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10-13-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,607
Posted By Trakhak

I stripped the hub on my first track bike (in...

I stripped the hub on my first track bike (in 1965; French-threaded hub, BSA-threaded cog). The veteran mechanic at the shop where my parents bought the bike for me wrapped the hub threads with...
10-12-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 745
Posted By Trakhak

You'd never know it from reading Bike Forums, but...

You'd never know it from reading Bike Forums, but steel bikes are a very small part of the market, and for good reasons. Manufacturers predominantly use aluminum because that material enables the...
10-11-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,981
Posted By Trakhak

Agree, except I'd replace everything after "Get...

Agree, except I'd replace everything after "Get copies of" with Between The Buttons. And with The Who Sell Out, of course.
10-11-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 7,981
Posted By Trakhak

Nothing by Pink Floyd after their first album,...

Nothing by Pink Floyd after their first album, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, holds any interest for me. Or, to put it another way, I'll take playful over ponderous every time.
10-02-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,697
Posted By Trakhak

I sold Cannondale bikes from their introduction...

I sold Cannondale bikes from their introduction up to the mid-'90s and never encountered a crap rider.

The more likely explanation for their mixed reputation is that some people who had ridden...
09-16-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,334
Posted By Trakhak

At 175 pounds, if you're much under six feet...

At 175 pounds, if you're much under six feet tall, there might not be much benefit to standing for you. Standing and climbing works best for skinny riders. Alberto Contador said that he would often...
09-11-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 11,700
Posted By Trakhak

As a data point, the French term used to refer to...

As a data point, the French term used to refer to early funny bikes was "plongeant."
08-25-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,088
Posted By Trakhak

The stock Ogre is sold with a 10-speed cassette....

The stock Ogre is sold with a 10-speed cassette. It's a 1X setup, but many touring cyclists know and trust triple cranksets. Also, many would prefer (or, at the least, not reject) 180 rotors on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 03:14 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 22,809
Posted By Trakhak

As I recall, Pinarello wouldn't let him keep any...

As I recall, Pinarello wouldn't let him keep any of his team bikes because he quit racing before the contract was up. Indurain asked his pals in the peleton for recommendations, and the decision came...
08-09-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,702
Posted By Trakhak

Stretching the way a cat or dog does (i.e., the...

Stretching the way a cat or dog does (i.e., the way you do when you yawn, and for no more than 10 seconds or so) isn't likely to be a detriment to performance. More than that can be (by, e.g.,...
08-05-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,873
Posted By Trakhak

In my bike shop days, we experienced many...

In my bike shop days, we experienced many instances of people attempting to talk their way to the head of the repair queue, always during the busiest part of the season. When I instituted a modest...
07-24-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,468
Posted By Trakhak

Might help, might not. Current research...

Might help, might not.

Current research advises caution, since stretching has been shown to lead to weakening of connective tissue in some cases. At 67, I ride fairly hard for up to 14 hours a...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 01:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,668
Posted By Trakhak

A Surly Long Haul Trucker is about as heavy as...

A Surly Long Haul Trucker is about as heavy as 4130 steel bike frames get. It has a long wheelbase, too, which you'd like, since it's the long wheelbase of the Trek Earl that accounts for the...
07-02-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,812
Posted By Trakhak

Locked elbows = the modern riders are rolling...

Locked elbows = the modern riders are rolling along slowly in the neutralized zone, having just departed the start line, or are at some other point in the race where they're taking it easy.

All...
06-25-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By Trakhak

Didn't see the other thread, but if by "died" you...

Didn't see the other thread, but if by "died" you mean that the shifter lever moves but the cable doesn't, most such STI shifters can be fixed by lubricating the shifting mechanism in the lever. Four...
06-24-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 8,180
Posted By Trakhak

If your cycling intervals don't feel as hard as...

If your cycling intervals don't feel as hard as your running intervals, you're geared too high. It's an easy mistake to make.
06-05-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,426
Posted By Trakhak

I remember how different my Bianchi Specialissima...

I remember how different my Bianchi Specialissima felt when I replaced a Campy Record/Mavic MA4 wheel set with a set of Hi-E wheels---their lightest set, with riveted ultra-thin-wall rims and their...
06-05-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,426
Posted By Trakhak

I don't even notice any differences in ride...

I don't even notice any differences in ride comfort between my steel, aluminum, and carbon race bikes, let alone wheel sets, and I've been riding racing bikes for 55 years.
05-24-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,042
Posted By Trakhak

Not a mistake. If I remember rightly, that...

Not a mistake.

If I remember rightly, that dropout design was introduced to ensure that the sprockets would be optimally positioned for the then-new indexing derailleurs. The NDS end was milled to...
05-20-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 25,264
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. My steel, aluminum, and carbon bikes ride...

Yes. My steel, aluminum, and carbon bikes ride pretty much the same, because they all fit me the same and have nearly identical geometries: more specifically, nearly identical wheelbases.

If...
05-19-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,354
Posted By Trakhak

Check bike shops near you for one that can...

Check bike shops near you for one that can install the rivnut for you and get a price quote. If less than the price of the tool, have the shop do the job.
05-18-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,071
Posted By Trakhak

In the era when the pictured bikes were new, only...

In the era when the pictured bikes were new, only the cheapest of cheap bikes came with all-black tires. I find the look of all-black tires on a nice vintage bike more jarring than a sloping top tube...
Replies: 32
Views: 2,962
Posted By Trakhak

Nice. That Trek-to-counterfeit-Masi thread...

Nice. That Trek-to-counterfeit-Masi thread deserves to be preserved as a permanent Bike Forums meme.
06-20-18, 10:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,589
Posted By Trakhak

Also 50 years with derailleur-equipped bikes, and...

Also 50 years with derailleur-equipped bikes, and I switched to indexed shifting as soon as it was available.

I also play fretted guitars exclusively.

(Leo Fender called his first bass the...
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