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10-27-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

Good point. My chains are most 9 speed. I have...

Good point. My chains are most 9 speed. I have 3 bikes with 10 speed drivetrains but those don’t have that many miles on them yet. Conditions range from dry mountain biking to tours in various...
10-27-20, 06:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

Although I haven’t really checked, I would say...

Although I haven’t really checked, I would say that chain wears at a constant rate. The pins aren’t harder on the outside then the inside nor are the plates harder nearer to the pins than further...
Forum: Touring
10-27-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,964
Posted By cyccommute

This article posits some reasons ...

This article posits some reasons (https://www.99boulders.com/why-have-so-many-strike-anywhere-matches-been-discontinued)why so few ”strike anywhere” matches are being made. He also has a...
10-27-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t even degrease it. There’s no need. ...

I wouldn’t even degrease it. There’s no need. Flushing oil through it while spinning is enough. I often do that with a sticky freewheel while it is on the bike. That’s enough to last for years.
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10-27-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t know what you are doing but I can’t...

I don’t know what you are doing but I can’t recall ever replaced a chainwheel due to chain wear. Even if you went an extra 1/16” of an inch over, you shouldn’t have to replace chainring. I’d agree...
10-26-20, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Posted By cyccommute

[ That’s probably what happened. ...

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That’s probably what happened.



I hear ya. But cold usually slows down the process. When March comes around, do a thorough washing. Leaving it over the summer doesn’t help. Since this...
10-26-20, 04:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Posted By cyccommute

I agree. One thing I forgot to say above is that...

I agree. One thing I forgot to say above is that magnesium chloride is even worse on aluminum because it’s more hygroscopic (sucks water out of the air) and it has 2 chlorides per unit.
10-26-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 149
Posted By cyccommute

Sorry to say but salt will do that to aluminum. ...

Sorry to say but salt will do that to aluminum. The salt make aluminum chloride which exchanges with oxygen to make aluminum oxide and release the chloride to go back and make more aluminum chloride...
10-26-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t know that I’d call them mechanically...

I don’t know that I’d call them mechanically superior to most any freewheel. The prong design was a major failing. I’ve had to destructively remove far too many of them and had too many tools break...
10-26-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By cyccommute

I’ll echo what others have said. But I’ll add...

I’ll echo what others have said. But I’ll add that when you remove it, do yourself a favor and get a Shimano freewheel. Shimano’s are far easier to remove. The splined tool engages better.
10-25-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t be so quick to judge. That pump looks a lot...

Don’t be so quick to judge. That pump looks a lot like a Medai pump hose and head. Until the leather wore out, it was the best pump I ever owned. I’d still be using it if I could have found a...
Forum: Commuting
10-25-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,086
Posted By cyccommute

I would suggest you reconsider this one. Air/oil...

I would suggest you reconsider this one. Air/oil suspension works well in cold weather and there is benefit to having both front and rear suspension. A rigid fork will get trapped in a rut or packed...
10-25-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

I apologize for any actions that may have seemed...

I apologize for any actions that may have seemed insulting. I try not to insult others and stick to the points of the argument. But occasionally, I slip. For that, again, I apologize.
10-25-20, 10:02 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 7,293
Posted By cyccommute

I missed this one. The Panaracer Dart/Smoke...

I missed this one. The Panaracer Dart/Smoke combination is the best tire set up I’ve ever used. I still use them on my dual suspension mountain bike. Just don’t use the Smoke on the front. It...
10-24-20, 09:12 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

Only if underinflated. But any tire is prone to...

Only if underinflated. But any tire is prone to snake bites if underinflated.
10-23-20, 10:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

Agree. It’s easy enough to get an adapter for...

Agree. It’s easy enough to get an adapter for Presta from SKS...
10-23-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

From the picture on Bikes Direct, they are...

From the picture on Bikes Direct, they are Schrader. That may not guarantee that the bike comes with are Schrader but I suspect that is the likely configuration.
10-23-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 354
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t know where you live or how familiar you...

I don’t know where you live or how familiar you are with the metric system but people seem to be confused about how big a millimeter is. It’s a whole number and people seem to think that whole...
Forum: Touring
10-22-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 426
Posted By cyccommute

In 1986, I did a tour on a very similar bike to...

In 1986, I did a tour on a very similar bike to wintermute’s, although I don’t recall having a fork rake quite like that one. I used a top mount deck which worked well enough. I would normally have...
10-22-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 979
Posted By cyccommute

The ESI grips...

The ESI grips (https://esigrips.com/product-category/mtb-grips/) come in 11 different colors, at least 3 different thickness and can even be ordered in 2...
10-22-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

I run lower pressure off-road. 40 psi is lower...

I run lower pressure off-road. 40 psi is lower than 80 to 100 psi that I use on road tires. I just don’t run stupidly low pressures. 20 psi for my weight would result in either pinch flats, bent rims...
Forum: Touring
10-22-20, 10:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By cyccommute

While I agree that making a heavy bike into a...

While I agree that making a heavy bike into a light bike is a fools errand, I disagree with your assertion that bike weight doesn’t matter. The 4 Corners weighs in at around 28 lbs. While riding a...
10-22-20, 09:22 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

I have done research in addition to having...

I have done research in addition to having decades of practical experience with regards to tire pressure...I couldn’t care less about cyclocross or any competition, for that matter. All the research...
Forum: Touring
10-21-20, 09:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By cyccommute

While your girlfriend looks small, she doesn’t...

While your girlfriend looks small, she doesn’t appear to be that tiny. About 5’3”? Small bikes are always a problem. Manufacturers just don’t make many of them and they make even fewer “touring”...
10-21-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By cyccommute

Not in my experience. The solvent in the glue...

Not in my experience. The solvent in the glue evaporates when the tube is open. As long as the cap is on tight, the solvent has no where to go. The only times I’ve had problems is if the cap isn’t...
10-21-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

A 33 mm tire inflated to “barely half of [40...

A 33 mm tire inflated to “barely half of [40 psi]” is seriously under inflated. I don’t use “high pressure” on wide tires. I use the proper pressure. If you use 20psi on 33 mm tires, what pressure...
10-21-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

The point of that article seems to be that there...

The point of that article seems to be that there is an optimal point. Not too many people are really going to 120 psi on a 25 mm tire. Far more people are currently running 60 psi in that narrow a...
Forum: Touring
10-21-20, 11:38 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,964
Posted By cyccommute

That was likely unleaded gasoline. It was not...

That was likely unleaded gasoline. It was not the same as what has commonly come to be called “Coleman fuel”. Coleman fuel has an octane rating of 50. I’m not even sure you could even start an...
10-21-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,829
Posted By cyccommute

People think something is harmless because it has...

People think something is harmless because it has a common name and its been used for ages. That may not be true. There are plenty of “natural” products that are highly toxic. Not only chronically...
10-21-20, 09:53 AM
Replies: 944
Views: 93,549
Posted By cyccommute

I almost ran over this little guy in southeastern...

I almost ran over this little guy in southeastern Colorado last week. I couldn’t see a rattle and thought he was just a bull snake but he had a heart shaped head and he buzzed that tail as fast as he...
10-21-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 460
Posted By cyccommute

Nope. There is not a patch out there that will...

Nope. There is not a patch out there that will stick worth a damn with “standard rubber cement”. Nor is making your own patches going to work all that well. Both aren’t even worth the time to try.
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10-21-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,829
Posted By cyccommute

Based on what data or study? Do you have...

Based on what data or study? Do you have information on what that “peculiar smell” is so that you can assess the “toxicity”? “Toxic” is a term that gets thrown about by the chemical fearing public...
10-21-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

Well put. Hysteresis is a very large part of...

Well put. Hysteresis is a very large part of rolling resistance. Much...far too much...to do is made about tires bouncing and losing forward momentum. Narrow tires run at very low pressures may feel...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 10:39 PM
Replies: 4,499
Views: 2,209,747
Posted By cyccommute

The loading process for rugged remote touring....

The loading process for rugged remote touring. The bike is a 1998 Moots YBBeat. The bags are mostly Revelate while the others are Oveja Negra (made in Salida, CO).

...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By cyccommute

A Brooks Flyer is a bit boat anchory at 850g...

A Brooks Flyer is a bit boat anchory at 850g (almost 2 lbs). A B17 Titanium (https://www.brooksengland.com/en_us/b17-special-titanium.html) is less so but it will still provide ample anchorage for a...
Forum: Touring
10-20-20, 09:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By cyccommute

Without a fork change, installing a rim brake...

Without a fork change, installing a rim brake isn’t an option. Nor is using a rim brake on the current wheels. Disc rims don ‘t use thinner metal for the sidewalls, they use shorter sidewalls. ...
10-19-20, 06:49 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,829
Posted By cyccommute

Cotton: Several chemical processes are used on...

Cotton: Several chemical processes are used on cotton to clean and make the thread and fabric. Dyes are “chemicals”, so better wear white and only stuff you’ve grown and woven yourself.

Wool:...
10-18-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,542
Posted By cyccommute

No, I was comparing the cost of 2 boxes of 100...

No, I was comparing the cost of 2 boxes of 100 patches (200 total) to the cost of 200 tubes.



We’ll just have to agree to disagree. I find tubeless to be a royal pain to deal with when I’ve had...
10-18-20, 11:19 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,829
Posted By cyccommute

Okay there are a lot of misinformation to unpack...

Okay there are a lot of misinformation to unpack here. First, Nylon and polyamide are the same thing. Nylon fibers are used in all kinds of applications. If you use a toothbrush or have a carpet...
10-18-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t agree. Less than 40 psi for my weight...

I don’t agree. Less than 40 psi for my weight with 2.1” tires will result in not only pinch flats...an annoyance...but also damage to the rims when the rim bottoms out which is a much worse problem....
10-18-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

No. Bicycle tire calculators say that is right...

No. Bicycle tire calculators say that is right for my weight. Years of riding experience tell me that is the right pressure for my weight. Frankly, I see any thing less than that to be far too low....
10-18-20, 10:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,012
Posted By cyccommute

Not as much as you might think. Going from 70°F...

Not as much as you might think. Going from 70°F at 100 psi to 90°F causes the pressure to rise 4 psi. Pressure rises with temperature but it’s just not that much of a change. If you wanted to...
10-18-20, 10:17 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,194
Posted By cyccommute

Based on what evidence? I know that people think...

Based on what evidence? I know that people think that low pressures allow the tire to flex around an object better than high pressure does but, in practice, I’ve never found tire pressure to have...
Forum: Touring
10-18-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 764
Posted By cyccommute

Ten hours is also about the most I do in a day...

Ten hours is also about the most I do in a day but how many days have you gone without access to power? I’ve gone days without any other power source than what I can carry. Having a battery on my...
10-18-20, 09:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 534
Posted By cyccommute

Don’t pay too much attention to all the charts...

Don’t pay too much attention to all the charts that you’ll find on tire sizes. They are far too conservative. I have 559mm Aeroheats on several mountain bikes which are the old version of the Dyad....
10-18-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,542
Posted By cyccommute

The lack of tubes doesn’t make tubeless less...

The lack of tubes doesn’t make tubeless less prone to punctures. The sealant in the tubeless tire does that job. I could put the same sealant in the tube...without all the attendant hassles of...
10-17-20, 10:45 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,542
Posted By cyccommute

If you want as many patches per tube, you just...

If you want as many patches per tube, you just need to live where the goatheads grow. You get good at it with all the practice.



You can’t let it dry too long. I’ve forgotten about tubes in...
10-17-20, 10:03 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 15,542
Posted By cyccommute

There’s your problem. Don’t use “different glues...

There’s your problem. Don’t use “different glues and patches”. Use Rema...glue and patches...and nothing else. Rema has chemistry on its side since it isn’t just “glue” but actually uses chemistry...
Forum: Touring
10-16-20, 03:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 764
Posted By cyccommute

Neither of those really have that much battery...

Neither of those really have that much battery life. the Garmin is 20 hours and the Wahoo has 17. To put it another way, that’s about 2 days of riding without recharge. And the price on both is a...
10-16-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 996
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, a whole lot of electrons had to die to...

Frankly, a whole lot of electrons had to die to say that, essentially, the chain is going to wear out no matter how much effort you expend on it.
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