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11-28-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 786
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...
11-26-22, 04:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
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: 1,548
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: 62
Views: 1,126
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...
11-23-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 7,735
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...
11-22-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 351
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: 46
Views: 1,261
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.
...
11-19-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 414
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: 348
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...
11-15-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,107
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...
11-13-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 482
Posted By Trakhak

Won't work. The first time you applied...

Won't work. The first time you applied backpedaling force, the lower run of the chain would assume a straight line, stretching both the rear derailleur body and its cage fully forward (and very...
11-12-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,154
Posted By Trakhak

The first time I heard the "you can feel the top...

The first time I heard the "you can feel the top tube bending inward when you pinch it between your fingers" meme was back in the '80s, and they were talking about Reynolds 753 steel tubing.
11-12-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,154
Posted By Trakhak

Whenever I see someone use the word "sheeple"...

Whenever I see someone use the word "sheeple" non-ironically, it drives home how good a job advertising agencies have done at convincing every American male that he's an individualistic freethinker...
11-10-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,915
Posted By Trakhak

Good recommendation. Looks like a great bike for...

Good recommendation. Looks like a great bike for $500 with free shipping.

On the topic of Bikes Direct: I worked in bike stores on and off over the course of about 20 years and got used to buying...
11-07-22, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 737
Posted By Trakhak

Japanese city bikes could get pretty elaborate. ...

Japanese city bikes could get pretty elaborate.

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/965x683/7980900_orig_4c67f672df7ccc867ba05389a721d18cc8c0e359.jpg
From this page:...
11-04-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 5,798
Posted By Trakhak

SurferRosa didn't say anything about not knowing...

SurferRosa didn't say anything about not knowing that technique---the point of the post was that it's unusual to see it used in a bike catalog photo shoot. Seriously.
11-03-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,121
Posted By Trakhak

Lightweight nylon or poly running pants are very...

Lightweight nylon or poly running pants are very long wearing; most are breathable as well. I spent only the first few months of bike commuting using cotton or cotton blend dress or casual pants;...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-22, 05:00 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,656
Posted By Trakhak

About 5 years ago, someone posted in the...

About 5 years ago, someone posted in the Framebuilders subforum about a conversation he'd had with a well-respected framebuilder. He'd asked him to confirm that all hand-built frames, even if not of...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,656
Posted By Trakhak

Stunning, but definitely an outlier among...

Stunning, but definitely an outlier among titanium bikes. The majority of them are at least as identical-looking as modern carbon bikes.
11-01-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,222
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. And some track riders have lately been using...

Yes. And some track riders have lately been using bars even narrower than 38 cm. If track sprinters find such bars adequate, I doubt that any of us need more leverage at the bar than they do.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-31-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,656
Posted By Trakhak

Proportions of bike sales (categorized by frame...

Proportions of bike sales (categorized by frame material) for a prominent British bike company, i.e., Wiggle, according to a senior manager:

1. Aluminum
2. Aluminum, cont.
3. Carbon
4. Steel...
Forum: Touring
10-31-22, 10:23 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,390
Posted By Trakhak

Short answer: Or at least it's not regarded as an...

Short answer: Or at least it's not regarded as an automatic fail.

Europe has a much longer tradition than the U.S. of adults riding bikes for transportation, racing, touring, etc. It's likely that...
10-29-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,786
Posted By Trakhak

Credit where credit is due: Firesign Theater,...

Credit where credit is due: Firesign Theater, actually. ("The Department of Redundancy Department and the Natural Guard.")

Another favorite from the same skit, I think: "The Tomb of the...
10-28-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By Trakhak

As I understand it (from reading bike magazines...

As I understand it (from reading bike magazines in the US when I started racing, in the mid-1960s), time trialing was the major focus of bike racing in the UK in the 1950s and into the 1960s. That...
10-26-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 4,955
Posted By Trakhak

I wear long shorts and loose tights exclusively.

I wear long shorts and loose tights exclusively.
10-26-22, 04:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,937
Posted By Trakhak

Why didn't you say so before?? (Instead of...

Why didn't you say so before?? (Instead of claiming the reason is "weight, actually.")

Search "p clamps for bike rack" (aka cable clamps, i.e., rubber-coated stainless steel p-shaped loops) and...
10-24-22, 07:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By Trakhak

For a given wheelbase, all bikes of a given type...

For a given wheelbase, all bikes of a given type (track, road, touring, etc.) ride with the same level of perceived comfort, unless the rider is prone to confirmation bias.

For a guy your size and...
10-22-22, 12:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,010
Posted By Trakhak

Someone posted a photo of a saggy bar here about...

Someone posted a photo of a saggy bar here about 5 years ago and asked if the bar had come stock that way. A couple of people gave the (correct) explanation you just gave, but they were shouted down...
10-21-22, 12:40 PM
Replies: 744
Views: 19,228
Posted By Trakhak

Never swat a fly. ...

Never swat a fly.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRuWwK51CgI
10-19-22, 04:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 708
Posted By Trakhak

Is this another unasked-for "We have a present...

Is this another unasked-for "We have a present for you . . . "?
10-19-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 610
Posted By Trakhak

The photo of your bike next to the rack reminded...

The photo of your bike next to the rack reminded me: Simon Richardson, one of the long-time presenters on the GCN channel on YouTube, commented in passing in a recent episode of the GCN Show that he...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,471
Posted By Trakhak

Gorgeous bike, in what looks like nearly pristine...

Gorgeous bike, in what looks like nearly pristine condition, at a great price. Envious.

The fitter will probably have no trouble setting it up to fit you right. Size looks fine. At most, it's...
Forum: Touring
10-15-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,390
Posted By Trakhak

Don't know how large a presence Trek has in...

Don't know how large a presence Trek has in Europe, but many of their competitors there use aluminum forks for their touring bikes and have done so for many years.

Edit: just looked up...
10-11-22, 04:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 826
Posted By Trakhak

I cycled in hiker's gaiters for years when I...

I cycled in hiker's gaiters for years when I commuted by bike, starting in the late 1990s. Amazon has quite a number of gaiters listed.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 6,896
Posted By Trakhak

To VegasJen, should she ever bother revisiting...

To VegasJen, should she ever bother revisiting this thread (or BikeForums as a whole):

There's a hidden women-only subforum in BikeForums to which you can gain access by moderator approval. Some...
10-10-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,176
Posted By Trakhak

The OP's contributions and those of all who have...

The OP's contributions and those of all who have posted here have made this thread a pure pleasure to read.
10-05-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,334
Posted By Trakhak

The OP is probably surprised at the way this...

The OP is probably surprised at the way this thread has gone. Most have reported using the big ring most of the time.
10-05-22, 02:05 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,537
Posted By Trakhak

Hite-Rite dropper from 1984: ...

Hite-Rite dropper from 1984:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnEVVgUTN9U
10-04-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 445
Views: 12,639
Posted By Trakhak

If you correctly start ringing the bell from far...

If you correctly start ringing the bell from far enough behind, the person in front eventually looks around and (usually) moves out of the way. People usually do the preemptory "On Your Left!" yell...
09-24-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 477
Posted By Trakhak

I remember reading an article in Bicycling!...

I remember reading an article in Bicycling! magazine sometime in the late '70s or early '80s where Wayne Stetina, highly successful U.S. bike racer and, later, head of marketing for Shimano USA, said...
09-24-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 711
Posted By Trakhak

Very nice. The half-step chainring combination...

Very nice. The half-step chainring combination might take a little getting used to, but many of us prefer that configuration to conventional Alpine or other gear setups. I love being able to maintain...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,832
Posted By Trakhak

One of the best pieces of advice I've come across...

One of the best pieces of advice I've come across on Bikeforums is (if there's enough time to do so) to aim at the squirrel. That's what they expect predators to do. They'll stop darting back and...
09-21-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,285
Posted By Trakhak

I dimly remember from my bike shop mechanic days...

I dimly remember from my bike shop mechanic days wedging the wide blade of a big flat-blade screwdriver against one face of a pedal's adjustable cone to keep it from turning while I was tightening...
09-21-22, 12:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,050
Posted By Trakhak

It's a shame that the quasi-AV enthusiasts buying...

It's a shame that the quasi-AV enthusiasts buying Teslas and the like are part of the population of drivers who have been causing 40,000 road deaths a year. And if they're spending all that money to...
09-16-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 816
Posted By Trakhak

Then there's the new spelling in your thread...

Then there's the new spelling in your thread title!

The large-font version of the name is goofy but not the spelling in the text of the ad. As my sister the graphic designer told me decades ago,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 6,896
Posted By Trakhak

Look pedals, like SPD pedals, have adjustable...

Look pedals, like SPD pedals, have adjustable release tension.

I used Look pedals in the '80s and switched to SPD in the '90s, mostly because I preferred using the easily walkable Shimano...
09-09-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 430
Posted By Trakhak

Orange UO-8 bikes aren't commonly seen, so it was...

Orange UO-8 bikes aren't commonly seen, so it was disappointing to then read "...gave it a coat of paint... ."
09-08-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 744
Views: 19,228
Posted By Trakhak

I was thrilled when Chinese cycling jerseys...

I was thrilled when Chinese cycling jerseys started showing up on Amazon under all those different alphabet-soup brand names. Nice jerseys with pockets for cheap!

Do I bought one in what should...
09-06-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,788
Posted By Trakhak

Here's a guy who used the drill-and-clamp method....

Here's a guy who used the drill-and-clamp method. Maybe you can find a similar clamp of appropriate inner and outer diameters.

Note that titanium is difficult to drill. Look up advice on drilling...
09-03-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,788
Posted By Trakhak

Setting aside the improbable claim that a...

Setting aside the improbable claim that a representative of the manufacturer would say that that crack does not compromise the reliability of the frame, someone who concealed the existence of that...
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