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07-16-19, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By stephr1

Thx much for all the great responses and...

Thx much for all the great responses and feedback!!!!

re: "greasers" ;) the good news about greasing is that it will last quite a while. Bad news, for me, anyway, is the road (on and off) dirt...
07-15-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,842
Posted By stephr1

I've always been physically and outdoor active...

I've always been physically and outdoor active growing up. Long story short, back in 1998 I injured myself one night during a time I was playing competitive v-ball on a weekly basis. What started as...
07-15-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 763
Posted By stephr1

To grease...or not to grease :)

Looking for some feedback about lubing brake and shift cables....

Early on I used a dry graphite lube (as in, went on dry), tho I wasn't very diligent about it.

At some point I decided to move...
06-24-19, 04:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,020
Posted By stephr1

The original saddle on my Specialized Hard Rock...

The original saddle on my Specialized Hard Rock has been with me in my 10+ moves over the past 20 years (longer than I was married :) I suppose I will have to marry it at some point to consummate...
06-24-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 18,292
Posted By stephr1

Holy sh*t, I know this one very well. A few years...

Holy sh*t, I know this one very well. A few years back I was doing a ride into an area called "Shoreline Park" (this is in the SF Bay Area). Most of the paths are paved and are easily 3-4 people...
05-13-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,586
Posted By stephr1

+1 about the lbs. :( *** Wanted to add...

+1 about the lbs. :(

*** Wanted to add that the one thing I have noticed is that it seems much easier to gain weight and much, much harder to lose it. Same also goes for getting hurt and...
05-06-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,658
Posted By stephr1

Don't forget a 30' dog leash AND head buried in a...

Don't forget a 30' dog leash AND head buried in a cell phone. I almost took out a cute cocker spaniel becuz the leash was across the trail and I didn't see the dog in the shadows until the last...
05-06-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,661
Posted By stephr1

+1 I have a Specialized Hard Rock with front...

+1

I have a Specialized Hard Rock with front suspension that I bought new back in 1998/9 and for the 1st 10 years was not very committed to regular maintenance (such a bad boy! :(

I've...
04-19-19, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By stephr1

To add to my comments above..... I've been...

To add to my comments above.....

I've been using Finish Line for a couple of months now and can modify my previous comment concerning "buildup" around the rear der pulleys.

I found that if I...
04-01-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,098
Posted By stephr1

Well, you could have had a day like this...

Well, you could have had a day like this guy.......
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03-18-19, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By stephr1

Hadn't thought about the viscosity, but olive oil...

Hadn't thought about the viscosity, but olive oil seems about right.

One of the other things I noticed is that White Lightning, once "dry", leaves that white, waxy residue on the chain (never...
03-18-19, 12:16 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,937
Posted By stephr1

Not proud of this, but I could be the poster boy...

Not proud of this, but I could be the poster boy for how hazardous these "no cars allowed" poles can be :(

See my story/adventure here:

https://www.bikeforums.net/20504760-post89.html
03-18-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By stephr1

It's been a few months but I wanted to circle...

It's been a few months but I wanted to circle back on this topic....

I've been using Finish Line Dry for 1+ months and I'm finding it pretty good. I lube the chain about every 2 weeks (given my...
03-12-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,545
Posted By stephr1

I'm about to turn 66 (2 weeks) and try to average...

I'm about to turn 66 (2 weeks) and try to average ~40 miles/week. I had created sciatica issues ~20 years ago playing volleyball one night. Really, really painful every couple of months or so. Gave...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-12-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 442
Views: 25,195
Posted By stephr1

Maybe the dealer sees it as an opportunity to...

Maybe the dealer sees it as an opportunity to sell something for a better profit margin. Wouldn't be surprised...
03-12-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,185
Posted By stephr1

Here in the SF Bay Area we can pretty much ride...

Here in the SF Bay Area we can pretty much ride all year round. It will "cool off" to low-to-mid 30s F 1st thing in the morning during late Jan/early Feb. for a total of ~1 week (maybe spread over a...
Forum: Touring
03-04-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,936
Posted By stephr1

You can find single person backpacking tents that...

You can find single person backpacking tents that weigh almost nothing (especially if it's warm and dry out and you don't need a rainfly) that will keep the bugs out just fine and have a very minimal...
03-04-19, 02:04 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,089
Posted By stephr1

Bike stand is still on my list, but I figured...

Bike stand is still on my list, but I figured something that works for me until then...I have a 5" vise mounted to a work bench. Whenever I want to do bike "stuff", I pull out a 2"x2"x18" piece of...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 3,607
Posted By stephr1

+++1 I ran into a similar problem in the...

+++1

I ran into a similar problem in the past (tho, wasn't both tires). Replaced the inner tube, filled it and found it flat the next morning. Pulled the tire (again :( and didn't see anything...
02-11-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,362
Posted By stephr1

Very glad you live to ride another day!! Some are...

Very glad you live to ride another day!! Some are not so lucky :(

I used to ride a motorcycle (Triumph Bonneville - 650) as my main vehicle (mainly college days). I sold it after my 1st child was...
02-04-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 198
Views: 8,965
Posted By stephr1

Ski equipment companies have been doing this for...

Ski equipment companies have been doing this for a long time. Try taking 5 yr. old boots/bindings in to get them adjusted, cleaned, etc. Any ski shop that knows its stuff will say "No!". Claim it has...
02-04-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 6,516
Posted By stephr1

Been there, done that :( It sounds like a...

Been there, done that :(

It sounds like a disconnect of expectations.

Did you discuss with your S.O. what might happen (i.e. "shop talk") when you decided to invite your "buddies" over? She...
01-21-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 3,707
Posted By stephr1

Water/bleach would be my suggestion. Another...

Water/bleach would be my suggestion. Another might be to put it in the dishwasher (with a dishload), set on "Sanitize" cycle (if there is one), turn off heated dry (to prevent warping any plastics)....
01-14-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,683
Posted By stephr1

I ride for the exercise. Then I ride for time. I...

I ride for the exercise. Then I ride for time. I have a fixed distance that I do 3x per week in the early morning, like at sunrise (barring bone-chilling cold or rain or getting sick) and I know I'm...
12-14-18, 03:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Wow! Great inputs!! Truly appreciate all the...

Wow! Great inputs!! Truly appreciate all the sharing. Knew I came here for a good reason :)

What I come away with is that I need to change my chain more often. To do that I need a more accurate...
12-13-18, 09:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Seems to me that there might be more than .5%...

Seems to me that there might be more than .5% visual error in trying to use a ruler (even a steel one). Movement, visual angle, etc. would affect the reading. How do you do it and still ensure...
12-12-18, 06:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Prob'ly not. There are moments, however few and...

Prob'ly not. There are moments, however few and far between, when I do use the other chain rings. If I didn't have them, I would certainly miss them :(

Your suggestion on stretch limit is...
12-12-18, 06:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Prob'ly not. There are moments, however few and...

Prob'ly not. There are moments, however few and far between, when I do use the other chain rings. If I didn't have them, I would certainly miss them :(

Your suggestion on stretch limit is...
12-12-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Yep, it is (triple chain rings). And I'm pretty...

Yep, it is (triple chain rings). And I'm pretty much always on the middle ring. Teeth count has been 24/34/42. I bought a new crank to install sometime soon that changes to 28/38/48 (see my msg., #18...
12-12-18, 10:17 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

Interesting...I guess I always (well, mostly...)...

Interesting...I guess I always (well, mostly...) viewed that the cog/cassette was the weaker link since the chain was both always having to slip on and off any specific cog and would typically...
12-11-18, 07:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

@To all (except fietsbob :( Really...

@To all (except fietsbob :(


Really appreciate the feedback. The comments about "the chain is cheaper than the cassette" isn't quite true for me. I must be using a really low end 11-28T Shimano...
12-11-18, 07:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

fietsbob Thanks for nothing except a...

fietsbob

Thanks for nothing except a condescending reply :( This wasn't about "crowdsourcing". It was about getting a sense if the wear and tear on my bike was within range or way off and I...
12-10-18, 05:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

fietsbob Last longer than what, 1 day, 2...

fietsbob

Last longer than what, 1 day, 2 days.... I'd be interested in some kind of general estimate, if you have any idea...thx

prathmann

30,000???!?! Really? Or did you accidentally slip...
12-10-18, 03:21 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,571
Posted By stephr1

How many miles on cassette?

This is a fairly simple question....I hope...

I have an older (like 20 yrs) Hard Rock MTB that's still well-maintained and in fairly good shape (ride it 3 times a week). I've been thru a couple of...
12-03-18, 01:36 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 2,727
Posted By stephr1

For me, my motivation is a commitment to a change...

For me, my motivation is a commitment to a change in lifestyle. I've always been fairly active: hiking, backpacking and used to play competitive volleyball 2-3 times a week (also played B-Ball in...
11-19-18, 02:54 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,093
Posted By stephr1

I've been in both PB shops here in South Bay...

I've been in both PB shops here in South Bay (Campbell and Mt. View, CA the latter one many times as my main store) and the folks have always been respectful, courteous and interested in helping me...
11-19-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 7,093
Posted By stephr1

Update - Just noticed this and suggest you...

Update -

Just noticed this and suggest you keep it in mind for anything you buy at PB:

https://www.performancebike.com/shop/returns-exchanges
...
11-12-18, 04:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By stephr1

I appreciate the feedback. It seems White...

I appreciate the feedback. It seems White Lightning feedback goes both ways. An old Chinese (supposedly) proverb: "A man with no watch never knows the time. A man with 2 is never sure."
...
11-12-18, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,675
Posted By stephr1

White Lightning Dry vs. Finish Line Teflon Dry

UPDATE: Just wanted to add here that I did find a review (albeit ~4 years old) on-line that compared White Lightning Clean Lube (or something similar with a slightly different name), Finish Line Dry...
10-24-18, 06:02 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,254
Posted By stephr1

Been to Australia...amazing country and the...

Been to Australia...amazing country and the people are really nice (if a bit brusque at times...but still friendly ;) If you do get to Australia, make sure you allow time for New Zealand, especially...
10-24-18, 05:50 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 3,254
Posted By stephr1

I grew up in So. Cal not far from you...

I grew up in So. Cal not far from you (Anaheim/Buena Park) and now live in the SF Bay area (for the past 30+ years). You are a wimp ;)

There are only 2 seasons in So. Cal: warm and...
10-08-18, 01:00 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,942
Posted By stephr1

Glad to hear you're OK!! Doesn't matter...

Glad to hear you're OK!!

Doesn't matter who's right and who's wrong. If you're on the bike and someone does something stupid, you could end up being "dead right" :( I used to ride a motorcycle...
08-14-18, 03:57 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,448
Posted By stephr1

1 last comment.... gearbasher - I am not...

1 last comment....
gearbasher - I am not worthy!! Wow!! That is a much more radical approach than mine for sciatica pain. I certainly was out of commission for a couple of weeks, but nowhere near...
08-13-18, 04:59 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,448
Posted By stephr1

Saw the thread, laughed and couldn't resist...

Saw the thread, laughed and couldn't resist sharing a bit of my stupidity from about 3-4 years ago....but it did have a silver lining :)


Been riding my Specialized Hard Rock MTB for a number of...
05-24-17, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

Appreciate the link. I have the RD-M410 (Alivio...

Appreciate the link. I have the RD-M410 (Alivio version?) so the pulleys are prob'ly the same. I 'spose I could count the teeth and know for sure.....but then, that would be too easy ;)

Hadn't...
05-24-17, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

There's sloppy...and then there was *sloppy*. I...

There's sloppy...and then there was *sloppy*. I had done a poor job of maintenance up to the point where I replaced the pulleys :( so the top pulley bushing was fairly well worn (creating more than...
05-23-17, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

Yep. At 1 point I also replaced the 10T...

Yep. At 1 point I also replaced the 10T jockey/guide pulley (top one) on the now-replaced der with the same 10T pulley cuz it seemed fairly sloppy. That cleaned up the shifting quite nice. Never...
05-23-17, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

Realized I forgot to mention that this is about a...

Realized I forgot to mention that this is about a MTB - Specialized Hard Rock.

Can't say I've ever noticed much of any difference. Was curious if anyone else had a chance to compare.

Cargo...
05-23-17, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

When you said lower range....did you mean...

When you said lower range....did you mean lower-end/less expensive?

When I bought the bike, the Shimano parts were of "Alivio" class, at least, ders, freehub and cassette were. The orig der had...
05-23-17, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,069
Posted By stephr1

Derailleur pulleys - Does size matter?

I was here a couple of weeks ago concerning derailleur adjustments (http://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1106421-fine-points-derailleur-adjustment.html) and was interested in hearing from...
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