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Forum: Framebuilders
12-03-22, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 31
Posted By Polaris OBark

A little bit of aluminum oxide. Same thing...

A little bit of aluminum oxide. Same thing happens with an aluminum seatpost in a steel frame. It can get stuck. In this case, it also gets stuck. Keep the frame dry. It should be fine.
12-03-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 170
Posted By Polaris OBark

The global population was at least a factor of 2...

The global population was at least a factor of 2 smaller back then. Huge FUVs and pickups did not dominate our roads. Cell phones and text messages didn't exist. People had some sense of community...
12-03-22, 12:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 670
Posted By Polaris OBark

More on Rinko: ...

More on Rinko: https://www.renehersecycles.com/how-small-is-a-rinko-bike/

The parallelegram (rhomboid?) packaging is key.
12-03-22, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 170
Posted By Polaris OBark

We're talking accidents, here, not pre-meditated...

We're talking accidents, here, not pre-meditated homicides.
12-03-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 170
Posted By Polaris OBark

But we did have one story about someone riding...

But we did have one story about someone riding himself to death (via heart attack) on an indoor trainer.
12-03-22, 12:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 170
Posted By Polaris OBark

The "death from acute boredom" statistic for...

The "death from acute boredom" statistic for indoor training attracts less news coverage.
12-03-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 670
Posted By Polaris OBark

I don't think you can count on Jet Blue making a...

I don't think you can count on Jet Blue making a long series of exception to policy. All they need to do is fail to do it once on a return flight and you are screwed. Instead, there are a few clear...
12-03-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 57
Posted By Polaris OBark

For $30, it is either the deal of a century or...

For $30, it is either the deal of a century or total garbage. But if you have Prime and can return it, why not give it a try? It even has a 10% off coupon.

Does it broadcast heart-rate?

I...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 11:54 PM
Replies: 528
Views: 13,214
Posted By Polaris OBark

KY Jelly is a lube. It does not follow that I...

KY Jelly is a lube. It does not follow that I should use it on my chain, nor that of my bike.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-02-22, 11:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 872
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have valve caps that double as a spoke wrench...

I have valve caps that double as a spoke wrench and a valve core tool. This would be a net loss. Why not simply have short valves and cary a small extender (which is what I do, not for aero...
12-02-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

Again, many thanks!

Again, many thanks!
12-02-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

BH90/M9 arrived and appears to fit.

BH90/M9 arrived and appears to fit.
12-02-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By Polaris OBark

If you only need a subset, they posted a comment:...

If you only need a subset, they posted a comment:



I actually need every last one of ours, or I would offer. Sorry.
12-02-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 72
Posted By Polaris OBark

Mine (H3) came with these: ...

Mine (H3) came with these:

https://saris.com/products/hammer-axle-end-caps

It let me add to the cart, so I assume they still have them.
12-02-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,735
Posted By Polaris OBark

I've wondered if some athletes become addicted to...

I've wondered if some athletes become addicted to their own endorphins.
12-02-22, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

Thanks. That is exactly what I needed. My...

Thanks. That is exactly what I needed. My mistake was thinking it would be part of the brifter rather than the caliper (which I guess also explains why it didn't come in the box with the brifter). ...
12-01-22, 10:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

They have the Dealers Manual and User's Manual...

They have the Dealers Manual and User's Manual but no Exploded View for the GRX "brifters". I checked Shimano's site and several on-line vendors before posting here.

I ordered the BH59 and BH90...
12-01-22, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 118
Posted By Polaris OBark

I'm really sorry. I spent the afternoon messing...

I'm really sorry. I spent the afternoon messing with my new shifters that I bought there, so I started with a false assumption.

As for the crankset, an 11-speed one will work fine.
12-01-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 118
Posted By Polaris OBark

There is 1 left at BiketiresDirect.com ...

There is 1 left at BiketiresDirect.com

https://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/shimano-grx-st-rx400-individual-lever
12-01-22, 08:06 PM
12-01-22, 06:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

Is it possibly SB-BH59 ? Edit: IT is NOT...

Is it possibly SB-BH59 ?

Edit: IT is NOT this. The BH90/M9 parts are compatible (see posts 6 and 7 below).
12-01-22, 06:43 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,587
Posted By Polaris OBark

There was an interesting article on Long Covid...

There was an interesting article on Long Covid and exercise in the New York Times (https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/12/well/move/long-covid-exercise.html).
12-01-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 113
Posted By Polaris OBark

What Brake Hose Bolt do I need for GRX brake levers?

I just found out the hard way that the hose bolt that XT uses is a little bit narrower in diameter and possibly a different thread pitch to the one required for a GRX "brifter". Does anyone know...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-22, 02:53 PM
Replies: 528
Views: 13,214
Posted By Polaris OBark

The Shimano factory "lube" seems to be quite...

The Shimano factory "lube" seems to be quite adhesive. I would (and have) removed it before using any type of chain lubricant, whether wax, oil, wet or dry.

I think the factory lube is to...
12-01-22, 12:10 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,335
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have a 1987 Bianchi SLX frame and fork that...

I have a 1987 Bianchi SLX frame and fork that fits 28mm tires fine. Yours looks more forgiving than mine. Ignore the naysayers, but definitely get gumwalls.
11-29-22, 10:56 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

The "flu shot" is a vaccine.

The "flu shot" is a vaccine.
11-25-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

I think the graphics are from Shimano. But this...

I think the graphics are from Shimano. But this site is much more user-friendly for the most part (I think he added the GRX stuff on as a revision, so a little less so in this particular case).

I...
11-25-22, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

It is a great website, and made setting up my...

It is a great website, and made setting up my wife's bike with Di2 much more straightforward.

I used his instructions for setting up her chain, and here is how it looks:

...
11-25-22, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Polaris OBark

This has a good description. Look toward the...

This has a good description. Look toward the bottom of the page:

https://bettershifting.com/installation-guide/installing-a-new-chain-length-and-direction/
11-24-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,220
Posted By Polaris OBark

Is it still there? My guess is it is the radar...

Is it still there? My guess is it is the radar mount touching the Wolftooth clamp. (I do the same thing to prevent post slippage, but if it moves slightly, it will touch the clamp, and possibly tick...
11-23-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 239
Posted By Polaris OBark

Clean the rim with isopropanol and apply 720 of...

Clean the rim with isopropanol and apply 720 of tape. Put a tube in the tire, and seat the tire and tube with full inflation for 24 hours. Then carefully take the tube out, breaking only one bead...
Forum: Touring
11-23-22, 02:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Polaris OBark

Thanks. I have the Soma Saga disc FWIW. One...

Thanks. I have the Soma Saga disc FWIW.

One entertaining feature is it fits 55mm 700c tires.
Forum: Touring
11-23-22, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By Polaris OBark

Nice photos. Not clear what the warning referred...

Nice photos. Not clear what the warning referred to.

How do you like the Soma Saga? I have one, and am still trying to decide...
11-22-22, 06:06 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

It was something I read in Edmond's and/or...

It was something I read in Edmond's and/or Consumer Reports.

Often they make more on the loans than the car sale itself.
11-22-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

I had a similar experience, but I did it in a...

I had a similar experience, but I did it in a T-shirt and shorts. I think a lot of these guys hate haggling as much as we do, and their time is worth quite a bit (they could then sell two cars in the...
Forum: Touring
11-21-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,165
Posted By Polaris OBark

They are genetically deficient.

They are genetically deficient.
Forum: Touring
11-21-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,165
Posted By Polaris OBark

I'm really proud of everyone here. Three pages,...

I'm really proud of everyone here. Three pages, and Colombia is spelled correctly.
11-20-22, 06:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By Polaris OBark

Yes. (I did that for wheels I had for 7.5...

Yes.

(I did that for wheels I had for 7.5 years, and it worked as well as if it were brand spanking new. In fact, having tubes in can help seat the bead and press the tape down, so it can help....
11-19-22, 09:47 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,189
Posted By Polaris OBark

Oops. I did not know that. Apologies to...

Oops. I did not know that.

Apologies to the OP!
11-18-22, 10:23 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,189
Posted By Polaris OBark

The thread should be locked and then deleted...

The thread should be locked and then deleted simply on the basis of how badly The Hague was misspelled.

Edit: see post 23.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-22, 09:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,486
Posted By Polaris OBark

Thanks. Looks like I should do some time there.

Thanks. Looks like I should do some time there.
Forum: Road Cycling
11-17-22, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,486
Posted By Polaris OBark

Bit-rot. The half-life of digital bike photos is...

Bit-rot. The half-life of digital bike photos is about 6 years. This thread goes back to 2011.



That's awesome. Where is it?
11-17-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

Are you a real one, or do you just play one on...

Are you a real one, or do you just play one on the internet?
11-17-22, 03:13 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

Lighten up, Francis. I'm confused why you...

Lighten up, Francis.

I'm confused why you asked him a bunch of personal questions, with the implication that he isn't thinking carefully about early retirement.

(In case you are curious, I will...
11-17-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 566
Posted By Polaris OBark

I've heard the duration of jet lag can be...

I've heard the duration of jet lag can be calculated by taking the number of time zones (or the difference in clock time between two points) and multiplying by days, so, for example, Los Angeles vs....
11-17-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,417
Posted By Polaris OBark

I drove a Jaguar around England once. The rental...

I drove a Jaguar around England once. The rental car agency had guaranteed me a car with an automatic transmission (being an idiot American raised in flat suburbia in the Midwest, I couldn't drive a...
11-17-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 1,417
Posted By Polaris OBark

Metric system units.

Metric system units.
11-17-22, 01:07 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

Society is approving if you buy a $70K car, but...

Society is approving if you buy a $70K car, but if you spend $8K on a bike, you have to hide that fact or spend the rest of your days explaining and apologizing for that offense.
11-17-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,595
Posted By Polaris OBark

I have to confess to naively assuming lots of...

I have to confess to naively assuming lots of people in Saudi Arabia are wealthy. But I also recognize that is probably very inaccurate.
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