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11-28-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 449
Posted By Maelochs

I did a ton of miles on-road and off on a 1988...

I did a ton of miles on-road and off on a 1988 Bridgestone MB-4 .... an excellent machine. Tange chromoly frame, 18 speeds, canti front brake and rear U-brake … not great for off-road. Really good...
11-27-20, 09:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 645
Posted By Maelochs

I recall when "MTB:" bikes were upright rigids...

I recall when "MTB:" bikes were upright rigids with flat bars ...... What we might now call "rigid hybrids." 1.6" tires, canti brakes .... riding off-road was about skill and technique. Speeds were a...
11-27-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By Maelochs

Depends on the individual. Watch the pros, and...

Depends on the individual. Watch the pros, and some spin a tiny gear, some mash a huge gear, and most are in the middle .... but they are all different.
11-27-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By Maelochs

The only way tire pressure affects handling is if...

The only way tire pressure affects handling is if the pressure is low enough that the rim relative to the contact patch. I run pressures high enough to avoid pinch flats and tire flooping, because...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 359
Posted By Maelochs

Plenty of people have 20-yearold CF bikes and...

Plenty of people have 20-yearold CF bikes and plan to keep riding them.
11-27-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 388
Posted By Maelochs

Downtube shifters were generally used on more...

Downtube shifters were generally used on more serious bikes because it was assumed that riders would be down in the drop or low over the bars to lower wind resistance, while stem shifters were...
11-27-20, 05:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 988
Posted By Maelochs

You have been on this site long enough to know we...

You have been on this site long enough to know we need pics or it didn't happen.
11-26-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 388
Posted By Maelochs

It's a steel frame so it is stretchable, but I...

It's a steel frame so it is stretchable, but I would not want to try ten centimeters of stretch, unless I had another frame on hand.

Not sure what gear options you have .... go online and check....
11-26-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 388
Posted By Maelochs

Okay .... there are a few possibilities but...

Okay .... there are a few possibilities but since this is likely an older road bike .... almost certainly you have a bike which measures 126 mm between the dropouts. The other option, particularly...
11-26-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 374
Posted By Maelochs

No. it is absolutely impossible. Scientific...

No. it is absolutely impossible. Scientific evidence abounds. Google it.

Giving up or enjoying biking are not issues .... because adults are fundamentally incapable of learning to ride bikes.
...
11-26-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,676
Posted By Maelochs

Classic dilemma. Buy a crappy bike, don't...

Classic dilemma.

Buy a crappy bike, don't enjoy cycling, never know what you are missing .... or buy too much bike and if you don't like cycling, huge loss ....

And further ... you buy the...
11-25-20, 11:46 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

LOL .... comprehend much? Apparently not. ...

LOL .... comprehend much? Apparently not.

Good day to you, sir (or madam.)
11-25-20, 10:49 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

People are ... well it would be uncharitable to...

People are ... well it would be uncharitable to say "People are stupid," wouldn't it?

I live where I do. I ride the roads I have around me.

When I am a billionaire, I will move somewhere just...
11-25-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,966
Posted By Maelochs

Hopefully Moisture will not take offense at base2...

Hopefully Moisture will not take offense at base2 since base2 has a lot of gym experience ... but seriously .... they guy bounces when he spins his Mismatched cranks ....

Base2 took the time to...
11-25-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 558
Posted By Maelochs

Don't use tires .... you will be slow.

Don't use tires .... you will be slow.
11-25-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,676
Posted By Maelochs

if 35 pounds is too much to lift, will 25 be a...

if 35 pounds is too much to lift, will 25 be a significant improvement? Sure the OP could get a 17-lb bike, but doing so Just to make it easier to put on the car .... whatever one's priorities are,...
11-25-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

not sure about that lid ... how can you see...

not sure about that lid ... how can you see strafing fighter planes or incoming alien abductors?
11-25-20, 12:11 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

Fixed that for you ... :D Oh, for 130...

Fixed that for you ... :D

Oh, for 130 miles of safe trails .....
11-25-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,966
Posted By Maelochs

yeah, whatever. I am not looking for a fight. I...

yeah, whatever. I am not looking for a fight. I know that pretty much every cyclist I have known in the past 50 years who really stuck with it, learned to spin .... the one exception might be...
11-25-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,966
Posted By Maelochs

Ironfish653 said most of what I might have said...

Ironfish653 said most of what I might have said in post #52.

I'd imagine as time goes on you will learn to use less muscle and more lung while riding ... maybe not. It is normal to start out...
11-23-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,966
Posted By Maelochs

I have one of those on my shelf ... had issues...

I have one of those on my shelf ... had issues with one crank arm, and swapped it out until another came in the mail, never ut it back. Did a ton of miles on it as a commuter---excellent...
11-23-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

Chacun a son gout.

Chacun a son gout.
11-23-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

Nah .... I'd love it if all drivers gave me a...

Nah .... I'd love it if all drivers gave me a wide berth, regardless of why.

Most do okay.

The next worst, of course, are the ones that refuse to pass, creating a long line of frustrated...
11-23-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

I have to disagree here. The only oil which...

I have to disagree here. The only oil which matters is INSIDE the chain--in the rollers and pins. The stuff Outside the chain is excess, and only serves to attract abrasive grit which destroys not...
11-23-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

The chain-lube fanatics are scouring the internet...

The chain-lube fanatics are scouring the internet for clues to your whereabouts. Don't be surprised to wake up one night with a flaming bottle of Tri-Flo on your front lawn. :D

I wax some of my...
11-23-20, 05:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By Maelochs

Acute paranoia? I didn't notice what country...

Acute paranoia?

I didn't notice what country you hail from until you mentioned it.

As a matter of fact, cubewheels, I was the one counseling you not to get all worked up about responses, in...
11-22-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By Maelochs

Ummmm ... . why is it that you seem to believe...

Ummmm ... . why is it that you seem to believe that a fatbike is more corrosion-resistant then a bike with thinner tires? Are there magic tires?
11-22-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,429
Posted By Maelochs

Nah ... they will probably ask you to Share some...

Nah ... they will probably ask you to Share some of what you are smoking.

Sorry, just stereotyping to kill time.
11-22-20, 07:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,429
Posted By Maelochs

I was halfway through when I realized the proper...

I was halfway through when I realized the proper question is "Are you a Serious Cyclist™."

Of course, the "Serious Forum Posters™" here picked up on it right away.
11-22-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,676
Posted By Maelochs

There is just Way too much great advice and a...

There is just Way too much great advice and a surfeit of common sense in this post.

This is a serious and thorough explanation of the wise and informed bicycle-buying process, full of intelligent...
11-22-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

"Lighten up" means, Take things less seriously. ...

"Lighten up" means, Take things less seriously.

This is Bike Forums. people will argue if you say a bicycle has two wheels. Peole will ridicule you no matter what you say, because of their...
11-21-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

yeah ... the problem is, the don't know they...

yeah ... the problem is, the don't know they should turn in their licenses until they have hit the trikes.

If I had 130 miles of good trails or even good, low-traffic roads I would be all over a...
11-21-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,676
Posted By Maelochs

If you really like cycling and really intend to...

If you really like cycling and really intend to ride regularly, I'd invest at least $1200 .... and not a Whole lot more.

i got my Fuji Sportif on a huge sale but it was about $1100 standard. it...
11-21-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By Maelochs

When I restart riding after time off (injury,...

When I restart riding after time off (injury, illness, schedule) or when I decide to take my performance up a notch (faster than walking) I notice it in my quads mostly. Lower back after much longer...
11-21-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

A person who has only been cycling for six months...

A person who has only been cycling for six months is very dedicated if s/he has won out enough chains to know which treatment provides greater longevity. :D

As with most things BF, the best advice...
11-21-20, 12:13 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 8,616
Posted By Maelochs

The added benefit with a recumbent is that if you...

The added benefit with a recumbent is that if you ride in traffic no car can see you--you could almost pass underneath some SUVs and pickups.

If the OP rides only rural roads with wide shoulders,...
11-20-20, 11:51 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

Well, obviously he was suggesting you use a much...

Well, obviously he was suggesting you use a much more manageable Rag instead of a Rug to clean the chain. :D

I can see where there is confusion. You start off (thus the first impression, which...
11-20-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

There are a few ways to get out stuck BB cups ......

There are a few ways to get out stuck BB cups ... many will also take the threads. I think there was something I found on Sheldon Brown's page involving a 1/2 in threaded shaft, multiple nuts, a...
11-20-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

I am no genius and not even a decent mechanic ......

I am no genius and not even a decent mechanic ... but I have been rising for more than five decades and doing pretty much all ny own bike-building and maintenance except wheel-building for about 35...
11-20-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,734
Posted By Maelochs

I have a Claris FD and I have to say, it is flexy...

I have a Claris FD and I have to say, it is flexy and doesn't hold adjustment as well as other FDs I have used.

All the Claris stuff is cheaper---not just in cost but in construction. Sometimes...
11-20-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 756
Posted By Maelochs

A $50 bike? Just keep it clean and if possible,...

A $50 bike? Just keep it clean and if possible, store it indoors or under a cloth cover. Salt air will corrode the thing, but it is old, and it won't corrode so much you won't be able to ride it for...
11-19-20, 11:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

If there is any play or wobble at all in the BB...

If there is any play or wobble at all in the BB something is terribly wrong. No part of the bike bears as much force as the BB---all of your weight, all of your power, every road shock is transmitted...
11-19-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,225
Posted By Maelochs

I was enjoying the debate there .... creative and...

I was enjoying the debate there .... creative and logical.

The bike is a thing in itself ... not a lot of comparable bikes I have seen except "boutique" bikes which are equally or more expensive...
11-19-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

If the cranks are wobbling and the front...

If the cranks are wobbling and the front derailleur can't reach the big ring .... First find out what is up with the cranks. Likely they are already ruined or will be soon, unless the BB bearings...
11-19-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

I often scrape gunk of the jockey wheels with a...

I often scrape gunk of the jockey wheels with a flat screwdriver, then scrub them with an old toothbrush and Simple Green---but any degreaser works. Mineral spirits work well.
11-19-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By Maelochs

Last way I wrecked .... the lip was invisible...

Last way I wrecked .... the lip was invisible even in brad daylight, and I was riding at night .... tried to pull into a driveway to let a long string of traffic pass, and instead took a hard fall....
11-19-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By Maelochs

I have crashed for too often on bikes with...

I have crashed for too often on bikes with threaded and others with threadless headsets.

The bars can and will twist relative to the fork even if tightened properly because of leverage---all the...
11-19-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,394
Posted By Maelochs

Forget all that. Get a hand-held propane...

Forget all that. Get a hand-held propane blowtorch and just burn off the accumulated grease.
11-18-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,734
Posted By Maelochs

Yeah .... like most of you, I have many years on...

Yeah .... like most of you, I have many years on square-taper cranks ..... the only issue is that, as PDKL45 says, if they get a little loose they left one gets rounded out quick. Otherwise,...
11-18-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,348
Posted By Maelochs

Good story. I bet it felt great. Glad you...

Good story. I bet it felt great.

Glad you didn't get hurt falling off that ladder.
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