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01-13-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 777
Posted By Eric S.

I used to have a 1988 Sirrus and at that time the...

I used to have a 1988 Sirrus and at that time the only real difference in the frameset of an Allez was that the Allez had a unicrown fork. The lugged Sirrus fork was beautiful - a pleasure to look...
01-13-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By Eric S.

I think I had the same problem with a Joe Blow I...

I think I had the same problem with a Joe Blow I had for ~12 years. In trying to get into the barrel to see what was going on, I broke the plastic top "cap", so that was it for that pump. Been...
01-09-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,636
Posted By Eric S.

I hold a piece of cardboard between the lower...

I hold a piece of cardboard between the lower chain & rear wheel and lightly spray on each link; just enough to get into the bushing.
01-09-20, 02:05 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,636
Posted By Eric S.

About 30 years ago I tried pure paraffin waxing...

About 30 years ago I tried pure paraffin waxing and had some skipping. Many years later I tried some version of White Lightning and experienced skipping under load. Really weird. I've been using...
01-04-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By Eric S.

I've removed pins from numerous cassettes over...

I've removed pins from numerous cassettes over the years to facilitate thorough cleaning and never experienced any freehub damage by running them "loose".
Forum: Commuting
12-25-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,167
Posted By Eric S.

I've been on a job for 7.5 months and only driven...

I've been on a job for 7.5 months and only driven to work once because I get off at 12am and we were leaving in the morning for a short trip. ~20 mile round trip work commute + riding a full shift...
12-25-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By Eric S.

You'll be fine with 113mm and an 8-speed setup. ...

You'll be fine with 113mm and an 8-speed setup. It's more important to stick with what is recommended for the crankset than how many rear cogs you'll be using.
12-20-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By Eric S.

Wow, a name with fond memories of a time when...

Wow, a name with fond memories of a time when Bicycling was a smart, informative publication.
...
12-19-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,665
Posted By Eric S.

I just completed an International Police Mountain...

I just completed an International Police Mountain Bike Association course and they teach the "ABC Quick Check" - A for Air, B for Brakes and cables, C for Crank arms, Quick for Quick releases and...
Forum: Commuting
12-15-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 944
Posted By Eric S.

I have NiteRider lights as well, currently a...

I have NiteRider lights as well, currently a Lumina 650 on the bars and an old Lumina 220 on the helmet. Though years apart, I got both new on eBay for about $30.

NiteRider is a very good...
12-10-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,044
Posted By Eric S.

I have 520 pedals on most of my bikes and yes, I...

I have 520 pedals on most of my bikes and yes, I used to be able to find them new online for $25 all the time.
12-09-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 751
Posted By Eric S.

I don't have any recommendation to offer, but it...

I don't have any recommendation to offer, but it occurred to me that it would be nice to have pants that are truly waterproof in the front half down just past the knee, where most of the wetness...
11-28-19, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Eric S.

SRAM Apex was indeed readily available in 180mm...

SRAM Apex was indeed readily available in 180mm for road bikes; I also have a few pair of SRAM Rival that cost only $140 new on eBay. Again, that was a a few years ago.
11-28-19, 12:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 314
Posted By Eric S.

Check eBay for SRAM Apex if you're looking for 2x...

Check eBay for SRAM Apex if you're looking for 2x road cranks - I bought a new pair a few years ago for $110.
Forum: Commuting
11-23-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,871
Posted By Eric S.

I do if there's no one around. Some of the...

I do if there's no one around. Some of the lights I encounter won't change unless I get on the sidewalk and hit the pedestrian button, and even then it takes a long time, so I'll cross when it's...
11-18-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 412
Posted By Eric S.

I have microSHIFT bar ends on 4 bikes, three 9sp...

I have microSHIFT bar ends on 4 bikes, three 9sp and one 10sp. I run them with the rear on the handlebar and the front on the DT so I can use a bar end mirror. Perfectly good quality and I like...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,091
Posted By Eric S.

Darkness and light catch up with us no matter...

Darkness and light catch up with us no matter what - a 1-hour shift is really not effective.
Forum: Commuting
11-05-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,210
Posted By Eric S.

I have occasionally experienced numbness but not...

I have occasionally experienced numbness but not really since riding cutout saddles. The old Nashbar offered affordable cutout saddles for under $30 and I have them on most of my bikes. Also, I...
11-05-19, 03:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By Eric S.

A few years ago I discovered that SRAM has...

A few years ago I discovered that SRAM has different designations - a Rival road derailleur had "Exact Actuation" (I think) and the MTB derailleur had 1:1. I have an MTB commuter with 12-23T 8-speed...
11-05-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,034
Posted By Eric S.

The only reason I ever started wrapping from...

The only reason I ever started wrapping from bottom to top was when I bought a Scott aero bar in the early '90s and needed to install/remove it easily. I never had any edge curling issues while...
10-31-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,893
Posted By Eric S.

I call this tire affliction "the dreaded...

I call this tire affliction "the dreaded S-bulge". Happened to me once at mile 80 of a century on relatively new tires. Made it the final 20 miles and finished with the cords starting to show.
Forum: Commuting
10-28-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,327
Posted By Eric S.

I've been working a security job for almost 6...

I've been working a security job for almost 6 months and wish I could use drop bars. The work bike has grips with quasi bar ends but it's not enough to avoid hand pain over an 8 hour shift.

Nice...
10-10-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,125
Posted By Eric S.

A local radio host once mentioned that just the...

A local radio host once mentioned that just the sound of stun gun (Taser is a brand name and very expensive) has often deterred aggressive dogs when she's out walking.
10-02-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 7,190
Posted By Eric S.

My disdain comes from the fact that I have to...

My disdain comes from the fact that I have to ride heavy, clumsy front suspension "police" bikes at work. I admit I've never ridden a quality front or dual suspension mountain bike, but for...
09-17-19, 12:22 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 8,938
Posted By Eric S.

I haven't had any bad dog encounters in a long...

I haven't had any bad dog encounters in a long time, but in my time working on cruise ships and venturing far off the tourist path in Mexico I'd come across dogs that "took an interest" in me while...
08-26-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By Eric S.

I've had a few sets of Vuelta wheels with...

I've had a few sets of Vuelta wheels with cartridge hubs for about 10 years. The 26" pair have been in rainstorms quite a bit and the hubs are doing fine. Nashbar used to carry them, but Amazon has...
08-22-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 988
Posted By Eric S.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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I've had some VO wheels for 6 years. Found...
08-22-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 648
Posted By Eric S.

I used to have a Sugino-made Ritchey MTB triple...

I used to have a Sugino-made Ritchey MTB triple on a Bridgestone MB-1, which has a 68mm BB shell. I think it used a 122mm spindle BB.
Forum: Commuting
08-21-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,154
Posted By Eric S.

I shouldn't turn this into a Grip Shift...

I shouldn't turn this into a Grip Shift discussion but I love 'em. Inexpensive and they just plain work, in my experience on two of my MTB commuters.
Forum: Commuting
08-19-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,154
Posted By Eric S.

I bought a Trek 950 for $35 on Craigslist about 3...

I bought a Trek 950 for $35 on Craigslist about 3 years ago; lugged True Temper frame. Most of the parts were of no use to me but I built it into a 1x8 drop bar commuter. The frame had some rust...
07-31-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,051
Posted By Eric S.

~25 years ago riders in the Flathead Valley would...

~25 years ago riders in the Flathead Valley would do a ride dubbed The Highline Hammer, about 145 miles. A beautiful extension of riding the Sun road is to continue South on Hwy 89 from St. Mary,...
07-31-19, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By Eric S.

I'd guess you might be able to detect a...

I'd guess you might be able to detect a difference in bearing smoothness. If I were in this buying situation I'd probably go with Tiagra; heck, if I were in the market for a new bike I'd likely look...
07-30-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By Eric S.

It is possible to delete comments here.

It is possible to delete comments here.
07-30-19, 12:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 990
Posted By Eric S.

The rims may be toast, but I have an old set of...

The rims may be toast, but I have an old set of Mavic Classics SSC wheels and one rear eyelet has cracks. I noticed it 5 or 6 years ago and it hasn't gotten any worse.
07-22-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,164
Posted By Eric S.

I've been using Niterider for a few years, first...

I've been using Niterider for a few years, first a rather big 250 lumen light, then smaller Luminas (220 and now 650. Battery life on the 220s is starting to slip). They're a good company, too - I...
07-19-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 904
Posted By Eric S.

I like V-brakes but they can change their mind...

I like V-brakes but they can change their mind quickly. It seems that whenever I undo them to remove a wheel, they never center the same and I have to mess with the springs.
07-16-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By Eric S.

On Sheldon's site, he talks about the (odd) size...

On Sheldon's site, he talks about the (odd) size of 25.8mm, saying that it was intended to be used with 25.8mm, 26.0mm and 25.4mm stems. That tells me that .4mm is not really worth worrying about.
Forum: Commuting
07-05-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,480
Posted By Eric S.

Nashbar used to offer house-brand Kevlar-belted...

Nashbar used to offer house-brand Kevlar-belted 26x1.25 tires that I used for a long time. I forget their pressure rating; maybe 90psi.

I now ride Continental Tour Ride/Ride Tour 26x1.75 at...
07-05-19, 11:50 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,538
Posted By Eric S.

I have no proof but aside from going uphill I...

I have no proof but aside from going uphill I think there is a rider/bicycle weight relationship that makes a difference. I kind of don't like my lightest bike sometimes. I'm 6' 2" and ~200lbs; I...
07-02-19, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By Eric S.

Nice to know...I'll be in the market for some...

Nice to know...I'll be in the market for some road wheels in the near future (I think I've finally worn out a couple rear hubs). I've had 3 sets of Vuelta wheels from Nashbar for nearly 10 years...
06-26-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,178
Posted By Eric S.

Your provided info is more tech than I can...

Your provided info is more tech than I can handle, but before a century ride a few years ago I realized my friends would leave me riding with strangers if I didn't buck up. I spent a week getting...
06-26-19, 12:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,808
Posted By Eric S.

I used to be a pedal snob - rode MTB shoes with...

I used to be a pedal snob - rode MTB shoes with SPD pedals for commuting and changed shoes if going to work. Eventually I found the magic medium with Zefal mini-clips. If you have street shoes that...
06-20-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 956
Posted By Eric S.

Use some old chain in a tube through the seat...

Use some old chain in a tube through the seat rail and frame! I learned that from Hal Ruzal videos on YouTube a few years ago.
06-20-19, 02:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,289
Posted By Eric S.

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105...

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105 6sp and in cold weather the freehub started "freewheeling" in both directions. Some WD-40 freed up the gummed up lube.

I have 3 sets of Vuelta...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,373
Posted By Eric S.

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a...

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a breaking point as well, though I'll still commute. Every degree past 105 is exponentially worse.
06-19-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 931
Posted By Eric S.

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my...

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my chains a thorough cleaning. For new chains, I ride the factory lube and then clean & apply.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,373
Posted By Eric S.

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a...

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a huge selection of orange/yellow wicking T-shirts for under $10. I paid ~$30 for a lot of that type of clothing 15 years ago (still wear 90% of it).
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,373
Posted By Eric S.

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute...

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute during the Summer, and have even gone for recreational rides at 1:00pm. The heat takes some acclimatization each year but doesn't bother me too much....
06-19-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 931
Posted By Eric S.

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for...

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for quite a few years, about $7 at Walmart in the aisle with motorcycle stuff. I've been caught in the rain many times in the desert and it's not a "darn,...
06-19-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 16,052
Posted By Eric S.

I've been working security for about 1 month now...

I've been working security for about 1 month now and prefer bike patrol over "standing guard" but don't like the bikes. They're heavy, clumsy at slow speeds and don't need front suspension. I...
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