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Old 06-02-19, 11:38 AM
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Washed her up after a nice trail ride. She gets a little squirly in the loose gravel. All of these new tire shots are making me want to get some beefier rubber. Also thinking about swapping out my pedals. For all of you that are running platform pedals, what do you recommend?
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Old 06-02-19, 01:25 PM
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For all of you that are running platform pedals, what do you recommend?
Crank Brothers Stamp 7. Even better than my Shimano Saint MX-80 flat pedals - the Stamps are lighter and grippier.
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Old 06-05-19, 09:58 AM
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@SD70 as mentioned crank bros are always an excellent choice but if you’re more budget conscious (and also depending on your colour scheme) Race Face Chester composite pedals are an excellent value option.
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Old 06-05-19, 10:04 AM
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What I did for my hybrid today was noticing its front wheel was flat and going for the MTB instead not having time to fix it this morning...

Not so hybrid today:

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Old 06-05-19, 01:21 PM
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Originally Posted by nuxx View Post
@SD70 as mentioned crank bros are always an excellent choice but if you’re more budget conscious (and also depending on your colour scheme) Race Face Chester composite pedals are an excellent value option.
Thanks for the recommendations. Anyone try the similar ISSI Thump?
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Old 06-05-19, 04:08 PM
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Besides new tires, I took off the scratched up ring set guard. Man, that crank arm was welded on! I had tried to do it before but thought if I pushed any harder, I'd break something. The mech told me to go for it. And, after sitting a week or two with the PB Blaster I had used, she broke free!
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Old 06-06-19, 09:54 AM
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I yanked the fenders off mine.

I rarely ride in the rain anyway. And they were starting to limit my new tire options due to size.
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Old 06-07-19, 04:10 AM
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I use clip on fenders and check the weather forecast every morning to determine if I'll need them. Mostly works out well, but a few times thunderstorms have come out of the blue.
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Old 06-07-19, 01:11 PM
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Got new QR's to go with the Icetechs.

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Old 06-13-19, 08:34 AM
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For the 8.2 Waiting on mail now.
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Old 06-17-19, 02:43 AM
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Replaced one tire. It suffered cord damage half a year ago, I had patched it up from inside and so far it held up well (over 3000 km), but a few days ago, the hole started to grow larger and the tube pushed its way out. The tread still had about 60%. Got the same Schwalbe CX Comp as a replacement, I'm pretty happy with them, all things considered.

Also installed new ergonomic grips. I've done ~170 km since, the longest ride over 60 km, and I'm still not sure if I like them. Probably I still need to tweak the angle some more, but so far it doesn't seem they lessen the pressure on palms and wrists, just move it to other areas. My shoulders feel a bit better though, I think.
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Old 06-19-19, 09:30 AM
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I swapped out the 11-40 all black Sunrace cassette with a Shimano HG-500 11-42 on my Trek DS 4. I don't think the chain could handle one more tooth but as it is, there is still a little play running Big/Big and it shifts perfectly fine up and down, front and back. I should be able to pedal straight up now with the 42 in back and a 28 up front. LOL Someday, I plan on swapping in a Deore Crankset for higher road gears, I'll definitely need a much longer chain then.
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Old 06-19-19, 02:22 PM
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I made a trailer for my hybrid.

It started with a used Thule Chariot Cougar 2 that I scored for 25 bucks on the local Craigslist. The original canvas sides were all moldy and weathered, which was great for me because I'm not using any of that stuff. The tires and tubes are good, and I'm using the lower frame as a chassis for my trailer. The original setup had the tow bar slide into a "VersaWing" on the front left side of the frame, and you could detach this and convert it to a stroller, or hiking trailer, or all sorts of other things. I took that bracket off and just bolted the tow bar directly to the side of the frame. I added another length of 1" box section aluminum bar that extends over the axle and to the rear.

One of the neat things about the Chariot is the leaf spring suspension. You can see the red leaves on the left side in this picture. The weight on the bed of the trailer is transferred to the springs by the upright tubes just in front of the axle. You can adjust the tension of these by moving a sliding clamp. When I have the trailer finished, I'll take some more pictures of it and start a thread showing the whole project.

Right now, I just have a scrap piece of plywood as a bed as I figure out final dimensions. It's been really fun figuring out what pieces of the original design I can use as I transform this from a child stroller/trailer into a utility cart with a flat bed.

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Old 06-22-19, 12:42 PM
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I have swapped the plywood sheet for 7 planks of 1x4 I had in the basement. I cut these to 48" in length in order to utilize some of the old frame of the stroller as a side bar assembly. I'm not sure I like that, and I may just utilize it as a flat trailer and attach a few D-rings to the top to which I can attach bungee cords. Most of my use of this won't be for loose items like I'd put in a shopping cart. Instead, it's mostly for larger items that I can't otherwise carry, like folding chairs to go to the park, a bocce ball set, Weber Q grill, stuff like that. That sort of stuff can be easily bungee'd to the bed for secure travel.

I rode around with my 10 year old daughter on the trailer for about 2 miles last night. The trailer's springs are rated for 100 pounds total, and she's about 65, so it was a nice middle weight. I estimate the trailer itself to be about 25 pounds, so I was pulling 90 behind me. That'll build muscle fast. Something like this is on the opposite end of the spectrum to the notion of counting grams on bicycles.

I did an 8 mile ride this morning with the trailer empty. It pulls great. I do think I'm going to remove the side bar assembly completely, and shorten the bed a little bit. It's a full 48" right now. I may trim 6-8 inches off the back of it, to get it closer to the 40" range. It's not bulky to tow (you don't feel the length), but it's a little bulky to store, and 48", plus tow bar length, is a bit long/tall to be carrying around in the garage/basement.


IMG_20190622_100349960_HDR by jnjadcock, on Flickr


IMG_20190622_100405586_HDR by jnjadcock, on Flickr
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Old 06-24-19, 08:33 AM
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Today I added a back-up bike to the quiver. Found a great deal on a like new Giant TCX SLR2 gravel bike in my size on FB marketplace, and only about 5 miles away. 30 minutes later it was in my garage for an amazing price and in like new condition. It was a good day! This will be a nice compliment to the flat bar Trek FXS6 I ride all the time.
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Old 07-25-19, 04:52 PM
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I put on new Ergon GP3 grips as well as replacing my worn out tires. I had been saving the Specialized Crossroads Armadillos that had been on my Cypress for this event. They have very few miles on them and look almost new.


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Old 08-06-19, 05:55 PM
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Replaced the OEM resin flat pedals for a similar set but made in aluminum. The new set has grippier "pins" and the gaudy reflectors have been deleted.
Last week....the Ergo grips were replaced with regular "tubes" and the handlebars shortened one inch each side.

Update(1 wk later): Pulled off the new pedals and installed a set of SPD's I had kicking around in the parts bin. After years of being "clipped" in I couldn't get used to not being so.....

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Old 08-13-19, 08:48 AM
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My local shop is going to put on my new adjustable stem today on my Specialized Crosstrail. I did add small bag under the seat as well.
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Old 08-16-19, 01:11 PM
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Installed bar ends with the Cannondale grips, adjusted the seat a bit, and then took my first 20+ mile ride.
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Old 08-17-19, 02:55 AM
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Gave them a nice, good wash and let them dry in the sun:

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Old 08-17-19, 03:15 AM
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Also redid a bad fix of an earlier flat:

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Old 08-18-19, 07:06 PM
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I put on new Ergon GP3 grips as well as replacing my worn out tires. I had been saving the Specialized Crossroads Armadillos that had been on my Cypress for this event. They have very few miles on them and look almost new.


How do you like the new Ergon grip setup? I like the bar ends that are with those grips. Looks like a really comfortable setup.
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Old 08-18-19, 08:24 PM
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How do you like the new Ergon grip setup? I like the bar ends that are with those grips. Looks like a really comfortable setup.
I like the grips a great deal. My hands are no longer getting numb as I can change positions easily and often. It was a great purchase.
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Old 08-19-19, 10:47 AM
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I like the grips a great deal. My hands are no longer getting numb as I can change positions easily and often. It was a great purchase.
Thanks. Looks I will have to look into getting some of those in the new future.
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Old 08-20-19, 05:20 PM
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Charged the batteries for my headlight. Does that count?
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