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04-29-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By Ironfish653

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone...

It's not Fuji, but here's my '76 Bridgestone rebuild:This was about $170 worth of parts; tires and tubes were the biggest single item at $50; going with gumwalls will probably be closer to $75, for...
04-29-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 899
Posted By Ironfish653

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state...

Buy a couple of city councilmen or state delegates.
Grassroots is great and all, but you gotta get the policymakers on your side if you want to make real progress.
04-29-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel...

I'd probably go ahead and swap out the freewheel to a 'modern' Shimano HG freewheel. Even though you have friction shifting, the ramped teeth on an SIS freewheel, along with a modern 8-sp chain (KMC...
04-28-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 555
Posted By Ironfish653

+1 The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like...

+1

The 53t SR chainring on my '76 is like this. I have to have the FD cage about 8mm above the teeth to make it work correctly.
It's been commented on, and I've adjusted it down, but then it...
04-28-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By Ironfish653

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to...

What is it about BikeForums that causes people to jump to the most arcane correlation-is-causation magical-thinking conclusion from nothing but a single picture or anecdote?

" Look how big that BB...
04-28-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,388
Posted By Ironfish653

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're...

They fly, but they don't really like to. You're more likely to run one over than get hit by one in the air.
Unless you ride at highway speeds, it's a non-issue.
What's most likely to happen is...
04-25-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,104
Posted By Ironfish653

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only...

Nope, for a lot of BikeForums, there are only three mountain bikes; full-jounce 29ers, department store Huffy's and the '85 Schwinn High Sierra. Suspension development started and ended with the...
04-25-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,104
Posted By Ironfish653

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah,...

If you're doing sprints on the road, then, yeah, there's no benefit to suspension. If you're climbing on a trail with rocks, roots, or otherwise uneven ground, then suspension can 'round off the...
04-23-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to...

Yes, Microshift is relatively comparable to Shimano. They don't make really high-end stuff like Ultegra and Dura-Ace, but what they do make is very good, and well regarded for the money. Sort of...
04-20-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,117
Posted By Ironfish653

Fitting a low-budget MTB with high-dollar...

Fitting a low-budget MTB with high-dollar tubeless race tires for grocery-getting because you keep getting flats and your duct-tape-and-super-glue patch technique doesn’t work would be a supreme...
04-07-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,110
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese...

I'd say that's a fair description. Japanese engineering of the era was capable of brilliant work (Honda CB750, anyone?) But overall, it was deliberate to the point of conservative
Case in point,...
03-29-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By Ironfish653

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC.. Great...

I'd take a look at Hilton Head, SC..
Great restaurants, beaches, and very bike friendly; in fact there are bike paths, trails and dedicated bike lanes covering pretty much the whole island. The...
03-27-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,678
Posted By Ironfish653

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of...

Another +1"for Zenni ; If you've got a copy of your prescription, and pick your upgrade options judiciously, you can get a pair made for about what you'd pay for decent 'off-the-rack' sunglasses.
03-25-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,526
Posted By Ironfish653

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could...

Corporate Inertia. The bikeshare companies could get a write-off whether they donated or scrapped them; Donating them would require contacting the co-ops and community groups (it would probably take...
03-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,526
Posted By Ironfish653

So basically, your model is to have the bikes...

So basically, your model is to have the bikes manufactured locally. (Assembled from components) and delivered to the stores complete and ready to ride?
I appreciate where you're heart's at, but...
03-25-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 6,526
Posted By Ironfish653

The biggest thing with department store bikes is...

The biggest thing with department store bikes is that the assembly is such a roll of the dice. Retail assembly is usually done by piece-rate contract assemblers, rather than store employees, and...
03-22-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By Ironfish653

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an...

Why the "air quotes?". Are you looking for an actual trailer, or something like a trailer, that's not really a bike trailer?
If it's an actual bike trailer, the THULE Chariot line is the top of the...
03-21-21, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 325
Posted By Ironfish653

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width,...

Typically, rims are sized by their inside width, usually in millimeters. What you've got as a "1.1 inch" is probably a 24mm, which is a pretty 'standard' 26" MTB rim.

Back in the day, a...
03-18-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 529
Posted By Ironfish653

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all...

I know that, but 1" threadless stems are not all that easy to come by these days, and if you're looking for a specific rise and reach, there's a lot more options in 31.8"

Sounds like the OP is...
03-18-21, 09:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 529
Posted By Ironfish653

Most threadless stems are able to be used as...

Most threadless stems are able to be used as either +/- rise / drop. The Mutant isn't one of those, however. If you're not planning on using the bike for anything more than light-duty casual riding,...
03-09-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,740
Posted By Ironfish653

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB...

What if you’re wearing a Lycra jersey and MTB baggy shorts? Do I get to offend everybody?
03-09-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 360
Posted By Ironfish653

Rather than try to source all the parts...

Rather than try to source all the parts individually, I’d just look for a 20” kids’ MTB; and take the rear wheel, RD, and shifter.
You should be able to find one for less than $50 on your local...
03-09-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By Ironfish653

In that case, probably little difference besides...

In that case, probably little difference besides the wheels and tires. That, and the gearing it’ll come with, if you’re starting with a mostly complete bike. Sometimes, inexpensive ‘casual’ MTB style...
02-18-21, 01:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 475
Posted By Ironfish653

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but...

A complete bike is usually an easier sell, but you can typically make more money parting it out; it just takes longer.
​​​​​​You have to find buyers who are looking for the parts you have, and...
02-17-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,424
Posted By Ironfish653

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike...

My saddle (Ronin Evo) has a $300 bike https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_1597_4c860e4556c9bb6ac863cba9556c6eb9f6712028.jpg
02-11-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,942
Posted By Ironfish653

It exactly is a 1950's bike. An industrial...

It exactly is a 1950's bike. An industrial 1950's bike, that you'd use to get around a big factory or a shipyard, where it'd be a really long walk (and they hadn't invented golf carts yet)
Their...
02-05-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By Ironfish653

Those pins are to help lift the chain from the...

Those pins are to help lift the chain from the small ring to the larger ring. They’re part of what makes indexed front shifting work
( Also from the smallest ring to the middle on a triple).
...
02-01-21, 06:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,079
Posted By Ironfish653

26” and 29” BMX are a silly amount of fun. For an...

26” and 29” BMX are a silly amount of fun. For an 80’s BMX kid like me, they’re a cool throwback, since I still like to hoon around, even on my city bikes.
If I had a pump track anywhere near me,...
01-31-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,071
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve done some night group rides in the city...

I’ve done some night group rides in the city where we’ve run extra, colored blinkies in addition to the usual headlight and rear flasher. Mostly on the side, though; bar ends, fork tips, seat stays,...
01-27-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By Ironfish653

Like Veganbikes said, pick either a stem or seat...

Like Veganbikes said, pick either a stem or seat post; both is hard to make work right, especially on a bike that wasn’t designed with any suspension.

As to what kind; it depends on how you sit...
01-01-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,462
Posted By Ironfish653

IMHO, the USA-made (pre-06) 'Dales are some of...

IMHO, the USA-made (pre-06) 'Dales are some of the best finished 'mass-market' bikes ever made. The welding is damn near seamless. I wouldn't be any more wary of a vintage Cannondale than any other...
12-30-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By Ironfish653

RANS bikes are neither "fish nor fowl" being...

RANS bikes are neither "fish nor fowl" being low-CG, uprights, but without the hardware and handling idiosyncrasies of a full-on recumbent.
As to the OP, I'd say that most of your questions would...
12-30-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 973
Posted By Ironfish653

+1. Normal. You're doing two things that bike...

+1. Normal. You're doing two things that bike drivetrains don't like; running big-big and backpedaling.
You can kinda get away with it on old 5-6 speed bikes, but on a modern 10-sp, short...
12-19-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 894
Posted By Ironfish653

Ride it as far as you're willing to walk, and as...

Ride it as far as you're willing to walk, and as fast as you're willing to crash.
12-18-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,241
Posted By Ironfish653

Yes, it's a cheap bike, but it's a very simple...

Yes, it's a cheap bike, but it's a very simple one. That means there's not much to go wrong. You're not going to be asking much of it, performance wise, so it may suprise you with how well it holds...
12-08-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By Ironfish653

Early Cannondales (pre-‘90) are still very much...

Early Cannondales (pre-‘90) are still very much boutique bikes; it’s not a surprise to find component changes or paint colors that don’t show up in the catalog. One-off T-series touring bikes seem to...
12-03-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 34,160
Posted By Ironfish653

Chuckk That’s a really cool example! I’ve seen...

Chuckk That’s a really cool example!
I’ve seen a couple other Concept2 badged SoftRides before, IIRC they were all PowerCurves, and as far as I know, they’re just Allsop/SoftRides with different...
11-27-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,586
Posted By Ironfish653

And herein lies the rub in mixing and matching...

And herein lies the rub in mixing and matching parts from different years, as standards change, the parts change. Things like 130mm 7 speed hubs, which do exist, RSX and 1990s XT, I know, because I...
11-25-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,705
Posted By Ironfish653

if you’re just riding pavement and gravel tracks...

if you’re just riding pavement and gravel tracks on your MTB, then, yeah, you’ll have a lot more climbing gears than you’re going to need.

I think you’re looking to hard at tooth counts, and...
11-21-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,360
Posted By Ironfish653

Somewhere outside of Mid Pines, NC, October 2016...

Somewhere outside of Mid Pines, NC, October 2016 on the STIHL Tour des Trees.
About 15 miles into a 125 mile day. ...
11-14-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 909
Posted By Ironfish653

It's about the era; In the 6/7/8-speed era, you...

It's about the era; In the 6/7/8-speed era, you had a much broader mix of freewheel and cassette wheels across manufacturer's lineups. Freewheels were still common on mid-range bikes. Freewheels...
11-11-20, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 713
Posted By Ironfish653

Yup, a Suntour V-GT would be both...

Yup, a Suntour V-GT would be both period-appropriate, and and nice upgrade from the Honor. They often can be found in the 'claw mount'

If you're running friction shifters, which i'd assume you...
11-04-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,044
Posted By Ironfish653

They don't have to be big. I have a Ritchey CPR-9...

They don't have to be big. I have a Ritchey CPR-9 from the '90s that still sees regular use. I've got other multi-tools that work better, but I still bring this along, because the chain breaker works...
11-03-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,915
Posted By Ironfish653

Bad news for you; a Bianchi Avenue is a...

Bad news for you; a Bianchi Avenue is a steel-framed hybrid. That black bike in post#19 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=19) is what a Mountain Bike looked like 30...
10-31-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,140
Posted By Ironfish653

Jcm1960 Just because you're mostly riding on...

Jcm1960 Just because you're mostly riding on pavement, doesn't mean you have to go straight to a 32mm slick. BF (and the General Cycling forum) are very road-bike biased, and the knowledge base skews...
10-27-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 9,432
Posted By Ironfish653

Not really. Tire size, and good (if...

Not really. Tire size, and good (if unintentional) bike handling. A loose grip / semi-active riding posture will let the bike move a little on rough terrain, without 'fighting' against the rider....
10-27-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 576
Posted By Ironfish653

How many types are there? Most kid/pet/cargo...

How many types are there? Most kid/pet/cargo trailers are NDS dropout. They have one for that. The 'hitch' comes as part of the trailer, not the axle, that changes from brand to brand.
The BOB...
10-20-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 9,432
Posted By Ironfish653

Heavy bikes don’t have to be slow, but it helps.

Heavy bikes don’t have to be slow, but it helps.
10-20-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 963
Posted By Ironfish653

A Cannondale “2.8” frame is literally that, 2.8...

A Cannondale “2.8” frame is literally that, 2.8 lbs, so there’s your weight saving right there.

Seriously, though, what is this steel bike you’re looking to upgrade? Depending on frame size and...
10-14-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,084
Posted By Ironfish653

Polished Cannondales :p ...

Polished Cannondales :p


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