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07-23-21, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By Phil_gretz

ne ... pas is the negation = "not" ce est...

ne ... pas is the negation = "not"

ce est would normally be contracted to become c'est = "it is"

so, ce n'est pas = "it's not"
07-23-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 596
Posted By Phil_gretz

Retirement and a downsizing move are on the...

Retirement and a downsizing move are on the immediate horizon. Plus, I'm on the down-slope of my active years, so it's easy to pass up everything that cannot be sold. We're trying to rid ourselves of...
07-23-21, 05:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,012
Posted By Phil_gretz

Unlovedwarrior , From your posts, I'm guessing...

Unlovedwarrior ,
From your posts, I'm guessing that you don't have the tools or experience to take this on. But here's what I'd do with the subject bike. Overall strategy: part out the things of...
07-22-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 576
Posted By Phil_gretz

I would start with either functional or...

I would start with either functional or performance standards to determine whether/when a component is no longer suitable. Look at the words you chose (highlighted).
- persnicket-ness: is this a...
07-22-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 162
Posted By Phil_gretz

Team bike? I love the paint, but hate the stem. ...

Team bike? I love the paint, but hate the stem.

I built up an Italian team frame for a church friend a few years ago. It had oversized aluminum tubing and Shimano 6500 kit. Quite the rider - I was...
07-22-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 369
Posted By Phil_gretz

This would be a nice bike for a resto-mod...

This would be a nice bike for a resto-mod conversion. 7-speed freewheel, keep the LA derailleur and swap out the front for a FD 300 or 400 series.. Cable stops mounted in place of the Suntour...
07-22-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 384
Posted By Phil_gretz

Tiagra 4500 stuff was pretty good, and quite...

Tiagra 4500 stuff was pretty good, and quite functional, so that's a plus.

The frame is okay, but nothing special. Schwinn's bike shop line of frames included an approximation of this model 13...
07-21-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's good to have goals. Your goal reinforces...

It's good to have goals. Your goal reinforces the "waste not, want not" frame of reference that we're so fond of here.

Fairly new doesn't really tell the story. Measuring the elongation does...
07-21-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 6,841
Posted By Phil_gretz

^This is nearly identical to the post I had been...

^This is nearly identical to the post I had been contemplating after reading question in the original post. I guess that I'm a decade or so older, so my influences were the late 1960s to early 1970s...
07-21-21, 06:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. Remove the freewheel and then service...

^ this. Remove the freewheel and then service the hub bearings.
07-20-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 1,201
Posted By Phil_gretz

Okay, let's start with that working premise. ...

Okay, let's start with that working premise. Please write down everything you eat and drink for the next 48 hours. Everything. With as much specificity as possible (portion size, origin/brand,...
07-20-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,229
Posted By Phil_gretz

I had a '77 Centurion Semi-Pro that fits this...

I had a '77 Centurion Semi-Pro that fits this thread's description. It was a fine riding bike.
07-20-21, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By Phil_gretz

Optimal straddle length will create a 90 degree...

Optimal straddle length will create a 90 degree bend from the line that connects pivot-to-binder bolt and the binder bolt-to-straddle yoke. Normal angle pull gives the most leverage to the pivot. ...
07-19-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,007
Posted By Phil_gretz

Hi, everyone! What's this thread about?

Hi, everyone! What's this thread about?
07-19-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ what Retrogrouch said. Measurements are in...

^ what Retrogrouch said. Measurements are in millimeters or centimeters for bicycles, generally. The benefits are: (1) we think metrically here, so it's easier to provide you ready assistance, (2)...
07-19-21, 12:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 909
Posted By Phil_gretz

Interesting reading, this thread. Golly. A...

Interesting reading, this thread. Golly.

A propos to the OP, my wife and are today into our 30th consecutive day with no alcohol. I'm not advocating for this for anyone else here. For us, it...
07-19-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm also in the "millimeters matter" camp. Also,...

I'm also in the "millimeters matter" camp. Also, "many" can be substituted for "most", and that doesn't change the concept in the least.

There is a reason why Eddy Merckx was notorious for...
07-19-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 807
Posted By Phil_gretz

Sell the bike directly to yourself and cut out...

Sell the bike directly to yourself and cut out the middleman!
07-19-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,030
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's best to unclip the uphill foot. This applies...

It's best to unclip the uphill foot. This applies to mountain biking (where you may need either foot but not the other to achieve a stable stop on an incline) or on the road (where the crown of the...
07-19-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,845
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm going to guess that your fit and bike...

I'm going to guess that your fit and bike position are not optimal, and that's why there's so much apparent need to solve a saddle "problem". If your posture were corrected on the bike, it's likely...
07-19-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 282
Posted By Phil_gretz

Don't overlook the possibility of referred pain...

Don't overlook the possibility of referred pain from your cervical spine. Look into the C6/C7 region, as pinching that nerve can refer pain to the elbow. Is your upper body relaxed and your head in a...
07-19-21, 06:25 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 2,260
Posted By Phil_gretz

written

written
07-16-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,322
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm not a mechanical engineer, but I'm married to...

I'm not a mechanical engineer, but I'm married to one. I think that you need to define what you mean by "strength". Particularly in this application, for bicycle assembly. Again, this isn't my...
07-16-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,995
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm hoping that you are attempting droll humor...

I'm hoping that you are attempting droll humor here ^.

Of course, the word denali predates the motor vehicle, and it's common use stems from its association with the National Park that bears its...
07-16-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By Phil_gretz

Normally, brake pad toe-in is the solution to...

Normally, brake pad toe-in is the solution to this.
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07-16-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Phil_gretz

Interestingly, even many pro mechanics don't...

Interestingly, even many pro mechanics don't shave their legs...

Look it up.
Replies: 19
Views: 543
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'd venture to guess that the seller isn't...

I'd venture to guess that the seller isn't someone that makes a good first impression. If he doesn't have the simple industry to clean and present something he's selling, then...well, he doesn't...
07-16-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By Phil_gretz

I very much doubt that my experiences will relate...

I very much doubt that my experiences will relate in any way to your experience with this saddle and your particular bike and riding posture.

To answer your question, generally, I don't get too...
07-15-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 276
Views: 4,770
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm not quite sure. I have a daughter in Texas,...

I'm not quite sure. I have a daughter in Texas, and her in-laws are Texans. My other daughter married a Texan.

I think that 'Y'all' is singular. The plural is "all y'all". YMMV
07-15-21, 07:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By Phil_gretz

Please tell us your cost ceiling. That will...

Please tell us your cost ceiling. That will inform our recommendations.

I use the Bike Hand YC-512N. It's available direct from China, or from other on-line retailers. I also tracked down the...
07-14-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,243
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bidon...bidet...it's all the same thing. ...

Bidon...bidet...it's all the same thing. Convenience when you need a drink.
07-14-21, 07:03 AM
07-14-21, 06:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By Phil_gretz

As said above, a 58 cm frame is suitable for...

As said above, a 58 cm frame is suitable for ~5'10" to 6'1" or so, depending on stem reach. You didn't include how tall you are, and your relative body proportions (i.e., long torso versus long legs...
07-13-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 9,998
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ I suppose that's possible if you have serious...

^ I suppose that's possible if you have serious time to commit to bicycling at the expense of the rest of life. Me? I have about four hours per week available for bike riding. I have to spread...
07-13-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 173
Views: 9,998
Posted By Phil_gretz

Can you please expand on this? I'm not following...

Can you please expand on this? I'm not following your meaning...
07-13-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,735
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ okay. I'm not going to defend this one. I'd...

^ okay. I'm not going to defend this one. I'd likely throw a flag for a late hit. 15 yards...
07-13-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,735
Posted By Phil_gretz

I don't see anything particularly insulting in...

I don't see anything particularly insulting in the post you quoted. It is a bit direct, sure. And maybe the assumption about whether "you" specifically are in other forums doing the same thing is...
07-12-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,135
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've owned C&V bikes manufactured/assembled in...

I've owned C&V bikes manufactured/assembled in England, France, Italy, Japan, Taiwan and the United States. With such a small sample size, I don't get a vote. My best riding C&V bikes have been a...
07-12-21, 12:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,047
Posted By Phil_gretz

You realize that you are asking an impossibly...

You realize that you are asking an impossibly indefinite question, don't you?

This is like asking, "what's a good restaurant meal that isn't spaghetti?" Um, okay.

duck a l'orange

wait......
07-12-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 772
Posted By Phil_gretz

Remove the fender and make a measurement with the...

Remove the fender and make a measurement with the wheel back in place. From the center of the fork crown mounting hole to the center of the rim braking surface. Try to make a vertical measurement to...
07-12-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 527
Posted By Phil_gretz

I do replace rim strips when/if I service a wheel...

I do replace rim strips when/if I service a wheel that I haven't owned before. Velox or strong cloth equivalent, like the Forte-branded counterfeit. Proper width matters.

After that, you can...
07-12-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 582
Posted By Phil_gretz

Don't hurt me, please.:eek:

Don't hurt me, please.:eek:
07-12-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 6,621
Posted By Phil_gretz

Please tell me that you didn't wear a mask while...

Please tell me that you didn't wear a mask while riding a bicycle outside.
07-12-21, 05:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 582
Posted By Phil_gretz

My last four pairs of cycling shoes were...

My last four pairs of cycling shoes were purchased on-line. Each fits fine for what it purports to be. And no returns necessary. Know your size (measure your feet) and any other peculiarities (high...
07-12-21, 05:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 532
Posted By Phil_gretz

This concept is confusing to me. Time trial...

This concept is confusing to me. Time trial bikes are typically only used for intense, straight ahead, most-aero shorter rides. Max effort and max result, but with max suffering. The position is...
07-11-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,371
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this has been my experience also. 100%

^ this has been my experience also. 100%
07-11-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,735
Posted By Phil_gretz

True Story

I had a heavy set co-worker ask about my daily bike commute. We got to talking about bike seats. He asked, "where could I find a seat for me?"

I paused... "how about the Smithsonian?" was my...
07-08-21, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By Phil_gretz

Form E3 / Kontact

In my experience, the Forte E3 Form saddle (now discontinued) has the narrowest nose and the best anatomically-based ergonomics of any road saddle. Unfortunately, the creator had a business falling...
07-07-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,995
Posted By Phil_gretz

I don't know what the definition of lightweight...

I don't know what the definition of lightweight is. For a road bike, it may be this:

- during the bike boom of the 70s, anything below 21 lbs or so was considered light. These were the best...
07-07-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,004
Posted By Phil_gretz

My wife and I are moving to Texas in the next 3...

My wife and I are moving to Texas in the next 3 1/2 years or so. :innocent:
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