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Forum: Foo
02-06-21, 03:28 AM
Replies: 4,752
Views: 405,522
Posted By TheCharm

Conte's Bike Shop in Alexandria, VA

Conte's Bike Shop in Alexandria, VA
10-16-20, 03:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 561
Posted By TheCharm

DIY Cable/Housing replacement

Good day all. I've posted here before and gotten some good help, so I hope to tap y'all's expertise here as well.

As I imagine many cyclists have realized from this pandemic is that we're going to...
Forum: Foo
09-30-20, 06:27 PM
Replies: 4,752
Views: 405,522
Posted By TheCharm

"Thou Shall Not Pass"

"Thou Shall Not Pass"
Forum: Foo
09-29-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8,050
Views: 1,511,355
Posted By TheCharm

I took this for the photographic value, so it's...

I took this for the photographic value, so it's not the complete car but I thought it might fit here.
09-12-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By TheCharm

Yes - that's right, the thing is coming unclipped...

Yes - that's right, the thing is coming unclipped for lack of a better way to put it.

My current idea to try next is to use some electrical tape to wrap around the fabric to give the light...
09-12-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By TheCharm

Any ideas how to secure this light to my bag?

This has bounced off my Ortlieb saddle bag twice now. Luckily, it happened on asphalt and I heard it bounce and was able to stop and retrieve. I included the second picture to show the type of...
Replies: 24
Views: 2,581
Posted By TheCharm

In addition to the axle and brake type questions,...

In addition to the axle and brake type questions, how much do you weigh? What is the maximum additional weight you'd carry on the bike besides yourself?

I have a set of Velocity Cliffhanger rims...
09-11-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,521
Posted By TheCharm

He's been quite the talk of the trail around...

He's been quite the talk of the trail around here. I'm in nearby Alexandria VA and my wife's co-worker was accosted by this dude - she wasn't physically touched, but flashed her his weiner.

The...
09-06-20, 03:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,278
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks all for the help. I rode this yesterday...

Thanks all for the help. I rode this yesterday with success - 115 miles!

What I ended up doing:

I didn't ride fasted. Instead, I had some eggs and toast for breakfast - along with a small...
09-01-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,278
Posted By TheCharm

Nutrition/fasting for an imperial century

Good day all:

Just reaching out here to get any advice I can.

At the beginning of the pandemic-related slowdown, I started an intermittent fasting regime. I have been fairly consistently doing...
08-21-20, 03:52 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,770
Posted By TheCharm

Great comments! Thanks all - I hope to make a...

Great comments! Thanks all - I hope to make a decision as to what direction I want to go soon.
08-21-20, 03:39 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,770
Posted By TheCharm

I know - this does concern me. Often times, the...

I know - this does concern me. Often times, the answer me with a slight smirk on their face as if to suggest "torque wrenches are for rookies". I actually don't think it's cool as I'm of the opinion...
08-20-20, 07:19 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,770
Posted By TheCharm

Oh, that's a very nice option and a great price...

Oh, that's a very nice option and a great price point! I don't think I'd need any greater than 8 N m for my bike; I'd have to double-check. Do you already have a bit set you'd be using with it, or...
08-20-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,770
Posted By TheCharm

Next tool acquisition - torque wrench

Hi all:

I posted earlier this week that this pandemic has convinced me I need to become a more competent mechanic. When I had a car, I could do basic things like oil changes, spark plug changes,...
08-20-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By TheCharm

OK cool - I sort of thought that might be the...

OK cool - I sort of thought that might be the case. This is my first Phil Wood hub so I don't have a frame of reference.
08-20-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 444
Posted By TheCharm

Pedals continue to turn when freewheeling (on repair stand)

Good day:

I have a brand new rear wheel I installed today. I didn't build the wheel, FWIW, a wheel builder did. As I was getting things dialed on my disc brake and ensuring that indexing was good...
08-13-20, 02:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By TheCharm

OK, got it. It is a nice pump - seems to move a...

OK, got it. It is a nice pump - seems to move a decent amount of air. I typically run my tires around 65-70 psi and never have any trouble getting them up to pressure. If I'm using this trail or...
08-12-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 542
Posted By TheCharm

Frame pump with flexible valve

Good day:

I carry a Zefal HPX-4 frame pump on my Disc Trucker as depicted here. I'm looking for a similar frame pump with a flexible length of hose for the valve connector. This pump just affixes...
08-09-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By TheCharm

Cool - thanks for the comments. Thompson posts...

Cool - thanks for the comments. Thompson posts are available, so I might bit the bullet.
08-08-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By TheCharm

Differences in seat post quality

A while back when I got a proper fitting on my Surly Disc Trucker, my fitter recommended replacing my seat post. I didn't need the setback my stock one provided and he preferred one with a two bolt...
07-26-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks for the comments all. I've learned a lot...

Thanks for the comments all. I've learned a lot about wheels.

I do want to eventually learn to build wheels. I like the challenge of something seemingly difficult and I like to be DIY when and...
07-25-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By TheCharm

This is my understanding ... loose spokes will...

This is my understanding ... loose spokes will flex a bit when hitting bumps, root heaves, etc. and eventually cause the rim damage.
07-25-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By TheCharm

What are you seeing to suggest that? Mind...

What are you seeing to suggest that?

Mind you, I'm not doubting your conclusion at all - I would like to learn.
07-25-20, 01:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By TheCharm

I certainly agree. However, I sort of have...

I certainly agree.

However, I sort of have it in my head that I should be competent in all other areas of bike repair before I try and tackle wheels. The other factor is that I live in a small...
07-25-20, 08:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,030
Posted By TheCharm

Non wheel builders - what's in your wheel maintenance toolkit?

Good day all.

This may come off as a strange question, but I'll provide a bit of background as to the motivation for asking. I recently had a wheel fail. Apparently loose spoke tension caused the...
07-22-20, 04:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 443
Posted By TheCharm

This also happened to me in Dec, 2018. The Amazon...

This also happened to me in Dec, 2018. The Amazon vendor from whom I purchased this tire swapped it for me and I assume they took it up with Schwalbe.
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-22-20, 07:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,676
Posted By TheCharm

Isn't it more than just the bike? Aren't there...

Isn't it more than just the bike? Aren't there limits on your wheel build and hub selection that likely supersedes any weight limit for a particular frame?
07-21-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks for that reference - that's a good one to...

Thanks for that reference - that's a good one to keep bookmarked!
07-21-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 347
Posted By TheCharm

Which Cane Creek headset on my Surly DT

Good day wrenches:

My 2015 Surly Disc Trucker has a Cane Creek headset. I'm about to replace the drops and the stem on my bike and that will give me the opportunity to service/clean/lube my...
Forum: Foo
07-21-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,395
Posted By TheCharm

Train station in Lyon France

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07-20-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 435
Posted By TheCharm

Wrapping should be pretty easy. I too was...

Wrapping should be pretty easy. I too was intimidated at first, but what I did was buy a few set of bar tape, assuming that I'd dork up once or twice. It's an extremely easy job, but repetition...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-20-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 503
Posted By TheCharm

Soma Pescadero availability

Good day all:

I am looking for a SOMA Pescadero frameset. I see there is some recent discussion here regarding that frame, and it was only introduced in 2017. So I assume it is still a current...
Forum: Touring
01-27-18, 07:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,101
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks for confirming this, as it is a concern. I...

Thanks for confirming this, as it is a concern. I drilled down to various areas of the route where there's an intersection or fork in the road with Google StreetView and noticed that there isn't much...
Forum: Touring
01-19-18, 05:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,101
Posted By TheCharm

Thanks so much! That is solid information, and...

Thanks so much! That is solid information, and exactly what I was hoping for. I'll have to consider my options here and decide if it's time to get some permanent camping gear.
Forum: Touring
01-18-18, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,101
Posted By TheCharm

North Carolina Bicycle Route 2

Has anyone spent any amount of time riding this?

I won't have time to ride the entire "Mountains to Sea" route from Murphy, but I was thinking of taking Amtrak with my bike down to High Point...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 05:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,185
Posted By TheCharm

Yes, I take the subsidy -- $20 a month paid out...

Yes, I take the subsidy -- $20 a month paid out twice annually. It is correct that we cannot take the mass transit subsidy if we take the bicycle subsidy. I work for the federal government in...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 05:00 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,185
Posted By TheCharm

I think this is key. I always try hard to...

I think this is key.

I always try hard to evaluate each commute I make with respect to improvements for safety. Did I put myself in any danger as the result of a bad decision? I accidentally...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 04:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,107
Posted By TheCharm

I do have showers but I don't use them often. I...

I do have showers but I don't use them often. I find giving myself 10 minutes to cool down (when it's warm/hot) is sufficient followed by a clean-up with baby wipes/Shower Pill/etc. does the trick.
...
Forum: Touring
01-24-17, 07:18 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,855
Posted By TheCharm

Wow, thank you very much for the first-hand...

Wow, thank you very much for the first-hand information. I did find that La Route Verte site and I agree that it is clumsy to use. I was concerned about space on the train; I know there are few bike...
Forum: Touring
01-07-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 13,855
Posted By TheCharm

I'm in the early stages of planning a loop from...

I'm in the early stages of planning a loop from Saint Albans VT -> Montreal -> Quebec City -> Saint Albans VT. Obviously I'd spend nights at towns in between, but those would the major waypoints....
Forum: Commuting
12-02-16, 06:23 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,886
Posted By TheCharm

I find it doesn't take too much convincing,...

I find it doesn't take too much convincing, considering that our Metro/"subway" system (my next best alternative since I'd have to pay to park at work if I drove) here in the DC area is known to...
Forum: Commuting
11-26-16, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15,433
Views: 11,488,314
Posted By TheCharm

My tire is a 40-559 in metric, or I reckon,...

My tire is a 40-559 in metric, or I reckon, around 26x1.5" in standard units, so I think 38s would fit just fine.

So far, my opinions of the rim are high. I know the rim is an upgrade over the...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-16, 08:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,629
Posted By TheCharm

I just recently completed an install of a Schmidt...

I just recently completed an install of a Schmidt SON 28-based hub/lighting system on my Surly Disc Trucker. The general consensus on the SON is that is among the lowest drag dyno hubs out there....
Forum: Commuting
11-21-16, 07:09 PM
Replies: 15,433
Views: 11,488,314
Posted By TheCharm

Not just my commuter, but my everything bike -...

Not just my commuter, but my everything bike - 2015 Surly Disc Trucker with some stuff and things.

Deviations from stock:


Velocity Cliffhanger rims
Sapim spokes
Schwalbe Marathon Plus...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-16, 07:31 PM
Replies: 3,369
Views: 139,197
Posted By TheCharm

Was hovering around 42F and clear this morning;...

Was hovering around 42F and clear this morning; was a beautiful ride in.

The ride home was equally as beautiful, if a bit warmer.

Was taken aback a bit by an oncoming cyclist on a multi-use...
Forum: Introductions
11-17-16, 05:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 829
Posted By TheCharm

I was a bit younger when I got back on a bike,...

I was a bit younger when I got back on a bike, but was in a similar weight situation.

Like you, cycling was (and still is) the only form of exercise I actually enjoy -- not just tolerate but enjoy...
Forum: Introductions
11-15-16, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 609
Posted By TheCharm

Last winter was my first riding through it. I...

Last winter was my first riding through it. I made a commitment to myself that I'd ride as long as the temp was 35F and above. Turned out that wasn't so bad, and the only thing that kept me from...
Forum: Introductions
11-14-16, 07:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By TheCharm

Greetings from Wash DC!

Hello all:

Stopping in for the obligatory hello.

I rode a bike from the time I was a pre-teen on my Schwinn cromoly BMX to a steel framed Raleigh the few miles between my group house and my...
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