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06-25-22, 04:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 159
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: 18
Views: 361
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: 350
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: 12
Views: 276
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: 144
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...
06-20-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 716
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: 726
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, 11:05 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 520
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...
06-10-22, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,551
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.
06-05-22, 11:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 445
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...
06-03-22, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 582
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.
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, 03:44 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 909
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: 909
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, 06:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 852
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: 788
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...
05-22-22, 03:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 470
Posted By HillRider

I wonder how good X-series and Frog sales were...

I wonder how good X-series and Frog sales were prior to the Wahoo take-over. Companies typically don't abandon products with good sales so maybe they weren't as popular and profitable you might wish....
05-21-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 245
Posted By HillRider

The "100 mm" is the fork's dropout spacing, i.e....

The "100 mm" is the fork's dropout spacing, i.e. the current standard for road and most Gravel bikes. The 118.5 is the overall length of the thru axle you need and the extra length allows for the...
05-15-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By HillRider

Mechanical disc brakes can be very good. The TRP...

Mechanical disc brakes can be very good. The TRP Spyres I have on my Surly work very well.

However, as noted above a break-in period of several firm to hard stops serves to bed the pads to the...
05-13-22, 10:47 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 849
Posted By HillRider

Not always. Easton made a series of 4-bolt...

Not always. Easton made a series of 4-bolt faceplate stems called "Top-Lock". For these the two top bolts were installed and tightened until the faceplate bottomed against the stem. There is no...
05-10-22, 09:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 861
Posted By HillRider

A bit OT but years ago there was a Hozan tool for...

A bit OT but years ago there was a Hozan tool for removing and tightening the lock rings on bottom brackets and threaded headsets. The name molded into the handle was "Hozan Rock Ring Tool". Being...
05-09-22, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 115
Posted By HillRider

I have TRP Spyres on my Surly Midnight Special so...

I have TRP Spyres on my Surly Midnight Special so I'm familiar with them. It's almost certainly pad wear unless you didn't tighten the cable anchor bolt adequately. Cable "stretch" happens in the...
05-07-22, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 254
Posted By HillRider

Is that adapter reversible? For my flat mount...

Is that adapter reversible? For my flat mount front caliper the adapter is installed one way for 140mm rotors and rotated180 for 160mm rotors. Any chance your adapter works similarly?
05-07-22, 08:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By HillRider

I have two very light Easton carbon forks with...

I have two very light Easton carbon forks with over 55,000 miles (over 88,000km) each and neither steerer shows the kind of damage yours does and I stand to climb a lot. It's not expected wear. ...
05-03-22, 08:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 611
Posted By HillRider

I used some of these once and discovered no...

I used some of these once and discovered no matter how tight I made the clamp bolts, the cable would gradually slip under tension and change the shifting. I had to scrape off the coating over a...
04-29-22, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,256
Posted By HillRider

There were aluminum crank bolts, as smd4 noted. ...

There were aluminum crank bolts, as smd4 noted. The general recommendation was to use steel bolts to apply full torque and then substitute the aluminum bolts as replacement. More than one aluminum...
04-29-22, 11:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By HillRider

Hmmm, I just realized I do indeed have a bike...

Hmmm, I just realized I do indeed have a bike with all black rims and they are holding up beautifully. It has disc brakes. ;)
04-29-22, 07:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By HillRider

I have both Shimano and Mavic "black" rims but...

I have both Shimano and Mavic "black" rims but they were both made with bare aluminum brake tracks. The makers were sure the black, either paint or anodizing, would wear off very quickly.
04-29-22, 07:53 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 628
Posted By HillRider

Until that problem is solved, nothing else...

Until that problem is solved, nothing else matters. Is this a threaded fork and the stem is stuck? The usual fixes include penetrating oil, heat and sometimes hacksaw blades.
04-27-22, 04:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 406
Posted By HillRider

Aluminum on aluminum is not a problem. It's...

Aluminum on aluminum is not a problem. It's dissimilar metals (aluminum on steel, carbon on aluminum, etc.) in contact that causes problems with electrolytic corrosion. The classic example is an...
04-21-22, 08:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,205
Posted By HillRider

For occasional roadside use the lightest...

For occasional roadside use the lightest multi-tool I know of is Park's MT-1 "Dogbone" tool. It has 3,4,5,6 and 8mm hex keys, 8, 9 and 10mm box wrenches and a small flat blade screwdriver. It is...
04-20-22, 07:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 610
Posted By HillRider

It didn't change over time. It was just as poor...

It didn't change over time. It was just as poor three years ago as it is now. When an entire bike sells for less than $100 at retail, how much careful assembly can you expect?
04-19-22, 08:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 524
Posted By HillRider

I doubt anyone makes aftermarket parts for bikes...

I doubt anyone makes aftermarket parts for bikes of that "quality". You can improvise with suitable size O-rings. In the past people used to wrap pipe cleaners around the hub seams as a seal.
04-11-22, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 381
Posted By HillRider

Except as an annoyance, they aren't doing any...

Except as an annoyance, they aren't doing any harm, if they are all that's rubbing. I've trimmed them off with a nail clipper when the ticking was distracting.
04-11-22, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 380
Posted By HillRider

That was clear enough. The correct way to fit a...

That was clear enough. The correct way to fit a 26.4 crown race on a 27.0 fork is to have the fork steerer base milled down with the proper tools. Most good bike shops can do that at modest cost. ...
04-11-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,368
Posted By HillRider

A Dremel with an abrasive cut-off wheel will cut...

A Dremel with an abrasive cut-off wheel will cut through practically anything. I've used them to cut short sections from Allen keys to make ratchet bits and allen keys are very hard. Use the fiber...
04-10-22, 12:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 276
Posted By HillRider

There are several "chain checkers" that clamp...

There are several "chain checkers" that clamp onto the seat tube to prevent the chain from derailing to the inside. The Third Eye makes one called the "Chain Watcher" and Amazon and your bike shop...
04-09-22, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 150
Posted By HillRider

The most recommended pads are Kool Stop Salmon. ...

The most recommended pads are Kool Stop Salmon. They work very well and better than almost anything else in wet conditions. They are decently durable, not too expensive and easy on rims. I've been...
04-08-22, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 271
Posted By HillRider

If you have the frame and English bottom brackets...

If you have the frame and English bottom brackets why not just try to thread one of the cups into the frame? That should definitively answer your question. I'd put money on the frame being English...
04-06-22, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 705
Posted By HillRider

The last bike I built up from a bare frame took...

The last bike I built up from a bare frame took me about three months from the time the frame set arrived at my house in the fall of 2020. About three days was waiting for Frame Saver I applied to...
04-06-22, 08:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 495
Posted By HillRider

I believe andrewclaus is correct. I had what I'm...

I believe andrewclaus is correct. I had what I'm pretty sure were the same hubs that came OEM on an '85 Bridgestone 400 and they were conventional cup-and-cone bearings. Mine were spaced 126mm so,...
04-05-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 900
Posted By HillRider

Apparently you haven't worked on very many hubs. ...

Apparently you haven't worked on very many hubs. Over the years I have accumulated every Park cone wrench size from 13mm through 22mm (except 18mm) and have used every one on one hub or another. I...
04-03-22, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 705
Posted By HillRider

Some bike tools can't be improvised but others,...

Some bike tools can't be improvised but others, specifically a headset press and crown race setter, can be. Also, some headsets (e.g. Velo Orange's Gran Cru) come with a "split" crown race that can...
04-02-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By HillRider

Despite the fact that neither big-big or...

Despite the fact that neither big-big or small-small should be used regularly, it is essential that the chain be long enough to allow shifting into big-big. If it is not and you inadvertently shift...
03-30-22, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 227
Posted By HillRider

No, the end ferrule is not required and won't fit...

No, the end ferrule is not required and won't fit into Shimano caliper brake adjusters. You trim the brake housing to length, preferably file the end flat, and it then fits directly into the barrel...
03-27-22, 12:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 651
Posted By HillRider

McMaster-Carr and Grainger are large industrial...

McMaster-Carr and Grainger are large industrial supply houses and both will sell to individual purchasers in person and on-line. If they don't have it it probably isn't made.

Bolt Depot and...
03-27-22, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 124
Posted By HillRider

I am using 160mm Shimano SM-RT800 centerlock...

I am using 160mm Shimano SM-RT800 centerlock rotors with flat mount TRP Spyer calipers using the stock TRP pads with absolutely no problems or incompatibility.
03-25-22, 03:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 624
Posted By HillRider

Apparently there was quite a lot going on while...

Apparently there was quite a lot going on while you weren't looking. :(
03-19-22, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By HillRider

For chains the ultrasonic cleaner should be fine....

For chains the ultrasonic cleaner should be fine. For electronic components I'd definitely take SRAM's warning.
03-19-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 873
Posted By HillRider

Get a bearing retainer filled with the correct...

Get a bearing retainer filled with the correct size balls and, using valve grinding or similar mild abrasives, hold it against the bearing track while rotating the spindle in the lathe. That way the...
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