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09-20-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 443
Posted By Gresp15C

That's a new one for me, but thanks for the tip....

That's a new one for me, but thanks for the tip. Fortunately, the galvanized ones can be tinned with a soldering iron and electrical solder.
09-20-20, 09:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,231
Posted By Gresp15C

WD 40 is a mixture of mineral spirits and light...

WD 40 is a mixture of mineral spirits and light mineral oil, that comes in a handy spray can. When the mineral spirits evaporate, the oil remains and functions as a lubricant. There's some other...
09-20-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 443
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm talking about galvanized steel cables. It...

I'm talking about galvanized steel cables. It takes a few seconds. Getting out the torch would take a few more seconds, and for a coated cable, the trick would be to only heat the exposed part.

I...
09-20-20, 08:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 443
Posted By Gresp15C

I've re-used cables. When I install new cables, I...

I've re-used cables. When I install new cables, I tin the ends with solder, but I don't put any caps on. This makes it pretty easy to sneak the cable back out of the housing with minimal trouble. New...
09-20-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 462
Posted By Gresp15C

Here's the chain on my winter bike. I assembled...

Here's the chain on my winter bike. I assembled the bike last summer, lubed the chain, and left it in the back yard under a bush. When the salt trucks came through, I got it out, and rode it daily...
09-20-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 462
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view a bit of surface rust is purely a...

In my view a bit of surface rust is purely a cosmetic issue. It will be quickly worn off the contacting surfaces, and basically flushed away, especially if you use a very lightweight chain lube. I'll...
09-18-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By Gresp15C

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs....

I made my own for Sturmey-Archer and Bendix hubs. Just a couple cuts with a hacksaw, bend the piece back and forth till it breaks out, clean up with a file. Works like a charm.
09-18-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,595
Posted By Gresp15C

I live in a road salt area. My experience has...

I live in a road salt area. My experience has been that nothing will keep the outside of the chain from picking up some rust, possibly short of meticulous daily cleaning. A chain guard helps a lot. A...
09-17-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 782
Posted By Gresp15C

The Mackinaw Bridge was designed with grates in...

The Mackinaw Bridge was designed with grates in the center lanes to prevent what caused the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to collapse.
Forum: Commuting
09-15-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 215
Posted By Gresp15C

Some peeves for me: 1. Road salt and rust ...

Some peeves for me:

1. Road salt and rust
2. A way to carry the layers that come on and off during the ride, especially since morning and evening conditions are often different
3. A shift lever...
09-13-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,418
Posted By Gresp15C

Drops versus upright is probably the most...

Drops versus upright is probably the most difficult decision to make if you don't already have a preference. The reason is that switching from one to the other can be expensive and isn't always...
09-13-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,418
Posted By Gresp15C

Southern Wisconsin is like that. If there's a...

Southern Wisconsin is like that. If there's a road, chances are it's paved. Gravel roads are either someone's driveway, or a dead end access to a handful of residences. There are more gravel roads in...
09-13-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,218
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusing anecdote: I went to a bike auction a few...

Amusing anecdote: I went to a bike auction a few years ago, to raise rent money for the bike co-op. I bought a couple bikes for parts. Two or three of the people, including me, had brought a small...
09-13-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 5,418
Posted By Gresp15C

To the OP: Keep riding and learning. As you gain...

To the OP: Keep riding and learning. As you gain more exposure to cycling and cyclists, I'm betting you'll arrive at a couple of generalizations:

1. A lot of cyclists are doing things that other...
Forum: Commuting
09-08-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 390
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been happy with both Nokian and Schwalbe...

I've been happy with both Nokian and Schwalbe studded tires in Madison WI. We haven't had a lot of snow in the last couple years, but enough to justify keeping the studs on.

For some reason, there...
09-07-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 444
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd be pretty pleased with myself if I ever got...

I'd be pretty pleased with myself if I ever got up to 17 - 20 mph cruising speed without the assistance of a good tailwind. If that's where you're at, then I'd say you owe it to yourself to find a...
Forum: Commuting
09-06-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,678
Posted By Gresp15C

Inbound, I take it slow, maybe 12 mph for 4...

Inbound, I take it slow, maybe 12 mph for 4 miles. Outbound, however fast I can go. Slower when I'm on studded tires.
09-06-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By Gresp15C

That's definitely worthy of note. Controlling a...

That's definitely worthy of note. Controlling a bike when your hands are closer to your center of gravity is something to think about and prepare for.
09-05-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,168
Posted By Gresp15C

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these...

Admittedly, I play mostly upright bass these days, but I own a couple of fretless electrics that I enjoy playing.
09-05-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,168
Posted By Gresp15C

pbass, do you play a P bass?

pbass, do you play a P bass?
09-05-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By Gresp15C

Same situation here. I can't ride drops -- my...

Same situation here. I can't ride drops -- my neck don't bend that way no more -- and straight bars pound the hell out of my wrists. Swept bars, ahhhh.... nice. I can ride all day.

Just for...
09-04-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,547
Posted By Gresp15C

Right now the bikes that I ride have caliper,...

Right now the bikes that I ride have caliper, disc, and coaster brakes. Every bike brakes a bit differently.

This may sound a bit extreme, but whenever I'm on an unfamiliar bike, or have repaired...
09-03-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Gresp15C

The trick to loose bearings is to fill the cup...

The trick to loose bearings is to fill the cup with grease, and the balls stick in there until you get it together.
09-01-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By Gresp15C

I use a piece of chain wrapped in a length of...

I use a piece of chain wrapped in a length of innertube, and a padlock. Granted, nothing is going to protect my bikes from a determined thief. But at least a chain can't be cut by a pair of diagonal...
09-01-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,168
Posted By Gresp15C

Slowpoke here, 65 gear inches, freewheel with...

Slowpoke here, 65 gear inches, freewheel with coaster brake. With this gearing there are a couple hills in my locale that I can barely climb, so it's enough. Most of the time, it's just right for...
09-01-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 278
Posted By Gresp15C

The correct ISO number for the speeds of a 3...

The correct ISO number for the speeds of a 3 speed bike is 3. ;)
08-31-20, 10:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 594
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd be surprised if the original surface...

I'd be surprised if the original surface roughness is an issue after the discs are worn in.
08-31-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 495
Posted By Gresp15C

Let's see: Kenda, Vee Rubber, and Cheng Shin? ;)

Let's see: Kenda, Vee Rubber, and Cheng Shin? ;)
08-31-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,017
Posted By Gresp15C

More about pricing: Another strategy: If...

More about pricing:

Another strategy: If you’ve noticed shops selling dishes that feel particularly over-the-top — say, the $1k “Golden Opulence Sundae” from Manhattan’s “Serendipity 3” dessert...
08-30-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,202
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I asked the cardiac rehab person: What HR...

Indeed, I asked the cardiac rehab person: What HR should I target? She said, don't. Instead, one of the goals of the rehab training is getting people to recognize other hallmarks of an appropriate...
08-30-20, 10:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,202
Posted By Gresp15C

My stent was installed during the winter, and by...

My stent was installed during the winter, and by summer, we had booked a hiking vacation in the Rockies. Of course I went along. ;) We had it in our plans to hike a couple of "fourteeners" which are...
08-29-20, 11:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 728
Posted By Gresp15C

I do all of my own wrenching. It's not that I...

I do all of my own wrenching. It's not that I don't trust a mechanic, but a bike is such a simple machine, and doing my own maintenance greatly improves my enjoyment of riding. I don't have to spend...
08-29-20, 05:48 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,017
Posted By Gresp15C

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veblen_good
08-29-20, 01:20 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,017
Posted By Gresp15C

Look at it from a pricing perspective. If all...

Look at it from a pricing perspective. If all helmets are under $100, and someone has a $300 budget, then you've left $200 on the table. If all helmets are $300 and someone can only afford $100, then...
08-28-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,160
Posted By Gresp15C

It should be ride-able if you re-lubricate the...

It should be ride-able if you re-lubricate the bearings, derailleurs, and cables. Aluminum rims are a plus. If the wheels are true, that's a big plus. Given the relative lack of wear on the rims and...
08-28-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been getting the 28-35's for my 28 mm tires....

I've been getting the 28-35's for my 28 mm tires. Sure, rubber stretches, but it's under greater stress if it's stretched out more, and thins out. I've had more problems with undersized tubes,...
08-28-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,017
Posted By Gresp15C

That's actuallly more comprehensive description...

That's actuallly more comprehensive description than I've seen elsewhere.
08-27-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,017
Posted By Gresp15C

Conflict of interest. MIPS is a for-profit...

Conflict of interest. MIPS is a for-profit business.

The term "regulatory capture" refers to the business strategy of developing intellectual property on a technology (patents, etc.) and then...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,522
Posted By Gresp15C

56, 8 miles round trip, same employer for 20+...

56, 8 miles round trip, same employer for 20+ years. Some things have gradually changed. for instance, I no longer carry bad weather gear 100% of the time, like I did at first. And I didn't ride...
08-23-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 387
Posted By Gresp15C

I live near a large university, and a lot of...

I live near a large university, and a lot of students just abandon their bikes when they graduate or otherwise move on with their lives. They get cleared from the racks to make space for next year. I...
08-22-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 592
Posted By Gresp15C

Once, I parked my bike outside my kids' high...

Once, I parked my bike outside my kids' high school for an event. When I came back out, the contents of my saddle bag were strewn on the sidewalk. I picked them up and they were all there.

I'm...
Forum: Commuting
08-21-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,693
Posted By Gresp15C

The worst case I've seen is somebody is in the...

The worst case I've seen is somebody is in the left turn lane but has decided that they actually plan on going straight through, so they gun it when the light changes to get ahead of the other cars....
08-21-20, 11:58 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Many years ago my spouse and I went on a hiking...

Many years ago my spouse and I went on a hiking trip in the "pre-Alps" of France. We rented the cheapest car we could get. It was late in the season, so all of the "gravel" roads were at various...
08-21-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Truth be told, there's always been a battle...

Truth be told, there's always been a battle between the marketing categories of bikes, and regular cyclists who are just looking for the kinds of bikes that we like to ride. My guess is that...
Forum: Commuting
08-20-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,693
Posted By Gresp15C

I tend to "take the lane" when turning left at a...

I tend to "take the lane" when turning left at a light. Drivers know there's only one reason for a cyclist to be in that lane, so it's the most predictable. It doesn't take me all that long to get...
08-18-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,226
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm the guy who always chimes in about swept...

I'm the guy who always chimes in about swept bars. ;) I think with flat bars, it's not just about being in one position, but being in one uncomfortable position. Having three uncomfortable positions...
08-18-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 278
Posted By Gresp15C

Before anything else, make sure the brakes are...

Before anything else, make sure the brakes are lubricated, including where the springs push against the arms. On the other hand, if the bike is generally worth upgrading, a pair of Tektro dual pivots...
08-17-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,047
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been quite happy with these lights from...

I've been quite happy with these lights from China. They appear to be an original design, not a copy of anything. They're put together well. I bought a bunch, for everybody in the family plus a...
08-16-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 520
Posted By Gresp15C

The quick answer is no. Some riders are OK riding...

The quick answer is no. Some riders are OK riding flat bars, others find it uncomfortable. Bar ends are one solution, swept bars are another. All of my bikes have swept bars, and I find that with my...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 692
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm missing my winter bike. I parked it in the...

I'm missing my winter bike. I parked it in the back yard, and the weeds have completely engulfed it.
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