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09-25-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 881
Posted By Trakhak

Or, if I were bothered enough by a noisy freehub...

Or, if I were bothered enough by a noisy freehub to want to do something about it, I might cut off a bit of each of the pawl springs to reduce the forcefulness of the pawl engagement..
09-25-21, 04:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 12,101
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/1530160335...

https://www.picclickimg.com/d/l400/pict/153016033531_/Vintage-1984-Bianchi-Grizzly-Mountain-Bike-All-Original.jpg

1984 Bianchi Grizzly (not my photo), bought new with my bike shop employee...
09-25-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 533
Posted By Trakhak

That's what Biopace was designed for---lower...

That's what Biopace was designed for---lower cadences of the sort employed by the majority of casual and non-racer cyclists, aka the majority of cyclists, period.

All of the other eccentric...
09-24-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 881
Posted By Trakhak

What we used to call "Famous last words." The...

What we used to call "Famous last words." The problem is not confined to grease getting behind the springs. I used to see a few broken freewheels each winter in New England, always as a consequence...
09-24-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By Trakhak

I had ulnar nerve release surgery about 35 years...

I had ulnar nerve release surgery about 35 years ago. Had nerve release surgery on my elbow during the same operation (broke that elbow at age 11, just before a growth spurt, and the maturing bone...
09-24-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 881
Posted By Trakhak

And would a loud single-pawl hub be less annoying...

And would a loud single-pawl hub be less annoying than the 3-pawl version? If I'm in bed and a faucet's dripping, it's infuriating whether it's a slow or a fast drip.

In fact:

"In ancient times...
09-23-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 737
Posted By Trakhak

Those are not mutually exclusive choices, as has...

Those are not mutually exclusive choices, as has been pointed out to the many before you who have repeatedly dredged up the staggeringly obvious "Lose weight from your body instead! It's free!"...
09-22-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 476
Posted By Trakhak

DIY bicycle rollers...

DIY bicycle rollers (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=diy+bicycle+rollers)

DIY indoor trainers (https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=diy+bicycle+trainer)
09-20-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 241
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcq-PwYj3TE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hcq-PwYj3TE
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 04:59 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 950
Posted By Trakhak

A 3-or-4-mph crash.

A 3-or-4-mph crash.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 950
Posted By Trakhak

My first real racing bike (Helyett track bike...

My first real racing bike (Helyett track bike with Reynolds 531 tubing and sew-up tires) had toe overlap, and that was in 1964. Almost every bike I've owned since then has had toe overlap, so it's by...
Replies: 11
Views: 328
Posted By Trakhak

I remember how surprised we were when the first...

I remember how surprised we were when the first plastic-wrapped Peugeots arrived at the shop. The plastic wrapping was superior to the crinkly brown paper wrapping in pretty much every way,...
09-18-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,208
Posted By Trakhak

USAZorro's opinions regarding cycling are not to...

USAZorro's opinions regarding cycling are not to be rejected lightly. That said . . . 40-some years on high-end steel bikes followed by 15 years on aluminum bikes, and I've learned that, in my...
09-18-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 524
Posted By Trakhak

Double-check that the axle is fully seated in...

Double-check that the axle is fully seated in both dropouts.
09-17-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,208
Posted By Trakhak

You think the notch in the headset is part of the...

You think the notch in the headset is part of the peculiarities of it's handling?

Kidding. As it happens, I bought a 1993 Cannondale H300 hybrid last year, and I'm embarrassed how long it took me...
09-17-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 476
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: 268
Views: 5,727
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: 193
Views: 5,558
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: 589
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: 2,216
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: 193
Views: 5,558
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: 42
Views: 1,214
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: 34
Views: 1,266
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: 4,561
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: 397
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: 829
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: 4
Views: 213
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: 2,144
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: 1,263
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: 213
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: 338
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: 1,162
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: 2,963
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: 2,963
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: 2,144
Posted By Trakhak

Also stock or custom: ...

Also stock or custom:

https://parleecycles.com/custom/
09-01-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,109
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: 2,144
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: 1,568
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: 2,109
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: 587
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: 671
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: 1,922
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: 587
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: 414
Posted By Trakhak

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

2343 (frame) minus 713 (fork) equals 1630.
08-30-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,438
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: 1,922
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: 6,523
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: 1,285
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: 6,523
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...
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