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08-28-20, 06:04 PM
08-28-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 323
Posted By Pratt

Congratulations! And the wax will be a nice...

Congratulations!
And the wax will be a nice recurrent theme: Wax your bike, wax your chain, wax your legs
08-28-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,915
Posted By Pratt

IIRC the chlorinated degreasers also can be...

IIRC the chlorinated degreasers also can be absorbed through your skin, and, as an added bonus, they are toxic to your liver
Forum: Touring
08-27-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,012
Posted By Pratt

One little thing I have learned about headlamps...

One little thing I have learned about headlamps is that wearing a bill cap under them helps preserve night vision and improves the experience
08-27-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,077
Posted By Pratt

Wash

And, gentle cycling means they are less sweaty
Forum: Touring
08-19-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,468
Posted By Pratt

Hasn't Amtrak suspended service on some routes?

Hasn't Amtrak suspended service on some routes?
08-19-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,611
Posted By Pratt

I have a nice bike that I have ridden on...

I have a nice bike that I have ridden on pavement, gravel, grass, etc. It was built in 1992, by Bruce Gordon.
08-16-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 933
Posted By Pratt

Maybe try larger gravel

Maybe try larger gravel
08-15-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,066
Posted By Pratt

IIRC, beagles were bred to hunt rabbits, but not...

IIRC, beagles were bred to hunt rabbits, but not catch them, because they are slow. I ride past a couple of dogs frequently who seem to have, and observe, an invisible fence at the edge of their...
08-13-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 679
Posted By Pratt

Disco Bike!

Disco Bike!
Forum: Northeast
08-13-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 421
Posted By Pratt

Where in VT? Over half the road miles in the...

Where in VT?
Over half the road miles in the state are dirt, but dirt can be beautiful. It usually has lighter traffic. There are two bike trails that cross the state; a very rugged one runs...
08-12-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By Pratt

Others have said it more succinctly, but maybe...

Others have said it more succinctly, but maybe the reason there is not a subsection here labeled 'Medical Advice' is we are mostly not doctors, and even those riders who are would probably not give...
08-12-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,545
Posted By Pratt

Skin cancer too; perhaps consider riding at night

Skin cancer too; perhaps consider riding at night
08-12-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,926
Posted By Pratt

Sorry to be unclear, I meant 'Not, you're not...

Sorry to be unclear, I meant 'Not, you're not crazy'
08-12-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,926
Posted By Pratt

Count another in the 'No' camp. Some things...

Count another in the 'No' camp.
Some things to consider, perhaps.
Is it the bike you want to be seen arriving on?
Will it bring you joy when you daydream about it during a boring meeting?
Will...
08-12-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 711
Posted By Pratt

You might start with your 'lots of gears'...

You might start with your 'lots of gears' criterion. A Pinion gearbox will give you a wide range and 18, unduplicated speeds. I believe there are numerous bits with 26" wheels built around such a...
08-10-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 818
Posted By Pratt

Difficult to release lipless pedals are a safety...

Difficult to release lipless pedals are a safety feature, designed to protect the bike in case of falls
08-10-20, 05:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,119
Posted By Pratt

I'm pretty much with Warren. I have a 24-36-46...

I'm pretty much with Warren. I have a 24-36-46 triple up front. Here, in Vermont, a lot of hills just lead to their opposite, no plateau so I'll be riding up in a very low gear, followed by a five...
Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By Pratt

Four pieces of para cord hold mine down. Knots...

Four pieces of para cord hold mine down. Knots are easy to tie/untie, adaptable to changing size and shape of the support, and don't cost much
08-03-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 591
Posted By Pratt

I've read, that in some critical places,...

I've read, that in some critical places, tightening torque is specified in degrees of rotation
08-03-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By Pratt

Does this torque make my chainstays look fat?

Does this torque make my chainstays look fat?
08-01-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By Pratt

Chain has <200 miles on it, cables and housings...

Chain has <200 miles on it, cables and housings are original ~30 yo
De-gumming the shifter sounds like a good start.
Thanks, all
08-01-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,208
Posted By Pratt

IIRC, the Lunar Rover has metal mesh tires

IIRC, the Lunar Rover has metal mesh tires
07-31-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,208
Posted By Pratt

Great question, but the course should have killer...

Great question, but the course should have killer hills, at 1/6 gravity you'll fly up them
07-31-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By Pratt

Indexing Slipping

Before I threaten an innocent bike with screw drivers, wrenches, hammers, and other implements of destruction, I thought I would ask a little advice. My 1992 vintage bike with Sun Tour 7 speed XC...
Forum: Touring
07-25-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 969
Posted By Pratt

My Tout Terrain with the Pinion 18 is nice. From...

My Tout Terrain with the Pinion 18 is nice. From my viewpoint it is not the closeness of the ratios, but the convenience of shifting. It is so easy to shift that I find I am shifting more than on...
07-15-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By Pratt

Training Wheels

Out for a little ride today, I passed a young child riding around in his driveway on a bike with training wheels. It was an E-bike.
07-14-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 754
Posted By Pratt

As is so often the case, the answer may be beer. ...

As is so often the case, the answer may be beer. Drink a can, then cut a strip of the aluminum can approx. 1/2" wide and 2' long. Use this as a shim to firm up the clamp's grip on the post.
Good...
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,729
Posted By Pratt

The low gear is still a bit high for my old legs

The low gear is still a bit high for my old legs
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,573
Posted By Pratt

My Axioms were less than optimal because, with...

My Axioms were less than optimal because, with only two bolts, they oscillated on that axis. They have since been replaced with a rack that has a similar U-loop
Forum: Touring
07-13-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By Pratt

From Riverhead, you might also consider Shelter...

From Riverhead, you might also consider Shelter Island. Sounds (pun intended) like a great trip. Ferry crossings should be fun.
07-11-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,953
Posted By Pratt

When you apply rim brakes, in my experience, they...

When you apply rim brakes, in my experience, they sort of tap on the bike's shoulder and say "Hello, old boy, what do you say to slowing just a bit, if it's no bother, that is?" With disc brakes,...
07-05-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By Pratt

They're not the same?

They're not the same?
07-04-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,272
Posted By Pratt

His ankle, when he catches his shoelace in the...

His ankle, when he catches his shoelace in the chain?
07-03-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,557
Posted By Pratt

Running lights, no matter how bright, or not...

Running lights, no matter how bright, or not bright, depend on the motorists seeing them, and they are sometimes distracted. That being said, I do like them for bright, sunny days, while riding on...
07-03-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By Pratt

But,

Bicycle tires inflate
06-30-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 12,856
Posted By Pratt

One can try a simple experiment and decide. Ride...

One can try a simple experiment and decide. Ride with old fashioned clip ins with the strap loose, then tighten the straps down firmly, decide which is more effective/efficient
06-26-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By Pratt

I take it off and put in a gallon plastic jug...

I take it off and put in a gallon plastic jug with a few ounces of Diesel. Like shampoo, rinse, and repeat. Comes out nice and clean
06-22-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,673
Posted By Pratt

Here's an idea. Tell him it is a good question...

Here's an idea. Tell him it is a good question and that it deserves research. You buy the $500 bike while he buys the $5000 one. Then take him on a series of rides, nice ones when he is on the cheap...
06-19-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 911
Posted By Pratt

Maybe they have been lurking here and reading...

Maybe they have been lurking here and reading about all the problems on MUPs
06-19-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,506
Posted By Pratt

The picture shows a guy out of the saddle. ...

The picture shows a guy out of the saddle. Perhaps not the most convincing graphic
Forum: Touring
06-19-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,200
Posted By Pratt

Multiple Amens to the importance of preventing...

Multiple Amens to the importance of preventing wheel/pannier contact. They are sworn enemies and will fight to the death. If the pannier cannot jam itself in the wheel, breaking spokes, and...
06-17-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,711
Posted By Pratt

No, but I take my helmet off when I get of the...

No, but I take my helmet off when I get of the bike
06-17-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 280
Posted By Pratt

Cut it in half and count the rings?

Cut it in half and count the rings?
06-17-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,840
Posted By Pratt

Just to add to your troubles, consider drinking...

Just to add to your troubles, consider drinking with the front brake hand. If something happens, say an aardvark suddenly dashes out in front of you, your frantic grab on the brakes won't result in...
06-16-20, 05:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,397
Posted By Pratt

Returning to "Normalcy"

Here in Vermont the Governor has just allowed campgrounds, public and private, to open up. Maine state parks are open to people from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Will wonders never cease?
06-15-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,890
Posted By Pratt

Over half the roads in Vermont are unpaved, so...

Over half the roads in Vermont are unpaved, so they act like MUPs plus cars and farm machinery
06-15-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 930
Posted By Pratt

Bicycles

Bicycles
Forum: Touring
06-13-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,480
Posted By Pratt

That's Where Underwear Comes In

To help prevent hanging out
06-11-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,250
Posted By Pratt

A lot of the trails here (Vermont) are used by...

A lot of the trails here (Vermont) are used by snow machines in the winter. They stitch together routes with paths through private property and realize that lawless behavior and littering will lose...
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