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01-14-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By Retro Grouch

How tall are you? Assuming the bike is sized...

How tall are you? Assuming the bike is sized appropriately, the taller you are the farther you have to reach down for down tube shifters.

What's your riding style? If you are a top of the bar...
01-07-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 341
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm the opposoite. Given the choice, I'd rather...

I'm the opposoite. Given the choice, I'd rather risk stretching a slightly undersize inner tube than risk folding or pinching a slightly oversize innertube.

In the interest of full disclosure,...
01-03-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 806
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's been over 20 years but my grandson and I...

It's been over 20 years but my grandson and I provided tech support for a big cross state ride.

As you might imagine, flat tires were far and away the #1 mechanical issue.
Broken spokes was, by...
01-02-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By Retro Grouch

Perfect! My general philosophy is, if I'm...

Perfect!
My general philosophy is, if I'm buying parts, I will only spend money on stuff that's designed to work together. If I already own parts, I'll bolt up most anything I have on hand and see...
12-26-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,856
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? How many...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

How many different road component groups is Shimano making today? They all work okay, the more expensive ones are just a little bit nicer an all ways.....
12-23-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 566
Posted By Retro Grouch

I can't remember what I did when I was 50. I...

I can't remember what I did when I was 50. I only know that it didn't kill me.
12-14-20, 09:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,809
Posted By Retro Grouch

Indoor trainers have their place but I think that...

Indoor trainers have their place but I think that what they are best at is determining your threshold of boredom.

My general advice is to ride often and try to ride a different route ever time...
12-14-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,923
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you...

"Serviceable otherwise". Can you explain what you mean by that? I'm having trouble figuring out what a pair of pants that expose your butt is good for.
12-12-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By Retro Grouch

No experience but for 50 cents I would have...

No experience but for 50 cents I would have bought it too. It belongs in the same drawer with your threaded headset wrenches.
12-12-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By Retro Grouch

The analogue approach. Since you're talking...

The analogue approach.

Since you're talking about a mixte frame, I assume you are also talking about a square taper bottom bracket. That simplifies things because there are a lot of them around....
Forum: Recumbent
12-09-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 918
Posted By Retro Grouch

What exactly are you thinking about doing? ...

What exactly are you thinking about doing?

First the frame stress issue. You can't normally just install a 559 rear rim on a trike that was designed around a 406 rim. The tire will extend 3...
12-09-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 686
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're all wrong.

The thread has been closed and I don't have any data but I think that everybody missed the reason the majority of bikes are stolen: The thief simply wants a quick ride to wherever he happens to be...
12-07-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By Retro Grouch

Drive side power gets transferred through the...

Drive side power gets transferred through the chainring?
12-05-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By Retro Grouch

What does the boy want?

What does the boy want?
12-02-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,697
Posted By Retro Grouch

Acquire a bike, any bike, for yourself. Cheap is...

Acquire a bike, any bike, for yourself. Cheap is okay. Don't worry about brands excessively. The bicycle manufacturer really only manufactures the frame and they buy all of the components. The...
11-27-20, 10:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 906
Posted By Retro Grouch

My wife was 30 and pregnant when I taught her to...

My wife was 30 and pregnant when I taught her to ride a bicycle. I didn't even take off her pedals, just lowered her seat and told her to push it like a balance bike. Within a couple of hours she...
11-10-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 875
Posted By Retro Grouch

Which one fits you better? Bike fit affects...

Which one fits you better?

Bike fit affects your power, comfort and performance every single minute that you are on the bike. Nothing else even comes close in importance. If you were buying a...
11-09-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,220
Posted By Retro Grouch

Whenever somebody mentions bicyclists rolling...

Whenever somebody mentions bicyclists rolling past stop signs I make this offer: "Meet me at an intersection of your choice that has four stop signs. For every car that comes to a full and complete...
11-03-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,107
Posted By Retro Grouch

My wife's car not only still has crank up windows...

My wife's car not only still has crank up windows but you can only unlock it with a key.
11-03-20, 07:03 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,107
Posted By Retro Grouch

Now see, that's what happens when you do too much...

Now see, that's what happens when you do too much shopping on line. They only show you the stuff that you already know about and are actively looking for.

You need those retro paper catalogues...
10-31-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,232
Posted By Retro Grouch

Where did you start and finish? If you start and...

Where did you start and finish? If you start and finish in the same place for every single foot of that 35,000 ' elevation gain you also had a foot of downhill coasting.
10-31-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 733
Posted By Retro Grouch

A little off topic but have you tried hoseing out...

A little off topic but have you tried hoseing out your shifters with WD-40 and maybe a good blast of compressed air? That often does wonders and the price is right.
10-30-20, 12:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,894
Posted By Retro Grouch

Buy yourself a lottery ticket. If you win, you...

Buy yourself a lottery ticket. If you win, you can buy any bicycle you want for yourself. The winning odds are roughly the same as that bike not having been stolen.
10-27-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 273
Views: 9,559
Posted By Retro Grouch

Exectutive Summary: 1. If you ride your...

Exectutive Summary:

1. If you ride your bicycle enough, you will almost surely at some time experience a puncture.
2. The "A" solution is to have the skill and carry the appropriate supplies to...
10-25-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 9,559
Posted By Retro Grouch

You don't need your own driver's license. One...

You don't need your own driver's license. One day while I was cleaning out our clothes dryer vent I found driver's licenses with my older son's name and birth day and my younger son's picture.
10-12-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,310
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope. No matter what you do you are going to get...

Nope. No matter what you do you are going to get older and eventually you will die. How do you want to enjoy your life until that happens?
10-02-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By Retro Grouch

Probably not. You're only reducing your...

Probably not.

You're only reducing your chainring teeth by 2. Your chain only wraps around 1/2 of the chainring so that's 1 tooth. You can only shorten your chain by a minimum of 2 links (a wide...
10-02-20, 09:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By Retro Grouch

Every time that I ride I make myself aware of any...

Every time that I ride I make myself aware of any maintenance that I think should be done to that bike. Then I make an effort to get it done before I it again. That's pretty much all that I do.
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09-30-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,528
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently made the decision to convert to...

I recently made the decision to convert to Schrader valves over this winter for that very reason.
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that the trend is to using a phone app. ...

I think that the trend is to using a phone app.

Mrs, Grouch and I use the most entry level Garmins that I could find. I like them because there is no wheel size factor to measure and we can...
09-28-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check posts 3,4,5 & 6. It can be done, but there...

Check posts 3,4,5 & 6. It can be done, but there are a lot of details to check for. Since your purpose is to carry the bike in the trunk of your car, it might be simpler, cheaper and more reliable...
09-19-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 697
Posted By Retro Grouch

I always tell people that it's better to use a...

I always tell people that it's better to use a $20. That way you are more likely to open up the tire and fix it properly after you get home.
09-15-20, 07:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By Retro Grouch

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a...

83 used to be "quite old" but now it's only a little bit older than me. For the record, I ride a Catrike 559, much sportier than that three wheeled contraption you are looking for. I'm selective...
09-15-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,185
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you owned two cars why would you want them to...

If you owned two cars why would you want them to be exactly the same? Why should bikes be any different?
09-01-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 863
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too...

Just do it and see what happens. You worry too much to be a Deadhead.
08-27-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,058
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's all that you need to know.

That's all that you need to know.
08-25-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,163
Posted By Retro Grouch

Another recent poster asked the same question in...

Another recent poster asked the same question in slightly different terms. He was considering buying a different bike while his present bike was still serviceable.

It's a left brain/ right brain...
08-25-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 926
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it! Our first tandem bicycle was a...

Just do it!

Our first tandem bicycle was a Schwinn Twinn coaster brake bike that had been left out in the weather. I converted it to a useable 15 speed bike for about $75 or $80 dollars out of...
08-23-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,113
Posted By Retro Grouch

You are making a left brain/ right brain...

You are making a left brain/ right brain decision.

Pure left brain people see a bicycle as only a functional tool.
Pure right brain people see a bicycle as a toy.

Everybody draws the line...
08-21-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 447
Posted By Retro Grouch

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings...

That wouldn't blip my radar. Warn chainrings look real pointy on the tops of the teeth. Those are still nice and round.
08-19-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 263
Views: 10,843
Posted By Retro Grouch

So your trike is lugged and brazed?

So your trike is lugged and brazed?
08-11-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 291
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that the older you get the more you'll...

I think that the older you get the more you'll appreciate having a bike work stand.
08-11-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,398
Posted By Retro Grouch

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I...

I doubt it rydabent. Needing some rim strips, I visited a shop that I used to work at and visited with the owner. He said everything he's projected to receive through February is already pre-sold. ...
08-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,868
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Buy nice or buy twice."

"Buy nice or buy twice."
08-11-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 527
Posted By Retro Grouch

What are you trying to accomplish? I...

What are you trying to accomplish?

I thrashed with some pretty marginal bikes for decades trying to make them into something they weren't. It's all that I could afford at the time. My...
08-11-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 5,868
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that...

If you don't spend the money to buy the bike that you think you want, what do you think you will do with it? If it's truly disposable income, a year from now you won't be able to remember what you...
08-09-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,470
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your...

So you're riding a hand-me-down bike from your husband. You may have noticed that men's and women's bodies aren't the same. Do you have to adjust the seat or rear vies mirror of the car after...
07-30-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,658
Posted By Retro Grouch

Your personal bicycle has only one purpose for...

Your personal bicycle has only one purpose for it's existence - that's to make you happy. Rim brakes have proven through the years to be adequate. Since that's your personal preference, I think you...
07-30-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,609
Posted By Retro Grouch

One word: "Catrike" it worked for me.

One word: "Catrike" it worked for me.
07-30-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 280
Posted By Retro Grouch

For what it's worth, I kind of like the faded...

For what it's worth, I kind of like the faded "ghost" version better.
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