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09-20-21, 04:36 PM
Replies: 85
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Posted By cyccommute

Gasoline, definitely. Naphtha, maybe. Odorless...

Gasoline, definitely. Naphtha, maybe. Odorless mineral spirits, unlikely. The key, as you pointed out, is decreasing benzene content.
09-20-21, 12:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 596
Posted By cyccommute

My daughter went to grad school in Seattle and...

My daughter went to grad school in Seattle and used White Lightning Clean Ride for the 2 years she lived there. She had no complaints. Additionally, I have used White Lightning almost all states in...
09-20-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

Do you fix a flat tire by taking the wheel apart,...

Do you fix a flat tire by taking the wheel apart, relacing, retensioning, and truing it? Thatís a bit like what you are suggesting here.



At my age and experience, I can assess if a used hub...
09-20-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 596
Posted By cyccommute

You donít have to clean chains for melted wax as...

You donít have to clean chains for melted wax as rigorously as many people do for melted wax. The whole 97 step process for cleaning a new chain prior to waxing is silly and not based on anything...
09-20-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 596
Posted By cyccommute

White Lightning. Iíve been using it since around...

White Lightning. Iíve been using it since around 2000. I have dabbled with Rock ĎNí Roll Red and Gold but havenít noticed any difference in application or performance.
09-20-21, 07:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 596
Posted By cyccommute

For all that work, you get the same (or less)...

For all that work, you get the same (or less) service as I do when I just squirt it on. If you donít get far superior resultsÖthe claimed 1800 km would be closer to what you should getÖwhy do the...
09-19-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 116
Posted By cyccommute

9. If you use too many the bearing will bind. ...

9. If you use too many the bearing will bind. Loose bearings should look like there is room for one more but that one canít fit. 11 is way too many.
Forum: Touring
09-19-21, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 472
Posted By cyccommute

Iíve used an Ortlieb since 2003. Itís been...

Iíve used an Ortlieb since 2003. Itís been through many a downpour without issues.
09-19-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

I canít disagree more. Start with the spacers. ...

I canít disagree more. Start with the spacers. The problem cyrano138 describes is that the cassette is loose. Start with the simple problems before moving on to something more complicated.
09-19-21, 07:53 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Why not use mineral spirits? Itís the solvent...

Why not use mineral spirits? Itís the solvent without the 25% mineral oil that WD-40 contains. Itís also cheaper in greater quantities.



No. Neither of those work any better nor faster than...
09-17-21, 04:26 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Odorless mineral spirits has a flash point of...

Odorless mineral spirits has a flash point of about 100 to 150įF. It could take some time. Perhaps not as long as water but close.



My mistake. They said to leave it overnight in the mineral...
09-17-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 596
Posted By cyccommute

Yea, Iíve been seeing their ad copy and thereís a...

Yea, Iíve been seeing their ad copy and thereís a whole lot I see wrong with what they claim. They also claim ďup to 1800 km per applicationĒ. Say what? Thatís over 1100 miles! Even oil wonít work...
09-17-21, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 566
Posted By cyccommute

In theory, perhaps. In practice, spokes break. ...

In theory, perhaps. In practice, spokes break. Spokes used in situations where the wheel carries more load break more frequently. Heavy riders and riders carrying heavy loads decrease the tension...
09-17-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 566
Posted By cyccommute

I was going to say much the same thing. The...

I was going to say much the same thing. The ďbuttedĒ part of the spoke is generally considered to be the thin bit.
09-17-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Kudos! You’ve confirmed what chemists have known...

Kudos! You’ve confirmed what chemists have known for at least 150 years and maybe for a couple of hundred years. Ethanol has a higher vapor pressure than mineral spirits. That is reflected in the...
09-17-21, 10:57 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

ThanksÖI think?

ThanksÖI think?
09-16-21, 10:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 428
Posted By cyccommute

The 32 spokes is part of your problemÖbut only...

The 32 spokes is part of your problemÖbut only part. The solution to broken spokes isnít solved by changing the rim. The rim has very little to do with the overall strength of the wheel. The...
09-16-21, 10:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

Some times a cassette spacer is used rather than...

Some times a cassette spacer is used rather than a flat spacer. It doesnít matter as long as itís thick enough.
09-16-21, 06:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

No, I doubt that the freehub is worn enough to...

No, I doubt that the freehub is worn enough to cause problems with fit. Thatís just not the way that the splines work or wear.



Get a 2 or 3 more of the same thickness. Put on enough so that...
09-16-21, 05:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 541
Posted By cyccommute

Freehubs don’t generally have the wobble that is...

Freehubs don’t generally have the wobble that is typical of freewheels. If the cassette is loose on the freehub body, the likely problem is a spacer. You may need up to 4mm of spacer. Any bike shop...
09-16-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 566
Posted By cyccommute

According to the ASM International Elements of...

According to the ASM International Elements of Metallurgy and Engineering Alloys, 2008 (https://www.asminternational.org/documents/10192/1849770/05224G_Chapter14.pdf), they are related.
09-16-21, 05:34 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

From the stand point of chain lubrication, the...

From the stand point of chain lubrication, the answer is a resounding no! Or at least a resounding ďIt doesnít matter.Ē If you are going to paint a part, you might be able to make an argument that...
09-16-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been made...

Denatured alcohol is ethanol that has been made undrinkable by the addition of compounds to make it poisonous or foul tasting. There are numerous ways to denature ethanol.

“Alcohol” is a class of...
09-16-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

You shouldnít need ď$10 in mineral spirits every...

You shouldnít need ď$10 in mineral spirits every timeĒ you clean a bike. Mineral spirits and oil are almost like ethanol in water, i.e. infinitely soluble. There really isnít a point where the oil...
09-16-21, 10:32 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

Mucky Nutz Gut Fender. Keeps the various...

Mucky Nutz Gut Fender. Keeps the various biological emanations from various animals from hitting me under the chin. Keeps rocks from hitting me too. This picture was taking in the spring. In the...
09-16-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 566
Posted By cyccommute

Pillar Spokes...

Pillar Spokes (https://www.pillarspoke.com/spokes) doesnít present testing in a laced wheel but they appear to have measured the breaking strength of all of their various spokes. They likely used...
09-16-21, 09:10 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

I’ve had this discussion before....

I’ve had this discussion before. (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1214666-fuel-resupply-white-gas-2.html) Post 42 (https://www.bikeforums.net/21732463-post42.html) sums up what I’ve found. “White...
09-16-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, they are long chain hydrocarbons which is...

Yes, they are long chain hydrocarbons which is the problem. The longer the chain, the lower the vapor pressureÖ i.e. the less likely the material is to evaporate.



Yes, even longer ones....
09-15-21, 10:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

You probably donít want to post this on-line. ...

You probably donít want to post this on-line. When you set your house on fire, the insurance company can find this post and then your gasoline isnít so ďcheapĒ.



Where do people get these...
09-15-21, 10:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

Kerosene has similar issues to diesel. It...

Kerosene has similar issues to diesel. It doesnít evaporate completely. Naphtha (camp fuel) is a reasonable replacement for mineral spirits as long as you are careful with it.

To be clear, you...
09-15-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

Itís my Deanís colors (well the decal colors_...

Itís my Deanís colors (well the decal colors_ red, blue...
09-15-21, 06:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

No, it is not explosive. Think of the way your...

No, it is not explosive. Think of the way your start a liquid fuel stove. You pour out a little bit of the fuel into a cup, set the puddle on fire, and wait for it to warm up the feed tube so that is...
09-15-21, 06:05 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

I like to make jokes about people who find it...

I like to make jokes about people who find it necessary to constantly clean their bikes…
09-15-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

I already have XTR and XO, Dura Ace isnít going...

I already have XTR and XO, Dura Ace isnít going to be much lighter.

My valve caps are part of a theme. Youíre just jealous. If you saw my Rat Finks, youíd be really jealous.
09-15-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,333
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. I donít use hot wax. I use wax in solvent....

Nope. I donít use hot wax. I use wax in solvent. Easier to carry and just as effective.
09-15-21, 09:26 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,357
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís not due to the design nor level of...

Thatís not due to the design nor level of components. Thatís user error. I havenít cleaned a cassette or rear derailer in more than 20 years. All these are in useÖi.e. not cleaned before photos. ...
09-15-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,333
Posted By cyccommute

Back when I started the modern era of touring...

Back when I started the modern era of touring (2003 but I toured extensively in the early 80s), people always asked me how I could go touring without a cell phone. ďBut what if something happens...
09-15-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,333
Posted By cyccommute

I donít carry ďevery tool I ownĒ. I just carry...

I donít carry ďevery tool I ownĒ. I just carry the tools that I find I need. I have 9 bikes and they have a plethora of bolt sizes and types. I have stems that need 5, 4, and even 3mm allen keys...
09-14-21, 06:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 1,958
Posted By cyccommute

I agree that mineral spirits works but stove fuel...

I agree that mineral spirits works but stove fuel is only marginally cheaper. 32 oz of Crown stove fuel is $5.27 ($0.16 per ounce). 32 oz of Jasco odorless mineral spirits is $7.98 ($0.24 per ounce)....
09-14-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,250
Posted By cyccommute

If you want to maintain a similar speed at a...

If you want to maintain a similar speed at a similar cadence, there is. Consider the following. The 50/39/30 with an 11-34 cassette is the gearing I have on my fast road bike. Comparing it to a...
09-14-21, 05:15 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,250
Posted By cyccommute

Not contradictory at all. They encourage stupid...

Not contradictory at all. They encourage stupid shifting patterns. Look at Phil_getzís chart. A compact double is almost a linear gear ratio system. You could start at gear one (little-big...
09-14-21, 04:56 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 4,333
Posted By cyccommute

Yup. I spend a lot of time in areas where my...

Yup. I spend a lot of time in areas where my phone is an expensive brick.

1985: Whatís a ďcellĒ phone? Oh, you mean the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X? That cost $4000 then and had a battery life of 60...
09-14-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,250
Posted By cyccommute

Older groups or older folks have nothing to do...

Older groups or older folks have nothing to do with it. Itís not the equipment but the way the gears work. Gears have duplicates on most all systems. Compact doubles might encourage big-big use but...
09-14-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 2,250
Posted By cyccommute

I donít understand the need to go to a big-big...

I donít understand the need to go to a big-big combination either, especially if you have more gradual steps between the chainrings.

...
Forum: Touring
09-14-21, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By cyccommute

We did a bike and barge with Vermont Bicycle...

We did a bike and barge with Vermont Bicycle Tours in 2012. Iím not big on group tours but this one was bearable and even enjoyable. The group was small(ish) at 16 people, the ďbargeĒ was roomy...
09-14-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 683
Posted By cyccommute

I hate chain whips! A much better tool for...

I hate chain whips! A much better tool for removing the cassette is the Pedroís Vise Whip (https://pedros.com/products/tools/cassette-and-chain/vise-whip-ii/). Yes, a bit expensive but it works so...
09-14-21, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 683
Posted By cyccommute

Itís hard to beat the Park CN-10. They are...

Itís hard to beat the Park CN-10. They are heavier duty than many others. The Pedroís, for example, have sheet metal handles while the Parkís are forged solid metal. They are a little less...
09-14-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 455
Posted By cyccommute

I disagree. Midspoke failures are very rare. Iíve...

I disagree. Midspoke failures are very rare. Iíve broken hundreds of spokes and seen hundreds of broken spokes at my local co-op over 10 years of volunteering. The vast majority of spoke breakage is...
09-13-21, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 211
Posted By cyccommute

Shouldnít be a problem. You can think of wax as...

Shouldnít be a problem. You can think of wax as being solid oil. It is has the same molecular structure as oil but with a longer molecular chain. Oil based chain lubricants usually have some kind of...
Forum: Touring
09-13-21, 04:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,609
Posted By cyccommute

Yea, that’s not going happen. I’m amazed we don’t...

Yea, that’s not going happen. I’m amazed we don’t use “cubits” down here based on the arguments used against the metric system:rolleyes:




Well if you are going to be all SystŤme international...
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