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07-12-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,927
Posted By jlaw

Having purchased my first vintage bike in 2018...

Having purchased my first vintage bike in 2018 and joined BF thereafter, I've had a couple years to stare at endless photos of classic and vintage rides posted all over the internet.

What I am...
07-08-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 2,323
Views: 448,557
Posted By jlaw

Nice rig! The 3xx and 4xx Elance frames are...

Nice rig!

The 3xx and 4xx Elance frames are a really good choice for updating - 531 steel but usually cost a bit less than the 6xx and 7xx.
07-04-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,391
Posted By jlaw

fyi - You won't be able to convert to 650b if you...

fyi - You won't be able to convert to 650b if you get a 1984 or 1985 620 because both use canti brakes (unless you get the posts moved down) - 700c will work though. 700c conversion is also easier...
06-15-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,431
Posted By jlaw

20 lbs. on the nose with pump and pedals. Built...

20 lbs. on the nose with pump and pedals. Built by J.P. Weigle $$$$$$$

Looks like 42 mm tires.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/j-p-weigle-for-the-concours-de-machines/
...
06-06-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,562
Posted By jlaw

Oh come on! Everbody knows bicyclists are a pain...

Oh come on! Everbody knows bicyclists are a pain in the a## and should be banned from all roads!

Am I right or am I right?


:p
06-05-20, 07:14 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,562
Posted By jlaw

My guess is that he is a police officer -...

My guess is that he is a police officer - jacked-up middle-aged body style, oversized sense of outrage/enritlement, unironic mirror sunglasses, comfortable using his hands and his bike to subdue...
06-05-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 360
Posted By jlaw

In my case it's that darn ankle bracelet! ...

In my case it's that darn ankle bracelet!


Kidding!:p
05-31-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

I like the slammed seat post and stem - reminds...

I like the slammed seat post and stem - reminds me of a 1950's coupe hot rod with a chop top.
...
05-31-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

A good-looking go-anywhere, do-anything bike! ...

A good-looking go-anywhere, do-anything bike! Old MTB frames offer so many possibilities.
05-19-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,059
Posted By jlaw

454 grams each with nice shock absorption at 20 -...

454 grams each with nice shock absorption at 20 - 25 psi. A little pricey, but they are hard to beat when flying down a gravel road on a sunny day!.
...
05-17-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,788
Posted By jlaw

This guy (Fuji Otaku: The Phoenix Project - Nitto...

This guy (Fuji Otaku: The Phoenix Project - Nitto M12 Front Rack (http://nihonmaru.blogspot.com/2011/08/phoenix-project-nitto-m12-rack.html)) managed to fit a Nitto M12 front rack onto his '85 620 -...
05-12-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 700
Posted By jlaw

SPF50 arm sleeves, spf 30+ polyester/spandex...

SPF50 arm sleeves, spf 30+ polyester/spandex short sleeve shirt with a collar (fishing shirt), spf skull cap sometimes, Neutrogena 50 or Walmart sunscreen for legs and neck sometimes.

The...
05-02-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 2,217
Views: 213,518
Posted By jlaw

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/433x577/fullsizerzzzz_f28b8a2bd06dd947dc825153f2b7f030f34217ec.jpg
04-27-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By jlaw

Sometimes you can find decent used wheels with...

Sometimes you can find decent used wheels with lower spoke counts on CL - or call around to bike shops as they may have used wheels or 'take off' wheels that would more closely match your existing...
04-27-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 376
Posted By jlaw

Lots of reasonably-priced wheel sets can be found...

Lots of reasonably-priced wheel sets can be found here: https://www.velomine.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=235&zenid=28dsp57g0ao3gukihjllgvo6b3

The Mavic, Alex, Sun,Weinmann, H Plus Son,...
04-23-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,036
Posted By jlaw

I have a similar 3x9 triple on my 'adventure'...

I have a similar 3x9 triple on my 'adventure' bike with an 11-32 in back - a really nice set-up for gravel roads and general cruising - shifting is excellent. And the TRP Spyre mechanical discs are...
04-22-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,036
Posted By jlaw

6 pages of thread in 7 days on the topic of who...

6 pages of thread in 7 days on the topic of who does and who does not like triple cranks and why you're an idiot for believing what you do....not bad! Gottta love this lock down!

I suggest a...
04-22-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

Welcome to BF! It sounds like you have done...

Welcome to BF!

It sounds like you have done some research already. This site is searchable and you should be able to find just about any info. you need right here with a little patience.

You...
04-20-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,036
Posted By jlaw

It's a fake - a joke that Jan Heine at the Rene...

It's a fake - a joke that Jan Heine at the Rene Herse website cooked up. But it does look pretty realistic.
04-20-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,036
Posted By jlaw

...cool combo of vintage chain guard with newer...

...cool combo of vintage chain guard with newer crank components.
04-16-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 9,671
Posted By jlaw

I like the scars - and the bike. The scars show...

I like the scars - and the bike. The scars show that this 40+ year old bike has a history and your nice work shows that it can live on for another 40, or more!
04-15-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 6,036
Posted By jlaw

You think a triple is bad - just try this thing! ...

You think a triple is bad - just try this thing!

https://www.renehersecycles.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/quintuple_crank_outside.jpg
Forum: Touring
04-01-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 873
Posted By jlaw

That Lynskey 300 is a nice frame/fork - lots of...

That Lynskey 300 is a nice frame/fork - lots of possibilities for different types of set-ups and a variety of riding styles.

I say 46/30 2x10 crank with an 11-36 cassette and Gevenalle shifters....
02-28-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

Cool bike - looks brand new and set-up for a...

Cool bike - looks brand new and set-up for a variety of riding conditions - could fit fenders and a rack if so desired - like the red and white color scheme.

Are the brakes vintage? What...
02-28-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,493
Posted By jlaw

Ok - since you're wondering - I don't understand...

Ok - since you're wondering - I don't understand how people can ride bikes year-round without getting bored-to-tears.

Winter is interesting and fun where I live, and it provides a nice break...
Replies: 10
Views: 684
Posted By jlaw

The 'value' of a particular bike is subjective -...

The 'value' of a particular bike is subjective - based upon an individual's reason for wanting to purchase it. All I am saying is that if this is a bike that you really want then just buy it. On the...
01-30-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 753
Views: 203,377
Posted By jlaw

One of the coolest bikes I've seen on BF -...

One of the coolest bikes I've seen on BF - (admittedly I'm a vintage Trek fan) - love the triple wheel RD cage and the completely trick rando set-up!
12-12-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 925
Posted By jlaw

Wow! Is the circus in town?

Wow! Is the circus in town?
12-05-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,827
Posted By jlaw

Not all rides are created equal - how many...

Not all rides are created equal - how many vertical feet of climbing in the planned charity ride? Most organized rides will have the route laid out on Ride With GPS, Map My Ride, etc. and the total...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 30,440
Posted By jlaw

I do. But I only use a pedal golf cart because...

I do. But I only use a pedal golf cart because using an electric golf cart is CHEATING!

https://p1.liveauctioneers.com/266/14713/4742085_1_x.jpg?auto=webp&format=pjpg&version=1&width=512
Forum: Road Cycling
10-15-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 380
Views: 30,440
Posted By jlaw

Can I get it with a leather Brooks and some down...

Can I get it with a leather Brooks and some down tube shifters?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 30,440
Posted By jlaw

So it finally happened to me yesterday on our...

So it finally happened to me yesterday on our regular Sunday morning ride....the 86 year old (true!) guy on his recumbent e-trike blew right past and left me and a few others IN THE DUST!

OHHHH...
10-13-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

Been riding the drops for 30 years and still no...

Been riding the drops for 30 years and still no problems reaching them - thinking about lowering my stem for a more aero position though....

https://i.stack.imgur.com/xqh25.jpg
10-10-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6,860
Views: 2,424,738
Posted By jlaw

Very sharp. IMO this is the kind of...

Very sharp.

IMO this is the kind of practical, affordable, around-town bike - set-up in this manner: big tires, fenders, basket, etc. - that should be one of the offerings of every bike shop. More...
10-09-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,142
Posted By jlaw

Another possibility is keeping your current stem...

Another possibility is keeping your current stem and using these bars, but they are pricey - $100

You gain about 2".

https://www.somafab.com/archives/product/condor-2-handlebar
...
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,710
Posted By jlaw

Thanks. I have re-learned to like riding the...

Thanks. I have re-learned to like riding the drops and am always looking for the right bar/stem combo. The Condor 2's are a good choice for threadless steerer tubes. With threaded steerers a quill...
09-13-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,416
Posted By jlaw

What size tires will you be using? A larger tire...

What size tires will you be using? A larger tire at lower pressure would likely provide extra shock protection for the entire wheel, including the spokes.

Also, a well-built wheel with...
09-07-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,345
Posted By jlaw

If the IRD doesn't work out and you want to try...

If the IRD doesn't work out and you want to try 2x10 there is also the new Shimano GRX 2x10 46/30 crankset with 172.5mm cranks.

You'll need a new threaded BB to make it work. About $150 for the...
08-19-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,229
Posted By jlaw

Looking good! A few questions: Is the...

Looking good!

A few questions:

Is the middle chain ring the original half-step or did you change it?

What's the freewheel - 13-28? I tried a 34T Mega Range 7 speed, but that last jump to...
08-19-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,610
Posted By jlaw

New to Me - 1985 Trek 620 - As Found In The Wild

I saw this bike on CL from a drive-worthy location. The CL photos weren't great but I could see that it was a 620, the Jim Blackburn rack was attached, and that it was a 22.5" frame. So, after some...
08-14-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,229
Posted By jlaw

Here's a previous thread re: fenders on a 620 -...

Here's a previous thread re: fenders on a 620 - not SKS-specific.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1158814-1984-trek-620-owners-fenders-possible.html

And, this guy did an excellent blog...
08-02-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,229
Posted By jlaw

I've read that the Duo Par derailleur was an...

I've read that the Duo Par derailleur was an expensive component with an evolutionary design in its day that allowed for wide-range touring freewheels - worked well but could be fragile. Yours will...
08-02-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,229
Posted By jlaw

Looks like the doubled lock nuts are on the wrong...

Looks like the doubled lock nuts are on the wrong side. Axle backwards?
08-01-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,229
Posted By jlaw

Nice find - excellent condition. I have the same...

Nice find - excellent condition. I have the same bike, same year, one size up.

RJ the Bike Guy also has a video re: disassembly/rehab of the Duo Par rear der. Be careful - many moving parts that...
07-30-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 1,559
Views: 669,485
Posted By jlaw

Not sure if I commented previously on your bike...

Not sure if I commented previously on your bike at the C&V forum, but - very cool re-imagination of a vintage frame using modern components - compares favorably to some of the modern 1x gravel bikes...
07-13-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,979
Posted By jlaw

Cool bike. But you are definitely committed to an...

Cool bike. But you are definitely committed to an upright position - especially noticeable when riding 40 miles I would think. I prefer drop bars set-up with lots of hand positions to help limit...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 14,759
Posted By jlaw

I have two bikes with fenders - a late-model...

I have two bikes with fenders - a late-model adventure bike with OEM steel fenders and one vintage resto-mod with aluminum VO fenders. Both fender sets are properly fitted, quiet, and stable. I like...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,715
Posted By jlaw

So true! I always forget to check the dates on...

So true! I always forget to check the dates on the original posts. But in reality the same questions and issues get re-hashed on BF over and over - so does it really matter that a post is 10 years...
Forum: Commuting
06-20-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,647
Posted By jlaw

I've liked the looks of the Midnight Special...

I've liked the looks of the Midnight Special since the introduction last year - looks like a real do-it-all bike that can be ridden stripped-down or with fenders, racks, etc. - gravel, pavement, ......
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,893
Posted By jlaw

So true. It rained here all of last Saturday...

So true. It rained here all of last Saturday night/early Sunday morning - stopped around 5 a.m. I went out at 6 a.m. to find empty, quiet roads and a pleasantly damp, misty air at about 62* -...
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