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Forum: Commuting
06-15-19, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I noted that my dad's 2008 Civic manual stated...

I noted that my dad's 2008 Civic manual stated that under no circumstances should you run tires more than 10 years old. I think this was about the time a few rollover crashes were attributed to old...
06-15-19, 09:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I run mostly Dura 2 salmon pads and tend to...

I run mostly Dura 2 salmon pads and tend to replace them when the individual blocks wear down into one big one. I'm assuming the separate block design is there for a reason, such as water diversion.
05-06-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 610
Posted By Litespeedlouie

The Home Depot item is actually 50 feet; I think...

The Home Depot item is actually 50 feet; I think it's a typo. I have the similar Husky PVC/rubber one for my air compressor. The inner diameter may not work with your pump; most I see are smaller.
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04-26-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 483
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I don't even bother to peel the hoods, just work...

I don't even bother to peel the hoods, just work the levers and blow Triflow or the like liberally into the mechanism. Enough to dribble down the levers, work the levers, then do it again in a day. I...
04-06-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 3,446
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Seattle has a test rule allowing class 1 & 2...

Seattle has a test rule allowing class 1 & 2 ebikes on MUPS, but not class 3 (I don't know offhand how to tell the class).
City of Seattle Multi-Use Trails - Parks | seattle.gov...
04-05-19, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 628
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I believe you unscrew the grey part with the...

I believe you unscrew the grey part with the flats from the black body, and the whole bearing assembly should come out. On my Shimano PD-M520, it works that way, but they use a custom "reeding"...
03-20-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By Litespeedlouie

My feeling is that the screws could be tight, but...

My feeling is that the screws could be tight, but the cleat/sole plastics could still squeak. You could try letting a little liquidy lube like silicone seep around the cleat/sole area and the T nuts...
03-19-19, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Litespeedlouie

The 1988 catalog shows the carbon fiber model as...

The 1988 catalog shows the carbon fiber model as the Allez Epic, along with the regular Cro-Mo Allez and Sirrus.
03-18-19, 11:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 437
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I have an 88 Allez and the catalog for that year....

I have an 88 Allez and the catalog for that year. It looks like they state the same general geometry for both frames; the frames in the photos look the same except for paint. Tange Cro-Mo is...
03-13-19, 08:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 917
Posted By Litespeedlouie

When I ran Shimano/Look pedals, any squeaking was...

When I ran Shimano/Look pedals, any squeaking was always my cleat/shoe sole. I’d squirt water on my cleat during the ride and squeaks went away for a while. YMMV. Now I’m on Speedplays and Shimano...
02-27-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,371
Posted By Litespeedlouie

People seem to love high-tech sounding car...

People seem to love high-tech sounding car headlights, and buy HID or LED kits or blue tinted halogens that are then poorly designed and/or poorly aimed, giving glare to others. They are usually...
02-26-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,371
Posted By Litespeedlouie

You can get LEDs with pretty good color rendering...

You can get LEDs with pretty good color rendering index (CRI) and less blue color temperature. However, they are a bit less efficient, and most people think they want more lumens even if they see...
02-26-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,884
Posted By Litespeedlouie

You can measure the width of the "male" side and...

You can measure the width of the "male" side and compare to what is available from online vendors. To ensure quality, I would buy a name brand, in the USA that would be AMP, T&B, 3M, possibly others.
02-26-19, 11:13 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,884
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I think the problem is: -lack of strain relief...

I think the problem is:
-lack of strain relief on the wire
-possible fatigue or poor quality terminal

To clarify, you have a quick disconnect, push-on terminal like this?...
Forum: Commuting
02-14-19, 09:23 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 2,808
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I've been using the Snapware Glasslock sets for...

I've been using the Snapware Glasslock sets for many years, which I got at Costco. I prefer to microwave in glass - no stains or bubbling like plastic. I believe you can get a plastic version of the...
01-31-19, 11:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 606
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I have a white perf Regal on my 1990 steel custom...

I have a white perf Regal on my 1990 steel custom road, and used it hard for racing/training until adding my +1 (Litespeed 1997).

I think that the perfs are a non-issue for ventilation. I feel it...
12-13-18, 05:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 834
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I don't qualify for one yet, but when taking care...

I don't qualify for one yet, but when taking care of my elderly dad, I had scans of all his medical cards/info on my phone. This was acceptable at several normal and ER visits - they just verify it...
12-11-18, 09:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,785
Posted By Litespeedlouie

The simple earband/headband works for me, I have...

The simple earband/headband works for me, I have them from Craft and Pearl-Izumi; most bike clothing manufacturers have them. I don't seem to have a problem with the rest of my head getting cold. I...
11-27-18, 06:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 383
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I've used Rema, Park, Performance, and others for...

I've used Rema, Park, Performance, and others for 40 years - I've never used anything other than the smallest round patches. All my punctures have been by small, sharp objects. I have no idea how I...
Forum: Commuting
11-06-18, 03:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 333
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Yes, I've done it, too. I have a commuter with a...

Yes, I've done it, too. I have a commuter with a narrow carbon fork, and needed to get clearance for the fender and a reasonable size tire. I installed the fender, carefully used my electric heat...
10-31-18, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I am going to completely ignore this system, not...

I am going to completely ignore this system, not download the app, and use common sense like always. I didn't get old by being foolhardy.
10-14-18, 12:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 468
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I have to agree with Jeff. My Ultegra 9 speed...

I have to agree with Jeff. My Ultegra 9 speed brifters started to gum up after about 10 years. After reading up on it in this forum, I took them off the bars to throughly rinse out the mechanisms...
10-05-18, 03:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By Litespeedlouie

You could've gotten old, bad cells, but my chart...

You could've gotten old, bad cells, but my chart from Maxell says the 386 is silver oxide, and the L1142 would be alkaline. I can't say myself, but some devices and testers may be more chemistry...
10-04-18, 02:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,185
Posted By Litespeedlouie

In terms of full sized electric compressors, I...

In terms of full sized electric compressors, I have one of the Lowes Kobalt 4.3 gallon quiet-techs, and it works fine for bike and car tires, zero exertion required. I also got a trigger tire...
10-16-16, 01:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,563
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Another thought: I once had a steel fork that had...

Another thought: I once had a steel fork that had some small brazing globules get loose inside the fork blades. Road vibration would jiggle them inside the fork, causing the noise. I squirted some...
08-09-16, 03:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 600
Posted By Litespeedlouie

According to Wikipedia, USB power should be 5...

According to Wikipedia, USB power should be 5 volts +/- 5% or so. I'd say your headlight pack is perhaps purposely nonconforming. I sure wouldn't use it on a USB device.
06-12-16, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,472
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Now that I looked, my calipers had small steel...

Now that I looked, my calipers had small steel inserts in each slot that I had to file. I marked the approximate area to file out and used a rattail file to make smooth dips. I was too lazy to make...
06-10-16, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,472
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I also had to file out my 80s-90s vintage...

I also had to file out my 80s-90s vintage Ultegras to get Kool Stops to fit.
04-05-16, 11:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 680
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I have some Harbor Freight torque wrenches, and...

I have some Harbor Freight torque wrenches, and they generally work OK. Probably just fine accuracy for non-aerospace work. Be aware that they are not so finely finished at his price, and the click...
Forum: Commuting
11-30-15, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,015
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I use GlassLock containers that came in a set...

I use GlassLock containers that came in a set from Costco. You can also find them in those Asian markets individually. They look similar to the Lock-n-Lock glass models, with tops that have 4 hinged...
11-09-15, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By Litespeedlouie

No advantage of the iX over the DX Nitecores,...

No advantage of the iX over the DX Nitecores, AFAIK except price and simplicity. I have the i2 and D2, and the D2 uses the more accurate NiMH charge method dv/dt. I put my i2 away for a backup and...
08-06-15, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,830
Posted By Litespeedlouie

If you go to the Third Eye website, they say you...

If you go to the Third Eye website, they say you can tighten the ball/socket by just pushing it in tighter. In my experience, this sorta works, sometimes, for a while. I may try the putty. They do...
Forum: Commuting
05-20-15, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 720
Posted By Litespeedlouie

If you try J&G, just be prepared to ship it back...

If you try J&G, just be prepared to ship it back (at your expense) for exchange if it doesn't fit. When I bought their waterproof-breatheable rain pants, I emailed them asking about the sizing,...
04-06-15, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 851
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I found a 2 year old sealed metal tube of glue be...

I found a 2 year old sealed metal tube of glue be totally empty when pierced (Rema Tip Top). I always carry a tube and a relatively new patch kit. I keep the old old unused patches, which seem to age...
01-13-15, 12:41 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,360
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Monoprice seems low on stock. OWC has their...

Monoprice seems low on stock.
OWC has their house brand, Newertech for $10/1m.
NewerTech CBLUSBLS1M (http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/CBLUSBLS1M/)
as well as real Apple surplus. I bought...
01-12-15, 11:27 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,360
Posted By Litespeedlouie

While OP's post isn't technically sensible, I...

While OP's post isn't technically sensible, I will guess that the "slow" chargers are limiting to the original USB spec of 500mA max at 5volts, and his "usb" has a higher current limit that many...
01-04-15, 03:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 33,698
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Further, XM-L2 is the successor to the XM-L...

Further, XM-L2 is the successor to the XM-L design, with recipe tweeks, giving more color/tint groups and output ranges. AFAIK, a T6 bin of output level is the same whether XM-L or XM-L2, but I also...
01-03-15, 03:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 33,698
Posted By Litespeedlouie

1) I think you have the answers. Ultrafires and...

1) I think you have the answers. Ultrafires and similar low cost cells tend to be made by many manufacturers with poor quality. I stick to consistent, high quality myself.

2) Lumen statements are...
11-18-14, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,663
Posted By Litespeedlouie

My 1988 Allez came with Wolber GTXs and one...

My 1988 Allez came with Wolber GTXs and one failed after a season or two, replaced with Open 4CDs. I attributed the main difference being that the Wolbers had single spoke hole ferrules, and the...
08-08-14, 02:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,647
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Loctite variously states 450F-550F (about 260C)...

Loctite variously states 450F-550F (about 260C) is needed to decompose the Loctite. I use an electric hot air (device that resembles a handheld weapon that cannot be mentioned), as I don't think my...
07-10-14, 10:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,096
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Ken Shirriff's Blogs on this topic have been...

Ken Shirriff's Blogs on this topic have been often cited, and quite interesting. Compares some cheap clones to real (Apple) chargers, and the safety issues. He has several blog articles on chargers,...
06-11-14, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,097
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Parts-Express also carries a car audio cap that's...

Parts-Express also carries a car audio cap that's 1 farad for about $100. It would seem more practical to me to use a modest rechargeable battery as part of such a dyno system.
04-14-14, 03:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 847
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Side note: AAA WA does offer a disabled bicyclist...

Side note: AAA WA does offer a disabled bicyclist pickup service with their membership. No bike repairs, tho. And only on regular roads....
03-22-14, 09:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 18,621
Posted By Litespeedlouie

Well, for bike tires I estimate, which is good...

Well, for bike tires I estimate, which is good enough for me. For cars, I do use an inexpensive Accutire digital gauge. I have no idea if it's accurate, either, but it seems close enough, and...
03-22-14, 12:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 18,621
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I've never had a gauge agree with any other...

I've never had a gauge agree with any other (handhelds, pumps), so I just estimate by hand-hardness.
03-22-14, 12:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,097
Posted By Litespeedlouie

What I've heard is that one cell can easily...

What I've heard is that one cell can easily discharge more than the others and go under nominal cell voltage, and they'll get a reverse polarity charge from the other, not-as-discharged cells in the...
03-20-14, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,552
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I've ridden around Leavenworth/Wenatchee (roads...

I've ridden around Leavenworth/Wenatchee (roads and mtns), and it's great - but it's a 4 hour drive from Seattle proper.

Rain in Seattle is always possible in summer; statistically it just a...
02-05-14, 12:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By Litespeedlouie

One obscure fact about anaerobic threadlockers...

One obscure fact about anaerobic threadlockers (Loctite) is that they only work on active metals that provide ions, which is part of the curing process. This includes steel, iron, copper, brass and...
Forum: Commuting
12-24-13, 11:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 896
Posted By Litespeedlouie

I've had the J&G breathable pants for over a year...

I've had the J&G breathable pants for over a year now, and they are as you describe - side zip and a small reflective ankle band. However, I don't find this a problem.

The first size they...
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