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09-20-20, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 153
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps not, but the OP only has to make a single...

Perhaps not, but the OP only has to make a single shift work, so they may be able to be adjusted well enough to do the job. Otherwise flat bar road shifters as suggested by Bill Kapaun will surely...
09-20-20, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 166
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece. Add fresh grease,...

Never Fix A Running Piece. Add fresh grease, reassemble, adjust and ride.
09-20-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 116
Posted By dsbrantjr

You need to align the inside of the bends with...

You need to align the inside of the bends with the narrow part of the clamp, which is often the area where the bolt is. Perhaps your spreader is interfering. As Crankycrank stated, someone got it...
09-20-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 132
Posted By dsbrantjr

Have you tried calling or emailing the...

Have you tried calling or emailing the manufacturer?
09-20-20, 06:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By dsbrantjr

Manufacturers often make running changes during a...

Manufacturers often make running changes during a run/model year due to parts price or availability issues. This is why their literature often has "specifications subject to change" language in it.
09-19-20, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By dsbrantjr

Does your fixie have a derailleur hanger? Cable...

Does your fixie have a derailleur hanger? Cable guides and stops for the shifter? Does it have mounts for your existing brakes e.g. studs for V-brakes or cantilevers? Compatible bottom bracket...
09-19-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 280
Posted By dsbrantjr

In my experience stick-on anything tends to not...

In my experience stick-on anything tends to not stay stuck on for any length of time, especially with heat and water. Zip-tied or clamped-on will stay put much better.
09-18-20, 03:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By dsbrantjr

Capitalization, avoidance of run-on sentences and...

Capitalization, avoidance of run-on sentences and some well-lighted and clearly focused photos might help us to understand your issue. Also, kind of brakes (caliper, cantilever, V-brakes) and model...
09-17-20, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 237
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bolts can be cut shorter. I am assuming that the...

Bolts can be cut shorter. I am assuming that the 17mm quoted was the length.
09-17-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 372
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the bolt threads are rolled, which is very...

If the bolt threads are rolled, which is very likely, there will not be enough material to cut full threads. Unless you have a way to roll threads you will be stuck.
09-16-20, 01:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 169
Posted By dsbrantjr

Try some carbon assembly paste instead of grease....

Try some carbon assembly paste instead of grease. Or some valve grinding paste.
09-16-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 155
Posted By dsbrantjr

I prefer brass nipples myself.

I prefer brass nipples myself.
09-15-20, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 230
Posted By dsbrantjr

"Chaos" is exactly right. There are something...

"Chaos" is exactly right. There are something like 10 or more different "26 inch" tire diameters among the various old systems: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html ISO/ETRTO sizes are...
09-14-20, 04:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 539
Posted By dsbrantjr

Going up X number of links from what you are...

Going up X number of links from what you are using on a different cassette is the wrong approach. Just go with big-big plus 2 links, bypassing the derailleur, as suggested, with your new cassette.
09-14-20, 07:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you have a one piece "Ashtabula" crank on your...

If you have a one piece "Ashtabula" crank on your bike https://www.sheldonbrown.com/opc.html, it might be better for you to adapt it to a threaded bottom bracket type crank, using an adapter like...
09-13-20, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 258
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did you install the anti-rotation washers?

Did you install the anti-rotation washers?
09-13-20, 03:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 121
Posted By dsbrantjr

How about fitting a chain retention device like...

How about fitting a chain retention device like this: https://problemsolversbike.com/products/shifters-derailleurs/chainspy_-_30979 ?
09-13-20, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 217
Posted By dsbrantjr

Some Girling brakes use a 10mm 5-point driver:...

Some Girling brakes use a 10mm 5-point driver: https://www.amazon.com/Laser-2948-Pentagon-Socket-Bit/dp/B0039UJKUE Could work, yours looks close to the same size.
09-12-20, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 264
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest just installing a good road tire,...

I would suggest just installing a good road tire, lube/adjust as needed and enjoy the bike as-is. It was a fine bike when it was made, and it fits you, enjoy it for what it is.
09-12-20, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 548
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have had 2 sizes (C3 and C7) of Felco cable...

I have had 2 sizes (C3 and C7) of Felco cable cutters, and their #8 (https://www.bikeforums.net/usertag.php?do=list&action=hash&hash=8) pruning shears as well, for decades and they still work as...
09-12-20, 05:01 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 903
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have a Health-O-Meter balance which uses...

I have a Health-O-Meter balance which uses weights not springs (Dumpster® find) to weigh myself , and my dog by holding her and doing the math. It correlates well with my doctor and her vet. I have...
09-12-20, 06:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 271
Posted By dsbrantjr

Not cheap but no chain to break: ...

Not cheap but no chain to break: https://www.amazon.com/Pedros-142722-Vise-Whip/dp/B001Q270CC Use on the small cog, put a chain whip on one of the larger ones where you have better leverage.
09-11-20, 02:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 331
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is there a lip on the pad which is catching on...

Is there a lip on the pad which is catching on the edge of the disc? If so, file off the lip or replace the pads.
09-11-20, 01:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By dsbrantjr

Do the easy and cheap things first. Adjust and...

Do the easy and cheap things first. Adjust and grease pedal bearings if possible. Swap the pedals with a known-quiet set, preferably platform type to rule out shoe/cleat noise. Clean and grease...
09-11-20, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 372
Posted By dsbrantjr

They might also need differently-sized master...

They might also need differently-sized master cylinders. The variables of master piston diameter and throw, lever mechanical advantage and slave piston diameter and number, and throw all interact,...
09-10-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 398
Posted By dsbrantjr

Fingernail polish. It comes in many different...

Fingernail polish. It comes in many different colors and has a handy applicator. Most stores will not object to you bringing your bike in to check the color match, although you should verify under...
09-10-20, 07:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 521
Posted By dsbrantjr

The max cog and max capacity are separate...

The max cog and max capacity are separate specifications. Just because you are within one does not mean you can ignore the other. 28T cog is the specified limit, you may or may not have success...
09-10-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By dsbrantjr

10-speed road (but not mountain) derailleurs also...

10-speed road (but not mountain) derailleurs also have the same pull ratio.
Edit: Rear derailleurs
09-10-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By dsbrantjr

I set quill stems tight enough that the bars will...

I set quill stems tight enough that the bars will not move under normal loads, but loose enough that I can move them while holding the wheel still. This is referred to as "race tight". The idea...
09-09-20, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you find the correct hanger, buy two.

If you find the correct hanger, buy two.
09-09-20, 04:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By dsbrantjr

Doesn't sound normal to me. I would include some...

Doesn't sound normal to me. I would include some clear. well-lit photos with your e-mail, ideally with a square or end of a rule showing the non-perpendicularity. Maybe they are rejects which have...
09-09-20, 12:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By dsbrantjr

I agree, find the optimum rim for the project and...

I agree, find the optimum rim for the project and get new spokes to suit. New brass nipples.
09-09-20, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 469
Posted By dsbrantjr

Isopropyl alcohol is not a great solvent for...

Isopropyl alcohol is not a great solvent for petroleum-based greases or oils. I recommend Brakleen® or similar from an auto parts store. While checking the cables, ensure that the housing ends are...
09-09-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 469
Posted By dsbrantjr

As will too short with overly tight bends. The...

As will too short with overly tight bends. The housing ends must enter/exit the stops and ferrules straight without excess friction. What is the overall cable condition? Re-cabling with quality...
09-08-20, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 260
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest recabling the shift system...

I would suggest recabling the shift system (brakes, too), clean and lube the derailleurs and reevaluate. New brake shoes. New cables and housings can often make a remarkable improvement in...
09-08-20, 08:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

The threads on the current skewer are rolled, not...

The threads on the current skewer are rolled, not cut, so there will not be sufficient material to cut more threads and still have adequate thread depth, so a shorter skewer is your only choice.
09-08-20, 07:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

You need a shorter skewer suitable for your...

You need a shorter skewer suitable for your dropout spacing/axle length.
09-08-20, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the rear skewer not long enough, or do the...

Is the rear skewer not long enough, or do the threads not go far enough from the end? It sounds like you shortened the axle and now need a shorter skewer because you are running out of threads, is...
09-07-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 147
Posted By dsbrantjr

Patient: Doctor, my arm hurts when I move it...

Patient: Doctor, my arm hurts when I move it like this. Doctor: Don't move it like that!
If the bike worked fine on a 26 mile ride it is probably OK. You could try to re-center the caliper if...
09-07-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By dsbrantjr

I never saw any reason to get away from square...

I never saw any reason to get away from square taper BBs in the first place. "More modern" does not always mean "better", often it means "cheaper for the manufacturer".
09-07-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.amazon.com/Continental-Urban-Bike-Tube...

https://www.amazon.com/Continental-Urban-Bike-Tube/dp/B0068FAT70?th=1 Schrader valve
https://www.amazon.com/Continental-Urban-Bike-Tube/dp/B0068FATAC?th=1 Presta...
09-06-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,201
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps athletic ability and math acumen are not...

Perhaps athletic ability and math acumen are not related, or he misspoke.
09-06-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By dsbrantjr

The combination of a smaller-than-normal head...

The combination of a smaller-than-normal head size plus the smaller-diameter cable would make me leery of using it in a safety-of-life braking application. The head also looks to be somewhat poorly...
09-05-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 340
Posted By dsbrantjr

Properly-torqued bolts should not loosen up. To...

Properly-torqued bolts should not loosen up. To what torque did you tighten the bolts? You should be using a torque wrench on a carbon frame.
09-05-20, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 167
Posted By dsbrantjr

The pedal thread can be repaired by installation...

The pedal thread can be repaired by installation of a threaded insert such as a Helicoil®
09-05-20, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like the Greenfield Stabilizer rear-mount...

I like the Greenfield Stabilizer rear-mount kickstand: Welcome to Greenfield Industries, Inc. - Freeport, New York - Quality U.S.A. Die Caster (http://www.greenfieldny.com/chart_bicycle.htm) ...
09-05-20, 06:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 188
Posted By dsbrantjr

Also check for interference from brakes and...

Also check for interference from brakes and derailleur mechanisms, if present, and fenders, etc.
09-05-20, 06:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 194
Posted By dsbrantjr

For best results use proper vulcanizing fluid,...

For best results use proper vulcanizing fluid, not rubber cement. Vulcanizing fluid makes a chemical bond between the tire and patch. I use Rema brand.
09-04-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 534
Posted By dsbrantjr

Shimano 6 through 9 speed derailleurs, and 10...

Shimano 6 through 9 speed derailleurs, and 10 speed road derailleurs, all have the same 1.7:1 actuation ratio, so if you match the shifter and the cassette speeds you should be OK. Science Behind...
09-02-20, 04:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 125
Posted By dsbrantjr

You can use a 3-speed trigger shifter with a...

You can use a 3-speed trigger shifter with a 2-ring system, just set it up so that the lowest, extra shift slackens the cable. Two rings are pretty simple since you basically just need to shift off...
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