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Old 11-04-19, 07:11 AM
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Remember how the drivetrain on the Habanero was finicky and skipping at times? I replaced the chain (even though it did not measure as worn), cleaned/lubed the RD, and cleaned off the cassette. At least in the stand, everything works fine now. I won't have a road test until Wednesday. Fingers crossed this solved the problem.
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For the record, the chain that I broke a few weeks ago on my Propel was a KMC X11 SL. Came off of Amazon. Wasn’t there a thread recently warning of counterfeit KMC chains?
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Yesterday was beautiful but I didn't get a chance to get out. Today looks like more of the same. The visitors, from NOB, who prevented yesterday's ride, are flying out tomorrow morning.
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I have a large stash of used chains. Where do these things come from? At any rate, I'm not particular about buying new ones as long as these are still within specs. KMC is my favorite brand if I have to buy new.
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Something from Uranus?!?
Truly the Delphi of orifices.



https://www.ancient.eu/image/186/pyt...cle-of-delphi/
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From the C&V for sale thread, I have recently purchased a lifetime supply of bar tape(5 bikes worth) and a Suntour/Dia Compe brake and shifter/derailleur set. I had been on the lookout for aero levers and six speed indexed. This purchase gives me both. One would hope we are nearing the end of componentry purchases too. However, if a set of 105 SLR brakes were to appear.....
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I have a cold-weather cycling question. I know there is a whole sub-forum devoted to this, but let me throw it out here first.

My concern is with cold weather gloves. I am fine with conventional gloves down to about freezing. For below freezing, thin gloves are not adequate and my fingers get too cold...but thicker gloves are too thick in the fingers and I lose my dexterity/feedback with braking/shifting etc. The solution I have used is to go to mittens with glove liners, which keep the fingers warmer, but I lose even more dexterity. Bar mitts are also an option, but you can't brake from the drops with them as they force you on the hoods. So...

I am wondering if there is a good winter type glove that has THICK insulation on the back of the hand/fingers, and between the fingers, but THINNER insulation on the palmar aspect of the fingers. The idea is to keep fingers warm but preserve tactile feedback/dexterity. With typical hand positions this side of the hand is not in the wind anyway.

Is this a valid ask? Anyone know if this exists and if it solves the problem??
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I'm surprised no one has yet invented bar heaters.
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I have a cold-weather cycling question. I know there is a whole sub-forum devoted to this, but let me throw it out here first.

My concern is with cold weather gloves. I am fine with conventional gloves down to about freezing. For below freezing, thin gloves are not adequate and my fingers get too cold...but thicker gloves are too thick in the fingers and I lose my dexterity/feedback with braking/shifting etc. The solution I have used is to go to mittens with glove liners, which keep the fingers warmer, but I lose even more dexterity. Bar mitts are also an option, but you can't brake from the drops with them as they force you on the hoods. So...

I am wondering if there is a good winter type glove that has THICK insulation on the back of the hand/fingers, and between the fingers, but THINNER insulation on the palmar aspect of the fingers. The idea is to keep fingers warm but preserve tactile feedback/dexterity. With typical hand positions this side of the hand is not in the wind anyway.

Is this a valid ask? Anyone know if this exists and if it solves the problem??
All of my cold weather gloves have more insulation on the back. In fact I wish the palmar surfaces were better insulated when it's really cold and the bars seem to be sucking heat.
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All of my cold weather gloves have more insulation on the back. In fact I wish the palmar surfaces were better insulated when it's really cold and the bars seem to be sucking heat.
Aha. I may have to go shopping then. The ones I have tried seem to have the same thickness all around.
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I'm surprised no one has yet invented bar heaters.
It's a thing. Electric heated bar tape. Let me see if I can find a link....

https://ame-grips.myshopify.com/coll...ke-heated-wrap
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Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm convinced all these chain problems nowadays are the result of 11 and 12 sp drivetrains along with the weight weenie craze necessitating a thinner gauge chain. BITD when I used to ride tons, chains never broke unless installed improperly. Sure we didn't ride 20,000 miles a year like some of you nuts guys, but we rode plenty.
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My neuropsych guy, Mike, and I had the only bikes in our part of the garage this a.m. Sad.

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It's a thing. Electric heated bar tape. Let me see if I can find a link....

https://ame-grips.myshopify.com/coll...ke-heated-wrap
I have heated gloves, but don't have to use them often.
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I'm surprised no one has yet invented bar heaters.
Crabon bars would assplode.

But seriously, do crabon bars conduct heat like metal?
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My neuropsych guy, Mike, and I had the only bikes in our part of the garage this a.m. Sad.
Did you mean sane? Is sad a typo, or . . .
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A parts bin build. This is the frameset that brought me to BF. It was a roadbike then. It's the first model Schwinn imported from Giant, in 1978. Nowhere on the bike is the name "Schwinn" 1020 Hi-Ten
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Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm convinced all these chain problems nowadays are the result of 11 and 12 sp drivetrains along with the weight weenie craze necessitating a thinner gauge chain. BITD when I used to ride tons, chains never broke unless installed improperly. Sure we didn't ride 20,000 miles a year like some of you nuts guys, but we rode plenty.
Agree 100%. My Shimano Dura-Ace 7400 Standard-Six drivetrain pretty much never dropped a chain. Maybe once? And I rode thousands of miles/year on it. The chains lasted 10K miles easily, too!
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All of my cold weather gloves have more insulation on the back. In fact I wish the palmar surfaces were better insulated when it's really cold and the bars seem to be sucking heat.
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Aha. I may have to go shopping then. The ones I have tried seem to have the same thickness all around.
Some gloves will have different types of insulation on the inside surfaces vs the outside/forward facing. If they're good, it's an insulation that doesn't suffer performance degradation when compressed (or doesn't easily compress). This is the case for my 45Nrth gloves but, unfortunately, the short fingers lead to compression and heat leaching out of the tips. You could try them on for your own digits and see if they're appropriate, though.

One other thing that this makes me wonder about is swapping or adding another layer of bar tape to something that'll insulate from those heat-sink handle bars a little more effectively. It wouldn't do much good if your hands are primarily on the hoods (which big heat vampires, IMO) but it might help a lot in the drops.
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Yup. I won't buy any socks or underwear that aren't wool. Rapha had some merino boxers in the Archive Sale recently for $25. I should have picked some up.
I am not opposed to synthetic socks. And I do not shun all cotton.
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Great photo.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Crabon bars would assplode.

But seriously, do crabon bars conduct heat like metal?
Doubtful. Aluminum, in particular, is a great conductor.

Edit: take it with a grain of salt, but this was the first search result:

Composite made from carbon fiber and epoxy resin is a material with heat conductivity x 40 times less than aluminium and 10 times less than steel
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Did you mean sane? Is sad a typo, or . . .
It's not even cold yet!
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I'm surprised no one has yet invented bar heaters.
Seriously!
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Did you try the buffer yet?
Lol, yeah, no effect.
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