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08-24-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 367
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t get it wet and it won’t need to dry. ...

Don’t get it wet and it won’t need to dry.

Honestly, I’m not getting the “leave it dry” thing. Headsets are pressed in mostly dry to begin with. A little grease will make the press go easier...
08-24-19, 09:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,011
Posted By cyccommute

I use them extensively. There are lots of good...

I use them extensively. There are lots of good choices of hydration packs from both Camelbak and other companies. What you want depends on several factors. Do you do mostly short rides and only...
08-23-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,304
Posted By cyccommute

My point is that unless you have a fair bit of...

My point is that unless you have a fair bit of knowledge about wheel building, it's not a good idea to go doing something to the wheel after the wheel is built that will really mess up the wheel.
08-23-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 530
Posted By cyccommute

Others have already made the suggestion of zip...

Others have already made the suggestion of zip ties. It works. Depending on how tight money is, you can find truing stands from about $40 (Fleabay...
08-23-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 454
Posted By cyccommute

Fix-it-sticks. ...

Fix-it-sticks. (https://store.fixitsticks.com/collections/featured-products/products/mountain-kit)It may not fit on a key ring but it is a very versatile tool kit that actually fits your hand like...
08-23-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree in theory, in practice brakes are...

While I agree in theory, in practice brakes are often less than adequate. It has most to do with the setup of the brakes rather then the mechanism itself but that setup can be complicated by a...
08-22-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,011
Posted By cyccommute

That should about cover it. Gas station,...

That should about cover it. Gas station, convenience store, McDonalds, water fountains, etc. I've never had an issue with getting water in the US. There are places where I wouldn't want the water...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 365
Posted By cyccommute

First, you (probably) can't just replace a rim...

First, you (probably) can't just replace a rim with another rim. If the effective rim diameter (ERD) is the same, you can but that is seldom the case. The ERD is the measure of the inner diameter...
08-22-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,304
Posted By cyccommute

You should inspect the wheel thoroughly. Having...

You should inspect the wheel thoroughly. Having loose spokes and the wheel suddenly being out of true could indicate a rim problem. The rim could be cracking around the spoke holes or it could be...
08-22-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,304
Posted By cyccommute

Setting the outside spokes after the wheel is...

Setting the outside spokes after the wheel is built is not a good idea if you don't know what you are doing. The forming of the spoke around the hub is going to effectively lengthen the spoke...
08-22-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 486
Posted By cyccommute

Do yourself a favor and splurge. Not on the Avid...

Do yourself a favor and splurge. Not on the Avid but buy a set of Paul's (https://www.paulcomp.com/shop/components/brakes/cantilever-brakes/touring-cantilever/). Yes, they are expensive but they are...
08-20-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 887
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn't be so quite to dismiss the mechanics...

I wouldn't be so quite to dismiss the mechanics assessment. If you look at the cable housing on the left shifter in this picture, you can see a bit of a twist in it.
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08-20-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

You are right. Sorry. The 29er craze...

You are right. Sorry.



The 29er craze has caused all kinds of puzzled looks at my co-op when I tell even experienced volunteers that they have the same wheel diameter as a "700c". Oddly, the...
08-20-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 737
Posted By cyccommute

For the shop, I much prefer the Park CT-3.2 chain...

For the shop, I much prefer the Park CT-3.2 chain tool over the CT-5. Someone at my co-op thought the CT-5 is better so we have been stuck with those things for 5 or 6 years. I hate using them. ...
08-20-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

My point is that understanding tires would be a...

My point is that understanding tires would be a whole lot easier if we used the bead diameter. There would be far less confusion. Your list is only the French side of the equation. There are a lot...
08-19-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

I haven't paid attention to what Jan Heine says...

I haven't paid attention to what Jan Heine says on much of anything but I don't see why you would need puncture protection on gravel. I've ridden lots and lots and lots of gravel and can't say that...
08-19-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

Most people probably don't know what the "C"...

Most people probably don't know what the "C" stands for. It's a left over from an old, defunct system that is no longer used and hasn't been for decades. The way that we size bicycle tires is an...
08-19-19, 10:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

If you are going to tilt at windmill, make sure...

If you are going to tilt at windmill, make sure you are tilting at real ones. It's 622mm x 38mm. Even the "700C" part is wrong. The "C" part is often thought to mean centimeters but a 700cm tire...
08-19-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,052
Posted By cyccommute

A "heavier " wheel would do little to prevent the...

A "heavier " wheel would do little to prevent the pressure spike that could be caused by a curb drop. The more likely culprit is a poorly executed curb drop or a bad tire or both. If you hit the...
08-14-19, 10:57 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,609
Posted By cyccommute

How often you use your brakes is the most...

How often you use your brakes is the most important parameter. If you don’t use your brakes that often, you rims will last longer.



Not quite. I’m not sure what you mean by a “basic” rim nor by...
08-14-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,609
Posted By cyccommute

No one has ever said that here. What we do say...

No one has ever said that here. What we do say is that they don’t wear out as rapidly as you seem to think.



There are still millions of bikes being made without discs and there are millions...
Forum: Commuting
08-13-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,759
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve only seen one 2 beam self contained USB...

I’ve only seen one 2 beam self contained USB light and it was $130. That’s a fair amount of scratch for a light that only has a 1000 lumen output. There is also the problem of something happening...
08-12-19, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 336
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t agree and neither would these guys...

I wouldn’t agree and neither would these guys (http://www.warco.com/pdf/Rubber-Elastomer-Chemical-Resistance-Guide-by-TLARGI-and-WARCO-BILTRITE.pdf). Butyl rubber is also called IIR (isobutylene...
Forum: Commuting
08-11-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,759
Posted By cyccommute

Got to Amazon or EBay. Type in “Cree bicycle...

Got to Amazon or EBay. Type in “Cree bicycle headlight”. Pick the one that is cheapest and buy 2 (minimum) or 3 (best). Put two on the bars and one on your helmet. All three should cost you $60...
08-09-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,518
Posted By cyccommute

Yup. I suspect it was on a car being towed by an...

Yup. I suspect it was on a car being towed by an RV. I imagine the conversation went something like

" Daaad! Where are the bikes?!"

"Watdcha mean where are the bikes?"

"They're gone!"
...
08-08-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. It comes that way from the factor...

Nope. It comes that way from the factor...
08-08-19, 01:22 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,518
Posted By cyccommute

All of my racks have built in locks. The fork...

All of my racks have built in locks. The fork mounts have lock cores that lock onto the fork and the hitch rack I have has a hasp mechanism that covers over the top tube and locks in place.

That...
08-07-19, 04:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,569
Posted By cyccommute

I'm not unfamiliar with accuracy and...

I'm not unfamiliar with accuracy and precision...they aren't the same thing. I'm also familiar with when something needs to be very precise and when it can be just good enough. Chain checking...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 01:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,005
Posted By cyccommute

If the bike is stock, the T2 was actually the...

If the bike is stock, the T2 was actually the better touring bike of the two that Cannondale offered that year. It has an LX trekking crank which has 48/36/26 gears. The inner ring could easily be...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,005
Posted By cyccommute

There's more to like about the Cannondale than...

There's more to like about the Cannondale than just the racks. That Cannondale comes from a long line of very good touring bikes with very classic touring geometries. The bike has a very long wheel...
Forum: Touring
08-07-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By cyccommute

While those pads are worn out, you didn't have to...

While those pads are worn out, you didn't have to take them off the bike to change the pads. The new pads just slip into the holder without removing them from the bike.

Just sayin'.
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,432
Posted By cyccommute

"cc" means cubic centimeter and is equivalent to...

"cc" means cubic centimeter and is equivalent to a milliliter. There are 1000cc (and 1000 mL) to a liter, so the bag is a 2L bag. A 2L bag is about the volume of an Ortlieb front roller like the...
Forum: Touring
08-06-19, 08:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By cyccommute

Just to be clear, I am trying to be helpful so if...

Just to be clear, I am trying to be helpful so if I come across as combative, that is not my intent.

None of what you are doing should require a shop to do. It's all stuff that is simple to fix...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By cyccommute

I just go to work. I usually ride there. ...

I just go to work. I usually ride there.

The sleep issues you are experiencing are probably due to the nature in which we humans live our lives...i.e. by a clock instead of the sun. On tour I go...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 11:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 974
Posted By cyccommute

[/list] I don't go bikepacking heavily loaded...

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I don't go bikepacking heavily loaded either. However there are only a few places you can put the weight in a bikepacking system and all of them are higher than a traditional pannier...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 974
Posted By cyccommute

If it were me, I would carry the panniers on the...

If it were me, I would carry the panniers on the front and the cages on the rear. With the saddle bag, triangle bag and rear panniers, you are carrying quite a load on the rear of the bike. The...
08-05-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 308
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps but that's a lot of sawing. Remove the...

Perhaps but that's a lot of sawing. Remove the wedges first and then try to remove the stem physically. If that doesn't work, then try to hack through above the wedges.
08-05-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 308
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree with this, there are other things...

While I agree with this, there are other things to try before going this direction such as removing the wedges before you start hacksawing. The wedge may be stuck up against the steer tube like a...
08-05-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,130
Posted By cyccommute

That's what the Pillar graphs say. ...

That's what the Pillar graphs say.





Rather than rewrite it, here's what Sheldon Brown says on the subject (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html)
08-05-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,130
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, measuring fatigue is a different test. My...

Yes, measuring fatigue is a different test. My mistake. But elasticity, yield and ultimate tensile strength for spokes are all measured on the same instrument at the same time. You get them of the...
08-04-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,569
Posted By cyccommute

Apologies. I read your post wrong. In my...

Apologies. I read your post wrong. In my experience, however, most people don’t know what the readings on the Park chain checker mean. I’ve also found that replacing a chain that is showing past...
08-04-19, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By cyccommute

Shouldn’t be a problem. Grease will work as...

Shouldn’t be a problem. Grease will work as well. You could also use a cable luber...
08-04-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,130
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps you should look up the definitions of...

Perhaps you should look up the definitions of elastic modulus, yield strength, and metal fatigue. While you are at it you you might want to look at breaking strength. All are related to the effect of...
08-04-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,957
Posted By cyccommute

It may be hard to judge the ability brakes when...

It may be hard to judge the ability brakes when not riding but it isn’t impossible. It helps to have lots and lots and lots of experience with brake systems. After 40+ years of riding and being a...
08-04-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,957
Posted By cyccommute

That could be set up. Traditionally, bike shops...

That could be set up. Traditionally, bike shops have set up brakes so that they don’t engage instantly. They want them to engage at about half lever travel and to bottom out just before the lever...
08-04-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,957
Posted By cyccommute

Your definition of “on/off” and “modulation” are...

Your definition of “on/off” and “modulation” are very different from mine. I find hydraulic brakes to be an on and off affair. Being able to apply “just a little brake” using hydraulics is next to...
08-04-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,569
Posted By cyccommute

If chain checkers were made by Big Chain, you...

If chain checkers were made by Big Chain, you might have a point. However I’ve seen few chain checkers that are made by companies that sell chains. Perhaps Park Tool gets residuals for every chain...
08-04-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,569
Posted By cyccommute

The mileages are only a range. If you want to get...

The mileages are only a range. If you want to get more life out of the cassette which is the more expensive part of the drivetrain, replace the chain more often. Sure you could run a chain for 5,000...
08-04-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,569
Posted By cyccommute

Read the manual. From the Park Tool website on...

Read the manual. From the Park Tool website on the CC-3.2 Chain Checker:
08-04-19, 08:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,130
Posted By cyccommute

No. Less material isn’t “stronger”, it’s more...

No. Less material isn’t “stronger”, it’s more elastic. If you look at the charts for the straight gauge spokes you can see that a 1.8mm spoke is breaks at lower force than a 2.0mm spoke, which is to...
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