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09-17-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 119
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why on earth would you do this? 126mm freewheel...

Why on earth would you do this? 126mm freewheel hubs can be easily re-spaced to 120mm. Do it the right way, and the chainline will be better, too.
09-17-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, ask around in Framebuilders and/or C&V. ...

Yeah, ask around in Framebuilders and/or C&V. Rather than brazing an extension into your existing steerer tube, they might insist on sweating out the old steerer and brazing in a new longer one. If...
09-17-21, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 102
Posted By ThermionicScott

ISO: Ambrosio Elite 19 or similar "difficult" rim.

"What? Why??"

I'm interested in getting my hands on one of the more difficult C&V clincher rims so that I can approach tire-mounting discussions with a bit more knowledge and empathy. Plus, I...
09-17-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 767
Posted By ThermionicScott

Are there? As in, people who have said this to...

Are there? As in, people who have said this to you? Sounds more like one of your strawmen to me.
09-17-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 767
Posted By ThermionicScott

Rules of thumb are imprecise by nature. This one...

Rules of thumb are imprecise by nature. This one is likely as much psychological/motivational as it is physiological. All but a small percentage of people on BikeForums could ride a century...
09-17-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By ThermionicScott

Might be time to clean and repack the front hub. ...

Might be time to clean and repack the front hub. Dirty bearings sometimes manifest as creaks and pings in the spokes.
09-17-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 767
Posted By ThermionicScott

+1. Success builds on success. If you go for...

+1. Success builds on success. If you go for the century option and fail, you'll probably be discouraged for your next attempt, if there is one. But once you have a 68-miler under your belt,...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 458
Posted By ThermionicScott

​​​​​​​+1. In your position, I'd have no qualms...

​​​​​​​+1. In your position, I'd have no qualms going down a step to 65/70. I'd probably even be happy there, without going to 28s. :thumb:
09-17-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 487
Posted By ThermionicScott

Which comes back to using butted spokes on the...

Which comes back to using butted spokes on the rear NDS (at a minimum) since they don't drop as much tension each cycle... :thumb:
09-17-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 719
Posted By ThermionicScott

Mountain bikes of any vintage will get you the...

Mountain bikes of any vintage will get you the tire clearance without even trying, but the weight and typically high trail might be turnoffs. But if you find a high-zoot MTB with butted tubing and...
09-17-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 746
Posted By ThermionicScott

Oh yeah, I've enjoyed your DAMn posts. Hey, now...

Oh yeah, I've enjoyed your DAMn posts. Hey, now that your mid-Augusts are free, you should put some slicks on that thing and come along to France in a couple of years (fingers crossed that it...
09-17-21, 07:54 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,795
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, usually I'm good about putting a "~" or...

Yeah, usually I'm good about putting a "~" or "about" in front of approximations, forgot to this time. :p

Even though it's Earth-centric, I like the idea of referring to pressure in multiples of...
09-16-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,010
Posted By ThermionicScott

Thanks for that note. I assume you know all the...

Thanks for that note. I assume you know all the tricks, so GP5000s must be really really tight!
09-15-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 487
Posted By ThermionicScott

Classic bit from his book: "It appears that the...

Classic bit from his book: "It appears that the better spokes now available would have made the discovery of many of the concepts in this book more difficult for lack of failure data. I am grateful...
09-15-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 487
Posted By ThermionicScott

As usual, FBinNY summed it all up perfectly: ...

As usual, FBinNY summed it all up perfectly:



So one way to think about this whole thing is to flip it around: when you compare a 2.0mm straight-gauge spoke to a 2.0/1.6/2.0 butted spoke, the...
09-15-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 347
Posted By ThermionicScott

Did you think you'd gotten an insanely good deal,...

Did you think you'd gotten an insanely good deal, and were going to make a boatload flipping it on to the next person? Now you know. ;)
09-15-21, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 746
Posted By ThermionicScott

^ I was just going to mention Sophie Matter's...

^ I was just going to mention Sophie Matter's getup for PBP in 2011 -- hybrid city bike with a basket and pannier, wearing dresses. :)
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09-15-21, 09:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 22,838
Posted By ThermionicScott

Anybody who doesn't like the term "brifter" is...

Anybody who doesn't like the term "brifter" is welcome to come up with something better. But it has to be generic (Microshift doesn't make "Ergopowers", and Campy doesn't make "STIs") and concise in...
Forum: Commuting
09-14-21, 02:20 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,918
Posted By ThermionicScott

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1737 (3228...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1737 (3228 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
ThermionicScott (IA) ________________ 451...
09-14-21, 12:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By ThermionicScott

That's just the kind of wheel I'd run on a few...

That's just the kind of wheel I'd run on a few bikes (I bought its twin from Miamijim to put on my wife's mixte). If I didn't already have more 700C/freehub/126mm wheels than I need, I'd be making an...
Replies: 37
Views: 969
Posted By ThermionicScott

Good video. I cringe (and plug my ears) when I...

Good video. I cringe (and plug my ears) when I see someone stuff a flat tube into a tire, pry the rest of the tire on with levers, and start pumping back up to 100psi. :eek:
09-14-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 389
Posted By ThermionicScott

What they say is broadly true, but I highly doubt...

What they say is broadly true, but I highly doubt adding 10 psi to your tire did anything to cause those last two failures. Low spoke tension usually causes breakage on the left side, not the right...
09-13-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 604
Posted By ThermionicScott

Right, was agreeing that roads can be gross. I...

Right, was agreeing that roads can be gross. I have no helpful tips for keeping tires clean. ;)
09-13-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By ThermionicScott

I can tell from the pictures that there is some...

I can tell from the pictures that there is some light wear to the cones. It's possible that you won't be able to get the adjustment perfectly smooth with no play, but my experience is that the hubs...
Replies: 79
Views: 2,621
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yikes, did it slip into neutral at the wrong...

Yikes, did it slip into neutral at the wrong time? :twitchy:

I love riding fixed-gear around town, but definitely appreciated having multiple gears and the ability to coast in PBP 2015! No doubt...
Replies: 79
Views: 2,621
Posted By ThermionicScott

Every so often I ponder an IGH bike for my next...

Every so often I ponder an IGH bike for my next PBP. Likely not a Rohloff but something much simpler (and cheaper) like a Sturmey-Archer 3- or 4-speed. No derailleurs would simplify drivetrain setup,...
09-13-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 437
Posted By ThermionicScott

Those "washers" are seals. They act like piston...

Those "washers" are seals. They act like piston rings, the slits allowing them to compress enough so that they form a good seal without causing drag. They shouldn't make any noise, but adding a drop...
Replies: 37
Views: 969
Posted By ThermionicScott

Are you following that thread on TPU tubes on the...

Are you following that thread on TPU tubes on the 650B group as well? With how much I brake, my interest didn't last long either.
09-13-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, outer width -- old habit. I'd be going...

Yeah, outer width -- old habit. I'd be going from a 14mm inner width to something more like 19mm.

The tires I like don't change that much from season to season, but that is a good point about how...
09-13-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 951
Posted By ThermionicScott

Big +1 on this. Seems like 10 years ago, every...

Big +1 on this. Seems like 10 years ago, every bike tire I saw was all-black unless it had colored stripes for matching your bike (red/white/yellow/blue/celeste/etc). When I started putting Paselas...
09-13-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By ThermionicScott

I've considered something like that for my 700C...

I've considered something like that for my 700C bikes: instead of 28mm tires on 20mm rims, perhaps 25mm tires on 23mm rims. I'm envisioning that the 25's would puff out close to 28mm on the wider...
09-12-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,327
Posted By ThermionicScott

So cool, thank you Bianchigirll ! :thumb:

So cool, thank you Bianchigirll ! :thumb:
09-12-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 577
Posted By ThermionicScott

Roses, perhaps? :)

Roses, perhaps? :)
09-12-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 509
Posted By ThermionicScott

Any idea what it was called? I love that stuff. ...

Any idea what it was called? I love that stuff. :)
09-12-21, 11:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 604
Posted By ThermionicScott

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wb8bAl1P-N0/SgmTc1F8lsI/...

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_wb8bAl1P-N0/SgmTc1F8lsI/AAAAAAAAHf4/wlVSJZYb3yk/s400/fender+psa1.JPG
09-12-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By ThermionicScott

Sounds like you have a nutted spindle. The crank...

Sounds like you have a nutted spindle. The crank removal tool still works the same way, it would bear against the threaded end instead of the hollow face of a fancier spindle.
09-12-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,021
Posted By ThermionicScott

We puritan Americans don't feel right unless...

We puritan Americans don't feel right unless something is forbidden... ;)
09-11-21, 10:13 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 876
Posted By ThermionicScott

Looking at the Giant page, I spy a barrel...

Looking at the Giant page, I spy a barrel adjuster on the upper brake arms. On my bikes with caliper brakes, I clamp the brake cable in the right spot so that I need to turn the barrel all the way...
09-10-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 321
Posted By ThermionicScott

Posting this in 3 different forums isn't going to...

Posting this in 3 different forums isn't going to go over well, either. :lol:
09-10-21, 08:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 604
Posted By ThermionicScott

I'm willing to swap tires twice a year on my...

I'm willing to swap tires twice a year on my fixed-gear (studded in winter), but any more often than that, I'd want another set of wheels.
09-10-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 2,021
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yes. I set up my bikes to do it without issue.

Yes. I set up my bikes to do it without issue.
09-10-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 906
Posted By ThermionicScott

A "gravel bike" is a bike you ride on gravel. :) ...

A "gravel bike" is a bike you ride on gravel. :)

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Forum: Road Cycling
09-10-21, 03:37 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 18,817
Posted By ThermionicScott

There's an echo in here! :lol:

There's an echo in here! :lol:
09-10-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

The shortage triggered a run on parts which...

The shortage triggered a run on parts which didn't help, that's for sure.

Panic-buying armfuls of spare parts is *not* what I was suggesting.
09-10-21, 01:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,999
Posted By ThermionicScott

Just speaking for myself, I like when people add...

Just speaking for myself, I like when people add interesting or useful data to an old thread; it becomes an even better repository of information for that topic. And I figure when a topic takes years...
09-10-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

Fair point; I may not get my money's worth out of...

Fair point; I may not get my money's worth out of some spares, either. Story of many of my hobbies, really. :)

I think it's largely a judgment call. If you don't think you'll need a specific part...
09-10-21, 11:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 445
Posted By ThermionicScott

Side-note to this: it would probably be good...

Side-note to this: it would probably be good practice to open the QR and hold the brake arms in with one hand while adjusting the centering screw, so that you are not doing it under tension. You...
09-10-21, 10:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 496
Posted By ThermionicScott

Hopefully, people are learning a lesson about...

Hopefully, people are learning a lesson about having the "next" consumable part on hand BEFORE they need it... next chain, next tire, next tube, next cassette, etc. ;)
Forum: Commuting
09-10-21, 12:21 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 6,918
Posted By ThermionicScott

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1697 (3112...

Bizman (PA) ________________________ 1697 (3112 total YTD)
Welshboy (UK)______________________ 1,601
Atvar(ITA) __________________________ 584 (939,96 Km)
ThermionicScott (IA) ________________ 441...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-09-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,509
Posted By ThermionicScott

"Muck around and find out", isn't that the motto...

"Muck around and find out", isn't that the motto these days? :)
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