Monthly Archives: October 2011

I Still Know …

… how to bicycle:

After a long break [my last ride was on July 27] for various reasons [heart problems in the heat and humidity as well as being reluctant to ride after a friend of mine was nearly run over by a driver not paying attention and serving onto the shoulder] I finally got onto my bike again today and did 20 miles at an average of 15.5 mph and I really enjoyed it. Well, to tell the truth, my butt didn’t actually enjoy it. But I really felt fine otherwise, and I’m happy I can still – without overexerting myself – do that average after such a long pause.



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Freewheel Removal Tools

What I found out when I put on different freewheels on my new set of wheels was that the appropriate freewheel removal tool for Regina freewheels, the Park Tool FR-4, didn’t work. It just didn’t want to go over the lock-out nuts as the inner diameter was just a tiny fraction of an inch too narrow. So, I had to ask for the help of cousin Gordon with all his tools and his machine shop, and he was able to drill the inner diameter just the tiniest amount wider. And I also found – on Ebay again – a Germany-manufactured removal tool with a minutely narrower rim that also fits

Here are the three freewheel removal tools I now have for Regina freewheels:


Freewheel Removal Tools for Regina Freewheels

The tools are, from left to right: the one manufactured in Germany, the widened Park Tool FR-4, and the original Park Tool FR-4.

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A New Set of Wheels

A couple of weeks ago I had myself a new set of wheels built for my Dancelli. Here they are:

new wheels

The New Set of Wheels

Don’t they look great? I had them built at CycleLogic in San Antonio and I really think Allen there did a great job. It’s a place, btw, that I can only recommend for their excellent service.

The rims are Ambrosios, the high-flange hubs are Campys, and the spokes are DT-Swiss. And as to the freewheel: that depends. At present I’m looking for a 5-speed Regina.

Here’s a close-up of the hubs:


The Campy High Flange Hub(s)

Maybe I need to take another picture that shows the hubs themselves better as they are a tad blurry here. But still, the pic shows how beautiful they are.

And here’s the Regina America freewheel I put on, only to discover that the hubs can only take a 5-speed freewheel, and not, like this here, a 6-speed one. That’s why I’m still shopping around on E-Bay for a 5-speed freewheel.


Regina America 6-Speed Freewheel

Well, as soon as I have a freewheel that fits, I’ll put the first miles on these wheels. I’m really looking forward to that moment.

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A Different Spin on the Dangers of Urban Cycling –

A Different Spin on the Dangers of Urban Cycling –


A Different Spin on the Dangers of Urban Cycling

Two recent studies appear to expose cyclists as a potent urban menace.

Bicycle riders pose a danger to themselves and to pedestrians, according to the studies. Bicycle commuters have 2.3 times the black carbon, or soot, in their lungs as do noncyclists, according to a U.K. study whose results were applied to cities world-wide. And each year in New York state alone cyclists cause about 1,000 injuries to pedestrians that require a hospital visit, 55% of those in New York City.

These widely reported numbers look very different when put in context. The carbon figure was based on only a handful of cyclists in London. And the injury figure appears less troubling when cast alongside trends in New York City cycling: The number of cyclists has nearly doubled since 2007, even as pedestrian injuries have fallen slightly.

Neither study has been published in a peer-reviewed journal and each was preliminary. Yet each one was cited in media coverage that depicted the results in ways the authors didn’t intend.


Read the full story here: The Wall Street Journal

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