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04-16-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 98
Posted By Trakhak

Agree. That said, "Windsor" would be the...

Agree. That said, "Windsor" would be the manufacturer of the bottom bracket spindle; nothing to do with the bike manufacturer of the same name. With the possible exception of, e.g., Lambert/Viscount,...
Replies: 3
Views: 180
Posted By Trakhak

Have you seen this excellent thread...

Have you seen this excellent thread (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1183324-picture-your-favorite-vintage-time-trial-bicycles-why.html)?
04-12-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,543
Posted By Trakhak

To keep the list of past and present Dutch pro...

To keep the list of past and present Dutch pro cyclists of the modern era manageable (many more have participated as support riders and specialists, e.g., sprinters, climbers, etc.):List of Dutch...
04-12-21, 05:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,515
Posted By Trakhak

Whenever this topic comes up, I remember a big...

Whenever this topic comes up, I remember a big guy (a tall weightlifter, well over 250 pounds) coming into the bike shop in 1985 who complained that every bike he'd ridden lately felt like...
04-12-21, 04:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

I worked in large Cannondale dealerships from the...

I worked in large Cannondale dealerships from the late-1970s pre-bike era through the mid-1990s. I saw a moderate number of cracked steel frames (some from crashes, some from overheating) during that...
04-11-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By Trakhak

Not to worry: that's his height in shoes,...

Not to worry: that's his height in shoes, presumably, since that's how he measured his inseam, so both figures are, to put it politely, suspect.
04-10-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 795
Posted By Trakhak

Ballet toe shoes? "Kiss"-style platform shoes?...

Ballet toe shoes? "Kiss"-style platform shoes? Your inseam measurement in shoes is irrelevant. One bike sizing method I know of stipulates measuring inseam barefoot, using a book or equivalent held...
04-08-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 801
Posted By Trakhak

Some mountain bike shoes, although not many,...

Some mountain bike shoes, although not many, recess the cleats sufficiently that the cleats don't click on hard surfaces.

Walking shoes need flexible soles? Many types of footwear designed for...
04-08-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 380
Posted By Trakhak

Chain is still inboard of the elevated...

Chain is still inboard of the elevated chainstay---i.e., chain still passes through the frame. (See photo below; cable housing is outside frame, chain is inside.) Manufacturer would have to eliminate...
04-07-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 61,150
Views: 9,149,795
Posted By Trakhak

I see a Facebook link plus photo plus ad copy in...

I see a Facebook link plus photo plus ad copy in some Facebook ad posts, the link plus either photo or ad copy in some, and only a Facebook link in some.

Conclusion: some people are providing only...
04-07-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By Trakhak

You might want to ask the mods to move this...

You might want to ask the mods to move this thread to the Framebuilders section of the forum.

That said, that's probably not the only joint that was close to failure---it's just the joint that...
04-07-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

With a few exceptions at the high end of the...

With a few exceptions at the high end of the market, European press-fit and "screwed-and-glued" aluminum frames earned a reputation for failure. The well-designed aluminum frames produced by Klein,...
04-07-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

One change from the early years of the Bike...

One change from the early years of the Bike Forums website is that only a few people here seem to still believe the myth that aluminum frames won't give adequate service life and are less reliable...
Replies: 33
Views: 760
Posted By Trakhak

Always disliked watching fellow-mechanics cutting...

Always disliked watching fellow-mechanics cutting spokes on built wheels. Cutting stainless steel spokes can be hard on cutting tools, for one reason. And, coincidentally or otherwise, those...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,790
Posted By Trakhak

Respectfully disagree with the viewpoint that...

Respectfully disagree with the viewpoint that stock wheels are disposable placeholders. If you're racing, sure, upgrade away. Wheel-sellers can certainly use the money.

But the stock wheels...
04-05-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 543
Posted By Trakhak

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ef/9c/19/ef9c1902a1...

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/ef/9c/19/ef9c1902a173d2e910886ce2c0132d3c.jpg
04-05-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 537
Posted By Trakhak

What is the date stamp on the rear hub? (See...

What is the date stamp on the rear hub? (See posts 2 and 3 above.)
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By Trakhak

Suntour Cyclone derailleurs were introduced in...

Suntour Cyclone derailleurs were introduced in 1975 or 1976, so not original to the bike.
04-04-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,441
Posted By Trakhak

In 1965, my local bike store sold the...

In 1965, my local bike store sold the top-of-the-line all-Campy-Record Legnano, which was functionally fully equivalent to the 1980 Masi Gran Criterium, for $150. At more than 10 times the price only...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-03-21, 04:40 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,790
Posted By Trakhak

Absolutely agree. Every year, professionals can...

Absolutely agree. Every year, professionals can be seen climbing in the Alps and Pyrenees while clutching their handlebars near the stem without falling off the bike and asphyxiating. Graham Obree...
04-02-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 772
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, the track bike fad seems to have had its...

Yes, the track bike fad seems to have had its day. Street fashion is fickle.
04-01-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,441
Posted By Trakhak

On the other hand, that Schwinn Paramount that...

On the other hand, that Schwinn Paramount that sold for around $800 to $900 in the late 1970s was selling for $175 in my hometown bike shop a year after I got my first high-end racing bike, around...
04-01-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 662
Posted By Trakhak

It's safe to say that it didn't leave the...

It's safe to say that it didn't leave the Lazaretti factory with no decals. Some Italian racing bike builders of the 1980s produced chrome bikes painted with a thin layer of translucent lacquer in...
04-01-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 772
Posted By Trakhak

Love my aluminum Langster, even though it's from...

Love my aluminum Langster, even though it's from the first year of production, before they figured out that the rear axle nuts would chew up the aluminum dropouts (Specialized installed steel dropout...
04-01-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 773
Posted By Trakhak

Literally four out of five threads reporting "I...

Literally four out of five threads reporting "I replaced the chain, and now the cog/gear/sprocket is slipping" (or vice versa) elicit a dozen theories and end with the problem being solved by...
04-01-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 662
Posted By Trakhak

In case it isn't yet clear to the owner of the...

In case it isn't yet clear to the owner of the bike in question from the various posts above, the bike brand is Lazzaretti. It was common in the 1980s for Italian builders of top-quality racing bikes...
03-31-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,765
Posted By Trakhak

This discussion will likely soon be moot, as...

This discussion will likely soon be moot, as inexpensive electric scooters become more and more ubiquitous.

That said: the problem is not that disadvantaged people can't afford to pay $250 or $300...
03-31-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,183
Posted By Trakhak

Czech pro rider Oskar Sosenka set a new world...

Czech pro rider Oskar Sosenka set a new world hour record in 2005 using a 3.2-kg rear wheel. The complete bike weighed 9.8 kg.
03-30-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,079
Posted By Trakhak

Physics. If you were to inflate a 26 x 2.00 tire...

Physics. If you were to inflate a 26 x 2.00 tire from 0 psi to full pressure, any mini pump of that size would heat up as much as yours did.

A larger mini pump would get the job done faster and...
03-30-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,408
Posted By Trakhak

Blame racers for what? Bike frames were...

Blame racers for what?

Bike frames were initially brazed/welded without lugs, using tubing that had to be carefully mitered to fit together at the tube ends. The use of lugs was then introduced as...
03-29-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,183
Posted By Trakhak

A few years ago, a European bike racing magazine...

A few years ago, a European bike racing magazine lent 1980s-era steel racing bikes to three strong young racers and asked them to compare those bikes to their own high-end carbon bikes. The riders...
03-28-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,451
Posted By Trakhak

And Binaca, and Cramp-And-Go-Slow, and Shi*mano,...

And Binaca, and Cramp-And-Go-Slow, and Shi*mano, and (going way back) Flexxon Lafftek.
Replies: 25
Views: 689
Posted By Trakhak

Since you now have your ten posts, you can upload...

Since you now have your ten posts, you can upload the photos to eliminate the need for further guesswork. Drive side photo of whole bike and closeups of derailleurs, brakes, crankset, and wheels...
Forum: Touring
03-27-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,934
Posted By Trakhak

Just came across "Puyallup" for the first time in...

Just came across "Puyallup" for the first time in my life yesterday, reading a Dashiell Hammett short story. And now I see it listed as this poster's location. Coincidence?
03-27-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 358
Posted By Trakhak

Interesting that the wheel builder/manufacturer...

Interesting that the wheel builder/manufacturer decided that interlacing the spokes was unnecessary. Might be nearly impossible to do, at that, given that hub design and the use of such heavy-gauge...
03-27-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By Trakhak

Cleaning is good. But your new test with the...

Cleaning is good. But your new test with the lowest gearing will prove nothing. The test that will prove that the problem is nonexistent will be to use the durometer with the chain running in as...
03-26-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 521
Posted By Trakhak

This sufficiently accounts for the (non)problem,...

This sufficiently accounts for the (non)problem, not that that ever stops anyone posting other hypotheses.

Proof: run the chain up to the middle chainring and middle sprocket and measure again.
03-26-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 807
Posted By Trakhak

I have used aero bars on all my bikes for the...

I have used aero bars on all my bikes for the last 20-plus years. (Nerve impingement at my left elbow means that during any ride of over 20 minutes or so, my left hand becomes useless for braking and...
03-26-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 413
Posted By Trakhak

Once you've followed the instructions in the...

Once you've followed the instructions in the videos posted above, look for the minimum insertion line on the stem, and don't raise the stem beyond that line. (You may find that the stem is already at...
03-25-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,754
Posted By Trakhak

Not just a sport---a clean source of energy! ...

Not just a sport---a clean source of energy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4O5voOCqAQ
03-25-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 487
Posted By Trakhak

With almost no exceptions, track sprinters (and...

With almost no exceptions, track sprinters (and track pursuiters, keirin riders, etc.) of all sizes use 165-mm cranks. That length was chosen for the practical reason that the use of longer cranks...
03-25-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 5,765
Posted By Trakhak

My guess, after reading the sentence in question...

My guess, after reading the sentence in question a few times, is that UniChris meant that manufacturers should use higher-quality steel to build more-durable rear derailleurs for entry-level bikes...
03-25-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 312
Posted By Trakhak

If a new chain skips on the original "friction...

If a new chain skips on the original "friction freewheel," it looks as if that freewheel can be removed and replaced with a conventional (five-sprocket) freewheel, although an older version of a...
03-24-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,754
Posted By Trakhak

Top two photos confirm that the fork is bent. The...

Top two photos confirm that the fork is bent. The frame might be bent, too; can't tell from any of the photos.

The fork can't be safely repaired. Looks like quite an inexpensive bike, from...
03-24-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By Trakhak

Assuming that the bike was bought assembled from...

Assuming that the bike was bought assembled from a bike shop, if I were the warranty guy in that shop, the first thing I'd do would be to look for flared-out dents in the rim indicating that the bike...
03-23-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 831
Posted By Trakhak

I played bass in a modern country band for a few...

I played bass in a modern country band for a few years with a guitarist who owned (coincidentally, given your user name) 54 or 55 Teles in total, along with various other guitars he'd bring from time...
03-23-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 4,368
Posted By Trakhak

If that's the case, why do I often have to "burp"...

If that's the case, why do I often have to "burp" the Presta valve after my first attempt at inflation with a floor pump fails? The gauge shows that air in the hose reached some astronomical...
03-22-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 4,754
Posted By Trakhak

No one is suggesting a quick fix because we know...

No one is suggesting a quick fix because we know enough about bent frames and forks to know that there is no quick fix. Your choices are to (1) tell the truth about what happened or (2) lie about it.
03-22-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,451
Posted By Trakhak

Not so much hard to believe as incorrect. In the...

Not so much hard to believe as incorrect. In the years during which I worked in Cannondale and Trek dealerships, among other brands, none of the companies' reps ever refused a legitimate frame...
03-21-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,593
Posted By Trakhak

Also available here...

Also available here (https://www.retro-gression.com/collections/brakes-levers/products/dia-compe-clamp-on-brake-caliper), and cheaper, especially if you're in the USA.
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