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08-24-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 435
Posted By Retro Grouch

There's 5mm Allen key and there's otherwise. ...

There's 5mm Allen key and there's otherwise.

A 5mm allen wrench is all you need for probably 80% of bicycle maintenance and emergency repairs. It takes more gizmos than I want to carry with me...
08-24-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By Retro Grouch

One of the things that I discovered working on...

One of the things that I discovered working on bikes is how much difference there is between even mid level brakes and cheap brakes. The cheap ones can be made to work all right, they just require...
08-24-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 82
Posted By Retro Grouch

Whats a VTT bike?

Whats a VTT bike?
Forum: Recumbent
08-20-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By Retro Grouch

Go to your recumbent specialty dealer and ask...

Go to your recumbent specialty dealer and ask them. That would be time and effort well spent. There's lots of different recumbent bikes and trikes and they all ride a little bit differently.
08-20-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 368
Posted By Retro Grouch

What is your rear dropout spacing? Single speed...

What is your rear dropout spacing?
Single speed or fixed gear?
If single speed, what are you using for brakes?
08-20-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 529
Posted By Retro Grouch

Blackburn chicane cages. Stainless, like the...

Blackburn chicane cages. Stainless, like the King cages but $3.00 less.
08-19-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 876
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bicycle is a pretty simple machine. I wouldn't...

A bicycle is a pretty simple machine. I wouldn't worry excessively about it. To me the biggest problem about buying used is having the discipline to avoid buying the wrong size just because it's...
08-15-19, 01:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By Retro Grouch

If somebody else had replaced all of the parts...

If somebody else had replaced all of the parts you are considering and wanted to sell that bike to you, how much would you be willing to pay? Don't put any more money than that into it.
...
08-12-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 896
Posted By Retro Grouch

A new poster in August looking for a cheap...

A new poster in August looking for a cheap mountain bike or hybrid. Is this for a college campus bike? If that's the case, I think you are going about it the right way. You want something...
08-12-19, 09:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,561
Posted By Retro Grouch

Think about your ability to uptake oxygen. ...

Think about your ability to uptake oxygen.

Way back when I had somebody advise me to ease up to a hill that you don't think you can pedal up, shift into your lowest gear combination and pedal as...
08-11-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm wondering how your derailleur is going to...

I'm wondering how your derailleur is going to lone up with the freewheel cogs but I certainly don't anticipate anything bad happening that you couldn't just as easily reverse.
08-11-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By Retro Grouch

Are you lucky! PM me your name and address...

Are you lucky!

PM me your name and address and I'll mail a Park one to you.
08-11-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By Retro Grouch

The short answer is "No". There are a lot of...

The short answer is "No".

There are a lot of parts to doing it you have to think about rear triangle spacing, brakes, derailleur mounting and cable routing.
08-10-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 463
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike, the first thing that I would...

If it was my bike, the first thing that I would do would be to have the derailleur hanger alignment checked. Whenever I've encountered a bicycle with rear shifting that didn't respond to normal...
08-10-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 543
Posted By Retro Grouch

Reminds me of the movie "Doc Hollywood".

Reminds me of the movie "Doc Hollywood".
08-09-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 820
Posted By Retro Grouch

Back in the olden days when men were men and such...

Back in the olden days when men were men and such things were common we used to call them "gum walls".
08-09-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 521
Posted By Retro Grouch

I may be a little bit sick. I'm down to two...

I may be a little bit sick.

I'm down to two inner tube skews at my house. That's ERTO diameter, width and valve stem length. I've given away or thrown away everything else. I'm tired of...
08-09-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By Retro Grouch

You say "prehistoric" like it's a bad thing. ...

You say "prehistoric" like it's a bad thing. :)
08-09-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By Retro Grouch

But what specific rear derailleur do you have? ...

But what specific rear derailleur do you have? Some Sram derailleurs are rated for 42 (and even larger rear cogs) and some aren't.
08-09-19, 01:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By Retro Grouch

Was it ever right? I'm thinking from your...

Was it ever right? I'm thinking from your original post it was. If that's the case, leave the dropout screws alone.
The dropout screws were an aid making it easier to get the wheel straight...
08-09-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 968
Posted By Retro Grouch

I started packing a small needle nose plier to...

I started packing a small needle nose plier to make it easier to pull those little devils out.
08-09-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 637
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes I feel like an analogue man whose been...

Sometimes I feel like an analogue man whose been trapped in a digital universe.

If it fits, it fits.

When you are trying on shoes, if the size that you think should fit doesn't, do you buy then...
08-09-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 938
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think I would do too. The 135...

That's what I think I would do too. The 135 dropouts would be the tipping factor for me.

I fully agree with Andrew, by the way. Chainline matters but I think that it's real easy to overstate how...
08-09-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's your rear dropout spacing?

What's your rear dropout spacing?
08-09-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 384
Posted By Retro Grouch

Take 2 links out of your chain. That will fix...

Take 2 links out of your chain. That will fix your immediate problem and it will still be long enough to safely cover the big/big combination.
08-09-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope. 36t is as big as our cassettes go. ...

Nope. 36t is as big as our cassettes go.

Sorry to bring up another problem rather than a solution but it's always better to know even if the facts aren't what we want to hear.
08-08-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,989
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just because somebody wants to initiation...

Just because somebody wants to initiation argument doesn't mean that you have to participate.
08-07-19, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Retro Grouch

Everything on a bicycle works together. You can...

Everything on a bicycle works together. You can almost never change just one part. It sounds to me like you are trying to take parts from sever different kinds of bikes and trying to force fit them...
08-07-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,490
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't see how that answer is off topic. OP is...

I don't see how that answer is off topic. OP is asking for suggestions. Pop off your front wheel and there aren't very many cars that won't accept a bicycle. Cheaper and more secure.
08-07-19, 07:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 689
Posted By Retro Grouch

What do your dropouts look like? The trick...

What do your dropouts look like?

The trick with QR axles is that that the axle can't protrude beyond the dropout AT ALL. If it does, the QR will bottom against the axle rather than clamp tight...
08-07-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 938
Posted By Retro Grouch

The real issue is chainline. The biggest factor...

The real issue is chainline. The biggest factor is the amount of offset in the crank, but other factors, like rear triangle spacing will also have an effect. I think that's why nobody wants to say...
08-07-19, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By Retro Grouch

Non drive side is fairly easy to remove. If you...

Non drive side is fairly easy to remove. If you don't have a lock ring tool that fits, use your crummiest screwdriver and a hammer to drive it CCW.

Drive side is the hard part. The real trick is...
08-06-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,484
Posted By Retro Grouch

I relied totally on CO2 for years and it never...

I relied totally on CO2 for years and it never let me down.

To me the most important thing is not to rush. CO2 is really fast so it's tempting to show off by fixing your flat faster than any...
08-06-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,280
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes the more confident somebody sounds...

Sometimes the more confident somebody sounds about doing a not-too-common job, the less likely they are to have actually done it before.
08-05-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By Retro Grouch

Cage length mainly has to do with chain wrap...

Cage length mainly has to do with chain wrap capacity. That's probably not going to be an issue with a 1X.

Big cog capacity has to do with where the top pulley sits relative to the cassette. I...
08-05-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,489
Posted By Retro Grouch

A shop in St Louis used to have a two tiered...

A shop in St Louis used to have a two tiered price for fixing flat tires.

They had one price for fixing the flat while you waited. And another, higher price for if you left it to be repaired. ...
08-05-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 904
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think so. If it was my bike I'd buy the...

I think so. If it was my bike I'd buy the closest ratio 6-speed freewheel I could find and then, only if necessary, swap chainrings to achieve gearing match where and how you ride. You're talking...
08-05-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By Retro Grouch

I suspect the real issue you will encounter is...

I suspect the real issue you will encounter is the big cog capability of your derailleur. The more teeth and the bigger the cog more likely the rear derailleur will have to be repositioned to clear...
08-04-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't know. I've been taking a generic...

I don't know.

I've been taking a generic (Tamsulosin) medication for awhile. Dizziness is listed as one of the side affects. I have never felt particularly dizzy, but I have stopped riding two...
08-04-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's how I got my screen name. In the...

That's how I got my screen name.

In the early 90's I went mountain biking with a group of guys every single Saturday morning. I didn't have any extra money back then so I carried my helmet,...
08-01-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 574
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike, I'd add or subtract a spacer...

If it was my bike, I'd add or subtract a spacer to one of the rear wheels until the cassettes matched. It's do-able, it just takes a little fussing.
08-01-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Retro Grouch

Oh man! That's a lot of new parts to buy for...

Oh man! That's a lot of new parts to buy for such an old bike. You'll almost surely have to reachable the whole bike too. Are you sure you want to do that?
08-01-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 20,670
Posted By Retro Grouch

And to think I scrolled through this entire...

And to think I scrolled through this entire thread just so that I could read what you posted. :)
08-01-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Retro Grouch

Why do you want to build wheels? If your...

Why do you want to build wheels?

If your object is to save money, the cost effective answer is to buy a factory built wheel.
If your object is to build the best wheel you are able, starting...
08-01-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,900
Posted By Retro Grouch

The dish gauge is definitely a nice to have...

The dish gauge is definitely a nice to have rather than a need to have tool. Depending on your truing stand for perfect, or even adequate, dishing is something I don't do.
07-31-19, 12:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check your cable routing where the cable attaches...

Check your cable routing where the cable attaches to the derailleur. If there is a little finger in the cable route the cable is supposed to go over that little finger. If you intuitively run the...
07-29-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 912
Posted By Retro Grouch

One broken spoke is a data point, two might be a...

One broken spoke is a data point, two might be a coincidence but 3 is a definite trend. You need a do-over.

If it was my personal bike, and the rim is in good condition (quite questionable), I'd...
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 671
Posted By Retro Grouch

We have owned a Davert hitch rack for a tricycle...

We have owned a Davert hitch rack for a tricycle for several years. No bells or whistles, but it only cost $330.00. We ordered it from Hostel Shoppe but I'm not sure if they are even made anymore. ...
07-29-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,029
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's the part that you might not know but need...

Here's the part that you might not know but need to know and to factor into your thinking.

After I'm gone my kids are not going to talk about how sensible I was. People who have been reading my...
07-29-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,946
Posted By Retro Grouch

I noticed that too. My suggestion is to make the...

I noticed that too. My suggestion is to make the podium a little taller.
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