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03-20-16, 06:42 PM
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Posted By FarHorizon

Campy chainring identification?

Pardon the dumb, here, but how does one determine the group of a Campagnolo chainring? Some have arms, some have slots, etc. I know that there are 144 BCD and 116 BCD (among others), but there...
10-01-15, 09:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,776
Posted By FarHorizon

Problem solved - This one is going to CraigsList....

Problem solved - This one is going to CraigsList. I don't need the wider tires (or the irritation).
09-13-15, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,776
Posted By FarHorizon

I think you're right, Roger. And, yes, it is a...

I think you're right, Roger. And, yes, it is a new bike. But I won it in a raffle, and the problem isn't with any dealer - it's with the design itself. The rims are WIDE and are also single-wall,...
09-12-15, 12:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,776
Posted By FarHorizon

A stupid question about fat tire bikes, please?

The cruiser I have came from the factory with 26x3.5" tires. The darned things rubbed against the chain and the chain guard unless I cocked the rear wheel slightly left of the bike's center line.
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08-04-15, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,010
Posted By FarHorizon

I agree with SquidPuppet totally. 2.25 tires are...

I agree with SquidPuppet totally. 2.25 tires are probably more than sufficient for off-road, beach, and on-road use. Plus you generally get better quality rims!
08-02-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,231
Posted By FarHorizon

The bike was donated by 3G to a local project...

The bike was donated by 3G to a local project that assists poor kids in getting a bike. The bike was raffled to raise money for the project & I won it.

I could take it back to the bike barn & let...
08-02-15, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,231
Posted By FarHorizon

I also found the front wheel with almost a half...

I also found the front wheel with almost a half inch of side to side play. I adjusted the cones & now it's smooth & straight.
08-01-15, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,231
Posted By FarHorizon

Well - I've learned a few things about my 3G... ...

Well - I've learned a few things about my 3G...

1. The rear wheel must be TRUE and the tire must be FULLY aligned on the rim. If not, the tire is wide enough to rub against the chain! I don't...
07-29-15, 03:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,231
Posted By FarHorizon

Thanks - I pick it up tomorrow. I also have a 7...

Thanks - I pick it up tomorrow. I also have a 7 speed Electra cruiser and a coaster brake Townie. One of the three needs to go. I'm suspecting the Townie will be the cull - only because its...
07-28-15, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,231
Posted By FarHorizon

3G tractor-tire cruiser

So I've got a chance to pick up this 3G Newport Deluxe for a reasonable price...

I've never ridden a bike with such large tires before. What should I know about them that's different? Where...
07-28-15, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,651
Posted By FarHorizon

My experience is that ALL 3-speed internal hubs...

My experience is that ALL 3-speed internal hubs seem to be geared too widely. If I were in hilly or mountainous terrain, I could see the spacing that the hubs use, but I'm not. EVERYTHING around...
06-28-15, 06:00 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,520
Posted By FarHorizon

The "feel" of a sprung saddle is significantly...

The "feel" of a sprung saddle is significantly different than that of a sprung seat post. When a seat post hits its travel limit, there's a hard stop. I've not ever remembered a similar thing from...
06-27-15, 09:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 21,520
Posted By FarHorizon

Well, on the surface of it, a sprung seat post...

Well, on the surface of it, a sprung seat post would seem to be a better option than a sprung saddle. It is lighter, but that's where the advantages end. My experience is that sprung seat posts...
06-17-15, 06:49 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,507
Posted By FarHorizon

Oh - So THAT's why they do it - It WON'T make...

Oh - So THAT's why they do it - It WON'T make them faster. Whose statement sounds foolish?
06-17-15, 10:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,507
Posted By FarHorizon

Name ONE that wasn't! In today's "professional"...

Name ONE that wasn't! In today's "professional" bike racing, there is not a chance for any rider not taking drugs. None. Look at video of 1960s riders - at the end of a climb, they're so winded...
05-11-15, 05:24 AM
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Views: 873
Posted By FarHorizon

frontyardbikes.com

frontyardbikes.com
04-23-15, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By FarHorizon

Nah - not slippage issue, just a convenience for...

Nah - not slippage issue, just a convenience for consistently setting the proper chain slack.
04-23-15, 12:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By FarHorizon

I have seen tensioners for forward-facing...

I have seen tensioners for forward-facing dropouts. They do work fine. Since my dropout openings face forward on the frame rather than aft (like track dropouts), putting a bolt in front of the axle...
04-23-15, 04:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By FarHorizon

Sweet! All hardware store parts?

Sweet! All hardware store parts?
04-22-15, 07:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By FarHorizon

Axle tensioner for aluminum frames needed.

I have a new coaster-brake bike with an aluminum frame and forward-facing slotted dropouts. I'd like to buy an axle tensioner. I purchased an Origin8 brand one, but it won't work There are two...
04-07-15, 07:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,779
Posted By FarHorizon

OK - I just got an icebox load of assorted chain...

OK - I just got an icebox load of assorted chain rings. I'll measure & mike them as I get to them. Results posted in chart to follow.

FH
04-07-15, 08:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,702
Posted By FarHorizon

OK, FBinNY, that means that 95% of my rings will...

OK, FBinNY, that means that 95% of my rings will fit anything up to 9-speed rear ends? The remainder will be ⅛" (single speed, coaster-brake, and internally-geared hubs) and ?? for 10 & 11 speeders?...
04-07-15, 08:36 AM
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Views: 2,702
Posted By FarHorizon

Chainring width vs. drive # of speeds

I've Googled and searched the BikeForums, but haven't yet found a straightforward answer. I find TONS of info on measuring BCD and lots of info on measuring chain width, but little to nothing on...
Forum: Recumbent
04-07-15, 05:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,078
Posted By FarHorizon

Recommend for me, please...

My wife has objected to my buying a recumbent because they're "too low" and she fears I'll be run over. I recently saw however, a Rans Nimbus long-wheelbase that looked no lower than a conventional...
04-01-15, 04:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Having decided to divest specific bikes has...

Having decided to divest specific bikes has helped. Now, knowing that I won't have those around after a while, I find myself doing "goodbye rides" on the ones I've decided to cull.

When I have...
04-01-15, 04:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,276
Posted By FarHorizon

The Townie does NOT have a steel frame. Their...

The Townie does NOT have a steel frame. Their frames are aluminum. I put 250 miles per month on mine. I find the Townies (particularly with the internal-hub drive-trains) to be well-made,...
04-01-15, 01:10 AM
03-31-15, 06:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Well, although riding is a healthy & happy thing,...

Well, although riding is a healthy & happy thing, loving companionship trumps riding by a significant margin.

After angst, I've decided to:

1. Part out the Nishiki road bike - The frame is...
03-30-15, 03:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Hi DanWho - Significant others who don't...

Hi DanWho -

Significant others who don't understand your hobbies are a recipe for acrimony. Of course, it works both ways - her hobbies are important too. The limit on hobbies (for the both of...
03-29-15, 03:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

The issue may not be that the bikes need work,...

The issue may not be that the bikes need work, but that I consistently disobey the first rule of bicycle maintenance, "If it isn't broken, don't fix it!" LOL
03-29-15, 08:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Here, "riding season" is about 50 weeks out of...

Here, "riding season" is about 50 weeks out of the year. As to the other two weeks - one is frozen and the other is a hurricane.
03-29-15, 06:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Actually, the bikes I currently own are pretty...

Actually, the bikes I currently own are pretty well chosen for my needs. Being an Uber-Clyde, and living in a FLAT part of the country, I just don't need a wide variety of things that someone...
03-28-15, 11:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Agreed - Now to divest - but which ones?

Agreed - Now to divest - but which ones?
03-28-15, 02:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,412
Posted By FarHorizon

Every time I go to the carport to select a bike for a ride...

...I notice something that I need to maintenance on another bike. I seem to spend more time working on bikes than I do riding them (NOT my goal).

Today, I went to ride, but noticed that I...
03-22-15, 01:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 50,808
Posted By FarHorizon

Well, stick that seatpost where the sun don't...

Well, stick that seatpost where the sun don't shine! LOL. The LBS not only didn't have the right seatpost clamp (despite being the dealer for the brand), but also had not realized that such a size...
03-22-15, 05:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 50,808
Posted By FarHorizon

If your frame is steel or thin wall aluminum and...

If your frame is steel or thin wall aluminum and your seat post diameter is 27.2mm, then a 31.8 clamp will fit. If your frame is aluminum and the seat tube walls are thicker, then a 31.8 clamp will...
03-20-15, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By FarHorizon

I tried an older, single-bolt Kalloy post this...

I tried an older, single-bolt Kalloy post this evening - same issue... The Campy post-miscengation idea might work, but my first choice is to spend no extra $$. If a rat-tail file can slightly...
03-20-15, 04:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By FarHorizon

Alas, I need a much longer post than Campy makes....

Alas, I need a much longer post than Campy makes. My best option may be to add more holes in the sandwich and then use my choice of two-bolt posts.
03-19-15, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By FarHorizon

Hi davidad - Do you use a plate between the...

Hi davidad -

Do you use a plate between the rails of the saddle? Do the dual mount bolts fit forward and aft of the seat sandwich?
03-19-15, 02:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By FarHorizon

Hi dsbrantjr - Thanks for some excellent...

Hi dsbrantjr -

Thanks for some excellent "out of the box" thinking!

Idea 1 (beveled wedge) won't work because the position of the plate is between the upper & lower rails of the saddle, which...
03-18-15, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By FarHorizon

Single-bolt seat-post with greatest adjustment range?

I have a Brooks B135 saddle with the double rails. The stock "friction discs" are worse than useless for heavy riders - sit on the saddle wrong & it tilts fore and aft. I've stripped the stock 13mm...
03-16-15, 04:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,102
Posted By FarHorizon

Thank you also, Andrew R Stewart - I've decided...

Thank you also, Andrew R Stewart - I've decided that if the issues get worse, I'll dump it on my LBS. I strongly suspect that their "repair" will be to replace the hub and wheel with a new one! LOL
03-16-15, 01:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,265
Posted By FarHorizon

Hi andychrist - Yes, there ARE better units...

Hi andychrist -

Yes, there ARE better units available. If quality was my prime concern, I'd buy a Lupine system and be done with it. But for my use, I needed a combo of low price and occasional...
03-15-15, 08:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,102
Posted By FarHorizon

Thanks, FBinNY - That answers all the questions...

Thanks, FBinNY - That answers all the questions in one. That being the case, then no worries - just ride! :)
03-15-15, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,102
Posted By FarHorizon

Exactly how much more resistance do internal-gear hubs have?

Having picked up a 3-speed, I notice that the rear hub makes a "whirring" sound when coasting (particularly at higher speeds). I'd taken it to the local bike co-op where the mechanic (who isn't...
03-12-15, 02:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,474
Posted By FarHorizon

The police, from what I've read, usually consider...

The police, from what I've read, usually consider bicycle theft to be "juvenile delinquency" rather than a "real" crime. I'm very fortunate that there is an officer in the local force who is...
03-12-15, 05:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,474
Posted By FarHorizon

As to those who say "don't worry, be happy," I...

As to those who say "don't worry, be happy," I reply that receiving stolen goods is NEVER morally right. If someone had this bike stolen from them, then I'd like to see them get it back. OTOH, the...
03-11-15, 05:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,474
Posted By FarHorizon

Do pawn shops check for stolen goods?

I bought a bike this morning from a local pawn shop. They had advertised it on CraigsList. The price was excellent, almost foo good.

The bike did have a local police registration tag on it,...
03-11-15, 03:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,265
Posted By FarHorizon

I use it to infuriate children on drives ("Where...

I use it to infuriate children on drives ("Where are we now?").
03-11-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,970
Posted By FarHorizon

The advocates of "classic" looks will HATE this...

The advocates of "classic" looks will HATE this suggestion, but for an eye-catching saddle that is actually comfortable:

http://img.dxcdn.com/productimages/sku_237076_1.jpg

$8 and change on...
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