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10-16-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

I haven’t worked on (nor even seen) a Campagnolo...

I haven’t worked on (nor even seen) a Campagnolo Power Torque bottom bracket. But looking at the installation instructions, it doesn’t seem to be that much different from Shimano Hollowtech. It...
10-16-21, 01:51 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Promises. Promises. The discussion...

Promises. Promises.



The discussion isn’t about complexity. You are the one who brought up externals bottom brackets. The article also doesn’t really support your point about external bottom...
10-16-21, 09:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

I have no idea how you can read what I wrote (or...

I have no idea how you can read what I wrote (or write) and reach the conclusions you do. I did not say that there is “no real superior benefit to external BB”. There clearly is. Installation and...
10-15-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

It doesn’t matter what kind of bottom bracket is...

It doesn’t matter what kind of bottom bracket is used. With the exception of loose bearing bottom brackets…of which, I have destroyed many…no bottom bracket type is better than any other one in my...
Forum: Touring
10-15-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By cyccommute

You are using that seat collar wrong. It’s meant...

You are using that seat collar wrong. It’s meant to replace the original seatpost collar. I’ve had to use them on my wife’s tiny bikes because the rack stays are too short for the distance to the...
10-15-21, 04:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Your argument is like the arguments about steel...

Your argument is like the arguments about steel vs X, where X is any other material that will aspolde because it isn’t steel. Lots of people have said that the original cartridge type bearing like...
10-15-21, 04:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Shimano hubs and most pedals are different. ...

Shimano hubs and most pedals are different. Almost all Shimano hubs are meant to be rebuilt. Some aftermarket pedals are meant to be rebuilt (but don’t need to be all that often). Others pedals...
10-15-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 680
Posted By cyccommute

Although I don’t agree with the way Bill Kapaun’s...

Although I don’t agree with the way Bill Kapaun’s delivery, his message is correct. It’s just not worth the effort to disassemble and reassemble a cartridge bearing. They are just too cheap. Nor...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 361
Posted By cyccommute

While the ACA routes can occasionally be on a...

While the ACA routes can occasionally be on a busy road, there is a reason for that. Often there is no other alternative. This is especially true of the western routes. But they generally avoid...
Forum: Touring
10-14-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 512
Posted By cyccommute

Just use that fence. ...

Just use that fence.
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Or signpost
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10-14-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 640
Posted By cyccommute

It’s very common in Durango on the Las Animas...

It’s very common in Durango on the Las Animas River. They tube through the middle of town. It’s also popular in Golden, CO on Clear Creek.
10-13-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By cyccommute

Based on what? A new member asking a fairly...

Based on what? A new member asking a fairly routine question about wheel building is not a “troll” post. It’s a simple question about a very unsimple topic.
10-12-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By cyccommute

To be fair cxwrench could do some chilling as...

To be fair cxwrench could do some chilling as well. If you are going to take the time to respond, why not be helpful? Wheel building is a bit of a daunting task and saying “figure it out for...
Forum: Commuting
10-11-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 776
Posted By cyccommute

I wouldn’t say that Brooks (or nonBrooks) saddle...

I wouldn’t say that Brooks (or nonBrooks) saddle should all have divots. Mine have never developed divots of any kind. The brown one on the right is 20+ years old and the one on the left is of a...
10-11-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Probably lubing a chain. “Exhaust fumes” really...

Probably lubing a chain. “Exhaust fumes” really aren’t a thing anymore. Catalytic converters remove unburned hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide. I had a discussion with a fellow chemist who is a...
Forum: Touring
10-11-21, 05:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,871
Posted By cyccommute

Forgot about that those. Yea, they have failed...

Forgot about that those. Yea, they have failed me more times and I kept trying them. At least it took less time to learn my lesson on the filter.

And, you are correct that I won’t use...
Forum: Touring
10-11-21, 08:38 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,871
Posted By cyccommute

I’m not dumb enough to be burned twice. I said...

I’m not dumb enough to be burned twice. I said nothing about you.



Maybe he should have “tested it at home” so that he would never, ever, ever have an issue with equipment while away from...
10-11-21, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By cyccommute

Thanks for the pictures. Yes, it ‘tis an odd...

Thanks for the pictures. Yes, it ‘tis an odd duck. You might try a front cable hanger using the fender bolt (red arrow below). I can’t tell for sure but I doubt the hole goes all the way through the...
10-10-21, 09:11 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,064
Posted By cyccommute

I often seek out US made products. Six of my 10...

I often seek out US made products. Six of my 10 bikes have US frames (2 Cannondale touring bikes, a Dean hardtail mountain, a Moots YBB for bikepacking, a Dean fast bike, and a Cannondale tandem)....
10-09-21, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By cyccommute

You want a continuous run of cable housing or you...

You want a continuous run of cable housing or you want some kind of socket to put the two pieces of ferrule into. Just butting them into each other won’t be sufficient. If you look at the front of...
10-09-21, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By cyccommute

First you have to measure the hub and rim. This...

First you have to measure the hub and rim. This article from Park (https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/determining-spoke-length-for-wheel-building) is a good article on the measurements you...
10-08-21, 09:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 752
Posted By cyccommute

Trying to make the STI brake levers work with...

Trying to make the STI brake levers work with linear brakes is difficult and seldom results in a good outcome. Travel agents, in my experience, are futz. You would get better results with a...
10-08-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 504
Posted By cyccommute

Read the Hjertberg link above. It has a good...

Read the Hjertberg link above. It has a good explanation of why bending both spokes is a good idea.
10-08-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 608
Posted By cyccommute

I have a Hozan C-700 spoke threader. I have had...

I have a Hozan C-700 spoke threader. I have had done this before when I had an overabundance of spokes that are close to the right length and I’m using double walled rims. It works but you should...
10-08-21, 09:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 504
Posted By cyccommute

That’s where I got my technique. I learned how...

That’s where I got my technique. I learned how to build wheels from his series that started in March 1986 Bicycling magazine. He has a link to the original text...
10-07-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 504
Posted By cyccommute

The Park method of lacing is what I use and...

The Park method of lacing is what I use and teach. It’s easier to keep track of the spokes. The other method uses key spokes and a whole lot of counting. I only have to count one spoke and that...
10-07-21, 12:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,622
Posted By cyccommute

It’s really a shame too. SRAM makes (or made)...

It’s really a shame too. SRAM makes (or made) really good front derailers. Shimano’s have always been hit or miss. If you go with the expensive ones, it’s almost always “miss”. My two favorite...
10-07-21, 12:01 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Yes. Yes it is that challenging. “Wax”...

Yes. Yes it is that challenging.



“Wax” isn’t used in moisturizers. Shea butter or some other fatty acid is used. Fatty acid might work on a chain but it is subject to oxidation through either...
10-07-21, 10:28 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

No, it is not. There are lots of chemicals that...

No, it is not. There are lots of chemicals that have a minimum threshold of toxicity and even have benefit. Sodium chloride…”salt”…for example is toxic in high amounts and beneficial in lower...
10-07-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Emulsion waxes are challenging. If they were...

Emulsion waxes are challenging. If they were easy, we would have had Squirt and Smoove 40 years ago. DIY probably isn’t going to happen. You’d need an emulsifier that probably isn’t something you...
10-07-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

And, again, why? Do you not see the problem? If...

And, again, why? Do you not see the problem? If you use boiling water to remove the wax, more boiling water after waxing is just going to remove the wax. Why not just skip the waxing in the...
10-06-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

If you are using wax, there should be nothing in...

If you are using wax, there should be nothing in the wax or stuck to the wax that causes problems. I’ve used hot wax in the past and I use solution waxes now. There is no need for cleaning because...
10-06-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Through an asbestos face mask? Cool:thumb:

Through an asbestos face mask? Cool:thumb:
10-06-21, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

Bestine’s SDS...

Bestine’s SDS (http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/msds/Bestine-Solvent-Thinner-Union-Rubber-Inc-2000.pdf) says that is is 100% heptane.



Not since August, 2019. The SDS...
10-06-21, 04:44 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Why? What purpose does the boiling water serve...

Why? What purpose does the boiling water serve before putting it in wax and what purpose does it serve after? If the water melts the wax before putting it in wax, the water is going to melt the wax...
10-06-21, 04:28 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

No. Polytetrafluroethylene is not building up in...

No. Polytetrafluroethylene is not building up in our blood. Some flurocarbons are building up in our blood but not polytetrafluroethylene. You could eat spoonfuls of the stuff and it would not do...
10-05-21, 09:43 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Teflon won’t end up floating in the ocean. It’s...

Teflon won’t end up floating in the ocean. It’s 2.2g/mL while water is 1.0g/mL. Not all “plastics” are lighter than water. The real problem here is that if you exist in this age, you have as much...
10-05-21, 05:58 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

I really hate this “PFAS” thing that is going on...

I really hate this “PFAS” thing that is going on now. While PTFE or polytetraflouroethylene is a polyfluoroalkyl substance, it’s not on the same level as other chemicals that are causing issues. ...
10-05-21, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

Bestine is relatively safe. It’s almost...

Bestine is relatively safe. It’s almost completely heptane which, along with acetone, is what is listed in the Rema SDS for cans of vulcanizing fluid. Because it is a saturated hydrocarbon, it is...
10-05-21, 08:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

They seem to be using heptane and acetone now...

They seem to be using heptane and acetone now according to the SDS. Trichloroethylene (TCE) seems to have been used in older formulations. Changing to heptane and acetone may have necessitated some...
10-04-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 374
Posted By cyccommute

Acetone might work but it would be best to test...

Acetone might work but it would be best to test it in small amounts first to see if there is a problem rather than waste the whole batch.



Air doesn’t cause any problems with the vulcanizing...
10-04-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Not “fuming”. Smoking. Fuming is different. ...

Not “fuming”. Smoking. Fuming is different. This description (https://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/worksafe/gases-vapours-smoke-and-fumes) is a good explanation although I would say that “fumes” are...
10-04-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

Yes, “liquid wax” is usually wax in a solvent....

Yes, “liquid wax” is usually wax in a solvent. The solvent evaporates and leaves the wax behind. However the health effects of volatile solvent depends on the nature of the solvent. Water is volatile...
10-04-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 2,130
Posted By cyccommute

No. It’s not going to happen just by heating the...

No. It’s not going to happen just by heating the wax. Nor would it happen if you got the wax to smoking temperature. The study that they are (well, aren’t) quoting suggests that burning candles...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By cyccommute

Check to see if the frame is broken. I broke one...

Check to see if the frame is broken. I broke one after about 20,000 miles. Firth and Wilson Transport Cycles (https://www.transportcycle.com/frame-shop/brooks-saddle-repair/) can repair them

...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 09:02 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,871
Posted By cyccommute

Perhaps a bad choice of words. They weren’t...

Perhaps a bad choice of words. They weren’t meant to apply to anyone other than myself. If I offended, I apologize.

That said, I was burned very badly by my experience with Sawyer. I don’t...
Forum: Touring
10-04-21, 08:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,518
Posted By cyccommute

You seem to be assuming that there is a defined...

You seem to be assuming that there is a defined lifetime for a bicycle frame. What would you estimate is that “lifetime”? I have tracked mileage on my bicycles since 1989. I have yet to see a...
10-03-21, 11:16 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,953
Posted By cyccommute

Anything in a turn wants to go in a straight...

Anything in a turn wants to go in a straight line. That’s just physics. Centripetal force (not centrifugal) is the force applied by the tire friction that is used to pull the bike (or other object)...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 635
Posted By cyccommute

You are going to find that you are up against a...

You are going to find that you are up against a problem of finding a bike that is small enough. Please don’t put him on a bike that is even a little too big. You wouldn’t be comfortable on a bike...
Forum: Touring
10-03-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,600
Posted By cyccommute

You can’t really “see” how thick or thin the wall...

You can’t really “see” how thick or thin the wall of a bicycle tube is by just looking at the vent holes. Someone doing the repair who isn’t familiar with bicycles…by far the most likely...
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