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Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 130
Posted By andrewclaus

Wow, what a blast from the past. My first...

Wow, what a blast from the past. My first panniers were a Frost Line kit. So was my first Goretex rain gear. Thanks to my wife for being able to sew.

That was in the late '70s early '80s and we...
08-19-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 153
Posted By andrewclaus

Unless you want another accident, brakes are...

Unless you want another accident, brakes are infinitely more important than shifting gears, so I always start there. If I can't get good brakes on a bike, I stop working on it.

Be sure the frame...
08-19-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By andrewclaus

I was just working on an old side-pull brake at...

I was just working on an old side-pull brake at the non-profit, and on old pro there said to be sure to lube where the spring rubs against the caliper. It all makes a difference.
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 325
Posted By andrewclaus

On my first bicycle tour (I was a teenager in the...

On my first bicycle tour (I was a teenager in the '70s in Chicago) I'd never even heard the word "pannier." For your first tour, you can use gym bags, day packs, bungee cords--be creative. Some...
08-15-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By andrewclaus

I used a set of Sunrace clamp-on indexed shifters...

I used a set of Sunrace clamp-on indexed shifters for about a year on a vintage bike conversion, with a Shimano cassette and RD. It worked for casual riding but it was a little painful. Lots of...
08-15-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 325
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at...

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at the condition of the headset, hubs and bottom bracket as well as shifters and brakes, it's really hard to tell what it might need.

Upgrading the rear...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By andrewclaus

I hope you've started some in-depth water source...

I hope you've started some in-depth water source planning. Desert crossings can be challenging/dangerous in summer. Consider night riding.

I know a little about the AZ portion. Some of it is on...
08-14-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By andrewclaus

I now see your labeling is correct and I was...

I now see your labeling is correct and I was confused.

There should be a lock rink with external notches on the NDS adjustable cup. Around 40 seconds into this video...
08-14-19, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 194
Posted By andrewclaus

There should still be a recessed lip around the...

There should still be a recessed lip around the axle nuts to prevent a loose wheel from leaving the scene. (Remember the hit song, "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel?")

Perhaps the...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,016
Posted By andrewclaus

I just sold my 1983 Trek 620. I'd been touring on...

I just sold my 1983 Trek 620. I'd been touring on it quite a bit lately, all in-state tours of less than 500 miles. It came equipped with a Helicomatic rear hub, and I just didn't like it very much...
08-13-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By andrewclaus

Pardon me, but your photos or terminology are...

Pardon me, but your photos or terminology are backwards, or I'm confused. Your photo labelled "non drive side" sure looks like the drive side. I see chain stays and kickstand to the left or rear, and...
08-13-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 526
Posted By andrewclaus

The gear pullers will not work. The chain rings...

The gear pullers will not work. The chain rings are way too flimsy.

I use an automotive ball joint separator, what my shop mentor called a pickle fork...
08-13-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,563
Posted By andrewclaus

Sometimes I have extra patches, sometimes extra...

Sometimes I have extra patches, sometimes extra glue. I think it depends 1) on the QC at the factory that makes those little tubes of glue, and 2) on the conditions the tubes are stored in, even...
08-12-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,563
Posted By andrewclaus

Gatorskins, spare tube and patch kit. I tried...

Gatorskins, spare tube and patch kit. I tried Slime once and it was an awful, messy failure. I cycle thousands of (road) miles a year in goathead country (Colorado and Arizona) and one a year on...
08-12-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By andrewclaus

Apparently there are some exceptions to the 10 x...

Apparently there are some exceptions to the 10 x 1 "standard," but I've never seen them. 10 x 1 is a fairly common thread size--rear derailleur mount, many QR axles--so it should be easy enough to...
08-12-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By andrewclaus

What's the frequency of the click? If it's once...

What's the frequency of the click? If it's once per wheel revolution, it may be a damaged disk (brakes held hard on a hot disk, for example).

And if things got too hot, you may have brake...
08-11-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 436
Posted By andrewclaus

If they're rim brakes, try a toe-in. If that...

If they're rim brakes, try a toe-in. If that doesn't work, try a toe-out.
08-11-19, 11:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 260
Posted By andrewclaus

And sometimes one spring or its adjusting...

And sometimes one spring or its adjusting mechanism will bend or break.
08-10-19, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By andrewclaus

...and you can easily and routinely inspect the...

...and you can easily and routinely inspect the cable with the procedure I mentioned in post #3 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=3) above. With no tension on the...
08-10-19, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 679
Posted By andrewclaus

You have a three piece bottom bracket. You'll...

You have a three piece bottom bracket. You'll need Park Tools HCW-4 or similar to remove the fixed cup, and HCW-5 for the lock ring on the adjustable cup, and a suitable tool (a large crescent wrench...
08-10-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By andrewclaus

If that was in response to my post, look at this...

If that was in response to my post, look at this thread: https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/870693-why-did-orientation-square-taper-change-diagonal-parallel.html
08-10-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 598
Posted By andrewclaus

When replacing one arm, be sure the orientation...

When replacing one arm, be sure the orientation of the square is the same. Some are available in a "diamond" configuration, 45 degrees shifted from a "square." As you can imagine, this is quite...
08-10-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 297
Posted By andrewclaus

Did you turn the limit screws? Also be sure the...

Did you turn the limit screws? Also be sure the hanger is straight before adjusting anything.

You can easily check the separate components (RD, cable, shifter) in the stand by shifting into low...
Forum: Touring
08-10-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,210
Posted By andrewclaus

I've never even thought of insurance on a touring...

I've never even thought of insurance on a touring bike. My bike and gear together cost less than my $1000 deductible. Of slightly more concern are the mental anguish of needing to change travel...
08-09-19, 05:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 429
Posted By andrewclaus

Or consider short arm linear pull brakes (as...

Or consider short arm linear pull brakes (as short as 75 mm). I haven't seen an installation that looks very good, especially with very narrow rims, but some make it work.
08-09-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto on the co-op. That's a good source of used...

Ditto on the co-op. That's a good source of used parts, access to special BB tools, and help with installation if needed. And it's a good way to keep in a $50 budget.

Bottom bracket spindles come...
08-09-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 277
Posted By andrewclaus

Turn the bars at least 90 degrees to the right....

Turn the bars at least 90 degrees to the right. There should be just enough slack that there's no interference with the turn, and no pull on the cables.

Yes, it is definitely possible to have your...
08-08-19, 05:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By andrewclaus

A larger question is how is the chain line? Many...

A larger question is how is the chain line? Many times we retrofit a cartridge BB and the front derailleur no longer reaches (assuming there's a FD). Adding a spacer may make that worse.

If it's a...
08-07-19, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By andrewclaus

The spindle seems to be the softest metal and is...

The spindle seems to be the softest metal and is often the first thing to wear out.

If you don't mind routine maintenance, there's nothing wrong with the old three-piece BBs. I don't enjoy...
08-05-19, 02:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 523
Posted By andrewclaus

With a cm of play, you've made a good call to...

With a cm of play, you've made a good call to stop riding it.

Rebuilding a BB is one of the more potentially difficult tasks in routine bike maintenance.

You'll need to get the removal tools...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 05:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,019
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm a local and I ride to and over the Divide...

I'm a local and I ride to and over the Divide fairly often, on tours and day trips. I have a friend in Breckenridge and ride over to his house on the first day. So I don't have any lodging experience...
Forum: Touring
08-05-19, 05:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 922
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm a gram weenie and I like to look at the...

I'm a gram weenie and I like to look at the payload-to-weight ratio of packs. A larger, simpler bag with fewer zips, closures and attachments appeals to me. So does lower cost. I'm willing to give up...
07-31-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,816
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm one of the misers who built my first wheels...

I'm one of the misers who built my first wheels with zero investment. I used an old frame for a stand, made a pretty nice dishing tool from a piece of bed frame and some spare hardware, and used the...
Forum: Touring
07-31-19, 01:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,670
Posted By andrewclaus

I carry a very light $5 combination cable lock...

I carry a very light $5 combination cable lock and a velcro strap to hold on the front brake (which is also good for stability when parking). Since those obviously won't stop anyone who really wants...
07-30-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 601
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes. I prefer friction shifters for front anyway.

Yes. I prefer friction shifters for front anyway.
07-30-19, 05:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By andrewclaus

That bolt carries the load (weight of bike and...

That bolt carries the load (weight of bike and rider) between the bearings. It needs to be stiff and strong.

The old freewheel system had the bearing at the freewheel/hub interface, a couple cms...
07-30-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 601
Posted By andrewclaus

The front shifter cable is too loose. See step 7...

The front shifter cable is too loose. See step 7 on the video referenced above. You may have to do sub-step 5, which is a little more difficult than just turning screws.
07-29-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By andrewclaus

If you shifted up while the RD was in a lower...

If you shifted up while the RD was in a lower gear with the chain not moving, the cable end could have popped out and jammed. I do this all time to inspect the cable ends in my shifters.
07-26-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By andrewclaus

And only adjust those with a slack cable. (Shift...

And only adjust those with a slack cable. (Shift into low or manually relieve spring pressure at the der.) They're difficult at best, or may strip at worst otherwise. I think frame stops are easier...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 560
Posted By andrewclaus

Yeah, check your patch kits too. In AZ, the glue,...

Yeah, check your patch kits too. In AZ, the glue, even in sealed tubes, tends to just disappear.

I started protecting my spare tubes in an old sock to protect them from abrasion in the pack. I...
Forum: Touring
07-25-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,611
Posted By andrewclaus

One of my Warmshowers guests when I lived in AZ...

One of my Warmshowers guests when I lived in AZ spent most of that winter in Quartzsite, camping on BLM land with the hordes of RVers. He was a true year-round cyclist, logging 8000 miles a year,...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By andrewclaus

Leaving town to the SE is pretty fun, past...

Leaving town to the SE is pretty fun, past Colossal Cave Park, the town of Vail, and out Marsh Station Rd to the Arizona Trail crossing. Past that is not so much fun. To the SW, Mission Road is fun...
Forum: Touring
07-22-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By andrewclaus

The Loop path is very good and well-signed--no...

The Loop path is very good and well-signed--no map needed for that one. I remember lots of water faucets too.

Mt Lemmon may be the best road climb in the country. There is a climbing lane for...
07-19-19, 03:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 584
Posted By andrewclaus

That's weird. Once I filled up my tires on...

That's weird. Once I filled up my tires on outside on a frigid morning before my commute to work. I brought the bike inside at work. A couple of hours later there was a muffled "Bang" in the office,...
07-19-19, 07:13 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,647
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm one of the guys who'd be complaining. When I...

I'm one of the guys who'd be complaining. When I work at the co-op, I look forward to mechanical challenges and working with the folks that need help with them. Sorting and stripping scrap metal is...
07-17-19, 06:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By andrewclaus

Just loosen the cable (screw in the barrel...

Just loosen the cable (screw in the barrel adjuster) until it shifts correctly. If you go too far and need to tighten it, first shift into high to relieve tension in the cable so you don't strip the...
07-16-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 787
Posted By andrewclaus

I could feel a 'catch' in mine on the bike, and...

I could feel a 'catch' in mine on the bike, and couldn't get it cleaned out well enough on the bike. I made the tools--an extractor from a piece of EMT sawed in quarters (a small headset tool), and a...
07-16-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 787
Posted By andrewclaus

Could be a bearing. I had one making noise and...

Could be a bearing. I had one making noise and fixed it by removing it, popping out both seals, cleaning it thoroughly and regreasing. Saved about $45. Simply adding grease in situ didn't do it.
...
07-14-19, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 518
Posted By andrewclaus

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I...

The first time I replaced a cartridge BB, I noticed the same play. I got some creaking when pedaling after installation. I was living in a remote town before the days of Amazon Prime, so I just...
Forum: Touring
07-14-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,346
Posted By andrewclaus

You don't need specialized gear to start. When I...

You don't need specialized gear to start. When I started bike touring in the mid-70s, I'd never heard the words "pannier" or "chamois," or even "Shimano." I stuffed a few old surplus camping items in...
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