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03-25-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,315
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Brevity is not among my virtues. :) When I...

Brevity is not among my virtues. :)
When I consider a bicycle tyre to be worn (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9003/when-to-replace-bicycle-tyres/).
03-11-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 622
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The plastic adaptor is not excellent for removing...

The plastic adaptor is not excellent for removing stuck BBs, but can be used for installing the new ones.
It's definitely worth giving it a try - hopefully finding one in a LBS near by.

These by...
03-10-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,006
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Thanks. :) I'm not so sure it's great...

Thanks. :)

I'm not so sure it's great (especially compared to the videos like Park Tools make), but I think it is at least informative... educational. :)
...
03-09-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,207
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I grew up in relative scarcity, and had to get by...

I grew up in relative scarcity, and had to get by with what's available (getting fuel was like in Mad-Max movies :) ).
If I had a choice (like I do now): diesel, or mineral spirits are a cheap and...
03-08-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,006
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My experience with those: ...

My experience with those:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPov5zO7Yd4
01-15-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 432
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Making sure to set an optimal preload, and do...

Making sure to set an optimal preload, and do regular service (every year, or each 5000 km, whichever comes first) is a lot more important than the type of grease.
It's similar to bathing: no matter...
01-14-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 804
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I prefer using anti-seize...

I prefer using anti-seize (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/7172/anti-seize/), to grease - for preventing things from seizing over time. This goes for cups, and crown race. Haven't had problems with...
01-11-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,866
Posted By Bike Gremlin

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel...

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel trueness tolerances (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9276/bicycle-wheel-building-basics/#7.4). In other words: wheels built to within those tolerances...
12-08-20, 01:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 889
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Simply put: for this to be done, one should...

Simply put: for this to be done, one should measure the rear chainline, then find the appropriate bb spindle length (for square taper, or set the spacers correctly for Hollowtech BBs) to get the...
10-28-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 547
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It can happen on any tyre. Either manufacturing...

It can happen on any tyre. Either manufacturing defect, or some damage (from external cuts, or long time of use and having the casing cracking).
10-22-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,689
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I swear by the Jagwire WST 028 cutters. Their...

I swear by the Jagwire WST 028 cutters. Their ergonomy (ease of use basically) and durability are both very good.

My demonstration:
Jagwire WST 028 cutters
10-22-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 511
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Some (low quality) hubs can either be a bit...

Some (low quality) hubs can either be a bit loose, or a bit rough.
Decent quality ones (Shimano and the likes) can be set to turn smoothly, without any play.
For full axles (not hollow) - keep...
10-16-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 609
Posted By Bike Gremlin

You need decent cable cutters, decent cables and...

You need decent cable cutters, decent cables and housing (shifter and brake housing are different (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/8548/cable-housing-standards/)). Shimano cables and housing are quite...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 03:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,027
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've been living car-less for about 2 decades....

I've been living car-less for about 2 decades. Not because of some eco-friendly statement, but because, in my city, it's impractical. Flat, relatively small in size (2nd largest in my country...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,027
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My first impression was: why would anyone NOT do...

My first impression was: why would anyone NOT do it like the Dutch?!
Although - from what I could understand (hear and read), people in the US commute over distances that are a lot larger - on...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,027
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Dutch traffic light design/use

I think this is brilliant, enjoyed watching it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knbVWXzL4-4
Forum: Commuting
09-03-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,847
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In Novi Sad (Serbia), there has been an increase...

In Novi Sad (Serbia), there has been an increase in the number of cyclists over the last decade.
Rather sharp increase since the Corona "festival" had started.
Drivers have become a bit more aware...
09-01-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I usually have nothing to add, or "correct" in...

I usually have nothing to add, or "correct" in any of your posts. Here, while I generally agree, just a note, more of a philosophical one:

This is just my opinion/point of view - not claiming it...
09-01-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 837
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Some stupid questions, but at least I would check...

Some stupid questions, but at least I would check and confirm that:

Is the play you can sense coming from the steerer tube (bearings not being pre-loaded properly), or from the fork "legs", i.e....
08-18-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 5,400
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Interesting discussion. :) I would worry...

Interesting discussion. :)

I would worry about buying rims that can't stand "disc brake force", such rim may not be strong enough to last under pedalling torque and other stresses that pile up...
08-15-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 427
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Probably an aluminium frame? I don't know of...

Probably an aluminium frame?

I don't know of anyone who's done that, nor have I ever tried it.
Don't think that RD hangers in general fit tightly enough to provide any structural support when...
01-06-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,862
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often...

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often come with preload not properly set - often too tight. So I would at least set the preload, even on a new hub.

If it helps, I wrote a relatively...
08-15-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,164
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on...

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on my knowledge of theory and the practical experience:

If a square taper crank is properly installed (lubed, then torqued with appropriate force),...
07-16-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,247
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Cable guides should be installed and cables /...

Cable guides should be installed and cables / housing routed properly. RD properly tuned, RD hanger aligned (if needed). Wheels aligned and securely fastened in the dropouts. Do double check all...
05-05-19, 01:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,444
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Shortest answer: No need to preventively...

Shortest answer:
No need to preventively replace them.


Longer answer:
Cartridge square taper BBs last for years and tens of thousands of miles - often, even in harsh riding conditions.
As...
05-04-19, 05:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,428
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Water and, primarily, dirt intrusion is the...

Water and, primarily, dirt intrusion is the nemesis of most bicycle bearings. So in those terms, a grease being long lasting doesn't make much of a difference past a year, or two (depending on riding...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-08-18, 02:09 AM
Replies: 259
Views: 39,449
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Similar thing goes for most other...

Similar thing goes for most other products/industries.

I think it's not ecologic to make things of low quality. It also makes no sense. Mass producing only good quality stuff that would last a...
07-18-17, 02:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,506
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Bicycle bearing grease lab test

Hi all,

In a few weeks, I'd get access to a lab testing machine of a local mechanics faculty. There's a saying that two heads are wiser than one, so I'm looking for 2nd opinions in order to make...
11-21-16, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,025
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The smaller a chainring/sprocket, the more force...

The smaller a chainring/sprocket, the more force one tooth bears, and the more force one chain link takes - since the load is not well distributed. 13 teeth is the limit below which the chain is at a...
12-21-15, 08:42 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,620
Posted By Bike Gremlin

One downhill in a pouring rain. Or months and...

One downhill in a pouring rain. Or months and months. Depending on riding conditions and braking technique.

Front brake is the main brake, with greatest stopping power. Practice braking with...
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