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Old 02-09-20, 09:00 AM
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I still don't understand the appeal of spiced rum. That's just nasty. Then again, I think that liquor tasting of Christmas trees is a-okay, so who am I to judge?
Not spiced, but Bacardi Dark😋 and old Coke, New Coke broke that habit really quick.
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So much sugar in rum. Legendary hangovers.
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When it arrives, I'll ask if I made the right choice, and got a good deal.
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I’ll have to look for that. Is it normally found in the usual grocery stores?
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So much sugar in rum. Legendary hangovers.
QFT, but just kept going back to the "well".
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I’ll have to look for that. Is it normally found in the usual grocery stores?
Yep Typical Walmart/Amazon, etc. Assorted by the case is good stuff. I think I like the non-carbonated as much as the carbonated, but I put up the carbonated because it's more like "pop".
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Originally Posted by Pirkaus View Post
Not spiced, but Bacardi Dark😋 and old Coke, New Coke broke that habit really quick.
Ah. Spiced run kinda soured me on rum until my mid-30s, at which point my Jamaican neighbor introduced me to aged rum, which is mighty fine for some straight imbibing (but not enough that I'd seek out a bottle for myself).
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Need a bit of help.

I was installing my crabon handlebars and am running into some problems. The bars are 31.8 and I have two stems that are both 31.8 but Neither of the stem faceplates are flush with the handlebar surface. I didn’t expect them to be perfectly flush because of the roughened contact surfaces on the bar, but the gaps I see seem a bit much to me.

Am I justified in being ascared, or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?




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It’s the radial size that counts. If the plates touched, they wouldn’t be able to tighten. Just be sure to tighten slowly and evenly.
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Not sure why, but that showed up when I logged into Amazon
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I was installing my crabon handlebars and am running into some problems. The bars are 31.8 and I have two stems that are both 31.8 but Neither of the stem faceplates are flush with the handlebar surface. I didn’t expect them to be perfectly flush because of the roughened contact surfaces on the bar, but the gaps I see seem a bit much to me.

Am I justified in being ascared, or am I making a mountain out of a molehill?



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It’s the radial size that counts. If the plates touched, they wouldn’t be able to tighten. Just be sure to tighten slowly and evenly.
That first pic concerns me - it's not that the faceplate doesn't touch the stem, those surfaces shouldn't mate or they couldn't do their job, it's that the clamping area of the bar doesn't fit within the curve of the faceplate. That's just... wrong.
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Kids in my area seem to have found laughing gas. My roads are littered with the little compressed gas cylinders.
Wonder how it does in bike tires.
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For the life of me, I can not find the little shift wire end caps, because why would I?
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I still don't understand the appeal of spiced rum. That's just nasty. Then again, I think that liquor tasting of Christmas trees is a-okay, so who am I to judge?
A good rum & tonic—a medium gold rum and high quality tonic with a squoosh of lime—is a very nice thing on a hot evening.
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That first pic concerns me - it's not that the faceplate doesn't touch the stem, those surfaces shouldn't mate or they couldn't do their job, it's that the clamping area of the bar doesn't fit within the curve of the faceplate. That's just... wrong.
Agree it looks like the size is not quite right. Tough to say on the tightened pics though.
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That first pic concerns me - it's not that the faceplate doesn't touch the stem, those surfaces shouldn't mate or they couldn't do their job, it's that the clamping area of the bar doesn't fit within the curve of the faceplate. That's just... wrong.
Yes, that’s my concern as well. I went to one of the LBSs in the area and their recommendation was to put the faceplate into a vise and “open it up a little”. I mean, it’s someone I trust with bike mechanics, but I’m still ascared to do it...

I think I’ll just put the old handlebar back and rewrap. Then perhaps I can get a stem that has better manufacturing tolerances. I just wish I didn’t unwrap and removed everything from it before checking the fit of the new bar to the stem
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That first pic concerns me - it's not that the faceplate doesn't touch the stem, those surfaces shouldn't mate or they couldn't do their job, it's that the clamping area of the bar doesn't fit within the curve of the faceplate. That's just... wrong.
Yes, the radial surfaces need to match without a doubt.
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Agree it looks like the size is not quite right. Tough to say on the tightened pics though.
I tried the bar with the spare Easton ea70 I have and it is similar as well.. there’s a visible gap between the stem faceplate and the bar
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.t..recommendation was to put the faceplate into a vise and “open it up a little”.
Yeah, don't do that

Aluminum doesn't like to do that. If you tried I'm pretty sure that it would just crack. Plus, if you bent it then the thru holes for the mounting screws won't match the threaded parts on the stem anymore.
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It's snowing and windy.

But the little one is being really cute today:

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Yeah, don't do that

Aluminum doesn't like to do that. If you tried I'm pretty sure that it would just crack. Plus, if you bent it then the thru holes for the mounting screws won't match the threaded parts on the stem anymore.
yeah, I’m in the process of putting the old handlebar back on the bike. It needs very little opening up so I’m not that worried about the holes not matching as faceplate openings are larger than the threaded hole sizes but still. I don’t want to risk messing up my first crabon handlebars.

I’m scouring the interwebs for a fizik stem to replace the stem the bike came with. The shop I stopped by didn’t have the fizik stem in my size (which seemed to match the bar diameter much better), so online order seems to be the best bet.
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A good rum & tonic—a medium gold rum and high quality tonic with a squoosh of lime—is a very nice thing on a hot evening.
That sounds good - mojitos have been my summertime rum drink of choice, lately.
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That sounds good - mojitos have been my summertime rum drink of choice, lately.
Mojito is delicious, but labor intensive and full of sugar.
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