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Forum: Touring
07-24-12, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,633
Posted By nubcake

I also have had tire liners cause a couple flats...

I also have had tire liners cause a couple flats right where it over lapped, I would just replace the tire, you are going to have to do it anyways.

On my commuter I do run very thick tubes mostly...
Forum: Touring
07-24-12, 08:13 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By nubcake

700c availability in Israel?

We have a customer who will be moving to Israel soon and he currently rides a bike with 700c wheels and I mentioned to him it would not be a bad idea to research parts availability before spending...
Forum: Touring
07-23-12, 08:26 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,552
Posted By nubcake

If this is your plan I would try to find a...

If this is your plan I would try to find a quality bike shop brand bike on CL, it will be even cheaper than a big sporting goods store bike and likely much nicer quality.
Forum: Touring
07-22-12, 10:58 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,552
Posted By nubcake

I have seen people tour on much worse than a...

I have seen people tour on much worse than a brand new Hardrock. The only real weak points for that bike might be the rear wheel because it is a freewheel and the fork might get a little slop in the...
Forum: Touring
07-18-12, 07:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,192
Posted By nubcake

I have never ridden the Thorn but I do own a...

I have never ridden the Thorn but I do own a Troll so I will only comment on that one, although I have heard nothing but good things of Thorn.

I use my Troll as a daily commuter, mountain bike and...
Forum: Touring
07-17-12, 08:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,147
Posted By nubcake

Cable "stretch" on new bikes is more from housing...

Cable "stretch" on new bikes is more from housing settling into their ferrules and the ferrules settling into their stops, some of it is also the lining wearing just a tiny bit. You can greatly...
Forum: Touring
07-14-12, 10:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By nubcake

I just run whatever is in the shop, they all are...

I just run whatever is in the shop, they all are of very similar quality. On my commuter and also if I were to do a very big tour I tend to buy the very thick "thorn resistant" tubes, even with...
Forum: Touring
07-12-12, 10:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,615
Posted By nubcake

To really offer up an ideal tire for your touring...

To really offer up an ideal tire for your touring bike one needs a lot more info. How much weight are you carrying, where are you going, what surfaces will you be riding, how much of your riding is...
Forum: Touring
07-11-12, 09:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,590
Posted By nubcake

If you want to save some money and still run...

If you want to save some money and still run campy shifters I would just use campy shifters with a travel agent (I think the ones for shifters are made by jtek) and still run shimano drivetrain. I...
Forum: Touring
07-09-12, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 780
Posted By nubcake

As much as I love steel bikes for touring you...

As much as I love steel bikes for touring you will be just fine, the only time I don't think I would want aluminum would be a massive year long tour in remote countries. Chances are if your frame...
Replies: 12
Views: 1,091
Posted By nubcake

Don't forget to recover, you could just be...

Don't forget to recover, you could just be pushing too hard if you have not really done much 2 years prior to going after this goal.

This is one of the best resources I have found if you want to...
Replies: 46
Views: 3,619
Posted By nubcake

The worst was probably when I wore through the...

The worst was probably when I wore through the rims on my commuter, I knew they were getting thin and I had actually ordered a new set from the shop a few days prior.

I have ripped off my derailer...
Forum: Touring
07-05-12, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,137
Posted By nubcake

The Karate Monkey can take gears although...

The Karate Monkey can take gears although sometimes you have to use what Surly calls Monkey Nuts to keep the tire out of the FD but they are very cheap. I would just set up the KM with gears and use...
Forum: Touring
07-05-12, 08:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,311
Posted By nubcake

Weird, I agree completely with cyccommute...

Weird, I agree completely with cyccommute...
Forum: Touring
07-04-12, 10:03 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,311
Posted By nubcake

I don't think weight is much of an issue as...

I don't think weight is much of an issue as similar level hubs have done many miles even on tandems. Since they failed so shortly after servicing them I really am leaning towards him having them...
Forum: Touring
07-04-12, 08:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,311
Posted By nubcake

I agree with a lot of what you say except I can...

I agree with a lot of what you say except I can not see any advantage to a freewheel over a quality freehub. Freewheels are notoriously hard on axles, have very few options for quality replacements...
Forum: Touring
07-02-12, 10:32 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,311
Posted By nubcake

I am with the people saying chances are your hubs...

I am with the people saying chances are your hubs were too tight, QR hubs need a very tiny amount of play in the axle outside of the bike, once you clamp down on the QR you compress everything and...
Forum: Touring
07-01-12, 10:35 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,304
Posted By nubcake

I think it comes down to disposable income,...

I think it comes down to disposable income, someone like myself who makes under $20k a year would have a much harder time justifying a Ti frame than someone who makes $100k a year. If the cost of...
Forum: Touring
06-02-12, 08:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,144
Posted By nubcake

How set are you on the under 20lbs thing> If you...

How set are you on the under 20lbs thing> If you are, you probably need to up your budget or hopefully get lucky finding something used.

Bikes with upright riding positions tend to be a little...
05-30-12, 11:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By nubcake

My Xtra will likely never see a tubeless set up...

My Xtra will likely never see a tubeless set up but I am very much a convert on my mountain bike. Mostly because I do change tires every now and then on the xtra, if it wasn't for that I would...
Forum: Touring
05-28-12, 02:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 862
Posted By nubcake

I have these ...

I have these http://bike.shimano.com/publish/content/global_cycle/en/us/index/products/pedals/mountain/product.-code-PD-A530.-type-.pd_mountain.html

And the pedals almost always stop vertically...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-12, 02:45 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,359
Posted By nubcake

I average about 2 flats a year on my commuter and...

I average about 2 flats a year on my commuter and we get a lot of broken glass and goat heads here, Big Apples seem to be pretty puncture proof though.
05-28-12, 02:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By nubcake

The amount of flats a good tubeless set up...

The amount of flats a good tubeless set up prevents on a mountain bike along with the improved ride quality and grip more than make up for the slight hassle it may be...on my mountain bike. For my...
05-28-12, 10:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By nubcake

I am with you on most of this. Tubeless is...

I am with you on most of this. Tubeless is actually great although I do not use it on my commuter as I change tires between knobbies and slicks depending on the ride I want to do somewhat often. ...
Forum: Commuting
05-28-12, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,481
Posted By nubcake

Marketing gimmick from someone trying to trick...

Marketing gimmick from someone trying to trick the un-suspecting into buying another thing that will not help them.

I highly doubt they fixed the issue of airless tires being a complete pain to...
05-28-12, 08:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By nubcake

I am guessing those of you who want to try these...

I am guessing those of you who want to try these airless tires have never had to work on a bike with them? Thankfully the shop I currently work at pretty much refuses to work on them, I think I have...
Forum: Commuting
05-27-12, 08:44 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

There are times wider tires are nicer but those...

There are times wider tires are nicer but those times are rare. We did a ride on a frozen lake that had about 4-6in of crusty snow we were riding through, it was just soft enough I could not float...
Forum: Touring
05-27-12, 10:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,726
Posted By nubcake

You would be fine just doing 294's, it will save...

You would be fine just doing 294's, it will save money and I highly doubt there will be any difference in durability. I would also suggest using the black brass nipples instead of AL ones, I would...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-12, 10:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 831
Posted By nubcake

Assuming I remember correctly 951 is their...

Assuming I remember correctly

951 is their basic chain, nothing special but still works well, the one on my xtracycle is over 2k miles with plenty of life left.

971 has a nickel coating that...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-12, 08:43 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

:thumb: SixtyFiver, sweet bike, I have been...

:thumb:

SixtyFiver, sweet bike, I have been lucky enough to ride a fat bike a couple times, once in heavy snow and the other on a warm sunny day riding single track. Both days were a complete...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-12, 09:02 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

I commute by bike because I enjoy it more than...

I commute by bike because I enjoy it more than any other method, the bus or my car are my back ups in case the **** hits the fan, at least in most places in the US there will almost always be a 2nd...
Forum: Touring
05-26-12, 08:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 792
Posted By nubcake

Aero bars are great for a "rest" position when...

Aero bars are great for a "rest" position when you don't want to stop pedaling but don't count on them making you any faster.

Disc wheels are a bad idea, very expensive, not strong as they are...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-12, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 514
Posted By nubcake

This is what I am trying to get across in the...

This is what I am trying to get across in the other thread... If you want something no need for excuses, just get it if you have the money but no reason to lie to yourself, we do enough of that in...
Forum: Commuting
05-26-12, 08:12 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

If I am too sick to repair my bike I will...

If I am too sick to repair my bike I will probably not be able to make it to work either. I am used to working extremely long hours on my feet so I have never been too tired to fix my bike if it...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-12, 09:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 514
Posted By nubcake

If you have the coin might as well upgrade to a...

If you have the coin might as well upgrade to a new bike, especially if your current one is lacking in a few areas.
Forum: Commuting
05-25-12, 09:26 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

I really do think a spare is nice, I just do not...

I really do think a spare is nice, I just do not think it should ever be called a need. The last time I had a bike broken beyond repair was about 8 years ago when I was hit by a car. Even when I...
Forum: Commuting
05-25-12, 08:34 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

The idea is to limp it along until parts show up,...

The idea is to limp it along until parts show up, not use band-aid fixes for permanent repairs :thumb:

Even if you do completely trash a wheel or a part that is un-available right away to where...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 09:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,850
Posted By nubcake

You can cut a cable lock like that with tools...

You can cut a cable lock like that with tools that fit in your pocket, time for a u-lock or a really beefy chain. Ever seen this video? Hopefully it is enough to show you that you can not rely on a...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 09:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,558
Posted By nubcake

You can cut a cable lock like that with tools...

You can cut a cable lock like that with tools that fit in your pocket, time for a u-lock or a really beefy chain. Ever seen this video? Hopefully it is enough to show you that you can not rely on a...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 09:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,558
Posted By nubcake

So far mine have held up well, hope it continues....

So far mine have held up well, hope it continues. Either way now you have an excuse to buy these, I doubt they are stronger but they sure are pretty... http://www.woodysfenders.com/store/
05-24-12, 08:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 836
Posted By nubcake

I really feel this woman should be fired and...

I really feel this woman should be fired and never allowed in a school again, that level of narrow mindedness and dependence on emotion over logic is not what one needs to help open kids minds and...
Forum: Commuting
05-24-12, 08:03 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

The point I am trying to make is that those...

The point I am trying to make is that those things are extremely rare and chances are if you have some decent mechanical skills you can get by till parts show up. Those cases are so rare that it is...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-12, 06:43 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

Your still not out of a ride though, just use the...

Your still not out of a ride though, just use the limit screws to set the derailer in a suitable gear and the bike is still very ride-able until the new part shows. You even have a 2 or 3 speed if...
Forum: Commuting
05-23-12, 09:34 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

Your really need to define "need" It is...

Your really need to define "need" It is extremely rare that something happens to a bike that keeps if from being ride-able if you have basic mechanical skills are pay enough attention to make sure...
Forum: Touring
05-22-12, 09:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,560
Posted By nubcake

This is where you need to start. Making sure the...

This is where you need to start. Making sure the bike is set up right for you is key, even a few deg change of angle in saddle can make a world of difference in comfort, it really does not take...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-12, 08:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,477
Posted By nubcake

I have not done much over 100 but I have done...

I have not done much over 100 but I have done really big/hard rides with it in upper 90's and very high humidity and my only advise is drink lots of water, preferably with electrolytes and spend more...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-12, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By nubcake

Cross checks are a great bike if you want...

Cross checks are a great bike if you want something affordable that can do a little of everything. Is it a "great" race bike or touring bike, no but it was never meant to be although it can handle...
Forum: Commuting
05-22-12, 08:31 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

x2. There is a good chance that he is...

x2.

There is a good chance that he is trying to figure this out now because some people (myself included) have so little disposable income that it really does take this long to be able to put...
Forum: Commuting
05-21-12, 11:03 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 4,645
Posted By nubcake

A spare bike although nice is certainly not...

A spare bike although nice is certainly not needed. I like to ride my nice bike year round and I built it to be able to handle year round commuting. Your felt is a pretty nice bike as well and...
Forum: Touring
05-19-12, 08:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 955
Posted By nubcake

I have always considered "full life" to be...

I have always considered "full life" to be lasting until the braking surface wore through without cracking around spoke nipples or anywhere else. Full life becomes harder to define with disc brake...
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