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07-20-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,088
Posted By 63rickert

Your mechanic is wrong. Your mechanic should not...

Your mechanic is wrong. Your mechanic should not be dispensing such rubbish to public. Speedplay is different. They are sensitive to sand and grit. They need frequent lube. They are sensitive to...
07-20-21, 06:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,088
Posted By 63rickert

“Surprising and disturbing amount of force...to...

“Surprising and disturbing amount of force...to unclip” is just wrong. This is not a case of a user who hasn’t learned or a user who needs more practice, this is a bike that isn’t working. If you...
07-18-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,088
Posted By 63rickert

Don’t fall off your bike. Don’t use parts that...

Don’t fall off your bike. Don’t use parts that make you fall off your bike. If clipless pedals make you fall don’t use clipless pedals.

It does not just happen. It does not happen to everyone....
07-10-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

Sloping frames have been in continuous production...

Sloping frames have been in continuous production since the 1880s. Second rate esthetically to my eye but all sorts of situations where a sloping top tube is the obvious solution. Which is why they...
07-10-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

There is no difficulty at all finding parts for a...

There is no difficulty at all finding parts for a ‘78 Trek. Biggest problem would be bike people who intentionally walk away from knowing or even seeing anything about bikes not born yesterday.

If...
07-08-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

One more go round for this, because the stories...

One more go round for this, because the stories will be recirculated forever. Campy USA came out with the ‘speed modulator’ routine pretty much as a joke. A few in the industry were still allowed to...
07-08-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

Mafac brakes are mocked in US. The problem was...

Mafac brakes are mocked in US. The problem was never with the hardware. The problem was the minimum wage high school kids at the LBS who refused to learn how the brakes worked. Peugeot and Mafac were...
07-08-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, that is a rod actuated (suicide) Simplex...

Yes, that is a rod actuated (suicide) Simplex derailleur on front of Robic’s bike. It is not there because it is old, it is there because it is reliable.

On subject of reliability. Robic’s chain...
07-03-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

Today I rode my bike with cartridge bearing hubs...

Today I rode my bike with cartridge bearing hubs made in 1960. No, not the phenomenally heavy Maxicar hubs, Sanshin hubs from Japan.

Also have two bikes with 1930s FB hubs. All service parts...
07-03-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

Andre Sabliere bikes as ridden by Sean Kelly...

Andre Sabliere bikes as ridden by Sean Kelly weighed in at 5.5 kilos including saddle, pedals, toe clips and straps, two bottle cages. Wohlhauser equipped a couple teams with fair copies of the...
07-03-21, 06:44 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,646
Posted By 63rickert

You have clearly never been on a bicycle with...

You have clearly never been on a bicycle with 1947 sidepulls.

By 1980 pros were often riding bicycles lighter than what the rules allow today.

Hollow cranks existed in the 1930s.

Stagnation...
06-24-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By 63rickert

You got a good result on a borrowed bike that was...

You got a good result on a borrowed bike that was not optimized for you. On your own bike it would be even better. Yes, merely being light makes a bike far more comfortable and a lot more fun. The...
06-17-21, 11:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 988
Posted By 63rickert

The Sheldon Brown site is registered to and...

The Sheldon Brown site is registered to and maintained by Harriet Fell, Sheldon’s widow.
06-08-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,241
Posted By 63rickert

I have had the roofing nail flat. Running over a...

I have had the roofing nail flat. Running over a block of wood should not cause a flat. Could cause a loss of control or some excitement, should not cause a flat. The rusty metal plate would only...
06-07-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,241
Posted By 63rickert

Marathon Supremes run quite narrow. The 700x40 is...

Marathon Supremes run quite narrow. The 700x40 is “probably” just what you want. Try to confirm that before putting your money down.

Getting repetitive flats with Marathon Plus is extremely odd....
05-15-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,349
Posted By 63rickert

You ask direct questions, I give you direct...

You ask direct questions, I give you direct answers. Then you accuse me of derailing the discussion. You never accept facts, never accept any information but your own. From here it looks like you...
05-13-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,349
Posted By 63rickert

For the 2020 pro season most team bikes used a...

For the 2020 pro season most team bikes used a top gear of 54x11 or 49x10. Those gears cannot be spun. I find it impossible to care what they are doing in 2021. At same time much lower gears are...
05-12-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,349
Posted By 63rickert

Your question was understood as “what has...

Your question was understood as “what has changed”. So I told you a few things about history. Yes, things change as time passes.

Now we are back to physiology. Or maybe we are back to point where...
05-12-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,349
Posted By 63rickert

It is a good question. I will try to give you an...

It is a good question. I will try to give you an answer, you probably won't think it good.

Cycling for sport was tiny. The modern notion of sport did not exist at all until 1880s or 1890s. Even in...
05-11-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,349
Posted By 63rickert

Learned how in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Everyone rode...

Learned how in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Everyone rode the same then. If the club ride had visitors from Belgrade or Barcelona or Buenos Aires everyone was on the same program. First 20 or 30 minutes would...
05-09-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By 63rickert

Overinflate the tires, do silly things with the...

Overinflate the tires, do silly things with the brakes, throw your weight around, look for wet leaves, the bike will skid just fine.
05-09-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By 63rickert

Schwalbe website says 80-110psi for that size and...

Schwalbe website says 80-110psi for that size and model.

First verify with a caliper the actual inflated width of tire. Schwalbe is pretty good about this but there are so many possible variables...
05-08-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 687
Posted By 63rickert

Consider that you have a racing bike. Racers...

Consider that you have a racing bike. Racers could care less how lovely the cable stops are. Collector bikes worry about those things.

I have no idea whether what I just said is true. It would be...
04-28-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 245
Posted By 63rickert

Yellow Jersey, Arlington, Wisconsin has...

Yellow Jersey, Arlington, Wisconsin has comprehensive small parts for old Raleigh’s.

Harris Cyclery near Boston is also very good.

It can often make sense to buy a complete parts bike. Still...
04-28-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,233
Posted By 63rickert

Given the broken spokes the stick hypothesis...

Given the broken spokes the stick hypothesis sounds likely. There is however another common way of breaking off a valve stem. The tire and tube start moving on the rim. Only happens when tire...
04-25-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By 63rickert

Good point. 24 hole has become typical and for...

Good point. 24 hole has become typical and for that hub a tall rim is far more realistic. If you could find an 18mm rim in 24 hole it would be better for lighter riders.

There are circumstances...
04-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 849
Posted By 63rickert

If the small chainring ring clears the chain stay...

If the small chainring ring clears the chain stay it is not going to matter if the chain line is perfect. The granny ring will only be used with larger sprockets. If you do end up running the chain...
04-25-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 784
Posted By 63rickert

18mm is a tall rim. If deformation occurs at all...

18mm is a tall rim. If deformation occurs at all it is trivial. If flexing happens at all it will drastically reduce the life of the spokes and of the wheel.

Vintage aluminum rims can be as little...
04-24-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,383
Posted By 63rickert

Some clarification. Always the details matter. I...

Some clarification. Always the details matter. I looked at OP’s photos, saw the crows foot drive side lacing and didn’t even notice the radial spokes on non drive side. My old Gloria was crows foot...
04-23-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,383
Posted By 63rickert

Campagnolo 1036 hubs were fine with radial...

Campagnolo 1036 hubs were fine with radial spokes. Later hubs would not take radial and Campy warned of that loudly. My old Gloria (owned before anyone knew they were collectible) had a rear wheel...
04-23-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,344
Posted By 63rickert

Canyon doesn’t make them, they market them. Legal...

Canyon doesn’t make them, they market them. Legal department does not want toe overlap. The designers could accommodate legal and sell a good bike — but these are marketer/designers. It is not old...
04-21-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,344
Posted By 63rickert

The standout difference is the 69.2 head angle on...

The standout difference is the 69.2 head angle on the Canyon. It will not feel like a road bike.

Compromises can happen when attempting to maintain toe clearance to front wheel on small frames. At...
04-20-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,170
Posted By 63rickert

Trabant was routinely used as a team car all over...

Trabant was routinely used as a team car all over the Comintern nations. The problem was the body was made from duroplast, something like Bakelite with cotton or wool as a fiber reinforcement. The...
04-20-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,774
Posted By 63rickert

Fausto Coppi’s tailor was Vittore Gianni....

Fausto Coppi’s tailor was Vittore Gianni. Everything you ever saw him wear, on or off the bike, came from the one tailor shop. Best advertising slogan ever — “You’re no salami with Gianni.”

Sonny...
04-19-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,170
Posted By 63rickert

La PreAlpina. They are easy to set up for the 47”...

La PreAlpina. They are easy to set up for the 47” wheelbase.
04-19-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,170
Posted By 63rickert

Don’t do it. Samples seen on these shores have...

Don’t do it. Samples seen on these shores have been abysmal. Application of large amounts of skilled time will not make these into rideable bikes. Even if you were able to get one vaguely operable...
04-10-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By 63rickert

Just tried my own suggestion. Ebay.it has lots of...

Just tried my own suggestion. Ebay.it has lots of rod brake bikes that would be good enough for me, maybe for you too. Search term is ‘bicicletta freni a bacchetta’.
04-10-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By 63rickert

You could try contacting Chris Howard at...

You could try contacting Chris Howard at Cyclo-Retro in Melbourne. If anyone knows he should. Also give a try to eBay.it. Since you are looking for something so extremely old fashioned an old bike...
03-28-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,207
Posted By 63rickert

Not sure if this will be useful information for...

Not sure if this will be useful information for the current project but...

Bicycle freewheels are strong. Real strong. Over the years I have known freakishly strong riders who do pop chains. Who...
03-26-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By 63rickert

Bikes don’t turn handlebars all that much. Small...

Bikes don’t turn handlebars all that much. Small movement has big effect. Twitchiness or quick handling is exactly big responses happening from small inputs. If you were moving the handlebars and...
03-26-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By 63rickert

So you do have a quick handling bike. You called...

So you do have a quick handling bike. You called it right. First step is measure the current tires and find out if stated width has any connection to reality. Next step is wider tires. 700x40 would...
03-26-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By 63rickert

Which Diverge? Which year? Which tire? Which...

Which Diverge? Which year? Which tire? Which size?

Quickly looking at published specs for 2020 and 2021 Diverge models steering trail could be anywhere from 57mm to 69mm. Most would find 57mm to...
03-24-21, 02:42 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,460
Posted By 63rickert

There should not be a problem. My ‘50 Bates rolls...

There should not be a problem. My ‘50 Bates rolls on FB/Siamt hubs that are very old, not newer than early ‘50s and possibly much older. Rims are Fiamme Red with the old stamping and ferrules at...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-23-21, 02:12 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,936
Posted By 63rickert

So do I. My wife is a long hauler. My son-in-law...

So do I. My wife is a long hauler. My son-in-law is a long hauler.

It has been a full year for my wife. Two weeks ago I came downstairs for morning coffee. She looked at me and said “My head is...
03-20-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,518
Posted By 63rickert

OP is concerned about not inconveniencing other...

OP is concerned about not inconveniencing other riders. Wow. Can I ride with you? Expect everyone in the group is appreciative at some level to have such a nice and thoughtful guy to ride with.
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03-20-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,037
Posted By 63rickert

Simple uncomplicated collarbone fracture. Expect...

Simple uncomplicated collarbone fracture. Expect a simple uncomplicated recovery.

Could it get more complex? Of course it could. Every commenter who has a story is the evidence for that. But 99%...
02-23-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,154
Posted By 63rickert

Actually this all started with a response to OP...

Actually this all started with a response to OP and the problem OP is having with a bike and a bike shop. If it were all so simple and so universally known as is claimed on this thread the problem...
02-23-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,154
Posted By 63rickert

In best case the flat does get repaired. When the...

In best case the flat does get repaired. When the wheel goes back in the brake screams. Screams loud enough no one would ride it. Do not underestimate the number of bike owners who will look at a...
02-23-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,154
Posted By 63rickert

Have to agree with you, dunces and snowflakes is...

Have to agree with you, dunces and snowflakes is quite accurate. Where are the rides populated by the competent? Those are distant memories.

Again, were it so simple as bikeforums would have it,...
02-22-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,154
Posted By 63rickert

No bike shop lets a brakeless bike out the door...

No bike shop lets a brakeless bike out the door if they want to stay in business. Or if they care about your life. Or the life of the person you may hit. Stay away from this LBS.

From this...
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