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Petr5
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edit: meh, don't care.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Fri, 02/06/2009 - 14:26
phil
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I like california better than tennessee, but I grew up there. The are an equal amount of asshats in both states, they just manifest themselves differently.

Fri, 02/06/2009 - 15:36
scrub
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I'm putting the derailleurs back on a bike and I'd like a tip or two about chain length and cables.

I bought a KMC 6/7/8 speed chain will I have to shorten it for my 6 speed?

When I put the rear shift cable on (Shimano 105 DT shifter) do i only need that short loop of cable housing that goes from the chainstay to the hanger or do I need more housing?
Any other adjustment tips are greatly appreciated.

Also the bike is too big (but you have to work with what you have sometimes) I can just straddle the top tube w/ 23s on it but I'd like to run bigger tires, do 25s offer a significantly smoother ride? Ideally I'd run 28s but that will mess with the stand over even more, won't it?

thanks!

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 01:20
Brvn

I really want to visit CA soon.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 01:23
pirate
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scrub wrote:
I'm putting the derailleurs back on a bike and I'd like a tip or two about chain length and cables.

I bought a KMC 6/7/8 speed chain will I have to shorten it for my 6 speed?

When I put the rear shift cable on (Shimano 105 DT shifter) do i only need that short loop of cable housing that goes from the chainstay to the hanger or do I need more housing?
Any other adjustment tips are greatly appreciated.

Also the bike is too big (but you have to work with what you have sometimes) I can just straddle the top tube w/ 23s on it but I'd like to run bigger tires, do 25s offer a significantly smoother ride? Ideally I'd run 28s but that will mess with the stand over even more, won't it?

thanks!

Yeah, you'll probably have to shorten it, I use the big ring/big cog method on parktool.com.

Yes you only need the little piece of shifter cabel housing if you have dt shifters.

I used to ride 25c's and I remember them being less jarring if I had to go over an expansion joint or a pothole, and maybe a little smoother over rough pavement, but I didn't really notice a huge difference between 25c and 23c. I had some 28c's (gatorskins) and they were awesome, really smooth. I think I'll get some 28's the next time I buy tires. I can't really speak on the standover issue, it doesn't seem that big a deal but I don't know.

Machines were mice and men were lions once upon a time, but now that its the opposite it's twice upon a time.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 01:36
Sneaky Viking
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Dumb question:
I have a lot of bike shit (compatability, shimano hierarchy, etc.) moemorized. Way too much. But I have no idea about that numbering on Nitto bars, like when people talk about RB123AAs, I space out. I know Noodles and Sobas and North Roads and all the name ones, but the rest are just blank numbers for me.

What's what with Nitto bars? Is there a system to the numbers?

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 10:19
patrick
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I don't think there's a system for the numbers but i'm probably wrong. RB = bullhorns. B = drops. AA at the end = aluminum.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 11:21
mr. fop
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so i have a 32mm derailleur that i would like to use on an older steel bike... is it possible to shim this or should i just buy a braze-on model with 28mm adapter?

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 12:42
edw
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shimming should not be a problem.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 13:05
room203
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Im working on a frame that has internal routing through the top tube for the rear brake.

the (what seems to be) 'standard' size housing wont fit into the holes. its actually kinda a tube that runs through the frame and comes out both ends. the cable OD is the same as that of the tube.

does a cable housing exist that will fit into the tube that goes through the frame or do i just lube it up and run it through without the housing (and put ferrules on the ends of the housing at the entry and exit holes)?

rollin

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 15:06
VT regularbike
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you basically just run the tiny Teflon housing that's inside standard housing. Its a PITA but you can separate it from the standard housing, run that through the frame. Oh yeah that said, you should lube always use some lube on your cables.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 15:24
barba

Internal routing is one of those things that always seems like a good idea but kind of suck in real life.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 15:25
hambeki
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My Klein has internal routing. I just said fuck it and zip tied cables along the top tube.

MoonCat wrote:
All bikes are really just overpriced crosschecks with different geometries.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 16:13
room203
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that's plan B.

rollin

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 16:44
Wolf
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dumb question:
what is a bicycle?

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 20:56
Omi

triplesixer wrote:
dumb question:
what is a bicycle?

Of no interest to you. Don't worry about it, this is man talk.

Tue, 02/10/2009 - 23:16
surfcat
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halbritt wrote:
Your close-mindedness in this thread makes a huge target for an attack, particularly by those of us that live in and enjoy California. California is a huge state with a wide variety of geography and culture. Making such a blanket statement is laughable and patently wrong-headed.

Who fucking cares dude? He likes Tennessee or whatever... he's staying there... what is the problem?

Uh oh, was I just a self congratulatory dickwad? At least there's no smog here in SB. Shit, I just did it again.

Quote:
the gearing is perfect for quick execration

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 00:48
surfcat
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OK, a dumb question. I have a FG Cross Check with front AND rear brakes, hoods, drops, Brooks, rides great, fits me perfect, I love it. The problem is, I realize that I basically have a semi-snazzy conversion, and what I would like to have (probably in addition to the Cross Check), is a real track bike. Or tarck bike, actually. With real track bike cranks, track hubs, track drops, quill stem, etc. And probably no brake.

Why? Why can't I just be happy with the bike I've been riding for the past 10 months, that fits me and brings me joy, fitness, and no small number of accolades from fellow riders? That I happily take on 20+ mile rides without discomfort, that I whip about through traffic with the confidence and aplomb that riding with two brakes can give you. Etcetra. Is this a simple case of "n+1" bike covetousness, or is there some deep need to explore the Tarck Side?

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the gearing is perfect for quick execration

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 00:54
Cap-Cap
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seems like you answered your own dumb question

Wed, 02/11/2009 - 01:01
room203
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Why are DA cogs some of the cheapest cogs out there?

rollin

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 19:24
asterisk
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The real question is why are the others so expensive?

Probably because Shimano can so easily make many of them and only have a limited size range (12-16t, 3/32" and 1/8", total of 10 different models.)

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 19:28
SUPERVEEPS
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Shimano has greater buying power for raw materials and/or more efficient production capacity than competitors?

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 19:28
CeeGee
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surfimp wrote:
CeeGee wrote:
Your close-mindedness in this thread makes a huge target for an attack, particularly by those of us that live in and enjoy California. California is a huge state with a wide variety of geography and culture. Making such a blanket statement is laughable and patently wrong-headed.

Who fucking cares dude? He likes Tennessee or whatever... he's staying there... what is the problem?

Uh oh, was I just a self congratulatory dickwad? At least there's no smog here in SB. Shit, I just did it again.

Nice try there champ, but if you'll look back you'll see that you misquoted me. That was said to me instead of by me. So no you aren't a self congratulatory dickwad, you're just a fucking dumbass for decided to drag this joke turned argument out from the grave. The simple fact that so many of you whiny little babies are up in arms because someone across the country doesn't care for your state proves to me that I'm right in my opinions. Take your bleeding hearts off your fucking sleeves. When people shit talk TN or Northeastern Indiana where I was born, I don't bitch and whine about it for pages and pages in an unrelated thread. Shut the fuck up already.

Mon, 02/16/2009 - 19:49
pirate
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I want to use a flat bar on a bike with standard road calipers, what kind of levers do I need, ones that work with cantilever brakes? Any suggestions on ~$20 ones? I want to use real mtb style levers, not cross levers.

Machines were mice and men were lions once upon a time, but now that its the opposite it's twice upon a time.

Wed, 02/18/2009 - 03:52
Sneaky Viking
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Shimano flat bar road levers
http://www.outsideoutfitters.com/p-3170 ... r-set.aspx
http://www.treefortbikes.com/107_333222 ... -pair.html
nice modulation. any LBS could probably order them for around $20 too.

There's a BL-R440, BL-R550, and BL-R770, that get progressively more expensive.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Wed, 02/18/2009 - 08:49
halbritt
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Performance bikes has some cheap levers that can be switched between canti and linear.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Wed, 02/18/2009 - 10:59
surfcat
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CeeGee wrote:
Shut the fuck up already.

Hey dude - take your own advice. I was agreeing with you on all points. Which were that you like TN, hate CA, are entitled to your opinion, and who fucking cares about it? Not me, that's for sure.

P.S. - Sorry for the misquote, I've fixed it.

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the gearing is perfect for quick execration

Wed, 02/18/2009 - 11:09
bexley
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Can I fit full-sized panniers on this rack without much instability?

Say something like these Ostrich bags:

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:30
bexley
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Not just talking about the support the rack would give the back of the panniers, but the fact that it's not supposed to attach to the stays. I'm open to adding attachments to the stays if the forward/backward stresses would be too much for the fender attachment.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:32
Elaxion
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On rainy days like today I tend to walk to wherever I need to go so my bike isn't out in the rain. Could the rain ruin a bicycle in the time frame of like...1-2 hours, maybe a bit more?

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:39
Patch
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get fenders and ride your bike. as long as there isn't salt on the streets you'll be fine.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:43
Cap-Cap
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bold wrote:
get fenders and ride your bike. as long as there isn't salt on the streets you'll be fine.

take bold's advice. he speaka the truth

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:47
y
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Hmm... I've been a bike messenger for almost four years, half of which has been spent riding in the snow, and none of my bikes have been ruined.

Quit being a baby and ride your fucking bike!

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:50
y
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Also, salt's not that big of a deal. Sure you'll have to replace your chain more frequently but so what? I don't understand why so many people are reluctant to spend money for basic maintenance yet will drop tons on... whatever kind of colored shit it is people buy.

(not directed at anyone in particular)

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:54
Elaxion
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Haha I'm not trying to be a puss or anything. I've just been worried about rust and the like. Idk.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 11:03
Patch
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rust happens.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 11:59
y
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piton happens.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 12:00
mr. fop
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i have a pair of aero mighty road doubles that are currently mounted with an outside 44.5 chainline that i would put on a fixie. to get a solid 42mm, do i just measure the current bb spindle and subtract a 2-3 mm to decide which bb to get?

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 14:45
Larry Winget
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How do I check wear on disc brake pads? I have no fucking clue.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 14:46
barba

I think the rule of thumb is that you replace them when there is between .5-1mm of material left on the pad. As in all things brake, if they stop working well replace them.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 15:06
bexley
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Dumb question about panniers waiting to be answered.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 16:41
asterisk
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bexley wrote:
Not just talking about the support the rack would give the back of the panniers, but the fact that it's not supposed to attach to the stays. I'm open to adding attachments to the stays if the forward/backward stresses would be too much for the fender attachment.

Relying on just two attachment points might be a bit much. The weight is going to push back and forth on those two bolts which I would think might eventually loosen them. If you could somehow attach it to the brake bridge that would probably help.

As far as actually being able to attach the bag to the rack, I don't know about those Ostriches but Ortliebs have adjustable mounting points. Make sure the bag you buy can do the same.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 16:59
k.ODOMA
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bexley wrote:
Dumb question about panniers waiting to be answered.

I think it's generally agreed that when you have a single point of contact at the bottom of the rack (like the one you posted) that it will be less stable than a rack that is wider at the bottom and has two points of contact. Whether or not this matters depends on what kind of roads you are going to be riding on and how much weight will be in the panniers.

How does that thing even attach to a frame?

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 18:02
bexley
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Fender.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 18:22
onemorebeer
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how on the fender

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 19:24
y
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a wiccan

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 19:26
bexley
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Thu, 02/19/2009 - 20:17
Sneaky Viking
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Well, that is pretty cute.

ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 21:30
y
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are you a wiccan?

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 21:32
Sneaky Viking
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ckd wrote:
I mean, seriously. We're just a bunch of washed up bicycle burnout dipshits.

Thu, 02/19/2009 - 21:37

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