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Jul
14
comment What defines a “compact” road bike?
@heltonbiker - Yet at least the old mixte frames had a reputation for being much stiffer than a standard diamond frame.
Jul
14
comment Cause of spalled cones?
The odd thing is that the other cone appears normal. Since this is a front hub (with rim brakes) one would expect the forces on the two cones to be equal.
Jul
14
comment What defines a “compact” road bike?
Note that many "compact" frame designs come dangerously close to the old "mixte" style. Not really a new concept, just warmed over.
Jul
14
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
(I'm thinking of the poor job that zip ties do holding a cycle computer sensor in place.)
Jul
14
revised Cause of spalled cones?
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Jul
14
comment Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths
It's not the big hairs that are the problem, it's the teeny little ones. They get matted together as you ride and slowly pull themselves out by the roots.
Jul
13
comment Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths
If your problem is "butt burn" then getting your butt "conditioned" will make a lot of difference. (Or you can help it along a bit by shaving the hair off your butt.)
Jul
13
comment Saddle for long rail trails, streets and dirt paths
Try to become friends with your "Enter" key.
Jul
13
comment When do my brake pads need replacement?
Well, the grooves aren't primarily wear indicator lines, they're there to help keep the rims clean, and there are a few odd pad styles that do not have them. But if you have them, by the time they're worn away the pads are nearing end of life. However, a pad can be worn out and still have the grooves (mostly) showing, due to uneven wear.
Jul
13
comment Upgrading wheels on a vintage Peugeot Frame
You need to accurately measure the bead seat diameter of your existing rims. This will involve taking the tire off, measuring the outer diameter of the rim, then subtracting off the depth from rim outer edge to the inner edge as seen in the diagram. Be sure to subtract this depth off TWICE since it's on both sides of the wheel diameter.
Jul
13
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
@JohnP - I can assure you that quite commonly the frame tubes are open to the bottom bracket. This is desirable to allow any accumulated moisture to escape.
Jul
13
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I'd still trust spiral hose clamps a lot more.
Jul
13
comment How to achieve a tighter turning radius?
The geometry of the bike has a lot to do with it. A road bike inherently will have a larger turning radius than a mountain bike or short track bike. You can improve the radius somewhat by leaning your body in while keeping the bike more upright,
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I wouldn't expect that zip ties would hold a bottle cage securely, unless there was at least a rubber strip between cage and tube.
Jul
12
comment When do my brake pads need replacement?
Well, you replace them when they're worn out. The important thing is to do more than glance at them. Typically the pads will wear faster on the rearward end than on the front end, so you need to observe both ends. You want to replace them before they're in any danger of having the metal holder contact the rim. And, of course, replace them if they seem to be disintegrating. But a set could easily last 2 years -- my last set lasted over 15 years and 20K miles. It depends on how much you use the brakes.
Jul
12
comment What are some red flags to look for when buying a used road bike?
Don't buy a bike that's clearly been left outside most of the time (lots of corrosion, rust on the chain, etc). Don't buy a bike that has any appearance of major abuse, or with alterations (cutting/drilling) to the frame or fork. Don't buy a bike that's stolen.
Jul
12
comment How wide of tires can I run on a Victory Vision road bicycle?
A standard inflated tire (ignoring any heavy lugs on the tread) will adopt a roughly circular cross-section when inflated. So if you're thinking of installing a 35mm tire, the tire would extend a bit less than 35mm up from the outer rim edge, and the widest spot would be about half that distance up. But of course no tire size is exact, and the actual width will also vary depending on the size or the rim used, so you need to allow a bit of extra clearance. (A bike shop might do you the favor of fitting various wheels/tires into the frame to see what "reality" looks like, if you ask nice.)
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
@WTHarper - There's nothing "cheap" about braze-ons. Brazing is used on good quality steel tubing to prevent destroying the temper.
Jul
12
comment Attach bottle cage to frame w/o mount screws
I would advise a clamp-on unit. You can buy separate clamp assemblies for bolt-on cages if you want to use a specific cage, or you can improvise with hose clamps and a strip of sheet metal. I'd be a little leery drilling holes.
Jul
11
comment Does an SPD-SL AND SPD compatible pedal/shoe exist?
I vaguely recall that at one time, 15-20 years ago, there were a few double-sided pedals that had SPD on one side and SL on the other. I doubt that they sold very well, though.