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05-02-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 516
Posted By conspiratemus1

No bike of mine has ever had a toothpick taken to...

No bike of mine has ever had a toothpick taken to it for any form of maintenance. If it won't come off with a damp rag, it stays where it is.
I take it you are talking about gunk accumulating only...
05-02-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 636
Posted By conspiratemus1

For Pinarello, just be careful about the...

For Pinarello, just be careful about the "Treviso" identification. At various points in the 80s, Treviso was applied to frames or built-up bikes of varying quality. In '81, it would have been all...
05-02-22, 08:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By conspiratemus1

You don't even need to be able to see the target....

You don't even need to be able to see the target. You should be able to just stick the long end of the Allen wrench into the hole, blind, and it will butt right against the cap screw. Jiggle/rotate...
04-11-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,897
Posted By conspiratemus1

How heavy are the two of you together?

How heavy are the two of you together?
07-26-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By conspiratemus1

While riding it? Or carrying it up the stairs to...

While riding it? Or carrying it up the stairs to his apartment? If the former, count me in that group. :lol:
07-12-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By conspiratemus1

The annual salary for my first real job, after...

The annual salary for my first real job, after graduation in 1978, was $14,407 (Canadian). Couldnít buy many Gibsons with that, although I did buy a Pinarello SL frame for $525 (CDN) in 1981, having...
07-12-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,375
Posted By conspiratemus1

And this rubs you the wrong way, inciting cynical...

And this rubs you the wrong way, inciting cynical laughter, why, exactly? The seller is relieved to be free of the burden of running a no-longer-successful company. He gets some money in his pocket...
07-09-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 967
Posted By conspiratemus1

You need “racing triple” chainring bolts as...

You need “racing triple” chainring bolts as...
07-04-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,317
Posted By conspiratemus1

To my way of thinking, a wheel that is so out of...

To my way of thinking, a wheel that is so out of true that a rim brake can’t be ridden is something that you can get home on but not something to leave home on.
The first decision point is: Has the...
07-03-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,212
Posted By conspiratemus1

Weíve tried single side. We mounted the stokerís...

Weíve tried single side. We mounted the stokerís timing ring outboard of her largest ring so as not lose the triple chainrings. Only some cranks have enough clearance under the arm to clear the...
03-13-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,101
Posted By conspiratemus1

This is the English-built 531c Raleigh exported...

This is the English-built 531c Raleigh exported for sale in the U.S.A. It whistles in a cross-wind, same as the American 555s.

...
03-10-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,041
Posted By conspiratemus1

I didnít want to get into products used in...

I didnít want to get into products used in foreign countries I know nothing about, but since you brought it up, ....
Australian WD-40 as described in that Wikipedia entry contains tri-methyl...
03-09-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,041
Posted By conspiratemus1

One of my early utterances as a small child,...

One of my early utterances as a small child, faithfully recorded in my mother's cookbook, was announcing to her that "Grampa uses Esso Escra to get the blossom [balsam, local term for pitch from...
03-09-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,041
Posted By conspiratemus1

Have to fact-check this. Benzene is a...

Have to fact-check this.


Benzene is a serious occupational carcinogen and is particularly associated with aplastic anaemia (which typically ends in leukaemia.) Bad stuff. Eliminating benzene...
03-06-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,238
Posted By conspiratemus1

Pretty good results for spokes you just had lying...

Pretty good results for spokes you just had lying around. Well done.

Just be careful: The rim strip will deform slightly into the grommets when the tube is inflated. (With a cloth rim tape you...
02-25-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,972
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, there goes the neighbourhood....

Well, there goes the neighbourhood....
02-20-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,710
Posted By conspiratemus1

My goodness! We have a real live American...

My goodness! We have a real live American socialist in our midst. Thought to be extinct like the coelacanth, one has just been hauled up from the depths and lies flopping right here in our boat.
...
02-20-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,710
Posted By conspiratemus1

EBayís rules are there in plain sight. Do you...

EBayís rules are there in plain sight. Do you not honour contracts in your line of work?

As a twist on the memorable utterance of one of President Reaganís Cabinet Secretaries, you no like-a da...
02-20-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,006
Posted By conspiratemus1

Everybody knows that freewheel sprocket spacers...

Everybody knows that freewheel sprocket spacers are usually/often plastic. Sorry that you kept fixing it till it broke. I hope the cosmetic enhancement is worth it.

Please don’t take the...
02-20-21, 12:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,873
Posted By conspiratemus1

I’ve bought all my Campag Record shifters used,...

I’ve bought all my Campag Record shifters used, pre-2009. They still weren’t cheap. But boy are they nice. And I know how to rebuild them —it’s not hard and quite rewarding to have them clicking...
02-20-21, 12:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,710
Posted By conspiratemus1

The seller is admitting he is a crook, trying to...

The seller is admitting he is a crook, trying to cheat eBay out of the fees he agreed to pay them when he listed the item. Why would you want to do business involving trust with a self-admitted...
02-19-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,224
Posted By conspiratemus1

Baby oil for hydraulics? Has it come to that? ...

Baby oil for hydraulics? Has it come to that? The whales and seals are now so endangered/protected that we are rendering babies? Human babies? I hope there is certification for humane and...
02-19-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,498
Posted By conspiratemus1

The bicycle is a marvellous invention for human...

The bicycle is a marvellous invention for human transportation requiring very little power (and no oats, hay, vet bills, or stable clean-out). It helped expand the gene pool of small English...
02-19-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,425
Posted By conspiratemus1

I thought this was going to turn out to be: ...

I thought this was going to turn out to be:

”Free beer and whiskey!

...Tomorrow!”
02-19-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By conspiratemus1

Be aware that there is a 12-30 version of the...

Be aware that there is a 12-30 version of the Centaur cassette not listed in the 2002 catalogue, presumably later. If you have one of those, the gold-amber “K” spacers between the loose sprockets...
02-19-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,327
Posted By conspiratemus1

FNG complaining about the culture. And about...

FNG complaining about the culture. And about two explicit rules against resurrecting old threads and duplicate posting.
02-19-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,006
Posted By conspiratemus1

I think you are wasting your time. That...

I think you are wasting your time. That freewheel looks better than any of mine. If you keep up with this you will break something with that 230 lb. of yours. I weigh only a little more than half...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,977
Posted By conspiratemus1

Good thoughtful answer. So thoughtful I might...

Good thoughtful answer. So thoughtful I might start using one. (On the tandem my wife uses one and talks to me about what she sees. I still shoulder-check myself before veering though.)...
02-18-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 994
Posted By conspiratemus1

You do know that backing out that limit screw...

You do know that backing out that limit screw will send the derailleur into the spokes if you turn it just a hair too far, right? This sounds to me like a case of, ďIt ainít broke, but Iím gonna...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,977
Posted By conspiratemus1

In Ontario, it is illegal to drive a motor...

In Ontario, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle on a public road at a speed unnecessarily slow for the prevailing traffic and road conditions. Highway construction and maintenance activities are...
02-16-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,498
Posted By conspiratemus1

The Third World is perfectly aware of how...

The Third World is perfectly aware of how miserable the human body is at power generation. All Old World civilizations used draft animals and New World aboriginals, who didnít, were delighted to...
02-16-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 625
Posted By conspiratemus1

If you were able to advance that set screw...

If you were able to advance that set screw farther in, then presumably it was not pinching the axle to prevent movement of whatever it was supposed to immobilize. Kind of a bummer that it backed out...
02-12-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 641
Posted By conspiratemus1

I have a left-threaded lock ring that you can...

I have a left-threaded lock ring that you can have free if you find you need it. Our old tandem came with lock rings on both sides of both (cartridge) bottom brackets so that you could adjust the...
02-12-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 938
Posted By conspiratemus1

Isn’t the title of the thread backwards? I mean,...

Isn’t the title of the thread backwards? I mean, once you say, “the valve hole isn’t opposite the rim joint,” it doesn’t sound so bad, does it?
02-10-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By conspiratemus1

Q: In a “V” of flying geese, why does one leg of...

Q: In a “V” of flying geese, why does one leg of the V look longer than the other?
A: The long leg has more geese in it.

Edit: in this case the goose count appears to be the same and I was fooled...
02-05-21, 06:25 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,091
Posted By conspiratemus1

Ahhh, in the days before chlamydia.....

Ahhh, in the days before chlamydia.....
02-05-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By conspiratemus1

This might be more theoretical than real, but... ...

This might be more theoretical than real, but...
When the two of you are pedaling hard, the keel tube bows away from the two timing rings and the two bottom bracket spindles are longer parallel...
02-03-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ Some insist this works. Some insist it doesn’t....

^ Some insist this works. Some insist it doesn’t. If you already have all the parts you aren’t out anything to give it a try.

The spacing is close, but not the same. According to Sheldon Brown’s...
02-03-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,824
Posted By conspiratemus1

If life safety is not an issue, the most...

If life safety is not an issue, the most straightforward way to make cable ends (heads, really) is with home-made Knarp-like doo-dads. Make them from short lengths of aluminum rod cut from an old...
02-02-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By conspiratemus1

The reason I asked about the eccentric was that...

The reason I asked about the eccentric was that if you adjust and maintain your bicycle properly you will not need to waste time searching for magical mythical stretch-proof Superchains that wonít...
02-01-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,053
Posted By conspiratemus1

Very nice. Yes they do grow up and you won’t...

Very nice. Yes they do grow up and you won’t recognize them, and they won’t want to recognize you...
for a while, but they’ll come back. It’s worth it.

My stoker-wife likes to have her cranks...
02-01-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,691
Posted By conspiratemus1

Do you not have an eccentric in the front...

Do you not have an eccentric in the front bottom-bracket shell to take up slack as the chain wears?
01-30-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,534
Posted By conspiratemus1

Not ďkinda likeĒ at all. That could cause...

Not ďkinda likeĒ at all. That could cause novices to think that spoke threads are reverse threaded.
When Iím building a wheel, Iím looking at the rim, spoke, and nipple in such an orientation that...
01-28-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,613
Posted By conspiratemus1

The OP is looking at a cassette with largest...

The OP is looking at a cassette with largest sprocket 25 teeth, so he should be OK on those range and capacity issues.
Big issue is if the cage has to swing in so far it starts swinging up, yes....
01-28-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,613
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yah. The last pair I saw on eBay sold at BIN for...

Yah. The last pair I saw on eBay sold at BIN for something like $284.
01-28-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,613
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hereís my solution: ...

Hereís my solution:

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1493/image_884875cf63fe40253ab2507f66ba704b2c84cc27.jpg
Shifter with inner-most sprocket engaged.
...
01-28-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,529
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1493/image_e51744a63426f34bf6e8b34a15295df030cb1e23.jpg

I use these little disposable ďsponge-on-a-stickĒ brushes. You donít really...
01-25-21, 01:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 30,270
Posted By conspiratemus1

Another study for your library. ...

Another study for your library.
https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/M20-6976 The Proportion of SARS-CoV-2 Infections That Are Asymptomatic, Annals of Internal Medicine 22 Jan 2021
A review of...
01-25-21, 12:22 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 13,302
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdRI2Y8fGcI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdRI2Y8fGcI
01-25-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 13,302
Posted By conspiratemus1

Then Aunt Babs is a shoo-in to win her age...

Then Aunt Babs is a shoo-in to win her age category.
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