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Old 01-30-2011, 11:50 AM   #34231
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I was driving home today and saw this sign. Thought it was amusing and figured I would share. For some reason my phone was set to photograph in black and white though.
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Old 01-30-2011, 01:27 PM   #34232
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anybody else ride today

few peek of sun.streets pretty clear. tooks the bikes out for a little bit.turned the propane heater on in my garage so it would be slighlty warmer so i could bucket wash them when i got back.i hope spring comes soon. its more enjoyable when your feet arent freezing .
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:16 PM   #34233
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I did it a couple times, ages ago...I remember the concept being easy, but the excecution hard. I'm sure I was overcomplicating it however. I keep meaning to make a truing stand, I have some DIY directions that look easy, but I never get around to it.

Use the brake pad on the frame or fork. If you are just truing, there shouldn't be an issue with offset. One valuable tool I found is a spoke tension gauge so there is no question if one is tighter than the other.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:49 PM   #34234
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Use the brake pad on the frame or fork. If you are just truing, there shouldn't be an issue with offset. One valuable tool I found is a spoke tension gauge so there is no question if one is tighter than the other.
I can do one that way, the other is kind of at "just laced" status, replaced two spokes, took the rest off and greased them so it's out of dish, basically needs built.

Speaking of bikes, my brother in law works at Target in Easton, called me at work the other day and asked if I wanted a nice bike super cheap, they had one returned and were going to put it out on clearance thought I might want a crack at it. So, I went over on my lunch our and checked it out. It's a Schwinn S60dbx, their "top of the line" import bike. They had it marked down to $100, $69 with his employee discount and a 10% coupon he used, so I gave him some $$ and brought it home the next day. Sold for $249 originally, by the sticker...heck of a markdown.

I know they're not on par with the US-built Schwinns, by any means, but for the money figured I could do something with it. It's actually appointed with decent features, the crank set is solid, nice light wheels, Shimano's better japanese-built gears & derailleur (no plastic anywhere), nice shifters. It's a sled, for sure, but I've already replaced the seat post, pedals, seat, bar & neck and taken off the needless crap and shaved it down 5lbs. It's still heavy for a full suspension bike, but compared to my old Trek it's light. If I can source a good shock set front and back I think it'll work nicely for light trails. The front disk actually works good...read some reviews that say it stinks but a 2-finger squeeze will have you doing a wheel stand right now.

The only thing that appeared to be wrong with it was a set up job and the front derailleur is a piece of crap. Swapped it for a Bontrager I found at the local shop's parts bin and it's shifts like a dream now that I've set it up. The wife's bike's still a mess (it's the one with the crap wheels), so we can start riding again soon hopefully.



Alacrity gave me a cool Klein Pulse frame (you can see it hanging in the background). I intend to build that up into a fun hooligan bike soon, but for now I can play around a bit. I'm just trying to get in shape but I think the frame is strong enough to be a good platform.

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Old 01-30-2011, 03:18 PM   #34235
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Just came back from the bike show

The girls at the Harley booth were the skankiest by far. Sorry, no photos, I forgot my camera. Sat on the Super Tenier, but couldn't even reach the ground on tiptoe (and it was on its kickstand). No matter, I really dislike those bikes for a variety of reasons. I did like the CBR250, very pretty bike. Hated all the sportbikes, way too many gadgets. ABS, traction control, steering dampers, ig! Too much stuff getting between the rider and the bike in my own personal opinion. Only saw one new bike I really liked, an air-cooled Yamuka V-twin with a belt drive. I even sat on a couple Harleys. Not as heavy as I remember.

The show was considerably smaller than years past. The only European manufacturers there were Ducati and Triumph. No BMW, no KTM, no Ural, no Arilla, Vespa, or Piaggio. No Hyosung either, though not a big loss, at least in my less than humble thoughts.
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:39 PM   #34236
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Sat on the Super Tenier, but couldn't even reach the ground on tiptoe (and it was on its kickstand). No matter, I really dislike those bikes for a variety of reasons. I did like the CBR250, very pretty bike. Hated all the sportbikes, way too many gadgets. ABS, traction control, steering dampers, ig! Too much stuff getting between the rider and the bike in my own personal opinion. Only saw one new bike I really liked, an air-cooled Yamuka V-twin with a belt drive. I even sat on a couple Harleys. Not as heavy as I remember.

Sounds like your're in the wrong forum You only like cruisers and tourers?
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:49 PM   #34237
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I know they're not on par with the US-built Schwinns, by any means...

The only thing that appeared to be wrong with it was a set up job...

Alacrity gave me a cool Klein Pulse frame (you can see it hanging in the background). I intend to build that up into a fun hooligan bike soon, but for now I can play around a bit. I'm just trying to get in shape but I think the frame is strong enough to be a good platform.
As far as I know, Schwinn totally sold out to the Orient and I'm not sure any are made here except customs. Most of the stores will hire just about anyone to assemble those bikes, I should know, they had my sister assembling them!!

Be careful with the Klein, there were notorious for being some of the lightest bikes on the planet, and for a reason, the frames were paper thin. The last Klein I saw had fallen over at the shop against another bike and received 2 dents in the top tube. Let me know if you need any parts, I'm cleaning house!!
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Old 01-30-2011, 06:52 PM   #34238
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Alacrity gave me a cool Klein Pulse frame (you can see it hanging in the background).

My Jew-Fu comes through again with the cheap solution.


An aspiring Jerry Seinfeld?
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:02 PM   #34239
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New dr650!!!

For the vertically challenged...

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:09 PM   #34240
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An aspiring Jerry Seinfeld?
No soup for you!

That's riiiight, he did have a Klein didn't he? Hung in his doorway? Well, that's cool...maybe I'll start collecting Porsche's too.



You're not kidding about the Klein frames, cripes they're light. I really don't intend on making a trail machine out of it, probably something neat like a 3-speed commuter or something.

I've got my heart set on a 24" trials/street bike, but finding one that's in my price range is tough.
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:10 PM   #34241
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For the vertically challenged...

Too high!

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Old 01-30-2011, 07:16 PM   #34242
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Old 01-30-2011, 07:22 PM   #34243
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few peek of sun.streets pretty clear. tooks the bikes out for a little bit.turned the propane heater on in my garage so it would be slighlty warmer so i could bucket wash them when i got back.i hope spring comes soon. its more enjoyable when your feet arent freezing .
Must have been nice to get out... I had no such luck.

I don't wash my bikes, so I don't envy you on that one
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:35 AM   #34244
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Sounds like your're in the wrong forum You only like cruisers and tourers?
I love bikes of all kinds. I am not particularly keen on the direction taken by the manufacturers with sportbikes, as I feel they're putting technology between the rider and the ride. I am less than sanguine about so called "adventure bikes" but it hardly matters. I am sufficiently vertically challenged that I couldn't easily ride one.

I can't ride several of the sportbikes either, too tall for my inseam. Sometimes it sucks being short, though I fit well in airplanes, which is what really matters anyway.
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Old 01-31-2011, 05:48 AM   #34245
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is that 650 the woods "touring edition" and what the hell was with that other sport thing, do you have to kneel on it? that thing was made for a pigme! (sp)
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