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08-04-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

And a chaincase which the original had but they...

And a chaincase which the original had but they wanted to go for a clean look.
08-04-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

The wheels are standard 700C and it rolls on...

The wheels are standard 700C and it rolls on Kwenda Qwest tires.

Sloping top tube will offend purists but the rim brakes and retro seat stays are a nice touch.

Can’t have everything for a grand.
08-04-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

The Collegiate was Schwinn’s answer to the...

The Collegiate was Schwinn’s answer to the Raleigh Sports. It was the quintessential American city bike.

i owned the Speedster, the single speed version. All of 40 plus pounds and almost...
08-04-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,910
Posted By NormanF

if its original or inspired by an original, is a...

if its original or inspired by an original, is a homage to a classic, or is a limited edition, its a classic. Flame away!
08-04-20, 05:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

I haven’t seen it on Walmart yet so this Isn’t...

I haven’t seen it on Walmart yet so this Isn’t your typical Wallyworld bike. Expect it to sell out fast.
08-04-20, 03:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

Here’s a nice YT video about the reissue: ...

Here’s a nice YT video about the reissue:


2020 Schwinn Collegiate. - Made In USA Limited Edition - Walmart.com Exclusive
08-04-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

For comparison, here is a 1960s Schwinn...

For comparison, here is a 1960s Schwinn Colegiate, a hulking tank of an electro forged monster :)


...
08-04-20, 03:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

The new Schwinn Collegiate is manufactured by...

The new Schwinn Collegiate is manufactured by Detroit Bikes and is made of 4130 cromoly steel.

People will either love it or hate it. It does bring back memories.
08-04-20, 02:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By NormanF

Schwinn Collegiate 2020 Limited Edition

The Schwinn 2020 Collegiate Limited Edition is now available at Walmart! Another retro classic reborn, inspired by the 1965 Schwinn Collegiate.

Made in USA!
...
07-27-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 808
Posted By NormanF

I’m 5’7” 30 inch inseam and I generally ride...

I’m 5’7” 30 inch inseam and I generally ride medium. Bike sizing today more accurately fits given height for a given bike build.
07-27-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,407
Posted By NormanF

If OP is going expedition touring, 26” is the...

If OP is going expedition touring, 26” is the default choice as tires, tubes and parts are universally available and can be found in Third World countries.

Not just for gravel biking but for...
07-27-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,958
Posted By NormanF

The way to save money and get better value is to...

The way to save money and get better value is to upgrade the tires. That’s where the difference will be immediately felt.

A carbon fiber frame may give you bragging rights but you won’t notice any...
07-27-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,087
Posted By NormanF

Go with the carbon - if you can afford to spend...

Go with the carbon - if you can afford to spend 3G on a bike, another $500 isn’t that much at this price level. And you’re going get better quality upgraded components for the money - more bang for...
07-27-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,233
Posted By NormanF

Won’t make a difference to most people, unless...

Won’t make a difference to most people, unless they’re elite roadies.

Then you’ll need the lightest, fastest road bike money can buy. Irrelevant to 99% of the population.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,604
Posted By NormanF

I can recommend German Diamant - brand owned by...

I can recommend German Diamant - brand owned by Trek out of Chemnitz. Been producing bicycles since 1885.

VSF Fahrrad is also a respected value brand as is Puch out of Steyr, Austria.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By NormanF

Out of stock in my size. Can’t be shipped...

Out of stock in my size. Can’t be shipped directly to the States but it could be sent to a virtual address in Germany.

Nice Romanian-built bike.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,011
Posted By NormanF

People in Europe just buy a city bike. They’re...

People in Europe just buy a city bike. They’re ubiquitous over there to the point no one rides a road bike to work.

A bike is like a tool. Get one that does what you want.
Forum: Commuting
07-27-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,378
Posted By NormanF

This is a good option and a way to get the...

This is a good option and a way to get the benefits of modern disc brakes on older bikes with rim brakes. The technology still works but now you can get the added stopping power of hydraulic brakes....
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,385
Posted By NormanF

Congratulations! The rear cog needs to be swapped...

Congratulations! The rear cog needs to be swapped out to an 11-36 and you’ll want a 20T for your granny gear to get a low. Since touring bikes tend to be heavily loaded and you may face steep climbs...
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,338
Posted By NormanF

Most people who tour go with the Ortlieb Plus...

Most people who tour go with the Ortlieb Plus panniers because they’re built to last a lifetime and you’ve already spent the money on a touring bike, the price of the panniers become a secondary...
Forum: Touring
07-21-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,094
Posted By NormanF

Looks like an American version of the German Tout...

Looks like an American version of the German Tout Terrain Outback, probably also in the four figures.
11-22-18, 05:01 PM
Replies: 23,296
Views: 2,692,550
Posted By NormanF

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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SA Taiwan is the default hub in the new Raleigh...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-19-18, 01:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,275
Posted By NormanF

.Buy a mini velo and and it will still be a good...

.Buy a mini velo and and it will still be a good investment when your daughter turns 18,

You can biuy a full-sized road bike then with no fear of obsolescence.
11-17-18, 08:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,236
Posted By NormanF

The elitists and poseurs who scoff at inevitable...

The elitists and poseurs who scoff at inevitable change tell people to do things the hard way because they’ve always been done that way and they’re afraid to embrace change.

E-biking takes the...
11-16-18, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By NormanF

Since it takes 700C tires instead of the oddball...

Since it takes 700C tires instead of the oddball 590 mm size, it simplifies maintenance.

And the three offered sizes are suitable for a wide range of intended riders...
11-16-18, 08:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By NormanF

You have a very nice riding bicycle approximating...

You have a very nice riding bicycle approximating the appeal of those early Raleighs...

The price doesn’t break the bank and the only quibble is its made in China instead of the UK...
11-16-18, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By NormanF

I agree with your observations. The most obvious...

I agree with your observations. The most obvious drawback of this homage is the sloping top tube.
It wouldn’t have killed Raleigh to do a classic parallel top tube.

That said, the nostalgia...
11-16-18, 05:49 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,602
Posted By NormanF

Its possible to modernize an old bike but a...

Its possible to modernize an old bike but a balance... you don’t want it to be too modern.

The vintage charm is what lends it the appeal it has.
11-16-18, 02:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By NormanF

This bike is.a tribute to the Raleigh heritage 3...

This bike is.a tribute to the Raleigh heritage 3 speeds of the 40s, 50s and 60s, it’s made of old-fashioned hi-ten steel, has a sprung leather saddle, a Heron chainring and Heron etching on the stem...
11-16-18, 01:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,960
Posted By NormanF

Raleigh Tourist (2018)

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This is modern vintage update of the famed...
09-17-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,326
Posted By NormanF

Puch is not so much remembered for its...

Puch is not so much remembered for its world-class bicycles as for its mopeds, the forerunners to today's e-bikes. In particular, the Puch Maxi:
...
09-17-17, 07:23 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 23,359
Posted By NormanF

The upside is the Internet has made rural and...

The upside is the Internet has made rural and small town life more manageable. You no longer have to jump in a car and drive hours to pick up stuff you can't find in the local mom n pop store.

In...
09-17-17, 02:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,003
Posted By NormanF

My view? Its a rebadged Raleigh made for Huffy....

My view? Its a rebadged Raleigh made for Huffy. Nice find!
09-17-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 801
Posted By NormanF

Raleigh still makes the Raleigh Clubman. ...

Raleigh still makes the Raleigh Clubman.

There is a still a demand for vintage bikes!
Forum: Commuting
09-17-17, 02:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,058
Posted By NormanF

If I was OP, I'd get an adventure/gravel road...

If I was OP, I'd get an adventure/gravel road bike. More tire clearance and on most of them you can run full fenders with 35c tires. Wider is better.

And traditional road bikes are not built to...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-17, 02:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,198
Posted By NormanF

Adventure/gravel road bikes make excellent...

Adventure/gravel road bikes make excellent commuters. They can take fenders with 35c tires and their stable geometry allows one to haul heavy loads on a rear rack even on the roughest of roads.
...
09-17-17, 01:15 PM
Replies: 409
Views: 23,359
Posted By NormanF

I LCF out of necessity in a small mountain town....

I LCF out of necessity in a small mountain town. Its possible to haul groceries home on a bike as well as for fitness. For heavy loads impractical to transport by bike, I have such goods shipped to...
09-16-17, 07:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,208
Posted By NormanF

A Marin Muirwoods 29er has 42c stock tires. As an...

A Marin Muirwoods 29er has 42c stock tires. As an urban 29er, you have the option of running even wider 29 X 2.0 tires if the need should arise.

Hard to beat the recommended $770 MSRP for a...
09-16-17, 07:02 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,170
Posted By NormanF

I'm a short guy - 5'7" - the founder of Niner...

I'm a short guy - 5'7" - the founder of Niner Bikes is my height. I ride a medium or 17" 29er. Fits me to a T.
09-16-17, 03:38 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,178
Posted By NormanF

A 650B wheel is smaller than a 700C, so you lower...

A 650B wheel is smaller than a 700C, so you lower the height of the frame and its even safer to ride it.
09-16-17, 02:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,233
Posted By NormanF

I have Schwalbe Marathon Dureme. Not much flat...

I have Schwalbe Marathon Dureme. Not much flat protection. Installing some Rhinodillo tire liners solved the problem. Good all-rounder on pavement, fire roads, gravel roads and hard pack terrain. At...
09-16-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,178
Posted By NormanF

OP can buy a vintage Peugeot Reynolds 531 and do...

OP can buy a vintage Peugeot Reynolds 531 and do a 650B conversion.

I've done it. A correctly sized frame become even safer to ride on account of the smaller wheel size.
09-16-17, 01:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 24,421
Posted By NormanF

The city bike was unheard of in the 1980s and the...

The city bike was unheard of in the 1980s and the Specialized StreetStomper was ahead of its time.

Today, the Marin Muirwoods 29er and Raleigh Redux fill the role the StreetStomper did back then. ...
08-22-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 38,265
Posted By NormanF

AWOL = Bikepacking/heavy touring/cyclecamping ...

AWOL = Bikepacking/heavy touring/cyclecamping

Sequoia = All rounder/light touring/commuting/trails/day rides

Diverge = Gravel roads/fireroads/fast road rides

What bike in the Specialized...
Forum: Commuting
08-22-17, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,967
Posted By NormanF

That's no longer true... if you're going to run...

That's no longer true... if you're going to run an IGN on a VD bike, then install an eccentric bottom bracket. It will allow you to use an IGH with the proper chainline tension with a VD bike.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-17, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,234
Posted By NormanF

For under $400 you've could bought off eBay a...

For under $400 you've could bought off eBay a Marin Muirwoods.

A double-butted cromoly urban 29er. Makes a good commuter and you can do double duty with riding off-road trails.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,667
Posted By NormanF

Purpose-built commuter bikes are heavier than a...

Purpose-built commuter bikes are heavier than a road bike and have rack and fender mounts. They all take wider tires.

My adventure bike has rack and fender mounts and takes 35 c tires. Its my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,850
Posted By NormanF

Today bike frame are sized like clothes. I...

Today bike frame are sized like clothes. I generally buy a bike one size smaller than my clothes size. I wear L but I ride a M bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-17, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,843
Posted By NormanF

Typically, you go to an MTB rear derailleur......

Typically, you go to an MTB rear derailleur... they will handle an alpine-range cassette. Since its marketing, you can switch over to a full MTB drivetrain on a road bike with no problems.
07-02-17, 01:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,086
Posted By NormanF

On a Diverge you might be able to go 35 c. Will...

On a Diverge you might be able to go 35 c. Will the tires you want fit on your current wheelset?
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