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08-02-21, 10:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 21
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, installing a longer cage derailer is an...

Yes, installing a longer cage derailer is an option. A medium cage derailer will handle a 34 tooth cog. About $100 for the derailer and extra for the chain.

A less expensive alternative that...
08-02-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 575
Posted By cyccommute

That’s for motorcycles. From the Michigan Vehicle...

That’s for motorcycles. From the Michigan Vehicle Code (http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(ckyhjr0ny0fm2yhsn24ueust))/mileg.aspx?page=GetObject&objectname=mcl-257-648) on signaling turns.



Just...
08-02-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 726
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that a broken carbon frame is ready...

While I agree that a broken carbon frame is ready for the landfill or for use as an art object, it is not toxic. There are toxic materials used in its construction, that is true for every modern...
08-02-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 575
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. From the 2000 UVC...

Nope. From the 2000 UVC (https://iamtraffic.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/UVC2000.pdf)





And extended right arm for right turns has been “established and recognized protocol” for at least...
08-02-21, 09:12 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 575
Posted By cyccommute

There’s a reason for that which doesn’t apply to...

There’s a reason for that which doesn’t apply to bicycles. Frankly, signaling right turns with the left arm on a bicycle is awkward and puts the rider in a bad body position for a smooth right turn....
Forum: Touring
08-02-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,467
Posted By cyccommute

I said “micro-organisms”. Water is tested at the...

I said “micro-organisms”. Water is tested at the treatment plant for micro-organisms and reporting requirements are set by Federal law. Lead in water is not likely to come from the treatment plant...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 06:49 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,467
Posted By cyccommute

The chances of some micro-organism in a municipal...

The chances of some micro-organism in a municipal water supply in the US is next to zero. Water is tested frequently for organisms and, if as rarely happens the samples show contamination, the public...
Forum: Touring
08-01-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,467
Posted By cyccommute

Sorry. I misread what you said. I read it as...

Sorry. I misread what you said. I read it as using bottled water from a hotel, not filling bottles. That said, letting the water run until it gets cold as others have suggested could go a long way...
Forum: Touring
07-31-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 412
Posted By cyccommute

How can you forget Krackatoa, East of Java? Which...

How can you forget Krackatoa, East of Java? Which isn’t.
Forum: Touring
07-31-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By cyccommute

The stays are solid aluminum. They are just...

The stays are solid aluminum. They are just titanium in color. I bent them on the Moots. The Dean stays were factory bent but I did have to cut them shorter to fit. Cutting is easy.
Since that...
07-31-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 311
Posted By cyccommute

Bring the mountain bike. You can ride a mountain...

Bring the mountain bike. You can ride a mountain bike on hard surfaces. Yes, it is slower and a bit harder but think of it as training. You can also ride the mountain bike on anything gravel.
...
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 412
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, but if you ask locals about going east or...

Yes, but if you ask locals about going east or west on Hoosier Pass, they will look at you like you have two heads or they would give you directions to North Star Mountain or Hoosier Ridge. Their...
07-30-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 450
Posted By cyccommute

I have them on all my flat(ish) bar bikes and...

I have them on all my flat(ish) bar bikes and have had them since the mid90s. Generic blue ones on my Flashback.
...
07-30-21, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 163
Posted By cyccommute

White Industries offers the MI5...

White Industries offers the MI5 (http://www.whiteind.com/hubsmi5) in a 40 hole drilling. $336 in silver, 343 in black. Excellent hubs.
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 412
Posted By cyccommute

You aren’t headed east or west on Hoosier...

You aren’t headed east or west on Hoosier Pass…just sayin’.

That said, the Breckenridge side (north side, going south) approach is a bit tougher than the south side. The elevation gain from...
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,467
Posted By cyccommute

To quote Scrooge: “There's more of gravy than of...

To quote Scrooge: “There's more of gravy than of grave about you…” Or, in other words, I think I your problem is more psychological than physiological. You may have something about your physiology...
Forum: Touring
07-30-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By cyccommute

I actually have several of them but I don’t use...

I actually have several of them but I don’t use them for panniers…at least not traditional panniers. The deck is a bit narrow for my tastes. I use a Tubus Cargo on my road touring bike. It gives more...
07-29-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By cyccommute

The Fuji SL 3.1 appears to have internal cable...

The Fuji SL 3.1 appears to have internal cable routing. The cable looks like it runs above the plastic plate. It’s not being held in by the cable. It looks like the plate can be pried out making...
07-29-21, 06:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 354
Posted By cyccommute

Your cable may be too tight. But the problem can...

Your cable may be too tight. But the problem can also be due to the front derailer geometry. Kind of hard to tell over the InterTubz. You should not make any adjustments to the limit screws! They...
07-29-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,513
Posted By cyccommute

Not necessarily the route to a cheap bike now...

Not necessarily the route to a cheap bike now days.
07-29-21, 05:57 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,513
Posted By cyccommute

Given the number of salt encrusted handle bar...

Given the number of salt encrusted handle bar pictures being posted here and in other places, I’d say there’s nothing to worry about. Failure of the metal due to corrosion, on the other hand…
07-27-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 618
Posted By cyccommute

They come with various tubes but not with all...

They come with various tubes but not with all tubes.
07-27-21, 04:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 618
Posted By cyccommute

If you search for “Presta adapter nuts”, you’ll...

If you search for “Presta adapter nuts”, you’ll find these (https://www.amazon.com/panaracer-Schrader-Valve-Presta-Valve-Presta-Valve/dp/B001CJZ2M4). They are a bit simpler than the inserted...
07-27-21, 08:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,187
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve never seen 30% acetic acid in a lab. We...

I’ve never seen 30% acetic acid in a lab. We always have glacial (100%) and just dilute to the concentration needed. My point above, however, still holds. Vinegar won’t hurt the frame but it’s not...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 06:52 PM
Replies: 1,520
Views: 265,644
Posted By cyccommute

Just finished 1200 miles in Wisconsin and...

Just finished 1200 miles in Wisconsin and Michigan.

At the USCGCC Mackinaw icebreaker museum in Mackinaw City. My color scheme is completely coincidental....
07-25-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,078
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve got to disagree with both the need for a...

I’ve got to disagree with both the need for a triple in the west and the need for one in general. I don’t use my low gears all the time but I do use them often. While touring, the western US is...
07-25-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 353
Posted By cyccommute

Stressing the valve seat doesn’t necessarily...

Stressing the valve seat doesn’t necessarily result in an instant flat but it can start the process. Tubes and tires can creep while riding, especially if the tire is going flat slowly. If you have...
07-25-21, 10:49 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,268
Posted By cyccommute

It’s probably a combination of factors. Errors...

It’s probably a combination of factors. Errors aren’t additive but generally multiplicative. Daily variances in satellite communication, refresh rate, where the measurement is made, etc can lead to...
07-25-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,268
Posted By cyccommute

From Sunnto...

From Sunnto (https://www.suunto.com/en-us/Support/faq-articles/lifecycle/what-is-the-difference-between-a-gps-watch-and-a-gps-watch-with-barometer/)





A Google search of accuracy of the two...
Forum: Touring
07-25-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4,568
Views: 2,319,652
Posted By cyccommute

You are being a bit disingenuous in your weight...

You are being a bit disingenuous in your weight comparisons. In this day and age, not too many people are going to be carrying around 50 to 60 lbs in a traditional 4 pannier setup. 30 to 40 lbs...
07-25-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 500
Posted By cyccommute

I agree. If you aren’t going to build a lot of...

I agree. If you aren’t going to build a lot of wheels, that kind of truing stand works well enough. The Park stands are wonderful but expensive. I’ve had my Park for around 30 years but I built a...
07-25-21, 08:28 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,268
Posted By cyccommute

There’s “yabut” in there. GPS is slower in...

There’s “yabut” in there. GPS is slower in measuring elevation so it varies more when moving. Barometric pressure altitude measurements are quicker but they are influenced by more factors…temperature...
07-25-21, 08:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 353
Posted By cyccommute

What are you using to pump up the tires? If the...

What are you using to pump up the tires? If the valve is failing when using a floor pump, you may need to deburr the rim. Use a counter sink tool to chamfer the hole. Here’s a good hand one...
07-25-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,268
Posted By cyccommute

Your average is 1274 feet ± 174 feet. From what...

Your average is 1274 feet ± 174 feet. From what I can see, the accuracy of phone elevation gain is ±30 m (98 feet). Your variance is a bit higher than that but not significantly more. I suspect...
07-24-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By cyccommute

Try a product called Metal Rescue...

Try a product called Metal Rescue...
07-24-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 535
Posted By cyccommute

No, a 3mm change in rim width doesn’t have much...

No, a 3mm change in rim width doesn’t have much of an effect on the tire cross section. People seem to get hung up on the whole number nature of the metric system. 3 mm is the width of a nickel. It...
07-24-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 239
Views: 51,158
Posted By cyccommute

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles...

My T1 doing what I built it for. About 700 miles into a 1200 mile tour at the USCGC Mackinaw in Mackinaw City, MI on a very rainy day.
...
07-23-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,078
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that triples have been just about...

While I agree that triples have been just about murdered, “range” isn’t everything. Your gearing...
07-23-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 318
Posted By cyccommute

That was one way to do top pull cables before...

That was one way to do top pull cables before derailers were designed for top pull. Another way was to run the cable from a stop, down around a pulley, and back up to the derailer. Keeps the front...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,324
Posted By cyccommute

That depends. As the month of September...

That depends. As the month of September progresses, the chances of snow is greater. The chances of a paralyzing snow storm is next to zero. Even into October the amount of snow that might fall is...
Forum: Touring
07-23-21, 10:36 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,467
Posted By cyccommute

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for...

Probably not. Water purification tablets are for addressing biological problems by killing those organisms…you are drinking dead beasties! Ick! They usually accomplish this by adding chlorine...
07-23-21, 08:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 517
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t know what you guys are doing to your...

I don’t know what you guys are doing to your tubes of vulcanizing fluid but you are obviously doing something wrong. I just got back from a month of touring using a tube of vulcanizing fluid that...
07-22-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 325
Posted By cyccommute

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring...

I agree with ShannonM. The size of the chainring has little to do with how well a Shimano front derailer works. The cable pull is highly important but not the ring size. I just finished 1200 miles of...
06-26-21, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 407
Posted By cyccommute

Yours is a fairly common problem. It’s related to...

Yours is a fairly common problem. It’s related to spoke tension but it is also caused by other factors. Straight gauge spokes (one diameter from the head to threads) are more prone to the problem...
06-25-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,280
Posted By cyccommute

Well there’s your problem. WD-40 is 25% oil that...

Well there’s your problem. WD-40 is 25% oil that becomes 100% oil when the solvent evaporates. You might as well just stick double sided tape to your frame. You would probably pick up less junk...
06-25-21, 02:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 670
Posted By cyccommute

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike...

Good luck. On the plus side, if you buy the bike and ride it until it breaks, you’ll have provided the bike with a fitting end. Far too many mountain bikes go from glorious battle horses to plow...
06-25-21, 09:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By cyccommute

Again, to be clear, I probably wouldn’t fix this...

Again, to be clear, I probably wouldn’t fix this bike. However, I broke the seat mast on a bike like this one at where the arrow is pointing.
...
06-25-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 773
Posted By cyccommute

Your “NO” is far too hard. A weld at the crack...

Your “NO” is far too hard. A weld at the crack would hold up for a while but the problem isn’t the weld but the lack of annealing the frame afterwards. It could be welded to get you down the road...
06-24-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 962
Posted By cyccommute

My gearing is for road biking and my speed is...

My gearing is for road biking and my speed is often 4mph for miles at a time. I run low gears on mountain bikes but I also run low gears on road bikes.
06-24-21, 06:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 962
Posted By cyccommute

You may be walking. I’m still pedaling. It may...

You may be walking. I’m still pedaling. It may seem like a fools errand but pedaling at that speed is easier than walking the bike. My lowest gear is in the 15” range…and, no, I don’t think a 36/32...
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