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10-10-19, 11:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 518
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I had a conversion once. I guess I got lucky...

I had a conversion once.
I guess I got lucky and the BB was already high.
I would notice small pedal strike, but I thought it was normal and just avoided learning too hard (or I would sorta ease...
10-08-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Have you thought about getting the frame dimpled...

Have you thought about getting the frame dimpled like others have suggested?
The loss on those cranks after sale could probably go towards dimpling.
You're probably going to lose at least $60 on...
10-06-19, 10:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 31,337
Posted By BicycleBicycle

To add (per Sheldon Brown), NJS was also used as...

To add (per Sheldon Brown), NJS was also used as a standard for interchangeability of parts and tools.

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_n-o.html
10-06-19, 07:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 379
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Not sure of aluminum, but I can speak on steel. ...

Not sure of aluminum, but I can speak on steel.
I snapped an old road bike conversion on the downtube once. I knew a welder, and they offered to weld it back together using an oxy torch. It actually...
10-05-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 31,337
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Ahh back when NJS was a thing lol. That stamp...

Ahh back when NJS was a thing lol.
That stamp isn't indicative of some upper tier of quality, but rather a minimum floor of tolerance.
It just means that the equipment was approved to be ridden on...
10-05-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 31,337
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Wow this forum was way different back then. I...

Wow this forum was way different back then.
I remember going on it occasionally to poke around and lurk back in those days.
09-30-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I'm frequently surprised at the quality of their...

I'm frequently surprised at the quality of their components on all but the tarckiest of the tarck, and even then it's at the midrange standard.
They are a wholesaler for J&B Imports, and their parts...
09-30-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I think that selling completes is their main...

I think that selling completes is their main thing. And it seems like they are targeting people who just want a bike that they aren't going to mess around with much.
I've looked into it, and their...
09-29-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I would return the BB and look for another one...

I would return the BB and look for another one and don't ride the bike until you have both correct clearance and a good chainline.

I've had this problem, and I had to replace my BB to get it...
09-29-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,253
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Believe it or not, I've actually been in...

Believe it or not, I've actually been in situations where using the brake in an emergency was worse than if I had no brake at all.
You're not as effective at much of anything when you are suddenly...
09-11-19, 12:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,253
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Some say that you should do this because your...

Some say that you should do this because your chainring wears to your chain, and a new chain will also try to wear itself in in it's own way, but I personally think it's way overkill.
Can you...
09-05-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,337
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I might want to add that putting wide bars on my...

I might want to add that putting wide bars on my fixed turned it into an instant fun machine.
Suddenly, all of rolling hills that I would normally be all focused, serious, and tucked in on suddenly...
08-31-19, 11:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Hah, all this time and I seriously never thought...

Hah, all this time and I seriously never thought of putting the nut over the end of the tool.
Geeze. I always had a problem with it "slipping" too, and that's why it worked much better for me in a...
08-30-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,900
Posted By BicycleBicycle

There is another way to think of it. You turn...

There is another way to think of it.
You turn your wheels because it gives something for you to lean against "forwards", so your forward balancing "push" doesn't also push the bike forwards. You...
08-29-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,537
Posted By BicycleBicycle

In a pinch, you can get a freewheel loose by...

In a pinch, you can get a freewheel loose by sticking very large thick screwdriver on one of the grooves and using a hammer until it starts to turn.
Don't blame me if it shatters or cracks in some...
08-28-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,337
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I noticed a massive difference when going from...

I noticed a massive difference when going from drops to semi-wide flats. So much so, that I couldn't believe that I was able to control my bike with what was basically just holding onto bars close to...
08-26-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,008
Posted By BicycleBicycle

The speedo thing said 36.somethingsomething. I...

The speedo thing said 36.somethingsomething. I don't think I would have made it to 40, but I think I was at the bottom of the hill at the time.
I only used to bmx, so maybe I just have loose hips or...
08-26-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,008
Posted By BicycleBicycle

If you're riding brakeless you should always have...

If you're riding brakeless you should always have a backup plan.
i.e. remove both of your legs from the pedals and learn how to put them on your frame and rear wheel.

This way, unless you're...
08-14-19, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,169
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Archetypes would complement that frame very well.

Archetypes would complement that frame very well.
08-14-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,662
Posted By BicycleBicycle

The dropouts look very cinelli-like. If you...

The dropouts look very cinelli-like. If you search "cinelli dropout" you'll see the similarities.
But I haven't seen lugged forks on any of their frames.
And I really doubt that a cinelli would go...
08-12-19, 10:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Haha, this thread is fun. Really reminds me of...

Haha, this thread is fun. Really reminds me of the golden era of bikes. You don't see Deep V's anywhere anymore.
08-10-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I'm not part of any stream so I wouldn't know...

I'm not part of any stream so I wouldn't know honestly lol. I don't do much of anything on a bike for social reasons, or because I want other people to see what I have. Its mostly for personal...
08-10-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,578
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I don't think it's about being rebellious as much...

I don't think it's about being rebellious as much as it is about having something personal that you can identify with
The "rebellious" box is too easy to just throw everything that's not normcore...
08-06-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,263
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I had a pake rum runner, which was essentially a...

I had a pake rum runner, which was essentially a rush with crappy tubing.
Overlap was definitely existent, but not crazy.
I rode it in very urban areas and very rarely noticed the toe overlap...
08-06-19, 11:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,162
Posted By BicycleBicycle

MTB bars ATM. But ideally, incredibly wide...

MTB bars ATM.
But ideally, incredibly wide drops.
Best of both worlds...
But drops usually don't have sweep :( which is the best part of flats IMO.
07-31-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By BicycleBicycle

This has been an interesting thread. Looks like...

This has been an interesting thread.
Looks like the steel stretched, and when you bent it back it didn't "unstretch", thus causing a bubble.
Hope it works out. If I was riding it, I would check the...
07-31-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By BicycleBicycle

It's either the brakes or the hubs. Shake the...

It's either the brakes or the hubs.
Shake the wheel that is making the noise. If it's loose, then it's probably that.
You can easily repack and rebuild the hub if you have a cone wrench.
clean,...
07-28-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,280
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Here's the stats for the fork from this listing...

Here's the stats for the fork from this listing...
07-28-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,169
Posted By BicycleBicycle

That's a great looking bike. Didn't realize you...

That's a great looking bike. Didn't realize you were out there in london. I thought of foreign currency you mentioned, but for whatever reason still thought about velomine and local options lol....
07-27-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Anyone good enough to ride a fixed gear (fgfs)...

Anyone good enough to ride a fixed gear (fgfs) over a ramp or dirt jump probably has some kind of custom bike by that point because of the broken parts leading up to that skill level.

I think the...
07-27-19, 12:38 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Hi-ten is very ductile, so yes it would probably...

Hi-ten is very ductile, so yes it would probably bend back easily but at the same time it is also incredibly susceptible to stress fracturing.
I bent back a hi-ten frame like once. A month or so...
07-26-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,169
Posted By BicycleBicycle

You could look into the FBM Sword, and get parts...

You could look into the FBM Sword, and get parts for it.
For cheap wheels check out velomine.
Fairdale is another great option.
Volume Cutter.
I think all city and surly make completes.
Bianchi...
07-24-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,886
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Ahah. I did that once. Someone at the bike...

Ahah. I did that once.
Someone at the bike place taught me a trick to prevent that from happening when threading spokes. Keep a broken spoke around, and thread said spoke onto the TOP of the nipple...
07-23-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,886
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I would think that the fastest way to do this...

I would think that the fastest way to do this would be to remove yoru seaptost or to remove your bars and just pull your forks out. Then shake and use gravity.
A lot of frames have holes in the...
07-21-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Hey if that works for you great. Please replace...

Hey if that works for you great. Please replace the frame at some point though. Vegas/Henderson is pretty flat so it really shouldn't be much of a problem though. Henderson is a bit hillier but it's...
07-21-19, 01:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

There's always something that says: "You need...

There's always something that says: "You need this!", "If you have this new widget you will be t3h X-treme!"
Sometimes it's true, most of the time it's not. I heard that that's what effectively...
07-18-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,239
Posted By BicycleBicycle

+ 1 KMC Kool. They make a lite version as well....

+ 1 KMC Kool. They make a lite version as well. Back in the day, a lot of things were overbuilt so on a lot of single speed bikes you would see these huge 1/4" chains that were indeed indestructible...
07-18-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Yeah. I think I've only met other ss/fg...

Yeah. I think I've only met other ss/fg enthusiasts.
Thing is, riding one gear has been a pretty well established part of mainstream culture now so it shouldn't come as a surprise to most.
It's...
07-17-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Yes, but I am concerned about breaking a...

Yes, but I am concerned about breaking a derrailleur, chain skipping, off center shifts, the noise associated with all of those parts, being too spread apart on the drivetrain, etc.

I took a...
07-17-19, 12:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,798
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I've seen chromoly frame + fork combos for like...

I've seen chromoly frame + fork combos for like $100 (brand new). 1/8", unbranded frames, etc. come to mind. Don't buy hi-ten (for reasons you now know first hand).
In fact like, when looking on the...
07-17-19, 12:12 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Did you purposefully choose a 1" front end or was...

Did you purposefully choose a 1" front end or was it just what the frame was available in?
I always wonder what the benefits of that are, and whenever I read about people that want one it usually...
07-16-19, 11:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

The post was different when I read it the first...

The post was different when I read it the first time around (edited yesterday). Now I don't know what's going on either. Thread will probably serve both of those purposes well when it eventually...
07-16-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Sure. But we're talking about what and what not...

Sure. But we're talking about what and what not to buy here as a person wanting to try out a gravel bike.
Realistically, most people are not going to find fixed mtb/gravel riding an enjoyable enough...
07-15-19, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,580
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I always have a backpack so I've never been short...

I always have a backpack so I've never been short on tools. Get a small fanny pack/belt pouch, or saddle bag. Lot's of cycling specific companeis make them. Look for the ones that cater ot the urban...
07-15-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,412
Posted By BicycleBicycle

I had a san jose that I took out to the...

I had a san jose that I took out to the singletrack and regularly tried to ride it on as many dirt roads as possible.
Pretty fun. Wish I could have done some cx races or something.

I wouldn't get...
07-06-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,585
Posted By BicycleBicycle

+1 on rum runner. I rode one for a while and...

+1 on rum runner. I rode one for a while and wowza, such a snappy sick ride (without being too twitchy).
You did have to get up to speed to do anything that can be considered maneuvering with it...
07-03-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,541
Posted By BicycleBicycle

NP. It's really not an effort on my end as i'm...

NP. It's really not an effort on my end as i'm just typing as I think and I rarely edit my posts (You probably notice the many grmamatical errors). Sometimes I feel like taking a short break and...
07-01-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,585
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Fuji track is like $600 For that price you can...

Fuji track is like $600
For that price you can get a FBM Sword.
Heck, at htat price just about everything iexcept for the super high end stuff s open to you.
Surly, all city, soma, et al.
06-24-19, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,541
Posted By BicycleBicycle

If you plan on going offroad or onto gravel paths...

If you plan on going offroad or onto gravel paths you won't regret getting a bike that can accommodate wide tires. Just know that canti brakes are TERRIBLE for a lot of people, and if you like to go...
06-24-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,227
Posted By BicycleBicycle

Sick San Jose. Does the rake of that straight...

Sick San Jose. Does the rake of that straight blade fork match the rake of the original?
I didn't want to ride mine fixed because of the geometry. I wanted to keep it as an SS gravel grinder.
Do...
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