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Forum: Commuting
09-29-19, 01:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,184
Posted By harshbarj

None really. My front and rear light are bright...

None really. My front and rear light are bright enough. I do use Schwalbe marathon plus tires that have a reflective strip, but that's as far as I go. But I also do only urban riding on well lit...
Forum: Commuting
09-26-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,174
Posted By harshbarj

It was great. Thanks to it's weight (~70 Kg, ~150...

It was great. Thanks to it's weight (~70 Kg, ~150 lbs) it was unfazed by small dips and bumps in the street. Was easily the best bike I have ever owned. Plan on importing another, but at the lowest...
Forum: Commuting
09-15-19, 01:37 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,174
Posted By harshbarj

I had that bike, till it was stolen. It was a...

I had that bike, till it was stolen. It was a great bike to ride. Rock solid and easy on hills. Even though it was heavy, you really did not notice it. Photo was from a few weeks before it was...
09-07-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

I think I have been quite clear what my problem...

I think I have been quite clear what my problem has been.
09-07-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 502
Views: 39,339
Posted By harshbarj

From my archives. Saw this at aldi a few years...

From my archives. Saw this at aldi a few years ago.
...
09-07-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Got the new wheel back. While there is still some...

Got the new wheel back. While there is still some bending at the nipples, it's perhaps 20% of what the other builds have had. Thanks to a 2x lacing the bending that way is almost non existent now....
09-03-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Wish I could, but all shops within reasonable...

Wish I could, but all shops within reasonable range to me have built wheels like this. This latest rebuild is going to cost $180, which I don't really have. I'm going to have to start cutting into...
08-31-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,648
Posted By harshbarj

Sad to hear when this happens. What happens next...

Sad to hear when this happens. What happens next is going to depend on local and state laws. If the state and local laws allow riding on the sidewalk, then likely it was the driver at fault. Assuming...
08-31-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Dropped it off and made it clear I don't care how...

Dropped it off and made it clear I don't care how it's built other than I want a 2x lacing and I don't want to see bent spokes. He dug up a velo blunt rim. Said it retailed for $90 and discounted it...
08-31-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Actually looking at the wheel again, there is a...

Actually looking at the wheel again, there is a bend even when looking at the side of the wheel. So the spokes are bending both ways. I'm about to leave for the bike shop and have him rebuild it...
08-29-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By harshbarj

How old are these wheels? If they are 20+ years...

How old are these wheels? If they are 20+ years old it's not a problem and is normal for older rims to have some rust. But it depends on how rusted it is. Too much and it would be best to rebuild the...
08-29-19, 05:23 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

That's an idea. At this point I am really wanting...

That's an idea. At this point I am really wanting to look at new rims as I feel they are causing the problem by not allowing the nipples to point towards the spoke.
08-29-19, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 366
Posted By harshbarj

First thing I would suspect is the bearings in...

First thing I would suspect is the bearings in the headset. I'd open that up and check for signs of wear or looseness. Depending on the weather you ride in, it may be time to grease it anyway. I tend...
08-29-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

I can say looking at the side, the spokes look...

I can say looking at the side, the spokes look straight. The bend is pointing out.

The wheel is assembled correctly and not backwards. The holes that point to one hub side go to that side. I...
08-27-19, 08:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Well, brought it back and mentioned it broke 2...

Well, brought it back and mentioned it broke 2 spokes after just 11 days and all he did was replace the broken spokes (free of charge, but really?). Don't see any point in spending two hours swapping...
08-25-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Thanks. Those look to be what I need. A bit...

Thanks. Those look to be what I need. A bit expensive, but cheaper than having to rebuild every month.
08-25-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 688
Posted By harshbarj

I can tell you from having that bike you do want...

I can tell you from having that bike you do want a flanged nut as in that link. Even then you can slowly pull the hub forward. I had the problem when climbing steep hills. That kind of dropout really...
08-24-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Radial really is not appropriate for a utility...

Radial really is not appropriate for a utility bike. The wheel would be far weaker. You really only use radial on high spoke count hubs or on bikes that will not see heavy use.

I do have a...
08-24-19, 04:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,075
Posted By harshbarj

That will only result in more deaths. "vehicular...

That will only result in more deaths. "vehicular cycling" is what we have had for the last 50+ years and it's proven to be highly dangerous. Look at the Netherlands which has taken the opposite...
08-24-19, 04:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,117
Posted By harshbarj

Raw numbers really don't tell you anything. If...

Raw numbers really don't tell you anything. If the number of deaths double but the number of riders increase by 3x, then things actually are safer. Anytime I see a story hyping a raw number I know...
08-24-19, 02:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 688
Posted By harshbarj

I had that same bike for a few years. Nice bike,...

I had that same bike for a few years. Nice bike, but lots of bad / cheap parts.

Hard to tell from the photo, but it's likely just a stripped nut. Try cleaning out the metal bits. The thread on...
08-24-19, 02:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 541
Posted By harshbarj

New they are worth about $30. So it's a savings...

New they are worth about $30. So it's a savings of $15. If they are in good nick you might want to take a chance. If you are not hurting for cash then go new. It really all comes down to condition...
08-24-19, 12:40 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

This is what is happening. It's clear the rim was...

This is what is happening. It's clear the rim was made with a standard width hub in mind. If I could draw a line from the center of the spoke nipple straight out, it would land between the flange and...
08-24-19, 12:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By harshbarj

It would not harm them, but it would drastically...

It would not harm them, but it would drastically reduce effectiveness. Which would defeat the point of having brakes. You may as well flintstone it at that point.
08-22-19, 11:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

36 spokes and I think 3 crosses.

36 spokes and I think 3 crosses.
08-22-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Thus far over 90% of the breaks have been at the...

Thus far over 90% of the breaks have been at the nipple, most within a week or two of the build. Prior to me switching to larger IGH hubs I never broke a spoke at the nipple. They always broke at the...
08-22-19, 08:15 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,408
Posted By harshbarj

Wheel building question.

I have been having a rash of broken spokes and have decided it's time to learn wheel building. I have noticed that I have the most problems with broken spokes on larger IGH hubs where the spokes take...
08-22-19, 08:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By harshbarj

Far from an antique. It's still quite modern....

Far from an antique. It's still quite modern. Before you ride it, check that it shifts between gears fine and also check that the hub is properly adjusted ....
08-22-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

None. I use a hub till it breaks. Rims get tossed...

None. I use a hub till it breaks. Rims get tossed with the hub. I have a spare sturmey archer RXL-RD5 shell that I plan on building the next wheel on, then transfer the innards from the current wheel.
08-22-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

I have been to them all. None have been able to...

I have been to them all. None have been able to build a wheel that lasts more than about a month. That's why I am going to start building wheels myself. I don't think the wheelbuilders here are used...
08-21-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

As expected. Broke a spoke at the nipple today...

As expected. Broke a spoke at the nipple today while on the way to work. I was really hoping it would last a month. I just have to ride it as is as I don't have the money for another rebuild and...
08-11-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

Neither do I. The spokes have quite a bend coming...

Neither do I. The spokes have quite a bend coming out of the nipple. All the pre-built wheels I have the spokes are straight. All I need is for it to last 2-3 paychecks, which has been my average...
08-10-19, 01:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

I'm betting it is in that range. I just measured...

I'm betting it is in that range. I just measured a single speed chinese made wheel and it's numbers are rather spot on. Even though parktools KGF are too high and again many numbers don't even...
08-10-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

Unknown. The paperwork that came with my...

Unknown. The paperwork that came with my tensiometer does not give a number for many of these entries for a 2.0mm spoke. So I'd look more at the range of the numbers rather than the KGF.

As an...
08-10-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

Just had yet another wheel built as I again broke...

Just had yet another wheel built as I again broke spokes. This time I have a tensiometer. The spokes used are steel, double butted spokes. Measured as ~2.05mm in the center and 2.4mm at the neck (the...
07-11-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

normally it's at the bend, but I did have a spat...

normally it's at the bend, but I did have a spat of spokes breaking right at the nipple. As for the spokes used, I'm not 100% sure. I'm think they are wheelsmith spokes. Will have to check later. At...
07-11-19, 02:47 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

It's been from 4 separate places and covers about...

It's been from 4 separate places and covers about 8 or 9 wheels, all new builds. One I simply will not go to again as I broke a total of 8 spokes in 4 weeks(with the first one happening on the way...
07-10-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,980
Posted By harshbarj

You may want to buy a slightly larger tube. If...

You may want to buy a slightly larger tube. If you have a set of calipers you can measure the down tube opening. I did that once on a pawn store bike I bought. Made a big difference.
07-10-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,737
Posted By harshbarj

Breaking spokes.

I thought I'd post this here in case it is a weight issue. Over the last few years, I have had a constant problem with breaking spokes. I weigh around the 108kg (240lbs) mark. I commute daily by...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-19, 11:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,497
Posted By harshbarj

Just normal everyday sneakers. You really don't...

Just normal everyday sneakers. You really don't need anything special when riding a bicycle.

Right now I am wearing some Skechers Sport Men's Sparta 2.0 Training Sneakers....
04-13-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,841
Posted By harshbarj

Actually 14 feet is too narrow. That 1 foot means...

Actually 14 feet is too narrow. That 1 foot means you are passing parked cars by 1 foot, far too close. It should be 3 feet minimum, 4-5 feet ideally. My bike is also very wide at about 4 feet with...
03-25-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 864
Posted By harshbarj

Sounds good to me. Likely the idiot was an anti...

Sounds good to me. Likely the idiot was an anti bicycle person. Lot's of them around. Just do what you know you legally can and ignore what others say / do. As long as you know you are following the...
03-25-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,846
Posted By harshbarj

Sad but true. I live not far from a family that...

Sad but true. I live not far from a family that has children that attend the school 3 blocks away. And they drive there. When I was at that school in the early 90's many kids walked there. Today...
03-22-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By harshbarj

All of the pawls on that part look similar to...

All of the pawls on that part look similar to this. Some more than others. I can only assume the same is happening with the new hub as well. Though it has only slipped like 8 or 9 times (most in one...
03-22-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By harshbarj

Nearly everything in the hub looks to be in...

Nearly everything in the hub looks to be in pristine condition, except the Control Pawls. They look slightly rounded off. But it's uneven wear with the wear being more prevalent on one corner of the...
03-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By harshbarj

It's the one that came with the hub. Both times I...

It's the one that came with the hub. Both times I bought the full unopened boxed kit (once on ebay, once on amazon). Other than that, I don't know how I could tell if it was incompatible. One would...
03-22-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 493
Posted By harshbarj

Well, I got the replacement RXL-RD5 and while...

Well, I got the replacement RXL-RD5 and while better, it is still skipping under high load. At this point I am wondering if it's a design fault. Two hubs purchased over a year apart and both with the...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By harshbarj

Well, sometimes they exist for these reasons....

Well, sometimes they exist for these reasons. Often though ordinances exist because people don't like something and simply want to restrict it without a valid reason outside of personnel preference...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 17,080
Posted By harshbarj

Drivers! In far too much of a hurry without...

Drivers! In far too much of a hurry without regard for laws. That and their park anywhere lights (also known as hazard lights).
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 5,084
Posted By harshbarj

If they are on a sidewalk then it's likely 100%...

If they are on a sidewalk then it's likely 100% legal. Sidewalks are never one way so no such thing as "salmoning" on the sidewalk. Only legal issue would be places that don't allow riding on the...
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