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09-21-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By cyccommute

Learning how to track stand is a plus. If you...

Learning how to track stand is a plus. If you don’t want to learn the whole track stand thing, learning how to very slow roll (like less than walking speed) is a good skill to have.



I seldom...
09-21-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 186
Posted By cyccommute

All the saddles look low. My knees hurt just...

All the saddles look low. My knees hurt just watching that.
09-21-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 235
Posted By cyccommute

The problem with your suggestion is that most...

The problem with your suggestion is that most every derailer is properly adjusted. The cables are usually the part that isn’t adjusted properly. Best to address the problem than go trying to adjust...
09-21-21, 01:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 235
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, is most cases. However, I’ve worked on over...

Yes, is most cases. However, I’ve worked on over 15,000 bikes with the greatest complaint on almost all of them being something along the lines of “the shifting doesn’t work”. Most people are...
09-21-21, 01:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 235
Posted By cyccommute

All well and good if you are installing a new...

All well and good if you are installing a new derailer. However if the derailer is existing and/or this problem is a recent development, skip all the way down to 10 and go from there. People often...
09-21-21, 10:11 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

That’s quite a leap of logic. A lot of things can...

That’s quite a leap of logic. A lot of things can happen to a chain over the course of a few months. There is nothing in the Purple Power degreaser that would cause a chain to break, especially if...
09-21-21, 10:00 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Bit of a non sequitur. Considering that...

Bit of a non sequitur. Considering that sunscreens don’t have benzene in them, I’d say more. The benzene you are referring to was a manufacturing error but sunscreens aren’t allowed to used benzene,...
09-21-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 235
Posted By cyccommute

Yup. Everyone notices those screws. Screws...

Yup. Everyone notices those screws. Screws adjust things so people grab a screwdriver and turn away.

Stop up your ears, brave Odysseus! Many a budding bicycle mechanic has been dashed on the...
09-21-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 235
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, the high limit screw will allow for more...

Yes, the high limit screw will allow for more outward swing…but it doesn’t “adjust” the outward swing. People get in trouble with derailers because they think the limit screws do something that they...
09-21-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

A chain that is treated with wax, whether hot wax...

A chain that is treated with wax, whether hot wax or solvent based wax, isn’t “just smeared with wax”. Although I can’t recall if you mixed your automatic transmission fluid with mineral spirits to...
09-21-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

Yup.

Yup.
09-20-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Gasoline, definitely. Naphtha, maybe. Odorless...

Gasoline, definitely. Naphtha, maybe. Odorless mineral spirits, unlikely. The key, as you pointed out, is decreasing benzene content.
09-20-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

My daughter went to grad school in Seattle and...

My daughter went to grad school in Seattle and used White Lightning Clean Ride for the 2 years she lived there. She had no complaints. Additionally, I have used White Lightning almost all states in...
09-20-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 555
Posted By cyccommute

Do you fix a flat tire by taking the wheel apart,...

Do you fix a flat tire by taking the wheel apart, relacing, retensioning, and truing it? That’s a bit like what you are suggesting here.



At my age and experience, I can assess if a used hub...
09-20-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

You don’t have to clean chains for melted wax as...

You don’t have to clean chains for melted wax as rigorously as many people do for melted wax. The whole 97 step process for cleaning a new chain prior to waxing is silly and not based on anything...
09-20-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

White Lightning. I’ve been using it since around...

White Lightning. I’ve been using it since around 2000. I have dabbled with Rock ‘N’ Roll Red and Gold but haven’t noticed any difference in application or performance.
09-20-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

For all that work, you get the same (or less)...

For all that work, you get the same (or less) service as I do when I just squirt it on. If you don’t get far superior results…the claimed 1800 km would be closer to what you should get…why do the...
09-19-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 176
Posted By cyccommute

9. If you use too many the bearing will bind. ...

9. If you use too many the bearing will bind. Loose bearings should look like there is room for one more but that one can’t fit. 11 is way too many.
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve used an Ortlieb since 2003. It’s been...

I’ve used an Ortlieb since 2003. It’s been through many a downpour without issues.
09-19-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 555
Posted By cyccommute

I can’t disagree more. Start with the spacers. ...

I can’t disagree more. Start with the spacers. The problem cyrano138 describes is that the cassette is loose. Start with the simple problems before moving on to something more complicated.
09-19-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Why not use mineral spirits? It’s the solvent...

Why not use mineral spirits? It’s the solvent without the 25% mineral oil that WD-40 contains. It’s also cheaper in greater quantities.



No. Neither of those work any better nor faster than...
09-17-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Odorless mineral spirits has a flash point of...

Odorless mineral spirits has a flash point of about 100 to 150°F. It could take some time. Perhaps not as long as water but close.



My mistake. They said to leave it overnight in the mineral...
09-17-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 700
Posted By cyccommute

Yea, I’ve been seeing their ad copy and there’s a...

Yea, I’ve been seeing their ad copy and there’s a whole lot I see wrong with what they claim. They also claim “up to 1800 km per application”. Say what? That’s over 1100 miles! Even oil won’t work...
09-17-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

In theory, perhaps. In practice, spokes break. ...

In theory, perhaps. In practice, spokes break. Spokes used in situations where the wheel carries more load break more frequently. Heavy riders and riders carrying heavy loads decrease the tension...
09-17-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

I was going to say much the same thing. The...

I was going to say much the same thing. The “butted” part of the spoke is generally considered to be the thin bit.
09-17-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Kudos! You’ve confirmed what chemists have known...

Kudos! You’ve confirmed what chemists have known for at least 150 years and maybe for a couple of hundred years. Ethanol has a higher vapor pressure than mineral spirits. That is reflected in the...
09-17-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

Thanks…I think?

Thanks…I think?
09-16-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 433
Posted By cyccommute

The 32 spokes is part of your problem…but only...

The 32 spokes is part of your problem…but only part. The solution to broken spokes isn’t solved by changing the rim. The rim has very little to do with the overall strength of the wheel. The...
09-16-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 555
Posted By cyccommute

Some times a cassette spacer is used rather than...

Some times a cassette spacer is used rather than a flat spacer. It doesn’t matter as long as it’s thick enough.
09-16-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 555
Posted By cyccommute

No, I doubt that the freehub is worn enough to...

No, I doubt that the freehub is worn enough to cause problems with fit. That’s just not the way that the splines work or wear.



Get a 2 or 3 more of the same thickness. Put on enough so that...
09-16-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 555
Posted By cyccommute

Freehubs don’t generally have the wobble that is...

Freehubs don’t generally have the wobble that is typical of freewheels. If the cassette is loose on the freehub body, the likely problem is a spacer. You may need up to 4mm of spacer. Any bike shop...
09-16-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

According to the ASM International Elements of...

According to the ASM International Elements of Metallurgy and Engineering Alloys, 2008 (https://www.asminternational.org/documents/10192/1849770/05224G_Chapter14.pdf), they are related.
09-16-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

From the stand point of chain lubrication, the...

From the stand point of chain lubrication, the answer is a resounding no! Or at least a resounding “It doesn’t matter.” If you are going to paint a part, you might be able to make an argument that...
09-16-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been made...

Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been made undrinkable by the addition of compounds to make it poisonous or foul tasting. There are numerous ways to denature ethanol.

“Alcohol” is a class of...
09-16-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

You shouldn’t need “$10 in mineral spirits every...

You shouldn’t need “$10 in mineral spirits every time” you clean a bike. Mineral spirits and oil are almost like ethanol in water, i.e. infinitely soluble. There really isn’t a point where the oil...
09-16-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

Mucky Nutz Gut Fender. Keeps the various...

Mucky Nutz Gut Fender. Keeps the various biological emanations from various animals from hitting me under the chin. Keeps rocks from hitting me too. This picture was taking in the spring. In the...
09-16-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 589
Posted By cyccommute

Pillar Spokes...

Pillar Spokes (https://www.pillarspoke.com/spokes) doesn’t present testing in a laced wheel but they appear to have measured the breaking strength of all of their various spokes. They likely used...
09-16-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve had this discussion before....

I’ve had this discussion before. (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1214666-fuel-resupply-white-gas-2.html) Post 42 (https://www.bikeforums.net/21732463-post42.html) sums up what I’ve found. “White...
09-16-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, they are long chain hydrocarbons which is...

Yes, they are long chain hydrocarbons which is the problem. The longer the chain, the lower the vapor pressure… i.e. the less likely the material is to evaporate.



Yes, even longer ones....
09-15-21, 10:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

You probably don’t want to post this on-line. ...

You probably don’t want to post this on-line. When you set your house on fire, the insurance company can find this post and then your gasoline isn’t so “cheap”.



Where do people get these...
09-15-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

Kerosene has similar issues to diesel. It...

Kerosene has similar issues to diesel. It doesn’t evaporate completely. Naphtha (camp fuel) is a reasonable replacement for mineral spirits as long as you are careful with it.

To be clear, you...
09-15-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

It’s my Dean’s colors (well the decal colors_...

It’s my Dean’s colors (well the decal colors_ red, blue...
09-15-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

No, it is not explosive. Think of the way your...

No, it is not explosive. Think of the way your start a liquid fuel stove. You pour out a little bit of the fuel into a cup, set the puddle on fire, and wait for it to warm up the feed tube so that is...
09-15-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

I like to make jokes about people who find it...

I like to make jokes about people who find it necessary to constantly clean their bikes…
09-15-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

I already have XTR and XO, Dura Ace isn’t going...

I already have XTR and XO, Dura Ace isn’t going to be much lighter.

My valve caps are part of a theme. You’re just jealous. If you saw my Rat Finks, you’d be really jealous.
09-15-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,258
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. I don’t use hot wax. I use wax in solvent....

Nope. I don’t use hot wax. I use wax in solvent. Easier to carry and just as effective.
09-15-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,386
Posted By cyccommute

That’s not due to the design nor level of...

That’s not due to the design nor level of components. That’s user error. I haven’t cleaned a cassette or rear derailer in more than 20 years. All these are in use…i.e. not cleaned before photos. ...
09-15-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,258
Posted By cyccommute

Back when I started the modern era of touring...

Back when I started the modern era of touring (2003 but I toured extensively in the early 80s), people always asked me how I could go touring without a cell phone. “But what if something happens...
09-15-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 268
Views: 5,258
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t carry “every tool I own”. I just carry...

I don’t carry “every tool I own”. I just carry the tools that I find I need. I have 9 bikes and they have a plethora of bolt sizes and types. I have stems that need 5, 4, and even 3mm allen keys...
09-14-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,168
Posted By cyccommute

I agree that mineral spirits works but stove fuel...

I agree that mineral spirits works but stove fuel is only marginally cheaper. 32 oz of Crown stove fuel is $5.27 ($0.16 per ounce). 32 oz of Jasco odorless mineral spirits is $7.98 ($0.24 per ounce)....
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