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07-24-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By cyccommute

Try a product called Metal Rescue...

Try a product called Metal Rescue...
07-24-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 442
Posted By cyccommute

No, a 3mm change in rim width doesnít have much...

No, a 3mm change in rim width doesnít have much of an effect on the tire cross section. People seem to get hung up on the whole number nature of the metric system. 3 mm is the width of a nickel. It...
07-24-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 50,436
Posted By cyccommute

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles...

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles into a 1200 mile tour at the USCGC Mackinaw in Mackinaw City, MI on a very rainy day.
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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...
07-23-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 277
Posted By cyccommute

That was one way to do top pull cables before...

That was one way to do top pull cables before derailers were designed for top pull. Another way was to run the cable from a stop, down around a pulley, and back up to the derailer. Keeps the front...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,091
Posted By cyccommute

That depends. As the month of September...

That depends. As the month of September progresses, the chances of snow is greater. The chances of a paralyzing snow storm is next to zero. Even into October the amount of snow that might fall is...
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...
07-22-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 265
Posted By cyccommute

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring...

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring has little to do with how well a Shimano front derailer works. The cable pull is highly important but not the ring size. I just finished 1200 miles of...
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, 03:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,259
Posted By cyccommute

Well thereís your problem. WD-40 is 25% oil that...

Well thereís your problem. WD-40 is 25% oil that becomes 100% oil when the solvent evaporates. You might as well just stick double sided tape to your frame. You would probably pick up less junk...
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...
06-25-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 740
Posted By cyccommute

Again, to be clear, I probably wouldnít fix this...

Again, to be clear, I probably wouldnít fix this bike. However, I broke the seat mast on a bike like this one at where the arrow is pointing.
...
06-25-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 740
Posted By cyccommute

Your ďNOĒ is far too hard. A weld at the crack...

Your ďNOĒ is far too hard. A weld at the crack would hold up for a while but the problem isnít the weld but the lack of annealing the frame afterwards. It could be welded to get you down the road...
06-24-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By cyccommute

My gearing is for road biking and my speed is...

My gearing is for road biking and my speed is often 4mph for miles at a time. I run low gears on mountain bikes but I also run low gears on road bikes.
06-24-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 916
Posted By cyccommute

You may be walking. Iím still pedaling. It may...

You may be walking. Iím still pedaling. It may seem like a fools errand but pedaling at that speed is easier than walking the bike. My lowest gear is in the 15Ē rangeÖand, no, I donít think a 36/32...
06-24-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 671
Posted By cyccommute

Iíve had this kind of failure with a Lezyne Steel...

Iíve had this kind of failure with a Lezyne Steel Drive. The pump started resisting pushing down and little to no air was going into the tire. I contacted Lezyne and was informed that the Steel...
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, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 273
Posted By cyccommute

Shimano has never used cartridge bearings. They...

Shimano has never used cartridge bearings. They seal with labyrinth seals but not with cartridges.
06-24-21, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 671
Posted By cyccommute

Star Trek used Altair 6. But Forbidden Planet...

Star Trek used Altair 6. But Forbidden Planet used started it all. I recently finished the novelization of the movie by W.J. Stuart. Waiting for my wife to read it so that we can watch the movie...
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.
06-23-21, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By cyccommute

While aluminum wouldnít be my first choice, Iíve...

While aluminum wouldnít be my first choice, Iíve seen other aluminum frames using the softtail idea. Salsa made a mountain bike with it.
06-23-21, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By cyccommute

Not ďBSĒ. Itís similar to a Moots YBBeat. Even...

Not ďBSĒ. Itís similar to a Moots YBBeat. Even the travel is similarÖabout 20mm. Thatís not enough to squish much while riding but just enough to take the edge off of impacts. I have a YBBeat for...
06-23-21, 06:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 779
Posted By cyccommute

You might contact Suspension Fork Parts...

You might contact Suspension Fork Parts (https://www.suspensionforkparts.net/eshop/klein.html). I donít see anything that is a direct replacement but they may be able to suggest something that will...
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, 04:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

What works for you may not work for others. A...

What works for you may not work for others. A 46/36 12-26 can be crazy narrow for a road bike depending on the rider, terrain, and preferences. In Kansas, it might work. Colorado, not so much. ...
06-21-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

I also like the Dirk Feekenís calculator. Itís...

I also like the Dirk Feekenís calculator. Itís fairly easy to see how the gears work together. Hereís your gearing...
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, 12:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,123
Posted By cyccommute

Denver was founded at the confluence of the South...

Denver was founded at the confluence of the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. The South Platte flows north out of the mountains and Cherry Creek flows in from the east. Denver actually sits in a...
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.
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Forum: Touring
06-20-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,515
Posted By cyccommute

Visual version on a mountain bike but the concept...

Visual version on a mountain bike but the concept is the same. Shift into the lowest gear on the back (highest cable tension)

https://live.staticflickr.com/1906/45121127831_41f7e94a01_k.jpg...
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, 03:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t need to “plan ahead” because I don’t feel...

I don’t need to “plan ahead” because I don’t feel any “stiff feeling” when I get on a bike, even at sub-freezing temperatures. “Going slow” for X number of miles if of no benefit to me at anytime of...
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, 05:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,625
Posted By cyccommute

If the 17Ē bike fits you so well, why are you...

If the 17Ē bike fits you so well, why are you complaining about the long top tube? The long top tube is because a 17Ē mountain bike isnít designed like a road bike. You want a bicycle with a...
Forum: Touring
06-17-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,730
Posted By cyccommute

I just checked and I was mistaken. Iím using a...

I just checked and I was mistaken. Iím using a 36 tooth middle with a 48 tooth outer. 16 tooth difference between inner and middle. 28 tooth difference overall. Shimano says that Sora only has a...
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, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,024
Posted By cyccommute

I know not of this “warming up” of which you...

I know not of this “warming up” of which you speak. I put my foot on the pedal and can go to a full sprint if needed.
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.
06-17-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,594
Posted By cyccommute

I do but, honestly, I’ve only used it a couple of...

I do but, honestly, I’ve only used it a couple of times for other people’s problems. My daughter lost a jockey wheel bolt and we had to single speed the bike. That was many years ago, however. I’m...
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