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09-21-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 213
Posted By aggiegrads

I usually use shop rags to do a wipe down, with...

I usually use shop rags to do a wipe down, with soapy water where I need more help. Disposable rag with OMS to wipe the chain.

I like a clean bike, but I don't go overboard with waxes or...
09-18-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 400
Posted By aggiegrads

I like real foods for rides over 3 hours. Trader...

I like real foods for rides over 3 hours. Trader Joe’s has individually wrapped packages of olives and those are my current favorites. Salty, oily goodness.

Fig newtons are good, and peanut...
09-16-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By aggiegrads

1000th Post - Thank you

I thought that I would take my 1,000th post to take the opportunity to say thank you to the many people who have helped me and helped others on this forum. I am posting this in the mechanic’s forum...
09-16-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 156
Posted By aggiegrads

Your measurement logic is sound. You should be...

Your measurement logic is sound. You should be good to within a millimeter or two. It isn’t the end of the world if the nipples don’t match; you will be the only one who ever knows.

It is more...
09-13-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 626
Posted By aggiegrads

Fortunately, with 9 speeds, it will be difficult...

Fortunately, with 9 speeds, it will be difficult to buy the wrong rear derailleur. Any 9 speed road or mountain long cage will be interchangeable. With a new hangar, the new RD should bolt one and...
09-13-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 626
Posted By aggiegrads

If the chain has no bent links (you should...

If the chain has no bent links (you should inspect very carefully), you can work out the knot. The left-hand knot/loop right at the idler pulley needs to “converge” with the right-hand knot that you...
09-13-20, 09:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 626
Posted By aggiegrads

OP said that the chain “had a knot”. This tells...

OP said that the chain “had a knot”. This tells me that there is likely damage and it will need to be replaced.
09-13-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 626
Posted By aggiegrads

The repair is not terribly hard and does not...

The repair is not terribly hard and does not require special tools other than a chain tool. Where is PNW are you? The Community Cycling Center in Portland has a pretty good collection of RD...
09-12-20, 11:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 549
Posted By aggiegrads

Yes, Felco are Swiss, and of the same quality (at...

Yes, Felco are Swiss, and of the same quality (at least) as Knipex.

I use the same cutters for housing, but sometimes have to use Knipex diagonal cutters to cut off a small collapsed section of...
09-12-20, 10:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 549
Posted By aggiegrads

Felco C7 or Knipex 95-61-190 (tel:95-61-190) are...

Felco C7 or Knipex 95-61-190 (tel:95-61-190) are generally considered the best, and either will last you a lifetime. I prefer the Knipex because they have a built in crimpers for cable tips and brake...
09-02-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 552
Posted By aggiegrads

Thanks for the update. I really appreciate...

Thanks for the update. I really appreciate people following up so those folks giving advice have a clue if their guidance was valuable.
08-24-20, 06:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By aggiegrads

You left out one key detail - the width of your...

You left out one key detail - the width of your rims. Although it is unlikely that you have rims wider than 35mm, if your bike is a converted fat bike or something designed for *much* wider tires,...
08-22-20, 02:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,207
Posted By aggiegrads

I have no interest in riding fixed, so both of my...

I have no interest in riding fixed, so both of my single speeds are ‘cross bikes. Both are dedicated singlespeeds with track ends.
08-22-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 240
Posted By aggiegrads

Probably a better question on the recumbent forum.

Probably a better question on the recumbent forum.
08-20-20, 08:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 552
Posted By aggiegrads

I am a complete tool nerd and generally assume...

I am a complete tool nerd and generally assume that everyone knows what is available from Park, Pedros, Icetoolz and Birzman. I usually don’t chime in unless I know of something that is superior to...
08-19-20, 08:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By aggiegrads

One thing that I will add about using mini-vs...

One thing that I will add about using mini-vs with road brifters is that you need some kind of cable adjustment. Either an in-line adjuster or adjustable noodles. Without either, you likely will...
08-18-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 627
Posted By aggiegrads

Most people who ride define the time they...

Most people who ride define the time they “learned to ride” as the first time you can ride ~50 feet.

Between ten and 50 feet, everything “clicks”. You will progress from 10-50 feet in a matter...
08-18-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 526
Posted By aggiegrads

That setup will work fine. I have mini-vs on my...

That setup will work fine. I have mini-vs on my ‘cross setup.

The biggest downside is that you will have less pad clearance, so your rims need to be true to prevent rubbing.
08-18-20, 06:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 665
Posted By aggiegrads

Fist, a bit more detail is needed. First, where...

Fist, a bit more detail is needed. First, where do you live? Winter in Chicago is different than winter in Seattle.

Second, how long is your commute? Do you use your commute as a workout, or just...
08-18-20, 06:13 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,265
Posted By aggiegrads

For me, the worth of a bicycle is measured in how...

For me, the worth of a bicycle is measured in how much I want to ride it. If I loved the bike, it was comfortable, it held nostalgia, and I just liked being on it, it would be worth more to me than...
08-13-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By aggiegrads

I found that the trick is letting the pressure...

I found that the trick is letting the pressure out of the hose. The newer versions from Lezyne have a bleed valve, but you can achieve the same effect on most models by unscrewing the hose from the...
08-12-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 270
Posted By aggiegrads

I would start with: Intended Wheel size ...

I would start with:

Intended Wheel size
Travel
Axle standard
Brake standard
Steerer tube diameter(s)
Steerer tube length
Last time serviced
08-06-20, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 494
Posted By aggiegrads

I have learned as much in the last ten years...

I have learned as much in the last ten years fixing kids bikes at our local non-profit shop than I did in a lifetime of fixing my own family’s and friend’s bikes. You learn what components are most...
07-27-20, 07:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 775
Posted By aggiegrads

worst case? Death. There is a reason that you...

worst case? Death. There is a reason that you don’t see one-bolt stems on the market.

I play fast and loose with drivetrain specs (low consequence), I mix and match brakes and levers across...
07-20-20, 08:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,092
Posted By aggiegrads

I have found OSM to be the best layer to double...

I have found OSM to be the best layer to double check routes, because they are the easiest for users to edit. Better yet, join OSM and mark those bad connectors so others don’t end up in the same...
07-15-20, 04:15 PM
Replies: 16,086
Views: 1,670,268
Posted By aggiegrads

Looks like "Recreational Corridor".

Looks like "Recreational Corridor".
07-12-20, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 358
Posted By aggiegrads

This is excellent advice if you want to fix the...

This is excellent advice if you want to fix the bike on your own. The folks here on this forum are willing to help, but you will likely need to take some high quality photos (which you also need...
07-12-20, 09:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 358
Posted By aggiegrads

When you say the rear shifter, do you mean the...

When you say the rear shifter, do you mean the rear rear derailleur or the rear shifter mounted on the handlebars? The rear derailleur difference does not matter. What does usually matter is the rear...
07-11-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 633
Posted By aggiegrads

No. You have to use a rim-brake compatible rim. ...

No. You have to use a rim-brake compatible rim.

You cannot put rim brakes on the Brand-x frame you are getting though. That requires discs.
07-08-20, 11:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 352
Posted By aggiegrads

If you have a way to measure the chain, that...

If you have a way to measure the chain, that would be the best path forward. If you have a set of calipers, the measurement over the pins should be 7.0mm or less.

If you don't have a set of...
07-08-20, 11:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 352
Posted By aggiegrads

Looking at KMC chains, most that are marked "Z"...

Looking at KMC chains, most that are marked "Z" are 6, 7, and 8 speed chains. Most of the 8-speed chains are marked "narrow" on the links.

My guess is that you have a 7 speed chain on your bike.
07-04-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 422
Posted By aggiegrads

I am a tool nerd of epic proportions, and I have...

I am a tool nerd of epic proportions, and I have both. It looks like many of the opinions are from people who only have or used one or the other. The 95-61-190 (tel:95-61-190) DOES have an opening...
07-01-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,158
Posted By aggiegrads

I posted this a while back in another tool...

I posted this a while back in another tool thread. One thing that the OP hasn’t really given much information on is their budget. How many tools needed depends on the variety of bikes that need...
06-29-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By aggiegrads

Safer to replace tube. I don't even try to patch...

Safer to replace tube. I don't even try to patch there.
06-28-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 973
Posted By aggiegrads

I ride the FSA Omega on my road bikes, and I find...

I ride the FSA Omega on my road bikes, and I find Salsa cowbells to have very similar geometry plus some flare.

You can try the Salsa Aluminum for $50, then invest in carbon if you are happy with...
06-13-20, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 596
Posted By aggiegrads

Awesome. Did you measure and select a good combo...

Awesome. Did you measure and select a good combo or did you just get lucky?

Were you able to achieve without a half-link? If so, you were extra-lucky.
06-13-20, 08:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,748
Posted By aggiegrads

You would be surprised how much people misjudge...

You would be surprised how much people misjudge weight. I work in a factory where the workers are not supposed to lift anything less than 25 pounds by themselves, and Anything over fifty pounds...
06-12-20, 02:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 348
Posted By aggiegrads

Mini-Vs are also an option. You should be good...

Mini-Vs are also an option. You should be good with anything 90mm or less, but you will have very little pad clearance.

With shorter-arm Mini-Vs, short pull road brake levers will work well.
06-12-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 649
Posted By aggiegrads

First: Tires. Treat yourself to some premium...

First: Tires. Treat yourself to some premium rubber. By far the easiest and cheapest upgrade that you can do to almost any bike.
Next: Wheels. Nice hubs, light rims and triple-butted spokes will...
06-11-20, 10:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,115
Posted By aggiegrads

I measured the chain stay width at the tips of...

I measured the chain stay width at the tips of 175mm cranks on both my San Jose and my All-City Nature Boy. Both have approximately the same width, so the Shimano CX-50 that I have on my All-City...
06-11-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 604
Posted By aggiegrads

The offset clamp is an essential part of the...

The offset clamp is an essential part of the design of the EVT clamp. It allows much easier rotation of the bike because the center of mass of the BIKE is closer to the mounting cylinder.

If...
06-10-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 612
Posted By aggiegrads

Not common. Incorrect assembly. The lever...

Not common. Incorrect assembly.

The lever is a cam lever, not a wing-nut. Did you purchase the bike at a bike shop or another retailer?
06-09-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 685
Posted By aggiegrads

Use these, switch to Presta, and don't look back....

Use these, switch to Presta, and don't look back.

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=7716&category=1777
...
06-06-20, 07:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 274
Posted By aggiegrads

Pushing the spoke lets the plunger fall to the...

Pushing the spoke lets the plunger fall to the locknut. It makes it a one-handed tool.
06-06-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 281
Posted By aggiegrads

You should have no problem using a chain that is...

You should have no problem using a chain that is narrower by one speed in pretty much any application. For example - ten speed chain on a nine speed, 9 speed on an 8 speed, etc.

It is going wider...
06-06-20, 08:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By aggiegrads

Generally a gravel bike will have higher bars...

Generally a gravel bike will have higher bars than a road bike, but use whatever is comfortable for you. If you have a little bit of extra steering tube, then you can experiment with different...
06-05-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,147
Posted By aggiegrads

Most likely the warning is there because of...

Most likely the warning is there because of carbon black. Carbon black is carcinogenic in particles of respirable size. It is also in nearly every plastic or rubber compound that is colored black...
06-05-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 893
Posted By aggiegrads

If you want to get the ends of the cable tie...

If you want to get the ends of the cable tie flush, use a fingernail clipper to trim the ends. It makes a nice touch.
05-28-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 313
Views: 46,586
Posted By aggiegrads

No need to apologize; that bike looks great!

No need to apologize; that bike looks great!
05-22-20, 07:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,388
Posted By aggiegrads

Ha! I also just got a San Jose this week. A...

Ha! I also just got a San Jose this week. A previous owner squeezed a 120mm OLD hub in there, so I got a couple of spacers to make the hub 130mm. Where I put the spacers is open for debate, because I...
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