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09-13-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

They are very similar. You will not be...

They are very similar. You will not be disappointed with either. Pick the one that is more comfortable, or the one that you prefer the colour. The longer you think about it the longer you are...
09-13-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 405
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would get new tubes with the new tires, along...

I would get new tubes with the new tires, along with one spare tube.

Unless these are tires you are going to fold or coil up to carry along on a tour, you can leave the mostly-deflated tubes in...
09-13-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If it isn't working well, and it's not damaged or...

If it isn't working well, and it's not damaged or excessively worn, that is an issue of setup and not quality.
09-13-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 19,694
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The issue,a s has been said over and over, is...

The issue,a s has been said over and over, is that Target and Walmart and the like do not generally assemble the bikes properly, and as you ride with imporerlyy adjusted bearings and gears, stuff...
09-13-19, 10:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 434
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have seen some that mount to the wheel axle. ...

I have seen some that mount to the wheel axle.

Many people use the seatpost mounted racks for 'bikepacking', but they often design their touring setup to be ultralight. If you want to carry...
09-13-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,048
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The evidence I have thatthere are internal...

The evidence I have thatthere are internal stresses in the frame is that the headtube cracked at the weld. A piece of metal removed from the forge or mill will generally have it's forces balanced,...
09-13-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,048
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nice attempt, and I wish you the best of luck,...

Nice attempt, and I wish you the best of luck, but I have a feeling that your repair is not going to last too many miles. My fear is that there was some stress inside that tube that was pulling the...
09-11-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,391
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This agrees with my observations. I haven't had...

This agrees with my observations. I haven't had a 'road' bike for a few years, but have done many road miles, including fast group rides, on my touring bike with 700X35mm tires. When riding solo...
09-11-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 934
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Aluminum might be a better choice for bigger...

Aluminum might be a better choice for bigger riders. To deal with the perception that steel is too heavy, many manufacturers make their steel frames lighter than you would want for a clyde. An...
09-11-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 515
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It was an assembly error. Had the LBS where the...

It was an assembly error. Had the LBS where the bike was purchased done the standard step of greasing or putting anti-seize or assembly paste on the seatpost (whichever is recommended for whatever...
09-11-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 472
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Hacksawing off the shifter portion of integrated...

Hacksawing off the shifter portion of integrated MTB shift/brake levers is totally fine, as long as you are not removing the clamp ot other parts necessary for the brake lever to be safely mounted....
09-10-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,514
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't find this to be an issue on any...

I don't find this to be an issue on any reasonably well sealed loose bearing set (esp. Shimano labyrinth sealed hubs) that has been properly lubricated. You might be amazed at the destroyed and...
09-10-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 4,516
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Too many responses to read, so likely this...

Too many responses to read, so likely this suggestion has already been made...

Road rash should be left uncovered as much as possible, at least for the first few days. It needs to dry out and...
09-10-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 562
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I was at a campground that had a similar set of...

I was at a campground that had a similar set of bikes a few years ago. I went to explore the country roads around the area and had to walk back with a flat tire.

I guess they're nice for toodling...
09-10-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 708
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Avoid. Any repair would further weaken the...

Avoid.

Any repair would further weaken the frame and it will likely fail again, but this time it will be your problem. Keep looking and another frame will be available soon that does not have...
09-10-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 832
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Hard to be 100% certain from the blurry pic, but...

Hard to be 100% certain from the blurry pic, but I think the taper on that crank arm is fornicated. Either from riding while loose or from overtightening. Find a replacement left crank and throw...
09-10-19, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 609
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Get practice and experience as much as possible...

Get practice and experience as much as possible at the store, and be ready and willing to learn as things are changing all the time. The second you think you know it all is right before the moment...
09-04-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 871
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There may be minor improvements to be made by...

There may be minor improvements to be made by getting a better set of wheels - I am not a fan of Formula hubs, but they aren't bad... just not fancy.

But that's about it. For commuting, the 32mm...
09-04-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 475
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You can tell a tire is damaged if it has a...

You can tell a tire is damaged if it has a noticeable wobble when you spin the wheel. You can usually feel the wobble while riding. If you can't see it or feel it, it's not a problem, so cut the...
09-04-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 302
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. Make sure your wheel is fully seated in the...

1. Make sure your wheel is fully seated in the dropouts. Many a shop hour has been wasted trying to centre brakes on a wheel that is not centred, then realizing the mistake and doing it all over...
09-04-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 748
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are springs in the brake arms that pull the...

There are springs in the brake arms that pull the arms away from the wheel when you aren't squeezing the lever. These springs have to overcome any friction in the system, including friction inside...
09-04-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,643
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

All things being equal aside from wheel size... ...

All things being equal aside from wheel size...

Smaller wheels will have a slightly higher 'rolling' resistance from tire deflection and (to a much lesser extent) bearings.

Larger wheels will...
09-04-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,719
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have followed the links, but if I navigate away...

I have followed the links, but if I navigate away from that touring bike it is impossible to find my way back. What bike category is it under?

Not important - I am not planning to buy one...
09-03-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 736
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The problem with Armadillo tires is that the...

The problem with Armadillo tires is that the casing is so rigid that you really need to keep them pumped up close to the max or they feel like carp. I used 700x23 All-Condition Armadillos years ago...
09-03-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,719
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are they still making a 'touring' bike? I know...

Are they still making a 'touring' bike? I know they have a line of 'allroad' or gravel bikes, but I can't find anything mentioning touring on their website.
09-03-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,019
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is not feasible that the wheel was assembled...

It is not feasible that the wheel was assembled with a nipple with no head on it. Wheels are assembled first by putting the nipple in the hole in the rim then doing the initial tightening onto the...
09-03-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 361
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This.^ Sue sounds to me like the ratchet...

This.^
Sue sounds to me like the ratchet mechanism in the freehub is failing.

If you have another rear wheel, try it out and see if that changes anything.
08-30-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,120
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

We used to ride on the native reserve near my...

We used to ride on the native reserve near my home town, and it was off-leash dog central!

My advice is - if you have time to evaluate and consider a dog's mood and intentions, you probably have...
08-30-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 709
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Any failure or leak at the base of the valve...

Any failure or leak at the base of the valve stem, or inside the valve, makes replacement necessary. Rough handling when pumping (esp. removal of a too-tight presta valve chuck) is the usual cause...
08-29-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,959
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I also do not know what you mean by 'bike...

I also do not know what you mean by 'bike delay'... Cars held up behind bikes on the road? Construction on bike paths? A bike that is mentally handicapped?
08-29-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 352
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Often excess pressur eon the hands is caused...

Often excess pressur eon the hands is caused primarily by something other than handlebar position. Speciaically, if your saddle is maladjusted (significantly nose-down, say) then your hands have to...
08-29-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,500
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

32mm is probably the best all-around size, IMO. ...

32mm is probably the best all-around size, IMO.
27x1-1/4 ~= 700X32c.
Those Ten-speed designers of the '70s knew what they were doing.
08-29-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,397
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I used to use Strava on my phone to track my...

I used to use Strava on my phone to track my rides, but I got a new phone that, I think due to power saving settings, would stop recording in the middle of the ride. Once when I took my phone out to...
08-29-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 12,666
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Can we get a mod to rename this thread?

Can we get a mod to rename this thread?
08-29-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Why are you changing to a drop bar if the...

Why are you changing to a drop bar if the intended rider is comfortable with the position with flat bars?
08-29-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,500
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I bought a new set of tires for my touring bike...

I bought a new set of tires for my touring bike last year - I was switching from 700x30c to 700x35c, all tires were light-ish good quality tires with limited or no extra flat protection belts or...
08-29-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 12,666
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Yes, you pay a premium to get a new thing. But...

Yes, you pay a premium to get a new thing.
But there are a couple of real advantages in buying new - for bicycles, the two big ones I can think of are warranty (bike company warranties are not...
08-28-19, 01:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 486
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't know about the specifics of your front...

I don't know about the specifics of your front derailleur, but your description sounds like it might be a mis-routed cable. Some derailleurs need the cable to run over a tab - usually a tab built...
08-28-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Something else to keep in mind about switching...

Something else to keep in mind about switching from 27" to 700c is that the further away from the brake pivot you move the brake pads, the less braking power you get for any given amount of force you...
08-28-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you plan on having the bike leave the ground...

If you plan on having the bike leave the ground at all ('minor jumps') then the crosstrail is not the right bike. You need something with stronger wheels and wider tires to cushion the landing.
08-28-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are a few ways a bike rim can go bad: It...

There are a few ways a bike rim can go bad: It can be dented from an impact with an object (like a curb), it can go out of true from a heavy blow (like landing badly when dropping off a curb), it...
08-28-19, 10:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,230
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Notes: 1. Put a drop of light oil on each...

Notes:

1. Put a drop of light oil on each nipple where the spoke enters it, and spin the wheel to get the oil to work into the threads.
2. The 'heavy duty' steel wheels on the Murray are only...
08-28-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Hard to tell from the one small picture, but it...

Hard to tell from the one small picture, but it looks like it is a frame designed for 1" headset and just needs bearing cups pressed in. The difference in diameter between the fork steerer tube and...
08-28-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,296
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Equally spaced gears are not important, but...

Equally spaced gears are not important, but non-equally spaced gears means having some close together and some farther apart. The larger jumps are seen as a flaw in planetary gear systems, compared...
08-28-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 684
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

They are 4mm smaller in radius, 8mm smaller in...

They are 4mm smaller in radius, 8mm smaller in diameter.

700c (622mm) tires will not fit on 27" (630mm) rims. I would love to watch someone manage to get a 700C tire onto a 27" rim, and if they...
08-28-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also! In the mid nineties there was a major...

Also! In the mid nineties there was a major recall on certain Shimano cranks due to a problem with the forging of the crank arms. There is still information on the web about these cranks and you...
08-28-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 682
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I will add another vote for direct pull 'V' style...

I will add another vote for direct pull 'V' style brakes, even though OP said he doesn't want to. The function and ease of setup is far superior to centre-pull cantis, where the geometry change in...
Forum: Touring
08-28-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 896
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Sounds like a skunk. My dog had an encounter...

Sounds like a skunk. My dog had an encounter with one while at the cottage this summer. He only got sprayed a wee bit on his ear so we brought him inside for the night with the intention of getting...
08-28-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 821
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can't say. But I have enough uncertainty that...

I can't say. But I have enough uncertainty that they are not compromised that I would not want that bike.
08-27-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,526
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I keep one very dirty rag just for wiping my...

I keep one very dirty rag just for wiping my dirty chain, when there are no more clean surfaces on it I throw it away. I also have clean rags handy for jobs that require it - cleaning bearing...
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