "good...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,009
Posted By alanbikehouston

The best way to fit a bike is with a test ride,...

The best way to fit a bike is with a test ride, not an internet forum. Select a bike. Stand over it flat footed with your belt buckle an inch behind the stem. Ideally, the top tube should lightly...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-08, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By alanbikehouston

Great...keep dragging them out of the house every...

Great...keep dragging them out of the house every weekend while the weather is nice. Then, next year, they convert of their friends...it is like a virus.
10-20-08, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 701
Posted By alanbikehouston

Based on the specs, it is a close to "pro"...

Based on the specs, it is a close to "pro" quality bike from the 1980 to 1985 era. If it was in "like new" condition, it would be a bargain for $400 or $500 U.S. dollars. In in "fair" riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-08, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By alanbikehouston

For $200 or $300 you can buy a "pro level" bike...

For $200 or $300 you can buy a "pro level" bike from the 1986 to 1990 era that fits you like a glove, and rides as nicely as a $2,000 bike. And, ten years from now, you can sell that bike for $200...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-08, 11:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,389
Posted By alanbikehouston

Even a hairline crack or deep scratch in carbon...

Even a hairline crack or deep scratch in carbon fiber can result in sudden failure under stress. Your frame needs to be inspected by the factory very carefully and you should not ride it until they...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-08, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By alanbikehouston

You have a terrific bike. A good bike shop could...

You have a terrific bike. A good bike shop could get your wheels into "like new" shape for $100...or buy a pair of decent new wheels for $200....adjust the brakes and shifting and your bike is as...
10-15-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,860
Posted By alanbikehouston

A friend of mine found a very similar Batavus at...

A friend of mine found a very similar Batavus at a yard sale for about $100. It had a mix of vintage Dura-Ace and Campy parts, plus came with a box of extra parts, racing wheels, and sew-up tires. ...
10-15-08, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,367
Posted By alanbikehouston

Top tube length is a meaningless number in...

Top tube length is a meaningless number in fitting a bike. What is important is "cockpit length", the distance from the back edge of the saddle to the front of the stem. All of my bikes are set up...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-08, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By alanbikehouston

Go to two or three shops and get personal...

Go to two or three shops and get personal fittings. A skilled tech can look at you sitting on the bike and tell more about how a bike fits then is ever possible by looking at a chart of measurements.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-08, 11:16 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,407
Posted By alanbikehouston

Who believes government economic reports? Last...

Who believes government economic reports? Last week, the government released a report saying prices are stable, and there has been no increase in"average" prices in the past twelve months. But, the...
10-15-08, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 635
Posted By alanbikehouston

I replace quick releases with standard allen...

I replace quick releases with standard allen bolts, as most crooks are too lazy to carry tools, AND I have u-locks around both wheels in public places. The bolts that require special keys would not...
10-15-08, 11:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By alanbikehouston

Lockers are NOT safe. They can be opened easily....

Lockers are NOT safe. They can be opened easily. If I used a locker, I would still have u-locks around the front and rear wheels. But, lockers generally provide no "anchors" for a lock. After the...
10-15-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 826
Posted By alanbikehouston

Sadly, the only way to find the perfect fit is...

Sadly, the only way to find the perfect fit is trial and error. It took me ten years of fiddling with seat posts and stems, and experimenting to figure out why some of my bikes felt perfect and...
10-15-08, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 528
Posted By alanbikehouston

Cable locks are not actually locks. They are a...

Cable locks are not actually locks. They are a sign that says "Get Your Free Bike Right Here". A bike left in public needs two u-locks. A five pound u-lock that connects the rear wheel to a beefy...
10-14-08, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,124
Posted By alanbikehouston

The Chicago Super Sport frames were made...

The Chicago Super Sport frames were made individually, not on "a line". They were made by the same folks who hand-made the Paramount frames, used by many American pro riders in the 60's and 70's. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-08, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By alanbikehouston

There is NO reason to not get a perfect...

There is NO reason to not get a perfect fit...there are dozens of good frames on the market in every price range.

The "Competitive Cyclist" article comparing the "French Fit" and the "Eddie Fit"...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-08, 10:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 989
Posted By alanbikehouston

Surf, you mention you already own a mountain...

Surf, you mention you already own a mountain bike. A MTB is a great way to get in shape. Lance Armstrong has been riding (and racing) a mountain bike the past few months to get in shape to return...
10-14-08, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 860
Posted By alanbikehouston

Call Rivendell and talk with them. Measure...

Call Rivendell and talk with them. Measure (carefully) the bars you plan to use. They can tell you which stem matches which bar if you give them precise measurements of the bar.
10-14-08, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,836
Posted By alanbikehouston

As has been mentioned, LED lights are easy on...

As has been mentioned, LED lights are easy on batteries. A couple of sets of rechargable batteries last years. I have a couple of "high power" lights that work on rechargable batteries that fit in...
10-14-08, 09:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,568
Posted By alanbikehouston

Talk to your insurance agent. Many home owner's...

Talk to your insurance agent. Many home owner's policies and renter's policies required that certain items be listed on an itemized schedule to be covered, and scheduled items sometimes require...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,315
Posted By alanbikehouston

Want to go faster? Turn the cranks faster. ...

Want to go faster? Turn the cranks faster. Forks don't make bikes go faster. Their job is to hold the wheel in proper alignment while steering, and all good forks do that job well. The second job...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-08, 09:28 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,559
Posted By alanbikehouston

At the bike shop in my neighborhood, the staff...

At the bike shop in my neighborhood, the staff don't like anyone to touch the tools, including other people who work at the shop. Each tool has a place, and that "place" is not in someone else's...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-08, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 560
Posted By alanbikehouston

My leg length, floor to pubic bone, is 34 1/2...

My leg length, floor to pubic bone, is 34 1/2 inches. I am 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. My saddle height is 30 inches. By far, the most important part of setting up a bike is cockpit length (the...
10-14-08, 09:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,023
Posted By alanbikehouston

The French are making it clear that Armstrong...

The French are making it clear that Armstrong will not be welcome at the Tour. They say that he will be allowed to race ONLY if he, his team, and everyone connected to the team proves they are...
10-02-08, 08:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By alanbikehouston

Both Bontrager and Continental have some terrific...

Both Bontrager and Continental have some terrific tires for your bike...low priced, tough, and durable.
Forum: Touring
10-02-08, 08:35 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 9,681
Posted By alanbikehouston

Rivendell has lots of info on their website, and...

Rivendell has lots of info on their website, and they answer both phone calls and e-mail. So, if you want an Atlantis, give them a call.

Are prices going up? Well, the price of shredded wheat,...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-08, 08:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,364
Posted By alanbikehouston

Armstrong has replied to the suggestion that the...

Armstrong has replied to the suggestion that the French attempt one more time, to re-test samples from 1999, saying that the proposal is based on a "fundamental failure to understand the facts". ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-08, 02:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,364
Posted By alanbikehouston

The testimony of the French lab tech in the...

The testimony of the French lab tech in the Landis case was fascinated. She admitted not understanding some of the procedures she was supposed to be carrying out. She said that the machines in the...
09-30-08, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,895
Posted By alanbikehouston

Buy the cheapest Continentals you can find. Even...

Buy the cheapest Continentals you can find. Even the $10 Continentals are tough, durable training tires.
09-30-08, 08:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By alanbikehouston

I looked at the catalog you posted. My 560...

I looked at the catalog you posted. My 560 looked identical to the all white one shown in the catalog, and the equipment listed in the catalog appears to be the equipment that mine had.
09-30-08, 08:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,961
Posted By alanbikehouston

Actually, the five speed and three speed...

Actually, the five speed and three speed Suburbans left the Chicago factory as perfect "city" bikes...try to find one that is still "all original", and don't change a thing.
09-30-08, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By alanbikehouston

My 560, if I can trust my memory, was ALL Shimano...

My 560, if I can trust my memory, was ALL Shimano 600 stuff. How did you determine the year of your bike? I've never seen that exact paint job/fork combination.
09-30-08, 08:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,249
Posted By alanbikehouston

The advertised size of a bike is meaningless,...

The advertised size of a bike is meaningless, because different companies use different systems. Before you go to a bikeshop, you need to know your best saddle height and best cockpit length (from...
09-28-08, 09:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By alanbikehouston

These are terrific bikes. They were hand-brazed,...

These are terrific bikes. They were hand-brazed, sometimes by the same handful of people who brazed the Paramount models. Schwinn built them up with reliable, tough, durable components, so they...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-08, 09:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 953
Posted By alanbikehouston

There are a zillion "formulas", but there is one...

There are a zillion "formulas", but there is one test that is rather easy. Simply stand over the bike flat-footed with your belt buckle up against the stem. The top of the top tube should be...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-08, 01:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 910
Posted By alanbikehouston

Losing a bike is more like losing a dog than...

Losing a bike is more like losing a dog than losing a "thing"...bikes become a member of the family. Use ONLY a five pound u-lock for bikes you care about. Cable locks are a billboard that says...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-08, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By alanbikehouston

The most secure way to lock a bike is to put a...

The most secure way to lock a bike is to put a u-lock around the rear wheel and a steel post set in concrete. Use a beefy cable lock to secure the front wheel to the frame. Don't use bike racks...
09-26-08, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,127
Posted By alanbikehouston

When I started buying older bikes, I did not give...

When I started buying older bikes, I did not give a lot of thought to the time and money it takes to restore a bike to "runs like new" condition. I've learned the hard way that buying an old bike...
09-26-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By alanbikehouston

Continental makes wonderful 27 inch tires, as...

Continental makes wonderful 27 inch tires, as does Panaracer. The Pasela is very respected by touring cyclists. A $30 tire generally has a nicer ride than the $5 tires at K-Mart. The better tires...
09-26-08, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 538
Posted By alanbikehouston

Look on the internet for some old Schwinn...

Look on the internet for some old Schwinn catalogs. I know some are out there, and links have been posted in the Forums before. The catalogs might help you compare your bike to the "original" setup.
09-26-08, 01:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,063
Posted By alanbikehouston

You should not lose ANY air over a four or five...

You should not lose ANY air over a four or five hour period unless there is a leak in the tube or valve. Temperature differences can make it seem as if you have lost air. If you are riding at 90...
09-26-08, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By alanbikehouston

The "best buy" in bikes are mountain bikes in the...

The "best buy" in bikes are mountain bikes in the $400 price range. Right now, many shops are selling their 2008 mountain bikes for 20% off. These bikes are tougher and more durable than road bikes...
09-26-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,591
Posted By alanbikehouston

LeMond is suggested that if someone tests CLEAN,...

LeMond is suggested that if someone tests CLEAN, but then puts out more watts per pound of body weight than LeMond, that is proof of doping. Under that theory, almost every guy who wins races in...
09-26-08, 12:52 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,742
Posted By alanbikehouston

Doped WHEN? Is there anyone who seriously thinks...

Doped WHEN? Is there anyone who seriously thinks that Armstrong never ONCE raced in his life after taking a banned substance? The six failed drug tests from France ought to have ended that notion.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-08, 12:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 916
Posted By alanbikehouston

Yes, it is great to have a "beater bike" that is...

Yes, it is great to have a "beater bike" that is light and fun to ride. Many of the better bikes from the 1980's come in at 21 pounds or 22 pounds, and with good wheels, ride as nicely as some very...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-08, 12:44 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,846
Posted By alanbikehouston

There is no bigger fan of steel for frames and...

There is no bigger fan of steel for frames and forks than Grant Peterson, of Rivendell. But, he says the material a bike is made of has nothing to do with how the bike "feels". He says the classic...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-25-08, 08:37 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,885
Posted By alanbikehouston

John1992, maybe in Canada, it is "funny" to...

John1992, maybe in Canada, it is "funny" to remind Americans that Al Gore was elected president by over a million vote margin, yet five Republican judges stuck us with George Bush, two wars, and a...
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