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02-27-22, 10:14 PM
Replies: 360
Views: 6,428
Posted By Arrowana

I actively avoid or remove logos.

I actively avoid or remove logos.
02-27-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,740
Posted By Arrowana

Actually, I think putting the skewer in that...

Actually, I think putting the skewer in that position looks like an intentional choice. It is helping manage the wire for the dynamo lights. If the skewer were swapped over to the other side, it...
08-18-20, 09:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Arrowana

R400 will work, they feel pretty solid. RX100 is...

R400 will work, they feel pretty solid. RX100 is pretty much 105 with a different finish.
08-18-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Arrowana

The Microshift shifters will work. They do feel a...

The Microshift shifters will work. They do feel a bit cheaper and the internals wear down quicker, but they make up for it by having replaceable internals.
08-18-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Arrowana

The joining pins are very satisfying to snap off...

The joining pins are very satisfying to snap off once you have installed them, but that's about the only advantage I can think of with them.
08-18-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 6,627
Posted By Arrowana

If you remove the cover on the bottom of the...

If you remove the cover on the bottom of the shifter, it is easier to get the degreaser into the mechanism. It also allows you to identify the pawls that are having issues moving, use a pick or...
08-18-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 209
Posted By Arrowana

My wife's bike is set-up with a 9-speed 11-42t...

My wife's bike is set-up with a 9-speed 11-42t cassette, 9-speed XTR SGS derailleur, 50/34t chainrings, and a road link, and it works great, b-tension screw isn't even turned in that much. I think a...
08-18-20, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 494
Posted By Arrowana

I'd pick this option, the derailleur should...

I'd pick this option, the derailleur should handle it just fine. You will need to re-adjust your limit screws. 7-speed downtube shifters will also index well with an 8-speed cassette if you have...
05-13-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,384
Posted By Arrowana

Here are two builds I've done in the last year....

Here are two builds I've done in the last year. The Maruishi has really flaky paint, I recently tuned up another that had the same thing going on. I used naval jelly to remove the rust, then waxed it...
09-28-18, 04:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,603
Posted By Arrowana

I've got a set of 650B A10s on one of the bikes I...

I've got a set of 650B A10s on one of the bikes I ride in the winter. While they aren't as nice as other tires with more studs, I still feel confident enough to ride with them.
09-08-18, 09:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,233
Posted By Arrowana

When pulling apart the cranks and bb, pull apart...

When pulling apart the cranks and bb, pull apart the chanring bolts and grease the threads. I've come across a few bikes where this was the fix.
05-21-18, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

That is an awesome idea for cleaning the rims....

That is an awesome idea for cleaning the rims. These are clean enough that they won't need much work to look new. My Raleigh has a nice set of alloy 650b rims laced to a modern dynamo hub and an AW...
05-20-18, 11:08 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is...

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that I have to retire my LTD-3. There are a few cracks in the paint around the lugs, and they seem to be growing.

The good news is I found a...
05-14-18, 10:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By Arrowana

I used these exact brakes when upgrading my...

I used these exact brakes when upgrading my wife's '84 Gran Turismo. Works great. VeloBase.com - Component: Shimano BR-M560, Deore LX...
05-09-18, 10:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,407
Posted By Arrowana

Last fall I swapped from 50-34 with an 11-36 to a...

Last fall I swapped from 50-34 with an 11-36 to a 46-30. I benefited in a few ways from it. Lower gearing means I can get up hills easier when towing a heavy trailer. Switching from a hollowtech...
05-04-18, 04:08 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

I finally got a proper saddlebag for my LTD-3,...

I finally got a proper saddlebag for my LTD-3, now I feel quite ready for the 3-speed tour.
...
04-13-18, 12:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,863
Posted By Arrowana

I upgraded my Raleigh to alloy 650b rims and a...

I upgraded my Raleigh to alloy 650b rims and a set of 38mm Panaracer Gravelkings. They are my favorite tires, quiet, fast, and smooth. The brakes work far better with the alloy rims too.

I love...
04-06-18, 04:04 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

My LTD-3 handles snow better than I expected. I...

My LTD-3 handles snow better than I expected. I can't wait for it to be warm enough to ditch the studs.
01-09-18, 01:05 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 19,032
Posted By Arrowana

2016 Trek 520: A broken frame hanging in the...

2016 Trek 520:
A broken frame hanging in the shop, waiting to be recycled or repaired. I already had a desire for some sort of road bike type thing with bigger tire clearance. When I looked up the...
01-06-18, 07:35 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 105,204
Posted By Arrowana

They are amazing. My gloves are Endura Deluge II,...

They are amazing. My gloves are Endura Deluge II, which do fine to about 25F. With the bar mitts I can ride at -10F without problem on my 4.5mi commute. I haven't had a chance to test them at even...
01-05-18, 09:12 PM
Replies: 569
Views: 105,204
Posted By Arrowana

Not as great of a photograph as previous entries,...

Not as great of a photograph as previous entries, but at least it was actually taken in 2018. Here is my beast of unknown origin in full winter commuter mode:
https://i.imgur.com/5bpteh2.jpg
11-27-17, 11:30 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 34,505
Posted By Arrowana

Somewhere in the mid 20's for me. My Bar Mitts go...

Somewhere in the mid 20's for me. My Bar Mitts go on and off super easily, so I take them off if it is too warm for them.
11-27-17, 04:41 PM
Replies: 3,102
Views: 369,996
Posted By Arrowana

Thor: Ragnarok 8/10 Not the most thought...

Thor: Ragnarok 8/10
Not the most thought provoking movie ever, but I had a blast watching it. The fact that the theater had really good beer on tap may be affecting the score.
11-27-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,434
Posted By Arrowana

The previous shop I worked at offered a $90 build...

The previous shop I worked at offered a $90 build and a $120 build, labor only. The difference was extra time spent getting the tension more even. My current shop does it for $60, and I spend just as...
11-19-17, 07:10 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 5,745
Posted By Arrowana

Currently, 0 cars, 11 bicycles. In my lifetime,...

Currently, 0 cars, 11 bicycles.
In my lifetime, 0 cars, ~200 bicycles. I haven't kept track too well.
Forum: Commuting
11-18-17, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,305
Posted By Arrowana

Surly Pacer fork fits 35mm max, and probably...

Surly Pacer fork fits 35mm max, and probably won't change the handling of your bike too much. You will need a medium reach (47-57mm) brake for it, which your current bike may or may not have.
11-07-17, 10:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,787
Posted By Arrowana

Modern frame with vintage parts? Show us what you got!

Sure, modern parts on a vintage frame makes more sense, but I imagine a few of you have the reverse. Show off any bikes you have that were made within the last 10 years, that contain parts over 20...
11-03-17, 08:17 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,420
Posted By Arrowana

I decided to test my skills at work today. I got...

I decided to test my skills at work today. I got 4.2Nm when shooting for 5Nm. My manager got 8Nm.



I'm quite the fan of my Topeak D-Torq DX. It gives a reading of where it currently is like a...
11-03-17, 12:10 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 7,420
Posted By Arrowana

I'm curious to try doing a test like that...

I'm curious to try doing a test like that tomorrow. I have a fancy torque wrench, and it doesn't come out for 90% of the bikes I work on. Anything involving carbon or modern 2-piece cranksets get the...
11-02-17, 08:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,339
Posted By Arrowana

I found some VO Touring Pedals on a well thrashed...

I found some VO Touring Pedals on a well thrashed single-speed once, multiple cracks in the body on both. If you are hard on your bikes, I'd look elsewhere, probably at pedals of a normal weight. If...
10-16-17, 01:57 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 13,737
Posted By Arrowana

Based on my experience, my vote goes to Shimano...

Based on my experience, my vote goes to Shimano for new hubs, SA for old hubs.

I've had 3 Shimano hubs, a Nexus 3, 7, and 8. The 3-speed was quite simple, has an amazing (And kinda loud) sound...
10-10-17, 09:51 PM
Replies: 1,451
Views: 445,691
Posted By Arrowana

I finally have a mixte again, I just acquired...

I finally have a mixte again, I just acquired this Raleigh Super Record to serve as a winter bike. It was in decent shape to start with, but steel rims and drop bars were not in my plans. I think the...
10-10-17, 09:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By Arrowana

It worked! Thank you.

It worked! Thank you.
10-09-17, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,008
Posted By Arrowana

I'm having this issue as well. Ideally, mine...

I'm having this issue as well. Ideally, mine should say "Bike Sorceress".
09-26-17, 11:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,633
Posted By Arrowana

All 3 of those scenarios happen. I believe this...

All 3 of those scenarios happen. I believe this year there was a much larger amount of the third one, as a very large amount of people came to the US from Australia to see the solar eclipse, then...
06-10-17, 12:52 AM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

The bag is this one right here: ...

The bag is this one right here:
https://www.blackburndesign.com/bags/wayside-hb-musette.html

There are a few complaints I have, mostly about the velcro used to hold the bag shut, but it is a...
06-09-17, 10:46 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

As long as the weather plays nice, I'll make it...

As long as the weather plays nice, I'll make it out to that show.
06-09-17, 12:28 AM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

I've got my LTD-3 back together and rideable, it...

I've got my LTD-3 back together and rideable, it is nice having a bike that doesn't push me to ride fast. There is still more to do, like getting lighting that will take advantage of the dynamo hub,...
05-25-17, 11:20 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

It looks like I'll have my LTD-3 finished sooner...

It looks like I'll have my LTD-3 finished sooner than I thought. I ordered the rims and tires, a longer alloy seatpost, and picked out a Brooks Cambium C17s for it. I think I'll have to cough up some...
05-12-17, 07:32 PM
Replies: 26,114
Views: 3,635,966
Posted By Arrowana

I've been wanting an old 3-speed for awhile, and...

I've been wanting an old 3-speed for awhile, and I found this Raleigh LTD-3 at work that I think is a good choice. Serial number suggests 1973, hub says 1975. My plans involve 650b CR18's,...
04-05-17, 09:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Arrowana

If it fits, yes. I restored one of these awhile...

If it fits, yes. I restored one of these awhile ago, it was an absolute blast to ride.
04-03-17, 11:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,502
Posted By Arrowana

My most common method is to ghost ride the second...

My most common method is to ghost ride the second bike. Ride one bike, and hold onto the stem of the other. Takes a little bit to get used to it, but it requires no extra equipment, and you don't...
03-12-17, 02:01 PM
Replies: 1,370
Views: 243,877
Posted By Arrowana

Nice tires and wheels will make more of a...

Nice tires and wheels will make more of a difference than a lighter frame. The Schwinn I posted above is just plain gauge cro-moly, but is my lightest bike by a pretty decent margin. Swapping from a...
03-05-17, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1,104
Views: 291,705
Posted By Arrowana

I got this 1989 LeTour for free with trashed...

I got this 1989 LeTour for free with trashed wheels and no crankset. I also had built a nice set of single speed wheels that needed a home, so they naturally met up and turned into this:
...
03-05-17, 05:01 PM
Replies: 1,370
Views: 243,877
Posted By Arrowana

1989 Schwinn LeTour. I needed something to put my...

1989 Schwinn LeTour. I needed something to put my first wheel build on, and now I'm in love.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/Ropefish/20170305_163013_zps0dtqj6he.jpg...
03-02-17, 09:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,211
Posted By Arrowana

Wheels and tires are a good place to start. I...

Wheels and tires are a good place to start. I went with Mavic Open Pros laced to a Dimension flip-flop hub and an XT front hub. 32 spokes per wheel, but still pretty light. For tires I had a set of...
03-02-17, 12:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,211
Posted By Arrowana

I'm not going to bother weighing my frame, but...

I'm not going to bother weighing my frame, but I've got an 89 LeTour that also is listed in the catalog at 25 Lbs. Converting to single speed with a new wheelset dropped it to 22.5 lbs, and now I'm...
01-07-17, 10:24 AM
Replies: 1,370
Views: 243,877
Posted By Arrowana

In my defense, I want it to be an ugly thing no...

In my defense, I want it to be an ugly thing no one would really want to steal.
01-06-17, 11:47 PM
Replies: 1,370
Views: 243,877
Posted By Arrowana

I decided to convert this thing to give fixed...

I decided to convert this thing to give fixed another shot. Not sold on the power grips, but otherwise it is quite fun. I plan on giving it almost every sticker I can find, just to make it uglier....
01-02-17, 03:02 PM
Replies: 1,370
Views: 243,877
Posted By Arrowana

In winter mode. I think this thing deserves...

In winter mode. I think this thing deserves really nice tires once spring comes.
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a64/Ropefish/20170102_142910_zpsgvzvj7d3.jpg
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