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05-23-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 381
Posted By Retro Grouch

Fenders protect you from tire splatter. ...

Fenders protect you from tire splatter. Mudguards protect you from tyre splatter.
05-15-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By Retro Grouch

Advantages to folding kevlar tires are lighter...

Advantages to folding kevlar tires are lighter weight and easy carrying as a spare.

I'd have a hard time justifying the price difference if neither of those advantages were important to me.
04-30-22, 02:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By Retro Grouch

Look at where the tubes join. The welding beads...

Look at where the tubes join. The welding beads on aluminum bikes look like clothes line. The welding beads on steel framed bikes are much finer.
04-17-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By Retro Grouch

My general advice for new riders is to ride any...

My general advice for new riders is to ride any bike around for a while to see what they love and what they would change about it.

I suspect that same advice would apply to you. Ride to work...
04-15-22, 06:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,039
Posted By Retro Grouch

GoJo. Get the kind without the pumace if you can...

GoJo. Get the kind without the pumace if you can find it. Simply slather it on and hose it off. Takes about as long to do as I spent typing this.
04-11-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 675
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you think that your weight seems too far...

If you think that your weight seems too far forward on a steep descent, try sliding your butt a bit off the back of your saddle.
04-01-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 477
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm sure it can be done if you are skillful...

I'm sure it can be done if you are skillful enough but think about this: There's "perfect match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" usually draws your attention to the blemish that you are...
03-30-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 357
Posted By Retro Grouch

Don't expect an aftermarket set of fenders to fit...

Don't expect an aftermarket set of fenders to fit without modification.

When I had my shop I eventually reached the point of pricing aftermarket fender installations on a time and materials basis....
03-30-22, 10:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,179
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've had my share of broken bones and...

I've had my share of broken bones and concussions. I'm going to rate as my worst injury both elbows broken resulting from a collusion with my 10 year old grandson. That was 10 or 12 years ago.
...
03-29-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 915
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't think you should overthink this. What do...

I don't think you should overthink this. What do you think reasonable for people to expect from you? Don't think you have to provide services that you aren't experienced in providing.

"First,...
03-25-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 755
Posted By Retro Grouch

At the end of the day there's this: You have no...

At the end of the day there's this: You have no obligation to make him happy. He earns his living by making you happy.

That's what he's already tried to do. He tried to make you happy by...
02-27-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 177
Views: 4,079
Posted By Retro Grouch

My regular response to any cyclist on the side of...

My regular response to any cyclist on the side of the road is to ask if they have everything they need.

I've been on the opposite side of the fence too. Ten years ago, while I was laying on a...
11-28-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,185
Posted By Retro Grouch

Rolling resistance is real, but it's easy to...

Rolling resistance is real, but it's easy to overstate it's importance. Once you get over about 15 MPH, aero drag is what is holding you back more than everything else combined. If you want to go...
11-23-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 846
Posted By Retro Grouch

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is...

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is nicely ventillated.
11-12-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,300
Posted By Retro Grouch

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental...

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental attachment to. I couldn't stand the thought of haggling with some yahoo over the value of a piece of my life. Ultimately I donated mine to a group who...
11-11-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,296
Posted By Retro Grouch

The last time that I broke a chain while on the...

The last time that I broke a chain while on the trail I discovered my Park chain breaker had lost it's pin. I lowered my saddle and "flintstoned" four miles back to my car.
11-11-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,296
Posted By Retro Grouch

Is there room for a spare innertube?

Is there room for a spare innertube?
10-29-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,253
Posted By Retro Grouch

Assuming everything else is equal ......never...

Assuming everything else is equal ......never mind.
10-18-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,271
Posted By Retro Grouch

What is your objective? It sounds to me like...

What is your objective?

It sounds to me like you bought the bike to cycle to work but you are finding the bike that you bought doesn't fit you so you are finding it inconvenient to ride to work.
...
10-12-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,094
Posted By Retro Grouch

An interesting question: We live in a digital...

An interesting question: We live in a digital world in which an ordinary guy can measure things like drive train drag with pretty good accuracy. Once you can measure it, there are always going to...
10-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 661
Posted By Retro Grouch

When I moved to Missouri in 1979, we still had...

When I moved to Missouri in 1979, we still had state wide "blue" laws. Most retail businesses by law were closed on Sundays and even grocery stores were prohibited from selling things like cook wear...
10-12-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,047
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's...

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's been trapped in a digital world.

Every bike has 3 weights:
What the manufacturer says that it weighs.
What the owner thinks that it weighs....
10-11-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By Retro Grouch

I personally feel that, while it's fun to do,...

I personally feel that, while it's fun to do, most bicycle component upgrades don't make economic sense.
10-08-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 809
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've told my kids that boring is under...

I've told my kids that boring is under appreciated. It means that you don't have any badness staring you in the face.

Could it be that your 750 is just so perfectly balanced that nothing stands...
10-04-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,091
Posted By Retro Grouch

I agree with wolfchild. The most common...

I agree with wolfchild.

The most common cause of the blow off that you described is pinching the innertube under the tire bead while installing the tire. When you do that it may hold air for a...
10-04-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is no puncture proof. There is only...

There is no puncture proof. There is only puncture resistant. There are basically two kinds of puncture resistant materials that are commonly used in bicycle tires.

The first is a woven fabric...
10-03-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 512
Posted By Retro Grouch

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes...

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes all the way down onto the rim brakeing surface. If the brake pads touch your tire, even a little bit, you are asking for a blow out.
09-26-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 933
Posted By Retro Grouch

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until...

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until just 1 thread is showing. Then I gradually bring the wheel into tension by tightening every nipple by the same number of turns - maybe 2 turns at the...
09-21-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,839
Posted By Retro Grouch

A related question is: "How do you decide which...

A related question is: "How do you decide which part from your spares bin to use for a particular repair or rebuild?"

The sock drawer theory is to grab the oldest, cheapest part that is still...
09-20-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for,...

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for, but there are a lot of vinyl sign companies that specialize in truck and store window lettering. They are able to scan and make vinyl stick on images. ...
09-19-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By Retro Grouch

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.
09-19-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 929
Posted By Retro Grouch

How to pick out a bike to ride: 1. Acquire ANY...

How to pick out a bike to ride:
1. Acquire ANY bike. Ride it wherever and however you like. Where and how you really ride is important.
2. During or after every ride, make a mental list of what...
09-14-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,248
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably asking the wrong question. When...

You're probably asking the wrong question. When engineers talk about the strength of materials, they usually are referring to "tensile strength". Think about a weight hanging from a solid rod with...
09-14-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 8,024
Posted By Retro Grouch

Some people are able to ride with a light heart,...

Some people are able to ride with a light heart, some ride burdened with worry, anxiety and an ever increasing load of tools and spare parts.

Some of my happiest bicycling memories date from the...
09-13-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 438
Posted By Retro Grouch

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter...

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter for the cranks that you already own. That's a harder measurement to make than you are probably thinking.
09-12-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,644
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.
09-12-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,211
Posted By Retro Grouch

You need to identify the cause of your punctures...

You need to identify the cause of your punctures and eliminate that cause. A common cause is tiny wires from radial ply tires. Those tiny little wires can be hard to find and, even once found, can be...
09-07-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 8,422
Posted By Retro Grouch

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting...

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting to hear the other parties description of the occurrence before making a decision.
09-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,529
Posted By Retro Grouch

If they haven't already, they will soon. I...

If they haven't already, they will soon.

I know that for sure because more electronics is something that I want to avoid on my bicycle so it's definitely coming.
09-06-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By Retro Grouch

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a...

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a local charity who serves the refugee community. They appreciated that the bikes were a step up in quality from the department store offerings. Like...
09-06-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 501
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference....

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference.

Riding a fixed gear bike is a commitment.
09-06-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By Retro Grouch

Would that be "Pie are Square"?

Would that be "Pie are Square"?
09-06-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,926
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. ...

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. Decades ago I read somewhere there wasn't anybody producing them domestically. I honestly don't know if that's still true or not.

Frankly, however, I...
09-06-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,726
Posted By Retro Grouch

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk? An...

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk?

An arterial street about a block from my condo was widened several years ago. At the time that it was rebuilt the specifications included a "sidewalk" on one...
09-05-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Retro Grouch

Cable housing is easy. Extra long inner...

Cable housing is easy.

Extra long inner cables may be quite a bit harder. I'd suggest checking Tandems Ltd. or Tandems East.
09-05-21, 12:56 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 7,130
Posted By Retro Grouch

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For...

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For such a simple activity, there seems to be a very large number of tribal variations. The clothes that you choose to wear tell the rest of us to which...
09-04-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 995
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm...

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm measurement? "Measure once, cuss twice."
09-04-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By Retro Grouch

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably...

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably while taking inventory) combined containers of 14 Gauge and 15 Gauge nipples. It's good that I never found out exactly who did that.
09-04-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 995
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in...

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in the details. I would definitely try a 27.0 headset before resorting to the use of power tools.
09-04-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,020
Posted By Retro Grouch

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I...

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I like, I'll tell them.
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