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12-25-14, 12:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,690
Posted By gruppo

Which is what this forum has mostly become...

Which is what this forum has mostly become...
07-12-14, 07:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,494
Posted By gruppo

There's no reasonable question here. Get the...

There's no reasonable question here. Get the steel Surly fork and save yourself from more misery fretting about useless stuff...
07-02-14, 01:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 747
Posted By gruppo

Well so far you've tried a bunch of stuff and...

Well so far you've tried a bunch of stuff and have failed so it appears you've reached your limit of know-how, so quit resisting. The lbs will allow you to watch what they do (Rather than living...
06-23-14, 11:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 985
Posted By gruppo

I didn't know carbon components were a religion*,...

I didn't know carbon components were a religion*, other than, given the cost, you hope to god they don't fail.

*Closer to a cult
06-19-14, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 7,664
Posted By gruppo

There's so much you don't know that you shouldn't...

There's so much you don't know that you shouldn't be doing your own work - for instance, the bb spindles on Sram/TruVativ cranksets aree different diameters on the drive/non-drive sides and for 68mm...
06-07-14, 02:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 18,113
Posted By gruppo

If you drag it into the shop in the shipping box,...

If you drag it into the shop in the shipping box, then it's going to take at least an hour to unpack everything, assemble the bike, service and adjust whatever, and take it for a test ride. If you...
06-06-14, 08:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,978
Posted By gruppo

Hey katit, listen to those, which includes me,...

Hey katit, listen to those, which includes me, who recommend drilling larger valve holes in your rims and continue using shrader valves (The 21/64 or close bit will work fine and chamfer the edges -...
05-27-14, 05:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,539
Posted By gruppo

Just another social networking site?

Doesn't anyone monitor this forum?* I scrolled through today's offerings and noticed numerous threads having nothing to do with Bicycle Mechanics and many others that were a real stretch.

*If so,...
05-21-14, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 612
Posted By gruppo

Several brands/models of flat bar brake levers...

Several brands/models of flat bar brake levers allow them to be used with canti's or v-brakes by changing the little cam on the lever above the pivot. Check your for this...
04-29-14, 07:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By gruppo

Duh, it's new so take it back to the shop you...

Duh, it's new so take it back to the shop you bought it from and ask them to adjust the brakes. If you didn't buy it from a shop then try to return it to wherever and then go buy a replacement from...
04-18-14, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,948
Posted By gruppo

Given the brevity of the question, a resounding...

Given the brevity of the question, a resounding "no" in your case. Plus this has been bantered about ad nauseam here bouts. Having said that my shop has done such conversions numerous times in...
04-05-14, 11:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,372
Posted By gruppo

I'm always curious about what causes folks to...

I'm always curious about what causes folks to have silly thoughts and then lack the circumspection to post them.
03-31-14, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,938
Posted By gruppo

Profile Design has a 1 1/8" quill stem for 1 1/8"...

Profile Design has a 1 1/8" quill stem for 1 1/8" threaded forks. It's not as elegant as Nitto's Dirt Drop stem but it's very light, has a polished finish, is economical ((Around $25 at your lbs),...
03-31-14, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 633
Posted By gruppo

Be sure the orientation of the new rim matches...

Be sure the orientation of the new rim matches that of the old one when taping them together.
03-26-14, 05:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,755
Posted By gruppo

Most bike components are part of a system and...

Most bike components are part of a system and when a problem crops up it's necessary to check a number of things - in this case:

1. Is the rotor correctly installed on the hub and the bolts...
03-22-14, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 7,805
Posted By gruppo

The best solution is to have your LBS chase the...

The best solution is to have your LBS chase the bottom bracket shell's threads. Remember, on a decent frame, the bottom bracket should thread into the bottom bracket shell by hand. Having said that...
03-19-14, 10:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 597
Posted By gruppo

Don't mess with all this - simply use KMC's...

Don't mess with all this - simply use KMC's 11-speed Campy links. My shop has installed dozens of them, including new builds, with excellent success.
03-12-14, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,477
Posted By gruppo

Here's how I set up canti-brake pads. Cut a...

Here's how I set up canti-brake pads. Cut a business card in half long ways and then bend what's left in half. Form that into a "u" and place it around the rim and up between the rim's sidewall and...
03-09-14, 01:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 876
Posted By gruppo

If you continue to be amazed and are obviously...

If you continue to be amazed and are obviously distracted by that, why not just pay your lbs to build the wheel. You'd only be paying for the spokes once and the $25 - $30 in labor is likely cheaper...
03-05-14, 03:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,174
Posted By gruppo

Agree with fietsbob (Wait I didn't say that did...

Agree with fietsbob (Wait I didn't say that did I?) and as the first reply said, swap your pedals too. Also, just in case, be sure you don't have any stiff links in your chain. I've had cyclists...
02-25-14, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,066
Posted By gruppo

Once the op sent the above, there was no need for...

Once the op sent the above, there was no need for further responses. So will all you "gotta get the last word in" or "aways need to be right, even if it's not relevant" folks please take note and...
02-12-14, 01:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,038
Posted By gruppo

Based on the fact that most of what shows up on...

Based on the fact that most of what shows up on this forum is inane stuff (both postings & responses), your quote is mostly untrue for a great number of folks.
02-07-14, 12:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,186
Posted By gruppo

Yep - you insert the 8mm bolt/washer into the...

Yep - you insert the 8mm bolt/washer into the crankarm and then screw the cap on with, in this case, a 10mm hex wrench. This is generally the way self extracting crankarms work, so why the surprise...
02-06-14, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 12,186
Posted By gruppo

On the non-drive side crankarm there should be a...

On the non-drive side crankarm there should be a cap over the 8mm bolt (It's a 10mm hex) so when you loosen the 8mm bolt it presses against the cap and pulls the crankarm off the bottom bracket. ...
02-04-14, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 768
Posted By gruppo

A 430 gram rim versus a 540 gram rim - no other...

A 430 gram rim versus a 540 gram rim - no other comment necessary for a 220 pound cyclist. In my experience, use as narrow and thin a rim strip as possible on the A23 to allow more room for the tube...
02-02-14, 10:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,717
Posted By gruppo

In my shop we only install brake handles without...

In my shop we only install brake handles without the slotted stop. Your best bet is to upgrade to a modern lever wherein the brake cable is inserted through a hole in the stop.

Yea, yea, I know...
01-31-14, 07:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,536
Posted By gruppo

For many years my shop has done dozens of 26"...

For many years my shop has done dozens of 26" tired mtb conversions - with either flat or drop bars - and mounted narrow tires on the mtb rims for commuting or just fast riding on bike paths,...
01-19-14, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,580
Posted By gruppo

The facts suggest "you are" and "you...

The facts suggest "you are" and "you should"
01-17-14, 07:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,481
Posted By gruppo

Quit avoiding the question - what's your lbs's...

Quit avoiding the question - what's your lbs's 'astronomical' price? And think about this - you purchased some cheap stuff on the internet, hoping your lbs would provide technical support and a...
01-10-14, 05:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,825
Posted By gruppo

If your wife had a well fitted bike with nice...

If your wife had a well fitted bike with nice components, set up to meet her needs, then she would likely ride more. There are lots of fast flat bar road bikes - my shop does this conversion on a...
01-08-14, 11:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 785
Posted By gruppo

I'm surprised at you two (An ice pick!?)). Try...

I'm surprised at you two (An ice pick!?)). Try the standard plier method - Singlespeeders, bmx'ers, and motorcyclists have used it forever.
01-08-14, 10:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 785
Posted By gruppo

It's extremely easy. Open a standard square end...

It's extremely easy. Open a standard square end plier and place one jaw on the pin closest to the open end of the link and the other jaw on the open end of the link and close the plier. The link...
01-08-14, 12:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 791
Posted By gruppo

The essential things for the first time build are...

The essential things for the first time build are the book "The Bicycle Wheel" and:

1. Employ 14 ga. spokes
2. Use a 3X or 4X lacing pattern
3. Ensure the correct length spokes and nipples (For...
01-03-14, 12:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,488
Posted By gruppo

Contact "Woundup". I've installed many of their...

Contact "Woundup". I've installed many of their forks and just put one with a 1" steerer tube on my mid-90's ti frame. They are light, strong, and really zooty looking.
12-29-13, 03:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,753
Posted By gruppo

Did you miss the part about "...a need to mess...

Did you miss the part about "...a need to mess with/modify the clamp, but I've done this several times...", and you have the nerve to call yourself a "bicycle mechanic" - opps!? I missed the 'insane'...
12-28-13, 02:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,753
Posted By gruppo

The stem shifters clamp onto the stem so it's...

The stem shifters clamp onto the stem so it's likely you can simply clamp them onto the down tube (Remove the cable stop and reinstall the mounting screw...clamp the shifters above it to eliminate...
12-28-13, 01:58 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,526
Posted By gruppo

Always opt for proven components, especially for...

Always opt for proven components, especially for commuting where reliability is a must (Commuter bikes shouldn't be considered second rate or low end) - To start with get a King headset and Phil hubs...
12-22-13, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By gruppo

Geez, just use a short self tapping metal screw...

Geez, just use a short self tapping metal screw from the hardware store...
12-10-13, 01:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,377
Posted By gruppo

For the past 30 years my shop has used wooden...

For the past 30 years my shop has used wooden kebob sticks (Nice taper) and a small squirt bottle with Coleman fuel for removing & installing slide-on grips. The wooden stick is easy on every type...
12-04-13, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By gruppo

Feedback on a 'barrel adjuster'? PS: MTB...

Feedback on a 'barrel adjuster'?

PS: MTB shifters have adjusters and road bike shifters don't, so...
12-03-13, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,218
Posted By gruppo

For a touring setup you might think about doing a...

For a touring setup you might think about doing a 3x9 using Shimano's 12-36 cassette and a 20-30-42 triple crankset. A 20-36 combo is pretty nice, especially since what you're trying to achieve with...
12-01-13, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By gruppo

You didn't try very hard...The phone numbers are...

You didn't try very hard...The phone numbers are there!?
11-27-13, 02:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,361
Posted By gruppo

In my shop I mix components on a regular to...

In my shop I mix components on a regular to customize a customer's gearing (Of course matching Shimano & Sram shifter/brake controls* with their respective rear derailleurs), which includes using...
11-23-13, 02:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 506
Posted By gruppo

So if you're getting a check why not have the...

So if you're getting a check why not have the work done correctly at your local LBS - the damage estimate should have included all the costs and that's what the money's for, isn't it?
11-22-13, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,670
Posted By gruppo

Take it to a shop that has and knows how to use...

Take it to a shop that has and knows how to use Cane Creek's "Gary Gauge" and your problem will be cleared up without all the speculation from here.
11-03-13, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By gruppo

You have a frankenbike now that, it seems , is...

You have a frankenbike now that, it seems , is worth something to you, and you want to spiff it up without making it more of a mess or spending much. Hmmm, well you're going to need:

- The...
10-25-13, 02:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,743
Posted By gruppo

You've got a $400 hub and you're moaning about a...

You've got a $400 hub and you're moaning about a $30 lockring that "seems" to to be OK!? If there was a test to be able to use Chris King stuff, you'd fail, and we'd be spared your nonsense.
10-16-13, 09:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,266
Posted By gruppo

Why not just call Felt tech support?

Why not just call Felt tech support?
10-13-13, 02:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,406
Posted By gruppo

If you're not able to measure/confirm your bottom...

If you're not able to measure/confirm your bottom bracket's width or spindle length to begin with, or make sense of Surley's "Big Chief Tablet" exploded drawing & instructions, I would take...
10-12-13, 06:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,286
Posted By gruppo

As has been stated, just slide the cable in from...

As has been stated, just slide the cable in from the entry point to the exit slot and look for the cable. The best "tool" for grabbing the cable and pulling it out is the hooked end of a spoke - if...
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