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10-17-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,093
Posted By Gresp15C

New old bike... This was a brown Schwinn...

New old bike...

This was a brown Schwinn World Tourist, until a couple weeks ago. Then I was on a shopping trip, heard a "clunk," and one of my fork ends was broken clean off. While walking the...
10-12-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 499
Posted By Gresp15C

This summer, I decided to build a dedicated...

This summer, I decided to build a dedicated winter bike, so I could keep my nice bikes clean, and not have to fuss with tires every season. The idea is that this bike will live in my back yard behind...
10-07-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,257
Posted By Gresp15C

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/631114-what-p...

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/631114-what-poor-man-s-rivendell.html
09-29-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,678
Posted By Gresp15C

Bikes are not as delicate as people tend to...

Bikes are not as delicate as people tend to think. Practically any bike is capable of being taken off road under a couple of general conditions: 1) We're not talking about trails that are...
09-29-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 376
Posted By Gresp15C

Whatever you do, make sure your son is involved!...

Whatever you do, make sure your son is involved! These days, very few kids get to see a bike taken completely apart! My dad let me watch while he worked on my bikes. Both of my kids have gotten...
09-28-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 466
Posted By Gresp15C

Failure report: Fork on old Schwinn lug frame

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/426x314/fork_61b8bff9a3854a7f3e86e90b8770f7e3a9c6d5f6.png

The picture tells the story. Early 80s Schwinn lug frame. I went shopping last...
09-23-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 636
Posted By Gresp15C

Not necessarily. There are brands that have...

Not necessarily. There are brands that have nearly the same frames for both flat- and drop-bar bikes. Also, if the intention is to shorten the reach, as it is in my case, then the conversion makes...
09-20-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,001
Posted By Gresp15C

It doesn't strike me as rising very high on the...

It doesn't strike me as rising very high on the scale of hazards. With that said, when I'm riding no-hands, I will usually put my hands back on the bar if there's any kind of traffic -- bikes, peds,...
09-13-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 692
Posted By Gresp15C

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op...

One idea is to visit a used bike shop or co-op and just take note of the fasteners on different bikes. You'll quickly identify which tools are ubiquitous, and which ones are more specialized. For...
09-03-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 626
Views: 37,171
Posted By Gresp15C

I think the pictures make a good point that's...

I think the pictures make a good point that's been brought up in multiple BF threads: A bike that's set up to fit the rider, might not look like the bike as it was set up for the promotional...
09-02-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 626
Views: 37,171
Posted By Gresp15C

For some reason, I keep thinking about the...

For some reason, I keep thinking about the ancient Greek myth of Procrustes. ;)
08-31-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,097
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this...

All of my bikes have swept bars now, for this precise reason.
08-29-19, 11:47 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,603
Posted By Gresp15C

Apparently college is back in session. My...

Apparently college is back in session.

My biggest cause of delay is flat tires. Next is misplacing things. Everything else is decimal dust.
Forum: Commuting
08-28-19, 05:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,185
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the...

Just to keep the thing from sliding along the chainstay.
08-27-19, 06:02 PM
08-16-19, 06:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,013
Posted By Gresp15C

Vote with your wallet and your health.

Vote with your wallet and your health.
08-14-19, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 977
Posted By Gresp15C

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it...

Bar and chain lube is chainsaw oil. I've used it myself in the past for winter riding, because I had it for my chainsaw and decided to try it on the bike. I doubt that it comes in a bottle with a...
08-13-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,021
Posted By Gresp15C

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are...

In the same way, road bikes with disc brakes are losing the argument to hybrids, cruisers, and WalMart BSO's, which dominate the market, all of which are going to be surpassed by e-bikes.

A market...
08-13-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,021
Posted By Gresp15C

My family fleet includes bikes that are used...

My family fleet includes bikes that are used during the winter on salted / sanded roads. Over the space of a decade, we've worn out exactly one rim, on a bike whose brakes were neglected and loaded...
08-03-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,090
Posted By Gresp15C

If anything happens from a regulatory standpoint,...

If anything happens from a regulatory standpoint, the CPSC could conduct research to develop better evidence-based standards for bike helmets.

There's a MIPS helmet at Target for 35 bucks. It...
08-01-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 20,208
Posted By Gresp15C

I've rarely been harassed, but one thing I do is...

I've rarely been harassed, but one thing I do is to have a prepared response that's safe and neutral, that I can execute without having to think about it much. I simply slow down. Very few drivers...
07-31-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,031
Posted By Gresp15C

As Table 3 shows, in the sports/recreation...

As Table 3 shows, in the sports/recreation product group, football (5.7%), bicycles (3.1%), and basketball (2.9%) contributed to the most TBIs. Beds (6.1%), chairs (2.3%), and tables (2.2%) accounted...
07-31-19, 09:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,133
Posted By Gresp15C

About the heat gun, I haven't messed with carbon...

About the heat gun, I haven't messed with carbon bike parts, but I sometimes have to disassemble small optical assemblies at my workplace. I've found that for virtually any epoxy, 1 minute with a...
07-29-19, 05:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,734
Posted By Gresp15C

Some of us are amateur mechanics. ;) And I think...

Some of us are amateur mechanics. ;) And I think in general, there's a whole continuum in between "bike owner" and "mechanic," which of course depends on your aptitudes and preferences.

I believe...
07-27-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By Gresp15C

If the threads are boogered, this may be a time...

If the threads are boogered, this may be a time for help from someone who is experienced with the "feel" of re-tapping threads, as it could make things better but it could also make things worse. For...
07-27-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 485
Posted By Gresp15C

There's always the pocket anodizing tool, aka a...

There's always the pocket anodizing tool, aka a Sharpie. ;)
07-27-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,140
Posted By Gresp15C

This study has the same flaw as the famous...

This study has the same flaw as the famous University of Bath study. The test subjects themselves could be a source of bias. What puzzles me is that they could do a purely observation based study by...
Forum: Commuting
07-26-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,061
Posted By Gresp15C

Helmet, lights, a well maintained bike, and...

Helmet, lights, a well maintained bike, and traffic avoidance.
07-23-19, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,083
Posted By Gresp15C

Two very similar products: "Shoe Goo" and...

Two very similar products: "Shoe Goo" and "Amazing Goop." I don't know the difference, except that the latter comes in a larger quantity for less money. I've repaired small dings in saddles with it....
07-23-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,274
Posted By Gresp15C

I used a hacksaw and got it as square as I could,...

I used a hacksaw and got it as square as I could, then cleaned it up with a file. Nobody will ever see it.
07-21-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,026
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I rode a Varsity as a teenager. The other...

Indeed, I rode a Varsity as a teenager. The other fun fact is that no amount of rust on those rims made the braking any better. ;)
07-20-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,261
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view, there are no absolutes, and every...

In my view, there are no absolutes, and every situation is situational. Every street and every sidewalk is its own beast, and it's a judgment call based on the specific conditions.

How assiduously...
07-20-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 548
Posted By Gresp15C

My thought: Since it's bought and paid for, ride...

My thought: Since it's bought and paid for, ride it until you either decide that you don't like it, or it wears out. I've noticed that there are often multiple online sellers with the same item and...
07-19-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,026
Posted By Gresp15C

Rim brakes, amusing failure mode

So I hopped on my bike, headed down the hill from my house towards the stoplight at the bottom, and... no brakes! I squeezed hard, and all of a sudden they engaged -- hard. I didn't crash. My brakes...
07-19-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 11,784
Posted By Gresp15C

I think people are spooked by the heat index. It...

I think people are spooked by the heat index. It used to be, they reported the temperature, and you had to guess the conditions based on humidity, which was mainly a function of your local climate...
07-17-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,193
Posted By Gresp15C

Mine's just a bucket o' parts. ;) The frame is a...

Mine's just a bucket o' parts. ;) The frame is a 1985 Schwinn Traveler (originally 12 speed with drop bar) that I got at an auction for like 10 bucks. Rims are from the early 80's, rear hub is an...
07-17-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,193
Posted By Gresp15C

I have had extremely good results on multiple...

I have had extremely good results on multiple bikes with "jagwire basics road brake pad," which are like 7 bucks a pair on Amazon. This includes my favorite bike, which is a Schwinn frame with single...
07-16-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,259
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't believe you need training wheels. A beach...

I don't believe you need training wheels. A beach cruiser would be fine to start on, so you don't have to think about gears for a while. There seem to be two mainstream approaches to teaching kids,...
07-14-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,369
Posted By Gresp15C

Here's my completely unscientific statistics,...

Here's my completely unscientific statistics, since I've refurbished more than a dozen old bikes. If a bike has 8 bearings, and each one has a 5% chance of needing service, then it's almost a coin...
07-11-19, 05:49 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,623
Posted By Gresp15C

Some soapy water can help.

Some soapy water can help.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,047
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, here's my SS commuter and comfort cruiser....

Well, here's my SS commuter and comfort cruiser. I think I've got about 100 bucks in this bike. The frame looks better in the picture because my cell phone camera blurred out the scratches. ;) The...
Forum: Commuting
07-09-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,047
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd make sure there's a big enough ring available...

I'd make sure there's a big enough ring available for that crank, to provide a decent ratio on pavement. Otherwise, it certainly looks like a fun bike.
07-08-19, 10:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 939
Posted By Gresp15C

If you add one more, people will wonder where you...

If you add one more, people will wonder where you got the newfangled 14 speed cluster. Or 15... 16... ;)
07-05-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,891
Posted By Gresp15C

Starches, and complex sugars like table sugar,...

Starches, and complex sugars like table sugar, are broken down into simple sugar molecules (typically glucose and fructose) before entering the bloodstream
07-02-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,189
Posted By Gresp15C

I like any country where patching a bike tire is...

I like any country where patching a bike tire is part of police training. ;)
Forum: Commuting
06-30-19, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,800
Posted By Gresp15C

I put on dry clothes and have a beer. ;) But...

I put on dry clothes and have a beer. ;)

But seriously, bikes are a lot less delicate than people tend to think, and clean rain does minimal damage if the bike is allowed to drip dry. I might get...
06-30-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 939
Posted By Gresp15C

They should make dork discs that look like an...

They should make dork discs that look like an extra cog. Problem solved. ;)
06-29-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,088
Posted By Gresp15C

Sounds like a "sell what you've got"...

Sounds like a "sell what you've got" scenario.
06-24-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,083
Posted By Gresp15C

My own thought is that the surface of the pad...

My own thought is that the surface of the pad swings along an arc whose center is the post, and intersects with the rim. The dimensions of the rim and post haven't changed over time. The force...
06-20-19, 08:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,871
Posted By Gresp15C

Another satisfied customer here. I've got the...

Another satisfied customer here. I've got the 28mm tires on old 27" narrow rims. They ride great. They don't have the puncture resistant layer, but I don't think they've been any more flat-prone than...
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