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08-03-21, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 142
Posted By Phil_gretz

You got it. Either select a bolt that has the...

You got it. Either select a bolt that has the proper depth reach, or offset the bolt head (outward) to prevent the bolt from overhanding within the frame. It's cleaner that way.
08-03-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By Phil_gretz

1) When working near chrome on your frame, use a...

1) When working near chrome on your frame, use a chemical paint stripper, and not mechanical "scraping". Use care is how to avoid scratching the chrome, which will be generally pretty hard. Don't...
08-03-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Phil_gretz

Begin at the beginning. Loosen the rear...

Begin at the beginning.

Loosen the rear derailleur cable fixing bolt. Remove the chain. Remove the rear derailleur. Then, take the bike to your local shop and pay them to check/correct the...
08-03-21, 08:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By Phil_gretz

The $79 for 80 grams is really a 4% weight...

The $79 for 80 grams is really a 4% weight savings overall for the wheelset. While $/gram is a meaningful metric, it might be helpful to know what the overall price of the wheelset is with the...
08-03-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 492
Posted By Phil_gretz

I can't speak for Tim's reasons, but mine is...

I can't speak for Tim's reasons, but mine is purely an aesthetic one. Going all "matchy" is tricky, and usually not done right. My wife and I raised two daughters. Needless to say, I had to adapt...
08-02-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 492
Posted By Phil_gretz

Any traditional color would be fine, with the...

Any traditional color would be fine, with the exception of red.

brown/tan - good, picks up the sidewalls and/or saddles
black - traditional, goes with everything, and there are black accents...
08-02-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 204
Posted By Phil_gretz

Straight out of high school, I applied for a job...

Straight out of high school, I applied for a job as a nipple washer. I never heard back though. How my life might have been different...
08-02-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 564
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have a pair of Giro MTB shoes that I bought at...

I have a pair of Giro MTB shoes that I bought at Performance Bike for use with my work commuter. They have laces, but include a velcro strap whose purpose is to tidy-up and hold your tied laces...
08-02-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 131
Posted By Phil_gretz

There will be date codes many of the components,...

There will be date codes many of the components, such as on the rear derailleur. From these, you can determine the rough year of manufacture, if these are original equipment.
07-30-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 351
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ This is most likely. Maybe Bianchigirll can...

^ This is most likely. Maybe Bianchigirll can comment on what you've described in your post. What is the seatpost diameter?
07-30-21, 05:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,527
Posted By Phil_gretz

If that was what you wanted, then why didn't you...

If that was what you wanted, then why didn't you simply say so.

This is what you wrote: "ok real question im still looking for a bike but why are professional bikes so expensive? like arnt they...
07-29-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 584
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ we have all made that mistake once.

^ we have all made that mistake once.
07-29-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'll offer that 46/30T is a more sensible...

I'll offer that 46/30T is a more sensible crankset for multi-use.
07-29-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why not find existing jerseys with that company's...

Why not find existing jerseys with that company's logo already on them?

There are bootleg, unlicensed copies of [some] logos that you may find from Chinese factories. Some companies are willing...
07-29-21, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ Do you mean to violate Trademark or Copyright...

^ Do you mean to violate Trademark or Copyright protections of a company? Good plan.
Forum: Commuting
07-29-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,320
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bicycle commuting is 75% preparation and...

Bicycle commuting is 75% preparation and logistical considerations, 15% equipment, and 10% actual riding to and fro.

Prep and Logists:
- where will I keep my bike at work?
- how must I secure...
07-29-21, 05:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 584
Posted By Phil_gretz

And remember, RJ is a hack. He's mostly...

And remember, RJ is a hack. He's mostly effective, but a hack nonetheless...
07-29-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 684
Posted By Phil_gretz

Paddy Wagon ...

Paddy Wagon

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Replies: 12
Views: 431
Posted By Phil_gretz

If "the tunnels" refers to New York City, then...

If "the tunnels" refers to New York City, then you're in a higher-priced zip code. I have a hard time seeing more than $500 in that bike set up that way. But what do I know?
07-28-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By Phil_gretz

I am unfamiliar with them. I did look at their...

I am unfamiliar with them. I did look at their web site. It seems well thought out. This may reflect their attention to other details as well. I'd say give them a try and then report back. PG
07-27-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,463
Posted By Phil_gretz

My favorite part.

My favorite part.
07-27-21, 08:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 684
Posted By Phil_gretz

I watched my county police auctions for a while,...

I watched my county police auctions for a while, but never saw anything worth taking action. I don't recall the logistics of it, but there was both on-line and in-person selling going on...
07-27-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,578
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've come within a few yards of colliding with a...

I've come within a few yards of colliding with a deer while riding. I've seen them in the roadway on several occasions. Just another thing to be wary of, but in reality to be defenseless against.
07-27-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,162
Posted By Phil_gretz

Cite a reference, please. Wages in Chinese...

Cite a reference, please. Wages in Chinese factories?
07-27-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,162
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'll post a hypothetical scenario for the OP....

I'll post a hypothetical scenario for the OP. It's a simply one, really, but it should be instructive in how he constructs his answer.

To idk what to say :

Let's say that you decide to start a...
07-27-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,162
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why don't you describe your training in economics...

Why don't you describe your training in economics or business, if any?
07-26-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,739
Posted By Phil_gretz

DO NOT wear underwear. Substitute several...

DO NOT wear underwear. Substitute several breathable pairs of compression shorts to wear beneath the riding shorts. These will serve dual purposes. First, to create a friction buffer between your...
07-26-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,463
Posted By Phil_gretz

You are right. I went back and re-read his...

You are right. I went back and re-read his original post. I interpreted it wrongly. Sorry about that.

I own an excellent endurance bike suitable for gravel, an excellent tourer, a good MTB...
07-26-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,463
Posted By Phil_gretz

He gave his criterion. Fast climbing. These are...

He gave his criterion. Fast climbing. These are the kinds of bikes that allow a rider to climb fast. It really isn't that complicated. Sure, you can climb on a MTB. Or on a fixed gear. Or on a...
07-26-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,463
Posted By Phil_gretz

Best climbing bikes 2021 | 11 lightweight road...

Best climbing bikes 2021 | 11 lightweight road bikes - BikeRadar (https://www.bikeradar.com/advice/buyers-guides/best-climbing-bikes/)

Here's a list. Any one of these should be fine. Want a good...
07-26-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 827
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why not two folding bikes? Ease of transport,...

Why not two folding bikes? Ease of transport, and compact size possibly permits storage inside in a damp climate. They ride no worse than hybrids do... I see plenty of folding bikes for sale on...
07-26-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Phil_gretz

Thank you.

Thank you.
07-23-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 620
Posted By Phil_gretz

ne ... pas is the negation = "not" ce est...

ne ... pas is the negation = "not"

ce est would normally be contracted to become c'est = "it is"

so, ce n'est pas = "it's not"
07-23-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,497
Posted By Phil_gretz

Retirement and a downsizing move are on the...

Retirement and a downsizing move are on the immediate horizon. Plus, I'm on the down-slope of my active years, so it's easy to pass up everything that cannot be sold. We're trying to rid ourselves of...
07-23-21, 05:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,521
Posted By Phil_gretz

Unlovedwarrior , From your posts, I'm guessing...

Unlovedwarrior ,
From your posts, I'm guessing that you don't have the tools or experience to take this on. But here's what I'd do with the subject bike. Overall strategy: part out the things of...
07-22-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 907
Posted By Phil_gretz

I would start with either functional or...

I would start with either functional or performance standards to determine whether/when a component is no longer suitable. Look at the words you chose (highlighted).
- persnicket-ness: is this a...
07-22-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 204
Posted By Phil_gretz

Team bike? I love the paint, but hate the stem. ...

Team bike? I love the paint, but hate the stem.

I built up an Italian team frame for a church friend a few years ago. It had oversized aluminum tubing and Shimano 6500 kit. Quite the rider - I was...
07-22-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 774
Posted By Phil_gretz

This would be a nice bike for a resto-mod...

This would be a nice bike for a resto-mod conversion. 7-speed freewheel, keep the LA derailleur and swap out the front for a FD 300 or 400 series.. Cable stops mounted in place of the Suntour...
07-22-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 481
Posted By Phil_gretz

Tiagra 4500 stuff was pretty good, and quite...

Tiagra 4500 stuff was pretty good, and quite functional, so that's a plus.

The frame is okay, but nothing special. Schwinn's bike shop line of frames included an approximation of this model 13...
07-21-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's good to have goals. Your goal reinforces...

It's good to have goals. Your goal reinforces the "waste not, want not" frame of reference that we're so fond of here.

Fairly new doesn't really tell the story. Measuring the elongation does...
07-21-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,994
Posted By Phil_gretz

^This is nearly identical to the post I had been...

^This is nearly identical to the post I had been contemplating after reading question in the original post. I guess that I'm a decade or so older, so my influences were the late 1960s to early 1970s...
07-21-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 338
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. Remove the freewheel and then service...

^ this. Remove the freewheel and then service the hub bearings.
07-20-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 5,060
Posted By Phil_gretz

Okay, let's start with that working premise. ...

Okay, let's start with that working premise. Please write down everything you eat and drink for the next 48 hours. Everything. With as much specificity as possible (portion size, origin/brand,...
07-20-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,292
Posted By Phil_gretz

I had a '77 Centurion Semi-Pro that fits this...

I had a '77 Centurion Semi-Pro that fits this thread's description. It was a fine riding bike.
07-20-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By Phil_gretz

Optimal straddle length will create a 90 degree...

Optimal straddle length will create a 90 degree bend from the line that connects pivot-to-binder bolt and the binder bolt-to-straddle yoke. Normal angle pull gives the most leverage to the pivot. ...
07-19-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,141
Posted By Phil_gretz

Hi, everyone! What's this thread about?

Hi, everyone! What's this thread about?
07-19-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 397
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ what Retrogrouch said. Measurements are in...

^ what Retrogrouch said. Measurements are in millimeters or centimeters for bicycles, generally. The benefits are: (1) we think metrically here, so it's easier to provide you ready assistance, (2)...
07-19-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 953
Posted By Phil_gretz

Interesting reading, this thread. Golly. A...

Interesting reading, this thread. Golly.

A propos to the OP, my wife and are today into our 30th consecutive day with no alcohol. I'm not advocating for this for anyone else here. For us, it...
07-19-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 747
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm also in the "millimeters matter" camp. Also,...

I'm also in the "millimeters matter" camp. Also, "many" can be substituted for "most", and that doesn't change the concept in the least.

There is a reason why Eddy Merckx was notorious for...
07-19-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By Phil_gretz

Sell the bike directly to yourself and cut out...

Sell the bike directly to yourself and cut out the middleman!
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