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11-22-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,454
Posted By frizzen

I just resumed riding this year after a 25 year...

I just resumed riding this year after a 25 year break (medical issue). I guess things are different here in California, the drivers have mostly been really nice. At least once a week I'll be waiting...
11-22-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 875
Posted By frizzen

I use a non-battery headlight with a car jump...

I use a non-battery headlight with a car jump starter battery pack. it also runs my taillights, flashers, and side marker lights.
Exziet Headlight: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08BNPTBQG
my...
11-01-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,050
Posted By frizzen

And vibrate like a paint shaker.

And vibrate like a paint shaker.
11-01-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,593
Posted By frizzen

Niether. Amber. For a long time I've used a...

Niether. Amber. For a long time I've used a steady read light to be legal and a flashing amber light to be seen. The eye is much more sensitive to amber than red, and at least here in California...
11-01-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,810
Posted By frizzen

I don't know of any federal code banning flashing...

I don't know of any federal code banning flashing lights. Without a citation I'm skeptical. Here in California flashing white is not legal. Flashing red is OK in back, and flashing amber anytime...
10-22-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,708
Posted By frizzen

Watch this: ...

Watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SKeQ6B2UTk Belts Are The BEST Bicycle Drivetrain Available (Epic Testing!)
The only downside is the price.
10-09-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,812
Posted By frizzen

Last week I found a pair of needle nose vice...

Last week I found a pair of needle nose vice grips and a $5 bill. I have found a pretty complete set of American wrenches, but it's a mix of sockets, open-end, & combo wrenches.
10-09-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 7,211
Posted By frizzen

For flat bars, I like this Hafny FR02. It slings...

For flat bars, I like this Hafny FR02. It slings underneath the grip so the bike can fall over and not break it, and it doesn't make the bike wider. They are hard to find - I had to order from...
07-31-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,810
Posted By frizzen

Just don't use blue lights. Cops are very...

Just don't use blue lights. Cops are very protective of their exclusive use of blue lights and that will get you pulled over. No purple either, it looks blue to many colorblind people. I would...
07-30-20, 11:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,238
Posted By frizzen

Bontrager's claims (48x safer) seem pretty...

Bontrager's claims (48x safer) seem pretty outlandish, but the Virginia Tech tests show they are good helmets. In the same league as the MIPS helmets. Bontrager has a new model, the Starvos for...
07-30-20, 11:20 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 10,810
Posted By frizzen

California Vehicle Code ARTICLE 7. Flashing and...

California Vehicle Code ARTICLE 7. Flashing and Colored Lights [25250 - 25282]

25250. Flashing lights are prohibited on vehicles except as otherwise permitted.
...
25268. No person shall display...
07-24-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,881
Posted By frizzen

aliexpress disputes

You can open a dispute with aliexpress for up to 15 days after the purchase protection runs out. I put the date on my calendar because I've had several orders show up within that window. I just got...
07-21-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,587
Posted By frizzen

I got my fixed gear bike out of the garage for...

I got my fixed gear bike out of the garage for the first time in about 25 years when the quarantine started and I've been riding it almost every day since. It had a 46/16*(27 1/4" tire) = 78". I was...
06-06-20, 11:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 740
Posted By frizzen

Every tube brand has a lot of negative comments. ...

Every tube brand has a lot of negative comments. I think you nailed the reason. They used tire irons to pry the tire onto the rim and pinched it.
06-06-20, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By frizzen

The USA signed a treaty in 1969, that subsidizes...

The USA signed a treaty in 1969, that subsidizes shipping from China. They were a poor developing country so we agreed to accept shipments for virtually nothing and the US post office carries the...
06-06-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By frizzen

1) aliexpress steps in pretty quick if I open a...

1) aliexpress steps in pretty quick if I open a dispute. They have always refunded my purchase price.

2) shipping is always 2-4 weeks, with covid19 it can be 8 or more.

3) they take great...
06-05-20, 11:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,293
Posted By frizzen

I've been looking at mtn bikes in this range too....

I've been looking at mtn bikes in this range too. The Marlin 6 or 7 looks pretty nice, except for the forks. The coil spring forks are heavy - and everybody says they are garbage. I've got my eye on...
05-28-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 963
Posted By frizzen

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/968x738/hercules_bars3_7528236d5862807e1d688dec657d3f35101bd758.jpg
How old are these?
I found them at the bike shop where I worked from...
05-22-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By frizzen

I would never ride without a front brake. I...

I would never ride without a front brake. I drove down a hill in a car once without brakes (not on purpose). Scary stuff.
05-22-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By frizzen

You need to buy a longer axle and nuts, that's...

You need to buy a longer axle and nuts, that's easy. The long spacer on the right side of freewheel hubs is a major weakness, so moving some spacers around to get the wheel more centered (and...
05-20-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,309
Posted By frizzen

The clamps are strong and tight. They aren't...

The clamps are strong and tight. They aren't going anywhere. This setup is 35 years old.
05-19-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 552
Posted By frizzen

How "old"? French bikes were 14 mm x 1.25, but...

How "old"? French bikes were 14 mm x 1.25, but probably not since the 1980s. Really old (1960s?) British bikes are 9/16" x 20 TPI BSC (British Standard Cycle) which are about .004" smaller than...
05-19-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,881
Posted By frizzen

Aliexpress orders are coming really late these...

Aliexpress orders are coming really late these days. They say the item shipped, then 6 weeks later they send an email saying it just shipped and extend the buyer protection another 60 days. I've...
05-19-20, 11:05 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,309
Posted By frizzen

A pair of stainless steel hose clamps with some...

A pair of stainless steel hose clamps with some inner tube to protect the frame.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/667x578/bottles_0df0011a64bb2db35b1954e37ee5058eca745335.jpg
05-19-20, 10:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,526
Posted By frizzen

I like this pressure calculator as a starting...

I like this pressure calculator as a starting point:
Bicycle tire pressure calculator (http://www.dorkypantsr.us/bike-tire-pressure-calculator.html)

Road bike: 20mm front / 90 psi, 25mm rear /...
05-19-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,520
Posted By frizzen

One big factor in comfort is the tires. There is...

One big factor in comfort is the tires. There is an optimum size for comfort, not too small or too big.

Tires that are too skinny require too much pressure and ride harsher. Fatter tires can...
05-19-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,033
Posted By frizzen

When I had a pickup I put a couple of big eye...

When I had a pickup I put a couple of big eye bolts in the front of the bed (on the sides). Then used motorcycle tie-downs to hold the bikes upright. The wheels stay on, the bikes stay put.
04-02-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,483
Posted By frizzen

The steel for bearings is usually 52100, which...

The steel for bearings is usually 52100, which has 1% carbon, about 1.5% Chromium, and a lesser amount of several other metals. Calling it chrome steel is common, if not very informative.
04-01-20, 11:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By frizzen

Also see CarbonCycles & SalsaCycles for more fork...

Also see CarbonCycles & SalsaCycles for more fork options.
03-28-20, 11:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,985
Posted By frizzen

The Hafny bar end mirror, 68mm, is way bigger and...

The Hafny bar end mirror, 68mm, is way bigger and better than the Third Eye bar end mirror. But, I prefer the "Mirrycle Origional", which mounts to the old style brake levers. The Mirrycle is in a...
03-28-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 337
Views: 42,338
Posted By frizzen

My first real job (real = W2 form) was at a store...

My first real job (real = W2 form) was at a store called Kiddee City in Conshohocken PA in 1977. They sold a variety of bicycles and I was the bicycle assembler. Huffy's were the good brand, vastly...
03-26-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,494
Posted By frizzen

I love the look of the King Cage toe clips, but...

I love the look of the King Cage toe clips, but they don't seem to be made anymore. I never went clipless - toe clips on every bike.
03-25-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,809
Posted By frizzen

Most epic ride: White Mountain

Labor day weekend 1982, two friends and I rode our new mountain bikes to the top of White Mountain 14,250 feet. I say "rode", but we had to push and carry a bit at the top. The last few switchbacks...
03-24-20, 10:50 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 12,617
Posted By frizzen

BSC threads

British Standard Threads
Cottered Cranks
Stuck spoke nipples
03-24-20, 10:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,177
Posted By frizzen

Also see Ian's secure shoelace knot. (I can't...

Also see Ian's secure shoelace knot. (I can't post links yet).
I've been using it for years and it really works, and it's easy to untie. Works great with paracord.
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