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04-21-11, 08:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,628
Posted By smurf hunter

I've owned and commuted on 130mm and 135mm...

I've owned and commuted on 130mm and 135mm freehubs. In my case every 135mm axle was on a bike with a MTB style drive train. I service my own hubs, and would feel comfortable swapping a 130mm axle...
04-20-11, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,628
Posted By smurf hunter

I'm a bit of a dumpster diver myself. My LeMond...

I'm a bit of a dumpster diver myself. My LeMond has wheels I built from Dura Ace 7400 hubs from the mid 1990s, which in amazement to most everyone works flawlessly with my 10spd drive train. I...
04-20-11, 02:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,628
Posted By smurf hunter

Good tip on cold setting for a 135mm MTB rear...

Good tip on cold setting for a 135mm MTB rear hub. I really do like my crank/BB setup, though the chain ring config was setup for 1/2 step shifting if I understand correctly: 26/46/52

Thanks
04-20-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,628
Posted By smurf hunter

making a 1985 Miyata 210 into a functional light tourer

I've been commuting on an old Miyata 210 a friend gave me. It fits me well and I've added a few touches that make it extremely comfy to ride.

The big concern I have are the wheels. The original...
02-04-11, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,475
Posted By smurf hunter

Yes - I went from 27x1-1/4 to 700cx25mm. I have...

Yes - I went from 27x1-1/4 to 700cx25mm. I have some monster Schwalbe Marathon Pluses in 700x32mm. They are awesome for fire roads and roll nice, but they are heavy. I may swap those on.

Thanks...
02-04-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,475
Posted By smurf hunter

I actually have a park tensionmeter, but can't...

I actually have a park tensionmeter, but can't say I measured. I was pretty careful to check the dish months ago when I got them. I only did the spoke plucking trick to test relative tension.
...
02-04-11, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,475
Posted By smurf hunter

Miyata 210 with 700c wheels - geometry and handling

Last summer a friend gave me an old 210 he scored at a rummage sale. Aside from the spokes being covered with rust, nothing was damaged. Aside from adding a B-17 saddle I had, I overhauled...
09-13-10, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By smurf hunter

GrinningFool - what racks are those? I really...

GrinningFool - what racks are those? I really like them. One of my hesitations is loading this up with hundreds of dollars in accessories. I already have a Brooks B-17 special I thinking would...
09-13-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 919
Posted By smurf hunter

Scored a Miyata 210

A good friend had been sitting on a an early 1980s Miyata 210 tourer for more than a year. I believe he got it for a song at a rummage sale and gave it to me rather than risking some hipster...
12-08-09, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,264
Posted By smurf hunter

Ultegra 6700 STI - must you only use 6700 brake calipers?

I was intrigued with the new Ultegra 6700 group as Shimano has finally hidden the shifter cable under the tape. Not only is this an aesthetic improvement, but it lends itself to touring or rando...
Forum: Touring
11-24-09, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 979
Posted By smurf hunter

Check out...

Check out http://www.ridesouth.net/images/main.php?g2_itemId=1115

Friend of mine who did a similar trip, but starting from Seattle.
11-20-09, 11:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,867
Posted By smurf hunter

That may depend. If it is formed like an...

That may depend. If it is formed like an "encyclopedia" of bicycle repair, than several view points can be represented.
11-03-09, 01:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,134
Posted By smurf hunter

Regarding arguments against steel - it depends. ...

Regarding arguments against steel - it depends.

My all-weather bike happens to be aluminum, but it is considerably heavier than my fair weather steel road bike.

If you are rough with a bike,...
10-27-09, 12:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,823
Posted By smurf hunter

Because of the various spoke lengths inevitably...

Because of the various spoke lengths inevitably required for different hub/rim combos, it's near impossible to consider hoarding spokes, even when they are deeply discounted - unless of course you...
10-26-09, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By smurf hunter

Thanks. I love recycled cycles. I've scored...

Thanks.

I love recycled cycles. I've scored a couple 10 speed ultegra cassettes from there - each under $10.

In fairness, they were filthy and no where did it say "Ultegra", but I noticed...
10-26-09, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By smurf hunter

Will any 5 bolt 74BCD inner ring do?

I've got a Shimano 105 FC-5603 crankset with the stock rings on it (50/39/30). I prefer running a relative straight block for my rear 10 speed cassette, but I live in a hilly area and once in a...
10-05-09, 05:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,716
Posted By smurf hunter

I have a weird set of 600 AX hubs that I'm unsure...

I have a weird set of 600 AX hubs that I'm unsure what to do with.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14139005@N02/sets/72157619087140717/

"Weird" because some how, someone retrofitted a hyperglide...
09-28-09, 10:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,780
Posted By smurf hunter

I recently installed one of those Nashbar branded...

I recently installed one of those Nashbar branded KMC 8 speed chains. This past weekend I removed and cleaned it with mineral spirits. Today I'm noticing with each chain rotation, when the...
08-31-09, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,690
Posted By smurf hunter

For extended touring, I would think bearing...

For extended touring, I would think bearing maintenance should be a stronger consideration than risk of freehub failure. Of course you don't want a rinky-dink freehub - but you can re-pack loose...
08-30-09, 04:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,690
Posted By smurf hunter

I'm no expert, but can tell you this will quickly...

I'm no expert, but can tell you this will quickly become a religious debate. Personally I like Shimano hubs because:

1) they are comparatively inexpensive
2) loose ball cup/cone bearings are...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By smurf hunter

The other day on my lunch hour I rode up to...

The other day on my lunch hour I rode up to Recycled Cycles to go parts hunting. I didn't find any granny rings that would work - seemed they were either the wrong BCD or 30t, which is what I have...
08-26-09, 04:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 847
Posted By smurf hunter

custom bikes at R&E Cycles

I have heard numerous good things about R&E cycles and their Rodriguez custom bikes. I'm not quite ready to purchase one myself, but have enjoyed poking through their catalog...
08-20-09, 04:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,733
Posted By smurf hunter

Thanks for the tips - I have some things to try...

Thanks for the tips - I have some things to try out now.
08-20-09, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,733
Posted By smurf hunter

How to determine if internal threads are worn or stripped?

I've got a Shimano 105 FC-5603 triple crankset (http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/EV/bikecomponents/FC/EV-FC-5603-2440B_v1_m56577569830646645.pdf)

I bought it "new"...
Forum: Touring
08-20-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 33,052
Posted By smurf hunter

+1 Even on an unloaded road bike sustaining...

+1

Even on an unloaded road bike sustaining 18mph all day is difficult. That's on the higher end of my start to finish average for supported century rides.
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By smurf hunter

Good tips. Shimano also stated my Ultegra...

Good tips.

Shimano also stated my Ultegra triple FD would not work with the 105 crank because the 30-39-50 only had 11t different from middle to big, and the Ultegra FD need 13t difference. You...
Forum: Touring
08-13-09, 04:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,358
Posted By smurf hunter

Knowing some Starbucks employees, I've hoarded a...

Knowing some Starbucks employees, I've hoarded a reasonable amount of Via for such circumstances. Saves a lot of space to leave beans/grinder/press home.
08-12-09, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 528
Posted By smurf hunter

Seattle Exploring Bike sharing Program

http://www.komonews.com/news/local/53004172.html

Curious idea, but I'm pessimistic.

What'd I like would be a secure place to leave *my* bike(s) and rent one of these for locking outside the bar...
08-11-09, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 854
Posted By smurf hunter

Living in the Auburn/Kent valley I am envious of...

Living in the Auburn/Kent valley I am envious of the BG/SRT as a commuting route into Seattle. There are interesting destinations on each end - with a brewery along the way.

We have the...
08-11-09, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 929
Posted By smurf hunter

+1 for the initial lacing, if you can get...

+1

for the initial lacing, if you can get every spoke threaded the same amount all way around, it makes truing much easier.
Replies: 38
Views: 5,025
Posted By smurf hunter

@thebulls I agree when wheel building...

@thebulls

I agree when wheel building skimping on parts isn't worth it in the long haul. If the 3N80 comes down in price ($100 or so) I'd probably try it out. Otherwise the 3N72 is pretty solid...
Replies: 28
Views: 4,526
Posted By smurf hunter

@Butcher, Though I didn't ride a tandem, my...

@Butcher,

Though I didn't ride a tandem, my 1 day STP experience was similar. I made (for me) record time to the 1/2 way point in Centralia. At that point I was way ahead of schedule, though...
Replies: 48
Views: 2,771
Posted By smurf hunter

I've found fig newtons to be a highly effective...

I've found fig newtons to be a highly effective "junk food" for long distance rides. You can find them anyplace, whereas purpose designed energy bars might not be plentiful in some rural areas.
08-05-09, 04:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By smurf hunter

I like the idea of standardizing my saddle across...

I like the idea of standardizing my saddle across bikes.

I think a shorter stem would be helpful, as the change from flat to drop bars effectively places my hands a few cm further away.

I'll...
08-05-09, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,016
Posted By smurf hunter

Not all use a hex key. Old school Shimano FH...

Not all use a hex key. Old school Shimano FH bodies in some cases were press fit and others some funky Dura-ace specific tool that's no longer made.
08-05-09, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By smurf hunter

I have 2 other bikes with 175mm crank arms (which...

I have 2 other bikes with 175mm crank arms (which was my logic for getting the longer arms when I replaced the old crankset). The saddle heights vary on the other bikes (one's a MTB), but I can't...
08-05-09, 02:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By smurf hunter

do you agree this frame is too small for me?

I'm entertaining the idea of upgrading my Kona Dew frame with a Soma Double Cross DC. I've upgraded most everything on the Kona over tha past 5 years: wheels, handle bars, crankset, brakes, etc. and...
Replies: 38
Views: 5,025
Posted By smurf hunter

@thebulls For the same $$$ I can lace a...

@thebulls

For the same $$$ I can lace a better wheel (using better components). Assuming I stuck with a 3N72 as VO does:

$75 - Shimano 3N72 dynamo hub
$55 - rim of my choice (Deep V, open...
Replies: 38
Views: 5,025
Posted By smurf hunter

I've had the Lumotech Oval (Senseo?) which is...

I've had the Lumotech Oval (Senseo?) which is halogen with an LED standlight. It's worked out pretty well for winter commuting. I considered briefly the E6, but this was 1/2 the cost, could be...
Replies: 38
Views: 5,025
Posted By smurf hunter

While I'm not an expert wheel builder, I've laced...

While I'm not an expert wheel builder, I've laced about 7 wheels. On one occasion I ordered my spokes too short and had to devise a 2x pattern for a front wheel. I have read that you don't want to...
Replies: 38
Views: 5,025
Posted By smurf hunter

Novatron Dynamo Hub from Velo Orange

Any experience or opinions on this?

http://www.velo-orange.com/nodyhub.html

The cheap price caught my eye. I'm liking the idea of a dynamo front wheel for my LeMond. My Kona Dew has a Shimano...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By smurf hunter

You killed that climb at an amazing speed. WOW! ...

You killed that climb at an amazing speed. WOW! My HR was closer to 160bpm, with some spikes during Cayuse - and I can't imagine a standard double crank unless I was 30lbs lighter and considerably...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By smurf hunter

Don't think my Shimano 105/ultegra drive train...

Don't think my Shimano 105/ultegra drive train would tolerate anything bigger than a 27t in the rear.

My heavy year round commuter has 46/36/26 up front and I run 11-32MTB 8spd in the rear. I can...
Replies: 25
Views: 2,634
Posted By smurf hunter

Gearing - retrospective following RAMROD

I rode the RAMROD (http://www.redmondcyclingclub.org/RAMROD/RAMROD.html) last week and was pleased to have survived it. It was a challenge to stay hydrated and keep my energy up, but I did it.

I...
08-01-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By smurf hunter

Nice. Thanks for sharing.

Nice. Thanks for sharing.
07-31-09, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 897
Posted By smurf hunter

@Mattm - coincidentally I met up with an old...

@Mattm - coincidentally I met up with an old friend on the ride. Your name came up in conversation, as you guys have the same employer. He and his crew were talking about this "crazy" guy Matt M....
07-28-09, 03:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By smurf hunter

Get an old Trek 520. Highly regarded as a solid...

Get an old Trek 520. Highly regarded as a solid tourer.
07-28-09, 01:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,284
Posted By smurf hunter

As a rookie I was already anxious (read as...

As a rookie I was already anxious (read as "mildly terrified") for RAMROD before the heat wave.

If I die, at least it'll be in good company.

cheers
Replies: 48
Views: 2,771
Posted By smurf hunter

No one has explained why carbonation is bad. If...

No one has explained why carbonation is bad. If I have an unsettled (pre-nausea) feeling in my stomach, carbonated drinks are a relief. After 75-100 miles, I think to each his/her own. People...
07-27-09, 03:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 864
Posted By smurf hunter

Check this out - talk about interesting timing ...

Check this out - talk about interesting timing

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2009547008_apwarainierroad.html?syndication=rss
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