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Posted By Trakhak

The move to wider and lower-pressure tires seems...

The move to wider and lower-pressure tires seems to have tracked with cyclists getting older and heavier, in the US, anyway. The narrower tires were in common use on more expensive road bikes from...
10-04-22, 06:05 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 9,275
Posted By Trakhak

The use of bells has been standard practice for...

The use of bells has been standard practice for many decades in countries where bike travel is more common than it is in the U.S.
10-04-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 382
Views: 9,275
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...
Forum: Commuting
10-01-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,214
Posted By Trakhak

I don't get this, unless you mean that you'd...

I don't get this, unless you mean that you'd rather not live in any neighborhood with a predominantly Black population. I've ridden through every part of Woodlawn frequently on my explore-the-city...
09-30-22, 11:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 544
Posted By Trakhak

Sorry! No offence meant. I've deleted all the...

Sorry! No offence meant. I've deleted all the parts of my post that you objected to.
09-30-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 544
Posted By Trakhak

I found FBinNY's post (see no. 16 above)...

I found FBinNY's post (see no. 16 above) potentially very useful but hard to follow, so here's a rewording that might be helpful to anyone else who is interested in what he had to say:
...
09-26-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 299
Posted By Trakhak

Here's a page featuring a Rigi bike built in...

Here's a page featuring a Rigi bike built in Italy in 1978 (https://www.speedbicycles.ch/velo/230/rigi_bici_corta_1978.html).

https://www.speedbicycles.ch/velo/230/speed_003.jpg
09-24-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 264
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: 583
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: 16
Views: 430
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: 126
Views: 3,366
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: 23
Views: 810
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: 52
Views: 1,211
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: 36
Views: 599
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: 46
Views: 1,602
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: 117
Views: 6,683
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: 1,987
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: 829
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: 441
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: 22
Views: 661
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: 607
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: 835
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: 735
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: 4,319
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: 50
Views: 2,242
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: 4,319
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: 380
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: 613
Views: 13,923
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: 14
Views: 885
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: 4,160
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: 720
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: 613
Views: 13,923
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: 4,160
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: 4,160
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: 1,526
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: 798
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: 1,011
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: 609
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: 362
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: 1,011
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: 609
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: 7,567
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: 484
Views: 11,078
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: 352
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: 2,319
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: 178
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: 581
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: 1,880
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.
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