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I Love My Windsor Hour!

Old 01-18-10, 10:37 PM
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Originally Posted by BlakeyD
Before you do that you may want to think about a new bottom bracket. My bottom bracket has started to do wear out already. It's rather squeaky and I am not happy with it. It has only been around 30 miles of riding and I'm already going to have to throw down some cash for a new one.
You're either full of it, or a total moron.
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haha i dunno - i guess it just depends on how hard you ride - my chain tension is already way uneven cause ive been riding for tricks, but not sure if its a chainring issue or a bb issue ??
but yes next steps are some smoother and more durable components and maybe after a couple more paychecks some stronger rims
btw - any recommendations for deepv vs b43s?

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Old 01-20-10, 06:31 PM
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BlakeyD - I'm assuming that maybe your crank bolts aren't torqued properly and your bottom bracket is fine. Either that or your full of it and a total moron.
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windsor = ownage gear inches.
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Originally Posted by ph4nt0mf1ng3rs
windsor = ownage gear inches.
what?
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
BlakeyD - I'm assuming that maybe your crank bolts aren't torqued properly and your bottom bracket is fine. Either that or your full of it and a total moron.
No I'm not a moron. I'm not the one with bad grammar. As for the crank bolts, I'll have to check them out. I'm new to this whole scene so calm down with the flame throwing already and stop acting like an infant. All of this has been a learning experience. As for the advice thank you. Hopefully I will have some time to check it out over the weekend.
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Originally Posted by BlakeyD
No I'm not a moron. I'm not the one with bad grammar. As for the crank bolts, I'll have to check them out. I'm new to this whole scene so calm down with the flame throwing already and stop acting like an infant. All of this has been a learning experience. As for the advice thank you. Hopefully I will have some time to check it out over the weekend.
i have a few friends that also have a windsor hour and have had no problems with their bottom bracket. They've had the bike for about 8 months and put on many more miles than 30. def check to see what is up with your bottom bracket.
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So the creaking and horrible grinding sound doesn't count?
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Still learning!

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Fix your bike.
Haha, indeed I've learned quite a bit about riding a full size bicycle! I should have mentioned that this was my first one with wheels larger than 20 inches in my first post but I was too excited

So it's been a little under a month since I've had my Windsor Hour and after much research and almost 200 miles, here is an updated photo of my new favorite hobby.

Please let me know if there's anything I might have missed in improving and maintaining a proper setup. So far it's been extremely comfortable and nearly silent in operation, the only issue I really had was getting used to the stock saddle but now I'm wondering if I even need to switch. Oh, and yes I am still trying to get used to using toe straps but for the majority of urban riding I'm using bmx pedals for now. (It's a single speed, not fixed at the moment.)




The wheelset was custom built by me after seeing the design on velospace from a fellow named Adrianos, and I admit it was quite a fun experience. All that's left is to save up for a front brake

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Old 01-22-10, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by BlakeyD
No I'm not a moron. I'm not the one with bad grammar. As for the crank bolts, I'll have to check them out. I'm new to this whole scene so calm down with the flame throwing already and stop acting like an infant. All of this has been a learning experience. As for the advice thank you. Hopefully I will have some time to check it out over the weekend.
Come on, man...I was just mocking the other post that called you a moron. It's only the internet. Take a deep breath, relax and celebrate your flawless grammar.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
Come on, man...I was just mocking the other post that called you a moron. It's only the internet. Take a deep breath, relax and celebrate your flawless grammar.
Haha.

Muse, do you have had to change out any parts so far besides the pedals and adding a freewheel? Has it given you any problems?
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla
Come on, man...I was just mocking the other post that called you a moron. It's only the internet. Take a deep breath, relax and celebrate your flawless grammar.
Jerk.

[edit] I currently have a job that pays me specifically for having flawless grammar.
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Originally Posted by Brian
Jerk.

[edit] I currently have a job that pays me specifically for having flawless grammar.
Ooh, speech writer for an important public figure?
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Originally Posted by discoattheprom
Ooh, speech writer for an important public figure?
Technical writing for a Fortune 500 company. I translate geek to English. Writing bike reviews was more fun, but less pay.
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Technical writing for a Fortune 500 company. I translate geek to English. Writing bike reviews was more fun, but less pay.
I'm taking technical writing as well lol. It's quite nice having that experience under your belt.

So I took my cranks off, and checked my bottom bracket. The axle moved freely with little resistance, so as you guys were saying it was something else. Weird thing is, once I greased everything up and put it all back together it stopped. I also did the same thing with my buddies Motobecane and it is still making a nasty noise. We used a torque wrench in order to make sure that everything was put on correctly. We're still investigating the noise what's causing the problem.
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Remove the BB, grease the thread, reinstall. Make sure the cranks are bolted on snug, and check them after a few hours riding. It's either the BB in the frame, or the cranks creaking on the spindle.
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Originally Posted by discoattheprom
Haha.

Muse, do you have had to change out any parts so far besides the pedals and adding a freewheel? Has it given you any problems?
Hmm, so far everything is smooth and silent. I'm actually constantly sneaking up and unknowingly scaring pedestrians on accident hehe.

Other than the pedals and freewheel/wheelset I did change my chainring too, and even before those changes I did not have any problems. I keep everything tight and clean but I'll let you know if anything happens.
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Lol I've had that happen quite often lately, especially while cruising late night. Yesterday it hit me while I was riding to the local co-op with my friend that the one thing that we didn't check for tightness were the chainring bolts. Sure enough, I'm missing one and his were finger tight loose. I'm driving down to the local bike shop to grab some bolts for my crank.

Just wondering if there was any special way to make sure the bolts were correctly tightened. As we were tightening my buddies bolts they tended to spin after a few turns.
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newish picture

old picture of my bike [along with my brother's bike and his gf's bike] :
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araw - you and your bro need to wrap your damn bars or get some track grips.

Muse - kudos for copying Adriano's wheels. Where the hell has Adriano been lately?
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araw - you and your bro need to wrap your damn bars or get some track grips.

Muse - kudos for copying Adriano's wheels. Where the hell has Adriano been lately?
he has oury grips on the inside of the bullhorns now.

and i don't like riding with grips for some reason haha. i have bought a pair of gloves recently [for when it's cold]
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Nice bike araw...the newish pic.

Haha one thing i dont like about my windsor is the badging. Im going to sand and repaint completely white with my cousin since the logos are not decals.


In any case, Ill post a pic. But I live in SF bay area, and I thought it would look nice to put bus schedules fully unfolded in my spokes as spoke cards. It looks like a disc wheel when spinning at high speeds. But i get weird looks from hipsters who dont even ride and wear messenger bags and wear the cycling clothes. makes me kinda mad.


Lol.


I like the guy who has the hella low spoke count rim. Hella raw.
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Old 02-08-10, 05:38 PM
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Heeey btw. Did anyone have trouble skidding on the stock chainring/cog ratio? (48/16 is what mine came with), cuz its so hard to learn to skid on it so far. Lol.
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Hi, so I just got my windsor and i have a problem already.

When i try to pedal hard either forward or backward, it feel like it "skips" ahead.. like the bottom bracket is loose or something. Im not sure what exactly the problem is or how to even explain in the first place. Please help if you know what im talking about. Thanks
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Old 02-13-10, 06:59 PM
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kenp315, stop riding it. Take it to a shop, have them remove the cog and lockring, check your threads for any damage, then put both back on and tighten the hell out of em. Or while you're there, buy a new lockring because the stock one is garbage.
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