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10-24-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By 79pmooney

I have around 20 wheels and 5 bikes. I often...

I have around 20 wheels and 5 bikes. I often choose to ride bikes with wheel that haven't been ridden in a while. They need to be topped off. Every time is another wearing of the gasket on a...
10-24-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 690
Posted By 79pmooney

Oh, there is a rule of thumb. 10 cm. (Right...

Oh, there is a rule of thumb. 10 cm. (Right thumb.) Left thumb - 14 cm. Each of the other 8 digits all have there own rules. :) We are talking bicycles. "We have standards, real standards (and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-23-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 700
Posted By 79pmooney

Always under. I really don't like stretched...

Always under. I really don't like stretched socks that fall down. And if it rains, all the water running down our tights goes into your shoe. No way for the water to do anything else. No thanks....
10-23-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 690
Posted By 79pmooney

Is there a braze-on under the downtube tho serve...

Is there a braze-on under the downtube tho serve as a stop for a shifter clamp (or housing stop for the barends)?

If you have a bare tube, no braze-on, then you have a blank slate. I'd go for a...
10-23-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By 79pmooney

Not a tandem rider but a long time user of good...

Not a tandem rider but a long time user of good fenders. Good, deep front flaps rule. Many of the flaps that come on fenders are jokes. I regularly drill out the rivets, remove the flaps and screw...
10-23-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 439
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm a fan of Tange headsets. They don't go...

I'm a fan of Tange headsets. They don't go forever. For me, ~8,000 miles. Another thou or two if I add a ball (if there's room or I change ball size). TGange has been great for having headsets...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 01:48 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,012
Posted By 79pmooney

SLR cameras, low light, telephoto and ice hockey....

SLR cameras, low light, telephoto and ice hockey. I never knew what shots were good until I printed them. And football with a 300. Missing on focus happened regularly. I did use a Nikkormat with...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,012
Posted By 79pmooney

The "too much rope" knot. Yup, I've used it. ...

The "too much rope" knot. Yup, I've used it. The other "too much rope" knot - Bowline on the bight. I had to look up tautline hitch but it is just the rolling hitch I've been using for years. My...
Forum: Foo
10-23-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,012
Posted By 79pmooney

Fix a flat tire on a vehicle (car, truck,etc)....

Fix a flat tire on a vehicle (car, truck,etc). FWIW even females should know how to do this. - I've changed wheels but never repaired car tires, just tubed wheelbarrow ones
Make a simple lean-to...
10-23-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By 79pmooney

Zephal HPX fan here. I've been using HPXs (and...

Zephal HPX fan here. I've been using HPXs (and the previous HPs) sine 1973 because they work, reach any pressure I will ever need and are easy to use. (They do take a touch of skill to hold them so...
10-21-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 366
Posted By 79pmooney

Have you considered going to 1/8" chain,...

Have you considered going to 1/8" chain, chainring and and cogs? Izumi makes very good chains and at ~$22 per chain it won't cost you a lot. (You can run the wide chain over narrower rings and cogs...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 03:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,356
Posted By 79pmooney

My elbows are so pointed they are considered...

My elbows are so pointed they are considered weapons. Enough so that there are those who wish to repeal the 2nd Amendment, the right to bare arms.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,356
Posted By 79pmooney

Locked elbows is bad. I was taught that elbows...

Locked elbows is bad. I was taught that elbows are always bent. Projecting to the side anytime I was riding with others. Bent elbows allows your arms to act as shock absorbers when you hit a...
10-21-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 988
Posted By 79pmooney

My amplifiers are one better than super. They go...

My amplifiers are one better than super. They go to 12.

Bicycles come as "super" like cleansers as "ultra". Anything "ultra" came home in my ex's shopping.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-21-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,872
Posted By 79pmooney

In Portland, OR the sensors are typically ~3 foot...

In Portland, OR the sensors are typically ~3 foot diameter circle under the pavement roughly under the engine of a car stopped at the light. I find I can often trigger the light by sitting about 5-6...
10-21-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By 79pmooney

I mix and match rings all the time. Now, I do...

I mix and match rings all the time. Now, I do not run indexed shifting and I find different rings might mean slightly different feel to the shifts but they all work - that is if they are the correct...
10-21-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,038
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm still looking for the elusive yellow road...

I'm still looking for the elusive yellow road width fender of high quality. In the past 50 years I've never seen a pair. I have heard that they were made around 20 years ago and had talked to a...
10-20-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 442
Posted By 79pmooney

I used to use Phil grease, then hand the bike...

I used to use Phil grease, then hand the bike drive side down over the bench vise, grab the cup with the vise jaws, then tighten using the frame as a good sized wrench. (I love left-hand drive side...
10-19-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1,838
Views: 171,704
Posted By 79pmooney

Ah! a proper fold! Is that tread good in the...

Ah! a proper fold!

Is that tread good in the wet? I did my first open (real/non-club) race in pouring rain on orange thread Vittoria cottons. Interesting! Good thing was it was a long race, no...
10-19-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1,838
Views: 171,704
Posted By 79pmooney

Do you make a neat fold of your tires? I'd think...

Do you make a neat fold of your tires? I'd think two neatly folded tires secured with a toestrap around both wouldn't be too hard to get in and zip up. (There was a thread not too long ago on...
10-19-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,724
Posted By 79pmooney

I got reminded of another benefit of fix gear...

I got reminded of another benefit of fix gear road riding (especially downwind and downhill) that has been for me, huge. The training of the leg muscles that aren't actually driving the pedals to...
10-19-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,529
Posted By 79pmooney

I rode 25 miles to a turn around directly upwind...

I rode 25 miles to a turn around directly upwind yesterday on the fix gear and spun home. Didn't see the forecast but coming home it was the sweet sight of the whites of the leaves. (Grew up outside...
10-19-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 961
Posted By 79pmooney

Your crankset may or may not say what the BCD is....

Your crankset may or may not say what the BCD is. Accurately measuring axle center to chainring bolts is tough. But an easy way to document what you have is to measure chainring bolt to the next...
10-19-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By 79pmooney

Huge fan of Ortliebs here. I bought the small...

Huge fan of Ortliebs here. I bought the small ones for front panniers 20+ years ago for commuting and shopping. Stuck a sharp kitchen knife through one. Called a local rafting outfit and got...
10-19-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 875
Posted By 79pmooney

Another track nut fan. I don't qualify for the...

Another track nut fan. I don't qualify for the hub discussion here. All my fix gear hubs are Miche, both single sided and flip-flop (both fixed) at whatever weight Miches are and whatever flange...
10-18-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,797
Posted By 79pmooney

A slightly different experience here. I used to...

A slightly different experience here. I used to build fiberglass boats. All in the trade knew of former workers who now had strange ailments and sensitivities. I became one of them. All sorts of...
10-18-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,136
Posted By 79pmooney

Does anybody slide an ordinary washer over a...

Does anybody slide an ordinary washer over a presta valve stem anymore? That was the common presta tube in a Schraeder rim solution 40 years ago. I'd bend the washer for fit nicely against the tube...
10-18-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,136
Posted By 79pmooney

Back in a distant millennium, all good wheels...

Back in a distant millennium, all good wheels were sewup and presta. Everything else was clincher and Schraeder. No overlap. Schraeder to presta adopters were common (so those with busted Silca...
10-17-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 978
Posted By 79pmooney

There's another consideration. Getting a flat...

There's another consideration. Getting a flat (or even violent blowout) at high speed is no big deal on tubulars. You can even brake gently with the flatted wheel. I've blown them at 45. Yes, my...
10-17-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,724
Posted By 79pmooney

That bike simply doesn't fit. Seat's higher that...

That bike simply doesn't fit. Seat's higher that that critter is long. You wouldn't do any better on a 90" frame. Get that guy fit and get him a bike that works. (I'm predicting a small bike with...
10-17-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll be contrary. That hub is perfectly safe as...

I'll be contrary. That hub is perfectly safe as long as you keep the crack down. So ride it accordingly and don't sweat it. :)

Perfectly safe for rides up to ~24 (inches, not miles).
10-17-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,523
Posted By 79pmooney

(Scratches head) Using the ubiquitous REMA...

(Scratches head) Using the ubiquitous REMA patchkits purchased this millennia, I have a close to 100% success doing nothing very rigorously. I do try to keep greasy hands away from the repair area...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,070
Posted By 79pmooney

I thought I answered this days ago but apparently...

I thought I answered this days ago but apparently I did not. To the topic - when do I replace cleats: I treat cleats like handlebars and stems; items to be replaced before they fail because if they...
10-16-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,738
Posted By 79pmooney

When I raced 40+ years ago, I read the Rodale...

When I raced 40+ years ago, I read the Rodale Press book "Food For Fitness". It stressed that protein needs were barely higher for endurance athletes that a resting person except during early season...
10-16-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 310
Posted By 79pmooney

I've been using Amsoil MPHD Heavy Duty Metal...

I've been using Amsoil MPHD Heavy Duty Metal Protector the past 18 years on my steel bikes. Can and applicator are easy to use and the $8 can does 3 bikes. So far, all my treated bikes are doing...
10-16-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,724
Posted By 79pmooney

I met a guy with gears and a brake on his...

I met a guy with gears and a brake on his unicycle. (Coming up with a first for bicycles of any number of wheels is tough. Brightest minds on this planet were focusing on the "velo" when there were...
10-16-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,724
Posted By 79pmooney

One benefit I got in my racing days (and still)...

One benefit I got in my racing days (and still) is the ability to recover while pedaling. I found doing long rides fixed forced my body to be able to recover (from the last hill, downhill, effort or...
10-15-20, 07:34 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,724
Posted By 79pmooney

IGH Only, fix gears have an issue that has...

IGH Only, fix gears have an issue that has trapped many riders. They go for one. two or three fix gear rides and find they cannot stop. (I did my first fixed ride 44 years ago. Crashed when I...
Forum: Commuting
10-14-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,495
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm a big fan of Patagonia Capilene. I have all...

I'm a big fan of Patagonia Capilene. I have all three weights and ridden with al of them. (I also buy the REI brand equivalents. They work also but are not as nice or long lasting as the Patagonia...
10-12-20, 10:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,140
Posted By 79pmooney

219,000 miles since I bought my first 10-speed in...

219,000 miles since I bought my first 10-speed in 1967, a Peugeot. 105,000 of that riding fixed.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 09:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 547
Posted By 79pmooney

You might want to look into Lakes. I haven't...

You might want to look into Lakes. I haven't bought any of their upper shoes so no carbon soles but I regularly get lots of miles out of their cheaper shoes (which I buy because they fit my feet...
10-12-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,158
Posted By 79pmooney

I used to train and race those roads 45 years...

I used to train and race those roads 45 years ago. Every time I go back, I look at the roads. (Not so much the Concord, Carlisle ones, more the south-east of Boston; Milton, Canton where I grew up...
10-11-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,105
Posted By 79pmooney

Boss for a fender bolt is my guess. (No...

Boss for a fender bolt is my guess. (No chainstay bridge.)
10-11-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
Posted By 79pmooney

I was not a fan of his for the first few years...

I was not a fan of his for the first few years but he grew on me. He matured, I grew to appreciate a racer who was gifted, great race smarts and absolutely fearless. I wish him well in his new life.
10-11-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 768
Posted By 79pmooney

My training cottons were Vittorias (usually),...

My training cottons were Vittorias (usually), decently light and nice ribbed tread. Big step down from the Criterium Setas that had the "magic carpet" ride, but not shabby tires. I say Vittorias...
10-10-20, 11:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 768
Posted By 79pmooney

Memories I raced a 1976 Fuji Professional,...

Memories

I raced a 1976 Fuji Professional, (2) sets of Sanshin Pro-Am hubs, 3X. Training - Arc en Ciels with !300gm cottons. Race - Fiamme Ergal with Criterium Setas. 120 spacing, 5-speed. ...
10-09-20, 10:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,006
Posted By 79pmooney

This is dependent on 1) the pressure, 2) both the...

This is dependent on 1) the pressure, 2) both the thickness and material of the tube, and 3) the tube size relative to the tire.

1) is obvious. Twice the pressure, loses twice the psi per day. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-09-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 337
Posted By 79pmooney

Welcome to Bike Forums! Are you doing all or...

Welcome to Bike Forums!

Are you doing all or most of your riding on the smallest cog in back? Doing so is a sure fire way to wear that cog very fast, stretching the chain in the process. That...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,686
Posted By 79pmooney

To answer the question of how much is too much, I...

To answer the question of how much is too much, I look at the roads I'll be riding and the bike as well. My very low BB, long and stable Raleigh Competition with its wide, soft tires is very...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,686
Posted By 79pmooney

I rode on a stormy day a few years back. It was...

I rode on a stormy day a few years back. It was lull to gust and back in consistent cycles. Stuff racing sailors know well. The lulls were close to 20. The gusts were up to the high 30s. Two...
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