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09-15-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 375
Posted By Bill in VA

+1!!! This!!! The real wild card on wool...

+1!!! This!!!
The real wild card on wool clothing is whether all the panels are fitted identically 'with the weave' of the fabric. It is easy to 'warp' a wool garment if they are not all aligned. It...
09-09-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 592
Posted By Bill in VA

IN addition to avoiding lug soles, you will find...

IN addition to avoiding lug soles, you will find that if you use straps, do not use velcro shoe flaps as they will catch on the strap, lace-up shoes work far better. If using half clips and no...
09-09-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By Bill in VA

I have used mine for cycling in a pinch. They...

I have used mine for cycling in a pinch. They fit tight in my King cages, and do not rattle, but a friend has his stolen once. They are my standard for water in the vehicles. A full bottle filled...
09-09-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Bill in VA

Shimano at REI in early fall. Usually the...

Shimano at REI in early fall. Usually the closeout time, before the Christmas restock. I got my first Shimano SPD shoes for $78. They were technically Mountain shoes, but they have less obvious lugs...
09-01-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,510
Posted By Bill in VA

EZ Mafac Racer setup.

I always found the easiest way to adjust the toe and pads on Mafac Racers was to wrap a strip of inner tube around the rim at the rear of the pad, then use a toe clip strap to tightly pull the brake...
08-31-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 4,510
Posted By Bill in VA

A relic of the past - Tire Savers or Flint-catchers

For me it is tire savers or flint-catchers. They are now a relic of the past, except for Rene Herse that sells a new version. Contrary to some, they DO work and are all of 15g in weight. I used them...
08-27-20, 09:16 PM
Replies: 666
Views: 49,096
Posted By Bill in VA

Yep, the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Extra is also a...

Yep, the Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Extra is also a good one that was a limited release. With IPAs my motto is 10% or bust...
08-23-20, 03:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,393
Posted By Bill in VA

If you have been able and fortunate enough to go...

If you have been able and fortunate enough to go that long without a vandal or thief messing with the bike, your location in your profile is very appropriately named... :thumb:
08-23-20, 03:02 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,534
Posted By Bill in VA

I have a Kleen Kanteen (sp?) stainless insulated...

I have a Kleen Kanteen (sp?) stainless insulated bottle that I use in the car. In the winter i have had it freeze solid if it goes over a week below freezing. Al long as you leave an inch of air,...
08-23-20, 02:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 564
Posted By Bill in VA

1. Check with your MD, and if you have one a PT.....

1. Check with your MD, and if you have one a PT..

My father had it. He probably could have ridden (never one of his interests), but due to balance issues, I believe his getting on the bike,...
08-17-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bill in VA

On that Yosemite trip the BMWs were just so...

On that Yosemite trip the BMWs were just so smooth and refined in a German quality engineering sense. The R100 with the Krauser 4V heads was docile until the 4 valves and RPMs announced their...
08-17-20, 03:00 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 4,332
Posted By Bill in VA

WOW!!! I can fully relate. For years after...

WOW!!! I can fully relate. For years after college I wanted to get a motorcycle. My first desire (in high school) was a Triumph Bonneville 650 or a BSA. That evolved to a chopped Harley panhead...
08-17-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,969
Posted By Bill in VA

I have just 2 bikes now. One is vintage 1973...

I have just 2 bikes now. One is vintage 1973 French Peugeot UO-8, the other is a 2016 Bianchi Volpe. Both are steel. A 1973 Fuji has probably gone to eBay part out heaven.

Tires have gotten far...
08-10-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,834
Posted By Bill in VA

Last year I fit MKS Sylvan Touring Next to my...

Last year I fit MKS Sylvan Touring Next to my Bianchi as I decided to move back to toe clips and straps from SPD so I could gain shoe flexibility and use flat shoes for riding and even sneakers or...
08-06-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,211
Posted By Bill in VA

Over the years this has been my best way to...

Over the years this has been my best way to justify (and limit) myself when I would get the gimme's and want's. It was a twofer, good for my health and my wallet. The TWO exceptions were with the...
08-06-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 662
Posted By Bill in VA

Try the Outer Banks of NC, especially near the...

Try the Outer Banks of NC, especially near the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge. The big black mosquitoes down there are able to fly into a 25 knot wind. We would wear Gore-tex rain gear and beekeeper...
08-05-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 662
Posted By Bill in VA

Watch what you eat before you ride. Bananas are...

Watch what you eat before you ride. Bananas are notorious for attracting mosquitoes. Garlic pills seem to work for mosquitoes when we are lake fishing in Canada.
08-04-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,524
Posted By Bill in VA

My first grail wheels were Campy Tipo HF hubs and...

My first grail wheels were Campy Tipo HF hubs and Weinmann concave 27" rims. They went 34 years on roads, canal trails, and unimproved roads without a broken spoke or needing a truing. That was my...
08-04-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,609
Posted By Bill in VA

Historically correct. I also think style had an...

Historically correct. I also think style had an influence as did pro racing. Keep in mind pro teams both motor (car, motorcycle), and bicycle are notoriously secretive about tread compounds. A big...
08-04-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,524
Posted By Bill in VA

I figured that was the case, but wanted to...

I figured that was the case, but wanted to verify. Thanks for the clarification.
08-04-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,524
Posted By Bill in VA

I see some weights posted. My question is: ...

I see some weights posted.

My question is: Does wheelset weight include the add-ons like cassette, rotors, and/or skewers/thru-axles, or is it the naked wheels?
08-04-20, 10:45 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,046
Posted By Bill in VA

And your point is? The lack of service does...

And your point is?

The lack of service does not make it useless, the camera functions fine without service. I carry it in a small handlbar bag so it is protected. It is there IF I NEED IT for...
08-03-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By Bill in VA

I have found Universal Cycles usually has them in...

I have found Universal Cycles usually has them in stock.
08-03-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,049
Posted By Bill in VA

I had these put on my Velocity Dyad rims when I...

I had these put on my Velocity Dyad rims when I had my second set of wheels built.

They are a big, big convenience. No more worry about rim tape moving, bulging, or blow through (Note: I NEVER...
08-03-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Bill in VA

"Best Value" can mean "best for the money" or...

"Best Value" can mean "best for the money" or just "cheap", especially in advertising.

My take is pay now or pay later. A pricier lock will could mean you might not have to spend money on a new...
08-03-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,046
Posted By Bill in VA

I generally agree, but I also use the phone...

I generally agree, but I also use the phone rather than lugging my SLR or smaller camera to get photos of wildlife or plants, or other things of interest I see when riding.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-03-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,800
Posted By Bill in VA

I am not seeing it. Back in the FW days, my...

I am not seeing it.

Back in the FW days, my Suntour Winners were pretty quiet. Much more so than the Maeda 888 versions or the golden colored ones. My Malliard FW were pretty quiet and also had...
08-01-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 9,155
Posted By Bill in VA

I used to religiously touch up any nick or...

I used to religiously touch up any nick or scratch using Pactra model paints that I custom mixed to match the paints. Then I found the Sharpie worked far better. Now I just apply a dab of primer if a...
07-29-20, 11:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By Bill in VA

All of the responses so far have merit. I...

All of the responses so far have merit. I especially like Toespeas advice on the 2x9-11 drivetrain.

Since you want to do road riding and also a gravel, dirt or unimproved roads I would look at...
07-29-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 533
Posted By Bill in VA

Welcome to retirement!!! THE best (and most...

Welcome to retirement!!!

THE best (and most accurate) saying I heard after retiring was, "Retirement is the best job ever..."
07-28-20, 01:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 420
Posted By Bill in VA

Critical info. Yes, that is possible! Smooth off...

Critical info. Yes, that is possible! Smooth off the braking surfaces of the rim, use proper toe in with clean brakes and new pads and then decide. I have Shimano CX-50 cantis with Ultegra pads to...
07-27-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,018
Posted By Bill in VA

Similar to the old answer to the questions of...

Similar to the old answer to the questions of "How can I lighten my bike?" or "How can I train to go faster?"

Answer: Push yourself away from the table.
07-27-20, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By Bill in VA

I did find a full set of Shimano Ultegra skewers...

I did find a full set of Shimano Ultegra skewers with OEM packaging and the full instruction sheet and even handlebar hangtag with warnings. What was interesting was the amount of lengths shown on...
07-27-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,316
Posted By Bill in VA

Keep it!!! If it were my grand fortune to...

Keep it!!!

If it were my grand fortune to luck into such a bike I would do the following, but I would not restore it to 100% period exact as it left the factory. My goal would be to have a...
07-26-20, 01:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 719
Posted By Bill in VA

It is also affecting the Garmin Express app for...

It is also affecting the Garmin Express app for updating maps and systems used on the Auto, Marine, and handheld GPS units.
07-26-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 664
Posted By Bill in VA

We all did that in grade school in the early...

We all did that in grade school in the early 1960s with our old cruisers. Why? to be different - it was a neighborhood thing with our development.. Downside was the bars sometimes hit the top tube...
07-26-20, 01:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 915
Posted By Bill in VA

I use a very similar one, but it has the two...

I use a very similar one, but it has the two cones like the earlier link to compensate for various wheel and tire sizes, and can be folded. I use it to store the bike in the basement and the second...
07-25-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 904
Posted By Bill in VA

These were popular back when aero first became a...

These were popular back when aero first became a 'thing'. The downside was small capacity, and proprietary cage bottle combos and even proprietary mounting at times. Plus they were expensive. So...
07-25-20, 12:39 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,609
Posted By Bill in VA

True about the 28mm GP4000SII. On my Alexrims...

True about the 28mm GP4000SII. On my Alexrims A23 (17mm inside) my 28s were actually 30.5 also.
07-24-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,609
Posted By Bill in VA

Jan Heine and Rene Herse (previously Compass)...

Jan Heine and Rene Herse (previously Compass) have always said they worked with Panaracer to develop their tire. Panaracers are well thought of and Rene Herse took a no compromise risk to work with...
07-24-20, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By Bill in VA

I have never had an issue with Shimano Tiagra,...

I have never had an issue with Shimano Tiagra, 105 or Ultegra internal cam QR skewers. I have vertical dropouts, but even so I see no slippage markings.

I agree about the skewers and cams should...
07-23-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,589
Posted By Bill in VA

That image makes me feel like Frodo in "Lord of...

That image makes me feel like Frodo in "Lord of the Rings." I hate spiders!
07-23-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 8,609
Posted By Bill in VA

But is it FEELS great, you tend to ride more....

But is it FEELS great, you tend to ride more. Disclaimer: I am a Rene Herse tire fan, and I do not compete.

When I bought my current bike, it came with Vittoria Randenneur 28mm tires. A dreadful,...
07-22-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,268
Posted By Bill in VA

Yes most do. Especially Shimano. This is so...

Yes most do. Especially Shimano.
This is so much better than in the pre-internet days where you got the paper bike manual only. I never had a separate Mafac brake manual, or a Suntour deraiilleur...
07-20-20, 02:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,432
Posted By Bill in VA

Interesting bike. The Presidio 4 reminds me of a...

Interesting bike. The Presidio 4 reminds me of a more modern Swiss Armee bike (that is a big compliment!). I personally do not like flat bars, but that could be changed.

I looked at the website...
07-13-20, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 435
Posted By Bill in VA

I have been looking ofr a nice set of internal...

I have been looking ofr a nice set of internal cam Shimano QR skewers (100 front / 130 rear) for quite a while before COVID and could never find a matched set, either the front or rear was out of...
07-13-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,268
Posted By Bill in VA

My 2016 Bianchi Volpe, bought new at a local bike...

My 2016 Bianchi Volpe, bought new at a local bike shop came with a small manual for every Shimano component in a plastic bag along with the manuals for the safety reflectors, tires, etc. As the...
07-08-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By Bill in VA

I use MKS rat traps and MKS toeclips and straps. ...

I use MKS rat traps and MKS toeclips and straps. Went from Lyotard rat traps and toeclips and straps, to Campy quills, etc., to KKT quills, etc., to Shimano XTRs SPDs, back to the MKS setup for all...
07-06-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,664
Posted By Bill in VA

My choice is my bike, a steel...

My choice is my bike, a steel road/cyclocross/gravel/all-road/touring bike depending on what the maker was advertising it at any given iteration in its long life depending on what was popular or...
07-06-20, 01:32 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,375
Posted By Bill in VA

I have used the Rene Herse (previously Compass)...

I have used the Rene Herse (previously Compass) Chinook Pass standard casings for 2.3 years and am now using their 32mm Stampede Pass for the past 1.5 years. The 28s were great and I never had a...
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