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11-26-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,126
Posted By Gresp15C

I should keep several valve caps in my seat bag,...

I should keep several valve caps in my seat bag, so I can throw one away whenever someone is looking. Maybe a few kickstands too. ;)

Granted, I've gotten pretty quick at dealing with all kinds of...
11-25-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,126
Posted By Gresp15C

One of my bikes has those, a Schwinn frame from...

One of my bikes has those, a Schwinn frame from the 80s. They actually work great.

Since I'm a curious character, when I got that frame, I had to research the clips. Here's what I learned. For a...
10-06-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 299
Posted By Gresp15C

I've installed SA systems on frames that had no...

I've installed SA systems on frames that had no cable stop. What I did was attach the cable housing to a chainstay or seatstay (have done it both ways) by wrapping some innertube rubber around the...
Forum: Commuting
10-04-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 929
Posted By Gresp15C

For me, "winter" begins when the salt trucks come...

For me, "winter" begins when the salt trucks come out. Because salt is so nasty on bikes, I have a dedicated winter bike and I leave the studded tires on it. Keeps things simple. When the first big...
08-22-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 178
Posted By Gresp15C

Next thing you'll be telling us about some...

Next thing you'll be telling us about some newfangled motorless bike, that runs on the lipids stored in your body. ;)
06-21-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 529
Posted By Gresp15C

This. In addition, consider a swept bar. All of...

This. In addition, consider a swept bar. All of my bikes now have them. Drop bars are useless for me because "my neck don't bend that way no more," and flat bars pound the hell out of my wrists. You...
06-08-22, 10:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 636
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't sign in very often any more, but... heat...

I don't sign in very often any more, but... heat gun is how I break epoxy glue joints, by heating the glue to a temperature where it softens. If a carbon frame is carbon fiber in an epoxy binder,...
Forum: Commuting
02-12-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,415
Posted By Gresp15C

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4...

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4 miles, half on sleepy neighborhood streets, the other half on paved bike paths. I encounter very few cars. Typical local commutes are like this. The city...
07-21-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,585
Posted By Gresp15C

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect...

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect knocking-about-town bike. Assuming you're taller than the previous owner.
07-16-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,211
Posted By Gresp15C

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's...

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's Ed, the picture of how to cross RR tracks on a motorcycle -- slow down and cross perpendicular. I still do that on my bike. There's one tracks in my...
07-07-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 600
Posted By Gresp15C

It might be worth researching the total cost...

It might be worth researching the total cost difference between heavy bikes plus a heavy duty rack, versus a light duty rack and getting a newer, lighter bike. Plus, an excuse for getting a new bike....
07-06-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 585
Posted By Gresp15C

Detaching a quill stem: ...

Detaching a quill stem:

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/stem-removal-installation-quill-stems

Servicing headsets, noting that you don't have to completely remove a headset to...
07-04-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,837
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't really like fast descents either. It may...

I don't really like fast descents either. It may be that I have a mild fear of heights. It affects me when I'm skiing too. I figure that there's nothing special about going fast downhill except for...
07-04-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,777
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula,...

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula, Ohio. ;)
07-03-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By Gresp15C

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly...

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly with 650b "tubeless ready" wheels and tubed tires. We have concluded that these tires are not serviceable while on the road, since my spouse's hands...
07-01-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,059
Posted By Gresp15C

Strip it down, remove The unnecessary parts ...

Strip it down, remove
The unnecessary parts
Just hop on and ride
06-30-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,095
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of...

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of poor, and homeless, who depend on a bike also can't drop it off and wait for a repair. A relatively un-busy co-op with available tools and parts can...
06-30-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,095
Posted By Gresp15C

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide...

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide repairs, free parts, but perhaps more importantly, training on basic bike maintenance and space for people to do their own maintenance with varying...
06-29-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1,390
Views: 46,519
Posted By Gresp15C

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer...

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer components and materials. I'm not a strong or competitive cyclist, so some improvements are lost on me, but others seem beneficial.

Each rider has their...
06-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,570
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view everything would depend on the...

In my view everything would depend on the original finish of the materials, and the quality of the seals. Polymer sleeve bearings are in industrial use, and can last a long time when used as...
06-23-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,631
Posted By Gresp15C

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no...

I carry a patch kit (Rema Tip Top, accept no substitute) and a spare tube plus the other stuff needed to fix a flat:

15mm wrench (on bikes with nutted axles)
Tire levers
Small pump

I've never...
06-21-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,190
Posted By Gresp15C

My thought about "steering input" is that any...

My thought about "steering input" is that any cyclist is strong enough to produce vastly more steering input than can be used without crashing, when riding under normal pavement conditions. We can,...
06-21-21, 02:55 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,190
Posted By Gresp15C

My bikes with swept bars have hand positions...

My bikes with swept bars have hand positions ranging from in-line with the steering axis, to about 2 inches behind the steering axis. It doesn't seem to affect handling at all.

But it can...
06-20-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,167
Posted By Gresp15C

Very broadly speaking, I would apply the...

Very broadly speaking, I would apply the following rating scale:

1. Box store, Amazon bargains, etc. Everything low quality, and the final build, lubrication, and adjustment will vary from...
06-18-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,836
Posted By Gresp15C

My advice would be just to try the ones in the...

My advice would be just to try the ones in the store and pick the loudest one. Any of the cheap stuff is likely to be rebranded anyway, and whatever is recommended here might not be the same bell...
06-13-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,992
Posted By Gresp15C

The tradition of BF is for the first response to...

The tradition of BF is for the first response to completely not answer the question at all, but go off on a different tangent. ;)

With that said, when I was a kid and my family went on long hikes,...
06-12-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,960
Posted By Gresp15C

This is true, however, at least in my case I've...

This is true, however, at least in my case I've never had to wait more than a day for regular repairs. There are a couple of services in town that maintain stockpiles of parts, and provide same-day...
06-12-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,960
Posted By Gresp15C

I read an article by an economist, can't remember...

I read an article by an economist, can't remember who. He said that the simplest explanation right now is just that it takes longer to re-start an economy than anybody imagined.
06-11-21, 05:39 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 14,540
Posted By Gresp15C

For the wrench, it's a tradeoff between that...

For the wrench, it's a tradeoff between that cost, and paying the rent. If they already own most of the commonplace tools, and a functioning vehicle, then at the very least their up front investment...
06-09-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,054
Posted By Gresp15C

This brings up an interesting point. It makes a...

This brings up an interesting point. It makes a difference whether you're working on your own bikes, or regularly working on bikes for others. When it's my own bikes, or ones in the family fleet,...
06-08-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,551
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough I'm surprised that a painted stem...

Oddly enough I'm surprised that a painted stem would corrode to the point of seizing. I'd almost place my bets on the stem being slightly oversized, and "persuaded" into the steering tube.

I'm...
06-07-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,361
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, the only reason to choose a drop bar...

In my view, the only reason to choose a drop bar bike is if you really expect that it will more comfortable and pleasurable to ride. This is certainly true for the many riders who love drop bars, but...
06-05-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,845
Posted By Gresp15C

My spouse got a new name-brand bike with tubeless...

My spouse got a new name-brand bike with tubeless ready rims and regular tires with tubes. She didn't research the specs down to the last detail, and the shop happily ordered the bike without...
06-04-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,826
Posted By Gresp15C

Report: Success! It was easier than expected. I...

Report: Success! It was easier than expected. I un-dished the wheel by loosening all of the spokes and starting from scratch with tensioning and truing. The wheel is pretty beaten up, so perfect...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,585
Posted By Gresp15C

An old road bike can be a fine commuter. For me,...

An old road bike can be a fine commuter. For me, fenders and a side basket are desirable. Not everybody commutes in the rain, especially when just starting out, but at least knowing that you can...
05-31-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,937
Posted By Gresp15C

Another conspiracy theory is that the ten speed...

Another conspiracy theory is that the ten speed kept a generation of American cyclists from becoming cyclists.
05-29-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 19,000
Posted By Gresp15C

Trek is popular in Wisconsin. ;) I've met...

Trek is popular in Wisconsin. ;)

I've met people who work at Trek, Pacific (Schwinn, GT, Mongoose), and Saris. All corporate behaviors aside, the actual people who work at those places tend to be...
05-28-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,410
Posted By Gresp15C

Calling them "lawyer lips" obscures their...

Calling them "lawyer lips" obscures their origins. The major bike makers were studying different methods of secondary retention in order to eliminate front wheel detachment failures. Those failures...
05-27-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,171
Posted By Gresp15C

The question would be whether titanium is...

The question would be whether titanium is actually a good material for the use.

The sintered and turned parts in Sturmey Archer hubs have worked for more than a century.
05-25-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,721
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, when I moved to Madison, I lived on top...

Indeed, when I moved to Madison, I lived on top of a steep hill with a tight turn and busy intersection at the bottom, and my coaster brake faded on that descent. First I thought the hub just needed...
05-23-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By Gresp15C

My spouse has Knards, and they are nice tires.

My spouse has Knards, and they are nice tires.
05-23-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,171
Posted By Gresp15C

An additional note, one of my 3-speed hubs is a...

An additional note, one of my 3-speed hubs is a Sturmey AW that was formerly on my mom's bike. Its oil cap had fallen off, and the hub had been ridden dry for some unknown time period, probably...
05-22-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,787
Posted By Gresp15C

It's a Surly. Smear some mud on the branding....

It's a Surly. Smear some mud on the branding. Problem solved. ;)
05-22-21, 04:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,787
Posted By Gresp15C

I have the silver one, and from a few feet away,...

I have the silver one, and from a few feet away, the branding is barely visible.
05-22-21, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,787
Posted By Gresp15C

The most recent pump I've purchased is a Lezyne...

The most recent pump I've purchased is a Lezyne HP Drive, and I'm quite happy with it. Whatever you get, I strongly recommend the kind of pump that comes with the little hose, rather than the...
05-22-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,372
Posted By Gresp15C

When I was a kid, the way we learned was by being...

When I was a kid, the way we learned was by being laughed at by the other kids on the block until we learned. The kids who didn't have a bike yet, learned on someone else's bike. Now we don't have...
05-21-21, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
Posted By Gresp15C

Why a brake is a nice idea

Taking a little detour along an unofficial off-road trail, a stick few up and knocked the chain off while I was pedaling pretty hard. It's an old Bendix coaster hub, not the greatest, but gets the...
05-20-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,003
Posted By Gresp15C

Not necessarily better or worse cores, but tubes...

Not necessarily better or worse cores, but tubes with removable cores can at least be repaired.
05-18-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,486
Posted By Gresp15C

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling...

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling is an obsession, is that something else is an obsession: Playing music.
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