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Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: December 03, 2016, 09:37:39 AM »
of the past few years, I owned an On-One Pomino (SS only), Pake C'mute, Salsa Vaya, and a Soma Double Cross Disc. I finally sold the Soma CX bike and put the money into my Soma Juice. the Juice is an extremely versatile bike. I have fat knobbies, a 120mm fork, 32t ring, and a wide bar/short stem setup for trails, and some lighter tires, alternate cockpit, 38t chainring, and a rigid Salsa fork for gravel/urban adventures.

The Pompino was gear-limted but a good bike for messing about around town. the C'mute was a comfy bike but I got the disc brake bug. The Vaya was awesome but much heavier and slower than what I wanted out of a gravel/commute/road bike. the DCD checked all the boxes except for toe clearance when riding anything remotely technical, maybe because I got it a size too small. I wrote about it in a bit more detail here:

The Bike Shop / Re: Road touring gear? Touring advice?
« on: December 03, 2016, 09:25:28 AM »
I don't have any personal experience with touring, but I do love some Bunyan Velo Magazine-

The Bike Shop / Re: Wheel building question
« on: November 02, 2016, 09:16:21 PM »
The Park spoke tension meter is not all that accurate anyway. I prefer the Wheelsmith one. I don't think any of them fit on 20" wheels thought.

I asked this question years ago when I learned to build wheels. i was building some 26" mtb wheels and road wheels and wanted to apply my knowledge to a BMX wheel. redface (Tom from Empire, I am pretty sure) said "tighten spokes until your fingers bleed." I imagine he's built a few wheels in his day.

the key is to tighten them evenly, slowly bringing them to tension. Spokeprep on the threads and a little Triflow on the head of the nipples are useful too.

The Bike Shop / Re: Loose BB shell
« on: April 11, 2016, 04:17:17 PM »
Loctite 609 is your best bet.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: April 11, 2016, 01:21:20 PM »
gravel grinding on the Double Cross Disc

The Lounge / Re: Light bike touring in southern Ontario
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:36:42 AM »
long shot- I drove from Cleveland, OH to Montreal via Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Ottawa last summer. on the way back from Montreal, we spent a lot of time on the smaller highway along Lake Ontario and I think there were some good bikeway routes along highway 2. it goes through Kingston, Belleville, Gananoque, etc. gorgeous! might be worth looking into. this is probably it-

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: March 11, 2016, 04:07:34 PM »

Are your spyres better than this?

everything is better than BB5's. If I didn't have Spyres, I would be fine with BB7s as well. BB5s belong in the trash.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: March 11, 2016, 07:06:13 AM »
Regular housing has been working fine but I am going to put Jagwire Mtn Pro housing on it when the time comes.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: March 10, 2016, 10:41:36 PM »
I have Spyres and Apex levers with full plain Jagwire housing. The pads are noisy, especially when wet, but they work fine on dirt, gravel, mtb trails, and roads. I am going to put linear housing on when I get around to replacing this and probably Shimano pads.

Bike Gallery / Re: Fixed gear bikes/ Post your big bikes V2
« on: March 07, 2016, 09:33:36 AM »

FYI, Cannondale is quite adamant about setting up your spacer stack so that there are NO spacers on top of the stem. that is how the SI headsets were designed. I know it sounds counter-intuitive.

see page 99-

The Bike Shop / Re: 24" bmx frames?
« on: February 11, 2016, 09:46:07 AM »
Mannn if the Taj can't have a rack there definitely goes my dream commute bike right now.

p-clamps is the answer. I have installed many racks using p-clamps on bike that don't have braze-ons for a rack or just had them in an awkward position.

a seatpost-mounted rack could work too.

The Bike Shop / Re: 24" bmx frames?
« on: February 08, 2016, 03:09:50 PM »
I'm 5'9. I ride a 20.5 toptube on BMX bike which seems pretty short these days.

we are the same height. I ride a 17-18" mtb frame or a 52-54cm road frame. if you have really long arms, err on the large size. if it's an old 70s road bike you could probably go a size bigger because of the way frames were designed back then.

The Bike Shop / Re: 24" bmx frames?
« on: February 08, 2016, 12:08:20 PM »
if I could only have one bike, it might be my CX bike. 35mm tubeless tires, disc brakes, and a wide range of gears- you can ride it just about anywhere. I have ridden the main trail on the Barton Creek Greenbelt on it. tons of fun.

The Bike Shop / Re: 24" bmx frames?
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:32:10 AM »

I'm thinking this...

you can do better than that for a modified old road bike. that looks like a turd that is ready to fall apart at any moment. on any bike on that end of the spectrum, you need to pay attention to the frame size. how tall are you?

The Bike Shop / Re: 24" bmx frames?
« on: February 08, 2016, 10:25:47 AM »
big wheels carry momentum well, which is why you can move faster over a distance than a bike with smaller wheels. the acceleration resistance is negligible since you are not on a bmx race track. if you have any skills at all, you can hop a curb on my sort of bike. 10 miles is a pretty good distance. my old commute was about 10 miles and I always did it on a cyclocross bike with slick tires and gears. riding that SS sounds SSlow, unless it's fairly flat or you're in phenomenal shape, or you just don't mind the extra time it takes.

if you're afraid of gears and you want something bmx-ish, there are tons of rigid single-speed 29ers on the market that you can find cheap- Surly Karate Monkey, Redline Monocog, Kona Unit, etc. most are geared very low- mine is 32/20, for climbing long hills covered in loose gravel and mud and stuff. for a commuter, you could put a taller gear and some semi-slick tires are ride the heck out of that. (a 29er tire and a 700c tire are the same inner diameter and will fit on the same size rim, within reason regarding the rim's width.) one of the raddest-looking bikes I have seen in Austin is a red/orange Karate Money with bmx handlebars on it. for that matter, 26" hardtails are a dime a dozen these days, and make fun commuters that can take some rough handling but still get you around much faster than a bmx-type bike.

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