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06-16-22, 02:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 520
Posted By dabac

I use a Camelbak-style bladder in a frame bag....

I use a Camelbak-style bladder in a frame bag. Then I use one of those self-retracting yo-yo things as for key cards and similar to hold the nozzle end of the tube to the bar. Makes drinking on the...
06-13-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 742
Posted By dabac

I’m not entirely onboard with the praise of...

I’m not entirely onboard with the praise of physically separated bike lanes.
First, IMO the need/benefit from those is very dependent on traffic speed and density. In some places, the benefit is...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 856
Posted By dabac

One thing you need to be aware of though is that...

One thing you need to be aware of though is that Shimano has changed where the lever comes to a dead stop.
Older internal cam swings a little past perpendicular while newer i/c stops at...
06-13-22, 03:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 535
Posted By dabac

1) better seat posts usually have an integrated...

1) better seat posts usually have an integrated saddle clamp. Hold this in the vise to avoid ovalizing the seat post.
2) I’ve got some split wooden blocks with seatpost-sized holes in them which...
06-13-22, 03:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 388
Posted By dabac

Smaller sprockets means fewer teeth engaged,...

Smaller sprockets means fewer teeth engaged, fewer teeth sharing the load. It may well be a chain wear issue.
06-06-22, 01:05 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 450
Posted By dabac

Bicycles are still far less proprietary than...

Bicycles are still far less proprietary than cars. You should not need a Specialized shop.

I’ve heard of that happening under 2 different circumstances:
- a customer dropping off a really dirty...
06-04-22, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By dabac

Learn to pop a wheelie?

Learn to pop a wheelie?
06-04-22, 12:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By dabac

The purpose of the minimum insertion mark is...

The purpose of the minimum insertion mark is mainly to safeguard the integrity of the FRAME.
Too little insertion and the post will lever itself out of the seat tube, or simply breaking the top of...
05-16-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,193
Posted By dabac

That’s been rather well determined, that flashing...

That’s been rather well determined, that flashing helps with detection, but interferes with accurate positioning.
One of my pet peeves is when autumn comes along. A light mist, maybe little drizzle,...
05-14-22, 12:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By dabac

Thanks. The tech docs pointed out a new-to-me...

Thanks. The tech docs pointed out a new-to-me position for an adjustment screw for the moving pad. That’s probably it.
05-13-22, 11:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 497
Posted By dabac

I had a reaction to the mesh which took some time...

I had a reaction to the mesh which took some time before it settled down. And there’s some recurring discomfort after long rides which maybe has left me a bit more cautious. Haven’t tried any...
05-13-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 207
Posted By dabac

Sora disc brake adjustment issue

Hi all,
A friend rolled by asking for help adjusting his Sora (mechanical) disc brakes. And to my embarrassment, I couldn’t get them decent.
The pads looked to have an OK amount of friction...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-11-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By dabac

Conti Sport Contact

Conti Sport Contact
Forum: Road Cycling
05-11-22, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 461
Posted By dabac

The right - drive side - arm is permanently...

The right - drive side - arm is permanently bonded to the bottom bracket axle.

To reach your goal, swap the chainrings over.
To succeed with that, you need the bolt circle and bolt count to...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,334
Posted By dabac

I repurposed the tops of a pair of leaky rubber...

I repurposed the tops of a pair of leaky rubber boots into mud flaps and has been quite happy with that. They fit the non-crush criteria while the shape keeps them stiff enough.
05-10-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,004
Posted By dabac

Overall, I think you’re doing a great job. ...

Overall, I think you’re doing a great job.
Latest thing I looked up was the comparison of cable pull between canti/caliper and v-brakes.
For that chapter, I’d like to suggest that you add the...
05-07-22, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 531
Posted By dabac

look at the pics. Not much evidence of filing to...

look at the pics. Not much evidence of filing to widen the OLD. Perhaps some evidence of filing to allow for a thicker axle, which would tie in well with the hinted at ebike conversion.
05-07-22, 04:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 531
Posted By dabac

A stronger skewer might only help if the wheel is...

A stronger skewer might only help if the wheel is shifting alignment in the dropouts, and you need to reset it after a bump. If it flexes but stays in position you have another problem.
05-07-22, 04:43 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 531
Posted By dabac

That still can mean several things. Maybe the...

That still can mean several things. Maybe the wheel simply isn’t stiff enough for that kind of impacts.
It sounds like you’re talking about an ebike conversion. Ebikes tend to promote bad riding...
05-07-22, 04:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 531
Posted By dabac

You’re really forcing us to guess here. Worn...

You’re really forcing us to guess here.

Worn dropouts could cause the wheel to sit crooked, or lose alignment from installation to when you start riding.
But if your tire is wobbling when the...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-22, 03:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 419
Posted By dabac

The hubs are still different, so you can’t fit a...

The hubs are still different, so you can’t fit a Campy cassette to a Shimano hub.
But, from what I’ve read, the spacing is close enough so that as long as your wheel can take a Campy cassette, you...
05-04-22, 03:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,001
Posted By dabac

Ah. I'd call that "peened OVER". Peening alone...

Ah. I'd call that "peened OVER". Peening alone can have a wider meaning and other uses.
05-04-22, 03:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,001
Posted By dabac

I can read the word. But I don't se the evidence...

I can read the word. But I don't se the evidence on the chains that I use.
But I stop at 10-speed, usually KMC chains.

I don't get or have any little rings of steel on the pin of my chain tool....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-02-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 268
Posted By dabac

The times I’ve toured, the big drawback to hard...

The times I’ve toured, the big drawback to hard cases is where to store them while riding. Far from all hotels will be willing to hold it for you. But if you’re visiting friends, maybe they can hold...
05-02-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 467
Posted By dabac

I’ve used liqui-sole or Shoe Goo to glue patches...

I’ve used liqui-sole or Shoe Goo to glue patches of either nylon cloth or non-woven to fix sidewall cuts. They’ve lasted for the remaining natural life of the tire so far. I make sure to soak the...
05-02-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,001
Posted By dabac

Reusing a pin in an 8+ speed chain has an...

Reusing a pin in an 8+ speed chain has an uncertain prognosis.
I’ve never set out to do it ”intentionally”. But I’ve done it several times as a trail/roadside fix. You don’t have to be far from...
04-26-22, 10:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,787
Posted By dabac

Oh, certainly. That’s what got me started on...

Oh, certainly.
That’s what got me started on doing my own wrenching past flats and chain lubes.
04-26-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 715
Posted By dabac

Is there a question in here or merely a rant? ...

Is there a question in here or merely a rant?

Which screws would that be?
It kinda-sorta sounds like you’re talking about the screws found on some bikes with horizontal dropouts. But those just...
04-20-22, 08:29 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,251
Posted By dabac

One late evening session I discovered that the...

One late evening session I discovered that the insulation off a single-strand 1.5mm2 electrical cable is an excellent fit for brake cables. Not as much for shifter cables. I have, on occasion, also...
04-20-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By dabac

A very common 1st attempt is to hammer in a...

A very common 1st attempt is to hammer in a slightly oversized Torx bit.
I’ve had good luck welding a nut onto stripped screws, but the size and depth of recess makes that a less than ideal option...
04-18-22, 01:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 477
Posted By dabac

…. I’ve only ever counted the number of teeth,...

…. I’ve only ever counted the number of teeth, which seems to have worked fine…
04-18-22, 12:35 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,381
Posted By dabac

There’s a considerable gap between ”what CAN...

There’s a considerable gap between ”what CAN happen” and ”what will USUALLY happen”.
I’ve never experienced, read or heard about accidentally bumping a lever being a problem. I’ve seen a guy...
04-02-22, 04:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By dabac

Discs are nice, but not generally a deal-breaker....

Discs are nice, but not generally a deal-breaker. People rode rim brakes for decades, a century, without corpses littering the ditches, hard shoulders etc b/c of that.
Discs are less influenced by...
04-02-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 545
Posted By dabac

Pour some lube on a cloth. Give chain a wipe with...

Pour some lube on a cloth. Give chain a wipe with said cloth. Dispose of cloth in a responsible manner. Done.
Forum: Foo
04-02-22, 03:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,102
Posted By dabac

Had a ”forum friend” several years back who came...

Had a ”forum friend” several years back who came online all shook-up one day. Turned out that his favourite author had made some pessimistic and distressing claims about where the future was headed....
04-02-22, 02:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By dabac

Disclaimer: my main reference is me, so I have no...

Disclaimer: my main reference is me, so I have no firm idea of how applicable it’ll be to you.
I’ve ”always” had less-than-average mobility in my lower back. And a L5 disc rupture certainly didn’t...
03-31-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,489
Posted By dabac

My happy medium is to remove the f/h off the...

My happy medium is to remove the f/h off the wheel, remove the seal at the base, and the dust shield. Then flush generously while spinning the f/h. Once the solvent/degreaser-of-choice is passing...
03-31-22, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By dabac

I have one of those. It’s probably a decade since...

I have one of those. It’s probably a decade since I had it apart.
Best I can remember, I proceeded as if disassembling a freehub, and used an improvised 2-prong tool to get the cup for the DS wheel...
03-28-22, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 614
Posted By dabac

Functionally, there’s very little need to. For...

Functionally, there’s very little need to.
For peace of mind, first hit with wire steel brush. Then ride.
For aesthetics, I’d pull the cassette off, then soak in the de-ruster of your choice....
03-28-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,467
Posted By dabac

Bike parts are a lot more expensive bought...

Bike parts are a lot more expensive bought piecemeal than when bought assembled as a bike. So you really should try to stay away from thorough upgrades, if you value your money.
However, some things...
03-28-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 227
Posted By dabac

If your rims are rim brake compatible, it doesn’t...

If your rims are rim brake compatible, it doesn’t matter if the hubs are disc-ready. It’ll work just fine.

For some years, frames were made with 132 mm spacing, to be able to use both 130 and 135...
03-28-22, 11:49 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,071
Posted By dabac

Really, shouldn’t we be more concerned with how a...

Really, shouldn’t we be more concerned with how a vehicle is actually operated rather than with what else it might be capable of?
It seems to work for cars.
And it’s absolutely no problem to ride...
03-27-22, 04:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,906
Posted By dabac

You must have a very ”interesting” idea of what...

You must have a very ”interesting” idea of what either ”failure” or ”dangerous” means.

This is from my drop bar commuter:...
03-27-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,906
Posted By dabac

I can think of at least three reasons for a wheel...

I can think of at least three reasons for a wheel to start rubbing against the frame and still be entirely salvageable.

Certainly:
...
03-27-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,906
Posted By dabac

Ever heard the saying ”for the want of a nail”? ...

Ever heard the saying ”for the want of a nail”?
You’re not thinking that through.
Unless you’re planning to sell the bike, it isn’t about putting $200 into a $400 bike. It is about paying $200 for...
03-27-22, 01:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By dabac

My commuter bike has survived more than a decade...

My commuter bike has survived more than a decade of being parked under a roof.
The worst weather-induced drama was when the shifter cable froze one winter.
Oh, and when I forgot the gloves on the...
03-27-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,071
Posted By dabac

Part of that is like the old and tired argument...

Part of that is like the old and tired argument about guns. The thing itself doesn’t become a threat until handled with poor judgement and/or malicious intent.
And for cars we’re all used to share...
Forum: Recumbent
03-27-22, 12:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,442
Posted By dabac

If it was me, I’d settle for locking a front...

If it was me, I’d settle for locking a front wheel to something solid.
While not as expensive as the frame, a single-sided front wheel is still quite an unusual bicycle part. Securing that would...
03-17-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 383
Posted By dabac

It does look like you got some significant water...

It does look like you got some significant water in there, which I find somewhat surprising.
I've only had issues with one Shimmano dynohub, when one of the magnets came loose. It dragged and made a...
03-13-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 368
Posted By dabac

Rim brake fronts do not carry any torque through...

Rim brake fronts do not carry any torque through the spokes. It really doesn’t matter.
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