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07-06-18, 04:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

Fine. I guess my own experience counts for...

Fine. I guess my own experience counts for nothing... with that, I resign from this forum.
07-05-18, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

Fork spacing concerns mostly arise from the...

Fork spacing concerns mostly arise from the older-style canti bosses, which have only one anchor-hole to tension the brake spring: if you can't get enough spring tension on a narrow fork under those...
07-05-18, 05:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,973
Posted By DIMcyclist

The finest bikes in the world: 1. Huffy 2....

The finest bikes in the world:

1. Huffy
2. Ikea
3. Ming
4. AMC
5. Murray

These are worth fortunes... to the right people. And you know the right people.
07-03-18, 10:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

Actually, with regard to maybe changing out the...

Actually, with regard to maybe changing out the brakes completely, this reminds me...

I should point out that the Avids need a minimum of about 65mm (c-t-c) between the canti studs for decent...
07-03-18, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 598
Posted By DIMcyclist

If all else fails, you could move to Arizona... ...

If all else fails, you could move to Arizona...

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07-03-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

Over the years, I've gradually replaced the...

Over the years, I've gradually replaced the original Shimano & Dia Compe cantis on my daily riders with the Avid Shorty 6; they have fairly good stopping power (esp. for the price; better than the...
07-03-18, 12:36 PM
Replies: 7,092
Views: 671,234
Posted By DIMcyclist

Brand new, Shimano 105 (5500) RIGHT (rear)...

Brand new, Shimano 105 (5500) RIGHT (rear) replacement STI shifter pod; NOS from the Czech Republic. :)

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06-27-18, 11:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,460
Posted By DIMcyclist

Actually, I've found the Mimosa to be a...

Actually, I've found the Mimosa to be a dee-lightful way to get drunk at breakfast, on Sundays, when I'm not so hung over as to demand a Bloodly Mary. :lol:



Maybe before the last recession......
06-27-18, 06:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,460
Posted By DIMcyclist

Huh. I'll have to check the place out at some...

Huh. I'll have to check the place out at some point.

As far as it becoming a cliche, I'd have to ask how common the phenomena really is? Because there are two of them bracketing Inner NE, does...
06-26-18, 07:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,277
Posted By DIMcyclist

Shimano 105/ 1055 group. 1056 had the black 8 sp....

Shimano 105/ 1055 group. 1056 had the black 8 sp. hub bodies; 1055 had the shorter 7 sp. bronze ones.

RSX Blue (the A410 group), was 2/3 x 7 STI.

Granted, all of the above were HG, but I...
06-26-18, 07:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 16,187
Posted By DIMcyclist

It sounds to me more like you used an inferior...

It sounds to me more like you used an inferior top coat. Personally, I've never had that problem.

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06-26-18, 04:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 16,187
Posted By DIMcyclist

I'd recommend two things: 1) If you have...

I'd recommend two things:

1) If you have rust issues, get the frame garnet-blasted. This will cost you about $50, but it'll get rid of the rust along with all of the old paint. Handle the frame...
06-26-18, 12:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,025
Posted By DIMcyclist

I seem to recall that Takagi was an independent...

I seem to recall that Takagi was an independent subcontractor that made cranks for Shimano (as Sugino did for SunTour), which was later merged into Shimano when they consolidated their various...
06-26-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 894
Posted By DIMcyclist

Indeed, thanks; it brings up some fond & deep...

Indeed, thanks; it brings up some fond & deep memories of my own mom. My mother also had a mixte, in Germany, when I was little (for as long as I can remember, really); she had a seat on the back &...
06-26-18, 09:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,668
Posted By DIMcyclist

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see pics from...

Absolutely gorgeous! Can't wait to see pics from after it's been polished up.
06-23-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 921
Posted By DIMcyclist

I count 20. Sometimes 21. -

I count 20. Sometimes 21.

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06-23-18, 08:42 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,946
Posted By DIMcyclist

I'm a firm believer in both synchronicity and...

I'm a firm believer in both synchronicity and serendipity. :D

Both can be seen as moving in accordance with the Tao.

Edit:


:lol:
06-23-18, 08:29 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,946
Posted By DIMcyclist

Tthat's a beautiful bike; is that a custom paint...

Tthat's a beautiful bike; is that a custom paint job? It's purdy as a Zunow!



Who? You mean, me? Are my obscure questions really that annoying?

If you must know, the rack in question is a...
06-23-18, 12:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,278
Posted By DIMcyclist

I like white bar tape with most colors;...

I like white bar tape with most colors; unfortunately nothing shows off the dirt, grime, & sweat like white bar tape. :rolleyes:

My Torelli is green, with white bar tape & red accents, subtly like...
06-23-18, 12:52 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 6,946
Posted By DIMcyclist

What's the most obscure part that you're still looking for?

I've been keeping my eyes open for a very rare front rack, and it occurred to me that I probably won't see one anytime soon. Then I got to thinking...

What odd little part has most eluded your...
06-21-18, 05:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By DIMcyclist

You mean Si35, right? It's good tubing;...

You mean Si35, right?

It's good tubing; usually splined & tri-butted, iirc. The Fuji 'Black Ace' was famously made from it, and a few other Fuji classics.

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06-21-18, 05:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,093
Posted By DIMcyclist

Actually, a buddy of mine got his back, in kind...

Actually, a buddy of mine got his back, in kind of a strange way (btw, this happened some 20-odd years ago)... My friend's Trek 1000 was stolen from the employee parking behind the pizza place he...
06-20-18, 02:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,821
Posted By DIMcyclist

Just an fyi, Fuji was their own thing; also the...

Just an fyi, Fuji was their own thing; also the last major domestic Japanese bike maker to outsource production to Taiwan in the mid-1990s, a late start that sadly led to the company's demise later...
06-20-18, 11:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,821
Posted By DIMcyclist

Yup. Bridgestone still makes bikes, under both...

Yup. Bridgestone still makes bikes, under both their own & the Anchor brands, and you can still order high-end lugged steel Panasonics. Check out the ORC-14 sometime; it's an awesome frame, and can...
06-20-18, 08:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 788
Posted By DIMcyclist

Dish soap or a schpritz of 409 to remove; replace...

Dish soap or a schpritz of 409 to remove; replace with ODI grips. Problem solved.

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06-20-18, 08:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,922
Posted By DIMcyclist

I'd like to say the above is mostly just...

I'd like to say the above is mostly just overkill, but truthfully, it all depends on the bike being switched over: the process can be as simple as swapping out the shifters & installing a pair of DT...
06-20-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,821
Posted By DIMcyclist

Maybe so with mass-produced bikes (say, those...

Maybe so with mass-produced bikes (say, those built by Kuwahara), but custom makers like Toei, Cherubim, and Nagasawa (who, I might add apprenticed as a framebuilder under Ugo De Rosa) have always...
06-19-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,220
Posted By DIMcyclist

Do you mean like a 'drag dynamo;' one that...

Do you mean like a 'drag dynamo;' one that attaches behind the BB shell, with a roller that drags against the tire? Or one that's wholly contained inside the BB shell & generates power directly from...
06-19-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,821
Posted By DIMcyclist

And I think Jon T's reply was also quite...

And I think Jon T's reply was also quite logical. Here's why...

For the sake of discussion, let's compare two Japanese bikes with two Italian bikes...

First up, let's compare a student-grade...
06-19-18, 01:48 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,756
Posted By DIMcyclist

Past: 8 Currently riding: 6 Mothballed: 1 ...

Past: 8
Currently riding: 6
Mothballed: 1
Undergoing restoration: 3

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06-19-18, 01:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,417
Posted By DIMcyclist

Best recommendation I can give you is do your...

Best recommendation I can give you is do your research ahead of time, and take the salesman's spin with a (fair) grain of salt since their job is to sell you things, whether you need them or not....
06-19-18, 01:24 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,821
Posted By DIMcyclist

Exactly: in comparison to ... what? And...

Exactly: in comparison to ... what?

And during which era? And custom or mass-produced?

They've had really great periods as an industry, with some brilliant designers; and they have their share...
06-18-18, 09:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,006
Posted By DIMcyclist

+1 I absolutely agree: fit is important,...

+1 I absolutely agree: fit is important, especially as you get older & less flexible. :thumb:
06-17-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 639
Posted By DIMcyclist

Portland, Maine? One hand-made from lobster...

Portland, Maine?

One hand-made from lobster chitin?

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06-17-18, 04:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,006
Posted By DIMcyclist

Older 'limousine-frame' mountain bikes would be a...

Older 'limousine-frame' mountain bikes would be a good, since they have longer wheelbases and geometry more like touring bikes (ergo, smoother rides). If fitted with a taller stem (like a Nitto...
06-17-18, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

All very fine... IF you know what you're doing on...

All very fine... IF you know what you're doing on a repair stand; you can save a bundle if you do and it's simple- even fun- to learn.

If you don't know a thing about bikes, being a cheapskate...
06-16-18, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 525
Posted By DIMcyclist

It looks like a beefed-up version of my Axiom...

It looks like a beefed-up version of my Axiom Oddysee* :

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/775x600/new820b_e79739e91877a4574d6a2a4dd721fe73798449e9.jpg

* I'm not sure if I...
06-16-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,686
Posted By DIMcyclist

Absolutely! The 820/ 830/ 850/ & 870 were...

Absolutely! The 820/ 830/ 850/ & 870 were excellent bikes, and make for both great commuters & solid 650b conversions.
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06-16-18, 02:24 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,410
Posted By DIMcyclist

5' 7" & I ride a 54/ 55. My legs are a tad...

5' 7" & I ride a 54/ 55.

My legs are a tad long: I used to be 5' 8" but lost about an inch from a back injury about a decade ago.

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06-16-18, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,943
Posted By DIMcyclist

Hmmm... After reading this post on another forum:...

Hmmm... After reading this post on another forum:

http://www.gitaneusa.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3346&sid=713f5cdb266082c0393d67ff15b58d1c...
06-16-18, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 544
Posted By DIMcyclist

If you don't mind new steel: Soma Stanyan...

If you don't mind new steel:

Soma Stanyan (650b conversion); Soma GR; Soma Doublecross; Soma Wolverine; Surly Straggler; Surly Crosscheck; Surly Disc Trucker. All of these have clearance for wider...
06-16-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,943
Posted By DIMcyclist

Opinions on Pivo/ Atax stems?

Hey Everybody,

Does anyone have any thoughts to share regarding Pivo or Atax stems? They had kind of an interesting design, but some odd features; frankly, I'm not really sure what to make of...
06-15-18, 01:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 325
Posted By DIMcyclist

Early '80s Japanese Bridgestone Catalogs...

For anyone interested, her's a link to a couple of old Japanese Bridgestone Catalogs:

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06-15-18, 08:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,738
Posted By DIMcyclist

Or why not Brooks saddles & the superiority of...

Or why not Brooks saddles & the superiority of Proofide over other brands of exactly the same stuff? :lol:



Yeah- Tektro's 556/559 'Bigmouth' calipers definitely have the reach for a conversion...
06-14-18, 06:55 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,891
Posted By DIMcyclist

Stunning! Beautiful job, man! :thumb: Really dig...

Stunning! Beautiful job, man! :thumb: Really dig the saddle, too- is that an Ideale?

I've become quite fascinated with Bridgestone's non-export frames over the past few years. There's a lot to...
06-14-18, 06:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,738
Posted By DIMcyclist

Don't mistake me: when I said "thought...

Don't mistake me: when I said "thought experiment," I meant it; I intended this is purely hypothetical discussion. No parts, no frame, no anything bought. I'm just curious about the possibilities....
06-14-18, 06:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,891
Posted By DIMcyclist

Woahhh-- Duuude! That's what? Like, about a...

Woahhh-- Duuude!

That's what? Like, about a '74 or '75 Oval/ ST-10? Is it still 650a?

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06-14-18, 06:28 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 37,891
Posted By DIMcyclist

Hmmm... it's funny how much traction a...

Hmmm... it's funny how much traction a Bridgestone thread still gets...

I've owned (& still own) a few Bridgestones & I have yet to be dissatisfied; I quite like them. The only reason I sold my...
06-14-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,738
Posted By DIMcyclist

Thought experiment: 700c to 650A

Have any of you ever converted a 700c bike to 650A?

Consider it sort of a thought experiment... going from 700c to 650b (584mm) is fairly common, but I haven't run across much information or...
06-12-18, 03:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,431
Posted By DIMcyclist

True, but it's still sort of a mercy compared to...

True, but it's still sort of a mercy compared to some tales I've heard. Here in PDX, when the messengers caught a bike thief, they'd beat them senseless with their U-locks, then lock them around the...
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