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07-17-18, 03:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,194
Posted By SkyDog75

If your rims are double-walled (like the SS-40 in...

If your rims are double-walled (like the SS-40 in the pic), rubber rim strips could be problematic. Rubber can stretch, potentially allowing the tube to expand into spoke holes where it can keep on...
07-14-18, 05:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 882
Posted By SkyDog75

Just a little clarification: Shimano Hollowtech...

Just a little clarification: Shimano Hollowtech II cranks are two-piece cranks. The original Shimano Hollowtech cranks were three-piece, with Octalink bottom brackets if I remember correctly.
07-13-18, 01:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 882
Posted By SkyDog75

It's not likely that you'd be able to use the...

It's not likely that you'd be able to use the same bottom bracket. When talking about three-piece cranksets like your 520 would've originally been equipped with, the required spindle length will...
07-13-18, 10:59 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,194
Posted By SkyDog75

According to this old Araya catalog shot I found,...

According to this old Araya catalog shot I found, it looks like SS-40 rims had a hooked bead. If so, we should be able to rule out hook-beaded tires on straight-sided rims as the source of the...
07-13-18, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Posted By SkyDog75

Being a bit heavy often has at least as much to...

Being a bit heavy often has at least as much to do with the components as the frame, so transferring your Jamis' parts to a new frame may not save you as much weight as you'd hope. Frame size is a...
06-29-18, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 681
Posted By SkyDog75

Welcome! "Tube Special Carbolite 103" isn't...

Welcome!

"Tube Special Carbolite 103" isn't the model of the bike, but rather the type of steel tubing Peugeot used to make the frame. That particular flavor of tubing is a Peugeot 'house brand'...
06-29-18, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By SkyDog75

It's not a simple bolt-on retrofit. Disc brakes...

It's not a simple bolt-on retrofit. Disc brakes exert different stresses on different points of the frame and fork than rim brakes, and the frame and fork need to be built to withstand those...
06-29-18, 01:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 327
Posted By SkyDog75

So long as he's using a 700c tire that clears the...

So long as he's using a 700c tire that clears the frame and fork, there's nothing 'wrong' about it. It's not uncommon to switch to tires of different widths.
06-28-18, 10:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 966
Posted By SkyDog75

If money was no object, knock yourself out. Buy...

If money was no object, knock yourself out. Buy what tickles your fancy. But since money *is* an issue, White Industries hubs don't seem like a smart purchase. They're a luxury item. You can get...
05-10-18, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,303
Posted By SkyDog75

While those Paul Motolites could be a valid...

While those Paul Motolites could be a valid option for some people in a similar situation, I somehow doubt Jax is going to spend well over $200 for brakes on a Schwinn Probe. ;-)
05-09-18, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 448
Posted By SkyDog75

I don't see why it wouldn't work, especially on...

I don't see why it wouldn't work, especially on an inner chainring. The inner ring doesn't need any shifting aids like pins or gates since the chain will never be climbing up onto the inner ring. ...
05-07-18, 10:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By SkyDog75

A Tourney crankset could also be Takagi (before...

A Tourney crankset could also be Takagi (before Shimano acquired them), but still standard threads.
05-07-18, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,019
Posted By SkyDog75

Even if I never pull one apart myself, it's nice...

Even if I never pull one apart myself, it's nice to know how it's put together. Thanks for the write-up!
05-07-18, 04:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 567
Posted By SkyDog75

If you Google suspension seatpost, you'll find...

If you Google suspension seatpost, you'll find lots of options at various price points. The Thudbuster is well-known, but not cheap. The SunTour SP12-NCX uses a similar parallelogram design, is...
05-07-18, 07:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,424
Posted By SkyDog75

One other potential 'gotcha' to be aware of: ...

One other potential 'gotcha' to be aware of: Mountain bike cranksets typically have wider chainline than road bike cranksets. Shimano's spec for chainline on road triples is 45 mm. Spec for...
05-07-18, 12:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,288
Posted By SkyDog75

If the friend of 408mopar is looking for a road...

If the friend of 408mopar is looking for a road bike... One of our fellow forum members, fiataccompli , listed some bikes for sale a few months ago, including some really nice small ones:...
05-06-18, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 437
Posted By SkyDog75

KMC Missing Link connectors do work on Campy...

KMC Missing Link connectors do work on Campy chains (so long as you have the right type & speed), and the technique Iride01 described to click the link into place works well. Join the link in the...
05-06-18, 03:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By SkyDog75

It's not bad. The trick is to turn the frame...

It's not bad. The trick is to turn the frame upside-down when putting balls in the lower cup. Grease the cup, place balls in it, then insert the fork and flip the bike upright.
05-04-18, 12:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,000
Posted By SkyDog75

There are lots of options out there in your...

There are lots of options out there in your bikeís 650b size. Along with being a niche tire for road and gravel bikes, itís popular size for mountain bike tires.

Donít confuse your bikeís tire...
05-04-18, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 497
Posted By SkyDog75

Each crankset is designed to use a spindle of...

Each crankset is designed to use a spindle of particular length. The spindle length you need in this case will depend on what your specific crankset was designed for. Knowing the brand and model of...
05-04-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 497
Posted By SkyDog75

Going from loose balls to caged or vice versa...

Going from loose balls to caged or vice versa shouldn't make any difference at all, so long as the balls are the same size.

Is there any chance your spindle was installed backward before you...
05-03-18, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 727
Posted By SkyDog75

By conventional sizing, that bike was too big for...

By conventional sizing, that bike was too big for him. And judging by the stem & saddle height, it's not set up for a 5'6" rider.

For sake of comparison, I'm 5'10" and usually ride road bikes...
05-03-18, 08:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 727
Posted By SkyDog75

It doesn't look like this bike was ridden much,...

It doesn't look like this bike was ridden much, and it ought to clean up really well. Whoever you sell it to is going to get a really nice entry-level road bike.

If I was a little taller and in...
05-03-18, 04:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By SkyDog75

If you're choosing between those two, go with the...

If you're choosing between those two, go with the Giant.

A 1980s Trek 360 has a decent frame, but it's an older bike than the Giant by at least 15 years or so. An '88 Trek 360 would've been...
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By SkyDog75

Thanks for the correction. I couldn't find it...

Thanks for the correction. I couldn't find it yesterday, but sure enough, a mixte frame is mentioned on the bottom of page 18.

In case anyone finds the catalog scans handy, they're on...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,042
Posted By SkyDog75

It's impossible to assess value without knowing...

It's impossible to assess value without knowing the bike's condition, location, age, and size. Got pics?

If it's like THIS ONE (http://www.vintagelotusbicycles.com/Elan_75.html) on the Vintage...
Replies: 43
Views: 3,709
Posted By SkyDog75

That Trek 930 would be a nice pickup for...

That Trek 930 would be a nice pickup for general-purpose riding around. Decent frame made from triple-butted True Temper tubing. Bullet-proof rigid CrMo fork. It looks to be in the right size...
05-03-18, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By SkyDog75

A 3U spindle is 127.5 mm long and asymmetric,...

A 3U spindle is 127.5 mm long and asymmetric, being 5 mm longer on the drive side.

You can replicate that pretty darn closely by using a 127 mm cartridge bottom bracket and a 2.5 mm spacer...
05-03-18, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By SkyDog75

You sure about that? I know that nearly all of...

You sure about that? I know that nearly all of Shimano's 6-10 speed road derailleurs share the same pull ratios*, but I've read in many places -- some more reputable than others -- that Shimano's...
Replies: 43
Views: 3,709
Posted By SkyDog75

In 1997 and thereabouts, Cannondale labeled their...

In 1997 and thereabouts, Cannondale labeled their rigid-framed mountain bikes as either "CAAD 1", "CAAD 2", or "CAAD 3". CAAD 1 frames were straight-gauge aluminum tubing. CAAD 2 frames used butted...
Replies: 12
Views: 615
Posted By SkyDog75

The serial number, tacked-on stainless steel...

The serial number, tacked-on stainless steel dropout faces, SunTour top-mount shifters, and decal fonts are all consistent with my 1985 Le Tour Luxe, which I think may have been built at the Schwinn...
05-02-18, 07:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 509
Posted By SkyDog75

First things first: Don't try to install 25.8 mm...

First things first: Don't try to install 25.8 mm bars in a 25.4 mm stem. They're incompatible.

As dddd mentioned above, 25.8 mm bars are effectively 26.0 in my experience. I've purchased a few...
Replies: 43
Views: 3,709
Posted By SkyDog75

That looks like a 1997 Cannondale F300, but with...

That looks like a 1997 Cannondale F300, but with black paint and a police decal. If it's in good shape, the price should be three figures and start with a "1".
05-01-18, 02:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By SkyDog75

Might as well go 8. Should be easy as long as...

Might as well go 8. Should be easy as long as the derailleur has the range and your shifter can pull enough cable.

I did a similar 27"-to-700c swap on my '86 Trek 300 Elance, but went with...
05-01-18, 01:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 730
Posted By SkyDog75

That last word is the key. If you use spoke...

That last word is the key. If you use spoke tension to pull a bent wheel into true, the spokes will be tensioned unevenly. An unevenly-tensioned wheel won't be as strong or as durable, and is...
05-01-18, 08:52 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 4,044
Posted By SkyDog75

The Rubino and Rubino Pro are different in more...

The Rubino and Rubino Pro are different in more ways than a folding bead. Different compounds, layered construction, and 60 TPI nylon versus 290 TPI cotton/polyester in the current Pro. (The...
05-01-18, 08:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 906
Posted By SkyDog75

Tiagra 4600-series components are 10-speed, but...

Tiagra 4600-series components are 10-speed, but they use the same cable pull ratio as Shimano's 9-speed components and are thus interchangeable for the most part.



According to the specs on...
05-01-18, 07:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,590
Posted By SkyDog75

There are lots of ways you can try to tackle...

There are lots of ways you can try to tackle this, some of which are mentioned above:

Loosening the stem clamp to relieve some tension
Grabit
Left-handed drill bit
New Allen wrench
Slightly...
05-01-18, 07:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,310
Posted By SkyDog75

It's much more about the rider than the bike....

It's much more about the rider than the bike. Ride lots. Train hard.

But since the question's about the bike... Price vs. weight/performance tends to be a logarithmic curve. I borrowed the...
04-30-18, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 376
Posted By SkyDog75

STI front derailleurs are designed for a...

STI front derailleurs are designed for a particular size difference between the middle and big ring. If the middle ring is much bigger than the derailleur was designed for, the inner plate of the...
04-30-18, 08:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,303
Posted By SkyDog75

Putting a 700c wheel on a bike designed for 26"...

Putting a 700c wheel on a bike designed for 26" wheels would move the brake track 31.5 mm. I doubt there's any cantilever or v-brake that would accommodate such a huge difference. There are...
04-30-18, 05:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By SkyDog75

Well, you've got the rim and hub; now you just...

Well, you've got the rim and hub; now you just need spokes and nipples. You'll need some measurements from the rim and hub to determine the length of the spokes you'll need. An online spoke...
04-30-18, 05:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 624
Posted By SkyDog75

I don't know if Selle Italia's 'nubuk' is the...

I don't know if Selle Italia's 'nubuk' is the real thing, but nubuck leather is similar to suede, with the difference being that nubuck is sanded for its soft/velvety texture on the outside of the...
04-30-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,285
Posted By SkyDog75

°Bienvenido! I've got a feeling...

°Bienvenido!




I've got a feeling it's a style thing, in that some people believe a 'true fixie' doesn't have (or shouldn't need) a brake. If someone did want a brake, a rim brake is...
04-30-18, 04:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By SkyDog75

Those Trek Antelopes and MultiTracks make great...

Those Trek Antelopes and MultiTracks make great 'knockaround bikes', to borrow your term. If you're lucky, it won't need anything more than some fresh grease in its bearings and maybe some...
04-30-18, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,914
Posted By SkyDog75

Beam-type wrenches are my preference, so long as...

Beam-type wrenches are my preference, so long as I can view the scale head-on. They're simple, intuitive, comparatively inexpensive, work both directions, don't need batteries, don't have to be...
04-30-18, 08:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 521
Posted By SkyDog75

Both bikes would make decent commuters. The...

Both bikes would make decent commuters. The Schwinn appears to be in better shape, but is overpriced at >$200 IMO. With very few exceptions, old rigid mountain bikes generally don't command much...
04-28-18, 02:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 377
Posted By SkyDog75

He said BMX, not mountain bike. I donít keep...

He said BMX, not mountain bike.

I donít keep track of BMX prices, but if itís a 1970s or early Ď80s American-made Mongoose BMX, it has some value.
Replies: 31
Views: 1,787
Posted By SkyDog75

It might be a moot point now that you have a...

It might be a moot point now that you have a replacement, but if the only apparent problem with the front derailleur is the missing limit screws, you can probably just replace them. Unless something...
04-26-18, 08:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,602
Posted By SkyDog75

In theory, it'll take a little more effort since...

In theory, it'll take a little more effort since the caliper's spring will be more flexed, but I wouldn't expect enough of a difference to notice at the lever. If you do notice a significant...
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