A gentleman's bike

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Post by Thunktank » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:46 pm

Thanks Mojo. It's a couple of inches too large for me anyway. Just as well under the circumstances.

Oh yeah, you live in Boulder, I love that town! I tried to convince my wife to move there about eight years ago, but she hates the cold in winter and needs her beach nearby.
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Oct 19, 2009 1:59 pm

Thunktank wrote:Thanks Mojo. It's a couple of inches too large for me anyway. Just as well under the circumstances.

Oh yeah, you live in Boulder, I love that town! I tried to convince my wife to move there about eight years ago, but she hates the cold in winter and needs her beach nearby.
No worries. And just a note on frame sizing. Most everyone I know rides frames that are too small. For more on that, see Riv's take on it:

http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_fit ... frame_size
http://www.rivbike.com/article/bike_fit ... g_position

And yeah, wish we still loved Boulder. 12 years ago when we moved here it was great. We still love the weather (more sunny days per year than Miami). We don't really have cold winters, believe it or not. However, the absence of ocean is what has finally pushed us over the edge. We'll be settling down somewhere with ocean nearby. We love sailing too much.

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Post by ArtGuy » Mon Oct 19, 2009 2:49 pm

What tires are on the bike pictured on this thread?
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Post by LushMojo » Mon Oct 19, 2009 6:48 pm

MrMerd wrote:What tires are on the bike pictured on this thread?
Jack Brown Blues. They're 33.3333333333 mm. And yes, I've partaken of the Grant Petersen Kool-Aid. Careful when reading the Riv site. You may get indoctrinated.

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Post by ArtGuy » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:34 am

Wow coming from more of a road racing perspective those tires seem really wide. However, my plans for the Raleigh is to make it into a long distance touring bike. Maybe the wider tires would not be a bad idea. I have dreams of decking it out with leather accents, bags and the like, and then Randonneuring the hell out of it.
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Post by LushMojo » Tue Oct 20, 2009 9:53 am

MrMerd wrote:Wow coming from more of a road racing perspective those tires seem really wide. However, my plans for the Raleigh is to make it into a long distance touring bike. Maybe the wider tires would not be a bad idea. I have dreams of decking it out with leather accents, bags and the like, and then Randonneuring the hell out of it.
Read this and be enlightened, grasshopper.

http://www.rivbike.com/article/components/tires

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Post by ArtGuy » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:07 pm

hmmmm, it does pose a strong argument.
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Post by LushMojo » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:36 pm

MrMerd wrote:hmmmm, it does pose a strong argument.
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Post by ArtGuy » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:45 pm

I am keeping 700 x 25's on my Redline, but the Raleigh will probably go with something wider. I really like how the tan sidewalls have the look of the old tubulars while still being clinchers. Wider would be better for commuting to work in too.
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Post by LushMojo » Tue Oct 20, 2009 12:48 pm

MrMerd wrote:I am keeping 700 x 25's on my Redline, but the Raleigh will probably go with something wider. I really like how the tan sidewalls have the look of the old tubulars while still being clinchers. Wider would be better for commuting to work in too.
It's stunning what a difference it makes.

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Post by Kirk1701 » Tue Oct 20, 2009 3:11 pm

LushMojo wrote:
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Kirk1701 wrote:Those bikes are ghey.
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Post by LushMojo » Wed Nov 04, 2009 10:50 am

I just rewrapped my bars. The cloth tape that was on there was brown with one coat of shellac. It didn't match the Brooks saddle (Brooks' honey color), so I applied the age old recipe for matching cloth bar tape to honey color - yellow cloth bar tape and four coats of amber shellac. The results are up on my A. Homer Hilsen Flickr set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lushmojo/s ... 487877499/

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Post by colton » Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:08 pm

I've been slowly modifying my Kona Dew, and I think it can finally be called a gentleman's bike. New appointments include a front bag, sprung saddle, porteur bars, and leather bar tape by Velo-Orange; Schwable Marathon tires; a Nitto Mark's Rack.

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Post by hamartolos » Sat May 08, 2010 12:04 am

I ride a Cadex 980C fitted with a Shimano 180 suite, bargain basement end of road bikes. The previous owner kept it well tuned because he rode it in Baja California. Really love how the gears change without any chatter.

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Post by ArtGuy » Tue Aug 24, 2010 9:10 am

I took that Raleigh and made it into my own Gentleman's Bike. Can I join your club now?

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Post by Bigwill » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:33 pm

jruegg wrote:Image
Is that really yours? Looks like an Exile Cycle...nice.
And what is good, Phaedrus, and what is not good? Need we ask anyone to tell us these things?

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Post by jruegg » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:38 pm

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Is that really yours? Looks like an Exile Cycle...nice.
I WISH IT WAS MINE!!! That is an Exile Cycle and it goes for about $50,000! 8O

Can't afford that on my pastor's salary.


...should I post this in that other thread? :wink:
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Post by Bigwill » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:40 pm

jruegg wrote:
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jruegg wrote:Image
Is that really yours? Looks like an Exile Cycle...nice.
I WISH IT WAS MINE!!! That is an Exile Cycle and it goes for about $50,000! 8O

Can't afford that on my pastor's salary.


...should I post this in that other thread? :wink:
$50,000 for a rigid??? Is the frame made out of gold or something? 8O 8O 8O
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Post by jruegg » Tue Aug 24, 2010 10:43 pm

Bigwill wrote:
jruegg wrote:
Bigwill wrote:
jruegg wrote:Image
Is that really yours? Looks like an Exile Cycle...nice.
I WISH IT WAS MINE!!! That is an Exile Cycle and it goes for about $50,000! 8O

Can't afford that on my pastor's salary.


...should I post this in that other thread? :wink:
$50,000 for a rigid??? Is the frame made out of gold or something? 8O 8O 8O
Almost all of Exile's bikes run in the 50k's. With a knuckle head motor option, the price is $65,000.

Exile's bikes are pretty pricey but.... they're hand made, custom cycles. Not only that, but they are pretty innovative as well. This one features a suicide shifter nob. Notice the red button on the nob? It's like an emergency brake for when you have to start on a hill. Pretty cool, huh?
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