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Forum: Road Cycling
10-02-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,859
Posted By ljsense

I like my traditional, all mechanical rim-braked...

I like my traditional, all mechanical rim-braked road bikes, yet these are the improvements I think would be neat:

Improved materials:

Spider silk -- Once this stuff can be manufactured...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,859
Posted By ljsense

If "Dark Ages" is a period without dramatic...

If "Dark Ages" is a period without dramatic innovation, I'd say road bikes had been there, more or less, for many decades and we've just started to really depart from the norms over maybe the last...
08-25-20, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 617
Posted By ljsense

I think this is how A.I. starts to reveal itself....

I think this is how A.I. starts to reveal itself. Some computer somewhere is like, hey, I think I can start a conversation on a forum. Like a toddler walking the first steps.

Watch how quickly it...
08-25-20, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 711
Posted By ljsense

I have a Feedback repair stand, and my guess is...

I have a Feedback repair stand, and my guess is that the clamping mechanism made the noise, not your frame.

Does it have a ratcheting slide, and then you turn the handle to tighten it up? If...
08-19-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By ljsense

It would surprise me if it were the headset. I've...

It would surprise me if it were the headset. I've had them on several bikes and have never experienced any noise.

I'd check the brake lever clamps, maybe, if you think it's coming from the...
07-20-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 434
Posted By ljsense

One more thought, since I haven't seen it...

One more thought, since I haven't seen it offered, is just to sell them as is, with the damage clearly labeled and pictured.

Then if the spokes or nipples or a busted carbon hoop are worth...
07-20-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 667
Posted By ljsense

This is a giant cliff hanger. I can't wait to...

This is a giant cliff hanger. I can't wait to hear how it turns out.
07-17-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 720
Posted By ljsense

You have no worry whatsoever. That can go up and...

You have no worry whatsoever. That can go up and down for the next 5 years every day, and you'll get where you need to go, and you're a good brother and a good sister for sharing a bike. If anything...
07-17-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,214
Posted By ljsense

Instead of glue, you might try a shim, if you're...

Instead of glue, you might try a shim, if you're looking for a quick and dirty solution, and you really have that loose of a gap. I'd try a soda or beer can. Cut a big section, wrap it around the...
07-15-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,447
Posted By ljsense

I can't take this thread anymore. This case...

I can't take this thread anymore.

This case comes down to a well-educated attorney who experienced frustration after buying a pair of bicycles and decided to make spurious accusations against the...
07-14-20, 10:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By ljsense

wgscott is right -- the design specs would put...

wgscott is right -- the design specs would put the rotor in the same place, whether it's 6-bolt or centerlock. If one rotor has worn thinner or is off in some way, you'd just adjust the caliper a...
07-10-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 177
Views: 7,222
Posted By ljsense

Why you'd want 'em: 1. you swap between 650b...

Why you'd want 'em:
1. you swap between 650b and 700c wheels
2. You ride in wet weather
3. You ride in dusty, muddy or otherwise gritty conditions with carbon rims
4. You do long mountain...
07-10-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,384
Posted By ljsense

I can't believe how much bad advice you're...

I can't believe how much bad advice you're getting.

There is nothing wrong with the bike. If you look at carbon layups with clear coats, you can see something like this on pretty much every piece...
07-10-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,447
Posted By ljsense

This is just a giant troll. The guy claims Trek...

This is just a giant troll. The guy claims Trek doesn't offer manuals; in fact, they do, rather extensively. He says they don't have a YouTube channel; they do, with tons of content.

They publish...
07-09-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,447
Posted By ljsense

It says that nowhere. I just looked. Here...

It says that nowhere. I just looked.

Here is what the intro to the manual actually says:

OUR BEST ADVICE FROM 40+ YEARS OF HAVING FUN ON BIKES

Make damn sure your front wheel is on right...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-08-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,578
Posted By ljsense

Frame is great, wheels are great, and Ultegra...

Frame is great, wheels are great, and Ultegra 9-speed is a solid group; all that stuff will last a long time and serve you well. I'd keep all that.

The fork looks like a 1" threaded fork with a...
07-08-20, 05:55 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,447
Posted By ljsense

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/manuals/

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en_US/manuals/
07-06-20, 12:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,982
Posted By ljsense

It's a good question. Maybe someone will...

It's a good question.

Maybe someone will come along with better history on this than I have, but I think you should look at the early days of mountain biking and those clunkers of Marin County and...
07-01-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,083
Posted By ljsense

I like the white tape and white saddle. Thanks...

I like the white tape and white saddle. Thanks for the explanation, and great photos. I've had a few white saddle / white tape bikes and they look so fantastic when it's pure as the driven snow.
...
06-30-20, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By ljsense

Yeah, you can use it anywhere -- wheel, headset,...

Yeah, you can use it anywhere -- wheel, headset, and bottom bracket bearings, as well as seatpost and stem junctions, threading, etc. -- where you'd use grease, because that's what it is. The...
06-26-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,012
Posted By ljsense

You guys are missing the point: if you put a...

You guys are missing the point: if you put a different chainring/cog ratio on one side, the bike will automatically turn in a circle without steering it.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-26-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,724
Posted By ljsense

Nice bike -- although there are other good ones...

Nice bike -- although there are other good ones on this thread, this is my favorite.

I am always interested in how older road bikes can compete ably against the current offerings.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,237
Posted By ljsense

The most interesting part of the documentary to...

The most interesting part of the documentary to me was a moment in part two when he cried openly. He was asked why he went to visit Jan Ullrich. Armstrong said it was because he loved him. And he...
06-23-20, 11:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 667
Posted By ljsense

No, do not do this. It will not vary. There is no...

No, do not do this. It will not vary. There is no rim that will fit a 700x26 that will not fit a 700x25. You can also fit a 700x23 and, as others have suggested, a 700x28 if the larger tires do not...
06-22-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,150
Posted By ljsense

Look at diaper creams. Since they're used on...

Look at diaper creams. Since they're used on babies, the pressure to be safe is more intense, and you can find some with simple ingredients. Also much less expensive. They work as well or better in...
06-16-20, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By ljsense

I bought a titanium frame with a small crack in...

I bought a titanium frame with a small crack in its head tube for a few bucks. I've been riding it now for about a year, with no issues. My repair was fairly involved, but here is what I would...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-16-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,724
Posted By ljsense

"Everybody cheats. I just didn't know." -- Dave...

"Everybody cheats. I just didn't know." -- Dave Stoller
06-15-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 593
Posted By ljsense

The first three threads carry almost the entire...

The first three threads carry almost the entire load when you tighten a nut. I'd ride this without any worry.
06-12-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 14,485
Posted By ljsense

What one material versus another contributes to...

What one material versus another contributes to how a bike rides has always seemed overblown to me. I've ridden road racing bikes that were high-performance steel, aluminum, titanium and various...
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By ljsense

Those are cool bikes. Nice project -- I hope...

Those are cool bikes. Nice project -- I hope you're able to get it all polished up.

My first "real" bike was a yellow High Sierra from a few years later.
05-13-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,807
Posted By ljsense

Marylander mentioned it first, and a few others...

Marylander mentioned it first, and a few others touched on it too -- this whole situation is putting a lot of people on edge. You go past signs that say "we're all in this together" or "stronger...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By ljsense

After 250 miles on a new bike, the cables don't...

After 250 miles on a new bike, the cables don't have the same tension in them. The cable housings settle a little bit into the ferrules and frame, giving the cables more slack. Some say the cables...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-12-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,013
Posted By ljsense

I've wondered why more sprint triathletes don't...

I've wondered why more sprint triathletes don't just use platform pedals. The time saved changing shoes over that distance (typically like a 5k run and a 15-20 mile bike) would seem to outweigh the...
10-11-19, 03:00 PM
Replies: 14,070
Views: 3,038,504
Posted By ljsense

I want to you to teach me your ways. What exactly...

I want to you to teach me your ways. What exactly does your ad say and where do you run it? That is one hell of a score.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-19, 02:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,942
Posted By ljsense

I have the previous generation Madone, the Madone...

I have the previous generation Madone, the Madone 9 with 700 series carbon. It's an extremely capable bike, the best I've ever ridden. I love it in crits, and see a lot of others here racing it the...
10-08-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,874
Posted By ljsense

The only time I have been able to break a carbon...

The only time I have been able to break a carbon fork was when I hit a parked utility truck at somewhere north of 25 miles an hour. The lid of my water bottle shattered in the crash. Front wheel was...
10-06-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 895
Posted By ljsense

Check the bottle cage bolts. They are sometimes...

Check the bottle cage bolts. They are sometimes to blame when bumpy surfaces triggers the rattling. Happened on my Madone. Was sure it was internal cabling, but it was the simple lowly cage bolt.
10-03-19, 01:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,951
Posted By ljsense

The small can of T-9 that you have will be...

The small can of T-9 that you have will be plenty, and you're using it for its best use. It was designed by Boeing to protect metal against corrosion. It's mainly paraffin wax in solvents, and dries...
09-25-19, 08:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,187
Posted By ljsense

There are a few youtube videos of this kind of...

There are a few youtube videos of this kind of drag race, but the one I watched didn't make clear the distance -- it looked like maybe a quarter mile drag strip. It was a three way race, with a...
09-25-19, 07:58 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 13,962
Posted By ljsense

It would increase my enjoyment of this forum if I...

It would increase my enjoyment of this forum if I didn't have to risk reading this tortuously bad logic.

You're favoring ignorant people. A few people ought to learn that some people are in total...
09-24-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,187
Posted By ljsense

I agree with everyone who pointed out the huge...

I agree with everyone who pointed out the huge difference here between quarter mile and an eighth mile. 100 percent difference.

Will you start with one foot on the ground and struggle to clip in...
09-24-19, 07:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,584
Posted By ljsense

This is why I'll never ride steel.

This is why I'll never ride steel.
09-22-19, 01:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 285
Posted By ljsense

It's just a tighter fit. There's no problem...

It's just a tighter fit. There's no problem putting some grease on it. You can just wipe off your steer tube with some rubbing alcohol and then put carbon paste on it before you install your stem.
...
09-20-19, 06:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,033
Posted By ljsense

Bikemig is right on the money; the Kool Stop tire...

Bikemig is right on the money; the Kool Stop tire jack is the greatest tool for tough tires. I don't know why it doesn't get more recognition. It makes a horrible job easy. After you use it, you'll...
09-19-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 13,962
Posted By ljsense

He's got both hands free to give you the proper...

He's got both hands free to give you the proper salute!
09-18-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 589
Posted By ljsense

Can't help with the ID and history, but here's a...

Can't help with the ID and history, but here's a little known fact: in Italian, De Rosa literally translates to "The Rosa."
09-16-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,476
Posted By ljsense

There are probably a lot of people who wood not...

There are probably a lot of people who wood not ride your dowel steer tube. Do you really think its safety is oak-kay?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-13-19, 10:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,972
Posted By ljsense

No one has mentioned the spokes themselves. I...

No one has mentioned the spokes themselves. I can't tell from the photo for sure, but these look like straight gauge spokes. I'd rather have a spoke break before a rim.

Rims need tension to make a...
09-12-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 759
Posted By ljsense

Some of the personalities here would be abrasive...

Some of the personalities here would be abrasive enough for this job.
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