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10-13-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By vinfix

I've had both, though not at the same time. My...

I've had both, though not at the same time. My recollection was the opposite of Top506, the Alan was twitchier and had a harsher ride. It had a straighter fork.
The Vitus was a little bigger, the...
03-09-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,565
Posted By vinfix

Picture!

It took me a little while to do my updates & take a pic. New, wider Daedo bars, NOS DiaCompe hoods, ITM tape, new brake cables & housing. Replaced the seatpost & Selle San Marco saddle, Crank Bros...
03-04-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,143
Posted By vinfix

Layoffs make you reconsider things, from skills...

Layoffs make you reconsider things, from skills to employability to finances (so maybe go with Ultegra!).
Forum: Road Cycling
02-28-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By vinfix

Road biking in Silicon Valley

Interesting report on changing cycle culture

https://onezero.medium.com/techs-favorite-sport-is-losing-its-cool-1be08564d439
Forum: Road Cycling
02-24-20, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,071
Posted By vinfix

If you're used to 90's vintage steel, you may not...

If you're used to 90's vintage steel, you may not like the ride feel of many carbon bikes. Definitely try a lot before you buy. I'm not much of a Trek fan, but out curiosity I just tried a Domane and...
02-24-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,458
Posted By vinfix

Is that part of Delaware not good for cycling? I...

Is that part of Delaware not good for cycling? I thought it was pretty flat, like eastern shore MD. My buddy just moved to Milton, I owe him a visit. Me, I like the Brandywine area, but haven't...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,167
Posted By vinfix

I think a key point is that both the wheels and...

I think a key point is that both the wheels and tires had been replaced. Not changing the tubes smacks of a short-cut. In the past, doing my own wrenching, I wouldn't have been concerned. But I've...
02-14-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,824
Posted By vinfix

What kind of work were you doing? I would...

What kind of work were you doing? I would encourage you to set your sights a little higher than driving a truck. A good contract job is better than a bad "permanent" job. I know it's no comfort, but...
02-13-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 955
Posted By vinfix

Yeah, a fun read, ads and all. Really took me...

Yeah, a fun read, ads and all. Really took me back down memory lane to the time when Campy was still king. A couple of years later and it all changed with indexed shifting. My current project has a...
02-10-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,565
Posted By vinfix

Thanks in part to you enablers, I went ahead and...

Thanks in part to you enablers, I went ahead and bought the Peloton. Seller came down in price without me asking, and it's in pretty rideable shape.
I gave it the once over, changed out the saddle...
02-10-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,360
Posted By vinfix

A Super Bike is like the Corvette in the Chevy...

A Super Bike is like the Corvette in the Chevy showroom. You sit in it and daydream about how your life could be if only...then you go buy an SUV.

It's the Halo Effect- promote the latest &...
02-05-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,565
Posted By vinfix

Talk me off the ledge, Schwinn Peloton

I came across what looks like an early 80's Peloton (6 speed DT, aero brake cables). Seller is a re-seller of various sporting goods & such. He knows bikes but doesn't get into road bikes He's asking...
02-04-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,843
Posted By vinfix

I've stopped in several of my LBS's after being...

I've stopped in several of my LBS's after being away from it for a while. What I was struck by was the changes in brand and stock. different brands, less stock. Even the Trek dealer only had 2-3 road...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,816
Posted By vinfix

A couple or 3 years back, a contractor's truck...

A couple or 3 years back, a contractor's truck mirror bumped my tricep, and folded in. I'm sure it was intentional, the truck swerved on the country road I was on, no other traffic, broad daylight....
01-17-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By vinfix

For most of my adult life, my exercise time was,...

For most of my adult life, my exercise time was, by priority, martial arts, bicycling, then running. Running was just cross-training, though I did a couple of 5K's 10+ years ago. As I got older into...
01-13-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,155
Posted By vinfix

As a young guy I rode the vintage stuff when it...

As a young guy I rode the vintage stuff when it was new (late 70's, early 80's). I kept my bikes a really long time, but then got away from riding for a while. When I came back to it 15 or so years...
01-08-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 13,321
Posted By vinfix

Not enough gears Tubular tires (love/hate) ...

Not enough gears
Tubular tires (love/hate)
Downtube shifters (ok, it's stem shifters I despise)
heavy 27" wheels (especially steel)
Gas pipe frames
01-08-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 23,417
Posted By vinfix

I think age is just one factor in whether you...

I think age is just one factor in whether you should give it up, or change the way you ride. I'm thankful to have reached mid-50's without any serious health problems, but my exercise needs and the...
01-07-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 10,988
Posted By vinfix

I live in an affluent, ru-burb where road biking...

I live in an affluent, ru-burb where road biking is pretty popular. There's 7 bike shops within a 10 mile radius, and 2 of them are actually pretty new.
In a town near where I work, which is 30+...
11-27-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,133
Posted By vinfix

Whether to get electronic shifting on a bike is...

Whether to get electronic shifting on a bike is certainly a First World problem! The bicycle industry wants you to believe it's an improvement so they can sell more products to a declining consumer...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-26-18, 02:00 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,137
Posted By vinfix

Too bad, but it's just another sign of the times,...

Too bad, but it's just another sign of the times, of the death of retail. Nashbar has long been my go-to for ordering parts, and I bought a Fuji frame and a Breezer MTB from them, too. Years ago I...
10-01-18, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,193
Posted By vinfix

A few points in this ride description stick out...

A few points in this ride description stick out to me. One, fixed gear pace vs. geared, 2 strangers. Two, you weren't sure if he even knew you were there. Three- he did, and he ditched you when he...
09-28-18, 01:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By vinfix

T-town Roll Call

Who here is going to the swap meet at the Lehigh Valley Velodrom tomorrow?
And what's on your list for buying/selling?

Personally I'm on the fence about going, I haven't been in a while but I...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-18, 01:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,892
Posted By vinfix

Historic TdF times are often cited when...

Historic TdF times are often cited when questioning the merits of technical improvements. I wonder if there'd be a more pronounced, or at least conclusive difference if you looked at results for...
09-25-18, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 730
Posted By vinfix

I've heard it's easier to adjust a too-small bike...

I've heard it's easier to adjust a too-small bike to fit than a too-large one. I don't know if I believe that. I'm the same height (last weeks dr. visit had me a little shorter, too!) and I've always...
09-20-18, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By vinfix

pre-Ergopower Chorus aero brake levers need a...

pre-Ergopower Chorus aero brake levers need a thin wall socket to tighten. Fortunately when I discovered that, I worked at a place with a machine shop, and I had a regular socket turned down on a...
09-13-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,496
Posted By vinfix

Wow, it's raining Lotus Eclair's in the C&V...

Wow, it's raining Lotus Eclair's in the C&V forum! This one reminds me of my old Lotus, same size but burgundy color like the "Lotus land" post.
I think I had 3 bottle cages on mine, and foam...
09-12-18, 02:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 869
Posted By vinfix

I bought one of these new in 1984, same color but...

I bought one of these new in 1984, same color but 23" frame. It came with a triple crankset, also a rack for front panniers, and foam handlebar grips. I used it for a fully-loaded camping tour from...
09-12-18, 02:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,950
Posted By vinfix

It's not my wife I have to justify it to, it's...

It's not my wife I have to justify it to, it's myself. I don't have enough time to ride the bikes I already have. So when I do ride, I'm training, not fooling around with a project bike. I miss that,...
09-11-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By vinfix

I wouldn't put one on a really good bike or one I...

I wouldn't put one on a really good bike or one I wanted to keep for a long time. I put a Performance Axis Pro 1" threadless, full carbon fork on a Zebra over 10 years ago, and just transferred it...
09-10-18, 02:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,997
Posted By vinfix

I've had both, the Alan held up just fine over 25...

I've had both, the Alan held up just fine over 25 years. The Vitus I got as NOS, put about 1500 miles on it. It was lighter, more comfortable, less twitchy, but more flexible, too.
Neither was as...
09-10-18, 12:52 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 23,556
Posted By vinfix

I waded through most of these responses and this...

I waded through most of these responses and this one jumped out to me. I was a high school bike nut with an after school job in 1979. I bought an Alan Super Record with Campy Nuovo Record, tubulars,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,100
Posted By vinfix

This is why the current trend, especially with...

This is why the current trend, especially with gravel bikes, is towards bigger tires. It's "what's old is what's new again". Back when road bikes were "10-speeds", and people had one bike to do...
09-06-18, 08:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By vinfix

I try and learn my lessons from out of the...

I try and learn my lessons from out of the ordinary experiences. I learned early on riding fixed at night was not comfortable for me- it gets country dark in my area as soon as you get out of town-...
09-05-18, 07:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,192
Posted By vinfix

Unless you're an elite level pro, 80's vintage or...

Unless you're an elite level pro, 80's vintage or modern doesn't make much difference. On any given day, you might be 0.5- 2 mph faster on one or the other.
The fact is most of us aren't as capable...
09-04-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By vinfix

In theory, but not in practice. In theory,...

In theory, but not in practice.
In theory, because the tire is glued on, a flat will still be somewhat rideable without risk of coming off.
In practice, flats were much more common with tubulars,...
09-04-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By vinfix

It was a Bontrager tube, not old or beat-up. I...

It was a Bontrager tube, not old or beat-up. I guess a rear brake could have slowed me that much faster. The need to continue to pedal in an emergency situation does make it harder to control things....
09-04-18, 11:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,409
Posted By vinfix

Rethinking FG safety on the road

No, not a brakeless thread! I always use a front brake.

I've ridden fixed on the road over 10 years now, occasional close-calls with cars & potholes in my semi-rural, hilly area. Thankfully...
09-02-18, 08:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,596
Posted By vinfix

I've gotten picky about bike apparel, shorts &...

I've gotten picky about bike apparel, shorts & gloves in particular, so I've bought them in a store where I could try on first. It's not worth saving a few bucks and have the hassle of returns or...
08-30-18, 07:52 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,107
Posted By vinfix

I would say yes, I get a better workout, if you...

I would say yes, I get a better workout, if you define "better" as more strenuous for the legs and more intense effort. If I'm trying to do hills or endurance, fixed is not as good, because it's not...
08-29-18, 08:44 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 7,069
Posted By vinfix

This question comes up all the time, and also in...

This question comes up all the time, and also in variations like "should I buy an aero bike to go faster?" or a "lighter bike to climb faster?"
And the usual answer is No, but go ahead if you have...
08-29-18, 07:38 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,655
Posted By vinfix

I was never a heavy smoker, at most a pack every...

I was never a heavy smoker, at most a pack every 2-3 days, and I quit for good probably 25 years ago. The more I worked out (I was big into karate) or rode, the less appetite I had for smoking....
08-27-18, 02:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,000
Posted By vinfix

Two come to mind for me, the Colnago Super...

Two come to mind for me, the Colnago Super singlespeed, and the Trek District Carbon. My LBS had the Colnago hanging for a long time- may still be there, I thought it was way overpriced at about...
08-27-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,597
Posted By vinfix

Those are lovely bikes, but there's no reason you...

Those are lovely bikes, but there's no reason you shouldn't ride them rather than have them on a pedestal someplace. They're certainly not dumpster or donation material. I had a 979 I rode for a...
08-21-18, 08:35 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,192
Posted By vinfix

Trek used to make their top level carbon frames...

Trek used to make their top level carbon frames in the US, but that amounted to 10-30,000 /year
08-21-18, 07:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,372
Posted By vinfix

This is a timely thread for me. I'm working on...

This is a timely thread for me. I'm working on fit issues, and went to one of my LBSs for some help, after buying a saddle there. I thought I had the saddle height right, and needed a stem...
08-20-18, 10:27 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,727
Posted By vinfix

Unless you want to get into C&V for nostalgia...

Unless you want to get into C&V for nostalgia sake, or have a really tight budget, buy the best modern stuff you can afford. The technology has changed very fast, and upgrading old stuff is often not...
08-20-18, 08:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,192
Posted By vinfix

From a C&V perspective, I have to wonder if the...

From a C&V perspective, I have to wonder if the rise of carbon means a slow death for riding older bikes. That is, as more new bikes are made of it, the C&V bikes of the future will end up in pieces...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-18, 09:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,850
Posted By vinfix

Congrats, that's awesome. I drove up it a couple...

Congrats, that's awesome. I drove up it a couple of years ago for the sunset. It's a magical place.
08-14-18, 11:59 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,592
Posted By vinfix

I gave up on group rides right around when I...

I gave up on group rides right around when I turned 50. I was active for a couple of years in a club that was mostly older, especially young retirees. I did ride more with a group, even a couple of...
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