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01-03-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 569
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to...

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to drill out the head with a drill bit similar in size to the diameter of the threads.

If the seatpost clamp is integrated into the frame then it...
01-03-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,009
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The 600 components were likely the parts that...

The 600 components were likely the parts that came on the bike. Someone posted links to vintage Cannondale catalogues above and the top-tier of their ‘Criterium’ series was equipped with 600. I...
01-03-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,009
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri...

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri colour’ from the early 90s. Ultegra quality.

It’s a very good bike for a very tall person if it’s in good condition. I am 195cm and I think it...
01-03-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,009
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess...

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess 64 or 66 cm.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 2,980
Views: 821,451
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years,...

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years, and last time I picked up the frame when reorganizing my garage, I realized there is a crack in the chainstay ☹️
12-13-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 641
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber...

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber accordian boot is compressing that will give it a spongy feeling.

Direct pull brakes have two different widths of washers and you can flip these from...
12-12-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,430
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. ...

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. Especially if you are riding long distances or otherwise pushing your limits, including experiencing knee pain.

My suggestion is to ignore all the...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,496
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. ...

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. It’s probably the bulkiest and heaviest item I carry. I’m sure it’s a kg or so heavier than closed cell foam or a yoga mat, but that kg will slow me...
11-24-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 812
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a...

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a big box store. Run them at around 15 psi.
11-24-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the...

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the edges of the crack got rusty. It takes a lot of time to rust through even thin walled tubes. Like decades, if it happens, which it usually doesn’t.
11-02-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7,637
Views: 2,451,962
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one...

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one of my all-time favourites.

How is the tire clearance? I recall not exceptional, but I always wanted one for mostly off-road use. I would...
10-21-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,785
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing...

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing amount of my time and treasure is spent keeping those furry goofballs happy and healthy. If my dog is off leash and there is any type of incident, it...
10-11-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,035
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can’t make any assumptions about strength...

I can’t make any assumptions about strength comparisons, because I am sure the geometry of the spindle is different between the two.

What would concern me is the possibility of using the bike for...
10-11-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,292
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner...

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner cable can be a major PITA) but the housing s the part that degrades more quickly.
10-11-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,292
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in...

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in the inner cable, the housing is likely more important to replace than the inner cable.
07-04-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,503
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are going for steel, you need to find...

If you are going for steel, you need to find robust steel like a surly or the mentioned Trek 820. Lightweight steel will flex excessively and be *more* likely to break than a sturdy aluminum frame.
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,833
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit -...

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit - being too low in the drops with a big belly can restrict your lungs ability to breathe, and wheel durability - the stock wheels that come on most bikes...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,576
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less...

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less than 25 km/h, and on rough terrain or soft surfaces, the wider tire will be smoother and faster.

At higher speeds and on smooth tarmac, the lighter...
07-04-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight...

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight and that it grips the bottle tightly.
05-27-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but...

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but every photo I found on the interwebs shows frames with vertical dropouts, which are not ideal for SS use - you need to figure out some other system for...
05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,592
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,093
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires...

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires on a new less-expensive bike will essentially make the bike work like a higher end bike. Shifters and derailleurs, when new, make virtually no...
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 338
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
Forum: Foo
05-25-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 15,755
Views: 889,458
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like...

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like trumpet solos and chinchillas.
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,095
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 902
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,754
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-19-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 232
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The combination you mentioned will not be a...

The combination you mentioned will not be a problem.

First, any 'road' cycling shoe has a reasonably stiff sole. Using running shoes or other non-cycling shoes for longer rides can cause...
05-19-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,349
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The tires make a much larger difference than the...

The tires make a much larger difference than the wheel diameter, especially on road, and there are very good tires available for 26" wheels. 29" wheels roll over obstacles more easily, but the...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,711
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,728
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from...

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from dropped chains, but cannot recall ever seeing a chain get completely wrapped around the crankarm.

This reminds me of a Canadian lawsuit against a...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,711
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-13-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the...

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the ground when on the saddle, then that is not a cause for concern - any properly set up bike will require you to reach for the ground with your toes when...
05-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,010
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think...

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think some of the 'wear' you pictured was actually manufactured tooth profiles to help with shipping. There are a few gouges and nicks, but nothing that...
05-11-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. ...

Not possible, unless the bike has disk brakes. Even then, it will be not great for reasons described in other responses.

You can just put smaller tires on the bike - if you go from 2" wide tires...
04-30-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,052
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I think OP has decided on something, but I need...

I think OP has decided on something, but I need to say - this is bad advice. First, the main problem with Walmart bikes is that they are not usually assembled properly, so no better off than Bikes...
04-30-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,057
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap...

The freewheel wobble is normal on very cheap bikes. The cause is not in the freewheel itself but caused by the fact that the hub is made in three separate pieces pressed together, and the threaded...
04-30-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 448
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are a couple common causes of creaks and...

There are a couple common causes of creaks and pops.

Many newer bikes have press-fit bottom bracket bearings that are prone to creaking. I have no experience with these so can offer no advice. ...
04-27-20, 10:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 843
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As mentioned above, without knowing some other...

As mentioned above, without knowing some other details it is not possible to know what is a suitable frame size. On a traditional level top tube road bike, 54cm would be absurdly small for someone...
04-23-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 687
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the...

Close, but the cable is routed wrong at the derailleur pinch bolt.

Under the cable pinch bolt on those derailleurs was generally a washer with a little tab. The cable should go from the pulley,...
04-23-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little...

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little washer that helped toe in the brake pad when the nut was tightened. IIRC, it wasn't actually necessary if you know how the brakes are supposed to be...
04-22-20, 02:30 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,502
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have...

I haven't read all the replies, so this may have already been said, but 32mm wide tires are not necessarily slower than narrower tires. What will be slower is if you switch from lightweight racing...
04-22-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,489
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I used to live in a town that was penned in on...

I used to live in a town that was penned in on all four sides by a large provincial park, a nuclear waste facility, a river, and dense boreal forest. There is a standard 10km loop around town, and a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,194
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks...

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks saddles for everyone, but they don't work for everyone. If you still have the WTB saddle off your old bike, slap that mofo on there and see if that doesn't...
04-22-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 747
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then...

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then larger frames are no more expensive than smaller sizes.

Also, handlebar height is not the only dimension of bikes that varies with frame sizes. Your...
04-22-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,136
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim...

The best solution is to find a heavy-duty rim with 36 spoke holes designed for tandems or 'trekking', then have it laced into a Shimano SLX or XT hub with stainless steel spokes. This gives the...
04-22-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,568
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Good advice above. I will add that pretty much...

Good advice above. I will add that pretty much any bike will work, but the stock wheels may have a short lifespan.

Since you mentioned Bikes Direct...
...
04-22-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 332
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

After 10 years, it is likely there is significant...

After 10 years, it is likely there is significant wear that has happened gradually and is barely noticed. And a cut in the tire after ten years? Continue using that tire, but only to ride to the...
04-22-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 308
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bend it and tuck it behind some part of the...

Bend it and tuck it behind some part of the derailleur.

Also, don't worry about the long-term need for extra cable - cables cost less than $5 each and should be periodically replaced. I would go...
03-13-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,667
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.
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