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09-16-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 693
Posted By Gresp15C

How about a small fillet from a welder, then file...

How about a small fillet from a welder, then file it smooth?
Forum: Commuting
09-16-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,715
Posted By Gresp15C

My mistake. ;) ...

My mistake. ;)

https://www.cityofmadison.com/news/update-closure-southwest-commuter-path
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09-14-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 718
Posted By Gresp15C

Searching "vinyl coated clamps" in Amazon will...

Searching "vinyl coated clamps" in Amazon will bring up the clamps that I use in lieu of eyelets.
09-13-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 731
Posted By Gresp15C

We're extremely lucky to live in a walkable...

We're extremely lucky to live in a walkable subdivision, built in the late 50s and early 60s. It has an interesting feature: While it has the curvy streets and cul-de-sacs that were becoming popular,...
09-13-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 646
Posted By Gresp15C

'How I learned to comment on Cycling as an...

'How I learned to comment on Cycling as an American:"

Focus on helmets. I think the important difference is not helmets, but the bigger picture of overall safety. Here's what caught my eye:


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09-13-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 525
Posted By Gresp15C

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op...

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op and just take note of the fasteners on different bikes. You'll quickly identify which tools are ubiquitous, and which ones are more specialized. For...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,715
Posted By Gresp15C

As a side note about safety, I've noticed a few...

As a side note about safety, I've noticed a few things when the time changes in the fall. This is when the folks who started commuting during the summer suddenly discover that their lights are either...
09-12-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 367
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been to Eugene, and simply saw a lot of...

I've been to Eugene, and simply saw a lot of people on bikes. In my view, what makes a good bike town is just the popularity of cycling, which is something that takes years to evolve through social...
09-12-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 7,711
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd turn it around and say that a beginning...

I'd turn it around and say that a beginning cyclist can find group rides that are deliberately organized to accommodate their skill level. I've participated in those rides, typically charity events....
09-11-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 770
Posted By Gresp15C

I've measured a few frames for seatposts....

I've measured a few frames for seatposts. Calipers have worked -- either poorly or not at all. The reason is that, if I'm resorting to measuring the frame, it's often because I also have a reason not...
09-11-19, 05:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 627
Posted By Gresp15C

I like the Eklind folding hex key set, which is...

I like the Eklind folding hex key set, which is not sold as a bike tool, but is rugged, foolproof, and cheap. Something like that, with the sizes of tools (torx, etc) to fit parts on modern bikes. In...
09-09-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By Gresp15C

Agreed, and just for the sake of reference, the...

Agreed, and just for the sake of reference, the manufacturer recommends "thin good quality oil."

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer/use-maintenance.html
09-09-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 405
Posted By Gresp15C

Whatever you put in the hub will end up on your...

Whatever you put in the hub will end up on your chain, if that helps.
09-07-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,060
Posted By Gresp15C

Her explanation: [/COLOR] I had to look up...

Her explanation: [/COLOR]

I had to look up what GCSE is. Also, these kinds of requests appear from time to time on the forums, so it's kind of old hat.
09-05-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,060
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd go easy on the OP. It seems like a fairly...

I'd go easy on the OP. It seems like a fairly common school project, to come up with a product idea based on a market survey. Students don't have the resources to pay for heavy duty market research,...
09-04-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 20,025
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars. You can move...

All of my bikes have swept bars. You can move your hand position aft by several inches compared to a mainstream road bike if you want, and further dial it in with frame and stem dimensions as well.
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09-03-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 20,025
Posted By Gresp15C

I think the pictures make a good point that's...

I think the pictures make a good point that's been brought up in multiple BF threads: A bike that's set up to fit the rider, might not look like the bike as it was set up for the promotional...
09-02-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 20,025
Posted By Gresp15C

For some reason, I keep thinking about the...

For some reason, I keep thinking about the ancient Greek myth of Procrustes. ;)
08-31-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this...

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this precise reason.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,102
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, studded tires would be more important...

In my view, studded tires would be more important than fat tires, if I was forced to choose between one or the other.

As for batteries, the main difference would not be performance, but range....
08-29-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 716
Posted By Gresp15C

Inevitably, despite my best efforts, I screw up...

Inevitably, despite my best efforts, I screw up the tube, most often stem failures on Presta tubes. Those can't be repaired.
08-29-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,060
Posted By Gresp15C

Apparently college is back in session. My...

Apparently college is back in session.

My biggest cause of delay is flat tires. Next is misplacing things. Everything else is decimal dust.
Forum: Commuting
08-28-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,764
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the...

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the chainstay.
08-27-19, 06:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,310
Posted By Gresp15C

I would say that utterly equal spacing is...

I would say that utterly equal spacing is unnecessary, but a big jump in the the middle of the most often used "cruising" gears can be annoying.
08-27-19, 06:02 PM
08-26-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,242
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done the zip tie method. The major benefit...

I've done the zip tie method. The major benefit of the stand is just a more comfortable workspace, and maybe quicker work if you're a pro. For me, the pace of work is limited by deliberately slowing...
08-26-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,551
Posted By Gresp15C

I use worn-out socks. They're pretty small, and I...

I use worn-out socks. They're pretty small, and I don't miss them when I've saturated one with grease and throw it in the trash.
08-26-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,717
Posted By Gresp15C

That changes everything. Get a cheap cruiser at...

That changes everything. Get a cheap cruiser at wally world or tar-jay. 100 bucks and you're in business. Learn from the homeless and low wage workers in your locale. A friend of mine who was...
08-26-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,717
Posted By Gresp15C

I've resurrected a number of old bikes, though...

I've resurrected a number of old bikes, though they were usually in worse shape than your Trek. I also maintain and repair a lot of old things, rather than replacing them. In my view the...
08-25-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,264
Posted By Gresp15C

Of course it depends on the age and independence...

Of course it depends on the age and independence of the kids. My bias is towards minimizing the amount of crap on the kids bikes. Every attachment is a distraction. And the kids don't really need...
08-25-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed. Checking out my son's bike under similar...

Indeed. Checking out my son's bike under similar circumstances revealed a bent rear axle.
08-18-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 640
Posted By Gresp15C

If it was me, I'd try to adjust the play out of...

If it was me, I'd try to adjust the play out of the bearings. It's a tiny bit tricky if you don't have a tool to remove the freewheel, but not insurmountable. It's important to get the parts on the...
08-17-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,715
Posted By Gresp15C

I looked at a MIPS helmet at Target today. There...

I looked at a MIPS helmet at Target today. There was a piece of thin clear plastic, with some kind of elastomer between the plastic and the rest of the helmet.

My impressions were: Will this...
08-16-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,362
Posted By Gresp15C

They weren't planning on stopping. ;) But your...

They weren't planning on stopping. ;) But your point is well taken. One of the bikes in our family fleet has center-pulls, and they don't work noticeably worse than comparably priced side pulls of...
08-16-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,880
Posted By Gresp15C

Vote with your wallet and your health.

Vote with your wallet and your health.
08-16-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,362
Posted By Gresp15C

On two bikes, I used dual pivot Tektro's,...

On two bikes, I used dual pivot Tektro's, whatever reach was appropriate. Those are super nice brakes, and not exorbitant. On one other bike (single speed coaster brake hub plus front brake), I kept...
08-16-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,362
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done this with 80's lugged steel Schwinn...

I've done this with 80's lugged steel Schwinn frames, which seem to be plentiful and similar to the other Japanese / Taiwanese frames of the day. My 1982 "Traveler" easily accommodates 700c x 35 mm...
08-14-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 867
Posted By Gresp15C

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it...

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it myself in the past for winter riding, because I had it for my chainsaw and decided to try it on the bike. I doubt that it comes in a bottle with a...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 10:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,827
Posted By Gresp15C

It's hard for me to talk about specific...

It's hard for me to talk about specific temperatures, because I get more acclimatized as the winter progresses. 20 degrees in November feels much colder than 20 degrees in January. ;) In my locale, a...
08-13-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,851
Posted By Gresp15C

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are...

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are losing the argument to hybrids, cruisers, and WalMart BSO's, which dominate the market, all of which are going to be surpassed by e-bikes.

A market...
08-13-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,851
Posted By Gresp15C

My family fleet includes bikes that are used...

My family fleet includes bikes that are used during the winter on salted / sanded roads. Over the space of a decade, we've worn out exactly one rim, on a bike whose brakes were neglected and loaded...
08-12-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,158
Posted By Gresp15C

Here's what I figure about removing a patch. The...

Here's what I figure about removing a patch. The circumference of a 27 inch tire is about 85 inches, and let's say a patch is an inch across. So a patched tube has a 1-in-85 chance of getting...
08-08-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,114
Posted By Gresp15C

I use a padlock and cable threaded through the...

I use a padlock and cable threaded through the bikes, a lug on the rack, and the hitch receiver. It's as secure as a cable lock, i.e., a determined thief could have our bikes. We take our bikes on...
08-08-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,254
Posted By Gresp15C

On the other hand, the kid cares about bikes, and...

On the other hand, the kid cares about bikes, and will mellow over time, especially if he goes to college and discovers how long his bike lasts in that environment. Most "kids these days." wouldn't...
08-07-19, 11:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
Posted By Gresp15C

Like Retro Grouch says, non drive side is easy....

Like Retro Grouch says, non drive side is easy. You can actually extract all of the BB parts from the non drive side, clean, and inspect with the drive side cup in place. This will tell you what's...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,299
Posted By Gresp15C

Some bike shops in my locale have used wheels....

Some bike shops in my locale have used wheels. You might have your new commuter! Or, the tech might tell you that the wheel can be fixed. Otherwise, if you're in a higher crime area, then a fancy new...
08-07-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
Posted By Gresp15C

I've serviced quite a few bikes of that era....

I've serviced quite a few bikes of that era. There's a good chance that the spindles and cups are pitted. If so, they're toast, and it would be a shame to buy tools for parts that will probably never...
08-06-19, 09:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,305
Posted By Gresp15C

I want to think under the circumstances, that the...

I want to think under the circumstances, that the shop would be happy to take the bike back, and bury the matter of sellling you an unsafe bike that they clearly had a hand in setting up.
08-06-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,938
Posted By Gresp15C

None of the above. I ride swept bars. ;) I can't...

None of the above. I ride swept bars. ;) I can't ride drops because my neck don't bend that way no more. Flats pound the hell out of my wrists. I can ride swept bars for hours with minimal...
08-05-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By Gresp15C

I've found solid axles for cheaper on eBay. With...

I've found solid axles for cheaper on eBay. With that said, I've also used the ones from Wheels Mfg, and they are of very high quality.
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