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11-28-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,161
Posted By Retro Grouch

Rolling resistance is real, but it's easy to...

Rolling resistance is real, but it's easy to overstate it's importance. Once you get over about 15 MPH, aero drag is what is holding you back more than everything else combined. If you want to go...
11-23-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 484
Posted By Retro Grouch

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is...

I use a milk crate. Holds everything and is nicely ventillated.
11-12-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 884
Posted By Retro Grouch

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental...

I had some bikes that I had a sentimental attachment to. I couldn't stand the thought of haggling with some yahoo over the value of a piece of my life. Ultimately I donated mine to a group who...
11-11-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 906
Posted By Retro Grouch

The last time that I broke a chain while on the...

The last time that I broke a chain while on the trail I discovered my Park chain breaker had lost it's pin. I lowered my saddle and "flintstoned" four miles back to my car.
10-29-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,099
Posted By Retro Grouch

Assuming everything else is equal ......never...

Assuming everything else is equal ......never mind.
10-12-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,405
Posted By Retro Grouch

An interesting question: We live in a digital...

An interesting question: We live in a digital world in which an ordinary guy can measure things like drive train drag with pretty good accuracy. Once you can measure it, there are always going to...
10-12-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 719
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's...

Sometimes I feel like the last analogue guy who's been trapped in a digital world.

Every bike has 3 weights:
What the manufacturer says that it weighs.
What the owner thinks that it weighs....
10-08-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 669
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've told my kids that boring is under...

I've told my kids that boring is under appreciated. It means that you don't have any badness staring you in the face.

Could it be that your 750 is just so perfectly balanced that nothing stands...
10-04-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 636
Posted By Retro Grouch

There is no puncture proof. There is only...

There is no puncture proof. There is only puncture resistant. There are basically two kinds of puncture resistant materials that are commonly used in bicycle tires.

The first is a woven fabric...
10-03-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 429
Posted By Retro Grouch

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes...

The trick is that you have to adjust the brakes all the way down onto the rim brakeing surface. If the brake pads touch your tire, even a little bit, you are asking for a blow out.
09-26-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 677
Posted By Retro Grouch

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until...

My trick is to loosen every single nipple until just 1 thread is showing. Then I gradually bring the wheel into tension by tightening every nipple by the same number of turns - maybe 2 turns at the...
09-14-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,707
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably asking the wrong question. When...

You're probably asking the wrong question. When engineers talk about the strength of materials, they usually are referring to "tensile strength". Think about a weight hanging from a solid rod with...
09-14-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 6,880
Posted By Retro Grouch

Some people are able to ride with a light heart,...

Some people are able to ride with a light heart, some ride burdened with worry, anxiety and an ever increasing load of tools and spare parts.

Some of my happiest bicycling memories date from the...
09-12-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,017
Posted By Retro Grouch

You need to identify the cause of your punctures...

You need to identify the cause of your punctures and eliminate that cause. A common cause is tiny wires from radial ply tires. Those tiny little wires can be hard to find and, even once found, can be...
09-06-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By Retro Grouch

Would that be "Pie are Square"?

Would that be "Pie are Square"?
09-05-21, 12:56 AM
Replies: 207
Views: 6,005
Posted By Retro Grouch

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For...

It matters. Bicycling is a tribal sport. For such a simple activity, there seems to be a very large number of tribal variations. The clothes that you choose to wear tell the rest of us to which...
09-04-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 283
Posted By Retro Grouch

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably...

I once worked in a shop where somebody ( probably while taking inventory) combined containers of 14 Gauge and 15 Gauge nipples. It's good that I never found out exactly who did that.
09-04-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By Retro Grouch

Off topic but I have a question about how you...

Off topic but I have a question about how you choose which parts bin part to use:

The "sock drawer" theory is to take the most worn but still serviceable part to use it up. Otherwise it stays in...
08-21-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By Retro Grouch

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years...

I made one a lot like JoeTBM's about 25 years ago. I cut the Schrader inflator off at the hose and clamped a Silca Presta chuck in it's place. I don't remember what it cost me, but it was way less...
08-06-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,978
Posted By Retro Grouch

Actually, I've heard that "ssssss" sound while...

Actually, I've heard that "ssssss" sound while rolling my bike into the garage. It was a bitter/ sweet feeling.
08-01-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 406
Posted By Retro Grouch

Any rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to...

Any rear shifting problem that doesn't respond to cable tension adjustments, the first thing I check is derailleur hanger alignment. Most times, that's the problem.
08-01-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By Retro Grouch

In my experience the cause of a sidewall bulge...

In my experience the cause of a sidewall bulge has always been cut tire cords. I used to use Gatorskin tires all the time because I valued their puncture resistance. I rarely wore one out, however,...
07-24-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,355
Posted By Retro Grouch

The break even point is around 15 MPH. That's...

The break even point is around 15 MPH. That's the speed at which aero drag passes all other factors combined that are typically holding you back. As you accelerate beyond 15 MPH, aero drag becomes...
07-20-21, 02:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,154
Posted By Retro Grouch

I used to take two sweat bands with me. One to...

I used to take two sweat bands with me. One to wear and one to hang out to dry on my handlebar.

I have found the ultimate solution but you might not want to hear it. Since I started riding...
07-19-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By Retro Grouch

What kind of hair spray did you use? I've always...

What kind of hair spray did you use? I've always used AquaNet and never had a problem. I've been told that cheaper hair sprays were more effective and AquaNet was the cheapest I could find.

That...
06-27-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,607
Posted By Retro Grouch

What does it look like where the shift cable...

What does it look like where the shift cable attaches to your front derailleur?

Many Shimano front derailleurs have a little finger in the path to where it attaches to the derailleur arm. It's...
06-25-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,898
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's what I think too. There's lots more to it...

That's what I think too. There's lots more to it than just tire width and air pressure.
06-24-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,356
Posted By Retro Grouch

In the end, all that a wheel truing stand does is...

In the end, all that a wheel truing stand does is to provide a stable place to measure from.
06-08-21, 06:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,731
Posted By Retro Grouch

I guess Mrs. Grouch and I qualify. We're in out...

I guess Mrs. Grouch and I qualify. We're in out upper 70"s and riding Catrikes.

My advice is to visit a recumbent specialty shop and plan on spending at least a half day. There are MANY...
06-02-21, 08:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 503
Posted By Retro Grouch

Dan Burkhart would be my first choice for any...

Dan Burkhart would be my first choice for any other wheelbuilding advice you find yourself needing too.
05-29-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 702
Posted By Retro Grouch

Ideally you'd like for the spokes to be tangent...

Ideally you'd like for the spokes to be tangent at the hub end and radial at the rim end. Spokes that are too close to radial have been known to pull the rim flanges apart. Spokes that are too...
05-28-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 601
Posted By Retro Grouch

Good luck with that.

Good luck with that.
05-13-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,530
Posted By Retro Grouch

Which one appeals to you more? Try to negotiate...

Which one appeals to you more? Try to negotiate the price downward and just buy it.

My personal recommendation is to do the least You can to get it rideable and just ride it. The value in owning...
05-12-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Perfect" is for people who think digitally. I'm...

"Perfect" is for people who think digitally. I'm more of an analogue kind of guy.

If it was my bike, I'd bolt up what I have, take it out for a ride, and not worry unless I dropped the chain. My...
05-11-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Retro Grouch

Doesn't take much of a gap. The way it shows up...

Doesn't take much of a gap. The way it shows up is semi-frequent rim side inner tube punctures. Your new tube may puncture right away but it more likely will wait until you are 30 miles from home.
05-10-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,760
Posted By Retro Grouch

Once you get above around 15 MPH, air drag...

Once you get above around 15 MPH, air drag consumes more power than everything else combined. The faster you go beyond 15 MPH, the more significant air drag becomes. If you want to ride faster,...
05-04-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,376
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've always done it with the heads of the pulling...

I've always done it with the heads of the pulling spokes facing out. I also lace all of the heads out spokes on both sides first because that's much easier.
05-03-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 19,515
Posted By Retro Grouch

The more confidentally someone answers this...

The more confidentally someone answers this question, the less confidence I'd have in their answer.
05-02-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,613
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? The...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

The marketing folks at Shimano have the responsibility to extract the maximum amount of money that each bicycle user is willing to spend for every component. ...
05-01-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,037
Posted By Retro Grouch

For years I worked on my bikes by hanging them...

For years I worked on my bikes by hanging them vertically from the front wheel.
04-26-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,380
Posted By Retro Grouch

If the Nishiki Pueblo were fixed, would you be...

If the Nishiki Pueblo were fixed, would you be willing to buy it for $130.00?

What is your objective? I assume you are wanting a bike that you can ride around this summer. If you don't get the...
04-25-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
Posted By Retro Grouch

Two bikes, two broken rims. I suppose it could...

Two bikes, two broken rims. I suppose it could be a coincidence, but my bet is there is something goofy going on here that you haven't mentioned.
04-15-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,056
Posted By Retro Grouch

Most punctures occur on the back wheel so, if I...

Most punctures occur on the back wheel so, if I were forced to make the choice, I'd put the heavier tire on the back.
04-15-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 5,178
Posted By Retro Grouch

The most important thing that you can do to keep...

The most important thing that you can do to keep riding is not to die.
04-12-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,563
Posted By Retro Grouch

How hard can it be? I'd start with tires to...

How hard can it be? I'd start with tires to match my anticipated riding routes. Next I'd consider how aero I wanted to be. Once those two decisions are made, the rest will fall into place.
04-03-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 773
Posted By Retro Grouch

It won't do everything but you'll be surprised at...

It won't do everything but you'll be surprised at how far just a 5mm allen wrench will take you.
04-03-21, 07:42 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,286
Posted By Retro Grouch

Back in my road running days I used to think that...

Back in my road running days I used to think that when I moved up an age group the competition would get easier because there were fewer runners. What happens in reality is that the same guys who...
03-31-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,417
Posted By Retro Grouch

How fast do you ride now? Once you exceed...

How fast do you ride now?

Once you exceed about 15 MPH, aero drag surpasses all the other factors combined that are holding you back. If you want to become significantly faster, work on your...
03-27-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,405
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? Look at...

How thin can you slice the baloney?

Look at how many component groups Shimano makes. They want to make sure that, however much money a consumer is willing to spend for a bicycle derailleur,...
03-27-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,564
Posted By Retro Grouch

Most tadpole recumbent trikes require a chain...

Most tadpole recumbent trikes require a chain that is approximately equal to 2 1/2 common bicycle chain lengths. Two choices: 1. Join as many chain lengths as you need using the master links that...
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