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11-15-19, 11:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,064
Posted By davester

For me, riding indoors just sucks. I used to...

For me, riding indoors just sucks. I used to force myself to do it, but given that I live in California there's seldom a day that riding outside is worse than riding on an indoor training device. I...
11-15-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,091
Posted By davester

I've got to second Velo Mule's post. It's pretty...

I've got to second Velo Mule's post. It's pretty shocking that people are using this insanely difficult and intensive repair procedure when a simple rubber cement and patch procedure would suffice....
11-15-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,048
Posted By davester

Magnifique! You did a fantastic job, and...

Magnifique! You did a fantastic job, and replacing the wheels provided a perfect finishing touch.

It's funny, back in the day I didn't like the PX-10 because it looked too much like the low end...
11-14-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By davester

I'm afraid that's not going to work since he has...

I'm afraid that's not going to work since he has 27" wheels. The Pasela 27 x 1 1/4 or Sand Canyon 27 x 1 3/8 are pretty much it for somewhat wide tires. It sure would be nice for those of us with...
11-13-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 417
Posted By davester

Yes, patently obvious that the fork is a...

Yes, patently obvious that the fork is a relatively modern cheap one, with non matching fork crown, rusty chrome, and lawyer lip tabs.
11-10-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By davester

Well waddayaknow! I just measured, and surely...

Well waddayaknow! I just measured, and surely enough it is 126 mm. I was fooled because the receipt I have indicates that the freewheel is a New Winner Ultra-6, which is designed for a 120 mm OLD...
11-09-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,043
Posted By davester

Let us know how that works out tonight!

Let us know how that works out tonight!
11-09-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By davester

I've only ridden her a few blocks so far, but it...

I've only ridden her a few blocks so far, but it seems to be a very nice ride. The Duopar is clearly well able to handle a wide gearing range but I'm stuck with an Ultra-6 freewheel unless I have the...
11-09-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,376
Posted By davester

Interesting thread. Living in Berkeley, I take...

Interesting thread. Living in Berkeley, I take many rides on the #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) Skyline on the list (and also on #2...
11-08-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By davester

My new 1982 Raleighsonic time capsule

Browsing for a touring bike to replace my long lost 1972 Raleigh International (destroyed in a car encounter of the flesh-rending kind decades ago), I happened upon a craigslist ad for a Raleigh...
11-04-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By davester

As suggested by philbob57, why don't you get some...

As suggested by philbob57, why don't you get some pinned flat pedals? I use these for mountain biking and find that using these in combo with Five Ten mountain bike shoes is great...my feet stay...
11-02-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,462
Posted By davester

I agree with most above. There's nothing...

I agree with most above. There's nothing mechanical that is going to make such a large performance difference. In a flat area like Florida it comes down to fitness, bike fit and tires (width,...
11-01-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,006
Posted By davester

As evidenced by this thread, the best that you...

As evidenced by this thread, the best that you can get with a threadless stem is that it will be "not too fugly". There is no beauty in these things. The proportions are all wrong.
11-01-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,022
Posted By davester

A cantankerous and heavy Huffy 3-speed that my...

A cantankerous and heavy Huffy 3-speed that my dad picked up used for me in 1967. I delivered many papers on that bike which earned me enough money to afford a brand spanking new 1968 Raleigh Record...
11-01-19, 11:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,641
Posted By davester

Nice, though arguably a PX-10 is a racing bike,...

Nice, though arguably a PX-10 is a racing bike, not a touring bike (not that I care about such distinctions...I both raced and did fully loaded touring for 1000s of miles on my 1972 Raleigh...
10-31-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,641
Posted By davester

OK, waiting for those pictures...

OK, waiting for those pictures...
10-31-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 892
Posted By davester

Great buy (even if the fork needs a little...

Great buy (even if the fork needs a little straightening). The paint's a little tired, so some auto polish and some wax will go a long way to making it look fabulous. I suggest Meguiar's Ultimate...
10-22-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 419
Posted By davester

Most of the modern gloves seem to have an odd...

Most of the modern gloves seem to have an odd padding pattern that doesn't pad where I need it to on a vintage bike. However, Aerotech makes crochet leather gloves that have really nice padding. They...
10-21-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 52,284
Posted By davester

Absolutely not. 27" rims are larger in diameter...

Absolutely not. 27" rims are larger in diameter than 700C rims. Tires are not interchangeable, hence this thread.
10-17-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,102
Posted By davester

Something like that is basically my grail bike....

Something like that is basically my grail bike. There are so many completely custom bits that are beautiful...the FD, the fender details, the chainrings, the brakes... One day...one day...
10-15-19, 11:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 408
Posted By davester

Sounds like a good buy! Do be aware that jamming...

Sounds like a good buy! Do be aware that jamming a 10-speed rear wheel in there requires that the frame be cold set to the correct width and, more importantly, the dropouts need to be realigned....
10-03-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 9,000
Posted By davester

1968. I saved up my paper route money and bought...

1968. I saved up my paper route money and bought a Raleigh Rcord 10-speed. I bought it from the Novato Schwinn Cyclery. The owner tried to convince my dad to convince me that what I really should but...
09-27-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 788
Posted By davester

The best way to increase your speed is to do...

The best way to increase your speed is to do interval training where you do short intervals of very high intensity interspersed with recovery periods. If you spend all your time at a sustainable...
09-17-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,046
Posted By davester

Wow! Does it not rain where you live, or are you...

Wow! Does it not rain where you live, or are you a "rain or shine" rider.

My 1,000th mile this year was April 23, which was my 39th ride (many of mine are short commute rides, punctuated by 50 to...
09-12-19, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 362
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: 688
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: 645
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: 39
Views: 4,006
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: 639
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: 2,626
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: 1,531
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: 1,531
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: 1,920
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: 8,315
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: 2,019
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: 1,149
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: 1,125
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: 8,784
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: 89
Views: 4,086
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: 2,717
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: 2,717
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: 2,717
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: 4,720
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: 27
Views: 3,600
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: 3,268
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: 208
Views: 14,012
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: 432
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: 1,318
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: 1,318
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: 2,363
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.
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