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07-28-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,585
Posted By mike

Wash the wound with soap and water. Of course,...

Wash the wound with soap and water. Of course, remove all grit, dirt, and debris

The very best ointment is Cuticura if you can find it. Otherwise, any good triple antibiotic ointment or A&D...
07-28-13, 04:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,880
Posted By mike

Crimping old spoke nippless onto cable ends works...

Crimping old spoke nippless onto cable ends works good too.
11-25-12, 03:06 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,859
Posted By mike

Look, don't take my word for it. Go vegan for...

Look, don't take my word for it. Go vegan for six month, then wrestle a meat eater. You will get pinned to the mat and have to have help getting back up off the mat. I see it time after time after...
11-25-12, 11:26 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,859
Posted By mike

The vast majority of vegans have absolutely no...

The vast majority of vegans have absolutely no idea how to eat a healthy vegetarian diet. They think that avoiding meat = healthy. WRONG.

The nutjobs at PETA attack young audiences, just like...
11-25-12, 01:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,204
Posted By mike

I did a similar thing with an old metal wire milk...

I did a similar thing with an old metal wire milk crate (bigger/stronger)

I like it and the bike with this rig gets used most because of convenience and functionality.
Forum: Foo
11-25-12, 01:39 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,330
Posted By mike

- Great Wall of China -Boundary Waters...

- Great Wall of China
-Boundary Waters (Minnesota, USA) / Quetico Wilderness Canoe Area (Ontario, Canada)
Forum: Commuting
11-21-12, 01:06 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,772
Posted By mike

Did you (OP) install the integrated shifters...

Did you (OP) install the integrated shifters yourself? The biggest gripe I heard about them is that they are difficult to maintain by yourself. ie, you have to bring your bike to the shop.

Of...
11-18-12, 03:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,360
Posted By mike

Ya, shimstock material is so available, you don't...

Ya, shimstock material is so available, you don't really have to buy it if cost is an issue. I have always used slices of aluminum cans and plastic cola bottles for shimstock and it has always...
11-18-12, 12:17 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,825
Posted By mike

+1. I was thinking the same thing and was...

+1. I was thinking the same thing and was wondering what happened, where, and when that sharing the road is no longer feasible.

Still doing it here more than ever before.
11-18-12, 12:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,112
Posted By mike

As this thread lengthens and details about the...

As this thread lengthens and details about the OP's article come out, we find that the circumstances were less than random.

HOWEVER, it is not uncommon for victims of auto accidents to be double...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-12, 11:54 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

Well, Commodus, maybe not terribly convincing...

Well, Commodus, maybe not terribly convincing logic just yet, but keep trying because it is interesting reading. In the meantime, don't worry about tats going out of fashion. For you, they will...
Forum: Commuting
08-19-12, 04:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,085
Posted By mike

I suppose.... If your bike is uncomfortable to...

I suppose.... If your bike is uncomfortable to ride, it might spend a lot of time in the garage and you could have saved the money you spent on the lock!
08-18-12, 04:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 684
Posted By mike

Yup. If we are talking the same method, I...

Yup. If we are talking the same method, I cracked a bearing cup doing that, so you can damage your BB if you use a hammer. Same thing if you use a piece of wood and a hammer.

If the BB is still...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-12, 03:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

Wow, that is groovy art. I remember those Rat...

Wow, that is groovy art. I remember those Rat Fink drawings from when I was a kid back in the 1960's. We bought Rat Fink cards like some kids bought baseball cards. They had a stick of dried out...
08-18-12, 03:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By mike

Just out of curiosity, what kind of bicycle do...

Just out of curiosity, what kind of bicycle do you have? i have heard of these front freewheels on one or two models of old Schwinns. I THINK they were on an old version of the Caliente?

Anyway,...
08-17-12, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 684
Posted By mike

+1. gear puller is a poor man's crank removal...

+1. gear puller is a poor man's crank removal wrench, but they work.

Don't try anything that includes a hammer as you are likely to damage the BB.
Forum: Commuting
08-17-12, 08:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

It appears that you are trying to turn comments...

It appears that you are trying to turn comments into an argument. Hey, get a tat or several tats, if you want, but if you think they are universally accepted, you have another thought coming.

The...
Forum: Commuting
08-17-12, 07:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,085
Posted By mike

+1. This is the correct answer for both men and...

+1. This is the correct answer for both men and women except that you don't have to have a tougher butt. Smooth, firm saddles are more comfortable than spongy saddles from the beginning and, if...
08-17-12, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By mike

+1 Good answer. I agree with the part about the...

+1 Good answer. I agree with the part about the frame on the old bikes being more narrow than newer wheel hubs/freehubs. This is especially true if your 700 cm wheelset has a 7 sprocket freehub.
...
08-17-12, 06:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By mike

I have been a bikeforums.net member for over 12...

I have been a bikeforums.net member for over 12 years and I have to chuckle whenever I see threads about saddles. No matter that there have been probably thousands of posts about saddles, they...
08-17-12, 06:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 816
Posted By mike

Slime is indeed messy and it can mess up your...

Slime is indeed messy and it can mess up your valve stem and your pump.

It also adds weight to the tire which is the worst place to add weight.

A better solution might be to carry some fix a...
08-17-12, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,858
Posted By mike

Looks like you found your answer and you found...

Looks like you found your answer and you found that there are arguments for free-bearings and for retainer or cage bearings.

I opt for free bearings. Back in the old days before sealed cartridge...
08-17-12, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,028
Posted By mike

I sure agree with you about the discomfort of the...

I sure agree with you about the discomfort of the flat bars. Probably no bicycle handlebars in the history of bicycling are so uncomfortable for long rides. Compared to flat bars, you will almost...
08-17-12, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,104
Posted By mike

Your pulley hanger looks bent. Any chance that...

Your pulley hanger looks bent. Any chance that the derailure got caught in the spokes? Funny how some folks pooo poooo the old spoke guard "dork discs", but they did help keep misadjusted...
08-16-12, 05:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,364
Posted By mike

Wow, man, you are getting there!

Wow, man, you are getting there!
08-15-12, 08:27 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,072
Posted By mike

Wow, this is one of the coolest posts ever! ...

Wow, this is one of the coolest posts ever!

What beautiful work you did. The saddle bag is fantabulous.

You know cheapo me... I hunted the purse bins of our local thrift stores and came up...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-12, 07:51 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,753
Posted By mike

Having your bike stolen from the front of a bus...

Having your bike stolen from the front of a bus is an interesting concern, but has anybody ever had this experience, or heard of an actual case?

Sometimes we get so worried about our bikes, we...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-12, 07:39 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

That gives a whole new meaning to the phrase...

That gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Love Handles" Ha ha
Forum: Commuting
08-15-12, 04:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

Correction: tattoos have been AROUND for a long...

Correction: tattoos have been AROUND for a long time, but they have not always been popular nor accepted. Until just recently in both Western and Asian cultures, tattoos were associated with the...
08-15-12, 03:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,364
Posted By mike

Wasn't the Raleigh Gran Prix double butted...

Wasn't the Raleigh Gran Prix double butted tubing? I know that it was 20 to 30 tensile steel tubing. The Raleigh Gran Prix was a pretty good bike it it's day - not the very best, but not the bottom...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 10:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By mike

Locks are heavy fashion accessaries. I would get...

Locks are heavy fashion accessaries. I would get a convenient bike lock cable so you can lock up anywhere.

Don't bother wasting your money on expensive locks of any kind. Locks are simply a...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 10:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 897
Posted By mike

God Bless America...

God Bless America...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 10:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 897
Posted By mike

$500?? Ha, have just about anything go wrong...

$500?? Ha, have just about anything go wrong with your car and see if you can make it out of the repair shop with anything left of a $500 bill.

Even a modest car cost and average of $6,000 per...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 10:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,062
Posted By mike

Weighting down the front wheel is a real...

Weighting down the front wheel is a real compromise due to the cumbersome effect it has on steerage. I would stick with just using a backpack for now until you either find a better pannier solution...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 10:03 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

We had this young kid in our Tae Kwon Do club. ...

We had this young kid in our Tae Kwon Do club. He was big into martial arts, got his black belt, and upon turning 18 immediately had "Tae Kwon Do" tattooed in huge letters across his shoulders; all...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:55 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,744
Posted By mike

What if you didn't get a tattoo and just rode...

What if you didn't get a tattoo and just rode your bike more....

Wouldn't that be even more meaningful?

Tattoos are going to define today's generation. When today's tattoo and cigarette crowd...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,911
Posted By mike

Well, I thought the old-timer had some good...

Well, I thought the old-timer had some good advice. His use of toe straps to hold the seated part of the tire onto the rim was clever. Also he seated the bead into the rim as he was putting the...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,911
Posted By mike

The reality is that not all tires fit all rims...

The reality is that not all tires fit all rims even if they are "supposed to fit".

You can try soaping your tire and rim to get the tire on - with levers, of course. I use metal tire irons...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,199
Posted By mike

A note on leather saddles - all of them are...

A note on leather saddles - all of them are better than just about any synthetic saddle.

However, Brooks, Lepper, and other high-end saddle makers use high quality leather from the neck of the...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,199
Posted By mike

As others have pointed out, padded saddles are...

As others have pointed out, padded saddles are the absolute worst - as well as any saddle with a fuzzy fabric or any surface other than absolutely smooth.

A good leather saddle is the best. ...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 05:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,753
Posted By mike

Washington DC today is a police state. I swear,...

Washington DC today is a police state. I swear, when police bend down to tie their shoelaces, I wonder how they avoid tieing the shoelaces of the cop next to them by accident. So, crime has come...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 05:42 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,753
Posted By mike

First of all, if you are that worried about...

First of all, if you are that worried about theft, use thrift store bikes (ie $25) for commuting and if you lose a bike a week to theft, it is still cheaper than a tank of gas.

Second, can you...
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 05:37 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,933
Posted By mike

God help you if you will be bicycle commuting in...

God help you if you will be bicycle commuting in London. Do people actually bicycle commute in London these days? I was in London last year and couldn't even imagine being in that traffic on a...
08-12-12, 05:23 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,241
Posted By mike

Great advice wrk101. I find the same thing here...

Great advice wrk101. I find the same thing here - most mixtes are smaller size.

The advice about avoiding cottered cranks is good too, but most of the mixtes I have found have cottered cranks. ...
08-11-12, 11:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 13,492
Posted By mike

Ya, Folks have long pooo-pooooed Huffy, but in...

Ya, Folks have long pooo-pooooed Huffy, but in the end Huffy outlasted them all for USA ownership and production. They outlasted even Schwinn at least for USA ownership. In fact, Huffy continued to...
08-11-12, 11:27 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,269
Posted By mike

Don't you really mean "Stupidiest"?

Don't you really mean "Stupidiest"?
08-11-12, 11:24 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 4,269
Posted By mike

Well, this seems to be an original post at last. ...

Well, this seems to be an original post at last.

You know, it doesn't seem that long ago when bicycle safety advocates suggested riding against traffic in order to see cars coming at you. I...
08-11-12, 08:56 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,451
Posted By mike

Yes, but...

I agree with adding the Varsity if only because it was such an icon of it's day - and the most mass-produced bicycle in the history of bicycles with over a million Varsity being produced every year...
08-11-12, 06:39 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 15,451
Posted By mike

I would say that any tank bike from the 1930's to...

I would say that any tank bike from the 1930's to the 1960's and the Schwinn muscle bikes are clearly "American" style. I would also include the modern mountain bicycle as an American invention.
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08-11-12, 06:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,677
Posted By mike

Things like this always seem to lead to a debate...

Things like this always seem to lead to a debate of fault. The rider gets blamed for not wearing a helmet or for not paying attention. The city gets blamed for not maintaining roads and on and on....
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