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Old 09-13-18, 07:53 PM
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Sensible?

Dang. Is this what life has become?
It's called growing up, no more fun bikes, now it is practical commuter bikes for adulting. Instead of asking the salesperson "yo, bro does this shred the gnar gnar?" you must ask "umm yes excuse me, yes, does this bike have the necessary accouterments for fitting mirrors, several bells and safety triangles".

My main issues with the bike are as such:
No belt drive and no dynamo but the dynamo issue can be easily fixed.

Overall though I dig the bike and especially the tire selection but overall it looks like a decent bike. I would have liked to see silver components and maybe external BB cranks and thru axles but overall it is a bike I can get behind. Have fun on it.
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Anybody know if SRAM Omniums will work on a Wabi Classic frame without any modification?

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It's been done apparently. Could also contact Wabi and ask. Don't know if i'ts my favorite frame+crank combo but opinions are like...

https://www.pedalroom.com/bikes/search?q=wabi+omnium
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It's been done apparently. Could also contact Wabi and ask. Don't know if i'ts my favorite frame+crank combo but opinions are like...

https://www.pedalroom.com/bikes/search?q=wabi+omnium
What crank do you like with the Classic, and why?

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Me personally I would go Sugino 75 all the way especially now you can get it in a shimango style external compatible BB style or use a loose ball ISO square taper or sealed cartridge ISO square taper and if you want top end quality the Super 75s have their S3 coating to make them smoother and also stiffer and look really cool. Plus they have colored ones so you can really go wild with it. Though I am unsure of the ease of availability on the colored ones but black and silver are easy to get.

I am probably going to end up with some S75DDs on my new Langster and am super excited by the prospect (though the wallet might not be as much)
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Technique/Skill question - How do you guys come to a complete stop on your Fixed apart from trackstand and skidding? Is there a way to stop the bike from rolling without touching the brakes?
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Skip stop is an option:

Generally, if I anticipate needing to stop (i.e. red light up ahead) I'll do that to lose some speed then use my legs to push back on the pedals and slow down further or stop completely if necessary. If I need to stop quickly/suddenly, I'm using my brake.
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Generally, if I anticipate needing to stop (i.e. red light up ahead) I'll do that to lose some speed then use my legs to push back on the pedals and slow down further or stop completely if necessary. If I need to stop quickly/suddenly, I'm using my brake.
This is the same thing I do.

Gradual slowing to anticipate a distant stop = just don't pedal as fast, or else put a little back pressure on the pedals.
Moderately quick stop = heavy back pressure.
Sudden stop needed = use the brake (in addition to lots of back pressure).
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I've been getting lazy about cleaning my chain - does anybody here use this kind of doo-hickey, and are they any good?

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I’ve never had any luck with any of those doohickeys. Much easier to soak a rag with mineral spirits and run the chain through it on the bike.
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I've been getting lazy about cleaning my chain - does anybody here use this kind of doo-hickey, and are they any good?
Clean your chain? Just throw it away and buy a new one!




Okay - maybe not. But I don't think one of those chain thingamajiggers will work on a non-derailleur-equipped bike, will it?
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I do the same as TT, let dry then a few drops of oil. Takes 5 minutes at most and if you keep up with it the chain never gets a chance to get truly filthy. If I slack or grime builds up I'll remove the chain and let it soak while I clean the cog/chainring. I used to scrub the chain on the bike with a tooth brush what a mess, the missing link on the 710sl makes it sooo easy
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Scrubby brush + dish soap.
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at the risk of starting another multi-page debate....

MOLTEN PARAFFIN

1) plug in crock pot with solid bulk paraffin wax (cheap), let melt
2) break chain and throw in for 30+ minutes
3) fish out chain w clothes hanger and give a single wipe, re-install
4) do nothing for the next 300-500 miles. no lube application, no cleaning, nothing
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at the risk of starting another multi-page debate....

MOLTEN PARAFFIN

1) plug in crock pot with solid bulk paraffin wax (cheap), let melt
2) break chain and throw in for 30+ minutes
3) fish out chain w clothes hanger and give a single wipe, re-install
4) do nothing for the next 300-500 miles. no lube application, no cleaning, nothing
Should the crock pot be set to low or high? Should I sear the chain before putting it in the crock pot? Could I use an instant pot for quicker results?
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Should the crock pot be set to low or high? Should I sear the chain before putting it in the crock pot? Could I use an instant pot for quicker results?
I'm making ribs in my instant pot tonight (and finishing on the grill for dem grill marks).
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
I’ve never had any luck with any of those doohickeys. Much easier to soak a rag with mineral spirits and run the chain through it on the bike.
I do the same rag wipe method but with denatured alcohol. No need to over complicate chain cleaning.
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I use baby wipes in between heavy cleanings where I remove the chain and clean the whole drivetrain. Baby wipes work great to do a quick clean of the chain without needing anything else. I also use them to quick clean the entire bike from road grime and they are super cheap.
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I use baby wipes in between heavy cleanings where I remove the chain and clean the whole drivetrain. Baby wipes work great to do a quick clean of the chain without needing anything else. I also use them to quick clean the entire bike from road grime and they are super cheap.
wait so you use a baby wipe to clean it a bit but do you then re-lube after that?
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I use baby wipes in between heavy cleanings where I remove the chain and clean the whole drivetrain. Baby wipes work great to do a quick clean of the chain without needing anything else. I also use them to quick clean the entire bike from road grime and they are super cheap.
glad to know I’m not the only one to use baby wipes for bike maintenance. Very useful for a lot of things. Also do a great job of hand cleaning afterward, to avoid using expensive nitrile gloves.

I actually use use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean my chain, but I live next to the ocean, so getting sand and grit in your chain comes naturally. A couple of passes through the ultrasonic with some hot water. One pass with mixed with degreaser, one pass mixed with a drop of dish soap, a quick rinse under the tap and it’s like a brand new chain.
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wait so you use a baby wipe to clean it a bit but do you then re-lube after that?
Yeah, of course. It dries relatively quick, so it takes no time to be able to re-lube and be on my way.
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I've been getting lazy about cleaning my chain - does anybody here use this kind of doo-hickey, and are they any good?

I have one of these, and it works really well. The chains come out super clean. Once they go thru the cleaner, I use a paper towel or wrag to wipe off the chain, then re-lube the chain.

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I would have to ask a friend to buy "Baby Wipes". Can't risk being seen in public doing that...
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Does anybody in the bfssfg community know of anywhere I could score a cheap 1 1/8" threadless fork with clearance for tires (at least) as wide as 30mm? I am getting desperate, because knobby weather is coming quite soon, so I would be willing to buy, trade for my olde fork/tyres or if anybody has any freebees laying around, Anything that would work, whatever's easiest for y'all? I already posted in the trade sub-forum.
My current fork if anybody is interested is the stock Paké fork with clearance for 28mm (almost what I need) and my old tyres (which I may wanna keep) are White Vittoria Randonneurs.
Would any threadless fork made for 700Cs work(meaning If it has the clearance for 30mm, that is)? or is there more too look out for?

Sorry for posting it in this section just otherwise I haven't gotten responses, so i figured I'd try here since it is technically a community question.
Carbon, steel, whatever else is real? I just needa fork that will hold me up. . .
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