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07-18-19, 09:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 308
Posted By cyccommute

How? I see bottom brackets at my local co-op...

How? I see bottom brackets at my local co-op that are from the 90s that are still working well. Iíve personally never had a sealed bottom bracket fail on me. Iíve replaced a lot of them through...
07-18-19, 09:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 308
Posted By cyccommute

It depends. Do you ride in wet conditions? ...

It depends. Do you ride in wet conditions? Dirty conditions? Is the bottom bracket one with rubber seals or one without? All of those are going to have an impact on how long you can go between...
Forum: Touring
07-18-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By cyccommute

I took Carbonfiberboy's "correct tension" to mean...

I took Carbonfiberboy's "correct tension" to mean the manufacturer's suggested tension (see below). There is no manufacturer's "suggested" tension that is meaningful. Basically, wheelbuilding is...
07-18-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By cyccommute

Just to be clear, your bike should only sway from...

Just to be clear, your bike should only sway from side-to-side if you are out of the saddle. If you are in the saddle, it shouldn't move much off of a straight line.
07-18-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 308
Posted By cyccommute

Since you just rebuilt the bottom bracket, ask...

Since you just rebuilt the bottom bracket, ask yourself if you really want to go through that every 6 months to a year versus not having to take it apart and put it back together ever? The choice is...
07-18-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By cyccommute

To show that I'm not just an angry old fart on...

To show that I'm not just an angry old fart on the Intertubzs, I'll contribute something helpful. Climbing out of the saddle is more then just standing up and pushing down on the pedals. If you...
07-17-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,805
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, Iíve used it quite a bit. I havenít used...

Yes, Iíve used it quite a bit. I havenít used the chain tool but I havenít used the chain tool on any multitool but once. There is the possibility of dropping a bit...I dropped one in a planter but...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By cyccommute

(Sigh. Do I really want to go down this road? I...

(Sigh. Do I really want to go down this road? I don't want to but I guess I'll have to. Here goes...)

Even spoke tension? Yes. Correct spoke tension? What is that? Strong rims? What does...
07-17-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 391
Posted By cyccommute

Realistically, almost all metals used are...

Realistically, almost all metals used are "alloys". Even iron in all but the purest of forms is an alloy. The process of reducing iron oxide (ore which is really just rust) to "iron" leaves behind a...
07-17-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,805
Posted By cyccommute

The link that I provided for the Fix-it-Sticks...

The link that I provided for the Fix-it-Sticks has a chain tool. It's actually quite clever in that it is held by one stick and turned by the middle of the other.
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 08:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By cyccommute

On the other hand, the Internet gathers...

On the other hand, the Internet gathers information from those of us who have done it in the "good ole days" and learned a lot of lessons along the way. I'm not saying that you should succumb to...
07-17-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By cyccommute

Pssst! Hey, buddy. It's your bike. That wimpy...

Pssst! Hey, buddy. It's your bike. That wimpy steel frame flexes too much. Get an aluminum one.

Just sayin';)
07-17-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By cyccommute

[/QUOTE] What a load of codswallop! I'm far...

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What a load of codswallop! I'm far north of 2.5 and I don't "avoid hills". I load bikes with stuff (pushing me even further from "2.5") and go ride lots of hills....sometimes to the tune...
07-17-19, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,010
Posted By cyccommute

I agree. I disagree. Whether you...

I agree.



I disagree. Whether you stand and climb or sit and climb has little to do with weight. It has far more to do with the people doing it. The elite pros do this for a living and ride...
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By cyccommute

The proper analogy is "ballerina who rides like a...

The proper analogy is "ballerina who rides like a gorilla". Bulls in china shops are quite careful...see episode 85 of Mythbusters:thumb:
Forum: Touring
07-17-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,003
Posted By cyccommute

As you say those are made for racing so they...

As you say those are made for racing so they aren't made for the kind of strength you need for carrying a load. That said, if the wheels were regular J-bend spokes, I would say that they are...
07-17-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,805
Posted By cyccommute

The problem with that article is that they only...

The problem with that article is that they only compared the chunky multitools. How would they stand up to something like the Fix-it-Sticks ...
07-16-19, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 495
Posted By cyccommute

Although it doesn't look like a rim brake (the...

Although it doesn't look like a rim brake (the rim is unscratched), you might want adjust the brakes as well. That looks like a classic brake rub on the tire. If it's not a brake rubbing on the...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,629
Posted By cyccommute

I've commuted at least once every month since...

I've commuted at least once every month since 1978. That's 492 months straight. Most of the time I've commuted at least once a week and often 5 times per week. That includes getting hit by a car...
07-15-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,327
Posted By cyccommute

Do you want everyone to drive at walking speed? ...

Do you want everyone to drive at walking speed? I've witnessed an accident where one driver was driving a delivery truck without lights on and another one broadsided him. The car with the lights...
07-15-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,585
Posted By cyccommute

But don't you realize that wiping something up...

But don't you realize that wiping something up only ever results in the material going upward? Rags and paper towels are dirt magnetic, right? :rolleyes:
07-14-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,585
Posted By cyccommute

I’m also old and pretty old school. But that...

I’m also old and pretty old school. But that doesn’t mean that I’m going to use or suggest using a chemical mixture that is toxic and extremely dangerous.

Gasoline isn’t for killing wasps or ants....
07-10-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,567
Posted By cyccommute

The reason I brought up how components break is...

The reason I brought up how components break is because it is indicative of how the various materials fail. I donít see steel as being inferior but I do see it as being something that breaks in ways...
07-09-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,585
Posted By cyccommute

As with most chain lube threads, this one is full...

As with most chain lube threads, this one is full of unnecessary cleaning rituals and misinformation. Let’s begin:



Why? Why try to salvage a rusted chain to begin with? Chains are cheap and...
07-09-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,567
Posted By cyccommute

I would agree. The frames Iíve broken (two steel...

I would agree. The frames Iíve broken (two steel and two aluminum) were fairly long ago. The steel mountain bike was an early mountain bike and probably under-designed for the task at hand. I was...
07-09-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,567
Posted By cyccommute

Aluminum breakage...frames, components, wheels,...

Aluminum breakage...frames, components, wheels, etc....creak and groan before breakage. This is because the material cracks and tears rather than fractures. Most people who broken an aluminum...
07-09-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,567
Posted By cyccommute

This is a misconception that keeps getting spread...

This is a misconception that keeps getting spread around. Both frame materials give ample warning before failure. Most people just donít know how to listen to the warnings. Neither material is...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 636
Posted By cyccommute

That’s probably 22” total length. I agree that it...

That’s probably 22” total length. I agree that it looks more like a 19” (49cm) than a 21” (53 to 54 cm). The length of the seat tube should be measured from the middle of the bottom bracket to the...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 671
Posted By cyccommute

Worthy goal. Just donít overthink it...which is...

Worthy goal. Just donít overthink it...which is what you seem to be doing now. Some call it ďanalysis paralysisĒ.



Iím 99.9% certain that your shifting problems are due to cable issues. Your...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 953
Posted By cyccommute

Bingo! Even ďinsulatedĒ plastic bottles arenít...

Bingo! Even ďinsulatedĒ plastic bottles arenít going to remain cold for that long. There is simply too little insulation to do much more than keep the liquid cold for just a little longer. There is...
07-05-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,327
Posted By cyccommute

The German standard is exactly the problem that I...

The German standard is exactly the problem that I want to avoid. The lights to meet the German standard are only designed for a maximum of 18 kph or about 11 mph. German lights meet that standard...
07-05-19, 08:30 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,327
Posted By cyccommute

Every bicycle reflector Iíve looked at has had a...

Every bicycle reflector Iíve looked at has had a DOT number on the back. The Department of Transportation doesnít ďmakeĒ anything. They just set the standards. The CSPC standard also specifies...
07-05-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,646
Posted By cyccommute

Well you seem to. Oh. Wait. I get it! ...

Well you seem to.

Oh. Wait. I get it! Unless you are the one posting, everyone else should just shut up and agree with you.

Right?

If you really donít care, why do you keep posting?
07-04-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,646
Posted By cyccommute

The factory lubricant isn’t injected with/or...

The factory lubricant isn’t injected with/or without pressure, at least according to this video. The chains are made continuously so it would be difficult for them to be put under pressure and...
07-04-19, 07:11 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,327
Posted By cyccommute

Does anyone even make the kind of reflector you...

Does anyone even make the kind of reflector you are talking about? Reflectors for bicycles meet the DOT requirements and I donít know of any other reflector that exceeds them. Of course the...
07-04-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 5,327
Posted By cyccommute

That is incorrect. People may take them off but...

That is incorrect. People may take them off but the Consumer Product Safety Commission requires them...
07-04-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,151
Posted By cyccommute

First, if your spokes are breaking at the nipple,...

First, if your spokes are breaking at the nipple, the problem is that the spokes are too short. I’ve been seeing this problem on a number of bikes with OEM wheels, especially if the wheels have...
07-04-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,036
Posted By cyccommute

Look at a Schrader chuck. They all have a pin in...

Look at a Schrader chuck. They all have a pin in the middle of the chuck, even the ones on air compressors. The pin pushes down on the valve and holds it open. If you have leakage while putting...
07-04-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,646
Posted By cyccommute

Considering that DaveSSS says that the ďwhite...

Considering that DaveSSS says that the ďwhite gasĒ he uses is naphtha, yes, your white gas would work. Mineral spirits is similar enough to white gas to work as well. Donít expect to dissolve a lot...
07-02-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By cyccommute

There are 9 in the picture (my wife is riding to...

There are 9 in the picture (my wife is riding to work today). All but 2 of them are mine.
07-02-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By cyccommute

I never had a bike slide off a hook on the wall...

I never had a bike slide off a hook on the wall in 20+ years of hanging my bikes up this way. Nor have I ever damaged a wheel. Iíve had nearly 40 bikes that Iíve hung up this way and nearly twice...
07-01-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,601
Posted By cyccommute

How many times did you try to fix that? It looks...

How many times did you try to fix that? It looks like at least 3 and one of them looks like duct tape.

Patches will last just fine...as long as you start with a good one. Most every patch kit...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,341
Posted By cyccommute

If you have an REI nearby, you could try it to...

If you have an REI nearby, you could try it to see if it would work. Tubus makes racks that aren’t square either. For example there is a 1/2” difference between the front and back of the Vega. The...
06-29-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,036
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís not really a very good answer nor is it...

Thatís not really a very good answer nor is it necessarily true. You should consider Andrew Stewartís answer carefully. Width of tire, width of the rim, type of bead, tire construction, quality...
06-29-19, 08:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,026
Posted By cyccommute

Although I donít agree completely with rm -rfís...

Although I donít agree completely with rm -rfís point on not being able to tell the difference between 700 and 1000 lumens, he does have a point. From a physiological stand point, the way the human...
06-29-19, 08:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By cyccommute

In the hopes of discussion rather than an...

In the hopes of discussion rather than an argument, hereís my perspective. Itís not about weight but utility. Iíve had many bikes with kickstands. Everyone of them eventually ends up on the ground...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-19, 10:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,341
Posted By cyccommute

The Ortlieb Rack Lock...

The Ortlieb Rack Lock (https://www.ortlieb.com/us/service/technical/rack-lock/) system should work on just about any rack. The locking tabs adjust independently so you should be able to adjust for a...
06-28-19, 08:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,575
Posted By cyccommute

Yea, I was thinking about that option too. Itís...

Yea, I was thinking about that option too. Itís not as solid a mount as the other adapter, however.
06-28-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By cyccommute

Going up from the Winter Park side is probably a...

Going up from the Winter Park side is probably a bit smoother than the Rollinsville side.

I’d suggest the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs for a family trip. It’s long...almost 50...
06-28-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 10,605
Posted By cyccommute

Itís the Devilís Slide Twin trestles on Rollins...

Itís the Devilís Slide Twin trestles on Rollins Pass. (https://ridewithgps.com/routes/267198) Itís an old railroad so the grade is fairly flat but the road bed is pretty rough. You might be able to...
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