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11-21-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 212
Posted By Retro Grouch

You say you have a new hanger but you didn't say...

You say you have a new hanger but you didn't say if it has been aligned with a gauge.

9-speed cassettes and above are real sensitive to precise hanger alignment and one of the ways bad alignment...
11-20-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,725
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yup. "You don't stop riding because you got too...

Yup. "You don't stop riding because you got too old, you get too old because you stopped riding."
11-20-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 425
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think too. A slightly too tight...

That's what I think too. A slightly too tight headset will feel crunchy and will require constant manual steering corrections.
11-20-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,589
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I was thinking. It's not at all...

That's what I was thinking. It's not at all unusual for motor vehicle drivers to underestimate how fast a competent rider is going.
11-19-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 648
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. Other than on very technical rocky trails, or...

1. Other than on very technical rocky trails, or for estimating wear, I think that it's real easy to overstate the benefits of bicycle tire tread patterns.

2. Nope.
11-19-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 916
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is a lot of wisdom involved in determining...

There is a lot of wisdom involved in determining what to save and what to throw away.

Realistically what you have is a low value hub which you are going to convert into a no value hub by removing...
11-19-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 444
Posted By Retro Grouch

How are you dissatisfied with the 22 32 42...

How are you dissatisfied with the 22 32 42 gearing? If it ain't broke, don't try to fix it.
11-19-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at it this way: A Shimano 9-speed...

Look at it this way:

A Shimano 9-speed cassette puts 9 cogs into essentially the same amount of space that an 8-speed cassette puts only 8. Obviously the 9-speed cogs have to be crowded more...
11-19-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 338
Posted By Retro Grouch

I thought the "dial" in speed dial 7 was for...

I thought the "dial" in speed dial 7 was for converting the cable pull.
11-17-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,450
Posted By Retro Grouch

Doesn't it suck when that happens?

Doesn't it suck when that happens?
11-14-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,450
Posted By Retro Grouch

No more for me. I've broken too much stuff; ...

No more for me. I've broken too much stuff; collarbone twice, both elbows (in the same incident) and lastly my left hip. The hip involved the longest hospital stay but the elbows had longer...
11-14-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,416
Posted By Retro Grouch

Superman for me but most of the time I keep it...

Superman for me but most of the time I keep it hidden under my regular clothes.
11-14-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

Says responder #72...

Says responder #72 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=72)
11-12-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to have some 2mm spacers for under the...

I used to have some 2mm spacers for under the drive side of the BB. Problem solvers, maybe as a source?
11-10-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's what I would do: 1. Find any square...

Here's what I would do:

1. Find any square taper bottom bracket the longer the spindle, the better. They aren't all the same interfaces but most will be English thread for the frame and Japanese...
11-10-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

I just googles both "resin" and "plastic" I...

I just googles both "resin" and "plastic" I don't think the words are synonyms but I honestly really don't know. The most interesting thing I found is there are 7 different types of plastic of...
11-09-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Groupset" at least is progress. I cringe when...

"Groupset" at least is progress. I cringe when people use the term "Groupo" It's not so bad when they use Italian slang to refer to Campy components.
11-09-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

You sound like a lawyer using meaningless...

You sound like a lawyer using meaningless verbiage to obfuscate the simple truth. Why don't you refer to steel framed bicycles as "alloy"? The purpose of an adjective is to describe or limit. ...
11-07-19, 06:52 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're right. As soon as I finish getting...

You're right.

As soon as I finish getting everybody to stop using the word "alloy" as a synonym for "aluminum" I'll take up "hydro".
11-06-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,533
Posted By Retro Grouch

Mrs Grouch used to chide me about competitiveness...

Mrs Grouch used to chide me about competitiveness and my need to keep up with the people we were riding with. Then one day, while we were out riding, she encountered somebody she thought she could...
11-06-19, 11:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 811
Posted By Retro Grouch

I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My...

I can remember mountain biking in the snow. My brakes would melt the snow sticking to my rims which would then re-freeze to form a glaze of ice on the braking surfaces. I'd have to steer into piles...
11-06-19, 11:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,090
Posted By Retro Grouch

Before I developed my good sense I used to...

Before I developed my good sense I used to mountain bike with a group of guys every single Saturday morning. There were no excused absences for weather. We tended to like cold weather rides because...
11-05-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 233
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd replace the housing too.

I'd replace the housing too.
11-04-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check out some recumbent specialty dealers. ...

Check out some recumbent specialty dealers.

Many recumbent riders prefer arch mounted SPD clips. I don't personally do it so I can't answer your questions but it's common enough that I'd think a...
11-04-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

Not really. Why is the wheel wobbly? We can't...

Not really. Why is the wheel wobbly? We can't see it to tell.

If all it takes is to adjust a couple of spokes, that's one thing. If they like you it could even be a gimme.
If the rim is bent...
11-01-19, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 319
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's a 12x142 hub?

What's a 12x142 hub?
Forum: Recumbent
10-28-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By Retro Grouch

Try Bentrideronline. I think you are more likely...

Try Bentrideronline. I think you are more likely to find somebody there who is either more familiar about the brand or more familiar with buying and selling tadpole trikes. Any number I could put...
10-28-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 32,260
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at where the shift cable attaches to the...

Look at where the shift cable attaches to the front derailleur. You will probably see a little finger in the cable path. It's counter intuitive but the cable is supposed to go OVER that little...
10-28-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Retro Grouch

I didn't take the time to calculate the ratios,...

I didn't take the time to calculate the ratios, but I believe that could be right. If you are a digital thinker, you will probably fret endlessly over that 1.8 gear inches. 18.2 is definitely lower...
10-28-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 723
Posted By Retro Grouch

Twisted chain?

Twisted chain?
10-28-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Retro Grouch

7-speed, right? The nice thing about 7-speeds is...

7-speed, right? The nice thing about 7-speeds is they are less picky about perfect alignment than 9-speed cassettes and above.

I leave the derailleur on the bike and shift into a gear...
10-24-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,646
Posted By Retro Grouch

Imagine a gym full of people doing toe touches. ...

Imagine a gym full of people doing toe touches. Some can just barely touch their toes, some can barely touch their knees and some can flatten their palms against the floor. Now come up with a...
10-22-19, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Retro Grouch

That part of his post was talking about...

That part of his post was talking about freewheels.
10-22-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 558
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I was thinking too. It doesn't take...

That's what I was thinking too. It doesn't take much to bend the derailleur hanger inward. A bike old enough to have worn out a rear derailleur is almost sure to have taken a hit sufficient to bend...
10-22-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 490
Posted By Retro Grouch

Oh man! Now you've got me wondering. Do the...

Oh man! Now you've got me wondering. Do the local signs call it "Manassas" or "Bull Run"?
10-22-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,265
Posted By Retro Grouch

The regret I had after my most recent purchase...

The regret I had after my most recent purchase was not having made it sooner.
10-16-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Retro Grouch

This ^^^^

This ^^^^
10-16-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 449
Posted By Retro Grouch

Usually.

Usually.
10-16-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,293
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you were selling bicycle components which do...

If you were selling bicycle components which do you think would be cheaper for you to do?

1. Sell parts one-at-a-time with point of purchasing packaging and instructions and have to market and...
10-12-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 601
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? Shimano...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

Shimano sells components in so many different group levels that I can't keep track of them anymore. The truth is that even the cheapest Tourney line components...
10-11-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 524
Posted By Retro Grouch

Theoretically there should be no problem at all. ...

Theoretically there should be no problem at all.

Unfortunately, we don't live in a theoretical world. If it was my bike Id do whatever was necessary from the inception to shim the cassette so...
10-10-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,299
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's the part where I think there is confusion....

That's the part where I think there is confusion. OP asked "is the site accurate?" Math is math so I assumed he must have been asking about something else.
10-08-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By Retro Grouch

What do the front chainrings look like? Many...

What do the front chainrings look like? Many single speeds have big thick chainrings and require a wider chain.
10-08-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 482
Posted By Retro Grouch

With a 1x drivetrain the size of the chainring...

With a 1x drivetrain the size of the chainring does not affect chain wrap requirements. It's all about your cassette.

An 11/36 cassette only needs 25 teeth of chain wrap. Most any derailleur...
10-08-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 282
Posted By Retro Grouch

There are some totally silent Shimano rear hubs. ...

There are some totally silent Shimano rear hubs. Their major market is police bicycles. All the ones that I've seen have 7-speed cassettes.
10-07-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,353
Posted By Retro Grouch

Okay. You've had about 10 guys respond with...

Okay. You've had about 10 guys respond with their best guess on this unusual issue. If and when you figure it out, please post back with what was actually wrong.
10-07-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,101
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at the front wheel design on tadpole...

Look at the front wheel design on tadpole recumbent trikes.

Bicycle wheels are designed to be supported on both sides. There are lateral forces while cornering to be considered too.
10-06-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,299
Posted By Retro Grouch

Isn't that what I said? I think that's the point...

Isn't that what I said? I think that's the point cyccommute was trying to say too. There's more to speed it than just final gear ratio.
10-06-19, 01:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,299
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think the part a lot of people have trouble...

I think the part a lot of people have trouble understanding is how rider strength and power enter into the equation.

I don't know how many times I've seen somebody post you'll go faster with a...
10-04-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 789
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't see the "F" word anywhere in your list. ...

I don't see the "F" word anywhere in your list. "Fun".
"Return on investment or market share." "Increase in customer satisfaction". Haven't you ever done something just for the hell of it?
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