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Forum: Touring
08-04-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
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: 383
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: 274
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: 197
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: 944
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: 944
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: 197
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: 700
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: 200
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: 698
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: 1,557
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: 2,348
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: 740
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: 6,407
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: 470
Posted By Pratt

They're not the same?

They're not the same?
07-04-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,202
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: 70
Views: 2,459
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: 777
Posted By Pratt

But,

Bicycle tires inflate
06-30-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,643
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: 521
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: 8,803
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: 825
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: 1,348
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: 1,056
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: 1,595
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: 248
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: 3,320
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: 1,269
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: 1,630
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: 768
Posted By Pratt

Bicycles

Bicycles
Forum: Touring
06-13-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,276
Posted By Pratt

That's Where Underwear Comes In

To help prevent hanging out
06-11-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,364
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...
06-10-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 709
Posted By Pratt

If you ride enough, you will find sunglasses by...

If you ride enough, you will find sunglasses by the side of the road
06-10-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 861
Posted By Pratt

Tiny Notch

Wire stripper; puzzled me for years too
06-09-20, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,020
Posted By Pratt

Not hit, but I had to brake to creeping speed...

Not hit, but I had to brake to creeping speed when a peloton came out of a side road, blowing the stop sign and riding some on either side of the road; nobody said 'sorry'
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 11,712
Posted By Pratt

Flat bars?

Flat bars?
06-06-20, 04:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 684
Posted By Pratt

Bruce Gordon tires are, I think, still available....

Bruce Gordon tires are, I think, still available. As I understand it, he designed them, and Panaracer makes them. Someone is continuing that part of his business
06-05-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 8,989
Posted By Pratt

Just an uneducated guess, but I would bet he has...

Just an uneducated guess, but I would bet he has assaulted people before. Whether he was arrested/prosecuted is another question
06-04-20, 06:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,652
Posted By Pratt

Pencil and paper to write down your riding goals

Pencil and paper to write down your riding goals
06-04-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By Pratt

My local NAPA store advertises in its window that...

My local NAPA store advertises in its window that they can mix up custom colors to match your car, might work.
Good luck
06-03-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,129
Posted By Pratt

I'm with Doug, 2-3 crashes, max

I'm with Doug, 2-3 crashes, max
06-03-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,928
Posted By Pratt

I'd opt for diamond, myself

I'd opt for diamond, myself
06-03-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,890
Posted By Pratt

etiquette is, mainly, 'don't that being said, I...

etiquette is, mainly, 'don't that being said, I rode on a lot of sidewalk coming into Buffalo. It was a commercial area with lousy pavement and no pedestrians
06-02-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,136
Posted By Pratt

What Paul just said, or a variation thereof

What Paul just said, or a variation thereof
06-02-20, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By Pratt

Maybe chewing gum. Seriously, the magnet may...

Maybe chewing gum. Seriously, the magnet may like the more massive pieces of metal better. Something sticky on a stick may be able to retrieve the errant part. Another alternative would be to run...
05-31-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,869
Posted By Pratt

First, I have no idea. But, if I were in your,...

First, I have no idea. But, if I were in your, shall we say, frame of mind, I would look across the pond to old Blighty where rain is a given. If Made in USA is important, I would check out...
05-31-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,315
Posted By Pratt

It often takes different lengths of time of for...

It often takes different lengths of time of for the shorts to break in different people's anatomy. Just keep riding, you'll adjust
Forum: Touring
05-31-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,414
Posted By Pratt

The first time I took apart the RD, I filed a...

The first time I took apart the RD, I filed a grease groove around the circumference of the bushings. Don't know if it helps, but it felt like it should
05-29-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,763
Posted By Pratt

Either, Or

Quantum mechanics, or a Zen koan.
You can never know what the pressure is, just what it was
Forum: Touring
05-29-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
Posted By Pratt

Close inspection of the lower hooks will reveal...

Close inspection of the lower hooks will reveal that they sit on a slanted washer. Changing the orientation of the washer changes the angle of the lower hook, and its utility.
Good luck
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