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06-12-19, 01:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 828
Posted By Retro Grouch

Unless you own a Park truing stand that you...

Unless you own a Park truing stand that you bought brand-new and haven't allowed ANYBODY else to use, I'd advise assuming they're all off. I just flip the wheel over repeatedly until the two sides...
06-11-19, 11:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 604
Posted By Retro Grouch

To answer OP's original question, why guess? ...

To answer OP's original question, why guess? Since you're going to break the chain anyway just wrap it around the big/big combination and test it for sure.
06-11-19, 11:13 AM
06-11-19, 11:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 506
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nine speed will definitely work at the rear. ...

Nine speed will definitely work at the rear.

The front answer is a little more interesting. I'm told that indexed mountain shifters use a different amount of cable pull than road derailleurs. ...
06-11-19, 11:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 836
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's a data point for you: I don't know...

Here's a data point for you:

I don't know the last time that I serviced my chain. I certainly don't keep records of stuff like that. I run it until it starts to make noise. Then I wipe it as...
06-10-19, 10:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,673
Posted By Retro Grouch

So this is a free bike. How well do you think it...

So this is a free bike. How well do you think it has been cared for? My answers are based on a guess that it hasn't been very well maintained.

How easily does the handlebar turn from side to...
06-10-19, 10:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 476
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yeah, and I'd get something different. There's a...

Yeah, and I'd get something different. There's a reason that C-101 group was only sold for about one year.
06-10-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,498
Posted By Retro Grouch

To honestly answer that question I think you need...

To honestly answer that question I think you need to provide your criteria and with what you are comparing your treasured bicycle.
06-10-19, 09:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 823
Posted By Retro Grouch

I always tell people to shop for a shop before...

I always tell people to shop for a shop before shopping for a bike. If you have warranty issues, which shop do you want to work through? If you have questions regarding fit or accessories or...
06-09-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 828
Posted By Retro Grouch

That's why you loosen the non drive side first. ...

That's why you loosen the non drive side first. It makes it much easier to tighten the drive side spokes. Incidentally, I suppose it's possible for the wheel to be dished too far to the drive side,...
Forum: Recumbent
06-09-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 666
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that right turn on an incline thing is...

I think that right turn on an incline thing is probably a differential related thing. Ketts are almost two different trikes depending on whether or not you have a diff.

For carrying capacity, I'd...
06-08-19, 01:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,178
Posted By Retro Grouch

Only one person in the world that bike has to...

Only one person in the world that bike has to make happy.
06-07-19, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 335
Posted By Retro Grouch

The chain tensioner, like on a rear derailleur,...

The chain tensioner, like on a rear derailleur, is a big deal. The large chainring on your double crankset will need a longer chain than the small chainring. You need a tensioner to take up the...
06-07-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 595
Posted By Retro Grouch

Think before you screw. 1. Was it ever...

Think before you screw.

1. Was it ever right? Derailleur limit screws, once set correctly, seldom need readjustment.
2. If it only happens when under load, the grinding you hear is probably...
06-07-19, 08:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 628
Posted By Retro Grouch

Years ago I had that problem with my commute to...

Years ago I had that problem with my commute to work bike. Repeated slow leaks in the same place on the tire but, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't find the culprit. My temporary fix at the...
06-07-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 753
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sure you're going the correct direction? What's...

Sure you're going the correct direction? What's the diameter of the BB shell and what brand bike?
06-07-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 828
Posted By Retro Grouch

I've worked on lots of bikes that had improperly...

I've worked on lots of bikes that had improperly dished wheels. That would drive me crazy. The fix is to loosen all the non drive side spokes 1/2 turn and then tighten the drive side spokes 1/2...
Forum: Recumbent
06-06-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 996
Posted By Retro Grouch

What are you trying to accomplish?

What are you trying to accomplish?
06-06-19, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By Retro Grouch

That was my first thought too. Honestly, I think...

That was my first thought too. Honestly, I think the rear derailleur itself might be the most reliable part on a bicycle. If its mounting point is wonky however, it's performance is going to be...
06-06-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 712
Posted By Retro Grouch

Unless you do serious single track riding, road...

Unless you do serious single track riding, road tires are definitely worth having even if you have only one wheel set. I think you will immediately appreciate the difference. With a spare pair of...
06-06-19, 08:09 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,195
Posted By Retro Grouch

Are you looking for a college campus bike? If...

Are you looking for a college campus bike? If so, my advice is to get something that you consider to be semi-expendable. That way you won't feel so bad after it gets stolen.
06-05-19, 04:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,440
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're welcome only that blog isn't me.

You're welcome only that blog isn't me.
Forum: Recumbent
06-05-19, 01:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,505
Posted By Retro Grouch

That sounds like a derailleur height adjustment...

That sounds like a derailleur height adjustment issue to me. That's common. Front derailleurs are very sensitive to the position of the derailleur on it's mounting mast.
06-02-19, 09:47 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,440
Posted By Retro Grouch

Another vote for Dan's Comp. Cheap, fast service...

Another vote for Dan's Comp. Cheap, fast service and they will sell you the exact quantity that you want cut to the exact length that you need. Can't order spokes online. You need to call on the...
06-02-19, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Retro Grouch

Cost it out. My bet is, including labor, there...

Cost it out. My bet is, including labor, there won't be much cost difference between what you are thinking and buying a whole new bike.

A new bike comes with every single part brand new, every...
06-02-19, 09:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,128
Posted By Retro Grouch

When I was in the business the major...

When I was in the business the major manufacturers used to roll out the new bread and butter models whenever they were no longer able to ship a full size run. Cutting edge models they held until...
06-02-19, 08:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,143
Posted By Retro Grouch

A lady friend of mine has a bike that she only...

A lady friend of mine has a bike that she only uses for tours set up that way. She tends to do a lot of walking when she's on vacation and prefers regular flat shoes over even SPD shoes.

FWIW, we...
06-02-19, 08:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,963
Posted By Retro Grouch

Check the reference to see the way 50+ used to...

Check the reference to see the way 50+ used to be. I miss those days.
06-02-19, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By Retro Grouch

My first thought too. Relatively cheap and good...

My first thought too. Relatively cheap and good looking. Period correct too so your bike won't look goofy. How much additional handlebar height do you think that you need?
05-31-19, 12:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 641
Posted By Retro Grouch

You mentioned a $100.00 bike, that's significant....

You mentioned a $100.00 bike, that's significant.

1. What's the distance between the dropouts? 126mm, 130mm or 135mm. If you're buying a brand new wheel know which it is because they'll all...
05-31-19, 12:28 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 5,713
Posted By Retro Grouch

Some time ago the Guiness World Record was held...

Some time ago the Guiness World Record was held by a fellow who, at the time operated Bike Surgeon in Carbondale Illinois.

To be accepted he had to:
1. Remove the rear wheel.
2. Remove the tire...
Forum: Recumbent
05-29-19, 09:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,586
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope. The Blue Book is the over simplification. ...

Nope. The Blue Book is the over simplification. Here's why: No matter what the Blue Book or whatever other "objective valuation" method you are using, you still have to find a buyer who agrees.
05-28-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,178
Posted By Retro Grouch

If you lay your bike on the ground it can't fall...

If you lay your bike on the ground it can't fall over.
05-28-19, 04:01 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,178
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sometimes. I've also had to bend the...

Sometimes.

I've also had to bend the derailleur guard back out before I could adjust the derailleur.
05-28-19, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 906
Posted By Retro Grouch

The crankset is the single most significant...

The crankset is the single most significant factor in determining spindle length.

My method is to test fit the crank with the widest bottom bracket I happen to have on hand. Once you do that,...
05-28-19, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 441
Posted By Retro Grouch

I'd check at a motorcycle shop. There are...

I'd check at a motorcycle shop.

There are guys who specialize in that kind of small custom painting.
05-27-19, 11:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 683
Posted By Retro Grouch

Try this: 1. Deflate your tire. 2. Push...

Try this:
1. Deflate your tire.
2. Push your valve stem straight down into the tire.
3. Reinflate your tire.

Bet that fixes your noticeable flat spot adjacent to the valve stem problem.
05-26-19, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 683
Posted By Retro Grouch

That little bit of size difference wouldn't blip...

That little bit of size difference wouldn't blip my radar. Given the choice, I'd rather use an inner tube that's a size small than one that's a size too large because it stuffs into the tire with...
Forum: Recumbent
05-26-19, 09:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,586
Posted By Retro Grouch

A bike is worth whatever a seller and a buyer can...

A bike is worth whatever a seller and a buyer can agree on. If you think that $275 "feels" high, offer $200. Whatever number they counter back with, offer to split the difference. That's what that...
05-26-19, 09:43 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,808
Posted By Retro Grouch

Nope. When there are scoffing comments made,...

Nope. When there are scoffing comments made, that is the demographic they are most likely to come from.
05-26-19, 09:37 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 8,138
Posted By Retro Grouch

Keep doing what you're doing. Mrs. Grouch and I...

Keep doing what you're doing. Mrs. Grouch and I have gotten rid of all of our bikes except for one recumbent trike each. We like it that way but you do have to have the right attitude. Since...
05-26-19, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By Retro Grouch

What kind of brakes? For derailleurs I just...

What kind of brakes?

For derailleurs I just pull the cable snug with my fingers or a needle nose plier. Honestly, I suspect it's more important to get the cable housings snugly seated in the frame...
Forum: Recumbent
05-24-19, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,505
Posted By Retro Grouch

What front shifting problem are you encountering?...

What front shifting problem are you encountering? How is your derailleur defective?
05-24-19, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 753
Posted By Retro Grouch

What rear cogs are you able to use with the small...

What rear cogs are you able to use with the small chainring? If it's just on 1 or 2 cogs, I wouldn't do anything. I'd just use the derailleur cage rubbing as an audible warning to shift into some...
05-23-19, 08:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By Retro Grouch

I set the fork on a piece of 2X4 so the dropouts...

I set the fork on a piece of 2X4 so the dropouts don't touch the floor.
05-21-19, 12:38 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 5,712
Posted By Retro Grouch

The definition of defensive driving is "To be...

The definition of defensive driving is "To be accident free despite the incorrect actions of others."

You can whine about the actions of others but, if your goal is to be accident free, you are...
05-21-19, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 439
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike the first thing I would do...

If it was my bike the first thing I would do would be to feel the brake tracks on both wheels with my fingers. If the rims feel noticeably concave, that's brake wear. I'd be reluctant to put the...
05-20-19, 07:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 478
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. What kind of bike? 2. Are you sure that...

1. What kind of bike?
2. Are you sure that you have the correct chain?
3. Do you know how long your chain needs to be?
05-20-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,119
Posted By Retro Grouch

Dan's Comp will have the spokes that you need. ...

Dan's Comp will have the spokes that you need. They are cheap and fast and will sell you the exact number and length that you need. They will make you talk to their spoke guy over the telephone to...
05-20-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 953
Posted By Retro Grouch

This is a question that comes up periodically. ...

This is a question that comes up periodically. If you are working on a bike made with a water pipe frame, you might be able to drill and tap the frame tube. For any butted tubing frame bike, the...
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