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04-11-21, 06:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If you have "regular" commuting along with your...

If you have "regular" commuting along with your "fairly wicked hill", going 1X is the last thing I'd do.
You don't specify what chain ring you want to use, but will assume small enough to use a 42T...
04-11-21, 12:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By Iride01

If you really want the best range of gears to...

If you really want the best range of gears to climb with, then I don't know why you wouldn't go for a 3x with 9 maybe 10 on the rear. For 1x you really will have to consider some of the newer and...
04-10-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 113
Posted By Dan Burkhart

The shift rod is specific to the axle length. The...

The shift rod is specific to the axle length. The pin should protrude 14mm from the end of the axle at the point where it meets resistance when inserted. If this measurement is off, it is the wrong...
04-08-21, 10:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 898
Posted By 70sSanO

Having built bikes from the frame, as well as...

Having built bikes from the frame, as well as buying, unless your friend has great connections/sources/parts bins to get parts cheap, and can build the bike himself, it is almost always more...
04-06-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 334
Posted By rccardr

Freewheels are cheap- like under $50, easy. ...

Freewheels are cheap- like under $50, easy.
Wheels are more expensive- like over $100, easy, plus the cassette which will be about the same cost as a freewheel.
Even in Canada.
Assuming your tech...
04-04-21, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 251
Posted By *Scuba

I do not have experience with the specific brake...

I do not have experience with the specific brake caliper, but I have ran into similar issues.

My solution is to get a spare L shape allen key, cut down the shorter end and grind/file the end to...
03-18-21, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By veganbikes

Hopefully the price is pretty low assuming not...

Hopefully the price is pretty low assuming not heavily used or needing a lot of work the lower costs bikes hold their value even less over time especially with use. However it sounds like a medium is...
03-16-21, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 254
Posted By cxwrench

Any 7, 8, or 9 speed Shimano derailleur will...

Any 7, 8, or 9 speed Shimano derailleur will work, and nearly all 10 road derailleurs will work.
03-15-21, 07:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 537
Posted By DaveSSS

The way to tell if a cassette is worn out is to...

The way to tell if a cassette is worn out is to install a new chain. If the chain skips while pedaling with a high torque on the most-worn sprockets, it's worn out. If there's no new-chain skip,...
03-12-21, 06:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 193
Posted By dedhed

The inside of the chain is relatively the same,...

The inside of the chain is relatively the same, the outside is thinner to accommodate the narrower spacing of the cogs. The "length" of a link is the same. On the front the issue is the spacing...
03-05-21, 11:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 322
Posted By HTupolev

Yes. They usually work pretty well assuming...

Yes. They usually work pretty well assuming they're properly assembled... which unfortunately can be tricky, because sometimes they have a surprisingly large amount of internal parts all lined up on...
03-03-21, 12:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,009
Posted By Trakhak

Paging cyccommute Others can tell you in...

Paging cyccommute

Others can tell you in detail why petrol can be used as a degreaser and why doing so is very dangerous and a bad idea. Counter-arguments boil down to "I've used petrol/gasoline...
03-03-21, 11:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,009
Posted By HillRider

Yes you can and it's is an effective degreaser. ...

Yes you can and it's is an effective degreaser. It also an EXTREMELY flammable, explosive and toxic solvent and should NEVER be used for that purpose. Kerosene, or better yet Odorless Mineral...
03-02-21, 11:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 319
Posted By Iride01

When setting the adjuster initially before...

When setting the adjuster initially before snugging the cable down in the holdfast, I try to consider which way I'll normally have to adjust the particular cable I'm dealing with.

Usually my...
03-02-21, 07:45 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 637
Posted By Moe Zhoost

Looks normal to me. Put enough air in any bare...

Looks normal to me. Put enough air in any bare tube and it will develop a bulge. When installed the tube will be constrained by the properly seated tire and will not bulge. If the tire bulges,...
02-23-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. Steel machinists ruler. It's the...

^ this. Steel machinists ruler. It's the simplest and most sensible way to measure chain elongation. Have the steel rule as part of your machinists tool chest, along with calipers, thickness/gap...
02-23-21, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 241
Posted By DaveSSS

Any chain can be measured for the true change in...

Any chain can be measured for the true change in pitch with a 12 inch precision machinist's rule. Place one end on the edge of a pin. The pin at the opposite end will be completely covered when the...
02-17-21, 09:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 226
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

Shimano rear ders are well known for their B...

Shimano rear ders are well known for their B knuckle pivots becoming tight. Typically from grit/grime and/or corrosion. This is one bushing/bearing that nearly no one thinks to maintain (until...)...
02-17-21, 03:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By cpach

If you're swapping Shimano cranksets you do not...

If you're swapping Shimano cranksets you do not need to change anything about your bottom bracket for reasons of compatibility. If the bottom bracket feels absolutely, entirely fine with the crank...
02-14-21, 03:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 984
Posted By dabac

If you’re doing it for the fun factor rather than...

If you’re doing it for the fun factor rather than trying to harvest useful amounts of energy, a car alternator will begin charging at RPMs within bicycle range. I helped build a setup years ago. A 2”...
02-14-21, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

First glance suggests a cable might be scraping...

First glance suggests a cable might be scraping against the casing ends or some grit/rust got up and onto the inner cable. If you have segmented casing sections you can pull the ends out of the frame...
02-11-21, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 684
Posted By davidad

I have had the problem and found that cleaning...

I have had the problem and found that cleaning the guide once in a while solves the problem.
02-09-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,229
Posted By mack_turtle

Seth is a professional YouTuber who gets clicks...

Seth is a professional YouTuber who gets clicks by doing goofy stuff sometimes. notice that he did this on his fat bike. I've watched nearly everything Seth has put out and that fat bike does not get...
02-09-21, 07:10 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,229
Posted By mack_turtle

Shimano mineral oil costs a few bucks. the peace...

Shimano mineral oil costs a few bucks. the peace of mind knowing that the oil is not going to compromise any part of my brake system is worth a few extra bucks. there are better places to save money.
02-08-21, 05:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 510
Posted By bitpuddle

It is difficult to say without seeing it happen,...

It is difficult to say without seeing it happen, but:

that chain looks too short
if the chain was that worn, there is a good chance that the cassette and possibly the chainrings are also worn....
02-04-21, 09:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,139
Posted By Eggman84

What study? Be interesting to read it. Lasted...

What study? Be interesting to read it. Lasted longer with respect to what? With respect to corrosion I agree stainless steel will last longer than the steel used in most chains. But if you keep...
01-31-21, 05:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 533
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Hint- Put your chain in a plastic tub of...

Hint-
Put your chain in a plastic tub of cleaning solution and put the tub in the tank of water.
I use the kind of rectangular flat tubs that deli meat comes in.
01-28-21, 10:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 545
Posted By cxwrench

Just stop. You don't just randomly tell someone...

Just stop. You don't just randomly tell someone to 'play around w/ the barrel adjuster and limit screws'...that is terrible advice.


New chain and cassette, old chainrings? Now you know where...
01-26-21, 07:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,312
Posted By Phil_gretz

^ this. I actually trim an angled piece from the...

^ this. I actually trim an angled piece from the beginning end, so that the first wrap starts at ~5/16" and gets wider for about 3" until it is full width. That way, there's no thickness resulting...
01-21-21, 08:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 384
Posted By dabac

the MTB part is not an issue. The size of the...

the MTB part is not an issue. The size of the largest sprocket (34 teeth) can be.
Your chain may be too short to use a 34T largest sprocket and your derailer may not be able to soak up the chain...
01-14-21, 11:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By csport

Are you new to mechanical work? You can start...

Are you new to mechanical work? You can start with reading some articles on FD by Sheldon Brown: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/front-derailers.html...
01-11-21, 03:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,771
Posted By Bike Gremlin

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel...

These are what I consider to be acceptable wheel trueness tolerances (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/9276/bicycle-wheel-building-basics/#7.4). In other words: wheels built to within those tolerances...
01-11-21, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 547
Posted By cyccommute

There’s no real reason to remove either headset...

There’s no real reason to remove either headset or bottom bracket cups. If you are inspecting for rust, you can look around the cups and see into the frame. Even if you decide to use a treatment of...
01-09-21, 05:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 687
Posted By Gresp15C

Just my thought, give it time. At some point it...

Just my thought, give it time. At some point it will click. This problem doesn't need a technological solution.
01-08-21, 01:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 441
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Well this shows a Sugino XD-500T, 28/38/48 teeth....

Well this shows a Sugino XD-500T, 28/38/48 teeth.
https://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?item=13711

Assuming that is correct, you have a "standard" BSA threaded BB. Sq. taper....
01-08-21, 11:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,254
Posted By HillRider

Most better quality current headsets use sealed...

Most better quality current headsets use sealed cartridge bearings and require very little maintenance. I remove and wipe the bearings and cups clean of dirt and old grease and regrease them, mostly...
01-07-21, 03:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,149
Posted By Geepig

Oops indeed... Is it steel or some other...

Oops indeed...

Is it steel or some other metal?

One of the options is to grind, a bit brutal, might be to grind away the whole clamping part to recreate a traditional tube + separate clamp...
01-05-21, 01:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,366
Posted By davidad

Throw that checker into the recycle bin. If you...

Throw that checker into the recycle bin. If you want to use a checker instead of a ruler buy the Pedros' or the new Park that is a copy of the Pedros. Amazon.com : Chain Checker Plus II, Black :...
01-04-21, 10:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 799
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

I nearly always suggest a rear der with more...

I nearly always suggest a rear der with more capacity then what the gear ranges requires. Something "wrong" IMO about using a system at it's max all the time. I don't think your 40K time will suffer...
12-29-20, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 663
Posted By HillRider

When I fit a new chain to one of my bikes I have...

When I fit a new chain to one of my bikes I have to cut off several links to size it properly. I always keep a few of these cut off segments in my parts supply in case I have to repair a damaged...
12-27-20, 05:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 660
Posted By alcjphil

It is very likely that the water bottle mount...

It is very likely that the water bottle mount itself extends inside the seat tube and removing the bolt will not allow the seatpost to go any farther down. Either the frame is too big or it is...
12-24-20, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By alcjphil

I developed a creaking noise recently when...

I developed a creaking noise recently when getting out of bed in the morning. My girlfriend told me to man up and stop whining
12-22-20, 08:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By HillRider

And now for something completely different:...

And now for something completely different: Consider going to Gevenalle's hydraulic shifter system. In fact they are specifically aimed at the cyclocross rider.

It includes TRP Hylex hydraulic...
12-21-20, 01:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By HillRider

It says "low minimum 11T", which to me means they...

It says "low minimum 11T", which to me means they don't want you using a 10T or 9T smallest cog, and yes, these are both available. It does not mean you can't use a larger smallest cog so, 12T or...
12-19-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 235
Posted By dedhed

Cartridge BB use no lock rings. Start the DS...

Cartridge BB use no lock rings.
Start the DS without cross threading, start the NDS, tighten the DS till it bottoms on the BB shell, tighten the NDS down. I've had a few where the NDS didn't go in...
12-17-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By Andrew R Stewart

Yes, the Open Pro is a pretty similar rim to the...

Yes, the Open Pro is a pretty similar rim to the Open SUP. IIRC the opens were not a machined brake track, like the open Pro's. To me the machined sides are much nicer. I also believe the two models...
12-10-20, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,027
Posted By JohnDThompson

It would be so much simpler if tire and rim...

It would be so much simpler if tire and rim manufacturers would just use the ETRTO/ISO size designations instead of inventing, new, arbitrary and confusing terms.
12-07-20, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 234
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You have a lot of leeway. Basically any non...

You have a lot of leeway.
Basically any non Shadow, Shimano RDER <10 speeds should work, although I'd personally look for an 8 or 9 speed one.
A "mountain" RDER would allow you to use a larger...
12-07-20, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By Retro Grouch

Drive side power gets transferred through the...

Drive side power gets transferred through the chainring?
12-06-20, 12:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By alcjphil

Front derailleurs have to work properly with the...

Front derailleurs have to work properly with the front chainring sizes. The rear cassette(or freewheel) is irrelevant.
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