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03-04-18, 12:13 PM
Replies: 17
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Posted By supton

Necroposting in my own thread. Summer came...

Necroposting in my own thread.

Summer came and went. In the end, while I'm glad I tried it out, I think I'd rather go back to 42T middle ring. The FD likes to rub; it really doesn't like the...
03-04-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By supton

Necroposting in my own thread, I know. Gone...

Necroposting in my own thread, I know. Gone through a few chains since then, with no real answer to the OP. Just replace the chain every 1,000 miles, that's a season or so.

Last summer I bought...
06-13-17, 01:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,457
Posted By supton

Is 32 much different than 28? Yeah I know, 4mm...

Is 32 much different than 28? Yeah I know, 4mm and all. I bumped from 25 to 28 and didn't think it made much of a difference. Maybe I need to switch back and see if I notice. I have been doing...
06-13-17, 01:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,166
Posted By supton

Apologies; I thought it was directed at me.

Apologies; I thought it was directed at me.
06-13-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,166
Posted By supton

Umm, no. If you'd read what I quoted, I took...

Umm, no. If you'd read what I quoted, I took umbrage to "riding downhill on a bike is dirt simple". You then missed where I said MTB'ing was harder.

:rolleyes:
06-13-17, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,112
Posted By supton

I just located a recent creak on my bike to the...

I just located a recent creak on my bike to the seatpost area myself. By grabbing the nose of the saddle, and the rear of the saddle, and up/down motion, I can make the noise. Rocking the saddle,...
06-12-17, 06:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,189
Posted By supton

Yep, looks like a typical ride to me.

Yep, looks like a typical ride to me.
06-12-17, 06:27 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,166
Posted By supton

Umm, I found myself posting for 100-200 yards at...

Umm, I found myself posting for 100-200 yards at a stretch, at 35mph this weekend on my road bike. While dodging road cracks and potholes. I recall a few years ago (ok maybe ten) a bicyclist on...
06-12-17, 06:17 AM
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Posted By supton

Ugh, did 20 miles (1,500ft climbing, 15.2mph avg...

Ugh, did 20 miles (1,500ft climbing, 15.2mph avg per MMR) on Sat, went out dehydrated and ran out of water in the 85F weather. Went to do 40 yesterday, took lots of water but felt wasted after 30...
06-12-17, 06:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,387
Posted By supton

Not sure how that is harder than changing a...

Not sure how that is harder than changing a tire... I mean, I think changing a tire is more physical labor than adjusting the brakes. Have you taken a look at various videos on youtube and/or looked...
06-12-17, 06:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

Thanks! I will get that tool, when I need to.

Thanks! I will get that tool, when I need to.
06-09-17, 07:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

Missed this post. Ok, I wondered when I saw the...

Missed this post. Ok, I wondered when I saw the setup if it might be old-school--I did mess with the cup and cone BB on my Raleigh, so I know the tool you are talking about. Of course I don't have...
06-09-17, 07:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

While on the subject... looks like the same tool...

While on the subject... looks like the same tool required here. Same 40mm OD on the lockring. But on this bike, what are the two dots on the crankarm bolt? Is this a self extracting crank arm? ...
06-09-17, 06:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

Got other side off. 8 indents, 40mm OD. ...

Got other side off. 8 indents, 40mm OD.

http://i67.tinypic.com/27yde6a.jpg

http://i67.tinypic.com/143nsir.jpg

Ah, ok, once I get that outer lockring off, then I should see splines behind...
06-09-17, 06:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

Got my 12-26 and 39T FSA chainring on. I get...

Got my 12-26 and 39T FSA chainring on. I get noise on left pedal going down; I suspect it's the FD rubbing. It seems to do that in in gear though. I suspect it doesn't like the 39T diam, and I...
06-09-17, 02:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,030
Posted By supton

I know there are different ways of doing this,...

I know there are different ways of doing this, but at the moment I put the chain into a sour cream container (sans cream) and shake; and pour the mess into a used container, like auto washer fluid. ...
06-09-17, 02:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,387
Posted By supton

Do you "need" 28's to ride a century? I put 28's...

Do you "need" 28's to ride a century? I put 28's onto my bike and it's nicer, but I wouldn't say dramatically better than 25's. Maybe I have too much psi? When I ran the 25's it was not uncommon...
06-09-17, 02:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

Personally--no idea, not a bike mechanic. ...

Personally--no idea, not a bike mechanic. Looking at Sheldon's site and elsewhere, it looks like an ISIS drive. Octalink doesn't spline the full length. I did something about 8 and 10 spline...
06-09-17, 01:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,131
Posted By supton

My new Android somehow (magically?) looks at what...

My new Android somehow (magically?) looks at what I've been surfing, and has links to articles that might be of interest. One of them was bicycle quotes. Supposedly Merckx said "Don't upgrade...
06-09-17, 01:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By supton

BB tool

I've been looking but can't figure out what tool I need to get to replace my BB. I pulled a crankarm off the bike and verified it's an ISIS drive, but after that... I don't know what I'm looking...
06-09-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,030
Posted By supton

I usually leave the chain to dry in the sun &...

I usually leave the chain to dry in the sun & wind for an hour plus (using paint thinner to clean with).
06-09-17, 06:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 506
Posted By supton

2 hours is a bit of a hike. I drove across WY...

2 hours is a bit of a hike. I drove across WY once and I know it's a long drive; heck it's 40 minutes for me to hit Walmart or the mall, from where I live.

Anyhow... sorry, I feel lazy and won't...
06-09-17, 05:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,030
Posted By supton

Kerosene? How well does that work? Not flaming,...

Kerosene? How well does that work? Not flaming, asking. I've been using paint thinner and/or mineral spirits (not sure there is a difference). Sour cream container (not sure on size) and shake. ...
06-06-17, 03:10 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

Weird. After 8 hours of staring at a computer at...

Weird. After 8 hours of staring at a computer at work, I can't think straight either. Had that happen while babysitting kids too. Maybe I can get the wife and boss to let me use beer to bolster my...
06-06-17, 02:36 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

I'm a novice. Only bonking I can recall is long...

I'm a novice. Only bonking I can recall is long after the ride--I might need a nap before dinner, after say an afternoon 30 miles ride. I've put on a few hundred miles this year and now seem past...
06-06-17, 01:14 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

Fair enough. I'm going to run the risk, it's...

Fair enough. I'm going to run the risk, it's taken a while to get rid of my sweet tooth, and I don't want to encourage it to come back. I'm going to limit myself to a serving of fruit, maybe two,...
06-06-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By supton

I don't think I've ever had a problem with...

I don't think I've ever had a problem with traction on pavement, not with my road bikes anyhow. :foo:

But I see my attempt at humor failed...
06-06-17, 11:28 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

Lucky you. My two remotes keep saying "no daddy,...

Lucky you. My two remotes keep saying "no daddy, you go do it." Ingrates!
06-06-17, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 762
Posted By supton

Nifty. I don't have a use but it looks pretty...

Nifty. I don't have a use but it looks pretty cool.

Not sure about those open bevel gears though on the first setup.

You know, most cars are FWD now. Definite improvements to mpg and the the...
06-06-17, 10:34 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

I dunno, when I eat according to my appetite, I...

I dunno, when I eat according to my appetite, I tend to put on weight. Other times I know I must force myself to drink water, I might not be thirsty but I know I'm dehydrated.

It's a weird thing,...
06-06-17, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

I think today I'll pull the trigger on a...

I think today I'll pull the trigger on a 12-27(ish) and probably 26&39T chainrings. It might be more costly than just a new RD and cassette, but eh, live once, might as well buy stuff.

For the...
06-06-17, 10:16 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,447
Posted By supton

Meh. Usually not, but if the rain lets up and...

Meh. Usually not, but if the rain lets up and turns to a drizzle, and I haven't ridden in a few days, maybe. I did put fenders on my bike so I could ride on wet roads.

But I wear prescription...
06-06-17, 10:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,794
Posted By supton

I tried contacts once but in the end it was $110...

I tried contacts once but in the end it was $110 to determine that I don't like touching my eyes. Ick. Last eye doc appointment I was told I have the start of a cataract in one eye. Maybe I'll...
06-06-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 9,620
Posted By supton

I'm trying to avoid sugar, at least when I can. ...

I'm trying to avoid sugar, at least when I can. It might be quackery but there seems to be enough quacks saying it's bad for you. I figure, when Gatorade tastes good (let alone great) then I'm...
06-04-17, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 88,779
Posted By supton

Funny how the energy to ride comes and goes. One...

Funny how the energy to ride comes and goes. One day you have it, the next not. Or start fast to end slow, or vice versa.

Did 35 yesterday, but only got like a 15mph average--was a bit...
06-04-17, 07:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,104
Posted By supton

I hated using a backpack when I commuted in...

I hated using a backpack when I commuted in college. Only 4 miles but I felt like all it did was trap all the heat under it. Shame, as it didn't mess with the balance of the bike. Much prefer a...
06-04-17, 06:53 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,794
Posted By supton

Never heard of wearing them outside helmet...

Never heard of wearing them outside helmet straps. Learned something new today. Always worn them inside the straps, and for the last few years I've worn a skullcap too. Annoying in the rain... and...
06-04-17, 06:45 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,512
Posted By supton

One bike has a cheapo Bell spedometer on it. ...

One bike has a cheapo Bell spedometer on it. It's off now, got fed up: every time I'd go to zero it out for a ride, it'd blank the memory. :( For that bike I might just write down the miles (tends...
05-30-17, 06:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

Let's try tinypic again. FD: Looks like it...

Let's try tinypic again.

FD: Looks like it will handle a smaller chainring.
http://i66.tinypic.com/wmi99g.jpg

RD: I found RD-5501 on it. Looks long cage? This is in 30x23....
05-30-17, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

Not sure if this will come out, tinypic hasn't...

Not sure if this will come out, tinypic hasn't been working for me lately. Only pic i can find on my phone, which I don't think will help. Will take better ones tonight....
05-30-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,286
Posted By supton

I have some Craftsman which are pretty thick, and...

I have some Craftsman which are pretty thick, and some which are not. Sometimes it's nice to have more than one of each size, and then from different makers.

I should look to see how long the...
05-30-17, 09:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

I'm not sure if I used the 21 or not on one hill,...

I'm not sure if I used the 21 or not on one hill, which means I might have only had 1 gear in reserve. Plus that means if I ever tackle anything more steep... I'll be walking. Which I've done but...
05-30-17, 06:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,355
Posted By supton

Which way to regear?

At the moment I have a 12-23 on my "long ride" bike, pushed by a 30/42/52 set of chainrings. Works ok, although on a couple of hills this weekend I started feeling taxed in 30x19 and might have...
05-29-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,286
Posted By supton

No apologies needed, it's a good story. In some...

No apologies needed, it's a good story. In some ways it seems prudent: a good amount of mid and even high end bikes on CL appear to be barely used. Imagine if your friend had gone the other way...
05-29-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,286
Posted By supton

:thumb: I dunno. I hear your point,...

:thumb:



I dunno. I hear your point, but Walmart doesn't sell all the parts I need to service my vehicles. They only sell that which they can move. I can hardly blame them.

But you're...
05-29-17, 11:45 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,286
Posted By supton

I wonder if some of the parents want it that way....

I wonder if some of the parents want it that way. They don't want those cheapo goods sitting in their basement--easier to buy another set of things come next semester. Or they don't have space for...
05-29-17, 11:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,388
Posted By supton

I've been looking myself. I was tempted by some...

I've been looking myself. I was tempted by some cheapo hitch mounted ones, but have held off ever since I realized I could pop the front wheel off and then the bike would fit into my backseat. And...
05-29-17, 10:01 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,483
Posted By supton

Upshifts on the cassette are as fast as I can...

Upshifts on the cassette are as fast as I can click; furthermore, bike shifts faster than I can pick up speed. So no issue there.

But yeah, double/triple downshifts on the cassette are very nice....
05-29-17, 09:59 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 4,286
Posted By supton

:thumb: I finally paid cash last year after...

:thumb:

I finally paid cash last year after buying a string of new cars (apartment living and no time to deal with clunkers). After doing about 20 hours of work on it I felt like I accomplished...
05-28-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 6,947
Posted By supton

Yesterday I feared I'd run out of gearing on a...

Yesterday I feared I'd run out of gearing on a couple of hills--legs tired, pushing too far. I don't think I got deeper than 30x21 but it made me wonder if I need to rethink my gearing setup.

A...
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