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09-14-12, 01:41 PM
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Posted By DCB0

Yeah - my favorites are the lugged frame Trek 700...

Yeah - my favorites are the lugged frame Trek 700 series, but only because I was not as familiar with the Specialized Crossroads bikes at the time.
09-14-12, 01:38 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,898
Posted By DCB0

The good people of China work night and day so...

The good people of China work night and day so that we can have inexpensive and good quality bike frames. There is seldom a reason to be cheap.
09-14-12, 12:11 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,898
Posted By DCB0

Correct! And if the model is discontinued, often...

Correct! And if the model is discontinued, often the company will respond to a warranty claim by replacing the frame with a newer model, and if it is not compatible with the old parts, they might...
09-14-12, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,342
Posted By DCB0

Also, if you have anti-seize on the bottom...

Also, if you have anti-seize on the bottom bracket spindle taper, wipe it and the taper hole int he crankarm clean. I have had much better luck with dry tapers than lubed. Lube the crank bolt...
09-14-12, 07:46 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,898
Posted By DCB0

Ummm... YES I was kidding. I am pretty SURE i...

Ummm... YES I was kidding. I am pretty SURE i used a SMILEY in my original post... just like the OP SAID his WARRANTy was VOID and the rePAIR was TEMPORARY!!!!11
I agree with one thing the OP said:...
09-14-12, 07:26 AM
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Views: 5,898
Posted By DCB0

Possibly not - that epoxy is pretty poor (even...

Possibly not - that epoxy is pretty poor (even when reinforced with another tube and sheets of steel mesh (window screen?)) and can likely be chipped off before sending back.

THe OPs attitude was...
09-14-12, 07:24 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,898
Posted By DCB0

You holier than thou bicycle enthusiasts have...

You holier than thou bicycle enthusiasts have lost another valuable elcitric-bicycle-rider with your 'honest practical advice.'
09-13-12, 02:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,976
Posted By DCB0

The correct answer, as you found out, it: It...

The correct answer, as you found out, it: It depends.

If you wanted the same thing done on a Saturday afternoon in the last week of may it most certainly would not be done the same day. If you...
09-13-12, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By DCB0

I think the nominal OD of the seat tube is...

I think the nominal OD of the seat tube is correct before paint is applied. Afte a few thousandths of an inch of paint are added, the clamp on the derailleur is not a perect fit, but easily flexes...
09-13-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,342
Posted By DCB0

This can be true... but is not necessarily. The...

This can be true... but is not necessarily. The early failure of external bbs is often because the bearings relay on the outer faces of the BB shell for alignment. So if the faces of your shell are...
09-12-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 803
Posted By DCB0

If you go from 622 mm to 584 mm and use similar...

If you go from 622 mm to 584 mm and use similar size tires, the bike will drop by 19mm.

If you change from 23mm wide tires to 35 mm wide tires, the bike will only drop about 7 mm (~1/4 inch) -...
09-11-12, 10:59 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,462
Posted By DCB0

It never hurts to ask. But think about what you...

It never hurts to ask. But think about what you are asking - like you said, the margin on bikes is thin, so they don't want to move on the price... but if they give you anything for free they...
09-11-12, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By DCB0

Keep the tires pumped up close tot he maximum...

Keep the tires pumped up close tot he maximum pressure.

True the wheels.

Get a new 7-speed indexed shifter

New cables


The bike is about $150 new, I think, so be careful not to spend too...
09-11-12, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 463
Posted By DCB0

I would expect you to be able to do it, save for...

I would expect you to be able to do it, save for possible complications like rdtompki mentioned. Pace yourself, don't get caught up in a rush at the start and you will be fine.
09-07-12, 10:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,184
Posted By DCB0

It is not impossible, or really all that...

It is not impossible, or really all that uncommon, to overtighten crankarm nuts and bolts to the point that the hole in the crankarm is damaged. Yes they meed to be damn tight, but not too tight.
09-07-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,499
Posted By DCB0

Also, the importance of the first two steps...

Also, the importance of the first two steps really cannot be overstated. Shaimno usually says the outer plate of the cage of the derailleur should be 1 to 3 mm above the teeth of the big ring when...
09-07-12, 10:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,499
Posted By DCB0

5 or 6 inches is an awfu lot to cut off a cable...

5 or 6 inches is an awfu lot to cut off a cable housing... have you installed a shorter stem or much narrower bars since the bike was initially assembled? I doubt this is the problem you are...
09-06-12, 02:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,062
Posted By DCB0

If the pavement is bare, even if it is wet, then...

If the pavement is bare, even if it is wet, then slicks will likely work fine. If there is any accumulation of snow then some tread is probably better so the snow has somewhere to go when it is...
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09-06-12, 02:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,420
Posted By DCB0

Post #3. Oops... that was you.

Post #3.

Oops... that was you.
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09-06-12, 07:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,420
Posted By DCB0

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle
09-05-12, 01:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,738
Posted By DCB0

29 inch is exactly the same as 700c. 700c tires...

29 inch is exactly the same as 700c. 700c tires fit on 29 inch rims and 29 inch tires fit on 700c rims. There are limitations to tire width, but in general it can be switched both ways.

edit: If...
09-05-12, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 700
Posted By DCB0

I echo the question from above: Is the bike...

I echo the question from above: Is the bike 'good' or is it 'pretty?'

A good bike should probably not be used as you grocery-getter in a college town, because the one time you are in more of a...
09-05-12, 08:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,147
Posted By DCB0

I got that. I have no hard numbers, either. ...

I got that. I have no hard numbers, either. However, every image I have seen of Chinese factories of all sorts is that Women are doing almost all the assembly line work. Assembling, decalling,...
09-05-12, 07:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,147
Posted By DCB0

The delicate and precise work done in Asian...

The delicate and precise work done in Asian factories is often done by women.

Also, I watched a video on 'How a Bike is Made' taken in the 50s or 60s at the Raleigh factory in England, and it was...
09-05-12, 07:42 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,738
Posted By DCB0

I donít know why people keep making this mistake....

I donít know why people keep making this mistake. The body of Shimano rear derailleurs Ė the front and back plates that make up the parallelogram Ė have no difference between the short and mid cage...
08-31-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
Posted By DCB0

The numbers the company use to describe the frame...

The numbers the company use to describe the frame size are not standardized, so any chart or guide that makes a general statements that "a person of X height needs a frame of Xcm" is meaningless. It...
08-31-12, 08:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,675
Posted By DCB0

A folding tire can be kept in a large seat or...

A folding tire can be kept in a large seat or medium sized handlebar bag, if you are really paranoid.

It sounds like there was some damage to the tire before the ride, or you just had such bad...
08-31-12, 07:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,139
Posted By DCB0

Awesome. I had my doubts but it sure is a sweet...

Awesome. I had my doubts but it sure is a sweet bike. And you paid approximately what a similar quality bike would cost, but actually have some better components (like the conti tires) than you...
08-30-12, 01:44 PM
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Views: 2,165,300
Posted By DCB0

You are right. THere are certaily things that...

You are right. THere are certaily things that are not malfunctioning or broken that will make a person enjoy riding more. I personally hate old gripshifters so much that in my mind I probably...
08-30-12, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 626
Posted By DCB0

Cannondale has a long history of concept bikes...

Cannondale has a long history of concept bikes that are quite fanciful and never make it to the shops... whether they ever intended them to or not is unclear.
08-30-12, 10:30 AM
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Views: 2,165,300
Posted By DCB0

I agree nothing is worth upgrading or changing,...

I agree nothing is worth upgrading or changing, unless there is a problem with something. After you have ridden it so much you have worn the tread off the tires, reward yourself by doing the only...
08-30-12, 08:53 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,334
Posted By DCB0

You can get an awesome floor pump for the price...

You can get an awesome floor pump for the price of a decent dinner out. You can get a decent floor pump for the price of a cheap dinner out.
08-29-12, 02:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

And since you are heavier than average, you might...

And since you are heavier than average, you might need to overinflate narrower tires to keep from pinching them on bumps. 1.75" is a great width, IMHO.
08-29-12, 12:51 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,117
Posted By DCB0

The $300 - 800 bikes available in Davis are the...

The $300 - 800 bikes available in Davis are the same $300-800 bikes available in Cincinatti and Kansas City and Waco and Cleveland, and they are fine bikes in those locations and thousands of people...
08-29-12, 07:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,117
Posted By DCB0

I read a few posts that were perhaps a bit...

I read a few posts that were perhaps a bit dismissive, but nothing that would discourage people form learning bike mechanics. On the contrary, this forum exists becuase experienced (and sometimes...
08-29-12, 07:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

With the right gearing it is possible to...

With the right gearing it is possible to accelerate well beyond 30 mph on a long downhill. On flat goround 30mph is close to the fastest that an elite athlete can go with an aero time-trial or...
08-29-12, 07:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,334
Posted By DCB0

When I Was a teenager my dad had a small electric...

When I Was a teenager my dad had a small electric compressor. As I recall it had a set point that was too low for the narrow racing tires (~20mm) I was using at the time. Also, I tried tro...
08-28-12, 01:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

Those tires look much better. Keep them pumped up...

Those tires look much better. Keep them pumped up to the max pressure (probably around 65 or 80 psi) for maximum performance.
08-28-12, 01:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

There are two types of cable hangers that look...

There are two types of cable hangers that look like that - there are ones that clamp directly onto the quill of the stem and ones that replace the spacers between the two nuts of the headset on the...
08-28-12, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 973
Posted By DCB0

All the advice given is good, but I would like to...

All the advice given is good, but I would like to add one thing:

Cables on bikes do not 'stretch' - this is a misnomer. When bikes are new, the outer cable housing will compress slightly, which...
08-28-12, 10:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,334
Posted By DCB0

+1. ANd the irony is that not inflating your...

+1.

ANd the irony is that not inflating your tires is a common cause of flats, so by avoiding using your pump, you may be making it necessary to use your pump.
08-28-12, 10:28 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,878
Posted By DCB0

Please note - tHe Clydesdale forum is not just...

Please note - tHe Clydesdale forum is not just for losing weight. There are many people there who are big and happy with their weight, but many of the challenges that apply to an out of shape 300...
08-28-12, 10:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

I don't think the chainrings on that crank are...

I don't think the chainrings on that crank are replaceable. He will have to buy a whole new crank to change the gearing.
08-28-12, 10:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,329
Posted By DCB0

Yeah, your description of the irregular teeth...

Yeah, your description of the irregular teeth sounds like the shaped and ramped teeth designed to improve shifting. THese have been pretty common on bikes since the early 1990s.

Less expensive...
08-27-12, 04:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By DCB0

Probably damn similar to the 100+ other brands of...

Probably damn similar to the 100+ other brands of bike that are made by the same contract manufacturers in Chaina or Taiwan.

I personally have one of their Reynolds 853 steel MTB frames sitting in...
08-27-12, 03:57 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,878
Posted By DCB0

Well done, Moose! IT may not always feel like...

Well done, Moose!
IT may not always feel like it, but just keep moving and that is an accomplishment - sometimes it is the wind, or a hill, and sometimes it is our own bodies or, most often, minds...
08-27-12, 03:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,117
Posted By DCB0

Yes. The two 32mm nuts are to adjust the headset...

Yes. The two 32mm nuts are to adjust the headset bearings (the bearings on which the fork spins). That would be another $6 job you should ask the LBS to do, as you likely won't be needing to adjust...
08-27-12, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,553
Posted By DCB0

Before you do any adjusting at the brake, make...

Before you do any adjusting at the brake, make sure the wheel is fully seated in the dropouts. I know it is unlikely that you replaced multiple tires and had the wheel improperly installed each...
08-24-12, 01:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,738
Posted By DCB0

All 8 speed Shimano cassettes will fit on your...

All 8 speed Shimano cassettes will fit on your hub. There was never any road/mtb difference for cassettes, except for the first generation of 10 speed cassettes.

Shimano road deralleurs are...
08-24-12, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 739
Posted By DCB0

Shimano touring model, as above. Wellgo makes a...

Shimano touring model, as above. Wellgo makes a similar/identical one, as I am sure do some others.
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