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01-08-23, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 439
Posted By aggiegrads

I have seen wheels where the...

I have seen wheels where the Park/Pedro’s/WolfTooth tool is not long enough to fully engage centerlock rotors. That may be Trek’s solution.
12-27-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By aggiegrads

This is why we are arguing. We were talking about...

This is why we are arguing. We were talking about pliers-wrenches and you entered the conversation to excoriate toothed pliers. I use the Knipex Pliers-wrench exclusively as an adjustable wrench. It...
12-26-22, 07:51 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By aggiegrads

Sometimes, an adjustable is the right tool. I...

Sometimes, an adjustable is the right tool. I would love to only work on high-end bikes with tight tolerances, but most of my wrenching is on inexpensive kids bikes with one-piece cranks and cheap...
12-25-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By aggiegrads

I generally agree. 7” is best for all-around...

I generally agree. 7” is best for all-around bike work that includes kid’s bikes, because the 7” size is the most compact that will work on large lock rings on threaded headsets and one-piece...
12-23-22, 09:56 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 2,198
Posted By aggiegrads

Bike specific: EVT Ultra True Arc hangar...

Bike specific: EVT Ultra True Arc hangar alignment tool
not bike specific: Knipex 7” Pliers-wrench

the EVT is both a beast and precise at the same time. It is a joy to use.

the Knipex is...
12-23-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 335
Posted By aggiegrads

I have found that the most important factor to...

I have found that the most important factor to consider for range is speed. If I want to go max speed everywhere I go, my range suffers. If I am willing to ride slow, the motor has to put in less...
12-03-22, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By aggiegrads

I really like the King Cages Manything cages. ...

I really like the King Cages Manything cages. They use triple mounts, but you cal likely get away with two if that is all your crust can take.
12-02-22, 08:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By aggiegrads

I am firmly in your camp of trading some weight...

I am firmly in your camp of trading some weight for comfort and durability. The durability aspect is becoming less and less important as carbon production methods have matured and are very reliable....
12-02-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 627
Posted By aggiegrads

I used Tent Pole Technologies in Vancouver, WA...

I used Tent Pole Technologies in Vancouver, WA just outside of Portland. They do warranty work for several brands including REI. They made a four-segment carbon pole for my Six Moon tent that...
11-30-22, 09:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 385
Posted By aggiegrads

While Shimano’s engineering is highly regarded,...

While Shimano’s engineering is highly regarded, Bosch motors were originally designed to support the automotive industry as power steering motors (torque-sensing, low speed, high-torque motors make a...
11-27-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By aggiegrads

Ok, I got my bike the day before Thanksgiving...

Ok, I got my bike the day before Thanksgiving (Thursday the 24th in the US). I finished building it up Friday and took it for it’s first ride yesterday. I rode to “Coffee Outside” which was at...
11-21-22, 09:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By aggiegrads

I rode a friend’s last week and ordered one. It...

I rode a friend’s last week and ordered one. It should be at the shop Tuesday and I am hoping to get it built up before the long weekend.

I loved it on my test ride. It is only 20cm longer than my...
09-10-22, 08:32 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,880
Posted By aggiegrads

winner, winner. ...

winner, winner.
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07-19-22, 07:05 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 2,880
Posted By aggiegrads

The Var third hand tool made me think about a...

The Var third hand tool made me think about a tool that I made to modify another Var tool. Any guesses?

...
07-03-22, 08:24 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 2,490
Posted By aggiegrads

Is there a late entry fee? I am coming off...

Is there a late entry fee?

I am coming off of injury and a long no-riding stretch, so I am going to meet you guys at the Manning trail head. That will cut off 8 or nine miles and still give me...
02-18-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,239
Posted By aggiegrads

Because I already carry a bit ratchet and a bit...

Because I already carry a bit ratchet and a bit holder, I like the fixit-sticks chain tool. ...
06-15-21, 09:41 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,313
Posted By aggiegrads

I have a Silca Tattico (the dumb version, not the...

I have a Silca Tattico (the dumb version, not the Bluetooth version) on my adventure bike. I also like the Lezyne pumps - I have MTB versions for my MTB and my road and commuting bikes have smaller...
06-15-21, 08:00 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,313
Posted By aggiegrads

Spare set of brake pads

Spare set of brake pads
06-14-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,313
Posted By aggiegrads

That is a Dynaplug. It is used for plugging...

That is a Dynaplug. It is used for plugging holes that cannot be sealed with sealant. It is an alternative to "bacon strips" and works much easier, in my opinion.

If you run tubes, you have a...
06-13-21, 11:17 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,313
Posted By aggiegrads

Here is a photo of my kit. Every part is my ideal...

Here is a photo of my kit. Every part is my ideal tool in terms of usability. The Schwalbe tire levers are slim but strong. The Wera bit ratchet is rated for 40N-m, so it is strong enough for any...
06-08-21, 06:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 363
Posted By aggiegrads

Why not M-591? mountain and road are compatible...

Why not M-591? mountain and road are compatible at 9 speeds and you are still ready for future upgrades.
I would not worry about being under the max cog rating for a derailleur. Turning the...
06-07-21, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,594
Posted By aggiegrads

I prefer the Wera L-keys to the Betas for the...

I prefer the Wera L-keys to the Betas for the ability to spin. The Betas are really smooth on the shaft and it makes them hard to spin with one hand and is worse with sweaty or greasy hands. The...
06-03-21, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By aggiegrads

Because the bearings on the BB30 are closer...

Because the bearings on the BB30 are closer together, there will be more force on those bearings. The wider stance of the thread-together adaptor seems like a better long-term solution, as long as...
06-03-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 673
Posted By aggiegrads

Wheels manufacturing makes spacers and outboard...

Wheels manufacturing makes spacers and outboard bottom brackets; I think that the outboard is a better solution, but the spacers are cheaper.

The right solution for depends on “whatever the hell...
06-02-21, 06:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 884
Posted By aggiegrads

the drill and lighter trick worked better than I...

the drill and lighter trick worked better than I thought it would. And much cheaper than the aircraft tool. I use a “Soto” branded mini-torch that I bought for camping which takes standard Scripto...
05-25-21, 06:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,851
Posted By aggiegrads

I would rate the likelihood of a coaster brake...

I would rate the likelihood of a coaster brake failing as extremely unlikely. I volunteer at a non-profit and have overhauled hundreds of coaster break hubs. Even the cheapest hubs on the lowest end...
05-24-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By aggiegrads

It will not shift as well, but it will work....

It will not shift as well, but it will work. Ideally, you could adjust the b-screw to move the RD closer to the large cog when it is on the trainer.
05-24-21, 06:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 417
Posted By aggiegrads

Yes, that will work fine.

Yes, that will work fine.
05-20-21, 08:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,045
Posted By aggiegrads

No, stuff the valve stem through hole in the tape...

No, stuff the valve stem through hole in the tape where the tubeless valve was. The tape prevents the tube from herniating through the spoke holes and puncturing on the spoke ends or nipples.
05-18-21, 06:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,236
Posted By aggiegrads

To be fair, I am not suggesting the EVT for...

To be fair, I am not suggesting the EVT for everyone. The title of the thread is "Best inflator for air compressor?". I stand by my statement that the best was one that was not on his list, and if...
05-17-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By aggiegrads

The standard Rema patches have an orange border. ...

The standard Rema patches have an orange border.

I don't think that you would have the fabric-reinforced patches on accident.
05-17-21, 10:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,236
Posted By aggiegrads

For the best, I would highly recommend the EVT...

For the best, I would highly recommend the EVT 3-in-1 over the Park. If you are on more of a budget, the "Bam-bam" from EVT comes without a gauge for $122. The only thing that will break on the EVT...
05-17-21, 07:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 982
Posted By aggiegrads

I will do this for very small patches, but would...

I will do this for very small patches, but would use a tubeless-specific patch on a larger hole. I prefer the dynaplug to bacon strips, and have never lost one after installing. If I were to have a...
05-17-21, 07:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,079
Posted By aggiegrads

Does anyone know the difference in Q-factor...

Does anyone know the difference in Q-factor between Shimano road and MTB cranksets? I have considered running a MTB triple on a road frame, but was worried that adjusting the spacing would move the...
05-14-21, 04:05 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,618
Posted By aggiegrads

Next post - How do I get grease stains out of my...

Next post - How do I get grease stains out of my washing machine?

I have a hierarchy of towels in my house:
Bath
Beach
Dog
Car wash
Cyclocross
Bike cleaning
Oil and Grease
05-11-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By aggiegrads

I carry this little guy in my adventure/touring...

I carry this little guy in my adventure/touring kit. You will have to get creative with your chain to make the chain-whip, but it will work in a pinch. Nice, deep teeth and compact size.
...
05-11-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 273
Posted By aggiegrads

I would go on the long side as chain wrap is...

I would go on the long side as chain wrap is rarely a problem on 1x
05-10-21, 05:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 712
Posted By aggiegrads

I have the Hozan like you have. It has been my...

I have the Hozan like you have. It has been my tool of choice for the most stubborn, but the nature of any lock ring wrench makes it difficult to put significant force on while staying aligned.
...
05-10-21, 02:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,213
Posted By aggiegrads

Yes, the racer's tape, or "helicopter tape" is...

Yes, the racer's tape, or "helicopter tape" is what you are looking for. I purchased some on Amazon and it works fantastic, is durable, and is invisible.

pbass, How much do you need? If what you...
05-09-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,521
Posted By aggiegrads

better yet, cut them to be under the rim, and use...

better yet, cut them to be under the rim, and use a stepped presta nut (like come with Continental tubes) to keep the valve centered and you would never know there is a converter at all. Very clean....
05-06-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,189
Posted By aggiegrads

Yes, you are correct. I did the same to put a...

Yes, you are correct. I did the same to put a Salsa Steel Firestarter onto my El Mariachi. I used a Cane Creek conversion crown: https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=10602...
05-01-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,081
Posted By aggiegrads

Thanks for the counter-perspective. Many...

Thanks for the counter-perspective.
Many mechanics (myself included) get too caught up in the quality of their tools so it is good to see that people get along just fine with inexpensive tools for...
04-28-21, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,888
Posted By aggiegrads

Have you verified that the hub is adjusted...

Have you verified that the hub is adjusted properly (Yellow tabs aligned in 4th gear)?
04-27-21, 01:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,690
Posted By aggiegrads

You would be much better off looking for a...

You would be much better off looking for a nine-speed mountain RD that already has a long cage.

I promise that this is compatible with ten-speed road and gives you lots of gearing options.
04-26-21, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 911
Posted By aggiegrads

If you are looking to increase gear range,...

If you are looking to increase gear range, Shimano quietly came out with large range 10 speed cassettes in 11-42 and 11-46. Check out the m4100 range. You can likely upgrade for the cost of the...
04-25-21, 07:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,900
Posted By aggiegrads

My guess ( and it is a guess) is that the cover...

My guess ( and it is a guess) is that the cover is snapped on. In order to be molded on, that process would have to happen after the crank arms had already been installed. That is an unnecessarily...
04-25-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,367
Posted By aggiegrads

If the rim is straight and the spoked seem tight...

If the rim is straight and the spoked seem tight and even tension, then you should be fine.

the only way I can see a wheel failing in a few rides that seemed ok when it came out of the box would...
04-23-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,793
Posted By aggiegrads

If I have to patch on a seam, I like using the...

If I have to patch on a seam, I like using the Hozan rim sanding blocks. I find them to be a perfect size and grit for sanding tubes.
04-21-21, 06:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,900
Posted By aggiegrads

I am not familiar with that particular crank, so...

I am not familiar with that particular crank, so I can't say how (or if) the plastic should be removed, but I have found mineral oil inexpensive and helpful in restoring some plastics.

You can...
04-21-21, 06:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 433
Posted By aggiegrads

If you can provide a photo, that would be a help....

If you can provide a photo, that would be a help. I think that I know what you are asking, but I'm not sure.
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