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Bike stuff that bugs you more than it bugs most people

Old 01-06-21, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by BFisher
The first thing that comes to mind is the marketing and how many people fall for it.

Take grease, for instance. There is already a sufficiently huge variety of grease to choose from that is readily available at lots of retail stores all over and will easily keep a bicycle operating as intended. But no. Bicycles somehow need "special" grease that comes in a "special" smaller container, and of course costs way more.
Its not just bikes. Pretty much any niche thing that needs a lube has special lubes. RC cars grease is crazy expensive.
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I sort of liked the foam on the bars.
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Originally Posted by Smokinapankake
Sorry, (not really sorry, but you know...). I gotta disagree. A straight bladed fork, that tapers down to a pencil point at the dropout, is to my eyes one of the sexiest bike parts/design elements there ever was or will ever be. Especially on a mountain bike with a sloping top tube and pencil thin stays. Think Brodie or DeKerf, mid-90’s time frame. Oh man that really melts my butter!
No problem. This is my issue that others don't necessarily have a problem with. But now that you mention Paul Brodie, I will have to backtrack and say that this curved fork thing was only intended for road bikes. I am not familiar with DeKerf, I I'll look it up. I cannot change my high opinion of Mr. Brodie.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
I sort of liked the foam on the bars.
foam grips came on my gran turismo. won't stay put, anymore. time for cotton
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Originally Posted by sjanzeir
The older C&V "bros" who won't deign to ride anything other than a particular model of a certain brand from an exact year made from a very definite steel alloy. "I have a Pampogano Funkochento Pro Corsa Potenza Brava from 1977 that I picked up at a garage sale for $12 and it's the best bike ever and I won't ride anything else and you people are stupid and genetically inferior because I have this bike and you don't. Eff yeah!" and there seems to be too many of them on BF.
Methinks the poster doth protest too much.
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Originally Posted by bikingshearer
Methinks the poster doth protest too much.
$10 he owns a “real” Paramount.
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Originally Posted by Eric F
This gives you the wrong overlap direction on both parts of the bar. Starting at the levers and working towards the top and towards the ends would give you the right overlap. However, it wouldn't eliminate the finishing tape on top, which is the hang-up for some people.
But do you count the revs?
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
But do you count the revs?
You do? I'm just happy it's tight with no gaps when I'm done. You're on another plane of OCD if your wraps have the same number and end in the same place relative to the stem.
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No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes
$10 he owns a “real” Paramount.
I'll take that bet.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
Get some polished metal ones and have them powder-coated white.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
White mudguards are just a rattlecan away!

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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
Maybe I'm sitting on a valuable commodity? Oh no! Picture taken inside, tall stem and valves stems not aligned!


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Your bike looks like an econo sport-tourer, and it likely shares "cruiser" frame geometry with the Schwinn Varsity, but at this point it clearly deserves a set of lever hoods.

I especially appreciate how they weren't too OCD to cross the spokes at the valves.

And I'm wondering how a bike stayed so well-preserved in Canada?
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
??? i'd swear i've seen some several times in the last year. one of the local bike shops even had some last i was there
have you tried ebay? if you do ebay...
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
No body is selling white mud guards anymore! Bugs me greatly!
https://www.planetpedals.com/itemdet...5#.X_nVizSSnIU

Never ordered from them before, so can't speak to reputation.
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Love the comments everybody!

No me gusta la bay! Got a beautiful pair of Bluemmels recently from a BF member but these white mudguards need to do endurance and commuting duty. Don’t want to have to fake the colour...

Why it bugs me, why I am sending emails to SKS and Planet Bike to bring back their special colours again!
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Originally Posted by BFisher
https://www.planetpedals.com/itemdet...5#.X_nVizSSnIU

Never ordered from them before, so can't speak to reputation.
Those are just what I am looking for... went to order and got an access denied message. Might be something wrong with their site? Keeps on saying client 135 is disabled?

Still looking.

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What 'irks' me when I see it...

Mis-matched wheels and/or tires Tires can be different size (ie 28mm rear/25mm front), but NOT different colors!

ONE valve stem cap. One cap on, one missing... PICK ONE!

Frayed cable ends - either solder it, or use a crimp-on end cap -- but make sure the end cap is in the 'right' color for the bike! Sheesh...

Riders who wear all-black at night...double irk points if no lights either!
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Originally Posted by dddd
Your bike looks like an econo sport-tourer, and it likely shares "cruiser" frame geometry with the Schwinn Varsity, but at this point it clearly deserves a set of lever hoods.

I especially appreciate how they weren't too OCD to cross the spokes at the valves.

And I'm wondering how a bike stayed so well-preserved in Canada?
This ubiquitous CCM Turismo was actually the lowest priced CCM 10 speed in 1972. The bike was very well used and was the pride and joy of its owner (a late friend of mine). It was purchased in a small shop in a small town where he was a teacher and was ridden on mostly rural roads and definitely not left out in the weather. Regular lubricating cleaning and tire changes were done as if it was a prized collector car. It had been hanging in a dry equipment shed for six years unused when his son gifted it to me. Oh, and it was equipped with a kickstand so the bars levers and frame paint were in good condition. I was very tempted to make changes to the bike like adding brake hoods but went for as close to a true restoration as I could. I intend to keep it and use it occasionally . I was 19years old in it's build year and not the least interested in bikes, go figure!
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Those are just what I am looking for... went to order and got an access denied message. Might be something wrong with their site? Keeps on saying client 135 is disabled?

Still looking.
Ah, bummer. Maybe they aren't keeping their site updated. They have a toll free number at the top of the page. You could try giving them a call.
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Originally Posted by Unca_Sam
You do? I'm just happy it's tight with no gaps when I'm done. You're on another plane of OCD if your wraps have the same number and end in the same place relative to the stem.
But how else are you going to know if they sent you unequal lengths?

Yep. The one variable I can't control is the "stretch of the tape.
It also bugs me in the bends a bit, but I abide.

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Headset spacers should be 2-3mm tall. 5mm might be acceptable in a pinch. When I see it approaching 10mm, I'm thinking something went way wrong.
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Road cassettes that start at 11 teeth.

Road cassettes that jump 2 or more at 19 or fewer cogs. If I can make it to at least 17 one at a time I'm probably ok, as long as I've had a cup of coffee.
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