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12-06-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 257
Posted By Retro Grouch

If I wanted to improve the Park Tool wrench set,...

If I wanted to improve the Park Tool wrench set, I'd color code the handles. Then I'd add a set of combination end wrenches in the same colors.
12-06-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 175
Posted By Retro Grouch

7 ounces. Like pouring out 1/3 of your water...

7 ounces. Like pouring out 1/3 of your water bottle. That's the most you can gain if everything goes right.
12-05-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 322
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes I feel like an analogue man whose been...

Sometimes I feel like an analogue man whose been trapped in a digital world.

If you were building a house and you needed to cut a board to fit a certain place, how would you do it?
The digital...
12-03-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Retro Grouch

Have you considered popping off the front wheel? ...

Have you considered popping off the front wheel? Removing the wheel and turning the fork sideways will greatly reduce the width of your bike and make it easier to store.
12-02-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 600
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bicycle is a simple machine. Don't try to make...

A bicycle is a simple machine. Don't try to make this too complicated. Two important things to consider:

1. Bicycles, like shoes, come in sizes. How you fit on your bicycle affects your...
11-29-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,145
Posted By Retro Grouch

Reminds me of when I first saw a set of Campy...

Reminds me of when I first saw a set of Campy Record brakes displayed. I thought they were way too expensive to use but I could picture them under a glass topped coffee table.

I guess beauty is...
11-27-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 178
Posted By Retro Grouch

What you have is a die casting that has developed...

What you have is a die casting that has developed a crack where the adjusting screw hole had been drilled. If it was my bike, I'd replace the whole brake.
11-24-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Retro Grouch

Aluminum tubes will have welds about the diameter...

Aluminum tubes will have welds about the diameter of old fashioned cotton clothes line rope. Steel welds will be much smaller. One of my pet peeves is the common use of the word "alloy" as a...
11-23-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Retro Grouch

Definitely do-able. That's quite a bit of money...

Definitely do-able. That's quite a bit of money to spend for a relatively small change in your easiest hill climb gear.
11-21-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

You say you have a new hanger but you didn't say...

You say you have a new hanger but you didn't say if it has been aligned with a gauge.

9-speed cassettes and above are real sensitive to precise hanger alignment and one of the ways bad alignment...
11-20-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,637
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yup. "You don't stop riding because you got too...

Yup. "You don't stop riding because you got too old, you get too old because you stopped riding."
11-20-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 547
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think too. A slightly too tight...

That's what I think too. A slightly too tight headset will feel crunchy and will require constant manual steering corrections.
11-20-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,831
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I was thinking. It's not at all...

That's what I was thinking. It's not at all unusual for motor vehicle drivers to underestimate how fast a competent rider is going.
11-19-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 930
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. Other than on very technical rocky trails, or...

1. Other than on very technical rocky trails, or for estimating wear, I think that it's real easy to overstate the benefits of bicycle tire tread patterns.

2. Nope.
11-19-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,122
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is a lot of wisdom involved in determining...

There is a lot of wisdom involved in determining what to save and what to throw away.

Realistically what you have is a low value hub which you are going to convert into a no value hub by removing...
11-19-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 619
Posted By Retro Grouch

How are you dissatisfied with the 22 32 42...

How are you dissatisfied with the 22 32 42 gearing? If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
11-19-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at it this way: A Shimano 9-speed...

Look at it this way:

A Shimano 9-speed cassette puts 9 cogs into essentially the same amount of space that an 8-speed cassette puts only 8. Obviously the 9-speed cogs have to be crowded more...
11-19-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 526
Posted By Retro Grouch

I thought the "dial" in speed dial 7 was for...

I thought the "dial" in speed dial 7 was for converting the cable pull.
11-17-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By Retro Grouch

Doesn't it suck when that happens?

Doesn't it suck when that happens?
11-14-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,463
Posted By Retro Grouch

No more for me. I've broken too much stuff; ...

No more for me. I've broken too much stuff; collarbone twice, both elbows (in the same incident) and lastly my left hip. The hip involved the longest hospital stay but the elbows had longer...
11-14-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,149
Posted By Retro Grouch

Superman for me but most of the time I keep it...

Superman for me but most of the time I keep it hidden under my regular clothes.
11-14-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,747
Posted By Retro Grouch

Says responder #72...

Says responder #72 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=72)
11-12-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 726
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to have some 2mm spacers for under the...

I used to have some 2mm spacers for under the drive side of the BB. Problem solvers, maybe as a source?
11-10-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's what I would do: 1. Find any square...

Here's what I would do:

1. Find any square taper bottom bracket the longer the spindle, the better. They aren't all the same interfaces but most will be English thread for the frame and Japanese...
11-10-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,747
Posted By Retro Grouch

I just googles both "resin" and "plastic" I...

I just googles both "resin" and "plastic" I don't think the words are synonyms but I honestly really don't know. The most interesting thing I found is there are 7 different types of plastic of...
11-09-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,747
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Groupset" at least is progress. I cringe when...

"Groupset" at least is progress. I cringe when people use the term "Groupo" It's not so bad when they use Italian slang to refer to Campy components.
11-09-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,747
Posted By Retro Grouch

You sound like a lawyer using meaningless...

You sound like a lawyer using meaningless verbiage to obfuscate the simple truth. Why don't you refer to steel framed bicycles as "alloy"? The purpose of an adjective is to describe or limit. ...
11-07-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,747
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're right. As soon as I finish getting...

You're right.

As soon as I finish getting everybody to stop using the word "alloy" as a synonym for "aluminum" I'll take up "hydro".
11-06-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,416
Posted By Retro Grouch

Mrs Grouch used to chide me about competitiveness...

Mrs Grouch used to chide me about competitiveness and my need to keep up with the people we were riding with. Then one day, while we were out riding, she encountered somebody she thought she could...
11-06-19, 11:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,050
Posted By Retro Grouch

I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My...

I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My brakes would melt the snow sticking to my rims which would then re-freeze to form a glaze of ice on the braking surfaces. I'd have to steer into piles...
11-06-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,506
Posted By Retro Grouch

Before I developed my good sense I used to...

Before I developed my good sense I used to mountain bike with a group of guys every single Saturday morning. There were no excused absences for weather. We tended to like cold weather rides because...
11-05-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 278
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd replace the housing too.

I'd replace the housing too.
11-04-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,077
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check out some recumbent specialty dealers. ...

Check out some recumbent specialty dealers.

Many recumbent riders prefer arch mounted SPD clips. I don't personally do it so I can't answer your questions but it's common enough that I'd think a...
11-04-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 451
Posted By Retro Grouch

Not really. Why is the wheel wobbly? We can't...

Not really. Why is the wheel wobbly? We can't see it to tell.

If all it takes is to adjust a couple of spokes, that's one thing. If they like you it could even be a gimme.
If the rim is bent...
11-01-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 347
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's a 12x142 hub?

What's a 12x142 hub?
Forum: Recumbent
10-28-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 772
Posted By Retro Grouch

Try Bentrideronline. I think you are more likely...

Try Bentrideronline. I think you are more likely to find somebody there who is either more familiar about the brand or more familiar with buying and selling tadpole trikes. Any number I could put...
10-28-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,441
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at where the shift cable attaches to the...

Look at where the shift cable attaches to the front derailleur. You will probably see a little finger in the cable path. It's counter intuitive but the cable is supposed to go OVER that little...
10-28-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 506
Posted By Retro Grouch

I didn't take the time to calculate the ratios,...

I didn't take the time to calculate the ratios, but I believe that could be right. If you are a digital thinker, you will probably fret endlessly over that 1.8 gear inches. 18.2 is definitely lower...
10-28-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By Retro Grouch

Twisted chain?

Twisted chain?
10-28-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Retro Grouch

7-speed, right? The nice thing about 7-speeds is...

7-speed, right? The nice thing about 7-speeds is they are less picky about perfect alignment than 9-speed cassettes and above.

I leave the derailleur on the bike and shift into a gear...
10-24-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,840
Posted By Retro Grouch

Imagine a gym full of people doing toe touches. ...

Imagine a gym full of people doing toe touches. Some can just barely touch their toes, some can barely touch their knees and some can flatten their palms against the floor. Now come up with a...
10-22-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 517
Posted By Retro Grouch

That part of his post was talking about...

That part of his post was talking about freewheels.
10-22-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I was thinking too. It doesn't take...

That's what I was thinking too. It doesn't take much to bend the derailleur hanger inward. A bike old enough to have worn out a rear derailleur is almost sure to have taken a hit sufficient to bend...
10-22-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 536
Posted By Retro Grouch

Oh man! Now you've got me wondering. Do the...

Oh man! Now you've got me wondering. Do the local signs call it "Manassas" or "Bull Run"?
10-22-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,551
Posted By Retro Grouch

The regret I had after my most recent purchase...

The regret I had after my most recent purchase was not having made it sooner.
10-16-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By Retro Grouch

This ^^^^

This ^^^^
10-16-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 459
Posted By Retro Grouch

Usually.

Usually.
10-16-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,315
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you were selling bicycle components which do...

If you were selling bicycle components which do you think would be cheaper for you to do?

1. Sell parts one-at-a-time with point of purchasing packaging and instructions and have to market and...
10-12-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? Shimano...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

Shimano sells components in so many different group levels that I can't keep track of them anymore. The truth is that even the cheapest Tourney line components...
10-11-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
Posted By Retro Grouch

Theoretically there should be no problem at all. ...

Theoretically there should be no problem at all.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a theoretical world. If it was my bike Id do whatever was necessary from the inception to shim the cassette so...
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