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06-23-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 315
Posted By LV2TNDM

If you really want quality, than you cannot do...

If you really want quality, than you cannot do much better than Chris King. Their angular contact bearings will last a lifetime if properly cared for. They are not like traditional radial contact...
04-30-22, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,007
Posted By LV2TNDM

Not trying to be overly negative or elitist here,...

Not trying to be overly negative or elitist here, but it must be said...

Those welds are horrendously scary! No way would Nashbar or KHS put that quality on the market! (And I sold KHS in the...
04-26-22, 03:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 168
Posted By LV2TNDM

Before even attaching the cable, confirm a few...

Before even attaching the cable, confirm a few things:

1) Is the derailleur hanger straight? (If landed on, the R derailleur (and/or hanger) can bend. It should be straight, first and foremost....
03-21-22, 11:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,587
Posted By LV2TNDM

A simple rule is to take MSRP and divide by two. ...

A simple rule is to take MSRP and divide by two. If the bike's old and/or has a lot of miles, then subtract. If it's very new and has very little mileage, then add.

Now you've done a ton of...
03-07-22, 03:23 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,716
Posted By LV2TNDM

And as I said, I totally agree with "don't do the...

And as I said, I totally agree with "don't do the crime if you can't do the time." But again, one tenet of our judicial system is that punishment should fit the crime. And this is excessive in my...
03-07-22, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 718
Posted By LV2TNDM

I merely posted this in two forums that I felt...

I merely posted this in two forums that I felt were appropriate. No need to get upset.

And as I said, I totally agree with "don't do the crime if you can't do the time." But again, one tenet of...
03-06-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,716
Posted By LV2TNDM

Warning N. CA East Bay Mtb'ers!

Just heard that MAJOR illegal riding enforcement is happening on East Bay Municipal Utility District land in Oakland/Moraga. It concerns the illegal trail that drops off East Ridge Trail in Redwood...
03-04-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,398
Posted By LV2TNDM

Since I saw your reply, I figured I'd chime in...

Since I saw your reply, I figured I'd chime in again. The Deore XT hub is high quality, regardless of what you can see. Bearing quality is excellent. Good seals. High tolerances, better bearings....
03-04-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 473
Posted By LV2TNDM

You should shift into the large-large combination...

You should shift into the large-large combination and confirm that the rear derailleur can accommodate this. If the chain's too short, it will bind and stop the pedals. If the rider does this while...
03-04-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,398
Posted By LV2TNDM

I'm sorry, but there is NO "infinite stress...

I'm sorry, but there is NO "infinite stress cycle" of stainless steel spokes! I know of no bike shops that follow this idea and therefore "reuse old spokes."

The OP ABSOLUTELY must toss all of the...
03-04-22, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 563
Posted By LV2TNDM

Go big or go home!

The increase in wheel size was to take advantage of a larger wheel's ability to roll over rocks, ruts, bumps & roots. So since this is the design goal, why go only half way? Yes, lighter wheels are...
01-13-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,542
Posted By LV2TNDM

And you're the EXACT PERFECT example of the...

And you're the EXACT PERFECT example of the problem. I'm sorry to hear this happened. But again, why should you feel obligated to "check everything" on your purchase? Sure, it would be prudent as a...
01-13-22, 05:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,985
Posted By LV2TNDM

Looks like an axle failure! That's too short for...

Looks like an axle failure! That's too short for the hub, unless it's a funky perspective. Plus, do I see the broken end of the axle inside the cartridge bearing? Sure looks like it.
(Obviously the...
01-13-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 7,542
Posted By LV2TNDM

I utilized quotation marks where I was citing...

I utilized quotation marks where I was citing another source - the article in question. Everything else is my work. Why would you assume otherwise? Not cut & paste job. Maybe next time, simply ask?...
01-13-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,985
Posted By LV2TNDM

Andy, thanks for the correction. So yes, it's...

Andy, thanks for the correction. So yes, it's most likely the interface between the freehub body and hub shell, usually separated by a dust seal. Or perhaps the cylindrical spacer on the axle that...
01-12-22, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By LV2TNDM

Yes, remove the freehub body, flush with your...

Yes, remove the freehub body, flush with your choice of cleaner and then introduce ample light oil. Might want to be sure to get out the excess, as it will just end up all over your wheel if you...
12-22-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By LV2TNDM

Wow! That's CLASSIC! I've seen similar before,...

Wow! That's CLASSIC! I've seen similar before, but that's quite the disastrous explosion of your derailleur housing! Yup, gotta keep an eye on those ends!!!

Small washers in the ends of plastic...
12-19-21, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 401
Posted By LV2TNDM

I hear what you're saying, but we should not just...

I hear what you're saying, but we should not just "settle" for less trail access. We've already done this for long enough. Why accept less again? Sure, sight distances can be short, but that can be...
12-19-21, 09:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 580
Posted By LV2TNDM

I, too, had a non-functioning shifter on a tandem...

I, too, had a non-functioning shifter on a tandem rebuild last spring. Both STIs were non-functional actually. But I had this job to do AFTER I went berserk on another Ultegra STI left shifter! I...
09-29-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,923
Posted By LV2TNDM

The flipside to the OP's concerns are an...

The flipside to the OP's concerns are an irrational obsession with standover height. I've seen 5' 10" guys on 16" mountain bikes because some nitwit told them how "really, REALLY important standover...
09-21-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,401
Posted By LV2TNDM

Try "crossing" your cables while you're at it. ...

Try "crossing" your cables while you're at it. I've never liked how so many bike makers send the right derailleur cable to the right cable stop, causing all sorts of binding and sharp curves. And...
09-02-21, 01:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,404
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you! I'm a sucker for fades. I feel so...

Thank you! I'm a sucker for fades. I feel so lucky to have found this gem of a paint scheme - love it! I've had three bikes (one mtb., one road, one tandem) custom painted with fade paint (as well as...
08-31-21, 12:37 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 14,799
Posted By LV2TNDM

How to remedy this problem? You think this is...

How to remedy this problem? You think this is the only industry suffering this problem? Have you not been listening to the news in the last several years? Bike shops, all retail, restaurants, you...
08-31-21, 12:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,404
Posted By LV2TNDM

Lately I'm seeing pretty good deals on tandems on...

Lately I'm seeing pretty good deals on tandems on CraigsList. Some outliers, but on the whole, fair asking prices.

In general, a used tandem should be listed at near half of MSRP. More for a newer...
08-30-21, 11:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,950
Posted By LV2TNDM

Ha, ha! Pracitcally twins!

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08-28-21, 01:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 625
Posted By LV2TNDM

Riding a unicycle had always been on my "to-do"...

Riding a unicycle had always been on my "to-do" list. As a pretty dedicated cyclist, I felt it was something I had to master. So a couple of months before my 50th birthday, I committed to learning....
08-16-21, 07:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,355
Posted By LV2TNDM

Use a real bike box.

The airline boxes are so big and flimsy, they don't offer much protection. If you talk to your LBS, you may find some bike boxes are beefier than others. Pick the beefy one. And pick one that your...
05-20-21, 08:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,496
Posted By LV2TNDM

It's not "grease pollution" I'm referring to. ...

It's not "grease pollution" I'm referring to. It's chain lubrication, possible associated toxicity and their after effects. I don't think we need to be dumping PTFE and related compounds all over...
05-20-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,069
Posted By LV2TNDM

A rather old discussion, but I really appreciate...

A rather old discussion, but I really appreciate it and the provided links. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the conversation. What brought me here was a chance meeting with a cyclist this...
05-12-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,633
Posted By LV2TNDM

+1,000 for an excellent Jobst Brandt quote! You...

+1,000 for an excellent Jobst Brandt quote! You win!
05-12-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,496
Posted By LV2TNDM

I'll add this caveat: All cyclists and bike...

I'll add this caveat:

All cyclists and bike shops should seriously reconsider their use of PTFE/Teflon and any related compounds. Recently, I finally gave in and was going to give submersion...
05-12-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,496
Posted By LV2TNDM

Still got one! I probably ordered it right...

Still got one! I probably ordered it right before Bull Shot stopped producing it. Or perhaps even a bit thereafter. Stuff's so silky smooth. So what's in the big tub I have is dwindling, so I...
05-08-21, 07:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,991
Posted By LV2TNDM

Use Flashing Lights!

Ok, I never updated this thread as I had intended, but while I'm doing some related stuff, I thought I'd quickly share.

First of all, here she is in all her glory:...
05-04-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,811
Posted By LV2TNDM

But if you visit Co-Motion's website, you'll find...

But if you visit Co-Motion's website, you'll find they recommend always replacing the front tire! They place so much importance of a new, trustworthy tire on the front wheel that they recommend...
05-04-21, 01:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,115
Posted By LV2TNDM

Excellent question.

Either option of parting it out or selling it complete has merits. The Arai drum brake alone brings you hundreds.

But if you're on the fence about it and don't really need the $400 for the...
04-17-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,991
Posted By LV2TNDM

R & E Cycles has an AMAZING gallery of...

R & E Cycles has an AMAZING gallery of jaw-droppingly beautiful tandems on their website:
https://www.rodbikes.com/images/gallery/gallery.php?tag=tandem

These photos should muddy the waters just...
03-24-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,303
Posted By LV2TNDM

The word "accident" is a horrible word to...

The word "accident" is a horrible word to describe auto collisions. The San Francisco Police Department has stricken this misnomer from its vocabulary. Cyclists should as well. The word carries...
03-11-21, 12:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,897
Posted By LV2TNDM

It seems pretty straightforward: 1) Remove...

It seems pretty straightforward:
1) Remove caliper(!) and coil up the line and store with the handlebars. Storing in plastic bags seems prudent. As would a disc brake pad chock to prevent lever and...
03-11-21, 12:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,341
Posted By LV2TNDM

Oh, I see. Possibly, but I doubt it. Either...

Oh, I see. Possibly, but I doubt it. Either way, that design is flawed and it's too bad they made the walls so thin on either side. Bummer.
03-01-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,145
Posted By LV2TNDM

Quick addition...

Per what I said above, "(Spoke failure, for example. The seller could have had several failures before selling and had them replaced before posting for sale. No way to know.)," I HAVE to add...
03-01-21, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,145
Posted By LV2TNDM

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Here it is, PaulJ!!! Just posted this in another discussion, so I...
03-01-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,991
Posted By LV2TNDM

What timing!

Just picked up...

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And the OP's title is perfect, as I'm a huge sucker...
02-21-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,459
Posted By LV2TNDM

There is no "correct" answer here. For some...

There is no "correct" answer here.
For some pairs, tandems are easy. For others, they're impossible.
I'm VERY lucky to belong to the former group. I bought a tandem for my future wife as a...
11-11-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,148
Posted By LV2TNDM

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still...

Thank you. I appreciate it. Yes, I still vividly remember tipping over on my new Bianchi Limited with Look pedals. It took a while, but I was immediately "hooked" to them. This is after about ten...
11-07-20, 09:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,612
Posted By LV2TNDM

Carrot cake? WHAT!

Now THOSE are fighting words!
If it doesn't contain chocolate, it ISN'T DESSERT!
This is beyond debate, requires no supporting argument or evidence.
Open and shut case.
11-05-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By LV2TNDM

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a...

That's going to a LOT of effort to end up with a terrible result! Sheesh! Unless this rider was in the Kazakh outback without any hope of spare parts, this hack is really extreme.
11-05-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,612
Posted By LV2TNDM

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation...

There doesn't seem to be a direct correlation between price and durability. However, extra steps in the production process SHOULD improve durability such as heat treating and applying coatings. In...
10-28-20, 10:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,488
Posted By LV2TNDM

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is...

Another reason to achieve high spoke tensions is to improve rim life. Cracked rims are an eventuality for anyone using a wheel long enough. Bill Mould presents a very good explanation on YouTube on...
10-28-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,028
Posted By LV2TNDM

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss...

Funny you should ask! I just happened to discuss this issue in regards to the Chloe' Dygert's World Championships TT crash. I argued the bike was poorly designed, whereas others blamed the rider,...
10-28-20, 10:11 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 29,729
Posted By LV2TNDM

Wow, hit a nerve? The US led the world in...

Wow, hit a nerve?

The US led the world in progressive taxation up until about 1980. Prior to that our GDP performed incredibly well. "Trickle-down economics" is a proven failure.

The US won't...
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