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Hubert (Giant RS940)

Bike tags: Road bike | Commuter | Touring
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Giant RS940, late '80s, size big

Giant-branded something (total coincidence)

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Shimano RX100 hub, Mavic CXP11, 32 spoke 3x; Continental TT 28s, Honjo fenders

Shimano RX100 hub 8-speed; same rim etc. as front

Shimano BB-UN90 (came with crankset)

SR Laprade 26.6mm

Shimano flip-flop PD-324 / SRAM

Shimano 8-speed barcons; Shimano Deore XT front and rear derailleurs

Shimano SLR levers, unknown vintage; Shimano RSX brakes, rather pretty

Shimano XTR FC-M900 triple with 180mm arms, circa 1992; 48, 36, 26 rings.

Got the frame for zip, seemingly nearly unused -- mint "only in the '80s" two-tone paint job (metallic turquoise / cream white fade), remains of a six-speed Shimano "light action" groupset with original grease in the BB, etc. Built up with what I could find in the parts bin. Never used 180mm cranks before, will see how they do. Idea was for this to be a pocket tourer, but the front geometry is pretty tight -- lots of toe overlap, for example. Fitting fenders was interesting, but managed to get them in there. Will add a rear rack and see how it does with some weight. Will be good for city/cyclepath riding in any case.

Update 1: Have been riding the bike for the last couple days, a few notes: The frame geometry is surprisingly stable for being so tight -- can ride hands-free without problems. The 28mm tires are a little harder than I'd like for the city, but they're a step up from 25s, at least. The rear indexed shifting is little tweaky despite using Shimano 8-speed throughout; am hoping it'll settle in as the chain loosens up. Some fender rattling, too, but I'll get it all in place soon. It just occurred to me that I should have named the bike "Nash," as in Metropolitan -- it's exactly the color of one of the most popular variants. Still, don't mind Hubert, as it's a slightly fussy name, as the bike has proved itself to be so far.

Update 2: Really don't like the geometry -- just too damn tight -- so the bike is likely to be disassembled and the frame sold. (Sorry, Hubert.) Am looking for a size large lugged steel frame with decent tubing, forged dropouts, and relaxed geometry. If you have something and are in the Boston area, let me know. Also, if you want a super-tight frame in exchange, let's work something out.

Update 3, 9/29/2012: Bike has been disassembled, various bits and pieces have been transferred to a Trek 510 frame, and the rest put on eBay (frame, 180mm crank, brakes, fenders). Requiescat in pace.

People who friended this bike suicide_doors, jburnha, rodentfield, Splined, veggie, campystamp, axe_somebody, Dario, Jon-one

"Size big" haha, it must be

"Size big" haha, it must be like 64 cm or so?

63.5cm

Horizontal top tube, too, so no cheating on one's being able to ride the bike or not.

I just picked up a 67 cm

I just picked up a 67 cm Norco Avanti... its enormous.

67cm is massive

For another huge frame, here's basketball center Bill Walton (6'11) on his custom track bike back in the day. My biggest frame is a 64cm Trek; it's tiny by comparison.

haha yep, looking about the

haha yep, looking about the same, I'll post pics later tonight.

^jesus that bikes insane!!

^jesus that bikes insane!!



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