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08-07-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 368
Posted By Gresp15C

I had a similar issue several years ago, and a...

I had a similar issue several years ago, and a physical therapist traced it to my posture when working at a computer, causing distress in my neck. He said it's quite common. He put me through a bunch...
08-07-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 279
Posted By Gresp15C

It sounds like the only serious problem is the...

It sounds like the only serious problem is the rear wheel. For some reason I don't understand, people are getting rid of their 26 inch wheels and tires. I see a lot of them on the Craig. It might be...
08-07-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,164
Posted By Gresp15C

My pants got caught on the lever of my Zefal HP,...

My pants got caught on the lever of my Zefal HP, the pump fell off the bike, and got run over by a car. I circled around to fetch it. Back home, I discovered that the handle had been crushed and...
08-06-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 569
Posted By Gresp15C

A few years ago, I realized that I had enough...

A few years ago, I realized that I had enough parts on hand for a complete bike, so I threw it together. The rear hub was an old Bendix coaster.

It's fun to ride, and maybe I get a certain Luddite...
08-05-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,164
Posted By Gresp15C

That's great. When I think of Silca, a bike pump...

That's great. When I think of Silca, a bike pump that will be obsolete in 3 years isn't what immediately comes to mind.
08-03-20, 09:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,046
Posted By Gresp15C

Bucket, sponge, and rag works for me. No...

Bucket, sponge, and rag works for me. No particular schedule, usually just when I'm tidying the garage or doing something equally unnecessary. ;)

I find any kind of soap to be more trouble than...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed some makes also offer a carbon fork in the...

Indeed some makes also offer a carbon fork in the slightly more upscale offerings.
Forum: Commuting
08-02-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By Gresp15C

As you go lighter, things get more expensive,...

As you go lighter, things get more expensive, including materials and production processes. Thinner frame materials are harder to weld, and may require more advanced equipment for welding and heat...
Forum: Commuting
08-02-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By Gresp15C

Ah, that's going to be harder for me to answer....

Ah, that's going to be harder for me to answer. My 9 speed bike is 25 pounds. The single speed is my lightest bike. From what I've been able to tell, the hard thing about affordable bikes is that...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By Gresp15C

i should add that a simpler bike is also easier...

i should add that a simpler bike is also easier to carry up and down stairs, e.g., with fewer cables and attachments. Your local terrain will determine whether a single speed is enough.
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By Gresp15C

Just to give you a point of reference, my single...

Just to give you a point of reference, my single speed bike weighs 22 pounds using completely generic components, so it's not unthinkable to shed even a couple more pounds without breaking the bank....
08-01-20, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 328
Posted By Gresp15C

Turn it around.

Turn it around.
08-01-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 412
Posted By Gresp15C

While this is true, a couple months of frequent...

While this is true, a couple months of frequent riding -- maybe a few hundred miles -- should be enough to for your body to be acclimated to cycling again unless you're really out of shape. At that...
07-31-20, 05:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 505
Posted By Gresp15C

If all else fails, buy a new spoke and nipple...

If all else fails, buy a new spoke and nipple together.
Forum: Commuting
07-31-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 613
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main...

Looks like a fun and versatile bike. The main thing I'd look into is the theft situation in London, as in, would a new bike survive there for very long?
07-31-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 631
Posted By Gresp15C

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape...

The best solvent might be Time. I've removed tape residue by applying a thin coating of heavy oil -- whatever is on hand -- and waiting overnight. Some folks use peanut butter, because the peanut...
07-31-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By Gresp15C

I've had super good luck with these lights: ...

I've had super good luck with these lights:
...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 500
Posted By Gresp15C

For single speed, you want to look for horizontal...

For single speed, you want to look for horizontal dropouts. Light weight isn't nearly as critical, since a single speed is going to drop a lot of weight anyway. And it's hard to guess. Many those...
07-30-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,947
Posted By Gresp15C

For me, saddle choice is the starting point....

For me, saddle choice is the starting point. There's no one-size-fits-all.
07-29-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 633
Posted By Gresp15C

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https://patents.google.com/patent/US5473963A
07-29-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 973
Posted By Gresp15C

This is one of those many cases where, as a...

This is one of those many cases where, as a driver, I dismiss what might be a one-time breach of etiquette. If it's every day, then I'd call the station and just have a friendly chat. Mention that...
07-29-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 415
Posted By Gresp15C

Some of my older lights have disposable...

Some of my older lights have disposable batteries. They tend to break or wear out after a few years, and as I replace them, I get ones that can be recharged. At present all of my headlights are...
07-29-20, 06:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,746
Posted By Gresp15C

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them....

I judge my wheels 5 years after I build them. Basicall I want trouble free.

Sun cr18 seem like a great diy friendly rim.
07-28-20, 11:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,397
Posted By Gresp15C

I'll admit that much as I love swept bars, I'm...

I'll admit that much as I love swept bars, I'm not a MTB'er, and would be nervous about recommending them for MTB use. I don't know the correct terminology, but I've taken all of my bikes on "easy"...
07-28-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,397
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes have swept bars. Some types that...

All of my bikes have swept bars. Some types that I've used:

Origin8 Citi Classic
Velo Orange Tourist
Close-out aluminum bar from Niagra Cycle
Old Schwinn steel bar
FSA Metropolis

Widths...
07-27-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,912
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado...

Amusingly, I've also been hiking in the Colorado Rockies, and you can see which trails are used by cyclists, because there are scattered bits of reflectors here and there.
07-27-20, 03:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,912
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough, I ride a bike without cycling...

Oddly enough, I ride a bike without cycling jerseys, bibs, jackets, shoes, shoe covers, or gloves. I do wear a helmet, to which I've attached a red taillight, and my bikes are also equipped with...
07-27-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,912
Posted By Gresp15C

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and...

I certainly notice when a bike has pedal and wheel reflectors, but they're too low to be visible in traffic, so I wouldn't depend on them as my first line of defense. Also, bright LEDs and reflective...
07-26-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been riding old Sturmey Archer hubs for many...

I've been riding old Sturmey Archer hubs for many years. When I get one of these hubs, I usually open it up, just to make sure it's in good condition. I've only seen one damaged part so far, a broken...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-20, 09:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,382
Posted By Gresp15C

Scientist. I invent expensive gadgets. ;)

Scientist. I invent expensive gadgets. ;)
07-25-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 112
Posted By Gresp15C

Yes, tube sizes are reasonably forgiving. In fact...

Yes, tube sizes are reasonably forgiving. In fact it would be hard for a manufacturer to really control the size of a tube that precisely.
07-25-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By Gresp15C

I think this is an important point. When cars are...

I think this is an important point. When cars are packed together at high speed, the drivers are not controlling their cars, but are controlled by the cars around them. This is a situation that I try...
Forum: Commuting
07-23-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By Gresp15C

Thinking about the weather, one additional factor...

Thinking about the weather, one additional factor is that by good fortune, I have a job with flexible hours. In fact we are talking about sticking to working from home permanently. And when we get...
07-22-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By Gresp15C

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works...

Slowpoke here: 46:19 on 27" wheels, which works about to about 65 gi. These were the parts that I found in the bin when I threw the bike together, and the ratio suited me pretty well. There are a...
Forum: Commuting
07-22-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, my family does have cars, but I commute to...

Well, my family does have cars, but I commute to work every day (at least pre covid), and use my bike for shopping and getting around town. So I'll fill in a few answers.

What are the...
07-22-20, 08:59 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,272
Posted By Gresp15C

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into...

I've found that it's extremely hard to see into parked cars. So much light reflects off the glass, and the windows are often tinted. Perhaps as a surviving messenger, you have better eyesight and...
07-22-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By Gresp15C

It might be temporary... people are dredging old...

It might be temporary... people are dredging old bikes out of their garages and either refurbishing, flipping, or both. I was lucky to find some 28-630 tires.
07-20-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,424
Posted By Gresp15C

That design might be part of the reason why so...

That design might be part of the reason why so many people think that disc brakes work better than rim brakes. For ages, my spouse complained that the brakes didn't work on her hybrid. Finally I...
07-20-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,128
Posted By Gresp15C

Good job "taking the lane." ;)

Good job "taking the lane." ;)
07-20-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By Gresp15C

Thanks. Same here. In my case, I was never a fast...

Thanks. Same here. In my case, I was never a fast cyclist in the first place, and I didn't want to blame the meds when it could just be my lack of grit. But what I notice is that I can lumber along...
07-19-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,378
Posted By Gresp15C

The funny thing is that years of riding cheap,...

The funny thing is that years of riding cheap, worn-out tires on bad roads taught me to fix flats quickly.
07-19-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 428
Posted By Gresp15C

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it...

Which specific med, if I may ask, and how does it affect you?

I got an emergency stent a few years ago, and was encouraged to get back on my bike within less than a month. And I treated myself to...
07-19-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd clean them up and ride them until something...

I'd clean them up and ride them until something goes wrong, which might take a long time.
07-18-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,378
Posted By Gresp15C

In my region of Wisconsin, it's mostly mosquitoes...

In my region of Wisconsin, it's mostly mosquitoes that are the problem. I have a tiny pocket sized bottle of Deep Woods Off in my seat bag, though there are other brands of the same stuff. Usually a...
07-18-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,378
Posted By Gresp15C

I fix it and ride on. A lot of my rides have a...

I fix it and ride on. A lot of my rides have a destination and a schedule. For instance, my spouse is into running, she'll go to some event by car, and I'll ride out to meet her. So there's no...
07-18-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,465
Posted By Gresp15C

Present company excepted, a lot of enthusiasts...

Present company excepted, a lot of enthusiasts enjoy overhauling their bikes for the fun of it. My mechanical discs have been zero maintenance under conditions that would not be atypical for a...
07-18-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 6,465
Posted By Gresp15C

During a family trip to the Rockies in our...

During a family trip to the Rockies in our minivan, we definitely made good use of the shift lever and overdrive button. Worked just fine. My family recently rented a Mercedes multi passenger van in...
07-18-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 705
Posted By Gresp15C

Sadly, the answer is yes. When I was a kid, my...

Sadly, the answer is yes. When I was a kid, my dad maintained all of the family bikes with general purpose home tools plus a cone wrench that he made with a piece of thick sheet metal and a hacksaw....
07-16-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,923
Posted By Gresp15C

A couple of amusing anecdotes: Prior to the...

A couple of amusing anecdotes: Prior to the lockdown, my work group was entertaining a visitor from the Netherlands. Of course talk turned to cycling. My friend, an e-bike evangelist, asked the...
07-16-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By Gresp15C

Consider a 3 speed, with or without coaster...

Consider a 3 speed, with or without coaster brake. You're mechanically inclined, so you can build a 3 speed wheel. An 80s Schwinn frame will accommodate conventional caliper brakes. You can cold set...
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