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06-17-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 267
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been happy enough with Avenir "resin" pedals...

I've been happy enough with Avenir "resin" pedals that I've put them on 3 bikes, and have gotten several years of service out of them. Beware they come in two thread sizes. They're knobbly enough to...
06-16-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,280
Posted By Gresp15C

I won't need much of my lights on the MUP's until...

I won't need much of my lights on the MUP's until winter sets in again, but it's a good reminder. Also, try not to aim your nuclear powered headlamp directly into my eyes.
06-16-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 867
Posted By Gresp15C

Don't worry. Try as I might, I haven't fooled...

Don't worry. Try as I might, I haven't fooled anybody yet. ;)

I should have noticed the OP's user name. I'm almost 100% pavement cyclist, with occasional forays into the woods. I know what my...
06-16-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 458
Posted By Gresp15C

Is the BB symmetrical? I've seen spindles that...

Is the BB symmetrical? I've seen spindles that were longer on one end than the other. If so, maybe you could flip the spindle around and use the shorter end on the drive side.
06-15-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 867
Posted By Gresp15C

My yellow bike has a 1x drivetrain and a "wrong"...

My yellow bike has a 1x drivetrain and a "wrong" chainring. Yeah, the chain falls off. I looked up the narrow-wide ring, and it makes sense, but I just haven't bothered with it yet. Meanwhile, I...
06-15-19, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Gresp15C

In a similar vein, I've been eyeing a "womens"...

In a similar vein, I've been eyeing a "womens" helmet at Target, just because it's a nicer color than the black "mens" helmet, but basically the same design.
06-15-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,083
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough it's the other way around for me....

Oddly enough it's the other way around for me. Cycling is my secret energy source for living my regular life.
06-15-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,041
Posted By Gresp15C

Advantage of LBS: Dealing with a human being. ...

Advantage of LBS: Dealing with a human being.

Disadvantage of LBS: Dealing with a human being.

It occurs to me that your typical LBS owner is a bike lover / cycling enthusiast first, and maybe...
06-15-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 885
Posted By Gresp15C

My kids went through what seems like a gap in...

My kids went through what seems like a gap in bike sizes, where they were too big for kids' bikes, but not big enough for adult sized bikes. A lot of parents I've talked to report the same problem....
06-11-19, 11:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,830
Posted By Gresp15C

In my experience, a road bike is like a slow old...

In my experience, a road bike is like a slow old guy riding a road bike, and a hybrid is like a slow old guy riding a hybrid. ;)
06-08-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Gresp15C

Thanks. It's a 22" frame that I'm considering....

Thanks. It's a 22" frame that I'm considering. I've already got a set of wheels looking for a good home, and would plan on setting it up as a single speed coaster with the smaller ring in front, and...
06-08-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By Gresp15C

A couple Schwinn Varsity questions if I may

I'm thinking of getting an old Varsity frame to build a dedicated winter bike, and of course for N+1. I'm just curious about a couple things:

1. What's a Varsity frame actually weigh? This will...
06-08-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 365
Posted By Gresp15C

That kind of hose with the metal band will be...

That kind of hose with the metal band will be hard to deal with. You have to cut the metal band, and then find a way to attach a hose without it. You're more likely to have better luck with something...
06-08-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,792
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I also prefer unprotected bike lanes. In...

Indeed, I also prefer unprotected bike lanes. In addition to the aforementioned problems, they are also hard to keep cleared during the winter.
06-08-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,386
Posted By Gresp15C

Would you mind measuring the tire width and...

Would you mind measuring the tire width and diameter clearance of the frame, next chance you get? This is something that so many frame vendors omit from their data, and it's useful information.
06-08-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,386
Posted By Gresp15C

Nice build! What's the frame? The chainguard? ...

Nice build! What's the frame? The chainguard?

My main commuter these days is a single speed coaster, albeit with upright handlebar per my preference, and not quite as shiny. ;)

My only nitpick...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,259
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, the hope is that you notice that one of...

Indeed, the hope is that you notice that one of the zip ties breaks, before they all do.

Long ago I worked for a company that made molded plastic parts, and we conducted some of our product...
06-06-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 642
Posted By Gresp15C

In my experience, a slow leak could be...

In my experience, a slow leak could be practically anything that could also cause a big leak, but smaller. I call it a slow leak when I just can't locate it on the tube.
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,259
Posted By Gresp15C

Glad to see some interesting options in this...

Glad to see some interesting options in this thread. I'm happy with Wald 585 baskets on more than one bike for many years. I attach them with stainless hose clamps, though I imagine that you could...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,801
Posted By Gresp15C

I use a backpack if I need to transport squishy...

I use a backpack if I need to transport squishy stuff, or put it on the top of other things in my basket.
06-05-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Gresp15C

This sounds like a perfect N+1 moment. ;) Since...

This sounds like a perfect N+1 moment. ;) Since it sounds like you will only need a new bike for a short time, but need to train for your race, you might be able to use a different kind of bike,...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,682
Posted By Gresp15C

There are things that I probably can't predict or...

There are things that I probably can't predict or avoid, such as a driver suddenly swerving into me. One thing I've learned: If a driver is trying to harass me, yell, etc., my preferred tactic is...
06-03-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,545
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not employed as a programmer, but I use...

I'm not employed as a programmer, but I use programming as a problem solving tool, and it has been quite beneficial to my career.

A country is in decline when people have to think about the...
06-02-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,321
Posted By Gresp15C

This is why I leave my bike locked out of sight: ...

This is why I leave my bike locked out of sight:

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Most people who ride bikes...
06-02-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,238
Posted By Gresp15C

My impression is that Trek bikes tend to be...

My impression is that Trek bikes tend to be rather heavy and stodgy compared to other entry level bikes in the same price range. Trek is the new Schwinn, a solid bike that's widely available and hard...
06-02-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,977
Posted By Gresp15C

What's the actual difference? Here's my guess....

What's the actual difference? Here's my guess. They started using generic PTFE, and had to stop using DuPont's brand name. Also, the new formula is better if you tend to induce vomiting while oiling...
06-01-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 9,018
Posted By Gresp15C

I have another activity that takes me out of the...

I have another activity that takes me out of the house a lot -- playing music. A similar topic comes up on web forums for musicians. One common piece of advice is: "Your spouse needs to get her own...
05-30-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,545
Posted By Gresp15C

I wish your neighbor the best of luck, but...

I wish your neighbor the best of luck, but programming is not a panacea. For one thing, it's very hard for most people to learn. Attrition is very high. And training programs offered by for-profit...
05-30-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,750
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't mind 15-20 minutes if I'm not in a rush....

I don't mind 15-20 minutes if I'm not in a rush. Better to get it right than screw it up and have to stop again. If I really have to get somewhere on a schedule, I'm probably riding a bike with...
05-27-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,042
Posted By Gresp15C

If it's a done deal, then forget the price and...

If it's a done deal, then forget the price and enjoy the bike. After a few years, your cost per year will be negligible. It can go the other way too. I passed up a nice bike for 65 bucks, then...
05-25-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,475
Posted By Gresp15C

This is a sign of the seat being too high. Also,...

This is a sign of the seat being too high. Also, a lot of bikes are sold with saddles that are more oriented towards aesthetics than comfort and function. Comfort bikes have comfortable looking...
05-24-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,128
Posted By Gresp15C

... as in, bring home several. ;)

... as in, bring home several. ;)
05-24-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,460
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been happy with Dan's Comp.

I've been happy with Dan's Comp.
Forum: Commuting
05-24-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,605
Posted By Gresp15C

1 or 2 per year. Oddly enough since switching to...

1 or 2 per year. Oddly enough since switching to puncture resistant tires, my flats tend to be due to other causes such as failure of the rim tape, or the stem getting damaged, since I can now leave...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,953
Posted By Gresp15C

During the winter, it was about -15 F out, and I...

During the winter, it was about -15 F out, and I had a dentist appointment, so I rode. When I parked my bike, I went to stretch out my cable lock, and the entire vinyl covering of the cable shattered...
05-20-19, 07:09 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,097
Posted By Gresp15C

For building up bikes from old parts, a steel...

For building up bikes from old parts, a steel frame is more forgiving of adjusting the rear triangle spacing and correcting alignment issues. Practically any halfway decent lugged road frame will...
05-19-19, 10:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,103
Posted By Gresp15C

I think it's worth mentioning a really basic...

I think it's worth mentioning a really basic tool, even if it doesn't have all of the bells and whistles. This is what I carry, sufficient for adjusting something or tightening a loose fastener.
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05-19-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,890
Posted By Gresp15C

To be fair, define work. For instance, how do you...

To be fair, define work. For instance, how do you measure work in economic terms? What are the units of measure? Joules? Hours? Dollars? Salvation points?

I know plenty of rich people, typically...
05-19-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,128
Posted By Gresp15C

As others have suggested, give drop bars a try....

As others have suggested, give drop bars a try. Borrow a bike for a few weeks if possible, because the posture may take some getting used to.

The other option for long distance comfort is a swept...
Forum: Commuting
05-18-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,236
Posted By Gresp15C

A destination, hopefully pleasant. ;) ...

A destination, hopefully pleasant. ;)

Everything else is situational, even stuff for repairs. My commute is 4 miles, so my worst case scenario is walking 2 miles. I wear rain gear if it's actually...
05-18-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By Gresp15C

I've worked on cups like that. In my experience,...

I've worked on cups like that. In my experience, a special tool isn't needed unless the cup is good and stuck. The distance between the flats is just a bit more than the diameter of the axle, so you...
05-18-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 602
Posted By Gresp15C

China-made Cannondale branded Quick 6, to be...

China-made Cannondale branded Quick 6, to be specific. ;)
05-18-19, 02:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,964
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, alarmist stories about the security...

In my view, alarmist stories about the security of bike locks are part are just a feature of the Internet that are worth ignoring. Most of us get around just fine with a modest bike and a modest...
05-18-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,012
Posted By Gresp15C

Given that cycling has its ups and downs in...

Given that cycling has its ups and downs in popularity, there are always a lot of people who are just beginning to get into cycling for the first time, maybe after riding as a kid and then giving up....
05-17-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,219
Posted By Gresp15C

Don't rule out getting a better bike. ...

Don't rule out getting a better bike.

Meanwhile... get her some tools, and maybe some classes at the local bike co-op. In fact, encourage Mom and Daughter to take some classes together, and fix...
05-15-19, 04:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,679
Posted By Gresp15C

Tubes, patch kit. Everything else is pull-offs...

Tubes, patch kit. Everything else is pull-offs from old bikes.

I have more than one bike, so I can afford for a bike to go down for a few days. eBay is my friend, or the co-op.
05-15-19, 03:56 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 9,697
Posted By Gresp15C

Spandex. ;)

Spandex. ;)
05-13-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 950
Posted By Gresp15C

Does that mean you're the sled, or the dog? ;)

Does that mean you're the sled, or the dog? ;)
05-12-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,083
Posted By Gresp15C

I've reached the stage in my life where I don't...

I've reached the stage in my life where I don't de-grease everything any more. It's usually easy to wipe old grease from bearing surfaces with a rag, mainly so I can make sure the surfaces are not...
05-12-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 380
Views: 21,357
Posted By Gresp15C

One thought that comes to mind is that, just...

One thought that comes to mind is that, just because brick-and-mortar shops are dying, doesn't necessarily mean that online retailers are thriving. How many online bike shops have gone under?
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