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07-08-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 145
Posted By Retro Grouch

I hope that you like your big chainring size...

I hope that you like your big chainring size because, if you want a bigger one, there's no way to raise your derailleur.
07-04-20, 03:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 634
Posted By Retro Grouch

Your first step should be to try to determine...

Your first step should be to try to determine what is causing the flats.

My guess isn't going to be any better than anybody else. Since you say you recently re-spoked, check your rim tape. The...
07-01-20, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yup.

Yup.
07-01-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,676
Posted By Retro Grouch

I suspect the OP is overlooking the biggest...

I suspect the OP is overlooking the biggest difference of all - the motor.

A fit rider in a high gear will easily pass a weaker rider in a lower gear while not appearing to be working nearly as...
06-24-20, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 580
Posted By Retro Grouch

The return springs in those particular brakes are...

The return springs in those particular brakes are confined within a plastic retainer. Examine those little plastic cups for cracks. If you find a crack, that's your problem. Shimano used to...
06-23-20, 08:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,790
Posted By Retro Grouch

See if you can find a skinnier mini pump. A pump...

See if you can find a skinnier mini pump. A pump with a skinnier barrel will let you pump to higher pressures but it will take more strokes to pump the volume of air that you need to get full...
06-22-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 2,790
Posted By Retro Grouch

How impatient are you? How easily to you get...

How impatient are you? How easily to you get upset?

If you are the impatient type, CO2 is good because it only takes a couple of seconds to inflate your tire.
If you get upset easily, you might...
06-22-20, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 358
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sure you're trying to turn it the right way? ...

Sure you're trying to turn it the right way? Most bottom brackets have a left hand thread on the right side.
06-22-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,695
Posted By Retro Grouch

Gear inches is the equivalent wheel diameter with...

Gear inches is the equivalent wheel diameter with 1;1 drive. You'll go a little more than 3 times that far for each rotation of the pedals.

Think back to the high wheeler days. A bigger wheel...
06-21-20, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By Retro Grouch

What is your objective? Are you having fun? ...

What is your objective?

Are you having fun? If your answer is "Yes" then you're doing it right unless you have some other objective for riding a bicycle.
06-18-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 542
Posted By Retro Grouch

Just do it! What you have now is a crummy old...

Just do it! What you have now is a crummy old cheap bike that doesn't run. What you want is a crummy old cheap bike that's rideable. You also mention budget restrictions.

You can do this. The...
06-17-20, 10:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 324
Posted By Retro Grouch

How is the seat to handlebar reach? I think...

How is the seat to handlebar reach?

I think that using seat tube length as the go-to measurement for sizing bicycles is stupid. Saddle height is the easiest dimension on a bicycle to adjust. ...
06-17-20, 09:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 535
Posted By Retro Grouch

My short answer is that using the middle ring...

My short answer is that using the middle ring only isn't any worse than riding a 3 X 8 bike. Some people seem to talk like, if you cross chain even once, your bike is going to blow up and you are...
06-17-20, 09:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By Retro Grouch

Tourney 7s says "entry level bike" to me. My...

Tourney 7s says "entry level bike" to me.

My personal philosophy is, unless I'm in serious financial distress, I avoid buying extra level anything.
06-17-20, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 342
Posted By Retro Grouch

How much less does the top tube on the step over...

How much less does the top tube on the step over version slant? I don't think I'd let that be the determining factor.
06-17-20, 09:40 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,110
Posted By Retro Grouch

You're probably grabbing your water bottle upside...

You're probably grabbing your water bottle upside down. If you are riding in the drops try grabbing your water bottle so that your thumb is near the bottom of the bottle. That will invert the...
06-14-20, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Retro Grouch

Yeah, but here's the deal: 1,000 miles isn't...

Yeah, but here's the deal:

1,000 miles isn't very much for a chain but it's more than zero so I'd expect the chain to have some wear elongation. When you install your old worn chain onto your...
06-14-20, 07:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,820
Posted By Retro Grouch

Fat Bottom Girls by Queen. "Get on your bikes...

Fat Bottom Girls by Queen. "Get on your bikes and ride."
06-14-20, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 556
Posted By Retro Grouch

How impatient are you? If you are the kind...

How impatient are you?

If you are the kind of person who gets upset about having a puncture and want to get back on the road quickly, I'd recommend a full sized frame pump. Zefal HPX is a good...
06-13-20, 09:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,423
Posted By Retro Grouch

"Good judgement comes from experience. ...

"Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement." Mark Twain.
06-13-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,423
Posted By Retro Grouch

The torque spec for bottom brackets and for crank...

The torque spec for bottom brackets and for crank arm fixing bolts is generally around 30 ft/lbs. Imaging a 30 pound weight hanging off the end of a foot long wrench.

30 ft/lbs is more than I...
06-13-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 732
Posted By Retro Grouch

Short answer is aluminum bikes are safe. 1. ...

Short answer is aluminum bikes are safe.

1. There are a lot of aluminum framed bicycles in use. Everything has a failure rate but if aluminum bicycles failed at the rate the aluminum haters talk...
06-12-20, 03:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 288
Posted By Retro Grouch

Linear pull brakes (it has to be Shimano to be a...

Linear pull brakes (it has to be Shimano to be a V-brake) require more cable pull than is provided by most road bike brake levers. You need a long pull lever.

My personal experience with...
06-12-20, 10:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Retro Grouch

Try this when you are installing your wheel: ...

Try this when you are installing your wheel:

1. Hold the Quick Release lever straight out so that it's parallel with the axle.
2. Tighten the nut on the other end of the axle until it is just...
06-12-20, 07:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 268
Posted By Retro Grouch

If it was my bike, and I had a 7-speed free hub...

If it was my bike, and I had a 7-speed free hub body, and I wanted to keep the bike 7-speed for any reason, I'd swap out the free hub bodies and readjust the axle spacers and dish. It just looks...
06-12-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 198
Posted By Retro Grouch

How thin can you slice the baloney? At what...

How thin can you slice the baloney? At what point does a rainbow change from red to orange?

Shimano makes bicycle components in so many price ranges that I can't keep track of them all. The high...
06-12-20, 07:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By Retro Grouch

Before you start throwing money around, try this:...

Before you start throwing money around, try this:

1. Shift your bike into a gear combination that makes the derailleur arm point downward.
2. Prop your bike up against a wall or something and...
06-12-20, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 552
Posted By Retro Grouch

Is your family complete?

Is your family complete?
06-12-20, 07:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,298
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't see the problem. Riding bikes is...

I don't see the problem. Riding bikes is sometimes different than working on bikes.

The mechanic in me wants to be able to take up the chain slack in every gear combination on the bike. The...
06-12-20, 07:01 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 10,464
Posted By Retro Grouch

Aluminum is the minivan of bike frame materials. ...

Aluminum is the minivan of bike frame materials. It's not the lightest, not the cheapest, not the must durable, not the most anything. It occupies the functional sweet spot in the middle of...
06-11-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,525
Posted By Retro Grouch

I went through that same process a year or so...

I went through that same process a year or so ago. I eventually donated all my stuff to a St Louis Co-op rather than haggle with somebody over the value of my life.
06-10-20, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 354
Posted By Retro Grouch

My first derailleur equipped bike had a Smplex...

My first derailleur equipped bike had a Smplex Prestige derailleur. Eventually the plastic derailleur body wore out like they generally do. Everybody I knew at the time replaced them with Suntour...
06-10-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 261
Posted By Retro Grouch

I think that your mechanic did it correctly. ...

I think that your mechanic did it correctly.

Way back when, I read somewhere that was the preferred tire tread orientation to provide better traction for the rear wheel, easier rolling and better...
06-10-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 394
Posted By Retro Grouch

Both sides? Unless it's rubbing both sides, all...

Both sides? Unless it's rubbing both sides, all the way around, I'd be inclined to dabble with a precise wheel trueing too.
06-10-20, 07:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,536
Posted By Retro Grouch

"The last bike I'll ever buy" makes a huge...

"The last bike I'll ever buy" makes a huge assumption that you might be overlooking. How are you going to change as you age? Your abilities, interests and uses are all evolving. Your local...
06-07-20, 07:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 530
Posted By Retro Grouch

A proper suspension system needs to have a spring...

A proper suspension system needs to have a spring and a damper of some kind. Cheap bicycle suspension forks only have a spring. They'll take the sting out of big hits but bounce around too much to...
06-07-20, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By Retro Grouch

What was happening to make you adjust the "angle...

What was happening to make you adjust the "angle screw"?

I assume you are referring to one of your derailleurs limit screws. Limit screws, once properly set, seldom need to be re-adjusted.
...
06-07-20, 09:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 129
Posted By Retro Grouch

Other than getting used to the shifting going...

Other than getting used to the shifting going "the other way" Your neighbor won't have any problem with either of your suggested derailleurs.
06-04-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,362
Posted By Retro Grouch

I don't know. A tadpole trike might be trading...

I don't know. A tadpole trike might be trading one mounting / dismounting problem for another. I was going to sit on a VTX in a bike shop in Iowa but I was afraid that if I sat down on it...
06-04-20, 08:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 447
Posted By Retro Grouch

I just carry enough stuff with me to fix one...

I just carry enough stuff with me to fix one puncture. If I'm going to be eating lunch someplace, I usually take a cable lock with me.

I used co carry a lot more stuff. Whenever I've broken...
06-04-20, 07:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 189
Posted By Retro Grouch

As disbrantjr said, the steel BB spindle is...

As disbrantjr said, the steel BB spindle is unlikely to be damaged by the softer aluminum crank arm. You really don't have much to lose but I'm betting the crank arm is ruined. This happens often...
06-04-20, 03:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,421
Posted By Retro Grouch

Sounds like a post from 50+ the way that it used...

Sounds like a post from 50+ the way that it used to be. I notice that you got a pretty good bunch of "likes".
06-04-20, 03:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Retro Grouch

Honestly, there's "perfect match" and there's...

Honestly, there's "perfect match" and there's "not exactly". "Not exactly" tends to draw your attention to the blemish and, to me at least, looks worse than the untreated scratch.
06-03-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 494
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. When I build a wheel I lace the pulling...

1. When I build a wheel I lace the pulling spokes heads out. A long time ago somebody convinced me that was the best way to do it and I've never changed. I also lace the heads out spokes on both...
06-03-20, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 174
Posted By Retro Grouch

Depends on your rims. If your rims are...

Depends on your rims.

If your rims are flat across the top anything will work. Many, if not most rims today need valve stems in the 35 to 40mm range. If you had deep section aero rims you...
05-30-20, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 283
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. The major bicycle manufacturers can buy...

1. The major bicycle manufacturers can buy components, like derailleurs, cheaper than you can.
2. Everything on a bicycle is designed to work together. You can almost never replace just one...
05-30-20, 07:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 567
Posted By Retro Grouch

Without seeing the bike I tend to agree with...

Without seeing the bike I tend to agree with woodcraft.

Was it ever right? Derailleur limit screws, once correctly set, very seldom need readjustment.

You can check your derailleur hanger...
05-30-20, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 222
Posted By Retro Grouch

1. I'm 95% confident those brake levers will...

1. I'm 95% confident those brake levers will work but it's not a conversion that I've ever done personally.
2. Bar end shifters are actually easier to set up than brifters because the front is...
05-30-20, 06:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 893
Posted By Retro Grouch

Here's a step that Park and U-tube might have...

Here's a step that Park and U-tube might have overlooked:

Before attaching your shift cable to the derailleur, make sure that your SHIFTER is in the hardest gear position. Don't ask how I know.
05-30-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 222
Posted By Retro Grouch

Shifters and brake levers. Shifters are easy...

Shifters and brake levers.

Shifters are easy if you don't mind bar ends. The left bar end shifter is going to be friction which will also simplify the front derailleur set up.
You'll either need...
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