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01-19-23, 11:24 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 3,738
Posted By 63rickert

One of my cycling mentors completed this event ...

One of my cycling mentors completed this event

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KotsGmYl8A

while drinking his normal fifth of bourbon daily, plus plenty of Canadian beer. RIP Rudy.

Then...
12-15-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 519
Posted By 63rickert

If you have a suitable hub, meaning one strong...

If you have a suitable hub, meaning one strong enough for radial, it is no big deal to build a 36 as an 18. With tall modern rims -- they are almost all tall now -- it will work. A 32 built as 16...
12-06-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 998
Posted By 63rickert

Inspiration for the CN Hellenics was the Carol...

Inspiration for the CN Hellenics was the Carol Fields Hetchins. Carol was pretty inspiring herself. Once there was a sample out on the street customers asked for them. Eddy did not push the style,...
10-29-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 618
Posted By 63rickert

I would agree that a 71 seat angle is sensible...

I would agree that a 71 seat angle is sensible for general purpose riding. But these were explicitly time trial bikes.

Also agree with the line about lawyers dictating seat angles for US market...
10-27-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 5,319
Posted By 63rickert

Yes, he was. And he is twice as old as some of...

Yes, he was. And he is twice as old as some of those he beat.

For most of us, and probably all on this forum, we just don't have enough power that "efficient power transfer" would make one bit of...
10-27-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 5,319
Posted By 63rickert

Arkansas High Country Race was just won on a...

Arkansas High Country Race was just won on a steel bike with rim brakes. And inner tubes. The steel was old timey 1" and !-1/8" tubes. With lugs.
10-23-22, 01:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 821
Posted By 63rickert

Skip Measure your eBay cotters. They will be...

Skip

Measure your eBay cotters. They will be undersized. If you want full sized cotters go to Mark Stonich who sold you the press. Or go back to eBay and try to be certain you are buying vintage....
10-14-22, 05:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,144
Posted By 63rickert

It all matters. Sure tires are biggest and...

It all matters. Sure tires are biggest and easiest. Yes, four cross feels softer. Yes, thin butted spokes. Yes, flat rims. Lower spoke tension works, although the wheel may be less durable. Light...
10-08-22, 01:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,342
Posted By 63rickert

When I started riding tubulars and Campy in 1967...

When I started riding tubulars and Campy in 1967 Campionato del Mondos were one of the most popular tires. 29mm wide from contemporaneous notes. Paris-Roubaix at 26mm were popular too. Roads that...
10-05-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 532
Posted By 63rickert

I'm going to push it a little further. The...

I'm going to push it a little further. The business about weaker brake in the rear is latter day lawyer speak. And American lawyers. I can't imagine anyone in St. Etienne in 1960 or 1970 having any...
09-08-22, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By 63rickert

No one is answering so I will take a stab at it....

No one is answering so I will take a stab at it. Seems like an honest question. I've done a couple short test rides on other peoples RTPs. I have a lot of miles on the Snoqualmie Pass tires, which...
09-02-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 712
Posted By 63rickert

The other readily US available paint that is...

The other readily US available paint that is really good is OneShot as used by sign painters. Commonly used for lining and lettering, perfectly good for doing the whole frame. Everybody flinches at...
09-01-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 712
Posted By 63rickert

I do not know what Mercian and Argos are using...

I do not know what Mercian and Argos are using currently. Paint industry has changed enormously in recent years. Twenty or seventy years ago I could give you some idea how it worked. Paint in England...
08-29-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,257
Posted By 63rickert

Just measured a Rema patch kit. 7cm by 3.5cm by...

Just measured a Rema patch kit. 7cm by 3.5cm by 2cm. For the metrically challenged that is 2.8" by 1.4" by 0.8". A bit over 3 cubic inches.

Use tires you can get off the rim. Preferably without...
08-24-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 2,563
Posted By 63rickert

OP is very correct that most riders like clipless...

OP is very correct that most riders like clipless immediately and it is a very good system.

There are other ways to skin a cat. I was a very late adopter, went clipless in 1988. Was racing CX...
08-17-22, 03:31 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 6,587
Posted By 63rickert

UPS lost a bike I shipped. It was insured. I...

UPS lost a bike I shipped. It was insured. I spent six months trying to find it, talked to dozens of UPS employees who understood it was a custom bike and I wanted it. They wanted to help. Some had...
08-02-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,822
Posted By 63rickert

I build wheels. Yes, wheels can change how a bike...

I build wheels. Yes, wheels can change how a bike rides and rim height is part of that. Yes, taller rims are much stiffer. Find an antique flat section tubular rim and you can flex it with your...
08-02-22, 11:24 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,822
Posted By 63rickert

On most of my bikes I can watch the fork tips...

On most of my bikes I can watch the fork tips flexing while riding. On the Bates with the Diadrant fork (look it up- yes, steel) the fork tips move so much it startles other riders. The frame...
08-01-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,101
Posted By 63rickert

Nope. The term 'Q' was created by Grant Peterson...

Nope. The term 'Q' was created by Grant Peterson in early 90s during his stint as sales manager for Bridgestone USA. Before that it was called 'tread' and while a few were aware of the factor not...
07-15-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,311
Posted By 63rickert

Take a look at these gravel bikes....

Take a look at these gravel bikes. https://www.renehersecycles.com/unbound-xl-was-epic/

Competition success so it works. These bikes are basically re-created vintage skinny tube road bikes with...
06-17-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,004
Posted By 63rickert

Your best upgrade is getting a physical therapist...

Your best upgrade is getting a physical therapist and resolving your back problem. Definitive therapy. I neglected my problems until one day could not stand or walk or sleep much less get on a bike....
05-25-22, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By 63rickert

Let the flakes soak overnight in the alcohol....

Let the flakes soak overnight in the alcohol. Even if you have a magnetic stirring device or a paint shaker it takes time to know if your mix is any good. Patience.

When French polishing old...
05-02-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,874
Posted By 63rickert

Your query was answered in the first line of my...

Your query was answered in the first line of my post.

I thought it was an honest question from an honest person. My mistake.

Disrespecting your elders displays what sort of person you are.
04-22-22, 01:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,479
Posted By 63rickert

No almost, you did. One of my main markers for...

No almost, you did. One of my main markers for being in riding shape - never super fit any more and my butt got bony too - is I am above my saddles. From there it can’t hurt.

It is all about pedal...
04-07-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 8,719
Posted By 63rickert

Fully sealed drive train was produced by Sunbeam...

Fully sealed drive train was produced by Sunbeam 100 years ago. Chain ran in an oil bath. Sunbeams were the most expensive English bike made. Many originals still exist, a few remain in use, the oil...
03-30-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,191
Posted By 63rickert

Sounds a lot like when I tore my ACL. Pain went...

Sounds a lot like when I tore my ACL. Pain went away in a couple days and I stopped thinking about it. Went to the orthopedist four years later. One of the first things he said was most young guys (I...
03-26-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,229
Posted By 63rickert

Fredo has it right. Getting an adequate...

Fredo has it right. Getting an adequate front-center to avoid overlap is not a frame design issue at all until you want fenders and 35mm tires on a 50cm frame. (Talking level top tube sizes here. If...
03-13-22, 05:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,878
Posted By 63rickert

It happens. Not at all likely to happen to...

It happens. Not at all likely to happen to someone who is not racking up big miles.

When it happens relatively early the culprit is usually a stone or shard of metal embedded in the brake pad. Now...
03-13-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,433
Posted By 63rickert

Nice pic of Thevenet. It illustrates your point...

Nice pic of Thevenet. It illustrates your point well.

I don’t know where the idea old school were big gear mashers comes from. Yes, they climbed in relatively large gears. Otherwise they turned...
03-03-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,646
Posted By 63rickert

This is purely politics and does not belong here....

This is purely politics and does not belong here.

In his letter M. Jacques states the UCI is obliged to be politically neutral. Then goes on to do something purely political.

Any time in past...
02-18-22, 02:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,594
Posted By 63rickert

Pull on the handlebars. Do not reduce weight on...

Pull on the handlebars. Do not reduce weight on the grips. Eliminate weight on the grips. Pull. Opens up space in the hand joints. Opens up space around the nerve.

Pull all the way to the...
02-18-22, 02:40 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,033
Posted By 63rickert

Good thing there were people who liked rim brake...

Good thing there were people who liked rim brake bikes since 1890s or there would be no bikes.

Or maybe it just might be possible to say “I prefer disc brakes” and leave it at that.
02-14-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,482
Posted By 63rickert

Slow down. Don’t do anything until you have an...

Slow down. Don’t do anything until you have an accurate measurement of head tube angle. Since it is a custom your builder should have a record.

Your builder could also very likely move the brake...
02-04-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,124
Posted By 63rickert

This is one of the worst case scenarios that all...

This is one of the worst case scenarios that all cyclists are afraid of. Please note that the cyclist walked away. Text of article says he sustained minor injuries. I will hope the adjective ‘minor’...
01-24-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,645
Posted By 63rickert

With persistence you could find a proper road...

With persistence you could find a proper road bike from fifty or seventy years ago that had the sort of clearance you want. If you go that route please choose something really beat up that is not...
01-20-22, 09:06 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,005
Posted By 63rickert

Big upvotes for vintage Schwinns and poster...

Big upvotes for vintage Schwinns and poster Vintage Schwinn. The bikes are phenomenally easy to work on. That was a design criteria. For those who find anything hard about working on them, remove...
01-19-22, 03:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 851
Posted By 63rickert

Forty years as a housepainter here and part of...

Forty years as a housepainter here and part of the family that invented the Chicago sash brush. Preferred cleaner for normal interior paint is sodium sesquicarbonate. You buy that at the hardware...
12-02-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,636
Posted By 63rickert

Carbon fiber saddle have been available for over...

Carbon fiber saddle have been available for over twenty years now. Almost all of them flex. They are not significantly different from a 1958 Unica Nitor #55 made from nylon. Except that they are...
10-26-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 9,943
Posted By 63rickert

Your post is so well written I should stand up...

Your post is so well written I should stand up and applaud.

One small addition. In days when the Brit standard was 48x18 most rode wired-on tires and they were plain bad. The Dunlop HPRR (Yes, I...
10-15-21, 06:59 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 6,270
Posted By 63rickert

Campagnolo did that years ago. It was not even...

Campagnolo did that years ago. It was not even necessary to re-program anything. The shifter simply worked with whatever derailleur and cogset you had.

No one noticed. Few if any here will have a...
10-13-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 9,066
Posted By 63rickert

From the traffic lane is where all drop offs...

From the traffic lane is where all drop offs happen in that neighborhood. There are normally zero open parking spots, designated loading zones will be private property and guarded. For example the...
10-12-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 191
Views: 9,066
Posted By 63rickert

Moving traffic is an interesting concept. I see a...

Moving traffic is an interesting concept. I see a traffic lane in the video. There does not appear to be a loading zone. In that neighborhood there might not be an unobstructed loading zone or legal...
10-11-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 9,066
Posted By 63rickert

Accident occurred at Lincoln & Wisconsin. Which...

Accident occurred at Lincoln & Wisconsin. Which is real different from “urban environment” or “Chicago” and even “Lincoln Park” does not tell much. If anyone wants to be at Lincoln &Wisconsin at all...
10-07-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,161
Posted By 63rickert

Not freakish at all. Back when I was racing most...

Not freakish at all. Back when I was racing most of us could do 200rpm. Track racing was done mostly on 46x14 and it was not possible to race if 150 effective rpm were not on hand. So yes, most can...
10-01-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,032
Posted By 63rickert

60kph is a normal speed on a bicycle. It is very...

60kph is a normal speed on a bicycle. It is very normal on a downhill. Any bike in good operating condition should be stable at that speed. It is also fast enough that it will hurt if something goes...
09-20-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,600
Posted By 63rickert

Ride a unicycle. Guaranteed no hand problems. ...

Ride a unicycle. Guaranteed no hand problems.

In a similar vein, pull on the handlebars. Parking weight on the ‘bar will always cause problems. If you must rest weight on hands change hand...
09-08-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By 63rickert

eBay.it has them. You will have choices. Search...

eBay.it has them. You will have choices. Search on ‘cerchi 520 tubolari’.

Incidentally the 24” tubular size is American. Standard created by John Palmer with his friend B.F. Goodrich in 1892. Most...
09-07-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,834
Posted By 63rickert

Green Bay Trail operates on Calvinball rules. I...

Green Bay Trail operates on Calvinball rules. I have been hit there. My wife has been hit twice. Populated by superior North Shore types who never say they are sorry. It is never their fault. We...
09-05-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,428
Posted By 63rickert

Stop carrying weight on perineum. Put your weight...

Stop carrying weight on perineum. Put your weight on the pedals.

Go for a ride with no saddle. Main problem with that is saddle is part of steering. So be careful. Just getting down the road with...
08-28-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,717
Posted By 63rickert

Primary problem you will have with an 80s bike is...

Primary problem you will have with an 80s bike is there are relatively few who know much about them. I can assure you that 40 years ago people rode in comfort and with safety. If you are surrounded...
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