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03-15-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,645
Posted By Needles

I missed the question about the rear derailleur,...

I missed the question about the rear derailleur, so I went and got one. It says "aRX". I was able to find a stock photo of the 3 wheel version, but it's in a photobucket, so I can't figure how to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-16-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,602
Posted By Needles

Several years ago I got us a pair of Schwinn Loop...

Several years ago I got us a pair of Schwinn Loop 7 speed folders, mainly because they were on sale for $199 each. They are very sturdy, surprisingly easy to ride. I would recommend them as first...
07-20-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,645
Posted By Needles

I call mine my "road bike" but it really gets...

I call mine my "road bike" but it really gets ridden on pavement, gravel, paved trails, and even some very mild dirt--- like all of my rides. I need to put some wider tires on it, though...
07-14-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,645
Posted By Needles

Somebody told me once that "Kamra" is supposedly...

Somebody told me once that "Kamra" is supposedly an abbreviation, or street slang, or something, for "Kawamura" though I don't know for sure. And, yes, the seat tube is round. Since it has slanted...
07-14-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,645
Posted By Needles

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07-13-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,645
Posted By Needles

Kamra Aero II

I thought I'd post some pics of my ersatz road bike. If they use Nishiki numbers, this is a 1985 Kamra Aero II. I got it in 1990, used, in Washington, DC for $175. It fit me. Since then, I've rebuilt...
06-13-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By Needles

If you go down a hole, then climb back out, your...

If you go down a hole, then climb back out, your elevation did not change. Your elevation refers to height above sea level. If you climb a total of 4000 feet, and descended a total of 4000 feet, your...
06-12-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By Needles

I do not see how you can get a 3-4000 ft...

I do not see how you can get a 3-4000 ft ELEVATION change in a state with its highest point of less than 1700 ft. Don't get me wrong, you might CLIMB that much on a ride, though I'd have to see it to...
06-12-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,799
Posted By Needles

It's a good frame, for sure. Kuwahara made frames...

It's a good frame, for sure. Kuwahara made frames for other companies and their own were comparable to, say, Nishiki, or Panasonic. It likely began as a "12-speed" and the original owner added the...
12-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,146
Posted By Needles

I have two Gyes saddles (GS06 I believe). Not as...

I have two Gyes saddles (GS06 I believe). Not as high quality as Brooks, but I find them comfortable, and they don't have "Brooks" on the back, so not as likely to be stolen. They were both around...
12-06-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 19,593
Posted By Needles

Part of the problem is the same as with internal...

Part of the problem is the same as with internal combustion engines vs hybrids/electrics/alternate engine types(Like turbines, or the Rosen bros drivetrain, for instance.) Derailleurs have had many...
12-06-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,970
Posted By Needles

If it's really cold, or cold and wet, I go to the...

If it's really cold, or cold and wet, I go to the gym. I'll do some abs, some weights, and either do the stair climber, elliptical, or spin bikes. I tend to do recumbants in the gym, because the...
12-06-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,288
Posted By Needles

It's a multi-variable situation with the wheels....

It's a multi-variable situation with the wheels. Generally, more spokes = more strength, smaller diameter = more strength, wider rims = more strength, dual wall rims = more strength. So, going by...
07-05-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

The frame was originally ordered to fit. The shop...

The frame was originally ordered to fit. The shop was in Fresno, and had a "semi-custom" fitment guy who got the frame with the correct length seat tube, and a somewhat shorter reach stem, as well as...
07-05-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

I don't think there were any suspension forks in...

I don't think there were any suspension forks in 1987. The long seat tube is due to my 34" inseam. Lowered top tubes were still in the future, too. This one is now a hybrid/city/whatever. I couldn't...
07-04-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

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07-02-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,337
Posted By Needles

The long and short of it

Ok, dumb question time: Does "long pull" levers vs "short pull" levers refer to the lever travel, or to how much the cable gets pulled?
06-23-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

I couldn't find the other fork, so I ordered a...

I couldn't find the other fork, so I ordered a generic cro/mo mtb fork in the right size. I'm assuming Giant used generic parts, for the most part, in 1987. Worst case is I'll have a spare fork.
06-20-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been...

Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been crashed. There is no indication it's bent--- no wrinkled or cracked paint, no misalignment, no deformed metal. On a flat counter, both legs are...
06-19-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

The fork is not bent. Maybe the photographer......

The fork is not bent. Maybe the photographer... No, after 32 years I finally got a new BB, stem set, and swapped to v-brakes. It's a 1987 steel frame. Rides like new... or, at least NOW it rides like...
06-19-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,568
Posted By Needles

Well, it finally happened...

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06-09-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 40,636
Posted By Needles

I am a certified, licensed practitioner of...

I am a certified, licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
05-25-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,002
Posted By Needles

Non Diaper shorts

Oddly enough, I'm looking for a brand of shorts that do not have the thick crotch pads. It seems that everything I can find has this bulky, thick @ssed pad that I don't really need, and that feels...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,391
Posted By Needles

My road bike is an aero frame, called "Kamra." It...

My road bike is an aero frame, called "Kamra." It is a Nishiki design. My understanding is that it was never actually sold in the US. I got it used from a bike shop in Washington, D.C. If the Nishiki...
08-23-18, 09:11 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 12,443
Posted By Needles

One point that seems to be skipped over in the...

One point that seems to be skipped over in the discussion is that epoxy resin is not permanent. It has a lifespan. All epoxy resins eventually reach a point of overcure. The volatile chemicals will...
07-31-18, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,508
Posted By Needles

The numbers for steel actually seem to be...

The numbers for steel actually seem to be somewhat high. Most steel frames these days are pretty old. Two of mine are from 1987--- daily riders. And, when you add the fact that steel frames have been...
09-04-17, 06:14 AM
09-14-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,654
Posted By Needles

+1 (Motorcycle, too.)

+1 (Motorcycle, too.)
07-25-16, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 963
Posted By Needles

Kick its a$$. Use everything you can against it:...

Kick its a$$. Use everything you can against it: chemo, diet, herbs, meditation. I was an ONCC RN for about 12 years. Everybody that fights with everything doesn't make it, but the ones that make it...
07-25-16, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 467
Posted By Needles

Status update...

I've been off here for a while. I turned 60, and my former employer decided not to renew my work contract. (They put all their employees on contracts a couple of years ago.) Anyway, after 16 years in...
07-01-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By Needles

Bearings are a touch too tight. Been there, many...

Bearings are a touch too tight. Been there, many times. Back off them 1/8th turn or less.
05-10-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,243
Posted By Needles

Make? No. I will bend stays on rear racks, etc.,...

Make? No. I will bend stays on rear racks, etc., to make them fit right.
05-10-16, 09:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,856
Posted By Needles

Around here, 30 mph sustained winds with 60 mph...

Around here, 30 mph sustained winds with 60 mph gusts are pretty normal. We just had nearly a week with the sustained winds around 40, with gusts of 80. I have had to replace my satellite dish...
05-09-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,581
Posted By Needles

Look into Keen's, Birkenstocks, and some versions...

Look into Keen's, Birkenstocks, and some versions of Doc Marten's. (I'm sure there are other brands with "oblique" toes. Meanwhile, you can get silicon toe spacers that will counter some of the...
04-29-16, 07:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 12,395
Posted By Needles

The closest I can come to that had to do with a...

The closest I can come to that had to do with a Great Dane. (Maybe just exceptional...) Back then, in the pre-computer world, I was proud of being able to drop any dog I'd ever encountered. One day I...
04-23-16, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,447
Posted By Needles

Good looking bike. (All of the ones above are!) I...

Good looking bike. (All of the ones above are!) I got a Firmstrong Urban last year, and converted it to a 7 speed Nexus rear hub. (Too many mountains here for my 60 year old legs!) It's my go-to for...
04-23-16, 08:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,173
Posted By Needles

Just don't tackle anybody on a bike... :rolleyes:

Just don't tackle anybody on a bike... :rolleyes:
04-22-16, 08:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,310
Posted By Needles

To the OP--- Your numbers are fine, except HDL...

To the OP--- Your numbers are fine, except HDL could be a little higher. (They want it above 50.) Eat an egg. You can also try taking niacin, if you can stand the flushing. There are "no flush"...
04-17-16, 04:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,296
Posted By Needles

No rednecks on here? Duct tape, of course! ;)

No rednecks on here? Duct tape, of course! ;)
04-16-16, 11:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,017
Posted By Needles

Get some Gan Mao Ling. It's a Chinese herbal...

Get some Gan Mao Ling. It's a Chinese herbal formula that helps ward off colds. You can get it through an acupuncturist, or you can get it online. You might also find it at Whole Foods or other...
04-16-16, 11:21 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,812
Posted By Needles

A cougar only becomes a trophy AFTER you bag 'em....

A cougar only becomes a trophy AFTER you bag 'em. :thumb:
04-16-16, 08:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,345
Posted By Needles

Slime. Couple of ounces heavier, but you probably...

Slime. Couple of ounces heavier, but you probably won't have to push it home. Out here, one patch of goatheads will shred a tube, sometimes even with kevlar belted tires. After that, you'll have...
04-16-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,812
Posted By Needles

I'm old enough that those girls would be...

I'm old enough that those girls would be considered "trophies," not cougars... :rolleyes:
04-16-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,812
Posted By Needles

What I know about deer: Whitetails, the buck...

What I know about deer: Whitetails, the buck herds the does in front; Muleys, the buck leads. A single deer will jump wherever it's pointing when it jumps. A herd always goes all in the same...
04-15-16, 07:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,579
Posted By Needles

Squirt gun with a little lemon juice in the...

Squirt gun with a little lemon juice in the water. Cats are smart, but the trick is to make them understand that you are squirting them because of something THEY are doing. Mostly, when you try to...
04-15-16, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,057
Posted By Needles

Except for IGHs, I have Suntour friction shifters...

Except for IGHs, I have Suntour friction shifters on all my bikes. Trimming is unconscious for me--- I don't even think about it, unless noise starts up for no reason. Indexed shifters answer a...
04-14-16, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,556
Posted By Needles

Older steel frames can usually just be sprung out...

Older steel frames can usually just be sprung out 5-6mm on a side, in my experience. Just spring the drops in or out, center the wheel with the chain appropriately tight, and tighten down the axle....
04-14-16, 08:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,843
Posted By Needles

Yep, '06. --- Actually a comfortable ride once I...

Yep, '06. --- Actually a comfortable ride once I put a cruise control on it!
04-13-16, 07:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 17,872
Posted By Needles

Looks good! You can improve ANY bike. I'm working...

Looks good! You can improve ANY bike. I'm working on a Rixe tourer, that I'm upgrading as needed, and as cheapness dictates.
04-13-16, 07:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,843
Posted By Needles

I travel with the folder in the back, but I drive...

I travel with the folder in the back, but I drive a Scion xB--- cargo box on wheels.
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