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06-20-19, 02:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By Eric S.

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105...

Way back in 1991 I had a bike with Shimano 105 6sp and in cold weather the freehub started "freewheeling" in both directions. Some WD-40 freed up the gummed up lube.

I have 3 sets of Vuelta...
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By Eric S.

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a...

In my time in the US southwest I've found 105 a breaking point as well, though I'll still commute. Every degree past 105 is exponentially worse.
06-19-19, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Eric S.

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my...

When I started using it in 2012 I think I gave my chains a thorough cleaning. For new chains, I ride the factory lube and then clean & apply.
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By Eric S.

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a...

I was at a Walmart the other day and they had a huge selection of orange/yellow wicking T-shirts for under $10. I paid ~$30 for a lot of that type of clothing 15 years ago (still wear 90% of it).
Forum: Commuting
06-19-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 677
Posted By Eric S.

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute...

I've lived in Las Vegas for 11 years and commute during the Summer, and have even gone for recreational rides at 1:00pm. The heat takes some acclimatization each year but doesn't bother me too much....
06-19-19, 12:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Eric S.

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for...

I've been using DuPont Teflon Chain Saver for quite a few years, about $7 at Walmart in the aisle with motorcycle stuff. I've been caught in the rain many times in the desert and it's not a "darn,...
06-19-19, 12:10 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 8,680
Posted By Eric S.

I've been working security for about 1 month now...

I've been working security for about 1 month now and prefer bike patrol over "standing guard" but don't like the bikes. They're heavy, clumsy at slow speeds and don't need front suspension. I...
06-17-19, 03:30 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 8,680
Posted By Eric S.

I recently started a job working security on...

I recently started a job working security on bicycle. As an avid cyclist it is kind of hurting my body to ride something that is not my own bike for hours. We have both 26" and 29ers; I hate the...
Forum: Commuting
06-15-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By Eric S.

I've had some Nike Dri-Fit golf pants for nearly...

I've had some Nike Dri-Fit golf pants for nearly 10 years. They don't really maintain a crease but I never need to iron them.
06-15-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 315
Posted By Eric S.

I've had a couple pairs of Continental Ride Tour...

I've had a couple pairs of Continental Ride Tour (used to be called Tour Ride) in 700x28 for over 3 years and never had a flat. I also have them on two MTB commuters - still never a flat. They run...
06-12-19, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 704
Posted By Eric S.

I sort of accidentally bought 13mm once...kept...

I sort of accidentally bought 13mm once...kept getting flats. 16mm all the way for me with road rims.
Forum: Commuting
06-07-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,876
Posted By Eric S.

The only downside to commuting is the planning. ...

The only downside to commuting is the planning. Charging batteries, preparing meals, checking the bike long before leaving home in case a tire went flat overnight.
Forum: Commuting
06-04-19, 10:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,841
Posted By Eric S.

There's really not much you can do to protect...

There's really not much you can do to protect yourself if someone wants to harass your from the driver's seat. Awhile back a guy in a truck took the time to change course and come back to yell at...
06-04-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,339
Posted By Eric S.

A passenger in a car threw about 1/2 of a Big...

A passenger in a car threw about 1/2 of a Big Gulp on me a few years ago. Luckily it was diet soda so things weren't sticky.
05-28-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By Eric S.

This is indeed an odd mix of eras - modern frame...

This is indeed an odd mix of eras - modern frame design, non-aero brakes, bulky saddle...
05-28-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 652
Posted By Eric S.

1) Chainring bolts - I'd suggest purchasing some...

1) Chainring bolts - I'd suggest purchasing some steel TruVativ bolts. They are 5mm on one side and 6mm on the other so no messing with a spanner like Shimano requires. They also come with spacers...
05-28-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By Eric S.

I realize my response isn't exactly helpful, but...

I realize my response isn't exactly helpful, but back when I had an Ultegra 8sp bike with DT shifters, I got some used Dura-Ace 8sp STI levers as a Christmas gift from a Campy rider (didn't know...
05-27-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 766
Posted By Eric S.

I call that "the dreaded S-bulge". I got one at...

I call that "the dreaded S-bulge". I got one at mile 80 of a century ride; luckily it lasted to the finish.
05-27-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By Eric S.

Nice to know there are some options out there. I...

Nice to know there are some options out there. I don't like that many shorts almost go down to the kneecap.
Forum: Commuting
05-17-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,438
Posted By Eric S.

I live where it's plenty hot but dry - I often...

I live where it's plenty hot but dry - I often don't start sweating a lot until I STOP riding and the air stops flowing. I'm not a stinky sweater, but have sometimes kept some Gold Bond on hand that...
05-17-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 5,160
Posted By Eric S.

On one hand, if the shop cracked one race I'd...

On one hand, if the shop cracked one race I'd think the mechanic might be prepared for some alteration of a replacement that was also not going on properly. I don't do a whole lot of headset...
05-17-19, 12:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 770
Posted By Eric S.

OP didn't specify which Tektro levers are the...

OP didn't specify which Tektro levers are the subject of this thread, and I don't know what used Travel Agents may cost on eBay but RL520 levers are readily available for ~$25. I would skip the...
05-17-19, 11:30 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,212
Posted By Eric S.

I don't ride for recreation nearly as much as I...

I don't ride for recreation nearly as much as I used to (I should probably sell a couple road bikes). Cycling has become increasingly utilitarian for me as a commuter, and next week I'm starting a...
05-17-19, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 711
Posted By Eric S.

I made my first beer run in 1988 when I put a...

I made my first beer run in 1988 when I put a rear rack on my Stumpjumper.
05-16-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By Eric S.

I have some wheels with Shimano Ultegra 6500 hubs...

I have some wheels with Shimano Ultegra 6500 hubs and am ready to give up on the rear. I bought the set in 2006 and in 2009 the rear started making sounds related to speed while coasting. I cleaned...
05-16-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By Eric S.

I like long cranks and have 180mm on all my...

I like long cranks and have 180mm on all my bikes; one has SRAM Apex. They're readily available in 180mm and run a little over $100 new on eBay. Of course, buying a chainring in the preferred size...
05-16-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By Eric S.

A Shimano Sora derailleur would work fine and...

A Shimano Sora derailleur would work fine and looks as good as many others higher up Shimano's line. I just checked eBay and you can get a new one for about $25.
05-16-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 594
Posted By Eric S.

I'm a big fan of Grip Shift when it comes to...

I'm a big fan of Grip Shift when it comes to replacing shifters on a flat bar bike. Inexpensive and they just work.
05-15-19, 01:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,332
Posted By Eric S.

My riding habits have changed in the last ~5...

My riding habits have changed in the last ~5 years so I'm not sure some things are due to age. I used to ride with a group that did challenging rides but was not race-oriented so I put in a lot of...
05-15-19, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,522
Posted By Eric S.

Since living in Las Vegas I quit using a bike...

Since living in Las Vegas I quit using a bike computer. When I used to ride in Montana I could do 30 miles in 90 minutes on a good day, but in the city I'm always slowing down and stopping and it...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-19, 12:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,855
Posted By Eric S.

I rarely listen to music but always have podcasts...

I rarely listen to music but always have podcasts or talk/news radio on. I've tried various headphones and settled on some over-the-ear Sonys that go around the back of the head. They cut down on...
05-15-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 653
Posted By Eric S.

Only one of my bikes is 10sp and when setting it...

Only one of my bikes is 10sp and when setting it up, I left the 9sp chain on to see how it would work.

It doesn't!
05-15-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,631
Posted By Eric S.

I've ridden with the nose slightly up for about...

I've ridden with the nose slightly up for about 25 years. Something about it takes some weight off my arms.
05-08-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By Eric S.

I assume the non-drive side takes an 8mm hex...

I assume the non-drive side takes an 8mm hex wrench like the SRAMs I have, so just loosen that and the arm will come off. Then pull (or tap if necessary) the drive side out.
05-07-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,074
Posted By Eric S.

30 years ago I had a bike with 6sp Shimano 105...

30 years ago I had a bike with 6sp Shimano 105 and the rear hub started "freewheeling" in both directions on a cold day. Luckily I wasn't too far from home and some Tri-Flow freed up the pawls.

I...
05-05-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 519
Posted By Eric S.

I have Origin8 Classique levers on a couple of my...

I have Origin8 Classique levers on a couple of my bikes - they are clearly made by Tektro but Tektro doesn't offer anything like them under their own name. They run about US$35.
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04-29-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,271
Posted By Eric S.

I haven't done much group riding in a long time,...

I haven't done much group riding in a long time, but there were rarely any young people on rides. Mostly over 40. I've suspected that $2,500 being an "entry level" bike may have something to do...
04-29-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By Eric S.

I had creaking on my old De Rosa a few years ago....

I had creaking on my old De Rosa a few years ago. I'd had the cartridge BB with Dura Ace 7410 cranks in for years - after trying many things, I removed it and cleaned/greased the threads. Silence!
04-29-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,000
Posted By Eric S.

A vehicle needs 4 gauges - fuel, speed, oil,...

A vehicle needs 4 gauges - fuel, speed, oil, temperature. Even without a cell phone cars THEMSELVES are a distraction with the video screens for things.
04-29-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,283
Posted By Eric S.

Yeah, I tried it with 9sp for awhile and it...

Yeah, I tried it with 9sp for awhile and it didn't work for me for the same reason.
04-29-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 710
Posted By Eric S.

How many cogs in back? I have a Bridgestone...

How many cogs in back? I have a Bridgestone Radac (Vitus copy) that was originally 7sp and I upgraded it to 8sp for a long time. Eventually went 9sp and ghost shifting appeared with the narrower...
04-27-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,163
Posted By Eric S.

I had a similar experience to the OP's comment. I...

I had a similar experience to the OP's comment. I had an old frame powder coated a few years ago, and the shop called me on a Sunday saying they weren't really open for business but they were working...
04-23-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,259
Posted By Eric S.

When I first started using chains with quick...

When I first started using chains with quick links a couple of them came apart. One incident was harmless, it came apart and I just pedaled it off the chain ring. The other one was bad - I was in...
04-21-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 411
Posted By Eric S.

Tektro offers a lever for smaller hands. I have...

Tektro offers a lever for smaller hands. I have Tektro levers on numerous bikes and haven't bought any in quite awhile, but they've generally cost only about $25.
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04-20-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,119
Posted By Eric S.

A tube of Phil grease lasts me years, but next...

A tube of Phil grease lasts me years, but next time I need more I'll seek out something thicker. I worked at a shop in the early '80s and the standard shop grease was Raleigh-branded with the...
04-16-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,146
Posted By Eric S.

I mostly commute these days, so those miles have...

I mostly commute these days, so those miles have a purpose, getting somewhere on time. I slack on recreational rides because I live in the desert with year-round riding and I've been pretty much...
04-14-19, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 531
Posted By Eric S.

I tried friction shifting with Dia Compe ENE...

I tried friction shifting with Dia Compe ENE shifters and 9sp rear for awhile. I found the narrow spacing annoying, so moved them to a bike with a 6sp rear. Much nicer there, for my riding.
04-12-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By Eric S.

I worked on cruise ships for 16 years and was a...

I worked on cruise ships for 16 years and was a runner as I was starved for some kind of exercise (can't stand "the gym"). Once I settled in on land I ran but I think the slanted sidewalks/driveways...
Forum: Commuting
04-12-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,959
Posted By Eric S.

This thread is already long and I admit I didn't...

This thread is already long and I admit I didn't read every post but - Continental RIDE Tour tires are my recommendation. I have one set on a road bike and 2 pairs on MTB commuters. Never had a...
04-09-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By Eric S.

I got Performance catalogs from late 1988 onward...

I got Performance catalogs from late 1988 onward for many years. I remember seeing catalogs with lugged Columbus frames in the mid-'80s. By around 1990 I only recall welded True Temper frames when...
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