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Forum: Commuting
07-31-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main...

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main thing I'd look into is the theft situation in London, as in, would a new bike survive there for very long?
07-31-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 576
Posted By Gresp15C

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape...

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape residue by applying a thin coating of heavy oil -- whatever is on hand -- and waiting overnight. Some folks use peanut butter, because the peanut...
07-29-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 479
Posted By Gresp15C

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07-29-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,114
Posted By Gresp15C

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them....

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them. Basicall I want trouble free.

Sun cr18 seem like a great diy friendly rim.
07-27-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,505
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado...

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado Rockies, and you can see which trails are used by cyclists, because there are scattered bits of reflectors here and there.
07-27-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,505
Posted By Gresp15C

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and...

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and wheel reflectors, but they're too low to be visible in traffic, so I wouldn't depend on them as my first line of defense. Also, bright LEDs and reflective...
07-22-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,365
Posted By Gresp15C

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works...

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works about to about 65 gi. These were the parts that I found in the bin when I threw the bike together, and the ratio suited me pretty well. There are a...
07-22-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,048
Posted By Gresp15C

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into...

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into parked cars. So much light reflects off the glass, and the windows are often tinted. Perhaps as a surviving messenger, you have better eyesight and...
07-20-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,114
Posted By Gresp15C

Good job "taking the lane." ;)

Good job "taking the lane." ;)
07-19-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 415
Posted By Gresp15C

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it...

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it affect you?

I got an emergency stent a few years ago, and was encouraged to get back on my bike within less than a month. And I treated myself to...
07-19-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 372
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd clean them up and ride them until something...

I'd clean them up and ride them until something goes wrong, which might take a long time.
07-12-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,154
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done this with a triangle file. Another...

I've done this with a triangle file. Another trick is to use a regular diameter tap with the same thread pitch as a scraper when you've got it nearly all cleaned up. At most you're going to lose one...
07-10-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,374
Posted By Gresp15C

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with...

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with bikes. Many if not most of them have ridden bikes with low quality rim brakes that were never in good condition or adjustment since the day they...
07-08-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,608
Posted By Gresp15C

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in...

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in City Hall." ;)
07-06-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,666
Posted By Gresp15C

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the...

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the parts on your bike, and take a caliper with you when shopping for parts. And don't forget pull ratios for brake and shift systems.

The different...
07-05-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,556
Posted By Gresp15C

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your...

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your research so you're ready to buy a bike that meets your needs if it becomes available. In fact, you should have two bikes in mind:

1. A cheaper bike...
06-29-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 587
Posted By Gresp15C

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the...

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the brake fluid drool out. ;)
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but...

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but the existing brakes could be overhauled or replaced with higher quality. At the very least, 6 year old pads could be dried out, and the mechanism might...
06-28-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,853
Posted By Gresp15C

REI usually has aluminum cages in a bunch of...

REI usually has aluminum cages in a bunch of colors for a few bucks. We've got a couple, they're fine.
Forum: Commuting
06-25-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,765
Posted By Gresp15C

Most riders learn, soon after getting into...

Most riders learn, soon after getting into commuting. At my workplace, I keep a floor pump and some odds and ends in my office / lab area, and folks are welcome to come and pump up their tires, fix a...
06-24-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 674
Posted By Gresp15C

One of my habits is to make a mental note of how...

One of my habits is to make a mental note of how much my tires pooch out under my weight. That's my gauge when I'm out on the road. In practical terms, my arm strength and/or the compression ratio of...
06-23-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 368
Posted By Gresp15C

To keep us from ordering parts from abroad and...

To keep us from ordering parts from abroad and paying less. ;)
06-22-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,765
Posted By Gresp15C

Remind your friend that he's not a scientist. ;) ...

Remind your friend that he's not a scientist. ;)

On the other hand, in his favor, he's not making a scientific argument:



He goes so far as to acknowledge a difference, namely speed /...
06-22-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,517
Posted By Gresp15C

I've always carried a pump. I think it boils down...

I've always carried a pump. I think it boils down to your personal preference. A CO2 cartridge is great until you screw it up. Same for two CO2 cartridges. There are things you can do with a pump,...
06-21-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By Gresp15C

If you don't sell it, consider loaning it to...

If you don't sell it, consider loaning it to someone who is on the fence about getting into cycling.
06-19-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 5,962
Posted By Gresp15C

The problem with "fault" is that it's either a...

The problem with "fault" is that it's either a legal or moral distinction applied after the damage has been done. And safety involves what you do before the damage can be done. So they are unrelated...
06-15-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,867
Posted By Gresp15C

You're about a year too late with your...

You're about a year too late with your admonition, but thanks anyhow. Most of the cycling world has come to grips with e-bikes.

A few months ago, a friend of mine caught up with me on his e-bike...
06-15-20, 11:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,344
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been working from home since March 10. I...

I've been working from home since March 10. I work in hardware R&D, with about half of my time spent in the lab. I was extremely lucky to be able to throw a bunch of equipment in my car and set it up...
06-12-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,768
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough, downhill skiing is extremely...

Oddly enough, downhill skiing is extremely popular in the US Midwest as well. Sure, I've been skiing in Colorado, and there's nothing like that in Wisconsin. But people love to ski. The local and...
06-09-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 602
Posted By Gresp15C

Squeeze the tire with your thumb to hold the...

Squeeze the tire with your thumb to hold the valve in place while applying the pump head. You only need to get a couple PSI in there before the pressure will keep the stem from getting pushed in.
06-09-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,768
Posted By Gresp15C

If nothing else, integrated sensors would...

If nothing else, integrated sensors would guarantee that your bike will go obsolete in 3 years.
06-05-20, 10:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 487
Posted By Gresp15C

This thread reminded me that mosquito season is...

This thread reminded me that mosquito season is on us. ;)

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06-05-20, 10:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,024
Posted By Gresp15C

The P65 warning is all most of us ever see, and...

The P65 warning is all most of us ever see, and it's a weird unintended consequence that's hard to remove. But P65 was a reaction to a real problem, and resulted in a real reduction of toxic...
06-03-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 5,857
Posted By Gresp15C

Sidewalk riding is allowed in my locale with some...

Sidewalk riding is allowed in my locale with some limits. I tend to let etiquette be my guide. I don't want pedestrians to feel like they have to jump out of my way. I'm prepared to walk my bike, dip...
05-31-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Posted By Gresp15C

In addition to the above, I've noticed that the...

In addition to the above, I've noticed that the older 1/8" Sturmey cogs last a long time. I've never seen one with the familiar "shark tooth" wear pattern. Besides being wider, I think the old ones...
05-29-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,731
Posted By Gresp15C

Good question. Wheel load is how much weight is...

Good question. Wheel load is how much weight is on each wheel. It's not exactly half your weight, because you normally have more weight on the rear wheel.

The 15% wheel drop is how far the tire...
05-28-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,731
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, the gauges probably all contain the same...

Indeed, the gauges probably all contain the same mechanism.

I once went to a public lecture given by Normal Ramsey, who got the Nobel Prize for his work leading to the atomic clock. He told a...
05-27-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,522
Posted By Gresp15C

Naturally, I wouldn't advocate breaking any laws....

Naturally, I wouldn't advocate breaking any laws. But it's interesting to talk about the safety aspect by itself. Traffic laws are mainly for cars. If there were no motor vehicles on the road, there...
05-21-20, 07:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 541
Posted By Gresp15C

Some of the IGH's have a minimum ratio between...

Some of the IGH's have a minimum ratio between chainring and cog, roughly 2:1 as I recall. But I wonder if that's really going to be a problem for the OP. That limit has to be based on the...
05-20-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 791
Posted By Gresp15C

It's complicated. ;) When I first got into...

It's complicated. ;)

When I first got into cycling, decades ago, there was a widespread view that "skinny tires are faster." That view has largely been overturned. Instead, it's complicated. ;)
...
05-18-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,797
Posted By Gresp15C

The only parts of a 26" tire bike that are unique...

The only parts of a 26" tire bike that are unique to 26" are the wheels and tires. There are so darn many 26" bikes out there, that tires will be available for a long time. And how much are you...
05-18-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By Gresp15C

The one on the left has a coaster brake. Can't...

The one on the left has a coaster brake. Can't tell about the one on the right, but it probably does too. So, they should freewheel, but also back-pedaling should stop the bike.

Coaster hubs tend...
05-15-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,140
Posted By Gresp15C

If only we could get these to catch on as a...

If only we could get these to catch on as a fashion trend. ;)
05-09-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,823
Posted By Gresp15C

Walking and cycling are different in a couple...

Walking and cycling are different in a couple ways. First, walking is slower, so the speed difference between you and a car is pretty much the same in either direction. Second, walking is inherently...
05-04-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,326
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, a friend gave me one of those and I...

Amusingly, a friend gave me one of those and I put it on my bike, but took it back off after realizing that proclaiming "survival of the fittest" while contending with traffic might not be the best...
04-27-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 11,334
Posted By Gresp15C

I'll explain my love for vintage steel frames. It...

I'll explain my love for vintage steel frames. It has little to do with the material. My reason is that there was a lengthy span of years during which the component standards were relatively stable...
04-22-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,334
Posted By Gresp15C

Was the driver of the car wearing a helmet?...

Was the driver of the car wearing a helmet? Because like, if he wasn't, then he caused the accident. ;)
04-19-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 686
Posted By Gresp15C

Just guessing that medical technology repair...

Just guessing that medical technology repair might be a decent biz to get into, after the hullabaloo blows over, or perhaps before. There could be jobs with the local reps of the equipment makers...
Forum: Commuting
04-09-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,814
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been commuting with a CB for a long time....

I've been commuting with a CB for a long time. Single speed during the summer, and this winter I finally got a Sturmey S3C working.

When I first moved to town, I lived at the top of a very tall...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-20, 09:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,991
Posted By Gresp15C

From a design standpoint, even if you suspect...

From a design standpoint, even if you suspect that most riders will use relatively few of their gears, you don't know which gears, especially if you're selling the same bike nationwide. And...
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