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09-20-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 628
Posted By hydrocarbon

For sure. Nice to see some data to back up what's...

For sure. Nice to see some data to back up what's been known to good wheelbuilders for ages.

It's well-established that butted spokes are superior to straight-gauge in every way except cost. I...
08-18-21, 05:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 493
Posted By hydrocarbon

I would say that not having your cables turn into...

I would say that not having your cables turn into rust makes for a pretty significant performance difference. :)

Also, stainless ones tend to have a smoother finish so they work better even when...
08-05-21, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 344
Posted By hydrocarbon

If you're patient when it comes to shipping,...

If you're patient when it comes to shipping, there are some 22" tires available pretty cheaply on Aliexpress:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32979927080.html...
08-02-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,966
Posted By hydrocarbon

MtlClimb It's just an excellent fork; can't...

MtlClimb
It's just an excellent fork; can't recommend it highly enough for this bike. It's so nice to be able to simply dial in more compression damping for heavier loads, too. Next thing is to put...
07-29-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,966
Posted By hydrocarbon

I looked a bit further and... duh, the answer is...

I looked a bit further and... duh, the answer is right on the fork: J-Unit Pro custom made for Commençal. I could also have simply read the page I ordered the fork from a bit more carefully. :P

It...
07-28-21, 04:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,066
Posted By hydrocarbon

It would be extremely inefficient to try to...

It would be extremely inefficient to try to recharge an e-bike battery using the puny output of a generator hub — likely to the point that installing one would give a net loss of energy, as they...
07-20-21, 02:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,786
Posted By hydrocarbon

Oh, absolutely. High-grade lug-making is an art...

Oh, absolutely. High-grade lug-making is an art in its own right.

And to be fair, there are even a few decent-looking carbon frames out there, too. :P
...
07-20-21, 12:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,045
Posted By hydrocarbon

For sure. I like keeping things original...

For sure.

I like keeping things original when possible, plus the '90s Shimano 105 cranks are much better-looking on a bike from that period than the modern ones in my opinion. Changing the chain...
07-19-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,966
Posted By hydrocarbon

And now the job is complete: ...

And now the job is complete:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/600x800/95328_f95_d8_d7_4465_8290_e9_f5_d467_a2_e5_55478121f6a3dfadfb060199b98a7b41f7207a94.jpg

Way better...
07-17-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,966
Posted By hydrocarbon

MtlClimb I can’t recommend a fork upgrade...

MtlClimb
I can’t recommend a fork upgrade highly enough. It’s now a point-and-shoot front end that eats up bumps and curbs; the wheel is just absolutely planted.
...
07-16-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,786
Posted By hydrocarbon

The irony here is that the main reason lugs were...

The irony here is that the main reason lugs were used in the first place was to save labour; simply soldering tubes into lugs saved a lot of skilled work compared to meticulous hand-welding. Of...
07-14-21, 01:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 884
Posted By hydrocarbon

I'm gonna go with bad timing on this one, rather...

I'm gonna go with bad timing on this one, rather than any sort of magic force field from the elevator.
07-02-21, 04:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 992
Posted By hydrocarbon

Trying to add an extra battery can cause a lot of...

Trying to add an extra battery can cause a lot of problems if it isn't done right. I normally just carry an second battery when I need extra range and swap out when the first one dies. Less weight...
06-28-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,185
Posted By hydrocarbon

Huh, sucks that uploaded images aren't working. I...

Huh, sucks that uploaded images aren't working. I guess I'll try an image hosting service then:

https://i.postimg.cc/tgLVbR1j/2-E6-AA3-DC-CE14-446-A-AEC2-F5-DA8-DE1-D77-A.jpg...
06-28-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,185
Posted By hydrocarbon

Let's try this again. :P ...

Let's try this again. :P

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1036x644/berthoud_38521241e1c82193c66fb5bad2014c2909505220.jpg...
06-25-21, 05:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,566
Posted By hydrocarbon

^ Ha, those look pretty solid! I've bent all...

^ Ha, those look pretty solid!

I've bent all kinds of pedals (though never broken) but it's always from crashes and rock/curb impacts, never from just plain riding.
06-25-21, 05:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By hydrocarbon

The saddle and hubs (other than that worthless...

The saddle and hubs (other than that worthless 5-speed) are pretty valuable so it's a lot of bike for the money.
Seatpost is bendy mild steel; might want to swap that. Some minor quality-control...
06-25-21, 02:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 547
Posted By hydrocarbon

Depends on the model. I like the look, they're...

Depends on the model. I like the look, they're decent bikes for the money, but the one I had (Roadster) used a 5-speed Sturmey Archer hub on 110 mm spacing and it turned to peanut butter in about a...
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