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07-29-21, 03:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 325
Posted By Trakhak

Open side of caged bearings faces spindle bearing...

Open side of caged bearings faces spindle bearing race.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61Gygv82DAM
07-28-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 445
Posted By Trakhak

Very nice. My favorite bike is similar: a...

Very nice. My favorite bike is similar: a fixed-gear 2005 Specialized Langster with aluminum everything, including frame, fork, wheels, bullhorns, and aero clip-on bars. Pretty light, and very...
07-26-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,464
Posted By Trakhak

After a long absence, Primatene Mist inhalers are...

After a long absence, Primatene Mist inhalers are back on the market and are available over the counter in Rite Aid, Walgreens, etc. Usually around 30 bucks, I think.
07-25-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 624
Posted By Trakhak

Recent studies showed that the leg strength of...

Recent studies showed that the leg strength of elite cyclists barely exceeded that of other reasonably fit subjects. The significant differences between the two groups had far more to do with...
07-25-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 462
Posted By Trakhak

Steel beads in unused or seldom-used tires can...

Steel beads in unused or seldom-used tires can still rust over time and hasten the deterioration of the fabric containing the bead. Tire blowouts out on the road are not fun.
07-25-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,464
Posted By Trakhak

It's easy to divine Larry's motivation for...

It's easy to divine Larry's motivation for defending that group, which boils down to the following: what they're doing must be OK because those would-be racers are the coolest bike guys out on the...
07-24-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 886
Posted By Trakhak

Notification: you must further assert that you...

Notification: you must further assert that you have never worn and will never wear Lycra/spandex for official authentication of your post.
07-24-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Trakhak

What I posted in the original thread, and still...

What I posted in the original thread, and still relevant:

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost certainly know what you're doing, but any mention of a "split seam" in a recently installed tube...
07-23-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 224
Posted By Trakhak

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost...

If you're riding 650b wheels, you almost certainly know what you're doing, but any mention of a "split seam" in a recently installed tube supposedly being responsible for failure of the tube raises a...
Forum: Foo
07-23-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 619
Posted By Trakhak

I had an armpit infection once, many years ago....

I had an armpit infection once, many years ago. Operating on the principle that the solution to almost any problem is near at hand, I balled up a clean 100% wool sock and tied it in place in my...
Replies: 20
Views: 434
Posted By Trakhak

The saddle is as low as it can go, which suggests...

The saddle is as low as it can go, which suggests that the bike might be at the upper limit of the acceptable size range for the current owner. (Or maybe the owner just likes a low saddle position...
Replies: 38
Views: 1,216
Posted By Trakhak

Understandable, but the same might be said of a...

Understandable, but the same might be said of a Schwinn Paramount. It's only a Schwinn, after all.

A Tom Kellogg-built Ross bike is fully comparable to a Waterford-built Paramount.
Forum: Foo
07-22-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,091
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCi3t7Ufa2s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCi3t7Ufa2s
Forum: Foo
07-22-21, 12:20 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 1,091
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DeaXf1FzE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4DeaXf1FzE
Forum: Touring
07-21-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 647
Posted By Trakhak

Contra romantic views of bike use in Great...

Contra romantic views of bike use in Great Britain in the past, bikes like the Raleigh Tourist and the DL-1, with Sturmey Archer planetary-gearing hubs, were principally used for transportation in...
07-21-21, 03:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,711
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6qU02T2z_U&t=3s...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6qU02T2z_U&t=3s
07-21-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 642
Posted By Trakhak

"Nasty wear" on the BioPace chainrings: maybe...

"Nasty wear" on the BioPace chainrings: maybe not. Sometime in the late 1980s, chainring manufacturers began shaping chainring teeth to improve shifting with the recently introduced indexing systems....
07-20-21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 381
Posted By Trakhak

Perhaps Tressoplast was a bit thicker---haven't...

Perhaps Tressoplast was a bit thicker---haven't seen any for 40 years, so I can't recall. Plastilac definitely was, but that was plastic, of course.
07-20-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,711
Posted By Trakhak

Great analysis by Chris Horner of the stage 21...

Great analysis by Chris Horner of the stage 21 sprint (if you're new to watching bike racing, this high-level analysis will seem like quantum mechanics, but stick with it):What WOUT Did RIGHT & CAV...
07-20-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,711
Posted By Trakhak

That's not a fishy finish (although a newcomer to...

That's not a fishy finish (although a newcomer to watching bike racing can be forgiven for being unable to understand how sprint finishes work). Here's what a fishy finish looks like:

From the...
07-20-21, 04:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,163
Posted By Trakhak

Banned in 2014, apparently.

Banned in 2014, apparently.
Forum: Foo
07-15-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 2,195
Posted By Trakhak

Whistling?

Whistling?
07-15-21, 04:43 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,115
Posted By Trakhak

Quoting: "Brandt was responsible for six...

Quoting: "Brandt was responsible for six different patents and designed the suspension for one of the world's great supercars—the Porsche 911." He likely knew what he was talking about.
07-13-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,243
Posted By Trakhak

I voted Italian, because the local bike store I...

I voted Italian, because the local bike store I haunted in New Haven the early to mid-1960s stocked Atala, Frejus, and Legnano. (They stocked Peugeot, too, and occasionally got a Paramount in by...
07-13-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By Trakhak

Why are all these people who never watched bike...

Why are all these people who never watched bike racing before this July suddenly coming out of the woodwork?
07-13-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,468
Posted By Trakhak

At 70, I'm glad that I've been a monoathlete all...

At 70, I'm glad that I've been a monoathlete all my life: never ran, never stretched, etc.
07-12-21, 06:35 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,778
Posted By Trakhak

The saddle shown in the opening post differs from...

The saddle shown in the opening post differs from all the other saddles in the subsequent posts: the front 2/5 of the saddle looks nearly as narrow as a conventional saddle, whereas the others begin...
07-09-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,176
Posted By Trakhak

I might not understand all the nuances of...

I might not understand all the nuances of electric guitars, but I think any brand-new $99 Telecaster copy from Amazon sounds and plays better than any vintage Fender.

Professional bike racing is...
07-09-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,176
Posted By Trakhak

I'll just copy and paste my post in a similar...

I'll just copy and paste my post in a similar thread from today:

Philipsen to his team DS: "Well, I sandbagged the sprint to let Cav win again, as you ordered me to. Explain again why you had me...
07-09-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,612
Posted By Trakhak

Would you really compare today's stage to the...

Would you really compare today's stage to the 2006 Giro stage where Voight openly and obviously gifted the stage to his Italian breakaway companion?
07-09-21, 10:59 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,612
Posted By Trakhak

Concessions noted. Philipsen to his team DS:...

Concessions noted.

Philipsen to his team DS: "Well, I sandbagged the sprint to let Cav win again, as you ordered me to. Explain again why you had me do that?"

Team DS: "But it's obvious! Now,...
07-09-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 273
Posted By Trakhak

Simplest solution, assuming it doesn't interfere...

Simplest solution, assuming it doesn't interfere with your Garmin device or whatever it is, would be clip-on aero bars. I had an ulnar nerve problem that necessitated operations at my wrist and elbow...
07-09-21, 04:54 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,612
Posted By Trakhak

Merckx: 49,432 meters. Chris Boardman (track...

Merckx: 49,432 meters.

Chris Boardman (track bike with conventional bars, etc.): 49,441 meters (9 meters further!).

Ondrej Sosenka (ditto): 49,700 meters.

Sosenka with aero helmet, etc.,...
07-09-21, 04:39 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 4,612
Posted By Trakhak

The best head-to-head comparison would be their...

The best head-to-head comparison would be their hour record results (on what would have been effectively technologically identical track bikes).

Coppi: 45,848 meters.

Merckx: 49,432 meters.
07-08-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,248
Posted By Trakhak

Wonder what Cavendish's win tally would have been...

Wonder what Cavendish's win tally would have been if he hadn't been suffering from his Epstein-Barr virus infection and had also ridden for DQS during those years.
07-08-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 709
Posted By Trakhak

Many pro cyclists use a bigger chainring for ITTs...

Many pro cyclists use a bigger chainring for ITTs so that they can make better use of the sprockets in the middle of the cassette, where the percent changes are smaller (e.g., the percentage of...
07-08-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 7,751
Posted By Trakhak

With all respect to 63rickert, I remember a story...

With all respect to 63rickert, I remember a story published in a bike magazine in the late '70s or early '80s that mentioned pro racing cyclists on French bikes on scary descents (maybe in the rain?)...
07-07-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 5,925
Posted By Trakhak

Ondrej Sosenka set a Merckx-style (conventional...

Ondrej Sosenka set a Merckx-style (conventional handlebars, no aero equipment) hour record in 2005 on a velodrome while riding an unusually heavy track bike. It's likely that the heavier bike proved...
07-07-21, 04:29 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,076
Posted By Trakhak

For those wondering how a Denali (or equivalent)...

For those wondering how a Denali (or equivalent) 6061 aluminum frame can weigh so much, it seems likely that the manufacturers of all such bottom-feeder frames simply skip the heat treatment step...
Forum: Foo
07-05-21, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By Trakhak

Her bike was planing, and she was...

Her bike was planing, and she was countersteering, having completed a strider certification course.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 258
Views: 7,882
Posted By Trakhak

Larry has now resuscitated most of the Bike...

Larry has now resuscitated most of the Bike Forums dead horses. Maybe all that's left is "Don't buy expensive light bikes---lose body weight instead---it's free!"
07-01-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,388
Posted By Trakhak

That original collection of 130 TOC bikes must...

That original collection of 130 TOC bikes must have been one of the most significant such collections in the U.S., if not the world. Even now, the smaller version of the OP's collection sounds like a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 828
Posted By Trakhak

The OP already noted that the bike has a...

The OP already noted that the bike has a proprietary seatpost. In any event, as almost everyone above has indicated, wider tires/lower pressure. If it's any consolation, the contribution of any given...
06-29-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,136
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, I too choose to wear one of the many...

Yes, I too choose to wear one of the many standard iconoclast uniforms.

"Everyone in this room is wearing a uniform and don't kid yourself!"---Frank Zappa, addressing an incoherent fan yelling...
06-29-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 334
Posted By Trakhak

Best fix for tire slits: Tyvek from FedEx...

Best fix for tire slits: Tyvek from FedEx shipping envelopes. Cut a piece from the flap of the envelope, peel off the paper that covers the adhesive, and apply. I always use two pieces of the Tyvek,...
06-29-21, 04:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Posted By Trakhak

For tire patch material, I carry sections of...

For tire patch material, I carry sections of Tyvek that I cut from the gummed flaps of FedEx envelopes. Extremely strong stuff, but for peace of mind, I usually use two Tyvek patches to repair a tire...
06-28-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,639
Posted By Trakhak

More from the prophetic Walt Kelly (panel printed...

More from the prophetic Walt Kelly (panel printed some 50 years ago):
...
06-28-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,639
Posted By Trakhak

I thank everyone contributing to the thread for...

I thank everyone contributing to the thread for giving me an idea of what arguing politics on Facebook must be like. The difference being that here mere wrongheaded doggedness isn't enough to trump...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 01:38 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,304
Posted By Trakhak

True. The term of art is work hardening, not work...

True. The term of art is work hardening, not work softening.
06-28-21, 01:29 AM
Replies: 492
Views: 22,639
Posted By Trakhak

In the wise words of Archimedes, "Give me a gear...

In the wise words of Archimedes, "Give me a gear low enough and I'll ride a 300-pound bike up a cliff." Leverage trumps weight every time.

In 2005, Czech pro cyclist Ondrej Sosenka bettered the...
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