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09-20-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 655
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: 501
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...
08-16-21, 04:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

tegnamo Which brakes did the bike have? The...

tegnamo Which brakes did the bike have?

The Auriga ones found on some Load 75s are a bit clunky and uninspiring, but I find that the C2.3s are well-finished and feel really precise and solid. I...
08-11-21, 04:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 356
Posted By hydrocarbon

agnewton You'll be more than fine. According...

agnewton
You'll be more than fine. According to Sapim, 2.35 mm for 2.0 mm spokes is the optimal size. :)


https://www.sapim.be/sites/default/files/checklist.pdf
08-05-21, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 349
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...
08-03-21, 04:49 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

veganbikes I'm curious which MT7e you've seen. ...

veganbikes
I'm curious which MT7e you've seen.

The results I get are these, which just seem like regular MT7 brakes that have different levers swapped in:...
08-02-21, 02:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By hydrocarbon

This one looks pretty amazing for the money...

This one looks pretty amazing for the money (Ä125). I might have to order one and try it out:...
08-02-21, 12:25 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
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: 1,996
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 CommenÁal. I could also have simply read the page I ordered the fork from a bit more carefully. :P

It...
07-29-21, 01:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,077
Posted By hydrocarbon

mschwett True, but I kinda doubt there's much...

mschwett
True, but I kinda doubt there's much market for a design that relies on the rider providing 80% of the climbing power and descending at 10 mph.
07-28-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,077
Posted By hydrocarbon

You could overcome the problem with a singlespeed...

You could overcome the problem with a singlespeed chain or belt drive combined some kind of switchable hydraulic-brake-disengage/drive-lock/reverse-freewheel mechanism to transfer power during...
07-28-21, 04:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,077
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...
07-27-21, 02:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 808
Posted By hydrocarbon

grizzly59 Downtube and bar-end shifters will...

grizzly59
Downtube and bar-end shifters will always be cool. :)
...
07-27-21, 02:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,050
Posted By hydrocarbon

El Heron That's fantastic! Looking forward to...

El Heron
That's fantastic! Looking forward to seeing the photos!
07-26-21, 11:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By hydrocarbon

Fair enough. Should be fine if the hill isn't too...

Fair enough. Should be fine if the hill isn't too steep.
07-26-21, 12:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By hydrocarbon

2old You can absolutely damage a hub motor on...

2old
You can absolutely damage a hub motor on a 1-mile climb if itís overloaded at low RPM, but a more immediate problem is that a 250W one is going to simply stall out on a steep climb with a...
07-26-21, 04:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 885
Posted By hydrocarbon

For sure. The slower a hub motor spins under...

For sure.

The slower a hub motor spins under its optimal range, the less efficient it gets; energy used for propelling the bike decreases and energy turned into waste heat waste heat increases,...
07-21-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

So it isn't moot for someone who's looking at...

So it isn't moot for someone who's looking at getting a nice specialty frame, then. :)

Personally, I wouldn't mind any one of these:
...
07-20-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

MtlClimb Ha, thanks. Honestly, I've been a bit...

MtlClimb
Ha, thanks. Honestly, I've been a bit obsessed with riding and tuning bikes and motorcycles since I was a kid, and I think this is the most liberating thing on two wheels I've ridden. You...
07-20-21, 02:16 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
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, 02:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 808
Posted By hydrocarbon

NextDIYikeproj No need; a 9-speed Shimano road...

NextDIYikeproj
No need; a 9-speed Shimano road derailleur works fine with a 10-speed cassette; they have the same pull ratio so all you need to do is adjust the limit screws and the B-gap. (The...
07-20-21, 01:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 808
Posted By hydrocarbon

Just buy a 10-speed chain and cassette, dude.

Just buy a 10-speed chain and cassette, dude.
07-20-21, 12:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,050
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...
07-20-21, 12:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

Why is that sad? I think it's great that...

Why is that sad?

I think it's great that there are a lot of these high-quality steel frames out there. They were skillfully made and finished using durable, repairable materials instead of being...
07-19-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
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...
07-19-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

One more thing: I'm going find an RST Spex for my...

One more thing: I'm going find an RST Spex for my Load 75 and let you know how that goes, in case you haven't tried it yourself already by that time. I've only come across the 80-mm version, but...
07-19-21, 07:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

MtlClimb The stock fender clears just fine and...

MtlClimb
The stock fender clears just fine and the fork arch is pre-drilled for mounting; I only have to get some SKS fork leg mounts to convert it, and I was too busy riding to go to the shop to...
07-18-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

^ Good post. I can appreciate both, and itís...

^
Good post. I can appreciate both, and itís nice to have options to suit different styles of bikes.
07-18-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

Dude, what the hell are you talking about? Yeah,...

Dude, what the hell are you talking about? Yeah, welded frames can be high-quality, but the reason they became dominant is that they became cheaper to produce than lugged joints due to automation and...
07-17-21, 03:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,996
Posted By hydrocarbon

MtlClimb I canít recommend a fork upgrade...

MtlClimb
I canít recommend a fork upgrade highly enough. Itís now a point-and-shoot front end that eats up bumps and curbs; the wheel is just absolutely planted.
...
07-16-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

Fine, but current-production cheap lugged frames...

Fine, but current-production cheap lugged frames are a rarity. Low-cost bikes have gone over almost entirely to welded construction.
07-16-21, 07:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
Posted By hydrocarbon

True; I meant nice lugs on nice frames. ;)

True; I meant nice lugs on nice frames. ;)
07-16-21, 01:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By hydrocarbon

Maybe check the alignment and mounting height....

Maybe check the alignment and mounting height. The derailleur should be parallel with the chainrings with no more than a few mm of clearance.
...
07-16-21, 12:09 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,802
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...
07-15-21, 11:43 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,544
Posted By hydrocarbon

Yeah, mine are permanently set to "Turbo" mode....

Yeah, mine are permanently set to "Turbo" mode. It's so much more fun with boost.

The more I get the 60 tuned in, the less I ride my other bikes; I just love the way the big R&M handles; it...
07-15-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,544
Posted By hydrocarbon

"That sounds reasonable except that the 150lb...

"That sounds reasonable except that the 150lb rider would not reach
nearly the speed of the 200lb rider, position and clothing being
equal. What differences did you observe on these runs?"
_...
07-15-21, 03:53 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,544
Posted By hydrocarbon

Just seems like a lot of speculation and pedantry...

Just seems like a lot of speculation and pedantry to me. So which one is supposed to be the idiot? :D


Dude it's 9 grams.
07-15-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 966
Posted By hydrocarbon

Ha, cool! Yeah, some plastic compounds can...

Ha, cool! Yeah, some plastic compounds can definitely embrittle over time. Rubber and cloth, too; I've serviced bikes from the '70s where the strip has fallen apart or rotted. Nothing lasts forever,...
07-15-21, 12:08 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,544
Posted By hydrocarbon

Not a bad idea for some circumstances. For...

Not a bad idea for some circumstances. For mountain bikes, probably pointless... but not all bikes are the same.

I'm not going to fret about adding a few grams to my cargo bike wheel, because...
07-14-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By hydrocarbon

Good. I hope they ban every one of those cursed...

Good. I hope they ban every one of those cursed things from public roads.
07-14-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By hydrocarbon

Right, because a capitalist society would never...

Right, because a capitalist society would never cut corners on safety.
07-14-21, 03:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By hydrocarbon

Stop and think about that for a second. How could...

Stop and think about that for a second. How could an elevator possibly apply any force higher than what you'd get from simply riding the bike over a bump? They're not that jerky.
07-14-21, 01:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
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.
07-12-21, 08:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 966
Posted By hydrocarbon

Hell, no. In my experience, rim strip failure is...

Hell, no. In my experience, rim strip failure is always a fit and/or quality issue, not an aging issue. If you get the good tough stretchy-plastic stuff in the right width from Schwalbe or whatever,...
07-12-21, 02:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By hydrocarbon

Much better idea. :) Nice that you got the...

Much better idea. :)
Nice that you got the 3-speed going again too. Unlike Sturmey-Archer's 5-speed, those are reliable hubs.
07-12-21, 01:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 551
Posted By hydrocarbon

Yeah, cleaning contaminated pads is a bit of a...

Yeah, cleaning contaminated pads is a bit of a chore but it's doable. I usually just avoid the hassle and toss the pads if they get oil on them. Could be a good idea to carry a spare set or two on...
07-12-21, 01:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By hydrocarbon

Dude, it'll work 100% fine and roll better than...

Dude, it'll work 100% fine and roll better than 26" wheels if we're talking mid-width slicks. People have been using road and cyclocross tires on 700C wheels with 26" disc frames for ages; there's...
07-12-21, 12:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 596
Posted By hydrocarbon

If you're checked for a tight link, derailleur...

If you're checked for a tight link, derailleur misalignment and cable friction, maybe make sure the B-gap is set correctly as Crankycrank mentioned since you've changed cassette range.
...
07-10-21, 03:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 552
Posted By hydrocarbon

Even if the internals did fit, the SA 5-speed hub...

Even if the internals did fit, the SA 5-speed hub design has been prone to reliability problems, and I would personally not recommend using one.
07-09-21, 12:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 604
Posted By hydrocarbon

Ha, I managed to find the spec table in the...

Ha, I managed to find the spec table in the manual, and Suntour lists a puny 58 mm maximum tire width (2.25") for the stock fork. Interestingly, R&M equips their Packster model with that fork and the...
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