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Old 02-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #18946
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Many customers have a chip on their shoulders as soon as they walk in and are ready to claim they can get it cheaper elsewhere. The hard part about replacing some items on bikes is what might be on your bike, may not be available through a catalog unless it is from the bike manufacturer. (except Shimano/Campy/Sram) I know some of the bikes we used to sell at a place I worked part time would have rim/hub combos that were specially made for brand X and you could only get it from brand X dealer. I'm sure you won't find the rim/hub combo on the bike posted below anywhere but at a Trek dealer.

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I sometimes wonder what it would be like to go back to coaster brakes only. We rode a million miles on them.
I have a kick back 2 speed coaster brake hub laced to a 700c wheel. It confuses people when you cruise down the road at 23mph then turn the corner and spin up a hill and there isn't a shifter in sight.

I'm a big fan of the single speed life. I race a 21" Gary Fisher Rig single speed and do pretty good on it. I also race time trials and the occasional crit on the Trek T1 I posted a page back. I also do a couple Centuries a year on it.

I last summer I bought a 2nd District and promptly changed the rear cog and broke it in at a local TT riding in the Standard Class (No aero equipment)

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Old 02-21-2011, 05:10 PM   #18947
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I was a service adviser at a local BMW motorcycle shop for a few years. Some people, no matter what you tell them, and no matter how many different ways you try and tell them something will not hear what you have to say.

No failure on your part.



Jocflier: I feel like I failed at this one. I couldn't get him to see past 'its too thin' to get to where he'd listen to me. If I'd gotten to where he'd listen to me, we wouldn't have had to reorder more wheels, he'd be busy at his shop, etc. I felt like sayin 'so what if it don't match. Its not like people are gonna refuse to ride it because the rims don't match!'
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Old 02-21-2011, 06:36 PM   #18948
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I have a kick back 2 speed coaster brake hub laced to a 700c wheel. It confuses people when you cruise down the road at 23mph then turn the corner and spin up a hill and there isn't a shifter in sight.

I'm a big fan of the single speed life. I race a 21" Gary Fisher Rig single speed and do pretty good on it. I also race time trials and the occasional crit on the Trek T1 I posted a page back. I also do a couple Centuries a year on it.

I last summer I bought a 2nd District and promptly changed the rear cog and broke it in at a local TT riding in the Standard Class (No aero equipment)
Impressive indeed. You race a Gary Fissure? If you're not built like the leading character from Stick Figure Theatre, that frame might live up to its name.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:03 PM   #18949
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I don't know about impressive, I hear more "WTF" than anything. I'm a 47 year old Cat 2 with nothing to loose so I like to be different. In the crits I get out sprinted but it wouldn't matter anyhow, I've never won a field sprint even with gears so, as my hero Jens Voigt would do, I always go on the offensive and leave the pack fodders to argue over who's going to chase. If I do get lucky enough to pull one off, I wheelie or do a crossed up bunny hop over the line.


Gary Fissure, Off-road...

I'm a 6'-2" 200 lb Expert. I replaced the crank with a 180mm XT Octalink, Avid Juicies and a different saddle. I love the stock ACX Jones tires. have a Paragon too but it has spent more time on the trainer than in dirt. I think I've raced it twice.





I don't race full time off-road since I split my time up between dirt, pavement, motorized and pedal, but the bike has quite a few miles on it. The other reason is a bad back that kills me when pushing hard off-road but I had it fused in December so I am hoping to do well this year. It's been in 4 Mohican 100's, 2 100k and 2 100 milers but unfortunately I DNF'd both 100 milers. One I started sick and the other I flat out blew up! The 100k's went better with a win and a 2nd and both times 4, and 6th overall against the geared guys. I did well enough that 5 of my team mates switched to single speeds.

I have the feeling this is the last year for her, the chain stays were looking bad near the tire from frame flex, especially the non-drive side.


However, 2 of my friends have totally destroyed their Fisher frames, so, they switched to Cannondales, and broke them too. I think that has more to do with origin of manufacture on both parts
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:28 PM   #18950
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I don't know about impressive, I hear more "WTF" than anything. I'm a 47 year old Cat 2 with nothing to loose so I like to be different.

However, 2 of my friends have totally destroyed their Fisher frames, so, they switched to Cannondales, and broke them too. I think that has more to do with origin of manufacture on both parts
I meant this. A 200lb Cat 2 is a badass. I read the Gary Fissure comment over at MTBR forum and thought it was . Be careful on that thing man.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:06 AM   #18951
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Did 22 miles today, all with numb feet.


I just bought these running shoes and they definitely aren't for biking. My feet weren't happy.


OTOH, I did buy bike shoes today too. However, when I got home I realised my tools were 70 miles away at my friends house. Guess I try out the shoes once I get my tools back. (need em to put on the pedals...) Maybe Wednesday then.


And the bike ride didn't do anything to clear out my sinuses. Im still coughing although I no longer feel sick.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:57 AM   #18952
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And the bike ride didn't do anything to clear out my sinuses. Im still coughing although I no longer feel sick.
Old rule of thumb that I'll repost:

If the cold's in yer chest. Don't ride till its gone 3 days.
If its in yer head, ride easy.

Taught to me by some old-timers when I first started riding. Holds true as much now as it did 20 years ago.

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:16 AM   #18953
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I meant this. A 200lb Cat 2 is a badass. I read the Gary Fissure comment over at MTBR forum and thought it was . Be careful on that thing man.

No worries, appreciate the comment, I just try my best. My "challenges" also spill over into the scrambles I did where up til a couple years ago when my weapon of choice was a fairly stock XR250 my final 2 years. WER did the suspension and I fixed the ergos to my size and had a total blast. I raced it in our Buckeye series in the thumper class and did extremely well with the stock pipe and motor. Of course, I'd gotten totally creamed at a GNCC where the competition is greater.

I'm also keeping a close eye on that frame too, the last thing I need a 4th catastrophic failure* of a bike part putting me back in the hospital again, I'm not bouncing back like i used too

*1 fork, 2 front wheels
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Old 02-22-2011, 12:53 PM   #18954
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So the dood with the wheels comes back in this AM.

They tell me I need to return these wheels.

Ummmm K. The new ones should be in this afternoon.

I brought the card, just put it back on there.

So I did.

Got a call a little later from the event center: how much are the replacement wheels gonna cost us?

$85 each

Why so much if the wheels we brought back were better?

Y'all returned a pair of perfectly good wheels, plus shipping on those wheels plus shipping on the new ones.

So the dood comes back and is aggravated at me: You ordered those wheels. We didn't give you permission to order the wheels you ordered.

Sure you did. You wanted replacment wheels. I got you replacement wheels.

I brought you the wheels. You weren't supposed to order the wheels you did...

The exchange got into 'the price is $85/wheel. You pay it or find em somewhere else' and 'we're not going to pay that because YOU screwed up and ordered the wrong wheels...'

So I fired him as a customer. We don't need your business have a good day.

I'm still worked up about it, but the eventual net result of not having to kow-tow to that particular customer is gonna be worth it.

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:53 PM   #18955
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Finally, a 'moped' that really blurs the lines.

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Old 02-22-2011, 03:56 PM   #18956
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Sounds like something Ricky woulda dreamed up.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:11 PM   #18957
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Sounds like something Ricky woulda dreamed up.

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Old 02-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #18958
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Just got back from a 2:20 ride. Went out with one of the guys from the 'race team' I've joined. He hasn't been riding so instead of the 3hr ride that was planned, it got cut short.

Oh well. I'll add 30min to tomorrow's ride and call it good.

Mid-30s at the start, low 40s by the time we got home. ONE of these days I'll figger out my wardrobe again. I came back completely soaked with sweat. Again. I'm thinkin I need to get back to wearing a vest and maybe heavier stuff on my arms.

Oh, and 25c tires seem to be

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Old 02-23-2011, 12:55 PM   #18959
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I agree, 25c

Gummee, Where in Va are you located and what team did you join?

I start my rides chilled (not cold) and make sure what ever you were can let some heat out. My jacket is windproof in the front and just spandex in the rear. Usually wear a long sleave undershirt with a jersey under that but when it gets below freezing I use a long sleave jersey. Nothing sucks more than freezing from your own sweat!

Heading off-road this evening, should be fun with 6 inches of white fluff


I agree, 25c
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:49 PM   #18960
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I'm looking for ideas about what to do with an old mountain bike. It's a 10 year Cannondale f600. The two biggest problems with it are a blown headshock and some frame damage. I hauled the bike to Moab tied to the inside of an aluminum trailer rail, I wrapped the frame tubes in towels but they moved during the trip and now the frame is scored a bit on the seat stay and on the head tube. I've also used it as a winter bike so there's some corrosion on the components. I don't really like riding it now because there's zero damping in the fork, and if I lock it out, there's still just enough travel to make it annoying/painful as the tiny bit of movement crashes into the stop.

Should I either
1) convert it to a conventional suspension fork
2) have the headshock rebuilt, or
3) write it off due to the frame damage and keep the usable parts?

I'm glad I asked about this in this thread!
Someone mentioned headset reducers, so I looked into those, and while I was browsing those, I ran across suspension corrected rigid forks and a plan formulated. Here's the result:





Reducer was about $38, fork @ $67, cheapo stem @ $20, and $50 bucks for shop to install headset, fork, and cut steerer.

I figure I'll sand the scoring on the seat stays down to eliminate any stress risers, shoot a little paint on to prevent corosion, and I'll have a pretty decent runabout bike to cruise around on with the wife and kids.
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