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  1. I feel your pain!

    But American manufacturers face an unbelievable array of road blocks that prevent them from producing a competitive product in the world market. Federal taxes, state taxes, county taxes, city or...
  2. Eyebolts

    I bought a box of these with different sizes for $5 from Harbor Freight. They were on sale so I don't know if they still have them. I usually keep my bikes inside the van when traveling and use the...
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    I've never done the clear coat thing to an entire bike.

    But have had good luck with small sections. Polish first to bring out the paint and get as as close as you can to any decals as rubbing over them might ruin them. Then I use my airbrush and clear...
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    Check the valve first

    This happened to me just last week......found the loose valve insert on the new tube AFTER I spent about an hour taking off the tire, checking for bad spots on the wheel or intrusions in the tire,...
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    You can still find them occasionally at Yard...

    You can still find them occasionally at Yard Sales and on CL. Both of these just purchased in the past 3 months.

    Blue bike probably mid 50's made by Colson. Red bike is 1936 Columbia with 2...
  6. Thread: Every Day Pics

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    Recent trip to Virginia Beach

    Very breezy on arrival day--10-15 mpp. Blew harder and some rain day 2. Day 3 record rainfall and high winds. Didn't check but was difficult to even walk. My guess 35-45 sustained winds. Day 4...
  7. Usually an adjustable wrench also works for me, but sometimes...

    ......the cup just won't budge. I introduce a bit of PB, then use a long punch and small hammer on the flats. I don't hit hard enough to damage the flats but enough to give it a jolt. Often times...
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    What I do to remove a dust cap.....

    ....(for instance when replacing a cone) is to place cone in a vice with jaws opened enough to support the dust cap but not touching the cone. A light tap or two on the cone with a small plastic...
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    You think it rides well now, just wait,,,,,,

    ...until you clean and repack the bearings (easy tasks with a few tools which you can afford to buy since you only paid $20 for the bike), and do a few other easy maintenance tasks.

    I cleaned and...
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    It always amazes me how anal some people/institutions can be!

    "Oh my god, a bicycle, what do I do now? You can't have that in a drive thru....it's our policy! It's never been done before, that's why!!!! What if.........?"

    As far as legal ramifications,...
  11. Now that's funny.....I've been married to the...

    Now that's funny.....I've been married to the same women for 44 years, but if she ever found a bike part in the dishwasher, it would be over in a heartbeat!!!!
  12. I think I got it! Listed my first post in this...

    I think I got it! Listed my first post in this thread to try it out. Thanks.
  13. That's what I thought, but didn't know if I was...

    That's what I thought, but didn't know if I was missing something.

    By the way, I also wanted to include OldsCOOL comments, but I can't seem to figure out a way to include two quotes in this post....
  14. Not going to buy one but I am curious about the spoke lacing pattern

    ...shown in the wally world ad linked to earlier. Is there a benefit to that pattern? Stronger, require less/more attention to tension, or simply flash like gaudy decals?
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    Two years not enough!!

    She'll probably be out in 6-8 months. Hit and run should automatically escalate any sentence to a minimum of 5 years (no early probation/parole) and lifetime license suspention if fatality occurred!
  16. Without getting into the issue of trail length...

    Without getting into the issue of trail length (1000 is way too short for bicycle users unless it connects to other venues), I would add the following comments.

    In over 20 years of riding our MUP...
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    Cheap thin wrenches

    Was able to pickup 4 Park wrenches a while back at a flea market for $1. When i picked them up to examine, the seller said I could have them all for $1 because they were just cheap thin wrenches! ...
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    I saw a bike listed on CL last week.

    It looked to be in mint condition and the ad said it had never been road!
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    Concerned about riding a "girls" saddle?

    I seem to remember a Johnny Cash song with the words, "My name is Sue..How do you do!!!!!!!!!!
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    From a local CL ad

    Now I think I have the cable routing just about right!


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    Read my earlier post....and don't be surprised if...

    Read my earlier post....and don't be surprised if you find NO grease in one or more of the bearing assemblies, or they are improperly adjusted, or both! Plenty of on line how to tutorials/videos. ...
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    This too for me

    This too for me
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    Thanks for the responses re disposal

    Thanks for the responses re disposal
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    Is there a way to legally/responsibly .....

    ...dispose of the evaporust or oxalic acid bath if you're not saving it for reuse?
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    3 things come to mind

    1. My aging, near useless body that won't allow me to ride like I did when I was 20!

    2. People who don't ride anymore but have expensive bikes and know their value but won't sell to me for...
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