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08-03-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 191
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...
07-28-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,830
Posted By Litespud

I alway time my entry into a roundabout so I can...

I alway time my entry into a roundabout so I can take the whole lane - not risking being alongside a car that suddenly decides to exit.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 830
Posted By Litespud

I usually rotate three chains with each cassette,...

I usually rotate three chains with each cassette, rewaxing each chain when it rotates off every 300-400 miles. I aim for ~12,000 miles per cassette/chain set. I change chainrings only if they're...
07-21-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 966
Posted By Litespud

I honestly have no idea where I heard the “rule...

I honestly have no idea where I heard the “rule of thumb” I cited, it’s something I’ve adhered to over the years (this is assuming I actually heard it from somewhere and didn’t hallucinate 😟)
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,453
Posted By Litespud

The rider 6 places back isn’t going to see my...

The rider 6 places back isn’t going to see my hand signal - he will, however, hear my voice 👍
07-20-21, 07:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 334
Posted By Litespud

grease the crank puller threads and ensure that...

grease the crank puller threads and ensure that it’s screwed all the way in - the more threads you engage, the less likely you strip any when you really lean on it. When I’m doing crank/BB stuff...
07-20-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 529
Posted By Litespud

I bought a 8-10 oz can of Slime rubber cement,...

I bought a 8-10 oz can of Slime rubber cement, with a brush built into the screw top lid. ~$6 on Amazon. Been using it for ~3 years and no sign of drying out. I get maybe 1 flat/year, so I patch it...
07-02-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 749
Posted By Litespud

I don't think so - I would expect some noise or...

I don't think so - I would expect some noise or clatter as the new chain engaged with what I think is a worn chainring (that alone would be enough to make me replace the chainring). I suppose the...
07-01-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 749
Posted By Litespud

if anything, it looks like your big ring is in...

if anything, it looks like your big ring is in trouble. I can see some "shark fin" asymmetry in the teeth. Your small ring looks OK
07-01-21, 09:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,810
Posted By Litespud

they think a cyclist killed their dog with a...

they think a cyclist killed their dog with a kick? They can’t be SIDIous......😬
06-30-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By Litespud

Back when I lived in Dublin, I used to donate at...

Back when I lived in Dublin, I used to donate at Pelican House, the National Blood Transfusion Board headquarters (we had a national blood transfusion service, not affiliated with the Red Cross). At...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 236
Views: 10,254
Posted By Litespud

depends also if the group ride is under the...

depends also if the group ride is under the auspices of a club with club officers - these individuals could also be held personally liable in the event of a suit. If the local race is, for example,...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-22-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,407
Posted By Litespud

the steel hairspring in my watch coils and...

the steel hairspring in my watch coils and uncoils 8 times/sec, day in day out. That’s ~250 million times/year, and will do this for decades. This is in a mechanism where the most infinitesimal...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,905
Posted By Litespud

I see this on group rides - the first guy sees a...

I see this on group rides - the first guy sees a clear road and pulls out, but by guy #10, a car has appeared and the driver doesn’t know whether the riders are going to keep pulling out in front of...
06-13-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 192,526
Posted By Litespud

102 mi, ~5600 ft vertical, 17.2 mph average speed.

102 mi, ~5600 ft vertical, 17.2 mph average speed.
06-01-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 370
Posted By Litespud

"wind tunnel optimized"

"wind tunnel optimized"
05-21-21, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By Litespud

The spring stops it from creeping out of...

The spring stops it from creeping out of adjustment, by maintaining tension on the threads, no? I'd say the rubber cover is dispensable, but the spring is an integral part of the mechanism.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,600
Posted By Litespud

I doubt very much if the bike makes any...

I doubt very much if the bike makes any difference - they’re all aero, they all conform to the same weight limits and basic design regulations, and use a very limited range of drivetrains. Any...
05-12-21, 08:43 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,261
Posted By Litespud

I grew up in a suburb of Dublin - not much by way...

I grew up in a suburb of Dublin - not much by way of desert, shell casings or much else. Once I could ride, I would head out with my friends on our bikes and as long as we were home before dark, it...
05-11-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,057
Posted By Litespud

unfortunately, in this country, you’re rolling...

unfortunately, in this country, you’re rolling the dice every time you interact with an irate motorist. Always better to suck it up and get home safe
05-09-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 192,526
Posted By Litespud

156mi, av 17.4 mph, ~6400 ft vertical....

156mi, av 17.4 mph, ~6400 ft vertical. North-south crossing of NC, from VA line to SC line
Forum: Road Cycling
05-06-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,389
Posted By Litespud

I’d likely not repair the tube roadside, but use...

I’d likely not repair the tube roadside, but use a sound replacement. I would repair the flat tube at home and make it the spare. I have no problems with using multiply-repaired tubes
05-02-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,020
Posted By Litespud

a saddle’s not really a major suspension...

a saddle’s not really a major suspension component, like tires, but saddle comfort makes or breaks a bike. If your saddle’s comfortable, then tires, if not, then a better-fitting saddle is a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-26-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,661
Posted By Litespud

Colnago C64 with Super Record EPS and some new...

Colnago C64 with Super Record EPS and some new Bora WTO 45mm wheels - that should do the trick
04-23-21, 07:21 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,529
Posted By Litespud

I’ve occasionally used an X-acto knife or similar...

I’ve occasionally used an X-acto knife or similar to carefully “shave” down a raised seam prior to sanding and patching. I also bought an 8oz tub of glue, with a brush built into the tight-sealing...
04-21-21, 10:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,185
Posted By Litespud

Mother of god - and I thought my 2020 was...

Mother of god - and I thought my 2020 was bad.....😟
Forum: Road Cycling
04-20-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,520
Posted By Litespud

there’s a new GCN video on these on YouTube.

there’s a new GCN video on these on YouTube.
04-15-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 411
Posted By Litespud

if you widen your search criteria to “25.4mm or...

if you widen your search criteria to “25.4mm or wider” and be prepared to use a shim, you’ll have more to choose from. Velo Orange have Al 31.8-25.4 shims for $12 and nice silver stems down to 40mm...
04-11-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By Litespud

The tab/notch only prevents the bolt turning as...

The tab/notch only prevents the bolt turning as you tighten the nut. Without it, you’ll need a second wrench to hold the bolt head - minor inconvenience, but nothing more (so any suitably-sized bolt...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-08-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 11,733
Posted By Litespud

You're likely at higher risk of grievous injury...

You're likely at higher risk of grievous injury driving to the bike shop to pick up your CF bike than of the bike spontaneously asploding under you. CF is a pretty mature technology and, as other...
04-07-21, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 443
Posted By Litespud

I don’t think there’s any force that you can...

I don’t think there’s any force that you can apply with an Allen wrench that will exceed the force applied when pedaling. So, you’re not going to damage them with an Allen wrench. If you really want...
04-01-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,758
Posted By Litespud

it’s not clear what, if any, patient...

it’s not clear what, if any, patient characteristics are associated with post-acute recovery (or lack thereof). Pre-existing conditions can certainly affect the severity or outcome of acute disease,...
04-01-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 13,788
Posted By Litespud

Cars aren't necessarily a great example here -...

Cars aren't necessarily a great example here - many of the features that make modern cars larger, more complex and more expensive are federally mandated and out of the hands of the manufacturers -...
03-30-21, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 434
Posted By Litespud

5nm might be appropriate for those little M4 or...

5nm might be appropriate for those little M4 or M5 screws in a modern stem. The single bolt takes way more than that. My old single bolt stems (Cinelli and 3T) used a 6mm Allen key, cranked about as...
03-29-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 965
Posted By Litespud

if you do the math, a tire at 100psi at room temp...

if you do the math, a tire at 100psi at room temp (say, 20C) would be at 127psi at 100C - not enough to blow a well-seated tire off a rim. If you do actually get heat-induced tire failure, I imagine...
03-29-21, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By Litespud

toe overlap may be an inevitable consequence of...

toe overlap may be an inevitable consequence of frame geometry. Trying to avoid it by using shorter clips may result in essentially riding “on tiptoe” - inefficient and probably not good for your...
03-29-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,538
Posted By Litespud

I'm less concerned by cars passing closer than...

I'm less concerned by cars passing closer than the legally required (in NC) 4 ft if they slow down and pass me at a reasonably deliberate speed. I know they've seen me, and they're actually paying...
03-29-21, 06:06 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,456
Posted By Litespud

if you’re still building the frame (ie still have...

if you’re still building the frame (ie still have the option of QRs or thru-axles), thru-axles in a heartbeat, simply for the convenience and availability. There’s nothing inherently wrong with QRs -...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-26-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 19,617
Posted By Litespud

I'm running early 2000's Chorus 10, all silver...

I'm running early 2000's Chorus 10, all silver componentry - every so often I get a hankering to upgrade to 12s, but I just can't get behind a black groupset, so I mollify myself by stocking up on...
03-25-21, 09:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,303
Posted By Litespud

but think of the badass chain tattoos 👍

but think of the badass chain tattoos 👍
03-24-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,067
Posted By Litespud

If worn slung low, will also hide the buttcrack...

If worn slung low, will also hide the buttcrack exposure from wearing regular shorts
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,842
Posted By Litespud

based on my thumb, >90 psi. I run the gas into a...

based on my thumb, >90 psi. I run the gas into a minimally inflated tire until the whole thing stops hissing. The tire’s hard to the push at that point - at least as hard as when I put 90 psi in at...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-21-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,842
Posted By Litespud

I use 12g threaded CO2 cartridges (brewing...

I use 12g threaded CO2 cartridges (brewing cartridges - v. cheap from Amazon) and a Lezyne head with a valve. Very controllable, but a single cartridge will pretty much fill up one 25mm tube, so the...
03-19-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,104
Posted By Litespud

Growing up in Ireland, the front brake was always...

Growing up in Ireland, the front brake was always on the right. I've always assumed that this was a UK standard, but I'm pretty sure most of the bikes on GCN are set up left-front. As I understand...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 705
Posted By Litespud

the original spec fork for my 2000 LS Vortex...

the original spec fork for my 2000 LS Vortex (same HTA) was a Reynolds Ouzo Pro fork Carbon with 43mm rake. After I “garage-doored” the bike I replaced the fork, as a precautionary measure, with a...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 10:29 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,962
Posted By Litespud

we don’t yet know how transmissible the...

we don’t yet know how transmissible the vaccinated are. However, I think it’s reasonable to assume that if you’re not propagating virus, any viral load you exhale or spew is going to be vastly...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-19-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,962
Posted By Litespud

I volunteered at a large vaccination center in my...

I volunteered at a large vaccination center in my town. Quite boring at times, because you’re saying/doing the same thing hundreds of times per shift. However, also very uplifting because the folks -...
03-15-21, 12:45 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 7,059
Posted By Litespud

Cyclists aren't defined by their gear (except in...

Cyclists aren't defined by their gear (except in their own minds) - a beginner can splurge on the latest CF ubervelo and all the gear and just be a very well-equipped beginner, while a seasoned...
03-13-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 2,886
Views: 192,526
Posted By Litespud

115 mi @ 18.2 mph av, ~6200 ft vertical

115 mi @ 18.2 mph av, ~6200 ft vertical
03-11-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 750
Posted By Litespud

could you put a washer or spacer between the RD...

could you put a washer or spacer between the RD bolt and the hanger to physically move the RD outboard a bit? You'd have to redo the H/L limits. There's likely more than enough thread on the RD bolt...
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