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Forum: Commuting
10-20-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 116
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been using a Wald 585 non-folding basket for...

I've been using a Wald 585 non-folding basket for upwards of 20 years. I attach it to the side of my rack with stainless hose clamps.

I've always preferred a basket over anything else, as I can...
10-19-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By Gresp15C

Mine just goes into the garage. However, I...

Mine just goes into the garage. However, I started doing something last winter. I fill a 2 gallon watering can from my garden, and keep it in the garage, to rinse off my bike if needed. That way, I...
10-18-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 790
Posted By Gresp15C

Consider the season. Winter is a good time to...

Consider the season. Winter is a good time to take a bike in, if you're not planning on riding it in cold weather, though Abilene should be fine year-round. (I lived in Fort Worth for a while)....
10-17-19, 06:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,165
Posted By Gresp15C

New old bike... This was a brown Schwinn...

New old bike...

This was a brown Schwinn World Tourist, until a couple weeks ago. Then I was on a shopping trip, heard a "clunk," and one of my fork ends was broken clean off. While walking the...
10-16-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By Gresp15C

Yikes, that's a blowout waiting to happen. This...

Yikes, that's a blowout waiting to happen. This calls for new tires.
10-16-19, 05:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 454
Posted By Gresp15C

+1 for Kool Stop. We actually had a pair of...

+1 for Kool Stop.

We actually had a pair of tires that we could not install. They were super tight tires, on tubeless-ready rims. Fortunately the shop gave us a refund, as they had not touched...
10-15-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,116
Posted By Gresp15C

Sorry you had to go through so many tubes, but...

Sorry you had to go through so many tubes, but it's good that you're on the right track now. I'll vote in agreement about using the Rema kit. I have tubes with multiple Rema patches, that I trust...
10-13-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,713
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm with you on this. I've had much better...

I'm with you on this. I've had much better results with tubes that nearly fill the tire before inflating. They're possibly heavier, something that wouldn't affect my riding very much.
10-13-19, 11:59 AM
10-13-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 541
Posted By Gresp15C

I've got a Diamondback Haanjo Metro, which is a...

I've got a Diamondback Haanjo Metro, which is a flat bar version of the Haanjo 2. And a friend of mine has the Haanjo 2. It's certainly a quality bike. I use it for almost exactly the kinds of riding...
10-12-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 355
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm building my own truing stand right now. I'll...

I'm building my own truing stand right now. I'll post pics when I'm done. Meanwhile, I'll share one idea. Everybody's got spare axles and cones. I threaded spare cones onto the exposed threads of a...
10-12-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,713
Posted By Gresp15C

That looks pretty cool. My only gripe, being the...

That looks pretty cool. My only gripe, being the tightwad that I am, is that they're self adhesive, meaning you throw them away when your tires wear out. I re-used a set of Mr. Tuffy through multiple...
10-12-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 640
Posted By Gresp15C

This summer, I decided to build a dedicated...

This summer, I decided to build a dedicated winter bike, so I could keep my nice bikes clean, and not have to fuss with tires every season. The idea is that this bike will live in my back yard behind...
10-09-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Gresp15C

Guitar tuner? Wasn't the guitar tuned at the...

Guitar tuner? Wasn't the guitar tuned at the factory?

(Just a joke -- I'm a bass player).
10-08-19, 09:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 478
Posted By Gresp15C

Moving the sensor to a larger radius on the wheel...

Moving the sensor to a larger radius on the wheel will increase the strength of the signal, if nothing else.
10-08-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,863
Posted By Gresp15C

I ride for the smugness.

I ride for the smugness.
10-07-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 501
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, brass repair techniques completely...

Indeed, brass repair techniques completely revolve around the properties of that material. I just offered it for amusement.
10-07-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 501
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe some useful tips in here. :) ...

Maybe some useful tips in here. :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wflildRmcJw
10-07-19, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,538
Posted By Gresp15C

Hey, Detroit has some of the best tap water in...

Hey, Detroit has some of the best tap water in the world, straight from Lake Huron. The problem in Flint was that changing the composition of the water caused a chemical reaction in the lead pipes.
10-07-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 524
Posted By Gresp15C

The big question is drops versus upright bars....

The big question is drops versus upright bars. Can you ride drops comfortably? Can you borrow a drop bar bike for a week or two and find out?
10-07-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,156
Posted By Gresp15C

Are the frame and fork intact? When my fork...

Are the frame and fork intact? When my fork broke, it was beyond my imagination, so I wound up checking a lot of arcane things before noticing the obvious.
10-07-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,268
Posted By Gresp15C

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/631114-what-p...

https://www.bikeforums.net/commuting/631114-what-poor-man-s-rivendell.html
10-06-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 976
Posted By Gresp15C

I was in kind of a similar boat a couple years...

I was in kind of a similar boat a couple years ago, as I had been getting around on old bikes that I had thrown together from parts. Some things have changed, other things have stayed the same....
Forum: Framebuilders
10-05-19, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 174
Posted By Gresp15C

Good silver solder melting temp

Not frame related, but I figure you folks would know. I ran out of silver solder and don't know what's a good melting point to use. It will mainly be for small home repairs and the like, with either...
10-05-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 620
Posted By Gresp15C

With installation? Granted, my criteria may...

With installation?

Granted, my criteria may be more related to searching through bins of used parts. But I would look for two things: First is a drive side crank arm, where the arm and the spider...
10-03-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,514
Posted By Gresp15C

I hope you get a chance to post a picture soon. I...

I hope you get a chance to post a picture soon. I have put custom ends on cables. I wouldn't feel comfortable recommending it for a brake cable, but it might be OK for a shift cable.
10-03-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

It's a Schwinn World Tourist, maybe 1981 or 1982...

It's a Schwinn World Tourist, maybe 1981 or 1982 (I think the serial and head badge disagree). From what I've read, it was made by Giant.
Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,783
Posted By Gresp15C

Innertubes also make a good frame protector if...

Innertubes also make a good frame protector if you're consistently leaning your bike against something like a metal pole or rack.
Forum: Commuting
10-02-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,783
Posted By Gresp15C

My hacks: Electrical fittings (p clamps,...

My hacks:

Electrical fittings (p clamps, conduit hangers) for attaching racks and chain guards on bikes that don't have eyelets.

Innertube rubber for bungee's and shims.
10-01-19, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 314
Posted By Gresp15C

If they are friction shifters, I imagine that you...

If they are friction shifters, I imagine that you could swap left and right, if I'm thinking correctly.
09-30-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

The history, as I understand it, is that the bike...

The history, as I understand it, is that the bike companies were keeping records of front wheel detachment failures, possibly along with other kinds of bike failures. Some of these failures probably...
09-30-19, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

This failure was certainly of the anticlimactic...

This failure was certainly of the anticlimactic variety, though I'd prefer to have caught it before it actually broke. The retaining clip doesn't seem like the best possible design. I have one...
09-29-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,728
Posted By Gresp15C

Bikes are not as delicate as people tend to...

Bikes are not as delicate as people tend to think. Practically any bike is capable of being taken off road under a couple of general conditions: 1) We're not talking about trails that are...
09-29-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 386
Posted By Gresp15C

Whatever you do, make sure your son is involved!...

Whatever you do, make sure your son is involved! These days, very few kids get to see a bike taken completely apart! My dad let me watch while he worked on my bikes. Both of my kids have gotten...
09-29-19, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 386
Posted By Gresp15C

Almost 50 years ago, my dad used Rust-Oleum, with...

Almost 50 years ago, my dad used Rust-Oleum, with a brush. The bikes that my brothers and I rode were probably second-hand. I kinda doubt that he stripped the bikes down to the brass tacks before...
09-28-19, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 477
Posted By Gresp15C

Failure report: Fork on old Schwinn lug frame

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/426x314/fork_61b8bff9a3854a7f3e86e90b8770f7e3a9c6d5f6.png

The picture tells the story. Early 80s Schwinn lug frame. I went shopping last...
09-28-19, 08:09 AM
09-27-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 695
Views: 40,209
Posted By Gresp15C

Check out FSA Metropolis. I'm happy with mine. I...

Check out FSA Metropolis. I'm happy with mine. I don't know if they are "mountain bike" bars per se, but I'm happy with mine. For real mountain biking, there might be a downside to having too much...
09-27-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 751
Posted By Gresp15C

My commuter has a Sturmey Archer AW 3-speed hub...

My commuter has a Sturmey Archer AW 3-speed hub from the early 1960s. Changing a tire is easy. I've had numerous flats, and have always just fixed them and kept riding.

My practice is to unscrew...
09-23-19, 09:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By Gresp15C

Not necessarily. There are brands that have...

Not necessarily. There are brands that have nearly the same frames for both flat- and drop-bar bikes. Also, if the intention is to shorten the reach, as it is in my case, then the conversion makes...
09-23-19, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 638
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars, including my...

All of my bikes have swept bars, including my "road" bike. I think that folks with neck and shoulder issues can benefit from a shorter cockpit, but it varies from one person to another, and...
09-23-19, 06:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 530
Posted By Gresp15C

My family took a vacation to Scotland last year....

My family took a vacation to Scotland last year. You could go from bumper-to-bumper crowded, to totally empty, in about 1/2 a mile. One thing I noticed was that the popular tourist destinations are...
09-22-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,289
Posted By Gresp15C

My town is relatively low crime, for being a mid...

My town is relatively low crime, for being a mid sized city and all. Our rural areas are not exactly crime free, but crimes and injuries tend to involve alcohol, drugs, firearms, and internal...
09-22-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,028
Posted By Gresp15C

Update! There were Koolstops on one of the bikes...

Update! There were Koolstops on one of the bikes all along. They were just totally black on the outside from buildup of gunk, and I never looked at them closely. But the braking surfaces were nice...
09-21-19, 08:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the plan. Unfortunately, there's not a...

That's the plan. Unfortunately, there's not a huge selection of 650b tires out there. The interesting thing is that the bike accommodates 700c wheels, and an option is to build a set of wheels that...
09-20-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Gresp15C

Didn't take long to try the Kapton. Tires still...

Didn't take long to try the Kapton. Tires still no fit. I can't get the rear one on at all. I used soap water on the front, but at this point don't want to get the tires all soapy in case the shop...
09-20-19, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Gresp15C

The tape that was in there, is fairly thin but...

The tape that was in there, is fairly thin but not tubeless ready. It has no adhesive. We had to replace it in the rear, because the tape was bunched up and didn't cover the spoke holes, and we can't...
09-20-19, 07:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 797
Posted By Gresp15C

Why are new tires so tight?

My spouse has a nearly new Surly Straggler with 650b wheels. It had "Surly Knard" tires on it. She decided that she wanted to try tires with a smooth tread. The shop recommended a pair of Compass...
09-20-19, 06:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,371
Posted By Gresp15C

Ride with other people who are at or slightly...

Ride with other people who are at or slightly above your level of ability. I'm nowhere close to being competitive on any bike, but I know that I make a better effort when I'm riding with others.
09-20-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,347
Posted By Gresp15C

I usually bring the punctured tube home. The only...

I usually bring the punctured tube home. The only exception is if I get a second flat. That's happened once in my life. If I get a flat on the way to work, I patch it at work. The patched tube goes...
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