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05-14-18, 07:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,041
Posted By bradtx

belacqua, Remove the rack if desired, but keep...

belacqua, Remove the rack if desired, but keep the screws on the bike should you change your mind and need to reinstall quickly.

Brad
05-14-18, 07:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,281
Posted By bradtx

Same for me. FWIW, Shimano brakes. Brad

Same for me. FWIW, Shimano brakes.

Brad
04-30-18, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 592
Posted By bradtx

I agree with #2...Wheels are the best bang for...

I agree with #2...Wheels are the best bang for the buck for a weight weenie.

Brad
04-30-18, 02:55 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,413
Posted By bradtx

All of my bikes are aluminum and additions to the...

All of my bikes are aluminum and additions to the fleet are unlikely. IMHO the new technology is all in the components. AFIK it's been awhile since anything 'new' in frame material has debuted.
...
Forum: Touring
04-30-18, 02:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,144
Posted By bradtx

Starting off with the mundane, the bike needs to...

Starting off with the mundane, the bike needs to be well serviced prior to the tour. Emphasis on the wheels, but all bits need attention. Less expensive now than when on the road.

Brad
Forum: Touring
04-28-18, 11:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,602
Posted By bradtx

Canada Writer, My beater is a very, very high...

Canada Writer, My beater is a very, very high milage Cannondale touring bike that wasn't well maintained. While 36H rims, the spokes are straight 15 gauge, a spoke size Cannondale used for many...
04-28-18, 10:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,034
Posted By bradtx

Trial and error. While generally small, the...

Trial and error. While generally small, the differences in RD placement and drop out width can add up to success or failure. The lack of a B screw does not help. Problems will show up as lack of...
Forum: Touring
04-11-18, 06:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,390
Posted By bradtx

P, I have used my touring bikes off road. While...

P, I have used my touring bikes off road. While my mountain bike would've been a better option, the touring bike worked well enough.

If only a small percentage of your predicted touring milage...
04-11-18, 04:58 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 234,185
Posted By bradtx

letenn, My '89 is also built with mostly 8S 600...

letenn, My '89 is also built with mostly 8S 600 since the mid '90s. Simply delivers on every ride, mostly used to rail turns these days.

Brad
04-07-18, 11:18 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,137
Posted By bradtx

Short answer is yes in regards to BB stiffness,...

Short answer is yes in regards to BB stiffness, not so much elsewhere IME.

Brad
04-07-18, 10:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,443
Posted By bradtx

sqwerti, The 2.8 frames are all alike and were...

sqwerti, The 2.8 frames are all alike and were OEM equipped with most every Shimano group and without double checking, Campagnolo Record. The 2.8 was the basis for many of the later CAAD designs.
...
04-06-18, 03:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,137
Posted By bradtx

This. Brad

This.

Brad
04-06-18, 03:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,443
Posted By bradtx

sqwertl, I had a '96 R400 (loved the color) and...

sqwertl, I had a '96 R400 (loved the color) and it had 130 mm rear spacing, in spite of running a 2X7. Any frames sold as incomplete bikes (frame sets) or issued due to a warranty claim won't have...
03-23-18, 07:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By bradtx

Very true. The teeth on a chain ring only wear...

Very true. The teeth on a chain ring only wear more slowly than those on a cassette/freewheel because there are often more teeth, and more teeth engaged to share the load. An elongated chain will...
03-10-18, 04:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,354
Posted By bradtx

stardog9, 37mm Contis will fit, but 35mm Pasalas...

stardog9, 37mm Contis will fit, but 35mm Pasalas BARELY fit between the chain stays. Congrats on your find.

Brad
Forum: Touring
02-20-18, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 945
Posted By bradtx

mcguirejess, I have a R1000T that I experimented...

mcguirejess, I have a R1000T that I experimented some light touring with. Twenty pounds on a jerry rigged handlebar mount was fine, less was better. The cassette was already replaced by a 14-25T...
02-14-18, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,766
Posted By bradtx

sjfoote081, Probably okay. FD position is...

sjfoote081, Probably okay. FD position is determined by the big ring anyhow, which remains the same.

Brad
02-08-18, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,075
Posted By bradtx

This. Dial and beam style tq. wrenches can last...

This. Dial and beam style tq. wrenches can last decades if not abused. The pointer can be rezeroed as needed, but can indicate that the wrench exceeded it's capacity at some point and may no longer...
02-06-18, 07:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 748
Posted By bradtx

Jan, You've nothing to lose by welding that...

Jan, You've nothing to lose by welding that crack shut.
In addition I would drill pin holes at each end of the crack, add some re-enforcement extending beyond the "brake bridge", lubing the...
02-05-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,343
Posted By bradtx

TallRider, No doubt the frame's longevity is...

TallRider, No doubt the frame's longevity is compromised. My experience with aluminum frames has been that those with a sharply creased dent are more likely to fail than a rounded dent, which may...
02-03-18, 02:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,532
Posted By bradtx

I like it. Brad

I like it.

Brad
01-30-18, 10:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,502
Posted By bradtx

cajun pedaler, 130mm hubs have been used in...

cajun pedaler, 130mm hubs have been used in 126mm OLD aluminum frames without cold setting for ages now. Comvert your mtn hub to 130mm, re-center the wheel and it's done.

Brad
01-25-18, 09:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,578
Posted By bradtx

Use "beater bike" in a search. Brad

Use "beater bike" in a search.

Brad
01-23-18, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,559
Posted By bradtx

masi61, Thinking back to when the Headshock was...

masi61, Thinking back to when the Headshock was in production, I couldn't help think that it answered an unasked question. There is a little weight savings, but not much. Now-a-days I think...
01-23-18, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,506
Posted By bradtx

mikey89, Search the web for "chainring bcd". ...

mikey89, Search the web for "chainring bcd". Wolf Tooth has an easy to use tutorial and charts.

Brad
Forum: Touring
01-22-18, 07:19 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 8,817
Posted By bradtx

raywood, This topic can cause spirited debate. ...

raywood, This topic can cause spirited debate. In Texas a bicycle is subject to the same rules as a motorized vehicle. The entire lane is legal, but bicycles should ride as close as practical to...
Forum: Touring
01-21-18, 06:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,479
Posted By bradtx

raywood, You maybe able to use a tandem length...

raywood, You maybe able to use a tandem length rear quick release and fabricate something similar to the pictured rack. Another option would be to drill and tap into the rear dropout. The rack...
01-19-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,998
Posted By bradtx

Both levers on each STI should be smooth. ...

Both levers on each STI should be smooth. Forcing a stiff shifter may damage the internals.

Brad

PS. The outside lever moves the chain to a larger sprocket or chain ring, the inner lever...
01-17-18, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,633
Posted By bradtx

I initially had the same impression. :-)

I initially had the same impression. :-)
Forum: Touring
01-17-18, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,773
Posted By bradtx

jedibeau, Many folks that bicycle tour have...

jedibeau, Many folks that bicycle tour have started on non touring bicycles. If you wish to continue touring you will have some experience to judge equipment for your style of touring.

Brad
01-17-18, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,633
Posted By bradtx

michael101, This will be a pretty...

michael101, This will be a pretty straightforward BB & crankset swap. You may need to adjust the FD position also.

Brad
Forum: Touring
01-10-18, 08:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,232
Posted By bradtx

KLOSHE, Same height and my touring bikes are 23"...

KLOSHE, Same height and my touring bikes are 23" (58.4 cm).
Bodies are different so my reply is simply a starting point.

Brad
Forum: Touring
01-10-18, 07:51 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,315
Posted By bradtx

WNCGoater, Under load the slow pace of the...

WNCGoater, Under load the slow pace of the granny is easier to cope with than just using it for 'fun'.
The best advice I've had was the suggested 20-100 gi range.

Brad
01-10-18, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,585
Posted By bradtx

Sirrus Rider, The green pads are meant for rims...

Sirrus Rider, The green pads are meant for rims with a ceramic brake track. They will work with standard brake tracks, but expect accelerated brake track wear.

Brad
01-09-18, 06:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,615
Posted By bradtx

perezjimenez, As long as the pull ratio of the...

perezjimenez, As long as the pull ratio of the FD matches the indexed shifter, it works. (Chain ring size difference can be a minor problem.)
Touring riders have long mixed mountain and road...
01-07-18, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 234,185
Posted By bradtx

fasthair, Cannondale's framesets and replacement...

fasthair, Cannondale's framesets and replacement frames did't have model numbers.
While the Mavic bike wasn't popular in my area I think it would be an excellent bike for restoration to original. ...
01-06-18, 07:19 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,163
Posted By bradtx

I can't think of a member's entire collection I...

I can't think of a member's entire collection I admire, but there are several members with really great examples within their fleet that raise the bar for everyone.

There's touring, road,...
01-03-18, 01:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By bradtx

12strings, If up and down shifting between...

12strings, If up and down shifting between middle and outer is okay, flip the inner chain ring and see ho w that works.

Brad
01-03-18, 07:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,479
Posted By bradtx

prariepedaler, Vintage Cannondale has repo A113...

prariepedaler, Vintage Cannondale has repo A113 housing guides. I used some 3D guides from Shapeways on my beater.

Brad
01-02-18, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,330
Posted By bradtx

When one's daughter swipes it. ;-)

When one's daughter swipes it. ;-)
Forum: Touring
01-02-18, 06:59 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 21,505
Posted By bradtx

Surly213, Try to work out a 20-100 gear inch...

Surly213, Try to work out a 20-100 gear inch range, rather than focusing on a chain ring suitable for a roadie.

Brad
12-31-17, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By bradtx

SEAtrain, Considering where most CX70 FDs are...

SEAtrain, Considering where most CX70 FDs are used, I would expect some to be damaged.

You will need either the pulley adapter or the CX70.

Brad
12-28-17, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,087
Posted By bradtx

originalowner, I haven't worked on an Autobike...

originalowner, I haven't worked on an Autobike in years (Used sliding weights mounted to spokes.), but I don't think the shift points can be altered except for changing the weight of the sliding...
12-21-17, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By bradtx

halmca, The S/N won't ID a specific model. ...

halmca, The S/N won't ID a specific model. Great find!

Brad
12-20-17, 07:29 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,159
Posted By bradtx

PedalPowr, AFIK there is no guaranteed method to...

PedalPowr, AFIK there is no guaranteed method to ID a spoke that's about to fail.
Check the wheels' trueness regularly for a possible indication. A piece of yarn on an adjusted spoke can be a...
12-16-17, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 851
Posted By bradtx

masi61, I would try raising the FD a couple mm...

masi61, I would try raising the FD a couple mm to engage the chain a little aft.

Brad
12-16-17, 08:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 851
Posted By bradtx

masi61, Is the chain derailing cleanly and...

masi61, Is the chain derailing cleanly and easily from the middle to inner chain ring? Is the inner chain ring dished on one side?

Brad
PS. And some thought I was odd to change my '99 R1000T to...
Forum: Touring
12-15-17, 12:25 PM
Replies: 155
Views: 15,280
Posted By bradtx

IME any well adjusted and well maintained brake...

IME any well adjusted and well maintained brake system will either exceed tire traction or create a stoppie. Brake modulation depends on rider skill and/or preference.
My two touring bikes are...
12-07-17, 10:14 PM
Replies: 1,160
Views: 234,185
Posted By bradtx

tiredhands, The white (Shimano Sante?) stem...

tiredhands, The white (Shimano Sante?) stem wasn't used on the SR400, likely a swap by a previous owner.

My '89 was sold as a frame set (LBS team bike) and was shipped with a steel fork, unlike...
12-06-17, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 681
Posted By bradtx

Thomas, IME spreading a 126 mm frame to fit a...

Thomas, IME spreading a 126 mm frame to fit a 130 mm OLD hub causes no problems. Of course the stays need to be defect free prior to the swap. I have read positive comments regarding a 130 mm hub...
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