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08-04-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 300
Posted By Trakhak

Here's some 1970s crap for you: Loud Green...

Here's some 1970s crap for you:

Loud Green Song
08-04-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 44
Posted By Trakhak

Haven't seen it, but thanks for the heads-up....

Haven't seen it, but thanks for the heads-up. Just added it to my list of Amazon Prime items for viewing.
08-04-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 264
Posted By Trakhak

I've had this happen to me after rides for...

I've had this happen to me after rides for decades, starting when I was in my mid-teens, some 50 years ago, although I usually don't pass out. Instead, I have to stand where I am for anywhere from 10...
08-04-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,205
Posted By Trakhak

Every waking moment?

Every waking moment?
08-04-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,205
Posted By Trakhak

No reason, if you are the solitary resident of a...

No reason, if you are the solitary resident of a remote island.
08-04-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,178
Posted By Trakhak

If the chains used in refurbishing the Varsities...

If the chains used in refurbishing the Varsities with the Huret Allvit derailleurs were modern chains, the shifting might have been improved to the point of being acceptable. With the original...
08-03-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,464
Posted By Trakhak

The person at the other end of the phone may not...

The person at the other end of the phone may not have an unmixed reaction to the "This is Doctor . . ." gambit. I remember getting the occasional similar call when I worked at bike shops:

"This is...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-20, 02:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 306
Posted By Trakhak

Thanks to so many people being fixated on steel...

Thanks to so many people being fixated on steel bikes (see some of the replies in this thread), you might be able to find a good used aluminum bike in your price range. Going aluminum instead of...
08-02-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 1,777
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. I have only one cell phone (not smart...

Yes. I have only one cell phone (not smart phone), and I carry it only on bike rides, in case of emergency. Last time I looked, I had about 7,950 minutes available for use.
08-02-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 209
Posted By Trakhak

Carrots? This isn't the TalkBass forum.

Carrots? This isn't the TalkBass forum.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 4,476
Posted By Trakhak

One interesting thing about cycling and heat...

One interesting thing about cycling and heat regulation is that I spend the first half hour or 45 minutes of a ride on a hot day feeling uncomfortably hot, after which the discomfort gradually...
08-02-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3,089
Views: 300,759
Posted By Trakhak

Story told to me 30 years ago: my friend Keith...

Story told to me 30 years ago: my friend Keith was at a bike race, watching the category 1 and 2 guys starting to line up for their event, when a cat 1 guy he knew came up to him.

Cat 1 guy:...
08-02-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 759
Posted By Trakhak

Pics would indeed help, since your description...

Pics would indeed help, since your description doesn't clarify why the cleat slots are reluctant to fit over the pedal plates. Offhand, I can picture the toe clips being too short or too low to allow...
08-02-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,079
Posted By Trakhak

From a practical standpoint, successful racers...

From a practical standpoint, successful racers learn pretty quickly that low-load, high-cadence near-maximal efforts are much easier to recover from than high-load, low-cadence efforts (or, in...
Forum: Touring
08-02-20, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 871
Posted By Trakhak

Pakeboi's carbon Diamondback Haanjo EXP pick is...

Pakeboi's carbon Diamondback Haanjo EXP pick is probably what I'd go with, too (Pakeboi's link: Here Are The 12 Best Touring Bikes You Can Buy In 2020...
07-31-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 525
Posted By Trakhak

My voice used to nearly disappear after long...

My voice used to nearly disappear after long rides in hot weather until I started carrying much more water and drinking far more of it and more often than I used to. That seems to have taken care of...
07-31-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,023
Posted By Trakhak

Fanboys: those whose enthusiasms differ from mine.

Fanboys: those whose enthusiasms differ from mine.
Replies: 14
Views: 425
Posted By Trakhak

Assuming that the OP spelled the name correctly,...

Assuming that the OP spelled the name correctly, "Gan" might refer to a team sponsor from long ago:

GAN: French insurance company. From 1973 to 1976 Gan was the title sponsor of the Mercier team...
07-29-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 3,755
Posted By Trakhak

Correct. It's what used to be called gallows...

Correct. It's what used to be called gallows humor.
07-28-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 511
Posted By Trakhak

As someone who has admired Campagnolo's products...

As someone who has admired Campagnolo's products for 50 years or more, it's slightly upsetting to see a Campagnolo drivetrain referred to as "out of spec" when it's being asked to accommodate a gear...
07-28-20, 12:17 PM
07-28-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,709
Posted By Trakhak

Oddly enough, you can always change your mind.

Oddly enough, you can always change your mind.
07-27-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,023
Posted By Trakhak

French versus Italian: As reported in an...

French versus Italian:

As reported in an issue of Bicycling magazine published around 1975 or 1976, a Bicycling writer was allowed to wander around the mechanics' stations before a Tour de France...
07-25-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,211
Posted By Trakhak

No, you should not expect to pay less than MSRP,...

No, you should not expect to pay less than MSRP, and no, buying a bike is not the same as buying a car.

Bike stores see very little profit on bike sales. The money that they make, such as it is,...
07-25-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 350
Posted By Trakhak

As long as you're always careful to use the...

As long as you're always careful to use the lowest clamping force possible, your should be fine. The only frame I ever saw damaged was a Reynolds 531 steel frame---a customer in a bike shop clamped...
07-25-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 421
Posted By Trakhak

Brilliant idea, since it eliminates the...

Brilliant idea, since it eliminates the possibility of rocking your hips during testing of the seat height. It certainly makes more sense than believing that leg length calculation results can be...
07-25-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By Trakhak

Treat any mountain bike like a BMX bike and you...

Treat any mountain bike like a BMX bike and you can break the frame easily. GT aluminum mountain bikes were the toughest bikes on the market in the 1990s, but even they would eventually fail after...
Replies: 28
Views: 650
Posted By Trakhak

Congratulations for the quick turnaround. Just a...

Congratulations for the quick turnaround. Just a follow-up to your saying that you're not sure that chrome fork is original: it's almost certainly a replacement fork, the original having been damaged...
07-24-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 554
Posted By Trakhak

Paramount = non-inflation-adjusted $175 when I...

Paramount = non-inflation-adjusted $175 when I started racing, in 1964.
07-24-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By Trakhak

The heel-on-pedal method was, I believe,...

The heel-on-pedal method was, I believe, developed for racers during the era in which the heel of almost every cycling shoe consisted of extremely thin leather (or wood) without an insole. Many...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-23-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 714
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs5ao3jR7BU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rs5ao3jR7BU
07-23-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 481
Posted By Trakhak

Here's the method I use, having come up with it...

Here's the method I use, having come up with it after 50 years of guess-and-go saddle height adjustments:

1. Find a road, parking lot, etc., that's level and has no hills.

2. Raise saddle until...
07-23-20, 05:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 430
Posted By Trakhak

Don't ride any Viscount/Lambert with any version...

Don't ride any Viscount/Lambert with any version of the aluminum fork.

From the Sheldon Brown page on Viscount/Lambert bikes:

Yamaha purchased the Viscount in 1978 or so and promptly recalled...
07-21-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 868
Posted By Trakhak

I sold Mongoose bikes, including their road and...

I sold Mongoose bikes, including their road and off-road bike, in a bike shop in the 1990s, but I don't remember the Mangusta 5000. Just looked it up; nice bike.

Many riders go all out to pass...
07-21-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,023
Posted By Trakhak

Fixed it for you. Kidding. My Japanese...

Fixed it for you.

Kidding. My Japanese Fender Jaguar bass (the first version, with all the switches and knobs) might be the best bass I've ever owned.
07-21-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Me.
Views: 958
Posted By Trakhak

My first thought for a 73-year-old with a saddle...

My first thought for a 73-year-old with a saddle sore: check your saddle height. We shrink as we age. I'm 68, and I recently dropped the saddle height on each of my bikes by about a centimeter. My...
07-21-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 604
Posted By Trakhak

Debatable. Not many people loaded with money and...

Debatable. Not many people loaded with money and power drive around in lifted pickups with exhaust systems modified to spew choking clouds of smoke at bike riders on command.

A few of us here...
07-21-20, 04:58 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,023
Posted By Trakhak

Plastic People Of The Universe

Plastic People Of The Universe
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,021
Posted By Trakhak

Passion is the root of all evil.

Passion is the root of all evil.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 7,021
Posted By Trakhak

Is showing off evil?

Is showing off evil?
07-19-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 258
Posted By Trakhak

As any coach would tell you: 1-second...

As any coach would tell you:

1-second warm-up - 1-second interval - 1-second rest period - 1-second interval - 1-second cool down.
Forum: Touring
07-19-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 732
Posted By Trakhak

Sounds like a terrific trip. You and your sons...

Sounds like a terrific trip. You and your sons are lucky to have each other.

That said: writing as a New Haven townie expatriate living in Baltimore, if I were you, after I returned home I'd...
07-18-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By Trakhak

Straight leg with pedal at the bottom of the...

Straight leg with pedal at the bottom of the stroke sounds as if the saddle is too high. I've been active rider for 50-plus years, but even so, I was surprised to find that I had to drop my saddle...
07-18-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,396
Posted By Trakhak

79pmooney and I are among the very few (I would...

79pmooney and I are among the very few (I would guess) people posting on BikeForums who have been riding fixed gear for decades. In my case, I got my first track bike (a Helyett Jacques Anquetil...
07-18-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By Trakhak

When I got my first ABLA licence and started...

When I got my first ABLA licence and started racing in 1964, my teammates rode Atala and Frejus pro-level bikes, which cost about $140, as I recall. Another rode a PX-10, acknowledged to be of lesser...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 696
Posted By Trakhak

Any synthetic knit shorts or pants will last a...

Any synthetic knit shorts or pants will last a very long time, far longer than any natural fibers. The knit construction makes them air permeable, unlike tighter weaves, and provides about as much...
07-13-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 3,854
Posted By Trakhak

As with another poster above, I use reflective...

As with another poster above, I use reflective ankle bands. They're functionally as visible as any flashing or strobe lights, and they instantly identify me as a bike rider to any drivers in the...
07-11-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 847
Posted By Trakhak

I ran bike service departments in the 1970s and...

I ran bike service departments in the 1970s and 1980s. There are plenty of jobs, e.g., wheelbuilding, I'm happy to DIY at home. Eyeballing derailleur hangers is not one of them. I was happy to pay a...
07-11-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 309
Posted By Trakhak

First, as noted above, forget the idea that you...

First, as noted above, forget the idea that you can get the freewheel off without using the proper removal tool. (Maybe you already know that; your first post is unclear on that point.)

Look at...
07-11-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,672
Posted By Trakhak

With the usual possibility of rare exceptions,...

With the usual possibility of rare exceptions, the manuals provided by bike manufacturers have never offered anything other than generic information, including in the era before frivolous lawsuits...
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