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Forum: Road Cycling
10-04-22, 06:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,609
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This thread definitely relates to immersive...

This thread definitely relates to immersive waxing.

The other thread (on bike chain lubrication) relates more to immersion waxing.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,083
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The angle of the STI lever bodies in this photo...

The angle of the STI lever bodies in this photo is much closer to ideal than that on metropical's above photo. Note the angle of the ramp, with reference to: Drop bar hand positions | BikeGremlin...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-22, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 225
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Good luck. Try asking here: Mountain - Plains -...

Good luck. Try asking here: Mountain - Plains - Bike Forums (https://www.bikeforums.net/mountain-plains/)
10-02-22, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 475
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I am glad to see you are getting the hang of it....

I am glad to see you are getting the hang of it. This thread gives me a lot of encouragement. I have bought two pairs of 3 bolt road shoes and a pair of Speedway Ultra Light Action pedals without...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,083
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Has your handlebar always been set this way!?...

Has your handlebar always been set this way!? Wrists have to be relaxed and straight when riding, else it's torture. Try the following, one at a time:

1. Rotate the handlebar (with respect to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-01-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,083
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Are you keeping your wrists relaxed and straight?...

Are you keeping your wrists relaxed and straight? The depicted handlebar angle is all whack; can you even use the drops?
10-01-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 1,981
Views: 208,112
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Rode out yesterday afternoon with a plan to try...

Rode out yesterday afternoon with a plan to try my new 12-28 cassette on all 5 climbs in my area: (1) Orchard Hills Loop, (2) Portola Parkway eastbound, (3) Shady Canyon Trail, (4) Turtle Rock Drive,...
10-01-22, 11:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 174
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Hopefully, when Amtrak or Caltrans does that, it...

Hopefully, when Amtrak or Caltrans does that, it would build a bike path that runs alongside; I have seen roadies cycling on I-5 south, and I don't think that is good idea.
09-30-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 360
Posted By SoSmellyAir

But your photos in post #10 above show that the...

But your photos in post #10 above show that the cassette has been removed from the freehub!? Is there a separate problem with the cassette too?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-22, 09:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 688
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Current HED Ardennes Pro are 21 mm IW, 25 mm...

Current HED Ardennes Pro are 21 mm IW, 25 mm external; so I similarly doubt that this is a HED standard from 15 years ago.

I am currently riding 25 mm tires on 19 mm IW wheels, which seem a good...
09-29-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 804
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Tubeless tape is needed if the rim bed has holes...

Tubeless tape is needed if the rim bed has holes to access spoke nipples. But if rim bed only has a single hole for the valve stem, then tape is not needed.
09-29-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 174
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Thread title references Amtrak but only likes to...

Thread title references Amtrak but only likes to Metrolink announcement; corresponding Amtrak information announcement: Travel Advisories | Pacific Surfliner...
09-29-22, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 360
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is actually an issue -- especially if the...

This is actually an issue -- especially if the individual cogs of the cassette may move laterally along the axis of the freehub -- and may lead to poor shifting and/or damage to the freehub.
09-29-22, 11:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 460
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Just practice installing and uninstalling the...

Just practice installing and uninstalling the tire and tube. If you are concerned about messing up something on your bike (e.g., disc brake), buy a cheap 700c wheel, tire, and tube for said practice.
09-29-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 187
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Using an 8 speed chain with a 12 speed chain ring...

Using an 8 speed chain with a 12 speed chain ring (as anga proposed) should work as there is no front shifting and, as Troul mentioned, the 8 speed chain is wider than the 12 speed chain ring, so the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,112
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I like the Prestacycle Uniblock 11s 12-28...

I like the Prestacycle Uniblock 11s 12-28 cassette so much that I bought a second one as a spare or for the other bike I am building; have not decided yet.

Prestacycle is down to a single 11s...
09-28-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 206
Posted By SoSmellyAir

1. Because the OEM spring rate is presumably...

1. Because the OEM spring rate is presumably designed to open the brake caliper even if the pivots get a little grimy or corroded?

2. On a cable-actuated brake system, the OEM spring rate has a...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,083
Posted By SoSmellyAir

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are...

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are using a 120 mm stem. Not having even a photo of your position on the bike, the following is just conjecture; but here goes:

Maybe the effective reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 1,083
Posted By SoSmellyAir

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are...

All this, plus you also mentioned that you are using a 120 mm stem. Not having even a photo of your position on the bike, the following is just conjecture; but here goes:

Maybe the effective reach...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 808
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I don't have a power meter, but I must generate...

I don't have a power meter, but I must generate even less watts than you do; the splines on my freehubs look pristine.
09-27-22, 09:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I do not own a bike with disc brakes so the...

I do not own a bike with disc brakes so the following is not a definite answer.

Common sense says no. Even if you get both the disc brake caliper and the rack mounted perfectly initially, any load...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 808
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I have been researching cassettes and gearing...

I have been researching cassettes and gearing since joining BF in late 2020. My very first post here was about building an 11 speed Frankenstein cassette from two Ultegra cassettes: Bike Forums -...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 808
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Good luck. When I ordered my Prestacycle Uniblock...

Good luck. When I ordered my Prestacycle Uniblock 12-28 cassette, I saw that Excel Sports has the Dura-Ace version for $198. Just in case you need it:

Shimano Dura-Ace CS-R9100 11-Speed Cassette...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 01:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 808
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The above shifting symptoms may also be explained...

The above shifting symptoms may also be explained by a cassette and chain that have worn together, such that the worn chain does not play nice with a new (Miche) cassette. Have you tried a new...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-27-22, 12:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 808
Posted By SoSmellyAir

aliasfox Like you, I don't need an 11T cog or a...

aliasfox Like you, I don't need an 11T cog or a 32T cog. Shimano 11s 12-28 cassette is only available in Dura-Ace. It has recently dropped in price (now < $200), but I am concerned about the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 04:11 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You are absolutely right. The saddle height of...

You are absolutely right. The saddle height of the guy on the right of the photo is definitely worse. Look at how high up and far out his right knee is.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-26-22, 04:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

No IQ test needed when I see two teenagers,...

No IQ test needed when I see two teenagers, neither wearing a helmet, simultaneously riding on the same e-bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Unlike squirrels, the bunnies in Irvine mostly...

Unlike squirrels, the bunnies in Irvine mostly veer away as I approach.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 01:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Inattentive teenage morons (am I being redundant...

Inattentive teenage morons (am I being redundant here?) on e-bikes scare me more than either clowns or squirrels.

That said, I have only seen one clown when riding. He was waving one of those...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Heh, I did not even know spoke count can > 32!

Heh, I did not even know spoke count can > 32!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,109
Posted By SoSmellyAir

When I first started to wax, I observed (here in...

When I first started to wax, I observed (here in BF) that the RD shifting is hesitant during the first few miles after a fresh wax. I was told (by a more experienced waxer) to give both sides of the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,109
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is a brilliant idea, except I will apply it...

This is a brilliant idea, except I will apply it to the odorless mineral spirits (OMS) rather than the wax; I usually put my chain through two baths of OMS before I wax it.

I always thought that...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-24-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,223
Posted By SoSmellyAir

1. Glad to hear you have recovered and are riding...

1. Glad to hear you have recovered and are riding about.

2. I think this is just post crash jitters. I think the chances of a dashing squirrel caught in the spokes are pretty low. But if you are...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,581
Posted By SoSmellyAir

the sci guy Your bike looks so good! Barely 18...

the sci guy Your bike looks so good! Barely 18 lbs. and that's with a 11-34 cassette! (I have a feeling that mine may end up lighter than my CF bike.) What brake cables are those?

I have made...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,462
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Ultegra mechanical has gone away? What are these:...

Ultegra mechanical has gone away? What are these:

Shimano Ultegra R8000 Road Bike Gear Levers - 11 Speed | Merlin Cycles...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,109
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I use DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant spray...

I use DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant spray on the bearings of the RD pulleys:

Amazon.com : DuPont Non-Stick Dry-Film Lubricant Aerosol, 10 oz : Power Tool Lubricants : Sports & Outdoors...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,462
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is an unusual wear pattern.

This is an unusual wear pattern.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 484
Views: 11,109
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Heck, yes. From what I have read and...

Heck, yes.



From what I have read and from my (limited) personal experience, I understand that the main advantage of wax is that there is little to no penetration by road contamination into the...
09-19-22, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,981
Views: 208,112
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Rode Santiago Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon...

Rode Santiago Canyon Road on Sunday afternoon eastbound, just missing ooga-booga and the vintage cars. Having a 28T really helps compensate for my lost fitness this year.
09-19-22, 10:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I got to try that one day but I live so much...

I got to try that one day but I live so much closer to the west end of SCR.



I wish something like the OCIR was still available; there are a lot of fast, modified cars in Irvine. On a quiet...
09-17-22, 08:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I see. There was once (in the past 10 years?)...

I see. There was once (in the past 10 years?) where the northern half of Peters Canyon Park was burnt.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,112
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Prestacycle states that its cassette is "machined...

Prestacycle states that its cassette is "machined from a solid block of cold-forged Chrome Molybdenum alloy steel, then heat-treated, tumble-finished and electroplated." Recon states that its...
09-17-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 548
Posted By SoSmellyAir

That is inevitable. When I first moved to Irvine...

That is inevitable. When I first moved to Irvine 21 years ago, there was little north of Irvine Blvd. and nothing north of Portola Pkwy.



I also agree that there is a fire risk there; I only...
09-17-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The height of the handlebar cannot be raised from...

The height of the handlebar cannot be raised from what is shown in the above photograph without buying a new stem.

Either (or both) of the spacers below the stem may be removed and reinstalled...
09-17-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 299
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Are you sure that those are not 64 mm BCD rings? ...

Are you sure that those are not 64 mm BCD rings?

"Sheldon Brown's Bicycle Crank/Chainring Bolt Circle Diameter Crib Sheet" (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cribsheet-bcd.html)

Here are some links...
09-16-22, 11:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 305
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Why does the drivetrain need to be replaced? Is...

Why does the drivetrain need to be replaced? Is it rusted or otherwise damaged? If neither, start with just a thorough cleaning and lubrication, then calibrate the derailleurs

I would say tires,...
09-16-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 305
Posted By SoSmellyAir

It is not difficult. You just need the right...

It is not difficult. You just need the right tools, patience, and time. You can do it!



I have no experience with Microshift shifters except for a bike (for my son) which I had to return...
09-16-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 305
Posted By SoSmellyAir

My own experience in this thread; most relevant...

My own experience in this thread; most relevant portion starts at post #17:

Converting Trek FX2 to 1x - Bike Forums...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 609
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Handlebar angle from the side does not look too...

Handlebar angle from the side does not look too bad in this photo, but you can try to rotating it to have the ends parallel to the top tube.

I see so many drop handlebars setup with the ramps...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-22, 01:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 609
Posted By SoSmellyAir

When you say you have to bend your wrist too...

When you say you have to bend your wrist too much, which way?

Your handlebar has a 70 mm reach, which is a relatively short distance: Service Course 70 Ergo Handlebar | HB-DBSC-7E-B2 | Zipp...
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