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07-03-20, 02:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 515
Posted By dabac

1) I don’t know the alloy 2) I don’t know your...

1) I don’t know the alloy
2) I don’t know your welding skills

It is possible - in general terms. I’ve done it and lived to tell the tale. Made a fixture to hold stuff in place first. Despite that...
07-02-20, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 419
Posted By dabac

You can use the speedo function of a basic bike...

You can use the speedo function of a basic bike computer as a cadence counter. Put the magnet on the crank, the pickup on the chainstay and program it with a calculated fake wheel diameter.
The...
07-02-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 247
Posted By dabac

Best BB I’ve had was an ”eff-a-gee”(Apparently...

Best BB I’ve had was an ”eff-a-gee”(Apparently banned three-letter combo)/SKF square taper BB.
The only drivetrain part that’s still original on my main commuter.
At 6000+ miles/year I’ve lost...
07-02-20, 05:44 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 843
Posted By dabac

Sealant?

Sealant?
07-02-20, 05:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 154
Posted By dabac

If you look at the rear of the shoe you see a...

If you look at the rear of the shoe you see a small Allen head screw. That suggests to me that you have inserts, not one-piece shoes.

Most likely


The calipers would most likely fit...
07-02-20, 12:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 645
Posted By dabac

The diameter of the tire pretty much has to match...

The diameter of the tire pretty much has to match the diameter of the rim. 700C to 700C etc. It’s very rare to get away with fudging this.
The width of the tire vs the width of the rim is generally...
07-02-20, 12:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By dabac

First you do a net search for ”spoke length...

First you do a net search for ”spoke length calculator”.
With a bit of luck, you might find one that already have your hub and rim in its database.
If not, you need to feed it some numbers.
The...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-01-20, 11:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By dabac

1) do a net search for ”clickfix handlebar bag”....

1) do a net search for ”clickfix handlebar bag”. These come with a bracket that attaches to the bar and protrudes a bit forward. With luck, enough to clear your brake lever assembly.
2) by the pics...
07-01-20, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 239
Posted By dabac

Depends on what kind and what quality MTB you’re...

Depends on what kind and what quality MTB you’re thinking of.
Department-store bikes that mimic as MTBs may fail at anything more stressing than a wheelie. A DH bike will probably survive any trick...
07-01-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 262
Posted By dabac

The huge majority of RDs shift to smaller...

The huge majority of RDs shift to smaller sprockets by a spring in the RD. The shift happens when the shifter feeds out cable. If you have trouble shifting in that direction the most common reason is...
06-29-20, 02:46 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 2,347
Posted By dabac

Best I can remember, some bicycle-specific tools...

Best I can remember, some bicycle-specific tools in order of procurement:
- wrench for threaded headsets
- Shimano-style freewheel puller
- crank puller
- spoke nipple key
- cone wrenches
-...
06-19-20, 12:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By dabac

Your lace as such looks fine, but you’re out of...

Your lace as such looks fine, but you’re out of synch at the rim.
Left side spoke pattern doesn’t ”start” where it should WRT the right side spokes.
If you look at the overall pattern, you can see...
06-19-20, 12:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 396
Posted By dabac

If you have the tools to adjust cup&cone, then...

If you have the tools to adjust cup&cone, then you have the tools to disassemble and inspect cup&cone. Start there. Report back.
Also, keep in mind that the axle runs THROUGH the hub.
You might...
06-18-20, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 307
Posted By dabac

Take the fork to a bike mechanic who has the tool...

Take the fork to a bike mechanic who has the tool to cut longer threads.
Forum: Commuting
06-17-20, 11:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By dabac

I learned the hard - well, expensive - way. I...

I learned the hard - well, expensive - way.
I do Nordic/cross-country skiing too. So one way or another I’d picked up some thicker tights almost identical to my winter cycling gear. North Face, so...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-20, 07:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 756
Posted By dabac

I’m quite happy to cross-use (functional)...

I’m quite happy to cross-use (functional) clothing. And struggle to see the difference between ”running socks” and ”cycling socks” etc.

But for frequent and/or long rides, I only use...
06-16-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By dabac

Get over it. It happens. Make a note of the...

Get over it. It happens. Make a note of the combination (make&model of rim&tire and move on.
06-14-20, 01:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 647
Posted By dabac

Learning to build a wheel fast is difficult. As...

Learning to build a wheel fast is difficult.
As is learning to build a great wheel.
If you can’t learn to build a functional, traditional front wheel within an evening or two, you probably...
06-14-20, 05:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 647
Posted By dabac

”Skewer” WRT hubs usually refers to a...

”Skewer” WRT hubs usually refers to a quick-release fastener running through a hollow axle.
Yours look like a threaded front axle.
I’ve read about a design where only one side would have a locknut...
06-14-20, 03:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 161
Posted By dabac

Shimano, and certainly some other, use a splined...

Shimano, and certainly some other, use a splined tool for their freewheels. It’s a little bit smaller in diameter than the cassette lockring tool but very similar in overall appearence.
Maybe the...
06-14-20, 03:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 292
Posted By dabac

You’re worrying over a non-issue. The base of the...

You’re worrying over a non-issue. The base of the splined freehub body isn’t a smooth flange. It’s notched to provide clearance for the rivets. It’ll fit just fine as it is.
Forum: Road Cycling
06-14-20, 01:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By dabac

My SO has returning ideas of starting a more...

My SO has returning ideas of starting a more active life that would include cycling. So years ago I built her a flat bar bike using old LX shifters.
These have gotten quite ”mature” by now.
It’ll...
06-13-20, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 358
Posted By dabac

There are spherical washers to be had from an...

There are spherical washers to be had from an Industrial supplier. A set of those should sort it out to your satisfaction.
06-12-20, 11:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 269
Posted By dabac

I like radial, heads-in. It makes the wheel a...

I like radial, heads-in.
It makes the wheel a tiny bit stiffer sideways compared to both crossed patterns and heads-out. While not hugely important, it does allow me to run the brake pads a tiny bit...
06-12-20, 10:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 135
Posted By dabac

Shimano hydraulics - have I missed something?

Hi all,
AFAIK Shimano only uses mineral oil in their hydraulic disc brakes.
And that mineral oil is dyed red.
However, last brake I bled had yellowish fluid. Looked suspisciously similar to DOT...
06-11-20, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 263
Posted By dabac

Fastest thing to do is to tighten the cooperating...

Fastest thing to do is to tighten the cooperating side again quite firmly, then try to loosen the stubborn side first.
If that doesn’t work, use the pliers or borrow another wrench to be able to...
Forum: Road Cycling
06-11-20, 03:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 364
Posted By dabac

The grease inside can get waxy, sticky with age....

The grease inside can get waxy, sticky with age. A liberal internal application of WD-40 or similar will often get the pawls to engage again.
I’ve read about someone soaking the whole brifter in...
06-11-20, 02:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 762
Posted By dabac

For road riding, it isn’t that you get fewer...

For road riding, it isn’t that you get fewer punctures, it’s that the sealant are able to deal with most of them unassisted. You might need to top up the pressure though.

That CAN happen, if the...
06-10-20, 11:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 483
Posted By dabac

That’s the Kona Rove DL you’ve posted about...

That’s the Kona Rove DL you’ve posted about earlier?
A quick pic search shows a disc brake bike with a regular q/r hub.
Due to the bike industries unfortunate decision to put the brake caliper on...
06-10-20, 01:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 587
Posted By dabac

I’ve seen frames with replaceable dropouts,...

I’ve seen frames with replaceable dropouts, allowing a rider to switch between track ends or verticals incl derailer hanger. Have no idea if OP has one of those.
06-09-20, 01:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 920
Posted By dabac

My favourite saddle is a low-end Velo, now onto...

My favourite saddle is a low-end Velo, now onto its 4th skin.
It has this amazing ability of quickly reaching a sustainable level of discomfort. I mean, I’d never dream of buying a few extras to...
06-09-20, 12:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 712
Posted By dabac

Ever taken a bug to the cornea at 25 mph? Or a...

Ever taken a bug to the cornea at 25 mph?
Or a piece of whatever flung up by the tires?
After a few of those events, I prefer to ride with glasses.
06-08-20, 11:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By dabac

You have what’s called a threadless...

You have what’s called a threadless stem/fork/headset.
Tools, should be enough with 4mm/5mm Allen.
However, these setups usually don’t allow for an adjustment of ”a couple inches”. You will need to...
06-08-20, 03:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By dabac

You were slow b/c you accidentally ended up over...

You were slow b/c you accidentally ended up over your heads.
Another rider might have been slower still, on account of having crashed out. Anytime you go around a blind corner, or over a blind hump,...
06-08-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By dabac

+1 Outside valve adapters are only useful...

+1

Outside valve adapters are only useful for keeping stuff out of the rim cavity and do nothing for stem survival.

IME, YMMV.
06-06-20, 06:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Posted By dabac

Functionally, those aren’t required. Their main...

Functionally, those aren’t required. Their main purpose is to hold the hanger in place when the wheel is removed.
Take the RD off, take the wheel out, take the hanger off. Explore how hard they’re...
06-06-20, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By dabac

Being able to reach the ground from the saddle is...

Being able to reach the ground from the saddle is a rather unimportant feature in bike fit. It’s very common only to reach with the toes. It’s generally recommended to be able to straddle the bike...
06-06-20, 05:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,190
Posted By dabac

I’ve mounted Greentyre’s solid tires - also...

I’ve mounted Greentyre’s solid tires - also supposedly in the 700C size - onto 630mm rims. It wasn’t noticeably more difficult than mounting them on the intended size.
I’d assume Tannus would behave...
06-06-20, 03:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 210
Posted By dabac

Hello, 1) We’ve all started somewhere 2)...

Hello,

1) We’ve all started somewhere
2) everything is easy when you know it

By that you mean you clamp the inner wire to the brake arm?

That is all as it should. That’s how Bowden cables -...
06-05-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 312
Posted By dabac

Shim the DS Locknut on the wheel where the...

Shim the DS Locknut on the wheel where the cassette starts closest to the locknut, until the distance from locknut to 1st sprocket becomes the same on both wheels.
06-05-20, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By dabac

IME, lighter wheels makes the bike more...

IME, lighter wheels makes the bike more responsive at every speed change. And a more responsible bike is more fun to ride. I end up riding harder. And faster b/c of that.
Now, for road bikes, the...
06-05-20, 03:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 307
Posted By dabac

cassettes mainly differ in weight and surface...

cassettes mainly differ in weight and surface treatment. I’d be very sceptical about someone claiming to feel any difference between cassettes of the same degree of wear and tooth count.

Bike...
06-05-20, 03:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By dabac

The numbers match, so they will be meant to fit...

The numbers match, so they will be meant to fit anyhow. Actually mounting them may be either harder or easier. There is some production tolerance in both rims and tires.
06-05-20, 02:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 265
Posted By dabac

looks like a better option. More similar to your...

looks like a better option. More similar to your current tires.
Probably more protection as well. ”Race guard”, notice the order of listing? More ”race” than ”guard”.
06-05-20, 01:04 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,875
Posted By dabac

I found that torque-sensing to me provides more...

I found that torque-sensing to me provides more of an incentive to put the effort in myself. I add more, and the motor adds more. Feels so natural.
With a cadence system, I’m far more likely to...
06-05-20, 12:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 326
Posted By dabac

That has happened too. A ”true” 7-speed fh body...

That has happened too. A ”true” 7-speed fh body is shorter than an 8+ speed body.

As speeds and number of sprockets are increased, the sprockets become thinner, the gaps between sprockets become...
06-04-20, 05:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 326
Posted By dabac

Yes. A 9-speed cassette is about one speed bigger...

Yes. A 9-speed cassette is about one speed bigger physically despite having two more sprockets.
8-of-9 is a sometimes used shortcut among those wanting to use a 9-speed shifter and cassette on a...
06-04-20, 01:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By dabac

What specialty tools? Levers and calipers come...

What specialty tools? Levers and calipers come off with Allen keys.
6-bolt rotors usually take Torx.
One of those folding multi-tools many already carry in a saddle bag etc will most likely get...
06-04-20, 12:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 408
Posted By dabac

Cassette rust is mainly cosmetic. It’ll wear...

Cassette rust is mainly cosmetic.
It’ll wear off in minutes from the flanks on the teeth.
06-04-20, 12:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 326
Posted By dabac

A 7-speed derailer will shift over a 9-speed...

A 7-speed derailer will shift over a 9-speed cassette just fine.
The indexing is done by the shifter.
But you do need to use a 9-speed shifter - or friction shifting - to be able to use a 7-speed...
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