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01-19-21, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Russ Roth

Ran into this with setting up new gravel bikes...

Ran into this with setting up new gravel bikes for my wife and I, current ones are 46/32 with 11/34 cassette which has been fine for us but we're going for more aggressive offroad gravel rides and...
01-19-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 828
Posted By Russ Roth

Your wheel has issues. If the DS can be up to 135...

Your wheel has issues. If the DS can be up to 135 which seems a little high to me, then you shouldn't have anything below 100, your numbers suggest 105, and I'd actually shoot for 120 just to have...
01-19-21, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 210
Posted By Russ Roth

A lot depends on the rim/tire combination. My...

A lot depends on the rim/tire combination. My bike with a Stan's rim and tubeless tire couldn't be done without compressed air. The rim bed is so tight to the bead groove that its often difficult to...
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By Russ Roth

Almost over done but still retro cool looking,...

Almost over done but still retro cool looking, especially the cook brothers. Sweet ride.
01-18-21, 11:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 493
Posted By Russ Roth

I would have thought so too but I've known plenty...

I would have thought so too but I've known plenty of other mechanics who struggled through the who level stuff. A square works best for this but I usually don't head to the woodshop for mine. But...
01-18-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,167
Posted By Russ Roth

We often ride together, camp together, hike...

We often ride together, camp together, hike together, canoeing or kayaking, and plenty of other adventures. She followed me to the junkyard a time or two but didn't care for it that much. She doesn't...
01-18-21, 11:38 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,870
Posted By Russ Roth

It only looks full. The wife and I stopped in...

It only looks full. The wife and I stopped in there considering a new MTB for her to convert to a gravel adventure/endurance bike since she has a dual suspension which is nice but not designed for...
01-18-21, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 769
Posted By Russ Roth

I like challenge with their tan sidewalls but I...

I like challenge with their tan sidewalls but I don't think I ever had nice tires from that time that had tan walls, only the cheaper ones seemed to that I was offered. There were some interesting...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 11:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 382
Posted By Russ Roth

A bar is equal to 15psi, ended up memorizing this...

A bar is equal to 15psi, ended up memorizing this trying to get my high compression motor volvo 240 up to 15psi, which despite the wide Z rated tires, still spun the tires in 3rd accelerating down an...
01-17-21, 10:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 303
Posted By Russ Roth

I've got the miche, they're smooth and nice....

I've got the miche, they're smooth and nice. Double check the cones, for whatever reason my rear hub tightened up from the lock nut not being tight enough against the cone and it wasn't after too...
01-17-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 271
Posted By Russ Roth

Betting there's a bottom screw to match the one...

Betting there's a bottom screw to match the one you can see at the top, plus the screw by Anna's hair and pull off the training wheel, should come off then. However you may not need to remove it,...
01-17-21, 12:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 389
Posted By Russ Roth

I usually use a flat screwdriver and a mallet,...

I usually use a flat screwdriver and a mallet, basically same as the pin punch but the broader head of the screwdriver is less likely to skip off and hit the frame. The tool is a good way to go but...
01-17-21, 10:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 587
Posted By Russ Roth

The cyclist should have learned to bunny hop. If...

The cyclist should have learned to bunny hop. If you moved over sufficiently to safely pass him at the time you started passing then you did what was right. That should have left him room to safely...
Forum: Northeast
01-16-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2,661
Views: 223,804
Posted By Russ Roth

I've always gone back and forth with fenders....

I've always gone back and forth with fenders. Planned to hit Bethpage but the wife convinced me that it would be too muddy, really wanted to ride cross so I was cool with that, and that there was no...
01-15-21, 09:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 419
Posted By Russ Roth

Agree with the above, my 8 and 10yo due velodrome...

Agree with the above, my 8 and 10yo due velodrome racing, a lot of the kids their age that go clipless the coaches recommend road and the parents do it, since it does mean better cleat retention when...
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Russ Roth

Wish I could offer advice but I'll be watching...

Wish I could offer advice but I'll be watching this to see what others say. My wife and I like to pack light for long distance but that still means she has her sleeping bag and the air mattress while...
Forum: Northeast
01-15-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2,661
Views: 223,804
Posted By Russ Roth

Went to hit the cross trail and found a flat on...

Went to hit the cross trail and found a flat on the bike, turned out the rim strip slid a touch to the side, also turns out my last spare tube in the seat pack was a schrader valve. I get the feeling...
01-15-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 424
Posted By Russ Roth

Bit of an ignorance question, what is the purpose...

Bit of an ignorance question, what is the purpose of having different bike profiles? I've got 2 garmin, a 130 and an explore and I just grab and go typically with the 130 and whichever bike I have. I...
01-15-21, 03:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 976
Posted By Russ Roth

just riding. Tube, patch kit, multi tool with...

just riding. Tube, patch kit, multi tool with allen wrenches and chain tool built in, co2 pump and that's it. If I break a spoke the multi tool will let me adjust the wheel to work, bent der hanger...
01-14-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 668
Posted By Russ Roth

nice, enjoy the ride, looks great

nice, enjoy the ride, looks great
01-14-21, 08:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By Russ Roth

Just to double check, are you using the...

Just to double check, are you using the tensiometer the right way on the spoke? I don't use the Park but the Wheelsmith version you base spoke tension on the center part, so regardless of the end...
01-14-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Russ Roth

Wasn't aware there was a century. Just a road...

Wasn't aware there was a century. Just a road ride to the base and then up the mt.
01-13-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 592
Posted By Russ Roth

Bikes like the trek fx or the ds series are the...

Bikes like the trek fx or the ds series are the way to go, look for the bikes that has 8sp or more. 7 speed bikes will typically have a freewheel and feature a single wall rim, 8speed bikes are going...
01-13-21, 10:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Posted By Russ Roth

Bought my daughter a strider, wouldn't even...

Bought my daughter a strider, wouldn't even consider the thing. Next in line wants to be just like sis, if she has pedals and a chain he damn well better as well. Final kid was just a chore to get to...
01-13-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 528
Posted By Russ Roth

Always wanted to do it but the restrictions and...

Always wanted to do it but the restrictions and costs just made trying not worth the effort. They should just allow cyclists to ride it.
Forum: Touring
01-13-21, 10:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,258
Posted By Russ Roth

Theres a restaurant right at the parking lot for...

Theres a restaurant right at the parking lot for the start of Hopewell Junction, it seemed a little built up with some other eateries.
01-13-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 444
Posted By Russ Roth

Your looks will never work, I've seen people on a...

Your looks will never work, I've seen people on a couple steep muddy courses that couldn't make the run up wearing bmx shoes due to lack of traction, road shoes would really suck. If you're going all...
01-12-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,713
Posted By Russ Roth

All of this. I remember my parents never having a...

All of this. I remember my parents never having a functioning flashlight in their house and they probably still don't. I bought a couple of ryobi 20.00 flashlights that I keep 4Ah 18v lithium...
01-12-21, 10:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,191
Posted By Russ Roth

You are not aware. Some low end parts can be...

You are not aware. Some low end parts can be really suck. Further tiagra isn't truly low end, there's 3 groupsets below and above it;i isn't an amazing group but it is a decent, reliable group. The...
01-11-21, 09:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,034
Posted By Russ Roth

Check out the trek 8.2DS. I prefer road bikes but...

Check out the trek 8.2DS. I prefer road bikes but for general riding and fitness I'd start with something like a DS or the Quick. Lots of brands have these style of flat bar road bikes and many of...
01-11-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,991
Posted By Russ Roth

Any more information on that? I've got 3 pairs of...

Any more information on that? I've got 3 pairs of them on my bikes and have really liked how they build up and the ride quality. They're on our gravel and cross bikes, although the gravel are usually...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 08:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,546
Posted By Russ Roth

Serotta was actually made in Saratoga, NY area,...

Serotta was actually made in Saratoga, NY area, they made bikes for Huffy and Murray for the Olympics and 7-11 teams and used a tubing called Colorado Concept. They made general framesets but for...
01-11-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,191
Posted By Russ Roth

I'd also lean towards the double, its probably an...

I'd also lean towards the double, its probably an FSA omega which seems to turn up with Tiagra. In my experience its a passable crank, nothing impressive and sometimes comes with an annoying 19mm...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,258
Posted By Russ Roth

It was impressive how fast they managed to build...

It was impressive how fast they managed to build that and then its just stalled out, I really want to ride the whole thing.
01-11-21, 08:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 470
Posted By Russ Roth

Really as others mentioned your proportions lend...

Really as others mentioned your proportions lend themselves towards a ladies frame though a mixte would also work. Really any neutral frame color will work fine, if it bothers you just add darker...
01-11-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 828
Posted By Russ Roth

2mm isn't really that big a deal but can be dealt...

2mm isn't really that big a deal but can be dealt with. Adding an 1/8 to 1/4 turn to the non-drive side will have no major effect on the overall spoke tension of the drive side. A 1/4 turn if that...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-11-21, 07:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,546
Posted By Russ Roth

Serotta? They were making some high end road...

Serotta? They were making some high end road bikes mostly in steel and would have been in that ball park, was on my wish list. There were a lot of steel makers and narrowing it down wont be easy.
01-11-21, 07:25 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,925
Posted By Russ Roth

Had a customer that bought 5 cheap bikes before...

Had a customer that bought 5 cheap bikes before he got married so that every time he wants a new bike he brings in an old one and tells us to toss it, last I knew the wife never knew the difference....
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 12:23 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,405
Posted By Russ Roth

Its called the VTXL, don't know which it is. My...

Its called the VTXL, don't know which it is. My touring bike is a gravel version and with a 38c tire should be fine.
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,405
Posted By Russ Roth

When I lived in the Finger Lakes, technically...

When I lived in the Finger Lakes, technically Sterling,NY is the northern most point of the Finger Lakes, and rode there it was sufficient, actually didn't have that good of gearing riding along the...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,258
Posted By Russ Roth

Only thing political, if that, is that we...

Only thing political, if that, is that we shouldn't be giving any politician any credit for something that was started decades before him just cause it was finished during his time, most of it isn't...
01-11-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 992
Posted By Russ Roth

I've been running the shifters for years now on...

I've been running the shifters for years now on my kids' bikes and have had no problems with them. The lower end rear derailleur isn't the best, I had wanted the r10 rear der but at the time had to...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,258
Posted By Russ Roth

Really Cuomo just helped link together the...

Really Cuomo just helped link together the existing trails that were already there and being worked on. I'd give more credit if he'd had more of the routes north of Albany made off-road, mostly it...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 07:43 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,867
Posted By Russ Roth

I've been happy with Clement/Donnelly x'plor ush...

I've been happy with Clement/Donnelly x'plor ush tire, I've been using the 35 but I believe they come in a 38c. They've got a nice round profile and a more solid center strip that lets them move...
Forum: Touring
01-11-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,405
Posted By Russ Roth

The OP is swapping from a campy triple. I don't...

The OP is swapping from a campy triple. I don't believe in the past they offered a taller cog then a 28t, coupled with the small ring which was a 30? A 32/34 would be easier by a decent amount. The...
Forum: Touring
01-10-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,405
Posted By Russ Roth

No real purpose for a triple any more. The...

No real purpose for a triple any more.

The more expensive solution
12sp Campy Chorus 48/32 with an 11/34 cassette. If you're touring you never really needed the 53, racing sure, but getting a...
01-09-21, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 480
Posted By Russ Roth

As someone with three kids that ride track I'm...

As someone with three kids that ride track I'm going to go with it being a bad idea. I pushed a little too much with the first kid on getting the kids to try and ride when she was that age. If they...
01-09-21, 08:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 415
Posted By Russ Roth

Just bought a set of NOS sansin hubs, freewheel,...

Just bought a set of NOS sansin hubs, freewheel, to build a better set of wheels for my daughter's favorite bike. Although they're a little heavier then expected which shouldn't be surprising, the...
01-07-21, 11:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 831
Posted By Russ Roth

Not the same thing. Nipple washers help to...

Not the same thing. Nipple washers help to reinforce the rim and offer a smooth surface for the spoke to turn on. Spoke washers typically refer to the washers that are at the hub for thin flanges,...
01-07-21, 11:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By Russ Roth

My wife has used them for 10 years now and I have...

My wife has used them for 10 years now and I have a pair I used on a cross bike for 2 seasons before repurposing them to my daughter's bike, not a crack yet.

OP, the spoke choice is an odd one and...
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