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10-17-19, 12:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,000
Posted By ThermionicScott

For those of you approaching inconsolability,...

For those of you approaching inconsolability, there are a couple of snapshots on the Wayback Machine. Roll the dice and see if what you want to view was captured here: ...
Forum: Touring
10-16-19, 11:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By ThermionicScott

My team is waiting until the dust settles before...

My team is waiting until the dust settles before choosing which ride to do next year. I'm sanguine about it. :)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-16-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 719
Posted By ThermionicScott

Funny, I thought of the end of "Spaceballs." :) ...

Funny, I thought of the end of "Spaceballs." :)

But getting back on topic, I'm thankful to OPs like @bpcyclist and NoWhammies for starting their threads. I've noticed that I'm a lot more nervous...
10-16-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 243
Posted By ThermionicScott

The rise of sites like Wish.com makes me wonder...

The rise of sites like Wish.com makes me wonder if people no longer care about getting fake stuff, or if they like to live under the delusion that they bought the real thing for a way lower price...
10-16-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 158
Posted By ThermionicScott

Have you considered using... a Surly Troll...

Have you considered using... a Surly Troll trailer mount? ;)

https://www.universalcycles.com/images//products/large/44798.jpg
...
10-16-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 417
Posted By ThermionicScott

Good questions! There's a lot I still don't know...

Good questions! There's a lot I still don't know about the situation; lots of speculation going around.

Perhaps TJ wanted to do a tie-in with Carson for RAGBRAI and then the tweet thing put the...
10-16-19, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 233
Posted By ThermionicScott

I figured that was because of the flat tire for...

I figured that was because of the flat tire for which he needs a new tube, but I think you guys are right.

The tire looks old, too. Might be worth getting new tires of the right BSD while you’re...
10-16-19, 04:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,264
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm planning to go even smaller, either 44/30 or...

I'm planning to go even smaller, either 44/30 or 42/28. Still in the "thought experiment" phase, though. :thumb:
10-16-19, 03:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 417
Posted By ThermionicScott

Over the years, RAGBRAI has become a nice profit...

Over the years, RAGBRAI has become a nice profit center for the Des Moines Register and their corporate owner, Gannett. Each year, it becomes a little more "corporate" and they squeeze the vendors...
10-16-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,942
Posted By ThermionicScott

Hey Cheez, if a SRAM PC-870 is blingy enough, it...

Hey Cheez, if a SRAM PC-870 is blingy enough, it would work perfectly on your bike, and I've got one with your name on it. PM me your shipping instructions if you're interested. Let's get your...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By ThermionicScott

An old audio electronics joke goes "Transistors...

An old audio electronics joke goes "Transistors have specs, tubes have guidelines." I feel like the same could be said of tire/rim pairings. Any 700C tire that you can successfully mount onto a given...
10-15-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,942
Posted By ThermionicScott

So the OP is a homeless guy saving up for a $100...

So the OP is a homeless guy saving up for a $100 bicycle chain. Right. I’ll admit it, I got played. :lol:
10-15-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 537
Posted By ThermionicScott

I’ve read of a few H+Son failures (remember that...

I’ve read of a few H+Son failures (remember that deep V that split open down the middle?) but overall they don’t seem as interested in playing the weight weenie game, which helps. Their Archetype is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 627
Posted By ThermionicScott

First, we need to define terms. Are you asking...

First, we need to define terms. Are you asking about the rolling resistance of the tires themselves, or the total frictional losses with a human-shaped bag of meat on the saddle?
10-14-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,491
Posted By ThermionicScott

One thing I've learned after a bunch of the...

One thing I've learned after a bunch of the above... it's crucial to cold-set your fenders into the right shape early on so that you're not constantly forcing them into the desired position with your...
10-14-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By ThermionicScott

Call Mercian and ask if they think it's okay. ...

Call Mercian and ask if they think it's okay. I'm tempted to think that track ends extending past the seat stay triangulation are expected to take the load, otherwise they would not be made that...
10-14-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,657
Posted By ThermionicScott

How is it not? Regardless, some of us find...

How is it not? Regardless, some of us find squishy saddles far less comfortable than firm ones. The padding presses up into soft tissue, where a hard saddle just bears on the sit bones if it’s set...
10-14-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,657
Posted By ThermionicScott

I wasn’t calling you fat. What do you expect a...

I wasn’t calling you fat. What do you expect a saddle’s padding to accomplish when it’s fully compressed whenever you’re on it?
10-14-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,942
Posted By ThermionicScott

What part of “an 11-speed chain is too pointless...

What part of “an 11-speed chain is too pointless to be an upgrade” isn’t sinking in?

Shimano doesn’t make 7-speed cassettes with “road” gearing anymore. If you want a 13-23, search eBay for old...
10-13-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By ThermionicScott

One other possibility — do the tires say “26 x...

One other possibility — do the tires say “26 x 1.25” or do they actually say “26 x 1 1/4”? The latter is yet another wheel size with a 597mm bead seat diameter. I’d be interested to know what the rim...
10-13-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,657
Posted By ThermionicScott

If you can easily squish your saddle’s padding...

If you can easily squish your saddle’s padding all the way down with a finger, what good do you think it does with your full body weight on it? :)
10-13-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,344
Posted By ThermionicScott

Aerogels are pretty interesting. I don’t know a...

Aerogels are pretty interesting. I don’t know a lot about them yet, but perhaps someday they could act as a very lightweight foam insert that allows air to squish around, but provide some amount of...
10-13-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 350
Posted By ThermionicScott

Those notches are for disassembling the freehub,...

Those notches are for disassembling the freehub, you don’t want to do that! :thumb:
10-13-19, 07:44 PM
10-13-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 576
Posted By ThermionicScott

Pee on it yourself to reclaim it.

Pee on it yourself to reclaim it.
10-13-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 350
Posted By ThermionicScott

What bike (brand/model/year) did it come on? ...

What bike (brand/model/year) did it come on? That might help us ID the hub.
10-13-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,000
Posted By ThermionicScott

+1, thank you Jon!

+1, thank you Jon!
10-13-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,000
Posted By ThermionicScott

cuda2k, are things alright?

cuda2k, are things alright?
10-13-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 480
Posted By ThermionicScott

No idea, but now I have a Beatles song stuck in...

No idea, but now I have a Beatles song stuck in my head. :p
10-12-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 395
Posted By ThermionicScott

The worst part about free-spin “tests” is that...

The worst part about free-spin “tests” is that people are seduced into buying products with worthless bearing seals in the hopes that it will make their bike easier to ride. Not in any noticeable...
10-12-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 335
Posted By ThermionicScott

Could be that your saddle is too wide and cutting...

Could be that your saddle is too wide and cutting off circulation.
10-12-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 284
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why bother? Just remember them as they were, and...

Why bother? Just remember them as they were, and buy from someone else going forward.
10-11-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,942
Posted By ThermionicScott

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that the...

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that the chain is the most important part of the upgrade! :lol:

I just use plain-Jane SRAM PC-850 chains on my 7-speed cassettes. They’re inexpensive, shift...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By ThermionicScott

It’s not uncommon for road wheelsets to have 4 or...

It’s not uncommon for road wheelsets to have 4 or 8 more spokes in back. Ditto for all those old English 3-speeds. The rear wheel usually sees a bit more weight, and front hubs generally have wider...
10-11-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By ThermionicScott

Most of my rear wheels were built with used hubs,...

Most of my rear wheels were built with used hubs, and I think their long-term prospects are great! :)

You’ve probably read this already, but you should lace up used hubs with the spokes going the...
10-10-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 149
Posted By ThermionicScott

Here’s a more comprehensive chart: ...

Here’s a more comprehensive chart: https://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Rim

Looks like you’ve got 540mm rims. :thumb:
10-10-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 370
Posted By ThermionicScott

Seems to me that if you have an 8-10 speed...

Seems to me that if you have an 8-10 speed freehub, you might as well make full use of it. :thumb:
10-10-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By ThermionicScott

delbiker1, you keep saying that you cannot true...

delbiker1, you keep saying that you cannot true by ear. Is it because you don’t trust your sense of relative pitch? Because plucking the spokes on the same side of a wheel is otherwise an excellent...
Replies: 13
Views: 1,706
Posted By ThermionicScott

I can add a third to that list. It makes power...

I can add a third to that list. It makes power just fine and the bike is still rideable, but the bearings rumble and cause pinging noises in the spokes. Guess you don't get low hub resistance for...
10-10-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 615
Posted By ThermionicScott

Hoop stress is greater for wider tires so I could...

Hoop stress is greater for wider tires so I could see it happening for big tires at pressures that don't raise an eyebrow. I'm interested in reading more, too. :)
10-10-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,771
Posted By ThermionicScott

It's a rabbit hole! ;) Whatever lube you...

It's a rabbit hole! ;)

Whatever lube you use, what's even more important is that you replace your chain when it gets worn, before it has a chance to damage your freewheel or cassette. I prefer...
10-09-19, 08:01 PM
10-09-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,182
Posted By ThermionicScott

Try yoga. A few folks in the 50+ forum are riding...

Try yoga. A few folks in the 50+ forum are riding as low as ever. :thumb:
10-09-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5,526
Views: 444,215
Posted By ThermionicScott

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/f103e97d_e184_4fed_9026_ae8e26f1f9e4_8d1eb6a1af76665887db8918413702470b51905a.jpeg
Some reading material, oh boy oh boy! :)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, I'm optimistic about your tires. :thumb: ...

Yeah, I'm optimistic about your tires. :thumb:

I was more curious about eduskator's tires, which are apparently made out of cheese. :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By ThermionicScott

I think you've nailed the OP's tires, for sure. ...

I think you've nailed the OP's tires, for sure. :thumb:

I can still see the points at the ends of the lightning bolts in the tread, so it definitely doesn't look worn out.
10-08-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 474
Posted By ThermionicScott

Whenever I get pain in the backside of my knees,...

Whenever I get pain in the backside of my knees, it's because the saddle was too high. Sounds like you're on the right track. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why are you dodging such an innocuous question? ...

Why are you dodging such an innocuous question?

I've never wheelied in my life, and even my rear tires last more than 3700km unless they get a bad cut. That's why I'm interested.
10-08-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,065
Posted By ThermionicScott

You're full of platitudes today. Got anything...

You're full of platitudes today. Got anything helpful for the OP?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,132
Posted By ThermionicScott

What brand and model is this mystery tire? I've...

What brand and model is this mystery tire? I've never worn out a front tire ever.
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