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10-26-16, 09:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,560
Posted By jlam

Rear derailleur cage loose and wobbling side to side

I found a used SRAM 10sp rear derailleur and installed it on my mountain bike. Took it for a spin today, but the derailleur kept slipping and making a terrible crunching noise whenever I pedaled with...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-16, 01:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 751
Posted By jlam

Norco CRR SL with Shimano 105 for $525: Yay or Nay?

Found this on Craigslist in Vancouver, BC and would like some guidance on purchasing a second hand road bike in this price range. Is this a good deal or should I keep looking?

Norco CRR SL road...
12-27-14, 05:26 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,929
Posted By jlam

Thanks for all the feedback! Guess I should stop...

Thanks for all the feedback! Guess I should stop being a wuss and just carry the tools I need for a piece of mind.

FYI I use a Topeak Pocket Rocket for my pump. I can't be bothered with...
12-23-14, 02:22 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,929
Posted By jlam

Repairs on the road with a fixie?

On a bike with quick release tires, it's easy to fix a flat since the only tools you need are bike levers. When on my mountain or road bike, I'd always have a multitool, flat kit, and a spare tube. ...
12-15-14, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,414
Posted By jlam

One of my buddies rode one of those timing belt...

One of my buddies rode one of those timing belt drive bikes and he said it felt "spongy"... It may be functionally equivalent to a roller chain, but the feel of the ride is definitely different.
12-15-14, 02:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,919
Posted By jlam

The bamboo really soaks up the road vibrations,...

The bamboo really soaks up the road vibrations, so it's as if the asphalt has been repaved everywhere I go! Makes for a very comfortable ride.

I don't really notice much flex when I'm climbing...
Forum: Framebuilders
12-14-14, 08:53 PM
Replies: 423
Views: 267,246
Posted By jlam

My bamboo fixie build. First taste of kinda-sorta...

My bamboo fixie build. First taste of kinda-sorta frame building but I'm already hooked!

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12-14-14, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,919
Posted By jlam

Bamboo Bike Fixie Build (HIPSTER ALERT)

Here's my bamboo fixie that I finished a few months ago! Used tonkin bamboo for the tubes and carbon fibre for the lugs. Total cost of the project was around $700 (including bike components, frame...
12-14-14, 08:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,414
Posted By jlam

Bamboo bikes tend to go for upwards of ~$1500...

Bamboo bikes tend to go for upwards of ~$1500 where a large chunk of the cost comes from labour, but this one looks quite a bit more labour intensive... That majestic of a bike would probably require...
08-14-13, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,403
Posted By jlam

Turns out that the bearings in my BB were shot. ...

Turns out that the bearings in my BB were shot. When I disassembled, greased, and reassembled my headset, pedals and seatpost, the sound was still there! So I took a closer look at it while my bike...
08-11-13, 05:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,403
Posted By jlam

Thanks for the input! I took a closer look...

Thanks for the input!

I took a closer look at my rear derailleur and it appears that the hangar is slightly bent. When I compared the derailleur cage to a straight edge, the top and bottom of the...
08-10-13, 10:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,403
Posted By jlam

Skipping Rear Derailleur Only When Under Load

I have a 2005 Giant OCR 3 that I bought second hand just over a year ago, and I've put about 3000 km since then. The bike looked quite unused when I got it off Craigslist, so I thought it was a...
Forum: Commuting
07-01-12, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,515
Posted By jlam

Old Topeak Trunk Bag Doesn't Fit on Explorer Rack!

I bought this trunk bag off Craigslist thinking that it was the older version of the MTX Trunkbag EXP model. I only paid $20 for it, so I was pretty satisfied. However, after ordering the Topeak...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-12, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 712
Posted By jlam

If you plan on wearing the backpack during the...

If you plan on wearing the backpack during the commute (and not strapping it down to a rack or whatnot), then one of the more important features would be having lots of straps to tighten and minimize...
Forum: Commuting
04-20-12, 08:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,277
Posted By jlam

For those of you who have had serious accidents...

For those of you who have had serious accidents (which ends up with you on the ground), what kind of pedals are you using? I would think that whether you have clipless, cages or platforms affect the...
Forum: Commuting
04-19-12, 09:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,295
Posted By jlam

I'm currently in stage two of your predicament. ...

I'm currently in stage two of your predicament. Went from backpack (accompanied with the sweaty back) to single pannier.

I commute to university (38km round trip), so once I get to school I carry...
Forum: Commuting
04-17-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Posted By jlam

I'll take a look at those brake pads. The bike...

I'll take a look at those brake pads. The bike supposedly had a tune up last summer, and it seems to be fine since everything shifts correctly and the wheels are true. The frame has mounts for a...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-12, 10:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Posted By jlam

Goodbye mountain, hello road bike!

I recently purchased a road bike for my 37km round trip commute! 2005 Giant OCR3 for $300 off Craigslist. Basic components, but having never ridden a road bike before, this already feels like a...
Forum: Commuting
04-03-12, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,825
Posted By jlam

Hubcap, what kind of compromises do you have in...

Hubcap, what kind of compromises do you have in mind? Modifications, or sacrifices?
Forum: Commuting
04-02-12, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,825
Posted By jlam

Adjustments I can do, picking my size is just a...

Adjustments I can do, picking my size is just a guess. I've been looking at 54cm frames, and I'm 5'8 with 31 inseam. Maybe LBS would be a better bet.

But let's say I do get the sizing and fit...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-12, 08:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,825
Posted By jlam

Raleigh Revenio 2.0 for commuting?

So this bike is on sale at DirectBuy for $620. My commute is a 40km round trip on an all paved road with medium hills, a third of it being along a highway. I'll need a rack and panniers, but the...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-12, 11:46 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,209
Posted By jlam

Is there any reason why the low end helmets tend...

Is there any reason why the low end helmets tend to bulge out at the sides? Does it offer more protection or is it just cheaper to design it that way?

Seems like you have to spend a fair bit of...
Forum: Commuting
03-21-12, 09:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 776
Posted By jlam

Waterproof booties from MEC. No more soggy socks...

Waterproof booties from MEC. No more soggy socks after a rainy morning commute!

Next on the list: clipless pedals.
Forum: Commuting
03-21-12, 09:07 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 6,209
Posted By jlam

I'm currently using a Bell Faction skate-style...

I'm currently using a Bell Faction skate-style helmet. However, now that it's warming up, I'm in the lookout for a lightweight road helmet so when I take my helmet off, it doesn't look like I've...
Replies: 1
Views: 903
Posted By jlam

Colnago World Cup CX

I was looking on Craigslist for a commuting bike and came across this cyclocross one for $800 (CAD). The description as posted:

"Colnago World Cup CX Frameset Alu. w/ Carbon Colnago fork.
56cm...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-12, 11:26 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,197
Posted By jlam

If I were to buy a new bike in the...

If I were to buy a new bike in the not-too-distant future, what're some things I should really be on the look out for? What're your experiences with buying from Craigslist, LBS, or other?

(I got...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-12, 12:43 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,197
Posted By jlam

I'll keep riding my bike for now and make the...

I'll keep riding my bike for now and make the best of what I have for now while continuing to make little tweaks and adjustments here and there. I won't bother with the chain rings just yet; instead...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-12, 03:43 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,197
Posted By jlam

I'm about 5'8, 32" leg length, and my bike frame...

I'm about 5'8, 32" leg length, and my bike frame is 17" (seat tube) by 21.2" (top tube). Seat post is about 9.5-10" out of the tube. My bike is 36 lbs without anything strapped on (so the weight as...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-12, 04:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 10,197
Posted By jlam

Improving efficiency for a converted mountain bike commuter

So I've been lurking around these forums for quite a while now (sans account), and I've gotten an adequate sense from looking through archived threads about what makes a good commuter bike, as well...
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