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04-04-20, 08:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 270
Posted By sweeks

Another "theoretical" possibility with...

Another "theoretical" possibility with excessively wide tires on narrow rims is that tensile stress can predispose the rim to failure. I've had this happen on 3 consecutive 406-16 rims (Kinetix) on...
03-31-20, 05:04 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,127
Posted By sweeks

That's amazing! Well, most of the denatured...

That's amazing! Well, most of the denatured alcohol I've encountered has included methanol. Whatever is used, it makes the remainder, ethanol, unsuitable for human consumption... no liquor taxes!

...
03-29-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,127
Posted By sweeks

I doubt this information came from Johns Hopkins...

I doubt this information came from Johns Hopkins Hospital because of a number of factual errors. A virus is not a "protein molecule". See VIRUS STRUCTURE...
03-24-20, 05:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 356
Posted By sweeks

"Tyre" is what they call a "tire" in the...

"Tyre" is what they call a "tire" in the UK.
03-24-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 514
Posted By sweeks

OP is in GB.

OP is in GB.
03-23-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 447
Posted By sweeks

There's no good reason not to ride your bike...

There's no good reason not to ride your bike outdoors, as long as you keep an appropriate distance from other people. The virus is spread person-to person, not by the breeze.
Wiping the contact...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-15-20, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 384
Posted By sweeks

Two suggestions: 1) Use the front brake more;...

Two suggestions:
1) Use the front brake more; it's more effective than the rear and will allow you to use the rear brake a bit less, extending the rim life.
2) Watch your wear indicator line, and...
03-02-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,029
Posted By sweeks

That has not been my experience. Also, a lot of...

That has not been my experience. Also, a lot of spokes cross other spokes, which can damp the vibrations.
The Park tensiometer is inexpensive and simple, but it gives an indication of tension which...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,909
Posted By sweeks

Glad you made it out of the situation unscathed! ...

Glad you made it out of the situation unscathed!
Here is another close call: Close Call
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-16-20, 08:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,449
Posted By sweeks

At the age of 63 I did a Century on a Tern Verge...

At the age of 63 I did a Century on a Tern Verge S11i and lived to tell the story. :D
Shortly before that, I rode a Dahon Mu XL to work and back for "Bike-to-Work Day"... 100 miles round-trip.
It...
02-16-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 4,508
Posted By sweeks

Looking again at the OP's image, it looks like...

Looking again at the OP's image, it looks like the crack may have originated at the stress-breaker hole at the bottom of the slot in the top of the seat tube. The seat tube flexes at the top as the...
01-27-20, 04:45 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,106
Posted By sweeks

I've found this to be true, but only for...

I've found this to be true, but only for punctures from road debris. What can cause flats with studded tires is the studs themselves. This may not be a universal problem, but in my experience riding...
01-21-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,683
Posted By sweeks

This ^^. With proper clothing and the heat you'll...

This ^^. With proper clothing and the heat you'll be generating within minutes, you won't notice the cold.
I commute by bike. My commuter sits in the garage where, lately, it's been in the teens. I...
01-21-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 594
Posted By sweeks

Just a little clarification! :D

Just a little clarification! :D
01-21-20, 04:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 764
Posted By sweeks

All the good advice above ^^! I've built 4 or 5...

All the good advice above ^^!
I've built 4 or 5 wheels for my Dahon and Tern folders, and a couple for my full-size road bike. I seem to get pretty good results in a couple hours of work. But it's...
01-16-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,278
Posted By sweeks

AFAIK, Nexus 8 is a "low-normal" hub, while the...

AFAIK, Nexus 8 is a "low-normal" hub, while the Alfine 8 is "high-normal". Normal being the gear the hub goes to in the absence of cable tension. Otherwise they are very similar.
Some interesting...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By sweeks

Looks like the difference is 5mm: Chart...

Looks like the difference is 5mm: Chart (http://www.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/tech_support/tech_tips.download.-Par50lparsys-0015-downloadFile.html/08) Hub Dimensions.pdf)...
01-05-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By sweeks

Or, to beat it completely into the ground: :D

Or, to beat it completely into the ground:

:D
01-05-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 361
Posted By sweeks

Internally-geared hub (IGH) bikes, like...

Internally-geared hub (IGH) bikes, like single-speed and fixed-gear bikes, obtain correct chain tension by moving the rear axle forward or backward in the long axis of the drivetrain. This is...
01-04-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 630
Posted By sweeks

Not to be too graphic, but a few years ago, I...

Not to be too graphic, but a few years ago, I noticed blood in my semen. I can tell you I went to a urologist pronto! He told me it was nothing to worry about, as the prostate is a mass of fragile...
01-04-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 393
Posted By sweeks

I found some images. The seatpost is an alloy...

I found some images. The seatpost is an alloy replacement. I had thought of bar-end shifters too, but the originals seemed in good shape so I kept them for now. I also had considered a cotterless...
12-30-19, 04:35 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 6,076
Posted By sweeks

The "Hero Kit" reminds me of the "Tern Tool...

The "Hero Kit" reminds me of the "Tern Tool (https://www.ternbicycles.com/us/gear/472/tern-tool)" I carry with me on my Tern folder. I use it mostly for tightening the various folding joints and the...
Forum: Commuting
10-16-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,061
Posted By sweeks

This ^^. My "winter" bike is a folder because...

This ^^.
My "winter" bike is a folder because it has to go on a train (Chicago area). I went to a roller brake on the rear wheel to put a stop to the severe rim wear that was happening as a result...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By sweeks

I have Nokian Extreme 294 tires on my mountain...

I have Nokian Extreme 294 tires on my mountain bike. They are pretty much fun on snow and ice. I won't need them here in the Chicago area for another month or so. ...
Forum: Commuting
10-13-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,943
Posted By sweeks

I've been buying titanium bits from Toronto...

I've been buying titanium bits from Toronto Cycles for years. Not so much for security, though those ones linked to are pretty slick, but more for corrosion resistance. Ti also looks nice.
As to...
10-01-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,551
Posted By sweeks

But it feels so good! ...

But it feels so good!
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1224x1632/sp_mavic_sapim_dynowheel_03_baadc928aa438c14219483a90f7c2c3693cebf68.jpg

Through the Valve hole. :-)

EDIT:...
09-25-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,524
Posted By sweeks

We should also recognize a debt of gratitude to...

We should also recognize a debt of gratitude to Sheldon's wife, Harriet Fell, and his close friend John Allen, for keeping the site going!
09-14-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,155
Posted By sweeks

Sadly, there was nothing soft when I landed on my...

Sadly, there was nothing soft when I landed on my knee on a road ride....
09-14-19, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 665
Posted By sweeks

Even better: a Metric Thread File...

Even better: a Metric Thread File (https://www.victornet.com/detail/TF-8.html) !
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 15,396
Posted By sweeks

Here's my non-winter commuter, a Tern Verge S11i....

Here's my non-winter commuter, a Tern Verge S11i.
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/tern_vs11i_spring_2019_overhaul_a7ab4b19f93592c2e38fd7a6863ba960394b7ff6.jpg
...
Forum: Commuting
08-30-19, 07:52 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 15,396
Posted By sweeks

Yeah, they require more effort to ride, but when...

Yeah, they require more effort to ride, but when you hit the black ice and don't bust your @$$ or other parts, it doesn't seem so bad.
Schwalbe "Marathon Winter" on my commuter, and Nokian "Extreme...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-19-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,962
Posted By sweeks

Most "700cc" bikes are motorcycles. :D

Most "700cc" bikes are motorcycles. :D
08-14-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,547
Posted By sweeks

Probably quite a few. The thing I've noticed when...

Probably quite a few. The thing I've noticed when a rim is getting thin and the brake track begins to bulge outward under air pressure, the brake will give a "thumping" sensation when it's applied....
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-11-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,148
Posted By sweeks

Saw these nice oldies in Fish Creek WI (Door...

Saw these nice oldies in Fish Creek WI (Door County) a couple days ago. :-)

EDIT: Sorry, brain f@rt: these were at the park just south of Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant in Sister...
08-02-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 963
Posted By sweeks

The closest I can come is a Nexus 7-speed hub...

The closest I can come is a Nexus 7-speed hub which I damaged by water incursion from too-aggressive washing (though this was unknown to me at the time). The hub probably had a couple thousand miles...
07-20-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 6,511
Posted By sweeks

"Headsweats...

"Headsweats (https://www.headsweats.com/categories/cycling-caps-headwear/classic/)"
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-10-19, 09:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,563
Posted By sweeks

I have a Strida 2, my first folder, which I...

I have a Strida 2, my first folder, which I bought in 2001. I put 1000 miles on it before moving on to two Dahons and finally a Tern.
It took a little getting used to, mostly because of the...
06-23-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,228
Posted By sweeks

The dynohub produces alternating current (AC). If...

The dynohub produces alternating current (AC). If you carefully clamp the wheel's axle in a vise (ideally an axle vise) and connect an AC voltmeter to the terminals, then give the wheel a spin, you...
06-23-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,047
Posted By sweeks

Thanks! I have several Nexus hubs and one Alfine...

Thanks! I have several Nexus hubs and one Alfine hub and I cannot visualize how that set-up could work. I will accept that it does, though.

EDIT: See attached image. This is not the shift...
05-29-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By sweeks

I measured some new (un-used) rims, and they seem...

I measured some new (un-used) rims, and they seem to all be about 1.5mm thick at the brake tracks. A somewhat used rim measured 1.3-1.4mm. Some rims I've discarded because of brake track wear and...
05-19-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,032
Posted By sweeks

I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as...

I worry that some jerk drivers might take that as a challenge to "buzz" the noodle. Having said that, I did have this Safety Wing (https://www.cantitoeroad.com/Safety-Wing_p_232.html) on my folding...
05-10-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 773
Posted By sweeks

I believe the Alfine hub is a "High-Normal", so...

I believe the Alfine hub is a "High-Normal", so if you loosen the cable fully, the hub will be in gear 8; four clicks and you should see the marks line up.
04-26-19, 10:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By sweeks

Funny thing: I have 2 Nexus 8 hubs, one plain and...

Funny thing: I have 2 Nexus 8 hubs, one plain and one "red band". They both are used on my old Dahon Mu XL, which is my dedicated "winter" bike. The plain hub's wheel is equipped with a studded tire;...
04-26-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 996
Posted By sweeks

For my 2 Nexus 8 hubs I use gear oil (75W-140...

For my 2 Nexus 8 hubs I use gear oil (75W-140 synthetic) on the gears and wheel bearing grease on the bearings. I found ATF to be too runny.
Also, FWIW, the 75W-140 works well in my Alfine 11-speed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-19, 08:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,194
Posted By sweeks

That's not what I said. I said that not all...

That's not what I said. I said that not all failures result in recalls. But there *have* been other recalls. A quick Google search (For Example (https://www.consumeraffairs.com/bicycle-recalls))...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-19, 07:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,194
Posted By sweeks

The last Tern recall was for frames made between...

The last Tern recall was for frames made between August 2011 and April 2012. It's important to know if any given frame that fails is outside those manufacturing dates. Also, unfortunately some owners...
01-11-18, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,411
Posted By sweeks

Does this help?...

Does this help? https://leylandp38.wordpress.com/2010/09/26/replacing-sealed-bearings-on-a-suntour-superbe-pro-hub/
I'm not familiar with this hub.
Steve

EDIT: Just read the article. Looks like...
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