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06-25-19, 05:51 PM
Replies: 92
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Posted By davester

My bike threw an error code 17 on Sunday. It...

My bike threw an error code 17 on Sunday. It manifested itself by locking up the drivetrain completely and almost throwing me onto the road. Turned out error code 17 is a snapped master link. Don't...
06-25-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 5,789
Posted By davester

I don't understand your point, but these were...

I don't understand your point, but these were extremely common, especially in post-war Europe. There's nothing new under the sun.

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06-25-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 590
Posted By davester

You beat me to it! Actually, the one bike I...

You beat me to it!

Actually, the one bike I can't see ever selling is my Ron Cooper. I had the frame custom built to my specifications in 1981. It's probably the first and last bike I'll ever buy...
06-25-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 748
Posted By davester

I've always toured (since the 1970s) with regular...

I've always toured (since the 1970s) with regular walking shoes (with moderately stiff sole) and clips and straps with the straps always loose. IMHO, even the best SPD shoes suck for extended...
06-24-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By davester

Snapped master link...can I substitute SRAM link on my Connex chain?

Yesterday I upshifted on a steep uphill and BAM!...the drivetrain locked up and the Wipperman Connex chain parted at the master link with one end of the chain jammed somewhat crookedly between the...
Replies: 11
Views: 851
Posted By davester

1. You're in the wrong forum. Go to the C&V...

1. You're in the wrong forum. Go to the C&V appraisals forum.
2. Provide a link to photos of the bike, preferably multiple high resolution photos including at least one drive side shot (i.e. full...
06-13-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,869
Posted By davester

About 10% of my coworkers are also interested in...

About 10% of my coworkers are also interested in bicycling in one way or another. I am part of a group of three who regularly go out and do hard and hilly 1 hour rides at lunch. I'm the oldest in the...
06-07-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,446
Posted By davester

That is going to be a stunning bike, Randy. Upon...

That is going to be a stunning bike, Randy. Upon seeing it in person a few months ago I was thinking "get this thing together...it needs to be ridden". I still have the same opinion.
06-07-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,544
Posted By davester

If this is why you're moving to SPDs, then I...

If this is why you're moving to SPDs, then I think you'll be sorely disappointed. Both my own personal experience (some of my bikes have SPDs, some toe clips, some flats) and various published...
06-07-19, 12:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,021
Posted By davester

Merziac's method has worked for me. Koolstop...

Merziac's method has worked for me. Koolstop sells campy copy pads. You definitely need a skinny bladed screwdriver to do the prying. To squeeze the new ones in I used a cabinetmaker's clamp like...
06-04-19, 10:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,044
Posted By davester

What was not to like? They were the standard and...

What was not to like? They were the standard and they were way sturdier than the completion. You could rely on them holding your bottle and not breaking (unlike the competition).
06-04-19, 10:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 806
Posted By davester

Back before power bars or credit cards existed I...

Back before power bars or credit cards existed I would have a sandwich, fig newtons and some cash.
06-04-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 564
Posted By davester

Your links don't seem to work but I assume you're...

Your links don't seem to work but I assume you're linking to a gear calculator. If you don't need to ride fast then a compact double works fine...I'd tend to go with the 14-32, though what freewheel...
05-29-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,544
Posted By davester

I have clipless SPDs on one road bike, old...

I have clipless SPDs on one road bike, old fashioned clips and straps (but don't use cleats) on two other road bikes, and flats with grip pins on my mountain bike. Frankly, the only advantage of...
05-23-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,271
Posted By davester

Except that their method is totally flawed...

Except that their method is totally flawed because it uses the bogus 220 - age formula to set the upper limit. This will result in most older people training at a HR that is not in the vigorous range...
05-23-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By davester

That was my evil twin.

That was my evil twin.
05-23-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By davester

BITD we used to use fiberglass-reinforced...

BITD we used to use fiberglass-reinforced strapping tape to save a few bucks from that expensive Velox stuff.
05-23-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,543
Posted By davester

My significant other already said "That sounds...

My significant other already said "That sounds like fun", so I'm OK there. She's also talking about driving down and meeting me there (she came down this year and had a good time). That would solve...
05-23-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,271
Posted By davester

It is not an average, and it doesn't apply to...

It is not an average, and it doesn't apply to older people. It was based on some very rough observations of groups of younger people. Once the age number gets large it doesn't really work at all....
05-22-19, 11:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,543
Posted By davester

I think the additional day as you suggest, with...

I think the additional day as you suggest, with arrival on Friday, is a must. Otherwise we'll drive folks away with the high mileage/climbing demands. My experience is that on any tour you want to...
05-22-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 722
Posted By davester

Just be aware that replacing the hanger may not...

Just be aware that replacing the hanger may not fix the problem because sometimes its the dropout that's bent.
05-21-19, 11:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,543
Posted By davester

Awesome! The planning's almost done already....

Awesome! The planning's almost done already. Unless we severely shorten Marinica (which is around 70 hilly miles), I can't see riding into SF on the same day because that would probably put us over...
05-21-19, 09:03 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,543
Posted By davester

I'm already registered and hard at work on...

I'm already registered and hard at work on planning. We need a catchy name. I momentarily thought "Marineroica" but that seems a bit lame, and a mouthful. Perhaps something on the order of "Gugie and...
05-21-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,271
Posted By davester

I disagree. I don't think it works for the...

I disagree. I don't think it works for the majority well at all and its especially poor for older people because their max heart rate calculated by this method is far too low. This means that older...
05-21-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 722
Posted By davester

Those Sunraces are much crappier derailleurs than...

Those Sunraces are much crappier derailleurs than the one he's got. Also, why buy a derailleur when it's just the hanger that's bent?
05-21-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,820
Posted By davester

This is clearly a case of YMMV. For myself, I've...

This is clearly a case of YMMV. For myself, I've tried a zillion different saddles and the most comfortable by far is the Brooks B-17 Imperial. Heavy, but oh so worth it. As they say, it "just...
05-21-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,271
Posted By davester

The doctor friend I ride with tells me that 220 -...

The doctor friend I ride with tells me that 220 - age is completely bogus. Also, there are a large number of publications that also say this. That's good, because my max heart rate (measured through...
05-21-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 722
Posted By davester

Usually it is the hanger that is bent, not the...

Usually it is the hanger that is bent, not the derailleur, so yes, removing the derailleur and bending the hanger is generally the correct remedy. Park even makes a special $80 alignment tool that...
05-19-19, 10:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,469
Posted By davester

I gotta say, the bright yellow color of the...

I gotta say, the bright yellow color of the Veloflex tires in the OP look a bit too bright and it would look better with a more conventional gumwall color. That said, I am not a fan of black tires,...
05-17-19, 04:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,045
Posted By davester

Is this a sign of dementia?

I'm age 65, and I've signed up for the Davis Double Century, which is tomorrow. If that wasn't enough to prove the lack of mental acuity, the forecast is for cold and rain most of tomorrow. On top of...
05-15-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,569
Posted By davester

For those of us who live in the hills, average...

For those of us who live in the hills, average speed is meaningless unless accompanied by a feet of climbing per mile number. Pretty much any ride around here is greater than 1,000 feet per 10 miles....
05-15-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,383
Posted By davester

That is exactly the same as my very first bike...

That is exactly the same as my very first bike (though mine was only a one-speed), which I got for christmas in about 1965.
04-28-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 807
Posted By davester

That thread is definitely giving me some ideas....

That thread is definitely giving me some ideas. I'm also thinking that this is a model for next year's Eroica, based on something you suggested in the Marinica thread (i.e. do Marinica on the Sunday...
04-27-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,968
Posted By davester

I don't have a good feel for where everybody is...

I don't have a good feel for where everybody is located, except for the numerous BF folks I've already met at Eroica. I would certainly love to attend French Fender Day in Lyme, CT but I don't know...
04-27-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 681
Posted By davester

Given that some tires are difficult to...

Given that some tires are difficult to mount/unmount, the picture seems to show that you haven't unseated the bead from the rim first (though this could be an optical illusion). If the bead remains...
04-25-19, 05:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,910
Posted By davester

Why? A vintage bike can be set up with vintage...

Why? A vintage bike can be set up with vintage gearing that is fine for hilly routes. I have two vintage bikes set up with triples and low gears in the 20s (typically 30x32 or 30x28). I rode one of...
04-25-19, 05:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,910
Posted By davester

Very cool. I used to have a Holdsworth (sorry I...

Very cool. I used to have a Holdsworth (sorry I sold it) and I have a 1965 Austin Healey Sprite (identical to a Midget) in my garage. No amps, though I do have a Gibson acoustic that I bought in the...
04-24-19, 11:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 651
Posted By davester

I don't deal in stolen goods or suspected stolen...

I don't deal in stolen goods or suspected stolen goods. Also, the idea of "finding the owner" is unlikely to pan out. I would not give a potential thief the time of day.
04-24-19, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 807
Posted By davester

Fantastic! This is what I want to be doing in a...

Fantastic! This is what I want to be doing in a couple of years when I retire. Note however, that this is a classic bicycle touring rig, not a bikepacking rig. Bikepacking is a relatively new term...
04-23-19, 11:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By davester

I think that these are great for kids who are the...

I think that these are great for kids who are the type to park heir bike by jumping off and letting it crash to the ground on the derailleur side. Otherwise, you don't need one.
04-22-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,164
Posted By davester

It looks great! The only person who will notice...

It looks great! The only person who will notice the seams on the decals is you. I would just leave them as is.
04-22-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 43,955
Posted By davester

Ron was a one-man shop and he lavished care on...

Ron was a one-man shop and he lavished care on all of his frames. Therefore, condition and whether the bike fits you or not are the main determinants of desirability/value. Price depends a lot on...
04-18-19, 02:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,910
Posted By davester

I'm 65 and continue to ride vintage road bikes...

I'm 65 and continue to ride vintage road bikes with drop handlebars, including my Ron Cooper that I bought new in 1981 and my grey and yellow Miyata which is identical (even the color) to Cougrrcj...
04-18-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,184
Posted By davester

By far the best NA beer I've tried is Erdinger....

By far the best NA beer I've tried is Erdinger. It's actually difficult to tell that it isn't real beer. Clausthaler comes in a distant second, followed by the even more distant rest of the pack.
04-17-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,040
Posted By davester

I figure that the thickly padded shorts are a...

I figure that the thickly padded shorts are a response to all the lousy plastic and foam saddles that come with bikes these days. I use Brooks suspended leather saddles on my bikes and for short...
04-16-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,970
Posted By davester

A lot of good advice above, especially using...

A lot of good advice above, especially using different spoke diameters on the DS vs NDS. I'm surprised that more people don't do this since it addresses a fundamental problem with rear wheels. If you...
04-12-19, 04:07 PM
Replies: 303
Views: 14,066
Posted By davester

There are far less people on this ride than at...

There are far less people on this ride than at Eroica Gaiole. I believe that there were around 800 entrants total, divided amongst four different routes (some overlapping) and staggered start times...
04-12-19, 01:40 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 14,066
Posted By davester

After many hours of playing around, I managed to...

After many hours of playing around, I managed to download the videos from my GoPro camera and put together a short movie of the highlights of the La Via Dela Scalatore route, packed into 15 minutes,...
04-06-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,748
Posted By davester

I second the Five Tens.

I second the Five Tens.
04-05-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 303
Views: 14,066
Posted By davester

OK, just received an official Eroica email with...

OK, just received an official Eroica email with the official line that lights are required before 6:30 am.

Therefore, since many folks don't like to carry lights, I'm going to suggest that rather...
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