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08-24-04, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,911
Posted By Oscar

Homeowners and renters policies also cover...

Homeowners and renters policies also cover liabilities in libel and slander cases too. Think of that when you are yelling defaming things at drivers.

Also, you can be a target for claims if you...
08-22-04, 09:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Oscar

Oscar from Chicago, seldom grouchy, but I have my...

Oscar from Chicago, seldom grouchy, but I have my moments. Visiting here after a long absence to shill for charity.

I met Stephan through the Working Bikes Cooperative. At WBC, we receive...
08-20-04, 08:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By Oscar

Aspire to Inspire

A friend of mine, Stephan Wanger, is cycling around the world - 25,000 miles in 280 days - all in the name of charity. He is raising money and awareness for the American Diabetes Association,...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-02, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By Oscar

...and you lived to write about it. As Dirty...

...and you lived to write about it. As Dirty Harry said (through clenched teeth), "A man's got to know his limitations."
Forum: Commuting
04-08-02, 01:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,384
Posted By Oscar

A university groundskeeper told me how he removes...

A university groundskeeper told me how he removes abandoned bikes from the racks. He takes his bolt cutters and cuts the frame, leaving the locks on the rack. It's easier than cutting the lock, he...
04-08-02, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,037
Posted By Oscar

I can get into an elevator with someone and tell...

I can get into an elevator with someone and tell immediately that they are a smoker. I used to smell like that?

Like Wabbit, I try not to be a self-righteous ex-smoker, and I'll even eat at a...
04-06-02, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,230
Posted By Oscar

Does your '86 Trek 800 frame have lugs or is it...

Does your '86 Trek 800 frame have lugs or is it tig welded? Just curious about those old ones.
04-06-02, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 801
Posted By Oscar

That's the influence of racing. Most biker that...

That's the influence of racing. Most biker that I see on the street are bare of anything other than frame, saddle, trans and wheels. The most you see hanging off a bike is an occasional micro...
04-05-02, 02:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 624
Posted By Oscar

I'll add to the free to a good home pile: Alice...

I'll add to the free to a good home pile: Alice in Chains "Dirt". Can't give it away, can't seem to toss it. Where are they now?
04-01-02, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 659
Posted By Oscar

I'd use a countersink if I had one. That's why I...

I'd use a countersink if I had one. That's why I use a pedal axle. By the way, make sure you have the bottom of the crank braced with a small length of pipe that you should wedge between the bottom...
04-01-02, 08:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,415
Posted By Oscar

I had to chuckle when Mike mentioned smoking. I...

I had to chuckle when Mike mentioned smoking. I quit smoking something like five years ago. Once, I rode an organized century with my brother. At a rest stop, I grabbed a Gatorade and a Marlboro. ...
04-01-02, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 659
Posted By Oscar

When banging out the cotters, I use an old pedal...

When banging out the cotters, I use an old pedal axle that I hold over the top of the cotter. I hold it with a vice grips (to save my fingers) and bang HARD on the cotters. They'll come out...
04-01-02, 02:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,415
Posted By Oscar

Build up your legs more. I've seen people pull...

Build up your legs more. I've seen people pull centuries on 40lb Schwinn Varsities, so it ain't necessarily the bike.

Only change the fit on your bike to make you more comfortable. Discomfort on...
04-01-02, 02:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,375
Posted By Oscar

04/01/02

04/01/02
Forum: Commuting
03-31-02, 11:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 545
Posted By Oscar

Don't forget about all their anphetamines, too,...

Don't forget about all their anphetamines, too, if you want to get really scared. In my state, there was a large scandal about people coming here from all over the country bribing our motor vehicles...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-02, 11:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 804
Posted By Oscar

Daffodils and crocuses are up, thank goodness for...

Daffodils and crocuses are up, thank goodness for that. I'm thinking of getting the skinnytire bike out. Another sign.
03-31-02, 10:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By Oscar

Happy Easter, and a gentlemanly lesson in...

Happy Easter, and a gentlemanly lesson in forgiveness.
03-31-02, 10:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By Oscar

I don't know if a quality threaded suspension...

I don't know if a quality threaded suspension fork is findable. I've looked because I'm partial to traditional quill stems. It sounds like you want to upgrade almost everything on the frame, so...
03-31-02, 10:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 659
Posted By Oscar

I've done it twice with good results. Aside from...

I've done it twice with good results. Aside from the pain in the neck of removing the cotters, it can be done nicely. Sheldon Brown has a helpful article about removing cotters.

You can keep...
03-31-02, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Oscar

Great news! I'm so there!

Great news! I'm so there!
03-24-02, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By Oscar

If I sit in front of a bowl of pasta, my rear end...

If I sit in front of a bowl of pasta, my rear end will get bigger. Otherwise, it seat it on a saddle as often as I can.
03-18-02, 01:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Oscar

Moose - Those crankarms look mighty long,...

Moose -

Those crankarms look mighty long, but they can only be so long before they will strike the ground. I'm glad you posted that pic. I've been looking for it ever since I first saw it (but...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-17-02, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By Oscar

The other "forgotten" thing about homeowners or...

The other "forgotten" thing about homeowners or renters policies is that they will cover a specified amount of liability claims. If you get sued for knocking over an old lady on your bike, call your...
03-17-02, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By Oscar

Every year I intend to ride it, but I always...

Every year I intend to ride it, but I always snooze out instead. If you like to ride during the daytime, you might like the Boulevard Lakefront tour, which is usually on Father's Day.

For a...
03-17-02, 11:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Oscar

That looks like a picture of a Waterford that was...

That looks like a picture of a Waterford that was custom made for a basketball player. It just shows that the very short or very tall can ride just as well as the off the rack people like me.

Do...
03-09-02, 12:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 720
Posted By Oscar

We got your wind too. Funny thing was, before...

We got your wind too. Funny thing was, before the windstorm, it was almost 50 degrees and rain. Afterwards, low 30's and snow.
03-08-02, 07:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,219
Posted By Oscar

Chicago's public transportation system is very...

Chicago's public transportation system is very good if you live in the city, and mostly crappy for the suburbanites. Bikes are allowed on the El and on the commuter trains, but only on the weekends....
03-02-02, 06:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,650
Posted By Oscar

I had an opprotunist go after me while I was...

I had an opprotunist go after me while I was unlocking my bike. He flashed a butterfly knife at my face and wanted my wallet. I swung my U lock into his arm and he bent over defensively. Then...
03-02-02, 06:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,011
Posted By Oscar

Cambronne?

Cambronne?
02-24-02, 10:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,825
Posted By Oscar

I know where there's a Bicycles Prohibited sign. ...

I know where there's a Bicycles Prohibited sign. It's in some rich-guy suburb on a wide four lane street. It never bothered me because there's smooth side streets running parallel to the verboten...
02-24-02, 08:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 871
Posted By Oscar

Cool stuff, but not the most chi-chi types of...

Cool stuff, but not the most chi-chi types of brakes you can find (compared to Campagnolo, Modolo, etc.) The were found on a lot of Austrian department store bikes. Good quality and good looks.
...
02-21-02, 10:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By Oscar

A nice bit of news with my morning coffee. ...

A nice bit of news with my morning coffee. Incidentally, another Chicago area man who killed his ex girlfriend by ramming his car into hers also got 45 years. Equal justice: Kill a motorist or a...
02-21-02, 10:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 981
Posted By Oscar

The best thing you can do is to clean and wax the...

The best thing you can do is to clean and wax the paint. Simple Green cleans all the grime and gross stuff off the frame. Wax will retain the shine and protect it. Aluminum parts can shine with...
02-19-02, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By Oscar

Wear your helmet

like these guys:
02-19-02, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 687
Posted By Oscar

I used to lead a life of nicotine and beers, ...

I used to lead a life of nicotine and beers,
Now it's Simple Green and gears.
02-13-02, 08:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,754
Posted By Oscar

Free Spirit was Sear's badged bikes. Some of the...

Free Spirit was Sear's badged bikes. Some of the nice ones come from Austria, and they were very decent for carbon steel.

I haven't tried moustache bars yet and have heard good and bad about...
02-12-02, 10:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,895
Posted By Oscar

I've got 40 x 16 and I find it's too light for...

I've got 40 x 16 and I find it's too light for this flatlander. Maybe 42 x 16 (which really wouldn't be much of a change). I ride 46 x 18 on my singlespeed which I think is perfect.

I used to...
02-11-02, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 660
Posted By Oscar

You can always tell the guys who had a fun...

You can always tell the guys who had a fun weekend. They come to work Monday with greasy fingers!
02-11-02, 08:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,991
Posted By Oscar

The most boring thing in the world is sanding...

The most boring thing in the world is sanding paint. I could have taken in to a blaster, but I was afraid for the chrome. Chemical goo strippers are nasty. Almost done, but I've learned that the...
02-11-02, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,752
Posted By Oscar

I have a Svelto on one of my bikes (also a...

I have a Svelto on one of my bikes (also a 10-speed). Works fine, shifts smoothly, and is as simple as all get-out.
Forum: Commuting
02-08-02, 08:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,985
Posted By Oscar

I heard that drinking messes up your balance...

I heard that drinking messes up your balance enough to affect your riding. But whadda I know - I'm a teatotaler. I've never had a problem riding after a nice spot of tea.
02-08-02, 08:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By Oscar

Friction will work with any frame or drivetrain. ...

Friction will work with any frame or drivetrain. The only disadvantage friction may have is with racing or training where constant shifting is used to keep your cadence from changing due to wind or...
02-08-02, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By Oscar

It's more like which bottom bracket will work...

It's more like which bottom bracket will work with the crank of your choice. Then when you have the crank narrowed down, look for compatibility with cassettes, shifters & derailleurs.

Or, if you...
02-08-02, 11:25 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 10,552
Posted By Oscar

One of them...

One of them...
02-07-02, 11:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 691
Posted By Oscar

By the way, I got a speeding ticket (in my car)...

By the way, I got a speeding ticket (in my car) last week. $95 down the drain. Flow of traffic, you know...
02-07-02, 10:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 691
Posted By Oscar

I'm an escalator walker from way back. However,...

I'm an escalator walker from way back. However, I don't jog in place in elevators any more.

I got pulled over on my bike, but it was for blowing off a stop sign (twice). No ticket, fortunately,...
02-06-02, 08:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 669
Posted By Oscar

That would be a good snow bike!

That would be a good snow bike!
02-06-02, 08:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By Oscar

Biker Down

I lifted the text below from my bike club's website:

"Alan Stern, 52, commuted, raced, and trained 15,000 miles or more a year on his bike for nearly 30 years, winning a state road bike...
02-05-02, 10:36 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,706
Posted By Oscar

Geez mareez, we gotta see an old Hunter post...

Geez mareez, we gotta see an old Hunter post again. I remember that tool called me vain. Oi.
02-04-02, 08:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,991
Posted By Oscar

Walter and ED: Since my Atala is so bare of...

Walter and ED:

Since my Atala is so bare of brazes, it's gonna be a fixie. Not a true track bike like ED wants because its geometry is so...untracklike. Track bikes are quick on the move with...
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