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05-19-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,468
Posted By bear_a_bug

RiddleOfSteel , great build - got some...

RiddleOfSteel , great build - got some stormtrooper vibes with that black/white contrast.

This thread was making me regret selling my Impulse a few years but bulgie 's notes on the narrow...
05-15-22, 03:49 PM
Replies: 18,872
Views: 2,315,612
Posted By bear_a_bug

Got out for a quick 30 miler just north of...

Got out for a quick 30 miler just north of Vancouver, WA. Picked a route from a search on RideWithGPS (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39435941?privacy_code=OV7baqkIU8PGTZCY) that was pretty flat...
03-27-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,496
Posted By bear_a_bug

Pretty sure those are Velo Orange Zeppelin...

Pretty sure those are Velo Orange Zeppelin (https://velo-orange.com/products/vo-polished-52mm-zeppelin-fenders-650b) fenders. Best bang for your buck fenders for 42mm 650B tires IMO.
03-18-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By bear_a_bug

Got to have fun with these bikes - what else...

Got to have fun with these bikes - what else would be the point? I like what you did, and that chainstay protector/cable guide is pretty slick. Those Fuji Newests are really classy with the chromed...
03-15-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,708
Posted By bear_a_bug

Worst timing ever. My sister is celebrating her...

Worst timing ever. My sister is celebrating her 40th birthday by having me join her for a multi-day hike in Glacier Nat'l Park the same weekend as Cino... Why couldn't she have been born just like, a...
02-17-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21,062
Views: 3,920,009
Posted By bear_a_bug

Rare chance to own a near-NOS ( "Other than a few...

Rare chance to own a near-NOS ( "Other than a few scratches and blemishes from moving it around the garage over the years") Murray Spectra! One might suspect that the original owner rode it so little...
01-31-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,567
Posted By bear_a_bug

Live in a major city and you've likely seen how...

Live in a major city and you've likely seen how many riders are out there on townie-converted or drop-bar converted 80s/90s rigid MTBs. You can go cheap on your conversions, or you can go brand new...
01-30-22, 10:26 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,573
Posted By bear_a_bug

Totally. Based on OPs requirements, I'd shoot for...

Totally. Based on OPs requirements, I'd shoot for a decent mid-range, sized large, rigid MTB from the 80s/90s, and throw a swept back handlebar on it with thumbies and some slick tires. Easy,...
01-14-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1,373
Views: 163,252
Posted By bear_a_bug

Somewhere just East of Sandy, Oregon....

Somewhere just East of Sandy, Oregon. Disconsolate philosophy for the overcast, rainy ride.
https://i.imgur.com/rdBCNzqh.jpg
01-12-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,497
Posted By bear_a_bug

I'll credit the man for cluing me into this rack...

I'll credit the man for cluing me into this rack paradigm. If you've got an old rear rack kicking around, you probably have most of the pieces you need to build one (no reason to build what is...
01-10-22, 04:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,497
Posted By bear_a_bug

Nice! I made something similar a few years ago...

Nice! I made something similar a few years ago with some thicker aluminum rod. I found that on rough roads it got a bit too bouncy for my liking. I saw non-fixie 's got a bungie on his. How's it...
11-04-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,154
Posted By bear_a_bug

Great frame, as you said, interesting color, too!...

Great frame, as you said, interesting color, too! FWIW anyone thinking of buying it -- these make great 650B conversions. Clearances for 42mm tires, and DiaCompe/Weinmann long reach centerpulls work....
10-08-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yep, mods courtesy of gugie.

Yep, mods courtesy of gugie.
10-07-21, 06:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By bear_a_bug

C'mon, 52telecaster , take the plunge! I liked my...

C'mon, 52telecaster , take the plunge! I liked my '83 620 as a 700c bike, but I LOVE it as a dedicated 650B bike.
https://i.imgur.com/2RxCS1L.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/TlRWt6H.jpg
07-03-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,292
Posted By bear_a_bug

'73 Zeus Competition

Just finished building up a really pretty Zeus Competition frame/fork I picked up from fender1 . I call it light blue, but my wife insists its gray. One of us is colorblind, but I won't press the...
05-29-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,305
Posted By bear_a_bug

From the linked post:...

From the linked post: (https://www.renehersecycles.com/a-rene-herse-for-the-outback/)



Interesting experiment. Jan Heine always seems to be returning to old ideas. Shorties never made a ton of...
05-19-21, 11:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,453
Posted By bear_a_bug

Just do what I'm doing this Summer: When you've...

Just do what I'm doing this Summer: When you've grown tired of riding the same routes day in and day out -- move to another city.

Portland, Oregon, here I come!

(ok ok, there may be other...
04-20-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,465
Posted By bear_a_bug

Had a '79 Fuji S12-S LTD which was my...

Had a '79 Fuji S12-S LTD which was my introduction to 650B. Wonderful bike for conversion - everything fits just so. I'd also keep my eye open for a Fuji America from that time, pretty sure they fit...
04-08-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 23,292
Posted By bear_a_bug

Given to me by my wife on our engagement several...

Given to me by my wife on our engagement several years ago, a Stowa Antea 365. Not vintage, but certainly classic:
https://i.imgur.com/rYk0iy7h.jpg
03-27-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 7,359
Posted By bear_a_bug

Big inspiration (obviously) for my Trek...

Big inspiration (obviously) for my Trek conversion, courtesy of gugie
1983 Trek 620
https://i.imgur.com/tpqDYBH.jpg?1
1414 Goff Blvd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
I've since wired the lighting...
03-11-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,017
Posted By bear_a_bug

Pretty confident that 99.999% of SuperCourses...

Pretty confident that 99.999% of SuperCourses from those years were plain gauge 531.

Looks pretty. Love that root beer color. GLWS!
02-13-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,496
Posted By bear_a_bug

Loved my S-12 S LTD, except for that mouthful of...

Loved my S-12 S LTD, except for that mouthful of a model name. Chrome socks were a nice upgrade from the usual S-12 S. It's eerie how well they take to 650B conversions, almost like that permutation...
01-18-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,601
Posted By bear_a_bug

WOW! Kudos on keeping it original. That frame...

WOW! Kudos on keeping it original. That frame color is incredibly unique -- wish I'd been able to save the paint on mine when it took on a new life:
https://i.imgur.com/7rFtHOh.jpg
01-04-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,758
Posted By bear_a_bug

This photo was taken in late Spring this year, 2...

This photo was taken in late Spring this year, 2 months after I shattered my first metatarsal in my left foot falling down my stairs at home. Turns out I have a chronic neurological disease (CIDP, or...
10-26-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 28,753
Posted By bear_a_bug

Not C&V, and my only "modern" bike. But...it's...

Not C&V, and my only "modern" bike. But...it's orange and it has a Brooks Pro saddle, a frame pump, and low trail geometry, so I'm making it an honorary Classic bike. Your opinion will likely vary.
...
10-23-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 705
Posted By bear_a_bug

Agreed. Not sure what the market looks like for...

Agreed. Not sure what the market looks like for old MTBs in your area, but it's hard to go much lower in quality (brakes, frame, crankset, etc). It's throwing good money after bad, I'm afraid. Only...
09-23-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,231
Posted By bear_a_bug

1991 Davidson Impulse, 60cm

Admitting that, like my 18 pound cat, I am a "king of comfort" and prefer my wide-tired bikes, I'm letting this one back into the wild after several years of ownership. Loved the way it rode, but its...
09-07-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 18,872
Views: 2,315,612
Posted By bear_a_bug

Northern Indiana 100k loop south of Valparaiso...

Northern Indiana 100k loop south of Valparaiso today.

Strong winds from the North were nice at the start as I headed downstate, but I paid for it on the way back, spinning in my 30x16 gear....
09-03-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,496
Posted By bear_a_bug

Good time to post my completed '83 Trek 620...

Good time to post my completed '83 Trek 620 project.

Decided to hold off on implementing a full dynamo system for now, as I sort of like having a dynamo-less wheelset. If/when I move to New Mexico...
07-13-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 3,027
Views: 332,183
Posted By bear_a_bug

My two handsome men, old man Ollie (10 yrs old),...

My two handsome men, old man Ollie (10 yrs old), and his little brother, Misha (1.5 yrs old)....
07-06-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 68,976
Views: 11,138,578
Posted By bear_a_bug

What do you reckon this model is? Original paint,...

What do you reckon this model is? Original paint, or no?

Either way, doesn't look like a waste of $350:
...
06-22-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,836
Posted By bear_a_bug

Incredible balancing act getting the frame/fork...

Incredible balancing act getting the frame/fork home in your pannier!

Sad to see the fork like that. Some folks just don't know when it's time to put the hammer away and find a gentler solution....
05-24-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,347
Posted By bear_a_bug

The powdercoat definitely muddies things. Harder...

The powdercoat definitely muddies things. Harder to use braze-ons or bottle cage mounts as diagnostics for model.
05-22-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,639
Posted By bear_a_bug

Thanks again, HeikoS69! I recently framed a few...

Thanks again, HeikoS69!
I recently framed a few of my favorite bikes from the catalogs.
https://i.imgur.com/CrdGm4vh.jpg
05-21-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,162
Posted By bear_a_bug

Here in Chicago, my cat's veterinarian has a Play...

Here in Chicago, my cat's veterinarian has a Play it Again used sports shop with tons of bikes next to it. There was a line of people outside the shop when I dropped them off, and a line when I came...
04-26-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 26,191
Posted By bear_a_bug

Well, when my foot wasn't broken and I hadn't...

Well, when my foot wasn't broken and I hadn't been furloughed from a parking app startup, like nlerner, my main ride for commutes and weekend rides was still my gugie -fied '74 Raleigh Super...
04-05-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,931
Posted By bear_a_bug

Sounds like a fun project! I had an '85(?)...

Sounds like a fun project! I had an '85(?) Cimarron at one point, too. I ended up putting drop bars and barcons on it, and selling it locally as a city commuter.

https://i.imgur.com/TAqnIqWh.jpg
...
12-30-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,552
Posted By bear_a_bug

Show Your Black Sheep Bike

Well, it's that time of year: When the riding is reduced mostly to commuter miles for those of us in the colder climes, thoughts turn to our parts stash, spare frames, and needless bike builds.
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04-29-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,509
Posted By bear_a_bug

As one currently sardine-canned in an El train on...

As one currently sardine-canned in an El train on the way home from work due to heavy rain this morning, there's nothing so freeing as being master of your own commuting destiny on a bike.

So,...
03-30-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,440
Posted By bear_a_bug

Show your Raleigh Competition

Surprisingly can't find this specific thread anywhere on BF.

So, post up any pics of your Raleigh Comp. Does't matter if it's a GS, non-GS, 60s, 70s or 80s.

Here's mine. '74 Comp with Huret...
03-08-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,454
Posted By bear_a_bug

Spent half an hour trying to remove a crank that...

Spent half an hour trying to remove a crank that wasn't budging. Banging on the crank remover arm with a hammer, frustrated to the point of tears.

"WHY...WON'T YOU.....COME OFF**********"

Yes, I...
12-13-18, 06:11 PM
Replies: 493
Views: 55,615
Posted By bear_a_bug

Just in time for December, picked up this frame...

Just in time for December, picked up this frame here in the FS area earlier this month. Had to wait on a Campagnolo derailleur cable router clamp from ebay for about a week and a half (I SWEAR I had...
07-21-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,108
Posted By bear_a_bug

Glad to see this thread pop up again. I recently...

Glad to see this thread pop up again. I recently picked up a '91 Davidson Impulse on the 'bay.
Components are all Sachs Huret New Success, 8 speed. I was surprised to find the rear wheel had an 8...
03-14-17, 11:14 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 22,298
Posted By bear_a_bug

Gets large rear panniers when on grocery duty....

Gets large rear panniers when on grocery duty. Otherwise, front basket for beer runs.

http://i.imgur.com/87jrGEy.jpg
10-30-16, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,659
Posted By bear_a_bug

Nice conversion! Fuji S12-S makes a great...

Nice conversion!

Fuji S12-S makes a great conversion candidate. Plenty of clearance in the chainstays, too.

My S12-2 LTD:
http://i.imgur.com/ONpkqxnl.jpg
05-31-16, 09:33 AM
Replies: 529
Views: 144,468
Posted By bear_a_bug

I picked up this '85 Cimarron from fender1 back...

I picked up this '85 Cimarron from fender1 back in March or April. He had done a great job brush-painting it with a Rustoleum green.

I decided to build it up as a grocery-getter (I live in Uptown...
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