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11-01-20, 10:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 695
Posted By roka

Like others here I must have “Brooks Butt”...

Like others here I must have “Brooks Butt” because all 4 of my B17s were comfortable from day 1. 😁
10-26-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,078
Posted By roka

Over the years Iíve definitely had a few...

Over the years Iíve definitely had a few defective tubes and tires. Having spent time in the manufacturing world I think itís safe to say that anything thatís mass produced in large numbers will...
10-26-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By roka

I didnít know that. Mine is less than 10 years...

I didnít know that. Mine is less than 10 years old. Thanks for the info!
10-25-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 860
Posted By roka

Maybe Iím missing something. Does the Pista frame...

Maybe Iím missing something. Does the Pista frame set not have a rear brake mount? I bought my Pista complete and it came with both front and rear brakes. When I moved from 23c to 28c tires I had to...
10-25-20, 04:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,624
Posted By roka

I live in the northeast area of the Phoenix, AZ...

I live in the northeast area of the Phoenix, AZ metro area, NE Mesa to be specific. Heading north or east from home is uphill. I ride 20 miles most days on my SS Bianchi Pista. Why do I do it? It’s a...
10-25-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 688
Posted By roka

Bike Friday makes nice stuff. We used to have one...

Bike Friday makes nice stuff. We used to have one of their tandems and it was a great bike. I’ve never seen that particular model but it does look interesting!
10-24-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 273
Views: 10,049
Posted By roka

I personally enjoy being self sufficient and...

I personally enjoy being self sufficient and knowing that I can fix flats and other minor issues ďout thereĒ myself. Itís fun and satisfying learning how to fix things yourself and with the...
10-16-20, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 719
Posted By roka

Years ago I used Slime but I gave up on it...

Years ago I used Slime but I gave up on it because it seemed to cause more problems than it solved. I’ve had to replace many a valve core because Slime had gummed it up and prevented it from working.
10-15-20, 12:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,788
Posted By roka

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/490x310/e3731b36_7ca9_4fc7_a1f5_603fb8fd7230_d8fe7213e7b7d6da4766a0631b48b1a59094b1cb.jpeg

Moulton NS Double Pylon.
10-15-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 694
Posted By roka

I’ve been watching these colorized, speed...

I’ve been watching these colorized, speed adjusted videos on YouTube and they’re quite amazing! One of the most noticeable differences from the earlier videos, before cars took over, is that people...
02-06-16, 12:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By roka

My wife and I attended the one in Tempe a few...

My wife and I attended the one in Tempe a few weeks ago. The test track was the same one they had at Interbike but laid out a bit differently. Lots of vendors with lots of electric bikes to try....
11-22-15, 02:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,233
Posted By roka

Makes sense - thanks!

Makes sense - thanks!
11-21-15, 11:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,233
Posted By roka

That's been my experience too. But I'll admit...

That's been my experience too. But I'll admit that I'm not sure why. To me it Intuitively seems like the opposite would be true as there's a lot more tension being put on my SS chain while starting...
12-23-14, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,950
Posted By roka

I've used some of their products and have never...

I've used some of their products and have never had any trouble with them. I only work on my personal fleet so if I were wrenching professionally I might opt for Park Tools. If your buddy is just...
12-23-14, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,519
Posted By roka

Thanks for all the replies! After posting I found...

Thanks for all the replies! After posting I found an installation manual for the Ultegra Di2 group. I was able to glean some information from it about what I'm trying to do. Here's what I...
12-22-14, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,519
Posted By roka

Di2 retrofit on Surly Cross-Check?

I'm intrigued with electronic shifting and am considering retrofitting my Surly Cross-Check with Ultegra Di2 components. But I'm lost on all the options and what would work with what. Simply, I want...
12-22-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,263
Posted By roka

I usually buy Performance Bike's Forte brand...

I usually buy Performance Bike's Forte brand tubes. For "odd" sized tubes (like on my Brompton) I buy whatever cheap tubes I can find on Amazon. I've had really cheap tubes that have lasted forever...
12-10-14, 04:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,491
Posted By roka

I guess I'm 958 miles ahead then :thumb:

I guess I'm 958 miles ahead then :thumb:
12-10-14, 04:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,491
Posted By roka

Thanks, good info. I know it will vary according...

Thanks, good info. I know it will vary according to my own circumstances, but how many miles can I expect from these Gatorskins?
12-10-14, 04:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,491
Posted By roka

Gatorskins (and other smooth tires): how to tell when they're wearing out?

I put a pair of Gatorskins (700X23) on Bianchi Pista about 1000 miles ago. Love them! Only had 1 flat since which here in the desert is pretty darn good. The flat was from a Palo Verde thorn and...
05-24-14, 11:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,103
Posted By roka

Yes, it's a new one. I ride it single speed, not...

Yes, it's a new one. I ride it single speed, not fixed gear. And there's plenty of room for a 25mm tire. I was just wondering about the rims. Thanks for all the replies!
05-24-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,103
Posted By roka

25mm OK?

I've tried doing research on what size tires fit on what size rims and I'm totally lost! So I'll just ask here hoping someone can give me a quick answer. My Bianchi Pista's rims are ETRTO are 622-18....
04-29-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By roka

It's the original seat post and I'm the original...

It's the original seat post and I'm the original owner of the bike. I don't think there's anything wrong with the post or clamp. The "problem" is that I'm well over 200 lbs. and I ride hard. The...
04-28-14, 04:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By roka

Installation compound on steel frame

The seat post on my Bianchi Pista (steel frame) keeps slipping. I've tried all the usual solutions like degreasing but it's still slipping. I certainly don't want to break the clamp as it's part of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-14, 09:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,241
Posted By roka

I use Schwalbe Marathons on my small wheel bikes,...

I use Schwalbe Marathons on my small wheel bikes, both 16" and 20" (406). They last a good long time and are pretty much bulletproof.
04-27-14, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 737
Posted By roka

Flip flop while riding?

I was reading Sheldon Brown's primer on FG/SS. In it he suggests that you can ride the bike FG until you get tired and then flip to SS for the ride home. I'm just curious how many people actually do...
04-27-14, 03:47 PM
Replies: 24,555
Views: 2,155,182
Posted By roka

Today I finally found the perfect storage...

Today I finally found the perfect storage location for my Bianchi Pista - with my wife's permission, of course. :)
04-12-14, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,202
Posted By roka

Yes, you're right. I meant 1/8". That what...

Yes, you're right. I meant 1/8". That what happens when I try doing math in my head... and my degree is in math. :rolleyes:
04-12-14, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,202
Posted By roka

Chain for Bianchi Pista

Hello all,

I have a Bianchi Pista that came with a KMC Z50 chain. When I looked up the specs for that chain I was a bit surprised to see it's 3/32" rather than the 1/4" chains I'm used to seeing....
04-09-14, 12:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,283
Posted By roka

I have a Brooks B17 (no springs) that will start...

I have a Brooks B17 (no springs) that will start squeaking when it's time to tighten the tensioning bolt a bit. The first time it happened it took me a while to figure it out too.
04-08-14, 09:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,506
Posted By roka

Any real difference in CO2 inflators?

Until recently I've been running tires with maximum pressures of around 80 psi. But I'm now riding a Bianchi Pista with tires rated to 120 psi. I run them around 110 - 115 psi. I got a flat today and...
04-04-14, 09:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 914
Posted By roka

Thanks for the reply! Good to know it's OK.

Thanks for the reply! Good to know it's OK.
04-03-14, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 914
Posted By roka

Dent in seat tube

Today I noticed a very small dent on my Bianchi Pista's seat tube. It's very small and I only found it because of the way the light hit it. If I run my hand over the area I can just feel a shallow...
03-30-14, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,634
Posted By roka

No, I'm sure they're not. They're actually just...

No, I'm sure they're not. They're actually just cheap dollar store sun glasses but they fit me well and can survive inside my messenger bag when not in use. And they provide EXCELLENT bee protection....
03-30-14, 05:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,634
Posted By roka

Eye protection

I know I should always wear some kind of eye protection while riding but I've been lax in the past. But as of today never again!

I was out for a ride and was occasionally being hit by small flying...
12-19-13, 05:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,567
Posted By roka

I'm pretty frugal (OK, cheap) so I ride in a pair...

I'm pretty frugal (OK, cheap) so I ride in a pair of Starter sneakers with velcro closure straps instead of laces. That way I don't have to tuck the laces away or worry about them getting caught in...
Forum: Touring
11-08-13, 11:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,674
Posted By roka

Which size Schwalbe tire for Long Haul Trucker?

The original Continental Contact tire on my Long Haul Trucker's rear wheel is getting pretty worn. I'd like to replace it with a Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire. I've had these tires on other bikes and...
11-03-13, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
Posted By roka

We're also in Mesa, AZ and my wife has owned a...

We're also in Mesa, AZ and my wife has owned a couple of TerraTrikes now. She started with a Rover 8 and now has the Tour II. She not overweight, she just prefers the recumbent riding position and...
10-26-13, 03:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,907
Posted By roka

I live in Phoenix, what's this "rain" stuff? ;)...

I live in Phoenix, what's this "rain" stuff? ;) Actually this is a topic of concern for me too. We do, of course, get rain here. But it tends to come all at once during the monsoon storms. My...
05-28-13, 11:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By roka

Bar tape question

Hello all,

I have a Surly Long Haul Trucker. The bar end of the bar tape keeps coming undone. It's not sticky on the underside. The stem end of the tape is wrapped with electrical tape at the end....
Forum: Recumbent
04-25-13, 10:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,135
Posted By roka

My wife has the Rover 8 with the SA hub. My...

My wife has the Rover 8 with the SA hub. My Brompton folding bike also has an SA hub. You do have to stop pedaling when shifting the SA hub. Not really a problem, just something you have to get used...
Forum: Recumbent
04-05-13, 04:50 PM
Replies: 1,010
Views: 406,023
Posted By roka

308895 Karen's first ride on her new TerraTrike...

308895
Karen's first ride on her new TerraTrike Rover which we bought today.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-12-13, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,734
Posted By roka

Thanks all! As luck would have it I have an extra...

Thanks all! As luck would have it I have an extra new 8 speed chain laying around that I can use. Sometimes you get lucky. :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-12-13, 12:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,734
Posted By roka

Chain for Brompton M6L

Hello all,

I'm trying to find which SRAM chain to order for my Brompton M6L. The manual says it's the "SRAM PC 10", but which one? The SRAM line includes many PC 10xx models. Other sources say to...
03-11-13, 08:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By roka

I have this one: ...

I have this one:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005KOKFR4/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I've been using it for about 6 months now. It holds my Schwinn Continental and my wife's...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-11-13, 12:37 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,404
Posted By roka

I find that I average about the same average...

I find that I average about the same average speed (14 - 15 mph) on my Brompton as on my Giant hybrid.I keep both in good condition and ALWAYS check the tire pressure before heading out.
02-06-13, 11:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By roka

Looking for some advice on punctured tire

I picked up a rather large screw on my ride today. I was always carry a spare tube so I was able to make it home. A couple of months ago I lost another tire to a large puncture (I know, I have great...
02-02-13, 11:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By roka

Thanks everyone for all the advice! This morning...

Thanks everyone for all the advice! This morning I tried again using some soapy water and was able to get the tire seated much better. It's still not perfect but it's ride-able now. And it made me...
02-02-13, 01:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,671
Posted By roka

Steel wheel and tire wobble

I just picked up a 1973 Schwinn Continental from craigslist. I've always wanted an older Schwinn road bike (nostalgic reasons) and I got this one cheap. It had the original tires which were rotted so...
12-20-12, 11:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,196
Posted By roka

^ +1. I just had a similar incident but was lucky...

^ +1. I just had a similar incident but was lucky that the object didn't hit the rim. However, after putting in a new tube and pumping it to about 70 psi I was cleaning up roadside when I hear the...
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