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07-03-22, 10:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 891
Posted By sweeks

Luckily, I don't actually look at my bars to tell...

Luckily, I don't actually look at my bars to tell right from left!
I'd say I'm more OCD than A-R. :D
I don't think I'll take the tape off, since there's adhesive involved. Next time I'll know...
07-03-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 198
Posted By sweeks

You can use caliper levers for both brakes if you...

You can use caliper levers for both brakes if you use a Travel Agent (https://problemsolversbike.com/products/brakes/travel_agents_-_6416) on the front. These convert the short-pull lever to...
06-30-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

I have an old set of Shimano XTR...

I have an old set of Shimano XTR (https://www.mtbr.com/threads/how-to-service-xtr-v-brakes.778033/) V-brakes which have these bearings. Whether they work better than brakes without these bearings is...
06-25-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By sweeks

Thanks, Dan! I know it's possible, and I've...

Thanks, Dan!
I know it's possible, and I've seen some other videos and pictorials about it but haven't had the need to do it... I have several other Nexus hubs. I should probably review your video...
06-07-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 480
Posted By sweeks

I have the exact same problem on my Airborne,...

I have the exact same problem on my Airborne, which has a Co-Motion front fork. I currently have my dyno-hub-powered light mounted on the left-side brake post.
I considered drilling a hole through...
06-04-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,292
Posted By sweeks

I wonder if using cheap inner tubes near the...

I wonder if using cheap inner tubes near the upper limit of their size range predisposes them to failure. It seems logical that the more the tube has to inflate, the thinner the rubber will be. This...
06-04-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 483
Posted By sweeks

You ain't just whistling "Dixie"! A few years...

You ain't just whistling "Dixie"!
A few years ago, I was riding my folder to the train station on the way home and suddenly the seat felt weird. I pulled over and got off... and the saddle fell off!...
06-04-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 483
Posted By sweeks

That folding bike probably has a seatpost that's...

That folding bike probably has a seatpost that's 34mm in diameter... much more rigid than the narrower one on your bike, and *necessary* because of the length.
05-30-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,510
Posted By sweeks

Are you sure you didn't accidentally install one...

Are you sure you didn't accidentally install one of these? :innocent:

S.I.T.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,666
Posted By sweeks

I've been very pleased with my Tern "Verge S11i",...

I've been very pleased with my Tern "Verge S11i", which I bought in 2013. The frame is quite stiff, and the handlepost much more rigid than the two Dahons I've owned. It's a comfortable ride... I've...
Forum: Introductions
05-28-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 859
Posted By sweeks

Well, something got wedged somewhere! :D

Well, something got wedged somewhere! :D
05-21-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,464
Posted By sweeks

Here's my old Trek 6000, bought in 2000. It's...

Here's my old Trek 6000, bought in 2000. It's mostly for trail rides now, though it did finish the Ore to Shore (http://www.oretoshore.com/) "Hard Rock" in 2001....
05-17-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
Posted By sweeks

Hahaha! This! I changed my mountain bike to...

Hahaha! This!
I changed my mountain bike to trekking bars a couple years ago, and liked the result (since I don't do serious off-road stuff anymore). There are more hand positions, which helps not...
05-15-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 915
Posted By sweeks

Drop Bar to Trekking Bar Conversion

About five years ago, I got diagnosed with arthritis in my right wrist. I was having a little discomfort shifting the STI shifters (Ultegra 6510, 9-speed) so I acquired a set of 9-speed...
05-14-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By sweeks

As noted, that's not your seat tube; it's part of...

As noted, that's not your seat tube; it's part of the "seat stay", which in turn is part of the "rear triangle".
This frame element is mainly under compressive loading, so should be resistant to...
05-14-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By sweeks

Let's try again. The seat post is the part that...

Let's try again. The seat post is the part that attaches to the saddle (seat) and slides down into the frame. The seat tube is the part of the frame that the seat post slides into.
05-13-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 858
Posted By sweeks

Isn't this an integral part of "proper torque...

Isn't this an integral part of "proper torque methods"? :innocent:
05-07-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 195
Posted By sweeks

I have a bike with a Nexus 8-speed hub that has...

I have a bike with a Nexus 8-speed hub that has almost 10,000 miles on it. I have serviced it about once a year, and it appears virtually un-worn. I am not sure about the differences, if any, between...
05-02-22, 09:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 560
Posted By sweeks

The inner brakepart, (I like this term!)...

The inner brakepart, (I like this term!) comprising the cam, the rollers, and the shoes, is attached to the axle by a 17mm nut, and stabilized by the torque link. The cam is able to pivot on the axle...
05-01-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,315
Posted By sweeks

The image looks much more consistent with a...

The image looks much more consistent with a problem with the metal, irrespective of any chemical exposure. Could the cracks seen in the image have been caused by the insertion of the pins in the side...
05-01-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 560
Posted By sweeks

FWIW, the clip on the chain's master link is...

FWIW, the clip on the chain's master link is usually recommended to be installed with the closed end in the direction of chain travel. Yours is installed backwards in the second image in Post #1.
05-01-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 262
Posted By sweeks

See THIS...

See THIS (https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/linear-pull-brake-service) from Park Tools and/or THIS (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-direct.html) from Sheldon Brown. You should get your...
04-23-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,211
Posted By sweeks

I picked up a set at InterBike a few years ago. I...

I picked up a set at InterBike a few years ago. I added a few extras that fit in the same small package and have been very pleased with them on my road and mountain bikes.
On my commuter bike (Tern...
04-23-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 790
Posted By sweeks

I sense this as well. If you have decent tires,...

I sense this as well. If you have decent tires, carry the necessary tools to repair the occasional flat, and don't plan on riding in areas where road sharps are common, you should be fine.

If I...
04-23-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 790
Posted By sweeks

In the spirit of "flat prevention", which I think...

In the spirit of "flat prevention", which I think may have been the OP's motivation for asking about tire inserts, I have a possibly interesting case report.
In Post #15 I mentioned a "significant...
04-22-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 790
Posted By sweeks

Isn't another reason to use these inserts to make...

Isn't another reason to use these inserts to make the tires more resistant to flats? A centimeter of foam between the inside of the tire and the inner tube could be significant.
The Schwalbe...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-22, 05:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,289
Posted By sweeks

On a typical work day my bike gets folded and...

On a typical work day my bike gets folded and unfolded twice.
It's not "fumbling" when you have it down to a science!
It takes less than a minute in either direction. :thumb:
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,289
Posted By sweeks

I like your air horn... an indispensable...

I like your air horn... an indispensable accessory for city riding.

EDIT: Here is my horn, conveniently located where my left thumb can reach it. Also seen is the inclinometer (red)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,289
Posted By sweeks

I mounted an INCLINOMETER...

I mounted an INCLINOMETER (https://roadbikeaction.com/holiday-gift-idea-sky-mounti-inclinometer/) on the handlebar of my Tern. The bar position is infinitely variable, which can be really irritating...
04-06-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By sweeks

I don't think I'd pitch it. I might inspect it...

I don't think I'd pitch it. I might inspect it more frequently but it doesn't look badly-enough damaged to discard.
04-04-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 904
Posted By sweeks

Here are some images of the Park Tools pedal and...

Here are some images of the Park Tools pedal and cone wrenches showing their relative thicknesses and the relationship of the pedal wrench to the MKS pedal coupler.
While I agree that cone wrenches...
03-21-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,199
Posted By sweeks

"The best defense is a good offense." (Loosely...

"The best defense is a good offense."
(Loosely attributed to George Washington (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_best_defense_is_a_good_offense))
Hence my fondness for, and dependence on, mirrors...
03-14-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By sweeks

And if you're *really* OCD, you build the wheel...

And if you're *really* OCD, you build the wheel so the hub label is viewable through the rim's valve hole!...
03-05-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,199
Posted By sweeks

Well, that's true *unless* the confidence is...

Well, that's true *unless* the confidence is excessive or unwarranted. :D
03-05-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,199
Posted By sweeks

Sadly, I agree with you. My only supporting...

Sadly, I agree with you. My only supporting evidence (case report, n=1) is 27,000 miles of commuting in Chicago with consistent mirror use and no rear strikes. Not much to go on, but I *have* had a...
02-27-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,579
Posted By sweeks

OK, Vinnie! :D

OK, Vinnie! :D
02-26-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,841
Posted By sweeks

I have two roughly-the-same folding commuters....

I have two roughly-the-same folding commuters. One is specialized for winter (ice and snow) and the other is better for rain or fair(er) weather. I take whichever one seems to match the predicted...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,906
Posted By sweeks

Illinois has the same law, and the 2 minute...

Illinois has the same law, and the 2 minute "required" wait is just as irritating. I usually just "think" about waiting that long, then proceed. :innocent:
02-20-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By sweeks

Might as well, now that you've got them off!

Might as well, now that you've got them off!
02-18-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By sweeks

I suspected as much! The cause of 99% of recent...

I suspected as much! The cause of 99% of recent misunderstandings, to say nothing of humorous typos, on this pale blue dot.
Your avatar is admirable. :D
02-18-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 376
Posted By sweeks

They're not "spines" either! >>>> SPLINES...

They're not "spines" either! >>>> SPLINES :D
02-18-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,037
Posted By sweeks

But...but... the "Q" factor! :innocent:

But...but... the "Q" factor! :innocent:
02-16-22, 08:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 776
Posted By sweeks

The bristles of a toothbrush are really too short...

The bristles of a toothbrush are really too short to work well. There are brushes like THIS...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,371
Posted By sweeks

My main commuter bike came with Marathons (406),...

My main commuter bike came with Marathons (406), and I had the occasional puncture. I changed to Marathon Plus after a few thousand miles and haven't had a flat since. The bike just turned over...
02-12-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,549
Posted By sweeks

Reading all this makes me happy that I have...

Reading all this makes me happy that I have 20-year-old Ultegra cranks. They're hollow forged, and I think they look better as well. :love:...
02-09-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,291
Posted By sweeks

I'll be at a show at McCormick Place in a couple...

I'll be at a show at McCormick Place in a couple weeks (CDS Mid-Winter Meeting). Luckily, I can get there from home by METRA and my folding bike. :-)
02-09-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 9,291
Posted By sweeks

If you're anywhere near "Little Italy" (Taylor...

If you're anywhere near "Little Italy" (Taylor Street), send me a PM. I'm at UIC in the Health Sciences Center. We can get coffee or something and chat. :-)
02-05-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 980
Posted By sweeks

"Luke... I am your father!" (Sorry... couldn't...

"Luke... I am your father!"
(Sorry... couldn't resist. :innocent: )
01-23-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,438
Posted By sweeks

I believe the wear is due to abrasive corrosion...

I believe the wear is due to abrasive corrosion products (rust) formed from the steel "hats" that hold the carbide studs in the tire. Corrosion is accelerated by salt used to melt snow, so if your...
01-22-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,000
Posted By sweeks

I used to line the valve with the label, but have...

I used to line the valve with the label, but have switched to placing the valve next to the tire inflation markings. That way it's easier to find the pressure markings.
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