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10-26-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 3,376
Posted By Phil_gretz

Can you please say your age and where (generally)...

Can you please say your age and where (generally) you live? These details may factor into our responses.
10-24-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 3,698
Views: 326,953
Posted By Phil_gretz

Two years in the making...

...the tires are glued up and I could test ride it tomorrow. Waiting on black cloth tape, though....
10-20-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 775
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've worn hockey helmets. Plenty. They're made...

I've worn hockey helmets. Plenty. They're made to be worn when the environment is cold and fairly dry. The padding is closed cell with a vinyl/butyl type covering. It produces sweat, and it's...
10-19-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By Phil_gretz

Left shifters are the least critical, especially...

Left shifters are the least critical, especially on a tandem. You have many options that will be compatible with your front derailleur. Pick one. New or used.

Your other option would be to use...
10-15-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,125
Posted By Phil_gretz

I meant for YOU to buy them. That way, I get to...

I meant for YOU to buy them. That way, I get to hear about it without my wife yelling at me...
10-15-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,870
Posted By Phil_gretz

This is editorial and pejorative. Training on a...

This is editorial and pejorative. Training on a fixed gear bike has longstanding traditions and real reasons. It has to do with adaptations of your muscles to working outside the normal narrow...
10-15-20, 07:20 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,870
Posted By Phil_gretz

46 x 17T fixed. It's a compromise. The more...

46 x 17T fixed. It's a compromise. The more variation, the more frequently the gear will feel "not right'. This isn't really so, of course. It's just that steeper inclines and declines will...
10-15-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,125
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'd be interested to hear about either, or both,...

I'd be interested to hear about either, or both, as a package deal for $3750?
10-14-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,125
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have a 1979 that I built up after repainting...

I have a 1979 that I built up after repainting the frame. I was actually doing that one so I could experiment with materials and methods to be better prepared to paint the 1971 Jeunet that I'm doing...
10-14-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,859
Posted By Phil_gretz

I wear jerseys that I enjoy, chosen mostly in...

I wear jerseys that I enjoy, chosen mostly in tribute the great cyclists of my childhood. So, Peugeot/BP, Mercier/Hutchinson, La Vie Claire, Molteni, and of course, Cinzano. The colors are what they...
10-13-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 3,698
Views: 326,953
Posted By Phil_gretz

Finally Working on Repaint of 1971 Jeunet

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I've waited almost two years to begin.
The base coat is an epoxy paint...
10-13-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 860
Posted By Phil_gretz

The best upgrade that you can make for your bike...

The best upgrade that you can make for your bike is to give it to a stronger rider. The bike will experience immediate results.
10-09-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,308
Posted By Phil_gretz

steel wool is real wool...

steel wool is real wool...
10-08-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 9,402
Views: 911,500
Posted By Phil_gretz

This turned out to have been the problem. ...

This turned out to have been the problem. Exactly. I pulled the new inner cables, and sure enough, they showed signs of wear just at the point where they pass through that metal cable guide...
10-07-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,703
Posted By Phil_gretz

There's a fellow in my locale with whom I cross...

There's a fellow in my locale with whom I cross paths occasionally. His contraption looks somewhat like this:
...
10-06-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9,402
Views: 911,500
Posted By Phil_gretz

'87 Cleaned Up Enough to Test Ride

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Okay, I replaced the chain, cleaned the rear and front derailleurs, and...
10-06-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,151
Posted By Phil_gretz

We're still talking about riding bicycles, right?...

We're still talking about riding bicycles, right? Thanks for framing a question that can be discussed. If I knew with certainty (two positive tests) that I was previously infected, and...
10-06-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,151
Posted By Phil_gretz

I don't do anything differently at all. Of...

I don't do anything differently at all. Of course, I don't think about the virus at all most days. And I refuse to be afraid of anything. It's way more likely that I'll be struck and killed by a...
10-05-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9,402
Views: 911,500
Posted By Phil_gretz

1988?

This one followed me home tonight. My size with original bars included. This may get MicroShift R7s over the winter. Minimal wear on the rims.

You guys are a bad influence. Honestly....
10-05-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 559
Posted By Phil_gretz

Awful tire. I had to match an existing rear...

Awful tire. I had to match an existing rear wheel on a Motobecane Grand Jubile (with Vitus 192 tubeset). I hand built the front wheel and found a Kenda K35 (whitewall) to match the existing tire. ...
10-05-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 883
Posted By Phil_gretz

He is incredulous that you placed emphasis on...

He is incredulous that you placed emphasis on inseam/leg length. This is a minor factor, and quite adjustable on most bikes.

The more important measure, and the more difficult/costly to overcome,...
10-05-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,636
Posted By Phil_gretz

The sense that over a lifetime, this activity has...

The sense that over a lifetime, this activity has improved my stress response, given me vitality, improved my ability to be present and understanding in my marriage, and will benefit my longevity.
10-02-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,745
Posted By Phil_gretz

I think that one's luggage can be a reflection of...

I think that one's luggage can be a reflection of one's personality...

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10-02-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By Phil_gretz

1988 Fuji Saratoga in 58 cm

It's a teal green. It meets your criteria: 27" wheels, cantilevers, green, tourer... and according to the '88 Fuji catalog, it also came in 56 and 61 cm frames.

...
10-02-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,745
Posted By Phil_gretz

"Igor, help me with the bags." "Certainly....

"Igor, help me with the bags."

"Certainly. You take the blonde, and I'll take the one in the turban."
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By Phil_gretz

TL : DR. What is your budget? Do any of those...

TL : DR. What is your budget? Do any of those bikes fit you? Buy the one that leaves enough budget room to re-do the drivetrain to meet your long-distance riding goals. Think this part through...
10-01-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Posted By Phil_gretz

Any lightweight golf pant. Use pants cuff clips...

Any lightweight golf pant. Use pants cuff clips or Velcro elastic straps to keep things tidy. You can get reflective strips on the straps, too, for a double benefit. Remember, that riding with...
09-30-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 879
Posted By Phil_gretz

Answer two questions first: (1) Do you...

Answer two questions first:

(1) Do you already have shoes that you use for riding, or do you intend to buy shoes to accompany your chosen pedal?

(2) How do you envision your rides to be,...
09-29-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,012
Posted By Phil_gretz

60 is the new 45...

60 is the new 45...
Forum: Commuting
09-29-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,304
Posted By Phil_gretz

Not enough information in the original post to...

Not enough information in the original post to make a sensible recommendation. What's the practical difference between <20 lbs and 22 lbs for carrying the bike up and down stairs? How old is the OP...
09-29-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,684
Posted By Phil_gretz

Emma Peel for the win.

Emma Peel for the win.
09-28-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,093
Posted By Phil_gretz

There is a quite a bit of misleading information...

There is a quite a bit of misleading information contained in the posts in this thread. The OP's topic is broadly related "supply chain" which affects end item assemblers such as contract-built...
Replies: 53
Views: 2,485
Posted By Phil_gretz

This reminded me of a two stanza haiku. Here...

This reminded me of a two stanza haiku. Here goes:

Charred rafters hanging.
Rims akimbo in the grass.
Tangled heaps disguised.

Mystery levers.
A school bus storage unit.
I wish you bonne...
09-25-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,411
Posted By Phil_gretz

Wash the bike? Um, nope. For road bikes, I wipe...

Wash the bike? Um, nope. For road bikes, I wipe down the frame only when the bike is up on the stand for service. Otherwise, I let the frame alone.

Keep the drivetrain clean and lubricated? ...
09-24-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By Phil_gretz

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I will keep the Blaze calipers on it.
09-24-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By Phil_gretz

New Build - RestoMod Schwinn

Some sort of late 80s/early 90s LeTour sporting 3x7 Accushift. This is for a friend of my daughter's, for that girl's fiancee for Christmas.

It'll be upgraded to MicroShift STI, with new...
09-24-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,677
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bar end mirror on my commuter left side. Just...

Bar end mirror on my commuter left side. Just glance down, and there's a good field of vision behind.

Handlebar mounted Zefal mirror beneath my left brake lever (in the hook) on my tourer. Not...
09-24-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Phil_gretz

If you really want to tour with this, then you'll...

If you really want to tour with this, then you'll need to change the crankset to something wider range. Possibly a Sugino AT triple, with some thought to the gear ranges you'll want (affects which...
09-24-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Phil_gretz

I was going to say, and the S-10S has them, that...

I was going to say, and the S-10S has them, that the OP should remove the stem shifters and replace with SunTour barcons as above. I'd also recommend that he remove the extension levers, grind down...
09-24-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2,397
Views: 787,806
Posted By Phil_gretz

My 1988 Fuji Saratoga

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All bags are removed, as it's been seeing local recreational riding...
09-23-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,456
Posted By Phil_gretz

Touring.

Touring.
09-23-20, 05:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,040
Posted By Phil_gretz

I thought thehammerdog had just taken a bad...

I thought thehammerdog had just taken a bad fall, causing him to back off on aggressive riding. That's happened to me in mountain biking. Now in my 60s, I'm not nearly as reckless as I was in my...
09-22-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,816
Posted By Phil_gretz

As always (the linked bike not withstanding), the...

As always (the linked bike not withstanding), the discussion remains in the abstract. The practical question that the OP skirted is what he wants the bike to do; what his mechanical abilities, tools...
09-18-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 932
Posted By Phil_gretz

The OP hit an edge without unweighting his rear...

The OP hit an edge without unweighting his rear wheel, and he blew it out. It had nothing to do with steel bridges, per se, but rather had to do with the depth of the square lip over which he rolled...
09-16-20, 11:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 617
Posted By Phil_gretz

You want to intentionally ride a bike with...

You want to intentionally ride a bike with mismatched wheels. For what? A savings of $20. I would never do that. Find other places to save the $20. Skip beer for a week. Mow someone's lawn....
09-15-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,002
Posted By Phil_gretz

I can see keeping some similarity across bikes so...

I can see keeping some similarity across bikes so that you can stock common chains, for example. But really, if the OP is thinking about having spare parts in case a Di2 component fails, then why...
09-11-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 299
Posted By Phil_gretz

Let me get this straight: (1) you broke a carbon...

Let me get this straight: (1) you broke a carbon fork on the road bike, (2) you snapped a chain on the hybrid, and (3) your wife limits your cost-effective choices to roughly $1000. Okay. We're...
09-10-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,166
Posted By Phil_gretz

I Did It Last Summer...

I purchased the Chinese frame from a friend for $180 (I think). Ultegra R8000 throughout. Wheelset is DT Swiss 240s laced to carbon 50s. I think that my total was $1800. It weighs 17 pounds and rides...
09-10-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 5,224
Posted By Phil_gretz

[me, as portrayed by old guy, me]: Why in the...

[me, as portrayed by old guy, me]: Why in the world would I ever eat a "cup o' noodles" in the first place? Yuck. My wife is a superb cook and we're very selective about the source of any carbs...
08-27-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 879
Posted By Phil_gretz

So what happened?

So what happened?
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