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06-22-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By jonwvara

Just get some Paselas. You can get 26s in several...

Just get some Paselas. You can get 26s in several widths.
06-17-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14,750
Views: 3,557,044
Posted By jonwvara

Not to mention that the thrift store in question...

Not to mention that the thrift store in question is in Anchorage. That particular bike looks like someone rode it there from Florida, and put it away wet when they got there.. But it has potential.
06-15-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,508
Posted By jonwvara

All 52-42 cranksets should be triplized without...

All 52-42 cranksets should be triplized without delay.
06-10-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,457
Posted By jonwvara

I have used ProLink for the past 20 years or so....

I have used ProLink for the past 20 years or so. It's a good lube and a good cleaner. But I doubt that the chain lube a person uses makes any difference in the grand scheme of things.
06-02-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 667
Posted By jonwvara

It's cheapish "cork" tape, wrapped from the...

It's cheapish "cork" tape, wrapped from the bottom, secured at the top with a strip of red electrical tape (tape is black, bike is red). I'll post a picture tomorrow. Barcons are already installed,...
05-29-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By jonwvara

I would not call that a failed experiment. Your...

I would not call that a failed experiment. Your goal was to test a specific hypothesis: whether a 50-38 front combination would function correctly as a substitute for your previous 50-42. You found...
05-11-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 389
Posted By jonwvara

This is heartbreaking.

This is heartbreaking.
05-10-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,306
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, understood. That's why I didn't say we're...

Yes, understood. That's why I didn't say we're well adjusted--just better adjusted than I thought.

In fact, I'm pretty sure that most of our bikes are better adjusted than we ourselves are.
05-10-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,306
Posted By jonwvara

I just read Kurt Vonnegut's collection of essays...

I just read Kurt Vonnegut's collection of essays A Man Without a Country, which I had somehow missed, even though it was published in 2005. It was his last book, and his take on the state of the...
05-10-22, 04:58 AM
Replies: 4,973
Views: 528,130
Posted By jonwvara

Self-serving of me to point this out, but if you...

Self-serving of me to point this out, but if you can't find a used one, there's always this:

https://www.redclovercomponents.com/store/p3/122_BCD_Conventional_Chainring%2C_37_Teeth.html
05-09-22, 06:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,306
Posted By jonwvara

The nightmare of NOSness

I have a NOS Stronglight chainring in a size I need, but it's not the "correct" style for my Model 93 crankset. The BCD is the same, though, so I could easily just bolt it on and ride it. The slight...
05-03-22, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 375
Posted By jonwvara

As a general rule, I don't know better,...

As a general rule, I don't know better, regardless of the endeavor involved. But in this case, I suppose I will take the easy way out and restrict myself to a 14-tooth high. Coasting down hills has a...
05-02-22, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4,973
Views: 528,130
Posted By jonwvara

Stronglight chainring trade

I have a nice 46-tooth Stronglight chainring made for, I believe, the 105 bis crank. It's 122 BCD, and in new and unused condition. If anyone is interested, I'd like to trade it for another 46-tooth...
05-01-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 907
Posted By jonwvara

This made me laugh, because when I looked at the...

This made me laugh, because when I looked at the pictures, the first thing I thought was, "hey, it's still mostly covered with paint--I might just clean it up and leave it alone."

Like they say,...
04-25-22, 07:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 799
Posted By jonwvara

Red Clover Components web site is okay

Thanks to a helpful forum member, I just learned that Norton Antivirus had rated the Red Clover Components site as unsafe, apparently through the use of some sort of algorithm. As far as I can tell,...
04-13-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By jonwvara

Yep, that's how it happens, all right. Murphy's...

Yep, that's how it happens, all right. Murphy's Law is not a joke, but a design principle that should be taken seriously.
04-10-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 501
Posted By jonwvara

I have fooled around with making a number of...

I have fooled around with making a number of saddlebags from various cheap military surplus bags and pouches. Some have worked fairly well, others less well. It can be an entertaining project. But in...
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04-07-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 558
Posted By jonwvara

Pictures of outdoor saunas

This is an aspirationally titled posting, Maybe my sauna photo will be the only one. But here it is, heating up on the last day of February....
04-07-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,256
Posted By jonwvara

That is spiffy, Mark--if I had thought of that...

That is spiffy, Mark--if I had thought of that myself, I doubt that Red Clover Components would exist, since my initial modest goal was just to have one triplizer to install on the Stronglight 93 on...
03-29-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By jonwvara

There's nothing new under the sun, so I probably...

There's nothing new under the sun, so I probably didn't really invent the flotation method of soaking a frame in a small amount of Evaporust. But I still feel a warm glow whenever someone uses it.
03-27-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 452
Posted By jonwvara

Chainring shielding when shipping a bike

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I don't like packing bikes for shipment, and don't do it very often. But...
03-24-22, 05:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,043
Posted By jonwvara

Ha! The truth comes out at last! Well, thank you...

Ha! The truth comes out at last! Well, thank you for subsidizing me. You are a true humanitarian. I guess these things all even out in the long run. Since I'm the debtor in this case, I hope that's...
03-24-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By jonwvara

I doubt that you would notice much difference...

I doubt that you would notice much difference between those low gears, so I would not worry too much about that.

As always when I look at the gear-chart output for I setup involving an 11-tooth...
03-23-22, 10:35 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,043
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, it is a good idea. It gives you a much wider...

Yes, it is a good idea. It gives you a much wider range of gear options than you get from the two-cogs-in-back approach. I will definitely give it a try next time I have an urge to do some sort of AW...
03-22-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,043
Posted By jonwvara

Just thinking about standing on the pedals of a...

Just thinking about standing on the pedals of a bike equipped with an AW hub makes my testicles retract into my body from sheer terror.
03-22-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,043
Posted By jonwvara

I have a vague recollection that when it comes to...

I have a vague recollection that when it comes to over-torquing the mechanism, the problem has less to do with excessive torque in the low gear position than in high. In other words, you're more...
03-22-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By jonwvara

Yes, I know what you mean. Soviet-era bike parts...

Yes, I know what you mean. Soviet-era bike parts may not have anything to do with today's headlines, but it feels weird.
03-22-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By jonwvara

This is one of those NOS items that I'm tempted...

This is one of those NOS items that I'm tempted to buy even though I don't need it and would probably never use it. My hope is that the rest of you guys will buy them all before I do so.
03-22-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,043
Posted By jonwvara

Nicely done! Fooling around with gearing is a lot...

Nicely done! Fooling around with gearing is a lot of fun. I did something similar several years back with an old Raleigh Sports. My setup was a 2x6, with two modified cassette cogs on the AW hub, a...
03-13-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,808
Posted By jonwvara

Neal, I had no idea you were turning 100....

Neal, I had no idea you were turning 100. Consider my hat to be doffed.

I may be visiting family outside of Boston on Easter, so it's not inconceivable that I could make it this year. I will do my...
03-11-22, 10:19 AM
Replies: 1,401
Views: 167,891
Posted By jonwvara

A tour guest when I was leading commercial bike...

A tour guest when I was leading commercial bike tours said that once when he was riding along, he saw an empty beer can lying on its side on the fog line, perpendicular to his line of travel. On an...
03-05-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,707
Posted By jonwvara

Thanks for mentioning that book--I well remember...

Thanks for mentioning that book--I well remember reading it for the first time in the summer of 1972, and have often thought about it since. It suspect that it might be worth dipping back into it.
...
03-05-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,707
Posted By jonwvara

I learned to work on my own bikes because I was...

I learned to work on my own bikes because I was often disgruntled by the work from my local shop. I'm thoroughly gruntled by my own work, though.
03-04-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,707
Posted By jonwvara

As mechanics, are we ept?

It seems to be an article of faith that most of us are better mechanics than the average mechanic down at the LBS. But are we, really? My guess is that a lot of us achieve excellent results by...
03-03-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By jonwvara

Here are the Gran Sport photos. I was mistaken...

Here are the Gran Sport photos. I was mistaken earlier when I said that the crankset was a triplized Model 93. It's actually a Stronglight 99 double, with 46-32 rings. The condition of the paint...
03-02-22, 06:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By jonwvara

No, it won't be tomorrow here until midnight. And...

No, it won't be tomorrow here until midnight. And even then it will take me a little while.

But I will have photos up before noon tomorrow.
03-02-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,505
Posted By jonwvara

Miyata 1000 photos

Here are some photos of the Miyata 1000. It's now set up for an off-road tour I did last summer--those are 38mm Paselas, which fit with adequate clearance but no room for fenders. Custom 14-38...
02-26-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 1,756
Views: 360,683
Posted By jonwvara

God, yes, the man could sing! I wish he'd taken...

God, yes, the man could sing! I wish he'd taken better care of himself--he might still be with us. Even if, like Placido, he'd had to reinvent himself as a baritone for his late career.
02-26-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 1,756
Views: 360,683
Posted By jonwvara

Unlike Luciano Pavarotti (post #1350), Placido...

Unlike Luciano Pavarotti (post #1350), Placido seems to be pretty fit and to have been photographed on an actual ride.
02-24-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,637
Posted By jonwvara

Randy, you're fine! You've been a great...

Randy, you're fine! You've been a great contributor to this forum and I always enjoy reading your posts.
02-18-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,132
Posted By jonwvara

I agree with what others have said--go ahead and...

I agree with what others have said--go ahead and build it up the way you want. But I would not make any modifications that can't be undone. It's also a good idea to save all the original parts, so...
02-13-22, 08:05 PM
Replies: 390
Views: 36,302
Posted By jonwvara

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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02-10-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 13,718
Posted By jonwvara

If it's a bike I own, it's classic, vintage, or...

If it's a bike I own, it's classic, vintage, or both. If it's a bike you own, it's just some old piece of crap.
02-01-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 2,522
Views: 886,470
Posted By jonwvara

I don't even have mirrors on my bikes anymore....

I don't even have mirrors on my bikes anymore. Just in case another C&V rider approaches me from behind.
01-24-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By jonwvara

Well, yes. Bob's a good man. I am ready to cut...

Well, yes. Bob's a good man. I am ready to cut him a little slack. So to speak.
01-24-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By jonwvara

On the other hand, lest we begin making a false...

On the other hand, lest we begin making a false idol of Pastor Bob, it should be noted that the untrimmed end of his rear derailleur cable is in dubious taste at best.
01-22-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By jonwvara

I have taken apart a Suntour AG freewheel and...

I have taken apart a Suntour AG freewheel and used the 38-tooth big cog in a variety of configurations on Suntour 5 and 6 speed bodies. Works fine, but there aren't many old-school derailleurs that...
01-21-22, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By jonwvara

Amtrak's folding-bike size limit is 34"x15"x48"....

Amtrak's folding-bike size limit is 34"x15"x48". The Long Haul Trucker 26 that I have been using for touring is comfortably within two of those dimensions, but as you suggest, the fork steerer sticks...
01-20-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,314
Posted By jonwvara

I agree with what others have said about checking...

I agree with what others have said about checking the fit before getting out the sandpaper--it may fit fine already. But I have sanded a couple of Technomics with good results.

What I have done is...
01-17-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 541
Posted By jonwvara

And if you live another ten years after that, you...

And if you live another ten years after that, you can install a Suntour AG, which will handle a 38-tooth freewheel cog.

I'm there now. Not sure what comes after that.
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