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06-16-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By Kapusta

It would help if you gave some info about the...

It would help if you gave some info about the crankset.
Brand?
Model?

If you don’t know these things, then try looking up the specs of the bike model. Or at least tell us what it is.
06-14-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,442
Posted By Kapusta

You think a beat cop’s equipment weights 50 lbs?...

You think a beat cop’s equipment weights 50 lbs? Seriously?

And even if that was the case, how on Earth would a typical road bike even handle that?
06-14-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,500
Posted By Kapusta

Take a look at the DT Swiss page for the 350...

Take a look at the DT Swiss page for the 350 hubs: https://www.dtswiss.com/en/products/hubs-rws/hubs/350-classic/

Look at the rear hubs. There are three variants of the 12x142 rear hub with...
06-14-19, 08:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,500
Posted By Kapusta

Different part numbers?

Different part numbers?
06-14-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,500
Posted By Kapusta

Are they both disc? Otherwise, it beats me...

Are they both disc?

Otherwise, it beats me if the axle types and hub widths are the same.

Are they different part numbers, or just the same part listed under different categories?
06-14-19, 06:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 952
Posted By Kapusta

If they were quality CF rims you would not have...

If they were quality CF rims you would not have bent them to start with.

You might have broken one, but it takes quite an impact to do that. Enough that your Al wheel would have been a twisted...
06-13-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,417
Posted By Kapusta

I see no reason not to bring more water than I...

I see no reason not to bring more water than I think I will drink.

I estimate what I think I will drink and add 50% more.

I like camelbak for the no-drip feature in terms of packing my stuff in...
06-13-19, 07:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,119
Posted By Kapusta

Are all of the chain ring spacers the same OUTER...

Are all of the chain ring spacers the same OUTER diameter? You say that some are thicker than others, but I am unclear whether you mean the length of the spacer or the outer diameter.
06-13-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,119
Posted By Kapusta

Either: a) you lost a spacer of some sort. ...

Either:

a) you lost a spacer of some sort.
b) you are assembling it wrong.

Have you tried re-assembling with the old ring?
06-13-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 518
Posted By Kapusta

What exactly is your question? If you like...

What exactly is your question?

If you like your bike as is but want a new paint job, then paint it.

If you want a new bike with the latest doo-dads, than get a new bike.
06-12-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,442
Posted By Kapusta

I think the more relevant question here is.... ...

I think the more relevant question here is....

Is the OP is less informed about:
a) bikes
b) urban policing

Discuss.
06-12-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,811
Posted By Kapusta

I would give much better odds of the mtb cop...

I would give much better odds of the mtb cop catching a suspect on a road bike than a cop on a road bike catching a suspect on an mtb.

You only need to be a little stronger on the road on an mtb...
06-12-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 6,442
Posted By Kapusta

No, actually it is not. If a cop’s beat was...

No, actually it is not.

If a cop’s beat was strictly on paved roads and suspects had the courtesy to stay on those paved roads (on foot or on bike, and not in a car) while you chase them, then...
06-11-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By Kapusta

More work than I like to do, but there is...

More work than I like to do, but there is certainly no harm in it, and the results are probably as good as you ate going to get in terms of drivetrain wear.
06-10-19, 11:05 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,324
Posted By Kapusta

I like this thread, because now I feel like my...

I like this thread, because now I feel like my Frogs are affordable.
06-09-19, 01:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,376
Posted By Kapusta

I can believe this for the following reason: ...

I can believe this for the following reason:

Almost all of the bike riding I did as a kid was completely "unscripted" by my parents. It is what we did to entertain ourselves. Whether it was...
06-09-19, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By Kapusta

That will probably help if you are dropping...

That will probably help if you are dropping chains over rough ground, but I don’t think it will do much about chain suck.
06-09-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 788
Posted By Kapusta

Or just use the reach and seat tube angle numbers...

Or just use the reach and seat tube angle numbers they list on their website.
06-08-19, 10:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 788
Posted By Kapusta

If you choose your size based on seat tube...

If you choose your size based on seat tube length, you are doing it wrong, anyway.
06-08-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,204
Posted By Kapusta

As mentioned earlier, hanging it by the front...

As mentioned earlier, hanging it by the front wheel is often GOOD for the fork as it keeps the oil in lowers up around the bushings.

As far as hydro brakes... it could be an issue if you have air...
06-07-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,022
Posted By Kapusta

I agree that for those of us who are proficient...

I agree that for those of us who are proficient using triples that the front shifting is actually better because a) we do it less often and b) when we do shift there are fewer double shifts needed...
06-07-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,022
Posted By Kapusta

The only argument I buy against triples is the...

The only argument I buy against triples is the shifting. Much easier to keep a 2x shifting perfectly, and many 3x setups take a tad of finesse to deal with the middle ring when not perfect.

This...
06-05-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,022
Posted By Kapusta

So, setting up your gearing for a wide variety of...

So, setting up your gearing for a wide variety of terrain is setting it up wrong?

I guess the “right” way to do it is to keep a few sets of chainrings swap them out depending on the terrain? Yeah,...
06-04-19, 10:57 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,225
Posted By Kapusta

I’m calling BS on this story.

I’m calling BS on this story.
06-03-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By Kapusta

Rotor bolts are really not that hard to get...

Rotor bolts are really not that hard to get right. Tight enough to not come loose, but not so tight that you strip the threads or break off the bolt heads. For people who wrench regularly, that is...
06-03-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By Kapusta

Are these punctures or pinch flats? As...

Are these punctures or pinch flats?

As others have suggested, so if it keeps happening in the same location on the tire.
06-03-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By Kapusta

Actually, I am more likely to use a torque wrench...

Actually, I am more likely to use a torque wrench for a seat post clamp than for rotor bolts.
06-02-19, 07:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By Kapusta

Pretty sure I could do some damage with that if I...

Pretty sure I could do some damage with that if I tightened as hard as I could.
06-02-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 795
Posted By Kapusta

Been using discs since 2001. Never used a torque...

Been using discs since 2001. Never used a torque wrench for the rotor bolts, even though I have one that I use for other things. Never had one come loose or strip any threads.

Not making a...
06-01-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,110
Posted By Kapusta

Yes, it gets old. CF MTB frames have been quite...

Yes, it gets old. CF MTB frames have been quite robust for a long time now.
05-31-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,136
Posted By Kapusta

You might ask about this over on the “components”...

You might ask about this over on the “components” forum on MTBR.

One thing to note is that most people are fairly convinced that many Brand-x and PNW droppers are the exact same post (rebranded)...
05-29-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,570
Posted By Kapusta

I have the same one. It is almost 5 PSI off,...

I have the same one. It is almost 5 PSI off, which is pretty bad for a gauge that only goes up to 30 psi. It is consistent, though.

High precision, abysmal accuracy.

The 60 psi one I have by...
05-29-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,110
Posted By Kapusta

IMO, until you get to the higher level price...

IMO, until you get to the higher level price points, the extra $ you spend to get a CF frame is almost always better spent on something else on the bike.

I really din’t consider whether a bike is...
05-29-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,261
Posted By Kapusta

Depends what kind of spring it is. If it...

Depends what kind of spring it is.

If it uses a coil spring, then it does not make a lick of difference whether it it up or down.

If it has an air spring, leave it up - though it probably only...
05-26-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,570
Posted By Kapusta

It depends on the range of the gauge on the pump...

It depends on the range of the gauge on the pump and the pressure you want in your tire. If the range is up to 120 psi, and the pressures are around 40ish or higher (like for my road/gravel or...
05-24-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,983
Posted By Kapusta

Yes, this IS why rims are going wider. ...

Yes, this IS why rims are going wider.

However, there are limits to how wide you want to go with any given mtb tire.

The thing you need to keep in mind with MTB tires is that the treads are...
05-20-19, 07:41 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,097
Posted By Kapusta

Carbon fiber asplodes. I seen it. Nuthin’ left...

Carbon fiber asplodes. I seen it. Nuthin’ left but scraps of Lycra and white socks.
05-20-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By Kapusta

It has worked before.... ...

It has worked before....

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05-20-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,097
Posted By Kapusta

CF made sense to me when I was running rock hard...

CF made sense to me when I was running rock hard 23-25mm tires. I liked how it damped the vibrations. But once I started running 32-38mm tires at low pressure, the vibrations are not really an issue,...
05-20-19, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 679
Posted By Kapusta

If he is shilling, he is not very good at it. ...

If he is shilling, he is not very good at it.

One does not usually advertise one’s products by questioning its legitimacy and talking about how it is too expensive.
05-20-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,097
Posted By Kapusta

It rhymes better than “steel is sexy” I have...

It rhymes better than “steel is sexy”

I have never drooled over a CF or Al road or hardtail MTB frame.


I don’t know about road bikes, but in the mountain bike world, “steel is real” has been...
05-19-19, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,983
Posted By Kapusta

Why do you need (or even want) 30mm wide rims...

Why do you need (or even want) 30mm wide rims when that frame won't clear wide tires to start with? How wide is that one you have pictured? 2.2"?

Here are some 23-25mm tubeless compatible rim...
05-19-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 561
Posted By Kapusta

“Hybrid” is an utterly meaningless term. It can...

“Hybrid” is an utterly meaningless term. It can mean anything from skinny-tired road bike with a flat bar to an mountain-bike with slicks, to a bolt-upright 40 lb bike with big cushy saddle that you...
05-19-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,520
Posted By Kapusta

Well of course after everyone telling you how...

Well of course after everyone telling you how easy this is, it is going to be a hassle.:)

Does this sealant have suspended particles in it? If so did you keep it shaken well enough that it was...
05-17-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,544
Posted By Kapusta

I don’t think it actually works quite that way. ...

I don’t think it actually works quite that way.

While the price to the final consumer may go up, it is not going to go up the full 25%.

The price that the importer pays for the bicycle which is...
05-17-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 775
Posted By Kapusta

You sure it is not a pedal? Have you tried...

You sure it is not a pedal? Have you tried swapping for a different set?
05-16-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By Kapusta

Any Shimano 7, 8, or 9 speed RD will work with...

Any Shimano 7, 8, or 9 speed RD will work with your shifters and an 8 speed cassette.

Whether you need a mountain or road RD depends on the largest cog you are running, but I assume that since...
05-16-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Kapusta

Yeah, unfortunately Salsa kind of screwed up the...

Yeah, unfortunately Salsa kind of screwed up the placement of those braze-ons, and the brake caliper blocks one of the rack stays.
05-16-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Kapusta

I use one of these (I think it is called a brake...

I use one of these (I think it is called a brake bridge adapter):
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05-16-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,185
Posted By Kapusta

Well to fair, hardly anyone uses them anywhere. I...

Well to fair, hardly anyone uses them anywhere. I see - at most - a couple sets out on the trail each year.

They are so rare that it surprises me that they still even make them.
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