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09-17-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 182
Posted By Trakhak

I bought one of those from Amazon a couple of...

I bought one of those from Amazon a couple of years ago. Works very well, with more resistance available than most people would ever need. I eventually bought a wheel-off smart trainer so that I...
09-16-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 2,653
Posted By Trakhak

For future reference for others reading this...

For future reference for others reading this thread, the seatpost can sometimes serve as a cheater pipe.
09-15-21, 04:00 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,094
Posted By Trakhak

Constantly complaining about things that will not...

Constantly complaining about things that will not change is pointless.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 376
Posted By Trakhak

After 50-plus years of buying high-performance...

After 50-plus years of buying high-performance bikes, I now mostly just look at head tube length and wheelbase. Given those two measurements falling within my preferred range, I know that I can...
09-13-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,078
Posted By Trakhak

Does a gentleman offer a Chinarello to a lady?

Does a gentleman offer a Chinarello to a lady?
09-13-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 5,094
Posted By Trakhak

I wish people posting in this thread would stop...

I wish people posting in this thread would stop referring to all MUP users (other than the poster and his friends) as morons or idiots. They're precisely as smart as the people complaining here....
09-13-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 951
Posted By Trakhak

As already mentioned by several people in this...

As already mentioned by several people in this thread, those of us who were riding racing bikes in the 1960s or 1970s or 1980s associate blackwall tires with cheap department-store-level bikes. None...
09-12-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 937
Posted By Trakhak

Box lining is the addition of parallel pin...

Box lining is the addition of parallel pin stripes to form long, thin boxes for ornamentation of an object---in this case, the Jack Taylor's fork and frame.
09-12-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,875
Posted By Trakhak

As usual, the three measurements the OP is...

As usual, the three measurements the OP is demanding are proxies for what's really being compared:

1. Length
2. Girth
09-11-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 285
Posted By Trakhak

My first track bike, a Helyett Speciale Tour de...

My first track bike, a Helyett Speciale Tour de France model with a black-and-white photo of Jacques Anquetil's face featured as part of the seat tube decal, was brakeless, so the mechanic in the...
09-11-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 747
Posted By Trakhak

That adaptor-on-the-pedal-screw trick takes me...

That adaptor-on-the-pedal-screw trick takes me back.

I notice that all of the adapters pictured so far are the short version. In the mid-1960s, when I started riding racing bikes, the common...
09-09-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 154
Posted By Trakhak

The results of your fitting might have been...

The results of your fitting might have been predicated on your maintaining a certain power output for 100 or 150 km. Your average power was likely significantly lower for much of the longer rides,...
09-09-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,937
Posted By Trakhak

I'm sure that many older retired pro racers ride...

I'm sure that many older retired pro racers ride steel; why not? Frame material matters little or nothing in how a bike rides, and they grew up idolizing earlier pros, who rode on steel almost...
09-09-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,223
Posted By Trakhak

From this page...

From this page (https://www.retrobike.co.uk/threads/klien-vs-cannondale.344824/page-3):

'Klein sued Cannondale (and Charlie Cunningham) for breach of his '77 patent for a fat tubed,...
09-05-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By Trakhak

Benelux = Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg. ...

Benelux = Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg.

The derailleur that came on my first drop-bar bike, A Raleigh Blue Streak, in 1962 or 1963:
...
09-05-21, 05:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 327
Posted By Trakhak

See Dave Moulton's page on cotter pin cranks...

See Dave Moulton's page on cotter pin cranks (http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2011/1/14/cotter-pins.html) for details on cotter pin maintenance.
09-03-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,130
Posted By Trakhak

Before they upgraded to shrink-wrapping the bikes...

Before they upgraded to shrink-wrapping the bikes in plastic, Peugeot wrapped their bikes in rough, crinkly paper. Don't know what that kind of paper is called.

I remember how surprised we were...
09-03-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,738
Posted By Trakhak

Wow! I'm shocked! It has never even occurred to...

Wow! I'm shocked! It has never even occurred to me that there might be any out there. Unfortunately, those are 14 and 15 teeth, and since the Peugeot's Campy chainring is 50 teeth, I need a 19-tooth...
09-02-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,738
Posted By Trakhak

Given how many French Peugeot UO-8s are out there...

Given how many French Peugeot UO-8s are out there and how many conversions people do, this thread could still be useful. In fact, I'd like to find a French-threaded fixed-gear sprocket for my...
09-02-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,937
Posted By Trakhak

Also stock or custom: ...

Also stock or custom:

https://parleecycles.com/custom/
09-01-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,028
Posted By Trakhak

Amen. Roland Avenue in Baltimore went from a...

Amen. Roland Avenue in Baltimore went from a roadway---de facto bike lane/door zone---car parking arrangement to roadway---car parking lane---bike lane/gutter (with no buffer zone between the...
09-01-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,937
Posted By Trakhak

In over 50 years of riding steel race bikes and,...

In over 50 years of riding steel race bikes and, later, aluminum and carbon bikes, I've come to believe that the frame material counts for almost nothing in how a bike rides. My shorthand approach to...
09-01-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,429
Posted By Trakhak

Given that bike riding, in the U.S., at least,...

Given that bike riding, in the U.S., at least, perpetuates the cliques that were established in high school, that list can be collapsed to two categories: the cool kids and the nonentities. Thus will...
09-01-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,028
Posted By Trakhak

Not surprising that drivers would look for and...

Not surprising that drivers would look for and park immediately next to the meters, not noticing what's painted on the roadway. It'll probably be a while before they get tuned in to the new...
09-01-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By Trakhak

With your bike up in a repair stand, try pressing...

With your bike up in a repair stand, try pressing your fingertip against the hub seal where it meets the axle while the wheel is spinning freely. You'd have to press very hard to make even the...
08-31-21, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 626
Posted By Trakhak

BD bikes also appeal to ex-bike-store employees...

BD bikes also appeal to ex-bike-store employees who find it hard to adjust to paying full retail for bikes. I've been very happy with the two BD bikes I've bought.
08-31-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,827
Posted By Trakhak

Plenty of chocolate ice cream and chocolate in...

Plenty of chocolate ice cream and chocolate in bars and M&Ms and such, just no chocolate milk.
08-30-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By Trakhak

Story told by a Bicycling! magazine writer who...

Story told by a Bicycling! magazine writer who had been sent to cover the 1977 Tour de France: he was strolling around the mechanics' area before one stage and picked up a front wheel from the bike...
08-30-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 405
Posted By Trakhak

2343 (frame) minus 713 (fork) equals 1630.

2343 (frame) minus 713 (fork) equals 1630.
08-30-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,147
Posted By Trakhak

The best way to avoid hitting squirrels and...

The best way to avoid hitting squirrels and rabbits is to act like a predator and aim straight for them. That's behavior that they understand.

I was skeptical when I read that comment on Bike...
08-27-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,827
Posted By Trakhak

Almost 70, lots of fairly hard miles for many...

Almost 70, lots of fairly hard miles for many decades without stretching, foam rollers, massage, supplements, chocolate milk, pickles, Yoga, etc. Maybe I'm just lucky.
08-26-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,168
Posted By Trakhak

Sprung versus non-sprung (rigid) pogo stick?...

Sprung versus non-sprung (rigid) pogo stick? Running along a very long trampoline? My head hurts.

Someone upthread suggested performing tests using bikes with power meters in both the rear hub and...
08-25-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,220
Posted By Trakhak

Riding with aero bars stretches your lower back,...

Riding with aero bars stretches your lower back, reducing pressure on the discs in your spine.
08-24-21, 06:41 PM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,168
Posted By Trakhak

Full disclosure: Sosenka was popped for PEDs at...

Full disclosure: Sosenka was popped for PEDs at least twice, although not for his hour record ride. I suspect the UCI thought he was juiced for the hour record, too, but couldn't prove it. There's...
08-24-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,875
Posted By Trakhak

1. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn 2. Piper At The...

1. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
2. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
3. Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Just joined a classic rock band on bass. Most of their songs required almost no effort to learn,...
08-24-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,875
Posted By Trakhak

Back to the OP's OP: 1. Clapton 2. Beck ...

Back to the OP's OP:

1. Clapton
2. Beck
3. Page
08-24-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 6,168
Posted By Trakhak

Merckx's record (49.431 km) has been beaten...

Merckx's record (49.431 km) has been beaten twice:

Chris Boardman, Manchester, 27.10.2000, 49.441 km
Ondrej Sosenka, Moscow, 19.7.2005, 49.700 km

Sosenka and his bike:
...
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By Trakhak

I looked at the pictures again, and those may not...

I looked at the pictures again, and those may not be tubulars after all. Hard to be sure. I'd suggest asking the seller whether they're sew-ups/tubulars or conventional clinchers. Either way, you'll...
Forum: Foo
08-23-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,773
Posted By Trakhak

Reanimating this thread to instill some anxiety...

Reanimating this thread to instill some anxiety in LP lovers: some pressings of LPs are apparently substantially superior to others.

Examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-bvYQJmJ6I
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By Trakhak

Miele bike decal set...

Miele bike decal set (https://www.ebay.com/itm/224166949905)

But I'd have no problem with the neon green decals on that bike. Younger people into vintage bikes and other vintage stuff such as...
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By Trakhak

To clarify regarding the rims, the photos in the...

To clarify regarding the rims, the photos in the Craigslist ad show Ambrosio and Miele decals. Ambrosio was the rim manufacturer.

That seems to have been either the top-of-the-line Miele model for...
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By Trakhak

No German connection; see post no. 2 above. ...

No German connection; see post no. 2 above.

Italian companies were once major suppliers of various components, including rims, to bike manufacturers, especially in the 1980s.

If the wheels are...
08-23-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,875
Posted By Trakhak

Eddy Merckx on the topic of strength training for...

Eddy Merckx on the topic of strength training for racing cyclists:

"You don't need big muscles to steer a bicycle."

For the benefit of the OP: Eddy Merckx is a Belgian fellow who had a career...
08-23-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,875
Posted By Trakhak

Say pretty please.

Say pretty please.
08-22-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 546
Posted By Trakhak

Saddle looks too high. The heel-on-pedal...

Saddle looks too high. The heel-on-pedal guideline was reasonably reliable in the days when bike racers, who were usually the people who were looking for sizing guidelines, invariably wore...
08-21-21, 03:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By Trakhak

Oval chainrings have been around since at least...

Oval chainrings have been around since at least the 1930s. Shimano's widely misunderstood design was the first to be optimized for low-cadence riders---i.e., the majority of casual riders. If you...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-19-21, 06:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,114
Posted By Trakhak

Around 100, maybe. I inflate my road tires to...

Around 100, maybe. I inflate my road tires to about 80 psi, though, and I probably don't quite reach that pressure when I'm impatient to get back on the bike after fixing a flat.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-21, 01:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,114
Posted By Trakhak

I'm 5' 8" and 120-ish pounds and have pipe-stem...

I'm 5' 8" and 120-ish pounds and have pipe-stem arms. I have Crank Bros. Gem minipumps mounted on all of my bikes. There's a switch at the bottom of the pump barrel that lets you choose high volume...
08-17-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,743
Posted By Trakhak

Skin-wall tires, please. To at least some of us...

Skin-wall tires, please. To at least some of us who were riding European road racing bikes in the 1960s and 1970s, the only thing that looks worse than a set of gum-wall tires on a vintage racing...
08-17-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 3,785
Posted By Trakhak

If I ever meet any American male who doesn't...

If I ever meet any American male who doesn't consider himself a free-thinker, a rebel, one of a kind, etc., I'll buy that man a five-cent Daniel Webster see-gar.
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