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09-17-12, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 868
Posted By mechBgon

If the huge nut has slots on the other side, it's...

If the huge nut has slots on the other side, it's probably another multi-size spoke wrench.
09-17-12, 09:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By mechBgon

Ok, two things to start with: 1. when you...

Ok, two things to start with:

1. when you sit on the bike, the suspension squats and will change the effective approach of the chain, bringing it through the FD higher. Notice how the outer...
09-17-12, 09:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,242
Posted By mechBgon

For the brake to work as designed, the bolt needs...

For the brake to work as designed, the bolt needs to pin the bowtie against the frame stud without clamping the arm down, so you'll need a bolt or a spacer that achieves that.



One side of the...
Forum: Foo
09-16-12, 10:51 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,773
Posted By mechBgon

There's some question of how much longer kids...

There's some question of how much longer kids will be taught traditional cursive handwriting. The ability to speak a sentence that doesn't contain obscenity also seems to be getting rarer by the...
09-16-12, 06:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 301
Posted By mechBgon

Probably an Allant (based on the color). The...

Probably an Allant (based on the color). The current ones are badged Trek, though.

http://cycleandstyle.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Trek-allant2-547x763.jpg
from...
09-16-12, 06:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 401
Posted By mechBgon

Those use a common type of headset, so it should...

Those use a common type of headset, so it should have a bearing retainer in each of the two cups that are pressed into the frame. A retainer is a metal ring that holds the ball bearings, and it will...
Forum: Foo
09-16-12, 06:14 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 2,773
Posted By mechBgon

Incandescent light bulbs, other than in special...

Incandescent light bulbs, other than in special applications like maybe an oven light where high heat tolerance is required.
09-16-12, 12:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,344
Posted By mechBgon

Agreed, it's just mounted too high/forward. The...

Agreed, it's just mounted too high/forward. The lower feet should be on the bumper.
09-16-12, 12:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,327
Posted By mechBgon

As soon as men decide that all means are...

As soon as men decide that all means are permitted to fight an evil, then their good becomes indistinguishable from the evil that they set out to destroy.
--Christopher Dawson
09-16-12, 12:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,907
Posted By mechBgon

At the LBS where I work, our no-show rate for...

At the LBS where I work, our no-show rate for appointments is usually about 1 out of 3. It's a really bad way to stay profitable, since we then have to reorganize the schedule, move the appointment...
09-16-12, 11:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,242
Posted By mechBgon

I can help with the eccentric part. It actually...

I can help with the eccentric part. It actually has no role in brake adjustment at all. Its purpose was to allow the installation of the brake booster, and the eccentric feature was to accomodate...
09-15-12, 05:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,846
Posted By mechBgon

Wow. Ok, I could understand someone using the...

Wow. Ok, I could understand someone using the spelling "breaks" for those brakes :eek:
09-15-12, 04:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,846
Posted By mechBgon

(reserved for future pics :thumb: )

(reserved for future pics :thumb: )
09-15-12, 04:13 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,846
Posted By mechBgon

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/mechBgon/...

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/mechBgon/valve.jpg
Schrader tube, Presta rim? CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. (they did likewise with the front wheel, but used duct tape all the way around the tire...
09-15-12, 04:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,846
Posted By mechBgon

Stuff I see at the LBS sometimes

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/mechBgon/bike_parts/IMG_0083.jpg
They wanted the other brake fixed.


http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff237/mechBgon/bike_parts/IMG_0201.jpg
This...
09-15-12, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,626
Posted By mechBgon

Actually, I see they used different geometry on...

Actually, I see they used different geometry on the 1000C and the 1000T. Which one do you have? I'll cut and paste the specsheet for you as an image file.
09-15-12, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,626
Posted By mechBgon

According to Trek's info, the 2004 Trek 1000 has...

According to Trek's info, the 2004 Trek 1000 has an axle-to-crown measurement of 372.5mm. Rake is either 47mm (54cm and smaller) or 43mm (56cm and larger). There's nothing too unusual about the...
09-15-12, 01:43 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,327
Posted By mechBgon

On the original topic (why bike theft is hard to...

On the original topic (why bike theft is hard to stop), I think we all recognize the main attractions. They're not required to be licensed, unlike a car. They serve as transportation, possibly as a...
09-15-12, 01:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,327
Posted By mechBgon

And if it turns out later that the person was...

And if it turns out later that the person was actually innocent, how would you rectify the situation? Kill everyone who served on the jury, plus the attorneys, the judge and the executioner? I mean...
Forum: Foo
09-15-12, 11:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 786
Posted By mechBgon

Thanks everyone for the help. I'm noticing that...

Thanks everyone for the help. I'm noticing that the kitten (who now qualifies more as a young cat) is generally not around in the mornings, while his friend White Cat is usually out on the porch...
09-15-12, 11:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By mechBgon

These cranks position the chainrings further out...

These cranks position the chainrings further out than the classic cranks you might be accustomed to. The primary market is mountain bikes, secondarily trekking bikes.

For example, in the early...
09-14-12, 09:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,982
Posted By mechBgon

272918 272919 A tool in its own way, my...

272918

272919

A tool in its own way, my trusty Canon A610. Despite being dropped on chipseal pavement while riding at ~22mph, it soldiered on for a couple more years. I'm finally giving up on...
Forum: Foo
09-13-12, 11:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 786
Posted By mechBgon

Awwwww :)

Awwwww :)
Forum: Foo
09-13-12, 10:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 786
Posted By mechBgon

I know you're right, but I foresee getting so...

I know you're right, but I foresee getting so attached to my pet that I'd be devastated to the point of irrational actions if something tragic happened to it. Aspergers... my world is a rather...
09-13-12, 10:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,146
Posted By mechBgon

Actually a lot of brakes these days have their...

Actually a lot of brakes these days have their own pivot now. Pretty much the entire Shimano lineup from Altus on up, ditto for Avid. On mine, I drill my own grease port through the aluminum arm,...
09-13-12, 10:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 810
Posted By mechBgon

For pairing up with a ~1984 single-pivot Shimano...

For pairing up with a ~1984 single-pivot Shimano 600 road caliper, I'd go with something that has especially high leverage, like a Dia-Compe SS-5 or SS-7 lever. Ebay will periodically have some. We...
Forum: Foo
09-13-12, 09:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 786
Posted By mechBgon

Homeless young cat. Advice?

I've fed a stray cat for about a year. Another one started hanging around, so I fed that one too. Then a hungry kitten tailed them to my place a few months ago. So now I have three regular...
09-13-12, 10:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By mechBgon

Check for corrosion too.

Check for corrosion too.
09-10-12, 10:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By mechBgon

You'll probably want to leave the FD cable a...

You'll probably want to leave the FD cable a little slack when it's in the small ring, because the rings are actually spaced a little closer together on 6600. Don't want your FD being totally rammed...
09-09-12, 10:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By mechBgon

:)

:)
Forum: Foo
09-09-12, 07:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

I've been having similar problems with the Home...

I've been having similar problems with the Home key.
09-09-12, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 330
Posted By mechBgon

Rotate the whole derailleur back so the small...

Rotate the whole derailleur back so the small screw is clear of the "claw" on the frame, then fasten the derailleur to the frame. That part will then swivel forward until the screw hits the claw. ...
09-09-12, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,560
Posted By mechBgon

1. stem risers clamp to the end of the steertube....

1. stem risers clamp to the end of the steertube. Best practice with carbon steerers is to place the stem at least one spacer down the stack, so it's not clamping to the exposed end of the steertube...
09-09-12, 05:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,560
Posted By mechBgon

The fork has a carbon steertube, so an extender...

The fork has a carbon steertube, so an extender would be quite risky. I advise getting a replacement fork if it comes to that. Compared to paying an oral surgeon to put one's teeth back in... ...
09-09-12, 02:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,560
Posted By mechBgon

It extends the frame's head tube, but you'll need...

It extends the frame's head tube, but you'll need a new fork.
Forum: Foo
09-09-12, 11:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

I cast Level 12 Abrasion Deflect every morning. ...

I cast Level 12 Abrasion Deflect every morning. Also, I believe the letters are double-shot molded, meaning that they're not just surface-deep... if you attacked one of these keys with a belt...
Forum: Foo
09-09-12, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

Every so often I pop the keycaps off and throw...

Every so often I pop the keycaps off and throw them into some hot sudsy water for a wash. It's a necessity, as a bike-shop wrench my fingers are usually a little grimy.

Somewhere around here, I...
09-09-12, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By mechBgon

Precisely. You do not just wash brake fluid off...

Precisely. You do not just wash brake fluid off brake pads, it soaks into them. And last I checked, Shimano's mineral oil is not water-soluble either :thumb: The torch approach has a chance, but...
09-09-12, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By mechBgon

If you want to try something before throwing them...

If you want to try something before throwing them away, heat them in the flame of a propane torch for about 15 seconds each, while reciting the correct spelling of the word "BRAKE" forwards and...
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 11:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

Or you can just drag the window to the left or...

Or you can just drag the window to the left or right edge of the screen by its top bar. Handy for those of us whose keyboard might be older than Windows itself, and has no Windows key...
...
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9,867
Views: 1,983,267
Posted By mechBgon

http://regmedia.co.uk/2012/09/06/computer_cockroac...

http://regmedia.co.uk/2012/09/06/computer_cockroach.jpg

No, srsly. (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/06/computer_controlled_cockroaches/)


What's that, Roachie? Timmy's in the well?! ...
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 10:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

Ahh yes, the decoy :D

Ahh yes, the decoy :D
09-08-12, 08:38 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,982
Posted By mechBgon

Wow! We had one of those at the Schwinn shop...

Wow! We had one of those at the Schwinn shop where I started out in 1989, and occasionally used it!
09-08-12, 03:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By mechBgon

Shimano themselves is currently out of those, and...

Shimano themselves is currently out of those, and expects more in October. If you can't find them anywhere, I could have some ordered in, they're $5 each. You're looking for a "cable hook unit,"...
09-08-12, 01:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,982
Posted By mechBgon

This is an interesting tool made by Hozan, the...

This is an interesting tool made by Hozan, the C-465 stem extractor. It doesn't always work, it depends on how heavily the stem is corroded into place. This isn't mine, it belongs to the bike shop....
Forum: Foo
09-08-12, 01:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By mechBgon

I prefer dual 4:3 monitors for work/productivity...

I prefer dual 4:3 monitors for work/productivity situations. Actually, once we move to our new location, my work system is going to go quad, with one of these:
...
09-07-12, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 14,270
Posted By mechBgon

That FD is compatible with your shifter, so...

That FD is compatible with your shifter, so unless it's damaged, you don't need a new FD. The let's-try-everything approach isn't a good way to adjust a front derailleur, just follow the procedure. ...
09-06-12, 10:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 735
Posted By mechBgon

Pics of the Suntour BB? I own some of the...

Pics of the Suntour BB? I own some of the requisite tools.
09-06-12, 10:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 852
Posted By mechBgon

I've had a few customers' carbon steertubes...

I've had a few customers' carbon steertubes actually get a groove in them from O-ring-centered top caps (Chris King being just one example). It's a little scary seeing a groove in a carbon steertube...
09-05-12, 11:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 852
Posted By mechBgon

In regards to their rear hubs, it woud be...

In regards to their rear hubs, it woud be interesting to see their changelog. They seem to have a lot of nuanced revisions that are merely hinted at in the hub-service instructions. Personally, if...
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