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Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-21, 06:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 966
Posted By mdarnton

I have been buying Baleaf products lately and...

I have been buying Baleaf products lately and they have proven to be consistent and good. Last winter I wore these under my work jeans commuting and my daily 10 to 15 mile ride and they were fine. I...
10-23-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,432
Posted By mdarnton

Coming out of an underground garage, at the pay...

Coming out of an underground garage, at the pay station, I was behind someone in her 40s whom I don't know but do recognize from my business connections pull the corner into the station too tightly,...
10-21-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,376
Posted By mdarnton

Arent those are basically old track bike bars and...

Arent those are basically old track bike bars and they weren't intended for brakes?
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=vintage+track+bike&t=ofa&iar=images&iax=images&ia=images
10-21-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 865
Posted By mdarnton

So stick with me here for a moment of brutal...

So stick with me here for a moment of brutal logic:
1/ I assume that most bike riders make allowances that children may do anything at any moment, in any place, stop sign or not, and that this law...
10-16-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 363
Posted By mdarnton

You'd better hope it isn't true that people steer...

You'd better hope it isn't true that people steer directly into where they're looking!
10-07-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,276
Posted By mdarnton

Maybe it's just like when someone sticks his hand...

Maybe it's just like when someone sticks his hand in the lion's cage they never blame the lion, even though he's the wild one. They blame the one stupid enough to get anywhere near him. :-) I rarely...
10-07-21, 06:29 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,276
Posted By mdarnton

Amusingly, today, riding home, in Chicago, in the...

Amusingly, today, riding home, in Chicago, in the Loop, a Lyft pulled in ahead of me, blocking the bike lane. I immediately swung wide out into the traffic lanes, passing just as the passenger flung...
10-06-21, 03:34 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 6,276
Posted By mdarnton

This definitely is not a case of someone...

This definitely is not a case of someone "randomly" opening a door in traffic. It's a case of a car pulling over. That's about as good of a clue as you are ever going to get that the next thing to...
10-01-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,730
Posted By mdarnton

It's notable how many touring bikers ride with...

It's notable how many touring bikers ride with normal shirts (or Hawaiian as mentioned) rather than poly sport-specific. I've tried both on my commute and for me the dividing line is that poly HAS to...
10-01-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 4,730
Posted By mdarnton

When I started, I found pads necessary to keep my...

When I started, I found pads necessary to keep my tail from bursting into flame, but as I got used to it I needed them less and less. Still, they're more comfortable and I'll wear them if it's...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 11:45 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,838
Posted By mdarnton

(Continuing my response) What I actually did do...

(Continuing my response) What I actually did do was buy a Trek FX-1 disc with touring in mind. Lots of low gears, disc brakes, and steel fork. I put on the butterfly bars and front and rear racks,...
Forum: Touring
09-27-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,838
Posted By mdarnton

Something that gets a lot of attention on...

Something that gets a lot of attention on bikepacking sites, and here too, I think, is the concept of taking an older steel, non-suspension mountain bike and converting it for bikepacking. If I were...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-17-21, 06:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,427
Posted By mdarnton

Advice from troubleshooting violin buzzes: noises...

Advice from troubleshooting violin buzzes: noises like buzzes and clicks can originate in one place but then the vibration will travel quite a distance until it finds some other piece that resonates...
09-14-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 7,072
Posted By mdarnton

I pump my tires up 2.5 pounds high on Sunday,...

I pump my tires up 2.5 pounds high on Sunday, then by the next Sunday they are 2.5 low. Close enough.

I carry tire tools and a spare tube plus a bike multi-tool. That is all I have ever needed.
08-27-21, 06:50 AM
Replies: 204
Views: 6,534
Posted By mdarnton

Since I ride in a city I carry everything...

Since I ride in a city I carry everything important in a fanny pack. Anything hanging on my bike is at risk of riding away if my bike gets hijacked from me, so nothing but food, water, etc ride...
08-08-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 866
Posted By mdarnton

This seems like it would do it and is easily...

This seems like it would do it and is easily available. Mount it just above the headset bearing, pushing on the back of the bag.
...
08-08-21, 08:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 801
Posted By mdarnton

I achieved the same goal, for the same reason,...

I achieved the same goal, for the same reason, with a shorter pivoting stem for both more rise and less reach.
08-06-21, 03:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
Posted By mdarnton

It doesn’t unless you measure yourself for pants...

It doesn’t unless you measure yourself for pants by jamming a book as far up in your crotch as you can get it and using it as a square against the wall to measure the distance from the floor to the...
08-04-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,708
Posted By mdarnton

If the FX4 thru axle is the same as my FX1, it is...

If the FX4 thru axle is the same as my FX1, it is a normal quick release but with closed dropouts so that you have to screw the end off and pull the QR out before the wheel will come off. If that is...
08-01-21, 03:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By mdarnton

Something like this is fine and they have plenty...

Something like this is fine and they have plenty of room to get in where you need to go:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/274400814814
Plastic may seem cheap, but this type is actually pretty good. If you...
07-30-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By mdarnton

Yes, and I think I have reasoned it out.... a...

Yes, and I think I have reasoned it out.... a delicate derailleur, one spring, six inches of cable housing at the back, vs a big (cheap) derailleur with a big spring compensating for precision and to...
07-30-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By mdarnton

The shifting is smooth. I am referring to the...

The shifting is smooth. I am referring to the resistance in the system. I remember a similar thread a while ago where people were referring to getting thumb joint problems from these systems, so I...
07-30-21, 02:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By mdarnton

Yes, this is my first indexed shifting...

Yes, this is my first indexed shifting experience, and they certainly do seem clunky and inelegant. I am a fossil, yes. :-) I guess my amazement is that the low end has moved so little in 50 years,...
07-29-21, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By mdarnton

I can handle it. My question is more if this...

I can handle it. My question is more if this really is the norm that such a simple problem should have such a poor solution. It seems like there's a lot of room for improvement.

On the other hand,...
07-29-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By mdarnton

Derailleur spring tensions

My experience with shifting is very limited to the Campagnolo NR shifters on my 1970 Raleigh. Now I have had my first new bike since then, a Trek FX1, and am really amazed by the amount of spring...
Forum: Foo
07-27-21, 03:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 886
Posted By mdarnton

Took my driver license test in a 1961 beetle,...

Took my driver license test in a 1961 beetle, next car was a 67 squareback, then a 67 bus. After that, a regular flow of beetles, Golfs, etc, until 1996.
Hhere's the 67 bus, 4x5 beer can pinhole...
07-25-21, 07:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,675
Posted By mdarnton

I suspect that most people are looking for a user...

I suspect that most people are looking for a user for themselves or their kids, and view the fancier ones as more esoteric stuff for a specialty market, not "users". From the angle of someone who...
07-19-21, 05:16 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,398
Posted By mdarnton

Yeah, pedestrians are low standard, but not as...

Yeah, pedestrians are low standard, but not as bad as the bicyclist I had to follow down the street yesterday who was weaving through moving heavy traffic and running the lights while talking on the...
07-07-21, 03:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,013
Posted By mdarnton

One place where I habitually park there's one...

One place where I habitually park there's one person who locks only his QR front wheel to the rack. Next to him every day is someone who only locks his back wheel and frame to the rack. Two quick...
07-07-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By mdarnton

I have some stuff mounted on my helmet and I...

I have some stuff mounted on my helmet and I wonder if I crash whether I'm going to end up with a light-sized hole pushed into my skull. One thing I would certainly never do is put drywall screws...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-07-21, 06:32 AM
Replies: 258
Views: 10,234
Posted By mdarnton

A good rule of thumb in most situations is that...

A good rule of thumb in most situations is that 4/5 of people are doing something and you are not, THEY are not the odd ones. I never understand why people walking down the street yelling into their...
Forum: Touring
07-07-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,300
Posted By mdarnton

I didn't like the bars on my FX1 Disc, and...

I didn't like the bars on my FX1 Disc, and replaced them with butterfly bars. More hand positions for avoiding fatigue, but uses the original brake levers. And the seat is pretty basic---I changed...
07-03-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 919
Posted By mdarnton

I bet your Trek store has a can of them in the...

I bet your Trek store has a can of them in the shop from installing bottle cages on new bikes.

But nylon screws as placeholders is a great suggestion. My hardware store has those
Forum: Road Cycling
06-28-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,412
Posted By mdarnton

Rode home today in a minor storm. Started with my...

Rode home today in a minor storm. Started with my rain jacket but it quickly got stuffy so I went on in just shorts and t-shirt and it was fine. The only reason to wear more is if it is cold enough...
06-27-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,396
Posted By mdarnton

Ha, no. You can't imagine how long I wasted on...

Ha, no. You can't imagine how long I wasted on this, and I wasn't taking notes for a thesis, but read my added last paragraph.

My original intent was to find a spray that would work on both dogs...
06-27-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,396
Posted By mdarnton

I did quite a bit of research on this very...

I did quite a bit of research on this very subject the other day. The bottom line is that dogs don't respond to human pepper spray because they have a layer on their eyes that prevents it from...
06-26-21, 07:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 828
Posted By mdarnton

This looks a bit like how my 1970 Raleigh...

This looks a bit like how my 1970 Raleigh International came, straight from the factory. The two legs of the fork were of different lengths, then bent differently so that the dropouts were in the...
06-24-21, 10:30 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,122
Posted By mdarnton

Since discovering the type I have a couple of...

Since discovering the type I have a couple of small pumps with hose and fold out foot. . . mini floor pumps. Less tiring, less risk of breaking a valve, slightly faster and easier because you aren't...
06-12-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,212
Posted By mdarnton

I am far from authoritative, but with a similar...

I am far from authoritative, but with a similar problem, scaled down. On a bike that is "my" size by leg length I am too stretched out to the bars, I think because of my relatively short torso. I...
06-10-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 946
Posted By mdarnton

I keep one of these in my fixie bag. It has 15mm...

I keep one of these in my fixie bag. It has 15mm and 14mm sockets, and a pedal wrench. No extra metal and a soft rubber cover on the handle. $12.
...
05-28-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,108
Posted By mdarnton

I did this to my single speed and I see quite a...

I did this to my single speed and I see quite a few similar around town.

Basically, expensive bikes are mostly made for 20-something racer wannabes who don't mind riding with their noses brushing...
05-26-21, 11:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,203
Posted By mdarnton

I had a seatpost reflector on my bike that I...

I had a seatpost reflector on my bike that I pulled down as a stop to keep the post from going in farther. Worked perfectly. You can even take off the reflector, if you like.
Forum: Touring
05-21-21, 06:20 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,517
Posted By mdarnton

For decades i rode with metal toe clips and...

For decades i rode with metal toe clips and leather straps, until I got some SPD cleats and shoes. Though I liked them, I didn't like being able to only use special shoes. Now I have any pedal, with...
05-19-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By mdarnton

Nice tidy work.

Nice tidy work.
05-14-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,409
Posted By mdarnton

I got some chain muck on my new down jacket and...

I got some chain muck on my new down jacket and it came off with odorless mineral spirits, but the nylon has some sort of magic water repelling coating.

On a microfiber cloth the other day I got...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-10-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 712
Posted By mdarnton

There are a lot of other ways to mount bottles...

There are a lot of other ways to mount bottles that work just fine. With fenders and racks it's a bit different, and hard to make up for lacking them later, should you want them.
05-10-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 10,134
Posted By mdarnton

I can certainly ride around a truck, but I don't...

I can certainly ride around a truck, but I don't like doing it in the heavy traffic that was the reason they put the bike lane there in the first place. Why should I have to? If it's not that bad,...
05-08-21, 07:53 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 4,242
Posted By mdarnton

You guys who don't like the QR on the drive side...

You guys who don't like the QR on the drive side had better get on the phone, STAT, to tell TREK they know nothing about bicycles, because the QR on my FX is on the drive side and has to stay there...
Forum: Road Cycling
05-07-21, 07:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,905
Posted By mdarnton

You are right, and it's going to be me. I have...

You are right, and it's going to be me. I have been using tape-type patches successfully for years. If you think it's like taping a box you are going to have failures. If you do it right, you will...
Forum: Touring
05-05-21, 09:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 934
Posted By mdarnton

By the way, check cell phone coverage maps before...

By the way, check cell phone coverage maps before you go! At least a couple of years ago there were a lot of holes in the north.
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