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11-14-21, 07:28 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Forgot to reply to the brake question: The...

Forgot to reply to the brake question: The stopping power is pretty underwhelming right now and my initial thought was to change to kool stop pads. I could certainly use some education on the...
11-14-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Not TMI!! Very helpful. If​​​ gugie or any...

Not TMI!! Very helpful.

If​​​ gugie or any others want to weigh in on fork rake, I am all ears. In my initial vision of this project I was thinking a low trail bike with 650B wheels but that is...
11-13-21, 01:10 PM
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Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Final (for now) update here. After playing my own...

Final (for now) update here. After playing my own frame doesn't fit swap around game, I've landed on this iteration of the Trek 510. Currently sporting 700x35s. I'm still playing around with the...
11-06-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Hey all, thanks for the many helpful replies. I'm...

Hey all, thanks for the many helpful replies. I'm not sure why but somewhere along the way they stopped going to my inbox!

Regarding a professional fit, I have been scared away from the idea...
11-01-21, 02:34 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

That seems very sensible...I've been (over)...

That seems very sensible...I've been (over) relying on a friend to help me build these up and haven't wanted to put him out but maybe the Trek would be a good place to give it a shot
11-01-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Gotcha--just wanted to make sure I wasn't looking...

Gotcha--just wanted to make sure I wasn't looking for the wrong bike! Appreciate that info as 700x32 with fenders would be nice
11-01-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

I may be missing it, but I'm only seeing one...

I may be missing it, but I'm only seeing one photo of the trek there, and not with fenders. Help me out?
11-01-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Haha, my greatest fear...though the n+1 point is...

Haha, my greatest fear...though the n+1 point is well made. I just don't know enough to what I'm looking for and fear this will be one of those "bikes that got away"
10-30-21, 06:47 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well all, I think we're coming to the end of this...

Well all, I think we're coming to the end of this question-asking. The TL;DR here is I have two frame candidates before me: a 57cm 1980 Univega Speciallissima and a 60cm 1984 Trek 510. Seeking your...
10-28-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,304
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks to you both for thinking of me! Looks like...

Thanks to you both for thinking of me! Looks like an awesome find. Excited to see what you choose to do with it
10-20-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

I sold the SR to a fellow BF member--it didn't...

I sold the SR to a fellow BF member--it didn't have the tire clearance I was looking for. A set of 700x32s were making contact with the rear brake area.
10-20-21, 12:50 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Sorry, I think I posted it some ways above--I'm...

Sorry, I think I posted it some ways above--I'm 6'1", 89cm PBH. Thinking I want a ~60cm frame
10-20-21, 12:29 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Me again for anyone still receiving...

Me again for anyone still receiving notifications. I just saw this Trek hit CL; looks to be closer to my size (though perhaps too tall?). Seller posted some bad quality pics, so I'm having a hard...
10-18-21, 08:31 PM
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Views: 674,222
Posted By reluctantsuburb

My attempts to swap didn't quite pan out so...

My attempts to swap didn't quite pan out so figured I'd start with a fresh post.

I am looking for an 80s steel sport tourer to build up as a rando style bike, perhaps converting to 650b. I picked...
10-17-21, 04:19 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

I think I successfully sent a PM, let me know if...

I think I successfully sent a PM, let me know if it didn't go through
10-17-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 2,106
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Hey y'all, my apologies if I'm past when is...

Hey y'all, my apologies if I'm past when is typical to respond, as this is my first time on this sticky. I would be interested in either frame. I recently picked up a 1980 Univega Speciallissima,...
10-16-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Haha! Love it. Thanks for both replies. Honestly...

Haha! Love it. Thanks for both replies. Honestly I think I was just fishing on the bianchi, hoping that as this frame seems like it's not an option something else could be

I think you are right...
10-16-21, 01:42 PM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Any chance anyone can be of help in identifying...

Any chance anyone can be of help in identifying this Bianchi? It's the only intriguing listing of the day on CL! Not much info, listed at $200
...
10-16-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Eesh what a bummer. Dallas does not see a lot of...

Eesh what a bummer. Dallas does not see a lot of frames of this style come across. Lots of old MTBs or carbon fiber frames. I'll keep a lookout but was really hoping to make this work.

I guess...
10-16-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well, thanks to all for the input. I can tell you...

Well, thanks to all for the input. I can tell you I am very, thoroughly confused :)

Here's where I stand today:

I've gotten in a few sub ten mile rides and they've all been very enjoyable. The...
10-13-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

For trail, yes, that makes sense. I don't know...

For trail, yes, that makes sense. I don't know that I've seen anything in the Dallas market that's a true rando frame, though that may just be a case of my ignorance! I think if I were to really fall...
10-13-21, 03:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

The stem is a two-piece solution cobbled together...

The stem is a two-piece solution cobbled together while I figure out what size I want or if I want to continue putting money into this build at all. I know it looks goofy but it's a fine solution for...
10-13-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Alright, to anyone still following my (not so)...

Alright, to anyone still following my (not so) exciting saga, my friend Paul helped me tinker with some bits on this, including new bars, hoods, brakes, pedals, stem, cables/housing.

I got it out...
10-10-21, 08:14 AM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

The originals are 27" but my wife's bike has 700c...

The originals are 27" but my wife's bike has 700c wheels, so I can temporarily steal to try fit out :)
Thanks!
10-10-21, 07:25 AM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

After my initial ride, I totally agree! Open to...

After my initial ride, I totally agree! Open to specific recommendations if you have any.

For now I'm glad to know there are others who have done successful 650b conversions if I decide to go that...
10-10-21, 05:08 AM
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Huh, it shows on my end both desktop and mobile....

Huh, it shows on my end both desktop and mobile. Any better?
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/pxl_20211004_140911092_3bebca714ea6d438170d54e8c45d75998f2f779f.jpg
10-09-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well, in a few turns, I'm in a slightly different...

Well, in a few turns, I'm in a slightly different (hopefully better) position.

I sold the SR to another BF member after trying out a few tire sizes and deciding I would not have much success in...
10-02-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Hooray! All great tips, thanks. For the...

Hooray! All great tips, thanks.

For the squished feeling, mostly in the drops but felt some in general. I was having a tough time with the brakes unless I was in the drops. Looking at pics, I...
10-02-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

To clarify I decided to grab this because it...

To clarify I decided to grab this because it seemed like a good value which I think is important at this phase as I'm really just evaluating whether or not this proposed riding style is even worth...
10-02-21, 05:10 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well, in what may prove to be a major detour, I...

Well, in what may prove to be a major detour, I found an mid 80s SR Pro Am which I grabbed for $80. Suntour Cyclone-II components, frame is overall in pretty good shape. It took a fair bit of digging...
09-29-21, 03:26 PM
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Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Very sensible approach--thanks for writing it...

Very sensible approach--thanks for writing it out. Given all of this, I don't feel great about buying online. I do have a friendly fellow BF member who helps me out with wrenching when I need it so...
09-29-21, 03:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks for taking the time to scour the CL...

Thanks for taking the time to scour the CL Listings!

I may be a diva for this, but I had ruled out the Diamondback and the first Peugeot based on lack of lugs :/

The Trek could be a great...
09-29-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks for sharing your experience. Honestly,...

Thanks for sharing your experience. Honestly, your approach sounds like it would be a good way for me to go about it, in that since I don't really know what I want, I don't want to plunk down a bunch...
09-29-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

A friend pointed out this paint-chipped Fuji...

A friend pointed out this paint-chipped Fuji America...Worthy of consideration, especially if I were to eventually powder coat? I've never bought a bike online, I feel somewhat wary of it.
...
09-29-21, 05:41 AM
Replies: 109
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Posted By reluctantsuburb

Did a little more research on the Gitane,...

Did a little more research on the Gitane, probably not something I'm looking to pursue. I hoped French = more likely to fit the randonneur style, but no such luck :)

Response on the Fuji seemed a...
09-29-21, 05:09 AM
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Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Beautiful example! gugie, I bow to your wisdom....

Beautiful example! gugie, I bow to your wisdom. Any thoughts on this Gitane another poster pointed out? https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/bik/d/dallas-vintage-gitane-grand-sport-deluxe/7380809783.html
09-29-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

I hadn't seen the Gitane at all. Can you help me...

I hadn't seen the Gitane at all. Can you help me understand why you say it would be more work? Seller lists as fully restored; I don't really know what to look for!
09-28-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Haha, it says 60cm but you're the second person...

Haha, it says 60cm but you're the second person to sound skeptical. I just reached out to the poster, so we'll see if I get a chance to check it out in person.

Grateful for you giving some tips on...
09-28-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks for the input here. I don't currently have...

Thanks for the input here. I don't currently have wheels but recognize that would be a big cost. I'm hoping if I eat the cost one bite at a time, so to speak, my wife will be a little more accepting!...
09-28-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Replying back to post some pics of the Espree in...

Replying back to post some pics of the Espree in question, in case the CL post isn't working for anyone:https://images.craigslist.org/00R0R_lFX6ITmG4ijz_0CI0t2_600x450.jpg...
09-28-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,548
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Looking for a Rando Conversion Candidate: Fuji Espree?

Hey all,

I commute 100% by bike in very flat Dallas, Texas. My current set up is a very upright, frankenbike '86 Schwinn Cimarron. The Schwinn is a great ride, very smooth and stable, bordering on...
06-20-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 529
Views: 144,337
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Sorry to dig up an older post here, but what are...

Sorry to dig up an older post here, but what are those front panniers/bags?
05-01-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Glad to hear you like your fat franks--I know...

Glad to hear you like your fat franks--I know tires will be one of the first upgrades I make!
04-29-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks Oliver! I appreciate your support...

Thanks Oliver! I appreciate your support throughout!

The stem and bars are both from Sunlite. I knew I wanted to be upright but didn't want to drop any serious money since I thought this might be...
04-27-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 529
Views: 144,337
Posted By reluctantsuburb

More details on the build process here...

More details on the build process here (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1197437-building-up-my-schwinn-cimarron-3.html), but I finally have my Cimarron up and running, thanks in no small...
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Views: 4,585
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well to anyone that was following this thread,...

Well to anyone that was following this thread, here is where I landed: https://www.bikeforums.net/21441687-post57.html

Built up a Schwinn Cimarron (with a little bit of help!) from the frame....
04-27-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Hey all, Well, I had a bit of Bike Forums...

Hey all,

Well, I had a bit of Bike Forums blessing. A member and I ended up connecting on here after realizing we lived only a few miles apart, and he was kind enough to significantly help with...
04-24-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Thanks for the tip on pedals. Cranks are one of...

Thanks for the tip on pedals. Cranks are one of those things where I very much underestimated the variety and significance. I'm keeping an eye out!
04-23-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Well the end (of the first iteration) is almost...

Well the end (of the first iteration) is almost here. I got most of the parts on the bike. Tomorrow I'm meeting up with someone (at a safe distance, etc.) so I can make sure everything is good to go...
04-19-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,920
Posted By reluctantsuburb

Today I installed a new stem, sized out saddle...

Today I installed a new stem, sized out saddle height based on my PBH to align the bars, and installed some v brakes.
Next will be drivetrain (cranks, chain, shifters, cables). I just discovered...
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