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03-14-21, 04:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By Chris_W

I've finally resolved this issue. I'm very lucky...

I've finally resolved this issue. I'm very lucky that a friend is actually traveling from Switzerland to the States right now despite the crazy world we're living in, and I've found a shop in her...
02-24-21, 01:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By Chris_W

Thanks for suggesting some options, veganbikes. ...

Thanks for suggesting some options, veganbikes.

The Jagwire kit is actually in stock at some retailers, and seems to be the best alternative I've seen. Unfortunately it has a bent piece of metal...
02-23-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 855
Posted By Chris_W

Pro' bleed kit for Shimano brakes, need an alternative to Park Tool BKM-1

I'm tired of bleeding hydraulic brakes with a set of tools that seems to come from a child's playset. Last Spring, I was ready to drop the cash on what appears to be the best option, the Park Tool...
02-07-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,430
Posted By Chris_W

Road triple FDs are designed for a chainline of...

Road triple FDs are designed for a chainline of 45mm to the middle ring, so I'm surprised it's working with 50mm, which is more MTB spacing. Unfortuntely, MTB FDs don't work with road shifters....
02-07-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,923
Posted By Chris_W

Quick release skewers do a fine job. I only use...

Quick release skewers do a fine job. I only use skewers with internal cams because external cam models may provide significantly less clamping force - there's a reason why Shimano and several other...
10-02-20, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,720
Posted By Chris_W

We really appreciate having the couplers in front...

We really appreciate having the couplers in front of the captain's seat tube on our Co-Motion. When traveling by train or car, it only takes a minute to pop the front end off and have two parts that...
10-01-20, 05:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,698
Posted By Chris_W

I totally agree with your reasoning, but I'm...

I totally agree with your reasoning, but I'm confused as to how are Calfee think that they are covering themselves when Shimano also explicitly states that their hydraulic disc brakes are not...
09-07-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,794
Posted By Chris_W

I rode such a setup before: Di2 rear derailleur...

I rode such a setup before: Di2 rear derailleur and mechanical front derailleur to make sure that the battery lasted a complete ultra-distance event and so that I had some gear options even if the...
08-17-20, 03:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,710
Posted By Chris_W

Sorry, I only just noticed this question. We're...

Sorry, I only just noticed this question. We're using Shimano 5603 cranks, which probably aren't available anymore because they're part of the Shimano 105 3x10 group that was current from about...
08-01-20, 04:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,825
Posted By Chris_W

I heard that Praxis was started by a couple of...

I heard that Praxis was started by a couple of ex-Specialized employees, which is partly why Specialized uses them a lot. The 48-32 chainring option used to be a big selling point, but now Shimano...
06-28-20, 11:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,400
Posted By Chris_W

I believe you'd need to have the XTR Di2 triple...

I believe you'd need to have the XTR Di2 triple front derailluer plus clamp-on derailleur mount (it won't work with braze on mounts) plus the XTR or XT Di2 rear derailleur (a road rear derailleur...
06-14-20, 01:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By Chris_W

It has a really small threaded shaft attached to...

It has a really small threaded shaft attached to the base, so it should just unscrew - turn it anticlockwise and then pull up once it's very loose because it has a rubber ring to stop it falling off...
05-21-20, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,593
Posted By Chris_W

I've setup the GRX 2x rear derailleur that's...

I've setup the GRX 2x rear derailleur that's officially rated up to a 34 tooth cassette on a couple of bikes with a 40 tooth cassette without any problems - the upper cog can be adjusted low enough...
05-18-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,434
Posted By Chris_W

Can you ask the shop where you bought it to...

Can you ask the shop where you bought it to advise you on what will fit on that rear crank? It's a Shimano (only your front crank is an FSA) with 104 mm BCD, 4 arms, but some of them have odd shapes...
05-18-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 859
Posted By Chris_W

I have one 10-speed in good condition, which...

I have one 10-speed in good condition, which Freerojo is getting if he wants it, and two more that are a bit dull/faded, none of which I've used since the der. cables moved under the bar tape. I even...
05-17-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 859
Posted By Chris_W

How many speeds? I have a couple in a drawer that...

How many speeds? I have a couple in a drawer that I'd be happy to send to someone who will use it.
05-13-20, 01:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,400
Posted By Chris_W

Unfortunately, that's for cable-actuated brake...

Unfortunately, that's for cable-actuated brake levers, not hydraulic, so not a RS785 alternative.
05-12-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By Chris_W

Yep, absolutely no problem with having a slack...

Yep, absolutely no problem with having a slack chain in the small-small and there's still a reasonable cage articulation in big-big, so I'm not worried about chain wrap capacity.
05-12-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 743
Posted By Chris_W

Why not use a double crank with a 10-42 cassette?

In brief: I've never see anyone use a SRAM 10-42 11-speed cassette with a double crank, but the Shimano XT 11-speed rear derailleur I have seems to shift across the 10-42 range just fine with the...
05-11-20, 01:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By Chris_W

Great, except the link you gave shows the...

Great, except the link you gave shows the cable-actuated version, so not a RS785 alternative.
05-10-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,396
Posted By Chris_W

Step 1: Get rid of the ceramic bearings, which...

Step 1: Get rid of the ceramic bearings, which are a complete waste of money.
Step 2: Install some proper steel bearings.
Step 3: Go ride your bike.
Even if that hasn't solved the problem, at...
05-06-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,344
Posted By Chris_W

You're better off sticking with a 9-speed FD...

You're better off sticking with a 9-speed FD because the cage width is made for that width of chain - the 10-speed versions were slightly narrower and so have more chain rub when cross-chaining....
05-06-20, 12:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 755
Posted By Chris_W

Another useful option for that is the Shimano...

Another useful option for that is the Shimano 11-34 11-speed cassettes also fit on 10s wheels.
05-04-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,710
Posted By Chris_W

If you have an 11-speed Ultegra shifter, you can...

If you have an 11-speed Ultegra shifter, you can use any Shimano road 11-speed rear derailleur and also the GRX rear deraileurs, which allow the use of the larger cassettes. Same for the front...
05-01-20, 06:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,400
Posted By Chris_W

We previously had only the front brake as...

We previously had only the front brake as hydraulic, using the RS785 with the banjo fitting, BH59 hose and an ugly R785 lever. I also never liked the lever feel on that, and so I decided to upgrade...
04-27-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 730
Posted By Chris_W

The most reliable answer will come directly from...

The most reliable answer will come directly from Thorn. I believe they have a telephone and an email account.
04-27-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,400
Posted By Chris_W

Shimano road disc brakes for a tandem - brake models and hose lengths

I just went through the process of putting Shimano road hydraulic brakes on our 12-year-old Co-Motion Speedster tandem and learned a few things that I thought others could benefit from:

Not many...
04-27-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,710
Posted By Chris_W

We use a single-side drive setup on our tandem by...

We use a single-side drive setup on our tandem by using triple road cranks on the front and rear, but only two driving chainrings plus a timing ring. The rear triple crank has a 30-tooth inner ring...
03-12-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,975
Posted By Chris_W

Cyfac in France make carbon tandems (the boss at...

Cyfac in France make carbon tandems (the boss at the bike shop where I used to work bought one a couple of years ago):
https://www.cyfac.fr/produit/duo/
Replies: 36
Views: 3,836
Posted By Chris_W

Mars bars and bananas get me a long way. Only...

Mars bars and bananas get me a long way. Only disadvantage of the Mars bars is that they don't handle heat well. Apart from that, they contain plenty of calories and are not overpriced like the...
12-15-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,937
Posted By Chris_W

In my experience working in a bike shop near the...

In my experience working in a bike shop near the Alps where we do a lot of cassette changes, the 7803 deraileur often struggles to clear a 30 or 32 tooth cog, 28 tooth is often the limit. There's...
Replies: 13
Views: 3,041
Posted By Chris_W

I use old eye drop containers to carry chain oil...

I use old eye drop containers to carry chain oil on long rides. I've never needed eye drops, so I have to buy a new bottle and dump out the contents and clean it. Some bottles are easier to open and...
11-11-19, 01:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,012
Posted By Chris_W

They must have installed a Shimano 11-34 cassette...

They must have installed a Shimano 11-34 cassette because it's the only road 11-speed cassette that will fit on the narrower 10-speed body.



Unfortunately, anything with 3 chainrings is already...
11-08-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,012
Posted By Chris_W

Thanks MikeAndJean for the interesting...

Thanks MikeAndJean for the interesting description. Just to clarify a couple of points: First, 11-speed cassettes are all interchangeable, so you are not limited to a Campy cassette and freehub body...
11-04-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,036
Posted By Chris_W

I have the display mounted on the left because I...

I have the display mounted on the left because I use aerobars that clamp to the handlebars on either side of the stem, which means that the clamp of the MTB Di2 display only works when mounted on the...
11-02-19, 01:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,036
Posted By Chris_W

Agreed, the MTB display or inline wireless unit...

Agreed, the MTB display or inline wireless unit are what you need. If you have the MTB display, you may not even bother to connect it to your computer because that display already gives you all the...
10-30-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,077
Posted By Chris_W

I recently posted a review of the Kinekt...

I recently posted a review of the Kinekt suspension seatpost on my Ride Far blog, mostly focusing on using it for gravel and long-distance solo bike riding:...
09-30-19, 02:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,841
Posted By Chris_W

They sell exactly the same rotor in sizes down to...

They sell exactly the same rotor in sizes down to 160mm, so I can't imagine it's any thicker than standard. I also zoomed in on the originals of the photos that I took at Eurobike, the thickness is...
09-26-19, 12:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,841
Posted By Chris_W

I spotted a 254mm rotor while wandering around...

I spotted a 254mm rotor while wandering around Eurobike, branded as Now8. You can see it in their catalog (https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/read/62801362/katalog-2020) on page 180 (or N21) with an...
07-19-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,133
Posted By Chris_W

Inability to shift under load was the reason why...

Inability to shift under load was the reason why the Rohloff hub only lasted about 3 rides on our tandem before I gave up and put it on a hardtail MTB for me instead. We ride 90 degrees out of phase...
07-08-19, 12:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,593
Posted By Chris_W

Regarding availability, at least some of the GRX...

Regarding availability, at least some of the GRX cranks are already available - I received two 46-30 cranks in June that I ordered from the local importer as soon as they were announced back in...
06-30-19, 02:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,593
Posted By Chris_W

I'm also interested in the new GRX group and had...

I'm also interested in the new GRX group and had noticed the two derailleurs offered. Does anyone know if the "1x" version of the GRX derailleur really is limited to use on single chainrings, like...
06-30-19, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,046
Posted By Chris_W

You can't beat Portland Design Works fenders and...

You can't beat Portland Design Works fenders and they have some of the best hardware available for mounting them without braze-ons.
06-30-19, 02:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,607
Posted By Chris_W

So did you then learn from this experience to...

So did you then learn from this experience to next time carry an inflation solution that doesn't require an adapter? There are lots of pumps and Co2 inflators that work on presta valves. Why...
10-01-18, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,371
Posted By Chris_W

My wife and I both prefer to use 165 mm cranks....

My wife and I both prefer to use 165 mm cranks. The best solution that I found on the tandem is to use regular triple road cranks front and rear. We use the outer ring position for the timing chain...
05-22-18, 11:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,314
Posted By Chris_W

I've also made several orders from Starbike and...

I've also made several orders from Starbike and had no problems with them. IIRC they offer certain chainrings and other parts that aren't easy to get elsewhere.
04-16-18, 02:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,902
Posted By Chris_W

New suspension seatpost by RedShift and a useful comparison of various seatposts

RedShift Sports have recently launched a new suspension seatpost on Kickstarter (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/redshiftsports/shockstop-seatpost-add-suspension-to-your-bike/description) that...
03-26-18, 03:24 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 177,980
Posted By Chris_W

Salsa Post-Lock, 27.2mm, clamped to the base of...

Salsa Post-Lock, 27.2mm, clamped to the base of an aluminum seat-post: https://salsacycles.com/components/category/collars/post-lock
03-19-18, 04:35 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 177,980
Posted By Chris_W

28" is the German name for a "trekking" or...

28" is the German name for a "trekking" or touring tire, typically about 700x35-40. It makes sense because the external diameter of a wheel with such a tire would be about 1" smaller than with a 29"...
03-09-18, 02:56 PM
Replies: 557
Views: 177,980
Posted By Chris_W

The 26" version works with a fender and 35 mm...

The 26" version works with a fender and 35 mm tires, but only just. The 28" version gives a bit more space. RackTime have detailed tech drawings on their website. I'm on vacation right now so cannot...
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