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Forum: Road Cycling
08-12-14, 05:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,795
Posted By Altbark

Everybody should have at least one singlespeed. ...

Everybody should have at least one singlespeed. It'll make you a better spinner. I love running mine. It can be a bit of a drag when getting hammered by a headwind. I like the simplicity and the...
08-12-14, 05:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By Altbark

I have two bikes with bar cons. One is an...

I have two bikes with bar cons. One is an Ultegra equipped road bike - 2 X 10. The second is a Cannondale T1 - 3 X 9 friction shift. I have routed the shift cables under the bar tape all the way...
05-28-14, 04:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,173
Posted By Altbark

SRAM chains appropriate to the drivetrain. I...

SRAM chains appropriate to the drivetrain. I never pay more than $20. Work well and last a long time.

Lube? Something that doesn't cause rust. Al
02-24-14, 05:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,377
Posted By Altbark

Can't speak to CF bikes but the owner's manual...

Can't speak to CF bikes but the owner's manual for my Cannondale T1 warns against hanging the bike by the top tube. The potential for structural damage, not cosmetic, is the reason.

What does the...
12-07-13, 05:49 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,111
Posted By Altbark

You shouldn't be annoyed. You get to start the...

You shouldn't be annoyed. You get to start the thread and that's just about it. The beauty of forum type discussions is that they tend to wander a bit while staying close to the original topic.

...
12-06-13, 04:24 PM
Forum: Touring
11-19-13, 08:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,678
Posted By Altbark

First, all black bears can climb. That's not the...

First, all black bears can climb. That's not the issue. Bears are normally a non-issue for folks who know how to bear proof. Hammocks are just an alternative to a tent. Nothing more.

Climbers...
Forum: Touring
11-18-13, 05:36 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,678
Posted By Altbark

You can't string a hammock higher than you are...

You can't string a hammock higher than you are willing to fall. How do you propose to get into the hammock if you did manage to get the thing way up in a couple of trees? Bears would be the least...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-10-13, 05:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,722
Posted By Altbark

Just remember that the Titanico is more like a...

Just remember that the Titanico is more like a hammock than a traditional saddle. I've had mine for a few years now and it works just fine. The key is not to try and tension it like a traditional...
11-03-13, 05:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By Altbark

Yes it will work with index shifting. Friction...

Yes it will work with index shifting. Friction shifting can cause some minor performance issues for the FD (I friction shift my touring bike) . I'm presently using a friction shifted 9 speed setup...
10-27-13, 07:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,835
Posted By Altbark

All my tools were accumulated over the years. My...

All my tools were accumulated over the years. My basic mechanics tools were bought as kits - socket sets, srewdriver sets and so on. My bike specific tools were bought by the piece as required. It...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-20-13, 04:41 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,603
Posted By Altbark

It's a little late to ask that question, isn't...

It's a little late to ask that question, isn't it? Building a bike from parts is easy and satisfying to do if you are mechanically inclined. You can't build a bike from new parts cheaper than just...
10-18-13, 05:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,541
Posted By Altbark

You cetainly don't have to change out your bar...

You cetainly don't have to change out your bar end shifters if you don't want to. Route them under the bar tape and you'll be good to go. That's how I did it on both my Cannondale T1 tourer and my...
Forum: Touring
09-21-13, 06:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,581
Posted By Altbark

I was also looking for an alternative to flatbars...

I was also looking for an alternative to flatbars on my mountain to offroad touring bike conversion. Trekking bars are the cat's meow for some but not me. Using barends did help a bit but the fact...
09-05-13, 04:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,155
Posted By Altbark

Aside from cost and engineering, I think the main...

Aside from cost and engineering, I think the main reason for not adopting the use of grease fittings revolves around a couple of facts. First, bicycle bearings are under relatively low stress...
Forum: Touring
09-03-13, 07:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,632
Posted By Altbark

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the...

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the picture - the frame looks too small for the setup. I could be wrong but that's a lot of seatpost showing. Al
09-01-13, 07:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By Altbark

And your point is? You are making a generalized...

And your point is? You are making a generalized statement based upon a specific example. The reality is that all cuts are just as bad as they look. The question to be answered is whether the...
08-31-13, 07:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 297
Posted By Altbark

I'd keep the barrel adjuster though. The only...

I'd keep the barrel adjuster though. The only cable adjusting requirement for friction shifting is that the cable be tight enough to move the derailer through its entire range. That, of course, can...
08-28-13, 06:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,353
Posted By Altbark

This^^^. Al

This^^^. Al
08-28-13, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By Altbark

Not to stray too far off topic but isn't it...

Not to stray too far off topic but isn't it amazing how many fixed/singlespeeds you can see with the chain set up bar tight? You can barely turn the crank with the chain so badly jammed up.

Back...
08-27-13, 08:51 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,741
Posted By Altbark

The actual mileage on the saddle has little to do...

The actual mileage on the saddle has little to do with whether it will still work for you. Has it had a good life? I have a couple of Brooks saddles that should truly last me a lifetime but I take...
08-27-13, 05:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,741
Posted By Altbark

The reality is that a saddle built in 1970 has...

The reality is that a saddle built in 1970 has done its duty and probably should be retired. They don't last forever. Al
Forum: Touring
08-23-13, 04:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,549
Posted By Altbark

Plenty of lean-tos in the Adirondack Park. Most...

Plenty of lean-tos in the Adirondack Park. Most lean-tos are off the roads and on trails. A lot of the trails are for hikers and not bikers. Lean-tos are mostly a first come first served...
08-22-13, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 672
Posted By Altbark

The Park manual is pretty good. But you don't...

The Park manual is pretty good. But you don't really have to spend any money on a book. Google Sheldon Brown or Park Tools and you'll find all the tips you'll need. Aside from this forum, Youtube...
08-22-13, 04:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 672
Posted By Altbark

Buy a book and some tools and learn how to do it...

Buy a book and some tools and learn how to do it yourself. I do maintenance in the winter. Al
08-21-13, 05:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 803
Posted By Altbark

I keep the wheels on my bikes properly tuned and...

I keep the wheels on my bikes properly tuned and keep the brake pads close to the rims. I have no problems with modulation, power or reach. I expect my brakes to be as powerful as possible and I...
Forum: Touring
08-20-13, 04:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By Altbark

Actually, that post is probably the most...

Actually, that post is probably the most intelligent response to your request so far. Helmets don't need to be stored on a bike because you should be wearing the thing when you ride.

I have a...
Forum: Touring
08-20-13, 04:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,401
Posted By Altbark

Building your own bike is fun but don't do it to...

Building your own bike is fun but don't do it to save money because you can't match a bike company's ability to buy thousands of parts wholesale.

I would recommend haunting all the LBSs in your...
Forum: Road Cycling
08-18-13, 04:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,948
Posted By Altbark

I use B17 narrows on both my road bike and road...

I use B17 narrows on both my road bike and road singlespeed and I'm happy with the results. Of course, we are talking saddles so it really doesn't matter what I use. Al
08-18-13, 04:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,939
Posted By Altbark

Personally, I won't have cantis on any of my...

Personally, I won't have cantis on any of my bikes. Yes, they can be made to work very well. But they can also be a big pain to set up. V/linear pull brakes work very well with even the stock pads...
08-18-13, 04:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By Altbark

Is the top of the steerer threaded? If not -...

Is the top of the steerer threaded? If not - threadless. Al
Forum: Touring
08-17-13, 06:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 897
Posted By Altbark

Kona Lava Dome - Off-road Tourer

I live in the Trenton Ontario area. In addition to the usual roads that are available for doing battle with some of the most unaware drivers around, I am blessed with easy access to a snowmobile/ATV...
08-08-13, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,067
Posted By Altbark

You don't put a leather saddle on your bike for...

You don't put a leather saddle on your bike for looks. You put it on your bike for comfort. It's appearance will change with age and use. That tells all of us who might see your bike that you...
Forum: Touring
08-06-13, 07:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,324
Posted By Altbark

I've also contemplated putting a set on my...

I've also contemplated putting a set on my re-purposed Kona Lava Dome. My suggestion would be to mount the bars on what you've got and go from there. Stems a relatively cheap and it will become...
Forum: Touring
08-06-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,100
Posted By Altbark

I ride B17Ns on two of my bikes. One creaks and...

I ride B17Ns on two of my bikes. One creaks and the other doesn't. The fix. Nothing. I just don't care. Al
Forum: Touring
08-06-13, 07:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,416
Posted By Altbark

My Cannondale T1 is equipped with drop bars and...

My Cannondale T1 is equipped with drop bars and bar cons. I don't use a mirror on my bike because I subscibe to the theory that what you don't know or see can't hurt you. It seems to have worked so...
08-06-13, 04:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,299
Posted By Altbark

Tires are important. Booting a tire should be...

Tires are important. Booting a tire should be considered a temporary fix followed by tire replacement. Tire failures can result in a "no big deal inconvenience" to a rare life altering crash. ...
Forum: Touring
07-31-13, 05:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 942
Posted By Altbark

Nope, I got rid of the cantis on my Cannondale T1...

Nope, I got rid of the cantis on my Cannondale T1 and replaced them with Vs. Tektro makes a set of drop bar brake levers for V brakes (RL520). I friction shift my 3X9. AL
07-30-13, 04:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,663
Posted By Altbark

I don't think the outers do anything but sit...

I don't think the outers do anything but sit there given their design. The inner consists of individual strands twisted together to make a cable. I think the "stretch" comes from the strands...
07-28-13, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By Altbark

Everyone seems to be making the assumption that...

Everyone seems to be making the assumption that the chain was correctly sized to begin with. That may not be the case. It could in fact be too long to begin with. The OP doesn't say.

So, the OP...
07-28-13, 07:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 500
Posted By Altbark

Possibly. Probably. Depends on what you are...

Possibly. Probably. Depends on what you are using for a RD and how much slack was in your chain to begin with. Put your new cassette on the bike and do the big ring to big cog thing without going...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-26-13, 04:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,039
Posted By Altbark

Take the electric set and find a frame to put it...

Take the electric set and find a frame to put it on as required. Ever hear of N+1? Al
Forum: Touring
07-22-13, 12:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,718
Posted By Altbark

I bought a Nashbar intergrated frame and built a...

I bought a Nashbar intergrated frame and built a road bike from parts last year. Great bike. Sizing can be an issue when buying online but is easy to resolve. Measure one of your existing bikes...
07-19-13, 04:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 947
Posted By Altbark

You've had two mechanics, one at the LBS and...

You've had two mechanics, one at the LBS and FBinNY, give you some reasons why adding links to the chain might not be the best solution. But you are free to spend the bucks on a link or two and a...
07-19-13, 04:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 947
Posted By Altbark

Well the solution is obvious isn't it? Pony up...

Well the solution is obvious isn't it? Pony up the cash for a new chain, size it properly and be done with it. I personally use cheap SRAM chains but you could use whatever floats your boat. You...
Forum: Touring
07-18-13, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,634
Posted By Altbark

You can pull a trailer with anything as long as...

You can pull a trailer with anything as long as the "anything" has the gearing for the job. I pull a two wheeled trailer with my Cannondale T1 and like it a lot. Look for used because you are on a...
07-18-13, 07:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 947
Posted By Altbark

Obviously, big big isn't where you'd normally be....

Obviously, big big isn't where you'd normally be. Can you shift into and out of that combination and pedal backwards without jamming up the drivetrain? Can you still rotate the cage forwards a bit...
Forum: Touring
07-15-13, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By Altbark

vyborne, please have a look at your first post. ...

vyborne, please have a look at your first post. You want to do some light touring. You want to do some off road work. You want to do group rides and you want to race. They're all different things...
Forum: Touring
07-15-13, 02:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 538
Posted By Altbark

You really can't do all those things well with...

You really can't do all those things well with one bike. Sorry. So pick some place to start - say the road bike. Buy something stock, either new or used, and then figure out how the ratios work...
07-14-13, 01:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,524
Posted By Altbark

I'm definitely keeping the triple for the time...

I'm definitely keeping the triple for the time being. My Cannondale T1 is a truck. I pull a trailer with it. 95 GIs are more than enough top end and 17 GIs are the cat's whiskers when the going...
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