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10-17-19, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 242
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Shimano still offers good quality stuff for...

Shimano still offers good quality stuff for touring, and still makes bar end shifters. A freewheel and friction shifters? I don't believe you really want to get new stuff... that's some pretty...
10-17-19, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 296
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Stick some toast in it - it's forked!

Stick some toast in it - it's forked!
10-17-19, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 122
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have never personally used them. I sold them...

I have never personally used them. I sold them in a shop I worked at, and that is where I heard of their reputation for being tight.

As fir the adjustment, yes, it certainly looks like that is...
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I have a vintage vinyl single of Snowbird.

I have a vintage vinyl single of Snowbird.
10-17-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 969
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

V brakes (and mini Vs) have two washer...

V brakes (and mini Vs) have two washer thicknesses to chose between, and by the looks of your rear brake, you chose the thick ones when the thin ones would be better.

There are two types of...
10-17-19, 08:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 350
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Try using two tire levers at the same time -...

Try using two tire levers at the same time - maybe ~1 spoke apart. If that doesn't get it freed up, try 2 spokes apart. Then a third tire lever just beyond where the bead wraps over the sidewall of...
10-17-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 221
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Not sure if you saw my posts in your other...

Not sure if you saw my posts in your other thread, but I am quite certain you have the cable routed incorrectly. The screw in the bottom bracket shell never had a pulley, and was never intended to...
10-17-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 188
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This happened about two years after leaving my 16...

This happened about two years after leaving my 16 year career as a bike mechanic.
10-17-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 188
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

It can be very frustrating, even demoralizing,...

It can be very frustrating, even demoralizing, getting back on your bike after an extended break.

Also, is there any possibility that your saddle height is wrong? A too-low saddle can limit me to...
10-17-19, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 122
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Like I said, the primary comment/complaint that I...

Like I said, the primary comment/complaint that I have heard about those was that the release, even when set to lowest tension, was significantly tighter than Shimano pedals that people are used to. ...
10-17-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 188
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

When I first built my touring bike ~8 years ago,...

When I first built my touring bike ~8 years ago, I misrouted the chain through the rear derailleur, and I don't recall how far I rode before I closely inspected and realized the chain was dragging...
10-17-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Are there even nutted axles available for your...

Are there even nutted axles available for your hubs?

I vote for returning the incorrect order and getting what you originally asked for.

In the meantime, you can usually lock F&R wheels and...
10-17-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 953
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Yes, please post a picture of the chain and...

Yes, please post a picture of the chain and packaging. I heard a story like this before and doubted it until I saw the picture - I think they were supposed to be Avid V brakes, and they were a...
10-16-19, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 364
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Gravel bike + extra set of wheels is likely a...

Gravel bike + extra set of wheels is likely a great solutions.

Most bikes are coming now with lower-spoke-count wheels, and that is going to be the weak link, so you can keep the stock wheels for...
10-16-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,069
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Any robust, well built, non-superlight bicycle...

Any robust, well built, non-superlight bicycle will be fine. The frame, anyway. The machine-built wheels that come with most bikes might not last forever, but consider them a 'wear item' and upgrade...
10-16-19, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 122
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IIRC, the primary complaint people had with the...

IIRC, the primary complaint people had with the ATAC pedals was that they had very tight release. There is not much you can do short of sourcing lighter springs from a spring manufacturer and...
10-16-19, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 267
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

He'll have to get the locknut off, first.

He'll have to get the locknut off, first.
10-16-19, 08:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 973
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I went riding with my buddy's brother a while...

I went riding with my buddy's brother a while back and we went for a swim in the middle of the ride. We didn't think about it at the time, but my buddy's brother got back on the brooks leather...
10-16-19, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 170
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Be careful when adjusting whatever replacement...

Be careful when adjusting whatever replacement you get - even with loads of mud, the derailleur would have to be maladjusted, or the hanger bent, to allow the RD to go into the spokes.
10-16-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 267
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If stripped (not seized or galled): 1....

If stripped (not seized or galled):

1. Install front wheel, place wheel on floor with fork pointing straight up
1a. (edit) Use your feet to hold the front wheel on the ground
2. Grip bike frame...
10-16-19, 07:24 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,753
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I had a customer, years ago, who complained about...

I had a customer, years ago, who complained about multiple repeated flat tires. It would go flat almost immediately after being 'repaired'.

Me: "Are you replacing the tube or using a patch?"...
10-15-19, 03:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,185
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I wonder if OP's problem wasn't at least partly...

I wonder if OP's problem wasn't at least partly because he has the cable improperly routed and fastened under the bolt on the derailleur.
10-15-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I'm not talking about the U-bolt, but the long...

I'm not talking about the U-bolt, but the long U-shaped bar that goes from the front of one low-rider rack to the front of the other low-rider rack so they can't twist back and forth.

My fork is...
10-15-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,185
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Here is how the connection was described in a...

Here is how the connection was described in a different discussion:

https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rec.bicycles.tech/CJwcCaeZV9M
10-15-19, 01:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,185
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

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Try routing your cable housing from the top tube cable stop to the cable stop...
10-15-19, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 384
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If all threads in both nuts are engaged (axle is...

If all threads in both nuts are engaged (axle is not recessed into either) then it is fine. You would gain nothing by trying to get the same number of threads on both sides once the nut is fully...
10-15-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 383
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am generally very cautious concerning...

I am generally very cautious concerning potentially failed frames.
That mark does not look like a crack to me. Kinda hard to tell from the one picture, though.

Also, don't clamp your bike by...
10-15-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I am shopping for a lowrider rack and there seem...

I am shopping for a lowrider rack and there seem to be some that are connected to two spots on either fork leg, but not connected together. If this is the case, it expects the fork eyelets to...
10-15-19, 09:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 88
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IF it is a Shimano 7speed hub, I have heard that...

IF it is a Shimano 7speed hub, I have heard that their 8 speed shifters for internally geared hubs will work.

So the following should work:
Nexus Inter8 or Alfine8, and by extension, JTek 8 speed...
10-15-19, 08:58 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,185
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

IIRC, early 90s Treks had a weird FD cable...

IIRC, early 90s Treks had a weird FD cable routing strategy. At least some of them had a pinch bolt on the frame, as OP's does, and a stop for the housing on the actuating arm of the derailleur, and...
10-15-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 625
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

How did you paint it? I have never seen a...

How did you paint it? I have never seen a repaint job (with the possible exception of some pros who work with frame builders) that was not soft as cheese and prone to scratching. I have done a few...
10-15-19, 08:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,419
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A new concept comes out every ~5 years or so. ...

A new concept comes out every ~5 years or so. They sell a few to people who claim they are the best thing ever, then no more. Then they disappear.

Flat tires are just not the scourge that...
10-15-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 443
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Both those bikes are too small for someone 182cm...

Both those bikes are too small for someone 182cm tall.
10-11-19, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Older bikes generally had fewer cogs with wider...

Older bikes generally had fewer cogs with wider spacing between them, and this made the systems more tolerant of slight maladjustment. On 6sp and less, the positive 'clunk' when the chain moves tot...
10-11-19, 10:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 625
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A buddy has a set of Marathon Supremes, and also...

A buddy has a set of Marathon Supremes, and also has other tires for swapping in for faster rides, but wound up getting a puncture every time he rode with anything other than the Marathons, so...
10-11-19, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 286
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Good choice. Your smiles/mile will be fantastic.

Good choice. Your smiles/mile will be fantastic.
10-11-19, 07:48 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,968
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Pro tip: If you are on a long ride and need...

Pro tip: If you are on a long ride and need chain lube (caught in the rain and wax lube washes off, for example), go to any gas station, look into the garbage cans by the pumps, and you almost...
10-11-19, 07:43 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,968
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

1. After frying your bacon for breakfast on...

1. After frying your bacon for breakfast on Sunday morning, remove the chain from your bike and soak it in the hot grease.
2. Remove the chain and let it cool/congeal.
3. Re-install chain and...
10-10-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 630
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

The main things that will need adjustment are (1)...

The main things that will need adjustment are (1) the shifting (the cable housing will compress slightly and this has the safe effect as the cable 'stretching', which will throw off the shift...
10-10-19, 10:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,637
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A spritz of water in the face from a water bottle...

A spritz of water in the face from a water bottle is enough to deter a chasing dog. In all my years of riding, I have never met a dog that couldn't be deterred from chasing by spraying with a water...
10-10-19, 08:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,968
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Andy - I have rescinded that permission. OP...

Andy -

I have rescinded that permission. OP must buy a lifetime supply of one type of lube then use it until they are dead.

Check with me first, next time, please, to avoid this confusion.
10-10-19, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 307
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I had a pair of Sidi shoes in the early 90s and...

I had a pair of Sidi shoes in the early 90s and they were a size 48, but they were a bit small and I generally wore them without socks. Sadly, my dog ate those in 1995. I got a pair of size 49 Sidi...
10-10-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 734
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I understand fatigue limits. What you are...

I understand fatigue limits. What you are leaving out of your explanation is the assumption you are making that, because a material has a fatigue limit, structures built from that material do not...
10-10-19, 07:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 156
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

People seldom buy a rim and lace it in to...

People seldom buy a rim and lace it in to existing hubs for kids bikes - generally we buy (or find) a ready-built 24" wheel. A bike shop will be able to order you a whole wheel for ~$40...

Here...
10-09-19, 10:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,242
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

I also hope for you that it is not the issue. ...

I also hope for you that it is not the issue.

The crack on my (aluminum) frame started at the welded junction between the DS chainstay and the chainstay bridge, and was mostly hidden behind the...
10-09-19, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,242
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

This was happening to me on my road bike - quiet...

This was happening to me on my road bike - quiet and smooth for the first while and started creaking later on. I later found that the frame was cracked, and smooth circular pedalling didn't affect...
10-09-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 470
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

There are batteries in the sensor that might need...

There are batteries in the sensor that might need replacing. That unit may have been sitting on a shelf somewhere for three years before you got it.
10-09-19, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 734
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

A few thoughts: It's not only the material...

A few thoughts:

It's not only the material and construction that determine a bike's life, but the rider and the conditions to which they subject the bike.

There is confusion on this issue,...
10-08-19, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 553
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

Shimano 9sp was, as far as I can recall,...

Shimano 9sp was, as far as I can recall, compatible across the range and from MTB to road bikes. A set of 9sp Shimano mtb shifters will index perfectly with 9sp road parts.

The front derailleurs...
10-08-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,143
Posted By Wilfred Laurier

If it doesn't turn out to be the headset, which...

If it doesn't turn out to be the headset, which seems most likely based on the photo of your bike pointing up with the fork not turning, a feeling of misalignment/pulling to one side can also be...
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