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05-04-22, 08:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 839
Posted By Gresp15C

I continue to ride 2 bikes with 27" wheels. The...

I continue to ride 2 bikes with 27" wheels. The time to abandon 27" is when I actually need new tires and can no longer get them. With luck, the OP has bought themselves a few years to think about...
04-25-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 647
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the lathe I learned on... with the open...

That's the lathe I learned on... with the open flat belts. It was a pleasure to run, so quiet and smooth.
04-11-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By Gresp15C

Thanks, all!

Thanks, all!
Forum: Commuting
04-08-22, 10:11 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 35,754
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, I just got a "like" on this post....

Amusingly, I just got a "like" on this post. Thanks. But for full disclosure, an update is warranted. One of the fork ends on the World Tourist frame broke off, and the other is cracked. So, it's got...
04-08-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 215
Posted By Gresp15C

6 bolt and center lock compatibility

I'm thinking of building some new wheels for my wife's bike. I noticed that for the kind of hub she needs, a center lock hub is a little cheaper than 6 bolt. My question is: Will the disc be in the...
02-22-22, 10:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,140
Posted By Gresp15C

Who makes the little ratchet?

Who makes the little ratchet?
02-22-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,602
Posted By Gresp15C

I built up a dedicated winter bike for each...

I built up a dedicated winter bike for each member of my family. In upper Midwest, "winter" means road salt season, and it's a long winter. The salt is tough on bikes. First big rain washes away the...
02-16-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,646
Posted By Gresp15C

This will mark me as maybe a bit too fussy, but I...

This will mark me as maybe a bit too fussy, but I cut the handle off a Kool Stop tool, for my seat bag. That was before I got a VAR, but the VAR is with a different bike.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,311
Posted By Gresp15C

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4...

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4 miles, half on sleepy neighborhood streets, the other half on paved bike paths. I encounter very few cars. Typical local commutes are like this. The city...
01-12-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 10,037
Posted By Gresp15C

In my state, gravel is the new pavement. If you...

In my state, gravel is the new pavement. If you want to get away from heavy traffic, your choices are bike paths or minor roads that are crumbling. Some counties are converting pavement to gravel...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,228
Posted By Gresp15C

Buy your caddie a bike. ;)

Buy your caddie a bike. ;)
Forum: Commuting
11-01-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,370
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough a reprogrammed thumb drive that...

Oddly enough a reprogrammed thumb drive that mimics a keyboard and starts injecting code into your PC through a shell terminal is a thing.
09-03-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 544
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a note that there are still a couple...

Just a note that there are still a couple portions of the Elroy Sparta trail that are closed:

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/elroysparta

I live in Wisconsin. Driftless area is a blast if...
07-22-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,343
Posted By Gresp15C

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can...

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can tune it to utter perfection, yet it will attract no attention when parked.
07-21-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,343
Posted By Gresp15C

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect...

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect knocking-about-town bike. Assuming you're taller than the previous owner.
07-16-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,088
Posted By Gresp15C

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode...

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode along the streetcar routes, which have tracks parallel to the street (of course). The cyclists seemed fearless despite swerving around and seeming to...
07-16-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,088
Posted By Gresp15C

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's...

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's Ed, the picture of how to cross RR tracks on a motorcycle -- slow down and cross perpendicular. I still do that on my bike. There's one tracks in my...
07-11-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,074
Posted By Gresp15C

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)
07-11-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Gresp15C

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your...

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your options, before choosing a hitch, because hitches come in at least 2 sizes, and having to use an adapter is an inconvenience. If you're a skilled DIY'er,...
07-11-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 305
Posted By Gresp15C

You could always post pictures here, folks have a...

You could always post pictures here, folks have a pretty good eye, including some who have worked in shops. Knowing the brand of the component can sometimes help narrow things down too.

I've found...
07-10-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,088
Posted By Gresp15C

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got...

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got out the door without lubrication?
07-07-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 591
Posted By Gresp15C

It might be worth researching the total cost...

It might be worth researching the total cost difference between heavy bikes plus a heavy duty rack, versus a light duty rack and getting a newer, lighter bike. Plus, an excuse for getting a new bike....
07-06-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 15,694
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T,...

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T, according to Deming. At its peak of production, the cars were untested when they were loaded onto trains and shipped to dealers. The dealers were the...
07-06-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By Gresp15C

Detaching a quill stem: ...

Detaching a quill stem:

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/stem-removal-installation-quill-stems

Servicing headsets, noting that you don't have to completely remove a headset to...
07-05-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 591
Posted By Gresp15C

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I...

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I don't know if the make exactly the same model today, but it occurs to me that a 4-bike rack would make it a lot easier to accommodate modern bikes that...
07-05-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,092
Posted By Gresp15C

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have...

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have relatively few flats recently. A few were failures at the stem-tube joint, in fact had one of those today. But I also seem to end up sharing my patch...
07-04-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,581
Posted By Gresp15C

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a...

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a chemist, because they wash their hands before they go to the bathroom." ;)
07-04-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 614
Posted By Gresp15C

Put some water right into the valve and see if...

Put some water right into the valve and see if the air bubbles out there. I've had Schrader valves leak, and then be fine after re-inflating. Also, the valve core is threaded in, and could be loose.
07-04-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,679
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't really like fast descents either. It may...

I don't really like fast descents either. It may be that I have a mild fear of heights. It affects me when I'm skiing too. I figure that there's nothing special about going fast downhill except for...
07-04-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,200
Posted By Gresp15C

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago,...

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago, on a cheap Gary Fisher mountain bike. There is a way of adjusting a cup 'n' cone bearing if you don't have the proper tools, that is a pain in the neck...
07-04-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,448
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula,...

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula, Ohio. ;)
07-04-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 929
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain...

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain steel washers and drilled them out to 10 mm.
07-04-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Gresp15C

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the...

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the top of a bridge going over a highway. Low point is a lake. About 200 feet elevation from one to the other. Two of my bikes have 3 speed hubs, Sturmey...
07-04-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 549
Posted By Gresp15C

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are...

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are continuously variable.
07-03-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 614
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd...

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd inflate it, and hold it under water, looking for bubbles. No sense in throwing away a good tube.
07-03-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 264
Posted By Gresp15C

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly...

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly with 650b "tubeless ready" wheels and tubed tires. We have concluded that these tires are not serviceable while on the road, since my spouse's hands...
07-01-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 959
Posted By Gresp15C

Strip it down, remove The unnecessary parts ...

Strip it down, remove
The unnecessary parts
Just hop on and ride
06-30-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,924
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of...

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of poor, and homeless, who depend on a bike also can't drop it off and wait for a repair. A relatively un-busy co-op with available tools and parts can...
06-30-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,924
Posted By Gresp15C

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide...

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide repairs, free parts, but perhaps more importantly, training on basic bike maintenance and space for people to do their own maintenance with varying...
Forum: Foo
06-29-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,475
Posted By Gresp15C

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught...

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught in an engineering department, but I'm not an engineer. My degree is in physics, and by day I work on technology for scientific instruments, typically...
06-29-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 11,017
Posted By Gresp15C

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer...

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer components and materials. I'm not a strong or competitive cyclist, so some improvements are lost on me, but others seem beneficial.

Each rider has their...
06-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,268
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view everything would depend on the...

In my view everything would depend on the original finish of the materials, and the quality of the seals. Polymer sleeve bearings are in industrial use, and can last a long time when used as...
06-28-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,328
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite...

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite direction.

I get passed by all types of handlebars, clothing, and so forth. So my hunch is that nothing you can do is likely to make me more or less...
06-26-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By Gresp15C

This has always made me wonder why mid drive is...

This has always made me wonder why mid drive is considered to be preferable.
Forum: Commuting
06-26-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By Gresp15C

something that helps me is quick drying clothes...

something that helps me is quick drying clothes under the rain gear, so if I do get a bit damp, I'm usually dry before anybody notices.

I work in a casual office, so I can get away with synthetic...
06-24-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,440
Posted By Gresp15C

The real question is whether the $5 tire boot...

The real question is whether the $5 tire boot works better than the $1 tire boot. ;)
06-23-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,440
Posted By Gresp15C

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no...

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no substitute) and a spare tube plus the other stuff needed to fix a flat:

15mm wrench (on bikes with nutted axles)
Tire levers
Small pump

I've never...
06-22-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,106
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, this can be observed in places such as...

Indeed, this can be observed in places such as train stations and large shopping centers. People mill around, and even occasionally bump into one another, apologize, and keep going.

At the other...
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