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09-06-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 59
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Posted By cyclic_eric

Wowzer! There are some exceptionally beautiful...

Wowzer! There are some exceptionally beautiful bikes in this thread. :thumb:
09-05-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 857
Posted By cyclic_eric

Iíve had it happen a few times, no fun at all. ...

Iíve had it happen a few times, no fun at all. Each time Iíve tried shaking my head around to no avail. Stopping, taking the helmet off, and maybe smacking it against something feels better.
...
08-29-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By cyclic_eric

:roflmao:

:roflmao:
08-28-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By cyclic_eric

Lovin' the color scheme on your S-Works :thumb:

Lovin' the color scheme on your S-Works :thumb:
08-28-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By cyclic_eric

cb400bill's Trek looks like what I'd like. And...

cb400bill's Trek looks like what I'd like. And maybe Reflector Guy has it right, 'because racecar.'
But when you like your ride, or have spent quality time on it, it's nice to have some...
08-27-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By cyclic_eric

Can't let shifting be too sticky! Bring on the...

Can't let shifting be too sticky! Bring on the slick shifting Sturmey-Archer.
08-27-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,124
Posted By cyclic_eric

Name or Signature on your bike?

Do you have your name signed in ink on your bike? Can I see picture proof? Any other personalization to identify it as Your Bike? :ride:
How can I do that?
08-25-20, 10:38 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 924
Posted By cyclic_eric

Maybe the old tires could be used in the winter,...

Maybe the old tires could be used in the winter, and the new veloflexes during the summer?
Or maybe, try to wear out the old ones, by riding hard through the worst roads, chewing them up until they...
08-16-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 975
Posted By cyclic_eric

I am also 5'10", and my inseam is 33". 56cm...

I am also 5'10", and my inseam is 33". 56cm bikes seem a bit large to me, I prefer the nimble feel (in my opinion) of the 54 or 55cm bikes. The decision is also related to the type of roads and...
08-15-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By cyclic_eric

OMFG, that is so brilliant I can't wait to try...

OMFG, that is so brilliant I can't wait to try it. The cables will be cumbersome of course, if you're trying to keep them connected.
...
08-14-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By cyclic_eric

Having the skills to develop a reasonable sense...

Having the skills to develop a reasonable sense of proper torque may require being around since the days of dinosaurs. Even with titanium and carbon, I believe with a little care you can torque...
08-07-20, 08:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By cyclic_eric

I still love those days... get my Cinelli 1A on...

I still love those days... get my Cinelli 1A on there and I'll be all set... I swear it wasn't that long ago.
:50:
Now I had to go and get a plastic bike, jeez
Forum: Introductions
08-01-20, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 253
Posted By cyclic_eric

Welcome maxride! Cycling, little by little,...

Welcome maxride! Cycling, little by little, should be an excellent means of recovering from your surgery. I'll be leaving the 50+ group next year you youngster, but still in love with riding.
07-31-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By cyclic_eric

Ben and DrIsotope, your humor is much...

Ben and DrIsotope, your humor is much appreciated!
I've tried combinations of each suggested method. I must admit, DrIsotope gets at the real issue - being overly concerned with perfection, while...
07-31-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 741
Posted By cyclic_eric

Measuring Lever Position for Drop Bars

I purchased a used handlebar (3T Ergonova) that is due to arrive next week. How do you locate and adjust the lever positions?
I find that moving the levers on the bars by a millimeter or two changes...
07-25-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By cyclic_eric

Just in case you don't already know - one of the...

Just in case you don't already know - one of the most important factors to enjoying a "nice" road bike is proper fit. So go the extra mile to make sure the bike is the right size for you. You'll be...
07-22-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 695
Posted By cyclic_eric

😆 It definitely isnít just you,Cycle Tourist. I...

😆
It definitely isnít just you,Cycle Tourist. I was hooked by a Peugeot 3-speed in the 80ís, and followed it up with a couple Gitanes.
Each of them had a soft, cushioned ride. I have a theory,...
07-19-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By cyclic_eric

Cetacean84 - please make another thread to show...

Cetacean84 - please make another thread to show us your 1984 Gitane Tour de France!

Not intending to hijack, just to inspire your next thread, here's mine:
...
07-19-20, 08:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By cyclic_eric

Thanks. It was quite unwieldy on my brief test...

Thanks. It was quite unwieldy on my brief test ride. Flexy, shaking and shimmering unfortunately.
07-18-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By cyclic_eric

InvertedMP - I recommend a couple things before...

InvertedMP - I recommend a couple things before your appointment:

1. Ride for 5-10 miles and arrive limber. My seating position changes after half an hour of riding.
2. If you're thinking of...
07-16-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By cyclic_eric

I've been fitted by Pedro Dungo in the Marina,...

I've been fitted by Pedro Dungo in the Marina, he's good:
https://fittedbypedro.com/

Before opting for Pedro, I considered Ryan Moore:
https://revolutionsinfitness.com/bike-fits
07-13-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By cyclic_eric

Thanks nomadmax! Good to know the top tube is a...

Thanks nomadmax! Good to know the top tube is a bit longer than the seat tube. An yes, it sounds obvious in hindsight, I'd better have a look under that tape!
07-12-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By cyclic_eric

Any guesses on size? Or know where to find...

Any guesses on size?
Or know where to find geometry info?
07-12-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By cyclic_eric

1989 Eddy Merckx Century - geometry/sizing?

This Merckx Century looks good to me. The owner says it's a 54 cm, but doesn't say how that is measured. I need a 55 cm top tube or so. Were the Century top tubes longer than the seat tubes?
Thanks...
07-12-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By cyclic_eric

Thanks guys. I tend to like smaller sizes, at...

Thanks guys. I tend to like smaller sizes, at least lately. It's true, I may be closer to 56cm. Legs are about 33".
There are tons of n+1 options, so I want to be sure beforehand.
07-12-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By cyclic_eric

Opinions on this Merckx 7/11

Hello,
This bike is available for sale locally. The owner doesn't know much about it. Pictures show light surface rust on all the chrome. I'd like to know:
1. What will the ride be like? (I'm...
06-16-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,966
Posted By cyclic_eric

You are right. My original post about opting for...

You are right. My original post about opting for clincher or tubular wheels was my error.
06-15-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,966
Posted By cyclic_eric

As opposed to tubeless, I prefer clinchers with...

As opposed to tubeless, I prefer clinchers with tubes, or sew-ups on tubular rims.

Imho, for this bike from the 80's, I'll try to keep most of the componentry close to that time period. Obviously,...
06-14-20, 11:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,966
Posted By cyclic_eric

Fascinating. I didn't know that modern rims are...

Fascinating. I didn't know that modern rims are heavier. It makes complete sense, as Dave Mayer so clearly explained. Many thanks to him, Feldman, SurferRosa, noobinsf, mstateglfr, et al. Thanks...
06-12-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,966
Posted By cyclic_eric

80's vs. New Wheelset?

Hello,

My wheels have seen better days. They are Araya gold anodized rims, with Suntour (hard to read, maybe Superbee) hubs. Can I get a livelier, perhaps significantly lighter wheelset by going...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By cyclic_eric

Here's Frank Berto's chart, to use as a guide. It...

Here's Frank Berto's chart, to use as a guide. It looks like around 60 psi is more appropriate.
The horizontal axis is weight per wheel - see the instructions at the bottom.
...
04-15-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 909
Posted By cyclic_eric

Knee Over Pedal Spindle is an ancient myth that...

Knee Over Pedal Spindle is an ancient myth that just won't die. There are many other issues to consider for a proper fit.
https://sheldonbrown.com/kops.html
04-05-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 847
Posted By cyclic_eric

Have you tried Google Maps? Not everyone knows...

Have you tried Google Maps? Not everyone knows this, but if you click on the 3 bars in the upper left corner, you can select Bicycling and it shows all the local bike routes. I use it all the time....
04-02-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 7,515
Posted By cyclic_eric

That sure doesn't sound good. Are you taking your...

That sure doesn't sound good. Are you taking your temperature regularly? I hope there are others - friends/family checking in on you? Keep that oxygen moving in!
I hope you'll be getting stronger...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By cyclic_eric

Well said bahula03. Once everyone is ok with...

Well said bahula03. Once everyone is ok with getting within 6 ft of each other again I'll schedule a fitting. I hope that time comes soon.
I think I probably made the right call, logically speaking....
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By cyclic_eric

Thanks - Great looking ride

Thanks -
Great looking ride
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By cyclic_eric

My tarmac is a 54cm. From what I understand, it...

My tarmac is a 54cm.
From what I understand, it is a SCS (short chainstay) at 40.5cm long. The hubs are DT Swiss 350. 135 mm rear dropout spacing. It sounds like I may be limited to Roval or Next...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-20, 12:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By cyclic_eric

It's fairly heavy, at 18 lbs. My last bike was 16...

It's fairly heavy, at 18 lbs. My last bike was 16 lbs, and the Supersix has the benefit of those carbon hoops.
Another issue is that I just haven't gotten the fit sorted out. I've gone as far as I...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-30-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 839
Posted By cyclic_eric

Did I make the right choice? (Tarmac/Supersix)

Iím still agonizing over a decision I made last summer.

Last July, after test rides on 5 or 6 different bikes and a few hundred hours researching them online, I bought a lightly used 2017 Tarmac...
03-26-20, 09:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,196
Posted By cyclic_eric

I also like Steve Hogg's writing on the subject. ...

I also like Steve Hogg's writing on the subject.
For what it's worth, I think seated riding is not the only position to consider stem fit.
Some of the best times I have on a bike are when that out...
03-19-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

Nice and shiny! The stem doesn't look too long,...

Nice and shiny!
The stem doesn't look too long, yet..
:ride:
03-18-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

ThermionicScott: Thanks for the geeked-out...

ThermionicScott: Thanks for the geeked-out information!
The current seatpost is roughly 9" or 225mm long, measuring from the saddle rails to the end. Luckily, the Suntour post is ~11.75" or 300mm...
03-18-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

:thumb: Very Nice Bicycle! Yes, impossible to...

:thumb: Very Nice Bicycle! Yes, impossible to kick out of the garage, or living room, or den, or ...
(I was looking for the cool dude emoji with sunglasses, but the available list is very small. ...
03-18-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

SJX426: That's a tough pill to swallow! I'll...

SJX426: That's a tough pill to swallow! I'll probably try the longer seatpost first. It's an amazingly smooth, nice handling bike. Probably the best I've ever ridden. So I take it you still have the...
03-17-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

The proposed 26.6mm replacement seatpost looks...

The proposed 26.6mm replacement seatpost looks rather nicely anodized.
OTOH, the two best mechanics in my area are well into their 70's.
I suppose, being a relative youngster (kidding) at 58, I...
03-17-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

That sounds pretty f-in' smart. Seems like I'm...

That sounds pretty f-in' smart. Seems like I'm always in search of a small, friendly machine shop.
03-17-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

I see what you both mean. The stem is only 100mm...

I see what you both mean. The stem is only 100mm long, so the reach is fine. And the bike feels great. I could comfortably lower the stem, but the seatpost would have to stay up. Thanks for the...
03-17-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 684
Posted By cyclic_eric

'84 Gitane - Safe Seatpost Insertion?

Hi all, I'm getting close to comfortably fitting my new classic. But the seatpost is worrisome, so I've only rode it at home on my rollers. Currently it is inserted about 1.75 inches. I'm 160 lbs,...
03-01-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By cyclic_eric

I think Chas has a blue (one or two...) framed...

I think Chas has a blue (one or two...) framed bikes he prefers. Mine is Vitus 983, without the chainstay bridge.

It looks like I could easily fit 28mm tires, but will they adversely affect the...
02-29-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 591
Posted By cyclic_eric

Thanks SurferRosa - I can now ride tomorrow...

Thanks SurferRosa - I can now ride tomorrow without fear!
Still, a longer one would be better, she sa...
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