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01-15-21, 07:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 308
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. You have replaced the original cables...

^ this. You have replaced the original cables and housings, right? At 10,000 miles, you'd have replaced them at least twice so far, right?
01-15-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 482
Posted By Phil_gretz

45-48 degrees would be: Lower: bib shorts...

45-48 degrees would be:

Lower: bib shorts with leg warmers,
Head: thin tech hat/liner under helmet,
Upper: thinner tech wicking upper layer, fleece cycling jersey, optional wind vest tucked...
01-15-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 472
Posted By Phil_gretz

What kind of "quick repairs" do you envision,...

What kind of "quick repairs" do you envision, carloscedeno ? Start with the failure mode and likelihood, and then work to the solution. Don't begin with tools.

I'll give you an example for...
01-14-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,014
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have ridden using downtube shifters since the...

I have ridden using downtube shifters since the early 1970s. As others have said, there was a time when friction shifting on the downtube was the most common type on better bicycles. Bar end...
01-13-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 482
Posted By Phil_gretz

There's an entire sub-forum for winter riding. ...

There's an entire sub-forum for winter riding. Maybe look at the clothing threads there?

It's difficult to give you a serious answer without knowing WHERE YOU LIVE, and something about what type...
01-12-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,829
Posted By Phil_gretz

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

Back on the trike again, eh? What goes around...:innocent:
01-12-21, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 398
Posted By Phil_gretz

Was a police report filed?

Was a police report filed?
01-11-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
Posted By Phil_gretz

Slow down a bit. Three questions you can answer:...

Slow down a bit. Three questions you can answer:

1. What is the distance (in millimeters) from the centerline of your seattube to the line mid-way between your 50 and 34T chainrings?
2. What is...
01-11-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By Phil_gretz

I learned a modified "hands on hoods" position...

I learned a modified "hands on hoods" position many years ago. I rest the meat of the side of the hand (karate chop) by laying it on where the bar meets the hood, and DON'T wrap my palm or hook my...
01-11-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,223
Posted By Phil_gretz

My wife and I carry locks when we KNOW that our...

My wife and I carry locks when we KNOW that our plans include leaving our bikes and walking around somewhere. A combination of a Python cable lock, a U-lock, and another cable with padlock. No one...
01-11-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 772
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, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 649
Posted By Phil_gretz

I refurbished or built-up five bikes in 2020, and...

I refurbished or built-up five bikes in 2020, and sold them all. Many of my expenditures were parts that went into those builds. I keep records and subtract those to come up with net-of-sale...
01-11-21, 08:01 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,868
Posted By Phil_gretz

Having a good attorney helps. Talking...

Having a good attorney helps. Talking exclusively with that attorney about the incident is also wise. Talking to the police isn't ever in your best interests in an accident case like this where you...
01-11-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,046
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have gold cellotape on my '79 Peugeot....

I have gold cellotape on my '79 Peugeot. Positives: It looks perfect, accented with world champion stripes at the inner ends. And it's okay in warm weather with bare fingers. Negatives: No grip...
01-11-21, 06:36 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 4,005
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: 2
Views: 154
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...
01-07-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 3,056
Posted By Phil_gretz

I had a personal anecdote about descending on MD...

I had a personal anecdote about descending on MD route 77 just south of Camp David after climbing out of Thurmont. A single lane each way with ample shoulder. During the decent, I could have...
01-07-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,272
Posted By Phil_gretz

I happen into bikes pretty frequently, but rarely...

I happen into bikes pretty frequently, but rarely plan for them. This year, I have two general build goals: (1) source a frame for a really nice fixed gear, and (2) find and lace up a good set of...
01-07-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,749
Posted By Phil_gretz

There are some really ugly bikes posted on...

There are some really ugly bikes posted on BikeForums. These ^ above (in this entire thread) aren't among the ugliest. jamesdak has something pretty ugly, but clean, for his entry. So much wrong...
Replies: 29
Views: 2,069
Posted By Phil_gretz

I hope that he put the double back on and ditched...

I hope that he put the double back on and ditched the triple. Unnecessary for that bike.
01-07-21, 06:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 461
Posted By Phil_gretz

...and it will fit someone who is about 5'7" to...

...and it will fit someone who is about 5'7" to 5'8" tall. Does that describe you?
01-06-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,040
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bidon when riding on paved roadway or even...

Bidon when riding on paved roadway or even surfaces. Very pro to carry it in the center back jersey pocket.

Hydration pack when mountain biking. Taking a hand off the bars for more than an instant...
01-06-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,647
Posted By Phil_gretz

The one exception to this I've found is where the...

The one exception to this I've found is where the closing the lever would interfere with a disc brake caliper combined with a thicker MTB fork. Flipping the front skewer gives the lever free...
01-06-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,638
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, 08:02 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,647
Posted By Phil_gretz

Non-aero brake cable housing where the loops pass...

Non-aero brake cable housing where the loops pass beneath the handlebar from the front side. Yikes.

Splatter patterned bar tape.

Tires colored to match the trim of the bike. Tires should be...
01-06-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 17,647
Posted By Phil_gretz

I finally understand your screen name! Yay!

I finally understand your screen name! Yay!
01-06-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 297
Posted By Phil_gretz

You probably mean Job, not Jonah. Jonah ran from...

You probably mean Job, not Jonah. Jonah ran from God because he didn't want to become the agent by which the Ninevites would be forgiven by God for their atrocities. Job suffered and lost...
01-06-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,344
Posted By Phil_gretz

I'm glad that you'll be okay. Ditto in the...

I'm glad that you'll be okay. Ditto in the advice to listen to your wife.

I wonder whether the rim can be saved. Maybe. De-stringing that wheel and building with new spokes and nipples would...
01-06-21, 07:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,106
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.
01-06-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 391
Posted By Phil_gretz

The folding joint can be made to work again. ...

The folding joint can be made to work again. Study how it was assembled at the factory. Apply lubricant/solvent to begin the process. There are many types (ATF/Acetone, Marvel Mystery Oil, Kroil,...
01-06-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,039
Posted By Phil_gretz

Old thread, but... I'd sooner own a Bianchi...

Old thread, but... I'd sooner own a Bianchi than I would a Fiat. And don't get me started on the faux-Jeep Fiats. Rattles, wind noise, loose interior trim panels. Sheesh.
12-24-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 848
Posted By Phil_gretz

Please expand on this. Have you been diagnosed,...

Please expand on this. Have you been diagnosed, or do you simply experience episodes of discomfort? Was there some specific injury? Have you had any physical therapy? What is your core fitness...
12-23-20, 09:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Phil_gretz

Ignore standover and focus on top tube length...

Ignore standover and focus on top tube length plus stem reach. The horizontal dimension is the more critical one. By far. Trust me.
12-23-20, 07:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 567
Posted By Phil_gretz

Bench vise. This is a must have for home repair...

Bench vise. This is a must have for home repair / DIY work. Also, a bench on which to bolt it. And the bench should be lagged into wall studs.
12-22-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
Posted By Phil_gretz

If they are stiff, then you need to disassemble,...

If they are stiff, then you need to disassemble, clean, and service them. It's not difficult. Remove the built-up sludge and lubricate with light oil as you reassemble. Full take down, no short cuts....
12-22-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 469
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, 09:39 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,434
Posted By Phil_gretz

Remember Twin Peaks bar in Waco? Now that was...

Remember Twin Peaks bar in Waco? Now that was some outlaw biker action...
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12-22-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,103
Posted By Phil_gretz

Many hookers are equipped with their own...

Many hookers are equipped with their own stockings...I hear.
12-22-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 306
Posted By Phil_gretz

Unfasten the cable binding bolt, open/break the...

Unfasten the cable binding bolt, open/break the chain (or remove the screw that closes the derailleur cage), and remove the derailleur.

Soak it in solvent or run it though an ultrasonic cleaner....
12-22-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,434
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, 12:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 754
Posted By Phil_gretz

Have you searched the discussion threads for...

Have you searched the discussion threads for Peugeots? Located the on-line Peugeot catalogs? Would you be able to describe the frame and its construction, paint and decals? Do you have access to...
12-21-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,071
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, 07:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,001
Posted By Phil_gretz

A yellowed, cracked plastic spoke protector is an...

A yellowed, cracked plastic spoke protector is an eyesore. A shiny period-correct chrome one can be beautiful. A quick survey of my current bikes says that I don't have a single spoke protector...
12-21-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 659
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: 1,298
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...
12-21-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,073
Posted By Phil_gretz

I think that he's actually agreeing that Kenda...

I think that he's actually agreeing that Kenda tires do indeed ride poorly. I have experienced that same thing, a better than average vintage bike whose ride is diminished by use of Kenda tires.
12-20-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4,016
Views: 361,556
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, 04:51 PM
Replies: 4,016
Views: 361,556
Posted By Phil_gretz

I honestly no longer care about their warranty...

I honestly no longer care about their warranty support. For any retailer who has taken on the burden of the failing Craftsman brand, I feel sorry for them. Kits are available and rebuild is...
12-20-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,923
Posted By Phil_gretz

No

Revenues are down, expenditures related to COVID policy enforcement are up. Bad recipe for low priority expenditure. Definitely not.
12-19-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 4,016
Views: 361,556
Posted By Phil_gretz

For Craftsman and Snap-On, for certain. They're...

For Craftsman and Snap-On, for certain. They're not cheap, even at eBay lowest prices.

As for "other" wrenching interests, well, I keep active there, too.
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