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06-14-22, 10:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 573
Posted By joeruge

I notice a lot of people I ride with 'cross...

I notice a lot of people I ride with 'cross chaining.' I tend to avoid it like the plague. Most systems today can handle it well with perhaps a little more wear on components and slight loss of...
06-14-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 216
Posted By joeruge

Check the limit screws

When I read this I immediately thought 'limit screws.' I don't know about the compatibility of the shifters and the rear derailleur, but I'd check your limit screws before chucking the shifters or...
06-06-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By joeruge

"Generally" yes. within a model line, frames are...

"Generally" yes. within a model line, frames are usually the same material; higher cost get you better components. Geometry will change a bit, especially with small frame sizes. In the case of the...
03-19-22, 03:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By joeruge

With that pin sticking out opposite the socket...

With that pin sticking out opposite the socket drive side, it looks like it could be from a chain breaker that'spart of some multi tool, kind of like this......
03-19-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By joeruge

With that pin sticking out opposite the socket...

With that pin sticking out opposite the socket drive side, it looks like it could be from a chain breaker that'spart of some multi tool, kind of like this......
12-17-21, 10:04 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,786
Posted By joeruge

Has no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman?" The...

Has no one mentioned "The Flying Scotsman?" The (more or less) true story of cyclist Graeme Obree. Interesting movie, inspiring, a little sad.

To uplift your spirits after watching that one, you...
11-24-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,924
Posted By joeruge

Urbanknight, You hit it right on the head! I was...

Urbanknight, You hit it right on the head! I was (am?) never too adventurous when it comes to wheel building. I have pretty much stuck to the 'basics;' 32-36 hole, 3x, with standard lacing...
11-24-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,924
Posted By joeruge

I've built a fair number of wheels, not a lot,...

I've built a fair number of wheels, not a lot, but some. I thought they were built well enough and never used anything to check individual spoke tension, kind of doing it by 'fee' and sound. None of...
11-17-21, 02:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 963
Posted By joeruge

I have run into Rudy and Kay a few times over the...

I have run into Rudy and Kay a few times over the years here in Tucson, perhaps within the last year or two anyway, though I haven't seen them recently. Covid this past year and a half has kept...
10-03-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By joeruge

I have a similar 'cracking' which occasionally...

I have a similar 'cracking' which occasionally shows up on my Trek Madone 5.2. It also happens when I twist the handlebars around. It doesn't happen when riding, the handlebars don't move much when...
07-29-21, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 229
Posted By joeruge

Don't get hung up on the numbers. Comfort should...

Don't get hung up on the numbers. Comfort should trump everything else. Frame size (the number) doesn't really mean a whole lot, especially with Mtb frames from different manufacturers. The frame...
07-22-21, 06:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By joeruge

One piece of info that would help is 'where did...

One piece of info that would help is 'where did it snap?' At the the derailleur, at the shifter, somewhere in the middle, inside housing, outside housing... ? Where and how it snapped helps to...
07-22-21, 01:18 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 6,240
Posted By joeruge

If read through these and unless I missed it, no...

If read through these and unless I missed it, no one has mentioned wheels or tires, which can make huge difference from bike to bike, more so than any other components, except perhaps for the motor!
07-17-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By joeruge

Just checking back in w you

Hi, just wondering how you're making out. Did you find a new captain or have you sold the bike? It sure is a beautiful beast!
07-16-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,743
Posted By joeruge

Fabulous!

Thanks for sharing this. My partner and I have talked about doing a small version of this and you are showing that it is possible to go self-supported on a tandem. I better not show her this or...
07-16-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 11,242
Posted By joeruge

Gosh, I stand corrected. I would have never...

Gosh, I stand corrected. I would have never thought shaved legs could save so much time (in the wind tunnel). I can see that saving that much time or effort would really be worth it for some riders....
07-15-21, 09:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,432
Posted By joeruge

Based on some of the discussion here it seems...

Based on some of the discussion here it seems like, in general there is some amount of difficulty in getting the tension of the timing belt or chain consistent throughout a full crank rotation. It...
07-15-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,432
Posted By joeruge

I'm interested in this since we have a Speedster...

I'm interested in this since we have a Speedster which I put a Gates CDX system on about 3000 miles ago. The conversion was quite easy and after doing an 'eyeball' alignment (never thought of using a...
07-15-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 281
Views: 11,242
Posted By joeruge

I've heard of two reasons why pro's shave their...

I've heard of two reasons why pro's shave their legs and neither reason is because it makes them more aerodynamic. (There maybe some evidence that hairy legs actually increase aerodynamics; the hair...
07-09-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By joeruge

Well, these ''ratchet rings' just screw in and...

Well, these ''ratchet rings' just screw in and out with the proper tool. Learn something new everyday. Thanks for your kind and patient assistance!
07-09-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By joeruge

Thanks, I didn't know what the heck it is called....

Thanks, I didn't know what the heck it is called. I probably would have called it a 'rack' but I knew that wasn't right either. So, it's a 'drive ring, eh? (Yes, the toothed ring the pawls engage)
...
07-09-21, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By joeruge

Thanks to those who've replied. So I...

Thanks to those who've replied.

So I cleaned (really wasn't that grungy), oiled using a medium weight oil and reassembled. Haven't had a chance to ride it yet.

I have a couple of questions;...
07-09-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 683
Posted By joeruge

Slipping Freehub?

Okay, I know this has been discussed a number of times but this is something I have never experienced before so it's a completely new problem to me.

We were going up a short but fairly steep...
07-09-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 153
Posted By joeruge

whoops!

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07-03-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,517
Posted By joeruge

Andy is alive and well!

Andy Gilmour lives in Tucson and is still fabricating bike frames. He's made some pretty bad-ass tandems in the sub 30lbs category.
06-29-21, 11:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,528
Posted By joeruge

Wait...two noble gases on the same bike? That's a...

Wait...two noble gases on the same bike? That's a hard one to beat!
06-25-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,217
Posted By joeruge

....Now, now, now, let's not be mean. It's only...

....Now, now, now, let's not be mean. It's only an opinion....

The single side drive does have a lot going for it. It's less complicated, lighter, less expensive, and with the advent in recent...
06-22-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 624
Posted By joeruge

There are a number of different chain and...

There are a number of different chain and sprocket arrangements for tandems. Most tandems you see around have timing chain on the left side and driving chain on the right. Some, particularly less...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-17-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 15,035
Posted By joeruge

Jeez! Six or seven times and you were still gutsy...

Jeez! Six or seven times and you were still gutsy enough to get back on that bike? Wow, I am so glad you were not seriously injured. That could easily have been a disaster for you.

I had these...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-09-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,636
Posted By joeruge

There are dozens of very good steel frame makers...

There are dozens of very good steel frame makers sprinkled all across the country. It would be good to find a reliable builder with a good rep close enough to where you live so you can visit, get...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-06-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By joeruge

Many road tandems use XT and XTR rear derailleur...

Many road tandems use XT and XTR rear derailleur with road shifters. I have them on our tandem (though they are all relatively ancient 9spd. set ups) and they work flawlessly. I don't use any special...
05-31-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,232
Posted By joeruge

I run a mid-level chain in whatever brand is...

I run a mid-level chain in whatever brand is cheapest at the time. (Mid-level rather than cheapest, which is a superstition more than a noticeable difference) and have not experienced any funtional...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,043
Posted By joeruge

Sounds pretty doable. I'm a longtime backpacker...

Sounds pretty doable. I'm a longtime backpacker so I get the basic strategy. It's always a challenge to watch the slowly creeping accrument of 'stuff.' Thanks!
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 02:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,043
Posted By joeruge

Tandem Touring

Hey, first time looking at this part of the forum. I was attracted to your post because I've been curious and the Empire State Trail. First of all, great photos and trip report. And what is the...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,043
Posted By joeruge

Tandem Touring

Hey, first time looking at this part of the forum. I was attracted to your post because I've been curious and the Empire State Trail. First of all, great photos and trip report. And what is the...
Forum: Touring
05-27-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,043
Posted By joeruge

Tandem Touring

Hey, first time looking at this part of the forum and bam! A tandem on tour is the first photo I see. My partner and I mostly ride tandem. This helps equalize our bike riding. We have thought about...
05-26-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,311
Posted By joeruge

This is out of left-field and quite unlikely. You...

This is out of left-field and quite unlikely. You mentioned your 'beater Peugeot.' Up until about the mid 70's Peugeot, a French bike, used a 22mm quill stem. Most bikes, even back then used 22.2mm...
05-10-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,173
Posted By joeruge

I can see how the tool would push out a head-tube...

I can see how the tool would push out a head-tube if the down tube has been crunched in a little by a head-on accident. I'm not exactly sure how the tool would straighten a head-tube that's twisted...
05-06-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,151
Posted By joeruge

Thanks!

Thanks to all for the thoughtful responses. Though a few extra hundred dollars in my pocket (temporarily, as I'm sure money would go to some other bike project), it seems the opinions lean toward...
05-03-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,151
Posted By joeruge

Help with an 'Ethical' decision.

My tandems are piling up and it's time to let one go. I have an old, circa 1980 Santana Sovereign. It still rides fine, everything works perfectly (as good as 1980 components ever did), the paint...
04-27-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By joeruge

Thanks Eddie50, That is really a sweet bike...

Thanks Eddie50,

That is really a sweet bike - not sure it's the right size for us, but if you weren't 2000 miles away, I'd at least come by to ooggle it.

As I mentioned earlier in this thread,...
04-27-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,002
Posted By joeruge

Daniell, yeah. I hear ya. During this discussion...

Daniell, yeah. I hear ya. During this discussion I looked inside my own reversible chuck and can see the O-ring in there starting to get chewed up, too. I've been using this pump for over 8 years, so...
04-27-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,002
Posted By joeruge

WaveyGravey, it sound like you need to 'burp'...

WaveyGravey, it sound like you need to 'burp' your presta valve. The tiny rubber seal inside the valve stem often gets 'seated,' gets sort of stuck in place. Before you put the chuck on, press the...
04-27-21, 09:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,002
Posted By joeruge

I'm still curious to know if you are able to...

I'm still curious to know if you are able to inflate the tire. Sorry if you've answered that previously. But it does sounds like if you attach the chuck properly, the pump and gauge work fine. Is...
04-26-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By joeruge

You know, it all in the eye of the beholder. It's...

You know, it all in the eye of the beholder. It's a wonderful build. I'd hate to see it parted out, if it was mine. It's a beautiful bike and would be a hell of a racer for the right team, as is.
...
04-26-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,002
Posted By joeruge

I have a Lezyne floor pump - love it! Do you...

I have a Lezyne floor pump - love it!

Do you have a screw on chuck or press on? Regardless, it is possible you are not getting a good seal onto the valve stem, or you have a slow leak in one of...
04-26-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,482
Posted By joeruge

I don't have a problem with support vehicles and...

I don't have a problem with support vehicles and extra bikes, I mean they are 'pros' after all.

How about getting rid of all the radio communication between riders and managers? Think about how...
04-23-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By joeruge

Please correct me if I'm wrong but my impression...

Please correct me if I'm wrong but my impression is that these derailleur hangers are meant to be straightened in place. How else are you supposed to align them to know if they are properly...
04-23-21, 11:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By joeruge

I'd like to second this suggestion. If done...

I'd like to second this suggestion. If done properly, even nearly completely 'dead' shifters can be brought back to life. To do the job thoroughly you need to take them off the bike, spray them...
04-22-21, 09:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,677
Posted By joeruge

Yeah, when I saw all those tubes it reminded me...

Yeah, when I saw all those tubes it reminded me when I used to have 'sew-up' parties - except I was the only one attending! I'd gather four or five tubs and break out the little orange metal box...
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