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05-10-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By sunburst

I agree with you and Soody. This is a bigger gear...

I agree with you and Soody. This is a bigger gear than my son got when we paired an 11-tooth with his compact crank's 50-tooth. And he's got some legs after a youth filled with competitive soccer. He...
05-08-22, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 286
Posted By sunburst

slow down

somebody gets an A+ for planting this in the divider of a fairly busy street in a residential area.
Mountain View, CA (aka Googleville).
...
05-08-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By sunburst

Bianchi gearing options? campy mirage cassette

A neighbor wants a higher gear. I don't know campy, so I need to come up to speed.
Her cassette is 8-speed, 12-24 or 26(?). I only counted the smallest cog, to see if she could go smaller. Crank is...
03-28-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 1,451
Views: 444,616
Posted By sunburst

Three of my French restorations. Wish I had been...

Three of my French restorations. Wish I had been there to take a photo that shows all three better. My son sent me this recently. This must be an outing from him, his mother and a friend.

These...
Forum: Road Cycling
01-13-22, 06:36 PM
Replies: 2,747
Views: 448,380
Posted By sunburst

Love the Land's End shot. My favorite vantage...

Love the Land's End shot. My favorite vantage point for GG bridge viewing, and a very special part of the city.
I'm about 40 miles south.
...
01-01-22, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By sunburst

Thx for the info and tips everyone. Now I know...

Thx for the info and tips everyone. Now I know what I'm looking for, but will try my local ACE for a bolt guide to confirm.
Bought a clean Lemond Saturn hybrid the other day for $40. Changed the...
01-01-22, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 364
Posted By sunburst

simple bolt question on New Year's Day

OK, here's an easy one that even the hung-over should be able to handle.

What is the common thread pattern for rack and/or water bottle braze-ons. My particular alum frame doesn't actually have...
12-22-21, 01:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 748
Posted By sunburst

haha, yes, you may well be right. I'm...

haha, yes, you may well be right.

I'm holding off on the expensive Kroil for now. One of the links posted showed Liquid Wrench to be almost as effective and 20% of the price. And ATF/Acetone to be...
12-20-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 748
Posted By sunburst

Is Kroil the best?

...penetrating oil. Got a stuck alum seatpost in steel frame. I've tried liquid wrench from the top for 2 days with no results.

I had a similar problem with a great Kona frame a friend gave me,...
12-01-21, 11:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By sunburst

Thx guys. I mainly do vintage and have only...

Thx guys. I mainly do vintage and have only worked with cottered and square tapered. I do have four bikes with external bearing BB's but I have not needed to service them yet. I assume they are...
11-30-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By sunburst

ebike crankarm removal?

My neighbor's ebike developed a squeak in the crankcase/bottom bracket after washing (hose, not pressure-washer). Knowing nothing about the drive system I still volunteered to look at it.

Couldn't...
10-29-21, 08:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By sunburst

Same here. I've got a few bikes set up this way.

Same here. I've got a few bikes set up this way.
10-29-21, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 361
Posted By sunburst

I got burnt by this on a Japanese sport touring...

I got burnt by this on a Japanese sport touring bike. Had to file down the bottom of the head tube to fit a frickin 25mm tire.
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By sunburst

thx, I may have even used this before but I had...

thx, I may have even used this before but I had long forgotten about it.

$800. That's kind of shockingly low, but then again when I had a serious hip injury I was pretty damned disappointed in the...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-21, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 831
Posted By sunburst

What's a 2015 Colnago ACE worth (in CA)?

I'm checking for a friend whose body is aging out of road cycling. This is the bay area market, which I've noticed with vintage stuff, is higher than much of the country. I have not seen the bike but...
10-25-21, 06:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,194
Posted By sunburst

someone gave me a wheel that measured about...

someone gave me a wheel that measured about 124mm. I spun on a 17T freewheel I had in my spares and squeezed it into the dropouts with little effort. It was centered between the brake caliper, and...
10-24-21, 04:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,127
Posted By sunburst

OK, I'm going to throw out one more question for...

OK, I'm going to throw out one more question for all you mechanics that have thousands of posts (Andrew has 15K+) and probably more hours wrenching - how did you get all your experience? I've...
10-22-21, 01:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,127
Posted By sunburst

As the OP, I'm glad I posted and read every...

As the OP, I'm glad I posted and read every response. No more bike shop in the garage, and no more flipping for profit. I've got 3 bikes on cl/fb now. After that I'm done.

I don't think even...
10-20-21, 03:24 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,127
Posted By sunburst

This is essentially my 2nd question about...

This is essentially my 2nd question about flipping. I have never considered liability for bikes I've sold, and I've sold dozens.
10-20-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,127
Posted By sunburst

The answers have been clear, unanimous and...

The answers have been clear, unanimous and unequivocal. My (haha) career as a "paid" mechanic just ended. Not worth the hassle to setup a proper business. And I don't need the money. It was just nice...
10-19-21, 07:17 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,127
Posted By sunburst

Liability insurance/issues for home mechanics?

I recently decided to advertise myself as a mechanic due to the pandemic supply/demand situation at my local shops. We've lost 3 of my small town's shops in the last few years and are left with a...
10-10-21, 08:54 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 132,320
Posted By sunburst

Thx for the pointer. I just picked up a pair,...

Thx for the pointer. I just picked up a pair, with some tubes. My favorite 27" tire. I've bought 3 pair in the past for 3 vintage restorations. Noticeably lighter than the Marathons in the same size,...
09-20-21, 03:57 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,006
Posted By sunburst

[QUOTE=tonymarch;22238455]Assuming OMS is the...

[QUOTE=tonymarch;22238455]Assuming OMS is the answer, does anyone use it in a chain cleaner such as Park Tool Chain Scrubber? I prefer to not remove my chain if possible; I usually use Shimano...
09-17-21, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,194
Posted By sunburst

wait, my 126mm wheel is the standard hollow axle...

wait, my 126mm wheel is the standard hollow axle with skewer. If I respaced the OLD for 120mm, I'd have 3mm sticking out on each side. Wouldn't I have a clamping problem with a too-long axle? Would I...
09-17-21, 05:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,194
Posted By sunburst

well, I never would have thought of that, but...

well, I never would have thought of that, but duh(!) it makes sense. I will take that approach and report back. I've cold-set so many frames that that's where my mind immediately goes.
09-17-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,194
Posted By sunburst

Fixie frame with vintage 126mm wheel

I've made fixies/ss out of vintage bikes, some with 120mm (5-speed) spacing, some with 126mm (6-speed) spacing. I've used flip-flop hub/wheels and I've used 6-speed wheels with a ss freewheel. But...
09-14-21, 02:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By sunburst

thx for all the input guys. I really learned a...

thx for all the input guys. I really learned a lot:

...never ever buy an old mtn bike with ancient grip shifters!
...never ever buy an old bike that's been stored outside in the elements!...
09-08-21, 11:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By sunburst

Hahaha, the first time this happened was on a...

Hahaha, the first time this happened was on a Walmart bike, and every time Iíve dealt with it since the brakes have been at best, Tektro, or worse, no visible brand. Iím not sure Iíve ever even seen...
09-08-21, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 702
Posted By sunburst

ancient grip shifter - cable routing advice?

I'm replacing the cables and housings and can't get the new cable routed. I can remove the old one and obviously know where the hole is but the cable seems to wrap around inside without ever exiting....
09-08-21, 07:54 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,186
Posted By sunburst

I should add that someone on biketiresdirect gave...

I should add that someone on biketiresdirect gave the Rubino's a good review saying they were softer than the Michelin Pro4 Endurance, which I also own. I didn't do an apples-to-apples comparison...
09-07-21, 08:30 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 4,186
Posted By sunburst

wrote a long response and bikeforums logged me...

wrote a long response and bikeforums logged me out and dumped it. This has happened many many times.

So, my short response is that some tires are not as advertised. I mounted a new set of 28mm...
09-06-21, 12:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By sunburst

thx everyone. That sheldon webpage is very...

thx everyone. That sheldon webpage is very informative. I've read it before, many years ago.

I found a cheap tire (this is a kickbike after all) with decent reviews on Amazon, 18x1.75 for...
09-05-21, 07:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 275
Posted By sunburst

18" tires, type and sources?

This didn't get any traction over at the Folding forum, so repeating the questions here.


I don't understand all the intracacies of tire sizes. I seem to remember that with the 20" on my Bike...
09-05-21, 06:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By sunburst

hahahaha, he's straight from NYC. Only been here...

hahahaha, he's straight from NYC. Only been here a month. (here being Mountain View, which is flat). And his 5 years in Amsterdam is not going to prepare him either!

My son lived in SF for four...
09-05-21, 06:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By sunburst

Thx everyone. In my recent case, the pads...

Thx everyone.

In my recent case, the pads were good. I check for that in general, but have not seen that hook effect from worn pads before. Another thing to add to my list. I've collected many...
09-05-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,214
Posted By sunburst

What's up with sticking V-brakes?

My usual disclaimer: I have mostly worked on vintage, so centerpulls, and sidepulls, with centerpulls being by far the majority. And I don't have problems with centerpulls. Only once in many dozens...
09-05-21, 03:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 484
Posted By sunburst

looking for 700 wheel, 3-speed hub, coaster brake

I've googed and I've searched the forum, and gotten lots of results, but hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

One of my bike customers (I restore, flip, wrench) asked me yesterday for a 700c...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-21, 03:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By sunburst

18" tires, type and sources?

I don't understand all the intracacies of tire sizes. I seem to remember that with the 20" on my Bike Friday, there are two incompatible standards. Finding tires (years ago) was not a problem and I'm...
08-19-21, 04:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By sunburst

thx again everybody. I literally took me a minute...

thx again everybody. I literally took me a minute or so to dial in the clearance, with the cable slack, doing pretty much what you describe above. The brake has a good lever feel now, with no...
08-18-21, 09:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By sunburst

I tried to fix this at someone else's house....

I tried to fix this at someone else's house. Decided to bring it home to my shop/garage. Within a minute or so I realized the wheel needed a spacer between the non-driveside of the hub and the fork....
08-14-21, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By sunburst

Yes, constant rub. The rotor does not seem bent.

Yes, constant rub. The rotor does not seem bent.
08-14-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By sunburst

I loosened the brake cable at some point, but not...

I loosened the brake cable at some point, but not sure if I did all the right things at the same time. For example, when I loosened the mounting bolts to slide the caliper over, I don't remember if...
08-13-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,257
Posted By sunburst

Tektro Mira disc brake caliper adjustment?

Had my first experience with disc brakes today. I mostly do vintage.
Anyway, I was putting together an "mail order" bike for someone. I think it was this one: bikesonline...
08-12-21, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2,532
Views: 948,882
Posted By sunburst

worked on another '70's Peugeot mixte this week....

worked on another '70's Peugeot mixte this week. You guys don't know low-end 'til you lift one of these! :roflmao:
plus there's the plastic parts that break, the heavy(!) cottered crank, steel...
08-10-21, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By sunburst

Thanks for all the tips guys. Easy. In fact, the...

Thanks for all the tips guys. Easy. In fact, the entire conversion went smooth except for dialing in the indexing, but I've got it 90-95% there.

It makes for a fast runabout, and beats all my...
08-04-21, 11:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By sunburst

Microshift mountain (?) shifters

How do I wire these up? Do I need to remove all these bottom screws in the third pic? I also see what looks like a small access hole in last photo. The front shifter has a rubber plug for this hole....
08-01-21, 09:31 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 132,320
Posted By sunburst

I pulled one off a bike I was flipping recently....

I pulled one off a bike I was flipping recently. Very impressed, and this is the type of thread I like for my around town bikes, especially when I ride over hardpack. Very similar to my favorite...
08-01-21, 09:26 PM
Replies: 305
Views: 132,320
Posted By sunburst

Coincidentally, I picked up a used pair of...

Coincidentally, I picked up a used pair of Ultrasports this week and mounted them. They are, by far, the biggest honking 27 x 1 1/4 tires I have ever seen. I'll definitely buy more.
07-29-21, 04:41 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,487
Posted By sunburst

name on cl?

My handle is "bluesjr". can you search for ads using that!?
Anyway, T-Mar on the Nishiki serial # thread says it is Royale or Olympic 12. I'm guessing Royale from what I can see of that decal.
Just...
07-29-21, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2,532
Views: 948,882
Posted By sunburst

haha, I'm used to restoring gas-pipe Peugeot...

haha, I'm used to restoring gas-pipe Peugeot UO-18's with heavy all steel cottered-cranks and wheels. I've done over a dozen of them. To me anything with alloy parts (eg wheels, cotterless cranks) is...
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