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08-10-20, 01:56 AM
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Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That is a fine bicycle for a very fine price. As...

That is a fine bicycle for a very fine price. As much as I'd like to indulge, I need to keep things at two monster frames while I sort through my lesser-heighted frames (which are still fantastic)....
08-09-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ride update: Went on a spin with a couple of...

Ride update: Went on a spin with a couple of friends on this gorgeous Sunday afternoon. Mostly flat paved trails with some road/bike lane connectors (full of rocks, pebbles, and detritus that likes...
08-09-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

A thank you is owed to both Prowler and Mr....

A thank you is owed to both Prowler and Mr. 66--we have a much improved/repaired front derailleur situation! Prowler, you reminded me of the FD cage height/funniness, and Jon you brought to my...
08-09-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you for the compliment. The FD is set as...

Thank you for the compliment. The FD is set as low as it can be, with a 1.0-1.3mm gap between the rear of the cage and the large chain ring (as we know, we set/measure this sort of thing with the FD...
08-09-20, 12:18 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,011
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok, time to slot my newly acquired 1988...

Ok, time to slot my newly acquired 1988 Signature. It's massive at 67cm, but the 72.5 ST angle plus a 60cm top tube mean the reach is really reasonable. Lugs and fork crown are more or less...
08-09-20, 12:09 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 11,011
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I like the blue, and the off-the-beaten-path...

I like the blue, and the off-the-beaten-path Sachs group on it. If it's anything Campagnolo-related, the BCD is probably going to be 135mm, a Campagnolo spec for a long time. Or you could do some...
08-08-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 174
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I appreciate your candor in this "sorta build"...

I appreciate your candor in this "sorta build" thread. :) Very relatable!

The PDW fenders are nice, but the fender dance with short reach brake caliper setups (and ones where the pads are only...
08-08-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Some do, I don't (and most don't as well--at...

Some do, I don't (and most don't as well--at least I assume because I like to assume honesty here). I only mention that for accuracy as I took the photos mid-test ride. Towards the end I made a 3mm...
08-08-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I have always loved your Signature--the color and...

I have always loved your Signature--the color and the build are just gorgeous. :love:

In my quest to accidentally become a lug connoisseur, the minimal lugs on the Signature (and the Impulse) are...
08-06-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks, man. With the addition of this Signature,...

Thanks, man. With the addition of this Signature, that makes two bikes in the 66cm+ camp with everything else as 63.5-64cm. Part of me wishes this Signature was a full-on 67cm touring bike as I don't...
08-06-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

This is a better shot of the colors at play....

This is a better shot of the colors at play. Really though, it needs to be seen in real life, or I need to get my friend whose good with a camera to help us all out.

There are no level places on...
08-06-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

It was actually a little brighter here in ambient...

It was actually a little brighter here in ambient light at 6:30pm or so, but the photos came out alright without much or any altering. Anyway...

BRS300 levers sitting pretty with Criterium bars...
08-06-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well it's raining today, which means its a...

Well it's raining today, which means its a perfect day to upload some photos after riding around last night. Since iPhones, indirect lighting, and bicycles still don't go together the best, I have...
08-05-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Quick note: the Superbe Pro build is complete....

Quick note: the Superbe Pro build is complete. I'm just trying to finish up a couple of 'work' things before heading out for a test ride and photo shoot (aka with my iPhone). I will say that it looks...
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Views: 333
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Hi and welcome to the forums. What noobinsf...

Hi and welcome to the forums. What noobinsf said, plus there's a C&V Appraisals sub-forum (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-whats-worth-appraisals/) where this thread should...
08-04-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you, all! plonz the former owner did like a...

Thank you, all! plonz the former owner did like a longer stem and bar set up, and I was glad to "adjust" it. I think that the 72.5 seat tube angle can adversely affect the "giant-ness" of a very...
08-04-20, 01:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thanks! It's getting fitted with Superbe Pro from...

Thanks! It's getting fitted with Superbe Pro from my now-too-small Allez SE. The dark anodized rims with the tan wall Veloflex Master tires, plus the lustrous silver components are a devastating...
08-03-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

This fork looked nearly pristine, thankfully. I'm...

This fork looked nearly pristine, thankfully. I'm happy to be back with original steel as well, for looks, original equipment, and steel "purity" (lol). I've now fully disassembled the bike so that I...
08-03-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

With the bike weighing in at 21.9 lbs with the...

With the bike weighing in at 21.9 lbs with the carbon fork, anything I did was going to add weight. No matter, I was here to get it setup the way that fits me. A Brooks B17 saddle, different seat...
08-03-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

This is the original build sheet! I have...

This is the original build sheet! I have Photoshopped identifying information out, leaving only the year date and of course everything else in. Gold-status provenance IMO, as well as a great deal of...
08-03-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Decals are in great shape. ...

Decals are in great shape.

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08-03-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 921
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Big Sig - 67cm 1988 Davidson Signature

So it appears RiddleOfSteel has left the (Stock Frame Size) building. Faced with the aftermath of a bike fit that, in short, gave his poor aesthetic ethos but two (two!) choices going forward: 1)...
08-03-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,324
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

My mind always goes to this parody of that quote:...

My mind always goes to this parody of that quote: :roflmao:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx6TBrfCW54
08-02-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Aww, you guys are making me blush! Thank you, and...

Aww, you guys are making me blush! Thank you, and very well stated on everything else you said. There are a number of great modernizers on this forum like yourself (that dark grey Ironman you did was...
08-02-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you! It helps to have good bike friends and...

Thank you! It helps to have good bike friends and a wealth of bike parts/enthusiasts in a metro area to allow me to experiment and test a bunch of stuff. Maybe it also helps to be a bit, uhhhh,...
08-02-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 768
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

A good majority of the bike I modernize respond...

A good majority of the bike I modernize respond very well to the newer components and wheels. It may take a little parts swapping to find a frame's particular preference (ok, frame + parts + rider's...
08-01-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 263
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I had IT band issues that I finally got taken...

I had IT band issues that I finally got taken care of via a fit analysis. I was already pretty close in saddle height, but had dropped it to try and deal with some slight leg length + cleat setup...
08-01-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Welcome chadkams to BF. Finding tall bikes for...

Welcome chadkams to BF. Finding tall bikes for our height (I'm 6'5") is difficult enough, but ones with stated weight capacities and/or proven in real life are even tougher to hunt down.

A good...
07-29-20, 11:42 PM
Replies: 19,383
Views: 3,167,444
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

And why are the levers so hard to squeeze!

And why are the levers so hard to squeeze!
07-29-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,324
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

As my fleet is undergoing another massive change,...

As my fleet is undergoing another massive change, an adapter is the present low-(relative)-cost-yet-effective solution for getting the modern stem/bar/cockpit look. Once that is settled, I'd...
07-29-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,324
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

7,000+ posts and no intro picture on a Waterford?...

7,000+ posts and no intro picture on a Waterford? Bro! Why you holdin' out on us??? :D

More seriously, 7700 or 7800 era Dura-Ace and some pretty wheels and call it a day. Classic good looks and...
07-29-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,239
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

...and it's older brother, the Vittoria Open...

...and it's older brother, the Vittoria Open Corsa Evo (CX). But hey, I am a seeming fool and run both those as well on city streets. Minimal flats, thankfully. The ride is great, though, isn't?!?
07-29-20, 09:10 PM
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Posted By RiddleOfSteel

:twitchy: Just...how...aghhh...I have no words...

:twitchy: Just...how...aghhh...I have no words...
07-22-20, 11:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,775
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Another vote for disassembly, cleaning, shining,...

Another vote for disassembly, cleaning, shining, re-building, and riding. At the very least make it a rider. It's already well used and repainted, so there's nothing to lose or place on a pedestal....
07-22-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7,777
Views: 2,275,164
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That is true, quite often. I also have the next...

That is true, quite often. I also have the next step down Ultegra 6700 wheelset that is the same exact design/shape/depth, but all aluminum instead of the Dura-Ace's aluminum substrate and carbon...
07-22-20, 01:25 AM
Replies: 57,497
Views: 8,353,127
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Y'all.... $250 OBO for a Nishiki-branded...

Y'all....

$250 OBO for a Nishiki-branded Alan carbon/aluminum frame in good shape, and tall...
07-22-20, 01:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 172
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

2.8 is a good frame, like the 3.0 frame before...

2.8 is a good frame, like the 3.0 frame before it. 3.0, with the cantilevered stays, debuted in 1989. The 2.8s several years later.
07-22-20, 01:13 AM
Replies: 7,777
Views: 2,275,164
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

After the fit analysis, I asked if the person I...

After the fit analysis, I asked if the person I had sold my Land Shark frame to wanted to sell it back to me. He did. I need to send him pictures now after mulling over the build of it, and then...
07-22-20, 12:59 AM
Replies: 7,777
Views: 2,275,164
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I've been going back and forth on one of these...

I've been going back and forth on one of these for a bit. Mostly no as I have a lot of bikes, but with being fitted better to an existing bike, and not liking a saddle-to-bar drop going from just...
07-20-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

27.2 for the post and 31.8 for the FD clamp. If...

27.2 for the post and 31.8 for the FD clamp. If your inch ruler measures really close to 1 1/4" on the seat tube diameter, then it's 31.8 for sure.
07-19-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 336
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I have become an increasing fan of Nitto's...

I have become an increasing fan of Nitto's handlebar offerings after being, for all intents and purposes, fairly ignorant of their modern bars after seeing the (seemingly generic) stuff from the '80s...
07-19-20, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 518
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I can confirm that a 46 year old Paramount--P15,...

I can confirm that a 46 year old Paramount--P15, not P13--is a high quality bicycle that is also durable, provided one isn't a stooge and neglects/abuses their bike to the point of needing a new...
07-18-20, 10:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

In my observations of catalog specification, it...

In my observations of catalog specification, it seems that no fork material is ever of a higher grade than the stays. We've seen, say, 531 main tubes with 501 fork and stays (as they are usually...
07-18-20, 09:40 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 2,647
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Allow another entry into the YES column. I've...

Allow another entry into the YES column. I've used a number of single pivot calipers, and they are quite lovely! Modulation from the hoods and the drops is also very nice. I have no problem...
07-18-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 8,712
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

That is a proper confession. And quite the...

That is a proper confession. And quite the transformation. Ultimately, the bike still gets ridden, and this time, over even more kinds of surfaces.
07-18-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 104,502
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Great news. Thank you!

Great news. Thank you!
07-18-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 104,502
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Beautiful as well! How long was the top tube on...

Beautiful as well! How long was the top tube on that model (I am asking everyone now, apologies!)? It would be really cool to own one of their bikes.
07-18-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,369
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

So beautiful. How long it the top tube? I know...

So beautiful. How long it the top tube? I know many of the '80s' DX-2000s (the only ones of decent rank that were available as 26"/66cm frames) had 59cm top tubes, which is perfect for me. There's an...
07-18-20, 01:05 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 104,502
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Gosh, that thing is gorgeous! I've been looking...

Gosh, that thing is gorgeous! I've been looking at over-25" frame sizes, and a 1981 DX-4000 (for one year!) was available in a 26" / 66cm size. This looks to be that size. Is it?

Enjoy!
07-17-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,137
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Rats! I thought for sure it was a little...

Rats! I thought for sure it was a little shorter...
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