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07-18-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By Gresp15C

Any opinions on the KMC "rust buster" chains?...

Any opinions on the KMC "rust buster" chains? They appear to be galvanized steel. I'm thinking of one for a dedicated winter bike build.
07-17-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By Gresp15C

Mine's just a bucket o' parts. ;) The frame is a...

Mine's just a bucket o' parts. ;) The frame is a 1985 Schwinn Traveler (originally 12 speed with drop bar) that I got at an auction for like 10 bucks. Rims are from the early 80's, rear hub is an...
07-17-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By Gresp15C

I wonder who comes up with the names for those...

I wonder who comes up with the names for those Schwinns, since they are now headquartered in Madison WI. There's a Schwinn Madison, of course. I'm wondering because Williamson Street, aka Willy...
07-17-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 269
Posted By Gresp15C

I have had extremely good results on multiple...

I have had extremely good results on multiple bikes with "jagwire basics road brake pad," which are like 7 bucks a pair on Amazon. This includes my favorite bike, which is a Schwinn frame with single...
07-16-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't believe you need training wheels. A beach...

I don't believe you need training wheels. A beach cruiser would be fine to start on, so you don't have to think about gears for a while. There seem to be two mainstream approaches to teaching kids,...
07-15-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,084
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to offer some encouragement, I'm a totally...

Just to offer some encouragement, I'm a totally non-athletic rider, but commute on a single speed, 8 miles round trip. I also take it on recreational rides of up to maybe 25 miles or so. It's...
07-15-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 907
Posted By Gresp15C

If you find the noise to be appawling, try a...

If you find the noise to be appawling, try a single speed coaster hub. ;)

But seriously, totally silent hubs are the exception rather than the rule.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-19, 10:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,486
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, there's no cable stop there. I had to...

Indeed, there's no cable stop there. I had to puzzle through this myself before I was satisfied that it's OK. The reason is that there's another cable stop in the system. The little piece of cable...
07-14-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 889
Posted By Gresp15C

Here's my completely unscientific statistics,...

Here's my completely unscientific statistics, since I've refurbished more than a dozen old bikes. If a bike has 8 bearings, and each one has a 5% chance of needing service, then it's almost a coin...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-19, 06:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,486
Posted By Gresp15C

Nice build! A three-speed on a nice slick bike is...

Nice build! A three-speed on a nice slick bike is a joy to ride.

I have but one minor quibble, based on a similar build. The shift cable running directly from the bottom bracket to the hub, leaves...
07-13-19, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 353
Posted By Gresp15C

Cable could have come loose, independent of the...

Cable could have come loose, independent of the Kids. I'd look for some sort of online guide on front derailleur cable adjustment and start from there. You may have to loosen the cable clamp on the...
Forum: Commuting
07-12-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,629
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been commuting year-round for a few years in...

I've been commuting year-round for a few years in Madison WI. Temps can get down to -15 F under normal conditions, and last year a freak "polar vortex" got us down to -27 F, the coldest I can...
07-11-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,664
Posted By Gresp15C

Some soapy water can help.

Some soapy water can help.
07-10-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 744
Posted By Gresp15C

The power that my bike can deliver is limited by...

The power that my bike can deliver is limited by the motor, which works by converting sugar and oxygen into carbon dioxide and water. I don't see a subtly different mechanism making that process...
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, here's my SS commuter and comfort cruiser....

Well, here's my SS commuter and comfort cruiser. I think I've got about 100 bucks in this bike. The frame looks better in the picture because my cell phone camera blurred out the scratches. ;) The...
07-10-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,027
Posted By Gresp15C

It occurs to me, figuring out if weight matters...

It occurs to me, figuring out if weight matters is something anybody can try at home. A gallon of milk is 8 pounds. A pint's a pound, the world 'round. Anything with a known weight can be attached to...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd make sure there's a big enough ring available...

I'd make sure there's a big enough ring available for that crank, to provide a decent ratio on pavement. Otherwise, it certainly looks like a fun bike.
07-09-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been extremely happy with swept bars. I can...

I've been extremely happy with swept bars. I can ride for hours in one position with minimal discomfort. Most of my bikes are built from odd parts, but one was a flat bar road bike that I converted...
07-09-19, 03:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,585
Posted By Gresp15C

Black chain lube, that hides the gunk. Problem...

Black chain lube, that hides the gunk. Problem solved! ;)
07-08-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 655
Posted By Gresp15C

Try a swept bar. Wrist pain vanished for me. I...

Try a swept bar. Wrist pain vanished for me. I can ride for hours with a single hand position. I'm using "FSA Metropolis" and "Origin8 Citi Classic." Your choices depend on the stem clamp diameter...
07-08-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Gresp15C

It would be hard for me to tell because of so...

It would be hard for me to tell because of so many other differences, including tires, overall weight, and the number of speeds. My IGH's (old sturmey archer AW's) don't feel like they're dragging at...
07-08-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Gresp15C

If you add one more, people will wonder where you...

If you add one more, people will wonder where you got the newfangled 14 speed cluster. Or 15... 16... ;)
07-07-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,739
Posted By Gresp15C

Pocket. Cheap phone. No mishaps so far.

Pocket. Cheap phone. No mishaps so far.
07-05-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 30,471
Posted By Gresp15C

First, nice bike. Second, if you want...

First, nice bike. Second, if you want un-distorted pics from a cell phone, you have to take them from a fair distance and then crop, because most cell phones have a very wide angle lens.
07-05-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,979
Posted By Gresp15C

Starches, and complex sugars like table sugar,...

Starches, and complex sugars like table sugar, are broken down into simple sugar molecules (typically glucose and fructose) before entering the bloodstream
07-04-19, 05:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,151
Posted By Gresp15C

It can be in any units, so long as you use the...

It can be in any units, so long as you use the same units for each symbol. For instance, measure everything in mm, and your spoke lengths will come out in mm.

I've used this formula with success...
07-04-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,027
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, yes it matters. Will it make me go...

In my view, yes it matters. Will it make me go faster? Probably not. But a nice bike is more fun to ride. Weight is one of the factors that go into a nice bike -- not the only one and possibly not...
07-02-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,005
Posted By Gresp15C

As an alternative viewpoint, having ridden entry...

As an alternative viewpoint, having ridden entry level bikes, what makes one good is preventive maintenance: Correct lubrication and adjustment of the bearings. Sufficient spoke tension. Correctly...
07-02-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,601
Posted By Gresp15C

I like any country where patching a bike tire is...

I like any country where patching a bike tire is part of police training. ;)
Forum: Commuting
07-02-19, 04:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,427
Posted By Gresp15C

There's a note at the end of this page about tire...

There's a note at the end of this page about tire widths:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
07-02-19, 06:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,854
Posted By Gresp15C

Is your frame straight? I futzed with the...

Is your frame straight? I futzed with the handlebar on my commuter until I finally noticed that the fork is a bit crooked.
07-02-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Not that there's any wall space in my garage, or...

Not that there's any wall space in my garage, or ceiling space for that matter, but a steel "closet bracket" is a convenient way to hang a bike from a wall. Put some innertube rubber over the hook.
Forum: Commuting
07-01-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,082
Posted By Gresp15C

With road grime, eventually you reach an...

With road grime, eventually you reach an equilibrium where the new grime displaces the old grime.

This might be the place to put in a PSA for fenders and chainguard. Fenders help keep your bike...
06-30-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,911
Posted By Gresp15C

I had a tire liner abrade its way through a tube,...

I had a tire liner abrade its way through a tube, but honestly it took several years of totally neglecting the tire due to not having to fix any flats. I used the same liners and tubes while wearing...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,082
Posted By Gresp15C

I put on dry clothes and have a beer. ;) But...

I put on dry clothes and have a beer. ;)

But seriously, bikes are a lot less delicate than people tend to think, and clean rain does minimal damage if the bike is allowed to drip dry. I might get...
06-30-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Gresp15C

They should make dork discs that look like an...

They should make dork discs that look like an extra cog. Problem solved. ;)
06-29-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,225
Posted By Gresp15C

There's no sequence. Whatever works, and whatever...

There's no sequence. Whatever works, and whatever you're interested in installing next.

A friend of mine who's involved in auto racing said, "never temporary-tighten a fastener." Either fully...
06-29-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,549
Posted By Gresp15C

Sounds like a "sell what you've got"...

Sounds like a "sell what you've got" scenario.
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,901
Posted By Gresp15C

Another +1 to the above. I commute with a...

Another +1 to the above. I commute with a single-speed in good weather. On rainy days, I happen to have another bike with fenders, that's a 3-speed.

With single speed, there's no drivetrain to...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,515
Posted By Gresp15C

Drizzle means it's not cold, just saying. ;) ...

Drizzle means it's not cold, just saying. ;)

But for commuting, I prefer cooler weather. Fortunately in Madison we get very few days when I can't compensate for the heat by starting a bit earlier...
06-29-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Ooh, a new BF debate: 2 versus 1 legged...

Ooh, a new BF debate: 2 versus 1 legged kickstands!

I'm kidding of course. :)
06-28-19, 08:42 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Man, my family has a trip to CO coming up. We can...

Man, my family has a trip to CO coming up. We can hang 4 bikes on the car. None of them are suited for rugged off-road, but this looks like it might just be halfway do-able.
06-28-19, 08:38 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,850
Posted By Gresp15C

Hats off to you. I suggest writing up a brief...

Hats off to you. I suggest writing up a brief report when done. There are probably lots of people who want to know how to get started on a bike as an adult.
06-28-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By Gresp15C

Beware that some frames are too delicate to...

Beware that some frames are too delicate to accommodate a kickstand. I've got kickstands on every bike that will fit one. Oddly enough, the place where they are the most useful is in my garage.
06-28-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,240
Posted By Gresp15C

Time honored low tech: Long shackle padlock...

Time honored low tech: Long shackle padlock around the seatstays and through the spokes. Caveats about wheel-locked bikes apply.

https://www.masterlock.com/personal-use/product/1517D
06-27-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,514
Posted By Gresp15C

I have a fairly speedy bike with single speed...

I have a fairly speedy bike with single speed coaster hub. It's a Schwinn road frame with narrow rims and 28mm tires. A wing nut for the reaction arm makes it pretty quick to remove / replace the...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,131
Posted By Gresp15C

Are you sure you didn't mean to say that the...

Are you sure you didn't mean to say that the overwhelming majority do have fenders? Indeed, open-wheel cycling might be a peculiarity of the US.

Here's China and Netherlands:...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 16,394
Posted By Gresp15C

I think if you're self sufficient for...

I think if you're self sufficient for maintenance, and have space for a spare bike, it can come in handy when you have to wait for a part or find time to make a repair. It's also fun to ride a bike...
06-25-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 942
Posted By Gresp15C

Something like that accumulates on my headset,...

Something like that accumulates on my headset, but when I wipe it off with my finger, there seems to be little or no grease, and it's mostly dust sticking to it. So the grease loss may be negligible....
06-25-19, 09:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 739
Posted By Gresp15C

Yes. The wider portion that the housing fits...

Yes. The wider portion that the housing fits into. You might have to fish it out with a small hook. Now, I finally replaced the noodles because one of them had a dent in it, and the new noodles...
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