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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by kbasa, Mar 15, 2009.
Beat me to it.
heck, i've still got XT thumbshifters on a couple of bikes.
i've stuck with them because i got tired of having shifters mounted under the bars banging into my knees when doing the really tricky technical stuff while playing Trials dork. (this would be less of an issue if it weren't for my size and Ape Index.)
the fact that they're lighter than anything else, simple, and just work is just a bonus.
(i set them up to work with 8-spd stuff, and they work great.)
I remember one of the guys I rode with had a Monty trials rig with Magura's hydralic rim brake, pretty cool stuff for circa 1989. I actually had no issues with U brakes, other than being mud magnets. I ran Magura levers with Scott/Mathauser pads, Bullseye cranks & hubs, Bontrager cut down MA40's, Koski fork...the good old days of piecing shit together.
I'm certainly not judging your build, kudos to you for doing it, those of us who were riding in those days knew the strengths and weaknesses, I wanted one for climbing, almost never had mud issues, bog just sheds off. Being a 195 lb masher wouldn't have been good in the flex department though.
My Yeti FRO, from '88 was great but when I bought it I didn't know sizing as well as I should have and it was a size bigger than it should have been. Didn't slow me down much in the end.
my Ibis Trials bike came with U-brakes that worked fairly well.
later, i stumbled across a set of Sh*tmaNO U-brakes with an integrated 'brake booster' arch in a Sale bin at a shop. concealing my enthusiasm, i made a profane deal on them to "take them off his hands", and they turned out to be awesome for that bike (but it admittedly didn't roll through mud much).
Poor man's X x 10: D/A barcons with Paul's Thumbies. Right now, I've got a rear 9sp barcon and a ca 6sp era XT on the other side. I've never used the left Thumbie 'cause the XT still works just fine.
Couple of years ago MBA did a test on shifting. Thumb shifters came in a distant last. ...but what they don't say is you can feel where the shifter is and tell what gear you're in without looking between your legs. You can also roll your knuckle in and shift without using your thumb. ...AND... Friction mode! Bend that der hanger and you can still shift a few gears to get out of the woods without going SS.
All-in-all that new-fangled STI* shit is heavier, more complicated, and for off-roading less able to withstand abuse. I'll pass.
(*I have ridden it. I just don't care for it)
Drug home this '52 Montgomery Wards-Hawthorne (CWC), today. Other than the accessories, rear tire, and fork(?), it's all original. The fork and tire are easy to find. I'm going to go through it, true the wheels, new tires/tubes, WD-40 the patina, maybe look for a seat, and ride it. Ballooners aren't my thing, but, I had to save this one from a mud-floor machine shed. It has one small ding in the front fender, a bow in one of the front fender stays, and a small snag in the chainguard. Otherwise, it's straight.
One (of the few) benefit to living next door to a low-income rental duplex is that when the renters skip town or are evicted, the owner lets me pick through any of the junk they invariably leave behind. The last pair of characters left behind a set of little kid's 16" wheel bicycles. The were rough and neglected, but they are just the right size for my 4 yr. old daughter to start to learn on.
So I took them in. White plastic tires and tubes were dry rotted, lots of surface rust. All the bearings were dry and raspy. But I was able to cobble together one good bike from the pair. I'm out about $30 for new tubes and tires and about 5 hrs of rebuilding the wheels and getting off most of the rust with foil.
Chose the blue over the pink frame because my son will probably wind up learning on it too.
The Army aluminum field box behind it was also a bit of booted-out-renter-booty.
MBA,... those kids are so cute.
when have they ever liked something that wasn't the newest thing you don't have yet and therefore need to buy? (they're almost as bad as Buycycling Magazine.)
i wonder what other criteria they could be judging on; they clearly don't seem to recognize any of the points that matter to us,...
I agree. The newest thing is OBVIOUSLY the bestest and you NEED it RIGHT NOW!!!
When I'm off-roading simpler is better. At some point, you WILL be fixing the bike and which would you rather have? Complicated, heavy stuff or simple and light? Thumbies fit both the latter category.
I've been around long enough that I'm read the reviews and add a few grains of salt to em.
If you ever get into the resto thing, oxalic acid (wood bleach) is the best thing to use on rusty chrome. I use a plastic tote for a dipping container (silverware tray/drawer organizer for rims), so that I have a lid to put back over it. I usually leave things 24hrs. Using this method completely cleans any surface of rust and doesn't scratch.
Way more organize..
Is just a shame you can not have a "Inquire/wish" sale at the fleamarket since I'm sure I have something for everybody's needs..
Is that your basement? I'm jealous of the space! The bikes in my bike room get the chance to get to know each other intimately (they scratch the crap out of each other).
Yes is a little room downstairs, so yes you can call it a basement..
When a live in Berkeley my apartment was 420square feet and was full of bicycles, skateboards and motorcycle parts including a shitload of rickybars, to the point every wall was cover it, except for 20'' for the pillows to rest..
Now my bicycles and tools occupied about 400square feet and we have a separate place to live (moto parts on the "Garage"), much better this way..
Ps: I'm spending as much time as possible organizing the shop and is looking a lot better than before with bins for every part all level and everything..
400sq/ft is still huge! This is my 150sq/ft basement dungeon packed to the rafters. The road, track and cross bikes live here and the mountain bikes live upstairs with me, except for the Brooklyns (which you can barely see in the pics) and the Pugs because they're are too heavy to haul up 4 flights of stairs
You're very fortunate to have that 3Rensho. I always drool over my friend's Zunow.
Way back when, the Nashbar outlet here in the DC area sold em.
Wish I knew then what I know now.
Don't we all.