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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-28-14, 09:10 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 57,979
Posted By Mr. Fly

You know, if Dahon needs so much time to work...

You know, if Dahon needs so much time to work through legal concerns, in what appears to be a fairly straightforward design question, maybe that's an indicator that perhaps they shouldn't be doing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-28-14, 01:10 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 57,979
Posted By Mr. Fly

smallwheeler, I applaud you for doing the...

smallwheeler, I applaud you for doing the groundwork to support your argument.

The essence of the Brompton isn't its silly non-QR brakes, narrow dropout widths or all that proprietary items that...
09-08-14, 10:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,208
Posted By Mr. Fly

Apart from the Dyna-Sys incompatibility, you may...

Apart from the Dyna-Sys incompatibility, you may also want to return that BS79 and see if you can find a set of 7800 series BS78 bar-end shifters. They're probably discontinued but you can probably...
08-12-14, 10:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,428
Posted By Mr. Fly

For pinholes, latex sealant seems to work really...

For pinholes, latex sealant seems to work really well for me. I've pumped a couple of dozen mL of Stan's into my son's tubes and that seemed to have addressed his propensity to run over goat heads.
...
08-02-14, 11:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,945
Posted By Mr. Fly

Throwing it out there. Maybe the retainer...

Throwing it out there. Maybe the retainer bearings were installed incorrectly in the first place. I've seen bearings that were flipped and that added to the overall stack height. It's usually quite...
04-20-14, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,140
Posted By Mr. Fly

PT systems have the right-side bearing pressed...

PT systems have the right-side bearing pressed onto the BB spindle. The left-side bearing comes with the left BB cup. This is distinct from UT systems that have both left and right-side bearings...
04-20-14, 08:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,969
Posted By Mr. Fly

Do any of you drive? If you do, you can't take...

Do any of you drive? If you do, you can't take the "polluting the environment" tack since the amount of pollution we cyclists cause by using any type of solvent/surfactant is infinitesimally small...
03-30-14, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,306
Posted By Mr. Fly

I don't have a definitive answer for you except...

I don't have a definitive answer for you except that end-caps are usually specific to a hub shell/body so I doubt slapping on a true-blue DT end cap will work, especially seeing that the rest of your...
03-05-14, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 9,970
Posted By Mr. Fly

Well, it depends. The whole point of the top cap...

Well, it depends. The whole point of the top cap is to apply enough clamping force so that the headset is tight enough before the stem bolts are tightened. If you use an overly long 1">9/8" shim,...
03-01-14, 11:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,690
Posted By Mr. Fly

I don't think it's the heat that's causing you...

I don't think it's the heat that's causing you problems. The cable is likely stainless so you'll need special flux for it. Maybe something with zinc chloride in it.
02-09-14, 01:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,536
Posted By Mr. Fly

Despite the lengthy discourse, you've not...

Despite the lengthy discourse, you've not answered the question.

Are you taking Phil Wood at their word that these are waterproof or do you have other independent information collaborating to...
02-08-14, 01:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,536
Posted By Mr. Fly

I've seen this quote many times but Google...

I've seen this quote many times but Google searches for submersible pump bearings or similar do not show any hits that are similar to what cartridge bearing seals are. It is interesting that a lot of...
01-28-14, 11:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,954
Posted By Mr. Fly

I use latex tubes almost on a day-to-day basis....

I use latex tubes almost on a day-to-day basis. The red ones from Challenge are used on my brevet/mixed-terrain bike and the green Michelin ones are used for commuting. Here are my real world...
01-23-14, 09:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,045
Posted By Mr. Fly

Ultegra level mid/standard-reach caliper brakes...

Ultegra level mid/standard-reach caliper brakes are available as model BR-R650 for about $50-60 per end. There are a few hits on Google and eBay. I have a pair and they're like any other Shimano...
12-27-13, 08:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,336
Posted By Mr. Fly

If you have a cassette, remember to put a light...

If you have a cassette, remember to put a light but noticeable coat of grease on the freehub body prior to installing the cassette. Many a squeak that was (incorrectly) attributed to BBs, cranks,...
12-20-13, 09:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 962
Posted By Mr. Fly

Can't you tap the hole in the BB, drill a hole...

Can't you tap the hole in the BB, drill a hole where the insert is, and use a short bolt to hold the guide?
12-08-13, 10:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,008
Posted By Mr. Fly

Never tried it myself, but the Berthoud...

Never tried it myself, but the Berthoud "vertical" decaleur (http://www.renehersestore.com/servlet/the-652/Bethoud-part--dsh--attachment/Detail) appears as if it should work with the Nitto CT-80.
12-01-13, 09:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,142
Posted By Mr. Fly

It's probably less structurally sound due to the...

It's probably less structurally sound due to the many unsupported rim sections (unless the rim is reinforced and unnecessarily heavy). And they can be a pain to true – the sections with no spokes...
10-09-13, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,832
Posted By Mr. Fly

Most lights sold for bicycle use are pretty...

Most lights sold for bicycle use are pretty crappy in terms of light quality. They use commodity parts and typically have a commodity reflector or lens that produces a symmetrically conical beam....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-06-13, 08:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,859
Posted By Mr. Fly

If you like, you can remove the Ritchey logos...

If you like, you can remove the Ritchey logos with some #0000 (http://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=0000) steel wool and oil. Just go easy and the logos will magically...
09-01-13, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,966
Posted By Mr. Fly

If you like your Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks,...

If you like your Campagnolo Ultra-Torque cranks, why not wait for the Over-Torque cranks in 2014 (http://fairwheelbikes.com/c/forums/topic/2014-campagnolo-details/)
08-11-13, 09:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,860
Posted By Mr. Fly

While technically true, I have a hard time...

While technically true, I have a hard time feeling if my lights are switched on (which will be when it has the highest drag) or off. This is more than 3 watts of additional drag that I cannot feel...
07-24-13, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,733
Posted By Mr. Fly

In addition, remember to unwind the limit screws....

In addition, remember to unwind the limit screws. With the limit screws fully retracted, I usually have very little problem putting the two sections back together. As FBinNY stated, this operation...
Forum: Commuting
06-09-13, 06:51 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 4,424
Posted By Mr. Fly

I don't know if you know the context behind that...

I don't know if you know the context behind that statement made by the REI employee, or if you've ever worked retail. Some customers can be so clueless and yet so insistent that they are correct that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-04-13, 08:56 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,019
Posted By Mr. Fly

Well, was this dude Asian? In Taiwan, where Giant...

Well, was this dude Asian? In Taiwan, where Giant is based, its Chinese name is 捷安特. Since this is the name of Giant in its native language, I'm going to claim that it is the most correct reference....
Forum: Commuting
06-02-13, 06:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 813
Posted By Mr. Fly

Just a word of caution with Ortliebs, with what...

Just a word of caution with Ortliebs, with what you throw in them...

They are extremely waterproof. But that also means they keep moisture in as well as moisture out. I had the unfortunate...
05-25-13, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,126
Posted By Mr. Fly

Are you set on Honjos, or will a nice aluminum...

Are you set on Honjos, or will a nice aluminum fender do? A decent (and much cheaper) alternative to Honjo fenders are Tanaka fenders...
04-22-13, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,577
Posted By Mr. Fly

Just be aware that at least for my 3M version,...

Just be aware that at least for my 3M version, the adhesive is water-activated so you'll need a spray bottle, a squeegee and about 8 hours for the adhesive to dry. It is very malleable though, and...
04-10-13, 08:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,421
Posted By Mr. Fly

Bad rim tape?

Bad rim tape?
03-30-13, 04:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,764
Posted By Mr. Fly

I'm going to recommend against Velox and other...

I'm going to recommend against Velox and other cloth rim tapes for certain uses, which is a tight tire/rim combo. Some tire/rim combos are so tight that even the thickness of the cloth rim tape can...
03-30-13, 04:39 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 21,580
Posted By Mr. Fly

I have a rather large collection of spoke...

I have a rather large collection of spoke wrenches (~20), from the ubiquitous Park SW-0, to the plastic DT Spokey, to the discontinued metal DT Professional spoke wrench that used to sell for $50...
03-02-13, 08:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,905
Posted By Mr. Fly

Speaking as someone who used to work at a bike...

Speaking as someone who used to work at a bike shop, I can say it is definitely possible. Even now, years after having to do it professioally, I can comfortable clean my own bikes in under an hour...
02-28-13, 10:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,358
Posted By Mr. Fly

Also consider whether you need to mount your bike...

Also consider whether you need to mount your bike on a roof rack with fork clamps or if you are going to use "Euro" style workstands. With either of these, you'll need your fenders to be as short...
Forum: Commuting
02-13-13, 10:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,268
Posted By Mr. Fly

What's your price range? If you are willing to...

What's your price range? If you are willing to spend about $40 plus shipping, Tree Fort Bikes have Tanaka aluminum fenders (http://www.treefortbikes.com/index.asp#navbar=pro___333222373584___143) in...
Replies: 51
Views: 9,052
Posted By Mr. Fly

If you can swing it, consider the Box Dog bikes...

If you can swing it, consider the Box Dog bikes Pelican. Their smallest is a 48cm, so you should be able to find a suitable size. Pelicans are designed for randonneuring, with tubing thicknesses...
02-04-13, 08:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,641
Posted By Mr. Fly

Even tension can easily be gotten by plucking the...

Even tension can easily be gotten by plucking the spokes and listening to their tone. OK, if you're tone-deaf maybe not; but it's really easier than using a tensiometer to even out the spoke tension....
02-03-13, 11:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,023
Posted By Mr. Fly

Do you hear the rubbing across the entire...

Do you hear the rubbing across the entire cassette or only at the high range (smaller cogs)?
Forum: Road Cycling
01-31-13, 02:15 PM
Replies: 254
Views: 14,920
Posted By Mr. Fly

You may be on to something there. At the very...

You may be on to something there. At the very high end (read: customs), there is no test ride possible at all.
01-27-13, 09:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 925
Posted By Mr. Fly

Rust spots: Don't worry about it. Put a thin coat...

Rust spots: Don't worry about it. Put a thin coat of grease on the freehub body before you install the cassette if you're really concerned.

Bend spokes: Replace before they break, and they will...
01-16-13, 11:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,646
Posted By Mr. Fly

That was merely an example and I made no attempt...

That was merely an example and I made no attempt to get the correct version. But any astute person could have gone up level up to "Pipe Cutters" and see the entire selection...
01-16-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,996
Posted By Mr. Fly

Lumen numbers get thrown around nowadays like CPU...

Lumen numbers get thrown around nowadays like CPU clockspeed a few years ago. Apart from the fact that not all lumen figures are equivalent (lux value at 5 or 10 meters over an appropriate area is...
01-15-13, 12:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By Mr. Fly

Huh? I'm not clear what you just wrote. Are you...

Huh? I'm not clear what you just wrote. Are you saying the plastic piece has a rigidity problem but yet can push up a firmly attached stem? It is all the more puzzling because my Campagnolo...
01-14-13, 11:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,646
Posted By Mr. Fly

I'm surprised no one mentioned tube/pipe...

I'm surprised no one mentioned tube/pipe cutters...
Forum: Foo
01-09-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 916
Posted By Mr. Fly

Unfortunately for residents of less fortunate...

Unfortunately for residents of less fortunate locations, you can't buy good weather.

Do not underestimate the value of being able to frolic in the sun for better than 300 days a year.
Forum: Road Cycling
01-04-13, 08:42 PM
Replies: 342
Views: 20,553
Posted By Mr. Fly

Thread drift: Skip the Ti option but check the...

Thread drift: Skip the Ti option but check the SON dynamo hub option. The Ti pieces are not made in England and don't really save that much weight. Also, skip the stupid rear rack (you can't fold the...
Forum: Commuting
01-04-13, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By Mr. Fly

I'll have also guessed that he'll hear/feel...

I'll have also guessed that he'll hear/feel something. In addition, since it's disc-brake equipped, wouldn't the disc rub really badly for a misaligned wheel?

Nevertheless, it isn't impossible....
01-03-13, 12:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,612
Posted By Mr. Fly

How do you like your SP light? Have you got...

How do you like your SP light? Have you got anything else to compare it to, like an Edelux? I'm looking for a new dynamo light for randonneuring and am contemplating the new B&M Lumotec IQ2 Luxos...
01-03-13, 12:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,612
Posted By Mr. Fly

While that is technically true, given the same...

While that is technically true, given the same argument, one can say the same of most (if not all) USB charged lights. Basically, what you're doing is running a AC>DC convertor off a dynamo hub which...
01-03-13, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,545
Posted By Mr. Fly

Well, it is possible that the OP was backpedaling...

Well, it is possible that the OP was backpedaling when the chain jumped from the 50T to the 34T. If the derailleur is sloppy or the derailleur hanger is bent (like if you lay down the bike on the...
01-03-13, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 624
Posted By Mr. Fly

It looks like you have two "seal rings". You...

It looks like you have two "seal rings". You should only have one as per the instructions.
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