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05-20-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 198
Posted By zacster

My understanding is that 11sp road spacing is...

My understanding is that 11sp road spacing is 131, not 130. They kind of snuck that extra 1mm in there since it would barely be noticeable when inserting the wheel into the frame. What that means...
Forum: Northeast
05-20-22, 05:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 198
Posted By zacster

There is a "Like" button on the far right at the...

There is a "Like" button on the far right at the bottom of the post. It may not appear if you are new to the forum. You can see it has been a long time since I was new here! Welcome to the forum!
05-19-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By zacster

I took care of mine by putting it in the box and...

I took care of mine by putting it in the box and sending it back. No thanks.
Forum: Touring
05-17-22, 08:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By zacster

I've been out on this bike a lot more now and the...

I've been out on this bike a lot more now and the bar inners have become second nature and my preferred position. I can brake and shift to the smaller cog on the right or the smaller ring on the left...
Forum: Touring
05-13-22, 04:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By zacster

That's why I like it. It isn't an obvious shock...

That's why I like it. It isn't an obvious shock absorption and it doesn't just bounce up and down. It takes the sting out without making the road disappear. Ride over some rough patches of road or...
Forum: Touring
05-12-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,017
Posted By zacster

The bar inners were definitely a little pricey,...

The bar inners were definitely a little pricey, especially since the only ones available only worked with their grips, which are also pricey, but good. SQLabs are the manufacturer and they only seem...
Forum: Touring
05-11-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,017
Posted By zacster

I put "bar inners" on my flat bars. They are in...

I put "bar inners" on my flat bars. They are in a position more akin to road levers than the wide bar ends. I was riding around Brooklyn yesterday and found myself using them as my regular riding...
Forum: Northeast
05-11-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By zacster

You'll want to park somewhere away from the...

You'll want to park somewhere away from the finish line, even a few miles away. You'll have bikes after all to get back to the car.
05-09-22, 06:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By zacster

I put Shimano XT M770 v-brakes and Deore T610...

I put Shimano XT M770 v-brakes and Deore T610 long pull levers on my old Trek. I completely trust them to stop me. I don't know how big a tire will fit, but I don't see any problem putting a 2.25 in...
05-07-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,111
Posted By zacster

I used to run my 700x23 tires at 105-110 but then...

I used to run my 700x23 tires at 105-110 but then switched to 28fr 25r and run them at 95. But then again I used to run my 700x19 tires at 110 and they were like riding rocks. Those were the days...
05-06-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 548
Posted By zacster

Usually it's the other way, when you get older...

Usually it's the other way, when you get older you become a stubborn old cuss. "That's how I do it and that's they way it is". Good to hear a different perspective. I'm getting older too and feel...
05-06-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 242
Posted By zacster

Here is something I harped on once in a thread. ...

Here is something I harped on once in a thread. All of these components are supposed to meet a standard with some pretty tight tolerances. If you get everything within that tolerance it should just...
05-06-22, 12:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 548
Posted By zacster

I'm a little perplexed here. You, Rumrunn6, have...

I'm a little perplexed here. You, Rumrunn6, have been around BF a very long time. This seems like such a basic question.
05-06-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,111
Posted By zacster

Maybe some of the problem is the flip-lock head,...

Maybe some of the problem is the flip-lock head, you are applying pressure to flip it but in the meantime the valve stem is somewhat delicate.
05-06-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,748
Posted By zacster

Same here. And is it really harder to use the...

Same here. And is it really harder to use the cement?
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

Newcomer? I've been a member here for 18 years. ...

Newcomer? I've been a member here for 18 years. I haven't gone over 10k posts though, maybe because I'm out riding. There is nothing new on the Bikeforums. I stopped posting for about 6 months in...
Forum: Touring
05-06-22, 04:47 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

On the Five Boro Bike Tour the other day I saw 2,...

On the Five Boro Bike Tour the other day I saw 2, and they were together. That's out of 30,000 riders. While waiting in the interminable line for the ferry back to Manhattan I didn't see any and...
05-05-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By zacster

Are the brakes corroded? or just the pads? I...

Are the brakes corroded? or just the pads? I have some 45 year old brakes in my basement that aren't corroded even after that long time. I wouldn't think anything on a 2008 Crossroads would be...
05-05-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 1,748
Posted By zacster

A few years ago I bought bulk Rema patches and...

A few years ago I bought bulk Rema patches and cement. Flats seem to come in groups so I'll patch in groups too. I've done 6 in the last week on various bikes. I keep using them as long as they hold...
05-05-22, 08:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 382
Posted By zacster

I get that, but I'm still curious as to what is...

I get that, but I'm still curious as to what is wrong with the full 7sp setup that you'd want to swap things around. I have 7sp DX on one bike and it works great. I've thought about changing it to...
Forum: Touring
05-05-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By zacster

The Redshift stem is great. It really absorbs...

The Redshift stem is great. It really absorbs the shock without feeling spongy or springy. I've had it on my road bike for 2 years now and would have bought one for this bike too but I was no...
05-04-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 382
Posted By zacster

Who is using 8 speed cassettes? They were just...

Who is using 8 speed cassettes? They were just an oddball size. You can't get them, you can't get compatible parts. Why even try to use them unless you already have it on a bike? What is the...
05-04-22, 05:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By zacster

That's why 90 degrees works. The valve is now...

That's why 90 degrees works. The valve is now out of the picture whether you start or end there.
05-04-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 743
Views: 414,060
Posted By zacster

I just posted this in a regular thread but I...

I just posted this in a regular thread but I think it counts as a hint or trick.

This is my trick for getting even tight tires onto a rim, usually without tools. The trick is to not do the last...
05-04-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By zacster

Yep. We were all taught to do it opposite the...

Yep. We were all taught to do it opposite the stem but this gives you more wiggle room.
05-04-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By zacster

The few times I've used plastic levers I've...

The few times I've used plastic levers I've managed to snap them. I stick to the metal levers that came my way 30-40 years ago. That said, I prefer to not use levers at all. Even my Schwalbe...
05-03-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By zacster

Universal Cycles lists everything. The only...

Universal Cycles lists everything. The only problem is that they are frequently out of stock these days of the one item you need.
05-03-22, 08:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,111
Posted By zacster

Replace the head. They are pretty cheap. Also,...

Replace the head. They are pretty cheap. Also, when dealing with Presta valves always pump at 12 o'clock because the weight of the chuck and hose and the force you may apply to get it off tends to...
05-03-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 382
Posted By zacster

Why do you need to do this? 7sp freehubs can take...

Why do you need to do this? 7sp freehubs can take 8 & 9 sp cassettes since the cogs get narrower to fit on the freehub body. Stick with the ones you already have especially if they are LX or XT. I've...
Forum: Northeast
05-02-22, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By zacster

That thing is going back!

That thing is going back!
Forum: Touring
05-02-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

Well, I just requested a return label, this just...

Well, I just requested a return label, this just isn't for me. I'm not even going to try. I did the 5 boro tour yesterday and of all the 32000 riders I saw 2 guys together on Bromptons that were...
Forum: Northeast
05-02-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 830
Posted By zacster

I did the ride yesterday and while the ride was...

I did the ride yesterday and while the ride was pretty well run, the ending was a clusterf*. From the time we stopped short of the finish line where you had to walk until we got on the ferry was 2...
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

Nobody is holding a gun to your head to read the...

Nobody is holding a gun to your head to read the thread either. It is the BF after all, where every topic gets hashed and rehashed a gazillion times no matter how trivial. I'm no nube here.
...
Forum: Touring
04-29-22, 02:50 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

If you are directing that comment at me, the OP,...

If you are directing that comment at me, the OP, I haven't even tried it yet so I don't know if it will be comfortable or not. I'm still debating whether to even try it.
Forum: Touring
04-28-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

I thought about the B67 or the Flyer but the...

I thought about the B67 or the Flyer but the weight talked me out of it. I'm adding too much weight to this bike that I used to use for commuting that was always heavy enough. And then I thought if...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 10:01 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

I'll give it a try if the weather ever gets to...

I'll give it a try if the weather ever gets to normal here. 25-30mph winds all day. It hasn't been much of a spring with 1 or 2 normal days and the rest just cold and windy and overall not very...
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 589
Posted By zacster

I was going to ask about handlebar bags too. My...

I was going to ask about handlebar bags too. My issue is it can't block the front dynamo light which rides just above the wheel as those usually do. Flat bar on mine so shouldn't be an issue.
04-27-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By zacster

Campy is noisy.

Campy is noisy.
04-27-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 950
Posted By zacster

My LX 10sp freehub is dead silent, even after 9...

My LX 10sp freehub is dead silent, even after 9 years.
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

Yea, but do I want to commit the money to trying...

Yea, but do I want to commit the money to trying it? Maybe I should give it a try and sell it if I don't like it. I didn't see many for sale out there in new condition so it should be an easy sell.
Forum: Touring
04-27-22, 01:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,550
Posted By zacster

Now that my Brooks saddle has arrived...

I'm beginning to doubt that I want it. This B17 is rock hard and heavy. After all these years of riding (I'm 67) I don't think I need something new to torture my butt, even for a few weeks. I've...
04-27-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 877
Posted By zacster

On a road bike I can't stand them either and none...

On a road bike I can't stand them either and none of my road bikes ever had eyelets for them. But on a converted MTB for commuting they're fine.
04-26-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 877
Posted By zacster

If the purpose of the ride is just the ride you...

If the purpose of the ride is just the ride you only need a small amount of stuff, and it will fit in a jersey pocket or a small seat bag. Why would you need anything else? I only carry a lock if...
04-26-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By zacster

I just looked up that bike and it came with...

I just looked up that bike and it came with Tektro disc brakes. My experience with Tektro is that they make good quality, low cost brakes. Even better was that their road levers were a Campy clone...
04-24-22, 08:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,024
Posted By zacster

While I didn't hit 50, the other day I did 40...

While I didn't hit 50, the other day I did 40 with the bike fully loaded as if I would be doing my long summer ride. It felt fine on the bike but when I was home I could feel it all catching up with...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By zacster

I bought them through Bike24 in Germany. Nobody...

I bought them through Bike24 in Germany. Nobody in the states has them. They took about 10 days to arrive due to customs and the USPS after they shipped them same day as the order.
04-24-22, 05:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 541
Posted By zacster

That's different then. The bike and wheels ARE...

That's different then. The bike and wheels ARE compatible. I thought you were going to kluge it.
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 10:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,379
Posted By zacster

I just turn on the AC to drown out the noises.

I just turn on the AC to drown out the noises.
04-23-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 648
Posted By zacster

You can replace just the chainrings in front too,...

You can replace just the chainrings in front too, not the whole crank. What I found is that I needed to replace just the big ring on an old bike that I bought on ebay, the middle ring was fine and...
Forum: Touring
04-23-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,058
Posted By zacster

I did the 40 mile ride yesterday with them and...

I did the 40 mile ride yesterday with them and also my new panniers pretty much fully loaded. It really helps to have a separate hand position that can still reach the brakes. I would say though they...
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