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Classifieds / Brooks B33 triple rail sprung saddle
« on: June 28, 2023, 04:25:05 pm »
I have a cruiser saddle for sale. It's a Brooks B33 saddle that has the triple rails and springs. Selling for $120 including PayPal and shipping in CONUS.
E a g l e w h e e l (at) h o t m a i l (dot) c o m

Classifieds / Re: Serotta Touring bike 59c ST 56c TT
« on: May 09, 2019, 09:55:41 pm »
Bike sold pending payment

Classifieds / Serotta Touring bike 59c ST 56c TT
« on: May 05, 2019, 09:36:12 pm »
I have been asked by the family to help sell a Serotta Touring bike. It was well used, but taken good care of mechanically. The frame is from the 90s with 9 speed Deore XT components and is a 59cm and it was built with a 56cm top tube. All the scratches are included free.
Asking $700 plus actual freight.
Contact me if you want more images and or have questions.
eaglewheel [at] hotmail DOT com

Classifieds / FS Selle Italia Vintage Mitica saddle (leather saddle)
« on: December 05, 2018, 07:58:08 pm »
It doesn't fit my butt, so it must go. Selle Italia leather saddle including tin of proof hide and adjustment wrench. The saddle is not vintage, that's the model name. Very nice design with brass inserts in the rivets.

$115 includes PayPal and freight.

Classifieds / FS Rivet Independence AllRoad saddle (leather saddle)
« on: December 05, 2018, 07:54:32 pm »
It just doesn't fit my butt (and I replaced the saddle rails on my Brooks and would prefer to ride that). So it goes up for sale. Rivet leather saddle. Includes travel cover and adjustment wrench.

$140 including PayPal and freight.

Gear Talk / Re: How to pack my sleeping bag
« on: April 21, 2016, 12:20:29 pm »
If I had a 20 degree bag, I would be sleeping on top of it.

Gear Talk / Soma DC review.
« on: April 20, 2016, 04:17:56 pm »
This is a short review of the bike I just assembled; a SOMA DC bike. This bike has both disc brake bosses and the cantilever bosses are included (thus the name Disc and Cantilevers), but not installed.

The head tube on this bike should be called military grade. Wow, that's some beefy head tube. Pressing the headset was a real job. Normally the walls of the headtube give a little and the headset squeezes in. Not on this bike. You don't need to worry as much about ovalizing this head tube. The head tube is extra long and give you a good extra inch and a half above the top tube, so you need fewer spacers for those who don't like the look.

The frame builds up easily with a straight and square frame with clean threads and a square face on the head tube and bottom bracket. The geometry is the same as the previous models, so riding is the same. Nice low bottom bracket for people like me with big feet for extra clearance with panniers. Good looking paint in what's called "Cobalt Blue" but it is not really THAT blue. Just a nice, sensible blue that won't make you think years from now that you should have gotten something more sensible in color.

The bike easily has room for the 700x47 Top Contact tires I mounted on it. In fact, maybe enough room for fenders also.

Some heavy duty racks mount on the canti bosses. So someone should make an adapter to make that easier. My Old Man Mountian racks would look good on this bike.

Gear Talk / Re: Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« on: January 15, 2015, 09:22:38 pm »
It depends on:
The total number of spokes; imagine the tension on 48 spokes if you make them as tight as a 28 spoke wheel
The weight of the rider; A tandem or loaded touring bike needs more tension.

The reason is this: the wheel is only as strong as the tension on the spoke the wheel is STANDING on. If those spokes go slack as the wheel rotates, the wheel is likely to fail.

Spoke pattern and other things are lesser reasons for a wheel to fail.

Typically, for a 32 spoke wheel an normal rider etc, most people try for 100kgf. This is below the tension where if you grab the spokes and squeeze real hard, the wheel will take a "set" and be crooked. Kind of like you did in your experiment.

You should read Sheldon Brown's website. It is a no bull or marketing spin place:

South / Re: Cycling The Natchez Trace
« on: January 14, 2015, 11:03:14 pm »
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

Support is not far off the trail all along the way. But none on the trail itself. Spring is better than fall. The wind will be harder from the south as the summer comes on. Summer time is VERY hot and makes camping brutal. The north end has a lot more hills than the south, but none of them are very hard. The Natchez trace was a path of least resistance back to Nashville after floating barges down to Natchez from the North.

Gear Talk / Re: Too tight spokes causes wheel buckling.
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:48:11 pm »
While you are experimenting, I have a few facts for you. Spokes are three times stronger then they need to be to build a strong wheel. If the spokes are a "little" too tight, they will crack the rim. The hub is the next strongest component and would crack next. The spoke would not break if too tight. Spokes break on wheels because they are not tight enough. The wheel rotating with a load cold works the spokes until they become so brittle, they snap.
So spoke too loose, the spokes break. Spokes too tight, the wheel fails.

South / Permanent route change in Louisiana (bad news and good news)
« on: June 05, 2011, 06:12:50 pm »
The Ferry from New Roads to St Francisville has been shut down during the flood of 11. The ferry will not re open. It is shut down permanently.
But there is good news. The John James Audubon Bridge was opened to take it's place early. So just south of St Francisville, there is a new bridge crossing the mighty Mississippi river.
There was a problem in the first days, since the bike lane was covered in reflectors layed out to make rumble strips. But Baton Rouge cycling club got it fixed and also had the local sheriff correct his deputies and make them quit telling the cyclists they weren't allowed to cross.

Temporary ACA Route Road Closures / NOTICE Melville Ferry in Louisiana
« on: December 27, 2010, 07:22:13 pm »
I thought that all of you who want to take the Southern Tier route across Louisiana might want to know that the Melville Ferry has been shut down as soon as the cane cutting is over this year due to budget cuts at the state level. This is expected to be a permanent shutdown. Auto and farm traffic is expected to use highways to the north and south. I DO NOT SUGGEST trying to ride on US190 to detour.
There has been an alternate route because for many years now, since the ferry was not completely reliable. When it would break down, it could take a long time to repair. You should now use only this alternate route.
Years ago, there was a plan to cantilever a bike lane onto the railroad bridge across the Atchafalaya River, but with current budget constraints, I doubt that it will happen any time soon.
There is a new bridge being built across the Mississippi River at New Roads (that was started before the budget crunch), and that might offer another opportunity there, but that won't help you get across the river at Melville.

Classifieds / Two Serotta Rapid Tour Ti bikes
« on: June 22, 2007, 12:55:13 pm »
last chance before they go to ebay!
I am selling these for customers of my bike shop. More details and photos if you email me. Eagle Wheel at Hot Mail dot com. (put together)

Serotta Rapid Tour Ti 57x52 (Legend Frame)
Serotta Rapid Tour for sale

This is a light duty touring bike built for credit card touring, not great for being fully loaded.

Owner has replaced the bike with a Bike Friday for travel use.

Frame, Fork:
Serotta custom Titanium with rapid tour geometry giving room for panniers and relaxed handling. Big boy blue in color. Rock Shox Ruby road fork.

Size: Frame is 57stx52ttcm

Components: Profile bar and stem. Sachs New Success shift brake levers. Shimano XTR Front and rear derailleur, 12-28 tooth 8 speed cogset Dura Ace brakes. Ritchey Logic cold forged crankset 48-38-28. Wheels: Phil touring hubs, 36 DT spokes Mavic T217 rims. Synchros Ti seatpost with Terry saddle. Cateye cordless computer, Trek touring rack.

This bike has a dent on the top tube that is a cosmetic blemish.
Selling for $2,500.00

Rapid tour 54x52 Ti (legend Frame)
Serotta Rapid Tour (Legend Frame) for sale

This is a light duty touring bike built for credit card touring, not being fully loaded.

Owner is replacing the bike with a coupled bike for ease of travel.


Serotta custom Titanium with rapid tour geometry giving room for panniers and relaxing the handling. Serotta steel fork. Frame is 54x52


Components: Terry Ladys bar and 75mm stem with spinachi clip-ons. Sachs New Success shift-brake levers. Shimano XTR Front and rear derailleur, 12-34 tooth 8 speed cogset Dura Ace brakes. Ritchey Logic cold forged crankset 48-38-28. Wheels: Phil touring hubs, 36 DT spokes Mavic T217 rims. Synchros Ti seatpost, Cateye cordless computer. Trek touring rack.

Selling for $2,250.00 make a reasonable offer!

Gear Talk / Bike recommendation (under 1200 dollars US)
« on: August 01, 2007, 10:00:08 pm »
My mention of the Fit Kit was only as a starting point. Sure, many goo dfitters don't have to have one to fit you to an existing bike, but it's a good starting point for a new bike, like the OP wanted.

Gear Talk / Bike recommendation (under 1200 dollars US)
« on: June 22, 2007, 10:48:07 am »
Having a qualified bike fitter carefully fit the bike to you (for your intended use and comfort)is much more important than the label the bike has on it (racing, touring etc.)
You actually have a generous budget, so that's not a problem. If you shop for a bike with sensible and durable frame and components, you will find a great bike. Don't be afraid to pay for a sizing and use the information to look for a used bike either.
The trick is finding a good shop. North Carolina does have some good ones, but some of them are more tuned to the ultimate racing fit instead of finding a comfortable, efficient position. I would suggest looking up the Fit Kit site
and shopping the listed shops in your area.
 The process of finding a good shop is really worth the trouble- you will find good information there as well as good product.

This message was edited by Bikinchris on 6-22-07 @ 6:49 AM

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