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08-29-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By Steve M.

Knard vs. Vee Bulldozer for a Jones LWB?

I have the Vee Speedsters at the moment, but I need a 29+ tire that will do *pretty well* on all surfaces, as I bomb around the neighborhood, ride gravel and some not-too-technical singletrack....
08-04-20, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 847
Posted By Steve M.

My plan worked like this: -- Buy a frame I...

My plan worked like this:

-- Buy a frame I liked.

-- Buy an entire Bikes Direct bike with the kit I wanted on there. Hard to get components cheaper separately.

-- Craiglist the BD frame...
12-10-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 755
Posted By Steve M.

Basic spoke replacement question

I broke one on my trusty 2007 Surly Cross Check -- the wheels are one of the few original parts left. I need to replace a broken one, but I'm not sure what to order. The specs say DT Swiss stainless...
10-22-16, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By Steve M.

Will a 10 speed RD work with 7 speed cassette?

I chanced into a nice old 1992 Schwinn that has 7-speed Exage with indexed downtube shifters. It's the equivalent of Sora or Tiagra, I guess, but it works fine and it's a blast to ride. I'm planning...
10-21-16, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve M.

I'm actually planning to leave it at seven, but I...

I'm actually planning to leave it at seven, but I do feel that sometime in my life I should have some Dura-Ace or Ultegra bits, just for self esteem. I was just wondering if the drive train parts...
10-19-16, 02:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve M.

Will an 8-speed RD -- should I come across a nice...

Will an 8-speed RD -- should I come across a nice one -- work with 7 speed indexing and cassette if the limit screws are adjusted correctly?
10-19-16, 02:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve M.

Pretty much the RD. Downtube shifters, brakes and...

Pretty much the RD. Downtube shifters, brakes and FD are lower priorities.
10-19-16, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,611
Posted By Steve M.

Will Shimano 8-speed stuff work on a 7-speed?

I've chanced into an 1992 Schwinn Paramount, not one of the American ones, but certainly lovely to ride. I figure I'll get it powdercoated and update and upgrade it just a little.

It's got...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-16, 03:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,419
Posted By Steve M.

Brompton seat post slips -- solution?

I'm not a small guy and I have my seat post at full extension. I consistently find after 20 minutes of riding that it's slipped an inch or two -- just enough to give that scrunched feeling.

I've...
Forum: Touring
09-02-16, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 643
Posted By Steve M.

Renting a touring rig in France?

My daughter, who goes to school in France, wants to take what she's calling ``a gentle bike tour of the Massif Central.'' I am negotiating for ``a grueling bike tour of Champagne country.''
...
07-06-16, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By Steve M.

Naturally it's a Brooks! Creak is gone and...

Naturally it's a Brooks!

Creak is gone and good riddance. One of these things worked, but I don't know which:

-- Tightening the cassette lock ring

-- Greasing skewers and rear drop outs
...
07-05-16, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 747
Posted By Steve M.

BB creak when *not* under load

This is driving me slowly to madness. The creak disappears when I'm standing or pedaling under load.

It's a steel Gunnar frame. I've replaced the Hollowtech II bracket and greased it thoroughly,...
08-24-15, 06:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 994
Posted By Steve M.

Tektro CR720 cantis vs. Velo Orange MK3

Anyone have a semi-informed opinion on this crucial matter? VO has its version on sale, so they are roughly equal in cost. Either one will be an improvement over my Oryxes, one of which has basically...
Forum: Northeast
07-05-15, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 876
Posted By Steve M.

Rode the metric this morning. I have to say,...

Rode the metric this morning. I have to say, that's one of the most aesthetically pleasing rides I've ever taken. Just lovely. The countryside looks as though someone gave a kid a pack of crayons and...
06-29-15, 08:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,608
Posted By Steve M.

I've got a nine-speed 11-34 cassette back there....

I've got a nine-speed 11-34 cassette back there. Which cog doesn't seem to affect the performance. I'll give the L screw a shot.
06-29-15, 07:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,608
Posted By Steve M.

Right, but just on the off chance I don't utilize...

Right, but just on the off chance I don't utilize perfect technique, or my training doesn't peak right at that precise moment and I need a bail-out gear, perhaps you have a useful suggestion.
06-29-15, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,608
Posted By Steve M.

Front derailleur doesn't want to shift onto granny gear under load.

It's an IRD Alpina run off a friction shifter. The chainrings are 48-36-26. It will drop the chain onto the granny gear without much pressure on the pedal, but if I'm hammering up a hill, it won't...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-15, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 876
Posted By Steve M.

Rides around Northampton/Deerfield Mass.?

I'm going to be spending July 4 weekend thereabouts, and am planning on riding some version of the D2R2 later this summer. Anyone point me to any nice rides in the area? 40-50 miles sounds right for...
05-25-15, 05:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,135
Posted By Steve M.

Bill Kapaun You are correct. It's a 26. ...

Bill Kapaun

You are correct. It's a 26.

People with a lifelong aversion to numbers shouldn't work from memory.
05-23-15, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,135
Posted By Steve M.

I'm hearing a vote for ridiculous.

I'm hearing a vote for ridiculous.
05-23-15, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,135
Posted By Steve M.

Gearing question for a Surly Cross Check

I have a seriously climby gravel ride later this summer and need to freshen up my drivetrain, which is mostly stuff that's been on there since 2007.

I've currently got a 48-36-22 triple up front...
05-20-15, 03:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 467
Posted By Steve M.

How big a cassette for the D2R2 ride?

I'm looking at making a few changes to my Surly Cross-Check before this highly vertical gravel event in August

It's a 9-speed. I've got a triple 48-36-22 up front, and on the back an XTR mountain...
09-21-14, 07:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,410
Posted By Steve M.

I'm a clyde and ordered my Sport from Yellow...

I'm a clyde and ordered my Sport from Yellow Jersey in Madison, which deals a lot with Waterford/Gunnar. When they put in the order they specified beefier tubes for a beefier rider -- no extra...
09-20-14, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Steve M.

And, as it is so often, the solution was...

And, as it is so often, the solution was something simple and overlooked: The low limit screw wasn't all the way in. Tinkering last night, I discovered that tugging the cage outboard just a little...
09-19-14, 06:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Steve M.

I *knew* I shouldn't have knit my own bottom...

I *knew* I shouldn't have knit my own bottom bracket!

It's a regular old 6600 HollowTech set up with a 68mm bracket shell. No spacers came with crank. The triple has spacers, but this is the...
09-19-14, 05:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Steve M.

No hangups on the chain ring. I checked for play...

No hangups on the chain ring. I checked for play in the BB spindle, but there's none. Maybe I should add some sort of spacer on that side to keep the crank a little farther outboard.
09-18-14, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By Steve M.

Ultegra Front derailleur driving me a little nuts

Dialing in a new build with an Ultegra 6600 double FD. It's a clamp-on with a plastic shim.

At rest -- with chain in the largest rear cog and the small front chainring, and with the cable unhooked...
08-02-14, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By Steve M.

I just like to say Dura-Ace. The chain ring...

I just like to say Dura-Ace.

The chain ring bolts I found in the LBS cast off bin came from a $1,300 crank the owner told me. They're my new pride and joy. Too bad there were only four of them.
08-02-14, 11:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 511
Posted By Steve M.

RD compatibility question

Adding a triple to my Cross Check requires a long-cage RD in 9 speed to cope with the chain wrap.

The shifter is a Dura Ace bar-end. Will a mountain RD like a Shimano XT or XTR work? Or do I need...
07-31-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,330
Posted By Steve M.

Spritz whatever solvent makes sense in there for...

Spritz whatever solvent makes sense in there for a day. PBlaster? Then, frame upside down and seat tube or crappy saddle in a heavy vise. Rotate the frame around the seat post to free it up.
07-31-14, 07:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By Steve M.

New chain? Or is it too late to bother?

I'm tripleizing my faithful Cross Check this weekend. New granny ring, BB, FD, etc.

It's had the same crank and cassette since 2007 or so and they seem happy together, decaying in tandem. (Much...
07-27-14, 05:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By Steve M.

Time for forensic analysis: Were the punctures on...

Time for forensic analysis: Were the punctures on the tire side or the rim side?

If the rim side, look to low tire inflation, or to rim tape that is exposing a spoke end or recessed hole where...
07-25-14, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.

Gotcha. It is indeed a friction shifter on that...

Gotcha. It is indeed a friction shifter on that side. So seems like an ALpina is in my future.
07-25-14, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.

Feels like the IRD Alpina-D would be the way to...

Feels like the IRD Alpina-D would be the way to go -- if it can still handle a 9 speed. Anyone have intel on that?
07-25-14, 04:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.

I could bolt on a 26, a 28 or a 30, I suppose. ...

I could bolt on a 26, a 28 or a 30, I suppose.

I've got a Tiagra on the current set-up. Would a 10-speed FD work OK?

I suppose I could change the whole thing over to mountain bike gearing...
07-24-14, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.

Barcons and whatever vaguely generic JIS crank...

Barcons and whatever vaguely generic JIS crank came on the bike. Andel, I think it is. You can bolt a 74mm BCD granny gear to it with a longer BB. But the FD doesn't have the range to handle the...
07-24-14, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 845
Posted By Steve M.

3X9 front derailleur recommendations

I'm planning to convert my trusty old Cross Check to a triple and will need to swap out the FD. It's a 48-tooth crank.

All I can find that will fit is a Sora unit. Are there other choices?

I...
07-19-14, 08:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By Steve M.

Problem solved: A couple of cuts with the hacksaw...

Problem solved: A couple of cuts with the hacksaw down to the threads, a pop with a punch to break that section off and the remainder of it came out with a little pliers persuasion. The new one --...
07-19-14, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By Steve M.

AnkleWork: If you look closely, you'll see...

AnkleWork: If you look closely, you'll see threads, then the hoop-shaped remnant still in there, about a centimeter wide, then more threads.
lester: It's a step up from the Shimano thing, but the...
07-19-14, 01:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 808
Posted By Steve M.

Advice on removing bottom bracket fragment

Exploring a persistent bad noise on my Cross Check, I discovered that my BB was shot. It came out in pieces -- except for one, which remains stuck in the threads of the shell. What's the best way to...
07-08-14, 09:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 507
Posted By Steve M.

Ultegra 11 speed crank with a 6600 set-up?

I'm putting together a new build and planning to migrate a number of parts from my old frame to a new one, while upgrading a few bits along the way. Now I discover that while I wasn't paying...
Forum: Northeast
06-08-14, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,198
Posted By Steve M.

I went from New Brunswick to Griggstown and back...

I went from New Brunswick to Griggstown and back today. The first five miles or so out of NB were really rough, with deep, bumpy washout ruts and some baseball-sized gravel. After that, it smoothed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-20-13, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,414
Posted By Steve M.

These are all good. The clamp is stock, and the...

These are all good. The clamp is stock, and the bolt is tight enough that I worry about tightening it up further. I like the carbon paste idea. I think a bit of grit on there would do the trick.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-19-13, 03:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,414
Posted By Steve M.

Brompton seat post slips. Would the longer version help?

My ideal adjustment is at the very top of the normal post. It tends to sink over the course of my 20 minute commute under my clydesdale frame, no matter how tight I keep the clamp, creating the...
Forum: Northeast
09-03-13, 02:33 PM
Replies: 844
Views: 99,436
Posted By Steve M.

It's a continuing struggle. I come in every day...

It's a continuing struggle. I come in every day at Penn Station, where they run out in a hurry, though for the past week or so I've lucked out. The new bike trailers that they're using seem to help...
Forum: Northeast
07-30-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,366
Posted By Steve M.

I actually have a policy on this: If the salmon...

I actually have a policy on this: If the salmon is a delivery person, I say nothing. Those guys have difficult lives. If it's a civilian -- or god forbid a hipster -- I alert them to the error of...
Forum: Northeast
07-16-13, 02:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By Steve M.

Sure, but wasn't it supposed to be a great...

Sure, but wasn't it supposed to be a great alternative to the subway?
Forum: Northeast
07-15-13, 09:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By Steve M.

Citibikes not actually that useful. Or is it me?

I come in through Penn Station every morning circa 8:10 a.m. and for the past week or so there haven't been bikes available at any of the four kiosks or at Herald Square. Coupled with the mildly...
Forum: Commuting
06-13-13, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 471
Posted By Steve M.

Sure -- anything with wheels will work. I go to...

Sure -- anything with wheels will work. I go to my train station on an 18-year-old mountain bike with a giant basket on the front. Makes up in utility what it lacks in dignity.

That said, you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-13, 06:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,509
Posted By Steve M.

Clunking Brompton pedal -- and it's new!

I was tormented by a clunk in my folding pedal, so I replaced it with the new model, the one that goes on with a big allen wrench instead of the old, huge socket.

The clunk persisted, even...
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