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06-12-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,613
Posted By cyccommute

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI...

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI shifter. The pull ratios are different. You may be able to get it to work but it probably wonít work very well. For 9 speed and below, a rear derailer...
06-10-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,387
Posted By cyccommute

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have...

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have worked very well for me. I have them on at least 2 bikes and maybe 3 (I can remember) and have been using them for a few years now. I've found that...
06-09-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low...

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low end but it is easier to set up than the higher end derailers.

The Megarange is a work around. Itís meant to basically have a bailout low gear with a...
06-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

Only for some. Donít blame the tool. ...

Only for some. Donít blame the tool.



No. I donít know. Iím a long time volunteer at my local co-op. I see hundreds... possibly thousands... of triples per year. I send that same number of...
06-08-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

You may not need more but there are those of us...

You may not need more but there are those of us who not only wanít more range but use it. I could probably struggle up hill in a 36Ē gear (42/32) but I like my knees and would like to keep them. ...
06-08-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people...

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people have with triples are either from using old friction systems or from memories of old friction systems (like pre1995). Everything crank or chainring...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,402
Posted By cyccommute

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose...

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose it makes you feel better...ĒsuperiorĒ...which is okay but you are still wrong. Iíve been to many, many, many places that Iíve never been to before and...
06-05-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that...

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that they are being set up and marketed for rather short rides or for multiple laps on a know course. For example, I recently overheard a conversation where...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,402
Posted By cyccommute

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do...

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do things you donít like. I commute by bicycle because I do like it..even in snow and cold weather. It beats fighting traffic. That said, the density...
06-05-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

In answer to your cons: The weight is...

In answer to your cons:

The weight is only ďunnecessaryĒ if you donít need it. If you need it, itís worth carrying.
Iíve never had a triple that was ďclumsyĒ while shifting. I have 8...
06-05-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,065
Posted By cyccommute

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your...

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your gears to the terrain” if the terrain changes? Your method is okay if all you ever ride is on roads that you’ve been on before or if you ride laps around...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,261
Posted By cyccommute

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding...

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding more efficient because you can pull up while riding over the rough spots and you are less likely to slip off the pedals. Your picture isnít even all...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,402
Posted By cyccommute

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you...

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you can say something insulting and entirely incorrect and hope that I won’t respond.

I’m not being an “embittered old man” nor do I want to be a...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,402
Posted By cyccommute

And it is every bit the nightmare the video...

And it is every bit the nightmare the video shows. I havenít ridden on that exact system but I rode something similar in Amsterdam. The doglegs are a stupid idea and difficult to maneuver. Adding...
06-02-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By cyccommute

There would be no point. Once the spoke has...

There would be no point. Once the spoke has broken through the rim, the tension is essentially zero. Itís a broken spoke or at least the near equivalent of a broken spoke.
06-01-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By cyccommute

First, ignore the people telling you to ďjust...

First, ignore the people telling you to ďjust ride itĒ. The wheel wonít collapse (probably) but it canít stay true. The rim is needed to keep the tension on that spoke and with a broken rim, it...
Forum: Commuting
05-30-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,686
Posted By cyccommute

Congratulations. Now you only have another 30+...

Congratulations. Now you only have another 30+ years to go. I’ve been commuting and riding and touring and mountain biking in goat head country for more than 40 years as an adult rider and probably...
05-30-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,141
Posted By cyccommute

How over the top do you want? It’s a dull...

How over the top do you want?

It’s a dull grey frame but that doesn’t mean it has to be a dull bike. I’ve matched just about everything I can with the decal scheme
...
05-30-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,596
Posted By cyccommute

That was my problem with a double squishy when I...

That was my problem with a double squishy when I bought one. I let someone talk me into a Specialized FSR with a Pro-pedal rear shock. The front shock...a Fox Talas...has never been a problem The...
05-30-19, 06:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 578
Posted By cyccommute

The only limiting factor is going to be if the...

The only limiting factor is going to be if the tire fits in the frame. The tires you can put on the rims could be just about any size...even up to 55mm. You'll find lots of confusing charts that...
Forum: Touring
05-29-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,268
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, they ďusuallyĒ melt quickly. This year is...

Yes, they ďusuallyĒ melt quickly. This year is very different here in the west. Every drainage basin in Colorado is way above normal for the year. Some of them are as high as 6 times the normal...
05-22-19, 12:57 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,304
Posted By cyccommute

You gave one example. Thatís not ďdataĒ. I have...

You gave one example. Thatís not ďdataĒ. I have no idea what the cost of the bike you are comparing nor if it was a custom or production model. I do know there were a lot of production steel bikes...
Forum: Touring
05-21-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,300
Posted By cyccommute

Kind of have to be mounted that way. Take a look...

Kind of have to be mounted that way. Take a look at the pictures in curbowís post. The panniers are way behind the axle.
05-21-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,304
Posted By cyccommute

That, however, isnít what most people gush about...

That, however, isnít what most people gush about when it comes to steel frames. They go on about how compliant the ride is. Those bikes arenít built like yours.



Those statement do apply to...
05-21-19, 07:35 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,304
Posted By cyccommute

I had a broken mountain bike repaired back in the...

I had a broken mountain bike repaired back in the 80s. The guy doing the repair is a master welder who has tons of experience welding scientific equipment and knows how to do delicate work. His...
05-21-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 20,304
Posted By cyccommute

That’s geometry and is independent of the...

That’s geometry and is independent of the materials of construction. Few bikes are built to “misbehaved”.



That’s in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I don’t find the thin tubes of a steel...
05-16-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,684
Posted By cyccommute

That's what you took away from the article? Did...

That's what you took away from the article? Did you completely miss the paragraph before that one?



Most bicycle companies...manufacturers and dealers...don't operated on that large of a profit...
05-16-19, 03:10 PM
Replies: 235
Views: 16,684
Posted By cyccommute

You are reading those table wrong. The trade...

You are reading those table wrong. The trade deficit increased in 2018 from 2017. 2017 increased slightly over 2016. Even if you look at the 3 month period in the first table and compare it to the...
Forum: Touring
05-16-19, 02:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 837
Posted By cyccommute

The fact that a 2.125 was sufficient for mountain...

The fact that a 2.125 was sufficient for mountain biking for about most of the last 40 years should tell you something. Honestly, a 2" tire should handle the job as long as the tread is capable. A...
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,540
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, families take commitment but that doesn't...

Yes, families take commitment but that doesn't mean you have to stop living. Drag the kids along. You might not be able to do weeks or months of touring and you might have to recalibrate what...
Forum: Commuting
05-15-19, 08:00 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,643
Posted By cyccommute

Depends on how much time and effort you want to...

Depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. I see people installing tubeless a few times a year at my local co-op. It's never pretty and is always messy. They tend to empty our air...
Forum: Commuting
05-14-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 1,020
Views: 97,699
Posted By cyccommute

I didn't find this while commuting but here's...

I didn't find this while commuting but here's what happens when you forget the pin on a hitch mount

https://live.staticflickr.com/1864/43987254114_15de06e1c2_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2a21ba1)...
Forum: Touring
05-14-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,540
Posted By cyccommute

I've been at my job for 37 years. At about 15...

I've been at my job for 37 years. At about 15 years, my vacation accrual maxed at at 26 days per year. I could carry over more but only slightly up to 35 days or 9 days more than the maximum. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-19, 02:24 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,563
Posted By cyccommute

You put them on your helmet. ...

You put them on your helmet.




https://live.staticflickr.com/1937/44342596185_96ab3db7c7_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2aypoYr)image (https://flic.kr/p/2aypoYr) by Stuart Black...
Forum: Commuting
05-06-19, 04:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,331
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. I address problems as they arise and...

Nope. I address problems as they arise and all...all...of my bikes have sealed bearings for all bearings so I don't need to do anything.



I volunteer at a bicycle co-op here that has Fix Your...
05-06-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,066
Posted By cyccommute

How? Think about what you put those shorts...

How? Think about what you put those shorts through on a regular basis. The shorts are rubbing against the saddle 60 to 90 times per minute. Over an hour, the shorts have been rubbed against the...
05-01-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,066
Posted By cyccommute

There is a misconception out there that bike...

There is a misconception out there that bike clothes are some how “delicate”. The materials used to make modern bicycles clothes...polyesters, nylon and Lycra...aren’t “delicate”. They are tough...
05-01-19, 11:14 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 10,066
Posted By cyccommute

Speak for yourself. I machine wash and dry bike...

Speak for yourself. I machine wash and dry bike clothes because I have better things to do than laundry.
04-30-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 208
Views: 21,483
Posted By cyccommute

Your point might be valid if oils provided longer...

Your point might be valid if oils provided longer chain life. However chain wear seems to be independent of what kind of lubrication you use. There is a chart above showing wear vs lubricant but I...
04-29-19, 06:21 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,379
Posted By cyccommute

Have you been there? Seen what the hill looks...

Have you been there? Seen what the hill looks like? Pictures of hills are only 2D representations of a 3D object and they donít often show what you can see in person. They also donít convey the...
04-29-19, 07:53 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 11,379
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps you should read the article rather then...

Perhaps you should read the article rather then just look at it. The ride in question is not "mundane". It has a -16+% grade which is steep in anyone's book but is even steeper when you throw the...
04-28-19, 04:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,527
Posted By cyccommute

Heat management. Disc rotors are rather small...

Heat management. Disc rotors are rather small and the braking force on such a small surface area generates a lot of heat. The holes increase the surface area of the rotors and let them shed heat...
04-24-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 21,483
Posted By cyccommute

The oil contained in WD40 (about 35% by volume)...

The oil contained in WD40 (about 35% by volume) is a parafinic oil of various molecular weights. The CAS numbers of the oil used in the mixture put it clearly in a lubricant category. Engine oil...
Forum: Touring
04-23-19, 09:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,666
Posted By cyccommute

Bike sizing isnít nearly as confusing as many...

Bike sizing isnít nearly as confusing as many people make it out to be. A 54cm bike is still a 54cm bike even if the seat tube doesnít measure exactly 54 cm. The proportions for a bike of any size...
04-19-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,692
Posted By cyccommute

That's not unreasonable for a long bridge. Cost...

That's not unreasonable for a long bridge. Cost of a 10 foot wide bike path is around $150,000 per mile. The cost of building a mile of a new 6 lane highway is $7,000,000 in a rural area or about...
04-14-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,293
Posted By cyccommute

The roots of the phrase are much deeper than...

The roots of the phrase are much deeper than that. It goes to our (rather unique) American anti-intellectualism. Iíve been hearing it for eons from people who are uneducated. Iíve heard it even...
04-14-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 8,293
Posted By cyccommute

Itís time to retire both of these old chestnuts. ...

Itís time to retire both of these old chestnuts. Iíve worked for 40 year as with people who are ďcoming out of collegesĒ. Yes, they can benefit from some experience but they arenít exactly idiots. ...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-15, 09:10 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,705
Posted By cyccommute

Then drama to the contrary? I seem to recall...

Then drama to the contrary? I seem to recall someone saying something about short trips all being "flat".



What gets me is that some people can't respect other people's choices. You could...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-15, 08:37 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,705
Posted By cyccommute

. Quite simply people don't want them. Even...

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Quite simply people don't want them. Even the people who have been busting my chops for saying that acknowledge it (see post 156 above). Manufacturers and retailers sell what people want or...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-15, 08:29 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,705
Posted By cyccommute

Except for kickstart's... which is the only...

Except for kickstart's... which is the only correct one.
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