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07-13-20, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 182
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Patch kits are less $ than tubes. However, if...

Patch kits are less $ than tubes.
However, if these are really old tubes, then replace.
I've had problems with "really old" ones & patches. It seems that the patch would reinforce one area and the...
07-13-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 182
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Do you have hook bead rims? Older rims weren't...

Do you have hook bead rims?
Older rims weren't and won't take as much pressure to blow off a tire.
Skinnier tires require higher pressure to avoid pinch flats.
I run 25mm tires on my hybrid (1")...
07-12-20, 01:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 142
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'd keep the triple and go 3X9. You have a much...

I'd keep the triple and go 3X9.
You have a much wider assortment of cog combinations over 8.
Do you really need an 11T cog or is it just a wasted gear?
To me, 3 ranges of more closely spaced gears...
07-11-20, 02:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 229
Posted By Bill Kapaun

The Sun Tour FW's I've ran into require either a...

The Sun Tour FW's I've ran into require either a 2 or 4 prong tool.
Park Tools Fr-2 or Fr-3
07-11-20, 02:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 229
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I wouldn't change out the old one. What's wrong...

I wouldn't change out the old one.
What's wrong with it and what do you expect to gain?
I'd put my money in better tires or similar.

And you DON'T have a cassette. You have a Free Wheel....
07-11-20, 12:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By Bill Kapaun

And why wouldn't it. You don't want it so "soft"...

And why wouldn't it. You don't want it so "soft" that it bottoms out easily for "real" mountain biking.
Going down smoother roads, the "bouncing" just absorbs power. Kind of like walking in sand.
07-11-20, 02:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 172
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Do you really think you want it bouncing every...

Do you really think you want it bouncing every pedal stroke?
07-10-20, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Running through the RDER doesn't make a lot of...

Running through the RDER doesn't make a lot of difference unless you're worrying about 1/4" or so. (if that)
My test can quickly be done in situ and give a VERY good idea if you are too long.
It's...
07-10-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 235
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Put it on Big:Big and see how much slack you...

Put it on Big:Big and see how much slack you have.
You want at least 1" + fraction of a link SET....
07-06-20, 12:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 403
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What kind of "cotton tape"? IF your strip is...

What kind of "cotton tape"?
IF your strip is too narrow, it's more prone to extrude into the holes. Simply not enough adhesive surface to hold it in place.
You can use a tape that slightly runs up...
07-05-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Hold it up by the front & spin the front wheel. ...

Hold it up by the front & spin the front wheel.
Repeat for the rear.
It's called isolating the problem.
07-04-20, 11:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 369
Posted By Bill Kapaun

40/23=1.74 39/25-1.56 1.74/1.56=1.12. 40/23...

40/23=1.74
39/25-1.56
1.74/1.56=1.12.
40/23 is 12% "harder".
It's simple arithmetic. Compare one ratio vs the other ratio.
07-04-20, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What difference do you find between 1:1 &...

What difference do you find between 1:1 & "exact"?
Think about if for 2 seconds.
07-04-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 217
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I built a pair of 27" Sun Rims CR-18's and had no...

I built a pair of 27" Sun Rims CR-18's and had no issues with Velox.
07-04-20, 12:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 130
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Takes just a few minutes to swap & try.

Takes just a few minutes to swap & try.
07-03-20, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 188
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Indicates cable is set too long.

Indicates cable is set too long.
07-02-20, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 216
Posted By Bill Kapaun

While experimenting with different length cranks,...

While experimenting with different length cranks, I installed an old cottered crank from an early 70's 2X5 speed.
No issues with the chain dropping between the rings, with my 9 speed chain & cogs....
07-02-20, 10:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 230
Posted By Bill Kapaun

For campus, get a $70 xmart bike.

For campus, get a $70 xmart bike.
07-02-20, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 271
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'm still not sure what you are asking, but you...

I'm still not sure what you are asking, but you have enough posts to post a picture which would be HELPFUL.
IF you are talking about a UniGlide FH, you need two chain whips.
06-30-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Would you trust a LBS that wasn't busy during...

Would you trust a LBS that wasn't busy during this time?
Successful bike shops are always busy this time of the year. It's Winter when they starve.
06-30-20, 01:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 172
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I think finding a NON QR disc wheel may be very...

I think finding a NON QR disc wheel may be very difficult.
Simply buy a solid axle & nuts and swap out the QR one.
A spendy one here-...
06-30-20, 01:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What kind of bike? Road or "other"? IF you get...

What kind of bike? Road or "other"?
IF you get a bike with at least an 8 speed, you can be pretty much assured you have the "newer, wider" drop out spacing. 130mm minimum.
Don't mess with 120-126mm...
06-30-20, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 307
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Hillrider lives in Pittsburgh. Maybe PM him to...

Hillrider lives in Pittsburgh. Maybe PM him to see if he can help.
He started the thread below- "CarbonCycles Forks?"
06-29-20, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 546
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Off hand, I can think of a few semi regular...

Off hand, I can think of a few semi regular posters that could screw anything up.
One has no idea of your competence.
06-29-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 202
Posted By Bill Kapaun

The spindle should have a "code" stamped on it. ...

The spindle should have a "code" stamped on it.
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html
Scroll down a bit for the spindle chart.
I'm wondering if that might be an "Italian" spindle, since the...
06-28-20, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 168
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If you "have to" spend the $ for shifters &...

If you "have to" spend the $ for shifters & DER's, you might as well go to 9/10 speed with a new FH rear wheel.
Of course, if you already have the parts and are doing it at minimal $, that makes...
06-27-20, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 500
Posted By Bill Kapaun

My rule of the thumb for going narrow is have at...

My rule of the thumb for going narrow is have at least 2mm > than EXTERNAL rim width. Just to keep the rim off the curb if you get too close. Hopefully you have enough rubber in the way to not...
06-27-20, 01:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 363
Posted By Bill Kapaun

The longest cartridge BB's I've seen are 127mm. ...

The longest cartridge BB's I've seen are 127mm.
The 3T has an abnormally long DS length.
Modern cranks tend to use much shorter BB's than the "old stuff".
The spindle I linked to in my 1st post is...
06-26-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 363
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Might be some conjoined twins.....

Might be some conjoined twins.....
06-26-20, 01:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 363
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Note that this refers to "Bolt Type", inferring...

Note that this refers to "Bolt Type", inferring there are other types.
It doesn't matter as long as you have the PROPER nut or bolt....
06-24-20, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 189
Posted By Bill Kapaun

It'll work fine. Most tubes are marked to fit a...

It'll work fine.
Most tubes are marked to fit a range such as 23-25 or 23-25-28 etc.
Putting it into a 35mm tire may be stretching it pretty thin in spots?? A little faster air loss & a tic less...
06-23-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 200
Posted By Bill Kapaun

My younger brother's early 70's Takara was a 36...

My younger brother's early 70's Takara was a 36 spoke 4X. It was "standard". too.
Disc shouldn't make a diff- One might make a case 4X is "1" better for disc.
And since you mention "road" bike,...
06-22-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 180
Posted By Bill Kapaun

One test is worth a 1000 opinions.

One test is worth a 1000 opinions.
06-22-20, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Although you can often install a chain without...

Although you can often install a chain without shortening, especially if you have a "mountain" RDER, sometimes you'd have severe chain sag on the smallest ring/cogs if you don't.
06-20-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 218
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Aren't those "lower" spoke count wheels? How...

Aren't those "lower" spoke count wheels?
How many spokes?
How much do you weigh?
Rear wheel? NDS?
06-19-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 260
Posted By Bill Kapaun

I'd just use the supplied pin and switch to a...

I'd just use the supplied pin and switch to a Quik Link WHEN I have reason to break the chain.
06-19-20, 01:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 121
Posted By Bill Kapaun

The opposite side spoke holes on the hub are...

The opposite side spoke holes on the hub are offset as shown in the pic.
You are probably starting your 2nd set like the pic on the right when it needs to be like the pic on the left.
IF you are...
06-18-20, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 130
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You will need a 4.5mm spacer installed and then...

You will need a 4.5mm spacer installed and then the cassette.
Like this, but other sources are available. Your LBS might have them for a $ if they're in a good mood....
06-16-20, 10:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 598
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Quality housing can make a difference. The rear...

Quality housing can make a difference.
The rear has a much longer housing (most likely) and will compress proportionately more.
Also, make sure your pads are hitting the rim "square".
06-15-20, 06:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 598
Posted By Bill Kapaun

You might want to read through these- ...

You might want to read through these-
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-geometry.html
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/rim-brakes.html
06-15-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 598
Posted By Bill Kapaun

New pads, PROPERLY ALIGNED wouldn't hurt. ...

New pads, PROPERLY ALIGNED wouldn't hurt.
Having less stud sticking out would improve the geometry a bit.

You also want to put a reflector or bolt or something to catch the straddle cable in case...
06-15-20, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Worn chain OR cog will cause skipping. Worn chain...

Worn chain OR cog will cause skipping. Worn chain AND worn cog might not.
06-14-20, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 940
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If I have the chain off the bike, I measure a 3'...

If I have the chain off the bike, I measure a 3' section.
It gives 3X the resolution.
I use the 1" & 37" marks to avoid errors introduced by the hook.
...
06-13-20, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By Bill Kapaun

Your biggest ring increases by 2. Your largest...

Your biggest ring increases by 2.
Your largest cog decreases by 4.
Difference in chain length required -2
ERGO- You could shorten your chain by 1".
I wouldn't bother. You obviously have enough...
06-13-20, 09:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 276
Posted By Bill Kapaun

About the only way you can hydroplane with a bike...

About the only way you can hydroplane with a bike is to drive it off a pier.
You have to keep pedaling until you hit the bottom though.:)
Bring scuba gear.
06-12-20, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 200
Posted By Bill Kapaun

As you go up the food chain, DER's are designed...

As you go up the food chain, DER's are designed for "more speeds", resulting in narrower cages.
Stick with a DER designed for the #speeds...
06-11-20, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Bill Kapaun

If you're going to get new shifters, it'd be an...

If you're going to get new shifters, it'd be an opportune time to make the jump to 9 speed. More cog combinations available.
Shifters & cassette are only slightly more than 8 speed.
You will need a...
06-11-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 561
Posted By Bill Kapaun

How far away down by the axle? How far away...

How far away down by the axle?
How far away when the reed switch & magnet are actually mounted?
06-11-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 270
Posted By Bill Kapaun

It's one 4.5mm spacer, so that's not a big deal. ...

It's one 4.5mm spacer, so that's not a big deal.
A 7 speed "should" swap.
If your current FH is removable with a 10mm hex wrench......

You'll want to make up the difference in spacing between...
06-11-20, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 179
Posted By Bill Kapaun

What's the BCD of the smallest ring? It may be...

What's the BCD of the smallest ring?
It may be large enough that you can't go as small as you want, if at all.
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