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Old 07-19-18, 03:45 PM
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Sounds like you do this all the time? Cool. You have an immediate system in place. So you ride it a lot then start replacing ( or not if you don't like the ride?).
I think it is more that many of us know exactly what works best for us. In my case, almost every bike uses Speedplay Frog pedals (which clearly are the right pedal for you too!), largely because my cycling shoes all use cleats for that pedal. Similarly, I tend to use the same brakes, shifters, and other parts that have proven to do what I want.

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Old 07-19-18, 03:50 PM
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If it's a bike I'm gonna ride much, pedals, grips and saddle almost always get swapped out right away. Then lube or replace cables as needed. Drip a little dri-slide lube on the Derailleur pivots also. Repack hubs, headset and bottom bracket. Grease seatpost.

Then maybe stem to fit better, bars. Tires if they're crap or they don't fit my intended use, but I usually try to wear out the existing tires a bit.
Sounds like you so this all the time? Cool. You have an immediate system in place. So you ride it a lot then start replacing ( or not if you don't like the ride?).
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Old 07-22-18, 12:04 PM
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Cleaned and lubed. Hubs next
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Old 07-22-18, 12:12 PM
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Two lessons just learned. Paint thinner is not a good cleaner. Well, it is, but I now have bare metal brake levers. So tacky. Get it? Lol. Anyway. Lesson two. Pay attention to what things went where when I take them apart. Really really really GD important. See that little ring next to the wire brush? Headset. Can't say where though. Sigh. So I'm going to do hubs today. The guy at performance cycles hooked me up with the right tools and some good advice. If anyone can tell me where that piece goes I'll donate ten dollars to your fave charity- once it's reassembled. Proof. Hey? Or if you can direct me to a site or lesson that succedss? Same reward.
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Old 07-22-18, 12:18 PM
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Two lessons just learned. Paint thinner is not a good cleaner. Well, it is, but I now have bare metal brake levers. So tacky. Get it? Lol. Anyway. Lesson two. Pay attention to what things went where when I take them apart. Really really really GD important. See that little ring next to the wire brush? Headset. Can't say where though. Sigh. So I'm going to do hubs today. The guy at performance cycles hooked me up with the right tools and some good advice. If anyone can tell me where that piece goes I'll donate ten dollars to your fave charity- once it's reassembled. Proof. Hey? Or if you can direct me to a site or lesson that succedss? Same reward.
The little ring is a washer that goes under the top nut. It should have a small tab that goes into a slot in the steerer tube.
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Old 07-22-18, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Aubergine View Post

I think it is more that many of us know exactly what works best for us. In my case, almost every bike uses Speedplay Frog pedals (which clearly are the right pedal for you too!), largely because my cycling shoes all use cleats for that pedal. Similarly, I tend to use the same brakes, shifters, and other parts that have proven to do what I want.

(PS I am a woman.)
No offense. My speech pattern is old school. I have a woman's name. So I feel ya. I'm a dude. Lol. I did not realize the page had turned so sorry for the delay.

Yeah you make salient points. At some point its about individual preference. I'll learn that too. I'm afraid of clips. I use traps.
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Old 07-22-18, 12:23 PM
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The little ring is a washer that goes under the top nut. It should have a small tab that goes into a slot in the steerer tube.
Really?? Hold on
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Old 07-22-18, 12:24 PM
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It does! I almost filed that thinking it was a hang tab!!
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Old 07-22-18, 12:25 PM
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So pick your charity, ma'am.
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Old 07-25-18, 10:05 AM
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So I've spent the last couple days worth of free time learning why not to try to paint, it repaint a bike. It's a PIA, and it turns out frowned upon by landlords when done inside. It's messy, labor intensive and unsatisfying to me. The art of perfection requires so much do over and everything is round and angly.
so from now on isit a tough sanding, single coat of whatever I have on hand and then piss on it. Vanity anyway.
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So I have the bottom bracket re-assembled. The spanner was the wrong size. Damn it. It's a greasy mess but not too difficult.. The trick to this and the hubs ( bigger bearings and loose. That was funny BTW, I dropped one and spent a good ten minutes on my hands and knees until I found it. On my shirt. In a glob of old grease. ) is find the place between drag and where lateral spindle/axle movement is absent. It was a lot of fun finding that spot. I think I got it right too with some practice. Locked every thing down to 30 ft pounds by guess.

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So I've spent the last couple days worth of free time learning why not to try to paint, it repaint a bike. It's a PIA, and it turns out frowned upon by landlords when done inside. It's messy, labor intensive and unsatisfying to me. The art of perfection requires so much do over and everything is round and angly.
so from now on isit a tough sanding, single coat of whatever I have on hand and then piss on it. Vanity anyway.
I agree totally. Find a shop that does powder coating. They should also have the equipment to strip the frame. Not cheap but worth it IMO.
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Old 07-27-18, 02:45 PM
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I assembled the bottom bracket, correctly, and then the head set. It's really interesting to see how simple yet how much goes into tolerating forces while steering.
there was a sound.
It wasn't a horrible noise. Spinning the forks. Almost a grind? Almost. Like what air would sound like if it were metal and passing over metal. Drag. That's what it was.
So I thought about bearings.. Cages. I took the head set apart again and counted. Bearing, with cage, three spacers next set. Ok. What?
The difference is not in the frames, it's in the bearings. Low end to top end. So I'm going to swap out all the cages with free bearings. Little larger in the bottom cup. Crazy more bearing.
Set my bearings free.
Free range bearings.
​​​​​ Land of the brave, home of the free bearing.

10$ went to a local school find in the name of... Nothing. It was cash on the way by. I thought of washers when I gave the money.
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Old 08-08-18, 12:40 PM
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Early 90's Speacilized Hard Rock.
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So I've finished. What a learning experience!
It has cantelever brakes,( That's a correction), Suntour derailleur seven speed. It's cool too because you can make it either indexed it friction. I went with friction..I removed all the bearing cages and went with busy bearings. I over greased the first time and had to start over . The cables were fun, but I wish that there were end lock pieces that were as sturdy as the factory ones that come on the cables. The paint job sucks so me and a friend are about to get busy with the Sharpies. The only thing it needs right now is maybe new rubber. But that's next check and whatever. It's done. It's nimble and quick. Now it's just fine adjust seats and levers. Yay! NEXT!!
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Next. Another late model. When I was young, we rode fire roads and cattle tracks and beach paths . No lie. Ten speed. Drop bars up in the bull position. The brand was Continental. Heavy and crash proof. So, imagine my surprise at finding so much about gravel bikes!
i like the shifters and gears. I'm lifting the granny grear just to see if I can and I'm switching to disc brakes. The front shocks were panned for being something undesirable but I'm going to see. I'll take those apart too just to see what's inside. I'm also going to strip the bike. I hate the name Scott. Second wife bailed with a friend by that name and it just doesn't do it for me. Lol. It looks like it's been just sitting. So I'm hoping for a clean tear down.

They stamped Scott on everything! Grips? Seat? Seat post? Handle bars? Geeeezzz.

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Old 08-09-18, 09:28 AM
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Ok. So I've been told that stripping is bad for the environment. It was suggested that I scuff the clear coat over laying and then I can freely give it a bad paint job. Haha. She's so funny.

It's a 2005. The basic components are really more advanced than the Speacialized. Both solid starter bikes. The Speacilized seems more road and the Scott more mountain type.
The headset was crazy easy to disassemble. I took pictures this time. I also left the cables derailleur and levers all connected.. Everything seems new ish.
I need a new tool! I have a hex wrench that fits but it's not like enough to put the torque on it needed to start on the bottom bracket. So yay.
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Ok. So I've been told that stripping is bad for the environment. It was suggested that I scuff the clear coat over laying and then I can freely give it a bad paint job. Haha. She's so funny.

It's a 2005. The basic components are really more advanced than the Speacialized. Both solid starter bikes. The Speacilized seems more road and the Scott more mountain type.
The headset was crazy easy to disassemble. I took pictures this time. I also left the cables derailleur and levers all connected.. Everything seems new ish.
I need a new tool! I have a hex wrench that fits but it's not like enough to put the torque on it needed to start on the bottom bracket. So yay.
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The Hard Rock no longer has a front derailleur. The level of frustration tuning it sent me to the loony bin. The chain rings are oval. So I can tune it to that big ring but then there's an audible chain slap in the small. Every f ing crank. Get rid of the slap? Too low for the big ring. So I have a seven speed. That I can change by hand up front. Like a boss.
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