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07-14-20, 11:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 711
Posted By Gresp15C

Continental Ultra Sport, 28-630 on 13 mm inside...

Continental Ultra Sport, 28-630 on 13 mm inside dimension rims.
07-12-20, 09:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By Gresp15C

I wonder what happened to the cyclist who lost a...

I wonder what happened to the cyclist who lost a skewer during a ride.
07-12-20, 08:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 810
Posted By Gresp15C

I've done this with a triangle file. Another...

I've done this with a triangle file. Another trick is to use a regular diameter tap with the same thread pitch as a scraper when you've got it nearly all cleaned up. At most you're going to lose one...
07-12-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By Gresp15C

Hm, that gets me thinking, maybe I just need to...

Hm, that gets me thinking, maybe I just need to find a higher quality nut in my bin. The lever is on the other side, and doesn't experience as much torque. Much as I prefer nutted axles, I'd also...
07-12-20, 01:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,095
Posted By Gresp15C

I once ran over a small armadillo in Texas. It...

I once ran over a small armadillo in Texas. It was completely un-fazed, and skittered off. Myself, it took me a while to get my composure back.
07-11-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 316
Posted By Gresp15C

Who makes the all steel ones. I've got a disc...

Who makes the all steel ones. I've got a disc brake front wheel that creeps out of the dropout over the course of many miles, and it's mainly just an annoyance, but this might be a good solution.
07-10-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 4,155
Posted By Gresp15C

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with...

"Regular" riders have their own experiences with bikes. Many if not most of them have ridden bikes with low quality rim brakes that were never in good condition or adjustment since the day they...
07-10-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 966
Posted By Gresp15C

Depending on how handy you are, you might...

Depending on how handy you are, you might consider installing your own hitch. I got a hitch receiver kit for my car from etrailer,com, and there were two nice things about the experience. First, they...
07-09-20, 04:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 949
Posted By Gresp15C

Agreed. Nobody's going to mistake an old fred...

Agreed. Nobody's going to mistake an old fred like me for the champion, or try to draft me for 100 miles, for a variety of reasons. ;)
07-08-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,264
Posted By Gresp15C

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in...

"I'm not illiterate. My parents were married in City Hall." ;)
07-08-20, 02:35 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,264
Posted By Gresp15C

Textbook definitions are for textbooks... and web...

Textbook definitions are for textbooks... and web forum debates.

My impression is that the debate is a proxy for a debate over a hierarchy -- real or imagined -- of people who ride bikes. This...
07-06-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,465
Posted By Gresp15C

... unless you've got an old Schwinn cruiser. ;)

... unless you've got an old Schwinn cruiser. ;)
07-06-20, 04:41 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,465
Posted By Gresp15C

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the...

The best rule is: Know the dimensions of the parts on your bike, and take a caliper with you when shopping for parts. And don't forget pull ratios for brake and shift systems.

The different...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-20, 10:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,265
Posted By Gresp15C

My main reason for getting into wheel building...

My main reason for getting into wheel building was so I could experiment with weird combinations of hubs and rims, such as an ancient Sturmey-Archer or Bendix on a modern aluminum rim.
07-05-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,092
Posted By Gresp15C

This is true. However, a wheel that's symmetrical...

This is true. However, a wheel that's symmetrical left to right is somewhat easier to build. I've found that if I get the tensions decent, then the amount of adjustment needed to get it dished...
07-05-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,418
Posted By Gresp15C

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your...

Now's always the time. ;) I suggest doing your research so you're ready to buy a bike that meets your needs if it becomes available. In fact, you should have two bikes in mind:

1. A cheaper bike...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-20, 09:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,267
Posted By Gresp15C

All of my bikes now have "north road" bars. I...

All of my bikes now have "north road" bars. I can't ride drop bars -- my neck don't bend that way no more. Straight bars pound the hell out of my wrists, even after a very short distance. Swept bars,...
07-04-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 276
Posted By Gresp15C

A new Surly Straggler in the family fleet has...

A new Surly Straggler in the family fleet has exactly this problem. I have narrowed it down to a torsional resonance with the spokes. In fact if I pluck the spokes I get roughly the same note as the...
07-04-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 220
Posted By Gresp15C

The difference in circumference is about an inch....

The difference in circumference is about an inch. I've used Velox tape in this situation without mishap. I think they give you a bunch of extra.
07-04-20, 01:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,092
Posted By Gresp15C

I've built three IGH wheels, and it's no more...

I've built three IGH wheels, and it's no more difficult than any other wheel.

If the wheel already has 3 broken spokes, it might be a bit warped, which means it can probably be brought into decent...
07-02-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,716
Posted By Gresp15C

I just figure the rider who passes me is getting...

I just figure the rider who passes me is getting more out of a few pumps than I get out of continuous pedaling. I know that when I'm riding below a certain speed and trying to keep pace with someone...
07-01-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By Gresp15C

But the rims aren't even 40 years old. ;) Of...

But the rims aren't even 40 years old. ;)

Of course your point is well taken. And neither the bike nor the rims are particularly valuable. I threw the whole thing together when I realized that I...
06-29-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By Gresp15C

Stem failures can't be repaired. Now, was it...

Stem failures can't be repaired. Now, was it caused by a puncture, or by damage during inflation? If the latter, it's worth reading up on the technique for avoiding damage to Presta stems when...
06-29-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By Gresp15C

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the...

Flipping the bike upside down and letting the brake fluid drool out. ;)
06-29-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 366
Posted By Gresp15C

Best way of storing new tires

Title says it all, but I thought my tires were worn, kinda panicked when I saw how hard it is to find 27 inch tires right now, and bought a pair of new tires. Then I discovered that the old tires...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 524
Posted By Gresp15C

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but...

Just a thought, and not what you're asking, but the existing brakes could be overhauled or replaced with higher quality. At the very least, 6 year old pads could be dried out, and the mechanism might...
06-28-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,347
Posted By Gresp15C

REI usually has aluminum cages in a bunch of...

REI usually has aluminum cages in a bunch of colors for a few bucks. We've got a couple, they're fine.
06-27-20, 07:50 AM
Replies: 190
Views: 12,043
Posted By Gresp15C

Computer modeling probably plays a role in the...

Computer modeling probably plays a role in the evolution of bike frames. Tools such as finite element modeling were largely out of reach to mainstream engineers until the personal computer came...
Forum: Commuting
06-26-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,265
Posted By Gresp15C

I was fortunate to learn a lot of self reliance...

I was fortunate to learn a lot of self reliance from my parents. They lived through tougher times than anything I've experienced. My dad taught me to repack the hubs on my bike, usually when the...
Forum: Commuting
06-25-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,265
Posted By Gresp15C

Most riders learn, soon after getting into...

Most riders learn, soon after getting into commuting. At my workplace, I keep a floor pump and some odds and ends in my office / lab area, and folks are welcome to come and pump up their tires, fix a...
06-25-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 456
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, PG used to be in some kinds of salad...

Indeed, PG used to be in some kinds of salad dressing.
06-24-20, 08:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 617
Posted By Gresp15C

One of my habits is to make a mental note of how...

One of my habits is to make a mental note of how much my tires pooch out under my weight. That's my gauge when I'm out on the road. In practical terms, my arm strength and/or the compression ratio of...
06-24-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By Gresp15C

If you toss an old pair of centerpull brakes,...

If you toss an old pair of centerpull brakes, keep the straddle hangers. ;)
06-24-20, 03:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm voting for wheel alignment, because the tire...

I'm voting for wheel alignment, because the tire is also quite close to the fender on the side that it's close to the pad. If the frame has vertical dropouts, then you can usually fix this by just...
06-23-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 343
Posted By Gresp15C

To keep us from ordering parts from abroad and...

To keep us from ordering parts from abroad and paying less. ;)
06-22-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 222
Posted By Gresp15C

I've been fortunate to have a fair amount of tire...

I've been fortunate to have a fair amount of tire clearance on my bikes. But I've noticed that measured tire widths can vary from the rated width by a mm or more. One possible reason is the inside...
06-22-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 8,248
Posted By Gresp15C

Remind your friend that he's not a scientist. ;) ...

Remind your friend that he's not a scientist. ;)

On the other hand, in his favor, he's not making a scientific argument:



He goes so far as to acknowledge a difference, namely speed /...
06-22-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,833
Posted By Gresp15C

I've always carried a pump. I think it boils down...

I've always carried a pump. I think it boils down to your personal preference. A CO2 cartridge is great until you screw it up. Same for two CO2 cartridges. There are things you can do with a pump,...
06-21-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By Gresp15C

If you don't sell it, consider loaning it to...

If you don't sell it, consider loaning it to someone who is on the fence about getting into cycling.
06-21-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 899
Posted By Gresp15C

That's because you have trout to eat your...

That's because you have trout to eat your mosquitoes. ;)

Edit: "Here" is Wisconsin.
06-21-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 899
Posted By Gresp15C

It's a great reminder that a bike is an...

It's a great reminder that a bike is an adaptation between our bodies and the environment, and the environment definitely dictates the rules. Here, the greatest danger is getting eaten alive by...
06-21-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 899
Posted By Gresp15C

I've noticed that a lot of riders have an...

I've noticed that a lot of riders have an evolving relationship with flat tires. I remember one year when I got like a flat every week on my commute, and I kind of went overboard with puncture...
06-21-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,632
Posted By Gresp15C

I passed an entire peloton of road bikes today. I...

I passed an entire peloton of road bikes today. I was going about 25 mph downhill, and they were doing about -15 mph uphill.
06-20-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 899
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd guess 1 per 1000 miles. This is with puncture...

I'd guess 1 per 1000 miles. This is with puncture resistant tires on some of my bikes. One suggestion: If you have puncture resistant tires, you'll still pick stuff up, but it will take longer to get...
06-19-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,563
Posted By Gresp15C

The problem with "fault" is that it's either a...

The problem with "fault" is that it's either a legal or moral distinction applied after the damage has been done. And safety involves what you do before the damage can be done. So they are unrelated...
06-19-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,563
Posted By Gresp15C

Yes, my google search located an article about...

Yes, my google search located an article about this too. This web page pretty much says: Take the lane.

https://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/safety/education/bike/rules.aspx
06-19-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 4,563
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not a lawyer, but this law firm says it's the...

I'm not a lawyer, but this law firm says it's the driver's fault in Wisconsin.

https://www.griessmeyerlaw.com/wisconsin-bicycle-laws
06-17-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,632
Posted By Gresp15C

A number of my friends with e-bikes are on their...

A number of my friends with e-bikes are on their second e-bike. The trends are that the newer ones are more fully integrated, with mid drive and batteries built into the frame. They tell me that the...
06-17-20, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 550
Posted By Gresp15C

Leave as single speed is the quickest route out...

Leave as single speed is the quickest route out the door.
06-16-20, 05:15 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,632
Posted By Gresp15C

Nor I, but I was responding to the OP: ...

Nor I, but I was responding to the OP:

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