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08-07-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 317
Posted By Trakhak

Just for clarity: is that Specialized Vado 4 the...

Just for clarity: is that Specialized Vado 4 the bike you've been referring to in all your posts in this thread? If so, I imagine that several of the people who have contributed here would want to...
08-07-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 570
Posted By Trakhak

Quoting for emphasis. Squirrels see cyclists as...

Quoting for emphasis. Squirrels see cyclists as predators. Most predators run directly toward squirrels. The sooner you begin riding in a straight line toward the squirrel, the sooner it will run off...
08-05-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 457
Posted By Trakhak

Georgena Terry, who is best known for having been...

Georgena Terry, who is best known for having been a pioneering designer of women-specific bike frames, researched the notion that women tend to have longer legs than men for a given height and found...
08-05-22, 03:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 481
Posted By Trakhak

Bike Island (Bikes Direct's outlet website)...

Bike Island (Bikes Direct's outlet website) usually has a bunch of inexpensive single-speed/track wheelsets (https://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_STOR20.cgi?Action=List&SubCategoryNew=Wheels:%20Track).
08-04-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 457
Posted By Trakhak

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and...

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and '80s, I used to dread having conversations with parents who were determined to buy bikes for their kid to "grow into."

(I don't think I ever came right...
08-04-22, 03:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 278
Posted By Trakhak

Bike store employees see cassettes or freewheels...

Bike store employees see cassettes or freewheels with worn-out 1st-position cogs fairly often. It's a consequence of casual riders finding the combination of the middle or inside chainring plus...
07-30-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 527
Posted By Trakhak

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here...

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here for emphasis:

The crucial factor for using 2-prong Suntour removers with stubborn freewheels (i.e., almost all of them by now) is that the tool must...
Forum: Touring
07-29-22, 10:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 315
Posted By Trakhak

Another possible choice: a used hybrid. Hybrids...

Another possible choice: a used hybrid. Hybrids generally cost much less than drop-bar touring bikes, despite being basically touring bikes with flat bars (which is a configuration that is very...
07-28-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 805
Posted By Trakhak

The check valve in the compressor at a gas...

The check valve in the compressor at a gas station is designed to operate correctly with the high air volume in car tires. Bike tires fill too rapidly and so are prone to blowing off the rim with gas...
07-28-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 855
Posted By Trakhak

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around...

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around relaxing or for casually strolling around in hot weather. But for most sport cycling, synthetics are clearly superior, as attested by the majority...
07-28-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 805
Posted By Trakhak

With straight-side rims such as were stock on...

With straight-side rims such as were stock on many '70s Motobecanes, ignore the maximum pressure number specified on the sidewalls of your tires. Unless specified otherwise, that number pertains to...
07-27-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By Trakhak

I had only a rear brake on my first track bike,...

I had only a rear brake on my first track bike, acquired in 1964, and also my second, bought in 1982. Since the seatstay bridge wasn't drilled on either bike (nor was the fork, of course), I cobbled...
07-20-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,456
Posted By Trakhak

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ...

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ED."
07-20-22, 01:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,524
Posted By Trakhak

Is cup-and-cone technology still used anywhere...

Is cup-and-cone technology still used anywhere other than in bicycles?
07-19-22, 03:30 AM
Replies: 970
Views: 268,432
Posted By Trakhak

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds...

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds 531 Helyett Speciale, bought for me by my parents in 1964, when I was 13. I've never not had at least one track bike since then.

So I've been...
07-19-22, 03:20 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 2,694
Posted By Trakhak

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much...

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much more efficiently than aluminum. Tap a pencil against an steel frame and you get a high-pitched ringing sound; tap an aluminum frame and you get a thud....
07-17-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Trakhak

The levels are purely a function of the number of...

The levels are purely a function of the number of posts from a given member. Junior upgrades to senior at around 50 posts, I think.
07-14-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 3,726
Posted By Trakhak

I use my heavy-ish hybrid (38 pounds) with triple...

I use my heavy-ish hybrid (38 pounds) with triple crank exclusively for errands and for low-effort recovery rides. I use my light bikes (19 pounds and under) for all my high-effort rides.

Horses...
07-14-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,760
Posted By Trakhak

My favorite garbled version, from a Pogo comic...

My favorite garbled version, from a Pogo comic strip published at least 50 years ago:

"You can't pull my wool over the ice!"
07-13-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 6,684
Posted By Trakhak

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've...

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've been riding long enough for our techniques of brake use to have become nearly reflexive.

On my ride today, I decided to pay attention to what I do...
07-12-22, 10:36 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,241
Posted By Trakhak

I don't believe in ghosts.

I don't believe in ghosts.
07-11-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,124
Posted By Trakhak

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only...

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only through the front wheel. That renders the bike just as unrideable.
07-10-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 836
Posted By Trakhak

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was...

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was comfortable with the same saddle in previous riding seasons?

Asking because some people start rapidly increasing their mileage on a bike at some...
07-10-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 486
Posted By Trakhak

Maybe you can find a plastic plug or a cork of...

Maybe you can find a plastic plug or a cork of exactly the right diameter to push or hammer into the bottom of the expanding pipe tool when you have it inserted in place, to keep the expanding...
07-10-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 229
Posted By Trakhak

A guy I used to train with was a terrible...

A guy I used to train with was a terrible sprinter, but (or, maybe, therefore) he could get right back up to his threshold speed after every sprint attempt. Since you can sprint hard enough to burn...
07-10-22, 01:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 846
Posted By Trakhak

If they were tightened using a vice grip, sure.

If they were tightened using a vice grip, sure.
07-10-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 846
Posted By Trakhak

Vice grips were routinely used to secure the...

Vice grips were routinely used to secure the rear-wheel wing nuts on Peugeot A08s and the equivalent Gitanes and Merciers and so on when I worked in bike shops in the early '70s. The Huret wing nuts...
07-09-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 846
Posted By Trakhak

Not sure if there were also metric wing nuts on...

Not sure if there were also metric wing nuts on European bikes in the '60s and '70s, but here's an eBay listing for fractional Huret wing nuts:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/303217564380
07-09-22, 04:06 AM
Replies: 21,166
Views: 4,024,081
Posted By Trakhak

I saw a couple of kids in downtown Baltimore...

I saw a couple of kids in downtown Baltimore riding a pair of BMX bikes set up like this about 30 years ago or more. The fork of the rear bike had been spread to fit on the rear axle of the front...
07-08-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,000
Posted By Trakhak

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from...

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from first owner) had push-button shifting on the dashboard.

https://blog.consumerguide.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2018/05/PF60PLY3.jpg
07-06-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,308
Views: 40,782
Posted By Trakhak

Complaints about hipsters (?) and suckers buying...

Complaints about hipsters (?) and suckers buying expensive bikes, translated:

"As far as the cool kids in high school were concerned, I didn't exist. Now, decades later, the cool kids ride...
07-05-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 638
Posted By Trakhak

There may have been rare exceptions to the use of...

There may have been rare exceptions to the use of standard-diameter skewers (and thus hub axle I.D.s). I have a vague memory of Weyless hubs using proprietary dimensions for their hubs. Maybe...
07-05-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By Trakhak

The tires are almost certainly 26" x 1.75"...

The tires are almost certainly 26" x 1.75" (that's the orginal size the Huffy Corwair, anyway). It's likely that any cruiser-style tires (as opposed to mountain bike tires) you find will be from...
07-03-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,971
Posted By Trakhak

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?
07-03-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,853
Posted By Trakhak

You said that heavy steel makes training better. ...

You said that heavy steel makes training better.

In any event, it's been a couple of decades since professional frames (i.e., those used in races by riders on professional teams) were steel.
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07-02-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,065
Posted By Trakhak

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier...

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier in the thread - while a cone wrench is needed for the cone, a box wrench, or even an adjustable wrench, would work fine for the lock nut.
07-02-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,056
Posted By Trakhak

Read this on Bikeforums over 10 years ago, and...

Read this on Bikeforums over 10 years ago, and it's great advice:

When you see that a squrrel in or near the road sees you coming, ride straight toward the squirrel. Moving in a straight line...
06-30-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,971
Posted By Trakhak

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell...

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell myself, "A solution is at hand within 15 feet of where you're standing right now."

Example: a mountain bike front derailleur whose spring anchor point...
06-29-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,077
Posted By Trakhak

Thanks for that. Just learned that polymer resins...

Thanks for that. Just learned that polymer resins can be successfully "de-aged" through a heating process. (Note that "Tg," where the "g" is subscript, represents the "glass transition temperature" -...
06-28-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 592
Posted By Trakhak

Gripshifter haters are alaways quick to advise...

Gripshifter haters are alaways quick to advise junking them. Not sure why. I've been riding derailleur bikes since 1963, and the gripshifters on my Cannondale hybrid errand bike work as well as any...
06-28-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 818
Posted By Trakhak

To answer the original question, the fasteners...

To answer the original question, the fasteners weren't standardized because bikes evolved independently on a country-to-country basis. That's why there are several different, incompatible 26" x 1...
06-28-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 58,543
Posted By Trakhak

I don't remember Technium Supercourse and Grand...

I don't remember Technium Supercourse and Grand Prix models. Are you thinking of the Raleigh USA steel lugged bikes? (I may be misremembering, or you may be talking about Raleigh Technium models that...
06-25-22, 07:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 836
Posted By Trakhak

Didn't you start a thread with exactly the same...

Didn't you start a thread with exactly the same question about a year ago? If not you, it was someone with a similar forum style.

Bike racing has been around for about 120 years, ample time to...
06-25-22, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 549
Posted By Trakhak

When I worked in a Raleigh dealership in the...

When I worked in a Raleigh dealership in the mid-'70s, all of the Raleigh bike boxes were labeled with one or two letters followed by (if I remember correctly) three numerals, that being the model...
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By Trakhak

As noted by wrk101 above, Infinity tubing is a...

As noted by wrk101 above, Infinity tubing is a few tiers below Champion No. 1 in the hierarchy, but that's not necessarily a bad thing for a touring bike. Many touring cyclists have found that frames...
06-25-22, 02:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 925
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: 73
Views: 2,479
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: 28
Views: 875
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: 94
Views: 1,450
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...
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