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04-21-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 443
Posted By cyccommute

Rotational direction is unimportant on low...

Rotational direction is unimportant on low profile road tires. If you really want to bother your OCD friends (or OCD bike mechanics) mount them backwards. It really messes with their head;)
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04-21-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

And, again, I’m not the one who brought up...

And, again, I’m not the one who brought up gender. My “feelings” aren’t involved in the topic at all. Your lack of respect is the issue. You keep trying to justify the unjustifable.
Forum: Touring
04-21-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

Any one but Slime. Tuffy’s have worked well for...

Any one but Slime. Tuffy’s have worked well for me for ages. Rhinodillos also work. Slime doesn’t taper the ends of their liners and they have been the only liner I’ve used that rubbed through my...
04-21-21, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t be quick to say that it will work. It...

I wouldn’t be quick to say that it will work. It depends on how close the crank is to the frame. If you have a mountain bike or a frame with large diameter tubes, moving the crank inward might...
04-21-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

If your intent was to target a bicycle topic and...

If your intent was to target a bicycle topic and not a gender issue, why bring up gender? You introduced gender into the discussion. I have already pointed out to you how you could have kept this a...
04-21-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 166
Posted By cyccommute

The “68” on your bottom bracket is a clue but...

The “68” on your bottom bracket is a clue but there is another clue as well. The “BC” (red arrow) stands for British Cycle which has been shortened from BSC or British Standard Cycle. You’ll often...
04-21-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

My problem with that quote is that there is no...

My problem with that quote is that there is no compressive load on the wire spoke. There’s no need to even discuss compressive loads on wire spoked wheels. I’ll agree that the spoke is elongated...
04-20-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

I’m not “interpreting” your words. You posted...

I’m not “interpreting” your words. You posted those exact words and the context is quite clear. If you think your intent is harmless, you are deluding yourself.

Here’s a test: read your exact...
04-20-21, 04:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

I read your post. Your meaning is quite clear....

I read your post. Your meaning is quite clear. Like I said, if you have used “random person”, there would have been no problem. Saying “random female” says something else entirely.



Odd, this...
04-20-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 153
Posted By cyccommute

I’m well beyond the 200 lb range. I have owned...

I’m well beyond the 200 lb range. I have owned several aluminum bikes for various applications and still own some. I have a touring bike that is used for load road touring...me and up to 60 lb of...
04-20-21, 04:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

The spoke undergoes a decrease in tension which...

The spoke undergoes a decrease in tension which isn’t the same thing as compression...not even close. The rim is deformed through compression but not the spoke.
04-20-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

No. Because there is no compression of the...

No. Because there is no compression of the spokes in a tensioned bicycle wheel. There is reduction of tension but there is no compression. The rim is compressed but it doesn’t have a connection to...
04-20-21, 04:20 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,350
Posted By cyccommute

Part of the problem with hybrids was that they...

Part of the problem with hybrids was that they over promised and under delivered. “Hybrids” started appearing at the end of the 80s. The original hybrids with 700C wheels were limited to 32mm tires,...
04-20-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

Then why not say “a random person”? Don’t post...

Then why not say “a random person”? Don’t post in a manner that can be interpreted as being sexist. I read nothing into your post other than what you put there.
04-20-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

You are looking at this in the wrong way...just...

You are looking at this in the wrong way...just as Brandt and others have. The bottom spokes can’t be compressed because there is no mechanism for that compression. Nothing can push up on the...
04-19-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

Let’s not be sexist, okay? I’ve had numerous XY...

Let’s not be sexist, okay? I’ve had numerous XY chromosome individuals at my local co-op who are clueless about the various doohickeys on a bicycle. I’ve also worked with numerous XX chromosome...
04-19-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

But the shortening of the spoke isn’t due to...

But the shortening of the spoke isn’t due to compression. Brandt is assuming that compression and tension are the same force with opposite signs, an assumption that is in error.
04-19-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. But if you walk into the same shop and ask...

Yes. But if you walk into the same shop and ask them about “chain stretch”, they will immediately know what you are talking about. If you walked into a shop and asked “brifters”, they will know...
Forum: Touring
04-19-21, 09:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

Having lived where the pestilence of goat heads...

Having lived where the pestilence of goat heads has existed long before I got here...and I remember dinosaurs wandering the landscape;)...I have a bit of a sixth sense about goat heads. I know where...
04-19-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By cyccommute

Rims can crack. Any rim can crack. I’ve ridden...

Rims can crack. Any rim can crack. I’ve ridden a lot of expensive rims and a lot of cheap rims. I’ve ridden lots of different brands of rims as well. The number of ones that have cracked at the...
04-19-21, 08:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

Since you like to get hyper-technical about this...

Since you like to get hyper-technical about this stuff, they are incorrectly referred to as “braze-on”. Whether or not the mount is “brazed on” would depend on the material. Steel could be have the...
04-18-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

Because the tension change is spread out over...

Because the tension change is spread out over many spokes. A decrease in tension of the bottom spokes is what would be expected in a system that is under tension and one where the spokes aren’t...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

I walked the last mile and carried the last half...

I walked the last mile and carried the last half mile after the tires fell off because they are were so flat.

On the previous ride...the one where I taunted the Goathead Gods, we had 27 punctures...
04-18-21, 01:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 835
Posted By cyccommute

What does a spoke stand on? It’s not attached to...

What does a spoke stand on? It’s not attached to the rim other by tension. The wheel is a tensegrity structure that hangs from the spokes just like this toy.
...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 11:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

Probably me. It’s an old trick around here. ...

Probably me. It’s an old trick around here.

I will say that while I’m not a fan of sealants, I have used them on some of my excursions to southeastern Colorado. After getting over 65 punctures...
Forum: Touring
04-18-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

“Tubeless” tires don’t stop flats from happening....

“Tubeless” tires don’t stop flats from happening. The sealant used in the tires stop flats. Sealant in tubes will do the same. You should also remove the object causing the puncture no matter what...
04-17-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 439
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, the nut is part of the wheel but it is in...

Yes, the nut is part of the wheel but it is in the wrong location. In the picture below, the nut (shown by green arrow) should be inside the dropout (see yellow arrow). The dropout should ride on the...
04-16-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 6,602
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. A smaller wheel will result in faster...

Yes. A smaller wheel will result in faster acceleration but lower top speed. You have to work harder with larger wheels to get up to speed but you also have to work harder to keep that speed as...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,540
Posted By cyccommute

I use a Week-at-a-Glance pocket calendar. I...

I use a Week-at-a-Glance pocket calendar. I record distance, time, average speed, and bicycle identity (I’ve had as many as 13 bikes but currently only have 8). At the end of the year, I put the...
04-16-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Posted By cyccommute

Did you mount the chain rings correctly? The...

Did you mount the chain rings correctly? The inner ring should be to the left of the spider mounting tabs and the outer ring to the right.
04-15-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,182
Posted By cyccommute

Might be best to just cut your losses. Let this...

Might be best to just cut your losses. Let this one go. There will be others.
04-15-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 358
Posted By cyccommute

Well, there’s your problem:rolleyes: That...

Well, there’s your problem:rolleyes: That “silver cylinder” is a barrel adjuster. It allows you to take up slack in the cable.
Forum: Commuting
04-15-21, 06:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By cyccommute

Ug. There is no need to resort to that kluge job...

Ug. There is no need to resort to that kluge job for a Hardrock. Most every Hardrock I’ve ever seen has had rack mounts. Any rack will work. That monstrosity is only for bikes that don’t have...
04-14-21, 08:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 478
Posted By cyccommute

With that I agree. Latex has is very thin and...

With that I agree. Latex has is very thin and has little structure to it.



To my way of thinking, if a tube needs to be “stretched” to get it onto the rim, whether inflated or uninflated, it...
04-14-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 478
Posted By cyccommute

Never had a problem betting the tube into the...

Never had a problem betting the tube into the well of the rim. The tube goes in just fine without all the fiddling with adding and removing air.
04-14-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 478
Posted By cyccommute

“Slightly inflating a tube during installation”...

“Slightly inflating a tube during installation” is one of those things that I’ve never quite understood. Lots of tires are difficult to mount and adding a filled tube doesn’t make the process any...
04-13-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,182
Posted By cyccommute

They may not need it. You might be able to pull...

They may not need it. You might be able to pull it back by tightening the NDS but you might have to over tighten those spokes and risk rounding the nipples. That’s why I suggest working on the drive...
04-13-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,182
Posted By cyccommute

Check the dish. If you don’t have a dishing...

Check the dish. If you don’t have a dishing tool, just flip the wheel around in the dropout and ensure that it is centered. Before you do anything, make sure that the wheel is as far back in the...
04-13-21, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By cyccommute

It’s never worked that way in my experience. ...

It’s never worked that way in my experience. I’ve replace many rims and never had a spoke get tighter as I swapped them. Even when releasing all the tension on a spoke by spoke basis, all the...
04-13-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I’m not sure how you would replace the...

Frankly, I’m not sure how you would replace the spokes one-at-a-time with a fully tensioned wheel. That just seems like a whole lot of work. It takes a bit of work to detension the first few spokes...
04-13-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,182
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly there should be no need for any kind of...

Honestly there should be no need for any kind of washer on the unless it is part of the bearing lock nut system. If the hub is too narrow for the frame, you can probably just squish the frame down...
04-13-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By cyccommute

While it is a good idea to layer on tension when...

While it is a good idea to layer on tension when building a wheel, it’s not necessary to take it off in layer when detensioning a wheel. A pdlamb points out, the spokes can handle a lot of force...
04-12-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 358
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree, I would probably check the pads...

While I agree, I would probably check the pads first. They are the easy low hanging fruit. Cables next, then tear apart brakes. It’s usually the cables that are the problem but it’s always good to...
04-12-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 358
Posted By cyccommute

On the really weird side, check that the brake...

On the really weird side, check that the brake pad doesn’t have a lip that is diving under the rim like the lip in this picture.* The lip is often enough catch the pad and keep it from releasing...
04-11-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 849
Posted By cyccommute

Every road bike I’ve ever owned was a 58cm. I...

Every road bike I’ve ever owned was a 58cm. I bought one on sale that was 56cm and regretted it from the moment I bought it. It felt cramped from the get-go. I never rode it all that much because...
04-10-21, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1,564
Views: 124,189
Posted By cyccommute

Next mission is yours.

Next mission is yours.
04-10-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By cyccommute

I can’t say who made them first but you can find...

I can’t say who made them first but you can find King Cage Iris reviews going back to 2006. My own pair go back to about then and I don’t recall seeing any other brand out there with the same...
04-10-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By cyccommute

Other than the fact that you should buy them from...

Other than the fact that you should buy them from King Cages (https://kingcage.com/) rather than give Trek $15 for knockoffs, no.
04-10-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 849
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t say a “medium” in any brand. Maybe a...

I wouldn’t say a “medium” in any brand. Maybe a medium large but far more likely a large. Start at a 58cm and go from there. Contrary to most people’s thoughts on bicycle frame sizes, a 58cm in on...
04-08-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,395
Posted By cyccommute

They couldn’t find schedule 40 pipe?

They couldn’t find schedule 40 pipe?
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