General Bike Thread (Desiderata, questions, porn)

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by kronik, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. otc

    otc Senior member

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    If you have the money and don't mind losing some of your investment, I think it is worth it actually. A good learning experience.

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    Definately. Also, you don't have to go so much on the all-out scale.

    I wouldn't really want to take an old frame and start strapping on fully modern parts as the expense and headache when things don't fit right (like the aforementioned cable routing problem). You are better off trying to replace with barely used versions of high quality parts from the past. There are a lot of them on the market with all the hipsters stripping down bikes for fixies and you know they will work with your bike. Things like having to cold-set the frame can be avoided by using parts from the right vintage and getting the right size.


    The only real exception to the above (aside from "I understand there will be challenges but I want to add a 10sp rear cassette and modern shifters") is if you are going down a step in technology. I built a frame up for cyclocross with a modern single speed/fixed drivetrain...it was no problem (I switched to aero levers but still used old brakes...should have been fine to upgrade those too).

    The tools for an old 10sp are generally pretty simple...and once you learn a few skills, even modern bikes are essentially the same...just need fancier tools.
     


  2. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    i finally started on my next bike project. in one week, I bought the frame, handlebar, stem, seatpost and crankset... the wheels are in order, and so are the brakes and the rest of the component group... frame is something like this: [​IMG]
     


  3. ScottMan

    ScottMan Senior member

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    I tool around on light trails or to grab lunch on this occasionally. It's nothing special, but I figured some of you guys might enjoy seeing an old, outdated, fairly cool at the time Trek Y-33. It could use some work and adjustment here and there but it works and I always get a few people comment on it. [​IMG]
     


  4. jaydc7

    jaydc7 Senior member

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    hah sweet, i havent seen a y bike in ages.
     


  5. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    i finally started on my next bike project. in one week, I bought the frame, handlebar, stem, seatpost and crankset... the wheels are in order, and so are the brakes and the rest of the component group... frame is something like this:

    [​IMG]


    That's a crazy looking softail. Or is it something else? (I suppose the name is somewhat appropriate.)
     


  6. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    ^ thanks. its a carbon hardtail, and can be built into a geared or single speed bike.
     


  7. zippyh

    zippyh Senior member

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    ^ thanks. its a carbon hardtail, and can be built into a geared or single speed bike.

    That's one funky-ass way of adjusting for chain tension.
    Are you going to build it as a single speed?

    The animation is strangely hypnotic.
    [​IMG]
     


  8. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    might do it next time, but for now I'm sticking to gears... though its a bitch that shimano's next shipments might already be the new 3x10 set-up, which I find not worth paying the extra money for. I've just told the shop that I'd rather get the old 3x9 groupset thank you.
     


  9. mondayc

    mondayc Senior member

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    That Ibis looks great. I just bought a Sun Rhyno Lite rim laced to a Surly flip-flop singlespeed rear wheel for $45, now I just need to build the rest of the bike. Does anyone have experience with the SRAM XX 10-speed stuff? It seems like my 9-speed gets gunked up fast enough as is...

    Also, I'm set to buy a GT LTS from a co-worker for $40.
     


  10. jaydc7

    jaydc7 Senior member

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    Anyone need a Thomson 110mm 10deg 31.8 X4 stem? Have one for sale after switching to a 70mm on my Yeti.
     


  11. Shiny

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    Along the lines of jaydc's post, I am looking for a 20" front suspension fork for my bike. this one:

    http://www.downtube.com/Font_Suspens...ding_Bike.html

    It is a 1 1/8" threaded fork. Length is about 130-140mm. I thought it would be simple to swap it out with a kids 20" suspension fork, but every kids bike I've seen comes with a 1" fork.

    The reason for the swap is I'm not satisfied with the current suspension fork. There is zero adjustability. Obviously, I don't want to spend a lot of money on this upgrade. PM or email me topbrand "at" gmail.com if you have one or know of one. Thanks.
    -joe
     


  12. DocHunter

    DocHunter Senior member

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    A general question for mountain bikers.

    I've been itching to get myself a bike ever since a friend recently took me out on a trail ride with his extra bike. I'd like to keep it under $1000. I want something affordable, but quality and will last me a while. 29ers seem to be in right now and my buddy suggests I go with one of those. A hardtail seems to be the only option in my price range.

    Any suggestions?
     


  13. Shiny

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    Dochunter,
    If you want something NOW, I would recommend you check out the offerings at Bikesdirect. They have some really nicely spec'ed MTB at good prices. The downside to them is that you have to put the bike together yourself. Or, you can pay an LBS to put it together.
     


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    Does anyone have any experience with Vanmoof bikes? The 6061 caught my eye in a recent trip to Tokyo. I like the look of it but have no idea if it's a good value (rings in about $650 here). My cheap-ass previous bike, which was free to me, was stolen (didn't even lock it), and I'm looking to make an improvement this time around. It's just to get me around the city. Nearly everyone here rides a fixed gear step-through bike. The Vanmoof isn't a step-through (a bonus to me), but I really have no idea if it's a good value or not since it'll be my first bike purchase since I was a kid. Picture here: [​IMG]
     


  15. DNW

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    I hate designer bikes. [​IMG]
     


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