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01-21-18, 06:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,355
Posted By Al Criner

Fun Fact: 105 5501 series uses 11 balls in the...

Fun Fact: 105 5501 series uses 11 balls in the front hub. You can confirm this with the exploded view. This might be the only one.
11-23-16, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By Al Criner

This is smart advice if you really need to go...

This is smart advice if you really need to go back and forth between hub sizes. Today Surly does this with the Cross Check and there are at least one or two other bikes out there that are made like...
01-23-16, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 891
Posted By Al Criner

I have been using a Gran Cru bottom bracket for...

I have been using a Gran Cru bottom bracket for several years. I think it is a nice product. You would have to decide if it is worth the price.

They are lighter than Shimano so if you are want...
09-11-15, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 711
Posted By Al Criner

Twine doesn't melt:...

Twine doesn't melt: http://www.cyclofiend.com/Images/rbw/pdf/original_twineforsite.pdf
08-02-15, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By Al Criner

There are many recipes online for DIY sports...

There are many recipes online for DIY sports drinks and nutrition bars, you can google these. Don't forget you can always carry real food of all kinds like sandwiches, pastries, nuts, Pop Tarts,...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-10-15, 08:56 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,242
Posted By Al Criner

If you are riding a bike at 20 mph, you really...

If you are riding a bike at 20 mph, you really should focus on riding the bike and staying out of trouble. This is not a Chamber of Commerce mixer. If you are riding a bike in a group, you should...
07-01-15, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Al Criner

I am not quite a Clydesdale but your problem is...

I am not quite a Clydesdale but your problem is common. Pictures would definitely help, but basic suggestions are:
1. Keep your back straight and bend at the hips, don't bend at the waist and hunch...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-24-15, 10:47 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,105
Posted By Al Criner

When I first got SPD-SL pedals I moved the cleats...

When I first got SPD-SL pedals I moved the cleats all the way back on my shoes so I could pedal with a flat foot and minimize stress on my Achilles tendons. I had some trouble clipping out and had...
06-01-15, 06:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By Al Criner

Call some other bike shops. You can buy it...

Call some other bike shops. You can buy it online if necessary. Or you can get an old 7-speed wheel off of Craig's List and cannibalize it for parts.
Forum: Road Cycling
05-18-15, 12:49 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 8,743
Posted By Al Criner

Just for the record, the pitchers Bonds was...

Just for the record, the pitchers Bonds was hitting against were often on PEDs also. He wasn't alone and he was a dominant player long before he hooked up with BALCO.
05-08-15, 07:52 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,917
Posted By Al Criner

The American River Bike Trail (aka Jedediah Smith...

The American River Bike Trail (aka Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail) in the Sacramento California area has one or two of them.
05-08-15, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 921
Posted By Al Criner

Drop them in the mineral spirits and let them...

Drop them in the mineral spirits and let them soak. Sooner or later the gunk will soften up.
04-30-15, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By Al Criner

A small wobble is not a big deal. If it is really...

A small wobble is not a big deal. If it is really significant you may have a bent or broken rear axle. This is not uncommon with freewheel hubs. The axle is replaceable. Since you don't know the...
03-23-15, 10:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,393
Posted By Al Criner

"Here is a photo of the damaged tube. My initial...

"Here is a photo of the damaged tube. My initial impression, given the direction of tear, was that the expanding tube caught on to that protruding bit from the tire, and just ripped when it stretched...
Forum: Road Cycling
03-11-15, 09:25 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 13,479
Posted By Al Criner

The "flexiness" AKA "compliance" of titanium...

The "flexiness" AKA "compliance" of titanium frames has made Ti popular with some long-distance riders.
01-08-15, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By Al Criner

I use that crankset on a Surly Cross Check,...

I use that crankset on a Surly Cross Check, similar to your Double Cross, with a 130mm rear hub. I use a 110mm bb. I have not measured it, but it seems to line up the middle ring very nicely with...
12-10-14, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 753
Posted By Al Criner

I have seen reviews and discussions where people...

I have seen reviews and discussions where people report that the Tourguard version of Paselas run narrower than the wire bead basic version in the same nominal size. I believe you can find some...
12-03-14, 10:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 771
Posted By Al Criner

Sram uses Gleitmo.

Sram uses Gleitmo.
12-01-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 906
Posted By Al Criner

Regarding old cranksets, my son recently rescued...

Regarding old cranksets, my son recently rescued a 1987 Peugeot PH501 12-speed that a neighbor was throwing out. It has a 144 BCD Sugino crankset. It surprised me, but apparently they were fairly...
Forum: Commuting
11-17-14, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 942
Posted By Al Criner

I expect people will be cutting bikes up just for...

I expect people will be cutting bikes up just for fun, sort of like tipping Smart cars.
11-10-14, 12:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,494
Posted By Al Criner

OP, are you breaking from the hoods or the drops?...

OP, are you breaking from the hoods or the drops? I have those brakes and they don't seem to work real well when I brake from the hoods, but they are fine when I brake from the drops. The geometry...
10-28-14, 11:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,645
Posted By Al Criner

Give us some info re what bikes, how you ride and...

Give us some info re what bikes, how you ride and the measurements you fed into the fit calculator and you will get a little more help.
10-28-14, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,645
Posted By Al Criner

Focus on the effective top tube measurement. It...

Focus on the effective top tube measurement. It will clarify sizing better than seat tube length and it matters more for fit purposes.
10-21-14, 10:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By Al Criner

Has anyone looked at your fit? Saddle could be...

Has anyone looked at your fit? Saddle could be too low or too far forward/back, handlebars could be high, maybe riding style is part of the problem. But, it will be easy to test the setup.

You...
10-06-14, 10:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,661
Posted By Al Criner

The locknuts have narrow flats for cone wrenches...

The locknuts have narrow flats for cone wrenches just like the cones, so you will need 2 cone wrenches for the front and 2 for the rear. My advice is to get 2 double-ended 13-15mm wrenches such as...
10-02-14, 03:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,082
Posted By Al Criner

Ride it. You just added some character to your...

Ride it. You just added some character to your bike.

You will probably just cause more of a problem by bending it back, anyway.
09-30-14, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By Al Criner

It will help and you will probably need a new...

It will help and you will probably need a new chain since it should be a few links longer for the bigger cogs. The longer chain probably doesn't actually matter for her because I doubt she even uses...
09-26-14, 04:59 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,994
Posted By Al Criner

My son and I just rescued a 1987 Peugeot...

My son and I just rescued a 1987 Peugeot "Ventoux" PH501 off the street. It came with a Helicomatic rear hub and freewheel, had the original spoke protector. The disk is embossed with "Maillard...
09-26-14, 04:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,689
Posted By Al Criner

You may be surprised at how much you enjoy this...

You may be surprised at how much you enjoy this and how much you learn in the process.
09-25-14, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 626
Posted By Al Criner

Locking grips.

Locking grips.
09-23-14, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 964
Posted By Al Criner

Check your derailleur hanger to see if it is...

Check your derailleur hanger to see if it is bent, then go to ParkTool.com and follow the procedure to adjust the limit screws (especially the low limit) on a rear derailleur.

Also, I know you...
09-16-14, 05:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,804
Posted By Al Criner

I think they mean there no treatments or...

I think they mean there no treatments or precautions for the Cambium like there are for their leather saddles. They use bolts on the Cambium so that parts can be replaced, similar to the Gilles...
09-15-14, 12:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,040
Posted By Al Criner

32H is the number of spoke holes. The rim...

32H is the number of spoke holes. The rim manufacturer might say 28mm is the max tire width on a 14mm internal width rim, but I have 32mm tires on a narrow rim right now. Just keep them aired up so...
09-08-14, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,259
Posted By Al Criner

Try tipping the saddle nose up slightly.

Try tipping the saddle nose up slightly.
09-03-14, 10:13 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,203
Posted By Al Criner

Paselas have thin sidewalls. It makes them...

Paselas have thin sidewalls. It makes them supple and is great in terms of comfort and rolling resistance, but reviews of the tires have reported sidewall tears from time to time.
Forum: Touring
08-25-14, 10:57 AM
Replies: 151
Views: 13,434
Posted By Al Criner

For the record, breaking-in a Brooks saddle does...

For the record, breaking-in a Brooks saddle does not make it comfortable, it makes it MORE comfortable. If you can't make a B-17 pretty comfortable right away, then it probably is not the saddle for...
08-22-14, 03:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,400
Posted By Al Criner

Stress on chain, chain rubs on front derailleur...

Stress on chain, chain rubs on front derailleur or large chain ring, adds unnecessary friction which is inefficient and accelerates wear, more likely to drop a chain, noisy.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-21-14, 04:37 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 24,272
Posted By Al Criner

There are obviously a lot of good tapes out...

There are obviously a lot of good tapes out there, but basic Deda Elementi Logo tape is good stuff. Nice feel, some cushion, long enough for a wide bar, good colors, a bit of adhesive but still easy...
08-21-14, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,784
Posted By Al Criner

The new geometry looks like it is oriented toward...

The new geometry looks like it is oriented toward stability and comfort - more upright position, stable handling, longer wheelbase. Less aero position and less responsive handling than a road racing...
08-07-14, 10:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,289
Posted By Al Criner

The 700 means 700C. This is a designation for...

The 700 means 700C. This is a designation for the diameter of a standard modern road wheel (it is based on a French system for classifying bike wheels, don't worry about that). The 38 is the...
07-17-14, 09:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 890
Posted By Al Criner

Everybody is asking lots of questions because...

Everybody is asking lots of questions because they don't know what you have and can't see the problem first hand.

Since we can't see the wheel, I am going to guess that it needs to be trued,...
07-14-14, 09:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,357
Posted By Al Criner

According to the geometry chart, the top tube on...

According to the geometry chart, the top tube on the 60 cm frame would be a better fit. Effective Top tube length is much more important than seat tube.
07-10-14, 11:48 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,778
Posted By Al Criner

That would be seriously fun.

That would be seriously fun.
07-10-14, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By Al Criner

Gel gloves may not necessarily help your hands. ...

Gel gloves may not necessarily help your hands. Try riding without gloves at all, then try some gloves with less padding, see how things feel. As with saddles, sometimes less padding is better, or a...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-09-14, 10:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,974
Posted By Al Criner

The ice sock on the neck is a time-tested...

The ice sock on the neck is a time-tested solution. There are also now bandannas and towels that can be used for cooling. You wet them down and put them on neck or head.
07-03-14, 02:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,752
Posted By Al Criner

Are you riding downhill with hands on the brake...

Are you riding downhill with hands on the brake hoods or in the drops? If you use the drops you will have better control, the brake levers work better, and it is a much calmer, quieter experience...
07-01-14, 11:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,637
Posted By Al Criner

I got chased by an angry squirrel on a bike trail...

I got chased by an angry squirrel on a bike trail once. They are pretty scary when they get worked up, sprinting along and squealing at you.
06-30-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 761
Posted By Al Criner

A shorter stem would be an easy thing to try. ...

A shorter stem would be an easy thing to try. When you get comfortable, be sure and measure the distance from the saddle to the bars and write it down for future use.

Keep in mind that there may...
Forum: Touring
06-27-14, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,649
Posted By Al Criner

If you have not already done this, you can move...

If you have not already done this, you can move the rear wheel all the way back in the dropouts. That will buy some extra clearance for you.
Forum: Commuting
06-18-14, 01:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,396
Posted By Al Criner

This is correct. IME these seatcovers are a...

This is correct. IME these seatcovers are a great product.
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