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10-08-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 832
Posted By andrewclaus

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents...

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents is inherently risky. Use proper PPE, ventilation, storage, fire protection, and proper disposal of used rags.

All this is second nature to...
09-17-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,469
Posted By andrewclaus

Some generalities: In the long term, front of...

Some generalities: In the long term, front of knee pain indicates saddle is too low. Back of knee pain, or groin or Achilles pulls, indicate saddle is too high. Hips rocking while riding means saddle...
09-06-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 841
Posted By andrewclaus

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first...

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first time at the shop yesterday afternoon, after reading about it in the morning. I first tried removing the axle, but there was a dust seal behind the...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,325
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife and I (no kids) achieved financial...

My wife and I (no kids) achieved financial independence by age forty (over twenty years ago), but we kept a house during all the ensuing adventures. We've rented it out, up to 18 months at a time....
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,673
Posted By andrewclaus

I constantly meet solo women travelers. My wife...

I constantly meet solo women travelers. My wife is one of them. Only once have I heard a scary story from a woman who called law enforcement because of some verbal harassment. She was resourceful and...
08-15-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at...

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at the condition of the headset, hubs and bottom bracket as well as shifters and brakes, it's really hard to tell what it might need.

Upgrading the rear...
08-10-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Posted By andrewclaus

If that was in response to my post, look at this...

If that was in response to my post, look at this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/870693-why-did-orientation-square-taper-change-diagonal-parallel.html
08-10-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Posted By andrewclaus

When replacing one arm, be sure the orientation...

When replacing one arm, be sure the orientation of the square is the same. Some are available in a "diamond" configuration, 45 degrees shifted from a "square." As you can imagine, this is quite...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,756
Posted By andrewclaus

I've never even thought of insurance on a touring...

I've never even thought of insurance on a touring bike. My bike and gear together cost less than my $1000 deductible. Of slightly more concern are the mental anguish of needing to change travel...
08-09-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By andrewclaus

Turn the bars at least 90 degrees to the right....

Turn the bars at least 90 degrees to the right. There should be just enough slack that there's no interference with the turn, and no pull on the cables.

Yes, it is definitely possible to have your...
07-19-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 656
Posted By andrewclaus

That's weird. Once I filled up my tires on...

That's weird. Once I filled up my tires on outside on a frigid morning before my commute to work. I brought the bike inside at work. A couple of hours later there was a muffled "Bang" in the office,...
07-19-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,991
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm one of the guys who'd be complaining. When I...

I'm one of the guys who'd be complaining. When I work at the co-op, I look forward to mechanical challenges and working with the folks that need help with them. Sorting and stripping scrap metal is...
07-16-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,272
Posted By andrewclaus

Could be a bearing. I had one making noise and...

Could be a bearing. I had one making noise and fixed it by removing it, popping out both seals, cleaning it thoroughly and regreasing. Saved about $45. Simply adding grease in situ didn't do it.
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07-14-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By andrewclaus

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I...

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I noticed the same play. I got some creaking when pedaling after installation. I was living in a remote town before the days of Amazon Prime, so I just...
07-08-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,624
Posted By andrewclaus

Not all changes are bad. It takes some getting...

Not all changes are bad. It takes some getting used to, but I'm getting to like Torx and always carry the tool.

I'm old enough to remember when every wood screw had a straight slot, and it was...
06-25-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By andrewclaus

I was going to guess that you might be able to go...

I was going to guess that you might be able to go up a couple of teeth, say 28, without much problem other than maybe a new chain. Maybe 30 with a longer B screw.

With a new RD, you should be able...
06-24-19, 09:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,253
Posted By andrewclaus

Usually a fraying cable leads to cable stretch,...

Usually a fraying cable leads to cable stretch, which manifests as frequent barrel adjustments until it breaks. Shifter operation usually isn't affected until it does break, and then you have other...
06-24-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, but I meant to recommend a home-made...

Yes, but I meant to recommend a home-made substitute just to check alignment.
06-21-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,862
Posted By andrewclaus

I make my own impact tool with a 12" wrench and a...

I make my own impact tool with a 12" wrench and a mallet. Sometimes the mallet works when muscle torque just won't.

With the tool in the vise method, you can get two people on the rim, working...
06-18-19, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 541
Posted By andrewclaus

Your DC motor control must be compatible with the...

Your DC motor control must be compatible with the motor. I wouldn't use a motor from another bike unless the control is specifically made for it.

DC motors are typically very reliable, and don't...
06-12-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 451
Posted By andrewclaus

Here are some pictures that might help:...

Here are some pictures that might help: https://www.bikeman.com/bicycle-repair-tech-info/bikeman-tech-info/1641-cables-a-housing
Forum: Touring
05-15-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,976
Posted By andrewclaus

...and that fits in with my theory that you...

...and that fits in with my theory that you should be able to wear all your packed clothing at the same time, as part of a coordinated layering system.
05-14-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 865
Posted By andrewclaus

A trick to get the cable tension right is to...

A trick to get the cable tension right is to manually shift the RD into the third highest gear, stop pedaling, and leave it there. Attach the cable hand tight, and pedal so it drops into high gear....
Forum: Touring
05-13-19, 09:08 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,573
Posted By andrewclaus

I spent my career crafting the type of lifestyle...

I spent my career crafting the type of lifestyle that allowed extensive travel. As mentioned above, no kids. My wife and I steered our professional careers away from stressful management positions....
05-07-19, 07:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,393
Posted By andrewclaus

It's been mentioned already, but it bears...

It's been mentioned already, but it bears repeating. This is a brake cable, not a shifter cable (or throttle cable as the above videos refer to). I consider it a critical piece of safety equipment....
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