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02-02-23, 10:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 902
Posted By 79pmooney

I have a lesser French bike I saved from a...

I have a lesser French bike I saved from a dumpster. No, it wasn't there yet. At an "as is" sale at the community shop I'd been volunteering at. They set bikes they couldn't sell or re-use that might...
02-02-23, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By 79pmooney

I bet you could do a neat and tight wrap with an...

I bet you could do a neat and tight wrap with an inner tube strip across the cage top and finish with a sailor's whip. Same at the cage bottom. I bet with careful placement you would only need...
01-30-23, 01:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,026
Posted By 79pmooney

What derailleurs (brand and model) are you using?...

What derailleurs (brand and model) are you using? I've used virtually only SunTours since 1973 and haven't seen that issue if cables, housing were in good order and the pivots in good shape. ...
01-28-23, 10:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 964
Posted By 79pmooney

Also look at chainstay length and front center. ...

Also look at chainstay length and front center. (Front center - distance BB to front hub.) At a given fit, your weight is at some (small) distance in front of the bottom bracket. It is then...
01-27-23, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 319
Posted By 79pmooney

The vets in my club had me lowering my seat many...

The vets in my club had me lowering my seat many years ago and it's stayed low since. (I ride with plenty of knee bend. Never measured it.)

To the thread title - I'm getting older and get to be...
01-27-23, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 504
Posted By 79pmooney

+1 Another 9-speed. DT Campy, Serves me very...

+1 Another 9-speed. DT Campy, Serves me very well. 2 wheels and about 3 1/2 cassettes means making up custom cassettes is easy. Plenty of rotation on the cogs. New chains are cheap. This might...
01-26-23, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By 79pmooney

Do you inflate them a little first? I always do....

Do you inflate them a little first? I always do. There's a simple way that requires neither a pump or air canister. Blow them up like a balloon. With your breath. A hard exhale by a cyclist gets...
01-25-23, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 991
Posted By 79pmooney

Question - do you sweat? Does the seatpost see...

Question - do you sweat? Does the seatpost see that sweat? If it does, you may have a complete circuit through dissimilar metals. The steel may not be touching the carbon but if the circuit is...
01-25-23, 11:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 626
Posted By 79pmooney

Thanks. I've been using quick releases forever...

Thanks. I've been using quick releases forever and was taught how to do it right when i was a pre-teen. But I doubt I could have provided words here that would do more than add to the confusion.
01-24-23, 10:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,630
Posted By 79pmooney

160 miles on bikes, 46 walking 49 miles on my...

160 miles on bikes, 46 walking
49 miles on my farmers market Raleigh Competition
111 miles on my avatar photo TiCycles fix gear.

Hitting 70 in a couple of months. If I don't start walking, it...
01-24-23, 09:36 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,005
Posted By 79pmooney

It is verboten to mention the word "drag". ...

It is verboten to mention the word "drag". (Florida will be banning all public university engineering textbooks that mention it next year. :()

And "seriously" - why is a triple such an...
01-23-23, 10:29 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,924
Posted By 79pmooney

Downhill on a fix gear. I"m not superman! ...

Downhill on a fix gear. I"m not superman!

We should keep in mind that this discussion really only matters for a rather small range of RPMs. 80-120. (Really 90-110.) Yes, some of us ride...
01-21-23, 09:46 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,382
Posted By 79pmooney

Do you have inside information that none of those...

Do you have inside information that none of those 15 TdF winners "on clinchers" were not actually riding re-branded tubulars or simply swapped wheels after the finish (or did a convenient wheel...
01-20-23, 11:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 368
Posted By 79pmooney

Did you check the bead seat? (The reference line...

Did you check the bead seat? (The reference line the just shows above the rim.) A tight tire can have a portion of the bead slipping down into the center channel, causing usually both an overall...
01-19-23, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 313
Posted By 79pmooney

And more serious - why not just go with...

And more serious - why not just go with cantilevers? Now, I have only used the ancient Mafac calipers and the mid '80s Shimano that came stock on my '84(?) Miyata 610 that copied the Mafac geometry....
01-18-23, 12:43 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,205
Posted By 79pmooney

Brakeless fix gears and stopping distance (and...

Brakeless fix gears and stopping distance (and ramblings). I used to hang out at the bike shop of the fix gear guru of Portland, recognized both by the hip street crowd and at the velodrome. (I'd...
01-18-23, 11:42 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,205
Posted By 79pmooney

Don't bring common sense into this thread. You...

Don't bring common sense into this thread. You will kill it fast (if people notice). :)
01-17-23, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll second the above. FD shifting when friction...

I'll second the above. FD shifting when friction is pretty darn simple. You need a slack enough cable that the FD can relax completely for downshifts. (And you hardly need a barrel adjust to...
01-17-23, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 284
Posted By 79pmooney

I don't pay attention to clothing UPFs so I...

I don't pay attention to clothing UPFs so I haven't looked but - the grey Patagonia t-shirts are wonderful under jerseys and my go to until it gets into the '80s. (I just looked - "Daily Tech" and...
01-17-23, 12:02 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,205
Posted By 79pmooney

And related - if that front brake goes kapooey...

And related - if that front brake goes kapooey (cable breaking, ancient lever deciding this was its last ride, a hanger failing ... it will do it when you are braking very hard, like on that steep...
01-17-23, 12:29 AM
Replies: 155
Views: 3,924
Posted By 79pmooney

It was said in racing circles long before that...

It was said in racing circles long before that certain American racer championed cadence that if you could out-spin your rival, come crunch time you could beat him. Hardly a new concept.
01-16-23, 10:46 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 2,205
Posted By 79pmooney

If you ever have an issue where your front brake...

If you ever have an issue where your front brake doesn't work you just might find that ineffective rear brake rather useful. Long descents, you can bleed a lot of speed and heat with them. I've...
01-15-23, 05:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 391
Posted By 79pmooney

The ride that is as much event as ride - the week...

The ride that is as much event as ride - the week long Cycle Oregon. No one day measures up to those posted above. About 450 miles total. Route changes from year to year but about every 5 it goes...
01-15-23, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 244
Posted By 79pmooney

To remove that spring - unscrew the set screw...

To remove that spring - unscrew the set screw just behind the pivot. (Takes a JIS screwdriver which is a Phillips with the tip ground off. A Phillps may work or you may find another (square perhaps)...
01-15-23, 10:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 837
Posted By 79pmooney

The reason hub nuts are kinda nice is that they...

The reason hub nuts are kinda nice is that they allow setting chain tension by "walking" the hub forward or back by tightening the nut on one side, loosening the other and pushing the tire at the...
01-14-23, 08:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,012
Posted By 79pmooney

holytrousers, the bike is a real part of my...

holytrousers, the bike is a real part of my spirituality. I've had my crashes, some very real and with long term consequences. No hit and run, yet. I've been doored and hit by someone running...
01-14-23, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Posted By 79pmooney

Yes, as others said, you need a new freewheel....

Yes, as others said, you need a new freewheel. Get it soon, before this chain stretches to match those worn cogs or your newly worn chain will quickly take down your new freewheel.

Or better,...
01-14-23, 05:52 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,382
Posted By 79pmooney

No, good sewups were magic carpet long before...

No, good sewups were magic carpet long before titanium bikes came along. Grandfathered.

And on that note, the similarities between sewups and magic carpets. Both hand sewn by artisans from exotic...
01-13-23, 10:05 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,382
Posted By 79pmooney

True I have no idea on tubeless. Gluing...

True I have no idea on tubeless.

Gluing isn't hard to do and doesn't take very long beyond waiting time when I simply do something else.

One of the reasons I commuted exclusively on tubulars...
01-13-23, 01:51 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 3,382
Posted By 79pmooney

The difference between clinchers and tubs is hard...

The difference between clinchers and tubs is hard to quantify or put numbers on. And substantially bigger clinchers at lower pressure will feel "plushier". But for a restricted width, tubulars help a...
01-13-23, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,111
Posted By 79pmooney

veganbikes, why the hatred of old threads with...

veganbikes, why the hatred of old threads with good info in them being dredged up? I've never see anything on what to do with popped rails. I haven't done it yet so it hasn't mattered to me but I...
01-13-23, 11:21 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 16,665
Posted By 79pmooney

Yup. I look for the grass or non-stinging...

Yup. I look for the grass or non-stinging leaves. If, no, the shorts. (I raced BITD when black shorts were required and the word was they were black for exactly that reason. The post flat tire or...
01-10-23, 09:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 899
Posted By 79pmooney

Every Power Ratchet/SunTour anything combo I've...

Every Power Ratchet/SunTour anything combo I've tried worked super. Now I haven't gone higher than 7-speed so I don't know how well the relatively coarsely spaced ratchet teeth would do with the...
Forum: Commuting
01-10-23, 08:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 753
Posted By 79pmooney

Tucking "thick insulated pant legs" (post #3)...

Tucking "thick insulated pant legs" (post #3) into socks might kill the socks and not be "free".
01-10-23, 01:57 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 7,743
Posted By 79pmooney

My favorite bike is a near $5000 ti custom that...

My favorite bike is a near $5000 ti custom that is inspired and ridden like the race bikes of 120 years ago. Same gear train and soon, same tires. (Well, skinnier, lighter and synthetic but the...
01-10-23, 01:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 899
Posted By 79pmooney

The amazing thing is that my SunTour (and very...

The amazing thing is that my SunTour (and very Japanese; I presume JIS) Supberbe shifters work well with no modifications on a later, 9-speed Campagnolo (I resume ISO) drivetrain. I don't know how...
01-09-23, 09:33 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,032
Posted By 79pmooney

That was a Park employee having a little fun. ...

That was a Park employee having a little fun. Got fired the next day and every trace of his employment banished. :)
Forum: Commuting
01-09-23, 09:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 753
Posted By 79pmooney

Maybe use stretchy straps? (Any outdoor supply...

Maybe use stretchy straps? (Any outdoor supply outfit.) My knees wouldn't like it and I have to concede to them or have them taken out. My approach might be the cycling gaitors I made (stretchy...
01-09-23, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 505
Posted By 79pmooney

I raced that derailleur hung from a hanger I made...

I raced that derailleur hung from a hanger I made that was as short as possible. Bike had a 52-42-28 triple and 13-19 5-speed FW. Shifting was excellent!
Forum: Commuting
01-09-23, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 753
Posted By 79pmooney

I want my pants to ride up enough to not bind on...

I want my pants to ride up enough to not bind on my knees. Never did like any knee bind at all and far less so after my knee condition started (chondro malcia or some newer term}. I find quality...
01-09-23, 03:39 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,914
Posted By 79pmooney

A certain mountain biker by the name Ned Overend...

A certain mountain biker by the name Ned Overend did OK using drop bars on his mountain bikes. Won a couple of races I believe.
01-09-23, 03:36 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,914
Posted By 79pmooney

Observation here. Drop bar bikes are just...

Observation here. Drop bar bikes are just returning to the clearances used in the past. We had several decades of clearance dropping as roads improved and road races rarely saw non-pavement. But...
01-09-23, 01:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,032
Posted By 79pmooney

You just witnessed one of the dark places playing...

You just witnessed one of the dark places playing with vices can take us. :)
01-09-23, 01:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,032
Posted By 79pmooney

I look at those hubs and those removers and...

I look at those hubs and those removers and simply think that's collectively poor design to have one of the most highly torqued tool used on a bike to have that little material at the key spot. And...
01-09-23, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 447
Posted By 79pmooney

Another way to think about this. Suppose you...

Another way to think about this. Suppose you were a dust cap? Would you rather spent your life screwed to a cold bar of aluminum, getting to go out in nature periodically, only to spend hours just...
01-09-23, 12:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 768
Posted By 79pmooney

I saw the title and thought "twitchy" like the...

I saw the title and thought "twitchy" like the Fuji Professional I raced in the '70s with its 75 degree head angle and same fork rake of its smaller sisters. The bike that was very nervous reaching...
01-08-23, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,623
Posted By 79pmooney

On steel, I've broken the right chainstay...

On steel, I've broken the right chainstay completely just behind the bridge and on a bike I bought used and abused, discovered both chainstays were about to break in the same place. First one I...
01-07-23, 06:39 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,928
Posted By 79pmooney

If you ride enough, the day will come when you...

If you ride enough, the day will come when you will need lubricant down there or run into saddle sores. If you keep riding on them, they do not go away. Chamois cremes can prevent those issues from...
01-07-23, 06:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 890
Posted By 79pmooney

Or have someone make one for you. (I have bikes...

Or have someone make one for you. (I have bikes to common standards but arms that aren't and have custom stems on most of my bikes.)

TiCycles has made most of mine. For them it is pretty...
01-06-23, 10:46 AM
Replies: 722
Views: 17,016
Posted By 79pmooney

I'll probably never have a disc brake bike. One...

I'll probably never have a disc brake bike. One more thing to learn. A whole new set of standards to introduce to my stable. Wheels (even fronts) that aren't interchangeable. And all my bikes have...
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