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04-17-21, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 89
Posted By sdimattia

Rim brakes but, I understand your thinking :) I...

Rim brakes but, I understand your thinking :)
I guess the flipside is there's no detriment to running serrated bolts but non-serrated won't be an issue either. No need to chew up my forkends.
04-17-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 89
Posted By sdimattia

Gotcha. Thanks!

Gotcha. Thanks!
04-17-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 89
Posted By sdimattia

Sorry, to clarify: is that a No, the clamping...

Sorry, to clarify: is that a No, the clamping force is not sufficient or No, the serrations are not necessary?
04-17-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By sdimattia

Update: took the entire bike apart and gave it a...

Update: took the entire bike apart and gave it a bath. Save for the cockpit, I cleaned every single bit from the bottom bracket back. I regreased and relubed the appropriate parts, chainring bolts...
04-17-21, 03:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 89
Posted By sdimattia

front wheel bolts

Do front wheel bolts on a bolt-on hub need to be serrated? Or is the clamping pressure of the bolts sufficient enough to hold the wheel in the forkends?

On any rear axle, SS/fixed gear in...
04-13-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By sdimattia

Double butted skinny road-type steel tubes then...

Double butted skinny road-type steel tubes then :)

I haven't done the chainring bolts, will add that to the list. Thanks.
04-13-21, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By sdimattia

Haven't tried regreasing the pedals yet, I'll do...

Haven't tried regreasing the pedals yet, I'll do that. Thanks.



Are you referring to frame flex around the bottom bracket? I'd be surprised if I could put that much power through the cranks. I...
04-13-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 648
Posted By sdimattia

Then I'll shut up now :) Keep us updated on...

Then I'll shut up now :)

Keep us updated on your SS adventures!
04-13-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 219
Posted By sdimattia

Creaking chain under high torque

I run 46x16t on my SS daily commuter. Current bottom bracket is the Shimano BB UN300 square taper. I threw a new KMC SS chain on about 100 miles ago. I clean and re-lube the chain and bike after ever...
04-13-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 648
Posted By sdimattia

If you aren't familiar with Sheldon's gear...

If you aren't familiar with Sheldon's gear calculator, that's a good thing to look at as well. You'd be calculating for Gear Inches. Apologies if I'm repeating information you already know....
04-13-21, 08:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 648
Posted By sdimattia

Check out the all knowing Sheldon Brown....

Check out the all knowing Sheldon Brown. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/freewheels.html

24tpi is probably going to be the most common but don't quote me on that ;)
04-13-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 648
Posted By sdimattia

Use the gears on your current bike to figure out...

Use the gears on your current bike to figure out a good ratio for your new SS. Welcome to SS riding :)

Pick a front chainring and rear cog that feels comfortable to ride around town. Go for a ride...
04-12-21, 11:19 AM
Replies: 67
Igh
Views: 1,960
Posted By sdimattia

depending on the hub and the wheel build, the...

depending on the hub and the wheel build, the wheel will weigh probably weigh 4-7lbs.

Iíve run a Shimano Alfine 8 for 3 years now and the rear wheel alone is about 5.5lbs, no tires or tubes. My...
04-11-21, 07:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By sdimattia

Attilio Thank you for your comprehensive advice....

Attilio Thank you for your comprehensive advice. I ran 40psi front and rear for the snow we had this past winter. Stupidly, they were Gravelking slicks since I didn't think to get proper winter...
04-10-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By sdimattia

I'll keep the fenders then. They are full length...

I'll keep the fenders then. They are full length fenders if that makes any difference but I can also swap them out for a set of A** Savers Fender Bender and Speed Mullet if need be. I guess when I...
04-10-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 512
Posted By sdimattia

Tips for light trail riding

I ride exclusively on paved city streets in NYC, however Iím looking to start doing some trail riding on paved and dirt trails. Rail trail type stuff.

Iíd be taking my single speed All City...
04-05-21, 08:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,607
Posted By sdimattia

Most KMC chains that use the "masterlink" system...

Most KMC chains that use the "masterlink" system include one in the box . . . The width of your chain is determined by the chainring/cog you're running so it's kind of important if you don't want...
04-05-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 3,330
Posted By sdimattia

Left front pant pocket with my keys :) I wear...

Left front pant pocket with my keys :) I wear jeans or jean shorts 99.999% of my life, on and off the bike. I leave the wearing of lycra skin suits to you all . . .

Also, I wear men's Levi's 511s...
03-31-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,173
Posted By sdimattia

Moisture You can use your gears in the meanwhile...

Moisture You can use your gears in the meanwhile to figure out a ratio that works for you. I don't know if you mentioned if you're running a 1x, 2x, or 3x chainring setup in the front but pick a...
03-23-21, 06:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By sdimattia

I'lll see what I can pick up from the LBS out of...

I'lll see what I can pick up from the LBS out of their parts bin. If not, I'll find a cheap hub like 70sSanO recommended. Thank you everyone for your advice.
03-23-21, 12:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By sdimattia

Awesome, thanks! When you mentioned...

Awesome, thanks!



When you mentioned freehub, I realized the first conversion was actually switching *FREEHUB* bodies. I said FW only because I'm so used to dealing with single speeds, sorry....
03-23-21, 09:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 203
Posted By sdimattia

Reusing hardware for axle conversion

I'm switching my front bolt on hub to a QR. I've looked up what I can and watched RJ the Bike Guy's video on the conversion.

Do I need to buy a new locknut and cone if both axles have the same 1mm...
03-22-21, 01:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Depending on what you mean by "older," if we're...

Depending on what you mean by "older," if we're talking pre-2000s, I have a hard time with the sizing since I'm short. I usually fit a 44-46cm, most pre-200s smallest sizes are 48/49cm. I have a 1986...
03-22-21, 10:52 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

It's kind of shifted. Basically, should I buy a...

It's kind of shifted. Basically, should I buy a second frame of a bike I already own so I have a backup that I can enjoy riding as much as my daily? Answer was yes. Thanks everyone for your input.
03-21-21, 06:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

the Nature Boy is my in between right now -...

the Nature Boy is my in between right now - primarily winter, sometimes wet weather, and soon to be light trail bike. I can fit 650bx42s tires at max though I'd love to find a frame in my size that...
03-21-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Fair enough. That was the only bike...

Fair enough.



That was the only bike the shop had available to test fit in my size (44-46cm). I'm certainly not limiting it to just a Trek. It's just what I've been able to test thus far. When...
03-20-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

I mean a frameset is technically only half the...

I mean a frameset is technically only half the bike, right . . . ? ;)
03-20-21, 09:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

All good, it's entirely possible that they're...

All good, it's entirely possible that they're contaminated. We love to salt the streets here in Manhattan (NYC) and given how much residue I had to pull off the rotors, I should probably go back and...
03-20-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

They are actually Shimano Deore Hydraulics with...

They are actually Shimano Deore Hydraulics with XT Ice tech rotors 160mm. I know the Disc brakes pro/cons discussion is a bit touchy which is why I didn't elaborate much on it. Disc brakes squeal...
03-20-21, 08:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

I'm planning on eventually buying a Trek Domane...

I'm planning on eventually buying a Trek Domane if/when I eventually decide to go geared. As far as single speeds go, I know there's a bunch of different ones from the various QBP names but they're...
03-20-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

I've been buying / wearing Adidas Sambas for the...

I've been buying / wearing Adidas Sambas for the last 10 years. I keep an old pair for painting / construction and go through my daily pair every 2-3 years. Apparently, more than one of the same...
03-20-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Not quite a matter of caring or not caring. But...

Not quite a matter of caring or not caring. But these are the kinds of conversations we have a dinner and coming from a family that loves some lighthearted debating/bickering, I was looking for input...
03-20-21, 07:19 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Mom is definitely not paying for any bike related...

Mom is definitely not paying for any bike related parts if it isn't her bike. Although, after she said "you're crazy" she did follow with "hey, at least it's not drugs." I'll take that as a half...
03-20-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Nothing broken with the disc brakes, I just hate...

Nothing broken with the disc brakes, I just hate the noise they make when wet. Great for snow, less so for my ears (and everybody within a 2 block radius).



I have drops on my current daily, I...
03-20-21, 07:04 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

jaxgtr N+1 indeed . . . Think I will go ahead and...

jaxgtr N+1 indeed . . . Think I will go ahead and buy the second bike. My mother still thinks I'm crazy but hey, I'll be on one of my three bikes and happy.
03-20-21, 06:27 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,246
Posted By sdimattia

Having two of the exact same bikes?

My daily bike is a (formerly white, now red) 42cm Wabi Classic. I dropped it off to get powdercoated a week and a half ago. A combination of incompatible work schedules and an annual rush for...
02-28-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By sdimattia

The frame will limit the size chainring and cog...

The frame will limit the size chainring and cog you can use. Iíd imagine you could go lower than a 1:1 ratio but why would you . . . ?
02-27-21, 10:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,192
Posted By sdimattia

My daily commuter and my wet/winter bike are both...

My daily commuter and my wet/winter bike are both single speeds. I run 46/16 on 650c tires for the daily and 48/19 on 650b tires for the wet bike.

Geared bikes require thinking. SS/fixed does not....
02-27-21, 10:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,147
Posted By sdimattia

I ride a 42cm Wabi Classic; not quite the fancy...

I ride a 42cm Wabi Classic; not quite the fancy tubing you have but setup as a SS with front brakes, clippless pedals, and a mostly stock build, it weighs about 17lbs. I donít think you can get them...
02-27-21, 10:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,725
Posted By sdimattia

I have a 42cm Wabi Classic, thing doesnít even...

I have a 42cm Wabi Classic, thing doesnít even have fender mounts. I keep a SKS X-tra dry clip on over the rear year round and throw an Ass Savers Speed Mullet on the front for really wet days. The...
02-27-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,400
Posted By sdimattia

Like many others have said earlier, itís whatever...

Like many others have said earlier, itís whatever is comfortable for you. Who cares what others ride. It also depends on the terrain and types of roads you ride.

That said, the lowest possible...
02-16-21, 09:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

grizzly59 All good, I appreciate your input. Your...

grizzly59 All good, I appreciate your input. Your limited experience is better my absolute lack thereof, I wouldnít be asking otherwise.

Top contender so far is the Teravail, maybe a model of...
02-16-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

Dang, too bad they are 50mm wide. Havenít biked...

Dang, too bad they are 50mm wide. Havenít biked the GWB yet but I frequent the east side bridges quite a bit. Iím sure blasting down the Williamsburg over snow with slicks will not end well . . .
02-16-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

That's the tire my LBS recommended when given the...

That's the tire my LBS recommended when given the tire constraints, hence that's why I mentioned it. In my other research, I've also looked at the Surly Knard which seems to fit your evenly spaced...
02-16-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

Between cars and just fooling around, i've been...

Between cars and just fooling around, i've been left on my butt quite a number of times. I'd expect nothing less from ice and slush.

To summarize; wide slicks in winter is a big no-no.

I'll buy...
02-16-21, 03:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

This is certainly true . . . I'm just...

This is certainly true . . .

I'm just hesitant to go full studded since I don't want to change tires a lot. I'd be happy if I was only changing tires before winter season and then when the season...
02-16-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

So wide or skinny, slicks in winter are still...

So wide or skinny, slicks in winter are still slicks is what Iím hearing. Iím thinking a knobby in the front but maybe Iíll do a studded in the front, knobby in the rear for winter and then put the...
02-16-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

I threw those on back in June for the rain, lol....

I threw those on back in June for the rain, lol. Not specifically for snow.

But that clarifies wide slicks for winter use :)

As far as a knobby tire in the front and my a** dumping GK slick in...
02-16-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 668
Posted By sdimattia

Wide slick tires in winter

There's plenty of information and discussion on the benefits of wide knobbies and studded tires with icy, snowy winter conditions and thin slick tires for light snow and otherwise nice weather in...
02-15-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,710
Posted By sdimattia

Pardon the poor pictures, the tarp is a PITA to...

Pardon the poor pictures, the tarp is a PITA to fully take on and off. Iím usually only pulling a bike or two out at a time.

I can fit six bikes, 3 on each side pretty easily. Itís basically 1ft...
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