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09-26-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 290
Posted By Retro Grouch

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until...

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until just 1 thread is showing. Then I gradually bring the wheel into tension by tightening every nipple by the same number of turns - maybe 2 turns at the...
09-21-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 689
Posted By Retro Grouch

A related question is: "How do you decide which...

A related question is: "How do you decide which part from your spares bin to use for a particular repair or rebuild?"

The sock drawer theory is to grab the oldest, cheapest part that is still...
09-20-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for,...

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for, but there are a lot of vinyl sign companies that specialize in truck and store window lettering. They are able to scan and make vinyl stick on images. ...
09-19-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 436
Posted By Retro Grouch

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.
09-19-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 572
Posted By Retro Grouch

How to pick out a bike to ride: 1. Acquire ANY...

How to pick out a bike to ride:
1. Acquire ANY bike. Ride it wherever and however you like. Where and how you really ride is important.
2. During or after every ride, make a mental list of what...
09-14-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,091
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably asking the wrong question. When...

You're probably asking the wrong question. When engineers talk about the strength of materials, they usually are referring to "tensile strength". Think about a weight hanging from a solid rod with...
09-14-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,727
Posted By Retro Grouch

Some people are able to ride with a light heart,...

Some people are able to ride with a light heart, some ride burdened with worry, anxiety and an ever increasing load of tools and spare parts.

Some of my happiest bicycling memories date from the...
09-13-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 338
Posted By Retro Grouch

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter...

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter for the cranks that you already own. That's a harder measurement to make than you are probably thinking.
09-12-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,153
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.
09-12-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 894
Posted By Retro Grouch

You need to identify the cause of your punctures...

You need to identify the cause of your punctures and eliminate that cause. A common cause is tiny wires from radial ply tires. Those tiny little wires can be hard to find and, even once found, can be...
09-07-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 5,558
Posted By Retro Grouch

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting...

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting to hear the other parties description of the occurrence before making a decision.
09-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 830
Posted By Retro Grouch

If they haven't already, they will soon. I...

If they haven't already, they will soon.

I know that for sure because more electronics is something that I want to avoid on my bicycle so it's definitely coming.
09-06-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By Retro Grouch

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a...

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a local charity who serves the refugee community. They appreciated that the bikes were a step up in quality from the department store offerings. Like...
09-06-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 369
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference....

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference.

Riding a fixed gear bike is a commitment.
09-06-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 383
Posted By Retro Grouch

Would that be "Pie are Square"?

Would that be "Pie are Square"?
09-06-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,414
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. ...

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. Decades ago I read somewhere there wasn't anybody producing them domestically. I honestly don't know if that's still true or not.

Frankly, however, I...
09-06-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,274
Posted By Retro Grouch

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk? An...

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk?

An arterial street about a block from my condo was widened several years ago. At the time that it was rebuilt the specifications included a "sidewalk" on one...
09-05-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By Retro Grouch

Cable housing is easy. Extra long inner...

Cable housing is easy.

Extra long inner cables may be quite a bit harder. I'd suggest checking Tandems Ltd. or Tandems East.
09-05-21, 12:56 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 5,047
Posted By Retro Grouch

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For...

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For such a simple activity, there seems to be a very large number of tribal variations. The clothes that you choose to wear tell the rest of us to which...
09-04-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 768
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm...

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm measurement? "Measure once, cuss twice."
09-04-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 235
Posted By Retro Grouch

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably...

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably while taking inventory) combined containers of 14 Gauge and 15 Gauge nipples. It's good that I never found out exactly who did that.
09-04-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 768
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in...

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in the details. I would definitely try a 27.0 headset before resorting to the use of power tools.
09-04-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,369
Posted By Retro Grouch

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I...

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I like, I'll tell them.
09-04-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By Retro Grouch

Off topic but I have a question about how you...

Off topic but I have a question about how you choose which parts bin part to use:

The "sock drawer" theory is to take the most worn but still serviceable part to use it up. Otherwise it stays in...
09-04-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 383
Posted By Retro Grouch

Elroy to Sparta is my favorite rail trail. ...

Elroy to Sparta is my favorite rail trail.

It's essentially three long, not very steep hills with a tunnel at the top of each. (Bring a light. It's impossible to see through the tunnels). If...
09-04-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's not an uncommon problem. My grandson...

That's not an uncommon problem. My grandson recently asked for permission to build a new storage building on the family farm. Some solutions for what to do with the stuff that we don't use and...
08-30-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 499
Posted By Retro Grouch

In the end, the only thing that a wheel trueing...

In the end, the only thing that a wheel trueing stand does is to provide a stable place to measure from.

I own an old Minoura trueing stand. It's fine for trueing wheels provided your front hub...
08-30-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By Retro Grouch

Whenever I have a rear shifting problem that...

Whenever I have a rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to shift cable tension adjustment, the first thing I do is to check derailleur hanger alignment. Most of the time that turns out to be...
08-26-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 751
Posted By Retro Grouch

Actually, after thinking about it, I think that...

Actually, after thinking about it, I think that you're right. The energy that's required may equal out but, at some point, a hill simply becomes too steep for me to climb.
08-26-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 751
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe it matters if you think about your water...

Maybe it matters if you think about your water bottle as being half full or half empty.
08-26-21, 02:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 751
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you start and finish in the same place for...

If you start and finish in the same place for every hill that you struggled up there was a slope for you to coast down.
08-21-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 529
Posted By Retro Grouch

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years...

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years ago. I cut the Schrader inflator off at the hose and clamped a Silca Presta chuck in it's place. I don't remember what it cost me, but it was way less...
08-21-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 501
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's the deal: There are roughly 7.7 billion...

Here's the deal: There are roughly 7.7 billion people on earth. That bike has only one purpose - to make just one of them, it's owner, happy. You have a sticker on it that says "My Bike Makes Me...
08-21-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 643
Posted By Retro Grouch

So it sounds to me like you want to set up a...

So it sounds to me like you want to set up a single chainring rig.

If that's the case, a 34/11 will give you an 80 gear inche fastest flat road gear. If it was my bike, I definitely woulden't...
08-20-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By Retro Grouch

Those look good to me. Worn out chainrings look...

Those look good to me. Worn out chainrings look pointy at the tops of the cog teeth.
08-08-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By Retro Grouch

P-clamps?

P-clamps?
08-08-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 736
Posted By Retro Grouch

That looks like a bike that might have fender...

That looks like a bike that might have fender eyelets in the fork dropouts. If that's the case, get a pair of skinny bungy cords and stretch them from the bottom of the bag to the dropouts on both...
08-08-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think too but don't underestimate...

That's what I think too but don't underestimate the value of the better seat. Actually, for me the decision isn't even close.
08-06-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,763
Posted By Retro Grouch

Actually, I've heard that "ssssss" sound while...

Actually, I've heard that "ssssss" sound while rolling my bike into the garage. It was a bitter/ sweet feeling.
08-02-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,079
Posted By Retro Grouch

Try not to let your shoelace get caught between...

Try not to let your shoelace get caught between the chain and chainring.
08-01-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thinly can you slice the baloney. Shimano,...

How thinly can you slice the baloney. Shimano, for example, makes so many grades of road bike components that I can't keep track of them all.

As you move up the cost food chain, the components...
08-01-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 364
Posted By Retro Grouch

Any rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to...

Any rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to cable tension adjustments, the first thing I check is derailleur hanger alignment. Most times, that's the problem.
08-01-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By Retro Grouch

In my experience the cause of a sidewall bulge...

In my experience the cause of a sidewall bulge has always been cut tire cords. I used to use Gatorskin tires all the time because I valued their puncture resistance. I rarely wore one out, however,...
07-24-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 294
Posted By Retro Grouch

I assume you are aware of the trick of crossing...

I assume you are aware of the trick of crossing the two chain whips so that you can squeeze them together like a scissors?
07-24-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,109
Posted By Retro Grouch

The break even point is around 15 MPH. That's...

The break even point is around 15 MPH. That's the speed at which aero drag passes all other factors combined that are typically holding you back. As you accelerate beyond 15 MPH, aero drag becomes...
07-20-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,042
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to take two sweat bands with me. One to...

I used to take two sweat bands with me. One to wear and one to hang out to dry on my handlebar.

I have found the ultimate solution but you might not want to hear it. Since I started riding...
07-19-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By Retro Grouch

What kind of hair spray did you use? I've always...

What kind of hair spray did you use? I've always used AquaNet and never had a problem. I've been told that cheaper hair sprays were more effective and AquaNet was the cheapest I could find.

That...
07-19-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 558
Posted By Retro Grouch

To answer your question reasonably, we need more...

To answer your question reasonably, we need more accurate input data.

1. Steel or aluminum frame? It might make a difference.
2. What is the distance between the rear dropouts in millimeters?...
07-17-21, 07:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,545
Posted By Retro Grouch

Have you determined which part of your rim and...

Have you determined which part of your rim and tire assembly is heaviest?

I worked as. shop mechanic during the age when everybody wanted a wheel magnet bike computer so I installed a lot of...
07-16-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,028
Posted By Retro Grouch

A first world problem. Back in the olden days...

A first world problem. Back in the olden days there were 700c / 27" tubes and 26" tubes. Life was simpler back then and most people were easily pleased with either one or the other.

Today there...
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