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11-12-14, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 923
Posted By vredstein

+1 for this. Shimano's harder black pad material...

+1 for this. Shimano's harder black pad material also seems to pick up a lot of rim material. I've never had a problem with Koolstop salmon pads doing this. You can dig out the metal, but as you see...
10-24-14, 11:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By vredstein

Thanks for the info. It's time to update my Fuji...

Thanks for the info. It's time to update my Fuji Touring commuter. I've got some pretty cool ideas and will post pics when it's done. And I'll be submitting a reorder for Chain-L sometime this week....
10-24-14, 10:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By vredstein

Thin washers in 7800 bar end shifters

My right shifter had one or two paper-thin brass or copper washers. I only have one and it's torn. How essential are these to the function of the unit? No Shimano tech docs I found went into enough...
05-08-14, 12:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,021
Posted By vredstein

Thanks for the info. I got them for 55 cents/per....

Thanks for the info. I got them for 55 cents/per. These are going on a 28-hole NOS Shimano 600 FH-6402 hub laced to a DT Swiss RR440 Asymmetric rim. With this combo, I'm able to use 289 mm spokes on...
05-07-14, 11:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,021
Posted By vredstein

Cutting double-butted spokes

I needed 289 mm butted spokes. At the shop I work at I was able to cut 310 mm blanks down to 289 mm. The butt length at the elbow end is about 30 mm. The butt at the now cut thread end is about 22...
05-05-14, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 818
Posted By vredstein

Taking it apart and partially re-assembling it...

Taking it apart and partially re-assembling it onto the bike as shown in Dan's video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_Gn2qpiFZs&list=PLxn6T6UL2lSrBed0WeIGZxhd1WdyVTi-h really helped me track down an...
05-03-14, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 619
Posted By vredstein

I have two. Both are completely silent when...

I have two. Both are completely silent when coasting.
05-03-14, 09:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,059
Posted By vredstein

Sorry for not relating this to pro's, but I have...

Sorry for not relating this to pro's, but I have to laugh at all the effort the industry put into internal cable routing, hiding a thin wire for among other things "aerodynamics". That thin exposed...
04-27-14, 10:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,010
Posted By vredstein

Keep an eye on this wheel's rim structure in the...

Keep an eye on this wheel's rim structure in the long term. Bontrager tried to create something similar to Rolf's paired spoke wheel, but we have indeed been seeing failures. The rim will...
04-23-14, 10:56 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,581
Posted By vredstein

At my shop, I'd measure the post for them and...

At my shop, I'd measure the post for them and give them the info. I'm doing this knowing fully well there's an equal chance they'll-
1. Value my info and effort by buying a post from me.
2. Want...
04-17-14, 10:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By vredstein

Drive side arm is scuffed to a high gloss. I only...

Drive side arm is scuffed to a high gloss. I only picked them up because I needed a 172.5 mm, square taper set to replace my current Suntour Cyclone 170's. $40, probably cheaper than I'd get them...
04-16-14, 11:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,886
Posted By vredstein

Just note that the Bicycle Magazine's video has...

Just note that the Bicycle Magazine's video has Todd shortening the chain by removing the chain pin from non-drive side to the drive side (pushing it inside to outside). He then connects the chain by...
04-16-14, 10:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By vredstein

Rings on DA 7410 crank

I picked up a 7410 crank set at a swap meet. I'm not sure if they have the original rings. The big ring is labeled "Shimano SG" and "B-53", all marked on the outer side of the ring and with a grove...
03-26-14, 09:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,854
Posted By vredstein

I've had fairly good results with the Park brand,...

I've had fairly good results with the Park brand, but a 100% instant failure rate with the green Slime brand patches.
03-24-14, 10:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,043
Posted By vredstein

I haven't tried the Weldtite, but it really does...

I haven't tried the Weldtite, but it really does look good. Just be sure to get the "All Weather" and not the "dry" version. If you try it, please let us know how it works.
03-23-14, 09:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,043
Posted By vredstein

Your drive train cleaning technique seems...

Your drive train cleaning technique seems adequate. Gasoline does a good job of breaking down old lube and gunk. As long as you're rinsing it thoroughly, you should have a very clean chain.

An...
03-22-14, 09:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,043
Posted By vredstein

It depends on your lubing technique, how clean...

It depends on your lubing technique, how clean the chain was to begin with, and which lube you use. Given the right technique, starting with a clean chain, and using Chain L, your chain should remain...
03-16-14, 09:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,643
Posted By vredstein

from first post-"...remove the first screw with...

from first post-"...remove the first screw with the Allen wrench. Go to remove the screw from the tip of the Allen wrench and it's stuck."
If it got jammed while turning counterclockwise, try...
03-16-14, 12:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,684
Posted By vredstein

[QUOTE=AnkleWork;16581522] It could be your...

[QUOTE=AnkleWork;16581522] It could be your eyesight.
03-15-14, 10:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,684
Posted By vredstein

One problem is that the hub will shift pretty...

One problem is that the hub will shift pretty damn good even when it's misadjusted, so users not aware of this might not be aware of the long-term affects. I have two Nexus red-band hubs with 15k...
03-13-14, 03:07 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,190
Posted By vredstein

My very best advice based on my experience as a...

My very best advice based on my experience as a customer and mechanic in several shops is this-
Ultimately, the good or bad work done on your bike is defined by the individual that laid his hands on...
03-12-14, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,844
Posted By vredstein

If there's no warranty, you can fix it using a...

If there's no warranty, you can fix it using a quick-release hub, preferably a hub alone, but an entire front wheel will work. First, remove the nut and springs from the quick release. Install the QR...
03-10-14, 11:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 880
Posted By vredstein

"I've ridden in a bit of rain and even on the...

"I've ridden in a bit of rain and even on the occasional gravel..."
That's enough to mess with the press fit bb on a Domane. It's either poor seals or inadequate lubrication of the bearings from...
03-06-14, 10:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,126
Posted By vredstein

One thing I'd add is to pay attention to how the...

One thing I'd add is to pay attention to how the strip is coiled in the package. The end of the strip that forms the very inside coil should not touch the tube when you're done. It should be the...
03-02-14, 09:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 631
Posted By vredstein

SRAM has 2 versions of the X9 derailleur. The...

SRAM has 2 versions of the X9 derailleur.
The SRAM X9 10-speed-specific derailleur will not work properly with 9-speed shifters and cassette. It is indeed 10-speed specific. This is why they make...
03-02-14, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By vredstein

Spokes break at the hub, at the spokes elbow when...

Spokes break at the hub, at the spokes elbow when they aren't tensioned correctly. This is the area where the spoke will flex, just like bending a paperclip back and forth until it breaks. The...
03-02-14, 06:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By vredstein

You really should confront the shop that replaced...

You really should confront the shop that replaced the wheel. Find out whether the new wheel is tubeless ready. If not, don't let them tell you you can concoct some "home-brew" solution to make them...
03-02-14, 12:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By vredstein

Bontrager Mustang TLR is a tubeless-ready rim,...

Bontrager Mustang TLR is a tubeless-ready rim, much more expensive and versatile than a comparable non-tubeless ready rim. Mountain bikes with tubeless ready wheelsets are a big upgrade and...
02-26-14, 04:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,121
Posted By vredstein

"Because I'm still trying new things, I measured...

"Because I'm still trying new things, I measured it, several times, in several locations, and I get an ERD of 615."
Hats off to you for respecting the art enough to take responsibility for taking...
02-20-14, 09:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,075
Posted By vredstein

I use both the copper and silver anti-seize...

I use both the copper and silver anti-seize exclusively for both my personal wheels and customer wheels. Never had a problem or a complaint. The nipples turn much smoother than with Spoke Prep. I...
02-19-14, 08:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 698
Posted By vredstein

I believe those tires, specifically in the 23mm...

I believe those tires, specifically in the 23mm width have wear issues due to dual compound. The center section is very pronounced and wears down very quickly and cuts loose. The model is...
Forum: Commuting
02-17-14, 11:45 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,123
Posted By vredstein

Good call. Read a more recent post, got...

Good call. Read a more recent post, got suspicious, read "WD40 or motor oil"- suspicions confirmed.
02-02-14, 12:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Posted By vredstein

My post contained a fairly important typo. I...

My post contained a fairly important typo. I meant to ask if reasonable surface RUST on a steel rim might be desirable, providing better braking (particularly wet) versus a clean, new steel rim.
02-01-14, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 779
Posted By vredstein

Would you say reasonable surface on steel rims...

Would you say reasonable surface on steel rims might be desirable, providing better braking?
01-11-14, 11:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 783
Posted By vredstein

In my opinion, it's better to learn about...

In my opinion, it's better to learn about building wheels using new, perfection condition materials. This way, your learning isn't affected by unknown variables. If an error is present, you know it's...
12-30-13, 01:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,464
Posted By vredstein

Same here. I do it because in the back of my...

Same here. I do it because in the back of my mind, I know I'm the only mechanic who will do this during the life of the bike.
12-26-13, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By vredstein

I'm with the rest. Can't be a hanger crack if it...

I'm with the rest. Can't be a hanger crack if it goes right through the attaching bolt. Looks like a scrape, possibly from a small cog tooth during install or removal of the wheel.
10-20-13, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,407
Posted By vredstein

Not the best image, and Shimano 600, not 6500,...

Not the best image, and Shimano 600, not 6500, but this might help.
http://www.fa-technik.adfc.de/Hersteller/Shimano/E/EV_ST-6400.gif
10-20-13, 08:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,334
Posted By vredstein

Is there any possibility you can get your hands...

Is there any possibility you can get your hands on a new small cog to just pop on there and see if the problem disappears, then install the old cog and see if the problem reappears?
If you got the...
04-14-13, 11:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,351
Posted By vredstein

Your advice seems to be targeted towards 1....

Your advice seems to be targeted towards
1. Those whose chain is already jumping off the rings frequently.
2. Those who don't want to find out the root cause of #1.
3. Those who can't install a...
04-13-13, 08:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,484
Posted By vredstein

I'll give a mention to Dan Burkhart, Canada's Mr....

I'll give a mention to Dan Burkhart, Canada's Mr. IGH. Check out his Youtube videos for thoughtful explanations on the workings of Sturmey Archer, Morizumi and others.
04-01-13, 09:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,146
Posted By vredstein

Is it possible the spring is actually inside the...

Is it possible the spring is actually inside the curved, aluminum brake noodle? Is it is, you can just remove the spring from noodle and re-adjust the brake. The mushy feeling with disappear.
04-01-13, 09:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 737
Posted By vredstein

Looks to be a front brake. The front brake noodle...

Looks to be a front brake. The front brake noodle is longer with a 90 degree bend while the rear is shorter with a 135 degree bend. The pic makes it look like the noodle may have been bent out and/or...
03-29-13, 10:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,440
Posted By vredstein

I gave one a shot when I built one of my...

I gave one a shot when I built one of my commuters. I just wanted to throw on something cheap, something I could afford that week, so I could ride the bike. Two years and four thousand miles later...
03-27-13, 02:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,081
Posted By vredstein

If while rotating the crank, the inside surface...

If while rotating the crank, the inside surface of the base of the crank arm is making contact with any part of the bottom bracket other than the square axle, or any part of the crank arm is making...
03-26-13, 04:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,828
Posted By vredstein

I've used both the Park and the DT Swiss wrench...

I've used both the Park and the DT Swiss wrench and I much prefer the DT Swiss. It's much wider than the Park so I get more leverage and can fine tune a spoke easier. My fingers are turning a solid...
03-24-13, 09:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By vredstein

One situation that might cause problems is when...

One situation that might cause problems is when the chain is on an outer ring, you shift the lever to a lower gear, but hesitate before you actually pedal and engage the ring onto that lower ring. At...
02-28-13, 10:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 669
Posted By vredstein

If you use gears 7 & 8 90% of your time, I'd...

If you use gears 7 & 8 90% of your time, I'd suggest going to a 46t ring. I suggest a bigger ring rather than a smaller cog because mall rear cogs have fewer teeth engaging the chain, so each tooth...
02-28-13, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By vredstein

I guess it's up to you. Since only you know the...

I guess it's up to you. Since only you know the heights of the curbs you'll be hopping, and only you know the geometry of your particular bike, only you can determine the sweet spot. Maybe ask the...
02-25-13, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By vredstein

There's a chance they're joining the party in...

There's a chance they're joining the party in Denver for NAHBS.
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