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Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,644
Posted By melville

Brakes are overrated. All they do is slow you...

Brakes are overrated. All they do is slow you down when all you really want is to go faster.
07-05-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

I worked in the biz in the era you're talking...

I worked in the biz in the era you're talking about and I'm still riding a 1987 Schwinn Cimarron as my primary mountain bike. Let it be said I'm not tall, so my impressions are of the smaller sized...
05-31-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,906
Posted By melville

Exactly, it's a respray with some braze-ons added...

Exactly, it's a respray with some braze-ons added and some licence taken with the 531 decal.

Take the fork out sometime--I expect it will have a Tange mark on the steerer tube.
03-22-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,708
Posted By melville

Yes, in the PNW wearing through the rim is a...

Yes, in the PNW wearing through the rim is a thing. When I lived in Seattle, I had a friend who'd pump his mountain bike tires up to 100 psi on Thursdays in the shop to see if they blew. If they...
12-21-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,044
Posted By melville

I had people drafting me unexpectedly many times...

I had people drafting me unexpectedly many times when I lived in the city. I really didn't care for it, as I felt the responsibility of keeping some unknown rider informed about hazards was more of...
12-14-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,384
Posted By melville

The things that have improved cycling when riding...

The things that have improved cycling when riding a vintage bike that doesn't lose its character as a vintage bike? Tires!

Decent clinchers, like Michelin and Continental in the later 80s and...
10-13-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

Hmmm. Nice, but not the same experience at 3 AM....

Hmmm. Nice, but not the same experience at 3 AM. But a bit of a ride to get to Donut Mill from Arcata, so that's good.
10-12-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

From Don's?

From Don's?
08-31-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,642
Posted By melville

Back in 1989 when Shimano came out with 8S...

Back in 1989 when Shimano came out with 8S Dura-Ace they built the hub with rounded locknuts that would spread the dropout from 126 to 130 every time you inserted the wheel.

If the same guys who...
08-23-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,441
Posted By melville

What's the OD on the headtube? Looks like it...

What's the OD on the headtube? Looks like it might be 33mm, possibly with internal reinforcements. That's another lugless trick--use an OS headtube with pieces of a regular headtube inside to...
08-10-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,441
Posted By melville

With no collar at the top of the seat tube, the...

With no collar at the top of the seat tube, the builder probably used a double butted tube (think downtube) rather than the usual single butted seat tube. The usual .9/.6/.9 'SL' size would take a...
07-07-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 10,792
Posted By melville

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/354x266/brokenoclv_18f539736221e20600f2a6be8afb56f187b16e98.jpg


From an old friend and framebuilder. More here, not just carbon:

Broken...
06-02-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 872,374
Posted By melville

That's an Aurora Cycle sticker on the seat tube. ...

That's an Aurora Cycle sticker on the seat tube. I may have worked on that one BITD. Nice score!

Note that the wheels are 27". That persisted on the 520 a bit longer than any other Trek road...
05-26-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

I saw the same stuff. BITD (80s-90s) we found...

I saw the same stuff. BITD (80s-90s) we found that the good thin wall tubes were more resilient than the paint. Road frames built with crazy light tubes (.7/.4/.7 and lighter) could crack the paint...
10-14-18, 07:12 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

I sold those new in 1988. That was the entry...

I sold those new in 1988. That was the entry level version. Raleigh used the French hubs on that model and the Deore version. Both were using freewheels. Only the XT version got Japanese...
08-19-18, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

And there it is, in the very next post:

And there it is, in the very next post:
08-05-18, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

That's how Trek shipped them BITD. Really! ...

That's how Trek shipped them BITD. Really!

There may not have been any dedicated top pull derailleurs at the time. My memory is a bit fuzzy. I vaguely recall some that had a pulley on the back...
04-15-18, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

i heard this in a Sulu voice.[/QUOTE] Me...

i heard this in a Sulu voice.[/QUOTE]

Me too! I've never seen one.
09-25-17, 07:52 AM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

Looks like a personal project. Lots (LOTS!) of...

Looks like a personal project. Lots (LOTS!) of brass on the joints, but also some voids in the brass, particularly on the left chainstay/BB shell joint. Nonetheless, I like it.
07-25-16, 01:05 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 872,374
Posted By melville

Still looks a bit off. How's toe clip clearance?

Still looks a bit off. How's toe clip clearance?
07-24-16, 06:57 PM
Replies: 2,542
Views: 872,374
Posted By melville

It's beautiful, but I think it's been crashed. ...

It's beautiful, but I think it's been crashed. The head angle looks a bit steep.

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/trek/84Trek_23.jpg

It should be barely slacker than the seat tube. Feel...
06-21-16, 08:34 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

BCA grew out of the ashes of the Ross Bicycle...

BCA grew out of the ashes of the Ross Bicycle Company.
02-22-14, 04:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

OK, the sun came out and I went out to sample...

OK, the sun came out and I went out to sample modern brakes. They feel like toys in the shop, but modulation is possible out in the world. Not the on/off switch effect I'd noticed with V-brakes and...
02-14-14, 05:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,863
Posted By melville

If you're going to cut it off, then remove the...

If you're going to cut it off, then remove the fork and use an oxyacetylene torch to melt the stub out of the fork. Done right, you won't even affect the paint more than an inch below the bottom of...
02-11-14, 09:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

The bike is a 1975 model. Fairly heavy effort at...

The bike is a 1975 model. Fairly heavy effort at the lever, and of all things there's a cable to a remote master cylinder hidden underneath the tank, so not purely hydraulic.

Rims were a wear...
02-11-14, 10:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

Thanks! You seem to understand. Yes, the forks...

Thanks! You seem to understand. Yes, the forks give me just the option of V-brake or disc, and Vs are out for exactly the reason you mention. I need to be able to unlock the front during the...
02-11-14, 08:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

Indeed--I'm somewhat aware of the mechanical...

Indeed--I'm somewhat aware of the mechanical options, where one can mix road calipers and mountain levers to adjust effort. I'm looking for similar info on hydraulics.
02-10-14, 11:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

So what I was hoping here was that there was some...

So what I was hoping here was that there was some knowledge about relative hydraulic leverage ratios in the BF.net hive mind, but that seems to be lacking.

I worked in the industry for over a...
02-09-14, 02:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

Thanks! How about someone who is less of a...

Thanks! How about someone who is less of a smartass to chime in, please.
02-09-14, 01:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,109
Posted By melville

Looking to go hydraulic disc, but reduced mech advantage

Hi there! Been off the bike and the forum for a while, but my wife and kids are kinda bringing me back. Seems they took pity on my old bike sitting with a worn out Judy DH fork and got me a new...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,196
Posted By melville

Haven't we all done a little space negotiation...

Haven't we all done a little space negotiation with our elbows in a miss-n-out?

Unable to play the vid to see how Hoy did it, but it doesn't sound unfamiliar to me from what I'm reading here.
Replies: 4
Views: 4,448
Posted By melville

How big is your backyard? I found this by...

How big is your backyard? I found this by googling "backyard halfpipe":

http://monsterguide.net/images/how-to-build-a-halfpipe.jpg

The skaters may be a resource for construction ideas.

I'm...
Replies: 7
Views: 1,642
Posted By melville

OP has a Bellevue location, from which I presume...

OP has a Bellevue location, from which I presume the track will be Marymoor. I had good luck BITD with Vittoria Cronos at Marymoor. I second that recommendation.
10-24-11, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

Do you know about the late release color for...

Do you know about the late release color for 1989? The catalog showed just the red, but midyear they made a smoked beige run as well. Almost cool enough to get me off a red bike (most of the rest...
10-24-11, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7,876
Views: 2,237,398
Posted By melville

The 87 Cimarron does not have lowrider braze-ons,...

The 87 Cimarron does not have lowrider braze-ons, nor does the 88 IIRC. I sold these back in the day. They returned for 89, when the Cimarron was repurposed as an expedition or adventure bike, with...
Replies: 8
Views: 760
Posted By melville

I always brought my full race kit, 46t to 50t +...

I always brought my full race kit, 46t to 50t + 52t rings, 13t to 17t cogs to the track (Marymoor) every training session and every race night. That said, I NEVER changed the gear at the track. But...
Replies: 14
Views: 8,047
Posted By melville

Every four years when the Olympics are on, and...

Every four years when the Olympics are on, and there's the usual 90 seconds of track racing on TV (why is it always pursuit????) my phone will ring with some Boston area relative or other asking...
Replies: 7
Views: 2,575
Posted By melville

First verify that the frame is straight. If the...

First verify that the frame is straight. If the rear triangle is bent to the right, that might be enough to cause contact. The classic test is to run a string from one dropout around the head tube...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,790
Posted By melville

Make friends with the biggest, strongest holder...

Make friends with the biggest, strongest holder you can find. Promise him a beer later. BITD, we were allowed a wee push at the gun.

But yeah, 49X14 is HUGE for a standing start at a 333 track.
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By melville

If your current track bike (545mm TT) has a 74...

If your current track bike (545mm TT) has a 74 seat angle, then keeping the BB and bars in the same place and changing to a 73 seat angle, it would need about a 555mm TT. I'm assuming here that the...
Replies: 9
Views: 808
Posted By melville

What was the seat angle on your old frame? In...

What was the seat angle on your old frame? In the size range you are looking at, the effective top tube length changes about 1cm for each degree of seat angle. Going from 545 to 550mm may not be...
Replies: 14
Views: 1,136
Posted By melville

If you can go 22 solo, you can go 30 sucking a...

If you can go 22 solo, you can go 30 sucking a wheel. Really.

Go

Do

Suffer

Learn
Replies: 16
Views: 3,293
Posted By melville

BITD the Velox tape was to be used WITH glue as a...

BITD the Velox tape was to be used WITH glue as a space filler for loose fitting tires.
Replies: 37
Views: 15,562
Posted By melville

Beer can ratio is independent of material. Steel...

Beer can ratio is independent of material. Steel tubes are made thinner-walled than AL, and they reach their BCR limits at a much smaller diameter than AL.
Replies: 37
Views: 15,562
Posted By melville

The trouble with steel tubing in larger diameters...

The trouble with steel tubing in larger diameters is that the wall thickness becomes a limitation, where an AL tube of the same weight and diameter (and about the same rigidity) will have wall...
Replies: 27
Views: 26,280
Posted By melville

Exactly, and the reason why I posted a video...

Exactly, and the reason why I posted a video link--so the OP can decide if this is comparable. Coming off the bank is quite a boost. For that matter, just dropping the width of the pole lane helps...
Replies: 27
Views: 26,280
Posted By melville

Here ya go: ...

Here ya go:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go7iec-PS1Y

Theo Bos setting the world record in the flying 200 at 9.772 seconds, or about 46mph.
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By melville

A big Ti maker was challenged with building a Ti...

A big Ti maker was challenged with building a Ti frame for a world class sprinter whose team they sponsored. For a while, he raced his previous steel frame painted "Ti." When they finally made a...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,201
Posted By melville

Track racing STARTS at 120 rpm. Fix what's in...

Track racing STARTS at 120 rpm. Fix what's in bold above, put a 15t cog on, and go kick some butt.

If there's resistance, things tend to smooth out at high rpm--the hard part is usually trying to...
Replies: 10
Views: 575
Posted By melville

Those 151 Pistas are the best chainrings EVER. ...

Those 151 Pistas are the best chainrings EVER. Super overbuilt, always run true, I can't wear them out, awesome.

Less known is that the Shimano 151 rings are nearly as good, and have a way cool...
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