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04-04-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 239
Posted By Retro Grouch

That looks to me like a steel hub flange. It's...

That looks to me like a steel hub flange. It's likely to be thinner. The spokes are designed to work with much more common aluminum hub flanges which are thicker. It is what it is.
04-03-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Retro Grouch

I agree it's probably a rim strip issue. Are...

I agree it's probably a rim strip issue.

Are you by chance using those stretchy plastic strips? If so, examine the location of that strip very carefully. If the slightest little arc of a spoke...
04-01-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,032
Posted By Retro Grouch

How many different over locknut configurations...

How many different over locknut configurations will the truing stand handle? Will it handle, for example recumbent trike front wheels?

Those questions aside, all that a wheel truing stand does is...
04-01-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to routinely change road bike inner tubes...

I used to routinely change road bike inner tubes without using tire levers either for off or back on. Open Pro rims and Continental Armadillo tires using a CO2 cartridge I'd do the whole job in...
03-31-20, 12:53 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,447
Posted By Retro Grouch

I appreciate you saying that. Corona deaths...

I appreciate you saying that.

Corona deaths are arguably more tragic because family members are prohibited from visiting during the victim's last days and they are prohibited from holding a timely...
03-31-20, 07:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,447
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm sorry, I just don't understand your point. ...

I'm sorry, I just don't understand your point. Two tragedies is worse than 1 tragedy.
03-30-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 2,447
Posted By Retro Grouch

Put in a different context, the Viet Nam War...

Put in a different context, the Viet Nam War lasted around 20 years and killed 55,000 Americans. That was enough that virtually everybody I've talked with has a friend or relative who was a...
03-27-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,105
Posted By Retro Grouch

Fair's fair. I've offered a couple acquaintances...

Fair's fair. I've offered a couple acquaintances the opportunity to meet me at a four way stop intersection of their choice. I'll give them a dollar for every car that makes a full stop if they'll...
03-27-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 738
Posted By Retro Grouch

The big difference is 8-speed gets you a cassette...

The big difference is 8-speed gets you a cassette hub. 7-speed is more likely to be a freewheel hub with greater propensity for bent or broken rear axles.
03-26-20, 07:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,105
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes the best response is no response.

Sometimes the best response is no response.
03-26-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Retro Grouch

What's wrong with that? I don't even approve of...

What's wrong with that? I don't even approve of every decision that I personally have made. I just did what I thought was the best decision at the time. OP just shared his thought process with us....
03-21-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is an art to obtaining mechanical advice on...

There is an art to obtaining mechanical advice on this forum. Part of that art evaluating the advice provider. Some are much better than others. disbrantjr is, in my opinion, one of the better...
03-19-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 876
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you use the right words in a post, they'll...

If you use the right words in a post, they'll contact you.
03-15-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 655
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sounds to me like you are shopping two different...

Sounds to me like you are shopping two different shops.

Other than the bikes, which shop do you like better? Whose advice regarding accessories, places to ride etc. do you think you'd value more?...
03-15-20, 06:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 685
Posted By Retro Grouch

I lived in Indiana when "Breaking Away" came out....

I lived in Indiana when "Breaking Away" came out. I actually paid to see the movie at a theater. I don't do that very often and I don't regret having done it.
03-10-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,033
Posted By Retro Grouch

Ask me a year from now. A year from now, if...

Ask me a year from now.

A year from now, if you are riding your bike a lot and having fun, you got a fantastic deal! If your bike is stored someplace gathering cobwebs, you wasted your money. ...
03-07-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,081
Posted By Retro Grouch

I picture the poor schlub in some basement HHS...

I picture the poor schlub in some basement HHS cubical dying a slow death of boredom while listening in on our Echo Dot.
03-02-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By Retro Grouch

Bianchi can buy components cheaper than you can. ...

Bianchi can buy components cheaper than you can. If you buy a frame and all of the components separately it will generally end up costing you more than buying a complete new bicycle.
03-01-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,535
Posted By Retro Grouch

rydabent touched those pulleys. He should get...

rydabent touched those pulleys. He should get tested before posting again and maybe infecting us all. :)
02-24-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,675
Posted By Retro Grouch

Assessment of risk is based upon one's personal...

Assessment of risk is based upon one's personal experience, that is, conditions where you personally live. Whatever those conditions may be, don't expect them to be the same for everybody who posts...
02-24-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. You have to cut open your rear triangle and...

1. You have to cut open your rear triangle and figure out how to close it up again. That's probably the easy part.
2. You have to get Gates to produce a belt the exact right length to fit your...
02-21-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 18,123
Posted By Retro Grouch

Naw, I kind of like it. I got to read something...

Naw, I kind of like it. I got to read something that I had posted 15 years ago and that I'm still happy with today.
02-20-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,629
Posted By Retro Grouch

My last purchase was a recumbent trike specific...

My last purchase was a recumbent trike specific work stand. Not cheap but it is convenient and sturdy and folds flat for storage. Much easier on my old body than the method that I was using before.
02-19-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 844
Posted By Retro Grouch

That nipple insertion process sounds like an...

That nipple insertion process sounds like an interesting way to pass an entire afternoon.
02-19-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 517
Posted By Retro Grouch

Slight pitting on the cup and cone is like being...

Slight pitting on the cup and cone is like being slightly pregnant.
02-19-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,185
Posted By Retro Grouch

Why that's easy. If you are depending on other...

Why that's easy. If you are depending on other people to explain to you what's cool, you're not.
02-19-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 844
Posted By Retro Grouch

Okay, two minutes ago I didn't know and didn't...

Okay, two minutes ago I didn't know and didn't care. Now I'm upset and it's your fault. I think that you should have to buy one of those things, figure it out, and report back to us. This never...
02-10-20, 04:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,101
Posted By Retro Grouch

Congratulations. Have you ever considered that...

Congratulations. Have you ever considered that the vast majority of people who are under 60 are trying to live to be 60?
02-10-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,088
Posted By Retro Grouch

You don't quit bicycling because you get old. ...

You don't quit bicycling because you get old. You get old because you quit bicycling.
02-10-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,059
Posted By Retro Grouch

Pretty much matches my age and situation when I...

Pretty much matches my age and situation when I started my school bus driving gig. If you have a clean driving record and a clean police record they'll hire you and they'll train you for the...
02-10-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,913
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you've ever wondered about the differences...

If you've ever wondered about the differences that exist in bicycle frames, ride a quality tandem like a Santana or a CoMotion and immediately try to ride that Huffy afterwards. Scary.
02-10-20, 08:42 AM
02-09-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,913
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's been said that whichever way your...

It's been said that whichever way your relationship is headed a tandem bicycle will get you there quicker.
02-07-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,969
Posted By Retro Grouch

Every bike has 3 weights: What the...

Every bike has 3 weights:

What the manufacturer says it weighs.
What the owner thinks that it weighs.
What my scale says that it weighs.

Guess which one is usually heaviest.
02-07-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,237
Posted By Retro Grouch

Bicycles are the ultimate affordable status...

Bicycles are the ultimate affordable status symbol.

Park a $50,000 bass boat and trailer in your driveway and your neighbors might not even notice. Casually let it drop that you paid $2,500 for a...
02-07-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,237
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't know the answer but I do know that next...

I don't know the answer but I do know that next year there will be a new bike out that's even more "super".
02-07-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,913
Posted By Retro Grouch

Mrs. Grouch and I have ridden tandems together...

Mrs. Grouch and I have ridden tandems together for decades.

My take is that riding a tandem is more about the company than it is about the ride. The reason for riding a tandem is that you have a...
02-04-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 696
Posted By Retro Grouch

I just Googled it and up popped a Nexave hub that...

I just Googled it and up popped a Nexave hub that looked like it had the right hub shell for $19.00.
02-03-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 830
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check this: Set your bike up against...

Check this:

Set your bike up against something and turn the crank backwards while watching where the chain exits from the derailleur arm. If you see the arm move a little bit, you have a tight...
02-02-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,192
Posted By Retro Grouch

Every time that I clean out my shop I throw out a...

Every time that I clean out my shop I throw out a dumpster load of spares etc. that I didn't think I could live without, but haven't needed, in the past year.

If you can't find it when you need...
01-31-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 660
Posted By Retro Grouch

I use slick galvanized cables and solder the ends...

I use slick galvanized cables and solder the ends so they don't fray. If you want to cheap out on housings, I'd at least replace the short u-bend adjacent to the rear derailleur.
01-31-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 854
Posted By Retro Grouch

Then your name might be Wilfred Laurier.

Then your name might be Wilfred Laurier.
Forum: Recumbent
01-30-20, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,496
Posted By Retro Grouch

Gee , and I used to think that buying a minivan...

Gee , and I used to think that buying a minivan to go with our tandem bicycle was a pricy accessory.
01-30-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 547
Posted By Retro Grouch

My general philosophy is that if I already own...

My general philosophy is that if I already own parts I'll test fit almost anything and see what else, if anything, I need to make it work. If I'm BUYING parts, I'm going to hold out for parts that...
01-26-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By Retro Grouch

I find it easier to install wheels when the bike...

I find it easier to install wheels when the bike is right side up. Guide the disc between the caliper and the axle ends into the fork. Let the weight of the bike bottom the axle ends in the drop...
01-26-20, 09:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,575
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's a simple machine but the devil is in the...

It's a simple machine but the devil is in the details. What's most interesting are the things that you learn after you already know it all.
01-25-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 626
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's a solution in search of a problem. If...

It's a solution in search of a problem.

If having it around bothers you, throw it away. Next week you'll figure out what it's for.
01-25-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 272
Posted By Retro Grouch

For rear shifting issues that defy normal cable...

For rear shifting issues that defy normal cable adjustments, hanger alignment is ALWAYS the first thing that I check.
01-22-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 767
Posted By Retro Grouch

This^^^^ Unless you have a bunch of wheel...

This^^^^

Unless you have a bunch of wheel builds under your belt, I think that an hour is an unrealistic time objective. Most of the time required to build a good wheel has to do with tensioning...
01-22-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 614
Posted By Retro Grouch

^^^^ What he said.

^^^^
What he said.
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