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10-20-21, 10:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 177
Posted By Litespud

Why would the size(s) of the chainring or...

Why would the size(s) of the chainring or sprockets exacerbate chainline issues? The chain engages or disengages at essentially the 12 o'clock position of each, regardless of size(s) of the...
10-17-21, 10:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 883
Posted By Litespud

I wouldn't stop for anything under 50 miles if I...

I wouldn't stop for anything under 50 miles if I was solo. I've ridden solo centuries where I've stopped once, and others where I've stopped 4x - it depends on how I'm feeling and the temperature (ie...
10-17-21, 10:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 267
Posted By Litespud

can you move the FD manually? Will it actually...

can you move the FD manually? Will it actually move into position if you move it by hand?
10-17-21, 02:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 216
Posted By Litespud

given that the anchor point moves wrt the...

given that the anchor point moves wrt the adjusting barrel, it’s not going to exit cleanly from the barrel all the time. For some gears there will be an angle. A pic will help, but if the gears shift...
10-17-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 258
Posted By Litespud

if you can drill out the old rivets and securely...

if you can drill out the old rivets and securely rivet on a new hanger, then fabricating a replacement sounds like a fun project. A bit of Al from Lowe’s and some quality time in the garage to save a...
10-17-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 506
Posted By Litespud

given that this is for light touring and bike...

given that this is for light touring and bike packing, in your shoes I’d just go 32h 3x and never have to worry about them again. Nothing wrong with Al rims IME, but it sounds like the ones you were...
10-16-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 431
Posted By Litespud

grease is grease - cycling puts such little...

grease is grease - cycling puts such little demand on grease that just about any will do. I used the same tub of Quaker State red stuff for ~20 years, finally replacing it because I wanted pristine...
10-15-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 806
Posted By Litespud

an integrated hanger isn’t as bad as you make...

an integrated hanger isn’t as bad as you make out. The dropouts and integrated hanger on my Litespeed are 5/16” plate titanium. I’m pretty sure the RD would disintegrate before that bent
10-12-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 3,063
Posted By Litespud

ABS for sure, although cancellable - racers are...

ABS for sure, although cancellable - racers are less likely to want a relatively conservative braking system taking over for them when they’re operating on the edge. However, for the rest of us, ABS....
10-11-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 157
Posted By Litespud

RE600's are for 9- or 10-sp "round-top" shifters....

RE600's are for 9- or 10-sp "round-top" shifters. I think what you need are EC-RE500s (https://branfordbike.com/accessories/campagnolo-brake-hoods-ec-re500)
10-11-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 709
Posted By Litespud

Any grease is better than no grease. I use a tub...

Any grease is better than no grease. I use a tub of Quaker State red stuff for everything, from car bearings to bike cables and everything in between
10-11-21, 02:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 280
Posted By Litespud

Nothing wrong with the RD that I can discern from...

Nothing wrong with the RD that I can discern from the pics. I'd put money on the problem being your cable. Replacing the housing and inner cable would be a cheaper first step before placing the RD...
10-11-21, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By Litespud

Will also work for tank tracks

Will also work for tank tracks
10-11-21, 02:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 709
Posted By Litespud

I replace the RD cable (Campag Chorus 10sp...

I replace the RD cable (Campag Chorus 10sp shifter) about every year. I ride ~6k/yr and I do a lot of shifting as a result of a close-ratio cassette. The cable lets me know when it's time by poking...
10-11-21, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 240
Posted By Litespud

Not saying that a cordless electric compressor...

Not saying that a cordless electric compressor isn't useful (I use one for topping up car tires), but if your routine use is adding 10 psi to your bike tires every couple of weeks, how is this an...
10-08-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 857
Posted By Litespud

Indeed - post-apocalypse, the world will comprise...

Indeed - post-apocalypse, the world will comprise cockroaches, Twinkies, Toyota Camrys and Shimano skewers. :)
10-07-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 256
Posted By Litespud

the mismatch won’t be an issue - the bigger...

the mismatch won’t be an issue - the bigger problem will be the lack of pins/ramps on your big ring. Do yourself a favor and track down a more modern big ring
10-07-21, 07:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 857
Posted By Litespud

QRs are pretty mature and reliable technology....

QRs are pretty mature and reliable technology. I’ve only ever heard of one QR skewer failing, and that was titanium, IIRC - definitely not the place to save a few grams. A decent-quality steel QR...
10-07-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,695
Posted By Litespud

I agree. I semi-daily an old (‘72 of...

I agree. I semi-daily an old (‘72 of indeterminate mileage) Triumph, which has proven to be pretty reliable - only stranded me a couple of times in 10 years - but requires a high degree of routine...
10-06-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,695
Posted By Litespud

So presumably you have to maintain the current to...

So presumably you have to maintain the current to maintain the FD in a given position, and it reverts to the default position once the current is removed. So keeping the FD in one specific...
10-06-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 653
Posted By Litespud

Years ago I swapped an Al American Classic road...

Years ago I swapped an Al American Classic road post for an identical Ti version (same saddle clamp bonded to a Ti shaft). Same frame (low-end Litespeed Ti), same saddle (Selle Italia Max Flite)....
Forum: Road Cycling
10-05-21, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 786
Posted By Litespud

I'm very interested in how this turns out -...

I'm very interested in how this turns out - however, don't overestimate the capabilities of wood. For example, I honestly don't see how you can make wood cranks that won't simply splinter on the...
10-05-21, 10:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 247
Posted By Litespud

This is a valid point - I guess it depends on how...

This is a valid point - I guess it depends on how much front shifting he's doing in his relatively flat terrain as to whether the ease in shifting outweighs the slight extra low-end range
10-05-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 256
Posted By Litespud

There should be no connection between the front...

There should be no connection between the front shifting and rear shifting, unless you're inadvertently shifting the right shifter when you move the left shifter, but that's unlikely to be a...
10-05-21, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 247
Posted By Litespud

There's no inherent advantage one way or another...

There's no inherent advantage one way or another - any more than one shoe size is inherently better than another. That being said, I would probably go with the 39, simply because it gives you a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-03-21, 08:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 480
Posted By Litespud

yes, the wahoo uses a standard Shimano spline...

yes, the wahoo uses a standard Shimano spline pattern, so any Shimano cassette up to 11sp, bought from any source, will fit. However, since your bike’s drivetrain is 9sp, you have to use a 9sp...
10-01-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 243
Posted By Litespud

In my experience, it doesn't make a whole lot of...

In my experience, it doesn't make a whole lot of difference, despite what Campagnolo would insist. I've run standard 39/53 combinations, and swapped the 53 for 50t and 51t TA big rings (all 10sp)....
10-01-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,935
Posted By Litespud

Cycliq cameras are purpose-built bike cameras -...

Cycliq cameras are purpose-built bike cameras - decent battery life (4-5h), automatic video looping, built-in lights, the ability to "lock" footage out of the loop, do you can preserve footage of an...
09-30-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,935
Posted By Litespud

Maybe - to my mind the biggest problem around...

Maybe - to my mind the biggest problem around here is that many/most drivers don't know that (i) they're required by law to give cyclists 4 ft clearance, and (ii) they're allowed to cross the...
09-30-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,004
Posted By Litespud

you’d be nuts to not use the brake that provides...

you’d be nuts to not use the brake that provides maybe 75% of the braking (ie the front brake). If you can’t use the front brake without the bike “moving laterally in the wrong direction”, time to go...
09-29-21, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 314
Posted By Litespud

this is a steel steerer - nothing's going to...

this is a steel steerer - nothing's going to happen to it. My concern might be that the stem might loosen if the top clamping bolt is above the top of the steerer. If not, I'd have no problem adding...
09-28-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,874
Posted By Litespud

there’s a well-known pic floating around the...

there’s a well-known pic floating around the interwebs of the aftermath of a squirrel getting caught up in a front wheel. It got whipped up against the rear of the CF fork, snapping both fork legs...
09-28-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,935
Posted By Litespud

had an incident last week where a full size SUV...

had an incident last week where a full size SUV (Chevy Tahoe) buzzed the line of cyclists, passing ~1ft out, horn blaring and the passenger flipping us off as they passed. The rider beside me got the...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-28-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 847
Posted By Litespud

you’ll notice the difference when you get to the...

you’ll notice the difference when you get to the limits of traction on your road slicks. Do this experiment (actually, don’t): go out and push your gravel bike to its wet cornering and braking limit....
09-26-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 4,412
Posted By Litespud

unless you’re Eddie Izzard - 32 treadmill...

unless you’re Eddie Izzard - 32 treadmill marathons, 31 comedy gigs in 31 days. Raised STG275,000 for charity 👍
09-25-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,757
Posted By Litespud

my bikes share the garage with a ‘72 TR6 (the...

my bikes share the garage with a ‘72 TR6 (the poor man’s midlife crisis😀). Bought it ~10 years ago for a tinkering opportunity, ended up doing a frame-off restoration. At some point, I stopped...
09-24-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,615
Posted By Litespud

Most likely - and other microorganisms including...

Most likely - and other microorganisms including fungi, but 24/7 we're swimming in bacteria, molds and viruses, the vast majority of which are harmless
09-24-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,434
Posted By Litespud

the comparison of the stability of a three-legged...

the comparison of the stability of a three-legged stool with the load-bearing distribution of a three-pawl freehub makes no sense whatsoever.
09-24-21, 08:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,615
Posted By Litespud

I give them a rinse under the hot water tap...

I give them a rinse under the hot water tap before I use them, or immediately after the ride if I’ve had Gatorade in them. Put them in the dishwasher occasionally. I only use super-cheap LBS-branded...
09-24-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,200
Posted By Litespud

I replaced a Gunnar steel fork with an NOS...

I replaced a Gunnar steel fork with an NOS Reynolds Ouzo Pro full carbon. The Ouzo is a high-quality fork that was at the cutting edge of lightness in its day, the Gunnar is made by Waterford, and is...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-23-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20,238
Views: 4,529,746
Posted By Litespud

New Cycliq Get 3 Fly 6 rear LED/camera. The last...

New Cycliq Get 3 Fly 6 rear LED/camera. The last one lasted ~3 years until a small semiconductor burned out and the whole thing had a seizure. Not great for a >$200 piece of kit, but then it went on...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-22-21, 11:34 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 8,127
Posted By Litespud

this is utter tripe. The first thing one learns...

this is utter tripe. The first thing one learns on a road bike is that the front brake does ~75% of the braking. Hard braking with the rear pretty much guarantees a rear wheel skid with subsequent...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-21-21, 08:14 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 8,127
Posted By Litespud

That was fine and dandy when all they had to do...

That was fine and dandy when all they had to do was appease the sponsors. AFAIK UCI rules require the all equipment used has to be available to the public - not sure on the general availability of,...
09-21-21, 06:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,233
Posted By Litespud

I've heard of people putting a couple of rubber...

I've heard of people putting a couple of rubber bands around their phone - makes it less slippery and less likely to fly out of your pocket. Alternatively, a safety pin holding the top of your "phone...
09-21-21, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 381
Posted By Litespud

I wouldn’t. Square taper cranks are one of these...

I wouldn’t. Square taper cranks are one of these things where are too many opportunities to screw things up, either inadequate torquing when installing, the whole “grease vs no grease” debate,...
09-21-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,105
Posted By Litespud

I used Vittoria latex tubes for a few years -...

I used Vittoria latex tubes for a few years - when used with a supple high thread count tire like an Open Corsa, they're superb. I top up my tires before every recreational ride, so the increased air...
09-18-21, 06:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By Litespud

I’ve been using Veloce 10sp cassettes on my Rolf...

I’ve been using Veloce 10sp cassettes on my Rolf and Campag alloy free hub bodies for the last ~15 years, with ~50000 miles on two wheel sets (I consider cassettes to be a wear item, so I’m buggered...
09-18-21, 12:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,874
Posted By Litespud

was out riding with a friend when a squirrel runs...

was out riding with a friend when a squirrel runs into the road in front of us. I’ve seen that pic of the dead squirrel and the broken fork, so I hit the brakes, the squirrel passes in front of me...
09-14-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,054
Posted By Litespud

the brake release will buy you only so much extra...

the brake release will buy you only so much extra clearance. If your tire is sufficiently wider than your rim, the brake release may not be enough. When I switched to 25mm tires on old Rolf rims, the...
09-14-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 337
Posted By Litespud

if it fits, shouldn’t be a problem. I use an old...

if it fits, shouldn’t be a problem. I use an old Rolf lock ring on my Campag cassette/freehub. The Rolf is lighter and better finished than the Campag ring (Campag finishing isn’t what it was)
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