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11-08-21, 08:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 431
Posted By ThermionicScott

How bike-savvy is your friend? Would he (or she)...

How bike-savvy is your friend? Would he (or she) know how to keep their bike rolling if another spoke broke on a commute?

I have a few wheels with rusty galvanized spokes like yours. When one of...
10-19-21, 09:22 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,699
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

Agreed that insurance is the right thing to do...

Agreed that insurance is the right thing to do for your customers. After all if something should go wrong due to your mistake and that took the bread winner from providing for their family wouldn't...
07-17-21, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,078
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

Being the first self made wheel set I strongly...

Being the first self made wheel set I strongly suggest LockTite is not used. Many, including me, have used oil or grease on tens of thousands of wheels with no issues. For customer wheels I generally...
07-04-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By hevysrf

Wow, that link sent me down a rabbit hole, looks...

Wow, that link sent me down a rabbit hole, looks like a Wheel Fanatyk Tensiometer is on my wish list.
07-04-21, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By easyupbug

If you build more than a few wheels the handy...

If you build more than a few wheels the handy convenience of Roger's design is hard to beat: https://www.wheelpro.co.uk/support/dishing-tool.php
His book on wheel building is outstanding.
07-03-21, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 425
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

While there are TI specific AS compounds (and...

While there are TI specific AS compounds (and other metal referenced ones) the overlap with most all the hardware store stuff is large. I suspect for most all bike work it's like the chain lube...
06-02-21, 11:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,446
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

A few comments- Common reasons for using a wheel...

A few comments- Common reasons for using a wheel truing stand are space/bike stand lacking, ease of seeing the rim and indicators and beliefs in a stand held wheel somehow the results will be better...
05-29-21, 01:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,274
Posted By CliffordK

That is a very classic front end collision dent. ...

That is a very classic front end collision dent. It occurs behind any lugs or internal butting of the tubes (thicker tubing at ends).

In most cases, there will also be damage to the top tube,...
05-28-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 718
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Max number of crosses is INTEGER(#spokes/9), so a...

Max number of crosses is INTEGER(#spokes/9), so a 3X is typically OK on a 28 but barely. Large hubs and/or small rims would probably be an issue though.
05-27-21, 05:29 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,992
Posted By Phil_gretz

I have skimmed every post. Any each poster...

I have skimmed every post. Any each poster missed the obvious reason to go to 7-speeds versus 6 speeds. Shifters. Unless you are happy using friction shifters, it's getting harder and harder to...
Forum: Commuting
05-17-21, 01:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,292
Posted By Darth Lefty

People use lots of kinds of bags. Backpacks and...

People use lots of kinds of bags. Backpacks and messenger bags for grownups come in every size, but I think most of us are carrying bags to match our laptops. When we opt for luggage it's usually...
05-05-21, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 948
Posted By sweeks

It's called a "pick". :innocent: ...

It's called a "pick". :innocent:
Picks...
04-21-21, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,099
Posted By Hit Factor

I don't see where a certificate could hurt your...

I don't see where a certificate could hurt your career. You might learn something along the way. Might help with insurance premiums.
04-19-21, 03:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,607
Posted By davidad

If they undergo a loss of strain then they get...

If they undergo a loss of strain then they get shorter. The high tension lengthens the spokes.
04-17-21, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 947
Posted By Iride01

Is this a size you can no longer get? Seems like...

Is this a size you can no longer get? Seems like an awful lot of trouble for something that can be had new for $8.00 to $20.00.

Though I to use to have an affliction of trying to repair things...
04-08-21, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

Does the old tube have a bulge at the valve base?...

Does the old tube have a bulge at the valve base? If tubes don't fit fully against the rim bed right about the valve the tube will try to expand into that space and the tube can stretch. In time this...
04-08-21, 07:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,122
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

It is possible that more then one issue is at...

It is possible that more then one issue is at hand (pun) and they cancel each other out. So the bike tracks straight but isn't straight. No handed riding is just one sort of check and not at all...
04-08-21, 03:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 675
Posted By ClydeClydeson

Aluminum forks were never very common, but of the...

Aluminum forks were never very common, but of the handful I have seen leave shops I have never seen one bent or broken. Not saying it doesn't happen, but I haven't seen it.

I have seen loads of...
04-08-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,982
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

I'll begin with the comment that most component...

I'll begin with the comment that most component problems/failures I see are much more often related to use and maintenance and not bad design or manufacturing.

The freehub ratchet make a certain...
04-07-21, 09:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 599
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

A not uncommon cause for clicking spoke is their...

A not uncommon cause for clicking spoke is their becoming notched by the crossing and contacting spoke. One way to separate the cause is to place a small piece of material (I like old credit cards...
04-06-21, 02:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,155
Posted By veganbikes

Again as I always say buy the best tools you can...

Again as I always say buy the best tools you can and then you only buy them once. A cheap tool is one of those things you need only once and not for anything critical. If you are really looking for...
04-02-21, 12:55 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,102
Posted By cpach

The Ksyrium thing was mostly to bring the DS...

The Ksyrium thing was mostly to bring the DS flange out a little farther without hitting the cassette, particularly with the stupid zircal spokes. It relies on the hub shell to transmit torque....
03-25-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 306
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

PB Blaster is not a lube, it will help degrade...

PB Blaster is not a lube, it will help degrade any current lube however. Adding a drop or three of suitable oil to the shift pod internals is a good idea. Campy has had a few lube ports molded into...
03-25-21, 12:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,444
Posted By Geepig

I understand, I have arthritis in almost all my...

I understand, I have arthritis in almost all my joints, and my spine is distorted and frozen as a result, plus I have psoriasis over most of my body: sometimes cycling and my wife is all I have to...
03-23-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By well biked

At my shop, we have a dizzying array of removal...

At my shop, we have a dizzying array of removal tools/bushings, etc for headset cups, the various pressfit bb's, etc etc. I'll give Park Tool credit, they seem to offer something for just about...
03-23-21, 11:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,444
Posted By Troul

hierarchy criteria can & will be different with...

hierarchy criteria can & will be different with each OEM.
The known higher end of brands that have established themselves tend to provide a tighter tolerance & strive to create the component least...
03-18-21, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 654
Posted By alcjphil

A hub motor exerts no extra force on the rest of...

A hub motor exerts no extra force on the rest of the drivetrain. One of its advantages over a mid drive setup
03-18-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,577
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

There is no one answer to this question. There is...

There is no one answer to this question. There is no industry accepted/standard "tune up". Every bike has it's own issues and areas of greater or lesser needs. Yesterday's work showed this quite...
03-17-21, 02:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,577
Posted By shelbyfv

You know the only opinion that matters is that of...

You know the only opinion that matters is that of your boss. Hope the job works out for you.:thumb:
03-15-21, 05:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dan Burkhart

Chain saw oil has a tackifier added to keep the...

Chain saw oil has a tackifier added to keep the oil from being flung off the chain at speed. It might be a bitt too tacky for freehub pawls.
03-14-21, 06:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,201
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

And at 125 through my current 150 lbs I have...

And at 125 through my current 150 lbs I have bent/broken more then a few freewheeled axles. BTW the core of an axle offers very little bending resistance. I have not done the research, data...
03-14-21, 01:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 895
Posted By WizardOfBoz

Hold up here. You say you have a 4mm fine pitch...

Hold up here. You say you have a 4mm fine pitch screw. That's probably MF4 (with a 0.5mm* pitch, btw, in case you want to try to order one). The tapped hole that this fits into has a minor diameter...
03-10-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,926
Posted By JohnDThompson

I bought one of these stands from Aldi a few...

I bought one of these stands from Aldi a few years ago, so I wouldn't have to haul my 40# city bike down to the basement or haul my 80# Park stand up to the garage for routine repairs. I agree with...
03-10-21, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,926
Posted By Crankycrank

It's an informed, honest review which is not the...

It's an informed, honest review which is not the sales pitch you get from the manufacturer. The Pixies would agree.
03-10-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,387
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

The limit screws only do one thing, limit cage...

The limit screws only do one thing, limit cage travel in the screws' direction. Any chain rub on other then the lowest gear and inside cage plate or largest gear and outer plate is due to cable...
03-09-21, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,926
Posted By Crankycrank

^^^^Great video. Thanks

^^^^Great video. Thanks
03-07-21, 01:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 463
Posted By cpach

Lower than optimal tensions increase the...

Lower than optimal tensions increase the probability of spoke failure, higher than optimal tension increase the probability of rim failure (at the spoke holes).

You should tension to the highest...
02-23-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,748
Posted By DiabloScott

You know there's a Clydesdale subforum right? I...

You know there's a Clydesdale subforum right? I think they discuss wheels quite a bit.
But I'd put rim strength #1, spoke count #2, and double butted spokes #3 in order of importance... ie, talk...
02-22-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,295
Posted By AlmostTrick

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize...

I grease 'em. Or better still use anti seize compound. Never had any come loose, and never heard of it happening. Best of all I never had heads stripped out when attempting to remove because they...
02-22-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,295
Posted By Geepig

As an obviously advanced member of the greasing...

As an obviously advanced member of the greasing school, I am looking to you to answer that question. Do you use copper grease for the rotor bolts? I have yet to fit one, but a long time ago, in my...
01-25-21, 01:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,754
Posted By Dave Mayer

The shop discount? Ha ha... good...

The shop discount?


Ha ha... good observation - they don't. A freshly minted professional engineer who had done co-op terms in a fab shop would have a starting salary north of $100k. There...
01-24-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,754
Posted By cyccommute

Thatís what I really like about my co-op. Iím...

Thatís what I really like about my co-op. Iím not there to make a customer happy. Iím there to help people fix bikes. Although I do a lot of wrench turning, the people who come to us are supposed...
01-22-21, 09:18 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,754
Posted By cyccommute

Paying attention to how things work is probably...

Paying attention to how things work is probably the best quality of a good mechanic. Having a good memory helps.



I learned mostly by just doing. I read things early on...I started when...
01-22-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,754
Posted By Dave Mayer

Best qualities in a mechanic? A masters degree...

Best qualities in a mechanic? A masters degree in mechanical engineering, and several years of floor-level experience in manufacturing/fabrication. Bike shop experience may not even be necessary,...
01-22-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,754
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

If you're going to work on other's bikes then...

If you're going to work on other's bikes then perhaps the first good quality to have is to listen well and know how to pull out of people the information you need without their loosing face when...
01-16-21, 08:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 732
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

At one time I had a couple of replacement Shimano...

At one time I had a couple of replacement Shimano brake pivot thrust bearings for sale in my shop. Not sure what ever happened to them. I ordered them (likely from QBP) after spending way too much...
01-15-21, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 729
Posted By pdlamb

Use what you've got, it'll be fine. And send...

Use what you've got, it'll be fine.

And send me $10 to assuage any guilt you might feel about using the same grease on your less expensive and more expensive bearings. :)
01-12-21, 08:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,968
Posted By aggiegrads

As long as you are using any grease, you are...

As long as you are using any grease, you are ahead in the game. Don’t overthink it. Lots of people already have.

The differences between different greases are minimal. Park and Phil’s are...
01-11-21, 05:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,933
Posted By Bill Kapaun

That's about the simplest wheel "repair". You...

That's about the simplest wheel "repair".
You simply turn all the NDS spokes another 1/8 turn. Just pay attention.
Check.
Repeat if necessary. You only "shift" the rim 1mm total which, as noted,...
01-07-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,092
Posted By '02 nrs

synthetic steel wool works wonders on carbon...

synthetic steel wool works wonders on carbon spokes.chrommax on dull alloy hubs....
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