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Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
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I have a carbon road bike with a carbon fork by Giant.  The handlebars seem to keep coming loose. I a looking for a mechanic to check things out. I think the fork is all carbon even up into the…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hey! Bike Shop Guy Apr 2.

Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
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I have been fender shopping and going crazy.  One day I want hammered Velo Orange metal fenders and the next day I want SKS Plastic Longboards. I have read many of the blogs. Some say metal keeps you…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Schneider on Monday.

Touring Crank Upgrade Necessary?
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Hello:My touring/gravel road bike came stock with 11/32 9-speed cassette Shimano LX in the rear and a Sora Derailleur with Sora 52-42-30 Triple Crank up front and bar end shifters (one side friction…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeff Schneider Jan 26, 2013.

Re: Anybody use a Brooks Saddle for long distance touring?
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Hello:I am interested in getting into touring this summer. I need a new saddle for my touring bike. I have heard good things about Brooks, but when I look at them in the store they seem pretty hard.…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lee Roy Carrier Jan 21, 2013.

 

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Jeff Schneider replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"Great tips!  I had never thought of the cardboard spacers... As for drilling inside or outside the fender, I don't have a drill press at home, and keeping the bit from wandering with a hand-held drill is much easier when drilling from the…"
Monday
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"A trick I have found that sometimes helps for custom fabricating and mounting fenders is to use cardboard as a shim between the tire and the fender to get the fenderline exactly where you want it before any mounts are made.   Use whatever…"
Monday
Jaik S. replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"I've got a set of the Berthoud's on my Long Haul Trucker. When I ordered them from Peter White, I was nervous about them not being drilled or not fitting. I have the 700c x 50mm and they work perfect for my 38mm tires. I did end up having…"
Sep 15
Jennifer on the lake replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"I think toe overlap is a common problem for women. WSD frames aim to correct this, of course, but not all of us are so lucky."
Sep 15
Jeff Schneider replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"The current PB Cascadias have two stays in front.  The front fender also has quick release. I wonder how your wife rides.  I have several bikes with toe overlap, but in half a century of riding have never actually hit a fender with my…"
Sep 14
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"The issue I have with the Planet Bike fenders is they only have the one set of stays in the front, and lack the quick-release fastener at the dropout bolt.   If you have any toe-overlap issue at all on your bike and tend to kick or even bump…"
Sep 14
Scott Chillson replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"Metal is pretty, but heavy and prone to denting. Cheap plastic becomes brittle after many miles and breaks. The best fenders in my experience are the SKSs because not only are they durable, but in a crash they pop out of their bracket, like Ron…"
Sep 14
George Schick replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"Thanks for taking the time to expound upon the plastic vs. metal issue plus your modification ideas for the former.  This is excellent info, covering issues that hadn't even occurred to me before, even though I've used SKS fenders for…"
Sep 14
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"I've heard Jan Heine talk about the effect of these side channels but I feel he is over-blowing their effectiveness in his velo-fatwa against plastic fenders.   When  wheel is moving inside even a dry fender it is producing a pretty…"
Sep 14
Andy Moss 9.5 replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"The advantage that a good pair of metal fenders offers over plastic are the little channels along the edges which carry water and thinner muck to the bottom of the fender, rather than dropping it back on your wheels and creating more spray.…"
Sep 14
Jeff Schneider replied to Dave D's discussion Metal or Plastic Fenders for Touring/Commuting?
"I used Bluemels plastic fenders on touring bikes in the '80's.  I also rode a lot with no fenders (as was the style then).  The plastic fenders worked OK, but I was also not too demanding.   In recent years, I've used…"
Sep 14
Dave D replied to J.A.W.'s discussion Tubeless On My Touring Bike?
"I run my Salsa Vaya with regular tubes 700 by 38 tires and have no problems with flats. On my Salsa Fargo I have Stans No Tubes rims and I am thinking of running those big 29er tires tubeless to get low pressure for comfy off-road riding. Plus…"
Apr 4
Hey! Bike Shop Guy replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Don't be.  Carbon is much, mush stronger and much less sensitive than I think many people give it credit for.  As long as you are conscious of torque specs and how you clamp it in a stand you should have no issues with basic…"
Apr 2
Self-sealing Stembolt replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"I'm shy about wrenching on carbon without a torque wrench too, and I work on a lot of bikes, motorcycles, and cars. The toque keys are pretty cheap and foolproof these days. If you accidentally bust one thing you could have paid for the key ten…"
Apr 2
Yasmeen replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"We are lucky - lots of great options...  Comrade is great. Ben at Heritage. Steven and Lauren at BFF Bikes. Steve is also fantastic with bike fit."
Apr 2
Dave D replied to Dave D's discussion Recommended Bike Mechanics in Chicago
"Thanks for all the great advice. I do plan on getting a torque wrench too. Just a little shy about working on carbon."
Apr 2

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What I ride:
Road, Mountain
The kind of riding I do:
Recreational, Commuting, Distance, Around Town

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