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10-28-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 323
Posted By Phil_gretz

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10-28-21, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 181
Posted By Phil_gretz

What is your intention for the bike? To own and...

What is your intention for the bike? To own and ride? Then there is no question.

To re-sell? Then do the buyer a favor and replace the tape tastefully. That means no splatter pattern. Choose...
10-28-21, 04:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 117
Posted By Phil_gretz

Please tell me that it doesn't have to do with...

Please tell me that it doesn't have to do with social distancing. Bikes cannot transmit the 'rona to one another.
10-28-21, 04:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 927
Posted By Phil_gretz

True story. My wife and I were riding a few weeks...

True story. My wife and I were riding a few weeks ago along a tree lined residential roadway, chatting. Suddenly, I feel and hear a "clunk" from an acorn that had fallen onto my helmet. Wife: "What...
10-28-21, 04:33 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 927
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've found that I'm perfectly happy (on paved...

I've found that I'm perfectly happy (on paved surfaces) with a range between 40 and 90 gear inches. I don't really need to pedal beyond the speed where I spin out 90 g-i. At that point, I'd be...
10-27-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 927
Posted By Phil_gretz

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Forum: Commuting
10-27-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,891
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's not what you're missing, but what you are...

It's not what you're missing, but what you are adding. The police are trained to gather facts. There is no evidence given in this scenario that the car "was used" in any way. Any supposition you...
Forum: Commuting
10-27-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 2,891
Posted By Phil_gretz

Maybe in Dublin. Here across the pond, we have...

Maybe in Dublin. Here across the pond, we have very simples lines of authority. A public employee works for a department within a city. If it's a utility or service like trash or snow removal,...
10-27-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 290
Posted By Phil_gretz

You will need to secure the rear dropout as you...

You will need to secure the rear dropout as you work on it. Do you have access to a solid bench vise? Doing this by hand while attempting to hold the frame with your non-working hand will make the...
10-27-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,123
Posted By Phil_gretz

After all of the informed discussion, this ^ is...

After all of the informed discussion, this ^ is what you want to leave in a Sticky-d thread? Ugh.
10-26-21, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 266
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have use Ergon grips and have also used...

I have use Ergon grips and have also used knock-off versions. My only recommendations for you are: (1) make certain that the grip has locking rings at both ends (inner and bar end), and (2) check...
10-26-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 610
Posted By Phil_gretz

Except when the advice is filled with hyperbole...

Except when the advice is filled with hyperbole and telegraphed with an opening exaggeration, in which case, it should be simply smiled at. You guys are way too uptight. How low an opinion do you...
10-26-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,123
Posted By Phil_gretz

I ride 48x18 (~70 gear inches) for my every day...

I ride 48x18 (~70 gear inches) for my every day rider. My local terrain is moderately hilly, and there are traffic lights and residential areas with cross streets. So, the riding is varied. My...
10-26-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 480
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm 62 and will be retired within 40 days. ...

I'm 62 and will be retired within 40 days. Pre-government shutdowns and restrictions, I bike commuted, so rode 4-5 days per week for an hour and a half or so. Now with telecommuting, I ride when I...
10-25-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By Phil_gretz

fify.

fify.
10-25-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,038
Posted By Phil_gretz

I don't know about all of this. I'm told that...

I don't know about all of this. I'm told that the universe is expanding, and that we can tell this by the red shift. SRAM makes red shifters that are cable actuators, and millimeters count. Cable...
10-25-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 300
Posted By Phil_gretz

You'll forgive me if I don't applaud the...

You'll forgive me if I don't applaud the aesthetic of this ^ handlebar treatment. It makes me sad.
10-25-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ yup. Way too much lube residue on the...

^ yup. Way too much lube residue on the cassette. It needs a thorough wipe/flossing. As do (in all likelihood) the chain, chainrings and derailleur pulleys.
10-25-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By Phil_gretz

Premature Wear From Overoiling

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Close up of FD-4703 Cage Wear (pencil point)

This was today's customer...
10-22-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,442
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have several "go to" loops that begin and end...

I have several "go to" loops that begin and end at my door. I can't tell you how long they are, or even my average speed. I chose them for the convenient access, variations in terrain and views,...
10-22-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,991
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ re: the thigh wound. You could use the long hex...

^ re: the thigh wound. You could use the long hex key plus the thinner tube as a tourniquet. Yay!
10-22-21, 05:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 427
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm running carbon bars on my fixed gear. They...

I'm running carbon bars on my fixed gear. They feel about as flexy as aluminum. Am I crazy to believe that they won't fail catastrophically?
10-22-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By Phil_gretz

Both your chain and your freewheel should appear...

Both your chain and your freewheel should appear clean and dry. So, after you lubricate each link and work the lube in a bit, you must wipe down the chain thoroughly. That means no visible...
10-20-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 340
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ interesting observation. I think that a part...

^ interesting observation. I think that a part of maturity is having the self control to resist the impulse to simply plunge forward with a plan that you know is unsound. I'm always so proud when...
10-20-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,275
Posted By Phil_gretz

The square opening reminds me of old steel roller...

The square opening reminds me of old steel roller skate keys...
10-19-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 287
Posted By Phil_gretz

We're not hiring an entire truck, as we're...

We're not hiring an entire truck, as we're downsizing the contents of our home significantly. The former model of a home move (the one we've used for the last 50 years) no longer is cost effective. ...
10-19-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 12,220
Posted By Phil_gretz

False. Crank length does not factor into...

False. Crank length does not factor into gear-inch calculation. Please stop being didactic. You have no idea what you don't know.
10-19-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 492
Posted By Phil_gretz

Who is Lance Armstrong?

Who is Lance Armstrong?
10-19-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 12,220
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ based on this post alone, I'd say that you're...

^ based on this post alone, I'd say that you're not ready yet to instruct or teach on these subjects. Give it a few years. Continue tinkering and learning, and come here to observe what the better...
10-19-21, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 287
Posted By Phil_gretz

Unfortunately, no. We're moving from Northern VA...

Unfortunately, no. We're moving from Northern VA to San Antonio, TX. We will be driving one car down, but its contents are already decided, and they don't include bicycles or a trailer. Good...
10-19-21, 07:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 287
Posted By Phil_gretz

Thank you, Rick. This is a terrific option for...

Thank you, Rick. This is a terrific option for multiple uses of the box. My trip is one way, and seven bikes would cost over $1000 just for boxes. That's a bit too much for this move. It's a good...
10-19-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 287
Posted By Phil_gretz

Yes, they do! Thank you. I phoned Amtrak and...

Yes, they do! Thank you. I phoned Amtrak and they sell the boxes only a few miles from my home, $15 is the listed price per box.
10-19-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 287
Posted By Phil_gretz

Packing Bikes for Movers to Transport

My wife and I have seven bikes to pack for movers in the next five weeks. I'd prefer to not to break them down and box them in traditional bike shipping boxes, as each one is quite a bit of work. ...
10-18-21, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 765
Posted By Phil_gretz

Common in the machinist world. It has to do with...

Common in the machinist world. It has to do with improving the depth and regularity of fastener threads, particularly on the female side. It's a routine matter if you work in metal item fabrication...
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By Phil_gretz

Use an investment calculator to assess this. ...

Use an investment calculator to assess this. $1500 for 20 years at 11% (use the S&P 500 for the last 30 years, if you'd like), and with CPI at 3% (it may be much worse), you get... compounding...
10-18-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 765
Posted By Phil_gretz

In having put together dozens of pre-assembled...

In having put together dozens of pre-assembled bikes straight from the manufacturer, I have never encountered pedals pre-installed in the box. Of course, folding bikes with retractable pedals are...
10-18-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 765
Posted By Phil_gretz

Your main issue is the condition of the...

Your main issue is the condition of the crank-to-pedal threads, and whether the manufacturer verified that this interface is "good" prior to shipping. Assembly appears to be a non-issue, as is the...
10-18-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 765
Posted By Phil_gretz

In my view (and I might be in the minority),...

In my view (and I might be in the minority), pedals are the least important piece of original equipment on a new bike. In many cases for top level bikes, pedals are not even included because the...
10-18-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 973
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this is the right line of thinking. Try to...

^ this is the right line of thinking. Try to think of who else is a stakeholder in this bike to work program.

Is there public money being spent? Then, the local government. Reach out to them....
10-18-21, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 313
Posted By Phil_gretz

Good tires make a noticeable difference in ride...

Good tires make a noticeable difference in ride quality. At 27", your choices are more limited. I have enjoyed Panaracer Pasela road tires for number of years. The tour guard (TG) variant, or...
10-15-21, 06:17 AM
Replies: 460
Views: 55,881
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ I will. I don't have wheels for it now, but...

^ I will. I don't have wheels for it now, but have 25s on my existing fixed gear, so can try those.
10-15-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,447
Posted By Phil_gretz

I find 12 grammatical and stylistic errors in the...

I find 12 grammatical and stylistic errors in the above rant. How many can you name?
10-15-21, 04:14 AM
Replies: 460
Views: 55,881
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's Chinese fabricated. I cannot identify it...

It's Chinese fabricated. I cannot identify it further. I did work with the seller on dimensions and color, though.
10-14-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 7,473
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm not counting cars (or bikes) that we...

I'm not counting cars (or bikes) that we purchased for our kids. My wife and I have owned:

9 vehicles since 1977, when I got my license.

>80 bikes since the 1970s, when I began riding 10-speed...
10-14-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 460
Views: 55,881
Posted By Phil_gretz

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Junky track ends, though......
10-14-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 460
Views: 55,881
Posted By Phil_gretz

More details...

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BB Shell...
10-14-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 460
Views: 55,881
Posted By Phil_gretz

This arrived in the mail yesterday, exactly 6...

This arrived in the mail yesterday, exactly 6 months after placing the order. It weighs 7.10 lbs including the supplied clunky steel headset. I'm actually considering making it a 3-speed for "around...
10-14-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 310
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. To amplify a bit, before you loosen the...

^ this. To amplify a bit, before you loosen the flat head bolt that holds the shift lever to its body, go find the fixing bolt that binds the other end of the cable at the derailleur. That's likely...
10-13-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 3,668
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ example: personalized auto license plates. ...

^ example: personalized auto license plates.

Explanation for those drivers: nobody cares what you think, where you went to school, or most emphatically, the make and model of the car in which...
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why aren't you more descriptive? Are you the...

Why aren't you more descriptive? Are you the original owner?

What is the frame composition (bonded carbon, whatever)? What is its condition (any visible dings, deep scrapes, UV fading)?

How...
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