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07-23-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 509
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that triples have been just about...

While I agree that triples have been just about murdered, ďrangeĒ isnít everything. Your gearing...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 270
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for...

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for addressing biological problems by killing those organismsÖyou are drinking dead beasties! Ick! They usually accomplish this by adding chlorine...
07-23-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 461
Posted By cyccommute

I donít know what you guys are doing to your...

I donít know what you guys are doing to your tubes of vulcanizing fluid but you are obviously doing something wrong. I just got back from a month of touring using a tube of vulcanizing fluid that...
06-26-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 386
Posted By cyccommute

Yours is a fairly common problem. Itís related to...

Yours is a fairly common problem. Itís related to spoke tension but it is also caused by other factors. Straight gauge spokes (one diameter from the head to threads) are more prone to the problem...
06-25-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 630
Posted By cyccommute

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike...

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike and ride it until it breaks, you’ll have provided the bike with a fitting end. Far too many mountain bikes go from glorious battle horses to plow...
06-24-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By cyccommute

My 84 Miyata Ridge Runner came with cartridge...

My 84 Miyata Ridge Runner came with cartridge bearing hubs in 1984. Iíve found patents back to the 1920s but I doubt those are the first.
06-24-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 630
Posted By cyccommute

The M4 was a replacement for the M2 frames. Not...

The M4 was a replacement for the M2 frames. Not a brittle and, I think, the boron has been removed.
06-24-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 630
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not a good idea. I had one and it lasted...

Probably not a good idea. I had one and it lasted about 6500 wonderful miles before it cracked. Great bike but the aluminum/boron frame isnít a good choice for longevity.



Thereís no such...
06-24-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By cyccommute

No, it should be a problem. The question to ask,...

No, it should be a problem. The question to ask, however, just what do your think vinegar…assuming household vinegar… is going to do to clean the siding. White vinegar is 5% acetic acid in water....
06-24-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By cyccommute

No. Where’s a chemist when you need one. Chemical...

No. Where’s a chemist when you need one. Chemical engineers are just plumbers who know a (very) little about chemistry;)

My favorite nerd joke: A chemist and a chemical engineer walk into a...
06-24-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,476
Posted By cyccommute

Öso far. Flats are random so plan accordingly....

Öso far. Flats are random so plan accordingly. Iíve had 2 flats within 100 yards of each other due to entirely different reasons. As it was on the border of West Virginia and Ohio and about 2000...
06-24-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 671
Posted By cyccommute

No. While air can have particulates, they are on...

No. While air can have particulates, they are on the order of 10Ķg/cubic meter or 1/100,000th of a gram/ cubic meter. Assuming about 150mL per tire at 100psi, that about a liter of air at atmosphic...
06-23-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 671
Posted By cyccommute

I suspect that your check valve has failed. The...

I suspect that your check valve has failed. The check valve is buried in the foot peg and may not be serviceable. Best to contact Serfas.
06-21-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By cyccommute

E-bikes are a flash in the pan and I doubt that...

E-bikes are a flash in the pan and I doubt that they will have much impact on bicycle commuting. They sound cool and all but there are going to be a whole lot of them just draining batteries in...
06-21-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that cyclist can ride up and down...

While I agree that cyclist can ride up and down hills, terrain can be an important factor applying the Amsterdam and Copenhagen models elsewhere. Getting large parts of the population out of cars is...
06-21-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,259
Posted By cyccommute

No. About the only thing they are good at is...

No. About the only thing they are good at is making everything around them dirty. If you drape the room like Dexter, you might keep the room clean.
06-20-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By cyccommute

You say that now. Just wait until about the 4th...

You say that now. Just wait until about the 4th or 5th time you have to do it. Itís a pain and one of the reasons so few people actually have two wheel sets.
06-20-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 424
Posted By cyccommute

Since your bike has rim brakes, it is better to...

Since your bike has rim brakes, it is better to keep the same rim width for a second wheel set. If the widths are too different, youíll have to adjust the brakes each time you swapped the wheels.
...
06-19-21, 11:17 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,594
Posted By cyccommute

I have a purple one. PM me and itís yours.

I have a purple one. PM me and itís yours.
06-18-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps my lack of needing a warm up comes from...

Perhaps my lack of needing a warm up comes from years of commuting. If I were to take it easy for some of the mileages suggested here, I would be late to work and it would take a couple of hours to...
06-17-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,625
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, I know what Pen is looking for. I warned her...

Yes, I know what Pen is looking for. I warned her against being talked into thinking a mountain bike of the same size is a viable substitute. It isn’t. A 13” mountain bike might be a good substitute...
06-17-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By cyccommute

Ultegra 9 speed. To lazy to see how old they...

Ultegra 9 speed. To lazy to see how old they are. They were used when I got them and they have done 20,000 + miles.
...
06-17-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By cyccommute

I would say to ditch the chain cleaning tool. ...

I would say to ditch the chain cleaning tool. They are nothing but trouble. They are messy and just not worth the effort. A bit of solventÖuse mineral spirits because it evaporates cleanly unlike...
06-17-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 301
Posted By cyccommute

The best way to find out is to just try it. ...

The best way to find out is to just try it. Honestly, the way that derailers work, if the derailer is backwards compatible, itís forward compatible.
06-16-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By cyccommute

My co-op (pre-Covid) had ďFix your bikeĒ hours at...

My co-op (pre-Covid) had ďFix your bikeĒ hours at 2 locations. I was (am) shop lead at the smaller of the two. People can come in and are allowed 90 minutes stand time to do most anything they want...
06-16-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,371
Posted By cyccommute

Fix-It-Sticks kit. Mine is older that wasn’t sold...

Fix-It-Sticks kit. Mine is older that wasn’t sold as a “commuter” or “mountain bike” kit. I would probably choose the mountain bike kit over the commuter one. Although I have never had to a multi...
06-15-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,625
Posted By cyccommute

I hate to say it but I think you are looking for...

I hate to say it but I think you are looking for the wrong bike. 49 cm bikes are relatively rare. Itís not a size that bike companies made a whole lot of in the first place. But, more importantly,...
06-15-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 50,436
Posted By cyccommute

Just needed a color change. Changed form this ...

Just needed a color change. Changed form this

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/c1422668_ce75_4503_aa3a_297bd9cae62c_c5b7e7cb6ce576f9133df42b897bf497eced9408.jpeg...
06-13-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

I know this will fall on (mostly) deaf ears but...

I know this will fall on (mostly) deaf ears but perhaps you should look closer to home when discussing ďignoranceĒ. Many of us arenít ďfooledĒ and are actually have brains sitting atop our...
06-12-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 717
Posted By cyccommute

Your VeloBase link doesnít work. But is unclear...

Your VeloBase link doesnít work. But is unclear if the rims are actually titanium based on that link. Iím not saying they werenít titanium. The information is confusing and I canít find anything...
06-12-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,371
Posted By cyccommute

I hate most multitools. I find them both clunky...

I hate most multitools. I find them both clunky and chunky. They generally donít fit the hand very well and are difficult to get at the right angle for really using them. I currently like...
06-12-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

I just relubricate. My chains get cleaned once,...

I just relubricate. My chains get cleaned once, when they are installed. I occasionally use a screwdriver to remove any lube that has accumulated on the jockey wheels. As Iíve pushed the interval...
06-12-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

What are you going on about?! Natural...

What are you going on about?! Natural particulate matterÖi.e. dirtÖ has a wide range of distribution in size from semi truck to probably atomic diameter. The smaller sizes are what do the damage to...
06-12-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 460
Posted By cyccommute

Changing a rim isnít that difficult but itís not...

Changing a rim isnít that difficult but itís not trivial either. Itís about 50% of the wheel building job. Most people whom Iíve taught find the lacing to be the most difficult part but the...
06-12-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

The forces on a single speed chains are a lot...

The forces on a single speed chains are a lot different from those on multi speed chains. The need to stand up to side forces and profiles on the teeth of the cogs makes them more problematic with...
06-11-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

A whole lot of electrons are sacrificed talking...

A whole lot of electrons are sacrificed talking about chain lube. Itís a chain. Itís cheap. Lubricate it, ride it, wear it out, and replace it. No matter what you do, youíll get about the same out...
06-11-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,700
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. Mineral spirits (aka naphtha, white gas,...

Nope. Mineral spirits (aka naphtha, white gas, white spirits, etc) is close enough to as volatile solvent as xylene that it won’t make much difference. The boiling point (which influences evaporation...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By cyccommute

The o-ring might not be a good choice. Too...

The o-ring might not be a good choice. Too squishy. The spacer needs to be rigid so that it doesnít squeeze out and loosen the bottom bracket.
06-09-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 549
Posted By cyccommute

Only some patches become part of the tube. Itís...

Only some patches become part of the tube. Itís a chemical process that requires a sulfur containing compound in the patch and an activator/accelerator in the fluid. When they two are placed in...
06-07-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 927
Posted By cyccommute

People like to bash on the big guys because they...

People like to bash on the big guys because they are the “big guys” but there’s a reason they are the “big guys”. They make good stuff that have a good reputation. I have P-handled hex wrenches that...
06-05-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 887
Posted By cyccommute

The 559er is just around the corner:thumb:

The 559er is just around the corner:thumb:
06-05-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,952
Posted By cyccommute

Good on you, mate! If we never make mistakes, we...

Good on you, mate! If we never make mistakes, we never learn anything.
06-03-21, 05:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 927
Posted By cyccommute

Human hair precision with zip ties????!!!! And...

Human hair precision with zip ties????!!!! And how do you use a laser level in wheel building? And, again, millions...perhaps billions... of wheels have been built over the last 125 years without...
06-03-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 927
Posted By cyccommute

Another wall of overkill essentially based on...

Another wall of overkill essentially based on nothing.



Why? What reason do you have that this is sooooo important? Will it result in a stronger more durable wheel and what evidence do you...
06-02-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 927
Posted By cyccommute

The Sunlite Deluxe...

The Sunlite Deluxe (https://www.mtbshed.com/product/sunlite-deluxe-wheel-truing-stand-166840-1.htm) doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles but it works and it’s cheap. I build a lot of wheels...
06-02-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By cyccommute

I just bought spokes for a wheel set from Rose...

I just bought spokes for a wheel set from Rose Bikes (https://www.rosebikes.com/search?q=DT+Swiss+spokes&brand%5B%5D=DT+Swiss). I paid $25 US for the spokes and $17 for shipping. Even with the...
06-02-21, 09:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 935
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, the eyelets prevent dropping a nipple into...

Yes, the eyelets prevent dropping a nipple into the rim but thatís not a huge problem in general. A dropped nipple will come out but you have to do a bit of shaking to get it out. They tend to...
06-02-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 878
Posted By cyccommute

I think the operative word there is ďspeedĒ. ...

I think the operative word there is ďspeedĒ. This guy said he ran into a parked car while riding uphill. I really doubt there was enough speed to crumple the frame like that at slow uphill speeds. ...
06-02-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 878
Posted By cyccommute

He didnít hit a parked car riding uphill. He ran...

He didnít hit a parked car riding uphill. He ran the damn thing into a garage and is trying to get Specialized to replace it. With that much frame damage, why isnít the wheel damaged?
06-01-21, 05:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 935
Posted By cyccommute

It won’t make much difference. I’d probably use...

It won’t make much difference. I’d probably use the Mavic over the Alex but either would do the job. My concern with the Mavic you’ve shown is that it appears to have holes in it. If they are just...
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