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Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-24, 04:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 566
Posted By Trakhak

The 7 Best Hybrid Bikes For Exercise, Commuting...

The 7 Best Hybrid Bikes For Exercise, Commuting and Casual Fun (https://www.bicycling.com/bikes-gear/a22140457/best-hybrid-bikes/)Figured triples might be found on hybrids, if anywhere, so I searched...
04-20-24, 04:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 607
Posted By Trakhak

FYI: Kirtland, not Kirkland. See label on bag in...

FYI: Kirtland, not Kirkland. See label on bag in your photo.
Replies: 27
Views: 830
Posted By Trakhak

Is this what triggered your hissy fit? "All...

Is this what triggered your hissy fit?

"All I meant by my comment was that unless one specifically wants a disc brake touring bike, this is pretty much as good as it gets. (Most other components...
04-17-24, 03:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,500
Posted By Trakhak

Many bike fitters say that a surprisingly high...

Many bike fitters say that a surprisingly high proportion of riders have their saddles too high. Adjusting a saddle's nose down in quest of comfort can be a sign that the saddle's height should be...
04-16-24, 07:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 654
Posted By Trakhak

You've got to have some stories from your career....

You've got to have some stories from your career. Here's one from a guy I met back in the mid-'70's, when we briefly played in a band together.

His day job was working as a machinist for Sikorsky...
04-15-24, 08:28 PM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 477,609
Posted By Trakhak

I've often thought that a professor teaching a...

I've often thought that a professor teaching a course in logical reasoning would do well to assign students the task of reading through this thread. Plenty of failures of logic in various flavors,...
04-14-24, 04:34 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,149
Posted By Trakhak

That's not a lugged frame.

That's not a lugged frame.
04-14-24, 04:30 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,436
Posted By Trakhak

I second that suggestion. In the U.S.,...

I second that suggestion.

In the U.S., anyway, high-quality complete vintage steel bikes are now often listed on Facebook Market, Craigslist, etc., at near-giveaway prices that are not much higher...
04-14-24, 05:43 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,906
Posted By Trakhak

All the pros were riding the same gear ranges in...

All the pros were riding the same gear ranges in that era. All the racers I rode with used the same gear ranges as the pros. (One teammate used 44/18 as his low gear for even the hilliest races and...
04-13-24, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 474
Posted By Trakhak

It's a time-honored design. From 1892: ...

It's a time-honored design. From 1892:

https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/V2QAAOSwRTxlfbpJ/s-l1600.jpg
04-13-24, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 581
Posted By Trakhak

Or not. I'm 72, use drops and aero bars happily...

Or not. I'm 72, use drops and aero bars happily for many hours per ride, and have never stretched or done core work. I always wonder why people think those exercises are necessary. Maybe if you don't...
04-12-24, 03:22 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,596
Posted By Trakhak

The story is actually even better than that....

The story is actually even better than that. After the story of Specialized going after the Montreal bike shop over the Roubaix name hit the news, Fuji's management pointed out to Specialized that...
04-12-24, 10:52 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 5,596
Posted By Trakhak

:lol: Brand Spotlight: Trek Bicycle Cements...

:lol:

Brand Spotlight: Trek Bicycle Cements Its Position As Most Trusted Bicycle Brand...
04-12-24, 01:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,333
Posted By Trakhak

Looks familiar. From this page...

Looks familiar.

From this page (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/frame_fatigue_test.htm):

The myth of indestructibility collapses: Relatively early, considering the price and the high...
04-11-24, 03:03 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,873
Posted By Trakhak

Dave Moulton said on his blog some years ago...

Dave Moulton said on his blog some years ago that, after several years of sizing customers to his frames, he arrived at the conclusion that the customer's height was almost always a reliable...
04-09-24, 04:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 784
Posted By Trakhak

Good question. Perhaps not cheating, technically,...

Good question. Perhaps not cheating, technically, but contrary to the spirit of good sportsmanship.

Did a search and found this article...
04-08-24, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 190
Posted By Trakhak

Even cheaper, and you can start today - avoid...

Even cheaper, and you can start today - avoid using the smallest rear sprocket with the middle or small chainring. For greatest small-sprocket life, shift to the large chainring rather than always...
04-08-24, 10:55 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 6,510
Posted By Trakhak

The OP is apparently now sitting back and...

The OP is apparently now sitting back and enjoying the fireworks. I've never understood what's fun about riling people up over irreconcilable differences, but then I've never watched daytime TV.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-24, 02:09 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,671
Posted By Trakhak

Ever wonder why pros sometimes switch bikes in...

Ever wonder why pros sometimes switch bikes in time trials that include a big climb? Why not ride the bike with lighter wheels from the start?

RChung once or twice provided a link to study results...
04-07-24, 04:07 AM
Replies: 182
Views: 6,510
Posted By Trakhak

So what's your point?

So what's your point?
Forum: Road Cycling
04-06-24, 09:23 AM
Replies: 608
Views: 20,420
Posted By Trakhak

Again, the perfect amount of "believable." Well...

Again, the perfect amount of "believable." Well played.:D
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-24, 06:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,768
Posted By Trakhak

The archives here include quite a number of...

The archives here include quite a number of threads on that topic, most of which were closed by moderators, some of which had been started by people who were eventually banned for trolling.

Some...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-02-24, 03:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By Trakhak

Wonder how long the OP has waited for April...

Wonder how long the OP has waited for April Fool's Day to arrive.

By the way - the word is "riding," "Ridding" means something else.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-24, 05:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 346
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_pDwv3tpug

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_pDwv3tpug
03-31-24, 04:16 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,685
Posted By Trakhak

Years of previous threads on the topic of bike...

Years of previous threads on the topic of bike weights, including the "why don't manufacturers list bike weights?" topic (https://www.bikeforums.net/search.php?searchid=16551953).

Example from one...
03-30-24, 04:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,015
Posted By Trakhak

Sometime in the mid-1970's, one of the strongest...

Sometime in the mid-1970's, one of the strongest local racers in southern Connecticut showed up at a race with a "high-end" Japanese bike. Shocking. Couldn't get my head around it. You deliberately...
03-29-24, 05:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,118
Posted By Trakhak

Childish taunting? Really? That was embarrassing...

Childish taunting? Really? That was embarrassing to read.

Please either provide statistics from reliable sources that support your claims or concede (if possible, gracefully) that TC1's arguments...
03-28-24, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By Trakhak

You're seriously going to suggest that Wout...

You're seriously going to suggest that Wout should "ride a little smarter"? This reminds me of the Bike Forums poster who insisted he could teach World Tour pros how to handle their bikes better...
03-28-24, 01:52 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,712
Posted By Trakhak

"Doctor, you're charging me that much for what?...

"Doctor, you're charging me that much for what? Just to tell me I'm healthy? For that kind of money, I demand that you operate. Take something out or put something in."

Just pointing out that...
03-28-24, 01:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,537
Posted By Trakhak

Don't be so ashamed about performance issues....

Don't be so ashamed about performance issues. Lashing out can be healthy. Drafting a Viagra bike when you're on a manual bike is better than not riding at all.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-24, 02:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,301
Posted By Trakhak

Matej Mohorič Wins Milan San Remo on Dropper Post!

Matej Mohorič Wins Milan San Remo on Dropper Post!
03-26-24, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,042
Posted By Trakhak

I'd hold the bike up off the ground or balance it...

I'd hold the bike up off the ground or balance it on the rear wheel at a height and an angle that made it easy for the car mechanic to direct the impact under the seat post clamp or stem. The rapid...
03-26-24, 08:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,042
Posted By Trakhak

Whenever we ran into a seemingly immovable stem...

Whenever we ran into a seemingly immovable stem or seat post, we'd just bring the bike to the car repair place next door. Ten seconds with a pneumatic hammer, and the problem was solved.
03-26-24, 07:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,402
Posted By Trakhak

Very good point. In this situation, I'd consider...

Very good point. In this situation, I'd consider picking up a cheap cruiser-style bike. The upright position (combined with removal of the pedals) would make it so much easier to learn to ride. Once...
03-26-24, 04:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 522
Posted By Trakhak

Poster made one post and then disappeared. If...

Poster made one post and then disappeared. If s/he were actively participating in this thread, I'd want to know what exactly is meant by "tubular" in the opening post.

The slightly awkward English...
03-26-24, 04:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,118
Posted By Trakhak

Cyclist beware: the moderators move helmet...

Cyclist beware: the moderators move helmet discussions (i.e., those that evolve beyond "I wear one"/"I don't wear one") to the helmet sticky thread.
03-26-24, 03:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 482
Posted By Trakhak

See mistake no. 7 (i.e., the bike doesn't fit)....

See mistake no. 7 (i.e., the bike doesn't fit). That said, one workaround is to buy a taller stem with the same ("shortest") horizontal length. Such a stem moves the bars up and back.
Forum: Commuting
03-24-24, 07:23 AM
Replies: 195
Views: 8,917
Posted By Trakhak

Great Notch Road, Lower Notch Road: tellin' it...

Great Notch Road, Lower Notch Road: tellin' it like it is. In pre-GPS days, I often thought it would be interesting to poll Bike Forums people on which of their local road names are codes that,...
03-23-24, 03:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,054
Posted By Trakhak

Better Lycra, too. Heavier-weight Lycra lasts...

Better Lycra, too. Heavier-weight Lycra lasts much longer and provides much better support where it's needed. People who see expensive bibs marked down and spring for a pair sometimes complain that...
03-23-24, 05:44 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 4,108
Posted By Trakhak

The common methods of spreading rear dropouts (or...

The common methods of spreading rear dropouts (or "fork ends," per Sheldon Brown's strongly expressed preference) were mentioned only once in this thread that I remember (those being the use of 2 x...
03-22-24, 11:49 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 5,417
Posted By Trakhak

Another factor rarely alluded to: reading forums...

Another factor rarely alluded to: reading forums like this one, you can lose sight of just how few bike riders around the world buy pro-level equipment, including tires. Continental's bike tire...
03-22-24, 11:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,127
Posted By Trakhak

Those Ishiwata Treks got very little attention...

Those Ishiwata Treks got very little attention from us bike store guys selling Treks back then. Most of us probably figured that the tube quality tracked linearly with price and thus that the more...
03-21-24, 04:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 528
Posted By Trakhak

I was using an older set of earbuds for indoor...

I was using an older set of earbuds for indoor trainer rides. But that means listening for up to 2 hours per ride, so I wanted better ones.

I read a couple of musicians' forums, and the topic of...
03-21-24, 12:41 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

Back in Usenet days - in 1997, maybe - BIke...

Back in Usenet days - in 1997, maybe - BIke Forums' own bulgie wrote a post regarding the state of bicycle engineering in the pre-modern era where he said, approximately (I'll try to dig up the...
03-21-24, 12:10 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

I'd pay good money to see that movie: "Wanda and...

I'd pay good money to see that movie: "Wanda and Lucille."
03-21-24, 05:30 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

Again: bike companies do what they do to stay...

Again: bike companies do what they do to stay competitive in the marketplace. That includes pushing higher-end models. They'd be nuts not to do so.

But 14-mph guys can find plenty of bike magazine...
03-21-24, 04:49 AM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

That guitarist couldn't develop his ears even if...

That guitarist couldn't develop his ears even if he wanted to, having all but deafened himself back in his hard rock days, standing directly in front of a cranked full Marshall stack on tiny stages...
03-20-24, 08:05 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

Me, too. I guess we've forgotten how gratifying...

Me, too. I guess we've forgotten how gratifying beating a spoon on a highchair was.
03-20-24, 07:43 PM
Replies: 642
Views: 17,086
Posted By Trakhak

This reminds me of a guitarist I used to know....

This reminds me of a guitarist I used to know. Whenever he had trouble figuring out the chords to some song he wanted the band to cover, he'd say, "They deliberately made it complicated to make it...
03-20-24, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 399
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, for an off-road beginner, a hardtail is OK....

Yes, for an off-road beginner, a hardtail is OK. (Which reminds me: if you have friends who are experienced off-road cyclists who want you to ride with them, trust your instincts about speeds and...
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