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05-18-21, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 27
Posted By Gresp15C

Agreed, and I think the hose is the key. The last...

Agreed, and I think the hose is the key. The last mini-pump I bought was one that came with a little hose, for that reason. I don't have a lot of stem failures any more, but because I patch my tubes,...
05-18-21, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 302
Posted By Gresp15C

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling...

The thing that keeps me from saying that cycling is an obsession, is that something else is an obsession: Playing music.
05-17-21, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 152
Posted By Gresp15C

I fixed a bottom bracket noise recently on my...

I fixed a bottom bracket noise recently on my daughter's bike, though it's an ancient thrown together single speed. First thing I did was to isolate the noise by flipping the bike upside down (don't...
05-17-21, 06:39 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,508
Posted By Gresp15C

Back in the day... From what I've read,...

Back in the day...

From what I've read, during its peak production, the Ford Model T was not tested before being shipped to dealers. The dealer was expected to do a fair amount of work to get each...
05-17-21, 04:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,118
Posted By Gresp15C

Mine is similar, but with a black base of a...

Mine is similar, but with a black base of a slightly different design. The base has a crack, probably related to the chemical damage, and will probably let go someday but won't affect how the pump...
05-17-21, 02:35 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,118
Posted By Gresp15C

The crimp must have been an aftermarket add-on....

The crimp must have been an aftermarket add-on. It didn't seem right, or necessary.

Is yours a Silca, or a different brand?
05-17-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,118
Posted By Gresp15C

Ah, I managed to fix it this morning, so here's...

Ah, I managed to fix it this morning, so here's what I learned. First of all, I got this pump for 5 bucks at St. Vinnie's, and it was in quite distressed condition. The cast metal base was heavily...
05-17-21, 08:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,118
Posted By Gresp15C

I realize this is an old thread, but it showed up...

I realize this is an old thread, but it showed up in my Google search.

Did a new check valve solve the problem? Mine has a problem where I have to push real hard to get that valve to crack.
05-16-21, 11:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,006
Posted By Gresp15C

I just replaced a set of kool stop salmon pads...

I just replaced a set of kool stop salmon pads because they were squealing, even after "doing everything right." My guess is they will work perfectly on the next bike, so they went back into my bin,...
05-15-21, 05:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 502
Posted By Gresp15C

continental and Vittoria both still make decent...

continental and Vittoria both still make decent affordable 27 in tires.
05-15-21, 07:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 707
Posted By Gresp15C

That's true. The OP certainly knows that the rags...

That's true. The OP certainly knows that the rags are dirty. ;)
05-14-21, 05:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 958
Posted By Gresp15C

"Parking attendant" may refer to the person whose...

"Parking attendant" may refer to the person whose job is to round up the carts and bring them back into the store.

This shows some interesting regional differences. In my locale, the upscale...
05-14-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 355
Posted By Gresp15C

This is why there's a sticker on the pump that...

This is why there's a sticker on the pump that says not to put gas into an unapproved container. ;) Two odd things. First will be whether she can actually get the gas home. Second is if she doesn't...
05-14-21, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 707
Posted By Gresp15C

I doubt it. Get new rags for the house mates,...

I doubt it. Get new rags for the house mates, keep the old ones for your chain. The black stuff, which I believe is actually very finely divided metal particles, seems to incorporate itself into the...
05-14-21, 01:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By Gresp15C

Definitely. In the case of my friend's bike, it...

Definitely. In the case of my friend's bike, it was an early generation e-bike, probably a generic frame rather than one of the newer ones that is built more stout. Most of the people I know who...
05-14-21, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 250
Posted By Gresp15C

My friend had the same problem on his e-bike. The...

My friend had the same problem on his e-bike. The flatted axle had rotated a tiny bit in the dropout, and dug its threads into the dropout, so it was good and stuck. This was visible once we got the...
05-13-21, 09:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 505
Posted By Gresp15C

A crunching sound could be any number of things,...

A crunching sound could be any number of things, so it's worth investigating systematically before pre-emptively replacing anything. I would only divide the parts into two categories for now: Works...
05-13-21, 03:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 498
Posted By Gresp15C

I live on a street that is a designated bike...

I live on a street that is a designated bike route and "main drag" for commuters, and right now my "office" looks out onto the street, so I see a lot of bikes. According to what I've seen, people...
05-12-21, 06:15 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,795
Posted By Gresp15C

Unfortunately, that's an un-answered question...

Unfortunately, that's an un-answered question about the entire "planned obsolescence" trend in bike manufacturing. Fortunately, I can probably ride the same bikes until I die, and so long as there is...
05-12-21, 03:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,795
Posted By Gresp15C

Too early to tell. We are clearly beyond the...

Too early to tell. We are clearly beyond the "early adopter" stage but not very far into the "mature" stage, by which I mean that they cover the price range from top to bottom. I'd like to see how...
05-11-21, 04:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I think we're agreeing here. I no longer...

Indeed, I think we're agreeing here. I no longer have the link, but the numbers were something like a dozen or so front wheel detachment crashes per year, from both nutted and QR wheels. This was...
05-11-21, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 380
Posted By Gresp15C

I'd get it into the best possible state of...

I'd get it into the best possible state of lubrication and adjustment, then leave it and go for N+1. The problem with gradual upgrades is you're stuck with the component standards of that era, and...
05-11-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

That's what happens when you get engineers...

That's what happens when you get engineers involved. Everybody suspected that front wheel detachment was caused by user error. It was happening on both QR and nutted wheels. But they couldn't prove...
05-10-21, 05:43 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

The clips are actually quite easy to use, but...

The clips are actually quite easy to use, but require a slightly different lock nut design with a shoulder machined into it. Once the wheel is in there, you just rotate the clips and they snap into...
05-10-21, 04:40 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

Should the nuts be tightened with a flat facing...

Should the nuts be tightened with a flat facing forward, or one of the points? ;)
05-10-21, 01:54 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

Brilando invented the clips. At the time, bike...

Brilando invented the clips. At the time, bike makers were working on a variety of "secondary retention" mechanisms for both QR and nutted axles. This was in response to known cases of front wheel...
Forum: Commuting
05-09-21, 08:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 362
Posted By Gresp15C

I've had good luck with hiking shoes.

I've had good luck with hiking shoes.
05-09-21, 05:16 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,301
Posted By Gresp15C

Okay, QR levers, fine. But what we really need to...

Okay, QR levers, fine. But what we really need to discuss is which way the Brilando clips are supposed to point... ;)...
05-08-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 340
Posted By Gresp15C

I'm not sure a bunch of new tubes would be...

I'm not sure a bunch of new tubes would be cheaper than getting the right pump head for what's already on your bike.
Forum: Commuting
05-08-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 485
Posted By Gresp15C

Spare bikes. In my view, if you have space for a...

Spare bikes. In my view, if you have space for a spare bike, it's pretty cheap insurance policy against downtime due to repairs. Murphy's Law says if you have spare wheel, something else on the bike...
05-08-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,049
Posted By Gresp15C

Revolution Cycles (Madison WI).

Revolution Cycles (Madison WI).
05-07-21, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 874
Posted By Gresp15C

For every dispute in cycling, there's a list of...

For every dispute in cycling, there's a list of arguments for whatever side you take. So you have to join the "steel is real" movement. At least, until you get a carbon bike. ;)
05-06-21, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, I'm a musician, and I use pitch to help...

Indeed, I'm a musician, and I use pitch to help me when I'm tensioning a wheel. In addition there's a math formula that tells you the tuning frequency as a function of tension and the mass of the...
05-06-21, 01:41 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 9,691
Posted By Gresp15C

Music is my primary hobby, even ahead of cycling....

Music is my primary hobby, even ahead of cycling. I'm guilty as charged of being that "that guy" in music. I own a much better instrument than I would strictly need on utilitarian merits alone. I...
05-05-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 292
Views: 6,821
Posted By Gresp15C

The only way I could see that adding weight would...

The only way I could see that adding weight would help is if you're already at the maximum possible intensity for the amount of time available, and want even more. Or, if you're training for a tour...
05-04-21, 10:19 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 2,623
Posted By Gresp15C

I can't speak for the cheapest bikes, but I know...

I can't speak for the cheapest bikes, but I know that there's a growing preference for disc brakes among entry level and "casual" cyclists. I've known more than one person who has tried out a bike...
05-04-21, 08:48 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 3,840
Posted By Gresp15C

An amusing anecdote: My spouse's new bike came...

An amusing anecdote: My spouse's new bike came with tubeless-ready rims, and it is extremely difficult to get tires on and off, even with the bead jack that I've used successfully on other bikes....
05-04-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 777
Posted By Gresp15C

The city has done a good job of maintaining...

The city has done a good job of maintaining cycling conditions even during the winter. There are some paved rail-trails that are useful for getting from A to B, one of which I use for my commute....
05-03-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 777
Posted By Gresp15C

I live in Madison WI, which is about 250k people...

I live in Madison WI, which is about 250k people if you count the suburbs. So we're not quite up to the level where there is a significant car-free or car-light population, like there is in NYC....
05-03-21, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 777
Posted By Gresp15C

My view is that we're a long way off from when...

My view is that we're a long way off from when the color of bike lanes will matter. We're still just figuring out how to design our cities to make driving a car safer, much less riding a bike. Even...
05-01-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,053
Posted By Gresp15C

https://www.sturmey-archer.com/en/products/detail/...

https://www.sturmey-archer.com/en/products/detail/cs-rk3-silver
05-01-21, 09:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 236
Posted By Gresp15C

If it's a kid sized bike, I'd say, whatever keeps...

If it's a kid sized bike, I'd say, whatever keeps it working, safely, til he outgrows it.

What does he think? He's the one who will be doing the wrenching, right? ;)
05-01-21, 05:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 439
Posted By Gresp15C

It's a place, usually operated as a non-profit...

It's a place, usually operated as a non-profit and staffed by volunteers, that provides community support for bikes. If one exists, they often have piles of old donated parts, and people who can...
05-01-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 439
Posted By Gresp15C

Indeed, part of doing DIY maintenance is knowing...

Indeed, part of doing DIY maintenance is knowing when the odds are worth the gamble. ;)

I agree with Andrew, that a new or even used wheel is a better gamble. Is there a bike co-op in your locale?
04-30-21, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 439
Posted By Gresp15C

Does it have any kind of brand markings?...

Does it have any kind of brand markings? Unfortunately, for many hubs, the brand is stamped into the reaction arm, which is one of the parts that's missing.
04-30-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 439
Posted By Gresp15C

Welcome to the forums! This site has...

Welcome to the forums! This site has reproductions (with permission) of the famous Sutherlands manuals for historical hubs. Perusal of the single speed hubs will probably turn up something that...
04-29-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 1,736
Posted By Gresp15C

I still do 'em one at a time, but I appreciate...

I still do 'em one at a time, but I appreciate the service to humanity. About the long patches from the Rema kit, I cut them in half and use them as two patches. Not because I'm a tightwad per se,...
04-29-21, 04:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,400
Posted By Gresp15C

Granted I live on a relatively busy street, that...

Granted I live on a relatively busy street, that is also a popular bike thoroughfare. But I've sold bikes by parking them in the driveway with a "for sale" sign. In one case I had two kids bikes......
04-29-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 470
Posted By Gresp15C

Right. It means you don't really have a garage,...

Right. It means you don't really have a garage, you have an attached storage shed that's full. In my locale, that's called a "Model A garage" because it was just big enough to fit a Ford Model A.
...
04-28-21, 07:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,923
Posted By Gresp15C

1. How old are you? Late 50's 2. Fitness...

1. How old are you?
Late 50's
2. Fitness level on a scale of 1-10
According to the health survey that my employer requires, I'm healthier than the average person my age, but that's a low bar, and...
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