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Old 09-04-18, 10:58 AM
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I always worry they will dull or damage the paint...but I do like this. Maybe I'll put some 3M clear bra on the top tube.
I had one (not the same brand). I can attest that it does scratch the paint although very minor but still.....
However, the main issue is if you want to climb out of the saddle, the bag almost always grazes your inner thighs.
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Reflective Sidewall Tires

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Hey guys! I'm new to this forum but I hope to get some good advices.

I've got my new equip from Amazon and now it's much easier and safe to ride a bike during rainy days. But nevertheless I'm still wondering about reflectors for late night riding especially in wet weather. Does anyone have info about cool reflectors?
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You'll probably want to research front and rear lights. Consider seeing (the road)vs. being seen (by others).

Aside from that, reflective sidewall tires can boost your visibility to cars:

Don't know about their durability, but https://www.ridewithfiks.com appears to sell kits you can apply to your current tires. My preference would be to buy a tire set with reflective sidewalls from the manufacturer. Try Schwalbe Marathons.





And there are also vendors who sell reflective striping kits for cars that you could apply to your bike's frame:
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Originally Posted by Andmiy
Hey guys! I'm new to this forum but I hope to get some good advices.


Recently I've moved to Mawsynram, India. If you don't know this place is full of heavy rains. So I was forced to learn a lot of info about riding in wet weather. Thanks to bestadviser.net/how-to/how-to-keep-riding-in-wet-and-cold-conditions I've found all info that I need. I've got my new equip from Amazon and now it's much easier and safe to ride a bike during rainy days. But nevertheless I'm still wondering about reflectors for late night riding especially in wet weather. Does anyone have info about cool reflectors?
Introducing ReflectaNiner and ReflectaFuji


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Replacing some with regular laces that are wearing out but also require care to keep from getting the laces in the chain.

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I bought some things from biketiresdirect, and they arrived yesterday.

Pearl Izumi bib shorts
gloves
a cue sheet clip
Park Tool magnetic bowl

I normally wear size medium, so that's what size bib shorts I ordered. They're tight, but I'll keep them. I rode them to work today, and they're not bad. I'm not sure I should order size large next time. I'm probably on the cusp.

I normally wear size extra large gloves, and I was really annoyed to see I had received size medium. I can't even get my hands in them. I checked the order. Oops, I ordered medium. I told my wife to keep them.
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Old 09-06-18, 10:32 AM
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New toy - did rear wheel redish (5 sp to 6 sp freewheel) and some truing.
Is there any good trick to do right the vertical truing? Every time I tried to tight or loose I got the lateral true off and not much improvement on vertical. Since is minimum I just left as is....

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I just got a new headlight, the Niterider 950 Boost OLED. I was just going to get the regular (non-OLED) one, as the OLED models usually retail for over $100, but Bike Closet had this one for only $60 (plus shipping; I threw in some extra tubes which also had a great price to make it worth it) so I couldn't resist. I have to say, with bike lights having so many different modes and brightness settings, it's actually really helpful to have the little display so you know what setting you're on, and it's also very convenient having an idea of how much run-time you have remaining. Overall, with a little usage, I have to say I'm very impressed with this light. The mount kinda sucks though; it doesn't stay in position that well, but there's a lot of 3rd-party mounts for Niteriders so I might end up getting one of those eventually. Personally, I wish there were some way of combining a rigid mount with my bike bell (a clone of the Spurcycle) to save space on my handlebars.

Before this, I think my most recent purchase was the aforementioned bell. It's a "Rock Bros." bell, which is a very good clone of the Spurcycle, and only costs about $9 (with shipping!) on Ebay. It also looks better if you want color options besides black and stainless-steel, since it is also available in brass and antiqued brass finishes. I got two of them, one for each bike. I do recommend the simple modification I read about somewhere to protect your expensive handlebars from scratches, which is to put black heat-shrink tubing over the steel mounting strap. I did this and it looks great, and prevents any kind of scratching or rubbing on my nice bike's black handlebars. I didn't bother with my old bike though.

Before this was a "Gravity USB" taillight from PDW (Portland Design Works). It has an accelerometer so it acts as a brake light when you slow down. Only about $42 (w/ shipping) from A-main cycling.
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Originally Posted by noglider
I normally wear size extra large gloves, and I was really annoyed to see I had received size medium. I can't even get my hands in them. I checked the order. Oops, I ordered medium. I told my wife to keep them.
I've done the same thing with gloves and socks... instant gifts!
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Old 09-06-18, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by phtomita
New toy - did rear wheel redish (5 sp to 6 sp freewheel) and some truing.
Is there any good trick to do right the vertical truing? Every time I tried to tight or loose I got the lateral true off and not much improvement on vertical. Since is minimum I just left as is....
Yes, address two spokes at a time. When doing lateral truing and the rim is too far left, loosen the left and tighten the right so that you don't create a low or high spot. When doing radial truing and there is a high spot, tighten a left spoke and the adjacent right spoke so you don't take the lateral off.
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Old 09-06-18, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by noglider
Yes, address two spokes at a time. When doing lateral truing and the rim is too far left, loosen the left and tighten the right so that you don't create a low or high spot. When doing radial truing and there is a high spot, tighten a left spoke and the adjacent right spoke so you don't take the lateral off.
Thank you - how much should I turn the nipples each turn? Like a quarter, or less than that?
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Originally Posted by phtomita
Thank you - how much should I turn the nipples each turn? Like a quarter, or less than that?
A quarter turn is often a good amount. More if the change needed is big, less if small.
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Originally Posted by noglider
A quarter turn is often a good amount. More if the change needed is big, less if small.
Thank you Tom, will try it out this weekend
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Originally Posted by phtomita
Thank you Tom, will try it out this weekend
And if I turn more than 1/4 of a turn, the previous and following spoke (and their counterparts) will be turned by half the turn of the main spoke (so if that one was 1/2 turn, the spoke before and after that spoke will be turned by 1/4 of a turn).
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Originally Posted by SylvainG
And if I turn more than 1/4 of a turn, the previous and following spoke (and their counterparts) will be turned by half the turn of the main spoke (so if that one was 1/2 turn, the spoke before and after that spoke will be turned by 1/4 of a turn).
Thank you Sylvain!! Makes sense - lets see if I can get the radial truing right
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I just ordered a set of Hunt 50 Carbon Aero disc wheels. Can't wait for them arrive in late October...
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Stuff is arriving........
This just came last night. Rims, hubs and spokes in transit.

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I just ordered a set of Hunt 50 Carbon Aero disc wheels. Can't wait for them arrive in late October...
swapped over my cassette and disc brakes onto my new 4 season gravel disc hunts last night.
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never tried them on (or any cycling shoe), just ordered from the uk, sure hope they fit...im typically a us 9 or in a few cases 9.5...they only had 9.5 so hoping they work out and are comfortable. normally $200, got them for $118
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Also a pair of these in 26" for my commuter:
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ProBikeKit emailed me a 12% off code so I just had to use it. Bought four Continental GrandSport Extra tires in 700x32 and a 5-pack of innertubes.

Foldable, made with PureGrip compound and has a double NyTech breaker.

https://www.continental-tires.com/bi...nd-sport-extra


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