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02-04-17, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,961
Posted By m_yates

Powder Coat Studio in Traverse City Michigan. I...

Powder Coat Studio in Traverse City Michigan. I shipped the bike frame to them. Bikeflights.com offers cheapest shipping. There was a cheaper powder coater local, but I wanted someone who specializes...
02-03-17, 10:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,356
Posted By m_yates

Nice bike. you probably don't need to do much. ...

Nice bike. you probably don't need to do much. It looks like the tires may have dry rot. Sometimes brake pads also get hard if the bike has been sitting a long time. You probably would want to...
02-03-17, 10:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,633
Posted By m_yates

If you are using a square taper bottom bracket,...

If you are using a square taper bottom bracket, you can install a new threadless bottom bracket on a frame with any type of threading, or no threading at all. A wide variety of bottom bracket sizes...
02-01-17, 08:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,961
Posted By m_yates

I never really thought about weight too much, but...

I never really thought about weight too much, but your question got me curious. Here is my home made bike scale consisting of a bathroom scale and an ironing board:...
02-01-17, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,961
Posted By m_yates

For reference for anyone wishing to upgrade one...

For reference for anyone wishing to upgrade one of these bikes in the future...I learned some things:

1. The seat post is installed with a shim from the factory. If you want to get rid of that...
01-31-17, 10:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,961
Posted By m_yates

Here you go: Schwinn Le Tour 12.2 Decal Set...

Here you go:

Schwinn Le Tour 12.2 Decal Set of 10 (sku 307) - VeloCals (http://www.velocals.com/schwinn-le-tour-12-2-decal-set-of-10-sku-307/)

They aren't cheap, but the quality seems nice. I...
01-31-17, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,961
Posted By m_yates

1983 Schwinn Le Tour Resto-modern

The 1983 Schwinn Le Tour had a full 4130 Cro-Moly lugged frame, and some lower end components. As best I know, the Le Tours from 1983 were built in Greenville, Mississippi. Mine was original stock...
01-26-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,139
Posted By m_yates

A current Shimano 105 hub (FH-5800) works with 8,...

A current Shimano 105 hub (FH-5800) works with 8, 9, 10, or 11 speed cassettes. It comes with a spacer that you may need to put on the freehub. A FH-5800 hub comes in 32 and 36 hole drilling and...
01-26-17, 08:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By m_yates

Pashley Cycles, also in the UK: Pashley...

Pashley Cycles, also in the UK:

Pashley Traditional Vintage Bikes, Womens & Gents (http://www.pashley.co.uk/bikes/bicycles.php)
...
01-25-17, 08:41 AM
Replies: 52,524
Views: 7,100,958
Posted By m_yates

1973 Raleigh Super Course: $160 ...

1973 Raleigh Super Course: $160

https://rochester.craigslist.org/bik/5974307902.html

https://images.craigslist.org/01717_l9hzoi9wysy_1200x900.jpg
01-25-17, 08:06 AM
Replies: 52,524
Views: 7,100,958
Posted By m_yates

Those wheels are idiotic. How many grams are...

Those wheels are idiotic. How many grams are saved by using only 20 spokes?
01-24-17, 10:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,522
Posted By m_yates

The biggest issues that come up when you upgrade...

The biggest issues that come up when you upgrade an old bike (that I have learned the hard/expensive way):

1. Frame spacing for rear hub. Old frames are often spaced for 120 mm or 126 mm rear...
01-21-17, 12:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,771
Posted By m_yates

I'm envious. I was fortunate enough to take a...

I'm envious. I was fortunate enough to take a short bicycle tour in the countryside around Florence about 10 years ago. It is a gorgeous area and I've never had better food in my life! As others...
Forum: Touring
01-19-17, 11:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,850
Posted By m_yates

I just posted a reply to you on your similar...

I just posted a reply to you on your similar thread the Bicycle Mechanics sub-forum. My suggestion is to take a look at Microshift groups. They still manufacture a group compatible with a 9 speed...
01-19-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,038
Posted By m_yates

I'm in the process of doing a similar thing. I'm...

I'm in the process of doing a similar thing. I'm converting an old road bike that had a 6 speed freewheel and double crankset to a 9 speed freehub cassette with a triple crankset. I would suggest...
01-18-17, 09:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,309
Posted By m_yates

The vintage components look brand new. The black...

The vintage components look brand new. The black and white color scheme makes the bike look BETTER than the new one seen in the 1986 Schwinn catalog photograph. Wow. Nice job.
01-12-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,625
Posted By m_yates

I just happened to have a Niagara Cycle order...

I just happened to have a Niagara Cycle order delivered today. I used USPS priority mail and the package arrived 8 days after I placed the order. Not the fastest, but I wasn't in a big hurry.
Forum: Touring
01-09-17, 02:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,786
Posted By m_yates

I should also add...if you aren't sure how many...

I should also add...if you aren't sure how many miles you will ride, or even if cycling is something that you enjoy, getting a used bike may make sense. If you ride a lot, you will probably end up...
Forum: Touring
01-09-17, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,786
Posted By m_yates

You might want to consider the problems that come...

You might want to consider the problems that come along with buying an old bike. This Trek 620, for example, has 27 inch wheels. That wheel size is no longer used on any modern bicycle. As a...
01-06-17, 04:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,038
Posted By m_yates

Yes, you are correct. The frame had 120 mm...

Yes, you are correct. The frame had 120 mm spacing in the rear. I already cold set it to 130 mm with the Sheldon Brown method of using a length of 2x4 wood and string to check alignment. I did the...
01-06-17, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,038
Posted By m_yates

I guess I haven't been shopping at the right...

I guess I haven't been shopping at the right place. :)

I need them for 3x9 system, though.

Shimano is $174.99...
01-06-17, 01:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,038
Posted By m_yates

Thanks. It is good to hear. I may order the 9...

Thanks. It is good to hear. I may order the 9 speed brifters from Microshift too. The Microshift 9 speed brifters are cheaper than buying bar end shifters + brake levers.

Edit: I don't think...
01-06-17, 12:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,038
Posted By m_yates

Experience with Microshift brand derailluers?

I'm upgrading an old road bike from the 1980s. It is an old 10 speed bike (I guess people would call it a 5 speed now, with a double crankset). I wanted to upgrade it to 9 speed with a triple...
01-05-17, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By m_yates

I think you are correct. The head badge says...

I think you are correct. The head badge says Chicago. But there were stickers on the frame that indicated Made in the USA and 4130 alloy. I assumed it was made in Chicago, but I guess it was...
01-05-17, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By m_yates

Thanks for the information and link to headsets...

Thanks for the information and link to headsets for shopping. The bike is a 1983 Le Tour. It is a 4130 alloy frame built in Chicago. I stripped it down, spread the rear to accept 130 mm hubs, and...
01-05-17, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By m_yates

threaded headset replacement with 21.15 mm (0.833") quill

I have an old Schwinn road bike that I am attempting to upgrade. The bike has a threaded headset with an odd fork ID and quill OD. I want to keep the fork and quill, but use a new headset like this...
Forum: Touring
08-02-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,711
Posted By m_yates

Solo tourist that just wants to be left alone? If you are touring Kansas now....

I haven't been on my bike as much as I'd like this year, so it has been a while since I posted here. I just completed a 5000 mile tour of the United States in a mini-van with my family. We were...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-14, 10:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,990
Posted By m_yates

I guess I'm in the retrogrouch crowd. All 3 of...

I guess I'm in the retrogrouch crowd. All 3 of my personal bikes are steel framed. I have built a few bikes for myself and friends from frames and parts. The only thing in bike mechanics that I have...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 03:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,990
Posted By m_yates

I agree with what the other replies have been,...

I agree with what the other replies have been, including the fact that everybody will have a different opinion. That being said, my opinion is to forget about weight. If the bike shop is trying to...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 02:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,990
Posted By m_yates

Welcome. Many local bike shops will focus on...

Welcome. Many local bike shops will focus on racing-type bikes in which attaching racks is something they are not designed for. Most bike shops can order from Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), which...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-14, 09:27 AM
Replies: 752
Views: 119,807
Posted By m_yates

Worked late one night last week. While riding...

Worked late one night last week. While riding home in the dark about 10 PM, I surprised a couple off to the side of the bike path in a dark section of the woods. The woman was on her knees in front...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 04:42 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,696
Posted By m_yates

Schwalbe Durano I bought these because my old...

Schwalbe Durano I bought these because my old favorite Marathons were not available in sizes to fit my current bike (a recumbent with 20 inch front wheel and 700c rear). They have held up great.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-14, 04:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 8,772
Posted By m_yates

I would choose neither. Sorry, I have answered...

I would choose neither. Sorry, I have answered in the annoying long standing Bike Forums tradition that when someone asks about choosing between A and B to answer C. You mentioned dreaming of...
Forum: Recumbent
06-21-14, 11:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,967
Posted By m_yates

I did a charity 100 mile ride last year on my...

I did a charity 100 mile ride last year on my Tour Easy. There were 2 recumbents out of 350 riders. Unfortunately, I heard snide comments all day long. A lot of road bike fanatics seem to have...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,057
Posted By m_yates

If this is going to be your ONLY bike, I would...

If this is going to be your ONLY bike, I would suggest not discounting utility of being able to carry things. Racing bikes (like the caad10 5) are really meant for racing. I would just make two...
03-31-13, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17,919
Views: 2,813,110
Posted By m_yates

May be a nice builder. I've just never seen a...

May be a nice builder. I've just never seen a touring, or even "sport touring" bike with 16 spoke wheels. Not sure how much weight you can put on that rack. Maybe for credit card touring when all...
03-30-13, 10:31 PM
Replies: 17,919
Views: 2,813,110
Posted By m_yates

Custom steel frame "sport touring" road bike: ...

Custom steel frame "sport touring" road bike:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj64/m_yates/sporttourebay.jpg
...
Forum: Recumbent
03-28-13, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,979
Posted By m_yates

Fairing recommendation for a Tour Easy?

I've been researching fairings for the Tour Easy, and it appears that they come in a range of sizes. The Zzipper web site shows 5 different versions for the Tour Easy. Some are wider, some are...
Forum: Recumbent
03-25-13, 12:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,528
Posted By m_yates

Well, I mail ordered the Hollywood Rack and a...

Well, I mail ordered the Hollywood Rack and a trailer hitch for my Corolla. Last weekend, I went back to Bicycle Man and put down a deposit on my Tour Easy. They had one of the Taiwanese models in...
Forum: Recumbent
03-08-13, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,528
Posted By m_yates

Thank you for the advice on the racks. I have...

Thank you for the advice on the racks. I have visited the Bicycle Man in Alfred, and coincidentally the Tour Easy is the bike I want. They had a Tiawanese built one that was a little less expensive.
Forum: Recumbent
03-07-13, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,528
Posted By m_yates

Bike rack recommendations?

Does anyone have recommendations for a rack that can hold two long wheelbase recumbents? I'm looking at purchasing recumbents for myself and my girlfriend. The problem is that I drive a Toyota...
Forum: Touring
02-07-13, 06:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By m_yates

Here is a short 8 day tour of the historic Erie...

Here is a short 8 day tour of the historic Erie Canal route from Buffalo to Albany:

http://www.ptny.org/canaltour/

It is offered in July each year. The cost is pretty reasonable.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-12, 01:40 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,822
Posted By m_yates

I can't believe the red light cameras didn't get...

I can't believe the red light cameras didn't get the plate number. They certainly get your plate number when they mail you a fine.

Also, the reporters should be ashamed of themselves for being...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-12, 11:45 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,002
Posted By m_yates

If you don't like reaching down to shift, try...

If you don't like reaching down to shift, try Kelly Take Offs. I have two bikes, one has bar end shifters, the other has Kelly Take Offs. They both are low maintenance, cost much less than STI...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-12, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 624
Posted By m_yates

If you are willing to spend that much on a bike,...

If you are willing to spend that much on a bike, take a look at the Bikesdirect Fantom Cross CX. The web site currently shows it available in black or silver in your size, and costs a little less...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-12, 11:13 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,111
Posted By m_yates

85-90 psi on 700x32. I practice ride heavy...

85-90 psi on 700x32. I practice ride heavy techniques due to my 225 pound engine plus luggage.
Forum: Commuting
04-09-12, 11:08 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 75,442
Posted By m_yates

Method for removing plastic taste from water bottle

I have a number of cheap water bottles, and the water in them always tastes horrible at the end of the day. It has been bothering me for some time, so I set out to do some research and come up with...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-11, 01:25 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,852
Posted By m_yates

I started biking after I hurt my knee jogging. ...

I started biking after I hurt my knee jogging. When I was jogging daily, my weight was 185 pounds. With bike commuting the past 3 years, my weight is currently 225 pounds.

Trying to lose weight...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-11, 09:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,101
Posted By m_yates

I had numbness from the stock padded saddle on my...

I had numbness from the stock padded saddle on my bike (very scary!). I now ride with a Brooks and have no problems. More padding seems like a good idea, but actually makes matters worse. The...
06-06-11, 12:42 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,481
Posted By m_yates

I just installed them on my friend's bike. I...

I just installed them on my friend's bike. I have the Shimano Dura-Ace 9 speed bar ends on my bike. I like the Silver Shifters better. The Silver Shifters are longer and angled slightly inward to...
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