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08-03-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
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,...
08-02-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
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.
08-02-13, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
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: 2,854
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.
07-25-13, 04:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,159
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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07-24-13, 08:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,576
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.
07-23-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,576
Posted By phulin

I was planning on brass nipples and 14/17/14...

I was planning on brass nipples and 14/17/14 spokes.
07-23-13, 03:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,576
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.
07-23-13, 01:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,576
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: 2,846
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.
07-22-13, 08:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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.
07-15-13, 09:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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).
07-15-13, 05:00 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
Posted By phulin

Is there a good way to check the pedal-frame...

Is there a good way to check the pedal-frame interface?
07-15-13, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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...
07-15-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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.
07-15-13, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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...
07-15-13, 08:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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...
07-14-13, 10:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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...
07-14-13, 12:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,322
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: 605
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: 356
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: 8,590
Views: 967,815
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: 1,883
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...
05-11-13, 08:07 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,849
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: 8,590
Views: 967,815
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...
05-01-13, 08:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,036
Posted By phulin

When assembling my current bike I forgot to do a...

When assembling my current bike I forgot to do a full tighten on my stem faceplate. I was a little surprised when my bars started moving in the middle of a ride - luckily I had my saddle bag.
Forum: Commuting
04-21-13, 06:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,498
Posted By phulin

I've found that a cyclocross-ish bike is the...

I've found that a cyclocross-ish bike is the right mix for me. It might be a good idea to take a look at the Tricross, or Trek's CrossRip. There are many companies with less-widely-available models...
04-16-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,116
Posted By phulin

I bought one full set of hex wrenches and now...

I bought one full set of hex wrenches and now only buy 5mm and 4mm ones individually from McMaster, as the other sizes basically never wear out.
Forum: Northeast
04-16-13, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8,590
Views: 967,815
Posted By phulin

I live two blocks away from one of the blast...

I live two blocks away from one of the blast sites, so it was definitely a little close for comfort. Hopefully I can squeeze in a long ride later this week to get some peace and quiet if work stops...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-11-13, 07:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 527
Posted By phulin

I had a bike that I loved dearly which had...

I had a bike that I loved dearly which had 10-year-old Sora shifters which still worked like new. I only had it for a year - got it used from a friend in terrible condition, but slowly brought it...
04-06-13, 04:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 699
Posted By phulin

The problem is that the BB and crankset need to...

The problem is that the BB and crankset need to "match" in terms of spindle length (at least to some degree). Otherwise, your crank may bottom out against the frame before it is tightened onto the...
03-31-13, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,064
Posted By phulin

Matte black is always infinitely sexy...

Matte black is always infinitely sexy...
Forum: Commuting
03-30-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,205
Posted By phulin

Yeah, I love my Power Grips but the disadvantage...

Yeah, I love my Power Grips but the disadvantage is that they're really annoying to adjust. The extra-large ones are too big for my feet in normal shoes, and the normal ones are too small for my feet...
03-29-13, 05:07 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,532
Posted By phulin

Have you tried Loctite on the BB?

Have you tried Loctite on the BB?
Forum: Commuting
03-28-13, 08:54 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,757
Posted By phulin

A friend of mine just got a whole bunch of those...

A friend of mine just got a whole bunch of those "I parked in a bike lane" stickers. I'm not sure they're the right thing for polite relations between cyclists and drivers, but they are funny.
Forum: Northeast
03-19-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8,590
Views: 967,815
Posted By phulin

Commuting was fun today - maybe the wind and...

Commuting was fun today - maybe the wind and sleet were a little annoying, but there's nothing going through the slush on slight knobbles and totally not caring. Next winter I'm going to buy some...
Forum: Commuting
03-18-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 374
Posted By phulin

I'm so excited. Commuting in the snow is...

I'm so excited. Commuting in the snow is literally my favorite thing.
Forum: Commuting
03-18-13, 03:05 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,165
Posted By phulin

I really like the combination of stiffer-soled...

I really like the combination of stiffer-soled running shoes and Power Grips - I use New Balance M565s.
Forum: Commuting
03-13-13, 09:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 620
Posted By phulin

I have to make a left turn across busy...

I have to make a left turn across busy Massachusetts Avenue here in Boston during rush hour every day - The lights are synchronized, so if I'm first or second in line in the left lane at the previous...
03-13-13, 08:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,263
Posted By phulin

I have a lot of friends who have...

I have a lot of friends who have poorly-maintained bikes, so I think I can say with authority that there's no reason to test. Your pedaling energy goes into heat and noise instead of into the rear...
03-12-13, 08:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,960
Posted By phulin

An example: http://boobicycles.com/

An example:

http://boobicycles.com/
Forum: Commuting
03-05-13, 04:41 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,424
Posted By phulin

I generally wear a t-shirt with an appropriate...

I generally wear a t-shirt with an appropriate number of layers over it on top. For pants my favorite choice are nylon tactical pants - they're cheap, water resistant, have a gusseted crotch, and...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-13, 07:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,581
Posted By phulin

I have a Patagonia Yerba 22L. It's perfect for my...

I have a Patagonia Yerba 22L. It's perfect for my (short) commute.
Forum: Commuting
02-28-13, 05:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,190
Posted By phulin

The MKS Touring pedals are really nice - I have...

The MKS Touring pedals are really nice - I have the shorter version (MKS Sylvan Stream) with Power Grips on them. That works perfectly for riding around Boston.
02-24-13, 09:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By phulin

You'll also need a bottom bracket tool and a...

You'll also need a bottom bracket tool and a crank extractor if you're going to replace the BB.
02-23-13, 11:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,377
Posted By phulin

I have the same brakes - there should be a...

I have the same brakes - there should be a 2mm-head allen bolt next to each boss, for spring tension adjustment. Turn the bolt in to pull the cantilevers towards that side.

Toe-in should be...
02-20-13, 12:12 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,109
Posted By phulin

What's wrong with those wheels? ...

What's wrong with those wheels?

http://momath.org/wp-content/gallery/main-gallery/gallery2.jpg

(this is the Museum of Math in NYC; I highly recommend it)
Forum: Northeast
02-15-13, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8,590
Views: 967,815
Posted By phulin

Today was just too nice to stay inside. Three...

Today was just too nice to stay inside. Three friends and I went down the Emerald Necklace path to the Arboretum, climbed the hills down there for a while, and came back via the SW Corridor. Awesome...
02-13-13, 11:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,591
Posted By phulin

Yeah, it's definitely not the b-screw - it's...

Yeah, it's definitely not the b-screw - it's backed most of the way out, and the derailleur still isn't really near the cogs in any gear. I lubed my chain again and it's somewhat better. I'm just not...
02-12-13, 11:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,591
Posted By phulin

Maybe, but there's a good deal of clearance...

Maybe, but there's a good deal of clearance without flex (without flex I only see chain rub in 46/12, my highest gear, and I'm usually riding four sprockets up from that). I'll take a look.
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