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10-03-15, 07:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,307
Posted By Batavus

On carbon road bikes with internal cable routing,...

On carbon road bikes with internal cable routing, an inline adjuster for the FD at least, is very convenient. Dialling in the FD on modern groupsets has become more finicky, so when you are...
08-16-15, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By Batavus

Maybe you need to reconsider your riding style....

Maybe you need to reconsider your riding style. If you never lift your butt off the seat when going through potholes etc and you are heavier than average, then you are just asking for it. Three...
07-31-15, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,450
Posted By Batavus

Which part did you replace? Whenever I encounter...

Which part did you replace? Whenever I encounter a nexus hub with these symptoms, I consider it dead. It's the first thing I check with used hubs.
07-30-15, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,141
Posted By Batavus

Chances are it's the shield or cassette...

Chances are it's the shield or cassette mechanism, but I would check if the bearings are properly adjusted. Since removing the inner assembly is only two steps more than adjusting the bearing cone on...
07-30-15, 12:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,141
Posted By Batavus

Take the shield off and examine it. You cannot...

Take the shield off and examine it. You cannot leave it out as it also acts as a sprocket spacer. If you leave it out the sprocket cannot be fasten securely with the clip. It will have some play,...
07-29-15, 11:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,141
Posted By Batavus

Sometimes the steel shield or cover behind the...

Sometimes the steel shield or cover behind the sprocket is dented or slightly buckled and engages with the rubber seal behind it, causing the hub to put power back into the sprocket and chain when in...
06-12-15, 12:38 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,086
Posted By Batavus

Te exception being a carbon road frame without...

Te exception being a carbon road frame without internal liners and impossible routing needing a recable....
06-07-15, 01:54 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,086
Posted By Batavus

When I started looking for an apprenticeship as a...

When I started looking for an apprenticeship as a mechanic, being an enthusiast was actually what held several shops from hiring me.

One shop told me they didn't want to hire me because I'd have...
05-30-15, 08:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,657
Posted By Batavus

Didn't know that. Thanks!

Didn't know that. Thanks!
05-30-15, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,657
Posted By Batavus

It comes in here:

It comes in here:
05-30-15, 01:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,657
Posted By Batavus

FSA are supposed to be compatible with Hollow...

FSA are supposed to be compatible with Hollow Tech 2 BB's, but I've had some funky business go on with fitting FSA cranks to Shimano BB's. GXP is definitely not compatible with Shimano even if GXP...
05-26-15, 03:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,657
Posted By Batavus

Just picked this off some online retailer's site:...

Just picked this off some online retailer's site: As well as being the perfect match for the Ultegra 6800 crankset the BBR-60 is also backward compatible with any Shimano Hollowtech II crankset
05-08-15, 01:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,864
Posted By Batavus

Well put. There is just no way to make a roadie...

Well put. There is just no way to make a roadie mamil understand this theory. They are utterly brainwashed by the industry and its buzzwords. My time in a roadie shop made me hate roadies. If I may...
05-08-15, 12:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,478
Posted By Batavus

+1 on it being a cable issue. Do you run full...

+1 on it being a cable issue. Do you run full length housing? The cable run has to be as smooth as possible with no sharp bends or kinks.

How is the angle of the cassette joint? I've seen...
05-07-15, 11:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,864
Posted By Batavus

It's gotten to the level where recreational...

It's gotten to the level where recreational riders with limited riding skills are actually limited by the hugely increased stiffness of carbon road frames, especially when combined with ridiculously...
05-07-15, 04:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,861
Posted By Batavus

I agree it shouldn't be and I feel your pain, but...

I agree it shouldn't be and I feel your pain, but I fear this is going to be a long chase. Kuddos to you if you can find a simple fix!
05-07-15, 04:25 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 5,864
Posted By Batavus

Guys, the problem is not press fit BB's...

Guys, the problem is not press fit BB's (eventhough I hate them with a vengeance, having worked on various press fit standards in a roadie shop).

The real problem is press fit BB's in conjunction...
05-07-15, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,861
Posted By Batavus

Having worked a lot with BB30 cranks, I say check...

Having worked a lot with BB30 cranks, I say check the bearings for play as well. They wear out fast, because basically BB30 is a crap design, introduced to sell more bearings and have shops earn more...
04-07-15, 01:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,663
Posted By Batavus

I was less than impressed with the quality of...

I was less than impressed with the quality of Ultra Torque bearings when I worked in a roadie shop. They wear out fast when ridden by demanding riders. Especially the left side. They are a pain to...
04-06-15, 12:48 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,791
Posted By Batavus

If it is that easy to get a tire off with a...

If it is that easy to get a tire off with a string, it's a doodle with your bare hands.

The only tip I can offer is using the palm of your hand to get the last bit of second bead over the rim, not...
03-28-15, 03:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,922
Posted By Batavus

My longest fixed ride was a flat 124 miles in a...

My longest fixed ride was a flat 124 miles in a day. I did the same ride on a geared bike a year later. I didn't notice any difference. It was a long ass ride on both bikes.... (fixed ratio was...
03-27-15, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,984
Posted By Batavus

Of all the chaincases available, these are the...

Of all the chaincases available, these are the absolute worst you can choose. A pain to set up and the slightest rub will be amplified by the metal resonance-box.

The Hebie chainglider would be my...
03-24-15, 02:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 770
Posted By Batavus

I tensioned a set of wheels that were for a...

I tensioned a set of wheels that were for a custom Yamaha TR-1 Cafe racer project. The builder laced them himself and that seems to be the hardest part since MC spokes are so stiff they can't be bent...
02-21-15, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,284
Posted By Batavus

Ha, nice one! It just goes to show that noises...

Ha, nice one! It just goes to show that noises can come from anywhere on your bike. I think this information is valuable not just for newbies. I always have the same approach to tackling sqeaks and...
01-31-15, 12:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,208
Posted By Batavus

Save yourself some money and run a Campag...

Save yourself some money and run a Campag cassette using your Shimano shifters and mech (assuming it is 10-speed). This combination can be set up to work almost flawlessly without the use of any...
01-18-15, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By Batavus

The XT hub the OP is speaking of has a very short...

The XT hub the OP is speaking of has a very short stub on the end cap (it doubles as the locknut). The Park Tool Vise simply won't clamp the stub tightly enough to do a normal adjustment.

edit:The...
01-18-15, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By Batavus

Uhh.. that's the way I did it. It works. Not as...

Uhh.. that's the way I did it. It works. Not as easy as adjusting the old style hubs, but it works.
11-20-14, 03:19 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,713
Posted By Batavus

Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I...

Well, that explains a lot. Up until a year ago I worked in a high end road and mtb shop and almost all cheaper bikes came with alu steerers. Cheaper to make and still relatively lightweight. Aluminum...
11-20-14, 02:38 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,713
Posted By Batavus

I don't get the part about aluminum steerers....

I don't get the part about aluminum steerers. They are extremely common on entry to mid-level road bikes and mtbs.
11-17-14, 02:42 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,458
Posted By Batavus

Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can...

Great story FBinNY! It shows how much a wheel can handle indeed, at least statically. My advice to the OP, don't ride these wheels. You may or may not break them, but when you do you'll break your...
11-13-14, 04:44 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 12,488
Posted By Batavus

Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes...

Most of the issues I encountered with disc brakes working at a high end road and mtb shop were ultimately down to user error. Inexperienced mountainbikers grinding away a set of rear pads in one ride...
10-22-14, 06:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,284
Posted By Batavus

Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of...

Shop I worked at had a solution for a batch of frames wit similar BB. A steel sleeve with OD 45 mm and ID 40 (which you may have to have cuctom machined) was pressed in simply using a big vice. Then...
10-20-14, 12:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,210
Posted By Batavus

I was referring to internal frame cable routing....

I was referring to internal frame cable routing. But 6700 and 7900 also introduced a 90 degree bend inside the shifter (as opposed to a straight exit on 6600 and the like), to accomodate the cable...
10-19-14, 02:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,820
Posted By Batavus

I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of...

I hadn't thought of that. With that kind of ****ty weather/temps I can imagine all cycling virtually grinds to a halt.
10-19-14, 03:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,820
Posted By Batavus

Shops I've worked at were never affected by low...

Shops I've worked at were never affected by low season so much that staff had to be fired or hours reduced.

But then again people here keep using their bikes in winter as a mode of transportation,...
10-19-14, 03:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,210
Posted By Batavus

6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level...

6800 is da bomb. It's a return to 6600-level shifting performance and beyond, 6700 and the like suffering from excess cable friction especially if combined with lousy internal cable routing.

The...
10-12-14, 02:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,413
Posted By Batavus

I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d...

I eventually found a second hand Stronglight 49d (same BCD as TA cyclotouriste) for a steal, so that's the way I did it. The only trouble I had was figuring out which JIS BB would give me correct...
10-12-14, 03:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,413
Posted By Batavus

TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB,...

TA knock offs by Velo Orange. Uses a JIS BB, which can be had cheap Cranks are still not cheap, but you really can't go cheaper than the riveted cranks you have now.
10-04-14, 12:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,990
Posted By Batavus

35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common...

35 mm press fit cartridge BB's are quite common around here. Used on a lot of older city bikes. Plastic cups though and less than stellar bearing quality.
09-24-14, 04:14 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,056
Posted By Batavus

Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some...

Believe me, it's not, but I am finicky. Some people don't notice the difference. I do.

I make sure I've met all the requirements for a proper shifting derailer driver train: good cables, checking...
09-24-14, 03:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,622
Posted By Batavus

Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so...

Using it in the short term IS taking the risk, so yes I did read that.
09-24-14, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,622
Posted By Batavus

Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail...

Why take the risk? Rims don't always fail immediately after inflating the tire. I once inflated a modern road tire to specified pressure (about 8 bar) on a newly built up wheel with a NOS Mavic Ma2....
09-24-14, 02:20 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,056
Posted By Batavus

While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is...

While I agree that the factory sticky stuff is the best grease the chain will see internally, externally, I find that it actually degrades shifting performance. Especially on older bikes that also...
09-24-14, 02:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,622
Posted By Batavus

Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to...

Uhhh. Don't ride that wheel. It's going to collapse spectacularly. A girl inflated her tire with our shop compressor recently and it blew the entire brake track off the (worn) rim with a very loud...
09-24-14, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 745
Posted By Batavus

I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more...

I've used the shimano tool which is nothing more than a glorified threaded rod with two washers.

On the last one I did for a friend at home where I don't have the shimano tool, I used a rubber...
09-17-14, 03:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 700
Posted By Batavus

Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM...

Good luck with that. Most likely the Fulcrum OEM spokes are the only ones that will fit. If you use a straight pull CX ray, it might just have slightly different dimensions (diameter of spoke head)...
08-15-14, 03:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,622
Posted By Batavus

Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going...

Word of caution here. The TA rings are not going to match the Shimano shifting performance. Shimano's ramping and pinning and the resulting shifting is something no aftermarket manufacturer has been...
08-15-14, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,112
Posted By Batavus

The easiest way is to check for excess cable...

The easiest way is to check for excess cable friction. Not all brake cables are neatly cut at the factory, somtimes causing the inner cable to rub against the metal of the housing.

If you check...
08-14-14, 12:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,434
Posted By Batavus

Some modern carbon forks have the crown race...

Some modern carbon forks have the crown race molded as part of the steerer. The lower bearing is in direct contact with this molded race. If you put the old crown race on top of this molded race, the...
08-14-14, 02:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,011
Posted By Batavus

Two things you haven't done: 1 Have the...

Two things you haven't done:

1 Have the bearings pulled from the BB, cleaned, outer races regreased and reinstalled. The outer race is likely dryrubbing the frame the wrong way.... also clean and...
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