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07-14-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 339
Posted By andrewclaus

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I...

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I noticed the same play. I got some creaking when pedaling after installation. I was living in a remote town before the days of Amazon Prime, so I just...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 593
Posted By andrewclaus

You don't need specialized gear to start. When I...

You don't need specialized gear to start. When I started bike touring in the mid-70s, I'd never heard the words "pannier" or "chamois," or even "Shimano." I stuffed a few old surplus camping items in...
07-08-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,134
Posted By andrewclaus

Not all changes are bad. It takes some getting...

Not all changes are bad. It takes some getting used to, but I'm getting to like Torx and always carry the tool.

I'm old enough to remember when every wood screw had a straight slot, and it was...
Forum: Touring
07-08-19, 05:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 758
Posted By andrewclaus

Theoretically of course color would make a...

Theoretically of course color would make a difference. If you have two water bottle cages and feel like carrying a thermometer, you can run a side-by-side test, and see if the difference is...
07-07-19, 07:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 494
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the seatpost/saddle clamp suggestion. If...

Ditto the seatpost/saddle clamp suggestion. If the noise goes away when you stand while pedaling, that's it.

I'm ashamed to admit how long it took me to find that on my bike once, after replacing...
07-06-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 710
Posted By andrewclaus

Some RDs use different wheels--the upper one is a...

Some RDs use different wheels--the upper one is a jockey wheel, the lower is an idler wheel.

Try reversing yours, see if it makes a difference.
07-06-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 467
Posted By andrewclaus

If you can feel any play in the wheel when you...

If you can feel any play in the wheel when you try to move it sideways between stays, it's too loose.

Final cone adjustment is a matter of degrees, not fractions of turns. The end of the wrench...
07-06-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 973
Posted By andrewclaus

I disagree. Any play at all puts all the load on...

I disagree. Any play at all puts all the load on just a couple of ball bearings and leads to failure. Ideal adjustment has all BBs contacting the races at all times. There was a long thread a few...
07-05-19, 05:58 PM
Replies: 4
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Views: 273
Posted By andrewclaus

If it's a square tapered spindle in an old...

If it's a square tapered spindle in an old three-piece bottom bracket, the good news is the part is cheap. If there's a bike co-op in your area, they probably have a large bin full of them for a buck...
07-05-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 467
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree on the front hand brake. And when...

I agree on the front hand brake.

And when you loosened the cone, you probably put the bearings out of adjustment. Check for lateral play. If there's any perceptible, readjust to prevent damage.
07-05-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By andrewclaus

Any lateral play in the wheel? Try moving the rim...

Any lateral play in the wheel? Try moving the rim back and forth between the forks. If there's any perceptible play at all, something's wrong and the hub needs to be serviced.

BTW, putting your...
07-03-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By andrewclaus

If fine adjusting at the barrel adjust doesn't...

If fine adjusting at the barrel adjust doesn't fix it, I would start from scratch--disconnect everything, check the condition of all components independently, replace that which cannot be fixed by...
06-29-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By andrewclaus

The keyed washer may also help keep the lock nut...

The keyed washer may also help keep the lock nut from loosening. You can use a drop of Loctite on the lock nut.

I've seen a few threaded steerers without a keyway. Maybe they were custom made.
...
06-28-19, 08:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By andrewclaus

Thickness matters. Make sure the lock nut doesn't...

Thickness matters. Make sure the lock nut doesn't bottom out on the top of the steerer threads before contacting the adjusting nut.
06-28-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,808
Posted By andrewclaus

After doing the best I can in the stand, I bring...

After doing the best I can in the stand, I bring the Allen wrench(es) on a test ride and fine-tune it on the road.

Once in a while I get an old bike with very slightly bent bars. If you get the...
Forum: Touring
06-27-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,279
Posted By andrewclaus

One of the maxims of packing lighter is packing...

One of the maxims of packing lighter is packing less stuff. Stuff you don't take weighs nothing, costs nothing, and takes a smaller, lighter and cheaper pack to carry it.

Clothing usually falls...
06-25-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 535
Posted By andrewclaus

I was going to guess that you might be able to go...

I was going to guess that you might be able to go up a couple of teeth, say 28, without much problem other than maybe a new chain. Maybe 30 with a longer B screw.

With a new RD, you should be able...
06-25-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 807
Posted By andrewclaus

Have you tried a chain whip on the cog and a cone...

Have you tried a chain whip on the cog and a cone wrench on the locknut?
Forum: Touring
06-25-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,279
Posted By andrewclaus

Back then they were called "bivouac sacks." I...

Back then they were called "bivouac sacks." I would see them at the old Army/Navy surplus stores. Soldiers have been bivouacking since the beginning of conflict.

I started hearing the more...
06-24-19, 09:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 916
Posted By andrewclaus

Usually a fraying cable leads to cable stretch,...

Usually a fraying cable leads to cable stretch, which manifests as frequent barrel adjustments until it breaks. Shifter operation usually isn't affected until it does break, and then you have other...
Forum: Touring
06-24-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,627
Posted By andrewclaus

Same as I wear on the bike, a pair of trail...

Same as I wear on the bike, a pair of trail runners (NB). I put Superfeet insoles in to stiffen up the sole a bit. Old tech toe clips work fine with them.

Long ago I noticed while on tour I really...
06-24-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, but I meant to recommend a home-made...

Yes, but I meant to recommend a home-made substitute just to check alignment.
06-24-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By andrewclaus

Note that the upper wheel may be different than...

Note that the upper wheel may be different than the lower wheel. One is a jockey wheel, the other an idler wheel. I forget exactly which, but you can look it up as easily as I could.
06-24-19, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By andrewclaus

The proper tool to use would be Park FFG-2. You...

The proper tool to use would be Park FFG-2. You could make a gauge something like it with two pieces of all-thread and four nuts and washers.
06-24-19, 05:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By andrewclaus

What may have happened to your bike is someone...

What may have happened to your bike is someone may have serviced the headset incorrectly by squirting oil into it, maybe a spritz of WD-40. That would wash out the grease.

I agree it's time to...
06-24-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By andrewclaus

Yep. A half inch per tooth.

Yep. A half inch per tooth.
06-23-19, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 646
Posted By andrewclaus

If you didn't know you can take an axle out, I...

If you didn't know you can take an axle out, I assume you've never rebuilt a hub. Removing an axle involves removing all the bearing parts and reassembling carefully in a fairly exact procedure. Fine...
06-23-19, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 293
Posted By andrewclaus

How far is it bent? You should measure 100 mm...

How far is it bent? You should measure 100 mm between dropouts.

Where is it bent? If it's one of the dropouts, you can tell by making a gauge with two pieces of all-thread and four nuts, similar...
Forum: Touring
06-23-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,279
Posted By andrewclaus

We all need to decide what kind of trip we want...

We all need to decide what kind of trip we want to go on, then pack accordingly. If you want to go on a camping trip, pack for a camping trip. If you pack for a cycling trip, that load will probably...
06-22-19, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By andrewclaus

Yep, easy mistake to make. It's good you found...

Yep, easy mistake to make. It's good you found out before you needed to make a fast stop.

If there's a co-op or non-profit bike shop nearby, that would be a good home for the levers.
06-21-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,445
Posted By andrewclaus

I make my own impact tool with a 12" wrench and a...

I make my own impact tool with a 12" wrench and a mallet. Sometimes the mallet works when muscle torque just won't.

With the tool in the vise method, you can get two people on the rim, working...
Forum: Touring
06-20-19, 09:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,412
Posted By andrewclaus

I shake in anticipation, full of adrenaline. Best...

I shake in anticipation, full of adrenaline. Best drug ever.
06-18-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By andrewclaus

Your DC motor control must be compatible with the...

Your DC motor control must be compatible with the motor. I wouldn't use a motor from another bike unless the control is specifically made for it.

DC motors are typically very reliable, and don't...
06-17-19, 07:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,022
Posted By andrewclaus

Compare sawdust to what gets on the chain every...

Compare sawdust to what gets on the chain every time you ride in the rain, and you won't worry about sawdust.
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 12:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 764
Posted By andrewclaus

Generally "dispersed camping" is allowed on BLM...

Generally "dispersed camping" is allowed on BLM land. Take a look and use your judgment. Don't ignore signage, don't jump fences, get out of sight of the residences, roads and trails in the area.
Forum: Touring
06-16-19, 12:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 764
Posted By andrewclaus

There aren't too many rustic areas along the...

There aren't too many rustic areas along the Front Range urban corridor any more. There's a commercial campground near the RR tracks south of Castle Rock. I think it's a Jellystone park or something...
06-16-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,644
Posted By andrewclaus

Back in the old days of seven speed freewheels,...

Back in the old days of seven speed freewheels, the only difference was black vs. silver.
06-16-19, 06:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By andrewclaus

First, only try adjusting with a slack cable. On...

First, only try adjusting with a slack cable. On the rear, shift into your lowest gear, quit pedaling, then shift into your highest gear. This will give you maximum slack. On the front, it's...
06-15-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 508
Posted By andrewclaus

Those spokes are likely loose because the rim was...

Those spokes are likely loose because the rim was bent at one time and someone got it true by adjusting spokes. If spokes on the opposite side of the loose spokes are too tight, that's your sign of a...
Forum: Touring
06-15-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,613
Posted By andrewclaus

My solution is a cheap lock and a cheap bike (and...

My solution is a cheap lock and a cheap bike (and inexpensive touring gear). I don't leave anything unattended that I'm not prepared to have stolen. After the nice bike my wife gave me as an...
Forum: Touring
06-14-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,151
Posted By andrewclaus

About a decade ago I met some 80+ cyclists (club...

About a decade ago I met some 80+ cyclists (club name "The Wobblies") and they advised me, "Don't ever stop." At 62, I intend to keep following that advice.

All those decades of bike commuting,...
06-12-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By andrewclaus

Here are some pictures that might help:...

Here are some pictures that might help: https://www.bikeman.com/bicycle-repair-tech-info/bikeman-tech-info/1641-cables-a-housing
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,004
Posted By andrewclaus

Cycling in harsh weather is "Type II fun." If you...

Cycling in harsh weather is "Type II fun." If you spend a season outside, you're going to get all sorts of weather. (After a week or two of a severe heat wave, you will welcome the first good...
Forum: Touring
06-08-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,156
Posted By andrewclaus

I came back to bike touring after hiking the...

I came back to bike touring after hiking the three long US trails with an ultralight pack. Applying the UL lessons I learned on the trails to bike touring was an eye-opener. My bike touring load...
Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,545
Posted By andrewclaus

I forgot to mention I lived in Prescott, from...

I forgot to mention I lived in Prescott, from 2010 to 2013. I left a few days before the disastrous fire that affected the town deeply.

Enjoy your time there. It's a pretty special place. I used...
Forum: Touring
06-01-19, 06:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,545
Posted By andrewclaus

After over a century of fire suppression in the...

After over a century of fire suppression in the West, we're paying a price now. Management techniques are starting to change.

Have you visited the memorial for the crew that died there in 2013?
...
05-31-19, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,161
Posted By andrewclaus

Good job finding that. From the image on page 6,...

Good job finding that. From the image on page 6, it appears the visible countersunk Allen bolt is a "normal" quill stem bolt after all, and the abnormal headset is accessible after removing the...
05-30-19, 10:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,161
Posted By andrewclaus

First I'd treat it like a quill stem. Loosen the...

First I'd treat it like a quill stem. Loosen the top bolt a few turns but don't remove it. Tap it down (maybe leave the Allen key in and tap that). If it moves, the stem is now loose.
05-30-19, 09:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,457
Posted By andrewclaus

The bike probably has a 100 mm stem. Sure, try a...

The bike probably has a 100 mm stem. Sure, try a shorter one. There are a couple of standard sizes in forks and handlebars. I don't like adjustables. It's hard to keep them quiet and tight.

Some...
Forum: Touring
05-30-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,433
Posted By andrewclaus

I rode the TA on a road bike decades ago. It beat...

I rode the TA on a road bike decades ago. It beat me up a little but it was worth it. You can try a different angle/length stem, which might need a new front brake housing.

If you can limit your...
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