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05-19-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 776
Posted By Trakhak

Also skeptical. I worked for a .org publisher of...

Also skeptical. I worked for a .org publisher of microbiological journals for 20 years. Seeing the amount of scrutiny each submitted article was subjected to (overall, our journals averaged an 85%...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 05:26 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 985
Posted By Trakhak

This reminds me or a pertinent anecdote. One...

This reminds me or a pertinent anecdote. One winner of the U.S. road cycling championship in the late '70s or early '80s - Dale Stetina, if I remember correctly - wrote an article in one of the bike...
05-13-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,142
Posted By Trakhak

Ask and it shall be given. "Gone are the...

Ask and it shall be given.

"Gone are the days of simply pumping up your road bike tyres to the maximum pressure permitted and hoping for the best. Not only are excessively high pressures...
05-11-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,685
Posted By Trakhak

Finally, I get to use "po-faced"! As in, po-faced...

Finally, I get to use "po-faced"! As in, po-faced campaigns to eliminate usages and practices that trigger some and elicit bemused puzzlement in others - e.g., referring to brake/shifter combinations...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 710
Posted By Trakhak

If you have an indoor trainer, ask her if she'd...

If you have an indoor trainer, ask her if she'd like to try it out to get used to sitting on and operating the bike - clipping in and out, positioning, shifting, etc.

Starting out, the first few...
05-08-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 837
Posted By Trakhak

If you're referring to the tires on the bike in...

If you're referring to the tires on the bike in the photos, those tires were likely manufactured before Walmart was a twinkle in Sam Walton's eye.

OK, not quite that long ago, but where those...
05-07-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By Trakhak

Coincidentally, this thread about alternatives to...

Coincidentally, this thread about alternatives to Shipbikes (https://www.talkbass.com/threads/best-shipping-options-now-that-shipbikes-is-no-longer-shipping.1561799/) started on the Talkbass.com...
05-07-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 666
Posted By Trakhak

Just looked up "Delrin" out of idle curiosity -...

Just looked up "Delrin" out of idle curiosity - turns out to be a thermoplastic formulation, which means that it should be capable of being, e.g., heated and remolded. Perhaps a chemist (I'm thinking...
05-07-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 666
Posted By Trakhak

I remember ads in the '70s that mentioned...

I remember ads in the '70s that mentioned "miracle Delrin."
05-07-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By Trakhak

Someone here probably has a PDF copy of the...

Someone here probably has a PDF copy of the Bicycle Guide magazine report published in the mid-1980s of riders' comparisons of. newly built anonymized Columbus-tubed frames.

Short take: they...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,982
Posted By Trakhak

Previous Bike Forums threads on ankling . . ....

Previous Bike Forums threads on ankling . . . (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=14090701)
05-06-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 326
Posted By Trakhak

If the fork is visibly bent - i.e., damaged - and...

If the fork is visibly bent - i.e., damaged - and you bought the bike new, return it to the store for a new one.

If the fork blades seem to be only around a centimeter too close together, look...
05-06-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 242
Posted By Trakhak

Antergos already rides an aluminum Koga-Miyata...

Antergos already rides an aluminum Koga-Miyata Exerciser with an aluminum (non-aero) fork, albeit a lower-level one that's a bit small, and says that it's a blast to ride, so aluminum as a frame or...
05-05-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 621
Posted By Trakhak

Let me guess - you rode the same bike for the...

Let me guess - you rode the same bike for the same distances in the latter part of last season, and the bike was fine after the first few weeks of riding.

Many of us tend to increase our mileage...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,536
Posted By Trakhak

The test that I linked to refers to side-to-side...

The test that I linked to refers to side-to-side movement of bike rims in a built wheel under load as "lateral deflection." If the people attempting to describe differences in comfort among wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,536
Posted By Trakhak

The only test data I was able to locate regarding...

The only test data I was able to locate regarding wheel stiffness represent measurements of lateral deflection (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/wheel/data.htm). If someone can find similar data...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 7,982
Posted By Trakhak

From my perspective as a rider who's been doing...

From my perspective as a rider who's been doing training-level rides for a long time (started licensed racing in 1964), I've found that thinking about the biomechanics of pedaling tends to be...
Replies: 7
Views: 239
Posted By Trakhak

Too bad about the bent fork or frame or both....

Too bad about the bent fork or frame or both. (Seriously.)

Figure the cost for repair into the price you're willing to pay.
05-02-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,589
Posted By Trakhak

Go ahead, but you'll get precisely the same...

Go ahead, but you'll get precisely the same answers from precisely the same people, including those with and without pain to report.

Of course, you can always try issuing a strict edict forbidding...
04-30-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 783
Posted By Trakhak

Since few or none seem to be reporting a similar...

Since few or none seem to be reporting a similar need to angle their saddle noses down, my guess is that your saddle has not yet been lowered sufficiently. At 70, I've had to lower my saddles a...
Forum: Northeast
04-30-22, 04:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 281
Posted By Trakhak

I live in Hampden, and my suggestion would be for...

I live in Hampden, and my suggestion would be for him to reconnoiter some Saturday or Sunday, preferably by car, to see whether he's willing to ride through what are some of the most bike-unfriendly...
04-27-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 199
Posted By Trakhak

From a 10-second search...

From a 10-second search (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=14008164).

If you have specific topics in mind, click on "Search" (at the top of almost any BikeForums page) and then on...
04-24-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 770
Posted By Trakhak

The set of SRAM GripShifts on my 1995 Cannondale...

The set of SRAM GripShifts on my 1995 Cannondale H300 hybrid still works great. However, having overhauled a couple of gripshifters in the past, I agree that upgrading to a better model makes the...
04-21-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,780
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9POYvZFyms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9POYvZFyms
04-21-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,780
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6wRHFdKdA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6wRHFdKdA
04-21-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,780
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCjLBlT-dOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCjLBlT-dOc
04-21-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,780
Posted By Trakhak

For Yes fans, this was Steve Howe's previous...

For Yes fans, this was Steve Howe's previous band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzULAq6PJ-4
04-21-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,141
Posted By Trakhak

Just tried the Asian squat per the video in the...

Just tried the Asian squat per the video in the post above. No problem doing it. I don't stretch or lift weights, though, just ride my bike, and I'm pretty light at 5' 8" and 115 lbs.
04-21-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,141
Posted By Trakhak

A nasty, almost bone-on-bone pain in my left knee...

A nasty, almost bone-on-bone pain in my left knee started up about a month ago. I suspect that it was a consequence of using the smart trainer over the winter while ignoring a slightly misaligned...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,630
Posted By Trakhak

Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess, They all...

Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird's nest.
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in,
They each took one, and left four in.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 583
Posted By Trakhak

Regular bike with clamp-on aero bars. Most of the...

Regular bike with clamp-on aero bars. Most of the aero benefit of a full-on TT bike but with road bike handling.
04-16-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 378
Posted By Trakhak

Rather than relying on guesswork from those of us...

Rather than relying on guesswork from those of us who have no first-hand knowledge: Here's a review of that bike.

Short version: he doesn't love the stem shifters, but they do the job; also, he...
Forum: Foo
04-13-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 899
Posted By Trakhak

Or evidence that they suffered through decades of...

Or evidence that they suffered through decades of dealing with the limitations of old records. I still have several hundred LPs and 45s, and I'll play one or another occasionally on a Technics SL-10...
Forum: Foo
04-12-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 899
Posted By Trakhak

Wandering around a record swap meet, I asked a...

Wandering around a record swap meet, I asked a woman manning a booth her views on vinyl versus digital.

Death stare.

Her stance, once she, sighing, deigned to attempt to educate the unwashed:...
Forum: Foo
04-12-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 446
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Fy6AUMv8E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Fy6AUMv8E
04-12-22, 03:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,063
Posted By Trakhak

No two of my bikes have the same brand and model...

No two of my bikes have the same brand and model of saddle. They're all uncomfortable at the start of the season and they're all fine once I've done enough mileage. If your saddle was good for...
04-11-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 264
Posted By Trakhak

Chain watchers, etc., are probably not going to...

Chain watchers, etc., are probably not going to help if the chain is unshipping when you carry the bike. Me, I'd just shift into the big ring as I end my ride. The additional spring tension from the...
04-08-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,252
Posted By Trakhak

As I noted in my earlier post, the difference...

As I noted in my earlier post, the difference between the aluminum/105 Motobecane and the equivalent Specialized that I looked up is that the Motobecane had generic components from various...
04-07-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. Not saying that this is the case with the...

Yes. Not saying that this is the case with the OP, but springtime is when these kinds of complaints start showing up. "My saddle is killing me. What should I buy?" "Is it a new saddle?" "No, I rode a...
04-07-22, 04:32 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 6,966
Posted By Trakhak

The advent of gravel bikes and the like had...

The advent of gravel bikes and the like had nothing to do with Grant P.'s pushing his niche non-racing bikes and everything to do with U.S. bike racers becoming fascinated by cyclocross racing, a...
04-06-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 6,966
Posted By Trakhak

Petersen's anti-racer diatribes conveniently...

Petersen's anti-racer diatribes conveniently avoid mention of the fact that racing bike sales all but disappeared between the late '80s and late '90s because MTBs took over the market, after hundreds...
04-06-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 255
Posted By Trakhak

Rather than ruin the toothed one, I'd ask a...

Rather than ruin the toothed one, I'd ask a mechanic at my local bike shop for a flat headset washer. Chances are that, at worst, you'd have to pay a few bucks for a complete used headset.
04-05-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,368
Posted By Trakhak

Same. When I began messengering (using car or...

Same. When I began messengering (using car or bike) in Manhattan in the late '60s, I learned quickly that what looks like chaos is in fact an intricate dance. Primary rule: everyone is alloted 6...
04-05-22, 05:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By Trakhak

Now that you've received a variety of answers...

Now that you've received a variety of answers here, you might consider visiting bike stores in your area and asking which of their brands and models best match your list of requirements. A weekday or...
04-04-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,368
Posted By Trakhak

It's-all-about-me riders like those guys are just...

It's-all-about-me riders like those guys are just as cool as drivers who pass stopped school buses on the right at full speed. Another set of heroes for Larry!
04-04-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,368
Posted By Trakhak

Cheez, is that you?

Cheez, is that you?
04-03-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 414
Posted By Trakhak

This. Having begun racing in the mid-60s, when...

This. Having begun racing in the mid-60s, when shifting on a "10-speed" bike meant sharing only one or, at most, two middle sprockets between the chainrings, proper shifting technique for a...
04-02-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 4,368
Posted By Trakhak

If you have no valid argument, ad hominem will...

If you have no valid argument, ad hominem will have to do.
04-02-22, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By Trakhak

I used to experience the same neck pain on my...

I used to experience the same neck pain on my first long outdoor rides at this time of year every year. The solution: I now do shortish ourdoor rides for a couple of weeks, gradually increasing ride...
04-01-22, 04:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 656
Posted By Trakhak

I spent 20 years working as a copyeditor and...

I spent 20 years working as a copyeditor and production editor for a long-established nonprofit science publisher of journals comparable to the NEJM. As with the NEJM, each submitted article was...
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