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07-20-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 219
Posted By jlaw

VO has a quill stem with a removable face plate....

VO has a quill stem with a removable face plate. You'll also need the 25.4 to 31.8 shims they sell. However, with shipping you'll be out about $100 - so you better be correct with your guess on stem...
07-20-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By jlaw

I actually have a 1984 Trek 620 - but it was the...

I actually have a 1984 Trek 620 - but it was the first year they used canti brakes - also had 27" wheels originally - so I'm trying 700c on that one because the brakes can't be adjusted enough to...
07-20-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By jlaw

It was news to me when I read this on BF. I...

It was news to me when I read this on BF.

I got back into bike mechanics a couple years ago when I built up a new/vintage bike from the frame up. I set it up 2 x 10 and used my trusty 1980's...
07-19-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 933
Posted By jlaw

Re: how hydraulic systems work I found the image...

Re: how hydraulic systems work I found the image shown below.

Let's say you pull N force on your brake lever causing the lever to move. This force is transmitted to the cross-sectional area of the...
07-19-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 933
Posted By jlaw

The design of a hydraulic brake uses the...

The design of a hydraulic brake uses the properties of a non-compressible fluid to multiply the effort that the user applies with his fingers on the lever. This is why motor vehicles have brakes...
07-19-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By jlaw

Read the directions for the chain you are using....

Read the directions for the chain you are using. For 10, 11, and 12 speed chain some/all (?) manufacturers don't want users to push the pins out of the chain and then push them back in. This removes...
07-19-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17,491
Views: 2,692,712
Posted By jlaw

That's after the truck ran over it. Check...

That's after the truck ran over it.

Check for blood spatters.
07-19-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By jlaw

Thanks RiddleOfSteel - looks like the very same...

Thanks RiddleOfSteel - looks like the very same bike in a 24" - looks like some mid-large tires will fit

Yep - the fact that the bike was originally built with 700c wheels means that the drop to...
07-18-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 453
Posted By jlaw

Tell me again why this won't work? 650b conversion - Trek 460

I've got a line on a 24" 1985 Trek 460 (racing frame) for $100. I have a 22.5" 1985 Trek 410 (sport/tour) that I successfully converted to 650b and really enjoy.

However, looking at many of the...
07-18-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 64,056
Posted By jlaw

I'm really tempted to buy the Buddy Flaps with...

I'm really tempted to buy the Buddy Flaps with the 'trucker girl' silhouette - but am a bit concerned that the fairer gender on our group rides wouldn't get the joke - I would have some splainin' to...
07-18-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 683
Posted By jlaw

Here's a Multi Track for sale - $155 - North...

Here's a Multi Track for sale - $155 - North Jersey. The photos show how this bike might work for you.

If you measure the top tube length and compare it to the measurement on a road bike that fits...
07-18-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 683
Posted By jlaw

Yes. There are all kinds of 80's/90's drop...

Yes.

There are all kinds of 80's/90's drop bar MTB conversions that might work for CX - a little heavier than a road bike but lots of clearance for wide tires and most of these MTBs have canti...
07-18-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 64,056
Posted By jlaw

Buddy Flaps? And I have that same air...

Buddy Flaps?

And I have that same air conditioner.
07-18-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By jlaw

Congrats on your decision - ebikes are great way...

Congrats on your decision - ebikes are great way to get out and enjoy the world even if your body is not 100% cooperative.

Get a name-brand bike (Trek, Giant, Specialized, Raleigh, etc.) with a...
07-18-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,158
Posted By jlaw

It doesn't matter IMO. Both systems can give you...

It doesn't matter IMO. Both systems can give you years of trouble-free and maintenance-free service - or, either could fail tomorrow. If your current set-up is satisfactory then simply wait until...
07-18-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 933
Posted By jlaw

350 pounds of riders - plus the weight of the...

350 pounds of riders - plus the weight of the bike - with a 4 year old/20000 mile rim brake carbon front wheel.... Glad for you that this didn't end badly and I must say I admire your sense of...
07-18-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By jlaw

The bars on the 410 are from Velo Orange - 'Daija...

The bars on the 410 are from Velo Orange - 'Daija Far Bars' - are a short-reach bar with a drop that has an incline - nice and wide at the bottom of the drops which helps me breath better when...
07-17-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 764
Posted By jlaw

What's the serial number? Vintage Trek...

What's the serial number?

Vintage Trek Bicycle Frame Serial Numbers, bike (http://www.vintage-trek.com/SerialNumbers.htm)
07-17-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 417
Posted By jlaw

That's a nice bike. 531 steel? Fit: Yes, try...

That's a nice bike. 531 steel?

Fit: Yes, try moving the brake levers further up the curve and you can also turn the bars up slightly so that the 'ramps' behind the levers are parallel to the...
07-15-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17,491
Views: 2,692,712
Posted By jlaw

Twicycle!

Really?

https://albany.craigslist.org/bik/d/copake-mens-xl-bike-twicycle/6934758249.html
https://images.craigslist.org/00K0K_f4ekGjqbYzK_600x450.jpg
07-15-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,399
Posted By jlaw

You're 50+ - you've earned a break! ...

You're 50+ - you've earned a break!

Typically on group rides we'll re-group/short break every 5 - 10 miles or so - or at the top of significant climbs - as long as we're not too stretched out. I...
07-13-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,399
Posted By jlaw

Cool bike. But you are definitely committed to an...

Cool bike. But you are definitely committed to an upright position - especially noticeable when riding 40 miles I would think. I prefer drop bars set-up with lots of hand positions to help limit...
07-04-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 669
Views: 152,231
Posted By jlaw

$25 for a set of Pacenti rims with Compass tires...

$25 for a set of Pacenti rims with Compass tires - plus a Surly bike! Great find - and put to good use modifying your 412.

I'll never get tired of seeing 650b Treks - you've got a beaut. 42's...
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By jlaw

I have a 1985 Trek 410 - very similar - nice bike...

I have a 1985 Trek 410 - very similar - nice bike that I converted to 650b. If your 400 is an "Elance" made from Reynolds 531 steel then you might get a little more.

Vintage Treks generally sell...
07-04-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 616
Posted By jlaw

+1 digital calipers Measure them yourself...

+1 digital calipers

Measure them yourself several times to verify consistency and then use 2 different spoke length calculators to see if you get the same result. Finding out you bought the wrong...
Forum: Touring
07-04-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,384
Posted By jlaw

I use the Ortlieb Rollers on my 2015 AWOL with a...

I use the Ortlieb Rollers on my 2015 AWOL with a Tubus Tara front rack. The bike handles a low-slung front load well. I've never tried them on the back rack (took it off).

The Rollers are simple...
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By jlaw

You are correct - that serial # was assigned to a...

You are correct - that serial # was assigned to a 400 on 12-28-84.

If it is proper working order and very good condition with original or mostly original parts, that bike would sell for around...
06-29-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,416
Posted By jlaw

And you can always see what Court has to say...

And you can always see what Court has to say about the various electric bike offerings out there:

https://electricbikereview.com/
06-29-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,416
Posted By jlaw

Try before you buy - if possible - don't want to...

Try before you buy - if possible - don't want to be disappointed in hill-climbing ability.

Here's a possibility for a name-brand bike with a name-brand motor - for $2399 if you can find one. Trek...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,447
Posted By jlaw

And, once you have fenders you'll need a set of...

And, once you have fenders you'll need a set of these.​​​​​​

Buddyflaps | Our Collection (http://buddyflaps.com/collection)

http://buddyflaps.com/pages/product/mud-flap-girl-1.jpg
Forum: Commuting
06-27-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,447
Posted By jlaw

I used the tabs that came with the VO fenders -...

I used the tabs that came with the VO fenders - they look like they would release if the fender stays are pulled hard axially. If you're not sure then you can buy specific hardware like this:
...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,447
Posted By jlaw

Your rig looks almost identical to one that one...

Your rig looks almost identical to one that one of the older gents on our Sunday morning rides uses - with the exception that he has an electric hub motor on the rear wheel. He's been in the club a...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,447
Posted By jlaw

I have two bikes with fenders - a late-model...

I have two bikes with fenders - a late-model adventure bike with OEM steel fenders and one vintage resto-mod with aluminum VO fenders. Both fender sets are properly fitted, quiet, and stable. I like...
06-25-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By jlaw

Cool vintage MTB - don't see that many Bianchi...

Cool vintage MTB - don't see that many Bianchi MTBs - looks great with the big Specialized tires - and the Mission Control stem is unusual.

Nice job.
06-25-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,793
Posted By jlaw

Or, just get a second tail light to carry with...

Or, just get a second tail light to carry with you. I wear a second tail light on a velcro band around my left ankle - turn it on as a second tail light for high speed roads or if the bike-mounted...
06-24-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,793
Posted By jlaw

I recharge my lights after about 6 hours of use....

I recharge my lights after about 6 hours of use. The batteries seem to be fine having done this for 2+ years.

The headlight will die out before the tail light. I use the headlight intermittently.
06-23-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,105
Posted By jlaw

Coincidentally, a buddy of mine showed-up to this...

Coincidentally, a buddy of mine showed-up to this morning's group ride with one of these - Salsa Journeyman 650b

I recommended this bike to another person looking for advice - I had never seen one...
06-23-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,105
Posted By jlaw

I took a closer look at the Masi website - saw...

I took a closer look at the Masi website - saw that they have a '700c' and a '27.5' (650b) version of the Giramondo that the OP mentioned. The 27.5 looks like a pretty flexible set-up with decent...
06-23-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,105
Posted By jlaw

These 3 bikes may be a bit too specific to loaded...

These 3 bikes may be a bit too specific to loaded touring as compared to a more all-around bike that would better meet your needs. There are many searchable BF threads from others who have a similar...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,756
Posted By jlaw

So true! I always forget to check the dates on...

So true! I always forget to check the dates on the original posts. But in reality the same questions and issues get re-hashed on BF over and over - so does it really matter that a post is 10 years...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,756
Posted By jlaw

Good, used road bikes at reasonable prices are...

Good, used road bikes at reasonable prices are all over Craigslist in your area (NYC, Hudson Valley, Jersey, CT). The value of bicycles drop like a rock once they roll out of the showroom - good for...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,157
Posted By jlaw

Or, the Salsa Journeyman 650b - a lot to love...

Or, the Salsa Journeyman 650b - a lot to love here for $1199. It is spec'd a bit more along the lines of what I'd like as compared to the Kona Rove DL - 650b wheels, 9 speed with 46/30 crank and...
Forum: Commuting
06-22-19, 05:49 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,157
Posted By jlaw

Even though I really like the looks of the...

Even though I really like the looks of the Midnight Special there is some truth in what you say. For example, the Kona Rove - aluminum frame and fork (may be a bit lighter, but possibly harsher),...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,157
Posted By jlaw

So what do you think of it?

So what do you think of it?
06-20-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By jlaw

You should consider a modern dual pivot brake. ...

You should consider a modern dual pivot brake.

Tektro makes a quality dual pivot caliper brake at a reasonable price. I have the R559's (55 to 73mm reach) and they work well on a machined rim...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,157
Posted By jlaw

I've liked the looks of the Midnight Special...

I've liked the looks of the Midnight Special since the introduction last year - looks like a real do-it-all bike that can be ridden stripped-down or with fenders, racks, etc. - gravel, pavement, ......
Forum: Touring
06-17-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 994
Posted By jlaw

Bars. Soma Condor 2 - VO Nouveau Rando Tried them?

I am looking for some new bars for a 1984 Trek 620 touring bike and am interested in some of the new designs. I want a bar that encourages riding in the drops as an option - relatively short reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,730
Posted By jlaw

So true. It rained here all of last Saturday...

So true. It rained here all of last Saturday night/early Sunday morning - stopped around 5 a.m. I went out at 6 a.m. to find empty, quiet roads and a pleasantly damp, misty air at about 62* -...
06-17-19, 05:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 972
Posted By jlaw

I adjusted the DC 960's to the 700c wheels with...

I adjusted the DC 960's to the 700c wheels with no issues. I was considering getting a new(er) set of brakes as suggested by others, but these seem to be ok. The cable yoke angle is getting a bit...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,730
Posted By jlaw

OP, get some fenders if you don't have them....

OP, get some fenders if you don't have them. Fenders expanded my riding time (and enthusiasm on wet days) because the bike is kept cleaner so I don't think about it - and they keep the road grime and...
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