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05-27-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,850
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold...

I wish you well, but I doubt this fix will hold for long.

I could see getting it welded back together, but JB weld is probably not going to work.
05-27-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IN GENERAL a bike with clearance for wider...

IN GENERAL

a bike with clearance for wider tires and/or fenders is more versatile than one that can only fit narrow tires and no fenders. Road bikes often have no capacity to fit tires over 25mm...
05-19-20, 11:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,370
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c...

I have Shimano XT 737 hubs with Rhyno Lite 700c rims, 36 spokes.

I had a broken spoke a few weeks ago, but upon taking it apart I found that it was caused by damage from the chain falling off the...
05-19-20, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,515
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the...

A couple months ago (last year? Early in the Spring? It's all a blur now) I was riding on a twisty road with small rolling hills near my home. Usually very light traffic. This one time as I am...
05-14-20, 10:16 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,353
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale...

Many people do, but to abuse it on such a scale that a frame in good condition cracks in a week? Not normal. Also, are you suggesting frames are regularly cracked when being serviced in a shop? ...
05-14-20, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,353
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: A crack in a frame can exist...

A few thoughts:

A crack in a frame can exist for a long time without being noticed. The number of safely completed rides, though, are no indication of the cracked frame's potential for further...
05-11-20, 11:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 802
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think...

Those chainrings do not look bad at all. I think some of the 'wear' you pictured was actually manufactured tooth profiles to help with shipping. There are a few gouges and nicks, but nothing that...
04-23-20, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little...

Those brakes used to come equipped with a little washer that helped toe in the brake pad when the nut was tightened. IIRC, it wasn't actually necessary if you know how the brakes are supposed to be...
Forum: Touring
04-22-20, 02:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,956
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks...

So many people jump up to recommend Brooks saddles for everyone, but they don't work for everyone. If you still have the WTB saddle off your old bike, slap that mofo on there and see if that doesn't...
04-22-20, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 609
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then...

If talking about bike-shop quality bikes, then larger frames are no more expensive than smaller sizes.

Also, handlebar height is not the only dimension of bikes that varies with frame sizes. Your...
03-13-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,123
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can...

I can hardly wait for the answer so I can disagree with it!
03-13-20, 07:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,345
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel...

veganbikes 's advice is correct. Switching wheel sizes will not gain you anything but incompatibility hassles.

I disagree with the above advice to get ultra-narrow tires - wider tires, all other...
03-11-20, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In my experience (my own rims and those of family...

In my experience (my own rims and those of family and of customers at shops where I used to work), riding in the wet, regardless of sand, is the primary cause of worn rims. Even not in a sandy area,...
03-11-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 728
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a...

Most of the time, when installing a wheel into a horizontal dropouot, the wheel is not pushed all the way back. In fact, many horizontal dropouts had a threaded hole through the rear C-shaped...
03-11-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,092
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting...

The comfort and practicality of a well-fitting pair of bike shorts are so superior to all the half-arsed other solutions that, for most, it immediately makes up for the feeling of being a sausage in...
03-11-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 928
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with...

As above, bring a spoke wrench or multi-tool with a spoke wrench, and see if you can make it ridable. What have you got to lose?
03-11-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 744
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than...

It is a myth that solid axles are stronger than QR axles - maybe a bare QR axle, but once the skewer is installed it replaces any strength lost by having a hollow axle. That's what they teach you in...
03-10-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being...

Not sure what dsbrantjr means by 24mm rims being 'pretty narrow' for 28mm tires - that's 4mm narrower than the tire width, 2mm per side. Perhaps he means 28mm is on the narrow side for 24mm wide...
03-06-20, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 801
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi...

From your description, it sounds like a Bianchi Campione. It is possible that it was shabbily repainted and re-decaled by a previous owner. THis would be a problem to a collector, but that bike was...
03-06-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 611
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Unless you changed the cable when you got the...

Unless you changed the cable when you got the bike, your assumption that it is the derailleur and not the cable is not a sound one. Cables are a wear item and you can generally expect to be able to...
03-06-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 608
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a...

Depends on the hub you have on hand. If it is a good quality hub then I would stick with that and get a 36 hole rim. If it is mediocre, then you might as well get another hub and go with fewer...
03-05-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

No. It's you.

No. It's you.
03-05-20, 03:56 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Nope. The problems you are describing are not...

Nope. The problems you are describing are not problems for the rest of us. A better description for your troubles is 'user error'.

And, in fact, before I learned how to properly use a frame pump...
03-05-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

...says the person who can't figure out how to...

...says the person who can't figure out how to use them :roflmao:
03-05-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 8,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Presta valves are lighter, more reliable, work...

Presta valves are lighter, more reliable, work better at higher pressures and with hand pumps. They also require a smaller hole through the rims, which can make a difference in strength with very...
03-05-20, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 865
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

That picture seems to show some markings on the...

That picture seems to show some markings on the stem's quill well above the top of the headset nut. The only markings you will regularly find on a stem's quill are at the 'maximum extension' line.
...
03-04-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 534
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Being muscular or heavy does not, AFAIK make your...

Being muscular or heavy does not, AFAIK make your bone structure larger, and saddles are supposed to fit your arse bones, so a big muscular person will not necessarily need a wider saddle - their...
03-03-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,137
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Different saddles work with different arseular...

Different saddles work with different arseular geometry, and the only way to tell if one will work for you is to try it.

If you can make some determinations or assumptions about how your current...
03-03-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 535
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, it would not be a simple swap, esp....

As above, it would not be a simple swap, esp. wrt. brakes, as the Verve has no disc mounts, and the Neko rims are disc specific and have no braking surface.

Anyhoo, having slightly lower end...
02-28-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 496
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If you are adding loads to your bars that are...

If you are adding loads to your bars that are anywhere close to the loads put on by a rider near the bike's rider weight limit, you will have more trouble just riding than with durability.

Yours...
02-28-20, 02:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,849
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

it most certainly will not damage your bike, even...

it most certainly will not damage your bike, even at 11 or *gasp* 12 mph. Or faster. But perhaps the added dynamic mass connected at your rear axle will cause the bike to handle weirdly, and maybe...
02-28-20, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 637
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

What are you hoping to accomplish? Is some part...

What are you hoping to accomplish? Is some part of the bike broken or manfunctioning or worn out? There is pretty much zero value to be added through your plan. Save the money and get that much...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 01:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,107
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Your suggestion implied that 'basic steel flat...

Your suggestion implied that 'basic steel flat bars' are easy to come by and 'cheap', and your response to me was that one should know not to get crappy ones... well I am not aware of any non-crappy...
Forum: Touring
02-26-20, 08:24 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,107
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am sure there are decent steel bars available...

I am sure there are decent steel bars available (I used to have a set of Tioga cromo steel bars that were literally tough as nails, but that was 25 years ago), but the suggestion to grab just any...
Forum: Touring
02-25-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,107
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Some track racers use steel bars, but I think...

Some track racers use steel bars, but I think they have a different geometry in general, like, aren't intended for brake levers or riding anywhere but the drops.
...
Forum: Touring
02-25-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,107
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, it's sort of a crazy assumption that...

As above, it's sort of a crazy assumption that you are so singularly strong that you can cause a problem with your bars that nobody else has. I guarantee that the problem is one of assembly or...
02-24-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 627
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You are asking for a level of quality not...

You are asking for a level of quality not normally included with bikes, and certainly not with budget-oriented online sales of bikes. If it's that important to you, get it done yourself. But I...
02-19-20, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 853
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Hopefully the seller has a 16 year no-hassle...

Hopefully the seller has a 16 year no-hassle return policy.
02-19-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,769
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

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https://youtu.be/iiqOh9O9qw0
02-18-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,958
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My experience from assembling bikes for a small...

My experience from assembling bikes for a small manufacturer is that the OEM shifters come with cable already installed.

However, even if they were from another maker, it is definitely a problem...
02-18-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 390
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Aluminum bolts will 100% certainly break off ...

Aluminum bolts will 100% certainly break off during your described use. It would be foolish to try it for the sake of having purple bolts. Get some nail polish and paint the bolts if you really...
02-18-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 788
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If I recall correctly, there are images of the...

If I recall correctly, there are images of the marathon tires showing a cutaway cross section, and these images show that the flat protective strip adds several millimeters of height. Other flat...
02-14-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,339
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There were some comments early in the thread (not...

There were some comments early in the thread (not fat shaming) which spiralled into a petty argument with another poster, then towards the end of the thread, two posts that have been edited to just...
02-14-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

At 6' tall you most likely want a bike around...

At 6' tall you most likely want a bike around 58cm. A 56 or 60 would likely work too. But if you already have a bike that you like the fit of, see if you can find a bike that is similar in size -...
02-10-20, 10:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 863
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

CliffordK Bikes have been rigidly clamped into...

CliffordK Bikes have been rigidly clamped into trainers by the rear axle for decades. There has always been talk about the possible stresses this would place on the frame, but usually in the context...
02-10-20, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 863
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Don't direct drive trainers use a QR mechanism...

Don't direct drive trainers use a QR mechanism similar to the wheel?

IF this is wearing down your dropouts then I would guess you aren't clamping the QR or whatever mechanism tight enough. There...
02-10-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 240
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Do you understand that straight blades are purely...

Do you understand that straight blades are purely an aesthetic choice? If you want the fork to look the same then that's one thing, but if you just need the fork to work the same then you only need...
02-07-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,339
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

cyccommute whether they are walking sphincters or...

cyccommute whether they are walking sphincters or just can't help being Richards(:D), these people are out there and it's important to take the high road and move past it.
02-07-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,339
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This C&A sub is generally so positive that I...

This C&A sub is generally so positive that I forget the Rest of the Internet(tm) is just a click away.

Remember that while some of us have let our bellies or hips take over a larger fraction of...
02-06-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,001
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Last fall, my chum's mother in law came along...

Last fall, my chum's mother in law came along with us on one of our last road rides of the season. We all had our road bikes and she was on an e-assist hybrid. The only downside was that if we got...
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