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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, 01:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 905
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...
11-09-20, 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.
11-02-20, 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.
11-01-20, 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...
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, 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.....
10-30-20, 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.
10-29-20, 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, 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...
10-27-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,794
Posted By conspiratemus1

This anecdote puzzles me. Speaking as a person...

This anecdote puzzles me. Speaking as a person whose spouse worked in insurance, why would you think USPS's insurance ought to have paid that claim, enough to spend time hounding them about it? They...
10-26-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,794
Posted By conspiratemus1

Sorry that your generosity is being, temporarily,...

Sorry that your generosity is being, temporarily, frustrated. It sounds like the USPS person hit the wrong bin when s/he tossed the parcel toward "Canada", as the customer service person suggested....
10-23-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 674
Posted By conspiratemus1

I have new, never used 9-speed single Veloce...

I have new, never used 9-speed single Veloce sprockets in 25 and 28 teeth, one each. They are leftovers from a brand-new 13-28 that I converted to 13-30. PM me if you would like to go this route,...
10-21-20, 02:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 674
Posted By conspiratemus1

This can be done but it is a lot of work and...

This can be done but it is a lot of work and destroys the sprockets for future use on a 9/10-sp freehub.

What you do is grind down the long splines of the 9/10-sp sprockets until they will fit...
10-20-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,279
Posted By conspiratemus1

The grease does thicken, though: Just to be...

The grease does thicken, though: Just to be clear, we are talking, I think, about Record (front) hubs that are colloquially referred to as "C-Record", though never identified as such by Campag, who...
10-20-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,279
Posted By conspiratemus1

Thank you for going to this trouble. I think you...

Thank you for going to this trouble. I think you meant to say, though, 7/32 instead of 7/16, and 3/16 instead of 3/8.
10-08-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,896
Posted By conspiratemus1

OK, in that spirit, I will say, sincerely, that...

OK, in that spirit, I will say, sincerely, that your logic around the angular movement of the cage speaks to something I hadn’t thought of. Since there is no guarantee that something not thought of...
10-08-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,896
Posted By conspiratemus1

The chain is longer with big pulleys, just as it...

The chain is longer with big pulleys, just as it is with big chainrings and big sprockets, but it doesn’t wrap more. Wrapping implies a shortening of the effective length of the chain, a change in...
10-08-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,896
Posted By conspiratemus1

The larger pulleys would require the chain to be...

The larger pulleys would require the chain to be longer (by the same number of half-links as there are extra teeth on one pulley.). But the amount of chain wrap, the important thing for capacity , is...
10-05-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,611
Posted By conspiratemus1

”Seem” is not “does”. Physics is an experimental...

”Seem” is not “does”. Physics is an experimental science. Conjectures can be tested. (Which is why physicists sometimes mock the merely observational disciplines as mere stamp collecting...
10-04-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,611
Posted By conspiratemus1

More than that. The brakes don’t have to just...

More than that. The brakes don’t have to just stop, they have to be able to stop after ******ing all that weight for a prolonged period of time during the descent, heating up all the while. Tandems...
10-03-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 17,063
Posted By conspiratemus1

...and thus was born the Industrial Revolution.. ...

...and thus was born the Industrial Revolution..

Like you i’m fascinated by this restoration.
09-29-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,342
Posted By conspiratemus1

This is grossly unfair to King Solomon and shows...

This is grossly unfair to King Solomon and shows popular misunderstanding of the story. The “wisdom of Solomon”, lay in his ploy to propose slicing the disputed baby in half, knowing that the true...
09-29-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,342
Posted By conspiratemus1

No you couldn’t. Litigation is to restore you to...

No you couldn’t. Litigation is to restore you to how you were before the tort, to the extent that money can do so. It is not to “get to the bottom of” something “to find out what really happened”,...
09-29-20, 06:33 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,342
Posted By conspiratemus1

One should be moderate and gracious in victory....

One should be moderate and gracious in victory. No need to slaughter everyone after they lay down their arms. The OP is being a gentleman, and so is the shop owner.
09-27-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 856
Posted By conspiratemus1

Expect to pay a lot for good quality, especially...

Expect to pay a lot for good quality, especially if the frame has dings in it, which the painter will want to fill so their persistence doesn’t reflect unfairly on his/her work. If they are good, you...
09-26-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By conspiratemus1

Lots of people seem not to know what they are...

Lots of people seem not to know what they are talking about, here, not just the OP. Proceed with caution.
09-25-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,029
Posted By conspiratemus1

Linseed oil might work, too, if you wanted to...

Linseed oil might work, too, if you wanted to stay in steampunk mode. But not for waffles.

This repurposing of household products recalls a line from a song made famous (sort of) in 1970? by a...
09-23-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,208
Posted By conspiratemus1

I don’t want to go to jail, or even 2-wk q’tine...

I don’t want to go to jail, or even 2-wk q’tine when I cross back. I’ve got a 5-day-old grandson.
09-23-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,274
Posted By conspiratemus1

Yeah, but you were a Marine. They were looking...

Yeah, but you were a Marine. They were looking for a few good men, remember.
09-23-20, 11:47 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,029
Posted By conspiratemus1

Beeswax (in North America at least) actually is a...

Beeswax (in North America at least) actually is a high-tech product in that it required ocean-capable ships, the apex of Enlightenment-era industrial prowess, to bring honey bees to the New World. ...
09-23-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,029
Posted By conspiratemus1

I picked up that myth as a young person, too. ...

I picked up that myth as a young person, too. The real reasons are two:
- if the builder didn’t get the frame perfectly straight, you could adjust the dropout screws to centre the wheel.
-...
09-23-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,029
Posted By conspiratemus1

Believe it or not, theadlocker was one of those...

Believe it or not, theadlocker was one of those great American products that was not available in Canada before the first free-trade agreement in 1988. Before that we used congealed maple syrup and...
09-23-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,274
Posted By conspiratemus1

I have no nostalgia for the dentistry of my 1950s...

I have no nostalgia for the dentistry of my 1950s childhood, either. But at least we didn’t have anti-vaxxers then. Nobody died from opposition to water fluoridation. But boy were our teeth rotten....
09-23-20, 08:12 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,352
Posted By conspiratemus1

Beauties! I think of the song about the...

Beauties!

I think of the song about the Battle of New Orleans:

I fumbled my grip and the balls they kept a-coming
But there wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago.
I fumbled once more...
09-23-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,352
Posted By conspiratemus1

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Make sure the washers fit. The last thing you want is for a steel washer to be tearing out those aluminum threads one by one as you tighten the bolt The washer must be a free fit and drop straight...
09-22-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 998
Posted By conspiratemus1

The OP was asking what he could do to improve...

The OP was asking what he could do to improve braking. It is up to him, not you, to decide if new brakes are worth it. You can get killed just as easily on an old clunker that won’t stop as on a...
09-20-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 6,342
Posted By conspiratemus1

1). Express your concerns to the business owner...

1). Express your concerns to the business owner in writing, documenting all conversations you have had with him and his employees. Stick to the facts and state what you want him to do to restore you,...
09-20-20, 02:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 412
Posted By conspiratemus1

I think you need a longer spindle. I’m using a...

I think you need a longer spindle. I’m using a TA 344 spindle with my 93 crank. It is 114.5 mm long and places the cranks properly. (The 344 was TA’s spec. in a loose-ball BB for a double crank.)....
09-15-20, 08:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 647
Posted By conspiratemus1

...or coarse string like binder twine, dry, not...

...or coarse string like binder twine, dry, not soaked in anything. Much less messy, just needs more elbow grease. Avoids use of toxic solvents that have a way of finding their way into the water...
09-11-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,118
Posted By conspiratemus1

Dame Diana (or is it Dame Enid?, her actual first...

Dame Diana (or is it Dame Enid?, her actual first name) starred opposite George C. Scott in a thoroughly charming movie, The Hospital, 1971. Her sex appeal in the TV series was lost on me, too, ......
09-10-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 550
Posted By conspiratemus1

“Treviso” confuses a lot of people. Pins were/are...

“Treviso” confuses a lot of people. Pins were/are made in Treviso so any of them may say Treviso somewhere, often on the BB shell. That’s not necessarily referring to the Treviso model, which applied...
09-08-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,364
Posted By conspiratemus1

Note how the various rims — silver box,...

Note how the various rims — silver box, dark/black deeper section, tubular or clincher, spokes few or abundant — all look just great with that bike.
09-06-20, 06:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,401
Posted By conspiratemus1

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Well, division is sort of like subtraction, right?
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