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07-21-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 407
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, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 350
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...
07-07-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 326
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, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
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...
07-04-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 915
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, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,000
Posted By Gresp15C

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

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula, Ohio. ;)
07-03-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
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: 441
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: 643
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: 643
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...
06-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 552
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...
06-23-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 693
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...
06-21-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,796
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: 2,796
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, 09:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,206
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...
06-18-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,060
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...
06-13-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,992
Posted By Gresp15C

The tradition of BF is for the first response to...

The tradition of BF is for the first response to completely not answer the question at all, but go off on a different tangent. ;)

With that said, when I was a kid and my family went on long hikes,...
06-12-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 913
Posted By Gresp15C

This is true, however, at least in my case I've...

This is true, however, at least in my case I've never had to wait more than a day for regular repairs. There are a couple of services in town that maintain stockpiles of parts, and provide same-day...
06-12-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 913
Posted By Gresp15C

I read an article by an economist, can't remember...

I read an article by an economist, can't remember who. He said that the simplest explanation right now is just that it takes longer to re-start an economy than anybody imagined.
06-11-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 7,475
Posted By Gresp15C

For the wrench, it's a tradeoff between that...

For the wrench, it's a tradeoff between that cost, and paying the rent. If they already own most of the commonplace tools, and a functioning vehicle, then at the very least their up front investment...
06-09-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 716
Posted By Gresp15C

This brings up an interesting point. It makes a...

This brings up an interesting point. It makes a difference whether you're working on your own bikes, or regularly working on bikes for others. When it's my own bikes, or ones in the family fleet,...
06-08-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,745
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough I'm surprised that a painted stem...

Oddly enough I'm surprised that a painted stem would corrode to the point of seizing. I'd almost place my bets on the stem being slightly oversized, and "persuaded" into the steering tube.

I'm...
06-07-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,341
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, the only reason to choose a drop bar...

In my view, the only reason to choose a drop bar bike is if you really expect that it will more comfortable and pleasurable to ride. This is certainly true for the many riders who love drop bars, but...
06-05-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 832
Posted By Gresp15C

My spouse got a new name-brand bike with tubeless...

My spouse got a new name-brand bike with tubeless ready rims and regular tires with tubes. She didn't research the specs down to the last detail, and the shop happily ordered the bike without...
06-04-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,229
Posted By Gresp15C

Report: Success! It was easier than expected. I...

Report: Success! It was easier than expected. I un-dished the wheel by loosening all of the spokes and starting from scratch with tensioning and truing. The wheel is pretty beaten up, so perfect...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 874
Posted By Gresp15C

An old road bike can be a fine commuter. For me,...

An old road bike can be a fine commuter. For me, fenders and a side basket are desirable. Not everybody commutes in the rain, especially when just starting out, but at least knowing that you can...
05-31-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,217
Posted By Gresp15C

Another conspiracy theory is that the ten speed...

Another conspiracy theory is that the ten speed kept a generation of American cyclists from becoming cyclists.
05-29-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 14,908
Posted By Gresp15C

Trek is popular in Wisconsin. ;) I've met...

Trek is popular in Wisconsin. ;)

I've met people who work at Trek, Pacific (Schwinn, GT, Mongoose), and Saris. All corporate behaviors aside, the actual people who work at those places tend to be...
05-28-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,091
Posted By Gresp15C

Calling them "lawyer lips" obscures their...

Calling them "lawyer lips" obscures their origins. The major bike makers were studying different methods of secondary retention in order to eliminate front wheel detachment failures. Those failures...
05-27-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,652
Posted By Gresp15C

The question would be whether titanium is...

The question would be whether titanium is actually a good material for the use.

The sintered and turned parts in Sturmey Archer hubs have worked for more than a century.
05-25-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,106
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, when I moved to Madison, I lived on top...

Indeed, when I moved to Madison, I lived on top of a steep hill with a tight turn and busy intersection at the bottom, and my coaster brake faded on that descent. First I thought the hub just needed...
05-23-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 416
Posted By Gresp15C

My spouse has Knards, and they are nice tires.

My spouse has Knards, and they are nice tires.
05-23-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,652
Posted By Gresp15C

An additional note, one of my 3-speed hubs is a...

An additional note, one of my 3-speed hubs is a Sturmey AW that was formerly on my mom's bike. Its oil cap had fallen off, and the hub had been ridden dry for some unknown time period, probably...
05-22-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,174
Posted By Gresp15C

It's a Surly. Smear some mud on the branding....

It's a Surly. Smear some mud on the branding. Problem solved. ;)
05-22-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,174
Posted By Gresp15C

I have the silver one, and from a few feet away,...

I have the silver one, and from a few feet away, the branding is barely visible.
05-22-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,174
Posted By Gresp15C

The most recent pump I've purchased is a Lezyne...

The most recent pump I've purchased is a Lezyne HP Drive, and I'm quite happy with it. Whatever you get, I strongly recommend the kind of pump that comes with the little hose, rather than the...
05-22-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 823
Posted By Gresp15C

When I was a kid, the way we learned was by being...

When I was a kid, the way we learned was by being laughed at by the other kids on the block until we learned. The kids who didn't have a bike yet, learned on someone else's bike. Now we don't have...
05-21-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By Gresp15C

Why a brake is a nice idea

Taking a little detour along an unofficial off-road trail, a stick few up and knocked the chain off while I was pedaling pretty hard. It's an old Bendix coaster hub, not the greatest, but gets the...
05-20-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 538
Posted By Gresp15C

Not necessarily better or worse cores, but tubes...

Not necessarily better or worse cores, but tubes with removable cores can at least be repaired.
05-18-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 757
Posted By Gresp15C

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling...

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling is an obsession, is that something else is an obsession: Playing music.
05-17-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,787
Posted By Gresp15C

Ah, I managed to fix it this morning, so here's...

Ah, I managed to fix it this morning, so here's what I learned. First of all, I got this pump for 5 bucks at St. Vinnie's, and it was in quite distressed condition. The cast metal base was heavily...
05-14-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Gresp15C

My friend had the same problem on his e-bike. The...

My friend had the same problem on his e-bike. The flatted axle had rotated a tiny bit in the dropout, and dug its threads into the dropout, so it was good and stuck. This was visible once we got the...
05-13-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,050
Posted By Gresp15C

A crunching sound could be any number of things,...

A crunching sound could be any number of things, so it's worth investigating systematically before pre-emptively replacing anything. I would only divide the parts into two categories for now: Works...
05-13-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By Gresp15C

I live on a street that is a designated bike...

I live on a street that is a designated bike route and "main drag" for commuters, and right now my "office" looks out onto the street, so I see a lot of bikes. According to what I've seen, people...
05-10-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,161
Posted By Gresp15C

Should the nuts be tightened with a flat facing...

Should the nuts be tightened with a flat facing forward, or one of the points? ;)
05-10-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,161
Posted By Gresp15C

Brilando invented the clips. At the time, bike...

Brilando invented the clips. At the time, bike makers were working on a variety of "secondary retention" mechanisms for both QR and nutted axles. This was in response to known cases of front wheel...
05-09-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,161
Posted By Gresp15C

Okay, QR levers, fine. But what we really need to...

Okay, QR levers, fine. But what we really need to discuss is which way the Brilando clips are supposed to point... ;)...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,919
Posted By Gresp15C

Spare bikes. In my view, if you have space for a...

Spare bikes. In my view, if you have space for a spare bike, it's pretty cheap insurance policy against downtime due to repairs. Murphy's Law says if you have spare wheel, something else on the bike...
05-06-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,455
Posted By Gresp15C

Music is my primary hobby, even ahead of cycling....

Music is my primary hobby, even ahead of cycling. I'm guilty as charged of being that "that guy" in music. I own a much better instrument than I would strictly need on utilitarian merits alone. I...
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