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12-10-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By DArthurBrown

DIY armrest design for bike trainer?

Not sure if this is the best thread for posting this, but...

I'm wondering if anyone has designs or experience buillding a weight-bearing armrest/small table that fits over the handlebars of a...
Forum: Triathlon
12-10-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,233
Posted By DArthurBrown

Glad you're okay. I had a similar wipeout about 4...

Glad you're okay. I had a similar wipeout about 4 years ago. Lost skin, bent handlebars, and toasted my shorts and jersey but all else was fine. Fraction of a second miscalculation and off we go...
...
Forum: Northeast
02-10-15, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
Posted By DArthurBrown

Thanks, Jim. I'll give that thread a look.

Thanks, Jim. I'll give that thread a look.
Forum: Northeast
02-10-15, 09:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,348
Posted By DArthurBrown

Moving to Boston - Advice?

My wife and I are very likely moving to Boston this summer. We currently live in Michigan near Ann Arbor and I ride a fair amount--over 6500 road miles per year for the last few years. I'd like to...
07-29-13, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By DArthurBrown

The chain and cassette are brand new. I always...

The chain and cassette are brand new. I always replace the cassette when replacing the chain. The chainrings are worn, but not egregiously so.
07-29-13, 01:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By DArthurBrown

The chain is the correct length. It's the same...

The chain is the correct length. It's the same number of links as the old chain, which worked well.
07-29-13, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By DArthurBrown

New chain and cassette are skipping over bumps

I recently replaced a worn Shimano 9-speed chain and cassette with identical replacements. On my last ride, the chain would skip under moderate to heavy load when I was pedaling over railroad tracks,...
10-01-12, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By DArthurBrown

The chain shows little if any wear that I can...

The chain shows little if any wear that I can measure.

No visible wear on that particular cog.

If the problem were in the big chainring, it seems like it would affect other combinations with...
10-01-12, 10:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By DArthurBrown

That's my instinct, but I don't feel the catching...

That's my instinct, but I don't feel the catching and popping in the middle chainring, even when pushing equivalently hard in that combination.

In fact, it's ever more noticeable at medium speed...
10-01-12, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By DArthurBrown

The first thing I'll say is that I've had...

The first thing I'll say is that I've had terrible experience with SRAM cassettes in that price range. The Shimano cassettes I've used at a similar price last 2-3 times as long, and they'll be...
10-01-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 46,574
Posted By DArthurBrown

+1 Not going to second guess the guy that...

+1

Not going to second guess the guy that makes a living studying this stuff.
10-01-12, 10:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
Posted By DArthurBrown

Feeling of roughness in single rear cog

I'm stumped. I'm running a Tiagra 4503 crank, HG53 chain and cassette. Chain and cassette have 2000-3000 miles. Crank is pushing 13000 miles. Cassette is a 12-23 9-spd.

When I'm in the big...
10-01-12, 10:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,307
Posted By DArthurBrown

I've had some weird squeaks/creaks come from the...

I've had some weird squeaks/creaks come from the quick releases. Try taking them out and regreasing them. Also put a drop of oil in the cam.

I'll second the back wheel suggestion. If you can...
11-30-11, 10:26 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,990
Posted By DArthurBrown

With fixies an singlespeeds, you can also get...

With fixies an singlespeeds, you can also get away with thicker, longer lasting lube as well, since there is no need to shift, the chain is fine with a bit more grit on it. The lack of a rear...
11-07-11, 02:45 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,990
Posted By DArthurBrown

One other thing I just thought of. Many people...

One other thing I just thought of. Many people somehow have gotten the idea that degreasing the manufacturer's lubricant before installing the chain is the way to go.

Sheldon Brown commented on...
11-07-11, 08:46 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,990
Posted By DArthurBrown

One of the bike mechanics in Corvallis, OR that I...

One of the bike mechanics in Corvallis, OR that I used to ride with tried this on the loaner/rental bikes they had in the shop. He was using Tri-Flow, Finish Line, and something else--maybe Phil...
10-31-11, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By DArthurBrown

Thanks for the input. After further inspection,...

Thanks for the input. After further inspection, and another ride, I do think it is less likely the indexing is screwed up.

After more fidgeting, I got the slop to be equally distributed across...
10-31-11, 04:18 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 9,990
Posted By DArthurBrown

I've had really good luck with tri-flow. We used...

I've had really good luck with tri-flow. We used it at the bike co-op I volunteered for, and I've used it exclusively on my road bike for 15000 miles, oiling once every 500 miles (once per month) or...
10-31-11, 12:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By DArthurBrown

Sluggish shifting between central cogs. Are my brifters worn out?

I'm running a Shimano Tiagra drivetrain with a 105 rear derailleur. The derailleur has approx 16000 miles on it. The cassette and chain have about 8000 miles. I'm on my second chain, cassette, and...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-10, 06:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,495
Posted By DArthurBrown

No. It just looks like someone is trying to look...

No. It just looks like someone is trying to look badass, but just has a dirty white seat.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-26-10, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,495
Posted By DArthurBrown

They say black is like a tuxedo. It never goes...

They say black is like a tuxedo. It never goes out of style.

I agree with that. I also agree that white tape is like a white tuxedo. It seems like a good idea in the store, but when you look...
08-26-10, 05:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 21,415
Posted By DArthurBrown

Slippage on aluminum and slippage on track...

Slippage on aluminum and slippage on track dropouts in general, is a common complaint. As Sheldon Brown said, a track "dropout" isn't a dropout. It's not designed to be used with anything other...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 09:26 PM
Replies: 1,523
Views: 479,030
Posted By DArthurBrown

Also Bontrager stuff is not cheap crap, but Trek...

Also Bontrager stuff is not cheap crap, but Trek often rebrands cheaper stuff with a flashy Bontrager logo and sells it for a premium, when in fact it is simply Truvativ componentry.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 1,523
Views: 479,030
Posted By DArthurBrown

I jumped the gun. I missed the Trek 2.1, which...

I jumped the gun. I missed the Trek 2.1, which by my account, is by far the best band for the buck in their line, but well over $700.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By DArthurBrown

It's a good idea to change them once a year. I'm...

It's a good idea to change them once a year. I'm on year 3 of mine without issue...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,677
Posted By DArthurBrown

But the calories burned per unit time is similar....

But the calories burned per unit time is similar. The one major benefit of cycling over running is that you can go much longer than running, because your knees, hips, ankles and spine aren't getting...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:44 AM
Replies: 1,523
Views: 479,030
Posted By DArthurBrown

This has been hit already, I'm sure, but I...

This has been hit already, I'm sure, but I haven't shopped for a road bike for a few years now.

What the hell happened to Trek??

I used to love Trek bikes, but now they're being put together...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:39 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,677
Posted By DArthurBrown

One of my friends here is getting his PhD in...

One of my friends here is getting his PhD in exercise science. We had a very similar discussion about this recently. When you run, there is a point in each stride where you are essentially keeping...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:26 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,677
Posted By DArthurBrown

This will give you as good approximation as you...

This will give you as good approximation as you need. Fit, non-competitive athletes typically burn 100 Calories per mile running. For cycling, that number is about a 1/3 what it is for running. As...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,871
Posted By DArthurBrown

There are two things to look for in flat...

There are two things to look for in flat protection. The first is the the thickness of the material. More material, rubber, kevlar, whatever, is the best defense, but this makes tires heavier, of...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 656
Posted By DArthurBrown

We have a bunch of those in Oregon. Usually, the...

We have a bunch of those in Oregon. Usually, the explanation is that the wind is channeled one way consistently, pushing riders uphill. The other direction is downhill. So both directions you get...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,586
Posted By DArthurBrown

Under normal riding conditions on reasonably...

Under normal riding conditions on reasonably smooth, straight roads, you shouldn't notice any difference. Unless, of course, the recommended inflations are different. The contis are probably...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 574
Posted By DArthurBrown

It also reduces the reach from your fingers on...

It also reduces the reach from your fingers on the outside of the bar to the lever.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-25-10, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,586
Posted By DArthurBrown

+1 People are more influenced by marketing than...

+1
People are more influenced by marketing than they let on. With tires inflated to similar pressures, there's no perceptible difference in energy efficiency/performance.

If you're looking for...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-10, 09:57 AM
Replies: 301
Views: 21,866
Posted By DArthurBrown

I'd say there's a similar amount of BD...

I'd say there's a similar amount of BD bashing/complaining on here as there is LBS bashing/complaining.

"My Surly was totally effed... My Trek Fuel had defective shocks... My Specialized zertz...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 05:26 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 21,866
Posted By DArthurBrown

I will say, in BD's defense, that of the...

I will say, in BD's defense, that of the two-dozen or BD bikes I've seen new our of the box, they have all been assembled flawlessly--better, in fact, than the typical bike is adjusted in the many...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 01:47 PM
Replies: 301
Views: 21,866
Posted By DArthurBrown

I'm going to stick to the original intention of...

I'm going to stick to the original intention of this thread.

I own a Mercier Corvus 2008 Steel. Fully outfitted with empty water bottles, pedals, etc., it weighed 22 lbs with stock components. I...
08-23-10, 11:57 AM
Replies: 1,064
Views: 34,412
Posted By DArthurBrown

It's better he's a knowitall collegeboy than a...

It's better he's a knowitall collegeboy than a knowitall non-collegeboy.
08-23-10, 09:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 21,211
Posted By DArthurBrown

I've actually found 9 speed chains work better...

I've actually found 9 speed chains work better with some lower speed setups, particularly older suntour freewheels (5 and 6 speed) that have a narrower spacing. The plates of the 9 speed chain don't...
08-21-10, 09:33 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,318
Posted By DArthurBrown

If Lance is found guilty, or at least found to be...

If Lance is found guilty, or at least found to be a cheater and liar, I worry about LiveStrong. Regardless of how you feel about Lance, that one effort has affected more lives in a positive way than...
08-19-10, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,126
Views: 43,352
Posted By DArthurBrown

Yes, the common argument goes: If I wear a bike...

Yes, the common argument goes: If I wear a bike helmet, why shouldn't I wear a face mask, or elbow pads, or knee pads.

I have zero sympathy for that logic, because it was used in ice hockey for...
08-19-10, 04:40 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,330
Posted By DArthurBrown

I just imagined Phil calling that. And now I...

I just imagined Phil calling that. And now I want them to do it just so I can hear Phil calling that.
08-05-10, 10:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,503
Posted By DArthurBrown

There was a thread about this a while ago. The...

There was a thread about this a while ago. The poster said he contacted Surly and they recommended a heat gun or blowdryer and a plastic razor. That's how most used car dealerships get old service...
08-03-10, 05:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,057
Posted By DArthurBrown

I think the basic point is: If you bicycle long...

I think the basic point is: If you bicycle long enough, you'll have a noteworthy bad experience with a motorist. But I spend more time on a bike than I do in a car, and I frequently have bad...
08-03-10, 12:14 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,927
Posted By DArthurBrown

Things I don't like about EXO: 1) My big...

Things I don't like about EXO:

1) My big complaint with the modern external bottom brackets is that they increase the number of parts interfaces. There are now pinch bolts, cups against the BB...
08-03-10, 12:05 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 11,927
Posted By DArthurBrown

True, but to get one off you need a crank puller...

True, but to get one off you need a crank puller and the hope that the crank hasn't seized to the spindle.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-10, 01:38 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,501
Posted By DArthurBrown

I just don't understand this argument. Do you...

I just don't understand this argument. Do you think it insults the shop? Why does it bother you? As I said above. I think giving an LBS the opportunity to match a price and make a small profit is...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-31-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,501
Posted By DArthurBrown

True, but the store can still be polite or...

True, but the store can still be polite or explain the limitations they have. Acting entitled to my business because they opened a store closest to my house isn't good enough.



I'm not sure...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-27-10, 12:37 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,501
Posted By DArthurBrown

Not at all. But I will shop around to get the...

Not at all. But I will shop around to get the best price. I can't justify spending $65 /tire when I can find them online for $20. I think it's very reasonable to say to an LBS owner, "Look, I've...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-10, 03:47 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 3,501
Posted By DArthurBrown

Like some others have said before, I usually give...

Like some others have said before, I usually give my local LBS a chance, and I always buy small parts (tubes, water bottles, CO2, bolts, etc.) from my local store because those small parts are where...
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