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06-17-20, 09:22 PM
Replies: 170
Views: 8,059
Posted By bluehills3149

As somebody who has an actual $30 phone as a bike...

As somebody who has an actual $30 phone as a bike computer I think I can make a stab at this.
I'd say the main issue with a phone (in my case a 2015 Motorola E) is not the hardware. Sure, the screen...
06-13-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 234
Posted By bluehills3149

I've used Alligator brake parts before and they...

I've used Alligator brake parts before and they seem OK. They are Taiwanese and make a full line of brake parts including slick cables, rotors, pads etc. I'd say they are more premium than alhonga...
06-13-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 621
Posted By bluehills3149

Most modern bike computers are made to be paired...

Most modern bike computers are made to be paired with an app or website where they tally your ride data and you can setup multiple bikes there. You can even jog with a bike computer and designate the...
06-09-20, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By bluehills3149

I have a Bryton rider 10 and they cost about $50....

I have a Bryton rider 10 and they cost about $50. It's a simple device with a few lines of text display (all the usual fields) but no maps or anything complex and the single button just cycles...
05-29-20, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By bluehills3149

I also recently got this very same bike (for $160...

I also recently got this very same bike (for $160 but high milleage) and it's a great bike. Although I upgraded a bunch of parts (wheels, v-brake conversion, tiagra long derailleeur, seat) I only did...
05-23-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By bluehills3149

Don't discount using an older hybrid bike and...

Don't discount using an older hybrid bike and adding drop bars. Some of them were more high-end with road-bike based components, lightweight butted crmo or Al frames, and more sporty geometry. Models...
05-18-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,143
Posted By bluehills3149

My friend has this very bike and I am quite...

My friend has this very bike and I am quite familiar with it (and by the way - it's a great bike). The frame is very "long" - ie the top tube is longer than the seat tube so be aware that putting on...
05-18-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 342
Posted By bluehills3149

It sounds like you are ready to go on longer...

It sounds like you are ready to go on longer rides and as another Brooklyn person, I can attest to the much better riding that comes when you cross the George Washington bridge into New Jersey with...
05-17-20, 07:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By bluehills3149

Note the OP wants a 1x flat bar conversion - not...

Note the OP wants a 1x flat bar conversion - not STI.

Here is a pic of a bike I converted from 12 spd (2x6) to a cassette based 1x 7spd with new cassette based wheels. Note small chainring has...
05-17-20, 07:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 581
Posted By bluehills3149

Here are some others: Cane Creek Drop V levers ...

Here are some others:
Cane Creek Drop V levers
Sram S500 or Rival 1
Tektro RL520
Shimano Tiagra BL-R400.
05-17-20, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 452
Posted By bluehills3149

Although I have this same frame with a similar...

Although I have this same frame with a similar conversion (flat bars, new wheels with cassette) there is nothing special about this frame and it takes the same parts as most other steel frames from...
05-15-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 153
Posted By bluehills3149

This exact same question was posed a few days ago...

This exact same question was posed a few days ago (and also for a New York person). Read this...
https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cycling-discussion/1200932-bikes-small-riders.html
05-15-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Posted By bluehills3149

Do a google search for the terms "repair pitted...

Do a google search for the terms "repair pitted bicycle cones" and read the many posts about this process, including those that say this is a terrible idea. But in answer to your question - no, the...
05-14-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,143
Posted By bluehills3149

I see you are in New York and this is on NY...

I see you are in New York and this is on NY Craigslist. My friend has one which I put flat handlebars on and this is an easy conversion....
05-14-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Posted By bluehills3149

Although I rate this as a desperate measure, you...

Although I rate this as a desperate measure, you can attempt to grind the cones by spinning them using an electric drill and some sandpaper wrapped around a round object like a pencil or appropriate...
05-08-20, 11:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 441
Posted By bluehills3149

Mavic placed in receivership

Although it seems more related to the shenanigans of the various shell companies that own Mavic (and not Covid related) it's kind of depressing to think if the stalwarts of the industry can't make...
05-07-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 18,569
Posted By bluehills3149

This thread could also be titled "dumb things I...

This thread could also be titled "dumb things I did when I was young" but I hit 60mph on my old Shogun back in the early 90's. Flat out down one of the steepest hills in Melbourne (Oz) in full tuck....
Forum: Road Cycling
04-30-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By bluehills3149

I use a small Motorola E 2014 smartphone with a...

I use a small Motorola E 2014 smartphone with a garmin mount glued on the back. I concur with others that the downside is battery life (mine does 4 hrs with screen on and 10+ with extra battery)....
04-24-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By bluehills3149

The Ridgeback looks to have better parts but is...

The Ridgeback looks to have better parts but is more exensive so that's where the extra $ are going. The Cannondale however is a better known brand though so is the "safer" choice and may have better...
04-24-20, 10:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 713
Posted By bluehills3149

I carry food, pump and phone in my jersey pocket...

I carry food, pump and phone in my jersey pocket so my saddle bag is medium sized. My only addition is a small bottle of sunscreen. I think it was originally a complimentary hotel shampoo bottle into...
04-22-20, 11:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By bluehills3149

If I were building a bike purely to be easy to...

If I were building a bike purely to be easy to work on and easy to get parts for in the future (although I would never buy a bike with just this criteria in mind) this is what I would look for ....
04-22-20, 10:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 400
Posted By bluehills3149

A few years ago, I got some standard grease,...

A few years ago, I got some standard grease, mixed in some 3 in 1 oil drop by drop till the viscosity looked good (ie a wee bit runnier than standard grease) and been using in my 240 hubs ever since....
04-21-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 196
Posted By bluehills3149

I'd also suggest trying to free up the existing...

I'd also suggest trying to free up the existing cranks with a dishwashing scouring pad or a wire brush (even a BBQ cleaner brush) and more WD40 and the rust should come right off. Then if it all...
04-15-20, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 379
Posted By bluehills3149

Here's a pic of the Merlin BB. ...

Here's a pic of the Merlin BB.

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1024x768/merlin_cd504d914434a6665dc4bf00258ee5ed4eba66f1.jpg
04-15-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 724
Posted By bluehills3149

During almost my entire 40's (9 whole years) I...

During almost my entire 40's (9 whole years) I had chronic patella femoral syndrome. I saw over a dozen physios, surgeons and anyone else who promised relief. Sometimes I could ride 5 miles or so,...
Replies: 258
Views: 45,170
Posted By bluehills3149

I started riding as a cheaper way to get to...

I started riding as a cheaper way to get to college when I was about 20yo but I quickly found I enjoyed it so would venture further from home till I was riding 50 or 60 km rides from my home in...
04-04-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 649
Posted By bluehills3149

Strava's basic version is free and the free...

Strava's basic version is free and the free version is good enough for most people. But note Strava's main claim to fame is logging your rides and sharing them with your Strava "friends" and...
04-03-20, 09:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By bluehills3149

Not sure if the OP has painted this yet but if I...

Not sure if the OP has painted this yet but if I can still offer some advice I'd say yes to clear coat but use a 2 pack system like SprayMax 2k. At $20 a can it's not cheap but it's way more durable...
03-31-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 403
Posted By bluehills3149

Yes - this is a really narrow BB - the narrowest...

Yes - this is a really narrow BB - the narrowest in a Shimano 68mm shell is 107 so this is equivalent to a 105 spindle length in a 68mm shell. The only way to get this narrow is to make the cranks...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-31-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 4,107
Posted By bluehills3149

I had a Campy build bike 10 years ago (Centaur...

I had a Campy build bike 10 years ago (Centaur 10spd) but have been swapping every part that needs replacing with Shimano or other brands and now left with just the levers and UltraTorque cranks....
03-30-20, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 801
Posted By bluehills3149

I have a 1968 Peugeot PX10 and there is lots of...

I have a 1968 Peugeot PX10 and there is lots of information about these bikes as they are collectable but they are French so many of the parts and advice are specific to this bicycle. Here are my...
03-27-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 530
Posted By bluehills3149

No. What you are feeling is the gyroscopic force...

No. What you are feeling is the gyroscopic force of the platter spinning which resists movement. Get a bike wheel, hold it in one hand on the axle and spin it and then try move it around and you'll...
03-27-20, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 609
Posted By bluehills3149

I have a Bryton Rider 10e. It's a very basic GPS...

I have a Bryton Rider 10e. It's a very basic GPS computer - no routing, maps or anything fancy - just gives you basic speed/distance etc and will record your ride via GPS. Although I've never had a...
03-27-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 278
Posted By bluehills3149

If you look on Amazon/Ebay there are cassette...

If you look on Amazon/Ebay there are cassette removal tool kits which include a chain whip and splined tool for $10 or so. You will also need a large adjustable wrench as well or buy one of the more...
03-26-20, 06:01 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 13,625
Posted By bluehills3149

This is my do-it-all Ironman. Hauled a 50lb bag...

This is my do-it-all Ironman. Hauled a 50lb bag of cement on top of the bars last week. Grocery bags I just dangle off the end of the bars while I try to stop them swinging into the...
03-25-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 723
Posted By bluehills3149

I don't see a profitable market for this either....

I don't see a profitable market for this either. You're always going to be squeezed at the low end by the fact that tools are cheap. The toolkit pictured is just $60 so most people are just going to...
03-23-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1,306
Views: 225,501
Posted By bluehills3149

Went for a ride in my local park in Brooklyn NY...

Went for a ride in my local park in Brooklyn NY which is full of trails, most of which are not on any maps. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-20, 03:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,487
Posted By bluehills3149

I have a 2016 trek emonda which I got very very...

I have a 2016 trek emonda which I got very very cheap and I built it up from the frame. The bike rides well, but I can't say I've ridden a ton of other bikes to compare it too. The one thing that...
03-20-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 697
Posted By bluehills3149

As a youngster I didn't possess any special bike...

As a youngster I didn't possess any special bike tools (or even knew they existed) so I had to get resourceful. To remove a freewheel I would dismantle them. Remove the lock ring by tapping with a...
03-20-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,002
Posted By bluehills3149

Although I also think the risk is minimal - the...

Although I also think the risk is minimal - the scrap value is pennies but I guess if you had super nice bars like these, perhaps. One trick I've seen in New York is to fill the allen key hole with...
03-20-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 516
Posted By bluehills3149

I use an old android phone mounted on my bars to...

I use an old android phone mounted on my bars to follow GPS routes. I tried ridewithgps, osmand & google maps but have settled on komoot. Even has audible turn by turn directions which can be too...
03-10-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By bluehills3149

Another vote for old hybrid bikes. Look for the...

Another vote for old hybrid bikes. Look for the ones that were more "sporty" like the Jamis Codas, Marin Fairfax, Trek 7400 etc rather than the lardy cruiser bikes. Convert to drop bars, newer...
03-10-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By bluehills3149

On steel frames, the rear dropout is both hard...

On steel frames, the rear dropout is both hard and "tough" so it can withstand the quick-release scraping but the hanger is tough enough that it can also be bent back numerous times before they...
03-10-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,164
Posted By bluehills3149

The easiest way to repair is to tap it out to a...

The easiest way to repair is to tap it out to a size bigger thread but this may cause issues when you attach things as the larger screw will necessitate making the rack hole larger. The best solution...
03-09-20, 06:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,109
Posted By bluehills3149

Although I'd like others to chime in to back me...

Although I'd like others to chime in to back me up, I believe the downshift lever is the key.
This is Ultrashift, as found on Chorus and above but depending on the year was sometimes on Veloce and...
03-06-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,259
Posted By bluehills3149

As for cost, downtube shifters up to 8 spd are...

As for cost, downtube shifters up to 8 spd are cheap and easy to find. Go to 9 or 10 and you're limited to Dura-ace at $90+ or crappy suntour which ghost shift and last 12 months. My flatbar "pub...
02-29-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 463
Posted By bluehills3149

Here's some of the stuff I've loaded onto my...

Here's some of the stuff I've loaded onto my handlebars while riding (and we're talking vintage road quill stem and 25mm bars which are weaker than fat MTB stems/bars)
-people sitting on them....
02-14-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 355
Posted By bluehills3149

I run 9spd Veloce shifters which are essentially...

I run 9spd Veloce shifters which are essentially the same as Daytona (or Centaur as they were renamed) with a Shimano 9spd cassette. I made it work but it's not easy.
I used an 11spd shimano...
02-07-20, 10:35 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,619
Posted By bluehills3149

The fact that some manufacturers do list weights...

The fact that some manufacturers do list weights is proof that it can be done and presumably they're not getting sued when persnickety Pete finds his new purchase is a fraction over the advertised...
01-30-20, 08:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,136
Posted By bluehills3149

Woolen sweaters (preferably merino, a type of...

Woolen sweaters (preferably merino, a type of sheep with the finest wool) make excellent under jacket warm wear on chilly days. They can often be scored cheap from clothing off-cast or discount...
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