Show us your bike(s) [as in bicycles]


#81

I’ve decided to do a “mod-like” thing and copy a bunch of pertinent stuff over from the [url=http://tw.forumosa.com/t/whats-your-coolest-tool/46501/1 Your Coolest Tool?[/url] thread and continue some of that conversation over here. I hope no one objects?

[quote=“urodacus”]I have an old colnago that’s now a single speed, I have a TCR race bike that unfortunately needs a better engine, and I have a couple of other TCRs and montain bikes. I don’t do any mountain biking here: not at all interesteed in downhilling, and the available cross country sucks. (no car). anyone want a Raceline Enduro hardtail? excellent condition, 16,000.

I have more frames and stuff, and more tools, in Aus.[/quote]

[quote=“Mother Theresa”]I’m not sure if this counts as a tool, but after years of riding in Taiwan with regular pedals and sneakers or sandals, I finally bought a pair of cycling shoes and clipless pedals.

For anyone who’s never ridden a bike with cycling shoes clipped onto the pedals, all I can say is it’s a night and day difference (I used them back in the states, but never got around to it yet here). One gets twice as much power, because you’re not just pushing down but you’re also pulling up (and with stiff cycling shoes that power goes directly to the bike). I was flying this morning. :slight_smile:[/quote]

[quote=“rousseau”]Nice to see the nifty bike stuff on this thread. I’ve got my own chain remover, though not quite as fancy-looking as urodacus’s. And as for clipless pedals…you ain’t really riding until you go clipless. The word on whether or not you actually “pull up” during your pedal stroke is still out, there’s mucho controversy about that, but there’s no question that your foot is completely attached to the crank, making for better pedalling.

Keeping with the cycling theme, I’ve gotten into wheelbuilding this year. It’s terrific fun. Here’s my cool tool: a homemade wheel truing stand:

I picked up the fork for free by donating some old stuff to a local cycling cooperative (in Ontario, Canada, where I currently live), put it on a cheap portable vice, and attached a $70 dial indicator with a magnetic stand. Your cheapest truing stands at the bike shop are at least a hundred bucks, and they don’t have dial indicators. I can get my wheels true to within a thousandth of a centimetre, or something like that. It’s great fun. The only problem is that once you’ve done your wheel, you’re done. I’m now offering my wheel-truing and/or building services for free to other cyclists that I ride with.

Word to the wise about truing: bike shops only true laterally; they don’t bother with radial true. To get it done right, you have to do it yourself. And don’t get me started on the difference between factory-built wheels and those you’ve carefully built yourself![/quote]

[quote=“urodacus”]well, having your feet attached to the pedals does not in and of itself make you pull up, which is where much of the controversy comes from (normally from people with bad technique). nonetheless, having your feet clipped to the pedal does ALLOW you to pull up, which is where working on good technique helps. pulling up adds power to a complete stroke by the obvious addition of an upward force on pedal A, but also by removing a less obvious resistant force on pedal B at the same time. no point pushing down on the back pedal while pushing down on the front pedal. and you can complete the force cycle by pushing forwards at the top of the stroke, and pulling backwards at the bottom of the stroke (like scraping dog crap off the sole) try to pull back from about 20° before you reach the bottom of the pedal stroke, because pushing down at the bottom only bends the pedal spindle, doesn’t make you go any faster.

MT, you’ll know if you’re doing it right if you can cycle with only one pedal attached (or both, but pop one foot up onto the top tube or the down tube). you’ll also know you’re doing it right if you have sore hamstrings and the top of your foot aches after a long ride. don’t forget that once you ride clipless, you will need to do more hamstring stretches, and will also have to start doing IT band stretches especially if your feet are not placed well over the cleat.

rousseau: nice truing stand, and is that a record hub i see? i just turn the bike upside down for my truing stand, and use a zip tie as a guide. Vittoria Evo tires are great too… I’ve got the same ones in the tubular variety. of course, you won’t be able to ride on yours for another two months … :whistle: [/quote]

[quote=“marboulette”]

[quote=“rousseau”]
To get it done right, you have to do it yourself.[/quote]
Oh no… I don’t!

[quote=“rousseau”]
And don’t get me started on the difference between factory-built wheels and those you’ve carefully built yourself![/quote]
That is a very cool tool, there, rousseau. The only problem with a tool like that is it’s a bitch to use. Not because of the tool itself, but because truing wheels “properly” is really not easy. Sounds like you mastered this skill, though. Good for you, I’m sure it’s pretty cool to be able to fix/build your own wheels, but for most people it falls under “don’t try this at home.” :wink:

marboulette[/quote]

[quote=“rousseau”]

'Tis indeed a Record hub, laced to a Mavic Open Pro. Classic combination. The tire is a Vittoria Rubino Pro, actually.

And seeing as how I just had a great ride today, why would I want to wait another two months? Don’t tell me…wait a minute…you’ve got a Canuck buddy from Quebec or the Prairies, right? And he told you the roads are basically covered in snow for four months?

Well, thankfully I’m not anywhere near those thor-forsaken, frostbitten spots. Southern Ontario, where I am, is the Caribbean of Canada, I’ll have you know. The roads are usually clear through the winter save for the odd day here and there, and if you’re willing to ride down to -8 you can get in serious riding right through the season. And while that may sound frightening to a warm-weather pansy such as I’m assuming your good self is (nothing personal, this is weather we’re talking about), it’s actually not bad at all. You just have to dress for it. People go skiing in the winter, don’t they? Well, why not biking?

Naturally, there will be days where it gets lower than that in January and February, and where the snow piles up a metre high. And winters in North America over the past few years have been absolutely brutal, with record lows and snowfalls.

Okay, I can see I’ve just devoted three paragraphs to a justification for Canadian weather in a thread about tools. I plead guilty–I clearly am Canadian, of that there can be no doubt, and I’m clearly fargin’ sick of winter already. Friday it’s going up to 0 degrees for the first time in three weeks. We’re getting the beach towels and Bob Marley tunes ready as I speak.[/quote]

[quote=“urodacus”]
Rousseau: Rubinos, hey? used to love them on my clinchers too. very long wearing, and tough, but I’d never seen them in yellow. mine were white or black. if you go tubular, you have to use the Evo Corsa CX tires… i love them, though the one drawback is that they have latex inner tubes and lose half their pressure in ten hours. i roll home after a long day at 60 psi instead of 110.[/quote]

[quote=“Mother Theresa”]
Interesting. I didn’t know there was controversy over whether one pulls up with clipless pedals. I read years ago that one shouldn’t push up and down, one should cycle in a circle, and I could’ve sworn reading back then (15-20 years ago) that when pedaling in a circle like that one should be pushing down with one pedal while pulling up with the other. If you guys say the word is still out on that last part, I believe you. In any event, it doesn’t matter because the proof is in the pudding and there’s no question whatsoever that clipless (or cages) and cycling shoes are a vast improvement over flat pedals and sneakers.[/quote]


#82

[quote=“urodacus”]
Rousseau: Rubinos, hey? used to love them on my clinchers too. very long wearing, and tough, but I’d never seen them in yellow. mine were white or black. if you go tubular, you have to use the Evo Corsa CX tires… i love them, though the one drawback is that they have latex inner tubes and lose half their pressure in ten hours. i roll home after a long day at 60 psi instead of 110.[/quote]

Well, here’s the thing: I put 3,567 kms on a rear Michelin Pro2 Race clincher tire before wearing it out, but the thread on my rear Vittoria Rubino Pro clincher just recently started showing after only 2,970 kms. That tire in the pic you see is a new replacement (to match the front). Obviously my experience isn’t definitive, and everyone seems to swear by their favourite brands, but it turns out that the Michelins lasted longer for me. And this after I posted to bikeforums.net raving about Vittoria clinchers!

I bought a nice used tubular wheelset in the fall, but I could never get the hang of gluing, the ride wasn’t smooth for me (shuddering at high speeds), and I kept on getting flats. Last month I got a flat at -5 degrees outside of town; I had to call a cab to come pick me up. That was the last straw. I’m back to clinchers now.

But even so, what’s the deal with the loss of pressure over so short a period of time? That seems bizarre to me, I’ve never heard of that. I regularly check my pressure, but I can go 500 kms before I need to top it up from 110 psi to 130 psi.

Weird.


#83

latex tubes are super light, like condoms instead of inner tubes. lighter is better, and they also feel better as there is a closer fit inside the tire, so there’s less internal friction as the wheel turns. but at high pressures, there’s not much stopping the air from squeezing out between the latex molecules…

trick with tubulars ios to pay big money for them… cheaper ones are false economy, as they are lumpy and flat readily. can’t really help it when you ride over a staple but kevlar and vectra bands are worth all the extra money for most road debris and glass. expensive tires also have better carcass and valve building, so they are less lumpy even before they’re on the wheel. the Vittoria rally or the contintental trainer, for example, is OK but not great, Evo Corsa and Continental Sprinter are great.

gluing is a bitch, especially when it’s cold. in warm weather, with a well stretched tire, it’s easier than clinchers if you’re a gorilla at the first section of the tire and stretch it well on to the rim right from the get -go. that allows the last part of the tire to be mounted with the same tension as the first, and then there’s less lumpiness, and more even rolling resistance.

i used to get maybe 5,000 km from rubinos. weird, hey?


#84

http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-IN/bikes/lifestyle/3251/34844/

cool

gonna try and ride her al the way to taidong (and beyond?!) this CNY


#85

posted in another thread, but since no-one’s looking there and as I am an attention slut, I’ll post it here again.

my newly-restored 25 year old Colnago Saronni

flickr.com/photos/27683862@N … 717741071/


#86

Sweet looking ride Urodacus.


#87

That’s a piece of work. You must be very happy. I looked at the rest of the flickr pics. Who the hell did that paint job? It looks outstanding!


#88

I prepared the frame, removing the old paint with stripper, sanding, filing and thinning the lug points to reduce stress risers, rust converting, phosphoric acid wash, etc, then primed it and sanded back many times. Next, i got the red base coat done in Ankeng at a place jeremy recommended, then i took it back and did the yellow infill detailing at home and applied the decals that I bought from an expert decal recreator in Australia. Finally i sent it back to the paintshop for several coats of hard wet-look clearcoat. the red metal fleck looks stunning in the sunlight, and he’s done a really good job of layering the paint over the lug edges. i was quite impressed, and I’d recommend the guy to anyone.

the forks and all small pieces like wheel skewer parts got rechromed, also at a place that Jeremy recommended.

I did all the polishing of the aluminium bits, with a cloth wheel and rouge, or by hand. i also rebuilt the wheels, reusing only the original but rebuilt hubs and sourcing new (actually very old) rims and new stainless steel spokes. handlebars, stem, seat, brakes and brake levers are all old stock either refurbished or mostly OK traight off the shelf. took a months of sundays to get all the bits i needed. even found some genuine old Colnago bartape in the right colour… can’t summon the courage to actually get it dirty now, unfortunately.


#89


My 92 Kona Explosif doing a quick tour in the Philippines this summer.


#90

Great bike for the job, Ktownboy. and what a view that must have been!


#91

Its really beautiful, Urodacus. I’ll give you NT$1,500 for it, straight-up cash in hand!


#92

Some more bike porn:

The predecessor to my 92 Kona was this 91 Brodie Expresso. {Kona basically ripped off Brodie to make bikes with exactly the same frames.)
An amazing frame which survived 15 years of off-road beatings on Vancouver island to then retire to touring asia.
http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=3Tzut&doc_id=2679&v=2c

Before this I had a 98 Giant something or other. Never really did like the angles on this aluminum frame; scared me to death every time I did a high-speed downhill due to the much shorter wheelbase. Plus, the chainstays were too short to mount a rear rack without my heels clipping the panniers.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?o=3Tzut&doc_id=2311&v=9K


#93

My road racing monster machine :slight_smile:

I love riding my bike at high speed on flat roads.


#94

Whoa, stunning job. Well done. Some day when this recession is over I will buy a new bike, and I’ll turn my 1980s-vintage steel Bianchi into a single-speed, too.

[quote=“urodacus”]posted in another thread, but since no-one’s looking there and as I am an attention slut, I’ll post it here again.

my newly-restored 25 year old Colnago Saronni

flickr.com/photos/27683862@N … 717741071/

[/quote]


#95

Yeah, that’s a glorious looking bike, Urodacus :lick:.

I really admire anyone with the time and skill to do something like that - my bikes just accumulate paint chips, and never look the same again. Still, at least I can go ride them. You got to find the balls to take it out for a spin and add some Taiwan dust and grime now.


#96

I’m not on F.com much anymore (I’m no longer in Taiwan), but this is an important thread. As such, I feel it incumbent upon myself to present the latest incarnation of my Bianchi. I know, or at least suspect, that people have been losing sleep over this, so here it is:

Explanations: I put over 4,000 kms on my Fizik Arione before admitting to myself that at 130mm it was simply too narrow for my wide arse. So I ditched it for an old Selle Italia Prolink in yellow, which I got in a trade last year for a pair of tubular rims and had been using on my trainer bike in the basement. Riding on the trainer is not the same as riding for “real,” so I never thought I’d like the Prolink on the road, but it turns out I do. Feels good and feels right, like the Arione never did.

But my vanity got the best of me in another aspect: the stem. Long and low stems are kewl, short and high stems aren’t. I got the 120mm 3T Motus quill stem with detachable faceplate used for a nice deal, and I’ve been riding low for a while now, and it feels fine. I’ve learned not to tense my shoulders, and to keep my head and neck in a natural position in line with my shoulders (very important for neuromuscular reasons!).

P.S. Anybody want the used Arione in the photos in previous posts in this thread? Got anything interesting to trade?


#97

Hey Tash,

Is that scene anywhere in Taiwan???

I am looking for people for bike a ride in Taichung city.

Cheers.


#98

Thought I’d resurrect this thread - since I got this bike a couple of months ago I’ve been wanting to show it off.

I haven’t toured on it yet - it’s only been on day trips and on the turbo trainer. I was due to tour on it last week but Parma got in the way


#99

Here is one i can find when we made a tour for over 200km in a day . I am the TOKEN one and the Taiwanese fellows following.

The bike is for sale now to make room for new one.

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#100

[quote=“greenmark”]Thought I’d resurrect this thread - since I got this bike a couple of months ago I’ve been wanting to show it off.

I haven’t toured on it yet - it’s only been on day trips and on the turbo trainer. I was due to tour on it last week but Parma got in the way.[/quote]

I was seriously considering a Surly LHT for a couple of months. I vacillated between that and the Bianchi Volpe, but in the end I decided against both of them because I wanted to have something that would fit my physical dimensions, riding style, etc. So I went custom–titanium frame custom built and shipped from China and components that suit everyday riding as well as touring that I do on my holidays.
I am quite happy with the results.