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Forum: Foo
01-16-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 256
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, plenty of people are playing board games,...

Yeah, plenty of people are playing board games, especially RPGs. I find it's hard to get people interested in playing Monopoly, though. It has a reputation for taking forever, but a lot of that is...
01-16-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 332
Posted By ThermionicScott

I mostly use oil when building wheels, but am not...

I mostly use oil when building wheels, but am not opposed to other things like linseed oil, Spoke Prep, beeswax, or blue/purple Loctite. Belt and suspenders. :)

It's not uncommon for my wheel...
01-16-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By ThermionicScott

I like the way Bike Quarterly/Compass/Rene Herse...

I like the way Bike Quarterly/Compass/Rene Herse does it... a very faint logo through the content of the picture. It's not enough to detract from enjoyment of the picture (at least to me), but it is...
01-16-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By ThermionicScott

I do this every year, but with paper and...

I do this every year, but with paper and BikeJournal.com and a Google doc to prevent a single source from losing all my records (like a hard drive crash did years ago :( ):

1988 Diamondback...
01-16-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 391
Posted By ThermionicScott

Oh, by all means, go ahead and fix the bottom...

Oh, by all means, go ahead and fix the bottom bracket and crank. :thumb:

All I was trying to say is that when it comes to the wheels, there are options besides waiting for a perfectly matched set...
01-16-22, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 341
Posted By ThermionicScott

I've heard that a lot of digital artists are...

I've heard that a lot of digital artists are finding that other people have made NFTs of their work, and of course are not getting compensated. Pretty crappy thing to do...
01-16-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 391
Posted By ThermionicScott

At a minimum, you could start by replacing just...

At a minimum, you could start by replacing just the front wheel with one that has an aluminum rim. That's where most of your effective braking is, and you don't have to find one with a rare axle...
Forum: Touring
01-16-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 245
Posted By ThermionicScott

I like this idea, especially if OP plans on...

I like this idea, especially if OP plans on loading his Nice Racks(tm) to their limit. ;)
Forum: Road Cycling
01-15-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 683
Posted By ThermionicScott

Allied hasn't folded yet, so maybe...

Allied hasn't folded yet, so maybe...
01-15-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 150
Posted By ThermionicScott

Good read indeed. We chose MKS touring pedals...

Good read indeed. We chose MKS touring pedals for my wife's new bike, and the bearings did feel a little more rough and dry than I would have expected. Rather than completely disassembling them, I...
01-15-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 411
Posted By ThermionicScott

Panaracer makes a bunch of MTB tires in 26" and...

Panaracer makes a bunch of MTB tires in 26" and folding bead, under their brand name and for others. It's arguable that some of the best 26" tires ever are being made right now.

Were you unaware,...
01-15-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 332
Posted By ThermionicScott

Hmm, straight-gauge or double-butted spokes? ...

Hmm, straight-gauge or double-butted spokes? Thicker spokes will feel tight/stiff at a lower tension than thinner spokes, so that could be it.

I don't think it's a matter of the spokes not being...
01-15-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 746
Posted By ThermionicScott

You're probably aware, but this will change the...

You're probably aware, but this will change the BB height considerably. Gravel bikes are often spec'd with 700x40-42C or 650x47-50B to minimize that difference...
01-15-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 332
Posted By ThermionicScott

What tension did you build to, and did you...

What tension did you build to, and did you stress-relieve along the way?

Usually it's the rear NDS spokes that have trouble loosening because you sometimes have no choice but to use marginal...
01-15-22, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 183
Posted By ThermionicScott

THANK YOU BIANCHIGIRLL! :thumb: (Cool...

THANK YOU BIANCHIGIRLL! :thumb:

(Cool choice of FB avatar, too. ;))
01-14-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,236
Posted By ThermionicScott

P.S. Between "the bug", the snowstorm blanketing...

P.S. Between "the bug", the snowstorm blanketing eastern Iowa, and a host of smaller concerns, we decided to pull the plug again this year. Can't wait to try again next year!
01-14-22, 11:59 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 942
Posted By ThermionicScott

The spoke would have to be pretty marginal for...

The spoke would have to be pretty marginal for the miniscule increase in tension to do that. I think Kerry's suggestion that the rapid cycling from full to zero back to full tension on the bottom...
01-14-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,011
Posted By ThermionicScott

Thank You for starting it. :D

Thank You for starting it. :D
01-14-22, 11:46 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,011
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm not a physical engineer of any kind so bear...

I'm not a physical engineer of any kind so bear with me, but is that rule of thumb for the integrity of the cantilevered member, or what it's mounted into? Seems like seatposts are generally pretty...
01-14-22, 10:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,102
Posted By ThermionicScott

Good question! I suppose at the highest levels...

Good question! I suppose at the highest levels of MTB competition, maybe people were using tighter cassettes and going faster, and having parts that were a little more "road" helped.

Sheldon...
01-13-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,102
Posted By ThermionicScott

I think the reasoning is that short-cage RDs are...

I think the reasoning is that short-cage RDs are often also designed for smaller cassette cogs, so you would get a smaller chain gap with a given cassette than a "mountain" RD that is rated for...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,179
Posted By ThermionicScott

The "Addiction" thread? :innocent:

The "Addiction" thread? :innocent:
01-13-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,102
Posted By ThermionicScott

It's one of those things where it's fine if you...

It's one of those things where it's fine if you know what you're doing. But sometimes we can tell a poster is in over their head and doesn't really appreciate derailleur capacity, or remembering not...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 3,459
Posted By ThermionicScott

There are probably lots of those groups, but this...

There are probably lots of those groups, but this Facebook group has some great stuff: https://www.facebook.com/groups/763609394079686
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 810
Posted By ThermionicScott

A lot of things are marketed and sold as "aero",...

A lot of things are marketed and sold as "aero", but if you're not nailing the NACA airfoil cross-section, it's not helping as much as you're being led to believe.

Marketing is all about making us...
01-13-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,011
Posted By ThermionicScott

There must have been a communication breakdown......

There must have been a communication breakdown... ;)
01-11-22, 11:09 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,011
Posted By ThermionicScott

Seatposts and stems (and everything else on a...

Seatposts and stems (and everything else on a bike) aren't omniscient -- the manufacturer had to take a reasonable stab at how much length would be enough to keep from damaging the part or most...
01-11-22, 10:58 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 15,549
Posted By ThermionicScott

Just ask smontanaro. ;)

Just ask smontanaro. ;)
01-11-22, 04:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 942
Posted By ThermionicScott

I have yet to break a spoke anywhere while...

I have yet to break a spoke anywhere while riding. :)
01-10-22, 07:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 596
Posted By ThermionicScott

With the rear seat down, I can lay down two bikes...

With the rear seat down, I can lay down two bikes in the back of my Subaru Outback (large sheet of cardboard in between for protection) without removing any wheels.

Lots of cars will work if...
Replies: 49
Views: 1,295
Posted By ThermionicScott

That would annoy me. An electrical connector, to...

That would annoy me. An electrical connector, to my mind, forms part of the circuit. Zip ties just serve a physical purpose.
01-10-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 460
Posted By ThermionicScott

Is it cynical to suspect that a light...

Is it cynical to suspect that a light manufacturer's choice to rate in lumens or lux reveals something about their motivations? Lux is a measure of how good you are at getting light to the target,...
01-09-22, 01:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 533
Posted By ThermionicScott

Assuming that you're using the tensiometer...

Assuming that you're using the tensiometer correctly, you are discovering that we can't always have both equal tensions and perfect true. Wheel building and maintenance is often a compromise between...
01-09-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 460
Posted By ThermionicScott

The best of all worlds, very cool Andy Antipas....

The best of all worlds, very cool Andy Antipas. :thumb:



Busch&Mueller do make a couple of vintage-inspired models, but unfortunately, they're at the low end on brightness:

Classic (25-30...
01-09-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, I've read his posts too. I agree that we...

Yeah, I've read his posts too. I agree that we shouldn't obsessively re-tighten our cranks all the time, but I'm not convinced that dustcaps will save the day if the bolt has completely loosened and...
01-09-22, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By ThermionicScott

He did, anyway. Personally, I'd take the remote...

He did, anyway. Personally, I'd take the remote possibility of premature crank taper wear over having a crank fall off during a race or other important ride every time. ;)
01-08-22, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By ThermionicScott

The latter has never bothered me much, but an...

The latter has never bothered me much, but an idea comes to mind: a layer of electrical tape or something else rubbery on the inside of the fender. It could help not just by cushioning the impact...
01-08-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 124,086
Posted By ThermionicScott

In fairness to the tires, those are really skinny...

In fairness to the tires, those are really skinny rims. Panaracer Pasela 27"x1-1/4" tires measure an honest-to-goodness 32mm on the original wide steel rims on my wife's Schwinn Suburban. I bet...
Forum: Foo
01-08-22, 06:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 547
Posted By ThermionicScott

It's reasonably quiet until the end... ;)

It's reasonably quiet until the end... ;)
01-08-22, 03:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 751
Posted By ThermionicScott

They need to resist that stress at the wear limit...

They need to resist that stress at the wear limit (generally considered to be about 0.7mm thick), so they'll have material in excess of that when new, usually about twice as much. I have some...
01-08-22, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 146
Posted By ThermionicScott

It's a good time to ask the folks in Australia...

It's a good time to ask the folks in Australia what they're using, though. :lol:
01-08-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 751
Posted By ThermionicScott

My concern with that DT Swiss wheelset wouldn't...

My concern with that DT Swiss wheelset wouldn't be that it lacks machined brake surfaces, but that the sidewalls might not have any spare material for braking wear, being designed for just "track"...
01-08-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 238
Posted By ThermionicScott

Depending on how stiff the cable is, I'm thinking...

Depending on how stiff the cable is, I'm thinking it could work well to leave a couple inches and tuck it through the light bracket for later use.

But I must say that full dyno lighting has been a...
Replies: 49
Views: 1,295
Posted By ThermionicScott

Great points! I don't envy all the work that...

Great points! I don't envy all the work that RBAs put into designing and running their routes, and try to show my appreciation whenever I can. My RBA has always had great cue sheets, and in the...
Forum: Introductions
01-07-22, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 114
Posted By ThermionicScott

Welcome to the forums. I'm going to guess 1989,...

Welcome to the forums. I'm going to guess 1989, since a lot of Asian-made Bianchis from that era had a letter and then a digit for the year.

There are some good threads in the Classic & Vintage...
Forum: Foo
01-07-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 247
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm trying to think if I saw him in another movie...

I'm trying to think if I saw him in another movie before "Sneakers". He brought greatness to anything he did.
01-07-22, 04:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,974
Posted By ThermionicScott

LOL, take off one brake to lighten it, but leave...

LOL, take off one brake to lighten it, but leave the kickstand on...
01-07-22, 04:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 458
Posted By ThermionicScott

I still have the first "real" bike my folks got...

I still have the first "real" bike my folks got me when I outgrew my Huffy BMX bike, a Huffy White Heat MTB. It migrated from their garage to a storage garage sometime after high school, and I only...
Replies: 49
Views: 1,295
Posted By ThermionicScott

I dunno, part of my reason for liking bike rides...

I dunno, part of my reason for liking bike rides is to take a break from phones and apps and media and otherwise being constantly plugged into the Internet. Putting my cell phone in my pocket and...
01-06-22, 04:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 646
Posted By ThermionicScott

Exactly. Are you a programmer, too? :D

Exactly. Are you a programmer, too? :D
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