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06-12-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By ThermionicScott

Oh yeah, you are definitely still "under-biking"...

Oh yeah, you are definitely still "under-biking" on those tires if the rocks are big and loose. :thumb:
06-02-20, 09:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,579
Posted By ThermionicScott

I got some ribbing not too long ago when I let...

I got some ribbing not too long ago when I let slip that I was open to the idea of upgrading to 8-speed someday. :lol:
06-02-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 997
Posted By ThermionicScott

Years ago, I ran 700x30C Kenda Kwick tires on my...

Years ago, I ran 700x30C Kenda Kwick tires on my road bike. They barely fit and ran about 29-30mm wide, but were much better on gravel than the 25mm tires it had before.

Wire beads and 60tpi...
06-02-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By ThermionicScott

No mention of putting the tire beads in the well...

No mention of putting the tire beads in the well of the rim. Sounds like you're working harder, not smarter. ;)
06-02-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 625
Posted By ThermionicScott

Does he put a little air in the tube before...

Does he put a little air in the tube before installation? I've seen plenty of long-time riders put completely-limp tubes into tires, and they should know better.
06-02-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By ThermionicScott

45/16 is what I use, although the effective...

45/16 is what I use, although the effective gearing is lower due to smaller wheels. If I had the chainstay clearance, I'd be on 48/17! :thumb:
06-01-20, 02:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 579
Posted By ThermionicScott

It can be frustrating the first time it happens,...

It can be frustrating the first time it happens, but it's not a big deal to tighten down the valve cores (I don't even use a tool, just two pairs of pliers) right when you get brand-new tubes. It's...
06-01-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 933
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm gonna steal that. Thanks cyccommute !

I'm gonna steal that. Thanks cyccommute !
06-01-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

So, I gave this example because 50/19 and 34/13...

So, I gave this example because 50/19 and 34/13 are the same gear ratio. You would be "cruising" at the same RPM for a given speed either way.

Gear shifting is pretty quick and easy these days, so...
06-01-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 579
Posted By ThermionicScott

I've been really impressed by those Schwalbe...

I've been really impressed by those Schwalbe tubes. Pump them up outside of a tire and they expand very evenly, unlike some cheap tubes. Just make sure the valve core is tight before using them.
06-01-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

Let's say a person has a 50/34 crankset and an...

Let's say a person has a 50/34 crankset and an 11-28 cassette. Even though they *could* use the 34/13 combination, there is no advantage over the 50/19. The 50/19 runs smoother, wears the chain at a...
06-01-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

Wanting to use the 12 or 13 in the small ring is...

Wanting to use the 12 or 13 in the small ring is an unnecessary stipulation. You should be in the big ring by that point anyway.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By ThermionicScott

Signal boost to for folks wishing to support...

Signal boost to for folks wishing to support other businesses in the area who won't be as fortunate as Chris. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
06-01-20, 08:50 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,530
Posted By ThermionicScott

I apply Chain-L to brand-new chains before I use...

I apply Chain-L to brand-new chains before I use them because they never arrive stinky enough. :thumb:
Forum: Framebuilders
06-01-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 669
Posted By ThermionicScott

Andy has probably already seen this, but they are...

Andy has probably already seen this, but they are cancelling the fundraiser. Since Chris's insurance will cover his losses, they are returning the donations to this fundraiser and strongly encourage...
06-01-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 933
Posted By ThermionicScott

I never patch tubes one at a time if I can help...

I never patch tubes one at a time if I can help it. I save up punctured tubes in a box until I run low (or out) of a particular size, then crack a fresh tube of glue and do a big batch. I at least a...
05-30-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 502
Posted By ThermionicScott

Sorry, but you've got it wrong. Spoke windup...

Sorry, but you've got it wrong. Spoke windup (which is what you describe) is a completely separate issue that a competent wheelbuilder resolves while tightening or loosening the spokes. There should...
05-29-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,006
Posted By ThermionicScott

If nothing else, it seems that you're not afraid...

If nothing else, it seems that you're not afraid of crashing. :thumb:

Sometimes I wonder if I don't crash enough to be comfortable pushing my bike-handling limits. So I rarely try new things.
05-29-20, 10:55 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,907
Posted By ThermionicScott

5x5 is good stuff. I need to get back into...

5x5 is good stuff. I need to get back into lifting. :thumb:
05-29-20, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 502
Posted By ThermionicScott

Did you stress-relieve the spokes afterward? One...

Did you stress-relieve the spokes afterward? One of the reasons for giving them all a really good squeeze is to test whether any others were close to snapping. :thumb:
05-29-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,907
Posted By ThermionicScott

As soon as I posted it, I wondered if "max out"...

As soon as I posted it, I wondered if "max out" might have been an oversimplification. It might be more accurate to say that after a few years, progress is asymptotic, where it takes harder and...
05-29-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,907
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm curious -- are you coming at this from a...

I'm curious -- are you coming at this from a weightlifting background? There's a lot of data and discussion in that field about how untrained people can gain LBM and raise their 1RMs and 5RMs...
05-29-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,907
Posted By ThermionicScott

Without quantifying how you would train or...

Without quantifying how you would train or measure, your numbers are absolutely meaningless. Some people -- probably most -- will take years to reach their peak.
05-29-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 870
Posted By ThermionicScott

I don't see anything in the WHO guidelines about...

I don't see anything in the WHO guidelines about what containers should be used for distribution, but some distilleries are switching to making hand sanitizer, or at least supplying GNS to...
05-28-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 870
Posted By ThermionicScott

If you make a few, you're bound to spill a little...

If you make a few, you're bound to spill a little on your hands anyway. :thumb:
05-28-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,907
Posted By ThermionicScott

Where do you get this 50% in 12 weeks (or first...

Where do you get this 50% in 12 weeks (or first year) figure you keep throwing around? How would it be measured?

That seems wildly optimistic at best, unless you quit your job to ride all day, and...
05-28-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 270
Posted By ThermionicScott

Nylon guitar picks make great scrapers that won't...

Nylon guitar picks make great scrapers that won't scratch. :thumb:
Forum: Framebuilders
05-28-20, 12:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,150
Posted By ThermionicScott

Just "take things with philosophy", as they say...

Just "take things with philosophy", as they say in Italy. :)
Forum: Framebuilders
05-28-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,150
Posted By ThermionicScott

If you don't have enough patience to read a...

If you don't have enough patience to read a couple of sentences, and get pissed when someone says something you didn't want to hear, I'm skeptical whether framebuilding is for you. :lol:
05-27-20, 04:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By ThermionicScott

Setting aside the possibility that the previous...

Setting aside the possibility that the previous owner is a complete idiot, they might have reversed the cog because it had started to skip. (Uniglide cogs have two useful lives that way.) If you were...
05-26-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 599
Posted By ThermionicScott

I caught the weight-weenie bug after PBP 2015 and...

I caught the weight-weenie bug after PBP 2015 and did a bunch of component swapping and parts lightening on my randonneuring/day-touring bike.

On the left is a stem which I shortened (including...
05-26-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24,529
Views: 2,076,473
Posted By ThermionicScott

Today I switched to summer gearing and replaced...

Today I switched to summer gearing and replaced the chain on my FG. It's a NOS SRAM PC-7X that I found a while back and pounced on.

https://i.imgur.com/79gonqS.jpg

I didn't realize when buying...
05-25-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By ThermionicScott

One popular way to do it is to replace the big...

One popular way to do it is to replace the big ring with a chain guard. Rivendell and others sell "triple" cranks configured this way:
...
05-25-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By ThermionicScott

Here's a post from T-Mar that describes it well....

Here's a post from T-Mar that describes it well. It wasn't like a tubular or single-tube tire at all. ;)
05-24-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By ThermionicScott

So what is the correct term for these rims with...

So what is the correct term for these rims with hollow extrusions only at the shoulders, that are typically pinned? It's gotta be snappy, because right or wrong, millions of bike people and lots of...
05-23-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,755
Posted By ThermionicScott

"In chess, the pawns go first."

"In chess, the pawns go first."
05-23-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 990
Posted By ThermionicScott

Single-wall rims are simpler and cheaper to make....

Single-wall rims are simpler and cheaper to make. When extruded with thicker walls, they are reasonably strong, too. (See also: Weinmann Concave rims.) Making the metal a bit thicker doesn't seem to...
05-21-20, 11:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,260
Posted By ThermionicScott

That sucks, but you're probably fine if the...

That sucks, but you're probably fine if the spokes thread far enough into the (12mm brass) nipples to hide the threads. If you were running aluminum nipples, it might be a cause for concern...
...
05-21-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,831
Posted By ThermionicScott

Sorry for getting a little snippy there, just...

Sorry for getting a little snippy there, just didn't realize how much I'd need to quantify things to resolve the discussion. ;)
05-21-20, 02:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,831
Posted By ThermionicScott

Okay, fine, I'll do some personal shopping for...

Okay, fine, I'll do some personal shopping for you. Here is a pair of 650B wheels for about $100 total: https://www.treefortbikes.com/Sta-Tru-Rear-Wheel-650B-584x21mm-Quick-Release-Axle...
05-21-20, 01:23 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,831
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why? If you read my other posts, I'm not one of...

Why? If you read my other posts, I'm not one of those trying to talk the OP into converting to 650B. 26" is awesome!

Just wanted to correct your old "expensive Rivendell prices" info. 650B was...
05-21-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,831
Posted By ThermionicScott

Not true. 650B wheels and tires are available...

Not true. 650B wheels and tires are available pretty cheap these days.

Not $5 or $10 cheap, but life is too short for crappy tires.
05-21-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,719
Posted By ThermionicScott

That's a feature, not a bug. Gotta let those...

That's a feature, not a bug. Gotta let those iPod zombies know when you're coming in hot!
05-21-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,719
Posted By ThermionicScott

Get yourself some Kool-Stops! There's only like...

Get yourself some Kool-Stops! There's only like 3 brands on the C&V approved list. :lol:


CR18s are still heavy, though. Lightness wasn't a design goal for that one, durability was. ;)
05-21-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,833
Posted By ThermionicScott

I only do it after rainy rides. Bucket of water...

I only do it after rainy rides. Bucket of water and a rag is enough.
05-21-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 796
Posted By ThermionicScott

+1, that tire weighs about as much as the studded...

+1, that tire weighs about as much as the studded tires I ride in the winter. Hard pass!
05-21-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 796
Posted By ThermionicScott

Heh, I actually did that years ago. I bought...

Heh, I actually did that years ago. I bought some Kenda Kwick tires for my road bike, and decided the knobs weren't really helping me. They weren't wearing down fast enough on their own, so I...
05-21-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,543
Posted By ThermionicScott

Use 3 equal-sized soup cans and a stack of...

Use 3 equal-sized soup cans and a stack of quarters on a table to check dish.
05-21-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,087
Posted By ThermionicScott

It was on the Compass/Rene Herse site itself! I...

It was on the Compass/Rene Herse site itself! I worried that if I inquired about the price, they would just "fix" it, so I made my order and it went through!

Who knows, maybe it was like a drug...
05-20-20, 04:12 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,087
Posted By ThermionicScott

One day, I noticed they were listed for $43 each...

One day, I noticed they were listed for $43 each on the site. Perhaps they were blowing out the last remaining non-tubeless-compatible ones or something, but I snagged a pair while I could. :)

If...
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