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06-16-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,368
Posted By cachehiker

I've been riding a 50/36 with a 9-speed 11-23...

I've been riding a 50/36 with a 9-speed 11-23 cassette for years. It's just seems too darn easy to spin out a 34t.

Anyway, I've always maintained the principle advantage is better front shifting...
06-16-11, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,292
Posted By cachehiker

My tailbone pain isn't all that serious and never...

My tailbone pain isn't all that serious and never rears its ugly head until I'm into the last few miles of an epic mountain bike ride. It hasn't been a problem since switched to the WTB Rocket V and...
06-13-11, 01:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,290
Posted By cachehiker

Purchased retail or custom built from the shop, I...

Purchased retail or custom built from the shop, I would have to say my bikes exceed my talent. On the other hand, I do 95% of my own wrenching and am constantly on the lookout for quality gear on the...
06-06-11, 05:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 835
Posted By cachehiker

There's that guy at the local coffee shop with...

There's that guy at the local coffee shop with his Pinarello Dogma decked out in the latest Assos. I forget his name but he's got this not quite genuine Spanish accent and walks around like he's...
06-06-11, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 835
Posted By cachehiker

Fred's are a dedicated breed. I am the Fred of...

Fred's are a dedicated breed. I am the Fred of the racing team I ride with. Yes, I am fast and yes, I do own a racing bike.

But it's more common for me to roll up on a drop bar mountain bike...
02-25-11, 08:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,805
Posted By cachehiker

Nope. Classic Zaskar build just took a while to...

Nope. Classic Zaskar build just took a while to find all the right NOS parts.

I had two other mountain bikes to take up the slack plus two commuters and a roadie.

My current build has been in...
02-24-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,805
Posted By cachehiker

I've had a bike in the workstand for almost a...

I've had a bike in the workstand for almost a year. Do I win?



With a lever and cam type clamp like what is on the PCS-10, it's really easy to misjudge how tight it is set. Misjudge just once...
02-23-11, 10:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,576
Posted By cachehiker

I've run Kool Stops in both Tektro Oryx and...

I've run Kool Stops in both Tektro Oryx and Shimano BR-550's. The stock Tektro pads didn't brake well in wet conditions. Overall, for me, the Shimanos squealed and the Tektros didn't. Adjusting...
02-21-11, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 728
Posted By cachehiker

The LBS knows I buy more parts and supplies from...

The LBS knows I buy more parts and supplies from them than from everywhere else put together. Still, there are deals out there that are too good to pass up. Once I go that route though, I consider...
02-20-11, 08:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 728
Posted By cachehiker

I would never recommend anybody start...

I would never recommend anybody start wheelbuilding with $550 in parts. I effed up one of my first few builds and had to go back and retension a second. After those first few though, lets just say...
02-19-11, 09:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 616
Posted By cachehiker

26/36/48 pushing an 11-32 cassette with 26"...

26/36/48 pushing an 11-32 cassette with 26" wheels, usually dead center at 36-18.

Hammer along no matter what as long as it's less than 3-4" deep.
02-19-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 671
Posted By cachehiker

You're kidding. Right? Any day that's close...

You're kidding. Right?

Any day that's close to 32F is a riding day up here.

When it's colder, cross country skiing and shoveling get the nod.
Forum: Commuting
02-19-11, 08:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,686
Posted By cachehiker

No biggie for hybrid touring riding under most...

No biggie for hybrid touring riding under most conditions.

My SKS fenders had them and they got tossed in favor of the "fixed" mount.

BTW, my Planet Bike fenders were far easier to install.
02-17-11, 07:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By cachehiker

I squirted a blob of Great Stuff Foam Sealant...

I squirted a blob of Great Stuff Foam Sealant into mine after it came loose and it stopped the rattle. Make sure you watch it and clean up the excess as it expands though. Wait too long and it...
02-16-11, 07:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,300
Posted By cachehiker

Literally freeze up? No. Never had that happen. ...

Literally freeze up? No. Never had that happen.

But the viscosity of the oil used for damping can get really high. I notice a definite lack of travel when I'm out thrashing about in the winter,...
02-13-11, 11:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,210
Posted By cachehiker

I'd never go so far as swapping forks at the...

I'd never go so far as swapping forks at the beginning and end of every season but I agree with you. I have an old studded tire, drop bar mountain bike to ride in the worst conditions. The...
02-12-11, 11:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By cachehiker

crap now I have to go find it. :p $20 for a...

crap now I have to go find it. :p $20 for a fellow bf poster. shipping via USPS priority mail won't add much. shipping via USPS first class package is even lower but a few days slower.

if you're...
02-11-11, 10:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 848
Posted By cachehiker

I have an extra. Want it? Never installed. Pretty...

I have an extra. Want it? Never installed. Pretty sure it's 8/9 speed. I like the one on my road bike but the right hand cross bike brifter failed before I got it installed. That bike is now set up...
01-23-11, 10:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,123
Posted By cachehiker

I've used these ...

I've used these

http://ecom1.planetbike.com/7001.html

and SKS Shockboards and not been particularly impressed. The hybrid clip-ons were OK but really only kept the crap out of my face and the...
01-13-11, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,123
Posted By cachehiker

If those VO's are still on sale after I've slept...

If those VO's are still on sale after I've slept on it, they're likely to be without another pair come tomorrow.

45mm fenders should be fine. I switch between 32c and 35c tires and my 45's are...
01-11-11, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By cachehiker

It's strange. Nothing fazed me: emergency room,...

It's strange. Nothing fazed me: emergency room, ambulance ride, surgery, hospitalized two weeks, homebound three weeks, starting chemo, ...

Suddenly I'm agreeing to sell the epic 5000ci pack that...
01-08-11, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,091
Posted By cachehiker

I started chemo a few weeks ago myself and I...

I started chemo a few weeks ago myself and I doubt I'll be hangin' in with the horses ever again.

It sucks big time, but I'll have to start a gradual process of paring down the collection of bikes...
01-08-11, 11:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,853
Posted By cachehiker

I'd much rather be on the Scwalbe's than the...

I'd much rather be on the Scwalbe's than the A10's. The A10's don't have enough tread to deal with chunder. I switch to a mountain bike with a drop bar conversion for touring and hauling when the...
01-05-11, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 846
Posted By cachehiker

I xc ski, backcountry ski, telemark ski,...

I xc ski, backcountry ski, telemark ski, snowshoe, and do yoga and dumbbell workouts in addition to riding on the studs about once each week and spinning on the trainer about once every two weeks. I...
01-04-11, 07:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 846
Posted By cachehiker

I chase loose women.

I chase loose women.
01-02-11, 07:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By cachehiker

Am I the only one thinking firewood and a down...

Am I the only one thinking firewood and a down jacket?

Those cover the parts I have problems with freezing.
12-30-10, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,853
Posted By cachehiker

This is my 2nd winter with them. I have a 10 mile...

This is my 2nd winter with them. I have a 10 mile commute, 7-10 blocks of which involve dead end streets, a seldom used road, a private road, and bike paths that only get plowed after the vehicle...
12-25-10, 06:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,128
Posted By cachehiker

disc wheels, disc frame, disc fork, and disc...

disc wheels, disc frame, disc fork, and disc brakes is what it would cost me.
12-25-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,128
Posted By cachehiker

Easy for me to assume that everybody with a...

Easy for me to assume that everybody with a better than Mal-wart bike is on modern aluminum rims in this day and age.

The pads make a big difference too. I use Kool Stop Salmons most of the time....
12-24-10, 04:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,542
Posted By cachehiker

It's not so much that the overlap is there for...

It's not so much that the overlap is there for me. It's that when it gets up beyond a few millimeters I can't just tilt or twist my foot a bit to avoid going down when attempting momentary...
12-24-10, 01:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,128
Posted By cachehiker

I still use rim brakes but I live in the desert. ...

I still use rim brakes but I live in the desert.

Disc brakes work better but we're talking about a winter commuter here. I'm not going to go out and plunk down good $$$ for a new bike to ride in...
12-23-10, 08:52 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,542
Posted By cachehiker

Shorter cranks, shorter clips, smaller tires. ...

Shorter cranks, shorter clips, smaller tires.

Toe overlap bothers me just enough that I'll do whatever I can to bring it down to just a few mm. That leaves my 49cm Soma Double Cross with 167.5mm...
Forum: Touring
12-11-10, 10:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,271
Posted By cachehiker

Canon SX130. I have a Canon Digital Elph....

Canon SX130.

I have a Canon Digital Elph. It's my 3rd. My first survived falling out of my pocket at 20 mph and numerous other mishaps. The second fell out of its holster at the top of a...
12-11-10, 07:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 809
Posted By cachehiker

The original lugged crown steel fork on my Soma...

The original lugged crown steel fork on my Soma gave me all kinds of squeals and shudder. Lengthening the straddle cable to an extreme controlled the shudder but not the squeal. Switching to a...
12-11-10, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By cachehiker

Single 39t up front, 11-28 when the bike is set...

Single 39t up front, 11-28 when the bike is set up for cross, 11-32 when it's set up with racks, panniers, and fenders.
12-09-10, 12:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By cachehiker

More to minimize wear and maximize shifting...

More to minimize wear and maximize shifting performance.

Today's more flexible chains provide similar efficiency regardless of chainline (within reason.)

I think I could make a road triple FD...
12-09-10, 11:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 436
Posted By cachehiker

Per Sheldon: 47.5-50mm for a mountain...

Per Sheldon:

47.5-50mm for a mountain triple.

45mm for a road triple.

43.5mm for a road double.

Seat tube centerline to chainring centerline.
12-08-10, 06:28 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,612
Posted By cachehiker

Cool. Thanks. Nice to have the regs. I get asked...

Cool. Thanks. Nice to have the regs. I get asked about this at work in spite of the fact that I'm not a mechanical engineer, not an attorney, and not responsible for those end products in any way,...
12-08-10, 12:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,612
Posted By cachehiker

This is about where the CPSC standard lies. It...

This is about where the CPSC standard lies. It takes about 0.5 g's to stop a bike going 15 mph in the distance required. It also takes about 0.5 g's for an upright rider to endo an undersized bike. I...
12-07-10, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By cachehiker

I've taken my cycle-computer and pushed it...

I've taken my cycle-computer and pushed it forward and out of sight more than a few times during long stretches into a stiff wind.

Cranking along and having it taunt me with that 13-15 mph display...
12-07-10, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By cachehiker

I recently picked up a Shimano cable cutter and...

I recently picked up a Shimano cable cutter and I'm glad I did.

On the other hand, I buy most tools with a decade of usability in mind and quite honestly got that out of the cheap...
12-06-10, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 645
Posted By cachehiker

The right brifter on my 5510's quit upshifting...

The right brifter on my 5510's quit upshifting through the smallest 3-4 rear cogs. For a while it was only the smallest two cogs and I could downshift then upshift and it would work on the second...
12-04-10, 07:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,612
Posted By cachehiker

I would have to refer you to the attorney where I...

I would have to refer you to the attorney where I work. We manufacture exercise equipment and he has a few books discussing brake performance and potential litigation. It's primarily stationary bikes...
12-04-10, 12:42 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,612
Posted By cachehiker

Is there any part on a bicycle whose failure...

Is there any part on a bicycle whose failure would put you in greater danger?

Department store bikes are notorious for having brakes engineered to barely meet CPSC requirements for stopping...
12-04-10, 11:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,612
Posted By cachehiker

I wouldn't trust a Mal-wart bike without spending...

I wouldn't trust a Mal-wart bike without spending all day overhauling it and installing new brake pads if not entirely new brakes.

My spare time is worth $10-15/hour and if I add $30 for brakes...
12-02-10, 09:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,429
Posted By cachehiker

How much leverage do you need? Lower yoke = more,...

How much leverage do you need? Lower yoke = more, higher yoke = less.

Rain and snow, really hard brake pads, and rolled steel rims require more leverage. The wide problem solvers yokes help with...
12-02-10, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 488
Posted By cachehiker

I did the same thing to a 6500 left shifter 5-6...

I did the same thing to a 6500 left shifter 5-6 years ago.

It was an expensive mistake in a month when by budget lacked any slack. :(
12-02-10, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By cachehiker

I intend to give these a try as soon as possible:...

I intend to give these a try as soon as possible:

http://www.rei.com/product/807075

http://www.rei.com/media/uu/520814a3-54c6-4448-a84e-eeea4186f639.jpg
Forum: Commuting
11-30-10, 10:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 755
Posted By cachehiker

I've got four sets of LED lights, each powered by...

I've got four sets of LED lights, each powered by two AA batteries. One set gets run down each seatstay, chainstay, and up each side of the seatpost. One set gets run down each side of the top tube,...
11-30-10, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By cachehiker

How accurate are his calipers? Or better yet, how...

How accurate are his calipers? Or better yet, how accurate are the measurements he makes with them?
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