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09-23-20, 08:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 145
Posted By Le Mechanic

Make sure your cassette is tight. If it's loose,...

Make sure your cassette is tight. If it's loose, things will generally function as normal, but shifting to the smaller cogs can make an audible clunking or clacking sound.
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09-08-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 363
Posted By Le Mechanic

Check the thru axles first. If they're not tight...

Check the thru axles first. If they're not tight or bone dry, they'll creak. Sounds just like the BB creaking under load. The second place is the seat mast to frame and seat mast to saddle rail...
08-23-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By Le Mechanic

No, not sure how you got a shifter issue from my...

No, not sure how you got a shifter issue from my response? It's either a damaged wire from either the wire running from the battery to the B junction or the wire running from the B junction to the A...
08-23-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 270
Posted By Le Mechanic

2020 Pivot Vault 1 year review video

I've been hammering this bike for a year now and made a Youtube video with all the pros and cons of this bike. Overall, I really like the bike. It was my first bike with electronic shifting (Sram AXS...
08-23-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,710
Posted By Le Mechanic

I finally converted to a wide range 1x set up on...

I finally converted to a wide range 1x set up on my commuter, gravel, bad weather bike about a year and a half ago. The only regret I have is not doing it sooner. I went from a 2x 11/28 cassette...
08-23-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 384
Posted By Le Mechanic

If the whole system is shutting down...

If the whole system is shutting down intermittently, from what I've seen the issue is a bad connection from the battery to the B junction or the connection from the B junction to the A junction....
08-22-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 807
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've been diagnosing and fixing mystery noises on...

I've been diagnosing and fixing mystery noises on bikes for almost 40 years. It seems to me the path of least resistance is to check all the easy stuff first rather than the typical replace the...
08-20-20, 11:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,798
Posted By Le Mechanic

I try to keep my seat bag kit pretty minimal, but...

I try to keep my seat bag kit pretty minimal, but it really depends on the person. I've had a ton of different seat bags and kits through the years and learned lots of hard lessons along the way. I...
08-19-20, 10:07 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,268
Posted By Le Mechanic

It depends on how and where you're going to ride...

It depends on how and where you're going to ride the bike. If it's something you're looking to ride multi use bike paths, dirt and gravel roads, or just cruising around the neighborhood, $200 is...
08-16-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 483
Posted By Le Mechanic

It depends a lot on the types of bikes you'll be...

It depends a lot on the types of bikes you'll be working on. 90's mountain bikes were changing quite a lot. you may have some with threadless headsets, but most cranks from that period were square...
08-16-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Le Mechanic

Generally, most front and rear hubs use cone...

Generally, most front and rear hubs use cone wrenches in 13mm to 17mm sizes.
08-11-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've got a few videos relevant to your situation...

I've got a few videos relevant to your situation you may find helpful as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvP7CLE9rzc&t=1074s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A64LMXjK-Dc

I also made a...
08-09-20, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 233
Posted By Le Mechanic

Always check the easy stuff first. It's not...

Always check the easy stuff first. It's not always the bottom bracket or cranks...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SR5_xUBipa0
08-09-20, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 350
Posted By Le Mechanic

I made a video a while back with some tips on...

I made a video a while back with some tips on getting this style derailleur set up and adjusted. I also show how to position the converter pin without the Shimano gauge, and do an experiment when you...
08-03-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By Le Mechanic

I made a YouTube video a while back on some of...

I made a YouTube video a while back on some of the most common and simple to fix noises bikes make. Generally, the bottom bracket gets blamed because it generally sounds like it's coming from that...
07-28-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 293
Posted By Le Mechanic

Most modern bikes like the Domane (All road,...

Most modern bikes like the Domane (All road, endurance road, gravel, Etc.) come equipped with tubeless-ready wheels and/or tires but come set up with tubes. Generally then inflating the tire after...
07-14-20, 06:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 527
Posted By Le Mechanic

I have a YouTube channel and sometimes I'll post...

I have a YouTube channel and sometimes I'll post one of my tutorial videos on here as an answer that I feel is relevant to a question.
07-06-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 4,160
Posted By Le Mechanic

It really depends on what type of bike(s) you're...

It really depends on what type of bike(s) you're going to be working on. I've worked in the bike industry primarily as a mechanic for the last 37 years and have acquired pretty much a full pro shop...
07-05-20, 09:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 264
Posted By Le Mechanic

I put 2 oz in mine. Works really well.

I put 2 oz in mine. Works really well.
07-05-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,317
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've made another video since the one several...

I've made another video since the one several years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9f0SulxQdM&t=2s


Then I made another video giving it an off-road test to see how well it would hold up...
06-23-20, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 737
Posted By Le Mechanic

These derailleurs are quite a bit different than...

These derailleurs are quite a bit different than current Campy stuff or older Shimano setups. I also made a video on how to install/adjust this particular front derailleur. There are 4 distinct...
06-23-20, 09:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,303
Posted By Le Mechanic

It seems like lots of folks are confusing the...

It seems like lots of folks are confusing the pedal with the crank arm. Assuming the pedal came loose from the crank arm, the bike should definitely be returned to the dealer where the bike was...
06-13-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 232
Posted By Le Mechanic

If you've only set up front derailleurs older...

If you've only set up front derailleurs older than 2015 or so, the newer Shimano derailleurs are a completely different animal. I made a video a while back on how to set up and adjust newer, long arm...
06-13-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 661
Posted By Le Mechanic

The tube was bunched up within the tire. This can...

The tube was bunched up within the tire. This can occur during installation, or if the bike is ridden with low tire pressure, a hard braking stop will rotate the tire slightly on the rim and cause...
06-13-20, 08:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By Le Mechanic

Looks like 1 available on Amazon:...

Looks like 1 available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30JczGX
Another option if you're into grip shifters would be to go with a Shimano 8 speed rear derailleur and go with Grip shift MRX shifters. Even...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-08-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By Le Mechanic

Looking good! I built something similar a couple...

Looking good! I built something similar a couple of years ago. 650b klunker with a fork that I wanted to look like a mid 70's Redline type. It was my first fork build, so those early wishbone style...
05-29-20, 08:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 124
Posted By Le Mechanic

This is the same process for the Tiagra STI...

This is the same process for the Tiagra STI shifter as well...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNL20sZPjQM
05-14-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By Le Mechanic

Take it back to the dealer. (hopefully, you...

Take it back to the dealer. (hopefully, you purchased the bike from a Trek dealer). That sounds like an improperly torqued crank arm, to begin with, with which on a bike that you've only owned for a...
04-27-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 589
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like the Spokey pictured above, much easier on...

I like the Spokey pictured above, much easier on the fingers than the Park spoke wrenches. My favorite is the DT spoke wrench. The bladed spoke holder fits nicely within the wrench as well.
...
04-23-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 798
Posted By Le Mechanic

You may or may not be aware, but by default, Di2...

You may or may not be aware, but by default, Di2 is programmed to not allow the rear derailleur to shift into the 2 smallest cogs while in the small chainring up front.
04-21-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By Le Mechanic

I couldn't resist riding the bike to work and...

I couldn't resist riding the bike to work and back today. This thing rides very sweet. I found that my shoes with Shimano SPD road cleats fir into the toe clips just trying to see where they would...
04-21-20, 08:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yep, it's definitely a 1R stem. Thanks for the...

Yep, it's definitely a 1R stem. Thanks for the info!
04-21-20, 08:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 349
Posted By Le Mechanic

Depending on how bad the wobble is will determine...

Depending on how bad the wobble is will determine the long term durability of the wheel. If it has a lateral runout of a millimeter or two, just adjusting the spoke tension can correct the wobbly...
04-20-20, 02:47 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,380
Posted By Le Mechanic

Tubeless tires are great in mountain bike tires....

Tubeless tires are great in mountain bike tires. I've had really good luck with tires down to 32mm wide or so, but tubeless in road tires is still suspect to me. For every person that say they...
04-20-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By Le Mechanic

Got the bike together enough to go on a quick...

Got the bike together enough to go on a quick shakedown ride. It's SWEET! I've still got a few missing parts get get it completely finished, but I uploaded part 5 of the Youtube video series. It's...
04-20-20, 11:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By Le Mechanic

Sometimes they get inadvertently loosened up when...

Sometimes they get inadvertently loosened up when removing the preload bolt/top cap and come out in one big unit. Other times they can get loose and fall down into the steerer tube depending on what...
04-20-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,380
Posted By Le Mechanic

The best thing I've found is putting tubeless...

The best thing I've found is putting tubeless tire sealant (Stan's, Orange Seal, Bontrager TLR, Etc.) into my inner tubes. I started doing this about a year and a half ago (32-36 miles round trip) on...
04-20-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By Le Mechanic

Generally, you can't raise the height of your...

Generally, you can't raise the height of your handlebars by adding spacer rings under the stem unless they were stacked on top of the stem previously, in other words, you can't extend the steerer...
04-20-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By Le Mechanic

Nice! Thanks for sharing!

Nice! Thanks for sharing!
04-20-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,570
Posted By Le Mechanic

A pump with a universal or smart valve is the way...

A pump with a universal or smart valve is the way to go IMO. This style pump head is available on most current quality floor pumps, but can be upgraded to any existing pump for about $15. If you only...
04-20-20, 09:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,681
Posted By Le Mechanic

Thanks and you're welcome! I usually upload new...

Thanks and you're welcome! I usually upload new videos at least weekly and am open to requests.
04-20-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 495
Posted By Le Mechanic

It would be a pretty simple process with either...

It would be a pretty simple process with either bike you own. I made a video a couple of years ago converting an early 80's bike to a flat bar, or actually a riser bar set up. The shifters used would...
04-20-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,681
Posted By Le Mechanic

Thank you! I had a chance to get this going a few...

Thank you! I had a chance to get this going a few months back for around $45, but I waited too long. I got the idea from this for several bike shops I've worked for through the years. Super sturdy...
04-18-20, 08:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,681
Posted By Le Mechanic

This channel is awesome! Ok, it's mine, but...

This channel is awesome! Ok, it's mine, but there's tons of content anyone will enjoy!

https://youtu.be/VRHfO7bcHmg
04-18-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By Le Mechanic

In general, most tubes will last a long time...

In general, most tubes will last a long time regardless of the brand. Based on your description, the tubes are leaking shortly after installation. Have you been checking where the tubes are leaking?...
04-15-20, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 374
Posted By Le Mechanic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HslLwdChFxU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HslLwdChFxU
04-15-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 527
Posted By Le Mechanic

If they were installed, they can be removed. I...

If they were installed, they can be removed. I made a video a few years ago with some tips and tricks that might be helpful for stuck pedal removal.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HslLwdChFxU
04-15-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,526
Posted By Le Mechanic

No. You need the correct spacers for a triple...

No. You need the correct spacers for a triple crank or a double crank.
04-14-20, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,245
Posted By Le Mechanic

Got some more work done on the bike. Both wheels...

Got some more work done on the bike. Both wheels now built and got the 27mm wide tires installed. It was a tight fit, but they look really nice! There's plenty of footage of complete disassembly,...
04-09-20, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By Le Mechanic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8me8VGz1wqw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8me8VGz1wqw
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