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07-11-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 442
Posted By Trakhak

I ran bike service departments in the 1970s and...

I ran bike service departments in the 1970s and 1980s. There are plenty of jobs, e.g., wheelbuilding, I'm happy to DIY at home. Eyeballing derailleur hangers is not one of them. I was happy to pay a...
07-11-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 130
Posted By Trakhak

First, as noted above, forget the idea that you...

First, as noted above, forget the idea that you can get the freewheel off without using the proper removal tool. (Maybe you already know that; your first post is unclear on that point.)

Look at...
07-11-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,688
Posted By Trakhak

With the usual possibility of rare exceptions,...

With the usual possibility of rare exceptions, the manuals provided by bike manufacturers have never offered anything other than generic information, including in the era before frivolous lawsuits...
07-10-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 569
Posted By Trakhak

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that...

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that makes the job harder can sometimes result in giving oneself permission to go easier, knowingly or otherwise. Doesn't sound as if that's happening with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,950
Posted By Trakhak

Just happened to read the following in the next...

Just happened to read the following in the next thread I looked at after this one:

Quebec has over half of the cases and deaths from covid-19 in Canada, and within Quebec, the majority are within...
07-09-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 809
Posted By Trakhak

That setup worries me to look at. I was racing...

That setup worries me to look at. I was racing and working in bike shops when the Super Record parts first showed up, so I'm very familiar with the limitations of that derailleur.

It's not a...
07-09-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 348
Posted By Trakhak

In honor of the photos provided by the OP, I...

In honor of the photos provided by the OP, I suggest a new acronym for C&V people:

TB;DR
07-09-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

Agreed. Took me a long time to get there, but I...

Agreed. Took me a long time to get there, but I eventually came to the same conclusion.

An additional important factor, I think, is that there's less of a time lag between front and rear wheel...
07-09-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, short-wheelbase racing bikes, whether steel...

Yes, short-wheelbase racing bikes, whether steel or aluminum, can feel miserable, especially if you're looking for a sport-tourer-like ride.

If you can find one, try riding a Rigi some time. They...
07-09-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

By the way, SpeedofLite, I remember seeing a...

By the way, SpeedofLite, I remember seeing a review of a SlingShot road bike in either Bicycling! or Bicycle Guide that praised it to the skies. Might be worth your while seeking that one out.
07-08-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,440
Posted By Trakhak

I've seen at least one wheel with aluminum...

I've seen at least one wheel with aluminum spokes. The Hi-E company used to bring wacky designs to the bike industry trade show, and that was one of them. As I recall, it had something like 30...
Replies: 20
Views: 419
Posted By Trakhak

I'd consider sending an inquiry to the current...

I'd consider sending an inquiry to the current management of Trek to ask whether they'd like to buy one of their 1980 bikes in the original box. That's a bit of history.
07-08-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 353
Posted By Trakhak

My strategy for hydration was to drink whenever I...

My strategy for hydration was to drink whenever I noticed the moisture in my mouth starting to thicken. Now it's to keep drinking enough to prevent that ever happening.
07-08-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,440
Posted By Trakhak

Use of steel in applications such as spokes and...

Use of steel in applications such as spokes and bearing surfaces is uncontroversial, as is the use of aluminum in pretty much all applications throughout the industrial world except in threads like...
07-07-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 515
Posted By Trakhak

Some low-end English bikes came with dimpled or...

Some low-end English bikes came with dimpled or stippled steel rims in the late '60s or early '70s, too. Those didn't work well, either, which is why they were produced for such a short time.
07-07-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

Forgot to give heartfelt thanks to SpeedofLite...

Forgot to give heartfelt thanks to SpeedofLite for posting this terrific article. Those of us who sold and rode Kleins and Cannondales knew how great those bikes were, and it's great to be reminded...
07-07-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 468
Posted By Trakhak

As suggested above, the simplest thing to try is...

As suggested above, the simplest thing to try is reducing the pressure in the tires. I'd try them with 40 to 50 psi.
07-07-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

Sounds right. I worked at the first Cannondale...

Sounds right. I worked at the first Cannondale bike dealership in Maryland, and I remember being amazed at how many we sold, given that comparably equipped steel bikes were usually around $100...
07-07-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 504
Posted By Trakhak

Prepare to have your mind blown. Those test...

Prepare to have your mind blown. Those test riders found the Cannondale to provide better control on washboard surfaces and greater comfort than comparable steel-framed touring bikes, among other...
07-07-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

Broken steel bike frames...

Broken steel bike frames...
07-07-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,399
Posted By Trakhak

I was joking. There are at least 10...

I was joking. There are at least 10 non-interchangeable 26" tire sizes; e.g., 26 x 1.75 and 26 x 1 3/4 are not interchangeable.
07-06-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

Truly. Litespeed warranty...

Truly. Litespeed warranty (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=8636151).
07-06-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,399
Posted By Trakhak

Thank goodness all 26" tires are...

Thank goodness all 26" tires are interchangeable.
07-06-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 332
Posted By Trakhak

If you have ample stock of 26" rim strips, you...

If you have ample stock of 26" rim strips, you can cut them down as needed and overlap and rubber cement the ends to make 20" rim strips.
07-05-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,907
Posted By Trakhak

The only objective of threads like this is to...

The only objective of threads like this is to divide a population into two groups, one of which the OP has judged and found wanting.
07-05-20, 11:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,202
Posted By Trakhak

I've been using reflective ankle bands for...

I've been using reflective ankle bands for decades. They're at least as attention-commanding as strobe headlights and taillights and far less obnoxious.
07-04-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 459
Posted By Trakhak

I'd ride it and just keep an eye on the dents, as...

I'd ride it and just keep an eye on the dents, as several people have already suggested. Seatstays don't undergo much stress, especially compared to chainstays.
07-04-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 916
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4O5voOCqAQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4O5voOCqAQ
07-04-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 3,962
Posted By Trakhak

I am the god of hellfire

I am the god of hellfire
07-03-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,058
Posted By Trakhak

I was planning to do about 4.5 hours of a route...

I was planning to do about 4.5 hours of a route with more or less non-stop hills this morning, but that turned out to be a bad plan on a 95-degree day. Still did 3.5 hours of the route, but I'd...
07-03-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

Catastrophic failures have happened with many...

Catastrophic failures have happened with many other frame materials, too, such as my friend's steel fork snapping off at the crown on a fast downhill. He didn't die, but he was in the hospital for...
07-03-20, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 467
Posted By Trakhak

Just looked up that Sigma computer. Very...

Just looked up that Sigma computer. Very impressive list of features, especially for the price.

That said, for the cheapest cadence determinant, here's how I think about it: if I don't know...
07-03-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 56,937
Views: 8,198,161
Posted By Trakhak

In case anyone else here is hesitating on...

In case anyone else here is hesitating on ordering the Basso, it might be worth considering despite the Aelle tubing, if that's what it turns out to have been built with.

Bicycle Guide did a...
07-02-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

Apparently slightly less famously, it was the...

Apparently slightly less famously, it was the aluminum steerer tube of Hincapie's fork that broke, after a previous hard fall.

Equal amusement can be had by looking up "broken steel bike" and...
07-02-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

Back in the '80s, the San Rensho sale rep,...

Back in the '80s, the San Rensho sale rep, showing off the latest frame iteration in the bike shop where I worked, said that the earliest version of that model of the frame had tended to crack near...
07-02-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,196
Posted By Trakhak

I worked in bike shops long enough ago that the...

I worked in bike shops long enough ago that the only catastrophic failures that come to mind were failures of steel frames and (especially) forks.
Replies: 26
Views: 812
Posted By Trakhak

Lots of people love the ride of the entry-level...

Lots of people love the ride of the entry-level Peugeots of that era. I think that model was called the AO-8. The UO-8 was upgraded with quick-release wheels; the bike in the pictures has wingnuts.
...
07-01-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 801
Posted By Trakhak

Odd how these discussions can go on for so many...

Odd how these discussions can go on for so many posts without a single mention of clip-on aero bars. I really don't get it. I got my first clip-ons 20 years ago, after an nerve relocation operation...
07-01-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,370
Posted By Trakhak

True. When a bunch of racer friends and I started...

True. When a bunch of racer friends and I started using mountain bikes for winter training in the late '80s, we all initially used flats. The guys with a BMX background had no trouble with them. The...
07-01-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 707
Posted By Trakhak

Don't know whether this patent...

Don't know whether this patent (https://patents.google.com/patent/JPS62181901A/en?assignee=Sanshin+Giken:Kk) applies; there's no drawing of the item.
07-01-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 3,790
Posted By Trakhak

I briefly owned a first-year Professional (the...

I briefly owned a first-year Professional (the white Tokyo Olympics model, reportedly designed by Cino Cinelli for Raleigh) and an International in the early '70s. The Pro was beautifully built; the...
06-28-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,440
Posted By Trakhak

If by "plenty" you mean between 1% and 4% of...

If by "plenty" you mean between 1% and 4% of annual U.S. bike sales, the overwhelming majority being aluminum, then, yes, there are plenty of chro-moly bikes being produced out there.
06-28-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 999
Posted By Trakhak

no.

no.
06-28-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 294
Posted By Trakhak

Translating for the OP, who clearly is not a...

Translating for the OP, who clearly is not a native speaker of English:

Please look for the thread titled "Eddy Merckx folder 1997" in the Classic-Vintage subforum.
06-28-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,440
Posted By Trakhak

Tubing diameter far outweighs material choice as...

Tubing diameter far outweighs material choice as a factor in vibration damping in bike frames. Steel is denser than aluminum and thus damps vibration comparatively poorly, which is why steel rather...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-27-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 262
Posted By Trakhak

Suggestions? Buy a new frame or a pair of 700c...

Suggestions? Buy a new frame or a pair of 700c or, for greater clearance, 650b wheels.
06-27-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 10,450
Posted By Trakhak

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need...

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need fans. The vast majority of bikes sold these days are aluminum. You wouldn't know it from reading BikeForums posts, but steel bikes---and titanium bikes...
06-27-20, 04:28 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 11,440
Posted By Trakhak

Chromoly bikes were phased out for the same...

Chromoly bikes were phased out for the same reason mechanical wristwatches were phased out. Quartz crystal watches do exactly what mechanical watches do---i.e., give you the time---but do so better...
06-25-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,457
Posted By Trakhak

I used to use whatever chamois cream our bike...

I used to use whatever chamois cream our bike shop carried back in the days of shorts with leather chamois.

What I've been doing for the last several years, and I know this is heretical, is...
06-22-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 620
Posted By Trakhak

Before that rule was instituted, the site was at...

Before that rule was instituted, the site was at times all but overrun with spambots.
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