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06-25-22, 02:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 347
Posted By Trakhak

The trick with the Rema glue tube is to squeeze...

The trick with the Rema glue tube is to squeeze the tube gently until the glue reaches the top of the nozzle and then thead the top back on. With no air in the tube or nozzle, the glue will stay...
06-24-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,025
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. Further, it's always struck me as odd that...

Yes. Further, it's always struck me as odd that people who object to the use of bike helmets (usually on the basis of reasoning that they would be of little use to a rider who has been hit by a car...
06-23-22, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 474
Posted By Trakhak

Just to clarify for the OP: Zumkopf is, I...

Just to clarify for the OP:

Zumkopf is, I think, under the impression that you're talking about a Raleigh Record, which was usually Raleigh's lowest-level 10-speed. Occasionally it was the...
06-23-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 959
Posted By Trakhak

Shame on you - posting an utterly irrelevant song...

Shame on you - posting an utterly irrelevant song video. :)

On the other hand, I got your numbers and cycling content right here.

[Edited to add, since I shouldn't have assumed that everyone...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 02:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,087
Posted By Trakhak

Massachusetts may not have Alps or Pyrenees, but,...

Massachusetts may not have Alps or Pyrenees, but, like southern Connecticut, I imagine that it has plenty of rolling hills. And some East Coast roads are old enough to be based on deer trails and old...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,136
Posted By Trakhak

Like the misuse of "jive" where "jibe" is clearly...

Like the misuse of "jive" where "jibe" is clearly meant, such decisions are always contextual. The issue is whether some readers will be distracted by a particular choice of a word or phrase.
...
06-23-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 394
Posted By Trakhak

I was puzzled by 1962 date on that certificate,...

I was puzzled by 1962 date on that certificate, since the ABLA was the nationwide organization governing bike racing when I started competing in 1963. I guess it was issued long after the date on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,136
Posted By Trakhak

Tried and failed to resist posting the following...

Tried and failed to resist posting the following joke-destroying pedantic correction (too many years as an editor correcting common misuses will do that):

"founder," not "flounder."
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 05:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,087
Posted By Trakhak

Giovanni Battaglin said in an interview in the...

Giovanni Battaglin said in an interview in the 1980s that to preserve his legs on long climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees, he would look at the sprocket size his competitors were using on the climb and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 05:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,136
Posted By Trakhak

http://parterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/lor...

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,136
Posted By Trakhak

I'll remember this thread the next time I see one...

I'll remember this thread the next time I see one with posts from regulars congratulating each other on how endlessly warm, welcoming, and helpful they are to newcomers. I've been on this forum for...
06-22-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 959
Posted By Trakhak

Just noticed that the OP joined Bikeforums in...

Just noticed that the OP joined Bikeforums in 2003. Respect.
06-22-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 959
Posted By Trakhak

If the OP is still following this thread: ...

If the OP is still following this thread:

The simplest fix would be to buy a compatible Grip Shift setup (i.e., one with the same cable pull ratio) from a lower model tier, one that shows the gear...
06-21-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,025
Posted By Trakhak

A friend of mine was waiting for his cat 3 bike...

A friend of mine was waiting for his cat 3 bike race to start when a cat 1 friend of his rolled up and asked if he could borrow his helmet.

My friend said, "Where's yours?"

The reply: "I rode...
06-21-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,025
Posted By Trakhak

All bike helmet models from reputable...

All bike helmet models from reputable manufacturers are subjected to extensive testing by independent agencies. The agencies bestow certification on the helmet models that meet their standards. Look...
06-20-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,405
Posted By Trakhak

Biopace rings were designed for novice sport...

Biopace rings were designed for novice sport riders - those who tend to maintain a cadence in the range of approximately 65 to 80 rpm. Oversimplifying a bit (mostly because I have no idea what was...
06-20-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,725
Posted By Trakhak

A Wiggle manager mentioned in a recent GCN video...

A Wiggle manager mentioned in a recent GCN video that their bike sales currently comprise roughly 60% aluminum, 18% each carbon and steel, and the rest titanium.
06-20-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 556
Posted By Trakhak

I taped the rims together for my first swap back...

I taped the rims together for my first swap back in the 1960s. Then I realized that rim swaps are just as easy to perform without using tape.
06-20-22, 03:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 989
Posted By Trakhak

I once posted the following in a thread on a...

I once posted the following in a thread on a musician's forum that discussed what cover songs people were and were not willing to play in bands (e.g., Mustang Sally):

"All the professional...
06-19-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By Trakhak

Terrific find from the era when solid axles were...

Terrific find from the era when solid axles were used even for the high-end mountain bikes, since it was assumed that QR axles wouldn't hold up to the rigors of hard off-road riding.
06-19-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 989
Posted By Trakhak

If people aren't literally participating in...

If people aren't literally participating in races, it obviously doesn't matter if they're losing a bit of speed by using inordinately high pressure for the conditions they encounter. Rock-hard tires...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-22, 11:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 609
Posted By Trakhak

Take a broadside photo or two, preferably of the...

Take a broadside photo or two, preferably of the drivetrain side of the bike, from several feet away so that the whole bike can be seen with as little photo distortion as possible. Leaning the bike...
06-19-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Posted By Trakhak

On behalf of those of us who would like to read...

On behalf of those of us who would like to read about your progress here in the Blogger's Forum but who refuse to use Facebook, I challenge you to post at least a short report here daily.
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By Trakhak

No manufacturers made swoopy aero-style shift...

No manufacturers made swoopy aero-style shift levers like those until the latter years of the 1980s. The barrel of the right shift lever is larger in diameter than that of the left shifter, which...
06-19-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,324
Posted By Trakhak

Usually seen as a consequence of a front-end...

Usually seen as a consequence of a front-end impact thanks to the unfortunate combination of safety levers, slick steel rims, and (easily bent) steel frame in a high-speed panic stop with a novice...
06-17-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 614
Posted By Trakhak

Because wheels work best when the tension...

Because wheels work best when the tension required for a spoke in a given wheel build matches the spoke manufacturer's recommended tension for that spoke as closely as possible. The manufacturer's...
06-17-22, 04:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 614
Posted By Trakhak

And as suggested by 79pmooney above, consider...

And as suggested by 79pmooney above, consider using lighter-gauge spokes on the NDS.
06-17-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By Trakhak

Briefly!

Briefly!
06-16-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,399
Posted By Trakhak

The annoyance of trying to keep riding at some...

The annoyance of trying to keep riding at some arbitrarily chosen speed up hills and into the wind: that's why I stopped using a bike computer with a speed readout and started using only a...
06-16-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,136
Posted By Trakhak

Neither is "decalcomania," though I wish it...

Neither is "decalcomania," though I wish it were.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

I just hope hookless rims don't turn into a...

I just hope hookless rims don't turn into a repeat of the Mavic R-Sys debacle. Mavic and their loyal customers insisted that there was no problem with those carbon-spoke wheels up until (and even...
06-14-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,405
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, as pmooney notes, the range of sprockets on...

Yes, as pmooney notes, the range of sprockets on your rear hub is a crucial factor in your quest to become a more efficient road rider. With a 52/42 combination up front, you should strongly consider...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

"Lower manufacturing costs can be passed on to...

"Lower manufacturing costs can be passed on to the consumer."

Interesting choice of verb phrase. "Can be" is not the same as "will be" or "are being." I haven't come across any specific examples...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

One of the delights of reading the Talkbass forum...

One of the delights of reading the Talkbass forum is seeing guys who have picked up odds and ends of electronics knowledge picking fights with people with vastly greater experience. It's amazing how...
06-14-22, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 234
Posted By Trakhak

I ran bike store service departments for almost...

I ran bike store service departments for almost two decades and always used Park repair stands, and yet I'm perfectly happy with my cheap Aldi repair stand. Good for anything except high-torque...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,118
Posted By Trakhak

GCN did a series of TT bike versus road bike pack...

GCN did a series of TT bike versus road bike pack comparisons. This was the last showdown: four on road bikes (plus coach!) versus one TT bike rider.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mat7_VJuVnw
06-11-22, 10:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,469
Posted By Trakhak

Same here. I've done fixed gear road riding,...

Same here. I've done fixed gear road riding, including steep hills, for 58 years. Slippery toe straps were always a pain. And I once broke a toe strap on the first climb of a hilly 50-mile ride....
06-11-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,357
Posted By Trakhak

Larry, I bought a Felt TK2 about 10 years ago...

Larry, I bought a Felt TK2 about 10 years ago because I thought I missed the ultra-short wheelbase geometry of one of my earlier track bikes I used in the early '80s. I rode the TK2 maybe 4 or 5...
06-10-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 461
Posted By Trakhak

Most, if not all, of my bikes have had toe...

Most, if not all, of my bikes have had toe overlap since my early racing days in the 1960s. I've never worried about it.

I can see why you came up with your guess that the early designers were...
06-10-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By Trakhak

You can upload pictures to your "gallery" here,...

You can upload pictures to your "gallery" here, as I understand it.

Most solid axles for rear hubs of bikes sold in the U.S. have traditionally been 3/8 in 26 tpi. But since you tried that and it...
06-10-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 461
Posted By Trakhak

The earliest MTB's were long-wheelbase Schwinn...

The earliest MTB's were long-wheelbase Schwinn Excelsior single-speed cruisers with 26" wheels. All the subsequent moutain bike designs were developed based on those original bikes. As someone who...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Trakhak

Waterproof bike covers promote condensation,...

Waterproof bike covers promote condensation, which increases the rate of rust formation. Best to use such a cover only to protect the bike from rain and then remove the cover when the rain stops.
06-09-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 521
Views: 18,045
Posted By Trakhak

Have to admit that CheGuevaraForLife is a skilled...

Have to admit that CheGuevaraForLife is a skilled troll. With almost every thread he starts, he does the opening post and maybe one or two more, and the rest of us are good for at least 5 or 6 pages...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 01:01 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

The larger issue is that the hard anodizing all...

The larger issue is that the hard anodizing all but guaranteed that the rims would eventually begin cracking at the spoke holes. I went through quite a few MP4 Mavic rims with that problem back in...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 11:51 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

See also Mavic's wheels with carbon fiber spokes...

See also Mavic's wheels with carbon fiber spokes that they refused to admit were poorly engineered, even after several spectacular and highly visible failures, but that they eventually withdrew from...
Forum: Want To Buy
06-09-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By Trakhak

Found these tires...

Found these tires (https://carsoncitybikeshop.com/tires-whl-chair-26x1-3-8-gy-wire/?gclid=CjwKCAjwtIaVBhBkEiwAsr7-cweoNSdkguOrT5S4RCJIYE4phBa8wwxALe-iHa7EeSuTZIVVFlb0SxoCR-cQAvD_BwE): says they're...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 2,801
Posted By Trakhak

They would be very slightly lighter than a hook...

They would be very slightly lighter than a hook bead rim that is otherwise exactly the same. But, again comparing like for like, I would think that the hook bead would add at least some small but...
Forum: Want To Buy
06-08-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 177
Posted By Trakhak

Look again to confirm. The overwhelming majority...

Look again to confirm. The overwhelming majority of department store road bikes of that era used 26" x 1 3/8" tires (ISO size, 590 mm).
Forum: Framebuilders
06-05-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 487
Posted By Trakhak

From what I just read in this review of Giant's...

From what I just read in this review of Giant's aluminum grades (https://roadcyclinguk.com/gear/giant-defy-aluminium-range-overview.html), it seems more likely that Giant uses single-butted tubing in...
06-05-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,725
Posted By Trakhak

I experienced a big increase in enthusiasm for...

I experienced a big increase in enthusiasm for riding after changing from one frame material to another, although in my case it was from steel to aluminum. Steel bikes for 40 years, then aluminum all...
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