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Old 12-28-18, 07:24 PM
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That's a beautiful ride, @Zaskar ^^^ Got myself some rollers for christmas


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That's a beautiful ride, @Zaskar ^^^ Got myself some rollers for christmas

Great looking bike sir! I really like your bottle cage. Aesthetically they are very cool. Does it hold your bottles pretty secure? I was looking at the Portland Design Works Maneki-neko for myself but none of my bikes have cage mounts. I may still pull the trigger and mount it on the saddle rails.
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Great looking bike sir! I really like your bottle cage. Aesthetically they are very cool. Does it hold your bottles pretty secure? I was looking at the Portland Design Works Maneki-neko for myself but none of my bikes have cage mounts. I may still pull the trigger and mount it on the saddle rails.
Yeah, it holds Podium bottles perfectly. 100% secure and a cinche to remove while riding. I actually used rivnuts to mount the bottle holder to my frame.
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The PDW bottle holders that look like swallows, owls, and lucky cats are the best you can buy, if you want a perfect combination aesthetics, function, and value. There are stronger ways to hold your bottle, and lighter ways, and just maybe (but doubtfully) better looking ways. There is nothing that rates higher on all points combined.
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none of my bikes have cage mounts.

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Originally Posted by StirFry View Post
Yeah, it holds Podium bottles perfectly. 100% secure and a cinche to remove while riding. I actually used rivnuts to mount the bottle holder to my frame.
would a bike shop install these too? I know Scrod does in his shop, just wondering how common this is.. Will I have a hard time finding someone to do this? Researched all sorts of ways to put cages on my Kilo tt.

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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
would a bike shop install these too? I know Scrod does in his shop, just wondering how common this is.. Will I have a hard time finding someone to do this? Researched all sorts of ways to put cages on my Kilo tt.

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I had never heard of these... but cool! I'm confident that I could put them in myself... and I would assume a shop tech with the right mechanical skills could easily install them. They're press fit, so its simply drilling smaller diameter holes and press fitting them in.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
would a bike shop install these too? I know Scrod does in his shop, just wondering how common this is.. Will I have a hard time finding someone to do this? Researched all sorts of ways to put cages on my Kilo tt.

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I had never heard of these... but cool! I'm confident that I could put them in myself... and I would assume a shop tech with the right mechanical skills could easily install them. They're press fit, so its simply drilling smaller diameter holes and press fitting them in.
My LBS had some on hand and installed them for a very fair price.

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I had never heard of these... but cool! I'm confident that I could put them in myself... and I would assume a shop tech with the right mechanical skills could easily install them. They're press fit, so its simply drilling smaller diameter holes and press fitting them in.
the are not all press fit, the ones I use at work I weld intinto place.
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Originally Posted by BoozyMcliverRot View Post
the are not all press fit, the ones I use at work I weld intinto place.
Not being a dick but how do you weld bottle cage threads to a finished frame?

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Not being a dick but how do you weld bottle cage threads to a finished frame?
I agree most people wouldn't. Many are also brazed into place. It just depends on how much someone wants to pay. The press fit ones are more likely to spin in place if a cage bolt gets seized.
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Originally Posted by bonsai171 View Post
would a bike shop install these too? I know Scrod does in his shop, just wondering how common this is.. Will I have a hard time finding someone to do this? Researched all sorts of ways to put cages on my Kilo tt.

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would a bike shop install [Rivnuts] too? I know Scrod does in his shop, just wondering how common this is.. Will I have a hard time finding someone to do this? Researched all sorts of ways to put cages on my Kilo tt.
Probably. Or you could do it yourself:

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair...ottle-fittings
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I just scrolled through all 23 pages. I noticed a lot of bikes with non carbon wheels and brakes and the brake tracks are still black. How is that? I want my wheels to be all black (no silver brake track showing), but not sure I want to spend the money on carbon wheels. On a side note, how good are some of the Chinese carbon wheels on Ebay?
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I just scrolled through all 23 pages. I noticed a lot of bikes with non carbon wheels and brakes and the brake tracks are still black. How is that? I want my wheels to be all black (no silver brake track showing), but not sure I want to spend the money on carbon wheels. On a side note, how good are some of the Chinese carbon wheels on Ebay?
I donít have an answer for this due to lack of experience with brakes... but Iím guessing they donít use the brake much unless emergency calls for it?

I wouldnít suggest using the Chinese eBay wheels. Iíve never seen them in person, but I can see a quality difference just in the pictures they provide. They often look cheesy and toy-ish imo. Plus Iím not sure I would want to put my faith in sub par carbon components. Many carbon wheels will still have an aluminum brake track too. Both tri spokes Iíve owned have been this way. I just take a quality paint pen to the braking surface.

You can get smoking deals on used carbon wheels if you are patient. Just look on Craigslist and eBay regularly. Obviously meticulously watch for cracks and damage to the carbon
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I just scrolled through all 23 pages. I noticed a lot of bikes with non carbon wheels and brakes and the brake tracks are still black. How is that? I want my wheels to be all black (no silver brake track showing), but not sure I want to spend the money on carbon wheels. On a side note, how good are some of the Chinese carbon wheels on Ebay?

I've kept mine black by not riding them in the rain
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Other than aesthetics, is there a problem with anodized black rims wearing down to bare metal from braking? I assume the same is happening on silver rims, except it doesn't change how it looks.

Of course I don't disputing wanting to keep nice rims nice. I'm just curious for in case I ever come across black rims that I might want to use.
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Other than aesthetics, is there a problem with anodized black rims wearing down to bare metal from braking? I assume the same is happening on silver rims, except it doesn't change how it looks.

Of course I don't disputing wanting to keep nice rims nice. I'm just curious for in case I ever come across black rims that I might want to use.

It's all cosmetic, nothing changes functionality-wise
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Other than aesthetics, is there a problem with anodized black rims wearing down to bare metal from braking? I assume the same is happening on silver rims, except it doesn't change how it looks.

Of course I don't disputing wanting to keep nice rims nice. I'm just curious for in case I ever come across black rims that I might want to use.
the design is literally based on material wear. Some alloy rims even have a Ďwear indicatorí on the sidewall, just like tyres. Obviously a rim sidewall can last a very longtime. Far longer than youíre likely to want or need to use the rims. But every time you pull the brake lever youíre wearing down the aluminium. If you ride in the rain a lot, with rim brakes, the life of your rim will be greatly reduced. The hardness and type of your braking compound can make a difference, but most people are using more or less the same compounds, regardless of brand, because every manufacturer is copying each other. My one advice for people who use rim brakes in the rain, regularly, is to clean and inspect the pads regularly. Youíre at a much higher risk of your brakes tearing off small pieces of the sidewall and having them get embedded in your pads. This will happen more if your sidewall has a machined braking surface.

as far as the anodising is concerned, my opinion is that it just makes no sense. Yea it looks good, but it will wear away. So donít buy anodised rims unless youíre using disc brakes. If you care about those aesthetics of course. it stands to reason that you do though, if you specifically chose colour anodised rims. Anodising is essentially just a coloured (or Ďclearí) electrolyticly forced, (surface) oxidation. Manufacturers like anodising because itís cheaper than polishing or paint as a means of protecting against oxidation. (Itís also easier to control the thickness than paint) The extra Ďhardnessí that anodsing provides, that manufacturers like to talk about, is materially useless to a bicycle rim, or hub, or frame, or handlebars, etc. etc. Because itís only at the surface. Most silver anodised riims, if they have a machined sidewall, will be bare aluminium or clear anodised on the sidewall. So the wear is the same. It has the same effect.

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Other than aesthetics, is there a problem with anodized black rims wearing down to bare metal from braking? I assume the same is happening on silver rims, except it doesn't change how it looks.
The only functional problem would be if the brake track wears too thin to hold the tire. But that's mainly an issue if you frequently ride in gritty/wet conditions where the brake pads pick up abrasive material. I still ride on wheels I built over 40 years ago and they're still going strong.

OTOH, anodized surfaces tend to have poorer braking performance than raw aluminum. I had a set of hard-anodized Super Champion "Mixte" rims I ended up sanding the anodizing off the brake track to get decent braking.

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