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04-29-13, 12:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,316
Posted By sillygolem

OK, that makes more sense. I'd heard the grease...

OK, that makes more sense. I'd heard the grease was used for dampening, but when I took them apart, it looked like it was greased just as you described.

I think in the end this bike will be...
04-29-13, 12:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,034
Posted By sillygolem

Second the regreasing. Try spraying the inside...

Second the regreasing. Try spraying the inside with a solvent and moving everything around until it feels free, then add oil. You should ONLY use nondetergent SAE 20 weight in an SA hub; almost...
04-28-13, 09:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,316
Posted By sillygolem

Is the grease supposed to fill the fork, or just...

Is the grease supposed to fill the fork, or just cover the springs?
04-28-13, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,316
Posted By sillygolem

Rebuilding Cheap Greased Suspension Fork

I just picked up a Trek 820 with an obscure RST suspension fork. It's a low end model that uses springs packed with grease instead of liquid or air shocks. The plastic sleeves that fit into the lower...
05-22-12, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,047
Posted By sillygolem

Thanks! I'm glad I didn't end up having to buy...

Thanks! I'm glad I didn't end up having to buy another chain just to get this to work.



I just did it, and while the KMC links have "Narrow" printed on them, both the links and the pins ended...
05-22-12, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,047
Posted By sillygolem

Combining Two Types of Bicycle Chain

I just bought some new KMC 8 speed chain for my five speed freewheeled touring bike, but it's about 5 links too short. I've got some Taya 6 speed chain sitting that I could add to make up the length....
11-13-11, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

Double derp. I meant to say 7/8" BMX and 1"...

Double derp. I meant to say 7/8" BMX and 1" Schwinn use the same -quill- size (21.1,) so he may be able to find something compatible. Unless you know something I don't.
11-13-11, 01:04 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

Derp - forgot an important point: American...

Derp - forgot an important point:
American bikes used thick tubing in small diameters (and often Ashtabula's thick, heavy forks,) while European and Japanese bikes used thin tubing in large...
11-12-11, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,113
Posted By sillygolem

+1 cruiser Aluminum cruiser frames are...

+1 cruiser

Aluminum cruiser frames are reasonably light, have holes for fenders and baskets, and let you put a foot on the ground at stops without having to get off the seat. Coaster hubs let you...
11-12-11, 01:14 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

This is a 7/8" (tube size) BMX. Be aware that a...

This is a 7/8" (tube size) BMX. Be aware that a 1" tube uses a 7/8" (22.2mm) actual quill size, which parts sites like to quote even though the size is always quoted based on the steerer tube.
...
11-11-11, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,017
Posted By sillygolem

If it's full size, it was built by Montague. I...

If it's full size, it was built by Montague. I think in recent years they've shifted to another manufacturer for more traditional folding bikes.

The Olympic mountain bike has a regular diamond...
Replies: 3,232
Views: 238,654
Posted By sillygolem

Everything you need to know about buying protein...

Everything you need to know about buying protein powder:
http://scoobysworkshop.com/protein-powder/

ON is good and readily available, but you may want to see if any of your local health food...
11-08-11, 09:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 711
Posted By sillygolem

CF experiences very little thermal expansion, so...

CF experiences very little thermal expansion, so this isn't an issue.

I'm not sure about bike-specific grease, but most greases start having problems around -25 to -30F (-30 to -35C.) At this...
11-08-11, 09:42 PM
Replies: 120
Views: 4,404
Posted By sillygolem

Wait a few years, and you could have this thread...

Wait a few years, and you could have this thread with people saying "I hate these automatic NuVinci hubs all the racers are using. I'm sticking to my Campy EPS because real men shift."
11-07-11, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,550
Posted By sillygolem

Lower gearing will decrease cranking distance to...

Lower gearing will decrease cranking distance to engage the brake while also increasing mechanical advantage, letting you brake harder for the same pedal effort.

If you've got an old American...
11-04-11, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 851
Posted By sillygolem

Random thought: Would it be possible to rig a...

Random thought: Would it be possible to rig a coaster hub to work with a fixed cassette? When not in use (and presumably without the drag-inducing brakes installed) there isn't any direct connection...
11-04-11, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 4,632
Posted By sillygolem

You'll need a crank puller to take the crank arms...

You'll need a crank puller to take the crank arms off, and if it's a cartridge BB (most are unless your bike is old) you'll need a BB tool. Which tool you'll need will depend on the type of bottom...
11-04-11, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,800
Posted By sillygolem

There are sleeves that will let you run a Presta...

There are sleeves that will let you run a Presta valve in a rim drilled for Schrader.

Er, I should say "There are sleeves that will let you run a Presta valve in a rim drilled for Schrader without...
11-04-11, 01:07 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

CST (Cheng Shin) C740s are around $15. I haven't...

CST (Cheng Shin) C740s are around $15. I haven't tried that particular model, but I've had good luck with their other tires.

- Not Scrod
11-04-11, 12:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,800
Posted By sillygolem

700c tubes fit fine in 27" tires, and from what...

700c tubes fit fine in 27" tires, and from what I've seen they're a little smaller in diameter pre-inflation than a vintage 27 x 1 1/4" tube.

Most 700c tube boxes will list "27" 1-1 1/4" or...
11-02-11, 06:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,418
Posted By sillygolem

I am so stealing that.

I am so stealing that.
11-01-11, 11:12 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 20,578
Posted By sillygolem

Note that tires have way more effect than wheels...

Note that tires have way more effect than wheels on ride quality.
11-01-11, 11:05 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,418
Posted By sillygolem

I live in about the worst terrain for single...

I live in about the worst terrain for single speed (short, steep hills ad nauseum) but I have a cruiser with low gearing that I can ride through the country with ease. I get up hills without...
10-31-11, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,193
Posted By sillygolem

There are still plenty of manufacturers that make...

There are still plenty of manufacturers that make 3-piece BB kits for American shells, but you'll be limited by spindle sizes since their intended for single speed cranks.

As for which crankset, I...
10-31-11, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,683
Posted By sillygolem

Ubuntu 11.10, Chromium, slow connection - Link...

Ubuntu 11.10, Chromium, slow connection - Link goes directly to eBay.
10-31-11, 01:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 616
Posted By sillygolem

A friend of mine bought her first adult bike with...

A friend of mine bought her first adult bike with one of these on it. She'd never shifted a bike before, and was able to pick it up almost immediately.
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10-30-11, 03:29 PM
Replies: 29,933
Views: 5,404,871
Posted By sillygolem

Once paid off the clerk at a convenience store so...

Once paid off the clerk at a convenience store so he could use the nacho cheese dispenser like a beer bong.
10-30-11, 12:31 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,844
Posted By sillygolem

This is true for virtually any collection. My...

This is true for virtually any collection. My favorite decade whether it's cars, bikes, or anything else, is whatever is outside the classic trend because it means maximum bang for the buck. Old...
10-28-11, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

Non-round chainrings have fallen in and out of...

Non-round chainrings have fallen in and out of fashion since at least the 20s, with the last big push being Sakae Ovaltech and Shimano Biopace in the 80s. It's one of those things where either you...
10-27-11, 09:14 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,738
Posted By sillygolem

A road bike will be lighter, use narrower tires,...

A road bike will be lighter, use narrower tires, and will put your legs in a near-standing position while your back will be bent forward. This shifts your hips forward, putting a narrower part of...
Replies: 20
Views: 1,529
Posted By sillygolem

Why do the rear wheels have a sharp caster angle...

Why do the rear wheels have a sharp caster angle instead of being upright? What sort of gearing do you aim for with these?
10-27-11, 07:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,551
Posted By sillygolem

I have wide seatbones, so anything stock feels...

I have wide seatbones, so anything stock feels like an axe, especially road saddles.

I've been putting together stuff for my friends lately, and I normally bring a bag of leftover saddles so they...
10-27-11, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,078
Posted By sillygolem

I've got a Giant AT710 frame from the 80s and an...

I've got a Giant AT710 frame from the 80s and an Acapulco from the early 90s. The frame geometry is identical, but while the AT had 5 speeds and a chainguard, the Acapulco has 18 speeds, canti...
10-27-11, 12:36 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,630
Posted By sillygolem

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2921/speedholes.j...

http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/2921/speedholes.jpg
10-27-11, 12:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,917
Posted By sillygolem

This. Broken and bent teeth out of the box aren't...

This. Broken and bent teeth out of the box aren't uncommon on the new Shimano freewheels, but it's not something I've heard of on any of the other brands.
10-27-11, 12:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 768
Posted By sillygolem

FYI: If you wanted to convert your bike, you'd...

FYI: If you wanted to convert your bike, you'd need the following -

A wheel with even dishing with a hub threaded for a freewheel and an axle long enough to fit your frame.
A freewheel
A chain...
10-27-11, 12:12 AM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

That's perfectly normal: The spacer just slides...

That's perfectly normal: The spacer just slides on the axle and isn't held on until you bolt the wheel in the frame. Sometimes you'll see a spacer on the drive side placed between the cone and the...
10-25-11, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

Steel chainstays are fairly flexible, so they're...

Steel chainstays are fairly flexible, so they're generally a bit wider than the exact spacing: When you bolt the wheel on, they squeeze together against the spacers. It's possible to go the other way...
10-25-11, 12:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,029
Posted By sillygolem

When I started getting into shape, I worked my...

When I started getting into shape, I worked my way up to running. I'd heard about barefoot running, and found it was a lot easier on me joint-wise. What I didn't expect was that in building up my...
10-25-11, 12:03 AM
Replies: 11,217
Views: 1,003,187
Posted By sillygolem

FYI - That's a motorpacing bike. It drafts behind...

FYI - That's a motorpacing bike. It drafts behind a car to cut wind resistance to zero or less -- depending on the configuration, it can be in a low pressure area created by the car.
...
10-24-11, 11:45 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,917
Posted By sillygolem

Ditto Falcon. I had a freewheel off a parts bike...

Ditto Falcon. I had a freewheel off a parts bike I used recently, and it's really slick shifting. Twist tooth and ramped sides on the cogs. It went with their Tourney knock-off derailleur, and it...
10-24-11, 11:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,017
Posted By sillygolem

Stock belt drives have a practical limit of...

Stock belt drives have a practical limit of around 100 hp, although there are some aftermarket belts that can handle a lot more. Much of the stress comes from abrupt application of power. They...
10-23-11, 09:57 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 11,634
Posted By sillygolem

I recently traded my SS conversion Free Spirit...

I recently traded my SS conversion Free Spirit for this aluminum cruiser:
https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-14BGV1vvWoQ/TpoxIAhW_II/AAAAAAAAACI/ZWbZLsy7k4A/s700/cruiser.jpeg

Like anything, it...
10-21-11, 04:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 667
Posted By sillygolem

Generally, people don't get rid of tools until...

Generally, people don't get rid of tools until they're completely worn out. The one exception is freewheel tools, since there are an endless variety and most times they're only needed once. There are...
10-21-11, 04:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 768
Posted By sillygolem

General consensus is they're quite good. Serious...

General consensus is they're quite good. Serious riders are finding need a rebuild every couple years, which amounts to taking apart and putting it back together - not exactly difficult. Drum brake...
10-21-11, 03:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By sillygolem

Yes, but aluminum vs. steel ride quality is...

Yes, but aluminum vs. steel ride quality is generally overstated: Early aluminum frames weren't stressed right and rode horribly, but they've improved a lot in recent years. Getting some wider tires...
10-21-11, 03:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,703
Posted By sillygolem

When you regrease the hubs, use something made...

When you regrease the hubs, use something made for automobiles, not bicycles. Regular bike grease is generally not made to withstand the high heat conditions of a brake hub.
10-19-11, 10:07 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,956
Posted By sillygolem

I've always wanted to go to Lake Pepin or a...

I've always wanted to go to Lake Pepin or a similar 3-speed ride in period correct attire for my Columbia 3-speed....
10-18-11, 07:08 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,787
Posted By sillygolem

I'm about the size of OP's friend, and all my...

I'm about the size of OP's friend, and all my bikes from my cruiser to my SS road bike have max air pressure in the back and 3-5 lbs. below max in the front. The only time I've had problems with...
10-18-11, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By sillygolem

Yes, aside from Suntour Ultra freewheels. ...

Yes, aside from Suntour Ultra freewheels.

Incidentally, all* multispeed gears in the last half century or so use 3/32" gear teeth, but 9-11 speeds use narrower spacing.

*Aside from some oddball...
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