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Forum: Commuting
08-04-22, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 530
Posted By Gresp15C

12 mph when in motion, 0 when not. I take it...

12 mph when in motion, 0 when not. I take it pretty easy on the way to work, so I don't get all sweaty. I'm also not a fast cyclist.
07-17-22, 09:57 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,280
Posted By Gresp15C

https://patents.google.com/patent/US5473963A

https://patents.google.com/patent/US5473963A
07-04-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 780
Posted By Gresp15C

I built a canopy in the back corner of my yard to...

I built a canopy in the back corner of my yard to store a few bikes. For instance the winter bikes go back there during the summer, to get them out of the way. It's not weather proof by any means....
06-21-22, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 498
Posted By Gresp15C

This. In addition, consider a swept bar. All of...

This. In addition, consider a swept bar. All of my bikes now have them. Drop bars are useless for me because "my neck don't bend that way no more," and flat bars pound the hell out of my wrists. You...
06-08-22, 10:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 608
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't sign in very often any more, but... heat...

I don't sign in very often any more, but... heat gun is how I break epoxy glue joints, by heating the glue to a temperature where it softens. If a carbon frame is carbon fiber in an epoxy binder,...
05-04-22, 08:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 881
Posted By Gresp15C

I continue to ride 2 bikes with 27" wheels. The...

I continue to ride 2 bikes with 27" wheels. The time to abandon 27" is when I actually need new tires and can no longer get them. With luck, the OP has bought themselves a few years to think about...
04-25-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 775
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the lathe I learned on... with the open...

That's the lathe I learned on... with the open flat belts. It was a pleasure to run, so quiet and smooth.
04-11-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Gresp15C

Thanks, all!

Thanks, all!
Forum: Commuting
04-08-22, 10:11 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 38,969
Posted By Gresp15C

Amusingly, I just got a "like" on this post....

Amusingly, I just got a "like" on this post. Thanks. But for full disclosure, an update is warranted. One of the fork ends on the World Tourist frame broke off, and the other is cracked. So, it's got...
04-08-22, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By Gresp15C

6 bolt and center lock compatibility

I'm thinking of building some new wheels for my wife's bike. I noticed that for the kind of hub she needs, a center lock hub is a little cheaper than 6 bolt. My question is: Will the disc be in the...
02-22-22, 10:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,204
Posted By Gresp15C

Who makes the little ratchet?

Who makes the little ratchet?
02-22-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,056
Posted By Gresp15C

I built up a dedicated winter bike for each...

I built up a dedicated winter bike for each member of my family. In upper Midwest, "winter" means road salt season, and it's a long winter. The salt is tough on bikes. First big rain washes away the...
02-16-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,189
Posted By Gresp15C

This will mark me as maybe a bit too fussy, but I...

This will mark me as maybe a bit too fussy, but I cut the handle off a Kool Stop tool, for my seat bag. That was before I got a VAR, but the VAR is with a different bike.
Forum: Commuting
02-12-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,393
Posted By Gresp15C

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4...

My commute in Madison WI is great -- about 4 miles, half on sleepy neighborhood streets, the other half on paved bike paths. I encounter very few cars. Typical local commutes are like this. The city...
01-12-22, 11:23 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 11,209
Posted By Gresp15C

In my state, gravel is the new pavement. If you...

In my state, gravel is the new pavement. If you want to get away from heavy traffic, your choices are bike paths or minor roads that are crumbling. Some counties are converting pavement to gravel...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-21, 08:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,565
Posted By Gresp15C

Buy your caddie a bike. ;)

Buy your caddie a bike. ;)
Forum: Commuting
11-01-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,494
Posted By Gresp15C

Oddly enough a reprogrammed thumb drive that...

Oddly enough a reprogrammed thumb drive that mimics a keyboard and starts injecting code into your PC through a shell terminal is a thing.
09-03-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 576
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a note that there are still a couple...

Just a note that there are still a couple portions of the Elroy Sparta trail that are closed:

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/elroysparta

I live in Wisconsin. Driftless area is a blast if...
07-22-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,552
Posted By Gresp15C

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can...

The beauty of a bike like that, is that you can tune it to utter perfection, yet it will attract no attention when parked.
07-21-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,552
Posted By Gresp15C

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect...

Man, I'd just ride it. That's a perfect knocking-about-town bike. Assuming you're taller than the previous owner.
07-16-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,194
Posted By Gresp15C

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode...

My family visited Zurich, and the cyclists rode along the streetcar routes, which have tracks parallel to the street (of course). The cyclists seemed fearless despite swerving around and seeming to...
07-16-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,194
Posted By Gresp15C

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's...

Get better soon! I still remember from Driver's Ed, the picture of how to cross RR tracks on a motorcycle -- slow down and cross perpendicular. I still do that on my bike. There's one tracks in my...
07-11-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,345
Posted By Gresp15C

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)

Now pluck on the spoke and remember the note. ;)
07-11-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 458
Posted By Gresp15C

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your...

Choose a rack, or at least narrow down your options, before choosing a hitch, because hitches come in at least 2 sizes, and having to use an adapter is an inconvenience. If you're a skilled DIY'er,...
07-11-21, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By Gresp15C

You could always post pictures here, folks have a...

You could always post pictures here, folks have a pretty good eye, including some who have worked in shops. Knowing the brand of the component can sometimes help narrow things down too.

I've found...
07-10-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,340
Posted By Gresp15C

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got...

Is it possible that a production run of hubs got out the door without lubrication?
07-07-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By Gresp15C

It might be worth researching the total cost...

It might be worth researching the total cost difference between heavy bikes plus a heavy duty rack, versus a light duty rack and getting a newer, lighter bike. Plus, an excuse for getting a new bike....
07-06-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 16,368
Posted By Gresp15C

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T,...

That's the level of quality of the Ford Model T, according to Deming. At its peak of production, the cars were untested when they were loaded onto trains and shipped to dealers. The dealers were the...
07-06-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 567
Posted By Gresp15C

Detaching a quill stem: ...

Detaching a quill stem:

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/stem-removal-installation-quill-stems

Servicing headsets, noting that you don't have to completely remove a headset to...
07-05-21, 10:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 596
Posted By Gresp15C

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I...

My family has a Thule Parkway 4-bike rack. I don't know if the make exactly the same model today, but it occurs to me that a 4-bike rack would make it a lot easier to accommodate modern bikes that...
07-05-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,469
Posted By Gresp15C

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have...

Definitely good points. I've been lucky to have relatively few flats recently. A few were failures at the stem-tube joint, in fact had one of those today. But I also seem to end up sharing my patch...
07-04-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,820
Posted By Gresp15C

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a...

My dad, a chemist, told me: "You can tell a chemist, because they wash their hands before they go to the bathroom." ;)
07-04-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 617
Posted By Gresp15C

Put some water right into the valve and see if...

Put some water right into the valve and see if the air bubbles out there. I've had Schrader valves leak, and then be fine after re-inflating. Also, the valve core is threaded in, and could be loose.
07-04-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,811
Posted By Gresp15C

I don't really like fast descents either. It may...

I don't really like fast descents either. It may be that I have a mild fear of heights. It affects me when I'm skiing too. I figure that there's nothing special about going fast downhill except for...
07-04-21, 07:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,274
Posted By Gresp15C

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago,...

I serviced one of these, a number of years ago, on a cheap Gary Fisher mountain bike. There is a way of adjusting a cup 'n' cone bearing if you don't have the proper tools, that is a pain in the neck...
07-04-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,720
Posted By Gresp15C

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula,...

Looks like they're competing with Ashtabula, Ohio. ;)
07-04-21, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 939
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain...

I'm not a pro mechanic, but I've taken plain steel washers and drilled them out to 10 mm.
07-04-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 584
Posted By Gresp15C

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the...

I also live in a flat city. Our high point is the top of a bridge going over a highway. Low point is a lake. About 200 feet elevation from one to the other. Two of my bikes have 3 speed hubs, Sturmey...
07-04-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 584
Posted By Gresp15C

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are...

Have you considered the Nuvinci hubs? They are continuously variable.
07-03-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 617
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd...

Maybe there was some debris in the valve. I'd inflate it, and hold it under water, looking for bubbles. No sense in throwing away a good tube.
07-03-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By Gresp15C

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly...

Same problem with my spouse's bike, a new Surly with 650b "tubeless ready" wheels and tubed tires. We have concluded that these tires are not serviceable while on the road, since my spouse's hands...
07-01-21, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,053
Posted By Gresp15C

Strip it down, remove The unnecessary parts ...

Strip it down, remove
The unnecessary parts
Just hop on and ride
06-30-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,037
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of...

Indeed, and also I've noticed that the poorest of poor, and homeless, who depend on a bike also can't drop it off and wait for a repair. A relatively un-busy co-op with available tools and parts can...
06-30-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,037
Posted By Gresp15C

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide...

We have a bike co-op in my locale. They provide repairs, free parts, but perhaps more importantly, training on basic bike maintenance and space for people to do their own maintenance with varying...
Forum: Foo
06-29-21, 09:55 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,510
Posted By Gresp15C

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught...

I've had "engineer" job titles, and have taught in an engineering department, but I'm not an engineer. My degree is in physics, and by day I work on technology for scientific instruments, typically...
06-29-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 1,386
Views: 43,218
Posted By Gresp15C

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer...

I ride bikes with both "classic" and newer components and materials. I'm not a strong or competitive cyclist, so some improvements are lost on me, but others seem beneficial.

Each rider has their...
06-28-21, 05:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,421
Posted By Gresp15C

In my view everything would depend on the...

In my view everything would depend on the original finish of the materials, and the quality of the seals. Polymer sleeve bearings are in industrial use, and can last a long time when used as...
06-28-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 9,694
Posted By Gresp15C

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite...

Maybe you're passing them in the opposite direction.

I get passed by all types of handlebars, clothing, and so forth. So my hunch is that nothing you can do is likely to make me more or less...
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