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Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have a vintage vinyl single of Snowbird.

I have a vintage vinyl single of Snowbird.
10-17-19, 07:10 AM
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Views: 213
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are there even nutted axles available for your...

Are there even nutted axles available for your hubs?

I vote for returning the incorrect order and getting what you originally asked for.

In the meantime, you can usually lock F&R wheels and...
10-16-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,901
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I had a customer, years ago, who complained about...

I had a customer, years ago, who complained about multiple repeated flat tires. It would go flat almost immediately after being 'repaired'.

Me: "Are you replacing the tube or using a patch?"...
10-11-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,068
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Pro tip: If you are on a long ride and need...

Pro tip: If you are on a long ride and need chain lube (caught in the rain and wax lube washes off, for example), go to any gas station, look into the garbage cans by the pumps, and you almost...
10-11-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,068
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. After frying your bacon for breakfast on...

1. After frying your bacon for breakfast on Sunday morning, remove the chain from your bike and soak it in the hot grease.
2. Remove the chain and let it cool/congeal.
3. Re-install chain and...
10-10-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,648
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A spritz of water in the face from a water bottle...

A spritz of water in the face from a water bottle is enough to deter a chasing dog. In all my years of riding, I have never met a dog that couldn't be deterred from chasing by spraying with a water...
10-10-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 4,068
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Andy - I have rescinded that permission. OP...

Andy -

I have rescinded that permission. OP must buy a lifetime supply of one type of lube then use it until they are dead.

Check with me first, next time, please, to avoid this confusion.
10-02-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 808
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Or... the original owner lost the Velcro...

Or...

the original owner lost the Velcro that came with the bracket to hold the pump securely so added a zip tie, then the bolts fell out that were holding the bracket to the frame.
Or maybe the...
09-24-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Question: Is this question about the 62cm bike...

Question: Is this question about the 62cm bike you were asking about two weeks ago? That seems awfully quick to wear out anything on a bike, esp. the chainrings.
09-24-19, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not just marketing. Tourney is pretty bottom of...

Not just marketing. Tourney is pretty bottom of the barrel stuff. Heavy steel arms pressed on to a one-piece spider/chainring set, compared to Sora aluminum arms with separate chainrings. Also,...
09-24-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,088
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Looks like the bracket holding the shock mount...

Looks like the bracket holding the shock mount was welded to the tube, and the weld weakened the tube wall such that it tore out. I don't think it was cut by the manufacturer, the tear is in the...
09-20-19, 08:48 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 11,002
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have seen a lot of unsafe behaviors on MUPs,...

I have seen a lot of unsafe behaviors on MUPs, sometimes resulting in dangerous situations and accidents. Riding no-hands doesn't really rank with some of the things I've seen.
09-18-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,476
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Due to laziness I did not read most of the...

Due to laziness I did not read most of the responses above.

Please stop using 'formulae' to calculate your saddle height, or if you do just use it as a starting point. All the calculations I have...
09-17-19, 10:31 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,504
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Had a rear derailleur rip itself off from a stick...

Had a rear derailleur rip itself off from a stick caught in the drivetrain. I shortened the chain and tried to run it as a singlespeed, but the chain kept trying to climb up the ramps into the...
09-16-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,008
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Try to find a recumbent to try out. It may be...

Try to find a recumbent to try out. It may be better or it may not.

I also think others might be on to something when they talk about saddle height... could it be that your saddle height and...
09-10-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 665
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I was at a campground that had a similar set of...

I was at a campground that had a similar set of bikes a few years ago. I went to explore the country roads around the area and had to walk back with a flat tire.

I guess they're nice for toodling...
09-04-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 360
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. Make sure your wheel is fully seated in the...

1. Make sure your wheel is fully seated in the dropouts. Many a shop hour has been wasted trying to centre brakes on a wheel that is not centred, then realizing the mistake and doing it all over...
08-30-19, 11:53 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 7,143
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

We used to ride on the native reserve near my...

We used to ride on the native reserve near my home town, and it was off-leash dog central!

My advice is - if you have time to evaluate and consider a dog's mood and intentions, you probably have...
08-30-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 777
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Any failure or leak at the base of the valve...

Any failure or leak at the base of the valve stem, or inside the valve, makes replacement necessary. Rough handling when pumping (esp. removal of a too-tight presta valve chuck) is the usual cause...
08-28-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 928
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I can't say. But I have enough uncertainty that...

I can't say. But I have enough uncertainty that they are not compromised that I would not want that bike.
08-27-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 928
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Most of those do just look like chips in the...

Most of those do just look like chips in the paint, but a couple looked deeper - specifically some of the marks on the seatstays. I wouldn't want to ride that bike.
08-20-19, 08:53 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,675
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have one single fender that covers both wheels,...

I have one single fender that covers both wheels, only thinning a bit in the middle.
08-20-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,130
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Cables are a wear item. The LBS guy gets to feel...

Cables are a wear item. The LBS guy gets to feel the shifting action on brand new bikes every day, and possibly felt an obvious decrease in performance/increase in friction on the 4 year old bike -...
07-26-19, 01:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,920
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I converted to hydraulic discs on my MTB and I...

I converted to hydraulic discs on my MTB and I regret not being able to install them on my road bike. My road bike has quite a few thousand kms on it so I am hoping it has a catastrophic failure...
07-23-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,628
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I'm not saying this is climate change, but it...

I'm not saying this is climate change, but it sure does seem like the climate is changing.
07-23-19, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

As above, if the casing/cords are starting to...

As above, if the casing/cords are starting to show though, the tire is finished. A bulge in the tire also usually indicates damaged tire casing and it should be replaced. Also if you notice...
07-23-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,541
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Fine advice! I only have one (working) bike...

Fine advice!

I only have one (working) bike right now - a ~25 lb touring bike with 35mm flat resistant tires. I can hang with group rides where the other people are on lighter road bikes... not...
07-22-19, 12:58 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 9,541
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Lots of good advice here. But to break it down...

Lots of good advice here. But to break it down even further - there is a limited amount of improvement that you can get from a better bike, but there are, realistically, only a few areas you can...
07-17-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,325
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

You seem to be missing the point of replaceable...

You seem to be missing the point of replaceable derailleur hangers - they are supposed to be the weak link in the chain so they fail before anything else does in the case of an impact. If an OEM one...
07-16-19, 06:54 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,833
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There is an annual ride in Ottawa, Canada that...

There is an annual ride in Ottawa, Canada that raises millions of dollars for the Ottawa Hospital foundation. I have done this ride twice now as a 'guide' - sort of a 'host' to ensure the people who...
07-16-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,325
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I promise they have hangers for 7 year old...

I promise they have hangers for 7 year old Madones. All catalogued by frame make model and year. And, while I wouldn't be money on it, I would thing Trek does indeed still provide hangers for that...
07-16-19, 05:54 AM
07-15-19, 01:34 PM
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Views: 629
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

In general, wider for more upright makes logical...

In general, wider for more upright makes logical sense. But I'm only familiar with how my arse works - yours might be different.

For anything below completely bolt-upright, spine 90 degrees from...
07-15-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,602
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Where I live, many people are buying cyclocross...

Where I live, many people are buying cyclocross bikes and 'gravel bikes' as their 'road' bikes. A nice set of supple-casing 700x32 tires rides like a dream.
07-15-19, 12:05 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,325
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Those derailleur hangers are replaceable for a...

Those derailleur hangers are replaceable for a reason.
07-15-19, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,066
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I don't do any such tracking, aside from...

I don't do any such tracking, aside from remembering how long ago I changed my chain (to the nearest 1000km).
07-10-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 603
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It should be M5, same as your water bottle bolts....

It should be M5, same as your water bottle bolts.

Is it possible that the threads have been damaged, or that there is paint in the hole blocking the screw from threading in?
07-04-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,331
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Very cool bike. Build & ride. Karakoram was...

Very cool bike. Build & ride.

Karakoram was my grail bike back in the mid '90s. I bought a 1998 (I think) model, tore it down and built it with my preferred parts, and the frame broke in 2000.
07-02-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 734
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

And if a frog had longer legs he wouldn't bump...

And if a frog had longer legs he wouldn't bump his ass a' hoppin'.

As much as I appreciate you have many years of experience with bicycles, lots of your comments are the curmudgeonly 'back in my...
07-02-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,189
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Maybe it is debris left behind after removing the...

Maybe it is debris left behind after removing the failed patch, but there seems to be some junk on the tube that would have been under the patch. I'm not saying this is why the patch failed, but...
06-28-19, 01:20 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 12,549
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

My buddy with whom I did a long tour last year...

My buddy with whom I did a long tour last year said the only upgrade he would make to his bike for the next tour was to add a kickstand.
06-28-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,319
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Probably not the whole brake assembly replaced,...

Probably not the whole brake assembly replaced, but the brake pads. Budget $10 per pair ($20 for both front and rear). You need a 5mm metric allen key, and a set of allen keys is about $10


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06-25-19, 11:21 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,115
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

DO NOT clamp on the frame. You will destroy the...

DO NOT clamp on the frame. You will destroy the bike. You could, as suggested, raise the seatpost and clamp there, then drop the post back down when you are ready to ride again.
06-25-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,381
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I would be surprised if 'upselling' is a main...

I would be surprised if 'upselling' is a main component of TrekU... the easy way to increase margins on a bike sale is not to sell a more expensive bike, but to ensure the customer leaves with every...
06-25-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 993
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Also, don't buy grease at the bike shop - you can...

Also, don't buy grease at the bike shop - you can get a ~1/2L tub of waterproof trailer bearing grease (looks very similar to Phil's to my untrained eye) for $6 at any auto parts store. Even a tube...
06-25-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,381
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I bet. When I go to look at guitars (always only...

I bet. When I go to look at guitars (always only out of curiosity as I would have to get special dispensation or a divorce lawyer if I want to bring any more home) I am very sensitive to the fact...
06-25-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,381
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are a large number of people who play a...

There are a large number of people who play a game I like to call "Stump the Bikestore".
People playing STBS might come in with tricky questions about obsolete parts ('you don't know the different...
06-25-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,381
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Bike shops are a tough business, esp. in the area...

Bike shops are a tough business, esp. in the area of finding and keeping knowledgeable and reliable staff. The turnover is often high, normally many students come in seasonally. Some people they...
06-24-19, 11:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,113
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

When I stop to think (seldom) it seems that the...

When I stop to think (seldom) it seems that the faster I get through the intersection, the less I am holding anyone else up. People driving BMWs and old Lexuses don't seem to share this logic.
06-24-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,054
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Never meant to criticize you for asking. Sorry it...

Never meant to criticize you for asking. Sorry it came off that way. I thought your guess that the responses would be 50/50 was wrong, but not stupid or worthy of derision. And it's good you asked...
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