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01-22-23, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 550
Posted By John Valuk

I think that when the package states, 'For tap...

I think that when the package states, 'For tap sizes #0-1/2"', it is referring to the size of the holes that the taps would be used for - and not to the square shank sizes. So, as small as a tap for...
01-21-23, 06:51 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,985
Posted By John Valuk

I was thinking the same thing, but then I...

I was thinking the same thing, but then I checked, and saw that Park had already used some "CB-" part numbers for ChainBrite!

That's one of the downsides of trying to use "significant" part...
01-20-23, 03:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 1,985
Posted By John Valuk

You really need to get the blue cotton balls from...

You really need to get the blue cotton balls from Park Tool.
12-27-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By John Valuk

This, 100%. Anyone who thinks that a Knipex...

This, 100%. Anyone who thinks that a Knipex pliers wrench is a toothy, parts-mangling tool doesn't know what it actually is.

So help me, I even took the time to detail in a post in this thread...
12-25-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By John Valuk

I think that the 7" pliers wrench is a great...

I think that the 7" pliers wrench is a great all-arounder for a lot of general mechanical work - and a great starting point for someone who has never used one of these before. I don't use mine a lot...
12-24-22, 09:22 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By John Valuk

I first became aware of the Knipex pliers...

I first became aware of the Knipex pliers wrenches just a few months ago, and I have really been impressed by how useful I have found them to be. In addition to tightening and loosening fasteners and...
12-14-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,538
Posted By John Valuk

They recently made some "improvements" there that...

They recently made some "improvements" there that are not to my liking.

It used to be that the basic, included-with-Prime Amazon Music allowed full access to a modest fraction of their library....
11-04-22, 01:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,393
Posted By John Valuk

I haven't tried the NiteRider Lumina Dual 1800,...

I haven't tried the NiteRider Lumina Dual 1800, so I can't make a direct comparison of the performance, but I think that the Fenix BC30 V2.0 falls into the category of dual-LED, purpose-built bike...
11-01-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,393
Posted By John Valuk

For a standalone headlight running rechargeable...

For a standalone headlight running rechargeable batteries, I quite like the Fenix BC30 V2.0. Lighting output and distribution, brightness levels, and user interface work well for me. I had some...
07-15-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 596
Posted By John Valuk

I appreciate your thoughtful comments on this. ...

I appreciate your thoughtful comments on this.

A couple of years back, I woke my 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack from a long slumber, and started putting some miles on it. Several thousand miles later, I...
05-31-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,536
Posted By John Valuk

My brain tells me that I read one time on the...

My brain tells me that I read one time on the Lezyne web site that the Road Drive was Presta only. Checking there now, though, it states, "It comes with a Presta- and Shrader-compatible ABS Flex Hose...
05-30-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,536
Posted By John Valuk

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a...

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a lot. If you can comfortably carry the large size that you mention, the extra volume is nice.

When I install a new tube, or add it to the pack I carry...
05-13-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,690
Posted By John Valuk

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro...

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro on it. That uses one of their "Flip Chucks", but in a right angle configuration (which I find to be very convenient to use).

On the Schrader side,...
05-09-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,206
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that the rechargeable batteries can be easily swapped.
05-07-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,690
Posted By John Valuk

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a...

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a steel-tubed version of their high pressure pump, with an analog pressure gauge and a metal base. It has metal hose couplings, and no braided cover on...
05-07-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,690
Posted By John Valuk

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping...

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping for a floor pump a while back, I noticed that Lezyne has some "gravel" pumps (larger barrel; nominal 100 psi max).

I went with a higher-pressure...
04-26-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 848
Posted By John Valuk

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon...

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon gel". The tube I have notes that it contains fluorocarbon polymer.

This page from bike-components.de...
04-06-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 917
Views: 311,874
Posted By John Valuk

You can look at some of the technical manuals at...

You can look at some of the technical manuals at the Vintage Trek site (http://www.vintage-trek.com/trek-fisher-klein-lemond.htm). Some of those include geometry and fit information for the bikes.
03-23-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,491
Posted By John Valuk

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will...

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will have a lot to do with personal preferences.

The RIDEtime Elite suits my (current) personal preferences very well.

I haven't tried doing this...
03-22-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,491
Posted By John Valuk

For the use you describe, I think that the...

For the use you describe, I think that the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite...
03-22-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 840
Posted By John Valuk

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they...

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they loved - and who has actually taken the trouble to contact the manufacturer to try to find an equivalent replacement, and come up dry - I think your...
02-18-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,360
Posted By John Valuk

I have just learned to deal with the minor...

I have just learned to deal with the minor inconvenience of transferring my DL from my wallet to my pack before going out on a ride, and then transferring it back after I get home.

If that does...
02-09-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,006
Posted By John Valuk

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from...

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from Boulder Bicycle when they had a screaming deal on them.

Nice stuff.
02-09-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,006
Posted By John Valuk

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55,...

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95.

They are all nice quality stuff made by Tange Seiki. QB-55 comes standard with steel cups; QB-75 with aluminum.

They sell cups...
02-05-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 917
Views: 311,874
Posted By John Valuk

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.
01-09-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,930
Posted By John Valuk

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using...

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using oversize models to help show what surfaces are wearing, and how that wear results in an increase of the chain pitch.

That wasn't news to me, but I...
01-08-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By John Valuk

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite...

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite is that it really is a lot like an old-school cyclocomputer, but with ANT+ sensors. It has a fairly large LCD display that is sufficient for me to read...
01-07-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 447
Posted By John Valuk

If you just want the capabilities of an...

If you just want the capabilities of an old-school cyclocomputer (no GPS, no granular recording of data for later analysis), then you might consider the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite.

That works with...
12-07-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,540
Posted By John Valuk

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end...

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end mirrors on a flat bar bike that I ride mostly on rural highways.

I can't find much fault with the mirror; they really do a pretty good job with these.
11-13-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,951
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that it uses rechargeable batteries that are not built in. It uses a pair of 18650 lithium-ion batteries that are easily removed for charging. If...
11-10-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 564
Posted By John Valuk

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in...

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in response to another Craigslist ad that they have seen (e.g., with the goal of informing other viewers that they think that some other ad is...
11-10-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,411
Posted By John Valuk

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily...

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily enough...

I weigh myself, then myself+bike.
10-15-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,479
Posted By John Valuk

You may already know this, but I'll add this...

You may already know this, but I'll add this comment for the amusement of those who might not.

The UN55 - and some other Shimano bottom brackets similar to it - have sort of an interesting...
10-15-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,479
Posted By John Valuk

I've seen that video, and that general style of...

I've seen that video, and that general style of BB was what my 1995 Trek hybrid came with.

I think you will find that fairly modern cartridge bottom brackets are not put together like that, but...
10-12-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,517
Views: 350,938
Posted By John Valuk

When I started riding again last summer, I was...

When I started riding again last summer, I was looking for a really simple cyclocomputer. I was spooked by some of the reviews for certain wireless units where people reported exactly that issue (and...
10-06-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,251
Posted By John Valuk

If anyone wants to look at the entire patent, the...

If anyone wants to look at the entire patent, the patent number for this is 11,124,269.
10-03-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,424
Posted By John Valuk

For that sort of situation - short ride without...

For that sort of situation - short ride without your regular shoes/cleats - you might look at some of the platforms that clip onto clipless pedals. Shimano has their own SM-PD22, but I have seen...
09-26-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 621
Posted By John Valuk

Another approach might be to get some additional...

Another approach might be to get some additional 1/4" ratchets, so that you can leave a few very-frequently-used bits more or less permanently installed on their own ratchets.
09-09-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,560
Posted By John Valuk

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto...

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto seat rails, and that was the best way I could come up with to get the light on the rear rack.

I also made a bracket to independently mount a pair...
09-09-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,870
Posted By John Valuk

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss,...

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss, Italian, and French cups for use with their QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95 cartridge-style JIS square taper bottom brackets for 68 mm shells. The bottom brackets...
09-08-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,545
Posted By John Valuk

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first...

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first impressions, but followed up after a 65 mile ride with these.

I am hoping to read a 6-month or 12-month follow-up some day letting us know how these...
09-07-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,545
Posted By John Valuk

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining...

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining that the OP wrote this seeking approbation, and then "educating" the OP about how they shouldn't expect that approbation. To me, that seems like a bit...
09-07-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,545
Posted By John Valuk

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience...

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience with these!

As with a lot of things associated with ergonomics, this can be very personal. Something that is a "big nothing" for one person can be...
09-06-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,945
Posted By John Valuk

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a...

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a long slumber, and have been riding it regularly since then. Because it is the only bike I currently have on the road, I have developed some interest...
08-13-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,608
Posted By John Valuk

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on...

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on 90s-vintage hybrids!

If they are mid-90s, then you might consider checking the back sides of the crank arms to see what model they are. If they are...
07-03-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,447
Posted By John Valuk

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are...

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are put together in such a way that there is no adjusting of the preload. All the magic is in the geometry of the bearing-contacting surfaces of the...
06-28-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,706
Posted By John Valuk

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or...

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or "high volume" pumps, the maximum pressure they note is probably only attained at "busting a gut" levels of exertion (at least for me). For the tires...
06-28-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,706
Posted By John Valuk

I think that's the gist of it. I would guess...

I think that's the gist of it.

I would guess that it's mostly a matter of the diameter of the piston/cylinder. The larger the cross sectional area, the greater the maximum force required to...
06-25-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,706
Posted By John Valuk

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted...

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted to the pump, then yes, I would try to hold things so as to avoid trauma to the valve stem. Been there, done that - but my current pump has a flexible...
06-25-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,706
Posted By John Valuk

Depending on how you feel about carrying more...

Depending on how you feel about carrying more gear, you might consider a Kool Stop bead jack.

I don't carry one myself, but that's because I know that the tires I'm using are manageable without...
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