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11-17-19, 11:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 504
Posted By dsbrantjr

They are exactly shifter bosses attached to a...

They are exactly shifter bosses attached to a brake lever. Several folks on this forum use them and apparently like them. No ratchet/pawl mechanism to break or jam like brifters, and simple (and...
11-16-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 459
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might try using a rubberized strap wrench...

You might try using a rubberized strap wrench such as used on chromed plumbing fittings to hold the hub. https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=strap+wrench&ref=bnav_search_go
11-15-19, 10:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By dsbrantjr

For touring use, Gevenalle Audax with friction...

For touring use, Gevenalle Audax with friction front and rear shifting are pretty much bulletproof: https://www.gevenalle.com/product/audax/
They also have indexed rear/friction front for 9-10-11...
11-14-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 569
Posted By dsbrantjr

I haven't found a 3M product that wasn't the best...

I haven't found a 3M product that wasn't the best of its kind. I don't even bother looking for alternatives.
11-13-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always fit a new chain when I install a new...

I always fit a new chain when I install a new cassette, and keep the old chain with the old cassette for suture use.
11-12-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 504
Posted By dsbrantjr

Such a thing already exists: ...

Such a thing already exists: https://www.gevenalle.com/product/audax/
11-11-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 504
Posted By dsbrantjr

Another alternative would be to put back the...

Another alternative would be to put back the original shifting mechanism. Never Fix A Running Piece.
11-11-19, 02:11 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 3,322
Posted By dsbrantjr

And "gruppo" for Asian-made parts.

And "gruppo" for Asian-made parts.
11-11-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By dsbrantjr

One chooses a crankset first, then picks a BB...

One chooses a crankset first, then picks a BB which suits it and the frame. Trying to fit a crankset to an existing BB is letting the tail wag the dog.
Re: photos, you can upload photos to a...
11-11-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By dsbrantjr

This depends upon the OCD level of the owner. ;o)

This depends upon the OCD level of the owner. ;o)
11-11-19, 09:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 190
Posted By dsbrantjr

tomtomtom123's advice is sound. Even if you...

tomtomtom123's advice is sound. Even if you could find spare springs they would likely cost a significant fraction of what a new brake would. Just consider them as expendable parts. Plus you...
11-11-19, 09:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you are referring to a slide-hammer type...

If you are referring to a slide-hammer type puller you will still have to hold the frame steady against the force of the puller blows.
11-10-19, 04:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 429
Posted By dsbrantjr

Most floor pumps use standard 1/8" NPT threaded...

Most floor pumps use standard 1/8" NPT threaded gauges. I have replaced 120-160psi gauges with lower-pressure ones more suited to the pressures I run, you could certainly replace a leaking gauge...
11-10-19, 12:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By dsbrantjr

Simple Green is a pretty strong alkali IIRC. ...

Simple Green is a pretty strong alkali IIRC. Thanks for the info.
11-10-19, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By dsbrantjr

Thanks for the warning, I have been using Dawn...

Thanks for the warning, I have been using Dawn solution on my co$tly Zeiss coated lenses for decades and have never had a problem. What cleaning solution did you use that caused the coating damage? ...
11-10-19, 10:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 809
Posted By dsbrantjr

I put about an inch of water in my cleaner tank,...

I put about an inch of water in my cleaner tank, then place a Pyrex beaker with cleaning solution into the water, which couples the ultrasonic energy efficiently into the cleaning solution. This...
11-09-19, 09:52 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,366
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bike chains that are ridden in the rain have not...

Bike chains that are ridden in the rain have not been degreased first, nor does rain have detergent (Dawn) in it.
11-09-19, 06:57 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,366
Posted By dsbrantjr

How did you dry your chain? When I used a...

How did you dry your chain? When I used a water-based cleaner I put the chain on a cookie sheet in a 250F oven for 20 minutes or so, which heats the chain above boiling, enough to vaporize the...
11-09-19, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 429
Posted By dsbrantjr

It sounds like you just need a new chuck. I put a...

It sounds like you just need a new chuck. I put a Lezyne ABS2 chuck on my old Air Hammer pump (whose old chuck was never much good IMO) and like it a lot, but it does not seem to be available any...
11-09-19, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By dsbrantjr

The lizard (or salamander or whatever) logo would...

The lizard (or salamander or whatever) logo would indicate Cane Creek. But much of their stuff is very similar if not identical to Tektro.
11-09-19, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By dsbrantjr

Whichever you choose, buy a spare.

Whichever you choose, buy a spare.
11-08-19, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 285
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have also had good experience with Microshift...

I have also had good experience with Microshift components.
11-07-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 616
Posted By dsbrantjr

Another reason to be extra conservative as...

Another reason to be extra conservative as regards safety, someone else is depending on you.
Tires are consumables and you just have to accept that they will need replacement, whether due to damage...
11-07-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 616
Posted By dsbrantjr

If it is cut through so you can see the tube...

If it is cut through so you can see the tube through the body of the tire, the fabric cords which give the tire its strength have surely been compromised, increasing the likelihood of sudden failure....
11-05-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By dsbrantjr

Your 48T ring is 3.82" radius, 42T is 3.34" which...

Your 48T ring is 3.82" radius, 42T is 3.34" which is less than 1/2 inch, so your derailleur should clear OK. Even if not, many derailleur/crankset combinations will shift just fine with the...
11-05-19, 04:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By dsbrantjr

I wish that such cassettes were more...

I wish that such cassettes were more common/easily available than they are, the trend seems to be to start at 11T nowadays. Here's my favorite drivetrain calculator, it supports IGHs: ...
11-05-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By dsbrantjr

I wish that such cassettes were more...

I wish that such cassettes were more commonly/easily available than they are, the trend seems to be to start at 11 nowadays.
11-05-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 219
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always replace both. The housing gets "worn...

I always replace both. The housing gets "worn in" by the inner wire (which is the cause for much of the "cable stretch" we see) and may not work as well with a new, different inner one. Plus it...
11-05-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By dsbrantjr

Aluminum and stainless (technically "corrosion...

Aluminum and stainless (technically "corrosion resistant") play well together, as a matter of fact stainless shims are often used as a buffer between dissimilar metals to prevent electrolytic...
11-04-19, 08:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 219
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the cables are as old as the derailleur, and...

If the cables are as old as the derailleur, and have significant use, they may be due for a replacement, especially considering the symptoms.
11-04-19, 01:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 363
Posted By dsbrantjr

Sorry, the Local Cost Prediction Service is...

Sorry, the Local Cost Prediction Service is currently offline.
11-04-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 422
Posted By dsbrantjr

If it were my bike I would go with 2x M6 in...

If it were my bike I would go with 2x M6 in stainless. Better corrosion resistance than zinc plated, stronger and less likely to strip than aluminum. Both the same size works better for my OCD than...
11-03-19, 09:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 242
Posted By dsbrantjr

Put a little penetrating oil on the cable head,...

Put a little penetrating oil on the cable head, try grabbing the cable with a pliers and twisting it in the direction which tightens its twist which should help the head to pop loose.
11-03-19, 07:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 222
Posted By dsbrantjr

Besides a cable hanger you will need a short-pull...

Besides a cable hanger you will need a short-pull brake lever, or an adjustable-pull one like this: https://www.amazon.com/Tektro-RT354AG-Linear-Cantilever-Compatible/dp/B001GSMJZO
I would suggest...
11-03-19, 11:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By dsbrantjr

Now that I look at the ad copy:...

Now that I look at the ad copy: https://www.specialized.com/us/en/roll-elite/p/106882 I see that the large backward angle of the seat tube is contributing to the problem of getting the saddle nose...
11-03-19, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By dsbrantjr

Sounds like you need a different seatpost which...

Sounds like you need a different seatpost which offers more adjustment. Perhaps the dealer will allow some credit for your old one. There is more to bike fit than center of gravity feel.
11-02-19, 09:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 921
Posted By dsbrantjr

You need to know/measure the diameter to a...

You need to know/measure the diameter to a precision of 0.1mm. If you pull the post it is often stamped on it, otherwise measure it carefully with a caliper or micrometer.
11-02-19, 01:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 745
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is your bike and your money, but your plans...

It is your bike and your money, but your plans sound like it might be more practical and similar money to sell that one and buy a new bike. Since your wife doesn't want complex shifting an...
11-02-19, 01:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 222
Posted By dsbrantjr

Canti studs come in a great variety of thread...

Canti studs come in a great variety of thread sizes and pitches. Best is to remove one and measure it, you'll need to remove them at some point anyway. What does All-City have to say?
11-01-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 997
Posted By dsbrantjr

Don't neglect to bring it with you on a ride or...

Don't neglect to bring it with you on a ride or you will be stuck if you get a flat. I have found that nitrile gloves help to give a better grip than bare hands, weigh practically nothing and are...
11-01-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By dsbrantjr

I think that if you remove enough material to...

I think that if you remove enough material to move the wheel significantly rearward you will also remove enough material to make it significantly weakened and probably unsafe.
Converting to 650b is...
11-01-19, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 535
Posted By dsbrantjr

Well, you could get one of these West Mountain...

Well, you could get one of these West Mountain Radio - CBA HR (http://www.westmountainradio.com/product_info.php?products_id=cba-hr) but it is kind of costly just for bike light batteries...
Or you...
10-31-19, 07:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 940
Posted By dsbrantjr

I work in the electronics industry and do the...

I work in the electronics industry and do the same thing with bad cables, cut off the ends or crush the connectors. It is surprising how many times people will take something out of the trash and...
10-31-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By dsbrantjr

Since you use the bike for touring be aware that...

Since you use the bike for touring be aware that the under-the-bar-tape routing requires the shift wires to make more extreme bends than the old style, so require more vigilance to timely spot...
10-31-19, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By dsbrantjr

Make certain that the brake inner wire is not...

Make certain that the brake inner wire is not frayed; look at the whole run, including inside the brake lever where the cylindrical piece seats in the lever. Perhaps it is frayed and/or not seated...
10-31-19, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 393
Posted By dsbrantjr

As mentioned, we need more to go on. Being a...

As mentioned, we need more to go on. Being a simple lever there is not a lot to go wrong. I am especially puzzled by your statement that the brake only works half the time. What does it do the...
10-31-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 274
Posted By dsbrantjr

The dropout slot closing like that may be a...

The dropout slot closing like that may be a result of impact at the dropout when the wheel was not present, like rough handling during transport. I would suggest measuring the slot width along its...
10-31-19, 04:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 486
Posted By dsbrantjr

Hard to tell from the angle of your photo, but it...

Hard to tell from the angle of your photo, but it looks like the slot in the seat tube tapers in toward the top, which could indicate an undersized seat post. While it doesn't look great, I don't...
10-30-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 500
Posted By dsbrantjr

Good thing (I assume) you didn't come down hard...

Good thing (I assume) you didn't come down hard on the top tube when it broke. I wonder if the previous owner had pushed out and reinserted a chain pin instead of using a joining pin or quick link.
10-30-19, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 332
Posted By dsbrantjr

Neither the Cane Creek instruction sheet nor the...

Neither the Cane Creek instruction sheet nor the ad copy from several other vendors mention a quick release, and I cannot see where there might be one, so I would say that it is a leftover from the...
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