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12-02-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 483
Posted By Retro Grouch

Acquire a bike, any bike, for yourself. Cheap is...

Acquire a bike, any bike, for yourself. Cheap is okay. Don't worry about brands excessively. The bicycle manufacturer really only manufactures the frame and they buy all of the components. The...
11-27-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 624
Posted By Retro Grouch

My wife was 30 and pregnant when I taught her to...

My wife was 30 and pregnant when I taught her to ride a bicycle. I didn't even take off her pedals, just lowered her seat and told her to push it like a balance bike. Within a couple of hours she...
11-10-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 697
Posted By Retro Grouch

Which one fits you better? Bike fit affects...

Which one fits you better?

Bike fit affects your power, comfort and performance every single minute that you are on the bike. Nothing else even comes close in importance. If you were buying a...
11-09-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,610
Posted By Retro Grouch

Whenever somebody mentions bicyclists rolling...

Whenever somebody mentions bicyclists rolling past stop signs I make this offer: "Meet me at an intersection of your choice that has four stop signs. For every car that comes to a full and complete...
11-03-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,810
Posted By Retro Grouch

My wife's car not only still has crank up windows...

My wife's car not only still has crank up windows but you can only unlock it with a key.
11-03-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,810
Posted By Retro Grouch

Now see, that's what happens when you do too much...

Now see, that's what happens when you do too much shopping on line. They only show you the stuff that you already know about and are actively looking for.

You need those retro paper catalogues...
10-31-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,941
Posted By Retro Grouch

Where did you start and finish? If you start and...

Where did you start and finish? If you start and finish in the same place for every single foot of that 35,000 ' elevation gain you also had a foot of downhill coasting.
10-31-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 632
Posted By Retro Grouch

A little off topic but have you tried hoseing out...

A little off topic but have you tried hoseing out your shifters with WD-40 and maybe a good blast of compressed air? That often does wonders and the price is right.
10-30-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,580
Posted By Retro Grouch

Buy yourself a lottery ticket. If you win, you...

Buy yourself a lottery ticket. If you win, you can buy any bicycle you want for yourself. The winning odds are roughly the same as that bike not having been stolen.
10-27-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 8,595
Posted By Retro Grouch

Exectutive Summary: 1. If you ride your...

Exectutive Summary:

1. If you ride your bicycle enough, you will almost surely at some time experience a puncture.
2. The "A" solution is to have the skill and carry the appropriate supplies to...
10-25-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 8,595
Posted By Retro Grouch

You don't need your own driver's license. One...

You don't need your own driver's license. One day while I was cleaning out our clothes dryer vent I found driver's licenses with my older son's name and birth day and my younger son's picture.
10-12-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,086
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope. No matter what you do you are going to get...

Nope. No matter what you do you are going to get older and eventually you will die. How do you want to enjoy your life until that happens?
10-02-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 318
Posted By Retro Grouch

Probably not. You're only reducing your...

Probably not.

You're only reducing your chainring teeth by 2. Your chain only wraps around 1/2 of the chainring so that's 1 tooth. You can only shorten your chain by a minimum of 2 links (a wide...
10-02-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 632
Posted By Retro Grouch

Every time that I ride I make myself aware of any...

Every time that I ride I make myself aware of any maintenance that I think should be done to that bike. Then I make an effort to get it done before I it again. That's pretty much all that I do.
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09-30-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,350
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently made the decision to convert to...

I recently made the decision to convert to Schrader valves over this winter for that very reason.
09-28-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 579
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check posts 3,4,5 & 6. It can be done, but there...

Check posts 3,4,5 & 6. It can be done, but there are a lot of details to check for. Since your purpose is to carry the bike in the trunk of your car, it might be simpler, cheaper and more reliable...
09-19-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 628
Posted By Retro Grouch

I always tell people that it's better to use a...

I always tell people that it's better to use a $20. That way you are more likely to open up the tire and fix it properly after you get home.
09-15-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By Retro Grouch

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a...

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a little bit older than me. For the record, I ride a Catrike 559, much sportier than that three wheeled contraption you are looking for. I'm selective...
09-15-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,081
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you owned two cars why would you want them to...

If you owned two cars why would you want them to be exactly the same? Why should bikes be any different?
09-01-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 771
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too...

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too much to be a Deadhead.
08-27-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 986
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's all that you need to know.

That's all that you need to know.
08-25-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,099
Posted By Retro Grouch

Another recent poster asked the same question in...

Another recent poster asked the same question in slightly different terms. He was considering buying a different bike while his present bike was still serviceable.

It's a left brain/ right brain...
08-25-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 836
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it! Our first tandem bicycle was a...

Just do it!

Our first tandem bicycle was a Schwinn Twinn coaster brake bike that had been left out in the weather. I converted it to a useable 15 speed bike for about $75 or $80 dollars out of...
08-23-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,893
Posted By Retro Grouch

You are making a left brain/ right brain...

You are making a left brain/ right brain decision.

Pure left brain people see a bicycle as only a functional tool.
Pure right brain people see a bicycle as a toy.

Everybody draws the line...
08-21-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By Retro Grouch

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings...

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings look real pointy on the tops of the teeth. Those are still nice and round.
08-19-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 10,466
Posted By Retro Grouch

So your trike is lugged and brazed?

So your trike is lugged and brazed?
08-11-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 281
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that the older you get the more you'll...

I think that the older you get the more you'll appreciate having a bike work stand.
08-11-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,326
Posted By Retro Grouch

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I...

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I visited a shop that I used to work at and visited with the owner. He said everything he's projected to receive through February is already pre-sold. ...
08-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,578
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Buy nice or buy twice."

"Buy nice or buy twice."
08-11-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 499
Posted By Retro Grouch

What are you trying to accomplish? I...

What are you trying to accomplish?

I thrashed with some pretty marginal bikes for decades trying to make them into something they weren't. It's all that I could afford at the time. My...
08-11-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,578
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that...

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that you think you want, what do you think you will do with it? If it's truly disposable income, a year from now you won't be able to remember what you...
08-09-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,384
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your...

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your husband. You may have noticed that men's and women's bodies aren't the same. Do you have to adjust the seat or rear vies mirror of the car after...
07-30-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,313
Posted By Retro Grouch

Your personal bicycle has only one purpose for...

Your personal bicycle has only one purpose for it's existence - that's to make you happy. Rim brakes have proven through the years to be adequate. Since that's your personal preference, I think you...
07-30-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,529
Posted By Retro Grouch

One word: "Catrike" it worked for me.

One word: "Catrike" it worked for me.
07-30-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 274
Posted By Retro Grouch

For what it's worth, I kind of like the faded...

For what it's worth, I kind of like the faded "ghost" version better.
07-28-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By Retro Grouch

There has got to be a reason why somebody thought...

There has got to be a reason why somebody thought that was a good thing to do. I just can't imagine what that reason that might be.
07-26-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 896
Posted By Retro Grouch

So the top stem bolt isn't clamping against...

So the top stem bolt isn't clamping against anything. Not something I'd do.
07-25-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently overhauled a bike for my daughter to...

I recently overhauled a bike for my daughter to ride with her grandson. Maybe they'll invite Mrs. Grouch and me to ride along with them some day.
07-25-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,010
Posted By Retro Grouch

That bike only has one purpose - to make you...

That bike only has one purpose - to make you happy. No other opinions count. At worst, if you decide you don't like it on the seat tube, you can move it to the other location.
07-23-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 588
Posted By Retro Grouch

Those are your options so you don't have to be...

Those are your options so you don't have to be super accurate, you only have to know which (if either) will fit your bike.

If you have a big Crescent wrench, tighten it loosely around your tube...
07-19-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By Retro Grouch

What does your brake cable look like? Any kinks?

What does your brake cable look like? Any kinks?
07-19-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 373
Posted By Retro Grouch

If I were buying new tubes, I'd look for tubes in...

If I were buying new tubes, I'd look for tubes in which their nominal size range included 28mm. I don't like paying for something that's not what I want.

If I already owned tubes that were...
07-19-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 820
Posted By Retro Grouch

I agree with deadhead and with the bike shop guy...

I agree with deadhead and with the bike shop guy who tried to talk you out of spending $150.00 to fix a $100.00 bike. I went through a period in my life when I acquired bike parts by cruising the...
07-19-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,893
Posted By Retro Grouch

It is entirely possible to lock up the front...

It is entirely possible to lock up the front wheel of a bicycle by hard braking on dry pavement. I've personally seen it done. The result is an over the handlebar crash.

Bicycle component...
07-19-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 861
Posted By Retro Grouch

Special tools are nice to have when you need one....

Special tools are nice to have when you need one. The truth is that doesn't happen as often as you are probably imagining. You will be surprised at how much bike maintenance you can do with just a...
07-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike, I'd wait another week.

If it was my bike, I'd wait another week.
07-19-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 427
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've always kept a spray bottle of Windex on my...

I've always kept a spray bottle of Windex on my workbench. Removing and installing hand grips is one of the purposes that I use it for. Those long rubber grips on nightstalker's bike might be...
07-18-20, 10:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 819
Posted By Retro Grouch

I just overhauled a bike for my daughter that had...

I just overhauled a bike for my daughter that had been stored outdoors under a tarp for probably 20 years, I replaced the chain, cassette and all four cables and overhauled the hubs. That was it.
07-17-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 617
Posted By Retro Grouch

A 9 1/2 inch step order sounds awfully low to me....

A 9 1/2 inch step order sounds awfully low to me. I think finding that is going to be a tall order.
07-04-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,078
Posted By Retro Grouch

Your first step should be to try to determine...

Your first step should be to try to determine what is causing the flats.

My guess isn't going to be any better than anybody else. Since you say you recently re-spoked, check your rim tape. The...
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