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Forum: Foo
10-13-21, 08:35 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,266
Posted By 79pmooney

Hondo, here in Portland we have a small outfit...

Hondo, here in Portland we have a small outfit making real tortillas. From masa, the old way. (They also sell the masa.) Three Sisters Nixtamal. Kinda a long drive, even by Texas standards but...
10-13-21, 12:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 486
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 Yes to both quotes. Derailleur bikes...

+1


Yes to both quotes. Derailleur bikes have absolutely no need for tight roundness tolerances, In fact, a slightly wonky circle probably improves front shifting. And close tolerances cost...
10-01-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 606
Posted By 79pmooney

Hookless rim - are those tires wire bead or...

Hookless rim - are those tires wire bead or folding? In the days of hookless rims, folding tires did not exist. They worked just fine with wire beaded tires. If your tires are folding, make sure...
09-30-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,747
Posted By 79pmooney

I always use prescription eyeglasses, clear or...

I always use prescription eyeglasses, clear or sunglasses. Visors make life far better keeping sunlight and glare out from inside the glasses. They also form a great place to hang a mirror (though...
09-29-21, 11:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 364
Posted By 79pmooney

+1! You might find 3/32" works a lot better! ...

+1! You might find 3/32" works a lot better! (Chains come in 3/32" and 1/8" and all the newer, narrower 7-12 speed chains. Make sure a 3/32" chain is one for 5 and 6 speed freewheels.)
...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 831
Posted By 79pmooney

There are several variables to be aware of: 1)...

There are several variables to be aware of: 1) Not all wet roads are equally slippery. Oil, mud, leaves and other things can make a huge difference. (Oil isn't always to be seen. After a lot of...
09-26-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,077
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 I used to ride exclusively...

+1




I used to ride exclusively sewups. Cotton, butyl tubed training tires and silks with latex for race day. The training tires were fully good enough to club race on but those latex tubed...
09-26-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 511
Posted By 79pmooney

An old Peugeot? I has a UO-8. Those rims are poor...

An old Peugeot? I has a UO-8. Those rims are poor stoppers dry with even the best brakes and in the wet, well there's a reason they came with one of the best all time caliper brakes ever made. (Edit:...
09-17-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 425
Posted By 79pmooney

I made a convoluted "fix: to do that for the...

I made a convoluted "fix: to do that for the first year of my ownership of a Raleigh Competition. Forget what I did. Worked well but making and installing it wasn't easy. That bike then went to be...
09-15-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 732
Posted By 79pmooney

The spoke itself isn't the only thing that does...

The spoke itself isn't the only thing that does better butted. My experience is that rims built on butted spokes are less likely to crack at the spoke holes. I'd guess the same would be true of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,126
Posted By 79pmooney

I believe there can be a difference between the...

I believe there can be a difference between the legal obligation and simply being a good company. Yes, Specialized wasn't required to anything more than simply cancel all with Mike's. But those...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 4,126
Posted By 79pmooney

Specialized has a long history of not being a...

Specialized has a long history of not being a welcome player in the bike world. I was oblivious to this until I read of the law team contracted by Specialized going after a small shop in a small town...
09-11-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,041
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes, carry a good pump. But no, don't deflate...

Yes, carry a good pump. But no, don't deflate and re-pump every day! This is 2021, not the dark ages! There is a way to add another release in the brake cable path. I don't know what it is but I...
09-09-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By 79pmooney

Before you do anything else, remove the rear...

Before you do anything else, remove the rear wheel, flip it around and put it back on (so the axle seats exactly like it did before). Now look at the tire and chainstay. Same issue; 3mm on the NDS?...
09-07-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,043
Posted By 79pmooney

For background, I've been riding fix gear a long...

For background, I've been riding fix gear a long time. Like quite a few laps around the planet's worth of miles.

The chain should NEVER go tight. There is quite a large window between just...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,103
Posted By 79pmooney

Boston and hills! Have you tried Blue Hill, just...

Boston and hills! Have you tried Blue Hill, just southeast of Boston in Milton. Or Chickatawbut Hill, also in Milton. Both are just small roads to a summit. Blue Hill climbs 400' in 9/10s of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,103
Posted By 79pmooney

I share your dislike for 50 -34. I started my...

I share your dislike for 50 -34. I started my (derailleur bike) life on a 52-35 X 14-28, Way, wa better than enything I ever knew before but when I bought a triple with 52-42-30 (which I quicly...
09-06-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 913
Posted By 79pmooney

Random thoughts. Your dropout spacing is 126, the...

Random thoughts. Your dropout spacing is 126, the norm for the old 6-speeds. A new 7-speed FW will be a simple switch. (It looks like you have plenty of room between the chain now and the chainstay....
09-06-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,638
Posted By 79pmooney

Wheelsmith spokes. I'd browse the Phil Wood...

Wheelsmith spokes. I'd browse the Phil Wood website to see if anything new has been added. Run fix gear. The excellent EuroAsian cogs are made in USA (despite the name!).
09-05-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,084
Posted By 79pmooney

I loved those Diacompe release levers. The Grand...

I loved those Diacompe release levers. The Grand Compes on my Fuji Pro had them. On my last race on my favorite course, I got taken down 5 miles from the finish. Got up to chase with quite wobbly...
09-05-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,084
Posted By 79pmooney

On that note - I consider the chain of parts...

On that note - I consider the chain of parts between the pavement and my hands to be "sacred"; that they are a chain critical to the well-being and perhaps even the life of the rider. I look hard at...
Forum: Touring
08-31-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,070
Posted By 79pmooney

My 5G vaccine downloads all the cookies I'll ever...

My 5G vaccine downloads all the cookies I'll ever need.

Seriously, as others have noted above, there is still the high cycling nutrition to cost value energy bars available at any convenience...
08-24-21, 09:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,345
Posted By 79pmooney

I use a helmet mirror. (Third Eye Hardshell...

I use a helmet mirror. (Third Eye Hardshell Helmet Mirror, 03 on their website) I use helmets with visors and use my old boatbuilding skills to make fiberglass mounts that I screw to the visor.
...
08-23-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,583
Posted By 79pmooney

The standard Selle Italias were raced by a lot of...

The standard Selle Italias were raced by a lot of people (under a bunch of different labels. I raced the Avocet III starting in 1976. (Ergal rails for a little more comfort on New England roads.) ...
08-22-21, 11:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 945
Posted By 79pmooney

Random comments from a guy who's got way over...

Random comments from a guy who's got way over 100,000 miles on toeclips. (And who has been pulling them tight and pulling up hard on the pedals to climb and accelerate the whole time.) Plastic...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 03:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,199
Posted By 79pmooney

The answer's easy. (Mounting it on your bike...

The answer's easy. (Mounting it on your bike might not be.) The Zephal HPX, a full frame pump.

True story - 45 years ago with the earlier (and slightly harder pumping) HP. At the club time...
08-17-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 136
Views: 4,188
Posted By 79pmooney

Funny! This thread. I stood naked in front of...

Funny! This thread. I stood naked in front of the mirror yesterday and looked at myself. My abdomen! After last winter's hernia surgery it is a bumpy, scarred mess. The right tattoo there might...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,842
Posted By 79pmooney

Good pumps always. 1)They put better air in the...

Good pumps always. 1)They put better air in the tube. Nitrogen primarily rather than pure CO2. Tires stay inflated longer (so they tell me). 2) Less wasteful and cheaper. 3) Topping off whenever...
08-12-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By 79pmooney

I picked up a Miyata 610 that was probably built...

I picked up a Miyata 610 that was probably built ~1983 many years ago with Shimano cantis. Never learned the model #. First ride it was obvious they had all the stopping power of my Mooney's Mafac...
08-09-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,019
Posted By 79pmooney

That bag is for a pair of Tevas so I could get...

That bag is for a pair of Tevas so I could get out of my cycling shoes at the rest stops. The straps were killing my feet. On the fix gear I have to pull up so much harder and all foot issues get...
08-08-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,143
Posted By 79pmooney

Back when you could get Mafac pads new (not15 yo...

Back when you could get Mafac pads new (not15 yo NOS!), they stopped. No Stop in the title but they did have a squeal though the whole song.

I rode down Alba Rd near Santa Cruz in a Pacific winter...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-08-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,592
Posted By 79pmooney

Somewhat random thoughts from a guy who loves to...

Somewhat random thoughts from a guy who loves to climb. More than one cassette is always good. Might even be worthwhile to have a second wheel to put it on. I am a huge fan of triples, variations...
08-06-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,376
Posted By 79pmooney

Yeah - fit. I raced a Lambert for my first...

Yeah - fit. I raced a Lambert for my first season of racing. Went faster than I had ever gone before on a regular basis. Next year I got serious. Worked in a bikeshop and rode most mornings on...
08-05-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 635
Posted By 79pmooney

The other thing to look at is the top and down...

The other thing to look at is the top and down tubes. When forks get pushed back from head on collisions as that appears to have seen, the frame tubes get stressed heavily,often bending just behind...
08-04-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 479
Posted By 79pmooney

I'm assuming you have an aluminum rim. It is...

I'm assuming you have an aluminum rim. It is fundamentally a spring. Springs are elastic. You can deform them and they simply store that energy until they are released then return virtually 100%...
08-02-21, 09:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 914
Posted By 79pmooney

No help here from me. I've always looked at...

No help here from me. I've always looked at toestraps as tools. Very important tools. I buy the best (within the constraint of cost as a consumable). Color is what's available. When I find a strap I...
08-01-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,536
Posted By 79pmooney

The DS chainstay was cracked 2/3s around just...

The DS chainstay was cracked 2/3s around just behind the bridge. NDS 1/3, same location. I ran unidirectional along the chainstays from in fomt and over the BB to 4" behind the right crack and 3"...
07-31-21, 07:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By 79pmooney

My first thought. +1 This is a...

My first thought.


+1

This is a bigger issue on the smaller chainrings because of the basic lever principle. You push on a lever the length of the crankarm. You are pulling the chain with a...
07-29-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 608
Posted By 79pmooney

numlok. how much clearance do you have between...

numlok. how much clearance do you have between the left crank and the chainstay? (Crank on properly tight.) You need ~2mm so you don't hit the chainstay even doing massive sprints or hillclimbs. ...
07-28-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 608
Posted By 79pmooney

Sounds like an older crankset that has been...

Sounds like an older crankset that has been removed and re-installed a few (or many) times. Each time, the taper flats of the crank get pushed out a touch farther so the crank has to slide on more to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,921
Posted By 79pmooney

I have to chuckle every time I read some...

I have to chuckle every time I read some authority state that no one, not even the pros actually pulls up on the pedals. If I am fit and have been riding, I regularly pull my slotted cleats off my...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 227
Views: 8,921
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 The first breakthrough in my riding as an...

+1 The first breakthrough in my riding as an early teen was toeclips. Then pulling the straps tight. Then buying cycling shoes and nailing on the cleats. Clipless was not a gain, just an increase...
07-27-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 874
Posted By 79pmooney

BITD I heard of people using washers that fit...

BITD I heard of people using washers that fit nicely over the valve stem. A quality washer with rounded edges on one side; that nice side toward the innertube should do the job well. (And shouldn't...
07-25-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,747
Posted By 79pmooney

I've done mid 40s or faster in a 42x17 many...

I've done mid 40s or faster in a 42x17 many times. (As a 20 something ex-racer with "issues", I used to ride up Oakland's Juaguin (sp) Miller to Skyline Blvd, turn around and ride down. 4 lanes...
07-23-21, 09:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,600
Posted By 79pmooney

Some of comments, no recommendation. One - there...

Some of comments, no recommendation. One - there are so many different seats that it is a near given that the seat that fits your butt perfectly (when set up to the proper location and tilt) is out...
07-22-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,801
Posted By 79pmooney

A point about Pogacar and LA. Pogacar has been...

A point about Pogacar and LA. Pogacar has been phenomenal all his life. Seems to be made to climb, ride 3 week tours, TT well enough to hold his own against the GC guys. (Reminds me a lot of a...
Replies: 18
Views: 1,148
Posted By 79pmooney

I ride my fix gear on the road with Giant or...

I ride my fix gear on the road with Giant or Dankine full fingered MTB gloves. (Not for crashes but to protect my fingers from the undersides of the brake levers. Some of the Oregon hills go up lot...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,481
Posted By 79pmooney

Rolling the bars back is exactly what doesn't...

Rolling the bars back is exactly what doesn't work for me. That cocks my wrist back. Guaranteed issues for me. If I want less weight on my hands, I have to raise the entire bar with spacers or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-19-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,481
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't consider weight on my hands bad. (Tall,...

I don't consider weight on my hands bad. (Tall, lean, skinny and under-powered. A really bad upwind combination.) But ... I have to play with the rotation of the handlebars and location of the brake...
07-18-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 708
Posted By 79pmooney

I use marine grease on both the spoke threads and...

I use marine grease on both the spoke threads and the nipple seats on the rim. (Q-tips are perfect for those seats.)

The big plus - the nipple turn guaranteed. Number of years, weather, road...
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