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Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-22, 08:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 992
Posted By Banzai

2nd wheelset. However, if you want to avoid...

2nd wheelset.

However, if you want to avoid ďgotchasĒ, match the hubs between the two. That way brake rotors will be identically spaced, as will the cassette.

Nothing like dropping in a spare...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-09-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 999
Posted By Banzai

Yes, that is lovely! While not as vintage as...

Yes, that is lovely!

While not as vintage as yours, Iím in a similar situation with my CAAD9.

Sadly, manufacturers are ending production of high end mechanical group sets.
Forum: Fatbikes
08-09-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

Well, now we both have anecdotes. However,...

Well, now we both have anecdotes.

However, fat tire steering issues are certainly known, and a cursory search will reveal numerous anecdotes and discussions on multiple sites.

Additionally, I...
Forum: Fatbikes
08-09-22, 09:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

Also, what kind of unique and special skill set...

Also, what kind of unique and special skill set is required of a highly experienced cyclist on a properly fit and well maintained bike? If it really is so highly specialized in the skills required,...
Forum: Fatbikes
08-09-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

The tires. I once had Nates that didnít have this...

The tires. I once had Nates that didnít have this problem. Also Black Floyds that pulled like crazy.

Thatís some expensive trial and error there.

Not a problem on all tires, but it is a...
Forum: Fatbikes
08-08-22, 07:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

Iím going to rule out user error and weight...

Iím going to rule out user error and weight distribution.

My other bikes with various tire/wheel sizes are not a struggle to operate. ďNaturalĒ or ďeffortlessĒ would be better descriptors.

I...
07-31-22, 01:28 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,208
Posted By Banzai

I donít work in a shop. I am a very good wheel...

I donít work in a shop. I am a very good wheel builder: I only ride my own wheels, my friends mostly ride my wheels too. I select rims and spoke counts appropriate for use and weight, and I take care...
07-30-22, 10:02 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,208
Posted By Banzai

it is rare if the wheel was built properly. ...

it is rare if the wheel was built properly.

On the other hand, before disc brakes became ubiquitous, I saw bikes that saw lots of winter use have the brake surface ground to aluminum paste by the...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-29-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

Teravail Coronado Tires. Not much choice for...

Teravail Coronado Tires.

Not much choice for tires anymore, either.
Forum: Fatbikes
07-29-22, 09:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

You are free to place me on ignore and not reply....

You are free to place me on ignore and not reply. I'm happy to discuss self-steer, but if all you can do is personal jabs, it won't hurt my feelings if I make your "ignore" list. You will earn a spot...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-29-22, 09:26 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,985
Posted By Banzai

Ugh. That's another problem. E-bikes are...

Ugh. That's another problem.

E-bikes are driving the parts market towards tank-like, automotive-grade parts to deal with the extra weight and sometimes torque of electric motors.
07-29-22, 09:24 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,208
Posted By Banzai

My comment is of tremendous use. Conditions...

My comment is of tremendous use. Conditions matter as to the "consumability" of a chain.

My winter bike sees very few miles, but the chain is destroyed by road salt every year. My nice road bike...
07-28-22, 12:57 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,208
Posted By Banzai

Chains? Depends. My winter bike gets a new...

Chains? Depends.

My winter bike gets a new chain every spring. I try to maintain it, but because of the eff-ing road salt it's still partially immobilized by the spring.

My nice road bike that...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-27-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,993
Posted By Banzai

I, too, wonder/worry about future parts...

I, too, wonder/worry about future parts availability. Doesnít seem like too long ago when particular parts may change, but standards were such that you could always find something else compatible...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-27-22, 02:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,569
Posted By Banzai

Self steer

Ok, I'm on a rant about my Pugsley, and fat bikes in general lately, but here's something I wish I had known more about before I built one: Self-steer.

It's irritating at best, and unnerving at...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-27-22, 02:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,993
Posted By Banzai

Tire availability is increasingly a problem with...

Tire availability is increasingly a problem with my Pugsley. During the meteoric rise-and-fall of the fatbike fad, standards and sizes were subjected to forced obsolescence in very short time periods...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-26-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,039
Posted By Banzai

If you plan to use your bike in the city in...

If you plan to use your bike in the city in winter, (as I do), here are some pitfalls I found.

There is no greater impediment to winter cycling than having your drivetrain wrecked by salty slush,...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-26-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,985
Posted By Banzai

I remember when ďgravelĒ bikes were called...

I remember when ďgravelĒ bikes were called touring bikes or cyclocross bikes, depending on the details. Those were the days!

The other day I stumbled upon some article in which the author had a...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-25-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,985
Posted By Banzai

To further illustrate: This subforum, in the...

To further illustrate:

This subforum, in the years of its existence, is only 8 pages deep. The second oldest post is by me, in 2016, shortly after it started, right when I was beginning to detect...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-25-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,985
Posted By Banzai

The long, slow twilight of fat bikes

I think the fad might be almost over. Of the manufacturers who still sell them, models are highly limited in variety, and production numbers are exceedingly low. Certainly, a few specialty...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-25-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By Banzai

I just want to buy rims. I only ride my own...

I just want to buy rims. I only ride my own handbuilt wheels. A few years ago, there were a plethora of options. Now there are pretty much none, save for a new rim WTB made for e-bikes (which also...
07-23-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By Banzai

Heavier than a Rohloff. That belt setup with the...

Heavier than a Rohloff. That belt setup with the tension jockey wheel looks high-friction/drag.

Definitely going to need an e-bike.
07-23-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 3,008
Posted By Banzai

I remember when we called them either...

I remember when we called them either ďcyclocrossĒ bikes or ďtouringĒ bikes.

Those were the daysÖ
07-21-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 941
Posted By Banzai

Flexy side pulls. If you never knew anything...

Flexy side pulls. If you never knew anything else, theyíd seem fine to you. If youíve experienced modern brakes, theyíll always seem underwhelming.
07-21-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By Banzai

Thatís what I suspected. If they are that precise...

Thatís what I suspected. If they are that precise about the cable housing to pinch bolt distance, then hubs should be interchangeable.
07-20-22, 05:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By Banzai

This is a strong anecdote for my idea that it...

This is a strong anecdote for my idea that it can/will work.
07-20-22, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By Banzai

Alfine spare wheelset?

Hereís a puzzle.

I have a bike with an Alfine hub. Iím considering making a second wheelset for it, obviously with the same model Alfine hub.

Are the manufacturing tolerances tight enough that...
07-20-22, 10:03 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 120
Posted By Banzai

Offset/Asym rims for Pugsley 29er wheel

Cross-posted from Fat Bike Forum, the most dead sub-forum here:

Offset/asym 29er rims seem to be going the way of the dinosaur (just like many Pugsley compatible things). Surly dropped the Rabbit...
Forum: Fatbikes
07-18-22, 05:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By Banzai

Asym/offset rims for Pugsley 29er wheels

Offset/asym 29er rims seem to be going the way of the dinosaur (just like many Pugsley compatible things). Surly dropped the Rabbit Hole an age ago, looks like WTB isnít making them anymore, Velocity...
07-10-22, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Banzai

Thanks for the replies so far. Good stuff!

Thanks for the replies so far. Good stuff!
07-09-22, 10:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Banzai

No one? I havenít tested yet because I donít want...

No one? I havenít tested yet because I donít want to damage anything. Shimano doesnít have any guidance, but I imagine their guidance would be to always use two.

Obviously they designed it that...
06-12-22, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By Banzai

Alfine: can I use only one anti-rotation washer?

Iíll probably test it to find out when I get home anyway, but since Iím traveling right now I thought Iíd ask.

I have an Alfine hub on a bike with track ends. Iíd kind of like to use an axle...
06-01-21, 10:39 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 13,192
Posted By Banzai

Not that it can't be done with the handlebars....

Not that it can't be done with the handlebars. I've done it many times myself, but the handlebars were THE HARDEST part of packing it. Then one day I had the epiphany that I always have another...
05-30-21, 10:08 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 13,192
Posted By Banzai

Oops, I see you already have a fork. By the...

Oops, I see you already have a fork.

By the way, the key to packing that bike is to pack the handlebars in a separate suitcase. If you do that, it's really easy. The hardest part is getting the...
05-30-21, 10:02 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 13,192
Posted By Banzai

The Ritchey Breakaway Cross came with a Ritchey...

The Ritchey Breakaway Cross came with a Ritchey Comp Carbon Fiber fork with an AL steerer. I don't know why they replaced such a nice fork with tank. If you want to stick with steel, I'd buy a Soma...
09-20-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,864
Posted By Banzai

26x4.0 vs 29x2.25

I live in the Twin Cities, MN.

My 700x35 studs really struggle with the ice ruts that form on the roads after the cars drive through, and things re-freeze. 26x4.0 does good in the winter, but the...
09-19-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,616
Posted By Banzai

Not true. I live in St. Paul. After they...

Not true. I live in St. Paul.

After they salt the heck out of the roads, it's all brown mashed potatoes. In fact, here in the Twin Cities is where I learned the term for that kind of dense wet...
08-05-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 20,169
Posted By Banzai

I love tire threads. I am absolutely faster,...

I love tire threads.

I am absolutely faster, and the rides feel easier, on my CAAD9 with 25s, than on my Ritchey with 32s.

There are lots of variables involved, and the Ritchey is a more...
07-11-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,349
Posted By Banzai

I run an Alfine on my Pugsley, precisely because...

I run an Alfine on my Pugsley, precisely because of issues like this. And because at the end of winter, I was typically replacing the rusted derailer. My Pugsley sees on and off road miles, and they...
07-11-20, 10:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,116
Posted By Banzai

Trade fat (26x4.0) for 29er

Title says it all. I have a Pugsley that sees most of its use in winter, but I'm thinking of selling it and getting something with 29x2.3-2.5 tires. Why?

Fat tires don't "float". I weigh about...
02-12-20, 04:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,616
Posted By Banzai

My studded 35mm tires do nothing in the mashed...

My studded 35mm tires do nothing in the mashed potatoes the OP described. They just founder and fishtail.

Without my Pugsley, Iíd be stuck.
02-12-20, 04:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,741
Posted By Banzai

Canít say how much I hate salt. I have to budget...

Canít say how much I hate salt. I have to budget 30 min on to the end of every ride for a complete rinse, then oil on the chain. Last week I decided not to after a ride, and the result two days later...
01-11-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,377
Posted By Banzai

Budgeting cleanup time into every...single...ride...

Budgeting cleanup time into every...single...ride is an enormous hassle, and the biggest disincentive to winter cycling.
And cleaning the bike outside, with water, when itís 10F really sucks too.
01-10-20, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,377
Posted By Banzai

My Pugsley used to be black. It's gray/white from...

My Pugsley used to be black. It's gray/white from salt right now. Ridiculous.
12-31-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,377
Posted By Banzai

Salt. It kills components more than anything, and...

Salt. It kills components more than anything, and we use more now than ever, just so drivers donít have to slow down as much.
My list of winter cycling hazards:
1) Drivers
2) Parked cars.
3)...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-13-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,817
Posted By Banzai

The single best thing you can do to winterize a...

The single best thing you can do to winterize a bike is full coverage fenders, because salty road spray wrecks equipment. However, there arenít really any full coverage fenders for fat bikes.

So...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-08-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,067
Posted By Banzai

Makes sense to me. I was just thinking that after...

Makes sense to me. I was just thinking that after you have gigantic chunk-o-rubber tread blocks, plus the mass of the tire itself, things like TPI would kind of vanish into the background, as opposed...
Forum: Fatbikes
12-07-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,067
Posted By Banzai

High TPI fatbike tires

Seems redundant?

Why spring for 120 TPI when the tire is already a gigantic heavy chunk of rubber? I see the difference on thinner and more supple tires, but a fatbike tire is anything but. Then...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,827
Posted By Banzai

I donít know the ratios on a Nuvinci, but the OP...

I donít know the ratios on a Nuvinci, but the OP is worried about spinning out on a downhill.

Thatís my last concern with my IGH bike. My first concern is will it get me and the groceries or the...
10-26-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,798
Posted By Banzai

I do Keens in the summer, and Keens with wool...

I do Keens in the summer, and Keens with wool socks the other morning at 36deg F. Actually one of the stiffest soles, but also wide, and they slip a lot on some pedals.
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