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09-28-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 362
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 Are you using a frame pump that fits...

+1


Are you using a frame pump that fits on the valve at a right angle? Those pumps can work really well and never damage the valve or inner tube at the valve base, but - proper technique is...
09-28-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,386
Posted By 79pmooney

Suspenders and shorts work really well together...

Suspenders and shorts work really well together and have for a long time. I raced in the 70s out of Boston. The local guru was John Allis, first American of the modern era to go to Europe and race....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By 79pmooney

There are several variables to be aware of: 1)...

There are several variables to be aware of: 1) Not all wet roads are equally slippery. Oil, mud, leaves and other things can make a huge difference. (Oil isn't always to be seen. After a lot of...
09-26-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 807
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 I used to ride exclusively...

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I used to ride exclusively sewups. Cotton, butyl tubed training tires and silks with latex for race day. The training tires were fully good enough to club race on but those latex tubed...
09-26-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 255
Posted By 79pmooney

An old Peugeot? I has a UO-8. Those rims are poor...

An old Peugeot? I has a UO-8. Those rims are poor stoppers dry with even the best brakes and in the wet, well there's a reason they came with one of the best all time caliper brakes ever made. (Edit:...
09-26-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,012
Posted By 79pmooney

I wouldn't. I'm a firm believer in Murphy's Law....

I wouldn't. I'm a firm believer in Murphy's Law.

I haven't ridden Rubinos in a long, long time but even back then, they were a tough mount. I'm still using Vittoia G+ which I was smart enough to...
Forum: Want To Buy
09-25-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 203
Posted By 79pmooney

Phil Wood could do that easily. And it would...

Phil Wood could do that easily. And it would outlast the bike. Next bike English threads? Order up a set of English cups from Phil. (I say cups but they are the just "cups" to hold the cartridge.)
09-23-21, 10:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By 79pmooney

Many Ace Hardware aka A-Boy have very good metric...

Many Ace Hardware aka A-Boy have very good metric bolt sections. You will see a wide variety of heads and materials. I like the SS pan heads for lot of bike stuff.
09-23-21, 12:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By 79pmooney

Not a cure but often makes the cause obvious-...

Not a cure but often makes the cause obvious- patch those tubes. Reuse 'em. If the holes always appear in the same place you know exactly where to look for the cause. If the hole locations wander,...
09-17-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 286
Posted By 79pmooney

I made a convoluted "fix: to do that for the...

I made a convoluted "fix: to do that for the first year of my ownership of a Raleigh Competition. Forget what I did. Worked well but making and installing it wasn't easy. That bike then went to be...
09-16-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 561
Posted By 79pmooney

There is a repair you can do that will last as...

There is a repair you can do that will last as long as the tire. Glue in real dacron sailcloth (from a sailmaker, not a fabric store) with contractor grade contact cement. (The evil fumes stuff...
09-15-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 665
Posted By 79pmooney

The spoke itself isn't the only thing that does...

The spoke itself isn't the only thing that does better butted. My experience is that rims built on butted spokes are less likely to crack at the spoke holes. I'd guess the same would be true of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,905
Posted By 79pmooney

I believe there can be a difference between the...

I believe there can be a difference between the legal obligation and simply being a good company. Yes, Specialized wasn't required to anything more than simply cancel all with Mike's. But those...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,905
Posted By 79pmooney

Specialized has a long history of not being a...

Specialized has a long history of not being a welcome player in the bike world. I was oblivious to this until I read of the law team contracted by Specialized going after a small shop in a small town...
09-11-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 978
Posted By 79pmooney

He does this every ride. See the first post....

He does this every ride. See the first post. (Hence my post.)
09-11-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 978
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes, carry a good pump. But no, don't deflate...

Yes, carry a good pump. But no, don't deflate and re-pump every day! This is 2021, not the dark ages! There is a way to add another release in the brake cable path. I don't know what it is but I...
09-09-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By 79pmooney

Before you do anything else, remove the rear...

Before you do anything else, remove the rear wheel, flip it around and put it back on (so the axle seats exactly like it did before). Now look at the tire and chainstay. Same issue; 3mm on the NDS?...
09-07-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 5,667
Posted By 79pmooney

What is Illinois law re: MUPS? Are they...

What is Illinois law re: MUPS? Are they specifically designated as roads where motorized traffic is banned? Or like sidewalks where bicycles are legal but beyond that not addressed? Here in Oregon...
09-07-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,268
Posted By 79pmooney

No Klein here but a story. I raced out of Boston...

No Klein here but a story. I raced out of Boston (for NEBC) 1976-78. Thursday night as the club race. Gary Klein shows up with a midnight blue, unmarked bike that was like nothing we'd ever seen...
09-07-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 988
Posted By 79pmooney

For background, I've been riding fix gear a long...

For background, I've been riding fix gear a long time. Like quite a few laps around the planet's worth of miles.

The chain should NEVER go tight. There is quite a large window between just...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,987
Posted By 79pmooney

Boston and hills! Have you tried Blue Hill, just...

Boston and hills! Have you tried Blue Hill, just southeast of Boston in Milton. Or Chickatawbut Hill, also in Milton. Both are just small roads to a summit. Blue Hill climbs 400' in 9/10s of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,987
Posted By 79pmooney

I share your dislike for 50 -34. I started my...

I share your dislike for 50 -34. I started my (derailleur bike) life on a 52-35 X 14-28, Way, wa better than enything I ever knew before but when I bought a triple with 52-42-30 (which I quicly...
09-06-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 874
Posted By 79pmooney

Random thoughts. Your dropout spacing is 126, the...

Random thoughts. Your dropout spacing is 126, the norm for the old 6-speeds. A new 7-speed FW will be a simple switch. (It looks like you have plenty of room between the chain now and the chainstay....
09-06-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 532
Posted By 79pmooney

The oldtimers' solution - adjust the FD to rub or...

The oldtimers' solution - adjust the FD to rub or nearly rub when in that combo. (Very easily done with friction shifting. Have no idea if even possible with index.)

I see the combo of widening...
09-06-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 683
Posted By 79pmooney

Rear brake? I wouldn't sweat it. I'd just make...

Rear brake? I wouldn't sweat it. I'd just make sure I had a new one on hand. (Even if this cable end goes to ****, you're going to have to cut feet off to make it a front so who cares?) And in...
09-06-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,428
Posted By 79pmooney

Wheelsmith spokes. I'd browse the Phil Wood...

Wheelsmith spokes. I'd browse the Phil Wood website to see if anything new has been added. Run fix gear. The excellent EuroAsian cogs are made in USA (despite the name!).
09-05-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,059
Posted By 79pmooney

I loved those Diacompe release levers. The Grand...

I loved those Diacompe release levers. The Grand Compes on my Fuji Pro had them. On my last race on my favorite course, I got taken down 5 miles from the finish. Got up to chase with quite wobbly...
09-05-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,059
Posted By 79pmooney

A heresy here. Have you considered aero brake...

A heresy here. Have you considered aero brake levers to clean up the brake cables? (I wanted aero levers in 1977 when I was doing my long rides as a bike racer. I wanted my palms exactly where the...
09-05-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,059
Posted By 79pmooney

On that note - I consider the chain of parts...

On that note - I consider the chain of parts between the pavement and my hands to be "sacred"; that they are a chain critical to the well-being and perhaps even the life of the rider. I look hard at...
09-04-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 815
Posted By 79pmooney

If you use liberal amounts of marine grease (the...

If you use liberal amounts of marine grease (the stuff for boat trailer hubs found at any auto parts store), removal will be a little tougher simply because the stuff is viscous, but nothing will...
09-04-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,412
Posted By 79pmooney

Do you have a bike shop nearby that has a return...

Do you have a bike shop nearby that has a return policy on seats? A local Portland shop has a "library" with ~25 different seats. You can buy a $25 "library card" and take out seats one by one, as...
09-03-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,387
Posted By 79pmooney

My training partner years ago had a pair of well...

My training partner years ago had a pair of well worn high quality wool and real chamois shorts. I rode many miles seeing a 1" circle of her butt. (She recalled those shorts when we rode together...
09-03-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,480
Posted By 79pmooney

I haven't read all the posts here but I do know...

I haven't read all the posts here but I do know two 28c tires well. The Paselas (from all I've read very close to Gravel Kings with possibly more comfortable tread though that matters little) and...
09-01-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 450
Posted By 79pmooney

I have an old road bike (my username Peter...

I have an old road bike (my username Peter Mooney) with traditional horizontal dropouts that I sett up as a 3 gear fix gear. Triple in front. A flip-flop rear hub (fixed both sides because I don't...
Forum: Touring
08-31-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,012
Posted By 79pmooney

My 5G vaccine downloads all the cookies I'll ever...

My 5G vaccine downloads all the cookies I'll ever need.

Seriously, as others have noted above, there is still the high cycling nutrition to cost value energy bars available at any convenience...
08-24-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,273
Posted By 79pmooney

I use a helmet mirror. (Third Eye Hardshell...

I use a helmet mirror. (Third Eye Hardshell Helmet Mirror, 03 on their website) I use helmets with visors and use my old boatbuilding skills to make fiberglass mounts that I screw to the visor.
...
08-23-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,485
Posted By 79pmooney

The standard Selle Italias were raced by a lot of...

The standard Selle Italias were raced by a lot of people (under a bunch of different labels. I raced the Avocet III starting in 1976. (Ergal rails for a little more comfort on New England roads.) ...
08-23-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 600
Posted By 79pmooney

Can you grab enough of the center portion of the...

Can you grab enough of the center portion of the bolt with needle nose vice grips and simply unscrew the nut? If the nut won't unscrew, then hold it with an Allen key and hacksaw as suggested above.
08-22-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 833
Posted By 79pmooney

Random comments from a guy who's got way over...

Random comments from a guy who's got way over 100,000 miles on toeclips. (And who has been pulling them tight and pulling up hard on the pedals to climb and accelerate the whole time.) Plastic...
08-19-21, 04:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,280
Posted By 79pmooney

I regularly "detune" my brakes. Not disc and I...

I regularly "detune" my brakes. Not disc and I do not know how I would do this with them. With dual pivots and cantis, I use V-brake levers specifically so when I do a panic squeeze, all I do is...
08-19-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,999
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 They work just about everywhere. I rose the...

+1 They work just about everywhere. I rose the Trask River Trail with a dozen (some fellow forumites) 4 years ago with a 38c in front, 35 in back. I had the best tires there. Quite OK for the 25...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,150
Posted By 79pmooney

The answer's easy. (Mounting it on your bike...

The answer's easy. (Mounting it on your bike might not be.) The Zephal HPX, a full frame pump.

True story - 45 years ago with the earlier (and slightly harder pumping) HP. At the club time...
08-17-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,320
Posted By 79pmooney

Crashes do my brain more damage so I am often...

Crashes do my brain more damage so I am often seated for better bike control. (Plus even without further brain injury I've done so many crashes I have little desire to experience more.)

Now,...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 02:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,779
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 I've never had wool tights. Only one pair of...

+1 I've never had wool tights. Only one pair of the synthetics I've owned have a chamois. I wear it so seldom it's going to last me a long time. (The window where it shines is small. I've done...
08-17-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,320
Posted By 79pmooney

I've stopped riding gravel because it can rattle...

I've stopped riding gravel because it can rattle my brain. I'm a TBI survivor. Yes, I can pick my gravel more carefully, go slower, use bigger tires and low pressure, etc. but I'm also an ex-racer....
08-17-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 4,023
Posted By 79pmooney

Funny! This thread. I stood naked in front of...

Funny! This thread. I stood naked in front of the mirror yesterday and looked at myself. My abdomen! After last winter's hernia surgery it is a bumpy, scarred mess. The right tattoo there might...
08-15-21, 09:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,107
Posted By 79pmooney

I also think that crack is purely cosmetic. ...

I also think that crack is purely cosmetic. Aluminum and CF have very different reaction to temperature change. The paint has to try to bridge a moving target.

That said, I nearly lost my life...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-13-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,685
Posted By 79pmooney

3) Also true, but not generally a factor except...

3) Also true, but not generally a factor except for a slow leak or if you run tubeless. Or like to ride gravel at lower pressure but want to ride the 30 miles home at road pressure.
08-13-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By 79pmooney

Also allow more room for fenders and bigger...

Also allow more room for fenders and bigger tires. My city/rain/winter bikes have been converted to 700c for the past 45 years. (7 of 8 frames; I had to cut the fender for the one 700c frame and go...
08-12-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,477
Posted By 79pmooney

I see you pegged me before I got around to...

I see you pegged me before I got around to reading the rest of this thread. :)
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