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05-21-17, 12:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,545
Posted By mtnbke

Packeta makes brilliant bikes. This is the same...

Packeta makes brilliant bikes. This is the same cat who used to work with his brother out of Niwot, CO for Rainbow Cyclecraft. They painted for many brands, and the third epic US aluminum bike...
05-21-17, 12:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,942
Posted By mtnbke

If you aren't pinching pennies the best...

If you aren't pinching pennies the best freewheels are IRD Classica. Don't get anything from IRD that isn't a modern Clasdica though. There were issues with IRD Defiant freewheels failing. So...
05-20-17, 11:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,351
Posted By mtnbke

I've just got to ask: What in your mind is...

I've just got to ask:

What in your mind is ostensibly a good enough reason to warrant switching from the 622 wheel size to 584? Challenge yourself to stop calling it 650b, as that is cultishly...
05-20-17, 11:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,568
Posted By mtnbke

It takes a lot longer than two minutes to...

It takes a lot longer than two minutes to dissolve paint.
05-20-17, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By mtnbke

Silver shifters are nothing special. You...

Silver shifters are nothing special.

You can use Kelly Take-Offs to mount them on the bars.
05-20-17, 06:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,568
Posted By mtnbke

No. It's steel sandblast it.

No. It's steel sandblast it.
05-20-17, 09:24 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,566
Posted By mtnbke

Not a fan of Park tools, which are typically...

Not a fan of Park tools, which are typically about in par with Harbor Freight, but I use the Park HBH-2. Seems like all these alternative solutions we're looking for a problem that needed solving. ...
05-20-17, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,390
Posted By mtnbke

Anyone else see the similarities with that paint...

Anyone else see the similarities with that paint scheme to Lemond's Team Z Maillot Jaunes?

I like it.

If Zeus is Spanish Campy, what is Portuguese Masil?
05-19-17, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,103
Posted By mtnbke

For most model years the ST came in: 19" ...

For most model years the ST came in:

19"
21"
23"
25"
27"

If you can stand over it, uncomfortably or not, it's definitively not too small. You don't ride a bike with your feet on the ground.
05-19-17, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,322
Posted By mtnbke

If you work on a lot of bikes you'll find you...

If you work on a lot of bikes you'll find you need more than one type.

I'm not a fan of Park tools in general, most Park stuff is low rent and closer to Harbor Freight quality, than being...
05-19-17, 04:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,007
Posted By mtnbke

There are legitimate reasons to want to do it...

There are legitimate reasons to want to do it yourself.

The cutters/reamers are sharpened with a general edge or all purpose for most shops that can't afford to have specific cutters optimized for...
05-19-17, 12:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,025
Posted By mtnbke

My wife's Centurion Lemsns mixte is probably the...

My wife's Centurion Lemsns mixte is probably the favorite bike in the stable, and until last week we had three tandems, it's a big stable.

Rose champagne paint with gold accents and the highest...
05-19-17, 12:13 AM
05-19-17, 12:11 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 18,475
Posted By mtnbke

My favorite is the Mavic SSC seatpost, but the...

My favorite is the Mavic SSC seatpost, but the setback keeps me from actually building up the 'tout Mavic' build.

Tall bikes (~70cm) are usually designed by clown sized people that don't think it...
05-18-17, 11:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,103
Posted By mtnbke

On a Cannondale sport touring bike you want the...

On a Cannondale sport touring bike you want the largest size you can uncomfortably stand over. Not comfortably, uncomfortably. You want the head tube as high as possible relative to your bars.
...
05-18-17, 01:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,001
Posted By mtnbke

Campagnolo hubs should mostly be considered...

Campagnolo hubs should mostly be considered disposable if they are cup/cone. The problem is while you can replace the loose ball bearings and the cone (outer race) the inner race becomes pitted and...
05-18-17, 08:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,668
Posted By mtnbke

Also in case it's lost on anyone, the double...

Also in case it's lost on anyone, the double WeeHoo still only let's one kid pedal. It's a pretty stupid design.
05-18-17, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 825
Posted By mtnbke

Increasing tension beyond what that rim/spoke...

Increasing tension beyond what that rim/spoke spec could handle.

You want the max even tension for a given rim and spoke combo. You find that max tension by finding what is too much...then build...
05-18-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,717
Posted By mtnbke

Uninvited response but I always wondered why...

Uninvited response but I always wondered why Surly LHT owners didn't instead pick up Craigslist Cannondale ST bikes.

Lighter frames
Incomparably stronger frames and can carry higher touring loads...
05-17-17, 10:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By mtnbke

Progold EPX Use it to go fast but not to...

Progold EPX

Use it to go fast but not to lube bolts. Such a good speed grease they'll loosen.
05-16-17, 11:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,668
Posted By mtnbke

When I went to buy a double Weehoo from a...

When I went to buy a double Weehoo from a Craigslist seller he convinced me not to buy his. He shared the double he had for sale made the bike precarious to handle and the kids could really get it...
05-15-17, 10:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 5,164
Posted By mtnbke

The same way car collectors moved to muscle cars,...

The same way car collectors moved to muscle cars, C&V steel bikes are going to rapidly lose their value. Like a Model A, they are ubiquitous and not in any shape or form to be confused with real...
05-15-17, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 345
Posted By mtnbke

Yes Mavic had their own proprietary freehub body,...

Yes Mavic had their own proprietary freehub body, that took Mavic shark tooth cassettes. Back in the day every part of every Mavic shifter, Mavic derailleur, Mavic stem, Mavic seatpost, Mavic...
05-15-17, 10:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,182
Posted By mtnbke

Most competitive juniors can't spin a 12t cog. ...

Most competitive juniors can't spin a 12t cog. Are we realistically evaluating our legs? Or is dad posting thinking the kid is stronger than kids are?
05-15-17, 06:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By mtnbke

No get a Pedro's Vise Whip. Chain whips slip...

No get a Pedro's Vise Whip.

Chain whips slip and there are lots of bike mechanics with bad backs from old school chain whips.
05-15-17, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By mtnbke

I was a little disappointed that this thread was...

I was a little disappointed that this thread was about the French drivetrain and needed tools, not about the French tranny as I was led to believe...

I've got lots of bike tools. Build up piece...
05-15-17, 06:00 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,736
Posted By mtnbke

They are mostly a bunch of fanboy posers that...

They are mostly a bunch of fanboy posers that can't ride 5% of their mileage in the drops because their bikes don't fit.

You're right.
05-15-17, 05:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 890
Posted By mtnbke

Chains absolutely stretch. Measure the new chain...

Chains absolutely stretch. Measure the new chain say to 100 links and then measure the chain when you take it off to the same pin at 100 links. You'll measureably see the stretch.

In fact anyone...
05-15-17, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,099
Posted By mtnbke

I would never build a tandem with 10/11 speed...

I would never build a tandem with 10/11 speed drivetrain. The cogs are too narrow and it doesn't hold the indexing tune as well as 8 speed. 11 speed requires more dish to the wheel over 10 even.
...
05-15-17, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,421
Posted By mtnbke

I have a TS-2 truing stand. It's not going to...

I have a TS-2 truing stand. It's not going to properly reflect dish as it can only calibrate to 135mm, 140mm, 145mm or 160mm or even 126mm or 130mm. When you move it from a tandem wheel to a rear...
05-15-17, 05:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,341
Posted By mtnbke

Thinking of ordering one. What did it cost you?...

Thinking of ordering one. What did it cost you? How much was shipping?
05-15-17, 08:48 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,571
Posted By mtnbke

If the rear dropout spacing is truly 123mm it's a...

If the rear dropout spacing is truly 123mm it's a "half-step" between the 120mm and 126mm standard, and meant to accommodate either. In that case I'd build the bike at 126mm. You can always replace...
05-14-17, 09:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,124
Posted By mtnbke

Chain drive is the most efficient mechanical...

Chain drive is the most efficient mechanical transfer of energy known. Any conversion to belt drive will be going slower with more effort than a comparable chain drive. Belt drive looks kool, but...
05-14-17, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 663
Posted By mtnbke

Save yourself the aggravation. I've had several...

Save yourself the aggravation. I've had several Park pro shop pedal wrenches. I never touch them anymore. I reach for my Pedro's every single time now.
05-14-17, 09:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 815
Posted By mtnbke

A custom silver or copper head badge is pretty...

A custom silver or copper head badge is pretty cheap to have made from a jewelry artist. They class up any bike.
05-14-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,329
Posted By mtnbke

You can order a custom drilled hub from Phil Wood...

You can order a custom drilled hub from Phil Wood or other hub makers.
05-14-17, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By mtnbke

Anyone who wants to maximize the life of their...

Anyone who wants to maximize the life of their drivetrain, an old cool guy trick is to buy four chains when the drivetrain is new. You rotate the chains about every 500 miles. It's important to...
05-13-17, 07:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By mtnbke

After the underhanded, and in my evaluation...

After the underhanded, and in my evaluation unethical, way Speedplsy engaged in unfair trade practices first ripping off Bebop then getting an injunction against Bebop, I've never used Speedplay...
05-13-17, 07:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 795
Posted By mtnbke

Park makes a lot of crappy tools. The absence of...

Park makes a lot of crappy tools. The absence of a full line competitor making quality tools doesn't mean Park tools are actually "good."

I've been more than happy with every duplicate tool I've...
05-13-17, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,510
Posted By mtnbke

Old Phil Wood hubs are incredibly rust prone in...

Old Phil Wood hubs are incredibly rust prone in the center section, and the three piece shell just isn't as safe/strong as one piece alloy shells. Phil Wood will actually give you a credit if you...
05-13-17, 07:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 665
Posted By mtnbke

I'd always lube a new chain. There are...

I'd always lube a new chain.

There are essentially two kinds of lubes:

Dry lube which is usually wax based and wet lube which is oil based. Factory lube can be adequate but what lube you...
05-11-17, 04:05 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,916
Posted By mtnbke

Silca with a $1 Schraeder adapter every bike shop...

Silca with a $1 Schraeder adapter every bike shop sells.
05-07-17, 01:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,781
Posted By mtnbke

Wifey has a Centurion mixte and it might have the...

Wifey has a Centurion mixte and it might have the highest production/build quality of any bike we own in the stable. It's a big stable with x3 tandems alone.

The paint fit and finish on the...
05-06-17, 09:28 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,597
Posted By mtnbke

Triple butted spokes like the DT Alpine III don't...

Triple butted spokes like the DT Alpine III don't break at the elbow, that's the whole point.

The fatigue comes from hubs using oversized spoke holes that increases build time for manufacturers...
05-06-17, 09:21 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,597
Posted By mtnbke

Not quite. Spokes usually fail because of...

Not quite.

Spokes usually fail because of one or two reasons. Either the spoke gauge, rim strength or tension wasn't adequate and every rotation the spokes stress and distress, eventually...
05-06-17, 12:28 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,597
Posted By mtnbke

More spokes (higher count) Stronger spokes...

More spokes (higher count)
Stronger spokes (thicker gauge)
Stronger rim

There is a best practice max tension for every build. For mostly ****genous components these are known, for others it's...
05-03-17, 10:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,190
Posted By mtnbke

This was incorrect advice. People shouldn't...

This was incorrect advice.

People shouldn't just assume they know. Reminds me of Old Potatoe offering his expert opinion on what taper Mavic bottom brackets were. Then when challenged becoming...
05-03-17, 02:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,199
Posted By mtnbke

No. Crank length should be proportional to...

No.

Crank length should be proportional to frame size, but really it's a function of your cycling inseam. I'm 6'7" and ride 68-69cm bikes with 205mm, 200mm, 195mm and 185mm cranks.

Too long...
05-03-17, 02:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,341
Posted By mtnbke

Cup/cone hubs should be considered disposable. ...

Cup/cone hubs should be considered disposable. Every mile on a cup/cone hub is a less efficient mile than the previous one if you can't replace the inner race.

Sealed bearing hubs can be...
05-03-17, 02:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,190
Posted By mtnbke

This thread is a perfect example of people...

This thread is a perfect example of people telling others a spec that is an inaccurate assumption. I didn't know Trek used 26.6 posts on those bikes.
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