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11-23-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 408
Posted By Retro Grouch

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is...

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is nicely ventillated.
11-12-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 838
Posted By Retro Grouch

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental...

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental attachment to. I couldn't stand the thought of haggling with some yahoo over the value of a piece of my life. Ultimately I donated mine to a group who...
11-11-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 870
Posted By Retro Grouch

The last time that I broke a chain while on the...

The last time that I broke a chain while on the trail I discovered my Park chain breaker had lost it's pin. I lowered my saddle and "flintstoned" four miles back to my car.
11-11-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 870
Posted By Retro Grouch

Is there room for a spare innertube?

Is there room for a spare innertube?
10-29-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,079
Posted By Retro Grouch

Assuming everything else is equal ......never...

Assuming everything else is equal ......never mind.
10-18-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,092
Posted By Retro Grouch

What is your objective? It sounds to me like...

What is your objective?

It sounds to me like you bought the bike to cycle to work but you are finding the bike that you bought doesn't fit you so you are finding it inconvenient to ride to work.
...
10-12-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,329
Posted By Retro Grouch

An interesting question: We live in a digital...

An interesting question: We live in a digital world in which an ordinary guy can measure things like drive train drag with pretty good accuracy. Once you can measure it, there are always going to...
10-12-21, 09:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 545
Posted By Retro Grouch

When I moved to Missouri in 1979, we still had...

When I moved to Missouri in 1979, we still had state wide "blue" laws. Most retail businesses by law were closed on Sundays and even grocery stores were prohibited from selling things like cook wear...
10-12-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 701
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's...

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's been trapped in a digital world.

Every bike has 3 weights:
What the manufacturer says that it weighs.
What the owner thinks that it weighs....
10-11-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 270
Posted By Retro Grouch

I personally feel that, while it's fun to do,...

I personally feel that, while it's fun to do, most bicycle component upgrades don't make economic sense.
10-08-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 659
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've told my kids that boring is under...

I've told my kids that boring is under appreciated. It means that you don't have any badness staring you in the face.

Could it be that your 750 is just so perfectly balanced that nothing stands...
10-04-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 769
Posted By Retro Grouch

I agree with wolfchild. The most common...

I agree with wolfchild.

The most common cause of the blow off that you described is pinching the innertube under the tire bead while installing the tire. When you do that it may hold air for a...
10-04-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 623
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is no puncture proof. There is only...

There is no puncture proof. There is only puncture resistant. There are basically two kinds of puncture resistant materials that are commonly used in bicycle tires.

The first is a woven fabric...
10-03-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By Retro Grouch

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes...

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes all the way down onto the rim brakeing surface. If the brake pads touch your tire, even a little bit, you are asking for a blow out.
09-26-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 658
Posted By Retro Grouch

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until...

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until just 1 thread is showing. Then I gradually bring the wheel into tension by tightening every nipple by the same number of turns - maybe 2 turns at the...
09-21-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,573
Posted By Retro Grouch

A related question is: "How do you decide which...

A related question is: "How do you decide which part from your spares bin to use for a particular repair or rebuild?"

The sock drawer theory is to grab the oldest, cheapest part that is still...
09-20-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for,...

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for, but there are a lot of vinyl sign companies that specialize in truck and store window lettering. They are able to scan and make vinyl stick on images. ...
09-19-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 489
Posted By Retro Grouch

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.

If everything else is equal .... Never mind.
09-19-21, 07:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 689
Posted By Retro Grouch

How to pick out a bike to ride: 1. Acquire ANY...

How to pick out a bike to ride:
1. Acquire ANY bike. Ride it wherever and however you like. Where and how you really ride is important.
2. During or after every ride, make a mental list of what...
09-14-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,659
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably asking the wrong question. When...

You're probably asking the wrong question. When engineers talk about the strength of materials, they usually are referring to "tensile strength". Think about a weight hanging from a solid rod with...
09-14-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 6,783
Posted By Retro Grouch

Some people are able to ride with a light heart,...

Some people are able to ride with a light heart, some ride burdened with worry, anxiety and an ever increasing load of tools and spare parts.

Some of my happiest bicycling memories date from the...
09-13-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 403
Posted By Retro Grouch

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter...

No but you need to know the bolt circle diameter for the cranks that you already own. That's a harder measurement to make than you are probably thinking.
09-12-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,344
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.

I've owned a couple of them and loved them.
09-12-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,005
Posted By Retro Grouch

You need to identify the cause of your punctures...

You need to identify the cause of your punctures and eliminate that cause. A common cause is tiny wires from radial ply tires. Those tiny little wires can be hard to find and, even once found, can be...
09-07-21, 06:17 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 6,876
Posted By Retro Grouch

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting...

You have a point. Also, It would be interesting to hear the other parties description of the occurrence before making a decision.
09-06-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,030
Posted By Retro Grouch

If they haven't already, they will soon. I...

If they haven't already, they will soon.

I know that for sure because more electronics is something that I want to avoid on my bicycle so it's definitely coming.
09-06-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By Retro Grouch

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a...

I donated a number of semi-desirable bikes to a local charity who serves the refugee community. They appreciated that the bikes were a step up in quality from the department store offerings. Like...
09-06-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 419
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference....

"Fixie" or "single speed". There's a difference.

Riding a fixed gear bike is a commitment.
09-06-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 428
Posted By Retro Grouch

Would that be "Pie are Square"?

Would that be "Pie are Square"?
09-06-21, 02:45 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,760
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. ...

I'd start looking for tires and inner tubes. Decades ago I read somewhere there wasn't anybody producing them domestically. I honestly don't know if that's still true or not.

Frankly, however, I...
09-06-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,493
Posted By Retro Grouch

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk? An...

How can you tell if it's a sidewalk?

An arterial street about a block from my condo was widened several years ago. At the time that it was rebuilt the specifications included a "sidewalk" on one...
09-05-21, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 327
Posted By Retro Grouch

Cable housing is easy. Extra long inner...

Cable housing is easy.

Extra long inner cables may be quite a bit harder. I'd suggest checking Tandems Ltd. or Tandems East.
09-05-21, 12:56 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 5,875
Posted By Retro Grouch

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For...

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For such a simple activity, there seems to be a very large number of tribal variations. The clothes that you choose to wear tell the rest of us to which...
09-04-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm...

Maybe, but how confident are you of that 26.7mm measurement? "Measure once, cuss twice."
09-04-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 280
Posted By Retro Grouch

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably...

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably while taking inventory) combined containers of 14 Gauge and 15 Gauge nipples. It's good that I never found out exactly who did that.
09-04-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in...

A bicycle is a simple machine but the devil is in the details. I would definitely try a 27.0 headset before resorting to the use of power tools.
09-04-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,655
Posted By Retro Grouch

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I...

If the rider is somebody who I know and who I like, I'll tell them.
09-04-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By Retro Grouch

Off topic but I have a question about how you...

Off topic but I have a question about how you choose which parts bin part to use:

The "sock drawer" theory is to take the most worn but still serviceable part to use it up. Otherwise it stays in...
09-04-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 428
Posted By Retro Grouch

Elroy to Sparta is my favorite rail trail. ...

Elroy to Sparta is my favorite rail trail.

It's essentially three long, not very steep hills with a tunnel at the top of each. (Bring a light. It's impossible to see through the tunnels). If...
09-04-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 804
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's not an uncommon problem. My grandson...

That's not an uncommon problem. My grandson recently asked for permission to build a new storage building on the family farm. Some solutions for what to do with the stuff that we don't use and...
08-30-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 577
Posted By Retro Grouch

In the end, the only thing that a wheel trueing...

In the end, the only thing that a wheel trueing stand does is to provide a stable place to measure from.

I own an old Minoura trueing stand. It's fine for trueing wheels provided your front hub...
08-30-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 658
Posted By Retro Grouch

Whenever I have a rear shifting problem that...

Whenever I have a rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to shift cable tension adjustment, the first thing I do is to check derailleur hanger alignment. Most of the time that turns out to be...
08-26-21, 08:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 877
Posted By Retro Grouch

Actually, after thinking about it, I think that...

Actually, after thinking about it, I think that you're right. The energy that's required may equal out but, at some point, a hill simply becomes too steep for me to climb.
08-26-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 877
Posted By Retro Grouch

Maybe it matters if you think about your water...

Maybe it matters if you think about your water bottle as being half full or half empty.
08-26-21, 02:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 877
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you start and finish in the same place for...

If you start and finish in the same place for every hill that you struggled up there was a slope for you to coast down.
08-21-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 634
Posted By Retro Grouch

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years...

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years ago. I cut the Schrader inflator off at the hose and clamped a Silca Presta chuck in it's place. I don't remember what it cost me, but it was way less...
08-21-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 583
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's the deal: There are roughly 7.7 billion...

Here's the deal: There are roughly 7.7 billion people on earth. That bike has only one purpose - to make just one of them, it's owner, happy. You have a sticker on it that says "My Bike Makes Me...
08-21-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 767
Posted By Retro Grouch

So it sounds to me like you want to set up a...

So it sounds to me like you want to set up a single chainring rig.

If that's the case, a 34/11 will give you an 80 gear inche fastest flat road gear. If it was my bike, I definitely woulden't...
08-20-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By Retro Grouch

Those look good to me. Worn out chainrings look...

Those look good to me. Worn out chainrings look pointy at the tops of the cog teeth.
08-08-21, 06:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 815
Posted By Retro Grouch

P-clamps?

P-clamps?
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