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09-24-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 105
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: 13
Views: 243
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...
09-24-22, 06:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 171
Posted By Trakhak

Bad idea, if the flat Presta nut prevents the...

Bad idea, if the flat Presta nut prevents the rubber at the bottom of the valve stem from sitting flush on the rim's inner surface. The inflated tube will try to fill that gap, possibly stretching...
09-24-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,927
Posted By Trakhak

You just reminded me of the time in my teenage...

You just reminded me of the time in my teenage days when a joke I was telling fell flat because the guy I was telling it to came up with a better punch line before I could deliver mine.

Mine: "Two...
09-24-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 543
Posted By Trakhak

Fixed to include a proviso that has been lost in...

Fixed to include a proviso that has been lost in the mists of time. That sizing method was current in the days when bike racers wore shoes with thin leather soles that lacked heels. Thus, many people...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 385
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...
09-23-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 94
Posted By Trakhak

That's a relief. No ebikes or escooters there,...

That's a relief. No ebikes or escooters there, then. Or if there are, they're all piloted responsibly.
09-23-22, 03:17 PM
09-23-22, 03:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,325
Posted By Trakhak

Never heard that one. For most of the time that...

Never heard that one. For most of the time that they've existed, almost all tandems (other than a small proportion of custom tandems) have been designed with the expectation that the larger (and...
09-22-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,420
Posted By Trakhak

One difference I seem to remember from my days...

One difference I seem to remember from my days working as a bike mechanic in the '70s was that all the Campy rear derailleurs used solid bushing pins for the four pivot points whereas Suntour used...
09-21-22, 12:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,965
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: 31
Views: 699
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...
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By Trakhak

Front brake is not centered. That is usually done...

Front brake is not centered. That is usually done to accommodate a bent rim or a bent fork. However, there's a chance that they're both fine; the front quick-release skewer looks as if it was...
09-19-22, 02:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 479
Posted By Trakhak

Don't know about Italy, but in the U.S., many...

Don't know about Italy, but in the U.S., many bike shops trying to stay in business in the face of increasingly razor-thin margins have trouble finding and holding onto young employees, many of whom...
09-17-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 595
Posted By Trakhak

I wish you Frejus owners would petition for a...

I wish you Frejus owners would petition for a "Show off your Frejus" sticky. I started racing on a Helyett in 1964, but I remember ogling the Frejus bikes I'd see at the local bike dealer and around...
09-17-22, 07:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 797
Posted By Trakhak

For those who don't know where Ian Dury got the...

For those who don't know where Ian Dury got the idea for that song title:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dVJs0sRXlc
09-16-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 689
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
09-11-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,241
Posted By Trakhak

The people who post regularly in the Classic and...

The people who post regularly in the Classic and Vintage subforum often congratulate each other on how friendly and welcoming they are to newcomers (explicitly in comparison to this subforum), but...
09-10-22, 01:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,123
Posted By Trakhak

Why did you measure your inseam while wearing...

Why did you measure your inseam while wearing shoes? That'll add about an inch or more right there.

To put it another way, inseam numbers presuppose that the measurement is done in bare feet or in...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 198
Views: 4,241
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: 362
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: 561
Views: 12,190
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...
09-07-22, 02:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By Trakhak

From the first post: "I'd buy this one but it's...

From the first post: "I'd buy this one but it's too small."

That style of bike came in only one size. There were some exceptions, such as Raleighs and other brands built in England, but you likely...
09-06-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,065
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...
09-06-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 687
Posted By Trakhak

Also, to avoid the possibility of "mushrooming"...

Also, to avoid the possibility of "mushrooming" the top of the threaded portion of the cotter pin, I used to back the cotter nut out until it reached the top of the threads.

I also used to place...
09-05-22, 04:27 AM
Replies: 561
Views: 12,190
Posted By Trakhak

A friend of mine did a quick sewing repair on an...

A friend of mine did a quick sewing repair on an older Italian cycling jersey of mine. She was highly impressed by the quality of the fabric and especially by the stitching of the seams. I told her...
09-04-22, 03:24 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,065
Posted By Trakhak

Please let us know what you decide to do. My...

Please let us know what you decide to do. My money is on your deciding to keep the frame and ride it while leaving the crack as is.
09-03-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 197
Views: 4,065
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...
09-03-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,407
Posted By Trakhak

I'm 71, ride both hard and easy; average 15 to 20...

I'm 71, ride both hard and easy; average 15 to 20 hours a week (other than winter). No cardiologist. I've been visiting my GP for a checkup about once every 5 years or so for a long time, though.
09-02-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 776
Posted By Trakhak

On another topic entirely, there have been a lot...

On another topic entirely, there have been a lot of sock puppets showing up lately, like recurring nightmares.
09-01-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 987
Posted By Trakhak

I've sometimes thought, based on absolutely no...

I've sometimes thought, based on absolutely no evidence, that the average European was familar with bikes of all kinds and learned their strengths and limitations early, whereas most U.S. riders...
09-01-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 592
Posted By Trakhak

A kid 5 feet tall is a long way away from...

A kid 5 feet tall is a long way away from outgrowing a BMX bike. In fact, there's really almost no such thing as outgrowing a BMX bike. Six-footers and taller just put on bigger handlebars and tilt...
Forum: Commuting
09-01-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By Trakhak

Malcolm Merriweather, played by Bernard Fox....

Malcolm Merriweather, played by Bernard Fox. Google images came up with a few photos of the bike, none clear enough to show the brand name. At a guess, it looks like one of the many brands that...
09-01-22, 10:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 987
Posted By Trakhak

Switching back and forth between different...

Switching back and forth between different freewheels for my Bianchi Specialissima in the '80s, I was always careful to size the chain such that it sagged significantly in the small/small combination...
08-31-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 592
Posted By Trakhak

Good way to put him off riding with his dad.

Good way to put him off riding with his dad.
08-31-22, 01:02 PM
Forum: Road Cycling
08-31-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,522
Posted By Trakhak

Of course, bike and component manufacturers are...

Of course, bike and component manufacturers are keenly aware of aluminum's characteristics and design their products accordingly. The importance of careful design, no matter what the material, was...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-22, 03:40 AM
Replies: 479
Views: 10,374
Posted By Trakhak

Same, except that instead of filling it with...

Same, except that instead of filling it with Simple Green, I drip a few drops of Triflow into the tiny holes provided at the top of the chain cleaning gizmo. The Triflow cleans the chain quite...
08-26-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 337
Posted By Trakhak

There might have been earlier examples, but the...

There might have been earlier examples, but the earliest I saw when I was working in bike stores in the '70s was the Altenburger Synchron...
08-26-22, 04:06 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,302
Posted By Trakhak

The illustration was from the earliest era of...

The illustration was from the earliest era of two-chainring derailleur-equipped bikes---probably the mid-'40s or thereabouts. The smallest sprocket available for derailleur-equipped bikes would have...
08-23-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 171
Posted By Trakhak

With a fixed-gear bike, tooth count determines...

With a fixed-gear bike, tooth count determines the skid patch pattern. For all other bikes, no.
08-23-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 549
Posted By Trakhak

Grant is looking for 30-mm tubulars; doesn't want...

Grant is looking for 30-mm tubulars; doesn't want anything larger.
08-23-22, 03:47 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 1,870
Posted By Trakhak

Tried coffee when I was a kid, didn't like it. So...

Tried coffee when I was a kid, didn't like it. So that was that. Same for tea. I eat a lot of coffee yogurt, though.
08-22-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 577
Posted By Trakhak

Simple test: take your feet off the pedals while...

Simple test: take your feet off the pedals while the stoker continues to push and see what happens. If the bike slows precipitously, you can say, "You're not pulling your own weight."

This...
08-21-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,302
Posted By Trakhak

Some Italian cycling manual (might be the...

Some Italian cycling manual (might be the CONI/Cinelli book, can't remember) had a diagram instructing the neophyte racer on the proper use of the modern (straight-block/corncob) 4-sprocket...
08-16-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 200
Posted By Trakhak

If you haven't lubed the chain lately, do so....

If you haven't lubed the chain lately, do so. That might be the source of the squeak.
08-14-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,766
Posted By Trakhak

Or the paint removal caused by the right-hand...

Or the paint removal caused by the right-hand thumbnail when slamming the lever fully forward. Also fairly common back then.
08-14-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 431
Posted By Trakhak

The blowout was almost certainly not caused by a...

The blowout was almost certainly not caused by a defective tube. Even a defective tube would have simply lost pressure, rapidly or otherwise, without dislodging the tire.

If your rims are...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-22, 12:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,537
Posted By Trakhak

For those who would like to relax with a YouTube...

For those who would like to relax with a YouTube version of reading tire pressure threads:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIxz6BDmTNU
Replies: 8
Views: 381
Posted By Trakhak

The Eco Pista was built with plain-gauge Columbus...

The Eco Pista was built with plain-gauge Columbus Aelle tubing, at least for the main tubes. Somewhat heavy, but I loved the ride of mine, bought new in 1983 or 1984, when I worked at a Bianchi...
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