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01-17-22, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 101
Posted By andrewclaus

Excellent! Thanks for the feedback too. ...

Excellent! Thanks for the feedback too.

Pedal forward, wrench handle back, using body weight (works the same both sides of course) is a great trick to know.
01-17-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 101
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd disassemble the pedal leaving only the...

I'd disassemble the pedal leaving only the spindle, put a few drops of DOT 3 brake fluid on the joint (keep it away from paint!), and get my 12" pipe wrench on the remains of the spindle. With the...
01-17-22, 12:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 251
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the Park Tool videos. They're good. Be...

Ditto the Park Tool videos. They're good. Be methodical and don't skip any steps.

Old shifters often get gummed up too. You can check by them freeing the cables from the derailleurs and counting...
01-15-22, 07:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 460
Posted By andrewclaus

"Shelf life" will depend on what else is in the...

"Shelf life" will depend on what else is in the closet. If you store pool chemicals or acids in there, the rubber may fail quickly.

I just salvaged some wheels with beautiful new Gatorskin tires...
01-13-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By andrewclaus

Too bad. I've only seen that once before. The...

Too bad. I've only seen that once before. The shifter would only work, but only upside down. Start looking for another shifter. I've never heard of anyone replacing that spring.
01-12-22, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By andrewclaus

Look more closely, be sure the spring isn't...

Look more closely, be sure the spring isn't pulled off the pawl but still on the spindle, perhaps beneath the pawl. You may need tweezers to pull it back into place.
01-12-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 369
Posted By andrewclaus

You may have knocked the brake caliper out of...

You may have knocked the brake caliper out of alignment when you removed the wheel. Follow the above directions on getting the wheel mounted correctly. Then if needed, find instructions on checking...
Forum: Touring
01-12-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,071
Posted By andrewclaus

Mechanical damage has been mentioned, probably...

Mechanical damage has been mentioned, probably the main reason to replace. And once in a great while a core will develop an air leak from a failed seal, and replacing it will salvage a tube. Or it...
01-10-22, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes it does. More labor involved in dismounting...

Yes it does. More labor involved in dismounting the shifter vs just spraying on the bike with a dish on the floor. And sometimes there's still a frozen pawl that needs a shot of oil and a dental pick.
01-10-22, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 549
Posted By andrewclaus

Like tuning a stringed instrument--a good tuner...

Like tuning a stringed instrument--a good tuner gets close enough pretty fast by ear, but a machine makes it nearly perfect faster. Being able to tune by ear is a good skill to have anyway.
01-09-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 549
Posted By andrewclaus

And if you're working with a older wheel, there...

And if you're working with a older wheel, there may have been some damage in the past that was fixed by changing original spoke tension.

The answer to "is it fixable" depends on how true it was,...
01-08-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 197
Posted By andrewclaus

For tubes, that's close enough. For replacing the...

For tubes, that's close enough. For replacing the tire, though, beware. There are other nominal 16" tires that won't work. For instance, if the tire is listed with a decimal inch size, like 16 x...
01-06-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By andrewclaus

If removing the ring becomes a make it or break...

If removing the ring becomes a make it or break it situation, I'd try a center punch in the spanner holes, tangential to the circle, tapping with a hammer to loosen, alternating between holes. Try...
Forum: Touring
01-06-22, 07:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,071
Posted By andrewclaus

Yeah, cut-off Levis! Last fall I rebuilt a...

Yeah, cut-off Levis!

Last fall I rebuilt a salvaged 1983 Trek 520 and am riding it every day now. I just took it on a short tour around Southern AZ, to take in Colossal Cave, Kartchner Caverns,...
01-04-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By andrewclaus

There was one fat kid in my grade school in the...

There was one fat kid in my grade school in the 60s, my best friend. We became avid cyclists together. He grew into a high school athlete, and is currently an extremely healthy plant-based diet...
01-04-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 393
Posted By andrewclaus

And be sure to get the washer out from behind the...

And be sure to get the washer out from behind the bolt before using the extractor tool. That's a mistake I hope I'll only make once.
01-03-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By andrewclaus

I sure have some recent anecdotes to support...

I sure have some recent anecdotes to support this. It's hard to lose friends, but it's good to see them leave with sound mind and body.

My loved ones all know how I feel about slowing down and...
01-02-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 711
Posted By andrewclaus

I reserve the PB Blaster use for the severely...

I reserve the PB Blaster use for the severely frozen pawl. Once in a while you need to dismantle the shifter and get a dental pick on one of the pawls to work it free. If that doesn't work right...
12-29-21, 09:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 778
Posted By andrewclaus

Sometimes I need every ft-lb of torque from a 12"...

Sometimes I need every ft-lb of torque from a 12" adjustable. But it doesn't make any sense to exceed the length of your whip. On extreme cases, I'll wrap a short piece of chain on a cog and use my...
12-29-21, 08:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,969
Posted By andrewclaus

...and she never buys green bananas?

...and she never buys green bananas?
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 08:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd study Japanese first. I studied Chinese for a...

I'd study Japanese first. I studied Chinese for a year before taking on a tour of the Middle Kingdom--invaluable, and talk about mentally challenging. That was before commercial GPS though.
Forum: Touring
12-29-21, 08:14 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

And in Colorado, at least, Google will route the...

And in Colorado, at least, Google will route the unsuspecting tourist on steep technical single-track trails. On the map, the Apex Trail looks like a nice alternative to I-70, but it's not.
Forum: Touring
12-28-21, 11:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

If I have access to Google Maps, I'll make notes...

If I have access to Google Maps, I'll make notes on major turns, like departures from long straight runs, often with a prior landmark on a critical turn. Often just writing the notes guarantees I'll...
12-28-21, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By andrewclaus

I missed part two of the question, how it's...

I missed part two of the question, how it's changed. The mileage hasn't changed much, nor has my pace, but the elapsed time has gotten longer in retirement. I'm more likely to bring a lunch, a lock,...
Forum: Touring
12-28-21, 07:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

The turns generated by Google are excessive. Note...

The turns generated by Google are excessive. Note that many of the decisions are hundreds of feet apart, on marked bike trails. The last two dozen lines or so tell you to stay on the Lakefront Trail....
12-26-21, 10:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 794
Posted By andrewclaus

About 30 miles per day is easily sustainable for...

About 30 miles per day is easily sustainable for me, every day, with the rest of retired and married life thrown in. Luckily that's my wife's sweet spot too. I rode that when I worked too, with some...
12-26-21, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with and have been living the concept....

I agree with and have been living the concept. I'm not trying to live any longer (heaven forbid!), but trying to live better.

Who knows what will happen if I get there, but I say now that I will...
12-24-21, 02:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By andrewclaus

It happens to everyone with these shifters. I...

It happens to everyone with these shifters. I didn't catch it early until my third or fourth time.

An easy way to inspect it is to shift into low, stop pedaling, then shift into high to get slack...
12-24-21, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By andrewclaus

Hah. And you probably ignored the warning sign...

Hah. And you probably ignored the warning sign like everyone else. Did you have to turn your barrel adjuster a few times in the previous weeks? That was your cable fraying and getting longer.

The...
Forum: Touring
12-24-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,717
Posted By andrewclaus

I seldom do turn-by-turn directions. I keep my...

I seldom do turn-by-turn directions. I keep my paper map handy, either in a cue clip or a pocket. I also keep a ziplock bag handy in case of rain. I try to memorize the next three landmarks. I think...
12-22-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By andrewclaus

I would start investigating by checking evenness...

I would start investigating by checking evenness of spoke tension. Grab a pair of spokes with each hand near the center of the spokes and squeeze them together, rotate the wheel by one pair of...
12-19-21, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By andrewclaus

It's pretty clear in the reference you cite: ...

It's pretty clear in the reference you cite:

"One or two springs, wide end(s) inward – This is bad. The wide part of the spring will ride over the axle. Several undesirable results can occur when...
Forum: Touring
12-18-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 512
Posted By andrewclaus

Yeah, that's strange. Usually you see it hung...

Yeah, that's strange. Usually you see it hung from the seat clamp bolt. There are all sorts of stock options for that.

It looks like stock specs for that bike included V-brakes with Dia-Compe 287...
12-17-21, 08:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife had those conditions once on that road on...

My wife had those conditions once on that road on Ride the Rockies in June. She was one of the few who finished the ride that day.

I've cycled, hiked, and skied in the Rockies and Cascades my...
12-17-21, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 488
Posted By andrewclaus

What did you tighten? Did you turn a barrel...

What did you tighten? Did you turn a barrel adjuster?

After you check the above, squeeze the calipers together and free the cable "noodle" from the calipers, so the calipers are free to move. Test...
Forum: Touring
12-16-21, 07:11 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,168
Posted By andrewclaus

I came back to bike touring after years of...

I came back to bike touring after years of extensive ultralight backpacking. I dropped more than half the weight I used to carry on the bike (that was over 40 pounds), but it was still nearly double...
12-14-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 3,281
Posted By andrewclaus

I only stand in certain emergencies, like...

I only stand in certain emergencies, like clearing an intersection in a hurry. I've always ridden that way, nothing to do with age. I've always been a recreational cyclist/tourist/commuter, more...
12-14-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,496
Posted By andrewclaus

Until now I had no idea RYA was a "thing." The...

Until now I had no idea RYA was a "thing." The small group of friends I ride with think I'm a little nuts when I do it every year, and my wife is a little tired of hearing about it.

I'm also...
Forum: Touring
12-12-21, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By andrewclaus

Actually you can ride I-40 and I-17 in Northern...

Actually you can ride I-40 and I-17 in Northern AZ. I've ridden 40 from Ash Fork to Flagstaff, and 17 from Flagstaff to Cordes Jct. Like all interstates, they suck the soul out of you, but they're...
12-10-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 739
Posted By andrewclaus

Heat gun and impact, though impact is harder with...

Heat gun and impact, though impact is harder with a pin spanner.

Liquid Wrench is not the best penetrant. I think PB Blaster is better. Some get even better results with an acetone/ATF mixture.
Forum: Touring
12-09-21, 04:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,238
Posted By andrewclaus

I carry a purification system on any tour where...

I carry a purification system on any tour where I'll be able to camp in the wild, and much of Canada fits that. I use AquaMira drops, a two-part chlorine dioxide system that reacts quickly and leaves...
12-07-21, 07:56 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,901
Posted By andrewclaus

How about Space Food Sticks, in the 60s? In my...

How about Space Food Sticks, in the 60s? In my memory, they were the precursor to energy bars. Anyone remember anything like that earlier?

My mom bought some for my brothers and me, once, and...
12-05-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 557
Posted By andrewclaus

It sounds like you're trying to find a...

It sounds like you're trying to find a replacement bearing rather than the complete headset. You'll need careful work with a caliper and some luck to get that to work, or matching numbers on the old...
12-01-21, 07:20 AM
Replies: 26,155
Views: 2,766,645
Posted By andrewclaus

Rode to the top of Mt Lemmon again yesterday,...

Rode to the top of Mt Lemmon again yesterday, same ride as two weeks ago. It takes me about that long to fully recover from the 8,000' of climbing. I've ridden a couple hundred miles since then, just...
11-29-21, 07:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 941
Posted By andrewclaus

Hah, memories of the COVID onset. A friend asked...

Hah, memories of the COVID onset. A friend asked my wife and me to house and dog sit for them in The Villages, FL, during their 3.5 month world cruise, in the winter of 2020. They got stuck for two...
11-29-21, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 368
Posted By andrewclaus

Is there any sort of rim tape covering the spoke...

Is there any sort of rim tape covering the spoke ends? If so, try removing that (temporarily) and see if the tire goes on. And you've tried the other "tricks" to mounting tough tires, right?...
Forum: Touring
11-27-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,889
Posted By andrewclaus

Ease of logistics is a big one for me too. My...

Ease of logistics is a big one for me too. My ideal tour is a loop from home. Otherwise, the destination needs to be very special to get us to ship the bikes. Like a month or more on a different...
11-26-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,375
Posted By andrewclaus

Congratulations. Normal for me the last couple of...

Congratulations. Normal for me the last couple of decades, since I quit commuting (lots of 10,000 mile years then), has been closer to 3,000. When COVID first hit last year, there was literally...
11-26-21, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 549
Posted By andrewclaus

Have you cleaned and greased the threads in the...

Have you cleaned and greased the threads in the shell? Use a wire brush. New threads may be slightly tighter tolerance. What type BB?
Forum: Touring
11-23-21, 09:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,155
Posted By andrewclaus

One failure causes multiple problems. If you...

One failure causes multiple problems. If you break a tent pole, which happens, you have a hard time loading your gear. If you break your rack, which happens, you have a hard time pitching your tent....
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