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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, 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...
05-13-22, 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, 11:32 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...
04-06-22, 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.
03-23-22, 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...
03-22-22, 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...
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, 02:10 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...
02-05-22, 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.
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...
12-07-21, 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.
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...
11-10-21, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 496
Posted By John Valuk

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in...

Some people post stuff like that on Craigslist in response to another Craigslist ad that they have seen (e.g., with the goal of informing other viewers that they think that some other ad is...
11-10-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,244
Posted By John Valuk

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily...

If it's a bike that you can pick up easily enough...

I weigh myself, then myself+bike.
10-15-21, 03:44 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,373
Posted By John Valuk

You may already know this, but I'll add this...

You may already know this, but I'll add this comment for the amusement of those who might not.

The UN55 - and some other Shimano bottom brackets similar to it - have sort of an interesting...
10-15-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,373
Posted By John Valuk

I've seen that video, and that general style of...

I've seen that video, and that general style of BB was what my 1995 Trek hybrid came with.

I think you will find that fairly modern cartridge bottom brackets are not put together like that, but...
10-12-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 339,297
Posted By John Valuk

When I started riding again last summer, I was...

When I started riding again last summer, I was looking for a really simple cyclocomputer. I was spooked by some of the reviews for certain wireless units where people reported exactly that issue (and...
10-06-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,125
Posted By John Valuk

If anyone wants to look at the entire patent, the...

If anyone wants to look at the entire patent, the patent number for this is 11,124,269.
10-03-21, 08:56 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,216
Posted By John Valuk

For that sort of situation - short ride without...

For that sort of situation - short ride without your regular shoes/cleats - you might look at some of the platforms that clip onto clipless pedals. Shimano has their own SM-PD22, but I have seen...
09-26-21, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 599
Posted By John Valuk

Another approach might be to get some additional...

Another approach might be to get some additional 1/4" ratchets, so that you can leave a few very-frequently-used bits more or less permanently installed on their own ratchets.
09-09-21, 09:12 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,326
Posted By John Valuk

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto...

My Magicshine light included a mount to snap onto seat rails, and that was the best way I could come up with to get the light on the rear rack.

I also made a bracket to independently mount a pair...
09-09-21, 03:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,536
Posted By John Valuk

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss,...

Interloc Racing Design (IRD) sells Swiss, Italian, and French cups for use with their QB-55, QB-75, and QB-95 cartridge-style JIS square taper bottom brackets for 68 mm shells. The bottom brackets...
09-08-21, 10:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,504
Posted By John Valuk

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first...

I appreciate that the OP didn't stop at first impressions, but followed up after a 65 mile ride with these.

I am hoping to read a 6-month or 12-month follow-up some day letting us know how these...
09-07-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,504
Posted By John Valuk

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining...

Yeah, I totally don't get the point of imagining that the OP wrote this seeking approbation, and then "educating" the OP about how they shouldn't expect that approbation. To me, that seems like a bit...
09-07-21, 09:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,504
Posted By John Valuk

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience...

Thank you for sharing your first-hand experience with these!

As with a lot of things associated with ergonomics, this can be very personal. Something that is a "big nothing" for one person can be...
09-06-21, 06:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,864
Posted By John Valuk

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a...

I woke up my 1995 Trek hybrid last summer after a long slumber, and have been riding it regularly since then. Because it is the only bike I currently have on the road, I have developed some interest...
08-13-21, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,066
Posted By John Valuk

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on...

Those bikes look really nice, and I groove on 90s-vintage hybrids!

If they are mid-90s, then you might consider checking the back sides of the crank arms to see what model they are. If they are...
07-03-21, 12:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,227
Posted By John Valuk

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are...

The BB-UN55 and some similar Shimano models are put together in such a way that there is no adjusting of the preload. All the magic is in the geometry of the bearing-contacting surfaces of the...
06-28-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,164
Posted By John Valuk

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or...

I suspect that for either the "high pressure" or "high volume" pumps, the maximum pressure they note is probably only attained at "busting a gut" levels of exertion (at least for me). For the tires...
06-28-21, 12:51 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,164
Posted By John Valuk

I think that's the gist of it. I would guess...

I think that's the gist of it.

I would guess that it's mostly a matter of the diameter of the piston/cylinder. The larger the cross sectional area, the greater the maximum force required to...
06-25-21, 01:28 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,164
Posted By John Valuk

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted...

If the connection to the valve is rigidly mounted to the pump, then yes, I would try to hold things so as to avoid trauma to the valve stem. Been there, done that - but my current pump has a flexible...
06-25-21, 09:52 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,164
Posted By John Valuk

Depending on how you feel about carrying more...

Depending on how you feel about carrying more gear, you might consider a Kool Stop bead jack.

I don't carry one myself, but that's because I know that the tires I'm using are manageable without...
06-22-21, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By John Valuk

When I was looking for one, it was really a...

When I was looking for one, it was really a toss-up between those two.

With some hunting around, I was able to find a Lip-Lock of the older design in the size I needed and color I wanted, so I...
06-21-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,236
Posted By John Valuk

I like this one: Bicycle Gear Calculator...

I like this one: Bicycle Gear Calculator (https://ritzelrechner.de).

I like the way that I can visualize what's available for different combinations of chainring and cassette gearing. Very nice...
06-21-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,204
Posted By John Valuk

Hafny has a couple of different arrangements for...

Hafny has a couple of different arrangements for how their mounts expand inside bars.

One of those arrangements is what VicBC_Biker shows in the picture posted in this thread, where the expanding...
06-13-21, 07:42 PM
Replies: 820
Views: 277,865
Posted By John Valuk

I posted a picture of this 1995 730 about seven...

I posted a picture of this 1995 730 about seven months ago, but I'm posting new ones because it has seen some changes since then:

Topeak Super Tourist DX rear rack; home-built bracket to mount a...
06-13-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 1,484
Views: 339,297
Posted By John Valuk

I certainly wasn't the model of efficiency on...

I certainly wasn't the model of efficiency on this one!

I referred to an RJ The Bike Guy video that covered most of it pretty well. He was working on SRT600 shifters, and mine are SRT400. The...
06-10-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,258
Posted By John Valuk

I'm quoting this because my comment is agreeing...

I'm quoting this because my comment is agreeing strongly with the sentiment that the number of speeds (in the cassette) is secondary in importance to the overall gear range.

If a would-be new...
06-01-21, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,726
Posted By John Valuk

Your thread exhumation got me to take a look at...

Your thread exhumation got me to take a look at SA, so that counts for something.

Their 20% discount code encouraged me to pull the trigger now on an X2. I'm interested in seeing how it goes.
05-30-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,439
Posted By John Valuk

Yes, Hafny has a wide range of designs and sizes....

Yes, Hafny has a wide range of designs and sizes. It would be great if an LBS had a variety of styles available as "demo units" that one could try out.

For the one I bought, the quality seems to...
05-13-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,670
Posted By John Valuk

You might look at options for mounting a...

You might look at options for mounting a reflector on a seatstay or chainstay.
05-05-21, 11:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 993
Posted By John Valuk

For hybrid pedals... I like the Shimano...

For hybrid pedals...

I like the Shimano PD-T8000, but they might not be "roadie" enough for some tastes.

The PD-M324 have a little bit of a "rat trap" thing going for them that some might find...
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