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12-31-17, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By Yellowbeard

Straddle cable....

Straddle cable. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Riderz-Cycle-CANTILEVER-BRAKE-STRADDLE/dp/B00718WBQU)
12-31-17, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 582
Posted By Yellowbeard

If this...

If this (http://www.jensonusa.com/Shimano-Ultegra-6700-Front-Derailleur/) is the one you bought then yeah, it's bottom-pull and you will need a pulley to reverse the direction of the cable. That top...
12-19-17, 04:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,044
Posted By Yellowbeard

When it's cracked but still in one piece.

When it's cracked but still in one piece.
12-19-17, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,179
Posted By Yellowbeard

Seconded. The dongle should be packaged...

Seconded.


The dongle should be packaged with the bike. Out of the box the derailleur batteries should be stored in a SRAM box along with the other eTap stuff, including the dongle.

Source:...
12-18-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 753
Posted By Yellowbeard

The noise is just clearance/wobble in the...

The noise is just clearance/wobble in the freewheel bearings. In some positions the outer body of the freewheel will rock back and forth as it turns, causing the clunking noise, in other positions it...
11-28-17, 11:35 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 8,417
Posted By Yellowbeard

I like cheap earplug-style earbuds. The more...

I like cheap earplug-style earbuds. The more ambient noise they block the better because I can listen at lower volumes and to be honest I never liked the sound of buses and dump trucks roaring past...
11-20-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,388
Posted By Yellowbeard

Drivers in my city do this CONSTANTLY, and it's...

Drivers in my city do this CONSTANTLY, and it's dangerous and infuriating.
11-07-17, 11:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,095
Posted By Yellowbeard

Any dirt cheap pair of digital or vernier...

Any dirt cheap pair of digital or vernier calipers. Use them around the house when you're done with your wheels.
11-07-17, 09:38 PM
11-07-17, 09:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,821
Posted By Yellowbeard

Worst thing about the older bikes is the lack of...

Worst thing about the older bikes is the lack of tire clearance that may leave you stuck riding on 23s.
11-07-17, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 585
Posted By Yellowbeard

You're probably just accidentally pushing the...

You're probably just accidentally pushing the main lever a bit when you go for the downshift paddle. Did you wear thicker, less dexterous gloves than usual because of the cold, maybe?
10-02-17, 08:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,439
Posted By Yellowbeard

In case anybody's curious, the "magic" at play is...

In case anybody's curious, the "magic" at play is just to put a couple bearings between the seat tube and the top tube/chainstay junction in the rear, and between the headtube and the upper headset...
09-26-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,220
Posted By Yellowbeard

Bigger tires are a much simpler, cheaper and more...

Bigger tires are a much simpler, cheaper and more robust solution, and by "bigger tires" I mean like the fat 650x47s. Rode some new Konas that are coming with those tires and you can ride on milled...
09-25-17, 11:13 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,498
Posted By Yellowbeard

A chunk cut out of an old tube also works well....

A chunk cut out of an old tube also works well. Protects the fingers and keeps the cart from rattling.
09-18-17, 10:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,498
Posted By Yellowbeard

Yes, exactly...which is why it's irrelevant. ...

Yes, exactly...which is why it's irrelevant.


Nothing in the word salad you just posted has any direct connection with the rate of diffusion of gaseous CO2 through a butyl rubber tube. Or with...
09-18-17, 11:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,538
Posted By Yellowbeard

The vast majority of square-taper crank bolts do...

The vast majority of square-taper crank bolts do not use washers.
09-18-17, 10:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,498
Posted By Yellowbeard

What you are saying makes no sense, and the chart...

What you are saying makes no sense, and the chart you posted has no useful relevance once you empty the CO2 into the tire. A tire + cartridge system would be at the extreme bottom-left of the chart...
08-29-17, 09:00 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,794
Posted By Yellowbeard

Probably 50% of the wheels on brand-name bikes...

Probably 50% of the wheels on brand-name bikes are like that out of the box IME. That's what's great about shops, we can fix them all when we build them.
08-22-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,631
Posted By Yellowbeard

Wide 8-speed chains and cogs are very cheap,...

Wide 8-speed chains and cogs are very cheap, robust and hard-wearing compared to 10-11 speed stuff. And the wide spacing between cogs makes them very tolerant of imperfect adjustment and dirty cables.
07-28-17, 08:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,970
Posted By Yellowbeard

Please don't "volunteer" at the LBS. We're paid...

Please don't "volunteer" at the LBS. We're paid badly enough in this industry already, the very LAST thing we need is unpaid internships making it even worse.
11-19-16, 12:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,173
Posted By Yellowbeard

...this comment is so dumb I'm not sure if it is...

...this comment is so dumb I'm not sure if it is intended to be taken seriously.
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A parabola is a power function, not an exponential function.


They're called "exponential"...
09-08-16, 05:26 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 4,582
Posted By Yellowbeard

Yes, I love rainy days in general and I go riding...

Yes, I love rainy days in general and I go riding on them occasionally, with a few caveats:

-Have to have fenders on. Hate the constant splashing against the downtube, seattube and arse otherwise....
08-02-16, 06:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,196
Posted By Yellowbeard

I do this with just any regular pair of pliers.

I do this with just any regular pair of pliers.
10-20-15, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
Posted By Yellowbeard

The screw-on chucks are awesome, although it's...

The screw-on chucks are awesome, although it's hilarious reading negative reviews from people who couldn't figure out how to use them.
10-20-15, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,276
Posted By Yellowbeard

Materials. Short answer: They all work...

Materials.

Short answer: They all work equally well, but the cheapest (Sport) has a couple plastic parts that are more likely to fail. Everything above Sport has basically no plastic. Everything...
09-24-15, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By Yellowbeard

My guess is that a corner of one of the pads is...

My guess is that a corner of one of the pads is dragging on the rotor. When you pull the lever and the pistons start to move the pad tilts slightly and the dragging corner pulls back just enough to...
09-24-15, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 546
Posted By Yellowbeard

And 11 per side in a BB.

And 11 per side in a BB.
09-22-15, 06:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,001
Posted By Yellowbeard

That style of dust covers are supposed to be...

That style of dust covers are supposed to be stuck in place. If you're not careful you're practically guaranteed to deform them when you pull them out, and even if you don't mess them up it takes...
09-21-15, 07:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,001
Posted By Yellowbeard

Count the balls. He put too many balls...

Count the balls.



He put too many balls in, which is why the hub seized, and between prying it out and hammering it back in (with too many balls) he bent the dust covers to hell. Maybe they can...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-15, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2,284
Views: 276,193
Posted By Yellowbeard

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Northumberland Strait
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Forum: Road Cycling
09-20-15, 10:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By Yellowbeard

The fastest gear is the one in which you generate...

The fastest gear is the one in which you generate the most power. That'll very rarely be the smallest.

Power = torque x RPM
09-17-15, 07:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,900
Posted By Yellowbeard

Quick Silver is hilarious. The best scene is...

Quick Silver is hilarious.

The best scene is the one where Kevin Bacon walks into the convenience store by his loft and catches the villain buying five cans of cat food...menacingly.

Runner-up...
09-17-15, 09:02 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,802
Posted By Yellowbeard

Couple things: You admit you don't...

Couple things:



You admit you don't understand the problem, but you also don't want to get into a "feminist debate," and yet you're comfortable denying the issue outright; I quote:

You...
09-17-15, 06:59 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 3,802
Posted By Yellowbeard

In this case, because it's sexist as ****.

In this case, because it's sexist as ****.
09-17-15, 06:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,493
Posted By Yellowbeard

Notwithstanding disc-specific rims and whatever...

Notwithstanding disc-specific rims and whatever dumbass rims a company like State uses...true?
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-15, 06:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By Yellowbeard

A standard big ring (53 tooth) vs a compact (50...

A standard big ring (53 tooth) vs a compact (50 tooth) is only worth about one shift in the rear anyway.
09-10-15, 06:39 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 13,119
Posted By Yellowbeard

This young(ish) guy has spent plenty of time...

This young(ish) guy has spent plenty of time teaching old farts how to tell raw beef from chicken, that sharp knives are safer than dull ones, that riding in the small-small is a poor choice, etc....
09-07-15, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 684
Posted By Yellowbeard

It makes no difference which side of the brake...

It makes no difference which side of the brake the cable is on. As long as the cables are long enough to reach.
08-16-15, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,354
Posted By Yellowbeard

A shop I worked at routinely uses a propane torch...

A shop I worked at routinely uses a propane torch on pads and discs. Seems to work.
08-14-15, 05:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 997
Posted By Yellowbeard

What? No assplosion jokes yet?

What? No assplosion jokes yet?
08-14-15, 05:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,958
Posted By Yellowbeard

People stared at me that one time I rode in a...

People stared at me that one time I rode in a fencing mask (no other way to carry it at the time).
08-11-15, 05:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,654
Posted By Yellowbeard

I'm under 30, can I say it? OK. They're...

I'm under 30, can I say it? OK.

They're safety washers for solid front axles. They hook into holes in the dropouts.

You see them all the time if you work on old, cheap steel bikes, and...
08-11-15, 05:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By Yellowbeard

I tuned someone's high-end winter beater last...

I tuned someone's high-end winter beater last week that was almost as bad, 1/4" over 12 links. On a 32 tooth cog the chain was practically riding at the tips of the teeth on the bottom. Couldn't...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-15, 07:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,738
Posted By Yellowbeard

I'm in love with the Fi'zi:k microtex stuff. Been...

I'm in love with the Fi'zi:k microtex stuff. Been using it exclusively for a few years.

Wish I had any idea what all the newer variants are good for.
08-03-15, 07:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,057
Posted By Yellowbeard

Driver passes dangerously. Cyclist points that...

Driver passes dangerously. Cyclist points that out. Driver threatens violence multiple times. Driver violently attacks cyclist. Cyclist runs away.

Yup, clearly the cyclist's fault. Damn...
08-03-15, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 468
Posted By Yellowbeard

Joe Friel's written a lot on the subject. e.g.....

Joe Friel's written a lot on the subject. e.g.. (http://www.trainingbible.com/joesblog/2009/11/quick-guide-to-setting-zones.html)

The Cyclist's Training Bible, for example, has plenty of training...
08-02-15, 09:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 953
Posted By Yellowbeard

Just count the number of half-turns of the wrench...

Just count the number of half-turns of the wrench as you loosen it, and then re-tighten the same amount.

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You can really only learn it by doing it. The internet can help.
08-02-15, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By Yellowbeard

No, don't do that. That'll ruin the crank. ...

No, don't do that. That'll ruin the crank.

Put the bolt all the way back in (dont need to tighten it down) then screw the washer/ring in over the bolt (it should screw into the same threads that...
08-02-15, 08:27 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,050
Posted By Yellowbeard

My lycra is the only decent stuff in my wardrobe....

My lycra is the only decent stuff in my wardrobe. Damn right I wear it.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-02-15, 08:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,408
Posted By Yellowbeard

What's so weird about that?

What's so weird about that?
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