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    I would like to see a pic or 2 of this mystery freewheel in case I have to encounter it in the future. That seems likely since I bet a ton of people are buying these bikes and then will end dumping them for one reason or another (in most cases no fault of the bike) either a few months from now or 20 years after hanging out in the garage most of its life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
    Just a note. If I remember right you can actually do without the cage. In fact, going without a cage is better. The only reason a cage is used is for ease of assembly.
    Absolutely correct; you have to increase the number of balls; and that gets you a proportionally stronger and stiffer BB.

    I strongly recommend this upgrade (using new balls) to anyone just planning on taking the BB for greasing. The balls will cost you less than $5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    The freewheel itself I have no complaints about, it hasn't worn, it shifts well, and otherwise functionally it has been fine. But because it requires special (and as far as we know, impossible to find) tools to remove, a Denali buyer will face problems when it comes time to service the rear hub. Of course if the hubs are never serviced, then they eventually will be trashed. Couple that with a difficult to remove freewheel and you're looking at a new wheel.
    I've repacked hubs without pulling freewheels before. Cleaning the driveside race requires a small and strong pinky finger. Of course I imagine a box of Q-tips with a proper bend imparted on them would work also. When reassembling take a solid axle, the end without a cone on it and insert it from the non-drive-side so that the end is protruding past the race about 1/8" or so. This will keep bearings from dropping right through and will help guide them into the greased race. Use your pinky or Q-Tips to really set the bearings into the grease and then pull the axle out.

    Then put axle in the right way and pack the non-drive side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    I would like to see a pic or 2 of this mystery freewheel in case I have to encounter it in the future. That seems likely since I bet a ton of people are buying these bikes and then will end dumping them for one reason or another (in most cases no fault of the bike) either a few months from now or 20 years after hanging out in the garage most of its life.
    Sorry, I wish I'd seen this before I went to the bike shop. I didn't get any pictures, but it says "Sunway Group Co LTD" on one of the cogs.

    End result was we absolutely could not get it off. The freewheel did not follow Sheldon Brown's guide at all and the wheel ended up getting trashed. So, I took nfmisso's and tjspiel's suggestion and took the opportunity to upgrade my wheel to a cassette. It doesn't look tremendously different, but the spokes are black instead of silver. So I will have slightly mismatched wheels. The new one also has a quick release which is nice.

    When other considerations allow, this will give me the opportunity to upgrade to brifters much more easily. I just wish I'd had more of a choice in the matter!

    So chalk that up as a strike against the (new) Denali, it has an impossible to remove freewheel. Pics coming soon once I get the tire mounted on the new wheel.
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    Doh, I was too late to save a freewheel. Probably could've gotten a good 10k miles outta that baby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Doh, I was too late to save a freewheel. Probably could've gotten a good 10k miles outta that baby.
    Yeah. :/ But it's okay though, as tjspiel said it's likely that eventually I would have just replaced the wheel to a cassette anyway, so in the long run I am saving a few bucks even if it is a bit more expensive now.

    Here's some pics:



    As you can see, they don't look a whole lot different, which I like. The rear wheel does have a different hub, a quick release, and black spokes though.



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    Shimano hyperglide 7 speed cassette. I would have sprung for an 8 speed, but 7 was all he had that would have worked with my current chain. That's okay for now, I treat my bike like a 4 speed with the friction shifters most of the time anyway. New cassette is 13-28t, so I should have a little better top speed.



    Weinmann aluminum wheel. Anyone know anything about these?



    Shimano FH-RM30 hub.

    I'd really like to go for a test ride to see how nicely that hyperglide cassette shifts, but I'm flat worn out from today's ride. Maybe later. 530 miles on the bike now.
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    Looks like a nice upgrade!

    Weinmann makes good low end rims and other components. I have a set of there rims, they are good. The RM-30 hub is likewise good quality low end. Both will last forever with proper maintenance.

    Do you have an 8 speed hub with a 4.5mm spacer or a seven speed hub and no spacer? The RM-30 was offered both ways, though it is hard to find the seven speed version. http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Altus-.../dp/B004E3PE9G

    My Sierra Sport has a 7 speed RM-30 rear hub; with a DNP EPOCH HYPERFLO 7 Spd Cassette 13,14,15,17,19,21,23T
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    Quote Originally Posted by nfmisso View Post
    Looks like a nice upgrade!

    Weinmann makes good low end rims and other components. I have a set of there rims, they are good. The RM-30 hub is likewise good quality low end. Both will last forever with proper maintenance.

    Do you have an 8 speed hub with a 4.5mm spacer or a seven speed hub and no spacer? The RM-30 was offered both ways, though it is hard to find the seven speed version. http://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Altus-.../dp/B004E3PE9G

    My Sierra Sport has a 7 speed RM-30 rear hub; with a DNP EPOCH HYPERFLO 7 Spd Cassette 13,14,15,17,19,21,23T
    Thanks, good to hear!

    I have an 8 speed hub with a spacer, so future (WAY in the future) upgrades should be relatively simple. Even if I stick with 8 speed, 8 speed brifters are much easier to find than 7.
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    Well, I had the opportunity to take it for a very brief (1 mile) test ride, didn't want to push it much more than that after today's killer (for me) ride.

    It's definitely different. I can't say whether it's better or worse yet, I'm sure it'll just take getting used to like the last time I messed with the drivetrain. I do feel like I have a little more up top with the 13 tooth cog than I did before. Shifts are quieter and I can't really feel them. I had gotten used to the opposite so I'm sure that I will get used to this as well.

    Nothing much to report other than that. I'll probably go on a 6 mile recovery ride tomorrow, so I'll know more about it's performance then.

    Oh, tjspiel you were asking earlier about fender clearance. Something I forgot to mention is that upon changing to dual pivot calipers there's little to no clearance for fenders, so if you get one you'll have to pass on the dual pivots if you want fenders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    .......Oh, tjspiel you were asking earlier about fender clearance. Something I forgot to mention is that upon changing to dual pivot calipers there's little to no clearance for fenders, so if you get one you'll have to pass on the dual pivots if you want fenders.....
    Or get different dual pivots. Borobike: which ones did you get?
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    Tektro R736. Good point though, other dual pivots might work. They'll have to be long reach, I measured a distance of 53mm on my particular bike.

    Still love the dual pivots btw, what a great braking upgrade. I still catch myself expecting single pivot performance, so I give the levers a very light pull just to control my speed a bit only to feel them grab and really slow the bike down. Haven't had to panic brake with them yet but I feel much more confident for when I do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    Tektro R736. Good point though, other dual pivots might work. They'll have to be long reach, I measured a distance of 53mm on my particular bike.......
    A Tektro R539 or R737 would probably work, and provide the fender clearance.
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    Too bad a perfectly good wheel (and freewheel) was sacrificed in this process. I wonder if you will actually be able to fit an 8-speed cassette in there or not. There doesn't look like a whole lot of clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by monsterpile View Post
    Too bad a perfectly good wheel (and freewheel) was sacrificed in this process. I wonder if you will actually be able to fit an 8-speed cassette in there or not. There doesn't look like a whole lot of clearance.
    Though it's hard to tell from the pictures, it looks like there was a spacer put on before the cassette, so 8/9/10 speed cassettes should fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
    Though it's hard to tell from the pictures, it looks like there was a spacer put on before the cassette, so 8/9/10 speed cassettes should fit.
    Yup, there is a spacer. Bike shop guy said I should be able to fit a 9 speed cassette in there later if I wanted.
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    Borobike,

    What's your take on the stem shflifting? For me its getting a bit annoying, forget about changing gears if in the drops. And I have found that a sprint from a stop light irks me even from the hoods, the taking my hand off to shift while standing and pedaling should score me a spot in a circus act.

    I do like the fact I can skip gears which is sweet when climbing and hitting a creast of a mini hill.

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    My riding style ends up working out so that the stem shifters aren't a terrible inconvenience, as I rarely ride in the drops or stand to pedal. The only time I'm in the drops is when I'm trying to maximize my speed, at which point I'm already in top gear anyway, and the only time I stand is when I'm trying to get up a tough climb, at which point I'm already in my lowest gear.

    Like you, I really enjoy the ability to skip multiple gears quickly.

    The thing that bothers me about the stem shifters is that on longer rides, my left hand becomes numb from constantly supporting my weight while my right hand is off the hoods to shift. I really dislike the feeling.

    Today I got to take a test ride with the new wheel and cassette. All was mostly well. I'm wondering if the new cassette has a lower tooth count than 28, first gear seems harder than before. Could just be my imagination and being tired from yesterday.

    Shifting was great, gear retention was definitely improved. I don't have to worry about my shifting style to keep it from hunting between gears. I really love this. The hyperglide design is a definite improvement.

    My rear tire seems to be out of round, or maybe just not seated properly. This wasn't a problem on the Denali wheel, but I can see the tire has a low spot in each rotation. The Weinmann wheel is perfectly true, it's definitely the tire. I'll try resetting it in the rim. Pretty sure it's just not set properly because the Denali wheel was also perfectly true.

    I'm getting some strange noises out back in the middle gears, maybe in 3-4-5. Kind of like a light grinding, I can also feel it in the cranks while pedaling. It doesn't happen on either extreme end of the cassette. Not sure what's up with that, maybe the cassette just needs to break in. Any insight on that would be welcome.

    I can feel top speed is improved. If I weren't so worn out today I would have tested it, but I got up to 33 mph downhill and had plenty of gear left. 52-13 combo now. When the day comes that I'm ready to try brifters I'll opt for a 9 speed cassette with an 11 tooth small cog if I don't choose to keep everything 7 speed. Then I bet it will really fly, although at that point I suspect my top speed capabilities would be stretching practicality, even as it is I doubt there will be many times when I will be using the 13 tooth cog to it's full capabilities.
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    I really enjoyed reading this thread, even though I don't plan on actually purchasing a Denali. I loved reading about all of your modifications to the bike and your rides. In its current state, how much does the bike weigh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    My rear tire seems to be out of round, or maybe just not seated properly. This wasn't a problem on the Denali wheel, but I can see the tire has a low spot in each rotation. The Weinmann wheel is perfectly true, it's definitely the tire. I'll try resetting it in the rim. Pretty sure it's just not set properly because the Denali wheel was also perfectly true.
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    If you mount the wheel without the tire, turn the bike upside and put a zip tie on one of the chain stays, you can quickly tell if the rim is out of round, though it might be perfectly true from side to side. The idea is to use the end of the zip tie like a feeler. Slide the zip tie along the chain stay until the end just barely touches the top of the rim. When you rotate the wheel any high or low spots will be apparent.

    Roundness is adjusted by tightening and loosening the spokes on opposite sides of the wheel but since it's new the shop should take care of it for you. It could be the way your tire is mounted, but if not, the rim is suspect. Nothing an adjustment can't fix.

    Brifters let you shift multiple gears at once depending on the shifter and which direction you're going. The right shifter on Shimano brifters will only upshift one gear at a time, but the newer and better ones will let you downshift several gears in one sweep of the brake lever.

    Traditional Campy Ergopower shifters let you upshift through the whole cassette in one motion if you have enough dexterity in your thumb. How many gears you can downshift at once depends on the model and year. I don't have any experience with SRAM or Microshift shifters so I can't say how they work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by borobike View Post
    My riding style ends up working out so that the stem shifters aren't a terrible inconvenience, as I rarely ride in the drops or stand to pedal. The only time I'm in the drops is when I'm trying to maximize my speed, at which point I'm already in top gear anyway, and the only time I stand is when I'm trying to get up a tough climb, at which point I'm already in my lowest gear.

    Like you, I really enjoy the ability to skip multiple gears quickly.

    The thing that bothers me about the stem shifters is that on longer rides, my left hand becomes numb from constantly supporting my weight while my right hand is off the hoods to shift. I really dislike the feeling.

    longest ride i have been on has been 17 miles (only because i have limited time) but i dont get the wrist pain and oddly i shift with both hands. dont know why i switch but i just do, now i found i favor my right hand to shift more and if in the drops its always right hand.

    maybe i shift too much and just need to stay in a gear longer? or figure why i have to shift so much and correct it.

    another question, are you still riding the stock saddle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlphaDogg View Post
    I really enjoyed reading this thread, even though I don't plan on actually purchasing a Denali. I loved reading about all of your modifications to the bike and your rides. In its current state, how much does the bike weigh?
    Thanks, I'm glad you enjoy it! Doing the standard weigh myself with and without the bike on a scale, it comes out to 30 pounds even with all my junk on it (lights, bags, tools, tube, pump etc) so it probably weighs around 27-ish without anything else. That's just a guess as the stock weight is 29 and switching out the crankset for the Dura-Ace dropped a couple of pounds off. The Sora RD weighs a little less than the old one but it's a very minor difference, the only major weight change has been the crankset. The new wheel weighs just a bit lighter than the old as well, I think. Not a huge difference there either though.

    Quote Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
    If you mount the wheel without the tire, turn the bike upside and put a zip tie on one of the chain stays, you can quickly tell if the rim is out of round, though it might be perfectly true from side to side. The idea is to use the end of the zip tie like a feeler. Slide the zip tie along the chain stay until the end just barely touches the top of the rim. When you rotate the wheel any high or low spots will be apparent.
    It was definitely the tire. I managed to reseat it so now it's only a very light thump that can't be felt on anything but the smoothest of pavements. I'll keep looking into it.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJ C View Post
    longest ride i have been on has been 17 miles (only because i have limited time) but i dont get the wrist pain and oddly i shift with both hands. dont know why i switch but i just do, now i found i favor my right hand to shift more and if in the drops its always right hand.

    maybe i shift too much and just need to stay in a gear longer? or figure why i have to shift so much and correct it.

    another question, are you still riding the stock saddle?
    Yeah, I don't shift a whole lot. I mentioned somewhere that I kinda treat my bike like a 4 speed with extra options.

    Usually by 17 miles I'm feeling the numbness, I think it starts around mile 15 or so. I'll have to try switching hands to shift like you do. Using the left hand just seems uncoordinated for me though, but maybe I could get used to it.

    I've definitely changed the saddle! Twice, in fact. The original saddle hurt my butt bones. I was new to bikes and thought this was a bad thing, so I bought a Bell super squishy seat. I slid all over that thing and ended up with numbness in almost every direction, at which point I'd been on here a while and read that these seats were bad. Went back to the stock saddle only to find that in addition to butt pain, it also made me numb. So, went down to the LBS and asked what the guy at the counter would recommend for long rides. He handed me a Serfas Dual Density. First couple of weeks I had butt "pinches" at my right sit bone, especially when lifting my right hand to shift. It was pretty painful, but no numbness. Fast forward to now, I have no more "pinches", no numbness, and aside from being flat worn out after a long ride I'd have no problem hopping back on the saddle again. My butt can't even tell I've been on a bike really. It's a great saddle. Relatively inexpensive too, at $40 or so.
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    thanks boro,

    it amazes me that bike companies short change people in the saddle. i know a seat is a personal preference thing but as a company i would like to have my costumers happy and comfortable on day one, even if it hurts our after market saddle sales. i want that customer to come back to us and refer others to my bikes. but hey what do i know i dont own a bike company.

    I too think of my bike as a 5 speed with emergency options. but i guess where i am at i have more stops than you. and if i am riding the MUP i use more gears and shift constantly it feels. if i am on the street i have to shift up and down due to stop lights every .5 of a mile.

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    Yeah, I don't have a whole lot of stops. I much prefer just cruising around without stopping as much as possible, avoiding the huge hills if I can!

    Finally got my tire issue fixed. Read around a bit, then changed out the tube for the heck of it and reseated the tire. Still was having a thump to it, but it wasn't in the same place. So I took the advice of Sheldon Brown and inflated the tire 20 psi over (to 100 psi) and let it sit that way overnight. Perfect! Tire is seated properly and it rides butter smooth again.

    Noises in 3-4-5 have stopped but I still feel some vibration.

    Bike rides great, but I REALLY miss the 28 tooth cog. I'm adapting to it though, like I adapted to the 52 tooth chainring when I swapped out the 48. 550 miles on the bike now. Shifting and gear retention is great. It's very easy to judge shift points and adjust from there without it deciding that it wants to shift again.

    Also found out my old weight readings were wrong. I've still lost 38 pounds, because at least the old scale was consistent. Unfortunately it was also consistently wrong...about 15 pounds light wrong. So I've got further to go than I thought, but that's okay. At least now I have confidence in what the scale is telling me.
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    I ride two different department store bikes of doom. Neither have exploded or caused small children to cry yet.

    198? Free Spirit Sovereign 12 speed road bike (Sears) - the smooth and comfy one. The commuter/hauler/touring bike.
    2011 GMC Denali 14 speed road bike (Wal-Mart) - the fast frankenbike. The racer.



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    Time for this week's end of week report. 577 miles on the bike now.

    This has been an awful week for riding, constant rain at the times I ride the most. For this reason I didn't go riding as much as usual but I still got stuck in it quite a few times.

    Went on the fast group ride this past Wednesday, but this time I finished even though I was dead last and behind the rest of the pack. I'm getting better but it's gonna take me a while to get to their level. Of course when I was about as far away from home as possible during the ride a severe thunderstorm kicked up. Strong winds, hard rain, close lightning, hail, everything. I was not a happy rider, and I had a very very tired distance to make it back home. Still, the Denali and I made it home without problems. Even with the strong winds it was pretty well planted. The hail bothered me most of all. It was only about dime sized but it hurt.

    One thing I noticed is just how sympathetic cars were towards me during this storm. They'd wait for me to cross on red and show other acts of kindness. I guess they could tell that I was tired, wet, and unhappy.

    Bike made it out okay and got the full post rain treatment to keep it running well and rust-free. The Tektro brakes and Kool-Stop pads work great in the rain, I couldn't really tell the difference in wet/dry performance. I also found that all my electronics are suitably waterproof, so yay for that. The whole bike did great considering the amount of crap and road sludge that got thrown up into the drivetrain. Didn't miss a beat.

    And that pretty much describes how it rides these days, without a problem. Everything has sorted itself out and there's really nothing else of concern at the moment, not that I'm complaining about that. Going on another distance ride (for me) in the morning so we'll see how it does then.
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    I ride two different department store bikes of doom. Neither have exploded or caused small children to cry yet.

    198? Free Spirit Sovereign 12 speed road bike (Sears) - the smooth and comfy one. The commuter/hauler/touring bike.
    2011 GMC Denali 14 speed road bike (Wal-Mart) - the fast frankenbike. The racer.



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    Well today's ride was abbreviated because of rain, again! It just won't quit. Wish it would rain on the days I don't care about.

    So not much to report there. 14 mile ride brings the total up to 591 miles. I made up for it by pushing myself hard for those 14 miles.

    Something else then, since there isn't much to report there:

    I've waited for a while to take any new pictures of myself because I wanted to be able to like what I saw in the picture compared to what I used to be. I finally took some pictures today, and wanted to share my before and after!

    This is what I looked like late last year, so you can see how big I was. Sad thing is, I actually gained a few pounds after that before I finally did something about it. I'm the guy in the blue and white stripe.



    43 pounds later (or 30 something since that pic) here I am today:



    Finally I'm not ashamed of how the camera makes me look anymore. I've still got a bit more to lose but I'm proud that I can visually see the difference. I definitely feel a ton better and have been able to tell the difference in the fit of my clothes and the way I look in the mirror. Even the way people treat me has changed for the positive, but that may be because my attitude about life in general has greatly improved. Diet changes have had a lot to do with it, but a HUGE portion of the credit goes to that black and yellow guy in the background. If it weren't for finding a sport I really enjoy I'd never have gotten to where I am now.

    This is the first time I've really ever dedicated to something like this and stuck with it. Best of all is that everything I'm doing right now is sustainable, so that when I reach my target weight the pounds won't come flying back on. There isn't much about my current lifestyle that will change once I get there.
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    I ride two different department store bikes of doom. Neither have exploded or caused small children to cry yet.

    198? Free Spirit Sovereign 12 speed road bike (Sears) - the smooth and comfy one. The commuter/hauler/touring bike.
    2011 GMC Denali 14 speed road bike (Wal-Mart) - the fast frankenbike. The racer.



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