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04-16-17, 08:18 PM
Replies: 117
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Posted By Amesja

If you don't have the tools and/or the know-how...

If you don't have the tools and/or the know-how to remove a spoke protector the correct way without having to "go at it" with a wire cutters methinks you should have left it on there.

:innocent:
12-01-15, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,591
Posted By Amesja

Years later, I find this reply after recently...

Years later, I find this reply after recently finding the name "Huffy Red Hot" and searching for info on my old bike. Somehow I missed this reply from Kingsting who had given me the name which flew...
04-15-15, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,570
Posted By Amesja

lolz

lolz
03-29-15, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By Amesja

If it fits, it fits.

If it fits, it fits.
03-29-15, 02:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,316
Posted By Amesja

These...

These (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004DYKIH4/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) are nice. It works well with one of these...
03-29-15, 02:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,316
Posted By Amesja

Indeed. But for most bike tasks 1/4" is what is...

Indeed. But for most bike tasks 1/4" is what is needed.
03-29-15, 12:07 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 41,750
Posted By Amesja

I buy the 1lb tub of marine trailer/axle grease...

I buy the 1lb tub of marine trailer/axle grease at the big-box hardware/farm store for $4 or so. I get about a year's worth of use out of it with the amount of wrenching I do. I suppose I might do...
03-29-15, 11:39 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,507
Posted By Amesja

This thread reads like a train wreck. ...

This thread reads like a train wreck.



Remember Whitworth wrenches that were marked not on the size of the spanner but corresponding to the size of the bolt?

Maybe this guy is a real...
03-29-15, 11:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,316
Posted By Amesja

You really want to have 1/4" bits with a 1/4"...

You really want to have 1/4" bits with a 1/4" torque wrench. You don't want to put any extension, size converter or unnecessary anything between the head of the torque wrench and the fastener as it...
03-29-15, 10:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,669
Posted By Amesja

Like it was said above, SRAM and Shimano cable...

Like it was said above, SRAM and Shimano cable pull/indexing is not the same. Dump the SRAM FD and get yourself a Shimano one. This is the easiest/cheapest way rather than trying to swap out an...
03-24-15, 06:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,638
Posted By Amesja

The heat gonne is the easy, fastest, and best...

The heat gonne is the easy, fastest, and best way. I'm not for doing things the hard way. But to each their own.
03-24-15, 06:42 PM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 1,987,136
Posted By Amesja

Until Pana starts making Paselas in 590 the World...

Until Pana starts making Paselas in 590 the World Tour is my Goto tire for that size and that's what I recommend to any of my customers who ride them. It's a great tire, and in that price range is...
03-24-15, 06:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 643
Posted By Amesja

I agree. Simply soaking parts in mineral...

I agree.

Simply soaking parts in mineral spirits and scrubbing with a good stiff nylon brush works wonders too. Replace any rusted fasteners if necessary, cables, chain, and it should be good to...
03-24-15, 05:25 PM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 1,987,136
Posted By Amesja

Those look like Michelin World Tours...

Those look like Michelin World Tours (http://www.amazon.com/Michelin-World-Tour-Reflective-Stripe/dp/B005G01VRK/ref=sr_1_1?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1427239433&sr=1-1&keywords=michelin+world+tour).
03-24-15, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20,826
Views: 1,987,136
Posted By Amesja

I think you can still find the vinyl covers for...

I think you can still find the vinyl covers for the old Brooks saddles NOS.

But this is still a nice and period-correct upgrade.
03-24-15, 05:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,353
Posted By Amesja

I remember my first build with butted spokes. I...

I remember my first build with butted spokes. I had built quite a few straight-gauge wheels up to the point and I thought I knew what I was doing. I didn't. While the front wheel lasted until the...
03-24-15, 04:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 643
Posted By Amesja

I'm not totally familiar off-hand without any...

I'm not totally familiar off-hand without any more info exactly what came on the 1986 Trek 1500. More info would certainly help. "Shimano 600" covers a whole lot of ground.

Upgrade options are...
03-24-15, 04:36 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,074
Posted By Amesja

Nice looking frame. The paint is in really nice...

Nice looking frame. The paint is in really nice condition. The lugs are so beautiful, what can be seen in the photos. So much nicer than my own Comps I'm used to seeing. It's a nice build and...
03-24-15, 03:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,496
Posted By Amesja

A time to cut & a time to sew...

A time to cut & a time to sew...
03-24-15, 02:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,496
Posted By Amesja

I have the Pedro's cutter...

I have the Pedro's cutter (http://www.amazon.com/Pedros-131839-Bicycle-Cable-Cutter/dp/B000IZEH3S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427228612&sr=8-1&keywords=pedro%27s+cable+cutter) and like it, although I do...
03-24-15, 12:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,496
Posted By Amesja

You really need a Dremel or a generic equivalent....

You really need a Dremel or a generic equivalent. Everyone should own one, and an extra set of rotary accessories (http://www.harborfreight.com/249-pc-rotary-tool-accessory-set-62440.html) for them....
03-23-15, 09:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,496
Posted By Amesja

New cables, housing, and pads will make the...

New cables, housing, and pads will make the brakes better than new. Aero brakes brought in a new era of better leverage and braking. You'll need to remove the tape & re-wrap the bars too to get to...
03-23-15, 09:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By Amesja

I once ran across a Japanese-built Raleigh...

I once ran across a Japanese-built Raleigh 3-speed step-through sports with an Akisu fork. It's a very nice bike. In fact I think it's still in my garage buried in the pile of bikes I need to sell...
03-23-15, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,697
Posted By Amesja

I've always found with English-built Raleighs...

I've always found with English-built Raleighs that cottered cranks = 26tpi -no exceptions. I once found a Taiwan-built Raleigh with cottered cranks and 24TPI but never one with Nottingham...
03-23-15, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 724
Posted By Amesja

LUBRIPLATE MAG-l grease is supposed to be the...

LUBRIPLATE MAG-l grease is supposed to be the "hot" ticket for ultra-low temperature greased applications. Or you can just use 90w gear oil instead of or in addition to a tiny bit of grease.

It...
03-23-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,638
Posted By Amesja

Yes I do. And all the other badges/markings...

Yes I do.

And all the other badges/markings too.

This is the back of my hauler:

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A heat gonne takes off anything, the trick is finding the right temperature. If you get it too hot,...
03-23-15, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,034
Posted By Amesja

With the money you save you wouldn't even be able...

With the money you save you wouldn't even be able to afford a really cruddy seeing-eye dog.
03-23-15, 06:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 901
Posted By Amesja

That rim is nothing. That's just surface...

That rim is nothing. That's just surface oxidation and some pitting. I've brought back much worse. The wheel itself, the spokes and the nipples are probably more suspect in the long run though. ...
03-23-15, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 901
Posted By Amesja

If you want to try and save the wheel without...

If you want to try and save the wheel without disassembling it you can always go to a big-box store and buy a Rubbermaid 20-gallon storage container, or the generic equivalent which is usually well...
03-23-15, 10:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,112
Posted By Amesja

Oh, I forgot to mention that I like to take my...

Oh, I forgot to mention that I like to take my dremil tool with a sanding drum end and round the end of the cable off so it is nice and smooth and not sharp or jagged. You will know if you got a...
03-23-15, 10:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,112
Posted By Amesja

Soldering/tinning Stainless Steel cable ends is...

Soldering/tinning Stainless Steel cable ends is rally as simple as soldering the old zinc-covered steel cables if you have the right flux and properly clean and etch the steel before you solder on...
03-07-15, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By Amesja

You would have to do the math. Standard sizes...

You would have to do the math. Standard sizes would be 113mm and then 115mm as the next size up. That would not be enough as you would be loosing 2.5mm without the spacer and only gaining back half...
03-07-15, 07:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By Amesja

Or you can just add in a 2.5mm bottom bracket...

Or you can just add in a 2.5mm bottom bracket spacer...
03-07-15, 07:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,543
Posted By Amesja

Sadness. Reduce, re-use, recycle. Throwing...

Sadness. Reduce, re-use, recycle.

Throwing away a tool is as near a sin as theft itself. Sell it, or at least give it away to a co-op or some promising young mechanic who is interested in...
03-07-15, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By Amesja

If you remove the outer chainring you may need...

If you remove the outer chainring you may need different (shorter) chainring bolts to affix the old middle (now only) chainring in the middle position due to the missing outer chainring not being...
03-07-15, 06:22 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,911
Posted By Amesja

+1 Or some hack on these forums could...

+1

Or some hack on these forums could whittle one out of wood or maybe some old stale cheese.
03-07-15, 01:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By Amesja

Did you LOOK at the photo of the cones and axle...

Did you LOOK at the photo of the cones and axle the OP posted?

Zoom in on the cone on the right at the very top of the race channel and check out the pocking. That's not even pitting, that looks...
03-07-15, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 806
Posted By Amesja

Looks like just from a photo that the old axle is...

Looks like just from a photo that the old axle is a bolted type and all the replacement ones mentioned have been QR hollow axles. I'm sure that the hub could be converted if the owner wants that,...
03-07-15, 12:00 PM
Replies: 51,211
Views: 6,650,355
Posted By Amesja

I would worry about that fork too, that seems to...

I would worry about that fork too, that seems to be excessive wheel flop for being on the kickstand. That would indicate a possible "Field fork re-raking to a higher-trail geometry."
03-07-15, 11:55 AM
Replies: 51,211
Views: 6,650,355
Posted By Amesja

Which is why I hate seeing "fits someone in the...

Which is why I hate seeing "fits someone in the _____ height range" in CL or other used bike ads.

Give me a frame measurement or give me nothing, it's pretty much worth nothing when they say...
03-07-15, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By Amesja

It seems to me that OTT FD routing was a standard...

It seems to me that OTT FD routing was a standard term used in the bicycle industry and didn't have any issues reading that it was over the top of the BB rather than OTB. One would have to assume...
03-07-15, 11:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,601
Posted By Amesja

The SRAM cassettes are OK budget-level entry...

The SRAM cassettes are OK budget-level entry cassettes. They aren't making any really nice cassettes any more in 8-speed. What you get is a bit heavier than better designs with clusters of...
03-07-15, 11:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,146
Posted By Amesja

Correct. Very little sticks to well-cured...

Correct.

Very little sticks to well-cured automotive paint by actually bonding to it at the molecular level. Even paint doesn't stick to paint very well without being roughed up a little. If one...
03-06-15, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 624
Posted By Amesja

I'm running a Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 GS...

I'm running a Shimano Ultegra RD-6600 GS (http://velospec.com/components/shimano/rd6600gs) right now on an 8-speed system with both/either an 11-28t and an 11-30t Shimano Deore XT CS M737I Hyperglide...
03-06-15, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,466
Posted By Amesja

Oh, I also see that you want to go to from 650b...

Oh, I also see that you want to go to from 650b to 700c. I misread and though you wanted to go between 27 to 700c.

Most newer-style cantilevers don't use post-type brake pads any more. That's...
03-06-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,466
Posted By Amesja

Bdop has an offset brake pad holder...

Bdop has an offset brake pad holder (http://www.bdopcycling.com/BDop%20Offset%20Holders.asp) that will do the same thing for a wheel conversion when you just need to move it a few mm. I've never...
03-06-15, 08:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,146
Posted By Amesja

A heat gonne will also help remove stronger...

A heat gonne will also help remove stronger adhesives should they be used and need to be removed later. Nearly all adhesives (short of epoxies) will let loose at temperatures much lower than the...
03-06-15, 07:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,905
Posted By Amesja

I always try to line up the label on the rim so...

I always try to line up the label on the rim so it is exactly opposite the valve stem hole.
03-05-15, 04:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,911
Posted By Amesja

Seems that of all the cones I had to replace...

Seems that of all the cones I had to replace nearly all of them were due to neglect and/or age. I think that with wheels and headsets the balls sit in one spot for a while and if the grease is old...
03-04-15, 03:11 PM
Replies: 51,211
Views: 6,650,355
Posted By Amesja

Looks pretty cool. Ask to see photos of any...

Looks pretty cool. Ask to see photos of any stickers on the frame. Probably made in Japan by a large builder. Could be anything from gaspipe to triple-butted Ishawata. Seeing frame decals would...
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