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Forum: Commuting
03-27-20, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15,305
Views: 11,192,277
Posted By cyccommute

Salsa Las Cruces ...

Salsa Las Cruces

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03-27-20, 09:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,352
Posted By cyccommute

The first thing you should notice is that that...

The first thing you should notice is that that isnít a $100 bike. Itís a better bike than most of the $100 offerings but itís still got lots of warts. Corners were cut to make it that cheap and...
03-27-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 54,136
Posted By cyccommute

I have no problem with that. Iíd just like to...

I have no problem with that. Iíd just like to have more people participate in this one.
03-27-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 54,136
Posted By cyccommute

If Joe Bikerider approves, the next mission will...

If Joe Bikerider approves, the next mission will violate the rules a little: Let’s see those Covid19 emptied streets...but, and here’s the rule violation, let’s get more people involved. I want...
Forum: Touring
03-27-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 490
Posted By cyccommute

Itís probably possible to do the Maah Daah Hey...

Itís probably possible to do the Maah Daah Hey Trail on a rigid bike but it would be a tough ride. Maah Daah Hey is a pretty rugged mountain bike trail.
03-27-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 54,136
Posted By cyccommute

A rock. And a river runs through it. About 100...

A rock. And a river runs through it. About 100 yard long, 50 wide (could be wider but thatís all that is exposed) and 20 or 30 feet deep
...
03-27-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,352
Posted By cyccommute

As I said to OldTryGuy, their quality has gotten...

As I said to OldTryGuy, their quality has gotten much worse in just the last few years. Their quality wasn’t all that good before but they weren’t prone to failures that could result in injury. The...
03-26-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 418
Posted By cyccommute

I bet your rimstrip isnít as good as you think it...

I bet your rimstrip isnít as good as you think it is. If it is rubber, replace it with cloth or something fiberous.
03-26-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By cyccommute

You are talking two different things with regards...

You are talking two different things with regards to the wheels. Wheels can go out of true for many reasons but that is a minor problem and a relatively minor adjustment. Itís also somewhat common,...
03-26-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,352
Posted By cyccommute

It would be helpful if you would quote the people...

It would be helpful if you would quote the people you are responding to so that we don’t have to guess.



What I mean by being “not particularly strong” is that the frames are poorly welded and...
03-26-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,352
Posted By cyccommute

I really doubt that you would get the same...

I really doubt that you would get the same mileage on a 2020 Target Magna without major problems. As bad as the 2002 version was, the 2020 version is far worse. That spindle I posted above isnít...
03-25-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,352
Posted By cyccommute

No, they aren't particularly "strong". They are...

No, they aren't particularly "strong". They are just heavy. Upgrading the components on a HelMart bike is just throwing good money after bad.



Those bikes weren't the same as the bikes with...
Forum: Touring
03-25-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 490
Posted By cyccommute

I think your reasoning is flawed. There are...

I think your reasoning is flawed. There are plenty of people touring around the world or just around their areas on bikes with 700C and cantilever brakes. I don't see wheel size as being a huge...
03-24-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 367
Views: 20,249
Posted By cyccommute

Moots YBBeat ...

Moots YBBeat
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03-24-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 307
Posted By cyccommute

Trailangel has flats covered with the caveat that...

Trailangel has flats covered with the caveat that flats are inevitable and not 100% preventable. As for buckling wheels, that is an extremely rare occurrence. Your wheels would have to be...
03-22-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

ďAre they easily found?Ē kind of answers the...

ďAre they easily found?Ē kind of answers the question, doesnít it? Most bike shops Iíve been in donít have a lot of VAR tools. They get by with the Park Tool because while the VAR might last...
03-22-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

Likely because no one has seen one in the flesh....

Likely because no one has seen one in the flesh. And the price means that many probably won’t see one. I think the price is probably too great for dealing with an obsolete technology.
03-22-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

I would agree with you for low use personal...

I would agree with you for low use personal tools, although I resist using hammers on tools. If you look at the tool in post 26, you can see how it has been distorted through use. My co-op goes...
03-22-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 110
Posted By cyccommute

Go by brand and model number. There should be...

Go by brand and model number. There should be something on the brake telling you that information.

Alternatively, take off one wheel and pull out one of the pads from the caliper. The pad has a...
03-22-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

The wrench for a fixed cup isnít likely to...

The wrench for a fixed cup isnít likely to fracture. Itís cut from steel plate and not harden. It will bend but it probably wonít break. Heat and impart introduce their own problems. Applying...
03-22-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

Itís a fairly easy change to make. All you need...

Itís a fairly easy change to make. All you need is the same length spindle as the cup and cone one you have now. I pitted a lot of cup and cone bottom bracket in the early days of mountain biking...
03-22-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

Never had much of a problem. Samson does a...

Never had much of a problem. Samson does a marvelous job of adding leverage and our stands are very rigid. But if you donít have a long a lever as we have or if your stand is flimsy, putting the...
03-22-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

I actually did it a few weeks ago for my local...

I actually did it a few weeks ago for my local co-op. Weíve been doing it with a different tool

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03-21-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 172
Posted By cyccommute

It looks like you are attaching it backwards. ...

It looks like you are attaching it backwards. The rack should be mostly forward of the of the axle. The U-bolt option works well but you have to use it properly.
03-21-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,273
Posted By cyccommute

You are doing it wrong. Don’t feel bad, I’ve been...

You are doing it wrong. Don’t feel bad, I’ve been doing it wrong for 40 years until I had an epiphany about 3 weeks ago. First you need some parts and tools.
...
03-21-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 4,334
Posted By cyccommute

Yaíll need a few mountain bikes here. ...

Yaíll need a few mountain bikes here.

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03-21-20, 08:33 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,473
Posted By cyccommute

Since there hasn’t been any love for mountain...

Since there hasn’t been any love for mountain bike levers, here’s my two bits:

Avid Ultimates

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03-20-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 674
Posted By cyccommute

Two months here. We got 4Ē in Denver last night...

Two months here. We got 4Ē in Denver last night and enough to close I-70 and I-76 across the plains. People make the mistake of thinking that blizzards in the mountains are the storms you fear. The...
03-20-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 432
Posted By cyccommute

While that could be true for a ďnormalĒ Presta...

While that could be true for a ďnormalĒ Presta valve and chuck, Iím reading that Chuckles1 is using an adapter like the red part on the valve cover in this picture
...
03-19-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,597
Posted By cyccommute

While I understand Shimano’s thought...

While I understand Shimano’s thought process...having both levers move the same way...I never could understand their engineering. It’s almost like they had never actually ridden a mountain bike. Back...
Forum: Touring
03-15-20, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 763
Posted By cyccommute

Tubus Tara...

Tubus Tara (https://www.tubus.com/en/products/front-carriers/tubus-product/tara/). Rugged and simple. Youíll probably have to get creative around the disc caliper but youíll have to do that with any...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

It was your mistake to think that Adis doesnít...

It was your mistake to think that Adis doesnít want to incorporate a curb-hop into his/her daily commute. Thatís the title of the post, after all. Telling someone that they shouldnít do something...
Forum: Commuting
03-14-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

A couple of things to add: First, this will all...

A couple of things to add: First, this will all happen quickly. It takes much, much longer to explain (even when speaking) than it does to happen. Second, the weight shift forward should be quick...
03-14-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 7,053
Views: 1,745,769
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís a bit extreme. Taking something...

Thatís a bit extreme. Taking something completely apart to ďfixĒ it, seldom fixes anything. Address the ďproblemĒ rather than disassemble the system. If, for example, there is a problem with the...
03-13-20, 10:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 760
Posted By cyccommute

Brakes in general get a bad rap because they are...

Brakes in general get a bad rap because they are equipped with bottom of the barrel calipers and levers. Good cantilevers work extremely well. Good linear brakes work extremely well. Good...
03-13-20, 11:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 760
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, you can. Is it worth it? Probably not. ...

Yes, you can. Is it worth it? Probably not. Thereís the cost of the fork, the cost of the caliper, the cost of the rotor and the cost of the wheel. Except for the rotor, Iíd put it around $50 for...
03-11-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,490
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that bring a bike into the house to...

While I agree that bring a bike into the house to warm it up is a little silly, condensation isn’t a problem. The outside of the bike is painted so any water that condenses there isn’t going to do...
03-11-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. Not often but it can happen. Attempting to...

Yes. Not often but it can happen. Attempting to tighten the stem bolt too much could also result in rounding out of the bolt head. Neither situation is easy to deal with.
03-09-20, 11:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,450
Posted By cyccommute

Feel free to lubricant as much as you like but...

Feel free to lubricant as much as you like but don’t pretend that it is absolutely necessary to have a bike that looks like it was pulled through the Deep Horizon oil spill. A little grease goes a...
03-06-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

Every rubber coated Schrader valve that I've seen...

Every rubber coated Schrader valve that I've seen cut has resulted in an unrepairable leak...just like a Presta detaching from the tube. What you may be seeing is a fully threaded Schrader valve...
03-06-20, 11:24 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

I've only ever seen one Dunlop valve (same valve)...

I've only ever seen one Dunlop valve (same valve) in many decades of working on bikes. I was struck by the simplicity of the valve. It's very much like a Presta in that it is a check valve. Air goes...
03-06-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. Science...

Nope. Science (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fick%27s_laws_of_diffusion).
03-06-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

It's one of the better "improved" head designs as...

It's one of the better "improved" head designs as long as you remember to push the lever to the opposite side that you have attached to the valve.



Yep. Pushing it down too far. Don't bury...
03-06-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

It's hard to say. Helium goes through latex...

It's hard to say. Helium goes through latex quickly and probably through a butyl rubber tube slower because of the increased thickness. But it's likely caused by straight diffusion based on size of...
03-06-20, 08:39 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

It sounds like you have a pump chuck like this...

It sounds like you have a pump chuck like this one.

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...
03-05-20, 11:16 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,674
Posted By cyccommute

If you are losing all the air while engaging or...

If you are losing all the air while engaging or disengaging the pump head from a Presta valve, you are doing something very wrong. The pump chuck should slide over the valve without even releasing...
03-05-20, 10:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 633
Posted By cyccommute

Um, Antelope. Animal, not vegetable. Stupid...

Um, Antelope. Animal, not vegetable. Stupid autocorrect!

Mineís a YBB. In winter

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03-05-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,508
Posted By cyccommute

Just a boring old door. ...

Just a boring old door.
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03-05-20, 08:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 714
Posted By cyccommute

Because of the way that the wedge works on a...

Because of the way that the wedge works on a stem, I don't think there is a torque specification on it. The wedge has to "wedge" in the steer tube and how much pressure is needed is going to depend...
03-04-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, they work. I put a 36 tooth low on my...

Yes, they work. I put a 36 tooth low on my touring bike with one.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49619869007_dbcf820562_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2iAJNjT)_IMG4968 (https://flic.kr/p/2iAJNjT)...
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