Search: Posts Made By: diesel_dad
Showing results 1 to 50 of 249
Search took 0.12 seconds.
03-05-17, 11:27 PM
Replies: 376
Views: 107,152
Posted By diesel_dad

I went ahead with the White Industries cranks in...

I went ahead with the White Industries cranks in 46/30. They were one of the lightest options and are very flexible in adapting to other combinations of ring sizes if I change my mind in the future....
Forum: Road Cycling
12-21-15, 01:28 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,948
Posted By diesel_dad

Hi - Santa Claus has not arrived yet, so have not...

Hi - Santa Claus has not arrived yet, so have not actually tried it. Will post when I do. It interfaces directly into Zwift on a laptop, so no need to upgrade your on-bike GPS unless you want to use...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-27-15, 11:59 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 34,948
Posted By diesel_dad

Sound like a lot of fun. I am looking at Zwift...

Sound like a lot of fun. I am looking at Zwift for my son. We have a Kinetic Road Machine trainer and plan to run the Zwift app on a Macbook Pro. What is the least cost hardware to get started...
02-05-11, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By diesel_dad

Somehow I doubt this -- with the Jtek shiftmate...

Somehow I doubt this -- with the Jtek shiftmate (a little pulley), all the other combinations work just fine. If the pull was non-linear, then a pulley would not convert the cable pull properly. I...
02-04-11, 06:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By diesel_dad

If I could find someone who has actually done it,...

If I could find someone who has actually done it, I'd definitely give it a try. Any links to Moultons with this config? The Moulton website makes it sound like their bikes are either Shimano or Campy...
02-04-11, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,936
Posted By diesel_dad

Compatibility of Using Campagnolo 11-Speed Shifters with Shimano 9-Speed Derailleurs?

A while back someone mentioned that Campy 11-speed shifters were compatible with Shimano 9-speed drivetrain in terms of cable pull. I am considering this combination and have not seen it discussed...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-10, 09:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

I believe that the Salsa Fargo has some form of...

I believe that the Salsa Fargo has some form of vertical dropouts, so you could use it with an Alfine but you'd need to use the Shimano Alfine chain tensioner (like a derailleur cage but with no...
Forum: Commuting
08-25-10, 09:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

I could certainly tell you that after riding for...

I could certainly tell you that after riding for two seasons on a Brodie Ocho with an aluminum frame, I would not consider an aluminum frame with the Alfine. It made for a ride that was both harsh...
Forum: Commuting
08-24-10, 06:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

I have not had to remove it yet but Steelwool has...

I have not had to remove it yet but Steelwool has a very nice EBB design and I expect less problems than the Brodie frame. Here is a link: Steelwool EBB Write-Up (http://www.steelwoolbicycles.ca/ebb)
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 09:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

OK. I uploaded a number of photos. Here is a link...

OK. I uploaded a number of photos. Here is a link to the gallery:
Steelwool Tweed Alfine Gallery (http://rv-there-yet.smugmug.com/Sports/Steelwool-Tweed-with-Alfine/13467439_oF3WZ#980521921_nvRMe)
...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

I should also mention that the Civia Bryant is a...

I should also mention that the Civia Bryant is a decent looking frame for a reasonable cost as well. Not sure about the belt drive but I see no reason why it would not work with fine with a chain.
Forum: Commuting
08-23-10, 10:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,224
Posted By diesel_dad

I have not weighed my bike -- but I just did my...

I have not weighed my bike -- but I just did my first full commute on my Steelwool Tweed with 8-speed Alfine. My LBS had a Steelwool Tweed frame in M for a reasonable cost. They stripped my Brodie...
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 12:02 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 32,546
Posted By diesel_dad

Microshift does sell a "brifter" that works with...

Microshift does sell a "brifter" that works with Alfine. Looks a lot like the other Shimano shifters but no comment on price or quality since I have not ridden one.
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 12:01 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 32,546
Posted By diesel_dad

All I can say is ride one before spending any...

All I can say is ride one before spending any money. That is an extra 1000 grams of rotating mass and a significant amount of added friction. It is also a bear to repair flats and tools are required....
Forum: Touring
06-29-10, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,485
Posted By diesel_dad

I have tried this with a double stem setup. I...

I have tried this with a double stem setup. I have a lower stem (specifically for extension mounting, purchased from SJS cycles) that is used for the handlebar bag and an upper stem that is used for...
Forum: Touring
06-27-10, 10:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,631
Posted By diesel_dad

All I can say is -- ride a bike with an Alfine...

All I can say is -- ride a bike with an Alfine before making any changes. It is really heavy and the range is limited. Not a bad product but not something I would not like to ride for thousands of...
Forum: Commuting
04-24-10, 11:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,957
Posted By diesel_dad

For me, it would come down to disc brakes. I use...

For me, it would come down to disc brakes. I use Avid BB7 on my Brodie Ocho and the stopping power is amazing. I get good -- but not great -- stopping power from by IRD Cafam cantilevers on my LHT....
Forum: Commuting
02-03-10, 09:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,300
Posted By diesel_dad

The weight of the hub is really a big deal. Try...

The weight of the hub is really a big deal. Try before you buy!

Derailleurs may not be best to maintain but they are cheap and LIGHT.
Forum: Commuting
02-02-10, 09:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,300
Posted By diesel_dad

Interesting thought. As for the crankset, on my...

Interesting thought. As for the crankset, on my Ocho, it's a Truvativ Firex, so can't blame Shimano for the chainguard. But if you are doing a build, I'd look for a crankset with no chainguard or at...
Forum: Commuting
01-29-10, 07:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,300
Posted By diesel_dad

Thanks for all the interesting comments. I...

Thanks for all the interesting comments.

I regularly use TriFlow lube on the chains of all my bikes. I have had great success keeping the chains clean with regular use of TriFlow on my derailleur...
Forum: Commuting
01-28-10, 11:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,300
Posted By diesel_dad

Alfine Update: Winter Grind Takes Its Toll

I've had a Brodie Ocho with an Alfine Hub, drop bars and a Jtek shifter for about a year now. I've made a few upgrades: Schwalbe Marathon Supreme 700X37C tires, Axiom Rack, Planetbike Cascadia...
Forum: Touring
01-18-10, 05:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,065
Posted By diesel_dad

I have the Ortlieb as well as Arkel and the older...

I have the Ortlieb as well as Arkel and the older Carradice system. Here are my experiences.

Ortlieb: modular, easy to adjust fittings, easy to replace parts if you had them with you. I do not...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-09, 07:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,803
Posted By diesel_dad

I have a Brodie Ocho that I converted to drop...

I have a Brodie Ocho that I converted to drop bars with an Alfine and 39 X 18 gearing, which I gather is at the high end for an Alfine.

You really need to ride 20 miles on a bike with an Alfine to...
Forum: Touring
06-04-09, 10:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,751
Posted By diesel_dad

Bib shorts with a chamois all the way. I am...

Bib shorts with a chamois all the way. I am breaking in a Brooks Swift Ti at the moment. Did a sweaty 55 km of rolling hills last night until I lost a tire. It was tough enough with Assos padded bib...
Forum: Commuting
05-13-09, 10:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 940
Posted By diesel_dad

I wear a Halo headband under my helmet. It does...

I wear a Halo headband under my helmet. It does an amazing job wicking away the sweat that leads to evil spirits. It does such a great job that it picks up moisture from the air on rainy days, so I...
Forum: Commuting
05-10-09, 10:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,477
Posted By diesel_dad

I switched from Tektro Oryx to IRD CAFAM. They...

I switched from Tektro Oryx to IRD CAFAM. They come with the Salmon brake pads and seem to work a lot better. Cost is also much more reasonable than the Pauls.

IMHO, discs stop better than any rim...
Forum: Touring
05-10-09, 09:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 772
Posted By diesel_dad

I have a pair of Marathon Supremes in 700 X 37C...

I have a pair of Marathon Supremes in 700 X 37C that have about 3000km on the on two different bikes (Surly LHT and Brodie Ocho). They are quite light, fast and I have only had one flat (sharp shard...
Forum: Touring
04-25-09, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By diesel_dad

Anything can be made to work by a good mechanic....

Anything can be made to work by a good mechanic. You can use a Jagwire inline barrel adjuster.

I use an XT Shadow rear derailleur with Chorus 10-speed brifters, a 9 speed Shimano cassette and a...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,682
Posted By diesel_dad

I have an Arkel Big Bar Bag. It's a real...

I have an Arkel Big Bar Bag. It's a real masterpiece of design and construction workmanship. However I have a few issues with it:

1). The zippers rattle and make noise while I ride. Great big...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 07:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,013
Posted By diesel_dad

I have a Champion Flyer on my LHT with about...

I have a Champion Flyer on my LHT with about 5000km on it. Most comfortable saddle I have ever used even if it weighs 850g.

It sounds to me like you are sitting too far forward on the saddle. You...
Forum: Touring
04-22-09, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By diesel_dad

Beware of the Cherry Red powdercoat. It flaked...

Beware of the Cherry Red powdercoat. It flaked off very easily and I eventually decided to get mine sandblasted and powdercoated. Surly did warranty a few for the paint but not mine. YMMV
Forum: Commuting
04-15-09, 07:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 812
Posted By diesel_dad

These pedals are great. I use versions of these...

These pedals are great. I use versions of these on all my bikes but the 540s are the best price-performer.

I use them with Specialized MTB Comp shoes in the summer. I am planning to buy the MTB...
Forum: Touring
04-07-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,549
Posted By diesel_dad

You'd be better off to use Loc-Tite Blue on the...

You'd be better off to use Loc-Tite Blue on the mounting bolt (or any rack or fender mounting bolts as well). It holds firmly but is not permanent. It's pretty much of a standard among bicycle...
Forum: Commuting
04-07-09, 08:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,999
Posted By diesel_dad

I have an LHT and I love it. If it fits, I...

I have an LHT and I love it. If it fits, I suspect the CC will be a better frame in the long haul. If you have a commute that's all uphill in one direction, then make sure you get a triple crankset...
Forum: Touring
04-05-09, 10:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,549
Posted By diesel_dad

Here is exactly what happens when you mount the...

Here is exactly what happens when you mount the Pletscher kickstand on the LHT with no innertube underneath:
http://rv-there-yet.smugmug.com/photos/375511330_VJRjP-XL.jpg

After that I remounted...
Forum: Touring
03-20-09, 11:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By diesel_dad

Find a Specialized dealer and try the Sport MTB...

Find a Specialized dealer and try the Sport MTB shoes. I have had the Comp MTB for years now and they are great. The Sport has a simpler closure (3 velcro straps).

It all depends on the last and...
03-11-09, 10:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 770
Posted By diesel_dad

I have a Dinotte 600L helmet light and a Dinotte...

I have a Dinotte 600L helmet light and a Dinotte 800L handlebar light. Do the math.

I really never worry about it being too bright for motorists. A single headlight has > 1500 lumens. Just need to...
Replies: 16
Views: 1,724
Posted By diesel_dad

I just got an Carradice SQR Tour for a similar...

I just got an Carradice SQR Tour for a similar purpose. It's a bit on the big side but is not too heavy and it doesn't get in the way at all.

The mount is rock solid with no sway at all. It also...
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By diesel_dad

I may never find the perfect saddle, but for now...

I may never find the perfect saddle, but for now my Koobi PRS Century is definitely the best. Very narrow in the front and wider at the tail with decent padding and some shock absorption for the sit...
Forum: Commuting
03-08-09, 09:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,088
Posted By diesel_dad

Bar height also has an effect. With a higher bar...

Bar height also has an effect. With a higher bar -- you will need a shorter stem. I just converted from flat bars to drop bars on my Brodie Ocho. I found that I needed a 30mm shorter stem with a rise...
Replies: 22
Views: 1,132
Posted By diesel_dad

I have had a couple of Terry saddles and they...

I have had a couple of Terry saddles and they were not for me either. I have found that if a saddle is not comfortable in the first few rides, it only gets worse from there.

If you really like the...
Forum: Commuting
03-06-09, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By diesel_dad

Ditto - I have a Big Bar Bag on a 2nd stem. I...

Ditto - I have a Big Bar Bag on a 2nd stem. I would not want to put anything heavy in it due to impact on steering and tendency of bars to flop over when parked.

If you want to carry beer -- I'd...
Forum: Commuting
03-04-09, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 611
Posted By diesel_dad

After looking for ages, I picked up a Lezyne...

After looking for ages, I picked up a Lezyne Pressure Drive M. It is totally metal. The fittings screw onto the valve - so no leakage. It's very small. And the LBS let me try it to pump up a road...
Forum: Commuting
03-03-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By diesel_dad

So far, the bar-end shifter has not gotten in the...

So far, the bar-end shifter has not gotten in the way of anything but it is pointier that a Shimano bar-con. If it was smaller, it would be too hard to reach.

The only thing I am not too keen on...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-09, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By diesel_dad

Removing the rear wheel is painful. You need a...

Removing the rear wheel is painful. You need a 15mm wrench for the axle nuts and then you need to detach the cable from the hub. The dropouts are vertical, so removed the wheel is easy enough when...
Forum: Commuting
03-02-09, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,798
Posted By diesel_dad

The Cascadia fenders have better coverage. Here...

The Cascadia fenders have better coverage. Here is a link to a review:
Planetbike Cascadia Review (http://kentsbike.blogspot.com/2007/03/planet-bike-cascadia-fenders.html)
Forum: Commuting
03-01-09, 10:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By diesel_dad

Too dark right now -- but tomorrow for sure.

Too dark right now -- but tomorrow for sure.
Forum: Commuting
03-01-09, 10:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,798
Posted By diesel_dad

Neither. I have 3 sets of Planetbike Cascadia...

Neither. I have 3 sets of Planetbike Cascadia fenders (Surly LHT / Marinoni Sportivo / Brodie Ocho) and I am totally satisfied.

I had a pair of SKS Commuter fenders. They rattles and had poor...
Forum: Commuting
03-01-09, 10:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By diesel_dad

Brodie Ocho / Alfine / Drop Bars / Jtek Shifter Complete

I bought a used Brodie Ocho a few months back for a good price. I added a rack and fenders -- commuted for a few weeks. I could not get used to straight bars for any length of time.

I ordered a...
Forum: Touring
03-01-09, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,210
Posted By diesel_dad

The Cateye mirror has been great. I have two or...

The Cateye mirror has been great. I have two or three of them on other bikes. They are cheap, seem to work well and flexible enough that if they get banged against something, they don't break.
Showing results 1 to 50 of 249
 


 
Forum Jump

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.