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Old 12-14-19, 09:19 AM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Pic of Macguyver chain fix. I know it’s blurry but I think you see what I did there...


How many speeds on that bike? If 9, you can get a lifetime supply of chains for $50 https://www.randombikeparts.com/prod...7ed87ccd&_ss=r
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
How many speeds on that bike? If 9, you can get a lifetime supply of chains for $50 https://www.randombikeparts.com/prod...7ed87ccd&_ss=r
This is my utility/rain bike. It's a SS. I used a KMC S1 Chain.
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I had an interesting ride. I left before dawn, in total darkness/fog. I used my Magicshine Clone light which worked quite well. I rode the two trails in my area, and for the most part they were deserted on the way out.

At the halfway/turnaround spot, my stupid chain broke. It's partly my own fault, when I put the new chain on the SS I made it a couple links too short, so I had to add 2 links using the native pins, old-school style, which I know is not recommended for modern chains. Still, I figured with my pitiful power output, that would work. Not.

So I pull over to the side and figure I will fix this easy. I always carry a quick-link in my saddle bag. I try to pop on the quick link. No bueno. The SS chain takes a wider pin than my 10s quick link. Crap! I try to force it. No. And although I have the quick link, I don't have a chain tool. Sad! I prepare to make the call of shame.

One last chance, I remove the roller from the inner plates on each end, and try to connect the quick link with adjacent link using only ONE plate (and making sure loose plate is facing OUTSIDE of drivetrain. It works! It clicks a little, but it worked. I was very careful not to over-torque my drivetrain on the way home, and even stopped twice to walk up a steep section for fear of breakage. But it did work.



On the way back, it was light out so I did see some walkers/runners, and even a few "serious" cyclists. The weather was wet and drizzly and cold. My so-called waterproof gloves got waterlogged and cold by the end, but I am still pleased with the ride. Way better than Zwift.

Hey @indyfabz I noted a few items on the SRT between VF and Manayunk. In general, most of the pavement is fresh and smooth, very nice! But I also distinctly recall a free water station between Norristown and VF which I used a few months ago, and I did not see it today. Sad! Do you know if they take it down for winter??
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
This is my utility/rain bike. It's a SS. I used a KMC S1 Chain.

OK, I've read the rest of the story now. OMG.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Pic of Macguyver chain fix. I know it’s blurry but I think you see what I did there...


Clean your bike.
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Clean your bike.
It's my rain/utility/POS bike. No cleaning involved other than an occasional hose-down if ridden in the salt.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I had an interesting ride. I left before dawn, in total darkness/fog. I used my Magicshine Clone light which worked quite well. I rode the two trails in my area, and for the most part they were deserted on the way out.

At the halfway/turnaround spot, my stupid chain broke. It's partly my own fault, when I put the new chain on the SS I made it a couple links too short, so I had to add 2 links using the native pins, old-school style, which I know is not recommended for modern chains. Still, I figured with my pitiful power output, that would work. Not.

So I pull over to the side and figure I will fix this easy. I always carry a quick-link in my saddle bag. I try to pop on the quick link. No bueno. The SS chain takes a wider pin than my 10s quick link. Crap! I try to force it. No. And although I have the quick link, I don't have a chain tool. Sad! I prepare to make the call of shame.

One last chance, I remove the roller from the inner plates on each end, and try to connect the quick link with adjacent link using only ONE plate (and making sure loose plate is facing OUTSIDE of drivetrain. It works! It clicks a little, but it worked. I was very careful not to over-torque my drivetrain on the way home, and even stopped twice to walk up a steep section for fear of breakage. But it did work.



On the way back, it was light out so I did see some walkers/runners, and even a few "serious" cyclists. The weather was wet and drizzly and cold. My so-called waterproof gloves got waterlogged and cold by the end, but I am still pleased with the ride. Way better than Zwift.

Hey @indyfabz I noted a few items on the SRT between VF and Manayunk. In general, most of the pavement is fresh and smooth, very nice! But I also distinctly recall a free water station between Norristown and VF which I used a few months ago, and I did not see it today. Sad! Do you know if they take it down for winter??
kudos. Massive guads bit you in the arse.

My day so far has been suckey as well. been working since 7 and now I am done but am hungry and need pre ride fuel.

I have to admit it's getting better all the time as the sun is trying to make an appearance and the roads are drying out. A ride is in my future.

The awesome Marigold jacket will be deployed in the frigid 51 degree high temperature today.
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Old 12-14-19, 11:14 AM
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CX champs coverage from the Pacific Northwest is on the youtubes this weekend:

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The dropouts are 120 both ends it seems, so the rear wheel will be perfect. The front wheel will be 100 so spacers will work, right?
It's 100 on the front. I haven't seen any other standard on any bike, any time.
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Old 12-14-19, 11:23 AM
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It's 100 on the front. I haven't seen any other standard on any bike, any time.
Agreed. Neither me.
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Some road bikes had sub-100 fork spacing back in the 60s. Can't remember which. Seems like it was a Peugeot or Raleigh kinda thing.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Some road bikes had sub-100 fork spacing back in the 60s. Can't remember which. Seems like it was a Peugeot or Raleigh kinda thing.
Sheldon sez:

91 mm Low-end front hubs.
96 mm Older front hubs, especially French.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I had an interesting ride. I left before dawn, in total darkness/fog. I used my Magicshine Clone light which worked quite well. I rode the two trails in my area, and for the most part they were deserted on the way out.

At the halfway/turnaround spot, my stupid chain broke. It's partly my own fault, when I put the new chain on the SS I made it a couple links too short, so I had to add 2 links using the native pins, old-school style, which I know is not recommended for modern chains. Still, I figured with my pitiful power output, that would work. Not.

So I pull over to the side and figure I will fix this easy. I always carry a quick-link in my saddle bag. I try to pop on the quick link. No bueno. The SS chain takes a wider pin than my 10s quick link. Crap! I try to force it. No. And although I have the quick link, I don't have a chain tool. Sad! I prepare to make the call of shame.

One last chance, I remove the roller from the inner plates on each end, and try to connect the quick link with adjacent link using only ONE plate (and making sure loose plate is facing OUTSIDE of drivetrain. It works! It clicks a little, but it worked. I was very careful not to over-torque my drivetrain on the way home, and even stopped twice to walk up a steep section for fear of breakage. But it did work.



On the way back, it was light out so I did see some walkers/runners, and even a few "serious" cyclists. The weather was wet and drizzly and cold. My so-called waterproof gloves got waterlogged and cold by the end, but I am still pleased with the ride. Way better than Zwift.

Hey @indyfabz I noted a few items on the SRT between VF and Manayunk. In general, most of the pavement is fresh and smooth, very nice! But I also distinctly recall a free water station between Norristown and VF which I used a few months ago, and I did not see it today. Sad! Do you know if they take it down for winter??
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Hey @indyfabz I noted a few items on the SRT between VF and Manayunk. In general, most of the pavement is fresh and smooth, very nice! But I also distinctly recall a free water station between Norristown and VF which I used a few months ago, and I did not see it today. Sad! Do you know if they take it down for winter??
Yes. They did paving work in sections over the last few of years. The section between Conshy and Spring Mill had some really dangerous heaves and and depressions. At least one was hard to see. Nearly wiped out a couple of times.

The water station was likely taken out for the winter.
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It's my rain/utility/POS bike. No cleaning involved other than an occasional hose-down if ridden in the salt.
Still.....
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Originally Posted by LAJ View Post
It's 100 on the front. I haven't seen any other standard on any bike, any time.
My fat bike has 150mm spacing on the fork.
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I could swear my vintage steel is 126/110. I'll check next time I have a front wheel off.
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one general tip for when the exact hub cone is not readily available. discovered that the curvature of the bearing surface on the shimano 600 was a pretty good "skeleton key" for many applications. it would sometimes require a small change in ball size to make everything come out correctly.
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I also had a busy morning. Doing stuff the wife set up before she left for the holidays. I also need some pre ride sustenance. Quick oats perhaps
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https://www.strava.com/activities/2932690299

Drag me out back and shoot me. Got chicked once; fifth OA counting that. One of my friends beat me for the first time at an open run, but he's doing another open half tomorrow and he's going to be wrecked. AG was second female and so won her AG and a bottle of wine for her trouble.
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kudos on the fix, @datlas
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I do not miss Strava
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https://www.strava.com/activities/2932690299

Drag me out back and shoot me. Got chicked once; fifth OA counting that. One of my friends beat me for the first time at an open run, but he's doing another open half tomorrow and he's going to be wrecked. AG was second female and so won her AG and a bottle of wine for her trouble.
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I do not miss Strava
I think Strava is fine, as long as you don’t take it seriously.
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I think Strava is fine, as long as you don’t take it seriously.
It's the only of the sites that does a half-decent job from a UX perspective. And wow does it have flaws, but Garmin Connect and TrainingPeaks are even clunkier. The segments are just a bit of fun for semi-comparing with friends, but only friends, because anyone else's data is suspect. Even so conditions and drafting make it imperfect, but it's no different from things done before. I know people who had dry-erase leaderboards for hot laps of the neighborhood.
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