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07-17-11, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By IanHelgesen

I misread that and thought you meant the tilt,...

I misread that and thought you meant the tilt, not the angle. Pastorbob's advice is correct.
07-17-11, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 434
Posted By IanHelgesen

1) There is a nut on the bottom of the stem in...

1) There is a nut on the bottom of the stem in front of the handlebars which controls alignment. The bolt on top of the stem is for stem height, the large nut is the upper part of the headset and...
Replies: 8
Views: 3,558
Posted By IanHelgesen

You'll want to use a mild acid (lemon juice or...

You'll want to use a mild acid (lemon juice or vinegar are good) with the aluminium foil, not water. It sounds funny, but it really does work.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-14-11, 12:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By IanHelgesen

Crumpled up aluminium foil, dipped in lemon juice...

Crumpled up aluminium foil, dipped in lemon juice or vinegar (or any other mild acid) will rub the rust right off the chrome, and won't risk scratching it like steel wool. Should have it looking like...
Forum: Commuting
07-13-11, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,037
Posted By IanHelgesen

The springs on the B67 are _very_ stiff. I weigh...

The springs on the B67 are _very_ stiff. I weigh around 170, and can feel them give just slightly when my entire weight is on the saddle. Unless you're bottoming out the travel on your thudbuster, I...
07-10-11, 06:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,045
Posted By IanHelgesen

The secondary brake levers work well, and there...

The secondary brake levers work well, and there are no real disadvantages beyond the slight weight, and the little extra work that has to be done when installing cable housing. I don't know if many...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-09-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,293
Posted By IanHelgesen

Very good price for a very nice bike. Jump on it...

Very good price for a very nice bike. Jump on it now.

Then check out http://raleightwenty.webs.com/ and the Twenty threads on this forum.
07-08-11, 12:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 517
Posted By IanHelgesen

The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters run a coop located...

The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters run a coop located around 80th Ave and 101st Street. We (I volunteer there regularly) won't fix your bike for you, but we will teach you how to do it yourself, and...
Forum: Commuting
07-04-11, 02:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,706
Posted By IanHelgesen

Pain around your sit-bones is normal and will go...

Pain around your sit-bones is normal and will go away, but soft tissue pain should not be happening. This article (http://lovelybike.blogspot.com/2011/04/on-female-anatomy-and-bicycle-saddles.html)...
06-25-11, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By IanHelgesen

The track pedals are narrow, to avoid pedal...

The track pedals are narrow, to avoid pedal strike on a fixed gear. I don't know about the Velo Orange ones, but the MKS road pedals have a little spike sticking up on the outside of the pedal. I...
06-25-11, 08:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 639
Posted By IanHelgesen

The gears should have the number of teeth etched...

The gears should have the number of teeth etched on them. You may need to do some cleaning to find it. Your Scwhinn probably has 52 and 42 tooth rings, and something like a 14-32 tooth freewheel...
Forum: Introductions
06-21-11, 11:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By IanHelgesen

Welcome to the forums. If the hub is a...

Welcome to the forums.

If the hub is a Sturmey-Archer (almost certainly), the 48 is indeed the year it was made. Like 10 Wheels said, check out the C&V forum (there's a long-running thread titled...
06-19-11, 01:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,243
Posted By IanHelgesen

Chain lube will leak out too quickly. You could...

Chain lube will leak out too quickly. You could use it (some bikes did use regular oil for the wheels), but you'd need to top it off weekly (if not more often). I'd recommend picking up a tube of...
06-18-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,243
Posted By IanHelgesen

The clicking noise comes from the pawls (the...

The clicking noise comes from the pawls (the mechanisms that allow you to coast), not the bearings. The bearing retainers are there to speed assembly at the factory, and serve no functional purpose...
06-11-11, 12:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,007
Posted By IanHelgesen

He's talking about locking skewers (which screw...

He's talking about locking skewers (which screw on with a special tool), not quick-release. I haven't used pitlocks, but I did use pinhead skewers with horizontal dropouts for a while. It's possible,...
06-06-11, 07:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,522
Posted By IanHelgesen

Try wiggling the cranks. You should be able to...

Try wiggling the cranks. You should be able to tell if the spindle is loose in the bottom bracket, or if the crankarm is loose on the spindle. If it's the first, you'll have to remove the non-drive...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-11, 02:52 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,837
Posted By IanHelgesen

I'd have to disagree with Liesesturm as far as...

I'd have to disagree with Liesesturm as far as small wheelers go. While small wheels do affect ride and handling, wheel size is just one of many factors.

I have a Dawes Kingpin (cousin to the...
Forum: Commuting
06-04-11, 02:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,452
Posted By IanHelgesen

Most of the inventions I see on here seem rather...

Most of the inventions I see on here seem rather silly, but that really is brilliant.
Forum: Foo
06-04-11, 02:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 863
Posted By IanHelgesen

For *nix, I'd go with python. I've never used it...

For *nix, I'd go with python. I've never used it on Windows, though.
Forum: Commuting
06-03-11, 11:39 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,774
Posted By IanHelgesen

That's a common fear, but it simply isn't...

That's a common fear, but it simply isn't justified. It is very rare for cyclists to be hit from behind, and when it does happen, it almost always involves cyclists riding at night without lights....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-11, 07:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,470
Posted By IanHelgesen

It's definitely a drum brake. Whether you can...

It's definitely a drum brake. Whether you can still get parts depends on the model, but drum brakes last just about forever. There's no way you're going fit rim brakes without adding canti studs (it...
05-24-11, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,395
Posted By IanHelgesen

Muttleyone: It's been done, although it takes...

Muttleyone:
It's been done, although it takes some disassembly: http://home.comcast.net/~cheg01/r20.html (http://home.comcast.net/%7Echeg01/r20.html)

M[/URL]ainstreeexile:
IIRC, the bottom...
05-21-11, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 672
Posted By IanHelgesen

The two bolts on the side control the angle of...

The two bolts on the side control the angle of the stem, the one on the top controls the height. There are also one or two in the front that clamp the bar in place, if you need to rotate the handle...
05-15-11, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 645
Posted By IanHelgesen

When you say cantilever brakes, do you mean the...

When you say cantilever brakes, do you mean the traditional center-pull type (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-adjustment.html for examples)? If so, try raising the straddle cable hanger. Your...
05-12-11, 10:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By IanHelgesen

I'm one of the mechanics at Bikeworks. We've been...

I'm one of the mechanics at Bikeworks. We've been selling built-up bikes like crazy with the start of spring, so selection is a bit limited right now. It changes every week, so if she checks back a...
Forum: Commuting
01-27-11, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,391
Posted By IanHelgesen

As long as the cable is properly adjusted, it...

As long as the cable is properly adjusted, it shouldn't slip during normal riding. There are some reports/rumors of the hub going into neutral under hard, out-of-the-saddle riding in 3rd gear, but a...
Forum: Touring
01-24-11, 09:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 985
Posted By IanHelgesen

Thinner chamois seems to work better with the...

Thinner chamois seems to work better with the Brooks for me too, so you're not alone. I've had some numbness with my more expensive shorts that I haven't had with my older, thinner ones. I guess it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-12-11, 12:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,390
Posted By IanHelgesen

Cable stretch or slipping stops seem like the...

Cable stretch or slipping stops seem like the most likely culprit. The AW hub is high-normal (it will go into 3rd if you detach the cable) and has a neutral between 2nd and 3rd. This means that if...
01-08-11, 01:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By IanHelgesen

Many of them are plowed more often than the...

Many of them are plowed more often than the roads, but some aren't plowed at all, so it depends where you are. I commute from downtown to the university, and the Highlevel and the path north of it...
12-28-10, 01:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,854
Posted By IanHelgesen

From the site: "Any form of human-powered vehicle...

From the site: "Any form of human-powered vehicle is acceptable. The only stipulation is that the vehicle must be powered solely by the rider."

Unlike racing bikes, randonneuring bikes aren't...
12-27-10, 12:54 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,045
Posted By IanHelgesen

You'll destroy the cotters if you hamer them, but...

You'll destroy the cotters if you hamer them, but the spindle and bottom bracket should be fine. Just make sure to support the crank with a pipe or socket when you do it. You can also make a...
12-26-10, 11:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,045
Posted By IanHelgesen

For the bottom bracket, there will be some form...

For the bottom bracket, there will be some form of lockring screwed on against the frame, with notches on the outside for the tool to grip. You'll need a lockring remover that fits this. I think the...
12-17-10, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 782
Posted By IanHelgesen

There are plenty of old bottle generators out...

There are plenty of old bottle generators out there. Try checking with local bike collectors, or any coops in your neighbourhood.

Finding lights to go with them is the harder part. I think there...
12-17-10, 12:56 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,045
Posted By IanHelgesen

Have you tried testing it with a multimeter to be...

Have you tried testing it with a multimeter to be sure the problem is with the hub? You can pick up a cheap multimeter for $10-$15 at most hardware stores. Set it to voltage, set the probes on the...
12-08-10, 01:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By IanHelgesen

Loose balls should be fine (better, in fact)....

Loose balls should be fine (better, in fact). AFAIK, the cages are just to make assembly easier. Removing them makes room for more balls, which is generally a good thing.
Forum: Commuting
12-03-10, 12:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 20,512
Posted By IanHelgesen

Smartwool shouldn't be itchy (although the...

Smartwool shouldn't be itchy (although the texture is different from cotton, and can take a bit of getting used to). It's possible that you have an allergy to the wool, in which case it's never going...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-30-10, 01:32 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,640
Posted By IanHelgesen

Nice! The trekking bars look good, and those...

Nice! The trekking bars look good, and those mudguards come out nice.

Now I just need to track down a crankset for mine...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-26-10, 10:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,640
Posted By IanHelgesen

I haven't tried this yet, but one idea I had is...

I haven't tried this yet, but one idea I had is to strip the plastic from both housings at the entry point, then covering that area with heat-shrink tubing (so you have one piece of plastic around...
11-15-10, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,695
Posted By IanHelgesen

I was able to get new ones cut at a local...

I was able to get new ones cut at a local locksmith. They just needed the "NGN" code on the face of the lock. I gather it used to be difficult to impossible to find someone who had the pattern, but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-13-10, 12:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,908
Posted By IanHelgesen

It also looks (based on some quick googling) like...

It also looks (based on some quick googling) like the Nova is a pretty upright bike. This is probably a large part of why you're finding it difficult to accelerate to higher speeds. Upright bikes are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-10, 11:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,025
Posted By IanHelgesen

You're going to have the same brake problems that...

You're going to have the same brake problems that the R20 owners do. I think Tekro makes an extra-long reach brake that should work, but as long as you're repainting, I'd go for the canti/v-brake...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-10, 07:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,025
Posted By IanHelgesen

1. You might have to drill the pins out. They're...

1. You might have to drill the pins out. They're very soft metal, and it just takes a smallish hole through the pin. I assume you're upgrading the cranks anyway, so scratching them wouldn't be a big...
11-07-10, 05:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 869
Posted By IanHelgesen

I've got big duck feet (10.5 4E), and Powergrips...

I've got big duck feet (10.5 4E), and Powergrips (normal size) worked fine for me. However, I've found that clips and leather straps seem to work about equally well, and are easier to adjust and to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-07-10, 01:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,821
Posted By IanHelgesen

Since this thread has been resurrected, I suppose...

Since this thread has been resurrected, I suppose it's time I updated it. Beyond the basic restoration (less rust, more grease) I have:
1) Added a Pletscher two-legged kickstand, which greatly...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-29-10, 09:24 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,640
Posted By IanHelgesen

The worksmanship on my Dawes does seem to be...

The worksmanship on my Dawes does seem to be better than that on the R20 (I've heard the phrase "hung-over Scotsman" used to describe the welding work on those), and not needing to mess with Raleigh...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-29-10, 06:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,640
Posted By IanHelgesen

Cool, another Kingpin. I've just been looking...

Cool, another Kingpin. I've just been looking into drive-train options for mine, and it's really going to depend on what you intend to do with it.

For a commuter build, the SA-8 and hub brake...
10-21-10, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 970
Posted By IanHelgesen

Check out Reelights. They mount to the axle and...

Check out Reelights. They mount to the axle and are powered by a magnet attached to your spokes (like a larger version of the one you'd use with a computer). Only downside is that the lights are...
Forum: Touring
10-19-10, 09:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,457
Posted By IanHelgesen

Cool bike. Do you find the springs on the flyer...

Cool bike. Do you find the springs on the flyer to be worthwhile? I have a sprung Brooks on my 3-speed, but I'm uncertain whether it would be as useful on a drop-barred bike.
Forum: Touring
10-15-10, 05:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,750
Posted By IanHelgesen

Triple-butted Miyata tubing is good stuff. If the...

Triple-butted Miyata tubing is good stuff. If the frame is at that level, go for it. The lack of fork braze-ons is an inconvenience, but it shouldn't be a show-stopper. I have a MEC lowrider (appears...
Forum: Touring
10-14-10, 10:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,750
Posted By IanHelgesen

The 210 was an entry level bike, so the...

The 210 was an entry level bike, so the components and frame tubing (straight-gauge Cro-Mo, apparently) were not up to the level of the 610 or 1000. This means it will be heavier than the Jamis,...
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