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Forum: BMX
12-06-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,035
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think some people might feel self-conscious...

I think some people might feel self-conscious riding a small framed bike, but BMX is a great arm of cycling with a different image than most others. Get a 24" or 26" bike and be as careful (or as...
12-06-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 116
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Generally speaking, we don't go looking for curbs...

Generally speaking, we don't go looking for curbs ( or kerbs) to hit while on a road bike. And riding off a lip or ledge is possible, but generally after slowing down to limit the force and drop one...
12-05-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 548
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have seen this suggestion in the past, but I...

I have seen this suggestion in the past, but I disagree with it. Pushing the BB to one side will result in the pedal spacing being asymmetric and will effect the rider's balance on the bike - ie....
12-05-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

126mm survived on some 7 speed road bikes into...

126mm survived on some 7 speed road bikes into the early '90s.
12-05-19, 09:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The best reason to stand up is because your legs...

The best reason to stand up is because your legs are tired and you want to engage different muscle groups than you use while seated. Moving back and forth from standing to seated (and from standing...
12-05-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 578
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you think carefully about the geometry of your...

If you think carefully about the geometry of your bike and your legs, you will realize that the distance from the pedal to your arse will be the same on any bike set up for you, regardless of frame...
12-04-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In my experience you won't need any oil or...

In my experience you won't need any oil or lubricant. Make sure the inner shaft of the tool is fully retracted so you can fully engage the threads of outer part of the tool into the threads in the...
12-04-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 123
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The tip of the tool isn't supposed to thread into...

The tip of the tool isn't supposed to thread into the spindle - it is supposed to push on the end of the spindle, and therefore must be larger than the hole.
12-03-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 711
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The impact it took may have shaken it loose but...

The impact it took may have shaken it loose but improper assembly is most likely the root cause. If it's still under warranty you can take it back to the shop where you got it and have them repair...
12-03-19, 09:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I spent over half my working life (so far) in the...

I spent over half my working life (so far) in the back of bike shops, so I am sympathetic to them. However, I also know that mistakes are common - often a result of inexperience, which is common due...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 334
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, look up the calculation of the...

As above, look up the calculation of the dimension 'trail'. If the 'trail' is changed significantly, the handling will change significantly. For this calculation you need to know the head angle of...
12-03-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 785
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Even if 28s don't fit, 25s almost certainly will....

Even if 28s don't fit, 25s almost certainly will. And some tires, even decent supple-casing tires, are available in 26mm, which also will probably fit.

For example:...
12-02-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 173
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Yes, it should be good. A couple things to...

Yes, it should be good.

A couple things to keep in mind:

You will need the 62cm size. This is the largest size they make, according to the Cube website. Many bike shops do not appreciate the...
12-02-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,079
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have been searching for a while for a cheap...

I have been searching for a while for a cheap 'lowrider' front rack.
12-02-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 179
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Weight on the handlebar could be a cause of this...

Weight on the handlebar could be a cause of this problem, but adding weight to the handlebar or fork could also be a solution - more weight will tend to decrease the resonant frequency and so shimmy...
12-02-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 351
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is almost definitely a problem with the rim...

This is almost definitely a problem with the rim tape. I have had the exact same thing happen with plastic rim tape after it gets a few years old. There may be a crack or split in the rim tape that...
12-02-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Oops, yeah, 9mm. My mistake.

Oops, yeah, 9mm. My mistake.
12-02-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I'll add to the above, get a longer axle and...

I'll add to the above, get a longer axle and leave the spacing on the drive side the same as it was, and add a 4mm spacer to the non drive side, then re-dish the wheel. The result will be a wheel...
12-02-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,076
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

the same problem as described could be from a...

the same problem as described could be from a slightly bent or skewed saddle rail.

It makes no sense that the shop was trying to screw you - if they noticed a problem it would be easier for them...
12-02-19, 11:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,273
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The fact that non-ferrous bikes are rare in the...

The fact that non-ferrous bikes are rare in the developing world is not because you can't carry logs on an aluminum bike, but because those are the bikes sold in those regions. A farmer in Botswana...
11-29-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,228
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So good you had to revive a 5 year old thread to...

So good you had to revive a 5 year old thread to tell us!
11-29-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,155
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I priced out the separate parts on Paul's...

I priced out the separate parts on Paul's website.

$693.

Maybe they are worried they won't be able to make December rent.
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 895
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Flat bars are generally inferior to...

Flat bars are generally inferior to multi-position bars for this exact reason, but OP did not say he was riding off road, IIRC, and 20 minutes is an awfully short time to ride before discomfort...
11-29-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,155
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

To whittle the description down to the details: ...

To whittle the description down to the details:

2 Short-Pull I.S. Klamper Brakes, 1 Pair of Short-Pull Brake Levers, 1 Quick Release Seat Collar, and 1 Bottle Opener
$1,989.00
I suspect Paul's...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 895
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Re. 'pins and needles' in your hands - This...

Re. 'pins and needles' in your hands -

This could be indicative of fit or setup problems with your bike. My long-standing observation is that many people who experience excessive pressure on...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 895
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Re. bar ends being 'unsafe' - perhaps the...

Re. bar ends being 'unsafe' -

perhaps the uniformed co-op volunteer has mistaken the valid concern that one must be cautious when clamping bar ends on carbon bars with one must be concerned with...
11-28-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 673
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Yes trainers wear tires quickly. The pressure is...

Yes trainers wear tires quickly. The pressure is always on a narrow section of the middle of the tire and a flat section will develop and eventually reach the casing underneath.

Yes there are...
11-27-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Here is an example of a bike that would be good...

Here is an example of a bike that would be good for conversion to IGH:

https://www.konaworld.com/unit.cfm
11-27-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 280
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The rear derailleur also acts as a chain...

The rear derailleur also acts as a chain tensioner. Bikes with internally geared hubs usually do not have a chain tensioner and you need to set chain tension by positioning the rear wheel. The Trek...
11-27-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,197
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Speed wobble is best described as the bike...

Speed wobble is best described as the bike oscillating or violently vibrating at a certain speed.



OK, then.

If you have checked and ruled out all the possible mechanical causes (loose...
11-27-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 179
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

First, make sure your wheel is firmly in the...

First, make sure your wheel is firmly in the dropouts of the frame or fork. If the wheel is not straight then it will be very difficult to get your brakes adjusted properly. You can judge the...
11-27-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 385
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Is this a hollowtech or hollowtech II? If...

Is this a hollowtech or hollowtech II?

If hollowtech II, have you loosened the pinch bolts on the crank before trying to remove? The pinch bolts clamp the crank onto the spindle and hold the cap...
11-27-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 639
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Except for at the elbows when the wheel is new. ...

Except for at the elbows when the wheel is new. The elbows will usually plastically set in a position that allows the spoke to relax a bit. This is why machine built wheels loose tension and wind...
11-27-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 196
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You are 100% overthinking it. All Shimano 8sp...

You are 100% overthinking it. All Shimano 8sp cassettes are compatible with the same chains and chainrings. In fact, your chainrings don't really care what cassette you have - all they do is pull...
11-27-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,433
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Does anyone else find it odd that fietsbob is...

Does anyone else find it odd that fietsbob is not active in this thread? Has anyone checked on him lately? I am concerned for his well-being.
11-27-19, 08:18 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,523
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few years ago in the Spring I built up a new...

A few years ago in the Spring I built up a new aluminum touring frame to be my all-around bike. There was an early season gravel event a couple towns over and I used it as a christening for my new...
Forum: Touring
11-27-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,339
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Update! I will block anyone who claims...

Update!

I will block anyone who claims freewheels are superior to freehubs, and anyone who can't understand that was a joke.
Forum: Touring
11-26-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,339
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have a few old frames that I have considered...

I have a few old frames that I have considered building up as period-correct-ish road/sport or touring bikes, but I am concerned that the freewheel axles will bend or break. When I was a teenager...
11-26-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 639
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is terrible advice. If you are sure this is...

This is terrible advice. If you are sure this is what they are suggesting that I suggest you ignore any advice you get form those sources.

If just truing a slightly out-of true wheel (2 or 3mm or...
11-26-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 269
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You can almost definitely install a front brake...

You can almost definitely install a front brake on that bike, as you could on almost any other bike. What type of brake and how to hook it up is another problem into which I have no insight as I am...
11-26-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

if someone asks a question on this forum (on the...

if someone asks a question on this forum (on the internet in general), providing a suggestion that they consider other options is not 'disrespect'. Many of us here have years of experience with the...
11-26-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,273
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Can you cite a test with more relevant...

Can you cite a test with more relevant conditions? Or do you have some date that would suggest that a similar test done with heavier frames would end differently?
Forum: Touring
11-26-19, 09:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,064
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I did a tour last year just short of a month. I...

I did a tour last year just short of a month. I had about 1000km on my bike in the season before we left. I made sure I was comfortable for a couple 100km+ rides, did a lot of shorter rides, and...
11-26-19, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are loads of road-lever-compatible disc...

There are loads of road-lever-compatible disc calipers available.
11-26-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Obviously something is cheaper if you don't have...

Obviously something is cheaper if you don't have to buy it. But OP doesn't say they have calipers. The price difference between a set of 105 hydraulic levers and calipers, and a set of 105 cable...
11-25-19, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 614
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Question: Why do you want cable discs? Shimano...

Question: Why do you want cable discs? Shimano hydraulics are the best of the best - dead simple setup and zero maintenance, and they stop better than anything else I've tried.
11-25-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 9,401
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Made all the more likely by your cantilever rim...

Made all the more likely by your cantilever rim brakes.
11-25-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 9,401
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Never heard of it before today. Here's a fellow...

Never heard of it before today. Here's a fellow cyclist rocking the uphill...

...
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are you sure the D-ring is fully turned to...

Are you sure the D-ring is fully turned to 'index' mode? If it is only part-way there it can cause weird behaviour and noise.
Forum: Touring
11-25-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,305
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am dreaming of a 920 for myself for a do-it-all...

I am dreaming of a 920 for myself for a do-it-all bike. I, too, would likely build a 32 or 25 spoke rear wheel for it, but making sure the spokes on the stock wheels are properly tensioned will get...
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