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Forum: Commuting
10-15-19, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By ThermionicScott

An old audio electronics joke goes "Transistors...

An old audio electronics joke goes "Transistors have specs, tubes have guidelines." I feel like the same could be said of tire/rim pairings. Any 700C tire that you can successfully mount onto a given...
10-15-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,551
Posted By ThermionicScott

So the OP is a homeless guy saving up for a $100...

So the OP is a homeless guy saving up for a $100 bicycle chain. Right. I’ll admit it, I got played. :lol:
10-15-19, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 501
Posted By ThermionicScott

I’ve read of a few H+Son failures (remember that...

I’ve read of a few H+Son failures (remember that deep V that split open down the middle?) but overall they don’t seem as interested in playing the weight weenie game, which helps. Their Archetype is...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-14-19, 06:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 543
Posted By ThermionicScott

First, we need to define terms. Are you asking...

First, we need to define terms. Are you asking about the rolling resistance of the tires themselves, or the total frictional losses with a human-shaped bag of meat on the saddle?
10-14-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,322
Posted By ThermionicScott

One thing I've learned after a bunch of the...

One thing I've learned after a bunch of the above... it's crucial to cold-set your fenders into the right shape early on so that you're not constantly forcing them into the desired position with your...
10-14-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 193
Posted By ThermionicScott

Call Mercian and ask if they think it's okay. ...

Call Mercian and ask if they think it's okay. I'm tempted to think that track ends extending past the seat stay triangulation are expected to take the load, otherwise they would not be made that...
10-14-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,197
Posted By ThermionicScott

How is it not? Regardless, some of us find...

How is it not? Regardless, some of us find squishy saddles far less comfortable than firm ones. The padding presses up into soft tissue, where a hard saddle just bears on the sit bones if it’s set...
10-14-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,197
Posted By ThermionicScott

I wasn’t calling you fat. What do you expect a...

I wasn’t calling you fat. What do you expect a saddle’s padding to accomplish when it’s fully compressed whenever you’re on it?
10-14-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,551
Posted By ThermionicScott

What part of “an 11-speed chain is too pointless...

What part of “an 11-speed chain is too pointless to be an upgrade” isn’t sinking in?

Shimano doesn’t make 7-speed cassettes with “road” gearing anymore. If you want a 13-23, search eBay for old...
10-13-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 191
Posted By ThermionicScott

One other possibility — do the tires say “26 x...

One other possibility — do the tires say “26 x 1.25” or do they actually say “26 x 1 1/4”? The latter is yet another wheel size with a 597mm bead seat diameter. I’d be interested to know what the rim...
10-13-19, 08:48 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,197
Posted By ThermionicScott

If you can easily squish your saddle’s padding...

If you can easily squish your saddle’s padding all the way down with a finger, what good do you think it does with your full body weight on it? :)
10-13-19, 08:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,266
Posted By ThermionicScott

Aerogels are pretty interesting. I don’t know a...

Aerogels are pretty interesting. I don’t know a lot about them yet, but perhaps someday they could act as a very lightweight foam insert that allows air to squish around, but provide some amount of...
10-13-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By ThermionicScott

Those notches are for disassembling the freehub,...

Those notches are for disassembling the freehub, you don’t want to do that! :thumb:
10-13-19, 07:44 PM
10-13-19, 04:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 489
Posted By ThermionicScott

Pee on it yourself to reclaim it.

Pee on it yourself to reclaim it.
10-13-19, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 318
Posted By ThermionicScott

What bike (brand/model/year) did it come on? ...

What bike (brand/model/year) did it come on? That might help us ID the hub.
10-13-19, 01:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,652
Posted By ThermionicScott

+1, thank you Jon!

+1, thank you Jon!
10-13-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,652
Posted By ThermionicScott

cuda2k, are things alright?

cuda2k, are things alright?
10-13-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 472
Posted By ThermionicScott

No idea, but now I have a Beatles song stuck in...

No idea, but now I have a Beatles song stuck in my head. :p
10-12-19, 11:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 389
Posted By ThermionicScott

The worst part about free-spin “tests” is that...

The worst part about free-spin “tests” is that people are seduced into buying products with worthless bearing seals in the hopes that it will make their bike easier to ride. Not in any noticeable...
10-12-19, 10:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 332
Posted By ThermionicScott

Could be that your saddle is too wide and cutting...

Could be that your saddle is too wide and cutting off circulation.
10-12-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why bother? Just remember them as they were, and...

Why bother? Just remember them as they were, and buy from someone else going forward.
10-11-19, 07:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,551
Posted By ThermionicScott

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that the...

That’s the first time I’ve ever heard that the chain is the most important part of the upgrade! :lol:

I just use plain-Jane SRAM PC-850 chains on my 7-speed cassettes. They’re inexpensive, shift...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By ThermionicScott

It’s not uncommon for road wheelsets to have 4 or...

It’s not uncommon for road wheelsets to have 4 or 8 more spokes in back. Ditto for all those old English 3-speeds. The rear wheel usually sees a bit more weight, and front hubs generally have wider...
10-11-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By ThermionicScott

Most of my rear wheels were built with used hubs,...

Most of my rear wheels were built with used hubs, and I think their long-term prospects are great! :)

You’ve probably read this already, but you should lace up used hubs with the spokes going the...
10-10-19, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 146
Posted By ThermionicScott

Here’s a more comprehensive chart: ...

Here’s a more comprehensive chart: https://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Rim

Looks like you’ve got 540mm rims. :thumb:
10-10-19, 03:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 352
Posted By ThermionicScott

Seems to me that if you have an 8-10 speed...

Seems to me that if you have an 8-10 speed freehub, you might as well make full use of it. :thumb:
10-10-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 195
Posted By ThermionicScott

delbiker1, you keep saying that you cannot true...

delbiker1, you keep saying that you cannot true by ear. Is it because you don’t trust your sense of relative pitch? Because plucking the spokes on the same side of a wheel is otherwise an excellent...
Replies: 13
Views: 1,705
Posted By ThermionicScott

I can add a third to that list. It makes power...

I can add a third to that list. It makes power just fine and the bike is still rideable, but the bearings rumble and cause pinging noises in the spokes. Guess you don't get low hub resistance for...
10-10-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 578
Posted By ThermionicScott

Hoop stress is greater for wider tires so I could...

Hoop stress is greater for wider tires so I could see it happening for big tires at pressures that don't raise an eyebrow. I'm interested in reading more, too. :)
10-10-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,567
Posted By ThermionicScott

It's a rabbit hole! ;) Whatever lube you...

It's a rabbit hole! ;)

Whatever lube you use, what's even more important is that you replace your chain when it gets worn, before it has a chance to damage your freewheel or cassette. I prefer...
10-09-19, 08:01 PM
10-09-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 4,891
Posted By ThermionicScott

Try yoga. A few folks in the 50+ forum are riding...

Try yoga. A few folks in the 50+ forum are riding as low as ever. :thumb:
10-09-19, 06:45 PM
Replies: 5,526
Views: 443,995
Posted By ThermionicScott

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/f103e97d_e184_4fed_9026_ae8e26f1f9e4_8d1eb6a1af76665887db8918413702470b51905a.jpeg
Some reading material, oh boy oh boy! :)
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By ThermionicScott

Yeah, I'm optimistic about your tires. :thumb: ...

Yeah, I'm optimistic about your tires. :thumb:

I was more curious about eduskator's tires, which are apparently made out of cheese. :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By ThermionicScott

I think you've nailed the OP's tires, for sure. ...

I think you've nailed the OP's tires, for sure. :thumb:

I can still see the points at the ends of the lightning bolts in the tread, so it definitely doesn't look worn out.
10-08-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By ThermionicScott

Whenever I get pain in the backside of my knees,...

Whenever I get pain in the backside of my knees, it's because the saddle was too high. Sounds like you're on the right track. :thumb:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By ThermionicScott

Why are you dodging such an innocuous question? ...

Why are you dodging such an innocuous question?

I've never wheelied in my life, and even my rear tires last more than 3700km unless they get a bad cut. That's why I'm interested.
10-08-19, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 993
Posted By ThermionicScott

You're full of platitudes today. Got anything...

You're full of platitudes today. Got anything helpful for the OP?
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By ThermionicScott

What brand and model is this mystery tire? I've...

What brand and model is this mystery tire? I've never worn out a front tire ever.
10-08-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 993
Posted By ThermionicScott

I was only referring to the hypothetical mountain...

I was only referring to the hypothetical mountain bike in the post I quoted.

I have no use for carbon road bikes with inadequate tire clearance. :thumb:
10-08-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 993
Posted By ThermionicScott

Skinny tires for speed is old thinking. Now...

Skinny tires for speed is old thinking. Now there are lightweight and fast tires in 2"+. :thumb:
10-08-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 473
Posted By ThermionicScott

Here's an old picture of mine at work. I put on...

Here's an old picture of mine at work. I put on studded tires in the winter, but I'm not very courageous when the snow gets deep or the roads get really icy, though.
...
10-08-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 599
Posted By ThermionicScott

If you can't name the brand, I'm going to go out...

If you can't name the brand, I'm going to go out on a limb and say: no, not worth it to buy that bike for the parts. :lol:
Forum: Road Cycling
10-08-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,128
Posted By ThermionicScott

For what tire is 3700km in front "a lot", ...

For what tire is 3700km in front "a lot", eduskator? Just curious.
Forum: Commuting
10-07-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,901
Posted By ThermionicScott

In Norway, they have these special garbage cans...

In Norway, they have these special garbage cans with bottle and can holders built in. That way, if you were going to just throw away a recyclable can or bottle, you can just put in there, and it's...
10-07-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,114
Posted By ThermionicScott

It’s not uncommon for rims to be sold in a couple...

It’s not uncommon for rims to be sold in a couple different configurations. I think you can find Sun CR18s without eyelets, too, and Mavic made single-eyelet versions of some of their normally...
10-07-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 771
Posted By ThermionicScott

^ I keep a big jug of mineral spirits around...

^ I keep a big jug of mineral spirits around because I love it so much. :thumb:
10-07-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,114
Posted By ThermionicScott

Ryde owns the Weinmann brand name. ;)

Ryde owns the Weinmann brand name. ;)
10-07-19, 03:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,114
Posted By ThermionicScott

How is not hearing about things a good source of...

How is not hearing about things a good source of authoritative knowledge?

I know of rim makers who have both suggested nipple washers for non-eyeletted rims, and specified maximum spoke tension...
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