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    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the...

    FYI: I have heard of Euro-peeples say that the O-locks can get grit in them from the tires and become difficult to get open/closed. It might depend on your fender coverage and local weather I suppose.
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    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody...

    Paper will work great, sure! Because nobody riding a bike ever sweats much. :|
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    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm...

    I use a glasses-mounted mirror too, in warm weather. I think it's more important to riding safety than wearing a helmet.

    I don't use the mirror in the winter tho because I have to wear goggles...
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    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it....

    I have a LWB with the RANS chopper bars on it. They seemed a bit wide so I clamped on some MTB angled bar ends pointing inwards, on the RANS bars just inside the brake lever hoods.
    The MTB bar-end...
  5. Ummm.... Just for future reference: aluminum has...

    Ummm.... Just for future reference: aluminum has a greater thermal expansion than steel.

    When the two are heated, aluminum expands more than steel. And when the two are cooled, the aluminum...
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    The reason I bought the little Park beam wrench...

    The reason I bought the little Park beam wrench was because I wanted a torque wrench that would work for smaller (non-bicycle) bolts. None of the clickers adjusted down as far.

    There is dial...
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    For tightening smaller bolts, a lot of the...

    For tightening smaller bolts, a lot of the clickers don't go all the way down to zero but the beam ones always do.

    The Park TW-1 is one of the smaller beam wrenches around. Kinda not cheap tho. ...
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    I remember reading about it in print magazines. I...

    I remember reading about it in print magazines. I was in IL and the races were nowhere near me.

    My LBS had a GT that I test-rode... I liked the concept but I was 20+ years old at the time (~6-ft...
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    I am not an expert,,,,,,,, but usually when...

    I am not an expert,,,,,,,, but usually when someones crank arm comes loose (on a square-taper BB) the square hole in the crank gets ruined, and then they need new CRANKS, not a new BB. The BB spindle...
  10. Thread: Seating Tires

    by Doug5150
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    A lot of automotive places use silicone grease on...

    A lot of automotive places use silicone grease on the tire beads before mounting--but then, a car tire is a very different design than a bicycle tire.

    A car tire is made with a far stronger bead...
  11. Thread: Seating Tires

    by Doug5150
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    Inflating the wheel with the bike (or wheel) laid...

    Inflating the wheel with the bike (or wheel) laid on its side can sometimes help. This way gravity isn't pulling the tire off-center of the rim.

    Even so, some tires and rims just don't work well...
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    It helps if you have a relatively heavy front...

    It helps if you have a relatively heavy front wheel.... like, a balloon-style tire. Road bikes now are all built much lighter, and the wheel just doesn't have as much gyroscopic stability.

    Also it...
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    Like, first bicycle ever? Do you know how to ride...

    Like, first bicycle ever? Do you know how to ride a bicycle?....

    Ummm, anyway.
    Baskets are better for carrying odd-sized stuff conveniently than touring-style bags are. Backpacks can be used...
  14. Yea, I kinda agree with that sentiment. IF,,,,,...

    Yea, I kinda agree with that sentiment.
    IF,,,,, Schwinn had gone crazy on the metalwork--lugged frames, a lot of not-otherwise-available parts like special CNC hubs, cranks ect--then it could be a...
  15. Thread: pocket radio

    by Doug5150
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    This is what I was going to say. There's normally...

    This is what I was going to say. There's normally not a lot to hear, at least from where I am (St Louis area, basically the center of the lower-48 united States).

    Mostly it is Spanish stations, a...
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    Here is two possible options: the Lightfoot...

    Here is two possible options:
    the Lightfoot trikes work very well and aren't as heavy as some of the less-functional cheaper trikes-
    http://www.lightfootcycles.com/archive/products/greenway/
    plus...
  17. Thread: Chain Lube

    by Doug5150
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    I find that the absolute best chain lube is to...

    I find that the absolute best chain lube is to ride in roughly two feet of SAE-30 motor oil.
    Doing so complicates a few other issues, but the chain sounds excellent.
  18. It is true that a larger-width tire places...

    It is true that a larger-width tire places significantly more stress on a rim than a narrower tire inflated to the same pressure.
    The fatter tire's cross-section is greater, and the exit angle that...
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    Well, it would be like buying a cassette with...

    Well, it would be like buying a cassette with cogs that were 29, 34, 18, 23, 14, 16, 18, 15, 24 and 28 teeth. In that order. And you can't re-arrange them. See any problem there?

    Gears placed out...
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    IMO there is two big problems with normal...

    IMO there is two big problems with normal external bicycle gears:-
    1--they're not placed in order of ascending ratios, and
    2--they often duplicate ratios with different arrangements.

    For these...
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    A long-wheelbase recumbent will be WAY more...

    A long-wheelbase recumbent will be WAY more comfortable than any upright bike. You will be able to ride 3-4 times as long before any pain sets in, and still be less exhausted overall at the end of...
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    In the USA you need to check the laws of the...

    In the USA you need to check the laws of the state you are in to see if bicycle riding on interstate highways is permitted or not.

    Many western states allow it, because there is no alternative...
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    You have a noisemaker* on your bike, and you slow...

    You have a noisemaker* on your bike, and you slow down (walking pace) ~200 feet away and ring the bell until the horse turns and looks at you.

    *(the usual friendly noisemaker is a bell)

    If the...
  24. Thread: Tire is bumpy

    by Doug5150
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    Inflating the tire with the wheel sideways can...

    Inflating the tire with the wheel sideways can help.

    Water is acceptable (because it is temporary) but I don't advise putting any kind of permanent lube onto a bicycle tire's beads since they...
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    Warning: I am not an expert, but I am on a...

    Warning: I am not an expert, but I am on a similar path.

    I have been told by a couple different persons with experience in 1-person manufacturing (in the USA) that "the way it is usually done" is...
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