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Forum: Foo
08-08-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,399
Posted By Trakhak

Welcome to the future. ...

Welcome to the future.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTe7U92ecX8
08-04-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 705
Posted By Trakhak

I've had this happen to me after rides for...

I've had this happen to me after rides for decades, starting when I was in my mid-teens, some 50 years ago, although I usually don't pass out. Instead, I have to stand where I am for anywhere from 10...
08-02-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 318
Posted By Trakhak

Carrots? This isn't the TalkBass forum.

Carrots? This isn't the TalkBass forum.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 4,883
Posted By Trakhak

One interesting thing about cycling and heat...

One interesting thing about cycling and heat regulation is that I spend the first half hour or 45 minutes of a ride on a hot day feeling uncomfortably hot, after which the discomfort gradually...
07-28-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 574
Posted By Trakhak

As someone who has admired Campagnolo's products...

As someone who has admired Campagnolo's products for 50 years or more, it's slightly upsetting to see a Campagnolo drivetrain referred to as "out of spec" when it's being asked to accommodate a gear...
07-28-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,995
Posted By Trakhak

Oddly enough, you can always change your mind.

Oddly enough, you can always change your mind.
07-27-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,295
Posted By Trakhak

French versus Italian: As reported in an...

French versus Italian:

As reported in an issue of Bicycling magazine published around 1975 or 1976, a Bicycling writer was allowed to wander around the mechanics' stations before a Tour de France...
07-25-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 470
Posted By Trakhak

Brilliant idea, since it eliminates the...

Brilliant idea, since it eliminates the possibility of rocking your hips during testing of the seat height. It certainly makes more sense than believing that leg length calculation results can be...
07-25-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 780
Posted By Trakhak

Treat any mountain bike like a BMX bike and you...

Treat any mountain bike like a BMX bike and you can break the frame easily. GT aluminum mountain bikes were the toughest bikes on the market in the 1990s, but even they would eventually fail after...
07-24-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By Trakhak

The heel-on-pedal method was, I believe,...

The heel-on-pedal method was, I believe, developed for racers during the era in which the heel of almost every cycling shoe consisted of extremely thin leather (or wood) without an insole. Many...
07-23-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 561
Posted By Trakhak

Here's the method I use, having come up with it...

Here's the method I use, having come up with it after 50 years of guess-and-go saddle height adjustments:

1. Find a road, parking lot, etc., that's level and has no hills.

2. Raise saddle until...
07-21-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 895
Posted By Trakhak

I sold Mongoose bikes, including their road and...

I sold Mongoose bikes, including their road and off-road bike, in a bike shop in the 1990s, but I don't remember the Mangusta 5000. Just looked it up; nice bike.

Many riders go all out to pass...
07-21-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 7,295
Posted By Trakhak

Fixed it for you. Kidding. My Japanese...

Fixed it for you.

Kidding. My Japanese Fender Jaguar bass (the first version, with all the switches and knobs) might be the best bass I've ever owned.
07-21-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 20
Me.
Views: 996
Posted By Trakhak

My first thought for a 73-year-old with a saddle...

My first thought for a 73-year-old with a saddle sore: check your saddle height. We shrink as we age. I'm 68, and I recently dropped the saddle height on each of my bikes by about a centimeter. My...
07-19-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 289
Posted By Trakhak

As any coach would tell you: 1-second...

As any coach would tell you:

1-second warm-up - 1-second interval - 1-second rest period - 1-second interval - 1-second cool down.
07-18-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,601
Posted By Trakhak

79pmooney and I are among the very few (I would...

79pmooney and I are among the very few (I would guess) people posting on BikeForums who have been riding fixed gear for decades. In my case, I got my first track bike (a Helyett Jacques Anquetil...
Forum: Commuting
07-17-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By Trakhak

Any synthetic knit shorts or pants will last a...

Any synthetic knit shorts or pants will last a very long time, far longer than any natural fibers. The knit construction makes them air permeable, unlike tighter weaves, and provides about as much...
07-10-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,574
Posted By Trakhak

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that...

Human nature being what it is, using a tool that makes the job harder can sometimes result in giving oneself permission to go easier, knowingly or otherwise. Doesn't sound as if that's happening with...
07-09-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,222
Posted By Trakhak

That setup worries me to look at. I was racing...

That setup worries me to look at. I was racing and working in bike shops when the Super Record parts first showed up, so I'm very familiar with the limitations of that derailleur.

It's not a...
07-09-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By Trakhak

Agreed. Took me a long time to get there, but I...

Agreed. Took me a long time to get there, but I eventually came to the same conclusion.

An additional important factor, I think, is that there's less of a time lag between front and rear wheel...
Replies: 28
Views: 1,199
Posted By Trakhak

I'd consider sending an inquiry to the current...

I'd consider sending an inquiry to the current management of Trek to ask whether they'd like to buy one of their 1980 bikes in the original box. That's a bit of history.
07-08-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 13,226
Posted By Trakhak

Use of steel in applications such as spokes and...

Use of steel in applications such as spokes and bearing surfaces is uncontroversial, as is the use of aluminum in pretty much all applications throughout the industrial world except in threads like...
07-07-20, 06:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 823
Posted By Trakhak

Some low-end English bikes came with dimpled or...

Some low-end English bikes came with dimpled or stippled steel rims in the late '60s or early '70s, too. Those didn't work well, either, which is why they were produced for such a short time.
07-07-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By Trakhak

Forgot to give heartfelt thanks to SpeedofLite...

Forgot to give heartfelt thanks to SpeedofLite for posting this terrific article. Those of us who sold and rode Kleins and Cannondales knew how great those bikes were, and it's great to be reminded...
07-07-20, 12:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 678
Posted By Trakhak

Sounds right. I worked at the first Cannondale...

Sounds right. I worked at the first Cannondale bike dealership in Maryland, and I remember being amazed at how many we sold, given that comparably equipped steel bikes were usually around $100...
07-07-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,866
Posted By Trakhak

Broken steel bike frames...

Broken steel bike frames...
07-07-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,747
Posted By Trakhak

I was joking. There are at least 10...

I was joking. There are at least 10 non-interchangeable 26" tire sizes; e.g., 26 x 1.75 and 26 x 1 3/4 are not interchangeable.
07-06-20, 04:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 409
Posted By Trakhak

If you have ample stock of 26" rim strips, you...

If you have ample stock of 26" rim strips, you can cut them down as needed and overlap and rubber cement the ends to make 20" rim strips.
07-05-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,782
Posted By Trakhak

The only objective of threads like this is to...

The only objective of threads like this is to divide a population into two groups, one of which the OP has judged and found wanting.
07-04-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 5,944
Posted By Trakhak

I am the god of hellfire

I am the god of hellfire
07-03-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 57,523
Views: 8,356,360
Posted By Trakhak

In case anyone else here is hesitating on...

In case anyone else here is hesitating on ordering the Basso, it might be worth considering despite the Aelle tubing, if that's what it turns out to have been built with.

Bicycle Guide did a...
07-02-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,866
Posted By Trakhak

Apparently slightly less famously, it was the...

Apparently slightly less famously, it was the aluminum steerer tube of Hincapie's fork that broke, after a previous hard fall.

Equal amusement can be had by looking up "broken steel bike" and...
07-02-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,866
Posted By Trakhak

I worked in bike shops long enough ago that the...

I worked in bike shops long enough ago that the only catastrophic failures that come to mind were failures of steel frames and (especially) forks.
Replies: 26
Views: 1,126
Posted By Trakhak

Lots of people love the ride of the entry-level...

Lots of people love the ride of the entry-level Peugeots of that era. I think that model was called the AO-8. The UO-8 was upgraded with quick-release wheels; the bike in the pictures has wingnuts.
...
07-01-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 213
Views: 11,900
Posted By Trakhak

True. When a bunch of racer friends and I started...

True. When a bunch of racer friends and I started using mountain bikes for winter training in the late '80s, we all initially used flats. The guys with a BMX background had no trouble with them. The...
07-01-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 4,440
Posted By Trakhak

I briefly owned a first-year Professional (the...

I briefly owned a first-year Professional (the white Tokyo Olympics model, reportedly designed by Cino Cinelli for Raleigh) and an International in the early '70s. The Pro was beautifully built; the...
06-27-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,924
Posted By Trakhak

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need...

I'm an aluminum fan, but aluminum doesn't need fans. The vast majority of bikes sold these days are aluminum. You wouldn't know it from reading BikeForums posts, but steel bikes---and titanium bikes...
06-22-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 726
Posted By Trakhak

Before that rule was instituted, the site was at...

Before that rule was instituted, the site was at times all but overrun with spambots.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-19-20, 01:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,219
Posted By Trakhak

The guy who runs BikesDirect is very smart, and...

The guy who runs BikesDirect is very smart, and he knows his market. For example, he used to list a number of aluminum track bikes that would have made great entry level bikes for velodrome racing....
06-16-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,221
Posted By Trakhak

"You trained your bicycle to dance . . . " ...

"You trained your bicycle to dance . . . "

From Jack Bruce's first solo album:

Tickets To Waterfalls
06-14-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,178
Posted By Trakhak

The best seat clamp designs must be protected by...

The best seat clamp designs must be protected by patents, because there sure are a lot of iffy cheap OEM one-bolt seatposts out there, including the one in the pictures of the OP's bike.

As...
06-14-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,411
Posted By Trakhak

The solution: wear synthetic material, not...

The solution: wear synthetic material, not cotton. Lightweight fleece pants can last years of daily cycling. Some cotton/synthetic blends can last somewhat longer than 100% cotton.

Here are some...
06-12-20, 12:43 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 12,924
Posted By Trakhak

So you had a series of steel frames and forks...

So you had a series of steel frames and forks that failed, and you've convinced yourself that aluminum is the failure-prone material. I know a guy who convinced himself that eating raw garlic is...
06-10-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,964
Posted By Trakhak

With all respect, no, you haven't. The head-down...

With all respect, no, you haven't. The head-down types are unaware of you except when you post your anti-carbon, anti-diamond frame diatribes, where they invariably humor you.

To quote S. J....
06-09-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,543
Posted By Trakhak

Never any supplements for me, unless plain M&Ms...

Never any supplements for me, unless plain M&Ms count. Last time I went to a doctor (around 8 years ago, I think, so I'd have been about 60), he said "You're healthier than 99.999% of American men...
Forum: Touring
06-09-20, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 969
Posted By Trakhak

Great frame. I sold Cannondales in a couple of...

Great frame. I sold Cannondales in a couple of stores, starting back when they began building bikes in the early '80s, when the frame and fork were shipped to the store in one box and the rest of the...
06-09-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,558
Posted By Trakhak

If your bike still has a two-chainring setup, you...

If your bike still has a two-chainring setup, you might consider using the big ring with the middle sprockets rather than the small ring with the smallest sprockets. You'll get much more life out of...
06-08-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,199
Posted By Trakhak

For those interested, you can find a list of...

For those interested, you can find a list of retracted COVID-19 preprints here (https://retractionwatch.com/retracted-coronavirus-covid-19-papers/).
06-08-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,558
Posted By Trakhak

Any guesses how many more times the OP will ask...

Any guesses how many more times the OP will ask the question before finally buying the new cassette?
06-08-20, 09:51 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,558
Posted By Trakhak

The skipping on the small cogs means that the...

The skipping on the small cogs means that the likelihood is nearly 100% that the cassette should be replaced to correct the problem. The smaller the cog, the higher the number of times each tooth on...
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