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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: 2,315,694
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...
04-10-22, 10:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,658
Posted By bear_a_bug

This should help. If the pull is still uneven...

This should help. If the pull is still uneven distributed between calipers, consider carefully bending either of the springs themselves to adjust tension using two pliers. This solved an uneven pull...
03-27-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,498
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.
03-26-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,498
Posted By bear_a_bug

Details on that headlight? Looks cool. Great...

Details on that headlight? Looks cool. Great frame color, too. Love the lines.
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...
02-20-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 68,976
Views: 11,138,820
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yep, what they said. Mine was an LTD, and a great...

Yep, what they said. Mine was an LTD, and a great entrypoint into the 650B wheel conversion experience. Gave me the confidence spend more later to upgrade to a nicer frame. Sold mine to a coworker,...
02-17-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 21,062
Views: 3,920,073
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...
02-17-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 68,976
Views: 11,138,820
Posted By bear_a_bug

Fuji S-12-S LTD ready for an easy 650B conversion...

Fuji S-12-S LTD ready for an easy 650B conversion on PDX CL (https://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/bik/d/portland-fuji-speed-road-bike-large/7436049303.html)FUJI S12 - 18-speed Road Bike - LARGE - $300...
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,...
01-28-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By bear_a_bug

Best of luck, I'm searching for the exact same...

Best of luck, I'm searching for the exact same thing! I have a set of the Spidel-branded ones with brown hoods, love them. You keep your search North of the Columbia, I'll keep mine down in Oregon --...
01-21-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 888
Posted By bear_a_bug

I've been watching this one for the last 6...

I've been watching this one for the last 6 months, reposted every two weeks. It's the only ad up by the user, so not part of a bigger stash of parts they're trying to unload. I'm really tempted to...
01-14-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1,373
Views: 163,259
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, 06:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,497
Posted By bear_a_bug

The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is...

The moldy toestrap holding it on to the bike is legit.
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...
01-08-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 904
Posted By bear_a_bug

I can't explain it, and I won't defend it, but...

I can't explain it, and I won't defend it, but every set of brand new VO aluminum fenders I've installed started out noisy making the zzzziiipppppiiiiinnnnnggggg! sound and it gradually went away...
11-28-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 47,058
Posted By bear_a_bug

Probably irrelevant since I'm guessing you're...

Probably irrelevant since I'm guessing you're using the same cable hanger mounted on the headset, but I personally noticed a massive improvement in brake power and reduced sponginess on my Zeus by...
11-21-21, 01:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,103
Posted By bear_a_bug

Well done! Must have been fun/stressful to work...

Well done! Must have been fun/stressful to work on a such an archetypal Herse. Especially cool to have contributed to the history of that bike now, too.
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....
10-14-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 903
Posted By bear_a_bug

I salvaged a Mafac RAID rear brake off one years...

I salvaged a Mafac RAID rear brake off one years ago. This one might have one? Hard to tell from the pic. Replace with a cheapo Weinmann 750 centerpull, sell the RAID for $50, and you've made 30%...
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
07-08-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 24,227
Posted By bear_a_bug

Real clever. Are you planning on using rubber...

Real clever. Are you planning on using rubber grommets there as well to minimize wire rubbing against metal?
07-08-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,742
Posted By bear_a_bug

I had sort of settled into a stable of bikes that...

I had sort of settled into a stable of bikes that seemed to do everything I needed in the last few years, but there's always that nagging "N+1" feeling. I know better than to give into the feeling...
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...
06-29-21, 06:07 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,320
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yikes, I hope the Team Pro returns to the catalog...

Yikes, I hope the Team Pro returns to the catalog at some point. I was just in the market last week for a new saddle for my Zeus frame and my go-to sites came up empty - had to go to Ebay for a...
06-26-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,292
Posted By bear_a_bug

Hey Wildwood how much clearance did the...

Hey Wildwood how much clearance did the centerpulls end up giving you? I picked up the same model frameset with 22mm tires on a tubular wheelset, looking to swap to clinchers with 32s. I installed...
06-23-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 311
Posted By bear_a_bug

Sachs Huret New Success 8spd Group

Got a late 80's/early 90's frame and think anything past 7 speeds is unnecessary, but sorta want to taste that >7spd Kool-Aid? Here's your big chance to toe the water. A little bit familiar, a little...
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: 23,294
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...
03-24-21, 07:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 773
Posted By bear_a_bug

Great looking dirt-road tourer! What size tires...

Great looking dirt-road tourer! What size tires were you able to squeeze in there?
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,498
Posted By bear_a_bug

Nope - think it came equipped with the Dia Compe...

Nope - think it came equipped with the Dia Compe 500g sidepulls (at least thats what was on it when I bought the bike from the original owner). Swapped over to Dia Compe 750 centerpulls. Just enough...
02-13-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 931
Views: 294,498
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...
02-03-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,632
Posted By bear_a_bug

This is one of my favorites. Been on Ebay/CL for...

This is one of my favorites. Been on Ebay/CL for at least 5 years. Started at $900 IIRC, now down to $400. So maybe dropping $100 every year? The persistence of re-listing it every few weeks is...
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...
12-14-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,886
Posted By bear_a_bug

Oof, glad you might pick this up - I don't need...

Oof, glad you might pick this up - I don't need the temptation. Just sold off a bike to clear up some room, but it's JUST enough cash to swing this one.
12-14-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,202
Posted By bear_a_bug

I'd be interested in the stem if you decide to...

I'd be interested in the stem if you decide to part it out. Any idea on stem height and reach?
11-16-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,223
Posted By bear_a_bug

Not sure how much that rust changes my opinion,...

Not sure how much that rust changes my opinion, but I'd be all over this at half the price. Looks like a fun 70s tourer. Wonder what the tubing is? Based on the seller's comments in the ad, I'm not...
10-26-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 28,759
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yeah...I've heard a few different accounts of...

Yeah...I've heard a few different accounts of what went down, but the most sensible one I've heard is that Rawland hired a marketing manager who set up a collab with Moosejaw to produce this bike at...
10-26-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 28,759
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...
10-17-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,749
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yeah, I saw that, too. I was surprised, also, to...

Yeah, I saw that, too. I was surprised, also, to read "Peloton said it recommended that users change their pedals annually."

I wonder how many miles/revolutions peloton users are putting on those...
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