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01-03-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The 600 components were likely the parts that...

The 600 components were likely the parts that came on the bike. Someone posted links to vintage Cannondale catalogues above and the top-tier of their ‘Criterium’ series was equipped with 600. I...
01-03-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri...

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri colour’ from the early 90s. Ultegra quality.

It’s a very good bike for a very tall person if it’s in good condition. I am 195cm and I think it...
12-12-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 925
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. ...

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. Especially if you are riding long distances or otherwise pushing your limits, including experiencing knee pain.

My suggestion is to ignore all the...
10-21-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,686
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing...

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing amount of my time and treasure is spent keeping those furry goofballs happy and healthy. If my dog is off leash and there is any type of incident, it...
10-11-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,232
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner...

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner cable can be a major PITA) but the housing s the part that degrades more quickly.
10-11-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,232
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in...

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in the inner cable, the housing is likely more important to replace than the inner cable.
05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,452
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,944
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires...

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires on a new less-expensive bike will essentially make the bike work like a higher end bike. Shifters and derailleurs, when new, make virtually no...
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 332
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,971
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,730
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,678
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,678
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 978
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think...

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think some of the 'wear' you pictured was actually manufactured tooth profiles to help with shipping. There are a few gouges and nicks, but nothing that...
04-23-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little...

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little washer that helped toe in the brake pad when the nut was tightened. IIRC, it wasn't actually necessary if you know how the brakes are supposed to be...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,157
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks...

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks saddles for everyone, but they don't work for everyone. If you still have the WTB saddle off your old bike, slap that mofo on there and see if that doesn't...
04-22-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 731
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then...

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then larger frames are no more expensive than smaller sizes.

Also, handlebar height is not the only dimension of bikes that varies with frame sizes. Your...
03-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,988
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can...

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can disagree with it!
03-13-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,649
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel...

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel sizes will not gain you anything but incompatibility hassles.

I disagree with the above advice to get ultra-narrow tires - wider tires, all other...
03-11-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,377
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In my experience (my own rims and those of family...

In my experience (my own rims and those of family and of customers at shops where I used to work), riding in the wet, regardless of sand, is the primary cause of worn rims. Even not in a sandy area,...
03-11-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,105
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a...

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a horizontal dropouot, the wheel is not pushed all the way back. In fact, many horizontal dropouts had a threaded hole through the rear C-shaped...
03-11-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,546
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting...

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting pair of bike shorts are so superior to all the half-arsed other solutions that, for most, it immediately makes up for the feeling of being a sausage in...
03-11-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,053
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with...

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with a spoke wrench, and see if you can make it ridable. What have you got to lose?
03-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than...

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than QR axles - maybe a bare QR axle, but once the skewer is installed it replaces any strength lost by having a hollow axle. That's what they teach you in...
03-10-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 357
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being...

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being 'pretty narrow' for 28mm tires - that's 4mm narrower than the tire width, 2mm per side. Perhaps he means 28mm is on the narrow side for 24mm wide...
03-06-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,406
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi...

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi Campione. It is possible that it was shabbily repainted and re-decaled by a previous owner. THis would be a problem to a collector, but that bike was...
03-06-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 733
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless you changed the cable when you got the...

Unless you changed the cable when you got the bike, your assumption that it is the derailleur and not the cable is not a sound one. Cables are a wear item and you can generally expect to be able to...
03-06-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 852
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a...

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a good quality hub then I would stick with that and get a 36 hole rim. If it is mediocre, then you might as well get another hub and go with fewer...
03-05-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,014
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. It's you.

No. It's you.
03-05-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,014
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nope. The problems you are describing are not...

Nope. The problems you are describing are not problems for the rest of us. A better description for your troubles is 'user error'.

And, in fact, before I learned how to properly use a frame pump...
03-05-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,014
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

...says the person who can't figure out how to...

...says the person who can't figure out how to use them :roflmao:
03-05-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,014
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Presta valves are lighter, more reliable, work...

Presta valves are lighter, more reliable, work better at higher pressures and with hand pumps. They also require a smaller hole through the rims, which can make a difference in strength with very...
03-05-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 949
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That picture seems to show some markings on the...

That picture seems to show some markings on the stem's quill well above the top of the headset nut. The only markings you will regularly find on a stem's quill are at the 'maximum extension' line.
...
03-04-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 590
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Being muscular or heavy does not, AFAIK make your...

Being muscular or heavy does not, AFAIK make your bone structure larger, and saddles are supposed to fit your arse bones, so a big muscular person will not necessarily need a wider saddle - their...
03-03-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,325
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Different saddles work with different arseular...

Different saddles work with different arseular geometry, and the only way to tell if one will work for you is to try it.

If you can make some determinations or assumptions about how your current...
03-03-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 686
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, it would not be a simple swap, esp....

As above, it would not be a simple swap, esp. wrt. brakes, as the Verve has no disc mounts, and the Neko rims are disc specific and have no braking surface.

Anyhoo, having slightly lower end...
02-28-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are adding loads to your bars that are...

If you are adding loads to your bars that are anywhere close to the loads put on by a rider near the bike's rider weight limit, you will have more trouble just riding than with durability.

Yours...
02-28-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,149
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

it most certainly will not damage your bike, even...

it most certainly will not damage your bike, even at 11 or *gasp* 12 mph. Or faster. But perhaps the added dynamic mass connected at your rear axle will cause the bike to handle weirdly, and maybe...
02-28-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

What are you hoping to accomplish? Is some part...

What are you hoping to accomplish? Is some part of the bike broken or manfunctioning or worn out? There is pretty much zero value to be added through your plan. Save the money and get that much...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Your suggestion implied that 'basic steel flat...

Your suggestion implied that 'basic steel flat bars' are easy to come by and 'cheap', and your response to me was that one should know not to get crappy ones... well I am not aware of any non-crappy...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am sure there are decent steel bars available...

I am sure there are decent steel bars available (I used to have a set of Tioga cromo steel bars that were literally tough as nails, but that was 25 years ago), but the suggestion to grab just any...
Forum: Touring
02-25-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Some track racers use steel bars, but I think...

Some track racers use steel bars, but I think they have a different geometry in general, like, aren't intended for brake levers or riding anywhere but the drops.
...
Forum: Touring
02-25-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, it's sort of a crazy assumption that...

As above, it's sort of a crazy assumption that you are so singularly strong that you can cause a problem with your bars that nobody else has. I guarantee that the problem is one of assembly or...
02-24-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 736
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You are asking for a level of quality not...

You are asking for a level of quality not normally included with bikes, and certainly not with budget-oriented online sales of bikes. If it's that important to you, get it done yourself. But I...
02-19-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 913
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Hopefully the seller has a 16 year no-hassle...

Hopefully the seller has a 16 year no-hassle return policy.
02-19-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,039
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

https://youtu.be/iiqOh9O9qw0

https://youtu.be/iiqOh9O9qw0
02-18-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,203
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience from assembling bikes for a small...

My experience from assembling bikes for a small manufacturer is that the OEM shifters come with cable already installed.

However, even if they were from another maker, it is definitely a problem...
02-18-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Aluminum bolts will 100% certainly break off ...

Aluminum bolts will 100% certainly break off during your described use. It would be foolish to try it for the sake of having purple bolts. Get some nail polish and paint the bolts if you really...
02-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 912
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If I recall correctly, there are images of the...

If I recall correctly, there are images of the marathon tires showing a cutaway cross section, and these images show that the flat protective strip adds several millimeters of height. Other flat...
02-14-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,515
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There were some comments early in the thread (not...

There were some comments early in the thread (not fat shaming) which spiralled into a petty argument with another poster, then towards the end of the thread, two posts that have been edited to just...
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