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Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-21, 04:31 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,471
Posted By TricycleTom

Yes, that's it.

Yes, that's it.
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,471
Posted By TricycleTom

It isn't just the weight - an elegant design gets...

It isn't just the weight - an elegant design gets at least two functions from as many parts as possible. As for the wet, aluminum rims and Mathauser shoes have always been fine for me, including...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-15-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 8,471
Posted By TricycleTom

I'd use disks if I was doing a lot of riding in...

I'd use disks if I was doing a lot of riding in mud, but otherwise, I think it is a waste to use a disk when the rim can do the same job for no extra weight.
02-01-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,963
Posted By TricycleTom

I had this happen for a few rides last fall. It...

I had this happen for a few rides last fall. It turned out that I had been riding into the sunset, with one eye shaded by my helmet. The other pupil went to maximum restriction, and after I turned...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-29-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By TricycleTom

Sorry for the long delay - I needed a good time...

Sorry for the long delay - I needed a good time to get greasy and fussy. The thread on the steering tube is 1mm pitch, on 25mm OD, 22.2mm ID, but the headset is stamped 1 X 24. This explains the...
01-11-21, 05:07 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,327
Posted By TricycleTom

When I turned 55, I invited a few friends over. ...

When I turned 55, I invited a few friends over. They didn't know which birthday, so they just aimed for the right decade with four candles.
I usually explain that "I took a few years off."
I...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-10-21, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks, everyone. I was just looking for a...

Thanks, everyone. I was just looking for a ballpark estimate to see if it might be worth saving. It is 531 double butted, but very worn out. The steering tube is stripped, so I suspect the headset...
Forum: Framebuilders
01-04-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By TricycleTom

Vintage Replacement Fork

I would like to replace the fork on an old Jeunet 12 bike with a 24 1/2" frame and 27" tires My LBS can only recommend finding one on an old bike. I've been wondering about ordering one from a...
12-23-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 787
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks for the useful replies. I should be able...

Thanks for the useful replies. I should be able to select the most suitable tunes from my collection for a good playlist of MP3s.
12-21-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 8,927
Posted By TricycleTom

Relax! It is always the rear rider who is at...

Relax! It is always the rear rider who is at risk. If wheels overlap and touch, the drafter's wheel gets steered out from under him.
12-20-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 787
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks, but I'm phoneless, and outraged at the...

Thanks, but I'm phoneless, and outraged at the notion of paying for a simple list.
12-20-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 787
Posted By TricycleTom

Cadence matching music

Do you know of a site with music titles sorted by the frequency of their major beat? I'd like to create a mix that matches my preferred cadence.
12-14-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,137
Posted By TricycleTom

A husband may get in trouble occasionally for...

A husband may get in trouble occasionally for something his wife has seen in a dream. If he gets in trouble all the time for something in her daydream, he should move on. "You can't fix crazy." ...
12-14-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,085
Posted By TricycleTom

No. I was into my first car when they came out. ...

No. I was into my first car when they came out. Only one of my former riding friends had raised their seat as their legs grew, and all us cool guys were not enjoying riding any distance.
12-14-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,385
Posted By TricycleTom

The vise is seldom used for bicycle work, but I...

The vise is seldom used for bicycle work, but I have a 4" metal vise with an anvil surface on a swivel base, bolted to the corner of a bench made of 2" lumber and fastened to the wall. The fastening...
11-30-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,745
Posted By TricycleTom

I set my bike up for loaded alpine touring 40...

I set my bike up for loaded alpine touring 40 years ago. The same gearing was fine for hilly commuting, and now, on near-flatland, I still use bottom and top gears once a year on a windy day.
11-23-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,999
Posted By TricycleTom

I needed some very short-reach sidepulls for my...

I needed some very short-reach sidepulls for my trike, and found the rare model required in the junk bin at my LBS.
I'm still most pleased by the negotiations to buy my Jeunet 12. I had ignored it...
11-02-20, 12:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,744
Posted By TricycleTom

Road & Track once tested a Maserati bicycle. ...

Road & Track once tested a Maserati bicycle. They were further bemused by finding "Campagnolo" written on it in 27 places. Personally, I use a Campy cable guide, to make sure my bike is fast.
One...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-18-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,466
Posted By TricycleTom

"Around here, on a nice, calm spring day, you can...

"Around here, on a nice, calm spring day, you can still fly a cast-iron kite."
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,466
Posted By TricycleTom

Yesterday, we had 20 gusting to 30 and that was...

Yesterday, we had 20 gusting to 30 and that was still OK. I ride for exercise and live in a crossroad hamlet, so I ride into the wind and back. If I have to use the granny gears going out, I'll...
10-12-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,501
Posted By TricycleTom

I had a shot at answering this recently. The...

I had a shot at answering this recently. The bike was bought new in '77 for $400, and has gone about 70,000 miles. The tires and spares were definitely the biggest expense, but were recorded even...
10-05-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,776
Posted By TricycleTom

71

71
10-05-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 3,954
Posted By TricycleTom

As a young teen, I had to ride seven miles to...

As a young teen, I had to ride seven miles to visit other car-mad friends, and as my legs grew, I didn't know to raise my seat. I generally avoided sports and such. Then, around age 21, I had to do...
09-22-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,649
Posted By TricycleTom

I used composite materials. The equipment is far...

I used composite materials. The equipment is far cheaper than with metals.
09-21-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,649
Posted By TricycleTom

Sadly, no. There is almost never another genuine...

Sadly, no. There is almost never another genuine scratch builder to correspond with.
09-14-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,649
Posted By TricycleTom

"Building from scratch" means buying materials,...

"Building from scratch" means buying materials, not components.
08-17-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,084
Posted By TricycleTom

Moving is one of the basic pleasures of life, and...

Moving is one of the basic pleasures of life, and speed usually increases it. If you are using the bike for transportation, and it is 1.5 times faster than before, you can get to over twice as many...
08-10-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 265
Views: 9,130
Posted By TricycleTom

Work on my addiction problem with healthy...

Work on my addiction problem with healthy exercise.
08-03-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,010
Posted By TricycleTom

One local off-road rider used a pressure washer. ...

One local off-road rider used a pressure washer. It was quick, easy, and very, very bad for the bearings.
07-05-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 2,850
Views: 672,469
Posted By TricycleTom

Last week I realized that even after 100,000...

Last week I realized that even after 100,000 miles, my cost per mile is not much under one cent. I'd be interested in what others are paying.
06-19-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By TricycleTom

Yeah, I had to go 14-28 long ago. The 13 was for...

Yeah, I had to go 14-28 long ago. The 13 was for cruising down mountains. Now, I don't have those, and I seldom even use the 14 with a tailwind. <sigh> These old legs still have the revs, but not...
06-19-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By TricycleTom

I just bought a new Shimano 14-28 on eBay for...

I just bought a new Shimano 14-28 on eBay for $20 USD, with slow shipping. Wish me luck.
06-19-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By TricycleTom

Thanks for the tips. For the record, the...

Thanks for the tips. For the record, the original gearing was worked out with a calculator in '77. It was 13-16-19-23-28, with a 47-52 up front. The half-steps are extremely evenly spaced with...
06-18-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By TricycleTom

New parts for old bike?

Alas, my little fitness rides have worn my chain and freewheel beyond limits, and both need replacing. However, I don't see any 5-speed blocks at my LBS (on line) and wonder if my frame and wheel...
06-15-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 15,591
Posted By TricycleTom

The really cheap bikes are still all steel, right...

The really cheap bikes are still all steel, right down to their slippery-when-wet rims. but Robert Persig's comment on steel applies to all alloys. People who don't work with metal tend to think...
06-08-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,430
Posted By TricycleTom

If I can see the leak, I don't even remove a rear...

If I can see the leak, I don't even remove a rear wheel outside, I just pull out a section of tube. Sometimes, I need one tire iron or substitute. My best tip is to wrap it around your fist to get...
05-31-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2,850
Views: 672,469
Posted By TricycleTom

Aluminum has to be treated before bonding much as...

Aluminum has to be treated before bonding much as steel should be primed before painting. West System epoxy sells what you need in small quantities. The air has plenty of moisture to do the dirty...
05-18-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,112
Posted By TricycleTom

Crank length experiments are covered in DeLong's...

Crank length experiments are covered in DeLong's guide to Bicycles and Bicycling. They were found to be the least critical dimension in fitting a rider. The longer cranks just get turned slower,...
05-17-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 17,386
Posted By TricycleTom

February 1977. I'd shopped all over Toronto for...

February 1977. I'd shopped all over Toronto for a month, and finally bought from Bicyclesport, the only shop that made frames on site. I had not been able to find anything with similar components...
05-11-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,363
Posted By TricycleTom

Hockey tape. It is the closest thing I see to...

Hockey tape. It is the closest thing I see to original equipment, and costs under $1.50 per bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-04-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 15,151
Posted By TricycleTom

I use the toe of my shoe for that. So far, I...

I use the toe of my shoe for that. So far, I have never run over my foot with the back tire.
04-20-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 2,850
Views: 672,469
Posted By TricycleTom

43 year old mystery solved

I bought this Jeunet 12 new in '77 for $400, and have over 100,000 miles on it now. To ride no-hands, I've always had to lean 'way over. Now, after seven seasons of riding it indoors, I finally...
04-05-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,210
Posted By TricycleTom

I have an extra-strong rear fender stay made of...

I have an extra-strong rear fender stay made of Aluminum tubing, which comes in very handy. For short distances, I just put my left hand on the stem of a 2nd bike to ride with it, but for long...
03-30-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,210
Posted By TricycleTom

People who don't know much about cycling can't...

People who don't know much about cycling can't see what's wrong with non-LBS bikes, so they buy on price and convenience, and then don't enjoy riding enough to wear much out, although they may let it...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,624
Posted By TricycleTom

Try dropping your head as if into a turn where...

Try dropping your head as if into a turn where there is no road, and see if the bike follows. Those things are SMART!
03-16-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,322
Posted By TricycleTom

Yes. If there is adrenalin in the system, riding...

Yes. If there is adrenalin in the system, riding is one of the healthiest ways to process it.
Forum: Road Cycling
03-16-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 175
Views: 10,624
Posted By TricycleTom

Flaring a knee is body english, and no more...

Flaring a knee is body english, and no more functional than follow-through on a golf club or graceful arcs over a keyboard, except as an air brake. If you had a full, tight fairing, you'd learn to...
03-01-20, 06:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,791
Posted By TricycleTom

Ha ha. With the Velomobile, I ride in...

Ha ha. With the Velomobile, I ride in shirtsleeves, but with a ski jacket in the luggage so I won't freeze trying to cross the sidewalk without being rude to the kibitzers.
02-24-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,791
Posted By TricycleTom

As a young man in Winnipeg, I rode to - 40, but I...

As a young man in Winnipeg, I rode to - 40, but I was getting cold in the minus 30s because I couldn't ride faster to stay warm without freezing my lungs. We really need a face mask to conserve heat...
Forum: Touring
02-17-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,302
Posted By TricycleTom

I seldom listen to music outdoors, but my...

I seldom listen to music outdoors, but my preference is for music with a beat that matches an exercise cadence if I'm moving my body. I also dance on the beat.
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