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02-22-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 746
Posted By Bill in VA

I remove my glass, debris, etc. while I ride. It...

I remove my glass, debris, etc. while I ride. It is old school and works. Wipers a/k/a "flint catchers" from Rene Herse.
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02-21-21, 04:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 982
Posted By Bill in VA

When I was doing the track thing, I found that...

When I was doing the track thing, I found that smaller part of the larger bicycling community to the be very welcoming and always willing to mentor new and younger riders. That was and is a plus...
02-21-21, 04:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By Bill in VA

I have learned the hard way that anything claimed...

I have learned the hard way that anything claimed to be "Universal, " especially if costs way less that a specific fit item, usually ends up costing the same once you buy all the stuff to make it fit...
02-21-21, 04:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 982
Posted By Bill in VA

I regularly rode on the Trexlertown, Pennsylvania...

I regularly rode on the Trexlertown, Pennsylvania (now the Valley Preferred Cycling Center) when it was first built in the mid-1970s. Before it has the grandstands and other additions, you could ride...
02-21-21, 03:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 746
Posted By Bill in VA

Here is my take from my past and recent...

Here is my take from my past and recent experiences.

1. Saddle: A saddle can be a real game changer. However you may not get it right the first time. Be patient, and all things considered if the...
02-18-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 3,983
Posted By Bill in VA

Never underestimate the incentive for baby...

Never underestimate the incentive for baby boomers to live longer just to spite those who say, "Hey Boomer!"
02-17-21, 12:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,831
Posted By Bill in VA

When I traveled to Rome on business and we went...

When I traveled to Rome on business and we went to see the Vatican over the weekend, there was a souvenir stand selling bottle openers with a plastic embedded photo of Pope John Paul II. A colleague...
02-17-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,867
Posted By Bill in VA

Back in college the standard defense was a cable...

Back in college the standard defense was a cable lock and many riders opened the brake caliper QRs and the front wheel QR (pre-lawyer lip era).
02-12-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bill in VA

Thanks for that link! When I converted my UO-8,...

Thanks for that link! When I converted my UO-8, it was after the bike boom and individual French parts were not easy to source in the US. I actually used the original french cottered crank cups...
02-12-21, 01:29 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,559
Posted By Bill in VA

I have a Peugeot UO-8 and when I ditched the...

I have a Peugeot UO-8 and when I ditched the cottered crank for a cotterless, I had to get creative with the BB. Many bike boom Peugeot UO-8s had chainline issues due to very high production levels...
02-11-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 710
Posted By Bill in VA

Agree about the breakage. However, those...

Agree about the breakage.

However, those bars look to me to be alloy, most likely not anodized. My old 1873 Fuji had bars with the thicker center reinforcing area. Most I have seen were a sleeve,...
02-11-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 709
Posted By Bill in VA

I had heard the term "Sleeping Bobbies" was also...

I had heard the term "Sleeping Bobbies" was also used for speed bumps. IT was used by a former colleague who was from England.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-08-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,814
Posted By Bill in VA

This!!! However after using Velo Plugs in a...

This!!!

However after using Velo Plugs in a set of velocity rims, I will give progress its due.
02-06-21, 12:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,470
Posted By Bill in VA

Not a fan of NBC in any way, EXCEPT NBC-SN. We...

Not a fan of NBC in any way, EXCEPT NBC-SN. We watch the grand tours, cyclocross, Worlds, especially the track sections, and biathlon, archery, curling (yes, curling) and baseball. The wife watches...
02-01-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,666
Posted By Bill in VA

Sort of like the "HHO Special" in real estate...

Sort of like the "HHO Special" in real estate (Harry Homeowner Special = non-professionally made repairs that look it.)
02-01-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 6,666
Posted By Bill in VA

The close cousin to that description is that the...

The close cousin to that description is that the frame (or any metallic item, especially if deemed 'collectible' and asking a high price) has "slight patina." Sorry, flaked red rust with pitting is...
02-01-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,189
Posted By Bill in VA

I do not get those questions. That all stopped...

I do not get those questions. That all stopped when I retired. That is because the worst day being retired is better than the best day at work... :beer:
01-23-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,231
Posted By Bill in VA

The wife and I watch the the Tour, the Giro, and...

The wife and I watch the the Tour, the Giro, and the Vuelta as well as various cyclocross races, and occasional mountain bike events. We also watch the World Championships, especially the track...
01-18-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,552
Posted By Bill in VA

Very easy to use, and once you are used the feel...

Very easy to use, and once you are used the feel of the shifting, it can be done entirely by feel and listening to the resulting sound of the drivetrain as it allows fine adjustment. Most of the...
01-18-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,534
Posted By Bill in VA

Since this is BikeForums, when did NEED really...

Since this is BikeForums, when did NEED really enter the picture? :D :deadhorse2: Except possibly in the Bike Mechanics area. Wants and Needs are dependent on your point of view.
01-18-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,534
Posted By Bill in VA

If that was available in the US I would buy it in...

If that was available in the US I would buy it in a flash!!!
01-16-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,086
Posted By Bill in VA

Here are two I looked at in addition to the...

Here are two I looked at in addition to the Velo-Orange, when I was looking:

Nitto S83 Seatpost (which was my choice, as I did not need length, just offset)
Seatpost Diameter: 27.2 mm
Offset...
01-08-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,807
Posted By Bill in VA

Caution...

Do not use a cap. It protects the insides...

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Especially presta valves. The...
01-08-21, 11:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,510
Posted By Bill in VA

See post #28, then consider external (or more...

See post #28, then consider external (or more accurately internal) sources.

The old adage is "you are what you eat." And drink.

Cutting fats and sugar from your diet and carbs where possible...
01-04-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 466
Views: 20,909
Posted By Bill in VA

That part of the quote resurrected a memory from...

That part of the quote resurrected a memory from deep in the memory banks:

Back when I was fresh out of college and rode on club training rides, when we saw a group of riders ahead or coming...
01-04-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 466
Views: 20,909
Posted By Bill in VA

If the derailleur claw was attached properly...

If the derailleur claw was attached properly (with the small bolt tightened with loc-tite), and the rear axle (either nutted or with a proper internal cam QR) was properly tightened, there was never...
12-22-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,185
Posted By Bill in VA

Back in college I was riding along and a wasp...

Back in college I was riding along and a wasp flew up my polo shirt sleeve and began to sting me as I tried to stop, release the toe clip straps and remove my shirt all at the same time. After...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,248
Posted By Bill in VA

I suspect the customer has bought counterfeit...

I suspect the customer has bought counterfeit wheels and when told about it by his friends was so incensed (and embarrassed) that he tried to defraud a legitimate vendor. OR, he did not even posses...
11-23-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,352
Posted By Bill in VA

Nw that BikeCentennial sticker is a blast from...

Nw that BikeCentennial sticker is a blast from the past. My riding club at that time all had one.
11-23-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,352
Posted By Bill in VA

I am right handed. I mount from the...

I am right handed. I mount from the non-driveside.
That said, I will NOT violate the BF cardinal rule to post only driveside images. :50:
11-17-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,613
Posted By Bill in VA

Former PA resident here. I remember the small...

Former PA resident here. I remember the small metal license plates. The dates pictured are in the 50's, but they still had them in my town in the early 1960's, then went to the foil or plastic...
11-02-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,640
Posted By Bill in VA

"Japanese and German screwdrivers put (pick you...

"Japanese and German screwdrivers put (pick you brand) to shame."

ABSOLUTELY! Especially the JIS standard drivers. After getting a good set of JIS screwdrivers at the suggestion of a member here,...
11-02-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,640
Posted By Bill in VA

There are certain tools that are worth the extra...

There are certain tools that are worth the extra expense of pro-grade. ALLEN KEYS, DRILL BITS, TAPS, THREADING DIES, SOCKETS, AND EZ-OUTS and vertical side screwdrivers are some of these. Use of...
10-29-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,538
Posted By Bill in VA

This is what I have been doing for years, I even...

This is what I have been doing for years, I even use the exact same paint. I have found using the various blacks is the only way to match a new satin black frame. Mix parts flat and gloss by T&E...
10-28-20, 02:23 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 9,023
Posted By Bill in VA

I tried that with a French Ideale 39 that was...

I tried that with a French Ideale 39 that was rock hard new in 1973 and rock hard every year since despite many, many applications of the Proofhide and hair dryer method.from day 1. I also tried the...
10-28-20, 02:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 710
Posted By Bill in VA

I had a vintage Fuji that I had professionally...

I had a vintage Fuji that I had professionally repainted in GLOSSY Dupont Imron. It was beautiful, especially fir the front fork and seat and chain stay half chromed. The paint looked great and...
10-27-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,507
Posted By Bill in VA

Yes, that is another option. I have found...

Yes, that is another option.

I have found that over the years with changes in environmental laws and regulations with regard to volatile organic chemicals, paints that used to work for an...
10-26-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,507
Posted By Bill in VA

Painting the plastic fenders would require the...

Painting the plastic fenders would require the paint to have a significant elastomer or plasticizer content in the paint to allow bending and flexing and impacts to not create chips and cracks in the...
10-26-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,507
Posted By Bill in VA

Your 2 statements are in partial conflict. A...

Your 2 statements are in partial conflict.

A black frame with silver rims is enhanced by black or silver fenders. I could see either as looking good. Like a tux with a nice stainless steel or...
10-25-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,035
Posted By Bill in VA

These days, if the search tool on a site does not...

These days, if the search tool on a site does not have a setting for "Show in-stock only", I will move on rather than get long specific lists only to find the items are Out-of-Stock.
10-19-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 327
Posted By Bill in VA

If it uses a leather seal is is relatively easy...

If it uses a leather seal is is relatively easy to repair. It the seal is plastic or flexible rubber you might be able to jury rig something. If rubber, you could convert it to leather. I have...
10-19-20, 11:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,556
Posted By Bill in VA

Well, one could call the business next door,...

Well, one could call the business next door, Unique Boutique and ask who is next door to them. Or call the local Chamber of Commerce. However, even if they confirm a bike shop is there, I would...
10-17-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,791
Posted By Bill in VA

For a recent bike, the Bianchi Eroica ...

For a recent bike, the Bianchi Eroica
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...
10-15-20, 12:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 895
Posted By Bill in VA

Never any problem with my Cateye Strada Slim. My...

Never any problem with my Cateye Strada Slim. My wife has a far older Cateye no problems there either. I may put my light near it to see if there is any reaction.
10-15-20, 12:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,535
Posted By Bill in VA

The main questions I would have is patching and...

The main questions I would have is patching and how long does it hold air. Is it more than latex, but less than butyl? Or more than butyl?

Too little info at present. Only with the info, can...
10-13-20, 08:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,149
Posted By Bill in VA

Tires are the quickest and easiest. The change...

Tires are the quickest and easiest. The change from the OEM Vittoria Randonneur 28mm tires, an incredibly numbing, sluggish tire that initally made me doubt my decision to buy the bike, to a set of...
10-12-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,491
Posted By Bill in VA

This! For me, the cost per mile is not even...

This!

For me, the cost per mile is not even a remote consideration with a bicycle. Does it meet my requirements, do I like its looks, it is well built with decent components, and will it get...
10-08-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,349
Posted By Bill in VA

Yep! Learned this when I was shown how to ride a...

Yep! Learned this when I was shown how to ride a motorcycle. A friend said always get behind the bars or the windscreen.
10-05-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,779
Posted By Bill in VA

That is my take. I am now 5' 8.5" and now ride a...

That is my take. I am now 5' 8.5" and now ride a 55cm. I had downsized due to age shrinking as my old bike was a 57cm frame (was 5' 10" when I got it). It fit in college, but was now aa bit tight...
10-01-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 317
Posted By Bill in VA

That triangular "Italia" tri-color label looks...

That triangular "Italia" tri-color label looks very familiar.

It has been many years since purchased (43-46?) and the shoes are still 'lost' in the renovation stuff and parents estate stuff, but...
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