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04-28-20, 02:33 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 831
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Throwing some random ideas: Shoelace could be...

Throwing some random ideas:
Shoelace could be hitting the crank (not very likely, but have had that happen - hollow frame tubes are extraordinarily good at transferring sound).
Bolts on the rear...
03-03-20, 01:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For DIY: one could place the rim on two cups,...

For DIY: one could place the rim on two cups, then stack coins, and/or business cards beneath, until hub's flanges touch them. Flip the wheel over and check for any dishing errors. +- one business...
01-09-20, 11:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 753
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The stand was used for better video demonstration...

The stand was used for better video demonstration (bicycle was black). And brakes were completely taken off to start with.
You can do it with brakes on the bike, probably a lot easier. It would be...
01-06-20, 01:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Detailed, nicely explained. My rough starting...

Detailed, nicely explained. My rough starting point is "15% drop" - for the rear tyre (my explanation of optimal bicycle tyre pressure...
01-06-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,273
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often...

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often come with preload not properly set - often too tight. So I would at least set the preload, even on a new hub.

If it helps, I wrote a relatively...
12-28-19, 05:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 753
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I have failed to measure any benefits of using...

I have failed to measure any benefits of using Shimano's fluid, compared to Citroen LHM fluid.
Has anyone measured any poor performance, rubber swelling etc with the LHM fluid? I haven't, not to...
12-28-19, 04:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 753
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If you don't mind my Tarzan English, I did a full...

If you don't mind my Tarzan English, I did a full demonstration of the bleed process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQTIGq4xzZo&list=PLlbCLBTvuIsu9UxQYUiPh5AxTTUw4dOR7&index=4

Used tools are...
12-26-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,833
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Wrote here in more detail on proper bicycle...

Wrote here in more detail on proper bicycle braking technique (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/813/bicycle-braking-technique/).
09-06-19, 11:12 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,588
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The more tangent-angled spokes come out of the...

The more tangent-angled spokes come out of the flanges, the less of a problem a high tension presents on them. Radial lacing being by far the worst offender in those terms.
With crossed lacing...
09-05-19, 11:37 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 5,588
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I like to (repeat a local) say(ing): "A man...

I like to (repeat a local) say(ing): "A man learns for as long as he lives... and still dies stupid". :)

Some very interesting points you've made. English is not my native so please take all I...
08-15-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,002
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on...

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on my knowledge of theory and the practical experience:

If a square taper crank is properly installed (lubed, then torqued with appropriate force),...
08-15-19, 01:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,574
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I use anti-seize (mounting paste) on the axle,...

I use anti-seize (mounting paste) on the axle, bolt threads and face of the bolt (part that pushes against the crank).
That way I'm certain that when tightening, it slid all the way it should and...
08-08-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,085
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I think time and effort better spent are placing...

I think time and effort better spent are placing a properly dished wheel in the frame where the built wheel will be used. To see where the frames imperfection pulls the wheel.
Most aren't 100% true....
Forum: Commuting
07-31-19, 11:11 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,509
Posted By Bike Gremlin

With cash: If it's obvious someone dropped...

With cash:

If it's obvious someone dropped it - I just wait for about half an hour, looking if someone is coming to look for it. Then take it home.
If there's a wallet with info - then I find the...
07-29-19, 10:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 663
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Use this - both to enter your current gearing and...

Use this - both to enter your current gearing and to "experiment" with the new gearing different front chainring sizes:

https://www.gear-calculator.com

It will show you comparable data, so you...
07-27-19, 11:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,653
Posted By Bike Gremlin

That's a different matter. Especially if it was a...

That's a different matter. Especially if it was a metal steerer, not a carbon fibre one.
07-27-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,108
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Just in case: do double check the brake model....

Just in case: do double check the brake model. You need a "Road" one, not the "MTB" ("MTN").
...
07-27-19, 02:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,653
Posted By Bike Gremlin

1 $ for a hit with a hammer, 99 $ for knowing...

1 $ for a hit with a hammer, 99 $ for knowing where and how to hit it... :)

The price usually includes: taking the bike in, doing the paperwork if the owner won't wait on site for the job to be...
07-20-19, 01:57 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,057
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Hear this a lot. Where I live, as well as on...

Hear this a lot.

Where I live, as well as on the Net, I have no problems finding 36 h rims and hubs.

Both low and very solid mid-range stuff. Not super-light and super-expensive "racing"...
07-19-19, 11:38 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,721
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Not disputing this, just checking, especially for...

Not disputing this, just checking, especially for hubs:

Once a year service has worked fine for me - though I ride whole year long.

Not too much off-road, but lots of water, road dirt spraying,...
07-19-19, 10:07 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,721
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Shimano made square taper cartridge ones cost...

Shimano made square taper cartridge ones cost just over 10 euros here and they last both on my bikes and on bikes I install them on.
If it weren't the case, I'd consider cup and cone, but from my...
07-19-19, 09:29 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,721
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Same experience (and thoughts) about modern cup...

Same experience (and thoughts) about modern cup and cone BBs.

Though still have 1974 Shimano (Dura Ace?) with french threading - still looking good. Road bike though - not much mud (plenty of dust...
07-19-19, 02:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,677
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Scenario 1: You have practically zero income...

Scenario 1:

You have practically zero income and need a bicycle.
In that case, it's worth going over dozen bicycles, trying to make one decent, working one out of them - picking parts,...
07-19-19, 01:52 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,721
Posted By Bike Gremlin

With square taper that has been the case - at...

With square taper that has been the case - at least for me.

With the more modern ones, with bearings on the outside (and especially the press-fit ones) - not so much.
07-16-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,342
Posted By Bike Gremlin

To paraphrase this a bit: "There are owners of...

To paraphrase this a bit:
"There are owners of bicycles on here who naturally want to stick LBS with liability and do so loudly and vigorously, so read all replies and think them through."

How...
07-16-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,538
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Cable guides should be installed and cables /...

Cable guides should be installed and cables / housing routed properly. RD properly tuned, RD hanger aligned (if needed). Wheels aligned and securely fastened in the dropouts. Do double check all...
07-16-19, 01:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,342
Posted By Bike Gremlin

A really bad situation for all involved. Whatever...

A really bad situation for all involved. Whatever you do, be patient and reasonable - try to figure out the options.
Good way to start with the LBS: "could you determine what caused this" -...
07-11-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Sure - whatever you prefer. Just to confirm: ...

Sure - whatever you prefer. Just to confirm:
Span of gear ratios (lowest and highest) is the same with 7 and 9 speeds.
With 9 speedd you (only) get 2 more gearing ratios in between the lowest and...
07-11-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Don't see 7 speeds over 9, especially with a...

Don't see 7 speeds over 9, especially with a triple and for a "touring" bicycle, as a step down, quite the opposite.
But each should choose by and for themselves.
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 01:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,269
Posted By Bike Gremlin

This is my standard setup, for both every day...

This is my standard setup, for both every day riding, grocery shopping and touring:

https://bike.bikegremlin.com/8229/backpack-panniers/

Backpack is the "default", with one, or two panniers...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 01:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,743
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Of all the cycling conditions, the only one I...

Of all the cycling conditions, the only one I don't find pleasant is when it is both raining and cold.

That's because I sweat a lot. So using clothes that keep me dry from rain, usually results...
Forum: Commuting
07-11-19, 01:11 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,956
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've always (since the age 10) carried flat...

I've always (since the age 10) carried flat repair kit with me (pump, means to remove a wheel, tube patches & glue and a spare tube), especially when riding out of town.

It's been used to fix...
07-11-19, 01:01 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,057
Posted By Bike Gremlin

36, even at 3x (if 4x is tricky for spokes...

36, even at 3x (if 4x is tricky for spokes overlapping adjacent spoke heads), is a bit safer bet - one spoke breaking leaves the wheel more "rideable" until it is fixed.
40 and more is even more...
07-11-19, 12:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,574
Posted By Bike Gremlin

However retrogrouch this may sound, most changes...

However retrogrouch this may sound, most changes are for the money making - marketing reasons. "Added value" if you like. :)

One of the things I like about triples is the ability to use dirt cheap...
06-11-19, 05:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,270
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If I had to guess (no chance of measuring and/or...

If I had to guess (no chance of measuring and/or no chance to try which one fits best), I'd go with the 110 mm spindle version.

Apart from the cranks hitting the frame (in case of being too close...
05-27-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 676
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Triple FD will not work very well with "compact"...

Triple FD will not work very well with "compact" cranks (34-50 and similar 16-tooth jump ones). It will work fine with "standard" doubles.
Will it be good enough for the OP's taste? Depends on their...
05-23-19, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,070
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My experience is that anti-seize...

My experience is that anti-seize (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/7172/anti-seize/) (as the name says :) ) provides longer ant seize protection.

If re-applied at least annually, then grease is not...
05-21-19, 11:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Thank you very much for the educational replies:...

Thank you very much for the educational replies: both explaining and pointing out what to look out for - sure it will help anyone Googling this with a similar dilemma.

Return info: the lever ...
05-20-19, 06:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Campagnolo Veloce 8 STI lever to Xenon 9 shifter

Is Campagnolo Veloce 8 speed (rear) STI shifter lever compatible with Campagnolo Xenon 9 speed STIs?

Xenon 9 speed shift lever (the one behind the brake lever) is broken and there is a Veloce 8...
05-09-19, 03:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,447
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The new Shimano XTR M9100 freehub...

The new Shimano XTR M9100 freehub (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/5210/shimano-xtr-m9100-overview-of-a-new-12-speed-mtb-groupset/#3) concept is similar to Chris King's "RingDrive" in a way that...
05-05-19, 01:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,304
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Shortest answer: No need to preventively...

Shortest answer:
No need to preventively replace them.


Longer answer:
Cartridge square taper BBs last for years and tens of thousands of miles - often, even in harsh riding conditions.
As...
05-04-19, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Bike Gremlin

English isn't my native, so that could have been...

English isn't my native, so that could have been the case: my point was that strong and tough can be made with steel, aluminium and carbon - it depends on design and manufacturing quality, not the...
05-04-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In short: I wouldn't disregard good quality...

In short: I wouldn't disregard good quality aluminium forks.

Longer:

For all I know, the stated information, although technically (more-less) correct, is not relevant when applied to the device...
05-04-19, 05:21 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,394
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Water and, primarily, dirt intrusion is the...

Water and, primarily, dirt intrusion is the nemesis of most bicycle bearings. So in those terms, a grease being long lasting doesn't make much of a difference past a year, or two (depending on riding...
05-04-19, 01:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Don't have a model to offer, but for those who...

Don't have a model to offer, but for those who might: is aluminium also an acceptable alternative?

Cross posting is frowned upon on every forum I've seen so far.
05-03-19, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It's not about the money, not with carbon,...

It's not about the money, not with carbon, definitely not with forks. It's about sleeping well at night. Failure mode is often unpredictable (sudden) and total ("catastrophic").

Also, by declaring...
05-03-19, 06:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 908
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The only way to be certain with carbon parts is...

The only way to be certain with carbon parts is scanning (ultrasound for all I know, but check with an expert).

Visual inspection, or tapping won't reveal every flaw. Which would not be a problem...
Forum: Commuting
05-02-19, 12:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,974
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I like both the backpack and the panniers. ...

I like both the backpack and the panniers.
Both are put on the rear rack (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/8229/backpack-panniers/), so my back doesn't sweat and carry the weight. Well, except for...
04-30-19, 02:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 955
Posted By Bike Gremlin

"Chasing" strange creaking sounds can be...

"Chasing" strange creaking sounds can be frustrating. Hollow frame tubes transfer the sound which makes it harder. I wrote a "generic" strange sound troubleshooting "list", in case it's of any...
04-30-19, 02:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,100
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I like using "double sided" truing calipers (not...

I like using "double sided" truing calipers (not for dishing, I prefer the dishing gauge for that). It's easier for me to see where the rim comes closer (or hear it scratch), then where it goes too...
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