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The Paramount's chainring caused all this rain ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2003 6:26 AM
I believe this week of snotty weather in the DC area was caused by the arrival of the new front tire, chainring hardware, and chainring for the Paramount. Thesewere the last parts needed to get it going. The Cycling Gods clearly know the fenderless 'Mount is not gonna be my rain bike.

Sorry to all who's riding is being affected by my actions.
fenders on the HH?DougSloan
Apr 9, 2003 6:33 AM
Do you put fenders on the HH?

No, I would not ride my "new" built up bike in the rain. It just isn't done, unless you are MB1.

Whaddya think of the Milano with fenders? Added them about a month ago, but no rain to test them on, yet (I just did myself, didn't I?).

Wow, Celeste Green fenders!Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2003 6:58 AM
... Although I must say, you're one of those roadies whose sense of color combination does not match mine.

HH presently has black plastic removable fenders. I recently replaced the original-type fork with a "Corvette" fork, from the Schwinn cruisers equipped with front brakes, which I had powdercoated to match. That enabled me to install the front fender. The old forks used a brake adapter that prevented attaching the fender.

HH is all silver, black, and chrome. The Paramount, my MTB, the junker Peugeot, my road helmet, and my pickup truck all match it.
oh, and license plateDougSloan
Apr 9, 2003 7:28 AM
I might have a place to mount the "Doug" license plate, now that I have fenders. No place to do it before. Need a little bracket thingie.

That gawdawful Brooks B-73 saddle I just got for the cruiser ...Humma Hah
Apr 9, 2003 3:38 PM
... has a couple of loops on the back which I believe they MUST have intended for a license plate. Mine fit it perfectly.

I believe you have incorrectly hung a tool pouch there on yours.
Those loops:Alexx
Apr 10, 2003 4:41 AM
...are made to fit a Carradice saddle bag. See for pictures...
;-)Humma Hah
Apr 10, 2003 6:56 AM
You could hang a tent, a sleeping bag and a cookstoveOldEdScott
Apr 11, 2003 5:32 AM
on the damn thing!

So are you enjoying your COOL B-73?
Rode with it once and took it off ...Humma Hah
Apr 11, 2003 6:44 AM
... I rode home with it one evening. It's springy but still quite hard, has not yet been treated, and the following day I had a long ride planned in the rain. I opted to put the old saddle back on for the day, and it has been raining ever since.

If I can get it treated, I'll stop worrying about it. The old saddle is supposed to go on the Paramount.
You're making me want one.OldEdScott
Apr 9, 2003 7:35 AM
That has the Nexave internal-gear rear hub, right? How well does that system work?
the 7 speed?DougSloan
Apr 9, 2003 7:51 AM
The 7 speed, I think it's "Nexus", hub works great. Shifting is almost like a good General Motors automatic tranny. The drawback is that in most gears, there's a "tick tick tick" sound. Unless in a 1:1 ratio, the insides are always ratcheting, sort of like a freewheel. The function is absolutely flawless, though, and it's never needed adjustment or any tinkering at all.

Another downside is changing rear tubes if you get a flat. There's a lot of stuff to take apart and re-attach. So, I put in "thorn proof" tubes and a tire liner, and carry a patch kit that might enable me to patch the tube without removing the rear wheel.

The gear range is pretty good. One day when another bike was broken, I rode it on an 80 mile ride with two racer friends up to 5,000 feet elevation and back. I couldn't keep up on the climbs, but I was fairly ahead on the descents (weight and big grippy tires).

It's a shame, I think, that they don't come in all celeste anymore. Black is ok, but not my thing.

I like the Nexus alsoKenS
Apr 10, 2003 10:36 AM
I was going to buy a Milano but couldn't find one to test locally. I ended up buying an Electra, which is cool-looking but has very heavy and soft cro-mo tubing.

The Nexus hub has worked great for me, and I think it is just the thing for an urban/commuter bike. But it seems to have a fair amount of internal friction relative to a derailleur and so I wouldn't want to do very long rides with that system.
Apr 10, 2003 2:37 PM
Those are pretty neat looking bikes. My LBS just started carrying them, they add quite a flair to the showroom.

They do have some alloy models, but they have derailleurs instead of the Nexus, which kinda ruins it. I don't think they look as good as some of the others either.

What model did you get? The Swing's my fav, followed by the Classic and Flying Sue.

Apr 11, 2003 5:36 AM
I've had an Electra Sunny Garcia for a couple of years now and I really enjoy it. I like nexus. The bike will go just about anywhere with the 26" alloy wheels. I switched the tires out to some irc slicks for the rides to work. Glad to hear Electras are catching on.
Tell me a bit about the Milano, pls...peter1
Apr 12, 2003 5:09 PM
Hi Doug,

I am considering buying a Milano (in Black) for my father as a birthday gift. He's 67, about 6'1" and 220 lbs. He's in pretty good shape, but his heart isn't, so he doesn't ride up many hills. He usually rides either an old Giant mountain bike or a Schwinn Le Tour that used to be mine. Both are a bit big for him, and I think he would ride a lot more if he had a bike that fit him. The bike shop suggested a 20.5" frame for him, which seemed a bit big...does that sound right to you?

How heavy is your Milano? Is the Nexus hub reliable? This year's model has a band-type brake in the rear, does yours?

I think the black Milano with fenders looks like something straight out of a Fellini film! I had considered a Van Dessel but the shop was pretty down on the coaster brake/moustache bar combo.

Any opinion, impressions etc would be invaluable. Thanks in advance!