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Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Is this Cyclesmith in Hali? Only bike shop I...

Is this Cyclesmith in Hali? Only bike shop I have been to in NS, but was very impressed with the customer service.
01-28-20, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 132
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If I were you and considering a custom built set...

If I were you and considering a custom built set of wheels, I would consider a Shimano hub - I believe the Shimano freehub bolted to the hub body is a stronger design than ones like the DT, which, if...
01-28-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you have a wheel that an 8 speed cassette...

If you have a wheel that an 8 speed cassette would fit, a nine speed cassette would also fit. Then you just need a 9sp chain, and the Shimano derailleur should index perfectly with the Sunrace...
01-28-20, 12:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,467
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience with inexpensive single-bolt posts...

My experience with inexpensive single-bolt posts is that both the clamping force and the weight of the rider might deform (bend) the bottom part of the clamp, which allows the top part of the clamp...
01-28-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 686
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I just read some of the 'Dealer' manual and they...

I just read some of the 'Dealer' manual and they give recommended gear combinations that top out around 2:1 for the 8 speed, and 1.8:1 for the 11 speed.
01-28-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 686
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I remember seeing a recommendation from Shimano...

I remember seeing a recommendation from Shimano to not go beyond 1.9:1 (or maybe 1.8:1). Other, non-Shimano recommendations I found just now on the internet are 2.1:1 and 1.6:1. Shimano sells 23...
01-28-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 205
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Next years version of the ride should be called...

Next years version of the ride should be called "Don't Ride your Fixie at the North Texas One-Sixty"
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

About 20 years ago a customer at the shop where I...

About 20 years ago a customer at the shop where I worked had his (unlocked) bike stolen from in front of the shop. It happened only a minute or two after the customer came in, so a few of us took...
01-27-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think your solution is to adjust the...

I think your solution is to adjust the derailleur, not the BB length.

Multi-speed bicycle drivetrains are generally set up according to their 'chainline' - the distance from the centre line of the...
01-27-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 195
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As Johnny D says, likely damage from storage or...

As Johnny D says, likely damage from storage or due to careless handling. An aluminum rim is much softer than many building materials like stone or bricks or steel, so it is possible that the rim...
01-27-20, 01:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 104
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It would not make a good single speed candidate...

It would not make a good single speed candidate as it has vertical dropouts with no way to adjust chain tension. And you generally need a derailleur hanger to attach a chain tensioner, or a rear...
01-27-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 204
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Fatigue failure is not caused by two or three...

Fatigue failure is not caused by two or three bends, it is caused by constant cycling or vibration.

When something is 'bent' - or has suffered 'plastic deformation' (past its 'elastic' limit - the...
01-27-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 298
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Looks like the bead not fully seated all the way...

Looks like the bead not fully seated all the way around.

Let enough air out that you can push the sidewall and bead in, and work your way all the way around the wheel on both sides to ensure the...
01-27-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 249
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those old Shimano cantilever brakes worked good...

Those old Shimano cantilever brakes worked good untilt he plastic thing cracked, which it almost always did.

Just about any new cantilever brakes will be a good fix, and will come with new brake...
01-26-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 159
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I couldn’t tell from your posts if the bearing...

I couldn’t tell from your posts if the bearing cages are still in place, but an upside down bearing cage causes similar symptoms to what you are describing.
01-26-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 143
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Going to a 7 speed freewheel will increase the...

Going to a 7 speed freewheel will increase the unsupported length of axle between the driveside hub bearing and the frame, and this makes axle bending and breakage much more common.

You could look...
01-26-20, 10:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 719
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The fact that you have some awareness of your own...

The fact that you have some awareness of your own inadequacy is a sign that there is hope. Many home mechanics believe it is simple then proceed to ride a bike with the bar tape unwrapping and...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 1,970
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bikepackers are a subset of bicycle tourists. ...

Bikepackers are a subset of bicycle tourists. Generally bikepacking is off-road or dirt focussed. I believe since lighter weight equipment is a bigger deal over rougher terrain, frame bags and...
Forum: Touring
01-26-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 345
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

seatposts and shift levers and handlebars donít...

seatposts and shift levers and handlebars donít have serial numbers, as well as not often being locked with the rest of the bike, so there is less risk of carrying them around after stealing. ...
01-24-20, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The pedals are often the cheapest part that comes...

The pedals are often the cheapest part that comes on new bikes. People look for sealed bearing hubs and to what SHimano group the derailleurs belong, but ignore that the pedals are plastic and have...
01-24-20, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 380
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That is a common failure mode for bikes with rim...

That is a common failure mode for bikes with rim brakes and lots of all-weather use.
01-24-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 101
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Since you already have a trailer, you don't need...

Since you already have a trailer, you don't need to worry about putting racks on the bike. Maybe a handlebar bag and fenders and you are ready to go!
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 430
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Here's a new helmet for the ride: ...

Here's a new helmet for the ride:

https://www.amazon.com/Black-Gold-Mens-Kaiser-Helmet/dp/B008XLSASW
01-24-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 374
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also, in the picture the chain is on the small...

Also, in the picture the chain is on the small ring and you are trying to push the derailleur to see if it lines up with the big ring. In this scenario, the chain is going to be blocking the...
01-24-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 374
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is very difficult to move a F der by hand...

It is very difficult to move a F der by hand without a cable, so I find this test to be of limited usefulness. As others have said, pulling on the cable - usually you can pull down on the exposed run...
01-24-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are you still talking about the Flector Clip?...

Are you still talking about the Flector Clip? Does it not hold itself in place securely? There are only two things a bike mounted reflector must do - mount to the bike and reflect. #fail...
Forum: Touring
01-24-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,069
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Update: Probably setting out from Richibucto area...

Update: Probably setting out from Richibucto area early August-ish.
01-23-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 653
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those guidelines say that fresh cables and...

Those guidelines say that fresh cables and housing are recommended annually to ensure you can 'execute the perfect shift'. They do not say that failure to change cables every six months will result...
01-23-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 264
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It will work. If you hve an existing drop-bar...

It will work. If you hve an existing drop-bar bike of which you like the fit, measure and add together the 'horizontal' top tube length and the stem length, then subtract the published horizontal top...
01-23-20, 03:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 404
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Yeah, you rotate through multiple wheels with all...

Yeah, you rotate through multiple wheels with all sorts of different magnets and they will all work with the same computer (if the magnet is in the right place).
01-23-20, 01:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 298
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have tried to install modern cartridges on...

I have tried to install modern cartridges on older frames (Raleighs and CCMs) and there is often not enough threading in either side of the BB shell to allow the cups to be fully threaded in. Also,...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

One failure = evidence? Did you read the recent...

One failure = evidence?
Did you read the recent story about a new (All city?) steel frame that broke in half and a guy got a spinal cord injury? Because by the same logic you used we should avoid...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

seeker333 I read more through the thread where...

seeker333 I read more through the thread where there was criticism of the fork, and much of the thread is basically 'aluminum?!!?!!?? How dare they! This is no better than a BSO from Walmart!!!'
...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Thanks for the reply. If you think those...

Thanks for the reply.

If you think those welds are ugly, there is a Canadian made '90s Raleigh waiting around the corner to break your kneecaps with a pedal wrench. The bikes came with a cheezy...
01-23-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,528
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Except that, besides not agreeing with Internet...

Except that, besides not agreeing with Internet Cyclotourism Orthodoxy, I have seen no evidence that they do need to be changed. As many have claimed before, and both you and I disagreed, that...
01-23-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 653
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/um/UM-07X0A-004-ENG.pd...

https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/um/UM-07X0A-004-ENG.pdf

I looked at the user's manual for both the cable brake and hydraulic brake versions of 10f STI levers, and there is no mention of 6 month or any...
Forum: Touring
01-23-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

OP didn't mention what their concern was about...

OP didn't mention what their concern was about the aluminum fork, but my assumption is that such comments indicate a person has listened to the myths about bike materials too much and argument would...
01-23-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Notso_fastLane I just looked it up and the...

Notso_fastLane I just looked it up and the 700x43 Cascadia ALX (aluminum) fenders are 640 grams per pair, and the 700x45 Cascadia (plastic) fenders are 648 grams - the plastic ones are...
01-23-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience with real cold is that even good...

My experience with real cold is that even good quality plastic fenders get brittle and are likely to break when a piece of ice follows the tire up and gets stuck. I cannot imagine that aluminum ones...
01-23-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 964
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have tried them and they seem like a tonne of...

I have tried them and they seem like a tonne of fun. I've also been in cities where they are starting to really catch on, and the more people on the bike paths the better! I rode with all sorts of...
01-23-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Fenders will add less weight than the water and...

Fenders will add less weight than the water and slush that will otherwise get into your socks and pants.
01-22-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also, put full fenders on your bike to avoid...

Also, put full fenders on your bike to avoid getting wet butt and shoes when riding in rain and wet snow. Riding in the winter without fenders is foolish.
01-22-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have commuted about ~12km down to around -30...

I have commuted about ~12km down to around -30 deg C. I think that is about -25F or so. It was colder than a witches mitt, but I did it. I don't live within cycle commuting distance anymore so I...
01-22-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,534
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bike computer for a luddite: Attach a pulley of...

Bike computer for a luddite: Attach a pulley of known circumference to your front wheel (like a second rim), attach a ribbon of known length to the pulley, and every time the whole ribbon is wrapped...
Forum: Touring
01-22-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is not correct. If you removed the 700c...

This is not correct. If you removed the 700c wheels from a bike designed for them and simply swapped in a set of 26" wheels, then, yes, it almost definitely will not handle right, and probably as...
01-22-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,528
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am passively lusting after a Trek 920 adventure...

I am passively lusting after a Trek 920 adventure bike, but many online commentators have concerns about the low-spoke-count wheels (28h rear I think). My solution (in my bike-buying dreams) is not...
01-22-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 653
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Miele Man Obsolete != undesirable. What I meant...

Miele Man Obsolete != undesirable. What I meant was that new ones are not being made and parts are getting harder to find. Like I said, I have some 'vintage' bikes too - I know. Hence why people...
01-22-20, 03:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 486
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I did my early wheelbuilding with DT Champion...

I did my early wheelbuilding with DT Champion spokes. So consistent were the threads that I would initially tighten the spokes so the last thread was even with the end of the nipple by eye, and...
01-22-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 653
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Miele Man Also, while touring in QC a few years...

Miele Man Also, while touring in QC a few years ago we stopped to help a mother with her young child's bike, but were unable to because we didn't have a 15mm wrench.
01-22-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 653
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I said we are doddering fools, not you. We are...

I said we are doddering fools, not you. We are discussing strategies to live with technology that was made obsolete a decade ago.
Unfortunately, traditional QRs were not designed for the forces...
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