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09-23-20, 12:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check out Georgena Terry Bicycles. They used to...

Check out Georgena Terry Bicycles. They used to be a nitch brand for short women but I don't know anything about their current offerings.
09-19-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
Posted By Retro Grouch

Tell us about your spoke tensioning process. ...

Tell us about your spoke tensioning process.

My process is to start by sticking my thumb nail into the last spoke thread and tighten it to that point. From that point on I count turns as I...
09-19-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 289
Posted By Retro Grouch

That sounds like a low budget conversion to me. ...

That sounds like a low budget conversion to me. Those Problem Solvers parts will likely to cost you more than the bike. When I was doing that kind of thing I ran full length cable housings and zip...
09-19-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By Retro Grouch

I always tell people that it's better to use a...

I always tell people that it's better to use a $20. That way you are more likely to open up the tire and fix it properly after you get home.
09-19-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're wrong. On July 23, 1989, LeMond won the...

You're wrong. On July 23, 1989, LeMond won the yellow jersey on the final day In Paris by 8 seconds. His victory was widely attributed to his aerodynamic gear.
09-15-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 459
Posted By Retro Grouch

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a...

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a little bit older than me. For the record, I ride a Catrike 559, much sportier than that three wheeled contraption you are looking for. I'm selective...
09-15-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 619
Posted By Retro Grouch

So why was the bottom bracket squeaking in the...

So why was the bottom bracket squeaking in the first place? Why did the shop professional think it advisable to remove and replace the bottom bracket?
09-15-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 912
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you owned two cars why would you want them to...

If you owned two cars why would you want them to be exactly the same? Why should bikes be any different?
09-14-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 376
Posted By Retro Grouch

I doubt you're going to have very good luck. ...

I doubt you're going to have very good luck. Have you been able to find a source or price out any of the replacement parts? Brifters with hydraulic disc brakes and triple front capability are, I...
09-05-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By Retro Grouch

What kind of rims? What kind of rim strip? ...

What kind of rims? What kind of rim strip?

Some types of rim strips can shift from side-to-side during the tire changing process. If that leaves the tiniest little arc of unprotected spoke hole...
09-05-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 213
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you're unable to access a gear that you...

So you're unable to access a gear that you wouldn't be able to use anyway because your feet would be spinning too fast. Is that your problem?
09-01-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 501
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too...

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too much to be a Deadhead.
08-31-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 613
Posted By Retro Grouch

In the end, the only thing a wheel truing stand...

In the end, the only thing a wheel truing stand does is to provide a stable place to measure from.
08-28-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 662
Posted By Retro Grouch

I doubt it matters. I've been told that all of...

I doubt it matters. I've been told that all of the Chinese bicycle and component factories were shut down for 3 months so it's a supply issue rather than bikes being bought up by non-riders.
08-28-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 746
Posted By Retro Grouch

Twenty years and your first puncture is due to a...

Twenty years and your first puncture is due to a rather major nail! That's remarkable.

My tire test is to replace the tube, inflate it to operating pressure and feel the area of the tire that was...
08-27-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

Put your bike on a bike stand. Watch the valve...

Put your bike on a bike stand. Watch the valve stem as the front wheel comes to rest. If you have a wheel magnet on your front wheel, take it off. Knowing nothing about your bike, my bet is that...
08-27-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 830
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's all that you need to know.

That's all that you need to know.
08-25-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 924
Posted By Retro Grouch

Another recent poster asked the same question in...

Another recent poster asked the same question in slightly different terms. He was considering buying a different bike while his present bike was still serviceable.

It's a left brain/ right brain...
08-25-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,091
Posted By Retro Grouch

When starting a new thread I feel responsible for...

When starting a new thread I feel responsible for making sure it has a clear title. Beyond that, it's on whoever chooses to open it up.
08-25-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 688
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it! Our first tandem bicycle was a...

Just do it!

Our first tandem bicycle was a Schwinn Twinn coaster brake bike that had been left out in the weather. I converted it to a useable 15 speed bike for about $75 or $80 dollars out of...
08-23-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 601
Posted By Retro Grouch

The torque spec for the crank arm bolt with a...

The torque spec for the crank arm bolt with a square taper crankset is usually around 30 ft/lbs. Think a 30 pound weight hanging off the end of a foot long Allen key. If you're tightening it with...
08-23-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By Retro Grouch

Clamp any bike into a work stand and watch where...

Clamp any bike into a work stand and watch where the front valve stem comes to rest. In most cases it's at the top. Adding a little additional weight at the valve stem actually helps wheel balance.
08-23-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By Retro Grouch

They can be too long. At some point it gets more...

They can be too long. At some point it gets more difficult to thread your pump chuck onto and especially off of a too long valve.
08-23-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,091
Posted By Retro Grouch

You are making a left brain/ right brain...

You are making a left brain/ right brain decision.

Pure left brain people see a bicycle as only a functional tool.
Pure right brain people see a bicycle as a toy.

Everybody draws the line...
08-21-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 335
Posted By Retro Grouch

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings...

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings look real pointy on the tops of the teeth. Those are still nice and round.
08-19-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 9,321
Posted By Retro Grouch

So your trike is lugged and brazed?

So your trike is lugged and brazed?
08-18-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,277
Posted By Retro Grouch

After it gets fixed up, what do you plan to do...

After it gets fixed up, what do you plan to do with the bike?

If your plan is to sell the bike, than it clearly isn't worth it because you will like have difficulty getting an additional $200 when...
08-18-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 522
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's your objective for the bike when you are...

What's your objective for the bike when you are finished rebuilding it?

If your objective is to flip it, leave the paint alone. Buyers would rather everything look as-original.
If you objective...
08-18-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By Retro Grouch

What is the experience level of the people who...

What is the experience level of the people who you picture lending this bike to?

I never thought I'd say this, but this could be a good case for Grip Shifters. They are cheap. Use is intuitive. ...
08-14-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,908
Posted By Retro Grouch

Reminds me of the "What do you carry on your bike...

Reminds me of the "What do you carry on your bike threads."
08-14-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By Retro Grouch

Since you're asking I'm thinking you don't have...

Since you're asking I'm thinking you don't have very much painting experience. How are you planning to apply the paint?

This sounds to me like a wheel building project - not worth doing except...
08-14-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,553
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't know about the tire but I'm thinking it...

I don't know about the tire but I'm thinking it was probably a Rhyno Lite rim.
08-11-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

Does this bike have a 7-speed freewheel? If it...

Does this bike have a 7-speed freewheel? If it does (my bet) the cheapest repair is probably going to involve replacing the bent or broken axle. If you brought it to me, I'd probably try to talk you...
08-11-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that the older you get the more you'll...

I think that the older you get the more you'll appreciate having a bike work stand.
08-11-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't think you'll have any trouble...

I don't think you'll have any trouble what-so-ever keeping the tab below $700 even in Canadian money. You might even consider shopping for a work stand and wheel truing stand. Make sure your new...
08-11-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,198
Posted By Retro Grouch

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I...

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I visited a shop that I used to work at and visited with the owner. He said everything he's projected to receive through February is already pre-sold. ...
08-11-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,575
Posted By Retro Grouch

My wheel building skills are entirely self...

My wheel building skills are entirely self taught. I never read the book. I have built wheels professionally but only a few hundred. I have a cheap Wheelsmith tensiometer which has never been...
08-11-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 378
Posted By Retro Grouch

"2 adjacent gear side rear spokes". You didn't...

"2 adjacent gear side rear spokes". You didn't mention what kind of tandem or how many spokes. You almost surely have some kind of hub or rim issue going on. I wouldn't replace just the two broken...
08-11-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,166
Posted By Retro Grouch

Having four bikes IS nuts! That's more...

Having four bikes IS nuts!

That's more than you need functionally but not nearly enough to satisfy your collector craving. It's the worst of both worlds.
08-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,944
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Buy nice or buy twice."

"Buy nice or buy twice."
08-11-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 471
Posted By Retro Grouch

What are you trying to accomplish? I...

What are you trying to accomplish?

I thrashed with some pretty marginal bikes for decades trying to make them into something they weren't. It's all that I could afford at the time. My...
08-11-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 4,944
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that...

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that you think you want, what do you think you will do with it? If it's truly disposable income, a year from now you won't be able to remember what you...
08-10-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,124
Posted By Retro Grouch

Gonna take Rideabent's side on this one. Back in...

Gonna take Rideabent's side on this one. Back in the 2 X 5 days I used to fiddle with my right hand on both shift levers until I stumbled into the gear that came closest to hitting the "sweet spot."...
08-09-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably overthinking the 21 gear thing. ...

You're probably overthinking the 21 gear thing.

Most of your riding is probably on relatively flat surfaces. If that's the case, keep your chain on the middle sprocket in front. If you think...
08-09-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,250
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your...

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your husband. You may have noticed that men's and women's bodies aren't the same. Do you have to adjust the seat or rear vies mirror of the car after...
08-09-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,124
Posted By Retro Grouch

My philosophy exactly.

My philosophy exactly.
08-09-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By Retro Grouch

Years ago I took my 12 year old grandson with me...

Years ago I took my 12 year old grandson with me to do tech support on a big cross state ride. I think the first thing that I taught him was to spread out a tarp to catch any dropped parts before...
08-09-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By Retro Grouch

How dissatisfied are you with your bike's current...

How dissatisfied are you with your bike's current gearing?. I have no doubt you would be able to achieve the gearing range you think that you need with a 1 X 10. Have you priced out the components?
08-08-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 940
Posted By Retro Grouch

Metal bikes come in 2 grades: The top...

Metal bikes come in 2 grades:

The top grade has either provenance or emotional attachment that make it worth repairing properly regardless of cost.
The lower grade isn't worth repairing if you...
08-08-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 411
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently replaced a pair of MRX grip shifters...

I recently replaced a pair of MRX grip shifters on my daughter's bike. That particular bike had been parked under a tarp for around 20 years. FWIW, she asked me to fix it up for her so she could...
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