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Your least favorite thing about bicycle setup/maintenance

Old 12-13-16, 06:31 AM
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Repacking and adjusting loose bearing bottom brackets from older steel bikes. You think that you have it just right, then the crankset goes on, and the chain and you test it on the stand. Too much play. [palmslaps forehead]. So you slip the lockring wrench behind the non-drive crank and try to loosen/adjust the moveable cone while working behind the crank. You get the lockring tightened again. There! Ugh. It's a little tight...it's binding. Maybe I can loosen it a hair...
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Old 12-13-16, 06:32 AM
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Or changing a flat in the dark in the rain at about 35 degrees...
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Old 12-13-16, 07:16 AM
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I skip the figure 8 and extra piece entirely on my fixed gear bike and just go up one side like the pro's do. I think it looks racy to leave that little bit exposed, is quicker to do and saves 0.00437 grams.
That's called "Cleavage" on a bike and it's sexy as he11.
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Old 12-13-16, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 79pmooney View Post
Get SS screws with heads for hex keys. Get a long hex key. Put the screw on the long leg of the key and start it and screw it in from over the top of the cage, spinning the key with finger and thumb. One tighten with the short leg should get it plenty tight. (I change cages a lot. Most of my bikes have a 3rd cage mount under the DT for a 3rd bottle or my sandal cage. I don't like that third cage when I am not using it. 2nd cages,on the ST are always right and welcome, full or empty. )

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I use the cage mount under the DT for a special bottle for my tools and I don't have to use a bag under my saddle.
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Old 12-13-16, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
I was going to say we have a winner, but then I thought about the worst bike thing of all:

Snaking housing thru a frame with no internal routing guides.
You can try pulling housing from the rear leaving cable in place in frame and putting new housing in from rear and using cable in frame to guide the new housing in.
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Old 12-13-16, 08:40 AM
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Thanks for the tips guys, i know all of the tricks (including my favorite tool, the bent coat hanger) but they dont work on all frames (i.e. Cant pull old housing thru a new frame), and we don't have a vacuum at the shop to play with string.

Most of the time the ports for housing are just big enough for the size of the housing anyway, so tying or taping string to it like an electrical job generally doesn't work either.

Even when i can use those options it still sucks. Especially when you get past the BB area and have to go thru the chainstays. Ugh.
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Old 12-13-16, 08:50 AM
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Trying (unsuccessfully) to remove a frozen aluminum seatpost from a steel frame (1991 Rockhopper Comp) . Have tried PB Blaster, vinegar (probably some other stuff I've forgotten) and a very long pipe wrench which left me with a still frozen seatpost with some nice deep pipe wrench tooth marks. Have given up.
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Old 12-13-16, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by TimothyH View Post
an 8mm hex key at the end of the spindle.-

My MKS pedals have a hex head hole on the end of the spindle too. I just hold the opposing crank arm to stabilize the crank while I yank/press on the wrench. None of the difficulties you mention present any hassle or grief to me. It's an almost effortless ten second job.

Maybe I'm just like @Broctoon, a Super-duper Genius?




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Old 12-13-16, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
Have you tried using a vacuum cleaner and a piece of string? That is the way we sometimes run wires through conduct. Pull a slight vacuum at one opening and feed a light string (or even yarn) at the other. If necessary use the yarn or sting to pull through a stronger string that will pull the wire/cable.

Be careful. Creating a vacuum in even sturdy metal lines can collapse them.

That's an awesome idea. I love creative solutions like that.
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Old 12-13-16, 09:37 AM
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Once the pedal is loose, you can insert the long end of the hex key and just twirl it out.
I don't bother with the wrench once they are broken free. I just hold the spindle and spin the crank fast in the correct direction. Same for installing them, once you've got them properly started.
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Old 12-13-16, 10:06 AM
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A fresh re-wrap, the proper way

Also, new favorite bar tape.

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Old 12-13-16, 10:31 AM
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TIL most of you change your pedals way too often. I put them on, and that's it.

My least favorite thing to do would be clean the chain. My last chain/chainring setup is proof of that. The tiny grease marks in my carpet in the apartment are also proof from gunk falling off of it.
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Old 12-13-16, 10:52 AM
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Running out of beer or bourbon while working on said bike.
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Old 12-13-16, 12:18 PM
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I don't mind chain cleaning occasionally, but flossing between the gears I do seem to mind.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:20 PM
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Those pedals are the jam, and I plan on getting them. But yeah, not looking forward to removing them when they need adjustment.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:33 PM
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The only time ive been annoyed by removing pedals is when people tighten them too much.

I dont tighten my pedals anywhere close to the level of effort it sounds like is going on here and ive never had one so much as loosen let alone come off.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:46 PM
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mounting tubulars. Using gloves never works for me - I end of getting glue all over the place and no control over the stretch of the tire. I get a much more even first-try mount with bare hands, but then have to peel mastic of myself for the next day

might break down and try tape one day.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:52 PM
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2 View Post
TIL most of you change your pedals way too often. I put them on, and that's it.

My least favorite thing to do would be clean the chain. My last chain/chainring setup is proof of that. The tiny grease marks in my carpet in the apartment are also proof from gunk falling off of it.
I only have one set of clipless pedals, so they have to migrate back and forth between the road bike and the track bike. I also have a set of GR-9's I use if I want to ride fixed on the street and wear walkable shoes at the same time. So yeah, I change them out a lot.

Also +1 for tiny grease stains. Not looking forward to what those do to my deposit when I eventually move.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
The only time ive been annoyed by removing pedals is when people tighten them too much.
This reminded me of the time I was helping a friend swap out his pedals for clipless. Prior he only had a shop touch it.

We were in his garage and neither of us could take them off with a 15mm wrench. We ended up using a make shift foot long cheater pipe to take them off. I knew without a doubt whoever built it up originally put them on there with a pedal wrench.
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Old 12-13-16, 01:59 PM
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Tell you what does grind my gears about pedals, however, is when they use a different size hex key than usual. They're generally 6mm, but when i got my 8020 pedals i gather my tools beforehand and when i went to put them on i was all "DFQ?"

8mm. Shimano, y u do dis?
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Old 12-13-16, 02:09 PM
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Don't get me started about torx bolts.

Looking at you sram, whose previous generation of mountain groups mixed both torx and hex bolts.

Worst offender was their rear derailleurs. Hex hanger bolt? Nope, t25. They went back to hex with their newest stuff this year.
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Old 12-13-16, 02:28 PM
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Stems with torx bolts. Add it to the list.
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Old 12-13-16, 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan View Post
8mm. Shimano, y u do dis?
All their screws are JIS head as well including derailleur adjustment screws. A Phillips head screwdriver will strip them.

Previous owner of my Honda never heard of a JIS screw...




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Old 12-13-16, 02:32 PM
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What's wrong with torx bolts?
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Old 12-13-16, 02:43 PM
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A) nothing wrong with them, but when 99.9% of bolts on my bike are hex i just have to question why

B)Ive never heard of a JIS phillips screw in my life and i use what i know to be phillips head screwdrivers on shimano to manipulate them with reckless abandon
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