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05-23-17, 04:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 794
Posted By habilis

FWIW, I have a Sunlite Double MTN brake lever...

FWIW, I have a Sunlite Double MTN brake lever (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AO7H16/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) that handles both front and rear brakes. I mounted it just to...
05-23-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,267
Posted By habilis

Only true if you have fenders. Otherwise, the...

Only true if you have fenders. Otherwise, the underside of the saddle will become soaked. (That's why Brooks recommends coating the underside as well as the top of the saddle with Proofide.) For...
04-14-17, 01:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,545
Posted By habilis

It's messy for sure, but it beats having a...

It's messy for sure, but it beats having a midnight explosion. Most of those are probably due to creased tubes.
04-14-17, 12:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,545
Posted By habilis

Your method sounds better. I'm surprised that...

Your method sounds better. I'm surprised that the talc trick seldom comes up on BF.
04-14-17, 09:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,545
Posted By habilis

Smearing the tube with baby powder or talc helps...

Smearing the tube with baby powder or talc helps prevent pinch flats. Tube rubber (especially when new) is sticky and can cause the tube to fold over on itself. The tire will blow when fully...
04-07-16, 05:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By habilis

Thank you!

Thank you!
04-05-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 595
Posted By habilis

BF Definition of "Views"

Can someone please tell me how "views" of a thread are defined and computed? For example, if a thread had 100 hundred views, have 100 different people viewed it?
02-28-16, 05:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 11,312
Posted By habilis

I'm just curious, not starting a fight. Did you:...

I'm just curious, not starting a fight. Did you:

1. never crash

2. crash a few times but never hit your head

3. hit your head, but with no ill effects, or

4. develop acrobatic techniques...
02-28-16, 04:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,275
Posted By habilis

Considering how old, nearsighted, and absent...

Considering how old, nearsighted, and absent minded some drivers are (I'm gaining in all three categories), you might prefer a solid yellow, fluorescent orange, or fluorescent green jacket. Your...
02-28-16, 03:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,681
Posted By habilis

A wise person once said: "Why pay someone else to...

A wise person once said: "Why pay someone else to mess up your stuff when you can mess it up yourself for free?" It makes sense to let the shop do refacing (expensive tool needed), but everything...
02-28-16, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,962
Posted By habilis

Beautiful bike. You inspired me to go for a ride...

Beautiful bike. You inspired me to go for a ride today.
02-28-16, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,962
Posted By habilis

I found two low-end aluminum mtb's in the trash....

I found two low-end aluminum mtb's in the trash. One, a Trek 3500, is my main around-town and rain bike. It weighs 28 lbs. The other, a dept. store no-name, was configured the same as the Trek...
02-28-16, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,962
Posted By habilis

I have two bikes that I built up from old steel...

I have two bikes that I built up from old steel frames. I love how they feel and ride with new alloy components. The Raleigh has relaxed geometry (antithesis of the usual "fixie") and gives...
02-24-16, 08:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,724
Posted By habilis

To this I would add: You want free axle rotation...

To this I would add: You want free axle rotation without binding OR looseness. Check for looseness by wiggling the rim side-to-side with the wheel installed on the bike. There shouldn't be any...
02-24-16, 07:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,049
Posted By habilis

I had problems with Presta valves snapping off...

I had problems with Presta valves snapping off during inflation, so I use a Schraeder adapter. My drill is:

1. Unscrew the core and, even if tire pressure is low, press the core a couple of...
02-23-16, 02:33 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 25,201
Posted By habilis

1. Yes, buy a bike. 2. No, don't bet on...

1. Yes, buy a bike.

2. No, don't bet on this event. Given this person's medical history, he is risking his life with this venture. "Heart attack" means some degree of permanent damage to the...
02-23-16, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By habilis

I started riding fixed gear last spring. The...

I started riding fixed gear last spring. The first thing to complain was my left knee. I was almost convinced the FG was a bad idea.

Then I began standing while chugging up hills, even...
02-23-16, 08:12 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 25,201
Posted By habilis

2.5 months of training will make a big...

2.5 months of training will make a big difference, but the sensation in his butt on the morning of Day Two may be the limiting factor. It takes long conditioning - maybe more than 2.5 months - to...
02-23-16, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By habilis

In 1980, I paid $500 for a Puch Luzerne, which...

In 1980, I paid $500 for a Puch Luzerne, which had Reynolds double-butted tubing, Shimano 600 components, alloy rims, and other amenities. I also paid $250 for a slightly lower-grade Puch model for...
02-21-16, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By habilis

This is the best solution, as long as preserving...

This is the best solution, as long as preserving the paint doesn't matter. I have an after-market water bottle cage with similar straps and rubber shields under them. It does slip sideways if you...
02-21-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By habilis

Loctite wouldn't have helped here. It looks like...

Loctite wouldn't have helped here. It looks like the strap slipped because Velcro is slippery. I would have chosen a rubber shield for the down tube, which would have held the strap more securely. ...
02-21-16, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
Posted By habilis

There's one consideration I didn't think of till...

There's one consideration I didn't think of till now: The spindle you ordered will be JIS taper, but the thickness of the taper may be different than your older crank requires. I encountered that...
02-21-16, 03:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,489
Posted By habilis

I've bought BB spindles from Niagara, Bikewagon,...

I've bought BB spindles from Niagara, Bikewagon, etc. The axles are similarly priced regardless of brand, and they are all hardened steel. I've had good results with all that I've bought. Just...
02-21-16, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By habilis

The clamp in your photo looks like it would...

The clamp in your photo looks like it would provide more than adequate security. The two bolts that pass through the front of the bracket will draw the metal strap tight around the down tube. Make...
02-21-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,962
Posted By habilis

Petroleum-based products can attack rubber. ...

Petroleum-based products can attack rubber. WD-40 is petroleum distillate, but its manufacturers claim that it's safe for rubber and plastics. In my experience, it never did harm to rubber...
02-16-16, 07:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,358
Posted By habilis

This reasonable practice has led to the arrest...

This reasonable practice has led to the arrest and imprisonment of dozens of innocent purchasers of used saddles. The ACLU is investigating this scandal.
02-16-16, 04:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,358
Posted By habilis

The shape of someone else's butt is a non-issue. ...

The shape of someone else's butt is a non-issue. In the past, aristocratic racers would pay a "domestique" (servant) to break in their leather saddles. If that's all that happened to this...
02-16-16, 12:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,268
Posted By habilis

Do you really have a problem, or are you asking...

Do you really have a problem, or are you asking the der to accommodate bad shifting procedure? The crank must be rotating for a shift to occur, but you shouldn't be trying to accelerate or climb...
02-14-16, 01:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,064
Posted By habilis

Tyrolean hat, science-gone-crazy...

Tyrolean hat, science-gone-crazy contraption...say, isn't that Adolf minus the mustache?
02-14-16, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,502
Posted By habilis

Campy crank will be ISO taper, so the existing BB...

Campy crank will be ISO taper, so the existing BB spindle won't take a Shimano crank (JIS taper). However, a JIS spindle runs <$10, and I've never heard of problems with a well adjusted, well...
02-14-16, 10:33 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,922
Posted By habilis

How long is your commute? Are there hills, and if...

How long is your commute? Are there hills, and if so, how steep? What are the road conditions? The weight of this bike will almost offset the advantages of (I assume) the 21-apeed drive train. ...
02-14-16, 08:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 986
Posted By habilis

Even after a professional fitting, have her try a...

Even after a professional fitting, have her try a variety of frame styles. After much trial and error, I learned that my wife's ideal bike has the following features, in order of importance:

1....
02-13-16, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,502
Posted By habilis

Does your BB have cups and loose ball bearings? ...

Does your BB have cups and loose ball bearings? If so, you may be able to replace only the spindle at very low cost. Disassemble the BB and measure the spindle, including the diameter and the...
02-13-16, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 814
Posted By habilis

You're a good person to help them out. The best...

You're a good person to help them out. The best gift you can give them, though, is the knowledge of how to do their own repairs. Is there a bike co-op nearby where you could find a used lever? If...
02-11-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,772
Posted By habilis

I dabble in languages, but Snarky isn't one of...

I dabble in languages, but Snarky isn't one of 'em.
02-11-16, 09:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,772
Posted By habilis

It sounds like you expect your "first cog" to be...

It sounds like you expect your "first cog" to be a wrong choice in terms of gear teeth, and you'll need to swap it for a different size. Therefore, you don't want to spend an excessive (?) amount on...
02-05-16, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By habilis

Speaking of joists in the ceiling, vinyl-coated...

Speaking of joists in the ceiling, vinyl-coated J-hooks are a cheap, simple solution. I have two bikes hanging by their rear wheels. They weigh about 25lbs each. I find this convenient, but my...
02-05-16, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,214
Posted By habilis

You may already have information on causes and...

You may already have information on causes and treatment, but here is some useful reading: Baker's cyst - Mayo Clinic...
01-29-16, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,643
Posted By habilis

If you are asking about oiling/greasing the FD...

If you are asking about oiling/greasing the FD mechanism (as opposed to the clamp), I'd say it doesn't hurt to put a drop of light machine oil on all pivoting points on shifters, brake levers, and...
01-29-16, 09:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,458
Posted By habilis

Bianchi is a highly regarded Italian brand. ...

Bianchi is a highly regarded Italian brand. Models range from the very pricey down to the model I own (Premio) which probably retailed for about $400-$500 in the 1990's. Your best bet is to ask...
01-28-16, 07:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,458
Posted By habilis

Wow! A Bianchi, eh? Worth checking the serial...

Wow! A Bianchi, eh? Worth checking the serial number on the Classic & Vintage Forum.
01-28-16, 07:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,411
Posted By habilis

Bad news. Sorry to hear about it.

Bad news. Sorry to hear about it.
01-28-16, 06:52 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

I changed my earlier post to say "deformation"...

I changed my earlier post to say "deformation" rather than "displacement," but thanks. The deformation can bend the light of a star as it passes near a body like the sun, so the star looks to be out...
01-28-16, 06:10 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

OK, I withdraw the suggestion that closeness to...

OK, I withdraw the suggestion that closeness to the surface would cause more gravitational pull, since the coloration shows the opposite (lower readings where mountains exist). But if gravity is not...
01-28-16, 04:58 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

If gravity is the displacement of space by a...

If gravity is the displacement of space by a solid object, then the shape of the object will cause "ripples" in the deformed space. Mountains will push space upward more than valleys or oceans. The...
01-28-16, 03:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

Those images show a strong correlation between...

Those images show a strong correlation between elevation and gravity readings. Either the mountains are sitting exactly above subterranean areas of low density (seems unlikely), or the mountain...
01-28-16, 02:53 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

Besides, the moderators will shut this down soon,...

Besides, the moderators will shut this down soon, anyway. "Why don't you guys go play on the Physics Phorum?"
01-28-16, 02:50 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

Okay, but the spacecraft thinks Mongolia is below...

Okay, but the spacecraft thinks Mongolia is below sea level and Brazil is lower than the Mid-Atlantic. If the colors don't strictly apply to elevation, then why not? If gravity fluctuates with...
01-28-16, 02:42 PM
01-28-16, 01:39 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,471
Posted By habilis

I understand that a passenger in a suddenly...

I understand that a passenger in a suddenly descending elevator might hit his head on the ceiling without actually "going anywhere." It's all relative. It doesn't explain why our weight seems...
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