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12-08-21, 11:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 585
Posted By Russ Roth

Although I've seen a number of frames fail from...

Although I've seen a number of frames fail from sweat and stems seize into the fork, I'm never seen a handlebar fail. Some were fairly corroded but never a failure. That's some toxic sweat.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-08-21, 11:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 76
Posted By Russ Roth

Broken spoke should be an easy fix at any bike...

Broken spoke should be an easy fix at any bike shop. You may have to call several to find one that has a small enough spoke or one that can make a small enough spoke. My older version of that wheel...
12-05-21, 09:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 795
Posted By Russ Roth

Had a customer complain once that his wheel...

Had a customer complain once that his wheel seemed a little wobbly, there was only about a dozen spokes still holding it together and it started with 32 of them. The thing kind of flopped around and...
12-04-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,070
Posted By Russ Roth

In the same road tire, higher pressure will run...

In the same road tire, higher pressure will run faster since the higher pressure will reduce the contact patch. But as roads aren't usually smooth, past a certain pressure the resulting road...
12-04-21, 10:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 429
Posted By Russ Roth

Wife and I both run these for our gravel bikes,...

Wife and I both run these for our gravel bikes, they were the clement tires. We've done the Erie canal, the confederation trail in Prince Edward and parts of other gravel trails and dirt roads with...
12-04-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By Russ Roth

This bike is the way we set them up in the shop,...

This bike is the way we set them up in the shop, the end of the bars point to the brake pivot bolt. A flat edge would be set on the bottom of the bar and the tip of the brake levers would be set to...
Forum: Foo
12-03-21, 11:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 305
Posted By Russ Roth

There was a packaging plant near me for several...

There was a packaging plant near me for several years, not fully certain what they did but it involved repackaging thick sheets of brass, bronze and aluminum. Wasn't uncommon to get a rougher cut oak...
12-02-21, 10:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 282
Posted By Russ Roth

They do offer thumb shifters, rear 10sp mtb front...

They do offer thumb shifters, rear 10sp mtb front double or triple friction so it won't care what your der is.
https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=74328

I have found...
12-02-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 282
Posted By Russ Roth

Microshift will get you 10sp and 11sp dynasys...

Microshift will get you 10sp and 11sp dynasys shifting in the brake levers and probably have other shifters as well.
12-02-21, 01:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By Russ Roth

I would almost expect more variance between the...

I would almost expect more variance between the cassette placement then I would the disc rotors. Different brands use different freehub designs with only the spline being the commonality, since the...
12-02-21, 12:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 442
Posted By Russ Roth

Wheel truing stand or pitch it in the trash to...

Wheel truing stand or pitch it in the trash to avoid potential liability issues. I've seen shops use old bent forks for wheel displays but not much need for that with the average person.
Replies: 11
Views: 3,072
Posted By Russ Roth

No pics that I can see, if a schwinn varsity or...

No pics that I can see, if a schwinn varsity or continental that has a recent tune, decent tires that aren't dry rotted and good clean looking handlebar tape you should reasonably get 125-150. If the...
12-02-21, 10:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 146
Posted By Russ Roth

Any SIS 7-9sp non-Dura Ace rear der will work. an...

Any SIS 7-9sp non-Dura Ace rear der will work. an 8sp der would work the best but any of them will work fine. MTN or road doesn't matter.
12-01-21, 10:40 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 44,726
Posted By Russ Roth

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Forum: Road Cycling
12-01-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,035
Posted By Russ Roth

Obsessively unimportant. Competitors might look...

Obsessively unimportant. Competitors might look at what you're running in regards to groupset but its only usually the most anal retentive that are paying attention to that level or will care and...
11-30-21, 08:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 490
Posted By Russ Roth

I find that by starting just to the side of the...

I find that by starting just to the side of the stem and by pushing the tires in towards the center and up all the way around without releasing the upward pressure, that by the time I get nearly back...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-29-21, 10:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 575
Posted By Russ Roth

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This gives the general feel for my shop space. In hindsight I'd...
11-28-21, 09:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,159
Posted By Russ Roth

1. was a mid-90s DeRosa Giro d'Italia with ELOS...

1. was a mid-90s DeRosa Giro d'Italia with ELOS tubing and I can't really remember what groupset. It had been split in half with S&S couplings and ridden all over Europe and the US. Was pained a...
11-28-21, 09:38 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 519
Posted By Russ Roth

KCT1986 summed it up for the most part, advent is...

KCT1986 summed it up for the most part, advent is a 1x9 setup while advent x is 1x10, both are designed for wide range cassettes. I think my daughter's bike is set up 11-46, might be 48. Most things...
11-27-21, 11:39 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 973
Posted By Russ Roth

What parts are decent? Certainly not that 7sp...

What parts are decent? Certainly not that 7sp freewheel or the hub its attached to which is the weak spot in most lower end bikes and this is a lot of money for a very low end part that shouldn't...
11-27-21, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 693
Posted By Russ Roth

Probably like turning the lights off while...

Probably like turning the lights off while spelunking, nothing for the eyes to adapt to, its just black.
11-27-21, 08:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 693
Posted By Russ Roth

Well black friday presale resulted in me getting...

Well black friday presale resulted in me getting a pair of Moon Meteor Shower pro lights and the light I had turned out to be a result of my 6yo screwing with the light which cygolight helped me to...
11-27-21, 07:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 519
Posted By Russ Roth

Best, affordable advice Here you go....

Best, affordable advice


Here you go. https://www.microshift.com/products/components/shifters/flat-bar/ under compatibility click shimano road. They have multiple options. Microshift works every...
11-27-21, 07:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,205
Posted By Russ Roth

Just had my daughter quoting me righty-tighty as...

Just had my daughter quoting me righty-tighty as I was just truing up my rear wheel, had to explain to her that while that was right she had to remember I was technically working on the spoke nipples...
11-26-21, 12:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 570
Posted By Russ Roth

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My daughter's bike, bought new from a local shop 3 years ago,...
Forum: Northeast
11-26-21, 12:33 AM
Replies: 2,902
Views: 251,831
Posted By Russ Roth

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11-25-21, 09:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,265
Posted By Russ Roth

Should have mentioned, get a MTB, kids have a lot...

Should have mentioned, get a MTB, kids have a lot of fun when they're guiding you through the woods even if they start with the bunny trails.
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Forum: Commuting
11-24-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By Russ Roth

Impressive looking. I haven't been to Holland in...

Impressive looking. I haven't been to Holland in a while but the last time I stepped off the train in Amsterdam there was what looked like a regular parking garage filled with thousands of similar...
11-24-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By Russ Roth

There are now 141mm mtb hubs that should negate...

There are now 141mm mtb hubs that should negate concerns, trek uses them at least on mtbs in the 800-1200.00 range, can't imagine 1mm is much of a stretch. 29" prebuilt wheels might do ok depending...
11-24-21, 07:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,265
Posted By Russ Roth

Buy lights and go for night rides, get up early...

Buy lights and go for night rides, get up early enough to sneak a ride in and have a real flexible work schedule. If you can get all three in you can work around the kid till their old enough to...
11-23-21, 10:09 PM
Replies: 606
Views: 152,512
Posted By Russ Roth

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Took my kid to the race in Queens, didn't...
11-23-21, 10:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 794
Posted By Russ Roth

Polygon makes a more basic but reasonable build...

Polygon makes a more basic but reasonable build https://www.polygonbikes.com/product/urban/impression-ax-disc/
Problem with tandems is they've become stupidly expensive, for something that just has...
11-23-21, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 244
Posted By Russ Roth

Cambria bike usually has some good deals on...

Cambria bike usually has some good deals on gloves. For 40 degrees or warmer usually anything more windproof than insulated will be fine, riding keeps the circulation going to keep the fingers warm...
11-23-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 649
Posted By Russ Roth

Only when the weather is cold, usually I find...

Only when the weather is cold, usually I find them uncomfortable, don't like the reduced feeling of grip, and typically can't be bothered looking for a pair since the kids scatter them. Personally I...
11-21-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 663
Posted By Russ Roth

One that doesn't come up much but I learned about...

One that doesn't come up much but I learned about here is xxcycle.com they're more varied in what they have but the prices are decent.
11-21-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 663
Posted By Russ Roth

Probikekit can be a mixed bag in my experience. I...

Probikekit can be a mixed bag in my experience. I ordered some track hubs from them and they took weeks to arrive, this was right at the start of the pandemic and it seemed the hubs weren't in stock...
Forum: Touring
11-21-21, 01:37 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,018
Posted By Russ Roth

I've never had luck with synthetics and even...

I've never had luck with synthetics and even prefer to just use cotton over synthetic. I've got some wool and find it works well, but often save the little I have for use in colder weather if...
11-20-21, 09:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 349
Posted By Russ Roth

After my knee surgery I ditched any crank that...

After my knee surgery I ditched any crank that was 175 for a 170 and the difference was noticeable, my racing bike is 172.5 and I notice that when I ride it, can feel a touch more stress in the knee....
Forum: Northeast
11-20-21, 09:19 PM
Replies: 2,902
Views: 251,831
Posted By Russ Roth

Headed out for another night ride at Glacier...

Headed out for another night ride at Glacier Ridge last night, we did a couple of the loops and got to the main stop when one of the riders started not feeling well. He sat down then laid down and...
11-20-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 239
Posted By Russ Roth

My current campy shifters, 12sp chorus, doesn't...

My current campy shifters, 12sp chorus, doesn't quite microshift the way my old, 1st gen 10sp levers did but there's at least 4 stops from what I just checked and they seem evenly spaced. But the...
11-20-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,212
Posted By Russ Roth

All things being equal the 650b should climb...

All things being equal the 650b should climb better. So same make model and width of tire, same hubs, same make, model of rim, same cassette and built with the same spokes the 650b should climb...
11-19-21, 02:54 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,167
Posted By Russ Roth

before I would do the poseidon redwood I would go...

before I would do the poseidon redwood I would go with the dropbar x
https://www.poseidonbike.com/collections/all-bikes/products/dropbar-x?variant=41091390800023
I say that as someone who has a...
11-17-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 401
Posted By Russ Roth

Cleaning and greasing the bearings has probably...

Cleaning and greasing the bearings has probably long been a need if it hasn't been done and getting rid of old, sticky and fossilizing grease can make the pedals smoother and remove more resistance...
11-17-21, 10:13 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,334
Posted By Russ Roth

Sounds like a fun idea to screw around with. Not...

Sounds like a fun idea to screw around with. Not certain the full validity of this statement but I'm under the impression that you have to be careful bonding straight carbon to aluminum due to the...
11-17-21, 07:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 693
Posted By Russ Roth

Well the problems continue. Bought a brand new...

Well the problems continue. Bought a brand new cygolite 1100, arrived with the power button unlocked and has the same issue as the defective one, pressing the power button for more than a second...
11-15-21, 11:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,371
Posted By Russ Roth

A spoke tension meter is kinda like instructions....

A spoke tension meter is kinda like instructions. Something nice to have so when I'm finished I can check it to know everything is right. A really good builder should be able to build a wheel without...
11-15-21, 11:07 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 1,321
Posted By Russ Roth

It'll get you run over by a Tesla :roflmao2:...

It'll get you run over by a Tesla :roflmao2: Apparently they have a habit of running into parked cop cars that are on the side of the road, having two flashing rear lights might make you look like a...
11-15-21, 10:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 611
Posted By Russ Roth

When the tractor trailer damaged my car they took...

When the tractor trailer damaged my car they took out part of the roof rack, both rails were bent, two of the mounts were damaged and one of the bike carriers were bent. Rack probably saved me from...
11-15-21, 10:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 693
Posted By Russ Roth

Lights have a high failure rate; or just bad luck?

Prior to this year I didn't do a lot of night riding, but things have changed and I'm finding it fun as is the rest of the family, which means we've been adding lights.

So far, I've had one...
Forum: Foo
11-12-21, 11:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 178
Posted By Russ Roth

You can pick up a hard nylon bristle brush that...

You can pick up a hard nylon bristle brush that goes in the drill that is meant for light sanding, bought one at the local ace hardware to scrub the floors in my car. Actually brought back some of...
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