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02-25-21, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 96
Posted By ofajen

Four. And a link is an inner link plus an outer...

Four. And a link is an inner link plus an outer link and is 1Ē long.

Otto
02-24-21, 09:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 303
Posted By ofajen

I have used Tri-Flow with decent results. Iíve...

I have used Tri-Flow with decent results. Iíve switched to (Boeshield) T-9 and prefer it. It seems to attract slightly less dust and grit.

Iím a minimalist on chains: I wipe stuff off after a...
02-24-21, 09:14 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 1,237
Posted By ofajen

Yeah, my first thought was, no, because it would...

Yeah, my first thought was, no, because it would be a personal sacrifice and we donít need it.

But, there comes a point where itís enough to justify that sacrifice because of the opportunity to...
02-24-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 509
Posted By ofajen

Not the very cheapest, but both my bikes have a...

Not the very cheapest, but both my bikes have a Sigma BC 7.16 wired computer. They claim 1000 riding hours (which is about three years for me) for a single battery so we will see.

I like the...
02-21-21, 07:34 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 3,095
Posted By ofajen

So, what is actually known and measured as far as...

So, what is actually known and measured as far as the relationship between riding position and maximum output power? Obviously if speed is the priority, you need to balance maximum output with...
02-21-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,592
Posted By ofajen

Well, it would certainly be a waste for me to...

Well, it would certainly be a waste for me to ride a pretty bike. At the end of each ride it would be a pretty hike covered with either dust or mud. OTOH, that looks like it should be out somewhere...
02-21-21, 10:25 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 15,241
Posted By ofajen

We are still waiting to be released from Arctic...

We are still waiting to be released from Arctic hell. Apparently February bumped in line and came last month, so we had January this month.

Shady parts of roads and all paths and trails are still...
02-21-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,456
Posted By ofajen

Have you tried leather saddles, particularly the...

Have you tried leather saddles, particularly the ones with cutouts?

Otto
02-21-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 312
Posted By ofajen

It will depend on the pedals you are going to...

It will depend on the pedals you are going to use, as well. I benched my nice 70s road frame when I started using big platform pedals, because of pedal strike. I moved the parts over to a cheap 80s...
02-20-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 812
Posted By ofajen

My clip on fenders keep me clean, but with messy...

My clip on fenders keep me clean, but with messy trails this time of year my bike is always a muddy mess around the bottom bracket after every ride.

I spray off that area with water from my water...
02-20-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,456
Posted By ofajen

Have you tried changing the riding position? ...

Have you tried changing the riding position? Perhaps an upright position would change the geometry enough to resolve the issue? I didnít experience this issue, but I did a lot of tinkering last...
02-20-21, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 803
Posted By ofajen

I guess my issue is that Iím cheap and easily...

I guess my issue is that Iím cheap and easily pleased by a bike that works and fits. Plus, my riding is so much on dusty or muddy trails that Iíd rather trash a cheap, old frame. Also, I like to...
02-18-21, 10:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 563
Posted By ofajen

My two cents: 1) Any cantilever brake, new...

My two cents:

1) Any cantilever brake, new or old and including the direct-pull or V-brake, will be fine if properly installed and maintained.

2) If you already have good, older, standard...
02-18-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 716
Posted By ofajen

Just glad to see that ďnoĒ is winning. Otto

Just glad to see that ďnoĒ is winning.

Otto
02-17-21, 12:08 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,456
Posted By ofajen

Surprisingly not a lot. Rode a couple of Ideale...

Surprisingly not a lot. Rode a couple of Ideale leather saddles for many years. Got them both used for cheap from a local shop, like $10 each.

Lately, I decided to try more modern saddles and...
02-16-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Donít forget the early braking method of dragging...

Donít forget the early braking method of dragging a tree behind you downhill. Now that took skill to pick the right tree. 😊

Otto
02-16-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

My standards are probably low. My knobby Race...

My standards are probably low. My knobby Race King tires are on a set of old wheels with Parallax hubs that I got for $45 shipped. I bought a new machine-made rear wheel, shipped, for just over $50....
02-16-21, 09:03 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Iím all for it! 26er wheel sets are already so...

Iím all for it! 26er wheel sets are already so cheap these days!

Otto
02-15-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 778
Posted By ofajen

Helium would be lighter of course, or better yet...

Helium would be lighter of course, or better yet hydrogen. Helium would probably lose pressure faster that air (ordinary or N-enriched) though since the smaller Helium atoms will penetrate pores in...
02-15-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Back on the topic of disc brakes. Iíve been...

Back on the topic of disc brakes. Iíve been rocking my cheap 80s builds in recent years. Really no benefit for me to switch my skinny tire (road frame) bike to disc brakes. Iím running the same...
02-15-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Yeah I looked up The Russian Crank and found...

Yeah I looked up The Russian Crank and found nothing related on his blog. Only a few articles are visible. Maybe it was in a newsletter that isnít on his blog. I just remembered seeing that Cycling...
02-15-21, 03:26 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

This I think: ...

This I think:

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/product-news/chris-froome-not-100-per-cent-sold-on-disc-brakes-is-the-understatement-of-the-year-490145

Otto
02-15-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Actually itís not a difference in taste or...

Actually itís not a difference in taste or preference or even a lack of intelligence. Iím willfully avoiding newer bike technologies just to be naughty. :)

Otto
02-15-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Call it a ďslickyĒ.

Call it a ďslickyĒ.
02-15-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Eliminating the derailleur is easy. Otto

Eliminating the derailleur is easy.

Otto
02-15-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 5,011
Posted By ofajen

Increased weight was a factor along with the need...

Increased weight was a factor along with the need to revise front fork construction to deal with the torque applied by the brake acting on one side only.

Otto
02-13-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,421
Posted By ofajen

I used to love to hate those. Otto

I used to love to hate those.

Otto
02-13-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,421
Posted By ofajen

Yeah, the JC Penney bike was a welded steel...

Yeah, the JC Penney bike was a welded steel frame, single piece steel cranks, steel rims, etc. So definitely heavy but also built to be ridden. Canít recall, I assume I gave it away, because I...
02-13-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 180
Posted By ofajen

Looks like the SKS Mudrocker will be an option. ...

Looks like the SKS Mudrocker will be an option. SKS lists availability as 2nd quarter of 2021, so fairly soon...

You can find both rear and front fenders here:
...
02-13-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,837
Posted By ofajen

Iíd agree. Itís hard to deal with any situation...

Iíd agree. Itís hard to deal with any situation where real work is needed if you are bolt upright. Even 10 or 15 degrees forward really lets you engage your core and arms and work hard if you need to...
02-13-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 161
Views: 8,421
Posted By ofajen

I taught myself bike repair and maintenance on a...

I taught myself bike repair and maintenance on a department store bike that my sister didnít want and gave to me (JC Penney 26Ē 10-speed, as in 2x5, from around 1970). I will say, that bike was...
02-13-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,502
Posted By ofajen

That hasnít been my experience with frames from...

That hasnít been my experience with frames from the 70s and 80s. Iíve been able to build up the bikes the way I wanted cheaply and easily. Indeed, people just about give away decent 26Ē wheels...
02-12-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,493
Posted By ofajen

Yeah I think CX is the main appeal. If I were to...

Yeah I think CX is the main appeal. If I were to put drop bars and multiple gears back on one of my bikes, Iíd go back to plain aero levers and bar ends. I ride the drops a lot if I have them, so I...
02-11-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,837
Posted By ofajen

Thatís a Bryan Adams tune, actually, though JMC...

Thatís a Bryan Adams tune, actually, though JMC could have done fine with it, Iím sure.

Otto
02-10-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,522
Posted By ofajen

Not the case here, but some low end frames like...

Not the case here, but some low end frames like my Ď80s Schwinn Sprint, came with forks with an axle spacing of about 90mm rather than the normal 100mm spacing.

Otto
02-09-21, 10:06 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,367
Posted By ofajen

Coincidentally, that was the average daily ride...

Coincidentally, that was the average daily ride when Mark Beaumont did the first cycling circumnavigation in under 80 days. Yikes!

And Iím equally impressed by Jenny Grahamís unsupported record of...
02-07-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,502
Posted By ofajen

Iím always the last to know. I was going to...

Iím always the last to know. I was going to suggest that as an option. I have a Schwinn Sprint from the mid 80s running SS with touring bars. Great for just enjoying the ride. Lots of miles on it...
02-07-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2,278
Views: 155,425
Posted By ofajen

This will probably be that wintry period of a...

This will probably be that wintry period of a week or two where I ride some inside. We got snow and an Arctic cold blast. The roads are too icy for my taste and it wonít reach freezing for many days....
02-06-21, 08:42 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,141
Posted By ofajen

I donít actually know if there is research...

I donít actually know if there is research showing that different gears are more efficient. I do know there is research showing that there is a broad power maximum at pedal cadences from about 1/3 to...
02-06-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 328
Posted By ofajen

When not frozen, our trails are mostly sticky mud...

When not frozen, our trails are mostly sticky mud these says. I use SKS Beavertail clip ons on the 26er RockHopper and at the end of a ride I only have to spray mud off down in the region of the...
02-05-21, 11:20 PM
Replies: 2,278
Views: 155,425
Posted By ofajen

23 cold, slow, muddy, windy miles. Delightful! ...

23 cold, slow, muddy, windy miles. Delightful!

Otto
01-30-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 904
Posted By ofajen

Iíve done something similar for a number of...

Iíve done something similar for a number of years. Our garage has exposed ceiling joists, so I just have big hooks screwed into the joists in many locations. They can be used to keep bikes or...
01-27-21, 12:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By ofajen

I can access it at origin8.bike Otto

I can access it at origin8.bike

Otto
01-25-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,212
Posted By ofajen

Donít forget that there are hills. Aerodynamics...

Donít forget that there are hills. Aerodynamics is scarcely a factor on steeper grades, so itís hard work against gravity plus rolling friction. The difference of two slow tires could be as much 30...
01-25-21, 07:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,212
Posted By ofajen

There will be good tire choices for any width....

There will be good tire choices for any width. For a hybrid, I would tend to go for wider tires. There wonít be much difference in efficiency for a good tire of any width, but the wider tire can be...
01-24-21, 04:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 419
Posted By ofajen

Another option is a piece of cable housing under...

Another option is a piece of cable housing under the BB. I have a chain stay U brake from the late 80s. No chain guide when I bought the frame four or five years ago. I have a cable stop a few...
01-24-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,431
Posted By ofajen

I suspect neither of us is in a fitness regime...

I suspect neither of us is in a fitness regime lofty enough to worry about this factor. I know I have some considerable room for improvement on W/kg, if I were interested, even considering my...
01-24-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 4,431
Posted By ofajen

For similar (high) levels of athletic training,...

For similar (high) levels of athletic training, W/kg scales at less than the first power of mass, while (as you say) climbing work scales linearly with mass, so smaller athletes are advantaged in...
01-24-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,328
Posted By ofajen

I have used several of the less costly foam...

I have used several of the less costly foam tapes: SRAM, MSW, Salsa and Cinelli. Overall I prefer using Cinelli and thatís what Iím running now.

I use touring bars with grips and need about half a...
01-24-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,252
Posted By ofajen

You know I used to be more grumpy about winter...

You know I used to be more grumpy about winter riding. I just did as much as I could stand because Iím not a big fan of indoor trainers.

This winter Iíve started to notice lots of little things...
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