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10-26-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 339
Posted By Gresp15C

I just let it drip dry in the garage. I'm a...

I just let it drip dry in the garage. I'm a commuter in the upper Midwest, so I get my share of rain. I don't go out of my way to avoid rain unless there might be serious action such as hail, and...
10-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 3,408
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not sure it's all that much different. When...

I'm not sure it's all that much different. When my kids learned to drive, I was getting ready to put the snow tires on the car, so I had each of them do one tire, and my wife as well. I tend to get...
10-25-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 669
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, first there was this: ...

Well, first there was this:
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/891x605/schwinn_0ab81a4801b303766036032daa0af472cf2dbd63.jpg
Then this happened:...
10-22-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 433
Posted By Gresp15C

There was snow in Eau Claire, nothing in Madison....

There was snow in Eau Claire, nothing in Madison. Maybe it's not quite time to hack my way through the weeds and recover my winter bike from the back yard.
10-22-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,209
Posted By Gresp15C

I have a pair of sheet metal snips that works...

I have a pair of sheet metal snips that works well enough, square it off on a little bench grinder, poke out the housing with an awl. I'm trying not to proliferate too many specialized tools in my...
10-20-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,462
Posted By Gresp15C

I suspect troll thread, but taking it at face...

I suspect troll thread, but taking it at face value...

There are some questionable assumptions here.

Is there really any evidence that heavier bikes are more rugged / reliable? In my view, most...
10-17-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,193
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to over-think this a bit... In my...

Just to over-think this a bit...

In my household, a combination of N+1 and multiple cyclists has made it quite impractical to standardize on either valve type. Also, my sense of economy would...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,823
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm totally comfortable with wrenches, and still...

I'm totally comfortable with wrenches, and still prefer a puncture resistant tire. The inconvenience of any kind of breakdown is compounded when the bike is loaded with cargo, you're on a tight...
10-08-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,201
Posted By Gresp15C

I must have caught the bug from my mom. She had...

I must have caught the bug from my mom. She had an old Schwinn Breeze with a shopping basket on the front and a kiddie carrier on the back. Also, we were a 1-car family. So I remember riding on...
10-06-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 916
Posted By Gresp15C

Admittedly, I've given up and now have a...

Admittedly, I've given up and now have a dedicated winter bike that takes all of the abuse so the rest of the fleet can stay nice.
10-04-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,953
Posted By Gresp15C

The two red flags I've read about are: 1) A deal...

The two red flags I've read about are: 1) A deal too good to be true, and 2) seller with no explanation for why they have the bike, or who can't describe its particulars in a coherent fashion....
10-03-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 929
Posted By Gresp15C

True. That would give me pause if the bike had a...

True. That would give me pause if the bike had a derailleur. In this case, a bit of additional lube will straighten it out.
09-29-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,558
Posted By Gresp15C

We've got a couple of Kool Stop bead jacks, and...

We've got a couple of Kool Stop bead jacks, and they are indeed not foolproof. They can slip off the bead before it goes over the edge. I think part of the problem is that there are tight tires, and...
09-29-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to make sure you're not alone in...

Just to make sure you're not alone in banishment...

Does it come with lawyer lips?
09-24-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 12,006
Posted By Gresp15C

I might look at it from the opposite direction:...

I might look at it from the opposite direction: Suppose someone has a big belly and spindly limbs, and wants to get into exercising. Well, a high impact activity like running might be too much cardio...
09-20-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 897
Posted By Gresp15C

I've re-used cables. When I install new cables, I...

I've re-used cables. When I install new cables, I tin the ends with solder, but I don't put any caps on. This makes it pretty easy to sneak the cable back out of the housing with minimal trouble. New...
09-18-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 476
Posted By Gresp15C

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs....

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs. Just a couple cuts with a hacksaw, bend the piece back and forth till it breaks out, clean up with a file. Works like a charm.
Forum: Commuting
09-15-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,419
Posted By Gresp15C

Some peeves for me: 1. Road salt and rust ...

Some peeves for me:

1. Road salt and rust
2. A way to carry the layers that come on and off during the ride, especially since morning and evening conditions are often different
3. A shift lever...
09-13-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,089
Posted By Gresp15C

Drops versus upright is probably the most...

Drops versus upright is probably the most difficult decision to make if you don't already have a preference. The reason is that switching from one to the other can be expensive and isn't always...
09-13-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,089
Posted By Gresp15C

To the OP: Keep riding and learning. As you gain...

To the OP: Keep riding and learning. As you gain more exposure to cycling and cyclists, I'm betting you'll arrive at a couple of generalizations:

1. A lot of cyclists are doing things that other...
09-05-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,322
Posted By Gresp15C

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these...

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these days, but I own a couple of fretless electrics that I enjoy playing.
09-05-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,322
Posted By Gresp15C

pbass, do you play a P bass?

pbass, do you play a P bass?
09-01-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,322
Posted By Gresp15C

Slowpoke here, 65 gear inches, freewheel with...

Slowpoke here, 65 gear inches, freewheel with coaster brake. With this gearing there are a couple hills in my locale that I can barely climb, so it's enough. Most of the time, it's just right for...
08-29-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,541
Posted By Gresp15C

Look at it from a pricing perspective. If all...

Look at it from a pricing perspective. If all helmets are under $100, and someone has a $300 budget, then you've left $200 on the table. If all helmets are $300 and someone can only afford $100, then...
08-28-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,266
Posted By Gresp15C

It should be ride-able if you re-lubricate the...

It should be ride-able if you re-lubricate the bearings, derailleurs, and cables. Aluminum rims are a plus. If the wheels are true, that's a big plus. Given the relative lack of wear on the rims and...
08-28-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been getting the 28-35's for my 28 mm tires....

I've been getting the 28-35's for my 28 mm tires. Sure, rubber stretches, but it's under greater stress if it's stretched out more, and thins out. I've had more problems with undersized tubes,...
08-27-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,541
Posted By Gresp15C

Conflict of interest. MIPS is a for-profit...

Conflict of interest. MIPS is a for-profit business.

The term "regulatory capture" refers to the business strategy of developing intellectual property on a technology (patents, etc.) and then...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,409
Posted By Gresp15C

I tend to "take the lane" when turning left at a...

I tend to "take the lane" when turning left at a light. Drivers know there's only one reason for a cyclist to be in that lane, so it's the most predictable. It doesn't take me all that long to get...
08-15-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By Gresp15C

I think there's enough variation in the marketing...

I think there's enough variation in the marketing categories, that it's worth ignoring them and looking for a bike that's comfortable, fits well, and that you're likely to enjoy riding. The term...
08-06-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,656
Posted By Gresp15C

A few years ago, I realized that I had enough...

A few years ago, I realized that I had enough parts on hand for a complete bike, so I threw it together. The rear hub was an old Bendix coaster.

It's fun to ride, and maybe I get a certain Luddite...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,308
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to give you a point of reference, my single...

Just to give you a point of reference, my single speed bike weighs 22 pounds using completely generic components, so it's not unthinkable to shed even a couple more pounds without breaking the bank....
Forum: Commuting
07-31-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,510
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main...

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main thing I'd look into is the theft situation in London, as in, would a new bike survive there for very long?
07-31-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 873
Posted By Gresp15C

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape...

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape residue by applying a thin coating of heavy oil -- whatever is on hand -- and waiting overnight. Some folks use peanut butter, because the peanut...
07-29-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Gresp15C

https://patents.google.com/patent/US5473963A

https://patents.google.com/patent/US5473963A
07-29-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,648
Posted By Gresp15C

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them....

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them. Basicall I want trouble free.

Sun cr18 seem like a great diy friendly rim.
07-27-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,451
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado...

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado Rockies, and you can see which trails are used by cyclists, because there are scattered bits of reflectors here and there.
07-27-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,451
Posted By Gresp15C

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and...

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and wheel reflectors, but they're too low to be visible in traffic, so I wouldn't depend on them as my first line of defense. Also, bright LEDs and reflective...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 10,180
Posted By Gresp15C

Scientist. I invent expensive gadgets. ;)

Scientist. I invent expensive gadgets. ;)
07-22-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,737
Posted By Gresp15C

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works...

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works about to about 65 gi. These were the parts that I found in the bin when I threw the bike together, and the ratio suited me pretty well. There are a...
07-22-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,127
Posted By Gresp15C

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into...

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into parked cars. So much light reflects off the glass, and the windows are often tinted. Perhaps as a surviving messenger, you have better eyesight and...
07-20-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,266
Posted By Gresp15C

Good job "taking the lane." ;)

Good job "taking the lane." ;)
07-19-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,314
Posted By Gresp15C

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it...

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it affect you?

I got an emergency stent a few years ago, and was encouraged to get back on my bike within less than a month. And I treated myself to...
07-19-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 446
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd clean them up and ride them until something...

I'd clean them up and ride them until something goes wrong, which might take a long time.
07-12-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,453
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done this with a triangle file. Another...

I've done this with a triangle file. Another trick is to use a regular diameter tap with the same thread pitch as a scraper when you've got it nearly all cleaned up. At most you're going to lose one...
07-10-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 7,220
Posted By Gresp15C

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with...

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with bikes. Many if not most of them have ridden bikes with low quality rim brakes that were never in good condition or adjustment since the day they...
07-08-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,230
Posted By Gresp15C

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in...

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in City Hall." ;)
07-06-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,982
Posted By Gresp15C

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the...

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the parts on your bike, and take a caliper with you when shopping for parts. And don't forget pull ratios for brake and shift systems.

The different...
07-05-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,882
Posted By Gresp15C

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your...

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your research so you're ready to buy a bike that meets your needs if it becomes available. In fact, you should have two bikes in mind:

1. A cheaper bike...
06-29-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
Posted By Gresp15C

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the...

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the brake fluid drool out. ;)
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but...

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but the existing brakes could be overhauled or replaced with higher quality. At the very least, 6 year old pads could be dried out, and the mechanism might...
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