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07-01-12, 04:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By thebeatcatcher

It is a hub from a Giant bike and the lines are...

It is a hub from a Giant bike and the lines are still visible, so I'll just regrease it. Thanks for the advice and thanks for the spare parts offer mrrabbit!
07-01-12, 11:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 674
Posted By thebeatcatcher

when to replace kids coaster brake

Just bought a 16" kids' bike off craigslist and am overhauling it. The bike obviously had a few miles on it. The brake did work, but no one actually rode it as it is my son's first bike so he...
01-19-12, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Sorry, should have been more specific. I'm...

Sorry, should have been more specific. I'm thinking more along the lines of the sociological aspects, maybe ecological aspects of cycling? I'm looking to do a three week intensive course with high...
01-18-12, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 599
Posted By thebeatcatcher

course on bicycles

Does anyone know of any college/university courses offered on any aspect of bicycling?
Forum: Commuting
08-24-10, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By thebeatcatcher

"Plus" you can also get them with reflective...

"Plus" you can also get them with reflective sidewalls (http://www.biketiresdirect.com/product/schwalbe-marathon-plus-700c). I love mine, but have ridden no other tire in a similar category. Due to...
08-21-10, 07:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By thebeatcatcher

DIY taillight housing: silicone?

I built a DIY taillight very similar to one mrbubbles posted a couple years ago, bought a PBSF since and never put the DIY into service, until now. I am going to mount it in an old altoids tin. My...
08-21-10, 05:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 488
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Alex da28 or Sun Swift Rims

Wheel/rim suggestion threads are all too common in this forum, but I did search, I promise. I also searched a couple years ago when I built up a set of 36h/36h Velocity Deep V's which are still true...
07-21-10, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By thebeatcatcher

It seems like with those components you shouldn't...

It seems like with those components you shouldn't be breaking that many spokes, especially in 3mo.
07-20-10, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 405
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Awesome progress! Keep it up! Mind if I ask...

Awesome progress! Keep it up!

Mind if I ask what type of wheels you are riding? (type/make of rim, spoke count, man vs. machine built)
07-17-10, 07:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 845
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Rear Spoke Thickness Question

24h rear on a Deep-V rim:

From John Allen's article linked on Sheldon Brown's site:
"An elegant trick to build a stronger rear wheel is to use thicker spokes on the right side than on the left...
07-12-10, 01:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,727
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Would you mix patterns or just go 2x on both...

Would you mix patterns or just go 2x on both sides?
07-12-10, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,727
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Would 1x with the heads out on the DS be better...

Would 1x with the heads out on the DS be better than 2x on DS? Would 1x heads in on DS be a problem?

While I'm at it, does anyone have a suggestion for the best lacing on a 24h rear? Should I...
07-12-10, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,727
Posted By thebeatcatcher

24h rear lacing: 1x?

I'm going to build a 24h rear with a deep section rim (deep-V) and my searching on here has yielded mostly discussions between half radial lacing with 2x (pro/cons/NDS/DS/etc.). I was wondering why...
07-04-10, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,472
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Opinions on 24 spoke rear wheel?

I'm 215lbs, but these would be "race" wheels: I was looking to build up a 24h front (Velocity Deep-V) and got a deal on a pair of 24h deep-V rims. I was initially thinking of a 28 or 32h rear but am...
06-29-10, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,890
Posted By thebeatcatcher

This is kind of unrelated, but I'm also toying...

This is kind of unrelated, but I'm also toying with the idea of lacing up a 24 front and 24 rear, also on Deep-V's. It seems there is a great divide over on the Clyde forum between the traditional...
06-29-10, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,890
Posted By thebeatcatcher

That's a nice looking wheel and an awesome link...

That's a nice looking wheel and an awesome link to instructions.

I think I'll give it a go. The current 3x wheel is only a year old so I'll reuse the spokes and I'll get my fix of some new bike...
06-29-10, 08:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,890
Posted By thebeatcatcher

3 leading 3 trailing

Thinking of this pattern on a 36h front wheel, deep-V rim, and it would be my main training wheel. Is it strong enough or just flashy? I'm 210lbs and ride ~100mi per week.

If anyone has built...
06-28-10, 01:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Anyone have any experience with the Cannondale...

Anyone have any experience with the Cannondale Gipiemme hubs? (http://www.amazon.com/Cannondale-Gipiemme-Techno-Road-Front/dp/B003HI88TW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1277754454&sr=1-1)
06-28-10, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By thebeatcatcher

recommend cheap 24h hub

I have found loads of inexpensive 32/36h hubs, but am having trouble finding inexpensive 24/28h hubs, in the under $50 range. 130mm rear, shimano 8/9/10 compatible.

Any help would be appreciated,...
Forum: Commuting
04-27-09, 07:06 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,438
Posted By thebeatcatcher

After biking in I plan on giving a talk on bike...

After biking in I plan on giving a talk on bike safety and the rules of the road to my high school students, how bikes are allowed on the roads and all that. Maybe wear some MTB shorts, shoes and my...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 12:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 976
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I did it on an old, steel schwinn. I didn't set...

I did it on an old, steel schwinn. I didn't set them all the way, I just widened the spacing a little and then put the wheel in. Don't be scared, just follow Sheldon's method. The frame isn't that...
Forum: Commuting
04-02-09, 08:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 976
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I still built some, it really depends on the...

I still built some, it really depends on the quality and type of wheelset you want. I built a set for my roadie and definitely saved money by building them myself. I bought the cheaper wheels for...
Forum: Commuting
04-01-09, 10:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 976
Posted By thebeatcatcher

These wheels are an excellent deal...

These wheels are an excellent deal (http://www.bicyclewheelwarehouse.com/index.php?act=viewProd&productId=39) if you're going to buy a set. I have them, tightened up the tension a little bit, and...
Forum: Commuting
03-31-09, 08:40 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Man, I was just getting ready to ride in again. ...

Man, I was just getting ready to ride in again. Well, I'm still going to, just not that route.



Why did you even bother?
Forum: Commuting
03-31-09, 08:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 976
Posted By thebeatcatcher

+1 A good wheelbuilding website....

+1
A good wheelbuilding website. (http://www.crazyrides.com/apps/mastermechanic/part1_en.asp?LCID=en)

I also found the Brandt book at my public library, so don't forget to check there.
03-29-09, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By thebeatcatcher

+1 Yes, get a normal (non-disc) rim, it will work...

+1 Yes, get a normal (non-disc) rim, it will work for regular and disc brakes.

You might also want to check out velocity rims (http://www.bikemania.biz/Rims_s/360.htm). I am also a clyde and...
Forum: Commuting
03-25-09, 04:55 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 12,076
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Isn't that what the local bike shop is for? ...

Isn't that what the local bike shop is for?

I've got a number of LBS's who have been very supportive of the local cycling community who deserve my support. Plus, a lot of the name-brand bike...
03-25-09, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,111
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Thanks.

Thanks.
Forum: Commuting
03-24-09, 10:41 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 12,076
Posted By thebeatcatcher

That's a bit rough, he's still a local guy and it...

That's a bit rough, he's still a local guy and it would still be better than buying a bike from Trek or similar. The value added to the community comes when his business is successful and he...
03-24-09, 10:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,111
Posted By thebeatcatcher

DIY helmet mount help

I am into using a flashlight over a bike specific light and the next step for me is a helmet light. Any tips on a DIY mount?
03-24-09, 10:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,537
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I do now....

I do now. (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=521839)

Fox Labs pepper spray (http://www.defensedevices.com/worhotpepspr.html) with bike mount....
Forum: Commuting
03-24-09, 10:14 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 12,076
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Preface: I have absolutely no business experience...

Preface: I have absolutely no business experience so I have no idea about $$$ success of your plan.

A couple of thoughts:

Your target audience is hipsters and messengers right? I am not...
Forum: Commuting
03-24-09, 09:28 PM
Replies: 555
Views: 28,209
Posted By thebeatcatcher

A) Occupation - High School physics teacher ...

A) Occupation - High School physics teacher

B) Commuting Distance - 32 miles round trip

C) When at work I change clothes and clean up (facial cleansing cloths and short hair helps)

D) Where...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-09, 07:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,846
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Why are you saying the components are worn out? ...

Why are you saying the components are worn out? What are the symptoms? When's the last time you changed the chain/cassette/cables/housings or tuned it up?

If it's slipping, I would first look at...
Forum: Commuting
03-23-09, 07:16 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I learned that lesson the (almost really) hard...

I learned that lesson the (almost really) hard way. But, in a weird way, since I was going slow he didn't expect that I could accelerate that fast and he misjudged his angle allowing me to escape. ...
03-23-09, 07:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I did some research on the forums here (clyde,...

I did some research on the forums here (clyde, mechanics, touring) and I built my own set using Velocity Deep V's (http://www.bikemania.biz/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Velocity_rim_road_DeepV)...
Forum: Commuting
03-22-09, 09:42 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I did end up reporting it to the cops, not that I...

I did end up reporting it to the cops, not that I think they'll catch the guy (I wouldn't be able to identify him anyway), but just to have it on the books in case they look at that stuff for...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 07:33 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Anyone ever succeed? Was it hard to ride the...

Anyone ever succeed? Was it hard to ride the next time?
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 07:17 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I take the Monon towards downtown. I teach at...

I take the Monon towards downtown. I teach at Herron High School on 16th and Penn so I've been taking 17th over from the Monon. This happened about 2-3 blocks off the trail on 17th. Now I think...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 01:54 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I'm going to now, and I'm definitely telling the...

I'm going to now, and I'm definitely telling the few people I know who commute that route.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 11:29 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Detroit's still got a team?

Detroit's still got a team?
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 11:25 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I'd rather try to outrun him first. I'd hate to...

I'd rather try to outrun him first. I'd hate to slow down, aim and miss because I was moving and then end up being a sitting duck.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 11:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

What does one do for insurance purposes to...

What does one do for insurance purposes to document A) the bike itself and B) all the other crap I've got on it (lights, rack, fenders, tires, etc.) in case your ride is stolen?

Take pictures and...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 11:06 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Well, I ordered a bike mount...

Well, I ordered a bike mount (http://www.defensedevices.com/bike-mount-bicyle-pepper-spray.html) for it and plan to be ready to go in that type of situation/area. I'm not a small guy and I feel like...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 08:56 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I think he got cut from the Colts, well, on...

I think he got cut from the Colts, well, on second thought he could be one of their starters...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 08:39 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Yeah, too bad it was at the end of my ride, I was...

Yeah, too bad it was at the end of my ride, I was ready to rock and roll after that.
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 08:38 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Well, the only time I would use the mace is if I...

Well, the only time I would use the mace is if I actually got taken down, I'm into fleeing first. It's always funny after an incident like that I daydream about suddenly having these great fighting...
Forum: Commuting
03-19-09, 07:16 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,991
Posted By thebeatcatcher

almost jacked

Really close call Tuesday morning: I ride a couple blocks through a not so great area, but I haven't had any problems before, not too many people out at 7am. So I just get off the MUP and coast to...
Forum: Commuting
01-12-09, 01:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,624
Posted By thebeatcatcher

Could you post a pic, or tell us how you made...

Could you post a pic, or tell us how you made this?
Forum: Commuting
12-31-08, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 419
Posted By thebeatcatcher

I see your point, but there has to be some...

I see your point, but there has to be some difference as I had on 28's (Forte) previously (same rims) that had much more top clearance. I know the Forte's are notorious for being smaller than their...
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