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10-23-19, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 44
Posted By dsbrantjr

If your seat is low enough to stand while in the...

If your seat is low enough to stand while in the saddle it is too low to pedal efficiently. Learn how to mount/start and stop/dismount and you will be able to adjust your seat properly and enjoy...
10-23-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 128
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might consider replacing the brake pads,...

You might consider replacing the brake pads, which have likely dried out and hardened over the decades.
10-22-19, 05:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 207
Posted By dsbrantjr

The nice thing about the correct Shimano shim is...

The nice thing about the correct Shimano shim is that it cradles snugly into the derailleur clamp and does not move around separately, eliminating many of the problems encountered by Lemond1985.
10-22-19, 05:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would use/get a digital caliper or micrometer...

I would use/get a digital caliper or micrometer and see whether the ends of the bosses have expanded to a larger diameter than the rest of the boss, or if the very end is "mushroomed" out. I have...
10-22-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 184
Posted By dsbrantjr

If the vulcanized bond didn't hold it is quite...

If the vulcanized bond didn't hold it is quite unlikely that any adhesive will hold either. Toss it.
10-22-19, 04:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By dsbrantjr

I've looped an old chain around the cassette and...

I've looped an old chain around the cassette and clamped it with Vice-Grips.
10-22-19, 04:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 207
Posted By dsbrantjr

The Shimano FDs I have gotten recently are sized...

The Shimano FDs I have gotten recently are sized for 34.9 and come with adapters for 31.8 and 28.6 so you will need a shim if they did not come with it.
10-22-19, 04:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be cautious that you do not try to lock the stem...

Be cautious that you do not try to lock the stem wedge in the butted section of the steerer; it is not secure and can come loose: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/handsup.html#danger
10-21-19, 05:19 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 662
Posted By dsbrantjr

Your bike is clearly possessed. Ship it to me...

Your bike is clearly possessed. Ship it to me for exorcism and proper disposal.
10-20-19, 05:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 387
Posted By dsbrantjr

A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man...

A Man with One Watch Knows What Time It Is; a Man with Two Watches Is Never Quite Sure.
10-20-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 272
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have found that electrical tape tends to creep...

I have found that electrical tape tends to creep and bleed adhesive, and does not come off cleanly.
10-19-19, 08:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 308
Posted By dsbrantjr

I agree but if you insist there are 1mm and 1.8mm...

I agree but if you insist there are 1mm and 1.8mm and possibly other spacers available, but if you space the cassette too far out you run the risk of not engaging enough of the lockring threads into...
10-19-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 375
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use die-drawn stainless inner wires with lined...

I use die-drawn stainless inner wires with lined housings, no lube. The cost is minimal and the improvement over old cable will likely surprise (and please) you. If you really don't want to replace...
10-19-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 185
Posted By dsbrantjr

Should be fixable with a few minutes' file work. ...

Should be fixable with a few minutes' file work. Often, you get what you pay for.
10-19-19, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By dsbrantjr

Which gear are you calling 6, big cog or small? ...

Which gear are you calling 6, big cog or small? My suspicion is that the cable is frayed inside the shifter, or it may be time for a cable and housing replacement.. I would shift to the small cog,...
10-18-19, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 180
Posted By dsbrantjr

Loosen the cable at the brake clamping bolt end...

Loosen the cable at the brake clamping bolt end and you should have plenty of clearance to remove the cable from the lever.
10-18-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 248
Posted By dsbrantjr

You may find it more economical to source a new...

You may find it more economical to source a new crankset than separate rings.
10-17-19, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 100
Posted By dsbrantjr

What cassette is on there now, and do you feel...

What cassette is on there now, and do you feel that you need higher or lower gearing? A 3X10 should have a pretty wide range already due to the triple up front, so an 11-34 cassette might just give...
10-16-19, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 166
Posted By dsbrantjr

Air, like water, will find a way if there is one.

Air, like water, will find a way if there is one.
10-16-19, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By dsbrantjr

A determined thief will, given enough time, get...

A determined thief will, given enough time, get what they want. The best you can do is to make it so time-consuming and difficult that they seek other prey. Or ride such a crappy bike that nobody...
10-16-19, 02:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By dsbrantjr

Go to an auto paint store and buy some of their...

Go to an auto paint store and buy some of their paint prep solvent/cleaner. Axalta Prep-Sol or 3M Prep Solvent are best but costly. Second best would be acetone then denatured alcohol from the...
10-16-19, 02:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 267
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might consider a chain or cable lock to run...

You might consider a chain or cable lock to run through your wheels and frame, then the thief will have to deal with two locks to steal the bike, or more important, find easier pickings.
10-16-19, 02:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 483
Posted By dsbrantjr

One thing which might help would be to replace...

One thing which might help would be to replace the thick cloth rim tape like Velox, if that is what you have, with a thinner tape like Continental Easy Tape, a couple of layers of Kapton tape or a...
10-16-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By dsbrantjr

Taking on too much what? Most straightforward...

Taking on too much what? Most straightforward solution would be to replace the Claris derailleur, straighten the hanger if necessary, ensure your chain is long enough and move on.
10-16-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece.

Never Fix A Running Piece.
10-15-19, 07:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 154
Posted By dsbrantjr

Pitch is probably 0.8mm.

Pitch is probably 0.8mm.
10-15-19, 08:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 99
Posted By dsbrantjr

My understanding is that, unfortunately, none of...

My understanding is that, unfortunately, none of the internal geared hubs are compatible with derailleur shifters. From the linked article: "Because of the uneven steps, most internal-gear hub...
10-14-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 218
Posted By dsbrantjr

Something like this should do it: ...

Something like this should do it: https://smile.amazon.com/VTR-Valve-Core-Removal-Tool/dp/B07997ZL1N
10-14-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yes, it is not a black-and-white thing but...

Yes, it is not a black-and-white thing but cantilever and calipers are grouped together pretty closely, far from V-brakes. Nice thing about cantilever brakes is that you can adjust the mechanical...
10-13-19, 04:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,267
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am shifting a 42/32/22 crankset with an Alivio...

I am shifting a 42/32/22 crankset with an Alivio FD-M410, and it worked fine when had I put on a 46 tooth chainring; I removed it only because I preferred the lower gearing.
10-13-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 352
Posted By dsbrantjr

Toss them. The strength of a tire is in the...

Toss them. The strength of a tire is in the fabric/wire cords and yours are seriously compromised. They are unsafe and not usable. They might even blow out in your face while you are inflating them.
10-13-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 436
Posted By dsbrantjr

Good stuff: I have been using "3M yellow...

Good stuff: I have been using "3M yellow weatherstrip glue" since I worked as an auto mechanic in the '70s. Don't skimp on it, "ooze-out" can be wiped/rubbed off, or trimmed off after drying.
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10-12-19, 05:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 424
Posted By dsbrantjr

And compared to aerodynamic and tire losses, seal...

And compared to aerodynamic and tire losses, seal drag is in the "mice nuts" category, down in the noise.
10-12-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 157
Posted By dsbrantjr

"...when i changed my shifting cable it started...

"...when i changed my shifting cable it started to shift 2 gears instead of 1... might indicate a problem with the cable or installation. Did you use the correct type of cable? Did you prepare the...
10-11-19, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 275
Posted By dsbrantjr

TA and Stronglight have slightly different-sized...

TA and Stronglight have slightly different-sized threads from the standard and each other so you need a specific tool for each.
Stein Tools make one:...
10-11-19, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 228
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did you form the cable housing to its approximate...

Did you form the cable housing to its approximate final shape before you cut it? If you left it straight while cutting it, when you bend it to its working shape you will stress the strands in just...
10-10-19, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By dsbrantjr

Were they otherwise identical, like chainring...

Were they otherwise identical, like chainring teeth, etc? Same chain?
10-10-19, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be aware that those under-the-tape cables have a...

Be aware that those under-the-tape cables have a tendency to fray the center wire due to the relatively sharp bends they undergo, so inspect them frequently.
10-10-19, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 302
Posted By dsbrantjr

Here is a chart with some tire/rim width...

Here is a chart with some tire/rim width suggestions, scroll most of the way down to see the chart. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html Note that the suggestions are not hard-and-fast. ...
10-10-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 306
Posted By dsbrantjr

Gevenalle's Audax line may allow you to move your...

Gevenalle's Audax line may allow you to move your barcon shifters to their modified brake levers, https://www.gevenalle.com/product/audax/ avoiding compatibility issues.
Look into Microshift's...
10-09-19, 02:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 795
Posted By dsbrantjr

With folks' concerns about the fragility of...

With folks' concerns about the fragility of carbon (I don't use it, myself) someone may want to ring in abut the wisdom of putting an extender on a carbon steerer. Longer lever arm and all of that.
10-08-19, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 481
Posted By dsbrantjr

From an Amazon review: "It was pretty easy to...

From an Amazon review: "It was pretty easy to set up once I realized that I had to mount the sending unit higher up on the fork than where my wired unit was mounted. "
10-08-19, 08:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 481
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is it possible to move the magnet further out on...

Is it possible to move the magnet further out on the wheel and still get near the sensor? Perhaps the magnet is not moving past the sensor quickly enough. Yeah, the instructions are pretty vague.
10-08-19, 08:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By dsbrantjr

I live to serve. Checking for a distorted seat...

I live to serve. Checking for a distorted seat tube as Andrew Stewart suggests might get to the root cause, but if you have to pay someone to do it a shim might be more cost effective and would do no...
10-08-19, 07:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 423
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have had good results with KMC and SRAM chains...

I have had good results with KMC and SRAM chains with quick links as well.
10-08-19, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 268
Posted By dsbrantjr

You could make a shim from 0.002" shim stock...

You could make a shim from 0.002" shim stock (approximately 0.05mm) which would bring a 26.0mm post up to very near 26.1mm, like this in stainless: https://www.mcmaster.com/2317K52, or brass is...
10-08-19, 05:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 309
Posted By dsbrantjr

As mentioned, don't shift without pedaling. One...

As mentioned, don't shift without pedaling. One of these will hold the rear wheel off of the ground: https://www.amazon.com/Sunlite-Display-Stand/dp/B000C17HJ4
10-07-19, 01:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 502
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am not certain that it is wise to work the...

I am not certain that it is wise to work the material any more than the dent has done, for fear of making it brittle or starting cracks. If it were my bike I would fill it with Bondo and paint over...
10-07-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 214
Posted By dsbrantjr

I run 9-speed cranksets on all 3 of my 7-speed...

I run 9-speed cranksets on all 3 of my 7-speed bikes with no issue.
10-07-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,165
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am going to bet that AnkleWork is correct in...

I am going to bet that AnkleWork is correct in his/her assessment that something has broken, likely in the back by the OP's description.
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