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Old 03-24-09, 02:59 AM
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I have a w...w...wh...wheelset...:(

...but I stripped the damn rotor bolts and have to bring it to the shop to see if they can sort out my screw up. Piss me off.
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Old 03-24-09, 04:03 AM
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I'm hoping you have the tools and technology to take care of it yourself.


BTW, I responded to your thread. You caught me on a rare night of insomnia and answering questions in Mechanics.
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I've got a wheelset coming in the mail Friday or Monday. No bike to put it on. Maybe I'll have to start saving for a frame...
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I'm hoping you have the tools and technology to take care of it yourself.


BTW, I responded to your thread. You caught me on a rare night of insomnia and answering questions in Mechanics.
Thanks, y'all. Insomnia has been visiting my house a lot, lately.

I've just started wrenching on my own rigs.
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I love riding something I built. It scared me the first time my son rode a bike that I had built, not sure why though, as I knew I had built it the right way.
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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.
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Old 03-24-09, 12:31 PM
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^ How long did it take you to get there? What was the impetus for you learning to wrench your own stuff?
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^ How long did it take you to get there? What was the impetus for you learning to wrench your own stuff?
I'm somewhat of a freak...but I've come to terms with it.

I grew up working on my own bikes. Back in the 70's I was disassembling my bike completely and building it back up again. I was neat about it so my Mom even allowed me to do some work in my bedroom. Dad had a lot of tools and the only rule was we had to put them back. Thanks for that Dad.

Later when I got into riding and then racing MTBs is when I began collecting tools in earnest, though I still have the Craftsman toolbox I received at age 10.
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I'm somewhat of a freak...but I've come to terms with it.

I grew up working on my own bikes. Back in the 70's I was disassembling my bike completely and building it back up again. I was neat about it so my Mom even allowed me to do some work in my bedroom. Dad had a lot of tools and the only rule was we had to put them back. Thanks for that Dad.

Later when I got into riding and then racing MTBs is when I began collecting tools in earnest, though I still have the Craftsman toolbox I received at age 10.
Say what? Man, you had laid back 'rents. I think about the mess I made last night...whoooooo.
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I've got a wheelset where there are no spokes available. See my sig.

I have another wheelset and the front wheel spins rough. Had it apart last night. Skewer is straight, axle is straight, races and cones are spotless. I ordered a new set of bearings. Hopefully that will fix it.

I haven't done this much bike work in many years. I'm glad I still remember how. Though I have had to buy a few tools.
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Say what? Man, you had laid back 'rents. I think about the mess I made last night...whoooooo.
Yeah my wife wants to plumb out a sink in the garage rather than even let me in the house to wash my hands after working on the bikes.
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^ How long did it take you to get there? What was the impetus for you learning to wrench your own stuff?
In my case, it comes from my father's side. My grandfather was a machinist and worked on machines for a living. So dad grew up around repairing things and spent his career in manufacturing. I grew up with dad fixing our cars, lawn mowers, etc.

I have basic mechanical aptitude and am not scared to take something apart. It is very satisfying to fix something instead of paying someone else to do it or to buy a new whatever to replace the broken one.

I was repacking wheel bearings, etc, as a pre teen. Just learned by doing, observing, helping, etc.
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You need these kind of wheels instead:

http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/20/v...inter-big-fun/
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http://www.autoblog.com/2009/03/20/v...inter-big-fun/
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
In my case, it comes from my father's side. My grandfather was a machinist and worked on machines for a living. So dad grew up around repairing things and spent his career in manufacturing. I grew up with dad fixing our cars, lawn mowers, etc.

I have basic mechanical aptitude and am not scared to take something apart. It is very satisfying to fix something instead of paying someone else to do it or to buy a new whatever to replace the broken one.

I was repacking wheel bearings, etc, as a pre teen. Just learned by doing, observing, helping, etc.
This was my childhood also but more with my grandfather. As he got up in age he would sit and tell me how to do things. I was the summer from 8th grade when I put in a gas water heater this way. I should have done it more though. Dang puberty and girls....
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Also you can buy drill bits that are reversed so possibly when you drill the bit will catch on the bolt and spin it out. Have you gotten anywhere on this? Pics?
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Also you can buy drill bits that are reversed so possibly when you drill the bit will catch on the bolt and spin it out. Have you gotten anywhere on this? Pics?
Nah, not yet. Waiting on a proper T25 to come in the mail. If that fails, I have to decide if this has become personal, and I head out to go get the "easy outs" bits suggested in the Bicycle Mechanics thread.

LBS quoted me US$10-12 to do it, but now I'm kinda invested. We'll see. If it keeps me off the rig for over two weeks, I may give in...if it's personal, I'll probabaly continue until I destroy the hub and rotor.
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Just for fun, I'm going to ask the wife tonight if I can wrench on my rig in our bedroom...w/ a straight poker face...will report back.
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Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
In my case, it comes from my father's side. My grandfather was a machinist and worked on machines for a living. So dad grew up around repairing things and spent his career in manufacturing. I grew up with dad fixing our cars, lawn mowers, etc.

I have basic mechanical aptitude and am not scared to take something apart. It is very satisfying to fix something instead of paying someone else to do it or to buy a new whatever to replace the broken one.

I was repacking wheel bearings, etc, as a pre teen. Just learned by doing, observing, helping, etc.
Cool. My discipline also makes it necessary to quickly pick up the wrench, or face many service trips to the LBS.
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That's a very fair quote from the LBS. As my Mechanic's forum answer indicated...it can be somewhat a PITA, especially if you don't have the correct tools.

Still, I think it's great that you're taking it on yourself. Doing so will equip you for many future endeavors.

To me, that is the essence of mountain biking: self-sufficiency. Even though the Euro pros want to change the rules, you still have to finish on the same bike you started on. Sometimes this means field repairs, and you're more likely to finish the more you know. I feel it encourages manufacturing parts that last and are repairable as well as a feeling of accomplishment and confidence that you'll always be able to get yourself out of any situation.

There's not much to brag about my XC and DH racing career. I was a mid-pack XC racer and a runner-up in DH. The one thing I can boast is that I finished every single race I started...even if I was last or right next to it. I credit knowing enough to set up my equipment to last...and knowing what to do when it failed.
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Just for fun, I'm going to ask the wife tonight if I can wrench on my rig in our bedroom...w/ a straight poker face...will report back.
Good luck with that.

I can't remember if rotor bolts go through the flange or if they go into a black hole that doesn't come out the other side.

For instant gratification I would just drill the head off the torx bolts, use a bit the width of the bolt shaft (not shaft+thread) or even a bit less, drill through the center of the torx thingy, when you hit the shaft, the head should be disconnected. Then you can lift off the rotor at least and move it onto your new wheels. And then pursue removing the bolt shaft from your old hubs at your leisure.

I am kind of a barbarian that way.
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