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04-20-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 702
Posted By 79pmooney

Andy, I raced those 250 gm Super Champion...

Andy, I raced those 250 gm Super Champion Medaille d'Or rims (front only). You could sit on one of those unlaced once! (Like you can sit on an egg once. You end up on the floor with both.) A year...
04-20-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By 79pmooney

The springs keep the lever end and nut a nice...

The springs keep the lever end and nut a nice uniform distance apart making sliding the wheel onto the dropouts faster. Other than that, they do nothing. Not being there is a 1-3 second handicap...
04-19-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 533
Posted By 79pmooney

I try to wear helmets with very good protection...

I try to wear helmets with very good protection to do the rather pedestrian job of minimizing concussions in minor crashes; crashes that would do no damage to most people's brains. I've had my...
04-19-21, 03:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 702
Posted By 79pmooney

I won't speak for Jobst Brandt but the answer is...

I won't speak for Jobst Brandt but the answer is simple. Look at the spoke coming vertical from the rim. You don't move until you have rotated the hub enough to move the spoke head forward of the...
04-19-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 374
Posted By 79pmooney

Yup. This is the bike world. Where a thread-on...

Yup. This is the bike world. Where a thread-on steel block with a freewheel mechanism inside is a "freewheel" but that term no longer applies if you put the freewheel mechanism inside the hub. (If...
04-18-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm surprised the cables are run right on the...

I'm surprised the cables are run right on the shell with nothing to protect the paint. If this were my bike, I'd feel a need to do a 3Rensho right and have a framebuilder braze the metal guides when...
04-16-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 277
Posted By 79pmooney

Are you running especially large tires? If not,...

Are you running especially large tires? If not, I'd guess that a 700c fender of appropriate width (if plastic) will expand enough to fit just fine. I say this not having ridden 27" for 40 years but...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 841
Posted By 79pmooney

Great headline! I just had a colonoscopy...

Great headline! I just had a colonoscopy yesterday. Sadly, I didn't ask what brand routing equipment they used. Edit: It incorporated a good light and camera.
04-16-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
Posted By 79pmooney

I bet some shoe polish would work wonders on that...

I bet some shoe polish would work wonders on that leather. Both for looks and the leather itself. (Do the first rie or two in block shorts\.)

35 years ago I'd have grabbed that seat in a hurry....
04-15-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By 79pmooney

+1. The old bars of ordinary aluminum and thick...

+1. The old bars of ordinary aluminum and thick walls often bent first. Sometimes fail suddenly with a huge bend/kink but stay in one piece. I was riding some old (maybe late '60s? GB bars on my...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 05:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 704
Posted By 79pmooney

Nah, it's only 29 long tons. It'd barely...

Nah, it's only 29 long tons. It'd barely register on your scale.
04-15-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By 79pmooney

Yup. If you make it a practice to always replace...

Yup. If you make it a practice to always replace aluminum parts before they break, you will never have an issue with them. It's really that simple.
04-15-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By 79pmooney

My all time favorite bend! An exact copy of the...

My all time favorite bend! An exact copy of the TTT's bend that I call the "V". Basically a "V" on its side with the point radiused. By contrast, the Cinelli bars are "U" shaped with the tops and...
04-15-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 743
Posted By 79pmooney

randyawa pegged it in his post above. But, also...

randyawa pegged it in his post above. But, also keep in mind aluminum anything that sees repeated stresses, no matter how small, WILL break eventually. Aluminum is a metal without a "fatigue...
04-15-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 555
Posted By 79pmooney

Mirror choices are like chain lube choices. ...

Mirror choices are like chain lube choices. Don't go there.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-15-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 704
Posted By 79pmooney

All my bikes have seat bags. Remembering to move...

All my bikes have seat bags. Remembering to move one and add or subtract specific items? That's asking for a roadside "oh s***!"

Each bike gets:
Seat bag ~ 22
Allen wrenches ~ 3 (X3)
Tire...
04-15-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,451
Posted By 79pmooney

Opening day of the 2010 Cycle Oregon, we rode...

Opening day of the 2010 Cycle Oregon, we rode from Elgin, OR (2000') to Enterprise (4000') up the Wallawa River. 50 miles, perhaps 25 beside the river. Weird. River was fast flowing, even rapids...
04-14-21, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 349
Posted By 79pmooney

I haven't ridden tubulars since the late 90s but...

I haven't ridden tubulars since the late 90s but I am going to go back to them. Peace of mind. I've had a clincher blowout and the tire coming off the rim. Never want want to see that crash again....
04-13-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 476
Posted By 79pmooney

The really sure-fire way to inflate tubes enough...

The really sure-fire way to inflate tubes enough for easy installation and never over-inflate them is to blow them up by mouth. Also fast and easy.

Edit: I see Riveting beat me to it. Didn't...
04-13-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,429
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm not advocating for yogurt and cheese; just...

I'm not advocating for yogurt and cheese; just being honest about what I ate back then. I was eating roughly 4000 calories a day just to maintain weight with very little fat on me so I could afford...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 927
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 I've been using Zephal HPs and HPXs...

+1 I've been using Zephal HPs and HPXs exclusively for most of 50 years. They simply work. They take 28c tires to 110 psi with probably 100 not very hard to do strokes. (In my racing days 40+...
04-13-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 2,429
Posted By 79pmooney

That (plus yogurt and cheese; both of which I...

That (plus yogurt and cheese; both of which I stopped in recent years) was my diet as a full on bike racer. 350 miles/week, 45 miles before breakfast most days. Now I was light; still am. I ate...
04-13-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 911
Posted By 79pmooney

Sailboats! I've had 3. 2 racing dinghies and...

Sailboats! I've had 3. 2 racing dinghies and a(n experimental) sailing canoe. I let others own (and pay for) the big stuff. I have no way of measuring my "boat years". Sailing, designing and...
04-12-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 911
Posted By 79pmooney

4 cars, 14 bikes. 39 car years, 153 bike years.

4 cars, 14 bikes. 39 car years, 153 bike years.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,221
Posted By 79pmooney

Ah ha! The give-a-way. NE. This chain was...

Ah ha! The give-a-way. NE. This chain was built to be used in the northeast (or maybe more specifically, New England). OP is in Orange County, CA. He should make sure his Ultegra chain doesn't...
04-12-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 974
Posted By 79pmooney

Logos are dangerous. Just ask Dave Levy at...

Logos are dangerous. Just ask Dave Levy at TiCycles who has repaired a number of old Treks that cracked across the seatstay caps. (I called him when I saw the crack across the "R" on my right...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,221
Posted By 79pmooney

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I see why the lettering must be on the outside. Notice the very tidy...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,221
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 My chains are only occasionally that clean. ...

+1 My chains are only occasionally that clean. (Perhaps the requirement for clean is higher with higher than 9-speed. I wouldn't know.)

I see chain cleanliness as a balancing act between looks,...
04-11-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 974
Posted By 79pmooney

Perspective - all aluminum breaks if it is indeed...

Perspective - all aluminum breaks if it is indeed used long enough. You can overbuild it to last longer than a lifetime but it will still break. And that failure will probably be during use. By...
04-11-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 544
Posted By 79pmooney

Another option, although not the cheapest - have...

Another option, although not the cheapest - have exactly the stem you want custom made. My issue isn't height, it's length. I'm still flexible enough to ride nearly the racing position I used a...
04-10-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By 79pmooney

Two reasons for shorter clips (assuming they fit...

Two reasons for shorter clips (assuming they fit your shoes/cleats). Tire/fender clearance and do they don't get crunched and shortened by the road when you pedal hard at a startup. (Car's coming. ...
04-10-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By 79pmooney

You've got the bike in hand. Old fashioned chains...

You've got the bike in hand. Old fashioned chains are cheap. (You want one with the pins protruding past the outer plates. Those chains can be broken and re-riveted. Break it and take off the...
04-10-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 682
Posted By 79pmooney

He's got a derailleur. To make that work he had...

He's got a derailleur. To make that work he had to take the derailleur off and shorten the chain. Then it is only a maybe that he can use all of the 4 sprockets on the freewheel. (A half link may...
04-08-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By 79pmooney

I've been running Izumis on all my fix gears....

I've been running Izumis on all my fix gears. 1/8" for all chains, cogs and chainrings. Two of my fix gears have 20,000 miles. I haven't kept count but I'd guess I've used maybe 4 chains on the...
04-06-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 299
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't know your freewheel. Is the smallest cog...

I don't know your freewheel. Is the smallest cog screw on? If yes, do you ride on it? Do you ride on it at full power? If yes to all three, you've screwed this cog tight with more muscle than you...
04-06-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,028
Posted By 79pmooney

My post as before I could see the "femaleness" of...

My post as before I could see the "femaleness" of the threads! Now I can see them both ways but for a long time I couldn't.
04-06-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 952
Posted By 79pmooney

It looks like the downtube (and lug) are bent. ...

It looks like the downtube (and lug) are bent. But this is a conservatively spec'd and built frame. It might well be just fine; simply with a touch less wheelbase and slightly quicker steering. ...
04-06-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,513
Posted By 79pmooney

I started going through the rest of this thread. ...

I started going through the rest of this thread. Page 4 - Seiko diving watches! I have 2. First I got in 1982 for both a watch and "stopwatch" to start sailboat races. (Not a stopwatch but the...
04-06-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 5,513
Posted By 79pmooney

Latecomer to this thread. Glad I opened it. ...

Latecomer to this thread. Glad I opened it.

Last winter I received the clock and barometer of my dad. Wedding presents. Clock is a real ships clock with an engraved wedding date 16 months...
04-05-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By 79pmooney

Cool! Tire comes prepared for the popular deep...

Cool! Tire comes prepared for the popular deep rims but those of us still using shallow rims don't have to live with a huge valve sticking out. I like!
04-05-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 642
Posted By 79pmooney

That looks like their lugged seatpost. I've got...

That looks like their lugged seatpost. I've got that post on my Mooney. It's gorgeous, very well made, very well thought out and a joy to install and adjust. (And a very healthy setback; my reason...
04-05-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 318
Posted By 79pmooney

My thoughts go to what's the worst that could...

My thoughts go to what's the worst that could happen? It's just a brake bolt. The rear brake will probably just swing down a little. Might jam the wheel and be hard on the tire. The front should...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 476
Posted By 79pmooney

I have slightly different tire priorities. #1,...

I have slightly different tire priorities. #1, keeping me off the pavement. #2, reliable. #3, consistent so when I go to by the next tire, I am not surprised, even if the model had changed some.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 542
Posted By 79pmooney

This depends on the shoe and whether you are...

This depends on the shoe and whether you are willing to pull the straps tight. I rode the LL Bean Ranger Oxfords for many years until they discontinued the smooth sole. They were a moccasin...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 542
Posted By 79pmooney

Real tennis shoes (what we used to call sneakers)...

Real tennis shoes (what we used to call sneakers) suck with toeclips and suck with rattrap pedals. The soft, grippy soles are hard to get into the clips. The soft sole means that the pressure from...
04-04-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 540
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes, 38 in front and 35 in back will do nicely. ...

Yes, 38 in front and 35 in back will do nicely. I rode that combo for a 90 mile day - to a ride of a dozen of us, then 30 miles of gravel with several thousand feet of up and down, each hitting 17%...
04-03-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,445
Posted By 79pmooney

I rode high many times over more than a decade...

I rode high many times over more than a decade years ago and all through my racing days. Never before races but often on training rides. I noticed early on when I started racing that my reactions...
04-03-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,674
Posted By 79pmooney

Good. Thanks for replying. I saw quite a few...

Good. Thanks for replying. I saw quite a few bullhorns and interrupters on Portland hipster bikes when fix gears were the thing and kept wondering how many crashes they didn't prevent. Kept my...
04-03-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,028
Posted By 79pmooney

Take your remover out and make dead sure that...

Take your remover out and make dead sure that when you replace it, the "plunger" of the tool is hitting the end of the spindle and nothing else; that any washer in there has been removed. If the...
04-03-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,674
Posted By 79pmooney

I get the chills thinking you might have dropped...

I get the chills thinking you might have dropped handlebars. That you might like riding in the drops as much as I do. I know I could never get back to interrupter levers quickly from the drops...
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