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05-31-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 318
Posted By Trakhak

Probably obvious to you, but just in case: the...

Probably obvious to you, but just in case: the shifters weren't originally positioned to cover the top of the downtube decal; they slid down to that position over the years. A thin shim might keep...
05-31-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By Trakhak

Slow leak from a puncture on the road. Carefully...

Slow leak from a puncture on the road. Carefully check the inner surface of the tire; look for, e.g., a glass sliver or a whisker of steel from a car tire.

I'm always initially annoyed to discover...
Forum: Introductions
05-30-20, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 107
Posted By Trakhak

Cheshire in Connecticut, presumably.

Cheshire in Connecticut, presumably.
05-30-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 274
Posted By Trakhak

"Roger - pay the two dollars." (From Hitchcock's...

"Roger - pay the two dollars." (From Hitchcock's North By Northwest.)

With that out of the way, I've repaired shorts with fabric repair patches, available on Amazon and elsewhere. Washing machine...
05-30-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,238
Posted By Trakhak

The whole post was terrific; just a correction to...

The whole post was terrific; just a correction to honor one of my favorite cartoonists of the early 20th century:

Caspar Milquetoast is a comic strip character created by H. T. Webster for his...
05-30-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 1,128
Views: 225,243
Posted By Trakhak

That's what people who have otherwise ridden only...

That's what people who have otherwise ridden only steel bikes with sport geometry (i.e., longer-wheelbase bikes) always seem to say.

It's not the aluminum frame that makes it harsh. It's the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-27-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 720
Posted By Trakhak

The "pedaling squares" comments usually or...

The "pedaling squares" comments usually or exclusively refer to climbing. While on that subject, here's a tip: a very fast way to learn just how efficiently you can pedal is to bonk a long way from...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 351
Posted By Trakhak

I hope the butterfly bars help. That said, I set...

I hope the butterfly bars help. That said, I set up all my bikes with aero bars, including the road bikes, the track bikes, and the mountain bike that I use for shopping and bad-weather training....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 720
Posted By Trakhak

Back when I raced, I once overheard a teammate...

Back when I raced, I once overheard a teammate complimenting a guy on another team on how smoothly he rode. After the race, I asked Greg what that was about. He said, "Some guys take it to heart and...
05-24-20, 05:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,242
Posted By Trakhak

I reported to a friend that, at age 68, as of the...

I reported to a friend that, at age 68, as of the first four months of this year, I can no longer deny that I'm on the downward slope and getting weaker. She said nothing. Then, two or three weeks...
05-22-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 569
Posted By Trakhak

Over the years, I've experienced the same thing,...

Over the years, I've experienced the same thing, but for me it seems to be a consequence of being too eager about upping my mileage (and not taking enough rest days). Ease off on the mileage, take...
05-22-20, 01:10 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 8,915
Posted By Trakhak

The nice, functional bikes for everyday riding...

The nice, functional bikes for everyday riding are already available in bike stores everywhere: aluminum hybrids. I started on a Helyett track bike in the mid-'60s and rode more than my share of...
05-18-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 348
Posted By Trakhak

Are you sure that that wasn't Raleigh's in-house...

Are you sure that that wasn't Raleigh's in-house designation? Those bikes came in a box labeled "DL1" when I worked in a Raleigh dealership in the early 1970s.
Forum: Touring
05-18-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,141
Posted By Trakhak

If you have no problem with the nerves in your...

If you have no problem with the nerves in your hands (I do), clip-on TT bars aren't necessary, but I like them for all kinds of riding.

I generally ride with my right hand on a brake lever and my...
Replies: 12
Views: 365
Posted By Trakhak

You're having bad luck in your quest. The Mercier...

You're having bad luck in your quest. The Mercier was ridden at least once, since the fork is bent backward, clearly from a frontal impact (and the frame may be bent as well; hard to tell from the...
05-14-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,057
Posted By Trakhak

Maybe, maybe not. OP hasn't been back in a while,...

Maybe, maybe not. OP hasn't been back in a while, for some reason.
05-13-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 687
Posted By Trakhak

Earplugs are available that cut noise by only a...

Earplugs are available that cut noise by only a few dB. When I used to play in bands, I got in the habit of using earplugs not just on stage but during breaks. I found that I was able to follow...
05-13-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 754
Posted By Trakhak

Conceding that an 11-speed drive train might...

Conceding that an 11-speed drive train might require maintaining proper alignment of the hanger, the difference in maintenance time from a 7-, 8-, 9-, or 10-speed drive train is unlikely to run to...
05-12-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,211
Posted By Trakhak

I wonder whether any bike historians have...

I wonder whether any bike historians have researched whether the first bikes were literally built with gas pipe. Since gas transmission through pipes was likely nearly ubiquitous, at least in the...
05-11-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,948
Posted By Trakhak

Smile So the guy from your old team figures that it's...

So the guy from your old team figures that it's never too early to start the mind games.
05-10-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,243
Posted By Trakhak

I rarely take issue with anything cyccommute has...

I rarely take issue with anything cyccommute has to say, but:

Activated Charcoal Toothpaste...
05-08-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By Trakhak

There was an article in VeloNews in the early...

There was an article in VeloNews in the early '80s in which an Italian pro cyclist with very little English was being interviewed by an American with no Italian. When asked how he chose his gearing...
05-07-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,035
Posted By Trakhak

Good! Your reasoning reminds me of me at age 14...

Good! Your reasoning reminds me of me at age 14 in 1965, when I was a novice bike racer. I noted that, unlike my teammates, I hadn't had a flat since I'd started riding with them. My conclusion:...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-20, 04:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,195
Posted By Trakhak

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcpkUNqrjQU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcpkUNqrjQU
05-04-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 342
Posted By Trakhak

In my experience back when I worked in bike...

In my experience back when I worked in bike stores, the tubes that people bought and took home to fix their first flat had a mysteriously high rate of failure. Tubes from the same lot that we used...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-04-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 524
Posted By Trakhak

That's a sensible suggestion. I bent the (steel)...

That's a sensible suggestion. I bent the (steel) fork on a 1986 Cannondale in 1990, left it unused for 20 years with a vague plan of replacing the fork, and then started commuting on it. Took a few...
05-03-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 382
Posted By Trakhak

Steel has taken on a steampunk cachet of late, in...

Steel has taken on a steampunk cachet of late, in the vein of "vinyl is real," "tube amps are real," etc. You can safely ignore choice of frame material as a consideration. Millions of people ride...
05-02-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,075
Posted By Trakhak

One of the things I learned from materials...

One of the things I learned from materials engineers who have posted on this forum is that springs do not fatigue if left under tension. What fatigues springs is going through cycles of tension and...
05-01-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 375
Posted By Trakhak

As the last step after installing a new tube or...

As the last step after installing a new tube or tire, before pumping air in, always push down on the tip of the valve to ensure that the thick base of the valve gets out of the way and the tire beads...
05-01-20, 02:11 AM
Replies: 2,596
Views: 225,758
Posted By Trakhak

Looks like they're both usable only on the left...

Looks like they're both usable only on the left side.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,115
Posted By Trakhak

I've collected a high-quality tape measure,...

I've collected a high-quality tape measure, needle-nose pliers, Vice-Grips, and about two dozen forks, knives, and spoons in various stages of two-dimensionality from being run over. But the best...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,115
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, indeed. Jobst Brandt was a very smart...

Yes, indeed. Jobst Brandt was a very smart fellow. It never occurred to me to question the received wisdom of wiping tires on the fly, learned from older riders back in 1965, until I read his...
Forum: Recumbent
04-29-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,802
Posted By Trakhak

One of the more helpful posts in this thread. I...

One of the more helpful posts in this thread. I hope that the original poster found the right bike 15 years ago.
04-28-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 441
Posted By Trakhak

Any carbon frame from a reputable builder should...

Any carbon frame from a reputable builder should last as long as or longer than any frame made of other materials in normal use. Crash damage or other trauma can result in a carbon frame cracking or...
Replies: 26
Views: 1,219
Posted By Trakhak

And as long as the rims are undamaged.

And as long as the rims are undamaged.
04-28-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 598
Posted By Trakhak

I'd sell it for $50 (i.e., let it be someone...

I'd sell it for $50 (i.e., let it be someone else's expensive headache) or donate it to a bike co-op.

The comment earlier in the thread saying that the steel Raleigh would outlast the Trek hybrid...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By Trakhak

That's the best short account of the correct way...

That's the best short account of the correct way to determine correct frame dimensions I've ever read. Not surprising, given how experienced a frame builder you are. I'm not a frame builder, and it's...
04-26-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,287
Posted By Trakhak

The term "mechanical failure" implies a failure...

The term "mechanical failure" implies a failure that resulted from a defect in a part. That's not what happened in your example. You rode the bike until the drive train consumables (chain, sprockets,...
04-26-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,570
Posted By Trakhak

Not all bike stores have the room to accommodate...

Not all bike stores have the room to accommodate an appreciable number of used bikes. Many of those that do (and that are run by people who are business-minded first and bike enthusiasts second)...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By Trakhak

Customer self-reported measurements versus yours

I believe it was Gerald O'Donovan, Raleigh's chief frame designer in the 1970s, who was reported in the "Custom Bicycle" book to have said that, based on customers' requests for custom frames, there...
04-26-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 268
Posted By Trakhak

There are too many different crank designs for...

There are too many different crank designs for guesswork. Post the name and model number of the crankset to get meaningful replies.
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 04:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 550
Posted By Trakhak

A small but fervent proportion of riders who do...

A small but fervent proportion of riders who do loaded touring ride Cannondale touring bikes for exactly that reason. Cannondale's aluminum touring bikes exhibit few or none of the characteristics of...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-26-20, 04:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 550
Posted By Trakhak

That frame material sticker means exactly what it...

That frame material sticker means exactly what it says: the seat tube is cro-mo, the rest of the frame is high-tensile steel.

By the 1980s, most people who otherwise knew nothing about bikes had...
04-25-20, 06:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By Trakhak

From the mid-'60s to the early '80s, I rode in...

From the mid-'60s to the early '80s, I rode in wool shorts, including high-quality Italian brands. But I was happy to switch to Lycra shorts when those came along: first Giordana and then any number...
04-24-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 682
Views: 23,242
Posted By Trakhak

Quoth Albert the Alligator in the Pogo comic...

Quoth Albert the Alligator in the Pogo comic strip: "You can't pull my wool over the ice!"
Forum: Triathlon
04-20-20, 04:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 394
Posted By Trakhak

I had both bar ends and clip-on aero bars on one...

I had both bar ends and clip-on aero bars on one flat bar bike for a while, but I took the bar ends off when I realized that I never used them and used the aero bars constantly.
04-18-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 704
Posted By Trakhak

I do a variation of that: I place two chairs such...

I do a variation of that: I place two chairs such that the rim can rest on the tops of the chairs, adjust a camera tripod until the top just touches the face of the axle nut, and then flip the wheel...
04-18-20, 04:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 704
Posted By Trakhak

I might have used tape once, back in the '60s,...

I might have used tape once, back in the '60s, but since then I never bothered with tape, having figured out that it's unnecessary. Loosen (but do not disconnect) all the spokes in the old rim, and...
04-18-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By Trakhak

Waterproof covers have the disadvantage of...

Waterproof covers have the disadvantage of trapping moisture, which can sometimes cause more damage that would occur with an uncovered bike. Whatever you do, consider spraying all the vulnerable...
04-18-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 549
Posted By Trakhak

I haven't had to deal with full-length...

I haven't had to deal with full-length chainguards since the days when I worked at a Raleigh dealership in the 1970s. That said, chances are that the chainguard on your bike, like the Raleigh...
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