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07-26-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,879
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I converted to hydraulic discs on my MTB and I...

I converted to hydraulic discs on my MTB and I regret not being able to install them on my road bike. My road bike has quite a few thousand kms on it so I am hoping it has a catastrophic failure...
07-26-19, 01:13 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,581
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

70 kg X 2.2lbs/kg = 154 lbs :twitchy:

70 kg X 2.2lbs/kg = 154 lbs :twitchy:
07-26-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,697
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. Confirmation bias is when you think you...

No. Confirmation bias is when you think you think you see a trend that agrees with your predetermined belief. Like the first comment on this thread that goes back to the early 1990's word play,...
07-25-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,295
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I know you were on tour, and like I said, there...

I know you were on tour, and like I said, there is no 'quick fix' beyond threading a new spoke in and crossing your fingers, then replacing another spoke in the next town. But towns often have bike...
07-25-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,295
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Just amused that you initially claimed it was a...

Just amused that you initially claimed it was a cyclocross bike that had been 'repurposed', then said it was not a cyclocross bike and why are people asking all these questions about cyclocross...
07-25-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 769
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You should swap bikes. A 54cm should be fine for...

You should swap bikes. A 54cm should be fine for a 5'8 person, and the 56 would be better for a 5'11" person.
07-25-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,365
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Last summer I explained, best as I could, to my...

Last summer I explained, best as I could, to my 12 yo son that the front brake was the stronger one and the one that should be used most of the time. Next time he was out riding his bike (older Kona...
07-24-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,295
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've read up and down this thread several times...

I've read up and down this thread several times and I still can't figure out why OP said it was a CX bike then denied saying it was a CX bike. The internet troll in me just can't let that go.


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07-24-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,134
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

English may not be OP's first language. If it is,...

English may not be OP's first language. If it is, he has no excuse. He did not at all write clearly what he had. I also read that he had a 'relatively new EDCO monoblock' and 'new chain'.

Also, he...
07-24-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 952
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Back then they called them 'electric maps'

Back then they called them 'electric maps'
07-24-19, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 515
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That doesn't look good. The conservative...

That doesn't look good. The conservative decision would be to replace that tire.
I am not generally that cautious, and I would still ride it if the tire was still round. If the damage has resulted...
07-24-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Correct, but in the case of the OP, discs aren't...

Correct, but in the case of the OP, discs aren't even an option as none of his frame, fork, or wheels are compatible.
07-24-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Before all the terrible press-fit BB concepts...

Before all the terrible press-fit BB concepts came along, there were three common BB sizes - English threaded 68mm, English threaded 73mm, and Italian.

The threads on 68mm and 73mm are the same,...
07-24-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,296
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This discussion reminds me of a conversation I...

This discussion reminds me of a conversation I had with a more experienced co-worker at my first job, in a bike shop, in ~1991 or so. The fellow had a Trek 8700 (carbon tubes bonded to alu lugs)...
Forum: Touring
07-24-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This was generally my experience - I got a few...

This was generally my experience - I got a few punctures with my Paselas, but the tires were otherwise tough enough, except when I hid a the edge of patch of torn up ashphalt at 40km/h in the dark. ...
Forum: Touring
07-24-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I started a tour with Paselas last year. 8 days,...

I started a tour with Paselas last year. 8 days, ~12 flats, and two damaged casings later (mostly on the rear) I bought a Specialized BlackBelt tire... slower than spit compared to the Paselas, but...
07-24-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,365
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you only have one brake, it really should be...

If you only have one brake, it really should be the front. The only bikes with rear-only brakes tend to be cruisers and other bikes with coaster brakes. These bikes don't go to fast, but when they...
07-24-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,841
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Mostly good advice here, agree with almost all of...

Mostly good advice here, agree with almost all of it.

My advice, which is hopefully an aggregate of the above, is to find a bike that seems close, then see if the shop will work with you to get it...
07-24-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 523
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have seen tires come almost completely off a...

I have seen tires come almost completely off a rim before, leaving the tube bulging desparately but not bursting. It's rare, but it happens - although usually only on the way to a full blast of...
07-24-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,218
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would bet that there is some factory work done...

I would bet that there is some factory work done to make the faces and threads clean and properly aligned, but that some frames could do with a second going-over.

I also bet that any factory...
07-23-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 733
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Full-length housing FTW. I am assuming your...

Full-length housing FTW.

I am assuming your bike has traditional caliper rim brakes, and these will work perfectly with full length housing. You can find some colour-matched zip ties to secure the...
07-23-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,405
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Luckily nobody has mentioned anything political.

Luckily nobody has mentioned anything political.
07-23-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 929
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Please keep the disrespectful remarks about the...

Please keep the disrespectful remarks about the LGBT community out of your responses! ;)
07-23-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That looks like a non-peened-pin chain link...

That looks like a non-peened-pin chain link spliced in to a peened-pin chain. For a 6 speed, I would source and install a new non-peened-pin chain.

However, if the current chain is very worn, the...
07-23-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 700
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

TT bikes are made for a very different type of...

TT bikes are made for a very different type of riding than road bikes. This does not sound like a good idea.
07-23-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,620
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The co-op where I used to volunteer always had a...

The co-op where I used to volunteer always had a shortage of bikes going out the door, but a glut of bikes coming in and being tossed into the pile for later evaluation and/or (most often) disposal. ...
07-23-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,620
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience with co-ops is that the limiting...

My experience with co-ops is that the limiting resource is person-power. There are an infinite number of junk and abandoned bikes in dumpsters and apt building bike rooms and left on bike racks, and...
07-23-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,405
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I'm not saying this is climate change, but it...

I'm not saying this is climate change, but it sure does seem like the climate is changing.
07-23-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,405
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I was in Southern Ontario area earlier in the...

I was in Southern Ontario area earlier in the Summer for work and brought my bike, and the Waterfront Trail was partially under water.

One of our best road loops in my town was also had some roads...
07-23-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 991
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I use Fond de Jante brand, model X073A.

I use Fond de Jante brand, model X073A.
07-23-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 621
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, if the casing/cords are starting to...

As above, if the casing/cords are starting to show though, the tire is finished. A bulge in the tire also usually indicates damaged tire casing and it should be replaced. Also if you notice...
07-23-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are spacers available to put your pedals a...

There are spacers available to put your pedals a few mm outboard.

https://www.harriscyclery.net/product/kneesaver-kneesaver-pedal-spacers-1331.htm
07-23-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,006
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Fine advice! I only have one (working) bike...

Fine advice!

I only have one (working) bike right now - a ~25 lb touring bike with 35mm flat resistant tires. I can hang with group rides where the other people are on lighter road bikes... not...
07-22-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,094
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Cogs primarily wear out when they are used with a...

Cogs primarily wear out when they are used with a worn chain. Chains wear out from being ridden with inadequate lubrication and, eventually, over time. If you replace your chain before it get to...
07-22-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 7,006
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Lots of good advice here. But to break it down...

Lots of good advice here. But to break it down even further - there is a limited amount of improvement that you can get from a better bike, but there are, realistically, only a few areas you can...
07-22-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,045
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Same as Geekage, I re-wrap with used tape if I...

Same as Geekage, I re-wrap with used tape if I have to get at my brake cables or some other emergent circumstance where I need my bar naked but don't have new tape. If I am planning a larger repair...
07-22-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,218
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Since you already have a working bike that you...

Since you already have a working bike that you like, keep riding that and start a thorough search for a used road bike. A new $550 road bike will be pretty low-end, but you can likely find a much...
07-18-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,208
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If we are talking about the 2017 Felt VR5, the...

If we are talking about the 2017 Felt VR5, the Felt website has 'spec may change without notice' on the tech spec pages of some bikes, but not on others. And the statement does not seem to appear at...
07-18-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 8,688
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Lots of responses here, none of which I read. I...

Lots of responses here, none of which I read. I am sure there is good advice and bad.

There was a general rule-of-thumb I remember from years ago "if it hurts in your legs, shift to a lower ...
07-18-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

'Universal' brake cables have a different type of...

'Universal' brake cables have a different type of cable end on each end of the cable... the one you don't want is cut off before installation. One end is for road bike 'drop bar' levers, and the...
07-18-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Is there something wrong with the way the bike...

Is there something wrong with the way the bike works now? If not, why change anything? If so, is moving the axle back 3/8" a likely fix?
07-18-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 514
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This does not agree with my experience. There...

This does not agree with my experience. There are two main types of brake cables - MTB/BMX and road. MTB and BMX both have the head as a barrel mounted transversely on the end of the cable. Road...
07-17-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,144
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Go to Sherbourne st and head South. If you ride...

Go to Sherbourne st and head South. If you ride into the lake you've gone too far.
07-17-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,245
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It's not so much the supporting Ford - I don't...

It's not so much the supporting Ford - I don't like him but people can make up their own minds. The issue was that they were essentially breaking campaign funding laws and trying to pass it off as a...
07-17-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,513
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Either stupid or a liar or both.

Either stupid or a liar or both.
07-17-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 633
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Maybe not many kms, but you can tell by how dried...

Maybe not many kms, but you can tell by how dried out the sidewall looks that it is at least a few years old, or is left in the sun a lot.

Anyhoo, replace. No repair advisable or possible.
07-17-19, 11:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,969
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The general geometry of a replaceable hanger...

The general geometry of a replaceable hanger seems to be designed to bend or break, even without notched or other features obviously intended to create a break. Most of them have one part about half...
07-17-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,145
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also, Shimano is not a non-profit that exists as...

Also, Shimano is not a non-profit that exists as a make-work project for Japanese industry - if they owned the Fuji brand and it made more $$ sense to have them manufactured in China or Malaysia or...
07-17-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,969
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You seem to be missing the point of replaceable...

You seem to be missing the point of replaceable derailleur hangers - they are supposed to be the weak link in the chain so they fail before anything else does in the case of an impact. If an OEM one...
07-17-19, 10:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,145
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Funny way to look at it... Not so much with...

Funny way to look at it... Not so much with geometry, but triples and braze-ons was very much the style of the original Fuji - back when they were made in Japan and not just stickers applied to...
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