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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #100 on: Wed, 03 June 2015, 07:36:50 »
Cycling is my biggest passion, followed by mountaineering/rock climbing and finally keyboards (I know, blasphemy, keyboards should be first   ;D )

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The bike is a 2011 Trek Ticket 20
I ride it to work as often as I can and because It's a short bike, riding through the Bucharest chaos is not that bad.
I changed most of the parts on it, except the frame, seatpost, saddle, handlebars, headset and stem.
I worked on the bike myself except the bottom bracket and crankset (because I do not have the necessary tools for those).
It was a huge learning experience and a lot of fun and copious amounts of pain... especially building the wheels in the kitchen with the help of youtube "idiot proof how to" videos.
I have become very attached to The Princess and I do not think I'll sell it too soon. Probably I may pass it over to my girlfriend (so I can still have it in the same house with me :P)

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #101 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 17:46:48 »
So I got ****ty sidepull brakes. yea...

And it's pretty damn near impossible to get them to come together simultaneously..

Because what I got is a low-precision part,  one side seems to come in before the other.. I've tried numerous adjustments.


Options?   

disk brake?

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #102 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 17:50:57 »
So I got ****ty sidepull brakes. yea...

And it's pretty damn near impossible to get them to come together simultaneously..

Because what I got is a low-precision part,  one side seems to come in before the other.. I've tried numerous adjustments.


Options?   

disk brake?

i could make them work for you..

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #103 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 18:29:15 »
So I got ****ty sidepull brakes. yea...

And it's pretty damn near impossible to get them to come together simultaneously..

Because what I got is a low-precision part,  one side seems to come in before the other.. I've tried numerous adjustments.


Options?   

disk brake?

i could make them work for you..


No, i dont' think u could.. I tried EVERYTHING.. every adjustment possible.

I think it's because the prongs are just not bent with enough precision such that they're not at the right angle..

The spring tension might also be uneven between the 2 sides, sigh...

It's not the cast metal kind,  it's the bent cheapo kind.

Looks like these , http://www.amazon.com/Pyramid-Mx1000-Alloy-Bicycle-Brake/dp/B000AO5J9S/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1433460516&sr=8-15&keywords=brakes+set

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #104 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 21:08:09 »
Did you try bending the metal wire that sits behind the brake?

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #105 on: Thu, 04 June 2015, 21:22:23 »
Cycling is my biggest passion, followed by mountaineering/rock climbing and finally keyboards (I know, blasphemy, keyboards should be first   ;D )

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #106 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 02:06:40 »
Cycling is my biggest passion, followed by mountaineering/rock climbing and finally keyboards (I know, blasphemy, keyboards should be first   ;D )

Here is The Princess:

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And obligatory selfie:

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The bike is a 2011 Trek Ticket 20
I ride it to work as often as I can and because It's a short bike, riding through the Bucharest chaos is not that bad.
I changed most of the parts on it, except the frame, seatpost, saddle, handlebars, headset and stem.
I worked on the bike myself except the bottom bracket and crankset (because I do not have the necessary tools for those).
It was a huge learning experience and a lot of fun and copious amounts of pain... especially building the wheels in the kitchen with the help of youtube "idiot proof how to" videos.
I have become very attached to The Princess and I do not think I'll sell it too soon. Probably I may pass it over to my girlfriend (so I can still have it in the same house with me :P)

Very cool setup you got there!

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #107 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 03:10:42 »
Damn, nice bike man.

Thank you!!  ;D ;D

Very cool setup you got there!

Thank you!! :D ;D

My goal, when buying parts and building it, was to make it a good allrounder. It does not do anything perfectly (xc, am, etc) but, as a day to day ride on and off road, is ideal (at least for me).
If you would like, I can give you a parts list :P
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #108 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 03:16:19 »
Did you try bending the metal wire that sits behind the brake?

The spring?

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #109 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 16:25:22 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

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« Reply #110 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 16:28:41 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

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« Reply #111 on: Fri, 05 June 2015, 16:31:29 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

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get a less large butt?




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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #112 on: Sat, 06 June 2015, 03:08:57 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

/serious


So a proper fitting saddle should be wide enough so that your sitbones will rest on it. That is why padding is not really needed if you have the right size seat. Many bike shops will have a device that you sit on and it will measure the width of your sit bones, so that you know what size to look for!

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #113 on: Sat, 06 June 2015, 04:15:40 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

/serious


So a proper fitting saddle should be wide enough so that your sitbones will rest on it. That is why padding is not really needed if you have the right size seat. Many bike shops will have a device that you sit on and it will measure the width of your sit bones, so that you know what size to look for!

Hmmmmm

I can readily guess-timate the distance of the bones,   but my question is,  Would wider always be better,  if my goal is to diffuse the weight "across my entire-butt" as much as possible.

-no aesthetic requirement (already an ugly bike)
-no weight requirement (already heavy as fff...)

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #114 on: Sat, 06 June 2015, 11:03:45 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

/serious


So a proper fitting saddle should be wide enough so that your sitbones will rest on it. That is why padding is not really needed if you have the right size seat. Many bike shops will have a device that you sit on and it will measure the width of your sit bones, so that you know what size to look for!

Hmmmmm

I can readily guess-timate the distance of the bones,   but my question is,  Would wider always be better,  if my goal is to diffuse the weight "across my entire-butt" as much as possible.

-no aesthetic requirement (already an ugly bike)
-no weight requirement (already heavy as fff...)


Actually wide isnt always better. As you want your sitbones on the edge of the saddle for max comfort. I know that one brand we sell at work, Bontrager, do a 30day fit guarantee, so if you don't like it, you can return them anytime in 30 days which is pretty good for finding the right saddle.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #115 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:07:23 »
my bike is fun, but its a bit ugly. I think its time to bust out the paint stripper and the rattle cans and make my bike pretty.

I also want to paint my rear wheel, but not sure if thats a good idea or not.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #116 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:16:30 »
Are ah.. the Seat post RAIL-Clamps universal..

I just bought one of those big seats made for Heavy-dudez.. and I didn't realize they don't come with rail clamps.

Will my current rail clamp work?

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« Reply #117 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:29:58 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

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tp! i am sorry,

maybe get one of those old schwinn saddles? with the springs?

cheep and comfy !

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #118 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:39:24 »
Brooks B67 Honey:


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« Reply #119 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:51:36 »
Hey guyz... what's the word on seats...  my current one is too narrow..  it hurts my er... lower-butt..

Halp..

/serious
get a less large butt?
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tp! i am sorry,

maybe get one of those old schwinn saddles? with the springs?
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cheep and comfy !

Haha.. No worries rm-rf.

I already bought this one, it was the cheapest biggest one they had.. though @ $47 + tax,  my seat is now approximately half the cost of my entire bike..



Any thoughts on the seat clamp issue?

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #120 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 16:56:26 »
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I was gonna get one like that ..

But I measured my butt print.. 

The pubis-sitting-bones arn't that wide, the contact distance on a flat surface, my butt comes out to about 10 inches fringe to fringe.

The fringe doesn't seem to have much pressure,  but still..  I figure I want this to feel like an excercycle as much as possible, but outside with fresh air.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #121 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 17:18:17 »
Brooks B67 Honey:

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I was gonna get one like that ..

But I measured my butt print.. 
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The pubis-sitting-bones arn't that wide, the contact distance on a flat surface, my butt comes out to about 10 inches fringe to fringe.

The fringe doesn't seem to have much pressure,  but still..  I figure I want this to feel like an excercycle as much as possible, but outside with fresh air.
Brooks seats are very tough and have an extremely long break in time, and are still tough after that.

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« Reply #122 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 17:59:24 »
Brooks seats are very tough and have an extremely long break in time, and are still tough after that.

The Brooks was the last saddle I tried before I said f**k this - I'm getting a recumbent.

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« Reply #123 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 18:07:20 »
Speaking of recumbents - check this place out:

Atomic Zombie Recumbent Bicycle Plans

You can buy plans to build various recumbent bikes.

Don't tell me this doesn't look comfy:


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« Reply #124 on: Tue, 09 June 2015, 19:05:21 »
Speaking of recumbents - check this place out:

Atomic Zombie Recumbent Bicycle Plans

You can buy plans to build various recumbent bikes.

Don't tell me this doesn't look comfy:

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Sure, but I'm already looking at Sky-rocketed equipment cost with just this seat upgrade...

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #125 on: Wed, 10 June 2015, 16:46:49 »
So I've been haunting Craigslist looking for a good hitch mounted bike rack.

From what I understand most people with expensive bikes do not like swing style racks due to the potential contact? What do you guys think? Should I avoid the swing style and look for the holdup style?
Will be carrying either 2 or 3 bikes at a time.

I emailed this guy, this set up looks pretty dope.  I want to get the model number and see what I can find out about it.

http://lancaster.craigslist.org/bop/5068005072.html

I haven't bought a hitch for the car yet, I'm waiting to see what kind of rack I end up with. I can get a 2" or 1.25" hitch.  Going on the wife's Golf Sportwagen.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #126 on: Wed, 10 June 2015, 17:28:12 »
In my experience swing-style racks are inferior. Mainly due to the swinging which can damage the bikes, and due to not all bikes fitting easily. I personally prefer the one that you are looking at on craigslist, I have had a couple in that style and they are easy and much nicer to use! (IMO)

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« Reply #127 on: Wed, 10 June 2015, 17:32:13 »
Thanks, that seems to be the general coconscious. I'm blown away by the fact they are nearly 100lbs in the four bike configuration.
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #128 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 18:30:40 »
Had this not been the bike thread..

You'd think ol' Tp4 has bought something else.




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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #129 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 18:32:13 »
Had this not been the bike thread..

You'd think ol' Tp4 has bought something else.



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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #130 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 18:33:35 »
dang TP, how many miles do you think you can ride on that?


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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #132 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 19:10:09 »
Awesome bike!

That gold fork made me think of Ohlins

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« Reply #133 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 19:22:09 »
its amazing how trek has come along over the years, not sure if its good or bad!
but that bike does look good.

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« Reply #134 on: Thu, 11 June 2015, 20:29:47 »
Awesome bike!

That gold fork made me think of Ohlins

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Thanks, its actually one of the new Marzocchi 350 forks that I destickered!


its amazing how trek has come along over the years, not sure if its good or bad!
but that bike does look good.


I had an old Trek and I have this one. I have also owned bikes from several other brands (Giant, Intense, Specialized), and I have to say, this one is my favourite so far! I did do some modding of my own as the Remedy usually has 140mm of travel front and rear, however I have the fork set at 160. 

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« Reply #135 on: Fri, 12 June 2015, 02:08:19 »
Brooks B67 Honey:

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dis im getting in a forseen future, if i can get a hold of a black one.

Edit: black ones everywhere:


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« Reply #136 on: Fri, 12 June 2015, 02:33:05 »
Brooks B67 Honey:

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dis im getting in a forseen future, if i can get a hold of a black one.

Edit: black ones everywhere:
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Internet says with the brook seats, you have to make sure your sit-bones land on the "inside" of the leather and not the outer edge, something about the edge being hard..

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« Reply #137 on: Fri, 12 June 2015, 06:35:02 »
Brooks B67 Honey:

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dis im getting in a forseen future, if i can get a hold of a black one.

Edit: black ones everywhere:
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Internet says with the brook seats, you have to make sure your sit-bones land on the "inside" of the leather and not the outer edge, something about the edge being hard..

I have a old bike which i ride to work. Style is more important than comfort in this case :). If i decide to use a bike for excersice purposes, ill get another one.

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« Reply #138 on: Sun, 14 June 2015, 14:29:18 »
Crosspost from Post your life any pictures !

Guess who is going for fixed forks from now on?


Metal fatigue on my front suspension. Was just cycling to work this morning when I noticed my steering wheel was at an odd angle.
When I stopped to check it out, the entire wheel disconnected. The actual suspension stopped working properly several years ago but the repair shop they couldn't do anything because it was non-maintainable.
Still, this shouldn't happen on an 8 year old bike.

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« Reply #139 on: Mon, 15 June 2015, 13:11:34 »
This thread makes me miss Minneapolis...   :'(

I need to get out on the trails.

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« Reply #140 on: Mon, 15 June 2015, 14:06:37 »
This thread makes me miss Minneapolis...   :'(

I need to get out on the trails.

Yeah you do! Or better yet, come visit Vancouver!!

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« Reply #141 on: Mon, 15 June 2015, 14:07:34 »
come visit Vancouver!!

Hmmmmm...

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« Reply #142 on: Mon, 15 June 2015, 14:16:11 »
I think I've posted my bike in other threads but here are a few pics:

RB-1 I picked up the other day.

My second Litespeed, this is an old pic when it was freshly built up. Need to replace some stuff like the stem and seatpost but you get the idea :))


My track frame is currently in the shop for frame damage due to an accident but I'll post that up when I get it built back up, it's an EAI Bareknuckle. Steel is real!

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« Reply #143 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 16:31:47 »
I give up..

Today I even went as far as to lube the brake cables, and all moving brake handle hardware.

The- Action, is now much smoother..  but the caliper still don't close at the same time....


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« Reply #144 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 17:17:09 »
I think I've posted my bike in other threads but here are a few pics:

RB-1 I picked up the other day.
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My second Litespeed, this is an old pic when it was freshly built up. Need to replace some stuff like the stem and seatpost but you get the idea :))
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My track frame is currently in the shop for frame damage due to an accident but I'll post that up when I get it built back up, it's an EAI Bareknuckle. Steel is real!

where is this photo taken? in shot #1

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« Reply #145 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 17:31:33 »
Slowly but surely getting things spun up to start biking on the weekends once I finish this last class.

I have a 2005 Gary Fisher X-Caliber 29er that needs a tune-up. A full tune up which includes cables, bearing packing, adjustments, cleaning, trueing wheels, and torque check costs $200, plus another $100 to rebuild my fork (started leaking from the top, probably due to wall hanging for 3 years) . So instead of giving them the $300 plus I bought the tools and parts to do it myself.

Ordered:
Park Tool PCS-9 maintenance stand and 33 piece Jensen tool kit.
Replacement cables for the brakes/derails. Went with the Shimano Sil-Tec.
Rockshox service kit and 15 weight and 5 weight oil to rebuild my leaky front fork
Already have synthetic bearing grease to repack the bearings
New tubs, tires won't hold air
Nice new pump, my old one vanished

Last time I rode the bike it was just shifting wonky, otherwise it was fine, I did put a LOT of hard miles doing single track runs over two summers with almost no maintenance, so I'll see if it needs more than just what I purchased. I was going to buy new bearings but was at a loss of what fit what. I've never done any bike maintenance before, but it has to be easier than doing timing belts on Volkswagons or pulling the control arms from an Evolution. I have a lot of tools, plus now all the weird specialized stuff for bikes, so it should be a chill day in the garage watching YouTube videos. Hopefully.

Also ordered an EchoHitch 2" for the wife's Sportwagen, doing install this weekend.

Have to decide between the  Kuat Transfer 3 bike or the Themla 3.

Also need to find her a bike, almost had a killer deal on a Trek 29 hard tail but it was too big, so now haunting craigslist and pinkbike.

If anyone has any good bike wrenching tips on as to what I should replace or whatever let me know.

This is the bike - http://www.bicyclebluebook.com/SearchListingDetail.aspx?id=10053&make=682&model=43990&priceMax=20000

I thought about buying a new/used one, but I love that bike, would rather buy some nice components for it than buy something else.



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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #146 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 17:37:35 »


Just saw this video..   Apparently I've been turning wrong my whole life..   I suck....

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #147 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 18:47:38 »
hai guys..


if I mayber get disk brakes,  is there a thing that attaches to the wheel, so i can put the disk on it, My wheels don't have the 6 holes for the disk.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #148 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 18:54:34 »
You need to bolt the caliper to the frame as well.
If the bike isn't set up for disc brakes its cost prohibitive to add them. I looked into it on an older bike of mine. I could do the fronts by buying a new fork, but the rears you needed a 2-300 kit just to mount it up, or take it to a machine shop and see if they can fab something up.

Oh and new wheels that support the discs. Wheels are expensive.

Edit: Rear kit - http://2btherapy.com/bikes/brake-therapy-conversion-kit
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #149 on: Tue, 16 June 2015, 19:26:54 »
You need to bolt the caliper to the frame as well.
If the bike isn't set up for disc brakes its cost prohibitive to add them. I looked into it on an older bike of mine. I could do the fronts by buying a new fork, but the rears you needed a 2-300 kit just to mount it up, or take it to a machine shop and see if they can fab something up.

Oh and new wheels that support the discs. Wheels are expensive.

Edit: Rear kit - http://2btherapy.com/bikes/brake-therapy-conversion-kit


Ffff it..   I'm gonna nip this shopping spree in the bud.

Thx for the splination.