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06-13-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,284
Posted By Needles

If you go down a hole, then climb back out, your...

If you go down a hole, then climb back out, your elevation did not change. Your elevation refers to height above sea level. If you climb a total of 4000 feet, and descended a total of 4000 feet, your...
06-12-20, 03:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,284
Posted By Needles

I do not see how you can get a 3-4000 ft...

I do not see how you can get a 3-4000 ft ELEVATION change in a state with its highest point of less than 1700 ft. Don't get me wrong, you might CLIMB that much on a ride, though I'd have to see it to...
06-12-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,284
Posted By Needles

It's a good frame, for sure. Kuwahara made frames...

It's a good frame, for sure. Kuwahara made frames for other companies and their own were comparable to, say, Nishiki, or Panasonic. It likely began as a "12-speed" and the original owner added the...
12-19-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,008
Posted By Needles

I have two Gyes saddles (GS06 I believe). Not as...

I have two Gyes saddles (GS06 I believe). Not as high quality as Brooks, but I find them comfortable, and they don't have "Brooks" on the back, so not as likely to be stolen. They were both around...
12-06-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 16,948
Posted By Needles

Part of the problem is the same as with internal...

Part of the problem is the same as with internal combustion engines vs hybrids/electrics/alternate engine types(Like turbines, or the Rosen bros drivetrain, for instance.) Derailleurs have had many...
12-06-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,107
Posted By Needles

If it's really cold, or cold and wet, I go to the...

If it's really cold, or cold and wet, I go to the gym. I'll do some abs, some weights, and either do the stair climber, elliptical, or spin bikes. I tend to do recumbants in the gym, because the...
12-06-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 919
Posted By Needles

It's a multi-variable situation with the wheels....

It's a multi-variable situation with the wheels. Generally, more spokes = more strength, smaller diameter = more strength, wider rims = more strength, dual wall rims = more strength. So, going by...
07-05-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

The frame was originally ordered to fit. The shop...

The frame was originally ordered to fit. The shop was in Fresno, and had a "semi-custom" fitment guy who got the frame with the correct length seat tube, and a somewhat shorter reach stem, as well as...
07-05-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

I don't think there were any suspension forks in...

I don't think there were any suspension forks in 1987. The long seat tube is due to my 34" inseam. Lowered top tubes were still in the future, too. This one is now a hybrid/city/whatever. I couldn't...
07-04-19, 02:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

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

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20190704_142818481_4101cef56168030f466750fa600ce8cd1ff075ad.jpg...
07-02-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,118
Posted By Needles

The long and short of it

Ok, dumb question time: Does "long pull" levers vs "short pull" levers refer to the lever travel, or to how much the cable gets pulled?
06-23-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

I couldn't find the other fork, so I ordered a...

I couldn't find the other fork, so I ordered a generic cro/mo mtb fork in the right size. I'm assuming Giant used generic parts, for the most part, in 1987. Worst case is I'll have a spare fork.
06-20-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been...

Well, I'm the original owner, and it's never been crashed. There is no indication it's bent--- no wrinkled or cracked paint, no misalignment, no deformed metal. On a flat counter, both legs are...
06-19-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

The fork is not bent. Maybe the photographer......

The fork is not bent. Maybe the photographer... No, after 32 years I finally got a new BB, stem set, and swapped to v-brakes. It's a 1987 steel frame. Rides like new... or, at least NOW it rides like...
06-19-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,080
Posted By Needles

Well, it finally happened...

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06-09-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 37,944
Posted By Needles

I am a certified, licensed practitioner of...

I am a certified, licensed practitioner of Chinese Medicine.
05-25-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By Needles

Non Diaper shorts

Oddly enough, I'm looking for a brand of shorts that do not have the thick crotch pads. It seems that everything I can find has this bulky, thick @ssed pad that I don't really need, and that feels...
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By Needles

My road bike is an aero frame, called "Kamra." It...

My road bike is an aero frame, called "Kamra." It is a Nishiki design. My understanding is that it was never actually sold in the US. I got it used from a bike shop in Washington, D.C. If the Nishiki...
08-23-18, 09:11 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 9,969
Posted By Needles

One point that seems to be skipped over in the...

One point that seems to be skipped over in the discussion is that epoxy resin is not permanent. It has a lifespan. All epoxy resins eventually reach a point of overcure. The volatile chemicals will...
07-31-18, 09:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,258
Posted By Needles

The numbers for steel actually seem to be...

The numbers for steel actually seem to be somewhat high. Most steel frames these days are pretty old. Two of mine are from 1987--- daily riders. And, when you add the fact that steel frames have been...
09-04-17, 06:14 AM
09-14-16, 05:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,188
Posted By Needles

+1 (Motorcycle, too.)

+1 (Motorcycle, too.)
07-25-16, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 891
Posted By Needles

Kick its a$$. Use everything you can against it:...

Kick its a$$. Use everything you can against it: chemo, diet, herbs, meditation. I was an ONCC RN for about 12 years. Everybody that fights with everything doesn't make it, but the ones that make it...
07-25-16, 05:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By Needles

Status update...

I've been off here for a while. I turned 60, and my former employer decided not to renew my work contract. (They put all their employees on contracts a couple of years ago.) Anyway, after 16 years in...
07-01-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By Needles

Bearings are a touch too tight. Been there, many...

Bearings are a touch too tight. Been there, many times. Back off them 1/8th turn or less.
05-10-16, 12:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By Needles

Make? No. I will bend stays on rear racks, etc.,...

Make? No. I will bend stays on rear racks, etc., to make them fit right.
05-10-16, 09:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,791
Posted By Needles

Around here, 30 mph sustained winds with 60 mph...

Around here, 30 mph sustained winds with 60 mph gusts are pretty normal. We just had nearly a week with the sustained winds around 40, with gusts of 80. I have had to replace my satellite dish...
05-09-16, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,640
Posted By Needles

Look into Keen's, Birkenstocks, and some versions...

Look into Keen's, Birkenstocks, and some versions of Doc Marten's. (I'm sure there are other brands with "oblique" toes. Meanwhile, you can get silicon toe spacers that will counter some of the...
04-29-16, 07:27 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 11,956
Posted By Needles

The closest I can come to that had to do with a...

The closest I can come to that had to do with a Great Dane. (Maybe just exceptional...) Back then, in the pre-computer world, I was proud of being able to drop any dog I'd ever encountered. One day I...
04-23-16, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,333
Posted By Needles

Good looking bike. (All of the ones above are!) I...

Good looking bike. (All of the ones above are!) I got a Firmstrong Urban last year, and converted it to a 7 speed Nexus rear hub. (Too many mountains here for my 60 year old legs!) It's my go-to for...
04-23-16, 08:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,035
Posted By Needles

Just don't tackle anybody on a bike... :rolleyes:

Just don't tackle anybody on a bike... :rolleyes:
04-22-16, 08:27 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,160
Posted By Needles

To the OP--- Your numbers are fine, except HDL...

To the OP--- Your numbers are fine, except HDL could be a little higher. (They want it above 50.) Eat an egg. You can also try taking niacin, if you can stand the flushing. There are "no flush"...
04-17-16, 04:14 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,094
Posted By Needles

No rednecks on here? Duct tape, of course! ;)

No rednecks on here? Duct tape, of course! ;)
04-16-16, 11:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 954
Posted By Needles

Get some Gan Mao Ling. It's a Chinese herbal...

Get some Gan Mao Ling. It's a Chinese herbal formula that helps ward off colds. You can get it through an acupuncturist, or you can get it online. You might also find it at Whole Foods or other...
04-16-16, 11:21 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,621
Posted By Needles

A cougar only becomes a trophy AFTER you bag 'em....

A cougar only becomes a trophy AFTER you bag 'em. :thumb:
04-16-16, 08:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,948
Posted By Needles

Slime. Couple of ounces heavier, but you probably...

Slime. Couple of ounces heavier, but you probably won't have to push it home. Out here, one patch of goatheads will shred a tube, sometimes even with kevlar belted tires. After that, you'll have...
04-16-16, 08:07 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,621
Posted By Needles

I'm old enough that those girls would be...

I'm old enough that those girls would be considered "trophies," not cougars... :rolleyes:
04-16-16, 08:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,621
Posted By Needles

What I know about deer: Whitetails, the buck...

What I know about deer: Whitetails, the buck herds the does in front; Muleys, the buck leads. A single deer will jump wherever it's pointing when it jumps. A herd always goes all in the same...
04-15-16, 07:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 15,480
Posted By Needles

Squirt gun with a little lemon juice in the...

Squirt gun with a little lemon juice in the water. Cats are smart, but the trick is to make them understand that you are squirting them because of something THEY are doing. Mostly, when you try to...
04-15-16, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,976
Posted By Needles

Except for IGHs, I have Suntour friction shifters...

Except for IGHs, I have Suntour friction shifters on all my bikes. Trimming is unconscious for me--- I don't even think about it, unless noise starts up for no reason. Indexed shifters answer a...
04-14-16, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,622
Posted By Needles

Older steel frames can usually just be sprung out...

Older steel frames can usually just be sprung out 5-6mm on a side, in my experience. Just spring the drops in or out, center the wheel with the chain appropriately tight, and tighten down the axle....
04-14-16, 08:18 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,704
Posted By Needles

Yep, '06. --- Actually a comfortable ride once I...

Yep, '06. --- Actually a comfortable ride once I put a cruise control on it!
04-13-16, 07:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,920
Posted By Needles

Looks good! You can improve ANY bike. I'm working...

Looks good! You can improve ANY bike. I'm working on a Rixe tourer, that I'm upgrading as needed, and as cheapness dictates.
04-13-16, 07:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,704
Posted By Needles

I travel with the folder in the back, but I drive...

I travel with the folder in the back, but I drive a Scion xB--- cargo box on wheels.
04-13-16, 07:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 12,332
Posted By Needles

Don't tell Harley Davidson belts are no good. I'd...

Don't tell Harley Davidson belts are no good. I'd check it out. If the gear hub is 5 or more, or if you can vary the rear cog or front ring, it looks like a deal!
04-10-16, 04:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,236
Posted By Needles

My first real bike was a rescue. It was an...

My first real bike was a rescue. It was an Austrian (Puch?) made Sears Free Spirit a neighbor had thrown onto a truckload of trash he was hauling to the dump. I asked, and he gave it to me, even...
04-09-16, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,244
Posted By Needles

One of the best moves for overall flexibility and...

One of the best moves for overall flexibility and core strength: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=We7jTGkyD84
04-09-16, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,244
Posted By Needles

A trainer at the kickboxing gym told me a good...

A trainer at the kickboxing gym told me a good rule of thumb is 2x/week to maintain, 3x/week to improve. My ab routine is 100 leg lifts, 100 each side leg lifts, 100 cross crunches, 100 bicycle...
04-09-16, 05:27 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 15,432
Posted By Needles

After over 20 years as an RN, I have accumulated...

After over 20 years as an RN, I have accumulated several fanny packs. (That phrase, "fanny pack", means something else entirely in parts of the UK, BTW!) I have cut the straps off a couple of old...
03-23-16, 07:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,004
Posted By Needles

I took the 7 speed deraileur off my Firmstrong...

I took the 7 speed deraileur off my Firmstrong Urban and added a 7-speed Nexxus wheelset that I had already bought for another project that fell through. My hub had coaster brakes, so I removed the...
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