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12-04-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 868
Posted By sweeks

My bike has rim brakes, so we may be comparing...

My bike has rim brakes, so we may be comparing apples and oranges. When I bought the bike, the titanium skewers were optional and not terribly expensive, with external cams. Not really knowing much...
12-04-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 868
Posted By sweeks

Purgative: laxative Prerogative: right or...

Purgative: laxative
Prerogative: right or privilege
(/pedant mode) :innocent:
12-04-22, 05:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 868
Posted By sweeks

You *may* be thinking of Nickel-Titanium...

You *may* be thinking of Nickel-Titanium ("NiTi"), which is a "shape-memory" alloy, meaning (basically) that when it is plastically deformed it will resume its original shape when it's heated. NiTi...
12-03-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for improving my "best" knowledge!...

Thanks for improving my "best" knowledge! :D
12-02-22, 06:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 511
Posted By sweeks

I think he means the "REACTION ARM...

I think he means the "REACTION ARM (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_ra-e.html#reactionarm)"... ? :foo:

EDIT: I see problem solved. :D
11-30-22, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By sweeks

I'm pretty sure the chainglider works with the...

I'm pretty sure the chainglider works with the standard shimano hub sprockets, or there would be a market for flat sprockets with the standard 3-point interface. To my best* knowledge, these don't...
11-27-22, 05:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By sweeks

I hadn't thought about the dish... using a flat...

I hadn't thought about the dish... using a flat sprocket could mess up the chainline. As I said, seems like a lot of work... and what would be the benefits?
11-27-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By sweeks

As I understand this issue, it's not so much the...

As I understand this issue, it's not so much the maximum size of the hub sprocket, but the minimum ratio of the front sprocket to the hub sprocket. In this LINK...
11-25-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,167
Posted By sweeks

Well, since the seatpost thing seems to have run...

Well, since the seatpost thing seems to have run its course, I'll just add this regarding magnesium burning...
When I was a kid, my parents got me a subscription to something called Things of...
11-25-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 272
Posted By sweeks

Seems like a lot of work. Remember to not exceed...

Seems like a lot of work. Remember to not exceed the maximum rated number of teeth on the hub sprocket (or whatever sprocket combination gives the maximum input torque).
The spacers wouldn't need...
11-25-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,167
Posted By sweeks

I stand corrected; here's the most recent...

I stand corrected; here's the most recent information I could find: 2022 (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/36234403/).
My source was ~20 years old. One take-away here is that nanoparticles of...
11-24-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By sweeks

Thanks, Dan, I was hoping to hear from you....

Thanks, Dan,
I was hoping to hear from you. Yes, I have been lubricating this hub with gear oil for many years. The gear cluster is dipped and allowed to drain for a while before reassembly. The...
11-24-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,167
Posted By sweeks

Not arguing; just fact checking. :innocent:

Not arguing; just fact checking. :innocent:
11-24-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 2,167
Posted By sweeks

Your friend is mistaken: Effects of...

Your friend is mistaken:

Effects of Exposure: Titanium is generally considered to be physiologically inert. There are no reported cases in the literature where titanium as such has caused human...
11-24-22, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By sweeks

Nexus-8 Drive-side Seal Question

I'm servicing a Nexus 8-speed hub and noticed that the seal installed in the right-side dust cover (item #30 in the parts list) is much too small to stay in place. The seal has a metallic ring...
11-21-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 327
Posted By sweeks

Just out of curiosity, is there a tool for...

Just out of curiosity, is there a tool for removing the grey plastic dust caps on some MKS pedals, such as the AR2 EZY? I manage to get these off by prying, but it takes a toll on them eventually....
11-19-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 297
Posted By sweeks

Park Tools seems to have one Four-Sided...

Park Tools seems to have one Four-Sided (https://www.parktool.com/en-us/product/four-sided-spoke-wrench-sw-40) spoke wrench, but they also have several sizes with a 3-sided slot.
11-09-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,737
Posted By sweeks

I wasn't trying to be adversarial. My point was...

I wasn't trying to be adversarial. My point was that these reports of cable failure are not a random sampling of the shift cable population. Nobody reports the cables that don't fail, which can lead...
11-08-22, 08:43 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,737
Posted By sweeks

To be fair, we'd also have to know how many...

To be fair, we'd also have to know how many people *didn't* have this problem to have a proper handle on its prevalence.
11-08-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,737
Posted By sweeks

My shift cables were under the bar tape....

My shift cables were under the bar tape. Apparently I've just been lucky. :D

EDIT: Hmmm... maybe you're right... it was the brake cables that were under the bar tape. :innocent:
11-08-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By sweeks

That's how I learned it too, but I always try to...

That's how I learned it too, but I always try to include a reference and after checking Sheldon I went with "distance". Personally, I feel "dimension" is more technically sophisticated. :D
11-08-22, 04:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,737
Posted By sweeks

This is "cyclic fatigue"... one of the banes of...

This is "cyclic fatigue"... one of the banes of my life as an endodontist. I'll pitch a $20 instrument after one use rather than have it break off in a root canal.
But... back to the shifter. I have...
11-06-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By sweeks

Remember when someone wondered if their wheels...

Remember when someone wondered if their wheels would be damaged if the bke were stored hanging upside-down by the rims? :D
11-06-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 429
Posted By sweeks

As long as the cable's yield strength is not...

As long as the cable's yield strength is not exceeded. Especially for suspension bridges! :innocent:
11-06-22, 04:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 673
Posted By sweeks

Tires shouldn't *cause* flats... unless you...

Tires shouldn't *cause* flats... unless you didn't find the object that caused the last flat. As noted earlier, it's very helpful to remove the inner tube keeping it referenced to the tire, so when...
11-06-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By sweeks

This ^^ would be easy! It would be easy...

This ^^ would be easy!


It would be easy enough to cut a slot in the nut before (or after) following FBinNY's suggestion. Just use a Dremel tool with a cutting disk. Steady hands!
11-06-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 976
Posted By sweeks

If riding more in the "swept" traffic lane...

If riding more in the "swept" traffic lane doesn't improve your situation, you could get more flat-resistant tires. I've not had any puncture flats on my road bike with Schwalbe "Marathon Supreme"...
11-06-22, 12:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,441
Posted By sweeks

It's not so much that wear is less on larger...

It's not so much that wear is less on larger gears because more teeth are sharing the load, but that each load-bearing tooth passes through the "wear zone" less frequently.
11-05-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 498
Posted By sweeks

Technically, this is "Over-Locknut Distance"...

Technically, this is "Over-Locknut Distance" (reference: Sheldon Brown (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html)). :innocent:
11-05-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,466
Posted By sweeks

Yes, I saw that... just thought the...

Yes, I saw that... just thought the decals/markings might be another little wrinkle in the decision process.
11-05-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,466
Posted By sweeks

Nice rendering of a Strida! :D One thing...

Nice rendering of a Strida! :D

One thing that no one's mentioned so far is that you will lose the brand markings, which might affect the resale value (and any possible brand-owner bragging...
10-30-22, 01:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 811
Posted By sweeks

Heh... thanks! I consider myself to have a fair...

Heh... thanks! I consider myself to have a fair amount of skill and diligence, but I feel comfortable sharing the credit with my tools.
In my work world (endodontics), all the skill and diligence in...
10-30-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 811
Posted By sweeks

I take your point. But let me play "Devil's...

I take your point. But let me play "Devil's Advocate" for a moment. There are many posters here who make claims for good results in wheelbuilding using the "tone" method. However mis-calibrated my...
10-30-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 811
Posted By sweeks

It would be helpful if you said something about...

It would be helpful if you said something about *why* you wouldn't trust this tool.
I've built 6 wheels (not many, to be fair) using the Park TM-1 and they've remained true for thousands of miles....
10-29-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 429
Posted By sweeks

:lol:

:lol:
10-25-22, 04:30 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,925
Posted By sweeks

To be fair, it was a computer simulation, and...

To be fair, it was a computer simulation, and that graph was for a specific frame/mass bike (specs at the top of the graph). Yes, the reduction wasn't much.
Feel free to not use the rear brake! :D
10-24-22, 08:09 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,925
Posted By sweeks

:twitchy: I beg to disagree. Street rider...

:twitchy: I beg to disagree.

Street rider for 64 years here ("experienced"). I use my rear brake all the time; just never enough to skid the rear tire.

20 years of daily commuting (25,000...
10-23-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 358
Posted By sweeks

Was there an image? :foo: As for the magnets...

Was there an image? :foo:
As for the magnets losing their strength, unless the magnets are really of inferior quality I doubt that brief periods without the armature would do any harm. A piece of...
10-23-22, 02:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 366
Posted By sweeks

Let me play the Devil's Advocate here. The...

Let me play the Devil's Advocate here.
The Nexus hubs are not sealed well enough to be filled with a substantial amount of oil, as (for example) the Alfine-11 is. There may not be a way for the oil...
10-22-22, 01:33 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,143
Posted By sweeks

But... but... it's also defined as "an instrument...

But... but... it's also defined as "an instrument for determining the moisture content of soil" and "an instrument for measuring the surface tension of liquids".

The MW dictionary defines "Meter"...
10-17-22, 07:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By sweeks

Yeah, 30 minutes seems a bit long; even if it was...

Yeah, 30 minutes seems a bit long; even if it was red-hot it wouldn't take 30 minutes to cool off.
10-16-22, 04:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By sweeks

Assuming the original is also a Shimano roller...

Assuming the original is also a Shimano roller brake, I think you can make the upgrade. I have 2 bikes with Shimano roller brakes (on the rear); one is the model shown in the image I posted earlier,...
10-16-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By sweeks

Here's my "winter" bike. The roller brake solved...

Here's my "winter" bike. The roller brake solved the problem of rapid rim wear from abrasives in the environment (salt and slush). It's not as strong as a well-adjusted V-brake, but adequate for a...
10-15-22, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By sweeks

The thing that looks like a disc is actually a...

The thing that looks like a disc is actually a heat sink (or perhaps more correctly, a radiator).
10-15-22, 07:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By sweeks

I think this depends on the cut of the hood, and...

I think this depends on the cut of the hood, and the material it's made of. The Showers Pass jacket I linked to has sufficient slack in the hood to allow me to move my head with very little...
10-13-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 863
Posted By sweeks

I've been wearing Showers Pass jackets for...

I've been wearing Showers Pass jackets for several years, and have found them very satisfactory. I'm on my second or third one of THESE (https://www.showerspass.com/products/mens-syncline-cc-jacket)....
Forum: Commuting
10-09-22, 11:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,874
Posted By sweeks

Something like this. Mine are North Face, like...

Something like this. Mine are North Face, like THESE (https://www.rei.com/product/137186/rei-co-op-essential-rain-pants-mens). They are very durable and waterproof. I get them a size bigger than my...
Forum: Commuting
10-03-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,889
Posted By sweeks

JB Weld FTW! (/s)

JB Weld FTW!
(/s)
10-02-22, 05:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 739
Posted By sweeks

THIS ^^ The mountain-style SPD pedals allow...

THIS ^^

The mountain-style SPD pedals allow entry from either side. This means you need to wear shoes with cleats, but entry to the pedals is a snap (hahaha... literally), and since the cleats are...
Forum: Commuting
10-02-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,889
Posted By sweeks

Same here. The tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus,...

Same here. The tires are Schwalbe Marathon Plus, in my case. I've had flats on Marathons and Marathon Supremes. I actually had just one flat on the Marathon Plus... I never figured out what the...
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