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Forum: Folding Bikes
01-22-15, 10:54 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 95,591
Posted By samwell

Hi everyone, I'm looking to make a very...

Hi everyone,

I'm looking to make a very similar trade to one that met with success above: I have a 56cm BF NWT and I'd like a Brompton with more than 3 speeds (and I'd also be open to a BF Tikit)....
Forum: Commuting
08-03-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By samwell

I am buying used and have found a few sources of...

I am buying used and have found a few sources of cheap Uniglide wheels.

I appreciate the useful information you shared. I regret that you felt the need to type twice as much as necessary in order...
Forum: Commuting
08-03-10, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By samwell

any thoughts?

any thoughts?
Forum: Commuting
08-02-10, 08:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By samwell

uniglide durability issues

Hi-

I'm building up something of a clunker to be a bad-weather commuter bike. It seems that Uniglide rear hubs are cheaper and more available, and I was wondering why.

As far as I understand...
07-27-10, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 712
Posted By samwell

sugino mighty competition measurements

I've seen some conflicting numbers on these cranksets (although seemingly everyone agrees that they're 171 mm in length) and was about to get a pair, so some questions...

Are these strictly a road...
03-27-10, 09:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 947
Posted By samwell

I've put between 100-200 miles on my Velo Orange...

I've put between 100-200 miles on my Velo Orange saddle and it's just starting to break in now - definitely not the quickest break in time, but it seems like it'll be under my butt for a while. I'm...
03-16-10, 04:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 947
Posted By samwell

I just got a Velo Orange Model 3 saddle and am...

I just got a Velo Orange Model 3 saddle and am waiting for it to break in. (I've heard of some pretty ungodly break-in time on these things; anyone here have experience with them?) It's a little...
03-12-10, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By samwell

Bicas pretty much rules. That chainline...

Bicas pretty much rules.

That chainline looks fine, though you might want a touch more chain tension from the looks of it.
03-11-10, 01:29 PM
Replies: 910
Views: 206,121
Posted By samwell

I have two messenger bags: a small deluxe Freight...

I have two messenger bags: a small deluxe Freight bag (right sling, so it sits on the left shoulder) and a left sling large Girl.Bike.Dog (from Philly, really truly awesome bag).

I'd like a...
01-27-10, 05:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By samwell

Hey, thanks everybody. I've been trying to tinker...

Hey, thanks everybody. I've been trying to tinker around and haven't come up with anything; I just ordered the Tektro brake and I'll post pictures if it works.
01-18-10, 03:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By samwell

super short reach front caliper?

Hi-

I got an Alien frame (from the group buy here last year! very rad, many thanks!), and have been riding it brakeless for a while. I decided to fiddle around with it lately; I stepped up the...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-09, 05:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 895
Posted By samwell

There's really nice cable loops that you can get...

There's really nice cable loops that you can get to extend a U-lock - toss the cable around the item you're locking to and then lock it up around your frame and a wheel.

Here's a 7' cable from...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-09, 03:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,010
Posted By samwell

Sorry to bring a post back from the dead, but I...

Sorry to bring a post back from the dead, but I didn't want to start a new post with essentially the same title and question.

I'm looking for a mid-distance commuter and grocery bike, most likely...
10-01-08, 01:48 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,889
Posted By samwell

I only have a converted fixed gear at the moment,...

I only have a converted fixed gear at the moment, but when I move out of the city (and get back my security deposit) I'm going to sell it. Then I'll buy a 29er (possibly a SS, though I'm undecided...
09-29-08, 06:23 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,635
Posted By samwell

I'm surprised this didn't make it up till the...

I'm surprised this didn't make it up till the second page.

From riding the dirt cheapest of every component available (as opposed to the nicest of everything), I can say the thing that's the...
09-29-08, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 639
Posted By samwell

It's not too loud but not too boring. I dig.

It's not too loud but not too boring. I dig.
09-28-08, 01:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,389
Posted By samwell

Yeah, retitle the resource thread to make it more...

Yeah, retitle the resource thread to make it more apparent that it's about builds moreso than this forum.

Also, can we unsticky the Alien GB?

And it seems like the EBay and trading stickies are...
09-27-08, 11:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,937
Posted By samwell

You never will "see" what it's all about until...

You never will "see" what it's all about until you ride fixed. Not that you have to ride fixed- but there's only one way to understand how it feels.
09-25-08, 03:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,389
Posted By samwell

Yeah, merge gearing and resource, unsticky...

Yeah, merge gearing and resource, unsticky Sheldon, unsticky group buy
09-24-08, 07:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 352
Posted By samwell

These are horizontal dropouts. You're thinking of...

These are horizontal dropouts. You're thinking of track ends, which are perfectly horizontal and face towards the back of the bike. Vertical dropouts are what are seen on most mountain bikes these...
09-24-08, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By samwell

Nice post. Any chance that your buddy who...

Nice post.

Any chance that your buddy who rode cross country was named Porbansky? I work with a Brian Porbansky from Jersey whose brother just rode across the country.
09-21-08, 08:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 541
Posted By samwell

Depending on what sort of resources you have...

Depending on what sort of resources you have available, you can definitely find a way to build a wheel. It will probably take a while and be pretty annoying, but it's a satisfying thing to...
09-21-08, 08:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,253
Posted By samwell

You need a tool call a chain breaker. You push...

You need a tool call a chain breaker. You push the pin most of the way (BUT NOT ALL THE WAY!!!!) out of the chain, add in a couple links (it looks like you only need two), and push the pin back in....
09-21-08, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By samwell

1. Yes. 2. Yes. The gear ratio is the number...

1. Yes.

2. Yes. The gear ratio is the number of teeth on the chain ring divided by the number of teeth on the rear cog. But on a single speed or fixed gear bike more of the power generated in a...
09-21-08, 08:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,126
Posted By samwell

Yes, sticky this; and I haven't been around long,...

Yes, sticky this; and I haven't been around long, but I can imagine the chain tension thread could use some stickying as well.
09-21-08, 08:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 568
Posted By samwell

Chain tensioners don't work on fixed gear bikes...

Chain tensioners don't work on fixed gear bikes because the applies force on the chain in both directions- forward tension when pedaling and backwards tension when slowing down.

The standard way...
09-19-08, 04:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,327
Posted By samwell

http://www.sawdustcityllc.com/pop_old_williamsburg...

http://www.sawdustcityllc.com/pop_old_williamsburg_blue.html
09-19-08, 04:04 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 14,641
Posted By samwell

Man, I was just about to comment on this! ...

Man, I was just about to comment on this!

That's Leo Kottke playing first (Busted Bicycle is the name of the song I believe; I know it's on an album called "6 & 12 String Guitar", which has a...
09-17-08, 05:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,010
Posted By samwell

In my opinion, for overall comfort and durability...

In my opinion, for overall comfort and durability when used for non-messengering purposes, the Baileyworks Super Pro bag is pretty hard to beat. The shoulder pad is supremely comfortable for pretty...
09-15-08, 06:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,828
Posted By samwell

An inch? Seriously? (not a sarcastic...

An inch? Seriously? (not a sarcastic "seriously"). I thought proper tension was closer to a cm or so. Everyone I've asked has given about that same answer.
09-13-08, 02:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 17,206
Posted By samwell

To stay totally dry in rain you need a rain coat,...

To stay totally dry in rain you need a rain coat, fender, rain pants, and waterproof shoes. No one digs on the rain pants and shoes, so you'll probably get a little wet. But a fender does a lot to...
09-12-08, 04:42 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 8,315
Posted By samwell

I've seen it. A utilitarian trend that gets...

I've seen it. A utilitarian trend that gets stylized and taken out of context: that's what fashion is. It's always been around; this is just a sort of humorous instance of it.
09-12-08, 02:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,103
Posted By samwell

Sorry if this is off-topic; I hate when people do...

Sorry if this is off-topic; I hate when people do this in threads.

But Jesus H ****ing Christ why doesn't IRO have a simple HTML site with the geometry/specs of their bikes? It's annoying as all...
09-12-08, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,588
Posted By samwell

Thanks for the info; consider me advised.

Thanks for the info; consider me advised.
09-12-08, 12:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,588
Posted By samwell

Campagnolo BB's

I think I heard that Campy bottom brackets have a different taper than regular square-taper BBs; they're smaller or something. Is this true? If so, what cranks work with Campy BBs? Specifically I...
09-11-08, 04:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,186
Posted By samwell

I think we can all agree this is pretty sound...

I think we can all agree this is pretty sound advice. It doesn't mean "stop," it means be aware and adjust your riding style to the situation. This isn't directed to the original poster, it's for...
09-10-08, 09:10 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,111
Posted By samwell

For the record, I'd be way more interested in the...

For the record, I'd be way more interested in the Alien buy. Especially if it's <$300. Thanks for doing this and keep us updated!
09-09-08, 10:28 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,846
Posted By samwell

This is why it is going to be a money pit: ...

This is why it is going to be a money pit:



The only way to make a conversion cheaper than a new bike is to get way discounted parts, and your only option for way cheap parts is to get used...
Forum: Framebuilders
09-05-08, 11:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By samwell

It's an IRO Mark V; alloy seat post. I can't...

It's an IRO Mark V; alloy seat post. I can't really do much more sawing/grinding since the slivers are now bent down.
Forum: Framebuilders
09-05-08, 09:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 731
Posted By samwell

stuck seat post

A friend totally mangled a seat post (that he hadn't lubed properly. Shame!) on a steel frame, got frustrated, and gave me the frame for cheap.

I took it to my LBS and they recommended taking a...
09-05-08, 07:41 PM
Replies: 179
Views: 9,111
Posted By samwell

I'm interested and committed but it would have to...

I'm interested and committed but it would have to be fairly soon to make it worth it for me. I'm moving in the not-too-distant future.


1. Yes
2. Angus
3. Black or Williamsburg blue
4. Complete
09-05-08, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 301
Posted By samwell

I'm curious, too...

I'm curious, too...
09-03-08, 08:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 536
Posted By samwell

Converting is a lot of fun and very satisfying,...

Converting is a lot of fun and very satisfying, at least for a while. If you want to really save money though, you need to go bargain bin on pretty much everything; and then after the excitement of...
09-02-08, 05:54 PM
Replies: 5,107
Views: 303,375
Posted By samwell

RELoad Deluxe bag! 19 x 15 x 10 padded shoulder ...

RELoad Deluxe bag! 19 x 15 x 10 padded shoulder

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120301270416

Buy It Now is $115.
09-02-08, 03:40 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,396
Posted By samwell

I've never heard of this being a problem in...

I've never heard of this being a problem in Philly. I've done some pretty blatantly illegal stuff as far as traffic patterns with cop cars around; my feeling is the cops have more to worry about here.
09-01-08, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,674
Posted By samwell

"THe BB ring really only adds a few more threads...

"THe BB ring really only adds a few more threads of friction to resist it and the cog coming loose. It probably does add a bit, but not much."

It's a little different, right? It's like how a hub...
09-01-08, 11:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 645
Posted By samwell

When thinking about frame size always keep in...

When thinking about frame size always keep in mind the BB drop, which is definitely related to the geometry of the bike you're getting. Of course, try to ride the bike as much as you can before you...
09-01-08, 11:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 475
Posted By samwell

Read Sheldon Brown about this. He advises having...

Read Sheldon Brown about this. He advises having both brakes and using only the front in MOST (but not ALL) situations.
08-31-08, 08:38 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,550
Posted By samwell

...like, the things families ride together when...

...like, the things families ride together when they go to the beach? I think there's a couple differences here.
08-28-08, 10:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,668
Posted By samwell

I'd been having tension issues with my SS and...

I'd been having tension issues with my SS and just figured it was a problem with the converted frame I'm using- the dropouts are pretty trashed so I figured the bolt was sliding. But I've got an ACS...
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