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11-20-22, 11:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 292
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: 329
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: 422
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: 1,268
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: 422
Posted By dsbrantjr

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

De-mount, flip, and reinstall periodically to equalize the wear?
10-21-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,008
Posted By dsbrantjr

You can fill the bar with fine sand before...

You can fill the bar with fine sand before bending them to help avoid it collapsing at the bend.
09-29-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 477
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.
09-29-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 534
Posted By dsbrantjr

Rivendell Bike has a dozen: ...

Rivendell Bike has a dozen: https://www.rivbike.com/collections/handlebars
Two dozen more at Velo Orange:
https://velo-orange.com/collections/flat-and-upright-bars...
09-20-22, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
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: 906
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.
09-07-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 654
Posted By dsbrantjr

I agree with stevel610, I think you are trying to...

I agree with stevel610, I think you are trying to make the bike do something it is not suited for and no bolt-on change is going to fix that.
09-05-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 845
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, 08:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 301
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the bike possessed or something?

Is the bike possessed or something?
09-02-22, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 301
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: 227
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, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 359
Posted By dsbrantjr

It seems to me that just the fact that smaller...

It seems to me that just the fact that smaller wheels have to make more turns to cover the same ground they would wear chains, etc. faster.
Also, throw away your chain checker and measure your chain...
08-30-22, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 352
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.
08-24-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By dsbrantjr

I do not see anything special about that guide,...

I do not see anything special about that guide, the generic ones mentioned should work just fine. Don't overthink this.
08-22-22, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 247
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, 04:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 323
Posted By dsbrantjr

Rust implies poor maintenance, which is going to...

Rust implies poor maintenance, which is going to be a problem no matter which group you choose.
08-21-22, 04:14 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,110
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: 633
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: 276
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: 1,110
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, 03:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 461
Posted By dsbrantjr

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cable-installation.ht...

https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cable-installation.html
08-21-22, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 461
Posted By dsbrantjr

Being able to shift up or down, but not both, is...

Being able to shift up or down, but not both, is a classic sign of friction (or play) in the system somewhere. 0.010" of cog play sounds like a lot to me; I cannot say that I have ever noticed any...
08-21-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 570
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...
08-21-22, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 173
Posted By dsbrantjr

The guard does not have to conform perfectly to...

The guard does not have to conform perfectly to the shape of the derailleur, it just has to stick out further than the derailleur; the one on the yellow frame photo looks liked it will protect the...
08-21-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 461
Posted By dsbrantjr

+1 Do not assume that because a bike is new(ish)...

+1 Do not assume that because a bike is new(ish) that the hanger is properly aligned. It takes one bump anywhere along the line to knock it out, or it may not have been manufactured perfectly to...
08-19-22, 12:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 180
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: 421
Posted By dsbrantjr

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

They'll pry my steel frames from my cold, dead hands!
08-17-22, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 273
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have a similar Dewalt model which converts...

I have a similar Dewalt model which converts between inline and pistol grip. Best thing since sliced bread. I used it to remove a kitchen's worth of cabinet hinge hardware and reinstall it after...
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.
08-13-22, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 233
Posted By dsbrantjr

You might consider using a twist shifter like...

You might consider using a twist shifter like this one: https://www.microshift.com/models/dn85-8/
08-12-22, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 694
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: 1,685
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: 1,370
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...
07-25-22, 07:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 157
Posted By dsbrantjr

With exceptions, up to 9 speed road and 10 speed...

With exceptions, up to 9 speed road and 10 speed mountain Shimano derailleurs will work with 9 speed Shimano shifters as they all have the same 1.7 pull ratio. ...
07-23-22, 09:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 849
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: 178
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.
07-18-22, 12:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 435
Posted By dsbrantjr

Bending it against something flat will not help,...

Bending it against something flat will not help, you have to overbend the metal to get it to deform and take a new shape.
07-18-22, 12:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would go back to the seller and ask for the OLD...

I would go back to the seller and ask for the OLD spacing and for the length of the cassette splines. From this link: ...
07-16-22, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 231
Posted By dsbrantjr

Generally, setting the shifter so that the most...

Generally, setting the shifter so that the most cable is payed out will align the mechanism with a hole where the head of the cable comes out and where the new one is threaded in. Then just push the...
07-16-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 324
Posted By dsbrantjr

Perhaps demonstrating the noises while you are...

Perhaps demonstrating the noises while you are riding, while they ride/walk/listen nearby might help them locate the noises.
07-14-22, 02:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By dsbrantjr

I think that my pump heads work the same as yours...

I think that my pump heads work the same as yours on Presta valves; they DO have a pin to depress Schrader valves.
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: 348
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: 694
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...
07-04-22, 02:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 500
Posted By dsbrantjr

There is also a Joe Blow Race pump which has a...

There is also a Joe Blow Race pump which has a gauge which tops out at 200psi and has a "thinner steel barrel for easier pump up to 200 psi / 14 bar." ...
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