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07-19-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,908
Posted By Metaluna

That touches on something I've wondered (worried)...

That touches on something I've wondered (worried) about -- is it possible to actually damage a rim with excessive force on a tire lever? I'm talking about typical plastic levers, not those huge steel...
07-18-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Metaluna

Should be no problem, as long as you plan to...

Should be no problem, as long as you plan to upgrade the crank to 105 at the same time that you upgrade the BB.

If you just wanted to change out the BB for some reason but keep your current crank,...
07-18-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By Metaluna

It shouldn't be that much bigger of a job. All...

It shouldn't be that much bigger of a job. All you need is to get a new stem to match your new handlebars. If you're already replacing the handlebars, the incremental amount of work required to also...
07-18-19, 04:31 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 884
Posted By Metaluna

The Sheldon Brown article linked above explains...

The Sheldon Brown article linked above explains it pretty well. Older Shimano 10 speed groups, for example, only move the rear shift cable 2.3mm per shift. So it seems plausible to me that you don't...
07-17-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By Metaluna

I believe "concrete" actually refers to any...

I believe "concrete" actually refers to any substance that has aggregates held together by some kind of binder. What we commonly think of as concrete is actually portland cement mixed with sand,...
07-17-19, 02:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,908
Posted By Metaluna

Now that I have a couple of wheelsets with...

Now that I have a couple of wheelsets with tubeless tires, my old Koolstop tire bead jack has become a permanent resident in my Camelbak. I actually ride regular clincher tires w/tubes more often...
07-17-19, 07:39 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 9,172
Posted By Metaluna

I've never run a 46/36, and as someone who needs...

I've never run a 46/36, and as someone who needs lower gearing that you can "officially" get from a 50-34 (i.e. 1:1), I used to dismiss it out of hand due to the larger small ring. But as I think...
07-16-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,262
Posted By Metaluna

Weeeellll...I have to take issue with that. He...

Weeeellll...I have to take issue with that. He didn't have the KGB breaking in to steal his tainted blood samples and replace them with clean ones like the Russians were doing at the Sochi Olympics....
07-16-19, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 640
Posted By Metaluna

Yeah but if you call them "aluminum alloy"...

Yeah but if you call them "aluminum alloy" someone else is probably going to be peeved that you didn't spell it "aluminium" or vice versa, and you're going to get groused at by someone sooner or...
07-16-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 952
Posted By Metaluna

I thought that got answered several times? ...

I thought that got answered several times?

Anyway, I believe the answer to your first question is NO, from the point of view of someone using tubes, there is no FUNCTIONAL difference between...
07-16-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,699
Posted By Metaluna

Just as a general non-scientific observation,...

Just as a general non-scientific observation, higher end components are seen as "racier" so tend not to support the lowest gearing or widest gear range, especially if that allows the designers to...
07-15-19, 08:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 952
Posted By Metaluna

Since I've starting playing with tubeless ready...

Since I've starting playing with tubeless ready rims, I have to say, taping them properly has become one of the most hated chores I've ever had to do on a bike. Getting two layers of tape on just...
07-15-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 884
Posted By Metaluna

If possible, look into using lower gearing and...

If possible, look into using lower gearing and spinning up the hills more. This should result in torquing the rear end less, so less flexing, therefore less ghost shifting, rear brake rotor rubbing,...
07-15-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,566
Posted By Metaluna

From everything I've ever read about aluminum, it...

From everything I've ever read about aluminum, it does not like to be bent (i.e. no fatigue limit). Bending it to the point of permanent deformation significantly weakens it, even if it doesn't show...
07-15-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 952
Posted By Metaluna

Regarding the tubeless bead: One problem I've had...

Regarding the tubeless bead: One problem I've had with tubeless tires is that sometimes the bead can get stuck in the rim so tight that it's nearly impossible to break it. This is a big problem if...
07-15-19, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By Metaluna

Ahh, okay, yes good point. I almost did that...

Ahh, okay, yes good point. I almost did that myself once. It's not intuitive if you don't pay attention to the instructions.
07-15-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By Metaluna

I concur with the other posters that this...

I concur with the other posters that this combination of components should work fine.

It's kind of a longshot, but have you checked that all the cog spacers on the cassette are installed...
07-10-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,987
Posted By Metaluna

Depends on your definition of useful. You can...

Depends on your definition of useful. You can see the file system and transfer route and ride files using your computer's native USB file handling methods (i.e Explorer or Finder windows), but there...
07-10-19, 09:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,987
Posted By Metaluna

Actually, Wahoos can sync rides and routes on...

Actually, Wahoos can sync rides and routes on their own if they're on a WiFi network. They only need to be tethered to the phone to use the cellular network. You do of course need the phone app to...
07-09-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 441
Posted By Metaluna

Because weight weenies can just feel the extra 10...

Because weight weenies can just feel the extra 10 grams of that second bolt dragging, dragging, dragging on them with every pedal stroke.

Why would Bontrager want a well-engineered, reliable...
07-03-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 703
Posted By Metaluna

I believe the 36x36 refers to the angles of the...

I believe the 36x36 refers to the angles of the bevels on the inner and outer parts (races) of the cartridge bearings. For the most part, since you're buying everything in a matched set, it doesn't...
07-03-19, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By Metaluna

I don't know about the 105, but the Ultegra HG800...

I don't know about the 105, but the Ultegra HG800 11-34 11 speed cassette has many of the larger cogs on spiders with solid splines. So it will help prevent your freehub from getting notched up,...
07-03-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Metaluna

When you depress the brake lever, the master...

When you depress the brake lever, the master cylinder closes itself off from the fluid reservoir before pressurizing the system. So the reservoir never sees the full pressure (over 1000 PSI, from...
07-03-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Metaluna

This looks like a pretty decent summary of how it...

This looks like a pretty decent summary of how it works. Probably more readable than anything from a Shimano manual anyway.
...
07-03-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By Metaluna

Before you start diving into e-Tube, I think we...

Before you start diving into e-Tube, I think we need more information on how you shift. There are a lot of different ways to shift in Di2, and the "shift mode" you're in heavily influences both how...
07-03-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,318
Posted By Metaluna

Good info. I did a quick search on "tar snakes"...

Good info. I did a quick search on "tar snakes" and there's plenty of discussion about them in the motorcycle community.

I found one discussion (having trouble posting the link) where the...
07-03-19, 09:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,318
Posted By Metaluna

In this case it wasn't super hot (about 80F), but...

In this case it wasn't super hot (about 80F), but the sun had been strong all day, so the pavement had plenty of time to heat up by the time I got there around 2PM. There were lines of it...
07-02-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 627
Posted By Metaluna

Those are 10sp road shifters. They won't pull...

Those are 10sp road shifters. They won't pull enough cable for a 10sp MTB (aka Dyna-Sys) rear derailleur.
07-02-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,318
Posted By Metaluna

Is pavement crack sealer dangerous?

I was out riding the other day on a road I hadn't been on in a while. One part of the road has a sharp curve combined with a shallow downhill. As I entered the curve at around 20 MPH, I discovered...
07-02-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By Metaluna

Yeah it sounds like something is seriously wrong....

Yeah it sounds like something is seriously wrong. The bleed screw isn't even visible in the photo the OP posted (well it is, but just barely). If fluid or air bubbles are coming out from around one...
06-28-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,753
Posted By Metaluna

I use a tensiometer to make sure I have the blade...

I use a tensiometer to make sure I have the blade at just the perfect tightness, then boiled linseed oil to lock the screw in place. My next DIY project will be to retrofit fenders on my hacksaw so...
06-28-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 568
Posted By Metaluna

I'm 99% sure that what you have there are...

I'm 99% sure that what you have there are standard Shimano B01S-compatible pads. Tektro/TRP is well-known to use Shimano B01S clones on a wide range of their brakes, so you don't have to go crazy...
06-28-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,241
Posted By Metaluna

$640 would be a pretty good deal if that includes...

$640 would be a pretty good deal if that includes the Soma carbon gravel fork. MSRP for that combo I think is closer to $800. That's still within the OP's price range, but unfortunately, in addition...
06-27-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,593
Posted By Metaluna

Your original premise was that if it's okay to...

Your original premise was that if it's okay to put a seatpost clamp on the seat tube without destroying the frame, then it must also be okay to clamp any other part of the seat tube as long as the...
06-27-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By Metaluna

Have you considered just trimming and shaping...

Have you considered just trimming and shaping some of the ribs on the Ritchey mount with a sharp knife until you get a snug fit in the seat tube? That's what I did to get the Ritchey to fit in my...
06-26-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,593
Posted By Metaluna

The area of the frame immediately under the...

The area of the frame immediately under the seatpost clamp is designed to withstand the clamping pressure. The rest of the seat tube is not. If I remember correctly, on the carbon frames I have,...
06-25-19, 03:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 696
Posted By Metaluna

If it helps, you can find replacement RS805...

If it helps, you can find replacement RS805 calipers for around $45. I just saw some at Competitive Cyclist. Rebuildability has never been high on Shimano's priority list (most famously seen in...
06-25-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 803
Posted By Metaluna

I've done this myself at least once. I read...

I've done this myself at least once. I read somewhere that the tab is supposed to help keep the chain from jumping off the pulleys in a tension loss situation (e.g. when the chain goes slack after...
06-20-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By Metaluna

Seems to me the only thing you really need...

Seems to me the only thing you really need threadlocker for on a bicycle would be situations where the fastener canít take very much torque, but at the same time is in an area prone to vibration or...
06-19-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,586
Posted By Metaluna

“Ruin the bearings” is way too strong of a...

“Ruin the bearings” is way too strong of a description IMHO. If you have the preload too tight, it will subject the bearings to elevated wear, meaning your bottom bracket won’t last quite as long...
06-17-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,877
Posted By Metaluna

Got pooped on once, hitting my helmet and arm. ...

Got pooped on once, hitting my helmet and arm. Aside from being pissed at having to pull over and clean off, I was surprised how hot the poop felt on my skin. I guess birds must have a higher body...
06-12-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 566
Posted By Metaluna

No the width is only half the information you...

No the width is only half the information you need for matching the hub axle. There are two "worlds" when it comes to modern hubs -- those with quick release axles and those with through axles. Quick...
06-11-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,531
Posted By Metaluna

Yeah, would I take a handful of soil that every...

Yeah, would I take a handful of soil that every dog, cat, and squirrel in the neighborhood has had their way with, and rub it all over my dishes? No thanks. Soil has poop in it, and poop has stuff...
06-11-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,531
Posted By Metaluna

90% of the time I just use whatever ordinary hand...

90% of the time I just use whatever ordinary hand soap is near the sink (often this ends up being dish detergent), combined with a $2 finger brush from the grocery store. There's often a little bit...
06-11-19, 07:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,889
Posted By Metaluna

I think the issue is that when you don't pedal,...

I think the issue is that when you don't pedal, the derailleur gets jammed by the chain so it ends up stuck between gears and continuously drawing power (which is not only bad for the battery but...
06-10-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 784
Posted By Metaluna

To be fair, they probably can point to tests...

To be fair, they probably can point to tests where they had some pro cyclist doing 1500 watt sprints and found that front shifts were 0.15 seconds slower at some specific gear combination. ...
06-10-19, 05:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 905
Posted By Metaluna

Those are square taper bottom brackets. The imgur...

Those are square taper bottom brackets. The imgur photo that the OP posted shows an external bearing Hollowtech II BB, i.e. a Deore SM-BB51, like this one:
...
06-06-19, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By Metaluna

Yeah, the Tiagra 4700 rear derailleur won't work...

Yeah, the Tiagra 4700 rear derailleur won't work with older 10 speed shifters. 570x, 670x, or something like a Deore 9 speed RD-M591 should work though.
06-04-19, 03:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By Metaluna

One of my wheelsets currently has 28mm and 32mm...

One of my wheelsets currently has 28mm and 32mm Conti GP 4 Seasons on HED Belgium Plus rims, which are around 21mm internal width. It works great. HED specs this rim for an incredible 23-58mm width...
06-04-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 507
Posted By Metaluna

The cassette-style lockring isn't just for QR. ...

The cassette-style lockring isn't just for QR. It will also work with 12mm through axles. If you couldn't do this, then you wouldn't even be able to mount an actual cassette on a 12mm rear wheel....
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