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02-13-19, 02:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,233
Posted By BCRider

I had a set on an old single speed commuter. I...

I had a set on an old single speed commuter. I had them set up with a short stem and the ones I had were dead flat. No slight drop like some of you show. The bars were good for me but the brake...
02-07-19, 12:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By BCRider

I may be wrong but doesn't it need that for the...

I may be wrong but doesn't it need that for the internal hub shifting as well?
02-07-19, 12:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 744
Posted By BCRider

Hexron, I've had both fluid and cable operated...

Hexron, I've had both fluid and cable operated disc brakes. And although the fluid brakes can be a bit more of a learning curve related to the hardware they actually end up being less fuss to use...
02-06-19, 11:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 650
Posted By BCRider

Does it rain much in NC? If you get a fair share...

Does it rain much in NC? If you get a fair share of the wet stuff I'd suggest that there's much to be said for the coaster brake at the rear and a rim brake on the front.

From my own commuting...
02-06-19, 02:39 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,894
Posted By BCRider

I never tried the melted wax idea but I did try...

I never tried the melted wax idea but I did try White LIghtning in the hopes of it being better at shedding grit from the chain in wet weather commuting. But what I got was an almost instantly rusty...
04-04-18, 09:44 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,465
Posted By BCRider

I'd never heard about those. Looking at some...

I'd never heard about those. Looking at some pictures with the angle they have and the right angle in the stem I think those could be a VERY nice option. I don't see them giving a lot of useful...
04-04-18, 09:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,465
Posted By BCRider

I built up my first single speed bike from parts...

I built up my first single speed bike from parts and used moustache bars. Quite liked the bars for the variety of hand positions. But the brake lever reach that the curves pretty well demanded was...
03-28-18, 11:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,465
Posted By BCRider

Suza, if you are playing with a mild carpal...

Suza, if you are playing with a mild carpal tunnel issue you owe it to yourself to find a bike with bullhorn bars and try it out. Flat bars put a lot of twist into our forearms so the two bones are...
03-22-18, 09:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,465
Posted By BCRider

For off road bikes I use riser bars. I could use...

For off road bikes I use riser bars. I could use flat bars with a taller stem but the riser bars result in a shorter/lower stem and perhaps a little more clearance in case of a "Flying Wallenda"...
03-16-18, 01:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,903
Posted By BCRider

The problem with starting out again after all...

The problem with starting out again after all that time is that you're not sure how you'll do. For the first ride or two why not put together a nice little route that is about half a mile and in a...
02-19-16, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,905
Posted By BCRider

My casual ride errand bike and my off road bikes...

My casual ride errand bike and my off road bikes have always had metal pedals with the set screw style pegs or teeth or whatever you want to call them. The alloy or plastic pedals that have...
02-19-16, 03:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,361
Posted By BCRider

For the past couple of years my retirement house...

For the past couple of years my retirement house and work shop renos have kept me off the saddles. But this Spring I'm planning on getting back into both. So I'd be one of the "double threat"...
02-19-16, 03:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,181
Posted By BCRider

Stop riding harder sections or in places where...

Stop riding harder sections or in places where you feel like your life is under threat? You only think you're scrunching your toes. In reality your toes are ducking for cover! :D

When I get...
02-19-16, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,275
Posted By BCRider

A paint I've had good luck with doing small parts...

A paint I've had good luck with doing small parts is Flecto brand enamels. I thin with mineral spirits about 1 part thinner to 4 parts paint. Otherwise I find it's too thick to flow out properly....
03-28-15, 12:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,945
Posted By BCRider

For the very fine pitches of around .8 to .75mm...

For the very fine pitches of around .8 to .75mm or 32TPI and smaller the jackknife like pitch gauges become pretty much impossible to use. There's simply too many different sizes between metric and...
03-18-15, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By BCRider

Nubian, I know what you mean. On my bikes the...

Nubian, I know what you mean. On my bikes the only time the chain rests on the smallest rear cog is when I dial it there to test the shifting or to allow me to take the wheel off for transport or...
03-18-15, 02:18 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,311
Posted By BCRider

I'm not sure I believe that the OP's discs were...

I'm not sure I believe that the OP's discs were glowing red either. But for car and bike racing it's pretty common.

The new carbon ceramic rotors seem to be rather bad heat conductors. So I'm...
03-18-15, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 956
Posted By BCRider

This is truly a case of putting lipstick on a...

This is truly a case of putting lipstick on a pig. The Dew is a great bike for what it is. But the wheels you're wanting to build aren't going to turn it into a race bike even in someone's dreams. ...
03-18-15, 01:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,713
Posted By BCRider

On every sealed bearing I've seen the seal has a...

On every sealed bearing I've seen the seal has a very light film of grease on it both when it comes out of the package and when I've looked at them when in use. It's not a whole lot but it's there. ...
03-18-15, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,120
Posted By BCRider

A rapidly spinning crankset can turn into an...

A rapidly spinning crankset can turn into an instant amputation device if he makes the mistake of putting the fingers of the other hand onto the chain or sprocket or if his hand gets kicked off the...
03-18-15, 01:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,713
Posted By BCRider

I'd suggest that you've got a lot of...

I'd suggest that you've got a lot of misunderstanding about the realities from what you posted here.

First off oil weeps past all but the most snug seal. The seals used in bearings is not of a...
03-18-15, 12:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By BCRider

You've got "upgradeitis". It's highly likely...

You've got "upgradeitis". It's highly likely that it'll cost you more to do all this than to just sell what you have and buy a new bike that is on sale due to all the parts that need replacing.
...
03-18-15, 12:21 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 8,311
Posted By BCRider

If this is a hill you ride regularly and can't...

If this is a hill you ride regularly and can't avoid what about simply finding and wearing a really big oversize wind breaker style jacket? If you leave the front half open and sit up with your arms...
02-25-15, 02:19 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,199
Posted By BCRider

If he bought a new bike that uses a 7 speed...

If he bought a new bike that uses a 7 speed freewheel drive system then it says to me that it's a less costly bottom range bike. Likely he's looking for CHEAP reliability. So this advice is likely...
02-23-15, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By BCRider

What Anklework said along with a second...

What Anklework said along with a second suggestion to click on the Park Tool link. Consider the Park site like having a great "How To Fix Your Bike" right at your finger tips for all things. 99% of...
02-23-15, 04:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,260
Posted By BCRider

Bill, an injury like that certainly moves things...

Bill, an injury like that certainly moves things away from an amusing You Tube moment. Hopefully it's all healed with no long term effects.

Something that would ruin a simple lock like a...
02-23-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,260
Posted By BCRider

Most of the homegrown options will result in a...

Most of the homegrown options will result in a locked wheel if the rider forgets that they strap or bungee is there. The others not so much, they just flick out of the way. Granted a strap around...
02-23-15, 03:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,642
Posted By BCRider

The one time I had a chain fall into a wheel like...

The one time I had a chain fall into a wheel like that it resulted in a ruined wheel with lots of broken spokes. The frame survived with no issues. So did the rider that was test riding the bike...
02-23-15, 02:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,642
Posted By BCRider

What's wrong with following the original lacing...

What's wrong with following the original lacing method and re-using the existing marks? It may require a bit of trial and error to mate the existing marks to a spoke pattern but it doesn't take all...
02-17-15, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 810
Posted By BCRider

If the washer that broke is part of a "cup and...

If the washer that broke is part of a "cup and ball style" adjuster then you can often pick up a matching pair from any bike shop's junk box. If it's something else then you'll need to be creative...
02-17-15, 12:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,030
Posted By BCRider

The clear self adhesive mylar is amazing stuff. ...

The clear self adhesive mylar is amazing stuff. Clean carefully around the edges of the signature to degrease and de-wax and smoothly lay on a protective patch. Cut the corners off the patch as...
11-14-14, 02:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,334
Posted By BCRider

Even WITHOUT any health issues we older sort all...

Even WITHOUT any health issues we older sort all have our off days. Don't sweat it. Just ride like you feel like for the day. As you say it's still way better than being a couch potatoe.
11-14-14, 12:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,715
Posted By BCRider

Well, it's called penetrating oil because that's...

Well, it's called penetrating oil because that's what it does.

Corrosion tends to be quite porous so the PO will soak in and penetrate through the joint if you give it enough time. Like apply one...
11-14-14, 12:04 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,607
Posted By BCRider

I believe that he used it inside the frame as a...

I believe that he used it inside the frame as a frame saver substitute. When used that way the fact that it will turn gummy and harden is a plus.


The issue with such oils isn't that widely...
09-20-14, 01:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 645
Posted By BCRider

You don't say what the brand of bike is. If it's...

You don't say what the brand of bike is. If it's one of the big box store bikes then this is simply another example of why these bikes cost so little. If it's a more major brand then it would...
09-20-14, 01:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,713
Posted By BCRider

You're not going to find a bike size bearing that...

You're not going to find a bike size bearing that does what you're after. First off if the seal held oil then the bearing would require an oiling hole to add the oil. And in our sizes there's...
08-28-14, 01:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,969
Posted By BCRider

In our constant drive to go faster and farther...

In our constant drive to go faster and farther it's sometimes hard to remember that a bike like this is just fine for a cruise down to the local store to pick up some goodies for dinner. And it's...
08-16-14, 12:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,071
Posted By BCRider

A solid axle and track nuts will certainly grab...

A solid axle and track nuts will certainly grab better. But even then it can slip if not tightened strongly. On a semi horizontal dropout single speed I did I ended up putting a chain tug on the...
08-15-14, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 620
Posted By BCRider

If you can pull the lever fully in and the pads...

If you can pull the lever fully in and the pads are not moving then simply put you did not bleed them correctly and there is still air in the system.

Here's a video right from Hayes on how to...
08-15-14, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 892
Posted By BCRider

Next time when you find that the bars are tight...

Next time when you find that the bars are tight enough to scratch like this use something to wedge open the split in the stem a little more so you avoid the sawing action needed to feed the bars...
08-15-14, 11:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,110
Posted By BCRider

Grease will certainly protect the steel from...

Grease will certainly protect the steel from corrosion. But it's an equal certainty that it'll grab and hold onto the grit that gets blown up onto it by the front wheel's "rooster tail" of spray. ...
08-14-14, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,012
Posted By BCRider

I had a slipping axle on an older semi horizontal...

I had a slipping axle on an older semi horizontal and it turned out to be a worn spot in the drop out from previous heavy wrenching. So if you're tightening to that much torque it's quite likely...
08-14-14, 10:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 953
Posted By BCRider

MI, you simply need to try a couple of other bike...

MI, you simply need to try a couple of other bike shops. Also try the big box department stores in the bike section. Often times these obscure sizes can be found in such places. Not great quality...
08-13-14, 06:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,026
Posted By BCRider

Just get the 100 grade balls. Mere mortals can't...

Just get the 100 grade balls. Mere mortals can't feel the difference. And it's almost certainly what was used in the first place.
08-12-14, 04:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 953
Posted By BCRider

Chrome rims? Expect the brakes to become VERY...

Chrome rims? Expect the brakes to become VERY IFFY if you get caught in the rain. In the dry they are OK but not great. But once wet they'll stop working until the pads squeegee the water away...
08-11-14, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,097
Posted By BCRider

The hook on the TL-1 actually works well as a...

The hook on the TL-1 actually works well as a zipper tool for once the bead isn't tight any longer. Hook it on between the rim and tire and run it around and "ZIP" it's off the beat pronto.
08-11-14, 06:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 953
Posted By BCRider

You Tube is full of videos for changing bike...

You Tube is full of videos for changing bike tires. Look at a few of them. It would take us a lot of pages to write out what you'll get from a 2 minute video.
08-11-14, 06:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By BCRider

Clean that WD40 off before you go any further. ...

Clean that WD40 off before you go any further. The solvent and oil it has in it is NOT good for rubber products like our tires.

And as FB says above the most important secret is to keep centering...
08-11-14, 06:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 932
Posted By BCRider

Patience, it WILL dry away. But your carpets are...

Patience, it WILL dry away. But your carpets are going to remain stained with whatever chain lube grease/oil was in the OMS. Or if it was FRESH then eventually with time heat and copious airflow it...
08-10-14, 12:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 721
Posted By BCRider

If it helps I like to set up my brake levers the...

If it helps I like to set up my brake levers the same way. Also by setting them inwards in a crash they are less likely to be broken.

I've got bad news for you though. You won't get what you...
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