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gambrinus 08-03-2008 08:52 AM

2 wheeled Caddy
 
The latest addition to my stable of bikes is a heavy, but plush French Whore. Yep, a late 70s Motobecane. 2 tone Brown in all its 12 speed glory. I guy brought it into the shop to see if we wanted it or could "donate it". Ummm shitty wheels and flat tires... missing a shifting cable. I pull it out of the dumpster and in 10 mins I'm riding the turd down the street. I'm amazed at how comfy this late 70s "French Touring" geometry is. I could get used to this... If only the damn thing was 10lbs lighter.


RW

gatling 08-03-2008 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichBeBe
The deal with custom's is I have a KLR budget:D Not really but just getting back into bicycles I wanted to spend less than $1200 or so.
Well i went to a bike shop I used to deal with and they had a fire sale. Literally since their service department had a fire and they were selling some smoke damaged bikes cheap.
Though i wanted steel talking to them I realized that steel in my price range was not going to cut it and I didn't want to spend a ton. They had a Bianchi Axis in my size and cut me a smoking deal (pun intended) and now I have a CX bike. Seems like a good enough frame and fork to be worth upgrading if I need to later. But for now I need to work on riding and getting used to riding something with drop bars. I have only owned BMX and mountain bikes and never really rode any bikes with drop bars.

I think LeMond makes a steel bike. Don't know what they go for, but I don't think they are outrageously priced.

Yeah, here it is....
http://www.lemondbikes.com/images/bi...ium/sarthe.jpg

Looks like it's about $1800; I guess it's not so cheap. I bought a Bianchi steel frame and built it up...it's great. I was gonna sell but I changed my mind after riding it again.

Here's another one....a Surly steel frame for $390....
http://bicyclewarehouse.com/merchant...teamroller.jpg

The page is at...http://bicyclewarehouse.com/itemdetails.cfm?id=8767

yater 08-03-2008 11:33 AM

Surly makes a cool bike but they're HEAVY. I built up a long haul trucker last year and put about 20 miles on it before I stripped it down and sold it. I like to pack light and keep the bike as light as possible.

TheDudeAbides 08-03-2008 12:09 PM

Just keep hitting Craigslist. I wouldn't buy a used mountain bike (well maybe) but I would, and did by a used road bike there. 2007 Klein Quantum Pro with Rolf Vector hubs/wheels and everything else Ultegra. MINT condition. He asked $1100, I offered $950. We met ant $1000. I've been riding it for 5 months now, Beautiful ride.

gambrinus 08-03-2008 06:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TheDudeAbides
Just keep hitting Craigslist. I wouldn't buy a used mountain bike (well maybe) but I would, and did by a used road bike there. 2007 Klein Quantum Pro with Rolf Vector hubs/wheels and everything else Ultegra. MINT condition. He asked $1100, I offered $950. We met ant $1000. I've been riding it for 5 months now, Beautiful ride.

Ditch the Rolf wheels while they're still round. Only Cane Creek makes a worse wheel for the $$$.

Unless you're racing, have a shop build up Ultegra Hubs on Mavic open pro hoops. 14g spokes.

You'll be a few grams heavier, but you WILL NOT hurt those wheels without hitting something the size of a beagle.

RW

Gummee! 08-03-2008 07:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gambrinus
Ditch the Rolf wheels while they're still round. Only Cane Creek makes a worse wheel for the $$$.

Unless you're racing, have a shop build up Ultegra Hubs on Mavic open pro hoops. 14g spokes.

You'll be a few grams heavier, but you WILL NOT hurt those wheels without hitting something the size of a beagle.

RW

The early Rolf wheels aren't too bad. The more recent ones are so-so.

I still prefer to ride on 'normal' wheels. The ones I'm on now are 20+ years old.

M

gambrinus 08-03-2008 08:10 PM

I just got back from a 25 miler on the French Whore. Cleaned it up today at work. Took off about a lb of gunk from the drivetrain and tossed on some different brake levers. Called it good and took off for a ride.

Plush cruiser that did quite well on the dirt. Quite happy with my dumpster queen.


RW

EphTwoEight 08-03-2008 09:38 PM

We rode the world famous Gooseberry Mesa today. Sure an awesome trail. Definitely not for the tight shorts pavement pounders.

http://Eph28.smugmug.com/photos/344700873_te3aT-M.jpg

pierce 08-03-2008 11:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gambrinus
I just got back from a 25 miler on the French Whore. Cleaned it up today at work. Took off about a lb of gunk from the drivetrain and tossed on some different brake levers. Called it good and took off for a ride.

you said that one was brown/bronze? Is that like a Super Mirage or something?

I've still got my 1975 Motobecane Grand Record touring bike hanging in the garage. reynolds 531 double butted, campi nuevo record, etc. a classic. mine is black with red trim. but its seriously thrashed from too many years of hard riding.

gambrinus 08-04-2008 03:57 PM

It's the Randonee model. Nothing too fancy, but I'm starting to REALLY like the geometry. Works well on the dirt "canal path" that we have here.

RW

RichBeBe 08-04-2008 07:33 PM

I humbly come here asking a stupid question.
I have ridden BMX and mountain bikes and always did all my wrenching and have built and set up a bunch of bikes and understand gears but I never owned a double ringed bike with brifters.
I have a new Bianchi Axis which has Tiagra shifters, Tiagra front derailleur and an LX rear with a SRAM hub. I know with triple rings there are combos you cannot run (high/high or low/low) and sometimes other combos that are close. Should I be able to run the big ring with all ten rear gears without interference or do i need to play with the derailleur or is this just a dumbass between the seat and bars?

yater 08-04-2008 07:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yater
I raced the 60 mile ouachita challenge (mtb race) today. After record rains in Arkansas over the past weeks, it was....interesting. The pics aren't up yet and I'm too beat to post a race report right now....but I finished 11th of 200. I'll post a report with pics as soon as they're up.

I've been dying in the Tx heat here and found some pics of a ride we did last january in Arkansas. The temps ranged from 10* over night to 35* during the day. We were there to pre-ride the ouachita challenge course and had a blast doing it. I'd kill for these temps now. I can't wait until october:clap

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...r/ark08298.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4.../ark08beer.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...8breakfast.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...rk08camper.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k08fajitas.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...rk08heater.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k08morning.jpg

I started a pissing contest:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...onrevstire.jpg

he retaliated:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ssonmytire.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...rk08stream.jpg

A view from a ridge on the womble:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...k08womble1.jpg

I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

gambrinus 08-05-2008 08:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RichBeBe
Should I be able to run the big ring with all ten rear gears without interference or do i need to play with the derailleur or is this just a dumbass between the seat and bars?

From the web site of the late great Sheldon Brown:

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears.html


His site is like the Wikipedia of cycling. A great loss with his passing last year.


RW

CruzCtrl 08-05-2008 10:39 AM

I have been asked to compete in the Masters National Championships at Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, Ca. Sep. 2-7. Some friends from various shops in So Cal. are willing to put up the money and re-instate my license for the event. I am honored and quite nervous at the same time.

I rode the track last week, and it felt good. The last real race I was in was an invitational at the Home Depot Center in 2004. I don’t believe I will race all events in my age group, but I have been asked to compete in the Madison and Team Pursuit. They are talking about putting me on a Cinelli Vigorelli which would be awesome. I have about two weeks to decide, and I am getting my license handled in the meantime.

I will be trying to lose a few lb’s and see if I can get some decent times up while I make the decision. I have ridden every day since asked, and I am going to try and make every Tues. Thurs. open session at the track, today I could not make it because of prior commitments. I have my two busiest weeks of work for the whole year happing now until the 17<SUP>th</SUP>, and I am just hoping I can make the open sessions, and get some good track time in. I have tried to clean my calendar for the next 3 weeks in the mornings to make time, and I am going too see if I can make a run at this.

My good friend in San Diego made the call knowing I am getting my 10yr. old into it; he and my friend in Redondo Beach are getting the bike together for me. My old boss from Village Cycles was contacted and is building up some training wheels for me as a gift. I will post pics when I get them. He has blessed me more times then I can remember, and I am honored to have friends who believe I am able. I know there is no pressure from them, just good friends pushing a friend to follow his heart.

It is I who am putting the pressure on me, and I told myself the next ten to twelve years is about putting my kids first. I have been down this rode, and know I lose sight of things in the pursuit of my dreams. I just hope I can maintain the balance this time around. I believe my sons will appreciate watching their old man out there, and my oldest really has passion for this. I am blessed because my 8yr old prefers motorcycles. So I have one into each of the things I am into. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>

Gummee! 08-05-2008 10:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CruzCtrl
I have been asked to compete in the Masters National Championships at Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, Ca. Sep. 2-7. Some friends from various shops in So Cal. are willing to put up the money and re-instate my license for the event. I am honored and quite nervous at the same time. I rode the track last week, and it felt good. The last real race I was in was an invitational at the Home Depot Center in 2004. I don’t believe I will race all events in my age group, but I have been asked to compete in the Madison and Team Pursuit. They are talking about putting me on a Cinelli Vigorelli which would be awesome. I have about two weeks to decide, and I am getting my license handled in the meantime. I will be trying to lose a few lb’s and see if I can get some decent times up while I make the decision. I have ridden every day since asked, and I am going to try and make every Tues. Thurs. open session at the track, today I could not make it because of prior commitments. I have my two busiest weeks of work for the whole year happing now until the 17<sup>th</sup>, and I am just hoping I can make the open sessions, and get some good track time in. I have tried to clean my calendar for the next 3 weeks in the mornings to make time, and I am going too see if I can make a run at this. My good friend in San Diego made the call knowing I am getting my 10yr. old into it; he and my friend in Redondo Beach are getting the bike together for me. My old boss from Village Cycles was contacted and is building up some training wheels for me as a gift. I will post pics when I get them. He has blessed me more times then I can remember, and I am honored to have friends who believe I am able. I know there is no pressure from them, just good friends pushing a friend to follow his heart. It is I who am putting the pressure on me, and I told myself the next ten to twelve years is about putting my kids first. I have been down this rode, and know I lose sight of things in the pursuit of my dreams. I just hope I can maintain the balance this time around. I believe my sons will appreciate watching their old man out there, and my oldest really has passion for this. I am blessed because my 8yr old prefers motorcycles. So I have one into each of the things I am into. <o:p></o:p>

Madison and Team Pursiut are two different kinds of fast...

Of the two, Madison training: handoffs, etc. are prolly THE most important thing to work on at the track itself. Team Pursuit intervals can be mimiced on the road as long as you have similar positions on yer bikes.

'Course, you already know that. :nod

Good luck! Post up pics, etc. Make the kid proud Dad!

:ricky

M

Oh, and PARAGRAPHS motherfucker! Learn em, use em!! :baldy


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