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Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 01:48 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 612
Posted By 79pmooney

Ah ha! The give-a-way. NE. This chain was...

Ah ha! The give-a-way. NE. This chain was built to be used in the northeast (or maybe more specifically, New England). OP is in Orange County, CA. He should make sure his Ultegra chain doesn't...
04-12-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 681
Posted By 79pmooney

Logos are dangerous. Just ask Dave Levy at...

Logos are dangerous. Just ask Dave Levy at TiCycles who has repaired a number of old Treks that cracked across the seatstay caps. (I called him when I saw the crack across the "R" on my right...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 612
Posted By 79pmooney

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I see why the lettering must be on the outside. Notice the very tidy...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-12-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 612
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 My chains are only occasionally that clean. ...

+1 My chains are only occasionally that clean. (Perhaps the requirement for clean is higher with higher than 9-speed. I wouldn't know.)

I see chain cleanliness as a balancing act between looks,...
04-11-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 681
Posted By 79pmooney

Perspective - all aluminum breaks if it is indeed...

Perspective - all aluminum breaks if it is indeed used long enough. You can overbuild it to last longer than a lifetime but it will still break. And that failure will probably be during use. By...
04-11-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By 79pmooney

Another option, although not the cheapest - have...

Another option, although not the cheapest - have exactly the stem you want custom made. My issue isn't height, it's length. I'm still flexible enough to ride nearly the racing position I used a...
04-10-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 321
Posted By 79pmooney

Two reasons for shorter clips (assuming they fit...

Two reasons for shorter clips (assuming they fit your shoes/cleats). Tire/fender clearance and do they don't get crunched and shortened by the road when you pedal hard at a startup. (Car's coming. ...
04-10-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 428
Posted By 79pmooney

You've got the bike in hand. Old fashioned chains...

You've got the bike in hand. Old fashioned chains are cheap. (You want one with the pins protruding past the outer plates. Those chains can be broken and re-riveted. Break it and take off the...
04-10-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 428
Posted By 79pmooney

He's got a derailleur. To make that work he had...

He's got a derailleur. To make that work he had to take the derailleur off and shorten the chain. Then it is only a maybe that he can use all of the 4 sprockets on the freewheel. (A half link may...
04-08-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,250
Posted By 79pmooney

Deeper drops means a lower back and being blown...

Deeper drops means a lower back and being blown around less, hence also safer. Hence I didn't say anything about it.
04-08-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,250
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes but if the winds are strong enough or gusty...

Yes but if the winds are strong enough or gusty enough, hands in the drops better ensures staying upright and on the road.
04-08-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 275
Posted By 79pmooney

I've been running Izumis on all my fix gears....

I've been running Izumis on all my fix gears. 1/8" for all chains, cogs and chainrings. Two of my fix gears have 20,000 miles. I haven't kept count but I'd guess I've used maybe 4 chains on the...
04-06-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 227
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't know your freewheel. Is the smallest cog...

I don't know your freewheel. Is the smallest cog screw on? If yes, do you ride on it? Do you ride on it at full power? If yes to all three, you've screwed this cog tight with more muscle than you...
04-06-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 936
Posted By 79pmooney

My post as before I could see the "femaleness" of...

My post as before I could see the "femaleness" of the threads! Now I can see them both ways but for a long time I couldn't.
04-06-21, 12:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 864
Posted By 79pmooney

It looks like the downtube (and lug) are bent. ...

It looks like the downtube (and lug) are bent. But this is a conservatively spec'd and built frame. It might well be just fine; simply with a touch less wheelbase and slightly quicker steering. ...
04-06-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,150
Posted By 79pmooney

I started going through the rest of this thread. ...

I started going through the rest of this thread. Page 4 - Seiko diving watches! I have 2. First I got in 1982 for both a watch and "stopwatch" to start sailboat races. (Not a stopwatch but the...
04-06-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,150
Posted By 79pmooney

Latecomer to this thread. Glad I opened it. ...

Latecomer to this thread. Glad I opened it.

Last winter I received the clock and barometer of my dad. Wedding presents. Clock is a real ships clock with an engraved wedding date 16 months...
04-05-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 163
Posted By 79pmooney

Cool! Tire comes prepared for the popular deep...

Cool! Tire comes prepared for the popular deep rims but those of us still using shallow rims don't have to live with a huge valve sticking out. I like!
04-05-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By 79pmooney

That looks like their lugged seatpost. I've got...

That looks like their lugged seatpost. I've got that post on my Mooney. It's gorgeous, very well made, very well thought out and a joy to install and adjust. (And a very healthy setback; my reason...
04-05-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 287
Posted By 79pmooney

My thoughts go to what's the worst that could...

My thoughts go to what's the worst that could happen? It's just a brake bolt. The rear brake will probably just swing down a little. Might jam the wheel and be hard on the tire. The front should...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-05-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 440
Posted By 79pmooney

I have slightly different tire priorities. #1,...

I have slightly different tire priorities. #1, keeping me off the pavement. #2, reliable. #3, consistent so when I go to by the next tire, I am not surprised, even if the model had changed some.
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Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By 79pmooney

This depends on the shoe and whether you are...

This depends on the shoe and whether you are willing to pull the straps tight. I rode the LL Bean Ranger Oxfords for many years until they discontinued the smooth sole. They were a moccasin...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 493
Posted By 79pmooney

Real tennis shoes (what we used to call sneakers)...

Real tennis shoes (what we used to call sneakers) suck with toeclips and suck with rattrap pedals. The soft, grippy soles are hard to get into the clips. The soft sole means that the pressure from...
04-04-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 497
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes, 38 in front and 35 in back will do nicely. ...

Yes, 38 in front and 35 in back will do nicely. I rode that combo for a 90 mile day - to a ride of a dozen of us, then 30 miles of gravel with several thousand feet of up and down, each hitting 17%...
04-03-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,002
Posted By 79pmooney

I rode high many times over more than a decade...

I rode high many times over more than a decade years ago and all through my racing days. Never before races but often on training rides. I noticed early on when I started racing that my reactions...
04-03-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,281
Posted By 79pmooney

Good. Thanks for replying. I saw quite a few...

Good. Thanks for replying. I saw quite a few bullhorns and interrupters on Portland hipster bikes when fix gears were the thing and kept wondering how many crashes they didn't prevent. Kept my...
04-03-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 936
Posted By 79pmooney

Take your remover out and make dead sure that...

Take your remover out and make dead sure that when you replace it, the "plunger" of the tool is hitting the end of the spindle and nothing else; that any washer in there has been removed. If the...
04-03-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,281
Posted By 79pmooney

I get the chills thinking you might have dropped...

I get the chills thinking you might have dropped handlebars. That you might like riding in the drops as much as I do. I know I could never get back to interrupter levers quickly from the drops...
04-02-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 43,010
Posted By 79pmooney

I raced and trained on two pairs of the low...

I raced and trained on two pairs of the low flange versions. Kept one of each and still have them. Replaced my trainer front cones with slightly undersized Campy Record and did a sailor's whip...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,524
Posted By 79pmooney

As I said in my post last page, I do the heel...

As I said in my post last page, I do the heel test barefoot. Almost everyone else I know who uses this does it in shoes. The great aspect of this test is that it is exact. 1mm either way and you...
04-01-21, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 307
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm not a gymnast and couldn't have been one when...

I'm not a gymnast and couldn't have been one when I was young. I'm clumsy. I raced in my 20s. I kept a simple mantra. Don't let go of the bars until after you hit the road. Means that you are...
03-31-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 358
Posted By 79pmooney

There are lots of different steels available in...

There are lots of different steels available in 1/4" plate including very high strength steels. Much of the structural advantage of forging happens as the plate is rolled. And for a builder, plate...
03-31-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 480
Posted By 79pmooney

There is one simple reason for ensuring that...

There is one simple reason for ensuring that big-big always works. This is especially true if 1) you ride hills and 2) if you like to ride hard up hills. Because if you do 2), you arrive at the top...
03-29-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,161
Posted By 79pmooney

Are the fits identical? If not, and the ti bike...

Are the fits identical? If not, and the ti bike is indeed faster, you now have real info on what works for your body. Think about it. Bike weight differences matter to the tune of the bike's...
03-29-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,357
Posted By 79pmooney

I use a plumb bob and measure back from the...

I use a plumb bob and measure back from the bottom bracket because that translates bite to bike and stems don't matter. For saddle tilt, a yardstick and measure down to the handlebars. (Yes,...
03-29-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 402
Posted By 79pmooney

So do I have this right? You rebuilt this wheel...

So do I have this right? You rebuilt this wheel but haven't addressed finding out if that is a crack? Yes, that will probably change the life of this hub before that crack goes through but it is...
03-29-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 641
Posted By 79pmooney

Some thoughts - rims can get really hot. ...

Some thoughts - rims can get really hot. (Pumping and alternating brakes can make a large difference. A short, hard braking, then a cooling period is far better than a long, steady drag on the...
03-28-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 899
Posted By 79pmooney

If I did that I'd be tempting Murphy. Tube...

If I did that I'd be tempting Murphy. Tube killing debris event first three rides.

That said, I hate these long valves. Even on the sorta deep Velocity Aeros, I'd rather have an old shorty and...
03-28-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 886
Posted By 79pmooney

I've never been hit by a car when I was the only...

I've never been hit by a car when I was the only one there. I've been hit by cars that pulled up behind me when I've stopped a couple of times. Not being legally required to stop when no one's...
03-28-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,314
Posted By 79pmooney

The awl that all bike mechanics have already on...

The awl that all bike mechanics have already on hand and that works well is the sharpened spoke. Here in Portland, called "pokey tools". Bend in a handle. A lot of us staple a couple of inches of...
03-28-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,507
Posted By 79pmooney

Ever time I've tried to name a bike, the same. ...

Ever time I've tried to name a bike, the same. Only names that have stuck were not from me.
03-27-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,084
Posted By 79pmooney

My Post 19 is corrected

I had degrees and angle interposed on my Post 19 of the fist page. Correct now. Sorry 'bout that'
03-27-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,507
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't name my bikes. But twice I've realized...

I don't name my bikes. But twice I've realized that this bike had a name. Year two of riding my Peter Mooney I was riding and it just came to me that the bike was named Pete. Not Peter like the...
03-27-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,355
Posted By 79pmooney

Nearsighted here. Been riding with glasses 55...

Nearsighted here. Been riding with glasses 55 years. (Contacts aren't an option for me.) I use wire framed conventional glasses. I choose my frames to be sturdy, with good temples that wrap...
03-27-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 859
Posted By 79pmooney

I've had pedals fall off from a combination of...

I've had pedals fall off from a combination of the bearings failing and not so tight installation. Lesson - check bearings. I don't carry pedal wrenches unless I"m doing a very long unsupported...
03-26-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,281
Posted By 79pmooney

The fun I've had in Portland more than a few...

The fun I've had in Portland more than a few times is flying past brakeless riders downhill. I ride downhill at close to geared bike speeds knowing that making the next corner or stopping at the...
03-26-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,357
Posted By 79pmooney

Broken record here stuck on the same old groove. ...

Broken record here stuck on the same old groove. This fascination with "level". I've been riding 50 years and started racing 45 years ago. I've never leveled a seat. I adjust them until they fit...
03-25-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,084
Posted By 79pmooney

For while you ride math in your head: 25% =...

For while you ride math in your head:

25% = 14 degrees. (Very near exact!)
10% < 6 degrees (5.71)

0.56 % per degree Edit: I got these mis-labeled!
1.78 degrees per %

The plot between...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-24-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,427
Posted By 79pmooney

LOOK compatible Deltas here. I have to run...

LOOK compatible Deltas here. I have to run no-float (knees). The Wellgo made Fortes work well and don't break the bank.

My biggest challenge clipping in is that I run three different systems and...
03-24-21, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,055
Posted By 79pmooney

At the first of seeing cord or very thin thread,...

At the first of seeing cord or very thin thread, getting sick of flats or I'm not trusting them. The Vittoria Open Pave on my Mooney has paper thin, very evenly worn tread but seems otherwise OK. ...
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