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02-06-10, 02:53 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By rykoala

Thank you everyone, your input is very much...

Thank you everyone, your input is very much appreciated. I have some shopping to do and some options to look at!
02-04-10, 12:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By rykoala

I'm confused. I have a saddle that fits. Are you...

I'm confused. I have a saddle that fits. Are you saying simply "find a *softer* saddle that fits"?

EDIT: Should I just keep the B17 and get padded bike shorts?
02-03-10, 02:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By rykoala

If you read the first post, I HAVE a B17 saddle...

If you read the first post, I HAVE a B17 saddle that works great but is too harsh when all my weight is on my butt. I'm no newbie at this, I have thousands of miles under my belt, 99% of it commuting...
02-03-10, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By rykoala

Thanks for everybody's replies. Here's how the...

Thanks for everybody's replies. Here's how the bike is was set up with drop bars, but right now it has nashbar trekking ('butterfly') bars.
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02-03-10, 02:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 645
Posted By rykoala

I too need my handlebars way up there to take...

I too need my handlebars way up there to take pressure off my hands. I'm looking at the bars on this site, made by wald. Here's the one I happen to have bookmarked.
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01-31-10, 01:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,544
Posted By rykoala

Uber-Clyde, 330ish pounds, need to ride upright- need saddle help

I'll try to be brief. History: used to bike commute 12mi/day, fixed gear with 26x1.5" tires, old Specialized MTB. I had to quit riding when I broke my left hand when I biffed it really hard about 3...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-08, 08:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,695
Posted By rykoala

Giro Atlas. 8 1/8 head here, it fits.

Giro Atlas. 8 1/8 head here, it fits.
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 07:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,009
Posted By rykoala

Yes, I read the whole thing. Yes, I do have a...

Yes, I read the whole thing. Yes, I do have a very good idea of what happened. I have been in similar situations when in traffic.

Whether I was there or got pictures or her license plate is a...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 05:00 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,130
Posted By rykoala

I'm in! My tires had a *goat head* in them the...

I'm in! My tires had a *goat head* in them the other day without a flat in them. Found that when I switched to my studded tires. No telling how long it had been in there. They're performance...
Forum: Commuting
01-11-08, 02:38 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,009
Posted By rykoala

There, fixed it for you.

There, fixed it for you.
Forum: Commuting
01-10-08, 04:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By rykoala

Very nice! I like it a lot. It reminds me of my...

Very nice! I like it a lot. It reminds me of my bike, but mine isn't as nice looking. 99c walmart flat black just doesn't look as nice as powdercoating for some weird reason :p
Forum: Commuting
01-10-08, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By rykoala

I can't tell you the number of x-mart bikes that...

I can't tell you the number of x-mart bikes that I've seen both in the store and in the hands of consumers that have the front fork and brakes backwards.
Forum: Commuting
01-09-08, 04:49 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,226
Posted By rykoala

How about "lLTB vs Everyone" :p Couldn't...

How about "lLTB vs Everyone" :p

Couldn't resist. ILTB is my friend :)
Forum: Commuting
01-09-08, 11:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,226
Posted By rykoala

Frame material: You mean that there's a material...

Frame material: You mean that there's a material other than steel that actually works for commuting. Say it isn't so! Steel is reel.

Rivendell: I can hardly afford to drool over their website.
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Forum: Commuting
01-08-08, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By rykoala

meaculpa...

meaculpa (http://bikeforums.net/member.php?u=63980) - I ride in Sparks and Reno NV. 6mi each way. Mulchie, I was worried about how mild the tires seemed compared to the 294's. No worries now! I rode...
Forum: Commuting
01-07-08, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 439
Posted By rykoala

16 Degrees, solid ice, Nokian W160's.

That describes my commute this morning. It was cold, cold, cold. I had the option of driving the car to work today but opted to ride my bike instead. I put on my Nokian Mount and Ground 160's last...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,454
Posted By rykoala

I voted "yep, no problem" only because I wear...

I voted "yep, no problem" only because I wear tights that my wife says look like panty hose without the feet. She said I should just wear panty hose just last night in fact! But no I don't actually...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-08, 10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 428
Posted By rykoala

First *real* rain commute not too bad!

I left my home this morning donning my rain gear (walmart waterproof "breathable" pants and jacket) and it was 42 degrees and raining somewhat hard for this area. I also had a quite bothersome head...
01-03-08, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By rykoala

I should have mentioned: Its an OLD MTB that is...

I should have mentioned: Its an OLD MTB that is fully rigid.
01-02-08, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By rykoala

The reasoning is that the handling will be nicer....

The reasoning is that the handling will be nicer. The cornering on my mountain bikes *sucks* and I want it to handle better in general. I had a road bike for a while until the frame broke. I also...
01-02-08, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By rykoala

The idea is that I want a 26" road bike. I could...

The idea is that I want a 26" road bike. I could get a road bike frame and modify it for 26" wheels but that won't do a whole lot for me. Brakes wouldn't fit, I'd have to braze those on etc. It would...
01-02-08, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 562
Posted By rykoala

Modify frame head tube angle?

I want to roadify one of my mtb frames. The biggest problem is the head tube geometry. I want to make it 73 or 74 degrees. Its an old Rock Hopper, so its probably around 69-72 degrees right now.
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01-02-08, 01:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 850
Posted By rykoala

8spd and 9spd cassettes go on the same sized hub....

8spd and 9spd cassettes go on the same sized hub. No spacer. I could get a 9spd cassette and put it on my bike when I switch cassettes when this one wears out. I also use friction shifters so that...
01-02-08, 01:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 760
Posted By rykoala

+1 on this. I had a left crank arm that was doing...

+1 on this. I had a left crank arm that was doing this. I replaced it. Problem solved.
01-02-08, 01:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By rykoala

Sounds to me like the cranks stripped when you...

Sounds to me like the cranks stripped when you installed them. Did you cross thread it?
01-02-08, 01:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 850
Posted By rykoala

If you put a 7 speed cassette on an 8/9 spd hub,...

If you put a 7 speed cassette on an 8/9 spd hub, then you'll need a spacer like this:
http://www.loosescrews.com/index.cgi?d=single&c=Cassette&sc=Spacers&tc=&item_id=WB-NCS4.5&id=5417807698

I've...
01-02-08, 01:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 477
Posted By rykoala

Biopace rings are not round, they are a weird...

Biopace rings are not round, they are a weird oblong shape. They are easily identified usually. If you can supply a pic, I'm sure we can figure out what's going on.
Forum: Commuting
01-01-08, 12:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 803
Posted By rykoala

Yiiiikes! That is a scary predicament to be in. I...

Yiiiikes! That is a scary predicament to be in. I am VERY glad you were able to recover. Fix up yer bike and try again. I miss my fixed gear!
12-31-07, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,776
Posted By rykoala

Perhaps those are mislabeled 650b (iirc 590mm)...

Perhaps those are mislabeled 650b (iirc 590mm) wheels?
12-31-07, 08:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 496
Posted By rykoala

In my opinion, don't worry about getting it off....

In my opinion, don't worry about getting it off. Or, take it to a bike shop. They'll have the tool for it. My LBS charged me $5 for it. Or like I said, don't sweat it. Put a glop of grease on the end...
12-31-07, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 509
Posted By rykoala

I have a Nishiki mtb that has a 52/40/28 crank...

I have a Nishiki mtb that has a 52/40/28 crank set and a 12/32 cassette. It doesn't make me any faster unless I'm going down hill or have a hurricane like tailwind. I can only spin so fast or mash so...
12-31-07, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 535
Posted By rykoala

A HUGE THANKS to Sheldon Brown!

I wanted to send a shout of thanks to Sheldon for his amazing web site and his willingness to share his expert techniques with laymen like me.

Since the weekend, I've laced up a wheel darn close...
12-30-07, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By rykoala

That makes REALLY good sense, HillRider. I was...

That makes REALLY good sense, HillRider. I was wondering if I wasn't fooling myself there. I'll have to borrow a 10mm allen wrench from someone and check that. Thanks for the tip.
12-30-07, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By rykoala

For the 7 --> 8 speed upgrade, I built a new...

For the 7 --> 8 speed upgrade, I built a new wheel and put in an 8 spd cassette. I'm just going to pull it apart and check it no matter what. It could probably use to be lubricated. It wobbles in...
12-30-07, 12:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 957
Posted By rykoala

Bent Axle? Shimano Deore LX hub

When on the stand last night I was adjusting shifting (upgraded from 7 to 8 speed) I noticed that the hub appears to have a bent axle. The reason is that the the cassette wobbles on its axis.

It...
12-29-07, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By rykoala

Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice. I did...

Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice. I did stress relieve the spokes with a 1/2" ratchet handle, the Sheldon Brown way. For the first 5 feet it made a few pinging sounds, and that was it. The wheel...
12-29-07, 07:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By rykoala

Built my first wheel, have a question

I just got done going for about a one mile ride on my newly rebuilt wheel. Its a 32 spoke 8spd MTB wheel. I had wrecked the wheel when the chain went between the cassette and spokes once. Every spoke...
12-28-07, 10:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By rykoala

Well, tonight I spent about 90 minutes truing the...

Well, tonight I spent about 90 minutes truing the wheel and dishing it correctly. I wasn't able to get it perfectly true nor perfectly round (it has miniscule hops and wobbles just the slightest bit)...
12-28-07, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By rykoala

Thanks for the suggestion. See as how I'm totally...

Thanks for the suggestion. See as how I'm totally broke right now, I raided my parts pile (includes old wheels) and found an old front wheel with a bad hub that has 264mm spokes. I combined those...
12-26-07, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By rykoala

Just a follow up. I pulled the wheel apart last...

Just a follow up. I pulled the wheel apart last night and measured the spokes. For the drive side, they are 264 and for the non drive they are 267. I double checked my spocalc numbers (from...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-07, 07:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,093
Posted By rykoala

I am in LOVE with this bicycle. If I had the cash...

I am in LOVE with this bicycle. If I had the cash I'd own one VERY soon. Unfortunately that is not the case. I won't be owning one of these for a while! I'll have to make do with what I've got ;)
12-21-07, 12:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By rykoala

D'oh! I am very sorry. Its 32 spoke, 3 cross. I...

D'oh! I am very sorry. Its 32 spoke, 3 cross. I would measure the spokes that are in it but some of them are far too long. I am not sure why. I just want to start from scratch on it in order to get...
12-20-07, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 718
Posted By rykoala

Can someone confirm spoke length for me?

Hi all,

I am buying spokes on nashbar.com because I am rebuilding a wheel that I messed up (derailer into spokes). I am buying wheelsmith 14/15/14 spokes. The hub is a Shimano Deore LX FH-M570,...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-07, 08:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By rykoala

I'll just chime in on the tires. I have...

I'll just chime in on the tires. I have http://www.performancebike.com/shop/profile.cfm?SKU=14789&subcategory_ID=5430 Forte Versa Trac/K (Kevlar layer) and I *really* like them. I commute 12mi daily...
Forum: Commuting
12-10-07, 12:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 677
Posted By rykoala

MTB shoes =! cold weather gear

I have a pair of Cannondale Roam shoes that I got two seasons ago. They are great shoes, and I'll be wearing them a long time. They are great with double socks over 30 degrees. My toes get cold but...
Forum: Commuting
12-07-07, 10:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 1,782
Posted By rykoala

Injury, as earlier this year. I just started...

Injury, as earlier this year. I just started commuting again last week. I did 2 days last week and 3 this week.

I wimped out this morning because the power went out and I overslept, and I didn't...
12-05-07, 07:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,325
Posted By rykoala

carbon nano tubes

carbon nano tubes
12-03-07, 12:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,325
Posted By rykoala

I was using brake housing. The derailer cable...

I was using brake housing. The derailer cable actually does fit sort of in mtb levers that I have. l am just glad to have not had a catastrophic failure in traffic.

I'll get a digital pic of how...
12-02-07, 08:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,325
Posted By rykoala

I don't know how I EVER managed it. I thought I...

I don't know how I EVER managed it. I thought I was using road bike cables (the opposite end of mtb cables I'd already used) for the front but in fact they were shifting cables. That scariest part is...
12-02-07, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,325
Posted By rykoala

So THAT is why my brakes have no stopping power

When building my new commuter last month I spent some time trying to figure out cabling. It dawned on me that on my old commuter I had been using *derailer cable* for front and rear brakes. It really...
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