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03-27-17, 12:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,272
Posted By FastJake

Positron and the FFS cranks usually came...

Positron and the FFS cranks usually came together, but not always. They are separate systems that don't require the other one to function.
03-23-17, 03:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,670
Posted By FastJake

Yep. Spoke length is an exact science right until...

Yep. Spoke length is an exact science right until the moment you remember you can only buy spokes in increments of 2mm (at least that's what my source stocks.) I've always rounded up and never had a...
03-23-17, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,670
Posted By FastJake

On the Edd calculator that I've always used, it...

On the Edd calculator that I've always used, it lists the 7700 front hub at a 38mm flange diameter and 33.7mm center to left/right flange. The 7400/7700/7800 and most other Shimano small-flange front...
03-22-17, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,500
Posted By FastJake

The rest of my body would actually prefer to be...

The rest of my body would actually prefer to be further forward. I think my arms must be short because reach to the bars is often an issue for me. I have to put short stems on most of my bikes. But...
03-22-17, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By FastJake

Yeah, Panaracer mentions a puncture protection...

Yeah, Panaracer mentions a puncture protection belt on the GravelKing. But they are the same width as the Compass Stampede Pass, and they weigh exactly the same. They even look very similar... It...
03-21-17, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By FastJake

I use Compass tires in other sizes and I agree,...

I use Compass tires in other sizes and I agree, they are the best tires I've ever used.

Panaracer makes Compass tires, and the Panaracer GravelKing I linked above is within 1 gram of the...
03-21-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By FastJake

What's the widest tire your bike will fit? That's...

What's the widest tire your bike will fit? That's what you'll want for road and gravel.

The Continental Touring tires are extremely heavy and stiff. You'll hate them. The Gatorskin 32mm folding is...
03-20-17, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,500
Posted By FastJake

After years of trial and error I determined that...

After years of trial and error I determined that I need my saddle pretty far back to achieve optimal pedaling. My knee ends up behind the pedal spindle. When searching for seatposts, this is the one...
03-20-17, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,504
Posted By FastJake

Depending on your tire choice you may not lose...

Depending on your tire choice you may not lose anything. Bicycle Quarterly has performed tests to show that wider tires are not slower than narrow tires, assuming they're using the same casing and...
03-15-17, 06:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,984
Posted By FastJake

Just throw it away. The crank is junk anyway, so...

Just throw it away. The crank is junk anyway, so the only thing you're really tossing is the bottom bracket. Those can be had for ~$15 new. How much is your time worth to save a $15 bottom bracket?
03-13-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,378
Posted By FastJake

It will make the brakes feel very firm, but not...

It will make the brakes feel very firm, but not grabby. A fine choice if you have very strong hands and want to get rid of any mushiness in the system.

The opposite setup (V-brakes with...
03-12-17, 07:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,470
Posted By FastJake

I'm not opposed to vertical dropouts since they...

I'm not opposed to vertical dropouts since they do have some advantages over horizontal.

But I fail to see any advantage of rear facing track ends over forward facing horizontal dropouts. They...
03-11-17, 10:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,470
Posted By FastJake

I an not an old timer, but I like the convention...

I an not an old timer, but I like the convention of calling dropouts dropouts and track ends track ends. As you mention, the key is that dropouts allow the wheel to "drop out" of the frame.

This...
03-11-17, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 353
Posted By FastJake

+1 Tires will deflate on their own. No need...

+1

Tires will deflate on their own. No need to worry about doing it for them. Hanging up the bike is better than letting it sit on flat flat tires, but I can't say that I've ever seen actual...
03-11-17, 10:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 450
Posted By FastJake

Honestly just curious, but why do you need a zero...

Honestly just curious, but why do you need a zero setback post? I'm realizing that I generally need to put my saddle back as far as possible for most efficient pedaling.
03-10-17, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,182
Posted By FastJake

Not to hijack the thread or anything... But does...

Not to hijack the thread or anything... But does anyone know of other methods to avoid scratching seatposts in lugged steel frames? I have a nice new frame that I'm building up with a nice new...
03-07-17, 09:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,199
Posted By FastJake

Pressfit advice: organize fellow cyclists to rise...

Pressfit advice: organize fellow cyclists to rise up and demand a return to threaded bottom bracket shells.
03-06-17, 11:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 942
Posted By FastJake

If you are going to do this yourself I say go for...

If you are going to do this yourself I say go for it. You'll need a few new parts, but most of the major things are transferable. SkyDog covered it very well. If you're going to pay someone to do the...
03-02-17, 01:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 817
Posted By FastJake

Regarding traditional forward facing horizontal...

Regarding traditional forward facing horizontal dropouts, I've often heard that putting the wheel as far forward as possible helps rear shifting. But I don't know if this is true or why it would be...
03-02-17, 01:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 659
Posted By FastJake

You can put however many speeds you want on it....

You can put however many speeds you want on it. Personally I'd stick with 8-speed but yeah, 9-speed cassette will fit on an 8-speed wheel. Just get the correct chain and shifters and you're all set....
03-01-17, 04:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,083
Posted By FastJake

Some of the really old, cheap, (and super heavy)...

Some of the really old, cheap, (and super heavy) steel drop bars are smaller in diameter and could possibly fit a set of grip shifters.

Really though, pretty much any other shifting setup will...
03-01-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,910
Posted By FastJake

Umm, no. It's a small size. This bike could be...

Umm, no. It's a small size. This bike could be ridden by men or women.
02-27-17, 07:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,910
Posted By FastJake

Regarding the brakes: 520 should have...

Regarding the brakes: 520 should have cantilevers, not calipers.
02-23-17, 08:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 919
Posted By FastJake

I hate those presta to Schraeder adapters. They...

I hate those presta to Schraeder adapters. They make the inflation process longer (unless you leave the presta nut unscrewed all the time) and they don't always work.

Since this is the only presta...
02-21-17, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By FastJake

Canti brakes are the obvious solution, but will...

Canti brakes are the obvious solution, but will also require cable hangers if your frame/fork doesn't already have them.

Dumb question, but can get scavenge some parts from the regular V-brakes...
02-19-17, 07:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By FastJake

If the glue is soft enough to be gooey, just...

If the glue is soft enough to be gooey, just leave it on there. It's not hurting anything.
02-19-17, 08:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By FastJake

Yes, I have. Those are the rims where the glue is...

Yes, I have. Those are the rims where the glue is dry enough to flake off, and comes off quickly when hit with a wire wheel (exactly what I described in my previous post.)
02-17-17, 12:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,195
Posted By FastJake

Depends what you're doing with it. Smooth road...

Depends what you're doing with it. Smooth road riding and a non-ramped non-pinned chainring and you should be fine.

Going to race cyclocross? Get a chain keeper.
02-17-17, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By FastJake

I guess I'm a stickler for 8-speed. It's where I...

I guess I'm a stickler for 8-speed. It's where I draw my line in the sand and say, "no more!"

It's possible that 9-speed chain lasts just as long. But I'll continue to believe that 8-speed lasts...
02-17-17, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By FastJake

Cool, thanks for the info.

Cool, thanks for the info.
02-16-17, 08:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By FastJake

Completely unnecessary, and not even a good idea....

Completely unnecessary, and not even a good idea. You'll just have to build up that layer the next time you glue a tire.

The only reason to remove glue from a rim is if it's so dried out that it...
02-16-17, 08:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By FastJake

Does anyone make 6-speed specific chain anymore?...

Does anyone make 6-speed specific chain anymore? Isn't that the same width as 7/8 speed chain?

You've personally tried it?
02-16-17, 08:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,741
Posted By FastJake

Your list is fine. Frankly, it doesn't matter as...

Your list is fine. Frankly, it doesn't matter as something will always be forgotten. Usually stupid little stuff.

"Whoops, I don't have a seatpost clamp/headset spacers/rim tape/housing...
02-16-17, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By FastJake

Shimano CX70 FD with 8-speed chain?

This FD seems like exactly what I want for a new bike build, since I'm planning to be using a 46/28 crank. However, I'm worried the cage will be too narrow for 8-speed chain since it's meant for...
02-16-17, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,910
Posted By FastJake

The difficulty or inability of servicing dyno...

The difficulty or inability of servicing dyno hubs has kept me away from them so far. I've heard they can be easily ruined (the wiring/electronics inside) when trying to repack or replace bearings. ...
02-16-17, 08:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,421
Posted By FastJake

Replacing V-brakes with calipers is, sorry, a...

Replacing V-brakes with calipers is, sorry, a terrible idea.

Solutions, in my order of preference:
- Switch to cantiliever brakes
- Dump the brifters for V-brake drop-bar brake levers. You will...
02-15-17, 07:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 818
Posted By FastJake

Yes, base tape showing on both sides is normal....

Yes, base tape showing on both sides is normal. You want to center the tire the best you can. The real test is to inflate it firm (doesn't have to be much, 20-30psi is plenty) and spin the tire and...
02-15-17, 02:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,820
Posted By FastJake

What do you use the bike for? Off-road mountain...

What do you use the bike for? Off-road mountain biking? Commuting or paved riding?

Your list is good and makes sense. Tires would be number one on my list, of the things you haven't changed. Good...
02-15-17, 01:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,820
Posted By FastJake

From what I can tell from the OP's picture, the...

From what I can tell from the OP's picture, the bike is currently running a standard clamp-on FD. So no issues there.

The XTR crank will certainly work, but will cost more than the entire bike is...
02-15-17, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By FastJake

Published rim ERDs are a good sanity check to...

Published rim ERDs are a good sanity check to make sure you're close, but it's ALWAYS better to measure yourself. I've come across more than a couple rims that were a few millimeters different.
02-14-17, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,277
Posted By FastJake

Of course, if the chain/cassette are worn out...

Of course, if the chain/cassette are worn out they should be replaced. If you haven't replaced the chain in 10K miles the chainrings are probably shot too.

There shouldn't be anything wrong with...
02-14-17, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By FastJake

When I measure ERD I use two in-tact j-bend...

When I measure ERD I use two in-tact j-bend spokes. Ideally, I tighten the nipples so that the j-bends grab each other and hold in place. Then I measure the distance from spoke end to spoke end. Then...
02-13-17, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,656
Posted By FastJake

Things that could be wrong, in approximate order...

Things that could be wrong, in approximate order of likelihood:

- Cable tension is wrong
- Low limit screw is turned in too far
- B-tension screw isn't turned in far enough
- Hanger is bent...
02-13-17, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 742
Posted By FastJake

No need to strip the original paint. Just sand...

No need to strip the original paint. Just sand down to it, rough up the surface, and paint over it.
02-12-17, 05:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,742
Posted By FastJake

I don't have any data handy but I'm fairly...

I don't have any data handy but I'm fairly certain it's the opposite... Most theft occurs in the poorest areas, where there is more motivation/desperation to steal.
02-12-17, 05:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,222
Posted By FastJake

Chainline is rather important but often ignored...

Chainline is rather important but often ignored because even if it's wrong things will "mostly work" but with weird symptoms like you had. Next time you're setting up a bike, measure to be sure.
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02-10-17, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By FastJake

Are you sure it's 1 1/4"? Those are pretty rare....

Are you sure it's 1 1/4"? Those are pretty rare. I've seen old Cannondales and Gary Fisher mountain bikes from the early 90s with those headsets but they're few and far between.

Is it a tapered...
02-10-17, 08:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,198
Posted By FastJake

Andy makes a good point about hubs. Most of the...

Andy makes a good point about hubs. Most of the "lightweight" wheelsets (especially the budget ones) use cheap, cartridge bearing, garbage CNC hubs with aluminum freehub bodies. Which, to me, is...
02-10-17, 08:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By FastJake

I've done 7+1 cassettes before and 8-1 cassettes...

I've done 7+1 cassettes before and 8-1 cassettes as well. But I try and keep the spacers with the cogs because as mentioned above, there are slight differences and mixing and matching too much can...
02-09-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By FastJake

What bike? Make/model/year? We can probably look...

What bike? Make/model/year? We can probably look up specs.

Or, we will also need a picture of your fork showing the steerer tube. And another picture of your frame's head tube but from the side...
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