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10-28-22, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By MudPie

Sounds often transmit thru the frame, so what...

Sounds often transmit thru the frame, so what appears to be the bottom bracket, may not be. I always say do the cheap, simple things first.

For example:
swap pedals if you; have a second set or...
09-26-22, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,107
Posted By MudPie

Is the inner valve core spring loaded (like a...

Is the inner valve core spring loaded (like a Schraeder) or operated by differential pressure (like a Presta)? I assume it's the latter. I'll probably never see one of these in my life, but in case...
09-16-22, 09:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 437
Posted By MudPie

Sheldon Brown has a very article about chain...

Sheldon Brown has a very article about chain wear, its consequences and how best to measure (see 7/8 down on the page) https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chain-wear.html

Note, measuring chain wear with...
09-14-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 297
Posted By MudPie

Even when I install and secure wheels while the...

Even when I install and secure wheels while the bike is in a repair stand, as a final step, I'll always place the bike on the ground, loosen than re-secure the quick-releases to ensure the wheel is...
09-12-22, 12:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 906
Posted By MudPie

See the below link to Sheldon Brown's article on...

See the below link to Sheldon Brown's article on tire widths. About 7/8 of the way down the page, he includes a handy chart listing rim width and tire widths.
...
09-11-22, 05:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By MudPie

Just to be certain it's the wheel, do you have...

Just to be certain it's the wheel, do you have another bike or a friend's bike that you can swap the wheel into and see if the problem follows the wheel? It'd be a quick check and may help eliminate...
09-10-22, 10:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 298
Posted By MudPie

No need to be ashamed - it's called experience! ...

No need to be ashamed - it's called experience! Experience is the teacher that gives the final exam on the first day.

I know I've done similar, but I never admit it and just blame the cat.
09-09-22, 09:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By MudPie

Me too, regarding diamond vs square orientation. ...

Me too, regarding diamond vs square orientation.

I guess I always worked with matching cranksets. Anyway, good to know.
09-04-22, 10:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By MudPie

Yup, I fully agree to buy the removal tool and be...

Yup, I fully agree to buy the removal tool and be self sufficient, especially since it costs less than $10.
09-04-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 206
Posted By MudPie

I too came across a Falcon freewheel years back...

I too came across a Falcon freewheel years back and the the Park one worked fine. I wasn't aware there are possibly many Falcon sizes, so I assume I got lucky.

In the past, I emailed Park directly...
08-29-22, 12:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 477
Posted By MudPie

Agree, the origin of the squeak could be from...

Agree, the origin of the squeak could be from many places, masking as the bottom bracket. As I say, do the cheap things first, like tightening crank arm bolts, chainring bolts, if you have a second...
08-20-22, 11:32 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 631
Posted By MudPie

A socket with 12mm hex bit is the way to go here....

A socket with 12mm hex bit is the way to go here.
Assuming you get it off, be sure to apply anti-seize or grease to the threads. The freehub fixing bolt need not be installed with gorilla strength.
08-13-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 416
Posted By MudPie

Back 30+ years ago, I built my first wheelset...

Back 30+ years ago, I built my first wheelset with Mavic MA40 rims around Shimano 600 hubs. They were good wheelset, and I think it all had to do with the rims. It was my first hand-built wheelset,...
07-30-22, 10:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,146
Posted By MudPie

Or try swapping the 21T cog to the #6 position...

Or try swapping the 21T cog to the #6 position and #6 into #5 and verify the problem stays with the cog.
07-25-22, 09:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 449
Posted By MudPie

You're asking some good questions! 1. Like you,...

You're asking some good questions!
1. Like you, I would expect the front chainrings to wear because they're usually made of aluminum (softer material than the steel chain and steel rear cogs). As...
07-24-22, 10:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 728
Posted By MudPie

I do what you did, and I like to see grease...

I do what you did, and I like to see grease oozing out. You may feel a bit more drag when spun my your fingers, but as long as it spins smoothly (with no play), all is goo. Excess grease will work...
07-17-22, 11:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 347
Posted By MudPie

My first idea is to use a fine, wet sandpaper,...

My first idea is to use a fine, wet sandpaper, and favoring light strokes with many passes. With sandpaper, you can feather and blend the surrounding paint so there is a smooth transition from the...
07-11-22, 10:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 655
Posted By MudPie

I use a glass jar without problems. I do more of...

I use a glass jar without problems. I do more of a swirling action with the chain in the jar, so solvent tends to wash over the chain. I don't shake the jar, but swirl it as if I was nursing a gin...
07-11-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 278
Posted By MudPie

Yup, I did not remove the washer once way back...

Yup, I did not remove the washer once way back during my college days in the mid-80s. Funny how that little lesson stays with me to this day. I couldn't tell you how to take the derivative of an...
07-11-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 318
Posted By MudPie

Funny, same just happened to me yesterday. I...

Funny, same just happened to me yesterday. I rode Saturday, then when I started to prep for my Sunday ride, the front was completely flat. I removed the tube, and found a "tear" about an inch away...
07-09-22, 10:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 348
Posted By MudPie

In addition to grease or anti-seize, I do an...

In addition to grease or anti-seize, I do an annual maintenance and that includes unscrewing the cups. This really doesn't take much time and it exercises the threads.
06-21-22, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 374
Posted By MudPie

Good that you had existing bearing to measure. ...

Good that you had existing bearing to measure.

I assume you could install the bearings without cages, too. Cages make it easier, but the grease will retain the balls during assembly and...
06-11-22, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By MudPie

Thanks for the correction. I've been using SRAM/...

Thanks for the correction. I've been using SRAM/ KMC for so long (>20 years), I forgot Shimano adopted the master link too,
06-11-22, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 348
Posted By MudPie

1. Check out this good video on chain...

1. Check out this good video on chain replacement. It shows the tools needed and detailed steps of replacing a chain.

https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/chain-replacement-derailleur-bikes...
06-07-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 233
Posted By MudPie

Correct, many chain checkers are not accurate....

Correct, many chain checkers are not accurate. Chain gauges with three points of contact are more accurate than those with two points of contact. But a steel rule is best.

There's an active thread...
06-06-22, 08:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 905
Posted By MudPie

There is some logic to my madness, so here goes: ...

There is some logic to my madness, so here goes:

1. I soak the chain in a glass jar (with lid) with mineral spirits because

1a) the mineral spirits do a better job of removing oil based gunk...
06-05-22, 10:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 598
Posted By MudPie

TIL what TIL means! ( I had to look this one up.)

TIL what TIL means! ( I had to look this one up.)
06-02-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 427
Posted By MudPie

Park has a pretty good site and this is for crank...

Park has a pretty good site and this is for crank arm removal. They do a good job at explaining. https://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/crank-removal-and-installation-three-piece

You will need...
06-01-22, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By MudPie

And sometimes the length is stamped on the axle,...

And sometimes the length is stamped on the axle, if you're lucky and led a good and just life :)
06-01-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By MudPie

Just to add an illustration to the above info,...

Just to add an illustration to the above info, here are end differences in the cables (note, don't pay too much attention to the cable lengths shown in the bottom right. Most likely the cable you...
05-24-22, 08:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 387
Posted By MudPie

I view that clip as a visual go/no-go gauge. If...

I view that clip as a visual go/no-go gauge. If the metal pin that protrudes from the clip fits into the hole in the spindle, then you're good to go. I the metal pin does not fit into the hole and...
05-20-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 316
Posted By MudPie

What do you mean by bad? I've had a couple of...

What do you mean by bad? I've had a couple of Ultegra shifters that didn't release or engage the internal mechanisms. However, a flush with WD40 (to clean) followed by a spray of Boeshield T9 (to...
05-18-22, 08:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 509
Posted By MudPie

Here's a skeptical look at the rollerless chain...

Here's a skeptical look at the rollerless chain design: https://cyclingtips.com/2021/01/taya-new-rollerless-chain-isnt-an-innovation/
05-09-22, 08:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 831
Posted By MudPie

Assuming the o-ring is worn to allow air to pass,...

Assuming the o-ring is worn to allow air to pass, you could not discern dimensional changes visually. The next size up or down will be obviously incorrect.

The other variable about o-rings is...
05-08-22, 10:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 831
Posted By MudPie

I'm pretty certain the o-ring is an standard...

I'm pretty certain the o-ring is an standard industrial type oring. I can't see Trek/Bontrager making special o-rings but rather, incorporate an existing o-ring.

My local hardware store (Do It...
04-30-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 265
Posted By MudPie

You might want to send your query to Park Tool. ...

You might want to send your query to Park Tool. I've asked them technical questions such as yours and they've responded pretty quickly. Best to hear the answer directly from them.
04-08-22, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 376
Posted By MudPie

See this great resource - all you wanted to know...

See this great resource - all you wanted to know about tire sizing. About 7/8 down the page, Sheldon presents a chart of rim width vs allowable tire width.
...
03-16-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 932
Posted By MudPie

I actually look forward to the day I need to use...

I actually look forward to the day I need to use one of these home made removers!
03-08-22, 09:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 835
Posted By MudPie

My problem with the bad valves was once the pump...

My problem with the bad valves was once the pump head was removed, air was leaking at a pretty good rate. By the time I screwed the valve close, I felt enough air was released to render the tire...
02-11-22, 11:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 615
Posted By MudPie

I never heard the term "widow end" but I like...

I never heard the term "widow end" but I like it!
01-17-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 704
Posted By MudPie

I fought a stuck pedal once, and won by removing...

I fought a stuck pedal once, and won by removing the crank arm, placing the arm in a vice (use wood and/or rags to prevent damage to the crank arm finish), pedal pointing up ward (so you're not...
12-30-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 517
Posted By MudPie

For stainless cables, you might have to use a...

For stainless cables, you might have to use a solder with a silver content, at least that's the only way I can solder stainless cables.

Regular solder works fine with non-stainless cables.

But...
07-09-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,487
Posted By MudPie

Wow, this sounds like a neat challenge! People...

Wow, this sounds like a neat challenge! People who work in the well drilling field have various ideas and fishing tools to extract broken vertical pipe to recover.

My idea involves a tool that...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-15-21, 08:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,023
Posted By MudPie

i ran my GS Hardshells at 100psi, and also...

i ran my GS Hardshells at 100psi, and also experienced the occasional loose sidewall threads.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-13-21, 08:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,518
Posted By MudPie

Some folks say the sole purpose of the stock...

Some folks say the sole purpose of the stock tires is to protect the rims during shipping.😀
05-27-21, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,507
Posted By MudPie

Any grease is fine. In fact, I dribble a bit of...

Any grease is fine. In fact, I dribble a bit of oil/chain lube onto the threads instead of smearing grease.. It's easier to apply than grease, and is fine for that application. Note, I usually...
05-27-21, 10:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,443
Posted By MudPie

Is the bolt bottoming out against itself as you...

Is the bolt bottoming out against itself as you tighten it?
05-06-21, 08:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 999
Posted By MudPie

The spacer may be specific to hub/cassette...

The spacer may be specific to hub/cassette combinations, and not a universal truth. For example, I have a Bontrager hub and if I use a Shimano Ultegra 10-spd cassette, I need the 1mm spacer but if I...
04-11-21, 06:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By MudPie

I have a Bontrager freehub that needed an 11mm...

I have a Bontrager freehub that needed an 11mm hex bit. I successfully used a 7/16 hex bit as as substitute.
11mm = .4331
7/16 = .4375

I remember paying good money for that 1/2” drive socket...
03-04-21, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,625
Posted By MudPie

Regarding installing the tire, my trick is to...

Regarding installing the tire, my trick is to start opposite of the valve stem, and install the bead evenly in both directions towards the valve stem. As you place the bead onto the rim, pinch the...
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