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11-23-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 496
Posted By andrewclaus

It's just really stuck. The recess Allen head is...

It's just really stuck. The recess Allen head is just an option, not a lock. WD-40 is not a good penetrant. You could try penetrating oil. More likely it's a matter of getting enough torque with the...
11-16-22, 08:07 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 3,170
Posted By andrewclaus

An advantage of linear pull brakes is that the...

An advantage of linear pull brakes is that the braking response is linear over the life of the pads. Thus the name. With cantilevers, response varies with pad wear. If, as the OP said, you shorten...
11-15-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By andrewclaus

You can solve the fit by getting a "real" brake...

You can solve the fit by getting a "real" brake lever! That's an in-line lever, meant to mount closer to the stem on a 26 mm drop bar. And they're meant to work on road brake calibers. If you're...
11-13-22, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 201
Posted By andrewclaus

Flat tire repair tools and materials Lights ...

Flat tire repair tools and materials
Lights
Rear rack for panniers
Two water bottle cages
Computer
11-12-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 584
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree about shimming brake levers. If...

I agree about shimming brake levers. If absolutely necessary, try a strip cut from a can.
10-26-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 250
Posted By andrewclaus

You might have a frayed shift cable. Try pushing...

You might have a frayed shift cable. Try pushing the cable end out of the shifter--shift into high gear, release the cable from the derailleur, release the rear brake quick release or remove the...
10-23-22, 12:12 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 2,136
Posted By andrewclaus

No change over the last 50 years at least. It's...

No change over the last 50 years at least. It's always been, and still is, for fun, transportation, touring, fitness, economy/ecology, personal challenges. I met my wife on a bike and we're still...
10-19-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By andrewclaus

If you do this again, use the front diamond...

If you do this again, use the front diamond rather than the rear to counter the torque from the wrench. It's stronger--you might have bent the rear stays. And there's no need for a "persuader" any...
10-17-22, 08:53 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,896
Posted By andrewclaus

Yep. This is the theory behind ABS in cars. I...

Yep. This is the theory behind ABS in cars. I learned in freshman physics that the coefficient of static friction is always greater than that of kinetic friction.
Forum: Touring
10-17-22, 10:14 AM
Replies: 97
Views: 2,448
Posted By andrewclaus

If you can get over the "ick" factor, pick up a...

If you can get over the "ick" factor, pick up a piece of rag from the side of the road to wipe the chain. I passed a recreational boating lake once on a weekend and I had my choice of nice clean...
10-17-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,789
Posted By andrewclaus

I draft behind vehicles nearly every chance I...

I draft behind vehicles nearly every chance I get. It's part of the fun. Just the other day three of us were descending Bear Creek Canyon, riding near the 25 mph speed limit. A car passed us and I...
10-16-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 563
Posted By andrewclaus

It's a personal decision, based on how good you...

It's a personal decision, based on how good you are at repairing punctures on the road or trail. I've patched so many tires, including in the rain and in the dark, it's a five-minute job and doesn't...
10-15-22, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 373
Posted By andrewclaus

The directions for that product say do not apply...

The directions for that product say do not apply to braking surfaces. Clean or replace as needed. If you sprayed some into any bearings, those bearings should be torn down and regreased or replaced.
10-14-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 615
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's a quote from my journal of my Northern...

Here's a quote from my journal of my Northern Tier tour a few years ago:

"I made a good decision by pure chance today. I passed up a questionable eating establishment in Harpers Ferry, Iowa, even...
10-13-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 175
Posted By andrewclaus

Be sure you attached the cable to the derailleur...

Be sure you attached the cable to the derailleur correctly. There may be a tab facing the seat tube--the cable needs to be routed around and over that tab, not under it. That will change the pull...
10-11-22, 07:10 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 3,079
Posted By andrewclaus

My pet peeve is having to scroll through a...

My pet peeve is having to scroll through a lengthy quoted post including several photos to see a reply. Especially on post number two, when we've just read the OP.
10-05-22, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 883
Posted By andrewclaus

I just reread LOTR after forty years away from...

I just reread LOTR after forty years away from it, so for an old guy I got the joke quickly. And I even know there were 19 other rings of power made, for the Elves, Dwarves, and Men.

"Three Rings...
10-05-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,253
Posted By andrewclaus

I was riding on a MUP with signs every few miles...

I was riding on a MUP with signs every few miles asking you to give a vocal or bell warning when passing. I rang my bell as I passed someone, startled her, and she started cussing me out for ringing...
10-05-22, 07:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 715
Posted By andrewclaus

I think it makes sense. Noise production takes...

I think it makes sense. Noise production takes energy.
10-05-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By andrewclaus

If you don't match the existing dropout spacing,...

If you don't match the existing dropout spacing, you should change the spacing. See this article: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html

I've cold set several older frames for updated...
10-03-22, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 590
Posted By andrewclaus

Did you push the pistons in? What tool did you...

Did you push the pistons in? What tool did you use?
10-03-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 434
Posted By andrewclaus

About two minutes into the video above shows the...

About two minutes into the video above shows the crux of the matter. The spring-loaded ratchet pawl is probably frozen on its shaft, and WD-40 isn't a good solution for that. If you need to pull the...
10-03-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 472
Posted By andrewclaus

First be sure the seat post and handle bar stem...

First be sure the seat post and handle bar stem move. If they do, grease them up now.

If it has 27" wheels now and you want to change it to 700C, verify the brake shoes have at least 4 mm of free...
10-03-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,140
Posted By andrewclaus

Very seldom any more, since retiring. My longest...

Very seldom any more, since retiring. My longest darkest rides were winter commutes in Seattle. Now it's mainly riding a few miles home from the brew pub or theater, a couple of times a week. Or...
10-02-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,864
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife and I dismantle our bikes and carry them...

My wife and I dismantle our bikes and carry them in the car (small SUV). We've tried car racks a couple of times but never had good luck with them for long trips.

We just bought a winter home in...
10-02-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 902
Posted By andrewclaus

This is why this kit...

This is why this kit...
10-02-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 366
Posted By andrewclaus

This article...

This article (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/truing.html) has some ideas.
10-01-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26,464
Views: 2,864,398
Posted By andrewclaus

A dusting of snow in the Colorado Rockies last...

A dusting of snow in the Colorado Rockies last night:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/snow_from_bike_3193b80f08ff3caeaa9aaccb66d973ddeccced73.jpg

I rode up to...
10-01-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,081
Posted By andrewclaus

My wife's bike has no room on the seat post, and...

My wife's bike has no room on the seat post, and a rack with no bracket or holes drilled to mount a light, and she often uses panniers so seat stay mounts don't work. So I came up with this DIY idea....
10-01-22, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 633
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd double check that the lock ring isn't...

I'd double check that the lock ring isn't bottoming out before compressing on the cassette--a 1 mm spacer may make the difference.

Last weekend I noticed the same thing on my nine speed--loose and...
09-30-22, 11:37 AM
09-30-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 475
Posted By andrewclaus

If you plan on repainting, DOT3 brake fluid is...

If you plan on repainting, DOT3 brake fluid is also an excellent penetrant. But it will damage paint. I use it on auto suspension work with great results.

In any case, even with successful...
09-30-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 373
Posted By andrewclaus

This happened to me last year. I salvaged a pair...

This happened to me last year. I salvaged a pair of unused Gatorskins from a friend's garage, unknown age, perhaps over a decade. Within a few hundred miles, both were "bubbling" and patches of tread...
09-29-22, 06:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 662
Posted By andrewclaus

It sounds like they're sealed cartridge bearings....

It sounds like they're sealed cartridge bearings. I would learn how to remove the axle to get access to each individual bearing, and spin each by hand. If there's a bearing problem, you'll find it...
09-29-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 932
Posted By andrewclaus

More than half a century, my entire life in...

More than half a century, my entire life in fact--they were standard equipment on cars in 1955.
09-24-22, 05:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 491
Posted By andrewclaus

Or don't worry about it. My wife's bike has had...

Or don't worry about it. My wife's bike has had Presta tubes in Schrader rims for decades without an issue, with high pressure road tires.
Forum: Touring
09-24-22, 04:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 571
Posted By andrewclaus

Big fan of Continental Gatorskins here, and I...

Big fan of Continental Gatorskins here, and I like the 28 width. Even on my 1983 Trek 520.
09-24-22, 06:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 239
Posted By andrewclaus

We have a bin full of 6 mm bolts and nuts at the...

We have a bin full of 6 mm bolts and nuts at the shop for this reason.
09-24-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 538
Posted By andrewclaus

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

If there's a bike co-op in your area, they may offer classes. And volunteer there if you can.

I agree, flat tires are the most common reason bikes aren't ridden.

Safety of course is most...
Forum: Touring
09-23-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,090
Posted By andrewclaus

Your clothing sounds about right. That sounds...

Your clothing sounds about right. That sounds like an excellent idea for a shake-down cruise. Have fun!

I personally wouldn't pack anything puffy for those temps, just an extra jersey. My packs...
09-21-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 209
Posted By andrewclaus

Another way to check for play in the BB is to...

Another way to check for play in the BB is to align a crank with the seat tube, grab the crank and seat tube with both hands, and squeeze hard. Then rotate the crank 180 and repeat.

Have you...
09-21-22, 07:20 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,132
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree that any angle greater than that 3:00...

I agree that any angle greater than that 3:00 position, when fully applied, is fine. The problem is that many do not understand the leverage issue and continue to adjust past that position as pads...
09-19-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,132
Posted By andrewclaus

FBinNY mentioned the cable. Excess housing length...

FBinNY mentioned the cable. Excess housing length and/or changes in direction will reduce power. Some say changing to compressionless helps, but I haven't tried it.

Verify the lever is correct for...
09-17-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,340
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm nervously waiting for that year when things...

I'm nervously waiting for that year when things just start to decline. I feared my COVID infection would be the start of that, but it looks like I might have gotten over that hump.

I had a mild...
09-15-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 26,464
Views: 2,864,398
Posted By andrewclaus

Yesterday I made my first attempt at my annual...

Yesterday I made my first attempt at my annual ascent up Mt Evans from my house in Golden Co. It's a 14,200' summit with a paved road. I got delayed way too long this year by a COVID infection in the...
09-15-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,030
Posted By andrewclaus

I like the one that says, "In dog beers, I've...

I like the one that says, "In dog beers, I've only had one."
Forum: Touring
09-14-22, 07:51 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 3,292
Posted By andrewclaus

Here's a pretty good comparison...

Here's a pretty good comparison (https://pmags.com/stove-comparison-real-world-use) from a hiking friend of mine.

Most of my touring and backcountry travel is stoveless, an option covered well in...
09-13-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,270
Posted By andrewclaus

I used to have a 30-spoke rear wheel. The drive...

I used to have a 30-spoke rear wheel. The drive side was 20 spokes laced 3-cross, the non-drive side was ten spokes laced radial.

Sorry, I have no experience with that mode of spoke breakage.
09-12-22, 05:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 904
Posted By andrewclaus

Faced with the exact situation a few years ago, I...

Faced with the exact situation a few years ago, I went first with 25 then up to 28, where I'll probably stay. I'm not commuting anymore, but cycle up to 200 miles/week in retirement. My main...
09-11-22, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 311
Posted By andrewclaus

Maybe the slow leak let out enough air that you...

Maybe the slow leak let out enough air that you pinch-flatted close to home. That's when the tube gets caught between the tire and rim and you get two large holes.
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