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post #61 of 85
On the morning of Friday, July 11, I inadvertently converted my bike to a single speed. It was horrible. I was either spun out and still not keeping up with traffic or grinding uphill with a big load. If I didn't get paid to ride, I would have gone home.

I've upgraded to a titanium railed saddle to bring my vehicle weight under 70 lbs.
post #62 of 85
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And we all know what wikipedia says is the truth....

Hey, guess what, I lived in a ghetto once. It was a "student ghetto", but that's what we called it....



And caring too much about a slang word puts you firmly in the stick up your @$$ PC group.

It's stupid $#!+ like this that has me spending more and more time @ TGR and less and less time @ epicski....
Sorry if I've offended you.
post #63 of 85
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Sorry if I've offended you.
I'm not offended, just annoyed.
post #64 of 85
Cool, enjoy the ride.
post #65 of 85
Thread Starter 
Hey, Quit pissing in this thread. In case you didn't read the title.........
Trekchick has got an ATTITUDE!

Telerod, I know you bike for work but..............
What do you have for a fun bike?


post #66 of 85
Trek:

Thanks again for the (semi-final) pics. I showed them to my young lad and he disappeared to the garage for about an hour. He shortened chain on his old bike, modified an old deraillier via angle grinder and came up with a tensioner. Kinda ugly but it works.

Thanks again.

RMP.
post #67 of 85
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Originally Posted by RMP View Post
Trek:

Thanks again for the (semi-final) pics. I showed them to my young lad and he disappeared to the garage for about an hour. He shortened chain on his old bike, modified an old deraillier via angle grinder and came up with a tensioner. Kinda ugly but it works.

Thanks again.

RMP.
Sounds Cunnerman to me. (For you from the Pocono's will know what that means)
post #68 of 85
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
Hey, Quit pissing in this thread. In case you didn't read the title.........
Trekchick has got an ATTITUDE!

Telerod, I know you bike for work but..............
What do you have for a fun bike?


I have a tandem MTB.
post #69 of 85
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RMP View Post
Trek:

Thanks again for the (semi-final) pics. I showed them to my young lad and he disappeared to the garage for about an hour. He shortened chain on his old bike, modified an old deraillier via angle grinder and came up with a tensioner. Kinda ugly but it works.

Thanks again.

RMP.
Do you know what displacement he used?
post #70 of 85
Displacement ... you've lost me?

All I know is, after tinkering with different combinations over the last week, he has it set up to permantly ride in 5th gear (Is that what you meant?). Once he saw your pictures, he realized he could set up his deraillier as a tensioner/guide as opposed to a gear changer, thus eliminating chain movement/jumping in the conventional set-up with no wires.

By the way, he took it jumping in the bush last night with a buddy and evidently it was a success. They were covered with mud and grinning from ear to ear. There were no complaints regarding chain movement and he didn't make any adjustments when he got back so its all good for now.

Again many thanks ... a picture is worth a thousand words.

RMP
post #71 of 85
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by RMP View Post
Displacement ... you've lost me?

All I know is, after tinkering with different combinations over the last week, he has it set up to permantly ride in 5th gear (Is that what you meant?). Once he saw your pictures, he realized he could set up his deraillier as a tensioner/guide as opposed to a gear changer, thus eliminating chain movement/jumping in the conventional set-up with no wires.

By the way, he took it jumping in the bush last night with a buddy and evidently it was a success. They were covered with mud and grinning from ear to ear. There were no complaints regarding chain movement and he didn't make any adjustments when he got back so its all good for now.

Again many thanks ... a picture is worth a thousand words.

RMP
He's a pretty smart kid. Reminds me a lot of Daniel. (the kid we chatted about in your other thread)
5th gear tells me something.
What I was talking about is sprocket set up.
Mine are 32/16.
post #72 of 85
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He's a pretty smart kid. Reminds me a lot of Daniel. (the kid we chatted about in your other thread)
5th gear tells me something.
What I was talking about is sprocket set up.
Mine are 32/16.
TC,

For us old school cyclists (yes, ROAD), we refer to gearing combinations in "gear inches". For example your 32/16 would be a 52 inch gear.(may vary slightly do to tire diameter). What this refers back to is the day when the crank was attached directly to the wheel. So your 52 inch gear is like a bike with a 52 inch diameter wheel/tire. Most Euro types now use "gain ratio"....See the late (great) Sheldon Browns automated gear calculater here; http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/
post #73 of 85
Trek:

I checked when I got home and he has it set on 11th gear ... my mistake.

It's kinda neat as a dad to see him doing this. The toughest thing is keeping my distance ... and letting him do it on his own.

Take care.

RMP.
post #74 of 85
Thread Starter 
Okay folks, you're edumicating me a lot!
I'm not sure if my blonde head can take in any more information!

Whiteroom, where is my quote!?
post #75 of 85
Seriously TC, the bike industry is really messed up. You can easily find a better price on eBay than I can get, even if I sell it to you for cost, with shipping you'll pay more than you have to. If you were local to me it would make sense to have me get parts... I'm not local, so even with me giving you a TOTAL hookup, it will look like a 'not so great' deal compared to eBay... it's just how it is.
post #76 of 85
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Originally Posted by Whiteroom View Post
Seriously TC, the bike industry is really messed up. You can easily find a better price on eBay than I can get, even if I sell it to you for cost, with shipping you'll pay more than you have to. If you were local to me it would make sense to have me get parts... I'm not local, so even with me giving you a TOTAL hookup, it will look like a 'not so great' deal compared to eBay... it's just how it is.
Seriously, Whiteroom, I'd rather pay more, buying from someone I know rather than chance getting screwed with seconds or bootleg crap.
I'll pm you a list of the things I want for sure and a few that I'm thinking about.
post #77 of 85
Trek:

Thought these would make you laugh.
I told you it was ugly (LOL). I think derallieur is older than he is ...

RMP

post #78 of 85
Wow. Really creative and nicely done. I'm impressed!

He's gonna grow up to be a bike mechanic.
post #79 of 85
Volklgirl: Thanks for the nice comment...made the young lad smile. Kudos for the great job on Trek's bike ... very nice work indeed.

RMP.
post #80 of 85

An update!!!!

Thanks!

"de-Klein's" maiden voyage with TC on board


Ya gotta have Attitude for stuff like this

and this

can you tell she likes rocks?


It appeared to be love at first ride

She seemed to be surprised about her positioning on the bike, but I'll let her tell what she thought.
post #81 of 85
Thread Starter 
I ended up loving the bike, even with the different position it puts me in, compared to my HT, and FS.
The only thing I think will be a bit difficult to get used to is keeping momentum for obstacles. This will be a whole bunch of fun, and I'm sure it will make me a better rider in the long run.
What I noticed about the position on this bike, is that my wrists are straighter, with no bend. This has been much better for the finger tingling factor.
post #82 of 85
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
I ended up loving the bike, even with the different position it puts me in, compared to my HT, and FS.
The only thing I think will be a bit difficult to get used to is keeping momentum for obstacles. This will be a whole bunch of fun, and I'm sure it will make me a better rider in the long run.
why not just make your Trek Hardtail the SS?

alittle slacker and more upright riding position will help you in the technical bits more than anything.
post #83 of 85
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
why not just make your Trek Hardtail the SS?

alittle slacker and more upright riding position will help you in the technical bits more than anything.
Bushwacker, I waited to reply to this because I wanted some ride time on my SS, as well as the HT.
I really like the size, and set up of the Klein for the SS. There are dynamics about the Trek 4900 HT that make it a fun bike, just like it is, that wouldn't make it as much fun as a SS.

The Klein has been out a few times, and will take another trip tomorrow morning. Thus far......
post #84 of 85
I love seeing TC ride the Attitude . She's riding faster, stronger, and with more confidence then last year even. There's a huge change in her riding style between bikes.....what fun!
post #85 of 85
Thread Starter 
I'm lovin it!!!!
Its like the Attitude gives me an Attitude!!!
Thanks for nudging me into this project.
I did walk part way up three hills yesterday,
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