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Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 03-22-16, 01:13 PM
Replies: 1,270
Views: 183,266
Posted By Kotts
That's a beautiful machine.

That's a beautiful machine.
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 01-10-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 60,112
Posted By Kotts
Sunscreen Alternative

Last summer I did a number of centuries (metric and "English"), topping with a 430-mile wide across South Dakota in August. I discovered "cool sleeves". Like arm warmers, but white or patterned...
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-07-16, 10:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,235
Posted By Kotts
They use a fresh sample of the helmet for each...

They use a fresh sample of the helmet for each test. One single example does not go through all the tests.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 01-07-16, 10:04 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 3,702
Posted By Kotts
I got back into riding in 2004, age 45. I've...

I got back into riding in 2004, age 45. I've been riding more miles every year, always looking for what seems fun. Last summer's fun was a 433-mile ride across South Dakota with one of my best...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 01-03-16, 04:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 954
Posted By Kotts
Clamping by the seat post...

Actually, clamping by the seat post is the preferred method for all decent bikes nowadays. It ensures the least likelihood of damage to the frame.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 11-29-15, 06:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By Kotts
How fr apart did you take it?

It's possible that the lower bearing isn't sitting properly. It could be canted, I suppose, or if you took it all apart, you might have reinstalled be bearing upside down.
Forum: Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) 11-16-15, 08:23 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 56,885
Posted By Kotts
Not necessarily fat, just big.

It's not, by any means! I know of cyclists who are over 250, and have a body fat of about 10%. It just means that you're physically bigger than the average cyclist, for whatever reason.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-30-15, 10:24 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,738
Posted By Kotts
HERETIC!!! BURN HIM!!!!:eek: :p

HERETIC!!! BURN HIM!!!!:eek:



:p
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 12-07-14, 05:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 750
Posted By Kotts
Take a caliper to the existing hubs, and paw...

Take a caliper to the existing hubs, and paw through the WM catalog. You may find a match in the non-Shimano parts, or find a cone that is so close that the difference is trivial.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 11-23-14, 07:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 672
Posted By Kotts
Genius...

Genius...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 11-23-14, 07:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,101
Posted By Kotts
Just a thought for those concerned about...

Just a thought for those concerned about liability issues: I'm a consultant in my "day job" and I need (often by contract) to carry "errors and omissions" insurance. It's not terribly expensive, as...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 11-12-14, 05:13 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 7,613
Posted By Kotts
I'm sorry, the original question is silly. It...

I'm sorry, the original question is silly. It presumes that the only explanation for the continued popularity of rim brakes is "resistance". A new technology can be a superior solution in some...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-01-14, 11:02 AM
Replies: 571
Views: 242,250
Posted By Kotts
Formula Hubs

I just had to rebuild the hubs on my wife's 2011 Fuji Finest 3.0 because the cones were spalled in the bearing track (rough pitting in the part of the cone where the bearings ride.) The hubs are...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 06-27-14, 05:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 974
Posted By Kotts
It can be tricky threading the shifter cable...

It can be tricky threading the shifter cable through the first part of the shifter. Be patient, don't rush, and don't force it.
Forum: Fifty Plus (50+) 06-14-14, 04:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,295
Posted By Kotts
Look at adjusting the saddle height, fore/aft...

Look at adjusting the saddle height, fore/aft position, and angle before anything else. You may end up changing out the stem, but only after the saddle position has been tried.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-20-14, 06:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,270
Posted By Kotts
Simple Green is corrosive to metals. You can use...

Simple Green is corrosive to metals. You can use it, but make sure you get it all out of there, then use WD-40 to get the water out, then lube properly.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-20-14, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,516
Posted By Kotts
For the first time, ever, I disagree with FB. By...

For the first time, ever, I disagree with FB. By that measure, a Platypus is a Duck (it has some duck-like features.)

In operation, this is actually much closer to those "theft-proof" devices...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-20-14, 04:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,326
Posted By Kotts
It depends a lot on where you are on the...

It depends a lot on where you are on the speed/durability scale. On the durability end, I've had good success with the Forté Metro from Performance Bike. Put thousands of miles of urban riding on a...
Forum: Charity Events 04-07-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By Kotts
Cool! How do I pledge? Is there a link?

Cool! How do I pledge? Is there a link?
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-06-14, 02:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,141
Posted By Kotts
You need to be very careful when drilling out the...

You need to be very careful when drilling out the old threads and tapping for the helicoil that you are perpindicular to the crankarm. Doing it with a hand drill, it would be very easy to get...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-05-14, 04:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,556
Posted By Kotts
No, spelling it $ex is an attempt to get past the...

No, spelling it $ex is an attempt to get past the forum filters for bad language / naughty posts. Sorta like referring to a file as a "mill b@stard".
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-02-14, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,860
Posted By Kotts
That's my bet...

That's my bet...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-02-14, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By Kotts
You're fine...

As long as you use the Quick Release properly, you're fine. Don't treat the lever as a wing-nut. Google "quick release" for instructions.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 03-25-14, 06:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,557
Posted By Kotts
The OP was looking for a screw for a clamp mount...

The OP was looking for a screw for a clamp mount front derailleur. Desperate times and desperate measures, maybe, but I don't know whether I'd ever be desperate enough to try that application for a...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 03-25-14, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By Kotts
You can check for out-of-round with your caliper....

You can check for out-of-round with your caliper. Just measure across the opening at different positions. If you're doing this yourself, you probably want a better caliper, though.

Presuming...
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