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04-01-13, 12:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,196
Posted By ong

I've bought from this guy, as well, a few times...

I've bought from this guy, as well, a few times now -- best prices around for budget wheels, although I don't think he has any super blingy anodized titanium spokes, or whatever the fancy people are...
03-10-13, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By ong

Got everything back together, and took it out for...

Got everything back together, and took it out for a spin -- SEEEMS ok now. Maybe overhauling and readjusting the headset took care of the problem? Maybe I was going nuts? Let's put it down to 20-year...
03-04-13, 11:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By ong

Certainly could be either or both of us, although...

Certainly could be either or both of us, although it did seem to happen rather suddenly. I should say I rode the bike solo earlier, and it didn't feel anything like that. In fact the bike felt...
03-04-13, 10:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By ong

Hmm, well, it's not the rear axle. The rear hub...

Hmm, well, it's not the rear axle. The rear hub is an old Phil freewheel hub with a huge 15mm axle, internally threaded for axle end bolts, and it feels smooth and tight (no play or looseness).

I...
02-27-13, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By ong

Thanks for all the replies! I'm fairly sure it's...

Thanks for all the replies! I'm fairly sure it's not the headset -- I've got a number of bikes with threaded headsets, and am pretty familiar with how loose headsets feel, and how to set them up. But...
02-25-13, 03:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,184
Posted By ong

Steering suddenly got wonky!

My girlfriend and I just picked up our first tandem on Craigslist, after trying out several rides on various tandems. The bike is a beautiful, very early fillet-brazed Santana: I believe around 1982,...
Forum: Touring
12-07-10, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By ong

The Planet Bike Cascadias are supposed to be the...

The Planet Bike Cascadias are supposed to be the widest. I'm running one on the front of my Big Dummy (back won't really fit) with a 2.35" Big Apple, and it provides enough coverage.
12-07-10, 04:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,183
Posted By ong

The Rhino Lite is fine for the price, but I'm...

The Rhino Lite is fine for the price, but I'm finding it more underkill than overkill. They've been holding together OK for a few years on my cargo bike, but I would feel better with an even beefier...
10-21-09, 12:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,189
Posted By ong

I've been running some nice cheap Rhyno Lite 36...

I've been running some nice cheap Rhyno Lite 36 spoke wheels with Deore 6-bolt hubs on my Xtracycle for a couple of years. I'm around 220 lbs, bike is around 45 lbs, and I often have a passenger at...
04-29-09, 03:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,206
Posted By ong

I have a high-end road bike, as well as a cargo...

I have a high-end road bike, as well as a cargo bike, and I haven't had a car for about 4 1/2 years. But I have to admit, I am slow as hell on my Xtracycle -- I probably average 10 mph on that bike....
04-29-09, 02:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,974
Posted By ong

Hmm... I have pretty often carried more than 150...

Hmm... I have pretty often carried more than 150 lbs on my Xtracycle, and I'm around 220. In general, I would expect any longtail frame to be able to handle >400 lb. loads, especially if their...
Forum: Framebuilders
04-27-09, 10:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,970
Posted By ong

Yeah, don't use solid bar! Get some 3/8" or 5/16"...

Yeah, don't use solid bar! Get some 3/8" or 5/16" .035" wall 4130 tubing from aircraftspruce.com or wicksaircraft.com, a decent mandrel-based bender, and brass-braze it up! It's a really good first...
04-27-09, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 667
Posted By ong

How about something billed more as a 29er wheel...

How about something billed more as a 29er wheel than a cross wheel? Rims will be a little wider, but you're probably running wide-ish tires anyway, so it won't change the contact patch too much....
04-27-09, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 829
Posted By ong

I guess I really just balk at the price of the...

I guess I really just balk at the price of the Big Dummy -- that seems like way too much for a TIGged straight gauge 4130 frameset, even one with an extra two feet of rear triangle. I'm sure it would...
04-26-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By ong

I would agree -- I'm in the 220 lb. range, and...

I would agree -- I'm in the 220 lb. range, and ride several different road and mountain bikes regularly. I don't break things much more than anyone else. The only concession would be slightly wider...
04-26-09, 10:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,176
Posted By ong

Do you have a friend or a friend-of-a-friend who...

Do you have a friend or a friend-of-a-friend who knows bikes well? Buying used is a really good idea, especially in your price range, but it really helps to have someone help you pick out a bike...
04-26-09, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By ong

Wouldn't it be a much bigger pain to refill an...

Wouldn't it be a much bigger pain to refill an air tank? Even if you have your own compressor, I can't see how that would be any easier.

I have to say, I've always been pretty skeptical of adding...
04-26-09, 10:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 829
Posted By ong

New Xtracycle donor frame?

So, I've had my X for going on two years. I use it a lot, and it's really handy, but what drives me crazy is that it's so flexy/noodly. I compensate pretty naturally while I ride, but I notice it a...
04-26-09, 10:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 12,758
Posted By ong

On my Xtracycle, I just put the pizza box on the...

On my Xtracycle, I just put the pizza box on the Snapdeck and wrap two of the straps over it. It's worked fine on somewhat bumpy 2-3 mile rides. I'm sure if I were a better planner I'd come up with...
Forum: Framebuilders
02-26-09, 04:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,079
Posted By ong

Hi, Charles; I'd be really wary of doing...

Hi, Charles;

I'd be really wary of doing something like this -- the fork is not a part you want to fail if you're traveling at any kind of speed. When you say "triple tree" do you mean a triple...
02-26-09, 02:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 446
Posted By ong

Yeah, they are truly horrible tires to work with!...

Yeah, they are truly horrible tires to work with! I broke several levers when I installed them a few years ago on some old Wolber rims. The ride is pretty wretched compared to normal tires, too......
09-22-08, 11:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,188
Posted By ong

I'd vote for finding a "donor" bike and building...

I'd vote for finding a "donor" bike and building up an Xtracycle, or going for the BD if you've got the money to burn! I would really miss having a non-longtail bike... a longtail just isn't a...
08-28-08, 10:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,821
Posted By ong

New disk brake pads do take a little while to...

New disk brake pads do take a little while to break in -- about 20-30 good hard stops (you can speed things up by riding around and slamming on the brakes, if you're so inclined!). But if it's a...
08-28-08, 10:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,329
Posted By ong

"LED generator pedals"? Or is that a typo? With...

"LED generator pedals"? Or is that a typo? With "no need to purchase extra accessories," they seem to be implying that you won't need regular lighting if you've got blinky pedals.

And is that a...
08-26-08, 04:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,283
Posted By ong

The panniers look great! Very slick-looking. ...

The panniers look great! Very slick-looking.

I would be a little worried about the fiberglass joints, too... the initial strength is probably fine, but it seems like there might be an issue over...
03-29-08, 10:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,668
Posted By ong

If it's a Schwinn Twinn, those things are...

If it's a Schwinn Twinn, those things are terrifyingly flexy, at least with two riders! You can actually see the bike twisting as you ride... yeesh. Maybe it's just me!
03-28-08, 07:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,937
Posted By ong

Yeah, the Riv people love Sugino cranks -- even...

Yeah, the Riv people love Sugino cranks -- even the pretty nice ones are only about $90.
03-28-08, 07:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,999
Posted By ong

It might really be worth talking with a fit...

It might really be worth talking with a fit specialist to figure out what best accommodates your lower body issues -- you may discover that something like much shorter cranks, or even asymmetrical...
03-28-08, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By ong

Wow, that's pretty interesting, Vik. It looks...

Wow, that's pretty interesting, Vik. It looks just a little scary in terms of forward/backward stability -- how is it working for you? Is that basically just a clamp on the seatstay?
Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-08, 08:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Posted By ong

Yes, aesthetics definitely sell a lot more bikes...

Yes, aesthetics definitely sell a lot more bikes than aerodynamics!

From a pure "eye candy" standpoint, I think straying too far from the double diamond design starts to look a little big...
03-25-08, 07:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 19,112
Posted By ong

Same in Portland. If it's got lugs, it's $200 and...

Same in Portland. If it's got lugs, it's $200 and SWEET VINTAGE RIDE PERFECT FOR FIXIE. There is also an epidemic of people taking perfectly nice frames, sawing off the derailleur hangers and posting...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-08, 07:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,133
Posted By ong

I've also been building racks out of 4130 lately...

I've also been building racks out of 4130 lately (working up to making a frame). Using "brass" (low-fuming bronze) to fillet braze the tubes together works very well, and people have been doing it...
Forum: Framebuilders
03-25-08, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 950
Posted By ong

I guess I'm a little confused about your design...

I guess I'm a little confused about your design goals for the project -- if you have a primarily aesthetic goal, that's one thing, but if you're designing for specific parameters, I'm not sure you're...
03-25-08, 10:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,937
Posted By ong

I'm just using the Shimano UN54 square taper BB...

I'm just using the Shimano UN54 square taper BB and some beat-up old square taper cranks I got off eBay for like $10... Specialized something-somethings (insert tough-sounding but meaningless product...
03-25-08, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,642
Posted By ong

I've got a 34t single ring up front, and an...

I've got a 34t single ring up front, and an 11-32t in the back. This is definitely a low-gear bike! I often wish for even more low-end on mine, especially with a passenger + load. I really wouldn't...
03-25-08, 09:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,563
Posted By ong

The tubing is kinked/flattened a bit even on the...

The tubing is kinked/flattened a bit even on the production v-racks, although I think they also have a tighter radius. Very nice work! The bags look very usable in the rain, which is one of my beefs...
03-25-08, 09:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 611
Posted By ong

Sounds like a fun ride, although it will be...

Sounds like a fun ride, although it will be difficult to pick my kludgiest bike to ride!
12-04-07, 11:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,630
Posted By ong

Yeah, I use my lowest gear a lot on the...

Yeah, I use my lowest gear a lot on the Xtracycle! Even 34:32 seems a little rough when I've got a passenger on the back and a long hill ahead....
Forum: Commuting
10-30-07, 06:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 798
Posted By ong

I keep my Xtracycle outside (locked, in a locked...

I keep my Xtracycle outside (locked, in a locked alley), but the whole bike is covered with a tarp, and the Brooks itself is covered with a (Carradice, I think?) seat cover... I don't have enough...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-07, 05:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,421
Posted By ong

I use the Kryptonite Evolution Mini. I broke off...

I use the Kryptonite Evolution Mini. I broke off my key in the lock outside a hardware store, and after several people tried for a couple hours to pull the broken bit of key out, the nice people at...
Forum: Commuting
10-30-07, 05:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,294
Posted By ong

FWIW, you can often get less expensive "generic"...

FWIW, you can often get less expensive "generic" rotors if your Avids are/get bent (Pricepoint has some for $12-15 each, in various sizes). Straightening them with a crescent wrench will often work,...
10-30-07, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By ong

I have pretty mixed feelings about River City --...

I have pretty mixed feelings about River City -- their prices on most products are crazy, and I don't think I could ever afford any of their bikes, many of which seem to be primarily intended as...
10-23-07, 12:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 519
Posted By ong

Pedestrians have the right-of-way everyplace I've...

Pedestrians have the right-of-way everyplace I've ever seen signage or bylaws... it may stink having to dismount on a big hill, or slow way down on a nice descent, but that seems to be the law of the...
10-23-07, 12:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 930
Posted By ong

Get the Deore derailleur mentioned just above --...

Get the Deore derailleur mentioned just above -- it will work fine (should be sturdier and more accurate than the Tourney). The Saint stuff is really meant for overbuilt, beefy freeride bikes, and I...
10-23-07, 12:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By ong

Eh... I've got them on a couple of bikes because...

Eh... I've got them on a couple of bikes because they're so inexpensive. They aren't strong enough, in my opinion, and the quality control is spotty at best. From what I've heard, the "disc only"...
10-23-07, 12:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 792
Posted By ong

Do look at used stuff in that price range, if you...

Do look at used stuff in that price range, if you are at all confident working on bikes. Mountain bikes depreciate pretty rapidly, and seem to get ridden off-road pretty infrequently. I've gotten...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-22-07, 09:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 787
Posted By ong

Nova Cycle Supply (http://www.novacycles.com/)...

Nova Cycle Supply (http://www.novacycles.com/) has a set of stamped lugs for $14. And Aircraft Spruce (http://aircraftspruce.com) has straight-gauge 4130 for a few bucks a foot...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-07, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 557
Posted By ong

Yes, another vote for the Superflash. It's crazy...

Yes, another vote for the Superflash. It's crazy bright for the size. I do use other lights on other bikes, though -- the good old-fashioned Vistalite that's about nine feet wide still works very...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-07, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,632
Posted By ong

Yes, the shimano R700 shift/brake levers are...

Yes, the shimano R700 shift/brake levers are designed for smaller hands. They're expensive, though
-- around $350 for the set. Don't know if they're still available, but Terry used to make some drop...
Forum: Commuting
10-22-07, 07:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 882
Posted By ong

I don't know for certain, but I'd imagine you're...

I don't know for certain, but I'd imagine you're fine with those. I have put various nice bikes on those bus mounts, and they seem pretty harmless -- they're not clamping vise-like around your wheel...
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