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07-11-20, 10:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 199
Posted By Litespud

quite likely - youíll certainly abrade off any...

quite likely - youíll certainly abrade off any anodizing or paint, the rim section that youíre braking on may not have sufficient thickness to withstand long term use as a brake track. The wheels you...
07-11-20, 10:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 138
Posted By Litespud

The axle is not the same thing as the QR skewer -...

The axle is not the same thing as the QR skewer - the axle is the short hollow stub that sits into the fork ends. The fork sits on that, not on the skewer itself. The axle could be 9mm diameter, and...
07-11-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By Litespud

Not sure how the threading would affect the tube...

Not sure how the threading would affect the tube rubber around the stem. Iíve used smooth-stemmed tubes forever - all Michelins, IIRC, with a short-lived detour into Vittoria latexs. I can only...
07-11-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 291
Posted By Litespud

squirrels are wiry little bastards. It’s on the...

squirrels are wiry little bastards. It’s on the internet so take it for what it’s worth, but there’s a pic floating around out there of the aftermath of a squirrel taking down a cyclist. It...
07-11-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 570
Posted By Litespud

In NC passing cars have to give cyclists 4 ft...

In NC passing cars have to give cyclists 4 ft clearance, and are allowed to cross the double-yellow to do so, as long as they can do it safely. There are road signs dotted around the place to this...
07-10-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 619
Posted By Litespud

I agree - the beautiful smooth and seamless weave...

I agree - the beautiful smooth and seamless weave you frequently see on frames etc is usually a cosmetic layer and doesnít reflect the multilayered structural- and frequently less aesthetic nature of...
07-09-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 597
Posted By Litespud

Damn, that's a good-looking bike - the tricolor...

Damn, that's a good-looking bike - the tricolor on the brake cable is a nice subtle touch (but a Campagnolo* drivetrain would've killed you?:))

*JK of course - unless Campag come up with a...
07-09-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 437
Posted By Litespud

This sounds like lawyer-speak to me - so saying...

This sounds like lawyer-speak to me - so saying that they're "NOT designed to disengage in a crash" basically says that "whatever happens happens, but it's not something we did". There's no way of...
07-09-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 463
Posted By Litespud

I'd go with a good solid 32 spoke wheel set - at...

I'd go with a good solid 32 spoke wheel set - at your weight, a well-built 32 3x should be bombproof. The thing about a fixed-gear is that the need to keep pedaling means that you don't get to...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,217
Posted By Litespud

I would argue that disc brakes fall into this...

I would argue that disc brakes fall into this category - thereís no question that discs are objectively better than rim brakes, but they confer no advantage for the vast majority of riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By Litespud

hesitation shifting to either a small chainring...

hesitation shifting to either a small chainring (like youíre experiencing) or small sprocket sounds like the cable hanging up to me. Did your wrench replace or thoroughly lube the derailleur cables?...
07-08-20, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 196
Posted By Litespud

best way to check if a chainring is flat is to...

best way to check if a chainring is flat is to remove it and place it against a sheet of glass, a mirror, or similar. If the ring is flat, then the problem lies with your crankset or BB. Donít know...
07-08-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 552
Posted By Litespud

It's a pump - you can use it for anything. - the...

It's a pump - you can use it for anything. - the only problem with blowing up a very high volume very low pressure object like a pool with a pump designed for relatively low volume/high pressure...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,346
Posted By Litespud

I wouldn't get a new bike - you have a classic...

I wouldn't get a new bike - you have a classic right there. A good clean would lose some weight :), some new bar tape to spruce it up, there are plenty of 1" threadless forks on eBay - some full...
07-08-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 861
Posted By Litespud

Well that's great for you, but I don't see how...

Well that's great for you, but I don't see how your preferred gearing has any relevance to anyone else's. I like a tight cassette - it suits my riding style and the rolling terrain I inhabit. It...
07-07-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 277
Posted By Litespud

Some places I'll happily save on no-name stuff -...

Some places I'll happily save on no-name stuff - bar tape, saddle bags, lights, jerseys - but not where the consequences of catastrophic failure could be significant. Having a cleat fail at full bore...
07-06-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 861
Posted By Litespud

Time to stock up. I’m fairly committed to 10sp...

Time to stock up. I’m fairly committed to 10sp for the next few years, having just had my shifters overhauled, and with a 10sp compact crankset in reserve for when the hills (such as they are in...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-06-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 4,440
Posted By Litespud

I ink the original statement is just slightly...

I ink the original statement is just slightly ambiguously worded - the original meaning should GP5000 will save you 5W/wheel and that's with butyl tubes - using latex or going tubeless, you get an...
07-06-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,922
Posted By Litespud

AND she has her brakes set up...

AND she has her brakes set up right-front/left-rear (ie, properly) - I think I'm in love....
07-06-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 471
Posted By Litespud

A carbon fork might cut down on road chatter, but...

A carbon fork might cut down on road chatter, but there would be no way of knowing until you actually installed the fork. As mentioned above, the only guaranteed way of achieving a more comfortable...
07-05-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 295
Posted By Litespud

not sure you’d need a “1 in a 1,000” shop - it’s...

not sure you’d need a “1 in a 1,000” shop - it’s not trivial, but it’s doable with patience and some basic tools. There are small springs, larger springs that have to be tensioned, and many small...
07-05-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 1,609
Views: 118,700
Posted By Litespud

98.5 miles with ~5400ft climbing

98.5 miles with ~5400ft climbing
07-04-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 423
Posted By Litespud

agreed - although a committed Campagnolo fan, I...

agreed - although a committed Campagnolo fan, I have Shimano Ultegra SPD-SLs on my good bike - well over 10 years old and have been faultless - i have never had an accidental pull-out- and the only...
07-03-20, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 295
Posted By Litespud

my first thought was cable too - however, the...

my first thought was cable too - however, the principal symptom of a stuck cable is the RD wonít shift to smaller sprockets when you click the thumb lever. However, heís not getting a ďclickĒ to...
07-03-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 295
Posted By Litespud

If the shifters are original (ie 1997), they...

If the shifters are original (ie 1997), they could probably do with an overhaul. Possibly worn out and/or gunked up. Not sure it’s economically viable to get these overhauled (as opposed to simply...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 06:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,779
Posted By Litespud

This is exactly how I rationalize riding the same...

This is exactly how I rationalize riding the same routes repeatedly - in the same way a golfer will happily play the same course over and over - they’re competing against the course. When I go out,...
07-03-20, 11:39 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,200
Posted By Litespud

I "carported" my roof-mounted Ti frame/CF fork ~7...

I "carported" my roof-mounted Ti frame/CF fork ~7 years ago. Roof rack was a fork-clamp model, so the saddle was the highest part of the structure. Fortunately I wasn't traveling fast into the...
07-02-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By Litespud

years ago I disassembled a car for the first...

years ago I disassembled a car for the first time. I took photos, kept a (big) notebook with a running commentary, drawings etc, every part (except for the obvious big ones) was numbered or bagged,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,709
Posted By Litespud

I was just thinking that - Cinelli used to make...

I was just thinking that - Cinelli used to make yellow/black "blotchy" tape, which went with my Vortex's yellow theme, and which hid dirt better than plain yellow tape, but I think they stopped...
07-01-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 534
Posted By Litespud

As I understand it, you don't want pedals to spin...

As I understand it, you don't want pedals to spin super-freely - you want them to be sufficiently free for hang down, so they're easier to get your cleat into, but not so free that they start...
07-01-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 802
Posted By Litespud

If youíre in the saddle for a long period, this...

If youíre in the saddle for a long period, this sounds like a good thing, no? Being locked into one position for a long period sounds like torture. You want your bike to be rigid, not your body.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-20, 10:54 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,948
Posted By Litespud

I use free Strava to track mileage for chain...

I use free Strava to track mileage for chain rotations - currently I rotate chains every ~500 miles (500 miles on, 1000 miles off) so they wear evenly - when I consider them to be well worn, I...
07-01-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,165
Posted By Litespud

There was another post a while back where a guy's...

There was another post a while back where a guy's wife ended up having the mirror mount pushed through her cheek during a crash (don't remember if it was a helmet mounted or one of those ones that...
06-30-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,962
Posted By Litespud

Could've been a rat snake - we would occasionally...

Could've been a rat snake - we would occasionally find 4+ footers in the yard when we lived in Pgh. One even crawled (?) up into the engine compartment of the car. Rather than running the car and...
06-30-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By Litespud

as youíve attested here, itís a crapshoot that I,...

as youíve attested here, itís a crapshoot that I, personally, would like to avoid. Unfortunately, whether the item quality is great or crappy may only reveal itself when the part fails, and Iíd...
06-30-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By Litespud

fair enough, but the thread is discussing Amazon...

fair enough, but the thread is discussing Amazon - theyíre not the only source of stuff, but theyíre the ones under discussion here, and whether or not itís Amazonís ďfaultĒ, the fact remains that...
06-30-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By Litespud

the consequences of my foot pulling out of the...

the consequences of my foot pulling out of the pedal at the wrong moment are potentially serious enough to make me spend the extra on the real thing rather than an alternative of unknown provenance...
06-30-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By Litespud

Indeed - for example, I won't buy SPD-SL cleats...

Indeed - for example, I won't buy SPD-SL cleats on Amazon, as there are endless no-name "SPD-SL-compatible" versions out there, and the line between real and fake is blurry at best - I'll pay a...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-30-20, 11:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,181
Posted By Litespud

Always rode a bike - for a child it was freedom....

Always rode a bike - for a child it was freedom. I'm pretty sure I remember the first time riding with no trainer wheels - along the sidewalk, drifted into a wall and split my scalp - much blood and...
06-30-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 197
Views: 9,379
Posted By Litespud

I agree - some advances - dual pivot brakes, then...

I agree - some advances - dual pivot brakes, then discs, brifters, increases in gear#, etc were cool and all, but the shift from clips/straps to clipless was fundamental, to me at least. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 19,495
Views: 4,112,193
Posted By Litespud

I bought a compact crankset and external BB, but...

I bought a compact crankset and external BB, but at the last minute I decided that I like my 50/39 setup, so Iíll store the compact until Iím old enough to need the 34t. Did drivetrain overhaul - new...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
Posted By Litespud

Do you know the current bar clamp diameter? I...

Do you know the current bar clamp diameter? I imagine it's 26mm, but it might be worth measuring to be sure. The stem looks like a proper Litespeed Ti brushed, which is pretty fancy :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
Posted By Litespud

Wow - was it sold to you as a Classic? IIRC, the...

Wow - was it sold to you as a Classic? IIRC, the Catalyst was a somewhat lower-end frame to the Classic, though as you say, there's actually very little difference between the two. Identical...
06-29-20, 05:35 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,688
Posted By Litespud

You can live without a work stand, but it's not a...

You can live without a work stand, but it's not a happy life :) Makes a huge difference in convenience and enjoyment. I thought it was a bit of an extravagance when I bought a low-end Park stand ~~25...
06-29-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,005
Posted By Litespud

Note to self: never buy a used saddle from...

Note to self: never buy a used saddle from CanadianBiker32......:)
Forum: Road Cycling
06-29-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,679
Posted By Litespud

I would absolutely leave the paint as it is -...

I would absolutely leave the paint as it is - bare Ti is cool and easy to look after certainly, but your bike has a really nice paint job, made even more special if it's actually a neutral support...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By Litespud

The drop bars on the Kent will allow you the...

The drop bars on the Kent will allow you the attain a more aero position, which might improve your efficiency at speed, but the bike itself seems pretty crappy - 31 lb, dubious reliability - the...
06-28-20, 09:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 217
Posted By Litespud

Most bar ant stem torque values are around 5-6...

Most bar ant stem torque values are around 5-6 newton meters (Nm). What unit are you using to measure torque? Foot pounds or inch pounds?
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,709
Posted By Litespud

the thing about 6/4 Ti is that it canít be drawn...

the thing about 6/4 Ti is that it canít be drawn into tubing like 3/2.5 can. They have to roll sheets and weld them into tubes - which they (LS) do very well (I have looked, but I have never found a...
06-28-20, 10:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 675
Posted By Litespud

Like that ever stopped anyone from weighing...

Like that ever stopped anyone from weighing in.......😀
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