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06-27-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 488
Posted By Fredo76

I think the long-handled Park cone wrenches with...

I think the long-handled Park cone wrenches with the rubber on the grip end really come in handy when you need that extra leverage. The double-ended, shorter wrenches are the less expensive route....
06-17-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,231
Posted By Fredo76

Cool that you like what you're riding. Nothing...

Cool that you like what you're riding. Nothing wrong with admiring your bicycle!

Myself, I prefer branding to be discreet - engraving or raised lettering on metal parts, as was traditional, or...
06-14-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 547
Views: 19,439
Posted By Fredo76

All these years I thought "It's not the bike;...

All these years I thought "It's not the bike; it's the rider!", but it turns out I've been wrong all along! It's not the rider, after all! It's the bike! Must be his heavy wheels, then. Or maybe he...
06-12-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,086
Posted By Fredo76

I gained a feel for how springy Reynolds 531...

I gained a feel for how springy Reynolds 531 really is when we cold-set my frame. That is some springy stuff, alright.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,673
Posted By Fredo76

Since I cannot see my own bald spot, I am still a...

Since I cannot see my own bald spot, I am still a handsome devil!

:)
06-09-22, 12:48 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,935
Posted By Fredo76

I wonder if that was the model used by some...

I wonder if that was the model used by some clowns to "prove" that lighter wheels are no better than lighter anything-else. Seems like it might be. I had to laugh. I agree with Larry here.
...
06-06-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,187
Posted By Fredo76

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Selle SMP TRK

If I had invented this saddle, I would have trade-marked the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-29-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 27,168
Views: 17,706,576
Posted By Fredo76

1976 Fredo Speciale resto-mod

I've adapted the road-racing frame that I built with Colin Laing as a senior in high-school in 1976, to my aging geezer body.

...
05-24-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,106
Posted By Fredo76

I don't know, but after we moved to Tucson,...

I don't know, but after we moved to Tucson, raking the gravel and sweeping the sidewalks were added. He wouldn't spring for plastic under the gravel. Now I weed my street for goatheads...
05-24-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,106
Posted By Fredo76

My father paid my brother and I a penny for every...

My father paid my brother and I a penny for every ten dandelions we picked, once. We made a couple bucks. That's a lot of dandelions!
05-22-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3,212
Views: 825,031
Posted By Fredo76

My old racing bike, classically geezer-ized.

Here's the build I've been riding around lately. I tried to keep a classic look, but still accommodate my aging bod. It works pretty well for me.
...
05-17-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,585
Posted By Fredo76

Thank you for posting that. Avandia may have...

Thank you for posting that.

Avandia may have caused my stroke, at age 50, but I also clot easily, so have been on warfarin ever since. Maybe I'll just continue to take my time instead...
05-16-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,367
Posted By Fredo76

You stole it, alright. Congratulations!

You stole it, alright.

Congratulations!
05-14-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,740
Posted By Fredo76

I may never make use of such a wonder as a...

I may never make use of such a wonder as a wireless dropper seatpost, but they have re-calibrated my idea of what is an expensive seatpost. I used to think that ~$250 was expensive, for a spring...
05-12-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 957
Posted By Fredo76

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Saguaro National Park, East Loop Drive

The only pain on my latest nostalgia...
05-10-22, 11:14 PM
Replies: 2,522
Views: 886,555
Posted By Fredo76

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Fred & Fredo
05-08-22, 11:57 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,934
Posted By Fredo76

Yes. My father still had some in the '70s. The...

Yes. My father still had some in the '70s. The back side had a pad of what seemed like cardboard made with gunpowder, that you could not put out once lit. Vulcan was the God of Fire, right? Real...
05-08-22, 11:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 571
Posted By Fredo76

You have compacted your ratios slightly, more on...

You have compacted your ratios slightly, more on the top than on the bottom.

old: 11 34
42 103 33
34 83 27
24 59 19

new: 12 28
42 95 41
32 72 31
05-05-22, 10:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,663
Posted By Fredo76

Good to hear you're doing OK. I would rest,...

Good to hear you're doing OK.

I would rest, anyway.
05-05-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 26,321
Views: 2,832,119
Posted By Fredo76

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Saguaro National Park (East, Loop Drive, halfway)

Today my friend and I...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-22, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2,891
Views: 547,382
Posted By Fredo76

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Saguaro National Park, East Loop Drive

If you've been, you know exactly...
04-25-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,206
Posted By Fredo76

My only experience with disk wheels was picking...

My only experience with disk wheels was picking one up that was on display at REI co-op in the '90s.

It was HEAVY.
04-24-22, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Fredo76

Looks workable. I would consider getting some...

Looks workable. I would consider getting some closed-cell foam sheets for padding on the outside and between parts.

And I'd buy and try before relying.
04-16-22, 09:51 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 10,527
Posted By Fredo76

In the middle '70s I had a leather helmet,...

In the middle '70s I had a leather helmet, because anyone who raced in ABL (Amateur Bicycle League) events had to wear one. Nobody else did, that I remember, and most racers only wore theirs while...
04-13-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 7,740
Posted By Fredo76

I won't have any BB other than threaded, with a...

I won't have any BB other than threaded, with a square-taper spindle. Absolutely not threadless, not going there.

Similarly, no threadless steerer/headset setups, either. Height-adjustable...
04-12-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,129
Posted By Fredo76

Maybe try one of these...

I feel the same way about my bony-ass sit bones, myself. Maybe I need to do squats as well as stretches. Anyway, this seat really seems to fit my under-carriage:

...
04-12-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 3,330
Posted By Fredo76

April goal: ride every day. Progress: So...

April goal: ride every day.

Progress: So far, so good. :)
04-10-22, 10:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 645
Posted By Fredo76

+1 on gugie 's suggestion in post #6. ...

+1 on gugie 's suggestion in post #6.


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Red Clover Triplizer w/ 28T...
04-05-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Fredo76

I have never thought of a front derailleur cage...

I have never thought of a front derailleur cage as a consumable part. Unless yours is made from a soft alloy, I wouldn't worry about it. :)
04-05-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 40,499
Posted By Fredo76

Choosing the precise shade of green from the many...

Choosing the precise shade of green from the many available can be a difficult art.
...
04-03-22, 12:34 AM
Replies: 4,476
Views: 702,809
Posted By Fredo76

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Church at Black Mesa
04-02-22, 12:48 AM
Replies: 352
Views: 40,499
Posted By Fredo76

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03-31-22, 10:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 985
Posted By Fredo76

Nice find. Great job! Beautiful bike.

Nice find.
Great job!
Beautiful bike.
03-27-22, 02:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 996
Posted By Fredo76

Nice looking clips and straps! However, the...

Nice looking clips and straps! However, the toe-strap buckle should come up from the outside of the pedal, not the inside:

...
03-27-22, 01:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 633
Posted By Fredo76

"Where are the restrooms?" "Where's the Coke...

"Where are the restrooms?"
"Where's the Coke machine?"
"How long does it take to see this place?"
03-24-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,950
Posted By Fredo76

Yeah, toe overlap is pretty much unnecessary,...

Yeah, toe overlap is pretty much unnecessary, unsafe BS, since you can get what you want without it. I never fell over from it, but another 2 mph mix-up found me waking up in a stranger's car with a...
03-24-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,950
Posted By Fredo76

Having raced, and having built my own frame, I've...

Having raced, and having built my own frame, I've always thought that toe overlap was total BS, easily avoided, and an inferior design choice, caused by favoring something less important in a...
03-24-22, 07:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,924
Posted By Fredo76

In my case, a new doc had me try atorvastatin...

In my case, a new doc had me try atorvastatin before I figured out that it was Lipitor, same stuff that had given me aches and pains when tried a few years earlier. I felt that I had sprained...
03-23-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,544
Posted By Fredo76

Maybe, maybe not. Nothing wrong with them! Since...

Maybe, maybe not. Nothing wrong with them! Since my longest ride in the geezer era, so far, is equal to your first outing, I'd say give it time, but maybe start thinking about an alternate ride. They...
03-23-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,924
Posted By Fredo76

Statins are known for causing muscle issues. I...

Statins are known for causing muscle issues. I stopped taking Lipitor (atorvastatin) because of them. Was on simvastatin, now on pravastatin. If one statin causes problems, tell your doctor, and ask...
03-16-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,729
Posted By Fredo76

Another thread had me looking at a Trek FX2...

Another thread had me looking at a Trek FX2 Stagger, a sort-of step-through hybrid that comes in at 25 lbs. The FX3 Stagger is a 1x version.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-15-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2,781
Views: 455,487
Posted By Fredo76

about 35 1/4", or 89.5 cm, not counting the brake...

about 35 1/4", or 89.5 cm, not counting the brake cable!
Forum: Road Cycling
03-14-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,028
Posted By Fredo76

I kept trying shorter and shorter stems on an...

I kept trying shorter and shorter stems on an unusual build, and finally turned the 32mm shortest one backwards. It's not twitchy due to a relaxed seat angle.

Congratulations on finding your...
03-13-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By Fredo76

When we lived in Bozeman, Montana, it snowed a...

When we lived in Bozeman, Montana, it snowed a foot in June, one year. The Cottonwoods don't bloom until June there, either - they know! In Fairbanks, Alaska, they bloom in May, because May is...
03-11-22, 03:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,643
Posted By Fredo76

They have several models of offbeat steel frame...

They have several models of offbeat steel frame designs produced in Taiwan every year, among other stuff. Here's my brother's Clem Smith Jr.:

...
03-10-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 759
Posted By Fredo76

Beautiful bike - very nice work! I always...

Beautiful bike - very nice work!

I always like to see the 'before' shots, too. That's progress!

Congratulations. :)
03-06-22, 02:58 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 3,830
Posted By Fredo76

This tire: ...

This tire:
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Goodyear-Tires-700c-x-35mm-Folding-Hybrid-Bike-Tire-Black/516359822

...is nearly three times the weight of this tire (35c):...
03-06-22, 02:08 AM
Replies: 715
Views: 31,279
Posted By Fredo76

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Nice spoke protector!
03-05-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 765
Posted By Fredo76

Gobbling ibuprofen can give one a...

Gobbling ibuprofen can give one a life-threatening bleeding ulcer (ask my wife). Or kidney disease (ask my kidney doc). Relying on ibuprofen long-term is not a solution, seriously.

Good luck with...
03-04-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 715
Views: 31,279
Posted By Fredo76

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ghost cog

Went with silver. Looks smaller already! ;)
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