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05-21-15, 04:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Sprayman

Yes, having several hand positions is important...

Yes, having several hand positions is important to me, as my hands go numb pretty easily. I looked into the Jeff Jones bars, and I like them, but WHEW! they 'aint cheap. I suspect most of the bars...
05-21-15, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Sprayman

Berta: I'll run a search on the four brands...

Berta:

I'll run a search on the four brands you mentioned. I have a definite picture in my mind of the bars I'm looking for, so I bet one of those brands will be it. I really appreciate your...
05-21-15, 05:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Sprayman

MileHighMark: Yes, something like that. Thank...

MileHighMark:
Yes, something like that. Thank you so much. Now I know a bit better where to start when I go into my LBS.

Sprayman
Forum: Commuting
05-20-15, 08:58 PM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,926,067
Posted By Sprayman

How do you like the Linus? Is it the 8 speed...

How do you like the Linus? Is it the 8 speed hub? I've been considering this bike for my next commuter and would love some insight. Thanks.
05-20-15, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 624
Posted By Sprayman

Mystery Handlebars

Greetings:

I've recently been seeing more and more of a style of handlebars. They're similar to butterfly bars, but don't swoop back around and up like butterfly bars. Instead, the ends of the...
03-11-14, 08:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Sprayman

Thanks for all of the advice, guys. I'll give it...

Thanks for all of the advice, guys. I'll give it a closer look. I may just take the wimpy way out and take the bike to my LBS, as I've got 6 other bikes that need my attention :)
03-09-14, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 690
Posted By Sprayman

Disc Brakes Newbie

Hello;

A bike with disc brakes was recently given to me. The rear brake has a slight "sc****" against what I'm assuming is the pad. It's not a constant sc****; it happens in the same spot on the...
11-11-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By Sprayman

Thanks, Andy, for taking the time to write such a...

Thanks, Andy, for taking the time to write such a long reply.

In the next day or two I'll try to put the bike up on the stand and follow your suggestions.

Thanks
11-11-13, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By Sprayman

All good questions. I'll keep them in mind on my...

All good questions. I'll keep them in mind on my commute tomorrow, and maybe something will become obvious.

Thanks.
11-11-13, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By Sprayman

I've tried all of your suggestions and all seems...

I've tried all of your suggestions and all seems to be in order. I'd love to replace the derailleur with a Deore, but that would probably cost more than I paid for the bike.

Then again, having...
11-11-13, 10:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By Sprayman

Well, it's a lower-level bike on the food chain. ...

Well, it's a lower-level bike on the food chain. It's a Raleigh comfort bike; I purchased it off of someone for dirt cheap, just to use as a temporary bike until I decide on my next real bike. It's...
11-07-13, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 944
Posted By Sprayman

Why does my rear derailer skip through gears?

Hello;

I've got the Shimano C101 7 speed rear derailer. It does OK on the biggest and smallest cogs, but skips cogs in the middle. Sometimes it shifts on its own, and sometimes does not shift at...
10-20-13, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,779
Posted By Sprayman

Will a 26x1.9 tube work in a 26x2.0 tire?

I sure hope so, because I really need to replace the rear tube in my tandem tonight. Will it at least work temporarily until I can get to the LBS and buy the proper size?

Thanks,

Sprayman
10-11-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Paramount; Thanks for the insight, and I'll ask...

Paramount;
Thanks for the insight, and I'll ask you the same question I asked Neo pop. Would you attempt a conversion on an old Trek 830 Antelope? From the picture the top tube looks pretty long...
10-11-13, 09:08 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Neo pop; Wow. Thanks for the time and...

Neo pop;

Wow. Thanks for the time and effort it took to write that post. Your technical expertise obviously surpasses mine. I'm really just a hack that tends to get himself in over his head...
10-10-13, 10:33 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Sounds like good advice. I don't want to convert...

Sounds like good advice. I don't want to convert the bike I have now and not enjoy it.
10-10-13, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Wintermute; Thanks for the comments. I suppose...

Wintermute;
Thanks for the comments. I suppose if I go for a larger frame (but not much larger) I'll have to keep an eye on the top tube, as I don't think being stretched out would be much more...
10-09-13, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

likebike; Thanks. I'm beginning to think this...

likebike;
Thanks. I'm beginning to think this Diamond Back would require a bit too much tweaking to convert--long stem, raised seat, etc. I think I should just hold out for a bigger frame. ...
10-09-13, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Neo Pop 71; Very insightful advice. Thank you....

Neo Pop 71;
Very insightful advice. Thank you. I'm glad you mentioned stress on the wrists, as that's a problem I've had on many bikes over the years. That leads me to think that converting this...
10-08-13, 10:06 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

So I have a question for the members about frame...

So I have a question for the members about frame size. I recently was given an old Diamondback rigid frame MTB. It's actually in pretty good shape and rides well, but it's too small for me. Would...
09-19-13, 08:15 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

Is that a Schwinn Varsity those guys are dropping?

Is that a Schwinn Varsity those guys are dropping?
09-18-13, 08:49 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

I took a pretty close look and didn't find...

I took a pretty close look and didn't find anything, which is why I think the lock may have somehow been picked. I don't know if it's true of bike locks, but it's my understanding that some other...
09-18-13, 08:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

"Mother of a chain?" Never heard of it. Care to...

"Mother of a chain?" Never heard of it. Care to enlighten? Is that like "Son of a ......?"
09-18-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

No sweat....I don't feel kicked at all. I know...

No sweat....I don't feel kicked at all. I know the safest place for it is indoors, and I guess I'll have to do that from now on (although my wife may have something to say about that). I guess I...
09-17-13, 08:53 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

There's really no room to bring the bikes in the...

There's really no room to bring the bikes in the house, so I leave them outside, but at least now I have a locked, 7-foot tall gate blocking the back yard.

I live in a solidly middle-class...
09-15-13, 09:36 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

I forget which model it was. It was one of the...

I forget which model it was. It was one of the U-locks, not a cable, and I purchased it only a few weeks ago.
09-15-13, 09:34 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

No, no....it wasn't titanium. I don't know what...

No, no....it wasn't titanium. I don't know what I was thinking when I said that. Thanks for pointing it out.

Santa Fe has had a bad home burglary problem for the past couple of years, although I...
09-15-13, 07:43 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,554
Posted By Sprayman

How do thieves defeat U-locks, anyway?

Maybe this is the wrong forum for this question, but I haven't been able to find an answer anywhere else. Earlier this week somebody stole my Specialized Tri-Cross from my front porch. It was...
04-24-13, 07:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By Sprayman

Replacing spokes......

sucks.

Just thought I'd share that with you.
Forum: Commuting
02-18-13, 07:17 AM
Replies: 15,230
Views: 10,926,067
Posted By Sprayman

I concur. I just purchased some Kendas for a...

I concur. I just purchased some Kendas for a vintage Schwinn overhaul and the tires are absolute garbage. I get that "thump thump thump, no matter how many times I've deflated and attempted to...
01-05-13, 02:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

Sounds like you had one of those balloon tire...

Sounds like you had one of those balloon tire bikes like a Phantom. In that case, 60 pounds sounds about right. Sometimes I'll ride one of my vintage Schwinns for a few days and then get on a modern...
01-05-13, 02:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

Thanks. I'll give that a try. Right now I'm...

Thanks. I'll give that a try. Right now I'm waffling between leaving it as it is, or completely stripping it down to the metal and having it professionally repainted. If I can use acetone to get...
01-04-13, 07:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

Fortunately, I don't intend to thrash around on...

Fortunately, I don't intend to thrash around on this bike (the bike and I are both too old). I'm just overhauling it to ride it occasionally, and add it to my stable of vintage Schwinns.
...
01-03-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

I'll get around to that eventually. One of the...

I'll get around to that eventually. One of the previous owners spraypainted it red and did a horrible job of it. That's too bad, because the original color was a beautiful blue. And you're...
01-03-13, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

And, I finally got it right. I read the...

And, I finally got it right. I read the suggested article and watched a few instructional videos. I pulled the headset apart and found I had put in one set of bearings upside down. I turned it...
01-03-13, 12:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

That's my intention, and I'm having fun learning...

That's my intention, and I'm having fun learning along the way. Thanks for the advice.
01-03-13, 12:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

Good suggestion. Thank you. On this bike I'm...

Good suggestion. Thank you. On this bike I'm doing what I know how to do (bottom bracket, front hub, wheel truing, chain), getting help from a friend on what is completely alien to me (Bendix...
01-02-13, 09:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

Good question. I'll reply tomorrow after I pull...

Good question. I'll reply tomorrow after I pull it apart. It's a 1958 Schwinn Jaguar that sat out in the weather for years and years. I'm almost scared to take apart the headset.
01-02-13, 08:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 749
Posted By Sprayman

What the fork?

Howdy;

I'm overhauling an old bike. The forks on the bike have a lot of play in them, even though everything is tight. I plan on pulling it apart, cleaning and greasing everything, but before I...
01-02-13, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Wish I could say the same about my midsection.

Wish I could say the same about my midsection.
12-24-12, 12:50 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,777
Posted By Sprayman

I just can't understand why my wife gets mad...

I just can't understand why my wife gets mad every time I give her bicycle tools for Christmas. Sheesh!
12-23-12, 08:31 PM
Replies: 935
Views: 219,542
Posted By Sprayman

I've taken to fixed gear recently and love it. ...

I've taken to fixed gear recently and love it. It still scares me a bit, though, because I feel like I don't have as much control in starting and stopping. Since I'm in my 40s I don't care much...
12-18-12, 08:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,777
Posted By Sprayman

My friend, it sounds like YOU deserve presents...

My friend, it sounds like YOU deserve presents more than most. This little girl will always remember and appreciate your kindness and generosity. Thanks, on behalf of all of us, for making this...
Forum: Commuting
12-17-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By Sprayman

Uh huh. I went down on an icy patch Friday...

Uh huh. I went down on an icy patch Friday night, going downhill, no less. The bike went right out from under me and I'm lucky there wasn't a car behind me. Next snowstorm I'm walking my bike down...
12-16-12, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By Sprayman

Interesting point. I'm glad the MTB companies...

Interesting point. I'm glad the MTB companies are looking out for my boys.
12-16-12, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By Sprayman

MTB Geometry Question

Hello;
I'm sure this question has been asked before, so please indulge and forgive a MTB ignoramus:

I was looking at two mountain bikes yesterday locked-up side-by-side. One had a top tube that...
12-13-12, 09:53 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Right you are. Thank you.

Right you are. Thank you.
12-12-12, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

And thanks to you, too. I love this forum! I...

And thanks to you, too. I love this forum! I can always come here for good, quick answers to my questions.

I think I'll just scrounge around for an old hard tail and tinker with it. If the drop...
12-12-12, 10:16 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

More good advice. Thanks to you, too. It seems...

More good advice. Thanks to you, too. It seems like the general consensus is to basically stick with what already works.
12-12-12, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6,461
Views: 1,872,872
Posted By Sprayman

Good advice. I guess if it doesn't work out, I...

Good advice. I guess if it doesn't work out, I can always put the regular bars back on it and keep it as a mountain bike. Poor me.

Thanks
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