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Forum: Commuting
10-10-17, 05:36 AM
Replies: 1,018
Views: 97,531
Posted By hillikus

I try not to spend much money, as my wife takes...

I try not to spend much money, as my wife takes care of that for both of us, but I splurged on a Hydro Flask from a favorite brewery and that is one of the best $40 I've ever spent. I wish I hadn't...
07-22-17, 07:46 AM
Replies: 20,740
Views: 1,978,467
Posted By hillikus

Not sure if this is in line with current pricing,...

Not sure if this is in line with current pricing, but this thing looks beautiful. If I didn't already have too many bikes(as if that can happen) for a military family that moves every few years, this...
Forum: Touring
04-30-16, 02:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 876
Posted By hillikus

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've been...

Thanks for the suggestions everyone. I've been kicking around the idea of finding a used bike on CL to swap everything over, and to be honest this frame has some sentimental value so I isn't going...
Forum: Touring
04-29-16, 03:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 876
Posted By hillikus

Flat bar bike build kit recommendations

I'm looking to build up a flat bar, 26" touring(trekking) bike. I've got the frame, fork, saddle and about $400-$600 to use right now.

Hypothetically if this were your build/budget, what...
04-16-16, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2,083
Views: 635,203
Posted By hillikus

A 27"(68cm) Fuji Del Ray showed up on my fairly...

A 27"(68cm) Fuji Del Ray showed up on my fairly local craigslist just the other day for $200. I have to ask, with that tall of a frame, how squirrly is it? I have a 25" Trek 520 and it isn't bad, but...
01-03-16, 11:51 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,008
Posted By hillikus

Sure wish mine was a 24", though with the seat...

Sure wish mine was a 24", though with the seat slammed down it isn't too bad for me.
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/468/20269274649_68bbf99c84_z.jpg
I have 27x1 1/4 Paselas on mine and there is no...
Forum: Touring
08-14-15, 03:51 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 21,419
Posted By hillikus

I'm in the process of doing exactly what you're...

I'm in the process of doing exactly what you're doing. I've never been comfortable in drop bars and have a bad habit of just getting a different bike with drop bars to try and get comfortable. So far...
Forum: Touring
08-10-15, 06:07 AM
Replies: 411
Views: 135,128
Posted By hillikus

Retro-modding a 1984 Trek 520 that was pulled...

Retro-modding a 1984 Trek 520 that was pulled from a basement. Was in rough condition when I got it, and took a few weeks to get the seat post out, but it's starting to look decent for commutouring....
04-05-15, 06:05 PM
Replies: 15,283
Views: 5,106,313
Posted By hillikus

ISO: the bolt thats goes through Suntour /Raleigh...

ISO: the bolt thats goes through Suntour /Raleigh approved barend shifters.
04-04-15, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By hillikus

Do the visible cracks actually compromise the...

Do the visible cracks actually compromise the leather or is it still a solid saddle?
04-04-15, 08:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By hillikus

I love how most of the comments are on the...

I love how most of the comments are on the incorrect fitting....when in reality the biggest issue is he doesn't have near enough seat/bar drop to make that thing aerodynamic... amateur.
04-04-15, 08:42 AM
Replies: 595
Views: 33,884
Posted By hillikus

Homebrew Mead, or a decent Scotch on occasion....

Homebrew Mead, or a decent Scotch on occasion. I've been known to partake in a beer every now and then as well.
04-04-15, 08:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,630
Posted By hillikus

Nice looking ride!

Nice looking ride!
04-04-15, 08:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

And of course now the seatpost can go all the way...

And of course now the seatpost can go all the way into the frame up to the clamp and comes back out without a hitch...
04-04-15, 08:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

VICTORY! Lots of PB Blaster, Marvel Mystery Oil...

VICTORY!
Lots of PB Blaster, Marvel Mystery Oil and leverage. Only casualty was the stock Avocet Racing II (I could probably repair if I tried) and a really marred up seat clamp area on the post.
...
03-31-15, 05:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

Still working it back and forth with a cheater...

Still working it back and forth with a cheater bar and it seems to be getting a bit easier. Keep working it and spraying penetrating oil into it but still can't get it to come out any. Don't have a...
03-31-15, 04:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

A lot of times when you have dissimilar metals,...

A lot of times when you have dissimilar metals, al seatpost in steel frame, you get galvanic corrosion where the seatpost essentially bonds to the steel frame through aluminum oxide and that is what...
03-30-15, 09:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,524
Posted By hillikus

I have used similar means when in a pinch. One of...

I have used similar means when in a pinch. One of my favorites is to use a nicely coiled cable lock that is left locked on a rack(seemingly permanently) and just wrap the coils around the...
03-29-15, 03:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8737/16969721732_c5...

https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8737/16969721732_c5ce673353_b.jpg

Now I have to figure out how to pull while twisting....might be a two person operation.
03-29-15, 02:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

Partial VICTORY! I used a large crescent wrench...

Partial VICTORY! I used a large crescent wrench on the squared off seat clamp area(didn't have monkey wrench) with a 4 foot cheater bar and got it to spin. It's a beast to spin, but it's spinning so...
03-29-15, 08:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

How would one access the top tube with the fork...

How would one access the top tube with the fork installed and the seatpost? I'm not sure about how much corrosion could happen in the top tube but I don't see how to access it with frame saver...
03-29-15, 08:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

Little update, just ran out to check the stem and...

Little update, just ran out to check the stem and it's as free as it could be, not to mention that it's got about another 1/2" until it is at the minimum insertion line. Wasn't stuck at all, as soon...
03-29-15, 06:22 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

That is kind of the mindset I am in wrk101, that...

That is kind of the mindset I am in wrk101, that it's stuck and it should not be. I have the bike torn down in the stand right now but haven't messed with the stem yet. That is on the list next to...
03-28-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

Yes I know the frame is on the big size(even for...

Yes I know the frame is on the big size(even for me), and to be honest I think the seat would be perfect just a bit higher than it is, but with the Brooks saddle I think it'll be ok. Again, I haven't...
03-28-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,149
Posted By hillikus

A different sort of stuck seatpost thread

I have a '84 Trek 520 that I just got and low and behold the seatpost is stuck. I got the bike for a pretty good price and as it happens it's my size. I've been squirting PB Blaster down the flutes...
03-24-15, 10:08 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,926
Posted By hillikus

It would be difficult for me to pass up that Le...

It would be difficult for me to pass up that Le Tech for no reason other than that font! I may even take mediocre shifting with that wicked looking piece of gear.
03-11-15, 09:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 784
Posted By hillikus

I've always lived by the rule that the buffer can...

I've always lived by the rule that the buffer can be the most dangerous tool in the shop!

I've just started polishing up some bits to a 1973 Schwinn World Voyageur and was wondering how far...
03-11-15, 09:13 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 15,427
Posted By hillikus

'07 Dodge Ram 3500 quadcab longbed with a 6.7...

'07 Dodge Ram 3500 quadcab longbed with a 6.7 Cummins diesel(probably the largest vehicle on the forum) and my wife has a '10 Jeep Commander, both rigs capable of hauling the 3 kids+, and both can...
03-05-15, 07:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,803
Posted By hillikus

This 23" Kool Orange World Voyageur followed me...

This 23" Kool Orange World Voyageur followed me home today. Looks like a March build date, number 345 off the line if I understand correctly.

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03-04-15, 10:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,482
Posted By hillikus

Ok so I may have to disagree with myself and...

Ok so I may have to disagree with myself and second the St. Etienne based off this thread from a while back. Lots of similarities.
...
03-04-15, 10:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,482
Posted By hillikus

Based solely off of those rainbow stripes on the...

Based solely off of those rainbow stripes on the seat tube, I've seen them before on bikes labeled Jacques Anquetil. He was a TDF racer from the 60s and I know terribly little about the bikes with...
02-10-15, 09:04 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,326
Posted By hillikus

I have been eyeing up a rough original basement...

I have been eyeing up a rough original basement find 84 Trek 520 to use as a touring/commuting rig and today I stumbled upon the exact same bike as yours. After looking through this thread now I'm...
02-08-15, 07:22 AM
Replies: 51,155
Views: 6,633,701
Posted By hillikus

Fully NOS Campy 50th Anniversary set in box for a...

Fully NOS Campy 50th Anniversary set in box for a cool $4200...
Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Group (http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bop/4871299106.html)
01-12-15, 06:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By hillikus

Pretty cool to know where they came from. The...

Pretty cool to know where they came from. The only other tire gauge that was identical to this one that I found with a bit of research was from Dunlop and came with an MGB vehicle I believe so I...
01-12-15, 06:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By hillikus

Vintage Raleigh from a flea market

Found this little gem at a flea market as I was passing a tool section. Don't know why but that "R" caught my eye from a few yards away, in really poor lighting. It's a solid little guy, and honestly...
07-11-14, 04:19 AM
Replies: 20,740
Views: 1,978,467
Posted By hillikus

Are Sears bikes really rare? I passed up one the...

Are Sears bikes really rare? I passed up one the other day at an online auction, last I saw there were no bids and it was starting at $1. My cousin runs the auction house so for me it's about 1500...
06-26-14, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 564
Posted By hillikus

This is exactly what my trailer uses and I should...

This is exactly what my trailer uses and I should have specified that it is only the non-drive side of the axle. I didn't think there were any issues but wanted to verify. Thanks all.
06-26-14, 04:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 564
Posted By hillikus

Raleigh Sports w/ kid trailer

Any reason that I shouldn't put my kid hauling trailer on a Raleigh Sports? The trailer uses the rear axle nut to attach to the bike(which I believe is standard) and since I'm fairly new to the...
06-23-14, 09:31 AM
Replies: 20,740
Views: 1,978,467
Posted By hillikus

Thanks and yes I did score a 23" frame and being...

Thanks and yes I did score a 23" frame and being 6'1" that's what I was hoping for. The plan for now is to repack and regrease everything and right now I'm trying to figure out the best oil for the...
06-23-14, 04:46 AM
Replies: 20,740
Views: 1,978,467
Posted By hillikus

Been looking for a Raleigh Sports for both my...

Been looking for a Raleigh Sports for both my wife and I for a few months, and low and behold one night while perusing craigslist I found these two gems that were listed for only $75 each! I...
Forum: Commuting
03-12-14, 10:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,078
Posted By hillikus

I've always wanted to put about 18" of whip...

I've always wanted to put about 18" of whip antenna sticking out past my handlebars with a nice blunt end on it incase someone decided it was a good idea to pass that close. I believe the usual...
Forum: Commuting
10-18-12, 04:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 926
Posted By hillikus

October is also the beginning of the US...

October is also the beginning of the US Government's fiscal year. In the military, you always see improvements in October, before all the money is gone. They're repainting and putting down new carpet...
Forum: Commuting
09-07-11, 05:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,002
Posted By hillikus

A 3 mile commute is the perfect distance to start...

A 3 mile commute is the perfect distance to start out your ride and get your legs going! Because you are commuting doesn't mean you have to go straight to work and straight home afterwards. Often...
04-19-11, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1,128
Views: 198,141
Posted By hillikus

2009 Madison size large. Found a few that were...

2009 Madison size large. Found a few that were new old stock. Luckily I wanted the 2009. Haven't begun the customization yet...

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5141/5634981340_bce95b2b36.jpg
06-06-10, 07:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 892
Posted By hillikus

Damn I'll be out of town. Wish I could be there.

Damn I'll be out of town. Wish I could be there.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-10, 06:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,769
Posted By hillikus

They hate their commute.

They hate their commute.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-10, 11:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,454
Posted By hillikus

A couple of guys that ride in leave sandals at...

A couple of guys that ride in leave sandals at the bike rack. We have a pretty secure rack so they just velcro them around the bar and use them to walk in/out and change at their desks. They used to...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-10, 07:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 632
Posted By hillikus

New Bike Bags from Duluth Pack

I've always been a huge fan of Duluth Pack products for canoe trips and all around use. I requested/suggested they look into making panniers a few years ago and though I'm quite positive my...
Forum: Commuting
01-19-10, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By hillikus

Agree. The only thing I that I want to change on...

Agree. The only thing I that I want to change on my 09 is to throw a triple on it for my journeys into the mountains. Other than that its a great bike for the price.
Forum: Commuting
11-06-09, 09:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 939
Posted By hillikus

150 Miles in a dress and heels at 84 years old...

http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/10/28/eiko.irpt/index.html

This lady is awesome.
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