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04-30-19, 06:37 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 19,353
Posted By harshbarj

I actually own one of these, The so called...

I actually own one of these, The so called hollandia opa( which is really a transportfiets), and overall for the price it's not bad. You will need to replace many parts to make it safe, but then you...
Forum: Commuting
04-13-19, 11:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,308
Posted By harshbarj

Just normal everyday sneakers. You really don't...

Just normal everyday sneakers. You really don't need anything special when riding a bicycle.

Right now I am wearing some Skechers Sport Men's Sparta 2.0 Training Sneakers....
04-13-19, 11:45 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,371
Posted By harshbarj

Actually 14 feet is too narrow. That 1 foot means...

Actually 14 feet is too narrow. That 1 foot means you are passing parked cars by 1 foot, far too close. It should be 3 feet minimum, 4-5 feet ideally. My bike is also very wide at about 4 feet with...
03-25-19, 08:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 773
Posted By harshbarj

Sounds good to me. Likely the idiot was an anti...

Sounds good to me. Likely the idiot was an anti bicycle person. Lot's of them around. Just do what you know you legally can and ignore what others say / do. As long as you know you are following the...
03-25-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,698
Posted By harshbarj

Sad but true. I live not far from a family that...

Sad but true. I live not far from a family that has children that attend the school 3 blocks away. And they drive there. When I was at that school in the early 90's many kids walked there. Today...
03-22-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

All of the pawls on that part look similar to...

All of the pawls on that part look similar to this. Some more than others. I can only assume the same is happening with the new hub as well. Though it has only slipped like 8 or 9 times (most in one...
03-22-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

Nearly everything in the hub looks to be in...

Nearly everything in the hub looks to be in pristine condition, except the Control Pawls. They look slightly rounded off. But it's uneven wear with the wear being more prevalent on one corner of the...
03-22-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

It's the one that came with the hub. Both times I...

It's the one that came with the hub. Both times I bought the full unopened boxed kit (once on ebay, once on amazon). Other than that, I don't know how I could tell if it was incompatible. One would...
03-22-19, 03:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

Well, I got the replacement RXL-RD5 and while...

Well, I got the replacement RXL-RD5 and while better, it is still skipping under high load. At this point I am wondering if it's a design fault. Two hubs purchased over a year apart and both with the...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-19, 05:56 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,410
Posted By harshbarj

Well, sometimes they exist for these reasons....

Well, sometimes they exist for these reasons. Often though ordinances exist because people don't like something and simply want to restrict it without a valid reason outside of personnel preference...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 08:22 PM
Replies: 333
Views: 15,529
Posted By harshbarj

Drivers! In far too much of a hurry without...

Drivers! In far too much of a hurry without regard for laws. That and their park anywhere lights (also known as hazard lights).
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 4,410
Posted By harshbarj

If they are on a sidewalk then it's likely 100%...

If they are on a sidewalk then it's likely 100% legal. Sidewalks are never one way so no such thing as "salmoning" on the sidewalk. Only legal issue would be places that don't allow riding on the...
Forum: Commuting
03-20-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By harshbarj

It's not lightweight, but for a solid commuter I...

It's not lightweight, but for a solid commuter I always suggest workcycles. They normally are quite heavy at 20+kg. My workcycles was over the 30kg mark, but was smooth and went up hills fine. The...
03-20-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 682
Posted By harshbarj

Youtube is a great start. While there are...

Youtube is a great start. While there are websites that can help you with some things (like Sheldon Brown's site) I find nothing can replace a video so you can actually see what they are doing. I'd...
03-20-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

Nope. I am swapping the internals from the same...

Nope. I am swapping the internals from the same model (RLX-RD5). The X-RD5 is getting shelved for now till I can get parts.

Thanks for pointing out the control pawls. When the new hub arrives and...
03-20-19, 01:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

I originally thought my hub needed the yellow...

I originally thought my hub needed the yellow indicator, this helps confirm it! My hub also does have the W on it. I was unaware that was telling me what I needed for a shifter. Thanks! That is very...
03-20-19, 01:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 983
Posted By harshbarj

I can say as a larger rider (at one point near...

I can say as a larger rider (at one point near 300) you likely will have more mechanical problems. Things like broken spokes and hub wear. I can't speak for that extreme of a weight problem though as...
03-18-19, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By harshbarj

I'd also check the rim tape and make sure it's...

I'd also check the rim tape and make sure it's fully covering the nipple head or the hole in the rim (depending on rim style). A tube exploding means the tube is freely able to expand somewhere. I do...
03-18-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By harshbarj

Sturmey archer X-RD5 mounting hardware?

I bought a sturmy archer X-RD5 off the internet and thought it was a RX-RD5. It is a bare hub with no parts. I thought I was going to be able to use my existing hardware from my RXL-RD5, but...
12-29-18, 12:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By harshbarj

I hate to say it, but you did not read my post...

I hate to say it, but you did not read my post did you?
Forum: Commuting
12-28-18, 11:51 PM
Replies: 242
Views: 6,790
Posted By harshbarj

I never had a car to start with. I used to get...

I never had a car to start with. I used to get around by bus but I caught wind of the bus company wanting to cut my line, so I picked up bicycle commuting. About a year later they cut the line. I...
12-28-18, 11:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 478
Posted By harshbarj

Sturmey Archer Hub with slipping pawls?

I have a new RXL-RD5 that I have had for about a year now and it's just been driving me nuts from day one. Almost everything about the hub is perfect except when pedaling the hub will sometimes lose...
09-17-18, 05:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 298
Posted By harshbarj

I'd inspect the cable for broken bits. As a cable...

I'd inspect the cable for broken bits. As a cable wears, some of the individual wires in the cable can break. This will be most noticeable in areas where the cable bends or rubs against a hard...
09-17-18, 05:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By harshbarj

Thank you. I have a small stash of those from...

Thank you. I have a small stash of those from when I rebuilt another bike. Now I know what I will be doing tonight when I get home.
Forum: Commuting
09-17-18, 01:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,454
Posted By harshbarj

Honestly I have never seen the need for anything...

Honestly I have never seen the need for anything other than normal jeans. My daily commute is 8.1km each way. When I used to wear khakis I had issues with them wearing a hole in the inner thigh...
09-17-18, 12:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,459
Posted By harshbarj

Outside of getting hit by a car, and one failing...

Outside of getting hit by a car, and one failing because of metal fatigue, I have never had to replace a wheel. My oldest is nearly 30 years old and is still fine. But I also do not use rim brakes,...
09-17-18, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 280
Posted By harshbarj

Sturmey-Archer 5 speed shifter cable replacement?

Hey all. I today had the shifter cable for my RXL-RD5 snap. It snapped inside the twist shifter (TSC50). I can't seem to find any information on the cable it needs. I'm at work now, or I would just...
02-12-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

It is a perspective issue. The wheel is...

It is a perspective issue. The wheel is symmetrically built.


Well, got a call from the LBS and the guy who built the wheel. He acknowledged the other builder felt the wheel was improperly built,...
02-12-18, 01:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,508
Posted By harshbarj

Over normal use, no. I have some that are over 15...

Over normal use, no. I have some that are over 15 years old and still strong.

What could be happening is the sensor could be a reed switch and those will wear out as it's a mechanical switch...
02-12-18, 01:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Brought the bike in to the same LBS as it broke 3...

Brought the bike in to the same LBS as it broke 3 more spokes and the guy at the desk agreed the wheel was improperly built. He even said with as severe as the bends are he could break a spoke just...
02-08-18, 06:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Guess I am not understanding you here. Here is...

Guess I am not understanding you here. Here is another picture (the last I can get for several hours till I get home tonight). Again, a little grimy thanks to the snow and slush. But no point in...
02-08-18, 05:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

They don't cross. The one on the right heads to...

They don't cross. The one on the right heads to the right side of the hub and the one to the left goes to the left side of the hub.
02-08-18, 05:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Right now nothing. All breaks have been just with...

Right now nothing. All breaks have been just with me on the bike.

The LBS I used seemed very against 2.3 spokes. I even asked and he said it was unnecessary, 2.0 would be strong enough (I know...
02-08-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

On this rim, the holes are in line with each...

On this rim, the holes are in line with each other. They are not staggered as every other rim I have seen. Just noticed this.

https://image.ibb.co/mwYA5c/wheel.jpg
02-08-18, 04:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

The spoke to the left does indeed go to the far...

The spoke to the left does indeed go to the far side as it should. So they at least got the spokes in the right place. Still not sure why the spokes have so much bend in them. Can't be a coincidence...
02-08-18, 03:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

So 2 and 3 if you count the overlap at the hub.

So 2 and 3 if you count the overlap at the hub.
02-08-18, 03:49 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Ok. The rim is a sun-ringle cr18 ...

Ok. The rim is a sun-ringle cr18
https://sun-ringle.com/road/rims/cr18/


Excuse the grime, it's winter and the streets are a mess.
https://preview.ibb.co/bCUKFc/IMG_20180208_153301.jpg
02-08-18, 03:16 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,164
Posted By harshbarj

Depends on the brake. Most of the time, no....

Depends on the brake. Most of the time, no. Sometimes I had to or have brake sequel. Yet another reason I gave up on rim brakes and went drum.
02-08-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Just one at the center, If I am recalling...

Just one at the center, If I am recalling correctly. In about 45-50 minutes I am on my lunch break and I'll snap a photo.
02-08-18, 02:19 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

I have had many wheels built over the last 10...

I have had many wheels built over the last 10 years, and this is the first time I have ever seen spokes bend after the nipple. I'll look at the rim and see if the model number is there and see if if...
02-08-18, 01:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,277
Posted By harshbarj

Improperly built wheel?

I had a wheel built at the LBS and I keep breaking spokes at the nipple. First one broke less than 2 weeks in and another breaks virtually every second week. I'm now on my third broken spoke. To me...
11-28-17, 07:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,059
Posted By harshbarj

Thoughts? Sure, move on. The system we have...

Thoughts?

Sure, move on. The system we have now works good enough and is relatively simply and free from interference for the most part. Even at a slow speed (about 8 km/h) your wheel is likely...
11-28-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,152
Posted By harshbarj

If it was "bone dry" it would not work at all....

If it was "bone dry" it would not work at all. That's how Nuvinci hubs work. The fluid is what gives the traction between the drive rings and bearings. I know it's low because if I let it sit for a...
11-24-17, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,152
Posted By harshbarj

NuVinci N380 anyone?

My old NuVinci N360 is finally doing the death rattle. It works fine but I'd rather replace it than have it die while going to work.

When looking around, I noticed Fallbrook released a new hub. I...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-17, 01:13 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 8,551
Posted By harshbarj

I started with using a backpack, but moved to...

I started with using a backpack, but moved to panniers and never looked back. It's just FAR more comfortable letting the bike bear the weight than you. Though I only use them on planned shopping...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-17, 12:52 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,033
Posted By harshbarj

I ran a set of these on a dutch city bike for 2...

I ran a set of these on a dutch city bike for 2 years and never had one flat. This in a city where many streets look like there was a fresh snowfall because of all the broken glass. I tried a set of...
08-18-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,158
Posted By harshbarj

At this point I'm going to drop by and talk to...

At this point I'm going to drop by and talk to them. See if they can actually give me the spoke length they think is needed and perhaps suggest removing a good spoke from each side to measure.
08-18-17, 03:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,158
Posted By harshbarj

The AB hub has two different size sides. The...

The AB hub has two different size sides. The drive side is small, while the other side has an integrated 90mm drum brake.

An example of an AB hub. The 290mm spokes I have are from the larger...
Forum: Commuting
08-18-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,389
Posted By harshbarj

I would not put too much in how many gears a bike...

I would not put too much in how many gears a bike has. In the end that's not really too important. What counts is gear range and if that covers your need. So if the high and low both work, then it's...
08-18-17, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,158
Posted By harshbarj

More likely to break. Thicker spokes are better....

More likely to break. Thicker spokes are better. It's not uncommon for me to haul 100-200 lbs. My other utility bike uses I think 3mm and I have hauled up to 300 lbs with that. Going on 5 years with...
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