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02-19-20, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 192
Posted By andrewclaus

The photo is a little blurred, but looking...

The photo is a little blurred, but looking through the cup, it looks like an unthreaded shoulder on the other side. Except for the notched hole, it looks a lot like the old pressed-in one-piece crank...
02-19-20, 05:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 393
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm not sure if this is correct, but I was taught...

I'm not sure if this is correct, but I was taught to not put a center stand on a bike that does not have a bracket for it. The ubiquitous aluminum clamp-on type can ruin chain stays in extreme load...
Forum: Touring
02-16-20, 12:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 360
Posted By andrewclaus

Continental Gatorskin is a lighter, more supple...

Continental Gatorskin is a lighter, more supple tire that's very flat-resistant. Probably won't get the mileage you will out of a comparably sized Marathon. I used Marathons for one trip and they...
02-14-20, 07:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,358
Posted By andrewclaus

The worst ones I've seen have come off with...

The worst ones I've seen have come off with penetrating oil, an electric heat gun and a mallet on the standard BB wrench. The mallet on the wrench alone usually does it.
Forum: Touring
02-14-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,942
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto all the above. And I often use the bike as...

Ditto all the above. And I often use the bike as transportation to a trailhead. One was 120 miles from home, for a three-day hike. And I agree with the importance of ventilation in wet conditions,...
Forum: Touring
02-13-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,942
Posted By andrewclaus

I only use New Balance because they have an extra...

I only use New Balance because they have an extra wide size, and there's a store near my home called Big 5 that routinely has them on sale for under $50. I have no brand loyalty to them.
You're...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:44 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 2,162
Posted By andrewclaus

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of...

I use a mirror, but still shudder to think of plugging my ears. They're an important part of my input. I sometimes know the position of traffic behind me without looking, if there's gravel on a...
Forum: Touring
02-12-20, 06:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,942
Posted By andrewclaus

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.

New Balance trail runners with Superfeet inserts.
02-09-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By andrewclaus

And don't trim the the cables until you're sure...

And don't trim the the cables until you're sure everything is right. Roll them up like a guitar string until after you've done a test ride. It's much easier to recable with the factory end intact.
02-07-20, 05:45 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,011
Posted By andrewclaus

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the...

I've never seen an crank tool strip before the crank does.

It's not unusual for the internal threads on the crank to pull out.
02-06-20, 07:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd be just as concerned about the oil in there,...

I'd be just as concerned about the oil in there, breaking down the grease. I like to apply grease to clean, dry surfaces.

See this link for tips on quick, accurate adjustment:...
02-04-20, 02:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 827
Posted By andrewclaus

The coop used to bring them to the laundromat but...

The coop used to bring them to the laundromat but were asked to stop ruining the machines. I take that as a hint to not put them in my own laundry.

I've always discarded rags that are soaked in...
01-31-20, 06:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 257
Posted By andrewclaus

Has anyone mentioned first verifying that the...

Has anyone mentioned first verifying that the fork dropouts are correctly spaced at 100 mm?
Forum: Touring
01-29-20, 05:58 AM
Replies: 122
Views: 4,827
Posted By andrewclaus

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.

Second vote for the Pacific Coast.
Forum: Touring
01-28-20, 07:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,937
Posted By andrewclaus

I rode part of the Erie Canal on my Northern Tier...

I rode part of the Erie Canal on my Northern Tier ride. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was. I stayed at one of the free campgrounds for boaters and trail users, and I thought the restroom...
01-26-20, 06:19 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,203
Posted By andrewclaus

I've volunteered with several non-profit bike...

I've volunteered with several non-profit bike organizations. A few of my fellow volunteer mechanics are full time paid mechanics from other trades. When they see the intricacies of bike wrenching,...
01-18-20, 06:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 248
Posted By andrewclaus

You may not find a match for the lower two...

You may not find a match for the lower two shoulder screws in the photo. The shoulder below the cap may be important--I'm not sure. If needed, you can buy the whole set here...
01-14-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,894
Posted By andrewclaus

Another vote for PW-4. I personally don't do...

Another vote for PW-4. I personally don't do enough at home to justify buying one for myself though.
01-11-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 463
Posted By andrewclaus

Easy way is the string method:...

Easy way is the string method: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dUPAKqS3dt8
01-10-20, 06:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 368
Posted By andrewclaus

This method works for an average triple crank,...

This method works for an average triple crank, not so well for doubles. Not for my gravel bike, for instance.
01-10-20, 05:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 328
Posted By andrewclaus

You can try a perfectly-sized extractor in the...

You can try a perfectly-sized extractor in the allen recess, but it's doubtful that'll work.

You can hacksaw a slot in the stem and bolt to get a large flat screwdriver on it. I have such a...
01-07-20, 05:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 506
Posted By andrewclaus

The last paragraph in post 7 above is my guess. I...

The last paragraph in post 7 above is my guess. I see that a lot at the coop. Again, photos would help.
12-29-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 293
Posted By andrewclaus

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread...

How did the rear hub fit? Did you have to spread the dropouts? If so, did you realign the derailleur hanger?
Forum: Touring
12-16-19, 10:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 778
Posted By andrewclaus

My ears are a large part my input when I'm...

My ears are a large part my input when I'm cycling. They tell me a lot of what's going on behind me without looking. I can hear when a car moves over and the tires hit paint lines or gravel, for...
12-16-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,547
Posted By andrewclaus

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states....

I've also volunteered at two coops in two states. I don't have what it takes to start one up, but I enjoy being a worker ant and being part of the system. My fellow volunteers and I just like being...
12-15-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By andrewclaus

This is probably not a cause of your problem, but...

This is probably not a cause of your problem, but sometimes I see the wrong brake lever installed, a short pull instead of a long pull. Make sure the distance from the lever pivot to the cable end is...
12-12-19, 09:51 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 881
Posted By andrewclaus

It's not answering the question (already...

It's not answering the question (already addressed nicely above), but I think home mechanics will get on board too. I owned a Prius for ten years and did all the work on it myself. I found a great...
12-11-19, 08:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 435
Posted By andrewclaus

Best way to troubleshoot these is to start by...

Best way to troubleshoot these is to start by uncoupling the shifter from the derailleur. Put some tension on the cable and count the clicks. As mentioned above, eight speeds = seven clicks. Tear...
Forum: Touring
12-11-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By andrewclaus

I've been an alky stove fan for many years. I...

I've been an alky stove fan for many years. I made dozens of the Pepsi can design for friends and guests. I still have my old Whisperlite (neither of which is true) but haven't used it in 15 years.
...
12-09-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 328
Posted By andrewclaus

Another item to check is that the dropouts (the...

Another item to check is that the dropouts (the ends of the frame that the wheel clamps into) are spaced and aligned properly. If you haven't changed wheels or been in an accident, this is probably...
12-05-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,373
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a bike co-op in your area, use their...

If there's a bike co-op in your area, use their tools for a while and see what you'd like to have at home. And learn the skills to use the tools.

A set of T-handle Allen wrenches with ball end...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,014
Posted By andrewclaus

Funny, I don't get that, nor have I ever heard of...

Funny, I don't get that, nor have I ever heard of it among my 60-something peers. I thought the opposite, that my gray hair and beard (neatly trimmed) make me look less threatening and more...
Forum: Touring
12-03-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By andrewclaus

I now have a multitool (Parks I-beam model) with...

I now have a multitool (Parks I-beam model) with a chain break. I only carry the adjustable (6" just works on pedals) when I'm going to assemble/disassemble at the termini. I carry a cassette tool on...
Forum: Touring
12-01-19, 09:33 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,909
Posted By andrewclaus

Hiking base weight and biking base weight are...

Hiking base weight and biking base weight are different things. You have to pack some essentials for the bike--tools and spares. Packs are heavier duty, more hardware. And clothing can be different. ...
Forum: Touring
11-30-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,909
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree that 1) it all depends on how much you're...

I agree that 1) it all depends on how much you're going to carry, and 2) a trailer will likely increase the amount you carry.

If you're going to be touring urban areas, a trailer could present...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 09:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,660
Posted By andrewclaus

A mentor at a non-profit immediately removes them...

A mentor at a non-profit immediately removes them from all donated bikes. He puts them in the same category as the old "suicide levers." It's a single source, so I qualified it with the words "I...
Forum: Touring
11-29-19, 08:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,660
Posted By andrewclaus

There are touring handlebar styles that may be...

There are touring handlebar styles that may be able to accept your existing brake levers/shifters. Google that. Look in Sheldon Brown's website for compatibility issues. Road bike drop handlebars may...
Forum: Touring
11-28-19, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,660
Posted By andrewclaus

I've hiked El Camino, and discovered that it's a...

I've hiked El Camino, and discovered that it's a perfect place for what we call a "credit card tour." There seemed to be few opportunities for camping, and many sources of inexpensive meals and...
11-26-19, 04:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,518
Posted By andrewclaus

You mentioned at first that you banged the...

You mentioned at first that you banged the bearing out with a bolt. Presumably that means you worked side-to-side. I recently heard that one can ruin the frame doing that. The new bearing may not...
11-26-19, 04:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 864
Posted By andrewclaus

I was taught when truing laterally, to loosen a...

I was taught when truing laterally, to loosen a spoke on the opposite side of the one you tightened, in order to maintain radial true.

And I haven't read every word, but I don't think anyone's...
11-20-19, 08:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By andrewclaus

If the click goes away when you stand up it's in...

If the click goes away when you stand up it's in the saddle or seatpost. I'm embarrassed at how long and how may parts it took me to figure that out on my bike.
11-17-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,548
Posted By andrewclaus

What are the chances you're ever going to want to...

What are the chances you're ever going to want to lace up that hub body? One way to look at it is that you bought it for parts, so take the parts off and scrap the body. I'd use my 14" pipe wrench...
11-15-19, 08:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By andrewclaus

Is there a bike co-op in your area? That would be...

Is there a bike co-op in your area? That would be a good source for a range of used parts and advice.
Forum: Touring
11-12-19, 09:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,734
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with adding a cassette removal tool, and...

I agree with adding a cassette removal tool, and I usually carry a 6" adjustable. That can change a pedal in a pinch.

Most of my tool kit is in my head. I pay close attention to the bike as I ride...
Forum: Touring
11-10-19, 05:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,814
Posted By andrewclaus

I really try to avoid RV parks, but I've never...

I really try to avoid RV parks, but I've never gotten a definite "no" the few times I've stayed at them. The RV sites themselves always suck, almost by definition. And they're way too expensive....
11-07-19, 07:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 940
Posted By andrewclaus

If any of the fabric cords in the tire are...

If any of the fabric cords in the tire are affected, I'd replace it. If you must use it, I agree to use it on the rear only.

I once put a similar hole in a brand new $60 tire, and I really tried...
11-06-19, 06:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 719
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's another video showing at least one good...

Here's another video showing at least one good pro tip on preloading bearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMhQlqg7TDA
Forum: Touring
10-30-19, 08:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,296
Posted By andrewclaus

I did 17 centuries in 55 days on my last long...

I did 17 centuries in 55 days on my last long self-contained tour. Three of those were on consecutive days, but that was with a stiff tailwind. I trained to 200 miles per week before I did that and...
Forum: Touring
10-26-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 979
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm in the "get wet but stay warm" school. I...

I'm in the "get wet but stay warm" school. I don't spend much on rain gear, but I pay close attention to the layers under it. Sometimes that means putting on wet clothing in the morning if you're...
10-25-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By andrewclaus

I recently replaced a bike of the same vintage...

I recently replaced a bike of the same vintage with RSX 3x7, but it had canti brakes which I didn't like, the only reason for replacement. If your bike has dual pivot side pulls, I'd tune up the...
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