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06-25-22, 06:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 211
Posted By andrewclaus

If that freehub bolt was loose, you may still...

If that freehub bolt was loose, you may still have problems. That shouldn't have happened, and it may be damaged. Keep a close eye on it. If it reoccurs and a new freehub and bolt doesn't fix it, the...
06-24-22, 06:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 248
Posted By andrewclaus

An additional thing--keep the the aluminum seat...

An additional thing--keep the the aluminum seat post and handlebar stem greased so they don't seize against the steel.

My brother has that bike and I borrowed it from him during a visit, after it...
06-21-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 213
Posted By andrewclaus

Is the spindle loose in the cartridge, or is the...

Is the spindle loose in the cartridge, or is the cartridge loose in the BB shell? I got a new cartridge once which had a plastic adjustable cup that had a very small amount of play between it and the...
06-20-22, 06:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 410
Posted By andrewclaus

Before you go through the trouble, see if the...

Before you go through the trouble, see if the noise goes away when you pedal while standing up. If it does, the noise is coming from your saddle. It's amazing how sounds from the saddle telegraph...
06-19-22, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 466
Posted By andrewclaus

Metal steerer/stem? How old is the headset? Has...

Metal steerer/stem? How old is the headset? Has this been happening since installation? Any changes to the bike lately?

Maybe the easiest thing to check is to try a different stem.

Nice little...
Forum: Touring
06-19-22, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By andrewclaus

'76 for me, a year out of high school, a buddy...

'76 for me, a year out of high school, a buddy and I cycled 1000 miles around Lake Michigan from Chicago. I had to borrow a ten speed, a yellow Schwinn Continental. I'd never heard the words...
06-18-22, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By andrewclaus

Do you have grip shifters, the kind you twist? If...

Do you have grip shifters, the kind you twist? If so, the rear will shift one gear with each click but the front might not. Some front grip shifters have several clicks between gears. I've seen at...
Forum: Touring
06-18-22, 06:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 364
Posted By andrewclaus

I'd caution against moving to a 34-tooth cog....

I'd caution against moving to a 34-tooth cog. Your chain length and rear derailleur may, and probably will, handle it, but some cannot.
06-17-22, 07:00 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,456
Posted By andrewclaus

Some years ago I lived in Prescott AZ in a...

Some years ago I lived in Prescott AZ in a hillside community, at the top of the steepest paved road in the city, a 300' climb at a 15% grade. Some cycling neighbors called it "Effing Hill," some saw...
06-15-22, 10:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 118
Posted By andrewclaus

I once worked on mine for hours and got a few...

I once worked on mine for hours and got a few more months out if. So yeah.
Forum: Touring
06-15-22, 10:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 578
Posted By andrewclaus

Kids in my old neighborhood threw them over power...

Kids in my old neighborhood threw them over power lines.
06-15-22, 07:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 487
Posted By andrewclaus

I can sympathize. I often spend way too much time...

I can sympathize. I often spend way too much time and sometimes money fixing something that many wouldn't fix. It's my own little way to counter the throw-away society. And I volunteer at a...
06-15-22, 06:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 213
Posted By andrewclaus

If it has the original friction shifter almost...

If it has the original friction shifter almost anything will work. Match the cage length (distance between the two pulleys) so your chain length will work.

Welcome to the forum and good luck with...
06-15-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 990
Posted By andrewclaus

During my commutes in Denver, I gradually...

During my commutes in Denver, I gradually improved my clothing so I could ride 45 minutes in 10F temps. That was the lowest I ever got. I have toured in 104F, and done some day rides in Arizona in...
06-13-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 487
Posted By andrewclaus

A good alternative penetrant if you have the...

A good alternative penetrant if you have the products at hand is a mix of acetone and ATF. I also like the sacrificial saddle--hit it on the nose with a mallet, too--not while you're sitting on it...
06-12-22, 06:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 439
Posted By andrewclaus

So did you get the bike? Around here, if it's...

So did you get the bike? Around here, if it's rideable, it would be long gone by now.

I volunteer at a non-profit shop that receives donated bikes and repairs them for people who need bikes. We...
06-12-22, 05:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 347
Posted By andrewclaus

I know the phenomenon from a commute to work. I...

I know the phenomenon from a commute to work. I could sprint and wear myself out and shave two minutes off a 40 minute commute. But I now I'm retired and don't use a bike computer, so it doesn't...
06-12-22, 05:54 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,190
Posted By andrewclaus

I don't ride with people who think crashing is...

I don't ride with people who think crashing is part of cycling. One guy scared me so much we split up mid-ride. (In the few years since then I've heard he's had several falls.) I ride with safe...
06-11-22, 07:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 204
Posted By andrewclaus

Ditto the above. I assume you were careful with...

Ditto the above. I assume you were careful with the hose, and didn't direct a jet of water into the bearings. Cartridge seals aren't that good.

RD jockey wheels are easy enough to clean out when...
06-11-22, 06:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By andrewclaus

As detailed so nicely in the second post, it's...

As detailed so nicely in the second post, it's probably an issue with the cable.
06-10-22, 01:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 439
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes of course, but it would add to your cost. A...

Yes of course, but it would add to your cost. A quick knowledgeable test ride would easily identify braking, shifting, or drive train problems.
06-10-22, 11:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 692
Posted By andrewclaus

Ten years ago I left on a 4500 mile tour with a...

Ten years ago I left on a 4500 mile tour with a 15-year old steel REI bike with low-end Shimano components, canti brakes, and about 50K miles on it. (I hated those brakes but toughed them out for...
06-10-22, 07:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 719
Posted By andrewclaus

In urban cycling, it could depend on how...

In urban cycling, it could depend on how comfortable you are in traffic. Sometimes a cyclist can safely "take a lane" and flow pretty well with the cars. On one of my commutes I had several miles of...
06-10-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 397
Posted By andrewclaus

The limit screws at opposite extremes is a sign...

The limit screws at opposite extremes is a sign of incorrect chainline. Perhaps the crankset or bottom bracket was specified incorrectly.

The FD mounting problem isn't very clear, especially the...
06-08-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 439
Posted By andrewclaus

Do you know the difference between cantilever and...

Do you know the difference between cantilever and linear pull brakes? I would look for something with linear pull brakes, if possible. Cantilevers are difficult to keep in proper adjustment, and from...
06-08-22, 07:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 439
Posted By andrewclaus

Can you type out the link to CL? It's impossible...

Can you type out the link to CL? It's impossible to help without a few more details.
06-08-22, 06:57 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,156
Posted By andrewclaus

I cycle and hike all winter in southern Arizona....

I cycle and hike all winter in southern Arizona. The hikers I know that continue outdoor activities during the summer switch to biking, citing the cooling effects of the self-generated breeze. But...
06-08-22, 06:50 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

Hey, it's a rant and those usually involve...

Hey, it's a rant and those usually involve misunderstanding something. Actually I did briefly mention understanding the economies of scale, implying other manufacturing costs as well. But the point...
06-07-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 552
Posted By andrewclaus

I hear an excellent penetrant is a 50-50 mix of...

I hear an excellent penetrant is a 50-50 mix of acetone and ATF. Try that for a day or so.

Then try an electric heat gun on the dropout before applying torque and impact.

I like the idea of an...
06-07-22, 12:21 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

You bring up a good point. I did find someone on...

You bring up a good point. I did find someone on eBay I think selling four sets of compatible brake pads for my bike for $10. There was a comment that they last about 800' of descent. I passed on...
06-07-22, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 188
Posted By andrewclaus

Yep, something else. When the RD wheels need...

Yep, something else. When the RD wheels need lube, they squeal during a shift.

Do you get the noise when you're out of the saddle?
06-06-22, 05:13 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

The seller had just done the HG job, then it...

The seller had just done the HG job, then it threw another code and he just got tired of dealing with it. The code was for the knock sensor--quick easy repair. Got the P301/303 misfire once, new...
06-06-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 547
Posted By andrewclaus

The solution will depend on some unknowns, like...

The solution will depend on some unknowns, like how valuable the bikes are, and, as mentioned, what elements you're concerned about. The foggy salt water air near a coast presents different problems...
06-06-22, 01:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 223
Posted By andrewclaus

Lightly grease pivots and mating surfaces. Most...

Lightly grease pivots and mating surfaces. Most important is the spring/caliper interface. Grease the barrel adjuster and recessed nut threads too.

Keep the QR cam oiled. I recently had to scrap...
06-06-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 311
Posted By andrewclaus

Someone pointed out the other day at the shop...

Someone pointed out the other day at the shop that bike tires don't have a date code like car tires do (I didn't know that about car tires). Bike tires might have been stored somewhere for years...
06-06-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes I do feel better, thanks. I drive a 1998...

Yes I do feel better, thanks.

I drive a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback Wagon--inexpensive, reliable, versatile, and it even has a cassette tape deck! Your two brake jobs will cost more than the entire...
06-06-22, 12:50 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

See next post. Forgot to include the quote.

See next post. Forgot to include the quote.
06-06-22, 08:25 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 1,322
Posted By andrewclaus

Cost of bike parts vs car parts

This is just a short rant. I recently replaced disc brake pads on both my well-used bike (5K miles/year) and seldom-used car (2K miles/year). The parts cost about the same, $25 for pads for two...
06-06-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,156
Posted By andrewclaus

On cycling and hiking trips in the heat, my...

On cycling and hiking trips in the heat, my mantra is "support the sweat." Drink and eat whatever you need to keep up a healthy, salty sweat. That and the wind, as mentioned, is what cools you down....
06-06-22, 07:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,354
Posted By andrewclaus

I've had the wobblies twice on different bikes....

I've had the wobblies twice on different bikes. Both times I was cold and shivering a bit on high mountain descents. The first time was minor enough. I solved it by doing squats out of the saddle to...
06-05-22, 06:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,490
Posted By andrewclaus

I think the overriding issue should be what shoes...

I think the overriding issue should be what shoes you like to wear. I do a lot of climbing, but since I usually go for hike after the climb I like to wear walking shoes. So flat pedals are my choice....
06-04-22, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 138
Posted By andrewclaus

I agree your symptoms sound like cable friction....

I agree your symptoms sound like cable friction. Sometimes that can be fixed with some steel wool and oil. To easily expose the cable, shift into low gear, stop pedaling, then shift into high...
06-04-22, 02:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 253
Posted By andrewclaus

Yes, sometimes the spring-loaded pawl freezes...

Yes, sometimes the spring-loaded pawl freezes badly onto its shaft, and you need to get a tool on it. A dental pick works great. The only way to get the cover off is to remove the cable and the...
Forum: Touring
06-04-22, 02:32 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 1,822
Posted By andrewclaus

I think the bike should match the load. My bikes...

I think the bike should match the load. My bikes weigh a little less, in the 24-25 pound range, but I only use a rear rack and seldom pack more than thirty pounds. I weigh less than 150 pounds. I use...
Forum: Touring
06-02-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 254
Posted By andrewclaus

The best part of our Napa Valley tour was leaving...

The best part of our Napa Valley tour was leaving it and cycling down the Russian River to the coast.
06-02-22, 06:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By andrewclaus

The cable end is stuck in the shifter. That's...

The cable end is stuck in the shifter. That's probably not good. It may rattle around in there without a problem, but more likely it will jam the shifter. Removal attempts could take hours and still...
06-01-22, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By andrewclaus

Have you disconnected the cable at the...

Have you disconnected the cable at the derailleur? If not, you shouldn't be able to spread the housing at the adjuster like that, and I agree the cable may be broken, probably at the shifter.

The...
06-01-22, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 223
Posted By andrewclaus

Since you have the tools and ability to adjust...

Since you have the tools and ability to adjust the bearing, I'd recommend you take it a step further and tear it down and service and inspect it. If the bearing surfaces are in good condition and are...
05-31-22, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 187
Posted By andrewclaus

A guy in my volunteer shop managed to do it but I...

A guy in my volunteer shop managed to do it but I didn't watch. Keep at it and good luck. The tweezers are a good idea. Maybe try wiring the chain to the tool or vise to help hold it in place, and...
05-31-22, 01:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 519
Posted By andrewclaus

I totally missed the sentence about them being...

I totally missed the sentence about them being new. Poor reading comprehension that early in the morning I guess.
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