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01-20-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,558
Posted By 79pmooney

Gary Klein. 1976 He showed up at one of the...

Gary Klein. 1976 He showed up at one of the NEBC thursday night races with an unmarked fat tubed aluminum bike and encouraged all to take a spin. Wow! That was an eye opener. 1/4 mile and I knew...
01-20-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,558
Posted By 79pmooney

Ed Litton. I lived in Alameda 3 miles from...

Ed Litton. I lived in Alameda 3 miles from Eisentraut in the early '80s. Crashed my Mooney and bent the fork blades. Showed up with fork in hand. (Forget if I called in first.) Ed was the only...
01-19-22, 10:35 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,268
Posted By 79pmooney

More pleasant. That shave by the ER nurse isn't...

More pleasant. That shave by the ER nurse isn't fun. And she's more likely to take extra care if you have made her job easier. (Edit: I tell them this is why I shave.)
01-19-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 202
Posted By 79pmooney

The person who could certainly provide that bike...

The person who could certainly provide that bike is Georgena Terry; the founder of the Terry women's bicycles. She stepped away from the company years ago to return to her true love, the hands-on...
01-18-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By 79pmooney

One for two. I predicted the correction wouldn't...

One for two. I predicted the correction wouldn't take long.
01-18-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By 79pmooney

If you squeeze the brake lever and look inside...

If you squeeze the brake lever and look inside using a small flashlight, you should see an Allen head bolt at the bottom. That tightens the steel strap around your handlebars. Loosen it (probably a...
01-18-22, 06:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By 79pmooney

If those were 175s I"d be on them in a flash. No...

If those were 175s I"d be on them in a flash. No nonsense, no flash rock solid cranks with really straight arms so you can set it up super low Q-factor (with a short spindled Phil Wood BB).
...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-18-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 164
Posted By 79pmooney

If you nickel plate a high strength steel, make...

If you nickel plate a high strength steel, make sure the plater knows the alloy and is aware that some steels must be heat treated afterwards. I had Columbus SL fork nickel plated. At 8000 miles,...
01-18-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 569
Posted By 79pmooney

Have you hand squeezed the calipers to see if the...

Have you hand squeezed the calipers to see if the pivots are in good shape? I'd take the caliper apart, clean and then grease the bolt/bushing interface. Oil any possible rubs between arms. Make...
01-16-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 630
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm going back to tubulars when my current...

I'm going back to tubulars when my current clinchers and rims wear out. Reason? 10 years ago I had a clincher come off at ~25 mph. I was riding on the rim, like riding on ice, and trying to stay...
01-16-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 193
Posted By 79pmooney

PM on its way

PM on its way
01-16-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,552
Posted By 79pmooney

My racing days, mid-'70s ... twice I pulled up...

My racing days, mid-'70s ... twice I pulled up to lights in industrial sections of Boston and had a Harley ride pull alongside. That fully leathered rider spent the entire sequence checking out my...
01-16-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 509
Posted By 79pmooney

I just learned I've been hanging my bikes wrong...

I just learned I've been hanging my bikes wrong for the last 30 years! By the front wheel. Rear tire on the wall. So easy to hang and take down. Just wheelie the bike, walk it up to the hook....
01-15-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 493
Posted By 79pmooney

A trick I've used a few years now to get the...

A trick I've used a few years now to get the right amount of air in the tube to start - I blow them up by mouth. Fast. (I grew up in a farm-like environment. A few germs aren't going to kill me.) ...
01-14-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 642
Posted By 79pmooney

Where is the damage to the tube and what doe sit...

Where is the damage to the tube and what doe sit look like? That can tell you a lot about the "why". I make sure to 1) see to it the tube lays untwisted on the rim tape and 2) align the tire label...
01-14-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 834
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes. I ride fix gear, love to climb and been...

Yes. I ride fix gear, love to climb and been doing both for 40 years. At the start I used to train on the local hill, 400' in 9/10s of a mile on a 48-16. Didn't take long to hear from the vets in...
Forum: Foo
01-13-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,507
Posted By 79pmooney

Scott, I see that and think 9-pin printers. (I...

Scott, I see that and think 9-pin printers. (I still have a Panasonic. I keep it because it always works if I can find the right port. The fact that I haven't looked at it for years matters zero. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,172
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes. I raced before anybody talked of wheel...

Yes. I raced before anybody talked of wheel weights but we all knew our rim weights (or at least the published weights). I raced rims that were 290 grams and lighter. Tires of 250 grams and...
01-13-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 486
Posted By 79pmooney

I never had strong hands and now with arthritis...

I never had strong hands and now with arthritis coming on, wing nuts would be a nightmare. Half my bikes are fix gear with nutted rear hubs. I use peanut butter wrenches at home and either a 6"...
01-13-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,268
Posted By 79pmooney

No, not crashing. Life post-crash. Less abrasion...

No, not crashing. Life post-crash. Less abrasion around the wound because those hair didn't get ripped out of your skin. No hairs in wound. No raw skin being pulled by hairs every time you change...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 10:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By 79pmooney

Along those lines, I always go for a ride early...

Along those lines, I always go for a ride early on with the wrenches for seat height and post clamp an stop as often as needed to dial things in. I mark the starting locations with bits of tape. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By 79pmooney

Some saddles I know right away aren't it. Some...

Some saddles I know right away aren't it. Some of the seats that work well initially I am less than in love with in the closing miles of a 100 mile day.

20 years ago I had hernia surgery. I knew...
01-12-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By 79pmooney

Andy, you are looking for an exact solution. No...

Andy, you are looking for an exact solution. No issues. Just model up the seat tube, lug, TT & seat stays plus post, seat and rider in a FE program, add the load and solve. You now have spent many...
01-12-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 532
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm with Merziac. Anomalies. The height of the...

I'm with Merziac. Anomalies. The height of the bike boom. Standards always plural. I have a '73 Competition, also Carleton. Makes your Professional look very uniform.
01-12-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By 79pmooney

Oh yes! I was addressing the answer to my first...

Oh yes! I was addressing the answer to my first post, that dropping the seatpost both bettered the resisting force and lowered the driving force (the rider on the seat). More insertion is always...
01-12-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By 79pmooney

I consider seat height to be sacred. So seat top...

I consider seat height to be sacred. So seat top to top of seat lug doesn't change. You could go to a seat with deeper rails; allowing you to push the post down. The lever distance hasn't changed...
01-12-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 377
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't quite get what you are doing with the QR...

I don't quite get what you are doing with the QR lever and adjust but: be very certain the lever is tight and the hub is really secure! You need that security far more than the old days with rim...
01-11-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 712
Posted By 79pmooney

How easily does the culprit hub's cassette spin...

How easily does the culprit hub's cassette spin when the wheel is off the bike? (Both right after service and when the slap returns.) If the cassette is not spinning freely, that means every time...
01-11-22, 11:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,068
Posted By 79pmooney

Two questions. How much is this frame worth to...

Two questions. How much is this frame worth to you and what is the seat tube wall thickness.

Basic engineering - your post is trying to rock around the top of the seat lug when you hit a bump. ...
01-11-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,467
Posted By 79pmooney

So is someone going to come up with a catchy...

So is someone going to come up with a catchy acronym for this Handlebar Bag Support group? And an easy to Google website for our less gifted bags?
01-11-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 986
Posted By 79pmooney

I have. Once or twice pure miles. Lesser...

I have. Once or twice pure miles. Lesser spokes. The early SS ones popped heads when they were having a bad day. In every box of 100 zinc plated DB Robergels, 3 or 4 would break; just because. ...
01-11-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,637
Posted By 79pmooney

Do you always build bikes with complete originality?

Nobody builds bikes like I do! I pair V-brake levers with dual pivots and cantis to get the handgrips I love and predictable braking. City bikes I pair Mafac fronts with Weinmann rears (re-building...
01-11-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 290
Posted By 79pmooney

Yeah, buy a spoke and nipple. If needed, use a...

Yeah, buy a spoke and nipple. If needed, use a small washer from Ace Hardware or the like. None of this is rocket science. (Record the length of your existing spoke. Ask for 13s of that length...
01-10-22, 11:29 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 2,869
Posted By 79pmooney

I put the flatted ones in a box and about once a...

I put the flatted ones in a box and about once a year do repairs. Every once in a while I was in a situation where a fast and guaranteed tire change was needed, Loved that I could always do it. In...
01-10-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,467
Posted By 79pmooney

But that's only a half twist. Need the other...

But that's only a half twist. Need the other half to get the leather side out at the toaster bottom corner.

Back to that extension cord - skip it. Go 18V lithium. (Granted not all of us want to...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 275
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll second this. My core commuter setup is a...

I'll second this. My core commuter setup is a city fix gear with fenders and LowRiders. Two small Ortleibs. For LowRiders, you want two panniers with roughly equal load or you will suffer...
01-10-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 1,740
Posted By 79pmooney

If it freewheels, you better have brakes.

If it freewheels, you better have brakes.
01-09-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 876
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm running a modern version of what was used and...

I'm running a modern version of what was used and raced for a century. Shimano semi-platform pedals (Dura-Ace, 600, 105 - I don't care as long as they have the chrome plated steel rattrap; aluminum...
01-08-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 876
Posted By 79pmooney

That third point - wheels. My suggestion is to...

That third point - wheels. My suggestion is to keep it simple, especially for your first go-round. Do your fix gear learning on wheels that don't matter. Later you can up them to something with...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,890
Posted By 79pmooney

Yup. I was taught that if you rode smaller gears...

Yup. I was taught that if you rode smaller gears than someone, they wouldn't have the legs when crunch time came. This isn't entirely true. Each person has a range that works for them. And there's...
01-08-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 876
Posted By 79pmooney

Fixie forever here. My thoughts - you want any...

Fixie forever here. My thoughts - you want any crank that won't break, is as round as you can afford, that has the proper chainline (and maybe a Q-factor your knees like). The right crank length. ...
01-07-22, 05:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 280
Posted By 79pmooney

For some of us with CP, anything that binds on...

For some of us with CP, anything that binds on our hamstrings affects our knees just as much as riding cold. So any straps tight enough to hold them up is a no-no. My inspiration for these came...
01-07-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 280
Posted By 79pmooney

I have to keep my knees seriously warms. ...

I have to keep my knees seriously warms. (Chondromalcia patellae.) Like body temperature warm. I was told 45 years ago that if I didn't, it would be knee replacement time. So I over-dressed my...
01-07-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,246
Posted By 79pmooney

I grew up ice skating, both on artificial ice in...

I grew up ice skating, both on artificial ice in rinks and pond ice. Black ice is ice that has a very pure and strong crystal structure. Happens as undisturbed water is cooled. But as that ice goes...
01-05-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,934
Posted By 79pmooney

l learned (see post above) to narrow my FD stops...

l learned (see post above) to narrow my FD stops till the chain rubbed in the highest and lowest gears when I used the new Uniglide chains.
01-05-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,934
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes. It is so an overshifted chain doesn't drop...

Yes. It is so an overshifted chain doesn't drop between the crank and chainring, then get sucked up as you continue pedaling, pulling the RD forward and perhaps wrecking it and at the least,...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,108
Posted By 79pmooney

Some of us ride toes down. I do. Always have. ...

Some of us ride toes down. I do. Always have. Toeclips were a blessing in that they allowed what comes naturally to me. Sometimes it means road contact happens with my toeclip or shoe but that...
01-04-22, 11:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 832
Posted By 79pmooney

My advice on the headset is to wait until you...

My advice on the headset is to wait until you have the frame and fork in hand, measure them with a micrometer, then get a headset to match. My headset marked NJS has 30.0 and 27 stamped on the box....
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-22, 10:59 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,108
Posted By 79pmooney

Road crown. The insides of corners typically...

Road crown. The insides of corners typically have the most favorable banking, the outsides the least. On drive-on-the-right roads, the inside turns are to the right; favoring the wider pedal set. ...
01-04-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 840
Posted By 79pmooney

I run a triple and 7speed on a Raleigh...

I run a triple and 7speed on a Raleigh Competition. A low of 24-28 with stock 28 tooth FWs. Not as nice as my 9-speed good bike with the same low but I won't push a 120OLD past 126. Works very...
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