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10-18-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 629
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Posted By cyccommute

Nope. Wouldn’t be caught dead in jeans on a...

Nope. Wouldn’t be caught dead in jeans on a bicycle.
10-18-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 629
Views: 37,771
Posted By cyccommute

When someone tells me that I can...no!...

When someone tells me that I can...no! Will...crash because I don’t brake like them, that is not telling me that “one way is better”. It is telling me that there is only one way. Many of us brake...
10-18-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 629
Views: 37,771
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps not in those exact words but the...

Perhaps not in those exact words but the implication is clear
10-18-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 629
Views: 37,771
Posted By cyccommute

Says someone doing their own twisting.

Says someone doing their own twisting.
10-18-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 355
Posted By cyccommute

For feet, shoe covers can work but they are...

For feet, shoe covers can work but they are limited. I suggest looking into cold weather cycling shoes or boots. I have Lake MXZ303 for very cold rides (below about 30°F) and MX145 for cool but not...
10-18-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 629
Views: 37,771
Posted By cyccommute

Given the comments from various posters in this...

Given the comments from various posters in this thread about the ability to brake from the hoods, your comment is rather ironic.
10-18-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,051
Posted By cyccommute

How much did you say you know about chemistry? ...

How much did you say you know about chemistry? First mineral spirits and naphtha (there an ‘h’ in that to make a ‘f’ sound) aren’t “chemicals” in terms of being pure compounds. There is no “mineral...
10-15-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

I think you are mistaken. I haven't run across...

I think you are mistaken. I haven't run across any front derailer...or rear, for that matter...that has any kind of adjustment to the spring tension, especially not lower to middle of the line...
10-14-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

I've used all kinds of lubricants from WD40 in...

I've used all kinds of lubricants from WD40 in the early days to Phil's Tenaceous oil to wax based lubricants as well as just about every cleaning regime as well. I've never gotten close to 6000...
10-14-19, 09:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps but go looking for older front derailers....

Perhaps but go looking for older front derailers. There are a ton of them around on Fleabay. Go with the ones further down the line (lower than XT) because those are far easier to set up and far...
10-14-19, 09:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,051
Posted By cyccommute

I'll agree that a little knowledge is a dangerous...

I'll agree that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. However, many of us have more than just a little knowledge about what is happening here.



Unless someone did something really stupid,...
10-13-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

You’ve made these claims before and I find them...

You’ve made these claims before and I find them hard to believe. You are claiming 3 to 5 times what most every other person out there claims. Perhaps you have found some magic elixir but no one else...
10-13-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

It really shouldn’t be an issue. You are really...

It really shouldn’t be an issue. You are really only asking the derailer to move the chain on a slightly larger chainring. There are lots of comfort bikes out there using MTB derailers on 48 tooth...
10-13-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

You might also look at the alignment of your...

You might also look at the alignment of your derailer. The picture may be distorted but it looks like the tail of the cage is slightly inboard. This could cause your problem.

Yes, you need that...
10-13-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By cyccommute

You might have a point if the DT Swiss hubs were...

You might have a point if the DT Swiss hubs were a “cheapo cartridge bearing hub”. None of the hubs that DT Swiss sell can be classified as “cheap”. In my experience, cartridge bearings of just...
10-13-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 616
Posted By cyccommute

I use it all the time and just emptied a pump...

I use it all the time and just emptied a pump spray bottle of White Rain that I bought in the 80s. I have another one that my kids will inherit.

To get the grips off, slide a spoke under the...
10-12-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 987
Posted By cyccommute

And the pad material. Pads are...

And the pad material. Pads are phenol-formaldehyde (PF) resin. In the case of “metal pads”, there are particles of metal embedded in the resin but the bulk of the pad is PF resin. PF resins are...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,141
Posted By cyccommute

You are correct that the dent is a feature and...

You are correct that the dent is a feature and not a bug. But, just to be clear, not all frames are like that even from the same manufacturer. My 2011 T1 and my 2003 T800 aren't dented.
...
10-11-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

Granted the noise of a waxed chain is different...

Granted the noise of a waxed chain is different from an oiled one. The question to ask, however, is whether or not that is important? There is a difference between the kind of clattery noise I hear...
10-11-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

I really wish I had the guts to test that...

I really wish I had the guts to test that statement. Nothing that you can do to a chain will extend the life much past about 3500 miles. I really wonder if an unlubricated chain on a bike that is...
10-11-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree with your two classes of chain...

While I agree with your two classes of chain lubricant, I disagree with one having superior performance in wet conditions. People tend to misinterpret their observations of chain lubricants when...
Forum: Touring
10-11-19, 07:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 765
Posted By cyccommute

I don't know your situation with regards to where...

I don't know your situation with regards to where you live and work but many people use commuting as a way of getting in more miles and as training. A 10 mile commute twice a day can be a good...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. U Brakes...

Nope. U Brakes (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-u.html) were a thing in the late 80s. They tended to be mounted under the chain stay on mountain bikes which is the worst place to put a brake on...
10-10-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 357
Posted By cyccommute

I’d check to see if the cable housing is long...

I’d check to see if the cable housing is long enough, especially at the rear derailer. If it is too short, it could flex and pull the derailer. I’ve had this problem with full suspension bikes...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

Who ever said I don’t like cantilevers?

Who ever said I don’t like cantilevers?
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

To be clear, I mean 2x wide range systems like...

To be clear, I mean 2x wide range systems like compact doubles. Those don’t have small jumps between rear gears since they are typically using an 11-32 or 11-34 cassette. Traditional double road...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

Not really. Compact doubles use 11-32 or 11-34...

Not really. Compact doubles use 11-32 or 11-34 cassettes not narrower range cassettes that would be called a “corn cob”. A corn cob cassette would require far more than double shifts to get back to...
Forum: Commuting
10-10-19, 10:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

In my opinion, 2x systems are about the dumbest...

In my opinion, 2x systems are about the dumbest thing to be put on bikes since U-brakes...and those were awful. 2x systems have the range but shifting them presents the kinds of problems that you...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 12:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

A few years ago that may have been true but no...

A few years ago that may have been true but no longer. Thanks to a product designer at SRAM who hates front derailers, we no longer have that many choices. Thanks to a bunch of Shimano engineers...
Forum: Commuting
10-09-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,200
Posted By cyccommute

I fully agree. Don't be caught in the trap of a...

I fully agree. Don't be caught in the trap of a hybrid "that does everything" but just doesn't do most anything all that well.



While I agree on the air fork, I disagree on the rest of your...
10-09-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By cyccommute

And can sometimes include significant amounts of...

And can sometimes include significant amounts of walking, especially uphill. Riding a 25% grade is difficult enough on pavement. On dirt, it's even harder and when you are flirting with 12,000 feet...
Forum: Touring
10-09-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 13,141
Posted By cyccommute

All of the Avids (as well as most other mountain...

All of the Avids (as well as most other mountain bike brake levers) have a reach adjustment. It's the set screw that is usually placed in the middle of the mount. The adjuster on the Avid Speed...
10-08-19, 09:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,051
Posted By cyccommute

Naphtha is another name for mineral spirits.

Naphtha is another name for mineral spirits.
10-08-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,051
Posted By cyccommute

WD-40 will work, it's just more expensive.

WD-40 will work, it's just more expensive.
10-08-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 713
Posted By cyccommute

Probably a bit more mileage would be warranted. ...

Probably a bit more mileage would be warranted. Put another 100 miles or so on it or take it in if the shifting starts to degrade. The reason for the tune up is to get the cables stretched to the...
10-08-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,652
Posted By cyccommute

I find that gloves are very dependent on the...

I find that gloves are very dependent on the person. My wife has Raynaud's syndrome and can hardly tolerate 40°F without very heavy gloves. I can wear long fingered mountain bike gloves down to...
10-08-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By cyccommute

Adventure Cycle is about the only cycling...

Adventure Cycle is about the only cycling association out there that does any kind of touring. They have several bikepacking tours available if that is the way you want to go. Finding someone to...
10-08-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By cyccommute

The weight depends on several factors. It's...

The weight depends on several factors. It's around 45 lbs for either bike but food changes that weight by up to 5 lbs. I carry a little less for off-road bikepacking but the bike is heavier.
10-08-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By cyccommute

Just to be clear, I was talking about the section...

Just to be clear, I was talking about the section of Cherry Creek Trail within the City and County of Denver. That ends at Cherry Creek Res.

Kudos to the trail maintenance crews outside of the...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-19, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 435
Posted By cyccommute

I've never found anything that is 100% effective....

I've never found anything that is 100% effective. I've never even found something that is 10% effective. Look at the construction of the glasses. You don't want them too close to your face. I use...
10-08-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,051
Posted By cyccommute

All substances are "chemicals". Some "chemicals"...

All substances are "chemicals". Some "chemicals" do a better job than others because of their properties. The chemical mixture of grease doesn't have much in common any chemical that can be called...
10-05-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 933
Posted By cyccommute

I often tell people that the only thing worse...

I often tell people that the only thing worse then touring with someone is touring alone and that the only thing worse then going solo is taking someone with you. I often tour (more on nomenclature...
10-05-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,138
Posted By cyccommute

Umm, yes. No bicycle gearing calculator can take...

Umm, yes. No bicycle gearing calculator can take into account the size of the rider, the rolling resistance of the tires, the wind and weather conditions, etc. All of those are going to have a small...
10-05-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By cyccommute

But, as with a star fangled nut, once the stem is...

But, as with a star fangled nut, once the stem is tightened, the compression plug and top cap serves no purpose.
10-05-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,138
Posted By cyccommute

The speed calculations for any gear calculator...

The speed calculations for any gear calculator are going to depend on several factors that probably aren’t...and can’t be... considered in the calculations. Wind resistance will change the value....
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 765
Posted By cyccommute

The bike you have is a good platform for...

The bike you have is a good platform for upgrades. It may not be the best touring bike...it's too short...but it can be made to do the job without a huge outlay of money.

It wouldn't take much to...
10-03-19, 01:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 774
Posted By cyccommute

It's not cracked. Do you hang the bike up by the...

It's not cracked. Do you hang the bike up by the front wheel? It almost looks like you hit it with a hook while hanging it. It could also be due to a rock strike or any number of other causes. ...
10-03-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 774
Posted By cyccommute

You are both wrong...Le Mans more so than you,...

You are both wrong...Le Mans more so than you, HillRider. As you've noticed, am0n, the ring is about the same as a new ring. You can still see the machining marks on your ring. It's got years of...
10-03-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 149
Posted By cyccommute

No, you aren't too old or even too overweight to...

No, you aren't too old or even too overweight to start mountain biking. I would probably suggest a little bit better bike then the bottom of the line Rockhopper...the Rockhopper Comp is only...
Forum: Touring
10-03-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 765
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, if your current bike will do 2 days, it...

Honestly, if your current bike will do 2 days, it can do 3. If it can do 3 days of riding, it can do a week. If it can do a week, it can do a trip around the world. The bike isn't the limit. For...
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