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Old 01-10-18, 08:32 AM
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Very cool! Pics? Do they drive on the correct side of the road there? Used to be a British colony.

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This was a unique opportunity that started when my wife and I got invited to a college's wedding in Nashik. We decided to use this an an excuse to do our first bit of international travel. The bride arranged for me to ride with the head of the Nashik bicycle club the day after the wedding. As you know, the only way to really see a place is by bicycle.

India drives on the left... mostly. It was common to see bicycles, motorcycles and the occasional auto rickshaw coming the other way. Traffic appears to be total chaos at first, but after living in it for a couple of weeks it is totally natural. cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and auto rickshaws move then they can to get where they want to go. This video does not do it justice, but gives a flavor.

The auto rickshaws are everwhere. They are a 3-wheeled hybrid of a car and motorcycle. They have small water-cooled engines in the back and handlebars to steer. A foot brake activates all three wheels and the shift and clutch is combined on the left grip. They are highly maneuverable.

My ride was in a small town of Nashik, 2 million. Riding on the neighborhood streets was crowded, but I followed the lead of my guide. It was crowded near the large Mahindra plant. I had to ride around bus, truck, pedestrian, and cow traffic. Yes there are cows everywhere. Most appear to be free range. Riding on the highway was not much different than on a US highway, except on the wrong side. We stopped for a short water/smack break on the side of the road. When we went to pull out my guide said to stop and wait. A heard of ~20 cows were being driven up the road by a herder. We rode to the Ballaleswahr temple that was very crowded with pedestrians, bicycles and auto rickshaws. My test came when I was confronted head on with an auto rickshaw at walking speed. I went to the left and so did he. I passed.

My only issue was a puncture on the return which cut my ride short. Other than that it was fantastic.

Most of the bicycles were indigenous Indian brands of Atlas and Hercules. They are industrial tough single speeds. They look like they were designed in the 1930s and have never changed. They are characterized by rod actuated brakes that grip the inside of the rim.
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Many look like they have been in service since the 1930's. I hear they are still sold new for $75.

Very, very few road bikes. The aluminum framed bike with a carbon fork that I borrowed was the only road bike I saw and the nicest bike in Nashik. I did see a few more on Sunday in Lonavala. Indians typically have Sunday off.

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Is it going to mend itself or will you need a strap?
Mend itself supposedly. Happy to not need surgery, but crazy that in this day and age you just let it do its own thing for a few weeks.

I'm pretty over feeling the crunching and shifting already though.
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Today I New Bike Day. $272 shipped, I couldn't say no.

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Nice Bike LoP. Today I new bike day'd too:



It's a shiny metallic green Wabi Classic. Can't wait to build it up and start riding it! It will get used when I want to train in bad weather, commute, or just cruise around the neighborhood for fun.
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Nice Bike LoP. Today I new bike day'd too:



It's a shiny metallic green Wabi Classic. Can't wait to build it up and start riding it! It will get used when I want to train in bad weather, commute, or just cruise around the neighborhood for fun.
Sweet Wabi!

I did the new (used) frame thing the other day. Gonna be at least a couple of weeks before build time, though. All I have is wheels, tires, cassette, and handlebars.

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Nice scores all around! Love the colors of all three of those frames.
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What kind of boat is that?

Wooden?


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What kind of boat is that?

Wooden?


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Yep, Dad bought it half-way built, BITD 1970 or so. Most of the frame was done, but we still had to build the centerboard trunk, skin the hull, and rig it. It's about 12' LOA, plans from a Dutch designer, IIRC.

It hasn't been on water since 1988 or so. I'm hoping to get her back in action soon. Needs a new mast and bottom paint at the very least.
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Yep, Dad bought it half-way built, BITD 1970 or so. Most of the frame was done, but we still had to build the centerboard trunk, skin the hull, and rig it. It's about 12' LOA, plans from a Dutch designer, IIRC.

It hasn't been on water since 1988 or so. I'm hoping to get her back in action soon. Needs a new mast and bottom paint at the very least.
Nice. That's a labor of love and something to be proud of. I'd love to see photos of it and encourage you to get it back on the water.

My dad built a kayak from plans and kept a photo journal of the whole build from the moment he got the idea. Chesapeake Light Craft "Ches 17".
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He was going to build a sailboat before he got sick. I take the kayak out once in a while. This is the best photo I have of it in the water. I convinced my dad to not paint it, to just clearcoat the wood and leave it nude.




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Reminds me of one of our rides last summer:



Yes, that is the bike route. We had a wet summer.
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It's official, I hate the Brooks Professional on my Paramount and it has prevented me from riding the bike very much at all since acquiring it. I was so hung up on how fitting the saddle is to the bike but I really want to ride this bike more and the Brooks has to go!

On that note, I have no fukin clue what to replace it with. I also have to replace the saddle on my MTB, so dammit, I need two saddles.
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It's official, I hate the Brooks Professional on my Paramount and it has prevented me from riding the bike very much at all since acquiring it. I was so hung up on how fitting the saddle is to the bike but I really want to ride this bike more and the Brooks has to go!

On that note, I have no fukin clue what to replace it with. I also have to replace the saddle on my MTB, so dammit, I need two saddles.
If one saddle didn't work go goofy immediately just make sure to cover it in a thick gel seat cover and cover that in one of those faux sheepskin covers.
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It's official, I hate the Brooks Professional on my Paramount and it has prevented me from riding the bike very much at all since acquiring it. I was so hung up on how fitting the saddle is to the bike but I really want to ride this bike more and the Brooks has to go!

On that note, I have no fukin clue what to replace it with. I also have to replace the saddle on my MTB, so dammit, I need two saddles.

Have a look at the Fabric Scoop.
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I've got a Pro Team Flat on my road bike and a Pro Radius on my gravel bike.


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Put new bearings in the WI hub and built some wheels. I figured out how simple it is to line up the valve hole with the hub logo after I built the front. It was 1 a.m. by that point and I wasn't turning back.





Also, replacing bearings in WI hubs is stupid easy.

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Today a new owner left with this.



It served me well as a do all kind of bike. It was a mountain bike, fun bike, slick tire commuter, jacked up fixed gear drop bar no brake conversion, wheelie machine. It was always so wrong, but always so right. I will miss the buzz of the Chris King rear hub.
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It's official, I hate the Brooks Professional on my Paramount and it has prevented me from riding the bike very much at all since acquiring it. I was so hung up on how fitting the saddle is to the bike but I really want to ride this bike more and the Brooks has to go!
Saddles are a personal choice. The Brooks Professional is my favorite (I have four of them), but YMMV. Are you looking to sell?
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I figured out how simple it is to line up the valve hole with the hub logo after I built the front.
Do tell please.
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Do tell please.
I am not at all an experienced builder, but here goes:

On a 32h 3x wheel...

Drop your first spoke inbound through the drive-side flange (this will be the 'key' spoke).
Install that spoke in the rim immediately ahead of the valve hole.
Looking at the drive-side, rotate the hub counter-clockwise so as to pull the spoke into it's correct position (parallel to the valve stem)
Does the hub logo face the valve hole? No?: move spoke position on the hub as necessary such that it is. Yes?: Success! (Now continue the build!)

How come I couldn't find this info when I googled it?

These are the video tutorials I used to learn how to lace.

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Looking at the drive-side, rotate the hub counter-clockwise so as to pull the spoke into it's correct position
This has been my exact problem. I build 36h 3x. When I twist the hub clockwise, I'm always guestimating the correct angle of how the spoke exits the flange. I know it's not radial, and I know it's not 90 degrees. It's a ballparkish kinda thing. Of course after 18-24 spokes I can always tell..........

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This has been my exact problem. I build 36h 3x. When I twist the hub clockwise, I'm always guestimating the correct angle of how the spoke exits the flange. I know it's not radial, and I know it's not 90 degrees. It's a ballparkish kinda thing. Of course after 18-24 spokes I can always tell..........

Compare it to an existing wheel and get someone else to "eyeball it" before you commit maybe?
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Compare it to an existing wheel and get someone else to "eyeball it" before you commit maybe?
That makes far too much sense. I could never participate in anything so logical.

Actually, I did that on my last set and got closer than I ever had before. Still off by a hole, maybe two.
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Did 48 miles on the road bike. Wanted to make it an even 100km, but I forgot to put my lights on the bike and the sun was going bye-bye.
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Have a look at the Fabric Scoop.
https://fabric.cc/products/saddles/
I've got a Pro Team Flat on my road bike and a Pro Radius on my gravel bike.


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Thanks. I see they have 155mm, which may work for me. I usually need very wide saddles cuz I got women's hips . I got a Specialized Power it works well for my sit bones but chaffs in all the wrong places if I ever ride without bike shorts, which sucks if I want to ride around for fun on my MTB, which I do!
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Saddles are a personal choice. The Brooks Professional is my favorite (I have four of them), but YMMV. Are you looking to sell?
Absolutely, which is why I dread shopping for saddles. It's such a crap shoot.

I am looking to sell, but I have to put it out there that the leather is softer one side and became very dimpled under me. I can take a photo later for you to judge.
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Nice Bike LoP. Today I new bike day'd too:



It's a shiny metallic green Wabi Classic. Can't wait to build it up and start riding it! It will get used when I want to train in bad weather, commute, or just cruise around the neighborhood for fun.
Cool bike! Is that a custom color? I'm wondering about the fork too. Does Wabi sell it pre-cut with the star fangled nut already installed?

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