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06-30-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 243
Posted By HillRider

About the only use for doing the calculation in...

About the only use for doing the calculation in advance rather than actually fitting the chain would be to see if the chain you want to buy will be long enough. New chains come in different lengths,...
06-30-22, 05:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 77
Posted By HillRider

That plastic tool is intended to limit the torque...

That plastic tool is intended to limit the torque you apply. The specified torque is 0.7 to 1.5 Nm which is quite low and well within "finger tight" using that plastic tool. BTW, that tool is...
06-29-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 114
Posted By HillRider

Sheldon Brown used to say that just qr skewer...

Sheldon Brown used to say that just qr skewer compression was really adequate to hold the wheel in position with no axle sticking out so 2.5 mm of axle protrusion at each end is really plenty. This...
06-29-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 243
Posted By HillRider

Yes, a master link is included in the chain...

Yes, a master link is included in the chain length. Without a master link the chain would be joined by reusing a standard pin (older 5/6-speed) or a special joining pin (7+ speed). The "+1" accounts...
06-28-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 189
Posted By HillRider

Apparently you never had much experience with...

Apparently you never had much experience with freewheel hubs. Broken axles, particularly with 7-speed and above freewheels, were quite common. Heavy riders, rough riding conditions and low cost...
06-26-22, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By HillRider

Yes, and the 400 of 1993 was probably far...

Yes, and the 400 of 1993 was probably far differently equipped than the 400 of 1983 so the hubs would very likely have been a different make and model.
06-25-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 225
Posted By HillRider

I don't know if that is still true for that bike....

I don't know if that is still true for that bike. The Trek 400 was a steel frame road bike sold in the early to mid-1980's so it's been out of production for over 35 years.

I had a 1983 model...
06-24-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 494
Posted By HillRider

"Peened" rivets (aka pins) are flared at the ends...

"Peened" rivets (aka pins) are flared at the ends to make a strong connection in thin chains like 9-speed and above. Pushing them out breaks off the flair and reams out the hole in the side plates...
06-24-22, 06:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 397
Posted By HillRider

I have a 4-foot two-tube LED "fluorescent"...

I have a 4-foot two-tube LED "fluorescent" fixture over my work bench hung from short chains on hooks in the rafters. It provides a very bright but diffused light that is great to work with. These...
06-23-22, 03:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 536
Posted By HillRider

Park Tools sells thin "cone wrenches" that should...

Park Tools sells thin "cone wrenches" that should be what you want. The sizes available range from 13 to 28mm and 17mm is a common one. Most on-line and local bike shops and Amazon sell them.
06-23-22, 10:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By HillRider

No, do NOT make the chain shorter than required...

No, do NOT make the chain shorter than required to wrap big-big. If it's too long for the rd to wrap up the total teeth then avoid small-small. BTW, you do not subtract two links from the length...
06-21-22, 10:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 291
Posted By HillRider

If you use light pressure on the saw,...

If you use light pressure on the saw, particularly as you near the end of the cut, splintering should not be a problem but the tape does make for a smoother cut line.
06-21-22, 06:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 291
Posted By HillRider

I also use a 32 TPI new hacksaw blade with light...

I also use a 32 TPI new hacksaw blade with light pressure (basically just the weight of the saw). I wrap the cut line with tape to prevent splintering and to make the marked cut line more visible. I...
06-20-22, 04:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By HillRider

Cute but wildly inaccurate. I never said these...

Cute but wildly inaccurate. I never said these hubs were unmaintained for that long. They have been overhauled, cleaned and relubed (with Phils) every 7000-8000 miles.
06-20-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 750
Posted By HillRider

Oh boy, bring popcorn! :popcorn "Which grease?"...

Oh boy, bring popcorn! :popcorn "Which grease?" tends to produce long, and often heated, threads.

Yes, Phil is my favorite too and I've been using it for over 30 years. I keep the cost per ounce...
06-15-22, 06:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 784
Posted By HillRider

Buy a 3/8" drive bit set and the 3/8"M to 1/4"F...

Buy a 3/8" drive bit set and the 3/8"M to 1/4"F adapter JoeTBM illustrated above to let you use the 3/8" drive bits with the low torque 1/4" drive torque wrench. Harbour Freight, Lowes, Home Depot...
06-14-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 526
Posted By HillRider

I know what you meant to write but it was sure a...

I know what you meant to write but it was sure a jolt to read this the first time. :50:

As to the severity of cross channing, one big factor is chainstay length. Bikes with long chainstays like...
06-14-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 526
Posted By HillRider

Gevenalle's shifters have even better ease of...

Gevenalle's shifters have even better ease of determining gear position since they don't return-to-center like brifters and are right under your hands on the hoods. Just touch the shift levers and...
06-12-22, 07:17 PM
06-12-22, 08:13 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 3,561
Posted By HillRider

Another thanks for the follow-up. It's good to...

Another thanks for the follow-up. It's good to know it finally worked. I have three Litespeeds that have, over the years (one is a 1996 and two are 2006 vintage), been fitted with square taper,...
06-11-22, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 211
Posted By HillRider

Excellent advice. These things lead a rough...

Excellent advice. These things lead a rough existence with almost complete neglect until the day you really need them. I've had the same experience! One way to help them survive is to wrap...
06-10-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,635
Posted By HillRider

No it wasn't. A new poster with the same problem...

No it wasn't. A new poster with the same problem reopened it for a good reason.
06-10-22, 02:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,635
Posted By HillRider

The hub is a 105 level with cup-and-cone bearings...

The hub is a 105 level with cup-and-cone bearings using 11x3/16" balls per side. However, it's specific to this Shimano pre-built wheelset and uses 12 radial laced bladed straight spokes with the...
06-10-22, 07:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 698
Posted By HillRider

That frame, considering no rust, will probably...

That frame, considering no rust, will probably outlive you and everyone you know so having it powder coated is not essential but you may want to if the current paint is badly chipped or scratched. ...
06-08-22, 06:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 499
Posted By HillRider

That is a lot of brake pad adjustment but, beyond...

That is a lot of brake pad adjustment but, beyond that, will the frame and fork clear the larger diameter tires? Is there enough room under the fork crown and seat stay bridge? I agree that a new...
06-05-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 450
Posted By HillRider

There is nothing wrong with the quality of any of...

There is nothing wrong with the quality of any of those components. A new 9-speed cassette and chain with proper adjustment should correct your problems at far less cost. I agree, find another bike...
06-04-22, 10:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 319
Posted By HillRider

You are fine just the way it is. Small-small...

You are fine just the way it is. Small-small isn't completely slack and big-big isn't stretched too tight.
06-04-22, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 450
Posted By HillRider

What are your current components? What crank and...

What are your current components? What crank and derailleurs? "Upgrading" to 10 speed is relatively straight forward but not real cheap as you would need at a minimum new shifters, cassette and...
06-04-22, 07:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 341
Posted By HillRider

That's my experience also. I have a 10-speed...

That's my experience also. I have a 10-speed Ultegra RD-6700 on one bike and a 10-speed 105 RD-5701 on another bike and the shifting is identical. If your 105 isn't shifting well, I agree with sch...
06-03-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 589
Posted By HillRider

It seems there is enough area around that hole to...

It seems there is enough area around that hole to install an M5 Helicoil to restore the original hole size.
06-03-22, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 164
Posted By HillRider

Excuse me if this sounds dismissive but it...

Excuse me if this sounds dismissive but it appears you are trying to mount the wrong brake on the wrong fork.
05-31-22, 08:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 744
Posted By HillRider

Another vote for OMS (odorless mineral spirits)...

Another vote for OMS (odorless mineral spirits) or Kerosine. They do and excellent job of cutting grease and dirt and don't leave trapped water that can cause problems if it isn't thoroughly dried. ...
05-31-22, 08:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 489
Posted By HillRider

The OP needs a t12x142 thru axle, disc brake hub...

The OP needs a t12x142 thru axle, disc brake hub which rather reduces his choices. Shimano GRX wheels meet all of these requirements and should be current, durable and maintainable for quite a long...
05-31-22, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 258
Posted By HillRider

The TPMS valve caps you linked to only work on...

The TPMS valve caps you linked to only work on Schrader valves so that makes them unusable for the big majority of riders here who only use Presta valves. Also, automobile TPMS valves relay their...
05-30-22, 07:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By HillRider

The 10-speed 105 compact crank (FC-5750) has a...

The 10-speed 105 compact crank (FC-5750) has a 110 mm bolt circle and a 33T chainring is the smallest that will fit but 34T is far more common. The 10-speed 105 triple (FC-5703) had 130/74 bolt...
05-29-22, 10:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 525
Posted By HillRider

Or that the lower cup wasn't seated fully? The...

Or that the lower cup wasn't seated fully? The OP didn't say what the age or make of bike is or the headset type so this is all a guess. It seems to me that an impact insufficient to even cause a...
05-28-22, 07:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

Well, of course, only the riders with. problems...

Well, of course, only the riders with. problems complain, the satisfied ones are normally silent. However, the numbers of problem-reporting threads with hydraulic brakes (and electronic shifting)...
05-27-22, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 429
Posted By HillRider

I'm not certain but I believe that's a cassette,...

I'm not certain but I believe that's a cassette, not a freewheel, as it has a lock ring and you need a different removal tool.
05-27-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

I don't know if "finicky" is the right term but...

I don't know if "finicky" is the right term but based on the number of threads here reporting problems with hydraulic brakes set-up, installation and maintenance difficulties, it's clear they aren't...
05-26-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

Interesting video. Of course, he only evaluated...

Interesting video. Of course, he only evaluated the brakes he actually owns and has used, but there are two obvious omissions, TRP Spyres and TRP HY/RD cable/hydraulic.

I'm pleased with my...
05-26-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 396
Posted By HillRider

Installed properly, a plug should last until the...

Installed properly, a plug should last until the rest of the tire wears out. As JohnDThompson noted, If a plug isn't a long-term fix, why bother? I haven't plugged a bike tire but I know from...
05-25-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 351
Posted By HillRider

Did you torque the pinch bolts evenly and to...

Did you torque the pinch bolts evenly and to their torque spec? The tightening torque is about 110 inch pounds which is quite tight and the instructions say to tighten them alternately and in...
05-25-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 942
Posted By HillRider

I have Gevenalle shifters on three bikes and use...

I have Gevenalle shifters on three bikes and use 10-speed Shimano bar-end or downtube levers as the rear shifters. These are indexed but also allow a full sweep of the cassette with one push. Best...
05-25-22, 10:44 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 942
Posted By HillRider

One insurmountable problem with wide range 1X...

One insurmountable problem with wide range 1X drivetrains is the large gap between adjacent gears ratios. Also, as you note there is no shortcut in going from a very low to a usefully higher gear,...
05-25-22, 06:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 290
Posted By HillRider

Lower is better and too low is barely enough. ...

Lower is better and too low is barely enough. Your proposed 32x34 gives a 25.4 gear-inch low gear which isn't all that low. At a minimum, I'd buy a 46/30 crank to get a 23.8 gear-inch low. I know...
05-25-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

That's correct but the improvement in feel and a...

That's correct but the improvement in feel and a solid, firm lever make it well worth the slight extra cost.


The OP is using Tektro mechanicals which, I believe, are like my TRP Spyres. These...
05-24-22, 02:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 802
Posted By HillRider

If you put a new chain on a used freewheel (I...

If you put a new chain on a used freewheel (I assume freewheel, not cassette) you might find it skips under load. A new freewheel is relatively cheap but you will need the removal tool or pay the...
05-24-22, 10:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

Can you fit larger rotors? If these are flat...

Can you fit larger rotors? If these are flat mount calipers, I believe 160mm is the largest they will accept. As to compressionless brake housing, yes it will improve braking and I would replace...
05-24-22, 07:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 360
Posted By HillRider

There should be a plastic "bolt" that threads...

There should be a plastic "bolt" that threads into the crank arm and is torqued lightly (say 10 inch-pounds) by hand that fills in that gap before the clamping bolts are tightened.
05-23-22, 04:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 251
Posted By HillRider

No, the increase in radius, and the decrease in...

No, the increase in radius, and the decrease in clearance, will be 4mm or about 5/32".

Given the OP is working on an older road frame that originally had long reach brakes, I expect the fork and...
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