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May
13
comment Why are spoke nipples called nipples?
So that begs the question: why is a pipe nipple called a nipple? Do they look like human nipples or so they predate the modern anatomical use of nipple?
May
4
comment Is having a disc brake on a single speed bicycle a bad idea?
I second @Blam; replacing the front wheel fork with a fork/hub that supports disc brakes and then installing a disc brake on the front would be a good balance. Depending on quality, expect to spend $200 - $500 for the parts.
Apr
8
comment What are the differences between road rims/wheels and hybrid?
Yes, I am discussing the measurement that is between the inside of the tines of the fork and the rear triangle - however this is rather imprecise as the forks and rear triangle are 'spread' somewhat, and come in a few mm when the axle is tightened. The most accurate way to measure this is to measure the Over Locknut Distance on the hubs that came with the bicycle. See the OLD measurement: wheelspoking.com/Measure.aspx
Apr
2
comment how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
Wow, great read. Thanks!
Apr
2
comment how much of a difference does bike weight make when trying to maximize the bike's top speed?
What is the story behind that bike?!? Link please!
Mar
31
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
I bought a new Shimano 105 brakeset ($77 shipped) that comes with a recessed mount. Will I be able to mount that on my 'nutted' mounts?
Mar
31
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
Direct mount side pull calipers are not compatible with center mount side pull calipers.
Mar
31
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
I am noticing a new mounting option, 'direct mount', which is not compatible and not mentioned.
Mar
31
comment Why are spoke nipples called nipples?
Nice one! But surely there are plenty of things we twist, like screws and nuts and cranks and so on - all those are just subclasses of nipples due to their ability to be twisted?
Mar
31
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
Anyway to clarify: all sidepull cantilever brakes will work on all "short pull" levers? There's no exceptions or mounting variations or other catches?
Mar
31
comment Are all side-pull road bicycle brakes compatible?
As a project, I'm going to replace things until it makes the transition into getting it's own slow motion entrance like a bad teen movie. It was $180 on craigslist: Victory Vision Road Bike and I've handbuilt new wheels for it with Attack/Force tires, upgraded to RaceFace Cadence external BB crankset, and a carbon seatpost and computer. Next up is brakes, and then perhaps a threadless headset with carbon forks and integrated stem/handlebars. "Not Another Teen BSO!"
Mar
24
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
So - why did the industry make the switch? Is it production / costs? Or the larger diameter steerer tube the same head tube accommodate? So far, threaded setups have the advantage of height adjustment without cutting, and a stronger connection, disadvantage of weight. Anything else?
Mar
24
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
Head tube O.D. is 37.4mm, I can't find a good place to measure the steerer tube without removing the stem. It's the 'right size' to press in a standard 1 1/8" threadless headset.
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
Because I feel like it. Bottom line is, a marginally tightened quill stem can resist said force, and Aluminum/Carbon Fiber threadless stems cannot. I will try again with the assembly goo, but in this regard I think threaded setups are stronger.
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
I'll measure it when I get home; suffice it to say I know it will accept a 1.25" threadless headset/fork if I pressed one in.
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
Maybe, but I cannot tighten it anymore; and I have pulled the threads out of aluminum stems before trying to tighten them enough. Try it on your bike: trap the front wheel between your feet and reef on the bars; I suspect you can get it to budge, too.
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
I didn't measure here. The head tube is the right diameter to accept a 1.25" threadless headset. It currently has a threaded setup. Does that make it a 1.0" threaded headset then?
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
I have not tried gritty carbon assembly goo, but I will now. I don't really see it as a huge problem; I don't typically hold the wheel and reef on the handlebars, but I do think it's worth noting that a casual tighten of a threaded stem can handle more twisting force than as much tightening as I can get out of aluminum and carbon fiber threadless stems.
Mar
23
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
On my last build, I tried to make it so I couldn't spin the stem with the wheel held, and pulled the threads out of the aluminum stem before it would tighten enough. This is a carbon fiber integrated stem and handlebar with aluminum nutserts, and it is tightened until the carbon fiber started crackling some. If I hold the wheel, I can still budge the handlebars.
Mar
22
comment Is threadless a noticeable difference from threaded headset setups?
Did you mean threadless? Both seem to have lots of lengths and angles, and changing stems without unwrapping is a feature of the stem (the ones that bolt a plate on each side), all of this independent of the headset choice.