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12-02-18, 08:13 PM
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Posted By mike_s

What a coincidence. Why, only 8 years ago I found...

What a coincidence. Why, only 8 years ago I found myself participating in this thread!
05-22-11, 05:28 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 50,514
Posted By mike_s

You say that as if they have no purpose, so it...

You say that as if they have no purpose, so it proves a point. They have multiple legitimate purposes:

1) They reduce liability for manufacturers, saving more money than they cost.

2) They...
04-24-11, 09:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,370
Posted By mike_s

They could have been talking about a Shimano...

They could have been talking about a Shimano rack, then they'd be telling the truth.:lol:
03-30-11, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,931
Posted By mike_s

FLAPS...

FLAPS (http://acronyms.thefreedictionary.com/flaps) Your problem is that you're not familiar with what you're criticizing.
03-28-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,931
Posted By mike_s

Watercolor, sure. By what you're implying, you've...

Watercolor, sure. By what you're implying, you've never used it, and are unqualified to comment.
03-26-11, 09:46 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,931
Posted By mike_s

Go to your FLAPS, and get a can of parts cleaner....

Go to your FLAPS, and get a can of parts cleaner. It includes a basket to dunk/remove whatever you're cleaning. Reusable many, many times.
http://images.oreillyauto.com/parts/img/medium/gun/cc3k.jpg
03-26-11, 09:35 PM
03-23-11, 04:13 PM
03-22-11, 07:51 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 23,738
Posted By mike_s

Grease is (almost universally) an oil mixed with...

Grease is (almost universally) an oil mixed with a soap (the chemical definition of soap, not a bar of Dove). Wax isn't part of the equation (although some waxes can be saponified into soaps).
03-18-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,509
Posted By mike_s

+1 on a Walmart gruppo (even includes the frame)....

+1 on a Walmart gruppo (even includes the frame). :lol:. WINNAR!
03-12-11, 06:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 747
Posted By mike_s

Don't do drugs, man. Or, do them all. It's like...

Don't do drugs, man. Or, do them all. It's like the the conversation attributed to Churchill:
03-12-11, 05:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,510
Posted By mike_s

That only applies to weight in direct contact...

That only applies to weight in direct contact with the ground. Hub weight has an extremely small impact on acceleration due to rotation, and spokes are in between. I'd have to think too hard on a...
03-12-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,510
Posted By mike_s

Ride nude. What's the problem? Oh, wait, you're a...

Ride nude. What's the problem? Oh, wait, you're a weightweenie, you already do. :)
03-10-11, 10:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 943
Posted By mike_s

Snake brand oil is always popular. ...

Snake brand oil is always popular.
http://nathan-lee.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/snake-oil.jpg
03-01-11, 09:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,325
Posted By mike_s

Buggy whips are at least a hundred years old....

Buggy whips are at least a hundred years old. Good stuff!
02-26-11, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 706
Posted By mike_s

That calls for a Walmart/Craigslist cheapie.

That calls for a Walmart/Craigslist cheapie.
02-26-11, 08:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 629
Posted By mike_s

Cupper lube? The stuff they use when drawing...

Cupper lube? The stuff they use when drawing aluminum cans? Huh?

Did you mean copper? What's "copper grease?" Perhaps you're referring to copper based anti-seize, which is neither a grease nor a...
02-24-11, 09:06 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,357
Posted By mike_s

"Hybrid" is from the latin "ibrida" (mongrel;...

"Hybrid" is from the latin "ibrida" (mongrel; esp. the offspring of a domesticated sow and a feral boar). It's whatever you want it to mean.
02-24-11, 07:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,807
Posted By mike_s

Oh boy, a contest! What's the prize for whoever...

Oh boy, a contest! What's the prize for whoever does it longest?
02-24-11, 06:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,592
Posted By mike_s

The squeal saves you the cost and weight of a...

The squeal saves you the cost and weight of a bell.

(+1 on using some Scotchbrite or fine emery cloth on the rims - just a light scuffing, along with a good cleaning)
02-22-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,332
Posted By mike_s

Latex allergy?

Latex allergy?
02-20-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,459
Posted By mike_s

If it has bosses for cantis/v-brakes, measure...

If it has bosses for cantis/v-brakes, measure from where the center of the axle would be to the center of the boss:
290-295 mm - 27"
287-292 mm - 700c
255-260 mm - 26"

If it's greater than...
02-19-11, 04:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,125
Posted By mike_s

Huh? Good luck stopping, if you don't retighten...

Huh? Good luck stopping, if you don't retighten them after putting things back together.
02-19-11, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,339
Posted By mike_s

The same bosses are used for both. If you mean...

The same bosses are used for both. If you mean the cable hangers (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/cable-hardware-brake.html), they're available
02-19-11, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 464
Posted By mike_s

New pads and an adjustment is all you need. Not...

New pads and an adjustment is all you need. Not sure what part you lost - was it the crimp-on cap which keeps the end of the cable from fraying? Get one free with any purchase at the LBS, if you ask...
02-19-11, 12:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,125
Posted By mike_s

You only have to file it once, so it's not more...

You only have to file it once, so it's not more work if you often release your brakes. OTOH, if a brake arm sticks, and the noodle pops out, you're screwed.
02-18-11, 10:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,125
Posted By mike_s

No. It's being held in place by the lock ring...

No. It's being held in place by the lock ring (the black piece). Loosen the lock ring, and then turn the adjuster into the lever. That will give you more play to work with.
02-18-11, 07:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 932
Posted By mike_s

That applies when free-wheeling, but not...

That applies when free-wheeling, but not necessarily when under power. Reduced unsprung weight may allow more power to the ground, more than offsetting any speed gain from weight.
02-18-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 379
Posted By mike_s

If it clicks synchronous to crank rotation, the...

If it clicks synchronous to crank rotation, the clink shouldn't be related to anything in the rear. Suspect pedals or the bottom bracket, or a front cog (bent tooth?). It could also be the chain...
02-18-11, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 379
Posted By mike_s

Rotation of what? Crank? Wheel? Chain? They all...

Rotation of what? Crank? Wheel? Chain? They all rotate at different rates.
02-18-11, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,125
Posted By mike_s

Assuming there's some range, ease off the...

Assuming there's some range, ease off the adjuster (screw it into the lever) to make it easier. Then, after putting the noodle back, adjust it out as much as you can without the pads rubbing. Easier,...
02-18-11, 02:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 932
Posted By mike_s

The ratios aren't exactly 1:1 and 2:1. They're...

The ratios aren't exactly 1:1 and 2:1. They're just convenient integers close enough to differentiate between them.

I just measured a Shimano RD - it moved 30mm with ~17.6 mm of cable, very close...
02-18-11, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,931
Posted By mike_s

Looks as if you like curved tubes. You might...

Looks as if you like curved tubes. You might consider looking for a used GT Slipstream, and put the money you save over new toward upgrading components. Steel frame, for a comfortable ride....
02-17-11, 10:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,767
Posted By mike_s

I especially like the advice he gives: "Of...

I especially like the advice he gives: "Of course, the best way to rebuild them is to buy my book..."

Now, there's an impartial point of view.
02-15-11, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By mike_s

That's not unusual for a shift to the larger...

That's not unusual for a shift to the larger front cog - it can rub until it gets picked up by one of the pins I mentioned.
02-15-11, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By mike_s

Keep in mind that front shifts should not be done...

Keep in mind that front shifts should not be done while pedaling with any force - only movement. When you shift the rear, the dérailleur is moving the slack part of the chain. When you shift the...
02-12-11, 11:13 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,191
Posted By mike_s

You want a moly based dry lube. It adheres well...

You want a moly based dry lube. It adheres well to steel, so doesn't get displaced (it will eventually wear through). Really dirty stuff to deal with, though.
02-12-11, 11:02 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,191
Posted By mike_s

Bike bearings don't run at high loads or high...

Bike bearings don't run at high loads or high speeds. Any wheel bearing grease will do fine. If it makes you feel better using the expensive stuff that passed your test, do so. But, I doubt it will...
02-12-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,673
Posted By mike_s

Search for a Mavic 610 or Stonglight JP1000?...

Search for a Mavic 610 or Stonglight JP1000? Don't know if they'd work in a 38mm hole.
02-12-11, 09:19 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,191
Posted By mike_s

In the same sense that a bicycle is a specific...

In the same sense that a bicycle is a specific type of vehicle. That doesn't mean there's not a wide variety of each with different qualities and intended purposes. Grease is just the combination of...
02-11-11, 09:34 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,191
Posted By mike_s

No, it doesn't. First, there isn't a "Timken load...

No, it doesn't. First, there isn't a "Timken load bearing test." There is an ASTM D-2509 test, the results of which are called "Timken OK load," but it's nothing like what you describe. It uses...
02-11-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,966
Posted By mike_s

Aw, hell. Just get rid of all the "drug" rules....

Aw, hell. Just get rid of all the "drug" rules. Sugar is a performance-enhancing drug. So is caffeine. So is food (carb-loading). If someone wants to race on amphetamines, let them. They might win...
02-07-11, 07:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,911
Posted By mike_s

Even less...

Even less (http://www.a1stopmall.com/product/c0016/15718791/B000C14OOK.htm). $52 ($0.41/oz), $66 bucks ($0.52/oz) if you include shipping.
01-24-11, 06:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,800
Posted By mike_s

These people...

These people (http://www.cwfasteners.co.uk/metricfine.htm) say they have m10x1.0 nuts.
01-10-11, 07:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 15,117
Posted By mike_s

Never use WD-40 on a lock. Don't use oil on a...

Never use WD-40 on a lock. Don't use oil on a lock. Either might help for a short time, but will only gum up/collect dirt over time and make things even worse. Flush it out with alcohol to get any...
12-23-10, 08:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,549
Posted By mike_s

You say that as if it's a good thing. A lubricant...

You say that as if it's a good thing. A lubricant is no good unless it's between the moving/sliding contact points. Something which flows (or bonds to metal, such as moly) is needed, so that...
10-06-10, 03:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,863
Posted By mike_s

Cable, or housing? You should be able to replace...

Cable, or housing? You should be able to replace the cable easily, especially if you silver solder the end before trying to push it through.
10-04-10, 02:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,643
Posted By mike_s

"Bike." Why does everything need a...

"Bike." Why does everything need a label?
08-31-10, 05:52 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,346
Posted By mike_s

The teaching of New Match and the metric system...

The teaching of New Match and the metric system were totally unrelated.
08-30-10, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,687
Posted By mike_s

Needs a kickstand.

Needs a kickstand.
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