Search: Posts Made By: Trakhak
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
Search took 0.58 seconds.
06-25-19, 07:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 335
Posted By Trakhak

Interesting that JohnDThompson et al. use the...

Interesting that JohnDThompson et al. use the Lyotard mod. 23 pedals. I had a pair on my first real bike (Helyett Speciale track bike; got it in 1964), but they lasted only a few months before they...
06-25-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,735
Posted By Trakhak

Bicycles are more energy-efficient than...

Bicycles are more energy-efficient than dragsters, which means that you can produce more power riding a bike than driving a dragster.
06-25-19, 07:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By Trakhak

Didn't see the other thread, but if by "died" you...

Didn't see the other thread, but if by "died" you mean that the shifter lever moves but the cable doesn't, most such STI shifters can be fixed by lubricating the shifting mechanism in the lever. Four...
06-24-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,735
Posted By Trakhak

If your cycling intervals don't feel as hard as...

If your cycling intervals don't feel as hard as your running intervals, you're geared too high. It's an easy mistake to make.
06-23-19, 05:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By Trakhak

The Pacer's longer wheelbase and (likely) wider...

The Pacer's longer wheelbase and (likely) wider tires = more comfort. If the fit of the Surly has you sitting more upright, that's another contributing factor.
06-19-19, 07:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 971
Posted By Trakhak

Now laughing friends deride Tears I cannot hide...

Now laughing friends deride
Tears I cannot hide
So I smile and say
When a lovely flame dies
Smoke gets in your eyes.
Replies: 13
Views: 670
Posted By Trakhak

I've never understood why people are so quick to...

I've never understood why people are so quick to recommend cutting out spokes. Guess it feels like being a real pro paid-by-the-job mechanic, where brute force always trumps finesse.

Stainless...
06-10-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,932
Posted By Trakhak

Helyett mod. J. Anquetil Tour de France track...

Helyett mod. J. Anquetil Tour de France track bike, Reynolds 531, tubulars, $125, 1964. My buddy's Peugeot PX-10 was $120. Schwinn Paramounts were unaffordable, at $175.
06-05-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,718
Posted By Trakhak

I remember how different my Bianchi Specialissima...

I remember how different my Bianchi Specialissima felt when I replaced a Campy Record/Mavic MA4 wheel set with a set of Hi-E wheels---their lightest set, with riveted ultra-thin-wall rims and their...
06-05-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,718
Posted By Trakhak

I don't even notice any differences in ride...

I don't even notice any differences in ride comfort between my steel, aluminum, and carbon race bikes, let alone wheel sets, and I've been riding racing bikes for 55 years.
06-02-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By Trakhak

The cog is integral to the freewheel, but the...

The cog is integral to the freewheel, but the freewheel is not likely integral to the hub. Confirm that at a bike shop and order a replacement freewheel. Get the correct freewheel removal tool, too,...
05-26-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,655
Posted By Trakhak

Analyses of power data from highly trained racing...

Analyses of power data from highly trained racing cyclists have shown conclusively that only a very low level of power is applied from the 6:00 point to the 12:00 point in the pedaling circle and...
Forum: Framebuilders
05-24-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,311
Posted By Trakhak

I'd definitely ask an experienced frame builder...

I'd definitely ask an experienced frame builder to look at it before putting money, time, and effort into fixing it, if, indeed, it needs fixing. But first, I'd stick a brand new, correctly dished...
05-24-19, 05:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 885
Posted By Trakhak

Not a mistake. If I remember rightly, that...

Not a mistake.

If I remember rightly, that dropout design was introduced to ensure that the sprockets would be optimally positioned for the then-new indexing derailleurs. The NDS end was milled to...
05-23-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,395
Posted By Trakhak

I don't even bother to cook oats. Generic...

I don't even bother to cook oats. Generic old-fashioned oats, raisins, cold tap water. Ready in 15 seconds tops.
05-20-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,688
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. My steel, aluminum, and carbon bikes ride...

Yes. My steel, aluminum, and carbon bikes ride pretty much the same, because they all fit me the same and have nearly identical geometries: more specifically, nearly identical wheelbases.

If...
05-19-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,054
Posted By Trakhak

Replacing the cassette often means that the...

Replacing the cassette often means that the either or both derailleurs will need to be readjusted, since the new cassette may be positioned slightly inboard or outboard of where the original cassette...
05-19-19, 03:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,014
Posted By Trakhak

Check bike shops near you for one that can...

Check bike shops near you for one that can install the rivnut for you and get a price quote. If less than the price of the tool, have the shop do the job.
05-18-19, 07:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,459
Posted By Trakhak

In the era when the pictured bikes were new, only...

In the era when the pictured bikes were new, only the cheapest of cheap bikes came with all-black tires. I find the look of all-black tires on a nice vintage bike more jarring than a sloping top tube...
05-18-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 604
Posted By Trakhak

Doubtful. Block pedals coexisted with steel...

Doubtful. Block pedals coexisted with steel cranks for decades. Nothing about your block pedal was designed with aluminum cranks in mind. Digging into the aluminum sounds like a good way to start a...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-17-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,268
Posted By Trakhak

Stiff mountain bike shoes can work surprisingly...

Stiff mountain bike shoes can work surprisingly well for walking. Many hiking boots are equally stiff.
05-11-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,476
Posted By Trakhak

You might try drilling the large chainring and...

You might try drilling the large chainring and tapping the drilled holes for button-head bolts. I'd drill the holes where chain guides are installed on modern rings. You could experiment with...
05-11-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,476
Posted By Trakhak

That's a clever idea. In 1974, if I remember...

That's a clever idea. In 1974, if I remember correctly, entry-level Gitane 10-speed bikes shipped with a black plastic ring with a sloped outer surface that was installed between the chainrings. It...
05-08-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 673
Posted By Trakhak

All the braze-on front derailleur fitting I can...

All the braze-on front derailleur fitting I can remember working with were designed for use with 52-tooth or 53-tooth big rings and worked poorly, if at all, with smaller big rings.
Forum: For Sale
05-04-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,363
Posted By Trakhak

You can do eBay searches using the brand and...

You can do eBay searches using the brand and model---choose "Completed Listings" or "Sold" in the left column to get an idea of price ranges. (For example, a similar Specialized Tarmac Comp frameset...
04-28-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,483
Posted By Trakhak

Congratulations to Fuglsang for his "solo" win...

Congratulations to Fuglsang for his "solo" win today. His team sacrificed themselves unselfishly throughout to get him in position at the bottom of the crucial climb. Alaphilippe's team did the same...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,079
Posted By Trakhak

Nice. That Trek-to-counterfeit-Masi thread...

Nice. That Trek-to-counterfeit-Masi thread deserves to be preserved as a permanent Bike Forums meme.
04-22-19, 05:51 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,679
Posted By Trakhak

I had a set of RollTrac rollers in the 1970s....

I had a set of RollTrac rollers in the 1970s. Great design: continuous sheet steel platform with narrow slots punched into the platform to expose the roller cylinders. Very confidence-inspiring,...
04-20-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,483
Posted By Trakhak

The domestique arrangement came about for one...

The domestique arrangement came about for one simple reason: professional bike racing is the hardest sport ever created, far harder than any other professional sports. Therefore, the most successful...
04-20-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 416
Posted By Trakhak

Enlarge the photo, and you can see rust lines in...

Enlarge the photo, and you can see rust lines in the chrome where the forward bend starts.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-19, 03:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,302
Posted By Trakhak

The OP says "I have read that this [i.e.,...

The OP says "I have read that this [i.e., counter-steering] is in fact essential to making the turn."

If counter-steering were essential to turning a bike, it wouldn't be so easy to steer a bike...
04-06-19, 06:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 712
Posted By Trakhak

My Bianchi Eco Pista that I bought in 1982 was...

My Bianchi Eco Pista that I bought in 1982 was Aelle tubing. Maybe my favorite of all of the steel bikes I've owned, which have included a Columbus SL/SP Bianchi Specialissima and several Reynolds...
04-05-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,070
Posted By Trakhak

I always leave on one layer of old tape and wrap...

I always leave on one layer of old tape and wrap the new tape onto the old tape.
04-01-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 483
Posted By Trakhak

It was a thing back then, too: ...

It was a thing back then, too:

https://i.pinimg.com/236x/f0/3c/b5/f03cb554ebec90507de692ba3829d80b--book-jacket-finger.jpg
Forum: Road Cycling
04-01-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,078
Posted By Trakhak

Build up from short rides to long rides...

Build up from short rides to long rides gradually. Also, consider dropping your saddle a cm or so. If it feels weird at first, remind yourself that it's for a worthy cause.
04-01-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By Trakhak

Some aero bars allow adjustments for lateral...

Some aero bars allow adjustments for lateral positioning of the arm pads. Which aero bars are you using?
03-30-19, 02:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 302
Posted By Trakhak

See post #2...

See post #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) from lotek in this thread (https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/365679-any-info-company-called-corso.html).
03-30-19, 02:10 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,328
Posted By Trakhak

Eugene Christophe began his professional racing...

Eugene Christophe began his professional racing career in 1904. Pedal clips were available from at least 1890. Here's a 1900 ad:
...
03-28-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Trakhak

For anything requiring more force than you can...

For anything requiring more force than you can apply with the nose of the saddle clamped in the stand, I've found that it's best to stand the bike on the floor or on a low bench. FWIW, I do 90% of my...
Replies: 28
Views: 2,793
Posted By Trakhak

If you're talking about putting shorter cranks...

If you're talking about putting shorter cranks on, shorter cranks would require raising the saddle, not lowering it.

It just occurred to me that crank lengths of around 170 mm for adult bikes were...
Replies: 29
Views: 3,125
Posted By Trakhak

I'm surprised no one has mentioned using aero...

I'm surprised no one has mentioned using aero bars to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve. I ended up having surgery about 20 years ago to free the ulnar nerve. The surgeon recommended using gel...
03-22-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,300
Posted By Trakhak

Plus, you get to accumulate a pile of flatted...

Plus, you get to accumulate a pile of flatted tubulars during the riding season that you plan to repair during the winter but then toss out en masse in December (speaking from personal experience).
03-22-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 51,220
Views: 6,654,499
Posted By Trakhak

Vintage Trek 560 - Well Keep - $80 (Baltimore, Maryland)

If Trek built the 560 in a size bigger than 25", this looks like it. Saddle is almost as low as it goes for the 6'1" person posting.


Vintage Trek 560 - Well Keep - $80 (Baltimore, Maryland)...
03-18-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Trakhak

Adding to CliffordK's excellent advice, check the...

Adding to CliffordK's excellent advice, check the inner side of the rim walls---if there's nothing like a ledge there (called a "hook" by rim manufacturers), that means that it's a "straight-sided"...
03-18-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 803
Posted By Trakhak

Also, Hi-E showed prototype wheels built with...

Also, Hi-E showed prototype wheels built with aluminum spokes at a trade show in (as I remember) the very early '80s. The trick was that each spoke ran from one nipple through the hole in the hub and...
03-15-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,398
Posted By Trakhak

Back in my racing days, people new to racing...

Back in my racing days, people new to racing would often begin by mashing but would quickly convert to spinning (or would give up on racing).

If you're not racing, though, mashing gears works fine.
03-08-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 51,220
Views: 6,654,499
Posted By Trakhak

I remember that Luis Ocana rode a Speedwell...

I remember that Luis Ocana rode a Speedwell titanium bike in at least a few stages of the 1973 Tour de France (http://www.classicrendezvous.com/British_isles/speedwell/73_TdF_cover.htm). If there'd...
03-07-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,723
Posted By Trakhak

Perhaps he meant 90 degrees plus or minus a fudge...

Perhaps he meant 90 degrees plus or minus a fudge factor.

Anyway, if I had a bike with BioPace chainrings for casual or sport riding, I wouldn't be tempted to rotate or replace them.

After all,...
03-07-19, 06:46 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,163
Posted By Trakhak

Rover - Tony Hendra and Nick Ullett

Rover - Tony Hendra and Nick Ullett
Forum: Road Cycling
03-03-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 442
Views: 24,189
Posted By Trakhak

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x800/03_03_19_g****_75ccad913ea49c4bd80f112095c1056ff6599c62.jpg
Showing results 1 to 50 of 1000
 


 
Forum Jump

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.