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12-02-22, 04:10 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,672
Posted By Lombard

I see you're in New England? Where? I'm in...

I see you're in New England? Where? I'm in Western MA. The number of a-holes on the road is significantly less here than where I used to live.
11-30-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 484
Posted By Prowler

Keep in mind the wee little spring that should be...

Keep in mind the wee little spring that should be used. It goes into the stud first, then mount the lever and plastic sleeve then the screw. That small spring keeps an anti-rotation pressure on the...
11-29-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,672
Posted By masi61

Claim your lane as you approach 4 way stops and...

Claim your lane as you approach 4 way stops and traffic lights. It may block the motorist behind you but that is the point. It increases safety because you make your intentions clear. A motorist may...
11-29-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,672
Posted By Lombard

Why does this have to be an either/or thing. We...

Why does this have to be an either/or thing. We need to be cautious while asserting our right to be on the road and at the same time obey all traffic laws. If we want to be treated like vehicles, we...
11-29-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,672
Posted By tempocyclist

You should always be alert and scanning for...

You should always be alert and scanning for potential incidents or problems. They may not be "your fault" but if you can take early evasive action to avoid them altogether, that's a win.




Not...
11-29-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,672
Posted By Rolla

Yes. No. Both.

Yes.



No.



Both.
11-04-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 498
Posted By canklecat

I had a 1975 or '75 Motobecane Mirage, bought new...

I had a 1975 or '75 Motobecane Mirage, bought new back then for commuting to and from base when I was stationed in SoCal. All hi-ten frame and fork, so not lightweight, but a very comfortable ride....
11-03-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,837
Posted By JohnDThompson

Or, get a grease gun and a needle nozzle, and...

Or, get a grease gun and a needle nozzle, and avoid the mess and fuss.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/580x435/80-needle_nozzle_c88331d38a66e0e42ff348ee1803343edac10f85.jpg
11-02-22, 09:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By Hondo6

It appears to be 126mm OLD. I did a search for...

It appears to be 126mm OLD. I did a search for "Wheelmaster 6421" (6421 is the model number of the wheel in the Amazon ad) and found this :
...
10-31-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By dddd

That Amazon/Wheelmaster wheel is spec'd at 130mm...

That Amazon/Wheelmaster wheel is spec'd at 130mm for up to a 7s freewheel.

It would be a good bit of work to narrow it to 120mm, if the original freewheel was 5-speed.
10-31-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By zandoval

First of all having a back up wheel set is a real...

First of all having a back up wheel set is a real gem. A good steel wheel set may not cost allot and should be easy to find.

Truing a wheel is not a hard task to learn and after you get proficient...
10-31-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By wrk101

Or find a co-op. I routinely donate wheels to our...

Or find a co-op. I routinely donate wheels to our local co-op, I've probably donated 200 over the years. You will continue to break spokes, and on a 45 year old wheel, its time to replace. Get...
10-31-22, 03:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By CliffordK

That isn't a super valuable model of Motobecane,...

That isn't a super valuable model of Motobecane, so I can imagine reluctance to keep dumping money in. But, on the other hand, if it works, that may be good for your needs.

If the hub is good,...
10-30-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 753
Posted By SurferRosa

No. But you have to have a little time, patience...

No. But you have to have a little time, patience and be able to follow simple instruction:

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

Oh, and you'll need a spoke wrench.
08-31-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 75,395
Views: 12,289,644
Posted By xiaoman1

Others may disagree, Lemond Zurich (853 tubing)...

Others may disagree, Lemond Zurich (853 tubing) would be my first choice and depending on the model/use with Cannondale a second.
Best, Ben
08-30-22, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The imaged SunTour der has only a cage (P pivot)...

The imaged SunTour der has only a cage (P pivot) spring to help take up or play out chain length (compared to many ders since which also had a B pivot spring, like the Shimano Crane made in the same...
08-30-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Put it on the largest ring & cog. You should...

Put it on the largest ring & cog.
You should have 1-2" slack. (2-4 half links)
Noticeably more and you need to shorten the chain.
...
08-16-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,953
Posted By RH Clark

Thanks. I was depressed during the pandemic. I...

Thanks. I was depressed during the pandemic. I drank a bit too much red wine and I've got to 190lbs. I've been cutting back on the wine though and I've been doing a lot more cycling and kayaking...
08-12-22, 07:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By repechage

Tighten the chain... the B screw, closest to...

Tighten the chain...

the B screw, closest to the axle will impart some "tightening" of the chain.

the majority of the chain tension will be in the jockey cage spring- those can wear out and...
08-03-22, 05:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,953
Posted By Bogey Speedwell

Honestly think the OP just shared a tool, to be...

Honestly think the OP just shared a tool, to be helpful.

use it if you wish pass if you donít.

I actually use that one and two others and use the average calories burned from the three of them,...
07-28-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By smd4

The first piece of advice in any of the bike...

The first piece of advice in any of the bike books from the 70s/80s was, ďdonít inflate your tires at the gas station.Ē
07-28-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By cudak888

The OP's bike is a 12-speed Motobecane with what...

The OP's bike is a 12-speed Motobecane with what appear to be steel rims. That's neither a big box store bike nor a new bike, it's C&V. I would assume that's why the OP posted here.

Hook beads are...
07-28-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By smd4

As someone with a bit of experience with pressure...

As someone with a bit of experience with pressure vessels, something about this doesn't seem correct--or at least not the correct way of thinking about pressure. I fire a small boiler that,...
07-28-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By 52telecaster

Definitely want to stay 70 or under on those....

Definitely want to stay 70 or under on those. That wasn't the tubes fault.
07-28-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By 52telecaster

The Walmart tubes are fine in my experience. Also...

The Walmart tubes are fine in my experience. Also the inflation of tires for touring and commuting was indeed 60-75psi back in the day. It's a good place to be really.
07-28-22, 06:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By stevel610

Take a cotton ball and run it around the inside...

Take a cotton ball and run it around the inside of the rim to see if there are any sharp barbs not visible to the eye.
07-28-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
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, 10:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 936
Posted By madpogue

Clarify "blew". Did the tire / tube blow off the...

Clarify "blew". Did the tire / tube blow off the rim? Did the tube simply pop but with the tire still in place? If it's the latter, did you examine where on the tube it blew? Did it happen in the...
07-23-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By zandoval

I am still sold on the Continental Ride Tour...

I am still sold on the Continental Ride Tour tires 27-1/4 at about 25 USD each. They are for me PROVEN!
...
07-23-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By SpedFast

I had Kenda's do the same thing to me-both within...

I had Kenda's do the same thing to me-both within 6 months of owning them new. I would try the Wally World blackburn before I ever buy another Kenda tire. If you don't mind ordering tires, try CST,...
07-23-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 75,395
Views: 12,289,644
Posted By Bianchigirll

Itís Goodwill. They only know what some volunteer...

Itís Goodwill. They only know what some volunteer or parttimer found on a quick internet search.
06-03-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By BCRider

Before I retired I commuted 20 minutes each way...

Before I retired I commuted 20 minutes each way for the last 18'ish years I worked. It was pretty regular to have to stop and fix a flat about once every two weeks. This almost totally went away...
06-02-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,850
Posted By gorillimo

if you'regood with what you're riding, don't...

if you'regood with what you're riding, don't think you'll feel a radical improvement. My fav bike was my '72 Paramount. I think my Cross Check is as good, not sure that it's really better...........
06-01-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,641
Posted By GhostRider62

I've had quite a few walnut boink me off the...

I've had quite a few walnut boink me off the helmet but never a branch.

I should have mentioned that the trauma team said many cyclists who come in w/o wearing a helmet lose consciousness or in...
06-01-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,641
Posted By livedarklions

Nothing anywhere near as traumatic, but I've had...

Nothing anywhere near as traumatic, but I've had two occurrences that could have been major damage turned into non-events by my helmet. I've discovered that if you're not looking for them, small...
05-31-22, 12:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By Tawraste666

Plus 1 for buying the tools and doing it...

Plus 1 for buying the tools and doing it yourself.
With the greatest of respect intended, there's loads of bike shops near me and only one guy who actually does everything properly.
The other shops...
05-30-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,850
Posted By beng1

I bought two Fuji road bikes last fall for a...

I bought two Fuji road bikes last fall for a total of $80. I am riding one that is my size and giving the other to a friend who it fits well. Both bikes are close to fifty years old, and barring a...
05-27-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,850
Posted By timtak

Trek 1000 (aluminium alas) in 61cm pick up in...

Trek 1000 (aluminium alas) in 61cm pick up in Beacon NY 300 USD
https://www.ebay.com/itm/203947515430?hash=item2f7c381e26:g:SzoAAOSw-NRicwXz

Approximately 90 minutes drive from Southern CT...
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By TugaDude

Based on the catalog scans I'd say no later than...

Based on the catalog scans I'd say no later than 1976 and possibly a 1975.
05-24-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By BCRider

Yours is the same vintage as the one I commuted...

Yours is the same vintage as the one I commuted on for a number of years. Same cranks and stem shifters. Mine was blue though.

Great bike it was too. I do my own work and after a full overall...
05-24-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 431
Posted By 50PlusCycling

I would probably avoid visiting countries which...

I would probably avoid visiting countries which had been at war for a long time, I say this as a former soldier. Going to places where panniers and backpacks are not likely to be mistaken for bombs...
05-24-22, 07:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By Mr. 66

I lightened your picture to get a better look...

I lightened your picture to get a better look when I made my comment. Here's that....
05-24-22, 07:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By zandoval

Hey... Time to get a few tools... Sounds like fun...

Hey... Time to get a few tools... Sounds like fun Fun FUN!

Possibly the only thing you need the bike shop for is to tune the wheels if you are not familiar with it. You can get a Spoke Wrench and...
05-24-22, 07:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 431
Posted By pennpaul

I suppose the answer is "it depends". I lived in...

I suppose the answer is "it depends". I lived in Jerusalem from Jan 2018 to Dec 2019 in maybe one of the most contentious cities in the world. It was a relatively peaceful time, though. In the...
05-24-22, 07:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By SpedFast

WD40 will 'soften' the chain up, but it won't...

WD40 will 'soften' the chain up, but it won't lube it. With videos so readily available today all it takes is a little desire to learn and that's a great bike to learn on. They don't get any simpler....
05-24-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By Mr. 66

I don't think your bike needs all that. It's low...

I don't think your bike needs all that. It's low miles and clean. The seatpost pin is in backwards, the nut should be driveside. I would replace the steel wheels with alloy if anything, and/or...
05-24-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 431
Posted By indyfabz

Amtrak has expanded bike service. There are...

Amtrak has expanded bike service. There are several routes where no disassembly or boxing is required.

https://www.amtrak.com/bring-your-bicycle-onboard

Local services Iím my neck of the woods...
05-24-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By HillRider

If you put a new chain on a used freewheel (I...

If you put a new chain on a used freewheel (I assume freewheel, not cassette) you might find it skips under load. A new freewheel is relatively cheap but you will need the removal tool or pay the...
05-24-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,261
Posted By veganbikes

So keep it running well and keep it going. If you...

So keep it running well and keep it going. If you can do the tune yourself and want to do it go for it otherwise go get it tuned at the shop.

Bike should be tuned ideally once a year to keep it in...
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