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07-20-09, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,379
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Get thinner brake pads (the cartridge pads take...

Get thinner brake pads (the cartridge pads take more space than the solid ones, and around here, cartridges are actually more expensive) and install the thinner spherical washer close to the pads so...
07-20-09, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 702
Posted By Michel Gagnon

"24" is indeed the smallest chainring you are...

"24" is indeed the smallest chainring you are able to install on your crankset. It is relatively inexpensive and will give you about 2-3 gears that are lower than what you have. Otherwise:
– Replace...
Forum: Touring
05-10-09, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,007
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Happy that you solved the problem! I had a...

Happy that you solved the problem!
I had a closer look at the picture of your (former) rack and I now see that the corner would be too tight for the cam-lock mechanism.
05-09-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Sorry I don't have them. However, for my stoker I...

Sorry I don't have them. However, for my stoker I used a set of the cheapest brake levers I could find. A bit less than 10 $ locally.
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The trailer looks good, but you definitely need a...

The trailer looks good, but you definitely need a bona fide hitch. This rigged up system will either break within a few kilometres if you are lucky, or in the middle of nowhere if you are not. I...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-09, 12:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,657
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Finally ! Someone else who has seen the light !

Finally ! Someone else who has seen the light !
05-09-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Posted By Michel Gagnon

That's basically the case. However, you have two...

That's basically the case. However, you have two other legal options.

1. If you deal with mail order, you might save on local sales tax (I think that depends on U.S. state regulations). On the...
05-05-09, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 449
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I made a protective flap with an old piece of...

I made a protective flap with an old piece of bicycle tube. So far, so good.
Forum: Touring
05-05-09, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,007
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I think I see your problem, but before I come...

I think I see your problem, but before I come with a possible solution, I need some extra info. on your panniers.

Arkel went with at least three different versions of their hooks, and each version...
05-04-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,206
Posted By Michel Gagnon

You could drill holes in the crank arms, but I...

You could drill holes in the crank arms, but I really don't like the idea.

Da Vinci (and maybe 1 or 2 others) manufacture special cranks with 3 or 4 sets of holes, but the arms are much stronger...
04-23-09, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Three possibilities. 1. The most likely: The...

Three possibilities.

1. The most likely: The two tiny adjustment screws (one on each side) need adjusting. They are located at the base of each brake arm, as shown here...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 470
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I can't find it clearly in Sheldon Brown's...

I can't find it clearly in Sheldon Brown's glossary, but what you want is "non-aero" brake levers. I think they stopped manufacturing them 20-25 years ago. Your best bet would be to visit a shop that...
04-22-09, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 689
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Indeed. And if it helps, the hub can also be used...

Indeed. And if it helps, the hub can also be used on a bike that does not have disk brakes.
04-22-09, 09:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,034
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I don't know if they have changed, but both the...

I don't know if they have changed, but both the Addams Trail-a-Bike (2000 edition) and the Burley Piccolo (2001 edition) have eyelets for a rack near the dropouts. One needs to use P-clamps (not a...
04-22-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,385
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The photo is indeed from the Dia-Compe 287 (no...

The photo is indeed from the Dia-Compe 287 (no V). The 287-V has a little plastic thing on the handle, near the top as shown here:
http://www.bikeparts.com/pimage/BPC317828.jpg

I had 287-V on my...
04-21-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 913
Posted By Michel Gagnon

You might be able to find 7 or 8 speed indexed...

You might be able to find 7 or 8 speed indexed shifters amongst used parts, but the supply would be very limited. And the spacing between index notches won't be compatible with your system so you...
Forum: Touring
04-20-09, 09:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By Michel Gagnon

What you have in mind is not recommended....

What you have in mind is not recommended. Basically, having weight behind the rear wheel is a bit like having the tail wag the dog.

As others have said, first and foremost go for four panniers....
Forum: Foo
04-19-09, 10:18 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 4,111
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Depends on the age of the guy too. I probably...

Depends on the age of the guy too. I probably said something that nice along those lines to a 28-29 year old woman... when I was 18 or 19. And I have also said something like that to a man of that...
04-19-09, 09:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,034
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Like others, I am not sure I agree with...

Like others, I am not sure I agree with everything Bill McCready (Santana) says, but keeping the tandem fairly upright at stops and even when we are ready to dismount is indeed a very good idea. And...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-19-09, 09:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,092
Posted By Michel Gagnon

From what I read, she is looking for a bike with...

From what I read, she is looking for a bike with drop bars.

How much riding is she doing, what kind of roads, etc.?
And looking at her arms, what part is shorter, the upper or the lower part?...
04-19-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By Michel Gagnon

That's a typical problem of brazed setups : you...

That's a typical problem of brazed setups : you can only do so much in terms of adaptability. To compound the issue, Shimano has changed the standard setups, so the standard setups have been...
04-17-09, 10:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,948
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The problem with the Lumotec Oval Plus and the...

The problem with the Lumotec Oval Plus and the Shimano is not voltage or amperage, but simply the fact the Shimano hub is grounded while the Schmidt is not. So when one uses the Lumotec Oval Plus...
04-14-09, 10:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,052
Posted By Michel Gagnon

What are drops for? If you want an aggressive...

What are drops for? If you want an aggressive position, don't put the drops 14 cm below the saddle. Instead, put them 7-8 cm below the saddle. Then, you will either be able to ride on the drops at 15...
Forum: Touring
04-14-09, 10:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,603
Posted By Michel Gagnon

It is possible on SOME bkes, but not all. I...

It is possible on SOME bkes, but not all.

I think I would then agree with Mntroads.
Do a few 2-day tours close to home to see if you enjoy touring. And if you do, seriously consider a new bike,...
Forum: Foo
04-13-09, 09:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By Michel Gagnon

You say you DIDN'T qualify for audio textbooks....

You say you DIDN'T qualify for audio textbooks. Now that you are legally blind, will you? Or else, what you would need to qualify? Would you pursue in psychology/rehab counselor if you were to...
Forum: Touring
04-13-09, 09:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,603
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I assumed it has 126 mm spacing because my old...

I assumed it has 126 mm spacing because my old Vélo Sport Alpin had 126 mm spacing. It was a 1981 bike that came with a 6-speed freewheel (regular spacing, not Ultra). I replaced the 6-speed...
Forum: Touring
04-13-09, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 669
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Why don't you have the best of both worlds and...

Why don't you have the best of both worlds and cobble up your own cassette ?

Dismantle your 12-34 cassette (see Sheldon Brown's page (http://sheldonbrown.com/k7.html)); buy a low-end (i.e. cheaper...
04-13-09, 09:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,719
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Bar-ends is a solution. Otherwise, try to move...

Bar-ends is a solution. Otherwise, try to move the cables around the handlebar bag. Depending on the width of your bars and handlebar bag, it might be fairly easy to do, or your cables and housings...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-13-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,745
Posted By Michel Gagnon

One of the problems is looking for traffic behind...

One of the problems is looking for traffic behind oneself. I find that a rearview mirror not only improves the ride safety wise, but also reduces the "fear factor" associated to the stress of not...
Forum: Touring
04-12-09, 09:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,603
Posted By Michel Gagnon

You could replace the bike, but I don't think you...

You could replace the bike, but I don't think you need to, unless there are problems with the bike or the fit. And yes, there have been improvement in 26 years, but the question is: are they worthed...
04-12-09, 08:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The Lumotec Fly (either without or with...

The Lumotec Fly (either without or with standlight) sells for 35 to 50 $ and has approximately the same brightness as your old halogen light. But it won't get dimmer over time and you won't burn...
04-12-09, 08:26 PM
Replies: 896
Views: 269,312
Posted By Michel Gagnon

It is impossible to do it under 50 $, but quite...

It is impossible to do it under 50 $, but quite possible to do it under 150 $... which is quite cheaper than many battery systems.

1. Get a Shimano dynohub. Given the difference between the lower...
04-08-09, 10:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 930
Posted By Michel Gagnon

You can buy a few extra seatpost receiver...

You can buy a few extra seatpost receiver hitches. Last time I checked, they were fairly cheap.
One problem. I really don't recommend it on a carbon-frame seat tube... unless you want to crash, that...
Forum: Commuting
04-08-09, 09:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,099
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I don't know how are street prices for Surlys in...

I don't know how are street prices for Surlys in U.S. (i.e. not from mail-order shops but from brick and mortar ones), but the fact QBP is not a major distributor in Canada certainly helps make the...
Forum: Touring
04-07-09, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,248
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I agree with Torrilin that she probably needs a...

I agree with Torrilin that she probably needs a bike that would be sized by top tube length rather than seat tube height. She might be better on the 48 cm... except the top tube is almost as long!...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-09, 09:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,099
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Between the Crosscheck, LHT and 520, here are the...

Between the Crosscheck, LHT and 520, here are the major differences :

- Crosscheck :
Comes as a double. So if you like to climb hills easily, you will find them much more difficult than with...
Forum: Touring
04-06-09, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,248
Posted By Michel Gagnon

How tall is she? Is she short but with long legs...

How tall is she? Is she short but with long legs (relative to her height)? What bike size did she try?

I suspect that the Trek might be a bit to long for her, so she is too stretched out. I...
03-30-09, 09:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,952
Posted By Michel Gagnon

First of all, good luck with your projected trip....

First of all, good luck with your projected trip.

Second of all, you are planning on using a single-wheel trailer (Kool Stop or BOB). I would suggest you carefully look at your prospected load.
...
08-30-08, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 766
Posted By Michel Gagnon

When I got my tandem, I rode it a couple of times...

When I got my tandem, I rode it a couple of times solo. Then, the first ride I did with a stoker – a whopping 3 km ride – felt terribly long. Then, after 2-3 rides, things settled down and were OK....
08-27-08, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By Michel Gagnon

If you already have the Trail-a-Bike, that's...

If you already have the Trail-a-Bike, that's fine. But otherwise, I would not recommend buying a new one unless you can pass it to younger kids. Handling a 70-lb bike on a trailercycle can be done,...
08-27-08, 06:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 461
Posted By Michel Gagnon

If you want to order locally, a few tips for you:...

If you want to order locally, a few tips for you:

1. Visit Sheldon Brown's tire sizing page (http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html), so you'll be able to compare their sizing. According to...
08-27-08, 06:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,248
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The "two levers" idea can even be achieved with...

The "two levers" idea can even be achieved with regular levers. I have it shown here (http://www.mgagnon.net/velo/potence-double.en.shtml) (click on the top picture to enlarge). Here is what I have...
08-26-08, 08:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,248
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I think the lever shown in post 2 works only on...

I think the lever shown in post 2 works only on the right side... which is what she needs anyway. Make sure the lever you choose works with the types of brakes she has (canti vs v-brakes). If she...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-08, 07:19 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,171
Posted By Michel Gagnon

I would suggest either cyclocross or touring. But...

I would suggest either cyclocross or touring. But in either case, make sure the bike allows wide tires. Two very popular contenders are the Surly LHT (touring) and Crosscheck (cyclocross), both of...
Forum: Touring
08-24-08, 09:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,258
Posted By Michel Gagnon

The first to ur I did with my oldest daughter...

The first to ur I did with my oldest daughter when she had just turned 5. We had done quite a few day rides (50-100 km) together the year before and earlier that year, so I knew she could do that....
08-24-08, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,128
Posted By Michel Gagnon

It depends on how tall she is and what are her...

It depends on how tall she is and what are her proportions. It also depends on her riding skills and the amount of riding she dies. Depending on where you live and the amount of cold-weather cycling...
Forum: Touring
08-23-08, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,557
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Using 26" wheels on small bikes means less...

Using 26" wheels on small bikes means less compromises on geometry. On the smallest 520s, for example (say 19" and especially 17"; both use 700c wheels), the seat tube is at 74 or 74.5°; the bottom...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-08, 08:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 984
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Get a two-legged kickstand on your 520, so you...

Get a two-legged kickstand on your 520, so you won't have to lean it against the wall.

Another solution for medium distances is to get a folding bike. Easier to get in, easier to bring in stores...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,162
Posted By Michel Gagnon

Thanks for the update. I guess my information on...

Thanks for the update. I guess my information on the 3N-7x was about 1 year old.
Forum: Commuting
08-22-08, 10:44 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,161
Posted By Michel Gagnon

That's a bit extreme. However, I found that...

That's a bit extreme. However, I found that fenders and a long front mudflap do a lot to keep the drivetrain clean.

Even though I commute daily (about 18 km each way, which often extends to 25-30...
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