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09-28-21, 02:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 64
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The answer without worrying about the specific...

The answer without worrying about the specific numbers, is that your legs would need to move much much much faster to reach the same speed as with the original setup. It might even be difficult to...
Forum: Touring
09-28-21, 01:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 365
Posted By ClydeClydeson

mdarnton I am with cyccommute and his experience...

mdarnton I am with cyccommute and his experience with aluminum bikes - they are generally vastly overbuilt compared to a steel frame of similar weight. In fact, I have broken a handful of steel...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-21, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 135
Posted By ClydeClydeson

That looks like a great basic bike TBH. I have...

That looks like a great basic bike TBH. I have some concerns about the skill of the assembler based solely on the length of the front brake cable, but a bike with so few moving parts should be dead...
09-28-21, 12:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,214
Posted By ClydeClydeson

When I was volunteering at a co-op, my full-time...

When I was volunteering at a co-op, my full-time job was at a bike store that sold its own brand of carbon and titanium bikes. Management of the store had no issue with my involvement in the co-op...
09-28-21, 12:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,214
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I used to volunteer at a Co-op in Ottawa Canada. ...

I used to volunteer at a Co-op in Ottawa Canada. They accept donations of bikes and parts, sort them and remove anything that is not serviceable and send it to metal recycling, then we volunteers...
09-28-21, 08:32 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 635
Posted By ClydeClydeson

1X is an advantage in off-road riding as it...

1X is an advantage in off-road riding as it greatly simplifies shifting. Trying to switch a 3x10 from 32-24 to 22-30 all at once at the bottom of a steep hill is a semi-reliable way to drop your...
09-28-21, 08:02 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,962
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I certainly never meant to imply that the bike...

I certainly never meant to imply that the bike was in any way inferior because it was most likely built in Taiwan, or because it is TIG welded instead of lugged and brazed - it's an excellent bike. ...
09-27-21, 02:08 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,962
Posted By ClydeClydeson

It also might be that the tubes were made in the...

It also might be that the tubes were made in the USA and the frame was welded together in Asia.
09-27-21, 12:47 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,962
Posted By ClydeClydeson

And the Trek wasn't made in the USA. The TIG...

And the Trek wasn't made in the USA. The TIG welded Antelope 800 series were made in Taiwan and sold alongside the more expensive lugged construction MUSA 900 series.
09-27-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 326
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I would check the Trek again for a 'Made In'...

I would check the Trek again for a 'Made In' sticker - I am 99.9% sure that bike was made in Taiwan (margin of error +/- 0.1%). The USA made Trek steel mountain bikies of that era were the 900...
09-27-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 685
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Possibly could be that it was adjusted to that...

Possibly could be that it was adjusted to that max movement of the cable jams the derailleur up against it's stop, then the tension in the cable is kind of 'locking' the mechanism in side the...
09-27-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 320
Posted By ClydeClydeson

It might have come as a spare with a light or...

It might have come as a spare with a light or reflector or some other accessory. Many such items include a few different brackets and mounts so they can be mounted in a variety of configurations.
09-27-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,002
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I had a SS conversion built for my wife that had...

I had a SS conversion built for my wife that had Ritchey WCS tires on WTB rims. The tires were an impossibly tight fit, I think they may have been 'factory seconds'. I broke multiple tire levers...
09-27-21, 07:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 1,962
Posted By ClydeClydeson

My very first job was in a bike shop that sold...

My very first job was in a bike shop that sold Trek, in the early 90s. When I started, they were offering cromoly bikes with lugged construction (900 series) and bikes with bonded aluminum frames,...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 07:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 365
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I have no problem using cheap shifters and...

I have no problem using cheap shifters and derailleurs, esp. Shimano. Altus or Acera, when in good condition, will function damn near as well as the more expensive ones. Brakes, brake levers,...
09-27-21, 07:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 320
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The flat part with two holes is almost definitely...

The flat part with two holes is almost definitely the standard bolt pattern for a reflector and for many lights, and as mentioned above, probably will be a perfect mate to the built-in reflector...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 409
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Baskets are super convenient IMO. My wife's...

Baskets are super convenient IMO. My wife's favourite bike has a giant Wald newspaper delivery basket and this can carry my two largest panniers as well as another ten pounds of loose stuff. ...
09-23-21, 01:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By ClydeClydeson

If you just leave out the F it is a misspelling...

If you just leave out the F it is a misspelling of the word that is commonly used in place of 'toilet' or 'outhouse'. The word should be spelled like 'hitter' but with an S. If we were to swap the...
09-23-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 207
Posted By ClydeClydeson

8 speed chain compatible with 7 speed cassette. ...

8 speed chain compatible with 7 speed cassette.

I would get the Alivio shifter if they are the same price. Make sure you are comparing apples to apples, though - perhaps the Alivio is only a rear...
09-23-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,396
Posted By ClydeClydeson

This is a stupid idea. 'People on forums' are...

This is a stupid idea. 'People on forums' are telling you to remove 66.6% of parts of a critical component of the drive system because they 'don't see the reason' for them? Are these forum people...
09-21-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 128
Posted By ClydeClydeson

PimpMan No, blue LT should unscrew with just a...

PimpMan No, blue LT should unscrew with just a bit of extra force using regular tools.

It's red that requires heat, otherwise will not unscrew.
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Second thought - since you are having the form...

Second thought - since you are having the form made, consider getting it with a thru-axle and the ability to use 180mm or 200mm rotors. The larger rotors will make the brakes more effective for a...
Replies: 9
Views: 340
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I went from steel to carbon fork on my road bike,...

I went from steel to carbon fork on my road bike, years ago. I don't recall the change being noticeable at all. You are likely to change the ride characteristics just as much when you swap to a new...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 707
Posted By ClydeClydeson

You can feel an underinflated tire bottom out. ...

You can feel an underinflated tire bottom out. It's pretty noticeable. If you aren't bottoming out that I say go for it.
09-17-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,093
Posted By ClydeClydeson

'Flat bar road bike' was a marketing term that...

'Flat bar road bike' was a marketing term that came around in the mid-00s, and tried to cast off the geekier and slower, less performance-oriented, image of hybrids, which itself had been a marketing...
09-15-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,697
Posted By ClydeClydeson

WC53 I don't think you will find a brake that...

WC53 I don't think you will find a brake that bolts directly on with a fat front tire. Even the longest reach caliper brakes will not have room for a 3"+ tire. Solutions I can think of are: Either...
09-15-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Yeek! :eek: That's a No-Ride recommendation...

Yeek! :eek:
That's a No-Ride recommendation from me!

FWIW, stainless steel is very rarely used in bike construction, with the exception of spokes and some expensive frames from boutique...
09-15-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,093
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The first 24 hour race I did (as part of a relay...

The first 24 hour race I did (as part of a relay team), there was one person riding a long wheelbase recumbent around the 18km singletrack loop. If they can do that, 31+ miles on a hybrid is nothing.
09-15-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Put a magnet on it to see. Aluminum is not...

Put a magnet on it to see. Aluminum is not magnetic, steel is. I would have guessed they were aluminum if they didn't have all that rusty stuff, but Also seems to be a very thin wall, which would...
09-15-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 199
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Unless you can find someone who has successfully...

Unless you can find someone who has successfully tried it, assume the answer is no, for all the reasons you listed.

And even if someone claims to have done it successfully, you don't know their...
09-15-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Fair point. The other issue is that OP said the...

Fair point. The other issue is that OP said the saddle is as low as it can go but is still too high to put feet on the ground, which confirms my point about the 16" frame being too big for a person...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-15-21, 11:33 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 911
Posted By ClydeClydeson

For a birthday I would find a retailer who sells...

For a birthday I would find a retailer who sells interesting biking clothes (shorts, bibs, jerseys, gloves, socks, etc) and get her a small selection - like a pair of black shorts and a jersey - and...
09-15-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,508
Posted By ClydeClydeson

If you watch GCN videos you might be led to think...

If you watch GCN videos you might be led to think this is much more crucial than it really is.

The annoying reality is that half of online ads for used bikes have multiple photos of the...
09-15-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 581
Posted By ClydeClydeson

My last hardtain mtb had a fork failure, so I got...

My last hardtain mtb had a fork failure, so I got a rigid fork and kept riding. I rode every trail I had ridden with suspension, but had to go a bit slower in some places. Then I started noticing...
09-15-21, 08:31 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 581
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I read the title wrong - I thought it was a Felt...

I read the title wrong - I thought it was a Felt Doctrine in size 4XL! 'That bike must be huge', I thought.
09-15-21, 08:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,093
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I have never heard an actual number put to it,...

I have never heard an actual number put to it, but it is a common statement that hybrids are better for shorter rides. The primary basis for this is that flat bars don't have multiple hand positions...
09-15-21, 08:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 395
Posted By ClydeClydeson

As above, not the same size as 26" mountain bike...

As above, not the same size as 26" mountain bike or 650B (also called 27.5). 650C was a thing on small racing bikes and tri bikes for their smaller cross-sectional area for an aerodynamic advantage....
Forum: Road Cycling
09-14-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,183
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The water bottle squirt to the snoot has worked...

The water bottle squirt to the snoot has worked for me when outrunning them hasn't. 99times/100 stopping and issuing a stern 'NO' is also effective.
09-14-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 20,578
Posted By ClydeClydeson

There shouldn't be an issue with the durability...

There shouldn't be an issue with the durability of the bare frame, but every time you touch it you'll get a bit of the oxide on your hands or clothes. It comes off as a fine grey dust, then the...
09-14-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 475
Posted By ClydeClydeson

If you can touch the ground with both feet while...

If you can touch the ground with both feet while on the saddle, your saddle is too low. Proper pedalling is achieved when you have your leg almost completely straight at the bottom of the pedal...
09-14-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,789
Posted By ClydeClydeson

With tires wider than 'performance road' tires...

With tires wider than 'performance road' tires (>28mm) then a squeeze with the thumb can tell you what you need to know. If you have 25mm or 23 mm or smaller tires and need to keep them pumped up to...
09-13-21, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 417
Posted By ClydeClydeson

There is a tiny bit to be gained by upgrading to...

There is a tiny bit to be gained by upgrading to 11sp, but not much.

You might notice a real difference, though, if you just upgrade the wheels. The stock wheels that come on 'price point' bikes...
09-10-21, 01:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 323
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Probably, yes, but it might move around a bit and...

Probably, yes, but it might move around a bit and require tightening after a few rides and it has found its natural resting place. However, P clamps are not great for holding a load - they will...
09-09-21, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Do this before you take it to the bike shop. My...

Do this before you take it to the bike shop. My guess is that the problem is that the spokes have settled (which is common with new wheels) more on one side than the other (again, common because the...
09-09-21, 01:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 435
Posted By ClydeClydeson

No noticeable rise in temperature. With the...

No noticeable rise in temperature. With the stock lubricating grease, my Alfine 8sp hub in extreme cold was very stiff feeling, and no amount of riding would improve it.

A fit cyclist might be...
09-09-21, 10:21 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,128
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Depends on the design and construction of...

Depends on the design and construction of whatever is being made, same as with any material.

If designed and constructed properly, CF is much stronger than any metal used for bike construction. ...
09-09-21, 07:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Suspension bikes were one reason they became...

Suspension bikes were one reason they became popular. Another is that cantilevers have a design flaw - the lower the straddle cable the stronger your brakes for any given input at the brake lever,...
09-09-21, 06:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I'm sure they are lovely, but what is the...

I'm sure they are lovely, but what is the difference in price between Paul's and, say, Shimano Deore or Alivio that work just as well (in my experience)... like 4X more?
09-08-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 984
Posted By ClydeClydeson

For off road riding, Google maps can be useful...

For off road riding, Google maps can be useful because you can see where what they call a 'road' ends, but there is often some sort of cut in the trees beyond that might be passable. One of my...
09-08-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,234
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Also, in case you were thinking of it,...

Also, in case you were thinking of it, LifeNovice1 , don't mess with your garage door. Sucks that it won't close, but the energy stored in the springs holding the door up can be enough to kill or...
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