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08-19-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 721
Posted By cyccommute

I haven't paid attention to what Jan Heine says...

I haven't paid attention to what Jan Heine says on much of anything but I don't see why you would need puncture protection on gravel. I've ridden lots and lots and lots of gravel and can't say that...
08-19-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 721
Posted By cyccommute

Most people probably don't know what the "C"...

Most people probably don't know what the "C" stands for. It's a left over from an old, defunct system that is no longer used and hasn't been for decades. The way that we size bicycle tires is an...
08-19-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 721
Posted By cyccommute

If you are going to tilt at windmill, make sure...

If you are going to tilt at windmill, make sure you are tilting at real ones. It's 622mm x 38mm. Even the "700C" part is wrong. The "C" part is often thought to mean centimeters but a 700cm tire...
08-19-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 721
Posted By cyccommute

A "heavier " wheel would do little to prevent the...

A "heavier " wheel would do little to prevent the pressure spike that could be caused by a curb drop. The more likely culprit is a poorly executed curb drop or a bad tire or both. If you hit the...
08-14-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,494
Posted By cyccommute

How often you use your brakes is the most...

How often you use your brakes is the most important parameter. If you don’t use your brakes that often, you rims will last longer.



Not quite. I’m not sure what you mean by a “basic” rim nor by...
08-14-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,494
Posted By cyccommute

No one has ever said that here. What we do say...

No one has ever said that here. What we do say is that they don’t wear out as rapidly as you seem to think.



There are still millions of bikes being made without discs and there are millions...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve only seen one 2 beam self contained USB...

I’ve only seen one 2 beam self contained USB light and it was $130. That’s a fair amount of scratch for a light that only has a 1000 lumen output. There is also the problem of something happening...
08-12-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 325
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t agree and neither would these guys...

I wouldn’t agree and neither would these guys (http://www.warco.com/pdf/Rubber-Elastomer-Chemical-Resistance-Guide-by-TLARGI-and-WARCO-BILTRITE.pdf). Butyl rubber is also called IIR (isobutylene...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,260
Posted By cyccommute

Got to Amazon or EBay. Type in “Cree bicycle...

Got to Amazon or EBay. Type in “Cree bicycle headlight”. Pick the one that is cheapest and buy 2 (minimum) or 3 (best). Put two on the bars and one on your helmet. All three should cost you $60...
08-09-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,048
Posted By cyccommute

Yup. I suspect it was on a car being towed by an...

Yup. I suspect it was on a car being towed by an RV. I imagine the conversation went something like

" Daaad! Where are the bikes?!"

"Watdcha mean where are the bikes?"

"They're gone!"
...
08-08-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. It comes that way from the factor...

Nope. It comes that way from the factor...
08-08-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,048
Posted By cyccommute

All of my racks have built in locks. The fork...

All of my racks have built in locks. The fork mounts have lock cores that lock onto the fork and the hitch rack I have has a hasp mechanism that covers over the top tube and locks in place.

That...
08-07-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,522
Posted By cyccommute

I'm not unfamiliar with accuracy and...

I'm not unfamiliar with accuracy and precision...they aren't the same thing. I'm also familiar with when something needs to be very precise and when it can be just good enough. Chain checking...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 913
Posted By cyccommute

If the bike is stock, the T2 was actually the...

If the bike is stock, the T2 was actually the better touring bike of the two that Cannondale offered that year. It has an LX trekking crank which has 48/36/26 gears. The inner ring could easily be...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 913
Posted By cyccommute

There's more to like about the Cannondale than...

There's more to like about the Cannondale than just the racks. That Cannondale comes from a long line of very good touring bikes with very classic touring geometries. The bike has a very long wheel...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,140
Posted By cyccommute

While those pads are worn out, you didn't have to...

While those pads are worn out, you didn't have to take them off the bike to change the pads. The new pads just slip into the holder without removing them from the bike.

Just sayin'.
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,337
Posted By cyccommute

"cc" means cubic centimeter and is equivalent to...

"cc" means cubic centimeter and is equivalent to a milliliter. There are 1000cc (and 1000 mL) to a liter, so the bag is a 2L bag. A 2L bag is about the volume of an Ortlieb front roller like the...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,140
Posted By cyccommute

Just to be clear, I am trying to be helpful so if...

Just to be clear, I am trying to be helpful so if I come across as combative, that is not my intent.

None of what you are doing should require a shop to do. It's all stuff that is simple to fix...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,140
Posted By cyccommute

I just go to work. I usually ride there. ...

I just go to work. I usually ride there.

The sleep issues you are experiencing are probably due to the nature in which we humans live our lives...i.e. by a clock instead of the sun. On tour I go...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 922
Posted By cyccommute

[/list] I don't go bikepacking heavily loaded...

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I don't go bikepacking heavily loaded either. However there are only a few places you can put the weight in a bikepacking system and all of them are higher than a traditional pannier...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 922
Posted By cyccommute

If it were me, I would carry the panniers on the...

If it were me, I would carry the panniers on the front and the cages on the rear. With the saddle bag, triangle bag and rear panniers, you are carrying quite a load on the rear of the bike. The...
08-05-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps but that's a lot of sawing. Remove the...

Perhaps but that's a lot of sawing. Remove the wedges first and then try to remove the stem physically. If that doesn't work, then try to hack through above the wedges.
08-05-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree with this, there are other things...

While I agree with this, there are other things to try before going this direction such as removing the wedges before you start hacksawing. The wedge may be stuck up against the steer tube like a...
08-05-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

That's what the Pillar graphs say. ...

That's what the Pillar graphs say.





Rather than rewrite it, here's what Sheldon Brown says on the subject (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html)
08-05-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, measuring fatigue is a different test. My...

Yes, measuring fatigue is a different test. My mistake. But elasticity, yield and ultimate tensile strength for spokes are all measured on the same instrument at the same time. You get them of the...
08-04-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,522
Posted By cyccommute

Apologies. I read your post wrong. In my...

Apologies. I read your post wrong. In my experience, however, most people don’t know what the readings on the Park chain checker mean. I’ve also found that replacing a chain that is showing past...
08-04-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By cyccommute

Shouldn’t be a problem. Grease will work as...

Shouldn’t be a problem. Grease will work as well. You could also use a cable luber...
08-04-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps you should look up the definitions of...

Perhaps you should look up the definitions of elastic modulus, yield strength, and metal fatigue. While you are at it you you might want to look at breaking strength. All are related to the effect of...
08-04-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,911
Posted By cyccommute

It may be hard to judge the ability brakes when...

It may be hard to judge the ability brakes when not riding but it isn’t impossible. It helps to have lots and lots and lots of experience with brake systems. After 40+ years of riding and being a...
08-04-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,911
Posted By cyccommute

That could be set up. Traditionally, bike shops...

That could be set up. Traditionally, bike shops have set up brakes so that they don’t engage instantly. They want them to engage at about half lever travel and to bottom out just before the lever...
08-04-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,911
Posted By cyccommute

Your definition of “on/off” and “modulation” are...

Your definition of “on/off” and “modulation” are very different from mine. I find hydraulic brakes to be an on and off affair. Being able to apply “just a little brake” using hydraulics is next to...
08-04-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,522
Posted By cyccommute

If chain checkers were made by Big Chain, you...

If chain checkers were made by Big Chain, you might have a point. However I’ve seen few chain checkers that are made by companies that sell chains. Perhaps Park Tool gets residuals for every chain...
08-04-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,522
Posted By cyccommute

The mileages are only a range. If you want to get...

The mileages are only a range. If you want to get more life out of the cassette which is the more expensive part of the drivetrain, replace the chain more often. Sure you could run a chain for 5,000...
08-04-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,522
Posted By cyccommute

Read the manual. From the Park Tool website on...

Read the manual. From the Park Tool website on the CC-3.2 Chain Checker:
08-04-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

No. Less material isn’t “stronger”, it’s more...

No. Less material isn’t “stronger”, it’s more elastic. If you look at the charts for the straight gauge spokes you can see that a 1.8mm spoke is breaks at lower force than a 2.0mm spoke, which is to...
08-04-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

The ultimate tensile strength is a good indicator...

The ultimate tensile strength is a good indicator of fatigue life and elasticity. Fatigue life is difficult to measure and the modulus of elasticity can (and is) measured during the tensile strength...
08-03-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

People say this all the time but it isn’t...

People say this all the time but it isn’t entirely correct. The way the wheel is tensioned is important but materials of construction come into play as well. Spokes can, and do, break because of...
08-03-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,028
Posted By cyccommute

Let’s start with tensile strength. The tensile...

Let’s start with tensile strength. The tensile strength being measured isn’t the wheel but the resistance of the spoke to breakage. Tensile strength measurements of the spoke gives you insight into...
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,018
Posted By cyccommute

Just a note on both the Google route and the Ride...

Just a note on both the Google route and the Ride with GPS route. Both route you up Apex trail which is a mountain bike trail. That steep little bump you see at about 18 miles is in the middle of...
Forum: Touring
08-02-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,018
Posted By cyccommute

Your route looks good enough. I would suggest a...

Your route looks good enough. I would suggest a slight change and turn it around so that you start in Glenwood and ride towards Denver. You get about 2000 more feet of downhill that way. You can...
08-02-19, 02:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,078
Posted By cyccommute

I think you are making too much out of front...

I think you are making too much out of front brake usage. Yes, using the front brake can cause the front wheel to wash out but so can a loose surface. Going into a loose surface with too much speed...
08-02-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,078
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t get hung up on the age of the tire. ...

Don’t get hung up on the age of the tire. Concentrate on all the variables. Crashing on a corner could happen on the first, 12th, 87th, 92nd, or 150th try. All of the variables...and there are...
08-01-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,078
Posted By cyccommute

You explained the situation and asked your...

You explained the situation and asked your question so why are you dissatisfied with the answers? Many of us have been in exactly your situation before. We don’t have to experience the same turn...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,184
Posted By cyccommute

Given the size and the scales (they look carbon...

Given the size and the scales (they look carbon fiber), I’d say you are off by from $100 to $200.
08-01-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By cyccommute

If the derailer hanger gets bent, it could...

If the derailer hanger gets bent, it could overshift into the spokes but the derailer is likely to rub (or catch) on the spokes before it would overshift.

As for “sticks”, in nearly 40 years of...
08-01-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By cyccommute

A spoke protector did nothing in that case. The...

A spoke protector did nothing in that case. The problem there is different from what a spoke protector is designed to prevent. The spoke protector only prevents the chain from going behind the gear...
08-01-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By cyccommute

It’s best to form them to the hub...that’s where...

It’s best to form them to the hub...that’s where they are going to spend their lives. I use a left crank arm to push down on the top spokes and pull up on the bottom spokes. Like this
...
08-01-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve never used spoke washers on any wheel and...

I’ve never used spoke washers on any wheel and I’ve been building them since 1986. Never even knew about spoke washers until about 5 or 6 years ago. I’ve also not had any problem with the spokes...
08-01-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 617
Posted By cyccommute

It depends. What do you reach for when the...

It depends. What do you reach for when the shifting goes wonky? If the answer is a screw driver, leave it in place because you are likely to need it. If you say the little black screw thingy on the...
08-01-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,078
Posted By cyccommute

It was most certainly poor technique but it...

It was most certainly poor technique but it wasn’t the braking...at least not for Witterings. The simple act of turning a corner on loose gravel can cause the front wheel to wash out. He was...
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