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01-21-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 929
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm guessing that there was a period of chronic...

I'm guessing that there was a period of chronic drug abuse somewhere in the op's past...
01-21-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,839
Posted By Phil_gretz

This is an interesting point, and maybe the most...

This is an interesting point, and maybe the most salient, although you may not realize why. America suffers from abundance, which when combined with ignorance, leads to poor decision making. Across...
01-21-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,018
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm going to agree with the general sentiment...

I'm going to agree with the general sentiment expressed here, that the data display from a simple bike computer will have inherent inaccuracies. And this is okay. One can calibrate out errors from...
01-21-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 463
Posted By Phil_gretz

Subscribing to this thread. I'm really...

Subscribing to this thread. I'm really interested in the outcome. It's a pretty bike.
01-21-21, 12:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 719
Posted By Phil_gretz

Craigslist Displays It

The serial number is a data field when you create a listing. It's my habit to enter the serial number there when I sell. Why not? It usually helps to verify the production year in my description.
Replies: 18
Views: 308
Posted By Phil_gretz

Here you go: ...

Here you go:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/154679-totally-tubular.html
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By Phil_gretz

Agree 100%. I had a near neighbor who rode a...

Agree 100%. I had a near neighbor who rode a Paris Sport. I can't recall how it was kitted, though.

If it were mine, I'd fit a Shimano Crane or a SunTour VGTLuxe, or a VxGT.
01-19-21, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 589
Posted By Phil_gretz

In the DC market (winter months are more...

In the DC market (winter months are more variable), the demand is great. A well preserved mid-level road bike (with drop bars) will fetch north of $400 without question. Easily and quickly.

A...
01-19-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 213
Posted By Phil_gretz

Why not use simple downtube clamp-type cable...

Why not use simple downtube clamp-type cable stops (like suntour, shimano or simplex) and bore through the stop face with a 5mm bit, allowing the housing to pass through? The guide hole is already...
01-19-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,839
Posted By Phil_gretz

I believe that the OP was unable to frame the...

I believe that the OP was unable to frame the question that he really had in mind.

And the answer is no, they will not - populations live pretty much exactly as predicted. That's why actuaries...
01-19-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 463
Posted By Phil_gretz

Thank you for posting. I get so tired of...

Thank you for posting. I get so tired of well-meaning folks who advise that numbness/tingling sufferers try padding or gloves or somesuch, when the issue is most likely due to nerve impingement...
01-18-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 589
Posted By Phil_gretz

You don't give your location, so we cannot know...

You don't give your location, so we cannot know your local market for used bicycles.

Aesthetics really matter. For maximum sale price, the bike should be immaculately clean, properly adjusted,...
01-12-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 2,001
Posted By Phil_gretz

Back on the trike again, eh? What goes...

Back on the trike again, eh? What goes around...:innocent:
01-11-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,199
Posted By Phil_gretz

On the subject of January - I agree that it's a...

On the subject of January - I agree that it's a time for planning. I like to think in terms of any maintenance that I've deferred or upgrades, plus any particular builds that I'd like to accomplish...
01-11-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,209
Posted By Phil_gretz

Small fire is Ranger policy. ...

Small fire is Ranger policy.

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01-11-21, 06:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 386
Posted By Phil_gretz

Carbon seat stays, fork and seatpost? Aluminum...

Carbon seat stays, fork and seatpost? Aluminum racing geometry? Ultegra components?

If it really fits you, you'll enjoy it a lot. If it doesn't fit, well, then you'll have wasted your time...
01-06-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,979
Posted By Phil_gretz

I sell a lot of bikes. Each time I sell one, I...

I sell a lot of bikes. Each time I sell one, I hand the complete stack of bills to my wife to deposit. I also keep my number of bikes to a reasonable level. At least, I think that it's reasonable....
01-06-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 466
Views: 18,974
Posted By Phil_gretz

I finally understand your screen name! Yay!

I finally understand your screen name! Yay!
01-06-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,169
Posted By Phil_gretz

I've never had even the slightest interest in...

I've never had even the slightest interest in Cannondale bikes. But I have to say that I really like the look ^ of that bike. A lot. Would ride.
12-22-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 487
Posted By Phil_gretz

^What a fine idea! Especially since you and he...

^What a fine idea! Especially since you and he will work on this gift together. Way to go.

There's no better job than being a Grandfather and an influencer on a boy's growth to manhood. I wish...
12-22-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,449
Posted By Phil_gretz

So, laying aside the use of the word "cagers",...

So, laying aside the use of the word "cagers", the answer is yes. But it's not a low level continuous boost of adrenaline, which wouldn't be physiologically healthy at all (weight gain, heart and...
12-21-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,081
Posted By Phil_gretz

I wouldn't send my money for a tour that will...

I wouldn't send my money for a tour that will have any chance of being cancelled. Better to organize a group of friends and plan/conduct your own tour independently. As long as you can find and...
12-21-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 713
Posted By Phil_gretz

Answer this: How much money are you willing to...

Answer this: How much money are you willing to spend on this project? Be realistic. In that way, you can decide where to spend the money. You'll potentially need: crankset, bottom bracket...
12-21-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,367
Posted By Phil_gretz

Problem solving and basic mechanical aptitude are...

Problem solving and basic mechanical aptitude are "must haves" to be a good mechanic. When you have exhausted the repairs and maintenance items on your own bicycles, seek out the bikes of neighbors...
12-20-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4,044
Views: 363,793
Posted By Phil_gretz

Yup. I recently arranged a bike trip into my...

Yup. I recently arranged a bike trip into my local city (nearest Ace Hardware), only to discover that this Ace doesn't participate in the Craftsman warranty program. Gee, thanks. Guess where I will...
12-20-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,992
Posted By Phil_gretz

No

Revenues are down, expenditures related to COVID policy enforcement are up. Bad recipe for low priority expenditure. Definitely not.
12-18-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By Phil_gretz

There's still no reason why that couldn't be...

There's still no reason why that couldn't be converted into a perfectly serviceable bong. Of course, the lug brazing might leak...
12-18-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,836
Posted By Phil_gretz

There is nothing wrong with the bicycle that you...

There is nothing wrong with the bicycle that you have. Keep the tires aired up. Lubricate the chain and wipe it occasionally. It looks to me like this bike will be fine for the riding that you've...
12-18-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,221
Posted By Phil_gretz

DreamRider85 :love: Seriously, I find that I...

DreamRider85 :love:

Seriously, I find that I enjoy riding in the 50s best. My favorite temperature range. Start with leg and arm warmers, then remove them after temps rise a bit, or whenever you...
12-17-20, 12:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,060
Posted By Phil_gretz

I stand by what I said. The recumbent trike...

I stand by what I said. The recumbent trike market is said to be "a niche within a niche", said an industry insider when interviewed about total recumbent sales worldwide. The 1-2% total figure is...
12-17-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,314
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ which calculates from 29 to 101 gear inches.

^ which calculates from 29 to 101 gear inches.
12-17-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 5,314
Posted By Phil_gretz

Talking in terms of number of teeth on the...

Talking in terms of number of teeth on the chainrings/cogs is inefficient. This entire conversation should be in gear-inches, which is how reasonable persons may compare gearing between their...
12-16-20, 02:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,039
Posted By Phil_gretz

Another way to secure the quick release seatpost...

Another way to secure the quick release seatpost clamp is to set it where you want it to be, and then heat it up with a torch to ~450 degrees, and then flow silver solder into the threads and smaller...
12-16-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,759
Posted By Phil_gretz

The handlebar is installed backward, since the...

The handlebar is installed backward, since the controls are shown rear-facing. The stem's relationship to the fork is correct. So, the bar is flipped backward. Am I the only one who saw this?
12-15-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4,044
Views: 363,793
Posted By Phil_gretz

Wrenching on a ... wrench?

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4th Gen Craftsman 3/8" ratchet.
We find so many ratchet handles on the...
12-15-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,134
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm seeing depth and shadow, and not the marks of...

I'm seeing depth and shadow, and not the marks of a quick release or wheel nut clamping, but of someone using a rotary tool to grind inward, creating a cratering effect. Note the texture, which, to...
12-15-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,134
Posted By Phil_gretz

Look at the rear dropout, fellows! It appears...

Look at the rear dropout, fellows! It appears that someone has gouged the dropout, creating a cratered part into which the quick release lever head will sit. As though to accommodate too short of...
12-14-20, 07:42 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 8,472
Posted By Phil_gretz

Slow to allow the unwanted pest to come along...

Slow to allow the unwanted pest to come along side, then quickly thrust your frame pump behind his fork into his spokes, yelling "Cinzano!!!"
...
12-14-20, 06:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,130
Posted By Phil_gretz

Is that a wall of yo-yos and tops?

Is that a wall of yo-yos and tops?
12-13-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 1,990
Views: 355,416
Posted By Phil_gretz

Finished

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Waiting for my reproduction headbadge. I rode it yesterday and again...
12-12-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,227
Posted By Phil_gretz

Has anyone mentioned the Koolstop tire bead jack...

Has anyone mentioned the Koolstop tire bead jack yet? It's a must.

Also, any of the rear derailleur hanger alignment tools. I used mine yesterday. ...
12-11-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,367
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ in a sense, it does. "Those" type of riders...

^ in a sense, it does. "Those" type of riders prefer a more, um, flaccid body posture.
12-10-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,992
Posted By Phil_gretz

I would add to this ^ that maybe you should focus...

I would add to this ^ that maybe you should focus more on your own maturity and renewed perspective on your future life. Maybe individual counseling to go over everything? Spend the money and...
12-08-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,227
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'll add ones that haven't been mentioned by...

I'll add ones that haven't been mentioned by anyone else yet:

- Expanding punch for removing threaded headset headtube cups
- Spoke tension meter
- Derailleur hanger alignment tool
- Little "C"...
12-04-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,076
Posted By Phil_gretz

In my immediate neighborhood, I have corrected...

In my immediate neighborhood, I have corrected TWO backward-installed forks. One on a child's bike (Dad's fault), and one on an adult MTB (discount store employee's fault). You can't make this...
12-03-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ I'm glad to see that you found an adaptation...

^ I'm glad to see that you found an adaptation that works for you! It's a pretty bike, and you're still riding it. That's a good thing. :thumb:
12-02-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,997
Posted By Phil_gretz

It's the modern Minoura BH-60 mount and a Velo...

It's the modern Minoura BH-60 mount and a Velo Orange reproduction cage. I really don't like the cheap black applied finish of the Minoura mount, but it's mostly hidden by the bottle anyway. One...
12-02-20, 07:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 617
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. Remove the unneeded brake hardware. And...

^ this. Remove the unneeded brake hardware. And also, clean up the headset corrosion? Mild acid bath and an oil rub?
12-01-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,532
Posted By Phil_gretz

I bought a simple digital luggage scale to weigh...

I bought a simple digital luggage scale to weigh bikes. I'm so glad that I did. It's nice to be able to answer the "what's it weigh?" when I'm selling a bike. Having a scale has proved to me that I...
12-01-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,222
Posted By Phil_gretz

Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?

Wait. Isn't "sub-par" good?
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