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Forum: Foo
10-13-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 839
Posted By Trakhak

That's an amazing album, a document of the band...

That's an amazing album, a document of the band at the height of their powers, and a perfect demonstration of why the term "great" is nearly meaningless in evaluating musicians.

Keith Moon was far...
Forum: Foo
10-13-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 839
Posted By Trakhak

You're right that Clapton didn't directly answer...

You're right that Clapton didn't directly answer the question, probably because the implied juvenile level of obsession with who can play the fastest or most complicated drumming patterns didn't...
10-13-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By Trakhak

You've just discovered why cycling shoes have...

You've just discovered why cycling shoes have stiff soles.

Some people can get away with using running shoes for cycling, especially for short distances. Sounds like you're not one of those people.
10-13-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,741
Posted By Trakhak

I stripped the hub on my first track bike (in...

I stripped the hub on my first track bike (in 1965; French-threaded hub, BSA-threaded cog). The veteran mechanic at the shop where my parents bought the bike for me wrapped the hub threads with...
Forum: Foo
10-13-19, 06:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 839
Posted By Trakhak

Although I've never seen it mentioned anywhere,...

Although I've never seen it mentioned anywhere, Keith Moon's drumming was double-tracked on at least some Who recordings. Listen to I Can See For Miles; the double-tracking is obvious.
...
Forum: Foo
10-12-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 839
Posted By Trakhak

About Baker's bona fides: he came to be highly...

About Baker's bona fides: he came to be highly respected and even considered one of their own by the American jazz drummers he admired the most and was close friends with Art Blakey and Max Roach....
10-12-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,115
Posted By Trakhak

You'd never know it from reading Bike Forums, but...

You'd never know it from reading Bike Forums, but steel bikes are a very small part of the market, and for good reasons. Manufacturers predominantly use aluminum because that material enables the...
10-11-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 759
Posted By Trakhak

Try taking a photo from a greater distance,...

Try taking a photo from a greater distance, perhaps outdoors. The combination of circles and level and slanted lines in bikes seems to reveal distortion in images that would be unnoticed in other...
10-11-19, 05:37 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,257
Posted By Trakhak

Agree, except I'd replace everything after "Get...

Agree, except I'd replace everything after "Get copies of" with Between The Buttons. And with The Who Sell Out, of course.
10-11-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,257
Posted By Trakhak

Nothing by Pink Floyd after their first album,...

Nothing by Pink Floyd after their first album, Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, holds any interest for me. Or, to put it another way, I'll take playful over ponderous every time.
10-07-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 756
Posted By Trakhak

You can try to contact Richie Sachs via his...

You can try to contact Richie Sachs via his website: richardsachs.com (https://www.richardsachs.com/)

E-mail some pictures to him: at the very least, a picture of the whole bike from the...
10-02-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
Posted By Trakhak

I sold Cannondale bikes from their introduction...

I sold Cannondale bikes from their introduction up to the mid-'90s and never encountered a crap rider.

The more likely explanation for their mixed reputation is that some people who had ridden...
Forum: Foo
09-28-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,180
Posted By Trakhak

Another side of Jo Stafford: Jonathan and...

Another side of Jo Stafford:

Jonathan and Darlene Edwards (Paul Weston and Jo Stafford: Cocktails for Two
09-25-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,941
Posted By Trakhak

There might be a bit of a bias in favor of...

There might be a bit of a bias in favor of Japanese bikes such as Centurions among the C&V crowd here. They're great bikes, but there are others worth considering.

For example, some of us consider...
09-23-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,252
Posted By Trakhak

When I worked in a shop, when all else failed in...

When I worked in a shop, when all else failed in attempts to remove a stuck seatpost, we'd take the bike over to the car repair shop next door, where a mechanic would use an air hammer on the bottom...
09-22-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 342
Posted By Trakhak

True, but there are people who insist that...

True, but there are people who insist that derailleur-equipped bikes should never have a problem with being pedaled backwards.

To any of those people who happen to read this thread: yes, it's...
09-19-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By Trakhak

Night School Hi-Q

Night School Hi-Q
09-18-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 515
Posted By Trakhak

I was working in a bike store in Connecticut in...

I was working in a bike store in Connecticut in the late '60s and early '70s: we removed and discarded fender sets from every Frejus, Legnano, and (I think) Atala bike that we assembled, week after...
09-16-19, 02:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,255
Posted By Trakhak

I tried sunscreen for one ride many years ago but...

I tried sunscreen for one ride many years ago but disliked how it felt, so I rode without any protection for years for up to 6 hours per ride. As a consequence, I developed burns on the skin on my...
09-16-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,371
Posted By Trakhak

At 175 pounds, if you're much under six feet...

At 175 pounds, if you're much under six feet tall, there might not be much benefit to standing for you. Standing and climbing works best for skinny riders. Alberto Contador said that he would often...
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Trakhak

For TT bikes of that design, you can ignore the...

For TT bikes of that design, you can ignore the length of the seat tube. For sizing, measure the effective horizontal top tube length. It should be the same as or very close to that of a road bike...
09-13-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,192
Posted By Trakhak

+1. Tried flats for a week when my road racer...

+1. Tried flats for a week when my road racer pals and I started mountain biking in 1984, and I have the scars to prove it. Ever since, I've used toe clips (at first with straps and then without)....
09-11-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 14,607
Posted By Trakhak

Lenticular wheels FTW!

Lenticular wheels FTW!
09-11-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 14,607
Posted By Trakhak

As a data point, the French term used to refer to...

As a data point, the French term used to refer to early funny bikes was "plongeant."
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,825
Posted By Trakhak

The OP was saying that the '80s Colnago was...

The OP was saying that the '80s Colnago was described as having a more aggressive geometry than comparable modern road bikes, not the other way around.

There was a period in the '80s when some...
09-07-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,386
Posted By Trakhak

A local racer who won many national and state...

A local racer who won many national and state titles starting in the 1960s, when asked how he decided which setup to use for a given race, said, "If I'm pretty sure I don't have much of a chance in a...
09-07-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 39,631
Posted By Trakhak

Over 55 years since my first racing bike,...

Over 55 years since my first racing bike, countless hundreds of thousands of racing and training miles, and I instinctively go into the drops for the scariest emergency braking situations.
...
09-07-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 39,631
Posted By Trakhak

Note that one of the pictures is of a BMC rider...

Note that one of the pictures is of a BMC rider descending while on the hoods while the guys behind him are in super-aero tucks, indicating that they're doing some serious speed.

Though, in...
09-01-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,188
Posted By Trakhak

Exhibit A of what, and how does "Exhibit A"...

Exhibit A of what, and how does "Exhibit A" pertain to the question posed by ILTB?
08-31-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,119
Posted By Trakhak

Agree, except he said cheap. Bulk old-fashioned...

Agree, except he said cheap. Bulk old-fashioned or quick oats are a much better buy. Despite what many seem to believe, non-steel-cut oats are no less nutritious than steel-cut oats and cost...
08-31-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,654
Posted By Trakhak

Cycling has many beneficial effects, but building...

Cycling has many beneficial effects, but building muscle is not among them. The best elite-level cyclists have surprisingly minimal musculature but an exceptionally good strength/weight ratio. Weight...
08-27-19, 05:07 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,035
Posted By Trakhak

Answering the OP's question directly, to avoid...

Answering the OP's question directly, to avoid being chided by the self-appointed thread police:

I was always still in control at the fastest speed my track bike was capable of on steep descents....
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 23,015
Posted By Trakhak

Andy Hampsten was quoted in the 1980s as saying...

Andy Hampsten was quoted in the 1980s as saying that the only thing scarier than descending on his titanium bike was climbing on his steel bike. But that was before aluminum bikes and then CF bikes...
08-25-19, 10:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,773
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. It took me an embarrassingly long time to...

Yes. It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that, for the majority of the time I'm on a bike, I should use the HRM as a limiter rather than to try to beat my previous high heart rate...
08-25-19, 03:54 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,105
Posted By Trakhak

The stock Ogre is sold with a 10-speed cassette....

The stock Ogre is sold with a 10-speed cassette. It's a 1X setup, but many touring cyclists know and trust triple cranksets. Also, many would prefer (or, at the least, not reject) 180 rotors on a...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-22-19, 03:14 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 23,015
Posted By Trakhak

As I recall, Pinarello wouldn't let him keep any...

As I recall, Pinarello wouldn't let him keep any of his team bikes because he quit racing before the contract was up. Indurain asked his pals in the peleton for recommendations, and the decision came...
08-21-19, 02:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 721
Posted By Trakhak

Unless it's a trick of the photo, looks as if the...

Unless it's a trick of the photo, looks as if the rear brake is too short; the pad appears to have been cutting into the tire sidewall.
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,447
Posted By Trakhak

You probably mean your draisienne.

You probably mean your draisienne.
Forum: Commuting
08-15-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,479
Posted By Trakhak

Addressing just this one point in your initial...

Addressing just this one point in your initial post, decent guitars and amps can be had at extremely low prices via either Amazon or Craigslist, to name only two potential sources. I'd buy one of...
Forum: Foo
08-15-19, 03:20 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,452
Posted By Trakhak

From the Mayoclinic.org website: Tap water...

From the Mayoclinic.org website:

Tap water and bottled water are generally comparable in terms of safety. So the choice of tap or bottled is mostly a matter of personal preference.

The Food and...
08-14-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,654
Posted By Trakhak

From what I've read, that's untrue, at least as...

From what I've read, that's untrue, at least as stated, for endurance activity.

See the section concerning endurance athletes on this page....
08-12-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,197
Posted By Trakhak

Either that, or you have a maximum comfortable...

Either that, or you have a maximum comfortable cadence and you avoid spinning faster than that, which would limit your speed on the 74-inch-gear bike.

FWIW, 74 inches is what most British time...
08-12-19, 02:50 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,197
Posted By Trakhak

Maybe your most efficient cadence is about the...

Maybe your most efficient cadence is about the same as your running pace. That's my uneducated guess, based on nothing other than the fact that cycling uses muscles that evolved for running. Also,...
08-10-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,720
Posted By Trakhak

The issue raised in the opening post is all but...

The issue raised in the opening post is all but irrelevant. Assuming a wheel is built competently and at the correct tension for the type of spoke used, both double-butted and straight-gauge spokes...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-19, 02:05 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,359
Posted By Trakhak

Some of us can motor along indefinitely in aero...

Some of us can motor along indefinitely in aero bars with a flat back. I can, at 67, and I never stretch.
08-09-19, 01:33 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,754
Posted By Trakhak

Stretching the way a cat or dog does (i.e., the...

Stretching the way a cat or dog does (i.e., the way you do when you yawn, and for no more than 10 seconds or so) isn't likely to be a detriment to performance. More than that can be (by, e.g.,...
Forum: Foo
08-08-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,871
Posted By Trakhak

You picked the wrong example. That's the 30-gB...

You picked the wrong example. That's the 30-gB Zune player. Up to 7,500 songs!
08-07-19, 04:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Trakhak

Messenger stories

Working as a messenger in Manhattan in 1977 was the most enjoyable job I ever had. Bike Forums should have a subforum devoted to messenger stories. Such as:

Me (middle of the day, having just had...
08-06-19, 04:06 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,511
Posted By Trakhak

I know what it's like to get such an idea in your...

I know what it's like to get such an idea in your head---in this case, the need for a new carbon fork---but, that said, you'll improve the comfort of the ride just as much by simply double-wrapping...
08-05-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 757
Posted By Trakhak

Don't remember anyone complaining about Q factor...

Don't remember anyone complaining about Q factor until diatribes on the topic began appearing over and over again in the Rivendell Reader. Pedersen may have invented the term, for all I know. (He...
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