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08-11-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 136
Posted By dsbrantjr

Buy a box of cotter pins (cheap) and use a new...

Buy a box of cotter pins (cheap) and use a new one each time. I suspect that Nylok® nuts might not work well due to brake system heat, either coming loose or melting shut.
Perhaps the safety pins we...
08-10-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By dsbrantjr

There used to be a device, made by Rohde Gear...

There used to be a device, made by Rohde Gear IIRC, called the "Flickstand" which immobilized the front wheel with the flick of a finger, similar to using a strap, but retracted automatically when...
08-10-20, 05:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you buy a replacement derailleur hanger, buy a...

If you buy a replacement derailleur hanger, buy a second to keep as as a spare.
I know it may be considered heresy by some but since you plan to use the bike every day you might consider installing...
08-10-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 1,950
Posted By dsbrantjr

And it NOT being something breaking....

And it NOT being something breaking....
08-10-20, 04:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 340
Posted By dsbrantjr

The root cause is cross-chaining. You should...

The root cause is cross-chaining. You should work on shifting to a smaller front ring earlier on hills instead of staying in the big ring and going to larger cogs, to avoid getting into the...
08-09-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 332
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am very much of the Never Fix A Running Piece...

I am very much of the Never Fix A Running Piece school but going to friction will go a long way towards your desired simplicity. It is surprising how much improvement new cables can make.
It is...
08-09-20, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By dsbrantjr

Please do not use gasoline for anything except a...

Please do not use gasoline for anything except a motor fuel. It is toxic by skin absorption or inhalation of vapors, highly flammable and generates explosive vapors which will travel a long distance...
08-09-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 265
Posted By dsbrantjr

Any 9-speed or below Shimano or compatible...

Any 9-speed or below Shimano or compatible mountain derailleur, or 10-speed road, will have the correct cable pull ratio for your 8-speed shifter. See "Derailleur Ratio" in the 4th chart: Science...
08-09-20, 07:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 332
Posted By dsbrantjr

Well, you will be hard-pressed to have a similar...

Well, you will be hard-pressed to have a similar range of gearing, but if all you need is the low end it may be more practical. Here is a gear calculator which will let you compare your current and...
08-08-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 471
Posted By dsbrantjr

The worst that will happen is that they will say...

The worst that will happen is that they will say "No".
08-07-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By dsbrantjr

Actually a friction shifter up front can be...

Actually a friction shifter up front can be advantageous, it allows for trimming if necessary to avoid front derailleur cage rub. Indexing is not super useful when you are only switching between two...
08-07-20, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 308
Posted By dsbrantjr

Well, grip shifters tend not to be associated...

Well, grip shifters tend not to be associated with higher-level groups, so they tend to be of the throwaway variety. This one has an indexed rear shifter and a friction rear, which will work with...
08-07-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 358
Posted By dsbrantjr

Pull the non-drive side crank arm off and replace...

Pull the non-drive side crank arm off and replace it in the correct orientation.
08-07-20, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might try a patch made from an old innertube...

You might try a patch made from an old innertube or other thin rubber to bridge the gap, attached with vulcanizing fluid on the backside of the hood.
08-07-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check with machine shops, the thread you want is...

Check with machine shops, the thread you want is 9/16" x 20 tpi, right-hand thread on the right pedal.
08-07-20, 04:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 114
Posted By dsbrantjr

The Helicoil threads should be stronger than the...

The Helicoil threads should be stronger than the original.
08-06-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 220
Posted By dsbrantjr

Do not shorten you chain unless you are certain...

Do not shorten you chain unless you are certain that it will be long enough to go onto the big front/big rear combination. If you have a small ring with fewer teeth than the old one you will have...
08-06-20, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 231
Posted By dsbrantjr

Find a crankset which you like and buy a bottom...

Find a crankset which you like and buy a bottom bracket to suit, trying to find one which fits your existing bottom bracket is letting the tail wag the dog. If you find one which takes 113mm, great,...
08-06-20, 12:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 320
Posted By dsbrantjr

And/or go with a smaller crankset and coast...

And/or go with a smaller crankset and coast downhill.
08-06-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be aware that manufacturers commonly make running...

Be aware that manufacturers commonly make running changes during a model year, due to cost or availability issues, which is one reason they do not publish specific part numbers. This is often...
08-05-20, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 169
Posted By dsbrantjr

Find a crankset which suits you and purchase a...

Find a crankset which suits you and purchase a bottom bracket to fit if necessary. Trying to do otherwise is letting the tail wag the dog. In the event you find one which uses a 118mm BB you are...
08-05-20, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 205
Posted By dsbrantjr

Since we are all guessing I am guessing it is a...

Since we are all guessing I am guessing it is a combination of 2 and 3. Fill the race with bearings and remove one, they should not be crowding together so that some are being pushed up. Too-tight...
08-05-20, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 171
Posted By dsbrantjr

Well, you need to open the chain stay somewhere...

Well, you need to open the chain stay somewhere to install/change the belt since it cannot be opened like a chain, I would check where it comes apart (probably at the dropouts) for some kind of...
08-04-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 319
Posted By dsbrantjr

The cheap and easy thing would be to put on some...

The cheap and easy thing would be to put on some Kool Stop salmon pads and see how they do. I have found even Shimano OEM pads to be somewhat lacking. You should be able to just get inserts which...
08-04-20, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 121
Posted By dsbrantjr

If your cables are long enough to use you should...

If your cables are long enough to use you should not need to make any adjustments (that is how Bowden cables work), but wider bars may require replacement with longer cables and housings. You can...
08-04-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By dsbrantjr

One of these might save some time: ...

One of these might save some time: https://www.steintool.com/portfolio-items/hub-axle-vises/
08-03-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 223
Posted By dsbrantjr

Maybe it's still a little too tight?

Maybe it's still a little too tight?
08-03-20, 05:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By dsbrantjr

In some critical uses, the amount of stretch of...

In some critical uses, the amount of stretch of the bolt is measured directly, since the stretch/preload is really what measuring the torque is indirectly inferring.
08-03-20, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 446
Posted By dsbrantjr

Data? There are many kinds of anti-seize, some...

Data? There are many kinds of anti-seize, some contain copper, some nickel, some a combination, others MoS2 and others have PTFE or similar. I do not think they all act the same, best not to...
08-03-20, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 263
Posted By dsbrantjr

Here is a nice calculator which lets you compare...

Here is a nice calculator which lets you compare two drivetrains: https://www.kstoerz.com/gearcalc/compare/ I run 44/34/24-ish on my bikes with 28T max on the rear and find that this gives me the...
08-03-20, 04:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 252
Posted By dsbrantjr

When I use a water-based cleaner, I dry my chain...

When I use a water-based cleaner, I dry my chain by putting it into a 250F oven on an aluminum pan (no longer used for cooking!) for 30 minutes. This ensures that the water which is in the tiny...
08-02-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 461
Posted By dsbrantjr

Re: Length, see my comment above. My tools get...

Re: Length, see my comment above.
My tools get most of their use helping out other riders who have none....
08-02-20, 04:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 461
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am with Andrew 100% on this one, multitools...

I am with Andrew 100% on this one, multitools suck compared to the few hex L-wrenches (one bike uses a T25), and a small (JIS) screwdriver needed for your particular bike. They are smaller and...
08-02-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 206
Posted By dsbrantjr

Grease for bearings Wd-40 on rims will resist...

Grease for bearings
Wd-40 on rims will resist rust but will also resist proper brake function; never put anything on brake tracks or shoes, they are friction surfaces which need to be free of...
08-02-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By dsbrantjr

You cannot (officially at least) use a 30T in...

You cannot (officially at least) use a 30T in back because that violates the max large cog spec. You can possibly violate any of the limit but results are not guaranteed, you are now in test pilot...
08-01-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By dsbrantjr

If this combination does not work you can replace...

If this combination does not work you can replace the derailleur with a Shimano mountain derailleur up to 9-speed (or road up to 10-speed) which has sufficient chain wrap and large cog capacities.
08-01-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By dsbrantjr

It cannot, the numbers do not add up. You would...

It cannot, the numbers do not add up. You would need less than 13 teeth difference up front not to exceed the 28t wrap capacity. You cannot necessarily have the max front difference AND the...
08-01-20, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By dsbrantjr

I share your dislike for Aliexpress.

I share your dislike for Aliexpress.
08-01-20, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 143
Posted By dsbrantjr

Your brakes will hit some kind of internal stop...

Your brakes will hit some kind of internal stop eventually. Release the wire and you will see the limit.
08-01-20, 05:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 261
Posted By dsbrantjr

Musing less and riding more will relieve a lot of...

Musing less and riding more will relieve a lot of the stress; on you at least.
08-01-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 143
Posted By dsbrantjr

Assuming you adjust the brake pads to an...

Assuming you adjust the brake pads to an identical distance from the brake tracks in both instances, you should have nominally 2mm more room. If you need more clearance to remove your tires you...
08-01-20, 04:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 143
Posted By dsbrantjr

The way most brake quick releases work is to open...

The way most brake quick releases work is to open a fixed amount beyond where the brakes are adjusted, by paying out a fixed amount of cable, set by their construction. A quick look at a photo will...
08-01-20, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 125
Posted By dsbrantjr

You can also use pedal extenders, like these:...

You can also use pedal extenders, like these: https://www.amazon.com/PROKTH-Extenders-Bicycle-Spacers-Threaded/dp/B07BNZXHTV
08-01-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By dsbrantjr

Have you tried contacting Novatec?

Have you tried contacting Novatec?
08-01-20, 07:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 474
Posted By dsbrantjr

Many of those bearing packers will waste several...

Many of those bearing packers will waste several times as much grease as is installed into the bearings. Just use an injector-type gun or your fingers. No matter how fully you pack the bearings, as...
07-31-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 236
Posted By dsbrantjr

79pmooney's procedure is a good one, but I prefer...

79pmooney's procedure is a good one, but I prefer to set my limit screws by pulling and releasing the exposed shift cable, and adjusting the limit screws for enough clearance to allow a clean shift...
07-31-20, 03:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 176
Posted By dsbrantjr

Well, the diameters and travel of the master...

Well, the diameters and travel of the master (lever) and slave (caliper) pistons (how the hydraulic pressure is arrived at) have to be proportional as that sets the mechanical advantage. Kind of...
07-31-20, 03:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 164
Posted By dsbrantjr

Trying to find a crank that fits an existing...

Trying to find a crank that fits an existing bottom bracket is like letting the tail wag the dog. Just get a crankset that suits you and if it fits the BB, great. Otherwise just get the BB the...
07-31-20, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By dsbrantjr

Put the hammer down and step away from it. Well,...

Put the hammer down and step away from it. Well, most shifters and/or derailleurs have barrel adjusters to tweak the indexing. Maybe try adjusting them.
07-31-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 254
Posted By dsbrantjr

I think you are right and it's probably done. ...

I think you are right and it's probably done. Good thing is that a left-side crank is easy to replace, just get the same length and taper orientation, "square" or "diamond" as the old one. It will...
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