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Old 11-16-2011, 07:48 AM   #22126
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C' Record was manageable when it was on a Team deal.

Otherwise I would never have owned any.
My first racebike was a MotoBecane Record, and had Shimano 600.
The first bike I raced had Hurry-Echo Dupar, I know I didn't spell that right. But it was a Motobecane. More touring than racer, stamped drop-outs and even safety brake levers, I sawed off. And waterpipe 5130 steel frame.
I actually folded the small chainring climbing in Red Rocks Park near Morrison Colorado. I had to beat it back near straight to ride the few miles back home.
I was a college student working part time as a BMW mechanic.
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My first 'real' racing bike was an SLX one of these. I SO wanted to make it look just like this one. Then I found out how freaking expensive C-Record was! On a college student budget? Not gonna happen. Ended up with a mix of Shimano parts on it.

Later on in life, it ended up all Sachs New Success.

Sigh. Miss that bike.

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Old 11-16-2011, 10:51 AM   #22127
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What you see is the top of a 'ride to the top of the hill, dismount, turn 180deg, run back down the hill, turn 180deg, and run back up the hill, remount on an off-camber' section of the course.

Once I got on the bike, I could make em go round again. It was the hopping off and running down, then up the hill that was the tough part.

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If you are running while carrying the bike, something's gone terribly wrong with your off road ride.
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:57 AM   #22128
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If you are running while carrying the bike, something's gone terribly wrong with your off road ride.
Nah. Sometimes its faster to carry the darn thing.

Now, hike-a-biking is a different story

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Old 11-16-2011, 02:32 PM   #22129
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Greenest bike ever made???? Can you recycle carbon fiber?
Sort of.

But the frame is made of flax fiber, which is apparently quite a bit more recyclable.

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Bike lovers, get excited! The sustainable Schwinn Vestige will be hitting stores at the end of July! Introduced at Eurobike 2010, the recyclable and organic flax fiber bike will soon be a consumer reality. This elegant set of wheels makes biking (a green method of transportation) even more eco-friendly just in time for summer!

Painted with water soluble paint, the entire bike frame is made of 80% biodegradable flax. Since flax is naturally translucent, Schwinn installed a lighting system powered by the front wheel, which illuminates when in motion, creating a tortoise shell glow. Flax is also durable and lightweight, making the bike easy to transport up and down stairs. The Vestige is outfitted with sustainable, attractive bamboo grips and fenders, in a fitting natural hue. The bike’s tires also include a unique recycled insert, made by Schwalbe.

Since it is made from organic materials, the Vestige’s production has a decreased carbon footprint. And being recyclable, the bike has lower impact on the environment should the owner wish to scrap it.
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Old 11-17-2011, 01:38 PM   #22130
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When your buddy asks you 'wanna find out where this goes?!' just say no!

Ended up mtn biking on the Crosshairs. Hike-a-biking thru some semi-swamp too! Oh, don't forget the tresspassing...

All in all, I had a good time. We went and pre-rode Saturday's cross course. Ugh. Not a good one. Thru a field with nasty hummocks of grass. No 'line' thru any of it. I may skip it and go out racing Sunday despite it being lots further away.

3-ish hours on the clock. Some of it was toodle or less pace thru the muck. Some of it was walking the bike thru the semi-swamp. ...and I nursed a flat the whole 30+/- min home!

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Old 11-19-2011, 05:30 PM   #22131
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BB help, please.

Subject: '74 Schwinn Varsity

Is there a way to convert the 1-piece crank and loose ball BB to a 3-piece crank and sealed BB? I remember, years ago, there were options. However, I don't see anything in the QBP catalog, unless I'm not seeing it. TIA!
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:40 PM   #22132
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BB help, please.

Subject: '74 Schwinn Varsity

Is there a way to convert the 1-piece crank and loose ball BB to a 3-piece crank and sealed BB? I remember, years ago, there were options. However, I don't see anything in the QBP catalog, unless I'm not seeing it. TIA!
I have a 3-piece adapter in a cruiser frame that was originally ashtabula cranked. not sure where it came from originally. it won't let you use a modern cartridge BB, its a loose bearing square end axle thats part of the kit.

but, geez, a 70s varsity? thats like about the worse possible heavy clunker 10speed frame with wobbly blade forks
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:56 PM   #22133
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Subject: '74 Schwinn Varsity

Is there a way to convert the 1-piece crank and loose ball BB to a 3-piece crank and sealed BB? I remember, years ago, there were options. However, I don't see anything in the QBP catalog, unless I'm not seeing it. TIA!
Is this what I need?

Or this?

If so, will a standard, square road spindle fit?
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Old 11-19-2011, 05:58 PM   #22134
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but, geez, a 70s varsity? thats like about the worse possible heavy clunker 10speed frame with wobbly blade forks
Because you asked: attachment.
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:23 PM   #22135
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Is this what I need?

Or this?

If so, will a standard, square road spindle fit?
Those look like they are for some sort of BMX thing, I dunno much about BMX.

Scroll down here for the truvativ adapter... that will let you use standard 68mm Shimano sealed bottom brackets.
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Old 11-20-2011, 10:31 AM   #22136
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Those look like they are for some sort of BMX thing, I dunno much about BMX.

Scroll down here for the truvativ adapter... that will let you use standard 68mm Shimano sealed bottom brackets.
Thanks. I didn't know that page existed, on Sheldon's site. That's exactly what I would need. I'll quit browsing the BMX stuff, now.
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Old 11-20-2011, 07:10 PM   #22137
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Any opinions out there on nashbar frames? I'm eyeballing this one;

http://www.amazon.com/Nashbar-Integr...d_sim_sbs_sg_3

Thanks, guys.
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Old 11-20-2011, 08:53 PM   #22138
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Any opinions out there on nashbar frames? I'm eyeballing this one;

http://www.amazon.com/Nashbar-Integr...d_sim_sbs_sg_3

Thanks, guys.
building a complete bike from that will build up pretty fast. a mid-grade Ultegra compact parts kit is like $1200 or something, and you still need bars, stem, fork, seat post, seat, pedals, and wheels.

as far as that frame goes, its probably darn similar to any of the bigbrand alloy-main w/ carbon rear stays chinese built frames. the big question is, will the geometry suit you?
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:47 AM   #22139
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Any opinions out there on nashbar frames? I'm eyeballing this one;

http://www.amazon.com/Nashbar-Integr...d_sim_sbs_sg_3

Thanks, guys.
I'm with "pierce" on this one.

Are you swapping existing parts onto this?

Add a carbon fork to that frame and it starts looking like not that great a deal.

But yeah, probably made in the same plant as many other big name frames.

Edit: Geez, just found this in their offerings. Starting to look like a better deal. Hmmm.
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Old 11-21-2011, 07:55 AM   #22140
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That frame's decent but nothing special. Buy it. Ride it. Swap parts out in a few years.

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