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07-04-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By sovende

Weight??? Either the OP hasn’t read the “Why we...

Weight??? Either the OP hasn’t read the “Why we should STOP our obsession with bike weight.” thread OR did read it and went directly into the “you can’t tell me what to do” mode :eek:.
07-01-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,082
Posted By sovende

Here's the answer: It's is a contraction, meaning...

Here's the answer: It's is a contraction, meaning a shorter or "contracted" form of "it is" or "it has." (Example: It's going to rain.) Its is a possessive pronoun meaning, "belonging to it," or a...
06-30-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 657
Posted By sovende

The first and second pic in the OP seem to show...

The first and second pic in the OP seem to show that (in addition to the wedge being 180 degrees out of position) the wedge has been pulled into the stem quill and has flared it out a bit. I know...
06-28-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 949
Posted By sovende

I’m of the (near) same vintage as the original...

I’m of the (near) same vintage as the original owner of the OP’s Schwinn Varsity. (BTW, super nice resto on that bike!) Back in that era, you weren’t one of the “cool kids” if you didn’t ride a...
06-15-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,572
Posted By sovende

Years ago, when the “step counting” craze when...

Years ago, when the “step counting” craze when from pedometers to wrist mounted devices, I had a Soleus brand “tracker”. Main function was step counting and IIRC, had a very basic HR monitor. After a...
06-11-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,933
Posted By sovende

I’m going to stop short of saying cycling...

I’m going to stop short of saying cycling specific shirts, shorts or shoes are “required” but will say that I most often ride with at least two of the three, those being shorts and shoes. While I...
05-12-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By sovende

Well, reassembly went much easier than expected...

Well, reassembly went much easier than expected :thumb:. I put a bead of ParkTool bearing grease on the “cone” portion of the inner body before sticking the inboard ball bearings into the grease and...
05-10-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,175
Posted By sovende

I’m not sure if the discussion of these is for...

I’m not sure if the discussion of these is for real or not :foo: but since the thread has yet to reach three pages, comments are required :thumb:. I did not know that they were called “Brilando...
05-08-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 3,175
Posted By sovende

i It nearly drives me crazy when I see the...

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It nearly drives me crazy when I see the front wheel QR lever on the “drive side” of the bike :eek:. I know that there’s at least one “seasoned” forum member that believes it doesn’t make any...
04-29-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 969
Posted By sovende

With that kind of “luck”, I would have bought...

With that kind of “luck”, I would have bought lottery tickets on the way home 😜!
04-28-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 969
Posted By sovende

For me, a Schwinn Paramount, is the “Holy Grail”...

For me, a Schwinn Paramount, is the “Holy Grail” for my years left on this planet! In my mind, I’m prepared to pay a bit of a premium but I’m truly hoping to find one that others consider to be just...
04-21-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,033
Posted By sovende

I think individuals should do a cost/benefit...

I think individuals should do a cost/benefit analysis before buying the “best of the best” tools (or just about anything for that matter :50:). For someone that frequently wrenches on bikes and maybe...
04-15-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,608
Posted By sovende

I thought the “cover the pedals with socks” was a...

I thought the “cover the pedals with socks” was a great suggestion :thumb:. A bit classier suggestion might be a couple of those promotional can cozies that are made of fabric covered foam-like...
04-11-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By sovende

Beta blockers have been around for quite some...

Beta blockers have been around for quite some time but are still commonly used to manage a variety of heart rate and blood pressure issues. They are generally well tolerated and for the most part, do...
04-11-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 598
Posted By sovende

”Sciatica” is the term given for the symptoms...

”Sciatica” is the term given for the symptoms that you described. The MRI diagnosis of “spinal stenosis” is what is causing your sciatica. The epidural steroid injection(s) (the shot that you will be...
Replies: 21
Views: 1,062
Posted By sovende

The catalog calls it “Kool Lemon”!

The catalog calls it “Kool Lemon”!
03-16-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,404
Posted By sovende

2” inside of the bar end! Just leave it there....

2” inside of the bar end! Just leave it there. Who’s going to know it’s there besides you? I’d think about putting one in the other side too!!
03-16-21, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 750
Posted By sovende

Sorry for the double post above :rolleyes:. I...

Sorry for the double post above :rolleyes:.
I recently refurbed the exact same Simplex front derailleur. Don’t know if I’m actually going to use it but it’s now in a condition that would allow me to...
03-14-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,934
Posted By sovende

I'm not saying that you are wrong about the...

I'm not saying that you are wrong about the pricing, just that it is more that I'd be willing to pay to fix the situation presented by the OP if it was for a bike that I was going to keep and ride. I...
03-13-21, 09:00 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 18,541
Posted By sovende

It's been many years since the OP first posted. I...

It's been many years since the OP first posted. I wonder what the final outcome for that bike was? Don't know if it was ever mentioned or not but did anyone ever get the model year? Just wonderin' !...
03-13-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 751
Posted By sovende

I always like the threads that discuss a bike...

I always like the threads that discuss a bike that I have or at least, a very similar one :thumb:.

I have a 1988 Schwinn Traveler that I picked up in the late 90s. When I got it all it really...
03-09-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,799
Posted By sovende

I don’t mind the incongruity so much but did...

I don’t mind the incongruity so much but did think it strange to have what one would call “hill climbing” gears on an otherwise obvious road bike set up. I made it even more incongruous when I...
03-07-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,799
Posted By sovende

I'm reviving this thread to post the pics that I...

I'm reviving this thread to post the pics that I should have when I first replied last Summer ( I hope that there isn't a "Statute of Limitation" on replying to an old thread. :D) Also, because it...
03-05-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 559
Posted By sovende

The OP has stumbled into an area that most (at...

The OP has stumbled into an area that most (at least many) DIY bike mechanics tend to avoid either after making that very mistake themselves or reading of the misadventures of others. I’ve actually...
03-05-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 904
Posted By sovende

I think that a longer “soak time” for the...

I think that a longer “soak time” for the penetrant will go a long way RE: making removal of the crank bolt easier and less likely to damage tools and/or components! I’d lay the bike on its side and...
02-07-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,716
Posted By sovende

I think that it’s easier to “stretch” a 700c tube...

I think that it’s easier to “stretch” a 700c tube to fit a 27” tire than it is to “cram” a 27” tube into a 700c tire.
BTW, my WalMart had both the 700 & the 27” tubes (both with Schrader valves)...
02-07-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 382
Posted By sovende

I think that the easiest thing to do would be to...

I think that the easiest thing to do would be to buy a used bike there and sell it before returning to the U.S. Cycling is very popular in all of Europe and bike shops are everywhere. Unfortunately,...
02-05-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 892
Posted By sovende

Ya, I’ve had a couple that have been like that....

Ya, I’ve had a couple that have been like that. Won’t be long until we’re told to stop being cheap and buy better tires :D!
02-05-21, 06:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,792
Posted By sovende

In soft pine, he wouldn’t even need to drill...

In soft pine, he wouldn’t even need to drill pilot holes! Everybody’s over thinking this project! :D
02-05-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,792
Posted By sovende

I know that you stated that you wanted to avoid...

I know that you stated that you wanted to avoid putting more holes in the wood (because it’s a rental?) but I can’t imagine that there’d be an issue with drilling a 3/16” or 1/4” pilot hole (or two)...
02-04-21, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By sovende

If I stay on topic, is it considered “hijacking”...

If I stay on topic, is it considered “hijacking” the thread? I have a orphan fork that I picked up many years ago that I’m considering using on a future build-up. It has a noticeable bend at the...
01-30-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,051
Posted By sovende

The mechanism of doesn’t sound right :foo:. I’m...

The mechanism of doesn’t sound right :foo:. I’m guessing that the original insult WAS the box falling on the frame but the actual damage occurred when attempting to restore the chain stay to its...
01-22-21, 09:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 414
Posted By sovende

First off, welcome to a great source of an...

First off, welcome to a great source of an incredibly large amount of bike information. Lots and lots of factual info and even more opinions :rolleyes:. Secondly, congrats on picking up the Miyata...
01-17-21, 11:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 883
Posted By sovende

Bottom bracket bearings: refurb or replace?

Back in mid-summer, I was following and posting in a thread that was discussing a “clicking sound” of unknown origin. Most of the discussion was about issues with the bearings in the bottom bracket...
01-02-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,826
Posted By sovende

I too, have been noticing that 27” tires seem to...

I too, have been noticing that 27” tires seem to be scarce. There is online availability but prices are clearly on the rise. The type and level of my cycling activities does not compel me to seek out...
Replies: 15
Views: 877
Posted By sovende

Those are indeed, some nice looking bikes! The...

Those are indeed, some nice looking bikes! The need (regardless of the reason) for any additional bikes in my life (I have at least 25, most in some state of disassembly :eek:) is a bonafide point of...
11-24-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 739
Posted By sovende

I’m not a huge fan of the mixte frame BUT I must...

I’m not a huge fan of the mixte frame BUT I must say that you’ve done a super sweet job of rebuilding that bike!!! Strong work:thumb:.
11-02-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,444
Posted By sovende

Boy, this is a refreshing thread to read! Hats...

Boy, this is a refreshing thread to read! Hats off to the OP for taking the initiative to take the steps necessary to get her body and mind back in shape. Riding a bike CAN be the answer! While I've...
10-31-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,346
Posted By sovende

Unles you're competing with bike snob "friends"...

Unles you're competing with bike snob "friends" that would NEVER pay less than $1000 for a bike, I would just keep it and ride it. Your issues (you should list them) may work themselves out or you'll...
10-31-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,745
Posted By sovende

I lived in Italy when I was on the steepest...

I lived in Italy when I was on the steepest portion of my "cycling enthusiasm" curve! EVERYBODY (almost) rode bikes of some sort. I acquired several stylish (wanna be :rolleyes:) jerseys and wore...
10-24-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 11,085
Posted By sovende

Smart move to bail on the "mechanics" SUV-forum,...

Smart move to bail on the "mechanics" SUV-forum, a little too much unwarranted negativity. The bike does look MUCH better with with all of those "accessories" removed! My knowledge of Dutch culture...
10-22-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,385
Posted By sovende

That is exactly what I would do!!! But do so...

That is exactly what I would do!!! But do so gently and slowly. Triple-butted tubing would be thinnest mid tube so you may see some level of success :thumb:. There's probably a more sophisticated,...
10-19-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,261
Posted By sovende

Using the straw on a can of WD40, LiquidWrench,...

Using the straw on a can of WD40, LiquidWrench, PB Blaster, etc. saturate the area between the largest cog and the hub. Allow the wheel to lay flat (and level) with the freewheel side down while you...
10-07-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 952
Posted By sovende

I'd fill the "dent" with multiple layers of...

I'd fill the "dent" with multiple layers of acrylic nail polish (clear vs reasonable color match) then finish up with a decal or sticker of some sort. Move the bottle cage to the seat tube and you'll...
10-02-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,437
Posted By sovende

If it's as difficult as you are describing, you...

If it's as difficult as you are describing, you may have a pedal that has been cross-threaded or has suffered some sort of bi-metallic reaction between the Al crankarm and Fe pedal axle. The former...
09-27-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 88,596
Posted By sovende

My TECHNIUM rides nicely! While I ride quite a...

My TECHNIUM rides nicely! While I ride quite a bit, I'm a bit embarrassed to say that I can't really "feel" the differences between the aluminum framed TECHNIUM and my other steel framed bikes. I've...
09-27-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 88,596
Posted By sovende

Here are a couple of pics of my FrankenBike. ...

Here are a couple of pics of my FrankenBike.
https://i.imgur.com/KrtGunN.jpg
https://i.imgur.com/OV1005R.jpg
Some may say it's a bit "Fredish" but I like nearly everything about it :thumb:
09-25-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,508
Posted By sovende

Yes! The Wisconsin stats are truly dismal AND...

Yes! The Wisconsin stats are truly dismal AND getting worse!! I wouldn't fault anyone for making the sane decision to not participate. Doing the ride itself would be reasonably safe but doing any of...
09-25-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,166
Posted By sovende

++ On the clean up, you did a nice job! I...

++ On the clean up, you did a nice job! I definitely agree with the suggestions to ditch the "safety levers". IMHO they cheapen any bike and offer little in the line of safety. Personally, the...
09-24-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,654
Posted By sovende

This thread brings back a great many fond...

This thread brings back a great many fond memories of my "younger days"! I had several bikes as a kid. A ballon tired Schwinn, a (can't remember the brand) "English" 3 speed racer and in the mid-60s,...
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