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05-10-18, 09:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,437
Posted By ppg677

I have 11-speed Athena on my early 80s Trek 950...

I have 11-speed Athena on my early 80s Trek 950 frame. Looks beautiful. Works mostly well except for some occasional "chain suck" in the first 1000 miles. That actually scraper up my newly painted...
05-09-18, 08:52 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 6,641
Posted By ppg677

As I've aged from 30 years old to 41 in a couple...

As I've aged from 30 years old to 41 in a couple months, I've come to prefer drop bars with a saddle-to-bar drop of a couple inches. It took awhile for my body to adapt, but now I'm more comfortable...
05-04-18, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By ppg677

No qr wheels either. And no barrel adjuster. ...

No qr wheels either. And no barrel adjuster.

I guess there simply needs to be enough slop to release the straddle cable.
05-04-18, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By ppg677

Adjusting cantilever brake cable without a way to release tension

So without a way to release tension (i.e., a brake lever release), how does one adjust cantilever brakes to be tight but still allow you to remove (and reinstall) the straddle cable to remove a wheel?
04-23-18, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By ppg677

I'm working on a restore of the 24" MTB I had as...

I'm working on a restore of the 24" MTB I had as a kid. A nickel-plated Mongoose ATB. Hard to believe my 10-14 year old self put that much wear on them!

I think I'll just replace the middle ring...
04-22-18, 06:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By ppg677

Are these chain rings worn out?

Seems like wear to me, but I'm not really sure.
03-30-18, 03:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,162
Posted By ppg677

Really stuck freewheel. Just leave it?

I've got a really stuck freewheel. I put the FR-1 tool in a vice, put the freewheel into the splines on top, and put as much force as I could turning the wheel counter-clockwise and it didn't budge....
11-02-17, 09:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,215
Posted By ppg677

Friend of mine just shipped his $4000 plastic...

Friend of mine just shipped his $4000 plastic Cervelo. He must not have removed the rear derailleur or something, because the dropout broke and yup, the plastic dropout is not replaceable. ...
08-26-17, 03:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,158
Posted By ppg677

My steel 1981 Trek 957 starts to shimmy if I...

My steel 1981 Trek 957 starts to shimmy if I remove both hands from the handlebars when going > 18mph or so. It only started doing this when I replaced all the original components with new stuff. ...
07-28-17, 07:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,540
Posted By ppg677

A co-worker of mine just user bikeflights. His...

A co-worker of mine just user bikeflights. His frame got wrecked. Broken, non-replacable carbon fiber derailleur hanger. He paid extra for insurance through bikeflights. Last I heard is that he...
07-19-17, 06:09 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,684
Posted By ppg677

$55 is too low IMHO.

$55 is too low IMHO.
07-18-17, 06:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 941
Posted By ppg677

OMG worst saddle ever! I endured 700 miles on a...

OMG worst saddle ever! I endured 700 miles on a Team Pro before finally coming to my senses. :-)
07-16-17, 12:15 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 8,721
Posted By ppg677

2011 Cannondale Carbon Synapse 5. Sold it after...

2011 Cannondale Carbon Synapse 5. Sold it after discovering vintage steel.

I'm surprised to see so many Titanium mentions.

My LHT is big, dull and heavy but it serves it's purpose as a...
07-05-17, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By ppg677

Hey, you're probably right on the nickel plating!...

Hey, you're probably right on the nickel plating! I just assumed shiney metal from the 80s was chrome ;-)

Seat post is thankfully not stuck. Not sure about the stem yet.

I knew I rode this...
07-05-17, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By ppg677

My chromed Mongoose MTB as a kid

When my mother bought me this 24" bike sometime in the late 80s, I was the envy of the neighborhood. I loved the bike. I loved the envy :-) I just pulled it out of the garage and think I'll fix...
06-18-17, 11:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,061
Posted By ppg677

I wrapped with leather after having chain suck...

I wrapped with leather after having chain suck take paint off the bottom of the chainstay.

Based on that experience, I find it important to have full coverage rather than just the top of the stay.
06-15-17, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,039
Posted By ppg677

Threads on a crank stripped when trying to remove

The threads on this crank just up and failed when I used a crank remover.

I need to get the crank off. Ruining the crank is fine (it is being replaced along with the bottom bracket). Any ideas? ...
06-15-17, 08:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By ppg677

Campagnolo Chorus 11-speed chain.

Campagnolo Chorus 11-speed chain.
05-02-17, 08:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 495
Posted By ppg677

I've had some chain suck issues on my 11-speed...

I've had some chain suck issues on my 11-speed athena group. This is where the crank would "suck" the chain. It caused paint damage on the chainstay of my newly painted bike
04-15-17, 09:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,060
Posted By ppg677

You're lucky! How much you pay for that...

You're lucky! How much you pay for that Paramount?
04-15-17, 07:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,060
Posted By ppg677

Where do you find this stuff? eBay? Craigslist?...

Where do you find this stuff? eBay? Craigslist?

It has been a couple years since my local Craigslist had something decent. And I check every day!
04-14-17, 08:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,837
Posted By ppg677

For what its worth, posting pictures on this site...

For what its worth, posting pictures on this site sucks. If you upload to the forums, you have to go through the hassle of resizing. Which is a hassle. The alternative is to fart around with...
04-14-17, 06:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Yup, that was the decal I did *not* remove ;-) I...

Yup, that was the decal I did *not* remove ;-) I did the other side. I can live with the tiny overlap. To me the important thing was getting them fairly symmetrical. I'm happy with the result. ...
04-14-17, 05:37 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

I ordered and applied new decals, though the ones...

I ordered and applied new decals, though the ones I removed are likely still usable. I may apply them to a different beater Trek I own.
04-14-17, 02:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Piece of cake. The existing decals came off with...

Piece of cake. The existing decals came off with a heat gun and finger nails.
...
04-14-17, 02:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,176
Posted By ppg677

The bike no longer has the color. It now looks...

The bike no longer has the color. It now looks like this :-) Now that I've switched to clinchers, I just carry the CO2 canisters
...
03-03-17, 08:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,377
Posted By ppg677

Wrapped with some leather strips.

Wrapped with some leather strips.
03-02-17, 10:57 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Heh. Calling me out! :-) Indeed the...

Heh. Calling me out! :-)

Indeed the responses were overwhelming "live with it". But I also got the responses of "that would drive me crazy" and a couple "fix it". And like any human being,...
03-02-17, 07:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,784
Posted By ppg677

No way would I pay $260 for that.

No way would I pay $260 for that.
03-01-17, 10:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

What makes you think it will go wrong? Decals...

What makes you think it will go wrong? Decals won't cleanly remove or I'll reapply new ones just as crooked?

This bugs the hell out of me. I've gone a year and it still bugs the hell out of me. ...
03-01-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Well I ordered replacement decals. I'm hoping it...

Well I ordered replacement decals. I'm hoping it is as simple as fingernails and heat gun. If not, I'll abort after attempting the small Columbus tubing sticker.
02-28-17, 06:26 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Guys, this is Trek's factory original scheme for...

Guys, this is Trek's factory original scheme for the Trek 957. They used seat tube decals for both the seat tube and the down tube.

These are individual letters without a panel.

TREK...
02-28-17, 06:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

I was hoping the irritant would indeed be...

I was hoping the irritant would indeed be temporary which is why I waited a year!

Velocals gave me instructions for removing decals. I may give this a shot. As a test, I'll carefully remove a...
02-28-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

The vinyl decals are definitely individual...

The vinyl decals are definitely individual letters applied over the painted panels. I know because I sourced everything myself and specced out the paint job.

The clearcoat was *not* applied...
02-27-17, 11:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,693
Posted By ppg677

Obsessing over slightly misaligned decals

About a year ago, I had my bike repainted. Vinyl decals from velocals were applied over the top of the automotive paint (and clearcoat) by the painter. I was told the freshly painted bike was put...
12-02-16, 03:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,242
Posted By ppg677

If you need something now, buy those. Yes,...

If you need something now, buy those. Yes, amazing deals for 126mm wheels come up on Craigslist but not all the time. I got a set of Campy Record 126mm wheels with sturdy lightly used Mavic gp4...
11-24-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,511
Posted By ppg677

I live in Madison have come across many Trek...

I live in Madison have come across many Trek employees and engineers who live in the city. One, a former Boeing aerospace engineer, is indeed responsible for modeling Trek's frames using...
11-16-16, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,335
Posted By ppg677

The triplizer from Red Clover Components worked...

The triplizer from Red Clover Components worked great for me.

Red Clover Components - Red Clover Components - Bicycle Triplizers and Chainrings (http://www.redclovercomponents.com/)

Keep in...
11-15-16, 08:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,550
Posted By ppg677

Has anyone heard stories of a horrific crash...

Has anyone heard stories of a horrific crash caused by a steel frame failure? I'm curious to know how it happened and if something gave with basically no warning.

A friend of mine had a dropout...
11-13-16, 12:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 639
Posted By ppg677

The Brooks S "ladies" saddles are terrible. They...

The Brooks S "ladies" saddles are terrible. They are simply shorter under the assumption that women wear skirts or something. With the typical need to tilt the saddle up, it irritates the lady...
11-12-16, 04:45 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,337
Posted By ppg677

What's wrong with electrical tape? I just...

What's wrong with electrical tape? I just finished my setup. Entire wheel, with a Sanyo h27 dynamo, for $95. DIY light that is just a $4 MR16 12v light, enclosed in a 3d-printed housing and...
11-12-16, 10:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,619
Posted By ppg677

Felt bikes are garbage. My wife rides one. For...

Felt bikes are garbage. My wife rides one. For one you can't replace the derailleur hangers and hence they are built strong and transfer all the energy to the stay right near the RD hanger. Hence...
11-07-16, 11:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By ppg677

My 2 cents-- I highly doubt it would suddenly...

My 2 cents-- I highly doubt it would suddenly fail on a rider. I doubt it has lost much strength given that part of the tube is not exactly a huge stress point.
11-05-16, 10:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,277
Posted By ppg677

You think the serial number is a coincidence?

You think the serial number is a coincidence?
11-03-16, 08:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,277
Posted By ppg677

Pot meet kettle Nice. ...

Pot meet kettle




Nice.



That is a faulty assumption. Just because someone is good at painting doesn't mean they are honest or good at repairing frames.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-16, 11:47 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 7,529
Posted By ppg677

My riding buddy's 15-year old Trek 5200 OCLV...

My riding buddy's 15-year old Trek 5200 OCLV frame just developed a crack in the chainstay. He did not crash it.

My other riding buddy's 3-year old Felt frame is developing separation between...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-16, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,571
Posted By ppg677

32c tires turns a spirited ride into complete...

32c tires turns a spirited ride into complete mush. I wouldn't go higher than 28c.

FWIW-- I previously rode two Synapse carbon bikes. 2008 that got hit by a car (frame survived no problem and I...
11-03-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,277
Posted By ppg677

I already got it. Like I said, $70 for a...

I already got it. Like I said, $70 for a Columbus double-butted lugged frame which includes a decent stem, seatpost, seat, headset, bottom bracket, and brake calipers.

Your logic just doesn't...
11-03-16, 06:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,277
Posted By ppg677

I'm not into authenticity. I'm into good riding...

I'm not into authenticity. I'm into good riding bikes. Workmanship can be apprised by visual inspection. You cannot half-ass a brazing job and make it look good.
11-02-16, 07:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,277
Posted By ppg677

Why? I ride two other old Trek frames. ...

Why?

I ride two other old Trek frames. One had a bent fork that Yellow Jersey bent back for me. The other one has been through hell and back like you describe-- no serial number, deralleur...
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