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09-24-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Why not just get the 36T version for < $70? That...

Why not just get the 36T version for < $70? That is still a 12.5% reduction in cadence compared to a 32T chain ring.
09-24-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 322
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is the most likely explanation. The smallest...

This is the most likely explanation. The smallest rear cog only sits halfway on the end of the freehub, so it is easily misaligned during installation.
09-24-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Thanks. The tire levers I use (and linked to...

Thanks. The tire levers I use (and linked to above) cannot go in that far because of their shape and how tightly tires fit over my wheels. I would never use a screwdriver; too many ways that could go...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 11:12 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,666
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Does the bike industry really want to force you...

Does the bike industry really want to force you on to disc brakes? | road.cc (https://road.cc/content/feature/does-bike-industry-want-force-you-disc-brakes-286589)

This thread is getting so out of...
09-23-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Sorry, my above overstated response to your...

Sorry, my above overstated response to your comment about no longer using tire levers stems from so many BF posts discussing tight rims, tight tires, and whether tires can be mounted by hand without...
09-23-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yes to the techniques described above. 40 mm...

Yes to the techniques described above. 40 mm Presta stems here:

Amazon.com : MICHELIN A1 Airstop Smooth Presta Valve 700x18-25C 40mm Butyl Tube Bundle - 4 Pack - New in Box : Sports & Outdoors...
09-23-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 340
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Tire levers are bad? I have never done without...

Tire levers are bad? I have never done without mine, which are plastic, rounded, and look fairly harmless.

Amazon.com : 50 Strong Bike Tire Lever - Set of 4 Easy Grip Bicycle Levers - Best Tire...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 10:24 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,666
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is a $500 Schwinn hybrid from Dick's...

This is a $500 Schwinn hybrid from Dick's Sporting Goods. Before this pandemic, $500 used to be the price of an acceptable, entry-level hybrid bike from any of the Big 4 (Trek, Cannondale,...
09-21-21, 04:39 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yes, perhaps I overstated. I cannot prove...

Yes, perhaps I overstated. I cannot prove causation or even statistically relevant correlation, but the two events are at least associated in my head. Now that I have finally managed to get some OMS,...
09-21-21, 02:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 589
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I don't think it is quite as esoteric as what you...

I don't think it is quite as esoteric as what you seem to have described. The determination is not based on the quality of the sound of the quick links snapping close. I put the quick links in place...
09-21-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 589
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I am not a master bike mechanic either; you may...

I am not a master bike mechanic either; you may want to consider these: Amazon.com : Super B 2-in-1 Master Link Pliers (The Trident) : Sports & Outdoors (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007E8YO7Q/)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,666
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Comparing rim brake shoes to disc brake pads, the...

Comparing rim brake shoes to disc brake pads, the former has both a larger actual braking surface and thicker friction material than the latter. Although the respective friction materials are (of...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 606
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yeah, but they did not become your favorite...

Yeah, but they did not become your favorite saddles until long after the closeout sales, right? Hindsight is 20/20.

I too acquired all three of my saddles (2 Ergon SR3 Pro, one white, one black,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 12:58 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 4,666
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I saw the same news. How come there are no rim...

I saw the same news. How come there are no rim brake upgrade wheelsets on sale?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 12:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 815
Posted By SoSmellyAir

You must have the quads and hamstrings of Mark...

You must have the quads and hamstrings of Mark Cavendish; fortunately I do not have the same issue.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 12:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 815
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Come on, people, I am a noob and even I can do...

Come on, people, I am a noob and even I can do this. Simply put bibs on as if they are shorts, do not touch any part of the bibs that you would not find on shorts until everything below your waist is...
09-21-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Bikes are pretty resilient. Cars, not so much. ...

Bikes are pretty resilient. Cars, not so much.

Good luck, mschwett.
09-20-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Shimano now (finally) also offers quick links....

Shimano now (finally) also offers quick links. For example, here is the 11 speed version: Shimano SM-Cn9001 Speed Quick Link | Jenson USA...
09-20-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Purple degreaser is excellent for cleaning, but...

Purple degreaser is excellent for cleaning, but may also result in chain link breakages due to hydrogen embrittlement if incorrectly used, as I learned the hard way.
09-20-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Thankfully, the OC has 4 household hazardous...

Thankfully, the OC has 4 household hazardous waste collection centers:

Household Hazardous Waste | OC Waste & Recycling (oclandfills.com) (https://oclandfills.com/household-hazardous-waste)
...
09-20-21, 01:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 527
Posted By SoSmellyAir

OK. I had to ask; you may have an indestructible...

OK. I had to ask; you may have an indestructible titanium bike with no paint.
09-19-21, 07:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

But $20 more for that hollow spindle! ...

But $20 more for that hollow spindle!

Tange-Seiki LN 7922 JIS cartridge bottom bracket Retrogression (retro-gression.com)...
09-19-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 700
Posted By SoSmellyAir

When I stop at a red light, I shake my hands and...

When I stop at a red light, I shake my hands and clap my palms together.
09-19-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 700
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Excellent video. When I found and watched it a...

Excellent video. When I found and watched it a while ago, it helped me realize that I had my saddle too forward. This one is also pretty good.

Is Your Saddle too far Forward OR Back? (HOW to Set...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 06:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 579
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Now I get what you were getting at: If in between...

Now I get what you were getting at: If in between sizes, pick the larger one to get more stack but use the next shorter version of the stem to maintain approximately the same reach.

Do note that...
09-19-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 527
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This also removes paint and clear coat?

This also removes paint and clear coat?
09-19-21, 06:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 527
Posted By SoSmellyAir

To remove the stupid looking Bontrager AT-750...

To remove the stupid looking Bontrager AT-750 stickers on the wheels of my Trek FX 2, I used Goo Gone as a first step.



Then I used acetone to remove the residue after the Goo Gone step.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 579
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Really? I thought sizing up makes you more...

Really? I thought sizing up makes you more stretched out, which is the opposite of relaxed, which, to me, is having my back at its most natural angle.
09-19-21, 04:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 539
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I went to walmart.com to see what you are...

I went to walmart.com to see what you are referring to. For example:

Blackburn Mountain Bike Tire 26" x 1.75-2.25 - Walmart.com...
09-19-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 539
Posted By SoSmellyAir

In OP's defense, I too did not learn about...

In OP's defense, I too did not learn about foldable bead tires until I got my first "expensive" bike (i.e., my road bike) in 2017.
09-19-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 539
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Where can you still order 4KsII?

Where can you still order 4KsII?
09-19-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 589
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is good to know. I was gonna toss my 11...

This is good to know. I was gonna toss my 11 speed Shimano ones after the third time I closed them, but being kinda cheap and not that powerful, I figure that they should stay fine until they latch...
09-19-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 539
Posted By SoSmellyAir

It sounds like all your prior tires have wire...

It sounds like all your prior tires have wire beads, which are usually shipped in a double loop (imagine a figure 8 twisted at the intersection to bring the two circular sections on top of one...
09-19-21, 11:52 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

The initial cleaning does take some time, but...

The initial cleaning does take some time, but once properly cleaned and waxed, subsequent iterations take very little time. 11 speed chains are getting harder to come by during this pandemic, and...
09-19-21, 11:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 589
Posted By SoSmellyAir

I use this when I need to quickly brush off the...

I use this when I need to quickly brush off the chain:

https://www.rei.com/product/697481/finish-line-grunge-brush?sku=6974810019

But for any more significant cleaning I remove it and dunk it...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,282
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Your desired custom cassette reminds me of those...

Your desired custom cassette reminds me of those special cassettes that some pros were using for their Everesting challenges, where they would study the routes and figure that they can get by with 3...
09-19-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 440
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Difficult to follow what you are asking? Which...

Difficult to follow what you are asking? Which bottom bracket (existing or replacement) says LL123? Which bottom bracket (existing or replacement) does "mine" refer to?

From your photos you seem...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-19-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,282
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Yeah, the SRAM 12-27 cassette is a 10 speed...

Yeah, the SRAM 12-27 cassette is a 10 speed cassette. An 11 speed 12-28 (12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23-25-28) cassette would be nice but this cassette only comes in Dura-Ace or a monoblock, both $$$. I...
09-18-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 365
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Better yet, if OP really loves the frame, buy a...

Better yet, if OP really loves the frame, buy a Tange Seiki LN-3922 (made in Japan):

Tange LN-3922 Bottom Bracket | - Ben's Cycle (benscycle.com)...
09-18-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Thank you. I am only talking about the residual...

Thank you. I am only talking about the residual OMS in the rollers. (I don't want to risk blowing up my remaining working oven by baking it to dry.)
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 02:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By SoSmellyAir

This is the exact phenomenon that led me to...

This is the exact phenomenon that led me to question the stock 11-32 cassette, learn about cadence, and upgrade cassettes almost a year ago.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-18-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By SoSmellyAir

That is why I am going to buy myself a 14-28 when...

That is why I am going to buy myself a 14-28 when it goes on sale and save it as a mid-life crisis present to myself in a few year!
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 02:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By SoSmellyAir

And it will be a long wait. All the new Shimano...

And it will be a long wait. All the new Shimano 12 speed groupsets will be snapped up by bike manufacturers for their new high end models. And it sounds like (from Shimano) that the number of...
09-17-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,546
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Is a little residual OMS dangerous (in the Crock...

Is a little residual OMS dangerous (in the Crock Pot) or bad for wax adhesion? I just wipe, hang, and blow dry the chain with compressed air.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,282
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Troul on overdrive in descent? Like a gas saving...

Troul on overdrive in descent? Like a gas saving 5th gear in an old school manual transmission, which causes the engine to lug as soon as you shift into it.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 788
Posted By SoSmellyAir

In practice it should work; there are some who...

In practice it should work; there are some who use MTB rear derailleurs to shift road cassettes (of the same number of speeds) for downhill runs. The trade off may be an imperceptible but measurably...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:20 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,639
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Actually, I have been improving recently through...

Actually, I have been improving recently through more riding during the pandemic, so perhaps I am only in the bottom 30 percentile now. So the Varia is something I hope to look into one day if "the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,282
Posted By SoSmellyAir

If you are asking about my Frankenstein cassette,...

If you are asking about my Frankenstein cassette, then no, I did not look into any of that. All spacers in between cassette cogs were installed correctly. And there should not have been a chain line...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:08 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 5,639
Posted By SoSmellyAir

Good point. But rarely; out on the streets, my...

Good point. But rarely; out on the streets, my speed is in the bottom 20 percentile. For doing that I definitely would turn and take a good, long look.
Forum: Road Cycling
09-16-21, 07:06 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,282
Posted By SoSmellyAir

My Frankenstein Ultegra cassette was intended to...

My Frankenstein Ultegra cassette was intended to replicate a Shimano DA 12-28 cassette: 12-13-14-15-16-17-19-21-23-25-28. Detailed here:

Bike Forums - View Single Post - Custom 12-28 cassette...
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