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post #1516 of 1792
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Been in the market for a bike and wanted some opinions on one I looked at this afternoon.
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/bik/3388495879.html
I rode it today (around a parking level - forgot to take it arund the block) and it rode well. Looked fine to my [inexperienced] eye as well (I did look up some tips on what to look out for when buying a used bike). Some of the parts (rear derailleur and saddle) looked quite new as the seller had refurbished it.
General thoughts? $300 high for it? He may go down to $250.
Looks fine to me. I wouldn't pay more than $300, but if everything is in good shape (minimal chain stretch, freewheel cogs with plenty of life left - not sharktoothed, cables not rusty anywhere, cable housing looks good, minimal tire wear) and it fits you well, then I'd consider it worth that price.
post #1517 of 1792
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Originally Posted by Joffrey View Post

Been in the market for a bike and wanted some opinions on one I looked at this afternoon.
http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/bik/3388495879.html
I rode it today (around a parking level - forgot to take it arund the block) and it rode well. Looked fine to my [inexperienced] eye as well (I did look up some tips on what to look out for when buying a used bike). Some of the parts (rear derailleur and saddle) looked quite new as the seller had refurbished it.
General thoughts? $300 high for it? He may go down to $250.

^it looks like the perfect "do it all" bike on a budget.

the bike is great because:

- its capable of going off road confidently
- cantilever brakes mean you can put in very wide tires (even 29incher mountain bike tires) to deal with winter/off road use
- there are fender bosses and rack bosses - also great for commuting. once you've put on fenders and a rack you can really use it for errands and commuting.
- its a great looking bike - classical non compact geometry frame looks awesome
- it looks to be a small diameter tubed aluminum frame compared to large diameter extremely thin tube aluminum modern frames. which means it'll most likely be a very comfortable frame to ride.
- slap som thin road tires and you've got a capable road bike
- if you can get it for 250 then you can commute with confidence and keep it stock (dont have to baby it or be scared when its locked up outside).

things to watch out for:

-its an aluminum frame pre mid 90's so the rear spacing is probably 126mm. aluminum is not recommended for "cold setting" (spreading out the rear triangle) to accommodate modern 8/9/10 speed cogs which are 130mm spaced. so if you ever wanted to keep the frame and upgrade to modern components you're limited to what will fit into the old 126mm spacing.
- cantilever brakes are great when properly adjusted, but a bitch when they are off (decreased stopping power, hard to set up perfectly sometimes).
- i'd look into getting V-brakes and v-brake compatible road levers. v-brakes have massive stopping power and are simple to set up. since you already have downtube shifters there shouldn't be a problem with finding compatible brake levers.
post #1518 of 1792
Thanks for the feedback!
post #1519 of 1792
Bike purchased. Now just got to get it from my office to my apartment. It's about an 8 mile ride, half of which is uphill. Wish me luck! Will get a lock and have it looked at over the next few days or week.
post #1520 of 1792
A friend just won a drawing for a new Cervelo. They shipped it with Ultegra Di2. I'm very happy for her; but DAMN! Why couldn't that be me? Wow.
post #1521 of 1792
I hope that wasn't the cyclingnews drawing. I was hoping to win that one biggrin.gif
post #1522 of 1792
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post

A friend just won a drawing for a new Cervelo. They shipped it with Ultegra Di2. I'm very happy for her; but DAMN! Why couldn't that be me? Wow.

^I remember wanting a GT Pro Freestyle Tour Team so badly as an 8 year old (in 1988).... Then they had one for raffle at six flags california the day we went there. I made my parents wait until near closing for the raffle draw... of course I lost and had my heart broken.

I found another grail bike, thats going to be a nice bike project for me and an xmas present for the wife:

1992 Bridgestone XO-1.

Its the very first version and a totally weird bike at that. It has 26" (mountain bike size) wheels, on a road geometry frame, with all the braze ons for racks and fenders, and the super weirdo Mustache bars. This version is different from the more popular later version which had cantilever brakes and an orange paint job because it actually has normal caliper road brakes on it (more weirdness).

Fortunately it can fit 650c wheels (which are about a 1cm larger than the 26") so I have options for my wife when she wants a proper road bike with light wheels and thin tires. But there is clearance for large mountain bike tires too. This way it can be a "do anything" bike trails, road, commuter with a rack.

I'm just happy that I found a normal looking bike that fits her easily (since its a 48cm frame with 26" wheels my wife is a hair under 5'4"). They even have a 42cm version of this bike that has a sloping top tube (perfect for shorter than 5'2" people probably).

http://roomwithavu.blogs.com/photos/bikes/xo1.html

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Since the bike will be for my wife I had to ditch the mustache bars and build it up as a normal drop bar bike. But I'll be putting on SRAM Rival. The wheels are actually pretty light considering they are 32 spoked and from 1992 (1800g for the set). Im psyched that I found old silver Sram Rival stuff for it:

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post #1523 of 1792
That is sweet! Did you find it in another Amish barn?

I have a 54cm Surly LHT that has 26" wheels. I'm running some Schwalbe Marathon's that are great for mixed surfaces (gravel, dirt, road). If you go with 650's you should look at the tire selection at Rivendell Bikes.
post #1524 of 1792
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Originally Posted by vm1336 View Post

That is sweet! Did you find it in another Amish barn?
I have a 54cm Surly LHT that has 26" wheels. I'm running some Schwalbe Marathon's that are great for mixed surfaces (gravel, dirt, road). If you go with 650's you should look at the tire selection at Rivendell Bikes.

^its funny you mention the LHT bikes, because the 26" versions are so similar in execution - its long been mentioned in other bike forums how Surly must've used the XO-1 as inspiration.

But it was pointed out that the geometry of the LHT is pretty relaxed and comfortable. While the XO-1's were very road bike like with 26" wheels. I personally don't see much of a difference.

the LHT are sweet bikes. I love the 26" versions. What I don't get is why more people don't put V-brakes on theirs with the influx of drop bar V-brake compatible levers - also since it seems like the majority of LHT owners still run bar end shifters/down tube shifters.

its seems like there should be a bigger market that would force the big three component companies to make a brifter/sti thats V-brake compatible.

There is this from RetroShift.com:

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such a elegantly simple solution in an ugly package though... I'm not going to lie I was thinking of doing a LHT built with v-brakes and RetroShift solutions.
post #1525 of 1792
Just use mini-v's...they work fine for stopping with STI levers although they lack modulation (but so do most v brakes). They use them all the time on CX bikes.

I'll have a set of Pauls mini-v's soon and I bet those will work even better than the tektro/TRP versions.

I just doubt that it will ever happen for long-pull STI levers...disc brakes are UCI legal in cross now so any further development is going to be in that direction (possibly hydraulic STIs)

Should look like this (although my Wound-Up is supposed to come logoless):
post #1526 of 1792
^ I want the endo producing POWER of full sized V-Brakes!

I remember being dumbfounded at how powerful (albeit straight locking of the wheel power) V-Brakes are even in cheap entry level hybrid bikes. Its the fact that they look so much like cantilevers that throws me off.

The V-Brake on a LHT or 93 Bridgestone XO-1 build is moot for me though... i've already got a disc brake commuter that I posted a while back. The road BB7's aren't as stop on a hair strong as the regular mountain versions but their about 90% as good which is more than enough.

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^now that I think about it... Redline was obviously copying the old 1993 Orange XO-1. Only its with 700c wheels. I guess I could just put in huge 26" MTB disc wheels on it for winter riding though.
post #1527 of 1792
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

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Very decent tool, but it must have a sad from its own ugliness when in the same corral as your RB-1.
post #1528 of 1792
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Originally Posted by LawrenceMD View Post

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Originally Posted by Fang66 View Post

Very decent tool, but it must have a sad from its own ugliness when in the same corral as your RB-1.



Ooh, unfair. I think that's a gorgeous bike.
post #1529 of 1792
I like it too. What are the wheels/tyres? I'm building something similar, but with a fixed gear.
post #1530 of 1792
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Originally Posted by rdawson808 View Post

Ooh, unfair. I think that's a gorgeous bike.

Yes, but it's like comparing the pretty girl you sat next to in grade 12 English class to Cindy Crawford. (Insert your own 80s super model).
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