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02-20-14, 05:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,176
Posted By jim hughes

If you ride in very cold temperatures, Phil's...

If you ride in very cold temperatures, Phil's Tenacious may be a bit too... tenacious. In extreme cold the mechanism could get gummy and cause the dreaded "chain suck". Maybe a light oil is better...
01-30-14, 03:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,024
Posted By jim hughes

86 Trek 2000

I'm bringing this bike to the Twin City Bike Swap in Blaine (Minnesota) on Feb 9.
http://www.twincitiesbikeswap.com/

It's an 86 Trek 2000 with every original piece in place, except for tires...
01-24-14, 04:50 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,982
Posted By jim hughes

Oh I see what you mean. I assumed the OP was...

Oh I see what you mean. I assumed the OP was talking about a run of bare cable.

Nice blog!
01-24-14, 11:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,982
Posted By jim hughes

? You're kidding, right?

?

You're kidding, right?
01-24-14, 11:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,982
Posted By jim hughes

The donuts never stay where you want them, they...

The donuts never stay where you want them, they work their way to the ends.
12-21-13, 05:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 995
Posted By jim hughes

In my experience, almost any lube works, it's a...

In my experience, almost any lube works, it's a non-critical application. I think I used Pedro's grease last time.
12-07-13, 05:20 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,998
Posted By jim hughes

Minneapolis. I'll take it down to maybe 5 above...

Minneapolis. I'll take it down to maybe 5 above zero, if there isn't much wind. Others around here go even lower.
12-03-13, 12:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,939
Posted By jim hughes

Holy smoke. Please install a GPS feed so I can...

Holy smoke. Please install a GPS feed so I can identify your vehicle and stay a half mile behind it.

I sometimes see some of this family bike madness on the highway - 3 mountain bikes banging up...
11-30-13, 04:54 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,421
Posted By jim hughes

I use T-9 in the winter and it works well. But...

I use T-9 in the winter and it works well. But is Chain-L any less sticky? The problem here in Minneapolis is the sand that's dumped on the streets (and, for some incomprehensible reason, on the...
10-03-13, 10:55 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,308
Posted By jim hughes

Not worth the time or the money - unless maybe...

Not worth the time or the money - unless maybe you can get a set of good components for next to nothing.
08-24-13, 10:48 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,564
Posted By jim hughes

What happens is the brain, surrounded by fluid,...

What happens is the brain, surrounded by fluid, bounces back and forth against the inside of the skull. In my case that resulted in a concussion and a couple of slow leaks in blood vessels, which...
08-24-13, 09:58 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,564
Posted By jim hughes

The screw backed out because this was a 70s era...

The screw backed out because this was a 70s era deraileur that relied on a small spring around the screw which is compressed as the screw is tightened, and is supposed to keep the adjustment from...
08-23-13, 05:00 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,564
Posted By jim hughes

A couple of years ago, I was cycling at about a...

A couple of years ago, I was cycling at about a walking pace, about to go up a hill. I shifted all the way down - and the limit screw must have backed out over time, because the chain went over the...
07-28-13, 01:19 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,045
Posted By jim hughes

That comparison chart is interesting, but it...

That comparison chart is interesting, but it seems to me that it ignores a very important factor, which is - how long does a lubricant last? WD-40 is actually in the group, although if you try to...
07-18-13, 07:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,945
Posted By jim hughes

I too am picky about this, and I've used a...

I too am picky about this, and I've used a carpenter's square. Put one side against the leading (front) edge of the bars, the other side heading straight out over the wheel starting from the center...
07-09-13, 05:39 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 39,531
Posted By jim hughes

I just skimmed most of this thread, and the...

I just skimmed most of this thread, and the Cambium sounds like exactly what I want. The price is high, but it's a new product aimed at the high end. If it were available, I'd buy one right now. ...
07-01-13, 02:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By jim hughes

I love the title of this thread.

I love the title of this thread.
06-21-13, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 645
Posted By jim hughes

The kit they give you is just their best guess on...

The kit they give you is just their best guess on what will work out, somehow, for most bikes. I think it's assumed that we're going to cut and trim as necessary. I've put fenders on a lot of...
06-19-13, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 836
Posted By jim hughes

They look retro cool. They can also be handy...

They look retro cool.

They can also be handy when adjusting the brakes.

As far as "guiding" the tire when installing the wheel - I never got that one. Maybe if you had the DTs and couldn't...
06-16-13, 04:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By jim hughes

This is an insult to the fine people at Bic. ...

This is an insult to the fine people at Bic. Their lighters are exactly as good as they need to be. Walmart bikes on the other hand are exactly 1/2 as good as they need to be.
06-15-13, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 489
Posted By jim hughes

As with any bike question, you'll get conflicting...

As with any bike question, you'll get conflicting advice. I can say though that I've ridden tubulars many times that had been on for years and never had any shifting or squirming of the tire. But...
05-26-13, 07:37 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,912
Posted By jim hughes

The 'tire jack' works, I have to use it with my...

The 'tire jack' works, I have to use it with my snow tires. Some combinations of rim and tire are just murder to mount, no one seems to know exactly why and there might be various reasons involving...
05-03-13, 03:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,187
Posted By jim hughes

You're sure they need to be cleaned - a bolt with...

You're sure they need to be cleaned - a bolt with some anti-sieze on it won't thread in? Really just curious - I'm not an expert on powder coat and don't know how thick it might be. But a tap...
04-30-13, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By jim hughes

Maybe there was something trapped inside the...

Maybe there was something trapped inside the tire, which fell out when you removed the tube. You could look for a corresponding mark inside the tire.
04-16-13, 12:47 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,956
Posted By jim hughes

A friend used to say that "we live in the Age of...

A friend used to say that "we live in the Age of Information, which hopefully will be followed by the Age of Correct Information". Think about all the rubbish on the internet today. Sheldon's...
04-15-13, 05:47 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,050
Posted By jim hughes

And therein lies the crux of the matter. People...

And therein lies the crux of the matter. People without knowledge of chemistry want to know "what's in it" but aren't really capable of understanding the answer. It's probably not just a...
04-15-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,050
Posted By jim hughes

The WD-40 formula is like the Kennedy...

The WD-40 formula is like the Kennedy assassination. Tons of authoritative-sounding analysis. All sorts of facts. Various interpretations. Wild sounding claims. It's simple, except it's not. ...
03-06-13, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,085
Posted By jim hughes

[yawn] We want it, don't we? But I've been...

[yawn]

We want it, don't we? But I've been seeing these demo videos for years and years. It never gets any closer to becoming a consumer product.

I hope to use it on my flying car.
01-19-13, 04:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,152
Posted By jim hughes

Been there, done that - went through 2 of them in...

Been there, done that - went through 2 of them in 3 years. 3 speed hubs - at least the ones I tried - are low-cost assemblies for low-cost bikes. They're definitely not 'sealed' and in the winter...
01-18-13, 03:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,266
Posted By jim hughes

IMHO V-brakes are cr@p. They work acceptably...

IMHO V-brakes are cr@p. They work acceptably when everything is in absolutely perfect adjustment and alignment - and that typically lasts for 3 miles.
01-17-13, 10:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,152
Posted By jim hughes

I ride in Minneapolis and have had problematic...

I ride in Minneapolis and have had problematic slush buildup on the cogs - but very rarely. My suggestion would be to carry one of the tiny 3 oz WD40 spray cans with you.

No way would I try to...
01-17-13, 10:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,505
Posted By jim hughes

I wear a baclava and pull it down below my mouth...

I wear a baclava and pull it down below my mouth but over my chin - I guess the beard offers a little protection. Once I get going, there's no way I can take in enough air through my nose alone; it...
01-09-13, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,003
Posted By jim hughes

What bikenh said about sunny vs. overcast days is...

What bikenh said about sunny vs. overcast days is very true. As is what he says about starting with short rides. Each of us needs to find out, by experimentation, what works, and it seems to be...
01-09-13, 05:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,003
Posted By jim hughes

Winter cycling is 10% about the bike, 90% about...

Winter cycling is 10% about the bike, 90% about the clothes - and you'll need a serious upgrade. 18-23F is cold, especially if there's any wind. Forget anything made of cotton and get some quality...
01-08-13, 07:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,076
Posted By jim hughes

I just laugh at these macho guys who claim they...

I just laugh at these macho guys who claim they never use tire levers themselves and say they shouldn't be necessary. I have a really tough combination of rims and Nokian snow tires here, and I'll...
01-05-13, 11:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,726
Posted By jim hughes

As I recall, there were a lot of C&H strips...

As I recall, there were a lot of C&H strips covering Dad's cycing, winter and summer.
01-03-13, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 956
Posted By jim hughes

I went down today, on studded tires. Here in...

I went down today, on studded tires. Here in Minneapolis, the hard icy ruts can take you down no matter what tires you have.
01-03-13, 11:42 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

We call it "salt" but the average person has no...

We call it "salt" but the average person has no idea what chemicals are actually being dumped on the roads or what their destructive effects might be. (They're unnecessary and counterproductive in...
01-03-13, 11:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Here in Minneapolis, that's an understatement to...

Here in Minneapolis, that's an understatement to say the least.

LPS 3 sounds interesting, I've heard of it, but I fear it might attract and hold dirt.

I do clean and wax the bike in the winter....
01-02-13, 09:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Well as with most threads, this one is wandering...

Well as with most threads, this one is wandering off topic. I guess what I want doesn't exist - yet.

I might try an alcohol-based window cleaner.
01-02-13, 09:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Sorry but I'm missing your point. I have no real...

Sorry but I'm missing your point. I have no real problems with the derailleur in the winter - as per my original post. It sometimes picks up wet crud but it continues to work, and is easily cleaned...
01-02-13, 09:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Sometimes I do wash the bike in the winter, and...

Sometimes I do wash the bike in the winter, and then I use a pump spray car wax on it - but as with WD40, I have to avoid getting it on the pads and rims.
01-02-13, 09:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Hmm actually compressed air might accomplish...

Hmm actually compressed air might accomplish something. I don't want the slush blown all over the room, though.
01-02-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

I think you somewhat missed my point - I want to...

I think you somewhat missed my point - I want to displace the water from my brakes (cantilevers) as well, but don't want to spray WD40 directly on the brakes. I could (and have) use cardboard or a...
01-02-13, 08:39 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 15,556
Posted By jim hughes

I ride in Minnesota winters and I wouldn't expect...

I ride in Minnesota winters and I wouldn't expect good things from a chain case. The reason is, it's not going to keep out 100% of the slush, but on the the other hand, what gets in will tend to...
01-02-13, 08:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

Maybe I should use WD40 on everything and just...

Maybe I should use WD40 on everything and just get used to squeezing the brake levers harder. :)
01-02-13, 05:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,198
Posted By jim hughes

imagining a non-greasy water-displacing product

I ride in the winter and if the derailleur loads up with ice and slush, I spray WD40 on it to chase all the water out. Works great. But the brakes load up too and obviously I can't spary WD40 all...
12-29-12, 08:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By jim hughes

I live in Minneapolis so you won't get any...

I live in Minneapolis so you won't get any argument from me. :)

I use Nokian W106s, also studded but not as heavily lugged. The main danger is the icy ruts and maybe the Extremes have an...
12-29-12, 05:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 931
Posted By jim hughes

Just not getting the single speed thing,...

Just not getting the single speed thing, especially in winter. I might have to drop all the way down to climb a mushy hill. But then I hit a mile of bare pavement and don't want to be madly...
12-27-12, 12:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 763
Posted By jim hughes

I'll never buy gloves or mittens again without...

I'll never buy gloves or mittens again without trying them on. Sizes and proportions are all over the place.
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