Went and bought that Hoo Koo I was asking about

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by RonSonic, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. RonSonic

    RonSonic Guest

    Gary Fisher made in Taiwan (with True Temper) Hoo Koo e Koo. Blue, 88 vintage -
    Nov, 87 date codes on the cranks. Well it's used. Looks like the original
    freewheel, a lot of wear on it and the shift wheels. Needs the cables, pads and
    such I knew it needed before I saw it. But patching a tire and some lubrication
    was enough to do some test riding. Damn, this must've been a monster bike in
    it's day. That frame is no heavier than a good road bike.

    Paid $40, it'll take another $50 to get everything sweet and then we'll see what
    I end up doing with it. If I find myself pounding lots of trail, that'll tell me
    what tires and pedals I want. If it's just running around town then slicks,
    fenders and racks.

    I am highly gruntled.

    Ron
     
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    RonSonic <[email protected]> wrote:
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    >Gary Fisher made in Taiwan (with True Temper) Hoo Koo e Koo. Blue, 88 vintage -
    >Nov, 87 date codes on the cranks. Well it's used. Looks like the original
    >freewheel, a lot of wear on it and the shift wheels. Needs the cables, pads and
    >such I knew it needed before I saw it. But patching a tire and some lubrication
    >was enough to do some test riding. Damn, this must've been a monster bike in
    >it's day. That frame is no heavier than a good road bike.
    >
    >Paid $40, it'll take another $50 to get everything sweet and then we'll see what
    >I end up doing with it. If I find myself pounding lots of trail, that'll tell me
    >what tires and pedals I want. If it's just running around town then slicks,
    >fenders and racks.
    >


    _ Do yourself a really big favor and buy a sunrace freewheel for
    it. Cheap and has hyperglide cogs ( hyperglide really does work
    and makes a big difference in shifting. )

    _ Booker C. Bense


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  3. RonSonic

    RonSonic Guest

    On Sun, 9 Jan 2005 16:52:46 +0000 (UTC), Booker C. Bense
    <[email protected]> wrote:

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    >In article <[email protected]>,
    >RonSonic <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>
    >>Gary Fisher made in Taiwan (with True Temper) Hoo Koo e Koo. Blue, 88 vintage -
    >>Nov, 87 date codes on the cranks. Well it's used. Looks like the original
    >>freewheel, a lot of wear on it and the shift wheels. Needs the cables, pads and
    >>such I knew it needed before I saw it. But patching a tire and some lubrication
    >>was enough to do some test riding. Damn, this must've been a monster bike in
    >>it's day. That frame is no heavier than a good road bike.
    >>
    >>Paid $40, it'll take another $50 to get everything sweet and then we'll see what
    >>I end up doing with it. If I find myself pounding lots of trail, that'll tell me
    >>what tires and pedals I want. If it's just running around town then slicks,
    >>fenders and racks.
    >>

    >
    >_ Do yourself a really big favor and buy a sunrace freewheel for
    >it. Cheap and has hyperglide cogs ( hyperglide really does work
    >and makes a big difference in shifting. )


    Thanks for the tip. Was just looking at one of those online. Very reasonably
    priced. Always good when the cheaper option is one that comes recommended as
    being better.

    My initial impulse was to just go single speed, but that perverse rear brake is
    right where the chain would go.

    Ron
     
  4. maxo

    maxo Guest

    On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 05:33:48 +0000, RonSonic wrote:

    > My initial impulse was to just go single speed, but that perverse rear brake is
    > right where the chain would go.
    >
    > Ron


    use a tensioner (like the surly singulator) to get it out of the way or go
    fixed and remove the offending brake altogether, keeping the front. :p
     
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    >My initial impulse was to just go single speed, but that perverse rear brake is
    >right where the chain would go.
    >


    _ I tried that on mine for a while with an old campy derailler as
    a tensioner. Didn't really work all that well due to not being
    able to get a decent chainline just by redishing the rear wheel.
    IMHO, single speed with a tensioner seems like the worst of
    all possible worlds. All the weight branch catching possiblities
    of a derailler and none of the gears. My version of that bike
    has vertical dropouts.

    _ Booker C. Bense



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  6. RonSonic

    RonSonic Guest

    On Mon, 10 Jan 2005 20:52:50 +0000 (UTC), Booker C. Bense
    <[email protected]> wrote:

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    >In article <[email protected]>,
    >RonSonic <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>My initial impulse was to just go single speed, but that perverse rear brake is
    >>right where the chain would go.
    >>

    >
    >_ I tried that on mine for a while with an old campy derailler as
    >a tensioner. Didn't really work all that well due to not being
    >able to get a decent chainline just by redishing the rear wheel.
    >IMHO, single speed with a tensioner seems like the worst of
    >all possible worlds. All the weight branch catching possiblities
    >of a derailler and none of the gears. My version of that bike
    >has vertical dropouts.


    I'm thinking much the way you are. What's the point if it isn't light, sleek and
    simple. Even with the vertical drops, a 38x18 looks on paper like it might just
    work.

    A new freewheel is only about 12$ and the only thing wrong with the der is a
    broken adjuster so fixing the thing isn't a big deal.

    Ron
     
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