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07-13-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,951
Posted By dsbrantjr

Beetles were great for field-expedient fixes. I...

Beetles were great for field-expedient fixes. I replaced another driver's V-belt (it runs the cooling fan so no driving without it) with the leg of a pair of pantyhose cut and knotted, and a buddy...
07-13-20, 04:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 211
Posted By dsbrantjr

At some point you will become susceptible to...

At some point you will become susceptible to getting pinch flats without sufficient pressure. How about pulling a small parachute or a lawn roller behind the bike?
07-13-20, 04:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 120
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest checking for cable fraying,...

I would suggest checking for cable fraying, especially inside the shifter. Catching it before the head breaks off makes the repair MUCH easier.
07-12-20, 07:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 124
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you are referring to the pedal threads, they...

If you are referring to the pedal threads, they can be repaired by tapping to a larger size and insertion of a Heli-Coil (or other type) insert. The resulting threading will be stronger than the...
07-12-20, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 214
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html ...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/saddles.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/leather.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/real-man.html
07-12-20, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am a fan of larger tires for a smoother ride...

I am a fan of larger tires for a smoother ride and they are exceptionally helpful with small-diameter wheels which approach obstacles at relatively steeper angles than bigger ones so can use the...
07-11-20, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 109
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps new cables are in order due to a kink or...

Perhaps new cables are in order due to a kink or fraying somewhere along the run. However, do not remove the old ones until you have figured a way to replace them without needing to fish the new...
07-11-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 208
Posted By dsbrantjr

You need the correct tool, trying to do the job...

You need the correct tool, trying to do the job without it is likely to result in sweat, tears and possibly blood. You can destructively remove it but that is no picnic either.
07-11-20, 10:01 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 606
Posted By dsbrantjr

Like anything else, they can more quickly dig you...

Like anything else, they can more quickly dig you into a deeper hole if not used correctly. I think that patience and a light touch with a threesquare, pippin, or crossing pattern file is the best...
07-11-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 158
Posted By dsbrantjr

Does the shifter not hold position, or does the...

Does the shifter not hold position, or does the screw keep coming loose?
07-11-20, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 184
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am running 9-speed cranksets on two of my 3x7...

I am running 9-speed cranksets on two of my 3x7 bikes with no issue.
07-11-20, 05:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 187
Posted By dsbrantjr

Helicopter tape is an alternative: ...

Helicopter tape is an alternative: https://www.amazon.com/slp/helicopter-tape/f9svw3m4gqsu4sk
07-10-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By dsbrantjr

But the chain must always be left long enough to...

But the chain must always be left long enough to shift into the big-big combination.
07-10-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 606
Posted By dsbrantjr

I'd go with careful, patient file work; the...

I'd go with careful, patient file work; the problem with a die is getting it started properly aligned with the existing threads. Get it wrong and you have made the problem a lot worse.
07-10-20, 03:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By dsbrantjr

This tool is very helpful in this regard: ...

This tool is very helpful in this regard: https://www.steintool.com/portfolio-items/hub-axle-vises/
07-10-20, 06:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By dsbrantjr

You could always measure what you've got.

You could always measure what you've got.
07-10-20, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 290
Posted By dsbrantjr

My Continental tubes have threaded Schrader valve...

My Continental tubes have threaded Schrader valve stems.
07-10-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 358
Posted By dsbrantjr

[QUOTE=Akjam101;21579256]How do you know its...

[QUOTE=Akjam101;21579256]How do you know its threaded?.../QUOTE]
"Bottom Bracket: 73mm BSA"
07-09-20, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By dsbrantjr

And adjust it correctly.

And adjust it correctly.
07-09-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,033
Posted By dsbrantjr

Those square drive fasteners are called Robertson...

Those square drive fasteners are called Robertson or Scrulox: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_screw_drives#Robertson
07-09-20, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 180
Posted By dsbrantjr

On most hydraulic brakes, the force to return the...

On most hydraulic brakes, the force to return the pistons is provided by flexure of the square-section O-rings which also provide the piston seal. If there is any slight pressure in the system, as...
07-09-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,033
Posted By dsbrantjr

Phillips was designed to cam out BITD before...

Phillips was designed to cam out BITD before torque limiting drivers were common; they would cam out before breaking the fastener/stripping the threads.
07-09-20, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you do manage to get the shifter into that...

If you do manage to get the shifter into that third position, your cable will be very tight and the ratchet under a lot of stress. It may be difficult to shift back down without slacking the cable...
07-09-20, 05:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest setting it up to use the big and...

I would suggest setting it up to use the big and middle positions of the shifter and letting the cable go slack if accidentally shifted into the small position. Trying to lock out the big ring...
07-09-20, 04:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,033
Posted By dsbrantjr

Torx drive is more resistant to "cam-out" than...

Torx drive is more resistant to "cam-out" than slotted or Phillips heads, and more resistant to stripping than hex drive. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx
I suspect that they tolerate use with...
07-08-20, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 239
Posted By dsbrantjr

Once per rotation of the wheels or the crank? ...

Once per rotation of the wheels or the crank? This will help narrow down where to look. If once per crank rotation it is likely related to the crank, pedals/cleats, bottom bracket or chainrings. ...
07-08-20, 06:09 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,951
Posted By dsbrantjr

The manual for my '67 VW Beetle even had a...

The manual for my '67 VW Beetle even had a useable explanation of how to use the clutch and shift the gears, and how avoiding "very fast, racy-sporty driving" would maximize fuel economy. You could...
07-08-20, 05:56 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,951
Posted By dsbrantjr

I remember when IBM PCs came with a set of...

I remember when IBM PCs came with a set of slipcased, linen-bound hardcover binders which covered every aspect of setup and use. Those days are long gone. Of course they probably cost $12,000 in...
07-08-20, 03:55 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 491
Posted By dsbrantjr

Nail polish comes in a bewildering assortment of...

Nail polish comes in a bewildering assortment of colors and might be a good choice. Use a light touch and a fine-tipped brush so that you do not make the touched-up areas more obvious. Like in...
07-08-20, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 229
Posted By dsbrantjr

I routinely use grease on similar-metal threaded...

I routinely use grease on similar-metal threaded joints, and Tef-Gel on dissimilar-metal joints unless specifically stated to the contrary by the OEM; auto lug nuts/bolts are notable examples. I am...
07-08-20, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 222
Posted By dsbrantjr

Having a wobble form side to side is kind of the...

Having a wobble form side to side is kind of the definition of warped. A warped rotor can be trued, I use a long-nosed Vise-Grips but an adjustable wrench or rotor truing tool can also be used.
07-07-20, 04:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 174
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you are going to build a bike you might as...

If you are going to build a bike you might as well invest in a good dial or digital caliper, a tape is not going to cut it. You will need to measure your seat tube diameter to within 0.1mm, perhaps...
07-06-20, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 248
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would just smooth the sharp burr down with a...

I would just smooth the sharp burr down with a rifler file, machinist's scraper, small Dremel stone, or some sandpaper.
07-06-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 401
Posted By dsbrantjr

Continental makes an Easy-tape version which they...

Continental makes an Easy-tape version which they claim will take 220psi: https://blobs.continental-tires.com/www8/servlet/blob/89660/c2b63af082e918ff53b517d8a134901e/overview-rimstrip-en-data.png...
07-05-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 241
Posted By dsbrantjr

You also need to consider the max rear cog limit...

You also need to consider the max rear cog limit of the derailleur.
07-05-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 221
Posted By dsbrantjr

Both of those cranks could be repaired by Heicoil...

Both of those cranks could be repaired by Heicoil or Unior inserts.
07-05-20, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By dsbrantjr

Although it looks like you can install the rings...

Although it looks like you can install the rings in question in two orientations, 180 degrees apart. I am going to stick with my possibly paranoid theory of Shimano making life difficult for...
07-05-20, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 180
Posted By dsbrantjr

Different manufacturers may also have different...

Different manufacturers may also have different piston sizes and/or leverage, which will affect the amount of lever throw per slave piston movement, so best to stay in family.
07-05-20, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 367
Posted By dsbrantjr

Here is a good calculator which lets you compare...

Here is a good calculator which lets you compare two different gear trains side by side, with numeric and graphic depiction: https://www.kstoerz.com/gearcalc/compare/
07-05-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might have better luck searching on...

You might have better luck searching on "ferrules".
07-04-20, 12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
Posted By dsbrantjr

[/list] I see absolutely no point in these...

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I see absolutely no point in these asymmetrical bolt patterns except to restrict choice of chainrings. Stupid and unnecessary.
07-04-20, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 339
Posted By dsbrantjr

+1 I have had mine for decades and they work like...

+1 I have had mine for decades and they work like new.
07-03-20, 05:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 648
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps the only traffic was essential...

Perhaps the only traffic was essential construction vehicles, which shed nails, screws, etc. , and there was not much other traffic to "sweep" the roadways clear.
07-03-20, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By dsbrantjr

The bike should have come with wedges/shims to...

The bike should have come with wedges/shims to put between the pads when the wheel is removed, this would probably have prevented this issue.
07-03-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By dsbrantjr

I don't have any digital wrenches but that looks...

I don't have any digital wrenches but that looks like a decent one, although 15% 1-star reviews is a little high. I like that the wrench measures in both directions, not all do, handy for bottom...
07-03-20, 11:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 336
Posted By dsbrantjr

It should work OK, you probably need just one...

It should work OK, you probably need just one layer with a generous overlap at the end. Cut a clean hole for the valve with a sharp blade so you don't start a run.
07-03-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 187
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you leave too much clearance when setting up...

If you leave too much clearance when setting up the low limit you may run out of throw at the other end. Also ensure that the cable is properly routed and correctly attached to the clamp screw.
07-03-20, 07:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 336
Posted By dsbrantjr

You could use a couple of layers of Kapton tape,...

You could use a couple of layers of Kapton tape, or some filament-reinforced packing tape instead.
07-02-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 535
Posted By dsbrantjr

If your tires don't have any grip the best brakes...

If your tires don't have any grip the best brakes in the world won't do you any good.
07-02-20, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 127
Posted By dsbrantjr

Do the cheap and easy things first. A pedal...

Do the cheap and easy things first. A pedal swap, preferably with platform pedals to eliminate shoe/cleat noise (clean and grease the threads first) is quick and easy.
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