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05-08-20, 10:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 807
Posted By motorapido

Ah ha. Thanks. Now, what are the options for...

Ah ha. Thanks. Now, what are the options for buying a new cassette? Is the Uniglide freehub body different than current generation Shimano? Not sure from back in the day if I remember 6 speeds with...
05-08-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 807
Posted By motorapido

Pic: Freewheel or Freehub?

A friend asked me for help changing his rear cluster. Bike is 1970s. Rear wheel was replaced with an old used wheel a few years ago of unknown vintage. It's 27 inch. Gear cluster is 6 speeds, 28...
04-24-20, 04:33 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 4,955
Posted By motorapido

Touring

Come on a tour with me. Every couple of days we might hit 9. Mph. 😁
03-12-20, 05:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Microshift integrated drop bar shifters. Worked...

Microshift integrated drop bar shifters. Worked fine when I used them last when this bike was 2x10 11-36. I don't recall the derailer I was using at that time. I'll cross the shifter road after I...
03-11-20, 05:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Right, but I had read many forum posts about this...

Right, but I had read many forum posts about this combination working, even without a goat link or long b screw. I figured I could trust what I read. Damn. Suggested alternative mech?
03-11-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Still jams after max axle movement

Still jams after max axle movement forward in dropout. See pic. Now it jams just on the 46 tooth biggest cog. I'm not missiing a spacer between the derailer b link and the frame mount, am I? The b...
03-11-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Chain installed. Clutch flipped to off position...

Chain installed. Clutch flipped to off position when installing wheel as normal. Arm still jammed. Clutch on or off makes no difference. Seems to be issue of the cassette diameter due to the huge...
03-11-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

On all prior derailer setups I've worked on, with...

On all prior derailer setups I've worked on, with the chain off there was no interference with the cogs. In this setup without the chain, for the jockey wheel to align with the smallest cog, the...
03-11-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Note: derailleur hanger isn't bent out of alignment

Note: derailleur hanger isn't bent out of alignment. No crashes or damage. A few years ago when still running as a 2x10 I had carefully checked the hanger alignment, it was perfect, and I never did...
03-11-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,970
Posted By motorapido

Derailleur cable arm jams against 11-46 cassette biggest 3 cogs

The derailleur cable arm touches/jams against the sunrace 11-46 cassette on a late 1970s road frame I'm converting to 1x10 (had been running this frame with an alfine 11 internal gear hub last few...
01-31-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,402
Posted By motorapido

Cassette diameter 8.26 inches. Would 7.25 disc at least prevent chain jamming?

The biggest disc I can find is 7.25 inches diameter and my cassette diameter is 8.26 inches (gigantic 46 tooth for a 1x setup). I don't need the disc to be a larger diameter than the cassette, since...
01-30-20, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,402
Posted By motorapido

Dork disc source for 46t cassette?

Call me a dork, but I like the protection of a dork disc when self supported bicycle camping in the middle of nowhere. I'd rather not have to use my hypercracker to remove the cassette in the dark in...
Forum: Framebuilders
10-31-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,469
Posted By motorapido

Great idea

I wish I could buy single piece tall spacers. I have an uncut steerer on a touring bike for comfortable more upright positioning (my personal preference isn't common or popular, I know) and the...
Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 10:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 19,128
Posted By motorapido

I salute you

I'm a bicycle commuter and I salute your approach of doing what's right for your riding style regardless of fashion. I commute on a single speed that I built with the components I like, but which the...
02-11-19, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,834
Posted By motorapido

My SG S700 has been flawless for 6,000 miles

My Alfine 11 SG S700 is probably the older model. I have had no problems despite gearing it far lower than Shimano approved and riding 6000 miles including several fully loaded tours and mostly on...
01-20-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,192
Posted By motorapido

Voyager hyper bad in rain?

​​​​​I've roo Voyager Hyper on my touring bike on toda gravel bike oaths (great Allegheny passage and c&o trails) many thousands of miles and also daily on my work computer and find them excellent in...
Forum: Northeast
11-08-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,533
Posted By motorapido

Official parking lot at southern train terminus

Official parking lot is available at the southern terminus in Jersey shore. Nice Publix toilets and immediately next door to a good grocery store. I've parked multiple overnights there many a time....
09-21-18, 12:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,832
Posted By motorapido

Pedals

i can't speak to fixed gear since I run singlespeed and use brakes, but I commute with fancy work dress shoes and ride weekends in sneakers and love these flat pedals and get great grip from the pins...
09-21-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,832
Posted By motorapido

I'll address the fender question. I ride a...

I'll address the fender question. I ride a Mercier Kilo WT (stands for Wide Tire) frame (track/singlespeed horizontal rear-facing droupouts) with 38mm tires and full sks longboard fenders. Here's the...
08-15-18, 07:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,755
Posted By motorapido

Kmc does not require a tool. You must patiently...

Kmc does not require a tool. You must patiently and carefully press the sides of the link closely together as you angle the link and press the plates to release them from the groove that retains...
07-12-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,818
Posted By motorapido

Built a single speed commuter for my six mile...

Built a single speed commuter for my six mile flat commute two years ago at age 53 and ride it to work five days a week year round. Ditched derailleurs on my touring bike two years before that for an...
06-21-18, 07:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 865
Posted By motorapido

Are your tires wide and supple?

Before spending a bundle on a shock absorber seat post, start where the bumps start, at the tires. Panaracer PT Messengers can be found cheap. Can you fit 38s and run them around 45 psi depending on...
06-07-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By motorapido

How bicycles revolutionized the plumbing industry late 1800s

Follow this link to an interesting story about the controversy caused when some plumbing contractors supplied their laborers with bicycles to reach more customers more quickly than bikeless plumbers....
05-31-18, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,120
Posted By motorapido

I experienced the same thing. Go easy on the file

Despite years of experience with a home machine shop using lathes and mills and hand tools, I used a file too aggressively and ended up with an axle that fit too loosely and was not parallel. It...
Forum: Commuting
04-25-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,093
Posted By motorapido

My experience with the inexpensive bicycle rain...

My experience with the inexpensive bicycle rain over shoes is that they are tiny and don't fit my size 11 1/2 US dress shoes for my daily commute to the office. When you find a solution for $40 or...
Forum: Commuting
04-04-18, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 9,883
Posted By motorapido

Weight?

Nice you can fit 38s with fenders.i bought a Mercier Kilo WT (stands for wide tires) frameset. I'm running 38s tires, Vittoria Voyegeur Hypers and full fenders as my singlespeed commuter with a rear...
04-04-18, 08:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,403
Posted By motorapido

Nashbar kid/dog trailer personal experience

I recently bought the Nasbar kid trailer and love it. Great quality. Always seems to be on sale for $129. Our puppy is about the same age, but smaller -- a terrier mix, about 20 pounds. She loves...
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 11:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,605
Posted By motorapido

Surface conditions and tires

I've ridden the entire GAP/C&O six times, camping, solo, self supported, on a 1970s sports touring steel frame with tires ranging from 32 to 38, file tread, and never knobbies. Two trips included...
Forum: Touring
04-03-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By motorapido

Riding it from airport?

If you're flying in to the airport, that's a great way to get to the GAP. If you're starting there after driving in with a bicycle and are seeking a rental car drop off, consider that there is an...
Forum: Great Lakes
04-03-18, 06:28 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,014
Posted By motorapido

Anybody know if the traillink gpx is kept...

Anybody know if the traillink gpx is kept current? I suppose detours and temporary road closures are probably pretty well marked, but I'd hate to attempt to follow an out-of-date GPX file since the...
04-01-18, 08:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 22,403
Posted By motorapido

Identical to Aest pedals

They appear identical to another Chinese magnesium body/titanium axle pedal sold under Aest brand. I own the Aest version and like them quite a bit. I have them on my singlespeed commuter, which I...
Forum: Touring
03-29-18, 09:22 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,776
Posted By motorapido

Message me for details

Feel free to message me through this forum if you'd like to arrange for a phone call. I've ridden that route 6 times, pretty much with your exact itinerary and can offer many insights. Get ready for...
03-29-18, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By motorapido

It's an 8-speed cassette now. Fortunately, the...

It's an 8-speed cassette now. Fortunately, the dropouts are currently spaced to accept the hub/wheel I have with a 10-speed cassette in the swap out.

From some quick calculations, it appears that...
03-28-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By motorapido

Good evaluation of motives for this 1x conversion

The owner of this bike is one of those people who, despite multiple advanced degrees, refuses to listen to, learn and apply simple theories and practices for riding a bicycle with a triple chainring....
03-26-18, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By motorapido

Suggest 1x10 inexpensive setup

I'm switching a friend's hybrid from a triple to a 1x10. I already have a nice wheel with an 11-42 cassette that I will donate to the project. I'm seeking a value-priced rear derailleur and shifter...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-22-18, 12:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,014
Posted By motorapido

No current GPX for Ohio to Erie trail?

The lack of responses to the OP's question and to mine from last year make me think that nobody has a current GPX file to share. This is baffling. If a branch of Ohio government oversees this trail,...
Forum: Great Lakes
03-15-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,014
Posted By motorapido

Agreed: we need gpx of route

I don't have a current gpx file and I share your frustration, since I'm planning to ride the entire route, solo, this summer, and like you, all I can find are older gpx files that include whatever...
02-28-18, 10:24 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,770
Posted By motorapido

You're describing the old "sports touring" category

Lots of 60s and 70s bikes filled that niche and were called sports touring bike.
Forum: Touring
02-27-18, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,071
Posted By motorapido

Depends. . .

I've ridden the entire GAP/C&O 6 times and haven't taken a dip, despite looking, casually, for swimming holes. Others I've seen going off trail to swim seemed to be dealing with rugged,steep...
02-16-18, 10:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By motorapido

Called nasbar: they don't know

A very friendly nashbar employee told me they don't know if it will work. So I'll just order one and test it and report back here.
02-16-18, 08:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 978
Posted By motorapido

Adapt Nashbar trailer to singlespeed axle and Alfine IGH axle

I've searched unsuccessfully to find definitive information for adapting the hitch connector of the Nashbar Kid Karriage II trailer to a singlespeed bike (standard singlespeed nutted axle, track...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-21-17, 10:25 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 9,097
Posted By motorapido

Careful with flammable solvents in ultrasonic cleaners

Careful. I once kaboomed an ultrasonic cleaner that I was using with flammable solvents. Of course, it was a Harbor Freight cleaner, which immediately spells danger. Harbor Freight is sometimes known...
11-13-17, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,153
Posted By motorapido

I turned one down on a lathe

I started with a Nitto technomic. Good quality stem. Turned it down and toured many thousands of miles with it on my 1976 Super Le Tour, which I bought brand new in 76. In recent years, I changed it...
Forum: Touring
10-30-17, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,997
Posted By motorapido

Why kill such a marvelous tire?

Daggonit. They don't show up on the Vittoria website. I have enjoyed many thousands of puncture free miles in urban commuting and gravel rail trail self supported camping tours on the Randonneur...
10-04-17, 07:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 12,796
Posted By motorapido

I get longer chain life

I commute on a single speed NOT fixed gear, so I don't have to skid to brake, which probably adds way more chain stress for those who ride fixed without brakes, compared to me on singlespeed with...
09-29-17, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,479
Posted By motorapido

See bikeisland for frameset deal

I scored a Mercier Kilo WT frameset dirt cheap at Bikeisland to move ss parts over from another ss bike. Terrific frameset. Not true track geometry, though, thank the lord, but precisely perfect for...
09-27-17, 01:11 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 9,953
Posted By motorapido

What route? State about 300 mi

What route? That's about a full East/West crossing plus half way back.
09-27-17, 11:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,434
Posted By motorapido

Kinlin xr31t rims

Kinlin xr 31t from Bikehubstore.com. wide, strong, light-ish and well reviewed.i run then on my urban commuter bicycle with 38mm Vittoria Voyager Hyper tires. Love those tires, and the rims. Are you...
Replies: 32
Views: 9,619
Posted By motorapido

Not sure comment, but dynamo suggestion

Have you considered a Shutter Precision dynamo instead of SON? Less expensive, lighter weight, terrific reviews from tours and even Great Divide riders. I love mine.
Forum: Touring
09-27-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,378
Posted By motorapido

Full gps download would help too

A good GPS/gpx file download of the entire route, including both the bike only sections and road sections would be helpful, too. I encountered your same lack of detailed camping and route info when...
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