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08-29-16, 05:28 PM
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Posted By Totoro

Any pics?

Any pics?
08-29-16, 05:24 PM
Replies: 21,578
Views: 2,181,808
Posted By Totoro

I was surprised too. Usually discarded bikes go...

I was surprised too. Usually discarded bikes go into a "take it or leave it" area, but this was thrown in the metal pile for scrap. It did have a lot of caked on grime, paint splashes, etc. So it...
08-27-16, 09:04 PM
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Posted By Totoro

Sounds like a bargain, if it is in good...

Sounds like a bargain, if it is in good condition. Vintage bikes seem much cheaper in Europe.
08-27-16, 09:00 PM
Replies: 21,578
Views: 2,181,808
Posted By Totoro

Here is the Raleigh 3-Speed I rescued from the...

Here is the Raleigh 3-Speed I rescued from the metal recycling pile today. It will be used by my kid for college. I am sure it would have cleaned up nicely, but I don't want it to attract thieves.
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08-27-16, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13,650
Views: 2,771,923
Posted By Totoro

Rescued from the metal recycling bin. A 1966...

Rescued from the metal recycling bin. A 1966 Ladies Raleigh Sports 3 speed that will be used by my kid who starts college in the city next week. Hoping to keep it ugly enough to prevent being stolen....
08-14-16, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13,650
Views: 2,771,923
Posted By Totoro

My Ross Project Bike - Finished pics

Here is my dumpster project. My first in several years.

I pulled this Ross Signature from the throwaway pile and clearly I was the only one who wanted it. Too bad I didn't take pictures before my...
08-14-16, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13,650
Views: 2,771,923
Posted By Totoro

Pulled one of those from the dump yesterday....

Pulled one of those from the dump yesterday. Quite a bit of rust but easily fixable. Unfortunately for me, it is way too big. For someone 6'2 to 6'6.
01-24-09, 06:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

I ASSUMED the shop would do a better job, using...

I ASSUMED the shop would do a better job, using better tools, AND that true meant lateral and radial. I ASSUMED wrong. The lesson is DON'T assume the shop can do a better job.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-09, 02:23 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,899
Posted By Totoro

I wonder if I could get one of those automatic...

I wonder if I could get one of those automatic hands that waves constantly to everyone I pass.
01-22-09, 06:12 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

The EXACT same thing happened to my boss. Of...

The EXACT same thing happened to my boss. Of course, once the engine starts burning, it is not long before the entire car is a ball of flames.
01-19-09, 09:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

It could be that those of us who work on our own...

It could be that those of us who work on our own bikes expect the same care and attention we give our bikes. Therefore, we probably set the LBS to a higher standard than "Joe SixPack" or "Joe the...
01-19-09, 09:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 803
Posted By Totoro

Every time you want a snack, eat a pickle...

Every time you want a snack, eat a pickle instead. Your appetite will drop quickly. Second, get a virtual trainer to stay in cycling over the winter. They are pricey, but worth it.
01-19-09, 09:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,295
Posted By Totoro

A funny thing happened a couple of years ago. I...

A funny thing happened a couple of years ago. I decided to restore an old Lygie Italian bike, just for fun. I bought NOS parts off eBay that were correct for the time period. Then I decided to sell...
01-18-09, 05:47 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

They are also cheap Alex rims and fatter road...

They are also cheap Alex rims and fatter road tires, though not as knobby as a cross bike. If it were my bike I would probably be replacing the tires at least, but she does not ride nearly enough to...
01-18-09, 07:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

I was originally planning on checking the wheels...

I was originally planning on checking the wheels out before I left the shop and that is easier to do if the wheels are on the bike. But then stupid me, I let the wife pick it up and she is completely...
01-18-09, 07:42 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

One thing that you notice if the pads are 1 mm...

One thing that you notice if the pads are 1 mm from the rim is that if the wheel is out of lateral true it will rub against the pad. This happened on both wheels when I got it back. If you set the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-09, 04:58 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,986
Posted By Totoro

When I drove by you in my nice warm car I had a...

When I drove by you in my nice warm car I had a good laugh.
01-17-09, 04:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

Could that much space between the pads and two...

Could that much space between the pads and two wheels out of true both vertically and laterally be a "mistake" or just a case of not wanting to spend the time to do the job right. It seems like they...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-09, 04:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,319
Posted By Totoro

I just found that out the hard way. The reason I...

I just found that out the hard way. The reason I took the bike into the shop was to get perfect truing, both lateral and vertical. I was very disappointed that it came back out of true. I could have...
01-17-09, 03:20 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

Yes, I called them and they said to bring it in...

Yes, I called them and they said to bring it in and they would fix it, but I am not sure it is worth the bother. I have already trued the wheels laterally myself and adjusted the brake pads to within...
01-17-09, 03:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,753
Posted By Totoro

Why LBS does NOT deserve my business

I normally do all the work on my bicycles and the only time I step foot in a bike shop is to buy a new bike, or some parts/accessories. I never take my bikes in for work...until last week.

I got...
01-15-09, 07:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 638
Posted By Totoro

It happens to me when I am going down hill at...

It happens to me when I am going down hill at high speed and I have a loaded pannier. I just brake a bit and as soon as it gets under a certain speed (say 50 mph) the wobble goes away. I have started...
01-15-09, 07:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,249
Posted By Totoro

Drivers around here just ignore sharrows anyway....

Drivers around here just ignore sharrows anyway. One time I had a driver in an SUV honk at me because she needed to cross the sharrow to exit and she didn't want to wait 2 seconds for me to get out...
Forum: Commuting
04-26-08, 06:46 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,457
Posted By Totoro

The problems, unreliable credit card processing,...

The problems, unreliable credit card processing, no order status, not being able to update your personal information, etc., all seem to stem from the fact that Nashbar has an outdated and unreliable...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-08, 09:27 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,457
Posted By Totoro

Nashbar is the only company that I have had this...

Nashbar is the only company that I have had this problem with. Plus, there is no excuse for not informing me of the problem, especially on a rush order. Finally, I notice their website has been going...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-08, 06:01 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,457
Posted By Totoro

TERRIBLE I have been ordering from Nashbar...

TERRIBLE

I have been ordering from Nashbar for years, but my latest order is turning into a nightmare. I placed the order online using a virtual credit card. The order went through and I got a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-11-08, 08:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 511
Posted By Totoro

Cyclists aren't the only ones who forget about what's on top of their vehicles

For everyone who has crashed a bicycle into the garage because you forgot about the bike strapped to the roof of your car, this bus driver forgot he was driving a double decker.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-07, 10:55 AM
Replies: 365
Views: 113,721
Posted By Totoro

They have a great deal on the Iron Horse Victory...

They have a great deal on the Iron Horse Victory on Amazon.com. It is $641 shipped. Regular price is $2000. It has Campy Centaur components, and Velomax wheels.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 508
Posted By Totoro

Iron Horse Victory with Campy Components on Amazon for $641

I just got a new bike, but I thought someone here might be interested in this deal on Amazon with free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Iron-Horse-Victory-Road-Frame/dp/B000O5QWL2/

$641 for the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-07, 09:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,135
Posted By Totoro

Since this is your "first" bike, I'd get the F85....

Since this is your "first" bike, I'd get the F85. You will be very happy with it and you can use the $250 you save on some bike clothes, a cyclometer, pump, and other accessories.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-07, 10:58 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I did ask if the bike was to spec. I was told...

I did ask if the bike was to spec. I was told that it was, which is one of the reasons I was so upset. I initially thought I had been cheated by the LBS, but it turns out that it was Felt's fault....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,032
Posted By Totoro

I always stretch after a ride.

I always stretch after a ride.
Forum: Foo
10-01-07, 05:27 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,120
Posted By Totoro

That's not all she lost!

That's not all she lost!
Forum: Foo
10-01-07, 05:25 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 3,842
Posted By Totoro

Too much Book of Mormon, eh?

Too much Book of Mormon, eh?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 12:31 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I understand what you are saying, but you are...

I understand what you are saying, but you are also assuming that the buyer understands the difference in value with the substituted parts. If you are an expert you would know the difference. For some...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

Good advice. I think I am just going to put this...

Good advice. I think I am just going to put this whole experience behind me. On the positive side, I was able to get out my frustration on this forum before I talked to Felt and the LBS. So when I...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:42 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

You are probably right.

You are probably right.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:36 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

Absolutely. Here is what I learned: The...

Absolutely.

Here is what I learned:

The spec sheet published by bike companies on the internet may not be accurate
I was wrong to assume the LBS was at fault, but I was right to not name the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:31 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I still feel like I got screwed, but now I am...

I still feel like I got screwed, but now I am wondering how much responsibility the LBS has for not disclosing the changes. I did read the reviews for the bike before buying it, but the reviews were...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:14 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I edited the posts that contain wrong information...

I edited the posts that contain wrong information for the exact reasons you mentioned earlier. I just wish I could have changed the title of the thread, because it is obviously wrong.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I thought that was what the discussion board was...

I thought that was what the discussion board was for, sharing information. Anyway, I talked to Felt and it appears and they changed the parts at the factory because they ran out of parts. Still, the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 09:58 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

You are right. I tried to change the title to...

You are right. I tried to change the title to something more neutral, but I can't for some reason.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 09:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

I agree with you 100%. I should have been more...

I agree with you 100%. I should have been more careful in making the purchase and I am not as well informed as some of you in the particular parts of the bike. My mistake. However, that doesn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

See post #8. I don't know if any other parts are...

See post #8. I don't know if any other parts are non-spec, but the crank and wheels are the most visible. The parts on it appear to be lower end versus higher end for the stock versions. Maybe...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:40 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

That's why I am going to talk to the manufacturer...

That's why I am going to talk to the manufacturer first.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:36 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

Bike is a Felt. The wheels were swapped for...

Bike is a Felt. The wheels were swapped for Ksyrium race (MSRP $229) and the crank for Tru-Vativ.

Stock description on the Felt website is:

Dura-Ace 20-speed shifters & derailleurs, FSA SL-K...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-07, 08:31 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,748
Posted By Totoro

Substituted parts on stock bike

UPDATE: I confirmed that the changes made to the bike were done at the factory. My fault for jumping to conclusions. I am still concerned about the parts changes, but I was wrong to assume the LBS...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-07, 11:10 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 5,263
Posted By Totoro

A final update to my experiences buying this bike...

A final update to my experiences buying this bike from eBay.

I ended up fixing up the bike and selling it for a small loss (not including time and effort).
I posted negative feedback for the...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-07, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Totoro

I ended up buying one. It does not have much...

I ended up buying one. It does not have much interior room and the plastic clip broke easily. But the company replaced it without any problem. Other than the plastic clips, it is a good bag and very...
09-07-06, 01:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,773
Posted By Totoro

I totally agree that these bikes are usually not...

I totally agree that these bikes are usually not worth restoring, although you can sometimes buy a good NOS bike that has been sitting in an attic for half a century. As per my earlier comment about...
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