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08-25-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By dabac

I’m in the oblong head category too. Current...

I’m in the oblong head category too. Current helmet is a KTM. Previous was an ABUS. The one before that a METT. None of them a great fit, all of them the best I could find at those times for the...
08-24-19, 11:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 498
Posted By dabac

+1 Remember Bio-Pace, anyone? I’d be more...

+1
Remember Bio-Pace, anyone?
I’d be more concerned with getting the holes to line up with the holes in the chainring.
I’d definitely want to use a chainring as a guide/template, one way or...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-24-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By dabac

Adding two teeth to a 32, that’s a 6.25%...

Adding two teeth to a 32, that’s a 6.25% difference.
Removing 4 teeth from a 50, that’s an 8% difference.
08-24-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 466
Posted By dabac

I’ve never used anything, apart from, possibly,...

I’ve never used anything, apart from, possibly, poking a smaller-than-average sized hole in the rim tape.
If you want to use a grommet or adaptor of some sort, it’ll have to go on the tubeside face...
08-24-19, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 285
Posted By dabac

That is a VERY common stem design. Don’t know If...

That is a VERY common stem design. Don’t know If there are any ”solid” stems out there.
I’d worry about there being something wrong with the steerer, not properly cured etc.
08-24-19, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By dabac

I’ve tried a number of wraps, bandages and...

I’ve tried a number of wraps, bandages and supports. Never stayed with any of them. The shape of my legs, they don’t stay put well enough. Lower gears, higher cadence, stretching and supplemental...
08-23-19, 08:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 781
Posted By dabac

1) in that case, you shouldn't have any...

1) in that case, you shouldn't have any objections to the OP using longer nipples to finish his build, assuming the math and measurements is correct. If the spoke calc is set for a spoke to end flush...
08-23-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By dabac

Freewheels generally have a stepped diameter. I...

Freewheels generally have a stepped diameter.
I think building one up with a different spacing would be quite time consuming to get the stack to tighten up properly.

A comparably easy - but...
08-23-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 331
Posted By dabac

Sure. My commuter has two sets of wheels, summer...

Sure. My commuter has two sets of wheels, summer slicks and winter studs.

My "nice" MTB has three sets. Dry, muddy, icy.



The commuter has two different flavors of Shimano. They interchange...
08-23-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 781
Posted By dabac

DT nipples simply extend the threaded,...

DT nipples simply extend the threaded, cylindrical section towards the hub as you buy longer nipples. If you're 3 mm short @ 12mm nipples, building with 14mm should bridge the gap nicely....
08-23-19, 04:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By dabac

This isn't right either: ...

This isn't right either:
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/982x675/carrera_handlebars_1__0cd5e56f9d01d0db41bb7aaffd25021d94fad0b9.jpg

The noodle has come out of its bracket at...
08-23-19, 03:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By dabac

Spend a little time thinking about how the system...

Spend a little time thinking about how the system of cable + cable housing works.
For extra merits, do a net search on "Bowden cable" and educate yourself.
Basically, to be able to transfer a...
08-21-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 494
Posted By dabac

Probably not. The noodle is supposed to be easy...

Probably not.
The noodle is supposed to be easy to unhook/reattach at the hinged bracket it sits in at the top of the brake arm as a means of getting some extra clearance for wheel removal.
If it's...
08-15-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 792
Posted By dabac

”Comfort” and ”speed” is more about you than the...

”Comfort” and ”speed” is more about you than the bike.
Comfort doubly so.
Keep in mind that no one has ever thrown their recliner out of the living room in favor of a bicycle for increased comfort....
08-14-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 668
Posted By dabac

Thru-axle assemblies are rather stupidly...

Thru-axle assemblies are rather stupidly designed, since there is nothing providing an actual definite position of the parts. The axle has to be a loose fit in the hub to allow easy, hands-only...
08-14-19, 02:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By dabac

Sheldonbrown.com is a great place to start your...

Sheldonbrown.com is a great place to start your education into bike lore. Both the tech side and the rider aspects.
08-14-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By dabac

Some disc brake-ready forks for traditional...

Some disc brake-ready forks for traditional quick-release hubs have the dropout slot angled forward in an attempt to reduce the risk of the front wheel ejecting when the disc brake is applied.
Other...
08-14-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 284
Posted By dabac

[ You’re thinking about it wrong. The...

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You’re thinking about it wrong. The ”squishiness” of a material trapped between two flat surfaces isn’t influenced by thickness. A thin shim of an appropriate material - soda can, shim stock... -...
08-14-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,180
Posted By dabac

While modern, long-reach, dual-pivot brakes are...

While modern, long-reach, dual-pivot brakes are better than old single-pivot, they’re not as crisp as modern, short-reach brakes.
I replaced a pair of Saccon side-pulls with just that model Tektros....
08-14-19, 10:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,634
Posted By dabac

+1 If the OP is a fair-weather only type of...

+1
If the OP is a fair-weather only type of rider, don’t worry about it.
All-Weather, high-mileage riders can benefit from regular inspections.
I’ve had two rims fail catastrophically, and some...
08-11-19, 02:54 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,048
Posted By dabac

I may not wear one for the 1/2-mile trip to the...

I may not wear one for the 1/2-mile trip to the train station. Leaving a helmet by the bike is next to certain to find it kicked to pieces upon return, and I may not way to carry it with me.
I may...
08-09-19, 03:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 535
Posted By dabac

When I had a 29er MTB, I never bothered repack...

When I had a 29er MTB, I never bothered repack the saddle bag. The 26” spare tubes worked just fine. Then when I went to a 700C commuter, the 26x1.1tubes stayed in use. No problem there either.
Forum: Fatbikes
08-03-19, 06:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 772
Posted By dabac

What kind of snow are you thinking of? Fat...

What kind of snow are you thinking of?
Fat Bikes are great for semi-packed snow like snowmobile tracks, but not required for hardpack and snow-cleared roads. For stuff like that, regular width...
08-03-19, 05:40 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,031
Posted By dabac

Bicyclists tends to be an argumentative bunch,...

Bicyclists tends to be an argumentative bunch, but one area where they are surprisingly in agreement is when it comes to cadence - pedalling pace - pedal RPM.
It often feels odd to a rookie rider,...
08-01-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By dabac

The traditional guideline is that a quick-release...

The traditional guideline is that a quick-release should be closed hard enough to leave an imprint in your palm as you close it. Opening, will be whatever it is.
It is recommended NOT to use a q/r...
07-27-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,211
Posted By dabac

Can’t say if it’s stock, but 170 mm cranks are...

Can’t say if it’s stock, but 170 mm cranks are certainly common enough.

Then you’re basically looking at a wheel build. Do you know how to do that?



Sanding one layer of paint off...
07-27-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,211
Posted By dabac

I’ve seen a kinda-sorta rational reason when the...

I’ve seen a kinda-sorta rational reason when the differently coloured spoke is adjacent to the valve, making the valve easier/faster to locate.
But the strongest reason I agree is for looks.
07-27-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,211
Posted By dabac

+1 That’d be a very unusual damage to a...

+1

That’d be a very unusual damage to a jumped bike.
Bikes jumped beyond capacity tend to splay out, not compress. Only way I can see such a damage occurring from jumping is if someone would...
07-27-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,211
Posted By dabac

+1

+1
Forum: Commuting
07-27-19, 03:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,743
Posted By dabac

I’ve used 1.0 - 1.3” on my repurposed HT. Geax...

I’ve used 1.0 - 1.3” on my repurposed HT.
Geax Street runner I think was the 1.0”
Got rid of those for two reasons:
1) they were a wickedly, tool-breaking tight fit. A roadside tube replacement...
07-27-19, 02:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By dabac

A 7-speed chain will run fine on ONE 10-speed...

A 7-speed chain will run fine on ONE 10-speed ring. Spacing between rollers remain the same. Might not be so happy on a double/triple. Haven’t tried. Will not be happy at all on a 10-speed cassette....
07-26-19, 02:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By dabac

Questions like that are less hopeless to answer...

Questions like that are less hopeless to answer if you state a defined sum instead of a very vague reference like ”not breaking the bank”.
The bike industry today is very uniform. Comparable money...
07-25-19, 03:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 721
Posted By dabac

You can get them from...

You can get them from here:https://www.rosebikes.se/xtreme-pro-adjust-converter-38793?product_shape=standard&article_size=Standard
07-25-19, 02:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 607
Posted By dabac

A leaning valve is never ”good”. i.e, it never...

A leaning valve is never ”good”. i.e, it never offers any improvement. But it doesn’t have to be noticeably ”bad” either. A slight lean like that, I’d be tempted to ignore. If there’s a lean I judge...
05-06-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 333
Posted By dabac

For traditional quick-releases there are only...

For traditional quick-releases there are only four sizes that I’m aware of:
1) front road/MTB
2) rear road
3) rear mtb
4) rear special for trailer attachment
04-29-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,388
Posted By dabac

Me, no. Me, no. Me, no. Me,...

Me, no.

Me, no.


Me, no.


Me, yes.
04-29-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By dabac

With an ebike, you’re still lugging the battery...

With an ebike, you’re still lugging the battery and the motor around when the battery goes out. And some ebikes seem to have gearing ratio optimized for motor assist.
With that said, my mid-motor...
04-29-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By dabac

It’s rarely financially sensible to replace hub...

It’s rarely financially sensible to replace hub in a working wheel.
Buy a complete new wheel instead.
If you want specific recommendations, post your preferred budget.
04-28-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,388
Posted By dabac

I stupidly stuck to CB pedals when I added...

I stupidly stuck to CB pedals when I added commuting to my recreational riding. If I-now could send a message to me-then it’d be: ”choose Time”.
And yeah, bearings do wear out. Particularly the...
Forum: Touring
04-24-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,275
Posted By dabac

Inverted, the front grip area gets a little...

Inverted, the front grip area gets a little easier on the wrists as it makes them rotate a little outwards.
At least I am very sensitive to this and very quickly get achy if my hands are rolled...
04-24-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,158
Posted By dabac

Functionally, it doesn't matter. W/o any pinch...

Functionally, it doesn't matter.
W/o any pinch force behind, the friction generated is entirely unimportant for anything but the noise it makes.

Only ride windy days or in heavy traffic.
Hire...
04-05-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 579
Posted By dabac

I made a calibration bar pretty much for the fun...

I made a calibration bar pretty much for the fun of it.
But actually using it has gotten pretty darn boring.
I’m sure it’s possible misuse a torque wrench until it goes way off, but mine seems to...
04-03-19, 02:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By dabac

I'm not entirely sure what part you're referring...

I'm not entirely sure what part you're referring to. "large threaded plate with two cut outs" sounds a bit like a lockring. But they generally have more than two cut outs.
For some bottom brackets,...
04-03-19, 02:39 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,590
Posted By dabac

I like the thumbs-forward hand position as...

I like the thumbs-forward hand position as offered by riding on the hoods.
But if I set the bar where my back is OK for extended riding on the hoods, then even minutes in the drops will send me into...
04-01-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 695
Posted By dabac

IME tube patches are a bit hit-and-miss. Even...

IME tube patches are a bit hit-and-miss.
Even if I prep both tube and patch to the best of my ability and apply vulcanizing compound to both, I still get a patch that can easily be replaced.
I’ve...
03-22-19, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,415
Posted By dabac

Too much mech advantage should yield good...

Too much mech advantage should yield good stopping but a mushy lever feel. And perhaps a sense of limited modulation.
My 1st suspiscion, after contamination of pads or rim, would be flex. Poor...
03-21-19, 03:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 409
Posted By dabac

Two theories: - When freewheels ruled the roost...

Two theories:
- When freewheels ruled the roost most freewheels were of a decent quality.
Now when F/Ws are mostly found on cheaper bikes, I suspect the average quality has gone down.
- Pretty...
03-09-19, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 257
Posted By dabac

Depends. On a properly assembled and cared for...

Depends.
On a properly assembled and cared for bicycle, the washers should sit on the outside of the dropouts.

But it does happen that bikes bikes that has lived an ”interesting” life have rear...
03-05-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,455
Posted By dabac

+1 A short, casual ride to limber up is...

+1
A short, casual ride to limber up is probably beneficial. But if you can't get the numbers up, there's very little point in pushing it.
´Course, some may suggest riding when it hurts the most...
03-02-19, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 614
Posted By dabac

That will change the amount the derailer moves,...

That will change the amount the derailer moves, but will not change the amount of lever movement needed to go from one gear to the next for an indexed shifter. It would change the amount of lever...
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