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08-02-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By Ironfish653

Been setting up a lot of 20” kids’ bikes this...

Been setting up a lot of 20” kids’ bikes this summer, both for my kiddos and their friends.
Most of them have cup-and-cone headsets and hubs that can easily get out of adjustment, given the typical...
07-24-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Ironfish653

Hard to tell if that's a mod, or a 'factory'...

Hard to tell if that's a mod, or a 'factory' adapter. It's an old Rocky Mounts (https://rockymounts.com/collections/racks-and-accessories) carrier, though. IIRC, Rocky Mounts were the first ones to...
07-24-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,394
Posted By Ironfish653

Very few bikes are designed so that you can put...

Very few bikes are designed so that you can put you foot down, without getting off the saddle. This is a concern that is voiced by a lot of new riders, but the truth is that you set up a bike for...
07-21-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By Ironfish653

The cantilever rear dropouts were the weak link...

The cantilever rear dropouts were the weak link of the early frames (the 2.8 appeared in the late 80's) but by 1994 Cannondale was hitting the peak of their powers, so I wouldn't be concerned with a...
07-15-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,031
Posted By Ironfish653

My biggest beef with the mast-type racks is that...

My biggest beef with the mast-type racks is that they're designed around adult-sized, level-top-tube 'Diamond Frame' bikes. Small (kid's) bikes, 'ladies' frames, or unusual frame shapes, like many...
07-14-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By Ironfish653

Pedals typically are sold in pairs; being that...

Pedals typically are sold in pairs; being that the right pedal is left-hand threaded. Most pedals you will find are 9/16” size; that’s pretty much the standard. Some kids bikes and very, very...
07-12-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty...

That's the liberating part about being a Dirty Heathen; No orthodoxy to subscribe to.



My steel road bike IS my carbon bike :D Better?
...
07-10-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, not lugged. Or welded. Not even steel. I...

Nope, not lugged. Or welded. Not even steel.
I told you I was a heretic. :innocent:
07-10-20, 04:11 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

Thanks :thumb:it was intended as a...

Thanks :thumb:it was intended as a tongue-in-cheek post; I’m on vacation and brought this one with me, I was riding what appeared on the map to be a nice wide gravel MUP, that, after a few miles, got...
07-09-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

Trying hard? Lighten up, Francis. About 90% of...

Trying hard? Lighten up, Francis. About 90% of that bike below the headset is OE.
07-08-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, it is: a Suntour V-GT. Shimano levers,...

Yes, it is: a Suntour V-GT. Shimano levers, though. And a mini pump behind the water bottle mount. I’m a heretic that way.
07-08-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

Not to worry; my Strava was running. I only...

Not to worry; my Strava was running. I only stopped long enough to take a picture and kept going.

I have my bike with me on vacation, so I went for a ride on an MUP, that, after a couple water...
07-08-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,006
Posted By Ironfish653

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Besides the obvious issue of riding a damp clay singletrack on 32mm slicks, what else is wrong with this bike?
Let’s see; flat pedals, downtube friction shifters, and who the heck still uses a...
07-06-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,572
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they...

I’ve heard hair shirts get really itchy when they get wet, too. Care to elaborate?

Seriously; it’s a tool. It only works if you know how to use it, and then only if you actually do. (use it)
07-06-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,667
Posted By Ironfish653

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the...

“they, They, THEY!!!!” Omg, guys, loosen up the tinfoil. No big conspiracy.

25.4 (not 26.0, unless you’re French) was the clamp size when bikes were based around the 1” threaded headsets.
...
07-03-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 584
Posted By Ironfish653

I wouldn’t mess with it. A well set-up canti or...

I wouldn’t mess with it. A well set-up canti or v-brake will be better than a bodged-up disk anytime.
Winter weather? You’re on a bike, not Ice Road Truckers.
Get the orange Kool-stop pads an...
07-01-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,170
Posted By Ironfish653

Shimano, SRAM, and FSA are all good choices. ...

Shimano, SRAM, and FSA are all good choices.
Most come with the rings installed; you just need to decide what size rings you want and how many (Single, double or triple).
07-01-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By Ironfish653

What kind of special tools you’ll need are...

What kind of special tools you’ll need are entirely dependent on what bike you’re working on. The majority of parts on the majority of bikes you’ll find can be handled with a good set of metric hex...
06-30-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,572
Posted By Ironfish653

That day is today. Actually, it’s been around for...

That day is today. Actually, it’s been around for about 30 years now. Triathlon.
Tri guys do some weird things with their pedal strokes to ‘save’ their legs for the run
06-30-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,572
Posted By Ironfish653

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats...

I would have to agree with you. I ride both flats and clipless, depending on the bike, and the ‘mission’.
None of the assortment of injuries and battle damage I’ve picked up through the years have...
06-30-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,572
Posted By Ironfish653

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride...

Makes sense, you spent the majority of your ride starting from a stop, so to prevent clip-in incidents, don’t use clipless pedals.

Much like another thread where’s the rider is debating...
06-30-20, 05:29 AM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,572
Posted By Ironfish653

Are we doing this again? Seems like every...

Are we doing this again?

Seems like every few months somebody discovers a ‘ Hidden Truth’ about clipless pedals to confirm their preference for flats, and the rest of us are either industry dupes,...
06-30-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Ironfish653

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things...

Most likely it’s just their 6061, the only things that would make it ‘custom’ would be OD, wall thickness and butting, just like steel tubes.

More important, what do the welds look like? A nice,...
06-29-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,203
Posted By Ironfish653

I guess if you need to use the horn more often...

I guess if you need to use the horn more often than you need to shift, then you know what to do.

You could also use a Microshift shifter pod that doesn’t have that oversized display window
06-29-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,901
Posted By Ironfish653

Cost and weight. Once TIG replaced brazing...

Cost and weight.

Once TIG replaced brazing as the primary construction method for bike frames, it didn’t take much for aluminum to supplant CrMo in the mid-range, and eventually most of the bike...
06-29-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By Ironfish653

Gevenalle is one of the brands, RetroShift is...

Gevenalle is one of the brands, RetroShift is another, of a style of shift mount that lets you mount a DT or bar-end style shifter on a traditional brake lever. Similar in operation to a brifter,...
06-29-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By Ironfish653

Maybe on the front, but not on the rear. The pull...

Maybe on the front, but not on the rear. The pull ratio on the Suntour RD isn’t quite right to work with Shimano index spacing. You can get 3, maybe 4 gears to work, but not more. Which is a shame,...
06-29-20, 02:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 489
Posted By Ironfish653

Have you guys seen the prices people are asking...

Have you guys seen the prices people are asking for Worksmans? There’s demand out there, even for the ones that look like they were pulled out of the scrap dumpster at NNSY.
06-29-20, 02:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,018
Posted By Ironfish653

Between stimulus checks, and bicycling being one...

Between stimulus checks, and bicycling being one of the few ‘approved’ outdoor activities; coupled with the usual Spring Surge, no surprise demand went up.
Add in supply-side interruptions, whether...
06-29-20, 01:53 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,901
Posted By Ironfish653

Exactly: OCLV Treks were Formula-1 level stuff,...

Exactly: OCLV Treks were Formula-1 level stuff, and how exotic those big-tube Kleins and Cannondales looked, and how a 21lb rigid MTB like the P-21 or MB-0 was so light, it was ‘race use only’
06-28-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By Ironfish653

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be...

Like any other suspension system, it needs to be set up properly.

Designs like the Thud and the Kinect have adjustable springs, so that you can dial in the spring rate. Ideally you want to only...
06-27-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any...

I don’t think the Rinsten spring has any performance benefits, and it’s major comfort benefit seems to be low cost, compared to something like a Thudbuster.

I also think that the spring can...
06-27-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,105
Posted By Ironfish653

If if they were so bad, why are there so many of...

If if they were so bad, why are there so many of them still around? Especially the XXLs; I can’t swing a dead cat at my CL without hitting a 62cm 3.0 or R800.
06-27-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By Ironfish653

7-speed? Pretty much any 7-9 speed Shimano RD...

7-speed? Pretty much any 7-9 speed Shimano RD will work. You don’t need to try to mod a Tourney; get an Altus, or Alivio, or heck, even an Exage 400 from 1993 would work.
06-27-20, 03:21 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,170
Posted By Ironfish653

I’d probably keep your old bike complete and use...

I’d probably keep your old bike complete and use it to offset the cost of your new build. You might be able to get more by parting it out, but that always takes a while, and you may end up with a...
06-27-20, 02:22 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,901
Posted By Ironfish653

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will...

The rabbit holes of minutiae that this forum will go down.............

Cost and Weight.

Lighter weight bikes are typically preferred, as they’re easier and more efficient to ride.

Light...
06-26-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,901
Posted By Ironfish653

^^^^^ This. Light weight metal framed bikes...

^^^^^ This.

Light weight metal framed bikes are expensive.

The rise of automated TIG welding made it easier (cheaper) to mass produce aluminum frames.
A cheap aluminum bike will be lighter...
06-25-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ironfish653

I intended more that the value of the components...

I intended more that the value of the components was to return the bike to original spec, which would be valuable to some collectors.
The components themselves, while good quality period parts,...
06-25-20, 03:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By Ironfish653

Only because it’s an RB-1, would the original...

Only because it’s an RB-1, would the original parts have ‘value’ and in that case, it would be for ‘collectors’ You might be able to get more money than this way, but might take longer to find the...
06-24-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 927
Posted By Ironfish653

Depends. You could probably ride either,...

Depends. You could probably ride either, depending on what you’re looking for. I am almost exactly the same height and inseam as the OP, and while I fit fine on a 54, I found it very short...
06-24-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 540
Posted By Ironfish653

By “build a bike” do you mean that you want to...

By “build a bike” do you mean that you want to fabricate the frame from raw tubing, or just collect a bunch of parts and hang them on a bare frame?

The short answer is that it’ll typically cost...
06-23-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Ironfish653

Almost nobody repairs Headshoks anymore. They’ve...

Almost nobody repairs Headshoks anymore. They’ve been out of production for almost 20 years now, and even back in the day, not all the Cannondale shops worked on them.

If if you have one of the...
06-23-20, 12:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 524
Posted By Ironfish653

Also look at the chain line overall; you say...

Also look at the chain line overall; you say that this is particularly a problem when you’re in the ‘top’ half of your cassette ( heading to the larger cogs). The chain may just be too far to the...
06-23-20, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By Ironfish653

10-so chain will be narrower than 7/8-sp chain,...

10-so chain will be narrower than 7/8-sp chain, so the cage plates on the Front DR may be too wide to move the chain correctly, especially if you have a 3x crank. I’ve had a little more success with...
06-22-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 305
Posted By Ironfish653

MTBs, especially full-suspension bikes like the...

MTBs, especially full-suspension bikes like the Jekyll are really hard to size, because there’s not the angles you’d find on a traditional (road bike) frame. 8” doesn’t seem like a extreme amount of...
06-21-20, 12:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 765
Posted By Ironfish653

That’s actually a known ‘feature’ of 6/7/8-speed...

That’s actually a known ‘feature’ of 6/7/8-speed era Cannondales. They used the same frame for several different models, only differentiated by component specs and badging. They built the frames at...
06-20-20, 02:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 943
Posted By Ironfish653

80 psi sounds pretty high for that big of a tire....

80 psi sounds pretty high for that big of a tire.
Unless you’re a very large rider. I’m ~210, so I’m pretty solidly in the ‘Clydesdale’ class.

I run 80 psi in my 28mm Ultra Sports, 70 in the...
06-18-20, 02:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 924
Posted By Ironfish653

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly...

Since you’re getting the 2” hitch, I’d strongly recommend looking in to one of the tray-type racks, rather than a hanger style. It’s a lot easier to get the bikes on and off, and it accommodates...
06-17-20, 02:51 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,720
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, because you always need another bike.

Yes, because you always need another bike.
06-17-20, 02:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 562
Posted By Ironfish653

MTBs have come a long way since the 1980s. For...

MTBs have come a long way since the 1980s. For ‘rough terrain’ like technical single-track or downhills, you’d be better served by a more modern bike.

Now, if you’re talking about more of a fire...
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