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01-14-22, 04:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 206
Posted By dsbrantjr

Brakes and tires are the two parts of my bikes...

Brakes and tires are the two parts of my bikes (and autos) that I never fix with any less than the best parts. I consider anything else false economy.
01-07-22, 08:56 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 1,591
Posted By dsbrantjr

+100, you will not regret buying the best.

+100, you will not regret buying the best.
01-07-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 844
Posted By dsbrantjr

I have it also and it is my primary stand

I have it also and it is my primary stand
01-03-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 246
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be aware that the width is nominal, not all...

Be aware that the width is nominal, not all "28mm" tires will be the same width, especially winter tires. Folks at a local shop may be able to help.
01-02-22, 09:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 525
Posted By dsbrantjr

The Travel Agents are also a low-friction way to...

The Travel Agents are also a low-friction way to make the 90 turn into the brake. They don't look a bit goofy to me.
12-30-21, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 280
Posted By dsbrantjr

So do reflector brackets, or even a loop of...

So do reflector brackets, or even a loop of string. Rear brake too.
12-28-21, 12:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By dsbrantjr

It is also helpful to twist the cable in the...

It is also helpful to twist the cable in the direction which tightens the lay while inserting it into the housing. I use die-drawn stainless inner and lined outer cables. I see little/no advantage...
12-26-21, 08:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 794
Posted By dsbrantjr

Was the temperature cooler when the failure...

Was the temperature cooler when the failure occurred? Was it warmer when it started working again?
12-25-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 406
Posted By dsbrantjr

Hex drivers are a great tool for this.

Hex drivers are a great tool for this.
12-23-21, 07:46 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 880
Posted By dsbrantjr

I would suggest that you make a few short trial...

I would suggest that you make a few short trial runs of your bike and camping equipment, to get problems wrung out and find what you really need and what you don't, before setting off on some big...
12-21-21, 03:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 334
Posted By dsbrantjr

You will still need to have a long-enough chain...

You will still need to have a long-enough chain to shift into the big ring-big cog combination because you will inevitably forget to avoid it. Doing it with a too-short chain invites...
12-20-21, 03:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 475
Posted By dsbrantjr

Kroil is my go-to stuff, followed closely by PB...

Kroil is my go-to stuff, followed closely by PB Blaster. Both need to be given time (and possible reapplications) to work, plus some judicious hammer blows to get it started creeping into those...
12-20-21, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 99
Posted By dsbrantjr

Yeah, I do not know how many circlips I have lost...

Yeah, I do not know how many circlips I have lost from carburetors and such over the decades when they have "gone into orbit". PING!, gone.
12-20-21, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By dsbrantjr

A bike shop or a machine shop should be able to...

A bike shop or a machine shop should be able to tap to a larger size or install a Helicoil (which starts by tapping the hole oversize with a specially-sized tap), if there is enough material to allow...
12-20-21, 05:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 99
Posted By dsbrantjr

I always disassemble items with small, lose-able...

I always disassemble items with small, lose-able parts over a large shop towel to foil escapees. Those silicone rubber parts/soldering trays are also good for this, and will catch oil and grease...
12-20-21, 05:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 237
Posted By dsbrantjr

Many types of thread checker here: ...

Many types of thread checker here: https://smile.amazon.com/s?k=thread+checker+set&ref=nb_sb_noss_2
12-20-21, 05:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 377
Posted By dsbrantjr

Insertion of a Heli-Coil will restore the threads...

Insertion of a Heli-Coil will restore the threads to their original 5mm size and with greater strength, especially if the frame/dropout is aluminum.
12-13-21, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 533
Posted By dsbrantjr

All of what Andy said, plus I use Tef-Gel on the...

All of what Andy said, plus I use Tef-Gel on the male threads only after thoroughly cleaning all threads and mating surfaces. Finger tight hen torque per manufacturer's spec; I like to torque them...
12-02-21, 12:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By dsbrantjr

Amazon does.

Amazon does.
12-02-21, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By dsbrantjr

Maybe get yourself some Sugru and make some...

Maybe get yourself some Sugru and make some yourself? https://sugru.com/
11-22-21, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 459
Posted By dsbrantjr

This bicycle gearing calculator will allow you to...

This bicycle gearing calculator will allow you to compare two different drivetrain setups. It supports many types of internal-gear hubs: https://www.kstoerz.com/gearcalc/compare/
11-14-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By dsbrantjr

Carbon fiber brake rotors are used on aircraft...

Carbon fiber brake rotors are used on aircraft and Formula racing cars, so why not?
11-07-21, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 498
Posted By dsbrantjr

If you decide on a replacement, Shimano (or...

If you decide on a replacement, Shimano (or compatible) 6- through 9-speed and 10-speed road derailleurs all have compatible cable pull ratios.
11-01-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,249
Posted By dsbrantjr

One advantage of Harbor Freight tools is that...

One advantage of Harbor Freight tools is that they are cheap enough that I do not flinch from doing this exact thing. Or bending, welding, etc.
10-31-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 265
Posted By dsbrantjr

Check your hex driver for wear lest you round out...

Check your hex driver for wear lest you round out your new bolts.
10-21-21, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By dsbrantjr

Upvote for use of "lumen".

Upvote for use of "lumen".
10-20-21, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 406
Posted By dsbrantjr

If by "anodized" you mean aluminum, I avoid...

If by "anodized" you mean aluminum, I avoid aluminum nuts and bolts (and spoke nipples) like the plague. They are weak and liable to both stripping and seizing, especially when mated to aluminum...
10-11-21, 02:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By dsbrantjr

Can someone help me understanding the pricing of...

Can someone help me understanding the pricing of cordless tools? The above tool + battery sells for $99. They charge $89 for an extra battery and $59 for the bare tool. The proliferation of...
10-11-21, 02:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 443
Posted By dsbrantjr

I know, it is digital so it must be better,...

I know, it is digital so it must be better, right? Since I ride mostly for exercise I just consider airing up the tires as part of my warmup. Mindless enough task that I can give the bike a visual...
10-08-21, 11:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 910
Posted By dsbrantjr

Also note that most spoke threads are rolled, not...

Also note that most spoke threads are rolled, not cut, so the starting material is insufficient for cutting full threads with a die. Instead a spoke threading machine is used.
10-08-21, 09:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 582
Posted By dsbrantjr

Whatever tools you need to mount the tire will...

Whatever tools you need to mount the tire will need to be taken along in case you get a flat on the road, or you will be stuck.
10-01-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,768
Posted By dsbrantjr

Did Costco happen to sneak in a size/weight...

Did Costco happen to sneak in a size/weight reduction in with the change of shape? Similar tactics have been used e.g. when the US changed its liquor bottle sizes to metric; the bottles all got a...
09-21-21, 03:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By dsbrantjr

Kool-Stop make a good line of replacement...

Kool-Stop make a good line of replacement blocks/pads as well as complete pad/holder assemblies; I have had good luck with their salmon compound.
09-21-21, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 394
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like them and use them on my bikes, I was sad...

I like them and use them on my bikes, I was sad to see that they were discontinued. They work well and make adjustment a snap. Perhaps they had quality issues, I had to return one because the...
09-17-21, 12:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 554
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is it possible that some file work on the adapter...

Is it possible that some file work on the adapter would help the alignment. If it was my bike I would make the changes to the (relatively inexpensive) adapter rather than the mount on the fork.
09-17-21, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 554
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the adapter symmetrical, and if not, is it in...

Is the adapter symmetrical, and if not, is it in the correct orientation?
09-13-21, 01:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 524
Posted By dsbrantjr

For better adjustability I would suggest getting...

For better adjustability I would suggest getting rid of the link wire system and using a straddle wire and carrier instead. You will need to provide a means of catching the straddle wire if the main...
09-12-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 391
Posted By dsbrantjr

To remove self-extracting components, turn the...

To remove self-extracting components, turn the bolt counterclockwise; after initially breaking loose it will turn a little until it engages the crank then the effort will increase until it pulls the...
09-09-21, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 960
Posted By dsbrantjr

I work in the electronics and aerospace industry...

I work in the electronics and aerospace industry and have never seen any kind of wire or cable damaged by the heat shrink process. Having said that my preferred method of bundling wires and cables...
09-09-21, 01:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Posted By dsbrantjr

You have nothing to be ashamed of, your work...

You have nothing to be ashamed of, your work looks fine. Clearly you can do a nice job with hand tools and patience. I recall an anecdote about a German machinist's apprentice being given a chunk...
09-09-21, 07:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 476
Posted By dsbrantjr

I am not sure how much rubbing and polishing you...

I am not sure how much rubbing and polishing you are going to be able to do with the wheel held into those notches by gravity alone. Not certain whether quick releases will work to hold the wheel in...
09-08-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,906
Posted By dsbrantjr

Older ones, like leather low-top sneakers with a...

Older ones, like leather low-top sneakers with a rounded heel. Similar to the current Endurance model: https://piloti.com/products/endurance-slate
09-06-21, 05:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,187
Posted By dsbrantjr

The tension changes with both pedal revolutions...

The tension changes with both pedal revolutions and cog revolutions. Unless the chainring and sprocket have an integer ratio, like 36:18 or 48:16, it will take numerous crank rotations to get to all...
09-06-21, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 233
Posted By dsbrantjr

Please do not grind off the derailleur hanger,...

Please do not grind off the derailleur hanger, cable stops, etc. as is so often done with single-speed conversions.
09-06-21, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 947
Posted By dsbrantjr

I don't lube lined housings, which I use with...

I don't lube lined housings, which I use with die-drawn stainless inners.
09-06-21, 11:41 AM
Replies: 109
Views: 3,906
Posted By dsbrantjr

I wear Piloti driving shoes and my bikes have...

I wear Piloti driving shoes and my bikes have platform pedals, some with, some without, Power Grips straps. The soles are fairly narrow and stiff with good traction.
09-05-21, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 545
Posted By dsbrantjr

Is the chain long enough?

Is the chain long enough?
09-05-21, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 371
Posted By dsbrantjr

That bike is dangerous to ride. Send the frame...

That bike is dangerous to ride. Send the frame to me for proper disposal.
09-03-21, 04:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 578
Posted By dsbrantjr

Be certain to get ALL of the flux off of the...

Be certain to get ALL of the flux off of the metal to avoid corrosion, a hot detergent solution works well.
08-31-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By dsbrantjr

I like chains with master links to close them. I...

I like chains with master links to close them. I carry the cut-off links from sizing the chain along with a couple of master links and a Park CT-22 mini chain tool in my repair kit.
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