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  1. cloudhead

    An interesting 1980's Paramount frame

    Hello, I recently "won" this 1986 frame on ebay. What caught my attention were all the eyelets. At first I thought they may have been added on at a later time, but scouring the web, I did see a couple other Paramounts built this way--but just a couple. A serial number was provided...
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    Leaky cycling shades with a deviated septum

    I have a dumb question... My adventurous life has caused me to break my nose more than once, resulting in a bit of deviation. And because of it, speeds above 30mph cause air to leak through the glasses' nosepiece and cause one eye to water up...not good. Just wondering if anyone else whos...
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    Can I swap my 105 calipers with Veloce?

    Hi there, I am building up a "fast commuter" bike which I am outfitting with Campagnolo Veloce that I got for a great deal. My favorite bike has 105 calipers and levers. I am curious if I can swap the 105's with the Veloce's because they are very nice-looking calipers that would look...
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    Thule 9003 Raceway platform rack mounting question

    Hello, about 6 weeks ago I picked up a Thule 9003 raceway rack, which is the trunk-mount rack with platforms instead of hangars. It's a fantastic rack and is normally mounted on my Audi A4, but I just mounted it on a Mazda 3 4-door, which has a much shorter trunk lid, but is listed and approved...
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    Wheel doesn't fit in dropout

    Hello, I scored a pretty cool used Ciöcc frame (COM 12.5 steel), and have enough components around to tinker up something to ride, hopefully, as a fast commuter. But the rear wheel doesn't fit in the derailleur-side dropout, as seen in the photo. Is this something fixable, or has this...
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    Verge and Craft clothing: Good stuff for tall riders

    Hi there. I like to spread the word when I find something that fits, and I got a jacket by Verge and a jersey by Craft, and both fit great. I am 6'7" with a 38" sleeve for reference. Craft is a little easier to find than Verge, as Verge is mostly custom. Hope this helps anyone trying to...
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    My (almost) restored 1985 Trek 720

    Hi there, I am so proud of how this turned out that I had to post a pic to someone who understands... Still working on her, needs thousands of adjustments and tweaks, but she's finally ridable. I'll be getting a better paint job soon and fenders and front rack are on their way. I had this...
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    Old Simplex derailleur not playing nice with my crank

    Hello, any friction experts out there? I am restoring a touring bike from 1985 (Trek 720) and am having some issues with the derailleur and crank. The derailleur is a Simplex Pro LJ touring model, with a Velo Orange Grand Cru 50.4BCD (basically a TA reproduction). When at the highest...
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    2011 Campagnolo Centaur - Opinions?

    Hi, I'm having a lugged steel road frame built (Dale Saso) and am seeking a nice group for it. My mechanic recommended Centaur in allow for a nice balance of performance, looks and value. I don't race, but I like to ride fast, and I'm looking for a group that would complement this frame in...
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    custom tailoring for jerseys?

    Hi there, I am 6'7" with a large focus of the height on my torso, and have just recently given up on finding off-the-rack clothing. Anyone my height knows the dozens of reasons why it's not working out. The few suppliers out there have a couple items that 'fit', but with many additional...
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    Velo-Orange: opinions?

    Hi there, Restoring a touring bike from 1985 has led me to the site for Velo-Orange a lot: Velo Orange home page I did make a small order from them for brake shoes, a bell and some Nitto noodlebars and am happy with the service. I like their niche, in keeping bicycles durable and...
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    crank and bb for an older bike

    Hi, I have a Trek from 1985 and need to get a new crank and bottom bracket. It's a realm I am not too familiar with. Its a touring bike, so I am looking at triple cranksets. I had the rear of the frame spread to 130mm so I can fit a modern wheelset, not sure if that affects the decision of...
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    Component advice for an upgrade Trek Touring bike

    Hello, I am about to get my '85 Trek 720 frame back from the repair shop with the cantilever bosses moved and rear spread to fit modern 700c/130mm wheels. I need to get a new wheelset & freewheel/cogs etc, and am looking for tips. I also need a new crank set--the existing one did not...
  14. cloudhead

    Modify Trek 720, or new Long Haul Trucker?

    Hi, I've been caught up in the hopes of restoring my 1985 Trek 720, but to do so, I want to have it modified to fit a modern 700c wheelset--27" has just become too hard to find locally. But this also will require modifying the bosses for the cantilevers as well. I have learned that all the...
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    Wheelset suggestions to upgrade a Trek 720?

    Hi, I am going to get a new wheelset for my 1985 Trek 720. The cantilevers reach 700c with ease. I will need to get the rear of the frame spread to accommodate a modern hub--the current is a Maillard Helicomatic and its pretty old. I'm looking for dark anodized rims (trying to keep the...
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    Where to get a frame spread in/near San Jose, CA?

    Hi, I need to spread my steel frame from 1985 to accommodate a more modern rear hub. It is a process I would rather not do myself. I am looking for a shop that handles this kind of job. Any suggestions near San Jose, CA? Thank you. -Court
  17. cloudhead

    small dent in 531 frame

    Hello, I would like to know if the dent in my frame is causing any risk to the frame itself. I dented it years ago in a crash and then the bike was put in storage for a while (yeah it was one of those kinds of crashes). It's a Reynolds 531 frame of a 1985 Trek 720 Touring bike. The dent is...
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    Gravel sticking to the tires

    Hello, on my new road bike, i get a coating of gravel on the tires as I ride. Much of it does not fall off when I continue riding, and causes an annoying tick-tick-tick sound, as if the tire was covered in thorns. Is this normal for a road tire? Not sure if they are just cheap "stock" tires...
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    Seeking 27" Touring/Randonneur tires

    Hello, I'm looking for some good tires for my 27"x17mm Matrix Titan T rims from long enough ago that tires are hard to find. All the local shops just have 1-1/8" wide road/racing tires. A quick internet search shows most of the tires I like to be 700c. Anyone have any suggestions for a...
  20. cloudhead

    friction only (or switchable) bar end shifters

    Hello, I am in need of replacing some worn-out bar end shifters on a 1985 Trek 720 touring bike that I am restoring. The existing are Suntour. Rear is 5 cogs, front 3 cogs, Sachs-Huret Duopar derailleur. I'm trying to keep as much of it original as possible, but since this will be a...