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05-26-10, 02:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,966
Posted By hernick

I've been riding my Fuji Touring bike with...

I've been riding my Fuji Touring bike with friction bar-end shifters for almost a year, and thousands of kilometers. I had an indexed 9-speed shifter but I broke it, so I attached an ordinary...
04-23-10, 12:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By hernick

Oh, be thankful you got a Park. Just give them a...

Oh, be thankful you got a Park. Just give them a call and they'll help you out. They have a full rebuild manual on their web site, and will send you replacement parts if needed.
04-14-10, 11:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 673
Posted By hernick

Maybe. The old derailleur was likely...

Maybe.

The old derailleur was likely designed for 7-speed gear clusters, which were narrower than today's 8-9-10 drivetrains. It may not be able to travel far enough inboard to reach the low gear....
Forum: Commuting
04-14-10, 01:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,129
Posted By hernick

The Eagle 2 brake pad is not compatible with the...

The Eagle 2 brake pad is not compatible with the Oryx brakeset. One nice feature about the Oryx is that it uses modern V-Type brake pads that are easier to adjust than traditional cantilever-style...
04-13-10, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By hernick

CRC has both the ST-4500...

CRC has both the ST-4500 (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=22652) and the ST-6500 (http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=13636) in stock, and given the size of...
04-01-10, 01:07 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,122
Posted By hernick

Oh, that thing hanging from the handlebars is a...

Oh, that thing hanging from the handlebars is a flashlight, I rode it back from the workshop at night...

As for using bar-end shifters, those sure are nice, but getting them for 20$ on ebay is a...
04-01-10, 11:25 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,122
Posted By hernick

Down with downtube shifters

If there's one thing I hate, it's downtube shifters.

Sadly, most alternatives are either stem shifters or super expensive. Enter the Shimano SL-A050 shifters, the best solution for modernizing old...
03-24-10, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,735
Posted By hernick

It's not just cage length (capacity) that you...

It's not just cage length (capacity) that you need to be looking at. Even an SS (short cage) might have enough capacity to take up the slack with a single chainring, but I don't know of any SS...
03-23-10, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,394
Posted By hernick

Vuelta makes 110mm BCD x 52T chainrings in a...

Vuelta makes 110mm BCD x 52T chainrings in a silver color.

in fact, they even make a 110 x 60T if you like to go real fast!
03-22-10, 11:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 383
Posted By hernick

Well, I have a Fuji Touring myself, which has a...

Well, I have a Fuji Touring myself, which has a very similar drivetrain as the 2010 Aurora.

If you wanted lower gears on your Novara, I see two main possibilities:

1. Replace the 30T chainring...
03-16-10, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,542
Posted By hernick

Strong wheels

So, touring on a road bike eh?

If you're not going to put much weight on the front wheel, you might not need a stronger front wheel. Of course, trailer or panniers, the rear wheel is critical. The...
01-31-10, 04:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,976
Posted By hernick

My friend has had a Hard Rock for 15 years. He...

My friend has had a Hard Rock for 15 years. He broke the chainstay many years ago, had it welded back together, and it's been holding great since.
Forum: Commuting
01-11-10, 08:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,000
Posted By hernick

Speaking of steel - are you wheel rims steel or...

Speaking of steel - are you wheel rims steel or alloy? Steel rims offer terrible, absolutely terrible braking power in wet conditions. If you're riding steel wheels, I would highly recommend that you...
12-25-09, 11:50 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,591
Posted By hernick

I like dress wool pants as a mid-layer for the...

I like dress wool pants as a mid-layer for the winter. Thrift stores have them for cheap! Pure wool, or 50%+wool/polyester blends - though my personal favorite are 90%sheep wool/10%cashmere goat wool...
12-11-09, 08:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,615
Posted By hernick

Yeah, but fixed gear in the winter, in a hilly...

Yeah, but fixed gear in the winter, in a hilly city, is just not acceptable for most cyclists. Sure, it's more reliable, but it's expensive and a single gear is not enough if you frequently have to...
12-11-09, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,615
Posted By hernick

What about emergency repairs while on the road? ...

What about emergency repairs while on the road?

My own freehub body, which has gone through loaded touring and a long winter of commuting, has been skipping a lot these past two days of cold...
12-11-09, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By hernick

Well, here are two extreme strategies. Each has...

Well, here are two extreme strategies. Each has their proponents.

The first is to use very narrow tires. Think 700x23 racing or 700x30 cyclocross. The narrower the tire, the less snow it has to...
12-10-09, 01:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,112
Posted By hernick

Butter up, fools! Sure, you can use any...

Butter up, fools!

Sure, you can use any number of nasty petrochemicals like vaseline or brand-named oily skin lotions, and they'll probably work just fine. Hey, I have no doubt plain ol' bacon fat...
12-10-09, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,301
Posted By hernick

My Winter 3-speed is geared 32x17... The low gear...

My Winter 3-speed is geared 32x17... The low gear is equivalent to 32x22 (38 g-i), the high to 32x13 (67 g-i) and the direct is of course 32x17 (51 g-i). I run 26x1.75 Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires....
10-25-09, 11:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,264
Posted By hernick

I just purchased a Shimano BB-UN53 bottom...

I just purchased a Shimano BB-UN53 bottom bracket. The drive-side square taper comes pre-greased with some kind of white grease, while the non-drive-side taper is ungreased. I wonder why only one...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-09, 08:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By hernick

wolfchild, actually... What I'm wearing are...

wolfchild, actually... What I'm wearing are knickerbockers (long shorts, below-the-knee) with black tights underneath. And still they got sprayed.

I've been commuting daily for two years rain or...
Forum: Commuting
10-06-09, 12:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,637
Posted By hernick

I've got the same problem you do equaeghe. The...

I've got the same problem you do equaeghe. The longest rain pants I've found are still too short for perfect coverage...

When the weather isn't that bad, I tolerate the missing inch or two. When...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-09, 08:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By hernick

Less oil? Well, every time I oil my chain I...

Less oil? Well, every time I oil my chain I thoroughly wipe it afterward to get the excess oil out... Apparently it's not enough.
Forum: Commuting
10-05-09, 08:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By hernick

Yeah, nice chain guards. I live in a very hilly...

Yeah, nice chain guards. I live in a very hilly city, I need my triple chainrings for commuting. The big, long, steep hill climbs every day would kill my knees on a singlespeed. Believe me, I tried...
Forum: Commuting
10-05-09, 08:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,083
Posted By hernick

Rain and that oily spray of droplets from the chain...

As I set out for my commute back home, there had been no rain for hours. But midway through my commute, it started raining hard - if I had known, I'd have put on my rain pants. Anyway, I sure was...
09-06-09, 09:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By hernick

Yeah, you're doing the right thing. I got a used...

Yeah, you're doing the right thing. I got a used bike (for cheap) with sand-infested brifters. Spent quite a while cleaning them out with WD40 - had to use a whole can of it... Flush with WD40, then...
09-02-09, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,036
Posted By hernick

Hello goldfilm. Cross-chaining is bad...

Hello goldfilm.

Cross-chaining is bad indeed. You want to avoid the big chainring - big cog (F3/R1) as well as small chainring - small cog (F1/R7) combinations. All other gear combinations are...
09-01-09, 12:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,591
Posted By hernick

I have a nice Peugeot which I have upgraded to...

I have a nice Peugeot which I have upgraded to 7-speed Sora brifters. It works awesome with a mostly 1992 105 drivetrain.

If you want an affordable conversion and don't manage to find used 7-speed...
08-16-09, 10:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,143
Posted By hernick

* Consider a new stem. If your saddle is that...

* Consider a new stem. If your saddle is that high, I guess you're pretty tall and that the bike is small for you. You'd probably be more comfortable with a longer, taller stem.

* Brake levers are...
08-16-09, 07:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By hernick

I replaced the 30T small chainring on my 2008...

I replaced the 30T small chainring on my 2008 Fuji Touring with a 26T and it works fine. As others have said, upshifting from the 26T to the 42T can be a little slow, but otherwise it's great....
08-05-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 902
Posted By hernick

No way you can fit a short-reach Rival brakeset...

No way you can fit a short-reach Rival brakeset on that Fuji. You'll need some much bigger, weaker caliper brakes, with lots more reach than the Rival brakes.
07-16-09, 08:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,977
Posted By hernick

Hi redcorn! Bicycle derailleur gears are a...

Hi redcorn!

Bicycle derailleur gears are a relatively simple system. It is important to know the name of the components so you can better explain your issues here.

In the front, you have a...
07-16-09, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 616
Posted By hernick

Yes, the considerable price difference.

Yes, the considerable price difference.
07-15-09, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 361
Posted By hernick

Well, the obvious option is to replace the...

Well, the obvious option is to replace the freewheel, if that's indeed what there is on that walmart bike. You need a special freewheel remover tool to do it, plus a freewheel which costs $10+.
...
07-14-09, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 907
Posted By hernick

Hi awer1, Remote diagnostic and repair of...

Hi awer1,

Remote diagnostic and repair of bicycles is never easy, especially for the kind of difficult problem that has already been examined by live mechanics.

What I suggest is to unscrew the...
07-13-09, 08:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By hernick

You can't go wrong with those Alivio ST-MC410...

You can't go wrong with those Alivio ST-MC410 brake/shift levers or the Alivio SL-M410 shifter pods. Of course, they're not as sexy or expensive as the SL-M748 XT shifter pods...
07-08-09, 10:42 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,665
Posted By hernick

Option 4: V-Brakes with travel agents. Avid SD-7...

Option 4: V-Brakes with travel agents. Avid SD-7 or better, Kool-Stop pads. V-Brakes are great as ever, and the travel agents are but a minor downside.

Option 5: Road-specific mechanical Disc...
07-07-09, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By hernick

Very nice, and at an affordable price too. This...

Very nice, and at an affordable price too. This looks like a very good ultralight chainbreaker design.

Since you like it Milice, you should just buy a nice new one.

If you want to save money...
07-06-09, 10:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,156
Posted By hernick

So dj nz, I understand that you're looking for a...

So dj nz, I understand that you're looking for a frame with features similar to that of the Soma ES (a very nice frame BTW) around which you could build a nice bike.

Modern parts cover a lot of...
07-06-09, 05:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,156
Posted By hernick

Indeed, there is always a question of...

Indeed, there is always a question of compatibility when upgrading older frames with modern drivetrains.

And it's more than just the bottom bracket and rear derailleur compatibility. There's brake...
07-06-09, 11:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 433
Posted By hernick

I really like my Wald 933GB quick-release Mesh...

I really like my Wald 933GB quick-release Mesh Basket. Of course, like all baskets, it rattles, and so does everything you put in the basket. Rattling can be reduced considerably by adding a bit of...
07-01-09, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By hernick

That's one unfortunate situation... It does...

That's one unfortunate situation...

It does seem possible that your bike shop misadjusted the low limit screw. Ask them about it openly.

Well, if this proves one thing, it's that Dork Discs...
06-30-09, 11:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,761
Posted By hernick

I'll have to second the other posters, you've got...

I'll have to second the other posters, you've got a low-quality bike to start with.

A singlespeed conversion can be done easily; a fixed-gear conversion will cost you at least $100. You cannot...
06-29-09, 10:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 754
Posted By hernick

Looks like you're being unlucky with that bike. ...

Looks like you're being unlucky with that bike.

It's certainly not normal for a bike to break like that if the bike is designed to be strong enough for the rider. Wheels can be reliable while...
06-29-09, 09:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 440
Posted By hernick

Clearly the answer is that since you have an...

Clearly the answer is that since you have an unmatched frame and fork, the solution is to run unmatched rear and front brakes. If you're already thinking about the next upgrade maybe you're looking...
06-29-09, 03:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 731
Posted By hernick

Yeah, a 14mm cone wrench would be perfect as long...

Yeah, a 14mm cone wrench would be perfect as long as it can get to the centering nut... I've seen bikes where that would be impossible without removing the wheel
06-29-09, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By hernick

Well, first thing to check on your Sekine is if...

Well, first thing to check on your Sekine is if it has eyelets on both the fork and rear dropouts. Then, look at the clearance between the tires and the frame, and between the tires and the brakes....
06-29-09, 01:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 731
Posted By hernick

Had the same problem with my 105 rear brake... I...

Had the same problem with my 105 rear brake... I took an OBW-3 offset brake wrench to the centering nut (right against the frame on the other side of the main bolt). Loosen the main bolt a bit,...
06-29-09, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 824
Posted By hernick

I wouldn't count on fenders and rack...

I wouldn't count on fenders and rack compatibility. That Sekine road bike may be incompatible for one or more reasons:

- No fender eyelets at the dropouts
- Not enough clearance at the fork,...
06-29-09, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By hernick

The Specialized site also says that you've got a...

The Specialized site also says that you've got a MF-TZ31 freewheel on that bike. Even though it is listen under "cassette" in the specifications, the MF-TZ31 is really a freewheel, not a cassette. It...
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