Bicycle thread

Discussion in 'Sports' started by Zodiac, Jul 10, 2006.

  1. Jeffy

    Jeffy Hmm...

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  2. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    my ride to work bike '94 trek 520
  3. Mr Head

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  4. zippy

    zippy Hinter dem Feld

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    I saw a Surly at the LBS yesterday. The one for traveling. I drooled.
  6. Flaco

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    Move over, Fargo...

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  7. SeaBass

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    As I mentioned earlier, I converted my '90 Rockhopper to SS. 34/20 is the magic gear and you wont need to use a tensioner.
  8. zippy

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  9. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    You mean like this one.

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    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Two things 1) Are those Honjo fenders, 2) What is that rack pack, looks like a hard case.
  11. Jeffy

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    Ah, thanks!

    I got my tires mounted and it wasn't too bad. The slime thorn tubes are thick! The tires are Conti Gravity 2.3's. Conti is very optimistic with their sizing. It's more like a 2.1. Fits the frame easily. I was able to get all of the shifters and brake cables adjusted as well. Ratchet straps over the exposed rafter sure beats working on it on the ground.

    I rode it a whole mile and almost died. Never stopped but my muscles didn't like it. :lol3 I need to build up the muscles again. 15 years of lounging has taken their toll. I had a guy offer me some new wheels and V Paul Brakes if I wanted to go SS. I think I'll take him up on that offer. I know I'll have to buy new levers but that's not a big deal. I want to get some bar ends and I'll definitely need some bar plugs. I don't need to be taking any core samples. :puke1

    The bike looks a lot better with some decent tires on. At 50 PSI they roll pretty fast. I've scrubbed 90% of them but need more seat time before I can feel confidant cutting turns.

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    When I first saw one, I wanted it just for the colors.
  13. TheYeti

    TheYeti Hard to be Humble

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    Looks like it came out pretty good.
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    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    you live where there's lots of hills, right? :scratch

    why would you want an SS :loco

    looking good!

    for dirt, you likely want them a lot softer than 50 psi. 30psi or less, even, unless you're on the heavy side.
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    ^^^ +1
  16. Jeffy

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    Thanks! I think it turned out well for a modest investment and a lot of TLC.

    There are rolling hills around here. Some roads are kinda steep as well. SS would be a little crazy but then again people think fixies are crazy too. I'm not sure what I'll do just yet. Maybe gather some parts and see what happens. The one thing I'm wondering is if I'll like the bike enough not to buy a new one. :lol3

    I pumped the tires up to their rec pressure since it was just around the block. I had them at 35 which felt pretty good still.
  17. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    if you have (or get) a chain punch, you can shorten the chain your existing sprockets and bypass the rear derailleur and make it into a temporary fixed gear.

    first, open the chain, then wrap it around the middle sprocket in front, and try different sprockets in the rear til you find one where the chain links line up when you hold it tight. punch the excess chain off on that link, and put it back together as a fixed speed... you likely have something like a 22/34/42 front, so 34 and one of hte middle gears should hit the sweet spot. me, I'd remove the rear derailleur, and tape the cable back temporarily to try it out, but ou could probably leave it on there. also of course, set the front shifter on MIDDLE! and don't touch them.

    now go ride it. do you like it? then find a 34 or so tooth front that will fit your crankset and a rear wheel with exactly whatever sprocket worked, and remove the shifters, derailleurs, and cabling....
  18. Jeffy

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    Hmm, good idea! I'll probably end up buying the tools. I was playing around with the gearing earlier to see what I'd like. Although, the bigger issue is getting back into shape so I'm not tired after a spin around the block. :lol3

    I should probably buy a helmet too. Something less wannabe-racer though. Maybe a Pro-tec Ace or Cyphon.
  19. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Yeah, I think so. I think it is a Long Haul Trucker. It had a heavy duty rack, so it looks a bit different. Good looking rig.
  20. pierce

    pierce Aven'Tourer

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    if you haven't punched bike chains before, play with an old one a few times, breaking and reconnecting it (at different pins). a clean well lubed chain is always easier to work on. or, mess with your old one before replacing it. its not at all hard with a little practice.

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=25

    A Park CT-3 is like $25 and all you need.