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03-02-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,213
Posted By FastJake

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike,...

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike, so it's wrong." I live in the US and also greatly prefer to start rides from my front door when it's feasible. Please get out of my thread with your...
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Same here. But taking a break for a couple...

Same here. But taking a break for a couple minutes is so much better than wasting away hour after hour.

I really appreciate everyone's replies and advice.
Forum: Foo
02-22-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe...

Today is a night and day difference. Maybe actually typing this out was the wake up call I needed? I hope so. Ok, back to work!
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02-19-21, 01:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,926
Posted By FastJake

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather...

Thanks. "Private" is why I posted here rather than posting on my personal Facebook page or coming clean to my boss (which I've considered, and seems like a terrible idea.) I certainly don't expect...
02-18-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 4,778
Posted By FastJake

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap,...

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap, nearly bottom-of-the-barrel MTBs to very expensive new ones is pointless. They used to make nice, lightweight, expensive bikes too. And now most of...
02-17-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,676
Posted By FastJake

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a...

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a Honda Civic versus a Honda Civic with slightly larger tires. Those larger tires have pros and cons.
02-17-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,668
Posted By FastJake

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard...

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard objects so I keep my pressure high enough to avoid those things. I weigh as much as the OP and run about 15-20psi in a 2.2" tire.
02-17-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,283
Posted By FastJake

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of...

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of highways, texting or not. Surely there are plenty of small paved or gravel roads in Idaho that have almost no traffic. You don't *only* have to MTB.
02-15-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,676
Posted By FastJake

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26"...

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26" bikes. But 26" wheels have been made "obsolete" by mainstream manufacturers. You aren't likely to find any decent new bikes that use them. But there...
02-13-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,806
Posted By FastJake

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style....

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style. Some of the new bikes handle slow and clumsy to me. Better tires? LOL. I'm not riding on 25 year old tires. You know they still make 26" tires, right?...
12-29-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,070
Posted By FastJake

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised...

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised how many people get it wrong! It's worth double-checking.

If it's only happening in the small ring and most/all of the cogs that rules out enough...
12-29-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,419
Posted By FastJake

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of...

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.

You don't need to spend $300 to sell an old bike (???). People sell old bikes all the time. You'll get less for it, but...
12-07-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 664
Posted By FastJake

This is a '90s frame and probably 130mm rear....

This is a '90s frame and probably 130mm rear. Even if it's 126mm, a 130 hub will fit. It's been done a thousand times.

Easiest and surely the cheapest way to "build" a bike like this is to find...
06-29-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,044
Posted By FastJake

- Nice Allen wrench set - Phillips and flathead...

- Nice Allen wrench set
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- Bike stand
- All other specialty tools as needed. Re-packing hubs? Get cone wrenches. Need to cut a chain? Get a chain tool. I...
06-29-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By FastJake

Yes, unfortunately we are facing almost 100 years...

Yes, unfortunately we are facing almost 100 years of non-sense. The link you posted is useless except for the weight measurements because the testing is done on steel drums. Does your bike ride on...
06-28-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,098
Posted By FastJake

"Wide tires are slower." The number one myth in...

"Wide tires are slower." The number one myth in cycling! https://www.renehersecycles.com/12-myths-in-cycling-1-wider-tires-are-slower/

I did a 60 mile ride on my most hardcore road racing bike...
06-26-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 807
Posted By FastJake

That's quite a mashup. If the rear derailer has...

That's quite a mashup. If the rear derailer has enough travel it will work in theory. But as mentioned, friction shifting a 10-speed cassette with that setup might not be fun. You'll need to use a...
06-26-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By FastJake

If it slips, you'll know... Sticking a rag down...

If it slips, you'll know... Sticking a rag down the seat tube with some alcohol should be good enough to wipe away the grease. Keep in mind the clamping area is near the top of the seat tube, so you...
06-08-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By FastJake

I've run V-brakes with a 2.4" tire before. I...

I've run V-brakes with a 2.4" tire before. I don't know if it was a "true" 2.4 but it was many years ago so I can't verify it.

I currently have two bikes with two different knobby 2.35" tires and...
06-04-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 620
Posted By FastJake

Rust on a cassette isn't a problem. The places...

Rust on a cassette isn't a problem. The places where the chain contacts the teeth are constantly "polished" (worn) by the chain. And since the chain should be lubed, those areas won't get or stay...
06-04-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,246
Posted By FastJake

Please tell me you didn't leave it like that...?

Please tell me you didn't leave it like that...?
06-01-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,054
Posted By FastJake

I've never understood the matching notches on the...

I've never understood the matching notches on the smallest cog/lockring. They just increase the force required to get the same amount of tightness on the lockring. And I don't think there's any risk...
05-28-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By FastJake

You can specify location on eBay as "North...

You can specify location on eBay as "North America" or "US only". It's pretty useful.

Are you refurbishing x-mart bikes? Even old low-end hybrids and MTBs should be worth more than $50 ready-to-go.
05-28-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,794
Posted By FastJake

Cheap tools are expensive. First you have to buy...

Cheap tools are expensive. First you have to buy them, then you have to buy replacements of the parts you ruin with them, and finally you have to buy good tools. I'd rather skip the middlemen and go...
05-26-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 451
Posted By FastJake

It's about measurement capability, not...

It's about measurement capability, not priorities. Any decent floor pump has markers every 5 PSI and enough space between them to determine whether you're on a mark or between two marks. Meaning, you...
05-24-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By FastJake

In general, it is possible to get a square taper...

In general, it is possible to get a square taper crank to a lower q-factor. With Hollowtech II, GXP, BB30, or any external bearing system you have basically zero adjustment.

Here is a list of...
05-22-20, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
Posted By FastJake

Short answer: use the housing stops as-is....

Short answer: use the housing stops as-is. They're better than what you want to do.

Well designed bikes have historically used exposed cable whenever possible. Full length housing is heavier,...
05-21-20, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 650
Posted By FastJake

Strike three. Properly tensioned wheels don't...

Strike three. Properly tensioned wheels don't require thread lock. :crash:

All I can say is good luck, I guess. Have the front wheel looked at too, preferably by someone not at that shop. It's...
05-21-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 650
Posted By FastJake

New bike wheels should checked before the bike is...

New bike wheels should checked before the bike is sold (but often aren't). Since they failed at that, and failed again even when they knew there was a problem, I don't think the third time will be...
05-15-20, 02:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,349
Posted By FastJake

Just in case you want to get really fancy:...

Just in case you want to get really fancy: https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop/components/brakes/compass-brake-shoes/

$34 for the holders and another $24 for a pair of pads... But the pads will...
05-15-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,097
Posted By FastJake

Heavy and expensive are difficult to dispute...

Heavy and expensive are difficult to dispute (overpriced is my own opinion). A cassette hub that weighs 500g, and costs $450?! Bomb-proof Dura Ace 7400 (or Ultegra 6400,6500,6600, etc.) weighs...
05-15-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 373
Posted By FastJake

Kool Stop salmon + everything already said above....

Kool Stop salmon + everything already said above.

\thread
05-14-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,826
Posted By FastJake

Thanks. I watched a different official Campy...

Thanks. I watched a different official Campy video that also included the re-assembly. I think it was pretty clear but I might try a couple different videos to see if I was missing something.
05-14-20, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 729
Posted By FastJake

Short answer: when it gets noisy. This might...

Short answer: when it gets noisy.

This might be the most thoroughly discussed topic in cycling, or at least bicycle mechanics. A search will get you nearly infinite information.
05-14-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,097
Posted By FastJake

People are counter-fitting this heavy, overpriced...

People are counter-fitting this heavy, overpriced junk? (ducks)
05-13-20, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By FastJake

You can use a threadless headset and then use the...

You can use a threadless headset and then use the top cup and locknut from a threaded headset to lock the bearing adjustment instead of a star nut. I've done this a couple times. It works great and...
05-12-20, 02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 931
Posted By FastJake

I don't decelerate with my legs. I use my front...

I don't decelerate with my legs. I use my front brake.

If you know that driving stick is more enjoyable (I refuse to own an automatic) then fixed gear shouldn't be too much of a leap. You just...
05-12-20, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 931
Posted By FastJake

My fixed gear commuter isn't a "fixie" and has...

My fixed gear commuter isn't a "fixie" and has zero hipster cool vibe. What it does have is lower maintenance and better reliability than any other type of drivetrain. It gets me and my stuff where I...
05-12-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 594
Posted By FastJake

Every time I wash my car I swear it gets rained...

Every time I wash my car I swear it gets rained on the first time I drive it. I could park it in the garage for two weeks after washing. Then I need to go somewhere, rain. Even if it's not in the...
02-25-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,753
Posted By FastJake

What a coincidence, I'm in this video! I was in...

What a coincidence, I'm in this video! I was in San Francisco for a work trip and took some time off to ride and visit the museum for the first time. They happened to be filming this when I was...
10-31-13, 07:51 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 11,235
Posted By FastJake

+1 This makes NO sense. Do you have the...

+1

This makes NO sense. Do you have the slightest idea of how carbon fiber is made?
05-18-13, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,409
Posted By FastJake

Any 6/7/8 speed chain will be fine. Get a SRAM or...

Any 6/7/8 speed chain will be fine. Get a SRAM or KMC chain which comes with a handy masterlink for chain removal.
10-17-10, 03:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,872
Posted By FastJake

Since you're that concerned with looks, don't...

Since you're that concerned with looks, don't stress about quality. You probably won't notice the difference anyway. But you will notice those ugly eyelets and non-matching colors *roll eyes*
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