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04-06-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 48
Posted By Retro Grouch

The most important single thing is which fits...

The most important single thing is which fits better. I'd imagine with 2 inches difference in seat tube length one is going to fit you better than the other. Get the one that fits better.
04-04-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 230
Posted By Retro Grouch

That looks to me like a steel hub flange. It's...

That looks to me like a steel hub flange. It's likely to be thinner. The spokes are designed to work with much more common aluminum hub flanges which are thicker. It is what it is.
04-04-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By Retro Grouch

Can you clarify what you mean by "make a...

Can you clarify what you mean by "make a difference"?

The bottom line is it's your bike so you are the only person in the whole world that bike has to make happy. It's only pedals. If you think...
04-04-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 430
Posted By Retro Grouch

Everything has a value and a price. They aren't...

Everything has a value and a price. They aren't the same thing.

Take just the empty tool box for example. If you need a tool box, and that one is in good enough shape to meet your needs. Then...
04-04-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 316
Posted By Retro Grouch

It seems like I used to have some 1mm or 1/2mm...

It seems like I used to have some 1mm or 1/2mm spacers around from some cassette applications. See if you can find one of those and try putting it behind your cassette. My bet is that'll fix your...
04-03-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By Retro Grouch

If the holes in your frame are big enough to fit...

If the holes in your frame are big enough to fit the shift cable housing, that's what I would do.
04-03-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 331
Posted By Retro Grouch

I agree it's probably a rim strip issue. Are...

I agree it's probably a rim strip issue.

Are you by chance using those stretchy plastic strips? If so, examine the location of that strip very carefully. If the slightest little arc of a spoke...
04-03-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 835
Posted By Retro Grouch

Are you sure that the shifter you have is...

Are you sure that the shifter you have is indexed? An indexed Gripshift MRX will have 3 shift positions and 3 numbers on it. The same part but non indexed won't have the numbers but will still have...
04-03-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 260
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. Take off your rear wheel and set it on a trash...

1. Take off your rear wheel and set it on a trash can sprocket side up.
2. Spin your sprocket cluster with your finger and notice what rotates and what doesn't.
3. Spray some WD40 or something...
04-03-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,194
Posted By Retro Grouch

Depends. I get a lot higher response rate if...

Depends.

I get a lot higher response rate if I wave with only one finger but they tend to be unfriendly. A lot more responses but not many smiles.
04-02-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 294
Posted By Retro Grouch

You have asked a question that touches on one of...

You have asked a question that touches on one of my pet peeves.

Bicycle inner tubes aren't as easy to buy as you are being told. If this thread lasts long enough, people will start telling you...
04-01-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,002
Posted By Retro Grouch

How many different over locknut configurations...

How many different over locknut configurations will the truing stand handle? Will it handle, for example recumbent trike front wheels?

Those questions aside, all that a wheel truing stand does is...
04-01-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,002
Posted By Retro Grouch

How many different over locknut configurations...

How many different over locknut configurations will the truing stand handle? Will it handle, for example recumbent trike front wheels?

Those questions aside, all that a wheel truing stand does...
04-01-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to routinely change road bike inner tubes...

I used to routinely change road bike inner tubes without using tire levers either for off or back on. Open Pro rims and Continental Armadillo tires using a CO2 cartridge I'd do the whole job in...
03-31-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,393
Posted By Retro Grouch

I appreciate you saying that. Corona deaths...

I appreciate you saying that.

Corona deaths are arguably more tragic because family members are prohibited from visiting during the victim's last days and they are prohibited from holding a timely...
03-31-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,393
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm sorry, I just don't understand your point. ...

I'm sorry, I just don't understand your point. Two tragedies is worse than 1 tragedy.
03-30-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,393
Posted By Retro Grouch

Put in a different context, the Viet Nam War...

Put in a different context, the Viet Nam War lasted around 20 years and killed 55,000 Americans. That was enough that virtually everybody I've talked with has a friend or relative who was a...
03-30-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 337
Posted By Retro Grouch

Where do you mostly ride? My bet, if you...

Where do you mostly ride?

My bet, if you ride on public roads, is that you have a "Michelin wire" stuck in your tire. They'll do stuff like that - puncture a brand new tube yet, make such a tiny...
03-30-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope : )

Nope : )
03-29-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Retro Grouch

5,000 posts. You know the answer to that - it...

5,000 posts. You know the answer to that - it doesn't matter.
03-27-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 257
Posted By Retro Grouch

Always install the rear brake cable first. That...

Always install the rear brake cable first. That way if you screw it up, you can shorten that cable to use on the front.
03-27-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,101
Posted By Retro Grouch

Fair's fair. I've offered a couple acquaintances...

Fair's fair. I've offered a couple acquaintances the opportunity to meet me at a four way stop intersection of their choice. I'll give them a dollar for every car that makes a full stop if they'll...
03-27-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 738
Posted By Retro Grouch

Reliability and durability. Doesn't want...

Reliability and durability. Doesn't want something that will give him a lot of trouble.
Cassette hub is the first thing that I would look for. #2...
03-27-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 738
Posted By Retro Grouch

The big difference is 8-speed gets you a cassette...

The big difference is 8-speed gets you a cassette hub. 7-speed is more likely to be a freewheel hub with greater propensity for bent or broken rear axles.
03-27-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,101
Posted By Retro Grouch

In Missouri it's illegal but, unless it causes an...

In Missouri it's illegal but, unless it causes an accident, it's a "no harm no foul" infraction. No fine, no points off your license.
03-27-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 297
Posted By Retro Grouch

Excellent idea!

Excellent idea!
03-27-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 297
Posted By Retro Grouch

How old are they? In the interest of full...

How old are they? In the interest of full disclosure, I may be showing a little bit of age bias.
03-27-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 236
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you think that the cones are too tight, they...

If you think that the cones are too tight, they probably are. There isn't much scope between "too loose" "just right" and "too tight".

Lots of guys think they need to add a little bit of grease...
03-27-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 297
Posted By Retro Grouch

There are a plethora of bike styles that are all...

There are a plethora of bike styles that are all variations on a theme. Picking the one that suites you. best is a decision you will have to make for yourself.

The first task is to find a bike...
03-27-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,106
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've ridden it on a road bike with 23mm tires. I...

I've ridden it on a road bike with 23mm tires. I found it to be do-able and didn't have to do a lot of dabbing but it definitely wouldn't be my top choice. I liked 28 mm tires better because they...
03-26-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,101
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes the best response is no response.

Sometimes the best response is no response.
03-26-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 289
Posted By Retro Grouch

New chainrings are square or slightly radiuses...

New chainrings are square or slightly radiuses across the top of the teeth. Worn chainrings get real pointy looking.
03-26-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's wrong with that? I don't even approve of...

What's wrong with that? I don't even approve of every decision that I personally have made. I just did what I thought was the best decision at the time. OP just shared his thought process with us....
03-26-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By Retro Grouch

Not worth it for me yet but, at my age, that...

Not worth it for me yet but, at my age, that might change sometime in the future.
Forum: Recumbent
03-22-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 483
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's not a recumbent specific part so it should...

That's not a recumbent specific part so it should be relatively ely easy to find what you need.

1. If you can find a bike shop that's still open, try them. The older the shop the more likely they...
03-22-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By Retro Grouch

^^^^ This: It's a common issue, it's easily...

^^^^
This: It's a common issue, it's easily overlooked and it's counter intuitive.
03-21-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 217
Posted By Retro Grouch

How many buttons on the right shifter? The early...

How many buttons on the right shifter? The early models had both operating buttons on the right side and it was easy to inadvertently activate one of them. Later models had one button on each...
03-21-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is an art to obtaining mechanical advice on...

There is an art to obtaining mechanical advice on this forum. Part of that art evaluating the advice provider. Some are much better than others. disbrantjr is, in my opinion, one of the better...
03-19-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
03-19-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 706
Posted By Retro Grouch

These people who said it was too small for you. ...

These people who said it was too small for you. Were you just talking with them or did they actually see you riding the bike?
03-19-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 876
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you use the right words in a post, they'll...

If you use the right words in a post, they'll contact you.
03-19-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 537
Posted By Retro Grouch

Was it ever right? 1. Derailleur limit...

Was it ever right?

1. Derailleur limit screws, once correctly set, seldom need to be readjusted.
2. Cable length adjustments are frequently necessary, especially on new bikes or shortly after...
Forum: Recumbent
03-15-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 993
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to own one of those and I really liked it....

I used to own one of those and I really liked it. HOWEVER, when I came to grips with the fact that I was hiding from my wife how often I fell while riding it, I realized it was trike time for me. I...
03-15-20, 06:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 814
Posted By Retro Grouch

Years ago, during my road running days, I had a...

Years ago, during my road running days, I had a guy ask me before a race if I knew the course. I told him it never occurred to me that I wouldn't be able to simply look up and follow the other...
03-15-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 654
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sounds to me like you are shopping two different...

Sounds to me like you are shopping two different shops.

Other than the bikes, which shop do you like better? Whose advice regarding accessories, places to ride etc. do you think you'd value more?...
03-15-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 685
Posted By Retro Grouch

Excellent point! As long as the thread title...

Excellent point! As long as the thread title isn't misleading you can just skip over the thread. I've never understood why some people can't seem to understand that.
03-15-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 685
Posted By Retro Grouch

I lived in Indiana when "Breaking Away" came out....

I lived in Indiana when "Breaking Away" came out. I actually paid to see the movie at a theater. I don't do that very often and I don't regret having done it.
03-15-20, 06:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 972
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's all about the fun factor. There was a...

It's all about the fun factor.
There was a time in my life when my fun factor kicked in at around $100.00. Today it takes a lot more than that for me to have the same amount of fun. Your mileage...
03-14-20, 12:37 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,943
Posted By Retro Grouch

The effects of under reaction are easy to...

The effects of under reaction are easy to quantify.
Over reacting is pretty much impossible to quantify. If you had no bad results, did you over react did you do just barely the right amount?
03-10-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,033
Posted By Retro Grouch

Ask me a year from now. A year from now, if...

Ask me a year from now.

A year from now, if you are riding your bike a lot and having fun, you got a fantastic deal! If your bike is stored someplace gathering cobwebs, you wasted your money. ...
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