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08-31-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,729
Posted By Trakhak

Back in the early '90s, the Trek sales rep who...

Back in the early '90s, the Trek sales rep who regularly visited our bike shop mentioned in passing that they were spending much less on frame warranty replacement since their aluminum frames had...
08-30-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,729
Posted By skier

Just to add the the great reply here, itís also...

Just to add the the great reply here, itís also worth nothing the steels have a knee in the S-N curve where you can essentially achieve ďinfinite lifeĒ if you stay below a certain stress level....
08-24-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,514
Posted By UnderDawgAl

Best answer thus far. Fact-based, direct, and no...

Best answer thus far. Fact-based, direct, and no arguing with anyone. I'm not the OP, but thanks!
Forum: Road Cycling
08-16-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 857
Posted By dannyboy2233

Thanks for the response! I will likely also be...

Thanks for the response! I will likely also be switching out the cassette, but that seems relatively straightforward. The crankset replacement is where I'm getting a bit tripped up.
07-13-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,165
Posted By cubewheels

My bike came with knobby, all terrain tires....

My bike came with knobby, all terrain tires. Works great for a moment but it's wearing darn fast. I've only gone 220 miles on it on pavement and the middle knobs on the rear tire are nearly rubbed...
07-06-20, 07:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,833
Posted By Wooderson

So many variables; trail conditions, weather,...

So many variables; trail conditions, weather, type of lube being used..

When I used wet lube, my drivetrain would get messy pretty fast. My bike probably needed a drivetrain cleaning every 2-6...
07-06-20, 01:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By vane171

Thanks all, nice discussion. As to swapping out...

Thanks all, nice discussion. As to swapping out crankset, I would like to keep with the GXP bracket and hollow tech axle (GigaX Pipe) and that limits what's available out there, in used department...
07-03-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,668
Posted By GlennR

My son worked through high school at the LBS and...

My son worked through high school at the LBS and took a bike that someone left to college for transportation. It was a 2x5 and had downtube shifters and a vinyl seat. He rode it from his off campus...
06-15-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,842
Posted By DorkDisk

Look at the Maxxis DTH...

Look at the Maxxis DTH (https://www.jensonusa.com/Maxxis-DTH-26-Skinwall-Tire), it's light, fast, cheap, and maintain proper BB height. After using all sorts of 26" street tires over 30 years, I now...
06-09-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,109
Posted By robertorolfo

Unrecognized benefit of cycling in NYC: if you...

Unrecognized benefit of cycling in NYC: if you don't want to bother with tools, patch kits, spares... just carry a metrocard. Super thin and light weight, it will get you and your bike home 24 hours...
05-27-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By 79pmooney

I adjust the tilt using the forward bolt, I use...

I adjust the tilt using the forward bolt, I use the rear simply as a clamp. I note that I dropped the nose of the seat (say) 1/4 turn. Then I can go back exactly, halfway or further as needed, (And...
05-27-20, 06:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By Helderberg

I could not agree more with the advice to get a...

I could not agree more with the advice to get a two bolt seatpost. One came on a new gravel bike I bought and it made such a difference I bought one for my other bike. Great piece to aid in making...
05-26-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By 79pmooney

Now, mark that location with a piece of tape. ...

Now, mark that location with a piece of tape. Carry both the seatpost clamp wrench and seatpin wrench. Note how you feel riding, Try moving the position a little closer to what you had, Better? ...
05-26-20, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,369
Posted By OldTryGuy

Does moving a seat back just 3/4' really make a...

Does moving a seat back just 3/4' really make a difference?

YES it can.



If you have resolved an issue then you have done well. If you want to continue making adjustments to experiment with...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,116
Posted By speyfitter

I agree with you on a case by case basis but the...

I agree with you on a case by case basis but the reality is most people aren't aware after they lay cash down on a bike and some accessories and take it out the door that this is even an option, hell...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-20, 12:52 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 13,015
Posted By RubeRad

Especially at 1am! The roads will be so quiet and...

Especially at 1am! The roads will be so quiet and peaceful!
12-13-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,745
Posted By kq2dc7

Thanks, the air pressure in the rear tire was 40...

Thanks, the air pressure in the rear tire was 40 pounds I dropped it to 20. I've had 5 weeks that I couldn't ride a bike but Monday I may be cleared.

I've walked the trail 4 to 5 times since...
09-01-19, 09:17 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,587
Posted By BirdsBikeBinocs

To me, standover height is the first spec I look...

To me, standover height is the first spec I look at. Its important. Standover height is the one spec that can't be changed. Saddle adjustment and reach are fully adjustable.
08-20-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,256
Posted By dedhed

Such gloom & doom. Really? Yeah, they'll never...

Such gloom & doom. Really? Yeah, they'll never get serviced. I have a number of entry level hybrids/Mt bikes here (because kids) with cheap suspension forks and not a single one is frozen solid and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-19, 07:31 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 8,023
Posted By Machka

More like sliding down. Once the hill gets up to...

More like sliding down. Once the hill gets up to about 25%, I don't want roadie shoes!
08-12-19, 12:27 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 12,948
Posted By livedarklions

I must be missing something--I don't see how the...

I must be missing something--I don't see how the gearing, power and cadence can possibly be truly independent variables--if you have a higher cadence at the same gearing, you will of course get...
08-12-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,847
Posted By Spinay70

Whoever had it previously changed to faster...

Whoever had it previously changed to faster tires/different seat, some other goodies added. I agree, its a nice bike and like u mentioned want to get rid of the triple for a double. Just looking...
08-06-19, 05:38 PM
07-12-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,944
Posted By rumrunn6

twist your saddle the other way to compensate....

twist your saddle the other way to compensate. sorry couldn't resist, it's Friday
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,137
Posted By biker3c086e24

I was honestly just planning to do the "strap it...

I was honestly just planning to do the "strap it to your handlebars" approach. A friend of mine did that recently and it worked really well for him. But worst comes to worst, I can add a pannier rack...
07-07-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,862
Posted By Dave Mayer

So I'm at the shop trying to figure out why a...

So I'm at the shop trying to figure out why a relatively recent Ultegra drivetrain is shifting so poorly. The rear derailleur in particular is stiff/sticky.

So I take it apart - as in every part...
07-06-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 10,695
Posted By livedarklions

Right, there's a lot of things that are going to...

Right, there's a lot of things that are going to matter more than minor differences in the weight of bikes, including the weight of some of the stuff we carry. I've seen posters on the forum...
07-05-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,862
Posted By cpach

As a pro mechanic I pretty much never spray...

As a pro mechanic I pretty much never spray degreaser at anything on an assembled bike. If I really need to clean a cassette while it's on the freehub body I typically spray degreaser onto my brush, ...
07-04-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,862
Posted By TimothyH

I'm convinced that a significant portion of the...

I'm convinced that a significant portion of the shifting problems we read about on these forums are caused by aggressive cleaning and spraying the derailleur with solvents. It drives the grease out...
06-24-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,188
Posted By cudak888

These are the el-cheapo vinyl saddles. Top yours...

These are the el-cheapo vinyl saddles. Top yours with a nicely-broken-in (but not worn out) Brooks B.66 or B.67 - which matches closer with Raleigh specs - and you'll be fine.
...
06-19-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,108
Posted By Bandera

No such thing as concerns about "extreme combos"...

No such thing as concerns about "extreme combos" when one only has a single chain-ring and cog, although getting chain-line correct is quite important on a fixed gear as is chain tension.

-Bandera
06-16-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By kovacsa

Hi, This is my bike. ...

Hi, This is my bike. https://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/whistler/2015 You may have to select Whistler 70 once on the site. All specs are there.
06-12-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,121
Posted By Freerojo

Looking at those and Land Cruisers by Schwalbe....

Looking at those and Land Cruisers by Schwalbe. Cruisers are cheaper.
06-11-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By AeroGut

Itís rare to find a cassette that starts much...

Itís rare to find a cassette that starts much bigger than 11 or 12. However there are mountain bike cassettes that have a wider spacing and go from 11 up to 40 or 42. Another option you might...
06-10-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By MikeyMK

I find chainrings are far more a critical factor...

I find chainrings are far more a critical factor in front shifting than the derailleur. Good pick-up points matched to the chain, and pretty much any derailleur will work well as long as it's not...
06-09-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low...

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low end but it is easier to set up than the higher end derailers.

The Megarange is a work around. Itís meant to basically have a bailout low gear with a...
06-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By cyccommute

Only for some. Donít blame the tool. ...

Only for some. Donít blame the tool.



No. I donít know. Iím a long time volunteer at my local co-op. I see hundreds... possibly thousands... of triples per year. I send that same number of...
06-08-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people...

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people have with triples are either from using old friction systems or from memories of old friction systems (like pre1995). Everything crank or chainring...
06-08-19, 01:36 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By Camilo

About the only personal knowledge I have is my...

About the only personal knowledge I have is my wife who is certainly not a bike nerd and just gets on the bike and rides. Now, I'm her mechanic so that's something (I know how to set them up... but...
06-06-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By MikeyMK

Simplicity perhaps, if your set-up prevents the...

Simplicity perhaps, if your set-up prevents the chain from coming off. But I'm not so sure about appearance.
Designs vary greatly, but I find more rings quite invariably look better.

The triple...
06-05-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 334
Views: 116,030
Posted By EaOutlaw1969

Thanks I loved the Roam 1 and had to have it, yet...

Thanks I loved the Roam 1 and had to have it, yet I knew upfront I had to modify it to get it to the point where I could ride it.
Out of all the bikes in my budget at the time the Roam 1 was the...
05-28-19, 04:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,875
Posted By livedarklions

I have those on my FX 3. There's no way they're...

I have those on my FX 3. There's no way they're good for gravel of any kind. Great road tire.

OP- narrower in general is not faster on roads. That's a misconception. If you want speed and...
05-11-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,329
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you for this. What pressure do you run? I...

Thank you for this. What pressure do you run? I have been running 70-73 as close as I can tell with my gauge. I weigh 185-7 and would ride on mostly rough paved and small gravel.
Frank.
05-10-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,326
Posted By HerrKaLeun

Test riding position on both carefully. An Mtb is...

Test riding position on both carefully. An Mtb is less optimized to put you in a good position to ride for hours on a path. It is more build to position you for ascending and descending on rocky...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 16,653
Posted By Skipjacks

Your tire opened fire on you!!! The tires...

Your tire opened fire on you!!!

The tires are becoming sentient! They are soon taking over the world!

I, for one, welcome our new rubber overlords.
05-06-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,986
Posted By TKJava

I agree regarding the 11/30 after doing some math...

I agree regarding the 11/30 after doing some math and reading these comments. A few folks seem to believe that a 11/32 will work with a short cage derailleur. I may be inclinded to just try it and...
05-05-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By Troul

Setting up the triple requires a touch more skill...

Setting up the triple requires a touch more skill than 2x cranks. I'd prefer a 2x if I never took on random hill climbs that I'm not familiar with. Once the 3x is dialed in with the cable pull,...
05-05-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By Ironfish653

That's known as 'Half-Step' gearing. It was...

That's known as 'Half-Step' gearing. It was pretty common through the 70's and in to the 80's especially on touring bikes, as a way to get a wide range of distinct 'gears' when the tech of the time...
05-05-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By MRT2

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9...

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9 setup. 12 - 27 cassette, and 48 - 36 - 26 tooth chainrings. I have used this setup so long that for me, shifting is completely intuitive. On a lot of...
05-05-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 9,362
Posted By PaulRivers

I feel the same way that removing the triple...

I feel the same way that removing the triple sucked.
- Bike companies wanted to change things to give the appearance of progress and the need to buy new stuff.
- Low end triples were poorly...
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