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The Quick Release

Tullio Campagnolo patented the cam mechanism quick release for wheels that is still widely used today, 80 years later. Back in 1990, I wasn’t too concerned with who invented it, but I knew that you didn’t have a good bike unless you had quick release skewers.

This is more or less how it goes today – even in cases where you shouldn’t have a quick release.

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Top five tires

I’ve decided to make Tuesdays Top Five Tuesdays!

They’re just like regular Tuesdays, except that they’ll have a list that I throw together really quick that we can all argue about.

Tell me that doesn’t sound fun.

Today, let’s talk about tires. Getting a new set of tires – and grips to a lesser extent –  are the best way to manage the “can’t afford a new bike” blues. New tires are all shiny and clean, and they have those little furry bits on them, and they just make you feel good.

There were some terrific tires in the 90’s, but which ones were the best? Which ones did you just have to have?

I’m going to tell you after the break.

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Vintage bikes for sale

I have two bikes for sale. Check out the pictures and read the descriptions, and I’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have. I’ll have a number of other bikes for sale once I get them ready to go; like a Specialized FSR, Kona Caldera, Nakamura city bike, and a nifty Glider townie.

P10505261991 Rocky Mountain Stratos, aluminium frame made in Japan. I think it’s a 19.5″ frame.

 

 

P1050525Stock parts on it were Shimano DX, but there’s some nice upgrades like Shimano XT hubs on Araya rims, and Dia-Compe SS-7 brake levers.

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Counterfeit eBay parts?

It’s always been a dream of mine to build a bike entirely out the CNC machined, anodized parts that you can buy on eBay.  It’s ridiculous I know, but I really want to know how good these parts are. They’re often the cheapest options for new parts, so it’s very hard to resist.

Of course, you risk not being cool if you run these parts. The other guys on your ride are probably not going to be impressed by the Selcof stem on your bike, like they would a Thomson. They might even make fun of you!

I ride by myself though, so I really don’t care about this.

Trek 4500

Trek 4500

My most recent restoration project requires a seatpost. Of course, restoration is not the right term for what I’m doing. Restoration is what you do to a 30 year old Ritchey or Yeti. I have a ’03 Trek 4500.

Nobody restores a 10 year old Trek. Flipping is what I’m doing here.

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