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Old 12-11-20, 11:41 AM
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Old 12-24-20, 06:57 PM
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I often repaint bikes. I take off whatever chain stay protector is there if it is chewed up. Most are made of some kind of tape. On the Fuji I just finished I was trying to think of something I could use instead of buying one. looking around the shop I saw some heavy duty duct tape on the wall. This isn't the light weight grey stuff. it is much thicker and sturdier. The Problem was how to cut it to size and shape . this tape sticks aggressively and if you stick it to itself while handling you are finished. What I needed was something I could stick a length of tape to, cut it to a tapered shape so it would fit the tapered chain stay , then be able to peal it off once it was cut. What I found that works is parchment paper, which you can find in the grocery store . it is used in baking. The duct tape sticke to it so it can be cut then easily peals off without loosing its stickiness. It worked great and should be very durable.
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Old 12-27-20, 07:25 PM
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If you are having trouble removing the plastic covers that hide the crank spindle bolts try squirting some wd40 into the slot then use the edge of a park mini cone wrench as a screw driver to twist the cap off. I don't know how many of those old brittle plastic caps I have ruined before I thought of this. Also, it you have the kind of spindle that takes a bolt instead of a nut there is a type(I think it is shimano ) that takes an Allen key and has a rubber gasket on it . looks great and you don't need to find a plastic cap.
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Back in the mid-1980s I made a tool for removing slotted crankarm covers. The tool was made from a T-shape piece that came with rear racks to stop the rack from sliding down the seatstays. It bolted to the front of the rack and t o the rear brake bolt. That tool still resides in my bicycling tool box and still gets used a fair bit.

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Here's a few:

Motor casing to hold tools. Larger one is from a garbage disposal. Not everyone likes this as it magnetizes the tools a bit.



Sprayer head on alcohol bottle for utility cleaning. Threads & sizes are pretty standard.



Master link tool from old wire stripper. Posted previously.



Vest wrapped with piece of latex tube. Makes it small and not slippery so it doesn't come out of jersey pocket.




Cassette tool handle from PVC pipe. Heat fitting with heat gun to soften and press over tool.




Glue brush stored in can.

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I use the alcohol sprayer for hood and grip removal and install.
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Presta valve tips, tricks, and hacks video if you're new to this style valve:
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Old 04-22-21, 12:14 PM
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Not my hint/trick, as I read about this in a post about tyres. But I thought I'd re-share it here.

For tyres that are difficult to mount, let them sit, unboxed, out in the sun for a bit. I did this for my most recent tyre and the heat from the sun combined with the darkness of the tyre allowed it to be mounted much easier than straight out of the box.
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Old 04-26-21, 11:34 AM
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3 M 90 spray adhesive lives in my shop and has many uses. When I want to mount cheap bar tape( without adhesive) I take a small bit of aluminum foil and put it inside a large mouth jar cap forming a dish,. then I spray a bit of contact cement in the dish and use a q tip as a brush to spread a ribbon of glue on the handle bars. At the levers I cut a small piece of bar tape and paint the back side along with the bottom of the lever clamp . this holds the bar tape while I wrap the bars.

Another use for the tinfoil cup is for touch up paint. I have lots of partial cans of Rustoleum spray paint in different colors. To touch up a paint job take what ever colors you want to mix together to achieve a match and spray a dollop in the cup then take a paint brush and mix them together till you get a good match.

For touch ups you need a sharply pointed brush, preferably sable . I will take a small one and carefully trim the bristles till they form a point. This makes it easy to touch up small chips without getting any on the original paint. Even a close match works pretty well if it is confined to the chip or scratch. Solid colors are much easier to touch up than pearls or metallic paints. With dark colored frames it is sometimes better to use black as a touch up paint. On dark blue for example it practically disappears.
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