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09-12-19, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,795
Posted By 63rickert

You have an old bike. Modern parts will not work....

You have an old bike. Modern parts will not work. SunTour shifters are fine, the ones you tried are made for splayed out duck foot cranks. You have an old straight crank. Campag works great on...
09-12-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,795
Posted By 63rickert

Simplex 56 is one obscure derailleur. Had to look...

Simplex 56 is one obscure derailleur. Had to look that one up. It's a pull-chain derailleur. If Velobase information is correct it would have been made/marketed in '56 and '57 only. Looking at the...
08-21-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,341
Posted By 63rickert

Words chosen in hopes of being banned. Waiting. ...

Words chosen in hopes of being banned. Waiting.

Civility and comity before safety because if you don't have the first two the good information never gets passed around. Except at this place, where...
08-21-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,341
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, I am the Gestapo. As stated, have seen this...

Yes, I am the Gestapo. As stated, have seen this movie many times before. The ending is no good.

If you want to jump off a cliff and expect that you are going to have a different result than the...
08-21-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,341
Posted By 63rickert

NO. We have seen this movie before. We have seen...

NO. We have seen this movie before. We have seen this movie before way too many times. The following is not a theoretical concern. This happens.

Shift to the large/large combination with a short...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 17,199
Posted By 63rickert

Titanium requires total quality control. Lots and...

Titanium requires total quality control. Lots and lots of failures on early ti bikes. Incredibly easy to contaminate a weld. Only way to control that is and was to build slowly, one at a time. So if...
08-19-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,382
Posted By 63rickert

You're getting older. You're getting shorter....

You're getting older. You're getting shorter. Five years back I would be making you an offer about now. No way can I manage a bike that big now. Put that wonder aside and wait.
08-19-19, 11:32 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,811
Posted By 63rickert

Not far from you at Blue Mound I did three...

Not far from you at Blue Mound I did three repeats of the entire climb, including that final ramp, with a low of 42x24. That was six years ago and this season it finally seems
better, though not...
08-18-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 110,333
Posted By 63rickert

And now that I've told a horror story try not to...

And now that I've told a horror story try not to be put off. Just a great tire. If you have the clearance for a 30mm tire worth a try. The current version (or current label) is called Schwalbe G-One....
08-18-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 110,333
Posted By 63rickert

Had something similar about a year ago with a...

Had something similar about a year ago with a Schwalbe S-One. When I stopped for the flat there was no adhesive at all between carcass of tire and base tape. Tire had hunched up a little in front of...
08-17-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,806
Posted By 63rickert

400,000 career miles and exactly 43 stitches in...

400,000 career miles and exactly 43 stitches in damage to show for it. Never do a ride without at least a dozen verboten mechanical hijinks that result in certain death. Equipment older than I am....
08-17-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,806
Posted By 63rickert

Those smooth tracks do exist. You might be...

Those smooth tracks do exist. You might be surprised by how rough most tracks are. Even on the sweetest tracks racing involves a lot of rough and tumble. Sixty degree bankings will put some load on a...
Replies: 30
Views: 5,021
Posted By 63rickert

Just did conversion #4...

Just did conversion #4 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=4) to short cranks. All for friends. In each case warned that it was pure guesswork. Three of four had very...
Replies: 25
Views: 3,118
Posted By 63rickert

Fit really comfortable tires. Biggest that will...

Fit really comfortable tires. Biggest that will work well on your frame. I like René Herse/Compass. Tubulars work too. Inflate lower than normal. Latex inner tubes are worth it. You are going to get...
08-16-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,806
Posted By 63rickert

Sheriff Star hubs are completely rideable. Campy...

Sheriff Star hubs are completely rideable. Campy did not create them as display items.

I guess all my high flange hubs are failed and I've just not noticed yet. They all operate at 120-130kgpf...
08-16-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,806
Posted By 63rickert

Eddy rode high flange hubs in '66 and '67 while...

Eddy rode high flange hubs in '66 and '67 while riding for Peugeot. Not with complete consistency, there are small flange photos as well.

Go through old photo files of European racing. In 50s and...
08-12-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

I give up. Slow pedaling wins. There have to be...

I give up. Slow pedaling wins. There have to be other whitebeards here who remember what spinning was. Who know what 'float the pedals' was. What avoid pedal pressure meant. Have to assume they...
08-12-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

There are a few ways to measure rpm. Most common...

There are a few ways to measure rpm. Most common and obvious is to mount a computer (speedometer) that has that function. Before those devices existed it was necessary to have a watch mounted on...
08-11-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

Is that What Would Eddy Say? Have you ever talked...

Is that What Would Eddy Say? Have you ever talked with Eddy? When the conversation is not going where he wants, or is plain uninteresting, he does monosyllables. Forgets his English. Grunts. Caveman...
08-11-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

There appears to be some confusion about what...

There appears to be some confusion about what muscle fibers are. Just riding along at 60 rpm is all slow twitch. Just riding along at 120rpm is all slow twitch. Riding training rollers at 200rpm is...
08-10-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

You did 140 miles today, solo. I am impressed....

You did 140 miles today, solo. I am impressed. Really. You did it at age 58. Very impressed. This is an internet discussion and that's all it is. Nothing I said or would say takes one thing away from...
08-10-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

Slow twitch/fast twitch has nothing whatsoever to...

Slow twitch/fast twitch has nothing whatsoever to do with ability to ride at any particular cadence. Whoever told you that does not know one thing about physiology.
08-10-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

Just common wisdom can be real different in...

Just common wisdom can be real different in different places. In USA lots of parts of the country were and are completely cut off from history and culture of cycling and the wheel has to be...
08-10-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,482
Posted By 63rickert

Schwinn missed lots in the final days. It...

Schwinn missed lots in the final days.

It remains they put millions of bikes on the road with DB spokes at 2.0/1.5mm and there were just no problems. No problems for decades. The wheels were...
08-09-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,482
Posted By 63rickert

Schwinn engineers did all the math and all the...

Schwinn engineers did all the math and all the testing many moons ago. Look at any original Chicago Schwinn and see the .080-.060" spokes. (That's 2.0/1.5 in metric.)Only small wheel kids bikes and...
08-09-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 575
Posted By 63rickert

Rubber stretches. Good butyl stretches too. Have...

Rubber stretches. Good butyl stretches too. Have you ever seen a genuine Goodyear bicycle inner tube? I have one here in a bike I got for my birthday sixty years ago. Stretchy. Reliable.

Current...
08-09-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1,342
Views: 110,333
Posted By 63rickert

If the price of good tubulars puts you off, shop....

If the price of good tubulars puts you off, shop. Shop some more.

This morning I rode on 29mm silk tubulars by Vittoria. Cost $23 each. Swap meet item. Bought late in the day after everyone else...
08-08-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

That is precisely how Steve Bauer lost Olympic...

That is precisely how Steve Bauer lost Olympic gold to Alexi Grewal. So don't feel too bad about the mistake.

Bauer would normally have beat Grewal in 99 of 100 sprints. At least. It was a slight...
08-08-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

I remember John Allis from when the CRC of A...

I remember John Allis from when the CRC of A squad would stay at Rudy Seno's place when traveling through Chicago. I am still busy keeping that old house intact as Rudy's widow is still alive and...
08-06-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,522
Posted By 63rickert

Of course tires make a difference. Choosing the...

Of course tires make a difference. Choosing the perfect tire for each inch of your ride is not possible. What is possible is trying lots of tires and paying attention and learning something as you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 560
Posted By 63rickert

It's because they wouldn't sell. The loyalty to...

It's because they wouldn't sell. The loyalty to skinny tires and belief in skinny=faster remains strong. Those who have been sold on wider tires are going straight to gravel bikes. If the big brands...
08-01-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,241
Posted By 63rickert

Light gauge steel has been around a long time....

Light gauge steel has been around a long time. Raleigh Record Ace was built with 22gauge Reynolds HM main tubes from 1938. 22 gauge is equivalent to 0.7mm, which would still be considered a light...
07-30-19, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By 63rickert

If you have sealant in a tube release air slowly...

If you have sealant in a tube release air slowly and carefully. The stuff works by going to where air is leaking.

Orange Seal Endurance. The tube will not stick to itself. Inside a tube sealant...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,766
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, wider tires are raced. For smooth roads most...

Yes, wider tires are raced. For smooth roads most are on 25mm tires. But remember most racers are near weightless. On rough roads it's no longer one-size-fits-all. Heavier pros use up to 32mm at...
07-29-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 407
Posted By 63rickert

Pretty much everybody uses sealant in what you...

Pretty much everybody uses sealant in what you call preventative mode. Only reason not to is you plan to keep the tire in storage. The sealant is going to dry out sooner or later. It's a tubular, not...
07-25-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,284
Posted By 63rickert

Dunlop Cycle Repair Canvas for the boot and...

Dunlop Cycle Repair Canvas for the boot and Dunlop Treadstopper Compound for the tread. I still have the Canvas acquired 45 years ago and most likely coming from 1950s inventory. Used to give it...
07-24-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 586
Posted By 63rickert

What kind of tube inflated to 45psi can pop out...

What kind of tube inflated to 45psi can pop out of tire with no ill effect? Sounds more like tire was flat before it came off. Does it still hold air? If your story is complete and accurate you have...
07-23-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,626
Posted By 63rickert

No one is going to believe this but I'll put it...

No one is going to believe this but I'll put it out there anyway. The freewheels that get stuck the worst are the ones greased the heaviest. They'll even cut new threads in the hub shell. Threads...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 816
Views: 69,920
Posted By 63rickert

Hmm, re-read the Mavic engineerstalk posting and...

Hmm, re-read the Mavic engineerstalk posting and saw it is dated September 2015. The chart Heine reproduced is straight from ETRTO and in identical format to the chart from Mavic. Frankly, I am...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 816
Views: 69,920
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you. I did want to read that. My...

Thank you. I did want to read that. My information was coming from a post by Jan Heine just two weeks old and had presumed that since he is making tires he'd be using current info. In any event the...
07-19-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

Any type of muscle fiber will happily accommodate...

Any type of muscle fiber will happily accommodate 200rpm or more. Ratio of fibers has nothing to do with cadence.

Self-selected cadence will begin with what is thought to be possible. That thought...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 816
Views: 69,920
Posted By 63rickert

You don't want to be riding on sidewalls. At all....

You don't want to be riding on sidewalls. At all. Don't do it.

You are doing beta testing. Wide rims changes everything and absolutely no one knows all the answers, or even all the questions....
07-19-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

There are no horrors. If riding at a low cadence...

There are no horrors. If riding at a low cadence you are riding your bike. Riding your bike is a good thing regardless of the details. Cadence is a detail. Maybe I stepped in where only desired input...
07-18-19, 03:59 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

There is no such thing as natural cadence. That's...

There is no such thing as natural cadence. That's an idea invented to justify continuing to do what you already do.

When spinning was the fashion everybody spun. Everybody. History of polio and...
07-17-19, 02:46 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

Greg had and has a beautiful spin. As a junior he...

Greg had and has a beautiful spin. As a junior he often raced with the seniors and was obliged to abide by the old junior gear restriction of 52x15. Which was zero impediment.

Those talking about...
07-17-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,501
Posted By 63rickert

Assuming it is clearly a Record level hub, a logo...

Assuming it is clearly a Record level hub, a logo only hub is the "no 'Record' hub", which dates from '59 to '61. Same hub, very vintage.
07-17-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,165
Posted By 63rickert

OP asked about flat pedals. KW has a fair copy of...

OP asked about flat pedals. KW has a fair copy of 1930s Raleigh pedals that are wonderful. Just opened mine up to adjust and grease and could hardly believe how well made they were.
07-17-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,640
Posted By 63rickert

The only way to monitor cadence was with a watch....

The only way to monitor cadence was with a watch. Analog watch on handlebars worked fine. Focus on sweep second hand and start counting. Only reliable speedometer was to know how to convert gear...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-16-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By 63rickert

Domane comes in a lot of flavors and has been on...

Domane comes in a lot of flavors and has been on market a while, so can't know which wheels you have. However, most of them have low spoke count wheels. Low spoke wheels can and should be plenty...
07-15-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 11,549
Posted By 63rickert

My fastest ever was 98kmh (60mph) at age 62. Five...

My fastest ever was 98kmh (60mph) at age 62. Five years later can't imagine how I did that. Won't be surprised if 50mph never happens again. Glad I went for it last time my nerves and reflexes were...
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