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09-03-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 335
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a note that there are still a couple...

Just a note that there are still a couple portions of the Elroy Sparta trail that are closed:

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/elroysparta

I live in Wisconsin. Driftless area is a blast if...
07-22-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 923
Posted By Gresp15C

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can...

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can tune it to utter perfection, yet it will attract no attention when parked.
07-21-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 923
Posted By Gresp15C

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect...

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect knocking-about-town bike. Assuming you're taller than the previous owner.
07-16-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 768
Posted By Gresp15C

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode...

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode along the streetcar routes, which have tracks parallel to the street (of course). The cyclists seemed fearless despite swerving around and seeming to...
07-16-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 768
Posted By Gresp15C

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's...

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's Ed, the picture of how to cross RR tracks on a motorcycle -- slow down and cross perpendicular. I still do that on my bike. There's one tracks in my...
07-11-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 637
Posted By Gresp15C

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)
07-11-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 295
Posted By Gresp15C

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your...

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your options, before choosing a hitch, because hitches come in at least 2 sizes, and having to use an adapter is an inconvenience. If you're a skilled DIY'er,...
07-11-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 263
Posted By Gresp15C

You could always post pictures here, folks have a...

You could always post pictures here, folks have a pretty good eye, including some who have worked in shops. Knowing the brand of the component can sometimes help narrow things down too.

I've found...
07-10-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,241
Posted By Gresp15C

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got...

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got out the door without lubrication?
07-07-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Gresp15C

It might be worth researching the total cost...

It might be worth researching the total cost difference between heavy bikes plus a heavy duty rack, versus a light duty rack and getting a newer, lighter bike. Plus, an excuse for getting a new bike....
07-06-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 12,811
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T,...

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T, according to Deming. At its peak of production, the cars were untested when they were loaded onto trains and shipped to dealers. The dealers were the...
07-06-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 387
Posted By Gresp15C

Detaching a quill stem: ...

Detaching a quill stem:

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/stem-removal-installation-quill-stems

Servicing headsets, noting that you don't have to completely remove a headset to...
07-05-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 483
Posted By Gresp15C

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I...

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I don't know if the make exactly the same model today, but it occurs to me that a 4-bike rack would make it a lot easier to accommodate modern bikes that...
07-05-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,826
Posted By Gresp15C

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have...

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have relatively few flats recently. A few were failures at the stem-tube joint, in fact had one of those today. But I also seem to end up sharing my patch...
07-04-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,552
Posted By Gresp15C

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a...

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a chemist, because they wash their hands before they go to the bathroom." ;)
07-04-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Posted By Gresp15C

Put some water right into the valve and see if...

Put some water right into the valve and see if the air bubbles out there. I've had Schrader valves leak, and then be fine after re-inflating. Also, the valve core is threaded in, and could be loose.
07-04-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,183
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't really like fast descents either. It may...

I don't really like fast descents either. It may be that I have a mild fear of heights. It affects me when I'm skiing too. I figure that there's nothing special about going fast downhill except for...
07-04-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,045
Posted By Gresp15C

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago,...

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago, on a cheap Gary Fisher mountain bike. There is a way of adjusting a cup 'n' cone bearing if you don't have the proper tools, that is a pain in the neck...
07-04-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,258
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula,...

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula, Ohio. ;)
07-04-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 666
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain...

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain steel washers and drilled them out to 10 mm.
07-04-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the...

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the top of a bridge going over a highway. Low point is a lake. About 200 feet elevation from one to the other. Two of my bikes have 3 speed hubs, Sturmey...
07-04-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are...

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are continuously variable.
07-03-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 564
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd...

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd inflate it, and hold it under water, looking for bubbles. No sense in throwing away a good tube.
07-03-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 220
Posted By Gresp15C

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly...

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly with 650b "tubeless ready" wheels and tubed tires. We have concluded that these tires are not serviceable while on the road, since my spouse's hands...
07-01-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 641
Posted By Gresp15C

Strip it down, remove The unnecessary parts ...

Strip it down, remove
The unnecessary parts
Just hop on and ride
06-30-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of...

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of poor, and homeless, who depend on a bike also can't drop it off and wait for a repair. A relatively un-busy co-op with available tools and parts can...
06-30-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 866
Posted By Gresp15C

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide...

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide repairs, free parts, but perhaps more importantly, training on basic bike maintenance and space for people to do their own maintenance with varying...
Forum: Foo
06-29-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,110
Posted By Gresp15C

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught...

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught in an engineering department, but I'm not an engineer. My degree is in physics, and by day I work on technology for scientific instruments, typically...
06-29-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 8,767
Posted By Gresp15C

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer...

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer components and materials. I'm not a strong or competitive cyclist, so some improvements are lost on me, but others seem beneficial.

Each rider has their...
06-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 736
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view everything would depend on the...

In my view everything would depend on the original finish of the materials, and the quality of the seals. Polymer sleeve bearings are in industrial use, and can last a long time when used as...
06-28-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 7,709
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite...

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite direction.

I get passed by all types of handlebars, clothing, and so forth. So my hunch is that nothing you can do is likely to make me more or less...
06-26-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By Gresp15C

This has always made me wonder why mid drive is...

This has always made me wonder why mid drive is considered to be preferable.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,028
Posted By Gresp15C

something that helps me is quick drying clothes...

something that helps me is quick drying clothes under the rain gear, so if I do get a bit damp, I'm usually dry before anybody notices.

I work in a casual office, so I can get away with synthetic...
06-24-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Gresp15C

The real question is whether the $5 tire boot...

The real question is whether the $5 tire boot works better than the $1 tire boot. ;)
06-23-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 986
Posted By Gresp15C

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no...

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no substitute) and a spare tube plus the other stuff needed to fix a flat:

15mm wrench (on bikes with nutted axles)
Tire levers
Small pump

I've never...
06-22-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,795
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, this can be observed in places such as...

Indeed, this can be observed in places such as train stations and large shopping centers. People mill around, and even occasionally bump into one another, apologize, and keep going.

At the other...
06-21-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,795
Posted By Gresp15C

I think it's always worth reconsidering traffic...

I think it's always worth reconsidering traffic laws as they apply to cyclists. Traffic laws are for cars. If there were no cars, we could safely have a lot fewer traffic laws. But with that said,...
06-21-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,518
Posted By Gresp15C

My thought about "steering input" is that any...

My thought about "steering input" is that any cyclist is strong enough to produce vastly more steering input than can be used without crashing, when riding under normal pavement conditions. We can,...
06-21-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 3,518
Posted By Gresp15C

My bikes with swept bars have hand positions...

My bikes with swept bars have hand positions ranging from in-line with the steering axis, to about 2 inches behind the steering axis. It doesn't seem to affect handling at all.

But it can...
06-20-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,311
Posted By Gresp15C

A benefit of being old is that I know what's...

A benefit of being old is that I know what's likely to happen when I'm on a ride. Including the things I'm not strong enough to break. ;)

No chain tool. I do bring a few more tools when it's a...
06-20-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,703
Posted By Gresp15C

Very broadly speaking, I would apply the...

Very broadly speaking, I would apply the following rating scale:

1. Box store, Amazon bargains, etc. Everything low quality, and the final build, lubrication, and adjustment will vary from...
06-20-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,329
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, the quality will be the same. ;) DIY...

Well, the quality will be the same. ;)

DIY will probably cost more, unless you are very savvy about finding and combining new and used parts, and are already equipped with all of the tools. You...
06-19-21, 08:13 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 13,858
Posted By Gresp15C

If it's anything like the US, almost everything...

If it's anything like the US, almost everything about insurance is set by regulation. This would probably include the depreciation period used for settlements.
06-18-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,440
Posted By Gresp15C

My advice would be just to try the ones in the...

My advice would be just to try the ones in the store and pick the loudest one. Any of the cheap stuff is likely to be rebranded anyway, and whatever is recommended here might not be the same bell...
06-18-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,550
Posted By Gresp15C

It's summer, so I've switched to sandals. No...

It's summer, so I've switched to sandals. No socks.
06-13-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 558
Posted By Gresp15C

Perhaps squeezing on the nipples with a pliers...

Perhaps squeezing on the nipples with a pliers will crack them off.
06-13-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,212
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I run a tiny business that makes a...

Indeed, I run a tiny business that makes a product, and all it takes is a shortage of one part to cut me down a few notches.

Another outgrowth of just-in-time is quick-turn manufacturing, where a...
06-13-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,550
Posted By Gresp15C

It's probably either a massive gash in the tube,...

It's probably either a massive gash in the tube, or a failure where the stem joins the tube. Pull the tube, try to inflate when it's out of the tire. The cause will make itself obvious. Hopefully it...
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