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01-21-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By andrewclaus

When I looked at the RaceFace website, I saw a...

When I looked at the RaceFace website, I saw a selection of spindle lengths available for different BB shell widths and chainlines.

Isn't the spindle on a two-piece crank usually attached to the...
01-21-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 192
Posted By andrewclaus

I looked on the RaceFace website and saw a BB...

I looked on the RaceFace website and saw a BB compatibility page. You'll probably need to replace the BB, and order the right length spindle for that BB.
01-21-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 193
Posted By andrewclaus

I see a lot of these at the non-profit where I do...

I see a lot of these at the non-profit where I do the same sort of volunteer work. If a half hour in the ultrasonic cleaner and spraying some WD-40 doesn't work, I take them apart far enough to get a...
Forum: Touring
01-17-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 536
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the advice about lowering the saddle. I had...

Ditto the advice about lowering the saddle. I had chronic Achilles tendonitis for years until I read that simple advice. Chronic groin pulls went away, too.

Some of the things we don't know about...
01-15-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 402
Posted By andrewclaus

I once prophylactically replaced a sealed...

I once prophylactically replaced a sealed cartridge BB with over 20K miles on it before leaving on a 5K mile tour. Normally I wouldn't do that.
01-10-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 401
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with the above. Have you ever used it? If...

I agree with the above. Have you ever used it? If not, consider removing it and recabling the FD. It's easy enough to adjust the FD cable at the pinch bolt, especially since it's a double.
01-09-21, 10:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 921
Posted By andrewclaus

Try the string method to check frame alignment.

Try the string method to check frame alignment.
Forum: Touring
01-09-21, 08:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 666
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, nice story, great twist. Amen to...

Yes, nice story, great twist.



Amen to this. I was passed the other day on a long climb (Mt Lemmon from Tucson) by a guy (half my age) on a racing rig. I was on my touring bike, wearing...
01-05-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 881
Posted By andrewclaus

This is part of the learning curve with the tool....

This is part of the learning curve with the tool. Whenever I run into this at the non-profit shop, once a month or so, I bring the less experienced folks over to learn something. I always check a...
01-05-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,062
Posted By andrewclaus

Wrap duct tape around the frame. Looks like crap,...

Wrap duct tape around the frame. Looks like crap, cheap and easy. After the fabric deteriorates and falls off, the glue will stay forever.
01-03-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 447
Posted By andrewclaus

Do you know what type of bearings the hubs use?...

Do you know what type of bearings the hubs use? How long has it been/how many miles since the hubs have been serviced?
Forum: Touring
01-03-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,021
Posted By andrewclaus

Is that Donn Olson's place?

Is that Donn Olson's place?
12-30-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 420
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto this technique. If you have a sturdy bench...

Ditto this technique. If you have a sturdy bench vise with an anvil, you can blacksmith it back into rough shape then fine-tune it on the bike with the proper alignment tool.
12-29-20, 03:01 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,205
Posted By andrewclaus

Not too sure, over 5000 miles though. The...

Not too sure, over 5000 miles though. The odometer reads 4100 now but it crapped out with a dead battery last spring and I didn't pay attention to the YTD mileage back then.

This is the first year...
12-29-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,722
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't think I ever rode my bike to school....

I don't think I ever rode my bike to school. There was a lot of bike theft and it was an easy walk. But I kept cycling for fun, with a couple of friends, even after we got our licenses. After...
Forum: Road Cycling
12-29-20, 01:39 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 11,620
Posted By andrewclaus

I definitely agree with all this. I've only done...

I definitely agree with all this. I've only done the climb from Idaho Springs once, though I sometimes come down that way, then climb Floyd Hill to make a loop back to Evergreen. That Floyd Hill...
Forum: Touring
12-29-20, 11:23 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,641
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm a minimalist and I've always liked the...

I'm a minimalist and I've always liked the Tarptent Protrail for it's utter simplicity and ruggedness. Others may not like the front entry and that you can't sit up well in it. It's a highly personal...
12-29-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 921
Posted By andrewclaus

A few too many inches of housing from the lever...

A few too many inches of housing from the lever to the frame may make a difference in feel. A loop can be too long, causing an unneeded change in direction.
12-28-20, 05:03 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 5,630
Posted By andrewclaus

In many decades of carrying patched tubes in a...

In many decades of carrying patched tubes in a saddle bag, I've only had one problem where I creased the patch and it cracked, perhaps after nearly a year in the pack. One more voice here to keep the...
12-27-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 939
Posted By andrewclaus

Tape measure for chain checking Various metal...

Tape measure for chain checking
Various metal files
Tap and die set
14 mm socket for crank bolts
Automotive tie rod remover (pickle fork) for stripped cranks.
Cold chisel
12-23-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 837
Posted By andrewclaus

The OP mirrors my tires, pressures, and riding...

The OP mirrors my tires, pressures, and riding style almost exactly. Just yesterday I was repairing a punctured tube, for maybe the third time in 5000 miles. I could still see the tread wear...
Forum: Touring
12-22-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm the opposite in site selection. I far prefer...

I'm the opposite in site selection. I far prefer dry camps. Water attracts all sorts of nuisances, from animals (two and four legged) to insects. And colder air in the morning.

On a warm...
12-20-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 704
Posted By andrewclaus

Could be chemical exposure (stored near chlorine)...

Could be chemical exposure (stored near chlorine) or UV from desert sun.
12-19-20, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 704
Posted By andrewclaus

The rubber tread provides traction and abrasion...

The rubber tread provides traction and abrasion protection, not strength. I'm personally okay with cracks in the rubber, if the structural fabric is intact. But still, I wouldn't take that tire very...
12-19-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,388
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a non-profit shop nearby, offer to...

If there's a non-profit shop nearby, offer to volunteer. Often there are some pretty good volunteer mechanics who can teach you some good habits, and you'll see a variety of problems. Of course,...
12-19-20, 07:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By andrewclaus

The technical term is methyl-ethyl-bad****.

The technical term is methyl-ethyl-bad****.
12-13-20, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By andrewclaus

You can replace the threaded cup/bearing assembly...

You can replace the threaded cup/bearing assembly with a much simpler tool. More cost in the part, though. If there's a bike co-op near you, that's a good source for salvaged parts. They'll likely...
Forum: Touring
12-11-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,384
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't either. I keep handy a bag of raisins and...

I don't either. I keep handy a bag of raisins and a bag of nuts for snacks, and eat something that actually occurs in nature every time I stop for a break.

Many of the supplements use HFCS as a...
Forum: Touring
12-08-20, 08:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,308
Posted By andrewclaus

And how you managed your layers on your ascent is...

And how you managed your layers on your ascent is just as important. Being able to don a dry jersey or two, something that hasn't been soaked through with sweat, at the summit feels real nice.

It...
Forum: Touring
12-07-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,160
Posted By andrewclaus

Since this thread has morphed into a food storage...

Since this thread has morphed into a food storage discussion since I last saw it, I'll weigh in. According to a personal straw poll, more food has been invaded, and more damage done, by mice than by...
Forum: Touring
12-05-20, 02:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,308
Posted By andrewclaus

There are two major schools of thought--try to...

There are two major schools of thought--try to keep dry, or get wet and stay warm. After trying many expensive jackets, I've given up on the first.

I go the simple and light route. My favorite...
12-02-20, 12:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 751
Posted By andrewclaus

Inflate the tube to put in in the tire, keep some...

Inflate the tube to put in in the tire, keep some air in the tube until you're on the last quarter of the last bead, then deflate it completely. Pinch the tire beads together around the rim to get...
Forum: Touring
12-02-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 4,160
Posted By andrewclaus

This is my best tip. I never enjoyed camp...

This is my best tip. I never enjoyed camp cooking, hate cleaning up, and don't drink coffee. It took an embarrassingly long time to figure out that leaving the cook kit at home greatly improved my...
12-01-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 388
Posted By andrewclaus

I once used a loop of heavy clothes hanger wire...

I once used a loop of heavy clothes hanger wire between the braze on bolt and the seat stay. The bike is long gone, so no photos. I always keep bits of old wire and angle iron for projects like this.
11-29-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By andrewclaus

That's UNEF standard, I just learned.

That's UNEF standard, I just learned.
11-27-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,373
Posted By andrewclaus

Excellent idea. I was one of nine baby boom...

Excellent idea. I was one of nine baby boom children, raised by a plumber, so all we got were hand-me-downs and salvage. If we didn't figure out how to fix them, we didn't ride. It was great...
11-27-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,373
Posted By andrewclaus

It was kind of hidden in the OP, but he/she said...

It was kind of hidden in the OP, but he/she said they tried YouTube and couldn't figure it out. They need a different type of instruction, or volunteer help.

If printed materials would help, look...
11-24-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 305
Posted By andrewclaus

Struck out means three strikes, and that's about...

Struck out means three strikes, and that's about my average too.
11-24-20, 03:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 862
Posted By andrewclaus

The brake shoe shown isn't installed...

The brake shoe shown isn't installed correctly--the post should be perpendicular to the rim. The other side may not be symmetrical, and doesn't appear to be from what little shows in the photo. In...
11-24-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, there could be a chain line issue. I found...

Yes, there could be a chain line issue. I found this recently on a donated bike at the non-profit. I removed a spacer and that solved the issue.
Forum: Touring
11-23-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,641
Posted By andrewclaus

Before you buy a tent at REI, look at the options...

Before you buy a tent at REI, look at the options available from the cottage industry in lightweight backpacking gear. Tarptent.com is my favorite, and there are a few others. REI doesn't sell them....
11-21-20, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 432
Posted By andrewclaus

My bike doesn't have in-line adjusters, just the...

My bike doesn't have in-line adjusters, just the barrel at the calipers. It has inline adjusters for shifting and I don't like them. So I wouldn't put them in the brake cables. My riding style allows...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 09:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,028
Posted By andrewclaus

My latest touring bike is a gravel bike with a...

My latest touring bike is a gravel bike with a compact double (50/34) and it works fine for me. My self-contained load is less than twenty pounds though, so my gearing needs are different. If you're...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 6,412
Posted By andrewclaus

I know a guy here in Colorado who has hiked the...

I know a guy here in Colorado who has hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail unsupported. Though one can walk into several towns along the way (Breckenridge, Leadville, Silverton), hitch into several...
Forum: Touring
11-21-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,169
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with the primitive site and/or backyard...

I agree with the primitive site and/or backyard idea. I did that back in the 1970s when I was first starting out.

I was living in northern Florida last winter and spring when the pandemic hit, and...
11-20-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 502
Posted By andrewclaus

The FD appears in the photos to be a few mm too...

The FD appears in the photos to be a few mm too high. It should clear the large chain ring by 1 to 2 mm. I agree with the 1 to 2 degrees of rotation.

As a last desperate measure before you replace...
11-16-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 693
Posted By andrewclaus

Any excessive length leading to extra bends in...

Any excessive length leading to extra bends in the housing? I've fixed this problem on some bikes by removing as little as three or four inches of housing, say if it's making an extra bend around the...
11-16-20, 07:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,188
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, me too. It only took about 50 years to rid...

Yes, me too. It only took about 50 years to rid myself of that bad habit. And I learned it here on BF. Finally, my last two pairs of brakes I've worn the fronts out first.

I think it didn't help...
Forum: Touring
11-15-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,617
Posted By andrewclaus

No special advice. I'm a back sleeper so I don't...

No special advice. I'm a back sleeper so I don't need much of a pad, and sometimes go without if I'm going to be camping on grass or leaf duff. I carry a Ridgerest on the bike and a Z-rest when...
Forum: Road Cycling
11-15-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,117
Posted By andrewclaus

It's been a good year for cycling, that's for...

It's been a good year for cycling, that's for sure. For many of us, there's literally nothing else to do. And there seems to be a lot of people with free time to ride. Cycling has been my safe social...
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