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08-13-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 505
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

What rims are you running on that 720? I ask as...

What rims are you running on that 720? I ask as rim width drives the ultimate width of a given tire. "True to size" on a 23mm external rim (Super Champion, modern DT Swiss et al) will mean ~1.5-2.0mm...
08-12-22, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I'd also put in a recommendation for Bike Works...

I'd also put in a recommendation for Bike Works (https://bikeworks.org/). Many used parts of various vintages. Every other week (or at least once a month) Warehouse Sales. Bikes and parts get donated...
08-09-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 62,892
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1989 SRx00 This frameset cleaned up really...

1989 SRx00

This frameset cleaned up really well, an easy 2-3 footer. Components are listed in the post above. The frame angles look surprisingly normal enough in this photo. In other photos and in...
08-06-22, 12:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Seeing the 1985 catalog with the top SR900 with...

Seeing the 1985 catalog with the top SR900 with Campy NR, you just can't help but think 1) the frame and components really don't go together aesthetically 2) Cannondale is onto something, and that...
08-05-22, 01:54 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 62,892
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

It's another '89 in 66cm form, but metallic black...

It's another '89 in 66cm form, but metallic black instead of fire engine red that I had a few years ago and sold. The metallic flake is low key and the paint had a number of chips as well as...
08-04-22, 12:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 627
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I hope so as well. If it was a 13 year old boy,...

I hope so as well. If it was a 13 year old boy, we'd probably be confident that some growing potential was still on the table, given what we know. Also given what we know about cyclists vs. people...
07-28-22, 12:49 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,017
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

While expecting a jump to 12-speed for R7100, I...

While expecting a jump to 12-speed for R7100, I didn't expect both hydraulic braking and Di2. I think it looks good, just like R8100 and R9200--all three new generations look better and more balanced...
07-22-22, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 332
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I have become an accidental evaluator of brake...

I have become an accidental evaluator of brake pads' positions in their calipers' slots primarily as an in-vain effort to see if I could put generous 28mm tires (up to 30mm) in some of these modern...
07-22-22, 12:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 507
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

700C will be considerably more practical as it's...

700C will be considerably more practical as it's the default road/bike tire size, plus your standard reach (47-57mm) brake calipers should/will reach 700C rims. Plenty of wheels built strong enough...
07-20-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,616
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Oh man, now I can finally post something in here!...

Oh man, now I can finally post something in here!

1982 720/728, 25.5", with basically a greatest hits of Shimano Dura-Ace. She is Queen of the Fleet, essentially a two-wheeled bullet train. I...
07-20-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 507
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Hi EJS and welcome to the forum! So glad you got...

Hi EJS and welcome to the forum! So glad you got a properly sized bike for yourself, and a vintage Cannondale ST at that--fantastic bikes that ride plenty fast. :)

Like others have said, you don't...
07-13-22, 11:28 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,264
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

:lol: You can do it! I'm working on 11-speed Di2...

:lol: You can do it! I'm working on 11-speed Di2 at the moment. Aaaannny day now, I'll get it off the back burner and pick up the remaining wiring and battery to put on an as-yet unnamed project...
07-13-22, 10:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 34,460
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you for the heads up that there were more...

Thank you for the heads up that there were more added than just the single year or few scans initially back when I made this list.
07-13-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Holy Moses that's tall. The biggest frame I'll...

Holy Moses that's tall. The biggest frame I'll ride is a 27" center-to-top. This baby's 27" center-to-center! Top tube length matches 26" Paramounts and various 27" Schwinns. That only works if the...
07-07-22, 07:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,248
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Laying up carbon is very hands-on and needs to be...

Laying up carbon is very hands-on and needs to be done correctly, with many many pieces. There are many frames that do look blobular, but plenty of frames along the way, including many new ones, that...
06-26-22, 12:31 AM
Replies: 509
Views: 93,736
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Just picked this '85 Voyageur SP (my first...

Just picked this '85 Voyageur SP (my first Voyageur in a long line of Schwinns, and a SP, which I'd really hoped for) and am absolutely enamored with it! Bike is MINT, albeit dusty (doesn't show in...
06-23-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 445
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

H Plus Son TB14s come in polished, dark grey...

H Plus Son TB14s come in polished, dark grey anodized, and black anodized. Since you run fixed-gear, you'll never have to worry about brake track wear. They won't be anywhere as light as tubs (nor as...
06-23-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,338
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I would wager this is the preferred scenario, as...

I would wager this is the preferred scenario, as opposed to its sibling, Bikes in Bays :lol:
...
06-21-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 333
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1985 620, one of the best in the business, if I...

1985 620, one of the best in the business, if I do say so myself. I've been slowly working out getting mine back together, albeit with different components. Glad he likes the bike and rides it!
06-17-22, 08:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 998
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

PimpMan if your tires are all white and not white...

PimpMan if your tires are all white and not white wall with black tread, then I think a lighter, simpler color is a great idea. Light blue, light green, pastel yellow, all good. If the tires are...
06-15-22, 12:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 876
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Much to my surprise is my 26"/66cm frameset not...

Much to my surprise is my 26"/66cm frameset not adhering to the 73 ST angle and instead being ~72. This, of course, is of great benefit to me who is able to entertain stem/bar/brake lever setups...
06-15-22, 12:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 876
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I was going to write something mildly incendiary...

I was going to write something mildly incendiary along Paramount lines to induce more replies, but didn't want to add any negativity to any online proceedings unnecessarily, so I went with what I...
06-14-22, 10:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 876
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

You need more Paramounts.

You need more Paramounts.
06-09-22, 12:30 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,033
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Like others have said, there are components to...

Like others have said, there are components to celebrate in every generation.

I have found that the 7400/7402 crankset to be the most iconic and handsome of '80s cranksets as it had the polish,...
06-08-22, 11:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Man if it ain't broke... I cut 20mm off the...

Man if it ain't broke...

I cut 20mm off the steerer, swapped V-brakes, and put on larger rings. It's down to 20.3x lbs, and that's after putting lighter wheels and tires (slightly smaller) to get...
05-31-22, 10:50 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,099
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

And I've been keeping the acquisition of my '73...

And I've been keeping the acquisition of my '73 silent so far. 26"/66cm P15-9 frameset with the miles-long 62cm top tube. She's rough, and has been through a lot. Mr. 66 has lent his frame alignment...
05-27-22, 01:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 309
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Other people who ride properly tall bikes NEED TO...

Other people who ride properly tall bikes NEED TO KNOW: How tall? 63cm CTC? :)

Beautiful frameset!
05-19-22, 11:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,685
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Thank you, Jacco! An update on the gearing,...

Thank you, Jacco!

An update on the gearing, especially since you and me ride very tall frames that dwarf their componentry: I have a 53/39 chainset coming soon, having scoured ebay for a pair...
05-18-22, 11:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,685
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Classic near-sunset ambient light photo "session"...

Classic near-sunset ambient light photo "session" before a test ride, and then an impromptu ride with ctak for 23 miles or so around the city. He was testing a new setup on a bike of his, and both of...
05-16-22, 12:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,685
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Ok, back on the case of the big Davidson. Much...

Ok, back on the case of the big Davidson. Much time and thought has passed in these three short (and still cold and wet!) months. I've built it with Shimano 105 (5800 generation) and ridden it around...
05-01-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 20,588
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Got out for a test ride after setting the Comp TA...

Got out for a test ride after setting the Comp TA up for me. Saddle to bar drop is a bit more than I normally run, but it ended up not being the worst. Neither did the slightly wider Q-factor. I put...
05-01-22, 07:17 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 20,588
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

1984 Centurion Comp TA

Let's see if I can make this work this year. Last year's super classy Fuji S12-S LTD needed chain, cables and housings at the very least to make it actually functional, but I was already at $100 for...
04-28-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Forgiven / Please don't worry about it! Perhaps I...

Forgiven / Please don't worry about it! Perhaps I should have just said, to your question, was, "It's a more complicated equation than steel or aluminum. Frame material is a factor, but it is not the...
04-28-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

To answer your question: no, I did not say/do not...

To answer your question: no, I did not say/do not think that. You took a select portion out of a paragraph that was dealing with a larger topic and then applied them to a gravel application that I...
04-27-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Not a problem! The 25" size is rare, which I...

Not a problem! The 25" size is rare, which I suppose isn't surprising to us since all bikes that could come in our size seldom do. And if a 25" FX wasn't hard enough to find, spotting a FX 7.4 and...
04-27-22, 08:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,257
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

They will fit just fine.

They will fit just fine.
04-26-22, 01:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 938
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1221696...

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1221696-official-vintage-bicycle-manufacturer-catalog-list-w-links.html

Here ya go. It's stickied along with nearly a dozen other threads at the top of...
04-24-22, 12:53 AM
Replies: 2,067
Views: 727,887
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Did about 30 miles with a friend--definitely...

Did about 30 miles with a friend--definitely tougher miles than I had anticipated. A good bit of climbing, and the grades were typical Seattle (aka not mild). Like before, it makes speed easily and...
04-23-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 2,067
Views: 727,887
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

2014 Trek FX 7.3 in Black Titanite (metallic)....

2014 Trek FX 7.3 in Black Titanite (metallic). 25" / XL size.

Original frame, fork, headset, and spacers. Stock V-brakes with Kool Stop Thinline pads. Dura-Ace 9000 shifters, derailleurs,...
04-23-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Some other relevant details for those curious...

Some other relevant details for those curious about tire clearances with the given pressures (+/- a psi or two) among other things:

Rear seat stay clearance. Not a lot of room--about 4.5mm average...
04-23-22, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Well it's been a couple of weeks and a lot of...

Well it's been a couple of weeks and a lot of work on other bikes (and just work in general), but I was finally able to complete a delightful heretical build of the FX as I had alluded to earlier: as...
04-20-22, 11:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,503
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I have both Bon Jon Pass tires in normal and...

I have both Bon Jon Pass tires in normal and Extralight varieties. Guess which bike yelled at me over the crummy street I live on, with the Extralights no less? The big Trek 620. Latex tubes, good...
04-19-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,503
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Cannondale STs are legit all-condition and...

Cannondale STs are legit all-condition and pure-road bikes, especially with modern components.

I've owned STs, SCs, and SRs in 63 and 66cm sizes, and have a pair of modern aluminum bikes/frames...
04-11-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,194
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Present day update: I determined that the 42s,...

Present day update: I determined that the 42s, while good in several ways, were not the most ideal match to the bike. Neither was the triple for my knees, nor the friction shifters. Changed the...
04-10-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,584
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

The carbon fork upgrade over the aluminum or...

The carbon fork upgrade over the aluminum or steel forks is very noticeable as carbon is naturally good at absorbing impacts and road buzz. It's not as "bothered" by things. That being said, a steel...
04-09-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,257
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

Red-and-white Prologue with Sante sounds like a...

Red-and-white Prologue with Sante sounds like a perfect match! Full late-'80s! :love:
04-08-22, 08:44 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,910
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

A number of people have said it here or there,...

A number of people have said it here or there, but for me it has been a case of as I evolve as a rider/enthusiast/whatever, coupled with expanding knowledge and interest, plus not being 5 or 10 years...
04-05-22, 01:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

From about 1990 to about 2008, I consider Trek...

From about 1990 to about 2008, I consider Trek and pretty much all manufacturers outside of Cannondale to be non-viabilities to me and other people around 6'5" (my height). 26" MTBs and Multitracks,...
04-03-22, 11:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

I hear you. Great proportions, especially in the...

I hear you. Great proportions, especially in the tallest 25" size, which for me is critical as so many companies (including Trek on some of their other models) will have frames/bikes that look decent...
04-03-22, 02:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,168
Posted By RiddleOfSteel

One of the attractive quality of hybrid bikes, to...

One of the attractive quality of hybrid bikes, to me, is their generous tire and fender clearance. Vintage bikes vary in tire size 'capability', even among touring bikes, which one would hope would...
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