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10-30-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By smurfy

While I actually collect Brooks saddles (I have...

While I actually collect Brooks saddles (I have three of them mounted on bikes and three more on display in my living room, wife thinks I'm nuts) I'm looking for a cheaper alternative that's halfway...
10-29-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 790
Posted By smurfy

Off-Brand Leather Saddle

My dad gave me his Trek Pure Sport (similar to an Electra Townie) but it has an awful Cloud 9 seat he had installed which hurts my back on long rides. I'm interested in getting a leather hairpin or...
09-15-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,260
Posted By smurfy

Finally test-rode my 1x setup. Microshift XLE 10...

Finally test-rode my 1x setup. Microshift XLE 10 clutch real derailler and bar-end shifter. Crank is Bontrager 7050 "race" (whatever that means) formally a triple.

Shifting is absolutely flawless....
09-15-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 723
Posted By smurfy

Is it a white jersey or does it have any white in...

Is it a white jersey or does it have any white in it? You can try Mrs. Stewart's liquid bluing. It supposed to clean white cloths safely but I haven't tried it on cycling cloths.
08-23-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,978
Posted By smurfy

Not really intended for gravel but I just scored...

Not really intended for gravel but I just scored a new pair of Rivendell Jack Brown 700 x 33.3 tires, made by Panaracer, for a fraction of their price on the Riv website. My bike will probably not...
08-23-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,260
Posted By smurfy

My Marin gravel bike conversion is 1x 35t...

My Marin gravel bike conversion is 1x 35t chainring and 11-36 cassette so I will report on that if anybody is interested.
06-30-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 699
Posted By smurfy

Is 40+mm width a negative for mostly pavement? I...

Is 40+mm width a negative for mostly pavement? I have yet to get any tires for my gravel build and my bike probably won't see much gravel. Would say 80-90% pavement. Would sticking to 38mm and under...
06-29-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 879
Posted By smurfy

Cool weather rider here. I have a very low...

Cool weather rider here. I have a very low tolerance for high heat/humidity combination (and it seems to get worse with age) and rarely ride in the summer anymore unless it's really a beautiful day...
06-29-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By smurfy

Absolutely! I'm approaching sixty years old and...

Absolutely! I'm approaching sixty years old and bombing down long hills isn't really fun anymore - too scary. Gravel is a good alternative for me since MTN biking is out of the question. I just don't...
06-29-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 761
Views: 177,215
Posted By smurfy

Building up a Marin Bridgeway hybrid/comfort...

Building up a Marin Bridgeway hybrid/comfort frame as a gravel bike.

Microshift XLE 10-spd. clutch rear derailler and M10-R bar-end shifter. KMC X10 gold chain for bling. Actually I got these...
06-25-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 300
Posted By smurfy

How do you ride your mountain bike? Are you...

How do you ride your mountain bike? Are you off-road a lot and do all that technical stuff? A higher-end fork would be a good idea if your bike is worthy of it. Back in the late-'90's I bought an...
06-22-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 288
Posted By smurfy

Park CT-5 Chain Tool

Can these be used on newer 10 or 11-spd chains? Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find anything in search. I have a KMC X10 chain that want to install on a bike with a 1x drivetrain...
06-16-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,255
Posted By smurfy

Yeah, nice bike! I don't think I would do...

Yeah, nice bike! I don't think I would do anything else to it except maybe change pedals with something nicer.
05-29-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By smurfy

OK I got my derailler picked out and I will get...

OK I got my derailler picked out and I will get the clutch feature since it doesn't cost that much more. I'll try my current chainring and will get a NW if I have problems with the current one.
05-28-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By smurfy

What's an NW chainring?

What's an NW chainring?
05-26-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By smurfy

Rear Derailler Recommendations

Last December I posted about building up a Marin hybrid/comfort bike as a "performance" gravel grinder for a winter (and now Covid-19) project. It's almost done now except for tires and some other...
03-13-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 7,316
Posted By smurfy

[QUOTE=wolfchild;21366071]If this keeps on going...

[QUOTE=wolfchild;21366071]If this keeps on going for much longer it will start to affect my

Yeah idiots are hoarding certain things like TP, paper towels, bottled water, and some other stuff. A...
01-11-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,669
Posted By smurfy

Do gravel bikes have to have drop handlebars? I...

Do gravel bikes have to have drop handlebars? I would think any hybrid or MTB would be a good gravel bike.

Anyway I'm building up my own "gravel" bike from the frame up (mostly for the new tech...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,418
Posted By smurfy

165mm feels like peddling a little kid's bike....

165mm feels like peddling a little kid's bike. However I can't seem to tell the difference between 170 and 175 for some reason.
01-01-20, 12:21 AM
Replies: 19,972
Views: 3,322,041
Posted By smurfy

I get the feeling that at least a significant...

I get the feeling that at least a significant percentage of these bike ads are from drug addicts desperate for quick cash for their next fix.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-31-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 1,444
Views: 189,825
Posted By smurfy

That bike would be hot with an all-black...

That bike would be hot with an all-black component group to go with the paint job. The raw aluminum seems to clash with the frame. By the way I'm about 5' 10 1/2'' and a 56 is too small for me (I...
12-31-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 15,490
Posted By smurfy

They must work for Kent or something...

They must work for Kent or something...
12-31-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 15,490
Posted By smurfy

Wow! What an incredibly ignorant comment. Totally...

Wow! What an incredibly ignorant comment. Totally not true unless you have a habit of throwing bikes out of airplanes. I can't believe nobody else here even challenged this.
12-31-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By smurfy

Weight Weenie forum

This might be something fun. Discussion of ultra-light bike parts, how to make your bike lighter (whether on a budget or cost-no-object), super-light bikes (whether right at the UCI min. or even half...
12-29-19, 10:48 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,206
Posted By smurfy

50/34 w/13-26 cassette for hill-climbing on my...

50/34 w/13-26 cassette for hill-climbing on my road bike.
12-29-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 21,808
Posted By smurfy

I have the Origin 8 Gary wide drop bars on my...

I have the Origin 8 Gary wide drop bars on my touring bike and I'm not too fond of them. Just like moustache bars they feel too weird. Never could get used to them. Actually I think I'm getting too...
12-03-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,203
Posted By smurfy

Is this were a complete group set (ft. and rr....

Is this were a complete group set (ft. and rr. deraillers, brake calipers or cantis, hubs, etc.) it might be worth it. Anyway if I was Michael Bloomberg I would buy it just for the heck of it.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 11:29 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,882
Posted By smurfy

Back in the nineties I worked in a bike shop (a...

Back in the nineties I worked in a bike shop (a chain of five stores) when the owners inherited the business from their father who passed away. To them a bike was a toaster or some other mundane...
12-02-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,604
Posted By smurfy

I used to be Brooks only and I still am to a...

I used to be Brooks only and I still am to a certain extant however I'm starting to be uncomfortable on any of them. I think it must be be an age thing.
Replies: 16
Views: 1,692
Posted By smurfy

It seems nobody wants the old stuff just the new...

It seems nobody wants the old stuff just the new stuff. I have a lugged-steel full Campy Colnago I wouldn't mind selling but I doubt I would get anything for it.
12-01-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 730
Posted By smurfy

Not enough good pics to really tell but I think...

Not enough good pics to really tell but I think the frame and fork alone would be worth that much. Yeah it's a decade old but still looks modern. If I bought it I would do a complete tear down and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-30-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,116
Posted By smurfy

Awesome build! Looks great and that's the kind of...

Awesome build! Looks great and that's the kind of "hybrid" I'm wanting to build. I hope mine turns out as good-looking as yours. I must say those colors really pop. Sorry to read about this beautiful...
11-30-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,866
Posted By smurfy

"Gravel" seems to be an umbrella term for any...

"Gravel" seems to be an umbrella term for any bike that can travel on unpaved and unimproved roads at a higher consistent rate of speed than, say, a dedicated "mountain" bike .
11-29-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

Good point. I'm just looking at getting disc...

Good point. I'm just looking at getting disc brakes for my own mechanical education and, well frankly, everybody else seems to have them on their shiny new bikes and I don't want to be left out!:cry:
11-27-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,838
Posted By smurfy

A clip-on bike headlight.

A clip-on bike headlight.
11-22-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,544
Posted By smurfy

Great-looking build and that's what want my bike...

Great-looking build and that's what want my bike build to turn out like. I'm doing the gold accents, too, since I'm getting tired of all black stuff all the time.
11-22-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

Thanks for the replies, guys!:) Actually I'm...

Thanks for the replies, guys!:)

Actually I'm not looking to go super-cheap since I can easily buy a $500-something Whiskey or Ritchey fork (or even $2k+ for a complete gravel bike) with just the...
11-21-19, 11:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

Thanks I 'm building my own wheelset for it as I...

Thanks I 'm building my own wheelset for it as I already got the 135 rear hub and I would like to go tubeless rims/tires but I don't have those yet. I have built many dozens of wheels in the past 25...
11-20-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

Actually the rear hub spacing is 135mm and the...

Actually the rear hub spacing is 135mm and the frame was designed for a 1x drivetrain. Also a cycling mate of mine has a Litespeed touring bike (canti brakes) and fitted a new fork and disc brake on...
11-20-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

No the frame is new-old stock with no disc brake...

No the frame is new-old stock with no disc brake tabs. I actually don't have a fork for it yet.
11-20-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,677
Posted By smurfy

Mechanical Disc vs Rim Brakes

I'm building up a new hybrid/comfort frame as a flat-bar "performance gravel" bike which will admittedly not see actual gravel (unless I travel to a far-away venue) but it's for the hilly area and...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-04-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,642
Posted By smurfy

Carbon fork off-brands

I'm planning on building a bike from the frame up and I have noticed a lot of inexpensive carbon forks on the Bay with names such as Toseek and Hylix that I never heard of that appear to by made in...
11-02-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,077
Posted By smurfy

Suggestions with hybrid/comfort bike frame-up build

Wow! It's been a few years since I've been active here on BF although I've still been riding regularly.


Recently I scored a Marin Bridgeway frame off the Bay real cheap with the intention of...
11-02-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 1,403
Views: 284,372
Posted By smurfy

Gorgeous bike! I like that all-black treatment....

Gorgeous bike! I like that all-black treatment. The slate-blue saddle goes great with that.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-01-17, 11:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,447
Posted By smurfy

The green and pink go very well on this bike.

The green and pink go very well on this bike.
10-25-14, 12:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,642
Posted By smurfy

Sorry to bring up a three-month-old post but I...

Sorry to bring up a three-month-old post but I wanted to show off my finally-completed Trek. I have been on disability due to a ruptured Achilles' tendon and this project gave me something to do...
07-07-14, 08:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,327
Posted By smurfy

These "turkey levers" may still be popular today...

These "turkey levers" may still be popular today if someone actually took the time to develop and engineer them properly and of course market them for perhaps touring or recreational road bikes (not...
07-07-14, 10:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,327
Posted By smurfy

Back in the nineties someone in my cycling club...

Back in the nineties someone in my cycling club had a bike with aero levers w/suicide levers attached. I think this is when the aero levers first came out and it appeared that the suicide levers on...
07-04-14, 10:00 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 31,451
Posted By smurfy

After nineteen years riding fixed I recently gave...

After nineteen years riding fixed I recently gave it up. After rupturing my Achilles tendon at work I'm simply too paranoid that if I get into a mishap I could rupture it again and I can't afford to...
07-03-14, 08:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,642
Posted By smurfy

thanks, flynn. I was also thinking green but I...

thanks, flynn. I was also thinking green but I already have a touring bike that's dark green and I kind of like variety.
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