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05-23-22, 02:22 PM
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Posted By Frkl

If these are vintage mountain bikes, then I think...

If these are vintage mountain bikes, then I think the term has lost any real meaning, if it ever had any. We can certainly just delete the thread, since the bikes here are no different than anywhere...
05-23-22, 01:18 PM
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Posted By Frkl

Nice looking bike! Roots break stones and...

Nice looking bike!

Roots break stones and buckle concrete, so a tire bead doesn't stand a chance. But I hope this means that there was a tree above the bike protecting it from the rain!
04-17-22, 12:17 AM
Replies: 7,361
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Posted By Frkl

Ah, optical illusion in the photo, thanks for the...

Ah, optical illusion in the photo, thanks for the second pic!
04-16-22, 03:29 PM
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Posted By Frkl

But I have a feeling that a lot of bow and...

But I have a feeling that a lot of bow and stranger/radical Corratec stuff is not sound from an engineering perspective. Could be wrong of course. The stuff I like--the steel Italian made mountain...
04-16-22, 03:22 PM
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Posted By Frkl

They pop up on Kleinanzeigen regularly. Buy one...

They pop up on Kleinanzeigen regularly. Buy one from a Dorf/village 50km out of the way and they are cheap. I'm sure you can make room :)
04-16-22, 03:16 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Nice looking conversion, and superb choice on the...

Nice looking conversion, and superb choice on the stem, Grant would be proud!

A question about how you oriented the bar end shifters. Since those bars are flared, right? Do you prefer them to...
04-14-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 7,361
Views: 3,238,264
Posted By Frkl

Sure, hope you liked em. It was fun to put...

Sure, hope you liked em. It was fun to put together and research and I am looking forwards to using it a bunch this summer.
04-13-22, 01:44 PM
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Views: 3,238,264
Posted By Frkl

On it's way Pressure and expectations!...

On it's way



Pressure and expectations!

So here are some more photos. I was unfortunately not able to get out to my favorite graffiti wall, but the local park will have to suffice. I think I...
04-13-22, 05:07 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Have not used one, but if sjs sells it, they are...

Have not used one, but if sjs sells it, they are a good store for odd bike bits, so I would trust it.

I am sure there are look-alikes out there that don't work as well, though...
04-12-22, 11:56 AM
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Posted By Frkl

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x900/grizzlybow025_f2124251720d9bae433922cec4f8b911b3f6e7e5.jpg
That was the idea, at least optically. They had a continuous arching double...
04-12-22, 10:46 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Interesting idea for a thread, maybe I will. My...

Interesting idea for a thread, maybe I will. My next project a 1993 Corratec 2004, one model up in the line (in case it wasn't obvious, there is little original spec left on the 2005 conversion. I...
04-12-22, 07:22 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Ha! Was wondering of i would get away with that. ...

Ha! Was wondering of i would get away with that.

Yup, will take one tomorrow morning.

The side shots of db conversion always strike me as a bit awkward looking, though. I have been trying to...
04-12-22, 03:50 AM
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Posted By Frkl

1992 Corratec 2005

Still a few things left to sort out, but basically there.

Corratec 2005 (from 1992). Tange MTB Triple-Butted tubing, 1-inch threaded steerer with NOS CrMo quill stem, ITA bottom bracket. XTR M951...
03-29-22, 12:17 PM
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Posted By Frkl

That stem is marketed under a number of different...

That stem is marketed under a number of different brands. In Europe, you can get it from Ergotec or Mounty and probably others too. I don't know who actually manufactures it.

If you want to do a...
03-29-22, 01:45 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Look at that! And the wheels are original? The...

Look at that! And the wheels are original? The anodizing is spotless. If you are going to ride that, please please get a second pair of wheels so those don't get worn! :)
03-28-22, 04:20 AM
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Posted By Frkl

I actually get a lot of pleasure out of carefully...

I actually get a lot of pleasure out of carefully planning either a restoration or a radical modification, so as to ensure that the bike is both enjoyable to ride and aesthetically pleasing.

It...
03-28-22, 02:41 AM
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Posted By Frkl

It's all personal aesthetics, but for me, one of...

It's all personal aesthetics, but for me, one of the distinctive things about that particular groupset is the fact that it is not all black. The chainrings form a nice contrast. Similarly, while stem...
03-27-22, 04:25 AM
Replies: 7,361
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Posted By Frkl

Glad you kept the triple, nice build with the bar...

Glad you kept the triple, nice build with the bar end shifters. But i would rethink that stem. It doesn't really do the bike justice and I think something silver would fit much better.
03-27-22, 01:54 AM
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Posted By Frkl

The rear drop out rack/fender mount looks like...

The rear drop out rack/fender mount looks like some I've seen on Diamondbacks, but that's neither here nor there.
03-26-22, 01:02 PM
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Posted By Frkl

I'm pretty sure it's just Hyperglide being...

I'm pretty sure it's just Hyperglide being Hyperglide. The teeth are different heights, and none are "full height" in comparison to a classic road chainring pre indexing and/or pre-ramped and pinned.
03-26-22, 09:17 AM
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Posted By Frkl

Yup. That's what a shot ring looks like!

Yup. That's what a shot ring looks like!
03-26-22, 08:41 AM
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Posted By Frkl

It's Of course hard to tell from a picture, but...

It's Of course hard to tell from a picture, but to me that's not really consequential wear. No tooth on a Hyperglide chain ring or cassette for that matter looks completely like another. That is why...
03-26-22, 05:36 AM
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Posted By Frkl

The chain rings on that are almost certainly...

The chain rings on that are almost certainly steel, and don't look all that bad in terms of wear from the pics. Grime, yes, but the teeth look ok. More likely is that your chain is stretched. You...
03-25-22, 07:33 AM
Replies: 7,361
Views: 3,238,264
Posted By Frkl

You should ride it on single track, too. Drop...

You should ride it on single track, too. Drop bars on single track are a ton of fun:
...
03-19-22, 03:43 PM
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Posted By Frkl

Are you playing the "guess the size on eBay when...

Are you playing the "guess the size on eBay when the seller doesn't know how to measure a frame" game?

I would say 17 based on the head tube. Ca. 20 inch frames have a bit more space between the...
02-23-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,141
Posted By Frkl

I think everyone can do what they want. If a new...

I think everyone can do what they want. If a new bike suits you, go for it. If not, don't.

I just grate against reinventions portrayed as innovations for whatever reason (yes it's the "return of...
02-23-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,141
Posted By Frkl

Thanks for the thumbs up. I don't really...

Thanks for the thumbs up.

I don't really know how much defending i can or should do.

For those who agree with me--because they have experience in international bike markets, because they might...
02-23-22, 05:02 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,141
Posted By Frkl

@ US Consumer, "We, the cycling press, as dutiful...

@ US Consumer, "We, the cycling press, as dutiful mouthpieces of the marketing departments of bike makers, would like to tell you something that has absolutely nothing to do with our need to sell...
02-22-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 480
Posted By Frkl

Smart Sams are supposed to be set up this way,...

Smart Sams are supposed to be set up this way, one way for the front, flipped for the back. It was pretty clearly marked as such on the tire.

Although these are two very different tires.

Edit,...
02-22-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By Frkl

A hand built, used wheel can last a lot longer...

A hand built, used wheel can last a lot longer than a machine made new one that costs more. So, the wheels on there might work well for you. Or, try to find a used pair with a good braking surface...
02-22-22, 05:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 605
Posted By Frkl

i think the "choose two: lightweight, durable,...

i think the "choose two: lightweight, durable, inexpensive" statement that applies here is "choose two: drilled out, safe, diy."
02-22-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,624
Posted By Frkl

I'm actually surprised, given that the OP is...

I'm actually surprised, given that the OP is riding that bike in those conditions, that it is possible to actually attain a speed that requires braking at all...

I mean, the crud that is...
02-22-22, 04:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 605
Posted By Frkl

It sounds like you want really contradictory...

It sounds like you want really contradictory things. On the one hand, staying with late 1980s 3ttt but wanting a hand position that was simply not how bikes were set up/riden then. These are...
02-22-22, 04:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,254
Posted By Frkl

I mean, it's pretty easy to see that 700c gravel...

I mean, it's pretty easy to see that 700c gravel bikes are hybrids left over from the 1990s with drop bars slapped on.
02-22-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,624
Posted By Frkl

All my bikes have disc brakes and they are the...

All my bikes have disc brakes and they are the bees knees.

The really critical factor to maximize the bee-ie kneesiness, however, is disc size. I cannot understand all those people who go with the...
02-20-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 7,361
Views: 3,238,264
Posted By Frkl

Performance on what surface, measured how? I...

Performance on what surface, measured how?

I think the key thing is that most folks building a drop bar mountain bike aren't trying to convert it to a road bike as you present it. The question of...
02-15-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

Sorry, I am not sure what case I should make? ...

Sorry, I am not sure what case I should make?

I don't know the answer to the question, I posed it as a sincere question for discussion. I am fine with everyone thinking different things, actually...
Forum: Europe
02-15-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By Frkl

I quickly plugged this into Komoot and it looks...

I quickly plugged this into Komoot and it looks like the max relief is under 600m on the most direct route. I don't know what reference you have, maybe this is too much. But It looks like it will be...
02-15-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

Until it ran out of batteries. :)

Until it ran out of batteries. :)
02-15-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

I think also that components could play a more...

I think also that components could play a more important role in the identity of a bike than people so far have said. I mean, if I took a bike that came originally with Sun Tour components from the...
02-15-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

No but that's exactly the point of this...

No but that's exactly the point of this possibly/probably apocryphal story about local Italian bike shops and their house brands. It wasn't the frame that people were identifying with because the...
02-15-22, 03:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

Definitely makes a difference if you build the...

Definitely makes a difference if you build the bike up from parts in the first place or if it is purchased as a complete bike. With a bike built up from scratch, it has no form defined by someone...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-22, 02:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,387
Posted By Frkl

It is. Everything sounds different, the bike...

It is. Everything sounds different, the bike feels different. I think riding in the rain is part of the whole experience of cycling, just like riding on a nice, warm, sunny day.

And within limits,...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-22, 02:26 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,285
Posted By Frkl

Yes, they do make a whole bunch of different...

Yes, they do make a whole bunch of different ones. A quick search at my favorite store reveals 72 different Marathon products (not including different widths of the same model). I admit to only...
02-14-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 700
Posted By Frkl

the second one is definitely more modern in...

the second one is definitely more modern in design. It comes in black too, both in this branding and directly if you can find it. It is more limited to common modern diameters, though, The other one...
02-14-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

I would also say "the frame" is the tipping...

I would also say "the frame" is the tipping point, as a first reaction, but to muddy the waters a bit with a true story: I built up a mountain bike and for the most part was really happy with it. ...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-22, 04:34 AM
Replies: 15,572
Views: 11,929,476
Posted By Frkl

It's actually attached to a 6 speed XT tumbie :)....

It's actually attached to a 6 speed XT tumbie :).

In friction mode it is compatible; those shifters pull enough cable for pretty much anything, I think. I keep it on there because it makes me...
02-14-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,572
Posted By Frkl

If you change all the parts . . . is it still the same bike?

There is a philosophical puzzle called the Ship of Theseus, named after an ancient Greek legend: Theseus goes sailing, and over time he and his crew replace every part of their ship, bit by bit. Is...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-22, 03:14 AM
Replies: 15,572
Views: 11,929,476
Posted By Frkl

Here is my commuter. ...

Here is my commuter.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1011x660/img_20220214_093039_100_d928558521cbe85f9a53a4d3ac53c87ca2101548.jpg

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Forum: Commuting
02-14-22, 01:33 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,285
Posted By Frkl

I prefer Continental Ride Tours to the Marathons....

I prefer Continental Ride Tours to the Marathons. I find the Marathons, at least the 42mm I have used, are super harsh because of the very stiff sidewalls. I am not a fan boy of His Suppleness over...
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