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Forum: Road Cycling
10-11-21, 07:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By urbanknight

Happens all the time. Someone walks into the bike...

Happens all the time. Someone walks into the bike shop wanting to get into cycling, looks at a few bikes, whips out their credit card, does a handful of rides, doesn't really like it, and lets it sit...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By urbanknight

Absolutely! In the past 2 years, I bought a used...

Absolutely! In the past 2 years, I bought a used tandem and a used road bike for my son. The tandem turned out to have a bad bottom bracket (they had loosened it to make it feel smoother) and an...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-21, 10:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 713
Posted By urbanknight

This is well put. Most important is that the bike...

This is well put. Most important is that the bike fits you properly and that is functions like it should. The disadvantage to buying a used bike is that it's hard to tell its condition (especially as...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-10-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By urbanknight

Just for clarity, I don't think the OP is...

Just for clarity, I don't think the OP is debating on a child's bike versus an adult's bike. At 5'6" he likely fits a 51cm or 52cm bike just fine, but the issue being considered is that he might grow...
10-10-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 615
Posted By urbanknight

Play around with Sheldon Brown's gear calculator...

Play around with Sheldon Brown's gear calculator and find which ratio matches your desired cadence with the speed you are able to maintain on those climbs....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By urbanknight

I would agree. Kids are more tolerant than...

I would agree. Kids are more tolerant than adults, so maybe 1 size up, but make sure you can get the right saddle height, saddle setback, and handlebar reach.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-21, 12:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 406
Posted By urbanknight

I know it's tempting to set a low budget, but...

I know it's tempting to set a low budget, but keep in mind that bicycles have resale value. If you find a quality used bike, chances are you can sell it for about the same amount if it's less than a...
10-05-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 462
Posted By urbanknight

If the gearing is outside the capacity of the...

If the gearing is outside the capacity of the derailleur, the chain will have to be either too long or too short (or both). Some will do it anyway and just avoid the big/big and small/small...
10-03-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By urbanknight

I have built and trued hundreds of wheels. Truing...

I have built and trued hundreds of wheels. Truing a new wheel you just built with a new rim is one thing. Fixing a damaged rim is a whole other thing, and that can't really be done by adjusting spoke...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 830
Posted By urbanknight

I'd be very confident placing a large bet on the...

I'd be very confident placing a large bet on the softer rubber being the key factor there. Maybe tire width and pressure as well, but not tread.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-30-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,071
Posted By urbanknight

Happens to me sometimes. If you can reach in and...

Happens to me sometimes. If you can reach in and smoothen it down (with the grain), that might help. I doubt anyone will notice, let alone say something, but if they do just say it's a new kind of...
09-28-21, 04:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,825
Posted By urbanknight

That's going to depend on one's level of...

That's going to depend on one's level of tolerance and definition of what works "ok". The bike in my story worked and could be ridden safely. It just wasn't tuned or built to my standards....
09-28-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,825
Posted By urbanknight

Over the years, I have peeked at many bikes while...

Over the years, I have peeked at many bikes while browsing in Target, Sportmart, etc. and they are more often than not in need of adjustment. Rarely unsafe or unrideable, though. REI and Sport Chalet...
09-28-21, 12:05 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,825
Posted By urbanknight

I bought my son's first bicycle at Toys R Us, but...

I bought my son's first bicycle at Toys R Us, but I wouldn't let him ride it until I inspected it at home and made sure it was at least safe. Turned out nothing was dangerous, although the training...
09-24-21, 11:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,825
Posted By urbanknight

Wow, a week per bike?! When I first started at a...

Wow, a week per bike?! When I first started at a bike shop, I was slow, but still got a bike assembled and ready for the showroom in under an hour. Eventually got it down to 10-15 minutes, although...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By urbanknight

I also find Northwave to be a little wider than...

I also find Northwave to be a little wider than most other brands. Turns out I actually needed true E width, but they were otherwise great shoes.
09-23-21, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 446
Posted By urbanknight

Since I don't see it mentioned, is it possible...

Since I don't see it mentioned, is it possible you're overtightening the stem nut? That could put a tear right where you described.
09-23-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,825
Posted By urbanknight

I once applied for a seasonal job assembling...

I once applied for a seasonal job assembling bicycles for Toys R Us. Apparently having experience wrenching at a bike shop is so undesirable that they won't even give you an interview.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 01:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,265
Posted By urbanknight

True, many of them just want to play or are going...

True, many of them just want to play or are going on chasing instincts. I have always been fine by making kissing sounds at the dog and saying hi. They usually stop, cock their head, and return to...
09-19-21, 01:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 596
Posted By urbanknight

Start with Goo Gone, which has worked 90% of the...

Start with Goo Gone, which has worked 90% of the time for all of my sticky residue needs. Goof Off is more heavy duty, but might harm the paint.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 1,686
Views: 249,079
Posted By urbanknight

Sizzling!

Sizzling!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 676
Posted By urbanknight

Except if you do the wrong item first, the next...

Except if you do the wrong item first, the next item might throw it off. For example, if you set saddle to bar distance first, and then set saddle setback from BB second, you just altered the saddle...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 09:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 676
Posted By urbanknight

Measure to the widest part of the saddle. Some...

Measure to the widest part of the saddle. Some saddles have heart shaped backs, some have tapered backs, etc. but most saddle are designed to have your sit bones at about the widest part.
09-17-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 603
Posted By urbanknight

From one middle school teacher to another, it...

From one middle school teacher to another, it sounds like you have plenty of topics to cover and not much time to cover them and review them (remember, you're gonna have to say it more than once). My...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 07:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By urbanknight

All brands fit differently, which is why I tend...

All brands fit differently, which is why I tend to stick with the brands I like. For me, Shimano and North Wave are my favorites.
09-14-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By urbanknight

Sounds like more trouble than itís worth. IÖ I...

Sounds like more trouble than itís worth. IÖ I mean, heÖ would rather just run the lock ring that came with it.
09-14-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,117
Posted By urbanknight

If it had a straw, he wouldn't even need to pull...

If it had a straw, he wouldn't even need to pull it out. I did this for my 10 year-old son who was having difficulty reaching down so far....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 621
Posted By urbanknight

Yes, both. I have disproportionately long thighs...

Yes, both. I have disproportionately long thighs and short shins. With a 25mm setback seatpost on a 73.5 STA, the saddle is about 3mm shy of being all the way back. Any further forward and my knees...
09-14-21, 11:58 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 6,088
Posted By urbanknight

I pump my tires before every ride because I like...

I pump my tires before every ride because I like to maintain the desired pressure for ride quality. It's rarely more than a few pumps, so I'm sure I could get away with skipping it a few days, but I...
09-14-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By urbanknight

Mixing brands of lockring and cassette

Asking for a friend ;). Could he, for example, use a Shimano lockring to avoid advertising to all the elitists in the club that he has a Microshift cassette?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 621
Posted By urbanknight

Thanks all! I hadn't even considered that...

Thanks all! I hadn't even considered that something that does not touch the seatpost would alleviate the problem.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 01:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 621
Posted By urbanknight

Saddle Bag With Narrow Front

Which saddle bags have decent room (tool, tube, levers, and CO2) but a narrow front? My thighs get sores/abrasions from too much rubbing on my current one.
09-12-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 664
Posted By urbanknight

That was likely damaged before you bought the...

That was likely damaged before you bought the wheels. The previous owner loosened it to the point of having side play either to make it spin more smoothly, or to hide the damage when you bought them....
09-12-21, 12:46 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 38,252
Posted By urbanknight

Finally got a good pic of us and our bike. ...

Finally got a good pic of us and our bike.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/pursuit_tandem_b3b941a583c5c4d0f84ce7aad08b62cc8856d1f8.jpg...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-11-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 1,686
Views: 249,079
Posted By urbanknight

It's a little monotone, but the "blacked out"...

It's a little monotone, but the "blacked out" look says it means business. As a bonus, it will match absolutely any kit you choose to wear!
09-11-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 773
Posted By urbanknight

Fancy colors are nice, but you have to get a...

Fancy colors are nice, but you have to get a neutral bar tape to go with it. Neutral frames allow you to get creative with the accessories....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 536
Posted By urbanknight

I don't know about you, but aging has caused me...

I don't know about you, but aging has caused me to prefer a more upright riding position, making my previous favorite saddle not a good match anymore.

To quote Grandma (who probably got it from...
09-04-21, 04:09 PM
Replies: 207
Views: 5,362
Posted By urbanknight

That depends on what you consider to be "long...

That depends on what you consider to be "long distance". I got back into riding a little over a year ago and really struggled with saddle sores and comfort just doing 25-30 mile rides. My favorite...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,727
Posted By urbanknight

Many times. I study the geometry to make sure it...

Many times. I study the geometry to make sure it will fit, make sure it has the parts I want (or at least the ones I'm not willing to swap out), and then make the purchase. I may like the feel and...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-03-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,064
Posted By urbanknight

I know, right?! If only she understood why I...

I know, right?! If only she understood why I don't wanna ride a road bike in the mountains, or a mountain bike on the road, or the tandem when I'm alone... and of course a velodrome requires a fixie,...
09-03-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,467
Posted By urbanknight

Better to just stay quiet until you know the...

Better to just stay quiet until you know the person better. I personally prefer brutal honesty, but not all people do. I wonder how many club members noticed mine before my wife saw me in them and...
08-30-21, 11:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By urbanknight

I really donít know. Tried to Google specs on it...

I really donít know. Tried to Google specs on it but came up empty. Either way, if itís anywhere near 28mm then itís too skinny for my tandem as I think the seatpost itself is thicker than that....
08-29-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,729
Posted By urbanknight

Glad to see I'm not the only one who just lets...

Glad to see I'm not the only one who just lets the front wheel onto the ground. It seems like 90% of the jobs don't involve the front wheel anyway.
08-29-21, 04:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 447
Posted By urbanknight

What's the clamp diameter?

What's the clamp diameter?
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-21, 08:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,284
Posted By urbanknight

Nope. Nobody wants to see my back hair.

Nope. Nobody wants to see my back hair.
08-15-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,493
Posted By urbanknight

It happens. There's also the scammers, pulling...

It happens. There's also the scammers, pulling all sorts of stunts (The Google Voice one is hilarious). One thing for sure is once they burn me without a reasonable explanation, there's no second...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-15-21, 07:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By urbanknight

Is a Turbo really like the Rolls? I recall people...

Is a Turbo really like the Rolls? I recall people liking one or the other, but personally have never tried a Rolls and probably couldn't compare it to the Turbo I last had in 1993 if I tried.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-14-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 5,064
Posted By urbanknight

1 1/2 (if you consider the back half of the...

1 1/2 (if you consider the back half of the tandem to be my son's).


Geez, you sound like my wife.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 10:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 934
Posted By urbanknight

I'm ~200lb and was running 90/100 on my 23's...

I'm ~200lb and was running 90/100 on my 23's until last year when I switched to 25's and dropped to 80/90. They're doing great with a much smoother ride.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-21, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By urbanknight

If you used to ride a San Marco Rolls...

What do you ride now? Trying to find a good saddle for my adolescent son, and so far he likes the Rolls that came on our tandem. I'd rather not spend $150 for a second one for his single bike ($85+...
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