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03-31-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 504
Posted By jonwvara

Really? That is so cool! Does your wife still...

Really? That is so cool! Does your wife still perform at all or at least sing around the house? It would be a shame not to use a voice like that if you have it. Give her my regards.

I'm not all...
03-31-20, 05:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 504
Posted By jonwvara

If anyone wants to look it up, there's also an...

If anyone wants to look it up, there's also an episode where Sylvester the cat sings (with a bunch of ghost cats) the sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor. Now there's a good opera. Bloody, though.
03-31-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 504
Posted By jonwvara

Man, that is great. Thanks for posting it. ...

Man, that is great. Thanks for posting it.

Who is the guy and what's his story? He has the general demeanor of an operatic baritone about to play the part of Figaro.
03-31-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 504
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, I always heard that The Barber was Fausto...

Yeah, I always heard that The Barber was Fausto Coppi's favorite opera. That's the one way in which I am like Fausto Coppi.
03-31-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 504
Posted By jonwvara

The Barber of Seville

This is classic and vintage, I guess, although it has nothing to do with bicycles.

The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming of a different opera every night while everyone is stuck at...
03-27-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By jonwvara

I was shocked and horrified by the physiological...

I was shocked and horrified by the physiological structure in the lower right-hand corner of the photo when I thought it was your head. Then I realized that it was your knee. What a relief.
03-23-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,323
Posted By jonwvara

Conceptually, I love Wald baskets. If I...

Conceptually, I love Wald baskets. If I understand this correctly, the benefit of a basket is that it doesn't cause much air resistance when it's empty, although it obviously adds some weight. That...
03-17-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 7,320
Posted By jonwvara

It's risky to skim over a thread and then add...

It's risky to skim over a thread and then add something at the end, because someone may already have pointed this out. But newspaper makes perfectly good toilet paper if you crumple it up and flatten...
03-11-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 11,968
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, it can be compared to the old idea of...

Yes, it can be compared to the old idea of "taking one for the team," where one does something personally painful or disadvantageous to benefit one's teammates. In the context of the virus, some see...
03-10-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 11,968
Posted By jonwvara

Paranoia is a symptom of mental illness. Reasoned...

Paranoia is a symptom of mental illness. Reasoned concern for the health of others is not.
03-09-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 263
Views: 11,968
Posted By jonwvara

Eroica and Coronavirus

I doubt that anyone is going to welcome this discussion, but the CDC is recommending that people not take long and non-essential plane trips. Technically, I guess, Eroica is non-essential. I was...
03-02-20, 04:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 966
Posted By jonwvara

As a native of the Bay State, the thing I like...

As a native of the Bay State, the thing I like most about the town of Carver is that the correct local pronunciation rhymes it with "Java."
03-01-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 966
Posted By jonwvara

? Wait, wasn't Ample Torque the drummer for The...

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Wait, wasn't Ample Torque the drummer for The Monkees?

Or was he the bass player? Yeah, pretty sure he played bass.
02-26-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,005
Posted By jonwvara

They're great, but remember that while they let...

They're great, but remember that while they let you use a bigger small cog, they don't increase your derailleur total capacity at all.
02-14-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,110
Posted By jonwvara

It takes about a gallon and a half of evaporust. ...

It takes about a gallon and a half of evaporust.

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1077364-immersing-63-cm-frame-1-1-2-gallons-evaporust.html

And it doesn't even use up that gallon and...
02-14-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,110
Posted By jonwvara

I bet that rust will come right off. I'd try the...

I bet that rust will come right off. I'd try the Evaporust waterbed method. It's worked really well for me the times I've tried it. French bikes rule.
02-13-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 684
Posted By jonwvara

Confined spaces. I meant confined spaces.

Confined spaces. I meant confined spaces.
02-04-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 475
Posted By jonwvara

Cha-cha gearing! Brilliant! My problem is that I...

Cha-cha gearing! Brilliant! My problem is that I was expecting cold rationalism--I was deaf to the music. I can't dance, either. And thanks for figuring out how to post the gearing chart.
01-28-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,329
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks for the pictures! They make me feel...

Thanks for the pictures! They make me feel comparatively normal.
01-24-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,536
Posted By jonwvara

No offense taken! Not sure why I used...

No offense taken! Not sure why I used "chastised." I was showing off, I guess. I just snapped a quick couple of photos without thinking much about it, and didn't really look at them before posting....
01-23-20, 09:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,536
Posted By jonwvara

I am rightly chastised for a bad photo. I will...

I am rightly chastised for a bad photo. I will post another when I have a chance, minus the bar tape and with a straight edge and grid backdrop as proposed above.
12-28-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 8,237
Posted By jonwvara

Hey, that's $25.98 in 2019 dollars (assuming the...

Hey, that's $25.98 in 2019 dollars (assuming the original price to have been from 1900), according to the inflation calculator I checked.

What does a generic set of similar pedals cost today? I...
12-23-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 917
Posted By jonwvara

Baffled by decaleurs

As a C&V bike tourist, I'm always on the lookout for ever-more stylish, expensive, and complicated methods of mounting bags on my bikes. That has inevitably led me to consider one of those tall...
12-17-19, 11:59 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 18,028
Posted By jonwvara

You know what they say: "If you want to make God...

You know what they say: "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans." Even so, I have a plan: I'll fly to San Francisco in the tail-end of March, then ride my PX-10 down the coast road to...
12-17-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 816
Posted By jonwvara

I have no hesitation about flaunting the puniness...

I have no hesitation about flaunting the puniness of my chainrings. I figure that my freewheel cogs are so massive and manly that they more than make up for it.
11-26-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 542
Posted By jonwvara

Yeah, what's up with that pointless 7/8"...

Yeah, what's up with that pointless 7/8" difference?

Thanks for the ideas, everyone. The bolt-on plate concept is a good one.

As Edna St. Vincent Millay is said to have remarked, life isn't one...
11-22-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 838
Posted By jonwvara

Man! Amazing work, bertinjim. That does indeed...

Man! Amazing work, bertinjim. That does indeed look right! It looks like a Williams crank I guess--or maybe it's a Nicklin--and the obligatory Allvit RD. It even has the same same saddlebag. What's...
11-22-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 838
Posted By jonwvara

Nice! A plausible answer. It doesn't even matter...

Nice! A plausible answer. It doesn't even matter if it's right--it sounds like it could be right.
11-02-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,019
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks for that--I didn't get it, and you're...

Thanks for that--I didn't get it, and you're right, it was worth getting.
11-01-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,019
Posted By jonwvara

I think the same thing whenever I see a recumbent.

I think the same thing whenever I see a recumbent.
10-30-19, 06:51 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,019
Posted By jonwvara

Favorite bystander comments

Not sure why this came to mind today, but last spring, when I was passing through Philadelphia, Mississippi on a tour, I went to the library to check my email. There was a sort of terrace out front,...
10-20-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By jonwvara

That's a really good point that hadn't occurred...

That's a really good point that hadn't occurred to me. There was no cheap CNC machining in those days, but it would have been even easier to just stamp them out like derailleur claws. It's not like...
09-21-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,673
Posted By jonwvara

In my stupid moments, I have thought of making a...

In my stupid moments, I have thought of making a production version of a Huret-to-Campagnolo adaptor patterned after the commercially-made ones that were available in days of yore. Now there's a...
08-10-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 61,422
Posted By jonwvara

My friend Paul's homemade recumbent--he rode it...

My friend Paul's homemade recumbent--he rode it the length of the Erie Canal with two other friends and me earlier this...
07-27-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,946
Posted By jonwvara

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_0406_63f95583279e3d6024f480294695de3467cf31e6.jpg

Somewhere near Aguila, Arizona
My 1981 Miyata 1000 worked like a champ on a...
07-12-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 61,422
Posted By jonwvara

They're fine in peoples gardens, but I don't...

They're fine in peoples gardens, but I don't like them out in the world at large. In natural/wilderness areas I will go out of my way to kick them over. I see them as a low-level form of...
03-24-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,238
Posted By jonwvara

The bike touring company I used to work for...

The bike touring company I used to work for zip-tied an eight-inch piece of aluminum tubing--maybe 1/4" ID--to the stays of the rear rack (they used Pletscher racks, although the brand shouldn't...
09-20-17, 05:59 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 10,175
Posted By jonwvara

The two most useful things I learned at UBI bike...

The two most useful things I learned at UBI bike school a couple of years back:

**When taping handlebars, keep the green Park pin spanner in your pocket. If you have to stop to answer the phone or...
12-07-10, 12:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,398
Posted By jonwvara

Owwww, my knees...

Owwww, my knees...
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