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Offline Kavik

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #850 on: Wed, 08 January 2020, 09:58:58 »
Riding Weather here in SoCal is rather perfect at the moment high 60s low 70s (during the day) .. had rained a few days ago so the trail conditions are awesome (now that mud has gone away that is)..  Out yesterday on 10~mile mtb ride w/ my Trance Advanced 2

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I took a friend out to one of the local MTB trails Sunday (perfect weather), and we had a lot of fun. He's deciding which bike to buy for ~$1200. He rented a Giant Talon 27.5 (all the local shop rents for hard tails), and I took my Trek Xcaliber 6 29er. I think we both decided we prefer 27.5" wheels. I was surprised how different they felt.

I've been wanting a Giant Trance myself. My local shop has had a 2019 Trance for about a year, but it's still full price ($2000), so I'm not sure if I should wait for it to be discounted or try to track down a 2020 model, which is only $100 more.

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #851 on: Mon, 03 February 2020, 09:46:41 »
I got some epic rides in the past couple weekends on my gravel rig thanks to some favorable weather  :D

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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #852 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 05:45:41 »
Still love that bike JP, glad to see the gravel's not chipping the paint :thumb:
                               
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« Reply #853 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 06:41:31 »
Still love that bike JP, glad to see the gravel's not chipping the paint :thumb:

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« Reply #854 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 23:10:56 »
Still love that bike JP, glad to see the gravel's not chipping the paint :thumb:

Thanks! It's been a sweet bike so far but it is a bit on the heavy side being thick steel. I'm going to upgrade the brakes soon to TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes and will be throwing on a R8000 groupset from a donor bike. I will also add a 11-34 cassette which should pair nicely with the 48/32 crankset. I'll be pretty well equipped for the hills. Also The paint of this bike chips super easy but you have to be super nosy to see those up close. It even had a large chip on the top tube when it was shipped but I used a sticker to cover that up.  :thumb:


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Haha  :)) Sometimes I look like a bum and I drive an old rusted truck so my bike game does not translate well to the civilian world. Also if one were interested all I need to do is open my mouth and any potential charm I might have rapidly disappears. My bike game and gear is on point though.  :thumb:



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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #855 on: Wed, 05 February 2020, 23:17:17 »
I looked at my bike yesterday after about 3 years. It's all rusty and full of spiders  :'(

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« Reply #856 on: Thu, 06 February 2020, 05:18:47 »
I'm going to upgrade the brakes soon to TRP HY/RD hydraulic disc brakes and will be throwing on a R8000 groupset from a donor bike. I will also add a 11-34 cassette which should pair nicely with the 48/32 crankset. I'll be pretty well equipped for the hills. Also The paint of this bike chips super easy but you have to be super nosy to see those up close. It even had a large chip on the top tube when it was shipped but I used a sticker to cover that up.  :thumb:

I picked up some used HY/RDs, an improvement over the stock brakes but mainly noticeable by the lack of squeaking in the wet.  Might be more useful for you if you're going up hills that need 32-34 gear though :eek:  I've been running 1x9 but picked up a Nuvinci hub cheap and it's built up ready to fit this weekend, just need to run a second cable and get my head round the hub end shifty ring alignment, and hope my crank's chainline isn't too far out...

In other bike related news I managed to lose the bb end bolt from my rear mudguard yesterday and it's been rattling for a while anyway despite extra zip ties and sugru so I've just ordered some Pletschers which claim to support 8kg of luggage and are made for 27.5 wheels so should have less flappy bit sticking out the back.  Assuming I can get them through the stays they should be tough enough to survive more than one winter unlike the SKS Bluemels(?) and Edge AL.


I looked at my bike yesterday after about 3 years. It's all rusty and full of spiders  :'(

Oh dear.  The spiders can be moved on but you're supposed to dry a steel bike before putting it away.  A bit late for that advice!
                               
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #857 on: Thu, 06 February 2020, 08:52:19 »
Oh dear.  The spiders can be moved on but you're supposed to dry a steel bike before putting it away.  A bit late for that advice!

Modern steel is highly resilient, it just looks busted,  everything prolly wurk still gud"

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« Reply #858 on: Fri, 07 February 2020, 17:11:25 »
Test fitted Nuvinci wheel, the 'no turn washers' only go about 2mm into the dropout and with an aluminium frame that doesn't sound good, which is very annoying as the chainline appears to be perfect.  Do these things have another name that is searchable? They're the black rings on the left
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Does it make any sense to buy a frame, fork and headset just to see if I like the Nuvinci?  Pretty sure I have a spare everything else to make a second bike already :-[
                               
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #859 on: Sun, 09 February 2020, 01:11:10 »
Is there any use in taking my bottom bracket apart to clean and relube it? I've been thinking of tearing my 15 year old road bike down, cleaning and lubing everything, and putting it back together, but I don't have any bike specific tools other than a pedal wrench. I figure, at the very least, I should get a cassette tool so that I can completely clean the cogs and clean the rear derailleur while I'm at it. I'd also like to replace the rusted screws everywhere.

Anyway, I'm not sure if opening up the BB would cause more problems that it would fix.

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« Reply #860 on: Sun, 09 February 2020, 06:41:12 »
Relubing bearings is usually a good idea, you need to get the tension right when rebuilding though else they wobble and wear quickly (not tight enough) or don't spin freely (too tight)  If it's lasted 15 years and still spins nicely I'm not sure I'd touch it though.  Any idea what model it is?

Cassettes require no skill just a chain whip and lockring tool, definitely worth doing (assuming it's actually dirty - if the cassette has lasted 15 years it can't see much use!)
                               
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #861 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 11:11:18 »
Relubing bearings is usually a good idea, you need to get the tension right when rebuilding though else they wobble and wear quickly (not tight enough) or don't spin freely (too tight)  If it's lasted 15 years and still spins nicely I'm not sure I'd touch it though.  Any idea what model it is?

Cassettes require no skill just a chain whip and lockring tool, definitely worth doing (assuming it's actually dirty - if the cassette has lasted 15 years it can't see much use!)

Thanks for the input. It's a Giant OCR3 from 2005, so whatever BB that has.

IIRC the BB still spins ok. I think I just wanted to clean everything up (I can't quite remember since it's been a few months since riding it).

As for the cassette, I think the shop replaced it during a tune-up maybe five or six years ago (and I've only ridden much recently in the past two), so it's still in good shape, just dirty.

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« Reply #862 on: Mon, 10 February 2020, 15:49:36 »
Rebuilding your bike would definitely help but you have to make sure you do the rebuild properly. I think new cables would give you the best gains, but if there's something severely wrong with your crankset you can try reinstalling and relubing it.
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« Reply #863 on: Wed, 12 February 2020, 18:05:16 »
New mudguards arrived, they have a slot at the front of the rear one but no other mounting holes.  This is all the instructions included, assumedly the part names are in Swiss (which looks a lot like German?) 

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Where most have wire these supports are thick enough to bash someone's head in should the need arise, and the guards themselves are also reassuringly sturdy.  Think I need some more cable ties to bodge the old one on better to get me to the weekend though :))
                               
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Re: The Bike Thread!
« Reply #864 on: Wed, 12 February 2020, 18:07:25 »
New mudguards arrived, they have a slot at the front of the rear one but no other mounting holes.  This is all the instructions included, assumedly the part names are in Swiss (which looks a lot like German?) 

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Where most have wire these supports are thick enough to bash someone's head in should the need arise, and the guards themselves are also reassuringly sturdy.  Think I need some more cable ties to bodge the old one on better to get me to the weekend though :))

It's in German. #3 = End Cap  :) I never look at these things usually.
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« Reply #865 on: Wed, 12 February 2020, 18:12:42 »
It's in German. #3 = End Cap  :)

Indeed - and that's really good to know as they were already attached.  But doesn't that make #15 and #16 are mothers?!

Luckily #16 is big enough on the middle pic to know it's a nut, can't be sure from anywhere else even with the paper rather than an out of focus pic.

I never look at these things usually.

The mounting is exactly the same for front and back so I could work that out but was hoping for some useful guidance like 'drill from the inside/outside so the paint doesn't chip' or maybe 'use an Xmm drill bit' or even 'if you're using a dynamo light put the wire through before attaching bolts' but no, just a flatpack style exploded drawing.
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