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    Interesting. I rode a steel frame for years, but...

    Interesting. I rode a steel frame for years, but just this year got a new (to me) aluminum frame. I wonder if that explains it, partly?
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    Engine problems? I don't really want to admit...

    Engine problems? I don't really want to admit this. Actually, deep down I know this is probably true. It's still early in the year, so I can't expect to be all that chipper on the climbs.

    Thanks...
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    That settles that, then. I guess I'll have to...

    That settles that, then. I guess I'll have to look at changing the bearings to see if that helps.
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    This could be a process of me discovering what...

    This could be a process of me discovering what sorts of wheels I can and can't ride. My previous rear wheelset was self-built: 28-spoke Miche Primato Syntesi hubs laced to H Plus Son Archetype rims,...
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    There's nothing silly or experimental about it....

    There's nothing silly or experimental about it. As a heavier rider, I'm having problems with brake rubbing going up hills with a new wheelset, and I'm trying to increase the spoke tension to prevent...
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    How much flex in your wheels?

    Can you manually pull your rim over to make it touch your brake pad?

    I can. Does that mean I have too much flex, that I should increase the spoke tension? Or is it fairly normal, and there's no...
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    Are you wiping down your chain after you apply...

    Are you wiping down your chain after you apply your lube?

    You squeeze a drop on each link, wind your cranks a good twenty or thirty rotations to work the lube into the chain, and then you pick up...
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    Yep, that's how I do it. Though I like picking...

    Yep, that's how I do it. Though I like picking things up in person, too. I live two hours outside of Toronto, and many's the time I've driven in expressly to pick up a part I found on Kijiji or...
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    1995 Bianchi Thron. As established in this...

    1995 Bianchi Thron. As established in this thread: Bianchi ID help. I rode it for a while in the fall, and while I like it, I've started to "transition" from steel frames to aluminum frames. I've...
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    Building bikes is fun

    The other day I realized that I have enough spare components kicking around to put on a spare frame I have kicking around. So I threw a seat post, saddle, handlebar and a wheelset on the frame, and...
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    Lightweight.
  12. Interesting to hear about experiences like that....

    Interesting to hear about experiences like that. What's a "105"?
  13. They all downshift multiple gears. What's at...

    They all downshift multiple gears. What's at issue is the upshifting.
  14. I have fifteen-year-old Record 9-speed with the...

    I have fifteen-year-old Record 9-speed with the multiple-cog upshifting on my "town" bike, and ten-year-old Centaur 10-speed with the single-cog upshifting on my workhorse rider. And to be honest, I...
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    As in, the state of being a solid, and not a gas?...

    As in, the state of being a solid, and not a gas? Or, the state of being happy? Or sad?
  16. And it's confirmed--I put the old wheelset with...

    And it's confirmed--I put the old wheelset with the new bearings on the bike, took it for a short ride, and it handles beautifully. So let this be an addition to the great storehouse of collective...
  17. Update: holy crap! It wasn't the headset at all...

    Update: holy crap! It wasn't the headset at all (or, at least, hardly at all). It was the bearings on my wheels!

    Truth be told, the front end of the bike never really felt right. Since my last...
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    A bad pothole will do it for anybody. But then...

    A bad pothole will do it for anybody. But then again, I admit I probably take more out of rims than most, in that I'm not exactly built like Alberto Contador.
  19. Whoa...so maybe there's something to this? I wish...

    Whoa...so maybe there's something to this? I wish I could remember whether my spoke retensioning tends to happen in the spring or not. But either way, I think that perhaps my heavier build, putting a...
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    Meh. I weigh more than 215 lbs/95 kg (not saying...

    Meh. I weigh more than 215 lbs/95 kg (not saying by how much), and I ride 28-spoke aluminum wheels with 23-mm tires at 110 psi. No problemo, save for maybe every second year or so I crack a rim on a...
  21. I do build my own wheels. I thought they were...

    I do build my own wheels. I thought they were properly tensioned when I built them two years ago, in that the driveside spokes on the rear wheel were basically as tight as they could possibly be, but...
  22. Thanks for the authoritative "No." Though I don't...

    Thanks for the authoritative "No." Though I don't have a clue what you mean by your cryptic comment about a "deflated football." Is that physics related?
  23. Physics: loose spokes as weather warms up?

    My spokes seemed a bit loose tonight. Why?

    I rode a fair amount in March when the temps were sometimes below 0, and I also stored my bike in an unheated shed (though I kept the bike in a heated...
  24. It's an internal headset requiring cups. Removing...

    It's an internal headset requiring cups. Removing them was an ordeal--they were stuck in there really tightly. The bike shop said that was probably the reason for the unwieldy front end. He installed...
  25. Ah, good to know. I'm treating this with kid...

    Ah, good to know. I'm treating this with kid gloves, as this is all new to me, so I'm forever worried about mucking something up.


    I've put one in so far. I'll see how it rides and decide whether...
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