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07-02-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 279
Posted By sweeks

Brake squeal as I understand such things results...

Brake squeal as I understand such things results from one or both brake arm assemblies resonating while under braking load. The objective is to change the system in some way to move the resonant...
07-02-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 575
Posted By sweeks

This ^^. Here's a possible exception. Nexus...

This ^^.
Here's a possible exception. Nexus hubs have a 17mm nut on the non-drive side, which is amenable to a normal ("thick") wrench especially with the wheel out of the frame. However, with a...
07-01-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 451
Posted By sweeks

They don't actually rotate *around* the thrust...

They don't actually rotate *around* the thrust bearings; they rotate *between* them. I agree that it's a cool feature.
I've had my XTR brakes for over 20 years, and they have never squeaked.
They...
06-30-22, 07:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 451
Posted By sweeks

I have an old set of Shimano XTR...

I have an old set of Shimano XTR (https://www.mtbr.com/threads/how-to-service-xtr-v-brakes.778033/) V-brakes which have these bearings. Whether they work better than brakes without these bearings is...
06-27-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

I got 35 miles in with the new set-up. The...

I got 35 miles in with the new set-up. The thumb-shifter works as easily and as quickly as the original STI shifter. Well, there are only three chainrings ... I'm glad the trigger shifter works well...
06-27-22, 05:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 10,678
Posted By sweeks

:trainwreck:

:trainwreck:
06-26-22, 07:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

On the advice of a friend*, I bought a set of...

On the advice of a friend*, I bought a set of cheap ($15) SunRace thumbies. I had to grind a bunch of metal (steel, of course) off the bracket to get it to fit on the bar. But it worked quite well,...
06-25-22, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By sweeks

Thanks, Dan! I know it's possible, and I've...

Thanks, Dan!
I know it's possible, and I've seen some other videos and pictorials about it but haven't had the need to do it... I have several other Nexus hubs. I should probably review your video...
06-25-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By sweeks

Whatever you do, don't take apart the "Axle Unit"...

Whatever you do, don't take apart the "Axle Unit" (the long skinny part the gear carrier modules ride on)!
I did this once on a Nexus-7 and never got it back together. I've been meaning to swallow...
06-24-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By sweeks

This ^^ You can open the hub and oil-dip or...

This ^^
You can open the hub and oil-dip or re-grease the gear cluster without disassembling the gear carriers themselves. I've been doing this for years with Nexus 7 and 8 speed hubs, and have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-22, 08:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 381
Posted By sweeks

Those are "AR-2" as can be seen on the rear of...

Those are "AR-2" as can be seen on the rear of the pedal. I have a couple pairs of these, one pair with over 15,000 miles on them. I ride in all kinds of weather (in Chicago) and my experience is...
06-19-22, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 159
Posted By sweeks

I think this happens early in the life of the pad...

I think this happens early in the life of the pad anyway. The brakes continue to work just fine. :thumb:
06-18-22, 09:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

After I repositioned the saddle, I rode the bike...

After I repositioned the saddle, I rode the bike on a 30-mile road ride in southern Wisconsin. It was quite comfortable, so I thank you again for pointing out the tilt. While I was on the ride, I was...
06-18-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By sweeks

I'm in the process of going the other way on my...

I'm in the process of going the other way on my road bike. The original drop bars are being replaced by trekking bars to give me more usable hand positions as a concession to wrist arthritis. I...
06-15-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

I have come to realize this is the way forward,...

I have come to realize this is the way forward, at least for the bars I'm trying to use. I've been looking for a thumb shifter for the left side only. All I have found are *sets* of right and left...
06-11-22, 02:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

Well, my conversion to trekking bars has hit a...

Well, my conversion to trekking bars has hit a bit of a snag. Grips arrived and with a little modification look and feel great.
Unfortunately, the front derailer does not talk to the trigger shifter...
06-09-22, 08:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 189
Posted By sweeks

This ^^. It's not just a "bolt". It cannot be...

This ^^.
It's not just a "bolt". It cannot be substituted with normal hardware.
06-07-22, 08:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 445
Posted By sweeks

I have the exact same problem on my Airborne,...

I have the exact same problem on my Airborne, which has a Co-Motion front fork. I currently have my dyno-hub-powered light mounted on the left-side brake post.
I considered drilling a hole through...
06-07-22, 08:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By sweeks

I've been using CatEye computers on folding bikes...

I've been using CatEye computers on folding bikes with 20" wheels for 20 years.
06-05-22, 04:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By sweeks

I stand corrected! As I said, it's been a while....

I stand corrected! As I said, it's been a while. :o
06-05-22, 11:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 346
Posted By sweeks

It's been a while since I took off a freewheel......

It's been a while since I took off a freewheel... but you might have to remove the axle to get access to the splines for your (or the shop's) tool.
This would best be done by removing the locknut...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-04-22, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 756
Posted By sweeks

SKS makes "Chromoplastic" fenders which came...

SKS makes "Chromoplastic" fenders which came standard on two Dahons and my current Tern. These have held up quite well over many years....
06-04-22, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,265
Posted By sweeks

I wonder if using cheap inner tubes near the...

I wonder if using cheap inner tubes near the upper limit of their size range predisposes them to failure. It seems logical that the more the tube has to inflate, the thinner the rubber will be. This...
06-04-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By sweeks

You ain't just whistling "Dixie"! A few years...

You ain't just whistling "Dixie"!
A few years ago, I was riding my folder to the train station on the way home and suddenly the seat felt weird. I pulled over and got off... and the saddle fell off!...
06-04-22, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 480
Posted By sweeks

That folding bike probably has a seatpost that's...

That folding bike probably has a seatpost that's 34mm in diameter... much more rigid than the narrower one on your bike, and *necessary* because of the length.
06-04-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,504
Posted By sweeks

Thanks! I learned a (handy!) new word. :thumb:

Thanks! I learned a (handy!) new word. :thumb:
06-03-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 777
Posted By sweeks

No, the @$$4073 denied it. He was selling stuff...

No, the @$$4073 denied it. He was selling stuff my wife and I had in storage too. Luckily, that was 35 years ago!
06-03-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 777
Posted By sweeks

Beautiful bikes! I just have the one bike with...

Beautiful bikes!
I just have the one bike with friction shifting... my 1975 Motobecane Mirage which by some miracle I still have. Friction shifting seems like it's a bit of a lost art. I enjoy...
06-03-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 777
Posted By sweeks

So... friction shifting then? :innocent:

So... friction shifting then? :innocent:
06-02-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By sweeks

Plus, it's quite rewarding to be able to fix a...

Plus, it's quite rewarding to be able to fix a flat; you can even help out other riders and reap the karmic rewards!

This is a good idea. My variation is that I line up the tire pressure markings...
05-30-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By sweeks

Your bike, like mine, has quick-release wheels,...

Your bike, like mine, has quick-release wheels, so the only tools you need to change a flat are tire levers. Fixing a flat is a skill that frees you up to ride farther than you can walk back. It's...
05-30-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By sweeks

How about the "old standard" fix? Take the tube...

How about the "old standard" fix? Take the tube out, immerse in (soapy) water, and find the leak. Patch it or replace the tube. Do the same with the other wheel if there's any doubt about the...
05-30-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 1,504
Posted By sweeks

Are you sure you didn't accidentally install one...

Are you sure you didn't accidentally install one of these? :innocent:

S.I.T.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-30-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,637
Posted By sweeks

It ticked over the 10,000 mile mark not long ago....

It ticked over the 10,000 mile mark not long ago. The 11-speed hub is very nice, and easy to maintain. I only wish it had a belt drive.
Seriously, the bike feels as stiff as my titanium road bike. ...
05-30-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 194
Posted By sweeks

Have you seen THIS...

Have you seen THIS (https://bikesharemuseum.com/fix-an-ofo-bicycle/)?
(SOURCE (https://www.bikeforums.net/20978142-post26.html))
05-30-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,091
Posted By sweeks

"Take the Lane" can be considered, though that...

"Take the Lane" can be considered, though that wouldn't help with a driver attending to a cell phone. I support rear-view mirror use as well.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,637
Posted By sweeks

I've been very pleased with my Tern "Verge S11i",...

I've been very pleased with my Tern "Verge S11i", which I bought in 2013. The frame is quite stiff, and the handlepost much more rigid than the two Dahons I've owned. It's a comfortable ride... I've...
05-29-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 342
Posted By sweeks

Or chainstay flex? Either way, there should be...

Or chainstay flex? Either way, there should be clear visual evidence of interference.
(Hi, Ken!)
05-29-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 290
Posted By sweeks

Stein Tools makes a compact and not too expensive...

Stein Tools makes a compact and not too expensive AXLE VISE (https://steintool.com/portfolio-items/hub-axle-vises/) for those who like to collect tools. :innocent:
It really is surprising how much...
05-29-22, 06:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By sweeks

My daily folding commuter bike has a front rack...

My daily folding commuter bike has a front rack attached by a bracket that bolts onto the head tube. It was a bit disconcerting for about ten seconds. :D
...
Forum: Introductions
05-28-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 843
Posted By sweeks

Well, something got wedged somewhere! :D

Well, something got wedged somewhere! :D
05-26-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 946
Posted By sweeks

When I was getting ready to purchase my "nice"...

When I was getting ready to purchase my "nice" road bike at age 50, I read Joe Friel's book, "Cycling Past 50". He recommended a "3-by" drivetrain as more friendly to the aging rider's body. In the...
05-25-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 806
Posted By sweeks

I have the same bike! Well, almost... yours has a...

I have the same bike! Well, almost... yours has a cotterless crank; mine is cottered. The cotterless crank was on the "Super Mirage" in 1975 when I bought mine.
Somehow I managed to keep the bike,...
05-22-22, 03:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

The grips I have ordered are intended for...

The grips I have ordered are intended for "grip-shift" controls, so they're shorter by about an inch. Still waiting for them to arrive. :notamused:
05-22-22, 12:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

Thanks for the helpful feedback, guys! That...

Thanks for the helpful feedback, guys!

That seat position evolved over many of the early years I had the bike. I had adjusted the nose down to avoid the numbnutz phenomenon. But looking at it now,...
05-22-22, 06:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,704
Posted By sweeks

Here's my Trek 6000, bought in the year 2000,...

Here's my Trek 6000, bought in the year 2000, with many thousands of miles on it under a rider a bit over 200 pounds. Frame has held up well....
05-21-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By sweeks

I doubt the sleeve is actually welded if they are...

I doubt the sleeve is actually welded if they are different metals (as the original post Ti frame, Al sleeve).
In this case, I'd look for some way to remove the sleeve and apply some form of...
05-21-22, 08:33 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,424
Posted By sweeks

Here's my old Trek 6000, bought in 2000. It's...

Here's my old Trek 6000, bought in 2000. It's mostly for trail rides now, though it did finish the Ore to Shore (http://www.oretoshore.com/) "Hard Rock" in 2001....
05-19-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,752
Posted By sweeks

I bought a set of Shimano SORA levers to be used...

I bought a set of Shimano SORA levers to be used with center-pull brakes (so, short-pull). They were $16. When I received them, I noticed that they (like the levers in grizzly59's post ^^) were...
05-17-22, 12:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 906
Posted By sweeks

Hahaha! This! I changed my mountain bike to...

Hahaha! This!
I changed my mountain bike to trekking bars a couple years ago, and liked the result (since I don't do serious off-road stuff anymore). There are more hand positions, which helps not...
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