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06-15-19, 05:49 AM
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Posted By bear_a_bug

One of those sad rebuilds of a low-tier frame...

One of those sad rebuilds of a low-tier frame with high quality parts and an absurd price that says "someone please help me recoup the money I spend on this dumb project":
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06-04-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 578
Posted By bear_a_bug

Don't know about how a Serotta might ride, but I...

Don't know about how a Serotta might ride, but I love my Davidson Impulse. Definitely encourages putting out more effort:
https://i.imgur.com/ikwb4yX.jpg
06-01-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,730
Posted By bear_a_bug

ARGHH! I think this is just a size too big for...

ARGHH! I think this is just a size too big for me.
Spent about 30 minutes rummaging around parts to see what I could sell off to buy this before I did some measurements on my own bikes.

It's...
05-30-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,730
Posted By bear_a_bug

Hi OP, curious about your location? I need...

Hi OP, curious about your location? I need another bike like I need another hole in the head, but this particular model has always been on my search list....
05-04-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 51,214
Views: 6,652,292
Posted By bear_a_bug

Smaller Trek 620 in Chicago

Pretty sure the seller means $150, not $1500. Right?....Right?

https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/bik/d/chicago-trek-all-original/6880960340.html
04-30-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,072
Posted By bear_a_bug

I'm less critical of your thoughts on converting...

I'm less critical of your thoughts on converting the bike to 650B. However, I think I would be aesthetically critical of any attempt to "fender-ize" it given the lack of eyelets. Seen some ugly...
04-29-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,320
Posted By bear_a_bug

As one currently sardine-canned in an El train on...

As one currently sardine-canned in an El train on the way home from work due to heavy rain this morning, there's nothing so freeing as being master of your own commuting destiny on a bike.

So,...
04-11-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 45,678
Posted By bear_a_bug

Good deal. Hope you pick up something nice for...

Good deal. Hope you pick up something nice for the weekend!
04-10-19, 05:40 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 45,678
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yikes, how confident are you in that aluminum...

Yikes, how confident are you in that aluminum rack holding everything up? Those wooden crates can be pretty heavy, plus the several wine bottles I'm sure you plan on toting along....

Looks like...
03-30-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 409
Posted By bear_a_bug

Show your Raleigh Competition

Surprisingly can't find this specific thread anywhere on BF.

So, post up any pics of your Raleigh Comp. Does't matter if it's a GS, non-GS, 60s, 70s or 80s.

Here's mine. '74 Comp with Huret...
03-20-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,621
Posted By bear_a_bug

That is exceptional for PC. Well done advising...

That is exceptional for PC. Well done advising your coater on the thinness!

As one who has a PC-ed frame (the red Super Tourer gugie showed at the beginning of the thread), I'll weigh in by...
03-08-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,693
Posted By bear_a_bug

Stumbled across this Suntour Competition in...

Stumbled across this Suntour Competition in really good condition at the coop. Likely mid 60's. One of, it not the first slanted parallelogram derailleurs. It's a pretty one, for sure. Likely a shop...
03-08-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 8,247
Posted By bear_a_bug

Still sorting out some tires with a bit of tread....

Still sorting out some tires with a bit of tread. Thinking either the Compass/RH Pumpkin Ridge, or WTB Resolutes. Only been able to ride it twice this winter, but I like it!
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03-08-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,306
Posted By bear_a_bug

Spent half an hour trying to remove a crank that...

Spent half an hour trying to remove a crank that wasn't budging. Banging on the crank remover arm with a hammer, frustrated to the point of tears.

"WHY...WON'T YOU.....COME OFF**********"

Yes, I...
02-14-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,117
Posted By bear_a_bug

Thanks. It's the Compass/Rene Herse 35mm in 700c...

Thanks. It's the Compass/Rene Herse 35mm in 700c (Bon Jon Pass). Jeez, lots of descriptors there. Was able to fit them under the VO 52mm Zeppelins made for 650B with very little re-radiusing of the...
02-14-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 26,257
Posted By bear_a_bug

Cross posting myself from the /Commuting...

Cross posting myself from the /Commuting subforum, as I think it's relevant to this discussion (and I initially) thought the thread below was in C&V subforum):

from: What is the Poor Man's...
02-14-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,117
Posted By bear_a_bug

This thread seems to be turning into a...

This thread seems to be turning into a Competition Appreciation thread, so if there's no objections, I'll post my '74:

https://i.imgur.com/koWWjtY.jpg

It's February, so the best we're getting...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 666
Views: 294,528
Posted By bear_a_bug

All the discussion recently about Grant and...

All the discussion recently about Grant and Rivendell's economic situation reminded me of one reason why I think they're facing hard times: Much of the aesthetic and riding style espoused and...
02-14-19, 07:15 AM
Replies: 330
Views: 45,678
Posted By bear_a_bug

Thanks! These were the 2.15 size, and I'm using...

Thanks! These were the 2.15 size, and I'm using the Velo Orange 26" fender (https://velo-orange.com/collections/fenders/products/vo-60mm-polished-fenders-26). Clearances were a little tighter than...
02-05-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 421
Posted By bear_a_bug

Hey, I used to have the S12-S linked earlier in...

Hey, I used to have the S12-S linked earlier in the thread. Sold it to a coworker who still rides it regularly. Nice to see that pic again.

As far as fender noise, honestly, I don't think its much...
02-03-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,025
Posted By bear_a_bug

I rode the southern leg of the Lakefront path...

I rode the southern leg of the Lakefront path this morning, very puddly. Glad for the full coverage fenders with the rubber flap on the front.

Also, yeah, I definitely saw a younger guy running...
01-31-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 570
Posted By bear_a_bug

Thanks for sharing. There's a link at the bottom...

Thanks for sharing. There's a link at the bottom of the article you posted to the full story in Chicago Mag...
01-23-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,047
Posted By bear_a_bug

+1 With likely frame damage, a replacement...

+1
With likely frame damage, a replacement fork which necessitates a headache to make it work, and general crustiness of the frame, I'd ship it back and keep an eye out for a better quality...
01-12-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 939
Posted By bear_a_bug

I have a similar vintage Competition that I...

I have a similar vintage Competition that I converted to 650B. Loads of clearance all around for 42s that way.

I could have stuck with 700c and had pretty wide tires, as you're looking to do, but...
01-08-19, 09:19 PM
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Posted By bear_a_bug

As you've seen from prior posts, weather in...

As you've seen from prior posts, weather in Chicago over the weekend was unreal for an early January. Got a chance to get out and get a few miles in on my Raleigh Competition 650B conversion.
...
12-13-18, 06:11 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 19,536
Posted By bear_a_bug

Just in time for December, picked up this frame...

Just in time for December, picked up this frame here in the FS area earlier this month. Had to wait on a Campagnolo derailleur cable router clamp from ebay for about a week and a half (I SWEAR I had...
11-29-18, 06:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,085
Posted By bear_a_bug

Interesting to hear that others have done this,...

Interesting to hear that others have done this, too. I used zip ties looped around the fork leg and then through the window of the caliper arm above the brake pad (the adjustment area where you slide...
11-20-18, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By bear_a_bug

Pm sent on the raleigh. Eric ​​​​​

Pm sent on the raleigh.
Eric

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11-04-18, 02:10 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,860
Posted By bear_a_bug

Favorite Bike Tools?

Mine is a 8,9,10mm three-sided wrench. Found it in an old handlebar bag I bought off CL years ago. Probably gets more use than any other tool, excusing the hex wrench set....
11-04-18, 08:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 674
Posted By bear_a_bug

Looking at the rates now, seems pretty...

Looking at the rates now, seems pretty reasonable, actually. I guess my inner cheapskate was showing. "Pro" account, here I come!
11-03-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 674
Posted By bear_a_bug

True enough. I was expecting PB levels of cost,...

True enough. I was expecting PB levels of cost, but $36/yr sounds pretty reasonable.

But, that's also at least half the price of a Compass BSP EL tire. If I forego a Flickr pro account, in 2 years...
11-02-18, 05:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 674
Posted By bear_a_bug

Ugh, yeah, just saw that today as I went to...

Ugh, yeah, just saw that today as I went to upload pics from my Honeymoon.

So Photobucket no longer feasible, now Flickr...anybody know where we go now?
11-01-18, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,863
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yep, that's a VO rack. Only really used it to...

Yep, that's a VO rack. Only really used it to support the front handlebar bag. Could have gone with a smaller rack, but then I would have had to use clamps on the fork legs, and I wanted to keep it...
10-30-18, 05:07 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,090
Posted By bear_a_bug

Unfortunately just a shot of my Raleigh in front...

Unfortunately just a shot of my Raleigh in front of the garage after a commute home from the Loop, so no grand ride. Gettin' cold round here.
https://i.imgur.com/wFs2GRn.jpg
09-26-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 680
Posted By bear_a_bug

Inside looks nicer if you have the clearances. Be...

Inside looks nicer if you have the clearances. Be careful, though - I had pretty good clearances with a mud flap on VO fender so I mounted it on the inside. However, there was some flex in the front...
08-28-18, 06:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,989
Posted By bear_a_bug

I had to do a doublecheck on my Raleigh Super...

I had to do a doublecheck on my Raleigh Super Tourer frame - It's a 24 1/2", measuring 24" C-T-C. Hard to believe this was their largest frame size at the time, if the catalogs are to be believed....
08-27-18, 08:38 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,989
Posted By bear_a_bug

Ugh, you guys are cruel. If I didn't have a...

Ugh, you guys are cruel. If I didn't have a wedding in a week, and then a monthlong Honeymoon touring France and Italy (poor me!), I'd definitely get this hunt for an International going in earnest....
08-26-18, 05:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,989
Posted By bear_a_bug

God, All these posts recently with copper...

God, All these posts recently with copper internationals is really making me jones for one, 23 1/2 or 24".

Yours is great. Gotta start a hunt...
08-10-18, 08:44 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,235
Posted By bear_a_bug

It's a Nitto, about 80mm I believe. Model name is...

It's a Nitto, about 80mm I believe. Model name is dynamic 9, looks like. Takes a 26.0 clamp. The bars are no name, but I am pretty okay with the shape and width.
08-07-18, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2,057
Views: 338,111
Posted By bear_a_bug

Yep, it's an old TA rack like this: ...

Yep, it's an old TA rack like this:
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/485x384/ref270_2_54bddac3992c3386dcd3c56306399c3a20ee3592.jpg


Front bag was made by Dave Banzer in...
07-21-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 6,235
Posted By bear_a_bug

Glad to see this thread pop up again. I recently...

Glad to see this thread pop up again. I recently picked up a '91 Davidson Impulse on the 'bay.
Components are all Sachs Huret New Success, 8 speed. I was surprised to find the rear wheel had an 8...
Replies: 24
Views: 1,210
Posted By bear_a_bug

Agreed, too high. I picked up an '83 620 with...

Agreed, too high. I picked up an '83 620 with mostly original equipment, few nicks here and there in the paint, for $225 from a resale shop in Chicago. $300 would have felt like too much for a...
07-16-18, 06:42 PM
Replies: 889
Views: 145,741
Posted By bear_a_bug

Very familiar set up there: ...

Very familiar set up there:
https://i.imgur.com/7dRM3tKl.jpg

I rode this bike for several years before finally ponying up for a Raleigh Super Tourer a la Gugificazione 650b conversion. I really...
07-12-18, 07:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,249
Posted By bear_a_bug

Millenial here ('85). I work in the Chicago Loop...

Millenial here ('85). I work in the Chicago Loop and commute down Milwaukee Ave, which sees over 3000 commuters/day during Spring/Summer/Fall. There seems to be a pretty even split between those...
07-11-18, 08:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 711
Posted By bear_a_bug

Love me a good Mondrian scheme as well, but...

Love me a good Mondrian scheme as well, but scaled-down looks more like Legos :rolleyes:
07-09-18, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2,057
Views: 338,111
Posted By bear_a_bug

Surprisingly, it rode really well before, and...

Surprisingly, it rode really well before, and rides well stripped down as well. The lighter weight is noticeable.

I think it's a nice balance between the very arm-heavy handling of my low-trail...
07-08-18, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2,057
Views: 338,111
Posted By bear_a_bug

Got a two-fer to show today. #1: '83 Trek...

Got a two-fer to show today.

#1: '83 Trek 620
https://i.imgur.com/fSctDC6.jpg
Running 650B wheels, this was formerly my commuter, but I got the itch to strip it down of fenders and the porteur...
06-26-18, 06:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By bear_a_bug

Agreed WRT sizing. I had it set up originally as...

Agreed WRT sizing. I had it set up originally as an upright city bike, but the tall top tube wasn't really conducive to all the hopping on and off I was doing, and all the stopping you tend to do in...
06-23-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By bear_a_bug

Hey! I'm hoping to move it along as is (I'm...

Hey! I'm hoping to move it along as is (I'm moving in a little over a month and need to declutter all non-essential parts/bikes...."I can't get rid of this broken derailleur, I might need a part from...
06-21-18, 09:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By bear_a_bug

Hey, If you're in the area for a pickup,...

Hey,

If you're in the area for a pickup, wheelset would be $75 even. Pickup is probably preferred since it saves me a trip to the post office.
Here are a few pics I took tonight of the wheelset,...
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