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Old 02-20-20, 11:25 AM
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I'm starting to miss having a modern road bike.

There's a Burley Wolf Creek in my size listed locally and I'm quite smitten. Even though it's red.

True Temper OX tubing with a carbon fork.
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You can't just say that without providing pictures, you know.

Glad you made it back.
I need to get some newer pictures. It's noting too spectacular, and even this photo makes it look nicer than it is. I picked it up about a year ago. I ended up pulling the engine to solve some issues with leaks, etc. and that was a chore. It's a beater, but it's solid.

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On the scalp front, I will say that my earmuff-style hearing protection does offer a bit of head protection, too - I've bumped ducting a few times with them on and no problems.

More importantly, I've become fond of not hearing my family calling out for me, so much so that I've taken to wearing my wireless earbuds while cooking. It's a lot easier to get things done when you're not constantly being interrupted.
I seem to walk into a lot of overhead obstacles for a not-very-tall person and sailing seems to be particularly hard on the scalp, although I've never been whacked by a moving boom on anything larger than a Lazer, thank God. Fortunately, I virtually always have a hat on whenever I'm on a boat. This latest hit on the bike also put a big scrape on the top of my glabrous dome, right through the helmet and a 2-ply cap.

I wear earbuds constantly when doing any sort of work that doesn't require too much conscious thought. I have fixed some of the gaping holes in my education with audiobooks.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
I need to get some newer pictures. It's noting too spectacular, and even this photo makes it look nicer than it is. I picked it up about a year ago. I ended up pulling the engine to solve some issues with leaks, etc. and that was a chore. It's a beater, but it's solid.

Is that how you say Saturn in Texas?? Love the blue color.
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Originally Posted by abshipp View Post
You can't just say that without providing pictures, you know.

Glad you made it back.
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Threadless stem question. Is there a normal quill down in the headtube? Do these things get stuck like normal () stems do?
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I am excited for the near future when all e-bikes are as normal looking as that.

Not because I want one, either.

Because the majority of e-bikes are just so freaking ugly. I'm growing weary of being visually assaulted all the time.

Threadless stems, for example
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize View Post
Threadless stem question. Is there a normal quill down in the headtube? Do these things get stuck like normal () stems do?
No and no. The stem clamp/spacer stack is first compressed downward with the steerer cap via a bolt to a star nut (for steel) or expansion plug sitting in the steerer tube. Then the stem clamp is tightened for the definitive fix. Nothing can get stuck except, I suppose, an expansion plug, but it's right there an inch away and clearly visible, so easy to dislodge and retrieve.

I know you'd love a modern bike. I just know it.
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EDIT: OH yeah, and I got stuck with a 2.5 hour layover in Charlotte and I think someone here was just talking about the lack of food options. Well, there are a ton of options there, but yeah none of them were spectacular. If anyone has a recommendation, I'm sure I could use it. I always end up there if I have a connecting flight to NYC.
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In other news, to effect quick passes of other cyclists out this morning, I did dial it up to 400w to pass several times. It doesn't actually feel like much of anything for that duration. Not sure what that guy was on about.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
I need to get some newer pictures. It's noting too spectacular, and even this photo makes it look nicer than it is. I picked it up about a year ago. I ended up pulling the engine to solve some issues with leaks, etc. and that was a chore. It's a beater, but it's solid.

That works. Doubles nicely as a bike hauler.
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No and no. The stem clamp/spacer stack is first compressed downward with the steerer cap via a bolt to a star nut (for steel) or expansion plug sitting in the steerer tube. Then the stem clamp is tightened for the definitive fix. Nothing can get stuck except, I suppose, an expansion plug, but it's right there an inch away and clearly visible, so easy to dislodge and retrieve.

I know you'd love modern bike. I just know it.
And is there a specified tightness for that plug? I loosened it before I realized what was what. Yes, this is the first threadless stem I have ever touched
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Yeah. Looks better than what I had. I knew I should have just posted in here in the a.m. before boarding the first flight.
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And is there a specified tightness for that plug? I loosened it before I realized what was what. Yes, this is the first threadless stem I have ever touched
Yeah, there's a torque spec for those things. The one I have is 6-9 Nm, IIRC, but it also depends on the composition of the tube it's in. For CFRP, caution and friction paste are recommended.
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And is there a specified tightness for that plug? I loosened it before I realized what was what. Yes, this is the first threadless stem I have ever touched
The tightness is really based on preloading the bearings. It's pretty easy to do. YouTube if you need an explanation.
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It's an al kids bike. I bet I can adjust it by feel, like I do with normal headsets
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Next up are 13 Cannondale Backroads, followed by 12 Backroads Ti gravel bikes i wouldn't mind inheriting one of those. What does a bike mechanic make in your countries? He asked me to tell him what I want and I have no idea
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I need to get some newer pictures. It's noting too spectacular, and even this photo makes it look nicer than it is. I picked it up about a year ago. I ended up pulling the engine to solve some issues with leaks, etc. and that was a chore. It's a beater, but it's solid.

nice! Cough Ls swap it cough...
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And is there a specified tightness for that plug? I loosened it before I realized what was what. Yes, this is the first threadless stem I have ever touched
For the headset cap, you need to tighten until there is no more slack between your head tube, fork steerer & stem. Apply front brakes while trying to move the bike forward and backward. If you feel something loose, tighten it a bit more and try it again until you reach the sweet spot. An over tighten headset cap will result in difficulties steering and will use your headset prematurely.

For the compression plug & stem bolts, specs should available on internet or written on the stem. Be careful not to over tighten the compression plug as well as it could expand your steerer tube to a point of cracking the CF. Same thing goes for the clamp bolts.
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On the scalp front, I will say that my earmuff-style hearing protection does offer a bit of head protection, too - I've bumped ducting a few times with them on and no problems.

More importantly, I've become fond of not hearing my family calling out for me, so much so that I've taken to wearing my wireless earbuds while cooking. It's a lot easier to get things done when you're not constantly being interrupted.
I have a buddy who is...follicly deficient... he has taken to wearing a hat in these situations. He said it gives him a bit of warning before impact.
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Originally Posted by WalksOn2Wheels View Post
I need to get some newer pictures. It's noting too spectacular, and even this photo makes it look nicer than it is. I picked it up about a year ago. I ended up pulling the engine to solve some issues with leaks, etc. and that was a chore. It's a beater, but it's solid.
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nice! Cough Ls swap it cough...
That would be too much money. It actually already has a late model block with a serpentine setup and centerbolt Vortec heads. It's about as fancy as it needs to be. It really needs some suspension tweaks and a carb tune, but it's otherwise a really solid frame and body (but dented) and mechanically sound. No A/C so it's strictly a winter/fair weather beater but it also means I have a truck so I can haul stuff easily if I need a huge mound of dirt or to move some big furniture.

The best part is that it's just fun to drive.
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Threadless stem question. Is there a normal quill down in the headtube? Do these things get stuck like normal () stems do?
Depends on the material of the steerer tube. Metal tubes get star nuts. Carbon gets a compression plug.

Sticking points on a threadless-headset stem are pinch bolts and top cap bolt.
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That works. Doubles nicely as a bike hauler.
Historically, I have not been a fan of the El Camino/Ranchero. I passed on several opportunities back in the day. But nowadays, I'd use one as a bike hauler.
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I have a buddy who is...follicly deficient... he has taken to wearing a hat in these situations. He said it gives him a bit of warning before impact.
I suppose that a hat that's not tight to the noggin would give you a split second warning. I've been wearing a thin winter hat down there because it's ******g cold. It didn't give me sufficient warning, the bastard.
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Pills & Ills update on The Occasionally Tingly Arm:

It hasn't really gotten better or worse, so I decided to visit my primary care physician. He says pinched nerve, he's referring me for some kind of physical therapy and has put me on a short term prescription for a type of steroid. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like said steroid will improve my watts.
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