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Forum: Folding Bikes
07-02-15, 05:41 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 111,797
Posted By allencb

FWIW, they dropped the price to $180.85. I'm...

FWIW, they dropped the price to $180.85.

I'm so very tempted...

Chris
Forum: Touring
06-29-15, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,127
Posted By allencb

I looked at it. It appears to be between the LHT...

I looked at it. It appears to be between the LHT and Space Horse. Weight it roughly the same.

Chris
Forum: Touring
06-29-15, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,127
Posted By allencb

I weighed it multiple times with a digital bow...

I weighed it multiple times with a digital bow scale (registers peak weight and locks it in). My build was not touring specific, but not selected for weight (Deore XT hubs, LX rear derailleur,...
Forum: Touring
06-27-15, 06:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,127
Posted By allencb

Surly LHT vs AC Space Horse

I'm posting in touring because this forum seems to have the most traffic about these two bikes.

Anyway.

I'm a longtime LHT owner (2008 Utility Blue). I bought the frame with visions of...
Forum: Touring
05-04-09, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

I guesstimated about the same as well. It was a...

I guesstimated about the same as well. It was a tough ride, that's for sure. The winds that day didn't help any. It was either blowing in my face or from one side or the other.

Your pages were...
Forum: Touring
04-05-09, 05:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

I did it. I rode from Mile 0 to 117 (where my...

I did it. I rode from Mile 0 to 117 (where my wife picked me up) in 12hrs. I took all the food and water I'd consume for the day except for a single bottle refill at Peaks of Otter. The climb to...
Forum: Touring
02-18-09, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

Oh, I'm familiar with the Parkway in general, but...

Oh, I'm familiar with the Parkway in general, but I've never ridden that portion (0-PoO). I've ridden fair chunks of it in the Roanoke area. I spent one day just doing climbs up Mill Mtn and...
Forum: Touring
02-17-09, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

Now you have me worried. That said, I only...

Now you have me worried.

That said, I only have to make it to Roanoke. I won't have to save energy for subsequent days. If I don't make it, my wife can drive from Roanoke towards my point of...
Forum: Touring
02-13-09, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

Never heard of the place. What can you tell me...

Never heard of the place. What can you tell me about it.

Chris
Replies: 29
Views: 7,801
Posted By allencb

How heavy is too heavy? My LHT weighs 26lbs with...

How heavy is too heavy? My LHT weighs 26lbs with a mix of Dura-Ace and Ultegra, but with 32c tires and a Brooks saddle. I'm swapping the 32c tires for 28c Conti 4 Seasons, which will cut more than...
Forum: Touring
02-13-09, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 750
Posted By allencb

Hotels near "Mile 0" of Blue Ridge Parkway?

I want to do a day ride from the beginning of the BRP to Roanoke this Spring, coinciding with a family trip to Roanoke. My plan was to have my wife drop me off around Waynesboro, stay at a hotel...
10-03-08, 08:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By allencb

I'd try a new pad. I have a cheap Nashbar brake...

I'd try a new pad. I have a cheap Nashbar brake on the front of my FG. Out of the box, it wouldn't stop at all and the pads were noisy (sounded like they had sand in them). I swapped the pads for...
09-26-08, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,215
Posted By allencb

I have an SSR as well. I got mine when they were...

I have an SSR as well. I got mine when they were on clearance this summer. Paid $186 shipped for the frame and fork after discounts and Team Perf points. Finally got it built up last week and have...
09-23-08, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By allencb

Poke around ebay and you can find some great...

Poke around ebay and you can find some great deals on cranks. I got a set of Dura-Ace cranks with rings from the late 80s or early 90s (7400 series I think) for $35 shipped a year ago.

Chris
09-23-08, 11:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By allencb

It has a 130bcd, why not just get a Shimano road...

It has a 130bcd, why not just get a Shimano road double and a 107mm BB? Both together should be about what the Action Track crank costs alone. Hell, if you work at a shop, you could probably find...
09-22-08, 11:50 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,154
Posted By allencb

:twitchy: I rode my FG mtb more than 5 miles...

:twitchy:

I rode my FG mtb more than 5 miles offroad and as much as 30miles on the road (with slicks). I'm riding my FG road bike in the Seagull Century, 100 miles, next month.

Chris
09-22-08, 11:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,154
Posted By allencb

I drink a large bottle every 10-20 miles...

I drink a large bottle every 10-20 miles depending on the temps.



I like the capacity, but hate having one on my back for more than an hour or two, so I use dual bottles on my road bikes (even...
09-20-08, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By allencb

Would chopped risers make you happier? ;) ...

Would chopped risers make you happier? ;)

Chris
09-20-08, 03:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By allencb

Took long enough because the frame was...

Took long enough because the frame was backordered, but it's finally complete. I need to trim the excess steerer tube (spacers above the stem), but otherwise it's ready. I took it for a 15mile ride...
09-20-08, 03:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By allencb

I had a 1/8" Surly 17t cog on my mtb until I...

I had a 1/8" Surly 17t cog on my mtb until I recently removed it to use on my newly built fixed gear road bike. After a year on the mtb (used as fixed 1/3 of the time), the cog still looked new. I...
09-16-08, 11:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 658
Posted By allencb

I converted my previous mtb (Klein Pulse, used...

I converted my previous mtb (Klein Pulse, used magic gear) and eventually replaced it with a dedicated SS frame.

I love it. Less maintenance and a different riding experience. Do it. With a...
09-10-08, 09:23 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 9,451
Posted By allencb

I'm not a hipster because: 1. I have a 9-5 job...

I'm not a hipster because:
1. I have a 9-5 job
2. I'm married with two kids (one 5, one 1month)
3. I drive a Camry
4. I hunt animals for food (how's that for an anti-vegan)
5. I have no...
07-25-08, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 610
Posted By allencb

I like using spacers because you can fine tune...

I like using spacers because you can fine tune the fit easier than if you were to use various stems. Cheaper too. I also leave 1/4" to 1/2" of spacer (with corresponding steerer tube inside) on top...
07-24-08, 04:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By allencb

I'd replace that seatpost if I were you. I had...

I'd replace that seatpost if I were you. I had one briefly on my mtb. It flexed and creaked like crazy. I took it out of the frame for some reason (can't remember why) and found it was crimped by...
07-22-08, 09:38 AM
Replies: 209
Views: 17,868
Posted By allencb

tubing wall thickness in millimeters. The tubes...

tubing wall thickness in millimeters. The tubes are .9mm thick at each end and .6mm thick in the center portion.

Chris
07-20-08, 04:12 PM
Replies: 1,860
Views: 1,019,823
Posted By allencb

I'm riding my 1x1 as a FG during one of our...

I'm riding my 1x1 as a FG during one of our weekly night rides. Picture was taken back in January when it was about 20deg.

http://mysite.verizon.net/allencb/1.jpg

Chris
07-20-08, 06:29 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,138
Posted By allencb

I thought about doing something similar, but I...

I thought about doing something similar, but I already have a bunch of parts specific to this frame. Plus, Performance shipped the fork and I've picked it up from the shop. I want the bike "right...
07-18-08, 06:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,138
Posted By allencb

So much for getting mine built before the baby...

So much for getting mine built before the baby arrives.

Chris
07-17-08, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,786
Posted By allencb

I wonder how hard it would be to take that idea a...

I wonder how hard it would be to take that idea a step further and rig up a brake light using one of those little LED taillights...

Chris
07-17-08, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By allencb

Just a personal example: Early last year, I...

Just a personal example:

Early last year, I bought an early 80s Giant road bike from a local craigslist seller. Over the course of the next year, I upgraded just about everything, sold what was...
07-17-08, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 621
Posted By allencb

Hell, I see a lot of that on this forum. ...

Hell, I see a lot of that on this forum.

Oh, that hi-ten Schwinn from 1972 wasn't the dept store bike of it's day?

Chris
07-16-08, 04:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,138
Posted By allencb

Waiting for mine as well. I have all the small...

Waiting for mine as well. I have all the small parts, I just need the drivetrain and wheels.

Chris
07-16-08, 01:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,697
Posted By allencb

:twitchy: Might be time to kick the little...

:twitchy: Might be time to kick the little freeloader out.

Chris
07-16-08, 09:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,697
Posted By allencb

Another option is to put some hooks in the...

Another option is to put some hooks in the ceiling and hang the bike horizontally tight against the ceiling (assuming it's a normal one and not 16' high). Unless you're 8' tall, it will be out of...
07-16-08, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 904
Posted By allencb

Gonna have to try that for nighttime mountain...

Gonna have to try that for nighttime mountain biking. :)

Chris
07-16-08, 08:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,697
Posted By allencb

Put the bed on risers and slide it underneath. ...

Put the bed on risers and slide it underneath. Hang it from the ceiling with a hook or two depending on whether or not you wan it vertical or horizontal (I hang two bikes in my garage from their...
07-16-08, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By allencb

Yeah, because shop experience is required to know...

Yeah, because shop experience is required to know how a bike should be assembled. It's so very complex.

Anyway, why don't you tell me in painful detail why a shop built bike must be torn down and...
07-16-08, 06:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By allencb

Nope, never worked in a shop ever. Bikes...

Nope, never worked in a shop ever.

Bikes aren't terribly complex machines, especially SS/FG bikes. My comment stands, if you have to rebuild a NEW bike purchased at a decent shop (not a dept...
07-15-08, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,873
Posted By allencb

Seems like a lot of effort to avoid building a...

Seems like a lot of effort to avoid building a wheel.

Get the $30 pair of hubs from Iro (assuming you can't find something cheaper), spokes and nipples from your LBS, and reuse the rim (not...
07-15-08, 06:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By allencb

Really? Tell me where I'm wrong, where 25 years...

Really? Tell me where I'm wrong, where 25 years of experience with bikes and biking and building my own bikes (bikes that roll a couple thousand miles a year) is wrong.

If you need to rebuild a...
07-15-08, 04:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,543
Posted By allencb

The hyperbole is strong with this one. Bikes...

The hyperbole is strong with this one.

Bikes aren't particularly complicated, most anyone can put one together properly, especially if they work in a bike shop (you'd hope they'd get some sort of...
07-14-08, 03:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 20,639
Posted By allencb

Check their shipping. I was going to buy a set...

Check their shipping. I was going to buy a set until I found out they wanted $20 to ship it.

Chris
07-13-08, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,512
Posted By allencb

Examples of the reason I'm concerned about the...

Examples of the reason I'm concerned about the RDs, regardless of price... Square taper BBs, especially non-standard (for geared bikes), are hard to find locally. I'm going to get the Iro kit and...
07-13-08, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,512
Posted By allencb

He never determined exactly where the flex was...

He never determined exactly where the flex was coming from, which is why I said crank/bb/frame, but it did go away when he replaced the bb and crankset. This was on a mtb, btw.

Regarding the...
07-13-08, 04:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,512
Posted By allencb

What BB did you use to get a 42mm chainline? Is...

What BB did you use to get a 42mm chainline? Is your chainring inside or outside of the spider? What cog on the rear?



I've only known one person who managed to quantify the amount of flex...
07-13-08, 02:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,512
Posted By allencb

How do they suck? Heavy? Weak? What's a...

How do they suck? Heavy? Weak?

What's a better choice and why?

Chris
07-13-08, 01:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,512
Posted By allencb

Sugino RD48 or Iro crankset?

I was all set to buy the Iro build kit that includes cranks, cog, chain, BB, etc for $135 until I noticed Airbomb has the RD48 for $58. I put the parts I need to duplicate Iro's kit in the shopping...
07-13-08, 10:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,100
Posted By allencb

I rode 30 yesterday and 25 today on the geared...

I rode 30 yesterday and 25 today on the geared road bike. I've ridden 30 miles on my fixed mtb FWIW.

Chris
07-12-08, 02:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,201
Posted By allencb

No clue. You might try the place you got the...

No clue. You might try the place you got the hubs from. Did you try calling Harris? Are they Harris hubs or Formula?

Chris
07-12-08, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,201
Posted By allencb

Yeah, it doesn't look like you'll have enough...

Yeah, it doesn't look like you'll have enough axle for the method I described.

According to http://sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed-hubs.html#formula, you can respace the hubs up to 130mm. I...
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