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10-12-19, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 399
Posted By andrewclaus

What is a "derailleur side nut?" Yes, a photo...

What is a "derailleur side nut?" Yes, a photo would help.

If you're talking about the main derailleur mounting bolt and it's not threading all the way into the hanger, that's not good at all. The...
10-12-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,035
Posted By andrewclaus

Have your brakes recently faded, or have they...

Have your brakes recently faded, or have they always seemed a little weak?

I recently adopted a road bike of similar vintage with mechanical disks. I was also a little disappointed at first,...
Forum: Touring
10-12-19, 07:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,066
Posted By andrewclaus

I often exceed 40 mph on descents. My personal...

I often exceed 40 mph on descents. My personal maximum was when drafting behind an RV coming down Fremont Pass in CO, going 50+. I didn't quite have the nerve to pass.

Riding the California coast,...
Forum: Touring
10-10-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,150
Posted By andrewclaus

During the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, I vowed...

During the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973, I vowed never to sit in line in an automobile at a gas station. So I parked my old Dodge pickup and started cycling everywhere, including weekend vacations to...
10-08-19, 06:47 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,056
Posted By andrewclaus

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents...

A note to the OP: Working with flammable solvents is inherently risky. Use proper PPE, ventilation, storage, fire protection, and proper disposal of used rags.

All this is second nature to...
10-07-19, 06:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,056
Posted By andrewclaus

Mineral spirits may be more effective than...

Mineral spirits may be more effective than alcohol, but alcohol is more likely to be around the house for a small job.

Try scrubbing the last bits off with an old toothbrush.
09-29-19, 06:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 464
Posted By andrewclaus

Not quite. An 8 mm hex is measured flat face to...

Not quite. An 8 mm hex is measured flat face to flat face. You need a larger hole to fit the points of the hex. (Ask me how I know....)

These extenders...
09-27-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By andrewclaus

For an inexpensive bike with grip shifters and...

For an inexpensive bike with grip shifters and stuck cables (we get a LOT of those donated to the non-profit), I've found the easiest way to assess the cables is this: Shift the rear manually into...
09-27-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 312
Posted By andrewclaus

It probably doesn't matter much, but what exactly...

It probably doesn't matter much, but what exactly is the rim width?

I agree on better tires and good inflation control, especially with that kind of weight.

A few years ago I finally bit the...
09-22-19, 05:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 530
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a bike co-op in your area, they can...

If there's a bike co-op in your area, they can help with shop time, advice and help, and used parts. An experienced eye can tell much more than a forum post ever can.
09-21-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By andrewclaus

Assuming this is a square tapered cartridge, the...

Assuming this is a square tapered cartridge, the words "plastic sleeve that serves as the fixed cup" is confusing. Often these BBs come with a threaded plastic sleeve (RH thread) on the non-drive...
Forum: Touring
09-21-19, 07:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,042
Posted By andrewclaus

I see a few cyclists touring through my home...

I see a few cyclists touring through my home town. I usually try to strike up a conversation, which usually leads to an invitation to stay at the house. (It helps being a Warmshowers host with good...
09-18-19, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 292
Posted By andrewclaus

If you use a straddle cable, add a reflector...

If you use a straddle cable, add a reflector bracket below it to catch the cable. The advantage of a link is safety. If using a straddle cable and the brake cable breaks or loosens, the straddle...
09-17-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,482
Posted By andrewclaus

Some generalities: In the long term, front of...

Some generalities: In the long term, front of knee pain indicates saddle is too low. Back of knee pain, or groin or Achilles pulls, indicate saddle is too high. Hips rocking while riding means saddle...
09-17-19, 06:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,267
Posted By andrewclaus

A couple of tips: I see the pedals are still on...

A couple of tips: I see the pedals are still on the cranks. Removing pedals usually makes crank removal easier.

I like to disassemble the adjustable (non-drive) side of the BB first. Get the guts...
09-17-19, 06:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By andrewclaus

This table...

This table (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/bbsize.html) shows the spindle designations.

The ball bearings are standard. Some suggest you get rid of the cages and add two more balls.
09-15-19, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 775
Posted By andrewclaus

That works for rim brakes, but the OP has disk. ...

That works for rim brakes, but the OP has disk.

Try the sandpaper, but the pads may be chemically changed and may need to be replaced.
Forum: Touring
09-11-19, 12:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,180
Posted By andrewclaus

With a light enough load, you certainly don't...

With a light enough load, you certainly don't need a touring bike. A hiker friend of mine tours on his road bike wearing a small backpack. Not for me, but he makes it work.

My first 2000+ mile...
Forum: Touring
09-10-19, 05:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 525
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the U-racks.

Ditto the U-racks.
09-10-19, 06:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 893
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a bike co-op or non-profit shop in...

If there's a bike co-op or non-profit shop in your area, volunteer.
09-06-19, 06:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 846
Posted By andrewclaus

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first...

Funny, I ran into the OP's problem for the first time at the shop yesterday afternoon, after reading about it in the morning. I first tried removing the axle, but there was a dust seal behind the...
09-03-19, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 994
Posted By andrewclaus

I see old brifters donated all the time to the...

I see old brifters donated all the time to the non-profit where I volunteer. I've fixed dozens, and only once did I run across one with a broken spring that I thought wasn't worth fixing.

I try a...
09-03-19, 06:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By andrewclaus

I've had some Gatorskins shed quite a bit too, no...

I've had some Gatorskins shed quite a bit too, no problem.
08-30-19, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
Posted By andrewclaus

While theoretically you should be able to use...

While theoretically you should be able to use every rear cog with every front chain ring, in practice that's not always possible with a cheaper bike (and not to mention a beginner mechanic). As...
Forum: Touring
08-29-19, 07:10 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,513
Posted By andrewclaus

Another ditto on this. If you need to turn a...

Another ditto on this. If you need to turn a barrel adjuster more than once a month, get a new cable.

The cable is easy to check with this method (for the rear, front is similar): Shift into low...
Forum: Touring
08-26-19, 06:31 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,513
Posted By andrewclaus

I used a single set of RSX brifters from 1996...

I used a single set of RSX brifters from 1996 until last year, usually 3-5000 miles/year, with several 10,000 mile years in there, quite a bit of touring. Every 12,000 miles or so I needed to change...
08-25-19, 08:14 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,027
Posted By andrewclaus

If the chain is off the bike I'll hit it with a...

If the chain is off the bike I'll hit it with a wire brush. Otherwise I throw away the rags (with all due care to oily rags--avoid spontaneous combustion).

I get many of my rags on the roadside,...
08-25-19, 05:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By andrewclaus

What happens if you remove the wedge nut from the...

What happens if you remove the wedge nut from the stem, put it on the bolt, and slide that alone into the steerer tube?

If you remove the wheel and stem and look up into the crown, what do you...
08-22-19, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 567
Posted By andrewclaus

Are the cups new? If not, inspect them first by...

Are the cups new? If not, inspect them first by running a ball point pen around where the bearings would run. Look and feel for pitting. Then put a liberal amount of the Park grease in the cups, then...
Forum: Touring
08-22-19, 07:48 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,334
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife and I (no kids) achieved financial...

My wife and I (no kids) achieved financial independence by age forty (over twenty years ago), but we kept a house during all the ensuing adventures. We've rented it out, up to 18 months at a time....
08-22-19, 06:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By andrewclaus

I think the best way to diagnose shifting...

I think the best way to diagnose shifting problems is to check all components separately. As obvious as this sounds, it seldom gets done. An easy way is to manually shift into the large chain ring,...
08-21-19, 07:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 481
Posted By andrewclaus

That sounds like a dual pull set-up. With top...

That sounds like a dual pull set-up. With top pull, you don't use the pulley.

Have you tried manually pulling the cable, see if you can get it to shift?

If the high limit is adjusted all the...
Forum: Touring
08-20-19, 06:39 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 6,701
Posted By andrewclaus

I constantly meet solo women travelers. My wife...

I constantly meet solo women travelers. My wife is one of them. Only once have I heard a scary story from a woman who called law enforcement because of some verbal harassment. She was resourceful and...
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 06:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,135
Posted By andrewclaus

Wow, what a blast from the past. My first...

Wow, what a blast from the past. My first panniers were a Frost Line kit. So was my first Goretex rain gear. Thanks to my wife for being able to sew.

That was in the late '70s early '80s and we...
08-19-19, 06:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By andrewclaus

Unless you want another accident, brakes are...

Unless you want another accident, brakes are infinitely more important than shifting gears, so I always start there. If I can't get good brakes on a bike, I stop working on it.

Be sure the frame...
08-19-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 540
Posted By andrewclaus

I was just working on an old side-pull brake at...

I was just working on an old side-pull brake at the non-profit, and on old pro there said to be sure to lube where the spring rubs against the caliper. It all makes a difference.
Forum: Touring
08-19-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,562
Posted By andrewclaus

On my first bicycle tour (I was a teenager in the...

On my first bicycle tour (I was a teenager in the '70s in Chicago) I'd never even heard the word "pannier." For your first tour, you can use gym bags, day packs, bungee cords--be creative. Some...
08-15-19, 06:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By andrewclaus

I used a set of Sunrace clamp-on indexed shifters...

I used a set of Sunrace clamp-on indexed shifters for about a year on a vintage bike conversion, with a Shimano cassette and RD. It worked for casual riding but it was a little painful. Lots of...
08-15-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 431
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at...

Ditto the co-op suggestion. Without looking at the condition of the headset, hubs and bottom bracket as well as shifters and brakes, it's really hard to tell what it might need.

Upgrading the rear...
Forum: Touring
08-15-19, 05:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 918
Posted By andrewclaus

I hope you've started some in-depth water source...

I hope you've started some in-depth water source planning. Desert crossings can be challenging/dangerous in summer. Consider night riding.

I know a little about the AZ portion. Some of it is on...
08-14-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 801
Posted By andrewclaus

I now see your labeling is correct and I was...

I now see your labeling is correct and I was confused.

There should be a lock rink with external notches on the NDS adjustable cup. Around 40 seconds into this video...
08-14-19, 05:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By andrewclaus

There should still be a recessed lip around the...

There should still be a recessed lip around the axle nuts to prevent a loose wheel from leaving the scene. (Remember the hit song, "You picked a fine time to leave me, loose wheel?")

Perhaps the...
Forum: Touring
08-14-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,676
Posted By andrewclaus

I just sold my 1983 Trek 620. I'd been touring on...

I just sold my 1983 Trek 620. I'd been touring on it quite a bit lately, all in-state tours of less than 500 miles. It came equipped with a Helicomatic rear hub, and I just didn't like it very much...
08-13-19, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 801
Posted By andrewclaus

Pardon me, but your photos or terminology are...

Pardon me, but your photos or terminology are backwards, or I'm confused. Your photo labelled "non drive side" sure looks like the drive side. I see chain stays and kickstand to the left or rear, and...
08-13-19, 06:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,060
Posted By andrewclaus

The gear pullers will not work. The chain rings...

The gear pullers will not work. The chain rings are way too flimsy.

I use an automotive ball joint separator, what my shop mentor called a pickle fork...
08-13-19, 06:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,314
Posted By andrewclaus

Sometimes I have extra patches, sometimes extra...

Sometimes I have extra patches, sometimes extra glue. I think it depends 1) on the QC at the factory that makes those little tubes of glue, and 2) on the conditions the tubes are stored in, even...
08-12-19, 07:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,314
Posted By andrewclaus

Gatorskins, spare tube and patch kit. I tried...

Gatorskins, spare tube and patch kit. I tried Slime once and it was an awful, messy failure. I cycle thousands of (road) miles a year in goathead country (Colorado and Arizona) and one a year on...
08-12-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 426
Posted By andrewclaus

Apparently there are some exceptions to the 10 x...

Apparently there are some exceptions to the 10 x 1 "standard," but I've never seen them. 10 x 1 is a fairly common thread size--rear derailleur mount, many QR axles--so it should be easy enough to...
08-12-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 498
Posted By andrewclaus

What's the frequency of the click? If it's once...

What's the frequency of the click? If it's once per wheel revolution, it may be a damaged disk (brakes held hard on a hot disk, for example).

And if things got too hot, you may have brake...
08-11-19, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 529
Posted By andrewclaus

If they're rim brakes, try a toe-in. If that...

If they're rim brakes, try a toe-in. If that doesn't work, try a toe-out.
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