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03-03-11, 04:35 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

First strawmen, now you are calling me a...

First strawmen, now you are calling me a communist. WTF?

Frankly, I've hesitated to say this on this forum before, but I've always wondered how American some of these posters who insist on...
03-03-11, 03:24 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

Once again - putting words in people's mouths. ...

Once again - putting words in people's mouths.

Look, you all, we get what you are saying. You would lock your $10,000 bike outside, thieves be damned. Just leave it at that, would you? No one...
03-02-11, 09:44 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 32,941
Posted By sciencemonster

\ I've never owned any t-shirts...

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I've never owned any t-shirts (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/7631/531jx5.jpg) printed with a tange decal. Do they even make them?
03-01-11, 07:57 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

I don't think it takes chutzpah. It's no big...

I don't think it takes chutzpah. It's no big deal, and if it is, someone will say no. It's not like I'm walking around the store with a bike or leaving it right in the aisle. Just tuck it away out of...
02-28-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 890
Posted By sciencemonster

I'm not sure how this happened, but my...

I'm not sure how this happened, but my understanding is that due to the product safety commission requirements and just general paranoia on the part of manufacturers, bikes aren't made with toe...
02-28-11, 09:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 890
Posted By sciencemonster

+1. My Competition has close to the same overlap....

+1. My Competition has close to the same overlap. Even if you shorten the fender stays, you'll still have overlap and you'll still have to deal with it. After a while, the only time it becomes an...
02-27-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,407
Posted By sciencemonster

Oh, sorry - I don't know anything about Shimano....

Oh, sorry - I don't know anything about Shimano. I would put money on .2mm x 5 = 1mm spread out over the 7 gears won't make a difference, but with the shimano freewheels I have dealt with the middle...
02-27-11, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,407
Posted By sciencemonster

A 7 speed freewheel has the same spacing as an 8...

A 7 speed freewheel has the same spacing as an 8 speed cassette - 5mm. Don't have to do anything.

n any case, with a SHimano freewheel, you can't really shave much off the spacers as there are two...
02-25-11, 11:38 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

You have GOT to be kidding. I've never made a...

You have GOT to be kidding. I've never made a claim on my home owners insurance - but every time I was tempted to make a claim on my car insurance my agent assured me my rates would go up and it...
02-25-11, 04:21 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

You are putting words into people's mouths. No...

You are putting words into people's mouths. No one called the thief 'right' and no one called the bike owner a bad guy becasue he drives a 10K bike.

At the worst, I've said the guy was foolish to...
02-25-11, 03:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,531
Posted By sciencemonster

Yes, and the one I have also has a stabilizer...

Yes, and the one I have also has a stabilizer running up from the bottom of the bottle holder to the stem, to keep the weight of the bottle bending the thing down over time.
02-25-11, 02:59 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

I take this one step further. It's not enough to...

I take this one step further. It's not enough to just park next to a more pretty bike. My logic is this: Bike thieves are lazy. Bike thief tools are heavy. They may have tools for cutting a cable, or...
02-25-11, 02:28 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

Libertarian -ism always comes back and bites you...

Libertarian -ism always comes back and bites you in the ass! That's how you define it!

I have to agree, and with what Lester says too. It's not like cops can have any hope of tracing a bike. No...
02-25-11, 01:52 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

How can you possibly be down on my analogies?!?!...

How can you possibly be down on my analogies?!?! That is just not right.

I never said anything about laser beams or tin foil (at least, not out loud...) I never said anything about not expecting...
02-25-11, 01:25 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

I've had a bike as my sole transportation for...

I've had a bike as my sole transportation for five years now - in San Mateo, I might add. I don't carry a lock. If I _did_ have to carry a lock, I wouldn't carry it on a $10K bike. When I have to...
02-25-11, 08:43 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

No, I think that is exactly wrong. You park a...

No, I think that is exactly wrong. You park a bike in the same place, same time, all the time and it gets cased. It's not some master thief's MO - it's SOP for a bike thief.

I may leave my bike...
Forum: Commuting
02-24-11, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,053
Posted By sciencemonster

I found the Armadillos too harsh of a ride. Very...

I found the Armadillos too harsh of a ride. Very happy with the Gatorskins - although I use a tuffy in back, just to be sure.
02-24-11, 07:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,025
Posted By sciencemonster

I've got my antivirus software set to block...

I've got my antivirus software set to block anything that costs more than $200.
02-24-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

Exactly. Here's the pic included with the...

Exactly.

Here's the pic included with the press release:

191237

Must be the red spokes.
02-24-11, 04:09 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 5,336
Posted By sciencemonster

I lock up my $10,000 bike out in front of 7/11 all the time...

I get neighborhood reports in my email - just got this:

PRESS RELEASE COMMUNITY ALERT
CITY of SAN MATEO POLICE DEPARTMENT
200 Franklin Parkway, San Mateo, CA 94403
www.cityofsanmateo.org
02-24-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,626
Posted By sciencemonster

I always pay too much. And then I turn around and...

I always pay too much. And then I turn around and sell them for less.

That's why it's a hobby, and not a business.
02-17-11, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,997
Posted By sciencemonster

I find it's sometimes free to buy a bike on CL...

I find it's sometimes free to buy a bike on CL that has one, swap out the seat, then resell.
02-13-11, 08:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,652
Posted By sciencemonster

This is what I do, but I use the screw driver to...

This is what I do, but I use the screw driver to press it on working my way away from my thumb. I don't use a vise - I just kneel on the wheel.

Also, you should double check that the thing is...
02-05-11, 08:19 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,407
Posted By sciencemonster

As the song says, you always hurt the one you...

As the song says, you always hurt the one you love.
02-05-11, 08:01 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,407
Posted By sciencemonster

Is there a humane society for Raleighs? If there...

Is there a humane society for Raleighs? If there is, I'd like to report you for repeated abuse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cTxNlxPasw
02-04-11, 12:47 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,433
Posted By sciencemonster

This is true. I'd play around with making up...

This is true. I'd play around with making up crazy wheels to toy with if I didn't have to spend 40$ on spokes for a wheelset. It puts a damper on things.

I'd love to build up a 700 tubular SA set...
02-02-11, 02:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,534
Posted By sciencemonster

Who makes this one? I've got one of unfinished...

Who makes this one? I've got one of unfinished aluminum, but it has failed from the stress in multiple places...it's really flimsy. Do you know the vintage?
02-02-11, 02:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,125
Posted By sciencemonster

I see your point, but for me, it's the build...

I see your point, but for me, it's the build rather than the bike that moves my spirit. I don't care what kind of machine it is, as long as I get a chance to take it apart and put it all back...
02-01-11, 04:47 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By sciencemonster

The difference is between 5.00 on the cogs and...

The difference is between 5.00 on the cogs and 4.8 mm per click on the derailleur. Over the spread of 7 gears, that's 5 clicks x .2mm. That's a pretty small measure. Less than 4/100ths of inch in...
02-01-11, 10:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By sciencemonster

There are no clicks on a rear derailleur. It's...

There are no clicks on a rear derailleur. It's just a matter of the throw, and it has plenty.

I use 8 Speed Ergo's so I can keep my stock wheels with a 7 Speed freewheel. I use a ten speed...
01-31-11, 07:34 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By sciencemonster

Yes, I use 9 speed chain, but 8 speed works on my...

Yes, I use 9 speed chain, but 8 speed works on my wife's bike. I don't know whether this affects an 8 speed crank, as my cranks are ten speed also.
01-31-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,125
Posted By sciencemonster

If you don't mind - it's traditional to 'yank' a...

If you don't mind - it's traditional to 'yank' a chain, not 'pull' it.
01-31-11, 06:06 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,200
Posted By sciencemonster

You don't say what type of RD you would consider,...

You don't say what type of RD you would consider, but if you are willing to go modern, you can get a medium or long cage modern 10 speed RD and it will index with 8 speed, or a 7 speed freewheel, for...
01-27-11, 07:37 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,487
Posted By sciencemonster

I've done fully loaded touring on my '69. 200...

I've done fully loaded touring on my '69. 200 miles in four days or so. Done 70 miles over the hill to Santa Cruz on it, too.

I used to do 20 miles on my '45 rudge often.
01-27-11, 11:41 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,356
Posted By sciencemonster

I did this with leather tape and fabric glue...

I did this with leather tape and fabric glue (latex) on a bike with Mafac half hoods. Looks great, held up so far. I'm dreading having to take it off for adjusting/maintenance though...I'm sure the...
01-27-11, 11:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,356
Posted By sciencemonster

I do the opposite. Start on the ends, end under...

I do the opposite. Start on the ends, end under the hood, secured under cover.

Electrical tape looks crappy, and leaves a sticky mess when it starts moving. Completely useless for anything not...
01-27-11, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 997
Posted By sciencemonster

Ha! Shouldn't advertise your eBay leads here!

Ha! Shouldn't advertise your eBay leads here!
01-27-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 997
Posted By sciencemonster

Some of the best deals I get are from new...

Some of the best deals I get are from new sellers. If you talked to the guy on the phone, and he seems ok, go with your gut feeling.
01-25-11, 10:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,479
Posted By sciencemonster

Drill it out, and it will pop out with a tap of...

Drill it out, and it will pop out with a tap of the hammer. Way easiest...it's soft metal. If you are breaking bits, then you need to read up on drill bits, drills, and cutting oil. You should never...
01-24-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,555
Posted By sciencemonster

Friction tape works for me. It's not real sticky,...

Friction tape works for me. It's not real sticky, but it's specificly designed to not let things poke thru. It's used on old tube and knuckle electrical work. Any real hardware store will have it.
01-23-11, 01:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 882
Posted By sciencemonster

After I tripped up on an expansion joint and fell...

After I tripped up on an expansion joint and fell on my hand (I love toe clips!) my hand was out of it for months. I met one of these therapists at a party, and she had me down to her office to make...
01-19-11, 03:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,487
Posted By sciencemonster

You should move that pie plate to the front -...

You should move that pie plate to the front - it'll fix that chain falling off.
01-19-11, 08:24 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,039
Posted By sciencemonster

A nuance that is important to acknowledge is that...

A nuance that is important to acknowledge is that if the trademark is not protected in every way, in every case, even from some little collector/restorer guy, then that fact can be used by other...
01-16-11, 08:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 816
Posted By sciencemonster

Cream. It would look fantastic. I'd never pass up...

Cream. It would look fantastic. I'd never pass up a chance to match that steertube. I'd consider a black seat though - white would clash.
01-13-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,411
Posted By sciencemonster

I'm not much on mythology/bible stuff, but isn't...

I'm not much on mythology/bible stuff, but isn't it the Devil who temps with worldly goods? Have you checked your pockets for your soul lately?
01-13-11, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By sciencemonster

My Competition has Campy dropouts - it's not a...

My Competition has Campy dropouts - it's not a GS. My (74) Gran Sport does not.
01-12-11, 08:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,269
Posted By sciencemonster

Post 2001 works, too. Maybe not good enough for...

Post 2001 works, too. Maybe not good enough for Lance in a race, but I commute and tour and I don't notice any problems. I split the difference and use a 9-speed chain.
01-11-11, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,269
Posted By sciencemonster

I don't know if it's applicable, but I've...

I don't know if it's applicable, but I've disassembled several Shimano SIS freewheels (which are spaced 2-teeth apart - 13-15-17- and 14-16-18-) and created corncobs that are 1 tooth apart...
01-11-11, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,269
Posted By sciencemonster

For what it's worth, I have 2 bikes with 8 Speed...

For what it's worth, I have 2 bikes with 8 Speed Ergo's, 7 Speed Shimano freewheels, and 10 speed derailleurs. No issues. (4.8 throw, with a 5.00 freewheel.)

I just got a 9 speed Ergo/derailleur...
01-10-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,433
Posted By sciencemonster

Very good read - two suggestions: 1) Get one...

Very good read - two suggestions:

1) Get one of these (http://www.techradar.com/reviews/phones/mobile-phone-accessories/joby-gorillamobile-holder-658979/review) and use your camera's timer - pics...
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