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Forum: Touring
05-28-22, 09:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 675
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm a minimalist, so I use a minimal shelter when...

I'm a minimalist, so I use a minimal shelter when I tour. I tour with only two packs, one of which always stays on the bike, so I don't need overnight storage room. The one-person shelter (Tarptent...
05-27-22, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 168
Posted By andrewclaus

And pay attention to cable adjustment issues....

And pay attention to cable adjustment issues. I'll guess you've had to fiddle with the barrel adjusters a couple of times in the past few weeks or months. That's a watch-out situation.

I hear some...
05-27-22, 06:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 168
Posted By andrewclaus

Is the cable disconnected from the derailleur? If...

Is the cable disconnected from the derailleur? If not, do so first. Then shift into high, squeeze the brake lever (you may also need to loosen the brake cable) and push the cable end out of the...
05-24-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 333
Posted By andrewclaus

I work on a hundred of those every year at a...

I work on a hundred of those every year at a non-profit shop that's dedicated to keeping bikes out of landfills, and getting them to people who need them.

The typical case is a gummed up trigger...
Forum: Touring
05-23-22, 01:55 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 664
Posted By andrewclaus

I've used Z-rest and Ridgerest pads for over 25...

I've used Z-rest and Ridgerest pads for over 25 years, after my first inflatable failed on a long trip. Reliability, low cost, and low futz-factor are high on my criteria list. In winter I add a...
05-21-22, 05:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 351
Posted By andrewclaus

I'm certainly not above repairing rim tape. Once,...

I'm certainly not above repairing rim tape. Once, when funds were very low, I even shifted shifted the tape by half a hole distance and punched a new valve stem hole to get another year out of it.
05-19-22, 11:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 804
Posted By andrewclaus

You can also remove the lock ring with a hammer...

You can also remove the lock ring with a hammer and cold chisel, with tangential impact.
05-19-22, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By andrewclaus

If you want a better headset, that tapered...

If you want a better headset, that tapered configuration is fairly common. You'll need some tools and experience to replace the crown race with the new one that comes with the new headset.
05-19-22, 09:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By andrewclaus

There are two different-sized bearings, one for...

There are two different-sized bearings, one for the 1 1/8" steering tube at the top, one of the 1 1/2" crown at the bottom. The inner surfaces of the bearings have to mate with the crown race at the...
05-19-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 171
Posted By andrewclaus

If the top of the seat tube is damaged in the...

If the top of the seat tube is damaged in the slightest, it can be difficult to measure correctly. Sometimes the only way is to try a selection of posts, or a stepped gauge at a bike shop. If you...
05-17-22, 06:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,120
Posted By andrewclaus

Start enjoying compliments from the young folks...

Start enjoying compliments from the young folks who catch up. Do your best to ignore the implied "for your age."
05-15-22, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 407
Posted By andrewclaus

Add about 2 mm to the spec inner width, so the...

Add about 2 mm to the spec inner width, so the tape snugs up against the wall without climbing it.

Lately I've been using tubeless rim tape, two wraps for my high pressure tires. Works great, and...
05-15-22, 06:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 211
Posted By andrewclaus

As long as the brake levers don't bottom out on...

As long as the brake levers don't bottom out on the handlebars, they're probably set up okay.

There's a possibility brake performance, especially the rear, could be improved a little with better...
05-11-22, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 376
Posted By andrewclaus

Have you tried cleaning them?

Have you tried cleaning them?
04-28-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 981
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree, the 11 speed chain is scrap now. I tried...

I agree, the 11 speed chain is scrap now. I tried to repair the first peened chain I ever encountered, on a friend's bike. We were 50 miles away from a shop when it failed, and it failed twice more...
04-27-22, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 897
Posted By andrewclaus

I like to be able to carry stuff, but usually...

I like to be able to carry stuff, but usually don't on short rides. I use the smallest saddle wedge I could find for my tool kit--tube, patch kit, boot, multitool, quick link. Frame pump on the bike....
04-26-22, 09:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 291
Posted By andrewclaus

That would happen on a rim brake bike of mine...

That would happen on a rim brake bike of mine sometimes, just on a front cantiliever, if there was the slightest drag on the rim. It would only make noise if walking it backwards. Front cantilevers...
04-26-22, 09:02 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,465
Posted By andrewclaus

Be prepared for the hanger to break. It's...

Be prepared for the hanger to break. It's aluminum and it sounds like it's been bent a couple of times already.

One way to assure it will not break is to buy a replacement ahead of time.
Forum: Touring
04-25-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,734
Posted By andrewclaus

In my area Google Maps can be dangerously...

In my area Google Maps can be dangerously misleading to the traveler. It'll route you on difficult single track trails in the foothills. Once I force it to follow known roads, it's usually not too...
04-25-22, 08:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,465
Posted By andrewclaus

That replacement derailleur definitely won't...

That replacement derailleur definitely won't work--wrong mounting to start with.

It looks like you're going to need professional help and tools on this one. Get the hanger checked and...
04-24-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By andrewclaus

They're pedals, not paddles. Be careful...

They're pedals, not paddles.

Be careful using hose-directed water around a bike. It's better to wash and wipe. You don't want to direct a pressure spray into any of the bearings.

What lube did...
Forum: Touring
04-24-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,401
Posted By andrewclaus

First time I heard barred owls was on my AT hike...

First time I heard barred owls was on my AT hike in 2008. They sounded to my Western ears like coyotes mating up in the trees. Later that same trip I had a whippoorwill go off outside my tent early...
04-23-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 651
Posted By andrewclaus

A project like that would go better with a ready...

A project like that would go better with a ready supply of replacement parts (and decent tools). Do you have access to a bike co-op?

I recently rebuilt two early 80s Treks, a 520 and a 620,...
04-23-22, 12:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 323
Posted By andrewclaus

For a commuter, servicing the hubs once a year...

For a commuter, servicing the hubs once a year isn't a bad idea, more often if you cycle in a corrosive or dirty environment (say a beach boardwalk or past a cement plant). If you have time then,...
04-23-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 292
Posted By andrewclaus

You could have bent a crank arm. You should be...

You could have bent a crank arm. You should be able to feel that in the pedals. But something could be loose or broken.

Align a crank arm with the seat post, wrap both hands around them and...
Forum: Touring
04-20-22, 02:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,044
Posted By andrewclaus

Before going through that effort, look at the...

Before going through that effort, look at the Arkel Dry Lites. They're pretty minimalist and affordable. The back stiffener is a pair of removable dowels, for instance.

My first tours were with...
Forum: Touring
04-19-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 416
Views: 200,355
Posted By andrewclaus

I'll join this old but popular club. Last fall I...

I'll join this old but popular club. Last fall I salvaged a 1983 520 from the dumpster. I noticed the Reynolds 501 sticker on the seat tube and decided to try to work with it. I kept the frame, fork,...
04-19-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the above about the seat post clamp. If the...

Ditto the above about the seat post clamp. If the noise goes away when you stand up to pedal, this is probably it. It's amazing how noises telegraph to the bottom bracket.
04-15-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 452
Posted By andrewclaus

Study this. ...

Study this. (https://www.sheldonbrown.com/cantilever-geometry.html) Pop quiz tomorrow.

A real key to canti brake performance is maintaining the yoke angle of the straddle cable system. Most of...
04-14-22, 07:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 213
Posted By andrewclaus

First evaluate the shifter cabling, maybe replace...

First evaluate the shifter cabling, maybe replace housings. Something could be frayed or crimped, or simply seized up with dirt or corrosion. An easy way to do this is to shift into low, stop...
Forum: Touring
04-11-22, 05:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 870
Posted By andrewclaus

I've had nothing but good to excellent...

I've had nothing but good to excellent experiences so far, both as guest and host. The worst experience I had was a good guest who just wasn't effusive in thanks and never left a comment--not bad,...
04-11-22, 06:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 237
Posted By andrewclaus

You should attempt to get it out. The remaining...

You should attempt to get it out. The remaining frayed end may do fatal damage to the shifter, or at least jam it up. But not necessarily. I rode one of mine once for months until it fell out almost...
04-10-22, 07:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,055
Posted By andrewclaus

I can't say anything's changed in five decades of...

I can't say anything's changed in five decades of cycling as an adult. I never got into motoring for fun, just utility. The bike has always been my preferred transportation. It even guided career and...
04-10-22, 07:08 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,308
Posted By andrewclaus

Not double-checking if the handlebar stem bolts...

Not double-checking if the handlebar stem bolts were tight before the test ride.
04-06-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,083
Posted By andrewclaus

I have an old digital odometer but rarely use the...

I have an old digital odometer but rarely use the trip or pace meter. It's more for maintenance reasons and the clock. I can't imagine spending more for a bike GPS device than I spent on the bike. My...
04-06-22, 06:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 486
Posted By andrewclaus

I believe the "Sealed System" is just some...

I believe the "Sealed System" is just some O-rings on conventional cones on a conventional axle. Your LBS or bike co-op will have a drawer full of those.

Bent and broken rear axles are pretty...
04-05-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 870
Posted By andrewclaus

I seldom get 4000 miles from a chain. My wife...

I seldom get 4000 miles from a chain. My wife seldom gets less than 5000 miles from a chain. We ride a lot together and we have the same chains. I will occasionally ride in rain, she will not. I...
04-02-22, 06:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 528
Posted By andrewclaus

Chain cleaning is almost a religion to some,...

Chain cleaning is almost a religion to some, completely ignored by others. Some of us commute and tour in rainy climates and don't worry every time the chain gets wet. Besides water, dirt and...
Forum: Touring
03-30-22, 06:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 995
Posted By andrewclaus

If there's a bicycle co-op near you, they would...

If there's a bicycle co-op near you, they would have a selection of wheels of the same vintage. As mentioned in the second post, you should be able to find a rear wheel with the correct number of...
03-22-22, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 269
Posted By andrewclaus

Each of your problems could have several...

Each of your problems could have several different solutions. There are too many to propose without knowing anything about the bike.
Forum: Touring
03-21-22, 03:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,991
Posted By andrewclaus

The "Bagtex" method is high on my list too. I...

The "Bagtex" method is high on my list too. I pack a couple of bread bags for that.

If the clothes you need the next morning are wet when you go to bed, I've found that putting them between my...
Forum: Touring
03-19-22, 02:20 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,991
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto about staying warm rather than dry. Don't...

Ditto about staying warm rather than dry. Don't expect breathable fabrics to breathe when they get wet. I no longer spend money for tech fabrics, just a waterproof shell and learn how to ventilate...
Forum: Touring
03-18-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 492
Posted By andrewclaus

I rode an REI-badged Novarra Randonee from the...

I rode an REI-badged Novarra Randonee from the mid-90s until just a couple of years ago. It was old enough to have a beer with me. I got it at one of REI's end of season sales for half price, around...
Forum: Touring
03-17-22, 07:54 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 5,001
Posted By andrewclaus

Yeah, don't skimp on food costs and don't settle...

Yeah, don't skimp on food costs and don't settle for "relatively" healthy.

My stoveless travel style has worked for me for the Triple Crown of hiking trails, and it's worked for bike touring as...
03-15-22, 02:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 308
Posted By andrewclaus

Without getting hands on it, it's hard to tell...

Without getting hands on it, it's hard to tell exactly what you mean by "squishy." If once the pads hit the rotor the lever is firm, I wouldn't call that squishy. Squishy is when there's air in the...
Forum: Touring
03-15-22, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,350
Posted By andrewclaus

As mentioned above, try lowering the saddle, a...

As mentioned above, try lowering the saddle, a couple of mm at a time. In my younger years I was plagued by frequent groin and Achilles pulls until I read that tip in a magazine. Nothing in the 35...
Forum: Touring
03-15-22, 02:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,080
Posted By andrewclaus

Crazy Guy on a Bike.

Crazy Guy on a Bike.
03-14-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 258
Posted By andrewclaus

Late last year I salvaged some nice-looking...

Late last year I salvaged some nice-looking unused Gatorskin tires, unknown vintage and storage. Within a hundred miles, the tread started coming off in large patches, larger than a thumbnail. These...
03-13-22, 05:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 18,231
Posted By andrewclaus

I use a simple "rule of thumb." Place your thumb...

I use a simple "rule of thumb." Place your thumb between the pivot and the cable. If the radius is about the width of your thumb, it's short pull. If you can easily see the pivot and cable around...
03-13-22, 05:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 687
Posted By andrewclaus

On autos, spindles are stationary and axles...

On autos, spindles are stationary and axles rotate. On bikes, axles are stationary and spindles rotate. A little confusion is understandable.
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