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11-18-12, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By chucko58

The UN54 alloy cup fit my UN53 BB just fine, and...

The UN54 alloy cup fit my UN53 BB just fine, and has done away with the click. The BB itself is still nice and smooth, so I guess I can put off an upgrade for a while. Thanks to all for the help!
11-14-12, 12:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By chucko58

BikeParts.com had the Shimano UN54 alloy NDS cup...

BikeParts.com had the Shimano UN54 alloy NDS cup for less than I could find the Problem Solvers cup, so I ordered one. I hope to see it this weekend. I also hope it fits my UN53​ BB when it gets...
11-12-12, 10:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By chucko58

I didn't know about the Problem Solvers cups....

I didn't know about the Problem Solvers cups. That's a great idea.
11-12-12, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By chucko58

Ah, thanks for the reminder about the left hand...

Ah, thanks for the reminder about the left hand thread... though I'm pretty sure I tried both directions. I'll try again soon. The Shimano BBs are great, but since you can't get the metal NDS cup...
11-12-12, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By chucko58

How to remove stuck cartridge BB?

A few years back I bought a Surly Long Haul Trucker for a commute bike. It's been great. But the Shimano UN54 bottom bracket has developed a click - and I noticed tonight while doing routine...
05-29-09, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By chucko58

I doubt Nashbar is to blame. A major CC...

I doubt Nashbar is to blame. A major CC transaction clearing company was found to have an insider stealing CC #s some months ago. I had a couple of cards replaced - at the CC issuer's request! - as a...
09-04-08, 11:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,261
Posted By chucko58

Got one on my commuter. Best accessory I ever...

Got one on my commuter. Best accessory I ever bought. Beats every other portable pump I've ever owned. :thumb:
08-27-08, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By chucko58

IMHO the spare wheelset wins, but if you have rim...

IMHO the spare wheelset wins, but if you have rim brakes I'd be careful to get a wheelset with similar width rims to your current set.

A spare bike is better still... IME a good MTB makes a lousy...
Forum: Commuting
08-27-08, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,525
Posted By chucko58

My experience with narrow 26" tires in commuting...

My experience with narrow 26" tires in commuting is that they beat me up more than I'm willing to endure. I've tried 1.25" high pressure tires and didn't like the rough ride. 1.5" wide tires with...
08-26-08, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By chucko58

I recall reading that the typical weight...

I recall reading that the typical weight distribution is 40% front, 60% rear, so I try to set my tire pressures accordingly. Right now on my Long Haul Trucker with 700C x 35 tires I'm using 60 PSI...
08-21-08, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,079
Posted By chucko58

Many years ago, when I took the Bondurant driving...

Many years ago, when I took the Bondurant driving school, they suggested steering around a potential collision was often better than trying to stop in front of it.
Forum: Commuting
08-20-08, 12:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,585
Posted By chucko58

Did you get the license number? A deliberate...

Did you get the license number? A deliberate right hook = attempted assault with a deadly weapon.
Forum: Touring
08-19-08, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,147
Posted By chucko58

P50s fit fine on the 700C wheeled LHT. I have a...

P50s fit fine on the 700C wheeled LHT. I have a pair on mine. Could probably go even wider...
Forum: Commuting
08-15-08, 05:23 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,888
Posted By chucko58

Got my 56 cm LHT a couple of months ago to use as...

Got my 56 cm LHT a couple of months ago to use as a loaded commuter. It's been rock solid. I think this is one of the best bike values around!

As mentioned above, the top tubes tend to run long. I...
07-31-08, 10:35 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 113,693
Posted By chucko58

Well, duh. Almost anything will resist corrosion....

Well, duh. Almost anything will resist corrosion.

Even plain old motor oil makes a better chain lube than WD-40, and it's actually pretty good on the road. A real chain lube is essential in the...
07-30-08, 12:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,091
Posted By chucko58

If you're competent with an Allen wrench, own a...

If you're competent with an Allen wrench, own a few bike-specific tools, and don't mind doing all the maintenance yourself, by all means buy online. In the past year or so I've bought two new bikes...
Forum: Touring
07-30-08, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By chucko58

+1. I love my LHT. I ride it mostly as a...

+1. I love my LHT. I ride it mostly as a commuter/around-town bike. I have yet to do any actual touring on it but 35 mile days w/ modest loads in the panniers are pretty common.

I think the LHT...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-08, 12:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,974
Posted By chucko58

I've got a pair of DiNotte lights, the 200L is...

I've got a pair of DiNotte lights, the 200L is the standard narrow beam and the older Ultra 5 is the wide. The combo works really well.

I highly recommend using Sanyo Eneloop rechargeable AA...
07-30-08, 12:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,837
Posted By chucko58

I use ProGold on the commute bike. I prefer Rock...

I use ProGold on the commute bike. I prefer Rock 'n' Roll Extreme for the MTB. ProGold seems to attract too much dust for my tastes.
07-18-08, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By chucko58

New pads and wipe down the disc with brake...

New pads and wipe down the disc with brake cleaner or isopropyl alcohol.
07-18-08, 12:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,048
Posted By chucko58

And you wonder why SF needs a Critical Mass......

And you wonder why SF needs a Critical Mass... :rolleyes:
07-15-08, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 568
Posted By chucko58

I use ProLink ProGold on the commuter. I've found...

I use ProLink ProGold on the commuter. I've found it attracts too much dust on the MTB - I'm switching back to Rock 'n' Roll Extreme in the dirt.
Forum: Commuting
07-14-08, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,284
Posted By chucko58

My PBH measurement straddles the 54/56 cm sizing...

My PBH measurement straddles the 54/56 cm sizing divide. I went with the 56 cm LHT and its 700c wheels. I'm glad I did because it fits me perfectly! The standover height is, uh, "close" but the top...
07-07-08, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 590
Posted By chucko58

+1 for Thomson... unless you're looking for an...

+1 for Thomson... unless you're looking for an on-the-fly adjustable post like the Gravity Dropper, All Mountain Post, or Crank Brothers Joplin. I'll probably replace my Thomson with a Joplin R in...
07-01-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By chucko58

The problem with making an example of this yahoo...

The problem with making an example of this yahoo is that future yahoos aren't paying attention - they're drunk and/or stoned all the time. I mean, how many times have we all heard "Drunk Driving is...
Forum: Commuting
06-30-08, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 881
Posted By chucko58

Patches are cheap and IME reliable. One patch...

Patches are cheap and IME reliable. One patch should cover the staple holes just fine. I wouldn't worry about the tire at all.

I used to bring my bike into the office and lean it against the wall...
06-30-08, 12:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By chucko58

How tragic for the family. :( Sounds like...

How tragic for the family. :(

Sounds like the cops have an open-and-shut case: hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter at the very least, plus felony drunk driving if they got a good Breathalyzer...
Forum: Touring
06-17-08, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,842
Posted By chucko58

Morro Bay is pretty but SLO has more going on...

Morro Bay is pretty but SLO has more going on downtown. If you have the energy for it, that is.
06-17-08, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 711
Posted By chucko58

Keep waving. I give drivers a wave and/or a...

Keep waving. I give drivers a wave and/or a thumbs-up if they go out of their way to keep me safe.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-08, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 790
Posted By chucko58

Replace the helmet, since it's been "used" now,...

Replace the helmet, since it's been "used" now, and you'll get your decoder ring as a free gift!
06-17-08, 10:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 644
Posted By chucko58

Pavement is overrated for bikes.

Pavement is overrated for bikes.
06-12-08, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,280
Posted By chucko58

Nitrile gloves. Costco has 'em cheap, of course. ...

Nitrile gloves. Costco has 'em cheap, of course.

Standard tubes are made of butyl rubber, not latex. I think Panaracer has some fancy urethane tubes, the green ones IIRC.

Not sure about latex...
Forum: Commuting
06-11-08, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 560
Posted By chucko58

ProLink ProGold is what I'm using now. It works...

ProLink ProGold is what I'm using now. It works really well on the road, and as atombob said, it's easy to clean.

I'm not so fond of ProGold on my MTB. It attracts too much dust.
Forum: Touring
06-10-08, 09:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,397
Posted By chucko58

I'd thought of that, but you run out of options...

I'd thought of that, but you run out of options when you get to Fort Tejon. The old Ridge Route no longer exists at that point - it's been cut off by the modern freeway.
Forum: Touring
06-10-08, 03:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,397
Posted By chucko58

Best of luck to you, that's going to be a hot...

Best of luck to you, that's going to be a hot ride! Can you do it at night?
06-09-08, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 440
Posted By chucko58

Pictures... we need pictures...

Pictures... we need pictures...
Forum: Touring
06-06-08, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,397
Posted By chucko58

No #$%^?! I didn't think there were any good...

No #$%^?! I didn't think there were any good alternate routes in that area... I guess Caltrans knows that too. I'll have to remember that. I think I'd be scared witless pedaling up the Grapevine from...
06-06-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,044
Posted By chucko58

I've been using SPD-type pedals for years. I've...

I've been using SPD-type pedals for years. I've taken a number of spills on the trail but I always come out of the clips. The trick is to set the clip tension as loose as you can without accidentally...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-08, 11:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By chucko58

I work at NASA Ames Research Center in the SF Bay...

I work at NASA Ames Research Center in the SF Bay area and we have some of the same issues with derelict bikes filling the racks. I see fewer and fewer NASA-owned bikes in any condition; the few that...
Forum: Touring
06-05-08, 02:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,397
Posted By chucko58

Hwy 33 goes up pretty high - Pine Mountain Summit...

Hwy 33 goes up pretty high - Pine Mountain Summit is 5160 feet. Plus you're going a long way west to avoid the Grapevine.

Have you considered taking one of the canyon roads out of the Santa...
06-02-08, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 545
Posted By chucko58

If you are familiar with the way a particular...

If you are familiar with the way a particular brand fits, there's little risk in buying a replacement online. E.g. I know from prior experience that a large Bell fits me just fine.

Of course, if...
06-02-08, 07:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,506
Posted By chucko58

For mountain bike rides, I've graduated from a...

For mountain bike rides, I've graduated from a Camelbak to a Wingnut Gear Enduro (http://www.wingnutgear.com/product_details.cfm?product_id=151) pack. It's designed to hold one 3 L (100 oz) bladder,...
06-02-08, 07:11 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,164
Posted By chucko58

Regarding test riding after repairs and...

Regarding test riding after repairs and adjustments - IMHO that's the time when a helmet is mandatory, because God only knows what could happen if you fouled it up! I'll do a test ride in sweatpants...
06-02-08, 02:43 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 3,164
Posted By chucko58

I wear a helmet every time I ride, because the...

I wear a helmet every time I ride, because the day before my 16th birthday I got doored and spent my birthday in bed recovering from a concussion and broken collarbone. Concussions suck.
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 02:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,077
Posted By chucko58

The only problem with a flat bar for road riding...

The only problem with a flat bar for road riding is that it's hard on hands and wrists IME. There's a reason roadies generally prefer drop bars - multiple hand positions. The longer the commute, the...
Forum: Commuting
06-02-08, 02:29 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,114
Posted By chucko58

In principle I agree with the folks who said buy...

In principle I agree with the folks who said buy used, but you're really just trading time for money. Time to research the want ads, time to chase down sellers, time to perform the maintenance the...
Forum: Touring
05-30-08, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 713
Posted By chucko58

Another vote for the SKS P50s.

Another vote for the SKS P50s.
Forum: Touring
05-28-08, 10:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,002
Posted By chucko58

I haven't biked it yet, but I'm very familiar...

I haven't biked it yet, but I'm very familiar with Highway 1 from having driven it many, many times over the years. The 75 miles from Big Sur to Cambria is not only the most scenic stretch of the...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-08, 04:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,170
Posted By chucko58

I use Velcro cable ties to lash my U-lock to the...

I use Velcro cable ties to lash my U-lock to the rack.
05-28-08, 12:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,765
Posted By chucko58

I can only speak from my mountain bike...

I can only speak from my mountain bike experience. Lighter tires made a huge difference in how nimble the bike felt and how quickly it accelerated. I don't have enough experience with lightweight...
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