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07-12-19, 12:21 PM
Replies: 33
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Posted By rumrunn6

twist your saddle the other way to compensate....

twist your saddle the other way to compensate. sorry couldn't resist, it's Friday
Forum: Touring
07-07-19, 02:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,216
Posted By biker3c086e24

I was honestly just planning to do the "strap it...

I was honestly just planning to do the "strap it to your handlebars" approach. A friend of mine did that recently and it worked really well for him. But worst comes to worst, I can add a pannier rack...
07-07-19, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,016
Posted By Dave Mayer

So I'm at the shop trying to figure out why a...

So I'm at the shop trying to figure out why a relatively recent Ultegra drivetrain is shifting so poorly. The rear derailleur in particular is stiff/sticky.

So I take it apart - as in every part...
07-06-19, 07:43 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 7,041
Posted By livedarklions

Right, there's a lot of things that are going to...

Right, there's a lot of things that are going to matter more than minor differences in the weight of bikes, including the weight of some of the stuff we carry. I've seen posters on the forum...
07-05-19, 12:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,016
Posted By cpach

As a pro mechanic I pretty much never spray...

As a pro mechanic I pretty much never spray degreaser at anything on an assembled bike. If I really need to clean a cassette while it's on the freehub body I typically spray degreaser onto my brush, ...
07-04-19, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,016
Posted By TimothyH

I'm convinced that a significant portion of the...

I'm convinced that a significant portion of the shifting problems we read about on these forums are caused by aggressive cleaning and spraying the derailleur with solvents. It drives the grease out...
06-24-19, 03:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,568
Posted By cudak888

These are the el-cheapo vinyl saddles. Top yours...

These are the el-cheapo vinyl saddles. Top yours with a nicely-broken-in (but not worn out) Brooks B.66 or B.67 - which matches closer with Raleigh specs - and you'll be fine.
...
06-19-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,388
Posted By Bandera

No such thing as concerns about "extreme combos"...

No such thing as concerns about "extreme combos" when one only has a single chain-ring and cog, although getting chain-line correct is quite important on a fixed gear as is chain tension.

-Bandera
06-16-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By kovacsa

Hi, This is my bike. ...

Hi, This is my bike. https://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/whistler/2015 You may have to select Whistler 70 once on the site. All specs are there.
06-12-19, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,780
Posted By Freerojo

Looking at those and Land Cruisers by Schwalbe....

Looking at those and Land Cruisers by Schwalbe. Cruisers are cheaper.
06-11-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,145
Posted By AeroGut

Itís rare to find a cassette that starts much...

Itís rare to find a cassette that starts much bigger than 11 or 12. However there are mountain bike cassettes that have a wider spacing and go from 11 up to 40 or 42. Another option you might...
06-10-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By MikeyMK

I find chainrings are far more a critical factor...

I find chainrings are far more a critical factor in front shifting than the derailleur. Good pick-up points matched to the chain, and pretty much any derailleur will work well as long as it's not...
06-09-19, 06:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By cyccommute

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low...

Honestly, the Altus works well. It may be low end but it is easier to set up than the higher end derailers.

The Megarange is a work around. Itís meant to basically have a bailout low gear with a...
06-09-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By cyccommute

Only for some. Donít blame the tool. ...

Only for some. Donít blame the tool.



No. I donít know. Iím a long time volunteer at my local co-op. I see hundreds... possibly thousands... of triples per year. I send that same number of...
06-08-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By cyccommute

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people...

Frankly, I think most of the problems that people have with triples are either from using old friction systems or from memories of old friction systems (like pre1995). Everything crank or chainring...
06-08-19, 01:36 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By Camilo

About the only personal knowledge I have is my...

About the only personal knowledge I have is my wife who is certainly not a bike nerd and just gets on the bike and rides. Now, I'm her mechanic so that's something (I know how to set them up... but...
06-06-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By MikeyMK

Simplicity perhaps, if your set-up prevents the...

Simplicity perhaps, if your set-up prevents the chain from coming off. But I'm not so sure about appearance.
Designs vary greatly, but I find more rings quite invariably look better.

The triple...
06-05-19, 04:55 PM
Replies: 239
Views: 48,266
Posted By EaOutlaw1969

Thanks I loved the Roam 1 and had to have it, yet...

Thanks I loved the Roam 1 and had to have it, yet I knew upfront I had to modify it to get it to the point where I could ride it.
Out of all the bikes in my budget at the time the Roam 1 was the...
06-05-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By mtb_addict

The real reason is called "Q factor". That is how...

The real reason is called "Q factor". That is how far spread apart your feet are.


Mtb bikes with triple chainrings have like 170mm Q-factor or something like that


Road bikes with double...
05-28-19, 04:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,748
Posted By livedarklions

I have those on my FX 3. There's no way they're...

I have those on my FX 3. There's no way they're good for gravel of any kind. Great road tire.

OP- narrower in general is not faster on roads. That's a misconception. If you want speed and...
05-11-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,195
Posted By Helderberg

Thank you for this. What pressure do you run? I...

Thank you for this. What pressure do you run? I have been running 70-73 as close as I can tell with my gauge. I weigh 185-7 and would ride on mostly rough paved and small gravel.
Frank.
05-10-19, 05:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,430
Posted By HerrKaLeun

Test riding position on both carefully. An Mtb is...

Test riding position on both carefully. An Mtb is less optimized to put you in a good position to ride for hours on a path. It is more build to position you for ascending and descending on rocky...
Forum: Commuting
05-08-19, 01:25 PM
Replies: 151
Views: 10,636
Posted By Skipjacks

Your tire opened fire on you!!! The tires...

Your tire opened fire on you!!!

The tires are becoming sentient! They are soon taking over the world!

I, for one, welcome our new rubber overlords.
05-06-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,463
Posted By TKJava

I agree regarding the 11/30 after doing some math...

I agree regarding the 11/30 after doing some math and reading these comments. A few folks seem to believe that a 11/32 will work with a short cage derailleur. I may be inclinded to just try it and...
05-05-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By Troul

Setting up the triple requires a touch more skill...

Setting up the triple requires a touch more skill than 2x cranks. I'd prefer a 2x if I never took on random hill climbs that I'm not familiar with. Once the 3x is dialed in with the cable pull,...
05-05-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By Ironfish653

That's known as 'Half-Step' gearing. It was...

That's known as 'Half-Step' gearing. It was pretty common through the 70's and in to the 80's especially on touring bikes, as a way to get a wide range of distinct 'gears' when the tech of the time...
05-05-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By MRT2

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9...

My bike is now 7 years old, and has a 3 x 9 setup. 12 - 27 cassette, and 48 - 36 - 26 tooth chainrings. I have used this setup so long that for me, shifting is completely intuitive. On a lot of...
05-05-19, 02:05 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By PaulRivers

I feel the same way that removing the triple...

I feel the same way that removing the triple sucked.
- Bike companies wanted to change things to give the appearance of progress and the need to buy new stuff.
- Low end triples were poorly...
05-05-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By 79pmooney

True, My 9-speed triple running a 12, 14-19, 21,...

True, My 9-speed triple running a 12, 14-19, 21, 23 X 53, 42, 28 is a total waste. Having all the gears I could ever want for climbing with never a gap bigger that 2 teeth in back is so pointless....
05-05-19, 10:59 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By 2manybikes

I have a few triples and a few doubles. The...

I have a few triples and a few doubles. The triple DA 9 speed on my lightspeed is pretty nice. However my Fuji compact double has 10 speed 105 with an LX rear derailleur and a XT mtb cassette. I...
05-05-19, 10:46 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By downtube42

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a...

I have a vintage Windsor 2x5 that came with a 50-52 double. The cogs were far apart, so each rear shift was a large jump. The rings being so close, each front shift was asmall jump. So think about...
05-05-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By BirdsBikeBinocs

I have a bike with a triple on it and I have a...

I have a bike with a triple on it and I have a road bike with a double. I like the triple a lot but, I love the double with 11 gears out back. Also, on my road bike I can shift 3 gears with one swipe...
05-05-19, 10:05 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By Steve B.

Because Shimano, who knows better then us mere...

Because Shimano, who knows better then us mere mortals about what gearing we need, decided after 10sp. to stop making triples in the upper end - 105, Ultegra, DA. Deciding instead that SRAM had the...
05-05-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,580
Posted By Skipjacks

I find with my triple chain ring bike I can cycle...

I find with my triple chain ring bike I can cycle through gears much faster, which is great for commuting with the stops and starts and hills (up and down)

But for my long distance relatively...
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