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10-18-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,715
Posted By duffer1960

Still laughing about the time I took my...

Still laughing about the time I took my no-exercise but just naturally very strong buddy for his first cross-country ski outing. He innocently lit a big cigar as if this was the normal thing to do...
09-24-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 5,544
Posted By duffer1960

Been riding for many years, so may be forgetting...

Been riding for many years, so may be forgetting something. Do recall this, tho'.

Planet Bike Superflash tail light. Realized it was gone when I got to work. No time to go back looking for it. ...
09-08-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,219
Posted By duffer1960

Tools. I spent more on tools than on any of the...

Tools. I spent more on tools than on any of the individual bikes I've had. Borne of a 1st and last experience trying to get a repair done at my LBS. Fleeced and cheated.
09-04-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,646
Posted By duffer1960

Yes. An inner tube that didn't have to be topped...

Yes. An inner tube that didn't have to be topped off every few days / week.

To me, 'tubeless' sound like more trouble than it's worth. Do tubeless tires hold air better, not require topping off...
07-27-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 276
Posted By duffer1960

Suburban has upright handlebars. For sitting...

Suburban has upright handlebars. For sitting upright, you want a wider seat (than if you're in a tuck). I ride an upright & have one of these... seems ok. The Schwinn saddles were notoriously...
07-27-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,180
Posted By duffer1960

Thanks for your recommendations. The Kenda on the...

Thanks for your recommendations. The Kenda on the rear has suffered a casing failure & so the issue is forced. The one bald spot reported earlier was joined by a 2nd bald spot that quickly became a...
07-27-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 13,910
Posted By duffer1960

Kenda K40 not worth buying due to casing...

Kenda K40 not worth buying due to casing failures?

I have Kenda K40s (classic oem/gumwall look tire) or a predecessor Kenda tire on my old steel-rim Schwinn LeTour. The rear was showing some wear,...
07-05-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,916
Posted By duffer1960

Crazy Brits - what is an island doing in the...

Crazy Brits - what is an island doing in the middle of the only traffic lane going in that direction?
07-04-19, 02:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By duffer1960

Thanks! Now that it's here, I saw a poster whose...

Thanks! Now that it's here, I saw a poster whose sig is, "Don't 'Like' my posts." Can't please everyone I guess. Are there any downsides? (e.g., extra email for someone who receives a 'Like',... or...
Forum: Commuting
02-10-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 9,741
Posted By duffer1960

Bicycle-friendly community, eh. I lived there,...

Bicycle-friendly community, eh. I lived there, remember the wrong-way path on University Ave., with traffic lights that stopped bikes every block or two, and with clueless drivers who couldn't fathom...
01-01-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,500
Posted By duffer1960

I bought a Fuji mtn bike through Craigslist. The...

I bought a Fuji mtn bike through Craigslist. The guy was advertising all sorts of random junk on Craigslist & that should have been my first clue that something was wrong. I rode it & it wasn't...
12-09-18, 08:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 570
Posted By duffer1960

I bought a Brooks B17 & suffered horrible hip...

I bought a Brooks B17 & suffered horrible hip pain on one side after long rides. On closer inspection of the saddle, found that the nose wasn't aligned with the main/back/sit part. With the nose...
11-22-18, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By duffer1960

Feature request: 'Thumbs Up', 'Like', etc., button for Threads or Posts

Would like to have buttons on each post for 'Like', 'Don't Like', 'Laughing', etc., ala Facebook. Sometimes, I agree with a post (vs another post that states a different position), but don't want to...
11-04-18, 08:29 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 6,507
Posted By duffer1960

Ha! I remember going to a big box store of the...

Ha! I remember going to a big box store of the era (Community or Wards, maybe) and coming home with a foreign-made 5 speed StingRay clone. I took it for a ride, and pieces with the funny imprint...
11-02-18, 07:28 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,399
Posted By duffer1960

Rear rack and trunk. Can carry a windbreaker or...

Rear rack and trunk. Can carry a windbreaker or other clothing, Allen keys, flat kit, lunch/snack, etc., in addition.
11-02-18, 06:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,357
Posted By duffer1960

I have a CygoLite Rover II LED, rated 255 lumens....

I have a CygoLite Rover II LED, rated 255 lumens. Not a powerful light by modern standards, but adequate for my needs. The water bottle battery has 4x 4/3A NiMH inside, stamped 2500 mAh. Don't even...
11-02-18, 06:22 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 6,507
Posted By duffer1960

I was given a Bantam when I was 5, a camelback...

I was given a Bantam when I was 5, a camelback single-speed Speedster when I was about 8, and a Varsity when I was 13. The smaller bikes were handed down to younger siblings. Never needed significant...
10-07-18, 04:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 262
Posted By duffer1960

The one that fits you. That said, as long as...

The one that fits you. That said, as long as they're close in size, it may be hard to say which one will fit you better unless you're experienced.

Disclaimer in the following. I am not a serious...
10-07-18, 04:09 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,372
Posted By duffer1960

I bought my Brooks B17 mail-order from a place in...

I bought my Brooks B17 mail-order from a place in North Dakota or somewhere. It was a tad cheaper than from other better-known outlets. Took me a while to realize it was crooked. When the back...
09-30-18, 05:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By duffer1960

I have an inexpensive caliper & find it...

I have an inexpensive caliper & find it invaluable. One like the 'economy vernier caliper' in a subcategory here: https://www.mcmaster.com/calipers

I have an old Trek, and I've noticed the taper...
09-23-18, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By duffer1960

It occurred to me that it could be the kickstand,...

It occurred to me that it could be the kickstand, but the clunk also happened at other positions. Definitely not a pedal. I'd feel it in one foot if it was.
09-23-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By duffer1960

Tange cartridge BB problem clunk/freeze

A few years back, I put a Tange cartridge bottom bracket into my commuter bike. Right out of the box, it occasionally made a clunk or snap noise. Lately, it's getting more frequent and it even locked...
09-23-18, 05:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,180
Posted By duffer1960

Why I'm shying away from the Panaracer Pacela...

Why I'm shying away from the Panaracer Pacela Tourguards. Several Amazon reviews say the sidewalls are weak, that they deteriorate and fail in the weather or maybe even indoors. I bought a set some...
09-21-18, 03:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,180
Posted By duffer1960

Yep, I may go with the cheapo Kenda gumwall...

Yep, I may go with the cheapo Kenda gumwall look-alikes, 'HIGH PRESSURE'. That's what's been on there for the last 10 years, and they still look like new aside from the rear getting a little thin. ...
09-20-18, 03:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,180
Posted By duffer1960

Recommend a 27 x 1 1/4 tire for straight-sided rim?

I have an old Schwinn LeTour with hookless steel rims. I'd like to buy good 27 x 1 1/4 tires for it, but I understand some are better at staying put on hookless rims than others.
Criteria in order...
09-15-18, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By duffer1960

I did this on an old bike so it wouldn't...

I did this on an old bike so it wouldn't interfere with a rack & associated hardware. Doesn't matter, works the same.
09-15-18, 05:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,649
Posted By duffer1960

I ride mostly short distances (sub 10 miles) on...

I ride mostly short distances (sub 10 miles) on flat-ish territory here in Milwaukee. I have a 1987-ish Giant-built Schwinn Cruiser Supreme (26" 559 wheels, standard mtb wheel size). The bike came as...
09-08-18, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By duffer1960

Who remembers, as I do, the days of incandescent...

Who remembers, as I do, the days of incandescent generator bulbs. Not very long ago! In the 1980s, I thought I was living good. I had a Union bottle generator with, what was it, an 0.6 watt taillight...
09-08-18, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,564
Posted By duffer1960

Update after nine years of light-duty use. I use...

Update after nine years of light-duty use. I use it on a 20 minute commute about 1/2 of the year. Just broke it out of storage for the dark season. Fully charged the original battery, turned it...
07-22-18, 05:54 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,221
Posted By duffer1960

Zombie post alert. Still, I'll add my two...

Zombie post alert.

Still, I'll add my two cents. I have & like the Zefal Spy. Mirrors - ZEFAL (http://www.zefal.com/en/19-mirrors)
...
07-22-18, 03:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,246
Posted By duffer1960

I got started in the hobby of doing my own...

I got started in the hobby of doing my own repairs by a completely botched repair from a well-known LBS chain here. I asked for a full overhaul of a Motobecane Grand Jubile that had been hanging in...
07-22-18, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By duffer1960

Thanks, all, for the advice. I finally ordered...

Thanks, all, for the advice. I finally ordered that nut from Jenson, drilled out the back of the fork (there's plenty of metal there, no worries), drilled out & reused the profiled washer from the...
07-06-16, 08:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By duffer1960

Hi Nigel! Thanks for your advice. Put a new...

Hi Nigel!

Thanks for your advice. Put a new axle, cones, bearing balls. The existing axle snapped as I was accelerating across a busy street. Didn't realize how bad it was, limped another few...
06-18-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,062
Posted By duffer1960

I've bent the equivalent 1970s-era Schwinn...

I've bent the equivalent 1970s-era Schwinn forged, 'Ashtabula' forks. If they're the same as the 1959 models, the front forks will bend to closer or wider settings easily. They're very stiff...
06-17-16, 03:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By duffer1960

Thanks for all your replies. Sure, there are...

Thanks for all your replies.

Sure, there are better bikes. I find this one comfortable, and I've kitted it with fenders, lights, rack and bags, handlebars and saddle, that work for me. Really...
06-15-16, 07:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 772
Posted By duffer1960

Need 126 - 26"/559 - sturdy wheel or parts to build

I commute on a 'Schwinn Cruiser Supreme', a late 80's Giant-built upright bike with 26" (559) wheels. Heavy hi-ten tig-welded diamond frame. Want to keep it because I like the handling and...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-14, 07:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 981
Posted By duffer1960

Peadles, Pettles, Peddles, Petals, Paddles.... ...

Peadles, Pettles, Peddles, Petals, Paddles.... Whew! Got that out of my system. Been reading Craigslist (and here too) too much. Sorry. Ahem.... please excuse me :) Just adding 'keywords'. ...
12-07-14, 07:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 664
Posted By duffer1960

My bud had a mountain bike with 9-speed rear and...

My bud had a mountain bike with 9-speed rear and index shifters on the bar. He had crashed and the shifter only had about 3 clicks afterward. Bud took it to a bike shop & was told he needed a new...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,023
Posted By duffer1960

Any disadvantages to drums in the mountains? I...

Any disadvantages to drums in the mountains? I am old enough to remember 4-wheel drum brakes on cars. They don't shed heat as well as discs. This would be a problem esp. on mountain descents.
Forum: Commuting
12-06-14, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,023
Posted By duffer1960

I vote for drop bars also. Four distinct riding...

I vote for drop bars also. Four distinct riding positions. With your distance & elevation changes, plus a tiring day at work, plus a stiff headwind some days, you'll really appreciate the...
07-10-14, 05:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,397
Posted By duffer1960

Are the current tubes damaged or defective? Do...

Are the current tubes damaged or defective? Do they maintain pressure? I haven't found a problem reusing old tubes. OTOH, good to have one as a spare.

I recommend carrying a flat kit when you...
05-26-14, 01:42 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,654
Posted By duffer1960

The diamond frame is stronger and more rigid than...

The diamond frame is stronger and more rigid than an equivalent step-thru. Something to think about if you're heavy and/or ride on rough roads. The two guys from Sweden riding from Anchorage to...
05-09-14, 10:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,539
Posted By duffer1960

Old thread but it's a timeless one for the few of...

Old thread but it's a timeless one for the few of us who have this problem, thus the bump.

I've hit on an answer that works well for me. Updated my old post & repeated here.
10-12-13, 10:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,055
Posted By duffer1960

One of my rides is a ~1981 Le Tour, with steel...

One of my rides is a ~1981 Le Tour, with steel wheels and hi-ten frame. Slow acceleration with the steel wheels, poor braking when wet, a bit stiff riding with the hi-ten fork and frame... but... a...
10-12-13, 09:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,082
Posted By duffer1960

Could also try the Kenosha-Racine Craigslist,...

Could also try the Kenosha-Racine Craigslist, tho' traffic is light there.
http://racine.craigslist.org/

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10-08-13, 08:25 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,082
Posted By duffer1960

Odd mishmash of parts. Centerpull brakes, rear...

Odd mishmash of parts. Centerpull brakes, rear spoke protector ('dork disk'), handlebar set say late '70s-early '80s Le Tour. Are the wheels steel or alloy? Cloverleaf chainring says pre '70(?). ...
10-02-13, 10:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By duffer1960

Where can I get a long-reach dual-pivot caliper...

Where can I get a long-reach dual-pivot caliper brake, that goes around the fender and big tire, and that doesn't suck (I mean, that stops well with 350 lbs of me, bike, and trailer), and doesn't...
10-02-13, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By duffer1960

Where to get bolt- Make a 'rear' Proponent BMX dual-pivot brake into a 'front'

I'm trying to upgrade the brakes on my commuter. Got two Proponent BMX brakes from the 90's. Got two rears and I'll try exchanging one for a front but I bet they don't have one. Problem is, the...
Forum: Great Lakes
09-17-13, 06:29 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 689
Posted By duffer1960

Wisconsin: Contact your legslator, support the Vulerable Users Bill

From the Bike Federation of Wisconsin

"[Wisconsin]ís influential motorcycle lobby group is asking their members to oppose the vulnerable users legislation (LRB 173/2) we have been working on with...
09-17-13, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By duffer1960

Wisconsin: Contact your legslator, support the Vulerable Users Bill

From the Bike Federation of Wisconsin

"[Wisconsin]ís influential motorcycle lobby group is asking their members to oppose the vulnerable users legislation (LRB 173/2) we have been working on with...
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