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11-16-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 587
Posted By davester

That is amazing. A 54 year old riding his 20 year...

That is amazing. A 54 year old riding his 20 year old bike thrashing the field and winning the national championship. Take that you young whippersnappers, and stay off of my lawn!
11-12-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 10,019
Posted By davester

Number 1: It's the aesthetics. With the exception...

Number 1: It's the aesthetics. With the exception of handbuilt steel or titanium, new bikes are ugly, period.

Number 1 again: The slightly higher performance of new bikes is irrelevant for 99% of...
11-12-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,120
Posted By davester

Beautiful. I have a strong affection for...

Beautiful. I have a strong affection for Internationals. I owned one for any years; I toured all through Europe, New England, and the Western US on it and even did a little racing, but it was...
11-08-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 575
Posted By davester

Good for you! Welcome to the madness! Hopefully...

Good for you! Welcome to the madness! Hopefully you'll soon become addicted.
10-30-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 471
Posted By davester

That is absolutely fantastic! Being a...

That is absolutely fantastic! Being a Californian, and having ridden many roads around the state, watching that gave me the chills. I was especially impressed by the huge number of bikes for sale in...
10-21-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,128
Posted By davester

Super, Schmooper! For something really special...

Super, Schmooper! For something really special you need something with "Speciale" in the name, as in my Cinelli Speciale Corsa.
10-16-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By davester

It's dead, Jim!

It's dead, Jim!
10-15-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 403
Posted By davester

I don't know who makes that but it does look...

I don't know who makes that but it does look cool. Only problem is that it appears to be an external cam quick release which is an inferior design that may be insufficiently strong to hold the wheels...
10-13-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,125
Posted By davester

Wow, that's a blast from the past. That bike is...

Wow, that's a blast from the past. That bike is my very first 10-speed I ever bought. I got it new in 1968 using savings from my paper route job. Same color, same components (except the pedals), etc.
10-11-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,125
Posted By davester

This is absolutely the truth. Most vintage...

This is absolutely the truth. Most vintage tourers will carry you long distances over many weeks and months of adventuring, except that your axle might snap due to the load and problematic design. I...
10-11-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 703
Posted By davester

The vintage versions (sporting Campagnolo metal...

The vintage versions (sporting Campagnolo metal heads) can usually be picked up pretty cheaply, work much better than the mini pumps, look better than the modern version, and only weigh an ounce or...
10-10-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 592
Posted By davester

The International has a 120mm spacing between the...

The International has a 120mm spacing between the rear dropouts which can only accommodate a 5-speed or Ultra-6 freewheel. I don't think either of these can be used with index shifting. You could...
10-10-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,071
Posted By davester

Only if they can prove that you are the one who...

Only if they can prove that you are the one who wielded the file.
10-09-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,071
Posted By davester

Lawyer lips are utterly idiotic. They completely...

Lawyer lips are utterly idiotic. They completely defeat the purpose of quick-releases. I honestly don't understand why they didn't just go to solid axles and bolts in lieu of lawyer lips + QRs. I'm...
10-09-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,383
Posted By davester

I'm not opposed to selling separate components...

I'm not opposed to selling separate components from bikes, but I am one of those who think it's a crime to part out a completely original classic like a PX-10 for the sake of profiteering for a very...
10-09-20, 12:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 846
Posted By davester

Nice job! I love the photo at the sign. This is...

Nice job! I love the photo at the sign. This is the kind of thing that keeps us all young, even when the numbers suggest otherwise. Keep it up!!!
10-06-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,472
Posted By davester

I'd encourage you to keep riding centuries but to...

I'd encourage you to keep riding centuries but to mix it up. Sounds like this first century was simply a "see if I could do it" task. Now that's done, I suggest that you do what I do and look for...
09-19-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,868
Posted By davester

I think this thread is bent.

I think this thread is bent.
09-19-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,638
Posted By davester

Actually, a mixte frame is not a woman's bike and...

Actually, a mixte frame is not a woman's bike and would be totally appropriate. RBG spent her entire career trying to equalize the law as it applied to both men and women. As wikipedia says, "Mixte...
09-10-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,002
Posted By davester

I've used the cheap Shimano pulleys successfully....

I've used the cheap Shimano pulleys successfully. The problem with buying an old NR derailleur and using the pulleys is that it is common for them to crack along a radius with age and shortly...
09-10-20, 08:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,110
Posted By davester

Emma Peel rides into eternity

I know this should probably go in "celebrities on bikes" but Diana Rigg passed away today...
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09-08-20, 11:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,483
Posted By davester

I certainly don't want to compete with Nomadmax!...

I certainly don't want to compete with Nomadmax! I have definitely slowed way down over the last couple of decades. It used to be that every twisty descent was a challenge to see how fast I could get...
09-04-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,722
Posted By davester

"RULE #49...

"RULE #49 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=49) : Keep the rubber side down.It is completely unacceptable to intentionally turn one’s steed upside down for any reason...
08-31-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,436
Posted By davester

God those things are fugly! My eyes! My eyes!

God those things are fugly! My eyes! My eyes!
08-27-20, 07:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,951
Posted By davester

I think you might get a different answer if you...

I think you might get a different answer if you go to the "close friends of my wife" forum.
08-24-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 828
Posted By davester

Our property backs right onto wooded open space...

Our property backs right onto wooded open space (i.e. wildfire country) and we were under an evacuation warning until this morning. It has felt a bit like armageddon, with heat wave, smoke, gusting...
08-07-20, 11:39 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
Posted By davester

The urgency generally doesn't appear until you're...

The urgency generally doesn't appear until you're in the process of being catapulted headfirst into the asphalt.
08-07-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,354
Posted By davester

I was riding with this nice red, white and black...

I was riding with this nice red, white and black Specialized S-Works helmet. However, an endo on my mountain bike caused it to give its life to save me from a severe head injury. I replaced it the...
08-05-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 846
Posted By davester

If you actually find yourself a roll of original...

If you actually find yourself a roll of original Tressostar, bear in mind that it's length will be just a few inches short of what you actually need.
07-28-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,132
Posted By davester

Not true. The exterior cosmetics are irrelevant....

Not true. The exterior cosmetics are irrelevant. The grease may have solidified over the years and the bearings/races could potentially be damaged if you just jumped on and rode it after several...
07-27-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,341
Posted By davester

I think that helmet technology has improved...

I think that helmet technology has improved dramatically in the last 12 years. If you are doing fast rides, fast descents, or riding in heavy traffic, I suggest that you buy one of the models that is...
07-27-20, 03:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,906
Posted By davester

Sounds like a badly engineered roundabout perhaps...

Sounds like a badly engineered roundabout perhaps with insufficient signage. In much of the world (especially the UK) there are very stringent guidelines on the engineering of roundabouts, which...
07-09-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,875
Posted By davester

A man after my own heart. I was just about to say...

A man after my own heart. I was just about to say "a J.P. Weigle in the french constructer spirit", and there it is. However, I think I'd want chrome or stainless lugs, a bit of pinstriping, and a...
07-09-20, 08:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,328
Posted By davester

20 miles is only going to take an hour or two, so...

20 miles is only going to take an hour or two, so pretty much anything will be fine. Wrap in a jacket for a little insulation if you want to keep it cooler). I'd lean towards a fresh baguette, some...
07-07-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,564
Posted By davester

I'm another cheerleader for the Compass/Rene...

I'm another cheerleader for the Compass/Rene Herse tires (Chinook Pass and Stampede Pass - both standard and extra light). Switching from Gatorskins to these was a revelation. They are soooo smooth...
05-21-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By davester

I would add to Kilroy1988's post that when cold...

I would add to Kilroy1988's post that when cold setting you should clamp the stays at the brake bridge to ensure that the bridge doesn't separate from the stay. Also, you will need to realign the...
05-18-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 827
Posted By davester

Here I am shooting at Chabot archery range,...

Here I am shooting at Chabot archery range, probably the same one jetboy shoots at. I'm using a Damon Howatt Ventura bow that I bought in 1971 while in high school. It's a beauty with a Bubinga core....
05-06-20, 05:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,534
Posted By davester

Brooks B-17 Imperial

Brooks B-17 Imperial
05-06-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,000
Posted By davester

I notice that the folks complaining about "Brooks...

I notice that the folks complaining about "Brooks torture" never specify which model of Brooks they're talking about, or say things like "I've heard that...". There's a huge difference between the...
05-05-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,426
Posted By davester

Over the past 45 years since getting my Bell...

Over the past 45 years since getting my Bell Biker I've had three crashes, one of them this year, where a helmet was destroyed and clearly protected me from severe head injury and possible death. So,...
04-17-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By davester

Looks like fun. However, probably the bearings in...

Looks like fun. However, probably the bearings in your bottom bracket and hubs, and possibly the oil in your shock(s) are now contaminated with water and require rebuilding. I rode my road bike...
04-16-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,562
Posted By davester

For commuting I use Niterider USB-rechargeable...

For commuting I use Niterider USB-rechargeable lights, Lumina 700 front and Solas rear. They are now several years old and are totally reliable (and extremely bright). The USB feature is terrific....
04-15-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,626
Posted By davester

In some ways I'd agree with you. However, Sunrace...

In some ways I'd agree with you. However, Sunrace and Shimano only come in an extremely limited selection of cog sizes and cog numbers. If you're putting lots of miles on your bikes then you need to...
04-15-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,626
Posted By davester

Which generation of IRD freewheel broke? It is...

Which generation of IRD freewheel broke? It is widely known that the first generation (the Defiant) had flawed pawl springs which snapped. I had one of these. IRD acknowledged the problem and brought...
04-13-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,230
Posted By davester

That probably depends on where you live. Where I...

That probably depends on where you live. Where I am (northern California) there is widespread compliance with shelter-in-place policies which seems to be bending the infection and mortality curves....
04-13-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 4,230
Posted By davester

There's a lot of confusion around masks because...

There's a lot of confusion around masks because the term "mask" is imprecise and is used for both respirators (e.g. N95 masks), surgical masks, and DIY cloth masks, all of which have completely...
04-10-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By davester

What we need now is to combine this with the DST...

What we need now is to combine this with the DST drive!
04-09-20, 05:50 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,741
Posted By davester

Not sure if you're into touring bikes, but this...

Not sure if you're into touring bikes, but this one is fabulous, and a good deal IMHO: https://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/bik/d/palo-alto-maruishi-touring-bike/7090208098.html . It is 52 cm and has...
04-09-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,121
Posted By davester

Or an opportunity for us west coasters. I was...

Or an opportunity for us west coasters. I was thinking that perhaps I could ride Cino, and then gugie, numbernine , and others could reschedule and replan our Tour d'Eroica to ride from Kalispell,...
04-06-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 868
Posted By davester

Big coronavirus problem!

Folks are starting to use CV to mean coronavirus. Don't they know that abbreviation is already taken!?
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