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09-19-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 452
Posted By John Valuk

I am currently wearing the same style of gloves,...

I am currently wearing the same style of gloves, and for similar reasons.

In response to some hand numbness issues, I've been trying some things with bike adjustment and some aspects of how I...
09-15-21, 12:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 305
Posted By John Valuk

I got inside a set of Gripshifters for the first...

I got inside a set of Gripshifters for the first time a while back when I replaced cables on my '95 Trek 730 Multitrack. That video from RJ The Bike Guy really helped me.

My SRT-400 shifters are a...
09-11-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By John Valuk

Thanks for sharing; that was a good read.

Thanks for sharing; that was a good read.
09-09-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,353
Posted By John Valuk

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto...

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto seat rails, and that was the best way I could come up with to get the light on the rear rack.

I also made a bracket to independently mount a pair...
09-09-21, 06:58 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,353
Posted By John Valuk

For some frames / lights, mounting on a seatstay...

For some frames / lights, mounting on a seatstay is a possibility.
09-09-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 769
Posted By John Valuk

I offered that as general information for anyone...

I offered that as general information for anyone who might stumble across this thread, and was trying to solve a Swiss-threaded BB problem.

For the OP's situation, if it were Swiss, then I would...
09-09-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 769
Posted By John Valuk

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss,...

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss, Italian, and French cups for use with their QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95 cartridge-style JIS square taper bottom brackets for 68 mm shells. The bottom brackets...
09-08-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By John Valuk

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first...

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first impressions, but followed up after a 65 mile ride with these.

I am hoping to read a 6-month or 12-month follow-up some day letting us know how these...
09-07-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By John Valuk

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining...

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining that the OP wrote this seeking approbation, and then "educating" the OP about how they shouldn't expect that approbation. To me, that seems like a bit...
09-07-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By John Valuk

When I look at the MAAP US site, I see (a) many...

When I look at the MAAP US site, I see (a) many color/size combinations in stock, and (b) 75 USD.
09-07-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 814
Posted By John Valuk

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience...

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience with these!

As with a lot of things associated with ergonomics, this can be very personal. Something that is a "big nothing" for one person can be...
09-06-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,261
Posted By John Valuk

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a...

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a long slumber, and have been riding it regularly since then. Because it is the only bike I currently have on the road, I have developed some interest...
08-13-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By John Valuk

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on...

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on 90s-vintage hybrids!

If they are mid-90s, then you might consider checking the back sides of the crank arms to see what model they are. If they are...
08-08-21, 06:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 587
Posted By John Valuk

For the sake of those who might have other...

For the sake of those who might have other recommendations, would you be willing to state a target maximum price?
07-26-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,008
Posted By John Valuk

The answer can be complicated by the fact that...

The answer can be complicated by the fact that the word, "hybrid" is applied to a really wide range of bikes, spanning several decades.

That word by itself simply isn't enough to communicate what...
07-23-21, 07:17 AM
Replies: 716
Views: 221,099
Posted By John Valuk

To add a little bit to what others have already...

To add a little bit to what others have already offered...

When you look at different years and models of the steel 7XX bikes, you will see differences of welded vs. lugged construction (and...
07-11-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 329
Posted By John Valuk

Checking on eBay just now, I see someone offering...

Checking on eBay just now, I see someone offering an old-but-apparently-unused CT-91 crankset with 170 mm arms.

I think that's what directly followed the (recalled) CT-90.
07-03-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Valuk

Are you thinking of the BBT-6? Park Tool...

Are you thinking of the BBT-6?

Park Tool BBT-6 (https://www.parktool.com/assets/doc/product/BBT-6_Instructions-and-Parts-Diagram.pdf)
07-03-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,045
Posted By John Valuk

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are...

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are put together in such a way that there is no adjusting of the preload. All the magic is in the geometry of the bearing-contacting surfaces of the...
06-28-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

So help me, Lezyne actually has three "gravel"...

So help me, Lezyne actually has three "gravel" models of floor pump!

Considering some of the trends in the tires that many people are running on road bikes, maybe not a bad idea.

Different (in...
06-28-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or...

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or "high volume" pumps, the maximum pressure they note is probably only attained at "busting a gut" levels of exertion (at least for me). For the tires...
06-28-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

I think that's the gist of it. I would guess...

I think that's the gist of it.

I would guess that it's mostly a matter of the diameter of the piston/cylinder. The larger the cross sectional area, the greater the maximum force required to...
06-28-21, 12:32 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

I'm only aware of these because I was shopping...

I'm only aware of these because I was shopping for another pump recently. Wow, so many different models!

Lezyne even make some "XL" versions for fat bike tires!
06-28-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

Lezyne considers the Pocket Drive to be one of...

Lezyne considers the Pocket Drive to be one of their "high pressure" pumps suitable for road bike tires. It's just going to take a relatively large number of strokes because of the very compact size....
06-27-21, 01:24 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,134
Posted By John Valuk

Would you please share the source(s) where you...

Would you please share the source(s) where you learned this? I'd love to learn more about it.
06-27-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,134
Posted By John Valuk

According to Security Equipment Corporation...

According to Security Equipment Corporation (SABRE products), pepper sprays intended for dogs are limited by EPA regulation to a particular maximum concentration (1%) of active ingredients.

They...
06-25-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

Do you need Schrader valve capability? If...

Do you need Schrader valve capability? If Presta-only is sufficient, then you might also consider the Road Drive.

That's available in three sizes, all of which are longer than the Pocket Drive. As...
06-25-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

That's part of the reason that I'm still mulling...

That's part of the reason that I'm still mulling over the Lezyne Micro Floor Drive - longer hose, on a swivel.

Plus, both Schrader and Presta, and the ability to hold the bottom of the pump...
06-25-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted...

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted to the pump, then yes, I would try to hold things so as to avoid trauma to the valve stem. Been there, done that - but my current pump has a flexible...
06-25-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

I was impressed by the design, fit and finish of...

I was impressed by the design, fit and finish of the Lezyne Road Drive (medium size), and it has worked OK in my experience (which to be honest is limited, as I had >2500 miles of clear sailing...
06-25-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

Depending on how you feel about carrying more...

Depending on how you feel about carrying more gear, you might consider a Kool Stop bead jack.

I don't carry one myself, but that's because I know that the tires I'm using are manageable without...
06-25-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By John Valuk

Hafny has a variety of different configurations,...

Hafny has a variety of different configurations, both bar-end-mounted and clamp-to-the-handlebar styles.

You might look at those to see if they have something that fits the bill.
06-25-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 3,218
Posted By John Valuk

I like the Lezyne Road Drive. I have one in the...

I like the Lezyne Road Drive. I have one in the medium size, and recently ordered one in the large size.

I have a frame pack that hangs underneath the top tube. It can accommodate one of these...
06-22-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By John Valuk

When I was looking for one, it was really a...

When I was looking for one, it was really a toss-up between those two.

With some hunting around, I was able to find a Lip-Lock of the older design in the size I needed and color I wanted, so I...
06-22-21, 07:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 459
Posted By John Valuk

What size of clamp do you need? I like the...

What size of clamp do you need?

I like the Salsa Lip-Lock. I have one of the older design, which uses a larger fastener, but I suspect that the newer design would probably do the job.

The...
06-21-21, 02:00 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,486
Posted By John Valuk

It may depend on exactly which model of Crane...

It may depend on exactly which model of Crane bell one is considering. One comment in that thread:

"The bell pictured is Velo Orange, and it's nearly identical to my Crane Suzu in size and...
06-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 824
Posted By John Valuk

I like this one: Bicycle Gear Calculator...

I like this one: Bicycle Gear Calculator (https://ritzelrechner.de).

I like the way that I can visualize what's available for different combinations of chainring and cassette gearing. Very nice...
06-21-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 652
Posted By John Valuk

Hafny has a couple of different arrangements for...

Hafny has a couple of different arrangements for how their mounts expand inside bars.

One of those arrangements is what VicBC_Biker shows in the picture posted in this thread, where the expanding...
06-13-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 716
Views: 221,099
Posted By John Valuk

I posted a picture of this 1995 730 about seven...

I posted a picture of this 1995 730 about seven months ago, but I'm posting new ones because it has seen some changes since then:

Topeak Super Tourist DX rear rack; home-built bracket to mount a...
06-13-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 1,447
Views: 311,269
Posted By John Valuk

I certainly wasn't the model of efficiency on...

I certainly wasn't the model of efficiency on this one!

I referred to an RJ The Bike Guy video that covered most of it pretty well. He was working on SRT600 shifters, and mine are SRT400. The...
06-13-21, 01:09 PM
Replies: 1,447
Views: 311,269
Posted By John Valuk

My 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack just got new shifter...

My 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack just got new shifter cables and housings. The ones I removed were the factory originals.

This was my first time getting inside the Grip Shift shifters, so that was...
06-10-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,736
Posted By John Valuk

I'm quoting this because my comment is agreeing...

I'm quoting this because my comment is agreeing strongly with the sentiment that the number of speeds (in the cassette) is secondary in importance to the overall gear range.

If a would-be new...
06-05-21, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,644
Posted By John Valuk

I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I've given...

I haven't pulled the trigger yet, but I've given some thought to some Marathon Supremes in 700x35C for my 90's Trek Multitrack.

The Schwalbe web site show those in 700x35C and 700x40C, but not...
06-01-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,716
Posted By John Valuk

Your thread exhumation got me to take a look at...

Your thread exhumation got me to take a look at SA, so that counts for something.

Their 20% discount code encouraged me to pull the trigger now on an X2. I'm interested in seeing how it goes.
05-30-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By John Valuk

Yes, Hafny has a wide range of designs and sizes....

Yes, Hafny has a wide range of designs and sizes. It would be great if an LBS had a variety of styles available as "demo units" that one could try out.

For the one I bought, the quality seems to...
05-29-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,247
Posted By John Valuk

On my flat bar hybrid, I really like a Hafny bar...

On my flat bar hybrid, I really like a Hafny bar end mirror (https://www.amazon.com/Hafny-Mirror-Blast-Resistant-Glass-Automotive/dp/B07WFJFWX5).

Mine is 68 mm and has a glass mirror. They also...
05-26-21, 05:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,495
Posted By John Valuk

Some glasses marketed for cycling and other...

Some glasses marketed for cycling and other sports do meet ANSI safety glass standards, and have markings on the frame and lenses to indicate that.

As with anything like that, unless you're...
05-24-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,704
Posted By John Valuk

For a non-GPS unit to display data, but not...

For a non-GPS unit to display data, but not record the data (other than average/min/max values and odometer), I really like the Bongrager RIDEtime Elite.

Nice display size, and enough flexibility...
05-21-21, 05:14 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,887
Posted By John Valuk

I don't think that they are in fact the exact...

I don't think that they are in fact the exact same part.

The IRD QB-55 (and -75, and -95) uses a pair of sealed bearing cartridge assemblies.

I think that the UN55 uses an arrangement where...
05-13-21, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,404
Posted By John Valuk

That's super cool. What better way to...

That's super cool.

What better way to stimulate the economy than buying a "forever bike"?
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