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Forum: Road Cycling
02-26-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,411
Posted By 79pmooney

psimet, I watch the bars go wide and narrow with...

psimet, I watch the bars go wide and narrow with amusement. I find the old adage, the width of the balls of your shoulders, works very well for me. 39s fit exactly on mine (or at least did before I...
02-26-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 811
Posted By 79pmooney

Second the carrying of important stuff on you. I...

Second the carrying of important stuff on you. I also make it a point to have 5 bills (any denomination) as I have used that many to boot big cuts and ride home. And yes, where the bike ends up...
02-26-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 296
Posted By 79pmooney

Are those the same width rims? (What matters is...

Are those the same width rims? (What matters is the inside width of the flanges. Measure that; like the tires, don't rely on the published numbers.)
02-26-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By 79pmooney

I'd measure my bike rather than rely on a...

I'd measure my bike rather than rely on a published spec. That spec was probably published before the first production bike of that run. As lond as the bikes come out close, no one cares. And if...
02-26-21, 05:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 225
Posted By 79pmooney

ofajen got it right. Downsize the chainring 4...

ofajen got it right. Downsize the chainring 4 teeth. One "link" - inner and outer - equals 2 teeth. So you want to downsize the chainring two teeth but that is two teeth in 24, not 48 since we are...
02-26-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,007
Posted By 79pmooney

+1. Crashes are bad at speed but (if you are...

+1. Crashes are bad at speed but (if you are wearing a helmet) probably less long-term life altering than being hit in the Achilles by that pedal.

I won't use clipless on my fix gears because...
02-26-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,007
Posted By 79pmooney

One advantage of horizontal dropouts over track...

One advantage of horizontal dropouts over track ends is that the vertical position of the rim relative to the brake pads changes little as the hub slides along the dropout. And if you are building a...
Forum: Foo
02-25-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 475
Posted By 79pmooney

I saw that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter had resumed...

I saw that Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter had resumed going to church after they were vaccinated. The little Plains, Georgia church they'd been going to forever. Reading that was the bright spot in my...
Forum: Foo
02-25-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 475
Posted By 79pmooney

The Camp David peace accord - Jimmy Carter sat...

The Camp David peace accord - Jimmy Carter sat down two leaders of peoples that had been at war for centuries with deep spiritual beliefs. What made that work was that they both knew Jimmy Carter...
Forum: Foo
02-25-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 475
Posted By 79pmooney

This was supposed to be an uplifting thread. You...

This was supposed to be an uplifting thread. You guys took it down fast. :(

To bring it back up, I'll tell a story from the book "A Call to Action ...". (I read this several years ago so details...
Forum: Foo
02-24-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 475
Posted By 79pmooney

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter are back in church

Yeah! I'm not a Christian and in general, don't warm to those who claim to be but I am a huge Jimmy Carter fan. I've watched what he has done since his presidency. I doubt we've ever had an ex-pres...
02-24-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By 79pmooney

I moved to Portland in '98 for a job on the...

I moved to Portland in '98 for a job on the eastside. A coworker kept telling me about Alpenrose, the velodrome way out on the west side. Bought a house in Garden Home (a short mile south of Gugie)...
02-24-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 362
Posted By 79pmooney

For Seattle where I used to live and commute 16...

For Seattle where I used to live and commute 16 each way 3 days a week year round and Portland, I use FinishLine wet MTB lube for my two city/commute bikes. Works, stays on (even through very heavy...
02-24-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By 79pmooney

Sad day. I'm not a trackie and I hung my numbers...

Sad day. I'm not a trackie and I hung my numbers up 40 years ago, but I live 2 miles away and have watched many races there. Stopped by returning from rides to see if anyone is there training. ...
02-23-21, 11:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 280
Posted By 79pmooney

Question: when you say the chain slips, is it...

Question: when you say the chain slips, is it wanting to shift into a smaller cog or is the chain not seating right on the teeth of the cog it is on? I read your post before any of the other answers...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-23-21, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm wearing polarized lenses now. They have...

I'm wearing polarized lenses now. They have their good and bad. The trick is to be aware. Now when I raced sailboats on San Francisco Bay I learned very fast they simply did not work. Reading the...
02-23-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By 79pmooney

Don't wear clothing that makes the necessary so...

Don't wear clothing that makes the necessary so difficult. Is there another profession where the work clothing is that inconvenient? OK, yeah, scuba and helmet diving in suits. But even my dry...
Forum: Touring
02-23-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 987
Posted By 79pmooney

Crossing the country without a compass? First,...

Crossing the country without a compass? First, I'm betting that it was done on foot before "discovery" by Columbus. It is known that a member of the Nez Perce tribe traveled to Cincinnati Ohio then...
02-23-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,411
Posted By 79pmooney

I said "no" but then I read about the Alpenrose...

I said "no" but then I read about the Alpenrose Velodrome and the surrounding park closing to be sold for housing development. I'd change to yes if I could buy the property and set it up as an...
02-23-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 108
Posted By 79pmooney

Wow! That hurts. I'm not a trackie at all and...

Wow! That hurts. I'm not a trackie at all and rode my last race 40 years ago, but that velodrome (and OBRA) were a gift to the racing community and to the larger community. I knew it would take...
Forum: Fatbikes
02-23-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 302
Posted By 79pmooney

No. Those Q-factors are so far beyond anything...

No. Those Q-factors are so far beyond anything my knees should ever see that I just leave fatbikes in the showroom.
02-23-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,411
Posted By 79pmooney

No.

No.
02-22-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,746
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 (Haven't tried the dog owner one yet.) ...

+1 (Haven't tried the dog owner one yet.)

Mine: The right hand edge of the road is not my friend. I try to spend as little time there as possible. (Typically the most debris and glass, worst...
02-22-21, 10:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 554
Posted By 79pmooney

I've got SS Kings on my ti bikes. 20 and 15k...

I've got SS Kings on my ti bikes. 20 and 15k miles. They look (and act) brand new.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-22-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes. You may well have damaged the bursa,...

Yes. You may well have damaged the bursa, basically a sack of lubricating fluid for you hip joint. (I've never taken a biology course so don't quote me here. I have however hit mine enough times...
02-22-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't want track ends, ever. I want...

I don't want track ends, ever. I want traditional "horizontal" forward opening road dropouts.
...
02-22-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 482
Posted By 79pmooney

My dad did in his 60s to bring his feet from EEE...

My dad did in his 60s to bring his feet from EEE to D. I wasn't around so I don't know any details but my dad said it was a huge change for the better both soon after and years later.
02-22-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,561
Posted By 79pmooney

I like tons. More choices. 2240 lbs. 2207 lbs....

I like tons. More choices. 2240 lbs. 2207 lbs. 2000 lbs. (Almost as good, miles, land and sea.)

Really, I wish we'd sated on the track Carter started us on. If we had, it would have been...
02-22-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 222
Posted By 79pmooney

There's a better way but you guys are tired of...

There's a better way but you guys are tired of hearing it.
Forum: Foo
02-21-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,445
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll check for aspirin. Cheap generic aspirin is...

I'll check for aspirin. Cheap generic aspirin is God's gift to these knees and this body in general. I've never seen an advantage to the more modern stuff. Guess I'm lucky.
Forum: Foo
02-21-21, 10:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,445
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll sign up as soon as I can. (Currently the...

I'll sign up as soon as I can. (Currently the state website says phase 2, 65+ March 1st.) I"ll go through the proper channels, no cutting in line but the one thing I would defer to is giving my...
02-21-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 486
Posted By 79pmooney

This sounds like finding the princess that can...

This sounds like finding the princess that can wear the slipper you found. A lotta work, but if she's gotta be a princess how else are you gonna find her?
02-21-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 828
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't miss the old 12 Meters. I've gone far...

I don't miss the old 12 Meters. I've gone far faster on a 24' ocean racing monohull that was far more seaworthy than those lead mines. (And cost 0.10% as much, new.) Probably went faster on my...
02-21-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,753
Posted By 79pmooney

No fenders"? One 40 mile ride right after the...

No fenders"? One 40 mile ride right after the first rain in weeks will solve your issues fast! (I raced a silver-grey metal flake painted bike. I loved that it didn't show dirt. I used to get...
02-21-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By 79pmooney

I didn't see traditional horizontal road...

I didn't see traditional horizontal road dropouts. Are they now a thing of the past? (What I really wish would come back are the long Campy's from the 1960s. Fix gear cog choices! I'll never ride...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 795
Posted By 79pmooney

Another reason I love quill stems. You can break...

Another reason I love quill stems. You can break the steerer at the bottom of the stem but assuming it is inserted past the threads, you have to work at it and torque that bolt down hard. Good...
02-21-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,766
Posted By 79pmooney

There are at least a few that rode without brakes...

There are at least a few that rode without brakes who no longer vote.
02-21-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 949
Posted By 79pmooney

An awful lot of opinionated posts here! I...

An awful lot of opinionated posts here!

I ride drop bars exclusively, Do half my riding on fix gears, all with regular, good brakes, levers and hoods. I have extension levers set up on one...
02-21-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By 79pmooney

This is so user dependent. I'm an ex-racer. ...

This is so user dependent. I'm an ex-racer. Learned as a racer that, for me, having a high BB and being able to pedal deeply into corner and sooner coming out offset my weakness - few fast twitch...
02-20-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 959
Posted By 79pmooney

Alpenrose has loaners. Come Wednesday evenings,...

Alpenrose has loaners. Come Wednesday evenings, May to late summer for coaching.
02-20-21, 11:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 959
Posted By 79pmooney

I've done a couple of laps on the local Alpenrose...

I've done a couple of laps on the local Alpenrose track here in Portland on my road fix gear. Alone, no coaching. Scared the piss out of me and I won't try again. I was over 60 then. 48 degree...
02-20-21, 10:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 909
Posted By 79pmooney

You scared me. Your post makes it sound like a...

You scared me. Your post makes it sound like a framebuilder going out of business. Didn't know about these guys, but cool! Thanks! (Should have read your title a little more carefully.)

Now,...
Forum: Foo
02-20-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 542
Posted By 79pmooney

Hondo, a trick. Wastes water but so does busted...

Hondo, a trick. Wastes water but so does busted pipes. Let a little water trickle out the faucet so there is some movement in the pipes. The colder the pipes, the more you have to run. (You could...
Forum: For Sale
02-19-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,351
Posted By 79pmooney

Takes me back. No, I never had A Charles Roberts...

Takes me back. No, I never had A Charles Roberts and don't remember knowing anyone who did but I grew up just south of Boston, bought my Peugeot UO-8 in 1967 from the Bicycle Exchange, raced out of...
02-19-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 701
Posted By 79pmooney

mattsl, I see you have only received wise-crack...

mattsl, I see you have only received wise-crack answers. Flipping the stem refers to removing the stem from both the steerer and handlebar, rolling it over so the logo now reads upside down and...
02-19-21, 08:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 413
Posted By 79pmooney

If you are near a sailmaker, give them a call and...

If you are near a sailmaker, give them a call and ask for some scrap dacron sailcloth. Cloth for a small racing dinghy would be perfect. Cut a large patch (like that Park only now you can tailor...
02-19-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 686
Posted By 79pmooney

I guarantee it's coming to racing. Now that the...

I guarantee it's coming to racing. Now that the top tube tuck is banned and everyone knows how much faster it is.


I'm guessing no one is paying you to finish rides faster or be able to stay...
02-19-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 807
Posted By 79pmooney

I have this issue that slows me down when I think...

I have this issue that slows me down when I think of getting a new bike. My arms. Fit. I was 6'1/2" and have been shrinking the past couple of decades but my inseam is unchanged and long. My...
Forum: Commuting
02-19-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 914
Posted By 79pmooney

Believe me, we have (almost) all been there! ...

Believe me, we have (almost) all been there! Ride on, swap the parts when they become available (might be smart to get/order whatever you can and keep trying on the rest) and laugh about it later.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 914
Posted By 79pmooney

I keep a spreadsheet of miles, elevation and the...

I keep a spreadsheet of miles, elevation and the bike. (Used to create spreadsheets in the '80s to do engineering calculations on ships. Got the skill; it's kinda fun.)

So I have mileage...
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