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07-31-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
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: 2,867
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, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 167
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: 951
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: 584
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...
07-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,867
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: 1,612
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: 271
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: 699
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: 496
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: 1,345
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...
07-20-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,733
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...
Forum: Foo
07-15-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 2,341
Posted By Trakhak

Whistling?

Whistling?
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?
07-09-21, 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, 04:54 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,672
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: 4,672
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, 06:17 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: 7,845
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?)...
Forum: Foo
07-05-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Trakhak

Her bike was planing, and she was...

Her bike was planing, and she was countersteering, having completed a strider certification course.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 7,962
Posted By Trakhak

Larry has now resuscitated most of the Bike...

Larry has now resuscitated most of the Bike Forums dead horses. Maybe all that's left is "Don't buy expensive light bikes---lose body weight instead---it's free!"
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 844
Posted By Trakhak

The OP already noted that the bike has a...

The OP already noted that the bike has a proprietary seatpost. In any event, as almost everyone above has indicated, wider tires/lower pressure. If it's any consolation, the contribution of any given...
06-29-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,295
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, I too choose to wear one of the many...

Yes, I too choose to wear one of the many standard iconoclast uniforms.

"Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform and don't kid yourself!"---Frank Zappa, addressing an incoherent fan yelling...
06-29-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 279
Posted By Trakhak

For tire patch material, I carry sections of...

For tire patch material, I carry sections of Tyvek that I cut from the gummed flaps of FedEx envelopes. Extremely strong stuff, but for peace of mind, I usually use two Tyvek patches to repair a tire...
06-28-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,814
Posted By Trakhak

More from the prophetic Walt Kelly (panel printed...

More from the prophetic Walt Kelly (panel printed some 50 years ago):
...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 01:38 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,377
Posted By Trakhak

True. The term of art is work hardening, not work...

True. The term of art is work hardening, not work softening.
06-28-21, 01:29 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,814
Posted By Trakhak

In the wise words of Archimedes, "Give me a gear...

In the wise words of Archimedes, "Give me a gear low enough and I'll ride a 300-pound bike up a cliff." Leverage trumps weight every time.

In 2005, Czech pro cyclist Ondrej Sosenka bettered the...
06-27-21, 04:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,177
Posted By Trakhak

Check the kinked housing to determine whether you...

Check the kinked housing to determine whether you used derailleur cable housing or brake cable housing.

The strands of steel in brake cable inner housing (with a few esoteric exceptions) form a...
06-26-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 302
Posted By Trakhak

You haven't installed a tube before, apparently....

You haven't installed a tube before, apparently. Inflate the tube (before installing it in the tire) with a few strokes of the pump, just enough so the tube is no longer flat. The tube will then...
06-26-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,814
Posted By Trakhak

This topic was worked over in a lengthy thread a...

This topic was worked over in a lengthy thread a month or so ago. The more experienced cyclists contributing to that thread pointed out that, because cycling is an aerobic rather than an anaerobic...
06-23-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,371
Posted By Trakhak

And the fat bike fad has subsided to the point...

And the fat bike fad has subsided to the point where they represent an even tinier fraction of sales than was the case just a couple of years ago (cf. the fixed-gear fad).
06-22-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,838
Posted By Trakhak

Not to reawaken that dreary subject, but whereas...

Not to reawaken that dreary subject, but whereas countersteering is likely necessary for motorcycles (I've noticed that the proponents of the idea here are mostly or maybe all motorcycle guys), it is...
06-22-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,838
Posted By Trakhak

Good points about mountain bike geometry, stem...

Good points about mountain bike geometry, stem length, and bar width for off-road riding. As I said in a post earlier in this thread, concerns about stem length only apply at low speed, since aiming...
06-21-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,838
Posted By Trakhak

As I've always understood it, the points raised...

As I've always understood it, the points raised above with regard to bike handling/stem length apply only to very low speeds. Above that speed range, you aim the bike by leaning, not steering....
Forum: Road Cycling
06-20-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,411
Posted By Trakhak

Garden hose at low pressure plus soft...

Garden hose at low pressure plus soft long-bristle and short-bristle brushes. Takes no longer than a pressure washer would. Why risk washing out lubricant?

(My neighbor uses a gasoline-powered...
06-20-21, 10:41 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,044
Posted By Trakhak

Campy two-bolt seatposts can be easy to work...

Campy two-bolt seatposts can be easy to work with:

Begin by standing the bike on the floor with inflated tires (saves saddle angle guesswork compared to adjusting the saddle angle with the bike...
06-20-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 779
Posted By Trakhak

Doing my mindreading act and speaking for the OP:...

Doing my mindreading act and speaking for the OP: "Slipping---chain slips on one cog without jumping to another cog. Happens only under pressure (starting from a stationary position or standing up to...
06-19-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,308
Posted By Trakhak

Mods, please move the post above to the new "Show...

Mods, please move the post above to the new "Show Off Your Bikes Without Decals!"/"Please Help Identify My Bike!" subforum.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,377
Posted By Trakhak

Continuing the theme of materials engineering,...

Continuing the theme of materials engineering, here are the results of fatigue tests of 12 high-end frames (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/frame_fatigue_test.htm) reported in the German Tour...
06-16-21, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 620
Posted By Trakhak

The answer is in the name: half-step plus granny....

The answer is in the name: half-step plus granny. Translation: shift as if you're using a two-chainring setup except when you need your one or two super-low bailout gears. (Quoting Sheldon Brown on...
06-15-21, 05:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,364
Posted By Trakhak

Great find. Tom Ritchey has occasionally...

Great find. Tom Ritchey has occasionally expressed interest in seeing examples of his early bikes, bars, etc. Maybe try getting in touch with him.
06-15-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,895
Posted By Trakhak

There's still something about 23c tires.

There's still something about 23c tires.
06-12-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By Trakhak

Bring the entire bike into the shop, not just the...

Bring the entire bike into the shop, not just the wheel. If the derailleur hanger is bent, which is highly probable, the shop should realign it to reduce the likelihood of a repeat of the...
06-12-21, 03:28 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,571
Posted By Trakhak

I wonder where you got the idea that Trek was...

I wonder where you got the idea that Trek was outsourcing frame production in the very early 1980s. They were selling respectable numbers of frames in those days, but only compared to other boutique...
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