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Old 06-04-08, 11:58 AM
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Closest Bicycle Shop to UC Irvine?

This is a very bizarre LBS-recommendation thread.

Currently, I have almost no braking power but I have old-style straddle cable brakes that are almost impossible to adjust on my own (I've tried. 4 times). From reading through old posts, it looks like I need a fourth hand tool.

Now, I could wait until I go home to San Diego and get one from the LBS there except that I really don't want to ride on public roads (to get to the train station) with no brakes!

Does anyone know of any bicycle shops that are close to UC Irvine and carry bicycle tools?

Caveat: I'd probably have to ride the bus there so being close to a bus stop would be a plus but I doubt if anyone here has memorized the OCTA bus book.

Alternatively, if anyone could think of an object that would serve a similar purpose that I could get from an office supply or grocery store, that would be even better because I would be able to walk to the store.
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Old 06-04-08, 12:01 PM
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I believe Bike Religion is located on the campus of UCI. I haven't been there personally, but I've heard good things about them... plus it's my team's sponsor so it feels good to give them a shameless plug
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+1. Bike Religion is a cool shop for the size of a thumb tack... Literally. John is a cool dude, he had the parts I needed to get my fixed on the road and even ordered me some gold bar tape. Bike Religion doesn't have much in the way of tools but he will order you anything you need and his prices are right up there with internet prices, when you factor in shipping charges.
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As others had said Bike Religion. I am such a shill.
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Old 06-04-08, 12:41 PM
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+1 for bike religion. Other then that the next closest is Jax and I'm not to big a fan of theirs. They are located in the parking lot for the Mesa dorms.
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Old 06-04-08, 12:52 PM
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I should have expected that.

Bike Religion has actually helped with this precise problem in the past so normally, I'd just head over to him again. However, the root cause is a wheel that is a little bent. Couple that with my adventures with Amtrak/Metrolink/Coaster/buses/cars and I find that I have to adjust the wheel rather frequently to keep it moderately straight.

So I could head over to Bike Religion after lunch but I fear that by the time the week is over, I'd be straightening the rear wheel on the side of a road again and (attempting) to adjust the brakes to the "new" position of the wheel.

Now, I didn't know that he's willing to order parts so I will try asking him how long the item will take to arrive.

Question for Everyone:
Is a bicycle wheel supposed to be able to stand up to repeated loadings on trains/buses/car racks without getting off-center? I'm not sure if I'm even supposed to have to keep re-centering the wheel.

Now, off to Bike Religion and to ask him that question too.
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Old 06-04-08, 12:53 PM
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If that is the building I think it is, that is where visitors bought parking permits. Of course, that was a decade or so ago.
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Originally Posted by Zian View Post
Does anyone know of any bicycle shops that are close to UC Irvine and carry bicycle tools?
JAX straight up Culver right before the 5. They have a huge service department so their turn-around time is great, and I'm sure they have tools. There's got to be a ton of buses that run that way.
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Old 06-04-08, 01:01 PM
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When you say you are recentering the wheel, do you mean it is closer to one of the chainstays or is out of true? For the former, check to make sure the skewer is tight. If it's out of true and continuously gets out of true, there's a problem with the wheel.
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Old 06-04-08, 01:02 PM
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Why don't you just ask someone to help you adjust the brake cable? Most shops won't have the tool you're looking for for sale anyway.
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Old 06-04-08, 01:07 PM
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The former.

Odd part is that I'm pretty sure that it was tight enough because I've had pretty good experiences with Bike Religion in the past.

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In an earlier post, I wrote that I am going to do that.
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Originally Posted by Zian View Post
The former.

Odd part is that I'm pretty sure that it was tight enough because I've had pretty good experiences with Bike Religion in the past.

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In an earlier post, I wrote that I am going to do that.
That shouldn't happen even if your bike gets banged around a little. It's too loose or somehow worn out.
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Old 06-04-08, 01:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Grumpy Pig View Post
It's too loose or somehow worn out.
Risks of using an ancient bike, I suppose. Though I'm not sure how it can "wear out" since the basic principle is 2 nuts holding the wheel between the chainstays.

Off to get lunch and visit the LBS now.
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Zooks!

It's called a "third hand tool", as in you have two already and it's lending you the practical use of one more.

Repeated "corrections" to your wheel have rendered it untrue probably to the point of no "retrue". And, there is only one correct position that a wheel sits in the frame. There are not multiple options. Again, your repeated "fixing" has created an unbalance in the spoke tension. Adjusting your brakes to deal with the "new positioning" is a symptom of a wheel that has turned the corner.

Even simple seemingly static mechanical devices that are under load wear out.
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Old 06-04-08, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by heresy View Post
If that is the building I think it is, that is where visitors bought parking permits. Of course, that was a decade or so ago.
Yes, it's a converted parking kiosk (expanded just a bit from its original size)....
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Old 06-04-08, 04:41 PM
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I never said anything about changing spoke tension. Please don't assume that I or Bike Religion have been wielding a spoke wrench.

This is strictly the matter of a slightly bent wheel and a wheel hitting the chainstays on occasion.
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Originally Posted by SirGrant View Post
+1 for bike religion. Other then that the next closest is Jax and I'm not to big a fan of theirs. They are located in the parking lot for the Mesa dorms.
Actually, Cycle Werks in Costa Mesa (near Bristol and Baker) is closer to UCI than Jax.

https://cyclewerks.net/map.cfm?StoreID=2
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Originally Posted by Zian View Post
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I never said anything about changing spoke tension. Please don't assume that I or Bike Religion have been wielding a spoke wrench.

This is strictly the matter of a slightly bent wheel and a wheel hitting the chainstays on occasion.
Sounds as if you are due a new set of wheels. You don't say anything about breaking spokes, but the wheel should not be hitting the "Chain Stay" on occasion!

So, do you set the brakes for the high side on one side and the low side on the other only to discover that they reverse positions as the wheel rotates.

What are you studying at UCI?
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Who said anything about a spoke wrench? And on occasion, do you mean once every revolution of said wheel?

From appearance you seem to be "at university". So, I'll grant you that many miles of education are underfoot. Good fortune to you and your wheel.
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to give you another bike shop...Sand Canyon Cyclery is close to UCI. It is located at Sand Canyon and Irvine Center Drive.

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Old 06-05-08, 08:29 PM
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What are you studying at UCI?
Hopefully not engineering.
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Oh dear.

I think I've managed to misinterpret a couple people here so I'll stick to some quick facts:
-Major: Computer Science and Engineering (not mechanical engineering)

Bike Religion:
-Did not say anything about the wheel
-Did comment that I badly needed to replace all the cables
-Adjusted the wheel a little
-Adjusted the brakes a lot

/end of thread
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Originally Posted by Zian View Post
Oh dear.

I think I've managed to misinterpret a couple people here so I'll stick to some quick facts:
-Major: Computer Science and Engineering (not mechanical engineering)

Bike Religion:
-Did not say anything about the wheel
-Did comment that I badly needed to replace all the cables
-Adjusted the wheel a little
-Adjusted the brakes a lot

/end of thread
People here love to help, but your posts have been very unclear. It's hard to understand just what your problems really are.

If you don't have quick releases on the bike then I would suggest tightening the crap out of the axial nuts. If something keep reoccurring over and over again, then I would have to say that you haven't addressed the problem correctly and should take others advice since what you're doing obviously isn't working.

Take a minute and tell us EXACTLY what the real problem is.
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