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04-17-18, 08:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 763
Posted By xenologer

Put the rubber seals back in the metal disk...

Put the rubber seals back in

the metal disk ones, don't seal as well and the grease tends to run out since the gap is at the outer circumference instead of in the middle.


for chain length,...
03-29-18, 03:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 736
Posted By xenologer

Given the OP motivations I would suggest...

Given the OP motivations

I would suggest using a 1x8 drive instead of a 1x10 if you want to keep it cheap.

There are plenty of casual-use comfort bikes that have been using that formula long...
03-18-18, 06:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 469
Posted By xenologer

I've never seen a Narrow Wide chainring designed...

I've never seen a Narrow Wide chainring designed for 9 speed or lower.
They seem to have been developed around the time of 10spd stuff.
and the speed does matter, since the tooth width has to match...
03-18-18, 02:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 469
Posted By xenologer

It's a MTB thing, nothing to do with velodrome...

It's a MTB thing, nothing to do with velodrome track bikes

The Purpose of a Narrow/Wide chainring
is Not to accommodate two different chain widths

The teeth alternate width, to match with the...
03-17-18, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 600
Posted By xenologer

relocate the magnet and sensor to be down near...

relocate the magnet and sensor to be down near the hub
the spokes are closer to the fork blades there
and the reduced linear velocity of the magnet improves sensor reading
03-16-18, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By xenologer

know that changing a cassette into a freewheel is...

know that changing a cassette into a freewheel is a downgrade

ask yourself is the current wheel being 'beat up' a big enough problem to make a downgrade worth it

(as opposed to repairing what...
03-15-18, 06:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 325
Posted By xenologer

Freewheel and FreeHub are two different systems ...

Freewheel and FreeHub are two different systems
and you seem to be confusing the terms

From the sounds of it though, I am assuming you have a FreeHub
and the cassette (cogs) have been replaced
...
03-12-18, 09:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,492
Posted By xenologer

use for hanging planters

use for hanging planters
03-12-18, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 904
Posted By xenologer

Given that the frame is using round tubing and...

Given that the frame is using round tubing
and not some custom aerofoil shape
what's the point in doing it seat-mast style instead of a normal clamp and post?
03-12-18, 05:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By xenologer

Bikes aren't alive, they can't heal or recover...

Bikes aren't alive, they can't heal or recover from problems on their own.
03-12-18, 02:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 674
Posted By xenologer

Probably because you subconsciously adjusted your...

Probably because you subconsciously adjusted your body position to compensate.
Have a friend ride behind you and see if your back looks crooked.
03-05-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,035
Posted By xenologer

Friend of mine, weighs about 230, experienced...

Friend of mine, weighs about 230, experienced road cyclist -knows how to unweight wheels for bumps and whatnot.
Tried an 8spd freewheel once, said his axle lasted about a week. Rebuilt the wheel...
02-20-18, 04:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 923
Posted By xenologer

relating to the suggestion of reducing tire...

relating to the suggestion of reducing tire pressure:
how about a larger tire?

in addition to being lower PSI, the larger diameter raises the front end
-slacker headtube angle
02-20-18, 04:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 868
Posted By xenologer

go to a repair shop and get some in-person help ...

go to a repair shop and get some in-person help

asking here isn't going to go anywhere because:
-we can't see what's going on
-you lack the bike technical knowledge to communicate the problem in...
02-18-18, 06:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 923
Posted By xenologer

It's my sarcastic way of illustrating, that you...

It's my sarcastic way of illustrating, that you already had a pretty good idea what kind of damper you wanted.
IE, not the stiffest.
02-18-18, 07:24 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 923
Posted By xenologer

Get the stiffest damper strut available you...

Get the stiffest damper strut available

you want so much damping that it takes conscious effort and physical exertion to turn the handlebars
so leaning the bike will have absolutely no feedback...
02-18-18, 07:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 514
Posted By xenologer

assuming this is V-Brake pads how about you...

assuming this is V-Brake pads

how about you install them with the small spacers on the inside
then when you run out of barrel adjuster you swap them with the large spacers?


or maybe buy...
02-14-18, 10:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,350
Posted By xenologer

They're made of thin stamped steel plates and...

They're made of thin stamped steel plates and plastic. So they're easy to bend out of alignment; which then puts them in reach of the spokes...
02-14-18, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By xenologer

Fire, maybe put the pads on a stove and burn...

Fire, maybe

put the pads on a stove and burn the oil out

or just buy new pads, probably a better idea
02-13-18, 09:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,350
Posted By xenologer

good upgrade the logo's are scraped off but it...

good upgrade
the logo's are scraped off but it resembles an Altus derailer
main point being, the main body pivot is thicker aluminum vs the stamped steel plate on your dead one. Less wiggly, more...
02-10-18, 06:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 669
Posted By xenologer

If it's new warranty return to walmart if...

If it's new
warranty return to walmart

if it's old
probably need a new brake lever; the stock ones have plastic bases and they crack then become permanently loose
02-09-18, 02:36 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,240
Posted By xenologer

perhaps the fact that the hole offset on the...

perhaps the fact that the hole offset on the CR-18 is so Minimal is the problem?

an offset so small, that even with the correct spoke direction it is not enough to handle the angle they're making...
02-08-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 566
Posted By xenologer

They're ridiculously common today on inexpensive...

They're ridiculously common today on inexpensive hybrid/comfort bikes in the 200-400$ range. About 90% of the stock at the shop I work at falls into that category.

cheaper (walmart) bikes, 1"...
02-07-18, 01:26 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 3,090
Posted By xenologer

I used to use grease, following the Jobst Brandt...

I used to use grease, following the Jobst Brandt argument.

However nowadays I use thick chain oil instead, serves the same purpose for anti-galling during the install and avoids starting arguments...
02-06-18, 05:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,146
Posted By xenologer

Disk brakes so.... and when it comes to V...

Disk brakes so....

and when it comes to V brakes, No by default, only as a last resort for squealing brakes
02-02-18, 09:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By xenologer

I'm not concerned because I have more...

I'm not concerned
because I have more confidence in my own repair than simply receiving another copy with the same defect.
Same goes for my bikes. Though admittedly I get an extra safety net...
02-02-18, 09:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 989
Posted By xenologer

Once saw a vacant paper wasp's nest under a...

Once saw a vacant paper wasp's nest under a saddle

another bike had a live snail crawling on the handlebars

spiders and other bugs are pretty common, bikes that are stored outdoors
02-02-18, 06:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By xenologer

This is going off on a tangent... but 'for...

This is going off on a tangent... but 'for anything'

time and convenience
last month I had some electronics fail due to dry solder joints (manufacturing defect)
definitely warrantyable, but...
02-02-18, 02:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By xenologer

Looks like that's pretty far off. Facing that one...

Looks like that's pretty far off. Facing that one would need to remove more material than I'd personally be comfortable with.

how's the rest of the fork, are the legs bent or twisted to be...
01-31-18, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 940
Posted By xenologer

They add another opportunity for 'mystery...

They add another opportunity for 'mystery creaking sound'

and the seatpost feels harsh, because you're sitting on it for situations where you ought to be out of the saddle
arms and legs have way...
01-30-18, 10:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 933
Posted By xenologer

Your First Mistake was buying a bike from a...

Your First Mistake

was buying a bike from a [L]BS that isn't within bike riding distance.
01-30-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,630
Posted By xenologer

Get this: ...

Get this:
https://ridepdw.com/products/3wrencho?variant=24674533569
...
01-29-18, 10:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,630
Posted By xenologer

find a used QR front hub transplant the...

find a used QR front hub

transplant the axle, and cones (since the threading will be different)
-assuming the cones are a 'close enough' profile. and they almost certainly are for most cheap...
01-24-18, 06:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 912
Posted By xenologer

how about a 15mm crescent wrench, ground down on...

how about a 15mm crescent wrench, ground down on a bench grinder till the head is only 1 mm thick?
You'll probably need to redo the heat treating afterwards


but seriously though,
Overhauling...
01-22-18, 11:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 639
Posted By xenologer

Don't bother with a clunky pulley just buy a...

Don't bother with a clunky pulley
just buy a different derailer.
Plenty of Shimano's offerings come in top/down/multi pull variants for the same derailer cage.
01-22-18, 09:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,481
Posted By xenologer

Oil and Try to Loosen, not Tighten the spoke to...

Oil
and Try to Loosen, not Tighten the spoke to break it loose initially.
01-19-18, 09:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,177
Posted By xenologer

Because Human nature, sure a live and let live...

Because Human nature, sure a live and let live philosophy might be a more tranquil way of doing things.
But it is not a natural first response for many people, myself included.
If that's a big...
01-19-18, 07:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,177
Posted By xenologer

It's considered to be a 'faux pas' to reopen a...

It's considered to be a 'faux pas'
to reopen a Zombie Thread in these forums

Yeah, some other forums react differently, but that's not how we do things here.
01-19-18, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By xenologer

Get a Fat Tire Bike You're not going anywhere...

Get a Fat Tire Bike
You're not going anywhere fast, so might as well go in Style instead.
01-16-18, 02:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,694
Posted By xenologer

Small pump can you drop it inside your seatube?

Small pump
can you drop it inside your seatube?
01-12-18, 09:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 805
Posted By xenologer

You'll probably need Locktite Primer locktite...

You'll probably need Locktite Primer
locktite doesn't set up on non-metallic materials on its own
01-11-18, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 831
Posted By xenologer

'airless' and 'tubeless' are two Very Different...

'airless' and 'tubeless' are two Very Different things.

OP had Airless, as in Solid Rubber non-pneumatic tires. Specialized has been putting them stock on their Alibi city/comfort bikes......
01-10-18, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,429
Posted By xenologer

At work we have really good results pouring White...

At work we have really good results pouring White Lightning Clean Ride into the keyhole.
It's Wax based, not Oil.
So it dries and doesn't attract dirt that might potentially make things worse later.
01-09-18, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 677
Posted By xenologer

Try a different mechanic If it takes him 6...

Try a different mechanic

If it takes him 6 tries to continue failing....
01-07-18, 05:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 867
Posted By xenologer

Maybe 'wrong' is too strong a word here. Let's...

Maybe 'wrong' is too strong a word here.
Let's say 'unsuited' for your riding habits.

pick a different gearset that has your most used gears in the middle; that's where the shifting works best.
01-07-18, 05:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,302
Posted By xenologer

new cables and housings that have lube...

new cables and housings

that have lube instead of rust
01-07-18, 02:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 867
Posted By xenologer

I don't think it makes sense especially if...

I don't think it makes sense

especially if it makes other gears in the drivetrain have problems for the odd times you do need them.


Rather, if you're gears usage is so biased
this is really...
01-06-18, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,369
Posted By xenologer

This has to be my favorite tool in the shop ...

This has to be my favorite tool in the shop
https://www.parktool.com/product/frame-and-fork-straightener-ffs-2

one point to check though
with the wheel off the bike, turn the axle by hand. does...
01-05-18, 11:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,623
Posted By xenologer

air bubble in the reservoir that migrates into...

air bubble in the reservoir
that migrates into the piston when brakes are squeezed while upside down
Then floats back out after a few pumps rightside up

So,
bleed the brakes so there's no big...
01-05-18, 09:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,369
Posted By xenologer

Mount up the crankset then measure which...

Mount up the crankset
then measure which position puts the sprocket at 50mm from the centerline of the bike.
+-3mm is OK

and go with that.
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