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08-25-10, 06:42 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,435
Posted By Abacus

Well, I'm afraid Niagra's international shipping...

Well, I'm afraid Niagra's international shipping really sucks. I'll never order from them again.

I've placed a couple of orders with them via Amazon. The first was about a year ago. The item...
08-25-10, 04:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,751
Posted By Abacus

Kastle Tour Montagne

And now for something completely different...

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad263/Balmain_Cyclist/Kastle%20Tour%20Montagne/BzMMPoQCWkKGrHqQOKjoEOWYcQTyBMU7oYcY7_3.jpg

Ugly as sin, and way...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-10, 12:31 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 270
Posted By Abacus

2002 Giant TCR-2 Fork

I have a 2002 Giant TCR-2 50cm frame I intend to build up. One of these:2002 Giant Archive (http://archive.giant-bicycles.com/au/030.000.000/030.000.000.asp?year=2002&model=9611)

I have to buy a...
07-19-10, 12:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Abacus

Thanks, I'll repost it in the right place. ...

Thanks, I'll repost it in the right place.

It's a 1 1/8 steerer, as per: http://archive.giant-bicycles.com/au/030.000.000/030.000.000.asp?year=2002&model=9611
07-18-10, 05:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Abacus

Huh?

Huh?
07-17-10, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,148
Posted By Abacus

2002 Giant TCR-2 Fork

I have a 2002 Giant TCR-2 frame I intend to build up. I have to buy a fork.

Can somebody out there let me know what axle/crown height and offset I should be looking for?

Thanks.
06-27-10, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,310
Posted By Abacus

It's running 700C wheels as well. I don't know...

It's running 700C wheels as well. I don't know if they were ever fitted to Olympic 12s.

High definition pictures here: ...
06-27-10, 09:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,310
Posted By Abacus

Nishiki Olympic 12 TIG Welded?

So, I'm looking at this Olympic 12, branded as a Repco for the Australian Market.

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad263/Balmain_Cyclist/Olympic%2012/Olympic12.jpg

The thing I can't get my...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-27-10, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,581
Posted By Abacus

Thanks for the info. It ties up with my own...

Thanks for the info. It ties up with my own thoughts, being that there wouldbn't be much in it. And yes, my main interest in the old frame is the aesthetics.

I expect the Tange to be a bit...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-25-10, 10:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,581
Posted By Abacus

Surly 4130 or Tange #1

OK, I have a dilemma.

I have a brand new Surly Pacer frame hanging on my wall, ready to be built up. I bought it as a boxed complete bike a few months ago, but decided I didn't like the color So...
06-17-10, 03:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,256
Posted By Abacus

@swen0171: Yes, I think you are right about the...

@swen0171: Yes, I think you are right about the stiffness. When you see the Miyata next to the 520 the Miyata looks very delicate. The 520 has much thicker tubing, thicker forks, ahead headset,...
06-17-10, 02:28 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,256
Posted By Abacus

Unfortunately, I don't have the original brakes. ...

Unfortunately, I don't have the original brakes.

So last night I tried on half a dozen different sets of canties and V brakes from a 1990 Trek 800 to a 2010 Mongoose hybrid. A couple wouldn't...
06-15-10, 12:58 AM
Replies: 803
Views: 209,110
Posted By Abacus

I have already posted this in the "Show Us Your...

I have already posted this in the "Show Us Your Vintage Touring Bike" thread, but it probably belongs in here.

I have recently acquired a 50cm Clamont Fifteen Hundred tourer frame, which I now...
06-14-10, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2,390
Views: 780,758
Posted By Abacus

@ dokydoky I see that your Myata appears to...

@ dokydoky

I see that your Myata appears to have the same curious circular device on the chain stay that mine does:
...
06-14-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2,390
Views: 780,758
Posted By Abacus

That's really nice. I'm guessing you are somewhat...

That's really nice. I'm guessing you are somewhat taller than me :)

I believe the Clamont is a rebadged Miyata.

The Clamont brand was, and is, predominantly applied by an Australian bike...
06-11-10, 09:38 PM
Replies: 2,390
Views: 780,758
Posted By Abacus

That's damn nice. I love those chainrings.

That's damn nice.

I love those chainrings.
06-11-10, 09:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,256
Posted By Abacus

Looks. Pure and simple. I already have a...

Looks. Pure and simple.

I already have a 2003 Trek 520. The Trek will be the donor bike for most of the bits and pieces.

I understand the economic arguments, but it's just something I want...
06-11-10, 12:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 16,256
Posted By Abacus

So, I'm doing a bit of shameless thread mining...

So, I'm doing a bit of shameless thread mining here.

I've recently acquired a mid 80's 27" touring frame. The frame has bosses for cantilever brakes, but no brake calipers.

I will be fitting...
06-11-10, 12:32 AM
Replies: 2,390
Views: 780,758
Posted By Abacus

Probably a little bit premature, but this is my...

Probably a little bit premature, but this is my mid 80s Clamont 1500, as it stands.

http://i942.photobucket.com/albums/ad263/Balmain_Cyclist/Clamont%201500/663d4644.jpg

A little bit of work...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-13-10, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,099
Posted By Abacus

Shimano Alfine 11 Speed Width

Does anybody know how wide the upcoming Alfine 11 speed is?

I need to know how wide the drop outs should be to accommodate this hub.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-10, 05:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,299
Posted By Abacus

I would wait for the 11 speed Alfine to be...

I would wait for the 11 speed Alfine to be released later this year. It looks like being a huge step forward over the current 8 speed, with 405% gear range versus 307%, evenly spaced gear increments...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-10, 03:43 AM
Replies: 2,048
Views: 451,112
Posted By Abacus

These pictures are old, and do not show the...

These pictures are old, and do not show the current configuration and/or condition of my steelies, anyway:

2003 Trek 520 (3/4 way through rebuild)
...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-10, 01:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,450
Posted By Abacus

Flyer Special on my 520. Same top as s a B17,...

Flyer Special on my 520. Same top as s a B17, but it has springs.
Forum: Commuting
04-07-10, 01:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,261
Posted By Abacus

You have several choices, all around $20.00: ...

You have several choices, all around $20.00:

Cheap: Shimano STX 7 speed trigger shifters. About $20.00
...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-10, 01:24 AM
Replies: 670
Views: 331,141
Posted By Abacus

I believe the Grizzley, Osprey, Nyala, Ocelot,...

I believe the Grizzley, Osprey, Nyala, Ocelot, etc rigid mtbs basically had the same frame, just different components.

These are, indeed, sweet frames. I wasn't really aware that Bianchi even...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-10, 09:17 PM
Replies: 670
Views: 331,141
Posted By Abacus

I've had a Trek 520 for some time. I can't...

I've had a Trek 520 for some time. I can't complain about the way it rides, but I have to admit the TIG welds look a bit plain when compared to lugs.

A few weeks ago I bought this mint, virtually...
Forum: Commuting
04-06-10, 08:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,785
Posted By Abacus

I have Topeak Super Tourist DX racks on 2 of my...

I have Topeak Super Tourist DX racks on 2 of my bikes, a 2003 Trek 520 and a 1996 Bianchi Osprey, (a rigid 26" mtb).

From memory, the chain stays are 440mm on the Trek, 400mm on the Bianchi.

I...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-10, 11:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,341
Posted By Abacus

I'm 5'10 with a 30" inseam. My road bike is...

I'm 5'10 with a 30" inseam.

My road bike is a 21" Trek 520, and my MTB is an 18" mid 90's Nishiki Colorado. These sizes work for me. I have a bit more crotch clearance on the MTB than the 520,...
07-08-09, 08:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,440
Posted By Abacus

Don't some clubs ban tri bikes because the aero...

Don't some clubs ban tri bikes because the aero bars can cause problems when riders are close together?
05-08-09, 06:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,196
Posted By Abacus

This fellow, who I think is a member of these...

This fellow, who I think is a member of these forums, built a very impressive Clyde-carrier based on a Fuji Touring frame.

CrazyGuyOnaBike...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-08-09, 06:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,781
Posted By Abacus

Having explored Bikepedia a bit more, it seems...

Having explored Bikepedia a bit more, it seems that CFA might have been a form of Cr-mo after all.

For instance, looking at 1997, Mongoose produced a hybrid called a "Crossway" at various levels....
Forum: Framebuilders
05-08-09, 05:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,781
Posted By Abacus

The main issue I have is whether Mongoose's term...

The main issue I have is whether Mongoose's term "Complex Ferrous Array", or CFA for short, even means Cr-mo, let alone 4138 Cr-mo. The seller of the bike believes that's what CFA means, I'm trying...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-08-09, 12:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,781
Posted By Abacus

Yes, that's what I was thinking. I think...

Yes, that's what I was thinking.

I think I'll give that one a miss. It's a shame, it's a good looking bike in very good condition.
Forum: Commuting
05-07-09, 01:17 PM
Replies: 363
Views: 59,234
Posted By Abacus

Wow. What a friendly 1st post. Troll.

Wow.

What a friendly 1st post.

Troll.
Forum: Framebuilders
05-07-09, 02:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,781
Posted By Abacus

Complex Ferrous Array

So, I'm looking at a 1997 Mongoose Sycamore mtb.

Up until 1996 these bikes had Cr-mo frames.

Bikepedia describes the 1997 model as having "Mongoose CFA" tubing.
...
05-05-09, 11:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,576
Posted By Abacus

Thanks for that. I'm bookmarking this thread. ...

Thanks for that. I'm bookmarking this thread.

I already have a Nexus hub available, as one my other bikes is an aluminium flat-bar Nexus 8-equipped road bike that I don't ride for a variety of...
Forum: Commuting
05-05-09, 09:18 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,811
Posted By Abacus

[quote=RVD72;8836800]I think the guy drinking...

[quote=RVD72;8836800]I think the guy drinking beer in the car is awesome (in a bad way of course)./QUOTE]

Funny how attitudes change over the years.

Thirty years ago my friends and I used to...
05-04-09, 04:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,576
Posted By Abacus

Thanks for that.

Thanks for that.
05-04-09, 05:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,196
Posted By Abacus

reno327 speaks the truth, and echos my own...

reno327 speaks the truth, and echos my own experience.

Keep in mind that the first bike you buy probably won't be the last. The first bike will give you a good idea as to what you want in your...
05-04-09, 04:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,686
Posted By Abacus

Be careful if you also have divarticular disease....

Be careful if you also have divarticular disease.

I have done Atkins 3 times. Each time I lost a heap of weight. Did it by the book (both of them).

Unfortunately, I had to abandon the diet on...
05-04-09, 04:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,576
Posted By Abacus

I read in the other 520 thread in the commuting...

I read in the other 520 thread in the commuting forums that you have changed the triple for a single.

I am thinking of going the other way. I have a standard 27 speed 520 and I am thinking of...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-09, 06:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,473
Posted By Abacus

The Masi name was bougt by Haro bikes, of...

The Masi name was bougt by Haro bikes, of California, a few years back.

I don't know if they are made in Taiwan or China. They are certainly not made in America or Italy.

They are still cool...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-09, 06:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,473
Posted By Abacus

Crankset is now 48/36/26. Some tourers carrying...

Crankset is now 48/36/26. Some tourers carrying heavy loads might want it a bit lower, with maybe a 24 granny, but for commuting it's pretty good.

The colour is called metallic root bear. It...
Forum: Commuting
05-03-09, 07:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,473
Posted By Abacus

One big advantage of the 520 over other...

One big advantage of the 520 over other contenders (LHT, Masi, Jamis Aurora) etc is the relatively low standover height for any given top tube length. This is really handy for a commuter where you...
Forum: Commuting
04-29-09, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15,353
Views: 11,328,290
Posted By Abacus

Very nice indeed!! What rack is on the...

Very nice indeed!!


What rack is on the front of that bike?
04-29-09, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By Abacus

Thanks for that

Thanks for that
04-29-09, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 472
Posted By Abacus

What do the Symbals next to the User Names Mean?

I understand:

- Single purple star = moderator
- Three purple stars = admin

But I don't know what these mean:

- Yellow Jersey
- Single red star
- Sheldon Brown bird shaped helmet ornament...
04-28-09, 10:57 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 12,700
Posted By Abacus

That link was dated Feb 20. Pogan was supposed...

That link was dated Feb 20. Pogan was supposed to be in court April 1. Anybody know what happened?
04-24-09, 10:52 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,259
Posted By Abacus

Stronglight version of Sugino XD-600

So, I thought the Stronglight Impact was a rebranded version of the XD-600.

However, the crank arms seem to be different:

Sugino:

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d49/Abacus2360/XD600.gif
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-09, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By Abacus

Sound like the OP has described Nitto Noodle...

Sound like the OP has described Nitto Noodle bars.

If the Noodle has too much drop and reach have a look at the Nitto Randonneur.
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