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01-10-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 14,293
Posted By MKahrl

Schwinn's biggest innovation that we still enjoy...

Schwinn's biggest innovation that we still enjoy today was the Bike Shop! The Schwinn family doesn't get credit, it was one of their dealers who created a clean, well lit showroom where your mom...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,612
Posted By MKahrl

One thing to keep in mind that with plastic...

One thing to keep in mind that with plastic fenders is a stick of just the right size that jams between the tire and fender will accordion the fender up into the fork crown, the front wheel will stop...
01-10-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 968
Posted By MKahrl

Light gray tape and amber shellac will give you a...

Light gray tape and amber shellac will give you a good color match to a honey colored Brooks Saddle (at least for the first ten years of the saddle.)

I find the shellac helps keeping the tape...
01-04-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,163
Posted By MKahrl

I agree completely. The majority of bag mounted...

I agree completely. The majority of bag mounted rear lights I see on other bikes are only good for warning overtaking squirrels. Narrow rear lights that use elastic bands to mount to the seat stay...
12-26-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,183
Posted By MKahrl

That exact same spot has worn out first on a...

That exact same spot has worn out first on a Voler, Castelli, and Rapha after two season's use. A Pearl Isumi made it a couple more years before a similar fate. Meanwhile I have four Blackbottom...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,581
Posted By MKahrl

Can the OneUp carry bikes that have fenders? I...

Can the OneUp carry bikes that have fenders? I have one EMTB and two commuter Bikes I would haul but they both have fenders and was not sure how low on the tire I could go.

Yes. There is foam...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,581
Posted By MKahrl

Exactly how fragile are modern bikes such that a...

Exactly how fragile are modern bikes such that a rack cannot touch the frame? I've used frame clamping bike car racks for 20 years with no crushed anything.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-10-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,692
Posted By MKahrl

Bicycle Quarterly. It's the only one I keep.

Bicycle Quarterly. It's the only one I keep.
11-13-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 582
Posted By MKahrl

Kiwi neutral shoe polish also works great and...

Kiwi neutral shoe polish also works great and those scuffs will disappear. Polish those rivets with Simichrome after you've applied the shoe wax. I've used a Brooks cover on all day rain ride and...
10-09-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,547
Posted By MKahrl

The Brooks leather has lasted longer, 5 years,...

The Brooks leather has lasted longer, 5 years, 12,000 miles, than I expected. It gets wet a lot riding in the rain and really gets wet atop my car on trips in the pouring rain. Abrasions can be...
09-14-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,052
Posted By MKahrl

In all likelihood it is a mid seventies bike. ...

In all likelihood it is a mid seventies bike. When the bike boom started in 1971 Falcon ramped up production and boatloads were imported to the U.S. Especially red ones. A Falcon Black Diamond...
09-02-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,264
Posted By MKahrl

Likes and Dislikes for TdF 2020

Likes:
1. Athletes wearing face masks when not racing. At least someone is leading by example.
2. No RVs or Cars along the course on mountain stages. If you're a big enough fan you will get up...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,015
Posted By MKahrl

This information is 30 years old so hopefully...

This information is 30 years old so hopefully someone will chime in with more recent information. If you ride around the Norfolk and Virginia Beach it's a lot of wiggling around on meandering roads...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-17-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 10,860
Posted By MKahrl

At 64 years of age the O.P. grew up when riders...

At 64 years of age the O.P. grew up when riders had hair on their chests, only needed five rear cogs, could pedal at different cadences and not whine about how a two tooth jump is upsetting his...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,075
Posted By MKahrl

As far as I can tell, for modern shorts or bibs,...

As far as I can tell, for modern shorts or bibs, one year. For shorts and bibs made fifteen years ago, fifteen years.

I don't know how every single clothing manufacturer managed to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-10-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,127
Posted By MKahrl

A roof rack on an SUV might present challenges...

A roof rack on an SUV might present challenges even if you're tall. I'm 6'2" and use a roof rack on a regular height sedan. If I had an SUV I would need a step stool.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-26-20, 07:33 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,346
Posted By MKahrl

I'm trying to imagine what activity requires that...

I'm trying to imagine what activity requires that you take off your bike shorts but keep your shoes on. They all lead to odd or disturbing scenarios. You need not elaborate, we don't need to know.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,839
Posted By MKahrl

I recommend the MKS Lambda or Gamma as great...

I recommend the MKS Lambda or Gamma as great platform pedals. They also go by the names Grip King and Grip Monarch. Use with any kind of shoe with a rubber sole.

The Gammas come with the grub...
05-10-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By MKahrl

The wheels are actually 700c so there was ample...

The wheels are actually 700c so there was ample room for fenders. I thought a previous owner may have swapped out the wheels as I had never seen concave rims as original equipment and the hubs were...
05-10-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By MKahrl

I'm going to guess the Falcon Super Route. I have...

I'm going to guess the Falcon Super Route. I have a white Falcon with the exact same Falcon decal on the down tube, same wrapover seatstays, same Maxi crank, same Weinmann brakes and same concave...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-27-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,077
Posted By MKahrl

Adjustable stems are the result of about three...

Adjustable stems are the result of about three decades of bike manufacturers and bike retailers selling bikes to recreational cyclists with handlebars much lower than than the bike seats. I don't...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-17-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By MKahrl

Roof racks are great for these reasons: 1....

Roof racks are great for these reasons:
1. Very fast bike on and off.
2. You can add a lot of bike carriers (four!) to the rack if you have a lot of bike friends.
3. You can mount a tandem...
01-16-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 420
Posted By MKahrl

I'm biased as I've been on 14 GOBAs but I find it...

I'm biased as I've been on 14 GOBAs but I find it stands up well next to other big bike tours I have gone on. It's a loop tour so you return to where you started by the end of the week which makes...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-16-20, 12:54 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,290
Posted By MKahrl

Bike paths are pretty safe for nighttime riding...

Bike paths are pretty safe for nighttime riding and you'll discover that a wide variety of animals use the paths after most humans go to bed.

If I were a hunter I would abandon camouflage and...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,472
Posted By MKahrl

For summertime, make certain the helmet straps...

For summertime, make certain the helmet straps all fit flush to your skin. They are a great source for wind noise.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-27-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 29,128
Posted By MKahrl

If you rarely use the smallest three cogs with a...

If you rarely use the smallest three cogs with a 50x34 you will use them even LESS often with a 52x36.

Spinning out a 50x11, presumably at 110 rpm, would leave you at 41 mph vs 43 mph with...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,436
Posted By MKahrl

Bike clubs often have a lot of volunteer...

Bike clubs often have a lot of volunteer membership labor that keeps costs down. I helped an 85 y.o. guy mark a multi route century ride and it was exhausting. These volunteers should expect some...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-24-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 700
Posted By MKahrl

If your clearance is tight, you might find it...

If your clearance is tight, you might find it gets tighter as your tire gets older and thinner as the tire will balloon out as it gets more flexible.
11-18-18, 07:53 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 13,458
Posted By MKahrl

Performance Bicycle Bankruptcy

Performance Bicycle Bankruptcy (https://www.bicycling.com/news/a25173842/ase-declares-bankruptcy/)

Any thoughts on a major bike retailer hitting the skids?

I enjoyed their well done catalogs. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-18, 01:53 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 7,731
Posted By MKahrl

I don't see how he was choosing for you. You did...

I don't see how he was choosing for you. You did get to choose. When you could go around him you went around him.

It seems like you're irritated he wasn't positioned in the lane ideally for how...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-14-18, 07:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,896
Posted By MKahrl

You can easily access the pawls and teeth on Phil...

You can easily access the pawls and teeth on Phil Wood cassettes. It's fun to experiment with varying combinations of Phil Wood Grease and Phil Wood Oil placed on or under the paws to create a...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-13-18, 11:09 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,511
Posted By MKahrl

Bicycle Quarterly often rides a bike for months...

Bicycle Quarterly often rides a bike for months to figure out what does and doesn't work and shake loose anything not on tight. Their reviews can sometimes seem harsh and nit-picky but they'll...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-07-18, 07:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,265
Posted By MKahrl

Wallingford Bike Parts (now closed) used to sell...

Wallingford Bike Parts (now closed) used to sell Brooks saddles with a six month return policy. Their return rate was lowest on the B17. So if you're first trying a Brooks, start there; you're more...
11-06-18, 11:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,643
Posted By MKahrl

Real time, where you set your watch by Local...

Real time, where you set your watch by Local Apparent Noon, was what we had when all East-West travel was done at the pace a man walks. With the invention of the iron horse trains were now leaving...
10-26-18, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,293
Posted By MKahrl

Harsh. I won't disagree with you. Falcon had...

Harsh.
I won't disagree with you. Falcon had three frame levels and through a mix of components created many different price points for a catalogue of bikes. I sometimes suspected they were so...
10-24-18, 10:32 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,178
Posted By MKahrl

I agree, dump the big ring. Not easily done when...

I agree, dump the big ring. Not easily done when shopping for a new bike.

This advice is mostly for new bike buyers unfamiliar with gear ratios and don't plan to learn. And that includes many...
10-23-18, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By MKahrl

I don't know the year but my 1972 superleggera...

I don't know the year but my 1972 superleggera (black aluminum cage) had genuine Campy plastic dust covers. While the bike was locked for a short time outside a camera shop in Norfolk VA someone...
10-23-18, 10:03 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,178
Posted By MKahrl

Our bike group leader tries to talk all buyers of...

Our bike group leader tries to talk all buyers of new bikes who are over 50 years old to get a triple. That way they can stay in the middle chain ring nearly all day using the granny for steep...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-18, 08:34 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,777
Posted By MKahrl

Half my friends have a taillight that effectively...

Half my friends have a taillight that effectively warns either aircraft or overtaking squirrels but not any cars behind them. The LED lights used in modern tail lights are very directional and when...
10-11-18, 08:04 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,178
Posted By MKahrl

The one thing big chain rings have going for them...

The one thing big chain rings have going for them is they look great. Nothing compares to a Campy Nuovo Record or Super Record or a Stronglight 93 with a 52t big ring.

I love the appearance of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-18, 12:11 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 45,660
Posted By MKahrl

A gravel bike can be a great choice for the type...

A gravel bike can be a great choice for the type of enthusiast recreational riding you describe.

The one shortcoming I find in many road and gravel bikes is a lack of mounting points for racks...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-18, 09:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,180
Posted By MKahrl

Which stem looks better will never be resolved as...

Which stem looks better will never be resolved as each generation's aesthetics are developed during their formidable years. The quill stem for the generation who first saw this car roll down their...
09-19-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,539
Posted By MKahrl

If, on a scale of 11-10, full coverage fenders...

If, on a scale of 11-10, full coverage fenders represent a 10; then all other partial and quick release fenders exist in the 1-3 zone. They may be better than nothing but not by much.

Put some...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-18, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By MKahrl

If cycling is a significant part of your life and...

If cycling is a significant part of your life and you would like to share it with a significant other, your choices are find another cyclist as a potential S.O. or try to develop a non or casual...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-18, 07:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 11,699
Posted By MKahrl

It looks like it should work just fine. On...

It looks like it should work just fine.

On a positive note I would like to congratulate the entire bicycle accessories industry for coming up with so many ugly kludgy solutions to the problem of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-18, 10:34 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,180
Posted By MKahrl

Does resurrecting 12 year old posts put you on...

Does resurrecting 12 year old posts put you on the road to retro grouchism as well?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-18, 07:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,198
Posted By MKahrl

The one thing that can be said for modern brakes,...

The one thing that can be said for modern brakes, direct mount, disc, roller cam; is that they finally match the performance of 60 year old post mounted center pulls. Match these with aero levers...
08-26-18, 09:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,920
Posted By MKahrl

How late in the Spring? There is a century ride...

How late in the Spring? There is a century ride in early May in Columbus and its greatest challenge is getting trained up in the sometimes cold and wet March and April months. But it's a great...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-18, 08:51 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,397
Posted By MKahrl

This And this. There is a company that...

This

And this.
There is a company that purposely pays attention to wheel/tire diameter and bb drop (His name cannot be mentioned on the 41) and a bike with a low bb is great for commuting in city...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-18, 08:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,744
Posted By MKahrl

Three Men on a Bummel is still an entertaining...

Three Men on a Bummel is still an entertaining book because the comical situations cyclists might find themselves in 100 years ago are exactly the same today and still funny.
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