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03-13-12, 06:23 PM
03-11-12, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,114
Posted By powitte

crank and BB installation torque: does it really matter?

I'm used to square taper stuff, where I was taught you tighten the crank bolts as much as my puny arms can torque it. It seemed to do the job always.

Now I'm about to install a GXP BB and Rival...
02-17-12, 10:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 701
Posted By powitte

experiences with non-Shimano retroshift levers??

Has anyone tried any non-Shimano levers with Retroshift (http://retroshift.com/)? Microshift? Sunrace?

What has worked/what hasn't?
02-17-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By powitte

Well, I ended up getting a hollowtech II 105 BB...

Well, I ended up getting a hollowtech II 105 BB for $20 and a tiagra crankset for $76. Not too bad. Though I'm reading the install details and getting a bit queasy. Do BB shells really have to get...
02-14-12, 01:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By powitte

That sets my mind at ease. Thanks!

That sets my mind at ease. Thanks!
02-13-12, 10:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By powitte

How is that an upgrade--inflexibility in allowing...

How is that an upgrade--inflexibility in allowing a user to select their chainline?? That just seems foolish to me.
02-13-12, 07:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By powitte

In need of a primer on modern bottom brackets

I've done quite a bit of work on bicycles, but haven't had any experience with more sophisticated bottom brackets after a Shimano UN-54 I installed several years ago. That BB, and everything I...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By powitte

Maybe get a penny farthing bike to roll over the...

Maybe get a penny farthing bike to roll over the debris better??
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,001
Posted By powitte

Not if I have anything to do with it! My car is...

Not if I have anything to do with it! My car is a Saab 900. I drive it almost never, and at this rate, my 2 year old will be driving it to prom.

Glad you're alright, all things considered.
Forum: Commuting
09-20-11, 07:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 446
Posted By powitte

Where are you? Australia? I hear those...

Where are you? Australia?

I hear those trees are pretty crazy. The Giant Redwood of the southern hemisphere (but much more dangerous, partly for reasons you've pointed out).

Have you...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-11, 07:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 690
Posted By powitte

With disc brakes and a suspension fork you may...

With disc brakes and a suspension fork you may have some difficulties with traditional fenders. Google around and see what is advertised to work with that. Alternatively, I'd recommend you post on...
Forum: Commuting
09-17-11, 07:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,920
Posted By powitte

It makes my eyes get misty when I hear about bike...

It makes my eyes get misty when I hear about bike shops like that....
09-16-11, 05:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By powitte

Good point. Maybe I get more since I weight a...

Good point. Maybe I get more since I weight a scant #145 dripping wet.
09-15-11, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,420
Posted By powitte

Probably you need a new crank entirely. Possibly...

Probably you need a new crank entirely. Possibly a shop may be able to "chase" the threads, but likely it will just fail again.

You're right, your bicycle is not "total" crap. When ridden...
09-15-11, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 575
Posted By powitte

It varies depending quite a bit on the tire and...

It varies depending quite a bit on the tire and conditions. I ride on glass-strewn streets and often I replace them when I get nervous with all the deep gashes that have developed.

If you want...
09-15-11, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By powitte

I've already filed them down once, which was a...

I've already filed them down once, which was a pain, but it worked for a couple months. Now I have the same problem, but thinner dropouts.
09-15-11, 11:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By powitte

Don't think this will interface well with the...

Don't think this will interface well with the S7's clickbox unfortunately
09-14-11, 06:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,335
Posted By powitte

A set of these came stock on my bicycle. The...

A set of these came stock on my bicycle. The front one works alright, too much spray off the side for my liking, but gets 90% of the road spray.

The problem is in the rear fender. They are...
09-14-11, 05:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By powitte

Thanks for the reply. I don't have a Civia. I...

Thanks for the reply. I don't have a Civia. I have another aluminum frame bike with semi-horizontal dropouts. The serrated non-turn washers that come with the hub (SRAM S7) are pretty bitey, in...
09-13-11, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Posted By powitte

How do those Civia sliding dropouts work?

I ride an IGH rig, and have persistent troubles with the axle creeping forward, particularly when pulling my axle-mounted trailer. Yes it is torqued to spec.

How do these sliding dropouts work?...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-11, 07:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 22,169
Posted By powitte

Surly does a great job of marketing, which is one...

Surly does a great job of marketing, which is one reason why they've become oh so popular. But to me, it's really getting to be a turn off. For example, on the CC (and other frames of theirs), they...
Forum: Commuting
08-28-11, 07:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By powitte

Another idea. My wife just 'lanolized' a...

Another idea.

My wife just 'lanolized' a wool diaper cover for our youngest. "What's that?" I asked.

Apparently, lanolin in the stuff secreted from sheep skin that makes wool as resilient in...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-11, 09:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By powitte

Great question.

Great question.
Forum: Commuting
08-27-11, 04:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By powitte

I suppose I could, but like I said, I'm in and...

I suppose I could, but like I said, I'm in and out so much that's sort of a pain. Then I still have to deal with the dripping wet pants...

Plus, I'm going into people's houses and sort of am on...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-11, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By powitte

Rain pants without nylon? Wool? Cotton?

I'm a long-time commuter, but recently I started a job where I ride between 4 or 5 locations a day and have to show up looking presentable. Everyone else I work with drives, but what fun is that?
...
08-13-11, 02:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 440
Posted By powitte

helmet fit

You'd think this is a noob question, but I've been riding 5k a year for 6 years now, all of it with a helmet on.

I bought a new one today, thinking my old one probably is well past its prime. A...
08-07-11, 08:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 649
Posted By powitte

I don't disagree with your point, but I don't...

I don't disagree with your point, but I don't make a decision to drop one safety measure because something qualitatively different is comparably more effective.

Of course, there is no substitute...
Forum: Commuting
08-07-11, 02:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,953
Posted By powitte

The frame is probably going to dictate the max...

The frame is probably going to dictate the max width of tires, not the rims. Check the space between the chain stays, seat stays, and fork before you buy anything.

Have you ridden this route...
08-07-11, 01:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 649
Posted By powitte

Most common example is going straight through an...

Most common example is going straight through an intersection where a car going the opposite direction is trying to turn left. The car blocks your light, and if the cyclist can't keep up with the...
08-07-11, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 649
Posted By powitte

This is what I had in mind. Feedback? ...

This is what I had in mind. Feedback?

http://www.niterider.com/rechargeable-new/minewt-mini-300-usb-plus-new/
08-06-11, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 649
Posted By powitte

safety concerns with helmet mounted lights?

I know many believe that having a smooth contour on a helmet makes it safer (which is why design trends are moving in that direction). But, I ride in a dense urban area, and often my...
08-04-11, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 617
Posted By powitte

Yes! I have. But I think it was because I had...

Yes! I have. But I think it was because I had it zip tied to the reflector bracket on my rack, and perhaps it was too rattly and insecure there. When I clip it to my belt or bag or whatever then...
08-04-11, 08:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 421
Posted By powitte

Light & Motion vis 360 connector fixed?

I've heard a lot of people complain that the solder on the usb charger broke almost immediately (and noticed too that my LBS stopped carrying this model a while ago). Does anyone know if this...
Forum: Commuting
07-16-11, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By powitte

If you get a new fork, it will be the...

If you get a new fork, it will be the 'threadless' variety. This is good, but it will require a new headset and stem, though you could reuse the handlebars assuming the clamp size is the same on...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-11, 09:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By powitte

It's a labor intensive job, yes. That's why the...

It's a labor intensive job, yes. That's why the shop is quoting so much to replace very simple stuff. But if you have the slightest bit of mechanical inclination or willingness to learn, you could...
Forum: Commuting
07-14-11, 05:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By powitte

Imagine what you could do to that Klein with even...

Imagine what you could do to that Klein with even half the price you're prepared to spend on a new rig.
Forum: Commuting
07-10-11, 09:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By powitte

I'd say just ride it on your knobby MTB a few...

I'd say just ride it on your knobby MTB a few times until you get a better sense of what the ride is like. Don't buy anything before that--it would be premature.
Forum: Commuting
07-04-11, 08:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,544
Posted By powitte

Probably, the town you're in has a public bike...

Probably, the town you're in has a public bike auction. College towns are loaded with bikes that get left at the end of the year and the city has to unload. Look into it and see when the auction...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-11, 08:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,429
Posted By powitte

The "I didn't buy it" thread

There is so much cool bike gear out there, and so much hype about it all throughout BikeForums, I find myself continually thirsting for more. On our own local Chicago forum, www.thechainlink.org,...
Forum: Commuting
06-29-11, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,223
Posted By powitte

Yes, but more drinking away one's sorrows, which...

Yes, but more drinking away one's sorrows, which means more glass on the streets. Sometimes I feel like I'm just riding on a sprinkling of broken glass everywhere I go.

I actually got another...
Forum: Commuting
06-28-11, 07:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,223
Posted By powitte

I ride a Pasela TG front and a t-serv rear. The...

I ride a Pasela TG front and a t-serv rear. The T-serv is undoubtedly a more puncture-resistant, durable tire. I've been satisfied with the TG overall, but it probably flats 3x more often than the...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-11, 09:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,589
Posted By powitte

Check the rear spacing. I'm guessing it's 135,...

Check the rear spacing. I'm guessing it's 135, which would be doable but annoying with the SA 5-speed.
Forum: Commuting
06-21-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,589
Posted By powitte

I don't know why people hate on grip shifters. ...

I don't know why people hate on grip shifters. What's the big deal? If you're charging hard up a mountain in the Alps in the Tour, I suppose it does. For city riding though ?

Yes the coaster on...
Forum: Commuting
06-18-11, 02:39 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,589
Posted By powitte

Excellent questions. Excellent foresight. ...

Excellent questions. Excellent foresight.

I also am an apartment-dwelling, bike-carrying, four-season, IGH-riding Chicago cyclist. Here are a few thoughts:

-As others have mentioned, IGHs...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,271
Posted By powitte

Folders and winter

I'm thinking of picking up a folder for a few reasons. While weighing my options, I'm considering winter performance.

Not talking about carrying it to the subway sort of winter performance, but,...
06-14-11, 09:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By powitte

20" wheels and winter conditions

Considering getting a folder for a few reasons. I've ridden ~5 years now through the winter in Chicago on 26 and 700c bikes, 2 years of which was with Nokian W106s. I know Schwalbe makes a 20"...
Forum: Commuting
06-08-11, 09:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,331
Posted By powitte

Other than get the fit checked? No, no other...

Other than get the fit checked? No, no other ideas without seeing you/your bicycle or examining your hands.

Internet message boards can only take you so far.
Forum: Commuting
06-07-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,653
Posted By powitte

My saddle is slightly higher than my handlebars,...

My saddle is slightly higher than my handlebars, and I ride a B67. I'm 5'10" and 145lbs (infer what you will about my haunches).

I'm not much for rules about what is most suitable. Pick what...
Forum: Commuting
06-07-11, 05:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,331
Posted By powitte

Consider "Gamekeeper's Thumb...

Consider "Gamekeeper's Thumb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamekeeper%27s_thumb)" as a possible diagnosis, if that's what you're looking for.

It's almost certainly a bicycle fit issue, but it...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-11, 09:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,331
Posted By powitte

Resident physical therapist responding here. ...

Resident physical therapist responding here.

Where exactly does it bother you when you say "the base"?

At the metacarpophalangeal joint...
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