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03-22-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,633
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

NP. It's nice to know 16 years of toil in...

NP.

It's nice to know 16 years of toil in the dark back of bike shops had some value beyond my earning slightly more than minimum wage through my 20s. 👍
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,465
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience has been that riding + stopping for...

My experience has been that riding + stopping for food or breaks + general tomfoolery takes up so much of the day that it is almost always near or after dark by the time I roll into a campsite. If...
03-04-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

21 speed (3x7) wasn't a thing until late...

21 speed (3x7) wasn't a thing until late 80s/early 90s. It is still found on the least expensive bikes.

Where on the frame is the serial # located?

Are there any identifying markings on the...
03-04-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nuclear industry. Multiple layers of work...

Nuclear industry. Multiple layers of work clothes covered by a tyvek or plastic 'air supplied' suit. You are expected to evacuate the holding tanks before another person dresses you and/or tapes...
01-03-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to...

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to drill out the head with a drill bit similar in size to the diameter of the threads.

If the seatpost clamp is integrated into the frame then it...
01-03-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,094
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The 600 components were likely the parts that...

The 600 components were likely the parts that came on the bike. Someone posted links to vintage Cannondale catalogues above and the top-tier of their ‘Criterium’ series was equipped with 600. I...
01-03-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,094
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri...

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri colour’ from the early 90s. Ultegra quality.

It’s a very good bike for a very tall person if it’s in good condition. I am 195cm and I think it...
01-03-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,094
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess...

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess 64 or 66 cm.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3,009
Views: 833,575
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years,...

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years, and last time I picked up the frame when reorganizing my garage, I realized there is a crack in the chainstay ☹️
12-13-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber...

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber accordian boot is compressing that will give it a spongy feeling.

Direct pull brakes have two different widths of washers and you can flip these from...
12-12-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,541
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. ...

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. Especially if you are riding long distances or otherwise pushing your limits, including experiencing knee pain.

My suggestion is to ignore all the...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,930
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. ...

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. It’s probably the bulkiest and heaviest item I carry. I’m sure it’s a kg or so heavier than closed cell foam or a yoga mat, but that kg will slow me...
11-24-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 842
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a...

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a big box store. Run them at around 15 psi.
11-24-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the...

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the edges of the crack got rusty. It takes a lot of time to rust through even thin walled tubes. Like decades, if it happens, which it usually doesn’t.
11-02-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7,647
Views: 2,475,654
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one...

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one of my all-time favourites.

How is the tire clearance? I recall not exceptional, but I always wanted one for mostly off-road use. I would...
10-21-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,855
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing...

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing amount of my time and treasure is spent keeping those furry goofballs happy and healthy. If my dog is off leash and there is any type of incident, it...
10-11-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,221
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can’t make any assumptions about strength...

I can’t make any assumptions about strength comparisons, because I am sure the geometry of the spindle is different between the two.

What would concern me is the possibility of using the bike for...
10-11-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,342
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner...

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner cable can be a major PITA) but the housing s the part that degrades more quickly.
10-11-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,342
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in...

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in the inner cable, the housing is likely more important to replace than the inner cable.
07-04-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,574
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are going for steel, you need to find...

If you are going for steel, you need to find robust steel like a surly or the mentioned Trek 820. Lightweight steel will flex excessively and be *more* likely to break than a sturdy aluminum frame.
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,061
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit -...

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit - being too low in the drops with a big belly can restrict your lungs ability to breathe, and wheel durability - the stock wheels that come on most bikes...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,670
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less...

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less than 25 km/h, and on rough terrain or soft surfaces, the wider tire will be smoother and faster.

At higher speeds and on smooth tarmac, the lighter...
07-04-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 581
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight...

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight and that it grips the bottle tightly.
05-27-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 498
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but...

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but every photo I found on the interwebs shows frames with vertical dropouts, which are not ideal for SS use - you need to figure out some other system for...
05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,703
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,199
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires...

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires on a new less-expensive bike will essentially make the bike work like a higher end bike. Shifters and derailleurs, when new, make virtually no...
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
Forum: Foo
05-25-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 16,194
Views: 906,064
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like...

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like trumpet solos and chinchillas.
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,327
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 979
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,774
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-19-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 299
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The combination you mentioned will not be a...

The combination you mentioned will not be a problem.

First, any 'road' cycling shoe has a reasonably stiff sole. Using running shoes or other non-cycling shoes for longer rides can cause...
05-19-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,517
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The tires make a much larger difference than the...

The tires make a much larger difference than the wheel diameter, especially on road, and there are very good tires available for 26" wheels. 29" wheels roll over obstacles more easily, but the...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,815
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,766
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from...

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from dropped chains, but cannot recall ever seeing a chain get completely wrapped around the crankarm.

This reminds me of a Canadian lawsuit against a...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,815
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-13-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the...

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the ground when on the saddle, then that is not a cause for concern - any properly set up bike will require you to reach for the ground with your toes when...
05-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think...

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think some of the 'wear' you pictured was actually manufactured tooth profiles to help with shipping. There are a few gouges and nicks, but nothing that...
05-11-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. ...

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. Even then, it will be not great for reasons described in other responses.

You can just put smaller tires on the bike - if you go from 2" wide tires...
04-30-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,082
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think OP has decided on something, but I need...

I think OP has decided on something, but I need to say - this is bad advice. First, the main problem with Walmart bikes is that they are not usually assembled properly, so no better off than Bikes...
04-30-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,205
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap...

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap bikes. The cause is not in the freewheel itself but caused by the fact that the hub is made in three separate pieces pressed together, and the threaded...
04-30-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are a couple common causes of creaks and...

There are a couple common causes of creaks and pops.

Many newer bikes have press-fit bottom bracket bearings that are prone to creaking. I have no experience with these so can offer no advice. ...
04-27-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 857
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As mentioned above, without knowing some other...

As mentioned above, without knowing some other details it is not possible to know what is a suitable frame size. On a traditional level top tube road bike, 54cm would be absurdly small for someone...
04-23-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the...

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the derailleur pinch bolt.

Under the cable pinch bolt on those derailleurs was generally a washer with a little tab. The cable should go from the pulley,...
04-23-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little...

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little washer that helped toe in the brake pad when the nut was tightened. IIRC, it wasn't actually necessary if you know how the brakes are supposed to be...
04-22-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,064
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have...

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have already been said, but 32mm wide tires are not necessarily slower than narrower tires. What will be slower is if you switch from lightweight racing...
04-22-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,555
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I used to live in a town that was penned in on...

I used to live in a town that was penned in on all four sides by a large provincial park, a nuclear waste facility, a river, and dense boreal forest. There is a standard 10km loop around town, and a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,253
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks...

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks saddles for everyone, but they don't work for everyone. If you still have the WTB saddle off your old bike, slap that mofo on there and see if that doesn't...
04-22-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 769
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then...

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then larger frames are no more expensive than smaller sizes.

Also, handlebar height is not the only dimension of bikes that varies with frame sizes. Your...
04-22-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,164
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim...

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim with 36 spoke holes designed for tandems or 'trekking', then have it laced into a Shimano SLX or XT hub with stainless steel spokes. This gives the...
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