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10-21-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,376
Posted By mdarnton

Arent those are basically old track bike bars and...

Arent those are basically old track bike bars and they weren't intended for brakes?
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vintage+track+bike&t=ofa&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images
10-21-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By mdarnton

So stick with me here for a moment of brutal...

So stick with me here for a moment of brutal logic:
1/ I assume that most bike riders make allowances that children may do anything at any moment, in any place, stop sign or not, and that this law...
10-06-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,276
Posted By mdarnton

This definitely is not a case of someone...

This definitely is not a case of someone "randomly" opening a door in traffic. It's a case of a car pulling over. That's about as good of a clue as you are ever going to get that the next thing to...
10-01-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,730
Posted By mdarnton

When I started, I found pads necessary to keep my...

When I started, I found pads necessary to keep my tail from bursting into flame, but as I got used to it I needed them less and less. Still, they're more comfortable and I'll wear them if it's...
09-14-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 7,072
Posted By mdarnton

I pump my tires up 2.5 pounds high on Sunday,...

I pump my tires up 2.5 pounds high on Sunday, then by the next Sunday they are 2.5 low. Close enough.

I carry tire tools and a spare tube plus a bike multi-tool. That is all I have ever needed.
08-27-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 6,533
Posted By mdarnton

Since I ride in a city I carry everything...

Since I ride in a city I carry everything important in a fanny pack. Anything hanging on my bike is at risk of riding away if my bike gets hijacked from me, so nothing but food, water, etc ride...
08-08-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By mdarnton

I achieved the same goal, for the same reason,...

I achieved the same goal, for the same reason, with a shorter pivoting stem for both more rise and less reach.
08-06-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
Posted By mdarnton

It doesn’t unless you measure yourself for pants...

It doesn’t unless you measure yourself for pants by jamming a book as far up in your crotch as you can get it and using it as a square against the wall to measure the distance from the floor to the...
Forum: Foo
07-27-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 886
Posted By mdarnton

Took my driver license test in a 1961 beetle,...

Took my driver license test in a 1961 beetle, next car was a 67 squareback, then a 67 bus. After that, a regular flow of beetles, Golfs, etc, until 1996.
Hhere's the 67 bus, 4x5 beer can pinhole...
07-19-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,398
Posted By mdarnton

Yeah, pedestrians are low standard, but not as...

Yeah, pedestrians are low standard, but not as bad as the bicyclist I had to follow down the street yesterday who was weaving through moving heavy traffic and running the lights while talking on the...
06-27-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,396
Posted By mdarnton

I did quite a bit of research on this very...

I did quite a bit of research on this very subject the other day. The bottom line is that dogs don't respond to human pepper spray because they have a layer on their eyes that prevents it from...
05-26-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,203
Posted By mdarnton

I had a seatpost reflector on my bike that I...

I had a seatpost reflector on my bike that I pulled down as a stop to keep the post from going in farther. Worked perfectly. You can even take off the reflector, if you like.
05-05-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,516
Posted By mdarnton

There is a third choice: spin slowly and easily....

There is a third choice: spin slowly and easily. That is what I do. I had knee problems in my 20s and walking is definitely harder on them than biking. I see no reason, since I bike for fun, to push...
05-02-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,689
Posted By mdarnton

I wouldn't buy any cheap bike with 1X. Both frame...

I wouldn't buy any cheap bike with 1X. Both frame design and alignment are critical and not everyone can pull that off. I know because I did it, a well-known budget web brand. My LBS guy took one...
04-30-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,309
Posted By mdarnton

You'll never be disappointed in life if you...

You'll never be disappointed in life if you assume everyone is an idiot and act accordingly. People who turn without signaling are idiots; people who pass them on the left in left turn lanes are...
04-27-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,763
Posted By mdarnton

A certain percentage of the population have the...

A certain percentage of the population have the natural ability to walk into any situation and make it worse. Find new riding partners.
04-15-21, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 504
Posted By mdarnton

Someone needs to step in and take that guy's...

Someone needs to step in and take that guy's buffing wheel away. Do the teeth have enough left to do the job?
04-12-21, 05:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,053
Posted By mdarnton

For all of the fear that people have for Chicago,...

For all of the fear that people have for Chicago, apparently city thugs are better citizens than rural rednecks. I've never been threatened here.
Forum: Road Cycling
04-04-21, 08:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,076
Posted By mdarnton

I used to ride with standard cages and straps,...

I used to ride with standard cages and straps, then SPD for a few years. However, when I discovered toe cups, all that was over, and I haven't ridden anything else for 10 year or more. The cups give...
03-23-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 745
Posted By mdarnton

I was also going to say too high, with the pain...

I was also going to say too high, with the pain on the short leg side. But also you might want to try turning the saddle a bit sideways. . . If I had to guess I would suggest the tip towards the side...
03-23-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,928
Posted By mdarnton

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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03-19-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,785
Posted By mdarnton

Why do things that don't need a box or a plastic...

Why do things that don't need a box or a plastic wrap come in one at all???
03-17-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By mdarnton

If the Yerka bike sells well, I predict an active...

If the Yerka bike sells well, I predict an active market in replacement seatposts. Saw the post, throw bike in the truck, pick the lock in the privacy of one's own home. Probably it's faster than...
02-25-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 143
Views: 11,179
Posted By mdarnton

I can't swivel my head fast enough to keep up...

I can't swivel my head fast enough to keep up with Chicago downtown traffic. Sound means nothing when it's everywhere all the time. I wish I had six more eyes. But a mirror works, in the meantime.
02-24-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 11,179
Posted By mdarnton

I try never to put myself where "it" is going to...

I try never to put myself where "it" is going to happen for cars. I will do anything to be somewhere else when drivers will be forced to think about something more than how to get around me. For...
02-24-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,271
Posted By mdarnton

I bought a couple on Ebay for 6 bucks each and...

I bought a couple on Ebay for 6 bucks each and they're fine. The type with what looks like a red domed jewel between the buttons below the screen.
02-17-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 6,249
Posted By mdarnton

25 bucks. Looked at pix on Ebay to find a shape...

25 bucks. Looked at pix on Ebay to find a shape that from experience I know works, zeroed in on a discontinued seat being blown out, read reviews of it, bought that seat, am happy. I guess my butt...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-16-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,301
Posted By mdarnton

Ha! The scourge of my own field: people who've...

Ha! The scourge of my own field: people who've read all of the literature and done none of the work posing as experts, and the people who worship them.
02-12-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,592
Posted By mdarnton

I have a pair of lightly-insulated hiking boots....

I have a pair of lightly-insulated hiking boots. When it's really cold, it's those and wool socks. Well, actually it's wool socks 365*. Generally I find that if I keep my core warm enough my fingers...
02-12-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By mdarnton

Riding John Malkovich.

Riding John Malkovich.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-29-21, 08:55 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,967
Posted By mdarnton

I weigh 170 and was running 28s at 75 front, 65...

I weigh 170 and was running 28s at 75 front, 65 rear all last summer, no problem. That's for big-city street. Previously I ran 90, but the new plan rides a LOT smoother!
01-29-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,992
Posted By mdarnton

Get a reasonable size dry bag, put your rags in...

Get a reasonable size dry bag, put your rags in it with some soap and water, and strap it on you bike's rear rack when you ride. Make your bike do its own laundry!
01-17-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,935
Posted By mdarnton

As a rider I feel an obligation not to do...

As a rider I feel an obligation not to do anything sudden and unexpected and have hit potholes to avoid swerving into tight traffic.

It's too easy to get into a mindset where one's first response...
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 17,404
Posted By mdarnton

it is certainly true that some disgraced...

it is certainly true that some disgraced politicians have been telling many lies about my town recently.
https://www.smartertravel.com/wanna-travel-safe-worlds-20-safest-cities/
Forum: Recumbent
01-16-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 17,404
Posted By mdarnton

You want to talk about being functional: I'm all...

You want to talk about being functional: I'm all about not getting killed as job #1. I'll consider a recumbent if someone make one that puts me up where people on side streets can see me coming....
01-12-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,102
Posted By mdarnton

I have two identical Zefal dial gauges, one a...

I have two identical Zefal dial gauges, one a couple of weeks old and one that's 15-20 years old. I got the new one because I was getting a new bike and wanted a new, accurate gauge. Surprise: they...
01-05-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 5,193
Posted By mdarnton

My most recent better bike was stolen some years...

My most recent better bike was stolen some years ago and I replaced it with a single speed that I didn't ride much. In April I started riding again. It went so well that I decided to get a better new...
01-05-21, 08:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,950
Posted By mdarnton

After 60 years of skinny steel tubes and skinny...

After 60 years of skinny steel tubes and skinny tires, about three weeks ago I switched to fat aluminum tubes and wider tires against my will because that was what was available and I needed a new...
12-25-20, 10:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,182
Posted By mdarnton

I haven't bike commuted in recent years but...

I haven't bike commuted in recent years but restarted when the plague hit for one weekly ride to work and back to pick up supplies (a permitted trip and I work safely at home most of the time) and I...
12-24-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,957
Posted By mdarnton

Why do you think it was lead paint? Old paints...

Why do you think it was lead paint? Old paints aren't lead paint just because they are old.

Re: the lead and mercury, asbestos, etc. We did a real good raising kids who are afraid of everything...
12-20-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,712
Posted By mdarnton

I've been riding the 20s and 30s last week in...

I've been riding the 20s and 30s last week in Chicago and made an interesting discovery. Usually I overdress, and take a layer off later when it has become unbearable. One day this week, thinking...
12-12-20, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,403
Posted By mdarnton

Mine is comparable in utility to a six-pack of...

Mine is comparable in utility to a six-pack of Budweiser's position in the beer world: cost me six bucks, tells me the speed, how far I've gone, and the time. Doesn't do much else, and I don't need...
12-12-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,803
Posted By mdarnton

I've had knee problems in the past and my knees...

I've had knee problems in the past and my knees feel better with fuller extension. I have noticed that at the extreme high end of adjustment, (which is where I like to ride) small distances matter a...
12-11-20, 12:04 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,917
Posted By mdarnton

This reminds me of a blog I followed about five...

This reminds me of a blog I followed about five years ago of a young guy (late college age) who crossed the US from East to West on a fixie, self-supported and alone. He vowed to himself when he...
12-10-20, 12:02 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,828
Posted By mdarnton

I have quite a few allergies, all over the map,...

I have quite a few allergies, all over the map, and I'd be very disappointed if my low point were to be taken as a standard for everyone else's safety. That's just not a reasonable position to take....
12-07-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,388
Posted By mdarnton

Which is why when I am out riding I wear a mask...

Which is why when I am out riding I wear a mask AND I find streets where I don't have to follow other people on bikes. It really isn't any more of an infringement on my freedom than washing my hands...
12-07-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,063
Posted By mdarnton

This is all just opinions, of course. My opinion...

This is all just opinions, of course. My opinion is that this would have been a relatively easy-to-solve problem if humans could act like responsible adults. This crisis has proven that an...
12-07-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 5,828
Posted By mdarnton

As much as you can say that, in opposition I will...

As much as you can say that, in opposition I will say that one of the things that took me a while to figure out is how there's a very large group of people out there whose whole identity is based on...
Forum: Commuting
12-06-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 34,869
Posted By mdarnton

35 years ago I was there. I've had my own shop...

35 years ago I was there. I've had my own shop for quite some time now.
12-04-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,406
Posted By mdarnton

Regarding the behavior of people on bike paths, I...

Regarding the behavior of people on bike paths, I will say that I tend to avoid any place that I might run into other bikers, especially when I will be squeezed into a narrow lane with them. Bad...
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