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Forum: Commuting
11-09-11, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,268
Posted By GCRyder

Best cheap Asian lights I've used

http://www.meritline.com/3-watt-led-aluminum-bicycle-light---p-30929.aspx
These are very sturdily built little AAA flashlights (outer metal is about 2mm) with a clip-mount that clamps onto...
04-10-08, 07:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 716
Posted By GCRyder

Your photobucket link seems to be broken, but...

Your photobucket link seems to be broken, but it's hard to imagine any Asian-clad Bianchi of that age being worth $550. "Barely a scratch" implies that the bike is not actually pristine. IMO, to be...
04-01-08, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By GCRyder

What's giving me pause is that the seller doesn't...

What's giving me pause is that the seller doesn't represent this as a FULL chromoly frame, and I don't know myself whether Travelers ever attained that. I think that it's most likely the 1987 model...
04-01-08, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By GCRyder

In these parts, those generally go for $75-100...

In these parts, those generally go for $75-100 max. $150 would get something higher in the lineup, like a Tempo or Premis. But DC is probably a hotter market, and it might make a difference if you...
03-31-08, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By GCRyder

Are the races still in good shape? Does the...

Are the races still in good shape? Does the prospective new headset have the same stack height? If the races are good, there is no good reason to replace the whole headset. But risk of messing up...
03-31-08, 04:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By GCRyder

Actually, it look like just installing a cable to...

Actually, it look like just installing a cable to the front brake would make a world of difference.
03-31-08, 04:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,907
Posted By GCRyder

Larry, whatever you do, DON'T apply heat to an...

Larry, whatever you do, DON'T apply heat to an aluminum seatpost in a steel frame. The aluminum will expand more than the steel does, and things will just get tighter.

I had the same fears of...
03-28-08, 07:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,790
Posted By GCRyder

Nice catch. And you have no need to apologize...

Nice catch. And you have no need to apologize for the photos, either.

The one way I've found ebay to work for bargain bikes is to get a decent but non-collectible frameset, and to look for...
03-28-08, 06:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,603
Posted By GCRyder

I think wearing matching outfits looks totally...

I think wearing matching outfits looks totally dorky. My wife thinks it's cool. So, we often look totally dorky.
03-24-08, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By GCRyder

Sorry to add to the "issues list," but if you're...

Sorry to add to the "issues list," but if you're looking to upgrade to newer, lighter wheels, bear in mind that the hubs of most current offerings will have freehubs for cassettes. The cogs are...
03-24-08, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 641
Posted By GCRyder

Those will be only a little more challenge to...

Those will be only a little more challenge to replace than 26" or 700c. The Panaracer Pasela or Pasela TG is a popular choice that's wallet-friendly, and usually in stock in one or both versions...
03-23-08, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 751
Posted By GCRyder

I'm pretty sure this is correct. When the S.L.A....

I'm pretty sure this is correct. When the S.L.A. groups came out in the late 80s, the RD's were marked "S.I.S." My '87 Trek 400 has one, and the 1987 catalog descriptions at vintage-trek.com shows...
03-20-08, 11:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,623
Posted By GCRyder

It's probably not strcitly appropriate to use a...

It's probably not strcitly appropriate to use a complete bike as a "comparable" but you might note that a complete bike with what looks to be the same frame recently sold on ebay for over $1500,...
03-19-08, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,345
Posted By GCRyder

It's hard to be sure from your photo, but it...

It's hard to be sure from your photo, but it looks like your problem is brake clearance rather than fork clearance. As long as you're using those brakes, I don't think you're going to be able to use...
03-18-08, 01:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 972
Posted By GCRyder

You started out looking at a 53cm. If that was...

You started out looking at a 53cm. If that was correct, a bike with 33" standover is probably too big. That'd be more in the 58cm range.
03-17-08, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 604
Posted By GCRyder

Internal gearing is very popular with the...

Internal gearing is very popular with the commuter crowd. If you're using the search function looking for info on IG, you should probably be certain to include the commuting forum on the list of...
03-14-08, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 868
Posted By GCRyder

Just out of curiosity, what sidepull calipers...

Just out of curiosity, what sidepull calipers won't accommodate 28mm tires?
03-14-08, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,112
Posted By GCRyder

I hope you really did want input. That is...

I hope you really did want input. That is certainly a more informative listing than most, but I think buyers appreciate ready access to key facts in a bulleted list, rather than buried in paragraphs...
03-13-08, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 872
Posted By GCRyder

The biggest advantage of newer wheels is their...

The biggest advantage of newer wheels is their lighter weight. It just takes much less effort to accelerate to cruising speed. I did some testing a few months ago, swapping wheels and bikes around...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-08, 08:28 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,385
Posted By GCRyder

Not to mention that, unless you run with tires...

Not to mention that, unless you run with tires almost flat, the seams in a concrete sidewalk will beat you into a catatonic state, even on an MTB. You'll be much safer and more comfortable on the...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-08, 05:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,875
Posted By GCRyder

I get the feeling there was an earlier thread...

I get the feeling there was an earlier thread that explained the reasoning.

Personally, I just don't like looking like a road racer on my commute. It may just be my imagination, but I could...
Forum: Commuting
03-10-08, 04:43 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,153
Posted By GCRyder

If you follow the link supplied in #6, you can...

If you follow the link supplied in #6, you can eventually find what seems like the ridiculously convoluted answer:

12026.2. (a) Section 12025 [the CCW statute] does not apply to, or affect, any...
Forum: Commuting
03-07-08, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,245
Posted By GCRyder

Maybe you can draw us a picture? That sentence...

Maybe you can draw us a picture? That sentence isn't making much sense to me. A box that's kind of like a Wald basket? Are you referring to the Wald baskets that collapse?

If it doesn't need to...
03-07-08, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,160
Posted By GCRyder

Pastor, I think it's time to start blacking out...

Pastor, I think it's time to start blacking out the prices when you post those old catalog pages. They strike me as obscene. :)
03-07-08, 08:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 820
Posted By GCRyder

I don't see anybody really complaining just about...

I don't see anybody really complaining just about punctuation (though I do think the decline of English language skills is a sure sign of doom on the horizon, and worthy of concern). The copy in...
03-07-08, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 684
Posted By GCRyder

Same here. I was leery of these, since many have...

Same here. I was leery of these, since many have criticized them as being flat-prone, but they sell for about $16, so I tried a set. I've been using them for a 28 mi RT commute since last summer,...
03-07-08, 07:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,240
Posted By GCRyder

Um ...WOW!! That is really gorgeous, OFG. Have...

Um ...WOW!! That is really gorgeous, OFG. Have you let her ride it since you bought it?

Limeylew, I guess I'm not following the comments on brake cables. Are you suggesting that a bike has to...
03-05-08, 02:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,608
Posted By GCRyder

My knowledge of Marinoni would require major...

My knowledge of Marinoni would require major growth to become miniscule, but from looking at the photos, that bike looks like it's quite an amalgamation, what with Campy shifters, Dura-Ace cranks, a...
03-05-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,827
Posted By GCRyder

There is a good chance that IS the comparison...

There is a good chance that IS the comparison lurking beneath the surface. Let's face it, males are most attracted to the products they think will be attractive to the females they find attractive. ...
03-03-08, 06:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,552
Posted By GCRyder

Thanks for setting me straight on that. My...

Thanks for setting me straight on that. My limited (and apparently inaccurate) knowledge came from lusting after a Paramount during the days when they were being made. I devoured everything I could...
03-02-08, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,552
Posted By GCRyder

I thought Paramount Design Group was a marketing...

I thought Paramount Design Group was a marketing idea that Schwinn concocted when they started having their "Series" Paramounts made in Asia. It connoted that the frames were designed by the same...
03-01-08, 03:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,198
Posted By GCRyder

The other fly in the ointment would be ebay's new...

The other fly in the ointment would be ebay's new practice of replacing user names with gibberish in the bidding history of more and more items. Only the seller can see the account names of all...
03-01-08, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By GCRyder

"It is a multi-speed bike. I am just assuming it...

"It is a multi-speed bike. I am just assuming it is a 12 speed because of the model number. I have not rode it to see."

I think we can safely assume that this seller is clueless when it comes to...
02-28-08, 04:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,280
Posted By GCRyder

I noticed the seller's relatively low total...

I noticed the seller's relatively low total feedback, plus evident reluctance to send a high-res photo to a supplied email address. Anything's possible, I guess, but how does one list a bike on...
02-27-08, 05:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,443
Posted By GCRyder

Now you do have me confused. 501 is Cro-Moly. ...

Now you do have me confused. 501 is Cro-Moly.

The only Expert TG I've seen or heard of was a 700c road bike. IIRC, what looked to be the same frame was sold as Expert TG and Master TG, with...
02-27-08, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,443
Posted By GCRyder

Same here. And I don't. My own touring bike,...

Same here. And I don't. My own touring bike, and backup commuter, is a Diamondback Crestline c. 1990. I think it was the touring model in the same line as the Master TG road bike the OP's looking...
02-25-08, 05:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,197
Posted By GCRyder

Terrific find - Congrats. But I have a...

Terrific find - Congrats.

But I have a different take on the saddle. I'm from the group that can't tell a Brooks from other medieval torture devices, but I think the Avocet O2 Air 40R is the...
02-25-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By GCRyder

Over the years, I've found that McMaster-Carr...

Over the years, I've found that McMaster-Carr (http://www.mcmaster.com/) carries a lot of tools that are industrial equivalents of tools I previously thought were bike-specific. What we think of as ...
02-24-08, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 515
Posted By GCRyder

That was really refreshing. Thanks for posting...

That was really refreshing. Thanks for posting that.

Now, why can't someone invent a helmet that looks like a snap-brim cap?
Forum: Commuting
02-23-08, 10:01 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,921
Posted By GCRyder

I hope you've got the message by now, but I not...

I hope you've got the message by now, but I not only hate flash intros, I also can't stand any "click to enter" home page. I wish someone would explain why there are so many of those. When I open...
Forum: Commuting
02-23-08, 09:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,459
Posted By GCRyder

I'll second that suggestion and add to the list. ...

I'll second that suggestion and add to the list. Many Univega frames from that era are of similar geometry. I recently checked out a "Viva Sport" model in the 60cm size that had a 56.5cm top tube....
02-19-08, 05:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,979
Posted By GCRyder

My take is pretty much the same as CardiacKid's. ...

My take is pretty much the same as CardiacKid's. I spent about an hour this morning browsing the discussions of the seller's complaints on ebay's "community" forums. They're upset about a lot of...
02-19-08, 04:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,517
Posted By GCRyder

FWIW, you can attach higher-resolution images if...

FWIW, you can attach higher-resolution images if you save them at a lower jpg "quality" setting. All the photo programs I use have that option, but yours might not. The attached photo of my Trek...
02-18-08, 06:11 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,270
Posted By GCRyder

To me, too. Are these bikes built with a kink...

To me, too. Are these bikes built with a kink like that in the seatstays?
02-18-08, 05:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,888
Posted By GCRyder

My 1982 (I think) Univega Sportour, on which I...

My 1982 (I think) Univega Sportour, on which I commute 28 miles round trip, several days a week. This photo doesn't really show what a "beater" it is, paint-wise. Since the photo was taken, I've gone...
02-13-08, 06:14 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,800
Posted By GCRyder

My bicycles are right-front for that very reason....

My bicycles are right-front for that very reason. The front brake is the one with stopping power, and on a motorcycle, the rear brake is the one that will send you into a high-side and get you...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-08, 06:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,178
Posted By GCRyder

Intuitively, you'd expect that commuters would...

Intuitively, you'd expect that commuters would have the greatest interest in A&S, so I was surprised at the entirely different tone when I first looked over there. I've decided the difference is...
02-12-08, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8,244
Views: 338,769
Posted By GCRyder

I nominate whoever does the arithmetic for...

I nominate whoever does the arithmetic for Performance Bicycle. I just opened a promo email entitled "100 Items At Least 50% Off!" It links to a sale page denominated "100 AT LEAST 50% OFF." I'm...
Forum: Commuting
02-08-08, 04:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,357
Posted By GCRyder

+1. This light has completely dispelled my...

+1. This light has completely dispelled my doubts about the viability of LEDs. Before I started using it, I was happy with a 15W halogen - Planet Bike Alias. The DualCross is so much brighter that...
Forum: Commuting
02-06-08, 02:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,441
Posted By GCRyder

I've been using the Delta Compact Panniers for...

I've been using the Delta Compact Panniers for several months, and have no complaints.

http://www.deltacycle.com/images/items/compactpan1.jpg

They come as two identical bags, with top carry...
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