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08-03-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,497
Posted By Trakhak

I just did. It isn't, at least for me. I'm...

I just did. It isn't, at least for me. I'm skinny, though.

From one of Graham Obree's world-hour-record-winning rides:
...
08-02-21, 06:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 580
Posted By Trakhak

One of the new models of Specialized S-Works...

One of the new models of Specialized S-Works shoes has laces instead of the Boa closures used previously.
08-02-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 580
Posted By Trakhak

Strictly speaking (is there any other way?), you...

Strictly speaking (is there any other way?), you tuck your lace(s) into your shoe(s). One lace per shoe, one groove per LP side.
Replies: 11
Views: 356
Posted By Trakhak

Look for the brand name on the Norco's bear trap...

Look for the brand name on the Norco's bear trap pedals and then check prices on eBay. They may be worth some money to collectors.
08-02-21, 04:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 552
Posted By Trakhak

Ali Express listing for truing stand shown...

Ali Express listing for truing stand shown above...
08-01-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 181
Posted By Trakhak

Really? Including in the big chainring/big...

Really? Including in the big chainring/big sprocket combination?

Causing the chain to approach the cassette at an angle is precisely the principle on which derailleur systems are based. Some...
08-01-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,614
Posted By Trakhak

The greatest effect of decreased ambient...

The greatest effect of decreased ambient temperature, swamping any deriving from increased tire stiffness, is the increase in air density.
07-31-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By Trakhak

The problem, for me at least, isn't new threads,...

The problem, for me at least, isn't new threads, most of which fairly quickly move down the New Posts list and out of sight. It's the inane threads with hundreds or thousands or tens of thousands of...
07-30-21, 07:56 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,871
Posted By Trakhak

You mean, don't do that without 50 cool guys...

You mean, don't do that without 50 cool guys riding in formation with you, presumably.
07-30-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 336
Posted By Trakhak

Stretching, massage, foam rollers, medication,...

Stretching, massage, foam rollers, medication, etc., etc.: I've done none of the above (except making sure that my bikes fit correctly) for the last 55 years or so, since my days of racing in the...
07-30-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By Trakhak

Not speaking for Troul here, but I'd like to be...

Not speaking for Troul here, but I'd like to be able to click a "Hide Thread" button for threads that pop up over and over and that I have no interest in. Not just P&R threads, but "Show me your...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-29-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 958
Posted By Trakhak

A friend of mine once rode the last five miles to...

A friend of mine once rode the last five miles to his house as a storm front was dumping rain a quarter-mile behind him, moving in the same direction and at the same speed. I usually find myself...
07-29-21, 03:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 585
Posted By Trakhak

Open side of caged bearings faces spindle bearing...

Open side of caged bearings faces spindle bearing race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Gygv82DAM
07-28-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By Trakhak

Very nice. My favorite bike is similar: a...

Very nice. My favorite bike is similar: a fixed-gear 2005 Specialized Langster with aluminum everything, including frame, fork, wheels, bullhorns, and aero clip-on bars. Pretty light, and very...
07-26-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,871
Posted By Trakhak

After a long absence, Primatene Mist inhalers are...

After a long absence, Primatene Mist inhalers are back on the market and are available over the counter in Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc. Usually around 30 bucks, I think.
07-25-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 728
Posted By Trakhak

Recent studies showed that the leg strength of...

Recent studies showed that the leg strength of elite cyclists barely exceeded that of other reasonably fit subjects. The significant differences between the two groups had far more to do with...
07-25-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 482
Posted By Trakhak

Steel beads in unused or seldom-used tires can...

Steel beads in unused or seldom-used tires can still rust over time and hasten the deterioration of the fabric containing the bead. Tire blowouts out on the road are not fun.
07-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,871
Posted By Trakhak

It's easy to divine Larry's motivation for...

It's easy to divine Larry's motivation for defending that group, which boils down to the following: what they're doing must be OK because those would-be racers are the coolest bike guys out on the...
07-24-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,614
Posted By Trakhak

Notification: you must further assert that you...

Notification: you must further assert that you have never worn and will never wear Lycra/spandex for official authentication of your post.
07-24-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By Trakhak

What I posted in the original thread, and still...

What I posted in the original thread, and still relevant:

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost certainly know what you're doing, but any mention of a "split seam" in a recently installed tube...
07-23-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Trakhak

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost...

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost certainly know what you're doing, but any mention of a "split seam" in a recently installed tube supposedly being responsible for failure of the tube raises a...
Forum: Foo
07-23-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 700
Posted By Trakhak

I had an armpit infection once, many years ago....

I had an armpit infection once, many years ago. Operating on the principle that the solution to almost any problem is near at hand, I balled up a clean 100% wool sock and tied it in place in my...
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By Trakhak

The saddle is as low as it can go, which suggests...

The saddle is as low as it can go, which suggests that the bike might be at the upper limit of the acceptable size range for the current owner. (Or maybe the owner just likes a low saddle position...
Replies: 38
Views: 1,349
Posted By Trakhak

Understandable, but the same might be said of a...

Understandable, but the same might be said of a Schwinn Paramount. It's only a Schwinn, after all.

A Tom Kellogg-built Ross bike is fully comparable to a Waterford-built Paramount.
Forum: Foo
07-22-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,338
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCi3t7Ufa2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCi3t7Ufa2s
Forum: Foo
07-22-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 1,338
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DeaXf1FzE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DeaXf1FzE
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 770
Posted By Trakhak

Contra romantic views of bike use in Great...

Contra romantic views of bike use in Great Britain in the past, bikes like the Raleigh Tourist and the DL-1, with Sturmey Archer planetary-gearing hubs, were principally used for transportation in...
07-21-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,734
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6qU02T2z_U&t=3s...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6qU02T2z_U&t=3s
07-21-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 826
Posted By Trakhak

"Nasty wear" on the BioPace chainrings: maybe...

"Nasty wear" on the BioPace chainrings: maybe not. Sometime in the late 1980s, chainring manufacturers began shaping chainring teeth to improve shifting with the recently introduced indexing systems....
07-20-21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By Trakhak

Perhaps Tressoplast was a bit thicker---haven't...

Perhaps Tressoplast was a bit thicker---haven't seen any for 40 years, so I can't recall. Plastilac definitely was, but that was plastic, of course.
07-20-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,734
Posted By Trakhak

Great analysis by Chris Horner of the stage 21...

Great analysis by Chris Horner of the stage 21 sprint (if you're new to watching bike racing, this high-level analysis will seem like quantum mechanics, but stick with it):What WOUT Did RIGHT & CAV...
07-20-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,734
Posted By Trakhak

That's not a fishy finish (although a newcomer to...

That's not a fishy finish (although a newcomer to watching bike racing can be forgiven for being unable to understand how sprint finishes work). Here's what a fishy finish looks like:

From the...
07-20-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,290
Posted By Trakhak

Banned in 2014, apparently.

Banned in 2014, apparently.
Forum: Foo
07-15-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 2,344
Posted By Trakhak

Whistling?

Whistling?
07-15-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,144
Posted By Trakhak

Quoting: "Brandt was responsible for six...

Quoting: "Brandt was responsible for six different patents and designed the suspension for one of the world's great supercars—the Porsche 911." He likely knew what he was talking about.
07-13-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,321
Posted By Trakhak

I voted Italian, because the local bike store I...

I voted Italian, because the local bike store I haunted in New Haven the early to mid-1960s stocked Atala, Frejus, and Legnano. (They stocked Peugeot, too, and occasionally got a Paramount in by...
07-13-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By Trakhak

Why are all these people who never watched bike...

Why are all these people who never watched bike racing before this July suddenly coming out of the woodwork?
07-13-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,817
Posted By Trakhak

At 70, I'm glad that I've been a monoathlete all...

At 70, I'm glad that I've been a monoathlete all my life: never ran, never stretched, etc.
07-12-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,813
Posted By Trakhak

The saddle shown in the opening post differs from...

The saddle shown in the opening post differs from all the other saddles in the subsequent posts: the front 2/5 of the saddle looks nearly as narrow as a conventional saddle, whereas the others begin...
07-09-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,211
Posted By Trakhak

I might not understand all the nuances of...

I might not understand all the nuances of electric guitars, but I think any brand-new $99 Telecaster copy from Amazon sounds and plays better than any vintage Fender.

Professional bike racing is...
07-09-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,211
Posted By Trakhak

I'll just copy and paste my post in a similar...

I'll just copy and paste my post in a similar thread from today:

Philipsen to his team DS: "Well, I sandbagged the sprint to let Cav win again, as you ordered me to. Explain again why you had me...
07-09-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,673
Posted By Trakhak

Would you really compare today's stage to the...

Would you really compare today's stage to the 2006 Giro stage where Voight openly and obviously gifted the stage to his Italian breakaway companion?
07-09-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,673
Posted By Trakhak

Concessions noted. Philipsen to his team DS:...

Concessions noted.

Philipsen to his team DS: "Well, I sandbagged the sprint to let Cav win again, as you ordered me to. Explain again why you had me do that?"

Team DS: "But it's obvious! Now,...
07-09-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 282
Posted By Trakhak

Simplest solution, assuming it doesn't interfere...

Simplest solution, assuming it doesn't interfere with your Garmin device or whatever it is, would be clip-on aero bars. I had an ulnar nerve problem that necessitated operations at my wrist and elbow...
07-09-21, 04:54 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,673
Posted By Trakhak

Merckx: 49,432 meters. Chris Boardman (track...

Merckx: 49,432 meters.

Chris Boardman (track bike with conventional bars, etc.): 49,441 meters (9 meters further!).

Ondrej Sosenka (ditto): 49,700 meters.

Sosenka with aero helmet, etc.,...
07-09-21, 04:39 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,673
Posted By Trakhak

The best head-to-head comparison would be their...

The best head-to-head comparison would be their hour record results (on what would have been effectively technologically identical track bikes).

Coppi: 45,848 meters.

Merckx: 49,432 meters.
07-08-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,419
Posted By Trakhak

Wonder what Cavendish's win tally would have been...

Wonder what Cavendish's win tally would have been if he hadn't been suffering from his Epstein-Barr virus infection and had also ridden for DQS during those years.
07-08-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 774
Posted By Trakhak

Many pro cyclists use a bigger chainring for ITTs...

Many pro cyclists use a bigger chainring for ITTs so that they can make better use of the sprockets in the middle of the cassette, where the percent changes are smaller (e.g., the percentage of...
07-08-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,848
Posted By Trakhak

With all respect to 63rickert, I remember a story...

With all respect to 63rickert, I remember a story published in a bike magazine in the late '70s or early '80s that mentioned pro racing cyclists on French bikes on scary descents (maybe in the rain?)...
07-07-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 6,000
Posted By Trakhak

Ondrej Sosenka set a Merckx-style (conventional...

Ondrej Sosenka set a Merckx-style (conventional handlebars, no aero equipment) hour record in 2005 on a velodrome while riding an unusually heavy track bike. It's likely that the heavier bike proved...
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