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location Los Angeles, CA
age 25
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seen Aug 7 '11 at 2:10

I'm an alumnus of UC Santa Barbara where I was on the cycling team. I also broadcasted sports for KCSB-FM 91.9 while I was there. I love working on bikes and making wheels. I have helped many of my friends with all kinds of repairs, and I hope I can help you get your bike working well, too.


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revised Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
apology and correction added for earlier accidentally inaccurate description
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comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
If there are hubs I can get that would work on the bike that I can lace to proper-sized clincher rims, I can store the original wheels and use clinchers without destroying them. But I need to know where to look to find comparable hubs to start the process.
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comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
Yeah, I know. I really home I'm not sounding rude with my comments -- I have no intention to -- I just want to stay as true as possible to the original while making it possible for me to have the be able to repair the inevitable flat without having to get a friend to follow me around in a car with spare wheels with already-set glue jobs. And since wheelsets can be expensive, I don't want to get the wrong one and be SOL.
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comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
where should I look for NOS parts? Should I look to lace my own wheels (which I have done on numerous occasions) or should I look for whole wheels? Would whole wheels be likely to have old, worn spokes which would render them basically useless? Should I go to bike cooperatives to look there? So many questions! Naturally, I'm very interested to know.
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comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
the bike has an aluminum frame, and I want to replace as few parts as possible. I want to get it working properly again because it had been sitting, unused in his attic for most of my life, with most of its use coming before I was born. I don't want to force anything, and I don't want it to look tacky. I think I would get more pleasure out of riding this bike, given its history and sentimental value, than I would riding a carbon bike with dura ace or sram red.
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comment Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
@zenbike I have no intention of making permanent changes. I understand what this bike is, but at this point I'm not looking to sell it to a collector, I'm looking to ride it. Sure, I could sell it and get a pretty decent road bike with modern technology, but that's not the point of the gift. I plan to keep the current wheels but ride on other wheels.
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asked Does it matter which cassette I get for downtube friction shifters?
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comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
@ʍǝɥʇɐɯ When my dad and I were riding bikes this morning, we were approaching a red light. I clipped out with my right foot to put it on the curb, but a road hazard I saw only at the last moment required that I swerve left. The sharp swivel of the handlebar at about 0.5mph caused me to tip over, and I ended up on the ground. It so happened that I had forgotten my gloves this morning. I had some minor scrapes on my left leg and forearm, but I'm lucky my hands were okay. So, yeah, gloves are important. Take it from someone who knows....
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comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
@chrisw electronic shifting setups are likely to be prohibitively expensive for this purpose. They cost upwards of US$1500, and to my understanding, the shifting mechanisms mimic their cabled counterparts.
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comment isn't a fixie without a full chain guard a safety hazard?
I am confused about how the chainguard protects the chain from wear. If you're talking about dirt, the chain guard only protects from one side -- and that's the side that is farther away from the tire that can kick up dirt and water and other grime.
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comment Electra Shifter (Revoshift) is hard to turn
Go to your lbs with your wife and have her try bikes with any shimano trigger shifter. If she can shift comfortably, swap out the part. If she can't, it's back to the drawing board. Good luck!
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