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07-12-20, 04:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 905
Posted By zacster

She took it for a ride today and almost did an...

She took it for a ride today and almost did an endo the first time she applied the brakes. She was so used to squeezing hard on the old ones. But she got it figured out. She said when she first...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,460
Posted By zacster

If you are in SF (based on your SF craigslist...

If you are in SF (based on your SF craigslist ads), rent a modern bike and take it out for an all day ride. My bike is also getting old, a 2005 Kuota Kredo with Campy Chorus 10, not quite as old as...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-11-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,133
Posted By zacster

I always put one around my neck. There are always...

I always put one around my neck. There are always people around in NYC.
07-11-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By zacster

Here’s the thing about having multiple bikes that...

Here’s the thing about having multiple bikes that all get ridden, none of them get ridden a lot. Even with just my commuter bike and road bike I found that lube lasted a really long time on the chain...
07-10-20, 03:34 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,298
Posted By zacster

I still think hot wax is just too much bother,...

I still think hot wax is just too much bother, especially every 100 miles. I switched to Squirt from Finish Line dry lube and have been happy with it. It is every 100 or so miles, but it is just a...
07-10-20, 02:08 PM
Replies: 25,358
Views: 2,474,588
Posted By zacster

Tropical storm warning for today, and it is...

Tropical storm warning for today, and it is raining hard. No thanks.
07-10-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 411
Posted By zacster

It is easy and inexpensive to change the tubes so...

It is easy and inexpensive to change the tubes so it will at least hold air, and tubes don't have to be a precise fit. 700c and 27" tires will both take the same size tube even if the tires are very...
07-10-20, 02:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,011
Posted By zacster

I just looked up those tires. That is a lot of...

I just looked up those tires. That is a lot of money for a tire, even if they sound good. But given their name, and their intended use, they sound like overkill for "mostly clean asphalt". I...
07-09-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,011
Posted By zacster

I used to ride latex tubes back in the day but...

I used to ride latex tubes back in the day but they were just a big PITA. I also used to ride 700x19 tires. Not anymore. I just put a pair of GP5000s on my bike, 28 in front and 25 in the rear as...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-20, 07:30 PM
Replies: 19,498
Views: 4,112,852
Posted By zacster

New Centaur calipers, Tektro R341 levers, Tektro...

New Centaur calipers, Tektro R341 levers, Tektro R720 cross levers, Jagwire cables/housing and bar tape. Everything else is original, except maybe the saddle.

...
07-09-20, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25,358
Views: 2,474,588
Posted By zacster

3 laps of Prospect Park on my newly restored...

3 laps of Prospect Park on my newly restored Cannondale Criterium from the 80s. The restoration consisted of repacking the front hub, washing it down thoroughly including the chain, lubing the chain...
07-09-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By zacster

Blowing out tires with a compressor gets even...

Blowing out tires with a compressor gets even older quick. Good floor pumps aren't much work.
07-08-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 905
Posted By zacster

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_3597_a64497278e0ac5763f29c01b865c90084bac0d6d.jpg...
07-08-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,779
Posted By zacster

Why rush the wheels? You aren't going anywhere....

Why rush the wheels? You aren't going anywhere. The wheels are unconnected to the other parts of the bike. You need a crank, derailleurs, brakes, saddle, bars, shifters, cables, bar tape...
07-07-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By zacster

I worked at 42nd and 2nd for 20 years. I don't...

I worked at 42nd and 2nd for 20 years. I don't think I ever once thought about going in the tunnel, no thanks. There are places on the West Side Greenway where I crank it out but I still don't get...
07-07-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 644
Posted By zacster

I've had a problem with my ulnar nerve for years....

I've had a problem with my ulnar nerve for years. I get pain mostly in the pinkie of the left hand, rarely up the side of the other. The thing is I'm fine while riding, it is at any time before or...
07-07-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 14,993
Posted By zacster

My bolt is sitting on the desk right in front of...

My bolt is sitting on the desk right in front of me. I've had it for two years now and other than a software bug with the turn by turn being a bit off I haven't had any problems at all with it. And...
07-07-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By zacster

Between living in NYC where you can get anything...

Between living in NYC where you can get anything you want, and being able to order on the internet, there just isn't much of a need to keep spares. Tubes, patches, grease I'm always using, but...
07-07-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By zacster

I have a 50/34 and a 13-26 and it is all I need...

I have a 50/34 and a 13-26 and it is all I need for where I ride. I almost never go on the small ring and don't have any qualms about cross chaining to the 50/26 combo when I go up the small hills...
07-06-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By zacster

You could probably also add .3mm spacers to a...

You could probably also add .3mm spacers to a Campy 11sp and drop one cog. The largest 3 cogs are joined so the spacing there wouldn't be quite right, but the largest cog is set by the limit screw,...
07-06-20, 08:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 873
Posted By zacster

That's concerning. My bike is Chorus 10. I know...

That's concerning. My bike is Chorus 10. I know I can convert an 11sp Shimano wheel to a 10sp Campy spacing using an Ultegra 10 cassette. You just add .2mm spacers between all the loose cogs, but...
07-06-20, 05:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 314
Posted By zacster

11sp hubs are 131mm, so they bogarted an extra mm...

11sp hubs are 131mm, so they bogarted an extra mm from the 130 spec to make everything fit. But as already stated, some combos may still work with a 10sp hub. It is just 1mm.

But here's the thing,...
07-06-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By zacster

And I just discovered something (new to me, not...

And I just discovered something (new to me, not to the cross world) that will make a road bike even more workable is cross levers so you can ride and brake from the tops. I'm putting them onto my...
07-06-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By zacster

There are a number of youtube videos on it. I...

There are a number of youtube videos on it. I followed one of them while I did it. The one thing to watch out for is when you loosen and take off the main bolt is that you hold everything down so...
07-05-20, 10:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 404
Posted By zacster

I went with my wife to buy a more upright bike a...

I went with my wife to buy a more upright bike a few years ago, something she could ride along with me to the beach and maybe the park. She ended up with a Specialized Vita, an upright comfort bike...
07-05-20, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 161
Posted By zacster

There might not be enough thread, and it might...

There might not be enough thread, and it might not fit the mounting hole. V-brake pads take a long threaded post and road brakes use a short one. Check if KoolStop has something similar. I've used...
07-05-20, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 314
Posted By zacster

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bicycles/Maintenance...

https://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Bicycles/Maintenance_and_Repair/Gear-changing_Dimensions Is one chart that I've used, but there is another Shimano one that is complicated. But the critical item is...
07-05-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 296
Posted By zacster

I overhauled my 10sp Chorus a few years ago with...

I overhauled my 10sp Chorus a few years ago with new G-springs. It was quite the job but I got it done and it has been working flawlessly ever since, and felt like new. You have to be very...
07-05-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 431
Posted By zacster

2 psi is within the margin of error of most...

2 psi is within the margin of error of most gauges. Why are you even worried about this? I'm happy with a 5psi range.
07-05-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By zacster

In my "bike shop" the only consumables are lube,...

In my "bike shop" the only consumables are lube, grease, patches and cement. I buy everything else as needed. I can go through a bunch of tubes in a short time, and then have the last one bought sit...
07-05-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 449
Posted By zacster

The dropouts measure 123, so maybe it was a...

The dropouts measure 123, so maybe it was a transition model from 120 to 126 where either could fit? My Cannondale measures 128 and was specifically done for that. Putting a 130 wheel on is literally...
07-05-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By zacster

tubes and rim tape are interchangeable between...

tubes and rim tape are interchangeable between 700c and 27".
07-04-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,547
Posted By zacster

I didn't ride to NJ though. I drove and parked...

I didn't ride to NJ though. I drove and parked at Liberty State Park. It was going to be a 35 mile round trip but it was just too bloody hot. 35 miles is about the ride from my house to the...
07-04-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 234
Posted By zacster

That Shimano compatibility chart is pretty...

That Shimano compatibility chart is pretty complicated, and of course I can't find all the parts that I used for my MTB build on the MTB page. It all seems to work though. With the GRX derailleur...
07-04-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 25,358
Views: 2,474,588
Posted By zacster

3 laps of Prospect Park and they felt good. I...

3 laps of Prospect Park and they felt good. I was able to maintain a harder pace than I could the other day. The difference was the lower temp and humidity.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 19,498
Views: 4,112,852
Posted By zacster

I rented a bike in SF that had 12-34 and 50/34,...

I rented a bike in SF that had 12-34 and 50/34, having the very low gear came in handy on the SF hills. We don't have anything like that here.
07-04-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,310
Posted By zacster

Blow up the pic, they are definitely ridged or...

Blow up the pic, they are definitely ridged or dimpled.
07-04-20, 06:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 438
Posted By zacster

Look at the rim to see if it is steel or...

Look at the rim to see if it is steel or aluminum. There should be some kind of sticker on it with brand/model or other identifier.

It's just funny that I was just working on a bike that had the...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 19,498
Views: 4,112,852
Posted By zacster

This is something I may need to do someday,...

This is something I may need to do someday, except that NYC is mostly just flat. I currently ride a 13-26 cassette with my Chorus 10sp. There are only a handful of hills I even go to my small ring...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-03-20, 07:42 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 4,195
Posted By zacster

I did a hard climb yesterday that I wasn't...

I did a hard climb yesterday that I wasn't expecting, the Bayonne Bridge from New Jersey to Staten Island. It was 92 degrees and 5% grade in unbearable sun. Yes of course it doesn't compare to some...
07-03-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 198,291
Posted By zacster

Is there a bike in that pic?

Is there a bike in that pic?
07-03-20, 07:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,310
Posted By zacster

I don't think that would be a good commuter at...

I don't think that would be a good commuter at all. It would take so much work to get it operational that it wouldn't be worth it even if you picked it up off the street. My guess is that parts are...
07-03-20, 01:13 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,547
Posted By zacster

Sure thing on the ride. But the temps have to be...

Sure thing on the ride. But the temps have to be below 85. I went out yesterday to ride the new bridges in New Jersey and I was done after the first climb up the Bayonne Bridge. I had planned on...
07-03-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 927
Posted By zacster

I also had an FSA crankset where the bolt...

I also had an FSA crankset where the bolt wouldn't stay tight. After 10 years of it I finally gave up and replaced it with Campy to match the rest of the build.
07-03-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 198,291
Posted By zacster

I once saw with my own eyes OJ riding a bike in...

I once saw with my own eyes OJ riding a bike in Delaware Park in Buffalo when he played for the Bills. Alas I don't have a picture. We didn't have iPhones back then.

Maybe if he were riding a...
07-03-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,310
Posted By zacster

It isn't. Look at the other pictures and you'll...

It isn't. Look at the other pictures and you'll see it is a 2 legged kickstand. I think my Atala had that too. That has to be the biggest piece of junk I've seen listed on ebay in a while. And it...
07-03-20, 10:43 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,547
Posted By zacster

This is the reason I've slowed down my descents...

This is the reason I've slowed down my descents in the last few years. When people want to "race" me down I just ignore them now. Anybody can ride fast going downhill. There are too many cyclists...
Forum: Northeast
07-02-20, 07:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By zacster

Well I gave it a try today but it was just to...

Well I gave it a try today but it was just to hot. First off, parking in Jersey City is impossible, it is all 2 hour parking. I gave up there and went to Liberty State Park. I got up to the top of...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-02-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 19,498
Views: 4,112,852
Posted By zacster

I've bought a lot of parts for my daughters...

I've bought a lot of parts for my daughters Cannondale to get it back in good working order, and everything is taking forever to ship and arrive. Nothing lately has come on time. I know they are...
07-02-20, 05:55 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,695
Posted By zacster

Funny, but I used mine today on a bike that...

Funny, but I used mine today on a bike that belongs to my daughter's friend. She was trying to get the rear brakes to work better, and between suicide levers, flexy levers, flexy calipers, bad pads...
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