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04-11-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 431
Posted By Pratt

One bike? I'd keep my Bruce Gordon Rock and Road...

One bike? I'd keep my Bruce Gordon Rock and Road Tour. Here in Vermont, road means >50% unpaved.
But, even though you may love pizza, you might tire of it three meals a day, every day. Other...
04-09-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 832
Posted By Pratt

synopsis

To save you the effort, the net-net of the numerous threads and posts on this topic is:
slosh it down liberally with muriatic acid leave to soak overnight, then wipe down with fine sandpaper in the...
04-09-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 325
Posted By Pratt

Maybe another bike owner from SF could offer...

Maybe another bike owner from SF could offer suggestions as to how he copes with the problem.
Boeshield, IIRC, was developed specifically to prevent corrosion of bare metal.
04-08-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,730
Posted By Pratt

Not that will in any way settle this debate, in...

Not that will in any way settle this debate, in fact, probably the reverse, but you can find out if more or less pressure is faster in your tires by "brushing" with a friend.
Start out coasting eat...
03-29-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 2,981
Posted By Pratt

Reading the posts, here, and elsewhere, in BF,...

Reading the posts, here, and elsewhere, in BF, the answer is "yes." As people get more involved in cycling they often become obsessive about weight and buy successive frames and components to make...
03-28-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,510
Posted By Pratt

For those now thinking it might be fun to give...

For those now thinking it might be fun to give their bikes names, might I suggest something like 'One Hundred Miles?' Then you could say, I rode One Hundred Miles today.
03-27-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,510
Posted By Pratt

The Red Rocket and The Green Flash. Neither...

The Red Rocket and The Green Flash.
Neither lives up to its name with me riding, so they are sort of ironic.
03-19-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,002
Posted By Pratt

Just to add a little to the optimism of those...

Just to add a little to the optimism of those others who have thrived post-break. Cats have only vestigial little collar bones about the size of fingernail parings, and they are completely detached...
03-19-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,874
Posted By Pratt

From a parenting point of view, perhaps you could...

From a parenting point of view, perhaps you could discuss all the pros and cons, without the goal of reaching a predetermined 'solution.' Listen to her point of view, let her lay out the problems...
03-14-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,245
Posted By Pratt

Excellent question. Since it is Pi Day, perhaps...

Excellent question. Since it is Pi Day, perhaps you need to tighten up your radius.
03-13-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 709
Posted By Pratt

I mounted a mirror on a block of wood, and...

I mounted a mirror on a block of wood, and epoxied that onto the end of a piece of flexible steel tubing, like an old gooseneck lamp might have, about 15" long. It actually doesn't look as clunky as...
Forum: Touring
03-05-21, 07:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,066
Posted By Pratt

Just to muddy the waters, have you considered a...

Just to muddy the waters, have you considered a Pinion geared bottom bracket? It gives a 600%+ range and 18 separate, unduplicated gears. Then you can also get involved in a lot of arm waving about...
03-04-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,325
Posted By Pratt

Should I use Brooks Proofhide on my toes with...

Should I use Brooks Proofhide on my toes with these?
02-20-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 826
Posted By Pratt

"Do you think it is safe to______?" is a fairly...

"Do you think it is safe to______?" is a fairly common question here. I principle, if you are even asking the question, you already know that the answer is "NO."
A more refined answer might be,...
02-20-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 913
Posted By Pratt

Maybe they are already testing drugs on their...

Maybe they are already testing drugs on their employees.
02-19-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,039
Posted By Pratt

Bikes are sort of a lawless Wild West of...

Bikes are sort of a lawless Wild West of measurements. We happily weigh components in metric units of mass, not force, and then list the weight of the complete bike in Imperial units of weight,...
02-15-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,279
Posted By Pratt

Seems to me that asking the question indicates...

Seems to me that asking the question indicates that you have already answered it, and you don't trust the frame.
02-14-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,704
Posted By Pratt

Perhaps some photos showing how our various...

Perhaps some photos showing how our various members have solved this problem in their own spaces. Vane's picture was indeed worth a 1000 words.
02-13-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,053
Posted By Pratt

Once, on a dirt road portion of the Cross Vermont...

Once, on a dirt road portion of the Cross Vermont Trail, I was passing a driveway as a truck was starting to leave. As I passed directly across the entrance to the drive, I could hear him lock up...
01-26-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Pratt

A second set of wheels is an excellent idea. ...

A second set of wheels is an excellent idea. Then the stage is set for concern about damaging the axles and brake alignment through changing the wheel sets too often, thus justifying N+1 on the...
Forum: Touring
01-21-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
Posted By Pratt

A Physical Therapist once told me 'It's not no...

A Physical Therapist once told me 'It's not no pain no gain, it's pain, no brain'
12-30-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,823
Posted By Pratt

Plus one on Geelage's advice. Lung trauma and...

Plus one on Geelage's advice. Lung trauma and adhesions can come back to make your old age a misery.
12-27-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Pratt

Would dropping the ring in boiling water for a...

Would dropping the ring in boiling water for a minute or two expand it enough to ease the trip on the tube?
You could chill the tube as well.
12-17-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,319
Posted By Pratt

From the tone of your OP, I'm guessing wearing...

From the tone of your OP, I'm guessing wearing them backwards is not an option. You might get a magic marker the same color as the bibs and color the underlying skin to match.
12-12-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,233
Posted By Pratt

Nobody offered to take it off your hands for a...

Nobody offered to take it off your hands for a nominal fee, to protect you.
12-01-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,141
Posted By Pratt

Do they make an app for GPS or phones that will...

Do they make an app for GPS or phones that will let you know when you are outside, or within the magic radius from home? So you don't needlessly change a tube when you could've walked, or walked...
11-30-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,141
Posted By Pratt

Personally, I carry a spare tube, so I can change...

Personally, I carry a spare tube, so I can change the tube and be on my way and fix it at home. If I'm going to be riding stretches a long way from services, I carry a tube for both sizes, 700c and...
11-30-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,967
Posted By Pratt

Although my bikes are heavy compared to some...

Although my bikes are heavy compared to some listed here, they didn't gain an ounce last week, unlike their rider who picked up about 3 lb.
11-29-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,967
Posted By Pratt

Bruce Gordon Rock and Road Tour weighs ~37 lb...

Bruce Gordon Rock and Road Tour weighs ~37 lb with pump, racks, some tools, spare tube, half full water bottles.
Tout Terrain with Pinion-18 gearbox, same equipment ~40 lb.
11-21-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,462
Posted By Pratt

Many good ideas here, and conflicting opinions. ...

Many good ideas here, and conflicting opinions. One can't help but notice that contributors to threads on riding in wet weather are concerned/convinced that an hour of rainwater will remove almost...
Forum: Touring
11-15-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,512
Posted By Pratt

Paper maps are always fully charged.

Paper maps are always fully charged.
11-15-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,232
Posted By Pratt

Gresp's idea might pay nice dividends for the...

Gresp's idea might pay nice dividends for the moderately disciplined. At $50.00 per month, if you managed to keep your bike from being stolen, in three years, you would have $1800.00 towards N+1.
Forum: Touring
11-10-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,188
Posted By Pratt

Long ago, not in another galaxy, but another...

Long ago, not in another galaxy, but another century, I had little tire cleaners. They mounted on the fork crown and the rear brake bridge. they were a piece of wire for the mounting, then two pieces...
Forum: Touring
11-07-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,306
Posted By Pratt

My Rock and Road has a 24-36-46 up front. Here,...

My Rock and Road has a 24-36-46 up front. Here, in Vermont, the 46 is mostly for decoration. I ride a lot of dirt roads and 20 MPH is a handful. Even if it is smooth, for dirt, the vibration makes...
11-05-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,619
Posted By Pratt

Bu t they continue to make a glaring omission. ...

Bu t they continue to make a glaring omission. Sunlight is not just suspected, but actually, known to cause cancer, and yet it has no warnings.
11-01-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,159
Posted By Pratt

Congratulations! A marriage is a lot like a...

Congratulations!
A marriage is a lot like a bicycle, with a little care, it will last a long time and give you much pleasure.
10-29-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,124
Posted By Pratt

A lot of people seem to do most of the work with...

A lot of people seem to do most of the work with common tools and get the LBS to do the unusual, e.g. bottom bracket facing, threading, installing, removing.
10-27-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,525
Posted By Pratt

Perhaps you could gain some perspective by trying...

Perhaps you could gain some perspective by trying to wash chain lube off your hands with cold water, no soap.
Water left on steel, rust will ensue.
Salt and grit, definitely bad for bikes.
You did...
Forum: Touring
10-25-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,736
Posted By Pratt

My advice is to go for it. I have never built a...

My advice is to go for it. I have never built a bike, but have built and paddled, rowed and sailed numerous small craft over the years. There is satisfaction all the way, from solving problems and...
10-18-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,657
Posted By Pratt

Thank goodness! It is getting too cold to go...

Thank goodness! It is getting too cold to go naked
10-07-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,019
Posted By Pratt

Gentle cycle, cool water

Gentle cycle, cool water
09-29-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,860
Posted By Pratt

It just takes that long adequately to break in a...

It just takes that long adequately to break in a Brooks saddle
08-27-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,062
Posted By Pratt

Wash

And, gentle cycling means they are less sweaty
08-12-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,935
Posted By Pratt

Skin cancer too; perhaps consider riding at night

Skin cancer too; perhaps consider riding at night
08-12-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,271
Posted By Pratt

Sorry to be unclear, I meant 'Not, you're not...

Sorry to be unclear, I meant 'Not, you're not crazy'
08-10-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,041
Posted By Pratt

Difficult to release lipless pedals are a safety...

Difficult to release lipless pedals are a safety feature, designed to protect the bike in case of falls
08-03-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By Pratt

Does this torque make my chainstays look fat?

Does this torque make my chainstays look fat?
07-31-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,493
Posted By Pratt

Great question, but the course should have killer...

Great question, but the course should have killer hills, at 1/6 gravity you'll fly up them
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 984
Posted By Pratt

From Riverhead, you might also consider Shelter...

From Riverhead, you might also consider Shelter Island. Sounds (pun intended) like a great trip. Ferry crossings should be fun.
07-05-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Pratt

They're not the same?

They're not the same?
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