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08-01-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By wschruba

Just FYI, most traditional randonneur bars are...

Just FYI, most traditional randonneur bars are measured at the drops...which means the tops are 2-3cms narrower than you might be expecting.
07-30-22, 07:59 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,437
Posted By wschruba

I seem to remember that Tublito says you can't...

I seem to remember that Tublito says you can't use them with rim brakes. Something something, too thin, something something, too much heat...
07-27-22, 07:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,138
Posted By wschruba

The steel penny isn't really worth anything (even...

The steel penny isn't really worth anything (even in super mint condition), but it is an interesting bit of "war" history.
06-25-22, 06:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 737
Posted By wschruba

You can get vintage-appropriate aluminum cages...

You can get vintage-appropriate aluminum cages from Minoura (made from real Duraluminum, no less!). Nitto works pretty much exclusively in steel for wire parts. The prices (and finish) are...
06-24-22, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 205
Posted By wschruba

100% sure that's a Nitto product. Spec's bars in...

100% sure that's a Nitto product. Spec's bars in those days were frequently rebranded/made by Nitto. The giveaway is the quill/wedge, as well as the forging of the extension (look at a Nitto Dirt...
04-21-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,115
Posted By wschruba

Use a small strap wrench to remove it. It...

Use a small strap wrench to remove it. It probably won't take much force to do it with a wrench.
04-18-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,689
Posted By wschruba

I was going to suggest just this--these are being...

I was going to suggest just this--these are being used on several expensive bicycles, just because there isn't a great solution for a low-profile lockring that needs to clear frame/fork obstructions.
04-14-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,220
Posted By wschruba

The round Tektro pads and fat-ish (compared to...

The round Tektro pads and fat-ish (compared to the current crop) Shimano pads are by far the most common, but I still wouldn't keep more than 4 pairs in stock.
04-12-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 7,152
Posted By wschruba

Yes, tapered power-transfer designs behave funny....

Yes, tapered power-transfer designs behave funny. Remove the cranks, reinstall them with a slight wipe of oil on the tapers, and tighten to 30ish foot pounds (40ish NM). Ride for a few miles,...
04-11-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 27,142
Posted By wschruba

Just because nobody else brought it up, a great...

Just because nobody else brought it up, a great way to START the wrap job is to capture a short length of the chosen wrap between the cable exit on the shifter and the bar. A complete wrap around...
04-10-19, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,854
Posted By wschruba

The only times I've had/seen a mount like that...

The only times I've had/seen a mount like that fail is when it isn't in all the way (one of the ears poking out) or one of the ears fail.

User error is real, and it happens to everyone, including...
04-10-19, 06:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,739
Posted By wschruba

OR, you could just stretch an appropriately sized...

OR, you could just stretch an appropriately sized o-ring/rubber band over it, which has the double whammy of keeping crap out, and being 100% reversible with no painful cleanup.
04-10-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,859
Posted By wschruba

JIS has been superseded by a DIN standard. ...

JIS has been superseded by a DIN standard. Almost all quality cross-tip screwdrivers now use that standard--the difference is that the Vessel Megadora has a toothed tip, which grips screws very well.
04-09-19, 09:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,762
Posted By wschruba

I am (unfortunately) tethered to my phone most...

I am (unfortunately) tethered to my phone most times, so it's nice to see an alert pop up with an email or text message--and whether or not I need to stop to answer it. Just the other day, I...
04-09-19, 09:46 AM
Replies: 1,385
Views: 121,523
Posted By wschruba

O great and powerful Crapmaster crandress , I...

O great and powerful Crapmaster crandress , I would like to play again, as long as the box gets here after Easter.
04-09-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,795
Posted By wschruba

Having also used the tool extensively, I concur. ...

Having also used the tool extensively, I concur.

KMC makes an easier to get, less expensive version, but I would point out: it has a tendency to slip, since the lever portion isn't machined to...
04-09-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 955
Posted By wschruba

Yes, still have them. Send me a PM with your...

Yes, still have them. Send me a PM with your address and we'll work it out.
04-07-19, 05:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,739
Posted By wschruba

Some of the confusion might be in the...

Some of the confusion might be in the terminology--it's a retaining ring, not a cup. While it has a lip, it is designed to seat on the face of the cartridge.

In fact, old models don't have the...
04-05-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,619
Posted By wschruba

Depends on the age of the paint job. For a fully...

Depends on the age of the paint job. For a fully cured job, acetone shouldn't damage the finish if exposed briefly (aka, wiping it down). For a 'young' job, acetone can damage a glossy look.
04-02-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,112
Posted By wschruba

It is not, but it is effective at removing...

It is not, but it is effective at removing residues from cleaning.
03-31-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By wschruba

Unfortunately, without holding them in my hands,...

Unfortunately, without holding them in my hands, I can't say what was wrong. Maybe the rim was spotless, and the tape job was bad. Maybe the tape you are using is no good for your rim. There are...
03-28-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By wschruba

I'm assuming you're talking about classic style...

I'm assuming you're talking about classic style quick releases that are 2 parts? One side plate with two pins, and another side plate with holes? You install the one side with the bare pins facing...
03-26-19, 05:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By wschruba

You can usually get them off with a small 2-arm...

You can usually get them off with a small 2-arm puller, if they're so bad you can't wiggle or [gently] pry it off.
03-26-19, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By wschruba

Effetto Mariposa sells a latex solvent that works...

Effetto Mariposa sells a latex solvent that works very well.
03-24-19, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,030
Posted By wschruba

Look for "glue applicators" at sewing/craft...

Look for "glue applicators" at sewing/craft stores.

If you want a really great bottle, there's a sewing machine oil (zoom spout?) that has an absolutely enormous spout on it.
03-24-19, 03:43 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,294
Posted By wschruba

Leave the patch on, spread the glue with the back...

Leave the patch on, spread the glue with the back of the foil (that doesn't have the patch on it...), then peel it off when ready to apply.
03-24-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,366
Posted By wschruba

Get some cotton Walz caps. One of the products...

Get some cotton Walz caps. One of the products they originally made were hats for welders.

Just make sure the hat you get is 100% cotton, including the thread, if you're using it for welding or...
03-23-19, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,131
Posted By wschruba

My question for you: Why use something that...

My question for you:

Why use something that you know can accelerate a galvanic reaction, when you can use tin anti-seize that is meant for that exact case.

Why use copper grease? For what...
03-23-19, 05:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By wschruba

It's a square taper assembly. A "universal" type...

It's a square taper assembly. A "universal" type crank puller will work well, especially with a socket.

Since it's a left crank, all you need to do to replace it is match the length and square...
03-23-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,294
Posted By wschruba

I am surprised how many don't think to, but you...

I am surprised how many don't think to, but you can use the foil backing of the patch to spread the glue out.
03-22-19, 10:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,475
Posted By wschruba

15mm axles (and therefore, nuts and washers) are...

15mm axles (and therefore, nuts and washers) are common on BMXs.
03-22-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,013
Posted By wschruba

mattfinnerty to add to RHM's info, the longest...

mattfinnerty to add to RHM's info, the longest easily-findable spokes at bike shops are 315mm. If you need longer for the front wheel, find a place online that sells unicycle parts.
03-21-19, 08:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,195
Posted By wschruba

I have replaced several 1" headsets with Tange...

I have replaced several 1" headsets with Tange Levin NJS. They are an appropriate looking replacement for vintage bikes, and they are excellently built, but, you are going to pay for that "NJS"...
03-21-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,691
Posted By wschruba

Two things to add to Andy's suggestions: You...

Two things to add to Andy's suggestions:

You can try to put a few drops of gap-filling retaining compound (commonly sold as a 'green' threadlocker) or thick superglue (available from hobby shops)...
03-20-19, 06:53 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,294
Posted By wschruba

There used to be a few distributors that carried...

There used to be a few distributors that carried small tubes of Maruni patch cement--I don't think anyone does, anymore, though.

You can buy small tubes from Rema, or 8oz cans, though. Most...
03-20-19, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,637
Posted By wschruba

You may need a low-profile lockring, but if it...

You may need a low-profile lockring, but if it clears the fork, there's no functional difference.
03-20-19, 11:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,035
Posted By wschruba

I can tell you that the first time it needs to...

I can tell you that the first time it needs to come apart, it requires a scary amount of force to drive the assembly through.

If it is damaged beyond repair, PM me. I have a damaged hub with good...
03-18-19, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,297
Posted By wschruba

"sand" might be a misnomer for most, now. Many...

"sand" might be a misnomer for most, now. Many use wanlmut shells as a medium.
03-17-19, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 830
Posted By wschruba

This is difficult to diagnose not-in-person, but...

This is difficult to diagnose not-in-person, but I'll give you a piece of advice:

Let all the air out of the fork, and with the valve core removed from the fork, can you physically compress and...
03-17-19, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By wschruba

As Andy already mentioned, a picture would help...

As Andy already mentioned, a picture would help greatly at this point. The usual arrangement for most levers is a lever blade with two plastic bushings in it that run on the pivot. These can wear to...
03-16-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By wschruba

Try to wiggle the lever perpendicularly to the...

Try to wiggle the lever perpendicularly to the direction of travel. If it wiggles, slightly tighten the nut on the pivot screw. Repeat until it moves freely, with minimal up-down play.

This is...
03-12-19, 08:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,097
Posted By wschruba

The long saga is over. After buying a Wheels...

The long saga is over. After buying a Wheels Manufacturing cone, and being unsatisfied with the fit, I located a donor cone/spacer from another Shimano hub (RS 500?). Its fit/function is a B+. The...
03-12-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By wschruba

Price drop, $20 each, or $45 for all three.

Price drop, $20 each, or $45 for all three.
03-09-19, 02:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,019
Posted By wschruba

Soma Double Cross 51cm c-t-c

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03-09-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,454
Posted By wschruba

No personal experience riding those rims, but Hed...

No personal experience riding those rims, but Hed is a well respected manufacturer, and those rims are both an appropriate weight and spoke count for what you want to use them for.
03-07-19, 09:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 711
Posted By wschruba

Damn, well, thirdsies if it falls through...

Damn, well, thirdsies if it falls through...
03-07-19, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,035
Posted By wschruba

Attached is the dealer manual for the A11. ...

Attached is the dealer manual for the A11. Unlike the 8 speed hubs, the planetaries do not need clocking during a break-down, since they aren't taken apart.

It is rather easy to follow, again,...
03-07-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,035
Posted By wschruba

There is a dealer service manual out there about...

There is a dealer service manual out there about breaking the A11 down to the axle assembly. If you can't find it, I'll be able to upload it tonight.

It assumes basic mechanical competence, but...
03-05-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,368
Posted By wschruba

Hmm. I'd been looking at some of their stuff,...

Hmm. I'd been looking at some of their stuff, had no idea that they were a 30 minute drive from me. :innocent:
03-03-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 438
Posted By wschruba

Most modern ones are fairly small. Avid FR 1 or...

Most modern ones are fairly small. Avid FR 1 or Speed Dials, for instance. They don't get much thinner, as they are forged. Machined levers tend to need/have larger clamps.
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