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08-25-21, 04:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By bitpuddle

You have to check your specific hub, but I think...

You have to check your specific hub, but I think those are 6902 both front and rear. The freehub bearings would be a different size.
08-25-21, 04:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 562
Posted By bitpuddle

A contract assembler generally builds bikes for a...

A contract assembler generally builds bikes for a manufacturer and ships them boxed to the bike shop. Unless the shop is very good, they often do very little prep on the bike, particularly on less...
08-24-21, 02:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 934
Posted By bitpuddle

The spacing on 11 and 12 speed groupsets is so...

The spacing on 11 and 12 speed groupsets is so tight that hanger alignment is important. If you have more than a few bikes and you do your own work, it is a good tool to have. If you’re building...
08-03-21, 11:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,041
Posted By bitpuddle

Sounds like you have a bad freehub. Either a bad...

Sounds like you have a bad freehub. Either a bad bearing or there is some play between the freehub and hub shell. Iíd replace the whole freehub.
07-25-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 379
Posted By bitpuddle

It is difficult to tell without seeing the...

It is difficult to tell without seeing the derailleur, but it sounds like you might have inadvertently changed the cable routing around the cable pivot point, changing the leverage. I donít know...
04-28-21, 12:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 963
Posted By bitpuddle

There really isn’t enough information in here to...

There really isn’t enough information in here to have any idea what is wrong.

In general, you wouldn’t need a new rim unless the existing one is cracked. Rims themselves are pretty strong when...
03-27-21, 05:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 336
Posted By bitpuddle

The Veltrix should come with a cable guide. ...

The Veltrix should come with a cable guide. Without a guide, you’d have to run full-length housing to get reasonable cable tension. Check with the seller.
03-27-21, 05:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 705
Posted By bitpuddle

Some sealants are too thick to go through the...

Some sealants are too thick to go through the valve (e.g. Stan’s race); otherwise, doesn’t matter.
03-27-21, 05:28 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 995
Posted By bitpuddle

Just looking at it, something seems misaligned. ...

Just looking at it, something seems misaligned. Is it possible the fork has the wrong spacing for that hub (e.g. a 110 fork on a 100 hub, or vice versa)?
03-14-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 2,822
Posted By bitpuddle

This has been a fun thread to read through. A...

This has been a fun thread to read through. A restoration like this can be really satisfying. Some thoughts, most of which have been mentioned:

That frame is in rough shape. Im not sure if it...
03-14-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 406
Posted By bitpuddle

You didnít seem to mention the frame/headset, but...

You didnít seem to mention the frame/headset, but I have a Cinelli Nemo Tig that really works best with the supplied Columbus headset and top cap. I tried to find a shorter one with no luck.
02-17-21, 02:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,212
Posted By bitpuddle

Any competent frame builder would be able to cold...

Any competent frame builder would be able to cold set the frame if the stays or dropouts are out of alignment. Youíd have to decide if the cost is worth it. Shops rarely do this and Iíd be cautious...
02-17-21, 02:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 329
Posted By bitpuddle

They come from the factory with a light lithium...

They come from the factory with a light lithium grease. Anything is really fine as long as it is relatively low viscosity (not very sticky) and you apply it sparingly. You don’t need a lot of...
02-17-21, 01:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By bitpuddle

It is possible that you have a bit of binding or...

It is possible that you have a bit of binding or excess friction somewhere in the path of that cable, either from worn housing/liner, a funny bend or a cable guide. If the cable isnít pulling...
02-17-21, 01:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,031
Posted By bitpuddle

Without knowing the frame, crank and bottom...

Without knowing the frame, crank and bottom bracket youíre using, it is difficult to be sure, but it sounds like chainline might be off. based on your post, it seems that you changed cranks, so I...
02-08-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 618
Posted By bitpuddle

It is difficult to say without seeing it happen,...

It is difficult to say without seeing it happen, but:

that chain looks too short
if the chain was that worn, there is a good chance that the cassette and possibly the chainrings are also worn....
01-22-21, 12:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,180
Posted By bitpuddle

What hubs are these? Do the bearings appear...

What hubs are these? Do the bearings appear pitted/worn?

Iíd just clean the hub and bearings and add fresh grease, unless something seems worn (there is play or they feel rough).
11-25-20, 01:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,974
Posted By bitpuddle

If you are worried about Simple Green’s...

If you are worried about Simple Green’s aggressiveness, they also make an “aircraft and aluminum” formulation that is safer for reactive metals. This is what i use when the degreaser will sit on a...
09-14-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,597
Posted By bitpuddle

It will work fine, but marine grease tends to be...

It will work fine, but marine grease tends to be very waterproof and quite difficult to clean out when you need to refresh it. This is great in marine applications where there isnít much dirt, or in...
08-19-20, 01:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By bitpuddle

...also, looking at that seatpost, are you sure...

...also, looking at that seatpost, are you sure it is the correct diameter? It looks like a 26.2 post in a 26.4 frame (or something like that).
08-19-20, 01:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By bitpuddle

If you enjoy riding the bike, upgrading the...

If you enjoy riding the bike, upgrading the things that annoy you is definitely worth it. If you are trying to increase resale value, definitely not worth it.

You could clamp on bottle cages ...
08-08-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,297
Posted By bitpuddle

It changes the cable entry angle for appropriate...

It changes the cable entry angle for appropriate leverage. There was a corresponding tool to help select the correct setting.
08-03-20, 11:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 699
Posted By bitpuddle

SRAM, Shimano and Campy are all a bit different,...

SRAM, Shimano and Campy are all a bit different, so check the manual for your specific drivetrain. Your method sounds like the newer Shimano technique. The latest Ultegra/Dura Ace seem to need a bit...
08-03-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,555
Posted By bitpuddle

NFS is my favorite chain lube. I’ve had good...

NFS is my favorite chain lube. I’ve had good luck with their suggested method of refreshing the chain: 12 drops at random, pedal to distribute the lube, thoroughly wipe off excess. If I give the...
08-03-20, 03:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,278
Posted By bitpuddle

The missing part of this equation is the rimís...

The missing part of this equation is the rimís internal width (or the apparent tire size when mounted), but those numbers do seem high.

Assuming an average rim width, at that weight Iíd start...
08-03-20, 02:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,569
Posted By bitpuddle

There is a lot to unpack in this. 1) if...

There is a lot to unpack in this.

1) if these rims can’t hold 100 psi, they aren’t safe. Given the lack of information in the post, I have no idea what they were designed for. What you are...
07-30-20, 12:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,166
Posted By bitpuddle

A stem corroding after six months seems really...

A stem corroding after six months seems really unusual. Is it used daily on an indoor trainer? Left outside exposed to salt water?
07-27-20, 01:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 449
Posted By bitpuddle

According to this catalog...

According to this catalog (https://www.cannondale.com/-/media/files/manual-uploads/manuals/us_catalog_2008.pdf), I don’t see a Tiagra SystemSix, just a Six13, but who knows what was sold. Regardless,...
07-21-20, 11:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 293
Posted By bitpuddle

You can convert the hubs on those wheels to...

You can convert the hubs on those wheels to either quick release or thru axles (the manufacturer sells different end caps), but we have no idea what frame you are trying to put them on or what...
07-13-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By bitpuddle

Iíve never had a tire that I couldnít pop off...

Iíve never had a tire that I couldnít pop off using the toes of my shoes, with the rim on the ground. Just the tip of the toes pushing down on the sidewall to get the bead worked loose.

I never...
07-10-20, 06:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 989
Posted By bitpuddle

This. Spoke count is largely driven by...

This. Spoke count is largely driven by aerodynamics. If your fixed gear isnít being built as a go-fast bike, it doesnít matter too much.

32 spokes laced 3 cross used to be insurance against poor...
06-30-20, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By bitpuddle

Can you use it? Sure. Bicycles are very...

Can you use it? Sure. Bicycles are very low-requirement applications for lubricants (low torque, low speed, low temperature). You could use almost any lubricant. If youíre applying it where there...
05-27-20, 04:09 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,441
Posted By bitpuddle

Love this. Iíve had something similar happen,...

Love this. Iíve had something similar happen, except it was the tip of the front derailleur cable touching the crank arm.
05-23-20, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 694
Posted By bitpuddle

Iíd defer to a paint expert, but I donít know if...

Iíd defer to a paint expert, but I donít know if you can stabilize the existing paint with that corrosion. I think this would be a fun restoration, but if I were doing it, Iíd blast and repaint the...
05-23-20, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 824
Posted By bitpuddle

Aluminum doesn’t respond to this kind of stress...

Aluminum doesn’t respond to this kind of stress as well as steel. You might be able to straighten it, but I wouldn’t trust the frame afterward.
05-23-20, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,816
Posted By bitpuddle

Just enough to hold the headset together. As...

Just enough to hold the headset together. As soon as you can apply the front brake and rock the bike back and forth without movement in the headset, youíve tightened enough. Barely more than...
05-03-20, 06:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,580
Posted By bitpuddle

That's the thing with those lubricants: they can...

That's the thing with those lubricants: they can work really well, but they need a very clean chain to start.
05-03-20, 11:21 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By bitpuddle

Definitely post some photos!

Definitely post some photos!
05-03-20, 11:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,580
Posted By bitpuddle

If you are willing to very thoroughly clean the...

If you are willing to very thoroughly clean the chain (e.g. zero oil left on it), Squirt or the new Silca wax lube. The Silca lube will likely last longer on the chain but both are good.

if you...
04-23-20, 12:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,402
Posted By bitpuddle

Yes, the fit should be tight, and as the bottom...

Yes, the fit should be tight, and as the bottom bracket is pressed in, it makes terrible noises.
04-21-20, 01:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,347
Posted By bitpuddle

Why do you feel compelled to explain things? Go...

Why do you feel compelled to explain things? Go ride a bicycle and enjoy yourself.
04-20-20, 12:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By bitpuddle

Sora is 9 speed, no? I’m assuming different...

Sora is 9 speed, no? I’m assuming different pull ratios, so no.
04-15-20, 08:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,981
Posted By bitpuddle

That looks like a standard English threaded...

That looks like a standard English threaded (68mm) bottom bracket. Unless I'm mistaken (these are 15 year old components), there are no spacers needed for those cranks. If the cranks don't seat...
04-14-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,981
Posted By bitpuddle

The preload on those cranks is little more than...

The preload on those cranks is little more than finger tight. If you snug it down and the spindle is moving, you probably have another issue. It sounds like you have an issue with the bottom...
04-12-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 591
Posted By bitpuddle

If I were doing it, Iíd clean, inspect and...

If I were doing it, Iíd clean, inspect and re-grease every bearing on the bike. Iíd pull the derailleurs and overhaul them, pull the seatpost and stem and re-grease. Iíd unscrew every bolt, clean,...
04-11-20, 10:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 956
Posted By bitpuddle

When people describe this behavior, I usually...

When people describe this behavior, I usually assume it is a free hub issue: a sticking pawl, or a damaged one (broken, spring damaged, etc). Though it is possible I don’t understand what you mean by...
03-26-20, 01:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,948
Posted By bitpuddle

Silva currently sells a light synthetic oil for...

Silva currently sells a light synthetic oil for this, rather than a grease. You might want to check out what it is and use something similar.
03-26-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 225
Posted By bitpuddle

Depends on the kind of headset. External cups...

Depends on the kind of headset. External cups might need to be replaced. If it is an integrated headset, the surfaces can usually be re-faced if need be.

without knowing what kind of headset it...
03-10-20, 12:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,662
Posted By bitpuddle

What hit the fork to cause that? Forks are...

What hit the fork to cause that? Forks are pretty stout, but that looks like it was a relatively concentrated force. Iíd be more concerned about the fork than the paint initially.
03-10-20, 12:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,102
Posted By bitpuddle

5mm sounds like a lot. Are the wheels...

5mm sounds like a lot.

Are the wheels true? If so, if you push the rim from side to side, does the hub have lateral play? If they are the original wheels, it wouldn’t be unusual to either need...
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