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01-17-20, 04:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 188
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

'CNC' generally means cut from a larger piece of...

'CNC' generally means cut from a larger piece of billet (stock). Cast means melted and poured or pumped into a mold to give it its shape.
01-17-20, 02:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 112
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Pretty sure mine is cast, based on the way it...

Pretty sure mine is cast, based on the way it looks - my assumption is that CNC parts generally have sharper edges and machining marks, while mine has no machining marks and has rounded edges.
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01-17-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 75
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Depends on the recommended BB spindle length for...

Depends on the recommended BB spindle length for the Altus cranks.

The arms will certainly fit on the spindle tapers, but if the BB is 10mm too short you might wind up with the chainrings hitting...
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 828
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If I were you I would mount some close-fitting...

If I were you I would mount some close-fitting full fenders, front and rear, so you don't have to look at the tires.
Forum: Touring
01-17-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also, changing to a different rim profile will...

Also, changing to a different rim profile will change the shape of the inflated tire, possibly changing your clearance for 28mm tires into negative clearance.
01-17-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,745
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If they had sold one more special order shovel...

If they had sold one more special order shovel last year they could have stayed open!
01-17-20, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Another clue as to the age is the frame...

Another clue as to the age is the frame construction. Trek went from brazed lugged frame construction on many of their steel bikes (primarily made in Wisconsin, I think) to TIG welded and much more...
01-17-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 161
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A touring fork will almost certainly be longer,...

A touring fork will almost certainly be longer, probably about 30 mm or so, which, according to my calculations, will slacken the head angle of a medium sized road bike (~1000mm wheelbase) about 1.7...
01-17-20, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 129
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bikepedia specs for the 2002 R400 (triple) says...

Bikepedia specs for the 2002 R400 (triple) says 1" threadless, but the picture clearly shows a quill stem with a (presumably) threaded steerer, sho who know what TF is going on there....
01-17-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 282
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Is that a Shimano hub? If not, not all other...

Is that a Shimano hub? If not, not all other brands' hubs are removed with a bolt accessed through the drive side like that. Check with the hub manufacturer (or possibly Dahon) to make sure you are...
01-17-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 126
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. Linear pull brakes have a noodle or roller...

No. Linear pull brakes have a noodle or roller that allows the main brake cable to pull directly sideways, so 1mm of cable travel = 1mm of travel of the arms at the anchor points. This is not true...
01-17-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,242
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

OMFG!!! Took me a minute to get to the (now...

OMFG!!!

Took me a minute to get to the (now closed) auction, and at first I only saw the bent seatstay and thought, 'well that frame is toast'. Then I looked closer and saw the weld 'repairs'...
01-16-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 960
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

... also, I forgot to mention that many motels in...

... also, I forgot to mention that many motels in towns and regions where cyclotourism is popular have 'Welcome Cyclists!' signs, and this generally means 'bring our bike in but don't clean them with...
01-16-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 960
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have gotten a bit of negative attitude when...

I have gotten a bit of negative attitude when trying to bring my bike into a university residence* for a weekend stay, and at hostels. Hotels and motels I generally just bring my bike in without...
01-16-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 374
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have little experience with Nexus hubs, but I...

I have little experience with Nexus hubs, but I have a well-worn Alfine 8 speed that has been stellar for the 10+ years I have owned it. After about two years of all-weather riding I removed the...
01-16-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,745
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

First, I have on more than one occasion, started...

First, I have on more than one occasion, started accounts on internet fora to ask a question or getr involved in a discussion, and then forgotten that I had the account a week later.

Second, I do...
01-16-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 126
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The high straddle cable is likely because the...

The high straddle cable is likely because the arms are so long. Low straddle cables was the trick BITD when trying to get maximum leverage out of shorter armed brakes. The trade off, of course, is...
01-16-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 907
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I looked at the picture and I also think that...

I looked at the picture and I also think that bike is acceptable. Many of the $100 bikes people are trying to upgrade are terrible full suspension bikes, but that rigid frame mountain bike is likely...
01-15-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 338
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Sorry for misestimating the frame size. I forgot...

Sorry for misestimating the frame size. I forgot you said it was 650c wheels - I was basing my frame size guess on how long the head tube is, and on a smaller wheeled bike, the headtube will be...
01-15-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 374
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Shortening the chain will make it more difficult...

Shortening the chain will make it more difficult to get the wheel out. The way you have it now you can move the wheel forward to slacken the chain, pull the chain off the cog or chainring, then...
Forum: Touring
01-15-20, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 604
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Spending a week in Nova Scotia this Summer. ...

Spending a week in Nova Scotia this Summer. Probably a few weekenders and shorter runs closer to home (Eastern Ontario, Canada).
01-15-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 338
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Looks like an approx. 60 cm frame, a good fit for...

Looks like an approx. 60 cm frame, a good fit for someone ~5'10 to 6'2 or so. Everyone is different so my range is very loose. But if you are significantly outside this range, the bike won't fit...
01-15-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 334
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

All correct, but leaves out implicit facts about...

All correct, but leaves out implicit facts about the flip side of the coin - just because a bike is aluminu8m doesn't mean it will suffer a fatigue failure, and just because a frame is steel doesn't...
01-15-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 245
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I believe BMX refers to 68mm threaded bottom...

I believe BMX refers to 68mm threaded bottom brackets as 'Euro' style. If that is the BB then it will likely fit. But as mentioned above, the BB fitting is not the only thing you need to consider.
01-15-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 459
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am 195 cm (about 77") tall with a ~36" inseam...

I am 195 cm (about 77") tall with a ~36" inseam and I am perfectly comfortable riding my bikes with cranks 170, 175, and 180 mm long. I, too, have read about how crank length should be proportional...
01-15-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 907
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The greatest advantage of disc brakes, in my...

The greatest advantage of disc brakes, in my opinion, is that they do not rely on or require the wheels to be true to function properly. The same could always have been said about shifting - an...
01-15-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 907
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Give two pieces of information - your general...

Give two pieces of information - your general location (nearest city, for instance) and your height, and some of us might take a minute and see if we can't find a suitable used bike for you to...
01-15-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 907
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A second hand bike of better quality ($1000 new +...

A second hand bike of better quality ($1000 new + 4 or 5 years of use) will be around your price range and be better than your tarted up POS $100 bike and better than a new $400 bike.
01-15-20, 08:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 907
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If the shifter and cassette and rear derailleur...

If the shifter and cassette and rear derailleur are all compatible on paper and designed for the same number of speeds, your inability to get it to work right will not be solved by changing parts. ...
01-15-20, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is likely you can simply adjust the bearings...

It is likely you can simply adjust the bearings on the non-drive side, and maybe squirt some grease in where possible.

I very much doubt you can get a freewheel off with a hammer and screwdriver. ...
01-15-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 334
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

None of my 10+ year old aluminum bikes agree with...

None of my 10+ year old aluminum bikes agree with your fact, neither does my education in material science and engineering.
01-10-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 389
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That bent spindle is odd. How were the bearings...

That bent spindle is odd. How were the bearings removed?
01-10-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I suspected it might have been a joke, but the...

I suspected it might have been a joke, but the claim was too egregious to let it slide.
01-09-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've got no problem with inexpensive bikes. What...

I've got no problem with inexpensive bikes. What I don't like are bikes that are designed to look like or have the same features as a higher quality bike, but are such low quality will quickly break...
01-09-20, 11:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Trailers are 100% acceptable on narrow tire road...

Trailers are 100% acceptable on narrow tire road bikes. The point of a trailer is to take weight off the towing vehicle and provide an extra axle to hold that weight, so the trailer does not care...
01-09-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 364
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It looks good from far, but far from good. ...

It looks good from far, but far from good.

Some specific problems:
The forks are absolute crap. You can make some assumptions based on the appearance of the weld on the brake bridge and where...
01-09-20, 10:58 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,026
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Add one vote to 'finish with twine as per...

Add one vote to 'finish with twine as per Rivendell video'. It takes about two minutes and looks much better.

Although when I used to use Dollar Store elec. tape I never had a problem that I can...
01-08-20, 04:25 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 941
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Thanks for the kind words. Perhaps I was too...

Thanks for the kind words.
Perhaps I was too unequivocal in my criticisms.
The only true wisdom is knowing that you know nothing. Maybe someday I will start to learn this.
The first ~2 decades...
Replies: 19
Views: 772
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You need to check with the technical experts you...

You need to check with the technical experts you got your information from, as they either are not experts or you completely misunderstood what they told you.

Alloys are metals made from mixtures...
01-08-20, 09:08 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 941
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Replacing just the chain on a worn cassette will...

Replacing just the chain on a worn cassette will almost always result in skipping under load. I believe this is more pronounced on the ramped and shaped and manipulated cogs of modern indexed...
01-07-20, 11:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 559
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The description sounds exactly like most cheap...

The description sounds exactly like most cheap cartridge BBs I have experienced. I wouldn't expect another example of the same model to be noticeably better or worse. I also wouldn't expect it to...
01-07-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 461
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The pictures of the blue frame show absolutely no...

The pictures of the blue frame show absolutely no rust spots that I would be in any way concerned about. Respray or get some touch-up paint or nail polish to cover the spots, and ride.

There is...
01-07-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 329
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As others have said, the brakes, even if they...

As others have said, the brakes, even if they reach the rims, won't work right - likely 1/3 the braking power for the same force at the levers.

Furthermore, why?
01-07-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,235
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I did one ride last year without a multi tool. ...

I did one ride last year without a multi tool. Can you guess on which ride my chain decided to break? :notamused:
01-06-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,235
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have had many multi tools, but none as useful...

I have had many multi tools, but none as useful as my Cool Tool. Unfortunately, a piece fell out of the crescent wrench part after a few seasons and most of the other parts have since wandered away....
Forum: Foo
12-24-19, 05:12 PM
Replies: 13,310
Views: 761,419
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

is been shunned by the online furry community...

is been shunned by the online furry community because he is "just too damn cute"
12-23-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 426
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't have a photo. But the tab would be...

I don't have a photo.

But the tab would be part of a washer under the cable fixing bolt on the front derailleur, directly behind and obscured by the fixing bolt in the front derailleur pic you...
12-23-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think the problem was that there was never a...

I think the problem was that there was never a law stating that the customer must listen to the explanation of how to properly use a QR.
12-23-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 343
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Almost definitely mechanically identical, just a...

Almost definitely mechanically identical, just a different drilling pattern in the shell.

FWIW, it is my understanding that the internals of Shimano Nexus hubs can be swapped as a unit, from a...
12-23-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If it feels like it tightens up again, check to...

If it feels like it tightens up again, check to see that the freehub body is tight. I know on Shimano hubs that a loosening freehub body can cause the bearings to tighten up mysteriously.
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