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07-13-15, 04:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By cycle_maven

It's fairly easy for a frame builder to fix. Just...

It's fairly easy for a frame builder to fix. Just grind off the broken one and silver-solder on a new one. But you'll end up spending a C-note to get somebody to do it for you, if you can find a...
07-07-15, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 821
Posted By cycle_maven

Anodizing isn't that hard. It's just a chemical...

Anodizing isn't that hard. It's just a chemical bath (acid with dye) and a source of DC current. You can offer a polishing *and* anodizing service. Anodizing needs to be sealed afterward with some...
05-24-15, 08:50 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,133
Posted By cycle_maven

I would use your existing parts. But you'll need...

I would use your existing parts. But you'll need some more stuff to do so:

Rear gearing- You'll need a new longer axle and another 5 mm spacer to get more room at the back for the extra gears. ...
01-20-15, 03:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,002
Posted By cycle_maven

I'd save it. Most definitely. Looks like a...

I'd save it. Most definitely. Looks like a mid-80's Japanese touring frame and the parts wouldn't be out of place on it. Shame about the fork, but a new one is relatively cheap.
12-02-14, 02:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,748
Posted By cycle_maven

Or, buy an inexpensive bottom bracket and file...

Or, buy an inexpensive bottom bracket and file off all but 3 rows of threads on the body and the cup. Three rows of 24 TPI threads will screw into a 26 TPI bottom bracket shell just fine. And those...
12-02-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,836
Posted By cycle_maven

I think I have about $650 into this thing. I...

I think I have about $650 into this thing. I really wanted a Raleigh Portage, so I bought this attempt at a faux-Portage frame (actually a 1983 Raleigh Touring 18 with the canti mounts moved to fit...
12-02-14, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

Well, looky here- Worth $2000 and only asking...

Well, looky here- Worth $2000 and only asking $850.



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Forum: Commuting
12-01-14, 01:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,411
Posted By cycle_maven

You sure they're migraines? I tend to have auras...

You sure they're migraines? I tend to have auras (funky smells and colors), and mine last for 8-24 hours. Never triggered by the bike, but seem to be related to chocolate, bananas, dehydration,...
Forum: Touring
12-01-14, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,432
Posted By cycle_maven

All sounds good to me, except maybe the Huret. ...

All sounds good to me, except maybe the Huret. No need to use ancient parts unless you have a reason specifically to do so...

XD600, Deore gearing, leather saddle, good strong wheels and frame-...
12-01-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By cycle_maven

I tried it as a test once; I wanted a greater...

I tried it as a test once; I wanted a greater bracing angle, thinking that would make a stronger wheel. But the eyelets put the nipples at the wrong angle and the spokes were bending going into the...
11-25-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,013
Posted By cycle_maven

No, Jaz, you seem to be calm and reasonable. ...

No, Jaz, you seem to be calm and reasonable. Nothing wrong with that. Not wanting to deal with the original shop is a good reaction, and as far as trying to get a pound of flesh for their wronging...
11-24-14, 12:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,691
Posted By cycle_maven

The Raleigh 80's touring bikes in particular- no...

The Raleigh 80's touring bikes in particular- no way in heck can you adjust the brakes down the 1/6" they need to go from 630 to 622 wheels, and still keep the pads parallel to the rim. But I've had...
11-21-14, 10:28 AM
Replies: 927
Views: 151,484
Posted By cycle_maven

Agreed- anyone who loved bikes wouldn't have...

Agreed- anyone who loved bikes wouldn't have allowed something like that. Nor put tires on with the valve stems all crooked.:D
Forum: Commuting
11-20-14, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,372
Posted By cycle_maven

A very good price, and you can commute on any...

A very good price, and you can commute on any bike, really. But it will have a couple of limitations that are desirable for a commuter bike:

1) Rack choices are limited to skewer-mount or...
11-20-14, 04:26 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,527
Posted By cycle_maven

The Landrider autoshifting bike. There's one...

The Landrider autoshifting bike. There's one that deserved to die- a bike for people too lazy to shift gears, but energetic enough to actually move the pedals in a circle.
11-19-14, 01:04 PM
Replies: 927
Views: 151,484
Posted By cycle_maven

Are those tires nearly flat or is it just booty...

Are those tires nearly flat or is it just booty weight?
11-17-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,337
Posted By cycle_maven

^ this. Tension the DS, lateral true and...

^ this.

Tension the DS, lateral true and dish with the NDS. Try for as even as possible tension on the NDS too, of course.
11-17-14, 09:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,962
Posted By cycle_maven

It's the right fork. That bike is a "GMC...

It's the right fork. That bike is a "GMC Denali", or its nearly exact equivalent. Their forks look like that. It seems to have been repainted, but that's no biggie.

This is a fine bike to learn...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-14, 02:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,891
Posted By cycle_maven

^ I don't think the bike umbrella would have...

^ I don't think the bike umbrella would have prevented that guy's header. His front wheel fell into a hole.
11-07-14, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,032
Posted By cycle_maven

Good job, and nice snag. I have a case of...

Good job, and nice snag.

I have a case of beer in the pantry all the time, just waiting for a deal like this. So far, no luck.
11-07-14, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 762
Posted By cycle_maven

Almost never worth it to repaint a frame to sell....

Almost never worth it to repaint a frame to sell. The only exceptions are for rare and desirable frames painted factory-exact in a full restoration.

If you think you can get $100 more for the...
11-03-14, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

If I ever build me a fork and frame, I'm going to...

If I ever build me a fork and frame, I'm going to make it a Bates-style just to muck with the brains of all the C&V folks out there.

But yeah- somebody ran into a parked car on a pub crawl with...
10-30-14, 08:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,025
Posted By cycle_maven

Deerhead was before Suntour's slant-parallelogram...

Deerhead was before Suntour's slant-parallelogram patent ran out, so it won't have optimal shifting on the smaller cogs; it just won't track the cassette that well. But it will work. Hyperglide...
10-27-14, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,466
Posted By cycle_maven

Gawd. I'd just be glad that: a) It came...

Gawd. I'd just be glad that:

a) It came with the bike, cause finding another compatible one would be a nightmare
b) It wasn't stuck in the seat tube.
10-24-14, 12:41 PM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

Not sure what's so funky about the Carlton? Am I...

Not sure what's so funky about the Carlton? Am I missing something? A little pricey, but not insanely so...
Forum: Commuting
10-24-14, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,268
Posted By cycle_maven

Foyer locked to itself should be fine, but...

Foyer locked to itself should be fine, but building mgm't will eventually get hissy when there's always a cycle in the foyer instead of occasionally a scooter. But I'd get two u-locks and...
10-24-14, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,026
Posted By cycle_maven

So is it the dropout casting or the tubing the...

So is it the dropout casting or the tubing the dropout is brazed into? If it's the dropout casting, get it repaired; if it's the seatstay or chainstay tubing, it's probably time to retire it. ...
10-24-14, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 901
Posted By cycle_maven

If you look at Mavic/Shimano wheels from...

If you look at Mavic/Shimano wheels from Performance Bike as just a collection of parts that have an initial lacing, they're a pretty darn good deal. I know when I bought my...
Forum: Touring
10-23-14, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,093
Posted By cycle_maven

The Schwinn will need a bunch of work to make it...

The Schwinn will need a bunch of work to make it tour-worthy, IMO. The DB is a lot closer. The main thing is gearing- even though you can push the Schwinn pretty fast now, it will be a different...
10-23-14, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

^ Left out the decimal point did he? I think...

^ Left out the decimal point did he? I think $40.00 is a fair price.
Forum: Touring
10-23-14, 09:12 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,157
Posted By cycle_maven

I have melted a pair of brake pads to the rim on...

I have melted a pair of brake pads to the rim on a long steep twisty downhill on a blistering hot day (from 5000' to sea level in 5 miles). I replaced them at the bottom. Took 10 minutes. The days...
10-22-14, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,362
Posted By cycle_maven

Here's the trigonometry, with Spoke #1...

Here's the trigonometry, with Spoke #1 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) calculated in terms of ERD, HFD and HFO. There are 4 distinct spoke lengths for 40 hole to...
10-22-14, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 937
Posted By cycle_maven

But that was ponderously unhelpful, wasn't it :p....

But that was ponderously unhelpful, wasn't it :p. Anyway, maybe the manufacturer of the headset you purchased will have a 26.4 crown race to go with the 30.2 cups. Or maybe the bike shop has one in...
10-22-14, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 937
Posted By cycle_maven

I've seen all combinations of 26.4 vs 27 crown...

I've seen all combinations of 26.4 vs 27 crown race and 30 vs 30.2 headset cup diameter. You need to measure before buying the parts.
10-21-14, 09:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,362
Posted By cycle_maven

Trigonometry, son, trigonometry! I laced up a...

Trigonometry, son, trigonometry! I laced up a 40-hole SA hub to a 36 hole rim, and it took 4 sets of 9 different lengths of spoke (2x, 406 rim, no dish). They were 1 mm different in length. A 32...
10-15-14, 09:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,716
Posted By cycle_maven

Here's my wife's Raleigh Supercourse Mk II. It...

Here's my wife's Raleigh Supercourse Mk II. It fits 35mm tires (barely) on 700c wheels. I have the diamond-frame twin, and we ride the decomposed granite paths around here.
...
10-15-14, 08:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,090
Posted By cycle_maven

Nice bike! Well done! (the bike and the ride)

Nice bike! Well done! (the bike and the ride)
10-13-14, 10:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By cycle_maven

Sounds like too much tension to me. It shifts to...

Sounds like too much tension to me. It shifts to the easier gear first, then because it's slightly too tight, it goes to an even easier gear. I bet it's really a hard push to get it into the lowest...
10-08-14, 04:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,272
Posted By cycle_maven

I like the mid to late 80's Panasonic-built...

I like the mid to late 80's Panasonic-built Schwinns with the Tenax tubing. All standard parts and generally sweet geometry, low weight and inexpensive. Can't go wrong.
10-06-14, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,823
Posted By cycle_maven

Sure, you can use your 8-speed crank with...

Sure, you can use your 8-speed crank with 10-speed rest of the group. It won't be perfect, and it will possibly exhibit more episodes of chain suck and skating over the teeth when shifting with a...
10-02-14, 10:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,448
Posted By cycle_maven

My Experience with Shimano interchangeability: ...

My Experience with Shimano interchangeability:
Rear:
10 speed road shifters should be used with 9 or 10 speed road derailleurs or 9-speed MTB der's.
10-speed road shifters can index 9-speed...
10-02-14, 09:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,448
Posted By cycle_maven

I've heard that the 10-speed dura-ace bar end...

I've heard that the 10-speed dura-ace bar end shifters don't have a friction mode. So if you buy the used ones mentioned, then you will need to go 10-speed with the drivetrain.
Forum: Commuting
10-02-14, 09:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,437
Posted By cycle_maven

Dang! Wish I had known what it was for. All this...

Dang! Wish I had known what it was for. All this time I've been wearing mine as a muzzle.
10-02-14, 09:00 AM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

^ Ouch! Warn us before posting that stuff! I...

^ Ouch! Warn us before posting that stuff! I think I threw up in my mouth a little.
Forum: Commuting
09-29-14, 10:20 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 20,389
Posted By cycle_maven

A friend just got a BD cross bike. He brought it...

A friend just got a BD cross bike. He brought it to me for initial assembly and for some instruction on general bike mechanics. Everything went together fairly well with the following observations:...
09-29-14, 08:39 AM
Replies: 17,847
Views: 2,798,095
Posted By cycle_maven

^ I can't imagine why he would have needed a new...

^ I can't imagine why he would have needed a new front wheel...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-14, 12:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,507
Posted By cycle_maven

The Attorney General of Texas, soon to be...

The Attorney General of Texas, soon to be Governor, was hit by a falling tree and paralyzed while jogging. After his multi-multi-million dollar lawsuit and settlement, he's been trying to limit...
09-19-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,262
Posted By cycle_maven

Beet juice- works like natural EPO- increases...

Beet juice- works like natural EPO- increases oxygen metabolism.

I still won't drink it.
09-19-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,822
Posted By cycle_maven

All this says is that I gotta spend more time at...

All this says is that I gotta spend more time at the dump. :p
09-18-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,078
Posted By cycle_maven

I also think that updating components and...

I also think that updating components and refinishing the frame won't be economically efficient. But, if you like the frame and want a good bike for light touring and commuting, you can't do much...
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