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06-17-19, 12:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,701
Posted By mickey85

Difference in gear ratios?

Hey all,

I have kind of an academic question...

Let's assume you have a bike with a given set of wheels, cranks, and tires. Is there any difference in gear ratios, if the gear inches stay close...
02-25-13, 01:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,677
Posted By mickey85

I put a set of swept bars on my GT Outpost. It's...

I put a set of swept bars on my GT Outpost. It's not a light bike, but with the stock straight bar, and with the bullmoose bars I put on afterward, you were leaning a bit and could really beat on...
02-20-13, 05:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,559
Posted By mickey85

I don't notice much of a difference between...

I don't notice much of a difference between 700X23 and 700X25. Even 700X23-700X28 I don't find a HUGE difference. That's more noticeable though.
02-20-13, 10:59 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,559
Posted By mickey85

My Nishiki Modulus came with 700X20's. I got one...

My Nishiki Modulus came with 700X20's. I got one ride out of them before the ancient sidewalls started splitting threads, but I didn't find them to be insanely different from 700X23 as far as ride...
02-13-13, 07:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,793
Posted By mickey85

Working on cars and bikes, I use a lot of...

Working on cars and bikes, I use a lot of solvents and such.

If you want to recycle/get rid of your stuff:

Oil - find someone that uses a waste oil heater, or take it to an auto parts store;...
02-11-13, 03:56 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 6,444
Posted By mickey85

I'm from a small resort-style town with a big...

I'm from a small resort-style town with a big lake. There's a guy right by the beach that rents beach cruisers and hybrids, as well as beach-type tandems. He appears to make a killing. He also...
02-11-13, 10:47 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,258
Posted By mickey85

If he likes his Pug so much, why not swap over...

If he likes his Pug so much, why not swap over the drivetrain (shifters and derailers) and the brakes if they fit? Then you can build a set of 700C or 27" wheels to complement the build.
02-11-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 631
Posted By mickey85

I understand that, but standard step-through...

I understand that, but standard step-through frames are generally "square" as far as the virtual top tube goes. It seems just the Mixte frames that have a "compact" geometry...

Case in point:...
02-11-13, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 631
Posted By mickey85

Mixte seat tube design.

I was building up a Raleigh Rapide mixte frame last night (flat bars, VO Model 8 saddle, 3X5 gearing, 27" cyclocross tires and fenders), and started wondering something...

On both of the Mixtes...
02-11-13, 07:10 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 14,163
Posted By mickey85

I own both a Continental and a UO-8 (I believe...

I own both a Continental and a UO-8 (I believe the pug is a '72, the continental is a '74). Between THOSE two, the Pug is about 1,00000 lbs lighter. The Schwinn is a workout to pick up, and that's...
01-28-13, 08:07 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,646
Posted By mickey85

I've ridden a few high-end bikes (borrowed from...

I've ridden a few high-end bikes (borrowed from friends) both old and new. They're nice, but they're not long distance nice. Sure, they're fun from time to time, but not my choice - see my comment...
01-28-13, 06:01 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,646
Posted By mickey85

My favorite bike rolls with its original Shimano...

My favorite bike rolls with its original Shimano Exage group. I only as of my components that they work. If they don't work, they go to the curb for something I know does. Gear range doesn't...
01-28-13, 03:15 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 11,646
Posted By mickey85

I guess it's kind of a goldilocks thing... ...

I guess it's kind of a goldilocks thing...

The best all-out, hot rod, can keep up with anything and look good while doing it, was my 79 Raleigh Professional. That said, it's kinda like a sports...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-13, 01:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,334
Posted By mickey85

I get into the story quite a bit, but as I said...

I get into the story quite a bit, but as I said previously, I don't have a busy or dangerous commute, and, I get into ANYTHING I'm listening to, whether biking or driving, so I don't really consider...
Forum: Commuting
01-18-13, 12:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,334
Posted By mickey85

Most of my commute is wide enough that I don't...

Most of my commute is wide enough that I don't ride in traffic or in the door zone - the rest is empty enough I don't have to worry about much traffic, especially at 6:00 AM.

More to the point,...
01-17-13, 10:25 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,075
Posted By mickey85

I had an AVA stem (without the hole in the...

I had an AVA stem (without the hole in the back...it didn't appear to be the "death stem...) and it snapped at the point where it entered the fork (I had it just further in than the minimum insertion...
01-16-13, 11:03 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,253
Posted By mickey85

I love the Riv ones (get XL's). They're really...

I love the Riv ones (get XL's). They're really comfy.

The LBS has a set of gloves made by Electra. One of the club members has them - they look really nice....
01-14-13, 03:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,082
Posted By mickey85

Ben's has 'em for $45 & free shipping. ...

Ben's has 'em for $45 & free shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DIA-COMPE-ENE-700c-40mm-Alloy-Hybrid-Full-Fenders-Silver-/190773500571[[/QUOTE]

The local store here in Fort Wayne has them for...
01-14-13, 04:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,082
Posted By mickey85

Apparently SKS bought the rights to the Bluemels...

Apparently SKS bought the rights to the Bluemels name...I have a set of 700X42 SKS "Bluemels" on my Peugeot at the moment. They're kinda short, but nothing a front mudflap won't take care of.

I...
01-10-13, 07:27 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,440
Posted By mickey85

Get a Cherokee. I flipped mine at 188K miles...

Get a Cherokee. I flipped mine at 188K miles (the road was a skating rink, and it decided to launch itself into a ditch), and it was still running like a Swiss watch. Then I got an '04 Grand with...
01-09-13, 03:29 PM
Replies: 1,553
Views: 269,942
Posted By mickey85

Here's mine, converted to 650A (not a typo). The...

Here's mine, converted to 650A (not a typo). The front has a rather weathered Panaracer Col de la Vie tire on it, the back has a Bell Streetster replacement while I wait for my paycheck to get...
01-04-13, 03:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,714
Posted By mickey85

Love the water bottle holder! Don't know how...

Love the water bottle holder! Don't know how durable it looks though.
12-30-12, 11:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,481
Posted By mickey85

If you're talking about brakes, cantilever came...

If you're talking about brakes, cantilever came about in the 50's (I think...), and are still relevant on certain bikes, V brakes came about in the mid-90's, calipers have been around for about...
Replies: 72
Views: 6,421
Posted By mickey85

I'm not getting into a 1200, but I'm hoping to...

I'm not getting into a 1200, but I'm hoping to complete the series this year, having not had a whole lot of experience doing distance. Anyway, the Ohio randonneur club is where I'm hoping to get my...
Replies: 49
Views: 3,918
Posted By mickey85

Just in straight commuting, I pull at least 300...

Just in straight commuting, I pull at least 300 miles/month. I'll give this a shot. I'm going to try for every month. Guess that means I need an odometer on the club bike, as well as my rando and...
12-30-12, 09:50 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,394
Posted By mickey85

I ride a lot of muddy forest trails around here...

I ride a lot of muddy forest trails around here with my current MTB (2.1" 26" tires), and could see a lot of use for a fat bike with both summer trails and with snow in the winter (and would probably...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,855
Posted By mickey85

Might be crazy talk here, but you could always...

Might be crazy talk here, but you could always get an older 700c road bike and convert to 650b...

A quick search on Ebay shows a cassette hub 650b set for under $100. If you buy a $3-400 Tange or...
12-29-12, 11:10 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 13,225
Posted By mickey85

I think I'm going to have a bruise on my chin.

I think I'm going to have a bruise on my chin.
12-29-12, 08:02 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 13,225
Posted By mickey85

I adore the fenders on the third bike in the...

I adore the fenders on the third bike in the first post. Where on earth do you get these crazy things?
12-28-12, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By mickey85

Plus, if you strip the rubber covers, you get...

Plus, if you strip the rubber covers, you get nice, slender, sexy looking polished aluminum levers.
12-26-12, 11:28 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,223
Posted By mickey85

I've got Pasela (non TG) in 25, 28, and 32c(well,...

I've got Pasela (non TG) in 25, 28, and 32c(well, 27X1-1/4) sizes, and don't have a problem with anything smaller than pea gravel. Dirt roads, cross country riding in clear woods, etc, all work well...
12-26-12, 07:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,133
Posted By mickey85

the spokes on either side of the stem are...

the spokes on either side of the stem are trailing. I used the wheel in the background as a. model, and followed sheldons instructions. I'm a visual kinesthetic learner, so it was really handy to...
12-25-12, 09:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,133
Posted By mickey85

It's a rear wheel, but it's a singlespeed, so...

It's a rear wheel, but it's a singlespeed, so there's no difference in dish, so no biggie there. I also went with straight gauge spokes, so chances are, there isn't much wrap when tensioning. Looks...
12-25-12, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,133
Posted By mickey85

Well, the lacing was easy...now for the scary...

Well, the lacing was easy...now for the scary part...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/shortymac83/IMAG0219-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v602/shortymac83/IMAG0221.jpg
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12-25-12, 07:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,133
Posted By mickey85

Building my first wheel

With a Sun M13 rim, brass nipples, and a Sachs Duomatic hub. Oh, and plenty of liquid courage. The plan for tonight is to get it laced. Truing, tensioning, and the like is going to happen...
12-24-12, 08:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,404
Posted By mickey85

I'd be happy with an early RRA, a CCM Flyte, an...

I'd be happy with an early RRA, a CCM Flyte, an early shaft-drive, anything old enough to have once had wooden rims and a skip-tooth (In intact-but-needs-rims-condition), or pretty much any 531...
12-22-12, 05:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By mickey85

I've got a million year old can of Simoniz I use...

I've got a million year old can of Simoniz I use when I put a bike together for the first time. All of the aluminum gets Mothers polish, and any part that doesn't move gets Simoniz. Ford-spec wheel...
12-22-12, 05:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,513
Posted By mickey85

+1

+1
12-22-12, 01:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By mickey85

I ride most of my bikes in the rain, they all...

I ride most of my bikes in the rain, they all have chips and dings, and I haven't had a problem with rust yet. Just ride, you'll be fine.
12-19-12, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By mickey85

I've got a cheapy...

I've got a cheapy Taiwanese/Chinese/some-other-mass-produced-Asian-build freewheel on one side of my fixed gear bike. It's loud, but after three years and about 800 miles (I ride fixed mostly), I...
12-19-12, 08:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,537
Posted By mickey85

COuldn't you do a plate that goes right on the...

COuldn't you do a plate that goes right on the glass of a vintage headlight and mount 2-3 LED's with their reflectors, then run the heat sink behind it? If you vented the bottom, nobody would see...
12-19-12, 05:24 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,226
Posted By mickey85

You can get a 6-7 speed with a 13 tooth small...

You can get a 6-7 speed with a 13 tooth small cog. with a 52 tooth chainring, that's 105 gear inches, or 31mph/50kph at 100 RPM. How much faster do you think you can push?

In my club, I find...
12-19-12, 04:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,262
Posted By mickey85

You know, I have one replaced brake caliper on...

You know, I have one replaced brake caliper on the back of my Lenton Sports (a steel one I'd guess is off of a standard Sports), but the front is the original with the proprietary cable. It actually...
12-18-12, 07:33 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,226
Posted By mickey85

the headset never goes bad, or almost never, and...

the headset never goes bad, or almost never, and is replaceable anyway. I keep up with the local club on a steel 12 speed. it'll be able to keep up, unless you ride the tour de France. if you want to...
12-18-12, 03:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,226
Posted By mickey85

You can put anything on an old frame that you...

You can put anything on an old frame that you want. There's a thread here that is dedicated to old frames with STI/Ergo brake levers.

Sure, they came with 6-7s freewheels, how much more do you...
12-18-12, 06:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,338
Posted By mickey85

If you shellac it, the shellac will crack. I...

If you shellac it, the shellac will crack. I tried it on tan cork bar tape, and it was cracking within a week.
12-18-12, 05:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By mickey85

I'm finding that there's a rough spot when...

I'm finding that there's a rough spot when coasting. not noticeable when riding, but there's a metal on metal sound at one point in the rotation.
12-17-12, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By mickey85

Yeah, this one is a bit stiff, but it's working...

Yeah, this one is a bit stiff, but it's working itself out.
12-17-12, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By mickey85

Look under the right brake lever. I've got it...

Look under the right brake lever. I've got it rigged up Clubman style. It's really a handy place to have it. And yeah, the cable runs up the seat-stay to the top tube, then has the housing clamped...
12-17-12, 05:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 537
Posted By mickey85

What do you do with a 27" Sturmey AW wheel, and a LeTour frame?

Convert it! I bought this Schwinn from a flea market, complete, but with rotten steel rims and cheap-o components. I put a set of alloy wheels on it, with a new Shimano Tourney set of derailers and...
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