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01-17-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By sweeks

That's a pretty bike, but I'm having a hard time...

That's a pretty bike, but I'm having a hard time imagining that any wider tire that fits that rim will clear the seat tube. The bike may have been designed for 700c wheels, but *could* the rear be...
01-16-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 489
Posted By sweeks

My intention wasn't to say you are wrong. I was...

My intention wasn't to say you are wrong. I was hinting, by saying "a grand total of six", that I'm aware of my limited experience.
FWIW, I find your posts full of useful information. Cheers!
01-15-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 489
Posted By sweeks

Based on my experience building a grand total of...

Based on my experience building a grand total of 6 wheels, this sounds reasonable. I used motor oil for lubricating the spoke threads and rim holes and have not had any spokes loosen.
01-15-22, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 166
Posted By sweeks

I wish my MKS AR-2 EZ pedals had those easily...

I wish my MKS AR-2 EZ pedals had those easily removable end-caps. Mine have plastic press-in caps that *look* like they need a tool to remove them, but AFAIK there is no such thing. :(
01-15-22, 11:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

I've tried to find goggles that I can wear over...

I've tried to find goggles that I can wear over my (very necessary) glasses, but haven't been successful. Luckily, the eye-watering only lasts a few minutes and then I'm fine.
We haven't had *any*...
01-15-22, 08:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

Heh... there's always going to be wind chill...

Heh... there's always going to be wind chill unless you're walking your bike! Freezing rain is a problem, but the right clothing makes it survivable.
The clothing I wear in the winter is waterproof,...
01-13-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 737
Posted By sweeks

Yes it is. I don't want to seem to be blaming...

Yes it is.
I don't want to seem to be blaming the victim, but this is a sad example of the reason I use a rear-view mirror.
01-13-22, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By sweeks

I doubt anyone here is actually going to *tell*...

I doubt anyone here is actually going to *tell* you the lengths, as the results are largely dependent on *your* measurements. You should at least measure your rims for their ERD, and preferably...
01-11-22, 07:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 568
Posted By sweeks

Do I *really* have to explain this? ;)

Do I *really* have to explain this? ;)
01-11-22, 07:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 568
Posted By sweeks

Try taking some weight off the motor! :innocent:

Try taking some weight off the motor! :innocent:
01-10-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

If you have the right clothing, the cold is...

If you have the right clothing, the cold is nothing to fear. I've been out in minus 20 F and come back sweating (which could be a problem in itself!
01-10-22, 07:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

With studded tires, you *have* better control...

With studded tires, you *have* better control than the cars!
At the train station in my town, I have on occasion had friendly competition with cars to see who can get to the stop sign at the parking...
01-10-22, 07:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

:lol: "pucker up"!

:lol: "pucker up"!
01-10-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

BTDT!! :o

BTDT!! :o
01-09-22, 08:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

Yes, I was very much aware that the tires had...

Yes, I was very much aware that the tires had much better traction than my feet!
01-09-22, 08:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

Yes, I knew it wasn't Mohs... I was in a...

Yes, I knew it wasn't Mohs... I was in a "listing" mood.
I'm out of my depth here. It wouldn't surprise me to learn that there's a complicated explanation which, fortunately, doesn't have to be...
01-09-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for the graphic. It doesn't say which...

Thanks for the graphic. It doesn't say which hardness measuring system is represented (Mohs, Vickers, Brinell, etc.), but it's apparent that hardness is inversely proportional to surface temperature....
01-08-22, 08:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

I'd have to agree that there's no discernible...

I'd have to agree that there's no discernible extra friction in my Travel Agent set-up.
01-08-22, 04:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

You may be right. I've always thought that the...

You may be right. I've always thought that the resistance to sliding (sideways) is limited by the shear strength of the ice, which I believe is greater at lower temperatures. There's no doubt that...
01-08-22, 10:56 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 985
Posted By sweeks

My experience is different. Maybe the number of...

My experience is different. Maybe the number of studs is a factor?
...
01-05-22, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By sweeks

Be sure to turn the crank-fixing bolt back to its...

Be sure to turn the crank-fixing bolt back to its original position (no torque needed though) to unload the cracked piece.
Then, if the pin spanner doesn't easily get results, I would give the...
01-04-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,532
Posted By sweeks

Not *all*... my Airborne has a chromoly fork,...

Not *all*... my Airborne has a chromoly fork, actually a Co-Motion "Americano" fork. When I first saw it, I was afraid the bike would ride like a truck; it's a fairly beefy fork. It was a pleasant...
01-03-22, 07:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By sweeks

I'm not an expert in this sort of thing, but I...

I'm not an expert in this sort of thing, but I would re-tighten the crank-fixing bolt, then use a pin spanner to unscrew the cracked piece. Once that's out, a normal crank puller should work after...
01-03-22, 10:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

They go with the nice Paul brakes though! :thumb:...

They go with the nice Paul brakes though! :thumb:
EDIT: I like your SON hub and light set-up as well. I'm still poking around trying to improve my headlight position... fork has no hole for a brake...
01-02-22, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By sweeks

The nearest ice fisher's hut is my first stop...

The nearest ice fisher's hut is my first stop whenever I go out on a frozen lake. The fishers always know how thick the ice is... since they had to cut a hole in it!
I'm changing over to the studs...
01-02-22, 08:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By sweeks

I bought a tin of molybdenum disulfide paste...

I bought a tin of molybdenum disulfide paste years ago which I used on the splines on the final drive/rear wheel interface on my BMW motorcycle. I still use it for all sorts of fasteners. My Ti bike...
01-02-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By sweeks

I was advised to use a copper-based anti-seize...

I was advised to use a copper-based anti-seize compound with titanium parts tightened against each other. Specifically, the titanium seatpost in the titanium seat tube. Titanium is said to be able to...
01-02-22, 06:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

Yes, these are pretty simple machines. Yet......

Yes, these are pretty simple machines. Yet... Murphy's Law exists! :twitchy:
01-02-22, 06:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

I don't know about *improving* modulation, since...

I don't know about *improving* modulation, since I never rode the bike without the TAs. But I've never had a bike with *better* modulation of the brakes. I have had bikes with *as good* modulation,...
01-02-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 363
Posted By sweeks

I have a pair on Nokian "Extreme 294" tires,...

I have a pair on Nokian "Extreme 294" tires, which I put on my 26" mountain bike. Studded tires make winter trail riding a much more predictable activity. If you can find a frozen lake with no snow...
01-02-22, 05:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By sweeks

Yes, but it is possible to turn the freewheel...

Yes, but it is possible to turn the freewheel remover counter-clockwise *either* by pushing DOWN on the (photoshopped?) hex wrench shown on the left, *or* by lifting UP on the hex wrench as in the...
01-02-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

I said that just because I've had it said to me...

I said that just because I've had it said to me by others examining the bike. I'm a "form-follows-function" kind of guy, and I don't actually mind their appearance at all. :thumb:
01-02-22, 08:57 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,328
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for telling me what I know. That's a...

Thanks for telling me what I know. That's a useful superpower!
I was trying to be humorous. What I was thinking was that anyone who's worried about acronyms containing "F" is probably a little...
01-02-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 537
Posted By sweeks

I had those "Travel Agents" installed when the...

I had those "Travel Agents" installed when the bike was built up for me 20 years ago. I had specified "V" brakes and the STI shifters, and was told by Airborne that the travel agents would be...
01-01-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By sweeks

IIRC, the chain whip is not necessary to tighten...

IIRC, the chain whip is not necessary to tighten the lockring, as the pawls of the freehub engage and provide resistance.
Looks like the tools are set up to remove the lockring (isn't it a...
01-01-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,328
Posted By sweeks

Back to the original question about riding on...

Back to the original question about riding on high-speed roads. It's been mentioned a couple or three times: Rear-View Mirror. Many bicycle-car encounters resulting in severe injuries or death to the...
01-01-22, 03:02 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,328
Posted By sweeks

It wasn't the "F"... it was what you'd have if...

It wasn't the "F"... it was what you'd have if you deleted the "R". It's not obscene though...
01-01-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 398
Posted By sweeks

I have for years bought small numbers of titanium...

I have for years bought small numbers of titanium fasteners from Toronto Cycles (http://www.torontocycles.com/Selling/Titanium.html) from time to time. I've been pleased with the prices, service......
12-31-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,532
Posted By sweeks

I bought a "budget" titanium bike 20 years ago....

I bought a "budget" titanium bike 20 years ago. The Airborne "Carpe Diem" was pretty much customized to my preferences, so it's a bit weird: mountain bike brakes and pedals, drop bars with STI...
12-31-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,797
Posted By sweeks

That looks like ice. I wouldn't even think of...

That looks like ice. I wouldn't even think of riding on that without studded tires.
I'm sure it would be possible to traverse that surface with a "light touch" on the pedals and brakes. But if...
12-30-21, 08:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 261
Posted By sweeks

Be serious. :lol: The white material looks...

Be serious. :lol:

The white material looks less like corrosion than some sort of paste. If it were actual corrosion, I'd expect a history of several seasons' use on salted roads. Wipe it off and...
12-28-21, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 404
Posted By sweeks

A new cable will not have frayed ends, so you...

A new cable will not have frayed ends, so you will be able to (carefully) insert it into the housing. If there is any doubt about the condition of the housing, replace that as well.
Some helpful...
12-28-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,601
Posted By sweeks

I own a private plain, but I have to mow it! :D ...

I own a private plain, but I have to mow it! :D
I respect your prioritization of quality of life. I made the same choice as a dental specialist. :thumb:
Forum: Framebuilders
12-27-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By sweeks

Thanks, Mark! Looking at my own image (D'oh!),...

Thanks, Mark!
Looking at my own image (D'oh!), I see the bolt holding the fender to the rear of the fork. That hole is probably in just the right spot and could be extended. :thumb:
12-27-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 519
Posted By sweeks

Does anyone (besides me) "tap" the spokes with...

Does anyone (besides me) "tap" the spokes with something like a plastic screwdriver handle? Saves my fingernails! :innocent:
Forum: Framebuilders
12-27-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By sweeks

Drilling a fork crown "brake" hole...

I have a Co-Motion Americano steel fork on my Airborne Carpe Diem. When I bought the bike (in 2001), that fork had bosses for V-brakes and consequently no hole in the fork crown.
Recently I've gone...
12-26-21, 10:39 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,478
Posted By sweeks

Heh... there is the little matter of a license!...

Heh... there is the little matter of a license! :innocent:
12-26-21, 09:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,478
Posted By sweeks

This may be true, but there is great satisfaction...

This may be true, but there is great satisfaction (at least for me) in building the wheels you ride on. This is more than enough compensation for the price difference! :D
12-25-21, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By sweeks

The bead is kevlar instead of steel wire, so they...

The bead is kevlar instead of steel wire, so they can be fold. Otherwise basically the same.
12-19-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 473
Posted By sweeks

After wearing out a couple crank axles on my...

After wearing out a couple crank axles on my Motobecane Mirage (the first real bicycle I ever bought, in 1974), I replaced the 7-ball retainers with 11 loose 1/4" balls per side. I expect a longer...
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