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Forum: Recumbent
12-31-18, 12:36 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,078
Posted By prathmann

If you want to have a car to race in sanctioned...

If you want to have a car to race in sanctioned events like Formula 1, Nascar, or Indy, you better build it to the specifications called for by the regulating bodies just the same as you'd have to...
Replies: 21
Views: 3,008
Posted By prathmann

Seems risky. Current Amtrak rules on the size of...

Seems risky. Current Amtrak rules on the size of folded bikes as carry-on are very generous (48"x34"x15") compared to other carry-on luggage (28"x22"x14"). If you convincingly argue that any bike...
12-29-18, 09:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By prathmann

In addition to those specs, the company website...

In addition to those specs, the company website description says:
"The Ballast Frame is made from heat-treated 4130 chromoly and features an integrated headtube drilled for gyro tabs, top and...
12-29-18, 07:46 PM
Replies: 510
Views: 17,674
Posted By prathmann

Yes, a common occurrence for me - or the...

Yes, a common occurrence for me - or the converse. Currently my touring bike has 6-speed with a triple friction DT shifters, my tandem has 5-speed with a triple bar-end friction shifters, my folder...
12-29-18, 05:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,717
Posted By prathmann

They should be amenable if they know you're...

They should be amenable if they know you're serious about buying. I've been on hilly club rides of over 60 miles and noticed that someone was riding a different bike than usual and it turned out he...
12-26-18, 09:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,756
Posted By prathmann

I remember hanging out at a bike shop in Tucson...

I remember hanging out at a bike shop in Tucson when they first opened called Fair Wheel bikes. At that time they had a policy of only charging a minimal (15%) margin over their cost on items they...
12-26-18, 12:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 746
Posted By prathmann

Our club did a 40-mile Christmas ride this...

Our club did a 40-mile Christmas ride this morning. I think there was less traffic than I've ever seen before in the area. We also have Thanksgiving Day rides, and there's reduced traffic then too,...
12-26-18, 12:22 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 15,402
Posted By prathmann

Thanks for the comment - I never knew there was a...

Thanks for the comment - I never knew there was a TV series based on the movie. I've always appreciated the movie for having a good plot and excellent character development regardless of the...
12-25-18, 04:16 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,941
Posted By prathmann

The Gates belt clearly has a longevity advantage...

The Gates belt clearly has a longevity advantage compared to derailleur chains, but it should really be compared to 1/8" chains used with single speeds or IGHs. In that case I'm not so sure since...
Forum: Touring
12-18-18, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 900
Posted By prathmann

Lots of good advice. Just wanted to add that I...

Lots of good advice. Just wanted to add that I have used a FiberFix spoke on the road. We were on a club ride when a friend broke a spoke on the cassette side of his rear wheel. We put in the...
12-18-18, 11:34 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,999
Posted By prathmann

Do we even know if the video shows an actual...

Do we even know if the video shows an actual theft? Unless there's a report by the legal owner it could also be someone whose lock jammed or who lost the key.
12-17-18, 10:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,157
Posted By prathmann

That site does say "Most manufacturers now...

That site does say "Most manufacturers now recommend that helmets be replaced after five years, but some of that may be just marketing." but note the marketing caveat.

The site also says "In 2015...
Forum: Recumbent
12-17-18, 10:12 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,078
Posted By prathmann

Don't know of any train-racing organizations, but...

Don't know of any train-racing organizations, but there are certainly formal racing organizations for cars and airplanes that do impose strict regulations on the competitors (and yes, there is a...
12-17-18, 05:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,157
Posted By prathmann

I still have my old Bell Biker as well. Hasn't...

I still have my old Bell Biker as well. Hasn't been used much in the last 20 years since it's considerably heavier than recent models. But I'd be inclined to trust its protective properties more...
12-15-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,129
Posted By prathmann

Yes, apparently it is different since everywhere...

Yes, apparently it is different since everywhere that I've lived cars drive across the sidewalk quite frequently - whenever the driver wants to go up a driveway to park, or enter a business parking...
12-15-18, 11:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By prathmann

We have the 'men's/men's' version of that tandem....

We have the 'men's/men's' version of that tandem. Bought it used in '72 and figured it was probably made around '65. Changed the cranks over to TA cotterless and also started to have problems with...
12-15-18, 12:10 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,587
Posted By prathmann

Your number is based on thefts which were entered...

Your number is based on thefts which were entered into official police reports while the higher number (~500,000) is estimated based on public surveys which asked whether they had a bike stolen and...
12-14-18, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,689
Posted By prathmann

Seems hard to believe. No little splats (other...

Seems hard to believe. No little splats (other than bird poop) that you ever had to clean off your windshield or that were stuck in your radiator? Of course I've also killed quite a few animals...
Forum: Touring
12-12-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,417
Posted By prathmann

Back when I could still ride up ahead on many...

Back when I could still ride up ahead on many group rides I used to fill up on wild blackberries, blueberries, and plums while waiting for the ride to regroup. Good for a little snacking, but really...
Forum: Introductions
12-11-18, 08:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 503
Posted By prathmann

Should be available through the library of the...

Should be available through the library of the granting institution. Which university did you attend Matt?
12-11-18, 06:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,182
Posted By prathmann

Yes, I keep one copy of the serial numbers as...

Yes, I keep one copy of the serial numbers as 'Contact' numbers on my phone. That way it'd be available even if the bike is stolen while I'm away from home.
12-11-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,182
Posted By prathmann

It may well be difficult to prove that the...

It may well be difficult to prove that the current holders of the bike are responsible for the theft. The thief may have sold it to them or even abandoned it somewhere and it was later found and put...
12-10-18, 08:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 712
Posted By prathmann

1) Don't start tightening spokes unless you know...

1) Don't start tightening spokes unless you know what you're doing. You can easily knock the rim completely out-of-true so it wobbles badly. Spoke tightening must be done gradually while repeatedly...
12-10-18, 05:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,623
Posted By prathmann

No, but that is based on keeping the chain...

No, but that is based on keeping the chain well-lubed and replacing it whenever it shows significant wear. An alternative is to run the chain and cassette together until both are worn out but that...
12-10-18, 04:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,623
Posted By prathmann

Shouldn't be hard to get around 30000 miles out...

Shouldn't be hard to get around 30000 miles out of the cassette. But, as stated above, the distance will vary depending on the circumstances.
12-09-18, 07:49 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 6,309
Posted By prathmann

I'm no longer middle-aged and couldn't disagree...

I'm no longer middle-aged and couldn't disagree more. Bought a used bike recently to keep at my daughter's house and the original owner emphasized that he had replaced the seat with a wider, cushier...
12-09-18, 05:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,384
Posted By prathmann

Thanks, looks like I'll have to spring for a new...

Thanks, looks like I'll have to spring for a new light. The battery in the PRO was definitely a premature failure. It was on a bike I keep at my daughter's place in Michigan and had only been used...
12-09-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,384
Posted By prathmann

Thanks for the response. I figured I could make...

Thanks for the response. I figured I could make something work by modifying a different Li+ cell, but it's not really worth the trouble to me just to rescue a light I could replace for ~$20. Was...
12-08-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,384
Posted By prathmann

Replacement battery for Cygolite HotShot

I have a couple Cygolite HotShot tail lights (80 & 150 lumen). The battery failed on the 'Pro' (150 lumen) one. When plugged into USB it just stays on constant rather than the pulsing for normal...
12-06-18, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By prathmann

Yes, the first bike thumb-lock I remember was on...

Yes, the first bike thumb-lock I remember was on the original Zefal HP framepump back around '75.
12-06-18, 06:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 777
Posted By prathmann

Agreed. Having the lever sticking out would also...

Agreed. Having the lever sticking out would also make it more likely to snag on things.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-04-18, 11:22 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,070
Posted By prathmann

I put my group ride photos up on a site called...

I put my group ride photos up on a site called triptrack.org and send the link to the group. Photos are a mix of ones taken when we regroup at stops but many are taken while riding and holding the...
12-03-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 495
Posted By prathmann

Pretty common for editors to flip a photo to get...

Pretty common for editors to flip a photo to get a more desired composition. In this case someone preferred to have the riders appear to be going from left to right across the cover. So the photo...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-03-18, 01:11 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,070
Posted By prathmann

I take lots of photos during group rides. Camera...

I take lots of photos during group rides. Camera is in a Bento box on the top tube so it's easy to grab and take a photo. The lens is pretty wide-angle so I don't usually even glance at the camera...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-18, 12:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,767
Posted By prathmann

As I mentioned, my wife and I used front panniers...

As I mentioned, my wife and I used front panniers for our tandem commute. Frequently we'd use a single one without any issues. Unfortunately one morning I thought that I must have done something...
Forum: Commuting
12-03-18, 12:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,767
Posted By prathmann

When my wife and I commuted on our tandem we...

When my wife and I commuted on our tandem we usually only carried front panniers. One advantage in that case was that it made the bike much more manageable when ridden solo (solo with weight on the...
Replies: 4
Views: 505
Posted By prathmann

Looks just like the hub we have on the back of...

Looks just like the hub we have on the back of our tandem. The hub was purchased in the late 70s and the threading on the NDS was for the option of later adding Phil's disc brake but we never did.
...
11-30-18, 01:24 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 7,198
Posted By prathmann

For my most-used bike the initial capital cost...

For my most-used bike the initial capital cost per mile is about one quarter of a cent. Maintenance items (mainly tires, chains, and cassettes) increase that by about 2 cents. But the main cost is...
Forum: Commuting
11-28-18, 01:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 967
Posted By prathmann

I bought my Bike Friday in '94 with the idea that...

I bought my Bike Friday in '94 with the idea that I could conveniently take it with me on business trips. It allowed me to explore new cities much better than would be possible by rental car. I...
11-25-18, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By prathmann

It would work, but not well. These cells are the...

It would work, but not well. These cells are the older NiCd chemistry which only had about a third of the capacity of the NiMH cells you currently use. So your light would only run for a third as...
11-24-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By prathmann

I wouldn't recommend this. For charging you want...

I wouldn't recommend this. For charging you want a source that will initially put out a high current for fast recharging and then detect when the battery is nearing full charge so the charger shuts...
11-24-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By prathmann

They would certainly put out a higher voltage...

They would certainly put out a higher voltage than your current pack. Whether that would hurt the light is another question and depends on how it is made. Since your original pack takes 4 NiMH...
11-22-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,039
Posted By prathmann

The only discussion I've heard along these lines...

The only discussion I've heard along these lines concerned the town of Paradise in NorCal. I've spent a few nights at a campground there while on bike tours and evacuating by bike would certainly be...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-20-18, 08:20 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 5,180
Posted By prathmann

Only aluminum bikes with large-diameter tubing...

Only aluminum bikes with large-diameter tubing are known for their stiffness. Earlier aluminum bikes built with standard diameter tubes so regular derailleurs, shifters, and cages could be clamped...
11-14-18, 08:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 740
Posted By prathmann

I figure that one mm is good enough since I've...

I figure that one mm is good enough since I've rarely seen a tire that doesn't have a wobble of about that much. At one time I was running some 38mm wide tires that just barely cleared the chain...
11-14-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,886
Posted By prathmann

We encountered the narrow bridge problem on Hwy....

We encountered the narrow bridge problem on Hwy. 101 in southern Calif. as well. It's a limited access freeway that allows bicycles on the shoulder and seems quite safe except where there's a sudden...
11-13-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,886
Posted By prathmann

US 3 is a highway that goes between multiple...

US 3 is a highway that goes between multiple states, but it's not part of the Interstate Highway System established in 1956 and designated by I-Numbers, incl. I-495. The Interstate Highway System...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,000
Posted By prathmann

Maybe because he raised the question on a forum...

Maybe because he raised the question on a forum about bicycles, aka pushbikes to distinguish them from motorbikes.
11-10-18, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By prathmann

The ratio of 50t/19t is 2.63 while the 44t/16t...

The ratio of 50t/19t is 2.63 while the 44t/16t ratio is 2.75, i.e. slightly higher. So it would be a little harder to climb hills with the 44t & 16t gears. If you want to make it easier to climb...
11-08-18, 12:51 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,886
Posted By prathmann

A number of years ago a couple of us did a ride...

A number of years ago a couple of us did a ride on the I-5 shoulder starting from Tracy (SF Bay area) and heading down to the edge of Santa Clarita (just north of LA). At that time this entire...
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