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07-25-11, 09:42 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,804
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi scale, This is why one leaves BBs well...

Hi scale,

This is why one leaves BBs well enough alone if he/she can get away with it. :(

It's interesting that the spots of resistance and looseness aren't the same with each revolution. Did...
04-27-11, 01:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,323
Posted By FLYcrash

Getting a dead cottered BB out of an old Raleigh...

Getting a dead cottered BB out of an old Raleigh and replacing it with a modern BB, a process that partially damaged the BB threads:
...
04-27-11, 01:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,714
Posted By FLYcrash

+1 on the Spin Doctor. I've built at least seven...

+1 on the Spin Doctor. I've built at least seven wheels on mine, and it is plenty to get wheels as round and flat as the rims will allow.

However, I recommend having a dishing tool too. I...
04-26-11, 01:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,746
Posted By FLYcrash

The correct response to "Can I get a quick true?"...

The correct response to "Can I get a quick true?" would be "Of course. We charge..." $10 for wheel truing, or $60/hour, or whatever the shop's price is. The important thing is to be firm and...
04-25-11, 04:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,746
Posted By FLYcrash

I certainly think that payment for any sort of...

I certainly think that payment for any sort of labor should be customary. The fact that mechanics or shops can throw in freebie labor to earn goodwill shouldn't lead to an expectation of this. It's...
04-23-11, 01:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,753
Posted By FLYcrash

Yeah, Salsa's out-of-stock situations are...

Yeah, Salsa's out-of-stock situations are painful. I wanted to build up a Casseroll right around the time they sold out in spring 2008 or so. They were so totally gone I eventually just got a...
04-20-11, 08:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,804
Posted By FLYcrash

I don't know if you consider this an expensive...

I don't know if you consider this an expensive specialist tool, but I have a Mark Stonich cotter press that makes cotter removal and replacement nearly routine. It would be US$72 shipped to England....
04-19-11, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By FLYcrash

Thanks for the link! I swear by the DT...

Thanks for the link! I swear by the DT double-butted spokes, and my source had been Lickton, which fairly recently raised their prices to $18 for a box of 20. That I'd spend $36 for two of these...
04-19-11, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi Dwellman, My feeling is that the very act...

Hi Dwellman,

My feeling is that the very act of building a rim into a wheel makes it "used." The forces in a built wheel are enormous. Rebuilding a previously-laced rim straight and true is...
04-19-11, 12:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By FLYcrash

Somewhere in the rough vicinity of $50 per wheel...

Somewhere in the rough vicinity of $50 per wheel in labor, but remember that good spokes cost roughly a buck each.

But I don't know for sure. All of the LBS guys around here who do anything as...
04-19-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 932
Posted By FLYcrash

Haha, I built up an A. Homer Hilsen myself, and...

Haha, I built up an A. Homer Hilsen myself, and the shifting sure ain't perfect. ;)

Aside from shifting, I'd assert that what makes a drivetrain good is a good chain. Free from rust, not totally...
04-17-11, 07:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,526
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi krome, I haven't tried other tires. As I...

Hi krome,

I haven't tried other tires. As I mentioned, I'll likely try the Schwalbes if any punctures happen.

My guess is that it's the rim, given the major out-of-spec issues with the 584mm...
04-17-11, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,035
Posted By FLYcrash

No, you can get away with holey or cracked rubber...

No, you can get away with holey or cracked rubber as long as the fabric carcass is in good shape.
04-17-11, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 28,275
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi Auchen, I'm ambivalent as to whether or...

Hi Auchen,

I'm ambivalent as to whether or not to open it up. It really isn't too bad even to do a full rebuild down to the last ball bearing, and I find them fun to do, but you can get away...
04-17-11, 11:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,526
Posted By FLYcrash

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate the tips...

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate the tips about Rhyno Lites and about messing with the rim tapes. The bike is a vintage 3-speed Schwinn my girlfriend uses to commute to work (a short haul, just...
04-16-11, 10:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,804
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi scale, Don't touch the cottered BB if you...

Hi scale,

Don't touch the cottered BB if you can avoid it. I've been inside my Raleigh's cottered BB twice, once to rebuild the BB and again when it finally died. The Mark Stonich cotter press is...
04-16-11, 08:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,753
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi Divtag, I think it's a worthwhile thing...

Hi Divtag,

I think it's a worthwhile thing to build one's own bike from scratch. A full rebuild of a vintage internal-gear Schwinn, followed by a scratch new build of my nice bike (a Rivendell...
04-16-11, 08:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,526
Posted By FLYcrash

590mm Sun CR-18 + 590mm Panaracer Tufflex is a crime against humanity

This is the worst tire/rim combo I've yet seen. The only tire levers that survive its tightness are heavy-duty solid steel levers with no plastic cladding. Of course, this will put some nice big...
01-31-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,620
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi pasadena_commut, Glad to hear your LBS...

Hi pasadena_commut,

Glad to hear your LBS was able to solve this with a simple shim. :)

Just to clear up something, I don't believe that handlebars and stems are supposed to have splines that...
01-25-11, 12:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 894
Posted By FLYcrash

Welcome! :) You probably could. The bottom...

Welcome! :)

You probably could. The bottom bracket (the bearing that goes between the crank and frame) on both bikes appears to be ISO, so you could swap the whole crankset including bottom...
01-25-11, 12:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,532
Posted By FLYcrash

I'd get a new fork, too. :)

I'd get a new fork, too. :)
01-23-11, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,903
Posted By FLYcrash

Welcome! :) I know Rivendell sells frames...

Welcome! :)

I know Rivendell sells frames with raw clear powdercoat, and they're pretty dedicated to reliability and durability from what business I've done with them. (I own a Rivendell bike.)
...
01-18-11, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 312
Posted By FLYcrash

Isn't it refreshing when something bike-related...

Isn't it refreshing when something bike-related isn't unnecessarily made to a proprietary dimension? :)
01-18-11, 02:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 881
Posted By FLYcrash

Wait...is the frame of the saddle or the frame of...

Wait...is the frame of the saddle or the frame of the bike broken???
01-18-11, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 589
Posted By FLYcrash

I'm fairly impressed things have stayed so civil...

I'm fairly impressed things have stayed so civil for ten posts.

:popcorn
01-18-11, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,620
Posted By FLYcrash

Alright. Given that doing what I did is marginal...

Alright. Given that doing what I did is marginal anyway (doubly so on aluminum; my handlebar/stem were steel), your best bet is probably to change both the stem and bars. The stuff holding the saddle...
01-17-11, 03:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,906
Posted By FLYcrash

Oh yeah - your questions about spoke lengths....

Oh yeah - your questions about spoke lengths. Spocalc has worked very well for me:

http://sheldonbrown.com/rinard/spocalc.htm

Ditto for Sheldon's wheelbuilding instructions. It's one of the few...
01-17-11, 03:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,906
Posted By FLYcrash

I never discourage people who want to learn...

I never discourage people who want to learn wheelbuilding. It's a cool skill, though (early on) you'll be swearing a lot and will run the risk of tacoing a rim and ruining some spokes if you aren't...
01-17-11, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,620
Posted By FLYcrash

Pasadena, CA? That's where I did my undergrad. :)...

Pasadena, CA? That's where I did my undergrad. :)

And in fact, during that undergrad time (before I got properly into bikes), I rode a real piece of garbage from Target (a Magna Glacier Point)...
01-17-11, 10:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,127
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi thebigkick, I had decent results touching...

Hi thebigkick,

I had decent results touching up my Raleigh 3-speed with Rust-O-Leum - scrubbed the rusty spots down to bare metal with a brass brush, then applied Rust-O-Leum bare metal primer,...
01-16-11, 01:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,425
Posted By FLYcrash

I'm going to vote for either nothing or frame...

I'm going to vote for either nothing or frame damage.

I don't know anything about Al/Sc alloys, but 400 degrees F is not a lot of heat metallurgically speaking. If it were enough to soften the...
01-16-11, 12:50 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,919
Posted By FLYcrash

Well, you've already gotten many responses to...

Well, you've already gotten many responses to this, including several that recommend to stop riding the bike, and you are determined to keep riding it. So ride it. You can keep it on the road until...
01-16-11, 12:12 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,919
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi Stuart, Thanks for your reply. Makes...

Hi Stuart,

Thanks for your reply. Makes sense. I didn't know how aluminum frames tend to go. I still wouldn't ride the OP's frame, but I think we're in agreement about that.

Also, your...
01-16-11, 11:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,571
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi mrkano, I just got through a relatively...

Hi mrkano,

I just got through a relatively epic Raleigh crankset replacement of my own. Broke two tools and lost a month of transportation. But it's done now and looks good!
...
01-16-11, 11:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By FLYcrash

Yes, fair enough. I've heard this one before,...

Yes, fair enough. I've heard this one before, possibly from you. The old cups from the bike were worn and dirty enough that I didn't want to do this, and I didn't have any others. What I did appeared...
01-16-11, 11:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,919
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi cyccommute, Why wrong? I once saw the...

Hi cyccommute,

Why wrong? I once saw the remains of a titanium frame that had shattered instantly into three pieces during normal riding. Not even a pothole.

Maybe aluminum holds better than...
01-15-11, 10:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 959
Posted By FLYcrash

My experience with Shimano parts is that they...

My experience with Shimano parts is that they start getting pretty darn good around the mid-range. There will be incremental improvements in build quality between Tiagra and 105, maybe a plastic part...
01-15-11, 09:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 959
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi vincavinz, Disadvantages of cheap...

Hi vincavinz,

Disadvantages of cheap cup-and-cone hubs include that they are less durable and are more difficult to adjust properly. You could run into the issue that the hub has some play in it...
01-15-11, 08:47 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,919
Posted By FLYcrash

Don't ride it! Aluminum fails catastrophically:...

Don't ride it! Aluminum fails catastrophically: you are running the risk of the frame shattering. The crack means that there's stress that overcame the metal. That stress is making to other parts of...
01-15-11, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By FLYcrash

Good news! I successfully managed to get my new...

Good news! I successfully managed to get my new BB into the bike:

(1) Bought a new Phil Wood consumer BB tool. The stuck ring on the right side still wouldn't budge, even with 500-600 in-lb. of...
12-19-10, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By FLYcrash

Hi operator, How did I know you would say...

Hi operator,

How did I know you would say that? :lol: It's good to hear from you. Parting out the Raleigh and putting together a new bike certainly has come to mind. I can't quite bear to kill the...
12-18-10, 05:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By FLYcrash

Bottom bracket mess

I know I'm going to need to duck and cover on this one, because I've really fouled this one up and know it.

My commuter bike is a 1974 Raleigh Sports. I love it, have been riding it regularly for...
03-31-10, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,511
Posted By FLYcrash

Those look to be in the middle of the top tube?...

Those look to be in the middle of the top tube? If so, I wouldn't worry much...
01-16-10, 01:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,441
Posted By FLYcrash

Well, I'd like to be a bit of a devil's advocate...

Well, I'd like to be a bit of a devil's advocate and recommend not shooting the moon too hard on tools for a club.

As a hobbyist, I've let a friend use my personal cassette tool before. Takes the...
11-23-09, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By FLYcrash

Thanks, Jeff, for that sober advice. It will keep...

Thanks, Jeff, for that sober advice. It will keep the project to a reasonable length and budget. I have built a number of wheels in the past, so that shouldn't be too much of a problem.

Things are...
11-22-09, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 642
Posted By FLYcrash

Schwinn Suburban

Hi all.

I promised my little sister a refurbished bike for her birthday, and yesterday I purchased an as-is Schwinn Suburban of the right size from the trailer of my local recyclery. It needs some...
10-24-09, 08:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,233
Posted By FLYcrash

It's a lot of effort to build a pair of wheels...

It's a lot of effort to build a pair of wheels with used rims, especially if you're dropping the money for new spokes anyway.

I'd vote for stretching your budget if possible...think about it this...
09-12-09, 06:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,731
Posted By FLYcrash

Wow, this is overthinking to the max. Get the...

Wow, this is overthinking to the max. Get the bike with the brakes so you don't die on the road/don't need to retrofit brakes and keep the option of switching to a freewheel if you don't like fixed....
09-12-09, 04:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,604
Posted By FLYcrash

Now that I've gotten some commuting in on the...

Now that I've gotten some commuting in on the Raleigh, I have to say that it feels very good. :) I should remember that what feels rough to the hand on reassembly often feels smooth as butter to the...
09-07-09, 03:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,628
Posted By FLYcrash

You might also have success talking to Campy even...

You might also have success talking to Campy even though it's an old crank. How the crank sits on the taper (i.e. what spindle gives what chainline) is a property of the crank, not the BB. Sugino was...
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