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06-20-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am having a hard time understanding why you...

I am having a hard time understanding why you can't use the original washers - 'scratched' is not usually a reason a part must be taken out of service. The 'anti rotation' washers used for Shimano...
06-19-19, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 193
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

'Gravel bike' is basically marketing speak for a...

'Gravel bike' is basically marketing speak for a road bike that can fit wide tires... A 'cyclocross' (CX) bike is basically a racing road bike with room for wider tires, and 'gravel bike' can be...
06-19-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 257
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It looks like the right length, but is that shift...

It looks like the right length, but is that shift cable housing? If you use brake cable housing there is often too much slop inside to reliably get accurate indexing, esp. on a rear derailleur.
06-19-19, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 555
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are three parts/sub-assemblies that make up...

There are three parts/sub-assemblies that make up a wheel - rim, hub, and spokes. The wheel is not trash, but the spokes are.
06-19-19, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A wobble you can 'feel' is usually the result of...

A wobble you can 'feel' is usually the result of a bulge in a tire caused by damaged casing.

Remedy: replace tire
06-19-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 287
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A single ring is the possibility that I did not...

A single ring is the possibility that I did not think of until after I posted.

Try my above suggestion with selective application of grease, being sure to remove any contaminants on the nut and on...
06-19-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 515
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This rivet-or-screw plan sounds stupid - the area...

This rivet-or-screw plan sounds stupid - the area you indicate you intend to drill and put fasteners is probably the most highly stressed area of the part, and drilling will remove material and...
06-19-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 287
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

So the crank came improperly assembled from the...

So the crank came improperly assembled from the factory? What cranks are these?

Also, a nut that is too long will not tighten properly as it will bottom out before the bolt is all the way in.
06-19-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 287
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You can improve the tightening of CR bolts...

You can improve the tightening of CR bolts without the tool with proper application of lube... if the outside of the 'nut' side of the fastener is wiped clean and dry, and the threads on the bolt are...
06-14-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 663
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The bike shop guy is partly correct - you can...

The bike shop guy is partly correct - you can relieve pressure on your hands by changing the position of the bars... but you can change positions of drop bars the same way. Generally speaking, you...
Forum: Foo
06-12-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,802
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

His saddle was way too low.

His saddle was way too low.
06-11-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 759
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I could be wrong, but I believe those FDs were...

I could be wrong, but I believe those FDs were flat-bar specific and were compatible with flat bar shifters, either the road-group flat bar shifters (do they still make these?) or mtb shifters.
06-11-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 649
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Generally speaking, unless the casing is damaged...

Generally speaking, unless the casing is damaged and bulging, the tire is ok to ride. A damaged casing is one of the easiest things to detect - you can actually feel a wiggle in your saddle or...
06-11-19, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,077
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't know why they would be suggesting...

I don't know why they would be suggesting suspension forks for the type of riding your are planning. Are these beach trails terribly bumpy?

Being a heavier rider does not necessarily mean you are...
06-11-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 540
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

10 sp cassette should fit on your hub no problem,...

10 sp cassette should fit on your hub no problem, but the wheel with 10sp cassette might be a tight squeeze in your frame.
06-11-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are you sure you have the conical washers in the...

Are you sure you have the conical washers in the correct arrangement? Changing the angle of the pad should be trivial, but if you have the washers in the wrong order it is impossible to adjust.
06-10-19, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,041
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

$50 on new pedals but not $5 on grease? ...

$50 on new pedals but not $5 on grease?

Penny wise; pound foolish.
06-10-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 513
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are little plastic inserts that are usually...

There are little plastic inserts that are usually included with sets of hydraulic disc brakes. They are just flat bits to keep the pads from being clamped onto nothing, requiring an annoying...
06-10-19, 11:12 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,393
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Discussion above about spoke tension relating to...

Discussion above about spoke tension relating to wheel stiffness is missing the point. Spokes generally suffer fatigue failures, which are caused by many excursions from high to low tension and...
06-10-19, 07:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 837
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Sometimes a cut or hole or tear in the sidewall...

Sometimes a cut or hole or tear in the sidewall of the tire can be very hard to spot, but will cause a flat every time you put air in the tube. A badly adjusted brake pad is a common cause for this...
06-10-19, 07:30 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,027
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

61cm doesn't sound that far off for someone...

61cm doesn't sound that far off for someone around 6' tall. Maybe one size too big, but that is usually acceptable.

Swapping the stem is generally considered a minor 'adjustment' and you should...
06-10-19, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Has it been a problem? Has the tire been rolling...

Has it been a problem? Has the tire been rolling off the rim or causing some other problem?

The whole rim-width/tire-width compatibility thing started getting attention about 10 years ago. ...
06-10-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,215
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If the frame mounted cable stops are slotted...

If the frame mounted cable stops are slotted (most are) then it is super easy disengage the housing from the stop and clean and lube the cable.

I also think you probably get less friction from...
06-10-19, 06:41 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,177
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Good choice. If I were you I would keep at...

Good choice.

If I were you I would keep at least one spare tire on hand.
Other manufacturers who still make decent 27" tires are Panaracer (my all time favourite tire, the Pasela, is available...
06-10-19, 06:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 641
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have the same experience as above. The...

I have the same experience as above. The suggested number of speeds of crankset and chainrings seems to be just a suggestion. I have seen problems when running sub-7sp (pre-indexing) cranks with 7...
06-10-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It happens all the time - even when working in a...

It happens all the time - even when working in a bike shop, because when a bike is up on a repair stand it is actually more difficult to get the wheel seated than when it is on the ground... in a...
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,059
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Could it be that the unicycle saddle is not ideal...

Could it be that the unicycle saddle is not ideal for your arsular dimensions for long rides? Most touring cyclists try a few saddles before settling on one they like. If there are other Unicycle...
06-06-19, 02:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 736
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have the saddle you mentioned and I find it...

I have the saddle you mentioned and I find it comfortable. However, I do not give you permission to use my arse for your bike rides, and your own arse might be shaped differently, so this comment is...
06-06-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't know for a fact that there is no frame...

I don't know for a fact that there is no frame that meets your needs, but it seems you are being too fussy. Why are you so set on internal cable routing on a budget hybrid?
06-06-19, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Question: Once the bike is in gear, does it...

Question:
Once the bike is in gear, does it function properly, or does the chain still skip under load or otherwise make noise? Or is the problem only rough and noisy shifting?

If there is...
06-06-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Good observation. To give some clarity to...

Good observation.

To give some clarity to the suggestion for the OP -

Each pad should have five washers: one thin flat washer that goes directly under the 'nut' you tighten to fix the pad in...
06-06-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,048
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The bike is good. But does it fit? This is more...

The bike is good. But does it fit? This is more important than component specifics or frame materials or what tires come on the bike. Pretty much anything can be changed on any bike, except if the...
06-06-19, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Step 1: Make sure the wheel is all the way seated...

Step 1: Make sure the wheel is all the way seated in the dropouts and is generally straight in the frame.
06-06-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It probably won't increase your comfort, but I...

It probably won't increase your comfort, but I will sleep better not worrying about you getting pinch flats :)
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_d...

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=43689&category=173

Here's a quill-to-threadless stem adapter.
Forum: Touring
06-06-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 758
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Newer Miyata. Am I right to assume the older...

Newer Miyata.

Am I right to assume the older Miyata has 27" wheels? That could limit your ability to find replacements in the event of tire damage.

The MTB is nice, too, but if you expect...
06-06-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Whoops... left out the link to the article... ...

Whoops... left out the link to the article...

https://road.cc/content/feature/180830-how-choose-your-tyre-pressure-balancing-speed-comfort-and-grip
06-06-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is quite likely that your bike will not fit...

It is quite likely that your bike will not fit tires wider than 25 or 28mm. This is true of many road bikes. I made the wide tire suggestion not knowing what type of bike you have.

As for...
06-06-19, 06:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,147
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It is possible that some of your bikes had a...

It is possible that some of your bikes had a different arrangement and the dust cap was supposed to be that way, like in the NDS of the hub in question. It is only Shimano-style freehubs that should...
06-05-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The Brooks suggestion is a good one. As for...

The Brooks suggestion is a good one.

As for the seatpost suspensions, I would expect them to be designed for people of lesser weight, and therefore you may find they are almost bottomed out before...
06-05-19, 01:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 584
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not an issue at all. BITD I used 17mm wide rims...

Not an issue at all. BITD I used 17mm wide rims on my mtb with 2" (50mm) wide tires without any trouble for years... I didn't even realize there could be a problem until I read about recommended...
06-05-19, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 688
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have seen bits of rim lodged in brake pads...

I have seen bits of rim lodged in brake pads before, but it always seems to be rim specific - some brands and models of rim have this problem and some don't. The rims from one manufacturer in the...
06-05-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have also never heard of setting toe-in on disc...

I have also never heard of setting toe-in on disc brake pads. How do you do it? On rim brake pads it is normal, and the way the pads are mounted is adjustable to accommodate toe-in adjustment. I...
06-05-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,147
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Dust cap does look backwards, even though you...

Dust cap does look backwards, even though you seem to have it working acceptably.

The groove is not a space for the bearings but a channel in which a mating seal on the cone should nest - they are...
06-05-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 770
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Mystery solved! The BMX V brakes are in fact...

Mystery solved!

The BMX V brakes are in fact mini Vs. This means you don't want to use V brake compatible levers as they will result in nice crisp feeling brakes that have no stopping power. ...
06-04-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 743
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can't imagine how hilariously empty the shops I...

I can't imagine how hilariously empty the shops I have worked at would be if they drug tested. The thought of it makes me laugh.

Sadly, that intrusion into people's personal lives is somehow...
06-04-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,386
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The only real weak point that I would be...

The only real weak point that I would be concerned about is the wheels, and specifically the rear hub... some less expensive bikes (not sure exactly what that means in 2019 sheckles) have a rear...
06-04-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

While this may seem possible, I believe it is a...

While this may seem possible, I believe it is a bad idea. If the grip is not fully on the bar you are essentially using the inner plastic tube of the grip as a structural part. I assure you it was...
06-04-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 577
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Often when experiencing excessive pressure in...

Often when experiencing excessive pressure in your hands, the root of the problem is not the bars or grips, but elsewhere in the way the bike fits. We know the bike you were riding is not a good fit...
06-03-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 994
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Low tension usually results in broken spokes -...

Low tension usually results in broken spokes - there are sometimes multitudes of broken spokes from a particular manufacturer's bikes from a single production year. These are sometimes blamed on a...
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