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02-15-10, 10:27 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 3,633
Posted By Pete Hamer

I'm a shop mechanic and proud of it but it sucks...

I'm a shop mechanic and proud of it but it sucks to here all this bike-shop mechanic bashing. Can't we all just get along? :hug:
01-30-10, 10:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 375
Posted By Pete Hamer

Air sprung forks; pressurize and submerge in...

Air sprung forks; pressurize and submerge in water, looks for bubbles indicating air loss.
Oil bath forks; excess oil build up indicates worn seals.
Externally adjustable forks; turn adjuster knobs...
01-30-10, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,766
Posted By Pete Hamer

http://www.engr.ku.edu/~kuktl/bicycle/Part7.pdf ...

http://www.engr.ku.edu/~kuktl/bicycle/Part7.pdf

Excerpt from the link above,

"Tubular Tire Adhesion Performance - Part 7
Examination of Tubular Tire Adhesion to Carbon Fiber Rims
Colin S....
01-30-10, 10:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,766
Posted By Pete Hamer

http://www.engr.ku.edu/~kuktl/bicycle/Part7.pdf

http://www.engr.ku.edu/~kuktl/bicycle/Part7.pdf
12-04-09, 12:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,584
Posted By Pete Hamer

Clamp the spacers in a vice using a soft jaw or...

Clamp the spacers in a vice using a soft jaw or raduis clamp. The shock will be sideways. Rotate the shock back and forth as you pull up.

If you scratch the spacers it shouldn't be a big deal...
11-20-09, 08:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,290
Posted By Pete Hamer

I'm not trying to be a d-bag but your post did...

I'm not trying to be a d-bag but your post did seem to imply some cause and effect relationship which was your reason for not going. I'd hate for your opinion of those three BBI graduates to deter...
11-20-09, 06:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,290
Posted By Pete Hamer

I suspect that there's a lot of people out there...

I suspect that there's a lot of people out there that are different than you that you might be temtped to insult like this. I doubt that they all went to BBI.
11-20-09, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,290
Posted By Pete Hamer

It's good to hear feedback like this. I went...

It's good to hear feedback like this. I went there in '98 and really liked it. I wonder how it has changed.
11-16-09, 11:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

Gotcha. I had spoken to someone at Stay-Tru...

Gotcha.

I had spoken to someone at Stay-Tru and he had told me that the "n" was the same brand as "Cn". The difference being one was made in China (I think). I assumed that was where the C came...
11-16-09, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

Wait...what? At first you said they blame CN...

Wait...what? At first you said they blame CN spokes, now it sounds like you are saying they blame the other four brands.
11-16-09, 05:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

[QUOTE=Sixty Fiver;10035252]There could be issues...

[QUOTE=Sixty Fiver;10035252]There could be issues with a given run of spokes and if you are dealing with one particular wheel builder there could be some serious QC issues.[QUOTE]

That was one...
11-15-09, 07:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

[QUOTE=mrrabbit;10034830]These four brands entry...

[QUOTE=mrrabbit;10034830]These four brands entry level bikes are pretty much equipped with machine built wheels utilizing CN spoke spokes...now you'll mostly see the "n" inside the "C"...CN has...
11-15-09, 12:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

Oh good! I would love to talk to you. You don't...

Oh good! I would love to talk to you. You don't happen work for stay-tru do you?

We true, tension, and adjust the hubs on all of our wheels before we sell them. Anyone who knows me from BF...
11-14-09, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,456
Posted By Pete Hamer

"n" branded spokes defective?

My shop sells replacement wheels with spokes that are branded with a lower case "n" and also a lower case "n" with a "C" around it. I have been seeing a lot of these wheels come back after about two...
10-28-09, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 352
Posted By Pete Hamer

You don't because you can't. Just adjust it like...

You don't because you can't. Just adjust it like a threadless headset, by feel. If you really want to check the torque you can get one of these from Enduro Flork Seals...
10-22-09, 07:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 12,605
Posted By Pete Hamer

Grease is oil combined with a thickener (soap)....

Grease is oil combined with a thickener (soap). When you put pressure on grease the oil comes out and lubricates.When the pressure is releived the oils ir reabsorbed. It sticks around longer than oil...
10-22-09, 07:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,891
Posted By Pete Hamer

How does Bikes Direct handle warranty issues for...

How does Bikes Direct handle warranty issues for their customers? Do you ship the defective part back? Do they cover the labor to remove and re-install a defective part?

I've had some companies,...
10-07-09, 06:39 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,555
Posted By Pete Hamer

A tension meter will give a new wheel builder the...

A tension meter will give a new wheel builder the ability to tell that the spokes are tensioned properly, just like an experienced wheel builder.

A tension meter will only make an experienced...
10-05-09, 11:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,977
Posted By Pete Hamer

Think 5 year wheel warranty, lifetime frame...

Think 5 year wheel warranty, lifetime frame warranty. No one has been hurt from cracked spoke eyelets that I know of.
10-02-09, 09:07 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,628
Posted By Pete Hamer

How did you come to the conclusion that it's...

How did you come to the conclusion that it's laced wrong?
10-01-09, 09:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,628
Posted By Pete Hamer

I've seen that twice but never really figured it...

I've seen that twice but never really figured it out. At first I thought maybe the hub flanges were twisted or the spoke holes in the hub were drilled wrong. My last thought was that one set of...
09-29-09, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By Pete Hamer

I've found SRAM's support to be the best in teh...

I've found SRAM's support to be the best in teh industry. Their # is 1-800-346-2928.
09-29-09, 07:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 510
Posted By Pete Hamer

[QUOTE=MarvelousMark;9763728]3) Your chainrings...

[QUOTE=MarvelousMark;9763728]3) Your chainrings and cranks are wearing out, so smaller stretches in the chain are causing noise sooner than expected. [QUOTE]
+1
that was my first thought.
09-27-09, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 873
Posted By Pete Hamer

That's a bummer. They make a lot of useful...

That's a bummer. They make a lot of useful products.
09-10-09, 09:05 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,853
Posted By Pete Hamer

There is no rule that assembly has to be included...

There is no rule that assembly has to be included in MSRP. There is no stipulation as to how well the bike has to be built at the shop. Most shops do a ****ty job assembling bikes because they don't...
07-10-09, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 284
Posted By Pete Hamer

Most people go all season without re-pressurizing...

Most people go all season without re-pressurizing their rear shock. I'm always inpressed by that. The first/easiest thing to check is the valve core. You can spray soapy water on it and watch for...
07-06-09, 05:51 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,589
Posted By Pete Hamer

Was it that obvious:D I too went to bike...

Was it that obvious:D

I too went to bike mechanics school. When I went to Barnett's in '97 you were required to have 2 years shop experience to even take the course. Now I think that you can go...
07-05-09, 10:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,589
Posted By Pete Hamer

I'd hire an optimistic, positive person who's...

I'd hire an optimistic, positive person who's dream is to become a bike mechanic and took the initiative to pay his way to mechanic's school before I'd hire a crabby, sarcastic, burnt out old...
07-05-09, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 297
Posted By Pete Hamer

You'll find some good suggestions on this recent...

You'll find some good suggestions on this recent thread.
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=531810
07-03-09, 03:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 914
Posted By Pete Hamer

It's actually a very quick repair, takes about 5...

It's actually a very quick repair, takes about 5 minutes. It's definately faster than using a pickle fork or gear puller because you don't have to replace the crank arm which entails replacing...
07-02-09, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 914
Posted By Pete Hamer

http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cgi?id=668229119...

http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cgi?id=668229119650&d=single&c=Tools&sc=Crank&tc=Thread-Repair&item_id=SN-CES

Item #SN-CES: This is the only effective way to remove and repair cranks that have...
10-14-08, 09:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 700
Posted By Pete Hamer

Marry someone who is rich. Don't get cocky. Get...

Marry someone who is rich. Don't get cocky. Get formal training from someplace like Barnett's Bike Institute.
10-14-08, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,338
Posted By Pete Hamer

Tell them that you won't do it for them but you...

Tell them that you won't do it for them but you will teach them. People seem to appreciate education more than service.
03-22-08, 05:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,507
Posted By Pete Hamer

You don't have to support them if they aren't...

You don't have to support them if they aren't giving you what you want but if you let them know what they need to work on there's a better chance that they will meet your needs.
02-28-08, 01:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 572
Posted By Pete Hamer

That's Minnesota nice for ya. Us locals couldn't...

That's Minnesota nice for ya. Us locals couldn't be more proud!
02-28-08, 12:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 369
Posted By Pete Hamer

I went to BBi in '98 when I was just getting...

I went to BBi in '98 when I was just getting started as a bike mechanic. Back then the class I took was called "The Elite Technicians Program". I loved it because it gave me confidence in what I...
02-15-08, 11:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 847
Posted By Pete Hamer

Hub cone compatibility-cone profile.

I was taught that when selecting a replacement hub cone the profile/curve of the replacement cone has to be identical as well as all the other fit issues. There are situations when a replacement cone...
02-14-08, 07:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,900
Posted By Pete Hamer

A good builder will tension balance the wheel and...

A good builder will tension balance the wheel and give you written documentation of all of the individual spokes tension and then show you some of the readings.
01-25-08, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By Pete Hamer

Here's quote from teh Park Tool website. ...

Here's quote from teh Park Tool website.

"Front Derailleur Performance

The front derailleur should shift the chain between chainrings without throwing the chain off the extreme outer and inner...
01-21-08, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By Pete Hamer

The best repair is to have the crank arm threads...

The best repair is to have the crank arm threads re-tapped to a larger size and install a PTO cap. This way the crank is restored to it's original condition as is easy to remove again and again.The...
01-21-08, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,517
Posted By Pete Hamer

If you have the old cassette off and try to...

If you have the old cassette off and try to install the new Sram cassette it should be obvious whether or not it will work. Ask the shop to physically show you what they are talking about or try it...
12-20-07, 10:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 643
Posted By Pete Hamer

Like everyone else said there are a lot of other...

Like everyone else said there are a lot of other factors but I would most likely hire the mechanic with certification. I've seen a lot of shop mechanics with no professional training and many years...
12-19-07, 11:45 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,783
Posted By Pete Hamer

My guess is that ball bearings are harder on...

My guess is that ball bearings are harder on grease than roller bearings because they don't disperse the weight as much and the polyurea is a more durable thickener. Once the thickener is pulverized...
12-19-07, 11:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,783
Posted By Pete Hamer

Well deserved and quite funny.

Well deserved and quite funny.
12-17-07, 05:16 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,783
Posted By Pete Hamer

I don't know about the promoting rust part but...

I don't know about the promoting rust part but the dirt part might be a reference to organo clay greases. You can find a lot of info with a quick google search for "organo clay grease". It's used in...
12-17-07, 04:34 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 11,783
Posted By Pete Hamer

The most important part of a grease is the...

The most important part of a grease is the viscosity of the oil. (ref. 10) A low viscosity oil is used to formulate a low temperature grease. A high viscosity oil is used to formulate a high...
05-05-07, 03:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,094
Posted By Pete Hamer

What I remember from taking the BSE test is that...

What I remember from taking the BSE test is that for flat bars the brake lever should have at least 25mm of clearance from the bar when the pads first contact the rim. For road calipers the pads...
05-04-07, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By Pete Hamer

That piece of plastic has a metal pin that fits...

That piece of plastic has a metal pin that fits in a hole on the axle. The left arm has to be all the way or mostly on for the pin to fit in the hole and the plastic piece to sit down flush with the...
04-12-07, 11:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,295
Posted By Pete Hamer

http://www.hippiesuspension.com/hippietechsuspensi...

http://www.hippiesuspension.com/hippietechsuspension/
04-04-07, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By Pete Hamer

Too much tension causes more problems than too...

Too much tension causes more problems than too little tension. If it gets hard to turn the nipples with a normal nipple wrench then they are probably too tight. I sometimes see bikes come into the...
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