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10-24-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 732
Posted By MikeWMass

You can use a short cage derailleur with a wider...

You can use a short cage derailleur with a wider gear spread, as long as it is able to reach the large cog (if not you can use one of those hanger extenders); just size the chain for the big-big. It...
10-24-20, 02:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,621
Posted By MikeWMass

I have Blackburn (or old Nashbar knockoff) pumps...

I have Blackburn (or old Nashbar knockoff) pumps on my bikes. They have the lever heads, and handles that open up into a T. I lock the head on the valve, lean the wheel over almost horizontal on the...
09-27-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 815
Posted By MikeWMass

Nashbar has 5703 chainrings in black or silver...

Nashbar has 5703 chainrings in black or silver for reasonable prices.
06-08-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By MikeWMass

It might be fine for leisurely spins around the...

It might be fine for leisurely spins around the neighborhood, and possibly for winter riding, but I would think it would get real hot real fast with any kind of effort.
03-22-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,808
Posted By MikeWMass

All of the rides I do post the cue sheets. I...

All of the rides I do post the cue sheets. I copy them at the smallest size I can read easily, cut them into reasonable size pieces and laminate them.
I use these to hold them on the bike....
03-08-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 12,901
Posted By MikeWMass

I tried a glasses mount mirror and couldn't get...

I tried a glasses mount mirror and couldn't get used to having it in the corner of my eye (must be me; I also turn off the compass in the mirror of my car!).
I have tried myriad bar end mirrors....
01-25-20, 06:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,834
Posted By MikeWMass

Arlo Guthrie says motor-sickle here: ...

Arlo Guthrie says motor-sickle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvLtNBm1yyA

Frank Zappa says by-sikel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9P2V0_p6vE
(This is really pretty funny, IMO)
01-18-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,603
Posted By MikeWMass

IME, wrapping top down works with thin or cloth...

IME, wrapping top down works with thin or cloth tape. I like thicker tape, and find that my hands roll up the edges of the tape when wrapped this way.
01-11-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 761
Posted By MikeWMass

It is the chain wrap they are worried about, but...

It is the chain wrap they are worried about, but if you view the granny gear as just that and don't try to use the whole cassette on the small ring id doesn't matter. I ran a 5600 short cage...
12-29-19, 03:51 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,923
Posted By MikeWMass

I have a 50/39/30 front, 12-30 cassette. So far I...

I have a 50/39/30 front, 12-30 cassette. So far I have only had to walk once, and that was on a very steep section after chasing some faster friends for 45 miles.
I rode 50/34 with 12-27 for a long...
12-22-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,650
Posted By MikeWMass

To reprise my previous post (#7) I start with a...

To reprise my previous post (#7)
I start with a new chain that I clean in odorless mineral spirits.
I then heat my chain in a foil pan in a 200 deg. oven, then sprinkle with powdered graphite and...
12-21-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,650
Posted By MikeWMass

See my post #7...

See my post #7 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=7) in this thread.
12-04-19, 07:22 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,650
Posted By MikeWMass

I remove it because: 1. It is really sticky ...

I remove it because:
1. It is really sticky
2. Grit and grime adheres to it
3. If you don't remove it, the was doesn't stay on the chain very well,

and finally...
4. That is what Garth said to...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 5,718
Posted By MikeWMass

I switched from a compact double to 50-39-30...

I switched from a compact double to 50-39-30 triple, all Shimano 105 10 speed (mix of 5600 and 5700). The triple shifts better than the double ever did.
I think the gear overlap is a good thing, as...
11-29-19, 04:51 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 13,650
Posted By MikeWMass

I start with a new chain that I clean in odorless...

I start with a new chain that I clean in odorless mineral spirits.
I then heat my chain in a foil pan in a 200 deg. oven, then sprinkle with powdered graphite and rub with paraffin. Turn it over an...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-02-19, 03:47 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,181
Posted By MikeWMass

I said this in a similar thread a few years ago,...

I said this in a similar thread a few years ago, not sure if it was in this forum, so forgive me if I'm repeating.
I don't think an underseat bag looks any worse than jersey pockets full of stuff....
10-20-19, 06:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,955
Posted By MikeWMass

[QUOTE=Ironfish653;211722B51]A bike with 9-speed...

[QUOTE=Ironfish653;211722B51]A bike with 9-speed Shimano 105 might be approaching 10 years old, but it'll sell for what you can land a brand-new Claris bike for. Let's call it $500.
/QUOTE]
...
09-22-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,084
Posted By MikeWMass

True Temper Platinum is steel. (see if a magnet...

True Temper Platinum is steel. (see if a magnet sticks to it).
Likely was a Versaille. Originally came with 9 speed Ultegra. Last made in 2006, I believe.
09-21-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,084
Posted By MikeWMass

The Versaille was white/carbon. I am assuming...

The Versaille was white/carbon. I am assuming the metal part is steel. If it is not, then it is either aluminum (Buenos Aires) or titanium (I believe it was called Tete de Course) and has been...
06-23-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By MikeWMass

I use a chain checker, and change at .75. As I...

I use a chain checker, and change at .75. As I said, I've never had a problem with chainrings. I was still running the original cassette (13 years, 2-3K miles/year) with no problems.
...
06-23-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By MikeWMass

Thanks for your replies, I guess my edit was...

Thanks for your replies,
I guess my edit was missed.
I am even more abashed than if I had had to take the bike to the shop.

It was skipping on the chainring, not the cassette.
I had put on a...
06-22-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By MikeWMass

Long cage derailleurs tend to be designed for...

Long cage derailleurs tend to be designed for larger large cogs, so the guide pulley may be farther from the larger cogs on a narrow range cassette than a short cage derailleur, and may not shift as...
06-22-19, 12:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By MikeWMass

cassette skipping, only when on front middle ring

(Actually, the chain is skipping on the cassette)

I am stumped.
I have a LeMond Zurich spine bike. For the last several years I have been running 5700 3 speed shifters, front derailleur and...
03-24-19, 03:08 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,756
Posted By MikeWMass

Good judgement comes from experience.. ...

Good judgement comes from experience..
Experience comes from bad judgement.
02-24-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 9,756
Posted By MikeWMass

Back in the day, the first time I had to break...

Back in the day, the first time I had to break the chain on my first 10 speed, I pushed the pin all the way out, then could not get it back in. Brought it to the bike shop for help, left with a new...
02-24-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,261
Posted By MikeWMass

Second the Park Tool website. Also google what...

Second the Park Tool website.
Also google what you are trying to do. Amazing number of YouTube videos out there for almost anything imaginable (and quite a few things I would NEVER have imagined)....
02-24-19, 03:21 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,673
Posted By MikeWMass

Seat bag: 2 tuibes 1 tire lever (rarely use...

Seat bag:
2 tuibes
1 tire lever (rarely use it)
patch kit
Schrader-presta adapter
KMC quick link
Multitool with about a foot of duct tape wrapped around the bag it comes in
bandaids, small...
02-09-19, 06:50 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 4,850
Posted By MikeWMass

I agree. I have a medium size seat bag. I'd...

I agree. I have a medium size seat bag. I'd rather people say "Look at that stud on a dorky bike" than "Look at that dork on a studly bike".:thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-19, 04:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,769
Posted By MikeWMass

I agree that 2K sounds short for cable life. I...

I agree that 2K sounds short for cable life. I check mine by pulling the housing out of one of the cable stops and then pushing the cable so I can see the end come out of the shifter. If there is...
02-03-19, 03:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,843
Posted By MikeWMass

I wax my chains, but instead of melting a pot...

I wax my chains, but instead of melting a pot full of wax use a variant on a technique put forth by a gentleman who went by "Garth" back when Bicycling magazine's website had forums.
I heat the...
01-27-19, 02:28 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,088
Posted By MikeWMass

Armor?

Armor?
01-27-19, 02:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,083
Posted By MikeWMass

No, but they are available on EBay

No, but they are available on EBay
01-26-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,650
Posted By MikeWMass

I like my Time RXS. They have been durable and...

I like my Time RXS. They have been durable and reliable, are tolerant of dirt, and the cleats don't scratch floors and last a long time.
12-30-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,515
Posted By MikeWMass

Don't forger that shifting the front is...

Don't forger that shifting the front is fundamentally different from shifting the back. Front is moving the tensioned part of the chain, rear the slack part. Before ramped and pegged cogs, we...
11-22-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 522
Posted By MikeWMass

The Ruby is the WSD version of the Roubaix. In...

The Ruby is the WSD version of the Roubaix.
In 2007, 28 tooth rear cog was considered fairly large. It was the max capacity of the then current 105 group (5600).
Also in 2007 23 mm tires were...
11-10-18, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 937
Posted By MikeWMass

I also have a Zurich steel/carbon (spine bike). I...

I also have a Zurich steel/carbon (spine bike). I bought it new in 2006, but it was a year or two old. The shop had stripped it, so I got it with different components than stock.
I had to get a...
11-10-18, 06:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,011
Posted By MikeWMass

Be that as it may, even the most anal individual...

Be that as it may, even the most anal individual has issues with contacts from time to time. To suggest otherwise is being disingenuous. Anybody that's ever worn contacts knows that.[/QUOTE]

Not...
11-10-18, 06:33 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,167
Posted By MikeWMass

so you look cool, and all your stuff gets covered...

so you look cool, and all your stuff gets covered with road grit.
11-10-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,094
Posted By MikeWMass

There are any number of books or blogs about...

There are any number of books or blogs about getting started on a bike.
Roadbikerider.com has an article this week called Road Bike 101 or something like that, which goes through the basics and then...
10-27-18, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,168
Posted By MikeWMass

I used to smoke bacon, but it was too hard to...

I used to smoke bacon, but it was too hard to keep it lit.
10-27-18, 03:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,004
Posted By MikeWMass

I second the pencil eraser and new battery...

I second the pencil eraser and new battery suggestions.
I also have CatEye Astrale's on my bikes. When I saw they had been discontinued, I bought a couple from EBay, as they don't last forever.
If...
09-15-18, 06:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,114
Posted By MikeWMass

I used to use roof racks because they hold the...

I used to use roof racks because they hold the bikes securely and away from each other, and they lock.. I avoided driving into the garage with the bike on top by moving the garage door opener. I...
09-01-18, 06:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,851
Posted By MikeWMass

When did North Carolina start driving on the left...

When did North Carolina start driving on the left side of the road?
09-01-18, 05:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,469
Posted By MikeWMass

I have been through many mirrors and have ended...

I have been through many mirrors and have ended up with the Mirrycle. I really liked the Zefel Cyclops, but it was not durable. I had the one shown in the video, but ir is too small for my old...
08-24-18, 04:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,868
Posted By MikeWMass

I have been using wax on my chains for several...

I have been using wax on my chains for several years, and am happy with the results. I use a modification of a technique that was described by a guy who went by "Garth" back when Bicycling magazine's...
04-01-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,109
Posted By MikeWMass

Congratulations and welcome back. I'm sure you...

Congratulations and welcome back.
I'm sure you will be able to ride your age if that is your goal.
03-18-18, 03:13 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,749
Posted By MikeWMass

I was on the same Great River Ride as the OP...

I was on the same Great River Ride as the OP (2016) usually a very enjoyable and well organized ride. I signed up for the century (as he said, it is over 110 miles). Forecast scattered showers in...
01-28-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,210
Posted By MikeWMass

I am a lot older than 16. I agree that you should...

I am a lot older than 16. I agree that you should take it easy and see what your doctor says.
01-27-18, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,210
Posted By MikeWMass

I would say if it doesn't make it hurt worse it...

I would say if it doesn't make it hurt worse it is ok.
I have biceps tendinitis and the tendon has slipped out of the groove it is supposed to be in. The orthopod proposed just cutting the tendon...
01-14-18, 01:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,490
Posted By MikeWMass

I run a 50-39-30 triple with a 12-27 cassette...

I run a 50-39-30 triple with a 12-27 cassette with a short cage 105 (5600) derailleur. Works fine as long as I stay near the top of the cassette on the small ring. I think if you clear the large...
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