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  1. #1
    Banned. DnvrFox's Avatar
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    Good Source of Information

    There may be some folks here not familiar with the rec.bicycles USENET newsgroups, and the extensive FAQ that they keep in reference concerning all sorts of biking info.

    Anyway, just in case not everyone knows about it, here is the FAQ URL:

    These are the covered topics

    1 Introduction

    2 Index

    3 Administrivia
    3.1 Abbreviations
    3.2 Gopher and World Wide Web access
    3.3 Archives
    3.4 Posting Guidelines
    3.5 Electronic Mailing lists
    3.6 Posting Guidelines for rec.bicycles.marketplace

    4 Rides
    4.1 Maps
    4.2 Touring supplies
    4.3 Taking a bike on Amtrak
    4.4 Travel with bicycles - Air/Rail/Other
    4.5 Warm Showers List
    4.6 Touring Europe Guide
    4.7 More information on Amtrak and Bicycles
    4.8 Getting Weather Information

    5 Racing
    5.1 Tour de France Jerseys
    5.2 Major Tour Winners 1947-1990
    5.3 Rating the Tour de France Climbs
    5.4 How to follow the Tour de France
    5.5 Tour de France Time Limits
    5.6 Tour de France Points Jersey Competition
    5.7 Bicycle Racing Movies
    5.8 Guide to Spectating at the Tour de France

    6 Social
    6.1 Bicycling in America
    6.2 League of American Bicyclists
    6.3 Rules for trail riding
    6.4 Commuting - Is it possible for me to commute by bike?
    6.5 Commuting - How do I choose a route?
    6.6 Commuting - Do I really need to look that goofy?
    6.7 Commuting - Do cyclists breathe more pollution than motorists?

    7 Marketplace
    7.1 Marketplace hints/guidelines
    7.2 Bike Trailers
    7.3 One Less Car T-Shirts
    7.4 Panniers and Racks
    7.5 Clothing materials
    7.6 Seats
    7.7 Women's Saddles
    7.8 Women's Bikes
    7.9 Bike Rentals
    7.10 Bike Lockers
    7.11 Bike computer features
    7.12 Recumbent Bike Info
    7.13 Buying a Bike
    7.14 Kid's Bike Clothes
    7.15 Repair stands
    7.16 Updated Bike Locker listing
    7.17 Electric Bikes
    7.18 Cycling loaded: bags, panniers, and trailers

    8a Tech General
    8a.1 Technical Support Numbers
    8a.2 Using a Quick Release
    8a.3 Workstands
    8a.4 Workstands 2
    8a.5 Working on a Bicycle Upside-down
    8a.6 Where to buy tools
    8a.7 Common Torque Values
    8a.8 WD-40
    8a.9 Sheldon Brown's web pages

    8b Tech Tires
    8b.1 Patching Tubes
    8b.2 Mounting Tires
    8b.3 Snakebite flats
    8b.4 Blowouts and Sudden Flats
    8b.5 Blown Tubes
    8b.6 Tube Failure in Clinchers
    8b.7 More Flats on Rear Tires
    8b.8 Tube and Tire Casing Repair
    8b.9 Presta Valve Nuts
    8b.10 Rim Tape Summary
    8b.11 Talcum Powder for Tubes and Tires
    8b.12 ETRTO numbers for tire sizes
    8b.13 Tires with smooth tread
    8b.14 Rolling resistance of Tires
    8b.15 Wiping Tires
    8b.17 Clinchers vs. Tubulars
    8b.18 Tubular Fables
    8b.19 Tubular Tire Repair
    8b.20 Gluing Sew-up Tires
    8b.21 Another way to glue sewup tires
    8b.22 Folding a Tubular Tire
    8b.23 Coiling a Wire Bead Clincher
    8b.24 Measuring the circumference of a wheel
    8b.25 What holds the rim off the ground?
    8b.26 Making a tubular tire
    8b.27 Things to check after a flat
    8b.28 Mounting Tubular Tires
    8b.29 Presta vs Schrader valves

    8c Tech Wheels
    8c.1 Stress Relieving Spokes
    8c.2 Anodized vs. Non-anodized Rims
    8c.3 Reusing Spokes
    8c.4 Ideal Tire Sizes
    8c.5 Tied and Soldered Wheels
    8c.6 Machined rims
    8c.7 Wheel Bearing adjustment

    8d Tech Chains
    8d.1 Lubricating Chains
    8d.2 Chain care, wear and skipping
    8d.3 Adjusting Chain Length
    8d.4 Hyperglide chains
    8d.5 SACHS Power-links

    8e Tech Frames
    8e.1 Bike pulls to one side
    8e.2 Frame Stiffness
    8e.3 Frame repair
    8e.4 Frame Fatigue
    8e.5 Frames "going soft"
    8e.6 Inspecting your bike for potential failures
    8e.7 Frame materials
    8e.8 Bottom Bracket Drop
    8e.9 Bent Frames
    8e.10 Aligning a Fork
    8e.11 Stuck Handlebar Stem

    8f Tech Moving Parts
    8f.1 SIS Adjustment Procedure
    8f.2 SIS Cable Info
    8f.3 STI/Ergo Summary
    8f.4 Cassette or Freewheel Hubs
    8f.5 Cassette or Freewheel Hubs take 2
    8f.6 "Sealed" Bearings
    8f.7 Ball Bearing Grades
    8f.8 Bottom Bracket Bearing adjustment
    8f.9 Crank noises
    8f.10 Cracking/Breaking Cranks
    8f.11 Installing Cranks
    8f.12 Biopace chainrings
    8f.13 Indexed Steering
    8f.14 Roller Head Bearings
    8f.15 Brakes from Skid Pads to V-brakes
    8f.16 Brake Squeal
    8f.17 Electronic Shifting
    8f.18 Bearing Seals
    8f.18 Sturmey-Archer 3-Speed Hubs

    8g Tech Accessories
    8g.1 Milk Jug Mud Flaps
    8g.2 Storing NiCad Batteries

    8h Tech Ergonomics
    8h.1 Seat adjustments
    8h.2 Cleat adjustments
    8h.3 Adjusting SPD Cleats
    8h.4 SPD cleat compatability
    8h.5 Shimmy or Speed Wobble
    8h.6 Soft Bicycle Saddles
    8h.6 Black vs White Helmet - Thermal Test
    8h.8 Ankling, a pedaling style

    8i Tech Misc
    8i.1 Weight = Speed?
    8i.2 Traffic detector loops
    8i.3 The Continuously Variable Transmission
    8i.4 Alenax Bicycle
    8i.5 Stuck Pedal Removal
    8i.6 Removing Pedals
    8i.7 Bikecurrent FAQ
    8i.8 Fretting damage in Bicycle Mechanics

    9 Misc
    9.1 Books and Magazines
    9.2 Mail Order Addresses
    9.3 Road Gradient Units
    9.4 Helmet FAQ now on-line
    9.5 Terminology
    9.6 Avoiding Dogs
    9.7 Shaving Your Legs
    9.8 Contact Lenses and Cycling
    9.9 How to deal with your clothes
    9.10 Pete's Winter Cycling Tips
    9.11 Nancy's Cold/Wet Cycling Tips
    9.12 Studded Tires
    9.13 Cycling Myths
    9.14 Descending I
    9.15 Descending II
    9.16 Trackstands
    9.17 Front Brake Usage
    9.18 Slope Wind, the Invisible Enemy
    9.19 Reflective Tape
    9.20 Nutrition
    9.21 Nuclear Free Energy Bar Recipe
    9.22 Powerbars Recipe
    9.23 Calories burned by cycling
    9.24 Road Rash Cures
    9.25 Knee problems
    9.26 Cycling Psychology
    9.27 Mirrors
    9.28 ==> Powerbars NO more ---> homemade -- YES!!!
    9.29 Lower back pain
    9.30 Saddle Sores
    9.31 Group Riding Tips
    9.32 Riding in echelon
    9.33 Mirrors II
    9.34 Thorns aka Puncture Vine
    9.35 Gyroscopic Forces
    9.36 Going over the bars
    9.37 Yet another powerbar recipe
    9.38 Custom Jerseys
    9.39 Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Patelar Tendonitis
    9.40 Staying up in a crash
    9.41 Applying Merlin Decals

    10 Off-Road
    10.1 Suspension Stems
    10.2 MTB FAQ available
    10.3 Installing new rear derailleur spring
    10.4 A Brief History of the Mountain Bike
    10.5 The Mike Vandeman FAQ
    10.6 Ode to a Usenet Kook

    There is good background info on the TdF and climb ratings.
    Last edited by DnvrFox; 07-08-03 at 02:35 PM.

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    Thanks for the link, Dnvr! Looks like a wealth of info there. I saved it for future reference!

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    Ty Dnvr!
    No matter how fast I'm going, I'm in no hurry.
    there are no bicycles in the valley, the only bicycle you find in the valley is the bicycle you ride down there.
    Ride in the front, this space is available to anyone that wishes to take it-jjmolyet

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