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01-26-23, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 544
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...if they take a tip from Elon Musk, they...

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...if they take a tip from Elon Musk, they can turn it into a cash cow by selling KOM's, the way Twitter is selling verified accounts.
Replies: 35
Views: 998
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I have a couple of these Raleigh...

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...I have a couple of these Raleigh Professional bikes, but I had to repaint mine. My own feeling is that, if good cosmetics are important to you, that a nicely preserved example is worth quite a...
01-18-23, 12:57 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,753
Posted By 3alarmer

....Henry Ford did this for cars, until some...

....Henry Ford did this for cars, until some marketing genius figured out you could sell more cars if you offered them in colors, and chromed the bumpers. But you could buy 14 steel bikes from the...
01-16-23, 11:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 535
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...IME the best removal tool for this was...

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...IME the best removal tool for this was made and sold by Suntour themselves, but they are no longer doing that.
Do not be too discouraged if you can't remove it, even by clamping in the Park...
01-16-23, 03:52 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 6,105
Posted By 3alarmer

...if neither the $5,000 bike, nor the $14,000...

...if neither the $5,000 bike, nor the $14,000 bike is a recumbent, both are worthless anyway.
Clearly this is a trick question, and you will eventually turn the discussion toward mechanical...
01-15-23, 11:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 985
Posted By 3alarmer

...I have already selected my epitaph. ...

...I have already selected my epitaph.

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01-14-23, 11:26 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,045
Posted By 3alarmer

...this is the exact question all the people who...

...this is the exact question all the people who bought them before the discounts kicked in are asking. (https://www.autoblog.com/2023/01/13/tesla-discount-reactions/):)
01-14-23, 12:30 AM
Replies: 663
Views: 14,045
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I just read here...

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...I just read here (https://www.forbes.com/wheels/news/tesla-slashes-prices/), that Tesla is selling all their cars at a 20% discount right now. So you can now buy a base model Y, and get $13,000...
01-14-23, 12:23 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,314
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I have probably ten sets of tubular rim...

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...I have probably ten sets of tubular rim wheels that are sitting over in a corner, under a tarp. Every now and then, if I need a set of really nice hubs to build wheels for a project, I cut the...
01-13-23, 12:33 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,409
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I was a hippie, from about 1970 when...

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...I was a hippie, from about 1970 when Zumwalt let us grow beards and longer hair in the Navy, until about the end of that decade, when I left the organic farm in Forest Lake to get a real job....
01-12-23, 08:42 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,679
Posted By 3alarmer

...eventually you need to ask yourself, who is at...

...eventually you need to ask yourself, who is at fault for this ? :)
01-12-23, 08:39 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,679
Posted By 3alarmer

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01-10-23, 04:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...it took many years of safety advocacy focused...

...it took many years of safety advocacy focused on the government to institute the requirements for car makers to include something as intuitively obvious as seat belts and shoulder harnesses in...
01-07-23, 07:43 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...what you think about this is not borne out by...

...what you think about this is not borne out by the many fact based links I've provided for you. I can't make you read them.



...OK. I'm out again. No one, and certainly not me, has asserted...
01-07-23, 03:49 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...have you ever lived in Europe ? I spent a year...

...have you ever lived in Europe ? I spent a year living in Naples, and drove frequently from there to Rome. I drove extensively in both cities, because I had a fun little Alfa Duetto. My experience...
01-07-23, 03:29 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...I missed this, because I've been ignoring this...

...I missed this, because I've been ignoring this thread since it went south for the winter. I can only speak for myself, but I simply posted a relatively extensive pinion piece from the NY Times...
01-05-23, 12:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 659
Posted By 3alarmer

...it's a reasonable bet that the goatheads that...

...it's a reasonable bet that the goatheads that have found their way onto the paved road in the fall, will by May have been somewhat cleared away by getting picked up or blown aside by automotive...
Replies: 34
Views: 1,144
Posted By 3alarmer

,,, I sold a Trek 400 here in a slow market for...

,,, I sold a Trek 400 here in a slow market for $220. It was the later sort of frame, with the socketed, investment cast lugs and the rear derailleur cable routed through the chainstay. It was...
01-02-23, 09:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 573
Posted By 3alarmer

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12-30-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...since we're on the subject, why do you keep...

...since we're on the subject, why do you keep arguing that we can only improve cyclists' personal safety by some sort of personal campaign for education. Me, I can walk and chew gum at the same...
12-30-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 893
Posted By 3alarmer

...IIRC, by the time the 6th was published,...

...IIRC, by the time the 6th was published, sealed units were well established in use, and they dropped the cup and spindle section to print other stuff. I'm not against experimentation, if you've...
12-29-22, 11:53 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...sure. What's your explanation for the...

...sure. What's your explanation for the significant differences in fatality rates between America and the other countries in the OP data base results ?
Are Europeans imposing training requirements...
12-29-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 503
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...believe it or not, for a long time this...

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...believe it or not, for a long time this was one of my favorite bicycles. I don't know who made them for Bianchi, but they did a nice job on them. Pretty sure this one is an '85.
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12-29-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 893
Posted By 3alarmer

...for many years now, the simplest solution has...

...for many years now, the simplest solution has been to buy a sealed unit bottom bracket, in the proper threading to fit your shell, with the correct spindle length.
This saves so much head...
12-29-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 893
Posted By 3alarmer

...I was going to suggest that, too, but the 4th...

...I was going to suggest that, too, but the 4th edition seems to be the most generous, in terms of information on this topic of interchangeability of cup and cone BB's and spindles. There's pages...
12-27-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,557
Posted By 3alarmer

...I'm just tired of being told that my failure...

...I'm just tired of being told that my failure to make myself as visible as is humanly possible on a bicycle, (which I try to do), is a legit excuse for someone in a large truck, step van, or even a...
12-27-22, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 637
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I use the 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF as...

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...I use the 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF as the penetrant for freewheel disassembly, a MAPP gas torch, and one of the old commercially made Bicycle Research freewheel vise things, along with the...
12-27-22, 10:36 AM
12-26-22, 03:19 PM
12-24-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,481
Posted By 3alarmer

...I used to catch my own smelts, but in recent...

...I used to catch my own smelts, but in recent times I have outsourced this labor. I am profoundly shamed.
12-23-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...there's this thread,...

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...there's this thread, (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage-bicycles-whats-worth-appraisals/1212286-follis-bikes.html) with a link to the Follis history site. ...
12-22-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 4,358
Posted By 3alarmer

...cherry picking is when you select out one or...

...cherry picking is when you select out one or several instances of a cash revenue marketing gimmick, and use it to condemn everything written about a topic. Like this:




By your rationale...
12-22-22, 12:54 PM
Replies: 174
Views: 4,358
Posted By 3alarmer

...I was unaware of this history. I am sorry...

...I was unaware of this history. I am sorry about your pain. Chronic pain just sucks the life out of you.
But I guess we disagree on whether this particular "thing" is being sold as a harmful...
12-16-22, 08:32 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,508
Posted By 3alarmer

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12-16-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,508
Posted By 3alarmer

[/QUOTE] ...I knew a guy who accidentally...

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...I knew a guy who accidentally cut off his big toe, with an axe. He was kind of sensitive about it, though. So I never asked him if his bicycling was easier. Now I regret that. :(
12-16-22, 01:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I like the bar rotated more, so the curve...

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...I like the bar rotated more, so the curve between the flat at the top and the brake lever is more level. That puts the bar ends forward far enough that I don't need to shorten them.
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12-14-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,506
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I live in a major metro area in...

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...I live in a major metro area in California. The only bicycle stores remaining here that carry stuff besides bikes maintain pretty low inventories of everything on the shelves that is not...
12-14-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 519
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I think it's something they sold as the...

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...I think it's something they sold as the "Touring Elite", but the one I had was made from Columbus tubing. No idea on the year made and sold, but it should make a good commuter, and from the...
12-13-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,502
Posted By 3alarmer

...I just now realized that if you don't need or...

...I just now realized that if you don't need or want the stupid indexing stops, you could probably save 300 bucks and set this up with a simple friction shifter from olden days. And for the front,...
12-13-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 298
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I suspect that your bolt, "soft and...

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...I suspect that your bolt, "soft and cheap", is made of something other than steel, in order to save weight. Nothing in life is free, it's all a tradeoff.
12-12-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,502
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...if Shimano thought they could make money...

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...if Shimano thought they could make money manufacturing these, my best guess is that they would do so.
I think it would be hard not to be able to turn them out more cheaply in volume, but they...
12-12-22, 09:16 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,502
Posted By 3alarmer

...I don't respond to an advertising pitch that...

...I don't respond to an advertising pitch that does not end with, "...But wait, there's more !"
12-12-22, 09:11 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 9,502
Posted By 3alarmer

...you don't think that the international patent...

...you don't think that the international patent rights would have expired, since 1938 ? It's not like family is still making them somewhere, and one presumes that the guy who bought the remaining...
12-10-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 429
Views: 58,756
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...that, sir, is Bill the Cat. He was, at...

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...that, sir, is Bill the Cat. He was, at one time long ago, a personal hero.
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12-09-22, 10:43 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 58,756
Posted By 3alarmer

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12-08-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I will continue to ride in full paranoia...

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...I will continue to ride in full paranoia mode. :) nttawwt
12-08-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 346
Posted By 3alarmer

RE-CYCLERY BIKE SHOP in San Rafael...

RE-CYCLERY BIKE SHOP in San Rafael (https://www.tripsforkidsmarin.org/re-cyclery.html)...there is a huge hodge-podge of used stuff in there, arranged in bins for the more common items, and with a few...
12-07-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 269
Posted By 3alarmer

. ...I have one in a plastic bag, as a...

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...I have one in a plastic bag, as a curiosity, which I removed from a bike I bought and overhauled. I could never figure out how to get it to work, either. So I just replaced it.
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12-07-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 407
Posted By 3alarmer

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...IIRC, the #3 size fits the diameter for current stainless...
12-06-22, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 407
Posted By 3alarmer

...the cable you have there has a little crimp on...

...the cable you have there has a little crimp on thingy on the barrel adjust end, that is inside the barrel. The end that is fed inside the trigger shifter is also terminated in a crimped on sleeve....
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