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10-01-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By Chris_W

My wife and I both prefer to use 165 mm cranks....

My wife and I both prefer to use 165 mm cranks. The best solution that I found on the tandem is to use regular triple road cranks front and rear. We use the outer ring position for the timing chain...
05-22-18, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,192
Posted By Chris_W

I've also made several orders from Starbike and...

I've also made several orders from Starbike and had no problems with them. IIRC they offer certain chainrings and other parts that aren't easy to get elsewhere.
04-16-18, 02:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,397
Posted By Chris_W

New suspension seatpost by RedShift and a useful comparison of various seatposts

RedShift Sports have recently launched a new suspension seatpost on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redshiftsports/shockstop-seatpost-add-suspension-to-your-bike/description) that...
03-26-18, 03:24 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

Salsa Post-Lock, 27.2mm, clamped to the base of...

Salsa Post-Lock, 27.2mm, clamped to the base of an aluminum seat-post: https://salsacycles.com/components/category/collars/post-lock
03-19-18, 04:35 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

28" is the German name for a "trekking" or...

28" is the German name for a "trekking" or touring tire, typically about 700x35-40. It makes sense because the external diameter of a wheel with such a tire would be about 1" smaller than with a 29"...
03-09-18, 02:56 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

The 26" version works with a fender and 35 mm...

The 26" version works with a fender and 35 mm tires, but only just. The 28" version gives a bit more space. RackTime have detailed tech drawings on their website. I'm on vacation right now so cannot...
11-27-17, 12:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,058
Posted By Chris_W

Using Di2 is currently the best solution to this...

Using Di2 is currently the best solution to this problem.
Replies: 51
Views: 4,910
Posted By Chris_W

Thanks for the info, I didn't know about the IRD...

Thanks for the info, I didn't know about the IRD crank. It does look very similar to the Suigno cranks, but slightly different - maybe this is the second-generation version. The non-hollow crank...
Replies: 51
Views: 4,910
Posted By Chris_W

This page should help you decide what gear ratios...

This page should help you decide what gear ratios you need and what options exist with road components: https://ridefar.info/bike/components/ratios/
11-17-17, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,314
Posted By Chris_W

Our main reason for having the drive-chain and...

Our main reason for having the drive-chain and timing-chain both on the right side of the bike is to allow more choice of cranks. We both prefer to use 165 mm cranks on all of our bikes (heights =...
11-09-17, 05:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,497
Posted By Chris_W

Hi Wayne, If you didn't manage to get this fixed...

Hi Wayne, If you didn't manage to get this fixed and you still have the old derailleur then would you be interested in sending it to me to use it for parts - I have a hobby trying to repair these...
11-08-17, 01:05 AM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

The rack I'm using is a RackTime Light-It, which...

The rack I'm using is a RackTime Light-It, which is pretty standard.
11-06-17, 04:51 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

I'm running a 26-42 crank on my Diverge with an...

I'm running a 26-42 crank on my Diverge with an Ultegra Di2 front derailleur and an 11-32 cassette out back. It's far from ideal because I'm using a Shimano 105 5603 road triple crank (74/130 mm BCD)...
11-06-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

I've been running a rack on a 2018 carbon Diverge...

I've been running a rack on a 2018 carbon Diverge since August, including doing some off-road touring with light panniers. The lower attachment point is easy. For the upper attachment point, I...
07-18-17, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,703
Posted By Chris_W

This is a very sweeping and inaccurate comment....

This is a very sweeping and inaccurate comment. The situation is different in every country and for every train service. The only general statement that can be made is that bike transport on European...
06-04-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 560
Views: 138,111
Posted By Chris_W

I've heard that there will be a new alu' and...

I've heard that there will be a new alu' and carbon 2018 Diverge with the Future Shock system. For the Roubaixs, Specialized are charging a premium price because it has the Future Shock and there is...
05-30-17, 04:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Chris_W

Chainstay length is not the problem. The main...

Chainstay length is not the problem. The main problem is that the WolfTooth der' hanger extender puts the derailleur much lower down than it's supposed to be; this is needed for a road derailleur to...
Replies: 4
Views: 1,160
Posted By Chris_W

Audax UK used to require mudguards/fenders,...

Audax UK used to require mudguards/fenders, whereas other similar organization didn't have this requirement. However, that is no longer universally the case for Audax UK, although some UK events...
05-29-17, 06:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,829
Posted By Chris_W

I've got a similar setup on one of my single...

I've got a similar setup on one of my single bikes. The chain wrap is not a problem - just set it up to handle the big-big combo and you shouldn't be using the small-small combo anyway. However, with...
Replies: 15
Views: 2,063
Posted By Chris_W

A tribute to Mike Hall: Legend & leader

I wrote A tribute to Mike Hall on my Ride Far blog (https://ridefar.info/2017/04/tribute-mike-hall/) that I also want to share with this community:
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Replies: 10
Views: 2,400
Posted By Chris_W

I made a post on the Ride Far blog...

I made a post on the Ride Far blog (http://ridefar.info/blog/) a couple of weeks ago about Crank length and comfort for long-distance cyclists...
Replies: 18
Views: 1,602
Posted By Chris_W

Nerve damage in the hands is a problem for many...

Nerve damage in the hands is a problem for many long-distance cyclists. Read about methods of avoiding it on this page: Handlebars, Aerobars, & Gloves - Ride Far: Ultra·Distance Cycling Advice...
Replies: 6
Views: 2,449
Posted By Chris_W

Ride Far: Ultra-Distance Cycling Advice website

I've made a website that contains a huge amount of information about how to prepare your body, mind, and bike for ultra-distance, self-supported cycling - Ride Far: Ultra·Distance Cycling Advice...
11-24-16, 08:00 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 11,974
Posted By Chris_W

eTap might be tempting if you didn't need two...

eTap might be tempting if you didn't need two hands to control the front derailleur and two hands to control the rear derailleur in both directions. Electronic shifting is supposed to make shifting...
10-30-16, 02:36 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,752
Posted By Chris_W

You are probably correct, that would be an...

You are probably correct, that would be an advantage of tubeless tires, but i haven't tried it. I've used tubeless tires on my single road bike for a while, but I've had mixed experiences with them...
10-30-16, 02:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,079
Posted By Chris_W

Bontrager have historically use quite a lot of...

Bontrager have historically use quite a lot of asymmetric rims. DT Swiss certainly still sell some, the RR411 and RR460 are both available in a asymmetrical version. Shimano also use asymmetric rims...
10-26-16, 01:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 9,752
Posted By Chris_W

We live in Switzerland and ride our tandem in the...

We live in Switzerland and ride our tandem in the Alps a lot and have taken it to several other mountainous locations. We've nearly always had 3 brakes on the bike, a mix of disc brakes and rim...
10-26-16, 01:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,695
Posted By Chris_W

I think that using the term 'UST' is also rather...

I think that using the term 'UST' is also rather confusing because I believe it refers to a specific rim shape used by Mavic for tubeless MTB tires. You seem to be using that name to refer to any rim...
10-24-16, 03:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,695
Posted By Chris_W

Thanks for clarifying, mtseymour. In your...

Thanks for clarifying, mtseymour. In your previous post you wrote "It's a really bad idea to use regular clincher tire on a tubeless road setup" and I had not understood that you were referring to...
10-23-16, 11:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,695
Posted By Chris_W

I've not heard of any recommendation before...

I've not heard of any recommendation before against using standard clincher tires and tubes on road tubeless compatible rims. We've been using a DT Swiss RR511 rim on the front of our tandem for the...
10-17-16, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,321
Posted By Chris_W

The front derailleur arm length, pull ratio, and...

The front derailleur arm length, pull ratio, and everything has changed with Shimano's newer generation of front derailleurs. There is no surprise that your two setups feel so different and there is...
10-17-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,012
Posted By Chris_W

Were you using road pedals and cleats? Until I...

Were you using road pedals and cleats? Until I get signed by a professional racing team (which will never happen) then I'll keep using my MTB pedals on all my bikes and shoes that I can safely walk...
10-17-16, 10:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,153
Posted By Chris_W

You said that adding pannier bags will be an...

You said that adding pannier bags will be an option, so are there traditional rear rack mounting points, or is there an alternative solution?
09-19-16, 12:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 372
Posted By Chris_W

To make trail-side repairs far easier, I use...

To make trail-side repairs far easier, I use mechanical disc brakes. They also give excellent braking when setup well. Sell the XTRs and buy some Avid BB7s!
09-19-16, 12:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 409
Posted By Chris_W

No chance. You'll need a 386EVO bottom bracket.

No chance. You'll need a 386EVO bottom bracket.
Replies: 32
Views: 3,684
Posted By Chris_W

A few years ago, a lot of Conti' tires suddenly...

A few years ago, a lot of Conti' tires suddenly suffered from a similar problem. I don't think it was limited to Ultra Sports because I saw a couple of almost-new GP4000S tires fail due to sidewall...
Replies: 32
Views: 3,684
Posted By Chris_W

I used the rolling resistance values from...

I used the rolling resistance values from bicyclerollingresistance.com to estimate their effects at this type of riding speed and in a course of varied terrain. Based on my calculations, the...
06-19-16, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 961
Posted By Chris_W

I've also seen those max pressure values marked...

I've also seen those max pressure values marked on the DT Swiss tandem rims that come on the new Cannondales, which are equipped with 28mm wide tires. I can't understand how DT Swiss can make a rim...
06-05-16, 03:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 992
Posted By Chris_W

My first concern would be whether your tandem has...

My first concern would be whether your tandem has the correct rear hub spacing.
05-29-16, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,278
Posted By Chris_W

The different offset in the original vs off-brand...

The different offset in the original vs off-brand inner rings makes a minor difference in shift quality, although that is never going to be optimal with non-matched chainrings anyway, but is more of...
05-29-16, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 813
Posted By Chris_W

Typical? No Does it happen? Yes I suggest...

Typical? No
Does it happen? Yes

I suggest that you talk to your shop instead of venting here.
05-23-16, 05:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 846
Posted By Chris_W

Just do the measurements that FBinNy described....

Just do the measurements that FBinNy described. However, be warned that tires widths often vary by as much as +/- 10% compared to what is printed on them. Therefore, your current "30" tires could...
05-22-16, 01:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,278
Posted By Chris_W

If you look closely at the stock 30 tooth ring on...

If you look closely at the stock 30 tooth ring on Shimano road triple cranks like the 5703 then you'll see that the teeth are offset to the inside slightly, the ring is not totally flat. This makes...
05-16-16, 12:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,392
Posted By Chris_W

I have some Fizik shoes that have MTB soles but...

I have some Fizik shoes that have MTB soles but the uppers are very sleek and road-style. The M5B comes in men's and women's versions that look almost the same.
Replies: 25
Views: 5,258
Posted By Chris_W

That was Thomas Camero. He was just out there...

That was Thomas Camero. He was just out there having fun, enjoying the ride and experiencing the country; it was never his intention to race. He had quite an online following by the time he reached...
04-20-16, 02:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
Posted By Chris_W

What are the options for an 11-speed cassette,...

What are the options for an 11-speed cassette, mechanical derailleur, and gear display (not including a piece of tape on the derailleur cable next to the captain's down-tube)?
04-19-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
Posted By Chris_W

I agree that in terms of shifting performance, an...

I agree that in terms of shifting performance, an electronic RD isn't that much different than a mechanical RD. However, if you run a non-stock cassette than the electronic RD will cope with it far...
04-19-16, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
Posted By Chris_W

But each blip can still only move the derailleur...

But each blip can still only move the derailleur in one direction. Why not incorporate an extra button into the lever to make shifting in either direction be possible with the same hand? Blips are...
04-18-16, 12:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,252
Posted By Chris_W

I saw several pictures of pro' bikes at Paris...

I saw several pictures of pro' bikes at Paris Roubaix this year that were equipped with Ultegra brakes instead of their normal Dura Ace brakes. The reporters stated that this was due to the better...
04-18-16, 12:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,605
Posted By Chris_W

Personally, I'd never want to ride with eTap - I...

Personally, I'd never want to ride with eTap - I can't imagine needing two hands to fully operate the rear derailleur (and the front). For me, one of the main advantages of electronic shifting is the...
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