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11-20-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

I find that pedals typically come from the...

I find that pedals typically come from the factory skimpily lubed and too tightly adjusted; I always lube and adjust new pedals before putting them into service. I specifically only buy pedals which...
11-13-22, 03:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 361
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is possible to install a threaded insert...

It is possible to install a threaded insert called a Helicoil which will restore the threads stronger than new.
10-29-22, 02:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By dsbrantjr

I ride on the right and notice my tires wear more...

I ride on the right and notice my tires wear more on the left, which I attribute to road crown.
Off topic, my '65 VW Beetle repair manual listed alternate, asymmetrical front end alignment angles...
10-29-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 1,296
Posted By dsbrantjr

Nope, cones are typically case-hardened steel...

Nope, cones are typically case-hardened steel which is impossible to cut with a tap.
10-29-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 424
Posted By dsbrantjr

De-mount, flip, and reinstall periodically to...

De-mount, flip, and reinstall periodically to equalize the wear?
09-29-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 479
Posted By dsbrantjr

Get some Kano Kroil, it is your best chance at a...

Get some Kano Kroil, it is your best chance at a penetrant-only solution.
09-20-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 259
Posted By dsbrantjr

There is a handy dust cap removal tool which is...

There is a handy dust cap removal tool which is very helpful in doing the required maintenance. Search on "MKS pedal dust cap spanner". IME most pedals come skimpily greased and adjusted too tight...
09-12-22, 06:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 910
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have 38mm and 47mm tires on 19mm rims with zero...

I have 38mm and 47mm tires on 19mm rims with zero issues.
09-05-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 848
Posted By dsbrantjr

Get one of the good (Park Tool is one) spoke...

Get one of the good (Park Tool is one) spoke wrenches which grips 4 corners/3 sides of the spoke and is the correct size; a good fit is critical to give you the best chance of breaking the spoke...
09-02-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 302
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bolts can be cut shorter rather easily. Using a...

Bolts can be cut shorter rather easily. Using a too-short bolt could result in its coming loose and/or stripping the threads; having the bars come off is only funny in the cartoons.
09-02-22, 05:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By dsbrantjr

This. Often when changing only the inner cable,...

This. Often when changing only the inner cable, the groove the old cable has worn in the housing (a cause of much of the new cable "stretch") does not fit the new cable well, which causes excess...
08-30-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 356
Posted By dsbrantjr

Friction shifting is the way to go for this kind...

Friction shifting is the way to go for this kind of situation, works with pretty much whatever else you have on the bike. No fiddly indexing adjustments and you can easily trim the front if needed.
08-22-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Multi-Pu...

https://www.greenpartstore.com/John-Deere-Multi-Purpose-SD-Polyurea-Gun-Grease-TY6341.html -15 to 350F (-26 to 177C) A lifetime supply for $6.47
08-21-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By dsbrantjr

I keep new ones as spares; I would be too...

I keep new ones as spares; I would be too lazy/forgetful to take the worn link out and replace it when I get home. I also have a little piece of coat hanger wire bent into a double hook tool to hold...
08-21-22, 03:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 634
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chain-wear.html

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/chain-wear.html
08-21-22, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 277
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would not expect great shifting performance but...

I would not expect great shifting performance but certainly useable in a "bail-out" situation. Should be manageable with your downtube shifters, friction shifting overcomes a lot of issues..
08-21-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,111
Posted By dsbrantjr

I consider "single use" to mean "use with one...

I consider "single use" to mean "use with one chain" and toss both when worn. IIRC there was some patent or another which kept folks from advertising reuseable links, calling them single-use...
08-21-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 573
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you need a bead jack to mount your tires, you...

If you need a bead jack to mount your tires, you had better have it with you when you get a flat or you are going to be stuck.
Another way to ease mounting of tires is to use a thinner rim strip...
08-19-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By dsbrantjr

Before taking the shotgun approach of replacing...

Before taking the shotgun approach of replacing things, maybe you should clean and lube the mechanisms and replace the cables and housings. You might find that it works just fine.
08-19-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 431
Posted By dsbrantjr

They'll pry my steel frames from my cold, dead...

They'll pry my steel frames from my cold, dead hands!
08-16-22, 03:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 209
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bicycles are intended to be pedaled forward. If...

Bicycles are intended to be pedaled forward. If it does that OK I would advise leaving well enough alone. Never Fix A Running Piece.
08-12-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 697
Posted By dsbrantjr

20 year old pads? I would replace them first.

20 year old pads? I would replace them first.
07-30-22, 09:00 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 1,732
Posted By dsbrantjr

This is the price we pay for that slick...

This is the price we pay for that slick under-bar-tape cable routing, I'm afraid.
07-27-22, 05:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,381
Posted By dsbrantjr

I don't like it a bit. The idea of having two...

I don't like it a bit. The idea of having two clamp bolts is to increase the area under clamping pressure (and add redundnacy). What you propose seems to me like you are "stealing" clamping...
07-23-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 859
Posted By dsbrantjr

Or help someone else and rack up karmic points.

Or help someone else and rack up karmic points.
07-23-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 181
Posted By dsbrantjr

No part is perfectly concentric, nor is any...

No part is perfectly concentric, nor is any assembly. I would consider 2-3 mm of derailleur movement irrelevant; the amount of non-concentricity of the chainring is certainly less than this. You...
07-19-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have found that it is hard to go wrong with...

I have found that it is hard to go wrong with Kool Stop products.
07-14-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 935
Posted By dsbrantjr

I'd suggest you get used to using your front...

I'd suggest you get used to using your front brake preferentially, so that it is a reflex when the time comes where you need to brake really hard in an emergency.
07-09-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 349
Posted By dsbrantjr

I use Tef-Gel on all dissimilar-metal joints, it...

I use Tef-Gel on all dissimilar-metal joints, it is specifically desgned to hinder electrolytic corrosion in marine conditions: https://www.tefgel.com/contain.php?param=tefgel_infor
07-06-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 697
Posted By dsbrantjr

This is why I see no economy in buying large...

This is why I see no economy in buying large quantities of such things unless you use it at a prodigious rate..
I buy the smallest Rema tubes of vulcanizing fluid, carefully squeeze out all of the...
06-22-22, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,145
Posted By dsbrantjr

You do not want glue, you want "vulcanizing...

You do not want glue, you want "vulcanizing fluid" which, when correctly used, causes a chemical bond between the tube and the patch. Sulfur something something, one of the organic chemists in the...
06-22-22, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 220
Posted By dsbrantjr

My go-to for dissimilar metal joints/fasteners...

My go-to for dissimilar metal joints/fasteners where electrolytic corrosion is a concern, is Tef-Gel: https://www.tefgel.com/contain.php?param=tefgel_infor
06-14-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By dsbrantjr

A BIG downside to screw extractors/easy outs is...

A BIG downside to screw extractors/easy outs is that if you break one off you now have a piece of hardened steel to contend with, too.
06-07-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 235
Posted By dsbrantjr

How did you determine this wear? If you used one...

How did you determine this wear? If you used one of those chain checkers you may be getting a pessimistic reading. Try measuring the chain with a good steel rule, instead.
It is also possible...
06-01-22, 04:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 832
Posted By dsbrantjr

The inner cables are different and, crucially,...

The inner cables are different and, crucially, the housings are of very different construction, shift housing being substantially weaker. Never use shift cable or housing for brake systems, ever.
05-05-22, 04:10 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,076
Posted By dsbrantjr

The key is to use a good vulcanizing fluid, which...

The key is to use a good vulcanizing fluid, which causes a chemical reaction that fuses the rubber pieces together, NOT ordinary rubber cement.
04-28-22, 06:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 320
Posted By dsbrantjr

Considering how much time you are going to be...

Considering how much time you are going to be pushing the bike backwards, how much time and work (and risk of degraded braking) is it worth to spend silencing it?
04-26-22, 12:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 183
Posted By dsbrantjr

Set the shifter for the smallest rear cog (most...

Set the shifter for the smallest rear cog (most cable payed out) and make certain that the chain is also on the smallest cog, before securing the cable.
04-25-22, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check at an auto parts store, they often have...

Check at an auto parts store, they often have flat and gloss black, perhaps they will have satin as well. You could also get a spray can of satin black and just spray a little into a container then...
04-16-22, 08:14 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,589
Posted By dsbrantjr

Cyanoacrylic (Krazy-type) adhesive will also keep...

Cyanoacrylic (Krazy-type) adhesive will also keep the strands together. The UV-cure kind hardens instantly.
04-06-22, 08:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,008
Posted By dsbrantjr

Never Fix A Running Piece.

Never Fix A Running Piece.
03-30-22, 07:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By dsbrantjr

Three things which may help mitigate peeling: ...

Three things which may help mitigate peeling: Thorough cleaning/degreasing of the surface (and don't get finger oils on the adhesive), rounding corners to as large a radius possible to minimize...
03-21-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 907
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check your tire clearances all around before...

Check your tire clearances all around before installing larger tires. Check all around, on 2 of my bikes the front derailleur mechanism (check all gears) is the tight spot for the rear tire; also...
03-16-22, 03:00 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 934
Posted By dsbrantjr

There's always the old Sheldon Brown fixed-cup...

There's always the old Sheldon Brown fixed-cup tool method: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/bbcups.html
or a supposedly improved version: ...
03-16-22, 02:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 934
Posted By dsbrantjr

Heating the cup will make it tighter in its bore,...

Heating the cup will make it tighter in its bore, you want to cool the cup and/or heat the bottom bracket shell to loosen the fit.
How about a hot air gun vs a torch? Or maybe cold spray on the cup?
03-16-22, 02:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,370
Posted By dsbrantjr

Earn style points for greasing all threaded...

Earn style points for greasing all threaded fasteners, they will drive easier and remove easier. Properly-torqued fasteners tend to stay put better but you should check periodically, rack hardware...
03-14-22, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 279
Posted By dsbrantjr

Consider making a small offering: ...

Consider making a small offering: https://www.harborfreight.com/17-in-mini-magnetic-sweeper-62704.html
A strong flashlight shined at a grazing angle along the floor will help highlight lost...
03-14-22, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 311
Posted By dsbrantjr

Much of the strength of a tire comes from the...

Much of the strength of a tire comes from the fabric plies and not the rubber. I do not let minor sidewall checking or tread cracking worry me. However, if you can pick pieces off with your...
03-13-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 639
Posted By dsbrantjr

The tradeoff for hand pumps is pressure vs...

The tradeoff for hand pumps is pressure vs volume; a high-volume pump may not be able to achieve sufficient pressure.
03-06-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 590
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always consider "use one time" to mean "toss it...

I always consider "use one time" to mean "toss it when you toss the chain". I open/close mine for maintenance without any concern.
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