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09-18-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By Litespud

I’ve been using Veloce 10sp cassettes on my Rolf...

I’ve been using Veloce 10sp cassettes on my Rolf and Campag alloy free hub bodies for the last ~15 years, with ~50000 miles on two wheel sets (I consider cassettes to be a wear item, so I’m buggered...
09-18-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,243
Posted By Litespud

was out riding with a friend when a squirrel runs...

was out riding with a friend when a squirrel runs into the road in front of us. Iíve seen that pic of the dead squirrel and the broken fork, so I hit the brakes, the squirrel passes in front of me...
09-14-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 941
Posted By Litespud

the brake release will buy you only so much extra...

the brake release will buy you only so much extra clearance. If your tire is sufficiently wider than your rim, the brake release may not be enough. When I switched to 25mm tires on old Rolf rims, the...
09-14-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By Litespud

if it fits, shouldnít be a problem. I use an old...

if it fits, shouldnít be a problem. I use an old Rolf lock ring on my Campag cassette/freehub. The Rolf is lighter and better finished than the Campag ring (Campag finishing isnít what it was)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 387
Posted By Litespud

thereís a poster on here sometimes - cube wheelsĒ...

thereís a poster on here sometimes - cube wheelsĒ whoís in Manila IIRC. From how he describes it, cycling in the Philippines (at least where he is) is a nightmare - crazy traffic, bad roads, abusive...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-12-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 604
Posted By Litespud

the small front white/rear red LED blinkers I use...

the small front white/rear red LED blinkers I use are supposed to be 80 lumens. Theyíre certainly bright enough in overcast or rainy conditions. In bright sunlight I think they could be a bit...
09-12-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 941
Posted By Litespud

and you dont think he photographed the situation...

and you dont think he photographed the situation with the caliper release open to demonstrate that, even with the release open, he didnít have sufficient clearance?
09-12-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 941
Posted By Litespud

🙄 OFFS - itís a minor inconvenience. Let enough...

🙄 OFFS - itís a minor inconvenience. Let enough air out of your tire to slip the wheel past the brakes, and wait until your wheel is in the bike before you pump it up to pressure. Throw your floor...
09-10-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,002
Posted By Litespud

only in Boston

only in Boston
09-09-21, 10:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,519
Posted By Litespud

you need to define ďstrongĒ. CF is stiff and...

you need to define ďstrongĒ. CF is stiff and light, AFAIK has great fatigue resistance, but has poor impact resistance, wonít hold a thread like metal, and will shatter if bent. Scratches etc arenít...
09-09-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,002
Posted By Litespud

camera might capture your image, but where would...

camera might capture your image, but where would they send the ticket to?
09-09-21, 10:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,002
Posted By Litespud

at the discretion of the cop if they saw you -...

at the discretion of the cop if they saw you - might get a finger-wagging or might get a ticket, depending on how hard you kiss their arse.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,637
Posted By Litespud

If your terrain or riding style don't need the...

If your terrain or riding style don't need the range provided by a 50/34, then go with the 50/42. Your front shifting will be easier and less "disruptive". You'll lose some low-end gearing, but if...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-07-21, 08:04 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,637
Posted By Litespud

thereís no downside if the gearing works for you....

thereís no downside if the gearing works for you. Years ago I realized that a standard 53/39 crankset was ďovergearedĒ for me, so I swapped out the 53 for 50, which was ideal at the time. Iíve since...
09-07-21, 07:33 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 5,551
Posted By Litespud

🙄 youíre really hanging onto this point like a...

🙄 youíre really hanging onto this point like a dog with a bone. The OP doesnít mind spending money, but heís not interested in wasting money. Why is that so hard for you to grasp?
09-07-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 733
Posted By Litespud

doing it all the time sounds like torture, but...

doing it all the time sounds like torture, but itís a valid way of (1) temporarily relieving saddle pressure, and (2) generating more torque for sprinting or climbing. If itís not something you do...
09-05-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 216
Posted By Litespud

11sp RD wonít work with an otherwise 10sp...

11sp RD wonít work with an otherwise 10sp drivetrain. Find a medium- or long cage 10sp RD on eBay.
09-05-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 520
Posted By Litespud

Iím voting chain. Sounds like your drivetrain is...

Iím voting chain. Sounds like your drivetrain is at the limit already, and big ring teeth are occasionally catching the unchamfered edges of the chain plates and lifting the chain up off the ring....
09-05-21, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Litespud

not sure what youíre saying, but the chain is...

not sure what youíre saying, but the chain is running over the lower wheel and then the upper wheel before it encounters the cassette. Itís well isolated from whatever the RD and cassette are doing....
09-05-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 399
Posted By Litespud

Iím thinking too short chain. The only reason the...

Iím thinking too short chain. The only reason the RD hasnít failed is that the hanger has a lousy design (screw hole in the middle of the extension) and failed first (sacrificial RD hanger). Barring...
09-05-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 269
Posted By Litespud

looks to me like you parked your bike against...

looks to me like you parked your bike against something scratchy (concrete or brickwork, for example) and the bike shifted slightly. You might not even have noticed it happening
09-05-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 231
Posted By Litespud

Iím surprised thereís enough room between the...

Iím surprised thereís enough room between the jockey wheel and the cage for the chain to jam into. Are your jockey wheels worn? 38k seems like a good run for jockey wheels
09-05-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 660
Posted By Litespud

itís not the speed of the signal, itís the extra...

itís not the speed of the signal, itís the extra grunt that the big battery can provide to the derailleurs.
09-05-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 660
Posted By Litespud

the charge port is in the RD itself. The RD is...

the charge port is in the RD itself. The RD is the heart of the system - the receiver for the wireless signal and the conduit of signaling to the FD (ie itís the junction box), contains the system...
09-04-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,315
Posted By Litespud

I have about a half-dozen of these...

I have about a half-dozen of these...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-02-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 496
Posted By Litespud

the new DA 12sp freehub wonít accept 11sp...

the new DA 12sp freehub wonít accept 11sp cassettes, however, 12sp cassettes can be fitted to 11sp freehubs. The goal, I imagine, Iíd to encourage the adoption of 12sp by not making a whole...
09-02-21, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 256
Posted By Litespud

this becomes noticeable on my smallest sprocket...

this becomes noticeable on my smallest sprocket (12t) regardless of how clean or well-adjusted the drivetrain - it's an effect of the chain transitioning from a straight "unengaged" state to being...
09-02-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 185
Posted By Litespud

bikes donít have standard serial# formats or...

bikes donít have standard serial# formats or locations like car VINs - every manufacturer does their own thing. Any number you find stamped into the frame might be the serial# or it may not. In your...
09-01-21, 09:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,994
Posted By Litespud

How much do you want to spend? You should look...

How much do you want to spend? You should look at custom Ti - it'll likely be made in the time you're waiting for the shops to get new bikes. Friend of mine had a custom Ti (Kish) built here in NC -...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-30-21, 09:40 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 3,427
Posted By Litespud

I've heard "half-wheeling" used in two contexts -...

I've heard "half-wheeling" used in two contexts - the first the tendency for the drafting rider to overlap wheels with the rider in front, and the other the tendency to constantly up the pace when at...
08-30-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 544
Posted By Litespud

The inability to shift to the highest gear...

The inability to shift to the highest gear (smallest sprocket), assuming that the high limit screw is properly set, also raises the possibility of a cable problem. If the cable is snagging either in...
08-27-21, 06:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,902
Posted By Litespud

depends - if Iím in a group, Iím likely to get...

depends - if Iím in a group, Iím likely to get yelled at for not pedaling down the descent. If Iím solo, could go either way - Iíll pedal if Iím feeling it, otherwise Iíll take the view that Iíve...
08-27-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 996
Posted By Litespud

god, if youíre not enjoying it, donít do it. For...

god, if youíre not enjoying it, donít do it. For me, solo rides are ďme timeĒ - I ponder whatever comes to mind, I talk to myself, I chill, but most of all, I enjoy simply being on the bike. Group...
08-26-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By Litespud

I buy the cheapest bottles I can find - usually...

I buy the cheapest bottles I can find - usually something with a bike shop logo on them. Put them through the dishwasher maybe once a year, whether they need it or not😀
08-25-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 204
Views: 5,335
Posted By Litespud

I carry a credit card, insurance card and drivers...

I carry a credit card, insurance card and drivers license, a few dollars cash and my phone in a ziploc baggie in my jersey pocket. Mini pump and garage door opener in another, and pepper spray for...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-23-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,006
Posted By Litespud

Would love to upgrade to EPS, but not wild about...

Would love to upgrade to EPS, but not wild about drilling holes in my Litespeed - as soon as Campag come out with a wireless option, I might revisit
Forum: Road Cycling
08-17-21, 07:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,294
Posted By Litespud

as the temperature drops, I go from padded bib...

as the temperature drops, I go from padded bib shorts to padded heavy bib knicks to unpadded tights over padded bib shorts those three options accommodate summer heat down to ~40F, at which point I...
08-16-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,248
Posted By Litespud

Practice. Don't do anything that makes your...

Practice. Don't do anything that makes your brakes less efficient, just be glad you can brake hard and learn how to use that braking power appropriately. Your front brake does the lion's share of the...
08-15-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,054
Posted By Litespud

but the CF itself hasnít failed - the crack in...

but the CF itself hasnít failed - the crack in the paint is where the CF and the metal meet. Itís possible that the metal fitting has become lose in the CF sleeve and that this slight movement has...
08-13-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 221
Posted By Litespud

if it doesnít save you money or time, get a shop...

if it doesnít save you money or time, get a shop to do it and ensure that itís done right. If you want to learn and/or accumulate tools for your future bike maintenance adventures, do it yourself.
08-13-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,072
Posted By Litespud

when I was a kid in Ireland, we would either give...

when I was a kid in Ireland, we would either give someone a ďback carrierĒ (sitting on rear rack) or a ďcrossbarĒ (sidesaddle on the top tube)
08-09-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 403
Posted By Litespud

thatís great - I was trying to explain to someone...

thatís great - I was trying to explain to someone a while back why the chain on the smallest sprocket ďthrumsĒ a bit, even when everything is set up correctly. I knew there was a specific term for...
08-08-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 724
Posted By Litespud

back when I was an impoverished student, faced...

back when I was an impoverished student, faced with the same problem, I ran a light cinch strap between the bars just below the brake levers. Acted as a sort of sling that ran across behind the bag...
08-06-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 737
Posted By Litespud

yes! Get the saddle height/setback/angle wrt the...

yes! Get the saddle height/setback/angle wrt the BB first. Your legs are doing the work, so optimize their position first. After that, address the height and reach to the bars by adjusting stem...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,892
Posted By Litespud

thereís no actual evidence that the virus is...

thereís no actual evidence that the virus is spread in such a manner. There was one theoretical paper that suggested that it might be, but it was all based on computer simulations. However, it had...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-05-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 3,892
Posted By Litespud

Iím vaccinated, so I have no concerns. If any of...

Iím vaccinated, so I have no concerns. If any of my ride buddies choose not to get the jab, thereís the possibility that I, an asymptomatic carrier, could give it to them, but thatís on them
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,768
Posted By Litespud

6/4 Ti has a Brinell hardness number of ~380, so...

6/4 Ti has a Brinell hardness number of ~380, so harder than 18-8 stainless (HB 200), but softer than hardened tool steel (HB 600-900). While acknowledging that there are a number of 6/4 Ti varieties...
08-03-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 291
Posted By Litespud

There's no earthly reason for that knurled nut to...

There's no earthly reason for that knurled nut to be there. All I can think of is trailangel's suggestion that it's acting as a spacer to prevent the screw from protruding too far toward the...
08-02-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By Litespud

The Wolftooth will certainly increase the max...

The Wolftooth will certainly increase the max sprocket size capacity, by simply lowering the RD to provide more clearance. However, it won't increase the chain wrap capacity, which may or may not be...
07-29-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 463
Posted By Litespud

FDs donít shift inward well under load - itís...

FDs donít shift inward well under load - itís trying to move a taut chain with only the force of the FD spring, which isnít a particularly powerful spring. You have to ease up slightly so the chain...
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