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03-04-08, 03:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,471
Posted By MacG

I run a 3x8 setup on my touring bike with an 11...

I run a 3x8 setup on my touring bike with an 11 to 32 tooth cassette and 48, 36, 24 chainrings. 24/32 is a pretty insanely low gear even with 700x32 tires. I use it somewhat regularly when pulling...
02-18-08, 12:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 737
Posted By MacG

DT 540 hub problem: needs big spokes. Alpine III?

I'm building a beefy new rear wheel for my touring bike. I've got a DT Swiss 540 hub (135mm spacing, 40h drilling). I'll be lacing it 4x to a Velocity Dyad. I was going to use typical Wheelsmith...
05-14-07, 05:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By MacG

I stacked the spindle into the cups with the...

I stacked the spindle into the cups with the caged balls and measured between the flange of the fixed cup and the lockring on the adjustable cup, and it appears to be the correct length for a 68mm BB...
05-13-07, 11:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By MacG

ISO-threaded cups for an Italian-threaded bottom bracket?

I have an Italian-threaded Campagnolo bottom bracket that I was planning to use in a road bike I am building. The person I bought it from was certain that it was ISO-threaded, but when I got it home...
05-13-07, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 693
Posted By MacG

I'm slightly Italian myself... ;-)

I'm slightly Italian myself... ;-)
05-12-07, 10:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 625
Posted By MacG

I find that just spearing a dab of grease on part...

I find that just spearing a dab of grease on part of the threading doesn't tend to distribute the grease very well. I use a bicycle-type grease gun for most stuff, so I just squeeze a blob onto the...
05-12-07, 09:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,837
Posted By MacG

Not natively, but you could easily weld up a...

Not natively, but you could easily weld up a hitch assembly to do so with about $10 worth of parts. The Bikes At Work hitch is designed to clamp around the left-side seatstay and chainstay, like a...
Forum: Commuting
05-12-07, 01:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By MacG

use chopsticks: ...

use chopsticks:

http://flickr.com/photos/kstoerz/480197722/

http://flickr.com/photos/kstoerz/480197674/

But in all seriousness, I think fabricating something that clamps around the seatpost...
05-12-07, 01:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By MacG

I'll add another recommendation for a touring...

I'll add another recommendation for a touring bike. I ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker most of the time (I have no car, but a few other bikes to choose from) and it works perfectly for what you are...
05-09-07, 11:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,837
Posted By MacG

Get one of each. :) I'm building a Big...

Get one of each. :)

I'm building a Big Dummy (just waiting for the frame to go into production at this point) and I've got a 96" Bikes At Work trailer arriving in a few weeks to add to the...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-07, 11:35 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,614
Posted By MacG

Saint Paul doesn't have anywhere near the bike...

Saint Paul doesn't have anywhere near the bike culture that Mpls does; trust me on that one! There are reasonably nice facilities and whatnot, but most of the cyclists you will see and meet in St....
05-09-07, 11:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 693
Posted By MacG

Are you saying that the crank will hit the frame...

Are you saying that the crank will hit the frame when fully tightened so you are asking about leaving it a bit loose to allow it to clear? If so, this is a bad idea and you can easily damage the...
05-09-07, 11:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By MacG

First off, this is technically a freewheel, not a...

First off, this is technically a freewheel, not a cassette (which implies a freehub).

The angling of the teeth is perfectly normal. At the time this kind of freewheel was common, this was done to...
05-09-07, 10:22 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,507
Posted By MacG

I went clipless about a year ago with Nashbar SPD...

I went clipless about a year ago with Nashbar SPD clones (the ~$30 Nashbar ATB pedal that comes in black/red/blue) and that was nice. About a month or two ago, I finally was getting tired of the SPD...
05-09-07, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,388
Posted By MacG

You're welcome;good luck!

You're welcome;good luck!
05-09-07, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,902
Posted By MacG

Any 26" tire of the correct bead seat diameter...

Any 26" tire of the correct bead seat diameter will fit on the rim. You should avoid mounting an extremely wide tire on an extremely narrow rim and vice versa, but they are completely compatible. ...
05-09-07, 09:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,388
Posted By MacG

This should be a good primer for you about tire...

This should be a good primer for you about tire sizes:
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html

Note that there are several different sizes that all use the number 26 in their common name. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-07, 09:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,614
Posted By MacG

You should take a good long look at Minneapolis. ...

You should take a good long look at Minneapolis. We have some great infrastructure, tons and tons of bike culture, and the people are pretty friendly too.

You can find reasonably priced housing...
05-06-07, 10:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,140
Posted By MacG

I just built this today: ...

I just built this today:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/169/487410156_52313ded7b.jpg

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/193/487410636_8b5e40adbd.jpg
...
12-28-06, 03:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,537
Posted By MacG

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Rim/product_22598.shtm...

http://www.mtbr.com/reviews/Rim/product_22598.shtml

The reviews seem pretty favorable. I would find out if the wheelset in question is in good shape before making any decisions. Dented and...
12-28-06, 03:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 806
Posted By MacG

Chris King makes fine hubs (and other parts), but...

Chris King makes fine hubs (and other parts), but the increased quality is not cost-proportionate. If you are looking solely at the economics of the situation, you are better off to buy some less...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-06, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By MacG

Bakfiets are a very common sight in the...

Bakfiets are a very common sight in the Netherlands (apparently). I'd say they are a close cousin to the Xtracycle/Big Dummy type of bike. Todd at CleverChimp has even adapted one to use his...
12-05-06, 12:42 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 18,160
Posted By MacG

One of Surly's strong points is the completeness...

One of Surly's strong points is the completeness of the frames they make. They have all the right braze-ons and brackets to do just about anything you could want to do.

Then there is the fact...
12-05-06, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By MacG

looking for offset rim recommendations

I'm going to be building up a Big Dummy this spring and want to build some seriously tough wheels for it.

Who makes good rims with offset spoke holes? I like Velocity rims, but the only offset...
Forum: Commuting
12-04-06, 11:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By MacG

I'm planning to build one up this spring and will...

I'm planning to build one up this spring and will be gathering parts between then and now. Unfortunately, there isn't a ton of info available that I could locate. Here's the scoop straight from...
12-04-06, 11:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 615
Posted By MacG

http://www.basementfreaks.com/members/karl/gearing...

http://www.basementfreaks.com/members/karl/gearing/
12-04-06, 10:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,646
Posted By MacG

The Big Dummy should be available around May...

The Big Dummy should be available around May 2007, going for $820 for the frame and fork. I've pretty much decided that I will be building one up when they become available, so I emailed Surly to...
09-06-06, 10:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,178
Posted By MacG

I've never liked that goo that new chains come...

I've never liked that goo that new chains come coated with. Whether or not it is a good lubricant, it attracts dirt and dust like crazy. I take new chains, drop them in an old peanut butter jar,...
07-26-06, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By MacG

new stem abd bars are creaky -- grease?

edit: oops. Yes, I misspelled 'and' in the thread title. argh.

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I put a new stem and bars on one of my bikes recently. When torquing on the bars while pedaling hard, they...
07-24-06, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,210
Posted By MacG

I just ordered a pair for a bike I am building...

I just ordered a pair for a bike I am building up. FYI, you can get 10% off of an order with the promo code <b>TCVTFEBD</b> right now. I saved $4 on two tires and shipping, apparently.

Two tires...
07-24-06, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 752
Posted By MacG

sweet! I registered with the non-abbreviated...

sweet! I registered with the non-abbreviated version of my handle.
07-20-06, 02:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 551
Posted By MacG

According to spocalc, your rear wheel should use...

According to spocalc, your rear wheel should use 300.5mm and 301.5mm spokes (different on each side due to the dishing). You should be just fine with a few spares of 301mm length. I don't think...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-06, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,016
Posted By MacG

I was a bit confused and thought that you had...

I was a bit confused and thought that you had made the sighting and it was your former boss that was wearing the panties. I had to skim it again to get all the logic sorted out. Very amusing. ...
Forum: Commuting
07-19-06, 10:34 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 3,008
Posted By MacG

I just put together a 12 speed last night out of...

I just put together a 12 speed last night out of spare parts and rode it to work today for a shakedown ride. Before today, I rode the past 3500 miles on a fixed gear (one speed, doesn't coast) bike....
Forum: Commuting
07-19-06, 10:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 658
Posted By MacG

$25 is REALLY steep for a pair of plastic pedals....

$25 is REALLY steep for a pair of plastic pedals. You could buy a beater road bike at a garage sale with nice grippy metal pedals on it for less than $25 and just do the swap yourself with a 15mm...
07-19-06, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By MacG

Every BB I have bought came without bolts. Every...

Every BB I have bought came without bolts. Every set of cranks I have bought has come with bolts.

If the BB is nutted (old style) then the nuts would probably go with the spindle.
Forum: Commuting
07-17-06, 10:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,284
Posted By MacG

I commute on a fixed-gear, logging a minimum of...

I commute on a fixed-gear, logging a minimum of 15 miles every day, and up to 50 or 60 sometimes when I go all out. Your commute should be very feasable, even moreso if it is mostly flat.

Ditto...
07-12-06, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,824
Posted By MacG

The little rubber cone is just there to help keep...

The little rubber cone is just there to help keep water/dust from getting into the working parts of the hub. A little lubricant (grease or silicon or something) is the perfect solution to keep it...
07-12-06, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By MacG

Should be fairly easy then. The toughest part...

Should be fairly easy then. The toughest part may very well be figuring out how the cable comes out of the shifter to be installed in the new one. If the new shifters come pre-strung with a new...
07-12-06, 05:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,148
Posted By MacG

not quite. [chainring] / [cog] * [rear tire...

not quite. [chainring] / [cog] * [rear tire effective diameter measured in inches]

27 will only work if you have a rear wheel that rolls as an exact 27 inch circle. A 27" wheel/tire does not...
07-12-06, 04:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By MacG

Exactly what kind of shifter is this? If it's a...

Exactly what kind of shifter is this? If it's a mountain/hybrid style of shifter, it is as simple as removing it from the handlebar (after removing grips and brake levers as necessary), sliding the...
07-11-06, 04:10 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,609
Posted By MacG

look on ebay. You can find some killer deals on...

look on ebay. You can find some killer deals on Kryptonite locks there. Just make sure they are actually selling what they post pictures of. Check the model name/number listed in the auction...
07-11-06, 04:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,188
Posted By MacG

balls to the stem. you'll get it to work.

balls to the stem. you'll get it to work.
07-11-06, 11:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By MacG

You can make it work with either ring as long as...

You can make it work with either ring as long as everything clears the frame. A lot of the time, a larger ring (53 is about as big as they commonly come) will not clear the chainstay when mounted in...
07-11-06, 09:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,088
Posted By MacG

My B17 has a deeper indent on the right side of...

My B17 has a deeper indent on the right side of the saddle than on the left. I too must have an asymmetrical posterior. I think it could also mean that I favor one leg/foot more than the other and...
07-11-06, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,383
Posted By MacG

Did you try flipping the offending chainring...

Did you try flipping the offending chainring over? The other side of the teeth, while not perfectly healthy, appear to have a little more meat to them. I would 180 the ring and try riding using the...
07-11-06, 09:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By MacG

It sounds like the rim is probably being grabbed...

It sounds like the rim is probably being grabbed unevenly by the brake pads. New brake pads are a great idea (rubber pads turn into little rocks after about 30 years), but I think the root of the...
07-11-06, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 407
Posted By MacG

After verifying that the creaking was not coming...

After verifying that the creaking was not coming from the front brake, I would remove the wheel and examine the hub. The axle should spin freely and smoothly in the hub. If it feels indexed,...
07-10-06, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Posted By MacG

Did the noise correspond with a movement of the...

Did the noise correspond with a movement of the pedals, as if the chain had skipped ahead a tooth, or was it just a noise? The most likely suspect based on my experiences and what you have described...
07-10-06, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,540
Posted By MacG

Road tires tend to be tougher to get onto rims...

Road tires tend to be tougher to get onto rims than 26" stuff is. If you think 27x1-1/4 is tough, just wait until you try to mount certain 700x23 tires.

I used to have this problem as well, but I...
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