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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    New:

    Sram Force brifters
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    Shimano CX70 FD
    Shimano 34/50 105 cranks
    11-36 XT cassette.
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    Nice bike! 34/50 chainrings with a 11-36 cassette is some serious range. You could climb Mt Everest with that! Out of curiosity, why use a CX FD with a 34/50? I would imagine a CX FD is designed for chainrings much more similarly sized, like a 36/46.

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    Thanks...i value gear range over a tigh ratio...and wanted to keep a similar range that i had with my 28/39/52 triple and 11-32 cassette.

    As for the fd, it's designed for a 46-52 big ring, with a 16t capacity. I'm not aware of any double fd that has a larger capacity. It was the right price and fit my needs.

    Overall shifting with this setup is fantastic.
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    ^ what flared bars are those? A midge? As a recent convert I'm always curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    ^ what flared bars are those? A midge? As a recent convert I'm always curious.
    Yea, on-one midge
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    I continued catching up on my overdue maintenance last night. I serviced my rear hub. First time I ever did it by myself, it was pretty simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcaino View Post
    Yea, on-one midge
    How do the brifters feel with the flared bars?
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Spent some time over the weekend really cleaning it up. I did a long ride on Friday on some wet and grimey roads, so there was sand everywhere. Spent about an hour cleaning everything I could. My right pedal spindle isn't as free spinning as the left, and if feels as though my bottom bracket is a little gunked. I'll have to put those on the to do list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexCuse View Post
    How do the brifters feel with the flared bars?
    I dig 'em. These replaced some very tired (~25k miles) tiagra brifters on another set of on-one midge bars
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    newfangled's dropbar odyssey - part eleventeen

    No recent changes, but after about a week running this setup I've decided that I might have finally found dropbar conversion nirvana.

    To recap:

    9 months using the midge on my 29er. I liked it a lot, but with the long toptube I always felt stretched out.
    Switched to a woodchipper. It felt like an improvement, but the question was whether it would get me a setup I was truly happy with, or whether it would still only be "close" to perfect.
    3 weeks of experimenting, and now when I get on the bike I'm genuinely surprised at how good it feels.
    There's still room for more testing, but the woodchipper let me move the seat back a bit, and actually drop the stem a bit, and I think I've found a pretty good zone of comfiness.

    Next up will be fine-tuning the midge that's now on my fixie.

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    Finally finished the final bit of maintenance my commuter needed. I rebuilt the front hub and gave the braking surfaces on my wheels a good cleaning. No more squealing from my brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    newfangled's dropbar odyssey - part eleventeen

    No recent changes, but after about a week running this setup I've decided that I might have finally found dropbar conversion nirvana.

    To recap:



    9 months using the midge on my 29er. I liked it a lot, but with the long toptube I always felt stretched out.
    Switched to a woodchipper. It felt like an improvement, but the question was whether it would get me a setup I was truly happy with, or whether it would still only be "close" to perfect.
    3 weeks of experimenting, and now when I get on the bike I'm genuinely surprised at how good it feels.
    There's still room for more testing, but the woodchipper let me move the seat back a bit, and actually drop the stem a bit, and I think I've found a pretty good zone of comfiness.

    Next up will be fine-tuning the midge that's now on my fixie.
    I've been wanting to try the woodchipper as well. Currently using the cowbell bar.

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    Having a new headset installed on the track bike, and ordered a new BB for it. I pick up the bike from the shop tomorrow and after I service the hubs, install the BB and Cranks the bike will be better than new.

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    Got these in today...

    Can't wait to have them installed.
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    New parts day!! Rode down to my buddies shop for a few upgrades. Namely new threaded tubes and Continental Gatorskins. The tubes that came on the bike were non threaded, and the clicking sound that they made was just too much for me. A purchase totally unneeded, but I got them anyway. 700x23 Gatorskins as well, same size as the Vittoria Rubinos that came stock. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! The Vittoria's were fast and smooth, but not that great. The Gatorskins are faster, quieter and I swear that they eat up the bumps a little more. Very happy with that purchase. I went ahead and ordered a new Fyxation 25.4 flat rodeo bullhorn bar as well. Same price through them as it would be online, so why not support my lbs? That will be in on Friday, and my brand spanking new 25.4 Thomson Elite stem came yesterday. I need to pick out some bar wrap, and new plugs so I will order those myself, most likely from Fyxation. My current bar is a 25.4, but with a 26.0 clamp. I don't trust that with the stem, so it will be taken care of.

    I went ahead today and rode my commute, at least from the bike shop to work, back to the shop, and then back home. The ride on the tires is amazing. If anyone is considering these for any bike, get them!!!!
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Finally repacked the hubs and headset on my 29er. It's my main winterbike, so I like to do it once a year, and it's supposed to be part of routine spring maintenance, but this year every time I'd thought about doing it I'd just decided to go for a ride instead.

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    Replace the rear shock...the old one was completely worn out after some 45,000 km... even new seal kits wern't working.

    Also noticed rim was starting to split at the valve stem (again)...Second rim to do it...

    Filled in the channel that holds the spokes (tubeless rim) with gorilla foam. The drill out the bad metal...(corroded aluminum?)...then re foamed...then epoxied...

    Looks like a good fix we will see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    Can't wait to have them installed.
    Hopefully you mean "Can't wait to install them".

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    The rear wheel of my spare (commuter) wheelset was spinning really rough. It was cheap and I wasn't sure what was in there. Cracked it open and found cartridge bearings. Used a pick and pulled the seals off, finding dry rusty stuff inside. Sprayed some degreaser in there a few times, rinsed, dried, re-greased, and put back together. It helped a lot for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Hopefully you mean "Can't wait to install them".
    I freakn tried...Could not get them to seat. I worked on it for an hour and finally conceded. The guy at the bike shop told me it took him an hour to finally get them to take. They are ready today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtbxplorer View Post
    The rear wheel of my spare (commuter) wheelset was spinning really rough. It was cheap and I wasn't sure what was in there. Cracked it open and found cartridge bearings. Used a pick and pulled the seals off, finding dry rusty stuff inside. Sprayed some degreaser in there a few times, rinsed, dried, re-greased, and put back together. It helped a lot for now.
    see if you can read the bearing number it be like 6801 or 608 something like that...the cartridge bearings can be purchased on line at Boca bearing....or if you have an industrial transmission supply house much cheaper there...

    Real easy to pop in and out.

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    Bike shop called me yesterday, bullhorns that I ordered are not available. I hate to say that I went on Amazon and got the exact same bars, for cheaper. I like to support my local shop as much as I can, but sometimes they cannot beat the stuff online and are at the mercy of the availability of QBP. It looks like I got the last bar on there in a 42cm so I am pretty happy.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Got my tires back today...Man they looks sweet.

    Can't wait to see what they feel like when I hit a straight away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I freakn tried...Could not get them to seat. I worked on it for an hour and finally conceded. The guy at the bike shop told me it took him an hour to finally get them to take. They are ready today.
    Isn't that going to be an issue if you get a flat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanath View Post
    Isn't that going to be an issue if you get a flat?
    They are set up tubeless with Stans sealant. Day two and they are still holding strong. Just in case I am carrying a spare tube if they decide to take a dump on me.

    Since the rear wheel didn't give me any trouble I'm thinking the front one had issues and the fatter tires I had on before didn't expose it.
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    So this is a new one...

    I was thinking the external bb on my fixie might be shot. On my geared bike I probably wouldn't have noticed yet, but a little bit of play at the top of the pedalstroke is pretty apparent riding fixed or ss. No matter how tight I set the preload there's still a bit of play, so it's probably the bb but maybe it could be crank wear?

    I have an old bb that I'd popped the bearings out of and pressed in some basic enduro bearings. So I swap that bb onto the bike to try and determine if it's the BB or the crank. I grease the crank and try to reinstall it, and it Will. Not. Budge.

    So I grab the rubber mallet and bang-bang-bang and no luck. Try again - bang-bang-BANG! Okay, this is weird. So I decide to give up. I yank the crank off, and it sucks the bearing out of the cup?!? The bearing was stuck on the spindle, and the only way I could get it off was using a hammer and punch to carefully tap it off.

    It's an FSA crank that I've used with FSA, Raceface, and XT BBs. And I've used these enduro bearings with shimano cranks. So I don't know what's going on here.

    For now I think I'm just going to put it back together the way it was, to see if this adventure has done any damage to the crank. After that, I dunno? Putting a new bearing back in, and trying even harder to bang the crank in seems like a bad idea.



    Edited to add: so after some research, it turns out that some (but not all) FSA cranks have a 24.07mm spindle diameter, compared to the 24.00mm standard. Most BBs (shimano and rf) have a plastic sleeve between the spindle and bearing, so even though the spindle is oversized you can still squish it in there. But with the enduros the spindle and bearing are tight, so it's no-go. At the co-op I like blaming the French for all the weird, old, mismatched standards, but it turns out some manufacturers are still doing it.

    Not sure what to do next. I really didn't want to buy another junky FSA or RF BB, but I don't know that any of the better BBs will fit this crank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    So this is a new one...

    I was thinking the external bb on my fixie might be shot. On my geared bike I probably wouldn't have noticed yet, but a little bit of play at the top of the pedalstroke is pretty apparent riding fixed or ss. No matter how tight I set the preload there's still a bit of play, so it's probably the bb but maybe it could be crank wear?

    I have an old bb that I'd popped the bearings out of and pressed in some basic enduro bearings. So I swap that bb onto the bike to try and determine if it's the BB or the crank. I grease the crank and try to reinstall it, and it Will. Not. Budge.

    So I grab the rubber mallet and bang-bang-bang and no luck. Try again - bang-bang-BANG! Okay, this is weird. So I decide to give up. I yank the crank off, and it sucks the bearing out of the cup?!? The bearing was stuck on the spindle, and the only way I could get it off was using a hammer and punch to carefully tap it off.

    It's an FSA crank that I've used with FSA, Raceface, and XT BBs. And I've used these enduro bearings with shimano cranks. So I don't know what's going on here.

    For now I think I'm just going to put it back together the way it was, to see if this adventure has done any damage to the crank. After that, I dunno? Putting a new bearing back in, and trying even harder to bang the crank in seems like a bad idea.



    Edited to add: so after some research, it turns out that some (but not all) FSA cranks have a 24.07mm spindle diameter, compared to the 24.00mm standard. Most BBs (shimano and rf) have a plastic sleeve between the spindle and bearing, so even though the spindle is oversized you can still squish it in there. But with the enduros the spindle and bearing are tight, so it's no-go. At the co-op I like blaming the French for all the weird, old, mismatched standards, but it turns out some manufacturers are still doing it.

    Not sure what to do next. I really didn't want to buy another junky FSA or RF BB, but I don't know that any of the better BBs will fit this crank.
    Probably luck but FSA bb have held up better for me than SRAM or shimano - though I got an off brand ceramic gxp bb from ebay on my new cross bike that I have high hopes for. I think replacing the bearings on those BB's in general is pretty bad news, though you can get away with it for shimanos with the right tools. Unfortunately there aren't any mid-level options for FSA (this is why I put a SRAM crank on the new bike - though I will be replacing it with a square taper if the BB doesn't hold up).

    I set my ss cross bike up as a half-dinglespeed last night (sticking with single front ring so chainline will be perfect when I flip the wheel to fixed side). The 36x16 is almost enough to get me to 20 on the road and 36x18 should be nice for trail riding. Have a 15t cog I can throw on if I need it, but keeping a 17 on there now for trails

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Edited to add: so after some research, it turns out that some (but not all) FSA cranks have a 24.07mm spindle diameter, compared to the 24.00mm standard. Most BBs (shimano and rf) have a plastic sleeve between the spindle and bearing, so even though the spindle is oversized you can still squish it in there. But with the enduros the spindle and bearing are tight, so it's no-go. At the co-op I like blaming the French for all the weird, old, mismatched standards, but it turns out some manufacturers are still doing it.

    Not sure what to do next. I really didn't want to buy another junky FSA or RF BB, but I don't know that any of the better BBs will fit this crank.
    Check out Boca Bearings site...you can probably find a bearing with the required ID OD and width etc...just a C hair bigger....

    Might hafta specify a english bearing rather than a metric bearing..

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    ^^ I've been running a 16/18 half-dingle on my 29er for a few months now, and while 2 teeth difference doesn't sound like much, I've been pretty happy with it. For 3 years that bike had been just a little too spinny on the commute. But now I've got a reasonable road gear (that works on most but not all trails), and a trail gear for weekends.

    As for the FSA cranks, they came stock on one of my bikes, so I wouldn't cry if I had to replace them. But on my 29er I am running XT cups with replacement bearings and shimano cranks, and have had no issues. It's just the weirdo FSA cranks that are the problem.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Snapped my front derailleur cable.


    I guess later today I'll be installing a new front derailleur cable!

    Damned slow going getting home this morning (I work nights), stuck in my small chainring! I've never spun so much, so fast, or coasted so much on my 10 mile commute before!
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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    When I bought my CX commuter, the original owner had already swapped the shifters from Tiagra to Ultegra, and added Ultegra cassette, chain, and FD/RD, with a Dura Ace crank. The cassette is 23-11, and is just too high geared for me and my daily needs. Towing the kids or a grocery load in the trailer is almost impossible, especially if I come to a hill.

    When I get off work, I'll swing by the shop and we're going to put on a Deore or XT RD with a 32-11 cassette. That will still allow me to run with the big dogs on the weekend shop rides, but haul my groceries without having a heart attack.
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    ^ is your Ultegra shifter 10spd? (If it is, then the internet tells me that won't work)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    When I bought my CX commuter, the original owner had already swapped the shifters from Tiagra to Ultegra, and added Ultegra cassette, chain, and FD/RD, with a Dura Ace crank. The cassette is 23-11, and is just too high geared for me and my daily needs. Towing the kids or a grocery load in the trailer is almost impossible, especially if I come to a hill.

    When I get off work, I'll swing by the shop and we're going to put on a Deore or XT RD with a 32-11 cassette. That will still allow me to run with the big dogs on the weekend shop rides, but haul my groceries without having a heart attack.
    EDIT: Nevermind, I clearly can't read....

    Shimano does make road RDs that can take bigger cassettes. My friend has a 12-30 on his road bike with Tiagra 10 speed shifters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    Make sure your RD can take an 11-32. Some road RDs can't go that big.
    That's the whole reason we're taking off the Ultegra RD and going with Deore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    That's the whole reason we're taking off the Ultegra RD and going with Deore.
    You responded while I was editing my last post, I re-read your post and saw that you're swapping the RD.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Ha! My bad, man. Just got everything set up and it works like a charm. I really liked being able to get up to speed quickly on the hills, which I hadn't been able to do previously.

    Now I've got a slow leak in the front tube... Not what I wanted to do tonight.
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    Ive regularly used a shimano external BB with FSA energy crankset on my SS. Im using the BB in a frame with track ends + drive side surly tug bolt and have noticed that the combo does a number on the BB bearings.

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    swapping out my V2 pompino frame for a V4 frame with revised geo (steeper HA/SA and longer ETT) and in a really nice looking raw finish. Its almost too nice for a pub grocery commuter...

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    Everything has finally arrived.

    Thomson Elite 25.4 stem
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    Fizik Bar Gel and tape

    Made an offer on the brand new stem on eBay thinking that there would be no way that it would sell for what it did, but it did, to me. Tried to order the bars through my LBS but they showed that QBP was backordered on them. Found them on Amazon, the last set in this size and color, for $22.00 shipped to my door, $7 cheaper than I could find online, at Fyxation or the LBS could get them. Felt bad for LBS, so I bought the Fizik gel and tape there, which is the same stuff I used on my last bullhorns. I really like it, and you can place the gel anywhere you want on the bars and wrap the tape over it.

    The bars have a slightly longer reach than my current bars, and the stem is a slightly lower rise. Might have to try different combos out before I settle on one that works.
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    Put some Power Grips on the Raleigh. See how that works out. . . .

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    Took the Power Grips off the Raleigh, put the platforms back on, and did a 'mini Le Tour de Bullhead'. in 100+ degree, 30% humidity, and the usual winds. . . .

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    Installed my new stem and bars along with the stock front wheel. Got it right the first time with the headset, which is an absolute miracle given that I always had bad luck with Thomson stems on my mtb. Always took me at least 2-3 tries to get it buttoned up correctly. Installed the fi'zi:k bar tap and gel. Did a pretty decent job for my third try at this, right up until it was time to put the bar end caps in. Those sob's would NOT go in. I think I fudged up the start of the bar tape also, so it isn't perfect, but after using a hammer, they are in there. Spacing on the wrap is much better than last time, and much cleaner. Gel pieces did NOT want to stay on the bar. Ended up using electrical tape to hold the left one in. Right one sort of stayed in place but was being a pain in the butt.

    So is this a normal thing with the end caps or does it depend on the tape/brand of caps you use?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TenSpeed View Post

    So is this a normal thing with the end caps or does it depend on the tape/brand of caps you use?
    There are a lot of variables. Tape, caps, bar tubing thickness. Too tight is better than too loose. There's few thing worse than having an end cap fall out and your taple slowly unraveling in the middle of a race

    Use corks...then you can shape it to fit just right
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    I use corks I get from my wife, the wine drinker, and cover them with beer bottle caps. It's a cool way to personalize your ride without going all out, and adds a distinguishing feature in the event that it's stolen.
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    Picked up a Cateye Stealth 10 wireless computer from my buddies shop today. Holy hell this thing is kind of complicated. I think I have the jist of it, but it will be a learning process. Huge bonus is that it is completely wireless, no spoke magnet and receiver on the fork. I am not really crazy about the mount and may try to fab something a little nicer up that won't scratch the stem.
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    Relaced a wheelset last night. The hand-me-down wheels I've been using on my fixie have black, anodized rims. They are designed for rimbrakes, but after almost a year of wear (including all of last winter) they look like garbage.
    So a new wheelset was always in the plan at some point, but I saw that chainreaction had silver mavic rims with a matching ERD and free shipping. It's getting pretty tough to find non-disc 26" rims, and since these would let me reuse my old spokes I couldn't resist. Moved the hubs and spokes over, retensioned and trued them up last night.

    Also redid the rimtape on the rear wheel of my 29er. It had migrated from the center channel over into the bead, and the exposed spoke holes finally cut a hole in the tube. Also checked the front wheel on my 29er and discovered that I'd been running at 15psi - bumped it up to a slightly more reasonable 22psi.

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    I added a CF bottle cage, dropped the shifters down a bit for better reach and lowered the seat post a half inch. I also let 5PSI out of the rear tire. Just got the bike so I'm getting her dialed in.

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    Had to replace my Velocity Deep Vee rear wheel with the stock Alex something or another for a time. The Velocity free hub body was grinding something terrible and wouldn't stay put in the dropouts, constantly shifting to rub against the left brake pad. Seeing that I'm 260 pounds, I'm not sure I have much trust in this wheel, but at the same time, they were built specifically to handle the rigors of CX. I'll give it a shot.

    I also took my Dremel to the plastic body around my Shimano Click'R pedals. I had cracked the right pedal body and it was causing this unbearable squeaking noise. It's gonna be weird not having that platform around the cleat catcher thingy, but I'll get used to it.
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    All the Click'R pedals are is a basic M520 with a plastic support around it. I would guess that it would be used for regular shoes. If you clip in, you probably won't notice this much.
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    All the Click'R pedals are is a basic M520 with a plastic support around it. I would guess that it would be used for regular shoes. If you clip in, you probably won't notice this much.
    You definitely notice the platform around the center pedal. It was a good 30 mile ride today, and I noticed that my knee tracking had improved on my bad leg. I think the platform was preventing my leg from moving how it needs to roll to keep my knee from grinding. But I'm happy, so there we go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Texan-n-Fla View Post
    Had to replace my Velocity Deep Vee rear wheel with the stock Alex something or another for a time. The Velocity free hub body was grinding something terrible and wouldn't stay put in the dropouts, constantly shifting to rub against the left brake pad. Seeing that I'm 260 pounds, I'm not sure I have much trust in this wheel, but at the same time, they were built specifically to handle the rigors of CX. I'll give it a shot.
    My 36 spoke Velocity/DT swiss double butted spokes/Campagnolo Chorus hub has handled me in 200-240 lb range since built in 2010 and the rim and hub survived a metal water bottle insertion. Not riding too much CX with it though some streets I rode on may qualify. The rim is as near bullet proof as I could want. Sorry your Velocity hub freewheel cluster is not up to par.

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    The rim has never come out of true since day one. It's simply
    The freewheel body, it sounds like the bearings are shot, but there's no way to rebuild it. Velocity has warrantied the freewheel body, so I'm just waiting for it to arrive.
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    Swapped a 60mm stem onto my hardtail. Over the past few months I've been playing a game of musical-handlebars with all my bikes, and that bike had ended up with an 80mm. It's been comfy enough, but I've been struggling a bit in spots that I shouldn't be, so it was time for a change. I had a 60 and a 90 in the parts bin, and tried the 60mm first thinking that it would probably be too small, but then I had a fantastic ride today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Swapped a 60mm stem onto my hardtail. Over the past few months I've been playing a game of musical-handlebars with all my bikes, and that bike had ended up with an 80mm. It's been comfy enough, but I've been struggling a bit in spots that I shouldn't be, so it was time for a change. I had a 60 and a 90 in the parts bin, and tried the 60mm first thinking that it would probably be too small, but then I had a fantastic ride today.
    It's a great feeling when you do find the sweet spot.

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    Yeah. I wasn't really expecting that the shorter stem would help with standing climbs, but I guess it lightened the front wheel and added a bit of weight and traction to the rear. It just feels a lot more natural than it had been.

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    Re: What have you done to your commuter today?

    It was a struggle but got these bars onto my old quill stem

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    Saying goodbye to my Bigshot commuter. I had some really good rides on this bike, but it is time to let someone else enjoy it now.
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    Last weekend I washed my helmet. A bathroom sink soak for maybe 15-20 minutes with some Woolite, and some Tide scrubbed into the (previously gray) straps for good measure. Rinsed it and set it outside, came out great.

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    ^ that's funny, because just this morning I was thinking about asking people for helmet washing tips (helmet de-stinking tips, really).

    I've got a spray bottle with some diluted baking soda that I've been using on the dog's collar, and that seems to work okay on the helmet, but it does leave behind a weird residue. And I don't care what the commercials for Febreeze say - it is the worst stuff in the world.

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    Loaded up, slid over my rock-hard French saddle, and took off.

    Totally forgetting my water bottles.

    Not the thing you want to do in a desert area.

    In August.

    Fortunately, there are plenty of stores around town.

    And the bike/pedestrian pathway at Rotary Park has plenty of drinking fountains.

    Also Wally World has thermal water bottles that do seem to work.

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    Wrong thread.
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    Changed to an FSA Vero 165mm crankset.

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    made a lid for the crate from a broken crate I had laying around.....good thing I didnt toss it out
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    I made a lot of changes just now.

    Swapped bars back to the original BigShot stock bars/Dimension stem. Bullhorns are the same width, but more shallow than the Fyxation/Thomson stem setup, and the Thomson is a slightly longer stem, so it was throwing me off. These long rides are really singling out any cockpit/fitment issues that I may have, so they need to be addressed. Swapped the original saddle back on, and took my Specialized Avatar off. I love the Avatar, but the stock saddle isn't bad, so I will see if that helps any. Riding fixed gear, I am finding that I am getting quite a bit more actual saddle time than before and so there isn't much rest for my butt unless we are climbing or taking off from a dead stop.

    Lighting was also something that I wanted to change up, so I started thinking about my lighting needs and am going to try a slightly different set up. Most of my commute home is on lit streets, with the last 2.5 miles or so on a very dark and unlit MUP. The Serfas Thunderbolt that I have is more than ideal for the city area, but less than ideal alone on that path. I currently have it mounted dead center, right across the face plate of the stem. This frees up the bar for more hand positions for me, which I need, and prevents accidental partial/full coverage by my hands when repositioning on the bar. I have a helmet mount for my Niterider Lumia 700 or 350 which works great on the MUP. I will just resort to that for darker roads/situations.

    Part of this comes from these group rides that I have been on. The Lumia is just absolute overkill in a group ride as it just blinds the people ahead of me, in their mirrors and when they look back. People think that I am a car coming up which really throws them off. I will just keep it in my bag or pocket with the bar mount if we end up somewhere that a brighter light is needed.

    Next up is installing cleats in my new shoes that I picked up at Performance Bike today on sale. My Chrome shoes are just not working out like I had hoped. I need to take a Dremel to the sole to clear some of the sole out for easier release. I had a few issues last night getting unclipped, and I can blame the shoes as I know how to unclip.
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    Picked up a "new to me" set of wheels and tires this past weekend. Finally got them installed and readjusted the brakes for the new centerlock rotors. These bad boys are going to scream.
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    Installed a new rigid fork on my commuter, not many bikes use a 9" steerer tube, so i was glad to find one, even though the color of it clashed with the bike, but will be rigid like i want it
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    1 week went past with no posts. No way. What did I do? Pics to come tonight
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    put my rear mech into the rear wheel during a climb... broke all but 3 spokes on the drive side, locked up the wheel and caused me to crash... it happened pretty quick....I realized what was happening about the time the wheel locked up... nailed the curb and down I went... the rear wheel and rear mech were toast along with some other stuff from the crash......dragged the bike back home and scrapped it after taking off all the good parts.... not sure what happened, it was working fine yesterday
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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhopper97 View Post
    put my rear mech into the rear wheel during a climb... broke all but 3 spokes on the drive side, locked up the wheel and caused me to crash... it happened pretty quick....I realized what was happening about the time the wheel locked up... nailed the curb and down I went... the rear wheel and rear mech were toast along with some other stuff from the crash......dragged the bike back home and scrapped it after taking off all the good parts.... not sure what happened, it was working fine yesterday
    Wow, sorry to hear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockhopper97 View Post
    put my rear mech into the rear wheel during a climb... broke all but 3 spokes on the drive side, locked up the wheel and caused me to crash... it happened pretty quick....I realized what was happening about the time the wheel locked up... nailed the curb and down I went... the rear wheel and rear mech were toast along with some other stuff from the crash......dragged the bike back home and scrapped it after taking off all the good parts.... not sure what happened, it was working fine yesterday
    Wow unlucky
    I've had a a large stick of wood catch the RD and break the cage / damage a few spokes riding through our jungle trails before but it is pretty unusual on pavement. All I can think of that may cause that is that the pin holding the cage onto the RD parallelogram sheered or the hanger or mounting bolt snapped /came off.

    Serviced my commuter yesterday, Went back to 11/23 form the 11/28 cassette installed for and left on after a 4 day mini road tour to the worlds biggest dormant volcano a while back, new cables and housings and a new chain - all else was in good order.

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    I replaced the rear axle yesterday because it was bent..... adjusted the rear mech after I got it all together...... even rode it around the block and shifted through all the gears to make sure it was working good.......I was able to salvage the tires,rear axle, freewheel,pedals,handlebars and stem,front fork,brakes, seat,shifters, brake levers, front mech and all the accessories.... the only bike I have left is my rockhopper..... took 3 frames(all dept store bikes... a bmx and 2 ladies frames) and 4 sets of junk wheels off to the scrapper down the street
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    Had to replace the rear tube on the Raleigh Friday. . .

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    On Saturday, I had to stop three times to get the rear fender adjusted 'just so'. It had been reset as the nuts on the stay clamp bolts went AWOL and were replaced when I fixed the rear flat tire. It kept wanting to sag a bit into the tire. A lot quieter and slightly easier to roll once set right.

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    Rode a Norco Fiori Avventura tandem home solo last night.
    I have to say, riding a longtail cargobike like the Kona Ute?
    Basically training for a tandem! :P

    Tore it apart to make it tour-able (we usually run about 25kph average over the 140-150k per day).
    Dropped the 26" 48-spoke DM18's for some 36-hole hugi-hubbed wheels, salsa 29er race rear rim, old wtb powerbeam 26" front. 28mm gatorskin on the back, 1.25 fat boy slick on the front, 8-speed xt casssette. Think I dropped 2 pounds per wheel.
    Stock bars on this thing may've been steel, my stem/bar/bar-end/aero-bars setup weighed less than the old adjustable stem and bars!
    Suspension seatpost for my stoker, tossed the chunky "comfort" seats and presto... think maybe 6 pounds dropped.
    Kept the drivetrain and brakes untouched so I can convert it back to standard quickly at the end of the tour since it's a loaner and I have to give it back!!!

    I had built myself a klein q pro carbon team for the ride, but I'm going to be bringing my buddy who's blind with me, so we figured it was either try a tandem or lots of barked commands on the road.

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    Pulled the WTB Valcon out of the parts bin and stuck it on the new-old frame. Rode this morning, and at lunch, and on the way home, and then took the saddle off and replaced it with the Pure V. The Valcon originally came with my Kona, and I think I've tried it on 6 frames now, and I hate it. I think it's finally going to the co-op.

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    ^ that's a sharp looking shoe!
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    My CrossCheck has developed some rattles lately. I thought it was the fenders, so yesterday I checked everything and the fenders were fine. Turns out it was the NiteRider taillight. I love the beam on that thing, but man does it have a crappy mount. It rattles, the light has fallen out of the mount a couple times, the bolt holding it on keeps loosening on it's own. Never had any of those issues with my PB lights. From now on I'm just going to clip it to my seat bag or helmet and use my PB Superflash Turbo on the seatstay or seatpost.

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    Swapped the Specialized Avatar saddle back on and took the factory Felt saddle off.
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    Wow, another chain bites the dust! It seems like yesterday, but it was 3 months ago. Check yer chains, commuters!
    Had to do the 10 speed at 1000 km. bike shop says they should last 1800. Im almost at 800 on this one. Prob going to run it till im on my winter bike in a couple months then change it for next spring.
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    Winter tires came in sooo i installed them and got my winter bike ready. It was my last year summer commuter. Was thinking of putting 29" wide bars on and a adjustable angle stem to dial it exactly like my summer bike. Just took it for a spin and ill leave it for now. Basically handlebars just need to be 2" taller. I may flip my stem on my rocky cause i sit really upright which is comfy but makes my torso a huge sail holding me back in the wind
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    My Magicshine MJ-816 middle light just gave up the ghost (though the two side lights still work). Got 2 1/2 years out of it so not bad. Ordered a cheap dual Cree XML U2 light off Amazon to fill in til I'm ready to pony up for another MagicShine.
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    Overhauled my front hub. Went ahead and used old bearings with some fresh grease. This front hub has just under 3000 miles on it. Not bad for a Walmart single speed cruiser. Adjusting the hub took a little patience, as it always does. Keep expecting this $100 bike to eventually bite the dust, but haven't ran up against any fix yet that isn't pretty routine.

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    Mounted a Barfly mount for my Cateye computer. Had to hit the LBS last night for a shim since Barfly does NOT make any type of adapter for 25.4 bars. Cleaned my bike fully from last nights downpour. Adjusted chain tension on the rear wheel. Even removed the front wheel and cleaned the fork and wiped the brake pads off.
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    Got my Solarstorm bar light. Looks like it'll do the job, and the battery pack seems on par with my Magicshine pack, although smaller. The Giro Republic shoes will serve well I think. Posted a review on RBR in their product review section in case anybody is interested.
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    Bought a planet bike super flash tail light, a mirrcycle bar end mirror, setback seatpost, and set up some lower rolling resistant tubeless tires.

    Setup my wife's never ridden 29 hardtail for commuting. Now to see how long before she notices.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Alright, let's see.

    New Cateye Volt 700 instead of the Bikeray USA Speed II that crapped out and they won't respond to warranty inquiries.

    New 53t chainring since the old one was getting worn and I had already replaced the chain and cassette. The 39t looks to be in great shape.

    New Lizard Skinz bar tape. I like this stuff a lot.

    Well, that's about it.
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    Oh, went from SPD to SPD-SL. Really enjoying the wider platform.
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    New bar plugs. I wasn't sure if the orange was too much or not, but I'm liking it.

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    I like it! Matches the accent colors nicely.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    Got a wild hair and switched the mary bar for a cowbell bar only to reinstall the mary bar within 24 hours b/c the cowbell was so uncomfortable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrm View Post
    switched the mary bar for a cowbell bar only to reinstall the mary bar within 24 hours
    That's a pretty big switch. When I went from a mary to a midge I switched from a 100mm stem to 32mm stem, and the midge is still further forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    New bar plugs. I wasn't sure if the orange was too much or not, but I'm liking it.

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    That looks awesome! I really like that bike a lot, the blue with orange accents looks great. The white grips are nice too. Those will get dirty fast though!

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    Installed the Midge bars on the SS yesterday. Also put a 90mm stem on. Excuse the crappy bar tape, I reused the stuff that came on there in case I don't like the bars. Didn't want to waste new tape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straz85 View Post
    That looks awesome! I really like that bike a lot, the blue with orange accents looks great. The white grips are nice too. Those will get dirty fast though!
    Ha! Thanks, Straz and TenSpeed. It's been almost 4 months now and I've been pretty diligent about cleaning my bar tape. I am sure I will get tired of it eventually and let them get dirty. We'll see.

    I like the look of your new SS! The varying colors of blue go well together.

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    Got the new decals for my bridgestone. The originals were chipped up and yellowed (which bugged me), so I pulled them off and replaced them with the new ones. Also took off some of the surface rust, and then clearcoated over a bunch of paintchips to get ready for winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WiTrailRunner View Post
    ... It's been almost 4 months now and I've been pretty diligent about cleaning my bar tape. I am sure I will get tired of it eventually and let them get dirty. We'll see.
    I'm impressed they are still so clean, what do you use for cleaning? I only have white on the fatbike (those silicone ESI grips), and they are dirty!

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    I've just been using dish soap and water! Nothing fancy.

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    slapped some x9 and an xt cogset on the casseroll, along with BIG 47mm tires and a comfy comfy wtb seat.

    figured I deserve some cush after the tour. :P
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    All I did to mine today was RIDE IT!

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    Replaced the 39T chainring on my CrossCheck with a 44T. I still feel like I could go bigger. I should have just bought the 46T my buddy just took off his CX bike and saved myself a lot of money!

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    Nothing. One nice thing about singlespeeds is low maintenance.

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    So I haven't actually done this yet, but I'm seriously considering converting my hardtail to ss. And that would give me 2 ss, 1 fixed, and 0 geared bikes.

    It seems dumb, but another summer is over, and I've kindof had to force myself to ride the hardtail. That might be because it's 26", although I really doubt it. Or it might be because it has suspension, although I don't have an easy way to change that. So I'm thinking about ditching the 1x9.

    My other ss is actually geared pretty high to make it good for commuting, while still pretty good for the trails. But I could gear the hardtail way lower, since I don't really commute on it anyway. And I've got a bunch of chainrings and cogs in my partsbin to play with. Just have to see if I've got enough spacers.

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    New platform pedals

    really disappointed that the soles of my shoes rest on the pedal spindle before the platform. Waste of $50. So ill replace um with my comfy $17 wellcos.

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    ^ totally agree. I got some nukeproof pedals like that last year.

    On one bike they gave me crazy shoulder pains, so I tossed them in the parts bin. Then a few months later I put them on a different bike, and suddenly I was almost going over the bars on every ride (it sounds bizarre, but balancing on a peg is much different from balancing on a platform). So they went back in the bin. And they just feel awful.

    I don't know who actually likes convex pedals, but I seriously hate them.
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    Creak Hunting

    I pulled the cranks out of the bottom bracket, cleaned up everything, re-greased, re-torqued the chain-ring bolts, cleaned the chain for good measure, put everything back together...And the creak is still there. Must be a pedal.

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    Replacable derailleur hangers are notorious for creaks as well.
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    Huh, I've never seen that. It seems to be in the crank area so the pedal is next on my list and then I'll try the hanger. Or I'll ignore it. I'm convinced that it it isn't something that is going to cause more wear if it isn't addressed. It only happens under light load and disappears under heavy pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    Huh, I've never seen that. It seems to be in the crank area so the pedal is next on my list and then I'll try the hanger. Or I'll ignore it. I'm convinced that it it isn't something that is going to cause more wear if it isn't addressed. It only happens under light load and disappears under heavy pedaling.
    I have a squeak finally located it...it is the right shoes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedwards1000 View Post
    I pulled the cranks out of the bottom bracket, cleaned up everything, re-greased, re-torqued the chain-ring bolts, cleaned the chain for good measure, put everything back together...And the creak is still there. Must be a pedal.
    Good luck. Last year I tore my 29er apart a dozen times with no success.

    Finally though, I did a really OCD cleaning (degreaser+toothbrush on all the threads and mating surfaces) and then when craaaaaaaaazy with grease. Just huge gobs of it on everything. And that magically fixed it (and I'm pretty sure it was the bb all along)

    But as Jeff says, it could also be something weirdo like a shoe or bottlecage bolt.

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    This problem transcends shoes . I'll just swap the pedals between bikes and see if I can move the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Good luck. Last year I tore my 29er apart a dozen times with no success.
    I had this maddening chase for the noise when I switched from the Campy 53-42-30 to the Sugino 48-36-26. Could not locate the noise. finally suspected the sealed square drive BB. Pulled the right crank and found it had been rubbing on the bottom inside bearing cup. Not enough for much resistance, but enough for noise under power. The Sugino is supposed to use a BB 3 mm wider apparently. A thou taken off the inner crank hub face with a grinder fixed that problem. I also had it with old spd clips in a new pedal needing a bit of oil. Tracking down a noise can be maddening.

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    So I did it - no more geared bikes for newfangled:



    So now it's 2 ss and 1 fixed.

    It's 38x20, which is a weird gear choice. But I had been running a 38 ring upfront, and by keeping it I can always swap back to 1x9 pretty quickly. And I had the 20t cog in the partsbin. And I wanted something that was geared quite a bit lower than my 29er (51 gearinches vs 58 for the 29er vs 70 for the fixie).

    I've decided my legs don't like gears anymore. For roads they're fine (although so are ss and fixed), but on dirt they make me lazy. My brain says "I've got gears so there's no need to try" and then I get hung up on stuff I'd easily clear on an ss. Or if I clear a section while toodling along in my lowest gear, I don't feel much of a sense of accomplishment.

    Great first ride as an ss.

    (sadly my 29er will get gears for the winter again, though)

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    ^ I completely approve of this post. Ironic given my username.
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    ^ yeah, I really did like the 1x9 setup - it's way better than having a front derailleur. But still, everytime I've ridden the bike I've felt sluggish, and I'm never in the right gear, and I can just feel that derailleur back there, and spinning along a trail in 38x34 is boring. As an ss it's now geared too low to be a good commuter (120+rpm to hit 20mph), but I barely commuted on it this year anyway.

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    Found and mounted my seatstay mount for my tail light so I could use my Revelate Design seat bag.

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    Sewed parts of a reflective vest to my barmitts.
    Because I hear "I didn't see you" far far FAR too often.
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    ^ that's fantastic.

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    Adjusted my disk brakes and continued breaking in the Brooks saddle.

    bykNuts, let us know how that goes. I have been wearing the green/ yellow version of that vest with mixed results. I have been wondering about adding a red dot sight and sound track (bagpipes, banjos, or accordions) as those who "don't see" me are usually crossing through the bike lanes, or are hooking me at intersections. Your solution is much more diplomatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    Sewed parts of a reflective vest to my barmitts.
    Because I hear "I didn't see you" far far FAR too often.
    Yeah. I try t make that equal to I wasn't looking where I was going with high vis lights and vest. If I survive I want to appear in court and say "If you can't see this then you are driving unsafely." Your idea is so amazingly amazing, I think I'll steal it. (Chaneling Zaphod Beeblebrox).

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    Deciding if the bullhorn bar end brake lever will be a good option for me. Have a great deal lined up on a sweet brake lever. Sweeter than I need, but resisting is almost impossible. Would definitely free up more hand positions, and give me another mounting option for a front light.
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    built up a set of Velocity Fusion with a free set of cycletrack hubs and put them on the commuter....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianMc View Post
    Yeah. I try t make that equal to I wasn't looking where I was going with high vis lights and vest. If I survive I want to appear in court and say "If you can't see this then you are driving unsafely." Your idea is so amazingly amazing, I think I'll steal it. (Chaneling Zaphod Beeblebrox).

    feel free!! these were parts of the side panels of the vest, I removed the sticky side of the velcro and kept it aside, going to sew small pieces onto the shoulders of my backpack so the rest of it can attach and remove easily (i have to run the pack in winter, need to carry spare clothes for work, so a vest worn underneath is useless and it doesn't really fit over the pack and me)
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    Ordered new wheels for the commuter today, Crest hoops on hope pro evo II hubs. Also picked up two new cassettes and chains to make switching between studded and non-studded easier this winter.

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    Winter is an excellent excuse to buy some new wheels!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mengesch View Post
    Ordered new wheels for the commuter today, Crest hoops on hope pro evo II hubs. Also picked up two new cassettes and chains to make switching between studded and non-studded easier this winter.
    That's a nice build, especially for a commuter wheelset. Always nice to have multiple sets of wheels with cassettes already installed. I've found myself wishing I had even more so I'm not always swapping tires. I could use my bikes on any given day with:


    Cross Check - Commuter tires, snow tires
    SS - Old commuter tires, snow tires, CX tires
    CX - Road tires, CX tires

    I would love 2 more wheelsets, one for the SS and one for the Cross Check.

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    Finally couldn't take the squealing front brake anymore. I swapped it a few days ago for an older Shimano DX that I had around, and most of the squeal went away. I ordered a Cane Creek Direct Curve and replaced *that*, and the sound is gone.

    Blissful silence.

    Since my Lumina died, in the interim, I've put on my bigger Gemini that I usually don't break out until later in the winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mengesch View Post
    Ordered new wheels for the commuter today, Crest hoops on hope pro evo II hubs. Also picked up two new cassettes and chains to make switching between studded and non-studded easier this winter.
    Got the front wheel today and a new hope bottom bracket. Need opinions, should I remove the decals off the Stan's rims and go with a stealth look or just leave them be?
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    I built it. excluding the frame, a spacer and a star nut, it all came off my Straggler.

    I much prefer this frame. as nearly identical as the bikes look on paper, I like this one a lot more.

    Presenting, The Great Pumpkin.

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    I still need to go back into the shop and install new hydraulic lines (too short!) and do a few other things to really get it finished. (including a different rear wheel) but it's ride able. and It's amazing.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    Replaced the generic cork style bar tape with some great stuff from Lizard Skinz. It has an awesome feel, I really like the grip pattern, and the thickness/Cush of it is something that can't be beat.

    I had to put the fenders back on. We had an exceptionally dry summer for coastal Florida. Maybe a few showers in the late evening, but nothing like what we typically experience. But everyone's calling for a really wet winter this year, and it's already started.

    I'm working on making a rain cover for my Camelbak Mule, which will be an absolute necessity this year.

    Switched out front lights from a Bikeray Speed II to a Cateye Volt 700. The Bikeray continually crapped out, would cut out randomly, and so on. It's unfortunate because I really liked the beam pattern and 1000 lumens, but reliability is where it's at for me. The Volt has that for me and I'm enjoying it.

    Been in the market for a Surly Cross Check frame. I've always liked steel more than any of the other materials. The way that it feels and the fact that if I need to fix it in my garage, I can, has always appealed to me. Unfortunately, it looks like it's gonna be time to replace the minivan really soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agwan View Post
    ...it all came off my Straggler.
    I can't remember...did you ever get all of your straggler frame issues sorted out?

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    Installed my new fenders on my crossrip but now not sure if am able to ride on trails with them on

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    Purchased a new rear blinker from a local shop. Planet Bike Superflash Micro that is USB chargeable which is a requirement for me. Put it on my messenger bag and it works really nicely. I may run it on the rear tomorrow for my ride to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    I can't remember...did you ever get all of your straggler frame issues sorted out?
    I did indeed. Surly sent Me a new frame and took back the old one in April. They were actually really fast and awesome about it.

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    My headset has been getting progressively worse. It was really notchy. When I turned, it felt like the front wheel wanted to go back to straight, it didn't want to turn. I put it on the stand and it would get a little stuck on each rotation of the headset bearings. I took it apart, flushed and regreased the bearings. It was a little better but not 100%, so I had the LBS order me new bearings. They should be in Wednesday. I figured I'd take this opportunity to also do new cables, housing and handlebar tape. Right now it's sitting in my basement all taken apart, the bearings should be in Wednesday. You can also see my new chainring and BBG bash gaurd in this (blurry) photo.

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    Does anyone know if running a worn-out external bottom bracket can do damage to the cranks?

    I just noticed that the cranks have some play that I can't get rid of, so the bearings are probably shot. But sometime in the next month I'll be swapping the whole drivetrain over to wintermode, including the cranks and bb. I'd rather not have to pull the bb twice, but I also don't like the idea of spending a couple of weeks of mashing away on my ss with bad bearings.

    (it's an academic question, since my bike-OCD means that by the end of the day I will almost certainly have either stopped to pick up a replacement, or ordered one)

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Does anyone know if running a worn-out external bottom bracket can do damage to the cranks?

    I just noticed that the cranks have some play that I can't get rid of, so the bearings are probably shot. But sometime in the next month I'll be swapping the whole drivetrain over to wintermode, including the cranks and bb. I'd rather not have to pull the bb twice, but I also don't like the idea of spending a couple of weeks of mashing away on my ss with bad bearings.

    (it's an academic question, since my bike-OCD means that by the end of the day I will almost certainly have either stopped to pick up a replacement, or ordered one)
    Yes it most certainly will...the area under the bearing raceis subject to both corrosion and erosion....with a bad bearing there is more shock impact, and thata accellerates these processes.

    You will end up with a small amount of play between the crank axle and the bearing...can maybe fix with epoxy glue for a while.

    My first XT carank axle lasted from 2006 to 2013....then I replaced for the reasons above.

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    ^ yeah, I knew that uneven loading didn't seem like a good plan.

    I'm a little hesitant because last year I had crank play and thought I had a failed bb, but it turned out that the bb spacer was crushed/shattered which was the problem. But I'll order a new bb anyway, and if I don't need it then it can live in the partsbin until I do.

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    Alright, another question. Anyone ever replace just one side of an external bb? The left side has a lot of play, but the driveside still feels fine. They've only got one summer on them, which is quite a bit less than I usually get.

    I've got a set of replacement bearings to pop in, but it feels silly to toss the ds one if it's still got life in it. (also silly would be not tossing the ds one, but then having to replace it early next spring anyway)

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    Setup my rims tubeless last night (Stans Crest and Continental Tour Ride tires). They went up with the floor pump took about 10 minutes to get the tires to seal up with sealant at 55 psi. Front was still holding good this morning. Rear dropped to about 40 psi, it held up to the ride in this morning so I'm thinking it is all sealed up now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Alright, another question. Anyone ever replace just one side of an external bb? The left side has a lot of play, but the driveside still feels fine. They've only got one summer on them, which is quite a bit less than I usually get.

    I've got a set of replacement bearings to pop in, but it feels silly to toss the ds one if it's still got life in it. (also silly would be not tossing the ds one, but then having to replace it early next spring anyway)
    I always kill the non drive side bearing first...so I move the drive side to the non drive side and put a new one on the drive side.

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    ^ are you actually able to pop the driveside bearing out without damaging it? I figured concentrating all that force on just the inner ring would trash it.

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    New bottom bracket bearings for my 29er. Blaaaaaaaaah.

    And then last night my computer (not commuter) died. I've got plenty of experience throwing money at random bikeparts, which I think makes it easier to throw money at random pc parts. It's a lot like a bike - one part has failed, but it's pretty old so I can't find a replacement, and now all the standards have changed, so I have to replace pretty much everything. Blaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah. Totally uninspired.

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    been working in my bike the last few days.... it has been raining and I had an ingrown toenail removed last week so I havent been able to wear shoes till today.... I swapped out my tires because the road friendly tires were dryrotted and all I had left was 3 knobbies
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    I also worked on my lights..... had some bell radion lights and they were broke from being put on a few different bikes and being over tightened....zipties to the rescue, also had a dollar store special... the mounting hardware sucked... broke really easy , so I took the light apart and drilled a hole through the back and mounted it with a screw, washers and a nut
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    Installed a pair of Shimano 600 Tricolor calipers on the Raleigh.

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    I cleaned the drivetrain, cycled the chain, put on the fall/winter tires, and added a new light bracket. I've started doing the multi-chain dance and have found keeping the unused chain in a WD40 bath really loosens the gunk up and makes it easy to clean.

    I made a rack mount for a new cygolite rear light. I need something besides seatpost mount in case I have something on the top of the rack.

    I just took a piece of pipe, added the seatpost mount to it and connected it to the rack with the screw that holds on the reflector. If I want to I can move it independent of the reflecting with a small screw and nut.
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    Noticed that the rearrack on my 29er has a pretty bad bend in the right leg. Not sure if it's new or old, or if it's from a crash or just longterm loading.

    I know that I probably shouldn't ride some of the stuff that I do on the way home with loaded panniers, but it's just so easy. This rack has actually lasted 3 or 4 years, and maybe I should just accept that as a fair tradeoff. It's aluminum, and I'm going to replace it since a rack failing unexpectedly in the middle of winter sounds like a terrible idea.

    I guess the day that I break my first chainstay or seatstay is the day that I switch from panniers to a backpack.

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    I did have our local LBS install a Suntour Cyclone front derailleur about a week ago. . .

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    Over loaded my mini rack basket set up on the way home from the grocery store. Each bump reminded me of the mini racks 15lbs limit as it making the rack and basket flex forward towards the front wheel. Seeing this happen i cant help thinking to myself that some day will be the last day that ill overload your mini rack/basket set up. Basket struts may be in order sooner than i thought. Love the current set up

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    Newfangled: Wald steel rear racks are good for the average girlfriend so if you can clear disk brakes, one would likely survive any trial you can survive. American made and cheap:

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    I must have just woken up. When did Home Depot begin selling bike accessories like rear derailleurs????
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    ^ yeah, that's weird.

    Thanks for the suggestion Brian, but I'm picky and only want racks that have the extra strut at the back to prevent the panniers from hitting the wheel. I don't know why it's impossible to find a steel rack though, except for the super spendy ones like surly and tubus.

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    ^ For the price and strength, I think you could add that feature without too much effort.

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    ^ brian, do you mean I could have someone weld on the extra strut, or some other diy? It needs to be really rigid, so short of welding I don't know what would actually be strong enough.

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    ^ The steel is solid so brazing or welding is possible. Though the nice chrome finish will need a rattle can spray job. You can U-bolt on pieces of channel or square/rectangular/round tubes either aluminum or steel. If you used steel, that could be an interim method to find the setup you want then get it brazed or welded.

    My "panniers" are fairly rigid trash receptacles, so I have no wheel suck issues. A piece of mylar or thin plywood in the pannier may stiffen a pannier enough to keep it out of the wheel. Depends how rough your single track is, I guess.

    The Surly and Tubus are in the $120-$140 range, maybe a bit cheaper with fall clearance. Hmmm about $100 difference. The U-bolts and tube should be less than $20. Those are nice long term racks, though. If you'd like stainless steel:

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    ^ one of my coworkers is big into RC helipcopters, and he gave me a bunch of broken carbon rotor blades to use as pannier stiffeners. They're probably as good a problem solver as it gets, but they're still not enough - gotta have that extra strut.

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    Apartment life as a bike owner. Spending my Saturday night in the kitchen.



    Rewrapped the bars and adjusted the brake lever. Ensured that the bars are centered on the stem. Messed around with my lighting mounts and came up bewildered. Niterider Lumina 350 and 700. Both have identical mounts. The 700 and 350 both fit one of the mounts, but the other has the 350 rattling around and the 700 snug. I cannot figure out what would make the mount do that!
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    ^ Until you see the clamp of the stand on the top tube, the bike looks like it's huge! Wheels > 36", saddle at microwave door height, and the whole bike about eight foot long! A little photoshop work and you can have the amazing shrinking and expanding bike.

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    ^ haha I just noticed that!! I could really mess with it if I knew how to Photoshop.
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    ^^I like how it totally matches the decor.

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    That was on accident. Pots and pan set was majorly on sale. Toaster was as well and purchased at a later date. Red hand towel and the red dog food placemat were all I had when I moved in that was red.
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    Bobike child seat (holds kids up to 35 kilos!) tried it out, decent feel but man does that thing ever weigh a ton! Odd that it doesn't come with a safety belt.

    I pulled 8 shards of glass (varying types, colours, sizes) out of my gatorskin, I bought it right before my 1400K trip 2 years ago and it's been commuted on, and toured on, and happily thrashed about since then. Figured it's got enough carcass damage that I just should let it go.
    My old schwalbe marathon extremes will end this season off before the studs go on.
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    I splurged and got a dynamo taillight, B&M's high-end one with the brake-light feature. It monitors the dynamo's AC frequency and activates "boost" as a brake light when slowing. This is the "pulse" variant, which leads off with a pulsing effect. It also has a big reflector. The light seems pretty bright, and gives me one more level of redundancy.

    I'm gearing up for more back-road and highway commuting in the dark through the winter. Sometimes the solitude is nice, know what I mean? So I have a few other light & reflective tweaks lined up to help in that kind of environment, where I want to get on the radar nice and early. I strapped a Hotshot Micro to the rear of my helmet, so I have a wider spread of lights (rear rack, seatpost, and helmet) to help triangulate my size better. The Micro has a wide-angle beam, so it's less sensitive to aim than a regular Hotshot.

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    This is an older pic of the bike, in an unusual lumber-hauling scenario. The whole frame is plastered with reflective tape, so it is called Reflecto-Bike. What have you done to your commuter today?-capture-2.jpg

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    Got my replacement rack today and installed it.

    Discovered that my old rack wasn't just bent, it was totally broken:



    There's a reinforcing rod in there that kept it from catastrophic failure. That's good to know, since the replacement rack is the same as the broken rack, so if/when I break the new one I'll know I've got some time before rushing to get a new one.

    I looked at some old photos of my bike, and whatever damaged the rack must have happened in the last month or so. I don't actually remember any major crashes, and don't have any recent wounds, but I must have done something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Got my replacement rack today and installed it.

    Discovered that my old rack wasn't just bent, it was totally broken:



    There's a reinforcing rod in there that kept it from catastrophic failure. That's good to know, since the replacement rack is the same as the broken rack, so if/when I break the new one I'll know I've got some time before rushing to get a new one.

    I looked at some old photos of my bike, and whatever damaged the rack must have happened in the last month or so. I don't actually remember any major crashes, and don't have any recent wounds, but I must have done something.
    Whoa! What's your typical cargo load, out of curiosity?


    Today I replaced some drivetrain parts on my commuter. My Deore rear shifter was getting worn enough that it was affecting the indexing, so I picked up a XTR shift pod off Ebay. That's a sweet upgrade because XTR can upshift two gears per punch if you want, and in stop-and-go arterial traffic, I can really make use of that.

    I also replaced the chain and cassette, and the outer chainring.

    Next up: rebuilding the wheels with a fresh pair of rims. I'm going with the Weinmann ZAC19, which is a great mix of strength, reasonable weight, and low price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mechBgon View Post
    Whoa! What's your typical cargo load, out of curiosity?
    Probably not a lot. I run two panniers - one filled with a few more tools than I need, and the other with clothes and a ulock. It's not a huge load, but I do ride all sorts of singletrack after work that I probably shouldn't. In this case though the leg has a serious bend in it that wasn't there a month ago, so I must have crashed. I don't remember it, so it must be one of those things where I jumped to safety while the bike took a hard hit.

    Unrelated, but I was all ready to use ZAC19s for a wheelbuild, since they had the ERD I needed to reuse spokes. But I ended up going with mavic 317s instead, since with free shipping from CRC they were cheaper than the ZAC19s. It's really tough to find silver 26" rims nowadays.

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    Just got back from the other shop where I have a friend that works. Trying to diagnose a creak on my Jamis. We have decided that it is the carbon seat post. Did everything but pull the cranks off and look at the bottom bracket. The bike makes the creaking noise off the bike, by pressing down hard on the saddle/seat post. When riding and standing on the pedals, no creak. Sit down, and the creak starts again. OK, will just have to live with it I guess.

    Bought some Lizard Skin tape to do the bars on the Felt. The Fizik tape I bought was just meh. Did Lizard Skin on the Jamis and I love it so why not? Might be my project for the night.
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    Preparing for the 2x20 miles winter commute - built these winter wheels.

    Rhyno Lite 29.5 mm 26" rims, XT hubs, Swiss DB spokes, Shimano 160 mm and 203 mm discs, Hakka WXC 300 spiked tires. I prefer the 11-28 cassette so I can use a shorter rear derailleur, less chain slap.

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    New stem via eBay. Found it for a lot cheaper than new, and it is in like new condition. Should look killer on the Jamis. Will post a picture when I get it put on.
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    After work last night, I put a fresh rim on my commuter's front wheel. I also cut a few strips of 3M reflective tape and used a hole punch to make spoke holes. In retrospect, it would've been easier to add the tape, then drill holes through it, THEN build the wheel. There's always next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasu View Post
    Preparing for the 2x20 miles winter commute - built these winter wheels.

    Rhyno Lite 29.5 mm 26" rims, XT hubs, Swiss DB spokes, Shimano 160 mm and 203 mm discs, Hakka WXC 300 spiked tires. I prefer the 11-28 cassette so I can use a shorter rear derailleur, less chain slap.

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    LIKE! How wide do those tires measure in real life, out of curiosity?

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    Exactly 2" sidewall to sidewall on those rims, the tire says 2.2".

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    Took the fat slicks off and put tyres with some knobs on, instead.
    The snow started falling (lightly) when I was on the way home. Not enough to be a concern, then, but it will keep up until morning, at least.

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    What have you done to your commuter today?

    I finally changed out the jockey wheels on the rear der. They had 20,000ish miles on them so it was a good run. They were squeaking and doing more harm than good. Got the "new" set off an old broken xt derailleur I had around.
    It shifts much better now.

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    Finished winterization step #1: studs on the fixie.
    Still to come: studs on the 29er, and putting gears on the 29er.

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    Ordered a new to me stem on Sunday, November 2 on eBay from California and paid instantly. Estimated delivery date was Thursday, November 6 via USPS. Item left the facility that is an hour away from me yesterday, Friday, November 7 in the am. I would expect delivery on Saturday, November 8, right? Wrong. It didn't come with the mail today. I am left with no stem now as I am selling the current one shortly via another forum.

    I ordered 4 items from PricePoint late Wednesday night I believe it was, into Thursday morning. PricePoint is located in California. That package arrived today completely unexpected.

    My happiness level right now is not high.
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    ^ I got something I have yet to order from Alpha Centauri! Faster that light delivery. Thank you, Douglas Adams! Science fiction aside, if I mail something beyond the local post office like to a nearby village, it goes to Indianapolis then returns to a that person 10 miles from me. So it is faster to get mail directly from Indy than from a neighbor 10 miles away. Central processing has it's downsides.

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    Winterization step #2 - studs on the 29er.



    Winter is here, and there's no point in denying it. Still going to keep it ss until the forecast calls for a giant snowfall though.

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    I swapped the winter wheels onto the winter beater. The freehub was all wonky and binding so I pulled it off(first time I've ever tried that), cleaned it up and it seemed fine. Put it all back together and it was all bound up again. As soon as I tightened the cassette lockring it somehow pressed the metal dustcap into the bearings and bound it up. After having it apart more times than it deserved I left the dustcap off and all was good. I think I got these wheels used for $20 in 2011 and have used them every winter so they don't owe me much.

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    So today I discovered that narrow/wide chainrings (for 1x setups) do not play nicely with half-links (for ss setups).

    I put my winter bb and crankset (which has a narrow/wide ring) on my 29er, and was hoping to keep using it as a singlespeed with my summer chain and cog, but the half-link means that's not going to happen. It throws the chain out of sync with the teeth, and binds like crazy.

    It's actually good to know (and really obvious, in retrospect), because the next time I needed an ss ring I figured that I might just get a narrow/wide for some extra versatility. But for ss I guess I'll stick with ss rings.

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    The mild Fall weather finally gave out, and there was some black ice on the street this morning, so I switched to my studded tires before my morning commute & errands. After work, I put fresh brake pads on the rear brake before heading home.

    For the rest of this week, it's supposed to be significantly colder, with highs a little below freezing and lows dipping towards the 10F / -12C area. So I think the pogies are going to be going on later this week too.

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    My commuter bike is a Dahon Vigor P9. The other day, I swapped out the crappy stock crankset and bottom bracket for a Shimano CX50 with a 50 tooth Wolftooth narrow wide ring. It's 175mm arms vs 170 on the stock part.
    I was lovin' life riding to work this morning. On the way home, the left pedal started clicking and locked up. Now I have to see if there's a bomb proof folding pedal available.
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    I took my crankset off because it was popping again. A couple bolts were loose, but greasing and tightening them didn't have much of an effect. I also greased the pedal threads. Not much of a difference. The noise is definitely coming from the crankset/BB area and I can feel a tick in the crankset sometimes. This crankset looks cool but it is kind of annoying (not a pic of my bike, but this is the same crankset):
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    Received the stem in the mail today, finally!!! Package returned to shipper due to lack of enough postage. That is a major fail on the sellers part. With flat rate shipping, Priority, etc. this should not happen. Messaged seller on eBay with a chance to rectify the situation before negative feedback is left. Anyway, on to the stem!



    Ritchey WCS Axis 4 90mm 84/96 in Wet Red. Fits the scheme perfectly if you ask me. Friend helped me make the decision between this and a black/white stem and I am glad that I listened to him. Face plate is black with the Ritchey logo on it. This bike is done now.
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    Put fixie-straps on for the second time. I tried them once last winter, fell over a few times, hated them, and removed them mid-ride. This attempt was more successful, because I had them much looser, and I'd removed the pins from the pedals so that I was actually able to get my foot in and out.

    Not sure if I'll keep them - they do making skidding super easy on snow, but I'd gotten pretty good at jamaican skids anyway. I think I'll probably take them off, because I'm worried that they'll make getting started from a deadstop in deep snow just too annoying. I already had a bit of that on my one ride.

    Also got a new helmet. I spent all last year honestly hating my Met Crossover - the retention system interfered with my sunglasses, and the adjustment wheel was way down low on my neck and I swear it gives me head/neck/shoulder pains. So I found a shop that was having an end-of-season 25% off sale and tried everything. I was really hoping to get a helmet with MIPS like the Scott Stego or Lin, but both were really uncomfortable. Ended up with a Bell Stoker which is super comfy.

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    Fat bike - KORE 25.4 stem and flat bar installed, Specialized Avatar saddle installed. Just need to fine tune the cockpit now.
    Felt - Fyxation bullhorns put back on and tape ends fixed.

    I attempted to put a set of 25.4 bullhorns on the fat bike, but I could not get the brake and shifter levers onto the bar. I guess that the diameter is just off enough that they will not fit. Major bummer because it looked really cool and sitting on it my apartment gave me a lot of hand positions.
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    Mounted studded tires and planet bike cheap blinkies on the 26er. Test ride will have to wait till Sunday.

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    Made a trip to REI with a buddy of mine. Picked up an orange Origin8 top cap to finish off the fat bike bling. I also picked up a Cygolite Dash 320 which finishes off my light selection. Pretty excited to try this one out tomorrow on my commute which there is a forecast for snow!

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    Led Bike Light Strips, Turn Indicators, most visible lights, by LED By LITE

    Got these LED Light Strips as a gift and put them on my commuter this weekend. I highly recommend them, and I'm not just saying that because I know the owner.

    They are very visible, pulse instead of flash, high quality, and were easy to install.

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    ^ 7.4 volt battery pack? Looks like they would light the Glo tape on my rims, though I may need the UV set up for the rear. Hard to estimate their output but I think they might do even with the sun directly behind. Nice find. I'll see what Santa thinks.

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    Ordered a new frame. It feels like a totally not-in-my-nature impulse buy, even though I have been mulling it over for quite awhile. I think it'll turn out okay.

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    I upgraded my 2014 Charge Cooker SS with Continental Racekings 29 x 2.0 and Black ESI chunky grips. I am quite happy! ^_^

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    Quote Originally Posted by newfangled View Post
    Ordered a new frame. It feels like a totally not-in-my-nature impulse buy, even though I have been mulling it over for quite awhile. I think it'll turn out okay.
    You are gonna post this, and not drop the bomb on us?????? What did you get??
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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    ^ singular gryphon, which is a drop-bar specific 29er. It will be a straight swap of the parts off my kona, and then I'll try to get a few bucks for the old frameset. I've been running dirtdrops for a little over a year now and really like them, and they've cured wrist pain that had been bugging me for a few years, but the conversion setup is still really finicky.

    I don't really need it, but I'd been eyeing it for awhile. Yesterday I was at a funeral, and spent most the time talking with a guy who'd just bought a Ti frame with the rational of "If not now, then when." Then I got home and saw the gryphon was on sale, and figured "Why not." Moral of the story: don't visit online stores right after you've been at a funeral.

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    Sorry for your loss, but your friend is right. Get it while you can if you can, and since it appears that you can, go for it!!!
    The pedals turn, not just the left one, but the right one too.

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