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07-03-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 435
Posted By John Valuk

Kool Stop Dual Compound?

My single-point-of-data personal anecdote...

My 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack has its original Shimano Acera-X cantis and Matrix Journey wheels. When I was waking it up a couple of years ago after a...
06-02-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 636
Posted By John Valuk

Hey, thanks for sharing that. I don't typically...

Hey, thanks for sharing that. I don't typically read The New Yorker, so I probably would not have seen that one.

My first exposure to Jill Lepore was her podcast, The Last Archive. Pretty good,...
05-31-22, 12:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By John Valuk

My brain tells me that I read one time on the...

My brain tells me that I read one time on the Lezyne web site that the Road Drive was Presta only. Checking there now, though, it states, "It comes with a Presta- and Shrader-compatible ABS Flex Hose...
05-30-22, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By John Valuk

I have both the Road Drive (large size) and the...

I have both the Road Drive (large size) and the Micro Floor Drive HP. For my everyday riding, the Road Drive gets the nod because it fits "just right" with the way I currently have things arranged in...
05-30-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By John Valuk

I gotta say, the Lezyne Road Drive feels like...

I gotta say, the Lezyne Road Drive feels like quality stuff to me.

My only concern was the unscrewing-the-valve-core-thing that I had read about, but in practice, that hasn't yet been a problem...
05-30-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By John Valuk

As a side note, I would add that the Lezyne Road...

As a side note, I would add that the Lezyne Road Drive is Presta only. That's fine for my bike, but I also carry in my kit one of the Schrader to Presta adapters that are sold by Cantitoe Road. That...
05-30-22, 05:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 861
Posted By John Valuk

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a...

I have the Lezyne Road Drive, and I like it a lot. If you can comfortably carry the large size that you mention, the extra volume is nice.

When I install a new tube, or add it to the pack I carry...
05-14-22, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 371
Posted By John Valuk

Velo Orange (https://velo-orange.com).

Velo Orange (https://velo-orange.com).
05-13-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 706
Posted By John Valuk

I put a piece of masking tape on the tire, and...

I put a piece of masking tape on the tire, and another piece on the floor of my garage. Line up the marks, get on the bike, and walk it forward - with most of my weight on the saddle - to get two...
05-13-22, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,399
Posted By John Valuk

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro...

I have one of the Lezyne pumps with the ABS-1 Pro on it. That uses one of their "Flip Chucks", but in a right angle configuration (which I find to be very convenient to use).

On the Schrader side,...
05-09-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,712
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that the rechargeable batteries can be easily swapped.
05-07-22, 04:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,399
Posted By John Valuk

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a...

I bought their Classic Floor Drive, which is a steel-tubed version of their high pressure pump, with an analog pressure gauge and a metal base. It has metal hose couplings, and no braided cover on...
05-07-22, 11:41 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,399
Posted By John Valuk

Lezyne also sells a "Dual Valve" lever-lock chuck...

Lezyne also sells a "Dual Valve" lever-lock chuck with connections for both Presta and Schrader. I bought one, and it worked as expected, but I decided that I preferred the thread-on ABS-1 Pro chuck.
05-07-22, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,399
Posted By John Valuk

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping...

I don't own one myself, but when I was shopping for a floor pump a while back, I noticed that Lezyne has some "gravel" pumps (larger barrel; nominal 100 psi max).

I went with a higher-pressure...
04-26-22, 09:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 694
Posted By John Valuk

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon...

I see Jonnisnot described as a "fluorocarbon gel". The tube I have notes that it contains fluorocarbon polymer.

This page from bike-components.de...
04-26-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,712
Posted By John Valuk

The Fenix BC30 V2.0 uses a pair of 18650...

The Fenix BC30 V2.0 uses a pair of 18650 batteries. There is no provision for charging the batteries with them installed in the light. They have to come out for charging, and the light is designed to...
04-07-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By John Valuk

I really like some of Tange Seiki's stuff. My '95...

I really like some of Tange Seiki's stuff. My '95 Trek Multitrack 730 needs a fairly low-stack-height headset, and their Levin CDS does the job.

Your tip to use their catalog is a good one. I...
04-06-22, 04:23 PM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,865
Posted By John Valuk

You can look at some of the technical manuals at...

You can look at some of the technical manuals at the Vintage Trek site (http://www.vintage-trek.com/trek-fisher-klein-lemond.htm). Some of those include geometry and fit information for the bikes.
03-25-22, 04:06 PM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,865
Posted By John Valuk

Check out Vintage Trek...

Check out Vintage Trek (http://www.vintage-trek.com/).

There is some information there on years / colors. They also have scanned copies of some Trek brochures and technical manuals...
03-23-22, 11:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

Wow. Just wow. I'll note here that my...

Wow. Just wow.

I'll note here that my original comment about the possibility of using a simple display for viewing + a phone or tablet stowed away for logging granular data did not state that one...
03-23-22, 10:59 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

I based my comment - the one that refers to...

I based my comment - the one that refers to "some" sensors - on this review by DC Rainmaker for the Garmin Speed Sensor 2 and Cadence Sensor 2...
03-23-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

It's my understanding that some sensors provide...

It's my understanding that some sensors provide additional connectivity by having a second Bluetooth Smart channel. So, two channels could each do their own one-to-one thing.
03-23-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will...

I think that what qualifies as "optimal" will have a lot to do with personal preferences.

The RIDEtime Elite suits my (current) personal preferences very well.

I haven't tried doing this...
03-23-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

I would also comment here that the Bontrager...

I would also comment here that the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite allows some configurability that I find useful. You can specify what is displayed in the bigger-digits upper display area, and also specify...
03-22-22, 07:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,894
Posted By John Valuk

For the use you describe, I think that the...

For the use you describe, I think that the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite...
03-22-22, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 778
Posted By John Valuk

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they...

For someone who has just lost a gadget that they loved - and who has actually taken the trouble to contact the manufacturer to try to find an equivalent replacement, and come up dry - I think your...
03-18-22, 09:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By John Valuk

Do you think that scolding me constitutes a...

Do you think that scolding me constitutes a positive contribution to the discussion?
03-17-22, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 293
Posted By John Valuk

You might want to learn how to measure elongation...

You might want to learn how to measure elongation of your chain so that you can get a better idea of when it needs to be replaced. You can have a shop do it, of course, but if you're taking care of...
02-20-22, 06:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 794
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 headlight is that it uses a pair of standard 18650 rechargeable batteries that are easy to swap.

I like the 50/600 lumen blinking mode for "be...
02-18-22, 11:47 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 2,467
Posted By John Valuk

I have just learned to deal with the minor...

I have just learned to deal with the minor inconvenience of transferring my DL from my wallet to my pack before going out on a ride, and then transferring it back after I get home.

If that does...
02-09-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,855
Posted By John Valuk

That's where I mentally put the IRD QB-95. ...

That's where I mentally put the IRD QB-95.

Typically ~$80, sometimes available for less.

At them moment, as with many things, availability can be a challenge. I bought a QB-55 a while back...
02-09-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,855
Posted By John Valuk

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from...

I got one of the Defiant / QB-95 units from Boulder Bicycle when they had a screaming deal on them.

Nice stuff.
02-09-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,855
Posted By John Valuk

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55,...

I like the Interloc Racing Design (IRD) QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95.

They are all nice quality stuff made by Tange Seiki. QB-55 comes standard with steel cups; QB-75 with aluminum.

They sell cups...
02-09-22, 01:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 424
Posted By John Valuk

I've been very happy with the Bontrager RIDEtime...

I've been very happy with the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite. It falls into the niche of "fairly simple cyclocomputer that works with ANT+ sensors, and has a display that I can use without wearing...
02-05-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,865
Posted By John Valuk

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.

Great buy! That looks very, very nice.
02-05-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,865
Posted By John Valuk

Good call on checking to see if the crank arms...

Good call on checking to see if the crank arms are the FC-MC12 ones!

For my '95 730, I purchased a used FC-MC16 crankset, then installed my (still pretty good) original chainrings on the newer...
02-03-22, 02:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 887
Posted By John Valuk

Depending on the size of Klean Kanteen, the King...

Depending on the size of Klean Kanteen, the King Cage Iris (https://kingcage.com/products/iris-king-cage) might work.



Hafny offers a bunch of different mirrors, including several styles that...
01-15-22, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 592
Posted By John Valuk

For anyone looking for something along the lines...

For anyone looking for something along the lines of an old-school cyclocomputer, but with wireless sensors, I would recommend the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite.

It works with ANT+ sensors (speed,...
01-09-22, 07:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,563
Posted By John Valuk

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using...

Gotta say, I really like the approach of using oversize models to help show what surfaces are wearing, and how that wear results in an increase of the chain pitch.

That wasn't news to me, but I...
01-08-22, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By John Valuk

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite...

For me, part of the charm of the RIDEtime Elite is that it really is a lot like an old-school cyclocomputer, but with ANT+ sensors. It has a fairly large LCD display that is sufficient for me to read...
01-07-22, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By John Valuk

If you just want the capabilities of an...

If you just want the capabilities of an old-school cyclocomputer (no GPS, no granular recording of data for later analysis), then you might consider the Bontrager RIDEtime Elite.

That works with...
12-22-21, 02:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,176
Posted By John Valuk

Hey, no harm in two or more people sharing in the...

Hey, no harm in two or more people sharing in the same thread that they like the ABS-1 Pro! :) I think it's good that you posted a picture, too, because these really aren't exactly like the old...
12-22-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,176
Posted By John Valuk

As I noted in my earlier post in this thread, I...

As I noted in my earlier post in this thread, I was surprised by how much I like the ABS-1 Pro. I just find it very comfortable and convenient to use.

I don't use threadlocker on my Presta valve...
12-20-21, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 888
Posted By John Valuk

I think that Kroil is a really good penetrating...

I think that Kroil is a really good penetrating oil, and certainly worth trying - but there's no guarantee that it will solve this particular problem for you. An aluminum seatpost stuck in a steel...
12-15-21, 12:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,176
Posted By John Valuk

I bought a Lezyne Classic Floor Drive a few...

I bought a Lezyne Classic Floor Drive a few months ago, and I was surprised by how much I like the ABS-1 Pro HP chuck on it. I was originally planning on replacing the chuck with a lever-lock chuck,...
12-07-21, 03:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,335
Posted By John Valuk

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end...

I use one of the Hafny 68 mm glass bar end mirrors on a flat bar bike that I ride mostly on rural highways.

I can't find much fault with the mirror; they really do a pretty good job with these.
12-06-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 544
Posted By John Valuk

Another recommendation here for the Topeak...

Another recommendation here for the Topeak SmartGauge D2.

If I lost it or broke it, I would just grumble and then buy another one.
12-04-21, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 482
Posted By John Valuk

I bought one of those Cantitoe Road adapters a...

I bought one of those Cantitoe Road adapters a while back, and I think it's a fairly nifty piece of kit. The pump I usually carry is Presta-only, and I wanted to have the ability to provide roadside...
11-13-21, 03:27 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,533
Posted By John Valuk

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30...

One of the things I like about the Fenix BC30 V2.0 is that it uses rechargeable batteries that are not built in. It uses a pair of 18650 lithium-ion batteries that are easily removed for charging. If...
11-13-21, 09:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,233
Posted By John Valuk

I used Boeshield T-9 Bicycle Lubricant on a...

I used Boeshield T-9 Bicycle Lubricant on a 90s-vintage hybrid that I ride exclusively on the road; a bit more than 5000 km in a period of about one year.

It worked well for me, and I did not...
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