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10-31-16, 11:18 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,573
Posted By BikeWise1

As a career wrench, that might make you a master...

As a career wrench, that might make you a master of that bike, but may be nearly starting over with the next bike.....they're that different.

30 years in the business, and stuff still comes out of...
09-10-15, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,733
Posted By BikeWise1

I'm guessing you did not do this: "Speedplay...

I'm guessing you did not do this:

"Speedplay recommends that you grease the bearings with a synthetic, waterproof grease every 2000 miles or more frequently if you ride in wet or dusty conditions....
08-29-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,129
Posted By BikeWise1

What kind of bike? Are the cables routed...

What kind of bike? Are the cables routed internally? This has caused problems in my shop.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-15-15, 12:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,671
Posted By BikeWise1

As a shop owner, I always tell folks "if you're...

As a shop owner, I always tell folks "if you're happy, tell everyone, if not tell US, since we're the only ones that can help in such a situation".

Talk to the shop. Someone made a mistake on the...
12-10-14, 10:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,605
Posted By BikeWise1

Nah, they are designed to be ridden a few...

Nah, they are designed to be ridden a few times.....they are basically landfill fodder. Poorly designed, constructed and assembled.

My shop is near a college campus, and these cheapies have gotten...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-03-14, 01:57 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,556
Posted By BikeWise1

I really can't believe how many cyclists refuse...

I really can't believe how many cyclists refuse to use a mirror. Especially racer-looking types, who are, I believe, more likely to be buzzed than non-descript commuter types.
11-02-14, 10:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 924
Posted By BikeWise1

I haven't put a tube in a bike tire on a bike I...

I haven't put a tube in a bike tire on a bike I own in two years.....

Time to move into the present guys!

Running a set of R3 700 X 25 (http://www.bontrager.com/tlr/) tires on my Stan's taped...
10-16-14, 11:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 767
Posted By BikeWise1

Now go tour the factory and I believe you will...

Now go tour the factory and I believe you will feel differently.
09-15-14, 08:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,533
Posted By BikeWise1

As a longtime wrench, I will say that if you ride...

As a longtime wrench, I will say that if you ride lots....and I mean 200-300 miles a week, or tend to keep your bikes 10 years +, then spending the bread for the best is not waste or snobbery. Those...
09-14-14, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By BikeWise1

There are good shops, and not so good shops. ...

There are good shops, and not so good shops.

My shop is extremely busy because a number of the shops near me perform work like what you have experienced. That actually saddens me, because if...
Forum: Road Cycling
09-04-14, 12:09 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,095
Posted By BikeWise1

As a bike shop owner, I don't understand it...

As a bike shop owner, I don't understand it either. Let me tell you- to go through Shimano S-tec certs to get a "super-sweet direct-from-Shimano pro-deal" on an XT kit only to find that the prices...
08-27-14, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 830
Posted By BikeWise1

Bladed spokes?

Bladed spokes?
08-27-14, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By BikeWise1

Glad you got it worked out.....having only your...

Glad you got it worked out.....having only your pinkie wrapped around the bar isn't enough to control the bike and accurately modulate the brake on bumpy surfaces.
08-15-14, 05:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,065
Posted By BikeWise1

Not necessarily OVER them, but I like having...

Not necessarily OVER them, but I like having beautiful parts on my bikes, and the Hegoa rings are gorgeous and light. They work nice too.....:)
08-15-14, 05:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,065
Posted By BikeWise1

I must disagree with this statement! I'm as picky...

I must disagree with this statement! I'm as picky as anyone, and my 10 year old TA chainrings on my 7800 bike (with TA crank) still shift beautifully. The big ring is nicely ramped and pinned. Is it...
08-14-14, 11:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,895
Posted By BikeWise1

HAH! Try that with a high-end TT bike!

HAH! Try that with a high-end TT bike!
08-11-14, 12:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,207
Posted By BikeWise1

Not cantilevers, but v-brakes, aka linear pull....

Not cantilevers, but v-brakes, aka linear pull. You will also need something like a travel agent to adapt the pull ratio if using drop bar integrated brake/shift levers.

Second, it is unlikely...
08-07-14, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,546
Posted By BikeWise1

Most bikes do this to varying degrees. It's at...

Most bikes do this to varying degrees. It's at its worst in the smallest cogs in the rear, right? I'd swap out the rear wheel and retest.
Forum: Road Cycling
08-01-14, 08:38 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 10,429
Posted By BikeWise1

1000 gram wheels? Do Not Want. But I suppose they...

1000 gram wheels? Do Not Want. But I suppose they are perfect for record attempts and club rides and the attendant bragging that goes on at each. Not much else.
08-01-14, 08:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,983
Posted By BikeWise1

Which is why disc brake bikes should all have...

Which is why disc brake bikes should all have through axles.......to do otherwise is a design shortcut.
Forum: Road Cycling
07-28-14, 11:30 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 8,925
Posted By BikeWise1

Back in the days of steel, when all bikes looked...

Back in the days of steel, when all bikes looked virtually identical save for the paint from 20 feet away, sure.

Now, no.
07-26-14, 08:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,071
Posted By BikeWise1

So you are only changing the shifters? What rear...

So you are only changing the shifters? What rear derailleur do you have?
07-25-14, 07:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,261
Posted By BikeWise1

Yep. This is the total way to do it!

Yep. This is the total way to do it!
07-16-14, 11:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,857
Posted By BikeWise1

The fact you can't legally provide responsibility...

The fact you can't legally provide responsibility would stop most folks from buying something from you that if not built right could kill them.
07-08-14, 11:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,552
Posted By BikeWise1

Scam might be a strong word, but straight from my...

Scam might be a strong word, but straight from my source in the Audi LMP-1 program, the only reasons nitrogen is used is because there's no water vapor, and it's non-reactive. The vapor issue is huge...
07-02-14, 08:34 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,856
Posted By BikeWise1

I try to be nice, but in this case I think I...

I try to be nice, but in this case I think I might have snapped...."can't figure out how to remove a part that is held on by fasteners in plain view? Hah! It ain't the bike that's babyish, baby!"
...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-14, 09:51 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 14,704
Posted By BikeWise1

It's precisely the same phenomenon as the folks...

It's precisely the same phenomenon as the folks who despise Trek, never having even ridden one.....

The big guys have design and manufacturing resources that the smaller companies can only dream...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-14, 08:27 AM
Replies: 154
Views: 14,704
Posted By BikeWise1

As someone who works on lots of lots of bikes, I...

As someone who works on lots of lots of bikes, I will say, unequivocally, that Sram parts, most notably the road parts, are simply not built to tolerances that make for long service life. I had a...
06-10-14, 11:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 12,552
Posted By BikeWise1

My 10 year old 7800 with 30K on it still works...

My 10 year old 7800 with 30K on it still works great. One of the best groups ever!
06-07-14, 10:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 19,408
Posted By BikeWise1

From my shop's site: With the advent of...

From my shop's site:

With the advent of companies who sell bikes over the internet in unassembled condition and expect the customer to do the final assembly, we feel the need to educate our...
05-30-14, 07:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,726
Posted By BikeWise1

Reminds me of an old Schwinn shop in my home town...

Reminds me of an old Schwinn shop in my home town that generated lots of new wheel business by keeping a fishbowl full of "FREE" spoke wrenches by the cash register......
05-30-14, 07:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,655
Posted By BikeWise1

Think about it: one good hard bump while coasting...

Think about it: one good hard bump while coasting and you can wind up with a dozen or so marks in the chainstay paint from the bottoms of the links. Hardly a derailleur bike of any kind comes in...
05-30-14, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,878
Posted By BikeWise1

These are no fun to work on. The bearings are...

These are no fun to work on. The bearings are minute, and loose-not cartridge, and a very thin-walled socket is required, along with the plastic tool that allows the knurled plastic ring to be held...
05-30-14, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,187
Posted By BikeWise1

Shifter is worn out. These things do not have...

Shifter is worn out. These things do not have infinite lifespans, nor are they rebuilt easily (if you can find parts) as Campagnolo. Buy another used one, or find a nice Tiagra lever.
05-22-14, 08:46 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,555
Posted By BikeWise1

Having been in this business for 30 years,...

Having been in this business for 30 years, nothing surprises me. hahaha

I've had customers think the most outlandish things!
05-22-14, 08:32 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,555
Posted By BikeWise1

You're kidding, right?

You're kidding, right?
05-22-14, 08:21 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,555
Posted By BikeWise1

How, exactly do you think they make rims? ...

How, exactly do you think they make rims?

Two ways to join an extrusion. Pinning-like yours, or welding like this:

How Bike Rims Are Made | adventure journal...
05-12-14, 06:32 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 17,721
Posted By BikeWise1

Hah! Except that their entire website is playing...

Hah! Except that their entire website is playing a game in comparing their bikes to top tier brands. They have nothing but cost-of-acquisition on their side and they know it.
05-12-14, 04:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,279
Posted By BikeWise1

Then why don't they? :p I go on rides with...

Then why don't they? :p

I go on rides with lots and lots of participants and come across bike and bike after bike with something not right going on....and the riders either seem oblivious or think...
05-12-14, 03:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,279
Posted By BikeWise1

I enjoy a challenge! I do all my own IT and...

I enjoy a challenge! I do all my own IT and computer building, too. My car has 350,000 miles on and is 30 years old. Drive-anywhere-anytime reliability. :-)
05-12-14, 06:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,197
Posted By BikeWise1

Extremely high quality German tools. No mystique....

Extremely high quality German tools. No mystique. Sort of like the Snap On of Germany.

I have 20 year old Snap On wrenches and screwdrivers in daily use that are still perfect. Cheaper tools are...
05-12-14, 05:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,279
Posted By BikeWise1

Well, I own a shop and make less than any of my...

Well, I own a shop and make less than any of my employees. Good mechanics-those that can do perfect assemblies, are fast with a wrench and have few comebacks are sought after. But prepare to have...
04-28-14, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 806
Posted By BikeWise1

As a shop owner, I never mind someone who is...

As a shop owner, I never mind someone who is "budget-minded" so long as they aren't being short-sighted about it. What good is a cheap wheelset if all it is is cheap? My father-in-law has a farm, and...
04-25-14, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 903
Posted By BikeWise1

Is the front wheel all the way up in the dropouts?

Is the front wheel all the way up in the dropouts?
04-25-14, 07:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,637
Posted By BikeWise1

Concur.

Concur.
04-24-14, 09:48 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,671
Posted By BikeWise1

Magical? Not hardly. Based on relationship?...

Magical? Not hardly. Based on relationship? Absolutely. Maybe you've just never enjoyed being taken care of a little better because you have shown you care about keeping your money local. I am in a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-14, 03:34 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,076
Posted By BikeWise1

I guarantee I am not! I fit people for a living...

I guarantee I am not! I fit people for a living and am well aware of the relationship between training and (usually) enhanced flexibility. The OP seemed to suggest he had made these changes out of a...
Forum: Road Cycling
04-22-14, 11:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,076
Posted By BikeWise1

There's your problem! No such thing as properly...

There's your problem! No such thing as properly slammed. Fit must be made appropriate to the rider's dimensions, not the other way around!
04-15-14, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,312
Posted By BikeWise1

Oh, it's only the ONLY place the bike interacts...

Oh, it's only the ONLY place the bike interacts with the terrain it is passing over!:p

Tires are EVERYTHING. Don't skimp if you care about how well the bike climbs, corners or descends......
04-15-14, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,871
Posted By BikeWise1

THIS is what I'm talking about: Life in the '60's...

THIS is what I'm talking about: Life in the '60's and '70's, before globalization and what I call "Walmartization: the destruction of a healthy local economy where the money stayed nearby, in favor...
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