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Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-03-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By phulin
It's a new shifter, so it's not the grease, and...

It's a new shifter, so it's not the grease, and what I'm saying is that I can't shift the shifter to the smallest cog.

It's okay, though - I figured it out. The cable wasn't seated correctly,...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-02-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By phulin
One detail: If I push on the cable pretty hard,...

One detail: If I push on the cable pretty hard, the return paddle does engage the ratchet and shift up. But only two or three times, to the third or fourth position.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 08-02-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By phulin
New bike with Sora 3500 won't upshift in the rear

I just got a new bike with Shimano's new 3500 Sora shifters. One problem, though - the right won't upshift. The return paddle moves just fine, but it never seems to engage the ratchet. Is this a...
Forum: Commuting 08-01-13, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,849
Posted By phulin
I'd just like to plug the SKS Longboards. Best...

I'd just like to plug the SKS Longboards. Best coverage on the market, and that's really the only thing that matters. You want the 45mm size.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-25-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 847
Posted By phulin
The Denali is made by Kent Bicycles. There are...

The Denali is made by Kent Bicycles. There are some old threads around the forum from a guy who claimed to commute 40mi round trip every day on one. Not clear if he was telling the truth.
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Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-24-13, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By phulin
Thanks for the tips, everyone. FB, that sounds...

Thanks for the tips, everyone. FB, that sounds like a great idea (marking the spokes) - I'll definitely try that.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By phulin
I was planning on brass nipples and 14/17/14...

I was planning on brass nipples and 14/17/14 spokes.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-13, 03:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By phulin
Sadly, a few threads I found on the benefits of...

Sadly, a few threads I found on the benefits of spoke prep all seemed to devolve into tensiometer arguments without actually getting much real discussion.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-23-13, 01:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,370
Posted By phulin
Grease vs. spoke prep for first wheelbuild

I'm doing my first wheelbuild and was wondering whether I should shell out the $15 or so for real spoke prep, or just use grease. The thing I'm worried about is the wheel needing truing afterwards -...
Forum: Commuting 07-22-13, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,669
Posted By phulin
I was literally ready to order one, but they only...

I was literally ready to order one, but they only have 48 and 51cm. Oh well.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-22-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
Okay. Replaced the BB (since it's not that...

Okay. Replaced the BB (since it's not that expensive anyway) and it fixed the problem.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
Oops, I misspoke. I meant the BB-frame interface...

Oops, I misspoke. I meant the BB-frame interface (since you said that it might be the right bearing moving in the frame).
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
Is there a good way to check the pedal-frame...

Is there a good way to check the pedal-frame interface?
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
Hm, that could be it - will check tonight. I'd...

Hm, that could be it - will check tonight. I'd still be surprised, though, as it's really a "clunk" feeling, which doesn't jibe with the chain just clicking against something. I don't notice any...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
The chainrings don't look likely - I doubt my...

The chainrings don't look likely - I doubt my frame is flexing enough for them (or the chain) to be touching the FD.
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
(And on a warranty point of view, I bought the...

(And on a warranty point of view, I bought the bike from Nashbar. They say that if I send the bottom bracket back, they'll replace it, but I don't want to be without a bike for two weeks, and they...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-15-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
There's no kickstand. I checked, and I don't...

There's no kickstand. I checked, and I don't think there's anything close enough to the cranks or chainrings to make contact under load. Maybe the front derailleur is too close? I'll check that, but...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-14-13, 10:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
I forgot to mention that the pedals were the...

I forgot to mention that the pedals were the first thing I eliminated - readjusted the (cup and cone) bearings on both, and they both feel great. I have also tried reattaching them with both grease...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-14-13, 12:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By phulin
Mysterious once-per-pedal-revolution clunk

I have a 6-month-old commuter bike with a clunk that I feel once per pedal revolution. It happens almost every rotation, in the right pedal's 3 o'clock position - but only when the right pedal has...
Forum: Commuting 06-05-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 520
Posted By phulin
The problem with carbon is not the expected load...

The problem with carbon is not the expected load - it seems to do as well or better than aluminum and steel in straight-on fatigue tests. What people are worried about are unexpected loads: crashes,...
Forum: Commuting 05-29-13, 07:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 276
Posted By phulin
A lot of this is dependent on what you want....

A lot of this is dependent on what you want. Maybe try test-riding a few bikes at these stores and see what you want: drop bars or flat bars? aggressive or relaxed geometry? skinny tires or wider...
Forum: Northeast 05-28-13, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5,475
Views: 546,876
Posted By phulin
Commuted to my summer job in Lexington for the...

Commuted to my summer job in Lexington for the first time today. 15 miles each way normally, except I missed the turn this morning and ended up at Depot Park - oh well! Even though my legs were...
Forum: Commuting 05-23-13, 06:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,588
Posted By phulin
I have a friend who commutes on a Cervélo S3. He...

I have a friend who commutes on a Cervélo S3. He has more money than he knows what to do with, so he bought the "best bike he could find".

He's had the bike for two years. Until about six months...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 05-11-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,920
Posted By phulin
It's extremely easy to obtain liquid nitrogen -...

It's extremely easy to obtain liquid nitrogen - around here, you can call up Middlesex Gases and Technologies, calling yourself "Phulin Systems". and get a delivery of 50 gallons the next day for...
Forum: Northeast 05-03-13, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5,475
Views: 546,876
Posted By phulin
Just went for a great ride up the Minuteman....

Just went for a great ride up the Minuteman. Friendly guy pulled up and started talking about my bike, which is always welcome. I just couldn't stay inside working today - the sun was calling me. I...
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