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10-20-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 238
Posted By Ironfish653

^^^ This ^^^ There's a reason that MTBs took...

^^^ This ^^^

There's a reason that MTBs took over the cycling world 30 years ago; they're damn effective bikes for the way most people use bicycles. I'm not talking about specialist weaponry like...
10-19-21, 07:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 453
Posted By Ironfish653

I like to go purely mechanical for the first pass...

I like to go purely mechanical for the first pass if it's really heavy build-up; nylon bristle brushes are good for general surfaces, I also like to use an old shoelace to "floss" the cassette cogs....
10-16-21, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Ironfish653

622-37 is a “700c” wheel with a 37mm tire. ...

622-37 is a “700c” wheel with a 37mm tire.

If that same 622 rim fits tires bigger than ~45mm, it’s a “29-inch”
Confused? You should be. The names of bike tire sizes have little to do with...
10-15-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 426
Posted By Ironfish653

You could also do the wheels straight, but just...

You could also do the wheels straight, but just offset every other bike higher off the floor, so that three bikes fit in the width of ‘two handlebars’. Wide bar MTBs up high with the narrower drop...
10-09-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,091
Posted By Ironfish653

It doesn’t really increase your average speed,...

It doesn’t really increase your average speed, unless you’re only soft-pedaling after you’ve spun out your top gear on the descent and are approaching terminal velocity.

The lactic acid...
10-09-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By Ironfish653

Bridgestone is definitely a Japanese make. Maybe...

Bridgestone is definitely a Japanese make. Maybe some of the 1990s lower end bikes, like the MB-6 would have been Taiwan, but 1970s were made in Japan.

‘Kabuki’ was their export trade name, since...
10-07-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 213
Posted By Ironfish653

I still like the trailers (either one- or...

I still like the trailers (either one- or two-wheeled) for toting kids around. Good ones like the THULE Chariot and the higher end Burleys, have 20" wheels and good suspension, so they roll down the...
10-07-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 857
Posted By Ironfish653

I think most people's concerns about QR's are...

I think most people's concerns about QR's are based on a misunderstanding of how they work, and how to use them. The misconception is that the QR skewer is actually the axle, and the whole wheel is...
10-06-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 758
Posted By Ironfish653

Don’t knock it; they work pretty well on road...

Don’t knock it; they work pretty well on road bikes that have been converted for Path / gravel duty. And that Redshift that all the gravel guys are swooning over is just a Girvin with a better...
10-06-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By Ironfish653

Get rid of the seat post altogether. Problem...

Get rid of the seat post altogether. Problem solved.
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10-06-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Ironfish653

^^ Solution in search of a problem. Dude...

^^ Solution in search of a problem.

Dude is having trouble just getting a generic hitch set up on his generic hybrid, you think he’s going to re-engineer a whole yoke-and-drawbar setup?
...
10-06-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By Ironfish653

Ringle' Moby. Accept no Substitutes :D

Ringle' Moby.
Accept no Substitutes :D
10-05-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 544
Posted By Ironfish653

^^ This. Also, DorkDisk , dddd and a couple of...

^^ This. Also, DorkDisk , dddd and a couple of others.
There is a wealth of information on the Sheldon site, and BF, but it seems to have a big blind spot in that there actually were...
10-03-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Ironfish653

I guess you'll need to get a 700c hybrid now...

I guess you'll need to get a 700c hybrid now :foo:

In all seriousness, bike trailers, especially the inexpensive ones, are kind of a 'universal fit' thing, where it'll fit most bikes, most of the...
09-30-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,003
Posted By Ironfish653

Hard to say what's exactly at play here. Heavy...

Hard to say what's exactly at play here. Heavy braking while turning a two-wheeled vehicle makes it want to stand up and go straight. One of those things a 500 lb motorcycle won't let you get away...
09-25-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,992
Posted By Ironfish653

It's not really an 'up' stroke; in practice, it's...

It's not really an 'up' stroke; in practice, it's more pushing forward over the top of the stroke, and pulling back across the bottom. Pulling up with one leg while pushing down with the other is...
09-20-21, 05:46 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 6,181
Posted By Ironfish653

“Fixing Flats” is always a dirty, physical job,...

“Fixing Flats” is always a dirty, physical job, particularly if it’s the rear wheel, and if you’ve got one of those tire/rim combinations that don’t give up without three tire levers and a fight.
I...
09-20-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By Ironfish653

classicmds I think you're trying to read a little...

classicmds I think you're trying to read a little too much into the instructions. I don't think there's any bike that has 2" of axle that sticks out past the frame. That's a lot of extra axle.
You...
09-19-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By Ironfish653

Lots of different layers. That, and having...

Lots of different layers. That, and having multiple pieces, so you can tune your outfit to the conditions.
I like to 'start cold' as I tend to warm up pretty significantly once I'm under way, and...
09-17-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 638
Posted By Ironfish653

’Boom Era’ 1970-1980s ten-speeds typically come...

’Boom Era’ 1970-1980s ten-speeds typically come with 40cm width drop bars, which will feel very, very different from the ~560mm straight bars on your MTB.
Steering, in particular will need to be...
09-17-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,811
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ve used a Mountainsmith lumbar pack (like a big...

I’ve used a Mountainsmith lumbar pack (like a big fanny pack) as a commuter bag, in lieu of a dedicated bike pack, or a two-strap backpack. I wore it a little higher than I would for hiking, at the...
09-15-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 429
Posted By Ironfish653

Those are 650c’s, but they’re also glue-on...

Those are 650c’s, but they’re also glue-on Tubulars, which makes them a different animal than the clincher tires we’re all more familiar with.
The 26” markings are, IIRC, a Dutch/German naming...
09-14-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 6,181
Posted By Ironfish653

I don’t get the whole “I Carry Every Tool I Own...

I don’t get the whole “I Carry Every Tool I Own “
I don’t do unsupported touring in the backcountry, so I don’t need to do major repairs by the side of the road. Usually what I’m more concerned...
09-14-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,244
Posted By Ironfish653

Hard to get a car with a dead starter up on...

Hard to get a car with a dead starter up on ramps, LOL. Try something really low like a Pontiac Firebird (and SBC starters are both bigger and heavier than you'd expect)

Can't say why you had so...
09-14-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,244
Posted By Ironfish653

Having had both vehicles, I'd actually give the...

Having had both vehicles, I'd actually give the nod to the Element. The Flex is a big, big car, but it's primary mission is as a three-row people hauler. With the rear seats folded, it's pretty...
09-12-21, 07:40 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,244
Posted By Ironfish653

Great concept, it’s only real weakness is fuel...

Great concept, it’s only real weakness is fuel mileage (although it’s not far off similar SUVs) and the 4WD needs it’s scheduled maintenance but it’s a good vehicle. Typical Honda build quality and...
09-11-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 783
Posted By Ironfish653

KLEIN absolutely owned it in the 1990's. Fades...

KLEIN absolutely owned it in the 1990's. Fades for daaays.
Honorable mention goes to Cannondale around Y2K, Especially seems like the Euro/Export bikes got some really flash graphics....
09-11-21, 01:53 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 3,195
Posted By Ironfish653

Buncha stuff tonight: Started converting the...

Buncha stuff tonight:
Started converting the MTB back to trail use, from the commuter duty it's been pulling the last few years. Took off the rack and mud guards, and the light kit, and swapped out...
09-03-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By Ironfish653

I think that notion comes from the early days of...

I think that notion comes from the early days of suspension forks, where oil-bath dampers weren't closed by more than a basic wiper seal, and leaving them stored inverted could lead to oil leaking...
09-03-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,712
Posted By Ironfish653

I see the setup wizard has arrived. :thumb:

I see the setup wizard has arrived. :thumb:
09-02-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,380
Posted By Ironfish653

Lot of suburban arterial roads are horrible for...

Lot of suburban arterial roads are horrible for cycling; 2-3 lanes in each direction, 50-55mph operating speed, and curbs on both sides (no shoulder) plus frequent traffic lights so the cars are...
08-29-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 320
Posted By Ironfish653

Haha, dude's got jokes. I don't think people...

Haha, dude's got jokes.
I don't think people realize how flat parts of the Mid-Atlantic/East Coast are. Trainers' the only way to train for a climb longer or higher than a highway overpass.

@...
08-29-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,993
Posted By Ironfish653

On a bike that old, there's so many "ifs" that...

On a bike that old, there's so many "ifs" that it's hard to say exactly what
it's going to need. A bike that's been abandoned in a shed for a decade or two is going to need different things than one...
08-26-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,713
Posted By Ironfish653

I’ll jump in here, because, like the OP, I’m a...

I’ll jump in here, because, like the OP, I’m a late in life arrival to drop bars. Also, started on vintage road bikes.
The typical 40cm ‘classic’ road drops are definitely something that takes some...
08-25-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 336
Posted By Ironfish653

Depends a lot on the condition of the bike before...

Depends a lot on the condition of the bike before you went fording with it.

Bare minimum, shoot some WD40 into the tubes via the bottle cage bolt holes, and leave it out in the sun for a day. Oil...
08-24-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 728
Posted By Ironfish653

Ok. Well, now we're getting somewhere, but not...

Ok. Well, now we're getting somewhere, but not anywhere close to where we thought you were going, based on the responses you got to your original post.

Drop bar (road bike) brake levers have...
08-24-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 728
Posted By Ironfish653

1. Yes 2. No. You really need to tell us...

1. Yes
2. No.

You really need to tell us what you're trying to do, so that we can give you some actual guidance, instead of continually asking open ended questions about the parts of a brake...
08-23-21, 10:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 728
Posted By Ironfish653

You need to give a few more details about what...

You need to give a few more details about what you’re trying to do.
On a modern (1990s or newer) bike, drop-bar brake levers, whether brake-only, or an integrated brake/shifter’STI’ unit, have a...
08-23-21, 09:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 329
Posted By Ironfish653

Running 1.95”-2.1” on 17mm (external) rims was...

Running 1.95”-2.1” on 17mm (external) rims was ‘the’ setup for XC bikes in the 26’er era.
You just can’t go too crazy low with the tire pressure, but that’s more to prevent pinch-flats than to keep...
08-23-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 644
Posted By Ironfish653

Yup, adding to the pile-on here. Going from...

Yup, adding to the pile-on here. Going from threadless to quill involves more than just trimming the steerer tube. You will have to replace the headset, with a threaded topnut, and extensively modify...
08-23-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,120
Posted By Ironfish653

It’s a dumb question, because only the air squats...

It’s a dumb question, because only the air squats have a peripheral relationship to cycling, but I’ll play along.

Pushup: 5 x10. I have a fully separated shoulder, so any more than 10 in a row...
08-22-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By Ironfish653

I'm familiar with what can happen to aluminum,...

I'm familiar with what can happen to aluminum, especially when in the presence of other metals, in a conductive environment, but we're talking about bicycles here, not subsea assets. ( I've never...
08-22-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 622
Posted By Ironfish653

Contemplate Rule #5. That is the Way.

Contemplate Rule #5.

That is the Way.
08-22-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,330
Posted By Ironfish653

As long as you're moving forward, with any...

As long as you're moving forward, with any sufficient speed ( whether cycling, or on foot) airflow usually carries most of it away.
If you're locked in a head-to-head Sprint with another...
08-21-21, 10:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,072
Posted By Ironfish653

The correct number of bikes is always N+1, with N...

The correct number of bikes is always N+1, with N being the number of bikes you currently own.

Right now, there are 7 in my garage, three of them are mine;

'98 Softride for general fitness...
08-21-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,141
Posted By Ironfish653

You’re on your own; there is no “Part That Does”....

You’re on your own; there is no “Part That Does”.
All bikes have seat posts, but only some have a rack. The only one that mounted ‘fifth-wheel’ style came with a dedicated rear rack.

Even with a...
08-20-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 587
Posted By Ironfish653

Agree with the above posters. Surface oxidation...

Agree with the above posters. Surface oxidation on the exposed aluminum. Aluminum oxidation is not the same as rust
The bike also looks like it was stored with the wheel removed, and the fork tips...
08-20-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,141
Posted By Ironfish653

Holy Bolt-ons, Batman! There's a lot of stuff...

Holy Bolt-ons, Batman! There's a lot of stuff attached to that bike!

IIRC, the rack-mounted tag-a-long might have been from Blackburn, or Topeak, but it did require using their specific rack.
If...
08-07-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 668
Posted By Ironfish653

Hah. I absolutely did read that wrong. (it was...

Hah. I absolutely did read that wrong. (it was even off the same site, too) I know what draft-legal TRI is, but it's not really a thing that I'm into, so I had to look up the rules.
It seems that...
08-06-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 668
Posted By Ironfish653

In an Ironman type triathlon (140 or 70.3 miles)...

In an Ironman type triathlon (140 or 70.3 miles) , riders are not allowed to follow closer than 3 bike lengths to another rider, unless passing, or you can receive a time penalty for drafting. The...
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