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11-25-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 11,956
Posted By conspiratemus1

Dentistry mainly, this year. I still have all...

Dentistry mainly, this year.
I still have all my teeth but, man, spending my 1950s childhood in a town without fluoridated water is coming home to bite me. Remember when "Just two cavities!" was a...
11-25-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By conspiratemus1

"Half a cent per ton-mile" This is a...

"Half a cent per ton-mile"

This is a reference to historical freight rates for carrying grain that will make sense only to Canadians of a certain age and has nothing to do with cycling, but I...
11-25-20, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 307
Posted By conspiratemus1

Add the magic of the pneumatic tire, the...

Add the magic of the pneumatic tire, the ever-present friction, and the physiology of human power generation and you've pretty much got it.
11-25-20, 01:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 904
Posted By conspiratemus1

Our 3-col day. 2 July 2008, the valley of...

Our 3-col day.

2 July 2008, the valley of the Ubaye south of Barcelonnette, France. One of the "rest" days on an Erickson tour in the Maritime Alps. (Ha. A rest only in the sense of a respite from...
11-20-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 409
Posted By conspiratemus1

Even if you can get the tires, you won't be able...

Even if you can get the tires, you won't be able to use 650c wheels in a standard typical road bicycle, which requires 700c wheels. They were made for small-framed bikes for juniors, people under...
11-20-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 409
Posted By conspiratemus1

You are most welcome. Looks like you have 650c...

You are most welcome. Looks like you have 650c rims. These were once the bee’s knees for racing bikes for women and other short people because they allowed a frame to be built without the...
11-19-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 409
Posted By conspiratemus1

Measure the diameter of the rim with a tape...

Measure the diameter of the rim with a tape measure, from one edge to the other. This will not be exactly the ERTRO bead-seat diameter quoted in catalogues — it will be a few millimetres more — but...
11-17-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 340
Posted By conspiratemus1

I feel for the OP. He asks for advice and gets...

I feel for the OP. He asks for advice and gets suggestions all over the map. That's the internet, I guess. None of it is wrong, it just reflects the world-view of the advice-giver.
People who...
11-09-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 305
Posted By conspiratemus1

That's what you get from taking advice from...

That's what you get from taking advice from established competitors out to prevent you from cutting into their market share.
Good luck.
11-09-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 305
Posted By conspiratemus1

Since you say you are looking for advice,...

Since you say you are looking for advice, wouldn't you be better off with a more reliable transportation platform to begin with? Like a car? Internal combustion engine, automatic transmission,...
11-09-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By conspiratemus1

I think “below” Record & Grand Prix would be more...

I think “below” Record & Grand Prix would be more accurate. “Above” would make it a Super Course, which it most certainly is not. Or were you just trying not to hurt the OP’s feelings?
11-07-20, 02:24 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,623
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ I should have known better and just held my...

^ I should have known better and just held my tongue. As usual, you are being argumentative, picking out of context and misinterpreting the inevitable elisions that one has to make for a quick post,...
11-06-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,623
Posted By conspiratemus1

Not true. You just explained what the Fahrenheit...

Not true. You just explained what the Fahrenheit scale is based on, so clearly not “nothing”. Fahrenheit’s zero was the coldest he could achieve using available materials and techniques at the time...
11-06-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 468
Posted By conspiratemus1

Just open Spocalc, go to the Rims page and sort...

Just open Spocalc, go to the Rims page and sort it on ERD. Then find clincher rims that come within 2 mm of the ERD of your current GP4s. Easy peasy.
To be even more confident, take note of what the...
11-06-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By conspiratemus1

My faithful, highly successful, much-loved...

My faithful, highly successful, much-loved long-distance non-urban commuter. Imported (via eBay) as a frame & fork from the United States. Serial # starts “WD5....”. Dropouts Campagnolo, the...
11-05-20, 10:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,114
Posted By conspiratemus1

Nice lighting and shallow depth of field. :thumb:...

Nice lighting and shallow depth of field. :thumb:

Bicycle Specialities (Toronto) has TA rings on their eBay store.
Peter White in New Hampshire usually has them too.
11-05-20, 12:55 PM
11-04-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By conspiratemus1

Kandahar. Ah yes. One of the reasons we wear...

Kandahar. Ah yes. One of the reasons we wear poppies this week.
And were those stone Buddhas the ones the Taliban dynamited shortly after taking over in Afghanistan?

Great journey and great...
11-02-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 17,579
Posted By conspiratemus1

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1418/15ac26d3_e2d8_4384_a1ac_915b43cc1396_90de94b51382250c4abd15506ebd3493cf5f75a8.jpeg
Gray, with snow last night.
11-02-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By conspiratemus1

Just between you and me, we currently have a...

Just between you and me, we currently have a steel granny ring on the tandem. Hedging our bets, I guess.
11-02-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ Even better! :thumb:

^ Even better! :thumb:
11-01-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By conspiratemus1

To test-fit your experiment it is helpful to have...

To test-fit your experiment it is helpful to have the extractor at hand since getting the right spindle to fit the crank is an experiment in itself. You may find yourself needing to torque it on...
11-01-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

More to remind than to instruct...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1302x1391/4d9d7dc1_77ae_403c_ab29_fac74734fcd5_33374d5957b301a7c1ec7597671d6ed210d9ea73.jpeg
English on left, Italian on right.
...
11-01-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,145
Posted By conspiratemus1

A retailer in Germany is selling 173 mm Shimano...

A retailer in Germany is selling 173 mm Shimano skewers on eBay for the equivalent of a few dollars (intended for internal gear hubs, it looks like.) This is OK for a tandem, although 178 would be...
11-01-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By conspiratemus1

Both Spocalc and the reference above give 610 for...

Both Spocalc and the reference above give 610 for PX-645 and 614 for PX-35, no mention of PX-45. How far short were you with the ERD you measured? "Walking" your way to the correct ERD is expensive...
11-01-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

..which is hard to do if you haven't got the...

..which is hard to do if you haven't got the fixed cup out to examine the threads and if there are no decipherable markings on the cup.

So it seems the best approach is to remove the lock ring on...
11-01-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ Thank you so much for that. Some years back I...

^ Thank you so much for that.
Some years back I quoted the (now-late) Mike Barry of Mariposa Custom Cycles as saying that the introduction of "aluminium"-alloy chainrings during his racing career in...
10-31-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

Simple, but not helpful to the uninitiated...

Simple, but not helpful to the uninitiated because in the bolded section, there is no clue in your wording that clockwise 1.37" means English and right-side dextrorotatory means Italian. And there...
10-31-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

No, he means left-hand thread for English and...

No, he means left-hand thread for English and right-hand thread for Italian. (it's only on the drive side that they differ in direction.)
10-31-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,665
Posted By conspiratemus1

I could be wrong but I think they were actually...

I could be wrong but I think they were actually able to fly it. There was very little damage, the greatest being to both engines from the geese that had met their demise in them. The hull/fuselage...
10-31-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 580
Posted By conspiratemus1

Funny I just encountered a similar oddity today,...

Funny I just encountered a similar oddity today, too. Since I think the OP's question has been answered, I'm going to add this:

Got an old C-Record front hub on eBay and, given there were spoke...
10-31-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,665
Posted By conspiratemus1

To me, the only relevant question is, Is it still...

To me, the only relevant question is, Is it still rideable or worth anything after being pulled from the water, whether it was "on" it or "in" it or "under" it.
That said, I read somewhere that the...
10-31-20, 06:58 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,129
Posted By conspiratemus1

Well, that's somewhat reassuring. He certainly...

Well, that's somewhat reassuring. He certainly writes (or talks with a keyboard) like someone born in 1988.

And here I thought he was just a pianist.....
10-31-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By conspiratemus1

A catastrophic failure while under way, (an...

A catastrophic failure while under way, (an "asplosion"), would very likely render the rider dead, unable to use a computer, or disinclined to have anything to do with cycling on or off the internet...
10-31-20, 05:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

I have a couple of old BBs that just have code...

I have a couple of old BBs that just have code markings stamped on them. If you didn't know the code, you wouldn't be able to tell the threading just by looking at the cup faces, especially if the...
10-31-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 548
Posted By conspiratemus1

Previously, I would have said, if asked, that I...

Previously, I would have said, if asked, that I wasn’t partial to colour breaks at the lug edges (chromed lugs excepted.)
I just changed my mind. Wow.
10-31-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,433
Posted By conspiratemus1

The internal combustion engine saved the whales...

The internal combustion engine saved the whales from extinction. Who’d-a thunk it?
10-30-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By conspiratemus1

^ Good point. With a really good BB. the tendency...

^ Good point. With a really good BB. the tendency of the lock ring to drag the cup clockwise as you start to tighten it just exactly balances its tendency to pull the cup out of the frame, in terms...
10-30-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By conspiratemus1

A good test for worn parts inside is, as you are...

A good test for worn parts inside is, as you are advancing the adjustable cup, if you can't remove wiggling without getting binding/crunchy sounds somewhere around the circle as you turn the cranks,...
10-30-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,252
Posted By conspiratemus1

...and J.A. Stein (eBay) sells crank extractors...

...and J.A. Stein (eBay) sells crank extractors in the 23 mm thread to fit these old TA cranks.
10-30-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,296
Posted By conspiratemus1

Now, now, no need to get in a snit, Newbie, just...

Now, now, no need to get in a snit, Newbie, just because someone didn’t want to read every word of your self-indulgent hagiography. We have a saying here, “Pics or it didn’t happen”. Especially...
10-30-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By conspiratemus1

Also, old cranks typically required an asymmetric...

Also, old cranks typically required an asymmetric bottom bracket spindle (longer on the drive side) to accommodate the thickness of 2 (or 3) chainrings. Modern cranks are shaped differently and so...
10-29-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By conspiratemus1

Mercian Cycles (U.K.) has a large stock of spare...

Mercian Cycles (U.K.) has a large stock of spare parts for Ergo units.
https://www.merciancycles.co.uk/product-category/campagnolo-ergospares/
They invite you to write them on their contact form...
10-29-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,794
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hospitals have a list of "Never" events: ...

Hospitals have a list of "Never" events: Exceptions that must never happen, and need never happen. Operating on the wrong patient, operating on the wrong body part, and accidental transfusion of...
10-29-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,794
Posted By conspiratemus1

We aren't so backward that the mail stagecoach...

We aren't so backward that the mail stagecoach gets robbed regularly. I've imported ~70 C&V items this year, about 3/4 from the U.S.,, most from eBay but some directly from the retailer's own...
10-29-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,267
Posted By conspiratemus1

Fortunately, even from the perspective of this...

Fortunately, even from the perspective of this disinterested foreign observer, the voters in the U.S. Democratic primary thoroughly repudiated both your diagnosis and your therapeutic prescription.
10-29-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,145
Posted By conspiratemus1

Hi and Welcome, Most likely the idea foundered...

Hi and Welcome,
Most likely the idea foundered on the inability to find a QR skewer with a head of the right shape to engage the trainer mount but long enough to go through a 145 mm tandem wheel. ...
10-27-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,105
Posted By conspiratemus1

No worries, there's lots more where she came...

No worries, there's lots more where she came from. What happened to the rule, "Never make your stoker cry?" It's a bummer, or ought to be, when you make a mistake, which includes riding where you...
10-27-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,105
Posted By conspiratemus1

You might want to do a little on-track research...

You might want to do a little on-track research with a single-seat mountain bike before you risk your stoker's neck (literally) taking the two of you out into single track when you know that little...
10-27-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,105
Posted By conspiratemus1

Pretty well except that you can't get your 400...

Pretty well except that you can't get your 400 lb. down them under control without burning out your brakes. Or have you fixed that?
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