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04-07-16, 09:04 AM
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Posted By soma2x

Thanks. It's a 1990 (close enough to late...

Thanks. It's a 1990 (close enough to late 80s:rolleyes:). Originally it was blue with white decals on the top tube and seat tube but the vinyl decals I had made kept scraping on my bike rack. So I...
04-07-16, 04:44 AM
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Views: 181,443
Posted By soma2x

It took a while to take photos but here's my...

It took a while to take photos but here's my repainted and re-decaled Traveler. I went with sort of Kogswellian color scheme, beige with black components and had the decals made to match the original...
Forum: Touring
11-12-15, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,433
Posted By soma2x

Funny, I always put the front QR on the opposite...

Funny, I always put the front QR on the opposite side of the bike as the rear (i.e. on the same side as the drivetrain), but I agree that the front hub should be readable from the saddle.
11-06-15, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1,020
Views: 181,443
Posted By soma2x

Its great to see that so many of us are...

Its great to see that so many of us are repainting and upgrading components. Sometimes people think that if you modify a bike from its original configuration you're some sort of a heretic. But I...
11-05-15, 03:54 PM
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Views: 181,443
Posted By soma2x

neologism, that might be the most beautiful bike...

neologism, that might be the most beautiful bike I ever saw. Stunning.
11-05-15, 03:51 PM
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Views: 181,443
Posted By soma2x

Turned out to be a little less clean than the...

Turned out to be a little less clean than the pictures made it appear. The side facing the garage had some serious scratches. I already had plans to powdercoat the World Sport so I brought this one...
10-16-15, 11:58 AM
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Views: 181,443
Posted By soma2x

New purchase

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I know this is late 80s thread but this is a 1991 Traveler (close enough to late 80s) I just purchased for $100. I'm pretty psyched to get a True Temper cro-mo frame for that price. I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-11, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,177
Posted By soma2x

Perfect for NOOBS?!!

Could you be any MORE judgmental?! How about perfect for anyone who doesn't want to be limited to one pair of shoes. I ride at home, I ride at work and I've been riding pretty regularly for about...
12-21-11, 12:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,705
Posted By soma2x

About the Chris' Grand Cru Rando Handlebar, its a...

About the Chris' Grand Cru Rando Handlebar, its a nice bar but the one I bought has a slight lip on the end of the drop on the right hand side. I use Jagwire bar-end shifter mounts that slide over...
08-12-11, 01:07 PM
Replies: 402
Views: 81,515
Posted By soma2x

I have VO Porteur bars on my grocery bike....

I have VO Porteur bars on my grocery bike. Excellent handlebars, maybe the most comfortable ever, nice quality/finish just not too great for long climbs where you need to stand up on the pedals.
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Forum: Commuting
07-18-11, 01:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,006
Posted By soma2x

That's funny, I bought an old Schwinn World Sport...

That's funny, I bought an old Schwinn World Sport for my son and put a B-67 saddle and a Northroad handlebar on it for him. He likes it because it's a lot faster than his 24" kids MTB was. Anyway,...
Replies: 535
Views: 169,957
Posted By soma2x

I understand how you feel. Used to be easy to...

I understand how you feel. Used to be easy to find a good deal, but now so many flippers scoop bikes up, spray them with windex, put new bar tape on them and sell them for two bills. I don't know how...
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Views: 169,957
Posted By soma2x

oops

oops
Forum: Commuting
07-14-11, 11:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,006
Posted By soma2x

Oh yeah, forgot to mention I drew a cut-out...

Oh yeah, forgot to mention I drew a cut-out pattern on paper, cut it out and used a glue stick to stick it to the surface of the saddle. Then I traced around it carefully with a very sharp pocket...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-11, 11:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,006
Posted By soma2x

Sorry to dredge up an old post but I just did a...

Sorry to dredge up an old post but I just did a cut-out on a VO saddle and am psyched. Brooks saddles have gone up in price considerably and some VO saddles are available for $65 (that's what I...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-11, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,110
Posted By soma2x

Calhoun Cycle has it as well. I went to order it...

Calhoun Cycle has it as well. I went to order it from Soma but their $39.99 minimum order policy, minimum $9.00 shipping fee and the extra $1.50 per box handling fee prompted me to say "WTF?!!" and...
01-27-11, 09:27 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,435
Posted By soma2x

I'm not really a retrogrouch but I have a natural...

I'm not really a retrogrouch but I have a natural tan Gyes Parkside sprung leather saddle on my '09 Marin Argenta. I love the thing even though it adds a good lb + to the bike. I have the same...
01-27-11, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By soma2x

Does the prologo look nice? Is it as thick as...

Does the prologo look nice? Is it as thick as the VO?
01-27-11, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By soma2x

Prologo Leathertouch leather bar tape - anybody have an opinion?

I'm considering putting leather tape on my bars and came across this Prologo stuff for $30. That's CHEAP! But I can get Velo Orange tape, which I trust, for $45 or I can do the shellac over cork...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-07-10, 07:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,919
Posted By soma2x

harumph harumph

Just stumbled across this old thread trying to research FSA Energy brakes. I agree, FWIW prendrefeu sounds like a royal butthole. However, there's nothing wrong with upgrading to lighter stuff for...
09-21-10, 11:21 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,704
Posted By soma2x

Revised opinion

Initially I said I liked my Brooks B68 better than any of the knock offs. I changed my mind. Once fully broken in, the Gyes Parkside II is even better. The leather was initially a little softer...
01-30-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,704
Posted By soma2x

The fit and finish of the Brooks saddles is...

The fit and finish of the Brooks saddles is better than any of the knocks and the biggest difference is in the quality of the leather. Specifically, the tops on Brooks' saddles is hard (firm) enough...
01-27-10, 12:48 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

Yup, Velo Orange now selling VO branded polished...

Yup, Velo Orange now selling VO branded polished aluminum 650b wheels with Shimano 105 hubs. The design looks a lot like old Weinmanns/Alesas and the price is pretty reasonable, especially with the...
01-15-10, 03:22 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

CS1, finding 130mm 650b wheels is enough to make...

CS1, finding 130mm 650b wheels is enough to make you crazy. I found an old NOS Weinmann 2120 with 130mm Sovos hubs on ebay. I've heard not so good things about Sovos hubs but figured I'd take a...
Forum: Touring
10-04-09, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 724
Posted By soma2x

They were the exact same wheels with the same...

They were the exact same wheels with the same rims, spokes, etc. but now they're all sold out. I bought a set before they were so cheap (d'oh!). They're machine built at Velocity (I think) but...
10-04-09, 07:43 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

Sweet! Looks great.

Sweet! Looks great.
08-30-09, 09:51 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

Maruishi Roadace 303 conversion

I bought a Maruishi for $27 on eBay and decided it made for a better 650b than my Schwinn Tempo. I put the race wheels back on the Tempo as my designated road bike and turned the Maruishi into a...
06-10-09, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,111
Posted By soma2x

I purchased the Persons Apollo (Brooks Flyer...

I purchased the Persons Apollo (Brooks Flyer clone) about a year ago in Blue. The leather appears to be painted, not dyed through, so that when it scratched, the color came off. Its also not nearly...
03-28-09, 08:14 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

I hear the Sun CR18s are slightly too big making...

I hear the Sun CR18s are slightly too big making it an absolute bear to put on tires. If you want a cheap set, a complete set of Velocity Twin Hollow wheels with straight guage spokes and Deore...
02-27-09, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,307
Posted By soma2x

I heard really bad things about those Sun CR18...

I heard really bad things about those Sun CR18 rims in 650b. Was it hard to get the tires mounted?
02-26-09, 12:06 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

cs1, I suppose 1mm is cutting it pretty close. ...

cs1,
I suppose 1mm is cutting it pretty close. I'm also not so sure that most 27" bikes would use short reach brakes anyway. I think short reach brakes got popular along with 700c wheels. I'm...
02-24-09, 12:39 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

You're probably right murphjam. No fender...

You're probably right murphjam. No fender mounts. My back got soaked this weekend riding around the block in the rain and I could have used fenders. I gave up on fenders for other reasons, the...
02-24-09, 12:28 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

cs1, Not "the opposite". It's a matter of math...

cs1,
Not "the opposite". It's a matter of math and depends solely on the brake reach on the 27" wheeled bike. If the 27" bike uses 39mm-49mm short reach brakes, the Tektro R556 should work fine. ...
02-22-09, 04:53 PM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

27" to 650b should work very well. 27" inch...

27" to 650b should work very well. 27" inch wheels are 630mm in diameter whereas 700c wheels are 622mm. You'd only need 4 more mm of reach from the brakes to convert from 27" than you'd need to...
02-22-09, 11:44 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

Sorry, the title didn't post. This is a 1988...

Sorry, the title didn't post. This is a 1988 Schwinn Tempo that I converted to 650b. Hopefully anyone looking for info on a Schwinn Tempo conversion will now be able to find this.
02-22-09, 11:41 AM
Replies: 667
Views: 148,359
Posted By soma2x

here's my conversion, 1988 Schwinn Tempo

Just finished this weekend. Only modifications needed were the wheels, obviously, and the brakes, also obviously. I used Tektro 556 and I went with Velocity Twin Hollows with Deore hubs and...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-09, 08:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,365
Posted By soma2x

ebikestop

I've placed a few orders with ebikestop over the last few years, two orders very recently. No problems with any of them and they seem pretty responsive to my requests for status/information. I'd...
09-20-08, 06:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,761
Posted By soma2x

I got an 88 frame NOS from eBay and built it up...

I got an 88 frame NOS from eBay and built it up with a mix of japanese components (Ultegra rear, Suntour GPX front, old Shimano RX100 brakes, Dia Compe Levers, Sugino cranks and headset) and a set of...
11-24-07, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,869
Posted By soma2x

I use the Novara tubes too. I think they are...

I use the Novara tubes too. I think they are made by kenda and I know their valves stick. I tap the valves to let some air out first then start pumping. Usually the pressure builds up in the hose...
11-23-07, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By soma2x

I didn't realize cross-chaining was as much a...

I didn't realize cross-chaining was as much a problem on doubles as it is on triples. If anything, its worse since I have no problem accessing all eight cogs from the middle on my triple. Thanks...
11-22-07, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 384
Posted By soma2x

Nother chainline question

Installed a shimano un54 68 x 110mm bottom bracket with a Sugino XD500 compact double. That's the BB size Sugino said I need for the cranks. Problem is when I'm on the small chainring and shift to...
10-28-07, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 710
Posted By soma2x

I've never been able to use tire irons without...

I've never been able to use tire irons without either breaking the tire iron or putting a hole in the tube. Get yourself a Kwikstik. For me they're like magic. I also notice that for skinny tires...
10-27-07, 08:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

Thanks, I guess I'm pretty safe to buy a 26.0. ...

Thanks, I guess I'm pretty safe to buy a 26.0. Only ones available for a reasonable amount are 350mm mtb posts. About your stem, raising the stem actually decreases the reach although it will be...
10-27-07, 04:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

Yeah, not only do you the same bike, you have the...

Yeah, not only do you the same bike, you have the same size frame. I get the same 53 cm for the seat tube and 57 for the top tube. I guess the 53/57 geometry is a little weird; my bike, a Soma...
10-27-07, 07:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

Thank You Very Much!!!

Thank You Very Much!!!
10-27-07, 05:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

I don't want to take it to the LBS if I don't...

I don't want to take it to the LBS if I don't have to. If I do, they'll tell me the size, which they won't have in stock. The shop'll offer me another (better) 25.4 with a shim, I'll decline...
10-26-07, 07:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

If I had a caliper and could measure it, I...

If I had a caliper and could measure it, I wouldn't be asking :p
Forum: Northeast
10-26-07, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 815
Posted By soma2x

Probably isn't much need for another reply but...

Probably isn't much need for another reply but what the heck. I did the flat 33 and my wife and kids did the flat 22. I'm the guy whose wife got stung on the tongue by a bee. I thought the ride...
10-26-07, 06:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 885
Posted By soma2x

thanks guys

I was guessing either a 26.0 or a 26.6 (old Schwinn 25.6 is too small and my 27.2 is too big). If mrmw confirms it's a 26.0 I'll order one. Thanks for your help!!
10-24-07, 06:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,055
Posted By soma2x

boeshield

Boeshield says it attacks rust on the can. I'm assuming that means it stops existing rust as well as prevents new rust. It seems to have stopped the slight rust inside my seat tube from getting...
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