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12-02-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By dsbrantjr

Amazon does.

Amazon does.
12-02-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 229
Posted By dsbrantjr

Maybe get yourself some Sugru and make some...

Maybe get yourself some Sugru and make some yourself? https://sugru.com/
11-22-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 390
Posted By dsbrantjr

This bicycle gearing calculator will allow you to...

This bicycle gearing calculator will allow you to compare two different drivetrain setups. It supports many types of internal-gear hubs: https://www.kstoerz.com/gearcalc/compare/
11-14-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 252
Posted By dsbrantjr

Carbon fiber brake rotors are used on aircraft...

Carbon fiber brake rotors are used on aircraft and Formula racing cars, so why not?
11-07-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 405
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you decide on a replacement, Shimano (or...

If you decide on a replacement, Shimano (or compatible) 6- through 9-speed and 10-speed road derailleurs all have compatible cable pull ratios.
11-01-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,212
Posted By dsbrantjr

One advantage of Harbor Freight tools is that...

One advantage of Harbor Freight tools is that they are cheap enough that I do not flinch from doing this exact thing. Or bending, welding, etc.
10-31-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check your hex driver for wear lest you round out...

Check your hex driver for wear lest you round out your new bolts.
10-21-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 329
Posted By dsbrantjr

Upvote for use of "lumen".

Upvote for use of "lumen".
10-20-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 393
Posted By dsbrantjr

If by "anodized" you mean aluminum, I avoid...

If by "anodized" you mean aluminum, I avoid aluminum nuts and bolts (and spoke nipples) like the plague. They are weak and liable to both stripping and seizing, especially when mated to aluminum...
10-11-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By dsbrantjr

Can someone help me understanding the pricing of...

Can someone help me understanding the pricing of cordless tools? The above tool + battery sells for $99. They charge $89 for an extra battery and $59 for the bare tool. The proliferation of...
10-11-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 363
Posted By dsbrantjr

I know, it is digital so it must be better,...

I know, it is digital so it must be better, right? Since I ride mostly for exercise I just consider airing up the tires as part of my warmup. Mindless enough task that I can give the bike a visual...
10-08-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 794
Posted By dsbrantjr

Also note that most spoke threads are rolled, not...

Also note that most spoke threads are rolled, not cut, so the starting material is insufficient for cutting full threads with a die. Instead a spoke threading machine is used.
10-08-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 572
Posted By dsbrantjr

Whatever tools you need to mount the tire will...

Whatever tools you need to mount the tire will need to be taken along in case you get a flat on the road, or you will be stuck.
10-01-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did Costco happen to sneak in a size/weight...

Did Costco happen to sneak in a size/weight reduction in with the change of shape? Similar tactics have been used e.g. when the US changed its liquor bottle sizes to metric; the bottles all got a...
09-21-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 196
Posted By dsbrantjr

Kool-Stop make a good line of replacement...

Kool-Stop make a good line of replacement blocks/pads as well as complete pad/holder assemblies; I have had good luck with their salmon compound.
09-21-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like them and use them on my bikes, I was sad...

I like them and use them on my bikes, I was sad to see that they were discontinued. They work well and make adjustment a snap. Perhaps they had quality issues, I had to return one because the...
09-17-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 523
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is it possible that some file work on the adapter...

Is it possible that some file work on the adapter would help the alignment. If it was my bike I would make the changes to the (relatively inexpensive) adapter rather than the mount on the fork.
09-17-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 523
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the adapter symmetrical, and if not, is it in...

Is the adapter symmetrical, and if not, is it in the correct orientation?
09-13-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 508
Posted By dsbrantjr

For better adjustability I would suggest getting...

For better adjustability I would suggest getting rid of the link wire system and using a straddle wire and carrier instead. You will need to provide a means of catching the straddle wire if the main...
09-12-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By dsbrantjr

To remove self-extracting components, turn the...

To remove self-extracting components, turn the bolt counterclockwise; after initially breaking loose it will turn a little until it engages the crank then the effort will increase until it pulls the...
09-09-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 898
Posted By dsbrantjr

I work in the electronics and aerospace industry...

I work in the electronics and aerospace industry and have never seen any kind of wire or cable damaged by the heat shrink process. Having said that my preferred method of bundling wires and cables...
09-09-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By dsbrantjr

You have nothing to be ashamed of, your work...

You have nothing to be ashamed of, your work looks fine. Clearly you can do a nice job with hand tools and patience. I recall an anecdote about a German machinist's apprentice being given a chunk...
09-09-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 447
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am not sure how much rubbing and polishing you...

I am not sure how much rubbing and polishing you are going to be able to do with the wheel held into those notches by gravity alone. Not certain whether quick releases will work to hold the wheel in...
09-08-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,723
Posted By dsbrantjr

Older ones, like leather low-top sneakers with a...

Older ones, like leather low-top sneakers with a rounded heel. Similar to the current Endurance model: https://piloti.com/products/endurance-slate
09-06-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,130
Posted By dsbrantjr

The tension changes with both pedal revolutions...

The tension changes with both pedal revolutions and cog revolutions. Unless the chainring and sprocket have an integer ratio, like 36:18 or 48:16, it will take numerous crank rotations to get to all...
09-06-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By dsbrantjr

Please do not grind off the derailleur hanger,...

Please do not grind off the derailleur hanger, cable stops, etc. as is so often done with single-speed conversions.
09-06-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 853
Posted By dsbrantjr

I don't lube lined housings, which I use with...

I don't lube lined housings, which I use with die-drawn stainless inners.
09-06-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,723
Posted By dsbrantjr

I wear Piloti driving shoes and my bikes have...

I wear Piloti driving shoes and my bikes have platform pedals, some with, some without, Power Grips straps. The soles are fairly narrow and stiff with good traction.
09-05-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 497
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the chain long enough?

Is the chain long enough?
09-05-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 347
Posted By dsbrantjr

That bike is dangerous to ride. Send the frame...

That bike is dangerous to ride. Send the frame to me for proper disposal.
09-03-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 549
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be certain to get ALL of the flux off of the...

Be certain to get ALL of the flux off of the metal to avoid corrosion, a hot detergent solution works well.
08-31-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 543
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like chains with master links to close them. I...

I like chains with master links to close them. I carry the cut-off links from sizing the chain along with a couple of master links and a Park CT-22 mini chain tool in my repair kit.
08-31-21, 02:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the shell was not faced prior to installation...

If the shell was not faced prior to installation that might be something to try.
08-29-21, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By dsbrantjr

Call me old-fashioned but I stick with steel, it...

Call me old-fashioned but I stick with steel, it is not perfect but its toughness and resilience eliminates a lot of the hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth which I see going on with carbon...
08-29-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By dsbrantjr

My advice still holds, cut it first so the...

My advice still holds, cut it first so the recycler doesn't try to re-use it; they pay by weight so your value will be the same. The military did this to surplus Vietnam-era Jeeps which were not...
08-28-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
Posted By dsbrantjr

I'd probably take a Sawzall to the frame so that...

I'd probably take a Sawzall to the frame so that someone didn't get the bright idea of pulling it out of the trash, building it up and trying to ride it.
08-28-21, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 501
Posted By dsbrantjr

Don't forget to grease the stem, wedge and bolt...

Don't forget to grease the stem, wedge and bolt so they don't seize up over time.
08-26-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By dsbrantjr

In message number 11, the OP states that all of...

In message number 11, the OP states that all of the housing ends were stripped this way, and that there is no room for a ferrule in the barrel adjuster.
08-26-21, 03:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By dsbrantjr

Thanks for the feedback; so often we propose...

Thanks for the feedback; so often we propose solutions and never hear back from the OP whether they resolved their issue or not.
08-25-21, 04:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By dsbrantjr

You would do well to check all of the housing...

You would do well to check all of the housing ends on the bike, brakes (assuming mechanical actuation) as well.
08-24-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By dsbrantjr

The housing needs to be cut, shifting will not be...

The housing needs to be cut, shifting will not be stable with those strands sticking out. It does not matter why the housing was stripped, it needs to be fixed.
08-24-21, 08:13 PM
08-23-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By dsbrantjr

(cough) triple (cough)

(cough) triple (cough)
08-19-21, 08:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By dsbrantjr

You won't be able to heat it enough to make a...

You won't be able to heat it enough to make a noticeable difference and it will bee too hot to handle, so don't bother.
08-18-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 422
Posted By dsbrantjr

When I set up a triple shifter to shift a double,...

When I set up a triple shifter to shift a double, I set it up so that the unused position lets the cable go slack when the derailleur is on the small ring, rather than using the high limit to lock...
08-18-21, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 375
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would go with filing if you think that would...

I would go with filing if you think that would work without compromising the shifter's structural integrity. Beats paying $50 for a Shiftmate or a different shifter.
It might also be possible to...
08-17-21, 04:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,458
Posted By dsbrantjr

It may not get better. A big problem as as I see...

It may not get better. A big problem as as I see it is that the bean counters have cut all of the slack out of the systems because they are incentivized to keep costs down, by keeping "lean" "just...
08-17-21, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 465
Posted By dsbrantjr

Wait until you run into an old British car or...

Wait until you run into an old British car or motorcycle with Whitworth fasteners. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Standard_Whitworth
08-17-21, 06:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 580
Posted By dsbrantjr

This is why I set up a 3 speed shifter on a...

This is why I set up a 3 speed shifter on a double to have the unused position make the cable slack, rather than try to use the high limit to lock out a shift past the big ring, just to avoid the...
08-16-21, 12:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,862
Posted By dsbrantjr

You can tell a happy cyclist by the bugs in their...

You can tell a happy cyclist by the bugs in their teeth!
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