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02-20-24, 08:30 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,747
Posted By Jeff Neese

FYI - they've moved the Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle...

FYI - they've moved the Ann Arbor Classic Bicycle Show and Swap Meet, to the Monroe County Fairgrounds (in Monroe) now. I've gone to them every year in Ann Arbor, but I'm not driving to Monroe. ...
01-15-24, 08:29 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,228
Posted By Jeff Neese

Ah, the lowly, but not really so lowly Trek 730. ...

Ah, the lowly, but not really so lowly Trek 730. Super sleeper.

Full DB chromoly frame and fork was most years identical to the venerable 750, and only differed from the 750 in components. ...
01-09-24, 05:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 748
Posted By Jeff Neese

No, it was not "cute". Did you see that she fell...

No, it was not "cute". Did you see that she fell into a ravine and could have been seriously injured? She was lucky. She's clearly a beginner - putting a foot down while still in the saddle is never...
01-09-24, 08:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 748
Posted By Jeff Neese

Putting a foot down while still in the saddle is...

Putting a foot down while still in the saddle is never correct, unless the bike is designed for that (such as a "pedal forward" design, recumbent, etc.) If you can reach the ground with your foot...
01-04-24, 05:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 3,173
Posted By Jeff Neese

Cantilevers if the frame is fitted for them. I...

Cantilevers if the frame is fitted for them. I have removed more than one set of V-brakes to install cantis. I like the stopping power, modulation, and the fact that once set up properly, they...
Replies: 31
Views: 1,345
Posted By Jeff Neese

If you had one as a kid (like me), it's certainly...

If you had one as a kid (like me), it's certainly worth $90 for the novelty/nostalgia factor. That's assuming you don't have to put much into it. The one you linked to appears to be in great...
12-20-23, 06:00 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,936
Posted By Jeff Neese

Except that many of his own posts contain so much...

Except that many of his own posts contain so much nonsense and wrong information, it's laughable that he's pointing out anyone else's mistakes. He's not really a mechanic - he just plays one on the...
12-18-23, 04:10 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 5,936
Posted By Jeff Neese

Notice that no examples were provided, just a...

Notice that no examples were provided, just a vague and general statement about "blaringly obvious falsehoods". Obvious attempt at trolling.
12-08-23, 08:52 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,193
Posted By Jeff Neese

He's determined to do anything but that, the one...

He's determined to do anything but that, the one thing that would solve his problem for sure. So instead he's trolling this group with complaints about REI, and nobody's taking the bait. As we...
12-05-23, 04:14 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,193
Posted By Jeff Neese

It sounds like you did everything BUT the one...

It sounds like you did everything BUT the one thing that you should have - taken the bike back to REI. You say you "took a stab in the dark and tried ordering a couple of them that were similar"...
11-24-23, 09:11 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

No. Whether it's one spoke or a couple, you look...

No. Whether it's one spoke or a couple, you look for the root cause which is 90% of the time going to be uneven spoke tension. After the first one, it's a clear sign that the wheel needs...
11-16-23, 08:34 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,655
Posted By Jeff Neese

Schwalbe Schrader valve stems are threaded and...

Schwalbe Schrader valve stems are threaded and have a lockring.
11-12-23, 03:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,088
Posted By Jeff Neese

You sure can. I don't do quick links, and just...

You sure can. I don't do quick links, and just keep a supply of these. Unfortunately Shimano chains now come with quick links, so you have to buy the pins separately.

SHIMANO 8 Speed Bicycle...
11-10-23, 06:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,244
Posted By Jeff Neese

I may be wrong, but it looks like forged steel to...

I may be wrong, but it looks like forged steel to me. Highly unlikely to bend, and any crash that does bend it is probably going to crack the stays (or at least the joint) anyway.
11-01-23, 05:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,179
Posted By Jeff Neese

Before you spend money on a "professional"...

Before you spend money on a "professional" fitting, realize there are many videos you can watch first.

Or maybe start with something simple - take the measurements from your old bike, the one...
10-30-23, 08:04 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

Here are a few: Linked above, has charts for...

Here are a few:

Linked above, has charts for different types of spokes. Uses the Park Tool TM-1 readings but includes conversion tables.
The Complete Guide To Wheel Spokes Tension (http://The...
10-27-23, 04:31 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 3,977
Posted By Jeff Neese

Broken spokes are almost always a symptom of...

Broken spokes are almost always a symptom of incorrect and/or uneven spoke tension. Take your wheels to an experienced wheelbuilder and ask them to retension all the spokes in both wheels. Those...
10-25-23, 09:31 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,058
Posted By Jeff Neese

People have commented on the general crappiness...

People have commented on the general crappiness of those brakes, and while they may not be as good as most modern dual-pivot calipers, they're actually just fine. I have those on my Fuji. With...
10-23-23, 09:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jeff Neese

Is it though? The thing that takes the longest...

Is it though? The thing that takes the longest is re-taping the handlebars. Aside from that, you're talking about 5 or 10 minutes of work, and zero risk. It seems like it would take a lot longer...
10-23-23, 06:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jeff Neese

Honestly, this whole thing is ridiculous. ...

Honestly, this whole thing is ridiculous.

You either work on your own bikes, or you don't. If you do, then learning to swap handlebars, along with the associated removal and reinstallation of...
10-23-23, 05:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By Jeff Neese

Is there any reason to believe that the correct...

Is there any reason to believe that the correct chainline for that bike isn't the industry-standard 47.5-50mm, and that somehow, somewhere a mistake was made? Is the bike stock, otherwise? Are you...
10-23-23, 05:01 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 4,204
Posted By Jeff Neese

My problem is that every time I think about...

My problem is that every time I think about "thinning the herd" and maybe selling one of my bikes, I take it out for a ride and end up saying "Man, I can't sell this thing!"
10-23-23, 04:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 610
Posted By Jeff Neese

There's nothing to calculate. The correct...

There's nothing to calculate. The correct chainline for a frame doesn't change, and it should be intuitive that a single chainring would be the same distance as the middle chainring on a triple. ...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-22-23, 06:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,732
Posted By Jeff Neese

Do people really have that much trouble with a...

Do people really have that much trouble with a good frame-mounted pump? My Lezyne pumps (and others I've used in the past) have never failed me. I don't have to remember to charge it, and it's...
10-22-23, 06:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,022
Posted By Jeff Neese

If that doesn't work, try my technique: 1....

If that doesn't work, try my technique:

1. Hold both grips in one hand.
2. Toss them in the trash.
3. Install grips with lock-on collars.
10-21-23, 10:25 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,925
Posted By Jeff Neese

For you, I believe that's true. For the rest of...

For you, I believe that's true. For the rest of us, not so much.
10-21-23, 06:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jeff Neese

What are you suggesting, that you can't get a...

What are you suggesting, that you can't get a quill stem tight enough with a regular allen wrench? That's wrong. You don't actually want to torque it down too tight.
10-20-23, 07:34 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,925
Posted By Jeff Neese

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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10-20-23, 05:37 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 4,925
Posted By Jeff Neese

That happens with a lot of actually knowledgeable...

That happens with a lot of actually knowledgeable people, especially in the Bicycle Mechanics forum. There are a handful of characters who consistently post nonsense and misinformation and who reveal...
10-19-23, 04:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By Jeff Neese

I agree about Japanese bikes of that era. Even...

I agree about Japanese bikes of that era. Even "budget" models were still well made, reliable, and serviceable.

I think the unsung hero of this story is the guy who sold her the bike, operating...
10-18-23, 12:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 685
Posted By Jeff Neese

Would the end of a shifter cable fit through the...

Would the end of a shifter cable fit through the tube, maybe with a little grinding or filing? If so you could feed a shifter cable through until it catches on the end of the housing, and pull.
10-18-23, 08:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By Jeff Neese

She's a "keeper" for some lucky fellow, for sure....

She's a "keeper" for some lucky fellow, for sure. I bet based on that one video, she's getting marriage proposals from all over.
10-17-23, 06:12 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 943
Posted By Jeff Neese

These are the shifter bosses, currently holding...

These are the shifter bosses, currently holding the Shimano bolt-on cable stops. It's the common type with a 12x12mm square platform. The Dia Compe ENE friction shifters that I just happen to...
10-16-23, 12:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 943
Posted By Jeff Neese

You are not wrong. I didn't notice this until I...

You are not wrong. I didn't notice this until I went through the pictures I took. "Handmade in Taiwan".
...
10-15-23, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By Jeff Neese

Very good. Many of us would echo her...

Very good. Many of us would echo her experience. I love "urban riding" and sometimes take my road bikes into the city to ride, rather than the MUP. It's fun to get out and see what's going on...
10-15-23, 06:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,175
Posted By Jeff Neese

You mean a manufacturer introduced a product with...

You mean a manufacturer introduced a product with no real benefit to the user, simply in order to promote the idea of "New and Improved" and to sell more product to gullible consumers? No, that...
10-14-23, 03:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 249
Posted By Jeff Neese

These should be the ones. Jagwire Slick...

These should be the ones. Jagwire Slick Stainless Steel Shift/Shifter Cables Set (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LXXAFV5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

You might...
10-09-23, 07:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 943
Posted By Jeff Neese

1997 Specialized Sirrus N+1

I had posted in this forum looking for information and/or opinions before I bought it, but only got one reply and nobody else said they owned one. It's a 1997 Specialized Sirrus. I ended up buying...
10-08-23, 08:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,186
Posted By Jeff Neese

There are charts like the ones on this page that...

There are charts like the ones on this page that show compatible tire and rim sizes. As you'll see there's quite a bit of range and overlap, so you'll probably be fine. As already mentioned,...
10-08-23, 06:40 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,064
Posted By Jeff Neese

I'm sure it would be fine. He'd read the...

I'm sure it would be fine. He'd read the instructions first.
10-08-23, 06:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,206
Posted By Jeff Neese

It's easy to go down a rabbit hole when you start...

It's easy to go down a rabbit hole when you start researching grease, and I am not a Machinery Lubrication Engineer (MLE). Yes, there is such a thing. Who knew? No one in this thread has claimed to...
10-08-23, 06:02 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,351
Posted By Jeff Neese

Here's my wife's version of that same exact bike....

Here's my wife's version of that same exact bike. Her other bike happens to also be a Rockhopper, set up pretty much as originally intended with flat bars and fat tires. The rural area we live has...
10-06-23, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 561
Posted By Jeff Neese

You can still buy U-brakes on Amazon but I only...

You can still buy U-brakes on Amazon but I only see off-brand ones. (That doesn't mean they're bad though.) Another option is eBay.

Unfortunately cantilevers won't work because the spacing is...
10-02-23, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 805
Posted By Jeff Neese

You don't. You're making this more complicated...

You don't. You're making this more complicated than it needs to be. Any 1" ISO Standard headset will fit. The only caveat is as 70sSanO mentioned, and that is to pay attention to stack height. ...
10-01-23, 05:38 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,344
Posted By Jeff Neese

Maybe you're right. But after 55 years and 250k+...

Maybe you're right. But after 55 years and 250k+ miles, I've never removed a chain just to clean it and I'm unlikely to start now. My drivetrains run perfectly and chains last a long time. When...
10-01-23, 10:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 805
Posted By Jeff Neese

Sorry I wasn't more specific. Any 1" ISO...

Sorry I wasn't more specific. Any 1" ISO Standard headset will work. Usually when you are looking at these, that's what they are unless otherwise specified.

This is the most common headset...
10-01-23, 08:43 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 3,344
Posted By Jeff Neese

Regular waxing requires a Quick-Link, so that's a...

Regular waxing requires a Quick-Link, so that's a hard no from me. The only time I remove a chain is for replacement, or as required for some other maintenance.
09-30-23, 08:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,881
Posted By Jeff Neese

Seems a shame to destroy one of the more...

Seems a shame to destroy one of the more desirable rigid steel MTB frames ever made, just for this exercise. The fact that it's one of the earlier lugged frames makes it even worse. You turned a...
09-29-23, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 575
Posted By Jeff Neese

I tried hard to like butterfly handlebars, and...

I tried hard to like butterfly handlebars, and put them on several bikes. I was enthralled with the idea of multiple hand positions, but they don't really work well in practice.

The main problem...
Forum: Touring
09-29-23, 05:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,224
Posted By Jeff Neese

It's worth noting that the Trek 750 Multitrack,...

It's worth noting that the Trek 750 Multitrack, which was sold as a hybrid, with flat bars, used the same frame as the 520. They only made the 750 through 1997 but the 520 lived on. My 750 is a...
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