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05-17-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By sweeks

Hahaha! This! I changed my mountain bike to...

Hahaha! This!
I changed my mountain bike to trekking bars a couple years ago, and liked the result (since I don't do serious off-road stuff anymore). There are more hand positions, which helps not...
05-15-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 184
Posted By sweeks

Drop Bar to Trekking Bar Conversion

About five years ago, I got diagnosed with arthritis in my right wrist. I was having a little discomfort shifting the STI shifters (Ultegra 6510, 9-speed) so I acquired a set of 9-speed...
05-14-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 337
Posted By sweeks

As noted, that's not your seat tube; it's part of...

As noted, that's not your seat tube; it's part of the "seat stay", which in turn is part of the "rear triangle".
This frame element is mainly under compressive loading, so should be resistant to...
05-14-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 337
Posted By sweeks

Let's try again. The seat post is the part that...

Let's try again. The seat post is the part that attaches to the saddle (seat) and slides down into the frame. The seat tube is the part of the frame that the seat post slides into.
05-13-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 760
Posted By sweeks

Isn't this an integral part of "proper torque...

Isn't this an integral part of "proper torque methods"? :innocent:
05-07-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By sweeks

I have a bike with a Nexus 8-speed hub that has...

I have a bike with a Nexus 8-speed hub that has almost 10,000 miles on it. I have serviced it about once a year, and it appears virtually un-worn. I am not sure about the differences, if any, between...
05-02-22, 09:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By sweeks

The inner brakepart, (I like this term!)...

The inner brakepart, (I like this term!) comprising the cam, the rollers, and the shoes, is attached to the axle by a 17mm nut, and stabilized by the torque link. The cam is able to pivot on the axle...
05-01-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 846
Posted By sweeks

The image looks much more consistent with a...

The image looks much more consistent with a problem with the metal, irrespective of any chemical exposure. Could the cracks seen in the image have been caused by the insertion of the pins in the side...
05-01-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By sweeks

FWIW, the clip on the chain's master link is...

FWIW, the clip on the chain's master link is usually recommended to be installed with the closed end in the direction of chain travel. Yours is installed backwards in the second image in Post #1.
05-01-22, 12:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By sweeks

See THIS...

See THIS (https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/linear-pull-brake-service) from Park Tools and/or THIS (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/canti-direct.html) from Sheldon Brown. You should get your...
04-23-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 808
Posted By sweeks

I picked up a set at InterBike a few years ago. I...

I picked up a set at InterBike a few years ago. I added a few extras that fit in the same small package and have been very pleased with them on my road and mountain bikes.
On my commuter bike (Tern...
04-23-22, 03:20 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 699
Posted By sweeks

I sense this as well. If you have decent tires,...

I sense this as well. If you have decent tires, carry the necessary tools to repair the occasional flat, and don't plan on riding in areas where road sharps are common, you should be fine.

If I...
04-23-22, 08:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 699
Posted By sweeks

In the spirit of "flat prevention", which I think...

In the spirit of "flat prevention", which I think may have been the OP's motivation for asking about tire inserts, I have a possibly interesting case report.
In Post #15 I mentioned a "significant...
04-22-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 699
Posted By sweeks

Isn't another reason to use these inserts to make...

Isn't another reason to use these inserts to make the tires more resistant to flats? A centimeter of foam between the inside of the tire and the inner tube could be significant.
The Schwalbe...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-22, 05:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,590
Posted By sweeks

On a typical work day my bike gets folded and...

On a typical work day my bike gets folded and unfolded twice.
It's not "fumbling" when you have it down to a science!
It takes less than a minute in either direction. :thumb:
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,590
Posted By sweeks

I like your air horn... an indispensable...

I like your air horn... an indispensable accessory for city riding.

EDIT: Here is my horn, conveniently located where my left thumb can reach it. Also seen is the inclinometer (red)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-22, 06:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,590
Posted By sweeks

I mounted an INCLINOMETER...

I mounted an INCLINOMETER (https://roadbikeaction.com/holiday-gift-idea-sky-mounti-inclinometer/) on the handlebar of my Tern. The bar position is infinitely variable, which can be really irritating...
04-06-22, 02:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 547
Posted By sweeks

I don't think I'd pitch it. I might inspect it...

I don't think I'd pitch it. I might inspect it more frequently but it doesn't look badly-enough damaged to discard.
04-04-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 857
Posted By sweeks

Here are some images of the Park Tools pedal and...

Here are some images of the Park Tools pedal and cone wrenches showing their relative thicknesses and the relationship of the pedal wrench to the MKS pedal coupler.
While I agree that cone wrenches...
03-21-22, 07:13 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,898
Posted By sweeks

"The best defense is a good offense." (Loosely...

"The best defense is a good offense."
(Loosely attributed to George Washington (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_best_defense_is_a_good_offense))
Hence my fondness for, and dependence on, mirrors...
03-14-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 346
Posted By sweeks

And if you're *really* OCD, you build the wheel...

And if you're *really* OCD, you build the wheel so the hub label is viewable through the rim's valve hole!...
03-05-22, 03:01 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,898
Posted By sweeks

Well, that's true *unless* the confidence is...

Well, that's true *unless* the confidence is excessive or unwarranted. :D
03-05-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,898
Posted By sweeks

Sadly, I agree with you. My only supporting...

Sadly, I agree with you. My only supporting evidence (case report, n=1) is 27,000 miles of commuting in Chicago with consistent mirror use and no rear strikes. Not much to go on, but I *have* had a...
02-27-22, 09:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,375
Posted By sweeks

OK, Vinnie! :D

OK, Vinnie! :D
02-26-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,596
Posted By sweeks

I have two roughly-the-same folding commuters....

I have two roughly-the-same folding commuters. One is specialized for winter (ice and snow) and the other is better for rain or fair(er) weather. I take whichever one seems to match the predicted...
Forum: Commuting
02-26-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,244
Posted By sweeks

Illinois has the same law, and the 2 minute...

Illinois has the same law, and the 2 minute "required" wait is just as irritating. I usually just "think" about waiting that long, then proceed. :innocent:
02-20-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 277
Posted By sweeks

Might as well, now that you've got them off!

Might as well, now that you've got them off!
02-18-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 356
Posted By sweeks

They're not "spines" either! >>>> SPLINES...

They're not "spines" either! >>>> SPLINES :D
02-18-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 965
Posted By sweeks

But...but... the "Q" factor! :innocent:

But...but... the "Q" factor! :innocent:
02-16-22, 08:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 738
Posted By sweeks

The bristles of a toothbrush are really too short...

The bristles of a toothbrush are really too short to work well. There are brushes like THIS...
Forum: Commuting
02-15-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,032
Posted By sweeks

My main commuter bike came with Marathons (406),...

My main commuter bike came with Marathons (406), and I had the occasional puncture. I changed to Marathon Plus after a few thousand miles and haven't had a flat since. The bike just turned over...
02-12-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,124
Posted By sweeks

Reading all this makes me happy that I have...

Reading all this makes me happy that I have 20-year-old Ultegra cranks. They're hollow forged, and I think they look better as well. :love:...
02-09-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

I'll be at a show at McCormick Place in a couple...

I'll be at a show at McCormick Place in a couple weeks (CDS Mid-Winter Meeting). Luckily, I can get there from home by METRA and my folding bike. :-)
02-09-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

If you're anywhere near "Little Italy" (Taylor...

If you're anywhere near "Little Italy" (Taylor Street), send me a PM. I'm at UIC in the Health Sciences Center. We can get coffee or something and chat. :-)
02-05-22, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 962
Posted By sweeks

"Luke... I am your father!" (Sorry... couldn't...

"Luke... I am your father!"
(Sorry... couldn't resist. :innocent: )
01-23-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,274
Posted By sweeks

I believe the wear is due to abrasive corrosion...

I believe the wear is due to abrasive corrosion products (rust) formed from the steel "hats" that hold the carbide studs in the tire. Corrosion is accelerated by salt used to melt snow, so if your...
01-22-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 980
Posted By sweeks

I used to line the valve with the label, but have...

I used to line the valve with the label, but have switched to placing the valve next to the tire inflation markings. That way it's easier to find the pressure markings.
01-22-22, 04:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,274
Posted By sweeks

Heh... "SMW" are my initials! So I was confused...

Heh... "SMW" are my initials! So I was confused for a couple seconds.
I have experienced the wear-through issue. The rear tire has a shorter lifespan, in my experience, but never less than 2 winter...
01-22-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,748
Posted By sweeks

Wind chill is always good for bragging rights!...

Wind chill is always good for bragging rights! :innocent:
01-16-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 998
Posted By sweeks

My intention wasn't to say you are wrong. I was...

My intention wasn't to say you are wrong. I was hinting, by saying "a grand total of six", that I'm aware of my limited experience.
FWIW, I find your posts full of useful information. Cheers!
01-11-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sweeks

Do I *really* have to explain this? ;)

Do I *really* have to explain this? ;)
01-11-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,169
Posted By sweeks

Try taking some weight off the motor! :innocent:

Try taking some weight off the motor! :innocent:
01-10-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

If you have the right clothing, the cold is...

If you have the right clothing, the cold is nothing to fear. I've been out in minus 20 F and come back sweating (which could be a problem in itself!
01-10-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

With studded tires, you *have* better control...

With studded tires, you *have* better control than the cars!
At the train station in my town, I have on occasion had friendly competition with cars to see who can get to the stop sign at the parking...
01-10-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

:lol: "pucker up"!

:lol: "pucker up"!
01-10-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

BTDT!! :o

BTDT!! :o
01-09-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

Yes, I was very much aware that the tires had...

Yes, I was very much aware that the tires had much better traction than my feet!
01-09-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

Yes, I knew it wasn't Mohs... I was in a...

Yes, I knew it wasn't Mohs... I was in a "listing" mood.
I'm out of my depth here. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that there's a complicated explanation which, fortunately, doesn't have to be...
01-09-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for the graphic. It doesn't say which...

Thanks for the graphic. It doesn't say which hardness measuring system is represented (Mohs, Vickers, Brinell, etc.), but it's apparent that hardness is inversely proportional to surface temperature....
01-08-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 8,859
Posted By sweeks

My experience is different. Maybe the number of...

My experience is different. Maybe the number of studs is a factor?
...
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