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03-03-18, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By Bikewer

FSA crank compatibility

A friend bought a 2006 Specialized Roubaix Comp. This has the FSA external-bearing crankset (triple) and the right crankarm has the pedal threads stripped.
I understand these carbon crank-arms are...
04-10-12, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Bikewer

That Grand Cru item looks like the...

That Grand Cru item looks like the ticket....Harris has 'em in stock for about 50 bucks.
04-10-12, 09:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 377
Posted By Bikewer

Vintage BB woes

Tried inquiring in the Vintage section, got a few hints.... Thought I'd check here.

I have a vintage Cilo/Swiss roadster, about mid-80s according to the codes on the components.
The Shimano 600...
04-08-12, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bikewer

I may have misread the Sheldon Brown...

I may have misread the Sheldon Brown information... Here's the actual info in the BB parts: Each cup is stamped "35 X P1". The fixed cup is right-threaded; it tightens to the right. Standard...
04-08-12, 10:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,106
Posted By Bikewer

Old BB woes.

I have a 1972 vintage Cilo/Swiss roadster. Nice bike, Columbus frame, Shimano 600 components... Been riding it for some years now.

I checked the (Shimano 600) BB when I installed the new...
08-20-11, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 18,739
Posted By Bikewer

The difference between a full-on "aero"...

The difference between a full-on "aero" time-trial bike and an ordinary roadster amounts to only seconds over a typical time-trial course. When the rider goes the full route, with skin-suit, aero...
08-03-11, 02:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By Bikewer

About 15 years ago, when I turned 50, I decided...

About 15 years ago, when I turned 50, I decided to enter the local senior Olympics just to see how I could do. I trained on my usual "workout" road course, a 2.5 mile loop around the nearby park....
07-24-11, 07:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Bikewer

If you plan to spend most of your time on the...

If you plan to spend most of your time on the road, you'll do yourself a favor by springing for some street-tread tires instead of those knobbies. They will not only be rather squirmy on the road...
07-24-11, 07:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,906
Posted By Bikewer

I take it this is an old-style frame with...

I take it this is an old-style frame with horizontal dropouts on the rear. Are the positioning screws missing? Many of these frames had small screws that went in through the rear of the dropout...
07-21-11, 12:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 256
Posted By Bikewer

The only reliable way to check the BB I've found...

The only reliable way to check the BB I've found is to pull the cranks and turn the spindle by hand. Rough, draggy, sloppy.... Best to replace. If the spindle turns smoothly with no up-down or...
07-18-11, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,154
Posted By Bikewer

I do this all the time for my "mad money". As...

I do this all the time for my "mad money". As the guys above say.... First, I get my bikes either for free or for next to nothing. How? I work at a major university and the kids abandon bikes...
07-18-11, 05:12 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,391
Posted By Bikewer

Exactly the same thing can be said about a...

Exactly the same thing can be said about a variety of other special-interest forums. You'll find very similar replies and posts on say, guitar-oriented forums.

I've been on the Mythbusters forum...
07-18-11, 05:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,132
Posted By Bikewer

The old wisdom.... "Never let anything come...

The old wisdom.... "Never let anything come between you and your chamois." (from back when bike shorts were actually using real chamois.)
07-16-11, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By Bikewer

Clyclocross bikes are indeed versatile but they...

Clyclocross bikes are indeed versatile but they are meant for cyclocross racing and tend to be rather pricey.
The more casual rider would likely do well with what we used to call a hybrid but...
07-16-11, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 661
Posted By Bikewer

There are a number of techniques. First, your...

There are a number of techniques. First, your position on the bike. Move back on the saddle, to the end, to increase your pedaling leverage through the power portion of the stroke. Hands should...
07-16-11, 03:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 721
Posted By Bikewer

The standard old wisdom is... "If you want to go...

The standard old wisdom is... "If you want to go fast and far, get a roadster". The various sorts of "hybrid" bikes available nowadays, be they "fitness" or "comfort" or "urban" bikes, are great...
07-15-11, 02:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 274
Posted By Bikewer

Well... 5 miles is not particularly far, so the...

Well... 5 miles is not particularly far, so the limited choice of hand positions shouldn't be a bother. Is your route hilly or flat? If it's pretty flat then the three-speed should be fine, and...
07-15-11, 01:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 587
Posted By Bikewer

I see a lot of riders who's hands appear to be...

I see a lot of riders who's hands appear to be welded into "the drops". They must think that's where they belong... As a result, you see a lot of uncomfortable-looking people on roadsters. I...
07-07-11, 01:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,933
Posted By Bikewer

As a police officer of 40+ years, I know that...

As a police officer of 40+ years, I know that these stories tend to get somewhat "doctored" in the telling... If the guy was at was was apparently his house and claimed to have paperwork showing...
07-07-11, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By Bikewer

The device that looks like a shock absorber on...

The device that looks like a shock absorber on the rear of these cheap bikes is nothing of the sort. At best, it's a spring holder. No damping whatever.

A decent shock will cost several times...
07-06-11, 11:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By Bikewer

During a particularly hard Winter some years...

During a particularly hard Winter some years back, we started taking a lot of theft reports of car batteries.
They would target big luxury cars as they had the most expensive batteries.
Then, a...
07-03-11, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,049
Posted By Bikewer

Just a guess... But one of those generic frames...

Just a guess... But one of those generic frames that Nashbar sells? You can either buy the frame or buy one that's built-up already. They are sold as "bargain" bikes that are a cut or two above...
06-30-11, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 522
Posted By Bikewer

I use the Dremel on housings all the time, but...

I use the Dremel on housings all the time, but not so much on cables anymore. I think the really skinny but breakable cutoff wheels handle cable better than the thicker, reinforced ones. Nasty...
06-29-11, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Bikewer

Nothing wrong; was under the impression they were...

Nothing wrong; was under the impression they were a little difficult to obtain. Also, I'm cheap... I'll have to look up the brand you mention.

Looks like a tire brand.... The front WHEEL is...
06-29-11, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By Bikewer

1979 Fuji Del Rey

Just picked this up, missing the front wheel. Very nice little bike, 1979 vintage with the Fuji "Vallite quad-butted" tubing, Suntour LePree components, etc.

Looks eminently re-buildable. ...
06-18-11, 08:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By Bikewer

The main thing to look for in a rear DR is...

The main thing to look for in a rear DR is "capacity". Most all have the ability to handle any contemporary gear cluster as far as side-to-side capacity goes.
So the thing to think about is the...
06-17-11, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By Bikewer

Thanks for the tip.... Worked like a charm. Both...

Thanks for the tip.... Worked like a charm. Both wheels spinning freely.
06-16-11, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By Bikewer

Lacking a pro fitting session (which can be...

Lacking a pro fitting session (which can be pricey as you note), the old "standard wisdom" would have the saddle height such that the leg is not quite fully extended at the bottom of the downstroke. ...
06-15-11, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By Bikewer

Shimano cable-pull disc brakes

Any tips for adjusting/servicing these? I picked up a Trek 4300 with the Shimano discs.

At first glance, they appear to be in good shape but I do like to go over everything before I put a bike...
06-14-11, 06:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,297
Posted By Bikewer

Hehe... I think I'm a good fit. Old dude with...

Hehe... I think I'm a good fit. Old dude with wonky knees on a vintage steel roadster (1972) with dated components. We get along well together.
06-14-11, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 529
Posted By Bikewer

I'm inclined to agree... Sounds like you're over...

I'm inclined to agree... Sounds like you're over flexing your knees (saddle too low and/or too far forward) and/or trying to churn big gears instead of spinning.

If you have the availability (and...
06-06-11, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 843
Posted By Bikewer

With temperature changes, water can condense...

With temperature changes, water can condense inside the frame tubes and dribble down to the BB. Really, seriously bad there, guy. Spring for a sealed item.

I had one old BB I opened up and a...
06-06-11, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,813
Posted By Bikewer

I had one of those Techniums that looked almost...

I had one of those Techniums that looked almost identical to the one pictured. Got the frame as an abandoned item left behind one of the frat houses one Summer and re-built it into what I called my...
05-20-11, 07:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 668
Posted By Bikewer

Seems to me it's perhaps a bit big as well. Your...

Seems to me it's perhaps a bit big as well. Your knees are not bending enough on the top of the pedal stroke, and you seem to be "reaching" at the bottom of the stroke. This can cause a number of...
05-20-11, 07:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By Bikewer

As noted, a good pair of bike shorts provides...

As noted, a good pair of bike shorts provides considerable support and comfort. I find angling the nose of my saddle just slightly down from level is about right for me.
Make sure, as noted, that...
05-20-11, 07:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 502
Posted By Bikewer

If you must leave your bike locked up outside,...

If you must leave your bike locked up outside, obtain a quality U-lock and remove the front wheel. Place the wheel parallel to the rear wheel and run the lock through both wheels and the frame, and...
05-20-11, 07:06 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 10,408
Posted By Bikewer

During the 70s, the Japanese were manufacturing...

During the 70s, the Japanese were manufacturing EVERYTHING. In addition to turning out dozens of different brands of bicycles, they were making guitars, other musical instruments.... Many labeled...
05-20-11, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By Bikewer

Really, it's not hard. For such minor...

Really, it's not hard. For such minor imperfections the wheel can stay on the bike and all you need is a spoke wrench. Be aware that spoke wrenches come in a variety of sizes and one of the...
05-20-11, 06:56 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,798
Posted By Bikewer

There are an awful lot of folks who buy a...

There are an awful lot of folks who buy a roadster and then ride around with their hands apparently welded into the drops; they're there...I must have to use them.
This is perhaps due to the fact...
05-20-11, 06:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 575
Posted By Bikewer

Try this site: ...

Try this site:

http://www.motoredbikes.com/index.php?

And I disagree. Although some appear to be appalled at the idea of putting a motor on a bicyle for high moral reasons (or something),...
05-15-11, 02:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By Bikewer

Frame/tire clearance

I'm putting together a Specialized Hard Rock I picked up; it was rather badly neglected.

There was a large area on the left chainstay where the paint was gone. I inspected it as carefully as I...
05-09-11, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,096
Posted By Bikewer

Even a cover won't help much; moisture tends to...

Even a cover won't help much; moisture tends to condense on the inside and drip onto the bike. I re-build a lot of old bikes that have been abandoned by kids at the university here. If they are...
05-09-11, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 12,325
Posted By Bikewer

Couple of possibilities... Assuming you have...

Couple of possibilities... Assuming you have not touched the limit screws or tried to re-position the DR, it should be good. Remove the cable. Work the shifter until you're sure it's on the "low"...
05-05-11, 01:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By Bikewer

Some years ago, Bicycling magazine did an article...

Some years ago, Bicycling magazine did an article on custom bikes built for very tall riders, like NBA basketball stars. This one isn't even close...
05-05-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By Bikewer

Those are meant to (sort of...) convert MTB...

Those are meant to (sort of...) convert MTB "straight" bars into some semblance of roadster bars. The reason being that generally road "drop" bars are of different diameter than MTB bars and so...
05-05-11, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 542
Posted By Bikewer

In fact, I use that very pump for the...

In fact, I use that very pump for the department's fleet of 25 patrol bikes. Should serve you well. I often recommend Blackburn pumps not so much because they're better than anyone else's but...
04-28-11, 08:57 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,520
Posted By Bikewer

If you notice, those sorts of levers were only...

If you notice, those sorts of levers were only supplied with bikes intended for the "casual" market. Serious roadsters of the period had properly-padded brake levers since serious cyclists spend...
04-20-11, 07:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,223
Posted By Bikewer

Just as a comment... There is a certain type of...

Just as a comment... There is a certain type of rider who bought one of those original Bell skateboard-type helmets back when they were introduced (1970s?) and just continues to wear them. Fashion...
04-19-11, 09:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,172
Posted By Bikewer

In my many years of police work, I have never...

In my many years of police work, I have never seen anyone cut spokes to get a wheel. The whole bike, possibly. Thieves are not, generally, bike mechanics. They want one thing... Quick cash so they...
04-05-11, 10:15 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,342
Posted By Bikewer

I've broken exactly one in many years of riding,...

I've broken exactly one in many years of riding, this due to impact with a large rock. Naturally, on a mountain bike.... It's difficult to imagine anything out on the open road that would cause...
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