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07-17-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,093
Posted By cyccommute

[/QUOTE] What a load of codswallop! I'm far...

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What a load of codswallop! I'm far north of 2.5 and I don't "avoid hills". I load bikes with stuff (pushing me even further from "2.5") and go ride lots of hills....sometimes to the tune...
07-16-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 518
Posted By cyccommute

Although it doesn't look like a rim brake (the...

Although it doesn't look like a rim brake (the rim is unscratched), you might want adjust the brakes as well. That looks like a classic brake rub on the tire. If it's not a brake rubbing on the...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,725
Posted By cyccommute

I've commuted at least once every month since...

I've commuted at least once every month since 1978. That's 492 months straight. Most of the time I've commuted at least once a week and often 5 times per week. That includes getting hit by a car...
07-14-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,622
Posted By cyccommute

I’m also old and pretty old school. But that...

I’m also old and pretty old school. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to use or suggest using a chemical mixture that is toxic and extremely dangerous.

Gasoline isn’t for killing wasps or ants....
07-09-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,622
Posted By cyccommute

As with most chain lube threads, this one is full...

As with most chain lube threads, this one is full of unnecessary cleaning rituals and misinformation. Let’s begin:



Why? Why try to salvage a rusted chain to begin with? Chains are cheap and...
07-04-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,162
Posted By cyccommute

First, if your spokes are breaking at the nipple,...

First, if your spokes are breaking at the nipple, the problem is that the spokes are too short. I’ve been seeing this problem on a number of bikes with OEM wheels, especially if the wheels have...
07-02-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,643
Posted By cyccommute

I never had a bike slide off a hook on the wall...

I never had a bike slide off a hook on the wall in 20+ years of hanging my bikes up this way. Nor have I ever damaged a wheel. Iíve had nearly 40 bikes that Iíve hung up this way and nearly twice...
07-01-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,613
Posted By cyccommute

How many times did you try to fix that? It looks...

How many times did you try to fix that? It looks like at least 3 and one of them looks like duct tape.

Patches will last just fine...as long as you start with a good one. Most every patch kit...
06-29-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,643
Posted By cyccommute

In the hopes of discussion rather than an...

In the hopes of discussion rather than an argument, hereís my perspective. Itís not about weight but utility. Iíve had many bikes with kickstands. Everyone of them eventually ends up on the ground...
06-28-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,643
Posted By cyccommute

Going up from the Winter Park side is probably a...

Going up from the Winter Park side is probably a bit smoother than the Rollinsville side.

I’d suggest the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs for a family trip. It’s long...almost 50...
06-28-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,643
Posted By cyccommute

Itís the Devilís Slide Twin trestles on Rollins...

Itís the Devilís Slide Twin trestles on Rollins Pass. (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/267198) Itís an old railroad so the grade is fairly flat but the road bed is pretty rough. You might be able to...
06-28-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,643
Posted By cyccommute

A stick will do...especially for those glamor...

A stick will do...especially for those glamor shots

https://live.staticflickr.com/1808/28622064157_af9d0bfe70_b.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/KBeyuM)IMG_3144 (https://flic.kr/p/KBeyuM) by Stuart Black...
06-26-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,043
Posted By cyccommute

You have just such a pivot. You carry it with...

You have just such a pivot. You carry it with you all the time. It even allows you to adjust in the z direction. It's called a neck. Put a light on your helmet (or head) and you can make the beam...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,330
Posted By cyccommute

Not that Iíve noticed. Much of my very long...

Not that Iíve noticed. Much of my very long distance/weeks at a time touring has occurred after I hit 50 or within spitting distance of it.
All of the tours in my sig line have occur around 50...
06-12-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,868
Posted By cyccommute

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI...

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI shifter. The pull ratios are different. You may be able to get it to work but it probably wonít work very well. For 9 speed and below, a rear derailer...
06-10-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,300
Posted By cyccommute

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have...

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have worked very well for me. I have them on at least 2 bikes and maybe 3 (I can remember) and have been using them for a few years now. I've found that...
06-09-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low...

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low end but it is easier to set up than the higher end derailers.

The Megarange is a work around. Itís meant to basically have a bailout low gear with a...
06-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

Only for some. Donít blame the tool. ...

Only for some. Donít blame the tool.



No. I donít know. Iím a long time volunteer at my local co-op. I see hundreds... possibly thousands... of triples per year. I send that same number of...
06-08-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

You may not need more but there are those of us...

You may not need more but there are those of us who not only wanít more range but use it. I could probably struggle up hill in a 36Ē gear (42/32) but I like my knees and would like to keep them. ...
06-08-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people...

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people have with triples are either from using old friction systems or from memories of old friction systems (like pre1995). Everything crank or chainring...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,851
Posted By cyccommute

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose...

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose it makes you feel better...ĒsuperiorĒ...which is okay but you are still wrong. Iíve been to many, many, many places that Iíve never been to before and...
06-05-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that...

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that they are being set up and marketed for rather short rides or for multiple laps on a know course. For example, I recently overheard a conversation where...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,851
Posted By cyccommute

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do...

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do things you donít like. I commute by bicycle because I do like it..even in snow and cold weather. It beats fighting traffic. That said, the density...
06-05-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

In answer to your cons: The weight is...

In answer to your cons:

The weight is only ďunnecessaryĒ if you donít need it. If you need it, itís worth carrying.
Iíve never had a triple that was ďclumsyĒ while shifting. I have 8...
06-05-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,606
Posted By cyccommute

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your...

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your gears to the terrain” if the terrain changes? Your method is okay if all you ever ride is on roads that you’ve been on before or if you ride laps around...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 10,016
Posted By cyccommute

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding...

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding more efficient because you can pull up while riding over the rough spots and you are less likely to slip off the pedals. Your picture isnít even all...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,851
Posted By cyccommute

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you...

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you can say something insulting and entirely incorrect and hope that I won’t respond.

I’m not being an “embittered old man” nor do I want to be a...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 8,851
Posted By cyccommute

And it is every bit the nightmare the video...

And it is every bit the nightmare the video shows. I havenít ridden on that exact system but I rode something similar in Amsterdam. The doglegs are a stupid idea and difficult to maneuver. Adding...
06-02-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,067
Posted By cyccommute

There would be no point. Once the spoke has...

There would be no point. Once the spoke has broken through the rim, the tension is essentially zero. Itís a broken spoke or at least the near equivalent of a broken spoke.
06-01-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,067
Posted By cyccommute

First, ignore the people telling you to ďjust...

First, ignore the people telling you to ďjust ride itĒ. The wheel wonít collapse (probably) but it canít stay true. The rim is needed to keep the tension on that spoke and with a broken rim, it...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,550
Posted By cyccommute

Congratulations. Now you only have another 30+...

Congratulations. Now you only have another 30+ years to go. I’ve been commuting and riding and touring and mountain biking in goat head country for more than 40 years as an adult rider and probably...
05-30-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,750
Posted By cyccommute

How over the top do you want? It’s a dull...

How over the top do you want?

It’s a dull grey frame but that doesn’t mean it has to be a dull bike. I’ve matched just about everything I can with the decal scheme
...
05-30-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,520
Posted By cyccommute

That was my problem with a double squishy when I...

That was my problem with a double squishy when I bought one. I let someone talk me into a Specialized FSR with a Pro-pedal rear shock. The front shock...a Fox Talas...has never been a problem The...
05-30-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 648
Posted By cyccommute

The only limiting factor is going to be if the...

The only limiting factor is going to be if the tire fits in the frame. The tires you can put on the rims could be just about any size...even up to 55mm. You'll find lots of confusing charts that...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,346
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, they ďusuallyĒ melt quickly. This year is...

Yes, they ďusuallyĒ melt quickly. This year is very different here in the west. Every drainage basin in Colorado is way above normal for the year. Some of them are as high as 6 times the normal...
05-22-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 21,923
Posted By cyccommute

You gave one example. Thatís not ďdataĒ. I have...

You gave one example. Thatís not ďdataĒ. I have no idea what the cost of the bike you are comparing nor if it was a custom or production model. I do know there were a lot of production steel bikes...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,605
Posted By cyccommute

Kind of have to be mounted that way. Take a look...

Kind of have to be mounted that way. Take a look at the pictures in curbowís post. The panniers are way behind the axle.
05-21-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 21,923
Posted By cyccommute

That, however, isnít what most people gush about...

That, however, isnít what most people gush about when it comes to steel frames. They go on about how compliant the ride is. Those bikes arenít built like yours.



Those statement do apply to...
05-21-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 21,923
Posted By cyccommute

I had a broken mountain bike repaired back in the...

I had a broken mountain bike repaired back in the 80s. The guy doing the repair is a master welder who has tons of experience welding scientific equipment and knows how to do delicate work. His...
05-21-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 21,923
Posted By cyccommute

That’s geometry and is independent of the...

That’s geometry and is independent of the materials of construction. Few bikes are built to “misbehaved”.



That’s in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I don’t find the thin tubes of a steel...
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By cyccommute

The fact that a 2.125 was sufficient for mountain...

The fact that a 2.125 was sufficient for mountain biking for about most of the last 40 years should tell you something. Honestly, a 2" tire should handle the job as long as the tread is capable. A...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,089
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, families take commitment but that doesn't...

Yes, families take commitment but that doesn't mean you have to stop living. Drag the kids along. You might not be able to do weeks or months of touring and you might have to recalibrate what...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,936
Posted By cyccommute

Depends on how much time and effort you want to...

Depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. I see people installing tubeless a few times a year at my local co-op. It's never pretty and is always messy. They tend to empty our air...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,062
Views: 104,208
Posted By cyccommute

I didn't find this while commuting but here's...

I didn't find this while commuting but here's what happens when you forget the pin on a hitch mount

https://live.staticflickr.com/1864/43987254114_15de06e1c2_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2a21ba1)...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,089
Posted By cyccommute

I've been at my job for 37 years. At about 15...

I've been at my job for 37 years. At about 15 years, my vacation accrual maxed at at 26 days per year. I could carry over more but only slightly up to 35 days or 9 days more than the maximum. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,910
Posted By cyccommute

You put them on your helmet. ...

You put them on your helmet.




https://live.staticflickr.com/1937/44342596185_96ab3db7c7_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2aypoYr)image (https://flic.kr/p/2aypoYr) by Stuart Black...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,380
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. I address problems as they arise and...

Nope. I address problems as they arise and all...all...of my bikes have sealed bearings for all bearings so I don't need to do anything.



I volunteer at a bicycle co-op here that has Fix Your...
05-06-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,601
Posted By cyccommute

How? Think about what you put those shorts...

How? Think about what you put those shorts through on a regular basis. The shorts are rubbing against the saddle 60 to 90 times per minute. Over an hour, the shorts have been rubbed against the...
05-01-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,601
Posted By cyccommute

There is a misconception out there that bike...

There is a misconception out there that bike clothes are some how “delicate”. The materials used to make modern bicycles clothes...polyesters, nylon and Lycra...aren’t “delicate”. They are tough...
05-01-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,601
Posted By cyccommute

Speak for yourself. I machine wash and dry bike...

Speak for yourself. I machine wash and dry bike clothes because I have better things to do than laundry.
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