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08-04-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,312
Posted By Le Mechanic

I finally got all the parts needed to finish this...

I finally got all the parts needed to finish this project! I made a final video with an overview of the whole restoration. The bike has a very sweet ride! https://youtu.be/MMEms16HIZU
12-19-21, 08:35 AM
Replies: 748
Views: 420,852
Posted By Le Mechanic

I made a short video of a front derailleur hack...

I made a short video of a front derailleur hack I've been doing for the last few years. I came up with this idea to mimic the structural stability of Shimano Di2 and 11 speed group front derailleurs...
04-25-21, 07:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 729
Posted By Le Mechanic

Don't worry about the opposite side of the rim,...

Don't worry about the opposite side of the rim, just focus on the high and low spots where the radial runout is located. Having a round rim and getting the spokes started evenly will definitely help...
09-08-20, 07:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,983
Posted By Le Mechanic

Check the thru axles first. If they're not tight...

Check the thru axles first. If they're not tight or bone dry, they'll creak. Sounds just like the BB creaking under load. The second place is the seat mast to frame and seat mast to saddle rail...
08-23-20, 10:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By Le Mechanic

No, not sure how you got a shifter issue from my...

No, not sure how you got a shifter issue from my response? It's either a damaged wire from either the wire running from the battery to the B junction or the wire running from the B junction to the A...
08-23-20, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 620
Posted By Le Mechanic

2020 Pivot Vault 1 year review video

I've been hammering this bike for a year now and made a Youtube video with all the pros and cons of this bike. Overall, I really like the bike. It was my first bike with electronic shifting (Sram AXS...
08-23-20, 10:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,241
Posted By Le Mechanic

I finally converted to a wide range 1x set up on...

I finally converted to a wide range 1x set up on my commuter, gravel, bad weather bike about a year and a half ago. The only regret I have is not doing it sooner. I went from a 2x 11/28 cassette...
08-23-20, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By Le Mechanic

If the whole system is shutting down...

If the whole system is shutting down intermittently, from what I've seen the issue is a bad connection from the battery to the B junction or the connection from the B junction to the A junction....
08-22-20, 10:42 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,989
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've been diagnosing and fixing mystery noises on...

I've been diagnosing and fixing mystery noises on bikes for almost 40 years. It seems to me the path of least resistance is to check all the easy stuff first rather than the typical replace the...
07-28-20, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,716
Posted By Le Mechanic

Most modern bikes like the Domane (All road,...

Most modern bikes like the Domane (All road, endurance road, gravel, Etc.) come equipped with tubeless-ready wheels and/or tires but come set up with tubes. Generally then inflating the tire after...
07-06-20, 12:03 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,692
Posted By Le Mechanic

It really depends on what type of bike(s) you're...

It really depends on what type of bike(s) you're going to be working on. I've worked in the bike industry primarily as a mechanic for the last 37 years and have acquired pretty much a full pro shop...
07-05-20, 08:53 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,906
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've made another video since the one several...

I've made another video since the one several years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9f0SulxQdM&t=2s


Then I made another video giving it an off-road test to see how well it would hold up...
06-13-20, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 417
Posted By Le Mechanic

If you've only set up front derailleurs older...

If you've only set up front derailleurs older than 2015 or so, the newer Shimano derailleurs are a completely different animal. I made a video a while back on how to set up and adjust newer, long arm...
Forum: Framebuilders
06-08-20, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,063
Posted By Le Mechanic

Looking good! I built something similar a couple...

Looking good! I built something similar a couple of years ago. 650b klunker with a fork that I wanted to look like a mid 70's Redline type. It was my first fork build, so those early wishbone style...
05-14-20, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,463
Posted By Le Mechanic

Take it back to the dealer. (hopefully, you...

Take it back to the dealer. (hopefully, you purchased the bike from a Trek dealer). That sounds like an improperly torqued crank arm, to begin with, with which on a bike that you've only owned for a...
04-27-20, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,885
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like the Spokey pictured above, much easier on...

I like the Spokey pictured above, much easier on the fingers than the Park spoke wrenches. My favorite is the DT spoke wrench. The bladed spoke holder fits nicely within the wrench as well.
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04-23-20, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,460
Posted By Le Mechanic

You may or may not be aware, but by default, Di2...

You may or may not be aware, but by default, Di2 is programmed to not allow the rear derailleur to shift into the 2 smallest cogs while in the small chainring up front.
04-21-20, 09:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,312
Posted By Le Mechanic

I couldn't resist riding the bike to work and...

I couldn't resist riding the bike to work and back today. This thing rides very sweet. I found that my shoes with Shimano SPD road cleats fir into the toe clips just trying to see where they would...
04-20-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,312
Posted By Le Mechanic

Got the bike together enough to go on a quick...

Got the bike together enough to go on a quick shakedown ride. It's SWEET! I've still got a few missing parts get get it completely finished, but I uploaded part 5 of the Youtube video series. It's...
04-20-20, 10:57 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,580
Posted By Le Mechanic

The best thing I've found is putting tubeless...

The best thing I've found is putting tubeless tire sealant (Stan's, Orange Seal, Bontrager TLR, Etc.) into my inner tubes. I started doing this about a year and a half ago (32-36 miles round trip) on...
04-20-20, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,041
Posted By Le Mechanic

It would be a pretty simple process with either...

It would be a pretty simple process with either bike you own. I made a video a couple of years ago converting an early 80's bike to a flat bar, or actually a riser bar set up. The shifters used would...
04-20-20, 09:11 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,171
Posted By Le Mechanic

Thank you! I had a chance to get this going a few...

Thank you! I had a chance to get this going a few months back for around $45, but I waited too long. I got the idea from this for several bike shops I've worked for through the years. Super sturdy...
04-18-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 766
Posted By Le Mechanic

In general, most tubes will last a long time...

In general, most tubes will last a long time regardless of the brand. Based on your description, the tubes are leaking shortly after installation. Have you been checking where the tubes are leaking?...
03-29-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 839
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've got a lot of first-hand experience with...

I've got a lot of first-hand experience with owning GXP crank/BB's and installing/servicing them since their inception in the mid 2000's. Depending on the BB whether it's a threaded cup type, or in...
03-26-20, 08:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,312
Posted By Le Mechanic

I've got the bike completely disassembled and...

I've got the bike completely disassembled and currently cleaning/polishing parts. The bike came apart very nicely with nothing seized - no broken bolts, Etc. Overall, the bike is in wonderful...
03-21-20, 07:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,312
Posted By Le Mechanic

Rossin Record restoration project

I'm going to do a Youtube video series on an 83' or 84' Rossin Record bike. The plan is a full teardown, overhaul and replacement of the worn parts, then reassembly with step by step documentation if...
03-15-20, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Le Mechanic

It depends a lot on what type wrap you're using...

It depends a lot on what type wrap you're using as the others have said. If you're going full retro with some super thin cotton tape, those clumps will likely show through. Most modern handlebar wrap...
10-16-19, 06:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,077
Posted By Le Mechanic

It took a lot of editing!

It took a lot of editing!
10-05-19, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,613
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yeah, the majority of my commute is from the...

Yeah, the majority of my commute is from the Cherry Creek Reservoir southeast to Parker. There's definitely more commuters from the reservoir northwest to downtown, but it all gets plowed generally...
Forum: Commuting
09-20-19, 07:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,478
Posted By Le Mechanic

The main issue with road tubeless is it is...

The main issue with road tubeless is it is generally more miss than hit. I work at a bike shop where we install and service a very high volume of tubeless setups on a variety of bikes. A few...
09-19-19, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,244
Posted By Le Mechanic

I just park mine on some old towels if it's not...

I just park mine on some old towels if it's not too bad. If it's frozen and glazed over pretty heavily, I just give it a quick rinse in our spare shower. I made a video about it last year. Got to get...
09-02-19, 10:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,486
Posted By Le Mechanic

Quick Tip - 2 minute pre ride bike check

I made a video covering the basics of what types of things are good to check on your bike before going for a ride. Let me know if there's anything you think I missed!

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09-01-19, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By Le Mechanic

Threadless cartridge bearing headsets need to be...

Threadless cartridge bearing headsets need to be disassembled and cleaned now and again just due to the noises you describe initially. Sounds like you got the issue taken care of, but it's mainly due...
08-18-19, 07:32 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yeah, the price is a little on the high side,...

Yeah, the price is a little on the high side, especially if it's for a home garage shop, but for a high production bike shop that changes lots of tires, cassettes, rotors, and tons of tubeless...
08-16-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 616
Posted By Le Mechanic

New Park bench mount wheel holder tool

Just installed one of these Park Tool WH-1 wheel holder devices. Maybe a little pricey for the home mechanic at $99, but for a high production bike shop, this thing is awesome!
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06-22-19, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,249
Posted By Le Mechanic

Yes, these newer Sora and Claris derailleurs can...

Yes, these newer Sora and Claris derailleurs can be difficult to set up correctly compared to the older versions. From the photo, it looks like the main error is the routing. The cable is going up...
Forum: Commuting
06-17-19, 10:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,478
Posted By Le Mechanic

Tip: My tubeless sealant in tubes experiment

I moved to Denver 1 year ago, and have been commuting daily (99% of the time) at a distance of 36+ miles roundtrip per day. The first few months, I got quite a few punctures, more so once I...
06-02-19, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,031
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like Shimano pedals because they're durable and...

I like Shimano pedals because they're durable and the cleats are easy to get when you need them. As far as everything else, just use what's on the bike until it wears out. You'll get 50 different...
05-27-19, 09:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,261
Posted By Le Mechanic

Denver CO gravel video

I made a 20 minute video of a ride I did to hit the 10,000 mile mark on my first frame build. I built the bike as a gravel/rainy day commuter, and have various videos of the build and upgrades the...
05-24-19, 11:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,881
Posted By Le Mechanic

This one is great! ...

This one is great!
https://www.youtube.com/c/JoeyMesa
It's got lot's of bicycle related content including: repair tutorials, product testing and reviews, custom built dream bike assemblies, frame...
05-20-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,816
Posted By Le Mechanic

I like how every photo of a bike is clamped...

I like how every photo of a bike is clamped incorrectly into the stand.
05-10-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,266
Posted By Le Mechanic

From the photo, it doesn't look too bad, although...

From the photo, it doesn't look too bad, although if looking at it from the side and the rim is dented in from the top (as if the wheel got dropped), that could be a bigger problem. I made a video a...
05-06-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,437
Posted By Le Mechanic

Dropper post on a CX or gravel bike?

So I just installed a dropper post on my gravel/commuter bike. I thought about it for a while since I recently converted to a 1X set up and rode a MTB on some pretty gnarly trails with a dropper for...
04-22-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,326
Posted By Le Mechanic

This BB will work in your frame to run a FSA...

This BB will work in your frame to run a FSA 386EVO crank
...
09-17-18, 07:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,906
Posted By Le Mechanic

Still a relevant post for someone else with the...

Still a relevant post for someone else with the same issue, no?
09-16-18, 08:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,906
Posted By Le Mechanic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd1F5X9WBCI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd1F5X9WBCI
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