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07-22-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 393
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm sorry. Your explanation is still unclear. ...

I'm sorry. Your explanation is still unclear. Why is the single chain ring relevant to this? Do you want to eliminate the double chain rings on front and go to a single chain ring? Is that it?
07-22-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 648
Posted By Phil_gretz

Those are not your only two options. A third...

Those are not your only two options. A third option would be to carefully search Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and other classifieds for a used bike.

Why don't you let us help you by saying...
07-19-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 986
Posted By Phil_gretz

$30 really limits your options, as you'll have to...

$30 really limits your options, as you'll have to know what you want, and where to find it inexpensively.

I ride several types of saddles, all of which are comfortable (for me), but none of which...
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By Phil_gretz

So, please allow me to answer your question with...

So, please allow me to answer your question with a few questions of my own. Your answers will help to inform you about the practicality of this concept of "ancient frame modified with modern...
07-19-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 17,478
Views: 2,694,011
Posted By Phil_gretz

It was roughly 10 years after John told his mates...

It was roughly 10 years after John told his mates that he was leaving the band...
07-19-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 328
Posted By Phil_gretz

Isn't the cassette Uniglide? It looks like a...

Isn't the cassette Uniglide? It looks like a threaded first cog...
07-18-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 932
Posted By Phil_gretz

I see what you did there. "We dance...

I see what you did there. "We dance now!"
07-18-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 282
Posted By Phil_gretz

618a

I had a teal 618a the I picked up for a song. It was a pretty nimble rider. Sold it to a budding triathlete.
07-18-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 800
Posted By Phil_gretz

It tickles me every time I see Jon T write this. ...

It tickles me every time I see Jon T write this. I think that a little bell should go off.
...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 781
Posted By Phil_gretz

Last Friday, I went on a fairly strenuous...

Last Friday, I went on a fairly strenuous shakedown ride of a carbon uberbike I've built. Both the stem and carbon aero handlebar reach were too long, so the ride was very stretched out. Not...
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By Phil_gretz

So you transferred aluminum rims to existing hubs...

So you transferred aluminum rims to existing hubs and spokes? Or swapped out a different wheelset?

I can't say about northern NJ, but in the DC market, that would sell at $195, maybe a bit more...
07-17-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By Phil_gretz

...and when I got home and told my wife what I...

...and when I got home and told my wife what I had done, she leaped back and grabbed a kitchen knife. In an athletic crouch, she screamed, "who are you, and what have you done to my husband?"
07-17-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By Phil_gretz

Similarlyl...

I walked away from a two bike deal for $160. First was a Fuji Finest with high flange tubular wheelset, Campy brakes, drilled Sugino crankset and a Crane RD. Second was a Kabuki or some such that...
07-17-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Phil_gretz

No, I don't. They would have been an eBay...

No, I don't. They would have been an eBay purchase at least two years ago when I built my wife's MTB. She likes the grips a lot, too.
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Phil_gretz

Part it out, then. Disassemble and sell each...

Part it out, then. Disassemble and sell each part on eBay. List the frame, as well. If the repaint is of the quality you were after, it should sell, too.
07-17-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have to admit that I started with the Ergon...

I have to admit that I started with the Ergon branded grips, which I really like a lot. But recently, I've had good success with the Chinese unbranded ergon grips with mini bar ends. The kind that...
07-17-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 742
Posted By Phil_gretz

I can see changing bars if there's any question...

I can see changing bars if there's any question as to the integrity of the old bar following a crash or some such... I'd bet that they keep spares for every rider.
07-17-19, 06:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 371
Posted By Phil_gretz

^+1. This. I've done it on a couple of saddles...

^+1. This. I've done it on a couple of saddles that I was matching to the color scheme of the bike. Check out sewing fabric outlets. Look for marine vinyl, which is a slightly thicker, more...
07-16-19, 06:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,041
Posted By Phil_gretz

More common is the death of a parent leaving...

More common is the death of a parent leaving behind funeral costs and estate debts. Thank goodness for the Colonial Penn life insurance program...
07-16-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 440
Posted By Phil_gretz

If you were to familiarize yourself with the...

If you were to familiarize yourself with the three-dimensional shape of the female pelvis, you'd see that the separation between the bones (ischium coming forward toward but not reaching the pubis)...
07-16-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 646
Posted By Phil_gretz

Change batteries on a schedule, not just when...

Change batteries on a schedule, not just when they fail.

Keep a record of the wheel diameter entry, write it in the margin of the owner's installation manual.

Just prior to removing the current...
Replies: 66
Views: 3,228
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why would you ask a retailer a tax question...

Why would you ask a retailer a tax question concerning country-of-origin policies? Why not ask the government? The retailer does not set these policies, and may not (in all circumstances) even...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 294
Views: 42,273
Posted By Phil_gretz

My thoughts: 1) Seek counseling. Your reaction...

My thoughts:
1) Seek counseling. Your reaction to another person with whom you have had no interaction of any kind is a violent act?
2) The fellow in the photo is wearing the maillot jaune and...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 265
Posted By Phil_gretz

Hybrid, or Flat-bar Road Bike?

Maybe this is what you're asking? I'd be astonished to find that there is such a thing as a "high performance hybrid". Just as I'd be astonished to find that there's a "mass-less black hole" or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,075
Posted By Phil_gretz

Remove the battery and smash the phone. Never let...

Remove the battery and smash the phone. Never let anyone track you...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 966
Posted By Phil_gretz

When you're a sprinter, you hope that your world...

When you're a sprinter, you hope that your world is flat...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-12-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,389
Posted By Phil_gretz

Road bikes belong on the road, not on the paths...

Road bikes belong on the road, not on the paths with the precision stroller drill teams, unicyclist circus clowns, and dog walkers. Ride on the road.
07-11-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 533
Posted By Phil_gretz

My wife and I are the same size from the waist...

My wife and I are the same size from the waist down. She's shorter in the torso. I ride a 58 cm frame with (generally) a 685-690 mm combined top tube length plus stem reach and a considerable...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,646
Posted By Phil_gretz

I wrote over in the poll thread: "I'd...

I wrote over in the poll thread:

"I'd estimate one flat every 700 miles or so on those bikes. That would be four or five per year. Still, it's no big deal."

All of those are on more narrow 25mm...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 907
Posted By Phil_gretz

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of...

An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. So they say. It's funny how we have different personalities expressed on this issue.

I do corrective or preventative maintenance on...
07-11-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 964
Posted By Phil_gretz

Two Thoughts...

...that may sound contrarian, but they're meant to help. First, the top tube length and stem length may be creating an unnatural reach for you. Your body is adjusting by "creeping" to the more...
07-10-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 8,001
Posted By Phil_gretz

Cut out sugar in your diet. Refined sugars. ...

Cut out sugar in your diet. Refined sugars. Added sugars. Products that contain sugar. Don't eat fast food. Don't drink sodas. You'll lose the fat pronto.
07-10-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 691
Posted By Phil_gretz

Put me down squarely in the camp of those who...

Put me down squarely in the camp of those who would not use that skewer. I'd replace with a Shimano skewer at the first opportunity. You can find the latest Ultegra skewers inexpensively if you...
07-10-19, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 770
Posted By Phil_gretz

Decide what your budget is. Bump it up. Buy to...

Decide what your budget is. Bump it up. Buy to 120% of your budget. Look to upgrade the fork in the 2nd year.
07-10-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,988
Posted By Phil_gretz

I can't believe that I'm going to agree with...

I can't believe that I'm going to agree with I-Like-To-Bike ^ above. But I am. Other people aren't you, and cannot experience what you're experiencing even if they're along side of you at the...
Forum: Foo
07-09-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By Phil_gretz

Rutgers class of 1982 here...

Rutgers class of 1982 here...
Replies: 10
Views: 634
Posted By Phil_gretz

Gorgeous bike. I'd love to ride it. You know...

Gorgeous bike. I'd love to ride it. You know that the bike is worth what you paid for it. Was the seller under duress? Are you a reasonable person? Then you made a reasonable purchase for an...
07-09-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,717
Posted By Phil_gretz

Actually, it's the opposite of a chore. While...

Actually, it's the opposite of a chore. While the ultrasonic is running, I can do other things, like clean chain rings. My actual handling of the chain is minimal with this method.

The...
07-09-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,717
Posted By Phil_gretz

If the OP is really interested in keeping the...

If the OP is really interested in keeping the chain clean, I'd recommend a smaller ultrasonic bath. When I'm cleaning a chain for someone else, I place the removed chain into a clean empty...
07-09-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,607
Posted By Phil_gretz

You're going to drive two hours for a bike that...

You're going to drive two hours for a bike that doesn't fit you? Why?

My wife rides an '83 620 (similar to this one, except for type of brake caliper). She's 5' 8" with longer legs, and her reach...
07-09-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 386
Posted By Phil_gretz

From the rims (brake track), I'd use acetone. ...

From the rims (brake track), I'd use acetone. Apply carefully and rub with a clean cloth. Work slowly and patiently on small portions at a time. Keep the acetone away from your tire.

For the...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's a tough question because of all of the...

It's a tough question because of all of the variables involved. For a mid-level riding bike, and if the parts swap is both an upgrade and period correct (something a serious rider would have done at...
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By Phil_gretz

In what city are you located? That affects the...

In what city are you located? That affects the demand and pricing, too.
Replies: 10
Views: 653
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's a fine bike...

...but condition of the bike is important at that price. And whether the components are original or changed. If changed for the worse, then value goes down.

I'm assuming that you've visited...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,448
Posted By Phil_gretz

170 lbs is heavy in the cycling world.

170 lbs is heavy in the cycling world.
07-04-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 391
Posted By Phil_gretz

We lived in Irvine for 10 years. I always enjoyed...

We lived in Irvine for 10 years. I always enjoyed Laguna Canyon to PCH and up to Huntington Beach, then inland for four or five blocks, turning right on any of the main roads paralleling the beach. ...
07-03-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,890
Posted By Phil_gretz

I ran a set of cables through a Chinese carbon...

I ran a set of cables through a Chinese carbon road frame recently. It was a 2nd hand frame, so the sleeves had been removed. It wasn't so bad, as I have plenty of good magnets handy in my shop.
...
07-03-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,292
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ Absolutely. I have spent enough time truing...

^ Absolutely. I have spent enough time truing rotors that haven't been mangled, but aren't straight enough. It doesn't take much force to bend the thin rotors on bicycles. Anyone who would suggest...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By Phil_gretz

It sounds to me like you have a groupset/wheelset...

It sounds to me like you have a groupset/wheelset that needs a frame. That could be your back-up bike. Then you need a replacement bike to ride as your primary for road/commuting.

Have you...
07-03-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,679
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bontrager, Morpher and Woom could be a law firm...

Bontrager, Morpher and Woom could be a law firm specializing in product liability and tort claims. Just sayin'
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