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04-02-24, 01:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 939
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I would recommend investing some $10 into this...

I would recommend investing some $10 into this book:
https://www.wheelpro.co.uk/wheelbuilding/book.php
That is the simplest way to learn how to build wheels.

If you wish to learn why, I suggest...
04-01-24, 10:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I'm trying to keep the tradition: :) ...

I'm trying to keep the tradition: :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqOYSoNt3Wg&list=PLlbCLBTvuIsun0Zy3D0Gl06E26pUu2kfy
04-01-24, 12:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 379
Posted By Bike Gremlin

100% eco CORDLESS tool!

A new, revolutionary design that I think every workshop must have!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24mibhh6n8g
03-04-24, 10:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 636
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Old Shimano all-metal friction-shifting ones are...

Old Shimano all-metal friction-shifting ones are pretty good (robust, durable, work nicely).

If the "10speed road" means 2x5, it's all good.
If it means 10 sprockets on the rear, then you might...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-24, 04:51 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 8,589
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Strawbunyan Start with any bike you have - and...

Strawbunyan Start with any bike you have - and over time you'll see what you prefer.
Similar goes for clothing and other equipment.
You can't know until you start - and when you start, for a...
02-05-24, 04:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,104
Posted By Bike Gremlin

If it helps, SKS used to make some "road bike"...

If it helps, SKS used to make some "road bike" mudguards that have a sort of a cutout in the rim brake section.
Found them:
https://www.bike24.com/p2159612.html...
01-24-24, 01:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,251
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Bahco 1520G are pretty good. I've mostly...

Bahco 1520G are pretty good.

I've mostly used them for cutting cables, but they can handle "beefier" stuff (rated for up to 3.8 mm piano wire).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUVQWp0NywI
01-15-24, 09:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 546
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Yes - that photo explains it better than I could....

Yes - that photo explains it better than I could.



That's an M8 x 1 mm thread (the "fine M8 thread") - some hardware stores (in my city at least) have that.
I bought a long one just for that...
01-14-24, 10:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 546
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I like this tool by Shimano - very durable (you...

I like this tool by Shimano - very durable (you need a 32 mm socket/wrench to "operate" it):
TL-UN74-S...
01-09-24, 03:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,275
Posted By Bike Gremlin

At the cost of pointing the obvious: you need to...

At the cost of pointing the obvious: you need to tighten the locknuts against the cones (how to service cup-and-cone hubs and adjust bearing preload...
01-09-24, 02:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 453
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Hydraulic brake fluid article feedback

There are many great experts on BikeForums.
High-quality feedback in this thread (https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1286586-bad-info-high-google-results.html) resulted in several positive...
12-25-23, 07:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,056
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For what it’s worth, IMO you are blocking one of...

For what it’s worth, IMO you are blocking one of the most valued BF members/contributors.

(Who is far from the rudest folks I’ve seen on the forum. :). )

Of course, it’s your choice and...
12-25-23, 03:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,056
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Yes, the "https-everything" craze was pushed...

Yes, the "https-everything" craze was pushed strongly by Google since about a decade ago, even when it makes no sense whatsoever in any remotely reasonable practical scenario (it makes sense for...
12-22-23, 12:35 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've already exchanged a few emails with the good...

I've already exchanged a few emails with the good people keeping that site alive (and still keeping it up-to-date as far as I know).

Found it - it's a bit funny, but nice, I think - sent this in...
12-22-23, 11:43 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Jokes aside, for anyone interested, this is the...

Jokes aside, for anyone interested, this is the BikeGremlin guest-posting policy (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/links-to-your-website-and-advertising/#4).

Relja
12-21-23, 02:56 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Didn't get any support regarding mobile advert...

Didn't get any support regarding mobile advert density/number.
But, I managed to solve this by completely disabling in-article ads on mobile...
12-21-23, 04:48 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 863
Posted By Bike Gremlin

7-speed freehub is narrower (and such hubs...

7-speed freehub is narrower (and such hubs usually have their right-hand-side flange a bit further out, compared to 8+ speed hubs).
So, swapping a wider freehub there will increase the hub's total...
12-21-23, 03:00 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Fair point. I usually refrain from...

Fair point.

I usually refrain from non-constructive discussions.
This differs to a degree because my (hard) work is being publicly criticized (which is good and I wouldn't have known about the...
12-20-23, 02:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Thank you very much for taking the time and...

Thank you very much for taking the time and hassle to provide this.
I could not experience this using iPhone or Android, but it probably has to do with my location (fewer ads, not a good market for...
12-20-23, 06:50 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For what it's worth, as far as I can tell,...

For what it's worth, as far as I can tell, Kontact seems to have a lot of knowledge and a lot of his posts offer correct information and good advice.
The what I'd call "user interface" is often...
12-19-23, 12:58 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Yes - he did share a few specifics that I fixed...

Yes - he did share a few specifics that I fixed and wrote back confirming that I've fixed them (and thanked for the heads up).
The cassette spacing for example - the paragraph text was wrong....
12-18-23, 02:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,396
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Freeze and heat cycle might help loosen stuff. ...

Freeze and heat cycle might help loosen stuff.

However, right before trying to unscrew, it is important to consider the materials.
I presume that the hub is made of aluminium, and the bolts are...
12-17-23, 07:48 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

That's not the point I was trying to make. ...

That's not the point I was trying to make.

And I agree with your point.



My point is that different "authorities" don't always agree with each other.
So, I listed all the different...
12-17-23, 09:58 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Here's my book sale/cover page: ...

Here's my book sale/cover page:

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/879x851/ebook2_bcce34d4449121f96d196a77df89255139f241d4.png



My main motive for publishing the book(s)...
12-17-23, 09:36 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 6,310
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I'd like to thank Kontact for pointing out the...

I'd like to thank Kontact for pointing out the errors. I highly appreciate it. Fixed them right away.
As I mostly use my site for personal reminder/reference, and for saving myself the time when...
12-10-23, 03:12 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 37,122
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My 2c long-winded drivel about the pros and cons...

My 2c long-winded drivel about the pros and cons of longer/shorter cranks:
Optimal bicycle cranks(et) length (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/18806/optimal-bicycle-crankset-length/)

TL/DR:
It boils...
12-09-23, 12:15 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,395
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For saving space, it's ideal when stuff in the...

For saving space, it's ideal when stuff in the workshop can serve multiple purposes.
Sandbags, for example, are also handy in case Bulgarians attack.

Jokes aside, I prefer having a stable stand...
12-02-23, 01:37 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,238
Posted By Bike Gremlin

This is important piece of information (lacking...

This is important piece of information (lacking in the original post). Context matters.

My 2c (my opinion, each mechanic is different):

I appreciate it when customers wrap their bar tape (or...
11-23-23, 03:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,532
Posted By Bike Gremlin

This is for Rohloff, but you just might find it...

This is for Rohloff, but you just might find it interesting:
https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/forum/board/message/?o=1my&thread_id=793758&page=1&nested=0&v=M...
11-04-23, 08:04 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 4,198
Posted By Bike Gremlin

That makes sense and I think it is reasonable....

That makes sense and I think it is reasonable. But for the "why wouldn't you?" part, one example:

In my city (Novi Sad), there are a lot of bikes, cyclists, and bike shops.
I don't know a single...
10-29-23, 01:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 838
Posted By Bike Gremlin

“Europe” is a very broad term. For example,...

“Europe” is a very broad term.

For example, two of the largest cities in my country:

Novi Sad - “Serbian Amsterdam” :)
Flat, covered with separate bicycle paths, with a long cycling...
10-28-23, 11:14 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,171
Posted By Bike Gremlin

My subjective experience. A lot of time and...

My subjective experience. A lot of time and distance on the bike in traffic, as it is my main (and practically only) means of transport, in addition to weekend joyrides. But still just one man, so...
10-20-23, 11:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 561
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I tried to make a "troubleshooting list" for the...

I tried to make a "troubleshooting list" for the bike noises here:

https://bike.bikegremlin.com/7153/creaking-clicking/ (https://bike.bikegremlin.com/7153/creaking-clicking/)

Curious to learn...
10-20-23, 11:15 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,257
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Had to google "effusive" and learned a new word. ...

Had to google "effusive" and learned a new word.
/ɪˈfjuːsɪv/
Thank you. :)

Relja TarzanEnglish Novović
10-20-23, 10:12 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 5,257
Posted By Bike Gremlin

A funny and memorable feedback I got in my youth:...

A funny and memorable feedback I got in my youth:
"I won't go to him, he said so many bad things about my bike."
:)

That had opened my eyes.

I would argue that the job of a LBS (and, hence,...
09-26-23, 11:28 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,180
Posted By Bike Gremlin

The ~ 45 degree interface would stop fretting and...

The ~ 45 degree interface would stop fretting and increase friction - thus enabling the left pedal to remain in place using a standard thread (and allow for making flat and symmetrical SPD pedals...
09-26-23, 07:58 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 3,180
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It worked fine with the quill stems (replaced by...

It worked fine with the quill stems (replaced by threadless stems & forks).

Bad (and, I would argue, unsafe) patents should be replaced. The tech. exists. It has existed for decades.

Relja
08-28-23, 07:04 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 4,810
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I asked the same question a while ago, this is...

I asked the same question a while ago, this is the topic:

https://www.bikeforums.net/bicycle-mechanics/1273353-odourless-mineral-spirits-german-amazon.html...
Forum: Commuting
08-23-23, 02:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,597
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I understand, just thought it's worth noting (and...

I understand, just thought it's worth noting (and suggesting if the budget allows for it).

As for the middle - that should be no problem for mounting dynamo hub lights.
Wires can be routed along...
08-19-23, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 552
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Filling up the tank could easily double the...

Filling up the tank could easily double the value/price of a Yugo.

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/627x766/no_keys_1adb03f06560784bec1ddd09569c09bdfe763ea4.jpg
08-11-23, 12:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Having read both sources, I can not recommend the...

Having read both sources, I can not recommend the book enough. It's beautifully written, with clear explanations and drawing. The best source I could find to learn how to build (and repair) wheels.
...
08-07-23, 10:08 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,110
Posted By Bike Gremlin

All good points. Still, it is possible for a...

All good points.
Still, it is possible for a factory to make a faulty spoke. Which is why I have most faith in the old, tried and tested spokes.
Note: in Serbia, the only available spokes are...
07-17-23, 09:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,200
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It depends on the spoke quality and rim stiffness...

It depends on the spoke quality and rim stiffness too.

Generally (with good quality components), yes, I agree that 32 spokes can make a strong wheel, and there is a point of diminishing returns....
07-13-23, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I try to keep this up-to-date for my own...

I try to keep this up-to-date for my own reference:

Outer diameter of the fork crown (and fork crown race inner diameter) table...
07-10-23, 10:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,953
Posted By Bike Gremlin

Years ago I did en experiment, measuring the...

Years ago I did en experiment, measuring the drive torque transfer to the NDS spokes on a modern hub. They seem to be quite rigid and transfer a decent percentage of torque - which probably was not...
07-06-23, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By Bike Gremlin

For what it's worth: Most Shimano triple square...

For what it's worth:
Most Shimano triple square taper cranks come with a 122.5 mm recommended spindle length.

In practice, 121.5 and 123 mm long spindles will work without any noticeable...
06-27-23, 07:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 807
Posted By Bike Gremlin

I've had good results with using silicone grease...

I've had good results with using silicone grease on rubber seals.

I'm silly enough to disassemble a brand new pump and apply some right from the start.
06-27-23, 02:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,086
Posted By Bike Gremlin

A classic stand + a cheap seatpost (just for...

A classic stand + a cheap seatpost (just for working on the bike) + an adjustable-height piano stool (or a DIY equivalent) to help when doing some high-torque BB stuff.

That exotic-looking stand...
06-20-23, 03:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,635
Posted By Bike Gremlin

That is very rewarding and meditative. ...

That is very rewarding and meditative.



You don't have to look for the exact same rim width. Here's a conservative chart of tyre widths that a certain rim width is good for...
06-06-23, 02:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 709
Posted By Bike Gremlin

It could be poor quality of the rim. Not the...

It could be poor quality of the rim. Not the first nor the only Mavic rim to do that.
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