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06-18-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 437
Posted By JonathanGennick

Friend of mine does exactly that. It works well...

Friend of mine does exactly that. It works well for him. He's got a narrow/wide ring, but lacks a clutch derailleur and needs the front mech to prevent the chain from dropping. It's a good solution.
06-17-19, 05:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 437
Posted By JonathanGennick

Are you buying new? It's one thing if you're...

Are you buying new? It's one thing if you're reusing old parts. If buying new though, then buy the right stuff. Consider a clutch derailleur too, imho, if you are buying a derailleur for the build.
06-07-19, 06:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By JonathanGennick

Take a look at what Salsa and Surly have on...

Take a look at what Salsa and Surly have on offer. Would something like the Salsa Marrakesh or the Vaya work for you? The reason I suggest those brands is that there are enthusiastic communities...
05-31-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 363
Posted By JonathanGennick

This is probably one of those cases where you...

This is probably one of those cases where you can't go wrong and either choice is just as good. I run some older model Shimano SLX brakes on a couple of my bikes. They are easy to bleed, and spare...
02-03-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,582
Posted By JonathanGennick

I have the 700c x 40 mm version. Mine measure out...

I have the 700c x 40 mm version. Mine measure out at 715 mm diameter and 40 mm width.

Be aware that the StarGrip tire has a squared profile that doesn't fit well against rounded fenders if you...
02-01-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,289
Posted By JonathanGennick

I do like that one. I find WTB's dark shade of...

I do like that one. I find WTB's dark shade of tan to be appealing.

You could ride all our local mountain bike trails w/that bike, plus hundreds of miles of gravel roads and doubletrack. It's a...
01-31-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,289
Posted By JonathanGennick

I have a steel Salsa 29er that's setup rigid, and...

I have a steel Salsa 29er that's setup rigid, and two Priorities running 650b wheels. I do like the 650b wheel size for the road plus application, but that's just my own body size and preference at...
01-30-19, 06:18 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,289
Posted By JonathanGennick

It's not in the cards for me, because I already...

It's not in the cards for me, because I already have up to five -- depending upon how you want to count -- similar style bikes.
01-26-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,442
Posted By JonathanGennick

I've thought about buying just for the frame, and...

I've thought about buying just for the frame, and I do believe Kev Central has been pretty happy after replacing all the parts.

The use of freewheel has been too off-putting to me though. I would...
01-24-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,797
Posted By JonathanGennick

Usually I go with a moderately-priced option from...

Usually I go with a moderately-priced option from a reputable brand. Were it me, I'd buy a KMC 11.93 and call it a day. With SRAM, I'd probably go PC-1170. There are a lot of choices, and I find...
01-22-19, 06:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,720
Posted By JonathanGennick

Thanks for the update! Glad the dealer is working...

Thanks for the update! Glad the dealer is working with Van Nicholas. Hope the frame swap goes well, and that the newer and smaller frame fits well.
01-18-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,211
Posted By JonathanGennick

A bifurcating vortex! Images from Ghostbusters...

A bifurcating vortex! Images from Ghostbusters come to mind.

I just by their firehouse on Sunday evening, btw.
01-16-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,582
Posted By JonathanGennick

Did you actually flat from one of the rocks? ...

Did you actually flat from one of the rocks?



I did buy a set of the Top Contact Winter this season. Nice tires. I like their more rounded profile when mainly on pavement. Both tires are nice...
01-13-19, 03:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 682
Posted By JonathanGennick

Isn't that a good feeling? It's magic when the...

Isn't that a good feeling? It's magic when the rubber compound is right.
01-12-19, 12:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,720
Posted By JonathanGennick

Yes. about ten years ago now I bought a bike that...

Yes. about ten years ago now I bought a bike that I realized was somewhat too large. Shop wouldn't take it back even though I called and asked the very next day. I was able to make the fit work, but...
01-11-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 564
Posted By JonathanGennick

I just want to pipe in to say what a novel idea...

I just want to pipe in to say what a novel idea that I had never thought of doing before :D
01-09-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,105
Posted By JonathanGennick

Years ago I went through a phase of 100% travel...

Years ago I went through a phase of 100% travel for work. Home on the weekends. I know what that's like. Not easy. Finding time for anything but driving back and forth on weekends was difficult.
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01-09-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,105
Posted By JonathanGennick

I've a couple sets of Nokian tires that are over...

I've a couple sets of Nokian tires that are over 10 years now. That said, I'm more of a recreational commuter. I'm out for the occasional grocery store run, and a couple or three exercise rides when...
01-09-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,105
Posted By JonathanGennick

I haven't paid much attention, tbh. Any wear that...

I haven't paid much attention, tbh. Any wear that occurs, I just look at it as the price of admission. I do keep some spare studs handy for when I lose one.



That in the Detroit area? Do you...
01-09-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,906
Posted By JonathanGennick

If it were me and it had to be just one bike, I'd...

If it were me and it had to be just one bike, I'd look at either a gravel bike or a hybrid that ran on 650b x 47 mm tires. Because I have one of those, and the tires are adequate for my local...
01-08-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 934
Posted By JonathanGennick

My one thought is that for pulling a trailer I'd...

My one thought is that for pulling a trailer I'd favor whichever models had wider tires and a utilitarian focus in their design.
01-07-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,055
Posted By JonathanGennick

This post made my day. Great show. George had one...

This post made my day. Great show. George had one button, as I recall.
01-07-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By JonathanGennick

I would look for a bike having no suspension that...

I would look for a bike having no suspension that can fit relatively wide tires. Because suspension is discouraging on pavement, and the wide tires provide enough shock absorption to make it feasible...
01-07-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,593
Posted By JonathanGennick

The Veer belts are spliced together and don't...

The Veer belts are spliced together and don't require a split frame. They look similar in concept to the emergency drive belts that used to be sold for Harley Davidson motorcycles. Here's a link to a...
01-06-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,211
Posted By JonathanGennick

Those gloves should work. How cold does it get in...

Those gloves should work. How cold does it get in Missouri? FWIW, I like thinner gloves when temps permit, and sometimes go with a set of cross-country ski gloves. I also run pogies -- see photo...
01-06-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,289
Posted By JonathanGennick

Probably the marketing thing. The REI model is...

Probably the marketing thing. The REI model is nice. I like the longer reach in the REI geometry. OTOH, I like the color scheme -- the grey and tanwall option -- better on the Jamis. They are both...
01-06-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,055
Posted By JonathanGennick

I'm trying to remember what the industry's...

I'm trying to remember what the industry's motivation was at the time. I agree w/everything you say above about ease of adjustment and clearance. Wasn't there a market segment at the time that wasn't...
01-04-19, 09:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 952
Posted By JonathanGennick

Salsa did that? I thought only Giant had done...

Salsa did that? I thought only Giant had done that. Yeah, I don't see the 1 1/4 taper making a comeback. A straight 1 1/8 fork is probably the solution, if it ever comes to needing a replacement. I...
01-03-19, 06:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,074
Posted By JonathanGennick

I love push/push. I guess I have SRAM to thank...

I love push/push. I guess I have SRAM to thank for that.

Didn't SRAM also motivate Shimano toward stronger derailleur springs? I remember being all-in on SRAM until Shimano came out with stronger...
01-03-19, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By JonathanGennick

I like what the eBay seller mbtools has on offer:...

I like what the eBay seller mbtools has on offer:
...
01-03-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 952
Posted By JonathanGennick

I wouldn't sweat the Vaya. There will always be...

I wouldn't sweat the Vaya. There will always be someone making a 700c fork. The rise in gravel bikes has only added to the choices that are out there.
01-03-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 825
Posted By JonathanGennick

Either 2 or 3. Probably #2...

Either 2 or 3. Probably #2 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=2) . I'd probably throw the wheel into my truing stand and replace the nipples one by one, and get the...
01-03-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 952
Posted By JonathanGennick

Giant make some models with that 1 1/8 to 1 1/4...

Giant make some models with that 1 1/8 to 1 1/4 taper a few years back. Here's an option I found just now one eBay: https://www.ebay.com/i/352406611389?chn=ps
Forum: Commuting
01-02-19, 06:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,028
Posted By JonathanGennick

Rack and fender setup look nice! I remember your...

Rack and fender setup look nice! I remember your earlier post. Thanks for circling back with the review. Was interesting to read. I'll be eager to read your thoughts on the Gravdals once you've had a...
01-01-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By JonathanGennick

Munising is in one of Michigan's top (three, I...

Munising is in one of Michigan's top (three, I believe) snow-producing regions. It's common for us to get 150+ inches during a winter season. The Keweenaw, further west, gets even more and is usually...
01-01-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By JonathanGennick

I did! But not because I hated them. (The Gravdal...

I did! But not because I hated them. (The Gravdal tires are actually on a different bike). The Top Contacts were on the Pinion Gearbox bike, and I pulled them off that bike because I had gotten my...
01-01-19, 11:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 810
Posted By JonathanGennick

The lower leg service is actually one of the...

The lower leg service is actually one of the easiest things, and it's a good place to begin if you are wanting to get into doing your own suspension maintenance. RockShox puts their manuals online,...
01-01-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,074
Posted By JonathanGennick

I cringe too, and I don't like my mountain bikes...

I cringe too, and I don't like my mountain bikes to be back-wheel heavy. IMHO, it's hard these days to beat Shimano in terms of value for the money spent. I look at SRAM every now and then, but just...
01-01-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By JonathanGennick

If riding on trails with packed snow, then you...

If riding on trails with packed snow, then you want fat tires -- four inches wide or wider. Framed Bikes has some good sale pricing right now.

If your target trails are groomed for fat tire...
01-01-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,158
Posted By JonathanGennick

Of the three you list, I would go either...

Of the three you list, I would go either Cannondale or the Co-op. Components and geometry are so similar that I'd make the choice based upon looks and which bike felt more comfortable. Do you have an...
01-01-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 688
Posted By JonathanGennick

FWIW, I avoid cleaning and leave well enough...

FWIW, I avoid cleaning and leave well enough alone when my brakes are quiet. That said, I've seen wet weather and even just riding through mud lead to squealing brakes.

Is the squeal continuing?...
01-01-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,593
Posted By JonathanGennick

Singlespeed on a belt-drive is a joy. It's one of...

Singlespeed on a belt-drive is a joy. It's one of the best and easiest use cases.

For gearing, you need something internal like a gearbox or a geared hub. Then you begin to have tradeoffs that...
01-01-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By JonathanGennick

Dabac's response is spot on. That particular...

Dabac's response is spot on. That particular model of folding bike looks to be a one-size-fits-all design that's optimized for the mean, and you are quite taller than the typical rider. In the...
Forum: Commuting
12-28-18, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 838
Posted By JonathanGennick

My neighbor got a set for Christmas, and I had a...

My neighbor got a set for Christmas, and I had a chance to go up and down the block on them. I didn't notice any issues around steering or being pitched into a turn. However, I wasn't heeled over too...
12-27-18, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 330
Posted By JonathanGennick

The Tektro brakes on the bike inside my front...

The Tektro brakes on the bike inside my front doorway have a small bolt that goes through the pad ears to secure them. Other of my bikes use cotter pins in the same location.
12-26-18, 07:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By JonathanGennick

That's a good recommendation. I have got to make...

That's a good recommendation. I have got to make a point to stop at that one next time I'm in the city.
12-26-18, 07:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,593
Posted By JonathanGennick

I take your point. Sliding dropouts help, but...

I take your point. Sliding dropouts help, but there are still the fiddly shifter cable (s) to attach at the hub interface.
12-26-18, 08:59 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,593
Posted By JonathanGennick

My first exposure to belt drive was a Kawasaki...

My first exposure to belt drive was a Kawasaki that I bought in 1987. Fantastic experience w/that motorcycle, and it was an easy leap for me to accept belts on bicycles.

Belt drive is wonderful...
12-23-18, 08:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 947
Posted By JonathanGennick

Summer. No question. I like being able to just...

Summer. No question. I like being able to just hop on the bike and go. Winter means a lot of thought about clothing, having to change clothes which is a bother, and then there's worry over wearing...
12-23-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,213
Posted By JonathanGennick

You've probably got about one sentence to work in...

You've probably got about one sentence to work in when answering a question to a non-enthusiast. Sometimes I focus on use case, as in: "that's my bike with studs for when the roads are icy".
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