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10-15-19, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,561
Posted By mihlbach

Coaster brake...seriously, they work great.

Coaster brake...seriously, they work great.
09-27-19, 04:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 636
Posted By mihlbach

Bicycle wheels do not rotate fast enough for...

Bicycle wheels do not rotate fast enough for minor imbalances to matter. As long as your spokes have some tension in them, you will be fine.
07-15-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,735
Posted By mihlbach

If the gear ratios you mostly find yourself using...

If the gear ratios you mostly find yourself using are within the overlap between your old and new crankset, you won’t notice any difference.
07-14-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By mihlbach

It matters not that the levers are BMX or...

It matters not that the levers are BMX or mountain levers. What does matter is that the brake lever have the same cable pull ratio as the brake. What kind of brakes are on the bike? That will...
06-21-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,708
Posted By mihlbach

If your worried about damaging your bottom...

If your worried about damaging your bottom bracket finish, wrap it in a rag before you rotafix.
06-20-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,708
Posted By mihlbach

A lock ring serves little purpose on a normal...

A lock ring serves little purpose on a normal freewheel hub. I would just use the cog you have without a lockring and use the following method to get the cog really tight. Install a front brake. You...
Forum: Touring
04-19-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 796
Posted By mihlbach

My son tours on a BMX tire, Maxxis DTH 24x1.75. I...

My son tours on a BMX tire, Maxxis DTH 24x1.75. I literally took them off my BMX cruiser and installed them on his bike. They work just fine for touring on pavement and gravel. The same tires are...
04-18-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,018
Posted By mihlbach

I'm not buying any of this. The OP isn't...

I'm not buying any of this. The OP isn't superman, not even by his own description. His weight and strength are not so exceptional that he should be able to regularly destroy bikes and bike...
Forum: Touring
04-09-19, 01:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,054
Posted By mihlbach

You don't need to train. Just wear this shirt... ...

You don't need to train. Just wear this shirt...

https://www.cafepress.com/mf/18791767/r6cda_tshirt?shop=ridesafe&productId=110717317
04-09-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 529
Posted By mihlbach

Frames and cranks have different amounts of flex,...

Frames and cranks have different amounts of flex, riders have different amounts of strength. There is no single answer to your question. If your crank hits your chainstay, the only correct answer is...
04-04-19, 02:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 585
Posted By mihlbach

I have used both Surly and All City (Novatec)...

I have used both Surly and All City (Novatec) hubs for freewheeling off road. However, I have always used a converted disk brake hub with a cog drilled with a 6-hole pattern for fixed riding off...
03-05-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1,002
Views: 72,853
Posted By mihlbach

12mm is a lot. I wouldn't do that. Whats wrong...

12mm is a lot. I wouldn't do that. Whats wrong with the current fork?
01-13-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 821
Posted By mihlbach

It happens in any tire that has deep troughs in...

It happens in any tire that has deep troughs in the tread that roughly match the grain size of the gravel you are rolling on. Its just not a big deal..they will gradually fall out and new ones will...
01-13-19, 08:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,110
Posted By mihlbach

Over the past ~10 years (or more) there have been...

Over the past ~10 years (or more) there have been literally thousands of online discussions and hundreds of thousands of posts about no-name chinese frames from people who have bought them and built...
09-27-18, 09:08 AM
09-27-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 6,227
Posted By mihlbach

Chain cleaning devices don't work very well....

Chain cleaning devices don't work very well. Degreasing your chain before relubing it is a complete waste of time. The best way to maintain your chain is to wipe it frequently (whenever it looks...
Forum: Commuting
09-18-18, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 794
Posted By mihlbach

Whats new with rain jackets?

I have been commuting and other riding in the rain with the same Nashbar cycling rain jacket/shell for at least 12 years. It has served me well, but it isn't breathable, and after 15 minutes of...
09-18-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,637
Posted By mihlbach

Huffy

Huffy
08-26-18, 08:47 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,105
Posted By mihlbach

I ride my old IRO Rob Roy on singletrack a lot...

I ride my old IRO Rob Roy on singletrack a lot and it works great on gravel although I haven't done much gravel riding on this particular bike. Most of my gravel rides have been in very hilly...
08-01-18, 05:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,136
Posted By mihlbach

I used to obsess over this stuff. If its only off...

I used to obsess over this stuff. If its only off a few mm, just ride it, it won't make a difference.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-18-18, 06:54 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 9,487
Posted By mihlbach

It sounds to me like you've lost interest in...

It sounds to me like you've lost interest in beating yourself up on every ride. However, Strava isn't torturing you, you are torturing yourself with it. Its possible to use Strava without obsessing...
06-14-18, 12:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,219
Posted By mihlbach

There are a handful of guys I frequently BMX race...

There are a handful of guys I frequently BMX race who will, without exception, tell me in advance they they are hung over, have a bad back, haven't ridden a bike in 6 months, and/or aren't really...
06-05-18, 08:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,546
Posted By mihlbach

48:16 is a pretty high gear for the road. A...

48:16 is a pretty high gear for the road. A higher gear isn't necessarily going to help you sustain a higher speed. If you want to go fast, you need to learn to spin.
06-04-18, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 687
Posted By mihlbach

I have experience with very cheap bikes such as...

I have experience with very cheap bikes such as the one you are considering purchasing. They are semi-functional...meaning they are often assembled incorrectly, made of inferior materials that do not...
06-04-18, 07:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 687
Posted By mihlbach

Then a BMX bike is the wrong choice.

Then a BMX bike is the wrong choice.
06-04-18, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 687
Posted By mihlbach

I find if very unlikely that a a semi-functional...

I find if very unlikely that a a semi-functional Huffy is going to inspire your son to develop an interest in cycling, particularly when he realizes what a piece of trash it is compared to the BMX...
05-26-18, 05:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 894
Posted By mihlbach

Get a pie plate cassette, long cage derailleur...

Get a pie plate cassette, long cage derailleur and make sure your saddle is real comfortable.
05-26-18, 05:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,781
Posted By mihlbach

My rules have nothing to do with the distance of...

My rules have nothing to do with the distance of the ride...

1. When riding reasonably close to home and/or easily rescued with a cell phone call - 1 spare tube, patch kit, and CO2 (or pump).
2....
Forum: Road Cycling
05-25-18, 12:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,585
Posted By mihlbach

There is a lot of hype surrounding Brooks...

There is a lot of hype surrounding Brooks saddles, but they aren't magical. I find a Brooks B17 to be comfortable on an upright town bike where the handlebars are higher than the saddle. This is the...
05-21-18, 12:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 446
Posted By mihlbach

Just for fun, I stuck a 27.5" front wheel into my...

Just for fun, I stuck a 27.5" front wheel into my old rigid 26er singlespeed (2004 Redline Monocog), which I still occasionally ride. It made the bike more comfortable and fun to ride, mostly because...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-18, 11:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,603
Posted By mihlbach

Are you riding at the same effort level? Riding...

Are you riding at the same effort level? Riding slower with lower wattage puts more more weight on the saddle, and probably more time on the saddle as well.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-15-18, 02:09 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 3,625
Posted By mihlbach

I built up a hydro disk brake bike this winter...

I built up a hydro disk brake bike this winter with a mixture of SRAM Force 22 and Red 22. I was going to go with all Red, but realized that, with the exception of the cranks, the weight and...
05-14-18, 11:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,212
Posted By mihlbach

https://wabicycles.com/collections/framesets/produ...

https://wabicycles.com/collections/framesets/products/wabi-thunder-frameset
Forum: Road Cycling
05-14-18, 08:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,492
Posted By mihlbach

To the OPs comment that the MTB shoes are more...

To the OPs comment that the MTB shoes are more comfortable...the comfort of the shoe (on the bike) should have nothing to do with whether it is a 2-bolt MTB system or a 3-bold road system. A good...
05-09-18, 06:38 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,776
Posted By mihlbach

49:16 in summer, 49:17 in winter

49:16 in summer, 49:17 in winter
04-30-18, 06:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,521
Posted By mihlbach

A front disc brake converts all of the stopping...

A front disc brake converts all of the stopping force of the brake into very high torque forces that are transferred asymmetrically from the hub directly into the left fork leg. A rim brake, on the...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-29-18, 03:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By mihlbach

If they are comfortable and hide your fun parts...

If they are comfortable and hide your fun parts why would you stop wearing them?
04-20-18, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 844
Posted By mihlbach

You don't need a star nut. Use a compression plug...

You don't need a star nut. Use a compression plug to preload the headset bearings then remove it once the stem is installed.
You could then just glue the stem cap in place without the stem bolt.
...
04-20-18, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 844
Posted By mihlbach

what style of bars and brake lever are you using?

what style of bars and brake lever are you using?
04-20-18, 12:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 844
Posted By mihlbach

An old BMX trick...

An old BMX trick...
04-20-18, 09:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,932
Posted By mihlbach

I'll happily contribute more pedantry. Many...

I'll happily contribute more pedantry. Many bikes come equipped with only a rear brake (beach cruiser, BMX, kids bikes, "brakeless" fixies). Should you race thru traffic or bomb down mountains with...
04-20-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,932
Posted By mihlbach

Yes I dabble in brakelessness a bit....

Yes



I dabble in brakelessness a bit. From experience, I would say that a FB provides significant advantages over having no brake at all. It allows you to stop faster and with much less effort...
04-20-18, 06:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,924
Posted By mihlbach

Never ask an LBS to true your wheel more than...

Never ask an LBS to true your wheel more than once. Most LBS mechanics are not adept at wheel building/truing. I have met shop owners who have no idea how to properly adjust wheel trueness and...
04-20-18, 06:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,932
Posted By mihlbach

No, I get plenty of use out of the rear brake on...

No, I get plenty of use out of the rear brake on freewheel bikes, so its not that I'm used to not having it. And on my BMX race bikes, I only have a RB.

I've tried riding fixed with and without a...
04-19-18, 06:19 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 66,145
Posted By mihlbach

BFSSFG group buy Rob Roy...still going strong.

BFSSFG group buy Rob Roy...still going strong.
04-19-18, 06:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,932
Posted By mihlbach

Been riding fixed on road and off road for 17...

Been riding fixed on road and off road for 17 years with FB only, and can honestly say I have never missed having a RB, ever.
Saw the lever off your right hood and you'll never miss it.
04-19-18, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,212
Posted By mihlbach

Sorry for the typo...my message was entirely in...

Sorry for the typo...my message was entirely in reference to the WT.
I honestly don't know of other options.....haven't looked into the FG/SS complete bike market for a while. There used to be a...
04-12-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,212
Posted By mihlbach

Also, it does not appear that the WT comes...

Also, it does not appear that the WT comes equipped with tubeless ready rims. Tubeless ready rims in 2018 should come standard on any wide tire capable bike. Tubeless greatly enhances the performance...
04-12-18, 12:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,212
Posted By mihlbach

The Kilo WT has been available for a long time...

The Kilo WT has been available for a long time and has not changed since its initial release. Since the release of the Kilo WT the whole gravel/adventure genre has developed, and there is now a...
03-28-18, 09:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,632
Posted By mihlbach

https://goo.gl/images/FuEmRY I will only...

https://goo.gl/images/FuEmRY

I will only ride a bike thusly equipped...
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