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10-22-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 155
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Posted By 63rickert

Training rides are very frequently faster than...

Training rides are very frequently faster than races and there's no need to rehearse here the reasons why. Everyone knows this. Races are about getting to the line first and no one cares if today's...
10-21-19, 04:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,334
Posted By 63rickert

Here you go ...

Here you go

https://bikyle.com/Cinelli_steel.htm

I've seen a couple of these. Neat and tidy. Vertical drops are not the worst variation. You could ask about the 72/73. Got to be super low...
10-21-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

I run equal pressure front and rear. Sometimes...

I run equal pressure front and rear. Sometimes all weight is on front, sometimes all weight is on rear. On hard braking a bike develops g-forces and weight, or force, on front wheel is more than the...
10-21-19, 09:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,258
Posted By 63rickert

Campy's bike parts business is a legacy line....

Campy's bike parts business is a legacy line. They would be fine selling no bike parts at all.

The day no one understands why Campy is the way they are and everyone rejoices in the iron heel of...
10-20-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

As you seem to be asking me specifically.... ...

As you seem to be asking me specifically....

I can't recommend a pressure. To make a first guess would need to know how much you and bike weigh and which tire you have. And how wide it is if it is...
10-20-19, 11:39 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Mavic was the only rim brand that owned their own...

Mavic was the only rim brand that owned their own dies and made their own extrusions. Everyone else jobbed out the extrusions. So when the extrusions did not meet spec they'd tell their supplier to...
10-19-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Del Mondos never weighed as little as catalog...

Del Mondos never weighed as little as catalog spec. Always over 300 and 330 could happen. Just weighed a very well worn Challenge P-R. Missing tread weight probably much more than weight of glue...
10-19-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Take a close look at your valve. You will see...

Take a close look at your valve. You will see that it is made in two pieces. Two piece valves have been around at least since the 1990s and are now almost the only kind. Find the two small wrench...
10-18-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,443
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you Brauer for kind words. If cleanliness...

Thank you Brauer for kind words. If cleanliness is a primary consideration of course you should use wax.

There are other ways to keep clean. Who remembers Cinelli Bivalent hubs? This is 1950s...
10-18-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,226
Posted By 63rickert

I have seen that with the high price fashion...

I have seen that with the high price fashion stuff with advertising budgets. Try LL Bean and Eddie Bauer. Both have modern wool with the treatment that makes sweat wick away and not leave you soaking...
10-18-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,226
Posted By 63rickert

Yes. A few years back, can't promise it is still...

Yes. A few years back, can't promise it is still same. The jersey comes from China, is considerably better than you would expect from China. The embroidery is done at their shop, and their stitching...
10-18-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

My spectacle lenses are about at 1950. It's a...

My spectacle lenses are about at 1950. It's a struggle to pull myself into the current century. Am sometimes accused of living in the nineteenth century.

Which reminds me of another comment here...
10-17-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 469
Posted By 63rickert

Best lubricant for inner tubes is talcum powder....

Best lubricant for inner tubes is talcum powder. Use it liberally before installation. It is also possible to get it in there slowly while in process of removing a tire. Talc can make it seem like...
10-17-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By 63rickert

Patching a 1/2" hole is going to be hard...

Patching a 1/2" hole is going to be hard regardless. Agree it seems mysterious.

More warm water would be my first choice. If that doesn't work hang it up and let it dry for a week or six or...
10-17-19, 05:27 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Gold medals are not won on fragile equipment. Not...

Gold medals are not won on fragile equipment. Not a chance. Nothing endures random indiscriminate abuse. Everything is damaged by mockery and scorn.
10-16-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

This is exactly what is happening. If you...

This is exactly what is happening.

If you don't understand it, trash it.

Happened a while ago to a building I'd roofed. New owners couldn't figure out what that funny yellow stuff on the roof...
10-15-19, 08:36 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Was puzzling over the post above about how...

Was puzzling over the post above about how Vittoria Mastik will re-tack. I use that glue and have not observed as much. Then realized I've simply not had that many flats in recent years. Wear the...
10-14-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,443
Posted By 63rickert

First heard of measuring chain elongation in...

First heard of measuring chain elongation in 1966, from a maintenance article in the old American Cycling magazine, predecessor to the current Bicycling. Back then the rule was 1% stretch. My chain...
10-14-19, 01:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,443
Posted By 63rickert

He's claiming about twice what I expect to get....

He's claiming about twice what I expect to get. By keeping his chain so very clean he should get somewhat more than I get. My wife who weighs a mere 105 pounds basically uses one chain per bike. One...
10-12-19, 06:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,170
Posted By 63rickert

Thank you for reminding one and all that grease...

Thank you for reminding one and all that grease is oil and soap. This is why after working with grease it is possible to clean one's hands with soap and water. OP was asking about how to do the job...
10-12-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,869
Posted By 63rickert

This is being done right now. Some of us are...

This is being done right now. Some of us are using very light tires, sizing them wider, using much lower pressure. Latex inner tubes are stretchy, even if they do have other problems. In some ways it...
10-12-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By 63rickert

Stop worrying about pedal strike. Back when...

Stop worrying about pedal strike. Back when racers all used wide Campy 1037 pedals we all ground the outside corner of the pedal into the pavement on every corner. And never noticed a thing. It...
10-12-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
Posted By 63rickert

I used Schwalbe Big Apples on my commuter for a...

I used Schwalbe Big Apples on my commuter for a decade. After the third rear tire wore through with no flats decided those tires were just overbuilt. No flats for a decade is nice and Schwalbe...
10-12-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,869
Posted By 63rickert

Michelin Uptis airless tires are slated for...

Michelin Uptis airless tires are slated for release in 2024. Which is the sort of deadline that says it may or may not ever happen. The work involved in applying that tech to bicycles would be...
10-11-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,630
Posted By 63rickert

Lowering the saddle even a little bit can take a...

Lowering the saddle even a little bit can take a lot of weight off the handlebars.

Some of us are lucky with saddles and some go through lots of saddles. Lower and level was evidently a good...
10-11-19, 10:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,333
Posted By 63rickert

Agreed. What does cause problems is loose bolts...

Agreed. What does cause problems is loose bolts and wrong bolts/spacers. Whenever I've encountered complaints about deflection, stuck chain, bad shifting, the problem was the bolts. It is more...
10-11-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,630
Posted By 63rickert

Have you ridden it yet with saddle adjustment?...

Have you ridden it yet with saddle adjustment? One guess, and it is a guess, is that the post is not giving a full range of adjustment because the saddle is also as far forward as it can go. A couple...
10-11-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,630
Posted By 63rickert

Saddle on the Miyata is sloping down. This throws...

Saddle on the Miyata is sloping down. This throws weight to handlebars and means the rider will always be pushing on 'bars to get back up on the saddle. Looks more to me like need for a simple saddle...
10-10-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 265
Posted By 63rickert

https://www.grainger.com/product/WESTWARD-Adjustab...

https://www.grainger.com/product/WESTWARD-Adjustable-Blade-Hand-Reamer-4LGT5

This is a fairly basic cheap tool. Don't expect it to last forever. Fortunately reaming out a seat tube is not that...
10-10-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

What holds a tubular on the rim is both glue and...

What holds a tubular on the rim is both glue and the clamping force that comes from inflating the tire. The tire expands when inflated and that holds the tire tight to rim. Old dried glue on the rim...
10-09-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,075
Posted By 63rickert

Suggestion for Michigan would be Matt Assenmacher...

Suggestion for Michigan would be Matt Assenmacher in Flint. A friend just broke his tandem steerer while riding to Toronto with his daughter and Assenmacher had him back on road the following...
10-09-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

I live in the past. As much as possible. Will go...

I live in the past. As much as possible. Will go ride a 70 year old bike in an hour. But some stuff from the current era does work.

Sealant fixes flats for tubulars. Any small puncture is easily...
10-09-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

Non-eyeletted rims were once simply known as...

Non-eyeletted rims were once simply known as washer rims. Some mfrs supply the washers and some don't. I started building wheels over 50 years ago so some of my knowledge might be regarded as simply...
10-09-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 265
Posted By 63rickert

Totally agree with all of the above. One more...

Totally agree with all of the above. One more point is seatposts are not accurately sized. And they too can be less than round. Check the seatposts you are already working with against a good vernier...
10-08-19, 04:46 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

My memories are quite different. Never saw a tire...

My memories are quite different. Never saw a tire as narrow as 22mm until 1973. They were Clement Strada 66. I was working at the shop that year and I was the one who opened the crate. Looked at...
10-07-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

It also took me some time to adjust to the...

It also took me some time to adjust to the passing of red glue. The new glues are basically contact cement. Glue on both rim and on base tape. When you true up the tire it is real different from...
10-07-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Those are some real nice results. And you know...

Those are some real nice results. And you know how you did it. Still does not look like what happened on autopilot in old days.

I am using a Jandd seatbag for tubulars. Either a late 70s or early...
10-07-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Tubulars are a superior system. Period. Heard...

Tubulars are a superior system. Period. Heard that recently?

Instead, terms of discussion are set by those who can't and don't. Plus those who had a bad experience forty years ago and can't quit....
10-06-19, 04:36 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 9,920
Posted By 63rickert

Panaracer sealant. Used in tubulars remains wet a...

Panaracer sealant. Used in tubulars remains wet a very long time. There are and have been butyl tubed tubulars in which sealant remains active for years. Leave the tube dry until first puncture....
10-06-19, 03:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

Referring to link already posted above the mfr...

Referring to link already posted above the mfr gives 110kg as max total load for a bike with zac19 rims. OP has stated the tandem in question weighs 470 pounds. Mfr has several other rims with rated...
10-05-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 8,630
Posted By 63rickert

If you want to know something, do an experiment....

If you want to know something, do an experiment. Ride with different width tires. A good experiment would use the same bike and completely similar tires. For example Continental GP5000 exist in...
10-04-19, 11:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By 63rickert

50.4mm bcd crank arm. Tourists and tandems...

50.4mm bcd crank arm. Tourists and tandems wanting extra low gears have been mounting freewheel cogs onto them since forever. Requires a bit of machine shop work but no big deal and all pretty...
10-01-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

A further note. Often, not always but often, a...

A further note. Often, not always but often, a washer helps the spoke nipple find alignment. Hardware store washers do this, specific nipple washers do it better. I've a small stock of Raleigh...
10-01-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

Link to manufacturer's site: ...

Link to manufacturer's site: https://www.ryde.nl/zac-19

Max tension is given as 1300Nm. Also please note they consider this as a lighter duty rim. I would agree with that. Upgrade to Andra. Even...
10-01-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,386
Posted By 63rickert

I think the app is not useful. I can keep track...

I think the app is not useful. I can keep track of readings in my head as the build goes along. For people who need an app to do anything it's probably OK. From a marketing perspective they have to...
10-01-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,386
Posted By 63rickert

I have in my collection a wheel built fully 60...

I have in my collection a wheel built fully 60 years ago with very even tension, plus or minus 5% all the way around. Quite certain that wheel was never examined with a tension meter before I did it....
10-01-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,978
Posted By 63rickert

Worked a lifetime in coatings. Simply do not...

Worked a lifetime in coatings. Simply do not believe you can find a retail paint store owner anywhere who will sell you lead paint. Those guys live under a microscope and know the law. Light-fingered...
09-29-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

Unfortunate that any discussion of wheelbuilding...

Unfortunate that any discussion of wheelbuilding is always shrouded in arcana. With modern tools and current rims the task is accessible to all.

Just for the record I've not seen an OR10 in a very...
09-29-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

1200Nm will be fine. Any rim can take that. Two...

1200Nm will be fine. Any rim can take that. Two caveats. First is that if the rim lacks eyelets you simply must use spoke washers. For OEM builds this step is omitted. OEM builds are seldom very...
09-29-19, 09:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,169
Posted By 63rickert

Test. Why is logging in unpredictable?

Test. Why is logging in unpredictable?
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