(This page hasn't been updated since 2004)
These are all the bikes I've owned since adulthood.
Haro Impulse 1992 (?)
This started off as my all purpose bike. It's a solid, but heavy frame, with Suntour
components. When I grew tired of riding this on long road rides, I picked up the Epic, and
this became the mountain bike. I upgraded this for mountain bike use with an elastomer
Anti-Gravity brand shock. When I picked up a new mountain bike, this bike got bumped to
the commuter/short distance category. Later, I sold it to make room for the
other bikes in the garage.
Specialized Epic ('93) Early Summer 1993
My most used bike initially, a road bike with over 10,000 miles. Some of the carbon
fibers took a beating when I dropped the chain one time; I'll have to keep an eye on the
frame to make sure the fibers don't start peeling and make the damage worse. So far,
nail polish has done a good job of filling the cracks.
I recently upgraded (well, some of you might not call it an "upgrade") to the
Shimano 105 8 speed triple group.
This bike got cannibalized in order to use the components on other
bikes. Now it's getting rebuilt again as a bike to leave at my inlaws' in
Specialized Stumpjumper ('93) Late Fall 1993
I was sort of half-looking for a new mountain bike at the time when I bumped into this
when spending a weekend in San Diego. It was a small shop looking to get rid of their last
'93 bike so that they could make room for their '94s. I hadn't ridden it too much compared
to my road bike, until I had to go to Thailand for work for almost a year. It worked out
really great for riding in the dirt roads between the farms (did you expect any
singletrack?). It took a lot of abuse, but the silver Toyota Corona (1/2 Camry, 1/2
Corolla) touch-up paint matched the frame perfectly.
This bike has been converted to an all purpose
mountain/road/touring bike. For pictures, see that section also.
I picked up some new Rapidfire levers and upgraded the bike from 7 speed to 8
I took the old 8 speed bar end shifters from the tandem to upgrade the drop bar
configuration to 8 speed also.
Now that I have a folding travel bike and a touring bike, this bike was
returned to mountain bike service, along with the upgrade to a threadless
headset, new shock, 9 speed components, and V-brakes.
POS 10-speed (brand unknown) 1993-1994
At that time I lived a mile from work, but I always got up too late in the morning to
walk to work. It seemed like a waste to drive to work for such a short distance, not
to mention the traffic that would pile up when the four lane road narrowed to two lanes to
get over the bridge. So I bought this bike at a garage sale for $20. I
actually got to work faster on this bike than by driving, due to the bridge bottleneck.
Later I sold it to a Dutchman working here on assignment for $20.
Peugeot Tandem ('70s or '80s) Summer 1994 - Summer 1996
We got this tandem used from a couple who had upgraded to a Cannondale tandem. I had really wanted to get a new
tandem, but we wanted to see if we really liked tandeming before investing $2000 or so for
a new bike. The frame was fairly light, but the mixte style frame was not as stiff as the
newer tandems. It was also a little on the small side: a short top tube in the rear, and I
needed a mountain bike seatpost in the front. The 170 mm cranks were bothersome up front.
After a new paint job and some upgrades, we sold this tandem after we picked up our new Burley.
Burley Duet Tandem ('96) Summer 1996 - present
This is our favorite bike. We've been riding together a lot more since we
upgraded and got a nicer tandem. We've got 24 speeds and we've used every single one of
The tandem came stock with 54/44/28 chainrings and a 11-30 8 speed
cassette. When we bought the bike, we opted for a 12-32 8 speed cassette instead.
Later, we replaced the 28 tooth chainring with a 26 that I had lying around at
home, in order to have lower gears for loaded touring.
The Ultegra brake levers worked O.K. with the cantilever brakes if the
wheels were perfectly in true, but if I had to spread the brake pads apart in order to
accommodate a slightly out-of-true wheel, it was hard to get decent braking. Later,
I replaced the brake levers with DiaCompe 287 levers, which are designed to pull more
cable for use with cantilever brakes.
When we went loaded touring, we realized the 26 tooth chainring wasn't as
low as we wanted. We tried to get a microadaptor so we could get a 22 tooth
chainring, but there wasn't enough clearance due to the wide bottom bracket shell.
So we had to settle for a 24 tooth chainring.
After the tour, we decided we were getting annoyed with the huge gap
between the 44 and 24 chainrings. So we replaced the 44 with a 38. So now we
have a much more even spread of 54/38/24 for the chainrings.
Nine speed systems had come out for mountain bikes in late 1998, and they
just came out with an 11-34 9 speed cassette, which had the range we were ultimately
looking for. So we upgraded to 9 speed. The old 8 speed bar end shifters and
cassettes didn't go to waste - I used them to upgrade the touring/MTB from 7 speed to 8
We had a minor problem with the shifting - the upshifts were fine, but the
downshifts weren't as good. We traced the problem to the weak return spring in the
stock '96 Shimano XT rear derailer. Since the Shimano Rapidfire levers are spring
assisted at the lever, they don't need a strong return spring in the rear derailer;
however, this can be a problem for Grip Shift and bar end shifters. We solved this
problem by replacing the stock spring with an aftermarket spring.
Later, we got frustrated with the quality of the 9 speed
shifting and went back to the 8 speed setup. To get the lower gearing, I
added a fourth chainring to the front crankset.
Due to using this bike on fast road rides after work, I later
upgraded to 9 speed STI shifting. The 9 speed Ultegra STI levers shifted a
lot better than the 9 speed bar end shifters. V-brakes with Travel Agents
replaced the old cantilever brakes. I returned to three chainrings in the
I got a great deal on the frame from one of the members of the firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail list. Then I got a good deal on a touring wheelset from a local bike shop
that was going out of business. This is my new commuting/touring bike.
The specs are in the table below. The bike is being built with a combination of
parts that came with the frame and some parts I have lying around at home. A price
is given in the third column for items I had to buy (no price is given if I already had
the part lying around my garage).
The bike is set up with half-step
gearing, with 20/45/48 chainrings and 13/15/17/20/23/26/30 rear cogs. For more
information on half-step gearing check out A Primer on
Half-Step Gearing or a more detailed
article about half-step gearing, including various charts.
||Mid 80s Fuji Touring Series III
||Front and rear racks and fenders, above and below down tube
||Tektro Mini-Vs with Travel Agents
||DiaCompe 287V levers
||Shimano LX with 24/45/48 chainrings (already had crankset and
24/45 rings, had to buy 48 ring)
||Shimano UN-72 68x113
||Suntour Mountech (works with half-step gearing)
||Shimano Ultegra 7 speed bar end
||Shimano Exage hubs with Sun Mistral Touring Rims
||Continental Ultra 1000, 27 x 1 1/4"
||SR Road Bars, 25.4 mm
||Kalloy Uno MTB, 1" x 150 mm
||Kalloy Uno MTB 26.8
Here's a picture of the Tektro "Mini-V" brakes mounted on the
bike. Since they have shorter arms than "regular-V" brakes, they can
normally be used with road or cantilever brake levers without the use of a Travel Agent or
similar cable adapter.
However, I ran out of lever travel when setting up these brakes with
non-aero road levers. I believe it was due to the low brake pad mounting on the
brake arm, which would require more cable pull than if the pads were mounted on the middle
or the top. So I mounted Travel Agents on the front and the rear, and the braking is
(Later I got rid of the Travel Agents, opting to simplify the
setup by using V-brake compatible levers - the DiaCompe 287V levers.)
The one advantage of the brake pads being mounted so low on the brake arms
(or the brake bosses being so high, depending how you look at it) is that the Mini-V
clears a 27" x 1-1/4" tire and a fender simultaneously - this can't be done with
most Mini-V setups!
The following two pictures show how I mount a 3" amber
reflector (better visibility than a red one) and a red flashing Vistalite
simultaneously, without having problems with pannier clearance:
I took this bike on my summer 2001
cross USA tour. While the 20/45/48 half step gearing was
fine for commuting, the middle chainring was a little too big for loaded
touring, so I went back to a more conventional 20/32/44 chainring setup.
After the tour I got a new rear wheel built, so now I'm running the 9 speed
components that used to be on the tandem.
Acquired in late 2001. It has its own web
2002 Litespeed Classic Road Bike
Acquired in summer 2002. It also has its own web
Bianchi Road Bike (under construction)
I bought this in the Boston area and keep this at my parents'
Bike Friday Pocket Rocket
An EBay find. I use this as my performance travel road
bike. This bike has its own webpage.
1984 Trek 610
Another EBay find. I use this as my commuting bike.
A picture from the Trek catalog is here.
1996 KHS Tandemania Comp
another EBay find.