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12-29-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,241
Posted By bargainguy

https://handsomecycles.com/products/she-devil-fram...

https://handsomecycles.com/products/she-devil-frameset

Would double-butted 4130 work for you?
12-19-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,215
Posted By bargainguy

I used CRC PowerLube in the red can to flush...

I used CRC PowerLube in the red can to flush shifters. Solvent with PTFE (Teflon), so leaves a lubricant after the solvent does its thing. Works much better than typical solvents alone, and obviates...
12-18-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,215
Posted By bargainguy

Assuming the frame is in good condition, go for...

Assuming the frame is in good condition, go for it. Trek steel MTBs - even the base models - are fine riders.

You'll probably want to consider doing a full rebuild, as rough shape + two decades...
12-11-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,105
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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12-11-22, 06:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,087
Posted By bargainguy

Back when I was selling, prospective buyers used...

Back when I was selling, prospective buyers used to rub BBB prices in my face constantly, with the not-so-subtle suggestion that I was way overcharging. My answer was always the same:

If you can...
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By bargainguy

On second glance, I don't see a chain on the...

On second glance, I don't see a chain on the Trek. It might be a parts bike only. As long as you're OK with that, go for it. But it's my experience that a bike that's been poorly painted usually...
11-07-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 365
Posted By bargainguy

The missus is also your wife's height, so when...

The missus is also your wife's height, so when she needed a commuter bike awhile back, I found a Terry Solstice and rebuilt it for her.

First, these are really nice riding steel frames - sleeper...
10-27-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 273
Posted By bargainguy

Madison: Brazen Dropouts swap meet Jan. 21st 2023

https://www.brazendropouts.org/bike-swap

Vendor registration now open. Hope to see you there!
10-22-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,975
Posted By bargainguy

Right now, there's a strange dynamic playing out....

Right now, there's a strange dynamic playing out. An oversupply of bikes in the post-COVID era as manufacturers overshot their estimates, and an undersupply of parts, which has not shown much sign...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. It's common for manufacturers to split...

Welcome. It's common for manufacturers to split up complete groups, usually as a cost-saving measure. So your Trek with a complete Ultegra group except the Praxis crank is nothing new. They're...
09-06-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 445
Views: 13,477
Posted By bargainguy

At some point, you might not be able to pedal the...

At some point, you might not be able to pedal the way you used to, if at all. An e-bike turns that paradigm upside down. You can still be on a bike with limited or no physical input compared to not...
08-22-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 341
Posted By bargainguy

Any C-dale hybrid or MTB with a Head Shok, I stay...

Any C-dale hybrid or MTB with a Head Shok, I stay away from.

Proprietary design with 4 sets of 22 needle bearings to help prevent stiction:

https://vintagecannondale.com/info/headshok/
...
08-09-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,001
Posted By bargainguy

Um, the review you posted is for an '86 Circuit...

Um, the review you posted is for an '86 Circuit with SL and a Tange aero fork. The OP's bike is right around 2000, 853 frame with an alu fork. So not even close to the same design as they're 14...
08-09-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,001
Posted By bargainguy

Two very different rides. The Circuit is more of...

Two very different rides. The Circuit is more of a crit bike, tight rear triangle, short wheelbase. The Moto looks to be the opposite, relaxed head angle, longer wheelbase, etc.

No amount of 853...
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By bargainguy

I like C-dales in general, but I stay away from...

I like C-dales in general, but I stay away from the MTBs and hybrids made with their Head Shok.

It's a proprietary design with 4 sets of 22 needle bearings. Anything proprietary and this old...
07-28-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 627
Posted By bargainguy

I'd suggest double-wall rims. One of the...

I'd suggest double-wall rims. One of the problems with heavier riders is more stress on wheel components. Single-wall rims are not sturdy enough to handle that stress, so over time, broken spokes,...
07-18-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By bargainguy

The Quick & the Coda Sport are already upright...

The Quick & the Coda Sport are already upright hybrids. I'm guessing you're looking for something more like a laid-back cruiser with wide gearing, like the various Electra models, Day 6, etc. These...
07-14-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,311
Posted By bargainguy

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Biggest advantage of converting a vintage 26er? If you already have the parts...
07-08-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 277
Posted By bargainguy

You got one of the good ones! Ivo Vinklarek &...

You got one of the good ones! Ivo Vinklarek & Don Herr were the first two framebuilders for CK, and they did an amazing job.

Later CK's were outsourced to lesser framebuilders and QC took a huge...
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By bargainguy

Aerial is a triathlon bike, titanium frame with a...

Aerial is a triathlon bike, titanium frame with a CarbonAero fork. Slack head angles and frames to accommodate 650c wheels if memory serves. One example:

https://bikeindex.org/bikes/100050
...
05-15-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 623
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. I have two thoughts: loose or...

Welcome. I have two thoughts: loose or ungreased pedal & loose bottom bracket. Here's how I'd approach both.

For the loose pedal, you'll need a 15mm pedal wrench. Make sure both pedals are as...
05-12-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 983
Posted By bargainguy

I'm a shorty at 5'4. More than a decade ago, I...

I'm a shorty at 5'4. More than a decade ago, I sent a couple cranks to Mark Stonich at BikeSmith Design and Fabrication (http://www.bikesmithdesign.com) to have then shortened, an Ultegra triple and...
05-04-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 821
Posted By bargainguy

You might like how they look, but they will...

You might like how they look, but they will definitely change the Dahon's ride quality over traditional spoked wheels, and not necessarily for the better.

Carbon is much less compliant than metal,...
03-10-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,503
Posted By bargainguy

If you're not home for extended periods, it'll be...

If you're not home for extended periods, it'll be tough to manage auctions unless you schedule them to occur only while you're not away. Otherwise you'll be scrambling to get items shipped as soon...
02-15-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,594
Posted By bargainguy

This is a safety issue, not a comfort issue. Bar...

This is a safety issue, not a comfort issue. Bar end extensions should be installed facing forward at a rise of 20-30 degrees above parallel to the ground maximum. Never straight up, and certainly...
02-11-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,212
Posted By bargainguy

I will add one tip about security: Never leave...

I will add one tip about security: Never leave your bike assembled in a hotel room. Always remove at least the front, and preferably both wheels.

Why? The easiest thing about bike theft is that...
02-10-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,230
Posted By bargainguy

Do you do any stretching exercises? If you're...

Do you do any stretching exercises? If you're having problems with nighttime cramps, I'd suggest stretching after exercise and before bedtime, then re-evaluate.

The situation could be quite...
02-03-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,740
Posted By bargainguy

There is some truth to the notion that new bikes...

There is some truth to the notion that new bikes are a break-even for most shops. Storing the bike and assembling it, and then paying overhead, wages, taxes, utility bills, and insurance, all eat up...
01-31-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 4,740
Posted By bargainguy

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/retail-news/2022/0...

https://www.bicycleretailer.com/retail-news/2022/01/27/specialized-dealers-say-theyll-make-most-it

Dealers are taking multiple hits with this change. Decreased margins. Less inventory available...
01-31-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By bargainguy

If memory serves, there are three levels of duty...

If memory serves, there are three levels of duty for goods coming from Canada to the US:

1. Under $800 US - no import duty (duty free)

2. $800-2500 US - "informal" entry (some duty)

3. ...
Replies: 15
Views: 962
Posted By bargainguy

Why are the barcons pointing up? In the neutral...

Why are the barcons pointing up? In the neutral (i.e., no tension on the cable) position, they should point down. Whoever set up this bike is winging it. Pass.
Replies: 15
Views: 962
Posted By bargainguy

"Expertly inspected and refurbished (and totally...

"Expertly inspected and refurbished (and totally sanitized!)" - really? One look at the chainrings tells me that cleaning is apparently not part of refurbishing.

Could you put a taller stem in? ...
01-18-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,313
Posted By bargainguy

Vintage 26ers probably represent the next price...

Vintage 26ers probably represent the next price explosion, just like the BMX market did years back. People reaching a certain age with disposable income wanting 26ers from their past, and not being...
12-07-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 718
Posted By bargainguy

'88, soft blue with yellow decals. Listed in the...

'88, soft blue with yellow decals. Listed in the '88 catalog (last page) but no pic:

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/Trek88_1.pdf
Replies: 9
Views: 935
Posted By bargainguy

On ebay, click on Advanced just to the right of...

On ebay, click on Advanced just to the right of the Search button in the upper right corner, then tick the "Search including" box indicating Sold Listings. Type in your search terms and off you go.
...
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By bargainguy

Welcome. 520 frames not worth a lot of $$$? ...

Welcome. 520 frames not worth a lot of $$$? Some members here would politely disagree. It's one of the favorite touring frames for this group.

I vote for the Deore LX components over any level...
11-14-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 911
Posted By bargainguy

I've stopped using cardboard boxes. Instead, I...

I've stopped using cardboard boxes. Instead, I have three Colorado Cyclist clamshell boxes made of corrugated plastic.

If I need to ship a bike, I'll ship it in the CC box along with prepaid...
11-02-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,296
Posted By bargainguy

All people make mistakes, all businesses make...

All people make mistakes, all businesses make mistakes. What differentiates a business is how well they respond to their own mistakes.

I'd have a sit-down with the manager (no emails, texts or the...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,119
Posted By bargainguy

MSRP $975. In a strong urban market, $350-400 in...

MSRP $975. In a strong urban market, $350-400 in good condition, less in rural and outlying areas.

Glad you rebuilt the Headshok. That would be the one thing on this bike that would make me...
09-18-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By bargainguy

We've been here before. You might need to...

We've been here before. You might need to install a spacer with some combinations, but it should work.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/591501-10-speeds-126mm-hub-success.html
07-19-21, 09:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Posted By bargainguy

How attached are you to this bike? I've learned...

How attached are you to this bike? I've learned that trying to replace a suspension fork on an older 26er is problematic in both time and money.

The ideal is to find the original fork in NOS...
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By bargainguy

I'd say more like $250 - 300 all tuned up and...

I'd say more like $250 - 300 all tuned up and ready to go. The Solstice sold for $250 minus bags & rack.
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By bargainguy

Thanks. Problematic part-out of just the frame...

Thanks. Problematic part-out of just the frame with that 24" Presta valve front wheel, so if you do split it up, maybe sell the frame & wheels as a package. Otherwise it might be hard to find another...
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By bargainguy

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1936x1296/terry1_ecdeece966fe5214161649897992eb362ba2b06f.jpg

Sure. These are nice frames with small people proportions in mind. I fixed up a...
06-04-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By bargainguy

753 frame with a 531 fork, and detailed by a...

753 frame with a 531 fork, and detailed by a forumite? Doesn't get any better than that. Cheers!
06-03-21, 04:56 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,710
Posted By bargainguy

The problem is that if someone hacks your ebay...

The problem is that if someone hacks your ebay acccount, or if ebay itself gets hacked, instant access to your checking account. Again, no thanks.
06-02-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,710
Posted By bargainguy

The advantage of ebay is selling to a global...

The advantage of ebay is selling to a global market.

The disadvantage of ebay is the opportunity to be defrauded by the global market.

The fee structure isn't my problem - it's the managed...
05-30-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 752
Posted By bargainguy

The owner is a dedicated collector and a nice...

The owner is a dedicated collector and a nice guy. It's a real gem in an industrial area (Packard Ave, lots of manufacturing there).

I find the bike shop & museum much more interesting than the...
05-27-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,392
Posted By bargainguy

'85 410 spec'd with Triomphe. It was new back...

'85 410 spec'd with Triomphe. It was new back then:

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/85TrekSport.pdf
05-26-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,392
Posted By bargainguy

Now I remember that headbadge decal. It's the...

Now I remember that headbadge decal. It's the seat tube decal just below the top tube on the '84 460 / 560 / 660:

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/1984Trek1Racing.pdf
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