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08-29-17, 12:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By labrat

My OCD makes me really want to find the spoke...

My OCD makes me really want to find the spoke while the wheel is detensioned and easy to replace so I'll be taking a close look at the elbows and crosses to try to find the one I missed. If that...
08-29-17, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By labrat

I'll have to look for that wear at the cross and...

I'll have to look for that wear at the cross and check the head angle. The NOS Wheelsmith double butted I bought seem to be an exact match for the ones the was originally built with so the other...
08-29-17, 07:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 348
Posted By labrat

Trying to identify previously tensioned spoke

I "stole" a bike off E-bay some time ago when the PO listed it as "local pickup only" then later changed it to "contact me for a shipping price." The bike arrived with undisclosed damage to the...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-12-14, 09:05 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 6,712
Posted By labrat

Wishing 10 wheels a full and speedy recovery.

Wishing 10 wheels a full and speedy recovery.
01-05-14, 10:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,503
Posted By labrat

I've found that with this combination studded...

I've found that with this combination studded tires just don't have a chance to work well. The snow causes the studs to "float" - and since they aren't making contact with the ice they just don't do...
Forum: Commuting
01-05-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 5,976
Posted By labrat

I have an older MagicShine (P7 emitter) and like...

I have an older MagicShine (P7 emitter) and like it except for the battery pack and less than robust wiring/connectors. I also have one of the cheapies (from Wallbuys not Amazon but likely very...
12-29-13, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 785
Posted By labrat

Welcome to BF. Don't be too hard on yourself...

Welcome to BF.

Don't be too hard on yourself about picking the larger tires. A new commmuter setup is always a little hit and miss as to what components play well together. I've heard great...
03-10-13, 06:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,235
Posted By labrat

From hanging around BudgetLightForum I've found...

From hanging around BudgetLightForum I've found that different temperature lights do indeed have different color rendition index (cri). This does seem to make a difference in a "walking around"...
02-10-13, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,308
Posted By labrat

I think you are on the right track with aking...

I think you are on the right track with aking questions here before you start.

Reading between the lines it sounds like you haven't done anything like wheelbuilding before. Have you trued a...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-10-13, 08:55 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,443
Posted By labrat

First, sorry for your loss. A very distant...

First, sorry for your loss.

A very distant second, but a primary reason you posted, what to do about the bikes: One of the best pieces of advice I've heard is not to make any major changes in...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-03-13, 08:55 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 6,977
Posted By labrat

I think we have a winner. But the saddle isn't...

I think we have a winner. But the saddle isn't quite the right color;)
Forum: Commuting
02-01-13, 09:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,000
Posted By labrat

Windchills were -30F (actual temp -8F) here the...

Windchills were -30F (actual temp -8F) here the last couple mornings and yes, people were asking if I rode.

If only they knew that I rode not because I'm bad a$$ or impervious to the cold. ...
01-22-13, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 19,866
Posted By labrat

I have XM-L emitters in T6, U2 and U3 varieties...

I have XM-L emitters in T6, U2 and U3 varieties in my different lights. It would seem that how they're driven and the reflector used make a lot more difference than the emitter. I sometimes wonder...
12-25-12, 11:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By labrat

The only issue I've had with my PBSF Turbo is the...

The only issue I've had with my PBSF Turbo is the name. (Can't figure out just what's supposed to spin the turbine - are you supposed to blow into the thing or what?)

I have many Planet Bike...
Forum: Commuting
12-22-12, 11:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,925
Posted By labrat

Tractorlegs, I'd welcome you to come up to Sioux...

Tractorlegs, I'd welcome you to come up to Sioux Falls and we'll go for a ride. Once you get the hang of it it's kind of fun to "read" the snow so you know what set of skills will come into play. ...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-12, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 679
Posted By labrat

I got tired of wearing through rims and replacing...

I got tired of wearing through rims and replacing too many parts of a derailleur drivetrain so I bought a nashbar steel commuter and made a "few" modifications.

Dumped the silly flat fenders for...
Forum: Commuting
12-21-12, 09:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,900
Posted By labrat

Around here winter riding at 19F is peice of...

Around here winter riding at 19F is peice of cake (I try really hard to find alternate transportation when it's less than 10 BELOW zero F).

At 19F I'd ride a beanie cap under my helmet, shell...
Forum: Commuting
12-08-12, 09:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,147
Posted By labrat

1. Full rigid MTB with Nokian Extremes for the...

1. Full rigid MTB with Nokian Extremes for the really nasty stuff. 2. IGH with nokian W106's for general winter use. 3. hybrid with front and rear racks, fenders for heavy hauling, utility use. ...
11-23-12, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 580
Posted By labrat

Welcome to the forum. It would help to know...

Welcome to the forum.

It would help to know the make and model of your hub.
11-18-12, 02:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 525
Posted By labrat

Thanks Eric, and let me be the first to welcome...

Thanks Eric, and let me be the first to welcome you to the forum.
10-27-12, 01:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By labrat

Lithium ions don't seem to play nice with the...

Lithium ions don't seem to play nice with the extreme temperature ranges seen here in the upper midwest. That combined with the fact that regular AAA's seem to last a long time means I've never had...
Forum: Touring
09-09-12, 05:27 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 4,181
Posted By labrat

I used a dollar tire boot. Inch long gash in the...

I used a dollar tire boot. Inch long gash in the sidewall, 20 miles, no problems.
09-05-12, 07:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 873
Posted By labrat

If you have the spare crank and the tools to...

If you have the spare crank and the tools to replace it then why not try? It seem to me the only thing you're out is a very small bit of wear for one extra install/removal.
Forum: Commuting
08-30-12, 09:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 824
Posted By labrat

Some of my commuters have SPD's (M520) others...

Some of my commuters have SPD's (M520) others wear platform pedals. The way I see it the platforms are nice because you can wear pretty much any shoe and there's no learning curve for clipping in...
08-24-12, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By labrat

You may have problems with the wheel you...

You may have problems with the wheel you selected. If I remember right, the Varsity had horizontal (or almost horizontal) dropouts and sometimes the quick release wheels don't play nice in them.
Forum: Commuting
08-14-12, 09:05 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,110
Posted By labrat

When people seem to keep asking if you own a car.

When people seem to keep asking if you own a car.
Forum: Commuting
08-12-12, 09:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,092
Posted By labrat

I tend to bias my commute to the pavement, but...

I tend to bias my commute to the pavement, but end up with about 5% hardpack or gravel. Whether the bike's wearing panniers or not has no influence on what surface (paved, gravel, hardpack) I choose...
08-12-12, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By labrat

You can probably get by with a short travel (or...

You can probably get by with a short travel (or rigid) MTB fork but what about the back? Most hybrids don't have the clearance for a 29er tire.
08-08-12, 05:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,264
Posted By labrat

I had a set of XT/Rhyno Lites with less thread...

I had a set of XT/Rhyno Lites with less thread showing. After less than a year the barrel seperated from the head of a couple nipples.

Remove the rim strip or tape and inspect how far the spokes...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-04-12, 09:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,851
Posted By labrat

No bling and out of stock until 8/13/12 but a...

No bling and out of stock until 8/13/12 but a bill and a half gets a 36h wheelset with solid reveiws (no personal experience here): http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product_10053_10052_506872_-1___202356
08-04-12, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,193
Posted By labrat

I prefer the wired models. My headlight causes...

I prefer the wired models. My headlight causes the wireless computer to give odd readings such as going 100 MPH faster than I actually am. Even without a headlight, most rides over 20 miles will...
08-04-12, 03:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,029
Posted By labrat

I've run Specialized All Conditions (it's not...

I've run Specialized All Conditions (it's not only a tire - it's also an oxymoron) and Serfas Seca many times in the winter. The slicks are just fine on dry pavement and do remarkably well in an...
Forum: Commuting
08-04-12, 03:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,378
Posted By labrat

"Specific MSRP wasn’t known at the time, but...

"Specific MSRP wasn’t known at the time, but Raleigh said they should be around $850 for the Furley, $1000 for the Tripper and $1400 for the Roper." as seen here: ...
08-03-12, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By labrat

We used our tandem, trailerbike, trailer train on...

We used our tandem, trailerbike, trailer train on the roads and the local bike trails. Backing up was not an option so a little advanced planning went a long way. The tandem ran a 28/38/48 with an...
08-02-12, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,173
Posted By labrat

When my kids were younger I spent a fair bit of...

When my kids were younger I spent a fair bit of time with a tandem, trailerbike, kid trailer setup. I can assure you that is about as much rig as I care to handle. One of the things that made tight...
07-29-12, 04:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By labrat

I put a foot long gouge in the side of a mini-van...

I put a foot long gouge in the side of a mini-van and took out the passenger side mirror. Mini-van had $800 damage, my hybrid had $400 and I had 3 quarter sized bruises (landed on my feet). The van...
07-27-12, 10:45 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,271
Posted By labrat

I have to repectfully disagree on the need for...

I have to repectfully disagree on the need for wide gear ratios on winter hybrid. I have 48/36/26 rings with a 11-34 cassette on the hybrid I've used for many winters and can assure you the 26/34...
07-23-12, 07:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,774
Posted By labrat

Do tandems count as two?

Do tandems count as two?
07-22-12, 09:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 765
Posted By labrat

I ran into a similar problem when the seatstay of...

I ran into a similar problem when the seatstay of a bike was drilled 90 degrees from from the fender mount. The creative use of a couple cable ties got the fender securely mounted without making...
07-20-12, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By labrat

They seem to be a good value for the money. Old...

They seem to be a good value for the money. Old school cup and cone bearings that will probably outlive the wheelset if repacked with fresh grease periodically.
07-15-12, 10:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,500
Posted By labrat

My commuter fleet is n+1 run amuck. It includes...

My commuter fleet is n+1 run amuck. It includes road, CX, hybrid, MTB and I'm working on a hybrid/IGH. Given I commute year round and am comfortable in iffy traction environments (snow and ice), I...
Forum: Commuting
07-15-12, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,619
Posted By labrat

Just to add another data point, I built up my...

Just to add another data point, I built up my Nashbar X with an Axiom Journey rack. I can with Ortleib Backrollers (pushed toward the rear of the rack), Nashbar ATB, or homemade bucket panniers...
07-10-12, 05:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By labrat

LarDasse, I’ve used the trick of putting a drop...

LarDasse, I’ve used the trick of putting a drop of light oil on many spokes that see winter duty. That seems to be an acceptable afterthought solution but those wheels always seem harder to deal...
07-09-12, 06:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 697
Posted By labrat

Converting a Nashbar Steel Commuter for Snow, Slush, Ice duty

I bought a Nashbar steel commuter when they had the 20% code (it's interesting the bike was priced at $350 before and after the coupon but $400 during the 20% off). I'm planning on using this bike...
07-06-12, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By labrat

The rectangle is a shim.

The rectangle is a shim.
06-21-12, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By labrat

Thanks FB, I stand corrected.

Thanks FB, I stand corrected.
06-21-12, 09:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 543
Posted By labrat

The difference IS the width. 5,6, 7, and 8 speed...

The difference IS the width. 5,6, 7, and 8 speed are pretty much the same width. 9 is a little narrower. 10 is a little more narrow than the 9. 11 is a little more narrow than the 10.
05-26-12, 10:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By labrat

OP, you mentioned presta. Are you looking for...

OP, you mentioned presta. Are you looking for tires or tubes? It tires, see above. If your question is can you use a 1.75 tube in a 2.1 tire the answer is probably yes although it will stretch out...
05-12-12, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,374
Posted By labrat

If you don't know what you're doing a road bike...

If you don't know what you're doing a road bike is NOT the place to learn popping wheelies. They're built for light weight and speed, not bike park tricks. If you do know what you're doing, popping...
Forum: Commuting
04-30-12, 05:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,997
Posted By labrat

Both. I usually run a couple bar mounted...

Both.

I usually run a couple bar mounted lights in addition to the helmet light. But if I ever run short of battery or am forced to choose only one light it is the helmet light.
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