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Gear Talk / Re: I Found and Purchased My New Bike
« on: March 02, 2014, 03:57:50 pm »
Thanks DaveB! I understand you can not convert an existing quill fork to thread less. I have a thread less suspension fork on another bike I was thinking of using. When I installed it I did not cut it down so I have plenty of material to work with. My question was I guess is can you replace the existing pressed in bearings with a thread less bearing set into the headset.

Gear Talk / Re: I Found and Purchased My New Bike
« on: March 01, 2014, 07:17:56 pm »
Interesting conversation on powder coating! Something I never thought about the temps they use for the process. I will inquire about that. As far as the durability of the powder coating process I am not sure about that but just look at it as a quick and simple way to refresh a frame. I have purchased some 26 x 1.50 tires and will be ordering my trekking bars. From some images I have seen it looks like I may be able to use the shifters I already have. One question I do have is can you convert from quill style fork to a thread less fork. I have an air suspension front fork I would like to use if possible. No big deal if it doesn't work. Also would like to increase 7 spd. hub to maybe 8 or 9. Just thinking out loud here and throwing ideas out. I will be adding my Brooks B17 and an early thud buster seat post to see how it rides but this is trial and error time to see what will work. Getting kinda excited about all of this and can't wait to do an overnight or three night trip as a shake down for me and equipment. Stay tuned!!

Gear Talk / I Found and Purchased My New Bike
« on: February 22, 2014, 04:14:53 pm »
Well my search is over. After much thought and research I have nixed the Cannondale I was looking at and found a Trek 970 in my size I am going to build into a trekking bike. I want to be able to ride rail trails and do road touring. I have one of the first Trek VRX full suspension bikes that I am going to attempt a parts swap on to the 970. Fist thing is to purchase some trekking bars and get my Brooks B-17 and Thudbuster seat post onto the bike.The bike was owned by a former bike shop owner and he has gone through everything and tuned it up. The frame has a few chips and scratches. I am thinking about stripping it and doing a powder coat paint job. If anyone has one of these bikes they did an upgrade or knows of someone that has done an upgrade please let me know I would like to pick their brain for some ideas. And the transition begins!!

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: February 09, 2014, 08:49:20 am »
Y'all are really helpful. I have settled on finding a Trek 950,970,or 990 preferably the 970 or 990. Now my question is what is the difference in the three models? If the common factor is the frame I can work with that . So is the determining factor of the different model numbers the components? I think I would like a front suspension frame due to me wanting to do some rail trail tours. C&S I appreciate your tips on cost saving purchases. Trust me I am on a very limited budget and I already have a stable of Trek bikes I can cannibalize parts from. I really like your thinking!! I don't know if I mentioned this but I found a sweet Trek 970 in Canada that has already been upgraded. The price is right I am just trying to figure out if the shipping will put me over the top of my budget. Any one have cost saving suggestions for shipping items from Canada? I would love to drive up there but don't have the time.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: February 04, 2014, 06:50:30 am »
I just lost an ebay sale on a Trek 720 frame and fork. It went for $408.00 I have found a Trek 970 built like a LHT. It has many upgrades. Trouble is it's in Canada and I have not recieved a comment from owner. After doing some more research on the Old Treks site I discovered Trek made a 990 also. I think I am leaning towards the Trek 970 or 990 to build up as a touring bike. I base this on my plans to do some rail trail tours using upgraded rail beds (no asphalt). Any way if you see any 970 or 990 let me know.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: February 01, 2014, 03:49:56 pm »
I looked at the Cannondale today and I must say it is in excellent condition!! The Suntour butterfly shifters are indexed and the bike is impressive. I did notice it would be difficult to add fenders and wider tires though. Front fork looks to be steel and not stock. Very hard to pass this up but I will keep looking. It is a ST1000 not a T1000. It has all the brazeons for racks. I am leaning towards a BoB trailer instead of panniers so I am not sure about the ability of the aluminum chainstays supporting a trailer.Bottom bracket and all joints looked good with no cracking visible. I could do a UT test on it to verify this but I am looking at some steel frame bikes also. Leaving my options open.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: January 31, 2014, 06:58:14 am »
CanvasAndSteel I did not ssee the Surly!! Looks interesting and very close by so I could go and look at. Only issue I see right now is size so I do need to look at it.Did the LHT conme with 26" wheels? The owner said he used mtb parts. Just wondering. What search source are you using for Craigs List?

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: January 30, 2014, 09:03:51 pm »
Thanks everyone lots to consider. Here is the link that way y'all can look at it.
I actually found it using Search Tempest which is a link accessing Craigslist on covers larger area. It has quite a few photo's.

Gear Talk / Re: Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: January 30, 2014, 08:53:17 am »
Thanks for the reply Canvas and Steel. I have not looked at the bike yet and the asking price is $500.00. Only saw photo's and I will be looking at it this weekend.. I have really been looking for a steel Trek 720 but all the ones I find are too big,too far away or the asking price is RIDICULOUSLY HIGH! I am talking in the $600 - $1,000 range. I know this is petty but I am really set on a bike made in the United States and a Trek. All my bikes are Treks so I would like to stay with one brand. My other alternative is an early 80's steel Trek preferably cyclo cross/hybrid or any other American made steel framed hybrid / touring bike. I am not in a hurry but would like to really find something soon because this is the year I want to start doing some touring. My children are grown and out of the house so this is my time now!!  ;)

Gear Talk / Looking For Cannondale TX1000 Info - Who Has or Had One
« on: January 29, 2014, 07:23:19 pm »
I am currently looking for a touring bike and have found a Cannondale TX1000 that is in my size. Does anyone have any information or experience riding this particular bike. It is all aluminum so I am not sure about the ride quality. It does have all Suntour components but if I purchase it I can always swap out for better components. Let me know what you think of this bike.

Classifieds / Re: FS - Rans Vrex recumbent bike
« on: February 27, 2012, 04:44:12 pm »
Any photos?

Gear Talk / Hub Generator Lights
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:45:09 pm »
I am looking for some suggestions on any ones experience with the hub generator system. I currently use a battery / LED type light but am thinking of going to a generator set up. What are your thoughts,experience and cost?

Gear Talk / Re: Cycling Shorts vs. Padded Liners?
« on: December 28, 2011, 06:36:42 pm »
I have used cycling shorts and liners in my shorts. I have worn out the liners on my bibs (I only wear bibs) and tried a pair of liners from REI with my worn out shorts and they work great. I also saved some money this way. I also ride a Brooks B-17 and will not ride on any other saddle!!!!I have spent $100's of dollars on saddles and the B-17 is the best for me. Some FYI if you buy liners buy the liner the same size as your normal sized skivvies. Liners come in small,med,large,x-large. For example if you wear 34-36 skivvies a large liner will work. Hope that helps. I ride road and mtb and so far all is well. Good Luck!! Ride Safe  8)

Classifieds / WTB Trek 720
« on: October 06, 2011, 06:35:08 pm »
I am new to bike touring not cycling in general. I have researched different bikes and I currently own 6 Treks I am a Trek nut so....I am looking for a Trek 720 made in America bike. I know they are far and few but I am holding out that I will find one. I am 5'-9" with an inseam of 30". From what I have figured out I would need a 19" - 20" frame or 54cm to 56cm. I would take a complete bike or a frame and fork combination.If you have one that you would like to sell or know of one for sale please e-mail me or call. Thanks for your help and I hope to see you on the roads of America.

Alan Osborne

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South / Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: October 06, 2011, 10:40:57 am »
Has any one here done the Trace from end to end? I am thinking of doing this ride in the near future and trying to decide if I want to do it fully self contained or have a sag follow. What time of year would be a good time also. Also advise on camping facilities and what to expect as far as elevation changes. I will most likely start at the Nashville end and go south. If I do fully supported I need to figure out how to get back to N'ville or return back to my home in North Carolina.
Augie dog

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