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11-26-12, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By i_r_beej

TRP 8.4 brakes: spring tension setup question

Hey all,

I recently installed TRP 8.4 linear pull brakes on my cyclocross bike. They are a vast improvement over the conventional (old-fashioned) cantilevers they replaced.

There is only one...
09-28-10, 12:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,079
Posted By i_r_beej

It is probably not legal for races. Many other...

It is probably not legal for races. Many other type of "bolt on" accessories are not legal so I'd imagine the same would apply to the fender. Whether or not the fender is legal for use in a race it...
Forum: BMX
09-28-10, 12:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By i_r_beej

I'm pretty much in the same situation. I started...

I'm pretty much in the same situation. I started BMX racing with my son just a few weeks ago. never done it before. I've been paying close attention to the other races and picking the brains of the...
Forum: BMX
09-28-10, 11:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,206
Posted By i_r_beej

Softer brake pads are not necessarily better....

Softer brake pads are not necessarily better. Depends on the sort of riding you're doing.

Tricks requiring immediate stops at relatively low speeds DO benefit from the sticky, grabby soft brake...
11-25-08, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 777
Posted By i_r_beej

One good reason for running skinny knobbies on a...

One good reason for running skinny knobbies on a MTB is the fun factor. It goes way up when your tires haven't turned into giant mud donuts that get stuck in the frame and won't turn.

A skinny...
10-29-08, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Posted By i_r_beej

On a bicycle with cantilever brakes and a...

On a bicycle with cantilever brakes and a separate straddle cable (not a "link wire"). If the main cable coming from the lever were to break/snap/fail then the spring tension on the cantilever arms...
10-29-08, 10:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,590
Posted By i_r_beej

I use the threaded-post Kool Stop Eagle II's. I...

I use the threaded-post Kool Stop Eagle II's. I removed the washer and nut that they came with and replaced them with the hemispherical washers, etc that were on the stock Avid pads that came with...
10-21-08, 11:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Posted By i_r_beej

If that transverse cable drops down into your...

If that transverse cable drops down into your tire tread it'll stop the wheel from spinning in a hurry. This will result in a loss of control, to say the least. "Severe injury or death" is how the...
07-16-08, 05:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,242
Posted By i_r_beej

I'd strongly suggest that you don't switch to a...

I'd strongly suggest that you don't switch to a "flat" bar out of hand. A conventional flat bar is about as sophisticated as a piece of plumbing pipe, but made out of insanely expensive materials.
...
06-12-08, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
Posted By i_r_beej

The bike has Mafac "racer" centerpulls. I haven't...

The bike has Mafac "racer" centerpulls. I haven't inspected them closely to see how much room is left in the arms, although at a glance the pads look like they're almost all the way down.

It would...
06-12-08, 12:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
Posted By i_r_beej

Peugeot UO-8-- replacing stock wheels with...??

Hey all.

I'm still exploring refurbishing a curb-side find UO-8 as a single-speed (not fixed-gear... or maybe as a flip-flop).

The 700c wheels will obviously be smaller than the 27" ones in...
04-30-08, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,263
Posted By i_r_beej

Oops! I should have known better-- the hub...

Oops!

I should have known better-- the hub utilizes cartridge bearings. Alloy "dust caps" slide off the axle exposing the bearings. There are no visible grub-screws.

After some consideration...
04-29-08, 01:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,263
Posted By i_r_beej

How to dissasemble CODA Expert hubs?

Hey all,

I want to take apart my CODA Expert (disc) hubs to inspect and lube the free-hub mechanism. (I'd also just like to know how to get into them for future reference. Fortunately the bearings...
04-28-08, 09:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,566
Posted By i_r_beej

THe Lefty is incredible. Less torsional flex than...

THe Lefty is incredible. Less torsional flex than a RIGID fork, never mind conventional telescoping forks!

Disclaimer: I don't actually own a bike with a Lefty. My Cannondale has the "Fatty"...
04-28-08, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 834
Posted By i_r_beej

"Rot the chain"? Whaaat? That's crazy talk. ...

"Rot the chain"? Whaaat? That's crazy talk.

WD-40 is fine for "cleaning" and displacing water after a wet ride. However, it is not a good lubricant for bike parts-- especially the chain.

If you...
04-18-08, 06:06 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 26,466
Posted By i_r_beej

Jeesh. I'm so sorry that I looked into this...

Jeesh. I'm so sorry that I looked into this thread.

I feel "******'d".
04-18-08, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,007
Posted By i_r_beej

Rescued 1970's Peugeot from oblivion

Hey all,

Last weekend I passed by an old 10-speed that had been set out by the road with a "free" sign taped on the saddle. Later that evening I walked down and took it home with me.

After a...
04-11-08, 05:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By i_r_beej

You'd need to true the rotor if it's wobbling so...

You'd need to true the rotor if it's wobbling so badly that it affects braking. It won't make your brakes feel mushy.
04-08-08, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,032
Posted By i_r_beej

I have a set on my MTB with a drop bar and Cane...

I have a set on my MTB with a drop bar and Cane Creek SCR aero levers. No mushiness. They aren't quite as solid as the hydraulic brakes that they replaced.

I'm using Avid Flak Jacket cables.
...
04-08-08, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,998
Posted By i_r_beej

Get yourself a Midge bar. Best, most comfortable...

Get yourself a Midge bar. Best, most comfortable drop bar ever. More hand positions than a flat bar. Plus you can use all your old components. You might want to get a stem with more rise--- but...
04-08-08, 04:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By i_r_beej

BB spindle seems a little long?

Hey all,

I just pulled the original (old!) square taper cartridge BB out of my road bike -- a 1994 Cannondale 2x7 speed -- and when I measured the spindle length I was surprised to discover that...
04-08-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,084
Posted By i_r_beej

Are you re-lubing the tension pulley? I...

Are you re-lubing the tension pulley?

I hardly ever use a special cleaning technique. I use a citrus degreaser maybe once a year with a scrubbing device-- Park's little blue scrubber box is the...
04-08-08, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,020
Posted By i_r_beej

Apply the lube to the INSIDE of the chain. Most...

Apply the lube to the INSIDE of the chain. Most of the dirt that winds up on a chain is put there by the front wheel.

Apply lube to the inside to flush the dirt back out. Don't apply the lube to...
04-08-08, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 388
Posted By i_r_beej

Since you didn't specify I'm assuming that you...

Since you didn't specify I'm assuming that you have loose bearings. Properly assembled you'll have slightly less than 1 ball-bearing's worth of free space.

In my experience working on hubs with...
04-04-08, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,221
Posted By i_r_beej

About a year and a half ago I saw a piddly little...

About a year and a half ago I saw a piddly little sidebar review in Mountain Bike Action magazine. Little substantive info other than "it seems to work well and sticks up above the stem about an...
02-19-08, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 789
Posted By i_r_beej

Anyone here use Kelly's "Take Offs"?

I run bar end shifters and sometimes I lie awake at night wondering if they're vulnerable to damage, out there at the end of the handle bar.

I just found out about Chris Kelly's Take-Offs. Anyone...
01-15-08, 06:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,819
Posted By i_r_beej

My 2006 Poprad has a threaded boss on the...

My 2006 Poprad has a threaded boss on the seat-stay bridge.

Would that not work? I used to have a Blackburn (decades ago) that could mount either to outboard seat-stay eyelets (specifically for...
01-15-08, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,950
Posted By i_r_beej

Just FYI all: The modern "link cable" was...

Just FYI all:

The modern "link cable" was designed in response to a lawsuit after a brake cable broke and the straddle cable dropped down into a knobby tire. The person riding the bike went OTB...
Forum: Introductions
01-15-08, 06:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,029
Posted By i_r_beej

Hi PowderCoater, Thanks for offering up...

Hi PowderCoater,

Thanks for offering up information.

I've finally saved up enough money. I'm going to take my old MTB frame (with the remnants of an old rattle-can paint job on it!) to get it...
12-10-07, 04:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 813
Posted By i_r_beej

Hey MIN-- I'm definitely interested! I think I...

Hey MIN-- I'm definitely interested! I think I can swing a Saturday AM ride. (Sundays are out) Let me check my schedule-- this time of year things start getting a little sketchy. Early would be good....
12-07-07, 08:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,972
Posted By i_r_beej

Because almost every contemporary "mountain bike"...

Because almost every contemporary "mountain bike" is overkill to the "X-Treem".

A couple of years ago Grant Peterson, of Rivendell, wrote an article in the Rivendell Reader about "underbikes vs....
12-04-07, 03:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By i_r_beej

I was in that race. Your analogy to black...

I was in that race.

Your analogy to black ice is appropriate. The course in that section was grassy, down hill and off camber. We'd had enough rain recently to keep ground conditions wet without...
12-03-07, 04:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,053
Posted By i_r_beej

Hm. Yeah, I never really could agree with any...

Hm. Yeah, I never really could agree with any "tuning" method that required the brute force application of a hammer!
12-03-07, 04:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,545
Posted By i_r_beej

Like others have already stated-- bikes with...

Like others have already stated-- bikes with steel frames seem to have a more "lively" (springier?) feel to them. I have several bikes-- two of which are Cannondales. I've ridden my steel 'cross bike...
11-29-07, 05:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,154
Posted By i_r_beej

The Surly is just fine. It's a smartly designed...

The Surly is just fine. It's a smartly designed bike built to last a long after more expensive carbon bikes are bits of toxic trash. They're also extremely versatile, designed to function equally...
11-28-07, 05:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,202
Posted By i_r_beej

This is exactly why I detest Shimano's STI...

This is exactly why I detest Shimano's STI control levers. What price technological progress? Unservicable waste. And a replacement lever is so damned expensive!

When I converted my MTB to a drop...
11-21-07, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By i_r_beej

Need good ISIS BB

Hey all,

Well last Sunday's epic muddy slop-fest here in Portland Oregon-- the Cross Crusade Hillsboro race-- left my Truvativ GigaPipe (stock part on my bike) seized!!

Unbelievable.
...
11-13-07, 01:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,806
Posted By i_r_beej

I have an '06 Poprad. All the problems described...

I have an '06 Poprad. All the problems described are TYPICAL of cantilever brakes. I grew up riding MTB's when cantilever brakes were the only option.

Proper set-up was always fussy. There were a...
11-13-07, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,143
Posted By i_r_beej

Drilling out TT cable stops?

Hey all,

I'm thinking about drilling out the top-tube brake cable stops on my steel bike so that I can run housing all the way to the back.

My rationale: My older Cannondale road bike runs...
11-08-07, 06:54 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 3,544,120
Posted By i_r_beej

Nice MC... more pics please!

Nice MC... more pics please!
11-08-07, 06:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,139
Posted By i_r_beej

sawtooth-- you ain't nuts. The Poprad is a nice...

sawtooth-- you ain't nuts. The Poprad is a nice steel bike. True temper OX Platinum... can't beat that!
11-07-07, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5,048
Views: 3,544,120
Posted By i_r_beej

Nice to see "alt bars" making a good showing. ...

Nice to see "alt bars" making a good showing.

Here's my ride:
http://home.comcast.net/~rbjcats/bikes/lemond-poprad-06.jpg

Pretty much standard LeMond spec-- 105 changers, SRAM cassette and...
11-05-07, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 920
Posted By i_r_beej

Pure sweet hypoxic lactic-acid-burn hell.

Pure sweet hypoxic lactic-acid-burn hell.
11-05-07, 01:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By i_r_beej

Eggbeaters beat the tar out of SPD pedals. AND...

Eggbeaters beat the tar out of SPD pedals. AND I've ridden and raced SPDs plenty so I know what I'm talking about.

After a frustrating ride with SPDs I bought a set of Candy's that were on sale....
11-05-07, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By i_r_beej

You'll need a lot of cash, first and foremost....

You'll need a lot of cash, first and foremost. Unless you swing a super-sweet deal on used equipment.

I've had my 'cross bike though about a season and a half of racing and have never had a big...
10-31-07, 04:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,006
Posted By i_r_beej

Yeah there's TONS of carbon forks on the market....

Yeah there's TONS of carbon forks on the market. Loads on 'cross bikes. So there must be something there.

However, after seeing a 'cross bike with a broken seatpost-- leaving nothing but long...
10-25-07, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 766
Posted By i_r_beej

Go get your bad self the Midge drop bar by...

Go get your bad self the Midge drop bar by on-one. Look to www.zedsport.com for a list of US distributors.

The one drop bar to rule them all! Short and shallow drop, plenty of flare, brake levers...
10-25-07, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 872
Posted By i_r_beej

The question is not if cyclocross is right for...

The question is not if cyclocross is right for you, but are YOU right for cyclocross?

Therein you shall find your answer.



P.S. I have an '06 Poprad (with cantis-- I'm glad to see they...
10-25-07, 12:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 851
Posted By i_r_beej

I'm sorry? What's nice about no cat C race? Here...

I'm sorry? What's nice about no cat C race? Here in PDX the "C" stands for "cerveza".


Hah!
10-18-07, 06:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,253
Posted By i_r_beej

TimJ: The ends of a drop bar are typically...

TimJ: The ends of a drop bar are typically parallel with the stem. Flare refers to the angle at which the ends deviate from that parallel. (The Midge had 23-degrees) What you're talking about is the...
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