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03-13-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

makes sense. Anyhow, the 'rolling...

makes sense.

Anyhow, the 'rolling resistance' is a small part of the equation - a tiny fraction of the resistance of pushing your body through the air at 30 km/h.
03-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can...

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can disagree with it!
03-13-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Russ Roth If we assume the cross section of the...

Russ Roth If we assume the cross section of the tire is round such that the increase in width corresponds to an equal increase in height, changing from 2.125" to 1.25", the difference to the radius...
03-13-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 391
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I got a magazine from their booth at interbike...

I got a magazine from their booth at interbike ~20 years ago and that greatly inspired me, although I have not otherwise used their services.
03-13-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is not true. 'Rolling resistance', the...

This is not true. 'Rolling resistance', the energy lost to tire casing flex as you ride, is less for wider tires, if comparing otherwise identical tires. At higher speeds aerodynamics will play a...
03-13-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Just three more posts until you can post...

Just three more posts until you can post pictures, Adis ! Keep 'em coming!

What colour is your bike?
03-13-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 198
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

With IGHs, you should always ease up on the...

With IGHs, you should always ease up on the pedals when shifting. I have used SA, Suntour, and Shimano 3 speeds, Shimano 7 speed, and I currently have an Alfine 8 speed. The shifting is lightning...
03-13-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Part of the spinning out problem is likely...

Part of the spinning out problem is likely because you actually made your wheel a smaller diameter. And part is likely because most 2.125 tires are not the lightweight supple-casing tires that most...
03-13-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

F disc & rear V brake is a good solution. If...

F disc & rear V brake is a good solution. If there are no disc mounts on your fork then you need a new fork.

V brakes are generally acceptable stopping for most uses - when they were introduced...
03-13-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 560
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Your Sora rear derailleur will probably not work...

Your Sora rear derailleur will probably not work with a 42 tooth cassette, so you will at least have to change your rear derailleur.

There are also derailleur hanger extensions that adapt...
03-13-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 635
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. You don't use torque to set the the bearing...

No. You don't use torque to set the the bearing adjustment - you adjust the position of the cone by hand, using the feel of the bearings as a guide, then tighten the locknut against the cone to hold...
03-13-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It's possible on the front but you will likely...

It's possible on the front but you will likely have to get a new fork. Depending on the bike it may be easy or very difficult to find a fork that fits.

It is possible on the rear, but only if you...
Forum: Touring
03-13-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Mrs. Laurier is about 5'3 and rides a 47cm road...

Mrs. Laurier is about 5'3 and rides a 47cm road bike with 700c wheels. I would expect a 26" wheel touring bike (like the LHT) in its smallest size to be worth a look for someone 5'1".
03-13-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 619
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel...

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel sizes will not gain you anything but incompatibility hassles.

I disagree with the above advice to get ultra-narrow tires - wider tires, all other...
03-13-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 635
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Sounds like a problem with the bearings in the...

Sounds like a problem with the bearings in the hub. Generally to disassemble hub bearings you need a cone wrench (usually a 15mm for rear hubs) and an open end or combination wrench for the lock...
03-13-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Why would you want to do that? If it were a...

Why would you want to do that?

If it were a 'fixie' then it is possible to use backpedal force to act as a rear brake, but a single speed with a freewheel should have F & R brakes.
03-13-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 140
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am not familiar with that exact model of bike,...

I am not familiar with that exact model of bike, but I would be surprised if such a high-end bike did not have cartridge (non serviceable) bearings in the headset.

You should still be able to...
03-12-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 820
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

To get a good idea of the strength of the steel...

To get a good idea of the strength of the steel cylinder absent from a hollow axle, look at a QR skewer - also made of steel, almost the exact same diameter of the hole through the axle. The steel...
Forum: Touring
03-12-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 370
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Can you get the size that best fits your body in...

Can you get the size that best fits your body in the 2018 bike? Generally with previous year 'clearout' sales, the selection of sizes might be limited and this the most important aspect of selecting...
03-12-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 820
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I believe the strength of the hollow axles is...

I believe the strength of the hollow axles is comparable to solid axles because (a) in bending, the material near the outside diameter of the axle provides much more strength than the material closer...
03-11-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,484
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In most math series, the number of terms is...

In most math series, the number of terms is denoted by "n" - if there are five items involved in the calculation, n=5.

The joke is that "if 'n' is the number of bikes you own, then the correct...
Forum: Touring
03-11-20, 03:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 932
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Most of my touring friends are gingers - they are...

Most of my touring friends are gingers - they are fast even without souls :D - and I am dark haired and get a deep tan early in the Sun Season. They all stop to put on sun screen multiple times a...
03-11-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 373
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Was there evidence of damage to the box it was...

Was there evidence of damage to the box it was shipped it? An impact that would bend a fork steerer is significant, and wouldn't happen without leaving 'witness' marks on the box or even the frame,...
03-11-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 882
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In my experience (my own rims and those of family...

In my experience (my own rims and those of family and of customers at shops where I used to work), riding in the wet, regardless of sand, is the primary cause of worn rims. Even not in a sandy area,...
03-11-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 463
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a...

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a horizontal dropouot, the wheel is not pushed all the way back. In fact, many horizontal dropouts had a threaded hole through the rear C-shaped...
03-11-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 701
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This is common to multi-tools IME. I have bought...

This is common to multi-tools IME. I have bought and lost a couple Park spoke wrenches over the years, and learnt my lesson to not rely on the multi-tool ones. The cheap ring-shaped multi-size...
03-11-20, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Andrew R Stewart Isn't that how Worksman bikes...

Andrew R Stewart Isn't that how Worksman bikes come from the factory?
03-11-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,536
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting...

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting pair of bike shorts are so superior to all the half-arsed other solutions that, for most, it immediately makes up for the feeling of being a sausage in...
03-11-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 542
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few months ago while helping a buddy with a...

A few months ago while helping a buddy with a customer's bike with an 8 speed freewheel, we realized it had no splines or other features to allow removal or servicing of the hub.
03-11-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 701
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with...

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with a spoke wrench, and see if you can make it ridable. What have you got to lose?
03-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 542
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than...

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than QR axles - maybe a bare QR axle, but once the skewer is installed it replaces any strength lost by having a hollow axle. That's what they teach you in...
03-11-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 441
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Totally screwed? Nope. You're just getting...

Totally screwed? Nope. You're just getting started!

As others have said, that rust is absolutely minimal, that part is not structural, and even if it were, you can see from your picture that it...
03-11-20, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Lee Chi is a major manufacturer of less-expensive...

Lee Chi is a major manufacturer of less-expensive bike parts, esp. brakes and levers. BITD we used to joke about getting a bike outfitted with a full Lee Chi gruppo....
03-10-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Another, less ugly solution, would be to use a...

Another, less ugly solution, would be to use a single front rack stay (iff possible with your rack) and bolt it to the hole int eh brake bridge that has a plastic plug in it.
03-10-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

How did that bolt break, anyhow? Also, you...

How did that bolt break, anyhow?

Also, you should shorten and/or put an 'acorn nut' on the end of the bolt holding the bracket on, if you like the skin on the inside of your thighs intact.
03-10-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 254
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being...

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being 'pretty narrow' for 28mm tires - that's 4mm narrower than the tire width, 2mm per side. Perhaps he means 28mm is on the narrow side for 24mm wide...
03-10-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It's obviously a Dear rack. Not sure if that...

It's obviously a Dear rack. Not sure if that means it is precious to the OP, or that it is expensive.
03-10-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I was given a set of 'defective' 7sp Shimano bar...

I was given a set of 'defective' 7sp Shimano bar end shifters about 15 years ago. It took me about 5 minutes to discover the 'defect' and set it right. These shifters have been in almost constant...
03-09-20, 01:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 882
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

An indicator that the mechanic was not trying to...

An indicator that the mechanic was not trying to rip you off was that he was suggesting a cheaper tire than the exact replacement. This tells me that he did not know the more expensive ones were in...
03-09-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Generally, drilling a bolt is only necessary to...

Generally, drilling a bolt is only necessary to remove the head of the bolt, then a pair of pliers or vise grips can be used to unscrew the extending piece of shank.

If the shank doesn't want to...
03-06-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 630
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi...

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi Campione. It is possible that it was shabbily repainted and re-decaled by a previous owner. THis would be a problem to a collector, but that bike was...
03-06-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,038
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't have any bikes with 27" wheels - only...

I don't have any bikes with 27" wheels - only 700C, so I have the option of using just about any tire on the market. and my preferred tire is Panaracer Pasela
03-06-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 532
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless you changed the cable when you got the...

Unless you changed the cable when you got the bike, your assumption that it is the derailleur and not the cable is not a sound one. Cables are a wear item and you can generally expect to be able to...
03-06-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 532
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is likely either cable friction in the last...

It is likely either cable friction in the last loop of housing near the derailleur, or the end-point limit screws need adjusting.

In general, the end point screws should be the first part of the...
03-06-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 438
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a...

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a good quality hub then I would stick with that and get a 36 hole rim. If it is mediocre, then you might as well get another hub and go with fewer...
Replies: 12
Views: 540
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't have any idea of 'value' but a few...

I don't have any idea of 'value' but a few thoughts:

manitou forks from that era had elastomer bumpers for suspension. They are probably not 'stiff' but 'age hardened beyond usefulness'

Those...
03-05-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,908
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. It's you.

No. It's you.
03-05-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,908
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nope. The problems you are describing are not...

Nope. The problems you are describing are not problems for the rest of us. A better description for your troubles is 'user error'.

And, in fact, before I learned how to properly use a frame pump...
03-05-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 6,908
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

...says the person who can't figure out how to...

...says the person who can't figure out how to use them :roflmao:
Forum: Touring
03-05-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,338
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can almost hold a conversation in French… at...

I can almost hold a conversation in French… at least in the dialect of French spoken in the French communities of Ontario, Canada. I am excited to go to another French speaking country at some point...
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