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10-02-22, 09:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 245
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: 17
Views: 306
Posted By andrewclaus

This is why this kit...

This is why this kit...
10-02-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 196
Posted By andrewclaus

This article...

This article (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/truing.html) has some ideas.
10-01-22, 06:47 PM
Replies: 26,401
Views: 2,850,991
Posted By andrewclaus

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

A dusting of snow in the Colorado Rockies last night:

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I rode up to...
10-01-22, 06:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 773
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: 17
Views: 272
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: 339
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: 7
Views: 205
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: 20
Views: 350
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: 774
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: 424
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: 13
Views: 272
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: 210
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: 456
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: 820
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: 181
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: 1,023
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: 1,023
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: 54
Views: 1,913
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: 26,401
Views: 2,850,991
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: 785
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: 87
Views: 2,013
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: 55
Views: 1,018
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: 831
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: 288
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.
09-08-22, 06:28 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 1,325
Posted By andrewclaus

How do you plan on carrying gear? You'll need a...

How do you plan on carrying gear? You'll need a frame that can handle the pack(s) you plan on using. A low-end gravel bike may work fine--there are usually frame bosses for a rear rack. Gearing is a...
Forum: Touring
09-04-22, 11:57 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,561
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm one of the confirmed UL gram weenies, so I...

I'm one of the confirmed UL gram weenies, so I won't bore you with details. My first bike tours were 100+ pounds with bike. The camping was fun, but the cycling was not. Eventually I decided I wanted...
09-04-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 327
Posted By andrewclaus

I've cycled for nearly 60 years with my old...

I've cycled for nearly 60 years with my old neighborhood/school buddy Bob, starting in the 1960s. In the 70s we took our first bike tour, 1000 miles around Lake Michigan from our home in Chicago....
09-04-22, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 214
Posted By andrewclaus

It's either jammed on a frayed cable or a pawl is...

It's either jammed on a frayed cable or a pawl is frozen. If the latter, flooding it with penetrating oil may free it up.
09-03-22, 06:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 338
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree with an attempt at bending and truing, if...

I agree with an attempt at bending and truing, if the rim isn't dented or cracked. The wood blocks on the floor isn't a bad technique. Put a tire on to keep from damaging the rim more.
09-03-22, 05:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 543
Posted By andrewclaus

This is exactly the right way to do it if you...

This is exactly the right way to do it if you ride on level terrain with no wind. You can save 1 and 3 on the left side for extreme conditions. If you have problems climbing a hill or are getting...
Forum: Touring
09-02-22, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By andrewclaus

In order to add the R values, neither can be...

In order to add the R values, neither can be compressed. That's unlikely to happen. It could help, but probably not additive. One can overdo sleeping clothing inside a bag, and end up with...
Forum: Touring
09-02-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By andrewclaus

I say save the down for sleeping. I've never worn...

I say save the down for sleeping. I've never worn down on the bike. I've never spent much on brand names either. Just a couple of heavier synthetic jerseys as a mid layer.

Experience may be more...
08-31-22, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By andrewclaus

I have little experience with bike hydraulic...

I have little experience with bike hydraulic brakes, but quite a bit with autos. What do you mean by "burned of(f) residuals" with the plastic insert? Did you apply heat to the lever or caliper? And...
08-30-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 831
Posted By andrewclaus

There was a guy I rode with one time, a neighbor...

There was a guy I rode with one time, a neighbor with a 'bent. I watched with horror as he passed a car on the right, slowing down with a right turn signal on. He cussed out the driver who almost...
08-29-22, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 233
Posted By andrewclaus

Get a shop or the correct tool to check the...

Get a shop or the correct tool to check the hanger alignment. If you have a quick release front wheel, it will thread into the hanger and you can check the two wheels for parallel.

After the...
Forum: Touring
08-29-22, 07:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 674
Posted By andrewclaus

Leading edges and extremities are more difficult...

Leading edges and extremities are more difficult to dress than the core. Gloves, socks and booties, and face mask become very important. You're not moving your toes much and they're very exposed.
...
08-28-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 230
Posted By andrewclaus

Typically positions 2 and 3 are trim positions...

Typically positions 2 and 3 are trim positions for the middle chain ring. It should only shift to the large ring on the third click, or fourth position. You don't mention the fourth position in your...
08-28-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 212
Posted By andrewclaus

Replacing the crankset sometimes leads to a...

Replacing the crankset sometimes leads to a problem with the chainline, the distance from the center axis of the bike to the middle chainring. You may need a different bottom bracket length to make a...
08-28-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 678
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't quite follow your process, but it sounds...

I don't quite follow your process, but it sounds like the BB is loose in the shell, held only by the NDS lock ring. If so, don't ride it that way. You may damage the shell threads. It's probably okay...
Forum: Touring
08-28-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 766
Posted By andrewclaus

No experience with that company, but lots with...

No experience with that company, but lots with single wall shelters and a quilt.

I've been using Tarptent shelters. There is a learning curve to deal with condensation. After twenty years of using...
08-27-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 2,511
Posted By andrewclaus

As Mr Money Mustache puts it, the bicycle is a...

As Mr Money Mustache puts it, the bicycle is a money-printing fountain of youth (https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/06/13/bicycling-the-safest-form-of-transportation/). My wife and I already...
08-24-22, 07:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 190
Posted By andrewclaus

It's seldom worthwhile trying to fix those. If it...

It's seldom worthwhile trying to fix those. If it stopped working and it's not because of a cable or derailleur issue, the shifter is probably toast. As you have seen, they're very simple. Since...
08-24-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 678
Posted By andrewclaus

Check the chain line. See Sheldon Brown if...

Check the chain line. See Sheldon Brown if needed. A new crankset may need a different bottom bracket length to maintain the correct chain line. One symptom would be if the FD limit screws are very...
08-23-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 266
Posted By andrewclaus

Getting paint on spoke threads and nipples may...

Getting paint on spoke threads and nipples may mean they'll never be adjusted again.

I spent my misguided youth as a plumber's apprentice and cursed every homeowner who painted pipe.
08-22-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 348
Posted By andrewclaus

Since this developed over time, I also would...

Since this developed over time, I also would suspect friction in a housing, probably the rear loop. Some accumulation of road debris, perhaps. Or wires in the housing pinching the cable under...
08-22-22, 07:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 259
Posted By andrewclaus

Could be a B screw adjustment issue--the top RD...

Could be a B screw adjustment issue--the top RD pulley rotates away from the rear cog under tension. You can also play around a little with axle position in the horizontal dropout, but not much with...
08-22-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 488
Posted By andrewclaus

If you have a QR front wheel, the axle thread is...

If you have a QR front wheel, the axle thread is the same as the hanger's (10 x 1). You can thread the axle into the hanger and check for parallel between the two wheels. Some say they use the wheel...
08-22-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 608
Posted By andrewclaus

The few times I've been able to wear one out I...

The few times I've been able to wear one out I noticed excessive drive train noise that didn't go away with oiling.

From the photo, I'd suspect the small chainring. It looks like the teeth are...
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