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07-12-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,449
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...
07-03-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 889
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: 836
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.

...
03-06-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,008
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...
02-20-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,771
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, 12:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,228
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, 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...
02-16-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,252
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...
01-28-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 802
Posted By conspiratemus1

Here’s my solution: ...

Here’s my solution:

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Shifter with inner-most sprocket engaged.
...
01-28-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,084
Posted By conspiratemus1

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I use these little disposable “sponge-on-a-stick” brushes. You don’t really...
01-25-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,012
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.
01-23-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,039
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: 2,272
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...
01-11-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,159
Posted By conspiratemus1

Actually you will only reach target tension on...

Actually you will only reach target tension on the drive side. The left-side spokes will be at one-half to two-thirds that tension. You don’t aim for a target tension on the left. You just accept...
01-11-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,184
Posted By conspiratemus1

If the wheel came from a tandem 30 years ago, it...

If the wheel came from a tandem 30 years ago, it likely has an OLD of 135 mm. 140 was starting to appear but 140 would not be able to be crammed into a singe-bike frame. There were some tandems still...
01-06-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,961
Posted By conspiratemus1

Just doing my bit for the filibuster.

Just doing my bit for the filibuster.
01-06-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,961
Posted By conspiratemus1

Sinking a ship with gunfire is quite difficult,...

Sinking a ship with gunfire is quite difficult, unless a shell finds its way to a magazine (as with HMS Hood 1941) or starts a fire that does (as with several ships at Jutland.). Failing that, can...
01-05-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By conspiratemus1

Right you are. A reason to move the chainrings...

Right you are. A reason to move the chainrings inboard and accept worse rubbing in the granny would be if you wanted to bias the chainline to make it more like a double. Then the big-big crosschain...
01-04-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 879
Posted By conspiratemus1

Contributing some myth to the discussion, I heard...

Contributing some myth to the discussion, I heard it said — here, I think — that the only reason manufacturers designed chainline, and chainring sizing, to avoid rubbing in small-small was that many...
12-29-20, 10:26 PM
Replies: 466
Views: 24,297
Posted By conspiratemus1

...and out of the headset. But granted, full...

...and out of the headset.
But granted, full fenders do a better job and look so much better that I never use the little guys.
12-28-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,752
Posted By conspiratemus1

Thanks much. In addition to addressing my...

Thanks much. In addition to addressing my question, you supplied this take-home message.

I appreciate your success in distilling for a layperson a complex technical subject while still...
12-27-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 8,188
Posted By conspiratemus1

True enough. The best way to enjoy foreign...

True enough. The best way to enjoy foreign shipping and de-tarnish your faith is to charge enough for it that it's another profit centre for you. The time it takes you to prepare an article for...
12-27-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 832
Posted By conspiratemus1

It seems there is more than one problem here. ...

It seems there is more than one problem here.
Impaired coasting = failure of the ratchet mechanism in the freehub. Dollars to donuts, absence of that spacer is causing something that moves to rub...
12-27-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 9,961
Posted By conspiratemus1

I think the dynamic is akin to playing...

I think the dynamic is akin to playing hide-and-seek outside where you have lots of places to hide in. By the time it's your turn to hide, you are really into it because you have found this great...
12-25-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 658
Posted By conspiratemus1

Welcome to the Forum, Maru, and welcome back to...

Welcome to the Forum, Maru, and welcome back to cycling.
12-14-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,129
Posted By conspiratemus1

I Were you using a pressure washer to apply the...

I
Were you using a pressure washer to apply the WD-40? Or a car wash?
Actually no part of a freewheel moves under load. The pawls need some lube so they will snap back under spring force to fully...
12-14-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,129
Posted By conspiratemus1

I find it takes so little to do it cyccommute ’s...

I find it takes so little to do it cyccommute ’s way that pouring the used stuff back into an empty container takes about 10 years to fill it, then it’s a convenient trip to the transfer station...
12-11-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17,592
Views: 1,928,642
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yesterday, not today. It takes me a day to mess...

Yesterday, not today. It takes me a day to mess with Mrs. C's photos to shrink them.
A truncated version of our "three-county ride" -- it was colder than it looked with that low near-solstice sun....
12-10-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 9,690
Posted By conspiratemus1

Amphetamines, mostly, then. They dull pain as...

Amphetamines, mostly, then. They dull pain as well as fatigue if you’re high enough. They’re why modern meth-heads don’t go down with Tasering, and have to be shot.
12-09-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,318
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yes, the Naval Observatory table is what I used...

Yes, the Naval Observatory table is what I used also. Kept it pinned up to my bulletin board at work to estimate how dark it would be when I got off the train and unlocked my bike. Night-time lights...
12-09-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,318
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hoo-ray! Earliest sunset today.

Yes, from mow until the summer solstice, the sun will be up in the evening a little longer every day. The shortest day is not until 21 Dec. but owing to the elliptical nature of the earth’s orbit,...
12-05-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,517
Posted By conspiratemus1

Historian Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris...

Historian Margaret MacMillan, author of Paris 1919, the definitive account of the Treaty of Versailles, has observed that the flu pandemic of 1918-1919 made surprisingly little durable impact on the...
12-02-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 11,724
Posted By conspiratemus1

With the vaccine(s) at hand, 2022 is the year to...

With the vaccine(s) at hand, 2022 is the year to hope for a revival of foreign travel (or even to see your folks in Wichita or Swift Current.) If any travel operator is still in business by then. And...
12-02-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,231
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yes, it should be a skills goal to not need tools...

Yes, it should be a skills goal to not need tools of any kind to remount a tire. The techniques mentioned above should be followed to the letter and with patience, practice, and perseverance you...
11-30-20, 07:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,364
Posted By conspiratemus1

Me too. And it is a blast. And if my post...

Me too. And it is a blast.
And if my post hadn’t been deleted, you would know why it probably won’t happen.
11-27-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,165
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ This is fine for traditional freewheel-type...

^ This is fine for traditional freewheel-type hubs where the cones & locknuts on both ends of the axle are the same. The OP has a different design where this will not work: there is only one locknut...
11-25-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 672
Posted By conspiratemus1

"Half a cent per ton-mile" This is a...

"Half a cent per ton-mile"

This is a reference to historical freight rates for carrying grain that will make sense only to Canadians of a certain age and has nothing to do with cycling, but I...
11-25-20, 01:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,185
Posted By conspiratemus1

Our 3-col day. 2 July 2008, the valley of...

Our 3-col day.

2 July 2008, the valley of the Ubaye south of Barcelonnette, France. One of the "rest" days on an Erickson tour in the Maritime Alps. (Ha. A rest only in the sense of a respite from...
11-17-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 608
Posted By conspiratemus1

I feel for the OP. He asks for advice and gets...

I feel for the OP. He asks for advice and gets suggestions all over the map. That's the internet, I guess. None of it is wrong, it just reflects the world-view of the advice-giver.
People who...
11-09-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By conspiratemus1

I think “below” Record & Grand Prix would be more...

I think “below” Record & Grand Prix would be more accurate. “Above” would make it a Super Course, which it most certainly is not. Or were you just trying not to hurt the OP’s feelings?
11-07-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,522
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ I should have known better and just held my...

^ I should have known better and just held my tongue. As usual, you are being argumentative, picking out of context and misinterpreting the inevitable elisions that one has to make for a quick post,...
11-06-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,522
Posted By conspiratemus1

Not true. You just explained what the Fahrenheit...

Not true. You just explained what the Fahrenheit scale is based on, so clearly not “nothing”. Fahrenheit’s zero was the coldest he could achieve using available materials and techniques at the time...
11-06-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By conspiratemus1

Just open Spocalc, go to the Rims page and sort...

Just open Spocalc, go to the Rims page and sort it on ERD. Then find clincher rims that come within 2 mm of the ERD of your current GP4s. Easy peasy.
To be even more confident, take note of what the...
11-06-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,742
Posted By conspiratemus1

My faithful, highly successful, much-loved...

My faithful, highly successful, much-loved long-distance non-urban commuter. Imported (via eBay) as a frame & fork from the United States. Serial # starts “WD5....”. Dropouts Campagnolo, the...
11-05-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 9,153
Posted By conspiratemus1

Nice lighting and shallow depth of field. :thumb:...

Nice lighting and shallow depth of field. :thumb:

Bicycle Specialities (Toronto) has TA rings on their eBay store.
Peter White in New Hampshire usually has them too.
11-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 20,709
Posted By conspiratemus1

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

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Gray, with snow last night.
11-01-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,258
Posted By conspiratemus1

To test-fit your experiment it is helpful to have...

To test-fit your experiment it is helpful to have the extractor at hand since getting the right spindle to fit the crank is an experiment in itself. You may find yourself needing to torque it on...
10-31-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,213
Posted By conspiratemus1

Simple, but not helpful to the uninitiated...

Simple, but not helpful to the uninitiated because in the bolded section, there is no clue in your wording that clockwise 1.37" means English and right-side dextrorotatory means Italian. And there...
10-31-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,213
Posted By conspiratemus1

No, he means left-hand thread for English and...

No, he means left-hand thread for English and right-hand thread for Italian. (it's only on the drive side that they differ in direction.)
10-31-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,455
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, that's somewhat reassuring. He certainly...

Well, that's somewhat reassuring. He certainly writes (or talks with a keyboard) like someone born in 1988.

And here I thought he was just a pianist.....
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