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08-03-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 9,142
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Trakhak, you may enjoy this true story. The...

Trakhak, you may enjoy this true story. The story's a bit self indulgent and a trip down memory lane - please humor me. When I was growing up, my Mom and Dad's best friends were Dorothea and Eldon S....
08-01-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 475
Posted By WizardOfBoz

The problem is that the stamp extends into the...

The problem is that the stamp extends into the steel. If you file down far enough to get rid of the indentations, you are 1) removing any anti-rust plating, and 2) possibly significantly weakening...
07-30-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 867
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I've used Goo Gone on a lot of things like label...

I've used Goo Gone on a lot of things like label adhesives. I'd suggest trying it. The 3m product (Citrus Based Adhesive Remover) is based on an sweet orange extract. 3m stuff is usually pretty...
07-30-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By WizardOfBoz

You can check that length here, The Recumbent...

You can check that length here, The Recumbent Bicycle and Human Powered Vehicle Information Center (http://www.recumbents.com/wisil/misc/crank_angle.asp),
but in practice most folks can handle a...
07-28-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,058
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Ummmm. Ok. Why did you file out more metal from...

Ummmm. Ok. Why did you file out more metal from the eyelet? Not to be a jerk, because you are trying (and didn't grow up working in a metalworking shop and a bike shop) but the next time you have the...
07-27-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,058
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Very nice, clean install.

Very nice, clean install.
07-25-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,041
Posted By WizardOfBoz

So, why do you inflate your tires to 110 psi? Or...

So, why do you inflate your tires to 110 psi? Or 75psi, for that matter. Here's my criteria:
1) Low enough pressure to be comfortable (if this were not the first criterion, one could ride on...
07-24-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,058
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Stainless can gall with aluminum if the fit was...

Stainless can gall with aluminum if the fit was too tight and especially if the materials (like the SS) was of poor quality (e.g. Home Despot).

Not sure if corrosion was the cause of the initial...
07-23-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,058
Posted By WizardOfBoz

This sounds like a classic case of galling, which...

This sounds like a classic case of galling, which happens with SS nuts and SS bolts. Or Ti nuts and Ti bolts. Galling is when similar metals cold weld to themselves under high friction. What material...
07-23-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 534
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Hey, Phil, they don't have to be digital! One...

Hey, Phil, they don't have to be digital! One could use a dial or even an old vernier caliper, some of which were more accurate than the current ChinCom offerings at Harbor Fright.

I own an old...
07-22-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Yes! The Overseer: ...

Yes! The Overseer:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/484x473/dorg_6313d3e2b550bd4e3854f0e54d37378b36387a9f.jpg
07-19-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,478
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I guess every "generation" of forum members has...

I guess every "generation" of forum members has to repeat the past....

I will point out that there's a lot of trade-offs in bearings and bearing lubrication. If I were racing, maybe the very small...
07-17-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 872
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Cool! I remember visiting the store when I was in...

Cool! I remember visiting the store when I was in school (my house was right on Lake Mendota, a short walk from the Union Terrace, and with a direct view one winter morning as below.)

Later I...
07-16-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 386
Posted By WizardOfBoz

The more I read dsbrantjr's stuff, the more I'm...

The more I read dsbrantjr's stuff, the more I'm impressed. That Vibra stuff looks like your answer.
07-16-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 872
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Yer missing the point I think. An ad (and I...

Yer missing the point I think. An ad (and I admit, the story may be apocryphal) would be meant to indicate the depth of commitment and the wealth of NOS parts. Like, for example, genuine 1970s...
07-12-20, 11:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,448
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I think that the consensus here is that getting a...

I think that the consensus here is that getting a die on the fork is more likely to mangle things than to fix them. So I'm not sure if it matters if the thread is 24 tpi ISO or 1mm (French).

I...
07-10-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,448
Posted By WizardOfBoz

All the guys I respect say the same thing: use a...

All the guys I respect say the same thing: use a triangular file to chase just those last few threads. Start with the file in a good thread, get it up near where the crud is, then gently see if you...
07-10-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,376
Posted By WizardOfBoz

The motorcycle chain lube you are referring to...

The motorcycle chain lube you are referring to may be different than the one I use (DuPont Chainsaver Wax-Based Chain Lubricant, with Teflon(R)). The DuPont product seems to work well. The chain is...
07-08-20, 08:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,059
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Same guy that figured out selling hot dogs in...

Same guy that figured out selling hot dogs in packs of 10 and buns in packs of 8. I suspect it was Satan, actually.
07-08-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By WizardOfBoz

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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07-07-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By WizardOfBoz

If the cable is bad and the cable lube has turned...

If the cable is bad and the cable lube has turned to greasy abrasive paste, best to replace the cables. Kind of ridiculous to tune brakes with almost-worn-out pads, too. And installing and tuning...
07-06-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,844
Posted By WizardOfBoz

My beef with Amazon (and to a lesser extent,...

My beef with Amazon (and to a lesser extent, eBay) is their search function. You can't search for "Genuine Shimano -(for, compatible,fits, matches)". Some times I find a listing I want, record the...
07-04-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,344
Posted By WizardOfBoz

That's how I got back into biking. I had an old...

That's how I got back into biking. I had an old Paramount (drunk hit me when riding, it was a custom frame, Schwinn on strike when I asked them to repair it, they sent me a standard frame which was...
07-01-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 621
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Put your bike in a cardboard box. Seal it up. At...

Put your bike in a cardboard box. Seal it up. At this point, you can't say whether the sticker is on or off. Heinieburn's uncertainty principle tells us it's both. Just concentrate on the...
07-01-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,284
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I see that folks are getting specific here, so...

I see that folks are getting specific here, so let me put in a plug for the Wizard's favorite fine adjustment tool. (Seriously, this model Garland hammer in a moderate size, Garland 31002 or 31003...
06-30-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I agree with Andy, and would add this: a butt...

I agree with Andy, and would add this: a butt weld between two tubes leaves the existing tube thickness at the joint. I'd go for thicker walls, and turning the ends of the tube on a lathe to insert...
06-25-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,450
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Of course I could do it. Or you could do it. Not...

Of course I could do it. Or you could do it. Not sure if the OP is comfortable doing it, but I suspect he could figure it out. You're missing the point. If the LBS does it, the LBS warrants it. So if...
06-25-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 23,767
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Yup. I found a 60cm Zurich from 1999. I...

Yup.

I found a 60cm Zurich from 1999. I spread the frame, checked alignment and parallelism, and installed Bontrager RLs. And fitted it out with Ultegra R8000.

Only issues are 1) I did a...
06-11-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I wrote Park, and Calvin Jones was kind enough to...

I wrote Park, and Calvin Jones was kind enough to respond. Apparently the small diameter part helps installation in some stands.

But you're right: there's nothing keeping someone from pulling the...
06-11-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,306
Posted By WizardOfBoz

This was hilarious. Had me chuckling, and...

This was hilarious. Had me chuckling, and thinking about all the smell-good stuff we used back in the day. And then I recall walking on (the U. of Wisconsin) campus one evening with one of the...
06-11-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I did some research and found that Park has a...

I did some research and found that Park has a clamp that allows the cranking action of the Velo product. Can't say which is better. The Velo is nearly 200 bucks more. (100-3D is $187.50, Velo is...
06-11-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Good heavens! It's nearly $400! It OUGHT to be a...

Good heavens! It's nearly $400! It OUGHT to be a lot better.

If you are working on one bike, I think that the Park approach is better. You adjust a turnbuckle nut once, and then it's a quick...
06-11-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By WizardOfBoz

My setup looks pretty much like the clamp below,...

My setup looks pretty much like the clamp below, if that's what your after. Larger diameter is 50mm, smaller is 19mm. Plus or minus. It's in an old Park PRS-5 stand, which I love. I think that the...
06-11-20, 11:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,306
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Last question first. All of the components of...

Last question first. All of the components of all grades of mineral spirits were obtained by boiling petroleum, and condensing the vapors. Thus all of the components of min spirits will evaporate...
06-11-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,306
Posted By WizardOfBoz

cycommute, I took a look at the MSDS for WD-40...

cycommute, I took a look at the MSDS for WD-40 and you're right. It has some heavier hydrocarbon fractions that could suit as lubricants. Not ideal, but better than nothing.

I think we agree that...
06-10-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 482
Posted By WizardOfBoz

As a kind of overview, check out ...

As a kind of overview, check out
https://www.slowtwitch.com/Products/Things_that_Roll/Tires/Tire_Pressure_and_Rolling_Resistance_7406.html

The key thing is that if you ride on a perfectly smooth...
06-06-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,218
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Yeah, but the problem is that the current 120mm...

Yeah, but the problem is that the current 120mm ammunition for an M1A2 Abrams isn't compatible with any of my other field pieces. :foo:

Would shorten any squabbles with the neighbors...
06-05-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,218
Posted By WizardOfBoz

It does strike me that if every product sold has...

It does strike me that if every product sold has a label like this, then the label is ineffective for all products.

So you sell dioxin toothpaste and plutonium teething rings*, and people see the...
06-04-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,355
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I love it. cyccommute has taken my verbose...

I love it. cyccommute has taken my verbose statement and boiled it down to a few sentences, with a good recommendation to boot. I am humbled, sir! Salud!
06-03-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 18,931
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I agree. The failures appear way too clean,...

I agree. The failures appear way too clean, brittle failure, little deformation. Even if this was initiated by a pothole or hitting a curb, the frame should bend, not break in brittle fashion. ...
05-30-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,372
Posted By WizardOfBoz

That was the theory back in the 1970s or so....

That was the theory back in the 1970s or so. There's been some learning since then. Higher pressure tires do transmit more vibration and this causes power loss. If you're a bigger guy (like me) it...
05-30-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 6,372
Posted By WizardOfBoz

I'm up there at 108kg or so, and I used to run my...

I'm up there at 108kg or so, and I used to run my Bontrager R3s tubeless at 116: the max rating. Finally figured out that I didn't need that high a pressure, at least in the front. So I run 116 psi...
05-28-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 791
Posted By WizardOfBoz

You be careful now, rccardr! You'll be joining...

You be careful now, rccardr! You'll be joining me on the ignore list.

One of the nice things about being on the ignore list is that you can ignore it: there's virtually no effect on your life. ...
05-28-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 791
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Now, now, Bill. Everyone handles the stresses of...

Now, now, Bill. Everyone handles the stresses of life differently, and right now is especially stressful. I do know some bicycle restoration people that will invest enormous amounts of time and...
05-22-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By WizardOfBoz

You NippelSchrabenZieherMacher you.

You NippelSchrabenZieherMacher you.
05-18-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,618
Posted By WizardOfBoz

If the bike is popular and up-scale enough so...

If the bike is popular and up-scale enough so that shipping is a fairly small fraction of cost, eBay gives you a good indicator of market price.

The LBS's price is whatever they think that the...
05-16-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,188
Posted By WizardOfBoz

cyccommute is correct: the main ingredient in...

cyccommute is correct: the main ingredient in oven cleaners is invariably sodium hydroxide (lye) or potassium hydroxide (potash). A very strong base. While it can pit aluminum (EZ-Off recommends...
05-13-20, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 478
Posted By WizardOfBoz

There is some bike shop out there that has...

There is some bike shop out there that has something like this:
https://www.parktool.com/product/fork-threading-set-fts-1
As well as the accessory die and guide for 1-1/8 inch tubes. Not a common...
05-06-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By WizardOfBoz

This is what I use. The working nipple just...

This is what I use. The working nipple just threads onto the few remaining threads. (BTW, this is not my idea - can't recall where I saw this - one of the wheelbuildling books?). This gives good...
05-06-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,831
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Can I get an Amen? Amen! This. Highly...

Can I get an Amen? Amen!



This. Highly effective, single step, much safer. 'Nother Amen for cyccommute.
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