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10-16-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By dsbrantjr

A determined thief will, given enough time, get...

A determined thief will, given enough time, get what they want. The best you can do is to make it so time-consuming and difficult that they seek other prey. Or ride such a crappy bike that nobody...
10-16-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 136
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might consider a chain or cable lock to run...

You might consider a chain or cable lock to run through your wheels and frame, then the thief will have to deal with two locks to steal the bike, or more important, find easier pickings.
10-16-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 109
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece.

Never Fix A Running Piece.
10-11-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 215
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did you form the cable housing to its approximate...

Did you form the cable housing to its approximate final shape before you cut it? If you left it straight while cutting it, when you bend it to its working shape you will stress the strands in just...
10-10-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 279
Posted By dsbrantjr

Here is a chart with some tire/rim width...

Here is a chart with some tire/rim width suggestions, scroll most of the way down to see the chart. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html Note that the suggestions are not hard-and-fast. ...
10-08-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 469
Posted By dsbrantjr

From an Amazon review: "It was pretty easy to...

From an Amazon review: "It was pretty easy to set up once I realized that I had to mount the sending unit higher up on the fork than where my wired unit was mounted. "
10-06-19, 06:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 347
Posted By dsbrantjr

And buy a couple of extras while you are at it,...

And buy a couple of extras while you are at it, they are not costly.
10-06-19, 06:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the piece you are referring to which holds the...

If the piece you are referring to which holds the cassette on the freehub is the "cassette lockring" (although they usually do not have flats) you need the appropriate cassette lockring tool to...
09-26-19, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 244
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suspect that if the cables are too rusted...

I would suspect that if the cables are too rusted to move you will need to replace both the shift and brake cables and housings. Wal-Mart has a set for under $10: ...
09-18-19, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 146
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have 700 x 40s (Michelin City/Protek with...

I have 700 x 40s (Michelin City/Protek with smooth tread) on my '93 Trek 750 and '92 Schwinn Crisscross (probably similar to your Crosscut); I think that 50s MIGHT JUST fit but it would be close. ...
09-18-19, 01:46 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 866
Posted By dsbrantjr

Probably because it is more practical to...

Probably because it is more practical to manufacture the core separately and just put a threaded hole in the valve stem to mount the core. It also allows replacement; I have had cores leak and just...
09-15-19, 06:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 773
Posted By dsbrantjr

Silicone is really tough to get rid of, when I...

Silicone is really tough to get rid of, when I worked in an auto paint shop we'd curse the owners who used silicone products because it was so hard to remove, even with sanding. I'd toss the pads...
09-15-19, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By dsbrantjr

A length of soft tubing such as vinyl aquarium...

A length of soft tubing such as vinyl aquarium tubing can also be used to keep the wire from tapping the top tube, and might be easier to thread on than the linked items.
09-09-19, 01:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 931
Posted By dsbrantjr

Have you given any thought to the kind of brakes...

Have you given any thought to the kind of brakes you will need to stop the bike, the trailer and 3 adults? I am pretty sure that the bike's brakes will not do an effective job, and jackknifing the...
09-08-19, 03:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 670
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use a bar clamp across tool, BB and all. Works...

I use a bar clamp across tool, BB and all. Works great to hold the tool in the splines and no fiddling to get the right stack of washers. It is also useful for clamping other stuff. Cheap at...
09-04-19, 07:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 992
Posted By dsbrantjr

[QUOTE=_ForceD_;21106902]After four decades of...

[QUOTE=_ForceD_;21106902]After four decades of cycling I just very recently got brave enough to go with a CO2 inflater, and find myself leaving the pump at home. This thanks to the urging of other...
09-03-19, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps you have a "low profile" JIS bottom...

Perhaps you have a "low profile" JIS bottom bracket: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bbtaper.html You could replace it with a more-common standard one. Perhaps FSA has a recommended length for that...
08-28-19, 12:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have that stand and use it on a workbench when...

I have that stand and use it on a workbench when I am too lazy/job too small to set up my Performance Bike floor stand. It works fine for brake and derailleur work and the like, since it holds the...
08-27-19, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 751
Posted By dsbrantjr

Tire sizes make no sense except the...

Tire sizes make no sense except the ISO/E.R.T.R.O. system: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html
Use the ISO sizes and there will be no confusion.
08-24-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By dsbrantjr

Call me old-fashioned, but it seems like there is...

Call me old-fashioned, but it seems like there is always something or other to fret about with carbon fiber parts; I'll stick with metal, thanks.
08-22-19, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 524
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the front derailleur suitable for a triple?

Is the front derailleur suitable for a triple?
08-22-19, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 391
Posted By dsbrantjr

I'd grind off the flared section, as advised.

I'd grind off the flared section, as advised.
08-19-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By dsbrantjr

I agree with alcjphil that the shoes/cleats may...

I agree with alcjphil that the shoes/cleats may be causing the noise, but what is wrong trying with PTFE tape on the threads? If you don't like it, it will peel right off. BTW, I use Tef-Gel and...
08-17-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 838
Posted By dsbrantjr

+1 Having the wire go under the tab instead of...

+1 Having the wire go under the tab instead of over shortens the lever arm, which will increase the force needed and also throw off the indexing, moving the derailleur too far per lever click.
08-11-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 482
Posted By dsbrantjr

Assumptions and calculations are fine but verify...

Assumptions and calculations are fine but verify using the actual hardware! When you assume...

Whatever you do make absolutely certain that the chain is long enough to shift into the 46 front/40...
08-10-19, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 662
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yeah, I have about 50 pounds of that stuff!

Yeah, I have about 50 pounds of that stuff!
08-10-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 804
Posted By dsbrantjr

The drop will be half the diameter difference,...

The drop will be half the diameter difference, not the whole amount.
08-08-19, 05:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,017
Posted By dsbrantjr

I suspect that it is the same rubber as the rest...

I suspect that it is the same rubber as the rest of the tire, just without the carbon black added.
08-06-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,192
Posted By dsbrantjr

Worst for me are those little steel wires from...

Worst for me are those little steel wires from car tire belts. They go right through the tire and tube like needles and are very difficult to find and remove. I turn the tire inside-out and run a...
08-06-19, 12:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,192
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use Continental tubes, I feel that they are...

I use Continental tubes, I feel that they are worth the price premium.
08-02-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 814
Posted By dsbrantjr

Maintaining proper adjustment is also important,...

Maintaining proper adjustment is also important, so that the various pawls and other parts are correctly seated against their counterparts, distributing the load as intended. Many decades-old IGHs...
08-01-19, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 437
Posted By dsbrantjr

You can grab the chain on either side of the link...

You can grab the chain on either side of the link and flex it sideways to loosen the link if you don't have a chain tool handy.
07-31-19, 05:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,864
Posted By dsbrantjr

Absolutely use a ruler, my opinion is that chain...

Absolutely use a ruler, my opinion is that chain checkers exist to help sell more chains.
07-29-19, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By dsbrantjr

Like being only slightly pregnant.

Like being only slightly pregnant.
07-28-19, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,731
Posted By dsbrantjr

A truing stand has a very simple job, to hold the...

A truing stand has a very simple job, to hold the wheel reasonably still and provide a reference marker. That one should do fine. You could add your own dial indicator (very handy) or whatever if...
07-27-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 742
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the screws came out they should go back in....

If the screws came out they should go back in. Try using a straight (not ball) end hex wrench, put the tool in the screw head then insert the screw perpendicular in the holes, then slowly turn the...
07-27-19, 01:01 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,331
Posted By dsbrantjr

Sugino make some nice triple cranks, I have them...

Sugino make some nice triple cranks, I have them on two of my bikes.
07-21-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 748
Posted By dsbrantjr

Minor surface checking/cracking of the rubber is...

Minor surface checking/cracking of the rubber is inconsequential as long as the fabric cords, which give the tire its structural integrity, are not exposed. Same with wear on the tread; when you...
07-21-19, 11:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,173
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check your local Craigslist or similar, there are...

Check your local Craigslist or similar, there are often good deals to be had.
07-21-19, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 793
Posted By dsbrantjr

Gearing is very subjective. If you feel like you...

Gearing is very subjective. If you feel like you need lower gearing go for it, it's your bike. Depending upon which crankset you choose you may need to change to a different front derailleur but...
07-18-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 788
Posted By dsbrantjr

Here are two bolt calculators which calculate...

Here are two bolt calculators which calculate that, given a constant clamping force, the 6mm screw will need 1.2x the torque of the 5mm. This is counter-intuitive but they agree exactly....
07-17-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 638
Posted By dsbrantjr

That is kind of an odd size, did you measure the...

That is kind of an odd size, did you measure the end of the bar or the area where the stem clamps the bar?
07-14-19, 11:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,858
Posted By dsbrantjr

Plus the possible medical/dental bills if it...

Plus the possible medical/dental bills if it fails; the potential for catastrophic failure (and I don't perceive any "minor" or "recoverable" failure mode on a fork, you are going down hard) is too...
07-14-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yeah, if you lock out the last cable pull you may...

Yeah, if you lock out the last cable pull you may jam the shifter mechanism trying to shift against the stop or even damage it if you hare ham-fisted enough. Same deal up front using a triple...
07-13-19, 05:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did you torque first the main BB body and then...

Did you torque first the main BB body and then the NDS adapter to 50-70N-m as shown on page 17 of this document? https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/dm/DM-MDFC001-01-ENG.pdf

I thread the body...
07-12-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 506
Posted By dsbrantjr

Use it, or lose it. Thanks for supporting local...

Use it, or lose it. Thanks for supporting local business.
07-11-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 377
Posted By dsbrantjr

The tube fits the tire, so find one whose size...

The tube fits the tire, so find one whose size range includes 1.95" (~38mm) which is a fairly common size. Since the tube stretches to fill the tire you could go somewhat smaller or larger but larger...
07-11-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,954
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest that you not mix old and new...

I would suggest that you not mix old and new bearing balls, just replace them all, they are not costly.
07-08-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest that you consider NOT going...

I would suggest that you consider NOT going bigger but rather same or smaller, like 46/36/26 or similar. A bigger large ring is very likely going to be too high a gear for a hybrid. I changed the...
07-08-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,816
Posted By dsbrantjr

Consider what will happen if you break the bolt...

Consider what will happen if you break the bolt off in the hole. You will have a steel screw stuck in a softer alloy hole; good luck drilling it out.

"I've never tapped before". That is pretty...
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