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03-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
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: 27
Views: 616
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: 875
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: 461
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: 37
Views: 1,478
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: 700
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: 533
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: 253
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: 628
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: 531
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: 437
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: 6,902
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. It's you.

No. It's you.
03-05-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,902
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: 6,902
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: 6,902
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: 744
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: 432
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: 937
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: 420
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: 350
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: 1,503
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: 492
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: 1,787
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: 1,787
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: 1,787
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: 1,787
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: 510
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: 779
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: 1,481
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

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02-18-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,745
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: 323
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: 684
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: 1,864
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...
02-10-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

CliffordK Bikes have been rigidly clamped into...

CliffordK Bikes have been rigidly clamped into trainers by the rear axle for decades. There has always been talk about the possible stresses this would place on the frame, but usually in the context...
02-10-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 664
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Don't direct drive trainers use a QR mechanism...

Don't direct drive trainers use a QR mechanism similar to the wheel?

IF this is wearing down your dropouts then I would guess you aren't clamping the QR or whatever mechanism tight enough. There...
02-10-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 218
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Do you understand that straight blades are purely...

Do you understand that straight blades are purely an aesthetic choice? If you want the fork to look the same then that's one thing, but if you just need the fork to work the same then you only need...
02-07-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,864
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

cyccommute whether they are walking sphincters or...

cyccommute whether they are walking sphincters or just can't help being Richards(:D), these people are out there and it's important to take the high road and move past it.
02-07-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,864
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This C&A sub is generally so positive that I...

This C&A sub is generally so positive that I forget the Rest of the Internet(tm) is just a click away.

Remember that while some of us have let our bellies or hips take over a larger fraction of...
02-06-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,740
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Last fall, my chum's mother in law came along...

Last fall, my chum's mother in law came along with us on one of our last road rides of the season. We all had our road bikes and she was on an e-assist hybrid. The only downside was that if we got...
02-06-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 383
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No! You are wrong! I completely agree with you!

No! You are wrong! I completely agree with you!
02-06-20, 12:40 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,212
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have had only one working bike for the past two...

I have had only one working bike for the past two years - an aluminum touring bike. I can do medium/fast group road rides with it, if I have wide enough tires (~38mm) I can slowly pick my way...
02-03-20, 10:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,854
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

When I started mountain biking in the late 80s,...

When I started mountain biking in the late 80s, everything was getting smaller and lighter - until the mid/late 90s, 26x1.8" tires were common in efforts to make the lightest possible bike. The same...
02-03-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 854
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

On the surface the joke was on you, but in...

On the surface the joke was on you, but in reality the joke was on all those that probably had the same question but were too stupid to know to ask.
01-31-20, 11:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,385
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Welcome! Some advice: When you get the...

Welcome!

Some advice:

When you get the bike (any bike) also get a good floor pump with a built in gauge. Riding with tires underinflated is a surefire way to get flat tires, and the more...
01-30-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

/thread

/thread
01-29-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This. Bar tape gets grimy over time so...

This.

Bar tape gets grimy over time so slowly that you don't really notice. Putting new bar tape, even the $10 Chinese no-brand stuff, will make your bike feel like new.
Forum: Touring
01-27-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 823
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

About 20 years ago a customer at the shop where I...

About 20 years ago a customer at the shop where I worked had his (unlocked) bike stolen from in front of the shop. It happened only a minute or two after the customer came in, so a few of us took...
01-27-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 410
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think your solution is to adjust the...

I think your solution is to adjust the derailleur, not the BB length.

Multi-speed bicycle drivetrains are generally set up according to their 'chainline' - the distance from the centre line of the...
01-27-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 369
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As Johnny D says, likely damage from storage or...

As Johnny D says, likely damage from storage or due to careless handling. An aluminum rim is much softer than many building materials like stone or bricks or steel, so it is possible that the rim...
01-27-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 400
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Fatigue failure is not caused by two or three...

Fatigue failure is not caused by two or three bends, it is caused by constant cycling or vibration.

When something is 'bent' - or has suffered 'plastic deformation' (past its 'elastic' limit - the...
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