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05-16-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 1,531
Posted By dabac

That’s been rather well determined, that flashing...

That’s been rather well determined, that flashing helps with detection, but interferes with accurate positioning.
One of my pet peeves is when autumn comes along. A light mist, maybe little drizzle,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-11-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By dabac

Conti Sport Contact

Conti Sport Contact
05-07-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 469
Posted By dabac

look at the pics. Not much evidence of filing to...

look at the pics. Not much evidence of filing to widen the OLD. Perhaps some evidence of filing to allow for a thicker axle, which would tie in well with the hinted at ebike conversion.
05-02-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 428
Posted By dabac

I’ve used liqui-sole or Shoe Goo to glue patches...

I’ve used liqui-sole or Shoe Goo to glue patches of either nylon cloth or non-woven to fix sidewall cuts. They’ve lasted for the remaining natural life of the tire so far. I make sure to soak the...
04-20-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By dabac

A very common 1st attempt is to hammer in a...

A very common 1st attempt is to hammer in a slightly oversized Torx bit.
I’ve had good luck welding a nut onto stripped screws, but the size and depth of recess makes that a less than ideal option...
04-02-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 528
Posted By dabac

Pour some lube on a cloth. Give chain a wipe with...

Pour some lube on a cloth. Give chain a wipe with said cloth. Dispose of cloth in a responsible manner. Done.
04-02-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 355
Posted By dabac

Disclaimer: my main reference is me, so I have no...

Disclaimer: my main reference is me, so I have no firm idea of how applicable it’ll be to you.
I’ve ”always” had less-than-average mobility in my lower back. And a L5 disc rupture certainly didn’t...
03-28-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By dabac

Functionally, there’s very little need to. For...

Functionally, there’s very little need to.
For peace of mind, first hit with wire steel brush. Then ride.
For aesthetics, I’d pull the cassette off, then soak in the de-ruster of your choice....
03-28-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,490
Posted By dabac

Really, shouldn’t we be more concerned with how a...

Really, shouldn’t we be more concerned with how a vehicle is actually operated rather than with what else it might be capable of?
It seems to work for cars.
And it’s absolutely no problem to ride...
03-27-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,847
Posted By dabac

You must have a very ”interesting” idea of what...

You must have a very ”interesting” idea of what either ”failure” or ”dangerous” means.

This is from my drop bar commuter:...
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,151
Posted By dabac

If it was me, I’d settle for locking a front...

If it was me, I’d settle for locking a front wheel to something solid.
While not as expensive as the frame, a single-sided front wheel is still quite an unusual bicycle part. Securing that would...
02-16-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 473
Posted By dabac

I wouldn’t. If you bent an outer cable that...

I wouldn’t.

If you bent an outer cable that tight, there’s a risk that the cable would kink, flatten or otherwise misbehave in a manner that interfered with how the inner wire would run.

I...
Forum: Touring
02-04-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,481
Posted By dabac

Whichever you go for, leave yourself some...

Whichever you go for, leave yourself some financial room for adaptations.

Even the best of bikes may need some tweaks before it becomes a good bike for you. Stem, bars, saddle. Pedals, maybe even...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-02-22, 04:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 554
Posted By dabac

Reminds me of ol' Grandma. They ran a dairy...

Reminds me of ol' Grandma.
They ran a dairy farm, and were the first in the family to have a (industrial) high pressure washer.
I was maybe seven and approached the contraption with awe and...
02-02-22, 04:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 331
Posted By dabac

What you refer to as the "body" is commonly known...

What you refer to as the "body" is commonly known as the "head tube".
If it was me, I'd pull that apart to see if there are two crown races on top of each other.
That would explain the gap nicely.
Forum: Framebuilders
01-26-22, 12:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,417
Posted By dabac

But the wall thickness of the average seat tube...

But the wall thickness of the average seat tube is a lot more than the skin thickness of the average car door or fender panel.
01-22-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,274
Posted By dabac

Over here, there used to be a recurring debate...

Over here, there used to be a recurring debate WRT department store studded tires, DIY studded tires and the carbide core studded tires. Those who lived a bit further North, where winter and icy...
01-21-22, 12:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,467
Posted By dabac

+1 My SO isn't particularly athletically...

+1
My SO isn't particularly athletically inclined, but does ride occasionally. She'd always been envious of my mtb that, despite looking so much chunkier than her bike, was so much lighter.
So I...
01-19-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 493
Posted By dabac

The years I rode a 29er I never bothered stocking...

The years I rode a 29er I never bothered stocking up on new tubes. When the ones that came with the bike got scrapped, I dipped into my 26” stash. Install required a tiny bit more finesse, but the...
01-19-22, 01:41 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 998
Posted By dabac

A radial pattern on a hub that’s not driven or...

A radial pattern on a hub that’s not driven or braked, is not assumed to put more tension on the hub. However, the direction of the pull takes a path through the flange where there is less material...
01-14-22, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 202
Posted By dabac

Or simply too much/too stiff grease in the...

Or simply too much/too stiff grease in the freehub.

If it was me, unless the f/h is so stiff that it makes the chain sag while coasting, I’d just ignore it and keep riding. There’s a good chance...
01-13-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,979
Posted By dabac

I’ve ”always” been able to work myself warm, so...

I’ve ”always” been able to work myself warm, so apart from hands and feet, riding in the cold hasn’t been a problem for me.
Then one afternoon, I was riding home from work at about -18C/ 0F, and...
12-12-21, 04:17 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,501
Posted By dabac

On a bike that’s been (ab)used, sometimes you get...

On a bike that’s been (ab)used, sometimes you get into a tradeoff between how true you want the wheel and how even you want the spoke tension.
If the rim as such is bent, you simply can’t hit both...
12-11-21, 05:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 569
Posted By dabac

There’s no law that states that you have to use...

There’s no law that states that you have to use ebike specific tires on an ebike.
If anything, it’s more the other way around.
With the support of the electric motor, there is less disadvantage to...
12-11-21, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 556
Posted By dabac

For hands, the best thing I’ve found are pogies...

For hands, the best thing I’ve found are pogies or bar mitts.
I’m one of those where as soon as my pulse goes up, I also start to sweat.
Gloves, mittens - I’ve got probably a dozen different.
None...
11-17-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 866
Posted By dabac

You need to realize how bending works. When you...

You need to realize how bending works. When you bend a thing, the outside of the curve stretches and the inside of the curve compresses. In the middle, nothing much happens.
So for the same quality...
11-17-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 866
Posted By dabac

Axles can have different threads, so you can’t...

Axles can have different threads, so you can’t buy one at random and expect it to work out.
My preferred method is to bring the current axle to act as a reference when buying a new one.
Apart from...
11-10-21, 02:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,123
Posted By dabac

Bathroom scale? Lift bike off the floor, step...

Bathroom scale?
Lift bike off the floor, step onto scale.
Note number.
Put bike down. Note number.
Subtract 2nd number from 1st number.
Done.
11-05-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 390
Posted By dabac

Not only the older closed cam. All closed cams...

Not only the older closed cam. All closed cams (I’ve had apart) has had a better leverage than the open cam.
Reason being that the lever length is pretty much the same, while the radius of the...
10-07-21, 05:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,183
Posted By dabac

Be advised that (many) quick-releases have been...

Be advised that (many) quick-releases have been redesigned.
On recent/redesigned units, the lever no longer swings past perpendicular.
So - the way I interpret your writing - that part about...
08-22-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,063
Posted By dabac

That won’t be very accurate. The Voltage vs...

That won’t be very accurate. The Voltage vs charge/discharge status isn’t all that linear.
07-26-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By dabac

It will be fine. Tubes have very little...

It will be fine.
Tubes have very little strength in themselves and simply stretch until stopped by the tire.
An undersized tube will have to stretch more, making it thinner. And in theory more...
07-25-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,503
Posted By dabac

Depends very much on the design of the tire. A...

Depends very much on the design of the tire. A tire with supple sidewalls create less rolling resistance than one with stiff sidewalls.
And let’s not forget the influence off the surface you ride...
07-12-21, 01:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 681
Posted By dabac

you’d need a pair for each side. One between...

you’d need a pair for each side. One between brake arm and pad, one between brake arm and nut. Otherwise you end up bending the stud.
brake looks to be steel. Why not simply bend the lower half of...
06-17-21, 04:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 948
Posted By dabac

Well, what KIND of different bars? There ar...

Well, what KIND of different bars?
There ar dozens of different designs. You can’t simply slap on a random kind and expect any improvement from it.
Would you go shopping for shoes in the same vague...
06-17-21, 03:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 480
Posted By dabac

Yes There are Campy specific shifter cables that...

Yes There are Campy specific shifter cables that should be used. Campy - for whatever reason - prefers a shifter cable where the ”button” at the end of the cable is a tiny bit smaller than for...
06-05-21, 01:53 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,192
Posted By dabac

The absolutely most important enabler in any...

The absolutely most important enabler in any crime or questionable activity is the belief that ”I can get away with this”. And as long as the perpetrator is of that opinion, then the severity of the...
06-05-21, 01:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 970
Posted By dabac

Rear tires do wear faster since they’re the ones...

Rear tires do wear faster since they’re the ones pushing you along.
Rotating tires is kinda-sorta frowned upon as it means you’re deliberately putting a more worn tire in the more important...
06-02-21, 05:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,357
Posted By dabac

I have no idea. Maybe the fear of going OTB. ...

I have no idea. Maybe the fear of going OTB.
One of the downsides of ebikes is the huge influx of new, inexperienced riders they've created. OTB could be a valid concern for them.
Whatever the...
06-02-21, 01:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,357
Posted By dabac

In Sweden - and most of Europe AFAIK - the rules...

In Sweden - and most of Europe AFAIK - the rules WRT power and allowed speed are clear. Anything bought from a store and kept stock won’t have any fuzzies to it WRT power and allowed speed. ...
05-31-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,559
Posted By dabac

While there are places that sell small parts, I...

While there are places that sell small parts, I think it’d be far easier to brave a visit to a bike shop. With any luck, they’ll have some derailers that have been discarded for other reasons that...
05-28-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 624
Posted By dabac

I’ve had (at least) one pair of drop bar brake...

I’ve had (at least) one pair of drop bar brake levers where the lever end of the cable could be unhooked from the lever. If yours are like that, it’s easy. Undo cable at the brake to to create some...
05-28-21, 02:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,701
Posted By dabac

I would NOT trust those mounts. For disc brakes...

I would NOT trust those mounts.
For disc brakes to work, the alignment and positioning of rotor and caliper is VERY important. I have a hard time seeing how those mounts can be accurate enough.
05-28-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,701
Posted By dabac

It seems like you missed the point entirely. ...

It seems like you missed the point entirely.
I’ll try again:
1) different levers make the cable move different amounts as the lever moves through its stroke
2) different calipers require different...
05-24-21, 06:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 392
Posted By dabac

It is not unusual for either cable-operated...

It is not unusual for either cable-operated brakes or shifters to undergo an initial settling process, and require a slight tightening of the cable to regain good function.
However, once that’s...
05-22-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,904
Posted By dabac

The way it is usually described is that you...

The way it is usually described is that you center the rim between the locknuts. For assymmetrical hubs - disc brake fronts and derailer gear rears - this means the rim won’t be centered between the...
05-21-21, 03:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,697
Posted By dabac

Look here:Mountain Tamer Triple adapter - LOWER...

Look here:Mountain Tamer Triple adapter - LOWER GEARS for bikes of all kinds (http://abundantadventures.com/mt_triple.html)
05-20-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By dabac

Tightening nuts and bolts to a known torque is a...

Tightening nuts and bolts to a known torque is a shade better than guessing, but will still produce a considerable spread in actual result.
Disassembly torque spread so much as to be nearly useless....
05-15-21, 02:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,529
Posted By dabac

On the rim, it’s commonly referred to as a HOOK....

On the rim, it’s commonly referred to as a HOOK. It’d the tire that has the bead.
05-15-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,529
Posted By dabac

That by itself doesn’t mean much. Plenty of...

That by itself doesn’t mean much.
Plenty of tires have tiny cracks and work just fine.
I’d be somewhat concerned if the crack opens up so it gives a clear view of the threads inside the rubber....
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