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12-06-22, 12:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

Ordering from Amazon is a real joy. The first...

Ordering from Amazon is a real joy. The first one didn't fit. An empty envelope (that's a first) for the other one.

I've now ordered what is hopefully the correct ones from a bike shop 3000...
12-05-22, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

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12-05-22, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

I think the handling issue is due to excessive...

I think the handling issue is due to excessive reach if you put drops on a frame designed for flat bars. If leverage is an issue, you can get really wide drop bars.
12-05-22, 12:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

It is a frame specifically designed for drop...

It is a frame specifically designed for drop bars, as stated above (most explicitly in post 6).
12-05-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

The only thing wrong with those skewers as they...

The only thing wrong with those skewers as they were designed with the assumption that users had at least a double-digit IQ. (Apparently some people screwed them in with the lever open.)
12-05-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

I actually didn't know they were titanium until...

I actually didn't know they were titanium until after I stopped using them. They aren't ferromagnetic, and they are light, so I assume they are titanium. They have aluminum levers and fittings.
12-05-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

I had no idea. I had just assumed all...

I had no idea.

I had just assumed all external-cam skewers were inferior. I would have thought my Salsa ones were ok, until I tried a good internal cam skewer.

Can you give us an example of...
12-05-22, 11:11 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

Those Ti Salsa ones are the ones my bike came...

Those Ti Salsa ones are the ones my bike came with and I took out. (See my previous posts for details.) I now have DT Swiss steel skewers in there (and Dura Ace on a different wheel set).

I weigh...
12-05-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

I weighed my titanium and steel skewers last...

I weighed my titanium and steel skewers last night. 50g rear titanium, 103g rear steel (generic Shimano, I think my Dura Ace are heavier).
12-05-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

Yeah, I think the problem emerges from disc...

Yeah, I think the problem emerges from disc brakes, because the force vector is pointed downward, and many forks have dropouts that open in the same direction. My Enve fork has dropouts that point...
12-05-22, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

Yes.

Yes.
12-04-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

Thanks. I tried it out for the first time today,...

Thanks. I tried it out for the first time today, and it actually works better than I had thought it would. One nice feature is that I can access the long paddle from either above or below the brake...
12-04-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

My front wheel on my disc brake road bike would...

My front wheel on my disc brake road bike would move around slightly during heavy braking. The skewers were both external cam and titanium (Salsa). I don't know for sure which was at fault, but...
12-04-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

Welcome to my iggy list. You are wasting...

Welcome to my iggy list. You are wasting everyone's time.
12-04-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

Titanium will stretch about 50% more than steel....

Titanium will stretch about 50% more than steel. (Look up the Young's modulus.) The titanium rod is restricted to be of the same diameter as the steel rod it replaces, so this is a critical...
12-04-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 764
Posted By Polaris OBark

Was it steel, titanium or aluminum or what? ...

Was it steel, titanium or aluminum or what?

Get a DT Swiss steel one. Actually, get two, one for the back and one for the front. The design is superior to any conventional quick release (including...
12-04-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

I find that the amount of torque I have to apply...

I find that the amount of torque I have to apply to the right shifter is such that I would probably destroy the brifter, especially with the lower gears. As it is, I have trouble keeping it from...
12-04-22, 10:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

I'm actually going back to (relatively)...

I'm actually going back to (relatively) conventional drop bars for this drop-bar mountain bike, having tried several of the alt-bar configurations (all of which seem to pre-suppose normal flat-bar...
12-03-22, 09:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

Since I already have the Hylex brakes, $12 seemed...

Since I already have the Hylex brakes, $12 seemed like a nice alternative to $300 unobtainium. The microshift levers Gevenalle uses are the same as those that I have, BTW, so the only improvement is...
12-03-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 214
Posted By Polaris OBark

Mountain shifters and drop bars

I've been using some Microshift mtn 11-speed bar-end shifters, but I wanted to try an alternative that would use conventional click shifters and be centrally located.

I bought one of those $12...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-03-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By Polaris OBark

A little bit of aluminum oxide. Same thing...

A little bit of aluminum oxide. Same thing happens with an aluminum seatpost in a steel frame. It can get stuck. In this case, it also gets stuck. Keep the frame dry. It should be fine.
12-03-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 532
Posted By Polaris OBark

The global population was at least a factor of 2...

The global population was at least a factor of 2 smaller back then. Huge FUVs and pickups did not dominate our roads. Cell phones and text messages didn't exist. People had some sense of community...
12-03-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 908
Posted By Polaris OBark

More on Rinko: ...

More on Rinko: https://www.renehersecycles.com/how-small-is-a-rinko-bike/

The parallelegram (rhomboid?) packaging is key.
12-03-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 532
Posted By Polaris OBark

We're talking accidents, here, not pre-meditated...

We're talking accidents, here, not pre-meditated homicides.
12-03-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 532
Posted By Polaris OBark

But we did have one story about someone riding...

But we did have one story about someone riding himself to death (via heart attack) on an indoor trainer.
12-03-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 532
Posted By Polaris OBark

The "death from acute boredom" statistic for...

The "death from acute boredom" statistic for indoor training attracts less news coverage.
12-03-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 908
Posted By Polaris OBark

I don't think you can count on Jet Blue making a...

I don't think you can count on Jet Blue making a long series of exception to policy. All they need to do is fail to do it once on a return flight and you are screwed. Instead, there are a few clear...
12-03-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 97
Posted By Polaris OBark

For $30, it is either the deal of a century or...

For $30, it is either the deal of a century or total garbage. But if you have Prime and can return it, why not give it a try? It even has a 10% off coupon.

Does it broadcast heart-rate?

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 11:54 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 13,480
Posted By Polaris OBark

KY Jelly is a lube. It does not follow that I...

KY Jelly is a lube. It does not follow that I should use it on my chain, nor that of my bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 11:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 941
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have valve caps that double as a spoke wrench...

I have valve caps that double as a spoke wrench and a valve core tool. This would be a net loss. Why not simply have short valves and cary a small extender (which is what I do, not for aero...
12-02-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

Again, many thanks!

Again, many thanks!
12-02-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

BH90/M9 arrived and appears to fit.

BH90/M9 arrived and appears to fit.
12-02-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 84
Posted By Polaris OBark

If you only need a subset, they posted a comment:...

If you only need a subset, they posted a comment:



I actually need every last one of ours, or I would offer. Sorry.
12-02-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 84
Posted By Polaris OBark

Mine (H3) came with these: ...

Mine (H3) came with these:

https://saris.com/products/hammer-axle-end-caps

It let me add to the cart, so I assume they still have them.
12-02-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,334
Posted By Polaris OBark

I've wondered if some athletes become addicted to...

I've wondered if some athletes become addicted to their own endorphins.
12-02-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

Thanks. That is exactly what I needed. My...

Thanks. That is exactly what I needed. My mistake was thinking it would be part of the brifter rather than the caliper (which I guess also explains why it didn't come in the box with the brifter). ...
12-01-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

They have the Dealers Manual and User's Manual...

They have the Dealers Manual and User's Manual but no Exploded View for the GRX "brifters". I checked Shimano's site and several on-line vendors before posting here.

I ordered the BH59 and BH90...
12-01-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 122
Posted By Polaris OBark

I'm really sorry. I spent the afternoon messing...

I'm really sorry. I spent the afternoon messing with my new shifters that I bought there, so I started with a false assumption.

As for the crankset, an 11-speed one will work fine.
12-01-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 122
Posted By Polaris OBark

There is 1 left at BiketiresDirect.com ...

There is 1 left at BiketiresDirect.com

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/shimano-grx-st-rx400-individual-lever
12-01-22, 08:06 PM
12-01-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

Is it possibly SB-BH59 ? Edit: IT is NOT...

Is it possibly SB-BH59 ?

Edit: IT is NOT this. The BH90/M9 parts are compatible (see posts 6 and 7 below).
12-01-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,671
Posted By Polaris OBark

There was an interesting article on Long Covid...

There was an interesting article on Long Covid and exercise in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/12/well/move/long-covid-exercise.html).
12-01-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 121
Posted By Polaris OBark

What Brake Hose Bolt do I need for GRX brake levers?

I just found out the hard way that the hose bolt that XT uses is a little bit narrower in diameter and possibly a different thread pitch to the one required for a GRX "brifter". Does anyone know...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 532
Views: 13,480
Posted By Polaris OBark

The Shimano factory "lube" seems to be quite...

The Shimano factory "lube" seems to be quite adhesive. I would (and have) removed it before using any type of chain lubricant, whether wax, oil, wet or dry.

I think the factory lube is to...
12-01-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,491
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have a 1987 Bianchi SLX frame and fork that...

I have a 1987 Bianchi SLX frame and fork that fits 28mm tires fine. Yours looks more forgiving than mine. Ignore the naysayers, but definitely get gumwalls.
11-29-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,646
Posted By Polaris OBark

The "flu shot" is a vaccine.

The "flu shot" is a vaccine.
11-25-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

I think the graphics are from Shimano. But this...

I think the graphics are from Shimano. But this site is much more user-friendly for the most part (I think he added the GRX stuff on as a revision, so a little less so in this particular case).

I...
11-25-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

It is a great website, and made setting up my...

It is a great website, and made setting up my wife's bike with Di2 much more straightforward.

I used his instructions for setting up her chain, and here is how it looks:

...
11-25-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

This has a good description. Look toward the...

This has a good description. Look toward the bottom of the page:

https://bettershifting.com/installation-guide/installing-a-new-chain-length-and-direction/
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