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Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-20-09, 10:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,112
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Get thinner brake pads (the cartridge pads take...

Get thinner brake pads (the cartridge pads take more space than the solid ones, and around here, cartridges are actually more expensive) and install the thinner spherical washer close to the pads so...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 07-20-09, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By Michel Gagnon
"24" is indeed the smallest chainring you are...

"24" is indeed the smallest chainring you are able to install on your crankset. It is relatively inexpensive and will give you about 2-3 gears that are lower than what you have. Otherwise:
– Replace...
Forum: Touring 05-10-09, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,343
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Happy that you solved the problem! I had a...

Happy that you solved the problem!
I had a closer look at the picture of your (former) rack and I now see that the corner would be too tight for the cam-lock mechanism.
Forum: Tandem Cycling 05-09-09, 01:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Sorry I don't have them. However, for my stoker I...

Sorry I don't have them. However, for my stoker I used a set of the cheapest brake levers I could find. A bit less than 10 $ locally.
Forum: Long Distance Competition/Ultracycling, Randonneuring and Endurance Cycling 05-09-09, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By Michel Gagnon
The trailer looks good, but you definitely need a...

The trailer looks good, but you definitely need a bona fide hitch. This rigged up system will either break within a few kilometres if you are lucky, or in the middle of nowhere if you are not. I...
Forum: Commuting 05-09-09, 12:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,362
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Finally ! Someone else who has seen the light !

Finally ! Someone else who has seen the light !
Forum: Western Canada 05-09-09, 12:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By Michel Gagnon
That's basically the case. However, you have two...

That's basically the case. However, you have two other legal options.

1. If you deal with mail order, you might save on local sales tax (I think that depends on U.S. state regulations). On the...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 05-05-09, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 342
Posted By Michel Gagnon
I made a protective flap with an old piece of...

I made a protective flap with an old piece of bicycle tube. So far, so good.
Forum: Touring 05-05-09, 09:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,343
Posted By Michel Gagnon
I think I see your problem, but before I come...

I think I see your problem, but before I come with a possible solution, I need some extra info. on your panniers.

Arkel went with at least three different versions of their hooks, and each version...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 05-04-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,593
Posted By Michel Gagnon
You could drill holes in the crank arms, but I...

You could drill holes in the crank arms, but I really don't like the idea.

Da Vinci (and maybe 1 or 2 others) manufacture special cranks with 3 or 4 sets of holes, but the arms are much stronger...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-23-09, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 464
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Three possibilities. 1. The most likely: The...

Three possibilities.

1. The most likely: The two tiny adjustment screws (one on each side) need adjusting. They are located at the base of each brake arm, as shown here...
Forum: Touring 04-22-09, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By Michel Gagnon
I can't find it clearly in Sheldon Brown's...

I can't find it clearly in Sheldon Brown's glossary, but what you want is "non-aero" brake levers. I think they stopped manufacturing them 20-25 years ago. Your best bet would be to visit a shop that...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 04-22-09, 09:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 547
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Indeed. And if it helps, the hub can also be used...

Indeed. And if it helps, the hub can also be used on a bike that does not have disk brakes.
Forum: Recreational & Family 04-22-09, 09:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 834
Posted By Michel Gagnon
I don't know if they have changed, but both the...

I don't know if they have changed, but both the Addams Trail-a-Bike (2000 edition) and the Burley Piccolo (2001 edition) have eyelets for a rack near the dropouts. One needs to use P-clamps (not a...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-22-09, 09:08 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,262
Posted By Michel Gagnon
The photo is indeed from the Dia-Compe 287 (no...

The photo is indeed from the Dia-Compe 287 (no V). The 287-V has a little plastic thing on the handle, near the top as shown here:
http://www.bikeparts.com/pimage/BPC317828.jpg

I had 287-V on my...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-21-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 646
Posted By Michel Gagnon
You might be able to find 7 or 8 speed indexed...

You might be able to find 7 or 8 speed indexed shifters amongst used parts, but the supply would be very limited. And the spacing between index notches won't be compatible with your system so you...
Forum: Touring 04-20-09, 09:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,125
Posted By Michel Gagnon
What you have in mind is not recommended....

What you have in mind is not recommended. Basically, having weight behind the rear wheel is a bit like having the tail wag the dog.

As others have said, first and foremost go for four panniers....
Forum: Foo 04-19-09, 10:18 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 3,343
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Depends on the age of the guy too. I probably...

Depends on the age of the guy too. I probably said something that nice along those lines to a 28-29 year old woman... when I was 18 or 19. And I have also said something like that to a man of that...
Forum: Tandem Cycling 04-19-09, 09:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,740
Posted By Michel Gagnon
Like others, I am not sure I agree with...

Like others, I am not sure I agree with everything Bill McCready (Santana) says, but keeping the tandem fairly upright at stops and even when we are ready to dismount is indeed a very good idea. And...
Forum: Road Cycling 04-19-09, 09:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By Michel Gagnon
From what I read, she is looking for a bike with...

From what I read, she is looking for a bike with drop bars.

How much riding is she doing, what kind of roads, etc.?
And looking at her arms, what part is shorter, the upper or the lower part?...
Forum: Bicycle Mechanics 04-19-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By Michel Gagnon
That's a typical problem of brazed setups : you...

That's a typical problem of brazed setups : you can only do so much in terms of adaptability. To compound the issue, Shimano has changed the standard setups, so the standard setups have been...
Forum: Electronics, Lighting, & Gadgets 04-17-09, 10:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,543
Posted By Michel Gagnon
The problem with the Lumotec Oval Plus and the...

The problem with the Lumotec Oval Plus and the Shimano is not voltage or amperage, but simply the fact the Shimano hub is grounded while the Schmidt is not. So when one uses the Lumotec Oval Plus...
Forum: General Cycling Discussion 04-14-09, 10:32 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 4,343
Posted By Michel Gagnon
What are drops for? If you want an aggressive...

What are drops for? If you want an aggressive position, don't put the drops 14 cm below the saddle. Instead, put them 7-8 cm below the saddle. Then, you will either be able to ride on the drops at 15...
Forum: Touring 04-14-09, 10:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,265
Posted By Michel Gagnon
It is possible on SOME bkes, but not all. I...

It is possible on SOME bkes, but not all.

I think I would then agree with Mntroads.
Do a few 2-day tours close to home to see if you enjoy touring. And if you do, seriously consider a new bike,...
Forum: Foo 04-13-09, 09:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 321
Posted By Michel Gagnon
You say you DIDN'T qualify for audio textbooks....

You say you DIDN'T qualify for audio textbooks. Now that you are legally blind, will you? Or else, what you would need to qualify? Would you pursue in psychology/rehab counselor if you were to...
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