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08-10-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 514
Posted By Retro Grouch

Gonna take Rideabent's side on this one. Back in...

Gonna take Rideabent's side on this one. Back in the 2 X 5 days I used to fiddle with my right hand on both shift levers until I stumbled into the gear that came closest to hitting the "sweet spot."...
08-09-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 306
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably overthinking the 21 gear thing. ...

You're probably overthinking the 21 gear thing.

Most of your riding is probably on relatively flat surfaces. If that's the case, keep your chain on the middle sprocket in front. If you think...
08-09-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 434
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...
08-09-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 514
Posted By Retro Grouch

My philosophy exactly.

My philosophy exactly.
08-09-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By Retro Grouch

Years ago I took my 12 year old grandson with me...

Years ago I took my 12 year old grandson with me to do tech support on a big cross state ride. I think the first thing that I taught him was to spread out a tarp to catch any dropped parts before...
08-09-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 306
Posted By Retro Grouch

How dissatisfied are you with your bike's current...

How dissatisfied are you with your bike's current gearing?. I have no doubt you would be able to achieve the gearing range you think that you need with a 1 X 10. Have you priced out the components?
08-08-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 774
Posted By Retro Grouch

Metal bikes come in 2 grades: The top...

Metal bikes come in 2 grades:

The top grade has either provenance or emotional attachment that make it worth repairing properly regardless of cost.
The lower grade isn't worth repairing if you...
08-08-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 300
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently replaced a pair of MRX grip shifters...

I recently replaced a pair of MRX grip shifters on my daughter's bike. That particular bike had been parked under a tarp for around 20 years. FWIW, she asked me to fix it up for her so she could...
08-08-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 237
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sorry in advance if I'm wrong, but I've got to...

Sorry in advance if I'm wrong, but I've got to ask. Many Shimano front derailleurs have a little finger in the shift cable path where it anchors to the derailleur arm. The cable has to route over...
08-05-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By Retro Grouch

Probably not the derailleur. Remove your rear...

Probably not the derailleur. Remove your rear wheel and lay it across a trash receptacle gear cluster up. Spray WD40 or something similar into the crack by the moving part of your freewheel or free...
08-02-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 627
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you have four flat tires. I guess it's...

So you have four flat tires. I guess it's possible all four could be punctured, but I doubt it. My guess is that you only need to find somebody who can show you how and what you need to inflate the...
08-01-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 802
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes people tell the truth. If they say...

Sometimes people tell the truth. If they say they're okay with hanging around for awhile waiting for you to finish, I'd believe them.
08-01-20, 06:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By Retro Grouch

You knew that was coming didn't you? As soon as...

You knew that was coming didn't you? As soon as I start to wonder and worry about something like that, I have to fix it. If for no other reason, every time that I go on a group ride I can feel...
08-01-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 247
Posted By Retro Grouch

May guess is the Wizard was on the right track. ...

May guess is the Wizard was on the right track. Since the wheel has been recently rebuilt, are all the same spacers in place? I'm thinking instead of the axle being too long, the OLD might be too...
08-01-20, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By Retro Grouch

I was thinking about how I'd measure that. A...

I was thinking about how I'd measure that. A power meter of some kind and a speedometer maybe? You could measure how much power was necessary to maintain the same speed in various gearing...
08-01-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 179
Posted By Retro Grouch

There's "perfect match" and there's "not...

There's "perfect match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" tends to draw your attention to the blemish that you are trying to hide.
07-31-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 492
Posted By Retro Grouch

Only one way to know for sure. Commuting is...

Only one way to know for sure.

Commuting is such a personal thing balancing speed, comfort, reliability and cost to your personal commuting route. There's reaction to the opinions of others too. ...
07-30-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,378
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: 32
Views: 1,126
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: 233
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.
Forum: Recumbent
07-30-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Retro Grouch

I had a Rocket. I had it tricked out with Chris...

I had a Rocket. I had it tricked out with Chris King hubs and XTR derailleurs. I thought it was much nicer than average. The guy who I eventually sold it to didn't like my upgrades. He would have...
07-30-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,041
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's bike computers for you. Everybody wants...

That's bike computers for you. Everybody wants to know how far and how fast they've ridden but that knowledge comes at a price. The price is a tendency to compare every ride to how far and fast you...
07-30-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 272
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's classic chain suck. The bottom run of the...

That's classic chain suck. The bottom run of the chain isn't releasing from the chainring. I suspect the chain having broken previously is all part of the problem. My bet is your big chainring has...
07-30-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 419
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Creaking" says "bottom bracket" to me too. If...

"Creaking" says "bottom bracket" to me too. If you bought that bike to me, I'd pull the bottom bracket re-grease the threads and torque it back into place. Dsbranjr's idea to replace the pedals...
07-30-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 375
Posted By Retro Grouch

fify

fify
07-30-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 671
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's a pretty important spec. 30 ft/lb is...

That's a pretty important spec. 30 ft/lb is typical. Less than that and you risk the left side crank arm coming loose. More than that and you risk cracking out the crank arm at one of the corners...
07-29-20, 12:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 879
Posted By Retro Grouch

How fast do you ride? 15 MPH is the...

How fast do you ride?

15 MPH is the approximate speed at which aero drag surpasses all of the other drag factors on a bicycle combined. If you typically ride more slowly than 15 MPH, aero drag...
07-28-20, 08:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 268
Posted By Retro Grouch

There has got to be a reason why somebody thought...

There has got to be a reason why somebody thought that was a good thing to do. I just can't imagine what that reason that might be.
07-27-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 144
Posted By Retro Grouch

You'll get better and smarter advice if you post...

You'll get better and smarter advice if you post on the Classic and vintage forum.
07-26-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 655
Posted By Retro Grouch

So the top stem bolt isn't clamping against...

So the top stem bolt isn't clamping against anything. Not something I'd do.
07-26-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By Retro Grouch

Add 2 inners, 1 outer, + your master link. ...

Add 2 inners, 1 outer, + your master link. That's the shortest chain that you can safely use with that gearing combination.
07-25-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Retro Grouch

I recently overhauled a bike for my daughter to...

I recently overhauled a bike for my daughter to ride with her grandson. Maybe they'll invite Mrs. Grouch and me to ride along with them some day.
07-25-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 766
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to have a couple that held the bike by the...

I used to have a couple that held the bike by the left crank arm. They were real simple and compact and held the bike quite securely. I wish that I had a picture that I could post. One was...
07-25-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 707
Posted By Retro Grouch

That bike only has one purpose - to make you...

That bike only has one purpose - to make you happy. No other opinions count. At worst, if you decide you don't like it on the seat tube, you can move it to the other location.
07-25-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Retro Grouch

So you're ASSUMING that it's seated and I'm...

So you're ASSUMING that it's seated and I'm GUESSING that it's not. Neither one of us can see what's really going on. The bottom line is that the OP isn't satisfied with how it's working right now.
07-25-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By Retro Grouch

What are you using for shifters?

What are you using for shifters?
07-25-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By Retro Grouch

My bet is that you're flipping your bicycle...

My bet is that you're flipping your bicycle upside down to install your front wheel. When you do that, sometimes you don't get the axle bottomed on both sides.
07-25-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 145
Posted By Retro Grouch

What exactly are you wanting to replace and why? ...

What exactly are you wanting to replace and why? Just the free hub body or the whole rear hub?
07-25-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 763
Posted By Retro Grouch

Two millimeters isn't very much wider. I'd...

Two millimeters isn't very much wider. I'd probably try 90 psi front/ 100 psi rear.
07-24-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't remember about 105 9-speed shifters but I...

I don't remember about 105 9-speed shifters but I can tell you for sure that Ultegra 9-speed shifters had four distinct shift positions for the front. They actually used the exact same shifter for...
07-24-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 567
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is a reason why Shimano got away from those...

There is a reason why Shimano got away from those push-push shifters. Count the number of cogs you have in back and buy a set of EZ-Fire shifters for the same number. They'll even come with new...
07-24-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 253
Posted By Retro Grouch

Front wheel for riding on gravel. Are you sure...

Front wheel for riding on gravel. Are you sure this is something that you want to take a chance with doing?
07-24-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 366
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're not going to like hearing this but I think...

You're not going to like hearing this but I think it's hunt and peck. A bike saddle that one person thinks is wonderful might feel like a picked fence to the next guy. My personal favorite for...
07-23-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 224
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Shimano derailleurs and MRX Grip Shifters is a...

"Shimano derailleurs and MRX Grip Shifters is a common low end spec. If you ever have to replace the shift cable, you have to disassemble the Grip Shifter. When you do this, be prepared to catch...
07-23-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 425
Posted By Retro Grouch

Those are your options so you don't have to be...

Those are your options so you don't have to be super accurate, you only have to know which (if either) will fit your bike.

If you have a big Crescent wrench, tighten it loosely around your tube...
07-22-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 960
Posted By Retro Grouch

How fast do you ride? Once you reach around...

How fast do you ride?

Once you reach around 15 MPH on a flat road, aero resistance surpasses all of the other factors that are holding you back combined. As your speed increases, aero drag...
07-22-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 710
Posted By Retro Grouch

"A fool learns by experience. A wise man learns...

"A fool learns by experience. A wise man learns by other people's experience."

I'm a fool because I always try to figure things like this out for myself. If you're working from home, unless you...
07-21-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 374
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Three times per pedal revolution" makes me think...

"Three times per pedal revolution" makes me think it has to do with your rear wheel. I'd put your bike on a work stand or hang it up off the ground and examine the rear wheel closely to see if it's...
07-21-20, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 462
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. Can you ride your bike the way that it is...

1. Can you ride your bike the way that it is now? If your answer is "no" you have nothing to lose by trying to straighten your derailleur hanger. FWIW, I've bent back some pretty seriously bent...
07-21-20, 09:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 894
Posted By Retro Grouch

It's the motor. If you put a Ferrari...

It's the motor.

If you put a Ferrari transmission into a Fiat 500 and made no other changes do you think it would go 150 MPH?
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