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Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 767
Posted By Trakhak

Question for the bigger cyclists reading this...

Question for the bigger cyclists reading this thread who own a smart trainer: what cadence do you tend to maintain for most of your indoor riding?
Forum: Road Cycling
12-08-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 767
Posted By Trakhak

Here's a guy with big legs who seems to think...

Here's a guy with big legs who seems to think working on increasing his cadence is a good idea:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5PcQJF5Jl0
12-08-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 349
Posted By Trakhak

Anyone who has worked in a bike store for any...

Anyone who has worked in a bike store for any length of time can tell you that legitimate warranty claims are highly likely to be honored. It's in the interest of both the bike manufacturer and the...
12-06-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 193
Posted By Trakhak

Frozen cables: I've been there. Riding off-road...

Frozen cables: I've been there. Riding off-road in 20-degree F weather, I once tried riding over a narrow rivulet on a sheet of ice that, it turned out, wasn't quite thick enough. Luckily, it wasn't...
12-06-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 17,068
Posted By Trakhak

People make that claim from time to time, but...

People make that claim from time to time, but until I see a video of someone actually installing a tubular tire on a 630-mm (27") rim, or at least a photo supporting the claim, I'll remain dubious....
12-05-21, 09:47 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,553
Posted By Trakhak

Bad ankles plus fixed gear: safest setup would be...

Bad ankles plus fixed gear: safest setup would be (in addition the the brakes mentioned by wolfchild above) toe clips without straps. Riding with toe clips but no straps prevents your foot slipping...
12-05-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 942
Posted By Trakhak

I retired a year ago, and I've naturally...

I retired a year ago, and I've naturally increased my cycling mileage substatially since then. Now, at 70, I find that I have to be careful to take a couple of rest days per week and do one or two...
12-05-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 369
Posted By Trakhak

I'm 70, and for any rides where the temp is...

I'm 70, and for any rides where the temp is likely to be below about 50 degrees F, I switch from my skinny-tired bikes to a hybrid with heavy-duty 32-mm tires. Since I have clip-on aero bars on the...
12-05-21, 08:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 844
Posted By Trakhak

I remember, when bikes like that used to come...

I remember, when bikes like that used to come into the shop back in the 1970s, that grabbing the nut portion of the wingnut with a ViceGrip (i.e., not attempting to use the wings) was the best way to...
12-04-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 136
Posted By Trakhak

Guessing at what the problem is from your...

Guessing at what the problem is from your incomplete description:

The fitting that screws into the pump barrel is not visible in the photo because it's sitting in the handle, above the spring....
12-04-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 848
Posted By Trakhak

Not surprised that you, in Northern California,...

Not surprised that you, in Northern California, haven't encountered pawl failures resulting from the use of grease. In New England, where I worked in bike stores from the late '60s through the late...
12-04-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 848
Posted By Trakhak

Yes. Back when I used to disassemble and service...

Yes. Back when I used to disassemble and service freewheels, the only time I'd use grease would be when I'd use a dab under each pawl to keep them temporarily glued down during reassembly. Then I'd...
12-02-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 635
Posted By Trakhak

Quoted for truth. I raced on a Helyett track bike...

Quoted for truth. I raced on a Helyett track bike with a green Cinelli/Unicanitor plastic saddle from 1964 to about 1969, when I got a Raleigh Professional (one of the white Cino Cinelli-designed...
12-01-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,060
Posted By Trakhak

An aptly named gambler in this thread would say...

An aptly named gambler in this thread would say that had you not been wearing a helmet, you would have cleared the overhanging branches both times by exactly the thickness of a helmet.
12-01-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,553
Posted By Trakhak

Spinning downhill on a fixed-gear bike is never...

Spinning downhill on a fixed-gear bike is never as effortless as coasting on an single-speed or geared bike. Even with clipless pedals, you're expending at least some minimal amount of energy to...
12-01-21, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 288
Posted By Trakhak

Even back when Pitch 10 was available, Shimano...

Even back when Pitch 10 was available, Shimano never even hinted at the possibility of introducing a derailleur version, maybe because they hadn't yet come up with the idea of designing a cassette...
12-01-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,435
Posted By Trakhak

As Pete H. says in the post above yours, "One...

As Pete H. says in the post above yours, "One study of interest showed that pros are less likely to pull on their pedals than amateurs." I've used clipless pedals almost exclusively on all my bikes...
12-01-21, 05:12 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,707
Posted By Trakhak

It's precisely the weight difference that...

It's precisely the weight difference that accounts for the fact (obvious to all but motorcyclists, apparently) that a bicyclist can, quote, "push away" on the inside grip to initiate the turn but...
11-30-21, 06:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,758
Posted By Trakhak

Some East Coast builders not mentioned so far:...

Some East Coast builders not mentioned so far: Bill Boston (https://www.billbostoncycles.com/) of New Jersey, Alvin Drysdale (http://www.classicrendezvous.com/USA/Drysdale-Alvin.htm) of New York...
11-26-21, 03:46 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,553
Posted By Trakhak

Single-speed freewheel bikes have all of the...

Single-speed freewheel bikes have all of the advantages of fixed-gear bikes with none of the disadvantages.
11-25-21, 03:10 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 3,553
Posted By Trakhak

No. Fixed is exactly the same in efficiency as...

No. Fixed is exactly the same in efficiency as single-speed except when you let the pedals drag your feet around the pedaling circle, under which conditions fixed is less efficient. The amount of...
11-24-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,260
Posted By Trakhak

Watched most of it, at 1.75 speed (you can click...

Watched most of it, at 1.75 speed (you can click on the toothed gear symbol at the bottom of a video and then select a speed setting).

His point: he says that many people he knows lusted after...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-24-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,190
Posted By Trakhak

Speaking as someone who has ridden on aero bars...

Speaking as someone who has ridden on aero bars on almost every road ride for over 25 years, I don't know or care whether I can reach past the middle of my calves. I'm happy to let bike riding do all...
11-23-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 973
Posted By Trakhak

Not sure how this thread got sidetracked into a...

Not sure how this thread got sidetracked into a Bikes-Direct-is-the-devil thing, but:

Speaking as a guy who got my first bike racing license in 1964 and worked in and ran bike stores from the...
11-21-21, 05:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,943
Posted By Trakhak

Used to drive me crazy when bike mechanics I was...

Used to drive me crazy when bike mechanics I was overseeing argued against using new bearing balls during overhauls. I definitely agree with Sheldon Brown (see this page...
11-21-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 455
Posted By Trakhak

Before you folow any of the more invasive and...

Before you folow any of the more invasive and time-consuming suggestions, take it to your local auto repair shop and have a mechanic use a heavy-duty pneumatic hammer on the underside of the saddle...
11-21-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 65,210
Views: 10,218,458
Posted By Trakhak

Might be an optical illusion, but it appears that...

Might be an optical illusion, but it appears that there's suspiciously little clearance between the front wheel and the downtube for a Trek touring bike.
Forum: Foo
11-20-21, 06:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 742
Posted By Trakhak

From my favorite Stones album, Between The...

From my favorite Stones album, Between The Buttons:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FttRMsqNgn0
Replies: 37
Views: 992
Posted By Trakhak

The OP's Moser bike is stunning and likely...

The OP's Moser bike is stunning and likely historically significant. If it were mine and I needed a fork for it, I'd start by visiting the Facebook page for "Moser Cicli." I don't do Facebook, so I...
11-19-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 825
Posted By Trakhak

Wonkadonk, although you said that you'll look...

Wonkadonk, although you said that you'll look around for a replacement fork, your best bet (if you're determined to keep the bike) would be to take the bike to a shop to have the fork replaced....
11-18-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 825
Posted By Trakhak

Yep, badly bent fork, which also explains why the...

Yep, badly bent fork, which also explains why the top tube slopes downward from back to front. Also greatly reduced pedal/ground clearance. Be careful pedaling through turns.
11-17-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,332
Posted By Trakhak

By the way, Walmart lists a 25.4 carbon seatpost...

By the way, Walmart lists a 25.4 carbon seatpost with what looks like nearly zero setback. Out of stock until December 6th, according to the page I looked at. Under $30. It's probably aluminum...
11-17-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,332
Posted By Trakhak

Those examples are nearly irrelevant in...

Those examples are nearly irrelevant in comparison to the possible failure modes of a 25.4 DIY carbon seatpost. Compression plugs see only a small amount of force, since the only requirement is that...
11-17-21, 02:14 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 825
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, fork bent forward. Once, a mom and kid...

Yes, fork bent forward. Once, a mom and kid brought a bike in the shop to complain that the bike they'd bought from us had a defective fork that looked like that. I said to the kid, "You can get a...
11-16-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,371
Posted By Trakhak

Rated 2.7 out of 5, with the one 5-star rating...

Rated 2.7 out of 5, with the one 5-star rating sounding like a shill.
11-15-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,704
Posted By Trakhak

The majority of pro racers use 25-mm tubular...

The majority of pro racers use 25-mm tubular tires on the road, except for special events such as the cobbled classics, where 28-mm or even larger tires are fitted. It's true that the use of 23-mm...
11-15-21, 06:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,772
Posted By Trakhak

For future reference for others who might...

For future reference for others who might encounter stuck seatposts:

When we used to run into that problem at the bike shop where I worked, we'd take the bike to the auto repair shop next door,...
11-15-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 6,697
Posted By Trakhak

Quod erat demonstrandum.

Quod erat demonstrandum.
11-15-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 221
Views: 6,697
Posted By Trakhak

Several examples of ignore bait have popped up in...

Several examples of ignore bait have popped up in this thread already, with posts that are, as expected, belligerent or defensive or both.
Forum: Triathlon
11-13-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By Trakhak

Braking works much better when your hands are far...

Braking works much better when your hands are far apart enough to provide lateral stability. I've had aero bars on most of my bikes for decades, and I find I spend much less time in the aero position...
11-12-21, 05:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 398
Posted By Trakhak

One small correction/clarification: the cover...

One small correction/clarification: the cover over the cleat slots in the soles of the earlier models of SPD shoes, such as the one in the picture provided by the thread starter, doesn't simply "pop...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 605
Posted By Trakhak

I carefully wiped my tires from my first years of...

I carefully wiped my tires from my first years of racing in the mid-1960s until the early 2000s, when I happened on Jobst Brandt's argument that it's pointless to do so...
11-10-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,902
Posted By Trakhak

The results of a meta-analysis of a large number...

The results of a meta-analysis of a large number of studies of the relationship between stretching and injury mitigation or prevention indicated that stretching can be beneficial for such sports as...
11-09-21, 03:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,513
Posted By Trakhak

Most bike stores everywhere use and have always...

Most bike stores everywhere use and have always used the least expensive tubes available in bulk for routine replacements of punctured tubes. With the possible exception of bad batches of tubes...
11-08-21, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 259
Posted By Trakhak

Are you referring to the bubble wrap?

Are you referring to the bubble wrap?
11-06-21, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By Trakhak

Yes, and it looks as if the decal might have been...

Yes, and it looks as if the decal might have been placed there to conceal front-impact damage to the tubing. That said, the head tube angle doesn't look as steep as you'd expect it to be if the bike...
Forum: Framebuilders
11-04-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Posted By Trakhak

Why not wrap the damaged tube in carbon fiber?

Why not wrap the damaged tube in carbon fiber?
Forum: Framebuilders
11-04-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 643
Posted By Trakhak

The bonded frames with problems were mostly the...

The bonded frames with problems were mostly the European ones. I sold Trek and Raleigh bikes during and after the bonded-frame era for both companies and never saw or heard of a bonding failure....
11-04-21, 04:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,435
Posted By Trakhak

A guy I used to race and train with would do...

A guy I used to race and train with would do that---lift his rear wheel when he stood to climb. It was annoying, because his bike would also kick backward several inches each time he did it, getting...
Forum: Foo
11-03-21, 05:11 PM
Replies: 629
Views: 21,238
Posted By Trakhak

Speaking of posts from 2 years ago (I was just...

Speaking of posts from 2 years ago (I was just browsing them this afternoon), you posted on a promising-looking Volvo Drive Me pilot program that was to launch in Sweden. Is there any news about that?
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