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08-22-20, 11:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 415
Posted By Tanstaafl

Why are some tires hard to change?

I have volunteered on a lot of bike rides over the years. I changed hundreds of tires. Some tires are easy to change, while some fight all the way. The width on the rims varies but they are all...
08-22-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Tanstaafl

Guess I should have been a bit more specific on...

Guess I should have been a bit more specific on my BB. My bike has a cartridge BB with tapered square ends. It threads in on the drive side and has a lock ring on the other. I found a site a...
08-22-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Tanstaafl

If I remember correctly, the thread on the bottom...

If I remember correctly, the thread on the bottom bracket is left hand. Also, I seem to recall a specific torque called out when re-assembling, though I can't remember the value specified.

Am I...
08-21-20, 05:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks Kid. I have the tools needed to...

Thanks Kid. I have the tools needed to disassemble the bottom bracket, and it is a cartridge, though I can't recall if it is a sealed unit right now. If it is crunchy I will replace it. I guess...
08-21-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By Tanstaafl

Tips on disassembly and cleaning, please.

In preparation for my new set of wheels arriving, I am taking the opportunity to do some disassembly and cleaning on my Specialized Crosstrail Disc. Three Questions so far.

1. The idler pulleys...
08-21-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks for all the help everyone. I'l be...

Thanks for all the help everyone. I'l be checking them out.
08-20-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Posted By Tanstaafl

There puncture resistance was one of the things...

There puncture resistance was one of the things that prompted me to buy my 700c x 37 Schwalbe Marathons. They have been very good about not puncturing until I started riding offroad along the bayous....
08-20-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 398
Posted By Tanstaafl

Looking for a tough, off road tire 700c x 45-50

I've started riding my trusty crosstrail more and more 'off-road'. Nothing deserving of a mountain bike, but lots of clumpy grass along the drainage bayous here in Houston.

Along with this...
08-07-20, 11:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 415
Posted By Tanstaafl

I just ordered a pair of wheels from Velocity...

I just ordered a pair of wheels from Velocity using their Atlas Rims with 36 spokes.
07-19-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 371
Posted By Tanstaafl

We used to have a Tour-de-Doughnut here in...

We used to have a Tour-de-Doughnut here in Houston. Great fun, though I couldn't bring myself to eat a bunch of doughnuts and undo all the good a ride was doing me. I think I ate 3 or 4 donuts.
...
07-18-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks guys. I'll keep the 6 bolt rotors. They...

Thanks guys. I'll keep the 6 bolt rotors. They have done well so far.

I double checked the hub specs and they are quick release Hub Linky...
07-18-20, 11:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Tanstaafl

Double checking new wheel specs

I've been looking for new wheels for my 2013 Specialized Crosstrails Disc. There are many 'what's-the-best-wheel' threads so I have been loathe to add another to the pile. However, at the very end,...
07-17-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 780
Posted By Tanstaafl

I have a 2011 RAV4. I fold down half the back...

I have a 2011 RAV4. I fold down half the back seat, and use a front for rack to hold the bike up. I can lock the bike safely inside the car.
07-07-20, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 955
Posted By Tanstaafl

I am running 37mm Schwalbe Marathons on 19mm...

I am running 37mm Schwalbe Marathons on 19mm inside width rims.
06-23-20, 06:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,257
Posted By Tanstaafl

I know just how you feel. I am on my own quest...

I know just how you feel. I am on my own quest for new wheels. Soooooo many options.
06-08-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tanstaafl

I'd like to keep it around $150 if I can, but I...

I'd like to keep it around $150 if I can, but I can go higher. I don't need to go fast. Toughness and durability would be my main priorities.

Jeff
06-07-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tanstaafl

Iride, So far the front wheel is fine. ...

Iride,
So far the front wheel is fine.

Fissile,
If I had $500 wheels, spending $150 or so to bespoke would make sense. My question right now is whether I can buy a wheel that is better than my...
06-07-20, 04:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tanstaafl

Well, nothing is ever simple. I took my wheel by...

Well, nothing is ever simple. I took my wheel by my LBS today. They quoted about $150 to rebuild the wheel ($3 per spoke and $60 labor). They sad I could by a new wheel (rim, spokes and hub) for...
05-31-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 418
Posted By Tanstaafl

I would absolutely expect it to become harder to...

I would absolutely expect it to become harder to pump as the pressure goes higher. More pressure means more force resisting the plunger moving downward. Higher pressure also means more friction on...
05-31-20, 02:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks for the replies! It sounds like proper...

Thanks for the replies! It sounds like proper wheel building is not a task for the novice, though it sounds like I should invest in a spoke tension meter.

Iride, I have never had a problem with...
05-31-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,013
Posted By Tanstaafl

Spokes Breaking

Good morning Allen the ,

I have a 2013 Specialized Crosstrails. For seven years it has been a rock solid bike. I have made a few comfort upgrades, but otherwise it is a stock bike. Within the...
05-27-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Tanstaafl

I have replaced the rim strips, but I don't mind...

I have replaced the rim strips, but I don't mind trying it again, they are not expensive. Funny you should mention the valve stems. Last night, about an hour after patching a flat on a tube, I...
05-04-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks everyone for your responses. I tried...

Thanks everyone for your responses. I tried replying earlier, but I must have not hit the "Post" button.

I have been running 60-80 psi. Kind of low for a road bike, but plenty for the marathons....
05-01-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 422
Posted By Tanstaafl

Tubes Bursting

I am riding a 2013 Specialized Crosstrails running 700 x 38 Schwalbe Marathons.

For the past 18 months or so, about the same time I put the marathons on the bike, I have started having trouble...
04-24-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,303
Posted By Tanstaafl

The peak will be this fall.

The peak will be this fall.
04-24-20, 07:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 467
Posted By Tanstaafl

What's the difference between a Boeing 737MAX and...

What's the difference between a Boeing 737MAX and the coronavirus?






The coronavirus is airborne.....
03-14-20, 11:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,804
Posted By Tanstaafl

I have the Marathon HS on my Crosstrails, 700 x...

I have the Marathon HS on my Crosstrails, 700 x 38, and really like them.
03-14-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 31,438
Posted By Tanstaafl

Found this article about riding during the...

Found this article about riding during the Coronavirus

Cycling during Coronavirus...
Forum: Texas
03-10-20, 09:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,825
Posted By Tanstaafl

Bike nights are back at COTA. Every Tuesday from...

Bike nights are back at COTA. Every Tuesday from now until June 2.

Bike Night at COTA (http://circuitoftheamericas.com/bike)
03-03-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks for all the great responses. I went...

Thanks for all the great responses.

I went down to the LBS and the mechanic there put a new spoke in and checked the tension. I am hoping he is one of the good ones. He did tell me the rims...
03-03-20, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Tanstaafl

The wheel has 32 spokes. Well, 31 now... As...

The wheel has 32 spokes. Well, 31 now...

As to the break point, it appears the flared head sheared off at the hub.
03-03-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 505
Posted By Tanstaafl

Do I need stronger wheels?

I have a 2013 Specialized Crosstrails. Most riding up until recently has been roads and paths around the neighborhood and organized rides on the weekends.

I have recently added riding grass...
02-07-20, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By Tanstaafl

I've been using the H7 and now the H10 for...

I've been using the H7 and now the H10 for several years. Easy to use and reliable in my experience.
02-06-20, 11:12 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,198
Posted By Tanstaafl

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/370x532/i_mwf4kpc_a4d6b1fbdd7ec6f68a0bf046187143330fe1408d.jpg
01-11-20, 10:16 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,405
Posted By Tanstaafl

This is too windy...

This is too windy...
01-10-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,418
Posted By Tanstaafl

Taking a look around, I found this: Ride le Loop...

Taking a look around, I found this: Ride le Loop (https://rideleloop.org) If follows the Tour de France route, but take place a week before the pros.

Then there is this guy: Tour de France on a...
12-11-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,198
Posted By Tanstaafl

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Forum: Texas
10-31-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

Nothing going on at Kyle Field that weekend. They...

Nothing going on at Kyle Field that weekend. They will have up to 100,000 at a home football game. They will handle our 15,000 or so with one no trouble at at all! :)
Forum: Texas
10-02-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

Here are the Day Two routes from La Grange to...

Here are the Day Two routes from La Grange to College Station. The routes are split at the start for about the first 20 miles. This is done to help spread the riders out. Putting all 8000+ riders...
Forum: Texas
09-19-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

Registration opened for the Texas MS150 today. ...

Registration opened for the Texas MS150 today.
Register here! (https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Bike/TXHBikeEvents?pg=entry&fr_id=30926)

See you all out there!
Forum: Texas
09-08-19, 03:48 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

For those who start in Austin on Day 1, the park...

For those who start in Austin on Day 1, the park is on the route, you just get to ride it backwards to what you are used to.
09-08-19, 06:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,757
Posted By Tanstaafl

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the responses.

Thanks everyone. I appreciate the responses.
Forum: Texas
09-07-19, 09:18 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

Day 2 mileage will be about 80 miles. The...

Day 2 mileage will be about 80 miles.

The A&M finish line area is going to be good. Plenty of parking for everyone close to the finish line. If there are any complaints about the new finish...
09-07-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,757
Posted By Tanstaafl

Do bike shoes damage floors?

I am part of the organization committee for an upcoming bike ride int the Houston area. One of the rest stops is at a church. The nice folks at the church have offered to open the building so folks...
Forum: Texas
09-07-19, 07:54 AM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

In this case the unofficial announcement is...

In this case the unofficial announcement is correct. The official announcement will be made on September 19th, but there was an early announcement at the Tour of Champions ride last weekend.

The...
Forum: Texas
08-25-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,691
Posted By Tanstaafl

Depending on how small you want to go,...

Depending on how small you want to go, Fayetteville TX has a pretty active cycling club. Do you like hills?

Jeff
08-11-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,439
Posted By Tanstaafl

Engage Ludicrous Speed!

Engage Ludicrous Speed!
06-13-19, 08:34 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 17,636
Posted By Tanstaafl

Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an...

Oh, Look. A picture of actual police and an actual police bike. They are packing pretty dense if there is 50 lbs of stuff in there......
05-23-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,894
Posted By Tanstaafl

+1 on this. I have one similar to this and it...

+1 on this. I have one similar to this and it works pretty well.
Forum: Texas
05-06-19, 02:09 PM
Replies: 705
Views: 68,740
Posted By Tanstaafl

I really would not hold my breath on this one. ...

I really would not hold my breath on this one. There were/are political forces at work as well. For a while there were a LOT of events downtown. The capitol renovations / expansion were a good...
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