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Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,403
Posted By PlatyPius

Whether the stem would fail or not is immaterial....

Whether the stem would fail or not is immaterial. It's a counterfeit part. Knowingly purchasing a counterfeit product is illegal. Even forgetting the legal part, though, it's just damn WRONG to...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-12, 04:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,403
Posted By PlatyPius

How do you know this? If they're selling it as...

How do you know this? If they're selling it as an FSA when it's not an FSA, do you really expect them to be honest and contentious enough to make a quality product that won't get someone killed?
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-12, 03:34 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,403
Posted By PlatyPius

That's a Gen-U-ine counterfeit FSA stem. I would...

That's a Gen-U-ine counterfeit FSA stem. I would assume that the strength and carbon is as fake as the labels on it.
08-15-11, 03:53 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 10,601
Posted By PlatyPius

Here's an update for anyone who remembers this...

Here's an update for anyone who remembers this thread. I've moved to a Beanz-Free forum, now.

http://www.twospoke.com/forum/f27/whats-new-shop-6213/
02-12-11, 08:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By PlatyPius

Well, I thought it was too easy if it were a...

Well, I thought it was too easy if it were a Professional....

The quest continues.
02-11-11, 11:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By PlatyPius

Hmmm.... Well, the 77-78 Professionals (Mark V)...

Hmmm....
Well, the 77-78 Professionals (Mark V) had semi-wrap seatstays, which this one has. I did see the bit about the windowed lugs, though.
The dropouts are Campy front and rear. He only has...
02-11-11, 10:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By PlatyPius

We think we've determined that it's a 1977-78...

We think we've determined that it's a 1977-78 Raleigh Professional. Any other opinions?
02-11-11, 11:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,060
Posted By PlatyPius

Need some help IDing a bike for a friend

He got this bike from a neighbour's garage, but has no idea what it is. Everyone at RBR is similarly perplexed. It was suggested that maybe the classic gurus here could identify it, and I agree...
01-28-11, 10:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By PlatyPius

Yes, except those are total crap. Look at the...

Yes, except those are total crap. Look at the pads. Those are *maybe* one step up from WalMart bike caliper brakes.
01-25-11, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By PlatyPius

That would be highly unusual. It's possible...

That would be highly unusual.

It's possible the hanger was installed while the paint was still a little wet.
01-24-11, 08:57 AM
Replies: 324
Views: 21,238
Posted By PlatyPius

*nm - reason explained*

*nm - reason explained*
01-22-11, 07:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By PlatyPius

St. John's Street Cycles - aka: SJS ...

St. John's Street Cycles - aka: SJS

http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/tektro-tektro-r556-caliper-brake-55-73-mm-very-deep-drop-nut-fitting-prod73/?src=froogleus&currency=usd

Are your old ones side...
01-22-11, 07:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

What is "actually correct", Sport? I said it was...

What is "actually correct", Sport? I said it was a year old. You said it was "outdated". I said it was 5600. You babbled something about 7700 or 7800 or something. It is last year's Shimano 105...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-22-11, 12:44 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,911
Posted By PlatyPius

You shouldn't be surprised. A lot of these...

You shouldn't be surprised. A lot of these people probably think that Treks are the pinnacle of bicycle development.

Kinda like those old farts who still think Cadillac is a status symbol, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-21-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,911
Posted By PlatyPius

Not a lot of art lovers in here, I take it. The...

Not a lot of art lovers in here, I take it. The quintessential Mondrian pattern, these days, IS Look. If you're a cyclist and you see this:
...
01-20-11, 03:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

And my point is, aside from you, who gives a...

And my point is, aside from you, who gives a sh!+? Cost was a major factor to consider in the OPs post, and the best way to keep cost down is to go with last year's model.
01-19-11, 06:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

I don't know what you were looking at, but the...

I don't know what you were looking at, but the links I posted were for last year's 105 groups - 5600.
01-19-11, 06:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

Last year is hardly "outdated"... It's $400...

Last year is hardly "outdated"...

It's $400 for the drivetrain. Wholesale cost on the STIs is slightly over $200. It's a hell of a deal for someone who doesn't want to spend a lot.

$400 <...
01-19-11, 05:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

What size is the bike/how tall are you? I found...

What size is the bike/how tall are you?
I found a good deal on 105 mini-groups...
...
01-19-11, 05:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 816
Posted By PlatyPius

Chainrings will be fine. I've used older cranks...

Chainrings will be fine. I've used older cranks with 10 speed without a problem.

Don't even bother with 9spd. You can't get anything new in 9 but Sora and Tiagra - a definite downgrade over what...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-11, 10:39 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,170
Posted By PlatyPius

It's just slatwall. There's only one kind,...

It's just slatwall. There's only one kind, really.

http://www.storesupply.com/c-711-slatwall-panels.aspx
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-11, 10:23 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,170
Posted By PlatyPius

It has done a good job of that so far. I've been...

It has done a good job of that so far. I've been open a year as of last November, and I haven't paid myself yet.

By mid-spring though, I hope to have a shiny custom Cyfac (Vintage or Vintage...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-11, 08:23 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,170
Posted By PlatyPius

LOL! Doesn't count. I will supposedly make...

LOL!

Doesn't count. I will supposedly make money with mine someday.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-17-11, 07:35 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,170
Posted By PlatyPius

My bike showroom/man-cave/retreat from life: ...

My bike showroom/man-cave/retreat from life:

http://www.coveredbridgecyclery.com/oabs/011111/3.jpg
01-16-11, 02:51 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,241
Posted By PlatyPius

He's getting more insane. Maybe he needs $$ to...

He's getting more insane. Maybe he needs $$ to buy crack?

He just listed a shiny new BELL coin holder for 2010 Camaro and Corvette.

His price? 99 cents plus $29.85 shipping.
His cost? $3.97...
01-16-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,241
Posted By PlatyPius

He also has a "Lotus Beach Bike Cruiser" that was...

He also has a "Lotus Beach Bike Cruiser" that was made by Shimano for Lotus the car company. Uh huh. Looks like a cheap 26" BMX cruiser to me. He also says it's a seven speed, and "YOU MUST BE...
01-16-11, 10:49 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,241
Posted By PlatyPius

His Mom's Cartier? watch is FERRARI RED! too. 99...

His Mom's Cartier? watch is FERRARI RED! too. 99 cents with $499 shipping.

I reported all of them. He's too stupid to breathe, let alone try to sell things on eBay.

All of the Nikes he's...
01-16-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,241
Posted By PlatyPius

I like his other auctions, too. He...

I like his other auctions, too.

He apparently found some flame stickers somewhere and made some RARE! items with them.

186298
Here's a Rare Schwinn Spitfire seatpost clamp. It's magic because...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-11, 10:05 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,846
Posted By PlatyPius

Mt. Borah has a bib they released last year that...

Mt. Borah has a bib they released last year that is comparable to much more expensive bibs. Retail is $100. They are as comfortable as my Kalas and Santini bibs.

You can't tell someone why bibs...
01-16-11, 09:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

I just looked at the specs for the bike. As a...

I just looked at the specs for the bike.
As a touring bike, that thing has/had some pretty good wheels. 36h front and 40h rear. Stainless spokes. Araya rims.
Seems a shame to put a crappy hybrid...
01-16-11, 09:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

Oh hell! I didn't even notice that it had canti...

Oh hell! I didn't even notice that it had canti brakes... Yeah, the odds of a 700c fitting just went way down. Old centerpulls usually worked fine; they had lots of adjustment room. Cantis are a...
01-16-11, 09:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

Well, of course. I was keeping it simple for...

Well, of course. I was keeping it simple for Kimmo, since he seemed to think that simply tightening the non-drive side nipples would magically yield a newly dished and tensioned wheel. It's always...
01-16-11, 04:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By PlatyPius

The best new versions of the biplane fork are...

The best new versions of the biplane fork are designed by Pacenti. My Rawland Sogn 650B has one.
(The pic isn't my Rawland...just a pic I grabbed via Google)
...
01-16-11, 03:14 AM
Replies: 11,686
Views: 4,923,094
Posted By PlatyPius

Topeak sold that as the "Panoram" a few years...

Topeak sold that as the "Panoram" a few years ago...

http://www.bentrideronline.com/reviews/panoram.htm
01-16-11, 03:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,747
Posted By PlatyPius

I can understand, considering the 1970s electric...

I can understand, considering the 1970s electric stove in the background....

Modern stuff is scary.

:p
01-16-11, 03:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,497
Posted By PlatyPius

Fork looks perfectly normal for an old road bike....

Fork looks perfectly normal for an old road bike.

Mormon bikes are branded "Liahona".
01-16-11, 03:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,358
Posted By PlatyPius

I've had to give all of the new Revenio wheels...

I've had to give all of the new Revenio wheels about an 1/8th -1/4 of a turn on each nipple to tension them properly when I've built them up.

And yes, black spokes do make more noise. They look...
01-16-11, 02:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

Erm..... no. If you're redishing a wheel,...

Erm..... no.

If you're redishing a wheel, one side is tightened and other is loosened to keep the tension close to the same. (Or, ideally, you de-tension all of the spokes and dish the wheel from...
01-16-11, 02:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

Yup. Or he could have gone to his LBS and...

Yup. Or he could have gone to his LBS and ordered the correct wheel for just a little more and not needed to spend another $20 getting that wheel modified to fit.

Internet buying is only cheaper...
01-16-11, 12:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,391
Posted By PlatyPius

Umm..... Altus is a MTB hub, so it's 135mm. ...

Umm..... Altus is a MTB hub, so it's 135mm. That's a lot of stretch, even for a steel frame, if the frame is made for a 126mm.
01-16-11, 12:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,611
Posted By PlatyPius

Move to somewhere less morally bankrupt.

Move to somewhere less morally bankrupt.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-11, 12:05 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,170
Posted By PlatyPius

I had the same problem. So I opened a bike shop.

I had the same problem. So I opened a bike shop.
01-15-11, 11:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 781
Posted By PlatyPius

^ This. I've never even trued mine, and they...

^ This. I've never even trued mine, and they have about 5000 miles on them.
01-15-11, 03:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,452
Posted By PlatyPius

I would definitely keep the 50th group. Why...

I would definitely keep the 50th group.

Why can't I ever find these bikes?

Also, I see you live in my old adopted town. Grab some food from Chelo's and then stop in at Pedal House for me, eh?
01-15-11, 03:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 678
Posted By PlatyPius

My understanding is that they are both circa 1:1....

My understanding is that they are both circa 1:1. Meaning close, but not quite 1:1. And between Road and MTB, it's allegedly a different "almost" 1:1. So, people tell me it won't work.

The bike...
01-14-11, 10:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 675
Posted By PlatyPius

I could get them cheaper than that, but still...

I could get them cheaper than that, but still expensive for what they are. I'd avoid drilling out the calipers. File one side of a barrel adjuster flat and use that. Much less damaging if you...
12-07-10, 05:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 349
Posted By PlatyPius

I have a Rutledge cruiser. I haven't found any...

I have a Rutledge cruiser. I haven't found any info on them either.
09-20-10, 01:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,372
Posted By PlatyPius

Good idea. The plastic Simplex derailleurs broke...

Good idea. The plastic Simplex derailleurs broke frequently. I have a 1970s Stella (Artic....Stella-made bike sold through Artic Cat dealerships). I originally had two of them. The one I sold was...
07-07-10, 09:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,736
Posted By PlatyPius

Using a Dremel, I grind and shape each link into...

Using a Dremel, I grind and shape each link into a delicate flower setting for gemstones and then sell the jewelery to hipsters on Etsy.
07-05-10, 08:29 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 10,601
Posted By PlatyPius

Next time, call. I live 5 blocks from the shop. ...

Next time, call. I live 5 blocks from the shop. It ain't no big thing for me to ride over and open it for a tour.
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