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    HELP! I teared off the eyelets (?) holding my water bottle!

    A couple of days ago I parked my bike on a wooden bench, but then it fell off to the other side. With such luck that the bottle cage hit a rock on the ground, and since it was carrying a bottle full of water, the impact pulled both bottle and cage from the frame, tearing off the bolts and also...
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    Surly Troll and LHT discontinued. Their forks presumably too

    Surly has recently announced the discontinuation of those models, and another 2. But relevant to this forum might be the likely discontinuation of their forks as upgrades. Many retro mtbs have been saved thanks to a Troll or LHT fork replacement. The Disk Trucker will remain in production, but...
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    How much are your bikes really worth (retro or not)?

    Discussing recently with a friend, we could not agree on what is the "average" price of bikes that most people have. If you read some "enthusiast" road cycling magazines, it seems to be 3000$-4000$, online channels "test" bikes well above 2000$, while when I go out riding, most people I meet...
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    1x conversions: the new way to mess well preserved classics?

    Everybody can do whatever they want with their own bikes, but I've noticed lately many people using perfectly preserved retro mtbs and doing "1X" conversions. Will this become the new trend to ruin classic mtb's like the fixie fashion ruined plenty gorgeous Colnagos, Peugeots and other classy...
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    Interview to UltraRomance in Bikepacking.com (retro bits)

    Not sure if you know this guy (Ultra Romance, Benedict, Poppi, and many other names). He's a popular "personality" in the bike world, mostly due to his opinions different to many and his "don't give a sh#t" look. Anyway, he's been recently interviewed in popular website Bikepacking.com about...
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    Slow death of 7 speed cassettes?

    I was looking for a new 7 speed cassette in my usual online shop, and the one I always pick, HG-50 in either 13-34 or 14-32 flavour was not even listed. I quickly checked other few shops where I have bought in the past and nothing. Then I did a more comprehensive search, and it seems to confirm...
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    Help finding new 26" rigid fork

    Hi, After ruining my original fork (or so I think, see viewtopic.php?f=1&t=387843) I finally decided to look for a replacement. The fact that now 26" is out of fashion, and that I'm a bit picky with my requirements, is making it hard to find a suitable replacement, so I thought I'd ask here...
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    Chain longevity: swapping chains or keeping same for longer?

    Slowly building a retrobike for a long touring trip starting in about a year. I'm still debating if staying with 7/8 speed or going to 9 (only because I can find a 36t cassette). Nevertheless, I read often that the best to keep the components running for longer is to go with 2 chains and swap...
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    Deore DX rear derailleur & 36T sprocket?

    I know my long cage Deore DX derailleur has a max. capacity of 32T (according to Shimano). However, since I also use my bike to pull my kid's trailer, I was playing with the idea of using a 9sp 12-36 cassette to protect my knees. Is it possible to get decent shifting if I go for a 36T sprocket...
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    Have I ruined my Tange Big Fork?

    I have a '92 Trek 950 with a nice Tange Big Fork. I did a long overdue overhaul last year and noticed the headset had "brinelling". According to Sheldon Brown, the solution was either to install a new headset, or cheap as I am, to replace the caged bearings for loose ones. I'm just back from a...
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    I sold a bike today, and it felt great

    I see many posts here about someone getting another bike, a barn find, a great deal on ebay, etc. Which is all fine. But just for the sake of change, I want to tell my recent story about a bike I sold Same as most of us here, I've also fallen into the vicious circle of lurking into second hand...
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    How to overhaul these '91 flat pedals?

    They came with a '91 Scott Windriver which according to catalogue should come with Wellgo LU 893 pedals, but all images in Google show a slightly different pedal (Scott is anyway known for speccing their bikes differently in each local market regardless of what the catalogue says). I'd like to...
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    Cantilever studs properly welded to fork?

    Just bought online a rigid 26" fork for one of my bikes. Checking it for potential issues, I've noticed one of the cantilever studs has a funny shape where it welds into the fork leg on the underside. Is this ok? Could it just be a leftover from paint? Distance between studs is 84mm, and I read...
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    Trek anti-chainsuck plate. Needed?

    Hi, My '92 Trek 950 came with the below chainsuck plate. Not sure if it was badly designed or badly installed, but what it actually did was to make it harder to release the chain each time it got sucked. I wanted to remove it but my LBS said I shouldn't or I would lose the Trek frame warranty...
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    Looking for a new rigid steel mtb/hybrid

    I need your help! Currently looking for a new bike (to replace 2-3 bikes I’m planning in selling in the next months) and it seems the market doesn’t have (or I can’t find) what I’m looking for. I need to reduce my bike collection to make room to the newly arrived baby & his gadgets (pram, bike...
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    Bicycle suspension is evil

    That is the title of the latest column from Bikesnob in Outside magazine, to which I couldn't agree more. He points out the first component to get obsolete in a bike is the suspension, and that's why all my retrobikes are fully rigid (the modern ones too!). Best quote: "a great rigid bike...
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    Deore XT RD-M735 NOS

    Hi, Baby has arrived and I need to slowly get rid of my crap to make room for his. Most of my stuff is not worth the effort, but I have an XT rear derailleur, from 1992, NOS still on its original box. It's the long cage version. How much should I sell it for? Looking at the online classifieds...
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    Why black rims are more expensive than silver?

    Looking to replace one of the wheels in my bike, and like with most classics, silver fits better. Looking around at models available in both black and silver, the black is always a little bit more expensive (to my luck!). Why is that? Fashion? or the black anodizing requires a more expensive...
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    Deore LX pedals, worth overhauling?

    I removed these pedals from the bike from my father in-law. Quite rusted and the left one with a lot of play. If it didn't say they are Deore LX, I would throw them in the bin, but... Is it worth restoring? If so, do you know of an online guide on how to overhaul them? The axle is hard to reach...
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    Hercules with Sachs 5000 (late 80s?)

    I just got this bike from a work colleague. She's going back to Singapore and found out I fix and donate bikes for the refugees here in Germany, so she gave me her bike for donation. I only had to do minimal maintenance and replace the worn out chain. Most significant on the bike is the nearly...
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