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03-27-02, 11:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,680
Posted By Pat O'Malley

It's possible that the bike shop gave you a bent...

It's possible that the bike shop gave you a bent axle. This happened once to me. And let me pre-empt Veloslob, er I mean SNOB, that it came from a very reputable bike shop.
03-21-02, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Thanks John and walt for the help. I contacted...

Thanks John and walt for the help. I contacted Sheldon Brown and although he didnt have the exact gauge he offered an alternative. But I got lucky today and got exactly what I needed from a guy who...
03-21-02, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Alex, You assume incorrrectly. I have called only...

Alex, You assume incorrrectly. I have called only the serious bike shops. So, can you get what I need?
03-20-02, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Broken spoke

My commuter bike needs a spoke. I can't locate any my size at the numerous LBS's in town. Anybody know where I can get a 105 (ga or diameter, this is a really thick spoke!) 261 mm long? Thanks.
Forum: Recumbent
02-04-02, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,007
Posted By Pat O'Malley

The only way you are going to find the bent that...

The only way you are going to find the bent that suits you is to ride alot of them. But this can be difficult because the availalbilty of bents is very restricted. In my city there are only two...
01-23-02, 10:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Rainman, I had the same prob with my Avid...

Rainman, I had the same prob with my Avid brakes. The LBS guy just shrugged and said "Yeah, They will do that" Last time I ever went to that shop. I too had cleaned, sanded, and toed. All to no...
01-12-02, 08:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 943
Posted By Pat O'Malley

By far the majority of drivers are courteous....

By far the majority of drivers are courteous. Today hundreds of cars passed me on a country ride. And only one vehicle got unecessarily close, at high speed and honked. About two miles later he was...
Forum: Recumbent
01-11-02, 05:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,661
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Spininin makes a good point about commuting, and...

Spininin makes a good point about commuting, and I know you are a big commuter Pete. I too commute on a mountain bike for the very reasons Spininin gave. I know I will raise the ire of my bent...
01-10-02, 07:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 355
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Why are my cassettes diff?

I just noticed that the teeth on my cassetes ( I got 4 bikes) are not the same. One bike has all the teeth nice and flat on the top, another has alot of teeth that look like shark fins, and the...
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-01, 10:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,661
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Pete, All I can say is what bikespokesman and...

Pete, All I can say is what bikespokesman and bentrider said about testriding as many as you can. From my research on the subject I had myself convinced I wanted a VRex, which is a very popular bike,...
Forum: Recumbent
12-30-01, 10:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 921
Posted By Pat O'Malley

In response to the question about climbing, I...

In response to the question about climbing, I have found that some bents are radically different in their abilty to climb. I have two bents, and while both are better climbers for me than my uprights...
12-08-01, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 459
Posted By Pat O'Malley

It's cold, wet and windy here, but after reading...

It's cold, wet and windy here, but after reading that truly excellent piece I am gonna get out my heaviest dirtiest bike and do a ride! Thanks for the motivation.
10-20-01, 07:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 311
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Trial and error, even when the LBS uses their...

Trial and error, even when the LBS uses their fancy machine. My current conundrum is I am noticing that my left leg which is a tad shorter than the right ( nobody is symetrical)is causing me slight...
10-16-01, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 673
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Allister, I don't get it. How were you able to...

Allister, I don't get it. How were you able to fix your flat with a stick? What kind of stick?
Also, has anybody ever stuffed grass inside your tire in lieu of air?
10-16-01, 07:24 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,036
Posted By Pat O'Malley

With Chris's long powerful arms and short legs (...

With Chris's long powerful arms and short legs ( and I won't even mention the color of his rump) I wonder what sort of bike does he ride? Could it be an old Schwinn Stingray with banana seat and ape...
10-16-01, 07:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,041
Posted By Pat O'Malley

If I'm not actually riding, then I'm pouring over...

If I'm not actually riding, then I'm pouring over catologues, or tinkering with my bikes. When I see a bike in traffic I check it out like it was a hot babe. (This is obviously a desperarate cry for...
10-16-01, 03:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 673
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Don't leave home without it

Yesterday I unloaded my bike out in the country ready to enjoy some riding when I discovered I had forgotten to bring my clipless shoes. So I rode 77 miles on tennis shoes on top of SPD's. It really...
Forum: Recumbent
10-07-01, 07:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,594
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I would like to try to build a bent, but I...

I would like to try to build a bent, but I wouldn't trust my craftmanship, especially on a downhill! I am a self taught welder (wire feed) and I have had many welds break. But yours was made without...
Forum: Recumbent
10-07-01, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,554
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Yeah those bikes are souped up. The British...

Yeah those bikes are souped up. The British entry, called BlueHorizan,( or BlueYonder? ) cost a cool quarter million to make!!
Forum: Recumbent
10-07-01, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,594
Posted By Pat O'Malley

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nobby [B]Today I...

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nobby
[B]Today I had an opportunity to ride a factory built recumbent for the first time. My only previous experience has been on my own 'no weld' home-built bike. What...
10-05-01, 10:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 757
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Yes, regardless of the bike you ride we are all...

Yes, regardless of the bike you ride we are all cyclists, but I would draw the line at "Unicyclists". :p
10-05-01, 02:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 844
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I have a TurboCat 10 watt helmet mounted light. I...

I have a TurboCat 10 watt helmet mounted light. I really like the helmet type because I can check out the pavement around the next turn. Its also good for shining at cars that are coming up to you...
10-05-01, 01:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,052
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I have the Alien, made by Topeak. Costs about...

I have the Alien, made by Topeak. Costs about $35.
It has everything you will need for roadside repairs except pliers. I carry a small (about 4 inches long) pair of pliers after having fought a...
10-04-01, 07:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 650
Posted By Pat O'Malley

On the ride to my job I ride on the streets,...

On the ride to my job I ride on the streets, sidewalks, grass, and cut thru private properties. Not to save time but to save my life. I asked a cop last week if he would give me a ticket for riding...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-01, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 651
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I think of WD 40 as Water Displacement, not as a...

I think of WD 40 as Water Displacement, not as a lube. After a wet ride I give my bike a sponge bath to get the grime off, then I spray WD sparingly on my derailers, brakes, and cassette. Then I wipe...
10-02-01, 08:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 994
Posted By Pat O'Malley

You make a good point Mike about how bikes are...

You make a good point Mike about how bikes are more functional overseas whereas in the US they are more of a sport or recreation. I saw an electric car--it looked like an oversized golf cart, very...
Forum: Recumbent
10-02-01, 08:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,403
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I gotta agree with you about keeping the df. As...

I gotta agree with you about keeping the df. As long as I have room in the garage for all my bikes and bike stuff. I too keep a journal, of miles on which bike ( I have 3) avg speed, wind conditions...
Forum: Recumbent
10-01-01, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,403
Posted By Pat O'Malley

So if a df is a safety bike, then I suppose a...

So if a df is a safety bike, then I suppose a bent would be like a super safety bike? When I ride my wedgie to work on a Monday morning after a weekend of benting I feel like I am sky high, and the...
10-01-01, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 994
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Electric bikes

I was surfin' Ebay and saw a couple of electric bikes. One weighed 80 pounds! And had one speed. If you are lit enuff, and the hills are flat enuff, and the omni-directional wind is calm, you can go...
10-01-01, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 628
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Seven days without riding makes one weak, but a...

Seven days without riding makes one weak, but a whole month is serious!:( I assume it's because of the injury from the attack? But I thought you mainly got a facial (keep a stiff upper lip, old...
Forum: Recumbent
09-30-01, 08:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,403
Posted By Pat O'Malley

What's a safety bike?

What's a safety bike?
Forum: Recumbent
09-29-01, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,403
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Jammer, You are so right! When I got my Velocity...

Jammer, You are so right! When I got my Velocity Squared I was dismayed at how slow I was on it, so I was already to change the rear wheel to a larger 700c. Then I read on the net about some guy who...
09-28-01, 04:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,603
Posted By Pat O'Malley

As much as I love to ride, I feel that the best...

As much as I love to ride, I feel that the best off road fitness training is running. I run on a treadmill regularily, and I believe I get a more intense workout doing this than I would on a bike. In...
09-27-01, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 669
Posted By Pat O'Malley

AeroBars and bellies

Nearly all of the people I see riding with aerobars are going so slow that I wonder if they were not in that aerodynamiclly efficient tuck then just how much slower would they be going? Obviously,...
09-27-01, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By Pat O'Malley

The pedals with 26 degrees of float are Frogs. Is...

The pedals with 26 degrees of float are Frogs. Is that much float a good thing (freedom) or a bad thing (sloppy)?
Forum: Recumbent
09-27-01, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,586
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Actually I only was able to test ride the...

Actually I only was able to test ride the standard BikeE and the super-duper RX model. Then I rode a V-Rex and was thoroughly frustrated with my inability to feel in control of the SWB. Then I rode a...
09-26-01, 08:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 790
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Sorry to hear about your fall Bill but don't feel...

Sorry to hear about your fall Bill but don't feel bad. I'm sure everyone has done that at least once. I've done it twice!
I was looking in a catologue and noticed that the chart gives a "Float"...
09-25-01, 08:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 964
Posted By Pat O'Malley

When I bought my first pair of clipless shoes the...

When I bought my first pair of clipless shoes the LBS installed them way too tight. So when I had to make the inevitable adjustment ( he had my toes pointing out because that is supposedly a more...
Forum: Recumbent
09-25-01, 08:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,586
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I recommend that you test ride a bike before you...

I recommend that you test ride a bike before you buy it. There are many significant differences in recumbent designs which affect the handling, comfort, speed, etc. And you can't decide which ride...
09-21-01, 07:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,192
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I was coasting down a hill about 25-30 miles an...

I was coasting down a hill about 25-30 miles an hour and there was a big old buzzard snacking on some roadkill. Buzzards in Texas will wait till the last possible moment before they get out of the...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-01, 06:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,375
Posted By Pat O'Malley

The bike I commute with and ride to the store is...

The bike I commute with and ride to the store is a 6 speed, made in China, 50 pound monster that has no QR. In fact most of the bolts are welded from rust! If it was vandalized I am not sure I would...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-01, 06:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 807
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I think you should have both, Joe, but at present...

I think you should have both, Joe, but at present I have only a helmet mount 15 watt light and it is great. I like the way you can scope out what's around the next corner. I use my light to get in...
09-18-01, 09:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 827
Posted By Pat O'Malley

They are gutless cowards. They know that you...

They are gutless cowards. They know that you can't chase them down. I doubt that they throw and yell crap at motorcyclists or other drivers who could follow them. Don't let the bastards get you down....
09-15-01, 12:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,731
Posted By Pat O'Malley

My LBS was selling out way cheap their stock of...

My LBS was selling out way cheap their stock of Vistalights. I asked the owner why, and he said he was not going to carry them anymore, and that Bell was going to sell Vista which would make their...
09-12-01, 09:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,085
Posted By Pat O'Malley

A couple years ago some school kids noticed that...

A couple years ago some school kids noticed that their bus driver was driving odd, and smelled of booze. So one of the kids pulled the keys out of the ignition, at a stop, and the driver was...
09-10-01, 06:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,096
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Everything you really need to know you already...

Everything you really need to know you already learned in kindergarden. For example, when crossing a street you were instructed to "Stop. Look. LISTEN." Another good song to sing to is Ike and Tina...
Forum: Recumbent
09-09-01, 05:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,445
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Bentrox! What bike do you have? And what would...

Bentrox! What bike do you have? And what would be your dream bike?
Regarding muscle groups, I have been riding about three weeks, nearly every day, and Ican feel the difference, especially in my...
Forum: Recumbent
09-09-01, 06:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,445
Posted By Pat O'Malley

It takes a while to learn how to ride a bent, and...

It takes a while to learn how to ride a bent, and the Bike E is the easiest. However, it has a more upright seating position, with the bottom bracket lower than the seat, which sort of defeats the...
Forum: Touring
09-03-01, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,367
Posted By Pat O'Malley

Go to a big drug store and buy anything and...

Go to a big drug store and buy anything and everything that can give you creature comforts, like lotions for blisters, sun block, insect bite stuff, advil, waterless hand cleaner,mouth wash, shampoo,...
Forum: Commuting
09-03-01, 07:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,243
Posted By Pat O'Malley

I have a small bell, and I ring it till I see the...

I have a small bell, and I ring it till I see the person cock his head, letting me know that they heard it. If they don't respond I yell "On your left" as I never pass on the right, just as if I were...
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