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Forum: Touring
10-21-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,566
Posted By cyccommute

That was likely unleaded gasoline. It was not...

That was likely unleaded gasoline. It was not the same as what has commonly come to be called “Coleman fuel”. Coleman fuel has an octane rating of 50. I’m not even sure you could even start an...
10-21-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,484
Posted By cyccommute

People think something is harmless because it has...

People think something is harmless because it has a common name and its been used for ages. That may not be true. There are plenty of “natural” products that are highly toxic. Not only chronically...
10-21-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 939
Views: 92,155
Posted By cyccommute

I almost ran over this little guy in southeastern...

I almost ran over this little guy in southeastern Colorado last week. I couldn’t see a rattle and thought he was just a bull snake but he had a heart shaped head and he buzzed that tail as fast as he...
10-21-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. There is not a patch out there that will...

Nope. There is not a patch out there that will stick worth a damn with “standard rubber cement”. Nor is making your own patches going to work all that well. Both aren’t even worth the time to try.
...
10-21-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,484
Posted By cyccommute

Based on what data or study? Do you have...

Based on what data or study? Do you have information on what that “peculiar smell” is so that you can assess the “toxicity”? “Toxic” is a term that gets thrown about by the chemical fearing public...
10-21-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,249
Posted By cyccommute

Well put. Hysteresis is a very large part of...

Well put. Hysteresis is a very large part of rolling resistance. Much...far too much...to do is made about tires bouncing and losing forward momentum. Narrow tires run at very low pressures may feel...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4,499
Views: 2,206,310
Posted By cyccommute

The loading process for rugged remote touring....

The loading process for rugged remote touring. The bike is a 1998 Moots YBBeat. The bags are mostly Revelate while the others are Oveja Negra (made in Salida, CO).

...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 356
Posted By cyccommute

A Brooks Flyer is a bit boat anchory at 850g...

A Brooks Flyer is a bit boat anchory at 850g (almost 2 lbs). A B17 Titanium (https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/b17-special-titanium.html) is less so but it will still provide ample anchorage for a...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 356
Posted By cyccommute

Without a fork change, installing a rim brake...

Without a fork change, installing a rim brake isn’t an option. Nor is using a rim brake on the current wheels. Disc rims don ‘t use thinner metal for the sidewalls, they use shorter sidewalls. ...
10-19-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,484
Posted By cyccommute

Cotton: Several chemical processes are used on...

Cotton: Several chemical processes are used on cotton to clean and make the thread and fabric. Dyes are “chemicals”, so better wear white and only stuff you’ve grown and woven yourself.

Wool:...
10-18-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 15,251
Posted By cyccommute

No, I was comparing the cost of 2 boxes of 100...

No, I was comparing the cost of 2 boxes of 100 patches (200 total) to the cost of 200 tubes.



We’ll just have to agree to disagree. I find tubeless to be a royal pain to deal with when I’ve had...
10-18-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,484
Posted By cyccommute

Okay there are a lot of misinformation to unpack...

Okay there are a lot of misinformation to unpack here. First, Nylon and polyamide are the same thing. Nylon fibers are used in all kinds of applications. If you use a toothbrush or have a carpet...
10-18-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,249
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t agree. Less than 40 psi for my weight...

I don’t agree. Less than 40 psi for my weight with 2.1” tires will result in not only pinch flats...an annoyance...but also damage to the rims when the rim bottoms out which is a much worse problem....
10-18-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,249
Posted By cyccommute

No. Bicycle tire calculators say that is right...

No. Bicycle tire calculators say that is right for my weight. Years of riding experience tell me that is the right pressure for my weight. Frankly, I see any thing less than that to be far too low....
10-18-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 984
Posted By cyccommute

Not as much as you might think. Going from 70°F...

Not as much as you might think. Going from 70°F at 100 psi to 90°F causes the pressure to rise 4 psi. Pressure rises with temperature but it’s just not that much of a change. If you wanted to...
10-18-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,249
Posted By cyccommute

Based on what evidence? I know that people think...

Based on what evidence? I know that people think that low pressures allow the tire to flex around an object better than high pressure does but, in practice, I’ve never found tire pressure to have...
Forum: Touring
10-18-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 503
Posted By cyccommute

Ten hours is also about the most I do in a day...

Ten hours is also about the most I do in a day but how many days have you gone without access to power? I’ve gone days without any other power source than what I can carry. Having a battery on my...
10-18-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 507
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t pay too much attention to all the charts...

Don’t pay too much attention to all the charts that you’ll find on tire sizes. They are far too conservative. I have 559mm Aeroheats on several mountain bikes which are the old version of the Dyad....
10-18-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 15,251
Posted By cyccommute

The lack of tubes doesn’t make tubeless less...

The lack of tubes doesn’t make tubeless less prone to punctures. The sealant in the tubeless tire does that job. I could put the same sealant in the tube...without all the attendant hassles of...
10-17-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 15,251
Posted By cyccommute

If you want as many patches per tube, you just...

If you want as many patches per tube, you just need to live where the goatheads grow. You get good at it with all the practice.



You can’t let it dry too long. I’ve forgotten about tubes in...
10-17-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 145
Views: 15,251
Posted By cyccommute

There’s your problem. Don’t use “different glues...

There’s your problem. Don’t use “different glues and patches”. Use Rema...glue and patches...and nothing else. Rema has chemistry on its side since it isn’t just “glue” but actually uses chemistry...
Forum: Touring
10-16-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 503
Posted By cyccommute

Neither of those really have that much battery...

Neither of those really have that much battery life. the Garmin is 20 hours and the Wahoo has 17. To put it another way, that’s about 2 days of riding without recharge. And the price on both is a...
10-16-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, a whole lot of electrons had to die to...

Frankly, a whole lot of electrons had to die to say that, essentially, the chain is going to wear out no matter how much effort you expend on it.
10-16-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By cyccommute

I have no hard data on it...I don’t wax...

I have no hard data on it...I don’t wax chains...but, essentially, yes. The wax on the chain would dissolve in the hard wax and soften it. That would make a hard wax work better on the chain. From...
10-12-20, 09:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,151
Posted By cyccommute

Whatever floats your boat but if you are going to...

Whatever floats your boat but if you are going to leave them in place, why not just drill out the rim and use Schrader valves? Schrader valves are made for tubeless so you wouldn’t have to fiddle...
10-12-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 923
Posted By cyccommute

For some reason, people feel that they need a...

For some reason, people feel that they need a complicated, multi step process to clean chains. Considering what gets thrown at a chain, all this work to make it “clean” is mostly useless. If you were...
10-11-20, 06:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 885
Posted By cyccommute

The CPSC’s stand against lawyer lips is that they...

The CPSC’s stand against lawyer lips is that they defeat the proper use of the quick release and encourage loose connections to the frame. I see lots and lots and lots of people who grab a quick...
10-11-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 925
Posted By cyccommute

Well, telling you to reread the post cleared up a...

Well, telling you to reread the post cleared up a misconception you had about the problem. I miss things on posts as well. I have zero problems with blood pressure. In fact my blood pressure goes the...
10-11-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,151
Posted By cyccommute

Why not just use Schrader valves if you have...

Why not just use Schrader valves if you have issues with Presta valves? Presta valves are extremely simple and easy to use if you use the proper chuck.
Forum: Touring
10-11-20, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By cyccommute

I’d look at Fleabay. Look for an external...

I’d look at Fleabay. Look for an external bearing bottom bracket. Easier to install and work on. For the derailer, just about anything Shimano works as long as it’s not mountain 10 speed...aka...
10-11-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 885
Posted By cyccommute

Like by finding a post on a public forum about...

Like by finding a post on a public forum about filing them off?

Oops.
10-11-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 925
Posted By cyccommute

Read KC8QVO’s original post. The cables aren’t...

Read KC8QVO’s original post. The cables aren’t fraying at the derailer end but at the shifter end. A very different...and potentially much more expensive....problem.

And shifter cables aren’t...
10-10-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,022
Posted By cyccommute

First, rim are just larger discs. Not “pedantic”...

First, rim are just larger discs. Not “pedantic” at all. They use the same principle as hub mounted rotors, i.e. a friction pad that squeezes a rotating disc.



I have never understood the...
10-10-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 885
Posted By cyccommute

If I remove them and then sell the bike, I become...

If I remove them and then sell the bike, I become liable if someone doesn’t use the quick release correctly.
10-10-20, 12:16 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 9,022
Posted By cyccommute

I have ridden hub mounted disc. I have 8 bikes. ...

I have ridden hub mounted disc. I have 8 bikes. Three of them have discs, one has a disc front and linear rear, 3 have cantilevers and one has dual pivot side pulls. The disc brake ones don’t stop...
10-09-20, 10:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 885
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that lawyer lips are stupid, they...

While I agree that lawyer lips are stupid, they aren’t required by the CPSC. If the front wheel doesn’t have quick release, it has to have a wheel retainer but quick release don’t.
That said, I...
Forum: Touring
10-09-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,566
Posted By cyccommute

No. I’m a chemist who has spent a career looking...

No. I’m a chemist who has spent a career looking at alternative fuels from biomass. That requires a lot of knowledge about (unalternative?:foo:) fuels since we want the same, or similar, results...
10-09-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By cyccommute

My post wasn’t meant for you. You are a lost...

My post wasn’t meant for you. You are a lost cause. It was meant for people who might be considering your rather uninformed advice. You might want to inform your local fire department of your...
10-09-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

The answers above aren’t nonsensical. If the part...

The answers above aren’t nonsensical. If the part in question was a stop, it would be larger than 4 (or even 5) mm. A 4mm or 5mm ferrule usually fits into the cable stop. The stop that dsaul links to...
10-08-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By cyccommute

No. Gasoline isn’t “like any solvent”. One...

No. Gasoline isn’t “like any solvent”. One doesn’t need to just be careful about how it is used but one has to be far more careful about how, when, and where it is used. Acetone and MEK are...
10-08-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 471
Posted By cyccommute

Goof Off...

Goof Off (https://goofoffproducts.com/product/pro-strength-remover-6-oz/) worked very well on a rattle can painted frame I found at my local co-op. Use gloves.

Don’t use gasoline for anything but...
10-08-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 330
Posted By cyccommute

Here’s the gearing...

Here’s the gearing (http://www.gear-calculator.com/?GR=DERS&KB=40&RZ=11,13,15,18,21,24,28,32,36&UF=2185&TF=90&SL=2.6&UN=MPH&DV=gearInches) from gear-calculator.com. Seems a bit high. You might think...
10-08-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

Cable housing ferrules, actually. ...

Cable housing ferrules, actually.



Probably. You can, however, find them in various colors to match a color scheme. Don’t expect to get those for free.

...
Forum: Touring
10-08-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By cyccommute

Never a problem. And I bought them used.

Never a problem. And I bought them used.
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By cyccommute

I’d go with an air fork with a lockout over a...

I’d go with an air fork with a lockout over a coil any time. Yes, there may be more maintenance for the air fork but, realistically, I’ve never serviced one of my air fork and most of them are more...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 09:56 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,566
Posted By cyccommute

Normal octane has an “octane” rating of -20 on...

Normal octane has an “octane” rating of -20 on the Research Octane Number (RON) system. Only hexadecane has a lower number. Both of them work better in diesel fuel.

And, yes, World War II aviation...
10-07-20, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 802
Posted By cyccommute

I have Adarga tape...

I have Adarga tape (https://www.adarga.net/store.html) on my touring bike. Unlike Brooks tape, it is a single piece....
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 10:08 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,402
Posted By cyccommute

Swap the weight distribution. Put 20 to 24...

Swap the weight distribution. Put 20 to 24 pounds over the front wheel and the 11 lbs in the back. If you don’t have them already, get low riders for the front load as well. Less weight on the rear...
Forum: Touring
10-07-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,566
Posted By cyccommute

The list of alkanes in Coleman Fuel is C5 to C9...

The list of alkanes in Coleman Fuel is C5 to C9 hydrocarbons. Although not listed, it probably contains hexane as well, not that it will make much difference. Mineral spirits has alkanes of C6 to...
10-07-20, 08:41 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 741
Posted By cyccommute

There really was no need to get rid of your...

There really was no need to get rid of your favorite bike. It is relatively easy to change a 27” wheel to a 700C wheel. Most 27” era bikes have brakes that are slotted for exactly that purpose. A...
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