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05-19-24, 05:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By Steve B.

The real measure of how good a ride the mt. bike...

The real measure of how good a ride the mt. bike provides is when it is ridden on terrain it is designed for, off road, single track, etc.... It's likely going to suck on asphalt. So don't ride it...
05-18-24, 06:29 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 2,788
Posted By 50PlusCycling

Group rides are a blast. I was a serious loner as...

Group rides are a blast. I was a serious loner as a kid, but an avid cyclist. The local bike shop owner invited me to take part in their Sunday group ride, and I did. I got dropped, got a flat when I...
05-16-24, 03:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 829
Posted By FBinNY

IMO, other than the desire to have "the best" one...

IMO, other than the desire to have "the best" one needs to maintain some perspective.

There's no denying that bearing friction varies with both material and quality. But the total amount of...
05-16-24, 12:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 829
Posted By rccardr

I just ordered ceramic bearings for my seatpost. ...

I just ordered ceramic bearings for my seatpost.
Catch me now, suckahs!
05-15-24, 07:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 829
Posted By Trakhak

Search says: Ceramic bearing balls are often...

Search says:

Ceramic bearing balls are often used in industrial applications that require high speeds, high loads, and high temperatures. They are also used in the aerospace industry, medical, and...
05-15-24, 07:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 812
Posted By BTinNYC

I'm saying you shouldn't. "I have a wheelset"...

I'm saying you shouldn't. "I have a wheelset" isn't a good reason to pound this square peg. Also the top tube doesn't appear cylindrical, so the cable stop clamps may not work.
05-13-24, 12:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,178
Posted By 13ollocks

Changing the cassette to a larger range might...

Changing the cassette to a larger range might require a new RD to accommodate the larger sprockets - depends on the specs for your RD
Swapping your crankset to a 34/50 would be the way to go, IMO....
05-13-24, 12:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,264
Posted By bulgie

753 isn't a specific tubeset, it's a combination...

753 isn't a specific tubeset, it's a combination of a material (steel alloy) and all the treatment that goes into it (cold-working and heat-treating). It came in a number of different diameters and...
05-08-24, 10:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By SoSmellyAir

In addition to an issue with the crank, the left...

In addition to an issue with the crank, the left pedal may be loose (or a right pedal may have been forcefully installed onto the left crank) and/or the bottom bracket may be bad.

Why do you think...
05-08-24, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 660
Posted By Koyote

If it is a new bike, why arenít you back at the...

If it is a new bike, why arenít you back at the shop explaining this issue? Surely there is a warranty.
05-07-24, 02:18 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,113
Posted By cb400bill

Closing this stupid thread.

Closing this stupid thread.
05-07-24, 10:20 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,345
Posted By FBinNY

WBITW, I worked in a bike shop where we had a...

WBITW, I worked in a bike shop where we had a decent number of penniless customers, including wheelchair bound Vietnam War vets.

We saved tubes from flat repairs, and when there were a few minutes...
05-07-24, 10:02 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,345
Posted By grumpus

QuikStik?

QuikStik?
05-06-24, 06:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,345
Posted By FBinNY

Isn't that it works good enough? It's...

Isn't that it works good enough?

It's actually very simple. The rim is deepest at the center. The valve blocks that and keeps the tire on the side, costing you what could have been working slack....
05-06-24, 05:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,345
Posted By FBinNY

Here's some practical advice. First and most...

Here's some practical advice.

First and most important, replace your rim tape with the thinnest as suitable option. I use filament tape, but urethane rim strips are an equally good option.

If...
05-06-24, 04:59 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,345
Posted By smd4

Donít use tire levers to install tires?

Donít use tire levers to install tires?
05-05-24, 01:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By FBinNY

That's exactly the point I was countering. ...

That's exactly the point I was countering.

There's simply no (zero) need for anything to prevent sprockets from rotating or being installed without the front edges fully butted against the spline....
05-05-24, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 248
Posted By FBinNY

The wide spline isn't for strength. It's an...

The wide spline isn't for strength. It's an orienting spline to ensure that individual sprockets are all in the same position relative to each other.

That's critical because the shift gates all...
05-04-24, 05:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,177
Posted By shelbyfv

The notion of swapping a saddle from bike to bike...

The notion of swapping a saddle from bike to bike regularly doesn't have much appeal.
05-02-24, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 510
Posted By TheBlackPumpkin

For what it's worth I have a relatively large...

For what it's worth I have a relatively large amount of experience riding wheelsets well above what the industry claims they can hold. Generally speaking if you ride conservatively, don't drop down...
05-02-24, 07:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 794
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The image shows what I call a "start burst" hole,...

The image shows what I call a "start burst" hole, a classic unrestrained tube blow out. For some reason the tube was no longer kept inside the rim/tire interior, that bit of tube tried to push it's...
04-29-24, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 286
Posted By FBinNY

The very first thing to consider is...

The very first thing to consider is synchronicity. Does it click once per crank revolution, wheel revolution, or randomly? That tells you whether it's related to the cranks or your pedaling motion,...
04-28-24, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 480
Posted By FBinNY

I never bothered with lockring tools for the cone...

I never bothered with lockring tools for the cone on these BBs.

Adjust it close by pushing it around with a punch. Tightening the lockout will push the cone inward because of thread slop.

After...
04-28-24, 02:46 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,278
Posted By jdawginsc

Iím in the two thin spacer group. On top and...

Iím in the two thin spacer group. On top and below one each. They will blend in the shadows. 1mm each.

If you ever need to replace the Campy headset, you might need the two mm in stack height.
04-27-24, 07:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,108
Posted By Wileyrat

We had several in Tucson along the mups, until...

We had several in Tucson along the mups, until they all got vandalized.
04-26-24, 12:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 608
Posted By FBinNY

You can't fix what ain't broke. You now know...

You can't fix what ain't broke.

You now know it's not a loose crank, both because the signs are wrong, and the mechanic checked it in front of you.

It might have been any of a number of things,...
04-25-24, 01:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 13,999
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The issue with assuming a smaller tooth count,...

The issue with assuming a smaller tooth count, besides wear rate increase and that chordal effect I mentioned 4 years ago (post #8), will lead to more bike speed is that one also needs to be able to...
04-25-24, 09:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,008
Posted By BillyD

Does anybody ever tire of arguing and just drop a...

Does anybody ever tire of arguing and just drop a discussion that's not going anywhere? Oh wait, my bad, how can one build a reputation if you let your opponent think he won?

Sad.

Closed.
04-22-24, 06:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,360
Posted By FBinNY

The answer depends on your bike. Very...

The answer depends on your bike.

Very little clamping force is needed for front wheels, except those with disc brakes. Likewise for rear wheels if you have vertical dropouts.

Vertical...
04-17-24, 04:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 870
Posted By Iride01

Separate them from the rim for spacing. ...

Separate them from the rim for spacing.
Separate them from the rim for wheel removal.
Separate them from their holders for replacement.


Which?

1. Usually there is a barrel adjuster on the...
04-14-24, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The two usual methods to secure loose balled (as...

The two usual methods to secure loose balled (as in no cartridge bearings) FHB to the hub shell is with a hollow bolt that is removed from the LH hub side or having a FHB with s threaded stud (again...
04-14-24, 12:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,448
Posted By Aubergine

nope, no steel rims on my bikes! I live in...

nope, no steel rims on my bikes! I live in Seattle and they are a baaad idea here.



Yes, so I hear. They are not the best choice for the wide tires I prefer, though.
04-14-24, 12:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,546
Posted By LarrySellerz

Elephant in the room is that ai has succeeded in...

Elephant in the room is that ai has succeeded in killing googleís search function, and youíre getting ai bs as the ďsuggested answerĒ or whatever itís called to your search query.

Tire pressure is...
04-14-24, 07:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,478
Posted By andrewclaus

Is there a bike co-op near you? If so, someone...

Is there a bike co-op near you? If so, someone there can advise and help you.

From the photo, the brake calipers look like they're made of the cheapest stamped steel, hardly worth working on. You...
04-12-24, 01:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,422
Posted By Koyote

1) What kind of saddle was this? Please give the...

1) What kind of saddle was this? Please give the brand and model.
2) What kind of seatpost -- specifically, what sort of clamp?
3) Did you use a torque wrench to install the saddle?
04-11-24, 07:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By FBinNY

Take the wheel off and spin it holding the axle...

Take the wheel off and spin it holding the axle in your fingers. Try it both letting the cassette turn with it, and not letting it turn.

You're feeling and listening for roughness in either the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-09-24, 07:50 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,896
Posted By datlas

For future reference, please carry a spare tube...

For future reference, please carry a spare tube and also a peel-back stick-on patch (in case of multiple flats).

Riding on a flat clincher tire is not a winning strategy.
04-08-24, 04:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 562
Posted By SoCaled

Welcome. There are a couple/few "for sale"...

Welcome. There are a couple/few "for sale" sections on the Forum, General, C&V, Fixed gear, etc. To post in any of the "For sale" section you will need to have a premium membership. The membership is...
04-08-24, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By FBinNY

+1 CLEARLY an oversize lockring. I can see...

+1

CLEARLY an oversize lockring. I can see it overlapping the roots of the sprocket teeth.

BTW thanks for the photo which saved lots of time.
04-08-24, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 412
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Is that the correct lock ring? It looks too big...

Is that the correct lock ring? It looks too big for an 11T cog and won't allow the chain to fully engage?
04-08-24, 09:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By cyccommute

Soaking the whole shifter isn't the way to fix...

Soaking the whole shifter isn't the way to fix the problem. You need a more targeted approach. The problem is that the pawl that moves a gear forward tends to get sticky. Spraying lubricant into...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-07-24, 08:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 556
Posted By PromptCritical

Tires make a huge difference. Your tires have...

Tires make a huge difference. Your tires have pretty good rolling resistance. Check out https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/
04-05-24, 09:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 651
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

When teaching people about truing wheels I often...

When teaching people about truing wheels I often suggest they "pick up" a wheel that they can practice on and not worry about their own bike.

I have to admit that I am a bit hesitant to strongly...
04-02-24, 09:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,397
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Even "Free" bikes can be more trouble than they...

Even "Free" bikes can be more trouble than they are worth.
On the cheapest "box store" bikes, they likely never shifted properly and would have inadequate stopping power if they weren't so slow to...
04-02-24, 02:17 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,188
Posted By Leisesturm

Well, I haven't had the best luck with them, but...

Well, I haven't had the best luck with them, but it wasn't me that brought that up in this thread. So at least one other person has had the same experiences. The reason I am using Marathon Pluses now...
04-02-24, 10:45 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,968
Posted By genejockey

I don't have anything against e-bikes per se. Nor...

I don't have anything against e-bikes per se. Nor do I have issues with MOST e-bike riders. I have issues with unskilled riders going far too fast without any respect for physics, other riders,...
04-01-24, 10:51 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,337
Posted By big john

Weight is important. The question is how much...

Weight is important. The question is how much weight are we talking about?
03-31-24, 07:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,326
Posted By Kai Winters

my best advise is to realize flats can happen for...

my best advise is to realize flats can happen for a variety of reasons, be prepared by having the necessary stuff on your bike to deal with a flat and the knowledge of how to fix a flat
03-21-24, 08:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 608
Posted By cyccommute

The “TY500” on the derailer gives the whole ball...

The “TY500” on the derailer gives the whole ball game away. That is a Tourney rear derailer and they are made of the softest metal on the planet. The derailer arm is bent and, while you could try...
03-17-24, 01:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 573
Posted By Kontact

What moisture? From tubeless sealant? You don't...

What moisture? From tubeless sealant? You don't use Velox for tubeless.

But Velox might be the problem. If you are mounting a tubeless ready tire on a tubeless ready rim, Velox might be way too...
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