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Forum: Commuting
02-17-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,371
Posted By ShartRate

I've got a Trek 7.2FX, it does everything you...

I've got a Trek 7.2FX, it does everything you mention. The ride is none too harsh, I'm sure the steel fork helps with that though I don't think the aluminum frame is built to be too stiff anyway. ...
01-14-14, 08:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

9s FD and 8s crank and chain are what I have now...

9s FD and 8s crank and chain are what I have now and they seem to be gelling alright. It's too nasty out to do a real test run so I might have to get on the trainer tonight. If there is anything...
01-13-14, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

Coming back to update this with a happy ending,...

Coming back to update this with a happy ending, plus as a record for anybody else who may encounter this problem.

I received the FD-6500 today and immediately installed it. Set the height and the...
01-09-14, 01:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

I tried this, and you are right that it took more...

I tried this, and you are right that it took more effort to move the lever. I spent so much time futzing with this setup that my had was actually getting tired from shifting. That cable route did...
01-09-14, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

Yeah, I always made sure it was in the innermost...

Yeah, I always made sure it was in the innermost position every time I attached the cable.

If the FD-6500 doesn't work, maybe I'll just go to 9 speed lol! I have a set of Tiagra 9 speed...
01-09-14, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

Clamping the cable over the bolt doesn't do any...

Clamping the cable over the bolt doesn't do any good, still not enough travel.

Anyway I found some pics from a 600 catalog that show the ST-6400 alongside the FD-6401, not the FD-6400 (which is...
01-09-14, 12:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

Cable routing is correct, no binding anywhere,...

Cable routing is correct, no binding anywhere, shifter works fine, just doesn't pull enough cable. (yes, it has all the clicks for trimming etc and they all work). Also, re: the first reply, it's a...
01-09-14, 11:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,695
Posted By ShartRate

Shimano FD-6400 and STI compatibility

Hi folks,

I'm having some problem setting up the front derailer on this old Klein I've got. The fd is a 600 tricolor FD-6400 and the shifters are 2x8 600 ST-6400. Now, this set-up is what came...
Forum: Commuting
12-20-13, 02:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,614
Posted By ShartRate

You'll need a 15mm wrench. I'd skip the...

You'll need a 15mm wrench.

I'd skip the A530s. I hear the platform side isn't very grippy, so unless you are going to be wearing your SPD shoes 95% you'll want a little more traction between the...
12-16-13, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,251
Posted By ShartRate

How about getting some moustache bars and using...

How about getting some moustache bars and using all of the components you already have?
Forum: Commuting
11-26-13, 12:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

What's the maximum pressure on those? My Nokians...

What's the maximum pressure on those? My Nokians only go up to 60psi, and me at 260 pounds they are on the studs all of the time :D
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

I had that thought just after I posted, lol. If...

I had that thought just after I posted, lol. If you check out the adventure bike forums, there's a few "brave" souls out there who are personally studding tires to go on their 100hp, 600 pound...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

IMO it's a few things. One is a difference in...

IMO it's a few things. One is a difference in the culture, around here in general I think motorcycles do even more toy duty than bicycles do. The other thing is that most people don't want to take...
Forum: Commuting
11-25-13, 09:56 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

Need to thank you guys into talking me into...

Need to thank you guys into talking me into swapping the tires the other night - this morning we're getting an (unexpected to me) dusting of snow. While I don't think the studs helped me much this...
Forum: Commuting
11-24-13, 10:24 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

I mounted the studded tires last night and rode...

I mounted the studded tires last night and rode to lab to break them in a little. A balmy 15F outside right now! Didn't see any ice, but better safe than sorry if I'm going to ride after dark. You...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-13, 09:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

Just got done installing the studded tires. My...

Just got done installing the studded tires. My lovely wife didn't even complain about me bringing that nasty bike in to do it.

I suppose if I wanted, I could cannibalize the wheels from my LHT...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

I am insured thankfully lol. But I also have to...

I am insured thankfully lol. But I also have to ride home in the dark if I'm going to be riding to work - as you guys already know, that was the time that was bothering me the most.

I think I will...
Forum: Commuting
11-23-13, 04:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,881
Posted By ShartRate

When do you put the studded tires on?

So I've been trying to wait until the last minute, but it's likely to be freezing temps for most of this week and there may be a couple patches of ice out there. I've got Carbide studded tires, but...
11-21-13, 09:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By ShartRate

Thanks guys, that was sort of my inclination....

Thanks guys, that was sort of my inclination. I'll drop the bike by their shop asap.
11-21-13, 07:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By ShartRate

So a bad build can result in a spoke that loosens...

So a bad build can result in a spoke that loosens up suddenly hundreds of miles later? I guess I don't know if I'd prefer that or that I bent the rim lol
11-21-13, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 726
Posted By ShartRate

Loose spoke, sign of trouble?

I bought a Handspun rear wheel from my lbs earlier this year, Velocity rim, DT spokes, Deore 36h hub. They trued it for me after the first hundred miles or so. Since then, I'd guess I've put maybe...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-13, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

Yup, not riding like that anymore! (not that I...

Yup, not riding like that anymore! (not that I was doing it on purpose today anyway :p)

With more hindsight, I was fixated on the cars that were turning right in front of me. When one finally...
Forum: Commuting
11-21-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

Ride was pretty good this morning, but I need to...

Ride was pretty good this morning, but I need to make a commuter confession. I was accidentally one of those "dangerous, irresponsible" cyclists this morning. I was approaching the crosswalk of a...
Forum: Touring
11-20-13, 11:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,316
Posted By ShartRate

Weird question for you - how much do you weigh? ...

Weird question for you - how much do you weigh? I always wonder when people aren't liking the LHT if they are a bit lighter. I'm 265 pounds and my LHT just feels solid underneath me, kinda like it...
Forum: Commuting
11-19-13, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Posted By ShartRate

Yup, if I'm being honest most drivers out there...

Yup, if I'm being honest most drivers out there behave pretty good. Every once in a while I'll get somebody to wave me through an intersection, stuff like that. I try not to focus on the rotten...
11-19-13, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By ShartRate

Yup! I've already got plenty of bikes around...

Yup! I've already got plenty of bikes around anyway. I think the cargo bike ought to wait a bit longer. I should be getting some nice Ortlieb luggage for my Long Haul Trucker for Christmas, and...
11-19-13, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By ShartRate

Yeah, after doing some further reading, it looks...

Yeah, after doing some further reading, it looks like I would probably have to stretch the frame dropouts and then get a new wheel anyway to use the Free Radical, so upgrading to an 8+ speed cassette...
11-19-13, 10:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By ShartRate

That would be fun but I'm trying to keep this as...

That would be fun but I'm trying to keep this as cheap and simple as possible :) Plus, is a hydraulic rear brake much of an advantage when I need to run V-brakes on the front?
11-19-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By ShartRate

Oh I guess I didn't get my terminology right. It...

Oh I guess I didn't get my terminology right. It has 5 speed derailer gears on it now and I'd like to upgrade it to 8 speed derailer gears.
11-19-13, 10:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By ShartRate

5 speed hub - upgrades possible?

I've been jonesing for a cargo bike for the last few months, and I just remembered that there's an old Giant Attraction in my parents' garage that I could stick an Xtracycle on. Used to be my dad's,...
Forum: Commuting
11-18-13, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 665
Posted By ShartRate

I had my first couldn't-unclip-in-time fall at...

I had my first couldn't-unclip-in-time fall at the end of RAGBRAI this year. The literal end. I was 20 yards from the Mississippi River.
Forum: Commuting
11-15-13, 11:16 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

Balmy here this morning! Sunny and probably...

Balmy here this morning! Sunny and probably about 34F. Earlier this week it'd been a little unseasonably cold, like high-teen temperatures. Even if it was actually warmer than that at times, wind...
Forum: Commuting
11-12-13, 02:11 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,930
Posted By ShartRate

Agreed with this... 4 mile ride to work this...

Agreed with this... 4 mile ride to work this morning at around 16F. Had some wool socks and my Keen waterproof hiking boots on. Feet felt just fine.

As much as I love the feel of my SPD shoes,...
Forum: Commuting
11-10-13, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 871
Posted By ShartRate

If things haven't changed at work, definitely...

If things haven't changed at work, definitely look at fit. My road bike was a real torture rack until I realized that the seat, handlebars, even the shift levers were all wrong. After futzing with...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-08-13, 02:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,243
Posted By ShartRate

It's got the right handlebars, I say yes.

It's got the right handlebars, I say yes.
11-08-13, 02:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,532
Posted By ShartRate

Just get the tights dude, they feel soooo goooood...

Just get the tights dude, they feel soooo goooood and also accentuate the powerful lines of your legs
11-07-13, 12:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,644
Posted By ShartRate

My wife is from China and I've resolved next time...

My wife is from China and I've resolved next time we go back that I'm going to get a bicycle. I do remember the fleets of beaters in Shanghai, but really it's like that in all the large cities.
...
11-04-13, 02:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,725
Posted By ShartRate

I would ride those 32h wheels for a while and...

I would ride those 32h wheels for a while and just see how it goes. If you start having problems with spokes breaking, then I would try some XT 36h hubs. I guess I don't know how much Chris Kings...
Forum: Commuting
11-04-13, 09:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,280
Posted By ShartRate

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Forum: Commuting
11-01-13, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By ShartRate

Definitely motorcycle bags... The hardware is...

Definitely motorcycle bags... The hardware is the laces on the top, and maybe just maybe some laces on the inside of the bags to tie them to a frame/passenger peg.

If you want them, I guess it...
10-31-13, 08:59 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 20,352
Posted By ShartRate

Until all bicycles have hydraulic anti-lock disc...

Until all bicycles have hydraulic anti-lock disc brakes, the braking champ is going to be the car (on average).

Forget about bicycles for a minute and consider motorcycles. Performance...
10-27-13, 10:02 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,422
Posted By ShartRate

Klein Quantum with 32 spoke wheels and...

Klein Quantum with 32 spoke wheels and tools/gadgets but no water is 22-23 pounds.

My Long Haul Trucker with some racks and tools is probably 36 or so, but definitely more once you throw in the...
Forum: Commuting
10-23-13, 07:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,314
Posted By ShartRate

Put clothes on until you get too hot, then take...

Put clothes on until you get too hot, then take some off. That's pretty much all you can do.
Forum: Commuting
10-23-13, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4,068
Views: 117,700
Posted By ShartRate

30F today. Was maybe a little overdressed, once...

30F today. Was maybe a little overdressed, once I got to work and stripped most of my gear off I was still sweating for five minutes.

Notes -
Shaved my head this week. The headband under the...
10-21-13, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 788
Posted By ShartRate

Yup, that's the tire size. I've been going back...

Yup, that's the tire size. I've been going back and forth on tires, I'll check those out.

I could put some on my Long Haul Trucker but I'd rather leave the hybrid out in the muck all day :)
10-20-13, 08:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 788
Posted By ShartRate

Climbing in slick conditions

I'm shooting to keep commuting as long as possible this winter. Also planning to get some studded Nokian tires for my hybrid. With that in mind, I have a couple of short relatively steep climbs on my...
10-18-13, 09:06 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,787
Posted By ShartRate

If every bike came with a Brooks, you know people...

If every bike came with a Brooks, you know people would just start throwing them in the trash lol
10-18-13, 08:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,553
Posted By ShartRate

All of the Shimano brifters I'm aware of that are...

All of the Shimano brifters I'm aware of that are 9 speed have the shift cable running on the outside. If you wanted to upgrade to 10 speed then I believe that Ultegra will solve your problems.
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10-16-13, 03:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,230
Posted By ShartRate

No personal experience, but I would look into the...

No personal experience, but I would look into the single speed chainrings. I was looking at the SRAM X11 stuff and they had a pretty gnarly chainring tooth profile to keep the chain on that single...
10-16-13, 12:56 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,442
Posted By ShartRate

I can wear shorts, t-shirt and fingerless gloves...

I can wear shorts, t-shirt and fingerless gloves down to the mid-high 50s. Lower than that and I put on my wool sweater and windproof gloves. It hasn't gotten below the mid 40s yet, but I haven't...
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