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08-12-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,531
Posted By andrewclaus

As mentioned a couple of times above, comfortably...

As mentioned a couple of times above, comfortably riding a road bike takes technique and experience. Scan the road, identify obstacles, and if you can't avoid them you unweight and let your body flex...
08-10-22, 11:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 187
Posted By andrewclaus

If this is a road bike with drop bar...

If this is a road bike with drop bar levers/shifters, stop shifting now and check the end of the cable in the shifter for fraying. If it breaks, it's a real pain to remove.
08-10-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 622
Posted By andrewclaus

Cycling in the Front Range hills was definitely...

Cycling in the Front Range hills was definitely more difficult after my COVID infection last spring. It took two full months to feel "normal" again. But I only felt the recovery time when on the...
Forum: Touring
08-09-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 759
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto this, especially the part about meals. ...

Ditto this, especially the part about meals.

As mentioned several times above, we know nothing about you personally and that makes all the difference. On my two XC bike rides and most of the...
08-08-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 587
Posted By andrewclaus

I think it depends on how much time you're...

I think it depends on how much time you're actually spending on the bike. If the bike is transportation to other things that involve a lot of walking, like a commute to work, wear shoes that work...
08-07-22, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 532
Posted By andrewclaus

In my limited experience, mainly working with...

In my limited experience, mainly working with donated bikes at non-profits, an incorrect spindle length is often manifested by the front derailleur not being able to reach the needed limits, up or...
08-06-22, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By andrewclaus

An entry level MTB may not be tubeless-ready. You...

An entry level MTB may not be tubeless-ready. You can look that up from the model name and number on the rim.

You can buy a patch kit for a few dollars and it will repair six flats. Carry one...
08-04-22, 08:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 890
Posted By andrewclaus

In post #4 you got some warning about a longer...

In post #4 you got some warning about a longer screw not hitting the hanger tab. That was the reason for the suggestion to turn the screw around.

If you made the chain too short, it could be very...
08-04-22, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By andrewclaus

The 16-tooth jump in chainrings is close the the...

The 16-tooth jump in chainrings is close the the max for good shifting, and may be all your rear derailleur can take up. If you go bigger with the large, would you be okay losing the lower gears? And...
08-02-22, 05:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 890
Posted By andrewclaus

Another hack is to turn the B screw around and...

Another hack is to turn the B screw around and have the head sit on the hanger.
08-01-22, 06:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 437
Posted By andrewclaus

Try a half-link...

Try a half-link...
07-30-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 400
Posted By andrewclaus

In the last five years I've rebuilt two 1983...

In the last five years I've rebuilt two 1983 Treks that came with Helicomatics. A different set of wheels was my first task on both.

Hang on to the bottle opener, though. It much classier than the...
07-29-22, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4,376
Views: 339,067
Posted By andrewclaus

42 miles and 3,400' of climbing on the Lariat...

42 miles and 3,400' of climbing on the Lariat Loop from Golden to Evergreen via Red Rocks Park. It was a perfect morning for cycling in the Front Range, temps in the 60s and 70s, little wind. I was...
07-29-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,901
Posted By andrewclaus

I call something consumable if I normally wear...

I call something consumable if I normally wear out one or two in a season, and I keep it in stock. I have several tubes and patch kits, two tires, handlebar tape, brake pads, two chains, one...
07-29-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 311
Posted By andrewclaus

I use a trash compactor bag as a liner inside my...

I use a trash compactor bag as a liner inside my backpack or pannier.
07-28-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 652
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm a confirmed retrogrouch. I used Velox for...

I'm a confirmed retrogrouch. I used Velox for more decades than I care to admit. But I agree, after over a year's trial on two bikes in the family, that two wraps of tubeless tape is working very...
07-27-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 420
Posted By andrewclaus

I just ran into this issue yesterday at the...

I just ran into this issue yesterday at the non-profit shop. Despite liberal coating with assembly paste, correct torque at the clamp, cleaning and lubing the saddle rails, replacing the saddle, we...
07-25-22, 07:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 418
Posted By andrewclaus

1) Chainrings are generally larger and rotate...

1) Chainrings are generally larger and rotate less, and they're thicker material.
2) KMC makes a sprocket check tool, but the lead mechanic in a shop where I got some training didn't trust it....
07-25-22, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 256
Posted By andrewclaus

Could there have been any sideways torque on the...

Could there have been any sideways torque on the derailleur when the wheel was off, or when you were working on the chain? If so, the hanger might be bent. That'll throw off the limits and the...
07-23-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 163
Posted By andrewclaus

Is this a new chain? If it's the old chain, how...

Is this a new chain? If it's the old chain, how many links did you remove? What's the position of the derailleur cage relative to the ground in large-large?

Is the chainline of the new crankset...
07-20-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 857
Posted By andrewclaus

That bike probably has steel rims. They're...

That bike probably has steel rims. They're notoriously hard to stop, especially in rain. Try a different brake pad, like Kool Stop Salmon.

And was the work done by a reputable shop? Small problems...
07-19-22, 08:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 567
Posted By andrewclaus

Look at the cable routing section of this article...

Look at the cable routing section of this article (https://sheldonbrown.com/cable-installation.html). Also pull off the housing ferrule ends, see if any of the stiffening wires are poking through and...
07-19-22, 06:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 408
Posted By andrewclaus

How valuable is the bike vs your time? I bend a...

How valuable is the bike vs your time? I bend a lot of old RDs back into shape on bikes donated to non-profits. But I don't care about the bikes. If this is your baby, treat is as such and enjoy the...
07-19-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 567
Posted By andrewclaus

Do you have a strong enough grip to simply push...

Do you have a strong enough grip to simply push higher on the lever, say from the hoods? My partner has small hands and was having problems when she first got a bike with drop bar brifters. It turns...
07-18-22, 06:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,039
Posted By andrewclaus

Zero padding for me, chamois liner works well. I...

Zero padding for me, chamois liner works well. I agree it's more about conditioning and technique than clothing.

One minor complaint about padded shorts was that I had to wear those shorts every...
07-17-22, 04:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 227
Posted By andrewclaus

A friend bought a new bike with a similar FD. He...

A friend bought a new bike with a similar FD. He also complained about minor shifting problems. Then he found this on-line resource (https://si.shimano.com/pdfs/dm/DM-GAFD001-00-ENG.pdf) and adjusted...
07-17-22, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 281
Posted By andrewclaus

I would certainly try a soak in light oil first....

I would certainly try a soak in light oil first. If that doesn't work, try completely disassembling it, keeping parts in order, and consider your ability to rebuild it again. I haven't done that, so...
07-17-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 284
Posted By andrewclaus

If it's a cartridge BB, there may be a loose fit...

If it's a cartridge BB, there may be a loose fit in the non-drive side cup. Those are often plastic, sometimes imperfect tolerance, and can make exactly the noise you're talking about. Align a crank...
07-17-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 202
Posted By andrewclaus

You'll go through quite a few cassettes before...

You'll go through quite a few cassettes before you wear out a chainring. The only one I've ever replaced where I knew its mileage had about 25K miles on it. And in that case, there were no problems...
07-16-22, 05:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 418
Posted By andrewclaus

Your sixth gear looks like it's worn to points....

Your sixth gear looks like it's worn to points. Check your chain rings too. Even if they don't skip, they may be rough and noisy.
07-16-22, 05:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 500
Posted By andrewclaus

Same here. Whatever straight weight engine oil...

Same here. Whatever straight weight engine oil Dad had in the oil can in the garage.
07-15-22, 06:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 211
Posted By andrewclaus

The name of the part that usually sticks on these...

The name of the part that usually sticks on these is the ratchet 'pawl.' It's returned by a tiny torsion spring wound around the shaft and hooked over the pawl. Any gumming or corrosion on its shaft...
07-14-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 504
Posted By andrewclaus

Reinstalling a wheel is the only thing that's not...

Reinstalling a wheel is the only thing that's not easier in a stand. Use a thigh to help, but as mentioned, put the bike on the floor for final adjustment with QRs. I've been a shade tree mechanic...
07-14-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,010
Posted By andrewclaus

A slightly different rule of thumb I use is to...

A slightly different rule of thumb I use is to train to one-third of your target mileage. If you can ride 30 miles a day in those conditions, regularly every day, you should be fine. And you probably...
07-14-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 991
Posted By andrewclaus

Please tell or show us what kind of brakes the...

Please tell or show us what kind of brakes the bike has. If it's old enough to have cantilever brakes and they haven't been maintained right over the years, the straddle cable is probably way out of...
07-12-22, 06:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 921
Posted By andrewclaus

I use repurposed 1-liter soda bottles in my...

I use repurposed 1-liter soda bottles in my bottle cages, so I can easily carry two full liters for longer rides. Once or twice I've carried a two liter Platypus in a pannier for an overnighter in...
07-11-22, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By andrewclaus

Riding with under-inflated tires will allow the...

Riding with under-inflated tires will allow the tire and tube to rotate on the rim and stress the valve stem, sometimes tearing it at the base.
07-11-22, 07:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By andrewclaus

Cleaning 20+ year-old shifters isn't a bad idea,...

Cleaning 20+ year-old shifters isn't a bad idea, but don't do it over carpet. This is one place WD-40 works well. Since they still operate, you won't need to flush them, but they'll still take a...
07-07-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 753
Posted By andrewclaus

Did you put a different sized cassette on? It...

Did you put a different sized cassette on? It looks like a larger range. If so, your derailleur may not have the chain wrap capacity needed.

Carefully shift into the large/large combination, but...
07-07-22, 06:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 686
Posted By andrewclaus

You don't show the cable hanger. Some of them...

You don't show the cable hanger. Some of them mount to the headset and can rotate. It looks like yours might be rotated too far to the drive side. Then you'll need to move the pivot point of the link...
07-06-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 707
Posted By andrewclaus

Going along with the drift, I was recently...

Going along with the drift, I was recently corrected by a retired professor about the right name for a semicircle. I volunteer on a trail crew, and we sometimes dig a drain in that shape. The crew...
07-05-22, 05:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 601
Posted By andrewclaus

If that's the extent of the corrosion, the main...

If that's the extent of the corrosion, the main problem you'll have is adjusting the headset. Take it to a shop and they'll have a die to chase those threads. If too much material has been lost,...
07-04-22, 03:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 707
Posted By andrewclaus

It may be a cabling issue. How old is the bike?...

It may be a cabling issue. How old is the bike? The last cabling loop at the RD often has excessive friction, from corrosion, dirt, or wear. The RD spring is at its lowest tension in those gears.
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Forum: Touring
07-01-22, 02:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 925
Posted By andrewclaus

I find that plain water in granola tastes better...

I find that plain water in granola tastes better than instant milk powder.

I've heard some say Nido brand is better than others.
06-30-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,267
Posted By andrewclaus

Yeah, and get ready for the organ recital.

Yeah, and get ready for the organ recital.
06-30-22, 01:12 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,053
Posted By andrewclaus

I like that saying, and it's probably time for...

I like that saying, and it's probably time for some thread drift. A few times I'd find myself in the backcountry having forgotten to pack something. Once was eating utensils. Then I realized there...
06-28-22, 01:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 593
Posted By andrewclaus

Some low-end bikes are built with way too much...

Some low-end bikes are built with way too much housing length, like one size fits all. If loops are too large and cause extra changes in direction, pull some cable out, cut the housing, and...
06-27-22, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By andrewclaus

If you change the geometry of the straddle cable...

If you change the geometry of the straddle cable angle, you may affect the braking performance. If you haven't seen Sheldon's treatise on cantilevers, look it up...
Forum: Touring
06-27-22, 11:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,824
Posted By andrewclaus

If you have a mechanical front disc, I could...

If you have a mechanical front disc, I could think of a way to connect a set of linear pulls to the same lever. There's one made with two cable connections, mainly for e-bikes to keep one hand free...
06-27-22, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 286
Posted By andrewclaus

Yep. Get an assistant to work the lever slowly,...

Yep. Get an assistant to work the lever slowly, push piston back in if needed, get each piston to react identically. I saw that in one of the Park Tools videos. Maybe you missed that one--there are a...
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