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08-03-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 117
Posted By Bill in VA

I have found Universal Cycles usually has them in...

I have found Universal Cycles usually has them in stock.
08-03-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 697
Posted By Bill in VA

I had these put on my Velocity Dyad rims when I...

I had these put on my Velocity Dyad rims when I had my second set of wheels built.

They are a big, big convenience. No more worry about rim tape moving, bulging, or blow through (Note: I NEVER...
08-03-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 446
Posted By Bill in VA

"Best Value" can mean "best for the money" or...

"Best Value" can mean "best for the money" or just "cheap", especially in advertising.

My take is pay now or pay later. A pricier lock will could mean you might not have to spend money on a new...
08-03-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,452
Posted By Bill in VA

I generally agree, but I also use the phone...

I generally agree, but I also use the phone rather than lugging my SLR or smaller camera to get photos of wildlife or plants, or other things of interest I see when riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,339
Posted By Bill in VA

I am not seeing it. Back in the FW days, my...

I am not seeing it.

Back in the FW days, my Suntour Winners were pretty quiet. Much more so than the Maeda 888 versions or the golden colored ones. My Malliard FW were pretty quiet and also had...
08-01-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 8,710
Posted By Bill in VA

I used to religiously touch up any nick or...

I used to religiously touch up any nick or scratch using Pactra model paints that I custom mixed to match the paints. Then I found the Sharpie worked far better. Now I just apply a dab of primer if a...
07-29-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 236
Posted By Bill in VA

All of the responses so far have merit. I...

All of the responses so far have merit. I especially like Toespeas advice on the 2x9-11 drivetrain.

Since you want to do road riding and also a gravel, dirt or unimproved roads I would look at...
07-29-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 383
Posted By Bill in VA

Welcome to retirement!!! THE best (and most...

Welcome to retirement!!!

THE best (and most accurate) saying I heard after retiring was, "Retirement is the best job ever..."
07-28-20, 01:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 325
Posted By Bill in VA

Critical info. Yes, that is possible! Smooth off...

Critical info. Yes, that is possible! Smooth off the braking surfaces of the rim, use proper toe in with clean brakes and new pads and then decide. I have Shimano CX-50 cantis with Ultegra pads to...
07-27-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,698
Posted By Bill in VA

Similar to the old answer to the questions of...

Similar to the old answer to the questions of "How can I lighten my bike?" or "How can I train to go faster?"

Answer: Push yourself away from the table.
07-27-20, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By Bill in VA

I did find a full set of Shimano Ultegra skewers...

I did find a full set of Shimano Ultegra skewers with OEM packaging and the full instruction sheet and even handlebar hangtag with warnings. What was interesting was the amount of lengths shown on...
07-27-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,650
Posted By Bill in VA

Keep it!!! If it were my grand fortune to...

Keep it!!!

If it were my grand fortune to luck into such a bike I would do the following, but I would not restore it to 100% period exact as it left the factory. My goal would be to have a...
07-26-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 560
Posted By Bill in VA

It is also affecting the Garmin Express app for...

It is also affecting the Garmin Express app for updating maps and systems used on the Auto, Marine, and handheld GPS units.
07-26-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 542
Posted By Bill in VA

We all did that in grade school in the early...

We all did that in grade school in the early 1960s with our old cruisers. Why? to be different - it was a neighborhood thing with our development.. Downside was the bars sometimes hit the top tube...
07-26-20, 01:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 718
Posted By Bill in VA

I use a very similar one, but it has the two...

I use a very similar one, but it has the two cones like the earlier link to compensate for various wheel and tire sizes, and can be folded. I use it to store the bike in the basement and the second...
07-25-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 670
Posted By Bill in VA

These were popular back when aero first became a...

These were popular back when aero first became a 'thing'. The downside was small capacity, and proprietary cage bottle combos and even proprietary mounting at times. Plus they were expensive. So...
07-25-20, 12:39 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,920
Posted By Bill in VA

True about the 28mm GP4000SII. On my Alexrims...

True about the 28mm GP4000SII. On my Alexrims A23 (17mm inside) my 28s were actually 30.5 also.
07-24-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,920
Posted By Bill in VA

Jan Heine and Rene Herse (previously Compass)...

Jan Heine and Rene Herse (previously Compass) have always said they worked with Panaracer to develop their tire. Panaracers are well thought of and Rene Herse took a no compromise risk to work with...
07-24-20, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By Bill in VA

I have never had an issue with Shimano Tiagra,...

I have never had an issue with Shimano Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra internal cam QR skewers. I have vertical dropouts, but even so I see no slippage markings.

I agree about the skewers and cams should...
07-23-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,426
Posted By Bill in VA

That image makes me feel like Frodo in "Lord of...

That image makes me feel like Frodo in "Lord of the Rings." I hate spiders!
07-23-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,920
Posted By Bill in VA

But is it FEELS great, you tend to ride more....

But is it FEELS great, you tend to ride more. Disclaimer: I am a Rene Herse tire fan, and I do not compete.

When I bought my current bike, it came with Vittoria Randenneur 28mm tires. A dreadful,...
07-22-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,629
Posted By Bill in VA

Yes most do. Especially Shimano. This is so...

Yes most do. Especially Shimano.
This is so much better than in the pre-internet days where you got the paper bike manual only. I never had a separate Mafac brake manual, or a Suntour deraiilleur...
07-20-20, 02:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,289
Posted By Bill in VA

Interesting bike. The Presidio 4 reminds me of a...

Interesting bike. The Presidio 4 reminds me of a more modern Swiss Armee bike (that is a big compliment!). I personally do not like flat bars, but that could be changed.

I looked at the website...
07-13-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 394
Posted By Bill in VA

I have been looking ofr a nice set of internal...

I have been looking ofr a nice set of internal cam Shimano QR skewers (100 front / 130 rear) for quite a while before COVID and could never find a matched set, either the front or rear was out of...
07-13-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,629
Posted By Bill in VA

My 2016 Bianchi Volpe, bought new at a local bike...

My 2016 Bianchi Volpe, bought new at a local bike shop came with a small manual for every Shimano component in a plastic bag along with the manuals for the safety reflectors, tires, etc. As the...
07-08-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 560
Posted By Bill in VA

I use MKS rat traps and MKS toeclips and straps. ...

I use MKS rat traps and MKS toeclips and straps. Went from Lyotard rat traps and toeclips and straps, to Campy quills, etc., to KKT quills, etc., to Shimano XTRs SPDs, back to the MKS setup for all...
07-06-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,317
Posted By Bill in VA

My choice is my bike, a steel...

My choice is my bike, a steel road/cyclocross/gravel/all-road/touring bike depending on what the maker was advertising it at any given iteration in its long life depending on what was popular or...
07-06-20, 01:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,055
Posted By Bill in VA

I have used the Rene Herse (previously Compass)...

I have used the Rene Herse (previously Compass) Chinook Pass standard casings for 2.3 years and am now using their 32mm Stampede Pass for the past 1.5 years. The 28s were great and I never had a...
07-06-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 651
Views: 47,279
Posted By Bill in VA

High test IPAs,(especially Lagunitas),...

High test IPAs,(especially Lagunitas), Jaegermeister, and Sortilege Canadian Whiskey and Maple Syrup liqueur.

Sortilege is a wonderful maple syrup infused whiskey liqueur available only in Canada....
07-06-20, 12:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By Bill in VA

The "shark fin" you ask about is a tire guide to...

The "shark fin" you ask about is a tire guide to direct the tire between the brake pads when mounting the wheel. It is not necessary, but does save some fiddling.
07-06-20, 12:40 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,607
Posted By Bill in VA

I agree. Unfortunately the media will frequently...

I agree. Unfortunately the media will frequently call motorcyclists and bicyclists, by the generic term cyclists and/or bikers (often in the same article) when reporting accidents, thefts, or any...
07-03-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,120
Posted By Bill in VA

YES!!! I have found that also. Additionally,...

YES!!! I have found that also. Additionally, the reviews are often NOT of the identical item being sold, but are same brand, but different model. For bike parts I have found Universal Cycle and...
07-01-20, 02:53 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,558
Posted By Bill in VA

:popcorn BF is now like pandemic cable TV......

:popcorn BF is now like pandemic cable TV... reruns, reruns, reruns. :)

Just use the pedal of your choice and go for it. If your ride partners are triggered by your choices of clipless pedals,...
06-23-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,702
Posted By Bill in VA

Nope. Just the sign of an older man at a...

Nope. Just the sign of an older man at a keyboard at 3:30am who missed a glaring typo... :thumb:
06-23-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 277
Posted By Bill in VA

If it is in a dark cool climate controlled...

If it is in a dark cool climate controlled (inside) basement, there should be will be no damage to the tire or a butyl tube unless it is damp or near an ozone generating source like an electric...
06-23-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,702
Posted By Bill in VA

:50: When I wore wood cycling shorts with a real...

:50: When I wore wood cycling shorts with a real leather chamois, we used vaseline carefully rubbed into the chamois. It made the chamois soft and stopped and chafing or saddle sores. It took a...
06-22-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 294
Posted By Bill in VA

Plus car rentals are much cheaper for a week than...

Plus car rentals are much cheaper for a week than a one or two day period. You might get the rental cheaper overall for over a week if the rental included both weekends.
06-22-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 872
Posted By Bill in VA

When we do our long vacation drives the bikes and...

When we do our long vacation drives the bikes and wheels are in the bed of the truck or inside the SUV. When actually driving (moving) that is not an issue, but when we stop, the heat rises quickly...
06-22-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,069
Posted By Bill in VA

This will protect your hands, be unique, and also...

This will protect your hands, be unique, and also be expensive enough to catch the eyes of the most jaded cyclist. Also good with dogs and aggressive drivers.
...
06-22-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,305
Posted By Bill in VA

A great simple description of the first step to...

A great simple description of the first step to try.



That is my situation also and it WORKS! As our semi-annual small group vacation rides have a wide range of regulars with differing...
06-21-20, 01:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 422
Posted By Bill in VA

As a hobby photographer this is the best advice. ...

As a hobby photographer this is the best advice. Cheap capture media does not do it. MIssing that special shot or video of a critical incident is not worth a few dollars savings. I have also found...
06-18-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By Bill in VA

I did the same thing with my first bike, also a...

I did the same thing with my first bike, also a bent Peugeot (Normandy) rear axle, at the recommendation of the local college bike shop. Still have the bike and it still has that Campy NR axle with...
06-15-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,295
Posted By Bill in VA

The other night I was perusing Rodriguez Cycles...

The other night I was perusing Rodriguez Cycles site. https://www.rodbikes.com/index.html

If you would consider a custom, they might be a good place to start.

I do not own one, and have not...
06-15-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 588
Posted By Bill in VA

Or if buying online, at least use a well regarded...

Or if buying online, at least use a well regarded dealer like Universal Cycles, VeloOrange, Rene Herse, etc., that actually pack items with care.
06-15-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,558
Posted By Bill in VA

For me, when both a driver AND as a bike rider" ...

For me, when both a driver AND as a bike rider"

1. Amazon delivery trucks, especially the Prime ones. I have seen a driver make a u-turn, on a residential street with pedestrians and kids on the...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-11-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 987
Posted By Bill in VA

Actually, I did not exclude or include anything...

Actually, I did not exclude or include anything as I was seeking info on why there has been the shift to the straight blades on many current bikes and wanted to get a non-judgemental explanation...
06-10-20, 06:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,416
Posted By Bill in VA

As a poor college student one who has deep...

As a poor college student one who has deep cleaned a 1969 VW Beetle magnesium engine case in a mid-1970s dishwasher, I can tell you it works well. Just make sure you run 2 cycles with it empty to...
06-10-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,574
Posted By Bill in VA

And especially focus on post #28...

And especially focus on post #28 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=28) and #30 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=30) on that link.
...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-10-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 987
Posted By Bill in VA

Road Fork Design Question

I have a question for the framebuilders.

What is the reason that there has been a great increase in the use of straight-legged forks versus the more traditional curved blades? This is not a...
06-10-20, 12:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,764
Posted By Bill in VA

In other words an Advertising and Marketing...

In other words an Advertising and Marketing directors dream... Yet more planned obsolescence and lack of spare parts, with increased profit for them and depreciation for the rider.... Yeah, all is...
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