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09-19-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 340
Posted By cyccommute

Although it doesnít apply to your bike, some...

Although it doesnít apply to your bike, some frames were made for transitional times. For example, my 2003 and 2011 Cannondale touring bikes came with 132.5mm OLD on the frame so that they could be...
09-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,454
Posted By cyccommute

I agree with Brown that the wax on the chain is a...

I agree with Brown that the wax on the chain is a lubricant but I remove it prior to use because of past experience with the material. I use wax-based chain lubricant and if the factory lubricant...
09-18-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 867
Posted By cyccommute

A kitten. Fit in a handlebar bag.

A kitten. Fit in a handlebar bag.
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 439
Posted By cyccommute

Before getting out the scourges, take a step back...

Before getting out the scourges, take a step back and look at scale. There has been about 1 billion bicycles made up to now. At an average of 30 lb of metal apiece, that would be 15,000,000 tons of...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 280
Posted By cyccommute

The Cosmo...

The Cosmo (https://www.tubus.com/fileadmin/user_upload/tubus/downloads/technische-zeichnungen/hinterradtraeger/Cosmo_TZ_2.0.pdf) is 370mm from the lower attachment point to the top of the deck. The...
09-17-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,454
Posted By cyccommute

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an...

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an emulsifier but itís a detergent which is a special kind of emulsifier. Itís more water soluble than other kinds of emulsifiers. The oil mixes with...
09-17-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,454
Posted By cyccommute

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an...

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an emulsifier but itís a detergent which is a special kind of emulsifier. Itís more water soluble than other kinds of emulsifiers. The oil mixes with...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By cyccommute

I fear what you are hunting unicorns. Mountain...

I fear what you are hunting unicorns. Mountain bikes don’t usually come with rack mounts and many of the bikepacking bikes out there don’t come with suspension forks. The ones that do are likely to...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 439
Posted By cyccommute

It’s not an either/or question. You can ride for...

It’s not an either/or question. You can ride for environmental reasons and enjoy the ride at the same time. The world is in color, why boil everything down to black and white decisions?

I’m...
09-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 631
Posted By cyccommute

More useless information: a 2x4 does...or at...

More useless information: a 2x4 does...or at least did...measure 2Ē by 4Ē in the rough hewn state. All lumber sizes are (well, were) the size of the rough cut from the mill. The rough cut lumber was...
09-17-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 631
Posted By cyccommute

Itís actually more confusing than that. The...

Itís actually more confusing than that. The whole lettering designation of the French system is a left over. Wheels with a 650, 650A, 650B and 650C are 4 different sizes of wheels and tires. The...
09-17-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 631
Posted By cyccommute

No, a tire isnít a cylinder. Itís a torus. But...

No, a tire isnít a cylinder. Itís a torus. But for a bicycle tire, the width and height are similar enough to be the same in every practical sense.



That depends on how ďexactĒ a calculation is...
09-15-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7,462
Views: 1,931,350
Posted By cyccommute

Depends on the crank. A 1985 Sugino AT is a good...

Depends on the crank. A 1985 Sugino AT is a good candidate. I wouldnít do it for someone of my weight but my wife only weighed 100 lbs if she was carrying 10 pounds of rocks in her pocket. More...
Forum: Touring
09-15-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 634
Posted By cyccommute

Most of the pumps that do both donít have much...

Most of the pumps that do both donít have much capacity for pumping. They are a pretty poor minipump. I would say the same about just about any micropump. The Topeak Morphs arenít a micropumps but...
09-15-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,211
Posted By cyccommute

Kroil and a pipe wrench aren’t going to do...

Kroil and a pipe wrench aren’t going to do anything. The problem isn’t with lubrication but with the seatpost expanding. An aluminum post that oxidizes will increase in diameter and there isn’t any...
09-15-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 229
Posted By cyccommute

It’s the diameter of the rim, not the tire. It’s...

It’s the diameter of the rim, not the tire. It’s the diameter of the bead for the tire.

The ETRTO size would be 38-559
09-15-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 226
Posted By cyccommute

You wonít regret it. I have at least 15 Chris...

You wonít regret it. I have at least 15 Chris Kings on bikes in my garage. Zero issues in using some of them for over 20 years.
09-15-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 293
Posted By cyccommute

Video assist....

Video assist. (https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ANDqVRRoaEKAs3M&cid=4F34A0A417A06A2D&id=4F34A0A417A06A2D%2190462&parId=4F34A0A417A06A2D%2157179&o=OneUp) This isnít just a case of getting a flat...
Forum: Touring
09-14-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By cyccommute

You don’t have to choose. Nor do you have to use...

You don’t have to choose. Nor do you have to use Topeak racks. Topeak is making an add-on called the Omani Quicktrack adapter...
09-14-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 226
Posted By cyccommute

First, those are external cups on an external...

First, those are external cups on an external headset. Thatís actually better. Second, youíll need to use a Chris King race and probably the bearing cap to make the headset work. Try contacting...
09-14-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 993
Posted By cyccommute

Think of the pad as a boot. The ďtoeĒ is the...

Think of the pad as a boot. The ďtoeĒ is the part of the brake that points in the direction of travel and hits the brake first. ďToe inĒ means that the toe is closer to the rim.



Heel in...
09-13-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 559
Posted By cyccommute

Road bikes didnít suffer that much from loose...

Road bikes didnít suffer that much from loose headsets. Mountain bikes of the early 80s to mid90s, on the other hand, often loosened on a each ride and had to be replaced often. There was a huge...
09-13-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7,462
Views: 1,931,350
Posted By cyccommute

Threads donít work that way. A nut isnít reverse...

Threads donít work that way. A nut isnít reverse threaded if you turn it over.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By cyccommute

ďThatís a joke, I say a joke, son!ď It was...

ďThatís a joke, I say a joke, son!ď

It was mostly a rib at my fellow Coloradans who are panicking into winter mode. We have a lot of summer left. This is actually some of the best time to be in...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. Yes, you do;)

Yes. Yes, you do;)
09-13-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7,462
Views: 1,931,350
Posted By cyccommute

I modified the cranks on my wife’s bike by...

I modified the cranks on my wife’s bike by cutting them down to 155mm and redrilling for the pedals. I didn’t have a reverse threaded tap so I just threaded it for normal thread. I got two sets of...
09-13-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,313
Posted By cyccommute

You are way out on the tail of the distribution...

You are way out on the tail of the distribution curve then. Most people arenít going to keep up to 30 numbers in their head, know which gear they are in at any given moment, count the number of...
09-12-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 7,462
Views: 1,931,350
Posted By cyccommute

My wife had exactly that model. The crank was too...

My wife had exactly that model. The crank was too long and the wheels were a bit too small and the whole thing was too heavy. The frame was a bit too big for a 5í tall person as well. Not...
09-12-20, 11:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 559
Posted By cyccommute

Itís not the best design but bicycle parts are...

Itís not the best design but bicycle parts are repleat with silly designs. Usually they work better with the right tool. The hole in the headset is for a C-style adjustable pin spinner...
Forum: Commuting
09-12-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By cyccommute

Always check the easy stuff first. The spring in...

Always check the easy stuff first. The spring in different positions on opposing sides will cause issue. Glad you found a solution.
Forum: Commuting
09-12-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 315
Posted By cyccommute

How much of a ďColoradoĒ kid are you? If youíve...

How much of a ďColoradoĒ kid are you? If youíve been here for more than a few years, you shouldnít be fooled into thinking that it is winter yet. We probably have a few more 90į days between now and...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,381
Posted By cyccommute

A 23 mm tire is enough for commuting...been...

A 23 mm tire is enough for commuting...been there, done that. Itís not a tire that you can commute on at 50 psi but I wouldnít commute on any tire short of a 2.1Ē at 50 psi. I would put at least...
Forum: Commuting
09-11-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By cyccommute

I went to the shed, swapped the wheels on my bike...

I went to the shed, swapped the wheels on my bike to the ones with studded snow tires and rode to work with appropriate riding attire (not too cold, not too hot).

For the last five years I would...
09-11-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 874
Posted By cyccommute

Change to Velocity A23 and A23 OC. They are about...

Change to Velocity A23 and A23 OC. They are about $10 cheaper per rim and the off-center rear rim will serve you well in the future.

You might also think about DT Alpine III spokes instead of the...
09-11-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 874
Posted By cyccommute

Good suggestions but I would suggest A23...

Good suggestions but I would suggest A23 rims...specifically the A23 OC for the rear. The OC allows for more even tension between the driveside and nondriveside spokes which is a plus for heavier...
09-10-20, 07:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 917
Posted By cyccommute

Winter: Front: Paul FHub disc, DT Swiss Alpine...

Winter: Front: Paul FHub disc, DT Swiss Alpine III, DT Swiss disc rim. Rear: Ringleí Super 8 hub, DT Swiss Alpine III, Velocity Aeroheat rim. Tires: Kenda studded tires...
Forum: Touring
09-10-20, 05:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 930
Posted By cyccommute

I disagree. This is my gearing on my touring bike...

I disagree. This is my gearing on my touring bike (http://www.gear-calculator.com/?GR=DERS&KB=20,36,46&RZ=11,13,15,18,21,24,28,32,36&UF=2185&TF=90&SL=2.6&UN=MPH&DV=gearInches)
...
09-10-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By cyccommute

If you are just replacing a damaged rim, you...

If you are just replacing a damaged rim, you should be okay. If you are planning on removing (or have already removed the spokes), start with new spokes.

To replace a rim without delacing, just...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 930
Posted By cyccommute

Have you ever found yourself climbing a hill and...

Have you ever found yourself climbing a hill and thinking ďthis gear is just too lowĒ? I canít say that I ever have. I have a 16Ē low gear on my touring bikes and 14Ē low gears on my...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 03:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,610
Posted By cyccommute

Bikepacking cages that mount on the fork are an...

Bikepacking cages that mount on the fork are an improvement over the Tubus Swing. The Salsa Anything bag and cages have reasonable capacity...11 L for two bags. They arenít the same volume as a set...
09-09-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,059
Posted By cyccommute

It hasnít gotten ďlower and lower...and lowerĒ....

It hasnít gotten ďlower and lower...and lowerĒ. It has the possibilities of getting lower but the gear combinations offered stock have been in the same range. For example, in the days of 26Ē...
09-09-20, 02:51 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,853
Posted By cyccommute

The Dupont Chain Saver...and other wax based...

The Dupont Chain Saver...and other wax based chain lubricants...are only slightly different from hot wax. The carrier solvent in these kinds of lubricants serves to remove the old wax and for the...
09-09-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,059
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I donít care what Di2 does or doesnít...

Frankly, I donít care what Di2 does or doesnít allow. Di2 isnít the be all/end all of bicycle shifting. I also donít care what racers do or donít do. They donít usually buy their own stuff so it...
09-09-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,853
Posted By cyccommute

Just pointing out differences of opinion as well...

Just pointing out differences of opinion as well as some agreement.



My questions arenít entirely rhetorical. What does the brush and the alcohol do that you ďwant [them] to doĒ? If it is not...
09-09-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 319
Posted By cyccommute

It happens. Itís not something that occurs too...

It happens. Itís not something that occurs too often but, yes, the head of the nipple can break off. Yours looks like it has some corrosion and/or debris on it, so itís been like this for a while....
09-09-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,059
Posted By cyccommute

Less a Holy Grail than a Lazy Grail or a “Don’t...

Less a Holy Grail than a Lazy Grail or a “Don’t Understand Gearing” Grail. What possible reason is there for shifting into big-big combination? The big-big gear is a duplicate of some other gear and...
09-09-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 465
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I wasnít aware that Shimano even made...

Frankly, I wasnít aware that Shimano even made mechanical disc brakes. Canít say I recall every seeing them. That said, rotors are seldom the problem in braking issues. Pads usually arenít the...
09-09-20, 08:14 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,853
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís what 99% of the elaborate cleaning schemes...

Thatís what 99% of the elaborate cleaning schemes boils down to.
09-08-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,853
Posted By cyccommute

Iím just pointing out that the steps you do...

Iím just pointing out that the steps you do arenít necessary and/or arenít doing anything effective, so why do them? The brush, I suspect, is used to take off excess wax on the outside of the chain. ...
09-08-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,853
Posted By cyccommute

Yours is another example of complicating the...

Yours is another example of complicating the simple. Yes, wax is simple. Keep it that way. Whatís the brush do? Whatís the alcohol do? I kind of know what you are trying to do but since you have to...
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