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Forum: Touring
02-24-07, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Posted By cruentus

I agree. Rolling your own doesn't make sense if...

I agree. Rolling your own doesn't make sense if you are trying to save money. The cost of materials will often be equal to, or more, than the cost of some cheap panniers from Nashbar or even some...
02-20-07, 04:53 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 42,405
Posted By cruentus

Should make this thread a sticky.

Should make this thread a sticky.
Forum: Touring
02-20-07, 03:43 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,688
Posted By cruentus

I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I'm...

I don't mean to hijack this thread, but I'm shocked that you could ride New Jersey from top to bottom without being killed by a psycho cager.
02-20-07, 08:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,352
Posted By cruentus

Common road salt will corrode most metals, but is...

Common road salt will corrode most metals, but is especially destructive to aluminum.
02-19-07, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By cruentus

Thanks for the help, Kev. Welcome to BF.

Thanks for the help, Kev. Welcome to BF.
02-19-07, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,154
Posted By cruentus

+1 I have a friend who is a welder by trade. If...

+1 I have a friend who is a welder by trade. If I have an old frame that needs paint, and doesn't have any collector value, I have whatever I want added to the frame before I paint it.
02-19-07, 01:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,352
Posted By cruentus

Salt destroys metal, especially aluminum. The...

Salt destroys metal, especially aluminum. The only time I stop riding in winter is when there it too much ice on the roads, or the roads are covered with salt. Currently the roads are completely...
02-19-07, 01:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,274
Posted By cruentus

I like making fun of weight-weenies too. ;)

I like making fun of weight-weenies too. ;)
02-19-07, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 389
Posted By cruentus

Kudos To Chicago's Uptown Bikes

Many of us on BF complain bitterly when we have a bad experience with a bicycle business/vendor. I think it's only right to give credit to a business that goes out of its way to help people out.
...
Forum: Touring
02-18-07, 12:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,579
Posted By cruentus

There is no question that the Ortliebs are well...

There is no question that the Ortliebs are well made. Their big strength is that they are waterproof. Their big weakness is that they are waterproof. Ortlieb bags are fantastic if you can be...
02-17-07, 10:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,570
Posted By cruentus

That's very nice. I'm glad to see that some...

That's very nice. I'm glad to see that some people appreciated the bomb-proofness of these old flash welded frames.

I rebuilt a Varsity using a Truvativ BB adapter and Shimano Sora double. The...
Forum: Touring
02-16-07, 04:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By cruentus

I agree with most of what you said. I...

I agree with most of what you said.

I ordered a city basket pannier from some clown on ebay. He was advertising the old model, but then he shipped me the new model with a zipper top and the new...
02-13-07, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 846
Posted By cruentus

I used the nickel kit to replate the receiver on...

I used the nickel kit to replate the receiver on a Winchester Model 1906. The kit works well, but you must follow directions. Surface prep is everything. I stripped the old finish entirely,...
02-12-07, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 671
Posted By cruentus

I don't understand your question? Hubs and fork...

I don't understand your question? Hubs and fork are small??
02-11-07, 06:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,704
Posted By cruentus

I'm going to install a set of Paul Thumbies on my...

I'm going to install a set of Paul Thumbies on my MTB

http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/thumbies/thumbies.jpg

http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/thumbies/thumbies.html
02-11-07, 12:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 990
Posted By cruentus

Very nice. The drops are forged Huret. ...

Very nice. The drops are forged Huret.

Last year I bought a NOS Superior (Sports Tourer was renamed Superior after 1976) frame on eBay. I have a bunch of recent vintage Campy parts and I'll...
02-09-07, 03:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 13,984
Posted By cruentus

If you could pick it up, $65 is a good deal. The...

If you could pick it up, $65 is a good deal. The seller wants $55 for shipping for a total of $120. At $120 it may not be such a good deal.
02-09-07, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,704
Posted By cruentus

This is what the pods look like with the shifters...

This is what the pods look like with the shifters removed.

http://mysite.verizon.net/vze3j6z2/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/BE03.jpg

...
02-09-07, 03:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,704
Posted By cruentus

There's nothing on the instruction sheet about...

There's nothing on the instruction sheet about shifter brand compatibility. I suggest that you contact the folks at Rivendell and ask. They seem like nice, helpful people.
02-09-07, 01:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,704
Posted By cruentus

Pics of My "New" Bar-Ends Bling!

I have a set of NOS Suntour friction shifters that have been sitting around for some time. I don't really care for down-tubes , but I do like bar-ends. What to do? I ordered a set of bar-end pods...
02-08-07, 09:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,720
Posted By cruentus

What you need is a synthetic oil that will not...

What you need is a synthetic oil that will not thicken in cold weather.

This stuff, for example. http://www.synthetic-oil-online.com/amsoil_0w30_synthetic_motor_oil.htm
02-07-07, 06:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,021
Posted By cruentus

Used Rims? Unless they are made out of a...

Used Rims? Unless they are made out of a precious metal, not much.
Forum: Foo
02-07-07, 02:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By cruentus

Yup. Ralph got hired by his dad. Like father,...

Yup. Ralph got hired by his dad. Like father, like son.

http://www.badcopnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/02/kevin_freibott2.jpg

Bought a 6-pack before the crash, prosecutor says
Saturday,...
Forum: Foo
02-07-07, 02:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By cruentus

Real Life Chief Wiggum Found!

Is Chief of Police Wiggum from The Simpson's TV show an entirely fictitious character?

Nope. He was modeled on Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey.
...
02-06-07, 09:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,137
Posted By cruentus

Irrespective of what happens, I'd like to thank...

Irrespective of what happens, I'd like to thank Mr. Brown for the tremendous service he has done for cycling enthusiasts. Your website is an invaluable resource -- provided 100% free of charge. ...
02-06-07, 08:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 5,506
Posted By cruentus

The only way to get a match is to take the bike...

The only way to get a match is to take the bike to an auto body supply store and have them mix up a pint -- not cheap and it still won't be a perfect match. If it were my bike, I'd go to the auto...
Forum: Touring
02-06-07, 10:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,709
Posted By cruentus

I agree with Bekologist, buying prepared food...

I agree with Bekologist, buying prepared food along your route everyday is certainly more convenient, but it is never cheaper.
02-05-07, 02:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By cruentus

I agree with Mr. Brown, avoid the plastic. ...

I agree with Mr. Brown, avoid the plastic.

Threaded steel 1" (I assume it's 1") forks are getting pretty scarce. You can still find one, but it may not have the correct steer tube length. If the...
02-04-07, 09:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,718
Posted By cruentus

I've been using a slime liner on my bikes' back...

I've been using a slime liner on my bikes' back wheel(the rear is a big pain to fix on the road) for a couple of years now with good results. I've never used the stuff that goes in the tubes.
Forum: Touring
02-03-07, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,484
Posted By cruentus

The folks at Rivendell really like Velocity...

The folks at Rivendell really like Velocity Synergy rims.
Forum: Touring
02-03-07, 04:37 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,312
Posted By cruentus

Here's a story about cheap train rides in Russia....

Here's a story about cheap train rides in Russia.

http://www.exile.ru/2006-December-15/platzkart_hell.html
Forum: Touring
02-03-07, 04:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,709
Posted By cruentus

The cheapest way is to get a friend to liberate a...

The cheapest way is to get a friend to liberate a couple of cases of MREs from the quartermaster and eat on Uncle Sucker's dime.
02-03-07, 03:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 869
Posted By cruentus

Good luck getting any money from anyone. Did...

Good luck getting any money from anyone. Did this ship UPS? Unless the thing went missing in transit, your chance of getting any compensation is zero.
Forum: Touring
02-03-07, 01:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By cruentus

Have you seen the Arkel Bug? It's a pannier that...

Have you seen the Arkel Bug? It's a pannier that converts to a backpack. 1500 cu in volume.

http://www.arkel-od.com/panniers/backpack/overview.asp?fl=1&site=
02-03-07, 01:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 753
Posted By cruentus

First I need to clear something up. I didn't...

First I need to clear something up. I didn't read your original post carefully. I now understand that your bike has no eyelets at the drops for mounting a rack/fenders.

My Varsity has eyelets...
Forum: Touring
02-03-07, 08:01 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,688
Posted By cruentus

MREs include disposable flame-less chemical...

MREs include disposable flame-less chemical heaters. Just add water.
02-02-07, 11:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,732
Posted By cruentus

This is the kind of sneering response I would...

This is the kind of sneering response I would expect from an elitist roadie.

You questioned the durability of the flash welded Schwinn frames, so I provided some evidence. My stair riding days...
02-02-07, 10:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,732
Posted By cruentus

When these bikes were new, they were intended for...

When these bikes were new, they were intended for adolescences or young adults. This demographic may not have ridden many centuries, but they sure has hell beat the living daylights out of these...
02-02-07, 10:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,732
Posted By cruentus

It's true, the old Varsinentals rode like crap,...

It's true, the old Varsinentals rode like crap, it was because of the horrible steel OEM wheels. I have a Varsity frame that I built with modern alloy rims, it completely transformed the ride...
02-02-07, 10:46 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,732
Posted By cruentus

Yup. That's what the old Schwinns were known...

Yup. That's what the old Schwinns were known for. Flash welded Schwinns didn't have the smoothest components, nor were they light or fast. They were some of the most bomb proof bicycles ever...
Forum: Touring
02-02-07, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,883
Posted By cruentus

The center-pulls have no real braking advantage...

The center-pulls have no real braking advantage over modern side-pulls. What the center-pulls do have is retro style to burn. I'd keep them.
02-02-07, 09:02 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,732
Posted By cruentus

Pay no attention to the weight-weenies, they get...

Pay no attention to the weight-weenies, they get their kicks by harassing other people. I rebuilt a Varsity with modern crank and wheels also. It came in at about 29 pounds.

The flash welded...
02-01-07, 03:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 753
Posted By cruentus

Sorry, I didn't read the thread from the...

Sorry, I didn't read the thread from the beginning. In that case, what he really needs to do is find someone who knows how to weld.
Forum: Touring
02-01-07, 02:46 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,688
Posted By cruentus

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Some of them are...

MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Some of them are pretty good. Don't have to be heated to eat. Each package contains a complete meal, or you can buy just the entrées. If you want a lot of calories,...
02-01-07, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 753
Posted By cruentus

The other solution is to find a rack that mounts...

The other solution is to find a rack that mounts to the brake bridge. Like the one pictured below. No, it's not for sale.
...
02-01-07, 02:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 753
Posted By cruentus

I use P-clips (obtained from the electrical...

I use P-clips (obtained from the electrical section of Home Despot) to mount a rack on a Varsity. I put about 50 pounds on that rack with no problems.
01-30-07, 08:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 871
Posted By cruentus

Q: How can you tell if something is illegal in...

Q: How can you tell if something is illegal in New Jersey?

A: If you are having fun, you are breaking some law.
01-30-07, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By cruentus

If you can't live without shiny new chrome, take...

If you can't live without shiny new chrome, take it to a custom motorcycle shop. Be warned: Because of DEP regs, a lot of plating shops have gone out of business, that and high labor costs add up to...
Forum: Touring
01-29-07, 12:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 380
Posted By cruentus

Arkel Utility Basket

For those of you who don't know, Arkel changed the design of their utility basket pannier. The older design used straps and buckles to hold down the top and manage the load. The new basket uses an...
01-19-07, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By cruentus

Yup, I use lube on all my spokes. If properly...

Yup, I use lube on all my spokes. If properly tensioned, they will not come loose.
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