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07-26-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 412
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: 480
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). Couldn’t 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: 1,412
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: 369
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: 747
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: 845
Posted By conspiratemus1

We’ve tried single side. We mounted the stoker’s...

We’ve tried single side. We mounted the stoker’s 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: 820
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: 2,602
Posted By conspiratemus1

I didn’t want to get into products used in...

I didn’t 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: 2,602
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: 2,602
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: 3,001
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: 3,015
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, there goes the neighbourhood....

Well, there goes the neighbourhood....
02-20-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,227
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: 1,227
Posted By conspiratemus1

EBay’s rules are there in plain sight. Do you...

EBay’s 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 Reagan’s Cabinet Secretaries, you no like-a da...
02-20-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,723
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: 1,868
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: 1,227
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: 1,413
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: 1,246
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: 1,097
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: 376
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: 1,035
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: 5,723
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: 1,745
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: 884
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, “It ain’t broke, but I’m gonna...
Forum: Touring
02-18-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,745
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: 1,246
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 didn’t, were delighted to...
02-16-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 537
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: 421
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: 669
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: 394
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: 6,055
Posted By conspiratemus1

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

Ahhh, in the days before chlamydia.....
02-05-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 432
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: 819
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: 698
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: 1,445
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 won’t...
02-01-21, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 936
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: 1,445
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: 1,813
Posted By conspiratemus1

Not “kinda like” at all. That could cause...

Not “kinda like” at all. That could cause novices to think that spoke threads are reverse threaded.
When I’m building a wheel, I’m looking at the rim, spoke, and nipple in such an orientation that...
01-28-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 801
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: 801
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: 801
Posted By conspiratemus1

Here’s my solution: ...

Here’s 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: 5,999
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 “sponge-on-a-stick” brushes. You don’t really...
01-25-21, 01:19 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,544
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: 8,990
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: 8,990
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.
01-25-21, 12:10 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,990
Posted By conspiratemus1

My vague recollection is that there was a poster...

My vague recollection is that there was a poster not named Drew who had acquired a frame with the bits ground or sawn off, and someone, presumed to be the previous owner, had crudely painted "Drew"...
01-23-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,020
Posted By conspiratemus1

Drilling a hole through a piece of material...

Drilling a hole through a piece of material doesn’t make it stronger or resist bending. It makes it weaker because there is now less material. The bigger the hole, the weaker it gets, obviously....
01-23-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,259
Posted By conspiratemus1

A tire that is too big to fit into your current...

A tire that is too big to fit into your current bike is always the solution. This leads you to become dissatisfied with what you were perfectly happy with up until the moment you read advertising...
01-22-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By conspiratemus1

If the rim has taken a “set”, such that it has a...

If the rim has taken a “set”, such that it has a flat spot or is bent out of plane, you will not be able to correct those faults by adjusting spokes. So you want to discover that state of affairs...
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