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Forum: Touring
05-05-17, 08:11 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,264
Posted By Randybb

Does anyone have any good mental tricks to get through the really difficult moments?

Last month I was halfway though a short solo tour through Georgia, and I woke up feeling a bit off, the previous day was a rough one. I checked the weather and saw 25 mph sustained winds and 40 mph...
Forum: Touring
04-28-17, 01:38 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 9,104
Posted By Randybb

I have a 1985 Schwinn that weighs 21 lbs. Would...

I have a 1985 Schwinn that weighs 21 lbs. Would be 20 lbs with tubulars. It was made by Panasonic in Japan though.
Forum: Touring
04-28-17, 12:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By Randybb

I recently switched out the cranks on my road...

I recently switched out the cranks on my road bike from 53/42 to 42/34 so I can can use it for touring. I'm really liking it, with 11T in the back, I can go plenty fast, up to about 32 mph on...
Forum: Touring
04-26-17, 09:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,105
Posted By Randybb

This baby is the best saddle...

This baby is the best saddle (https://www.specialized.com/us/en/men/saddles/power-expert/117372) I've ever used. Perfect firmness. I always had issues with chaffing and sores between my thighs from...
Forum: Touring
04-25-17, 08:51 AM
Replies: 558
Views: 331,836
Posted By Randybb

Hmm, never thought of the knot in the cable...

Hmm, never thought of the knot in the cable trick. Is the knot really strong enough to prevent the cable from pulling through? Rocks just seem so much more solid :p
Forum: Touring
04-21-17, 03:52 PM
Replies: 558
Views: 331,836
Posted By Randybb

This could possibly save someone one day... I was...

This could possibly save someone one day... I was touring last summer and snapped my rear derailleur cable 35 very hilly miles from the nearest town. Derailleur was stuck in the highest gear... not...
04-12-17, 07:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 794
Posted By Randybb

I always have a 30" pipe wrench lying around as a...

I always have a 30" pipe wrench lying around as a last resort. It grips onto anything and it's massive. you can always slide a pipe over the handle of a wrench to get more leverage.

Maybe this...
04-11-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By Randybb

It's only the one side, and it's definitely new...

It's only the one side, and it's definitely new and not normal. It's enough of a sensation on the bottom of my shoe that it's super annoying and seems like something is about to fall apart.

I've...
04-11-17, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By Randybb

Pedals probably have more like 7-8k on them. I...

Pedals probably have more like 7-8k on them. I can't tighten the pedal bolts any more than they already are.

I should also mention on my next ride, the problem wasn't there initially, but then...
04-11-17, 09:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 849
Posted By Randybb

sudden failure of spd cleat during ride?

I ride shimano spd pd-a530 pedals on my road bike, and this past weekend I was going for a long casual ride, nothing too fast or hilly. I was just cruising along, not putting much power to the pedals...
Forum: Touring
04-04-17, 09:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,776
Posted By Randybb

I carry a set of these in the trunk of my car...

I carry a set of these in the trunk of my car just in case, never thought of using them for cycling. I think maybe I'll grab a size down (they run huge) and test it out. Probably need to tie...
Forum: Touring
04-02-17, 05:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,883
Posted By Randybb

Maybe not for normal cycling per se, but let's...

Maybe not for normal cycling per se, but let's say you twist your ankle walking into the bushes to take a piss, bump your knee on a picnic table (all things that have happened to me)... that...
03-25-17, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,607
Posted By Randybb

Is it possible to get a 13-32 8/9 speed cassette?

I'm currently running a 11-28 8-spd cassette on my old road bike but I'd really like to bump it down to a 13-32. I'm seeing 11-32 cassettes available but I don't think my RD can quite handle that,...
03-23-17, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By Randybb

So in case anyone's interested, I popped on an...

So in case anyone's interested, I popped on an Sunlite cartridge BB 68x118 I had lying around and weirdly, my chain line is off by about 2.5 mm (too far in), but both cranks are now exactly the same...
03-22-17, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By Randybb

Ahh I see, looks like it has two removable "cups"...

Ahh I see, looks like it has two removable "cups" that screw in rather than the DS having a fixed flange like on the shimano. >$100 probably isn't worth it though.
03-22-17, 08:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By Randybb

Ok, so I'm willing to let the asymmetry slide I...

Ok, so I'm willing to let the asymmetry slide I suppose. I can always adjust the cleats on my shoes laterally to compensate if I want, and riding on platforms my feet should naturally adjust.
...
03-21-17, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By Randybb

Unsure about BB - cranks not centered on frame

I have a 80s lightweight steel bike with a 53/42 suntour superbe pro crankset, with a 144 mm BCD. Since I moved to a much more hilly area I'm attempting to drop down to compact gearing. I found a old...
09-09-16, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By Randybb

Also check the rear wheel is properly aligned in...

Also check the rear wheel is properly aligned in the dropouts / between the chainstays, and that your cassette (or, freewheel I assume) is not wobbly or loose.
09-03-16, 07:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By Randybb

Thanks for all the insights folks. I'm feeling...

Thanks for all the insights folks. I'm feeling confident in the bike at this point. I carefully inspected all the lugs and everything looks perfect. I checked the frame alignment as best I could,...
08-31-16, 10:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 938
Posted By Randybb

Fire damage to steel frame?

I suffered a house fire last month, and somewhat miraculously managed to pull my vintage Columbus SL steel frame bike out of the ruins relatively unscathed, just incredibly dirty and with totally...
06-29-16, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 550
Posted By Randybb

I've even heard of overly worn rims collapsing...

I've even heard of overly worn rims collapsing suddenly when inflated....better then than over a bump I guess!
06-29-16, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,595
Posted By Randybb

After the winter I strip down the whole bike and...

After the winter I strip down the whole bike and clean/regrease everything. I put in a lot of miles during our long heavy winters and things are usually dirty but not corroded or dried out. I'm...
06-29-16, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By Randybb

What type of bike are those wheels for? This bike...

What type of bike are those wheels for? This bike going to be used for moderately heavy hauling (up to 20kg on rear rack, I weight 80kg) and the roads around here are really rough as well with lots...
06-28-16, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By Randybb

Single speed rear wheel spoke tensions?

I'm building a single speed rear mtb wheel with a symmetrical hub, equal spoke lengths on each side. I'm curious if I should tension both sides to where I'd normally tension the DS spokes on a...
06-28-16, 04:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,557
Posted By Randybb

If it went away after riding for a while, it was...

If it went away after riding for a while, it was probably just excess grease squishing around inside the hub. When I first started building hubs I'd put in way too much grease and it'd make this...
06-28-16, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,172
Posted By Randybb

Could it be a bad pedal bearing? would you...

Could it be a bad pedal bearing? would you describe it as a pinging, clicking, or scraping noise? One thing you might try is removing all the chainring bolts, cleaning, greasing and reinstalling to...
06-28-16, 09:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 645
Posted By Randybb

I just replaced a 6-speed freewheel on an old...

I just replaced a 6-speed freewheel on an old bike with this one for $20 from my LBS. It's a lot cheaper online. It does the job.

Shimano Freewheel TZ20 6sp 14-28 DB...
06-28-16, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,595
Posted By Randybb

I use cheap marine grease from autoparts stores...

I use cheap marine grease from autoparts stores to grease all bearings, plus seatposts, pedals, freewheels, bb shell, random screws, etc. I've found it really holds up, even after riding 100s of...
06-28-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,557
Posted By Randybb

Could be your replacement cone is not a good...

Could be your replacement cone is not a good match? How did you select it? your replacement balls are the correct size?

I recently tried to regrease a hub that had an ever so slightly pitted cone...
06-23-16, 05:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 762
Posted By Randybb

Dooood heck yea, thanks so much for the tip. I...

Dooood heck yea, thanks so much for the tip. I was in need of a set of odd length spokes and the Yojimbo seller had exactly what i needed for no additional cost and reasonable shipping. :thumb:
06-22-16, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 737
Posted By Randybb

Have you tried adjusting the screw on your...

Have you tried adjusting the screw on your shifter to reduce the amount of friction? I have a hard time believing the derailleur itself is providing that much resistance. . . can you push it with...
06-22-16, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 747
Posted By Randybb

I had a bike with a threaded headset that kept...

I had a bike with a threaded headset that kept coming loose every time i ran on rough roads. Also noticed the pinging noise. Kept tightening it as much as I could, to no avail, finally took it apart,...
06-22-16, 06:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,172
Posted By Randybb

What kind of BB is it? Cartridge? how old? ...

What kind of BB is it? Cartridge? how old?

Does it happen on both pedal strokes, or just one side? Does it still happen when you pedal out of the saddle? What if you go no hands? What type of...
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 10:29 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,977
Posted By Randybb

Do you think they would be decent for some light...

Do you think they would be decent for some light hiking? I'm trying to find footwear for touring+shorter <10 mile hikes to set up camp.
Forum: Touring
06-08-16, 10:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,977
Posted By Randybb

I have a picture somewhere of when I lost all the...

I have a picture somewhere of when I lost all the skin off my toes because I was wearing sandals. Pushing up a climb, chain came off, lost control, dragged my right toes across the ground for about...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-08-16, 10:05 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,330
Posted By Randybb

I like the way you think. There needs to be more...

I like the way you think. There needs to be more people like you.
06-04-16, 05:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

Neat, I've never seen that before. If it was...

Neat, I've never seen that before. If it was really critical for me to have two different sized gears on my bike, I think I'd consider finding one of those frames -- but since I already have a nice...
06-04-16, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

I don't know the answer -- I didn't think about...

I don't know the answer -- I didn't think about horizontal track dropouts when I first posted, because I'm looking at MTB hubs with an MTB frame.

I was genuinely curious if there was a use for a...
06-04-16, 05:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

Do you know of any MTB frames with horizontal...

Do you know of any MTB frames with horizontal dropouts? Bonus points if you know of any that I already own.
06-04-16, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

Also I'm picturing someone jumping off their bike...

Also I'm picturing someone jumping off their bike at the bottom of a hill to flip their rear wheel. :D
06-04-16, 04:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

If you're gonna use a tensioner, why not just get...

If you're gonna use a tensioner, why not just get a derailleur and cassette? :P
06-04-16, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

I suppose you're right, if you had track...

I suppose you're right, if you had track dropouts. My project is for a MTB frame with vertical dropouts though. How big a difference in teeth could I theoretically get away with?

Here you go --...
06-04-16, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Randybb

What's the point of a free/free hub with freewheel threading on both sides?

I'm going to build a new wheel set for a single speed bike project, and I'm seeing hubs that have freewheel threading on both sides. What's the purpose of this? I understand fixed/free, but...
06-03-16, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 626
Posted By Randybb

My rule of thumb is, if you ever want to get it...

My rule of thumb is, if you ever want to get it apart again, grease it. I've had too many nightmares with parts getting stuck together and ruined -- seatposts, brake cable clamp screws, screws that...
06-01-16, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

Yea totally, I recently pulled one out of a bike...

Yea totally, I recently pulled one out of a bike that was probably one of the first sealed cartridge BB's from the 80s. It had just started squeaking after all those years.
06-01-16, 03:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

Yea, unfortunately for me I'd have to shell out a...

Yea, unfortunately for me I'd have to shell out a whole $20 for a new one... Looks like I have 4 or 5 mm of clearance between my small chainring and chainstay -- think that's enough to step all the...
06-01-16, 02:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

Ok so just measured it really carefully, and...

Ok so just measured it really carefully, and getting 45mm for the chainline, weird since I thought I'd had it right before... maybe I'm thinking of a different bike!

So now the question is, is the...
06-01-16, 01:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

In little:big there's definitely some spare room,...

In little:big there's definitely some spare room, I could loosen the low screw by 1-2 mm if I wanted as well. That's why I was thinking a shorter spindle could be the ticket. I think I'd have to...
06-01-16, 01:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

Anyway, seems the issue with the FD can't be...

Anyway, seems the issue with the FD can't be fixed by dremeling anything, the top of the spring attachment point is running into the cable clamp arm. It has nothing to do with the stops. I'd...
06-01-16, 01:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,307
Posted By Randybb

Well that's why I made this post -- I'm trying to...

Well that's why I made this post -- I'm trying to figure out why drivetrain went from a good chainline and a properly functioning FD with 7 speed hub and cassette, to a FD that doesn't reach enough...
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