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08-24-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 11,530
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

When I commuted I had nice bikes because I had...

When I commuted I had nice bikes because I had secure parking at each end and I rode what I already owned. Why spend more money to suffer on a cheap beater when I could ride something light fast and...
08-17-19, 07:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,891
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I know there are some MTB pumps with reservoirs...

I know there are some MTB pumps with reservoirs for seating tubeless tires that may also be optimized for HVLP use.
08-14-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,891
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I have had good service from my Topeak Joe Blow...

I have had good service from my Topeak Joe Blow Sport floor pump since it's the quickest option for bike tires I also have a small compressor from Home Depot in a rolling suitcase style housing that...
07-25-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,702
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

That's a problem I've never though of, since my...

That's a problem I've never though of, since my helmet vents don't line up with my bald spot. It occurs to me that a lot of pros have shaved heads so they must use something. Skull caps, cycling...
07-25-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,263
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've used SRAM, Wipperman and KMC links as...

I've used SRAM, Wipperman and KMC links as spares, I also keep leftover links from shortening new chains, which could be good spares. I almost always have a multitool with a chain breaker for these...
07-20-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,010
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've had squealing issues with Koolstop dual...

I've had squealing issues with Koolstop dual compound (2/3 salmon 1/3 black) but they went away after I switched from cantilever to mini-v. My tandem had dual compound pads with V brakes, never...
07-10-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1,165
Views: 121,847
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I was living in Beaverton Oregon when I got back...

I was living in Beaverton Oregon when I got back into cycling and a lot of road riding and a bit of cyclocross and MTB racing, I moved to Bend Oregon in 2016 where I mountain bike a lot, road ride a...
07-10-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,568
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

We live on the East side of the Cascades and work...

We live on the East side of the Cascades and work on Saturdays so event access is limited. So far we did the Monster Cookie in April and plan the Covered Bridge tour in Albany 8/11...
06-28-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 12,531
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

For me it depends on both the intended use of the...

For me it depends on both the intended use of the bike and ease of parking. My commuter has a kickstand but my MTB and CX bikes don't because of how they are used. When I had a tandem I put a two...
06-28-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,316
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

You are better off fixing the Specialized than...

You are better off fixing the Specialized than buying the $78 Walmart cheapie, I had a Hardrock and the components and frame quality are a world away from any discount store bike shaped object. As...
06-25-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,403
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I did some research and 105 came out in 1982 when...

I did some research and 105 came out in 1982 when 5 speed rears were still common. https://bike.shimano.com/en-US/information/news/history-of-shimano.html
I didn't know Sora was also bird name in...
06-25-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,403
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

105 is supposedly a corruption of 10 Speed, ...

105 is supposedly a corruption of 10 Speed,
Sora is crane in Japanese and Shimano also made a Crane derailleur in the 60s.
The higher end MTB stuff were originally suffixes for Deore (of gold?) as...
06-23-19, 11:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 833
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Mini V or Cantiliever brakes?

This may be partying like it's 2011 but I'm in the middle of a bar swap on my old Redline Conquest Pro and I'm torn between keeping the Avid Shorty 6 cantis or swapping in a set of Tektro 926A Mini V...
05-07-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,127
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I buy my bikes for the long haul and expect to...

I buy my bikes for the long haul and expect to replace wear parts and occasionally update as I go until either the bike doesn't suit my needs or something major fails.
01-08-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 575
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've done a 700C to 26" on my wife's Redline...

I've done a 700C to 26" on my wife's Redline Conquest Sport and she was very happy with it. Her bike is very small (44CM size) and the smaller wheels got her standover where she wanted it and look...
01-08-19, 03:25 PM
Replies: 202
Views: 9,949
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Thanks for finding that.

Thanks for finding that.
01-08-19, 10:16 AM
Replies: 202
Views: 9,949
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It would be interesting to do a blind test of...

It would be interesting to do a blind test of bikes of the same size and geometry but different tubing and components. Although it would take some doing today, early Trek bikes offered a menu of...
12-31-18, 12:26 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,383
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I think most classic bikes look more "right" with...

I think most classic bikes look more "right" with skinwalls because that is what they would have had originally. Modern road bikes look anachronistic with skinwalls except for cyclocross bikes which...
12-24-18, 02:12 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,214
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

From experience with MTB and CX bikes, I'd say a...

From experience with MTB and CX bikes, I'd say a triple for off road is pointless because you never need that wide a gear spread and either 1x or 2x are the optimum. My current MTB is a 2x9 with a...
11-04-18, 06:39 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 3,385
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It depends on what I'm doing. For casual rides or...

It depends on what I'm doing. For casual rides or commuting, I wear MTB shorts and just carry stuff in my pockets. For serious road rides in spandex shorts I use my jersey pockets since my tube,...
11-04-18, 06:34 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 6,439
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I don't get the idea of Schwinn being opulent....

I don't get the idea of Schwinn being opulent. There may have been cheaper brands in discount stores or department stores but I don't recall them being more expensive than the bike shop brands at a...
10-22-18, 03:53 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,373
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Have you considered replacing the crankset with a...

Have you considered replacing the crankset with a road triple? That would give you a 30/39/50 or possibly 52 out of the box and you can easily find all sorts of of chain rings to fit the 130mm bcd...
10-15-18, 01:48 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,373
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

When I was a teenager with a circa 1980 10 speed...

When I was a teenager with a circa 1980 10 speed I used the big ring all the time. Nowadays my biggest chain ring is a 46 which gets used on flat pavement and descents, although I spend more time in...
10-02-18, 04:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,653
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

The biggest hassle with swapping from grip shift...

The biggest hassle with swapping from grip shift to trigger is re-running the shift cable and readjusting it. I've had good luck with used shifters from a co-op, although they sometimes need to...
10-02-18, 04:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 839
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I use an older version of the Lifu quick stand...

I use an older version of the Lifu quick stand https://www.amazon.com/IceToolz-Stand-Me-Display-Repair/dp/B002NXHQSG for some of my bikes, it engages the rear triangel and keeps the rear wheel off...
08-29-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 5,509
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Full sized frame pumps only look right on classic...

Full sized frame pumps only look right on classic styled frames. I've carried a mid sized pump on a bottle cage mount but lately I keep a mini-pump in the seat pack or a bigger pump in my CamelBak on...
08-16-16, 02:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 898
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Your levers are probably long pull for V brakes....

Your levers are probably long pull for V brakes. You need short pull or adjustable pull levers like these Tektros for MTB bars...
08-16-16, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,773
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Saddles are incredibly person specific so my...

Saddles are incredibly person specific so my recommendation is find a shop with a test/loaner program so you can try a lot. While your experience may vary, my wife and daughter like WTB or...
08-16-16, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,170
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

We've gone both ways, although my guess is that...

We've gone both ways, although my guess is that the cheap Nashbar branded post on our tandem is so stiff that it is almost indistinguishable from a rigid post. The tandem we borrowed last year had a...
08-16-16, 12:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,899
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory...

The drum brake on the Nashbar is factory installed so all I did was refine the existing hardware. It looks like the Yokota did not have a factory drum as standard so you need to do some checking....
02-11-16, 10:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,255
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've hit some "unmountable" tire rim combos. I...

I've hit some "unmountable" tire rim combos. I have some Hutchinson Bulldog cyclocross tires with carbon fiber beads. On Ritchey and Easton wheels there isn't enough depth in the center of the rim to...
02-10-16, 07:05 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,752
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I think electronic shifting is interesting...

I think electronic shifting is interesting technology and I like the option of shifting from multiple places. The Di2 TT shifters on the brake levers as well as aero bars and the climber and sprinter...
01-22-16, 05:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,452
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Is it a proprietary freehub or Campagnolo pattern...

Is it a proprietary freehub or Campagnolo pattern splines?
01-07-16, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 687
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

On modern stuff I just use the capless bolts like...

On modern stuff I just use the capless bolts like these FSA parts https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=50006&category=63 instead of trying to find and keep dust caps. For...
Forum: Commuting
12-14-15, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,148
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

at least it's cheaper than the Hayes tool...

at least it's cheaper than the Hayes tool https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=73941&category=25 although it lacks the cool purple anodizing
Forum: Commuting
12-14-15, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,984
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Does it have to be rear mounted? My disk brake...

Does it have to be rear mounted? My disk brake commuter has a plain old Greenfield clamped to the chain stays up by the bottom bracket. Does your frame have space there?
12-14-15, 11:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,627
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I've popped the seals and used brake cleaner and...

I've popped the seals and used brake cleaner and fresh grease to get a seized Cane Creek S3 going but in general I find it easier to just swap out the bearings as needed since 40 series bearing are...
12-11-15, 03:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 961
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Lennard Zinn's books have pretty comprehensive...

Lennard Zinn's books have pretty comprehensive repair instructions. While it is a little off topic the Haynes Motorcycle Workshop Practice Techbook is an excellent foundation for how to use tools ...
12-07-15, 01:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,312
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Have you tried attacking the problem from the...

Have you tried attacking the problem from the other side with a stainless steel or plated steel chain? An inherently more corrosion resistant chain would certainly help with the salt water issues.
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 08:35 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,564
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

What's his problem? In Portland every bike is a...

What's his problem? In Portland every bike is a rain bike to some extent, which is why all 4 of my bikes have fenders. My 2 commuters have aluminum frames so nobody complains about rust. On the plus...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 08:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,912
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I like Endura Hummvee (sp?) 3/4 length MTB...

I like Endura Hummvee (sp?) 3/4 length MTB baggies for commuting and if you want they make the same style as pants and shorts. these use a clip in liner so you can wear them with or without padding....
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 08:18 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 13,713
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

IT infrastructure admin. My main job is VMware...

IT infrastructure admin. My main job is VMware but also backups, storage, hardware and covering for the Windows guy. On top of that I have a working knowledge of JunOS Pulse SSL VPN, network...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,361
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

How about a used bike? $500 can buy a pretty...

How about a used bike? $500 can buy a pretty decent hybrid or mtb for hauling duty. As an example Sellwood Cycle Repair currently has a Gary Fisher Montare listed for $450 with Deore LX/XT and disk...
12-04-15, 07:59 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,443
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I said rare, not unknown, and afaik the Cane...

I said rare, not unknown, and afaik the Cane Creek AER is a unique application of a bushing in a headset application. OTOH several pedal designs use at least one bushing and sleeve bearing jockey...
12-04-15, 11:42 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,443
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

You are still missing the point. All of those...

You are still missing the point. All of those rotating and pivoting pieces still contain bearings, but they are sleeve bearings not ball bearings. The problem here is the linguistic sloppiness of...
11-23-15, 12:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,493
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Since freewheels are cheap, if you want to save...

Since freewheels are cheap, if you want to save the wheel you are going to need a heat source (hot air blower or torch) some good penetrating oil like PB Blaster and a pin spanner. Get the freewheel...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-15, 04:39 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,816
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

Of the current fleet, I'd keep the cyclocross...

Of the current fleet, I'd keep the cyclocross bike, as long I can also keep the second set of wheels. I already use it as a commuter, road bike, cyclocross racer and light trail riding bike so in a...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-15, 01:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,598
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

I considered putting the Ergon contoured platform...

I considered putting the Ergon contoured platform pedals on my commuter which gives a more controlled foot postions but so far I have stuck with Crank Brothers Mallet clipless platforms. I don't have...
Forum: Commuting
11-05-15, 01:07 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 19,951
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

It depends on whether it is raining. Generally a...

It depends on whether it is raining. Generally a short sleeve tech fabric shirt, mtb baggies and either a light jacket or a long sleeve jersey and mid-weight full finger gloves. For rainy days I wear...
11-03-15, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 569
Posted By SlowJoeCrow

The bottom bracket can be checked by taking the...

The bottom bracket can be checked by taking the chain off and spinning the crank to feel for "crunchiness". If the bearings feel smooth, continue, if not it is probably a cartridge bottom bracket...
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