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02-12-12, 03:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,176
Posted By Mondoman

This X.4 model looks like it might have removable...

This X.4 model looks like it might have removable pulleys, and should be a direct upgrade to your current one:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FC9HRO
Another thing to think about is that the...
02-02-12, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By Mondoman

And of course there's Bikepedia that at least...

And of course there's Bikepedia that at least lists (mostly) the components of bike models back to the mid/late '90s.
01-30-12, 12:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 21,335
Posted By Mondoman

Chris, I'm also a big fan of grip shifts over...

Chris, I'm also a big fan of grip shifts over trigger shifters. In case you didn't know, SRAM does also make grip shifts with the Shimano RD pull ratio. I've been very happy with their "Attack"...
01-27-12, 02:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,378
Posted By Mondoman

I see used hard shell boxes for sale periodically...

I see used hard shell boxes for sale periodically on craigslist if you're looking to save money and have time to wait for one to appear.
01-25-12, 06:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,583
Posted By Mondoman

Gotta love the blue-green color of boat trailer...

Gotta love the blue-green color of boat trailer grease!

lopek - you accidentally got a big list of data in your post and spammed us!
01-25-12, 05:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,179
Posted By Mondoman

upvote for what tarwheel wrote! I've got about 6...

upvote for what tarwheel wrote! I've got about 6 18650s that I bought from DX, numbered (magic marker on scotch tape on the outside) that I keep in rotation to use with my 2 LED flashlights from DX....
01-21-12, 11:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 377
Posted By Mondoman

Although the spindles for the external-cup BBs...

Although the spindles for the external-cup BBs should be stiffer, I'd bet you wouldn't actually notice a difference while riding. If you can find cranks that you like for the same price, I'd...
01-21-12, 11:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 342
Posted By Mondoman

Sounds right. I've also got a '96 8500 that I...

Sounds right. I've also got a '96 8500 that I rebuilt last year -- nice frame!
01-21-12, 11:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,430
Posted By Mondoman

One of the things I like about Zinn's bike...

One of the things I like about Zinn's bike maintenance books (there are road and mountain bike versions) are that he shows and lists the tool sets needed for basic on up to very advanced repairs and...
01-19-12, 03:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By Mondoman

Check out the parktool.com web site for...

Check out the parktool.com web site for straightforward shifter adjustment instructions (and instructions for all the other parts of your bike).
BTW, I used to live at the top of Spring Hill but...
01-19-12, 03:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By Mondoman

Thanks for the tester link, abc!

Thanks for the tester link, abc!
01-17-12, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By Mondoman

I had the same problem with a pair of Costco...

I had the same problem with a pair of Costco house-brand Kirkland AAA alkaline batteries yesterday on my Mars 3.0. The light was nice and bright at first, indicating proper voltage in both...
01-17-12, 03:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 918
Posted By Mondoman

That DX "glue" looks like standard silicone heat...

That DX "glue" looks like standard silicone heat sink thermal compound, which is not a glue, but rather a grease. It will provide some stiction, especially as the recommended extremely thin layer,...
01-16-12, 10:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,418
Posted By Mondoman

Sounds like you at least need to bleed the front...

Sounds like you at least need to bleed the front brake (this would get any air out of the line). Sponginess is usually due to air getting into the line, since air can be compressed (when you apply...
01-13-12, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,038
Posted By Mondoman

If you're happy with your original MRX Comps,...

If you're happy with your original MRX Comps, replacements as shown above should work fine. You can also upgrade to fancier grip shifters to one of the SRAM models using Shimano rear-derailleur...
01-13-12, 01:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,401
Posted By Mondoman

Here's a link to the manual for the brakes: ...

Here's a link to the manual for the brakes:
http://cdn.cannondale.com/Manuals/2002_coda_expert_disc_brake_owners_manual_supplement_en.pdf
Reading the beginning, the bad news is that your wheel hubs...
01-07-12, 08:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By Mondoman

Twitter reports to me those pages don't exist...

Twitter reports to me those pages don't exist...
01-06-12, 05:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,317
Posted By Mondoman

As HR says, you can get a nice new Shimano...

As HR says, you can get a nice new Shimano crankset for $35-45 for a square taper BB. If you've got a non-square taper BB, you should still be able to get a replacement crankset for $40 or so,...
01-03-12, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By Mondoman

Use compressed air to blow off schmutz from frame/gears/chain after ride?

We've still got some piles of leaf pieces and other debris on the ground where I ride, and with the rain it all seems to get turned into a slurry that ends up on the bottom of my...
12-09-11, 06:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Mondoman

mudboy's right, it's very important to use only...

mudboy's right, it's very important to use only the lemon version of Pledge.

More seriously, avoid the new milky-colored "green" alternatives to real mineral spirits.
12-09-11, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 915
Posted By Mondoman

m's right about perhaps not needing a pedal...

m's right about perhaps not needing a pedal wrench. My most recent pedals also used the hex wrench on the inside. A pair of torque wrenches to cover the full range of torque is nice; beam-style are...
12-09-11, 04:57 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 14,898
Posted By Mondoman

Actually, the OP states he did not use...

Actually, the OP states he did not use traditional mineral spirits, but rather some "green" substitute, which apparently is an emulsion and thus contains significant amounts of water. This aqueous...
09-29-11, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,039
Posted By Mondoman

I'd go with HillRider's suggestion. When I...

I'd go with HillRider's suggestion. When I learned to overhaul hubs, I was told to be really careful and gentle in removing those Shimano seals, but it's tricky not to bend them at all.
09-25-11, 02:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,199
Posted By Mondoman

Sorry, op, I made a pretty bad hash of trying to...

Sorry, op, I made a pretty bad hash of trying to reconstruct what I was told about my Formula OEM hubs. I was basically told they couldn't be overhauled/rebuilt, and I couldn't find any diagrams or...
09-24-11, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,199
Posted By Mondoman

I'm pretty sure the Formula hubs on your bike are...

I'm pretty sure the Formula hubs on your bike are low-end pressed-bearing hubs and not serviceable. Basically, once the bearings are worn out, throw away the wheel and buy a better-quality...
09-11-11, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 527
Posted By Mondoman

You might also want to consider a fender,...

You might also want to consider a fender, reflector holder, or similar object mounted to the fork and extending out between the tire and the straddle yoke, so that if the front brake cable breaks,...
09-10-11, 01:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 486
Posted By Mondoman

WD-40 doesn't leave much lube after the solvent...

WD-40 doesn't leave much lube after the solvent part has evaporated, so it's not a good chain lube. If you just ask at your local bike shop for chain lube, they'll have a number of choices.

As...
09-07-11, 06:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,613
Posted By Mondoman

But specialized tools (i.e. matches), toxic...

But specialized tools (i.e. matches), toxic fumes, and the potential to cause a forest fire are, respectively, fun, cool, and very cool!
09-07-11, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,601
Posted By Mondoman

Sculp, I think what most here are surprised about...

Sculp, I think what most here are surprised about is the need to replace the front chainrings.

It certainly makes sense that you would need to replace the chain once or even twice after 3000...
09-06-11, 12:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,613
Posted By Mondoman

Yep, remember those as the coolest things ever --...

Yep, remember those as the coolest things ever -- almost made you want to get a flat! The burning was accompanied by thick sulfurous smoke, which was just awesome for my little boy self. There was...
09-06-11, 12:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,753
Posted By Mondoman

Nail polish comes in 29 billion colors, so you...

Nail polish comes in 29 billion colors, so you should be able to find a match to the frame's current paint job. Great for touch-ups, and the praise you'll receive for having your nails match your...
09-04-11, 08:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,141
Posted By Mondoman

I'm pretty much guessing here, as I don't have...

I'm pretty much guessing here, as I don't have experience with roller bearing headsets.

I would think that 1 fits between 3 and 5 (in the orientation in the picture, 3 then 1 on top then 5 on top...
09-03-11, 05:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 657
Posted By Mondoman

Yep, you need a 7/8 or 8 speed chain, and it'll...

Yep, you need a 7/8 or 8 speed chain, and it'll be significantly cheaper than a 9 speed chain or 10 speed chain. However, the 9 or 10 speed chain would work on your 7-speed cassette, it would just...
09-03-11, 04:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By Mondoman

This may be cheaper: cassette: ...

This may be cheaper:
cassette:
http://www.jensonusa.com/store/product/CS408B08-Sram+Pg+950+9+Speed+Cassette+10.aspx

chain:...
09-03-11, 04:35 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 764
Posted By Mondoman

I prefer the SRAM or other non-Shimano chains...

I prefer the SRAM or other non-Shimano chains that come with a reusable masterlink already included, so I'd go with this chain:
http://www.bikeparts.com/search_results.asp?ID=BPC336436

The...
09-02-11, 12:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 324
Posted By Mondoman

Front derailleurs don't have the pull ratio...

Front derailleurs don't have the pull ratio compatibility issues of rear derailleurs.
09-02-11, 12:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 370
Posted By Mondoman

Before you rush to use the chain tool, remember...

Before you rush to use the chain tool, remember that modern chains (7 speed and up?) do NOT have reusable pins. That is, once you push out a pin with the chain tool, it's damaged and you can't...
09-02-11, 12:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 609
Posted By Mondoman

All the grip shifters I've used on my mountain...

All the grip shifters I've used on my mountain bikes have been "microshift" for the front, which basically means 3 or 4 clicks between chainrings, allowing a single click to be used to trim. ...
08-30-11, 02:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,280
Posted By Mondoman

It does seem pretty safe to say that the current...

It does seem pretty safe to say that the current frame, being aluminum, could not be safely bent back into shape, and so the current frame is shot.
08-29-11, 07:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mondoman

Chillax. It's hard for us in etherland to judge...

Chillax. It's hard for us in etherland to judge the situation like that when you don't include any photos of the hallway, stairs, bike, etc. We're all going off our own past experiences, which at...
08-29-11, 07:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By Mondoman

Specifically, this entry:...

Specifically, this entry: http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?Year=2001&Brand=Trek&Model=6500&Type=bike
08-29-11, 12:35 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,938
Posted By Mondoman

www.parktool.com has repair instructions online. ...

www.parktool.com has repair instructions online. Chain skipping is also a symptom of excessive chain/chainring/rear cog wear. If it only does it for certain chainrings or cogs, that suggests the...
08-27-11, 12:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,258
Posted By Mondoman

Operator made an error? He won't want to hear...

Operator made an error? He won't want to hear that!
08-27-11, 12:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mondoman

Regarding your bike lock, your description...

Regarding your bike lock, your description suggests that it might be flexible (cable or armored cable); if so, it'll be fairly easy to cut with bolt cutters. The U locks vary in the their...
08-27-11, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,801
Posted By Mondoman

Looks like the bike shop sold you the wrong type....

Looks like the bike shop sold you the wrong type. This ad says it's only compatible with SRAM's 1:1 ratio "ESP" rear derailleurs: http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.asp?ID=97507

The MRX 200-10...
08-27-11, 03:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,804
Posted By Mondoman

Here's an indoor storage stand that will handle...

Here's an indoor storage stand that will handle your 29er and leave no marks/holes in the wall:
http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Product_10052_10551_1023853_-1_1596009_20000_400245
It's...
08-26-11, 08:22 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,318
Posted By Mondoman

A - not sure if you were doing this, but the book...

A - not sure if you were doing this, but the book I read when learning how to mount inner tubes and tires suggested partially inflating the inner tube *before* installing it on the rim inside the...
08-22-11, 05:49 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,318
Posted By Mondoman

I like the choice of being able to buy parts more...

I like the choice of being able to buy parts more cheaply in OEM packaging.
08-21-11, 11:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,054
Posted By Mondoman

If the BB is shot, a modern cartridge-style...

If the BB is shot, a modern cartridge-style replacement square-taper BB should only cost about $20 and uses a splined installation/removal tool. That will also avoid the need to learn how to...
08-21-11, 11:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By Mondoman

Sorry to have misread the model number (thanks,...

Sorry to have misread the model number (thanks, jim!). According to my Google search, the SX4 seems to come in both medium and long cage versions, although the long cage version is more prevalent. ...
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