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02-22-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By AlmostTrick

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize...

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize compound. Never had any come loose, and never heard of it happening. Best of all I never had heads stripped out when attempting to remove because they...
02-22-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 314
Posted By Geepig

As an obviously advanced member of the greasing...

As an obviously advanced member of the greasing school, I am looking to you to answer that question. Do you use copper grease for the rotor bolts? I have yet to fit one, but a long time ago, in my...
01-25-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By Dave Mayer

The shop discount? Ha ha... good...

The shop discount?


Ha ha... good observation - they don't. A freshly minted professional engineer who had done co-op terms in a fab shop would have a starting salary north of $100k. There...
01-24-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís what I really like about my co-op. Iím...

Thatís what I really like about my co-op. Iím not there to make a customer happy. Iím there to help people fix bikes. Although I do a lot of wrench turning, the people who come to us are supposed...
01-22-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By cyccommute

Paying attention to how things work is probably...

Paying attention to how things work is probably the best quality of a good mechanic. Having a good memory helps.



I learned mostly by just doing. I read things early on...I started when...
01-22-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By Dave Mayer

Best qualities in a mechanic? A masters degree...

Best qualities in a mechanic? A masters degree in mechanical engineering, and several years of floor-level experience in manufacturing/fabrication. Bike shop experience may not even be necessary,...
01-22-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,043
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

If you're going to work on other's bikes then...

If you're going to work on other's bikes then perhaps the first good quality to have is to listen well and know how to pull out of people the information you need without their loosing face when...
01-16-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 355
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

At one time I had a couple of replacement Shimano...

At one time I had a couple of replacement Shimano brake pivot thrust bearings for sale in my shop. Not sure what ever happened to them. I ordered them (likely from QBP) after spending way too much...
01-15-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 393
Posted By pdlamb

Use what you've got, it'll be fine. And send...

Use what you've got, it'll be fine.

And send me $10 to assuage any guilt you might feel about using the same grease on your less expensive and more expensive bearings. :)
01-12-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,573
Posted By aggiegrads

As long as you are using any grease, you are...

As long as you are using any grease, you are ahead in the game. Don’t overthink it. Lots of people already have.

The differences between different greases are minimal. Park and Phil’s are...
01-11-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,616
Posted By Bill Kapaun

That's about the simplest wheel "repair". You...

That's about the simplest wheel "repair".
You simply turn all the NDS spokes another 1/8 turn. Just pay attention.
Check.
Repeat if necessary. You only "shift" the rim 1mm total which, as noted,...
01-07-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 637
Posted By '02 nrs

synthetic steel wool works wonders on carbon...

synthetic steel wool works wonders on carbon spokes.chrommax on dull alloy hubs....
12-26-20, 10:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By Jeff Wills

Remove the freewheel from the wheel. Remove any...

Remove the freewheel from the wheel.
Remove any seals over the bearings. (Old Schwinn Normandy freewheels have flexible seals front and back.)
Soak in kerosene to wash out old lube and drip dry....
12-26-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By HTupolev

"More accurate" to what? Each method is pretty...

"More accurate" to what? Each method is pretty accurate at gauging a specific phenomenon: small-small makes your chain as long as possible without going slack in the small-small, while big-big makes...
12-25-20, 11:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 532
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Big:Big is safest.

Big:Big is safest.
12-22-20, 08:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 695
Posted By 3alarmer

. ..if you are on a budget, I would remind you...

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..if you are on a budget, I would remind you that there are a lot of tools sold by bicycle specific suppliers, that are more expensive than the same tools in equal quality from places like the...
12-21-20, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 695
Posted By Iride01

Buy the tools that you need to fix the stuff on...

Buy the tools that you need to fix the stuff on your bike that you want to fix. There are all sorts of tools that might be needed for a bike. Most will never be used for your bike.

Most bikes...
12-13-20, 08:36 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,068
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

It's not just gear range, or how low can your...

It's not just gear range, or how low can your bike's gearing go but also what are the gaps between the useable gears. Those of us who have learned to shift a front der well have no need for the...
12-13-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,068
Posted By rydabent

The fun and games of bicycle gearing

On the forum a couple of years ago I was drawn and quartered over questioning the ever increasing number of gears on bikes. At that time with the latest 12 gear cluster in the rear bikes could have...
12-09-20, 04:56 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 4,837
Posted By davidad

25 or so years ago I bought the Rohloff chain...

25 or so years ago I bought the Rohloff chain checker. Later I found out that I could go at least 1000 more miles on the chain when I used a tape measure to check my chains instead of the Rohloff. I...
12-08-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 747
Posted By neutrinocounter

Bike Gremlin Awesome reply. Thanks.

Bike Gremlin Awesome reply. Thanks.
12-07-20, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 749
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

As RG sort of mentioned ,the LH arm sees both...

As RG sort of mentioned ,the LH arm sees both directions of torque. The drive forwards is transferred through the axle to the RH side as the RH side's forward movement is placed back to the LH side...
12-02-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 660
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

While I agree with the others advice to remove...

While I agree with the others advice to remove one of the spacers/brackets that is not being used (but for spacing) I will add that 5 threads will likely be enough anyway. I also agree with the...
11-26-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,646
Posted By Oakman

Okay, got it. I have used anti-seize many times....

Okay, got it. I have used anti-seize many times. Thought you may be talking about some kind of friction paste used to keep parts from slipping, i.e. carbon seatposts. Or maybe tire mounting paste?...
11-25-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,646
Posted By Chuckles1

I used to be good at a lot of things...

Auto mechanic, carpenter, landscaper, computer programmer, etc. etc.

I still do all those things (except programming), but not as well, or at least not as quickly. It's frustrating, but part of...
11-24-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,646
Posted By tgot

I bought a plumbing book, after my first home...

I bought a plumbing book, after my first home purchase, to tackle a leak under the sink. The directions started with (roughly):
Take every single thing out from under the sink.
Build up a platform...
11-22-20, 12:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,646
Posted By freeranger

I'm just a little older, and when something like...

I'm just a little older, and when something like that happens, it's because things just aren't made as well as they used to be. That's my story and I'm sticking to it! (and it might even be true!)
11-15-20, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 235
Posted By Russ Roth

If its a cup and cone hub you'll have to find an...

If its a cup and cone hub you'll have to find an axle with the right threads and yes, there's no reason you can't do it. The 5mm spacer will go on the non-drive side and you'll have to true the wheel...
11-13-20, 12:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,700
Posted By cyccommute

If all things are equal...same spokes, rims, hubs...

If all things are equal...same spokes, rims, hubs and spoke tension...more spokes most certainly do equal a stronger wheel. Four or eight more spokes spread the same load the wheel has to carry over...
11-01-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 118,381
Posted By Gresp15C

Well, it's kind of like going to the doctor for a...

Well, it's kind of like going to the doctor for a check up. The thing you want to hear is that you didn't need a check up. ;)

You mentioned a safety check, and I'd say that somebody needs to...
11-01-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 118,381
Posted By Gresp15C

Probably. Dating myself, when I was younger,...

Probably.

Dating myself, when I was younger, television repair was still a career, and it was one that briefly interested me. When personal computers came out, I lost interest, and instead worked...
10-31-20, 12:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 791
Posted By Amt0571

DOT fluid has more resistance to heat than...

DOT fluid has more resistance to heat than mineral oil. Moreover, when water enters a DOT brake, its dissolved evenly on the fluid, so the chances of it boiling are few.

On a mineral oil system,...
10-30-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 877
Posted By djb

re not removing the bb--Ive only applied...

re not removing the bb--Ive only applied framesaver once, but I can attest that it does get sticky, so I would be wary of doing it with the bb in place---others with more experience will have more...
10-29-20, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 779
Posted By ironhanglider

It is always confusing to try and describe wheel...

It is always confusing to try and describe wheel lacing in words, but yet I'll try.

I think the 'opposite' being referred to here is the difference between typical machine-built wheels and...
10-28-20, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 718
Posted By masi61

As you are finding out, getting the freehub off...

As you are finding out, getting the freehub off while the wheel is already disassembled is daunting. You may have to loosely re-build the wheel with some of the old spokes in order to give you...
10-28-20, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 368
Posted By Iride01

Did you run through their BB selection tables and...

Did you run through their BB selection tables and find out if that is the correct or compatible BB for that bike and crank?
...
10-28-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 877
Posted By pdlamb

I agree, the last few shots look much better than...

I agree, the last few shots look much better than the originals.

I'd probably put a base of Rustoleum on the bare metal, then finish with either "matching" or contrasting paint (I've never quite...
10-26-20, 10:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 877
Posted By sch

That looks like a significant % of the thickness...

That looks like a significant % of the thickness of the steel is now converted to rust judging from the
bubbled paint, and the hole in the tube suggests that the inside is also rusting as well. ...
10-22-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 488
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

JA Stein Tools makes a axle preload device that...

JA Stein Tools makes a axle preload device that can be held in a bench vise for easy access to one side cone/lock nut. Then one can adjust the bearings with the axle compressed (or bowed...) from the...
10-22-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By Bill Kapaun

That makes much more sense. My LBS only has non...

That makes much more sense.
My LBS only has non butted spokes that have yet to be the actual length I've wanted.
10-21-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 731
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The ability to adjust cable "tension" (actually...

The ability to adjust cable "tension" (actually the casing length...) is essential to fine tune the shifter/rear der relationship. Having a back up or second device to do this isn't wrong. Those who...
10-16-20, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 990
Posted By IPassGas

Ode to UN55 BB

It is sad that Shimano has archived the UN55 BB. I always thought that for its price is was a dependable component and a mostly true "bike standard" (thinking Sheldon on the proliferation of...
10-12-20, 04:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,504
Posted By Murray Missile

I've successfully fixed a badly dented head tube....

I've successfully fixed a badly dented head tube. That said, head tubes are open at both ends plus there was a fair amount of paint loss. Based on personal experience..... embrace it as a page in the...
10-11-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,504
Posted By HillRider

Similar dents in shotgun barrels are "ironed out"...

Similar dents in shotgun barrels are "ironed out" as you describe but the plugs used to do it are precision machined hardened steel and have to be hammered or hydraulically forced under the dent. ...
10-08-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By cyccommute

Hereís the gearing...

Hereís the gearing (http://www.gear-calculator.com/?GR=DERS&KB=40&RZ=11,13,15,18,21,24,28,32,36&UF=2185&TF=90&SL=2.6&UN=MPH&DV=gearInches) from gear-calculator.com. Seems a bit high. You might think...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,966
Posted By grolby

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western...

The USA is overall a lot less dense than Western Europe, but we also have a greater number of large, densely populated cities. The Northeast Megalopis...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,966
Posted By Stadjer

Bike Gremlin The Netherlands is an exception in...

Bike Gremlin The Netherlands is an exception in Europe too, only Denmark and Flanders come somewhat close.


Actually there is a good video about that from the same guy:...
Forum: Commuting
09-28-20, 03:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,966
Posted By Harhir

Being from Germany and living in the US I can for...

Being from Germany and living in the US I can for sure say these are different worlds. I live in a metropolitan area with close to 8 million people and which spans over 9,000 square miles or 24,000...
09-28-20, 04:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 666
Posted By Trevtassie

If you can pump air out of the pump when it's not...

If you can pump air out of the pump when it's not connected to the valve, then it's not the pump. Those dunlop valves were terrible for getting stuck, either the rubber tube sticks to the stem of the...
09-27-20, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 666
Posted By 2_i

The Dunlop/Woods thread is identical to that in...

The Dunlop/Woods thread is identical to that in Presta. I pumped tires with Dunlop valves numerous times using Presta pump heads both screw on and clamp on. Given that the connections to the pump are...
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