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06-15-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By cyccommute

+1. When I used yellow lenses at night, the...

+1. When I used yellow lenses at night, the lights were very bright but the blacks are even inkier than with clear lenses.
06-15-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
Posted By cyccommute

While the narrow plates may mean less movement,...

While the narrow plates may mean less movement, they do make set up more difficult and limit the range of gears that can be used without rubbing. I would doubt that the tolerances are that much...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 08:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 812
Posted By cyccommute

I don’t need advice on how to lose weight. Food...

I don’t need advice on how to lose weight. Food or exercise has made no difference through out my life. I don’t over eat. I don’t eat sweets excessively. I’m capable of riding multiple week tours and...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 812
Posted By cyccommute

Not that Iíve noticed. Much of my very long...

Not that Iíve noticed. Much of my very long distance/weeks at a time touring has occurred after I hit 50 or within spitting distance of it.
All of the tours in my sig line have occur around 50...
06-14-19, 03:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
Posted By cyccommute

Itís not that they are just lighter. There is a...

Itís not that they are just lighter. There is a lot of difference in the dimensions on the plates between the higher end models and the lower end models that has an effect on how they work. Deore...
06-14-19, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 352
Posted By cyccommute

It would be simpler to just see if the brake...

It would be simpler to just see if the brake track is flat. It's hard to tell from the picture but it looks like the track is concave.
06-13-19, 12:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 741
Posted By cyccommute

Why? Why do people think the more complicated...

Why? Why do people think the more complicated the lubrication (and cleaning routine), the better the results? I would bet dollars to donuts (Egad, Brain! If dollars turn into donuts, Everyone's...
06-13-19, 12:31 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

This is city riding we are talking about. If...

This is city riding we are talking about. If there is a home for narrower tires, cities should be it. A 2"+ tire shouldn't be a requirement for riding in the city and I certainly wouldn't need one...
06-12-19, 05:41 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
Posted By cyccommute

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI...

The XT probably wonít play well with an STI shifter. The pull ratios are different. You may be able to get it to work but it probably wonít work very well. For 9 speed and below, a rear derailer...
06-12-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

It’s not the tires that are the problem but the...

It’s not the tires that are the problem but the conditions that are the problem. I know how to handle linear cracks and ruts from years of mountain biking but an inexperienced cyclist may not. And...
06-12-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,569
Posted By cyccommute

They have for about 20,000 miles on one bike and...

They have for about 20,000 miles on one bike and about 12,000 miles on another. The key is to pick the proper front derailer. Don't choose one of the fancy expensive Shimano ones. Choose one of...
06-12-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

In my area, the seam at the gutter pan is often...

In my area, the seam at the gutter pan is often broken or deteriorated much more than the pavement. Riding into the seam creates a situation that is difficult to maneuver out of because the wheel is...
06-12-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

That's still a sub-standard bike lane. The door...

That's still a sub-standard bike lane. The door of a car opening is going to take up all of the buffer and a person exiting the car on the passenger side is going to step into the bike lane. It...
06-12-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

Not in my experience. Protected lanes without...

Not in my experience. Protected lanes without floating parking lanes tend to be wider but floating parking is more popular. The third picture in mr._billís post above shows the typical width of a...
06-11-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

Let's me start by saying that I stated the wrong...

Let's me start by saying that I stated the wrong picture as an example. The one I meant to point out was actually the third one. My mistake.



I don't think that word means what you think it...
06-11-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

I can and do ride anywhere. I use MUPs. I use...

I can and do ride anywhere. I use MUPs. I use onstreet bike lanes. I use roads. And, occasionally, I go where there arenít roads. That doesnít mean that I have to like nor agree with poorly...
06-10-19, 05:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

We have protected lanes that are actually...

We have protected lanes that are actually designed for contraflow. They arenít wider than normal lanes so the bicycle lane in each direction is only 4í to 5í wide. I wouldnít ride one contraflow to...
06-10-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

The first protected bike lane installed in Denver...

The first protected bike lane installed in Denver was on 15 Street in Downtown. It was placed on the left hand side of the street because 15th has a lot of bus traffic. No one expects bikes to be...
06-10-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,318
Posted By cyccommute

I have a set of Xpedo Magnesium. They are a good...

I have a set of Xpedo Magnesium. They are a good enough pedal. They do, however, fall far outside the price limit set by wgscott
06-10-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,318
Posted By cyccommute

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have...

iSSi (the way that they advertise it) pedals have worked very well for me. I have them on at least 2 bikes and maybe 3 (I can remember) and have been using them for a few years now. I've found that...
06-10-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,116
Posted By cyccommute

The sonar wasn't defective, only the judgement of...

The sonar wasn't defective, only the judgement of the bat. I've been canoeing at dusk and have been buzzed by bats...like fractions of an inch from my ear. They were after the mosquitoes keyed in...
06-10-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,318
Posted By cyccommute

I somewhat agree. For SPD pedals, it's really...

I somewhat agree. For SPD pedals, it's really hard to beat Shimano M520. You may not be able to get them for under $30 anymore but they are still a bargain. They last for ages...I've got some 20...
06-10-19, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 324
Posted By cyccommute

There are any number of grips that you could use...

There are any number of grips that you could use but you can't use lock-on type, obviously. It will have to be some kind of foam material. ESI (https://esigrips.com/)are a silicon rubber foam and...
06-10-19, 09:07 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

I agree. The front derailer is fairly...

I agree. The front derailer is fairly unimportant. The only problem I have with Shimano's expensive ones is that they are more finicky about set up. Most of them function like they are supposed to...
06-10-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

I wasn't thinking in terms of "rub" but in the...

I wasn't thinking in terms of "rub" but in the lack of "snappiness" that people complain about with triples. Old friction systems with flat rings were a bit more balky than more modern index...
06-09-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low...

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low end but it is easier to set up than the higher end derailers.

The Megarange is a work around. Itís meant to basically have a bailout low gear with a...
06-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

Only for some. Donít blame the tool. ...

Only for some. Donít blame the tool.



No. I donít know. Iím a long time volunteer at my local co-op. I see hundreds... possibly thousands... of triples per year. I send that same number of...
06-08-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

You may not need more but there are those of us...

You may not need more but there are those of us who not only wanít more range but use it. I could probably struggle up hill in a 36Ē gear (42/32) but I like my knees and would like to keep them. ...
06-08-19, 09:22 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,741
Posted By cyccommute

I think you have this the wrong way Ďround. ...

I think you have this the wrong way Ďround. Motorist, in general, would like to see bicyclists relegated to bike lanes and bike paths...preferably a long distance from any road and never...
06-08-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people...

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people have with triples are either from using old friction systems or from memories of old friction systems (like pre1995). Everything crank or chainring...
06-08-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,325
Posted By cyccommute

First, Iíve got to say that there is a perfectly...

First, Iíve got to say that there is a perfectly adequate measure of force that could be used without resorting to the made up force unit ďkilogram-forceĒ. Itís a newton and it works. I wish that...
06-06-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,196
Posted By cyccommute

Two small quibbles. “Kerosene” is the far more...

Two small quibbles. “Kerosene” is the far more common term used for that mixture. It would make it easier for people to find on Google. And C9 to C16 petroleum distillates are within the range of...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,709
Posted By cyccommute

Cycling side-by-side is allowed by whom? If...

Cycling side-by-side is allowed by whom? If there are no formal rules (confirming what I saw in Amsterdam), then anything is allowed. But informal rules of just plain politeness says that you...
Forum: Commuting
06-06-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,709
Posted By cyccommute

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose...

You keep saying that. You are wrong. I suppose it makes you feel better...ĒsuperiorĒ...which is okay but you are still wrong. Iíve been to many, many, many places that Iíve never been to before and...
06-05-19, 10:35 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

And cassettes. Donít forget cassettes. Maybe 2...

And cassettes. Donít forget cassettes. Maybe 2 or 3 or 5 would be enough to cover every possible type of terrain you might run across. Think of all the weight youíll save:rolleyes: And all the...
06-05-19, 01:34 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that...

The problem I see with mountain bikes is that they are being set up and marketed for rather short rides or for multiple laps on a know course. For example, I recently overheard a conversation where...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,709
Posted By cyccommute

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do...

You arenít alone. But sometimes you have to do things you donít like. I commute by bicycle because I do like it..even in snow and cold weather. It beats fighting traffic. That said, the density...
06-05-19, 10:52 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

In answer to your cons: The weight is...

In answer to your cons:

The weight is only ďunnecessaryĒ if you donít need it. If you need it, itís worth carrying.
Iíve never had a triple that was ďclumsyĒ while shifting. I have 8...
06-05-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,004
Posted By cyccommute

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your...

So do you carry all the stuff to “match your gears to the terrain” if the terrain changes? Your method is okay if all you ever ride is on roads that you’ve been on before or if you ride laps around...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,364
Posted By cyccommute

Your reasoning is okay but you donít need to get...

Your reasoning is okay but you donít need to get rid of the 48 or end up with a funky shift pattern. My touring bike is a 48/36/20 with an 11-36 9 speed in the rear.
...
Forum: Touring
06-05-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 168
Views: 9,155
Posted By cyccommute

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding...

I have to disagree. Clipless makes rough riding more efficient because you can pull up while riding over the rough spots and you are less likely to slip off the pedals. Your picture isnít even all...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,709
Posted By cyccommute

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you...

Cute. Strip out my name in a quote so that you can say something insulting and entirely incorrect and hope that I won’t respond.

I’m not being an “embittered old man” nor do I want to be a...
06-04-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 987
Posted By cyccommute

There are lots and lots of pointless queries that...

There are lots and lots of pointless queries that donít need to be explored and there are lots of people who insist on exploring them. If you want to pursue them for your own edification, feel free....
06-04-19, 11:09 AM
Replies: 235
Views: 23,196
Posted By cyccommute

ďMineral oilĒ is the friction modifier...as is...

ďMineral oilĒ is the friction modifier...as is any lubricant. It reduces friction between two metal plates. Whether or not it does it better than other friction modifiers is the key. But there is...
Forum: Commuting
06-03-19, 10:22 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,709
Posted By cyccommute

And it is every bit the nightmare the video...

And it is every bit the nightmare the video shows. I havenít ridden on that exact system but I rode something similar in Amsterdam. The doglegs are a stupid idea and difficult to maneuver. Adding...
06-03-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,967
Posted By cyccommute

Memory can be a funny thing. That said, I donít...

Memory can be a funny thing. That said, I donít use Triflow for my personal bikes anymore but we use it at my local co-op. I donít recall it as being any thicker or thinner than when I used it...
06-03-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 987
Posted By cyccommute

If you wanted to make an analysis of the rim, it...

If you wanted to make an analysis of the rim, it might be worth measuring the tension. But unless you are going to try solve a problem of production of rims, the tension on the other spokes is...
06-02-19, 10:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,967
Posted By cyccommute

Are you comparing the viscosity between a 20 year...

Are you comparing the viscosity between a 20 year old product and a new product? Or have you measured the viscosity 20 years ago and have measured it now?

In the previous case, 20 years of...
06-02-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 987
Posted By cyccommute

There would be no point. Once the spoke has...

There would be no point. Once the spoke has broken through the rim, the tension is essentially zero. Itís a broken spoke or at least the near equivalent of a broken spoke.
06-01-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 987
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, the cracking is due to incorrect spoke...

Yes, the cracking is due to incorrect spoke tension but not necessarily ďincorrectĒ in the way that most people think. Cracks can form from both low and high tension. Low tension allows the spoke...
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