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06-15-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 504
Posted By ted_major

I have a set as well, close to 10 years old. Nice...

I have a set as well, close to 10 years old. Nice even spoke tension, still true after all these years and Iíve never touched them with a spoke wrench. Best purchase I ever made for that bike.
05-14-21, 04:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 928
Posted By ted_major

Aside from the safety considerations, there are...

Aside from the safety considerations, there are legal issues that vary from state to state. Where I live, cyclists riding at dusk or in the dark are required to have a white light on the front and a...
05-09-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,331
Posted By ted_major

VeloCity Cycles....

VeloCity Cycles. (https://www.velocity-cycles.com/)
05-01-21, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,184
Posted By ted_major

Right. And if the same volume in an insulated...

Right. And if the same volume in an insulated bottle requires a larger size, then an insulated bottle of the same size will have a smaller volume.

For me, the difference isnít enough to matter,...
05-01-21, 06:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 710
Posted By ted_major

Latex tubes don't hold air as well as butyl...

Latex tubes don't hold air as well as butyl rubber and will slowly leak pressure through the latex skin of the inner tube. They need to be topped up more often than the more typical rubber tubes,...
05-01-21, 06:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,184
Posted By ted_major

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/insulatedwaterbottle_30a63978927e39eb2471a4737a7e4b8a71749a82.jpg
two water bottles, one insulated, one uninsulated
Pictured above...
03-20-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,311
Posted By ted_major

Iím going to respectfully disagree here. My...

Iím going to respectfully disagree here. My regular running route puts me on the left sidewalk, and I have to be very careful about cross-street motorists turning right who donít bother to look right...
02-22-21, 04:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,221
Posted By ted_major

I really like the chainring bolts Iíve seen...

I really like the chainring bolts Iíve seen recently that have a hex socket on both halves. No need for a failure-prone specialty tool, fewer worries about loosening stuck bolts.
02-16-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,747
Posted By ted_major

I canít speak for other jurisdictions, but in...

I canít speak for other jurisdictions, but in Alabama, itís ďtraining,Ē ďtesting,Ē and licensing. I have a motorcycle endorsement on my license, and all it required was skimming a ďrules of the roadĒ...
01-26-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,321
Posted By ted_major

Reminds me of the time my neighbor shipped a...

Reminds me of the time my neighbor shipped a Dutch bike back from Europe. He packed it himself, and when it wouldnít fit in the bike box, he cut off a corner for the handlebars to stick out of and...
12-20-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,425
Posted By ted_major

As mack_turtle stated above, 47-622 is the ETRTO...

As mack_turtle stated above, 47-622 is the ETRTO standard size. Thereís another twist, though: ETRTO has specific allowable designations. Schwalbe has a list...
12-01-20, 07:59 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,028
Posted By ted_major

I interviewed for a job selling white van...

I interviewed for a job selling white van speakers around 1989 in Charlotte, NC. Drive around, tell a bogus story like the ones above, and sell overpriced crappy speakers at a ďdiscount.Ē
11-27-20, 11:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,517
Posted By ted_major

Book recommendation

Sam Tracyís Bicycle! (https://www.pmpress.org/index.php?l=product_detail&p=500) is worth looking at. Itís focused more on practicality and keeping older bikes on the road than keeping up with the...
11-24-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,465
Posted By ted_major

Photochromic lenses donít change very fast, so...

Photochromic lenses donít change very fast, so they arenít helpful for going in and out of shadows, but they can be useful for leaving when itís dark and adjusting as the sun comes up (or leaving in...
11-15-20, 09:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,121
Posted By ted_major

The alloy versions had a QR fork, not a thru...

The alloy versions had a QR fork, not a thru axle. The taper is also 1-1/4 to 1-1/8, which I understand is a little unusual. Definitely worth contacting GT to avoid potential fit problems.
11-13-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 754
Posted By ted_major

You can also use this stem comparison tool...

You can also use this stem comparison tool (http://www.yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php) to visualize how different stem angles and lengths will affect reach and height.
10-13-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By ted_major

Both derailers and shifters have a pull ratio...

Both derailers and shifters have a pull ratio (the ratio between how much the cable moves and how much the derailer moves). The indexing is built into the shifter (that is, the number of clicks and...
10-12-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 841
Posted By ted_major

I can confirm that Microshift brifters work with...

I can confirm that Microshift brifters work with Shimano mountain rear derailers but not mountain front derailers.

Another option is bar-end shifters. Those would also allow you to use long-pull...
09-30-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 752
Posted By ted_major

No. It slides into the receiver and is held tight...

No. It slides into the receiver and is held tight by an expander bolt. It does come with a Velcro safety strap to keep it from sliding out if the expander fails.
09-22-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,366
Posted By ted_major

I think after cutting off the cable end to pull...

I think after cutting off the cable end to pull the old cable out, youíll have a hard time re-threading the old cable through the housing without fraying. You may also have a hard time pulling the...
09-22-20, 06:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 668
Posted By ted_major

I think the issue is your freehub, not your...

I think the issue is your freehub, not your derailleur. With a 34T or larger cog on the cassette, it can be offset to overhang the hub on a 10-speed freehub as Shimano does with mountain 11-speed...
07-19-20, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 628
Posted By ted_major

If you choose to melt the wax in a pie pan in a...

If you choose to melt the wax in a pie pan in a 200F oven, be sure to put a baking sheet under the pie pan. Otherwise youíre liable to slosh some molten wax onto the bottom of the oven. Even after...
07-16-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,984
Posted By ted_major

I, too, have an oblong head,* and the most recent...

I, too, have an oblong head,* and the most recent helmet Iíve bought that fit well was a Giro Aeon. (Also light, and lots of ventilation.) I tried a POC helmet, and it was painfully round on my...
Forum: Touring
07-03-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,640
Posted By ted_major

If you decide to try a new stem, the Stem...

If you decide to try a new stem, the Stem Comparison Tool (http://yojimg.net/bike/web_tools/stem.php) lets you visualize how a new stem compares to the one you have (so if you have an idea of how...
06-18-20, 04:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 721
Posted By ted_major

You should be able to go significantly less. I...

You should be able to go significantly less. I have an all-up weight of probably 210, and with WTB Byway 650Bx47 tires, I run 25psi in the front and 30psi in the back.
06-14-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 938
Posted By ted_major

Stanford bike safety comic, 1975

Found via a thread over in bicycle mechanics, I thought this might be more appropriate over here: Sprocketman (https://archive.org/details/SprocketmanComicbook1975/mode/1up).

On the whole, it...
06-14-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By ted_major

Sprocketman to the rescue!

Looks like I have a new favorite superhero: Sprocketman (https://archive.org/details/SprocketmanComicbook1975/mode/1up) (and most of the advice seems to hold up pretty well, too).
06-14-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 643
Posted By ted_major

I think itís a metaphor: whole wheat flour has...

I think itís a metaphor: whole wheat flour has the chaff along with the wheat.
05-08-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,491
Posted By ted_major

I saw someone with a similar rack a few years ago...

I saw someone with a similar rack a few years ago at registration for a century. It was also a fork-mount rack, but it was mounted vertically instead of horizontally, so it didnít stick out nearly as...
05-04-20, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By ted_major

So close, and yet so far away. Replacing the...

So close, and yet so far away. Replacing the o-rings made a marginal improvement (up to 35 psi from 31 psi), but the plastic piston at the end of the shaft is cracked, so it looks like this one is a...
05-03-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By ted_major

The plunger isnít getting pushed backwards, and...

The plunger isnít getting pushed backwards, and doesnít get any harder to push as the tire fills.
05-03-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By ted_major

Repair/rebuild Blackburn MP-2

I was out riding this morning and had my first flat in quite awhile. When I reinflated my tire I found that my ancient Blackburn MP-2 (circa 1988) would put out air, but wouldn't fully inflate the...
05-03-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,897
Posted By ted_major

Thatís true, but on the other hand, OP wants to...

Thatís true, but on the other hand, OP wants to switch from fixed to single speed, so theyíll need a chainwhip and lock ring spanner only once to remove the fixed cog.

It might make more sense to...
04-29-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 526
Posted By ted_major

I do that too (it takes 4 revolutions for this...

I do that too (it takes 4 revolutions for this bike). Still canít get the disc & caliper to stay aligned. Mostly I just donít take the wheels off.
04-29-20, 12:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By ted_major

You might also consider a more traditional drop...

You might also consider a more traditional drop bar with a longer reach than the compact ergo bars it looks like your bike came with. A traditional bar would leave the flats where they are now for...
04-29-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 526
Posted By ted_major

I do that, but the caliper still rubs almost...

I do that, but the caliper still rubs almost every time I reinstall the front wheel. Iíve gone through several sets of calipers, all of which behaved the same way. The bike in question is a 2016 GT...
04-29-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 526
Posted By ted_major

Thatís been my experience. I have one bike with...

Thatís been my experience. I have one bike with discs and quick releases, and I think maybe once Iíve been able to reinstall the front wheel without the brake rubbing. Just about every time the wheel...
04-28-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,294
Posted By ted_major

To put grips on with, of course. 😎 We used...

To put grips on with, of course. 😎

We used White Rain in the shop where I used to work, and thatís what I still use. Compared to the amount necessary to keep a beehive hairdo in place, grips use...
04-19-20, 05:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By ted_major

Do the tubes youíre having trouble with have...

Do the tubes youíre having trouble with have presta valves? If so, they may have loose valve cores. Look for flats on the threads at the tip of the valve and tighten with an adjustable wrench.
04-18-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,287
Posted By ted_major

I also use a Lezyne pump and have been happy with...

I also use a Lezyne pump and have been happy with it. I don't know if I have the updated head (but I've had it for about 10 years), and the screw-on head works fine for me. Although it has a...
04-11-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 994
Posted By ted_major

You probably wonít be able to fit 650Bx47 in that...

You probably wonít be able to fit 650Bx47 in that bike. I converted a GT Grade to 650B that I had been running 700x35 tires on (and that claimed to have clearance for 700x38) and 47s wouldnít fit....
04-11-20, 06:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By ted_major

Have you looked at Rivendell...

Have you looked at Rivendell (https://www.rivbike.com/collections/cranks-bbs) or Rene Herse (https://www.renehersecycles.com/shop/components/cranks/rh-double-crank/)?

Riv has a 42/30 crankset and...
04-04-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 570
Posted By ted_major

You might want to have a look at Sam Tracy's...

You might want to have a look at Sam Tracy's Roadside Bicycle Repair (https://www.worldcat.org/title/roadside-bicycle-repair-a-pocket-manifesto/oclc/177024055/viewport). It's a short overview of the...
03-11-20, 07:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 950
Posted By ted_major

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia

Nasu: Summer in Andalusia
01-18-20, 01:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By ted_major

I donít have a Wolftooth, and my Apex1 derailleur...

I donít have a Wolftooth, and my Apex1 derailleur works just fine with a 40T chainring and 11-42 cassette.
01-06-20, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By ted_major

Nice tip! Where were you a few years ago when I...

Nice tip! Where were you a few years ago when I shelled out for the Hozans? :)
01-06-20, 06:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 479
Posted By ted_major

If it is a fixed-cog lock ring (as in the photos...

If it is a fixed-cog lock ring (as in the photos above) that youíre talking about, Hozan lock ring pliers use 2 notches at a time (instead of 1 like the tools shown above) so they are less likely to...
01-01-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,584
Posted By ted_major

The Alabama Backroads Century series...

The Alabama Backroads Century series (http://alabama-backroads-cycling.com/) does a number of rides throughout the state, with a wide range of topographies.

Gears & Beers in Mobile isnít close to...
07-19-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,299
Posted By ted_major

A friend had this issue recently. Turned out to...

A friend had this issue recently. Turned out to be as simple as ta broken plastic spoke protector (aka Ďdork diskí) which had broken and was causing enough friction between the spokes and cassette to...
07-15-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,633
Posted By ted_major

You can do that in Strava. From the Settings...

You can do that in Strava. From the Settings page, click the My Gear link on the left side menu. You can add a bike, and then once you add a bike, you can add components, and Strava will keep up with...
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