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09-01-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 770
Posted By FordTrax

GORTEX for Cycling? Suggestions for cycling jackets.

Is GORTEX and good material for a cycling jacket? Is it breathable enough for the average cyclist that is not really hammering down?

Suggestions for a cycling jackets?
09-01-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 523
Posted By FordTrax

Waterproof Shoe for Cycling

Okay, I am a pretty active road cyclist, probably 100+ miles a week. However, I do not clip in. I ride with partial toe clips and running shoes. I can maintain 13-14 mph and if I want to stop and...
08-25-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 707
Posted By FordTrax

Cycling TV & Tour De France - Options?

I enjoy watching the TDF and know it starts in a few days. I would also like to watch other cycle races.

What options are there for watching cycling on TV in the USA?
08-25-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 2,360
Posted By FordTrax

Always

Since my distance vision is still good - but I wear 2.5x readers for close work - I had pair of photochromatic Trivex lens put in ANSI frames with my reading prescription set very low. That way I...
08-15-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By FordTrax

Thank you

I ordered a Soma Champ Elysees Rear Rack (tubular stainless steel) and my local bike shop is trying to get me some 14mm Tubus Rack Clamps that Cyccommuter recommended. I think that rack will be...
08-14-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By FordTrax

Other Option = Tailfin

My other option would be a Tailfin Rack. Which is certainly not retro and it is not cheap but it mounts of special quick release skewers that have pegs on the ends for the rack to mount to and a...
08-14-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By FordTrax

Huge Nuisance = That is what I was wondering if...

Huge Nuisance = That is what I was wondering if this was going to be the case.
08-14-20, 07:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 362
Posted By FordTrax

Mounting A Rear Rack via QR Skewer - Advice

I built up a really nice steel road frame with no brazons for rack mounting. I have rear racks on all my other bikes and thought I could live without one on this really nice steel road frame. I tried...
02-29-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By FordTrax

TomTom, Thanks for the link to that spoke...

TomTom,

Thanks for the link to that spoke calculator. I ran the numbers and book marked it for future use.

Looks like: 288s for the front and 285/287s for the rear. 12mm ...
02-29-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By FordTrax

I met to say 12mm nipples. So they would be 12mm...

I met to say 12mm nipples. So they would be 12mm nipples that are for 14 gauge spokes.

Russ: so you are recommending: 288 mm Front and 285 & 287 mm Rear?
02-28-20, 09:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 229
Posted By FordTrax

Spoke Length - Please check my numbers

I have a pair of H Plus Archetype 700 rims and a set of Miche Primato Syntesi hubs. They are 36 hole and I plan to run 2.0/1.8/2.0 spokes. 3x Lacing. The Archetypes are suppose to be 595 per the...
02-13-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 207
Posted By FordTrax

Opinions - DT Swiss TK7.1 vs H Plus Archetype

I have accumulated a bunch of parts for my new steel road bike build. It is a very nice frame with a Enve Carbon Fork. It is pretty light for a steel frame. I have a lovely Sugino Alpina ii Crank set...
01-25-20, 04:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By FordTrax

CC Drop4

I did not think CC made Inegrated headsets. But it looks like they do. I shot them an e-mail to see if that would work. They have a great selection of colors including silver. Thanks.
01-25-20, 11:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By FordTrax

It is an Electric Blue Fairdale Goodship Frame. ...

It is an Electric Blue Fairdale Goodship Frame. Never built.

Looking at the Fairdale website they sell the built electric blue Goodship with a FSA Impact Pro Internal Headset. The specs on...
01-25-20, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 250
Posted By FordTrax

Recommend a SILVER Integrated Headset - Campy Spec

For my steel frame build I need a quality Integrated Headset in Silver. It is a nice frame I have picked up a number of silver components including a lovely Sugine Alpina crankset.

Integrated...
01-18-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,691
Posted By FordTrax

Advice - Mavic Open Pro vs H Plus Archetype Rims

Trying to decide which rim to buy and I am not very well versed when it comes to rims. Here are the facts:

Bike: Steel Road Frame
700 x 28mm Tires with Tubes
Rim Brakes
...
01-17-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By FordTrax

Help Please - Need A Front Derailleur Recommendation

I am building up a nice steel frame as something of a vintage steel bike. I have several modern bikes so wanted to do something different. I plan on running friction shifters. I plan to go 9...
12-29-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 158
Posted By FordTrax

Will Shimano 105 BR-R7000 Brakes & BL-R400 Levers Work Effectively

Okay, looking at the replies to my earlier post about some ultegra brakes the feeling was they may work with 28mm tires but it would be close. So if I I bought a set of Shimano R7000 Brakes (105...
12-27-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,222
Posted By FordTrax

Shimano 6700 (Ultegra) Brakes - 28mm Tire - Okay?

I have a nice lightly used steel road frame with a carbon fork. It is supposed to take up to 28mm tires. I have a chance to buy a basically new set of take off Shimano Ulegra 6700 caliper brakes. ...
06-19-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By FordTrax

Help with Bike Brake Upgrade

I found an old 1980s bike with single pull caliper brakes on it. It is a nice frame. I want to upgrade the bike and resto-mod it. I plan to go from 27" to 700c rims in the future.

I...
06-10-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 986
Posted By FordTrax

Grips for Bullhorn Bar - suggestions

I have a set of Velo-Orange Crazy Bars - with the bull horns built in. I was wondering what alternative there is to the black spongy foam slip on grip material. The bull-horns are 23.8mm. Not...
06-10-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By FordTrax

Shifters for Travel Bike using Easy Split Connectors?

I am looking to convert an old road frame to a travel bike with S&S connectors. I am giving some thought as to the type of shifting which would work best on a bike that will be uncoupled in the...
06-02-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By FordTrax

Contental Contact 32mm on 22mm internal width rim????

I have a spare set of rims that I measured to have about a 21.5-22mm internal rim width they are about 25mm wide on the outside. I would like to put a set of 32mm Continental Contact on for some...
06-01-19, 08:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 756
Posted By FordTrax

Frame Choice for S&S Connectors - Advice

I have several nice road bikes but I want a travel bike. I considered folding bikes but decided against that option. So I am going to go with S&S Connectors. I have been looking for a decent...
04-04-19, 05:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 977
Posted By FordTrax

Torque Wrench Should it Be Calibrated

I ordered a ProBike Torque Wrench from Amazon - it had a ton of good reviews and was less than 60 bucks. It is a 2-20 Newton Meter range. It is supposed to be calibrated to 4-6% variance from the...
03-31-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 504
Posted By FordTrax

Prescription Cycling Glasses - Tint Selection

I am waiting for my prescription from the eye doctor's office and I am going to order a set of prescription cycling glasses. I plan on going with no line bifocals with my reading correction set low...
03-24-19, 06:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By FordTrax

This is an interesting thread - lot of good info....

This is an interesting thread - lot of good info. I am glad I asked. I have also noticed the above is also often true on modern frames. But definitely worth me remembering since I ride saddle...
03-24-19, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By FordTrax

Okay. So just focus on my inseam for vintage...

Okay. So just focus on my inseam for vintage bikes because that is the way they were sized back then. So if I have a 33" inseam no shoes I am probably goood with a bike around 32.5" max since my...
03-24-19, 10:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By FordTrax

I live near Harrisburg, PA. When you say...

I live near Harrisburg, PA.

When you say "center to center" I assume you mean center of the crank (spindle) to the point on the seat tube which intersects the center of the top tube. However, I...
03-24-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 878
Posted By FordTrax

Modern Bike Frame Size vs Vintage Bike Frame Size

I have a couple of modern road bikes but I would like to find a nice vintage steel frame and restore it or update it a bit depending on what I find. I want something like a sport tour or touring...
03-09-19, 06:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By FordTrax

H Plus Hydra Rims - Any Experience??

I am about 215lbs and want to build up a new wheelset for my disc brake road bike. I run Panaracer Gravel King (file tread) 32x700 tires with measure out at about 33mm. I am leaning towards the H...
03-07-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks

I called the eye doctor and requested a price on brown photochromatics with anti-glare coating in my prescription. I am not going to take a chance on polarization - and the chance that I will not...
03-03-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By FordTrax

"I use photo-chromatic when I'm up against dawn...

"I use photo-chromatic when I'm up against dawn or dusk in my ride, but other times I use lenses that are contrast enhancing - like Oakley Prizm trail or road. I have tried polarized and don't like...
03-03-19, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 764
Posted By FordTrax

Cycling Glasses - Polarized or Photochromatic?? What to you ride in?

I would like some advice. I am in my mid-50s and need reading glasses in order to do any kind of close up work; e.g. read, repair bike, use cell phone. Pretty much anything close in. I have a...
02-19-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 693
Posted By FordTrax

Changing From a Triple to Double Crank - Spindle/Chainline??

My Salsa Casseroll has a triple crankset on the bike. I am upgrading it to 10 speed. If I replace the triple with a "adventure" double, like the Velo Orange 46/30 crankset with a stated chainline...
02-14-19, 05:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,427
Posted By FordTrax

Microshift Thumb Shifters or Is There a Better Option?

I am upgrading my Salsa Casseroll and have received a lot of help with upgrade choices on this forum; so I thought I would run this idea past you folks. I am going to change the bke to flat bars...
01-25-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,002
Posted By FordTrax

H Plus Son Archetype Rims - Good Rims for a Larger Guy?

I would like to get a better wheelset for my endurance road bike. I am a larger guy at 215lbs and am looking for something that would take 32 spokes front and rear. Obviously I would like a...
01-24-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 427
Posted By FordTrax

Upgrade Cantilever Brakes on Salsa Casserole

I have a nice Salsa Casserole that I ride from time to time but is not my primary ride. I really like the bike and the kind of vintage look with the all silver components. I recently purchased a...
10-14-18, 03:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,207
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks Palmer. I greatly appreciate the...

Thanks Palmer. I greatly appreciate the feedback.

Other than the kind of retro look to the brakes. One of the attractions is they use road pads which I should be able to just replace the...
10-13-18, 07:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By FordTrax

Shimano Rotors with TRP Slate Calipers

I have a nice pair of Shimano 160mm centerlock rotors that a friend gave to me a couple months ago. He needed 6 bolt. I purchased a set of centerlock wheels from BWW and they should be here next...
10-12-18, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,207
Posted By FordTrax

VO Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakeset - Anyone Tried Them?

Has anyone had any experience with the Velo Orange Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakes? I have an older road bike that is fairly retro looking and I thought this cantilever brakeset would look...
10-04-18, 07:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 323
Posted By FordTrax

Selecting a Wheelset - Down to 3 Choices - Any Thoughts

Based on some recommendations I am looking for a 29er wheelset for an "all road" bike build I am working on. The bike frame is a commuter/medium touring frame but the geometry is pretty close to a...
10-01-18, 05:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,836
Posted By FordTrax

Michelin Protek Cross vs Protek Cross Max

As you are aware I am working on building an "all road" bike. However, in the interim I have an opportunity to do a short (30 miles) gravel ride and I want to try it out.

My first real road...
09-30-18, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By FordTrax

I am not $450 brave so there will be no epoxying...

I am not $450 brave so there will be no epoxying into the steer tube ;)

That Specialized Plug looks interesting - I watched a youtube vid of a guy showing how to remove one. I see you tighten...
09-30-18, 05:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By FordTrax

Expander/Compression Plug for Carbon Steer

I have a Rodeo Labs Spork Carbon Fork for my upcoming build. It looks very nice. I need a plug for the steer tube - not sure what the real term is - it seems like they are called differently on...
09-24-18, 05:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,052
Posted By FordTrax

Difference Between 700c & 29ER Wheelsets

I ordered a carbon fork with a 15mm TA - disc brake. As was mentioned here in an earlier post there are a lot of wheelsets that have a 15mm TA front wheel. I plan to run between a 38-42mm tire on...
09-20-18, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,352
Posted By FordTrax

What Size Front Thru Axle - 12mm vs 15mm - to future proof bike?

I am building an "all road" bike that will run 700c x say 40mm tires. The frame requires a 12mm x 142mm rear. The question is what thru axle is best for the fork - most can come 15mm x 100mm or...
09-17-18, 05:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 786
Posted By FordTrax

Fork Options - For a All Road Build - Niner/Rodeo/Fyxation/Enve

This would be for an all road build on a Lynskey Backroad frame. I want to be able to use disc brakes, 40 something mm 700c tires, thru axle. Some mounts would be nice for more flexibility. ...
09-17-18, 04:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 607
Posted By FordTrax

Thanks, TR I got a bit worried there. I am...

Thanks, TR I got a bit worried there. I am fairly familiar with road bike components but not with MTB. I believe the XT Crankset comes with a 68/73 BB and my frame requires a 68mm English. I...
09-16-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 607
Posted By FordTrax

My frame has 142mm Thru Axle which I believe is =...

My frame has 142mm Thru Axle which I believe is = 135mm QR. I think 135mm is the mountain standard and road is 130mm. So I thought I would be okay with a MTB Triple.
Am I incorrect on this? I...
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