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08-13-22, 05:18 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,134
Posted By Trakhak

Loved my all-531 Helyett Speciale track bike when...

Loved my all-531 Helyett Speciale track bike when my parents bought it for me in 1964. Loved my early '70s Paramount, Raleigh Pro (the first version, the white '64 Tokyo Olympics model), Atala Pro,...
08-12-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 256
Posted By Trakhak

I used the original Park repair stand in the bike...

I used the original Park repair stand in the bike stores where I worked for decades. Very nice, but I'm just as happy with my Aldi stand. In fact, I slightly prefer the clamping mechanism on the...
08-11-22, 05:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 438
Posted By Trakhak

Puzzling. A search resulted in 0 hits for...

Puzzling. A search resulted in 0 hits for "Manufearn" (and plenty for "Manufrance"). And blowing up the photo in this thread, it looks like the downtube decal might have 10 characters, not 9. Still,...
08-11-22, 04:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 438
Posted By Trakhak

I'm not sure enough to argue about it, but it...

I'm not sure enough to argue about it, but it seems to me that there are a few clues indicating that this might not be a home brew.

Thoughts:

I doubt that a shade-tree mechanic cobbling...
08-11-22, 03:16 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,274
Posted By Trakhak

The saddle looks a bit swaybacked/stretched to...

The saddle looks a bit swaybacked/stretched to me, which might mean that the only level section is the rear third of it. Tilting the nose down to any significant degree from its current angle might...
08-11-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,274
Posted By Trakhak

The owner of the bike shop where I worked in the...

The owner of the bike shop where I worked in the early '80s came back from the New York Bike Show in (I think) 1983 having signed up as a Torpado dealer. I'd never heard of them at that point,...
08-11-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,274
Posted By Trakhak

The posts by bkemig and smd4 are very interesting...

The posts by bkemig and smd4 are very interesting to me as a former bike store manager, mechanic, and salesman (on and off in the mid-'70s and through the '80s and early '90s). Shame that the...
Forum: Introductions
08-11-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 161
Posted By Trakhak

Member status (Newbie versus Junior versus...

Member status (Newbie versus Junior versus Senior) is, I believe, pegged to the number of posts you've made. For example, making 200 posts bumps posters up to Senior status.
08-11-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,274
Posted By Trakhak

Frame angles of 74 degees parallel for a 21"...

Frame angles of 74 degees parallel for a 21" touring bike? Seems unlikely. That's '80s Italian criterium bike/track bike territory.
08-09-22, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 133
Posted By Trakhak

The person you responded to said to turn the...

The person you responded to said to turn the barrel adjuster either on the downtube or at the rear derailleur. Not sure why you ignored half of that post.

The barrel adjuster on the downtube is...
Forum: Foo
08-09-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 555
Posted By Trakhak

I'll play along. The Rolling Stones albums...

I'll play along.

The Rolling Stones albums from earliest to latest are mostly filler, with the exception of their one great album. Of course, I mean Between The Buttons.

One of my favorites...
08-07-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By Trakhak

Just for clarity: is that Specialized Vado 4 the...

Just for clarity: is that Specialized Vado 4 the bike you've been referring to in all your posts in this thread? If so, I imagine that several of the people who have contributed here would want to...
08-07-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 764
Posted By Trakhak

Quoting for emphasis. Squirrels see cyclists as...

Quoting for emphasis. Squirrels see cyclists as predators. Most predators run directly toward squirrels. The sooner you begin riding in a straight line toward the squirrel, the sooner it will run off...
08-05-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By Trakhak

Georgena Terry, who is best known for having been...

Georgena Terry, who is best known for having been a pioneering designer of women-specific bike frames, researched the notion that women tend to have longer legs than men for a given height and found...
08-05-22, 03:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 548
Posted By Trakhak

Bike Island (Bikes Direct's outlet website)...

Bike Island (Bikes Direct's outlet website) usually has a bunch of inexpensive single-speed/track wheelsets (https://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=List&SubCategoryNew=Wheels:%20Track).
08-04-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By Trakhak

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and...

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and '80s, I used to dread having conversations with parents who were determined to buy bikes for their kid to "grow into."

(I don't think I ever came right...
08-04-22, 03:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 294
Posted By Trakhak

Bike store employees see cassettes or freewheels...

Bike store employees see cassettes or freewheels with worn-out 1st-position cogs fairly often. It's a consequence of casual riders finding the combination of the middle or inside chainring plus...
07-30-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 547
Posted By Trakhak

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here...

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here for emphasis:

The crucial factor for using 2-prong Suntour removers with stubborn freewheels (i.e., almost all of them by now) is that the tool must...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 335
Posted By Trakhak

Another possible choice: a used hybrid. Hybrids...

Another possible choice: a used hybrid. Hybrids generally cost much less than drop-bar touring bikes, despite being basically touring bikes with flat bars (which is a configuration that is very...
07-28-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 818
Posted By Trakhak

The check valve in the compressor at a gas...

The check valve in the compressor at a gas station is designed to operate correctly with the high air volume in car tires. Bike tires fill too rapidly and so are prone to blowing off the rim with gas...
07-28-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By Trakhak

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around...

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around relaxing or for casually strolling around in hot weather. But for most sport cycling, synthetics are clearly superior, as attested by the majority...
07-28-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 818
Posted By Trakhak

With straight-side rims such as were stock on...

With straight-side rims such as were stock on many '70s Motobecanes, ignore the maximum pressure number specified on the sidewalls of your tires. Unless specified otherwise, that number pertains to...
07-27-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 488
Posted By Trakhak

I had only a rear brake on my first track bike,...

I had only a rear brake on my first track bike, acquired in 1964, and also my second, bought in 1982. Since the seatstay bridge wasn't drilled on either bike (nor was the fork, of course), I cobbled...
07-20-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,490
Posted By Trakhak

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ...

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ED."
07-20-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,543
Posted By Trakhak

Is cup-and-cone technology still used anywhere...

Is cup-and-cone technology still used anywhere other than in bicycles?
07-19-22, 03:30 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 268,906
Posted By Trakhak

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds...

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds 531 Helyett Speciale, bought for me by my parents in 1964, when I was 13. I've never not had at least one track bike since then.

So I've been...
07-19-22, 03:20 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,134
Posted By Trakhak

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much...

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much more efficiently than aluminum. Tap a pencil against an steel frame and you get a high-pitched ringing sound; tap an aluminum frame and you get a thud....
07-17-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 386
Posted By Trakhak

The levels are purely a function of the number of...

The levels are purely a function of the number of posts from a given member. Junior upgrades to senior at around 50 posts, I think.
07-14-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 3,769
Posted By Trakhak

I use my heavy-ish hybrid (38 pounds) with triple...

I use my heavy-ish hybrid (38 pounds) with triple crank exclusively for errands and for low-effort recovery rides. I use my light bikes (19 pounds and under) for all my high-effort rides.

Horses...
07-14-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,812
Posted By Trakhak

My favorite garbled version, from a Pogo comic...

My favorite garbled version, from a Pogo comic strip published at least 50 years ago:

"You can't pull my wool over the ice!"
07-13-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 6,800
Posted By Trakhak

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've...

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've been riding long enough for our techniques of brake use to have become nearly reflexive.

On my ride today, I decided to pay attention to what I do...
07-12-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,260
Posted By Trakhak

I don't believe in ghosts.

I don't believe in ghosts.
07-11-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,222
Posted By Trakhak

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only...

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only through the front wheel. That renders the bike just as unrideable.
07-10-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 849
Posted By Trakhak

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was...

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was comfortable with the same saddle in previous riding seasons?

Asking because some people start rapidly increasing their mileage on a bike at some...
07-10-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 512
Posted By Trakhak

Maybe you can find a plastic plug or a cork of...

Maybe you can find a plastic plug or a cork of exactly the right diameter to push or hammer into the bottom of the expanding pipe tool when you have it inserted in place, to keep the expanding...
07-10-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By Trakhak

A guy I used to train with was a terrible...

A guy I used to train with was a terrible sprinter, but (or, maybe, therefore) he could get right back up to his threshold speed after every sprint attempt. Since you can sprint hard enough to burn...
07-10-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 858
Posted By Trakhak

If they were tightened using a vice grip, sure.

If they were tightened using a vice grip, sure.
07-10-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 858
Posted By Trakhak

Vice grips were routinely used to secure the...

Vice grips were routinely used to secure the rear-wheel wing nuts on Peugeot A08s and the equivalent Gitanes and Merciers and so on when I worked in bike shops in the early '70s. The Huret wing nuts...
07-09-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 858
Posted By Trakhak

Not sure if there were also metric wing nuts on...

Not sure if there were also metric wing nuts on European bikes in the '60s and '70s, but here's an eBay listing for fractional Huret wing nuts:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/303217564380
07-09-22, 04:06 AM
Replies: 21,169
Views: 4,027,838
Posted By Trakhak

I saw a couple of kids in downtown Baltimore...

I saw a couple of kids in downtown Baltimore riding a pair of BMX bikes set up like this about 30 years ago or more. The fork of the rear bike had been spread to fit on the rear axle of the front...
07-08-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,012
Posted By Trakhak

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from...

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from first owner) had push-button shifting on the dashboard.

https://blog.consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/PF60PLY3.jpg
07-06-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,386
Views: 43,012
Posted By Trakhak

Complaints about hipsters (?) and suckers buying...

Complaints about hipsters (?) and suckers buying expensive bikes, translated:

"As far as the cool kids in high school were concerned, I didn't exist. Now, decades later, the cool kids ride...
07-05-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 647
Posted By Trakhak

There may have been rare exceptions to the use of...

There may have been rare exceptions to the use of standard-diameter skewers (and thus hub axle I.D.s). I have a vague memory of Weyless hubs using proprietary dimensions for their hubs. Maybe...
07-05-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 232
Posted By Trakhak

The tires are almost certainly 26" x 1.75"...

The tires are almost certainly 26" x 1.75" (that's the orginal size the Huffy Corwair, anyway). It's likely that any cruiser-style tires (as opposed to mountain bike tires) you find will be from...
07-03-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,025
Posted By Trakhak

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?
07-03-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,942
Posted By Trakhak

You said that heavy steel makes training better. ...

You said that heavy steel makes training better.

In any event, it's been a couple of decades since professional frames (i.e., those used in races by riders on professional teams) were steel.
...
07-02-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,076
Posted By Trakhak

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier...

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier in the thread - while a cone wrench is needed for the cone, a box wrench, or even an adjustable wrench, would work fine for the lock nut.
07-02-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,080
Posted By Trakhak

Read this on Bikeforums over 10 years ago, and...

Read this on Bikeforums over 10 years ago, and it's great advice:

When you see that a squrrel in or near the road sees you coming, ride straight toward the squirrel. Moving in a straight line...
06-30-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,025
Posted By Trakhak

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell...

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell myself, "A solution is at hand within 15 feet of where you're standing right now."

Example: a mountain bike front derailleur whose spring anchor point...
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