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07-04-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are going for steel, you need to find...

If you are going for steel, you need to find robust steel like a surly or the mentioned Trek 820. Lightweight steel will flex excessively and be *more* likely to break than a sturdy aluminum frame.
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,014
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit -...

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit - being too low in the drops with a big belly can restrict your lungs ability to breathe, and wheel durability - the stock wheels that come on most bikes...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less...

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less than 25 km/h, and on rough terrain or soft surfaces, the wider tire will be smoother and faster.

At higher speeds and on smooth tarmac, the lighter...
07-04-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 418
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight...

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight and that it grips the bottle tightly.
05-27-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but...

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but every photo I found on the interwebs shows frames with vertical dropouts, which are not ideal for SS use - you need to figure out some other system for...
05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,637
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,394
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires...

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires on a new less-expensive bike will essentially make the bike work like a higher end bike. Shifters and derailleurs, when new, make virtually no...
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
Forum: Foo
05-25-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 14,095
Views: 811,216
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like...

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like trumpet solos and chinchillas.
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,180
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,393
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-19-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The combination you mentioned will not be a...

The combination you mentioned will not be a problem.

First, any 'road' cycling shoe has a reasonably stiff sole. Using running shoes or other non-cycling shoes for longer rides can cause...
05-19-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,655
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The tires make a much larger difference than the...

The tires make a much larger difference than the wheel diameter, especially on road, and there are very good tires available for 26" wheels. 29" wheels roll over obstacles more easily, but the...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,230
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,335
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from...

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from dropped chains, but cannot recall ever seeing a chain get completely wrapped around the crankarm.

This reminds me of a Canadian lawsuit against a...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,230
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-13-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the...

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the ground when on the saddle, then that is not a cause for concern - any properly set up bike will require you to reach for the ground with your toes when...
05-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 727
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think...

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think some of the 'wear' you pictured was actually manufactured tooth profiles to help with shipping. There are a few gouges and nicks, but nothing that...
05-11-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 246
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. ...

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. Even then, it will be not great for reasons described in other responses.

You can just put smaller tires on the bike - if you go from 2" wide tires...
04-30-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 836
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think OP has decided on something, but I need...

I think OP has decided on something, but I need to say - this is bad advice. First, the main problem with Walmart bikes is that they are not usually assembled properly, so no better off than Bikes...
04-30-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 567
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap...

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap bikes. The cause is not in the freewheel itself but caused by the fact that the hub is made in three separate pieces pressed together, and the threaded...
04-30-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 237
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are a couple common causes of creaks and...

There are a couple common causes of creaks and pops.

Many newer bikes have press-fit bottom bracket bearings that are prone to creaking. I have no experience with these so can offer no advice. ...
04-27-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 682
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As mentioned above, without knowing some other...

As mentioned above, without knowing some other details it is not possible to know what is a suitable frame size. On a traditional level top tube road bike, 54cm would be absurdly small for someone...
04-23-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the...

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the derailleur pinch bolt.

Under the cable pinch bolt on those derailleurs was generally a washer with a little tab. The cable should go from the pulley,...
04-23-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 244
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little...

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little washer that helped toe in the brake pad when the nut was tightened. IIRC, it wasn't actually necessary if you know how the brakes are supposed to be...
04-22-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have...

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have already been said, but 32mm wide tires are not necessarily slower than narrower tires. What will be slower is if you switch from lightweight racing...
04-22-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,831
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I used to live in a town that was penned in on...

I used to live in a town that was penned in on all four sides by a large provincial park, a nuclear waste facility, a river, and dense boreal forest. There is a standard 10km loop around town, and a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,853
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks...

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks saddles for everyone, but they don't work for everyone. If you still have the WTB saddle off your old bike, slap that mofo on there and see if that doesn't...
04-22-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 583
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then...

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then larger frames are no more expensive than smaller sizes.

Also, handlebar height is not the only dimension of bikes that varies with frame sizes. Your...
04-22-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim...

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim with 36 spoke holes designed for tandems or 'trekking', then have it laced into a Shimano SLX or XT hub with stainless steel spokes. This gives the...
04-22-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Good advice above. I will add that pretty much...

Good advice above. I will add that pretty much any bike will work, but the stock wheels may have a short lifespan.

Since you mentioned Bikes Direct...
...
04-22-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 277
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

After 10 years, it is likely there is significant...

After 10 years, it is likely there is significant wear that has happened gradually and is barely noticed. And a cut in the tire after ten years? Continue using that tire, but only to ride to the...
04-22-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bend it and tuck it behind some part of the...

Bend it and tuck it behind some part of the derailleur.

Also, don't worry about the long-term need for extra cable - cables cost less than $5 each and should be periodically replaced. I would go...
03-13-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,284
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

makes sense. Anyhow, the 'rolling...

makes sense.

Anyhow, the 'rolling resistance' is a small part of the equation - a tiny fraction of the resistance of pushing your body through the air at 30 km/h.
03-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can...

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can disagree with it!
03-13-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,284
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Russ Roth If we assume the cross section of the...

Russ Roth If we assume the cross section of the tire is round such that the increase in width corresponds to an equal increase in height, changing from 2.125" to 1.25", the difference to the radius...
03-13-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 503
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I got a magazine from their booth at interbike...

I got a magazine from their booth at interbike ~20 years ago and that greatly inspired me, although I have not otherwise used their services.
03-13-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,284
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is not true. 'Rolling resistance', the...

This is not true. 'Rolling resistance', the energy lost to tire casing flex as you ride, is less for wider tires, if comparing otherwise identical tires. At higher speeds aerodynamics will play a...
03-13-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Just three more posts until you can post...

Just three more posts until you can post pictures, Adis ! Keep 'em coming!

What colour is your bike?
03-13-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 221
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

With IGHs, you should always ease up on the...

With IGHs, you should always ease up on the pedals when shifting. I have used SA, Suntour, and Shimano 3 speeds, Shimano 7 speed, and I currently have an Alfine 8 speed. The shifting is lightning...
03-13-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,284
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Part of the spinning out problem is likely...

Part of the spinning out problem is likely because you actually made your wheel a smaller diameter. And part is likely because most 2.125 tires are not the lightweight supple-casing tires that most...
03-13-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

F disc & rear V brake is a good solution. If...

F disc & rear V brake is a good solution. If there are no disc mounts on your fork then you need a new fork.

V brakes are generally acceptable stopping for most uses - when they were introduced...
03-13-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 661
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Your Sora rear derailleur will probably not work...

Your Sora rear derailleur will probably not work with a 42 tooth cassette, so you will at least have to change your rear derailleur.

There are also derailleur hanger extensions that adapt...
03-13-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. You don't use torque to set the the bearing...

No. You don't use torque to set the the bearing adjustment - you adjust the position of the cone by hand, using the feel of the bearings as a guide, then tighten the locknut against the cone to hold...
03-13-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It's possible on the front but you will likely...

It's possible on the front but you will likely have to get a new fork. Depending on the bike it may be easy or very difficult to find a fork that fits.

It is possible on the rear, but only if you...
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 747
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Mrs. Laurier is about 5'3 and rides a 47cm road...

Mrs. Laurier is about 5'3 and rides a 47cm road bike with 700c wheels. I would expect a 26" wheel touring bike (like the LHT) in its smallest size to be worth a look for someone 5'1".
03-13-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,284
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel...

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel sizes will not gain you anything but incompatibility hassles.

I disagree with the above advice to get ultra-narrow tires - wider tires, all other...
03-13-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Sounds like a problem with the bearings in the...

Sounds like a problem with the bearings in the hub. Generally to disassemble hub bearings you need a cone wrench (usually a 15mm for rear hubs) and an open end or combination wrench for the lock...
03-13-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Why would you want to do that? If it were a...

Why would you want to do that?

If it were a 'fixie' then it is possible to use backpedal force to act as a rear brake, but a single speed with a freewheel should have F & R brakes.
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