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12-06-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,014
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, of course, and "the article is mostly aimed...

Yes, of course, and "the article is mostly aimed at people with already existing cardiovascular disease," as you keep patiently explaining while people persist in ignoring that point.
12-06-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,014
Posted By Trakhak

Perhaps the fact that no one was dumb enough to...

Perhaps the fact that no one was dumb enough to do hours of continuous high-effort aerobic exercise in freezing temperatures until the (late) 20th century has something to do with it.
12-04-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

Meant to mention earlier in the thread: before...

Meant to mention earlier in the thread: before you drive 100 miles or any other significant distance, triple-check that the bikes you're looking at will actually fit. The size of one of the bikes you...
12-04-22, 02:30 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,555
Posted By Trakhak

If you're over 50, like so many of us here, maybe...

If you're over 50, like so many of us here, maybe consider dropping the saddle height a cm or so. At 71, I've had to drop the saddle height on all my bikes twice now. Losing height/leg length happens...
12-04-22, 02:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 574
Posted By Trakhak

Not from the brake. I watched helplessly as my...

Not from the brake. I watched helplessly as my thumbnail slowly filed its way through the paint at that spot on my Bianchi Specialissima over the course of several seasons. Coincidence or not, that...
12-03-22, 07:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,481
Posted By Trakhak

My technique (discovered in the early '70s) is...

My technique (discovered in the early '70s) is simple: thread on the cotter nut several turns (but don't tighten down fully) after placing one or two washers on the threaded portion of the cotter....
12-03-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,507
Posted By Trakhak

My dad, who was an Army cook in Europe during...

My dad, who was an Army cook in Europe during WWII, occasionally sang what might have been the origin of that bit of doggerel:

Oh, it's beer, beer, beer, that makes you want to cheer
In the...
12-01-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,507
Posted By Trakhak

I seem to remember some of you guys getting in a...

I seem to remember some of you guys getting in a tizzy over hipsters taking angle grinders to classic Italian race frames during peak fixie days. I guess that was different, somehow.
12-01-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,507
Posted By Trakhak

A term to describe irreversibly modifying a C&V...

A term to describe irreversibly modifying a C&V frame to accommodate wider tires is long overdue. A case could be argued for "Drew," but that should probably be reserved for turning C&V bikes into...
12-01-22, 06:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 617
Posted By Trakhak

This thread dovetails nicely with the...

This thread dovetails nicely with the "assertiveness training" thread. JoeyBikes is right. You can insist on your rights as a cyclist and argue that drivers are idiots if doing so makes you feel...
12-01-22, 02:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 552
Posted By Trakhak

The medium answer is what we get when we have to...

The medium answer is what we get when we have to read tea leaves because an OP is doing the dance of the seven veils. Unnecessary in this case.
11-30-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

I have a copy of Bicycling Science tucked away...

I have a copy of Bicycling Science tucked away somewhere that I haven't looked at in decades, along with the big blue C.O.N.I Italian training bible. (The part of your post that I deleted was also...
11-30-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

Different feel: I had an incredibly light set of...

Different feel: I had an incredibly light set of aluminum Hi-E wheels (with rims that consisted of sheets of aluminum folded over and riveted) fitted with very light tubular/sewup tires. They...
11-30-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 3,800
Posted By Trakhak

"Serious" riders: if they're not paid to ride,...

"Serious" riders: if they're not paid to ride, they're on "serious" toys (unless they commute or otherwise use their bikes for transportation, errands, etc.). I'm an ex-amateur racer, and I have...
11-30-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 379
Posted By Trakhak

Apparently my circulation has become more...

Apparently my circulation has become more efficient at keeping my core warm over the decades, or my brain has judged my extremities more dispensable, or something. So, for anything below about 55...
11-30-22, 05:25 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,596
Posted By Trakhak

Other things equal, I've found that the way a...

Other things equal, I've found that the way a given bike rides correlates not with the frame material but instead with its wheelbase. Long-wheelbase bikes ride smoothly, if a bit stolidly, regardless...
11-29-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,484
Posted By Trakhak

Too late. Even the usual gatekeepers have moved...

Too late. Even the usual gatekeepers have moved on.
11-29-22, 05:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 184
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, I just saw the same error message in a...

Yes, I just saw the same error message in a thread.
11-28-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

About VegasJen's legs "feeling like logs" after...

About VegasJen's legs "feeling like logs" after finishing the bike segment of a triathlon: after decades of road riding, as I age I'm finding myself having to remember to use lower gears than I used...
11-28-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

To save VegasJen some redundant typing: she...

To save VegasJen some redundant typing: she crashed three times when she first tried her clipless pedals. (My guess is that the spring tension on the pedals was either too high or too low, either of...
11-28-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

That Kuota is likely to be available for quite a...

That Kuota is likely to be available for quite a while if it's overpriced, especially since very little in the world of bikes goes out of fashion as quickly as TT bike technology. Those bikes lose...
11-28-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 229
Views: 4,079
Posted By Trakhak

For a deep enough discount, sure, I'd buy it. In...

For a deep enough discount, sure, I'd buy it. In fact, I bought a deeply discounted flat-bar Motobecane carbon bike from BikesDirect that they described accurately as having similar damage to the...
11-28-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,613
Posted By Trakhak

Click on "New Posts" a few mornings and you'll...

Click on "New Posts" a few mornings and you'll eventually see blizzards of spam posts (these days, the spam posts pimp hookers in Middle Eastern cities). Even with the limit of five posts each per...
11-28-22, 05:37 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 3,800
Posted By Trakhak

The term "hybrid" (referring to a practical,...

The term "hybrid" (referring to a practical, versatile, comfortable bike) could only have been coined in an automobile-centered country, where such unglamorous bikes were of no interest. Elsewhere,...
11-27-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 774
Posted By Trakhak

Didn't you have a couple of steel forks that...

Didn't you have a couple of steel forks that broke, or am I misremembering?
11-27-22, 02:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 351
Posted By Trakhak

Slow leaks in both tires? Some tubulars have...

Slow leaks in both tires? Some tubulars have latex tubes, which are more porous than butyl tubes and need to be pumped up more often.
11-26-22, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 600
Posted By Trakhak

One of the strongest of the several wunderkind...

One of the strongest of the several wunderkind riders who have been outrageously successful over the last few seasons of pro racing follows a training program that's easy for even us older folk to...
11-25-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,553
Posted By Trakhak

Riding from my front door in Baltimore City and...

Riding from my front door in Baltimore City and finding myself in Maryland horse country in 20 minutes.
11-25-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,457
Posted By Trakhak

Never encountered "badge issue" before. Thanks!...

Never encountered "badge issue" before. Thanks! (I wonder if there's anyone out there who filed off the tabs and yet refrained from triumphantly reporting having done so on the internet.)

And...
11-24-22, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,508
Views: 400,679
Posted By Trakhak

Perhaps you misunderstood my post. I was arguing...

Perhaps you misunderstood my post. I was arguing in favor of bike helmets.

People often argue against the use of bike helmets by pointing out that a helmet won't save a rider who is hit head on by...
11-24-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 341
Posted By Trakhak

Baltimore tried that design for a stretch of...

Baltimore tried that design for a stretch of heavily used road that passes two private schools. Within a few months, a large number of the white posts were flattened by parents parallel parking...
11-23-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,968
Posted By Trakhak

It's good to see that modern bike tech continues...

It's good to see that modern bike tech continues the decades-old tradition of dubious claims for iffy innovations. For every poorly conceived concealed-cable setup in a modern high-end racing bike...
11-23-22, 08:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 466
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, I too used various hard-anodized rims in the...

Yes, I too used various hard-anodized rims in the years after they were introduced and got good enough service from them, despite the cracks around the ferrules. Among the guys I raced with back...
11-23-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 466
Posted By Trakhak

Hard treated, not heat treated. FWIW, Jobst...

Hard treated, not heat treated.

FWIW, Jobst Brandt hated hard-anodized rims. The slick surface treatment, he said, reduced braking effectiveness. And the very thin, hard, brittle coating would...
11-22-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

Probably the brake lever first sagging downward...

Probably the brake lever first sagging downward (when moving the brake arm around relaxed the cable tension) and then clicking against the lever body when the cable tension was restored.
11-22-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,492
Posted By Trakhak

I'd wrap the bars with black tape and buy an...

I'd wrap the bars with black tape and buy an all-black saddle and then live with the bike for a while before committing to painting it. You may find that you come to like the color eventually.
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11-21-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

You'll be able to add a video now, since you're...

You'll be able to add a video now, since you're over the Bike Forums 10-post minimum for new posters.

The last time I had that problem with a brake: it turned out that I'd cut the cable housing...
11-19-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 190
Posted By Trakhak

I've used clipless pedals for road riding since...

I've used clipless pedals for road riding since the first Look model came out, but back when I was still working and commuting by bike, I quickly figured out that clips worked better for me in city...
11-19-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 453
Posted By Trakhak

In addition to wearing a thick neck gaiter and...

In addition to wearing a thick neck gaiter and headband, I've discovered that a KN95 mask with the bottom half folded up into the upper half makes a weird-looking but highly effective nose warmer.
11-19-22, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 391
Posted By Trakhak

Another factor that is too often ignored is that...

Another factor that is too often ignored is that the lengths of the handles of Allen wrenches and open/box wrenches give a clue to the appropriate torque range for the corresponding fasteners. The...
11-18-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,625
Posted By Trakhak

Just what I was going to suggest. Black makes a...

Just what I was going to suggest. Black makes a splendid background for colorful accessories---better than bikes that aren't black, arguably.
11-17-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,615
Posted By Trakhak

Liked for the apposite Agnew quotation.

Liked for the apposite Agnew quotation.
11-16-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,999
Posted By Trakhak

Given that current American cyclists tend to be...

Given that current American cyclists tend to be bigger and heavier (and older) than the average cyclist of 30 or 40 years ago, it was clever of the people at Quality Bicycle Products to recognize...
11-16-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,010
Posted By Trakhak

I once overheard a very smart teammate of mine...

I once overheard a very smart teammate of mine enthusiastically complimenting a guy on another team on his pedaling smoothness during a crit race. After the race, I asked him what that was about. He...
11-15-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,999
Posted By Trakhak

The fact that Cannondales (and the other aluminum...

The fact that Cannondales (and the other aluminum bikes) all but eliminated lightweight steel from the marketplace within a few years of the introduction of aluminum frames says considerably more...
11-15-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,999
Posted By Trakhak

A bit more nuanced in this case. Bianchi USA...

A bit more nuanced in this case. Bianchi USA replaced the frame in question under warranty without hesitation, even though the cost of the frame came directly out of their profits.

The same...
11-15-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,295
Posted By Trakhak

Another vote for Cannondale's touring bikes. Many...

Another vote for Cannondale's touring bikes. Many tourists in the U.S. (unlike many or maybe most European tourists) dismiss the idea of an aluminum touring bike out of hand, but if you're not one of...
11-14-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,010
Posted By Trakhak

I bought my first and last set of rollers back in...

I bought my first and last set of rollers back in the mid-'70s from a company named RollTrac (or maybe RollTrack; I've failed to find a single reference to those rollers on the internet). Great...
11-14-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,999
Posted By Trakhak

Sorry about your swing arm problems. That said: ...

Sorry about your swing arm problems. That said:

Again, for the thousandth time: take it from a guy who worked at a Cannondale/Trek/Schwinn/Bianchi dealership in the 1980s and 1990s and raced with...
11-14-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,420
Posted By Trakhak

The Original Plastic Bike! ...

The Original Plastic Bike!

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