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06-20-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 752
Posted By VegasTriker

Age makes no difference. You want a lightweight...

Age makes no difference. You want a lightweight grease, not the thick bearing grease used in vehicles. Any bike shop can sell you a tube of grease.
06-20-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,282
Posted By VegasTriker

I could see them missing the step where they...

I could see them missing the step where they added water bottle frame bosses could be really annoying. On the other hand, an 11+% discount would go a long way toward making me happy. Whatever you do,...
06-19-19, 12:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,193
Posted By VegasTriker

Probably the best source of rail trail...

Probably the best source of rail trail information is Rails to Trails Conservancy. I've been a member of that organization for over two decades and they are a great source of information. Try...
06-17-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By VegasTriker

If it is a really old bike it has a freewheel....

If it is a really old bike it has a freewheel. Newer bikes come with a cassette. You can easily tell the difference because there is no lock ring on a freewheel but there is on a cassette. This video...
06-16-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 257
Posted By VegasTriker

To answer your first question, Claris is the very...

To answer your first question, Claris is the very lowest on the Shimano road bike component list. https://www.evanscycles.com/coffeestop/advice/shimano-road-groupsets-the-hierarchy The Romet...
06-16-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 468
Posted By VegasTriker

Check out the Electronics, Lighting, and Gadgets...

Check out the Electronics, Lighting, and Gadgets forum https://www.bikeforums.net/electronics-lighting-gadgets/. It has been discussed at length there.
06-15-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,200
Posted By VegasTriker

The Shimano website has a compatibility chart...

The Shimano website has a compatibility chart that shows you exactly which components work together. https://productinfo.shimano.com/#/

I'm a little late to the party but had I seen this earlier I...
Forum: Recumbent
06-15-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By VegasTriker

You might be surprised at how often decent bikes...

You might be surprised at how often decent bikes show up at reasonable prices and sometimes free. About two weeks ago I picked up a Trek Singletrack 930 bicycle (MTB) at the curb. My neighbor put it...
06-15-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By VegasTriker

You are lucky in that the wheels are already...

You are lucky in that the wheels are already true. That means you can get away with buying 3 spokes and just replacing the ones that are loose or bent. Take a wire cutters and cut one of the loose...
Replies: 10
Views: 605
Posted By VegasTriker

Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? ...

Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? (forum for this type of question)
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-whats-worth-appraisals/

If you ask a moderator to move this...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-14-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,108
Posted By VegasTriker

I have a headlamp similar to the one sold on...

I have a headlamp similar to the one sold on Amazon. Mine is a Boruit RJ-3000. It is a nice headlamp for camping but if you use a bike helmet it will not fit beneath the helmet because of the battery...
Replies: 2
Views: 2,919
Posted By VegasTriker

The discomfort you describe is exactly what led...

The discomfort you describe is exactly what led many of us to switch to recumbents. No more hunched over. Little pressure on your hands.


It is unlikely a bike shop will let you test ride a...
Forum: Recumbent
06-12-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,798
Posted By VegasTriker

Actually the US price is not more than the $1,700...

Actually the US price is not more than the $1,700 which I quoted. The US distributor is Recumbent Bike Riders, a major recumbent bike shop in State College PA. You can see their listing here -...
06-12-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,440
Posted By VegasTriker

From the Reelight website "The lumen output...

From the Reelight website "The lumen output depends on how well the Dynamo is mounted and the speed you are driving.
For the front light you can expect to get about 60 lumen at 30 km/h and 30 lumen...
Forum: Fatbikes
06-11-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,108
Posted By VegasTriker

You are one forum away from the one that...

You are one forum away from the one that specializes in bike lights https://www.bikeforums.net/electronics-lighting-gadgets/. However most of the people there are into using standard $$$ bike lights....
06-11-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,850
Posted By VegasTriker

All three of the ones you listed are entry level...

All three of the ones you listed are entry level bikes in the $500 to $660 price range and with entry level components. If most of your riding is going to be on the road and bike paths rather than...
Forum: Recumbent
06-10-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,798
Posted By VegasTriker

The trike you bought sells for $1,700 here in the...

The trike you bought sells for $1,700 here in the US. It's obviously an entry level trike but the review for the similarly priced X model on Bentrider is positive. There was also a comment on the X...
06-08-19, 06:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 386
Posted By VegasTriker

It's a simple task to cut the old tubes and...

It's a simple task to cut the old tubes and insert a barbed connector (shown below) between the 2 halves. Most bike pump tubes have a 1/8" inner diameter so this fits fine. $1.67 for 10 of them at...
06-08-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,266
Posted By VegasTriker

The OP hasn't logged in for over 16 months so he...

The OP hasn't logged in for over 16 months so he probably gave up after his last post about getting too many flats.
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By VegasTriker

I looked at the Boston CL and saw that there is...

I looked at the Boston CL and saw that there is nothing that I would ever recommend buying. The problem with most adult trikes (aside from the expensive recumbent trikes) is the weight of the trike....
06-07-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,699
Posted By VegasTriker

A big factor is the weight of your children...

A big factor is the weight of your children compared to the weight of the bike. Amazon lists the weight of the 20" kids version as 29 pounds. How does that compare to the weight of your kids? I've...
06-07-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,046
Posted By VegasTriker

It was not a great innovation no matter they...

It was not a great innovation no matter they hype. Look up "warm blooded Ringer's solution" a concoction used in biology labs for more than a century. It has the same chemistry as the fluid in...
Forum: Recumbent
06-05-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,434
Posted By VegasTriker

Most 26" wheels are ISO559 (559mm). The tires...

Most 26" wheels are ISO559 (559mm). The tires that go with the ISO559 rim are decimal (e.g., 1.25" width) not fractional such as the 1 1/8" you mention. The usual road tire closest to 1+1/8" is a...
06-05-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,262
Posted By VegasTriker

This is one of the lights (Cygolite Hotshot Pro...

This is one of the lights (Cygolite Hotshot Pro 80) that advertises an extraordinary run time for one of the settings. It doesn't seem to pan out if this review taken from the REI website for the...
06-04-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 586
Posted By VegasTriker

It is called "bicyclist palsy" a form of carpal...

It is called "bicyclist palsy" a form of carpal tunnel syndrome. Look it up. Don't ignore the symptoms. I go to the orthopedic doctor today to have the stitches taken out after carpal tunnel...
06-04-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,609
Posted By VegasTriker

I have news for you. Paraffin is a long chain...

I have news for you. Paraffin is a long chain hydrocarbon. Not likely to get absorbed into the skin though. I don't worry about the solvent in chain lube since the amount used is small but don't like...
06-03-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,334
Posted By VegasTriker

All white LEDs run on approximately 2.7V so the...

All white LEDs run on approximately 2.7V so the bulb has electronics built into it to keep the voltage delivered to the LED to at or below 2.7V. That's why it will still work on half of the rated...
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By VegasTriker

The Mirage model was the bottom of the line model...

The Mirage model was the bottom of the line model for Motobecane. I know as I bought their top of the line Le Champion in 1973 (black and red) and a year later they used the same color scheme for...
06-02-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,653
Posted By VegasTriker

Picked up a 1993 Trek Singletrack 930 around noon...

Picked up a 1993 Trek Singletrack 930 around noon today for free. A neighbor a few doors away dumped it plus two helmets and two old spare tires at the curb a couple of days ago. Nobody touched it...
Forum: Recumbent
05-31-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,621
Posted By VegasTriker

Rumble strips, another problem for a trike

There is something nobody has mentioned and that is the presence of rumble strips at the edge of many roads in the west where I live. They are strategically placed at the edge of the road and for...
Forum: Recumbent
05-28-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By VegasTriker

I thought I must have misread the MSRP because...

I thought I must have misread the MSRP because the Bicycle Blue Book is the source I used for the $900 MSRP and the year that came up was the 2007 model. If you want an idea how useless BBB is, how...
05-28-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,292
Posted By VegasTriker

Do you realize 3wheelgranny hasn't posted on Bike...

Do you realize 3wheelgranny hasn't posted on Bike Forums since October 2015? She is not likely to see anything you post here. Apparently she learned what she needed and then went away.

I really...
05-28-19, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,503
Posted By VegasTriker

You lacerated a kidney. That's not muscle or...

You lacerated a kidney. That's not muscle or ligament related. I've never had internal injuries to worry about. I had a couple of bicycle and motorcycle accidents that resulted in hematomas...
05-28-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,072
Posted By VegasTriker

You know the old saw about the price of a bike...

You know the old saw about the price of a bike being what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller....

There are a couple of red flags with this bike. I always like to check the original MSRP...
Forum: Recumbent
05-26-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,994
Posted By VegasTriker

It is really a crank forward bike rather than a...

It is really a crank forward bike rather than a real recumbent. The MSRP in 2007 was $900 so $300 is quite a bit for this bike. That doesn't stop people from asking outrageous prices for them. There...
05-24-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,292
Posted By VegasTriker

Try posting a closeup picture of the handlebar. ...

Try posting a closeup picture of the handlebar. Most of us have never been close enough at a Schwinn trike to know what it looks like.
05-24-19, 01:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,895
Posted By VegasTriker

Readers can look at the local Craigslist for you....

Readers can look at the local Craigslist for you. They can't tell you if the bike will fit. Many casual sellers don't know how to measure the frame size so you get responses like "way big frame"...
Forum: Introductions
05-19-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 595
Posted By VegasTriker

I know where you live since there is only one...

I know where you live since there is only one decent sized town exactly an hour west of Las Vegas! I'd take issue with the idea that off-road is better than on-road in Las Vegas. When I first...
Forum: Recumbent
05-18-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By VegasTriker

I made my own for a BikeE seat a long time ago....

I made my own for a BikeE seat a long time ago. Bought the cover material from Jo-Anne fabrics. It was just stretchy material in black and the edges are shock cord to hold it in place on the Rans...
05-14-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 526
Posted By VegasTriker

One piece of advice for anyone buying a bike from...

One piece of advice for anyone buying a bike from Walmart is to have someone familiar with bike mechanics do a thorough going over to see that the bike has been assembled correctly. My own personal...
05-06-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 831
Posted By VegasTriker

It shouldn't tale much force at all to close the...

It shouldn't tale much force at all to close the master link. You just push both sides of the master link together and have a helper pull on both ends of the chain. It should snap together and be...
Forum: Recumbent
05-06-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By VegasTriker

I don't own one but have ridden with a husband...

I don't own one but have ridden with a husband and wife who own a pair of Ketts. They love them and ride regularly but don't know if they ever toured on them. One problem I see from just looking at...
05-02-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,989
Posted By VegasTriker

If you don't know a quality component from junk,...

If you don't know a quality component from junk, buying a used bike is a crap shoot. One way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to weigh the bike. You are not going to find garbage components...
05-02-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,048
Posted By VegasTriker

You haven't heard of the brand because it is a...

You haven't heard of the brand because it is a company brand for Halfords' bike shop in GB. BikeHut is Halfords' own brand for accessories, clothing and tools."

Priced at 18 pounds sterling it is...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-24-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,203
Posted By VegasTriker

I have a trike that hangs from the garage ceiling...

I have a trike that hangs from the garage ceiling over the front of my car. There is no way I would rely on any wall anchor to safely keep the trike from falling on the car. A cheap solution is to go...
04-24-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,040
Posted By VegasTriker

I'll have to answer the $64 question as I don't...

I'll have to answer the $64 question as I don't deal in pounds sterling. Don't worry about the seam. You don't even need to sand it flat as the patch is flexible enough to mold over the small ridge....
04-22-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By VegasTriker

One way is to find a used wheel of the right size...

One way is to find a used wheel of the right size with the hub already installed so you don't have the cost of rebuilding the wheel with new spokes. Then all you need is the right shifter. They do...
04-21-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By VegasTriker

I hadn't heard of Oak Wilt but after reading...

I hadn't heard of Oak Wilt but after reading about it, the disease is reminiscent of similar diseases that wiped out the American chestnut tree in the early 20th century and Dutch elm disease which...
04-20-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By VegasTriker

Shimano maintains a library of technical...

Shimano maintains a library of technical documents for download. If you know the exact model of the FD you can go to the site, look up the document and see what the maximum difference can be....
04-19-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,023
Posted By VegasTriker

Scorpion FS costs about $5K (and up) with...

Scorpion FS costs about $5K (and up) with shipping. Not something most people would buy to carry groceries home on. It certainly is one of the best trikes available.

I still will never understand...
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