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04-15-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 155
Posted By Retro Grouch

The real issue you probably need to concern...

The real issue you probably need to concern yourself with is "reach". Measure in millimeters the vertical distance between the brake mounting hole and the braking surface of your rim. That's how...
04-15-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Retro Grouch

Knowing only what's in the original post: ...

Knowing only what's in the original post:

Stand your bike upright against something and look at your derailleur from the back. If the derailleur arm looks like it's leaning inward and pointing...
04-15-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 612
Posted By Retro Grouch

Back in the olden days when I owned a bike shop...

Back in the olden days when I owned a bike shop and changed a lot of tires, I prided myself in my ability to remove and reinstall bike tires using no tools at all.

I can't do that anymore. On the...
04-15-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 331
Posted By Retro Grouch

What kind of brake caliper? How old is the bike?...

What kind of brake caliper? How old is the bike? Many older bikes came equipped with brakes that really weren't very good.
04-15-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike, I'd find a friction shifter to...

If it was my bike, I'd find a friction shifter to use on the front. It's much easier to set up, it works better because it trim-able, and it's cheaper too.

Of course, I'm a Retro Grouch.
04-15-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 891
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Building and truing wheels". seriously?

"Building and truing wheels". seriously?
04-15-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By Retro Grouch

Most punctures occur on the back wheel so, if I...

Most punctures occur on the back wheel so, if I were forced to make the choice, I'd put the heavier tire on the back.
04-15-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 863
Posted By Retro Grouch

The most important thing that you can do to keep...

The most important thing that you can do to keep riding is not to die.
Forum: Recumbent
04-14-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 239
Posted By Retro Grouch

The largest width tire that will fit on any bike...

The largest width tire that will fit on any bike is pretty much a crap shoot. I'm all about trial and error. Oversized tires can rub in all kinds of places that you might not have considered. ...
04-12-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 494
Posted By Retro Grouch

How hard can it be? I'd start with tires to...

How hard can it be? I'd start with tires to match my anticipated riding routes. Next I'd consider how aero I wanted to be. Once those two decisions are made, the rest will fall into place.
04-07-21, 04:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 372
Posted By Retro Grouch

Examine the welds at the headset and bottom...

Examine the welds at the headset and bottom bracket areas. If you see what looks like a hair at the edge of the weld, that's a crack and the frame is done.
04-04-21, 11:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 548
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think the bike itself is less significant than...

I think the bike itself is less significant than your overall conditioning and where and how you find yourself using your bicycle. My recommendation is to acquire ANY bike and just ride it around...
04-04-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 499
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm thinking it might be cheaper to buy a new...

I'm thinking it might be cheaper to buy a new cable
04-03-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 456
Posted By Retro Grouch

It won't do everything but you'll be surprised at...

It won't do everything but you'll be surprised at how far just a 5mm allen wrench will take you.
04-03-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,293
Posted By Retro Grouch

Back in my road running days I used to think that...

Back in my road running days I used to think that when I moved up an age group the competition would get easier because there were fewer runners. What happens in reality is that the same guys who...
Forum: Recumbent
04-02-21, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you like riding the bike why does it matter? ...

If you like riding the bike why does it matter? Actually, even if you don't like riding the bike, why does it matter?
04-02-21, 01:19 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,160
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yeah, but whose bike says which?

Yeah, but whose bike says which?
03-31-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,550
Posted By Retro Grouch

How fast do you ride now? Once you exceed...

How fast do you ride now?

Once you exceed about 15 MPH, aero drag surpasses all the other factors combined that are holding you back. If you want to become significantly faster, work on your...
03-31-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 967
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sensible is good up to the point where you stop...

Sensible is good up to the point where you stop having fun.
03-28-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 606
Posted By Retro Grouch

In the early days of index shifting systems...

In the early days of index shifting systems SunTour was slow to figure it out. Their solution involved using freewheels with unevenly spaced cogs. That didn't work very well. Prior to that time,...
03-27-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 414
Posted By Retro Grouch

Once you have toe stripped bolt out, you've...

Once you have toe stripped bolt out, you've solved only half of the problem.

Find the allen wrench you were using when it stripped. Throw that sucker away and buy a new one. DO NOT save it...
03-27-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 967
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? Look at...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

Look at how many component groups Shimano makes. They want to make sure that, however much money a consumer is willing to spend for a bicycle derailleur,...
03-27-21, 01:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 606
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm thinking your freewheel may have the dreaded...

I'm thinking your freewheel may have the dreaded SunTour disease. Wrap that freewheel with a face mask and keep it socially distanced from the rest of your bicycle parts.
03-27-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 394
Posted By Retro Grouch

cyccommute has given you the correct answer from...

cyccommute has given you the correct answer from an engineer's point of view. To an engineer, by the way, that's the only possible correct answer.

An artist would tell you to keep changing things...
03-27-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By Retro Grouch

Most tadpole recumbent trikes require a chain...

Most tadpole recumbent trikes require a chain that is approximately equal to 2 1/2 common bicycle chain lengths. Two choices: 1. Join as many chain lengths as you need using the master links that...
03-25-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,290
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just because you happen to be paranoid doesn't...

Just because you happen to be paranoid doesn't mean that you are wrong about everybody being out to get you.
03-25-21, 11:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 635
Posted By Retro Grouch

I love everything about it. Now I may...

I love everything about it.


Now I may have to get my screen name changed.
03-25-21, 11:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 566
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you went from 175mm cranks to 165mm? That's...

So you went from 175mm cranks to 165mm? That's not quite 1/2 inch. Assuming your seat height was right initially, I'd expect you to have to raise your saddle the by same amount. That way your leg...
03-25-21, 11:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,845
Posted By Retro Grouch

Oh-oh! You're a tinkerer. We live in an...

Oh-oh! You're a tinkerer.

We live in an era in which there is a plethora of commercially available bicycle styles that are variations on a theme. The quick solution would be to go to the...
03-25-21, 11:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 761
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've had some vintage Shimano LX level hubs that...

I've had some vintage Shimano LX level hubs that had a silent clutch. They were noticeably heavier than the standard LX hubs of the era (1995 - 2000). The target market for those hubs was police...
03-25-21, 11:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 898
Posted By Retro Grouch

Think of the respect I'd get on my recumbent...

Think of the respect I'd get on my recumbent trike with the chainring sticking out at the very front!
03-25-21, 11:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,114
Posted By Retro Grouch

What Iride said. Everybody way overestimates the...

What Iride said. Everybody way overestimates the number of degrees in a hill slope. 10% is a pretty serious hill when you are riding up it but it's only 4.5 degrees.
03-25-21, 10:52 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,109
Posted By Retro Grouch

What does your wheel collection look like? Find a...

What does your wheel collection look like? Find a wheelset with wider rims. Rhyno Lites, maybe?

That's the fun part about rebuilding old bikes. Everything on a bicycle works together so, when you...
03-21-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 450
Posted By Retro Grouch

How wobbly are your wheels? Quite honestly, if...

How wobbly are your wheels? Quite honestly, if they aren't broken, I wouldn't recommend fixing them.
03-21-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd lay out the various parts on my workbench in...

I'd lay out the various parts on my workbench in order as I disassembled them. A more techie person, I suppose, would take photographs during the disassembly process. Have you considered what you...
03-17-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,244
Posted By Retro Grouch

It was in the days before clipless pedals. I was...

It was in the days before clipless pedals. I was wearing toeclips and straps with shoe cleats while riding with my 5 year old son through the neighborhood. As I rode up to say hi to a friend, I...
Forum: Recumbent
03-17-21, 12:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By Retro Grouch

Even the low cost recumbent tricycles represent a...

Even the low cost recumbent tricycles represent a significant investment for most people. You don't want to make a purchasing mistake.

I recommend devoting a day to visiting a recumbent specialty...
03-17-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's a little off topic but one of the most...

It's a little off topic but one of the most critical adjustments on the whole bike involves the tightening of that headset nut.
03-15-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,504
Posted By Retro Grouch

The things that matter are the motor and, if you...

The things that matter are the motor and, if you are riding faster than about 15 MPH, your aerodynamic position on the bike. All that other stuff matters a little bit, but not nearly as much as you...
03-15-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 448
Posted By Retro Grouch

Personally, I think the 34 tooth big cog is going...

Personally, I think the 34 tooth big cog is going to be the problem. I think you'll find the guide pulley is going to hit it.

HOWEVER it sounds to me like you already have a freewheel with the...
03-12-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 598
Posted By Retro Grouch

Another reminder of how much easier life was...

Another reminder of how much easier life was before the digital age.

The only thing that matters is if the particular 28mm tire that you buy will fit your particular rims on your particular...
03-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,541
Posted By Retro Grouch

The problem with that is that I ride much faster...

The problem with that is that I ride much faster and farther when I don't use my computer.
03-09-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,269
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've been using Blackburn Chicane Cages for...

I've been using Blackburn Chicane Cages for around 25 years. Stainless so they don't leave black marks on your water bottles. I just now looked them up and they cost more than I remember. Maybe...
03-08-21, 02:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 971
Posted By Retro Grouch

There you go - the issue isn't the ebikes, it's...

There you go - the issue isn't the ebikes, it's the dicks. We need to find a way to prohibit dicks from using the bike paths.
03-07-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,232
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is no "doctors". There is only a plethora...

There is no "doctors". There is only a plethora of individuals and they aren't all the same. A doctor who refuses to consider data that I present isn't going to be my doctor for very long.
03-07-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 859
Posted By Retro Grouch

Once you exceed about 15 MPH aero drag exceeds...

Once you exceed about 15 MPH aero drag exceeds everything else all other drag sources combined. As your speed increases beyond 15 MPH the difference becomes progressively greater. If your objective...
03-06-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,776
Posted By Retro Grouch

How often do you use your fastest gear? If your...

How often do you use your fastest gear? If your answer is seldom, the cheapest and easiest solution will be to replace your front sprocket with one that has fewer teeth.
03-06-21, 04:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 683
Posted By Retro Grouch

Reminds me of doing tech support on a cross state...

Reminds me of doing tech support on a cross state ride with my grandson. The first thing I told him was to spread out a tarp before setting up the workstand on the grass.
03-06-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By Retro Grouch

How wide is your bottom bracket shell?

How wide is your bottom bracket shell?
03-03-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,948
Posted By Retro Grouch

"A man's got to know his own limitations." I'm...

"A man's got to know his own limitations." I'm competent in most bicycle issues. If I take the time to think it through, I can teach myself most others. Sometimes it helps, to ask somebody who...
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