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Forum: Foo
08-09-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 516
Posted By Trakhak

I'll play along. The Rolling Stones albums...

I'll play along.

The Rolling Stones albums from earliest to latest are mostly filler, with the exception of their one great album. Of course, I mean Between The Buttons.

One of my favorites...
08-04-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 471
Posted By Trakhak

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and...

Working in a bike store back in the '70s and '80s, I used to dread having conversations with parents who were determined to buy bikes for their kid to "grow into."

(I don't think I ever came right...
07-30-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 544
Posted By Trakhak

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here...

As noted in an earlier post, but repeated here for emphasis:

The crucial factor for using 2-prong Suntour removers with stubborn freewheels (i.e., almost all of them by now) is that the tool must...
07-28-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 809
Posted By Trakhak

The check valve in the compressor at a gas...

The check valve in the compressor at a gas station is designed to operate correctly with the high air volume in car tires. Bike tires fill too rapidly and so are prone to blowing off the rim with gas...
07-28-22, 09:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 869
Posted By Trakhak

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around...

Agreed that cotton is good for sitting around relaxing or for casually strolling around in hot weather. But for most sport cycling, synthetics are clearly superior, as attested by the majority...
07-28-22, 03:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 809
Posted By Trakhak

With straight-side rims such as were stock on...

With straight-side rims such as were stock on many '70s Motobecanes, ignore the maximum pressure number specified on the sidewalls of your tires. Unless specified otherwise, that number pertains to...
07-20-22, 02:55 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,474
Posted By Trakhak

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ...

"SPECIALIZED" without the "IZ" becomes "SPECIAL ED."
07-19-22, 03:30 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 268,727
Posted By Trakhak

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds...

Wish I still had my first track bike, a Reynolds 531 Helyett Speciale, bought for me by my parents in 1964, when I was 13. I've never not had at least one track bike since then.

So I've been...
07-19-22, 03:20 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,936
Posted By Trakhak

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much...

Steel transmits high-frequency vibrations much more efficiently than aluminum. Tap a pencil against an steel frame and you get a high-pitched ringing sound; tap an aluminum frame and you get a thud....
07-13-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 6,770
Posted By Trakhak

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've...

I suspect that for most of us posting here, we've been riding long enough for our techniques of brake use to have become nearly reflexive.

On my ride today, I decided to pay attention to what I do...
07-11-22, 05:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,183
Posted By Trakhak

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only...

I do the same, except that I loop the helmet only through the front wheel. That renders the bike just as unrideable.
07-10-22, 03:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 843
Posted By Trakhak

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was...

And is the bike new to you, or is it one that was comfortable with the same saddle in previous riding seasons?

Asking because some people start rapidly increasing their mileage on a bike at some...
07-10-22, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By Trakhak

A guy I used to train with was a terrible...

A guy I used to train with was a terrible sprinter, but (or, maybe, therefore) he could get right back up to his threshold speed after every sprint attempt. Since you can sprint hard enough to burn...
07-08-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,008
Posted By Trakhak

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from...

My 1960 Plymouth Golden Fury (bought in 1977 from first owner) had push-button shifting on the dashboard.

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07-03-22, 02:02 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,991
Posted By Trakhak

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?

You haven't solved the "problem" yet?
07-03-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,907
Posted By Trakhak

You said that heavy steel makes training better. ...

You said that heavy steel makes training better.

In any event, it's been a couple of decades since professional frames (i.e., those used in races by riders on professional teams) were steel.
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07-02-22, 04:20 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,074
Posted By Trakhak

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier...

That's an example of what was mentioned earlier in the thread - while a cone wrench is needed for the cone, a box wrench, or even an adjustable wrench, would work fine for the lock nut.
06-30-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 1,991
Posted By Trakhak

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell...

When I find myself similarly stumped, I tell myself, "A solution is at hand within 15 feet of where you're standing right now."

Example: a mountain bike front derailleur whose spring anchor point...
06-29-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,089
Posted By Trakhak

Thanks for that. Just learned that polymer resins...

Thanks for that. Just learned that polymer resins can be successfully "de-aged" through a heating process. (Note that "Tg," where the "g" is subscript, represents the "glass transition temperature" -...
06-28-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 592
Posted By Trakhak

Gripshifter haters are alaways quick to advise...

Gripshifter haters are alaways quick to advise junking them. Not sure why. I've been riding derailleur bikes since 1963, and the gripshifters on my Cannondale hybrid errand bike work as well as any...
06-28-22, 06:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By Trakhak

To answer the original question, the fasteners...

To answer the original question, the fasteners weren't standardized because bikes evolved independently on a country-to-country basis. That's why there are several different, incompatible 26" x 1...
06-25-22, 07:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 842
Posted By Trakhak

Didn't you start a thread with exactly the same...

Didn't you start a thread with exactly the same question about a year ago? If not you, it was someone with a similar forum style.

Bike racing has been around for about 120 years, ample time to...
06-25-22, 01:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 551
Posted By Trakhak

When I worked in a Raleigh dealership in the...

When I worked in a Raleigh dealership in the mid-'70s, all of the Raleigh bike boxes were labeled with one or two letters followed by (if I remember correctly) three numerals, that being the model...
06-25-22, 02:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,096
Posted By Trakhak

The trick with the Rema glue tube is to squeeze...

The trick with the Rema glue tube is to squeeze the tube gently until the glue reaches the top of the nozzle and then thead the top back on. With no air in the tube or nozzle, the glue will stay...
06-24-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,491
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. Further, it's always struck me as odd that...

Yes. Further, it's always struck me as odd that people who object to the use of bike helmets (usually on the basis of reasoning that they would be of little use to a rider who has been hit by a car...
06-23-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 489
Posted By Trakhak

I was puzzled by 1962 date on that certificate,...

I was puzzled by 1962 date on that certificate, since the ABLA was the nationwide organization governing bike racing when I started competing in 1963. I guess it was issued long after the date on...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 05:43 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,939
Posted By Trakhak

Giovanni Battaglin said in an interview in the...

Giovanni Battaglin said in an interview in the 1980s that to preserve his legs on long climbs in the Alps and Pyrenees, he would look at the sprocket size his competitors were using on the climb and...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 05:34 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,343
Posted By Trakhak

http://parterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/lor...

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Forum: Road Cycling
06-23-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,343
Posted By Trakhak

I'll remember this thread the next time I see one...

I'll remember this thread the next time I see one with posts from regulars congratulating each other on how endlessly warm, welcoming, and helpful they are to newcomers. I've been on this forum for...
06-22-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 1,462
Posted By Trakhak

Just noticed that the OP joined Bikeforums in...

Just noticed that the OP joined Bikeforums in 2003. Respect.
06-19-22, 08:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 643
Posted By Trakhak

Terrific find from the era when solid axles were...

Terrific find from the era when solid axles were used even for the high-end mountain bikes, since it was assumed that QR axles wouldn't hold up to the rigors of hard off-road riding.
06-19-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,128
Posted By Trakhak

If people aren't literally participating in...

If people aren't literally participating in races, it obviously doesn't matter if they're losing a bit of speed by using inordinately high pressure for the conditions they encounter. Rock-hard tires...
06-19-22, 04:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,474
Posted By Trakhak

Usually seen as a consequence of a front-end...

Usually seen as a consequence of a front-end impact thanks to the unfortunate combination of safety levers, slick steel rims, and (easily bent) steel frame in a high-speed panic stop with a novice...
06-17-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 505
Posted By Trakhak

Briefly!

Briefly!
06-16-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,703
Posted By Trakhak

The annoyance of trying to keep riding at some...

The annoyance of trying to keep riding at some arbitrarily chosen speed up hills and into the wind: that's why I stopped using a bike computer with a speed readout and started using only a...
06-16-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,857
Posted By Trakhak

Neither is "decalcomania," though I wish it...

Neither is "decalcomania," though I wish it were.
06-14-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,700
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, as pmooney notes, the range of sprockets on...

Yes, as pmooney notes, the range of sprockets on your rear hub is a crucial factor in your quest to become a more efficient road rider. With a 52/42 combination up front, you should strongly consider...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 3,455
Posted By Trakhak

One of the delights of reading the Talkbass forum...

One of the delights of reading the Talkbass forum is seeing guys who have picked up odds and ends of electronics knowledge picking fights with people with vastly greater experience. It's amazing how...
06-10-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 762
Posted By Trakhak

Most, if not all, of my bikes have had toe...

Most, if not all, of my bikes have had toe overlap since my early racing days in the 1960s. I've never worried about it.

I can see why you came up with your guess that the early designers were...
Forum: Commuting
06-10-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By Trakhak

Waterproof bike covers promote condensation,...

Waterproof bike covers promote condensation, which increases the rate of rust formation. Best to use such a cover only to protect the bike from rain and then remove the cover when the rain stops.
06-09-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 1,384
Views: 42,589
Posted By Trakhak

Have to admit that CheGuevaraForLife is a skilled...

Have to admit that CheGuevaraForLife is a skilled troll. With almost every thread he starts, he does the opening post and maybe one or two more, and the rest of us are good for at least 5 or 6 pages...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-22, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10,551
Views: 153,129
Posted By Trakhak

He disappeared from BF a while ago. The one thing...

He disappeared from BF a while ago. The one thing I liked about his posts was that as soon as I saw those nested quotes, I knew I could speed right past and skip to the next post.
06-03-22, 03:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By Trakhak

A click that occurs every fourth pedal stroke...

A click that occurs every fourth pedal stroke suggests that the noise is coming from one link in the chain. Backpedal slowly by hand and watch the rear derailleur. You'll likely see it jump as the...
06-02-22, 04:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 694
Posted By Trakhak

Beat me to it! I've been using double-thickness...

Beat me to it! I've been using double-thickness wrapping on all my drop bars for over 30 years, since undergoing surgery to repair ulnar nerve damage. If you've never tried it, you'd be amazed at the...
Replies: 38
Views: 984
Posted By Trakhak

Every lugged frame with evidence of front-end...

Every lugged frame with evidence of front-end crash damage I've ever seen has had the paint cracks occurring at the point of the lug, a.k.a. the can-opener effect, and not an inch or more further...
06-01-22, 03:09 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,213
Posted By Trakhak

Absolutely. In fact, there's never been a single...

Absolutely. In fact, there's never been a single situation where head injury was likely enough to justify the use of helmets. Race car driving, construction work, military combat . . . the list goes...
05-26-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 7,426
Posted By Trakhak

Once had a customer come into the bike shop who...

Once had a customer come into the bike shop who was a tall weightlifter. He complained that all the bikes he'd tried out felt to him as if they were built out of overcooked spaghetti. Cannondale had...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,123
Posted By Trakhak

Have you recently increased the amount of time...

Have you recently increased the amount of time you spend cycling (e.g., because you didn't ride much during the winter)?

If yes, did you ride a lot last spring/summer/fall with no back problems?
...
05-25-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 5,070
Posted By Trakhak

I'm sure I'm not the only cyclist who has found...

I'm sure I'm not the only cyclist who has found the opposite to be true. When I ride my 38-pound hybrid (equipped with flat bars plus clamp-on aero bars, as well as rear rack and panniers) in wet...
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