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05-13-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Old 'racing' bikes are awesome machines, but tire...

Old 'racing' bikes are awesome machines, but tire clearance is one of the drawbacks that severely limits their usefulness as daily riders for many people.

However, many less-race-oriented 'road'...
05-13-22, 09:42 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So are you, you just don't know it.

So are you, you just don't know it.
05-13-22, 09:39 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Quite the opposite! You are so certain that...

Quite the opposite! You are so certain that maximum tire hardness makes you a harder man or whatever, you should take the tires off altogether... stretch a 26" innertube over the rim sidewalls for...
05-13-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You can pump them up as hard as you like, double...

You can pump them up as hard as you like, double the max pressure for all I care.

It's just that I've learned from personal experience AND manufacturers' reccomendations, there is no advantage...
05-13-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That's the MAXIMUM pressure bro, not the ideal...

That's the MAXIMUM pressure bro, not the ideal pressure for all riding. Veloflex gives a range and it's not '139-141 psi'

And you may be confusing 'responsiveness' for 'harshness'.

edit:...
05-13-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,153
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No, your narrow tires at 140psi will not deflect...

No, your narrow tires at 140psi will not deflect more, but 140psi is not commonly used anywhere outside of the track. I've tried that and it rattled my water bottle bolts and my teeth loose....
02-28-22, 06:13 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,348
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Haiku

this agrees with my
understanding of fatigue
limits and failures
02-04-22, 09:21 AM
Replies: 254
Views: 10,042
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Why Gravel Riding is Such a Thing

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This is why.

A few years ago, I moved from a small town that was penned...
12-20-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,314
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You thought this because you don't know your arse...

You thought this because you don't know your arse from a hole in the ground. Axle failure is common, left unrepaired will cause further issues w/bearing life and possibly frame alignment. The...
12-15-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 677
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Galling or sticking between the 'nut' and the...

Galling or sticking between the 'nut' and the chainring or spider is not that bad - you don't want the nut to turn, but to stay in place when tightening or loosening the bolt.m... but it won't gall...
11-21-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In my experience, the Shimano hubs are reliable...

In my experience, the Shimano hubs are reliable and probably readily suited to your needs.

Someone in this thread posted a list of the drive ratios on available hubs, the Shimao Nexus 8 has the...
09-27-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,531
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That exact same tubing sticker with 'Made in the...

That exact same tubing sticker with 'Made in the USA' is for sale all over the internet. I am confident it refers only to the tubing. Trek Antelope bikes were made in Asia.



Trek would have...
07-08-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,048
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In the 1992 Olympics, an Italian rider named...

In the 1992 Olympics, an Italian rider named Adler Capelli used a 2 speed freewheel and a derailleur in the kilo. He got 5th place with a time of 1:05.065, an average speed of 55.329 km/h (~33mph)...
03-22-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,970
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

NP. It's nice to know 16 years of toil in...

NP.

It's nice to know 16 years of toil in the dark back of bike shops had some value beyond my earning slightly more than minimum wage through my 20s. 👍
Forum: Touring
03-16-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,952
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience has been that riding + stopping for...

My experience has been that riding + stopping for food or breaks + general tomfoolery takes up so much of the day that it is almost always near or after dark by the time I roll into a campsite. If...
03-04-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

21 speed (3x7) wasn't a thing until late...

21 speed (3x7) wasn't a thing until late 80s/early 90s. It is still found on the least expensive bikes.

Where on the frame is the serial # located?

Are there any identifying markings on the...
03-04-21, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 903
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nuclear industry. Multiple layers of work...

Nuclear industry. Multiple layers of work clothes covered by a tyvek or plastic 'air supplied' suit. You are expected to evacuate the holding tanks before another person dresses you and/or tapes...
01-03-21, 11:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,052
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to...

The last resort when removing damaged bolts is to drill out the head with a drill bit similar in size to the diameter of the threads.

If the seatpost clamp is integrated into the frame then it...
01-03-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,715
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The 600 components were likely the parts that...

The 600 components were likely the parts that came on the bike. Someone posted links to vintage Cannondale catalogues above and the top-tier of their ‘Criterium’ series was equipped with 600. I...
01-03-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,715
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri...

Those cranks and derailleur are shimano 600 ‘tri colour’ from the early 90s. Ultegra quality.

It’s a very good bike for a very tall person if it’s in good condition. I am 195cm and I think it...
01-03-21, 06:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,715
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess...

That's a good goddamn big frame! I would guess 64 or 66 cm.
Forum: Road Cycling
12-13-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3,117
Views: 928,933
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years,...

I haven’t rode my ti mtb for a couple of years, and last time I picked up the frame when reorganizing my garage, I realized there is a crack in the chainstay ☹️
12-13-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,338
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber...

If the pads are worn so much that the rubber accordian boot is compressing that will give it a spongy feeling.

Direct pull brakes have two different widths of washers and you can flip these from...
12-12-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,832
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. ...

1/8” is absolutely a significant change. Especially if you are riding long distances or otherwise pushing your limits, including experiencing knee pain.

My suggestion is to ignore all the...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,412
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. ...

I carry a 2” thick self inflating seeping pad. It’s probably the bulkiest and heaviest item I carry. I’m sure it’s a kg or so heavier than closed cell foam or a yoga mat, but that kg will slow me...
11-24-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a...

The cheapest black-wall replacement tire from a big box store. Run them at around 15 psi.
11-24-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 955
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the...

Much more likely that the frame cracked and the edges of the crack got rusty. It takes a lot of time to rust through even thin walled tubes. Like decades, if it happens, which it usually doesn’t.
11-02-20, 03:33 PM
Replies: 7,736
Views: 2,668,933
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one...

So great. Those Trek lugged steel frames are one of my all-time favourites.

How is the tire clearance? I recall not exceptional, but I always wanted one for mostly off-road use. I would...
10-21-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,374
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing...

1. I am a dog owner and lover. A distressing amount of my time and treasure is spent keeping those furry goofballs happy and healthy. If my dog is off leash and there is any type of incident, it...
10-11-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,881
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can’t make any assumptions about strength...

I can’t make any assumptions about strength comparisons, because I am sure the geometry of the spindle is different between the two.

What would concern me is the possibility of using the bike for...
10-11-20, 09:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,105
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner...

It makes sense to replace both (reusing old inner cable can be a major PITA) but the housing s the part that degrades more quickly.
10-11-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,105
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in...

Unless there is rust, kinks, or damaged wires in the inner cable, the housing is likely more important to replace than the inner cable.
07-04-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,824
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are going for steel, you need to find...

If you are going for steel, you need to find robust steel like a surly or the mentioned Trek 820. Lightweight steel will flex excessively and be *more* likely to break than a sturdy aluminum frame.
07-04-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,410
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit -...

The two hurdles I can think of are bike fit - being too low in the drops with a big belly can restrict your lungs ability to breathe, and wheel durability - the stock wheels that come on most bikes...
Forum: Touring
07-04-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,693
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less...

I would guess that at lower speeds, say, less than 25 km/h, and on rough terrain or soft surfaces, the wider tire will be smoother and faster.

At higher speeds and on smooth tarmac, the lighter...
07-04-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 831
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight...

Also make sure the bottle cage is bolted tight and that it grips the bottle tightly.
05-27-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 586
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but...

I am not too familiar with Hardisty bikes, but every photo I found on the interwebs shows frames with vertical dropouts, which are not ideal for SS use - you need to figure out some other system for...
05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,899
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,573
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires...

Switching to a higher-end set of wheels and tires on a new less-expensive bike will essentially make the bike work like a higher end bike. Shifters and derailleurs, when new, make virtually no...
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 438
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
Forum: Foo
05-25-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 18,632
Views: 1,050,436
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like...

I stayed at his Airbnb. Avoid, unless you like trumpet solos and chinchillas.
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,972
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,741
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)

Then you are SOL (Shoes Off Lemond)
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,616
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-19-20, 11:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 547
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The combination you mentioned will not be a...

The combination you mentioned will not be a problem.

First, any 'road' cycling shoe has a reasonably stiff sole. Using running shoes or other non-cycling shoes for longer rides can cause...
05-19-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 4,827
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The tires make a much larger difference than the...

The tires make a much larger difference than the wheel diameter, especially on road, and there are very good tires available for 26" wheels. 29" wheels roll over obstacles more easily, but the...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,817
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,738
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from...

I've seen a lot of scratches and gouges from dropped chains, but cannot recall ever seeing a chain get completely wrapped around the crankarm.

This reminds me of a Canadian lawsuit against a...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,817
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-13-20, 01:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the...

If she was trying to put her feet flat on the ground when on the saddle, then that is not a cause for concern - any properly set up bike will require you to reach for the ground with your toes when...
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