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03-09-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 620
Posted By FastJake

Just wipe the threads with a rag before you...

Just wipe the threads with a rag before you grease them to install the bottom bracket.

You cannot possibly have hurt the bottom bracket threads, jeez. I hope all the ridiculous nonsense responses...
02-22-22, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 361
Posted By FastJake

You know that you don't actually have to sand all...

You know that you don't actually have to sand all the paint off, right? You could've just scuffed it up and painted over the original paint.
02-16-22, 03:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 706
Posted By FastJake

The cable guide is just another possible way to...

The cable guide is just another possible way to introduce flex into the system. If you lower the hanger all the way and you can route the housing so it's not kinked, I would get rid of the guide.
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02-16-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By FastJake

I should clarify my earlier posts by saying that...

I should clarify my earlier posts by saying that I don't know how much extra pad clearance you'll get with those shorter brakes. It will be "some", at least in theory. But will it be enough to notice...
02-15-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 419
Posted By FastJake

Special grease is not necessary for headset...

Special grease is not necessary for headset bearings. I use marine grease for pretty much everything on a bicycle. As long as you have mostly grease in the headset, and not mostly dirt/sand/dried...
02-14-22, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 339
Posted By FastJake

Dropping two teeth on the chainring isn't going...

Dropping two teeth on the chainring isn't going to meaningfully change anything. Always check chain length if you go bigger, of course.

Sometimes I will leave the chain one link longer than...
02-14-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 424
Posted By FastJake

Freewheel/cassette wear is difficult to evaluate,...

Freewheel/cassette wear is difficult to evaluate, but a new chain will "skip" across worn teeth.

Your rear derailer pulleys are quite misaligned with the cassette. The hanger and/or derailer...
02-14-22, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By FastJake

You'd have to do the geometry yourself, I'm sure...

You'd have to do the geometry yourself, I'm sure it's not a 1:1 ratio. But yes, shorter arms mean you can set the pads further away from the rim without risking bottoming out. This is because the...
02-14-22, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By FastJake

Probably. V-brake anchor bolts tend not to crush...

Probably. V-brake anchor bolts tend not to crush and mangle the cable like other types of brakes/anchor bolts. Just be careful with the cable and hopefully it wasn't installed by a ham fist.
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02-13-22, 04:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 494
Posted By FastJake

Is your rear hub already setup for a 9S freewheel...

Is your rear hub already setup for a 9S freewheel (extremely unlikely)? If you re-space the rear axle to make it work, it's a recipe for a bent or broken rear axle. Unless you have one of the very...
02-13-22, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 465
Posted By FastJake

Yes, shorter arms means less mechanical...

Yes, shorter arms means less mechanical advantage. This will give you less "braking power" but you'll be able to set the pads further away.

I've only used mini-Vs once but on that bike I had a...
02-11-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By FastJake

Yes, when used in wet weather, rim brakes make...

Yes, when used in wet weather, rim brakes make tan tire sidewalls look grungy. Disc brakes avoid this issue, which is one of the few good things I can say about them...
02-11-22, 12:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 615
Posted By FastJake

If you work on bikes regularly, do yourself a...

If you work on bikes regularly, do yourself a favor and buy a box of 100 stainless cables. Years ago I went to the LBS and they wanted $10 for ONE cable. I bought a box of 100 for $100. I don't know...
02-10-22, 02:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 4,851
Posted By FastJake

One of my personal friends (not just Some Guy...

One of my personal friends (not just Some Guy online) broke an Ultegra crank. I was shocked as I didn't expect this type of failure from Shimano. It's just one data point, but there it is.

He's...
02-08-22, 02:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 502
Posted By FastJake

Campy 8 and Shimano 7 (not 8) had the same...

Campy 8 and Shimano 7 (not 8) had the same cassette spacing. This is fine for switching wheels, but the cable pull of the shifters is not even close. Campy pulls a lot more cable.

Campy 8: 3.5mm...
02-08-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By FastJake

That's because they are the best tires in the...

That's because they are the best tires in the world! Tan sidewalls might have specific qualities on other tires, but at least on the Rene Herse tires they're strictly aesthetic.

"The only...
02-08-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 848
Posted By FastJake

There are various ways to estimate frame...

There are various ways to estimate frame clearance but the only way to be absolutely certain is to mount the tire on the bike. For a road bike a few millimeters is enough, but more is always...
02-03-22, 09:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 811
Posted By FastJake

You probably can't remove a Uniglide cassette (if...

You probably can't remove a Uniglide cassette (if that's what you have) with pliers. You probably need a chain whip. Some people will say you need two chain whips, but you only need one. With the...
02-02-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 453
Posted By FastJake

It's fine. You're not going to damage a frame by...

It's fine. You're not going to damage a frame by pushing on it with a thru axle. The rear triangle has some flex when a rear wheel is not installed.

Thru axles can be fussy. One of the seemingly...
02-02-22, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 350
Posted By FastJake

Since the OP is referring to the frame (or more...

Since the OP is referring to the frame (or more specifically the head tube) as the "body" I think suggesting they investigate this themselves is very poor advice.

Take this to a knowledgeable...
02-01-22, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 427
Posted By FastJake

You could measure the cog thickness to make sure...

You could measure the cog thickness to make sure it's not narrower, but it's probably close enough.

Don't expect good or even decent shifting. Modern Hyperglide cassettes are meant to be matched,...
02-01-22, 01:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 881
Posted By FastJake

I recommend these instructions:...

I recommend these instructions: https://www.sheldonbrown.com/wheelbuild.html

This is how I learned to build wheels and it hasn't let me down yet. It is probably easier to start with fresh, new...
02-01-22, 08:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 589
Posted By FastJake

I slightly misread your earlier post. "9 speed...

I slightly misread your earlier post. "9 speed was the last bastion of road and mountain working together" is correct because Shimano 10S MTB is completely different.

But, as I said before, a...
01-31-22, 05:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By FastJake

Yes, that is the crown race. It may be integrated...

Yes, that is the crown race. It may be integrated into the fork itself and not removable. This looks like it uses a cartridge bearing, which has an angled surface to sit on the crown race.
01-30-22, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 582
Posted By FastJake

I realize I'm late, but FWIW I've just used...

I realize I'm late, but FWIW I've just used needle nose pliers for adjustable cups like that. With the lockring removed they should never be tight unless the threads are bunged up.

Lots of ways...
01-23-22, 12:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By FastJake

I have this post on a bike. And although my seat...

I have this post on a bike. And although my seat isn't slammed all the way back, I haven't had any problems adjusting the angle or anything else. I've had a couple different saddles on the bike and...
01-21-22, 08:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 348
Posted By FastJake

Thanks everyone. I just wanted to make sure I...

Thanks everyone. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing something obvious. Wolf Tooth it is. I forgot or didn't know they made their stuff in the US. That's a nice bonus, and somewhat helps...
05-26-21, 04:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,447
Posted By FastJake

Late to the, uhh, "party" but here's my two...

Late to the, uhh, "party" but here's my two cents: I think e-bikes are not allowed on the MTB trails around here, but I'm not 100% sure. I can definitely see the benefit for road use in terms of a...
03-02-21, 12:24 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,100
Posted By FastJake

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike,...

Ah, the classic, "that's not how I use MY bike, so it's wrong." I live in the US and also greatly prefer to start rides from my front door when it's feasible. Please get out of my thread with your...
02-18-21, 11:29 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 8,165
Posted By FastJake

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap,...

1000% false. Your comparison of your old, cheap, nearly bottom-of-the-barrel MTBs to very expensive new ones is pointless. They used to make nice, lightweight, expensive bikes too. And now most of...
02-17-21, 09:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,674
Posted By FastJake

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a...

An absurd dramatization. In reality it's like a Honda Civic versus a Honda Civic with slightly larger tires. Those larger tires have pros and cons.
02-17-21, 09:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,035
Posted By FastJake

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard...

I don't like to pinch flat or bang rims on hard objects so I keep my pressure high enough to avoid those things. I weigh as much as the OP and run about 15-20psi in a 2.2" tire.
02-17-21, 12:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,819
Posted By FastJake

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of...

I have never liked riding on the shoulders of highways, texting or not. Surely there are plenty of small paved or gravel roads in Idaho that have almost no traffic. You don't *only* have to MTB.
02-15-21, 09:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,674
Posted By FastJake

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26"...

I agree with you, and I'm still riding my old 26" bikes. But 26" wheels have been made "obsolete" by mainstream manufacturers. You aren't likely to find any decent new bikes that use them. But there...
02-13-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,896
Posted By FastJake

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style....

Geometry depends on the trail and riding style. Some of the new bikes handle slow and clumsy to me. Better tires? LOL. I'm not riding on 25 year old tires. You know they still make 26" tires, right?...
12-29-20, 06:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,990
Posted By FastJake

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised...

No, nothing special. But you might be surprised how many people get it wrong! It's worth double-checking.

If it's only happening in the small ring and most/all of the cogs that rules out enough...
12-29-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,188
Posted By FastJake

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of...

OP needs to read "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo.

You don't need to spend $300 to sell an old bike (???). People sell old bikes all the time. You'll get less for it, but...
12-07-20, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 933
Posted By FastJake

This is a '90s frame and probably 130mm rear....

This is a '90s frame and probably 130mm rear. Even if it's 126mm, a 130 hub will fit. It's been done a thousand times.

Easiest and surely the cheapest way to "build" a bike like this is to find...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-25-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,997
Posted By FastJake

Velo Orange Neutrino mini velo review

Ok, so it's not a folding bike. But it's a similar idea and this seems like the best spot. TLDR: it's great fun but it should have rim brakes instead.

There are several different points to cover...
06-29-20, 02:29 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,692
Posted By FastJake

- Nice Allen wrench set - Phillips and flathead...

- Nice Allen wrench set
- Phillips and flathead screwdrivers
- Bike stand
- All other specialty tools as needed. Re-packing hubs? Get cone wrenches. Need to cut a chain? Get a chain tool. I...
06-29-20, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,017
Posted By FastJake

Yes, unfortunately we are facing almost 100 years...

Yes, unfortunately we are facing almost 100 years of non-sense. The link you posted is useless except for the weight measurements because the testing is done on steel drums. Does your bike ride on...
06-28-20, 07:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,017
Posted By FastJake

"Wide tires are slower." The number one myth in...

"Wide tires are slower." The number one myth in cycling! https://www.renehersecycles.com/12-myths-in-cycling-1-wider-tires-are-slower/

I did a 60 mile ride on my most hardcore road racing bike...
06-26-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 905
Posted By FastJake

That's quite a mashup. If the rear derailer has...

That's quite a mashup. If the rear derailer has enough travel it will work in theory. But as mentioned, friction shifting a 10-speed cassette with that setup might not be fun. You'll need to use a...
06-26-20, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By FastJake

If it slips, you'll know... Sticking a rag down...

If it slips, you'll know... Sticking a rag down the seat tube with some alcohol should be good enough to wipe away the grease. Keep in mind the clamping area is near the top of the seat tube, so you...
06-08-20, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 562
Posted By FastJake

I've run V-brakes with a 2.4" tire before. I...

I've run V-brakes with a 2.4" tire before. I don't know if it was a "true" 2.4 but it was many years ago so I can't verify it.

I currently have two bikes with two different knobby 2.35" tires and...
06-04-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,381
Posted By FastJake

Rust on a cassette isn't a problem. The places...

Rust on a cassette isn't a problem. The places where the chain contacts the teeth are constantly "polished" (worn) by the chain. And since the chain should be lubed, those areas won't get or stay...
06-04-20, 07:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,948
Posted By FastJake

Please tell me you didn't leave it like that...?

Please tell me you didn't leave it like that...?
06-01-20, 09:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,588
Posted By FastJake

I've never understood the matching notches on the...

I've never understood the matching notches on the smallest cog/lockring. They just increase the force required to get the same amount of tightness on the lockring. And I don't think there's any risk...
05-28-20, 09:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 686
Posted By FastJake

You can specify location on eBay as "North...

You can specify location on eBay as "North America" or "US only". It's pretty useful.

Are you refurbishing x-mart bikes? Even old low-end hybrids and MTBs should be worth more than $50 ready-to-go.
05-28-20, 08:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 12,906
Posted By FastJake

Cheap tools are expensive. First you have to buy...

Cheap tools are expensive. First you have to buy them, then you have to buy replacements of the parts you ruin with them, and finally you have to buy good tools. I'd rather skip the middlemen and go...
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