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07-18-13, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By MrEss

I'm talking about how when you get a cut that...

I'm talking about how when you get a cut that goes through more than just two or three threads, then that part of the tread is weakened, the damage spreads, and eventually the tire is ruined.

It's...
07-18-13, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By MrEss

Tire Carcass Patches - who uses them?

I've got a big stack of tire boot / patches made from the carcass of my dearly departed Challenge Parigi-Roubaix tire. It is many more than I am likely to need.

Send me a PM with your mailing...
07-17-13, 09:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,358
Posted By MrEss

Riding by myself, I, too spend the majority of my...

Riding by myself, I, too spend the majority of my time in 4 gears: Cruising, Mild Climbing, Serious Climbing, and Descending. If I spin out because of a tailwind or a mild descent, I'm pretty likely...
07-09-13, 06:41 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 4,922
Posted By MrEss

I'm strongly of the opinion that the very last...

I'm strongly of the opinion that the very last thing you need to know in the middle of a descent is your exact speed. It's a gut check -- either your gut says "whee" or your gut says "slow it down a...
07-07-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 5,105
Posted By MrEss

I wear a helmet when I'm cycling, and I'm fine...

I wear a helmet when I'm cycling, and I'm fine with others who are old enough to know better and choose not to. I'm pretty confident that if I'm run over by a bus, whether or not I wear a helmet will...
06-03-13, 10:13 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 22,644
Posted By MrEss

We have two bikes here with 26" Paselas... one...

We have two bikes here with 26" Paselas... one 26x1.5 and the other 26x1.75. On one bike, with Rhyno Lite rims, the tires fit pretty tightly and are somewhat hard to mount. On the other bike, unknown...
05-03-13, 10:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 485
Posted By MrEss

If it's a keeper, put the decals you like. I'd go...

If it's a keeper, put the decals you like. I'd go with a repro of the pre-war Schwinn logotype -- it's so pretty.

If it's not a keeper, you probably shouldn't even paint it.
04-15-13, 03:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 22,644
Posted By MrEss

Jan rides a lot more miles than I do (remember...

Jan rides a lot more miles than I do (remember that he's the only person to have ever worn out rootboy's brass-wired tire savers) and is of the opinion that lower tire pressure *is* a method of...
04-13-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 22,644
Posted By MrEss

Thanks a lot for this review. I put a lot of...

Thanks a lot for this review.

I put a lot of thought into tires for my honey's drop-bar MB2 "road bike". The Compass tires were near the top of the list, but cost won the day and the bike got...
04-10-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,169
Posted By MrEss

They require special nonstandard pedals with...

They require special nonstandard pedals with giant threads. I guess they were supposed to be more aerodynamic.

These days they're fairly hard to use unless you can find the fairly rare...
04-10-13, 12:07 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,169
Posted By MrEss

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7058426753_ce8d...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7050/7058426753_ce8d5c047b_c.jpg

Suntour, Campagnolo, SRAM, Shimano, SR, and KMC components all living happily together. It's a friction love-fest.
04-04-13, 01:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,916
Posted By MrEss

The original run of them did not, and you were...

The original run of them did not, and you were required to use a traditional flat-sided FD. The newer Mk. II revision is reported to have been modified to accept modern "lipped" FDs.
04-01-13, 12:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 757
Posted By MrEss

When this was happening to me, it was because a...

When this was happening to me, it was because a crack had developed in the fixing bolt. It warned me by creaking, but I didn't heed. Eventually it broke completely. After replacement with a good...
03-30-13, 07:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 520
Posted By MrEss

If you don't have a spoke source in mind, I...

If you don't have a spoke source in mind, I highly recommend Dan's Competition. They cut Sapim spokes to order and they do it really cheap. I think it's about $0.40 for a 14/15 double butted spoke....
03-30-13, 07:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,222
Posted By MrEss

I've been using about 5 links plus a single-hook...

I've been using about 5 links plus a single-hook bottom bracket spanner -- only to remove Hyperglide lockrings, which are not very tight. This inspiration to raid the recycle bin at the LBS for some...
03-30-13, 01:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,932
Posted By MrEss

I think one of the biggest advantages of vintage...

I think one of the biggest advantages of vintage components is in their depreciation... if we want, many of us can enjoy the groups of the 30s, 60s, 80s, or whenever through the rose-colored glasses...
03-23-13, 03:31 PM
Replies: 13,134
Views: 1,087,130
Posted By MrEss

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8583045909_9a07...

http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8365/8583045909_9a07253cb3_c.jpg

Just a few miles around the park, but it sure was nice to get out with my honey and enjoy the warm weather (40F).

On Monday, I'll...
03-22-13, 03:17 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,082
Posted By MrEss

I flat on them maybe 6x per year (in about 2k...

I flat on them maybe 6x per year (in about 2k miles per year). Usually they're little pinholes that I don't notice until the tire is flat in the morning. When I have flatted by the roadside, it's...
03-18-13, 09:05 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,082
Posted By MrEss

+1 Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. They're so cushy and...

+1 Challenge Parigi-Roubaix. They're so cushy and ohmygoshfast. I'm about #180 and love 'em at 65/85PSI F/R. Pinch flats worry me, or I'd go a bit lower in the rear.

Planning on trying 55/70 in a...
03-14-13, 01:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,756
Posted By MrEss

That Cyclops looks great, but I bet having the...

That Cyclops looks great, but I bet having the walker available when you needed it was even better. It's great to hear you're recovering.
02-24-13, 03:58 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,420
Posted By MrEss

They sure are gorgeous, and I still remember...

They sure are gorgeous, and I still remember being jealous of the rich kids that had them on their BMX bikes. I'm surprised by their weight, though.

My Victory crankset weighs 580g with rings,...
02-17-13, 01:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By MrEss

Is that front wheel radial laced on a sheriff...

Is that front wheel radial laced on a sheriff star hub? Don't tell your life insurance agent!
01-18-13, 10:14 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,334
Posted By MrEss

This one didn't come from the factory with...

This one didn't come from the factory with fenders, but it came with fender eyelets.

I suspect that the bikes marketed to serious amateurs came with fender eyelets -- for bad-weather training.
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01-18-13, 09:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,271
Posted By MrEss

Can I buy your flippers? That's way beyond the...

Can I buy your flippers? That's way beyond the quality level evident in most flips I've seen!
01-16-13, 06:19 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,288
Posted By MrEss

Mine is also far from C&V but it's wonderfully...

Mine is also far from C&V but it's wonderfully effective. Some low-end Shimano dynohub that the LBS had sitting around, coupled with the B&M Lyt N. Total outlay about $70, and the light it throws is...
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