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10-04-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 164
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The only difference you will feel are in the...

The only difference you will feel are in the rolling drag of the wheels and drivetrain. IIRC, the 820 had basic but decent freewheel wheels, probably similar to the Schwinn. A major advantage of...
10-04-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 724
Posted By ClydeClydeson

From the article: 2% seems very low. My...

From the article:
2% seems very low. My experience with the general public is that far more than 2% are F'ed up on something at any given time, esp. the marginalized populations who are generally...
09-29-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 316
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Low pressure and glueless patches do not play...

Low pressure and glueless patches do not play well together. Also, tubes that are slightly undersized for the tire are not good candidates for glueless patches as the tube stretching will cause the...
09-28-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 724
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Drugs and alcohol + motor vehicles has been known...

Drugs and alcohol + motor vehicles has been known to be a public health & safety issue for many decades. There is no 'Mothers Against Drunk Biking' group, as far as I know.
09-27-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 446
Posted By ClydeClydeson

ALSO if a wheel is significantly bent (like...

ALSO

if a wheel is significantly bent (like a potato chip as Andrew R Stewart shows above) then it is best to bend it back as best as possible before you start trying to true with spoke tension. ...
09-27-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 446
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I had multiple broken spokes on a tour a few...

I had multiple broken spokes on a tour a few years ago. I bought a cassette tool as we passed through a town, and, while staying at a friend's relative's house, I borrowed a few more tools and...
09-21-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 132
Posted By ClydeClydeson

First, what is the dropout spacing (Over Locknut...

First, what is the dropout spacing (Over Locknut Dimension - OLD)? Aluminium frames don't like to be bent to match the hub so you need to find a hub that matches the frame. Most disk-brake...
09-20-22, 02:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 590
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The four parts that look like washers with teeth...

The four parts that look like washers with teeth might be spacers to fill the back of the rear dropouts. The screws pass through the ones with larger holes and thread into the threaded holes on the...
09-12-22, 07:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 835
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Depends on the surface you intend to ride. If...

Depends on the surface you intend to ride. If the pavement is all brand new and smooth as a baby's arse, then narrow 28ish mm tires will be fine. If there are potholes and cracks in the road, or...
09-12-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 674
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Gear puller will work but (1) you have to put...

Gear puller will work but (1) you have to put something in/on the BB spindle to push against - a partially inserted crank bolt sticking out proud of the crank arm will work, and (2) you may need some...
09-06-22, 02:48 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,141
Posted By ClydeClydeson

That frame is 100% pooched. Aluminum will likely...

That frame is 100% pooched. Aluminum will likely crack further, or at very least weaken significantly, if it is bent back to straight. And the crack is terrible. If it weren't so badly bent and...
09-06-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Possibly, as mentioned above, rider is just...

Possibly, as mentioned above, rider is just seeing a wobble in the tire. Tires are seldom perfect, and damage to the casing will cause major wobble - usually enough to 'feel' the wobble.
08-17-22, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By ClydeClydeson

It would literally drive your nuts.

It would literally drive your nuts.
08-17-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 459
Posted By ClydeClydeson

When I initially read base2 's post, I thought...

When I initially read base2 's post, I thought maybe I was wrong, and maybe long pull levers would have worked better, but, as I recall, U brakes with short pull levers were very crisp and firm...
08-17-22, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By ClydeClydeson

In my experience, to work on one or a few bikes,...

In my experience, to work on one or a few bikes, as opposed to some sort of mass assembly process, a powered screwdriver is not necessary. Most bolts only need to be turned 5 or maybe 10 times at...
08-17-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 885
Posted By ClydeClydeson

From the picture, that sure looks like user...

From the picture, that sure looks like user error. Or, as they say, 'a loose nut behind the wheel'.

Perhaps OP needs to work on their braking technique? Maybe they are primarily using the rear...
08-17-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 459
Posted By ClydeClydeson

This does not agree with my experience. U brakes...

This does not agree with my experience. U brakes were put on bikes before 'long pull' levers were available. Long pull levers weren't a thing, AFAIK, until Mid 90s when V brakes came out. All...
08-12-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 561
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I opened this thread thinking "I am 195 cm [6'5"]...

I opened this thread thinking "I am 195 cm [6'5"] tall, and while I am not currently looking for a C&V Italian bike, this might be a... HOLY F*****G S**T LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT THING!"

Best...
08-12-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,532
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The failure caused by the flaw in those crankarms...

The failure caused by the flaw in those crankarms was common and the results could be quite severe. I think it is a no-brainer to send out a basic set of cranks (probably costs them ~$10 max per...
08-12-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 623
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Interesting. Brake shudder on cantilever (centre...

Interesting. Brake shudder on cantilever (centre pull) brakes is common, esp. with headset or stem mounted cable hanger, because as the brakes activate, the momentum of the bike + rider causes the...
08-12-22, 08:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 593
Posted By ClydeClydeson

As above, 700B (rare/obsolete size, I've never...

As above, 700B (rare/obsolete size, I've never seen one in the flesh) is NOT the same size as the common 700C used on a clear majority of road, touring, hybrid, cyclocross, and gravel bikes, and on a...
08-12-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Fiori was a brand that was, I think, invented by...

Fiori was a brand that was, I think, invented by Norco and named to make people think of Italian bikes. All Fioris, AFAIK, were made in Taiwan. Ironically, any post-mid 80s bike from Taiwan is...
08-12-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 125
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Could be the small chainring is worn out from use...

Could be the small chainring is worn out from use with a worn chain. When this happens to cassette cogs, the chain often slips off/skips under pedalling loads, but chainrings have more teath engaged...
08-10-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 592
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I took the 23mm tires off my wife's bike which...

I took the 23mm tires off my wife's bike which she generally rode at 95/100psi, and installed 25mm tires and pumped them up to 85/90 psi. She didn't notice the tire change (same brand and model,...
08-10-22, 10:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 207
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Cables and housings are consumables. What you...

Cables and housings are consumables. What you are describing sounds like a problem that can be fixed with new cables and housings - either damaged/frayed inner cables or worn housing or liners, or...
08-08-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 788
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!

Absolutely gorgeous! Well done!
08-08-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,663
Posted By ClydeClydeson

rekmeyata Never tried it on a tube, but I was...

rekmeyata Never tried it on a tube, but I was told that Gorilla tape can be used as a rim tape for tubes AND tubeless setups on fat bikes. It works on my fat bike with tubes, haven't tried tubeless...
08-08-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 5,358
Posted By ClydeClydeson

If a car moves out of the lane to pass me and...

If a car moves out of the lane to pass me and collides with another road user, this is 100% NOT caused by me. Cars have brakes as well as steering wheels and can adjust speed and direction at will. ...
08-05-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 333
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I got my first job as a bike mechanic in 1990,...

I got my first job as a bike mechanic in 1990, worked in that roll on and off (mostly on) for the next 16 years. I saw two (2) Heliocomatic hubs during my career.
I think their rarity was primarily...
08-05-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 700
Posted By ClydeClydeson

There are much better pedals for riding barefoot....

There are much better pedals for riding barefoot. Anything with a 'cage' is less than optimal.

For example:
...
08-04-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 92
Posted By ClydeClydeson

The dropouts are not meant to be aligned with the...

The dropouts are not meant to be aligned with the stays, both dropouts are supposed to be aligned with the rear cogs and perpendicular to the axle. The dropouts are also supposed to be perfectly...
08-04-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 42,487
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I enjoy reading posts from people who are...

I enjoy reading posts from people who are offended that an engineer criticized poor manufacturing tolerances.

Every brand has 'fanboys' - people who believe Brand ZYX is the best because they...
08-03-22, 11:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 145
Posted By ClydeClydeson

If: (a) the bolts are properly engaged in the...

If: (a) the bolts are properly engaged in the threads - at least ~2 bolt diameters deep into the threads, and
(ii) the current bolts/rack arrangement doesn't interfere with the movement of the...
07-28-22, 01:41 PM
Replies: 232
Views: 6,083
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I saw that yesterday, the crash was, in my...

I saw that yesterday, the crash was, in my opinion, 100% the cyclists fault, but the DB in the car is 100% guilty of a hit-and-run, which is especially stupid singe it wasn't their fault at all.
07-28-22, 01:39 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,133
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I am walking around a giant sculpture of a bike...

I am walking around a giant sculpture of a bike (in my mind) right now, and I think the consumables on a bike are the following (in order of how soon they are generally consumed by regular use)

...
07-26-22, 01:24 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 2,951
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Loose shorts or pants aren't bad, but I recommend...

Loose shorts or pants aren't bad, but I recommend (applicable for people with penises and testicles, I have no experience to offer people with vulvas) wearing tighter underpants (briefs or boxer...
07-26-22, 01:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 884
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I would get the old bike into ridable condition...

I would get the old bike into ridable condition and do a few rides on it and the newer bike back-to-back, then decide which one you like more. You should keep them both, though - either the...
07-26-22, 11:48 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,900
Posted By ClydeClydeson

LarrySZ Cops are people, there are good ones...

LarrySZ

Cops are people, there are good ones and bad ones. Sadly, as cops the bad ones are in a position to propagate tremendous evil (police brutality, racism, abuse of power, corruption,...
07-25-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 441
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Mostly good advice above, as this problem is...

Mostly good advice above, as this problem is common - if replacing a worn chain results in skipping under load, the problem is the cassette was also worn to match the worn chain.
07-25-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,900
Posted By ClydeClydeson

They know exactly why you are waving at them, and...

They know exactly why you are waving at them, and are probably at risk of ocular injuries from the severe eye-rolls that follow.

In reality, attracting any attention from the man is a bad idea. I...
07-25-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 266
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Yes. There is generally a 5mm spacer on the NDS...

Yes. There is generally a 5mm spacer on the NDS that can be removed, and you can either buy a new shorter axle, or simply hacksaw off 5mm of the now too-long NDS of the existing axle. If hacksawing...
07-22-22, 07:38 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,014
Posted By ClydeClydeson

:foo::eek::eek::(:wtf: no u

:foo::eek::eek::(:wtf:


no u
07-22-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,014
Posted By ClydeClydeson

I imagine using a leather saddle with a cutout...

I imagine using a leather saddle with a cutout will allow you to change the tone, like a comb wrapped in wax paper.
07-22-22, 07:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 317
Posted By ClydeClydeson

All great advice here... To reiterate: ...

All great advice here...

To reiterate:

-Maillard hubs would be from a much much older bike and will not be compatible with a 2005 model
-You need a rear 8, 9, 10 speed cassette hub (all use...
07-21-22, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 455
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Looks like your bike came with a 'claw' type rear...

Looks like your bike came with a 'claw' type rear derailleur mount - which is lucky for you because you can get inexpensive rear derailleurs with a built-in claw mount...
...
07-21-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,134
Posted By ClydeClydeson

1. Road 2. 85-95 psi

1. Road
2. 85-95 psi
07-21-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Yes, go ahead and cut the axle to the correct...

Yes, go ahead and cut the axle to the correct length for your frame spacing, then you might have to fiddle with different spacer configurations to get the right O.L.D. with your particular hub.

On...
07-21-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 195
Posted By ClydeClydeson

My experience has been that, if the end of the...

My experience has been that, if the end of the cable housing and the pinch bolt are the correct distance apart (as specced by shimano), the cable can be snapped into place and no (or almost no)...
Forum: Commuting
07-20-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,380
Posted By ClydeClydeson

That's a nasty looking route to ride every...

That's a nasty looking route to ride every morning, but didn't look like anything that can't be tackled with a rigid or hardtail bike with wide tires at a reasonable pressure.

Generally there are...
07-18-22, 02:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 793
Posted By ClydeClydeson

As above, try around 30 psi. Also look at...

As above, try around 30 psi.

Also look at this saddle:
https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/flyer.html

or this one:
https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/b67.html
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