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07-29-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,033
Posted By cyccommute

Not necessarily the route to a cheap bike now...

Not necessarily the route to a cheap bike now days.
07-27-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 546
Posted By cyccommute

They come with various tubes but not with all...

They come with various tubes but not with all tubes.
07-27-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 546
Posted By cyccommute

If you search for ďPresta adapter nutsĒ, youíll...

If you search for ďPresta adapter nutsĒ, youíll find these (https://www.amazon.com/panaracer-Schrader-Valve-Presta-Valve-Presta-Valve/dp/B001CJZ2M4). They are a bit simpler than the inserted...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1,516
Views: 265,280
Posted By cyccommute

Just finished 1200 miles in Wisconsin and...

Just finished 1200 miles in Wisconsin and Michigan.

At the USCGCC Mackinaw icebreaker museum in Mackinaw City. My color scheme is completely coincidental....
07-25-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 842
Posted By cyccommute

Iíve got to disagree with both the need for a...

Iíve got to disagree with both the need for a triple in the west and the need for one in general. I donít use my low gears all the time but I do use them often. While touring, the western US is...
07-25-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 337
Posted By cyccommute

Stressing the valve seat doesnít necessarily...

Stressing the valve seat doesnít necessarily result in an instant flat but it can start the process. Tubes and tires can creep while riding, especially if the tire is going flat slowly. If you have...
07-25-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,234
Posted By cyccommute

Itís probably a combination of factors. Errors...

Itís probably a combination of factors. Errors arenít additive but generally multiplicative. Daily variances in satellite communication, refresh rate, where the measurement is made, etc can lead to...
07-24-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 50,839
Posted By cyccommute

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles...

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles into a 1200 mile tour at the USCGC Mackinaw in Mackinaw City, MI on a very rainy day.
...
07-23-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 842
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that triples have been just about...

While I agree that triples have been just about murdered, ďrangeĒ isnít everything. Your gearing...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,056
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for...

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for addressing biological problems by killing those organismsÖyou are drinking dead beasties! Ick! They usually accomplish this by adding chlorine...
07-23-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 510
Posted By cyccommute

I donít know what you guys are doing to your...

I donít know what you guys are doing to your tubes of vulcanizing fluid but you are obviously doing something wrong. I just got back from a month of touring using a tube of vulcanizing fluid that...
07-22-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 321
Posted By cyccommute

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring...

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring has little to do with how well a Shimano front derailer works. The cable pull is highly important but not the ring size. I just finished 1200 miles of...
06-26-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By cyccommute

Yours is a fairly common problem. Itís related to...

Yours is a fairly common problem. Itís related to spoke tension but it is also caused by other factors. Straight gauge spokes (one diameter from the head to threads) are more prone to the problem...
06-25-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike...

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike and ride it until it breaks, you’ll have provided the bike with a fitting end. Far too many mountain bikes go from glorious battle horses to plow...
06-24-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 279
Posted By cyccommute

My 84 Miyata Ridge Runner came with cartridge...

My 84 Miyata Ridge Runner came with cartridge bearing hubs in 1984. Iíve found patents back to the 1920s but I doubt those are the first.
06-24-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

The M4 was a replacement for the M2 frames. Not...

The M4 was a replacement for the M2 frames. Not a brittle and, I think, the boron has been removed.
06-24-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 669
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not a good idea. I had one and it lasted...

Probably not a good idea. I had one and it lasted about 6500 wonderful miles before it cracked. Great bike but the aluminum/boron frame isnít a good choice for longevity.



Thereís no such...
06-24-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,153
Posted By cyccommute

No, it shouldn’t ld be a problem. The question to...

No, it shouldn’t ld be a problem. The question to ask, however, just what do your think vinegar…assuming household vinegar… is going to do to clean the siding. White vinegar is 5% acetic acid in...
06-24-21, 08:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,153
Posted By cyccommute

No. Where’s a chemist when you need one. Chemical...

No. Where’s a chemist when you need one. Chemical engineers are just plumbers who know a (very) little about chemistry;)

My favorite nerd joke: A chemist and a chemical engineer walk into a...
06-24-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 2,550
Posted By cyccommute

Öso far. Flats are random so plan accordingly....

Öso far. Flats are random so plan accordingly. Iíve had 2 flats within 100 yards of each other due to entirely different reasons. As it was on the border of West Virginia and Ohio and about 2000...
06-24-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By cyccommute

No. While air can have particulates, they are on...

No. While air can have particulates, they are on the order of 10Ķg/cubic meter or 1/100,000th of a gram/ cubic meter. Assuming about 150mL per tire at 100psi, that about a liter of air at atmosphic...
06-23-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 714
Posted By cyccommute

I suspect that your check valve has failed. The...

I suspect that your check valve has failed. The check valve is buried in the foot peg and may not be serviceable. Best to contact Serfas.
06-21-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,176
Posted By cyccommute

E-bikes are a flash in the pan and I doubt that...

E-bikes are a flash in the pan and I doubt that they will have much impact on bicycle commuting. They sound cool and all but there are going to be a whole lot of them just draining batteries in...
06-21-21, 08:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,176
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that cyclist can ride up and down...

While I agree that cyclist can ride up and down hills, terrain can be an important factor applying the Amsterdam and Copenhagen models elsewhere. Getting large parts of the population out of cars is...
06-21-21, 07:05 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,263
Posted By cyccommute

No. About the only thing they are good at is...

No. About the only thing they are good at is making everything around them dirty. If you drape the room like Dexter, you might keep the room clean.
06-20-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 441
Posted By cyccommute

You say that now. Just wait until about the 4th...

You say that now. Just wait until about the 4th or 5th time you have to do it. Itís a pain and one of the reasons so few people actually have two wheel sets.
06-20-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 441
Posted By cyccommute

Since your bike has rim brakes, it is better to...

Since your bike has rim brakes, it is better to keep the same rim width for a second wheel set. If the widths are too different, youíll have to adjust the brakes each time you swapped the wheels.
...
06-19-21, 11:17 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,626
Posted By cyccommute

I have a purple one. PM me and itís yours.

I have a purple one. PM me and itís yours.
06-18-21, 07:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,130
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps my lack of needing a warm up comes from...

Perhaps my lack of needing a warm up comes from years of commuting. If I were to take it easy for some of the mileages suggested here, I would be late to work and it would take a couple of hours to...
06-17-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,657
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, I know what Pen is looking for. I warned her...

Yes, I know what Pen is looking for. I warned her against being talked into thinking a mountain bike of the same size is a viable substitute. It isn’t. A 13” mountain bike might be a good substitute...
06-17-21, 10:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 957
Posted By cyccommute

Ultegra 9 speed. To lazy to see how old they...

Ultegra 9 speed. To lazy to see how old they are. They were used when I got them and they have done 20,000 + miles.
...
06-17-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 306
Posted By cyccommute

I would say to ditch the chain cleaning tool. ...

I would say to ditch the chain cleaning tool. They are nothing but trouble. They are messy and just not worth the effort. A bit of solventÖuse mineral spirits because it evaporates cleanly unlike...
06-17-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By cyccommute

The best way to find out is to just try it. ...

The best way to find out is to just try it. Honestly, the way that derailers work, if the derailer is backwards compatible, itís forward compatible.
06-16-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 932
Posted By cyccommute

My co-op (pre-Covid) had ďFix your bikeĒ hours at...

My co-op (pre-Covid) had ďFix your bikeĒ hours at 2 locations. I was (am) shop lead at the smaller of the two. People can come in and are allowed 90 minutes stand time to do most anything they want...
06-16-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,562
Posted By cyccommute

Fix-It-Sticks kit. Mine is older that wasn’t sold...

Fix-It-Sticks kit. Mine is older that wasn’t sold as a “commuter” or “mountain bike” kit. I would probably choose the mountain bike kit over the commuter one. Although I have never had to a multi...
06-15-21, 08:15 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,657
Posted By cyccommute

I hate to say it but I think you are looking for...

I hate to say it but I think you are looking for the wrong bike. 49 cm bikes are relatively rare. Itís not a size that bike companies made a whole lot of in the first place. But, more importantly,...
06-15-21, 07:35 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 50,839
Posted By cyccommute

Just needed a color change. Changed form this ...

Just needed a color change. Changed form this

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/c1422668_ce75_4503_aa3a_297bd9cae62c_c5b7e7cb6ce576f9133df42b897bf497eced9408.jpeg...
06-13-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

I know this will fall on (mostly) deaf ears but...

I know this will fall on (mostly) deaf ears but perhaps you should look closer to home when discussing ďignoranceĒ. Many of us arenít ďfooledĒ and are actually have brains sitting atop our...
06-12-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 743
Posted By cyccommute

Your VeloBase link doesnít work. But is unclear...

Your VeloBase link doesnít work. But is unclear if the rims are actually titanium based on that link. Iím not saying they werenít titanium. The information is confusing and I canít find anything...
06-12-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,562
Posted By cyccommute

I hate most multitools. I find them both clunky...

I hate most multitools. I find them both clunky and chunky. They generally donít fit the hand very well and are difficult to get at the right angle for really using them. I currently like...
06-12-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

I just relubricate. My chains get cleaned once,...

I just relubricate. My chains get cleaned once, when they are installed. I occasionally use a screwdriver to remove any lube that has accumulated on the jockey wheels. As Iíve pushed the interval...
06-12-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

What are you going on about?! Natural...

What are you going on about?! Natural particulate matterÖi.e. dirtÖ has a wide range of distribution in size from semi truck to probably atomic diameter. The smaller sizes are what do the damage to...
06-12-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By cyccommute

Changing a rim isnít that difficult but itís not...

Changing a rim isnít that difficult but itís not trivial either. Itís about 50% of the wheel building job. Most people whom Iíve taught find the lacing to be the most difficult part but the...
06-12-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

The forces on a single speed chains are a lot...

The forces on a single speed chains are a lot different from those on multi speed chains. The need to stand up to side forces and profiles on the teeth of the cogs makes them more problematic with...
06-11-21, 10:43 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

A whole lot of electrons are sacrificed talking...

A whole lot of electrons are sacrificed talking about chain lube. Itís a chain. Itís cheap. Lubricate it, ride it, wear it out, and replace it. No matter what you do, youíll get about the same out...
06-11-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,748
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. Mineral spirits (aka naphtha, white gas,...

Nope. Mineral spirits (aka naphtha, white gas, white spirits, etc) is close enough to as volatile solvent as xylene that it won’t make much difference. The boiling point (which influences evaporation...
Forum: Touring
06-09-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 568
Posted By cyccommute

The o-ring might not be a good choice. Too...

The o-ring might not be a good choice. Too squishy. The spacer needs to be rigid so that it doesnít squeeze out and loosen the bottom bracket.
06-09-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 566
Posted By cyccommute

Only some patches become part of the tube. Itís...

Only some patches become part of the tube. Itís a chemical process that requires a sulfur containing compound in the patch and an activator/accelerator in the fluid. When they two are placed in...
06-07-21, 12:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 932
Posted By cyccommute

People like to bash on the big guys because they...

People like to bash on the big guys because they are the “big guys” but there’s a reason they are the “big guys”. They make good stuff that have a good reputation. I have P-handled hex wrenches that...
06-05-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 911
Posted By cyccommute

The 559er is just around the corner:thumb:

The 559er is just around the corner:thumb:
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