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01-09-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 684
Posted By sweeks

This might work. The only problem I foresee is...

This might work. The only problem I foresee is that the slot in the rear of the seat tube might be too short to include an adequate stress breaker (the hole at the bottom of the slot).

Just saw...
12-16-20, 08:52 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,401
Posted By sweeks

I probably should repeat the exercise with better...

I probably should repeat the exercise with better attention to details. The chains were hung from nails placed on a level line. The ruler is marked in millimeters. The chain checkers, with the...
12-14-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,401
Posted By sweeks

Here's that process (new chain on the right)....

Here's that process (new chain on the right). There's no doubt about the elongation. FWIW, the old chain was flagged by three different chain checker tools....
12-12-20, 11:04 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

My Nokians seem to be made a little better than...

My Nokians seem to be made a little better than the Schwalbes, but the Nokians aren't made in the size I need for my commuter bike (20").
The Schwalbes work fine, though. As you can see in my...
12-07-20, 10:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 673
Posted By sweeks

My study (n=1) of Octalink V1 crankset finds an...

My study (n=1) of Octalink V1 crankset finds an incidence of "zero" loose cranks, irrespective of side.
Same for ISIS crankset (n=1), and square taper cranks (n=3).
Small sample sizes, but all...
12-06-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By sweeks

You missed the opportunity for a good double...

You missed the opportunity for a good double entendre:
"I always look before going in with my tool." :innocent:
12-06-20, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 504
Posted By sweeks

This ^^.

This ^^.
12-05-20, 10:55 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

What's the co-pay on a broken hip? :innocent: ...

What's the co-pay on a broken hip? :innocent:

I've been commuting on Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires for about 15 years. They are great on ice, OK in slush and snow, a bit noisy on bare...
Forum: Commuting
12-01-20, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,321
Posted By sweeks

Here's my modified and thoroughly thrashed* Dahon...

Here's my modified and thoroughly thrashed* Dahon Mu XL.
Most important mods: studded tires, rear roller brake, front & rear lights, titanium brake and chainring hardware.
This bike has over 12,000...
11-28-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 604
Posted By sweeks

Then there's titanium frame with a titanium post....

Then there's titanium frame with a titanium post. No galvanic reaction there, but titanium is said to be able to "cold weld" itself to itself. I've used a copper-based grease and haven't had any...
11-25-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,187
Posted By sweeks

There is a point of view that parts can be tight...

There is a point of view that parts can be tight enough to stay put in normal use, but loose enough to move in a crash to prevent damage. I don't know about stems, but I had some expensive brake...
11-25-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,686
Posted By sweeks

I've been commuting year-round in Chicago for 18...

I've been commuting year-round in Chicago for 18 years, and discovered studs about 12 years ago. No going back! At 70, I don't want to fall. I keep a second bike with regular tires ready for those...
11-16-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,180
Posted By sweeks

That was "entry level" stuff when we were kids....

That was "entry level" stuff when we were kids. Once you learn to move your center of mass around (rearward), the front brake becomes much more useful.
11-12-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,170
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for that article! I was aware of, and...

Thanks for that article! I was aware of, and ready to comment on, the elastic nature of wire cables. But the "constructional" stretch is new to me. It makes perfect sense, and I think is the...
11-12-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 669
Posted By sweeks

How much flexibility is good in a handlebar?...

How much flexibility is good in a handlebar? Seems like thicker tape or some kind of padding would give more comfort, if that's the objective.
Forum: Commuting
10-28-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,397
Posted By sweeks

The benefits may seem dubious to *you*, but many...

The benefits may seem dubious to *you*, but many cyclists don't feel safe in traffic without a mirror. I am one of these.
It should be noted that there is very little information available about the...
10-18-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,129
Posted By sweeks

Tools are handy for use as avatars too! :D

Tools are handy for use as avatars too! :D
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 07:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,179
Posted By sweeks

Frozen lake riding is great... especially if...

Frozen lake riding is great... especially if there's no snow and the ice is thick!...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-30-20, 06:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By sweeks

My "winter" folder is HERE...

My "winter" folder is HERE (https://www.bikeforums.net/21666675-post25.html). :D
09-22-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,349
Posted By sweeks

It's the black line running circumferentially at...

It's the black line running circumferentially at the middle of the brake track. When the rim around the line has worn away, there's usually less than a millimeter of metal remaining.
Another way to...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,433
Posted By sweeks

In the interest of "good optics", I'll generally...

In the interest of "good optics", I'll generally not do this in front of motorists. Of course, the question is whether they appreciate that I am following the same laws so as not to appear...
Forum: Commuting
09-16-20, 09:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,433
Posted By sweeks

I've heard this sort of thing (as well as a...

I've heard this sort of thing (as well as a cyclist taking the lane to bypass an obstruction) referred to as a "traffic-calming moment". :D
09-09-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,864
Posted By sweeks

I did this when I rebuilt my old Motobecane. I...

I did this when I rebuilt my old Motobecane. I fitted 11 balls nicely... a big improvement over the original caged bearings which had *7* per side.
09-05-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,316
Posted By sweeks

Marathon Winter tires on 20" wheels work well for...

Marathon Winter tires on 20" wheels work well for me in the "mashed potatoes". :thumb:...
08-28-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,509
Posted By sweeks

If you live in a place where snow can accumulate...

If you live in a place where snow can accumulate on the roads, then you have to assume that at some point you will encounter ice.
Here in Chicago, we get lots of snow and ice, and it's not always...
Forum: Commuting
08-26-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 19,996
Posted By sweeks

I turned 70 a couple weeks ago. My daily commute...

I turned 70 a couple weeks ago. My daily commute for the last 18 years includes 7 miles of biking (in two sections) and an hour on the train in between. I ride a folding bike, which is the only way...
08-02-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 713
Posted By sweeks

Heh... I have a TERN Multi-tool...

Heh... I have a TERN Multi-tool (https://www.ternbicycles.com/us/gear/472/tern-tool) which looks suspiciously like yours! Mine came with the bike, or I'd be a little cranky about the price....
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,838
Posted By sweeks

This may seem ... odd, but you *could* consider...

This may seem ... odd, but you *could* consider This Bike (https://www.strida.com/product/strida-c1/). I had a Strida 2 as my first folding bike about 18 years ago. Though it eventually wasn't up to...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 29,738
Posted By sweeks

Faculty endodontist at a state dental school....

Faculty endodontist at a state dental school. :rolleyes:
07-14-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 6,888
Posted By sweeks

[QUOTE=dedhed;21575872]Did you get a repair...

[QUOTE=dedhed;21575872]Did you get a repair manual with your car?
Hahaha! No, but when I bought my first car (a 1973 Plymouth "Duster"), the first thing I did was to send off for the factory service...
07-10-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,649
Posted By sweeks

There are *METRIC* thread files too! METRIC...

There are *METRIC* thread files too!
METRIC THREAD FILE...
07-08-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,106
Posted By sweeks

Statistical analysis by "Marge Inovera"....

Statistical analysis by "Marge Inovera". Chauffeur: "Peekup Andropoff"... there were lots, and they were all funny.
FWIW, I won the "Puzzler" back in the early '90s and got an autographed copy of...
07-05-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,398
Posted By sweeks

Except... those front wheels with a brake disc!...

Except... those front wheels with a brake disc! :innocent:
07-05-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,789
Posted By sweeks

I keep reading "MicroBrew"! :D

I keep reading "MicroBrew"! :D
07-04-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,398
Posted By sweeks

Even easier, I'd say (based on my limited...

Even easier, I'd say (based on my limited experience) because no dishing is required as would be for a wheel with a cassette or freewheel. :-)
06-27-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 757
Posted By sweeks

I had this exact thing happen to me starting...

I had this exact thing happen to me starting across an intersection on my first folding bike, a Strida 2. Luckily no damage to the nethers. :-)
06-21-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,265
Posted By sweeks

I like the term "consumable" a bit better....

I like the term "consumable" a bit better. :D
06-18-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 638
Posted By sweeks

External bottom bracket: THIS should help. The...

External bottom bracket: THIS should help. The cranks come off with a hex wrench, I believe. There are probably other videos on (for example) the Park Tools site.
06-11-20, 02:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,793
Posted By sweeks

From the product description: "It breaks down...

From the product description: "It breaks down oil, grease and grim, leaving the chain containment free."
I'd worry about a product if the folks who wrote the advert, or reviewed it before...
06-08-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,953
Posted By sweeks

And don't forget the 1918 "Spanish" influenza...

And don't forget the 1918 "Spanish" influenza pandemic, which most likely started in Kansas. (See "The Great Influenza...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By sweeks

I confirmed with my Tern contacts that the newer...

I confirmed with my Tern contacts that the newer Terns do not have the shim. News to me! If the post and the inside of the seat tube are *verifiably* grease-free, nad you have the clamp adjusted so...
06-07-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By sweeks

You should follow Carbonfiberboy's advice and see...

You should follow Carbonfiberboy's advice and see an orthopedic ankle specialist. The ankle is a complex joint and early diagnosis and intervention can prevent long-term adverse outcomes.
Your SPD...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-05-20, 09:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,603
Posted By sweeks

My Verge is about 7 years old, so it's likely...

My Verge is about 7 years old, so it's likely some changes have been made. I don't see many Terns around my neck of the woods. When I was active on the Tern web site forum (and before that the Dahon...
06-05-20, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 406
Posted By sweeks

That's a "rotating mass" issue. In general, the...

That's a "rotating mass" issue. In general, the lower the rotating mass, the better for acceleration. But in my experience this is not readily apparent (YMMV, of course). Using thinner, lighter tubes...
05-31-20, 12:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By sweeks

This reminds me of my first derailleur bike, a...

This reminds me of my first derailleur bike, a Motobecane Mirage which I bought new in 1975. I had 3 or 4 flats within a week of picking it up. I traced them all to drain holes in the steel rims. I...
05-31-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By sweeks

While you're replacing the chain, check the...

While you're replacing the chain, check the sprockets for excessive wear. If the chain is that worn, it's possible (even probable) that the rear sprocket and maybe the chainring are badly worn.
05-23-20, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,108
Posted By sweeks

This protocol has worked well for me for many...

This protocol has worked well for me for many years. I use a one-pint plastic ice cream container ("Talenti" jars are perfect). I don't see the need to re-attach the quick-link, but YMMV... I *do*...
05-06-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 942
Posted By sweeks

IIRC, Roger Musson, in his "Wheelbuilding" book,...

IIRC, Roger Musson, in his "Wheelbuilding" book, recommended using a Q-tip! Snip off one of the "buds" and insert the stick into the slotted end of the spoke. I've done this; it's primitive, but it...
05-03-20, 12:18 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,175
Posted By sweeks

I see by post #18 that you are correct. I was...

I see by post #18 that you are correct. I was misled by post #3 ("I was under the impression that the rear derailleur doesn’t care if the shifter is 9 or 10 speed (?)" ).
The confusion was all mine.
04-24-20, 06:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By sweeks

There is probably no harm in using...

There is probably no harm in using "compressionless" housing for friction shift systems, but there is no benefit either. There might be a cost disadvantage. See Sheldon Brown...
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