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10-28-20, 02:28 PM
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Posted By 63rickert

What keeps a bicycle upright is the rider. Tires...

What keeps a bicycle upright is the rider. Tires play a part, it is still mostly the rider. Put your saddle down for winter. Lower center of gravity makes any vehicle more stable. Being notionally...
10-25-20, 04:36 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,093
Posted By 63rickert

Addressed to your attention perhaps because you...

Addressed to your attention perhaps because you seem to still have an input device attached to your brain. Not much point is saying anything to those who merely repeat what they read in an...
10-24-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 7,093
Posted By 63rickert

OK, now imagine the oncoming rider has two strobe...

OK, now imagine the oncoming rider has two strobe lights mounted, each on a different speed and pattern. He’s riding with two buddies, who each have similar lights, all on different speeds and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-24-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,847
Posted By 63rickert

I first heard of core strength in the 1970s and...

I first heard of core strength in the 1970s and it was core strength for cycling. No, this is not a new fashionable concept. It has been around.

Look at how cyclists are built. Please do not look...
10-23-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,911
Posted By 63rickert

225rpm is a lot. Possible when I was younger....

225rpm is a lot. Possible when I was younger. Recently did 180 down a smaller hill on 48x19. One of the few problems with FG is that for those of us who are getting senior we tend to drag brake on...
10-23-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,328
Posted By 63rickert

ClydeClydeson @ #24...

ClydeClydeson @ #24 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=24) is correct and very correct. Chain on a fixed gear bike is never operated taut. In addition to the...
10-22-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By 63rickert

First thing a bike painter does is a full bare...

First thing a bike painter does is a full bare metal inspection. Someone who coats pistols has no idea what to look for. When I get frames painted basic alignment is an included service. Very much...
10-22-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By 63rickert

There are two common ways to damage a seat lug....

There are two common ways to damage a seat lug. One is to use an undersized post and force the lug ears inward in hopes of getting it tight. The other is to have the seat very high with inadequate...
10-21-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 692
Posted By 63rickert

In third photo there is some sort of...

In third photo there is some sort of flange/washer/nut on back surface of pad holder and it is hanging up on the thick washer of the eyebolt. Move the post in towards the rim one millimeter and...
10-20-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By 63rickert

Any bike painter should take care of this as a...

Any bike painter should take care of this as a normal part of the service. If you are using someone who does specialty coatings who doesn’t know bikes expect a world of problems.
10-19-20, 04:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 422
Posted By 63rickert

Shimano does not do parts service. In past they...

Shimano does not do parts service. In past they sort of maybe would occasionally have parts service. Lack of parts service never hurt them.

Campagnolo had exemplary and extraordinary parts service...
10-01-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 788
Posted By 63rickert

You forgot 597. British 26x1-1/4 or Schwinn...

You forgot 597. British 26x1-1/4 or Schwinn 26x1-3/8.
09-30-20, 06:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 893
Posted By 63rickert

The downside of pudendal neuralgia would be a...

The downside of pudendal neuralgia would be a lifetime of celibacy and adult diapers. This forum may not be the best place to seek medical advice.

Have you seen a neurologist? Has a nerve...
09-27-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,817
Posted By 63rickert

Time for my Lon Haldeman story. This happened in...

Time for my Lon Haldeman story. This happened in a little race that was only 30 or so miles from chez Haldeman. Lon was spectating, not racing. I was in a little chase group of four, we were well...
09-01-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

OK, French is 16mm. The 15.5mm number comes from...

OK, French is 16mm. The 15.5mm number comes from the Bikesmith/Stonich webpage. Silly me, I believed that. The guy is a toolmaker, he would own good measuring tools, would know how to use them. And...
08-31-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

The crank is on the bike. It sits at 180 degrees...

The crank is on the bike. It sits at 180 degrees without bothering the right crank. Found the mechanic who could do it. Many here would know him, he does not like being on forums. So that shall...
08-29-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Scott Wastyn greets you at door with “No old...

Scott Wastyn greets you at door with “No old bikes” and a shake of his head. If you try to say anything to him he merely repeats “No old bikes”. As best I know Oscar, Jr. is still alive and would do...
08-29-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I have paid a guy to do it. I paid two different...

I have paid a guy to do it. I paid two different guys to do it. When they failed is when the DIY attempt started.

Crank spindle is not a brush and cotter pin is not a canvas. What happens is a big...
08-29-20, 10:42 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I read what Rudi wrote and thought I understood...

I read what Rudi wrote and thought I understood it. Examined the parts and thought something made sense. If all that is wrong back to someplace before square one.

The total difference between...
08-29-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I know of Gary’s, should get to know them. All...

I know of Gary’s, should get to know them. All others are very familiar. Two of the shops on your list have done the job - this job, this crank - and made a mess of it. That was the point at which I...
08-28-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,104
Posted By 63rickert

It can be and has been done both ways and both...

It can be and has been done both ways and both ways work. Backwards looks strange and goofy and reason enough to leave it alone. Has definitely been a remedy that works for brakes where everything...
08-28-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

That sounds at least as slick as many of my...

That sounds at least as slick as many of my projects. Will guess 50 or 60 hours have now been spent on this single cotter pin. Which is why all these posts do not seem wholly unreasonable. Though it...
08-28-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, it is 9.0. The crank is early 60s Simplex...

Yes, it is 9.0. The crank is early 60s Simplex French. The cotter fits smoothly through the hole. An English 9.5 does not go in the hole at all. The batch of cotters I have are 8.8 to 8.9. Diameter...
08-28-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

OK, I eyeballed it as you say and that view does...

OK, I eyeballed it as you say and that view does make it clear that any angle cut is going to engage the flat. Or it will if the pin will go in. When I try to visualize this and get a ‘cut here’...
08-28-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

The pins I have are like #1...

The pins I have are like #1 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=1) and I believe they are Sunlite. Current production the cut is even shorter. I have cut some back to...
08-28-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

The gouges have mostly been towards the top, so...

The gouges have mostly been towards the top, so that would be underfiled. Some are just about in middle. No rhyme or reason I can see for why it moves so much. It all feels like I am trying to do...
08-28-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

The pin that is still working was installed with...

The pin that is still working was installed with a Var7 and is thus no guide.

I believe you when you say cotters come out OK for you. It was the overwhelmingly dominant system for over 80 years,...
08-27-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you Rudi. Thank you francophile. ...

Thank you Rudi.

Thank you francophile.

I have to take a break from this. Will follow up on all you have posted but just have to have a break.
08-27-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I ride my bike. I ride it a lot. Have done so for...

I ride my bike. I ride it a lot. Have done so for a very long time.

When I don’t know how something works I take it to a mechanic. The mechanics are gone.

Yesterday I had a forty minute...
08-27-20, 12:01 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

If it was 1978 and it was a low value bike and...

If it was 1978 and it was a low value bike and there was a container of low value bikes out back waiting to be assembled and I was being paid hourly I would use a sledgehammer.

Many many reports...
08-27-20, 11:51 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

That is interesting and useful. All my cranks are...

That is interesting and useful. All my cranks are old and quite thin. The attempt to use the Bikesmith tool was a disaster and now am sure there is no further need to think about that.

I am...
08-27-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Interesting but not useful. I don’t have your bag...

Interesting but not useful. I don’t have your bag of cotters. There is some reason that casual fitting of type described works. I am getting a lot of reports that casual work often does the job. But...
08-27-20, 11:34 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Right. Skip one or two or five steps and pretend...

Right. Skip one or two or five steps and pretend that you said something. This is why it is so hard to learn anything in a place like this.
08-27-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Yes to the part about gouges. Each test fit that...

Yes to the part about gouges. Each test fit that seems to work well enough to attempt riding there is a gouge across the face of the wedge. The pins inserted with LBS Var tools also made a gouge. The...
08-26-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you for that perspective. You are right....

Thank you for that perspective. You are right. Glad you said it out loud.

An analogy. I have read dozens of versions of how to build a wheel. Some well written some badly written. Most include...
08-25-20, 11:55 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I don’t currently own a vise because I have...

I don’t currently own a vise because I have broken two. Have also broken a big shop vise and a friends machinist vise. Also have never been able to get anything to sit still in a vise ever. Don’t you...
08-25-20, 11:30 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

I am trying to get one arm on one end of the...

I am trying to get one arm on one end of the spindle and have a bike to ride. The left arm came loose. Original installation lasted maybe 3000 miles and then creak. For time being it is a fixed gear...
08-25-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

That is interesting. It makes sense. I cannot...

That is interesting. It makes sense. I cannot even imagine getting all that set up in a vice nor can I imagine a vise of that perfection outside a machine shop.

In distant past mechanics I knew...
08-25-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

It is proper diameter. One of few things I am...

It is proper diameter. One of few things I am sure of.

The pins don’t go in far at all. First LBS attempt (with Var 7) the mark on pin was a little groove maybe 1mm up the face of the wedge. So...
08-25-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Bikesmith tool shoved a big gall of metal up the...

Bikesmith tool shoved a big gall of metal up the wedge face of pin. Not even going to try to figure that out.
08-25-20, 07:21 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Last iteration has the whole ramp twisting off to...

Last iteration has the whole ramp twisting off to the side. No longer a question of high spot, am looking at turning three dimensions into two. Which is quite a trick. Not sure if this pin can go any...
08-25-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Understand the principle. Already did that. Doubt...

Understand the principle. Already did that. Doubt I am attempting to execute anything at all like what you are doing. Just not getting the file to address only the indicated spots. It all gets cut...
08-25-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 3,252
Posted By 63rickert

Fitting cotter pins

Is there any on this forum who know how to file cotters and can explain it?

Two LBS have tried and failed with a Var #7. Both times young mechanics who may never have used that tool before. It is...
08-25-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By 63rickert

Ah, 18T cogs. We have a traditionalist. I would...

Ah, 18T cogs. We have a traditionalist. I would like to, but never seem to get warmed up starting on that.
08-24-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By 63rickert

A few weeks back was just riding along with a...

A few weeks back was just riding along with a much slower friend when a fast group came by. And then I felt a familiar hand on my backside giving a big solid madison push. Was instantly midfield in a...
08-24-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 483
Posted By 63rickert

The problem is there are no standards. The bike...

The problem is there are no standards. The bike industry has resolutely resisted all attempts to impose standards. In particular the American branch of the industry does nothing but throw monkey...
08-23-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 597
Posted By 63rickert

Yes they can be too long. Most of us are not...

Yes they can be too long. Most of us are not threading on a pump hose. We push on a pump head. Longer stems have leverage. I’ve not personally snapped off a valve stem but have seen it happen. When...
08-22-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By 63rickert

Just measured and compared a 2003 Suzue fixed hub...

Just measured and compared a 2003 Suzue fixed hub against a 1930s FB and a 1960s Campagnolo. The lockring threading/spacing is set up to work with thicker cogs on the more recent hub. 30s FB and 60s...
08-22-20, 07:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, modern cogs are thicker. Also tend to be...

Yes, modern cogs are thicker. Also tend to be plain flat slabs of metal with some teeth around the outside. Old fixed cogs are machined to be thinner in the middle. To give the lock ring a place to...
08-21-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 784
Posted By 63rickert

A longtime riding partner and dear friend died of...

A longtime riding partner and dear friend died of Graves. She was also a professor, taught endocrinology, was a leading authority on the disease. She was a PhD and a researcher. MDs frequently...
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