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02-16-18, 01:57 PM
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Posted By dbg

Use a hacksaw to cut a slot across a piece of...

Use a hacksaw to cut a slot across a piece of PVC...
01-11-18, 10:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,100
Posted By dbg

I ride all winter long including well below zero....

I ride all winter long including well below zero.
0-20+ I wear a balaclava under my helmet, use lobster gloves, wear a fleece jacket under my showers-pass optic yellow jacket. I tuck my balaclava...
Forum: Commuting
12-05-17, 02:04 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,651
Posted By dbg

I am the opposite. I'm not sure why. There is a...

I am the opposite. I'm not sure why. There is a commuter bus that stops in front of my house and goes directly to the train station, but I still prefer the bike --even in heavy rain, all winter...
04-07-17, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By dbg

My latest theory is that crown race misalignment...

My latest theory is that crown race misalignment might be one of the bigger factors.

I too have pondered the no-hands dilemma. No-handing is a big deal to me. It allows me to arch up my back...
02-21-17, 01:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,921
Posted By dbg

I always go for closest exact value -even if they...

I always go for closest exact value -even if they differ by just a mm or so. Slight errors in ERD measure, flange size, spoke cuts, etc, --can conspire to throw you off a bit. If you're already...
02-19-17, 09:33 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 4,729
Posted By dbg

I just try to stay active --especially including...

I just try to stay active --especially including mental and social. I think mental challenges and social interaction are going to be huge for overall well being in old age --in my plan anyway.

I...
Forum: Touring
02-08-17, 02:45 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,330
Posted By dbg

I also think super bright Hi-Viz clothing is MUCH...

I also think super bright Hi-Viz clothing is MUCH more beneficial in daylight than any lights. Especially in low light (dusk/dawn/cloud/rain) conditions since these hi-viz colors actually reflect...
02-08-17, 02:13 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,737
Posted By dbg

It's the endorphin high. Better than any drug...

It's the endorphin high. Better than any drug I've tried.
02-08-17, 01:54 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,596
Posted By dbg

Yeah, the hobby thing. Me too. I started...

Yeah, the hobby thing. Me too. I started building golf clubs a long time ago because I couldn't afford a high end set. Years and thousands of dollars later I had a fully developed hobby and had...
02-08-17, 01:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,737
Posted By dbg

When I used to run everyday the best support was...

When I used to run everyday the best support was having a running partner. I'm sure there were plenty of days neither of us felt like going out --but neither wanted to admit to the other. ...
02-08-17, 01:09 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,203
Posted By dbg

I think I go the other direction from many of...

I think I go the other direction from many of you. Barring some really bad/corrupted hubs and/or super cheap heavy rims/tires, I don't see that much difference between cheap-ish (but well adjusted...
02-07-17, 02:01 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 9,596
Posted By dbg

Ditto from me. Getting 4 kids fully through...

Ditto from me. Getting 4 kids fully through fairly expensive colleges is the thing I'm most proud of. That required some serious frugality --which mostly stays with me now even though I have much...
01-31-17, 11:10 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,777
Posted By dbg

I still think it looks like way too much action...

I still think it looks like way too much action for a bike simply laying down sideways. BUT -another thing I would point out is that inclines don't render well in pictures and videos. The extra...
01-30-17, 03:31 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,777
Posted By dbg

here's the scene. it would have to be a hub...

here's the scene. it would have to be a hub motor since the pedals aren't spinning. still not sure.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ideiS-6gBAc
01-30-17, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By dbg

the 7 speed freewheel gear cluster is threaded...

the 7 speed freewheel gear cluster is threaded onto the hub.
01-30-17, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 816
Posted By dbg

The 7 speed cassette is threaded onto the...

The 7 speed cassette is threaded onto the freewheel. You'd need a specific tool that matches the cassette (can't tell which one that is) to remove the cassette. Rust could be a problem. It might...
01-30-17, 08:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,712
Posted By dbg

I commute on a custom IGH/dynamo no-suspension...

I commute on a custom IGH/dynamo no-suspension 26"
I workout on a heavy-ish, fendered, single speed (love this bike)
I do tours on my 2 or 3 light touring builds (a CF superlight, 853 steel, some...
01-30-17, 08:16 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,777
Posted By dbg

That little sequence showing a rider falling...

That little sequence showing a rider falling going around a tight curve --and when they came to a stop the bike kept spinning around in circles on its own --clearly there was a motor still driving...
01-27-17, 02:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,285
Posted By dbg

The other thing I've observed about low $$...

The other thing I've observed about low $$ machine built cup and cone wheels is that the cone nuts were way too tight --to the point of grinding. I usually build from scratch but the 3 or 4 discount...
01-27-17, 07:30 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

Well, it looks like I need to try this out. Any...

Well, it looks like I need to try this out. Any recommendations for systems better than the Bafang mid and front drive units? I'll probably do one of each.

Hobbies are healthy (just...
Forum: Touring
01-26-17, 12:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,558
Posted By dbg

My biking and drinking buddy neighbor and I have...

My biking and drinking buddy neighbor and I have talked about doing the LandsEnd-to-John O'Groats tour -figuring two to three weeks ish. It appears to be a fairly popular route -which would be a...
01-26-17, 12:30 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

I still want to lift bikes on and off roof racks...

I still want to lift bikes on and off roof racks or rear racks. I like the Bafang mid drive but would probably need to go with a front drive --where, hopefully, I can remove the front wheel and...
01-26-17, 11:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,004
Posted By dbg

ebay has plenty of cheaper options --if you trust...

ebay has plenty of cheaper options --if you trust ebay. Dynamo's are pretty hearty in my experience (I have built up and use several) so I might consider an ebay version. just my opinion. Are you...
01-26-17, 10:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,265
Posted By dbg

I think you were (maybe) describing the big-big...

I think you were (maybe) describing the big-big combo (big ring in front to big ring in back) which is generally to be avoided and does put the greatest demand on the front derailleur with most...
01-25-17, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,877
Posted By dbg

All of my bikes use OC rear rims (except for the...

All of my bikes use OC rear rims (except for the IGHs). I liked the idea and definitely notice a difference when building wheels. I do it for longevity but have no clue if it helps anything.
01-20-17, 11:47 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 10,515
Posted By dbg

I considered using a roller brake on the rear of...

I considered using a roller brake on the rear of my new commuter build (already IGH, and I had the matching roller). The problem I have with hub brakes is the need for attaching it to the stays or...
01-19-17, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,140
Posted By dbg

See how much I liked your idea.. I had to pursue...

See how much I liked your idea.. I had to pursue it. :)
01-19-17, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,140
Posted By dbg

recharging the battery on descents?

I came here from a thread in 50+...
Are there any systems that engage the drive motor to recharge the battery on descents (or whenever braking is desired)?
01-19-17, 11:12 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

More thoughts on that cool idea from FBinNY... ...

More thoughts on that cool idea from FBinNY...
I imagine a setup where engaging the motor without pedalling would perform a regenerative braking function. Anytime I need to scrub off some speed, I...
01-19-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

I really like this. It is certainly possible to...

I really like this. It is certainly possible to use a drive motor to "regenerate" a battery since motors and generators can essentially be reverse uses of the same device. I like the idea of...
01-18-17, 10:52 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

I commute rain or shine and all winter long...

I commute rain or shine and all winter long (including well below zero F). I wonder what problems I'd encounter with E-assist in foul weather or -20F days.
[adding: bike sits outside all day at the...
01-18-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

Wow. You ascribe some pretty obnoxious qualities...

Wow. You ascribe some pretty obnoxious qualities to the nice folks in this forum. I can assure you those are just fantasies in your own head. I know of no one here that thinks in the way you...
01-17-17, 03:25 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

So I'd be interested in looking (for the wife, of...

So I'd be interested in looking (for the wife, of course:)). Besides the brand listed by the OP, what other brands of E-Assist have people been happy with?
01-17-17, 01:43 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 8,879
Posted By dbg

Some years ago I got lucky and found a cheap...

Some years ago I got lucky and found a cheap Forte saddle that just worked beautifully for me. They are no longer made but a standing search on ebay keeps me well stocked for all my bikes. I'd...
01-17-17, 01:28 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 8,106
Posted By dbg

I'm just not warming up to the idea. I (and my...

I'm just not warming up to the idea. I (and my biking friends) prefer long rides and tours. Besides the two good points above from Biker395 (don't need more speed on MUPs, and don't need to add...
01-17-17, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 824
Posted By dbg

+1 on the automotive adhesive advice. That is...

+1 on the automotive adhesive advice. That is where I usually go for durable outdoor adhesives.
Forum: Touring
12-13-16, 10:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,059
Posted By dbg

Avid Shorty Ultra's are my absolute favorite. I...

Avid Shorty Ultra's are my absolute favorite. I splurged once (sort of accidentally went beyond what I wanted to spend) and ordered a set. Discovered I love them. Most excellent canti brake. Did...
11-29-16, 10:30 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 9,862
Posted By dbg

+1 That's already being discussed in my...

+1
That's already being discussed in my neighborhood circle -where to "snowbird" as a group. I'll stay in my current house/neighborhood for good (love the area and the neighbors), but willing to...
11-29-16, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 648
Posted By dbg

A Guess: Front shifter cable came loose and...

A Guess: Front shifter cable came loose and allowed the front derailleur to retract way too far inward (assumes limit screw was not properly in play) which maybe caused the chain to drop off a rear...
11-10-16, 01:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,295
Posted By dbg

So I'm going to interpret this question as "Which...

So I'm going to interpret this question as "Which Park tools were worth the money?" And, for me, that will skew toward the expensive stuff. After some issues with non square crown races, problems...
11-07-16, 07:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 970
Posted By dbg

I would just suggest that judging any improvement...

I would just suggest that judging any improvement by trying to "notice and feel" pace differences --is not exactly based in solid evidence (I have tried to do the same a few times). This following...
11-01-16, 02:06 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,095
Posted By dbg

Fewer flats. Nobody mentioned fewer flats with...

Fewer flats. Nobody mentioned fewer flats with lower tire pressure.
So: Much more comfort, similar resistance (w/supple casing at my low speeds), and fewer flats == big win for my riding...
11-01-16, 01:54 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,718
Posted By dbg

I think he was assuming ME to be the amateur...

I think he was assuming ME to be the amateur mechanic and wanted to make sure I wasn't destroying things by grabbing everything with a vice grip.
11-01-16, 01:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 941
Posted By dbg

I recommend against IGH (flames >> /dev/null (old...

I recommend against IGH (flames >> /dev/null (old timey reference)) if light touring is a use case. I have used several IGHs (Shimano 7's and 8's) in touring builds and never liked any of the...
11-01-16, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 902
Posted By dbg

+1 more. I use 26" in my 650Bs all the time. ...

+1 more. I use 26" in my 650Bs all the time. BUT I have used some Schwalbe tubes listing both 559 and 584 in their usage options. I have found those sometimes are prone to folding when used for...
10-27-16, 09:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 970
Posted By dbg

My commuter bike rides all winter long in all...

My commuter bike rides all winter long in all weather (Chicago 'burb). My commute is short-ish and on streets only, but a buddy commutes on some trails that don't ever get cleared. He's looking...
10-27-16, 09:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,255
Posted By dbg

Hmmm. Didn't realize I was in luddite-ville...

Hmmm. Didn't realize I was in luddite-ville here. I think it is way cool and have thought about it myself. I do appreciate the timelessness of bicycle designs but I also love cool projects. Carry...
10-27-16, 09:25 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,718
Posted By dbg

I had a conversation a few summers ago at a WI...

I had a conversation a few summers ago at a WI bike shop with a veteran builder from the Waterford Schwinn Paramount days (up through Gunnar) who now owns his shop and does custom builds. Cool guy. ...
10-20-16, 10:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,715
Posted By dbg

But expecting to only use it for returning up the...

But expecting to only use it for returning up the hill and ignoring it otherwise ...has one problem. You'll be hauling around significant added weight for battery and motor while not using it. ...
10-17-16, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 647
Posted By dbg

Check the downtube. You might see some buckling...

Check the downtube. You might see some buckling marks there also. I wouldn't trust the frame. Everytime you gain big speed going down a long hill --you'll wonder how stable the front end is. Will...
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