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07-16-19, 03:08 PM
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Posted By Chesterton

Is there any advantage to this other than a...

Is there any advantage to this other than a possible aesthetic one?
07-16-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 6
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Posted By Chesterton

OK, so basically grease everywhere, on both sides...

OK, so basically grease everywhere, on both sides of the bushings?

I have been trying to stretch the left spring will perhaps some progress. They don't look quite as asymmetrical now. This evening...
07-15-19, 10:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By Chesterton

The Dia Compe 750s and other centerpulls can...

The Dia Compe 750s and other centerpulls can mount to frame posts. The arms just pivot on the posts of the fork and seat stays instead of on the backing plate that they use for center bolt mounting....
07-15-19, 01:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By Chesterton

Dia Compe centerpull brake bushings

I am in the process of building my new road bike (Cycles Toussaint Velo Routier). This is my first experience assembling a bicycle from parts, so it is an ongoing learning experience.

The bike...
08-24-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

All's well that end's well! I picked up a...

All's well that end's well! I picked up a replacement (lightly used) spindle from the local community bike workshop for $1. Had to dig through the junk bins to find one with the correct length code...
08-23-18, 10:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 549
Posted By Chesterton

I feel like this is tempting fate. I suppose it's...

I feel like this is tempting fate. I suppose it's good to be *able* to do this on a tour, but my gut instinct is "if it ain't broke don't fix it".
08-20-18, 02:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

Some further research suggests that the "3L"...

Some further research suggests that the "3L" printed on the spindle indicates 116 mm. I'll verify that tonight, but it sounds reasonable, with about a centimeter of threaded post at each end beyond...
08-20-18, 09:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

Yes, that's true, I could just buy loose balls. I...

Yes, that's true, I could just buy loose balls. I might rummage through the community bike workshop's parts drawers for a spindle in good condition. It's 137mm if I measured correctly, is that an...
08-20-18, 08:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

Update: I opened up the bottom bracket and...

Update: I opened up the bottom bracket and discovered that the spindle races are pitted. The cups look OK. The balls on the drive side all readily fell out of the retainer cage when I plucked it out...
08-16-18, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

I guess as long as it's not going to seize up or...

I guess as long as it's not going to seize up or something, I will just continue riding it and live with the clicking until I get my new bike built up. Then I'll deal with it when I do the fixie...
08-15-18, 12:38 PM
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Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

It has been a pretty decent bike for me. I did a...

It has been a pretty decent bike for me. I did a 200K brevet on it, as well as many informal metric centuries, etc. I think this was the last year of the World Sport. I am building up a new...
08-15-18, 11:59 AM
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Views: 376
Posted By Chesterton

My understanding is that the cable should be just...

My understanding is that the cable should be just barely but definitely slack in 3rd gear, and almost completely tight in 1st gear. There is a "neutral" space between second and third where nothing...
08-15-18, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

So is the worst thing that will happen just the...

So is the worst thing that will happen just the clicking and knocking? As long as there is sufficient grease in there, it won't rapidly degrade further, right? I don't actually think there's *that*...
08-15-18, 09:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 727
Posted By Chesterton

Cup and cone bearings - when are they beyond help?

My road bike (1990 Schwinn World Sport) has developed a clicking in the cranks, generally once per pedal stroke, although it comes and goes to some extent. I noticed there was tangible play in both...
08-15-18, 09:46 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,371
Posted By Chesterton

Who knew that patches were so controversial! I...

Who knew that patches were so controversial! I have always used Rema kits and generally had no problems. One thing I've noticed is that the new Rema kits say that you don't have to wait any time...
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Chesterton

When I did my first century I hadn't done more...

When I did my first century I hadn't done more than a couple of 40-50 mile rides in the month or so before and a metric century a week before the century. My daily commute is 5 miles each way.
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Posted By Chesterton

I'd like to revive this thread rather than create...

I'd like to revive this thread rather than create a new one since it's only a few months old. Can someone recommend the best (or least worst) GPS for the following usage scenario?

Currently, the...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

Is it that easy to swap out cassettes? You don't...

Is it that easy to swap out cassettes? You don't have to adjust the chain length or derailleur positioning at all? Good to know!
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

I have no experience with the Compass tires, but...

I have no experience with the Compass tires, but they are advertised as getting several thousand kms, which seems like good value. My Paselas lasted not quite two seasons, definitely less than 2,000...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,506
Posted By Chesterton

Congratulations! I can't imagine having to drive...

Congratulations! I can't imagine having to drive a long way home right after a ride like that. After my 200K I basically just passed out in the car while my riding buddy drove us back home.

Olcott...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

Yes indeed, in fact I was there last night (using...

Yes indeed, in fact I was there last night (using their headset wrenches to remove the silly reflector brackets from my bike). I'm not sure if they have a proper headset press, but probably. I'll...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

Yeah, well, I did my 200K in 11:59, so I'm pretty...

Yeah, well, I did my 200K in 11:59, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to need lights for a 300K! :lol: Maybe with more practice I'll be better about minimizing stops.

I actually borrowed the BQ back...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

I'm really warming to the idea of the Velo...

I'm really warming to the idea of the Velo Routier kit. I'm confident enough with my mechanical skills to feel comfortable putting a bike together (with a couple things I'll have a shop do, like...
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Views: 2,506
Posted By Chesterton

Enjoying this report of a ride from my general...

Enjoying this report of a ride from my general area! Apparently the cliffs you saw south of Toronto are indeed part of the Niagara Escarpment (see map below), but I have always known it as the steep...
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Posted By Chesterton

I looked at that kit and the price is really good...

I looked at that kit and the price is really good for what it includes! I would still end up swapping out the handlebars, tires, and maybe fenders if I go up a size in tires, but even so I think it's...
Replies: 41
Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

I agree that fit is all-important. The World...

I agree that fit is all-important. The World Sports fits me pretty well I think, although to be honest I don't have much to compare it to. It's the only road bike I've owned, and I didn't really do...
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Views: 2,548
Posted By Chesterton

I'm not sure that *on the ride* is the best time...

I'm not sure that *on the ride* is the best time to be strict about low-carbs. That said, I really don't do "energy gels" or bars, and I do enjoy things like trail mix and protein-heavy things like...
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Views: 2,453
Posted By Chesterton

Building a rando bike - where to focus the money?

I am planning to build up a new bike for randonneuring (formal brevets and just "long rides") from a frameset, most likely either the Soma Grand Randonneur or Cycles Toussaint Velo Routier, depending...
Replies: 26
Views: 2,506
Posted By Chesterton

Thank you for the ride report! I live in Buffalo...

Thank you for the ride report! I live in Buffalo and did a CNY Randonneurs 200K last fall, and hopefully one day I will work up to the LOL. (Maybe when my kids are older.) It's funny you mentioned...
09-27-17, 08:52 PM
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Views: 14,544
Posted By Chesterton

She started a knitting business earlier this year...

She started a knitting business earlier this year - LB Handknits (http://www.lbhandknits.com) - and posts regularly to the blog on that site. It's not quite the same for us bicycling fans, but she is...
Replies: 17
Views: 1,634
Posted By Chesterton

Yes, this was one of Pete's 200K brevets. He's a...

Yes, this was one of Pete's 200K brevets. He's a nice guy; we spent some time chatting at his house after the ride. Not too much about the hand issue, but maybe I'll email him and ask his advice.
...
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Views: 1,634
Posted By Chesterton

I had an idea about this - earlier this year I...

I had an idea about this - earlier this year I rotated my bars up slightly, so that the "ramps" would be parallel to the ground rather than sloping down to the brakes (originally the bars were set up...
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Views: 1,634
Posted By Chesterton

Yep, that shaded area is pretty much where I feel...

Yep, that shaded area is pretty much where I feel the numbness on the left hand. I don't tend to ride in the drops much except on fast descents, but I must be putting pressure on the nerve even on...
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Views: 1,634
Posted By Chesterton

Thanks, that sounds like it's worth bragging...

Thanks, that sounds like it's worth bragging rights, eh? :D

It is what it is... I bought the bike fairly cheap two years ago because I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a bike that I might...
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Views: 1,634
Posted By Chesterton

First 200K brevet completed (and question about lingering hand numbness/weakness)

This Saturday, a friend and I rode a formal 200K brevet (the first timed brevet for either of us). It was billed as an "easy" and "mild" 200K, with only about 3,500' of climbing, but I think when...
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Views: 2,200
Posted By Chesterton

I didn't end up going - my friends that I was...

I didn't end up going - my friends that I was going to ride (and carpool) with all bailed for various reasons. I'll do an official 200K brevet in September. Two friends and I did ride 73 miles last...
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Views: 5,522
Posted By Chesterton

Good luck! I will be looking forward to reading...

Good luck! I will be looking forward to reading your recap, as my own first brevet is on 4/23.
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Views: 2,200
Posted By Chesterton

I'm in something of the same point. I'm intending...

I'm in something of the same point. I'm intending to ride my first brevet (a 200K) in two and a half weeks, though I haven't completely committed to it yet. Last August I rode an organized imperial...
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Views: 87,859
Posted By Chesterton

I agree that if you can comfortably ride a metric...

I agree that if you can comfortably ride a metric century, an imperial century isn't significantly harder (it just takes longer). I rode 100 km the week before I rode my first century (actually 111...
Replies: 41
Views: 6,448
Posted By Chesterton

I am hoping to ride my very first brevet (a 200K)...

I am hoping to ride my very first brevet (a 200K) at the end of April. My longest ride to date was an imperial century (actually 111 miles including riding to and from the start) last August. I...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,386
Posted By Chesterton

Different people have different preferences in...

Different people have different preferences in this regard. I have no real problems riding long rides (100 km) alone. I enjoy the meditative state of mind that the rides induce, and the slightly...
03-28-17, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By Chesterton

So, my set up has the two wires running from the...

So, my set up has the two wires running from the terminal at the hub to the headlight (a B&M Lumotec Classic) and then a double wire running from the headlight to the taillight, with the return from...
03-28-17, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By Chesterton

You know actually, the tech spec refers to a...

You know actually, the tech spec refers to a "toothed axle washer" that needs to make contact with the bare metal of the outside of the fork blade but I don't recall putting that back on when I put...
03-28-17, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By Chesterton

Sturmey Archer X-FDD generator hub stopped working

Hey all, I took the wheels off my bike to change the studded tires back to regular ones and when I put the front wheel back on, the lights no longer come on when I spin the wheel.

I know my first...
09-13-16, 10:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By Chesterton

Having read about this a little bit more, maybe...

Having read about this a little bit more, maybe the existing front derailleur would be able to handle 52/34 better than 42/34? 52/34 is close to a standard modern compact double. But is that too big...
09-12-16, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By Chesterton

It's a freehub cassette, not a freewheel. I have...

It's a freehub cassette, not a freewheel. I have that megarange freewheel on my cargo bike, though - it is nice.
09-12-16, 02:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By Chesterton

Changing chainrings - what should I be aware of?

My road bike is a 1990 Schwinn World Sport. Like a lot of the bikes of that era, the front gearing is 52/42. The rear is a Shimano 7 speed 12-28 cassette. I use the bike for light...
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Views: 2,708
Posted By Chesterton

I rode my first century ever this past Sunday,...

I rode my first century ever this past Sunday, 8/7/16. It was the CanAm Century Ride that goes from Buffalo across the border to Canada, up through Niagara Falls to the shores of Lake Ontario, then...
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Views: 6,603
Posted By Chesterton

I admire your desire to challenge yourself with a...

I admire your desire to challenge yourself with a ride like this. But you have to understand that this is a distance not that much shorter than Paris-Brest-Paris, which participants spend months...
09-10-15, 01:47 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 13,144
Posted By Chesterton

I don't think age has anything to do with it. I...

I don't think age has anything to do with it. I know plenty of old folks in my office that wouldn't dream of changing their own oil. And I have "hipster millennial" friends who are doing DIY home...
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