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03-06-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,244
Posted By Bill Kapaun

+1 IF you stated the size of the cassette...

+1
IF you stated the size of the cassette (likely a Free Wheel if 7 speed) AND front ring, one can do a bit of math.
How often do you use the highest gears.
IF you never use 6 or 7, a chain ring...
03-05-21, 04:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 483
Posted By Bill Kapaun

So just get a 22-32-4x and a "mountain" FDER. A...

So just get a 22-32-4x and a "mountain" FDER. A 42/4-11 is still pretty high for most of us.
My 22-32-44 is just a cheap FSA I got on ebay for about $35. It had bolted (not riveted) rings. I'm more...
03-05-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 483
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Of course. However, you tend to have heavier...

Of course. However, you tend to have heavier tires/wheels/bike which negates "some" of the benefit.

My hybrid came with 28-38-48 which causes a similar problem for me. (I did build a set of "road"...
03-05-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 483
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What's the most useful smallest cog size? 12, 13,...

What's the most useful smallest cog size? 12, 13, 14T? Assuming 8th gear is a 13T, do you ever use it enough to justify it?
Combine TWO 9 speed cassettes.
One with a smallest cog that's actually...
03-05-21, 10:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 348
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You are turning the bolt in the correct direction...

You are turning the bolt in the correct direction and not assuming the threading is opposite like a pedal or BB cup?
03-04-21, 11:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 348
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Hand on same side as the bolt. I stand on the...

Hand on same side as the bolt. I stand on the opposite side of the bike and lean forward & down so I can also use my weight.
I use a 1/2" drive breaker bar, not a ratchet. Less to flop around then...
03-04-21, 10:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 348
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Do you have a 6 point socket? Highly recommended...

Do you have a 6 point socket? Highly recommended if your 12 point is starting to slip. Or general fasteners that are tight.
I flip the bike over, hold the pedal with one hand pushing down and my...
03-04-21, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 278
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Most common from 1987-1989. Some carry over to...

Most common from 1987-1989. Some carry over to 1990.
03-03-21, 03:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 221
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You may have to turn the barrel adjuster a click...

You may have to turn the barrel adjuster a click or 3. Maybe none.
All are in the range of "normal". Just manufacturing tolerances.
You shouldn't need to touch the screws unless one of those...
03-02-21, 11:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 259
Posted By Bill Kapaun

As a rule of the thumb, I figure 3>2 saves the...

As a rule of the thumb, I figure 3>2 saves the weight of about 1/2 spoke.
03-01-21, 10:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 509
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'm somewhat the same way. I have plenty of time,...

I'm somewhat the same way. I have plenty of time, so I can pretty much get a wheel as evenly tensioned as it's going to get.
When I started slowing down to extend the experience, I started getting...
03-01-21, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 371
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'd keep the wheels. Buy a tub of either...

I'd keep the wheels.
Buy a tub of either synthetic or boat trailer bearing grease, if you ride "wet".
REPACK the hubs NOW. Clean out all the old "lube" to avoid any "possible" incompatibility...
03-01-21, 02:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You provided helpful/needed details in your FIRST...

You provided helpful/needed details in your FIRST post that allowed someone to know what you needed to know.
It can make such a world of difference when one doesn't have to repeatedly try to...
02-28-21, 09:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I wouldn't expect any problem. It may be...

I wouldn't expect any problem.
It may be difficult to even notice.
02-28-21, 09:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 214
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What brand/model? IF a conventional cone type,...

What brand/model?
IF a conventional cone type, you aren't tightening the LOCK NUT.properly.
02-28-21, 07:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 175
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Apparently you need better trained monkeys.

Apparently you need better trained monkeys.
02-28-21, 07:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 175
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If you used the cone/locknut parts from the new...

If you used the cone/locknut parts from the new Fhub body, the distance should be correct.
You'd remove the extra 3-4mm spacing from the NDS and redish the wheel to do it properly.
02-28-21, 04:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Or maybe you could do some Googling first and...

Or maybe you could do some Googling first and then ask a question if you still had one.
02-27-21, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Often, the short piece of housing near the RDER...

Often, the short piece of housing near the RDER is a major contributor because of the sharp bend. The cable tends to wear into the housing.
IF you haven't replaced the housing in several years, do...
02-26-21, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 259
Posted By Bill Kapaun

8 or 9 speed cassettes don't need a spacer on an...

8 or 9 speed cassettes don't need a spacer on an 8-9-10 speed hub.
The "stack" is about the same width with the greater "speed" cassettes having thinner cogs & spacers.
Scroll down just a little...
02-26-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 454
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Cable too tight or too sluggish because it need a...

Cable too tight or too sluggish because it need a clean/lube.
Also a frayed cable/very worn housing can contribute.
Spring tension in the RDER is what causes the upshifts. IF the cable doesn't...
02-26-21, 07:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 344
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If it has Shimano bits, they have a 2 letter date...

If it has Shimano bits, they have a 2 letter date code.
The FDER Model etc. can often be seen from the left side of the bike on the inside of the cage.
02-26-21, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 259
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Considering the fewer # cogs, the DER cages are a...

Considering the fewer # cogs, the DER cages are a little wider.
This might result in sloppier indexed shifting as the chain gets narrower.
If friction shifting, no problem.
02-26-21, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 259
Posted By Bill Kapaun

IF you have a triple in front, you might also...

IF you have a triple in front, you might also consider 9 speed.
Look at the cog combinations that are available in both and determine which cogs you really want.
IF you have no need for an 11T cog...
02-25-21, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 204
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Do you have other bikes that you can compare the...

Do you have other bikes that you can compare the FH length to?
Sometimes the answer is under your nose.
02-25-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You do realize the bearings have to have a little...

You do realize the bearings have to have a little "slop" BEFORE you tighten the QR?
The force you clamp down with can have an effect. Add possible Drop Out misalignment which will be exacerbated...
02-24-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 262
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Does it look like this? 2nd pic is how I secure...

Does it look like this?
2nd pic is how I secure it.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/246x416/bb_tool2_5e9b84df9f5447120b506805bc9b92df7d51fa90.jpg...
02-24-21, 01:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 188
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Picture?

Picture?
02-23-21, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 331
Posted By Bill Kapaun

IF the cranks are off, you can measure the...

IF the cranks are off, you can measure the difference between the offsets for a guide.
Here's a chart from-
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html
...
02-23-21, 05:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 761
Posted By Bill Kapaun

My next rear build for my "grocery getter" will...

My next rear build for my "grocery getter" will use- (I'll carry up to 60 lbs. on a rear rack/folding baskets bike 87 Rockhopper)
13/14 DS & 14/15/14 for the NDS. Part of that is $ driven.I don't...
02-23-21, 03:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,365
Posted By Bill Kapaun

IF you laced 2X instead of 3X, your spokes would...

IF you laced 2X instead of 3X, your spokes would be about 5mm too long.
Going from 3X to 4X would use about 6mm more spoke length.
Why not just add a cross and see what happens.
02-23-21, 03:31 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,401
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'd venture to guess they got the indexing off...

I'd venture to guess they got the indexing off one hole when they started the 2nd set.
That will result in alternating spokes being too long.
02-22-21, 06:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 498
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Front?

Front?
02-22-21, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 196
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Is the "dip" opposite of the valve hole aka rim...

Is the "dip" opposite of the valve hole aka rim joint?
02-22-21, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 345
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Is the "hop" directly across from the valve hole?...

Is the "hop" directly across from the valve hole?
Often the joint has a flat spot.
02-21-21, 05:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,365
Posted By Bill Kapaun

IF you only crossed 2, you'd be about 5mm too...

IF you only crossed 2, you'd be about 5mm too long on all spokes.
IF it seems only alternating spokes are too long, your indexing is off by 1 hole on the 2nd set. Note the the holes are offset from...
02-20-21, 08:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 418
Posted By Bill Kapaun

A 12-28 shouldn't require any change. A 12-30...

A 12-28 shouldn't require any change.
A 12-30 means you'd need (on paper) another 1/2" of chain for the 2 additional teeth of the largest cog.
Do the test in the pic below- Chain on largest ring &...
02-19-21, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 279
Posted By Bill Kapaun

How does it compare to other bikes?

How does it compare to other bikes?
02-19-21, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Proper cassette & ring selection can alleviate...

Proper cassette & ring selection can alleviate some of that.
You do want a "couple" gears overlap else you can get in the "sour spot" where you are constantly making double shifts. Varying head...
02-19-21, 01:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What's the drop out spacing? >7 requires a...

What's the drop out spacing?
>7 requires a different hub. >9 is way too expensive to justify on that bike.
A 3X9 will give much better gearing ranges than a 1X??
...
02-19-21, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 450
Posted By Bill Kapaun

IF the flat spot is actually caused by the...

IF the flat spot is actually caused by the puncture, the tire is compromised.
With the patch area on the ground, I'd use a piece of tape or similar on the top of the tire (line it up with the fork...
02-19-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 400
Posted By Bill Kapaun

When in the BIG:BIG ring/cog, you want at least...

When in the BIG:BIG ring/cog, you want at least 1" and less than 2" "slack".
This is my in situ measurement technique.
...
02-18-21, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 523
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If you don't have rim cracks from the nipples and...

If you don't have rim cracks from the nipples and a good brake track & hub, what's to worry about? Nothing's going to fail catastrophically.
02-18-21, 11:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 518
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Likely it's already a "mountain" RDER and your...

Likely it's already a "mountain" RDER and your search is pointless.
02-16-21, 06:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 262
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Looks a lot like this- ...

Looks a lot like this-
https://bike.shimano.com/en-AU/product/component/ultegra-r8000/SM-RT800.html
02-16-21, 03:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 262
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What's the problem buying a new rotor that...

What's the problem buying a new rotor that matches your replacement wheel.
Think of it as an opportunity to not be limited in your wheel selection by rotor mounting type.
Buy the wheel you want and...
02-16-21, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'm trainer illiterate, but my thought was- I...

I'm trainer illiterate, but my thought was-
I "presume" you don't shift frequently on a trainer, so if the shifter is in a somewhat abnormal place, it's not a major issue.
Even a cheap friction...
02-16-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Does the existing shifter have a friction mode? ...

Does the existing shifter have a friction mode?
Since it's a trainer, could you mount a Shimano mountain "thumbie" or trigger shifter?
02-16-21, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 372
Posted By Bill Kapaun

https://wheelsmfg.com/products/hub-parts/all-axles...

https://wheelsmfg.com/products/hub-parts/all-axles/axle-29.html

The next question-
Can you find a skewer that's long enough?
02-16-21, 01:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 254
Posted By Bill Kapaun

7 Speed FH bodies are shorter than 8-9 speed FH...

7 Speed FH bodies are shorter than 8-9 speed FH bodies.
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