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05-12-12, 02:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,162
Posted By Deanster04

I use both standard width road rims (19?) and the...

I use both standard width road rims (19?) and the wider 23s for XC but, I use one setup at a time and only the wider for my touring setup or 37 to 43 tires for heavy terrain. I would not recommend...
01-20-12, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,368
Posted By Deanster04

New Gunnar Crosshairs

Just purchased a GC bike (56cm Black with Stealth decals with Campy Kit). Very enjoyable ride with road tires and outstanding off road. Very happy to have seen this thread. I have been riding a...
12-14-11, 03:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 523
Posted By Deanster04

The Lemond Poprad is a great bike. I have both a...

The Lemond Poprad is a great bike. I have both a Ritchey Breakaway (currently my travel touring bike) and a Poprad and love them both (steel). I have purchased several older Poprads for friends...
12-14-11, 02:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,003
Posted By Deanster04

look at the range printed on your tube. 33 will...

look at the range printed on your tube. 33 will usually go larger to at least 35 but, its manufacturer specific...and tubes are cheap if not. Don
Forum: Touring
11-27-10, 02:25 AM
Replies: 4,338
Views: 2,016,795
Posted By Deanster04

I am thinking about replacing my canti brakes...

I am thinking about replacing my canti brakes with V brakes like I see on your bike. What levers did you use? Nice rig by the way. Don
11-11-10, 05:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By Deanster04

you should use a small standsrd screwdriver to...

you should use a small standsrd screwdriver to insert into the slot on the axel side of the adjustment screw. Twist off the cap on the back side then back the screw out from the inside using the...
11-11-10, 05:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,166
Posted By Deanster04

Take it to an old school LBS or bike builder in...

Take it to an old school LBS or bike builder in the area. There is a special tool that was made for adjusting a fork back to the original shape and measuring the results to get it close to perfect. ...
11-11-10, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By Deanster04

Campy recommends a spread of 15 for the Max. I...

Campy recommends a spread of 15 for the Max. I use a 13 -29 10 spd cassette with a 53/39 on the front without any problems. I have a 13 - 28 (a canadian company sold a 28 tooth for the old EXA...
11-11-10, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Deanster04

Go for the Ultegra 50/34 unless you are brand...

Go for the Ultegra 50/34 unless you are brand conscious. you know you will need a compact FD as well.
You could keep your current setup buy an XT rear derailluer, MTB cassette, and new chain to...
10-15-10, 11:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,074
Posted By Deanster04

Agree, a vise is the best choice. You don't need...

Agree, a vise is the best choice. You don't need a big one. I use a couple of copper strips bent in an L to grip the axel and hold it still while I adjust and tighten the cone and locknut.
10-08-10, 11:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Deanster04

Go on line and ask. I just rebuilt a set of...

Go on line and ask. I just rebuilt a set of candy pedals and it was easy. You may need to pry out the endcap. Crank bros are good about answering queries.
10-08-10, 11:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,680
Posted By Deanster04

If you have a good low deductible insurance plan...

If you have a good low deductible insurance plan including dental then what the heck go for it...otherwise buy a new rim now. Aluminum will form stress risers and can fail by just pulling out the...
10-08-10, 11:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,842
Posted By Deanster04

If the cable housing is properly seated in the...

If the cable housing is properly seated in the ferrule and the ferrule is seated in the lever you should be able to get the cable to insert into the housing. Use a small flash light (penlight) and...
10-08-10, 11:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 702
Posted By Deanster04

Use the proper tool to get the right tension for...

Use the proper tool to get the right tension for the rim and spoke combination. To have a wheel "stand up" to long use with out constant adjusting you should get the right tension (usually at the...
10-08-10, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,296
Posted By Deanster04

I'll second this choice. Use proper size conti...

I'll second this choice. Use proper size conti tubes for all my rides: Touring, XC, MTB, and road. Have used slime for MTB riding in goat head country but find I have to throw them away after one...
Forum: Touring
09-29-10, 10:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,967
Posted By Deanster04

I rode my 1983 Stumpjumper sport as a MTB for...

I rode my 1983 Stumpjumper sport as a MTB for years on the logging roads in Oregon and Washington. I finally bought a Scapin hardtail in 2001. I converted it into a touring/townie bike. It is...
Forum: Touring
09-29-10, 10:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By Deanster04

gearing

It will be your wife's bike so you should take her out and let her ride a couple of demo bikes and see how she does. The MTB crankset sounds perfect. I normally ride a 52/39 road crank setup but,...
Forum: Touring
09-29-10, 10:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,919
Posted By Deanster04

Fork Crack?

I wouldn't worry about your fork. I have a Ritchey Breakaway Cross with a carbon fork. They didn't try and use bondo then paint around where the Al drop out meets the carbon leg like they did on...
Forum: Touring
09-27-10, 12:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,777
Posted By Deanster04

Call S&S

Call S&S. They can tell you directly which frames might fit. I called and they were quite helpful. Also, the Ritchey bag is ok. I flew Air Canada and had no problems even with a transfer to UAL...
Forum: Touring
09-22-10, 09:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Deanster04

Send a PM. I would like to hear about your trip...

Send a PM. I would like to hear about your trip in some detail. I can't wait to go back over for a more extensive ride. I' ll bet you took too much stuff with you. Don
Forum: Touring
09-22-10, 09:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,777
Posted By Deanster04

Is the Dahon the same clamping setup as the...

Is the Dahon the same clamping setup as the Ritchey? I think they licensed the design. The cross frame doesn't have the full length chainstays of a touring bike but I found it worked well for me.
Forum: Touring
09-22-10, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 564
Posted By Deanster04

gearing

Survey the places you intend to ride and look at your load you will be carrying then you might need to get a larger gear set on the cassette. If you are going to see a lot of climbing you really...
Forum: Touring
09-22-10, 12:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,777
Posted By Deanster04

I have a ritchey Breakaway cross bike that I took...

I have a ritchey Breakaway cross bike that I took to Europe for 2 weeks in the Alps. No problems with the bike and the travelling case that comes with the bike. It takes only an hour or less to...
09-11-10, 12:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 794
Posted By Deanster04

Derailluer hanger...my vote.

Derailluer hanger...my vote.
09-11-10, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,885
Posted By Deanster04

Find a bike builder and have him straighten the...

Find a bike builder and have him straighten the fork with the correct alignment tools. They can cold set the fork so it is a good as new or can "feel" when the correction is too much and will tell...
09-11-10, 12:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By Deanster04

I would check out getting a T/A Specialities...

I would check out getting a T/A Specialities crank with the appropriate chain rings. You wouldn't even have to change out the BB if you are using a square taper crank. I would stick with the 8...
09-10-10, 11:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 580
Posted By Deanster04

You saved me from writing all the same words. ...

You saved me from writing all the same words. Confused by the "rubbing" comment. First thing I would check is the RD hanger alignment. The second thing is the setting of the B screw to move the...
09-10-10, 11:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,049
Posted By Deanster04

Went to Europe this summer and had no problem...

Went to Europe this summer and had no problem with the Ritchey bag...no extra charges. If you do travel with the bike I recommend removing the RD and wrapping it in a towel and make a set of custom...
09-10-10, 11:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,006
Posted By Deanster04

I have a similar setup. I have a Centaur triple...

I have a similar setup. I have a Centaur triple group and I use an 11-32 shimano 9spd. The campy 10spd will work perfectly with the shimano 9spd (nearly same spacing) without any addition of a jtek...
09-10-10, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By Deanster04

On my Ritchey Breakaway Cross/touring bike I have...

On my Ritchey Breakaway Cross/touring bike I have a Centaur campy Triple FD, Centaur triple crankset, Forte RD (similar to the shimano skeleton), SRAM shimano cassette, and Shimano Bar End shifters. ...
09-10-10, 11:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,049
Posted By Deanster04

I went from Cantis to the mini Vee used on BMX...

I went from Cantis to the mini Vee used on BMX bikes. All your comments are right on. In addition you usually need to adjust the spring tension so each arm will pull evenly. THe brakes are easy to...
Forum: Touring
09-04-10, 01:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,765
Posted By Deanster04

For winter riding I use Conti Contact 700 x 28. ...

For winter riding I use Conti Contact 700 x 28. Not the most lively tire but excellent for highway and dirt. 4 seasons or gatorskins are also an excellent choice but not so much for dirt.0
Forum: Touring
09-04-10, 01:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,597
Posted By Deanster04

Rode the Continental Contact 32s in Europe this...

Rode the Continental Contact 32s in Europe this summer and had no problems...even did some trail riding. Bike was a Ritchey Breakaway cross bike. I am about 200 lbs.
Forum: Touring
09-04-10, 01:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Deanster04

You should have a great time. Don't worry about...

You should have a great time. Don't worry about traffic coming too close because the drivers will but, they are use to cyclists. The roads are smaller often with no shoulder. Rode in the Alps in...
Forum: Touring
09-04-10, 01:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,584
Posted By Deanster04

I am using Dura Ace 9 spd bar ends with a mtb...

I am using Dura Ace 9 spd bar ends with a mtb bike cassette 11-34 and the performance MTB derailluer without any problems...including a summer in the Alps: Austria, Julian, Dolomites, and sud triol. ...
Forum: Touring
09-03-10, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,284
Posted By Deanster04

All bikes can feel good but, you need to put at...

All bikes can feel good but, you need to put at least 50 miles on any bike to really understand how it will be on a day in and day out ride. Also, make sure that you have your favorite saddle...that...
Forum: Touring
09-03-10, 10:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,284
Posted By Deanster04

Nice looking rig. I rode a Ritchey Breakaway...

Nice looking rig. I rode a Ritchey Breakaway Cross bike in the Alps this summer. Comfortable bike for light loaded touring. I have wheel sets that allow me to go from touring to Road to...
09-03-10, 07:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By Deanster04

if you have a problem look at rotating the...

if you have a problem look at rotating the derailluer back by adjusting the B screw. On the SLX that I built for a friend this summer I had to get a longer screw to get enough clearance so the...
09-02-10, 11:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By Deanster04

If the wheel has a lot of miles and breaks a...

If the wheel has a lot of miles and breaks a spoke then you will probably see an increasing number of broken spokes occur with some regularity. Best to relace the wheel with all new spokes and...
09-02-10, 11:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 546
Posted By Deanster04

Amen.

Amen.
08-21-10, 04:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,732
Posted By Deanster04

The other issue is Aluminum will form stress...

The other issue is Aluminum will form stress risers if the drilling isn't done well eventually breaking out the spoke head usually at the most inopportune time ... downhill or 100 miles from home. ...
08-21-10, 04:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,446
Posted By Deanster04

Just take it back immediately. Probably an...

Just take it back immediately. Probably an honest mistake. Don't assume the worst and go after the LBS with guns blazing. Most LBS shops are running on paper thin margins with people coming in...
08-21-10, 04:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,086
Posted By Deanster04

+1 Make the forks right with the proper tool. ...

+1
Make the forks right with the proper tool. If you try and do it your self you will probably not have a properly aligned fork. You won't notice it until you try and ride with no hands. The...
08-21-10, 04:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 686
Posted By Deanster04

+1 Also, have the LBS (a good one) check the...

+1
Also, have the LBS (a good one) check the straightness of the unit after replacement to make sure your attachment base isn't bent as well. They have a tool that will do the job simply and...
08-21-10, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 367
Posted By Deanster04

You should look at the brand of triple crankset...

You should look at the brand of triple crankset you are planning to use. Look for the recommended BB length and whether it is symmetrical or assymetrical. I have used a double and triple for...
08-21-10, 04:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,411
Posted By Deanster04

Don't worry. The dent looks neither large...

Don't worry. The dent looks neither large enough nor in a critical location to worry about. Being on the bottom of the DT there is no lateral issue from the tube being pushed from the side. A...
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By Deanster04

Should be a great ride

Should be a great ride
Forum: Touring
08-17-10, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 376
Posted By Deanster04

When are you going? August will be very crowded....

When are you going? August will be very crowded. Sept/Oct is perfect. I just spent 2 weeks touring the Alps of Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and Switzerland. You shouldn't have any problems with...
Forum: Touring
08-16-10, 11:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 642
Posted By Deanster04

Agree with the ranges above 48-36-26 for your...

Agree with the ranges above 48-36-26 for your 11-32 cassette. Just came back from 2 weeks touring in the Alps and that was the setup my 2 friends used. Worked well. You don't want to have higher...
Forum: Touring
08-14-10, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 965
Posted By Deanster04

The Hurrican Air Secpter Mini...

The Hurrican Air Secpter Mini http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1031044_-1_1512507_20000_400032
The mount under the water bottle racks and are very durable. I can pump a...
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