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09-18-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 713
Posted By bblair

The only thing that I have standardized are...

The only thing that I have standardized are pedals. I don't want to have different shoes for different bikes.
09-17-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 311
Posted By bblair

I've thought of making a rack, just too lazy to...

I've thought of making a rack, just too lazy to figure it out. Might be a good Covid project.
09-17-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 311
Posted By bblair

Bike stand for indoor

I have half a dozen bikes in my basement and need some to hold them up. Leaning on shelves of paint or each other doesn't cut it. Plus, I like to admire them!

Any inexpensive ideas? Plans or...
09-15-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By bblair

I have the same bike too, circa 1975. Yours has...

I have the same bike too, circa 1975. Yours has cottered cranks, which makes me think it is a little older.

I converted mine to a single speed and ride it around town for errands.
09-11-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 877
Posted By bblair

Pure roadie here, I have no desire to ride...

Pure roadie here, I have no desire to ride rough/bumpy/pothole filled gravel paths.

But I see it as this: I have my go-all-day bike, my go fast, beat me up bike, my vintage bike, my even more...
09-10-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

I was going to buy a new one because the plastic...

I was going to buy a new one because the plastic Roc Loc thing was broken and the pads are gnarly.

After all of this.....I just bought new RocLoc, pads and good to go. For all of $10. Unless you...
09-03-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,057
Posted By bblair

Is it dumb to buy a used Brooks saddle?

I am only a saddle (and some bar tape) away from my vintage Paramount being done! I have decided to go with a Brooks, since that is what mine from the 70's had before it was stolen. New ones are over...
09-02-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 736
Posted By bblair

Tires and tubes are really hard to find. You...

Tires and tubes are really hard to find. You might try:

Biketires direct. They have lots of odd sizes and are very helpful if you need advice.

Excel Sports. Fast service, great prices.

REI....
09-02-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 872
Posted By bblair

I have worked on a lot of those Walmart bikes and...

I have worked on a lot of those Walmart bikes and they are awful. Super heavy, parts are poorly machined and don't fit well. Wheels always run rough. Brakes hardly work.

But I have also worked on...
09-02-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By bblair

Many bike shops will have loaner seats, so try a...

Many bike shops will have loaner seats, so try a couple until you find one you can tolerate. Then buy good shorts. But neither will be inexpensive.

Years ago Bicycling Magazine had an article on...
09-02-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

What if I buy that $300 helmet but nobody knows...

What if I buy that $300 helmet but nobody knows how expensive it is? Still "worth it?" My wife has an aunt that leaves the price tag on everything, kind of like Minnie Pearl.

It's not like a car:...
08-28-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

Not really wanting to go into a shop and try on...

Not really wanting to go into a shop and try on helmets, especially with a limited selection.....and not wanting to buy blind online......I ordered a new RocLoc fit system for my Giro helmet. All of...
08-26-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

You and I know that, but the Mrs. doesn't the...

You and I know that, but the Mrs. doesn't the difference between a derailleur and a disk brake. At least she didn't say "costume."
08-26-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

Depreciation? I would take that into account...

Depreciation?

I would take that into account buying a house or a car, but not a device meant to protect my health. Helmets have a life span, being exposed to sun, heat, UV, etc.

Let me take a...
08-25-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,262
Posted By bblair

That's all fine, but a better indicator is to...

That's all fine, but a better indicator is to closely follow (and document) your IBU's, ABV's and assorted Scoville Units. Currently I am at 75, 8 and a million.
08-25-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 611
Posted By bblair

With the big club rides, there had been times...

With the big club rides, there had been times when I got dropped turning out of the shop parking light, waiting for a car. Some of the A rides would ride with the B's, just to feel like big fish....
08-25-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,125
Posted By bblair

Not usually, but I might tomorrow.

Not usually, but I might tomorrow.
08-25-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

Thanks for that video, it confirms what I...

Thanks for that video, it confirms what I thought. $200 for a slot to store my sunglasses seems a bit much.

I guess I could follow my wife's lead and buy the one that goes with my outfit.
08-25-20, 10:24 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 6,965
Posted By bblair

I need a new helmet. Why so expensive?

It's been a few years, so time for a new helmet. It is my understanding, perhaps wrong, that they all meet the same safety standars. Most use the MIPs type of retention/adjustments. Look to be of the...
08-20-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,204
Posted By bblair

Although the video above seems pretty definitive,...

Although the video above seems pretty definitive, there is a great deal of variability among us. After a while, you just know what feels right. Copying some else's style or cadence or gearing is...
08-20-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 4,644
Posted By bblair

Not while riding but in the parking lot when we...

Not while riding but in the parking lot when we gather and I bring one with me for when (and if) we stop at a convenience store. Everyone in my group does the same.
08-15-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,539
Posted By bblair

Yes. Same wheels, same struggles, until my LBS...

Yes. Same wheels, same struggles, until my LBS showed me the trick too. Work the tire into the center channel of the rim which is slightly smaller in diameter than the seating area. No tools needed.
08-15-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,539
Posted By bblair

Michelin, by far. I bought a pair at the local...

Michelin, by far. I bought a pair at the local Performance shop (may they rest in peace) because they were on sale, with the condition that they put them on. I went to lunch and when I came back, the...
08-15-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,136
Posted By bblair

Yes, go for it! With qualifications: The...

Yes, go for it! With qualifications:

The ultimate, fast as hell bike might be very uncomfortable for you. Not fun. An upright, hybrid style might be slow. So, go to a good LBS and discuss exactly...
08-14-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,530
Posted By bblair

Mr. "Honey, I have to confess. I am having an...

Mr. "Honey, I have to confess. I am having an affair.
Mrs. "Don't give me that crap, you've been out buying an e-bike!"
08-12-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,830
Posted By bblair

Update: did that exactly today. Waiting for the...

Update: did that exactly today. Waiting for the grill and going to put on some swordfish and salmon. That is way more interesting that milage/pace or feet climbed.
08-11-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,830
Posted By bblair

What you describe sounds like a perfect day to...

What you describe sounds like a perfect day to me.

Go for a ride. Then take a shower, drink a beer and have a nap. Wake up in time to light the grill and open another cold one. Being retired, I...
08-11-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,574
Posted By bblair

Yes, its really dumb. I do it all the time....

Yes, its really dumb.

I do it all the time. Last year rode a century and it was 100 at the end.
08-06-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 771
Posted By bblair

Found some at my local REI for my nephew's kid...

Found some at my local REI for my nephew's kid bike.
07-27-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,844
Posted By bblair

Yea....my wife just sees the occasional $40...

Yea....my wife just sees the occasional $40 PayPal charge. She knows "bike part," but it was really just a bolt.
07-27-20, 02:43 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,844
Posted By bblair

After much measurement and remeasurement, I...

After much measurement and remeasurement, I ordered a Gippemme 26.6mm seat post on Ebay and it arrived all the way from Romania today. I think that it will be fine. Just a little tightening on the...
07-20-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,663
Posted By bblair

Many years ago, similar frustration with similar...

Many years ago, similar frustration with similar rebuilding.

Turns out it was the aglet on my shoelace hitting the bike on each revolution. Felt stupid.
07-18-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,746
Posted By bblair

All great advice, but that sounds like work. You...

All great advice, but that sounds like work. You need to find a group of similar ability, or maybe just slightly faster. I ride with a group of 60+ year old men and women. We stomp it pretty good up...
07-16-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,141
Posted By bblair

If yours is like mine, it originally came with 27...

If yours is like mine, it originally came with 27 inch wheels, which makes 700c rims a far reach. The only thing that I could find to work were Weinmann centerpulls.

What is the measurement from...
07-12-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,898
Posted By bblair

We were able to find lightly used tires at a...

We were able to find lightly used tires at a local coop for $10 each. Not sure their story, but should be plenty good enough for their intended purpose.
07-09-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,898
Posted By bblair

My wife and I fix up old bikes and donate them. I...

My wife and I fix up old bikes and donate them. I have one now that is ok except for dry, cracked tires. Anybody know where I find cheap 26 x 2.0 tires? 554-559 size. LBS, online and ebay all out.
07-03-20, 01:40 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,844
Posted By bblair

Here is where we are so far: Frame...

Here is where we are so far:
Frame powdercoated, reassembled and decals applied.
Campy record low flange hubs, courtesy BikeForums.net
Suntour 7 speed freewheel, Campy Record front and Chorus (?)...
06-26-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,373
Posted By bblair

If I could buy my way into the "A Group," I would...

If I could buy my way into the "A Group," I would do it tomorrow.
06-26-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,373
Posted By bblair

While I wouldn't want a heavy ride made out of...

While I wouldn't want a heavy ride made out of plumbing pipes, I have seen more than one big, heavy, strong guy mangle super light wheels and break rear dropouts. Might be less expensive, more...
06-26-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,021
Posted By bblair

I just won a nice set of Weinmann 610/750...

I just won a nice set of Weinmann 610/750 centerpulls with levers and new hoods. Yea!
06-25-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,021
Posted By bblair

Thanks Kurt. I am aware of most of those, but a...

Thanks Kurt. I am aware of most of those, but a great list to research.
06-25-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,021
Posted By bblair

Here are my choices, so far (ebay): Weinmann...

Here are my choices, so far (ebay):

Weinmann centerpulls- I don't love centerpulls and there are extra hangers and such, which most sets don't seem to include. I'd have to scrounge around for...
06-16-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,380
Posted By bblair

My old Trek has new wheels, a whole new...

My old Trek has new wheels, a whole new drivetrain, new seatpost and seat. Stem too. Only thing remaining is the frame, which was repainted after a repair. So, is it the same bike, or a new bike?
...
06-14-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,380
Posted By bblair

Yes, the tandem does take up a lot of space....

Yes, the tandem does take up a lot of space. Maybe I'll just get rid of the lawn mower and snow blower.
06-13-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,380
Posted By bblair

If I have an old bike that I keep around, but...

If I have an old bike that I keep around, but never ride, do I include that in my "N" number? Do I count my tandem as half a bike, or as 2? My son's bike is still in my basement, but he has moved...
06-12-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,380
Posted By bblair

My current number of bikes is N-3! I periodically...

My current number of bikes is N-3! I periodically fix up some old bikes and we donate them to kids or immigrants needing a way to work. Today, I was relieved of a very heavy, low end mountain bike, a...
06-11-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 19,089
Posted By bblair

Been faster on my single, but my most memorable...

Been faster on my single, but my most memorable was going about 45mph on a tandem with my second grader on the back with a kid kit. We had a long conversation about "don't tell mom," but of course as...
06-11-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By bblair

As I understand it, the Lynskey family were the...

As I understand it, the Lynskey family were the original owners of Lightspeed. When they sold the business, they were banned from making frames for a while, but are now back in business. Look at the...
06-11-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,380
Posted By bblair

N+1=S-1 Solve for that number where marital...

N+1=S-1

Solve for that number where marital bliss equals bicycling nirvana. But I am not sure which side of the equation a tandem belongs. Depends on the day, I guess.
06-11-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,898
Posted By bblair

As measured: Front 61mm, Rear 70mm. There ...

As measured: Front 61mm, Rear 70mm.

There might be some old center pulls that will reach, but I really don't like those. I see that I am not the only one having difficulty finding stuff. Bought...
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