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Old 10-25-06, 11:36 AM   #1
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Tips and tricks

Every other forum seems to have a sticky with tips and tricks. Lets see if we can start one here. From fitting mudgards / fenders to mountless bikes to good work arounds for expesive tools. I'll start off,

Zippie ties, toe clip staps and mole / quick grips help to give you that third hand.

Coke cans and similar make good shims.

Multi tools may get out of a tight spot on the side of the road but you need good tools. It makes life much easier. It is not wasted money as good tools will out last you. I use some tools from my grandads work shop.

To avoid cross threading nuts / bolts (easy to do with the fine threads used on bikes) you should always start off by running the nut / bolt in an anti-clockwise direction slowly (for a normal right hand thread nut / bolt reverse for left hand thread bolts) until you feel the nut / bolt 'click' / 'jump'. This is the point at which end of the threads on the nut and bolt have just passed each other and your nut and bolt threads should be fully seated against each other. Now gently turn clockwise and you should be fine and dandy if any excess resistance is felt back off check thread for debery and try again.

I will prob be shot down for telling people how to do something 'so simple' but it is something that a suprising number of people have a problem with when using fine thread and not poor quility low tolorace course threaded harwear store nuts and bolts. Hence the nuber of problems I have working on friends bikes when they have caused damage not through stupidity but through forcing things and not knowing.


If when repearing a bike you find damaged threads don't worry if the damage is light and you can find someone with one a thread file can clean up many a problem. (make friends with your local backyard engineer )

Lastly diesel is a brillient solvent for cleaning very dirty parts, chains and unsezzing parts. I was sold a nice racing bike cheap beacuse the gears would not work. Taken apart soaked in diesel for 24 hr the drive chain worked beautfully. (Note: avoid getting diesel rubber as it will cause it to perish)

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Old 10-25-06, 02:49 PM   #2
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I cable tie a cell phone clip to my bike so I can just snap my phone on the bike. Mine is around the headset, I have an older nokia phone. It doesn't seem like much of a tip but I'm surprized at how many people have trouble carrying their phones.

I just used non-clorinated brake cleaner to hose off my cassette and rear deraillure. I don't know if that's a good tip yet or not, maybe somebody will chime in. I only did it once and it did not hurt anything.
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I found Pipe cleaners a really good way to clean small areas, esp between gears on the rear cassette. Wrap it around and crank backwards. Just keep the chain at the other end.
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A dishwasher makes a great parts washer.
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Grease every darn thing that screws in, except the brake bolts. Make sure to grease the threads on cleat bolts on shoes. For brake bolts, you don't grease, but you whip out the Loctite 242 to make sure the threads remain together (but yet able to be removed with hand tools). For connections which are prone to siezing up like BB threads, either use teflon tape, or true automotive anti-sieze compound.

Never use Loctite on water bottle braze-on nuts. You may end up loosening the rivnut in the frame, and the bolt will just spin until you painstakingly find a way to stop the rivnut part from spinning so you can get enough torque or a dremel on the bolt.

If something uses 2-4 bolts, tighten all the bolts a little bit each, going around. This keeps stuff from warping.

Bathtubs also double as bicycle washes.

Everclear is decent at degreasing.

Clamp the seat post, not the seat tube... friend of mine trashed a very expensive frame this way.
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Not when the wife/girlfriend/mother/other female housemate finds out. No go, no go at all!!!
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Not when the wife/girlfriend/mother/other female housemate finds out. No go, no go at all!!!
Just tell them that the crank that's in the double rinse cycle is part of a kitchen gadget or some silverware for an esoteric formal dinner gig.
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Just tell them that the crank that's in the double rinse cycle is part of a kitchen gadget or some silverware for an esoteric formal dinner gig.
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