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06-15-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 10,387
Posted By Jeff Neese

I agree. Someone's buying all those...

I agree. Someone's buying all those aluminum-framed Walmart and Target bicycles.
05-05-20, 01:26 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,348
Posted By Jeff Neese

Which would be fine in an imaginary world where...

Which would be fine in an imaginary world where all tires have the same tread pattern, tire compound, sidewall stiffness, and a whole host of other factors including the rim width. In that imaginary...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 01:03 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,931
Posted By Jeff Neese

I assumed the cage was narrower on a 9-10 speed...

I assumed the cage was narrower on a 9-10 speed derailleur, since the chain is narrower, and you might get chain rub with a big fat 7-speed chain. But you're saying the width of the cage is the...
05-05-20, 11:57 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,348
Posted By Jeff Neese

And when you put different tires on that old VW...

And when you put different tires on that old VW bug, everything changes. It is literally impossible to know (or "calculate") the optimum pressure for a tire, without knowing exactly what tire you're...
05-05-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,400
Posted By Jeff Neese

Waste of time and effort? It's hardly that,...

Waste of time and effort? It's hardly that, since it doesn't take very long, isn't that hard, and they stay perfectly adjusted almost forever. That's the opposite of a waste of time.
05-05-20, 09:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,348
Posted By Jeff Neese

Maybe we are. My point is illustrated with this...

Maybe we are. My point is illustrated with this example:

My wife's bike has Kenda Small Block 8s, which are rated for 50-85 PSI. My bike has Maxxis Ikons, rated 30-65 PSI. So when we are going to...
05-05-20, 08:43 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,348
Posted By Jeff Neese

No, it has to do with the specifications for that...

No, it has to do with the specifications for that tire. They don't sell different versions of the same tire, depending on the weight of the rider. And there's no scenario where a rider's weight...
Forum: Touring
05-05-20, 06:46 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 8,301
Posted By Jeff Neese

I've toured thousands of miles on a 1983 Trek...

I've toured thousands of miles on a 1983 Trek 720, fully loaded, and when on a long downhill (with more than 6% grade) the cantilever brakes work fantastic. For touring under load, raw stopping power...
05-05-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,348
Posted By Jeff Neese

You didn't say what tire you're talking about -...

You didn't say what tire you're talking about - they're all different. The PSI range is printed right on the side of the tire, so start there. It has nothing to do with your weight and everything...
05-05-20, 06:02 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,196
Posted By Jeff Neese

Completely agree with your decision to sandblast...

Completely agree with your decision to sandblast and start over. The rust needs to be gone.

I've had two bikes powder-coated with great results. Someone above suggested finding someone...
05-05-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,400
Posted By Jeff Neese

I may not be your typical rider/mechanic, but...

I may not be your typical rider/mechanic, but I've had cantilever brakes since my 1983 Trek 720, and that's what's on almost all of my bikes now. Installing and adjusting cantilever brakes is one of...
05-05-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,400
Posted By Jeff Neese

Zip ties ares a good idea. I've been using thick...

Zip ties ares a good idea. I've been using thick rubber bands but don't always have one when I need it.
05-05-20, 05:09 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,400
Posted By Jeff Neese

Yes. V-brakes were invented to replace...

Yes. V-brakes were invented to replace cantilevers, so that Walmart stockboys could assemble the bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-05-20, 05:03 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 12,931
Posted By Jeff Neese

Are they not designed for different chain widths?...

Are they not designed for different chain widths? All of my bikes are 7-speed (so I have parts interchangeability) and I don't think the 9-10 speed derailleurs will accommodate the width of a...
04-20-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,377
Posted By Jeff Neese

Every single one of my chains is put together by...

Every single one of my chains is put together by way of a chain tool, always has been and always will be. Never had a chain failure.
02-17-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,999
Posted By Jeff Neese

If your goal is to do a full-on restoration, and...

If your goal is to do a full-on restoration, and this bike is definitely worth it, I'd forgot about painting it yourself. You're just not going to do it justice, unless you happen to have a...
02-17-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,199
Posted By Jeff Neese

Have you asked RAD if they will sell you just the...

Have you asked RAD if they will sell you just the frame, and if so are they willing to give you a discount because of what happened? That's where I would start.

Maybe I missed it above, but...
02-17-20, 01:11 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 5,199
Posted By Jeff Neese

I see neither. I see a seat tube that wasn't in...

I see neither. I see a seat tube that wasn't in far enough and would cause just about any aluminum frame to break like that. That's not the first time that exact failure has occurred.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-19, 05:11 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 13,654
Posted By Jeff Neese

Well, there's really not much debate about it, is...

Well, there's really not much debate about it, is there? It's a very bad idea.

But it's good that it comes up now and then, for the new folks.
12-01-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 11,053
Posted By Jeff Neese

The difference between many of the responses you...

The difference between many of the responses you are getting here, versus reality, is that in reality most crashes happen in a flash, and by the time you even realize the fact that you're crashing,...
09-10-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 62,072
Posted By Jeff Neese

I agree with your assessments. I ride vintage...

I agree with your assessments. I ride vintage rigid chromoly frames, specifically a Trek 970 and 930, a Rockhopper, and an old Fuji. I am not a competitive rider by any stretch. I do know that when...
09-10-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 62,072
Posted By Jeff Neese

It has to do with having a lower center of...

It has to do with having a lower center of gravity, and being able to modulate the amount of weight placed over the front tire and how easy it is to move your COG front to back. Riding in the drops...
09-10-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 801
Views: 62,072
Posted By Jeff Neese

I would encourage you to view some cyclocross...

I would encourage you to view some cyclocross racing - then you'll get it. Here's one of many to get you started.

Of course I'm not a cyclocross racer and if I was I'd certainly buy a dedicated...
09-09-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 62,072
Posted By Jeff Neese

I guess I'll chime in. Across 4 vintage mountain...

I guess I'll chime in. Across 4 vintage mountain bikes, I have two with drop-bar conversions, one with trekking bars, and one with normal flat bars. It depends on where I'm going to ride, but when I...
03-19-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,544
Posted By Jeff Neese

There's absolutely nothing wrong with 27" wheels....

There's absolutely nothing wrong with 27" wheels. Yes, the tire selection is more limited, but there are a number of very good choices, including the Paselas you mentioned. 27" wheels wouldn't...
05-24-18, 05:08 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,557
Posted By Jeff Neese

It's a textured powder-coating. The place had a...

It's a textured powder-coating. The place had a lot of colors available with all sorts of options, but this was unique so I took a chance. I love it. I thought it might attract dirt more than a gloss...
04-15-17, 05:07 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

Based on what you're riding and everything you...

Based on what you're riding and everything you wrote, it sounds to me that you are cool. You're just not "hip". Big difference.

Don't worry - there are a lot more of us out there than you...
04-13-17, 09:19 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

I don't mind OD tubing, if all three main tubes...

I don't mind OD tubing, if all three main tubes are the same. I've got a '93 Trek 930 frame (lugged, brazed, hand built in Wisconsin - very nice) and it has full OD tubes and it looks great - kind...
04-13-17, 04:47 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

Nice looking bike. Imagine how sweet it would be...

Nice looking bike. Imagine how sweet it would be if it weren't aluminum.
04-12-17, 11:12 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

A certain amount of that is justified though,...

A certain amount of that is justified though, especially by those of us that loved what Trek was all about in the beginning. Now all the good Treks are at least 20 years old and the new ones are...
02-25-17, 06:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,343
Posted By Jeff Neese

IMHO, a vendor that ships a used product as new...

IMHO, a vendor that ships a used product as new deserves ZERO stars and negative comments. For me that's fraud. Returned products are supposed to be sold as "scratch and dent" or with some...
02-23-17, 10:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,076
Posted By Jeff Neese

I can't dispute your experiences, but I have a...

I can't dispute your experiences, but I have a push-on chuck on my compressor at home, pretty much identical to what gas stations have, and all of my adapters work fine, everywhere. And I have...
02-22-17, 07:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,076
Posted By Jeff Neese

I've never not had a presta adapter work at a gas...

I've never not had a presta adapter work at a gas station. What has been your problem with them?
02-22-17, 06:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,250
Posted By Jeff Neese

You've already got a lot of people pointing out...

You've already got a lot of people pointing out they are tires and are supposed to get dirty. However, you do get a one-time pass in order to take pictures.

Any soap will work. Dishwashing...
02-22-17, 06:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,343
Posted By Jeff Neese

Some third-party vendors are better than others. ...

Some third-party vendors are better than others. Even the return process with those third-parties can be different. You put the request in through Amazon, but each vendor handles it differently and...
02-12-17, 09:59 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

I'll change my term from "silly" to "incorrect". ...

I'll change my term from "silly" to "incorrect".

You optimize right down the middle so things work just as smoothly both up and down. The assumption is you are using your bike's gearing to it's...
02-11-17, 05:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

This is a very long thread for such a simple...

This is a very long thread for such a simple problem to solve.

You started with a 118 but did not measure chainline so we don't have a true measure of how far off you are. If you had, it would...
02-10-17, 03:32 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

Perhaps I used the wrong legal term. The point...

Perhaps I used the wrong legal term. The point is that a company can still advertise that they sell and install windows, as in double-hung thermal, or bay windows. Companies protect their...
02-10-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

That's helpful and yes, the 110 is the odd...

That's helpful and yes, the 110 is the odd asymmetrical length. I wonder if that was produced just for a certain type of crankset that would compensate for the offset somehow.

One measurement...
02-10-17, 09:09 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 54,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

And Microsoft tried to patent the word "Windows"....

And Microsoft tried to patent the word "Windows". So what? I still like my vintage steel Rockhopper.
02-09-17, 08:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

Well, maybe I did. The OP is trying to figure...

Well, maybe I did. The OP is trying to figure out what size bottom bracket to install in his bike.

He is going about it wrong, using the wrong measurements. You don't use the measurement from...
02-09-17, 08:04 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

I cannot count the bikes I've seen where somebody...

I cannot count the bikes I've seen where somebody just couldn't seem to get their shifting quite right, no matter what they did. It's fine in the lower gears but something rubs or doesn't shift in...
02-08-17, 09:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

Read this: All About Bicycle Chainline...

Read this: All About Bicycle Chainline (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainline.html)

There is nothing about "fit measurements" when you are talking about chainline. It's a spec, not a...
02-08-17, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,300
Posted By Jeff Neese

That's the single most important measurement on...

That's the single most important measurement on your bicycle. Do you know what it's supposed to be? You always go by that, not the distance to your chainstays or anything else. Chainline is...
02-08-17, 09:18 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,637
Posted By Jeff Neese

That is indeed a great price on a very...

That is indeed a great price on a very respectable frameset, especially if you have most of the parts you need to build it up. A good wheelset can be expensive. I'd still rather have a vintage...
02-07-17, 10:20 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,637
Posted By Jeff Neese

That's an example that (to me) proves my theory. ...

That's an example that (to me) proves my theory. Gunnar makes great frames and you could also look at Rivendell for high-end, steel frames (and those are even lugged). There's Surly and Salsa...
02-05-17, 05:19 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,637
Posted By Jeff Neese

Indeed. My first Trek was a 1983 720, the...

Indeed. My first Trek was a 1983 720, the full-on touring bike and believed by some to be the best touring bike ever made. I can tell you mine was 100% trouble-free over many thousands of miles. ...
02-02-17, 10:10 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,637
Posted By Jeff Neese

And Trek was one of them. I'll take a...

And Trek was one of them. I'll take a hand-built Wisconsin lugged Trek frame any day. That's how they started out - frames only. Now they have sold out and became what we all hate, and now...
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