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Tech Bench / Shimano Shadow Plus XT Rear derailleur lubrication ?
« on: November 11, 2016, 09:01:11 AM »
There is a rubber plug covering a port on the bottom of the clutch compartment.   Does anyone know if this is for lubricant and if so what type and how often?

Tech Bench / Re: Undoing chain Connectors?
« on: October 25, 2016, 06:12:11 PM »
From experience, I would say that even if the link is specified to be reusable, there is a practical number of time that it can be used.    After 3 or 4 uses, the chances of it failing under load go up greatly.

Tech Bench / Re: Weight Loss Options
« on: September 18, 2016, 01:15:51 PM »
Lighter wheels and tires  will reduce the overall weight AND make the bike quicker as it is easier to spin the lighter wheel set.

The crankiest is the next thing to lighten as it is easy to loose a 1/4 of a pound real easy by going from a Deore to an XT or even more if you can swing the cost of an XTR or Carbon fiber crankset. 

The Cassette is another culprit of weight.  Low end models have all steel cogs whereas an XT level cassette uses aluminum large cogs mounted to a lightweight spider.

Going to 1x10 or 1x11 will add weigh to the cassette (if you opt for a 40 or 42 tooth large cog) compared to a 2x10 system,  but you will lose the front derailleur, cable and shifter pod.

Brown County State Park / Re: Report Trail Issues
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:07:38 AM »
39 11' 12" N   is in (degrees) (minutes) ' and (seconds) "  format otherwise call DMS.  Most GPS use Decimal degree format or Decimal minute format
There are 60 seconds in each minute and there are 60 minutes in each degree.
So to convert DMS format to Decimal Minute format, you take the seconds and convert them to minutes by dividing by 60.
12" / 60 = 0.2'  add this to the minutes.  So now 39 11' 12" is 39 11.2'.
If the system you are using only recognizes Decimal degrees, you just take  the minutes and convert them to degrees by dividing by 60.
11.2' / 60 = 0.1867.  Add this to the 39 to get the converted value.
  39 11' 12"  is converted to 39.1867

Town Run / Re: Town run short track races to start 8-10-16
« on: August 10, 2016, 02:38:10 PM »
I just wets of TRTP and we got an intense rain for about 15 minutes an hour or so ago.

Southwestway Park / Re: SWW Weedeaters needed!
« on: June 10, 2016, 08:30:17 AM »
What is left to be weedeated?

Membership / Re: Forum status...
« on: May 25, 2016, 01:21:31 PM »
I assumed that it changes based upon the total number of posts made.  At least that is how it works on other forums that i am a member of.

Buy, Sell, Trade / Re: Sram Gx crankset 175mm
« on: April 18, 2016, 10:46:49 AM »
What type of Bottom Bracket?

Tech Bench / Re: Rear Derailleur not shifting down very well
« on: January 08, 2016, 08:52:11 AM »
Full length cable housings may have more friction but they also keep a lot of out since the cable is not exposed except at the derailleur. 

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: November 29, 2015, 07:17:12 PM »
I walked both trails today.  They were both very much yellow   

Tech Bench / Re: Brakes vs New Pads
« on: November 12, 2015, 05:59:03 PM »
I want to install new pads on my SRAM XO brakes but the cylinder won't push back out of the way to insert the new pads.

I dialed back the adjuster which should have permitted space for the new pads but no luck.

Any ideas?

Plastic tire levers work pretty well to push the calipers back in.  Being plastic, they will not scratch the caliper face.

When I tighten my sram cranks down, they bind up and I can feel resistance. If I loosen them a bit, it's better but obviously can't ride like that. Any thoughts? I've tried removing all spacers, no luck. Also, there's no grinding sound.

I'm transferring my parts to a lovely new Kona hei hei Supreme frame and haven't dealt with these issues in 18 months.

Thanks for your time.
A wavy washer might be the ticket.  Also, make sure you are tightening to the correct torque.  With the price of cranks these days, one really cannot afford not to use a torque wrench. 

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Conditions - 2015
« on: November 10, 2015, 12:29:54 PM »
Cinderella story......

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates
« on: October 18, 2015, 02:53:25 PM »
Let' s try to focus on the original topic   which is that someone has taken it upon themselves to "fix" the trails at Fort Harrison.   The solution might be to bring them unti the HMBA fold so that we can harness their energy for good. 

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:10:37 PM »
..... she was excited to ride the big rock on the left side of the LC trail (it's an optional line but it's always been entirely rollable - though I can't remember exactly where on the trail it is, it's definitely NOT in the valley of dispute), she noticed that a bunch of dirt had been packed in on the backside of it, eliminating whatever challenge the rock had to begin with......

It wasn't the "ramp" rock ?

Fort Harrison State Park / Re: Fort Harrison Trail Building Updates
« on: October 13, 2015, 11:58:45 PM »
Old man...could it have been Huff...Ha!

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