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01-17-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 227
Posted By Litespud

just to clarify, is that a lock ring on the drive...

just to clarify, is that a lock ring on the drive side? If so, I think it’s on the wrong side. When you installed the cups, were you able to at least start the threading by hand before you took a...
01-16-21, 11:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 446
Posted By Litespud

agree - degree of care and attention when using...

agree - degree of care and attention when using the tool is a far more significant factor than the quality of the tool itself (for anything better than the IKEA throwaway, at least). I’ve been using...
01-16-21, 11:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 255
Posted By Litespud

I have two GPS devices that don’t agree on...

I have two GPS devices that don’t agree on distance - my iPhone running Strava consistently reads 0.6% higher than my Garmin head unit. Probably as good as it gets for consumer devices
01-16-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

dangerous isn’t really the word I’d use -...

dangerous isn’t really the word I’d use - slightly inconvenient, maybe. I doubt if you’d find many riders who’d tell you that they crashed as a result of DT shifting. I used them for ~25 years and I...
01-16-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

What about all those who didn’t? Hmm? Well? ...

What about all those who didn’t? Hmm? Well?
#DarwinLevers #DowntubeCarnage
01-16-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 130
Posted By Litespud

it would help if you told us what “this crankset”...

it would help if you told us what “this crankset” was 🙄
01-15-21, 10:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 504
Posted By Litespud

Long ago I did away with my "standard" 53t big...

Long ago I did away with my "standard" 53t big ring for a 50t. Have since gone to a 51t, which puts me around the middle of my 12/23 cassette for most of the local rolling terrain. I usually use the...
01-15-21, 02:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,119
Posted By Litespud

The point remains - is it your position that...

The point remains - is it your position that there is no middle ground between flashing lights bright enough to blind you and flashing lights too dim to be seen?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 801
Posted By Litespud

I feel your pain - I hate things sticking up on...

I feel your pain - I hate things sticking up on top of the bars. I did a couple of things - first I bought some Go-Pro coupler sets (I look on these as the industry standard) and attached a "male"...
01-15-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

trying to think of a suitable automotive analogy...

trying to think of a suitable automotive analogy - best I can come up with is a modern manual transmission vs an old non-synchro tranny - sure, the old box takes a lot more finesse, and I imagine the...
01-14-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,119
Posted By Litespud

So your position is that lights are either bright...

So your position is that lights are either bright enough to blind you or too dim to be noticed.......nothing in between?
01-14-21, 10:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

🙄 by that logic, why have multiple gears at all?...

🙄 by that logic, why have multiple gears at all? Didn’t we get along just fine on single-speeds for ages?
01-14-21, 05:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

DT shifting isn’t hard and works perfectly fine....

DT shifting isn’t hard and works perfectly fine. Once you upgrade to “brifters”, though, you’ll likely never go back. Why on earth would you?
01-13-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,119
Posted By Litespud

uh...ok.... (backs slowly away from the...

uh...ok....

(backs slowly away from the topic)
01-13-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 509
Posted By Litespud

Looks like a unicorn - I did a quick search and...

Looks like a unicorn - I did a quick search and everywhere is out of stock or no longer available. I'm assuming that it's no longer made and that Specialized themselves don't have one?. I think your...
01-13-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 563
Posted By Litespud

I use a plain ol' Ziploc sandwich bag - good for...

I use a plain ol' Ziploc sandwich bag - good for a phone, a few cards, cash and a mask, no tab to break off, and they last a couple of months before they accumulate enough scuffs and holes to render...
01-11-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,134
Posted By Litespud

my standard rig is 51/39 front, 12/23 rear...

my standard rig is 51/39 front, 12/23 rear (10sp). I used to run a 13/26 cassette when I lived in a hillier part of the country, but there’s nothing in the gently rolling terrain of central NC that...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By Litespud

this is thoroughly confusing - you seem to be...

this is thoroughly confusing - you seem to be using “SPD” and “SPD-SL” interchangeably
Forum: Road Cycling
01-09-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,298
Posted By Litespud

most of the time, there’s no effort involved on...

most of the time, there’s no effort involved on the part of most of the class, once the suit is up and running. My inclusion in several class action suits comprised a letter from a law firm basically...
01-09-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,076
Posted By Litespud

biggest problem with most Fiat-Jeeps is that they...

biggest problem with most Fiat-Jeeps is that they look like ass. My folks had six Fiats in a row - not one of them ever broke down, despite my folks’ rather cavalier attitude toward preventive...
01-08-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By Litespud

You'll ultimately need to know the spindle...

You'll ultimately need to know the spindle length, but that'll depend on the crankset - the crankset design combines with the spindle length to place your chainrings at the appropriate distance from...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-21, 10:31 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,698
Posted By Litespud

Add Di2 if you want Di2. Barring abuse or trauma,...

Add Di2 if you want Di2. Barring abuse or trauma, a well-made CF frame should last pretty much indefinitely. If in the unlikely event that it fails, just transfer your components to another frame
01-08-21, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 379
Posted By Litespud

Agreed -TAs are my go-to replacement for...

Agreed -TAs are my go-to replacement for expensive Campagnolo rings. Cheaper, but well made and the shifting is as good as OEM. I usually order from Peter White, who carries a very large range
01-08-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,942
Posted By Litespud

I guess it reflects the national or regional...

I guess it reflects the national or regional cultural view toward relatively minor rules and regulations in general - trying not to stereotype, but I imagine way more Italians will run a red light...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By Litespud

No doubt, but blacknbluebikes stated "almost...

No doubt, but blacknbluebikes stated "almost always left foot first, so I can rest it on the curb at stops" - that's an awful lot of one-way streets
01-07-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 618
Posted By Litespud

denial - "nope - the road is particularly smooth"...

denial - "nope - the road is particularly smooth" or "my chamois is delightfully springy today" or "yes, it was expensive, but this frame really is vertically compliant!"
anger - "goddammit - I got...
01-07-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 648
Posted By Litespud

I agree with the others - remove the ears and use...

I agree with the others - remove the ears and use a separate seat post clamp. I wouldn't cut off the top of the tube, regardless of your available seat post length. You may end up having to extend...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-07-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By Litespud

thanks for the geography lesson there Oz 🙄 but...

thanks for the geography lesson there Oz 🙄 but blacknbluebikes is in the US, where they drive - and presumably ride - on the right

-Many Countries
01-06-21, 12:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 221
Posted By Litespud

Not sure what I'm looking at - there's some...

Not sure what I'm looking at - there's some degree of engagement lag, but that could be either the design of the free hub (ie, low tooth count) or crap/hardened grease in the workings - otherwise is...
01-06-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,257
Posted By Litespud

As a grad student, almost certainly on occasion,...

As a grad student, almost certainly on occasion, although I don't recall any specific instances - I used to commute 10 mi each way for most of grad school - if I was going out on the batter, I'd...
01-06-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Litespud

I'm a big fan of the look of later round-top...

I'm a big fan of the look of later round-top Ergos, but those pointy-tops really make beautiful brake-only levers. Years ago I went looking for a pair of Campag brake levers for a fixed-gear I was...
01-06-21, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By Litespud

I imagine the OP is using old Shimano STI with...

I imagine the OP is using old Shimano STI with the "flying" shifter cables - he mentioned "brake hoods", but he's not talking about brake cables.
01-05-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 468
Posted By Litespud

there are stacks of YouTubes on installing...

there are stacks of YouTubes on installing mechanical group sets, including installing cables and setting up the shifting. GCN has several, and I imagine Park tools has some. If you’re doing it, I...
01-05-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,868
Posted By Litespud

been riding bikes for as long as I can remember,...

been riding bikes for as long as I can remember, but I got my first drop-bar multi-speed bike ~48 years ago. Apart from a couple of years in grad school, between when the frame broke and when I could...
01-05-21, 06:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 830
Posted By Litespud

Ordinarily I would agree, but the OP still has...

Ordinarily I would agree, but the OP still has issues with his shifting that may or may not be related to drivetrain wear, and diagnosing these issues won’t be made any easier if his new chain is...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-05-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By Litespud

How do you rest your left foot on the curb at...

How do you rest your left foot on the curb at stops? Isn't the curb on the right?
01-05-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 830
Posted By Litespud

5/8" chain length difference is irrelevant to...

5/8" chain length difference is irrelevant to shifting efficiency, regardless of cage length. Unless you install a "half-link", you're adjusting your chain length in 1" increments in any case. Chain...
01-04-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 599
Posted By Litespud

I went with a med cage RD years ago because I...

I went with a med cage RD years ago because I wanted the capacity for a 13-29 cassette I occasionally used for climbing, even though my normal cassette (12-23) is within the capacity of a short-cage...
01-04-21, 09:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 601
Posted By Litespud

Don’t overthink it, and IMO a backpack is...

Don’t overthink it, and IMO a backpack is overkill for a century. carry some snacks in your jersey, start with two bottles of your beverage of choice. You’re going to be passing through...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-02-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,633
Posted By Litespud

I switched to SLs years ago after Looks for a...

I switched to SLs years ago after Looks for a number of years. Can't say I noticed any significant difference in ability to disengage - they require a good heel-kick, but I'd rather that than an...
12-30-20, 12:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By Litespud

That's my experience - I have two forks for my...

That's my experience - I have two forks for my Litespeed, a straight-legged steel Gunnar and a CF Reynolds Ouzo Pro. Apart from the exactly 1 lb weight difference, the legs on the Gunnar just look...
12-28-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 671
Posted By Litespud

Ultimate Disc + Dura-Ace + the cheapest wheel...

Ultimate Disc + Dura-Ace + the cheapest wheel option lists for ~$7500 on the Litespeed site. This one looks like a bargain at ~$3800. I think used Ti is a great used option. Barring trauma, which is...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-28-20, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 795
Posted By Litespud

Chris King specifies a torque for the NoThreadSet...

Chris King specifies a torque for the NoThreadSet top cap - it’s pretty low - 10-12 in.lb, IIRC.
12-27-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 215
Posted By Litespud

Stackable totes from Target

Stackable totes from Target
12-27-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 4,518
Posted By Litespud

A patched tube is a perfectly acceptable spare...

A patched tube is a perfectly acceptable spare for the saddlebag. As others have said, put the good tube on the bike and keep the patched tube to get you home if necessary. Folding a patched tube is...
12-26-20, 01:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 423
Posted By Litespud

as I understand it, there’s some leeway beyond...

as I understand it, there’s some leeway beyond the spec’d chain wrap capacities, so you might get away with it. I would do the experiment, size the chain as short as possible in the big/big (even if...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-25-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,499
Posted By Litespud

We shouldn't talk about tire width in isolation,...

We shouldn't talk about tire width in isolation, though. All things being equal, a narrower tire might be more aero, but coupled with a wider rim and the smoother transition from tire to rim, might...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-25-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 19,807
Views: 4,273,958
Posted By Litespud

Giro Helios MIPS helmet, black/yellow, with the...

Giro Helios MIPS helmet, black/yellow, with the spherical independently-rotating double-layer construction. Will try it out tomorrow, but it's ungodly light and very comfortable. Pic from internet....
12-22-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 821
Posted By Litespud

Hard to tell without pics, but in the forum...

Hard to tell without pics, but in the forum tradition of answering a question that wasn't asked, 112 psi seems awfully high for a 28mm tire and a rider weight of 215 lb. I wonder if you dropped the...
12-21-20, 01:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,924
Posted By Litespud

one time I was riding while chewing gum....

one time I was riding while chewing gum. Something flew into my mouth and I got a couple of “chews” in before I realized that the gum had taken on a new consistency. 😟🤢
apart from the occasional...
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