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05-26-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 533
Posted By Trakhak

By the way, you might want to visit and maybe...

By the way, you might want to visit and maybe post in the Clydesdales and Athenas subforum here. Plenty of people post in there who have run into similar problems with bike noises and failure of...
05-26-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,993
Posted By Trakhak

Once had a customer come into the bike shop who...

Once had a customer come into the bike shop who was a tall weightlifter. He complained that all the bikes he'd tried out felt to him as if they were built out of overcooked spaghetti. Cannondale had...
05-25-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 608
Posted By Trakhak

You should not be lubing your chain after every...

You should not be lubing your chain after every ride. Excess chain lubing promotes accumulation of road grit, which works its way into the chain innards, promoting wear. If you want to do something...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 431
Posted By Trakhak

Have you recently increased the amount of time...

Have you recently increased the amount of time you spend cycling (e.g., because you didn't ride much during the winter)?

If yes, did you ride a lot last spring/summer/fall with no back problems?
...
05-25-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 1,909
Posted By Trakhak

I'm sure I'm not the only cyclist who has found...

I'm sure I'm not the only cyclist who has found the opposite to be true. When I ride my 38-pound hybrid (equipped with flat bars plus clamp-on aero bars, as well as rear rack and panniers) in wet...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-24-22, 04:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By Trakhak

If the warranty replacement doesn't happen, you...

If the warranty replacement doesn't happen, you can often find replacement frames for lowish prices, although differing dimensional standards for, e.g., forks, wheels, brakes, cranks, handlebar...
05-23-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 110
Posted By Trakhak

Downtube shifters, presumably. If the cable...

Downtube shifters, presumably.

If the cable is intact---i.e., if the cable's end isn't broken such that it is flush with the top of the shift lever hole - that should be an easy fix. Clamp the...
05-23-22, 11:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 556
Posted By Trakhak

The photo taken from above the chainrings shows...

The photo taken from above the chainrings shows that the gap betwen the leading edges of the derailleur inner and outer plates is too great. (I've seen bikes where the bike owner has deliberately...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-23-22, 11:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By Trakhak

Worth a shot, although I believe he has only ever...

Worth a shot, although I believe he has only ever worked with steel.
05-23-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 201
Posted By Trakhak

A chain falling off the chainring is almost...

A chain falling off the chainring is almost always either an alignment problem (chain at too acute an angle between sprocket and chainring) or front derailleur adjustment/positioning problem (you...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
05-22-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 171
Posted By Trakhak

You should probably ask the mods (click on the...

You should probably ask the mods (click on the red exclamation point button at bottom left in your post) to move the post to the Framebuilders subforum. The Mid-Atlantic doesn't get many views, so...
05-22-22, 08:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,274
Posted By Trakhak

To use the example of Merckx in 1974 to dismiss...

To use the example of Merckx in 1974 to dismiss Si's riding ability is a bit unfair. That said, he is in pretty good shape, based on previous videos. For example, GCN did a series of videos with the...
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By Trakhak

Great bike! I have the same model, Prugnat lugs...

Great bike! I have the same model, Prugnat lugs and all.

It had been slightly damaged earlier in its history, so I took it to a local framebuilder (John Holland, back when he had his shop in...
05-19-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,258
Posted By Trakhak

Also skeptical. I worked for a .org publisher of...

Also skeptical. I worked for a .org publisher of microbiological journals for 20 years. Seeing the amount of scrutiny each submitted article was subjected to (overall, our journals averaged an 85%...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-16-22, 05:26 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,457
Posted By Trakhak

This reminds me or a pertinent anecdote. One...

This reminds me or a pertinent anecdote. One winner of the U.S. road cycling championship in the late '70s or early '80s - Dale Stetina, if I remember correctly - wrote an article in one of the bike...
05-13-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,187
Posted By Trakhak

Ask and it shall be given. "Gone are the...

Ask and it shall be given.

"Gone are the days of simply pumping up your road bike tyres to the maximum pressure permitted and hoping for the best. Not only are excessively high pressures...
05-11-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,045
Posted By Trakhak

Finally, I get to use "po-faced"! As in, po-faced...

Finally, I get to use "po-faced"! As in, po-faced campaigns to eliminate usages and practices that trigger some and elicit bemused puzzlement in others - e.g., referring to brake/shifter combinations...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 780
Posted By Trakhak

If you have an indoor trainer, ask her if she'd...

If you have an indoor trainer, ask her if she'd like to try it out to get used to sitting on and operating the bike - clipping in and out, positioning, shifting, etc.

Starting out, the first few...
05-08-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 849
Posted By Trakhak

If you're referring to the tires on the bike in...

If you're referring to the tires on the bike in the photos, those tires were likely manufactured before Walmart was a twinkle in Sam Walton's eye.

OK, not quite that long ago, but where those...
05-07-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By Trakhak

Coincidentally, this thread about alternatives to...

Coincidentally, this thread about alternatives to Shipbikes (https://www.talkbass.com/threads/best-shipping-options-now-that-shipbikes-is-no-longer-shipping.1561799/) started on the Talkbass.com...
05-07-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 683
Posted By Trakhak

Just looked up "Delrin" out of idle curiosity -...

Just looked up "Delrin" out of idle curiosity - turns out to be a thermoplastic formulation, which means that it should be capable of being, e.g., heated and remolded. Perhaps a chemist (I'm thinking...
05-07-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 683
Posted By Trakhak

I remember ads in the '70s that mentioned...

I remember ads in the '70s that mentioned "miracle Delrin."
05-07-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 401
Posted By Trakhak

Someone here probably has a PDF copy of the...

Someone here probably has a PDF copy of the Bicycle Guide magazine report published in the mid-1980s of riders' comparisons of. newly built anonymized Columbus-tubed frames.

Short take: they...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,125
Posted By Trakhak

Previous Bike Forums threads on ankling . . ....

Previous Bike Forums threads on ankling . . . (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=14090701)
05-06-22, 11:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By Trakhak

If the fork is visibly bent - i.e., damaged - and...

If the fork is visibly bent - i.e., damaged - and you bought the bike new, return it to the store for a new one.

If the fork blades seem to be only around a centimeter too close together, look...
05-06-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 249
Posted By Trakhak

Antergos already rides an aluminum Koga-Miyata...

Antergos already rides an aluminum Koga-Miyata Exerciser with an aluminum (non-aero) fork, albeit a lower-level one that's a bit small, and says that it's a blast to ride, so aluminum as a frame or...
05-05-22, 08:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 631
Posted By Trakhak

Let me guess - you rode the same bike for the...

Let me guess - you rode the same bike for the same distances in the latter part of last season, and the bike was fine after the first few weeks of riding.

Many of us tend to increase our mileage...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Trakhak

The test that I linked to refers to side-to-side...

The test that I linked to refers to side-to-side movement of bike rims in a built wheel under load as "lateral deflection." If the people attempting to describe differences in comfort among wheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,594
Posted By Trakhak

The only test data I was able to locate regarding...

The only test data I was able to locate regarding wheel stiffness represent measurements of lateral deflection (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/wheel/data.htm). If someone can find similar data...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,125
Posted By Trakhak

From my perspective as a rider who's been doing...

From my perspective as a rider who's been doing training-level rides for a long time (started licensed racing in 1964), I've found that thinking about the biomechanics of pedaling tends to be...
Replies: 7
Views: 242
Posted By Trakhak

Too bad about the bent fork or frame or both....

Too bad about the bent fork or frame or both. (Seriously.)

Figure the cost for repair into the price you're willing to pay.
05-02-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,719
Posted By Trakhak

Go ahead, but you'll get precisely the same...

Go ahead, but you'll get precisely the same answers from precisely the same people, including those with and without pain to report.

Of course, you can always try issuing a strict edict forbidding...
04-30-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 921
Posted By Trakhak

Since few or none seem to be reporting a similar...

Since few or none seem to be reporting a similar need to angle their saddle noses down, my guess is that your saddle has not yet been lowered sufficiently. At 70, I've had to lower my saddles a...
Forum: Northeast
04-30-22, 04:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Trakhak

I live in Hampden, and my suggestion would be for...

I live in Hampden, and my suggestion would be for him to reconnoiter some Saturday or Sunday, preferably by car, to see whether he's willing to ride through what are some of the most bike-unfriendly...
04-27-22, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 208
Posted By Trakhak

From a 10-second search...

From a 10-second search (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=14008164).

If you have specific topics in mind, click on "Search" (at the top of almost any BikeForums page) and then on...
04-24-22, 03:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 775
Posted By Trakhak

The set of SRAM GripShifts on my 1995 Cannondale...

The set of SRAM GripShifts on my 1995 Cannondale H300 hybrid still works great. However, having overhauled a couple of gripshifters in the past, I agree that upgrading to a better model makes the...
04-21-22, 07:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,809
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9POYvZFyms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9POYvZFyms
04-21-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,809
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6wRHFdKdA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps6wRHFdKdA
04-21-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,809
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCjLBlT-dOc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCjLBlT-dOc
04-21-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,809
Posted By Trakhak

For Yes fans, this was Steve Howe's previous...

For Yes fans, this was Steve Howe's previous band.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nzULAq6PJ-4
04-21-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,229
Posted By Trakhak

Just tried the Asian squat per the video in the...

Just tried the Asian squat per the video in the post above. No problem doing it. I don't stretch or lift weights, though, just ride my bike, and I'm pretty light at 5' 8" and 115 lbs.
04-21-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,229
Posted By Trakhak

A nasty, almost bone-on-bone pain in my left knee...

A nasty, almost bone-on-bone pain in my left knee started up about a month ago. I suspect that it was a consequence of using the smart trainer over the winter while ignoring a slightly misaligned...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 9,841
Posted By Trakhak

Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess, They all...

Elizabeth, Elspeth, Betsy and Bess,
They all went together to seek a bird's nest.
They found a bird's nest with five eggs in,
They each took one, and left four in.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-18-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 592
Posted By Trakhak

Regular bike with clamp-on aero bars. Most of the...

Regular bike with clamp-on aero bars. Most of the aero benefit of a full-on TT bike but with road bike handling.
04-16-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 418
Posted By Trakhak

Rather than relying on guesswork from those of us...

Rather than relying on guesswork from those of us who have no first-hand knowledge: Here's a review of that bike.

Short version: he doesn't love the stem shifters, but they do the job; also, he...
Forum: Foo
04-13-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 912
Posted By Trakhak

Or evidence that they suffered through decades of...

Or evidence that they suffered through decades of dealing with the limitations of old records. I still have several hundred LPs and 45s, and I'll play one or another occasionally on a Technics SL-10...
Forum: Foo
04-12-22, 04:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 912
Posted By Trakhak

Wandering around a record swap meet, I asked a...

Wandering around a record swap meet, I asked a woman manning a booth her views on vinyl versus digital.

Death stare.

Her stance, once she, sighing, deigned to attempt to educate the unwashed:...
Forum: Foo
04-12-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 448
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Fy6AUMv8E

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Fy6AUMv8E
04-12-22, 03:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,095
Posted By Trakhak

No two of my bikes have the same brand and model...

No two of my bikes have the same brand and model of saddle. They're all uncomfortable at the start of the season and they're all fine once I've done enough mileage. If your saddle was good for...
04-11-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 264
Posted By Trakhak

Chain watchers, etc., are probably not going to...

Chain watchers, etc., are probably not going to help if the chain is unshipping when you carry the bike. Me, I'd just shift into the big ring as I end my ride. The additional spring tension from the...
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