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Forum: Recumbent
07-19-19, 02:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 492
Posted By Retro Grouch

How do you plan to carry your "stuff"? ...

How do you plan to carry your "stuff"?

Anything that you carry in your shorts pockets is likely to fall out. If you wear a regular bicycle jersey, you will be laying back on it. I bought an...
07-19-19, 01:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By Retro Grouch

Negative utility. It's actually possible for...

Negative utility.

It's actually possible for something to be worth less than nothing. In this case the University has 500 bicycles that they have no use for and the bikes are taking up storage...
07-19-19, 01:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,051
Posted By Retro Grouch

28 divided by 38 divided by 48. :)

28 divided by 38 divided by 48. :)
Forum: Recumbent
07-16-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 605
Posted By Retro Grouch

Recumbents are an evolving technology. There are...

Recumbents are an evolving technology. There are a number of different frame designs and they all ride a little differently.

There is no adequate substitute for spending a half day or so at a...
07-16-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,291
Posted By Retro Grouch

You said "perfect weather" on a July 4 ride. ...

You said "perfect weather" on a July 4 ride. what does that mean?

I'm 76 now. I used to be a prolific sweater but now I hardly perspire at all. Hot weather utterly wipes me out. An easy 40...
07-16-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 848
Posted By Retro Grouch

How old is the bike? Back in the days of...

How old is the bike?

Back in the days of Delrin bodied Simplex Derailleurs we used to get that a lot. The period appropriate solution would be a Suntour VGT derailleur.
07-16-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 931
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you are planning to replace all of that stuff,...

If you are planning to replace all of that stuff, I's definitely take an extra hour or so and next to zero cost to overhaul the hubs and headset.
If you're changing cranksets on a 30 year old bike...
07-16-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 424
Posted By Retro Grouch

One of my pet peeves but I assume that you're...

One of my pet peeves but I assume that you're right. If they were iron alloy they would probably call them steel.
07-16-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,051
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe no performance difference at all,...

Maybe no performance difference at all, particularly if you ride mostly flat roads.

If you had difficulty climbing up some of the hills in your area with your previous crankset, you are going to...
07-15-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,313
Posted By Retro Grouch

Worst thing that can happen is you'll hate them...

Worst thing that can happen is you'll hate them and decide to switch back.
07-10-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By Retro Grouch

Good decision. Everything else aside,...

Good decision.

Everything else aside, building a wheel is a fairly labor intensive task. It doesn't make sense to me to handicap yourself by starting with shoddy components. I'm frequently...
07-07-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet.

I'm not a lawyer but I play one on the internet.
07-06-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 516
Posted By Retro Grouch

If your bike has a kickstand that's the first...

If your bike has a kickstand that's the first thing I would look at. If your BB is just a tad bit loose the load on the chain may be what's bringing the left crank arm in to where it hits.
07-06-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 783
Posted By Retro Grouch

The first thing that I'd do would be to twist the...

The first thing that I'd do would be to twist the barrel adjuster 1/4 turn. If that doesn't solve it, I'd check the derailleur hanger alignment with a gauge. Alignment doesn't have to be very far...
07-06-19, 10:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 354
Posted By Retro Grouch

The best answer depends on several things. Crank...

The best answer depends on several things. Crank arm offset, rear triangle spacing and I suppose rear hub design are the most significant.

Not being an engineer I just install the widest bottom...
07-06-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 762
Posted By Retro Grouch

The real trick to buying a used bike is getting...

The real trick to buying a used bike is getting the right size. The best bike in the world if it's significantly too big or significantly too small isn't going to be a lot of fun to ride.
07-06-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Retro Grouch

When you ask questions on the internet, you have...

When you ask questions on the internet, you have to evaluate the responders. Three of our better ones (Andrew Stewart, dsbrantjr and fietsbob) all gave essentially the same answer - you just have to...
07-05-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 540
Posted By Retro Grouch

is the bulge in the same place relative to the...

is the bulge in the same place relative to the valve stem?
07-04-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,080
Posted By Retro Grouch

BUT every ride starts at 0 MPH and you have to...

BUT every ride starts at 0 MPH and you have to accelerate to however fast you ride. It might not make an overall difference in a 25 mile ride, but the psychological memory of that sluggish initial...
07-02-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,838
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's basically what I've done too. My...

That's basically what I've done too.

My trick is to position the bike so that I can see the cable exit hole and so the cable exit hole is on the bottom of the tube. That's the hard part.
When...
07-02-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike I'd use the barcons in friction...

If it was my bike I'd use the barcons in friction mode and not have to futz with the 7 vs. 8 speed spacing difference.
07-01-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Retro Grouch

Frankly, my biggest concern is the upgraded rear...

Frankly, my biggest concern is the upgraded rear derailleur. Why was that done?

If you can test ride it and it shifts okay both up and down, I'd probably go for it.

Oh - and whatever the...
07-01-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm not an engineer but, from what little I know,...

I'm not an engineer but, from what little I know, the design doesn't make sense to me. Somewhere I've heard the stresses on a bicycle down tube are in the torsional direction. That doesn't seem...
07-01-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,682
Posted By Retro Grouch

One of the nice things about getting old is you...

One of the nice things about getting old is you remember what used to be in style so you know styles are going to change again. I think it was just this past spring that somebody was complaining...
07-01-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'll agree that may be a factor some of the time...

I'll agree that may be a factor some of the time but my thinking is the majority of bike thefts are crimes of convenience for the thief to get someplace he wanted to go. Paint it pink and maybe...
07-01-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 405
Posted By Retro Grouch

The closest I've come to losing a front wheel was...

The closest I've come to losing a front wheel was when it was secured in a Thule roof rack wheel holder. I didn't have the QR tight enough and it jumped out of the slot. Fortunately, I had backed...
07-01-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,011
Posted By Retro Grouch

There are lots of different ways to get exercise...

There are lots of different ways to get exercise while having fun on a bicycle. Do you have any idea where or how you are hopefully going to do that?
One of the greatest purposes of the first...
06-28-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,864
Posted By Retro Grouch

My system too. Another trick is to align the...

My system too.

Another trick is to align the handlebars with one eye closed.
06-28-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,055
Posted By Retro Grouch

I bought a very bright tail light that I think is...

I bought a very bright tail light that I think is pretty much useless because it it so small. A very bright pinprick. Utterly useless in daylight.

Is there a specification I should be looking...
06-27-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,076
Posted By Retro Grouch

Not enough information. Since the days of...

Not enough information. Since the days of sloping top tubes that question has gotten more complicated.
06-27-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,416
Posted By Retro Grouch

Do you have the technology to look up the Katy...

Do you have the technology to look up the Katy Trail say from St Charles to Rochport?
06-26-19, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 789
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it! Learn and tool up as you go. ...

Just do it! Learn and tool up as you go.

(Hint: Before doing anything else, measure the distance between the dropouts of your two bikes. Everything on a bike works together so mixing and...
06-26-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're from Pittsburg aren't you? I'm from...

You're from Pittsburg aren't you?

I'm from Missouri so naturally we call it a Missouri Stop.
06-25-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 791
Posted By Retro Grouch

Pretty much everybody I know admits to having...

Pretty much everybody I know admits to having done that except for the ones who lie.
06-25-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,859
Posted By Retro Grouch

Absolutely! Whatever's broke on the old Alivio...

Absolutely! Whatever's broke on the old Alivio they should fix. Otherwise, leave it alone.
Forum: Recumbent
06-25-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
Posted By Retro Grouch

Oh yeah! Recumbent trikes are just enough...

Oh yeah!

Recumbent trikes are just enough different from conventional bicycles that some shops don't want to take the time necessary to learn or to work on them. That's reality. On recumbent...
Forum: Recumbent
06-25-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,250
Posted By Retro Grouch

How long of an answer do you want? Trikes...

How long of an answer do you want?

Trikes are different than bikes because they don't lean in the corners. That puts side loads on the wheels that bicycle wheels don't have to contend with. ...
06-25-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is no "they" and there is no "people" there...

There is no "they" and there is no "people" there are only individual manufacturers and individual customers.

Every part of a bicycle works with every other part. If you want the "latest and...
06-25-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. Get two. Then tape the other to your tool....

1. Get two. Then tape the other to your tool. You'll likely never need the second one but it's insurance against breaking another. Also, no second shipping cost so it'll probably be half price.

2....
06-24-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 950
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think too. Headset bearings...

That's what I think too.

Headset bearings are packed in grease which shouldn't order normal conditions come seeping out the bottom. Also, headset adjustments aren't the usually DIY bicycle...
06-24-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,737
Posted By Retro Grouch

I once built one from scrap lumber that looked...

I once built one from scrap lumber that looked kind of like a sawhorse. I used a QR front axle to clamp the fork and the bottom bracket just set on the other end of the sawhorse with the rear wheel...
06-24-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,659
Posted By Retro Grouch

Legislating reality. Every time a motorist...

Legislating reality.

Every time a motorist complains to me about bicycles not coming to a full stop at stop signs I offer to meet them at a 4-way stop intersection of their choosing. I offer to...
06-24-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By Retro Grouch

So right snow you have two bikes that you don't...

So right snow you have two bikes that you don't like.

Rather than retro fit one of them into a bike that you "kind of" like it sounds to me that the "A" solution would be to sell them both and buy...
06-21-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,057
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sure seems like a complicated solution to a...

Sure seems like a complicated solution to a simple problem.

Other than proving to others that you can do it, I've never understood the point in taking the time it takes to lace non matching hubs...
06-20-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 601
Posted By Retro Grouch

I can see why you decided to ask. I just looked...

I can see why you decided to ask. I just looked up the Shimano docs and, the answers are there, but they're not as obvious to find as I think they should be.

1. Largest cog size - 46 teeth. ...
06-19-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 572
Posted By Retro Grouch

My thoughts too. I slide the shifters, brake...

My thoughts too. I slide the shifters, brake levers, grips and anything else to be mounted onto the handlebars to test fit how much space is available before cutting. If the handlebars have a rise...
06-19-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,000
Posted By Retro Grouch

When's the last time that you have ridden on this...

When's the last time that you have ridden on this wheel. Freehub bodies work better when they are used regularly than when they set idol for long periods. If spraying a little WD40 into the crack...
06-18-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 768
Posted By Retro Grouch

but it took you 8 months!

but it took you 8 months!
06-18-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,075
Posted By Retro Grouch

My first Santana tandem had an Aria drag brake...

My first Santana tandem had an Aria drag brake for the rear wheel.

For long downhills I'd set the drag brake with a thumb shifter and use the front and rear canty's to fine tune the descent of the...
06-18-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 764
Posted By Retro Grouch

8-speed so probably a free hub bike. Also, it's...

8-speed so probably a free hub bike. Also, it's been idle for awhile.

Quick and dirty:
1. Take off your rear wheel. set it horizontally across a trash can with the cassette facing up.
2. ...
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