[RBW] 68cm redwood

2013-07-06 Thread Seth Vidal
Not mine, no relation - just popped up on craigslist and I know some tall
folks exist on this list

http://boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bik/3917948464.html


not a common bike to see for sale.

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Re: [RBW] bottom bracket creek, recommendation

2013-07-01 Thread Seth Vidal
bottom bracket creek should be a name of some place in oregon or maybe in
waterford?

Anyway - some place where you go splashing through on your bike and you end
up with the other homonym of creek. :)

-sv



On Mon, Jul 1, 2013 at 2:25 PM, Mojo gjtra...@yahoo.com wrote:

 So you guys are probably better at this. But just in case:
 When your bottom bracket area starts creaking with each pedal stroke,
 before you tighten the chainring bolts, before you tighten the crankarm
 bolts, before you pull your crankarms and reinstall, before you pull the
 crankarms again and replace the bottom bracket cartridge... try tightening
 down the pedals. It might save you an hour or your precious time.

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[RBW] bom - sean

2013-06-27 Thread Seth Vidal
I don't know about anyone else but this roadeo.

http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/staff23.htm


is just STUNNING

glad it's not in my size.

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[RBW] wtb: paul thumbies and a right 9speed bar end shifter

2013-06-19 Thread Seth Vidal
Hi folks,
 Figure one of y'all has some of these floating around. I'm looking for a
pair of 22.2mm paul thumbies and either a set of shimano 9sp bar end
shifters or just the right one. I have an 8sp I don't have a use for
anymore - so if that would work for you - I'd be happy to trade.

Thanks,
-sv

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Re: [RBW] Re: Association of Caffeinated Wheelmen store NOW OPEN.

2013-06-07 Thread Seth Vidal
Is it just me or does the button look a bit like the Tardis?

-sv



On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM, Kevin Mulcahy kpmulc...@gmail.com wrote:

 I received my order yesterday. I immediately removed the branded logo
 patch on my waxed canvas motorcycle jacket and replaced it with the ACW
 patch. Much more relevant and pleasing to the eye!

 Kevin
 In Chicago, IL

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[RBW] just ride sighting

2013-06-06 Thread Seth Vidal
I was looking at houses on zillow for completely non-sensical reasons when
I saw something on a table in a picture:

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/725-Jenifer-St-Madison-WI-53703/2127245549_zpid/

In the 14th picture there - look on the table.

Wish I had the cash to buy that house even more, now. :)

-sv

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Re: [RBW] Re: just ride sighting

2013-06-06 Thread Seth Vidal
Liesl,
 I would love to meet up - but I don't live in Madison. My Little brother
lives up there and me and the SO have talked about moving up there. We like
the feel and the bike-ness of it. Not sure we can leave Durham, NC, though.
It's a good problem to have, to love too many places. :)

And onto the subject - yes - I would love to be in a swank jenifer st
retreat, too.

I can picture a nice day:
Get up, paddle across the lake and back
Bike down to new glarus brewery
bike home
fall asleep watching the sun go down.

wash, rinse, repeat

-sv



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 Good eye!  I used to live in Madison—well, actually I grew up there— and
 come back for a visit on occasion.  When I do, I'll give you a holler,
 Seth.  Hopefully you'll be in your swank Jenifer Street Lake Monona retreat!

 Liesl

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Re: [RBW] Re: Just Repair

2013-06-04 Thread Seth Vidal
There are no words to describe how awesome this is. Also - look at 'another
method of holding a bicycle' The figure is on page 30 - the description on
page 31.


-sv



On Tue, Jun 4, 2013 at 8:46 PM, cyclotourist cyclotour...@gmail.com wrote:

 Retro-grouch field manual.

 Cheers,
 David



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 Wow!  Thanks for this totally cool resource.  I look forward to delving
 in.  I've already found a Bosco on page 116.  And I love The Iron Age
 moniker.  Seems fertile ground for a Rivvish bike patch/pin series!

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Re: [RBW] Wisconsin Shops

2013-05-25 Thread Seth Vidal
I would not recommend yellow jersey. They have a large collection of
interesting parts but I have never had as rude a treatment in any store as
I had there. No vintage part is worth tolerating that kind of behavior.

-sv
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 Yellow Jersey in Madison...one of my favorite during the '70s. It Is on
 State st, it is worth the visit although I haven't been there since th '80s.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Interesting discussion: Riv bikes v. BQ bikes

2013-05-09 Thread Seth Vidal
There is one bike. It's whichever one I happen to be riding RIGHT NOW. :)

And then I change bikes then it's THAT ONE. :)

-sv



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 There really is no one bike to rule them all. That's why I have
 approximately 10 bikes.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Interesting discussion: Riv bikes v. BQ bikes

2013-05-07 Thread Seth Vidal
I agree with your points on lighter or thinner tubing, Jim, One thing I
have considered, thought, is sending off the romulus and getting a new fork
made for it in what would be a decidedly high rake (low trail) bike.
Like Rene has done on this list.

I think that would be a better test to see if I'm happier with it or not -
independent of tubing and other choices.

That's why when I saw this post from soma I was fairly excited
http://www.somafab.blogspot.com/2013/05/low-trail-forks.html

They will likely only make them for 1-1/8 threadless but I'd think about
picking up a cross check or a pacer or a double cross to try that out.

Having said that whenever I ride the hilsen or the romulus I'm reminded
that it is really super pleasant to ride the way it is and leaving it alone
doesn't cost anything, then I think about other things and then I notice a
coffee shop and my mind slips to other things altogether.

:)

-sv

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Re: [RBW] The last tall Atlantis frames

2013-05-07 Thread Seth Vidal
I think Leslie posted last week that there is one last 67cm Hilsen at
Mountain sports Limited in Bristol, VA.

it's not an atlantis but it's a damned fine bike. :)

-sv



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 Just because I'm curious, when were the last tall Atlantis frames made,
 the 66cm, and 68cm versions? Do these sizes ever come up for resale?

 Jim's frame geometry page http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/geometry.html is
 very helpful, but I can't find the year that production stopped on the
 taller frames.

 - Andrew, Berkeley

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[RBW] any metal fenders that will fit 700/42c tires

2013-05-06 Thread Seth Vidal
Anyone know of any metal fenders that will fit tires that size?

Thanks
-sv

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Re: [RBW] May Day ride

2013-05-02 Thread Seth Vidal
Looks like a great way to spend the afternoon. Damascus has a very
different feel than Abingdon, that transition must be interesting by biking
through the woods. :)

-sv



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 So there was a meeting in Abingdon yesterday that drug me away from Big
 Stone Gap.   Wrapped up around noon.  Instead of driving back to the
 office, nor wanting to head straight back home to Kingsport...

 I'd planned ahead, and brought my Bomba along w/ me to Abingdon.  Had
 shorts on under my khakis, wearing my gray Vans... As soon as the meeting
 was over, I found myself over at the Virginia Creeper Trail trailhead on
 the Abingdon side.   15 or so miles to Damascus, grabbed lunch, then headed
 back to Abingdon.Saw three different species of snakes (actually saw
 four snakes, but the first garter snake was in a dog's mouth, didn't get a
 pic) (didn't get a pic of the black snake, either).Not crowded either,
 just occasionally ran into others on it, not like a weekend, or fall
 foliage season...  lots of AT thru-hikers in Damascus right now, normal for
 now.

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/leslie_bright/sets/72157633391476655/



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Re: [RBW] Rivendell names

2013-04-28 Thread Seth Vidal
burley had a tandem named the paso dobles.

We have one - damn fine bike.

-sv



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 +1 on Paso Robles as a great place for riding.
 -JimD

 On Apr 27, 2013, at 7:50 PM, dougP dougpn...@cox.net wrote:

 Shot this northeast of Paso Robles a while back:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/33786397@N03/8687623510/in/photostream

 Just stumbled across it in my random access photo filing system  thought
 it may be of interest.  There's a really fun loop from around the Paso
 Robles airport area, north to Hog Canyon (much nicer than it sounds) 
 looping around to San Miguel, crossing 101 into the hills above Paso, then
 back into town.  Lots of great riding up there, one of my favorite riding
 areas.

 dougP

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Re: [RBW] Re: Not too many people actively posting on this site for such a big amount of Rivs released to the wild over the years.

2013-04-28 Thread Seth Vidal
I'm with, Steve. Same experience of any mailing list. The only virtue of it
being a google group is that it is easier to search, imo.

-sv



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 On Sun, 2013-04-28 at 14:40 -0700, Joe Bernard wrote:
  I think Google Groups is an issue for some. I found internet-bob and
  the shortlived original Riv List to be more accessible at
  bikelist.org. Google has quirks that are hard to learn, and once you
  learn them, they update to something quirkier. Not fun.

 I access this list by email, same as I did when it was hosted at
 bikelist.org.  Can't say I've seen any of those quirks.



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Re: [RBW] Re: What'r you using for cush on your Moustache Bars under your tape?

2013-04-24 Thread Seth Vidal
That's funny - I always pad my bars with smartass answers. :)

-sv



On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 10:52 PM, cyclotourist cyclotour...@gmail.comwrote:

 Unicorn tears.

 Cheers,
 David



 On Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 6:24 PM, Peter Morgano uscpeter11...@gmail.comwrote:

 Marshmallows, use Fluff in the bends.
 On Apr 24, 2013 9:22 PM, Kellie Stapleton kellie.staple...@gmail.com
 wrote:

 I use only cork tape.

 On Wednesday, April 24, 2013 3:42:46 PM UTC-7, Michael wrote:

 I see lotsa M bar pics around here, and seems like alot of the bars I
 see are super chunky.
 Was wondering what everyone was using under the tape.
 Thanks for any tips.

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[RBW] FS - misc parts

2013-04-23 Thread Seth Vidal
I picked up a box of misc parts and sifted out the set of things I don't
really care about.

2 -  10sp cassettes one is 12-25 the other is 11 or 12 - 26.
 One of them has a missing lockring. $20 each

1 pair of crank bros eggbeaters pedals - good shape - $25

1 pair of crank bros candy c pedals - good shape - some scrapes $30

1 salsa moto-ace bell-lap bar - 26.0 clamp - I think it is 46cm wide - $35

1 Deda newton shallow drop bar - 31.7 clamp - 42cm wide - $40



Pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/sets/72157633309632099/detail/

Shipping not included in pricing. Shipping will be whatever it costs to
ship to you from NC.

-sv

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Re: [RBW] BOM - 51cm San Marcos is awesome.

2013-04-19 Thread Seth Vidal
That is a great looking bike.

Wow.. Nice

-sv



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 I don't know what it is about this build, but I just love it.
 http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/staff21.htm That frame color is just
 really cool (even though orange is the best frame color ;) )

 I really dig the sloping top tube with the alba bars high up there. ANT
 was making a bike called the Scorcher for a time that I really dug and this
 reminds me of it. Not totally the same, but close enough.
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/lovely_bicycle/4291532263/
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/bikeportland/5477800018/

 This San Marcos looks totally comfortable, capable, and fun to ride. I may
 have to think about another bike, or turn the Sam into something like it.

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Re: [RBW] thoughts on the current state of the Riv-ish bicycle marketplace

2013-04-19 Thread Seth Vidal
Jim,
 Did you just say that you were riv-friendly before riv-friendly was cool?
:)

-sv



On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 5:15 PM, Jim Thill - Hiawatha Cyclery 
thill@gmail.com wrote:

 In the recent thread about SunTour's comeback, this quote was presented:

 Junzo feels the time is right to re-enter the bicycle component
 business.  As he puts it “the market is too race-centric;  carbon fiber,
 electric shifting, full suspension, 11 speed, doesn’t really enhance the
 enjoyment of cycling.  In the 1970’s and 80’s we cycled to be closer to
 nature, for the environment, for our health, for the simple beauty of
 cycling.”  For these reasons SunXCD will focus on touring and randonneuring
 components which were the focus of SunTour during its heyday.

 Of course, most of us Riv fans will note that this echoes Grant's
 published opinions over the years, as well as the sales pitches of a few
 brands who've tried, with varying success, to get into the Riv-ish segment
 of the market. I discovered Riv almost 10 years ago because I wanted a
 certain type of bike that didn't seem to exist at local shops. What I
 wanted was a touring bike, and the Atlantis I bought filled that desire.
 Had I been able to find a Trek 520 locally, or if the LHT existed back
 then, my story may have taken some different turns. But it was certainly
 true back then that any readily available higher quality bike was going to
 be some kind of impractical skinny tire road bike. Not my style.

 But things have changed drastically. Sure, many of us are baffled by
 electronic shifting and seemingly delicate CF and 11-sp cassettes that have
 become available. But at the same time, a HUGE variety of touring and
 adventure bikes, parts, and accessories have become not only available,
 but mainstream. So while I wish Junzo and SunTour success, I thought his
 rationale seemed hollow, or at least 5-10 years too late.

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Re: [RBW] thoughts on the current state of the Riv-ish bicycle marketplace

2013-04-19 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 5:43 PM, Stephen S elphk...@gmail.com wrote:

 Does that make someone a Retro Hipster Grouch or a Retro Grouch
 Hipster or even a Hipster Retro Grouch? =)

 Stephen



Retro Grouch is hipster before hipster was cool. :)

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Re: [RBW] Re: Latest and greatest HC poster art

2013-04-18 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM, Andrew Drummond 
andrew.d.drumm...@gmail.com wrote:


 I got mine the other day - it's at the frame shop now. Beautiful! And
 better yet, it made my daughter (9 years old) want to go bike camping this
 summer. Wa will, as soon as her bike is done.



Jim,

This quote right here ^^

you should put that on your website  :)

beautiful poster.
-sv

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[RBW] 61cm canti rom in SF-area cl

2013-04-15 Thread Seth Vidal
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/3744149782.html

not mine nor any relation but holy crap I would snap it up in a moment if
it were closer to me.



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Re: [RBW] What's that response called, and which model has it?

2013-04-04 Thread Seth Vidal
I have a rom and an AHH. If you go from one bike to the other you can feel
the difference. The rom does surge ahead at times.

-sv



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 I've owned a Romulus and an AHH. They both felt about the same to me, with
 that nice springy feel. That said, my new-to-me Rambouillet feels
 lighter/springier, for what it's worth. I suspect it has slightly thinner
 tubing walls in the main triangle.

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Re: [RBW] FS 64 cm Atlantis - custom blue

2013-04-04 Thread Seth Vidal
Drew,
 I don't need this bike and I don't think it would fit me but I just need
to say: HOLY CRAP IS THAT A GREAT COLOR!

just gorgeous

good luck with the sale.
-sv



On Thu, Apr 4, 2013 at 9:52 PM, drewjensen
andrew.howard.jen...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hey everyone - I moved to the Boulder area a couple of years ago and there
 are so many great trails here compared to where I lived in the Bay Area for
 so long.  I've taken my Atlantis out on them, but my wife has tired of my
 suggesting new ways to retrofit it to make better use of the trails and so
 talked me into a Surly Ogre works a little better on the trails around
 here.  It's not an Atlantis, but I think it's the right tool for this job.

 Alas, though, I need to do the fiscally responsible move and sell off my
 Atlantis.  I got it in 2006 when they were still Toyo made and had it
 painted a dark blue that I liked.  I had to save money for it for a couple
 of years and took great pains to get the best parts I could afford/justify
 for it.  Really, the only corner I can think that I cut was that I didn't
 get Phil Wood hubs but I stand behind all of my other choices in putting it
 together.

 Anyway, it's a sad day, but a necessary one.  If you know anyone looking
 for a 64 please pass along the information.  If anyone has any questions
 feel free to ask.  Thanks for your time.

 Drew

 Here's a link to my local CL listing:
 http://boulder.craigslist.org/bik/3723729971.html




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Re: [RBW] Lightest, fastest, comfortablest 622 tires in the 37 to 45 mm range?

2013-03-30 Thread Seth Vidal
so far I like the resist nomads in 45mm on the hilsen. They feel okay. good
squishy, not bad squishy.

-sv



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 I know this list is the hotspot for fat-tired-ness. Close to building up
 the Ram, which will take over some grocery and errand riding from the
 Fargo, I plan to steal the very, very nice Kojaks from the Fargo to install
 on the Ram. (STILL waiting for a wheelset -- brother has inched one closer
 to ABQ, but it's still 100 miles away in Crownpoint, NM.)

 That leaves the skinny wheelset for the Fargo needing tires: Rhyno Lite
 27 mm wide rims. No point in putting skinny 35s back on it; might was well
 put on something fattter.

 But not too fat: after all, I have the SnoCat SL/60mm Big Apple Liteskin
 set, too.

 So: for a change of pace for the Fargo, for 80% pavement, with a bias
 toward light, fast, cushy and a bias against sturdy, long-lasting,
 flat-resistant: what is out there, what do you recommend, and why?

 I know about the 37 mm Paselas (no Tourguards) and those are on my short
 list, but I'd like to learn of others.

 Gracias.

 Thanks.

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[RBW] Resist nomads on a hilsen

2013-03-29 Thread Seth Vidal
Hey all,
I got a pair of the nomad 45mm tires for the hilsen. Not had a chance for a
longer ride yet but just around the block has felt fine. A little squishy.
:-)

Some pics of the clearance here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8600628151/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8600628045/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8601727946/

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Re: [RBW] are there any true 700x40 plush, high tpi tires?

2013-03-24 Thread Seth Vidal
Anyone know if they can force a set of those 45mm nomads onto a hilsen?

let's say w/o fenders... :)
-sv



On Sun, Mar 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM, Mike Williams mkernanwilli...@gmail.comwrote:

 Hey Rob,   Thanks for the heads up on the Nomads.   I ordered a set.  I
 think they will be perfect for what I'm looking for

 Sent from my iPhone

 On Mar 24, 2013, at 7:33 AM, Chris Lampe clampe1...@cox.net wrote:

 Those Nomads look really interesting and I like the fact that the blue
 square on the sidewalls matches my new bike!

 Have you ridden Vittoria Randonneur Hypers and if so, how do these tires
 compare to them?


 On Saturday, March 23, 2013 11:00:07 AM UTC-5, danmc wrote:

 They definitely have a bit more of a balloon feel then the Paselas. I ran
 them at pretty low pressure though - around 50.

 Dan

 On Mar 23, 2013, at 8:51 AM, cyclotourist cyclot...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dan, thanks for the heads up on those. They are very reasonable.
 http://www.**jensonusa.com/Resist-Nomad-**700C-Tirehttp://www.jensonusa.com/Resist-Nomad-700C-Tire

 How do they compare with a 35/37 Pasela in ride quality? I like Paselas a
 lot, just wish for something with a bit more volume.


 On Fri, Mar 22, 2013 at 11:20 AM, Dan McNamara djmcn...@gmail.comwrote:

 Although not high tpi, I have enjoyed the big Resist Nomads. They
 measure out a little over 40 on Velocity Synergy rims. They leave a little
 to be desired in the finish department (nowhere near as good as Panaracer
 tires) but the price is right, they are plush and feel quick. No flats in
 over 1000 miles. There is a little review in the Ocean Air Cycles blog
 somewhere.

 Dan

 -Marin


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 mkernan...@gmail.comwrote:

 Just wondering if anyone has come across any 700x40 tires that are
 higher tpi( 120).   Im kind of imagining a Jack Brown Green but in 40mm
 size.   But Im prolly just be dreaming.  I know that Schwalbe makes a bunch
 of tires in that size range,  and I like those tires,   but they've always
 felt a bit sluggish to me.   thanks in advance.  -Mike

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Re: [RBW] Replying Directly to The Author of a Post

2013-03-11 Thread Seth Vidal
minor nit pick - but I don't think there is any flash on the basic mail
reader in gmail at all.

I run w/o flash enabled, frequently, and everything works.

-sv



On Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM, Cyclofiend Jim cyclofi...@earthlink.netwrote:


 many users post this in one form or another, so I'm just going to tack
 this here for a while:

 I'd like to see pics. I'm new to the list and I don't see how to send you
 an email directly.


 If you are viewing the group through the web* - i.e. you are logged into
 google or gmail and see this as a threaded discussion in a web page - there
 is a REPLY arrow to the upper right.

 To the right of that REPLY arrow is a downward facing triangle (which is
 not a yoga position...).

 If you hover your mouse/pointer over that, it should provide the message
 More Message Options.  This is a good thing.

 Now, click on the  triangle and you'll see a mini-menu which includes the
 option REPLY TO AUTHOR.

 and Bob's your uncle.

 That should let you reply only to the author of a specific post.  The
 default REPLY option is to reply to the group as a whole.

 You can also derive the poster's email address by hovering/clicking on
 their Group Identity.  In other words, on this post, take your
 mouse/pointer and put it right on the Cyclofiend Jim above.  If you give
 a single click, my email will pop up.

 Now if you are on an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, there may be
 some functionality issues. I'm pretty sure these nifty features are more
 flash-based than html5, so if you are stabbing your finger at the screen
 and nothing is happening, there's little I can do directly.

 hope this helps a bit!

 - Jim / list admin / cyclofiend.com

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[RBW] pedal across wisconsin?

2013-03-10 Thread Seth Vidal
Hi,
 Does anyone on the list have any experience with:

http://pedalacrosswisconsin.com/

I'm a little curious about them - though I must admit - doing 50-60
miles/day for 6 days feels like it could leave me a bit tired - I'm curious
just how flat this really is and other experiences.

Thanks,
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Re: [RBW] Does shellaced tape feel crusty?

2013-03-06 Thread Seth Vidal
shellac is used in many  applications. It's a pillcoating in certain cases.
It can be found in a number of food-grade items.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shellac#Uses


-sv




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 I must be the ONLY poster on this list who does not like shellac on cloth
 bar tape. I do think it feels hard compared to tape alone. How could it
 not? After all, shellac is used, in one application, as a wood finish. I
 say, naked bar tape feels better. Who cares if it won't survive a nuclear
 holocaust! Bar tape is cheap and easy to install when it wears out. It's
 also easy enough to soap up and wah when it gets dirty (if that bothers
 you).

 Ron

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Re: [RBW] Oh Those Pesky Computers... RBW Admin Edition

2013-03-05 Thread Seth Vidal
Not sure if you got my email offline but I figure I'll repeat my question
here:


How come you rock so much?

feel free to answer whenever you have time. :)

thanks for all you do for the list,
-sv



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 Hey all -

 In addition to tracking the group posts via the group page via my browser,
 I also get emails of all posts to this account.  A while back, I had
 changed a filter which put them all into their own fancy-shmansy folder  -
 mostly for archival purposes, since I also (Dept of Redundancy Dept) view
 them via a pop mail account.  I've also been shutting off some other,
 non-gmail Cyclofiend accounts, all of which are routing here to the
 GEEmail.

 What I didn't account for was that folks were mailing me at this account
 with some filter-triggering components to their missives, and when I
 chanced to look into that archive folder for something else, realized that
 a number of personal emails folks had sent were in there.  I'm working on a
 project until later this evening, but in the meantime wanted to generally
 respond to folks who may be wondering why I was so non-responsive.

 I'll dig under the hood and tweak the filter settings, so this should get
 fixed right quick and proper.  But, in the meantime, hang in there and I'll
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Re: [RBW] Does shellaced tape feel crusty?

2013-03-05 Thread Seth Vidal
If you do a single coat it is crusty and flakes
If you do multiple coats (3+) it is hard and smooth but cushy. You'd have
to do some odd things to make it flake off then.

You can remove it like any other tape - but you can't really reuse it (like
most tape, shellaced or not)

-sv



On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 12:42 AM, Michael john11.2...@gmail.com wrote:

 I am getting a new Sam with Newbaums and was thinking of shellacing the
 Newbaum's some time.

 How does shellaced newbaum's feel? Crusty? Sharp? Scratchy? Looks like it
 would encrust the cotton tape in a candy-like coating.

 Can the tape be removed and reused, or do you have to cut off like a cast,
 so to speak?

 Just wundrin'.

 Mike Leather is bether Leven

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Re: [RBW] Work Shop Advice II

2013-03-04 Thread Seth Vidal
George,
 Glad to hear your bike workshop is in progress.

Here's pics of mine:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/sets/72157629538063710/


I will say that I contemplated the wall/table-mount park clamp. I
eventually settled on just using the one I had b/c I wanted to move the
stand around to make it useful for hoisting up the tandems.

I've honestly considered doing a stand like Ezra Caldwell (Fastboy cycles')
workstand:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastboy/343233482/

The surface-mount workstand on a big poured-concrete base on wheels.

it's absolutely GENIUS imo. Heavy enough to counterbalance a bike, easy
enough to roll around.

-sv



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 My new work shop is coming along and the contractor has started asking me
 about the interior.  I have a Park bike stand that I use all the time and
 that I intend to use in the new shop.  I find that stand inadequate for
 some jobs, particularly those requiring the application of significant
 torque (removing fixed cup, the occasional recalcitrant seat post, etc.)
  So, I purchased a Park wall-mounted bike clamp.  It came with no
 instructions.  Anyone have any advice on how far off the floor to install
 this thing?  700c wheels touching the floor?  A couple of inches of
 additional space?  Higher?  This clamp has to be screwed into a stud, so I
 don't want to get it right the first time if possible.  Thanks.
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 New Orleans

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Re: [RBW] Re: Work Shop Advice II

2013-03-04 Thread Seth Vidal
Leslie,
 Very kind of you to say so - I've rearranged a bit recently. I suspect
some spring cleaning is in order, too. :)

-sv



On Mon, Mar 4, 2013 at 11:20 AM, Leslie leslie.bri...@gmail.com wrote:

 I would think, if you're wanting it to handle torque, you want it up at
 'working level', where you can get to it;  maybe having the BB at
 belt-buckle level, perhaps?


 Look for pics of Seth Vidal's garage... he's got my dream bike workshop




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 My new work shop is coming along and the contractor has started asking me
 about the interior.  I have a Park bike stand that I use all the time and
 that I intend to use in the new shop.  I find that stand inadequate for
 some jobs, particularly those requiring the application of significant
 torque (removing fixed cup, the occasional recalcitrant seat post, etc.)
  So, I purchased a Park wall-mounted bike clamp.  It came with no
 instructions.  Anyone have any advice on how far off the floor to install
 this thing?  700c wheels touching the floor?  A couple of inches of
 additional space?  Higher?  This clamp has to be screwed into a stud, so I
 don't want to get it right the first time if possible.  Thanks.
 GeorgeS
 New Orleans

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Re: [RBW] Re: wtb (if right size) silver salsa crossing guard

2013-03-03 Thread Seth Vidal
I thought about doing the dremel on an old chainring - I just need to find
one of the right size.

-sv



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 I've seen them around - cyclocross.com has them, and I reckon there are
 some other options.  An evening dremeling down an old, wornout chainring
 will yield a similar result! ;^)

 http://www.cyclocross.com/product/salsa-crossing-guard?

 and there's this:

 http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/chrg.htm

 - J



 On Saturday, March 2, 2013 7:41:52 PM UTC-8, Seth Vidal wrote:

 I am looking for one of them in good shape. I had one a long while back,
 sold the bike it was on. Went to look for another one and discovered salsa
 doesn't make them.

 If you have one in your shed looking for a home, let me know.

 thanks,
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Re: [RBW] Re: wtb (if right size) silver salsa crossing guard

2013-03-03 Thread Seth Vidal
I'd seen the sugino one, of course - but I was never clear if I liked it or
not.

I took your advice and dremeled  down an older big ring. That took some
effort and it looks 'pretty good' but not great. I may try again. a friend
of mine has a bunch of old 110bcd large rings that are all shark-toothed
out. :)

Here's how the hilsen looks without the bashguard:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8525822942/


I think the chain guard looks pretty good and it sure feels good.


I may have to shorten the chain up a little bit since I don't need it to
stretch for a 48x30 anymore - only a 40x30.

on the whole a productive weekend in the bike shed.
-sv




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 I've seen them around - cyclocross.com has them, and I reckon there are
 some other options.  An evening dremeling down an old, wornout chainring
 will yield a similar result! ;^)

 http://www.cyclocross.com/product/salsa-crossing-guard?

 and there's this:

 http://www.rivbike.com/product-p/chrg.htm

 - J



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 I am looking for one of them in good shape. I had one a long while back,
 sold the bike it was on. Went to look for another one and discovered salsa
 doesn't make them.

 If you have one in your shed looking for a home, let me know.

 thanks,
 -sv

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[RBW] wtb (if right size) silver salsa crossing guard

2013-03-02 Thread Seth Vidal
I am looking for one of them in good shape. I had one a long while back,
sold the bike it was on. Went to look for another one and discovered salsa
doesn't make them.

If you have one in your shed looking for a home, let me know.

thanks,
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[RBW] tanaka fenders

2013-02-25 Thread Seth Vidal
Has anyone here installed these on a riv?
http://store.somafab.com/taaltrfe.html

I'm thinking of a set for the hilsen over some jack brown tires. I'm kinda
curious how much of a pain they are to install.

Thanks,
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Re: [RBW] tanaka fenders

2013-02-25 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 11:34 AM, franklyn sini...@msn.com wrote:

 Though I haven't installed a pair on a Riv, I have installed two pairs,
 one on a Raleigh One-Way and the other on my repainted 80's Specialized
 Sequoia. Pictures are here:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklyn/sets/72157632662017902/

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/franklyn/sets/72157622864069891/

 They are as much or as little pain as installing Honjo, VO, and Berthoud
 metal fenders. For both bikes I used 700x45mm alloy fenders, and the front
 one is significantly shorter than its Honjo and VO counterparts. You can
 get them at a price cheaper than SKS chromoplastic fenders from Tree Fort
 Bikes or Outside Outfitters. (I got mine for under $40 before shipping).


So you would definitely recommend a mudflap on the front one, I assume.

I'm debating between these and just going with another set of longboards.

any thoughts?
-sv

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Re: [RBW] Re: FS: Bunch of vintage Shimano components

2013-02-24 Thread Seth Vidal
Jim,
 if you build a bike around the gold components, please, please, please
post pictures of it and bling it out.

:)

I wonder if brooks makes a gold-riveted and sprung b67 in black.

bling bling
-sv



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 The used XT F and R derailleurs are sold. Somebody please buy the gold LX
 stuff before I build a bike around it.

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[RBW] flat bars on the hilsen

2013-02-12 Thread Seth Vidal
I've been toying with differentiating the hilsen and the romulus some more
and I decided I would try some radically different bars. I had a pair of
these inexpensive arc bars on a tandem and I really liked the position I
ended up in. So I thought I'd try it out on the hilsen.

I think the stem reach might be a bit too long and maybe a touch higher
than I want but the position doesn't feel too bad.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8468508156/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/8467413961/in/photostream/


Input welcome.

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Re: [RBW] Any Riv tandem riders--tire width?

2013-02-07 Thread Seth Vidal
Having looked for a long time at R+E tandems I have to ask... Why wouldn't
you go with them? The price point they seem to be able to hit for a
semi-custom tandem frame is pretty fantastic. Why not get one and enjoy it?

We have 32mm panaracer's on our burley paso doble. That's a tight fit with
fenders but it is doable. I'd love to move to an R+E with either 650b
wheels or able to comfortably fit a larger 700c.

-sv



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 Don't know if Grant and Co. will ever produce a tandem, so in the meantime
 will be getting one elsewhere.

 Seems like most tandems out there follow the skinny tire theme, with the
 exception of R+E in Seattle and Bilenky in Philadelphia, and even their
 tire clearances don't seem to push as far north as nearly all Riv singles.
 So wondering if there are any tandem riders here and what tire widths they
 prefer. On my Sam I ride 33/35mm tires often on marginal roads. So
 wondering what that might translate to on a 700c tandem?

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Re: [RBW] RBW specials

2012-12-05 Thread Seth Vidal
Sigh that one makes me sad so far away.

-sv


On Wed, Dec 5, 2012 at 1:05 AM, cyclotourist cyclotour...@gmail.com wrote:

 Dis one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gzahnd/515613230/


 On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 10:04 PM, Manuel Acosta 
 manueljohnaco...@hotmail.com wrote:

 Pretty sure the tandem is Grant's too. I'm digging the extra cycle sale.


 On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 9:26:48 PM UTC-8, Joe Bernard wrote:

 Comes pre-beausaged by the guy who invented the term! That's a real good
 deal, especially with the lugged stem. And an orange grab strap!

 Joe Bernard
 Vallejo, CA.

 On Tuesday, December 4, 2012 8:32:26 PM UTC-8, Dave Faller wrote:

 Sure looks like it to me!

 On 12/4/2012 8:31 PM, Leslie wrote:
  http://www.rivbike.com/**product-p/wsf-0042.htmhttp://www.rivbike.com/product-p/wsf-0042.htm
 
  Doesn't that bike belong to ??
 

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Re: [RBW] David Lance Goines Riv Poster--inexpensive framing option

2012-12-04 Thread Seth Vidal
Wow, I had a custom frame place do it and it was about half of that. I
cannot imagine why michaels would be so much more.

-sv



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 Thanks for that option! I priced framing @ Michael's and it was
 silly-stupid expensive. I laughed at them it was so ridiculous ($400+).


 On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:04 PM, John Blish jbl...@gmail.com wrote:

 Very nicely done, Toshi.  Thanks.  I need to frame mine.

 -jb


 On Tue, Dec 4, 2012 at 4:47 PM, Toshi Takeuchi tto...@gmail.com wrote:

 I framed my poster using an inexpensive frame from Amazon.  (at $43
 it's a lot, but cheap compared to a custom job). It says it uses
 acid-free foam core, so hopefully the poster will last in it.  The
 picture isn't great from my cell phone--and sorry for the glare, but
 it fits pretty darn well without any matting and looks good 'nuff to
 my eye.

 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008D3P646/ref=wms_ohs_product


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Re: [RBW] Centerpulls on a Ram.

2012-11-25 Thread Seth Vidal
I have sidepulls on a romulus and paul centerpulls on a AHH. I think I'm
somewhat partial to the centerpulls. They seem to leave a little more space
for fenders, etc -however I've found they are a bit more finicky to setup
than the sidepulls.

Having said that, once you get them setup they feel more powerful to me.

-sv



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 i would like to hear from folks who switched from sidepulls to centerpulls
 on their Ram.

 what rear cable stop did you use. the Soma 'paperclip' looks appealing for
 larger frames, mine is a 58cm

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Re: [RBW] Re: V-brake vs canti question

2012-11-13 Thread Seth Vidal
Go with the V-brakes b/c they can be less of an ass pain to setup.

The tektro 520 levers also feel pretty good in my hands. Having said that -
so do the shimano levers.

However, if you really want cantis, spring for the paul cantis - they are
just a nicer brake and less fidgety to setup than the cr720s.

-sv





On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:05 AM, Jan RBW jan@gmail.com wrote:

 I’m planning my new country bike with drop bars and bar end shifters and
 I’m considering which brakes I should choose.

 The alternatives I’m thinking at the moment are:
 - Tektro CR720 cantilevers  Shimano BL-R400 levers
 - Avid Single Digit 7 V-brakes  Tektro RL 520 levers

 From reading this thread I guess I should go with the V-brakes because of
 the better stopping power?

 I’m open to other alternatives too if you want to recommend something.

 Jan

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Re: [RBW] Re: Who rode their bicycle to vote in the US today?

2012-11-08 Thread Seth Vidal
Steven,
 I think you're committing the fallacy of the golden mean. Absolutism has a
place in our society. Let me give you some examples:

I absolutely believe that all adult americans should have the ability to
gain the tax and probate advantages they can get through marriage
regardless of their race, gender, religious beliefs or sexual orientation.

 I believe anyone pushing to withhold those rights from folks in our
society is a bigot and should be shunned.

I absolutely believe that all women should have control over their own
bodies.

I believe anyone advocating for them losing control of their own bodies is
Akin(haha, get it?) to a rapist and should be punished as such.

Those are things I absolutely believe. You let me know when I'm being
irrational, provided you can present logic as such.

-sv



On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 10:26 AM, Steven Frederick stl...@gmail.com wrote:

 My polling place is only a couple of blocks off my usual bike commute
 route so I just stopped in on the way to work.  I was not the first
 person to vote but I was close enough in line to see the first person
 come out of the ballot area and to join in when the crowd applauded.

 There's no shortage of irrational opinions, at the extremes of both
 sides.  My fervent hope is that there will be enough consensus
 builders to move us forward and soon.  Absolutism has no place in a
 democracy as varied as ours--no one gets things all their way, every
 time.  Solving problems and finding solutions most every one can live
 with are the very definition of politic.

 Steve Frederick, East Lansing, MI

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Re: [RBW] Re: Who rode their bicycle to vote in the US today?

2012-11-08 Thread Seth Vidal
Ron,
 I think you need to study your poli-sci more. I'm pretty sure equal
protection clause is where this sits and that's in the 14th ammendment.


Also Romney was a governor, not a senator.


-sv



On Thu, Nov 8, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Ron Mc bulldog...@gmail.com wrote:

 regarding rationality.  All the issues I've seen listed here (other than
 taxes) are state issues and not federal issues, so to paraphrase Inigo
 Montoya, I don't think voting for the President means what you think it
 means.
 Jim, I'm sure Sen. Romney has already spent a couple of years on a bike -
 he's fit right in.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Who rode their bicycle to vote in the US today?

2012-11-07 Thread Seth Vidal
I would have agreed with you. Right up until Citizens United. When
corporations can give unlimited money and behave like people, but not
people - then corps espousing their political beliefs gets my hackles up.
When I see  a company telling me that they don't like my life and that they
are actively working to make my life and many of those people I love
illegal?

That's when I start making sure they don't get any money, From anyone I
know.

It's one thing to say that you think there should be more or less taxes,
it's another to say that my friends cannot be the way they are.

-sv




On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:48 PM, Peter Morgano uscpeter11...@gmail.comwrote:

 I see nothing wrong with what they have to say, even as an Athiest,
 although I can see how a devout member of another religion might be put
 off. It comes down to the fact we live in a great nation, where you can say
 or believe whatever you want, even if you own a big business, and people
 can vote in the second best way, with thier wallets.
 On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM, Ron Mc bulldog...@gmail.com wrote:

 there are successful businesses who post their beliefs
 http://www.sierratradingpost.com/lp2/we-believe/
 though their success is based more on their customer service, which they
 attribute to their beliefs

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Re: [RBW] Re: Yellow leaves, wet bridges and sauerkraut

2012-11-06 Thread Seth Vidal
Lynne,
 +1.
 I do not think it was appropriate, either.

-sv



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 Reid, that was in bad taste.

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[RBW] non-drop/non-albatross/non-mustache bar'd hilsens

2012-11-05 Thread Seth Vidal
So I've been riding around on a used tandem I got for me and the stoker
quite a bit. It's an older santana and we've converted it over from the
drops to a more upright posture. I put on a pair of incredibly cheap
dimension arc bars ($14) and a set of ergon grips and it is disconcertingly
comfortable. I like the grips, I like the position I end up in on the bars
and I'm thinking I could do this on the hilsen, convert it over to a
1x9 and keep the rom for go-fasty (well, go less slow-y).


So I thought I'd ask here - what other kind of bars should I think about.

These are the ones I put on the tandem:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001F3077M/ref=oh_details_o05_s00_i00

So.. Any suggestions.
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Re: [RBW] Yellow leaves, wet bridges and sauerkraut

2012-11-04 Thread Seth Vidal
Andy,
 This is just a stunny set of photos. Is the populaire almost exclusively
dedicated bike path?

Just beautiful.

-sv



On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 12:51 PM, Andy Smitty Schmidt 54ca...@gmail.comwrote:

 List member and fellow 65cm Homer owner Dennis was kind enough to give me
 a ride to the western reaches of the Portland Oregon suburbs for the annual
 Oregon Randonneurs Verboort Sausage Populaire 110k. The trio that I was
 riding with finished in the coveted position of 3-way tie for 
 lasthttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-Way_Tie_(For_Last).
 We had been leap frogging with Dennis for much of the ride but he passed us
 at about the 80km mark and we didn't see him again until we were getting
 our cards signed at the finish.

 Not really any stand-out stories from the ride but it was a great way to
 spend the day.

 click here for pics of bikes, friends, scenery, and 
 foodhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/15966859@N07/sets/72157631926087559/


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Re: [RBW] OT Why are some unwilling to trade with people out of the US?

2012-11-04 Thread Seth Vidal
I've found it's not about shipping costs it's about shipping
pain-in-the-assness. If I ship something in the US I don't have disclose
what is in it or worry about customs or anything. If I do the same to
overseas I do. Having shipped something to korea once and had to go through
a million questions and even THEN have to play whack-a-mole with customs on
the other end just to get the goods to the recipient I understand why
someone would want to avoid the mess.

It's not about distrust of YOU it's about dealing with irritating officials.
-sv



On Sun, Nov 4, 2012 at 4:16 PM, Jay in Tel Aviv jayin...@gmail.com wrote:

 I have been fairly active on this list since I got my Sam last summer.
 I have participated in discussions, bought and sold a few things
 (including my Sam, thanks Forrest) and generally tried to be helpful
 when I have something to add. I find the people here generally quite
 knowledgable and friendly. It is a good groupvand I'm happy to be part
 of it.

 Once in a while, though, I have experienced something which to be
 seems very strange and a bit insulting. A few times people have
 refused to complete a transaction with me when they find out I live
 overseas. Shipping costs have not been the issue, it seems more loke a
 lack of willingness to trust a random foriegner on the internet.

 I just lost a sale on another group in circumstances like those. The
 buyer got the answeres he was looking for to his questions and then
 balked when he saw thay my email wasn't from the US.

 I feel like I'm missing something here.

 Jay

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Re: [RBW] How many Rivendell bicycles have you owned?

2012-11-01 Thread Seth Vidal
a 58cm atlantis  - now sold to another
a 61cm romulus
a 61cm ahh

I'd love to add a rivendell tandem to the list but... alas...
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Re: [RBW] Bridgestone X01 fork for sale

2012-10-23 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM, CHRIS REINO creino1...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hi All,

 I recently had the headset replaced on my beloved X01 (pumpkin).  The
 mechanic, for some reason cut the steerer tube instead of using spacer for
 the new headset.  Long story short, he cut it too short and it now does not
 fit on on 52 cm frame.

 If there is anyone out there in need of a new, used fork to fit a 52 cm or
 smaller X01, I have one, lets chat!


I hope the shop who did this thing is going to replace it?

What a travesty.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Front rack for A. Homer Hilsen

2012-10-08 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 1:50 PM, Toshi Takeuchi tto...@gmail.com wrote:
 Me too.  Here's my setup on my AHH with IQ Cyo standard bracket.

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/42771204@N00/6988274498/


Mine is the same. You can also flip the bracket so the light is angled
down, closer to the wheel.

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Re: [RBW] Front rack for A. Homer Hilsen

2012-10-07 Thread Seth Vidal
On Oct 7, 2012 12:29 AM, Michael Richters michael.richt...@gmail.com
wrote:

 I'm looking for a front rack for my AHH to support a handlebar bag.
 Unfortunately, the VO rack that I've got has struts that are much too
 short to reach the eyelets on the fork blades.  It looks like a Mark's
 Rack would reach, but that one doesn't seem to have any provision for
 mounting a headlight.  Does anyone here know of a front rack that just
 fits?  In case it matters, it's a 58cm (650B) frame.


Marks' rack has a plate on the very front that you can mount a cyo light to
easily.

You can sort of see it in this picture
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/7229239372/

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Re: [RBW] Just Wrench as next book would be great. Here's why...

2012-10-04 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:12 AM, Jim Thill - Hiawatha Cyclery
thill@gmail.com wrote:
 Some people have mechanical aptitude and have no problem performing basic 
 tasks to maintain a bicycle with little or no training. Others have no 
 aptitude and break off 2 out of every 3 bolt heads every time they pick up an 
 Allen wrench, even after considerable instruction and practice. A bike 
 mechanic I know posts occasional bike shop horrors on Facebook or his blog 
 - bikes that were creatively mangled, sometimes at great effort and expense, 
 all to avoid paying a professional to do it correctly. We see the same 
 phenomenon at HC. It's stupefying.


You seem to have conflated a desire to learn and do it themselves with
cheapness.

Those are not the same thing.

Just b/c someone is not skilled at something initially and makes
mistakes does not mean their goal is to avoid expense.

The  attitude you've just expressed is a common one I've encountered
from a number of people trained or experience in any sufficiently
complicated field.

Sometimes instead of thinking the person did this out of cheapness
some folks think they do it out of stupidity or out of malice.

It's still just as assumptive and incorrect.

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Re: [RBW] Just Wrench as next book would be great. Here's why...

2012-10-04 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Oct 4, 2012 at 10:59 AM, Jim Thill - Hiawatha Cyclery
thill@gmail.com wrote:
 True, I guess I can only presume the motives. Just so we are clear, I always 
 encourage my customers to learn, I frequently loan out my tools, and I've 
 given instruction to DIY types whenever I've been asked, all for free. 
 Lighten up.


I wasn't unlight - I was going on what you said:

All to avoid paying a professional to do it correctly

I'm glad you loan out your tools, I'm not sure I would be that
generous. Tools and time are not free. I don't expect the wrenches at
the shops near me to give out advice or instruction for free and
wouldn't ask that of them. I will ask for torque specs if they happen
to know them but only when I purchase something from them. I don't
think that's an unreasonable use of their specific knowledge.

If I want a lesson in how to do something properly then I'm willing to
pay the normal rate for an hour or so of their time. That seems fair
to me.
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Re: [RBW] Re: Society Finally Catching up to Grant

2012-10-02 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM, Rex Kerr rexk...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 11:46 AM, Tim McNamara tim...@bitstream.net wrote:


 Perhaps it would seem that way but the facts are otherwise.  The Minnesota
 Department of Health report a few years ago found that pedestrian brain
 injuries far exceeded bike related brain injuries.  So did brain injuries
 from motor vehicle accidents, falls at home, assaults, gunshot wounds,
 suicide attempts, strokes and heart attacks, etc.  Interestingly there were
 fewer brain injuries for cyclists riding on the streets than riding on bike
 paths and trails.



 Do you have a link to a source for this?  I'd love to read it.


A little googling:

from here:
http://www.health.state.mn.us/injury/midas/ub92/

selecting:
State of Minnesota
Traumatic Brain Injury

mechanisms:
Fall
Motorvehicle vs pedestrian
Motorvehicle vs cyclist
pedal cyclist - other
pedestrian - other

You get the following results:

Fall - 6278
Motorvehicle vs pedestrian - 117
Motorvehicle vs cyclist - 78
pedal cyclist - other - 446
pedestrian - other - 19

Total Traumatic Brain Injuries for the 2011 year above is 13702

so falls make up the lion's share.

I also pulled all the Motorvehicle ones

and I see
Motorvehicle occupant: 1354

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[RBW] back to the list and biking on vacation

2012-09-30 Thread Seth Vidal
Hi,

 I had turned off the list while I was on vacation but I had a great
time on vacation in japan. Alas I didn't get take any of my bikes with
me but I had an opportunity to ride a couple of rented bikes and an
afternoon bike tour while I was away. There's little riv-relationship
other than fantastic scenery and location but I wanted to share this
with folks who would appreciate it.

Pictures here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/sets/72157631625589636/

I took a bike tour from these folks:
http://www.satoyama-cycling.com/

in the gifu prefecture of japan -the town is called hida-furukawa. The
tour ended up going all over the area and took about 4hours. As you
can see from the picture a fairly beautiful location. If anyone
happens to be in the area I'd recommend taking a tour from them. The
tour leader was fantastic and if you're japanese isn't very good,
don't worry, they speak english very well.

We biked up and down the region, refilled our water bottles from the
mouth of a mountain spring and then sat next to a shrine and watched a
storm start to roll into the area. It was kinda great.

if I had one of my own bikes I'm sure it would have been slightly more
comfortable but as it was, it was still pretty great.

thanks,
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Re: [RBW] Re: New budget Riv in Summer 2013?

2012-09-07 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 1:10 PM, Dan Abelson d...@abelsons.net wrote:
 I am with Jim on the threadless headsets. I have two rivs that I love but if
 I could change one thing it would be to go threadless. It would offer a much
 wider variety of handlebar choices, I find it easier to adjust the headset,
 and it is stiffer, and more headsets are available, and I like being able to
 remove the bars without unwrapping the tape.


Wider variety of handlebar choices? quill stems don't limit you there.

Get one of the nitto or VO threaded-threadless quills and then use
whatever you want.

Then you get selection of handlebars, poptop stems AND you can move up
and down as much as you want.

That's the versatility of threaded, imo. You can't do that with
threadless, you're just stuck.

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Re: [RBW] Re: New budget Riv in Summer 2013?

2012-09-07 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 2:04 PM, Jim Thill - Hiawatha Cyclery
thill@gmail.com wrote:
 The threaded-threadless converter quills are a solution to bar/stem
 compatibility issues in theory, but usually they're pretty short, which
 makes for very limited upward height adjustability. Maybe some are taller
 than others? I doubt any have a 200-ish mm quill like a taller Nitto quill
 stem, but I'm not super knowledgeable about these.


http://www.somafab.com/archives/product/high-rider-stem-adapter-28-622-2

That's incredibly tall.

The VO one is just normal nitto deluxe height.


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Re: [RBW] Re: Beautiful Japanese bicycle prints. Anyone read Japanese?

2012-09-05 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM, islaysteve alkire...@verizon.net wrote:
 Wow, those are nice.  It looks like the artist in certainly in tune with our
 style of bicycle culture.  I will be interested in the answer to your
 question.   Steve


Google translate doesn't say anything about them being for sale.

I agree with both of you, though. They are very pretty.
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Re: [RBW] Opinions on Paul Racers or side pulls

2012-08-27 Thread Seth Vidal
On Sun, Aug 26, 2012 at 5:33 PM, blakcloud blakclou...@gmail.com wrote:
 I am starting to think about buying my dream build which will be a A. Homer
 Hilsen. tentatively these are the components I would like.

 650b wheel set built on Phil Wood hubs.
 Ultegra derailleurs and cassette
 cranks, undecided but not Shimano, they're ugly, Maybe White Industries
 double.
 White Industries pedals with Bruce Gordon half clips
 Nitto lugged quill stem, hand polished to mirror finish
 Nitto lugged seat post?
 Brooks saddle or a Specialzed Avatar which I have and like.

 The question is around which brakes to use. The long reach side pulls are
 probably adequate and are certainly cheaper but there is something about the
 high polished Paul Racers that look good on Rivendell's. My question to
 those who own the Paul's Would you buy them again? Of course we are
 talking about center post mounts as I am not going to go custom frame here.
 I have never been a fan of center pull brakes, the ones that I have tried
 all sucked but they haven't been as well built as the Paul's.

 I would like to hope they are great brakes and easy to set up because you
 can't beat side pulls for easy set up. So those who own Paul's or have used
 them, do you like them?


I have one of each. The rom has the sidepulls, the ahh has the paul
center pulls and I really rather like them.

They setup pretty easily and they have GREAT stopping power.

Having said that - the sidepulls stop well, too. :)

I don't think you'll have trouble with either.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Bosco or Albatross?

2012-08-26 Thread Seth Vidal
David,
  tell me some more about the drivetrain changes you made on that betty
foy, please.

-sv
On Aug 26, 2012 4:22 PM, David Spranger daspran...@gmail.com wrote:

 I recently did a drivetrain makeover on my wife's Betty Foy which also
 included changing the handlebars from Albatross to Bosco. She appreciates
 the more upright position of the Bosco as she has a bad back. I have
 attached a before and after picture.

 David
 Charlotte, NC

 On Sunday, August 26, 2012 3:53:52 PM UTC-4, Patrick Moore wrote:

 Hope tomorrow to take friend to look at '12 Novara Fusion at REI. It's
 a high-rise design, but with her neck injury she may want an even more
 extreme sit-up-and-beg position. Please take a look at the attached
 image and tell me, in y'all's opinions, whether you think this would
 call for the Bosco or whether the Albatross would do.

 I'd like to see photos of any listmember's bike with high rise
 Albatrosses or Boscos.

 Thanks!

 --
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Re: [RBW] Re: Nitto rear racks vs. Topeak racks with slide on trunk bag attachment tracks.

2012-08-19 Thread Seth Vidal
+1 to both. Nitto racks are great but if are happy with the racks and bags
you have then stick with them.

-sv
On Aug 19, 2012 1:05 PM, Jim Cloud cloud...@aol.com wrote:

 Nitto racks are beautiful and sturdy.  If, however, you're satisfied
 with the Topeak rack you've been using, why change?

 Jim Cloud
 Tucson, AZ

 On Aug 19, 9:15 am, lungimsam john11.2...@gmail.com wrote:
  So, being new to Riv-stylings, I was wondering if there is a reason to go
  Nitto on the racks on my Rivbike vs. the rack I have been using that has
 a
  track where the trunk bag slides on to securely connect to rack. It is
 very
  quick and easy on and off.
 
  Was wondering how you all secure things to the Nitto's, and if there are
  any advantages that I might like over the Topeak rack system I use:
 
  http://www.topeak.com/pages/343/news/detail/44

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Re: [RBW] Saluki porn

2012-08-17 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:06 PM, jeffrey kane jsk_onl...@mac.com wrote:
 Sorry, been having an amazing 18 months on this baby and just had to post
 this pin-up pic ...


Dude. Beautiful. I love the hetre-red and the butterscotch frame.

It reminds me of this one:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/36397392@N06/sets/72157615351530151/

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Re: [RBW] 60cm Romulus in Chicago - Nearly new!

2012-08-17 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:44 PM, Horace max...@sdf.lonestar.org wrote:
 Also, the Romulus with caliper brakes was only available for one year in
 2003. Since 61cm is not an unusually large size, my guess is that Rivendell
 didn't have one lying around to sell in 2007. Of course, time is hard to
 judge for us humans, so when he says he bought it 5 years ago, maybe he
 meant he bought it 9 years ago.


Well it wasn't  5 yrs ago - but they did sell one maybe a couple years
back when they found a complete one in the attic that they had
forgotten.

I almost bought it myself.

made me twitchy to think about :)

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Re: [RBW] 60cm Romulus in Chicago - Nearly new!

2012-08-17 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 12:54 PM, Horace max...@sdf.lonestar.org wrote:


 Should've gotten it. It's the most awesome bike I've ever had. :-)


Well I didn't get it b/c I already have a 61cm romulus :)

Though I did think about having a spare ;)
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Re: [RBW] Rivish Parts for Sale Update

2012-08-14 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 6:10 PM, Scott Calhoun sc...@zonagardens.com wrote:
 Thanks for the great response. Many items have sold quickly. I took a big
 stack of boxes to the post office today. I think my prices are pretty fair,
 considering I'm including shipping on most things, but If there is something
 you see that you are interested in (especially the frames), feel free to
 make me a reasonable offer. I'm liking not having to deal with ebay.

 Here is an update with SOLD next to the items that are gone:



Scott,
 could you send pictures of the frames you have for sale?


Thanks,
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Re: [RBW] Which headbadge/DT/ST art set do you like best on Rivbikes?

2012-08-13 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 3:44 PM, lungimsam john11.2...@gmail.com wrote:
 Lotsa pretty stuff.

 Anyway, as a complete set (Hbadge/DT and ST), which model do you like best?
\


1. AHH
2. Romulus
3. Rambouillet
4. Saluki
5. Atlantis


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Re: [RBW] Mystery Bike!

2012-08-07 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 1:11 PM, Allingham II, Thomas J
thomas.alling...@skadden.com wrote:
 Is here, but no time to assemble.  But here's a pic...

 No name, no decals. We can call it whatever we want!



ooo - thanks for posting pictures. Looks like that back tire needs
some love, though :)

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Re: [RBW] Mystery Bike!

2012-08-07 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 3:07 PM, Anne Paulson anne.paul...@gmail.com wrote:
 OK, now we can see it, what's it for? I see really really long
 chainstays, and is there no front derailleur? Is that rear shifter on
 the stem? Upright handlebars, diagonal tube with those fun curvy
 middle chainstays. Yay for the kickstand.

 It looks like lots of carriers are supposed to be mounted on this
 bike, but would they be any special carriers, or just a basket on the
 front and racks and bags on the rear?



And it has horizontal dropouts...

What's going on there?

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Re: [RBW] Trifecta of Big Bike Goodness for sale on the 'bay

2012-08-02 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Aug 2, 2012 at 1:04 PM, Ryan Ray ryanr...@gmail.com wrote:
 That's the first one Iv'e seen. What's it all about?



A redwood is a romulus for tall sizes.

65cm and up, iirc.

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[RBW] Re: rivendell poster framed

2012-07-23 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM, Seth Vidal skvi...@gmail.com wrote:
 I just got my poster back from the framers and I thought I'd share
 what the framers and I came up with to match the poster:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/7609912320/

 detail:
 http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/7609916890/


 I think it came out great - especially how the frame color matches the
 text pretty well.

 Thanks to riv for deciding to do a poster.


I got a number of positive replies about the framing and I wanted to
pass on some info about the frame and shop:

the frameshop is  house of frames:
 http://cravenallengallery.com/framing/

I talked to the framers and they gave me the whole frame info:

The frame is from bravura moulding at
www.bravuramoulding.com
the frame id number is:
BMC 78-2-CD
CD == Cinnamon/Diamond - which is color + design

Most frame shops should be able to order this frame.

Hope this helps anyone looking for the same.

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[RBW] rivendell poster framed

2012-07-20 Thread Seth Vidal
I just got my poster back from the framers and I thought I'd share
what the framers and I came up with to match the poster:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/7609912320/

detail:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/7609916890/


I think it came out great - especially how the frame color matches the
text pretty well.

Thanks to riv for deciding to do a poster.

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Re: [RBW] Re: rivendell poster framed

2012-07-20 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 12:20 PM, islaysteve alkire...@verizon.net wrote:
 Seth that's very nice.  I see that you decided to to use a mat.  Looks
 great!  Steve


Steve,
 Thanks! I didn't decide on the mat. I took it to the frame shop that
framed both of the Hiawatha posters I have and told them I wanted it
framed. I only picked out the frame itself, they took care of the
rest.;

the hiawatha posters:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/5602012856/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/skvidal/4556326860/


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Re: [RBW] Re: rivendell poster framed

2012-07-20 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 1:18 PM, Allan in Portland
allan_f...@aracnet.com wrote:
 Yes, very, very nice. I am thoroughly inspired.

 Though, this hits on something that always bothers me about framing -- it
 costs considerably more than the art! A frame shop here in Portland has as
 their catch-phrase, Re-frame your art. I've always thought it should be
 re-art your frames. At least, it's much cheaper that way.


I disagree. I think of it this way. If I like a poster or a picture or
a painting I want to protect and preserve it. A good frame does that.
It's UV-glass so the picture doesn't fade or yellow. It's a solid
frame with a good backing. Any paper used it in is archive-grade. I've
just made sure that this picture can last and stay with me.

It does cost more money, sure,  but it preserves the VALUE to me.

It is important to be able to judge the VALUE of something versus the COST.

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Re: [RBW] Re: rivendell poster framed

2012-07-20 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Jul 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM, Peter Morgano uscpeter11...@gmail.com wrote:
 I know this has been mentioned before but does anyone know if there is a
 standard frame size I could get to do it myself? I was a Fine Arts minor in
 college so I can get pretty crafty when I want to so was gonna see what I
 whip up. Thanks all.



The poster is 18ishx24ish. So I expect something in that ballpark would work.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Gary Taubes NYT, reviews new pro lo carb study

2012-07-13 Thread Seth Vidal
On Fri, Jul 13, 2012 at 6:23 AM, Robert Zeidler
zeidler.rob...@gmail.com wrote:
 Water weight is easy to check if you have one of those scales that does so.
 For one of the Atkins-style diets-and diet is a bit misleading-one has to
 consume water etc., at regular intervals during the day. Expect to pee a
 lot. But that is the primary way fat, and a lot of other bad stuff, leaves
 the body.



I'm not on an atkins-style diet but I do drink a lot of water on the
advice of a back doctor who said it would help keep my vertebrae from
rubbing as much.

He said while the water  advantages on my spine would be, relatively,
small, the biggest advantage of drinking a lot of water is that it
will force me to get up and down out of my chair in order to go to the
bathroom.

He's definitely right about that.

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Re: [RBW] FS: Rambouillet 58 Orange frameset plus extras

2012-07-11 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 4:37 PM, pb pbridge...@aol.com wrote:
 Apologies for redundancy if you have laready seen this over on BOB.

 I have thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed this bike, but it's a tad smaller than
 I would prefer.  I absolutely love the color.  Orange Rambouillet 58,
 frame/fork/Campy NR headset (Tange top nut, as received from previous
 owner), Tektro brakes, and a fresh can of the Boyd's Roadstar Florida Orange
 Pearl which online sources say is the proper touch-up paint.

 It has the various beausage it had when I received it, see photos.  Note the
 small sterling silver St. Christopher adhered to the downtube (no, I'm not
 Catholic, but Chris is a friend of mine).  It is visible in the photos.  I
 think I will not try to remove it.  It's small and subtle.  See photos here
 and adjacent:

 http://www.flickr.com/photos/pbridge1300/6764291787/in/photostream/

 Geometry per Sheldon:

 http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/rambouillet/index.htm

 I will miss this bike.  It's lively, well-mannered, fits 33's easily, and
 it's darn pretty.

 $750 plus shipping

 If desired with the frame (not for sale individually at these exceptional
 prices, but may be offered a bit later as I organize):

 Nitto lugged stem 10.5cm actual c-c $110 -- I think Nitto calls this a 10.

 Sugino Alpina compact crank 48x34 silver 175 with SKF BB.  Crank is very
 presentable with light wear, BB has ratty mounting rings.  $145



You know there's a 60cm orange boo-yay on craiglist in asheville, nc right now:

http://raleigh.craigslist.org/bik/3132072137.html

No relation or affiliation - but it might be what you want.

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Re: [RBW] Just an isolated example, but FWIW ...

2012-07-11 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com wrote:

 Collect enough anecdotes and they become data ...


Sorry, The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data'.

It's 'stories'.


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Re: [RBW] Just an isolated example, but FWIW ...

2012-07-11 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM, Seth Vidal skvi...@gmail.com wrote:
 On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:44 PM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com wrote:

 Collect enough anecdotes and they become data ...


 Sorry, The plural of 'anecdote' is not 'data'.

 It's 'stories'.




Good stories, mind you. :)

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Re: [RBW] Just an isolated example, but FWIW ...

2012-07-11 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com wrote:
 *My* anecdotes add up to *data*.

You guys have all the best anecdotes out there in the west! :)

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Re: [RBW] Re: The New Riv

2012-07-04 Thread Seth Vidal
Heartily agreed, steve.

-sv
On Jul 4, 2012 1:11 PM, Steve Palincsar palin...@his.com wrote:

 On Wed, 2012-07-04 at 11:53 -0400, Peter Morgano wrote:
  +1 on all that, especially horizontal drops

 Why?  They're an enormous pain in the a$$ with no benefit for users of
 derailleur drive trains, and this bike is coming with a derailleur drive
 train.


 
  On Wed, Jul 4, 2012 at 11:44 AM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com
  wrote:
  I guess that the Xmart crowd often (not always, of course)
  spends high
  $ on cars and big trucks a lot fancier than many listers own,
  along
  with big TVs, electronic junk and fancy phones/service, at
  least to
  judge by what I see in the parking lot and on the shelves at
  my (as
  rare as possible) trips to the WalMart near my mother's house.
 
  I hope the new bike has horizontal dropouts.




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Re: [RBW] The New Riv

2012-07-03 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Jul 3, 2012 at 7:06 PM, Peter Pesce petepe...@gmail.com wrote:
 Interesting. A Simple One with a derailer?
 I too am curious how you get the price down. It certainly wouldn't save 
 anything to cast new, plain lugs just for one bike. Does the head tube badge 
 really add that must cost?


A simple one with a rear derailler? - see - that I would have no
trouble endorsing. :)

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Re: [RBW] Blogs

2012-07-02 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com wrote:
 Perhaps for more niche audiences uneasy about the eventual effects of
 modernism a l'outrance, but:

 Kunstler: http://kunstler.com/blog/2012/07/hostage-racket.html Small
 is beautiful because society is going to hell and small will  shortly
 be all we have left. Writing style makes BSNYC sound like Jane Austen
 -- tho' today's post is very muted.


I've found Kunstler to be retreading the same schtick for the last
7yrs or so. It's not that he's entirely wrong - I just think his
timeline from the long emergency is compressed by a lot. Reading his
work you'd think the collapse of civilization was a movie-plot
duration rather than a more glacial pace. And with the same thing
coming out over and over again it gets a bit repetitive to read.


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Re: [RBW] Blogs

2012-07-02 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM, Peter Pesce petepe...@gmail.com wrote:
 I like JHK's commentary on urbanism and the American civic landscape - which
 he often rides his bike through - a lot, but I too get bored with his The
 End is Nigh! sandwich-boarding that has been going on for at least 13 years
 by my count - he was big on the Y2K computer catastrophe back in the day.


Don't tell him about the leap second issues from this weekend or the 2038 bug :)

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Re: [RBW] Torque specs for Rivendell bikes?

2012-06-27 Thread Seth Vidal
On Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM, lungimsam john11.2...@gmail.com wrote:
 Hello,

 I was wondering if Rivendell lugged steel frames and bolts have torque
 specs?
 Or, if the frames could speak, would they say: We don't need no stinking
 specs. Just tighten it 'til it smokes!?

 Thanks for any info.


Depends on which components you have and what specs you need.

I tighten a lot of things with a torgue wrench. I love having it around.

tell us what you're looking for. If you want to - call riv and ask
them - they are very good about giving answers.

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Re: [RBW] Torque specs for Rivendell bikes?

2012-06-27 Thread Seth Vidal
On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM, Jim Thill - Hiawatha Cyclery
thill@gmail.com wrote:
 Rolls Royce suggests enlisting the help of an experienced RR mechanic to 
 demonstrate proper torque.

 I don't know many pro mechanics who use torque wrenches or fret over torque 
 specs, except on CF stuff. For the most part mechanic's hand is just fine. 
 If you lack mechanic's hand, hopefully you know it by now. A torque wrench 
 may be a worthwhile investment...or maybe it's more advisable to just find a 
 good mechanic. A man has to know his limitations.



'a mechanics hand' can come through experience - or as another option
it could just be a function of strength and guessing. I've noticed
I've gotten better at estimating torque for things I do repeatedly so
that when I go to test with the torque wrench there is very little
movement necessary. However, I like tools which take the 'magical
intuition and guessing' out of the game.

Additionally, I have found that seeking out a good mechanic is next to
impossible. During conversation w/a mechanic and w/o encountering some
sort of failure of some kind from their work - I've found that
distinguishing a good mechanic from a passable mechanic is next to
impossible.

I'd rather learn to do it for myself or get a tool to help me do it
myself than guess as to whether or not the money I just paid someone
was for good, reliable work or was just for the fun of throwing my
money away.

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Re: [RBW] Re: The Poster

2012-06-26 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM, Philip Williamson
philip.william...@gmail.com wrote:
 I put my poster up in my new cube, as the first personal touch. When the
 head of IT came by and hassled me about having nothing personal in the
 cubicle, today, I could step aside and say, What? I just put up a poster
 this morning! And then I looked at it and thought, what is going on with
 that kid's feet?


You work in IT and you have a boss who has been hassling you about no
personal items in your cubicle? When they come by next time remind
them that the shortage of trained IT people is a good reason for you
not to be hassled about having a sparse cubicle.

hint hint

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[RBW] nice kids' bikes

2012-06-22 Thread Seth Vidal
The discussion of good kids' bikes comes up from time to time.

I caught this today on fastboy cycles' blog/flickr feed and I thought
some of y'all may be intrigued:

http://www.fastboycycles.com/teachingcancertocry/?p=829
and
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fastboy/7419479154



thought some of y'all might find it interesting.

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[RBW] 62cm rambouillet on kansas city cl

2012-06-21 Thread Seth Vidal
Not mine and not affiliated - just came up in my cl crawler.

http://kansascity.craigslist.org/bik/3090870694.html

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Re: [RBW] Re: 62cm rambouillet on kansas city cl

2012-06-21 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM, Michael Hechmer mhech...@gmail.com wrote:
 Wow, what a deal,  compared to 2K for a rodeo frame.  But i already have a
 blue 62k ram.



you need a backup, clearly.

what would you ride if your existing ram were to get dirty? You've got
to be thinking ahead, man! :)

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Re: [RBW] reaffirmation of a nice frame

2012-06-21 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM, Kenneth Stagg kenneth.st...@gmail.com wrote:
 Thanks.  Worth looking into.  Actually your suggestion reminded me of
 something else.  Anyone tried the Primo Comets in 1.5?  I see that the
 Hostel Shoppe lists them in both wire bead and Kevlar.


I had those on my bike friday tandem. They were great. Didn't really
test durability much but they rolled smoothly and didn't feel dead at
all.

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Re: [RBW] Re: The Poster

2012-06-19 Thread Seth Vidal
On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM, Zack zack...@gmail.com wrote:
 I like a surprise.  Precious few of those any more!


I'm not big on surprises.

remember the old saying about the old saying:
The saying 'May you live in interesting times' is a curse, not a blessing

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Re: [RBW] Interrupters must be V-brake/disk specific

2012-06-14 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:18 PM, PATRICK MOORE bertin...@gmail.com wrote:
 Forgot about that little detail. Thanks.


Good luck. I think the only v-brake interrupters I could find were by paul.

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Re: [RBW] Interrupters must be V-brake/disk specific

2012-06-14 Thread Seth Vidal
On Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM, Daniel M dpmay...@hotmail.com wrote:
 Tektro makes V-brake interruptors. Riv used to sell them, but unfortunately 
 they stopped offering all V-brake equipment entirely recently. I have the 
 interruptors on my Hillborne and they work spectacularly well. They feel jist 
 like shorty mountain bike levers and have more stopping power than the 
 primary levers did with my old canti brakes.


Can you FIND the tektros anymore? I asked at my LBS who couldn't find
anyone who had them available at all.

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