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08-06-22, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 385
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Having tried this both with discs and V-brakes, I...

Having tried this both with discs and V-brakes, I can confirm what you wrote here, and add:
Even minor pad wear needs to be compensated by barrel adjusting the brake cable tension, otherwise you get...
07-26-22, 10:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 532
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Good points. Though, for me at least, learning...

Good points.
Though, for me at least, learning from books is faster and somehow more "comprehensive" compared to using videos.

Some prefer seeing it shown (videos). Park Tool is as good as it...
07-25-22, 05:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 409
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I put a new chain and test if it skips under...

I put a new chain and test if it skips under load.
All the other methods are not very accurate.
Visual inspection especially.
Visual inspection works OK for the fornt chainrings, but not for the...
07-23-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Here's my take on chain compatibility...

Here's my take on chain compatibility (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/1220/1-bicycle-chains-compatibility/) (wrote it down for my own use, has worked for me so far, but use your own common sense and...
06-19-22, 11:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bike Gremlin

A good example. I recently bought some...

A good example.

I recently bought some cranks for myself (double, compact - Shimano Sora class) that cost less than sourcing 2 new chainrings locally, for the old square taper cranks.

ChimeraKC...
06-19-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,301
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Without taking a look at your bike, and at the...

Without taking a look at your bike, and at the local parts availability (not taking that for granted), it's difficult to answer that question - at least for me. :(
06-09-22, 10:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 421
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For what it's worth: this (internal-cam QR...

For what it's worth: this (internal-cam QR skewer) has worked for me with a powder-coated horizontal-dropout frame.
06-04-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've had good results using 18 to 28 mm tubes in...

I've had good results using 18 to 28 mm tubes in 32 mm wide tyres.

Going for 37 mm was stretching it a bit and, depending on the pressure, tube getting stretched open can happen (tried it, with...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-03-22, 11:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 668
Posted By Bike Gremlin

This. If you get a lot of (small) punctures,...

This.

If you get a lot of (small) punctures, it makes more sense to go tubeless (instead of riding those brick-hard puncture-resistant tyres).
Otherwise - in my opinion, they are a bit more...
06-01-22, 11:06 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 795
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If it's of any help, I wrote in some detail about...

If it's of any help, I wrote in some detail about the shifter, brake cable, and housing standards (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/8548/cable-housing-standards/) - with pics and all. :)
05-28-22, 09:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 321
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I always use Rema Tip-Top patches and glue. ...

I always use Rema Tip-Top patches and glue.
Even during the times of greatest crises and scarcity, I've always been able to have and keep a small stock of those.
When I use that (along with...
05-14-22, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 410
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If it's of any help, my height is 178 cm and...

If it's of any help, my height is 178 cm and these are the dimensions of my DIY repair stand (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9838/bicycle-repair-stand-diy/#4).
It's not too high in case I need to use...
04-29-22, 11:53 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 41,328
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Good points. I'd add that marketing can and...

Good points.

I'd add that marketing can and does greatly affect what customers want.
It's not the other way round, for the most part.
Though it's fair to say that smaller companies don't have...
04-23-22, 02:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 848
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My long-winded drivel on the topic - with a note...

My long-winded drivel on the topic - with a note that my priority is cheap and reliable, not the latest & greatest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPgOX35BuG0
04-18-22, 01:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 758
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I would expect 1-1/8 threadless cups to fit that...

I would expect 1-1/8 threadless cups to fit that frame, along with a fork that is not tapered.

Does ATC stand for Axle To Crown?
If yes, then know that a shorter fork will tilt the entire bike...
03-23-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 894
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If you don't have a way of moving the chainring...

If you don't have a way of moving the chainring further inwards (towards the bike), you might end up with a chain severely crossed when using the largest few rear sprockets.
If chainring's position...
03-16-22, 01:11 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 860
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Apologies in advance for the off-topic post. ...

Apologies in advance for the off-topic post.

First, this being a written "conversation" in a language that isn't my native, it should be stressed that I'm not being sarcastic nor trying to address...
03-06-22, 01:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 647
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Yes, high quality swagged spokes make the biggest...

Yes, high quality swagged spokes make the biggest difference.

However, when using cheap, low-quality spokes, with a heavy rider, a strong rim helps by allowing a greater total spoke tension.
This...
02-26-22, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 920
Posted By Bike Gremlin

That sounds like a good plan. Start with...

That sounds like a good plan.
Start with whatever needs fixing on your bike. As it's mentioned above - ParkTools YouTube is a good source (nicely explained and shown). So whatever needs fixing and...
02-24-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 333
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Newer 10 (Tiagra 4700) and 11-speed shifters pull...

Newer 10 (Tiagra 4700) and 11-speed shifters pull more cable per gear shift, compared to the 5600 / 5700 10-speed shifters.
This provides a bit greater margin for error, making the system a bit less...
02-12-22, 12:28 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,843
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Causes fretting damage which leads to cranks...

Causes fretting damage which leads to cranks cracking near the pedal interface.

Some more words and pics:
Unsafe and bad cycling industry patents - Pedal to crank interface...
02-11-22, 04:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 759
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If I can choose between an optimal preload (i.e....

If I can choose between an optimal preload (i.e. no binding) and other extremes (whether it's binding, or play) - the choice is obvious.

But with the poor quality hubs, I can choose between play,...
02-11-22, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 344
Posted By Bike Gremlin

As far as I could measure, chain durability...

As far as I could measure, chain durability depends mostly on the quality, and maintenance (clean and lubricated lasts a lot longer, while even with a similar maintenance regime, some higher-quality...
02-10-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 977
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I'm quite biased towards Schwalbe. I've had...

I'm quite biased towards Schwalbe.

I've had the lowest number of problems with them, they've always worked fine with (Rema Tip-Top) patches and glue, hold up air pretty well, and can last for a...
02-07-22, 12:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 695
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I think similarly. V-brake levers with road...

I think similarly.

V-brake levers with road brakes provide such poor mechanical advantage that even the strongest grip of the levers doesn't produce high braking power.
LIkewise, V-brakes with...
07-05-21, 04:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My 2c on the optimal rim-tape width...

My 2c on the optimal rim-tape width (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/245/bicycle-rim-tape-explained/#6).
03-25-21, 10:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,185
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Brevity is not among my virtues. :) When I...

Brevity is not among my virtues. :)
When I consider a bicycle tyre to be worn (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9003/when-to-replace-bicycle-tyres/).
03-11-21, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,522
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The plastic adaptor is not excellent for removing...

The plastic adaptor is not excellent for removing stuck BBs, but can be used for installing the new ones.
It's definitely worth giving it a try - hopefully finding one in a LBS near by.

These by...
03-10-21, 08:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,824
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Thanks. :) I'm not so sure it's great...

Thanks. :)

I'm not so sure it's great (especially compared to the videos like Park Tools make), but I think it is at least informative... educational. :)
...
03-09-21, 02:59 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,069
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I grew up in relative scarcity, and had to get by...

I grew up in relative scarcity, and had to get by with what's available (getting fuel was like in Mad-Max movies :) ).
If I had a choice (like I do now): diesel, or mineral spirits are a cheap and...
03-08-21, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,824
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My experience with those: ...

My experience with those:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPov5zO7Yd4
01-15-21, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,010
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Making sure to set an optimal preload, and do...

Making sure to set an optimal preload, and do regular service (every year, or each 5000 km, whichever comes first) is a lot more important than the type of grease.
It's similar to bathing: no matter...
01-14-21, 09:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,354
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I prefer using anti-seize...

I prefer using anti-seize (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/7172/anti-seize/), to grease - for preventing things from seizing over time. This goes for cups, and crown race. Haven't had problems with...
01-11-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,530
Posted By Bike Gremlin

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel...

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel trueness tolerances (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9276/bicycle-wheel-building-basics/#7.4). In other words: wheels built to within those tolerances...
12-08-20, 01:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,501
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Simply put: for this to be done, one should...

Simply put: for this to be done, one should measure the rear chainline, then find the appropriate bb spindle length (for square taper, or set the spacers correctly for Hollowtech BBs) to get the...
10-28-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 741
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It can happen on any tyre. Either manufacturing...

It can happen on any tyre. Either manufacturing defect, or some damage (from external cuts, or long time of use and having the casing cracking).
10-22-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,527
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I swear by the Jagwire WST 028 cutters. Their...

I swear by the Jagwire WST 028 cutters. Their ergonomy (ease of use basically) and durability are both very good.

My demonstration:
Jagwire WST 028 cutters
10-22-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 591
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Some (low quality) hubs can either be a bit...

Some (low quality) hubs can either be a bit loose, or a bit rough.
Decent quality ones (Shimano and the likes) can be set to turn smoothly, without any play.
For full axles (not hollow) - keep...
10-16-20, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By Bike Gremlin

You need decent cable cutters, decent cables and...

You need decent cable cutters, decent cables and housing (shifter and brake housing are different (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/8548/cable-housing-standards/)). Shimano cables and housing are quite...
Forum: Commuting
09-23-20, 03:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,301
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've been living car-less for about 2 decades....

I've been living car-less for about 2 decades. Not because of some eco-friendly statement, but because, in my city, it's impractical. Flat, relatively small in size (2nd largest in my country...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-20, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,301
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My first impression was: why would anyone NOT do...

My first impression was: why would anyone NOT do it like the Dutch?!
Although - from what I could understand (hear and read), people in the US commute over distances that are a lot larger - on...
Forum: Commuting
09-19-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,301
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Dutch traffic light design/use

I think this is brilliant, enjoyed watching it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knbVWXzL4-4
Forum: Commuting
09-03-20, 12:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,439
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In Novi Sad (Serbia), there has been an increase...

In Novi Sad (Serbia), there has been an increase in the number of cyclists over the last decade.
Rather sharp increase since the Corona "festival" had started.
Drivers have become a bit more aware...
09-01-20, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 689
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I usually have nothing to add, or "correct" in...

I usually have nothing to add, or "correct" in any of your posts. Here, while I generally agree, just a note, more of a philosophical one:

This is just my opinion/point of view - not claiming it...
09-01-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,620
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Some stupid questions, but at least I would check...

Some stupid questions, but at least I would check and confirm that:

Is the play you can sense coming from the steerer tube (bearings not being pre-loaded properly), or from the fork "legs", i.e....
08-18-20, 08:37 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 8,883
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Interesting discussion. :) I would worry...

Interesting discussion. :)

I would worry about buying rims that can't stand "disc brake force", such rim may not be strong enough to last under pedalling torque and other stresses that pile up...
08-15-20, 12:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Probably an aluminium frame? I don't know of...

Probably an aluminium frame?

I don't know of anyone who's done that, nor have I ever tried it.
Don't think that RD hangers in general fit tightly enough to provide any structural support when...
01-06-20, 01:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,141
Posted By Bike Gremlin

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often...

In my experience, new cup and cone hubs often come with preload not properly set - often too tight. So I would at least set the preload, even on a new hub.

If it helps, I wrote a relatively...
08-15-19, 02:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,577
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on...

I can't agree with your statements here. Based on my knowledge of theory and the practical experience:

If a square taper crank is properly installed (lubed, then torqued with appropriate force),...
07-16-19, 04:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,426
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Cable guides should be installed and cables /...

Cable guides should be installed and cables / housing routed properly. RD properly tuned, RD hanger aligned (if needed). Wheels aligned and securely fastened in the dropouts. Do double check all...
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