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05-26-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,069
Posted By Road Fan

On the Hogwart's World Atlas it is diametrically...

On the Hogwart's World Atlas it is diametrically opposed from IAPAN.
05-18-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 281
Posted By Road Fan

I've recently finished a lot of work on some...

I've recently finished a lot of work on some Exceltoo hubs. Two bikes, four hubs, four bent axles. The cones and locknuts were in pretty good shape, as were the integral cups. I measured all the...
05-18-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 690
Posted By Road Fan

Speaking of lightweight 27" wheels, this topic...

Speaking of lightweight 27" wheels, this topic deserves it's own little place to be explored. This is one of the themes of my Rudge Aero Special rebuild.
05-18-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 690
Posted By Road Fan

Will they notice? I think people notice changes...

Will they notice? I think people notice changes and initially respond to them, positive or negative. But then they start to deal with the change an go on to ride the bike. After a little time with...
05-14-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 117
Posted By Road Fan

I would say, try to tune it up the way it is.

I would say, try to tune it up the way it is.
05-08-22, 09:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 928
Posted By Road Fan

If you want highly accurate predictions, I...

If you want highly accurate predictions, I question the need for that goal. For me while low weight feels nice when I lift the bike, it is not significant for my riding. I want to be able to trust...
05-07-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By Road Fan

First ride of the year!

Yesterday was my first ride of the year, really, of three years, with COVID precautions, loss of work bike project rabbit holes, et cetera! 2.75 miles, Dexter-Huron metro park MUP, very comfortable...
05-07-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By Road Fan

52 telecaster claims not to be a great writer but...

52 telecaster claims not to be a great writer but this description of the difference between riding a more resilient versus less resilient frame is clear, concise, elementary, and IMHO accurate!
...
05-05-22, 05:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Road Fan

I can't say the Strada Biancas roll too slowly,...

I can't say the Strada Biancas roll too slowly, they are nicer all around than my previous favorite, plus I don't need another build project at the moment. At some point I tried a Pasela pair, but I...
05-04-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 362
Posted By Road Fan

My wife has said she likes mine!

My wife has said she likes mine!
05-04-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 928
Posted By Road Fan

So the density of 531 and 2030 are the same, so...

So the density of 531 and 2030 are the same, so if a 531 frame with the same tube lengths and diameters tub3 for tubehas lower mass, it must have thinner tubing walls compared to the GP, made of...
04-23-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,208
Posted By Road Fan

I knew my project to buy a set of used car tires...

I knew my project to buy a set of used car tires would help my cycling!
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,730
Posted By Road Fan

I guess you must all spend more time in bike...

I guess you must all spend more time in bike shops or reading "Bicycling!" than I do, because I don't have any idea what makes an endurance fit (well, maybe some clue), endurance position, aero fit,...
04-20-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By Road Fan

Actually there are good reasons to consider more...

Actually there are good reasons to consider more deeply - the new bike might be no better. Its fitter might be as clueless as most of us, and never read any of Steve Hogg's work, or others. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-16-22, 08:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 992
Posted By Road Fan

One point is that Reynolds traditional products...

One point is that Reynolds traditional products were made in straight gauge and double-butted sets, not triple-butted as far as I know.

Another is that the "magic" of it is based not on the...
04-13-22, 11:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 791
Posted By Road Fan

I think it doesn't matter any more. I calculated...

I think it doesn't matter any more. I calculated the spoke lengths for the Ukai rim and 3x, and the original spokes are about a mm short of the calculated value2. I just finished lacing and turning...
04-10-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 791
Posted By Road Fan

cleaning/smoothing zinc-plated spokes

I'm working on the wheel of a 1970s bike with "zinc-plated," "galvanized," or "rustless" spokes. I'm not sure what they are plated with or which o those descriptors is correct, but it is dull, grey,...
04-04-22, 09:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,467
Posted By Road Fan

It could have come from several places, and I'm...

It could have come from several places, and I'm not a first hand witness to any of it, how it REALLY started. I can talk about how it first appeared in BQ, which was not an MTB magazine. So I can...
04-04-22, 05:33 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,467
Posted By Road Fan

No argument with your experience, I have some...

No argument with your experience, I have some quite nice 21 mm Gommitalia tubulars which really feel great. I use 105 psi.

I think Bicycle Quarterly started pushing the point about bigger tires...
04-03-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Road Fan

So to me the obvious points are that the...

So to me the obvious points are that the chainring spacing might be narrower than with your old set up, and the front chainline might be less than with the old one, even if the old one was "perfect."...
04-03-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,156
Posted By Road Fan

Who needs trucks? We got bikes and a station...

Who needs trucks? We got bikes and a station wagon that will fit two bikes inside, without pulling wheels or fenders!

As far as mental age, my wife and I differ on my proper response!
04-03-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 436
Posted By Road Fan

This is why I mention that something may have...

This is why I mention that something may have changed since the frame and components were a new, matched set. The original design might not have been very far from having an interference problem of...
03-31-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7,612
Views: 823,703
Posted By Road Fan

Last week I got a NOS pair of toothed wheels for...

Last week I got a NOS pair of toothed wheels for a Simplex Prestige rear derailleur.
03-31-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,829
Posted By Road Fan

As a much younger person I too scoffed at toe...

As a much younger person I too scoffed at toe overlap, or at least didn't consider it a problem. Perhaps my intuitive coordination was so good I always cleared my foot from the wheel. But in more...
03-30-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 313
Posted By Road Fan

One option not to ignore is to see if the next...

One option not to ignore is to see if the next size up in seat post diameter is actually a better fit. "27.2 mm" may be the defacto standard, but usually there's no law saying standards have to be...
03-30-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,829
Posted By Road Fan

This is all good stuff, but front fenders take up...

This is all good stuff, but front fenders take up to a few cm off of the available clearance, as well.

Apologies if you covered it, but it wasn't obvious to me.
03-27-22, 05:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,308
Posted By Road Fan

Well, fact is I have not had it checked yet or...

Well, fact is I have not had it checked yet or done any disassembly. It could be just cracked paint, so far.
Replies: 60
Views: 5,444
Posted By Road Fan

Have you tried a tighter or looser screw on your...

Have you tried a tighter or looser screw on your Selle Anatomica? You haven't mentioned it. I find anything from ½ turn to a full turn at a time can be significant. In your pics, a tighter screw...
03-11-22, 08:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 412
Posted By Road Fan

I can't say about whether the front or rear...

I can't say about whether the front or rear allows more clearance. But if you have a set of wheels, pop them on the frame and measure the distance from the brake track to the brake caliper hole, or...
03-06-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,335
Posted By Road Fan

There are so many good candidates, including many...

There are so many good candidates, including many "exotics," such as Woodrup, Bob Jackson, Mercian, Waterford, Serotta, Peugeot, Trek 720 before 1986, other Raleighs, Torelli, and literally dozens if...
02-26-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,130
Posted By Road Fan

Ok, I think narrowing q-factor is nicer for...

Ok, I think narrowing q-factor is nicer for riding, so I agree with your goal. On older bikes and BB styles (square taper, cartridge or cup and spindle) I've played with this with some good success. ...
02-17-22, 06:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 518
Posted By Road Fan

If you're worried about finding the bolt, I would...

If you're worried about finding the bolt, I would say first take your bolt to the hardware store and get them to measure it - write it all down. Then go to their stacks of Vidmar shelves or whatever...
02-13-22, 11:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By Road Fan

I like the Crane bell better than any of those!

I like the Crane bell better than any of those!
01-27-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,180
Posted By Road Fan

Do you want to know about parts that are...

Do you want to know about parts that are guaranteed to fail, or parts which have ever failed? If it is known that a few examples of a part have failed, how is that information useful? Even famous...
01-20-22, 12:18 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,212
Posted By Road Fan

Some others to include to might be Georgena...

Some others to include to might be Georgena Terry, Ron Boi,
Jack Trumbull, and Chris Kvale.
01-20-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 969
Posted By Road Fan

This can be solved, but I have some more...

This can be solved, but I have some more questions.

1. keep posting to build your post count up to 10. Then you should be eligible to share pictures.

2. there are two basic kinds of square...
01-18-22, 03:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 573
Posted By Road Fan

Oh yeah, and it's "strait" not "straight!" ---...

Oh yeah, and it's "strait" not "straight!" --- duh!
01-15-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 573
Posted By Road Fan

Thanks, that tool looks right and that's my...

Thanks, that tool looks right and that's my freewheel!
01-13-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,700
Posted By Road Fan

True dat! The front derailleur also needs to...

True dat! The front derailleur also needs to match the chainset range, as well as being designed to work with the chosen gearset and chainring shifting aids to get the smooth reliable shifter...
01-13-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,700
Posted By Road Fan

In all of this, I'm figuring out why I don't...

In all of this, I'm figuring out why I don't agree with a lot of the builds, as great as the bikes are. It's just my prejudices, dating back to the late i960s.

1. I don't like the chain to be...
01-12-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,700
Posted By Road Fan

Its all a matter of whether the largest rear...

Its all a matter of whether the largest rear sprocket can be handled by the rear derailleur, and the total change in the number of links that must be wrapped by the derailleur cage are within its...
01-04-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,793
Posted By Road Fan

I'll go sacrilegious and say it's my rusty green...

I'll go sacrilegious and say it's my rusty green (such a great color!!) 1970 or so Peugeot UO-8. It's actually a great ride, but my bud and I straightened a kinked steer tube to get it to a rideable...
12-29-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,538
Posted By Road Fan

I'm sure he does, and we've talked a few times....

I'm sure he does, and we've talked a few times. But it's not like he has an LBS where he welcomes people to just come in and gab or just to take advantage of his special capabiities in measurement. I...
12-29-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 19,476
Posted By Road Fan

And in that case you essentially asking "can a...

And in that case you essentially asking "can a steel 650b bike be built that is 20 # or less, not can a steel bike be built which is less than 20#.
12-29-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,156
Posted By Road Fan

At 51 you'd be in the "young'un" category for...

At 51 you'd be in the "young'un" category for most of us. 68 yo here, I figure I have at lest 10 years to work on that 600 hp ftp goal!
12-28-21, 11:56 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 8,156
Posted By Road Fan

someday I’m gonna have FTP that high!!

someday I’m gonna have FTP that high!!
12-28-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,015
Posted By Road Fan

Is the original rear OLD really 120 mm? On my...

Is the original rear OLD really 120 mm? On my 1952 Rudge Aero Special with AW it’s 114 mm.
12-17-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,833
Posted By Road Fan

If you're gonna play the Butcher, be sure to...

If you're gonna play the Butcher, be sure to unthread the freewheel before going happy with the diagonal cutters or nippers.
12-17-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,685
Posted By Road Fan

Notice I didn't say "all Craftsman sockets are...

Notice I didn't say "all Craftsman sockets are narrow enough (for this use)." I also have no idea which Craftman era and sourcing variants are usable. like mine are. In the days my dad and I bought...
12-16-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,685
Posted By Road Fan

There was a Park version of that tool, but I...

There was a Park version of that tool, but I actually just had one break!

And FWIW, I'm 99.9% sure my old Craftsman sockets are not a special thinwall version, nor are they a special heavy version...
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