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06-17-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 141
Posted By Le Mechanic

If you have a smart phone or a GPS type computer,...

If you have a smart phone or a GPS type computer, Strava is pretty simple and keeps track of your daily, weekly, monthly and year to date miles.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 94
Posted By Le Mechanic

Tip: My tubeless sealant in tubes experiment

I moved to Denver 1 year ago, and have been commuting daily (99% of the time) at a distance of 36+ miles roundtrip per day. The first few months, I got quite a few punctures, more so once I...
06-06-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 795
Posted By Le Mechanic

If you can't determine what caused the flat,...

If you can't determine what caused the flat, patching the tube or blindly installing a new tube generally results in another flat, as you're finding out!
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06-06-19, 09:27 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,019
Posted By Le Mechanic

With the wide range cassettes available today,...

With the wide range cassettes available today, you would need a really long cage derailleur to make it work with a triple. I've never experienced a triple that came close to a mediocre double shift...
Forum: Commuting
06-05-19, 08:47 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,668
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've been using Osprey backpacks for the last 8...

I've been using Osprey backpacks for the last 8 or 9 years. Best commuter backpack I've used and way more durable than I expected. I made a long term review video about a year ago of what features I...
06-04-19, 10:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By Le Mechanic

All you need is a narrow wide chainring unless...

All you need is a narrow wide chainring unless you just want to upgrade the crank and BB. Lots of options would fit if your crank uses a 110 or 130mm BCD (SRAM, Wolf Tooth ETC.) Not sure if...
06-02-19, 08:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,303
Posted By Le Mechanic

Blindly throwing new tubes into a setup with...

Blindly throwing new tubes into a setup with repeated flat tires without knowing what's causing the puncture will result in continued flat tires. I made a video a while back with the most common...
06-02-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By Le Mechanic

My guess would be 1- It's easier to disassemble...

My guess would be 1- It's easier to disassemble and service this way. 2- if maintenance was severely neglected, it would one side would still function? 3- Mainly I believe the spring tension at the...
06-02-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 698
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like Shimano pedals because they're durable and...

I like Shimano pedals because they're durable and the cleats are easy to get when you need them. As far as everything else, just use what's on the bike until it wears out. You'll get 50 different...
05-27-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 890
Posted By Le Mechanic

Denver CO gravel video

I made a 20 minute video of a ride I did to hit the 10,000 mile mark on my first frame build. I built the bike as a gravel/rainy day commuter, and have various videos of the build and upgrades the...
05-25-19, 08:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,544
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've got one of the original ones. Used it quite...

I've got one of the original ones. Used it quite a lot back in the day, but it almost seems like having an old dummy seat post that's the correct size is quicker and easier most of the time....
05-24-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,692
Posted By Le Mechanic

This one is great! ...

This one is great!
https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeyMesa
It's got lot's of bicycle related content including: repair tutorials, product testing and reviews, custom built dream bike assemblies, frame...
05-24-19, 10:37 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,544
Posted By Le Mechanic

The stand I use in my day job is about as good as...

The stand I use in my day job is about as good as it gets. I've been working in the bicycle industry a long time. Long enough to see a lot of great bikes get damaged or destroyed from clamping the...
05-23-19, 09:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 465
Posted By Le Mechanic

I made a video a while back on the best method...

I made a video a while back on the best method I've found to revive old Shimano shifters, New shifter sets are pretty inexpensive though if it's too far gone.
...
05-20-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,814
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like how every photo of a bike is clamped...

I like how every photo of a bike is clamped incorrectly into the stand.
05-17-19, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 529
Posted By Le Mechanic

The easiest way to diagnose the issue is to...

The easiest way to diagnose the issue is to isolate each component individually. The most common issues with the symptom you've described is most likely 1 of 3 problems.

First thing, double check...
05-16-19, 09:48 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,544
Posted By Le Mechanic

Seems like a decent stand for $25! One thing to...

Seems like a decent stand for $25! One thing to note, clamping the bike into the stand by the seat post is always a better option than the top tube. I made a video a while back with some tips to get...
05-15-19, 10:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

20+ year old splined BB's seem to be the worst,...

20+ year old splined BB's seem to be the worst, but I like using a breaker bar for outboard BB cups, SRAM spindle bolts and sometimes cassette lockrings.
05-15-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

There's quite a lot of force put on the seat post...

There's quite a lot of force put on the seat post from just riding down the road. I've seen many bent seat posts and damaged or broken frames when pushed too far from aggressive riding. I don't ever...
05-15-19, 06:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 402
Posted By Le Mechanic

A Shimano rear derailleur will not work with Sram...

A Shimano rear derailleur will not work with Sram shifters. The pull ratio (2 to 1 vs 1 to 1 approximately) is different. Any 10 speed Sram road derailleur will work. As far as brake calipers,...
05-14-19, 09:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

I used an impact gun pretty frequently at the...

I used an impact gun pretty frequently at the shop I worked at before the current one. Definitely my first choice on a stubborn bottom bracket. I also like my little DeWalt cordless impact driver,...
05-13-19, 09:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,386
Posted By Le Mechanic

Pretty sure my video shows the exact method,...

Pretty sure my video shows the exact method, well, minus the hand gestures...
05-13-19, 05:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

Thanks! Yeah, I was expecting a little better...

Thanks! Yeah, I was expecting a little better made tool. I sent an email to Park tech support asking about it with a link to the video. I'm interested to know if this is an acceptable tolerance for...
05-13-19, 05:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

A commercial bike stand clamped to the seat post...

A commercial bike stand clamped to the seat post is the best way I've found. If you know of a better method, I'd love to hear it.
05-13-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

I was thinking about getting the Harbor Freight...

I was thinking about getting the Harbor Freight breaker bar for $9.49, but we didn't really want to drive across town to save a couple of bucks when we could just order the Park model and have it...
05-12-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

I agree 100%, but most bicycle specific tools are...

I agree 100%, but most bicycle specific tools are set up for 3/8" drive?!?
05-12-19, 08:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

Park Tools SWB-15 breaker bar review

I made a short review video of the park SWB-15 breaker bar. As a long time veteran in the bicycle industry, there are times when you need some extra leverage to break a tight or stuck nut, bolt or...
05-10-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 595
Posted By Le Mechanic

From the photo, it doesn't look too bad, although...

From the photo, it doesn't look too bad, although if looking at it from the side and the rim is dented in from the top (as if the wheel got dropped), that could be a bigger problem. I made a video a...
05-09-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 731
Posted By Le Mechanic

If the lower trim works with some cable tension...

If the lower trim works with some cable tension let out at the expense of the big ring trim, the cable may not be routed correctly. I made a set up video for the first generation 11 speed front...
05-08-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,386
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yeah, I actually just saw some info on the GRX...

Yeah, I actually just saw some info on the GRX group. Looks sweet! I'd like to get my hands on the lever to see how it works. The only bummer is it looks like it's a dedicated 1X dropper lever only,...
05-06-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,386
Posted By Le Mechanic

Dropper post on a CX or gravel bike?

So I just installed a dropper post on my gravel/commuter bike. I thought about it for a while since I recently converted to a 1X set up and rode a MTB on some pretty gnarly trails with a dropper for...
05-05-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By Le Mechanic

Awesome! Thank you!

Awesome! Thank you!
05-05-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By Le Mechanic

It should work. To check it, just run the chain...

It should work. To check it, just run the chain over the largest cog and the chainring, and without going through the derailleur, ideally, you want at least 1" of overlap when you pull the ends of...
05-05-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By Le Mechanic

You don't need to drill any holes with the 5800...

You don't need to drill any holes with the 5800 shifter. You've already got the lower plate off and have access to everything you need. Try to wind up the frayed portion of the exposed cable in the...
05-05-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yeah, there's plenty of 1x specific chainrings...

Yeah, there's plenty of 1x specific chainrings available for most any crank. Your Tiagra crank would've worked fine. A 34 tooth ring seems small for a road bike though. I recently converted my...
05-01-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've been a Strava user since 2012 or so. I've...

I've been a Strava user since 2012 or so. I've generally only used the free version. Started with just the phone app, but it just used up too much battery. I got a Garmin 500 in late 2012 and it was...
05-01-19, 09:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,656
Posted By Le Mechanic

Reviving and older thread, but I have a Youtube...

Reviving and older thread, but I have a Youtube channel with hundreds of tip, tricks, hacks and tutorials, cycling product reviews, frame builds, custom dream bike assemblies, on board race videos...
04-27-19, 10:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 484
Posted By Le Mechanic

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=yzLxyrVQ...

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=yzLxyrVQ_00
04-26-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 262
Posted By Le Mechanic

No. Hydraulic disc only

No. Hydraulic disc only
04-24-19, 09:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,422
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yes, agree 100% Honestly, flipping the wheel is...

Yes, agree 100% Honestly, flipping the wheel is faster than using a dish gauge in my opinion. Getting a truing stand dialed in and straight is pretty simple as well. Park has a video showing the...
04-22-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,088
Posted By Le Mechanic

This BB will work in your frame to run a FSA...

This BB will work in your frame to run a FSA 386EVO crank
...
04-22-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By Le Mechanic

I converted my gravel/commuter bike using Rival...

I converted my gravel/commuter bike using Rival 1x. I made a video of the process, which is the same for apex..

https://youtu.be/xF-KaqMeEig
04-12-19, 07:57 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 899
Posted By Le Mechanic

We use this at the shop I work. In my opinion, it...

We use this at the shop I work. In my opinion, it works as well as anything I've ever used.
04-10-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,964
Posted By Le Mechanic

From my experience, the current setup is going...

From my experience, the current setup is going through spokes due to mileage and fatigue. You're a big guy. Big guys kill wheels a lot quicker, not just because of your weight, but you produce more...
04-10-19, 07:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,029
Posted By Le Mechanic

I think as your wheel building experience goes...

I think as your wheel building experience goes up, the less you rely on tools to guide you through. I think I built my first wheel around 1980 or so. I've worked for several different shops and bike...
04-08-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yes, the chain should always match the cassette...

Yes, the chain should always match the cassette as far as number of speeds go. Are the shifters 11 speed as well?
03-31-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yes it will work fine.

Yes it will work fine.
03-31-19, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By Le Mechanic

Those are 2nd generation P4 rear brakes. They...

Those are 2nd generation P4 rear brakes. They mount just behind the BB and are tons of fun to work on!
03-31-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 365
Posted By Le Mechanic

It depends a lot on the model of derailleur...

It depends a lot on the model of derailleur you're looking to adjust. For example, the procedure for adjusting a modern 2x11 Shimano front derailleur is quite a bit different than say a 2x10 front...
03-22-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 592
Posted By Le Mechanic

Maybe try to heat the bolts up a little with a...

Maybe try to heat the bolts up a little with a blow dryer or a heat gun if the bolts have a strong loctite on them. If they just won't budge, removing and replacing the rivnuts is not too difficult....
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