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09-27-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 72
Posted By andrewclaus

Great suggestions above. A couple of details: 1)...

Great suggestions above. A couple of details: 1) If you've ever had problems with squealing front brakes and want to keep the cantis, using a fork-mounted cable hanger will help quiet them. 2) If you...
09-25-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 212
Posted By andrewclaus

Have the shop check the derailleur hanger...

Have the shop check the derailleur hanger alignment.
09-20-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 714
Posted By andrewclaus

I feed used cables through old housings quite...

I feed used cables through old housings quite often, mostly on free salvaged bikes for kids. I say forget about the superglue. If you can't get a clean enough cut to feed by itself, superglue isn't...
Forum: Touring
09-09-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,021
Posted By andrewclaus

Another fashion vote for tape matches saddle.

Another fashion vote for tape matches saddle.
09-06-20, 06:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By andrewclaus

The smaller one may be from a different...

The smaller one may be from a different application, possibly small engine throttle cable, like I found in this photo:...
08-23-20, 12:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By andrewclaus

It's definitely a suspension seat post. Put it...

It's definitely a suspension seat post. Put it back together, loosen the seat post clamp on the seat tube, and pull the whole thing out of the seat tube. Then buy a rigid seat post of the exact same...
08-08-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By andrewclaus

The (sole?) advantage of those BBs is that you...

The (sole?) advantage of those BBs is that you don't need any special tools to work on them. Most of the time an adjustable wrench and a screwdriver, and occasionally a hammer, will do the trick.
08-04-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 642
Posted By andrewclaus

It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks...

It's hard to tell from the photos, but it looks like a common mistake has been made on at least one of them, using long-pull linear brake levers where a short pull lever is needed. The long pull...
08-02-20, 02:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 255
Posted By andrewclaus

There are three possible problems: shifter,...

There are three possible problems: shifter, cable, or derailleur. I like to disconnect the cable from the derailleur and inspect each area separately.

You can check the derailleur by itself by...
08-02-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 642
Posted By andrewclaus

As noted above, be sure to get short pull brake...

As noted above, be sure to get short pull brake levers, NOT linear pull levers as incorrectly done in that CL photo.
07-27-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 781
Posted By andrewclaus

The top bolt must completely cover the steerer.

The top bolt must completely cover the steerer.
07-09-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,949
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm old enough to remember thinking the same...

I'm old enough to remember thinking the same thing when Phillips heads started showing up so much in the construction industry.
Forum: Touring
07-07-20, 03:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,672
Posted By andrewclaus

I only use my chamois shorts on day trips if the...

I only use my chamois shorts on day trips if the ride is over a metric century, and sometime even then I forget and that's pretty much okay. I just use swim trunks I find at my local clothing store....
06-29-20, 02:28 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,172
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with buying tools as you need them and as...

I agree with buying tools as you need them and as you acquire skills.

You'll want basic mechanics tools like a set of metric Allen keys, combination wrenches, adjustable wrench and screwdrivers....
06-23-20, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 967
Posted By andrewclaus

I got pushed into the "modern" world by...

I got pushed into the "modern" world by volunteering at a bike coop. I was self-taught and semi-competent from the 60s to the 90s, then sort of lost touch. The lead mechanic at the coop is also an...
06-16-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 658
Posted By andrewclaus

We English speakers love combining words, that's...

We English speakers love combining words, that's all. Smog, Brexit, brunch, motel, Medicare, paratrooper are examples. They're called portmanteaus.
06-15-20, 06:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 112
Posted By andrewclaus

I think the washer is as important as the screw....

I think the washer is as important as the screw. If you have the washer, a metric allen cap screw can be bought at a good hardware store, probably 5 mm. If you don't have the washer, it may be better...
05-26-20, 04:23 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,612
Posted By andrewclaus

Well, not exactly. Left is right on the left (non...

Well, not exactly. Left is right on the left (non drive side) pedal.
05-26-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,045
Posted By andrewclaus

When this happens to me, my first test is to...

When this happens to me, my first test is to pedal while standing. It's amazing how a saddle noise telegraphs into the BB.



Was that pun intended?
Forum: Touring
05-25-20, 06:26 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,156
Posted By andrewclaus

Thanks for the link to the article. I'm a fan of...

Thanks for the link to the article. I'm a fan of Skurka, and have tried to follow in his footsteps, literally (hiked the PCT, CDT, AT, PNT, AZT, CT, among others). He has gained great wisdom for such...
05-23-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 729
Posted By andrewclaus

Try a practice piece first.

Try a practice piece first.
Forum: Touring
05-23-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

From the photo, clearance looks nominal. It'll...

From the photo, clearance looks nominal. It'll depend on your shoe size and pack size/mounting. If I had that bike, I'd make it work.

Brakes look like single-pivot side pulls. If I were to upgrade...
Forum: Touring
05-22-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,156
Posted By andrewclaus

To save weight, bulk and money, consider a...

To save weight, bulk and money, consider a single-wall tarp/tent hybrid. My favorite is made by Tarptent. I like their simple Pro Trail model. The trade off is dealing with condensation--there's a...
Forum: Touring
05-13-20, 05:20 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,447
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's another vote for starting in Astoria for...

Here's another vote for starting in Astoria for the most quality riding time. We started from our home in Seattle and it was a slog until we got to Astoria.

But if I were to do it again with...
05-09-20, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 359
Posted By andrewclaus

Assuming it's a cartridge, it's marked L and R....

Assuming it's a cartridge, it's marked L and R. Be sure you have that correct. Again, if it's a cartridge, if you put the "fixed cup" in first, it may be hard to start the "adjustable" cup.
05-09-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 813
Posted By andrewclaus

I've solved the tool cost issue by volunteering...

I've solved the tool cost issue by volunteering at non-profits. After a certain number of shop hours and a show of dedication, the shop can be yours in the off hours, along with the combined...
Forum: Touring
05-01-20, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 889
Posted By andrewclaus

Way to go with the rackless touring. I...

Way to go with the rackless touring.

I interrupted my bike touring career with a decade of long-distance backpacking. I learned the value of a light load and applied that to the bike. I haven't...
Forum: Touring
04-21-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,804
Posted By andrewclaus

Not too long ago I pushed though a Midwest heat...

Not too long ago I pushed though a Midwest heat wave, temps in the 100s every day, dewpoints in the 70s. I still made 80+ miles every day, even one century. I got up before dawn, rode till...
Forum: Touring
04-15-20, 08:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,346
Posted By andrewclaus

After 39 years of cycling together and 38 years...

After 39 years of cycling together and 38 years of marriage, I like to think my wife and I have it figured out. Cycling is core to our relationship, always has been. It's how we met. We've cycled...
03-31-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 480
Posted By andrewclaus

Tire talc ...

Tire talc (https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1026553-tire-talc-who-uses.html)works sometimes too. Rated pressure usually does it for me. Hearing protection is a great idea--some pump...
Forum: Touring
03-15-20, 05:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By andrewclaus

Just a comment about your ride distance. I'm also...

Just a comment about your ride distance. I'm also 62 and I routinely ride 62 mile days, which happens to be a metric century (100 km). I plan to continue to ride my age in miles well into my 70s,...
03-04-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,215
Posted By andrewclaus

My perfect saddle may feel like the box it came...

My perfect saddle may feel like the box it came in for you. That was my experience with a B-17. I'm good with any plastic/foam/leather saddle that fits right. Minimal padding for me. I'm more...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,817
Posted By andrewclaus

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of...

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of plugging my ears. They're an important part of my input. I sometimes know the position of traffic behind me without looking, if there's gravel on a...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,014
Posted By andrewclaus

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.
02-07-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,858
Posted By andrewclaus

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the...

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the crank does.

It's not unusual for the internal threads on the crank to pull out.
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 8,849
Posted By andrewclaus

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.
12-29-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By andrewclaus

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread...

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread the dropouts? If so, did you realign the derailleur hanger?
12-16-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,749
Posted By andrewclaus

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states....

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states. I don't have what it takes to start one up, but I enjoy being a worker ant and being part of the system. My fellow volunteers and I just like being...
12-11-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 526
Posted By andrewclaus

Best way to troubleshoot these is to start by...

Best way to troubleshoot these is to start by uncoupling the shifter from the derailleur. Put some tension on the cable and count the clicks. As mentioned above, eight speeds = seven clicks. Tear...
Forum: Touring
12-11-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 962
Posted By andrewclaus

I've been an alky stove fan for many years. I...

I've been an alky stove fan for many years. I made dozens of the Pepsi can design for friends and guests. I still have my old Whisperlite (neither of which is true) but haven't used it in 15 years.
...
11-26-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,760
Posted By andrewclaus

You mentioned at first that you banged the...

You mentioned at first that you banged the bearing out with a bolt. Presumably that means you worked side-to-side. I recently heard that one can ruin the frame doing that. The new bearing may not...
11-20-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 380
Posted By andrewclaus

If the click goes away when you stand up it's in...

If the click goes away when you stand up it's in the saddle or seatpost. I'm embarrassed at how long and how may parts it took me to figure that out on my bike.
11-17-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,125
Posted By andrewclaus

What are the chances you're ever going to want to...

What are the chances you're ever going to want to lace up that hub body? One way to look at it is that you bought it for parts, so take the parts off and scrap the body. I'd use my 14" pipe wrench...
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 6,406
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with adding a cassette removal tool, and...

I agree with adding a cassette removal tool, and I usually carry a 6" adjustable. That can change a pedal in a pinch.

Most of my tool kit is in my head. I pay close attention to the bike as I ride...
11-06-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 822
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's another video showing at least one good...

Here's another video showing at least one good pro tip on preloading bearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMhQlqg7TDA
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,177
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm in the "get wet but stay warm" school. I...

I'm in the "get wet but stay warm" school. I don't spend much on rain gear, but I pay close attention to the layers under it. Sometimes that means putting on wet clothing in the morning if you're...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,672
Posted By andrewclaus

During the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, I vowed...

During the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, I vowed never to sit in line in an automobile at a gas station. So I parked my old Dodge pickup and started cycling everywhere, including weekend vacations to...
10-08-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,860
Posted By andrewclaus

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents...

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents is inherently risky. Use proper PPE, ventilation, storage, fire protection, and proper disposal of used rags.

All this is second nature to...
09-17-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,636
Posted By andrewclaus

Some generalities: In the long term, front of...

Some generalities: In the long term, front of knee pain indicates saddle is too low. Back of knee pain, or groin or Achilles pulls, indicate saddle is too high. Hips rocking while riding means saddle...
09-06-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,433
Posted By andrewclaus

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first...

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first time at the shop yesterday afternoon, after reading about it in the morning. I first tried removing the axle, but there was a dust seal behind the...
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