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Looks like I'm cool again

Old 09-28-10, 12:17 PM
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Originally Posted by PlattsVegas View Post
How did you get that pedal to screw into the new hole in the crank?
With a 15mm wrench ?


Seriously tough, all it takes is drilling and threading the new holes into the crank arms at the right location. The thread size used for pedals is standardized (9/16" x 20 tpi, right and left-handed threads).
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Old 09-28-10, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by ppc View Post
standardized (9/16" x 20 tpi, right and left-handed threads).
Thank you to the Wright brothers for the left handed threading. Buying a left hand thread tap isn't a big deal, making it thread so that a pedal will not strip it easily takes expertise. Old man tasks.
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Old 09-28-10, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by dsh View Post
I would be terrified to ride a recumbent "downtown". How do you ever not get run over?
I don't know, I've never had a problem on a bent, and the lower it is, the better I feel. Cars can see me fine, and I'm confident that I can manoeuver quickly in heavy traffic and brake as hard as I want without endoing. On the other hand, perched on top of a road bike with those skinny tires under me, I don't feel safe at all, and I'm much too scared to "let it rip". There was a time I could bomb down the street between cars and hitch a ride behind buses and taxis with that bike, but years of recumbent riding took the confidence away from me. It's a matter of habit I suppose...
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Old 09-28-10, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ppc View Post
Cars can see me fine


I'll take your word for it. I've had way too many cars merge on top of me until I start banging on their door panels, and that's with me cruising 6' high.

Recumbent riders, crazy.
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Old 10-11-10, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ppc View Post
On the other hand, perched on top of a road bike with those skinny tires under me, I don't feel safe at all, and I'm much too scared to "let it rip". There was a time I could bomb down the street between cars and hitch a ride behind buses and taxis with that bike, but years of recumbent riding took the confidence away from me. It's a matter of habit I suppose...
Maybe sell the old fixie? I mean, you weren't even testing the market and you received two or three cat calls downtown.

Not trying to talk you out of riding the fixie again, but seems like you might be more into the recumbent scene? One man's trash is a "cool" kid's treasure.

Though I'm sure you're cool, too!
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