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Forum: Road Cycling
01-26-17, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By RoadGuy

Fit is everything. You can't buy a bike online...

Fit is everything. You can't buy a bike online when you don't know what size or style of bike you need.

The best first bikes are used bikes. Bikes depreciate rapidly. A Bike that sold for...
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By RoadGuy

Many people are talking heads parroting what they...

Many people are talking heads parroting what they have heard or read without any direct knowledge or proof. Most all brands have a few clunkers show up regardless of reputation or price/cost.
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11-22-16, 11:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,532
Posted By RoadGuy

You have to take technical descriptions from...

You have to take technical descriptions from non-technical writers with a grain of salt.

Did the 2006 Trek 2000 come with an aluminum steering tube? I can find articles that describe the carbon...
11-22-16, 11:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,765
Posted By RoadGuy

Maybe temperature has something to do with it. ...

Maybe temperature has something to do with it. My riding buddy bought a tube of Phil Wood about the same time that I did (from a different source), and suffered the same problems that I did when he...
11-22-16, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,820
Posted By RoadGuy

I don't get what you're trying to do. Why would...

I don't get what you're trying to do. Why would you try putting an Shimano 8-speed cassette on a Shimano 7-speed freehub, with SunTour 7-speed Edge shifters (and derailleurs?)?

I actually tried...
11-22-16, 02:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,765
Posted By RoadGuy

The problem was probably started/caused by the...

The problem was probably started/caused by the Phil Wood Grease you used. Phil Wood Grease is heat sensitive and breaks down, even when not used. Years ago, I bought a fresh tube from a large...
11-09-16, 02:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,929
Posted By RoadGuy

I'd look on eBay for an orphaned fork from a 700...

I'd look on eBay for an orphaned fork from a 700 Series Trek bike. You might find one for as little as $10.
11-06-16, 01:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 802
Posted By RoadGuy

The bike is over 20 years old now. There's no...

The bike is over 20 years old now. There's no telling what the previous owner/s did to it in the way of maintenance and repairs/replacement/s.

Originally from the Trek Factory, the 93 5500 would...
Replies: 13
Views: 13,822
Posted By RoadGuy

It looks to me like what you bought was someone's...

It looks to me like what you bought was someone's well-worn "beater" bike. The frame looks like it dates to prior to 92-93. You can tell by the seatpost clamp bolt being in the seatstays. Trek...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-26-16, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,279
Posted By RoadGuy

First bike, and you don't know what you want,...

First bike, and you don't know what you want, other than looking at catalogs?

I say CraigsList for a 5-year old bike that originally cost $1500 from a bike shop.

Ride that for a year or two,...
Replies: 18
Views: 961
Posted By RoadGuy

33" to clear the top tube makes the frame a 58cm....

33" to clear the top tube makes the frame a 58cm.

Do you have the legs to standover that bike?

If the frame doesn't fit, it doesn't mater how much or how little you paid.

$200 shipped is a...
10-21-16, 01:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,067
Posted By RoadGuy

You can go to 8-speeds in the rear fairly...

You can go to 8-speeds in the rear fairly inexpensively. No need to stick with 7-speeds.

Shimano has BL-400 8-speed downtube index shifters, they are silver finish like most exage components. I...
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By RoadGuy

I'm partial to Treks, so that would be my choice....

I'm partial to Treks, so that would be my choice.

But, the first consideration is fit. If a bike doesn't fit, then it isn't a good buy no matter what the cost is.

Grab someone you know who...
10-17-16, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By RoadGuy

No, that's a 21" frame, and from the seatpost...

No, that's a 21" frame, and from the seatpost extension, the rider's height/leg length is fine for the fit of the frame.

If you're riding the bike with the handlebar stem raised that high, I'm...
10-14-16, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,266
Posted By RoadGuy

I bought a bike just like that brand-new for a...

I bought a bike just like that brand-new for a friend from the Sears Catalog Surplus Store around 1985. Price was $36 including CA sales tax out the door.

Gaspipe frame with steel wheels. I took...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-16, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By RoadGuy

That bike looks pretty used/worn. And, it...

That bike looks pretty used/worn.

And, it has an SL Series aluminum frame which are known for cracking at the downtube close to the bottom bracket.

I would normally fix the lower limit for a...
10-07-16, 11:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 651
Posted By RoadGuy

Just buy a new clamp adapter. They are sold...

Just buy a new clamp adapter. They are sold separately from derailleurs. The Shimano part is about $13-$15, but you can get generic parts off eBay for as little as $4.

What I have been doing is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,962
Posted By RoadGuy

REI's Return Policy since it opened was Lifetime...

REI's Return Policy since it opened was Lifetime Satisfaction Return Warranty. Less than five years ago that was changed to a One Year Right of Return, because of the ABUSE of the Return Policy.
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09-30-16, 02:03 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 7,801
Posted By RoadGuy

My first thought after seeing the photo is: "Why...

My first thought after seeing the photo is: "Why isn't the guy holding the parts dirty and bleeding?".
Replies: 12
Views: 1,051
Posted By RoadGuy

Probably not originally from Trek with the Campy...

Probably not originally from Trek with the Campy Group. The frame was bought bare and populated by the Owner with the Campy Group, or bought as a built bike from a Trek Dealer with a Shimano Group...
09-18-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 774
Posted By RoadGuy

Could be as long as 7-10 days depending on how...

Could be as long as 7-10 days depending on how the Seller is sending the money to PayPal. Sounds like the Seller did not have enough cash in his PayPal Account to Refund the money to you. PayPal...
09-07-16, 11:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,900
Posted By RoadGuy

Don't close the Dispute until the bike is in your...

Don't close the Dispute until the bike is in your hands, and you are satisfied with the bike. Once you close the Dispute, you can't reopen it, or open another one on the same item.
09-07-16, 11:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 825
Posted By RoadGuy

Watch Nashbar ads. They've sold Raceface 130mm...

Watch Nashbar ads. They've sold Raceface 130mm bcd 53T-39T chainring sets for $7.49 several times this year. These are index chainrings with pins and ramps. Regular price is about $20 a set. ...
Replies: 15
Views: 1,293
Posted By RoadGuy

Alpine Cycling Group did not manufacture bikes,...

Alpine Cycling Group did not manufacture bikes, they were an Importer. Company has been gone for over 30 years, and the bike in question was not one of the later models. Nashbar did some of the...
08-29-16, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 816
Posted By RoadGuy

OP, What gears do your old cassette have,...

OP,

What gears do your old cassette have, and what are the worn-out cogs?

When it comes to 7-speeds I usually ride either 12-28 or 14-26 or 14-28 on a 52-42 crankset.

An 11 gear is a waste...
08-23-16, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,016
Posted By RoadGuy

A 93 bike with 7-speed rear cluster will have a...

A 93 bike with 7-speed rear cluster will have a cassette and freehub on the rear wheel. That means you can convert the rear wheel to 8,9,10 speed cassette by replacing the 7-speed freehub body on...
Replies: 4
Views: 859
Posted By RoadGuy

I'd think they'd be worth at least $75-$80 for...

I'd think they'd be worth at least $75-$80 for the pair, or maybe a little more depending on how scratched up they are.

You could put them up on eBay with a starting price of $60, and let the...
Replies: 19
Views: 2,657
Posted By RoadGuy

The Univega was cheap entry level bike when it...

The Univega was cheap entry level bike when it was new. About $200 if I remember right.

The Trek was a mid-level bike when it was new and cost substantially more than the Univega ever did.

How...
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By RoadGuy

The black "stick" below the top tube is a frame...

The black "stick" below the top tube is a frame pump.

I don't trust any Seller who would advertise/claim that a 5'9" rider is going to fit that bike. You need at least a 35" inseam to swing your...
Replies: 10
Views: 950
Posted By RoadGuy

There's no doubt that the Dale is a faster, more...

There's no doubt that the Dale is a faster, more modern bike, at closer to fair market value.

The Peugeot is seriously overpriced. The Seller is asking almost double what that bike cost out the...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-16, 06:11 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

You can call it whatever makes you happy. ...

You can call it whatever makes you happy.

So, what do you call inventory that has become unsellable, and has no monetary (low very low value, only value is scrap metal) value to the business?
...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-16, 04:19 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

Yes, you might consider that an Inventory...

Yes, you might consider that an Inventory Valuation Method, BUT how does the Inventory Valuation Method affect the business's reported bottomline reportable income?

To report the business income,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-16, 03:11 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

As I explained previously there are lots of...

As I explained previously there are lots of reasons a Shop Owner might prefer cash over plastic or a promise to pay.

#1 Cash on hand is liquidity and flexibility. Just because you accepted cash...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-06-16, 02:59 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

Sure the Business Does. When/before...

Sure the Business Does.

When/before calculating the end of year profit or loss from the business, the value of all of the assets has to be calculated. This includes the value of the shop's...
08-05-16, 02:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,096
Posted By RoadGuy

I made a spoke/nipple drive from a free Harbor...

I made a spoke/nipple drive from a free Harbor Freight screwdriver (one of a set of five), and it looks just like the tool in the photo (which does not look large enough to fit on a chainring bolt). ...
08-03-16, 01:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,096
Posted By RoadGuy

It's a spoke driver. Used for starting spokes...

It's a spoke driver. Used for starting spokes into the nipples when spoking a wheel.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-16, 08:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

I was approached by Flooring/Factoring Companies...

I was approached by Flooring/Factoring Companies (Finance Companies) several times about stocking my business using "Flooring/Factoring". Looking at the numbers, it's a sucker's bet. The Business...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-16, 08:19 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

If the shop owner chose market value to value his...

If the shop owner chose market value to value his inventory, he could have been depreciating the value of the bike over time in his inventory. When he sells the bike, he will have to show/report the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-16, 07:01 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

A shop that holds onto a 2013 model year bike to...

A shop that holds onto a 2013 model year bike to try to get $1100 on a $1300 bike will never get back what they have invested in the bike, no matter how long they wait for that "dream" customer.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-16, 06:42 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,697
Posted By RoadGuy

I can tell from the way people who are posting in...

I can tell from the way people who are posting in this Thread are writing, that they do not, and have not ever owned a small business or operated one (full financial responsibility).

Cash has the...
Replies: 36
Views: 1,539
Posted By RoadGuy

The Le Tour is what I'd classify as a "throw...

The Le Tour is what I'd classify as a "throw down" or "rainbike". That is a beat up utility bike used for running errands to bad places and throwing down on the lawn when you get to your...
Replies: 5
Views: 3,815
Posted By RoadGuy

Go and see if it fits. Take the cash with you. ...

Go and see if it fits. Take the cash with you. Jump on and test ride. If it sings to you, go ahead and offer the $250, BUT be ready to pay the asking $300 if necessary. $300 for that bike in good...
07-31-16, 05:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,969
Posted By RoadGuy

I'd say don't give up on a used bike yet. Check...

I'd say don't give up on a used bike yet. Check with your friends to find someone who rides, and knows about bikes (does his/her own work). Take that person with you when you go to look at bikes. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-16, 06:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By RoadGuy

I'd agree with the Poster who wrote that the bike...

I'd agree with the Poster who wrote that the bike frame looks too small, and the rider looks cramped.

The saddle is up too high from the looks of the ankles, and the left side pain could be from...
07-23-16, 05:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,091
Posted By RoadGuy

I'd strip the paint and determine if it's really...

I'd strip the paint and determine if it's really a crack or not.

If it's a crack, I would retire the frame immediately. Personal Injury is not worth the risk.
07-23-16, 05:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By RoadGuy

You has described the rear gears as both a...

You has described the rear gears as both a freewheel AND a cassette. They can't be both. Which are they?

If your bike came with a wheel with a freehub and a cassette (you said the shop just...
07-23-16, 04:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By RoadGuy

A 130mm rear wheel should fit fine on your 88...

A 130mm rear wheel should fit fine on your 88 Trek 1000 (no such thing as a 88 Trek 10000). I did a trial fit with a 130mm rear wheel on the 88 Trek 1000 that I built/restored for my oldest son.
...
07-22-16, 07:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,668
Posted By RoadGuy

Odds are that a 110 length bottom bracket is...

Odds are that a 110 length bottom bracket is going to be too short with a triple crank. A 110 might be appropriate for a single or double chainring crankset, but for a triple, it's going to be too...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-21-16, 10:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,413
Posted By RoadGuy

Two Bills is a great price if the bike fits. ...

Two Bills is a great price if the bike fits.

Check it out carefully for cracks in the frame around the bottom bracket. The Trek SL (superlight) alloy frames made during that period seem to be...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-16, 02:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,560
Posted By RoadGuy

There's a Seller on eBay who is advertising New...

There's a Seller on eBay who is advertising New OE Cannondale marked/stamped 8-speed 12-32 cassettes (made by Sunlite) for $7.99, including the shipping.

Cannondale Service Sunrace 8 Speed 12 32T...
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