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06-27-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 142
Posted By cyccommute

Tourneys have a flat steel upper mount that is...

Tourneys have a flat steel upper mount that is quite soft. They are fairly easy to bend by hand and will often bend before the hanger does. If the bike doesn’t have a claw hanger, the hanger on the...
06-27-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 142
Posted By cyccommute

Compatibility isn’t a problem. Any 9 speed...

Compatibility isn’t a problem. Any 9 speed Shimano derailer will work with your current shifter and cassette. For that matter any 6, 7, or 8 will work with it. 10 speed Shimano road derailers would...
06-26-22, 10:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 142
Posted By cyccommute

Is the play in a Tourney derailer normal? Yes. ...

Is the play in a Tourney derailer normal? Yes. Should it have that much play? No but Shimano built it that way.

Do yourself a favor and get an Alivio or Acera or Altus rear derailer. All of...
06-26-22, 11:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By cyccommute

It’s common on many bikes, especially touring...

It’s common on many bikes, especially touring bikes, to use a 132mm dropout. That allows for using 130mm or 135mm hubs. Squish it in for the 130 and a slight expansion for 135. The aluminum can...
06-26-22, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 254
Posted By cyccommute

It’s the threads of the tire casing like those...

It’s the threads of the tire casing like those below. It looks like you use talc....
06-25-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 373
Posted By cyccommute

At this point in time, I’d assume that all chains...

At this point in time, I’d assume that all chains are peened. You might find some cheap chains like the old style but those would certainly be limited to anything for use on 5 and 6 speeds. One way...
Forum: Touring
06-23-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By cyccommute

I parked there for about 3 weeks last year. Easy...

I parked there for about 3 weeks last year. Easy to get to and from on a bicycle and relatively inexpensive. Don’t try to come in from the north side to avoid the (perceived) traffic on the east...
06-23-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 3,137
Posted By cyccommute

Park. It’ll hold another stand easily.

Park. It’ll hold another stand easily.
06-23-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,693
Posted By cyccommute

I have no idea what “thumb numbing pushers” are...

I have no idea what “thumb numbing pushers” are but I’m reasonably certain that Bandrada has figured out any issues after 8 years.
06-22-22, 05:54 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,737
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, but…. “Regular” is a relative term. I’ve...

Yes, but…. “Regular” is a relative term. I’ve had mechanical discs for about 10 years and have yet to adjust a pad or cable due to wear. I get similar wear out of rubber pads on rim brakes. If you...
06-21-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,831
Posted By cyccommute

I disagree. It is “throwing around the term”...

I disagree. It is “throwing around the term” because I have not seen anyone really describe what they mean by “superior modulation”. Is it easier to slow a little or slow a lot? I can do that with...
06-19-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,831
Posted By cyccommute

Several good points. Bicycles braking isn’t...

Several good points. Bicycles braking isn’t limited by the power of the brake. It’s limited by the rider spinning around the center of gravity of the bicycle system during braking. Lock the front...
06-19-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 7,831
Posted By cyccommute

People throw the term “modulation” around with...

People throw the term “modulation” around with regard to bicycle all the time and don’t define it. From the dictionary definition (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/modulation)


...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By cyccommute

For some it can even vary by trip. Just because...

For some it can even vary by trip. Just because you’ve done rides at altitude before doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll react the same way in the future as seen below



If you are just going...
06-18-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 467
Posted By cyccommute

Why not just get a shoe with better ventilation?...

Why not just get a shoe with better ventilation? There are many shoes out there that come in both road and mountain models that use the same uppers with either a road sole or a mountain sole....
06-18-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 674
Posted By cyccommute

I’d go further and say that even spoke tension...

I’d go further and say that even spoke tension limits for rims is hard to find. You can find “ranges” but nothing that is concrete nor that suggests the values have been measured. Velocity, for...
Forum: Touring
06-17-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By cyccommute

Based on your statement about switchbacks on the...

Based on your statement about switchbacks on the east side of Hoosier Pass, I assumed that you were not from Colorado. That said, as someone who has lived their entire life in Colorado, warning...
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 07:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By cyccommute

I’d say trust the people who live near the...

I’d say trust the people who live near the passes.



I already said most of that. I rounded and didn’t include the descent because, for the most part, any descent is made up for.



Nope....
Forum: Touring
06-16-22, 05:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 640
Posted By cyccommute

I’m not saying that the Eastern Express to Walden...

I’m not saying that the Eastern Express to Walden is bad but it doesn’t cut off climbing. In fact, it’s a steeper climb. Pueblo and Fort Collins are of similar altitude. It takes 125 miles to...
06-13-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 396
Posted By cyccommute

Once the bike is set up, there is very little...

Once the bike is set up, there is very little needed in terms of maintenance. Shifters will last almost forever…I’m running shifters from the early 2000s that have many thousands of shifts on them...
06-13-22, 04:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,452
Posted By cyccommute

Almost. It’s slightly more flammable than mineral...

Almost. It’s slightly more flammable than mineral spirits so that it ignites easily. I believe the flashpoint is somewhat higher than Coleman fuel, however. It will work just as well as mineral...
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 08:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 766
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t get all hung up on disc brakes. Cantilever...

Don’t get all hung up on disc brakes. Cantilever (not sidepulls, by the way) are an effective brake and not nearly as bad as many make them out to be. My touring bikes has seen a lot of rainy...
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

I can live with a damp tent. A wet sleeping bag...

I can live with a damp tent. A wet sleeping bag is entirely different.
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Tents fold in on themselves in most all packing...

Tents fold in on themselves in most all packing systems. Mine lays on the ground cloth and the tent is rolled around the tent frame. If the fly is wet due to rain, it may (or may not) go on the...
Forum: Touring
06-12-22, 03:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Not a good idea. Have you ever folded up a tent...

Not a good idea. Have you ever folded up a tent that has morning dew on it? At night the entire tent is wet. If your tent, bag, and pad all went into the same bag, now the pad and, more...
06-12-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,452
Posted By cyccommute

The same question could be asked of oil users. I...

The same question could be asked of oil users. I usually only apply after rain. People who use oil should do the same because the oil is contaminated with water and the water seeks the metal since...
06-12-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 972
Posted By cyccommute

A pair of Schwinn Homegrowns. 1998 Bassboat...

A pair of Schwinn Homegrowns. 1998 Bassboat orange
...
06-11-22, 08:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By cyccommute

Here’s what the gearing looks like....

Here’s what the gearing looks like....
06-11-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,737
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, brakes are more about how you use them...

Honestly, brakes are more about how you use them than what they are. I have (and have used) cantilever, v-brake, mechanical disc front/v-brake rear, mechanical disc, and hydraulic. The only brakes...
06-11-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 405
Posted By cyccommute

No longer sugar. Closer to caramel. Still...

No longer sugar. Closer to caramel. Still somewhat water soluble but the caramel is in the pad material, not on the rotors. Much more difficult to get out. Just get new pads.
06-11-22, 06:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,452
Posted By cyccommute

As a long term solvent wax user (White Lightning...

As a long term solvent wax user (White Lightning and other related products), I’ve never had to “scrub off accumulated wax”. People who are new to the material are overusing it because they want a...
06-11-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,452
Posted By cyccommute

There are thousands of house fires started each...

There are thousands of house fires started each year by people using gasoline. With a flash point of -40°F, it is not a safe solvent to use at any temperature that you will regularly encounter. It...
06-10-22, 05:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,452
Posted By cyccommute

“Green” mineral spirits is mostly useless. It’s,...

“Green” mineral spirits is mostly useless. It’s, basically, soapy water. Some things that might work and seem to be available in California (I’m not from there, so I can’t say for certain) are...
06-09-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 553
Posted By cyccommute

Your problem isn’t the rim. It’s the spoke. The...

Your problem isn’t the rim. It’s the spoke. The rim gets all the glory but does very little of the job of strength. This article...
06-07-22, 07:11 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

You do understand equivalencies, don’t you? If...

You do understand equivalencies, don’t you? If one thing is equal to another, it can be substituted for that thing. If you have a certain number of particles, you can use the number of particles in...
06-01-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

A “molecule” or an atom or a basketball or an...

A “molecule” or an atom or a basketball or an electron is a “particle”, is it not? It’s possible to have a mole of anything. A mole is just a count of particles of any kind. It is not incorrect to...
06-01-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

I used number of particles to simplify my...

I used number of particles to simplify my statement. No 5 dozen eggs isn’t the same as 5 eggs but it is the same as 60 eggs. Saying you have 6.02 x 10^23 particles is the same as saying that you...
05-31-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 187
Posted By cyccommute

The “trick” is to use a quick link. Problem...

The “trick” is to use a quick link. Problem solved. And you shouldn’t be pushing the pin part way out and reusing it if the chain is 9 speed or above. The chain is likely to fail.
05-31-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. Pressure gauges are calibrated to...

Yes.



Pressure gauges are calibrated to read zero at sea level. “Gauge” in psig means standard pressure. Yes, it will read zero at any altitude but it is calibrated to read zero at sea level....
05-31-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

The term “moles” is a description of the number...

The term “moles” is a description of the number of molecules. A “mole” is defined as 6.02 x 10^23 particles of a substance. The number of particles can be a fraction of a mole or a multiple of a...
05-31-22, 11:35 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. We have an ignore function. I’m sure you can...

Yes. We have an ignore function. I’m sure you can find it somewhere.

We also have rules against profanity…even stuff that is “starred” out.

Please tell me how my first two sentences above…taken...
05-31-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not. Accuracy of that kind of indicator...

Probably not. Accuracy of that kind of indicator is a whole lot less than ±2%. They say it is set for 26psi, but I would suspect that the accuracy is more in the range of ±10 psi (closer to ±50%).
05-31-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

You said the tire would be “flat”. That implies...

You said the tire would be “flat”. That implies zero pressure. I don’t go out and look at a tire that is low and say it is “flat”. It may be going flat but it isn’t flat yet. A 10psi pressure...
05-31-22, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 257
Posted By cyccommute

No. Why would I? Tire pressure doesn’t need to...

No. Why would I? Tire pressure doesn’t need to be that accurate on a bicycle. Realistically, 5 to 10 psi difference probably isn’t going to make that much difference and it’s certainly not worth...
05-31-22, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 132
Posted By cyccommute

What you are experiencing is somewhat normal but...

What you are experiencing is somewhat normal but it might be exacerbated if your cable isn’t tight. Shift to the lowest tension on the cable (low gear) and pluck the cable. If the cable is loose,...
05-31-22, 09:56 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

It measures relative pressure but that’s not the...

It measures relative pressure but that’s not the same as measuring the difference between the pressure outside the tire and the pressure inside the tire. A psia gauge measures the pressure in the...
05-31-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Not really. There are many different designs for...

Not really. There are many different designs for pressure gauges but all of them are sealed systems that measure the pressure in the tire directly. They don’t compare the pressure inside to the...
05-31-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. At -50°F (227K), the pressure would be 30...

Nope. At -50°F (227K), the pressure would be 30 psi. The tires might go flat because the rubber isn’t flexible anymore and may crack but the pressure wouldn’t be zero. You’d need to condense the...
05-30-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps you should also reread what I wrote. The...

Perhaps you should also reread what I wrote. The effect of temperature on a pressure isn’t nearly as large as people think it is. Hookless rims may have a smaller margin of safety but heating the...
05-30-22, 10:10 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,485
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. Not Jacques Charles. That gas law relates...

Nope. Not Jacques Charles. That gas law relates temperature to volume with a constant pressure. Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac is the one who related pressure and temperature. He also co-discovered...
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