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Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

Huh? Off-road puts as much or more lateral force...

Huh? Off-road puts as much or more lateral force on the tire. Cornering on pavement is predictable while it’s not always predictable off-road. A tire off-road is more likely to hit rocks and other...
09-23-20, 05:37 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

Does the “gouge” go all the way around the rim? ...

Does the “gouge” go all the way around the rim? How deep does it look? From the picture it looks exactly like a wear indicator. If it goes all the way around the rim, it is a wear indicator. If...
09-23-20, 05:29 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

If it is not a machined groove it is the...

If it is not a machined groove it is the rotuitous gouge in history. It just happens to follow in a perfect arc along about 20% of the rim in exactly the same place and about the same depth as...
09-23-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 174
Posted By cyccommute

”Forte” is the house brand for Performance. It...

”Forte” is the house brand for Performance. It is likely made by Welgo or some other mass manufacturer. I’d say it’s unlikely to find a replacement cap. You might get lucky but the cap isn’t...
09-23-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

I grew up about 100 miles to the northwest of...

I grew up about 100 miles to the northwest of here. I spent a lot of my formative years tromping around in the canyons of southeastern Colorado and still have an appreciation for it. I can almost...
09-23-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, there is no wear indicator on the pictures...

Yes, there is no wear indicator on the pictures you provided. There is obviously a wear indicator line in the pictures Tomm Williams provided. Nothing imbedded in a brake track would make such a...
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 12:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

A couple of things. Lots of spokes are good but...

A couple of things. Lots of spokes are good but better spokes are, well, better. Straight gauge spokes (which most people use) need more spokes to do the same job as double butted spokes. And triple...
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

You should read the Heine article. I don’t...

You should read the Heine article. I don’t understand why you have to run higher pressures to retain the shape of the tires on a narrower rim. A round profile on a tire naturally retains the shape...
Forum: Touring
09-23-20, 11:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

While I would never use a 55mm tire on a road...

While I would never use a 55mm tire on a road tour, I regularly use 55 to 58 mm mountain bike tires on 17mm internal width rims. I had 25mm rims back in the 80s but that’s the last time I used rims...
09-23-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7,488
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Posted By cyccommute

In the area where I was riding, most of it is...

In the area where I was riding, most of it is open range. There’s a fence for the state line and to keep cattle out of sensitive archeological areas but for the most part there aren’t many fences....
09-23-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7,488
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Posted By cyccommute

I’m used to that. Cows have less of an agenda....

I’m used to that. Cows have less of an agenda. These are also US Forest Service “trails”. I think they may have been established by the CCC, although they don’t have the artistry that you’d expect...
09-23-20, 10:38 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

While I disagree with cxwrench...and with...

While I disagree with cxwrench...and with you...about the model of the rim, I do agree with him that what you are seeing is “oil canning”. The eyelets area is resists bending while between the...
09-23-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, I have looked at the rims in question and I...

Yes, I have looked at the rims in question and I agree that they don’t have wear indicators. But I have also looked at Tomm Williams‘ picture and there is clearly a wear indicator groove on...
09-23-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

No, that line in not from “wear”. It is too...

No, that line in not from “wear”. It is too uniform to be made by any wear mechanism. Something imbedded in the pad would make a groove that is varies more. Look at the wear mark on the rim right...
09-23-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

My 1998 Moots Y Be Beat doing what I built it for...

My 1998 Moots Y Be Beat doing what I built it for

...
09-23-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

It’s not “paint”. It chrome electroplating like...

It’s not “paint”. It chrome electroplating like on bumpers (old cars).
09-23-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

There is clearly a wear indicator on that rim. ...

There is clearly a wear indicator on that rim.



The black line, indicated by the red arrows

...
09-22-20, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 324
Posted By cyccommute

At 4’11” and with a inseam of 28”, the bike might...

At 4’11” and with a inseam of 28”, the bike might still be a bit big. She will only have about 1/2” to 3/4” of clearance. That’s not a lot. Think of how close you want the frame to be to the...
09-22-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,315
Posted By cyccommute

A Terry Symmetry, of course. The woman was tiny.

A Terry Symmetry, of course. The woman was tiny.
09-22-20, 08:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 512
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they are...

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they are “cool” or that they even have that much utility. If you are going to ride at night, active lighting is far more effective...and noticeable...than any...
09-21-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I wouldn’t use a freewheel hub on...

Frankly, I wouldn’t use a freewheel hub on anything. I’ve broken far too many freewheel axles and I’ve worked on too many broken freewheel axles to trust them.
09-21-20, 09:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,621
Posted By cyccommute

Again, it is not “grease”. It is a wax...a soft...

Again, it is not “grease”. It is a wax...a soft wax, to be sure, but a wax, nevertheless. The problem with your thinking is that the grit doesn’t get into the chain because there is no mechanism for...
09-19-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

Although it doesn’t apply to your bike, some...

Although it doesn’t apply to your bike, some frames were made for transitional times. For example, my 2003 and 2011 Cannondale touring bikes came with 132.5mm OLD on the frame so that they could be...
09-19-20, 08:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,621
Posted By cyccommute

I agree with Brown that the wax on the chain is a...

I agree with Brown that the wax on the chain is a lubricant but I remove it prior to use because of past experience with the material. I use wax-based chain lubricant and if the factory lubricant...
09-18-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,236
Posted By cyccommute

A kitten. Fit in a handlebar bag.

A kitten. Fit in a handlebar bag.
Forum: Commuting
09-18-20, 05:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 780
Posted By cyccommute

Before getting out the scourges, take a step back...

Before getting out the scourges, take a step back and look at scale. There has been about 1 billion bicycles made up to now. At an average of 30 lb of metal apiece, that would be 15,000,000 tons of...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 402
Posted By cyccommute

The Cosmo...

The Cosmo (https://www.tubus.com/fileadmin/user_upload/tubus/downloads/technische-zeichnungen/hinterradtraeger/Cosmo_TZ_2.0.pdf) is 370mm from the lower attachment point to the top of the deck. The...
09-17-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,621
Posted By cyccommute

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an...

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an emulsifier but it’s a detergent which is a special kind of emulsifier. It’s more water soluble than other kinds of emulsifiers. The oil mixes with...
09-17-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,621
Posted By cyccommute

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an...

Almost but not quite. Simple Green is kind of an emulsifier but it’s a detergent which is a special kind of emulsifier. It’s more water soluble than other kinds of emulsifiers. The oil mixes with...
Forum: Touring
09-17-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

I fear what you are hunting unicorns. Mountain...

I fear what you are hunting unicorns. Mountain bikes don’t usually come with rack mounts and many of the bikepacking bikes out there don’t come with suspension forks. The ones that do are likely to...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 780
Posted By cyccommute

It’s not an either/or question. You can ride for...

It’s not an either/or question. You can ride for environmental reasons and enjoy the ride at the same time. The world is in color, why boil everything down to black and white decisions?

I’m...
09-17-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 648
Posted By cyccommute

More useless information: a 2x4 does...or at...

More useless information: a 2x4 does...or at least did...measure 2” by 4” in the rough hewn state. All lumber sizes are (well, were) the size of the rough cut from the mill. The rough cut lumber was...
09-17-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 648
Posted By cyccommute

It’s actually more confusing than that. The...

It’s actually more confusing than that. The whole lettering designation of the French system is a left over. Wheels with a 650, 650A, 650B and 650C are 4 different sizes of wheels and tires. The...
09-17-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 648
Posted By cyccommute

No, a tire isn’t a cylinder. It’s a torus. But...

No, a tire isn’t a cylinder. It’s a torus. But for a bicycle tire, the width and height are similar enough to be the same in every practical sense.



That depends on how “exact” a calculation is...
09-15-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

Depends on the crank. A 1985 Sugino AT is a good...

Depends on the crank. A 1985 Sugino AT is a good candidate. I wouldn’t do it for someone of my weight but my wife only weighed 100 lbs if she was carrying 10 pounds of rocks in her pocket. More...
Forum: Touring
09-15-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 798
Posted By cyccommute

Most of the pumps that do both don’t have much...

Most of the pumps that do both don’t have much capacity for pumping. They are a pretty poor minipump. I would say the same about just about any micropump. The Topeak Morphs aren’t a micropumps but...
09-15-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,227
Posted By cyccommute

Kroil and a pipe wrench aren’t going to do...

Kroil and a pipe wrench aren’t going to do anything. The problem isn’t with lubrication but with the seatpost expanding. An aluminum post that oxidizes will increase in diameter and there isn’t any...
09-15-20, 04:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 238
Posted By cyccommute

It’s the diameter of the rim, not the tire. It’s...

It’s the diameter of the rim, not the tire. It’s the diameter of the bead for the tire.

The ETRTO size would be 38-559
09-15-20, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By cyccommute

You won’t regret it. I have at least 15 Chris...

You won’t regret it. I have at least 15 Chris Kings on bikes in my garage. Zero issues in using some of them for over 20 years.
09-15-20, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 301
Posted By cyccommute

Video assist....

Video assist. (https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21ANDqVRRoaEKAs3M&cid=4F34A0A417A06A2D&id=4F34A0A417A06A2D%2190462&parId=4F34A0A417A06A2D%2157179&o=OneUp) This isn’t just a case of getting a flat...
Forum: Touring
09-14-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 392
Posted By cyccommute

You don’t have to choose. Nor do you have to use...

You don’t have to choose. Nor do you have to use Topeak racks. Topeak is making an add-on called the Omani Quicktrack adapter...
09-14-20, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By cyccommute

First, those are external cups on an external...

First, those are external cups on an external headset. That’s actually better. Second, you’ll need to use a Chris King race and probably the bearing cap to make the headset work. Try contacting...
09-14-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 995
Posted By cyccommute

Think of the pad as a boot. The “toe” is the...

Think of the pad as a boot. The “toe” is the part of the brake that points in the direction of travel and hits the brake first. “Toe in” means that the toe is closer to the rim.



Heel in...
09-13-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 560
Posted By cyccommute

Road bikes didn’t suffer that much from loose...

Road bikes didn’t suffer that much from loose headsets. Mountain bikes of the early 80s to mid90s, on the other hand, often loosened on a each ride and had to be replaced often. There was a huge...
09-13-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

Threads don’t work that way. A nut isn’t reverse...

Threads don’t work that way. A nut isn’t reverse threaded if you turn it over.
Forum: Commuting
09-13-20, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By cyccommute

“That’s a joke, I say a joke, son!“ It was...

“That’s a joke, I say a joke, son!“

It was mostly a rib at my fellow Coloradans who are panicking into winter mode. We have a lot of summer left. This is actually some of the best time to be in...
Forum: Commuting
09-13-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. Yes, you do;)

Yes. Yes, you do;)
09-13-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

I modified the cranks on my wife’s bike by...

I modified the cranks on my wife’s bike by cutting them down to 155mm and redrilling for the pedals. I didn’t have a reverse threaded tap so I just threaded it for normal thread. I got two sets of...
09-13-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,337
Posted By cyccommute

You are way out on the tail of the distribution...

You are way out on the tail of the distribution curve then. Most people aren’t going to keep up to 30 numbers in their head, know which gear they are in at any given moment, count the number of...
09-12-20, 11:25 PM
Replies: 7,488
Views: 1,933,506
Posted By cyccommute

My wife had exactly that model. The crank was too...

My wife had exactly that model. The crank was too long and the wheels were a bit too small and the whole thing was too heavy. The frame was a bit too big for a 5’ tall person as well. Not...
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