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06-07-16, 06:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,316
Posted By Ken Cox

I commuted for years in especially nasty winter...

I commuted for years in especially nasty winter weather with lots of slush that would get into my brakes and shifting mechanisms and make them inoperable. So I built up a fixed gear bike for riding...
06-07-16, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,779
Posted By Ken Cox

That type of pain comes from compression of the...

That type of pain comes from compression of the nerves in your neck. Any hand tingling? Lots of fixes involving seat to handlebar distance, seat to vertical line above bottom bracket, height of bars,...
10-04-14, 04:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,808
Posted By Ken Cox

When I used a brake, I had it on the front. Can't...

When I used a brake, I had it on the front. Can't see the point of a rear brake.

Presently ride no brake. Invested 5 years in learning to ride brakeless. Geared way down to 63 gear inches. Do the...
10-04-14, 04:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,651
Posted By Ken Cox

Join date 1-3-5. Present age 68 years. Ride: ...

Join date 1-3-5. Present age 68 years. Ride:
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04-22-11, 01:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,969
Posted By Ken Cox

According to the website posted by vladuz976, in...

According to the website posted by vladuz976, in US dollars, a Steamroller frame set in Japan costs $854.

Here, in America, I can get a Steamroller Complete (a ready to ride bike) for $720.

The...
04-21-11, 11:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,969
Posted By Ken Cox

Good point. I went to a certified bike...

Good point.

I went to a certified bike fitter who has credentials and licenses as an Orthotist and Prosthetitists (shoe orthotics and artificial limbs).

He has autographed pictures on his walls...
04-21-11, 10:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,969
Posted By Ken Cox

It went from custom to Surly because the OP and...

It went from custom to Surly because the OP and respondents raised questions about what the OP really wanted, and what he could really expect from a custom Keirin builder.

Not having lived in...
04-20-11, 11:12 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,969
Posted By Ken Cox

Can you buy a Surly Steamroller frame set in...

Can you buy a Surly Steamroller frame set in Japan?

http://surlybikes.com/frames/steamroller_frame/

Click on "geometry" on the site, above, and find the stand over height for each size frame.
...
04-06-11, 06:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,816
Posted By Ken Cox

You have a bike that even a bicycle thief doesn't...

You have a bike that even a bicycle thief doesn't want?
04-04-11, 09:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,032
Posted By Ken Cox

Because of my short legs and my need for...

Because of my short legs and my need for standover, I ride a frame one size smaller than normal for a person my size.

To get the fore and aft room I needed without putting all my weight on my...
04-04-11, 09:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,085
Posted By Ken Cox

I rode with a Chrome messenger bag for six years,...

I rode with a Chrome messenger bag for six years, and then I got a conventional backpack for $34 at an outlet store.

I prefer the backpack.
04-04-11, 09:07 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,355
Posted By Ken Cox

Maybe. But options other than "moron" and...

Maybe.

But options other than "moron" and "stick to near the river" exist.

Perhaps some of them gear way down, or, perhaps they go downhill no faster than they go uphill.

"Moron" and "stick...
04-04-11, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,327
Posted By Ken Cox

No problem. You can't help it. As for...

No problem.

You can't help it.

As for the best all around street gear ratio for ANY rider, I nomimate 63 gear inches.

I know that sounds absurdly low to most fellow forumites.

I got that...
04-04-11, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,327
Posted By Ken Cox

Change them both to 47 X 17 for 72.7 gear inches....

Change them both to 47 X 17 for 72.7 gear inches.

For a young rider, I consider 72 gear inches the best all around gear ratio.

That gives you 17 skid patches, but stop skidding anyway.

And,...
04-04-11, 01:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 992
Posted By Ken Cox

If the frame doesn't have any dents and dings in...

If the frame doesn't have any dents and dings in it, it looks like a fantastic deal for the frame set alone.
04-04-11, 10:39 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,249
Posted By Ken Cox

If you want to ride brakeless, gear down to 72...

If you want to ride brakeless, gear down to 72 gear inches or less (I recommend 63 gear inches, 45 X 19 X 28mm).

Ride 5,000 miles a year for four years with a front brake.

Ride the fourth year...
04-04-11, 07:48 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 33,187
Posted By Ken Cox

Continental 4 Seasons: as tough and flat...

Continental 4 Seasons: as tough and flat resistant as Gatorskins and better handling.

Panaracer T-Serv Protex: tough, flat resistant, cost effective.

Continental Top Contact 28mm Wire Bead: one...
04-03-11, 01:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 603
Posted By Ken Cox

I rode with a brake for four years before I rode...

I rode with a brake for four years before I rode brakeless.

If you really insist on riding brakeless at this point in your riding (not advisable) get a bigger cog, like a 19 tooth cog, and,...
04-02-11, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 432
Posted By Ken Cox

When you say wheels, you mean rims, spokes,...

When you say wheels, you mean rims, spokes, nipples, rim liners and hubs.

A lot of variables, there.
03-31-11, 02:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,843
Posted By Ken Cox

I've ridden with the Pearl Izumi Versa Liner...

I've ridden with the Pearl Izumi Versa Liner Shorts:

http://www.pearlizumi.com/publish/content/pi_2010/us/en/index/products/men/ride/apparel/1.-productCode-0257.html

They do the job well and...
03-29-11, 05:04 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,249
Posted By Ken Cox

I ride brakeless at 64 years of age, and I've got...

I ride brakeless at 64 years of age, and I've got great knees.
03-29-11, 01:29 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 17,015
Posted By Ken Cox

I like EAI cogs, a lot. The standard EAI cog...

I like EAI cogs, a lot.

The standard EAI cog does such a good job and interfaces with the hub so well, I can't imagine much of an improvement going to the Gold Medal.
03-29-11, 08:56 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,249
Posted By Ken Cox

I rode with a brake for my first four year riding...

I rode with a brake for my first four year riding fixed, and I swore I'd never ride brakeless.

Then I noticed I couldn't remember the last time I used my brake; and, when I had a new frame made, I...
03-29-11, 07:59 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 5,249
Posted By Ken Cox

It doesn't seem that way to me. I think it...

It doesn't seem that way to me.

I think it has something to do with your perspective.
03-28-11, 10:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,373
Posted By Ken Cox

Very impressive.

Very impressive.
03-28-11, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,373
Posted By Ken Cox

At 72 gear inches I can ride brakeless without...

At 72 gear inches I can ride brakeless without skidding.

However, I enjoy 63 gear inches even more.

Learn to spin by riding at a really low gear inch.

Spin skills transfer to high gear...
03-28-11, 04:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,385
Posted By Ken Cox

What somebody else said: get a used Surly...

What somebody else said: get a used Surly Steamroller.
03-28-11, 04:39 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,656
Posted By Ken Cox

I didn't see that when I read the post the first...

I didn't see that when I read the post the first time.

Sorry.
03-27-11, 02:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,656
Posted By Ken Cox

You don't change every time. You ride the...

You don't change every time.

You ride the same gear ratio on the street all the time (but lower than on the track) and only change when you go to the track.

Half hour job.

How often do you...
03-27-11, 01:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,656
Posted By Ken Cox

You should have horizontal dropouts that let you...

You should have horizontal dropouts that let you adjust your chain tension; and, for large changes in gears, put on a new chain.

A chain costs less than a cog or a chainring.

So, you have one...
03-26-11, 06:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,656
Posted By Ken Cox

Just gear down to 45 X 19 (63 gear inches) and...

Just gear down to 45 X 19 (63 gear inches) and learn to spin.

You can change back to your "velodrome" chainring and cog in a half an hour when you go to the "velodrome."
03-25-11, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,285
Posted By Ken Cox

I did a search of Reminton frames and found them...

I did a search of Reminton frames and found them mentioned on several forums.

In my reading, the people who have ridden them speak appreciatively of them in all regards.

How about a detail...
03-23-11, 08:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,067
Posted By Ken Cox

Phil buys his sealed bearings from someone else. ...

Phil buys his sealed bearings from someone else.

I've ridden through many nasty winters with my original Phil spec'd bearings, and they perform as new.

That said, local friends who ride in same...
03-21-11, 11:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,502
Posted By Ken Cox

If you like gatorskins, next time try 4 Seasons. ...

If you like gatorskins, next time try 4 Seasons.

A better handling tire with as much or more flat protection.

I presently ride Conti Top Contact wire bead 28mm tires.

If your bike will...
03-20-11, 08:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,663
Posted By Ken Cox

Why make it personal? Nothing to relevant to...

Why make it personal?

Nothing to relevant to say?

Just discuss the subject.
03-20-11, 07:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,663
Posted By Ken Cox

The type of handlebars doesn't matter. Where...

The type of handlebars doesn't matter.

Where your hands fit in space, in relation to your saddle and bottom bracket, matters.

Almost any kind of handle bar can put your hands in the right...
03-20-11, 03:25 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,663
Posted By Ken Cox

The type of handlebars doesn't matter. The...

The type of handlebars doesn't matter.

The positional relationship of the saddle to bottom bracket to handlebar matters.

Some shoulder pain comes from having to crank your neck up in order to...
03-20-11, 03:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,799
Posted By Ken Cox

I haven't ridden a 953 frame. The tubing has...

I haven't ridden a 953 frame.

The tubing has all the qualities bentchamber describes, and it has silly-strong numbers (255-290 KSI) compared to its closest competitors, True Temper S3 (150-217...
03-19-11, 05:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,799
Posted By Ken Cox

Titanium, in the hands of a skilled welder,...

Titanium, in the hands of a skilled welder, represents the most durable frame material.

Some people consider titanium the best bicycle frame material.

When designed with stiffness and...
03-19-11, 09:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,799
Posted By Ken Cox

Durability means steel. TIG welding produces...

Durability means steel.

TIG welding produces the absolutely lightest steel frames.

However, with only a slight weight penalty, both fillet-brazed and lugged frames made of the highest quality...
03-16-11, 03:38 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,473
Posted By Ken Cox

If you can't or won't do fenders, but want to...

If you can't or won't do fenders, but want to minimize the stripe up your back, consider Conti Top Contact 28mm tires.

They throw less of a rooster tail than any tire I've ridden.
03-15-11, 10:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,473
Posted By Ken Cox

I commute 15 miles round trip on a fixed gear...

I commute 15 miles round trip on a fixed gear bike.

Best part of my day.

If you think you need fenders and fat tires, get a Surly Steamroller.
03-15-11, 05:29 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,063
Posted By Ken Cox

Riding in the drops represents a mechanically...

Riding in the drops represents a mechanically inefficient body organization.

Track and time trial riders who ride over known distances and for whom aerodynamics matters more than mechanical...
03-14-11, 10:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,629
Posted By Ken Cox

Just retighten your cog and lockring and relax. ...

Just retighten your cog and lockring and relax.

You haven't damaged anything.

What kind of tools do you have for the job?

Do you have a lockring wrench and a chain whip?

You need those.
03-13-11, 01:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,002
Posted By Ken Cox

I like steel Bianchi Pistas, especially 2009 and...

I like steel Bianchi Pistas, especially 2009 and earlier frames.

Great bike with great handling.

I'd like to know more about the Araya wheels.

Which hubs?

Cog?
03-13-11, 01:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 661
Posted By Ken Cox

Depending on rider weight, 25mm and 28mm tires...

Depending on rider weight, 25mm and 28mm tires roll faster on real streets than do 23mm tires.

The 28's offer better flat and cut resistance because, with lower pressure and greater contact area,...
03-13-11, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By Ken Cox

Scrodzilla wrote, "logic rains on the parade of...

Scrodzilla wrote, "logic rains on the parade of upgrading."

It costs a lot to upgrade, and, as Scrodzilla implies, it doesn't make much sense.

When one looks at the price of an entire brand new...
03-13-11, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By Ken Cox

Who pooped on whose party, and in what manner?

Who pooped on whose party, and in what manner?
03-12-11, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 825
Posted By Ken Cox

Upgrades generally represent incremental...

Upgrades generally represent incremental improvements rather than dramatic improvements.

If you had a time machine and could compare a stock factory complete bike to a completely upgraded bike,...
03-11-11, 12:42 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,545
Posted By Ken Cox

Yes, I have the 110.5 spindle, and it puts my...

Yes, I have the 110.5 spindle, and it puts my non-drive side cup non-flush with the bottom bracket shell (threads showing).

If I went with the 108 spindle, it would give me an even number of cup...
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