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11-26-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 456
Posted By aggiegrads

Take off the pedals, slam the seat, and use it...

Take off the pedals, slam the seat, and use it like a balance bike.
11-09-20, 09:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By 70sSanO

Those were terrible shifters, even back then. ...

Those were terrible shifters, even back then. For an indoor trainer, just get some cheap thumb shifters like SL-TX30.

John
11-08-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,632
Posted By Iride01

Back in the 80's it seemed like I was always...

Back in the 80's it seemed like I was always replacing light bulbs in the house. I was convinced I was spending a fortune on lightbulbs annually. After going back through a years worth of detailed...
11-02-20, 01:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By zacster

I would try to find one that fit better.

I would try to find one that fit better.
11-01-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 225
Posted By Tomm Willians

Tommy O Designs custom paint !!!

I sent Tommy a red Giro helmet asking what could be done to give me a US flag/ US Army paint job and THIS is what he just completed!!!...
10-29-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 585
Posted By Bill Kapaun

It's not inconceivable on a 36 spoke wheel, that...

It's not inconceivable on a 36 spoke wheel, that it's laced 4X.
You are counting the 1st cross right at the hub flange aren't you?
Forum: Recumbent
10-26-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 762
Posted By BlazingPedals

You really need your own 'bent, adjusted for you....

You really need your own 'bent, adjusted for you. Since your wife has a trike, you may want to go that route, too. (There are also 2-wheel 'bents.)
10-25-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 8,549
Posted By GlennR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt60Uf2sfZY ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nt60Uf2sfZY

Actually a "smart" person know when to get a professional. Too many will dig a hole, realize they are in trouble and then keep digging.
10-19-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 489
Posted By Phil_gretz

Left shifters are the least critical, especially...

Left shifters are the least critical, especially on a tandem. You have many options that will be compatible with your front derailleur. Pick one. New or used.

Your other option would be to use...
10-19-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 2,784
Posted By Ferrouscious

Properly installed full-coverage mudguards can...

Properly installed full-coverage mudguards can look quite sleek. The key word is "properly". Look at SKS Longboards and Velo Orange mudguards as a starting point.
10-18-20, 02:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,434
Posted By BikeLite

heck yeah..schrader for life dudes

heck yeah..schrader for life dudes
10-02-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 627
Posted By Pop N Wood

Have to agree with everything cyccocommute said.

Have to agree with everything cyccocommute said.
10-01-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 627
Posted By cyccommute

Far less than you think. People like to futz...

Far less than you think. People like to futz with their bikes but really donít need to do as much as they think they do. If you pick the right components, you wonít need to do much of anything at...
09-29-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 356
Posted By dedhed

Older bikes often have the cantilever brake...

Older bikes often have the cantilever brake bosses narrower spaced than "modern" bikes and adding V brakes can be an issue.
...
09-28-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 574
Posted By andrewclaus

Take care to exactly match the the axle thread to...

Take care to exactly match the the axle thread to your cones and nuts. Your bike might have a 3/8" (9.5 mm) x 26 TPI. Most hollow rears are 10 x 1 mm.
09-27-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,534
Posted By delbiker1

Personally, I want a fit that is as close as can...

Personally, I want a fit that is as close as can be to what I ride outside. One can develop bad habits regarding body position, they can be then be transferred to the position on your outside bike....
09-22-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 956
Posted By JohnDThompson

Which of the half-dozen or so mutually...

Which of the half-dozen or so mutually incompatible, nominally 26" wheel sizes are you referring to? ETRTO size designations are most helpful.
09-22-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,697
Posted By indyfabz

I recently finished a 9 day tour across PA....

I recently finished a 9 day tour across PA. Camped 6 of the 8 nights. Locked the bike one night. Never locked it while grocery shopping. Thatís pretty much SOP when I tour.

I had a bike stolen...
09-19-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 347
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If it's opposite of the valve hole, it's the rim...

If it's opposite of the valve hole, it's the rim joint.
Sometimes you simply have a small flat spot that's best to leave alone and not screw with the tension.
09-19-20, 05:26 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 6,750
Posted By DorkDisk

So write your own book on cycling, and start your...

So write your own book on cycling, and start your own bike company.

Rivbike and that book have been out for decades by now. Where have you been?
09-18-20, 03:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 626
Posted By subgrade

Are you sure it is 3 cm instead of 3mm? I can't...

Are you sure it is 3 cm instead of 3mm? I can't imagine a 3 cm hole where tube wouldn't bulge out in a big way (and blow out real soon as it contacts the ground). If it really is a 3 cm hole, the...
09-09-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,167
Posted By BobbyG

You're getting old when you think someone is 20,...

You're getting old when you think someone is 20, but they're actually 40. And since when did they let 12 year olds grow beards?
09-02-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By aggiegrads

Thanks for the update. I really appreciate...

Thanks for the update. I really appreciate people following up so those folks giving advice have a clue if their guidance was valuable.
09-01-20, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By HillRider

+1 I also expect this is your problem. You have...

+1 I also expect this is your problem. You have to upshift the rear shifter several times to assure the shifter is in it's most "relaxed" position and the cable is extended as fully as possible. ...
09-01-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 426
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yes, make certain that the derailleur is in its...

Yes, make certain that the derailleur is in its most-relaxed position (Inner front, outer rear) and that the shifter has paid out the maximum amount of cable; shift several times while pulling on the...
08-30-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 875
Posted By tclune

You don't say how old you are. I am 72, and I'm...

You don't say how old you are. I am 72, and I'm just plain more brittle than I used to be and have worse balance. My increased caution isn't a matter of greater wisdom, just different circumstances.
08-28-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 224
Posted By caloso

Both will fit and it really doesn't matter. Both...

Both will fit and it really doesn't matter. Both expand to fill the volume of the tire. In my experience, it's better to go on the small side because it's easier to fit the uninflated tube in the...
08-27-20, 11:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 844
Posted By Darth Lefty

Aside from the hole what’s wrong with the tire?...

Aside from the hole what’s wrong with the tire? One of your photos looks like the tread is cracked but it’s not totally clear. Why can’t you just patch the tube?

Every major tire brand has a...
08-27-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 986
Posted By GlennR

It's better to think of it as the small chainring...

It's better to think of it as the small chainring is for climbing and headwinds while the large is for flat, tailwinds and desents.

You're never going to move through the gears in an exact...
08-23-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Drew Eckhardt

It's the shape of the depression at the rim...

It's the shape of the depression at the rim centerline which determines how much slack you can create and the resulting ease of mounting tires.

0.010" larger diameter there can mean the difference...
08-22-20, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By SurferRosa

Talking clinchers here... In my experience, it's...

Talking clinchers here... In my experience, it's more about the rim than the tire. Two that are real bears are the Ambrosio Extra Elite and Mavic MA40. Folding tires have been more difficult than...
08-20-20, 07:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,523
Posted By fietsbob

I'd* go expensive on the 1/4" drive, beam on the...

I'd* go expensive on the 1/4" drive, beam on the 3/8" , probably wont need the 1/2" drive for bicycles.

*though after 40 years, a good sensitivity to 'how tight , is right' is developed..
...
Forum: Recumbent
08-16-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 659
Posted By VegasTriker

The only problem I ever encountered with a two...

The only problem I ever encountered with a two wheeled recumbent was the handling at very slow speeds. If you are on a very crowded MUP that may be a problem. It was less so for me because the MUPs...
08-14-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,241
Posted By Daniel4

Another dog story

My usual park trail takes me through a short tunnel under a highway. When I emerged from the tunnel, there was an unleashed beagle running around. It started chasing me so I slowed down. Its owner...
08-14-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By _ForceD_

Before you spray...I would suggest looking into...

Before you spray...I would suggest looking into powder coating (unless you want to do multiple colors...I don't think that's possible). For the price...I paid $150 and that included the sandblasting...
08-11-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,802
Posted By pdlamb

I've never understood the antagonism against...

I've never understood the antagonism against tensiometers. It's a tool (Tim from Tooltalk: More Power!), like a torque wrench. After someone has built a certain number of bike wheels, or tightened...
08-10-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By 70sSanO

Never a waste of time, especially when it is...

Never a waste of time, especially when it is something out of the ordinary that was solved.

John
08-09-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,381
Posted By alcjphil

These statements are telling. First, find out ...

These statements are telling. First, find out what exact bike and what size you are dealing with. It is possibly the wrong size for you
Your husband says you are not sitting properly? What does...
08-09-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,433
Posted By rydabent

Back in the days of the 10 speeds, a rider had to...

Back in the days of the 10 speeds, a rider had to do a few double shifts to get progression. That meant he had to shift both the derailer and the chain rings. Really dumb IMO.

As I have posted...
08-08-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By cyccommute

A properly built wheel shouldn’t require a...

A properly built wheel shouldn’t require a quarter turn at any point in it’s life. A quarter turn of a spoke nipple is a major adjustment. The problem with most machine built wheels is that they...
08-07-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 704
Posted By RiceAWay

My experience is that machine build wheels are...

My experience is that machine build wheels are generally better than those build by a man and I build wheels all the time - or did until good wheels became cheaper than buying a set of good spokes.
08-05-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,158
Posted By AdkMtnMonster

This thread would be far less creepy if it wasn't...

This thread would be far less creepy if it wasn't in the fat old men's section. Just sayin.
07-31-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Much depends on how many spokes the wheel has,...

Much depends on how many spokes the wheel has, your riding style and your weight.
Likely it's just a "standard" 14 gauge nipple for a 2mm diameter spoke.

IF one came entirely loose, your other...
07-30-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 529
Posted By dsbrantjr

Since you only have one front gear there is no...

Since you only have one front gear there is no choice. Shift your rear to easier/larger cogs when climbing. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears.html
Forum: Recumbent
07-29-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 921
Posted By BlazingPedals

What do you want out of the bike? Speed? Touring?...

What do you want out of the bike? Speed? Touring? Plodding on the MUP? Answering that might indicate the options you could consider.
07-28-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 422
Posted By 70sSanO

Replace the chain. You are already going to...

Replace the chain. You are already going to replace the chainrings and cassette. You would be foolish to run an old chain with a new drivetrain.

If the chain length was correct for 48/32 there...
07-20-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 267
Posted By shelbyfv

Take it to the shop. You will bugger it up if you...

Take it to the shop. You will bugger it up if you keep riding with a loose headset.
07-19-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 818
Posted By dedhed

See above. The crank arm fell off. This...

See above.

The crank arm fell off. This usually means the tapered fit to the spindle is compromised and a new crank is usually the best option as the old arm will continue to loosen up when...
Forum: Recumbent
07-14-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By BlazingPedals

As a rule of thumb, tadpole trikes (2 wheels in...

As a rule of thumb, tadpole trikes (2 wheels in front) are generally lower to the ground than delta trikes (2 wheels in back.) Tadpole trikes are the most popular style, at least in the US, because...
07-02-20, 08:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By Miele Man

A slightly out of true front wheel with a brake...

A slightly out of true front wheel with a brake pad a little too high so that it rubs the tire in that area? I'd check my brake pads to make sure they do not touch the edge of the tire when the brake...
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