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09-12-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 300
Posted By davester

It's not just your country. It always amazes me...

It's not just your country. It always amazes me that people trying to sell things seem unable to realize that they can't take photos in the dark or that it might be helpful if they didn't shake the...
09-12-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 546
Posted By davester

This is good...IRD freewheels are back on the market again.

If you hadn't noticed, IRD Classica freewheels (the more successful successor to the highly problematic Defiant freewheels) gradually vanished from the market over the last year. I have a couple of...
09-11-19, 09:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 458
Posted By davester

Nice. That's an exact copy of the one my mom rode...

Nice. That's an exact copy of the one my mom rode to work in the early 1960s when we lived in England. She bought hers used so it was definitely a 1950s era model.
09-08-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,226
Posted By davester

Well, if your wife feels like she's your...

Well, if your wife feels like she's your mistress, time's a-wasting. start making whoopee!
09-05-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 535
Posted By davester

I'd let her repair my tire any way she darn well...

I'd let her repair my tire any way she darn well pleased!
08-29-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,415
Posted By davester

...and before Jon's tool, there was a similar...

...and before Jon's tool, there was a similar tool that can still be found on ebay that worked using fence posts or other convenient stationary objects. .
08-27-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,192
Posted By davester

Roy, An additional thing to be aware of is...

Roy,

An additional thing to be aware of is that if you change the chain, most chains today are "peened", which means that the ends of the pins are intentionally flattened so that they don't pass...
08-26-19, 07:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,192
Posted By davester

This is not entirely true. A "stretched" chain...

This is not entirely true. A "stretched" chain will destroy a freewheel but as long as you change the chain before it gets beyond wear limits, your freewheel will live through many, many chains.
...
08-25-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,494
Posted By davester

A couple of details would be helpful. For...

A couple of details would be helpful. For example, what type of saddle do you have? Has your tour resulted in riding more miles per day than you usually would? Many folks discover that the saddle...
08-25-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,861
Posted By davester

Hey Doc, what is this Coppi ride you speak of?

Hey Doc, what is this Coppi ride you speak of?
08-22-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,774
Posted By davester

To my mind, that crank is the ideal touring...

To my mind, that crank is the ideal touring crank. Why not just buy different chainrings. Hilary Stone has a bunch, many of them NOS. If you don't want to lose the high gears, I'm also pretty sure...
08-22-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,000
Posted By davester

Polishing compound isn't aggressive enough for...

Polishing compound isn't aggressive enough for the degree of damage you have there. I would suggest that you use a more aggressive diminishing rubbing compound such as Meguiar's Ultimate Compound...
08-20-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,020
Posted By davester

If it's a Cinelli (which seems likely), it's...

If it's a Cinelli (which seems likely), it's either a 1970, 71 or 72 that's had the seat cluster modified, based on the badge, holes in the lugs, lack of braze-ons, etc.

Here are a couple of good...
08-20-19, 09:36 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,793
Posted By davester

My only reference point is way back in the day...

My only reference point is way back in the day when I did a fully loaded tour England, France and Switzerland. I foolishly took my racing bike with 52-42 front, slightly modified with a 14-28T...
08-17-19, 07:10 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,634
Posted By davester

This is my commute machine... ...

This is my commute machine...
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My Miyata 710
08-16-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,431
Posted By davester

Only if you break down where there's a cell...

Only if you break down where there's a cell signal, a significant issue where I ride.
08-16-19, 09:45 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,431
Posted By davester

Seriously? Perhaps if you stick to short...

Seriously? Perhaps if you stick to short distances and roads as smooth as a baby's butt. Do any amount of gravel riding and stuff will be shaken loose or out of adjustment, or will get bent requiring...
08-15-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,431
Posted By davester

Unfortunately, that is discontinued. I use this...

Unfortunately, that is discontinued. I use this (Park MT-1)instead, light as a feather and has the critical 8, 9 and 10mm wrenches....
08-15-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,560
Posted By davester

I find flat bars unbearable for anything except...

I find flat bars unbearable for anything except short rides due to the lack of multiple hand positions. However, 10 to 15 miles is not very far so there may be something else at play...

Many...
08-15-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,458
Posted By davester

Don't know what advice I can give...you seem to...

Don't know what advice I can give...you seem to be doing OK. The only suggestion I might make is to get a touring bike or other road bike to replace the beach cruiser. That'll make the commute much...
08-13-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,917
Posted By davester

Actually, he's the short one in the second...

Actually, he's the short one in the second picture. :p

Seriously, that's impressive!
08-13-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 9,359
Posted By davester

Nope, you don't need a roof rack. I still have my...

Nope, you don't need a roof rack. I still have my 1971 MGBGT. Some years ago two of us took it to the Davis Double Century with two bikes, two spare wheels, sleeping bags, change of clothes and...
08-12-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By davester

Back in the day, most credit-card tourists...

Back in the day, most credit-card tourists (before credit cards existed) used saddlebags as the main way to carry a small enough amount of gear. If more stuff was needed, a handlebar bag was added...
08-09-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,197
Posted By davester

I agree that the 5 degrees is incorrect, but I...

I agree that the 5 degrees is incorrect, but I believe that the 0.2 is also incorrect. Calculating arcsine of 3/430 gives an angle of 0.4 degrees. No matter, the important point is that not aligning...
08-08-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,197
Posted By davester

It's pretty certain that happened due to dropout...

It's pretty certain that happened due to dropout misalignment. When I took my frame in to have it painted a couple of years ago, the frame builder doing the painting pointed out that my dropout was...
08-06-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,142
Posted By davester

Many bike shops have loaner programs where you...

Many bike shops have loaner programs where you can try out different saddles before you settle on the one you want to buy.
08-06-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

Are you lost? You do realize that this is the C&V...

Are you lost? You do realize that this is the C&V forum, right?
08-01-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,006
Posted By davester

Do your brakes actually stop you any more? IMHO,...

Do your brakes actually stop you any more? IMHO, cables and housings need to be replaced periodically because 1) if you are using unlined housings the metal interior and cables get corroded or badly...
08-01-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

First of all, many (perhaps most) of us carry a...

First of all, many (perhaps most) of us carry a spare tube (or two) so patches are typically reserved for our second or third flat of the ride (flats come in threes, you know!) after we've already...
07-31-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,015
Posted By davester

As Machka said, ride to meet your goals. If you...

As Machka said, ride to meet your goals. If you are trying to improve, either speed or endurance, then it usually pays to mix up your training regimen some. For example, do some days with relatively...
07-30-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 952
Posted By davester

I'm surprised at this post. There's no question...

I'm surprised at this post. There's no question that it's dangerous break and then rejoin a modern peened-pin chain by pushing the pin out and back in. It was perfectly fine to do this on earlier...
07-26-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 538
Posted By davester

It may not just be the pads and pivots that is...

It may not just be the pads and pivots that is causing poor braking. Modern high quality teflon or plastic lined cable housings and coated cables can significantly improve braking performance by...
07-26-19, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 961
Posted By davester

For $100 you stole that bike!

For $100 you stole that bike!
07-25-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

I think the main downside is that many people...

I think the main downside is that many people don't read instructions or otherwise learn the proper technique so fail to sand the tube or allow the glue to dry before applying the patch, resulting in...
07-24-19, 07:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,780
Posted By davester

That seems backwards to me. Less saddle to bar...

That seems backwards to me. Less saddle to bar drop requires a larger frame, not smaller.
07-24-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

Rema, the gold standard. Park is pretty good too.

Rema, the gold standard. Park is pretty good too.
07-24-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

As noted in the posts above, most of those who...

As noted in the posts above, most of those who use patches only do so after we've exhausted our ready supply of fresh tubes, so your statement doesn't apply. In my question, I was referring more to...
07-24-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

So for folks who throw out any tube that's been...

So for folks who throw out any tube that's been patched, is there a reason for that? Seems like just an OCD thing to me.
07-23-19, 10:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 879
Posted By davester

1. Dave D, davester, Berkeley CA 2. Route -...

1. Dave D, davester, Berkeley CA

2. Route - LVDS

3. Primary Riding Bike - Once again I'll be riding the white and red Ron Cooper. It has the gearing and tires to conquer those hills and the...
07-23-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 918
Posted By davester

I sure wouldn't ride them on any perilous...

I sure wouldn't ride them on any perilous descents.
07-23-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

What are the chances of that happening? For me,...

What are the chances of that happening? For me, it's close to zero. Throw in Murphy's Law and the chances of getting a flat near a bike shop are negative zero.

Let me just add that I usually have...
07-23-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,216
Posted By davester

How many patches before you trash the tube?

I just threw out a couple of tubes that had a rather embarrassing number of patches on them (about five each). I'm a bit of a hoarder and my mother taught me to never waste anything (she grew up...
07-23-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,136
Posted By davester

For myself and most others I ride with, the patch...

For myself and most others I ride with, the patch kit is there for occasions where you get multiple flats on one ride and don't have any spare tubes left.When you put in long distances this is a not...
07-22-19, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,136
Posted By davester

But why even bother with "glueless" patches? A...

But why even bother with "glueless" patches? A vulcanizing patch (e.g. Rema) will take just a couple of minutes longer than a glueless patch to install (i.e. the time to smear on the cement and wait...
07-22-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,964
Posted By davester

I always have one bottle of plain water (luckily...

I always have one bottle of plain water (luckily we have great water here in Northern California). If it's a multi-bottle ride then some kind of electrolyte replenishment drink goes in the second...
07-21-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,457
Posted By davester

Great travelogue. It reminded me that I really...

Great travelogue. It reminded me that I really want to get back to my touring roots sometime and do a major tour again...perhaps after I retire in a couple of years. I'm curious whether you...
07-19-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,996
Posted By davester

Hmmm. One end of my street has an 18% grade and...

Hmmm. One end of my street has an 18% grade and the other end has about a 15% grade. Most any ride I take will also have mile long stretches of around 6% to 8%. This and my 65 years sort of rules out...
07-16-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,069
Posted By davester

I disagree with the folks who say that hand...

I disagree with the folks who say that hand numbness is part of the aging process or will go away with conditioning. This is a classic example of using a bar with insufficient hand positions possibly...
07-15-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,093
Posted By davester

Great minds think alike!

Great minds think alike!
07-15-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,093
Posted By davester

I'm surprised that nobody has suggested the...

I'm surprised that nobody has suggested the obvious solution. Buy a helicoil or similar type stripped-thread repair kit of the appropriate size and follow the directions on the package.
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