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08-09-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 9,815
Posted By sweeks

Well, since someone woke the Dead Thread, I was...

Well, since someone woke the Dead Thread, I was looking it over. :)
Wouldn't the fact that the load on the cone's bearing surfaces is applied radially account for the wear being asymmetric on the...
08-09-20, 06:18 PM
Replies: 157
Views: 9,815
Posted By sweeks

I used an improvised set-up for years, and...

I used an improvised set-up for years, and eventually bought one of THESE (https://www.steintool.com/portfolio-items/hub-axle-vises/), which makes the job much easier.
08-09-20, 06:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 314
Posted By sweeks

I like using an axle vise (like THIS ONE...

I like using an axle vise (like THIS ONE (https://www.steintool.com/portfolio-items/hub-axle-vises/), though it's easy to improvise an equivalent set-up) when I'm adjusting bearings on a...
08-09-20, 05:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 261
Posted By sweeks

I have the front brake on the right on all my...

I have the front brake on the right on all my bikes. Partly because I was a motorcycle rider, and partly because I wanted to have the strongest brake available if I were momentarily riding...
08-09-20, 05:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 201
Posted By sweeks

The spoke length was determined using an on-line...

The spoke length was determined using an on-line spoke-length calculator; I don't remember the length but it's not transferable to another wheel unless the hub and rim are *identical*. The calculator...
08-09-20, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 201
Posted By sweeks

It would be pretty hard to build a cross-3 wheel...

It would be pretty hard to build a cross-3 wheel with a 20" rim and a large diameter hub. Here's a cross-2 wheel I built with a 406 rim and an Alfine-11 hub... it was hard enough!...
08-04-20, 05:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 768
Posted By sweeks

That would be the strongest seatpost ever! :D

That would be the strongest seatpost ever! :D
08-02-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 457
Posted By sweeks

Heh... I have a TERN Multi-tool...

Heh... I have a TERN Multi-tool (https://www.ternbicycles.com/us/gear/472/tern-tool) which looks suspiciously like yours! Mine came with the bike, or I'd be a little cranky about the price....
Forum: Commuting
08-02-20, 03:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Posted By sweeks

Exactly. If you lose six pounds, the rolling...

Exactly. If you lose six pounds, the rolling package is identical. :D
08-02-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 623
Posted By sweeks

Yeah, I see it now. I was so bowled over by the...

Yeah, I see it now. I was so bowled over by the presentation that my brain wasn't working.
"Pretentious" just covers it... I'm reminded of Monty Python: Oh, 'an aeroplane'. Oh, I say, we are grand,...
08-02-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 256
Posted By sweeks

Looks like you want to put the saddle nose down a...

Looks like you want to put the saddle nose down a bit (ouch!).
08-02-20, 07:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 623
Posted By sweeks

OMFG! Are there enough "sophisticated and...

OMFG! Are there enough "sophisticated and discerning" riders to keep a place like that in business?

And what does this (from the web site) mean?
"Please note, R&A Cycles does not sell any of its...
Forum: Commuting
08-01-20, 08:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 545
Posted By sweeks

This may seem ... odd, but you *could* consider...

This may seem ... odd, but you *could* consider This Bike (https://www.strida.com/product/strida-c1/). I had a Strida 2 as my first folding bike about 18 years ago. Though it eventually wasn't up to...
07-29-20, 09:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,176
Posted By sweeks

Heh... brings back a memory of an event that...

Heh... brings back a memory of an event that fortunately didn't become a legend! I was a mile into my two-mile commute to the train when I felt a little extra "softness" in my "ThudBuster" suspension...
07-29-20, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 287
Posted By sweeks

I've been using titanium fasteners on my "winter"...

I've been using titanium fasteners on my "winter" bike for at least 10 years. Brake pivot bolts (V-brakes), brake shoe hardware, chainring mounting bolts, crank mounting bolts. No strength issues or...
07-29-20, 07:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By sweeks

The rotating "grip-shifter" can be replaced with...

The rotating "grip-shifter" can be replaced with a "trigger-shift" with the same number of speeds (Shimano, of course). I did this on one of my folding bikes that had a grip-shift which was hard to...
07-28-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 631
Posted By sweeks

Heh... I don't see any eye protection either!...

Heh... I don't see any eye protection either! :twitchy:
07-27-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 631
Posted By sweeks

Unless the front wheel carries a brake disc?

Unless the front wheel carries a brake disc?
07-27-20, 06:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,840
Posted By sweeks

If the tape doesn't stick to the tire liner, you...

If the tape doesn't stick to the tire liner, you could try the "Mr. Tuffy" brand... the "Slime" brand may have more of a non-stick surface. If it's the tire the tape won't stick to, there may be talc...
07-26-20, 07:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 377
Posted By sweeks

Heh... never! I defer to your greater experience....

Heh... never! I defer to your greater experience. In my defense, I *did* say "I don't see why...", leaving open the possibility that I was ignorant of some relevant detail.
Thanks for the correction!
07-26-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 377
Posted By sweeks

For those times when really firm clamping is...

For those times when really firm clamping is necessary, some folks will remove the seatpost with the saddle and replace it with a "junk" seatpost kept for those special occasions.

As for bleeding...
07-26-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,840
Posted By sweeks

I've had good luck for several years with "Mr....

I've had good luck for several years with "Mr. Tuffy" tire liners on my folding commuter bike. No problems with the ends causing flats, though there would seem to be no down-side to using a little...
Forum: Commuting
07-25-20, 09:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,672
Posted By sweeks

Faculty endodontist at a state dental school....

Faculty endodontist at a state dental school. :rolleyes:
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-20, 11:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,376
Posted By sweeks

I, too, sense the hate. The frame failures were a...

I, too, sense the hate. The frame failures were a huge black eye for the company, especially so early in their history with a long-term reputation not yet established. The frame hinge/latch design...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 621
Posted By sweeks

I have 4,000 miles on the replacement frame after...

I have 4,000 miles on the replacement frame after the original was recalled. The original never had a problem in its 4,000 mile life. The frames are different and, I believe, improved in the area of...
07-14-20, 12:22 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,803
Posted By sweeks

[QUOTE=dedhed;21575872]Did you get a repair...

[QUOTE=dedhed;21575872]Did you get a repair manual with your car?
Hahaha! No, but when I bought my first car (a 1973 Plymouth "Duster"), the first thing I did was to send off for the factory service...
07-12-20, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By sweeks

That's a good description of the rear cluster....

That's a good description of the rear cluster. How about the rest of the bike? Make, model, wheel size... these would be helpful. Get yourself up to 10 posts, then some images would be helpful.
07-12-20, 08:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 221
Posted By sweeks

And... if the damage isn't too severe, you might...

And... if the damage isn't too severe, you might be able to use the crank anyway. If only the first few threads are distorted, preventing the pedal from threading in, try threading the pedal in from...
07-12-20, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 342
Posted By sweeks

I'm going to be a bit hyperbolic here, but this...

I'm going to be a bit hyperbolic here, but this is like saying:
"My car's tires are worn out, so I'm getting a new car."
Removing and replacing chainrings is a snap compared to replacing the...
07-12-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By sweeks

It would help if you gave a description of the...

It would help if you gave a description of the bike. Sounds like a broken rear axle, if it's a bike with a freewheel. Just a guess.
07-12-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,638
Posted By sweeks

I was fit-tested for an N95 mask at work (I teach...

I was fit-tested for an N95 mask at work (I teach at a dental school). The process involves wearing a hood that covers your entire head. A bitter-tasting aerosol is sprayed into the hood through a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-10-20, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 518
Posted By sweeks

This ^^. You'll probably need new spokes unless...

This ^^.
You'll probably need new spokes unless you can find a replacement rim with the same "Effective Rim Diameter" (ERD). I went through the same thing with the rear wheel on my Verge S11i. Once...
07-10-20, 07:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,306
Posted By sweeks

There are *METRIC* thread files too! METRIC...

There are *METRIC* thread files too!
METRIC THREAD FILE...
07-08-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 871
Posted By sweeks

Statistical analysis by "Marge Inovera"....

Statistical analysis by "Marge Inovera". Chauffeur: "Peekup Andropoff"... there were lots, and they were all funny.
FWIW, I won the "Puzzler" back in the early '90s and got an autographed copy of...
07-08-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 5,803
Posted By sweeks

I've bought three folding bikes, a mountain bike...

I've bought three folding bikes, a mountain bike and a road bike over the last 20 years or so. All had Shimano components with the instruction sheets/brochures/manuals included. The folders all had...
07-05-20, 08:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 251
Posted By sweeks

I've used pieces of Velox tape left over from...

I've used pieces of Velox tape left over from other wheels. A centimeter overlap here or there won't hurt.
EDIT: Hi, Ken!
07-05-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 610
Posted By sweeks

You want traction in the winter? Tune up your...

You want traction in the winter? Tune up your V-brakes and get a pair of studded tires!
(Somewhat ironically, the bike shown here has mounts for a caliper on its low-end Manitou fork. I've never...
07-05-20, 04:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

Except... those front wheels with a brake disc!...

Except... those front wheels with a brake disc! :innocent:
07-05-20, 03:24 PM
07-05-20, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

I'm not sure what you mean by " =8-| "... (EDIT:...

I'm not sure what you mean by " =8-| "... (EDIT: D'oh! I figured it out! :o)
I suppose there's a little dish in those IGH rear wheels... but all the spokes are the same length and their tensions are...
07-05-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,607
Posted By sweeks

I keep reading "MicroBrew"! :D

I keep reading "MicroBrew"! :D
07-04-20, 01:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

Even easier, I'd say (based on my limited...

Even easier, I'd say (based on my limited experience) because no dishing is required as would be for a wheel with a cassette or freewheel. :-)
Forum: Commuting
07-04-20, 07:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,703
Posted By sweeks

I put "trekking" bars on my mountain bike to...

I put "trekking" bars on my mountain bike to permit a greater variety of hand positions to help deal with osteoarthritis in one of my wrists. They look weird, but are pretty comfortable....
07-04-20, 06:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

Heh... I was pretty proud of myself. That hub has...

Heh... I was pretty proud of myself. That hub has about 9,000 miles on it. I replaced the rim twice before converting the wheel to a "roller" brake to avoid rim brake wear.
Roger Musson's book on...
07-03-20, 08:58 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,214
Posted By sweeks

You could remove one spoke, measure it, then buy...

You could remove one spoke, measure it, then buy a few (plus a few extras). Replace them and true the wheel. There's probably no "dish" on the wheel, and there are lots of videos to help do the...
07-01-20, 09:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,002
Posted By sweeks

Of the several internally-geared I have...

Of the several internally-geared I have experience with, they all display a certain tendency to have the pedals moving in the situation you described. I believe this is due to a small amount of...
06-28-20, 01:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 716
Posted By sweeks

It's hard to see from the video the exact...

It's hard to see from the video the exact position of the levers. They look about like they're where they should be, but maybe a different placement would improve the mechanical advantage from the...
06-28-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By sweeks

Thanks! It was a surprise for sure. I had to pick...

Thanks! It was a surprise for sure. I had to pick up the crank and hot-foot it to a bus line to get to my train. Eventually I got a replacement spindle. The Strida importer said he had never seen...
06-27-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By sweeks

I had this exact thing happen to me starting...

I had this exact thing happen to me starting across an intersection on my first folding bike, a Strida 2. Luckily no damage to the nethers. :-)
06-22-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,481
Posted By sweeks

These are also called "silicone" grease. I have a...

These are also called "silicone" grease. I have a tube I bought at Radio Shack years ago and still have plenty left. I use it especially on the connector to my dynohub. Winter salt can be hard on...
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