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03-12-17, 12:30 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 60,335
Posted By phidauex

Sure gives you some perspective, doesn't it? I...

Sure gives you some perspective, doesn't it? I mean, what will we be arguing about 17 years from now?

That said, I rode my first-gen Surly 1x1 with XT v-brakes on some light trails the other day,...
05-21-13, 09:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,123
Posted By phidauex

Always a good time to share this hilarious PSA...

Always a good time to share this hilarious PSA from the 30's pleading with young mothers not to clean their clothes with gasoline.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlutWhzDk1U
04-29-13, 01:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,431
Posted By phidauex

+1. A strong athlete would whip ass on a child's...

+1. A strong athlete would whip ass on a child's tricycle. Nice bikes are nice, but people win races.
04-19-13, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By phidauex

Agreed, poll is somewhat meaningless unless you...

Agreed, poll is somewhat meaningless unless you say what the situation is. My "default" is just a dab of marine grease. I'll use anti-seize where called for on dissimilar metal connections.

My...
04-18-13, 11:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,325
Posted By phidauex

Seems a bit high, but as long as it is working! I...

Seems a bit high, but as long as it is working! I know that on my bikes I often need to run a hair higher than 2% slack, just because the chainrings aren't perfectly concentric so you end up with...
04-17-13, 10:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 789
Posted By phidauex

Surface rust can be taken off with 0000 Steel...

Surface rust can be taken off with 0000 Steel Wool for chrome, up to 00 for steel. All bearing surfaces should be taken apart, cleaned thoroughly, and overhauled with fresh grease. The Park Tool...
04-17-13, 09:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,325
Posted By phidauex

How about some empirical information that may be...

How about some empirical information that may be educational to all. Chain drives weren't invented for bicycles - they are in use all over the world for huge varieties of different machines, most of...
04-17-13, 09:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,960
Posted By phidauex

Yeah, jim is right - it is unlikely to be tapered...

Yeah, jim is right - it is unlikely to be tapered if it is from 2008. The headset may well be integrated though.

Honestly I wouldn't worry about buying a new headset unless your bearings are worn...
04-17-13, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,960
Posted By phidauex

Well, there are a few ways to determine if you...

Well, there are a few ways to determine if you have a tapered headset or a straight headset. The first is just visual - if your headset is tapered, the head-tube will usually be tapered as well,...
04-11-13, 03:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,121
Posted By phidauex

No no, I understood you. That will break.

No no, I understood you. That will break.
04-11-13, 02:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,121
Posted By phidauex

Use a crank puller and do the job right. Here is...

Use a crank puller and do the job right. Here is one for $13. http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1064837_-1___000000

Using just two bolts to hold half the chainring on will...
04-11-13, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By phidauex

Not warped - it is supposed to look like that! It...

Not warped - it is supposed to look like that! It isn't a seal - it is a wave washer/spring which puts a measured amount of preload force on the press-fit bearing to keep everything nicely in place....
04-11-13, 01:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,302
Posted By phidauex

First of all, are you sure it needs to be...

First of all, are you sure it needs to be replaced? Grinding, sticky spots, or looseness would indicate that it is failing, but if it spins smooth and firm, then it is probably fine. If you do...
04-11-13, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 866
Posted By phidauex

You got the Sports Pro Elite stand? You should...

You got the Sports Pro Elite stand? You should have held out for the Sports Pro Elite Extreme Edition, it is much better.

j/k, it will work fine - all it has to do is hold the darn bike up after...
04-10-13, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 680
Posted By phidauex

Tell us a bit about what is going wrong... It is...

Tell us a bit about what is going wrong... It is very hard to ruin an entire drivetrain all at once. How does it ride? Are you getting skipping? Hard time staying in a single gear? Throwing the...
04-10-13, 10:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,328
Posted By phidauex

Yes, use a torque wrench - I know some people who...

Yes, use a torque wrench - I know some people who do it all the time probably hit something kind of close and it works OK, I've seen many failed setups due to insufficient torque - it is much higher...
04-09-13, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,960
Posted By phidauex

You guys are making this too complicated - there...

You guys are making this too complicated - there are a variety of 700c disc forks available in carbon, at a range of prices. Most of them are intended for cross bikes, which means they will have a...
04-05-13, 08:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By phidauex

The bike is a '97 Schwinn, I doubt it is being...

The bike is a '97 Schwinn, I doubt it is being wailed on the way a hard mountain bike would be. I agree that the special pins are good practice, but I doubt he needs to chuck his chain because of...
04-05-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,897
Posted By phidauex

My money is on the cable adjustment. Pawl springs...

My money is on the cable adjustment. Pawl springs is a possibility, but cable tension is far more likely.
04-05-13, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,897
Posted By phidauex

That's gotta be a record - OP to Solution in less...

That's gotta be a record - OP to Solution in less than 5 posts! Gotta love those old SA hubs. :)

-Sam
04-05-13, 02:55 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,969
Posted By phidauex

I think my last biopace chainrings were trashed...

I think my last biopace chainrings were trashed when that bike (a sweet old Titan frame) was hit by a drunk driver (while I was on it). I got out of it OK, but the bike didn't!

As for use on fixed...
04-05-13, 02:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By phidauex

You might enjoy this video of me working on junk...

You might enjoy this video of me working on junk at Burning Man at our bike repair camp, Pandora's Fixit Shoppe. I gave this interview in 2009, but the video was just recently posted. I have no...
04-05-13, 01:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,529
Posted By phidauex

There are a few brands of paint that are intended...

There are a few brands of paint that are intended to go directly on a bare metal surface, like Rustoleum, but they aren't going to look as good.

I'm 100% sure that primer is available in Egypt -...
04-05-13, 01:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,797
Posted By phidauex

Don't even joke about that. If you want to see...

Don't even joke about that. If you want to see some ugly flame wars just pop into a typography forum and ask "Why do people care so much about kerning? Doesn't the computer just do that automatically...
04-05-13, 11:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,797
Posted By phidauex

Hey, for some people the OCD is part of the fun,...

Hey, for some people the OCD is part of the fun, and I've got no beef with that. This kind of discussion is also educational and interesting - I appreciate that even the humble ball bearing has a...
04-05-13, 11:39 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,425
Posted By phidauex

It's not quite the same thing, but I help run a...

It's not quite the same thing, but I help run a bike repair volunteer camp at Burning Man every year. I've fixed hundreds of bikes, with all manner of odd problems. The interesting thing about...
04-05-13, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By phidauex

Actually, I'll pose an alternate theory. While...

Actually, I'll pose an alternate theory. While quick master links and replacement pins are all well and good, if some of your links are "locked up", it isn't because you used the wrong part (even...
04-05-13, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,436
Posted By phidauex

Yes, it's a joke, and a pretty funny one, too....

Yes, it's a joke, and a pretty funny one, too. More important than the number of "speeds" you have is the range available to you, and how useful it is in practice. Corncob 10-speed cassettes with...
04-03-13, 04:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,436
Posted By phidauex

This is totally possible! I'm not sure where...

This is totally possible! I'm not sure where you've been reading about IGHs, but most owners of them are extremely happy with them - I have a variety of different gearing systems available to me and...
09-10-10, 02:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,399
Posted By phidauex

For a simpler version of the torque adjustments...

For a simpler version of the torque adjustments needed for dry vs. lubricated bolts, here is a useful chart. It isn't perfect, of course, and different types of hardware may specify higher or lower...
09-08-10, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 384
Posted By phidauex

You might want to skim through the installation...

You might want to skim through the installation instructions to make sure that the bearings are sufficiently preloaded and that everything is torqued properly, new cranksets sometimes need adjustment...
09-07-10, 03:54 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,420
Posted By phidauex

Agreed - it will be fine as long as you use an...

Agreed - it will be fine as long as you use an anti-seize compound (available at any auto parts store).

-Sam
09-05-10, 12:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,242
Posted By phidauex

The home-made tool described at the bottom of...

The home-made tool described at the bottom of this page has saved me a number of times when it came to removing stubborn French BB fixed cups: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html
...
09-03-10, 10:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,211
Posted By phidauex

Lots of good discussion here, but here is my...

Lots of good discussion here, but here is my thought.

If your kid's bike is like most Electra 20" bikes, it has the cheap Shimano 36H coaster hub in it, which is spaced at 120mm, which is the same...
09-03-10, 09:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By phidauex

You don't need a fancy chain tool, but a quality...

You don't need a fancy chain tool, but a quality one helps. The chain tool on my Crank Bros multitool is darn near impossible to use properly. I've broken TWO cheap Spin Doctor chain tools, and now...
09-02-10, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By phidauex

Looks to me like it was poorly aligned in the...

Looks to me like it was poorly aligned in the chain tool - either because the chain tool is crappy (there is a wide variety in tool quality, and "multitool" chain tools can be particularly bad), you...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-10, 09:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By phidauex

Noooo, can't reconvert one of my conversions! ;) ...

Noooo, can't reconvert one of my conversions! ;)

@BigDaddyPete - A Mixte frame could be useful - low enough stepover for someone expecting a "girls bike", but different enough in appearance from a...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-10, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 525
Posted By phidauex

Fun ideas for loaner bikes?

I've got a problem - all my bikes are too bizarre for non-cyclist friends to feel comfortable riding when they visit. They are all either fixies, super-dropped road race bikes, tall bikes, etc., and...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 04:39 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 8,860
Posted By phidauex

There is an adapter available for Shimano...

There is an adapter available for Shimano Center-lock to International 6-hole. It is made by "Problem Solvers" and is just called a "centerlock disk rotor adapter".

I'm using one on my Alfine rear...
Forum: Touring
05-20-08, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By phidauex

Sounds like a good plan. Alternatively, I...

Sounds like a good plan. Alternatively, I sometimes combine bags by putting them in a cheap duffel with compression straps. Works with odd shaped things too. Just stay under the weigh limit (probably...
Forum: Touring
05-19-08, 09:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,830
Posted By phidauex

Well, there is some speculation, but not much...

Well, there is some speculation, but not much actual information. According to the FDA, these bags are food-safe at the temperature of boiling water, and note that on the packaging. You don't...
Forum: Touring
05-19-08, 07:25 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,830
Posted By phidauex

This website has great vegetarian travel recipes:...

This website has great vegetarian travel recipes: http://www.freezerbagcooking.com/

They aren't all vegetarian, but they've got a good number of veggie ones on there. Best part is they are...
Forum: Commuting
05-19-08, 06:48 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,245
Posted By phidauex

Here is a nice route from Boulder to Loveland,...

Here is a nice route from Boulder to Loveland, avoiding all the major highways in the area (119, 66 and 287). 32 miles, from 28th and Iris in Boulder to Taft and Eisenhower in Loveland.
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Forum: Commuting
05-14-08, 06:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 19,109
Posted By phidauex

I built up a La Cruz last month, and I'm in love...

I built up a La Cruz last month, and I'm in love with it. Hot man-bike love.

I was looking at Surly's too, but wanted something just a little bit "nicer", preferably with cross geometry and disc...
Forum: Touring
05-13-08, 09:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,376
Posted By phidauex

Not to complicate matters, but I think it is...

Not to complicate matters, but I think it is worth mentioning: Using solar chargers for electronics is actually less environmentally friendly than charging batteries from grid power.

Why? It takes...
Forum: Commuting
05-11-08, 02:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,245
Posted By phidauex

I live in Boulder, and ride around the area quite...

I live in Boulder, and ride around the area quite a bit.

I don't think any town is truly the "mecca" some people imagine that it is. On the other hand, often people who live in a nice area for...
Forum: Touring
05-03-08, 01:57 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,097
Posted By phidauex

The interstate sleeping issue seems to have been...

The interstate sleeping issue seems to have been mostly covered, from a legal perspective, but I wanted to just throw this out there:

Interstate shoulders are incredibly dangerous places. A good...
Forum: Touring
05-03-08, 01:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,985
Posted By phidauex

Bring some money for postage so you can take all...

Bring some money for postage so you can take all the stuff you realize 5 days in that you don't need, and mail it home. (Actually, not a bad technique for ridding yourself of useless things).

You...
Forum: Commuting
04-22-08, 07:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 591
Posted By phidauex

What kind of business are you in? I helped start...

What kind of business are you in? I helped start a renewable energy company here in CO (mostly solar PV), and I do engineering calls by bike when I can. People love it when I show up with my solar...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-08, 09:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,545
Posted By phidauex

Where did you get this Alfine generator hub?? I...

Where did you get this Alfine generator hub?? I want one!

-Sam
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